Family Pathways Offers “A Matter of Balance” Program in Pine City

This fall the Family Pathways Aging Services Program will host an 8-week series titled “A Matter of Balance”.  This award-winning program is designed to help participants manage falls and increase activity levels, emphasizing practical strategies to remain safe.  Reduce the fear and increase your activity level.

Sessions begin September 12th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am and will be held every Tuesday through October 31st at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Maria Lourey-Bowen at 320.245.6865 or marialb@familypathways.org

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Summer Musical “Bye Bye Birdie”

The Pine City Heritage Players have been busy rehearsing since mid-May for this summer’s community theater presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie”, a musical comedy with book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams.

The show is directed by Rachel Bigelow, a Rush City resident.  Bigelow is the fall musical director at North Branch High School, and most recently directed the spring production of “Little Women” at the Rush City High School.  It is through these other regional connections that this summer’s musical includes cast and crew members from a number of cities in the region: Pine City, Rush City, North Branch, Finlayson, and Grantsburg.

Four performances will be available for audiences to enjoy: July 13, 14 & 15 at 7PM or a matinee performance on Sunday, July 16th at 2PM.

Tickets for the production will go on sale July 1st.  Local purchases can be made at Cabin Coffees, More Than Sprouts, or the Chamber of Commerce office.  Online ticket sales along with cast and crew biographies and other articles will also be available at www.pinecityheritageplayers.com

 

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Bingo Fundraiser TONIGHT!

The Pine City Ambassador Program will host their annual scholarship fundraiser tonight at the Pine City High School Commons at 7PM.  The event includes 14 games of regular bingo with the prize for each game featuring products or gift certificates for services. Each prize awarded has a $40 – $100 value.

A few of the prizes include:  Seasonal oil change gift certificate from Rick’s Auto Repair, Tupperware items from Ani’s Tupperware, 3 month membership at Anytime Fitness, Dragon attire from Lee’s Pro Shop, Movie Fun from Chris’ Food Center, kids book collection from Usborne Books by Angie Kemen, or a necklace and earring set from Premier Jewelry Design, JoAnn Lindstrom.

For those that can’t get away to play bingo today, but would still like to support the program…. and have a chance to win one of two great prizes… $1 raffle tickets are available.  1st prize is a Pine County Fair package (ride wristbands, derby tickets & concessions)  and 2nd prize is a Shop Local package with gift certificates to Nicoll’s Cafe, A&W, Sprouts, Darla & Cliff’s Country Store & Chamber Bucks.  Raffle tickets can be purchased from any of the candidates or from the Chamber Office…. or at the event.

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Freedom Fest Events: June 21-25

The annual Freedom Fest event kicks off in just one week and we are excited and anxious about all that this year has planned for us!  We are introducing a few new events to the line-up and bringing back a few items from previous years.

Advanced registration details you might want to know about (Registration links available on the Chamber of Commerce website)
TRIATHLON — register by Friday, June 16th to guarantee a t-shirt.  Event day registration is available but no t-shirt is guaranteed
AMAZING RACE — register by Wed. June 21st at Noon.  Event day registration is NOT available
PINE CITY SINGS — register by Wed. June 21st at Noon.  Event day registration is NOT available

2017 Event Schedule

Free Technical Training for Local Businesses

Is your Pine City area business listed online for Google Search?

Can your business be found on Google Maps?

OntheMaplogoIf not, you may be missing potential customers or not have all the business traffic you could have.  Current statistics on Internet usage show that presently 97% of consumers look online for goods or services, and most are using Google Search or Google Maps.  However, nationally only 37% of businesses have ‘claimed’ their listing on a search engine – a process which involves working with the search engine company to validate your business and to gain access to own and change or upgrade the results people see when your business pops up during a search.

A local partnership in Pine City is working to improve the results for all businesses in Pine City and to improve how local businesses appear when people – particularly visitors – search here for goods and services.  The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pine County Office of Economic Development (PCOED) are spearheading a project this summer to provide one-on-one technical assistance to local businesses with that goal of improvement in mind.

The project, using grant funding from the Greater Pine Area Endowment, will use a combination of paid technical expertise and volunteers to reach out to area companies, go to their places of business, and walk them through the process of claiming, validating and upgrading their results in Google and Google Maps – at no cost to the business.

“We scanned search results for our member businesses in the Chamber,” says Chamber Executive Becky Schueller.  “We found that, out of 215 members in the Chamber, only 70 businesses had claimed their listing on Google Search and Maps.  59 more showed up on a search but had not claimed their listing.  The rest couldn’t be found at all. So two-thirds of our members either have no presence or perhaps incomplete and inaccurate information.”

While the summer project is not limited the Chamber members, Schueller feels that the same percentages apply to non-members as well.

Pine County Economic Development Coordinator Robert Musgrove dug into some of the inaccuracies and incompleteness on those businesses that did have a listing but hadn’t claimed it.

“We had a convenience store listed as an auto repair shop,” Musgrove explains.  “We had retail stores showing up on the wrong side of town on Maps.  Many didn’t list their hours of operation. These are the kinds of problems you see when a business hasn’t claimed their listing.”

Musgrove noted that search engines also aren’t used just by visitors to find restaurants or hotels.

“They’re searching for auto body shops and medical clinics and pharmacies and local attractions and attorneys – you name it,” he stated.

Beginning in early July, the partners will be reaching out to area businesses to schedule sessions with the technical expert when they can set up a listing or claim and correct a faulty one.  The only limitation is that, because of the conditions of funding from the Greater Pine Area Endowment, the business must be located within the boundaries of the Pine City school district.  The project will begin in early July and last into the Fall.

To begin with, an online signup sheet for technical assistance is available at http://tinyurl.com/GYBOPineCity  businesses that want to jump right in.  Businesses who want the service may also contact the Chamber Office – even if they are not members – at info@pinecitychamber or at 320-322-4040 or by contacting the Pine County Office of Economic Development at 320-591-1625 or robert.musgrove@co.pine.mn.us.

Pine Technical & Community College now offers MMSC training courses

PINE CITY, Minn. – Motorcyclists, or those looking to get their motorcycle endorsement, have a new training site to go to for Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center rider courses. Pine Technical and Community College in Pine City, Minn. started offering the Basic Rider Course, Intermediate Rider Course and Moped Rider Training this season.

Last year, 61 motorcyclists were killed in 57 crashes on Minnesota roads, according to preliminary reports. That’s up from 46 fatalities in 2014. Thirty-three of those crashes were single-vehicle, involving only the motorcycle. All of these crashes are preventable.

Training is vital to motorcycle safety. The Basic Rider Course helps riders with no experience learn essential motorcycle control skills and earn their motorcycle license. The Intermediate Rider Course helps riders build upon their existing skills and help turn them into better riders. Courses start running in May.

Why take the Basic Rider Course?

  • Riders can get a license and learn essential motorcycle control skills in one course.
  • It’s designed for beginning riders with no previous riding experience and helps returning riders.
  • It’s thorough: Riders spend 4.5 hours learning motorcycle basics in the classroom and 10 hours practicing and mastering basic rider techniques on the range.

Why take the Intermediate Rider Course?

  • It covers skills crucial to safety: Control, finesse, counter steering, cornering, swerving and braking.
  • It’s affordable: The course is $55 for five hours of riding time.
  • Practice makes perfect: This is a great opportunity to tune up your skills early on in the riding season.
  • It opens the door for more advanced courses: After you master the Intermediate Rider Course, the MN Advanced and Expert Rider Courses are next on the list. These courses will turn you into an expert rider, using the same techniques designed to train and keep police motor officers safe in any riding or traffic situation.

How do Riders sign up?

Fairview Clinic – Pine City Plans Open House

The Fairview Clinic in Pine City recently relocated to a newly renovated space in Evergreen Square.  With the new location comes new services and even some changes in the hours the clinic is open.  To celebrate the opening of the new clinic, the public is invited to an open house event on Saturday, January 17th from 9 AM – Noon.

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Plethora of choice for your Pine City weekend!

Friday, Oct. 4

  • Farmers’ Market in the Park
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Robinson Park, town square – Enjoy it homegrown and handmade!
    • Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch
      • 3 p.m. – Dusk, 13650 Government Road – Acres of pick your own pumpkins.   Pick your own $4 each; pre-picked and priced pumpkins too.  Apples, gourds, Indian corn, broom corn, corn stalks, displays and decorations for photos opportunities.
      • Old Highway 61 – An Evening to Remember
        • 4 – 6 p.m., Pine Technical College, 900 4th Street SE – Tour virtual Old Highway 61, and see what it has to offer, and hear from MPR’s Cathy Wurzer, author of “Tales from the Road Highway 61”.
        • Highway 61 Film Festival
          • 6 p.m., various show times, Pine Technical College Auditorium, 900 4th Street SE – The Highway 61 Film Festival is a three-day celebration of the magic of movies that was established in 2011 as a means of supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers from all along Highway 61, and beyond.  
          • Photos on Buildings
            • Dusk, back of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.    Collections of photographs from area photographers will be shown in a unique way:  “Photos on Buildings” exhibits the talent of photographers by projecting photos onto the backside of Pine Plaza.
            • Pine City Dragons Football Homecoming
              • Tailgate 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., east of 7th Grade Commons Area, Pine City High School, 1400 Main Street S. –From 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., enjoy an outdoor BBQ, door prizes, music, and an appearance by the PCHS pep band.  Rain site:  7th Grade Commons.
              • Kick-off at 7 p.m., Saunder’s Field, Pine City High School, 1400 Main Street S. – Wear your Kelly Green and White and cheer on your Dragons (1-4) under the Friday night lights as they take on Crosby-Ironton (2-3). 
              • Late-Night Film Session
                • 10:30 p.m., Danny C’s BeachRocks Supper Club, 10762 Lakeview Shore Dr – A fun-filled evening of an eclectic mix of movies not for the weak of heart!

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Farmers’ Market in the Park
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Robinson Park, town square – Enjoy it homegrown and handmade!
    • PTO Fall Carnival
      • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pine City Elementary School, 700 6th Avenue SW – The Pine Dragons Parent-Teacher Organization will host their annual Fall Carnival, featuring food, prizes, games, crazy hair, a bounce house and more!
      • Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch
        • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 13650 Government Road – Acres of pick your own pumpkins.   Pick your own $4 each; pre-picked and priced pumpkins too.  Apples, gourds, Indian corn, broom corn, corn stalks, displays and decorations for photos opportunities.
        • Highway 61 Film Festival
          • 1 p.m., various show times, Pine Technical College Auditorium, 900 4th Street SE – Day two of the festival brings a great variety of films to the community.  The Film Festival Board is made up of a group of passionate film enthusiasts and artists that have worked to create an outlet for emerging new voices and ideas.  
          • Photos on Buildings
            • Dusk, back of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.   Yet another reason people will find Pine City to be an exceptional arts destination.
            • Late-Night Film Session
              • 10:30 p.m., Danny C’s BeachRocks Supper Club, 10762 Lakeview Shore Dr – Another fun-filled evening of an eclectic mix of movies not for the weak of heart!

Sunday, Oct. 6

  • Lions Spaghetti Dinner
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., American Legion Post No. 51, 525 Main Street N. – The community is invited to a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Pine City Lions.  A freewill offering will be taken at the door and proceeds will benefit the Pine Community Food Shelf among other local projects.
    • Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch
      • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 13650 Government Road – Acres of pick your own pumpkins.   Pick your own $4 each; pre-picked and priced pumpkins too.  Apples, gourds, Indian corn, broom corn, corn stalks, displays and decorations for photos opportunities.
      • Highway 61 Film Festival
        • Noon, Pine Technical College Auditorium, 900 4th Street SE – For the final day of the festival, there will be a special presentation with films selected by Pine City native and Twin Cities film legend Al Milgrom. 
        • A Place for You Benefit Concert
          • 2 p.m., The Light House, 1045 Main Street S. – A benefit concert for “A Place for You” transitional shelter.   Music and fellowship featuring local church musicians.  Cost is $10.00.
          • Photos on Buildings
            • Dusk, back of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.    The final night of Photos on Buildings 2013, exhibiting the talent of area photographers.
            • Citizen of the Year Reception
              • 4 – 5:30 p.m., North West Company Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Lane – The 2013 Citizen of the Year is Harvey Lindstrom, a longtime city employee and an avid community volunteer.  

Shakespeare in the Park This Weekend

The Pine Center for the Arts will host a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Robinson Park this weekend.  Two performances are planned at 2PM on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th.  The performances are open to the public and no ticket is necessary.  A free will donation in support of the Art Center is welcome.

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This Weekend in Pine City

As the school year is ending and the first day of June is almost upon us, the start of a busy summer season in Pine City is upon us.  With so many great activities happening, it seemed important to share a few of the upcoming highlights:

Friday, May 31 — Art in the Park  — The second evening of this great annual tradition will feature music from Cafe Accordian that begins at 6:30 PM.  A Place for You will be serving dinner from 5:30 – 7:30 in the Robinson Park Gazebo – hotdogs and brats are on the menu!

Saturday, June 1 — Pine City Bull Ride – The Heidelberger Arena in Rock Creek will be the location for the Pine City Bullride on Saturday at 6:00 PM.  There will be live music and special guest, Viking Jared Allen will attend.  For more information, call (320) 629-1122

Saturday, June 1 — Pine County Relay for Life Walk — This annual event is hoping for some nice weather on Saturday.  A change from previous years, the walk will begin at 2PM and go until 2AM on Sunday.  There are many opportunities for the community to join in this event without being a member of a team.  There will be a silent auction, dunk tank, quilt raffle and concessions — all benefiting the Relay for Life fundraising efforts.

Sunday, June 2 — East Central MN Pride — Voyageur Park in Pine City will be the setting for the annual East Central MN LGBT Pride event and picnic.  From Noon to 5:00 PM enjoy music, food and rendezvous with friends, family and the community.  For more information, contact Don Quaintance at don748@msn.com.

Wednesday, June 5 — Outdoor Family Class — Visit Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, WI from 5 – 6:30PM for a free session on camping, the first class in the Becoming an Outdoor Family series for those who want to learn outdoor skills with their spouses, children or families.  Offered free of charge, no advance registration needed.  Call 715-463-2739 for more information.

Wednesday, June 5 — Okee Dokee Brothers — The Pine City Library will kick off their summer reading program with this free music event for children preschool – 6th grade.  This free concert begins at 1PM on Wednesday and will be held in the Pine City Elementary Auditorium.  Visit http://www.ecrlib.org for more information.

Wednesday, June 5 — Health Fair Event — Pine County Public Health is organizing this free event for the community.  Open from 10am – 6pm in the Pine City Armory, this event will include 20+ vendors, free blood pressure checks, free body mass index (BMI) checks, giveaways, health & wellness information and much, much more!  For more information, contact Pine Co Public Health at 320-591-1597.

Stay up-to-date on community happenings by visiting the Community Calendar on the Chamber of Commerce website or connecting with us on Facebook.