National Night Out for Pine City

On Tuesday, August 1st the Pine City Community is invited to Robinson Park for an evening of fun, family friendly activities beginning at 7:00 PM.

What is National Night Out?  According to the website
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

The local event in Pine City brings together a wide variety of local organizations with a shared purpose.  While there are a few individuals in the community tasked with organizing the event – no one organization is in charge of the event.  In fact new groups are invited to participate every year in hopes of expanding participation.

Plans for this year’s event include visits from the Pine City Fire Department, Pine County Sherrif’s Dept and K-9 Units, as well as local EMS volunteers.  A variety of kids activities will be available thanks to the Dragon Wagon, Fairview Clinics & Hands for Pine City.

The evening will wind down with the Pine City Parks & Recreation hosting of the movie “Sing” beginning at dusk.  Pine City Youth Hockey will have free popcorn available and NEW this year will be Root Beer Floats courtesy of Chris’ Food Center & Voyageur Bottle Shop.

NNO 2017 Flyer

Pine Dragons PTO hosts annual School Supply Giveaway

On Thursday, August 24th the Pine Dragons PTO group will host their annual School Supply Giveaway to provide the essential tools to local students as they prepare for the new school year.

Any students in need of assistance in gathering their school supplies is invited to take part.  “The giveaway isn’t limited to just Pine City students, any student in need is welcome,” said PTO President, Heather Peterson.

The giveaway will take place at Journey North Church in Pine City, located at 840 Main Street South, from 6-7 PM.

For more information about Pine Dragons PTO or to get involved in this volunteer opportunity, visit their website at

You can also sign-up for text message reminders:
Send a text to this number: 81010
With this message: @schsu55063

Fairgoers Asked for Help to Evaluate Pine County Fair

Fairgoers to this year’s 125th Pine County Fair may be approached by a surveyor and asked to complete a short one-page survey about their experience at the fair. “We would appreciate the public’s assistance in taking just 2-3 minutes to fill out the survey when asked,” said Becky Schueller, Executive Director for the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce. “The survey is an important tool for improving tourism efforts in our community and county.”

The purpose of the survey is to better understand County Fair attendees’ experience, to improve the fair and to estimate the economic contribution of the fair according to Robert Musgrove, Pine County office of Economic Development.

“We know the fair brings a lot of dollars into the community,” Musgrove added. “But we have never had an empirical handle on how much. This survey will give us a reliable calculation of that effect.”

Also, according to Schueller, the survey will give the fair board ideas about how to expand and improve the fair, based on fair-goer desires. It will make future fairs even more attractive and draw even more attendance.

Schueller and Musgrove also noted that the Extension is experienced at conducting this type of economic impact study and has the tools and expertise to handle it.

The survey will be conducted by the local surveyors trained by the University of Minnesota Extension Tourism Center. Surveyors are being recruited at this time. Selected surveyors will be paid an honorarium. Anyone who would like to be a surveyor should contact survey coordinator Terry Salmela at 612-390- 3149 or email: with their interest and available dates and times.

Survey sponsors include: The Pine County office of Economic Development; Pine County Agricultural Society (Fair Board); Greater Pine Area Endowment; Pine City Economic Development Authority and the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Sustainable Community Development Project.

Free Drone Fly In Tonight

Image Beginning this fall, Pine Technical & Community College will offer training for interested pilots to earn their FAA drone pilots license.

On Friday, July 14th a free, hands-on drone fly in will be held at Voyageurs Park at 5pm. Anyone may attend and learn more about this growing industry and get hands on time with a variety of different drone aircraft.

The Fly-In will be hosted by Sean Stevens and Sky Eye Films. Sean is a photographer, videographer and FAA licensed UAV pilot. Sean is also an instructor for kids and adults UAV training programs.

Sean can be contacted through or reached on facebook at

Cross Lake Assn Boat Parade, July 4

Layout 1Tuesday July 4th is the day for this year’s Cross Lake Association Boat Parade.  The event will begin at 1 pm sharp on the north end of Cross Lake.  If you wish to compete for prizes, plan to arrive by 12:30 to register.  Prizes in the form of gift certificates will be awarded to the top 6 boats.  The parade will travel around the entire lake, and take about 2-1/2 hours.  The theme for this parade is to show your American pride, so come and show the judges how patriotic you can be.

Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Frank at 320-629-3361.

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.

MPC Bingo Fundraiser Poster



Echoes Of Elvis & Walking Tacos

The sun is shining and summer is calling!  The Pine City Arts Council is hosting week 4 of the Art in the Park Music Series tonight (Friday, June 16, 6 p.m.) at Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The Pine Area Lions will serve walking tacos beginning at 5:30 p.m.

New this year is free transportation by Arrowhead Transit from 6-9 p.m. Pick up schedule is 6 p.m. at Westchester Apartments, 6:10 p.m. at the Senior Dining site, and 6:20 p.m. at Golden Horizons Assisted Living. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show.

Still to come this summer:
June 23rd ~ Al Godage and the Sundown Band
June 30th ~ The Whiteidewalls
July 7th ~ Monroe Crossing
July 21st ~ Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers
July 38th ~ Neighberz

Fare for All: Food that makes cents

Are you looking for ways to stretch your grocery dollars this summer?  Fare for All is a program that is open to ANYONE to use every month or the occasion when it fits your schedule.  Fare for All is community supported.  The more people that participate, the more savings passed on to customers.  Advanced payment is required and EBT payments are accepted by calling 1-800-582-4291.  Here is how the program works:

Place your pre-order & payment with New Horizon Thrift Store at 215 Main Street South in the weeks prior to the monthly distribution date.  Orders and payment must be received by the Monday before distribution date.

Pick up your packages at The Lighthouse (Evangelical Free Church property south of Chris’ Food Center) on the scheduled date between 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM.  Distribution dates remaining in 2017: July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 & December 6.

What’s for Sale?  Everything from produce packs, mini meat packs, to hot buys… and special holiday packs are introduced in November & December.  Here is an example of just 2 of the options available:


Volunteers at the New Horizon Thrift Store are available to answer any questions that you might have about the program, or you can pick up an informational flyer at the store as well.

“The Music Man” hits the Pine City Stage August 18

PINE CITY, MN—  Stepping and dancing their way to the stage later this summer is an energetic group of actors and actresses from across the region.  A summer musical performance of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

The cast of 48 is excited to perform this class musical.  When Harold Hill, a traveling con man, arrives in River City, he convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money. Librarian Marian Paroo suspects Harold is a fraud, but holds her tongue since her moody brother, Winthrop, is excited about the band. As Harold begins to develop feelings for Marian, he faces a difficult decision about skipping town.  

This Heritage Players production comes together under the director of Becky Schueller and musical direction of Jennifer Hansmann. “The Music Man” will perform for one weekend only with evening shows beginning at 7PM on August 18, 19 & 20 and the final matinee performance on Sunday, August 21 at 1PM.

Tickets for the  production are $15/Adult, $12/Seniors and $10/K-12 Students.   Guests that purchase their tickets in advance at Voyageur Bottle Shop, Cabin Coffees, or online through the Heritage Players website can take advantage of a $3 discount per ticket.


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

1 - Kurtis Gabriel

Kurtis Gabriel

Members ofwild road tour the Minnesota Wild will soon visit Pine City as a part of its 2016 Wild Road Tour Schedule.

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

Mario Lucia

The Pine City stop will include recently-signed Wild forwards Kurtis Gabriel and Mario Lucia, the son of legendary Gopher coach Don Lucia and brother of Ali Lucia of WCCO-TV. They will be joined by former Wild forward Wes Walz and Wild television analyst Mike Greenlay.

The Road Tour will stop at the Pine City Civic Center on June 21 from noon to 1 p.m.  

The 2016 Minnesota Wild Road

3 - wes walz

Wes Walz

2012 NHL All-Star Game - Mascot Portraits


4 - mike greenlay

Mike Greenlay

Tour will conclude with the Summer Bash and NHL Entry Draft Viewing Party from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Xcel Energy Center.  It will feature interactive games, photo and autograph opportunities from Wild players and NHL Alumni, a live broadcast from KFAN 100.3 FM and more.  The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will take place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., June 24-25.