Pine County Business Workshop

All Pine County Business Owners are invited to attend one of the two workshops being offered on Friday, September 8th to share information about the PACE program.

The workshop will share information about the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) for Businesses and Non-profits to identify ways to improve energy efficiency in their buildings, receive low cost, long term financing, make upgrades and improve their bottom line.

WORKSHOP 2: 1pm-2:30pm
Pine City Library Community Room
300 5th St SE, Pine City

The same workshop will be available at Essentia Health in Sandstone from 10AM – 11:30AM if the afternoon time doesn’t work for you.

09.08 PACE Workshop

Citizen of the Year Nominations Due Thursday

Earlier this month the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce announced the deadline for nominations for Citizen of the Year as Thursday, August 31st.  As the date gets closer, we wanted to remind community members about this opportunity.

So often we forget to recognize the good works of individuals in our community and the Citizen of the Year program takes a moment to shine a light on those doing good in the community without seeking to be in the spotlight.

If you know a member of the community that should be recognized, we want to hear from you.  It’s as simple as writing a letter or an email nominating an individual and sharing a story or two of the good works being done in Pine City.

Please submit your nomination in writing by email at or by mail 315 Main Street South, Suite 155, Pine City MN 55063.    Deadline for submission is Thursday, August 31st.  A nominee should be a resident of Pine City and exhibit qualities that make them deserving of recognition by the community.

A recognition banquet in honor of the 2017 Citizen of the Year will be planned for mid-September.

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

Cornfeed Event Coming August 19th

Zion Lutheran Church is preparing to host a new event this summer.  The community is invited to join them for the 1st Annual Cornfeed event on Saturday, August 19th from 4:30 – 7:00PM.    Enjoy pork chops, pasta salad and all-you-care-to-eat corn-on-the-cob!  Purchase your tickets in advance to get a discounted ticket!  Check out the flyer here for more information!

08.19 Zion Cornfeed

Next GPAE Grant Cycle Announced

GPAEThe Greater Pine Area Endowment has announced the second round grant cycle for 2017.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is Midnight on Thursday, August 31.  The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area.  The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the greater Pine area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578.

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects.  For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment.  Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category.  The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

Since its inception, the GPAE has granted to organizations such as the Pine County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of infant keys to AED’s; the Pine City Arts Council for the Robinson Park Gazebo Addition; and the Pine City Library for purchase of new computers.

The online grant submission process hosted through the Initiative Foundation can be accessed through the GPAE website at  Organizations seeking assistance in using the online system should contact Becky Schueller at 320-322-4040 or  A copy of the Grant Guidelines is available online or can be picked up from the Chamber of Commerce office at 315 Main Street South.   Online submissions are due by Midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2017.


Dementia Friends Champion Training

ACTPineCityLogoAdditional education training events are coming to Pine City later this summer and into the fall.  The first training event – Dementia Friends Champion Training – will be on Wednesday, August 30th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

This training will equip you with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members.

An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.  It covers the five key messages everyone should know about dementia through activities and discussion.

The goal of the Dementia Friends Information Session is to help community members understand dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia.

Champion Training is offered at no cost.

To register for the August 30th Session in Pine City, please call Lakes & Pines at 320-679-1800 or 1-800-832-6082, option 4.

Memorial Blood Centers, August Blood Drive

The next local blood drive, hosted by Memorial Blood Centers, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd at the Pine City Walmart.  See the flyer below for more information.


Arrowhead Transit expanding Pine City Services

Arrowhead Transit

Beginning on Tuesday, August 1st the Pine City Dial-a-Ride will begin serving local residents as early as 7am.

  • New Hours are Monday through Friday 7am – 6pm
  • Saturdays from 9am – 5pm
  • Sundays from 8am – 2pm

Also beginning on August 1st will be a special pick-up at 9:30am each weekday morning at the Woischke’s Mobile Home Park main office (18909 Island Resort Rd).  Riders will be able to travel within city limits to stores, schools, library, courthouse or other locations. The bus will return to the Mobile Home Park at 1pm.

To use the Arrowhead Transit Dial-A-Ride service, call 1-800-862-0175 and select option 6.  Prices are $1.25 per ride, or $22.50 for an unlimited monthly pass.

Pine City banner contest now open

flag pcResidents of all ages (Pine City and the surrounding area) are invited to help beautify the city through a banner design contest. The contest, hosted by Pine Center for the Arts and the City of Pine City, aims to promote the area’s quality of life, history, and cultural elements.

The winning design will be turned into street banners that will hang throughout the city.
Designs can be submitted from August 1-September 15, 2017 for the judging panel. There are no age requirements to enter the contest, but all designs must be in portrait  orientation and either complement or contrast the city logo.

Use this link for the Official Rules & Guidelines regarding this contest.

Use this link for a copy of the Official Entry Form for this contest.

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