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Wild personnel make trip to Pine City to meet and greet fans

Members of the Minnesota Wild will soon visit Pine City as a part of its 2016 Wild Road Tour Schedule. The Pine City stop will include recently-signed Wild forwards Kurtis Gabriel and Mario Lucia, the son of legendary Gopher coach … Continue reading

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Pine City market ready for its first hotel in more than 40 years

Pine City is ripe for a hotel, according to a market study of the area. “We’ve been ready for some time,” asserted Nathan Johnson, Community Development Director.  “Now we just have the data to back it up.” Consultants examined four … Continue reading

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New planning commission appointment sworn in: Chris Fossum

City seeks student rep for Commission.  Applications available at City Hall. Chris Fossum was given his oath of office by Chair Frank Christopherson at the most recent Planning Commission meeting May 24. Fossum, age 39, lives in the Hazel Park … Continue reading

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Is Austin, Minn. really more than Spam?

Small-town city planner’s visit reveals a lot about Austin A recent free weekend, a rarity, I decided to visit what was considered “greener pastures” for a dynamic, past music educator at Pine City High School, Brad Mariska.  Brad had set … Continue reading

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East Central Minnesota Pride Moves, Scheduled for June 5

Sunday, June 5, the small town of Pine City, Minn. will again be the setting of one of the few rural LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) pride celebrations in the world, ‘East Central Minnesota Pride.’ 2016 marks the twelfth … Continue reading

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Be the first to tour/taste both “Pine City” wineries

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Whad’ya Know? They threw a dart and it landed on Pine City, Minn.

When Pine City set out to establish something sleak, clever and that separated Pine City from the “Up North” pack, it came up with “North. Nice and close.”  It has many meanings and interpretations but maybe none as funny as what’s … Continue reading

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Planning Commission recognizes ‘Citizen Planner’ and Gives Site Improvement Award

The Pine City Planning Commission has named another Citizen Planner, Frank Christopherson, and has recognized another business for improving its appearance, Wiedemann Plumbing & Heating L. L. C.   Christopherson, manager of Pine City’s US Bank branch, was appointed to … Continue reading

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Pine City loses longtime Planning Commissioner, Dan Rydberg

Oct. 21, 1951 – March 22, 2016 Daniel Rydberg, Sr., 64, was appointed by then-Mayor Jane Robbins to the Planning Commission in 2005; at the time, he replaced Mark Nisley who was elected to serve on the City Council. “I … Continue reading

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US Air Force Band to stop in Pine City

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