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Pine River ACCOMMODATIONS • EVENTS • COMMUNITY INFORMATION • AREA MAP

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Table of Contents Welcome Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Plaid on Purpose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Back to Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Phone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Flea Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Market Square. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Business Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Duck Races. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Summerfest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Community Garage Sale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Information Center Welcome to Pine River! Pine River lies in what we call the Northwoods of Minnesota! The land of lakes and forests and all the tremendous recreational activities located here keep visitors and residents busy year around! We love our true four seasons and all the activities each season affords! We invite and welcome you to stop by our Pine River Information Center and select from a wide array of informational materials. Our information center was built in 2000 and continues to draw thousands of visitors each year. The unique log structure offers you clean restrooms, free Wi-Fi, historical artifacts for viewing and the best water anywhere around! Please sign our guest book while you are visiting. In it you will find signatures from around the world! The Pine River Chamber of Commerce is also an Explore Minnesota Affiliate Information Center which means that all statewide information materials produced by Explore Minnesota are available here at no cost to you. We have public access maps, state trail maps, state park maps and publications dedicated to fishing, biking, ATVs, golfing and motorcycle routes. We are also a great source for local information whether you are looking for a horseback riding stable or a place to plan a wedding. Our great volunteers have lived and worked in the area for many years and can answer almost any question you may have.

Pine River is known as "The Birthplace of the Paul Bunyan Trail". We take that title as a point of pride in knowing that the first efforts to convert the vacated rail line into a recreational trail came from a resolution of the Pine River Chamber of Commerce in 1983. Today thousands of bicycle riders, roller blade users, hikers and snowmobile riders enjoy this wonderful asset. The Paul Bunyan Trail is the longest contiguous hard surfaced trail in the State of Minnesota, beginning at Crow Wing State Park on the south and all the way to Bemidji State Park on the north end! You'll enjoy visiting all the communities, large and small, along the route! The Pine River Chamber offers you free car parking and easy access to the trail. So, the welcome mat is always out at the Pine River Information Center. Stop by for a cup of coffee or fill up your water bottle! Our many small businesses look forward to serving you while you are here! Our motto "Plaid On Purpose" means you will find friendly, hard working people living here who are proud of their lumbering and recreational history. Wear your plaid here and feel right at home! We look forward to meeting you and helping you to enjoy this beautiful part of Minnesota!! John Wetrosky, Executive Director Pine River Chamber of Commerce

Lakes Bluegrass Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Pine River Walking Tour. . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Arts Off 84 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Heritage Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Parade of Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Recycling Bins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Churches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Your Year Around Service Center . . . . . 13 Membership Directory & Advertisers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15

Parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 DNR License Agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Depot on National Register . . . . . . . . . . 17 Fishing & Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Skating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Kayaking/Canoeing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Geo Tour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Golf/Fairways. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 & 30

Disc Golf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

ATV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Snowmobiling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Trails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-22 Cut Lake Trail Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Skiing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Area Trail Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

State Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Community Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Pine River Municipal Airport. . . . . . . . . 24

Byway Kiosks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Sustainability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

PUBLISHER Pete Mohs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pete.mohs@pineandlakes.com

EDITOR Nancy Vogt . . . . . . . . . . . . . nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com

ADVERTISING Kathy Bittner Lee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218.855.5837 kathy.bittnerlee@pineandlakes.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN/LAYOUT Angie Hoefs . . . . . . . . . . . angela.hoefs@pineandlakes.com

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Dining & Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Our thanks to John Wetrosky and the Pine River Chamber of Commerce for their assistance with this project.

New Essentia Health Clinic . . . . . . . . . . 27

©2017 Echo Publishing This publication is produced and copyrighted by Echo Publishing, a division of Forum Communications. Printed by Forum Communications Printing of Fargo, N.D.

Pine River-Backus Schools. . . . . . . . . . . 29

Pine River Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Resorts, Motels, Campgrounds, Fairways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Area Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Back to Basics Day Happy Dancing Turtle's 11th annual Sustainable Living Workshop Day 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PR-B School *Booths open to public, all day - Free!

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Miss Pine River Scholarship Pageant 6:30 p.m. – PR-B School.

Community Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m., Forbes Park, Highway 84, Pine River.

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23-24 Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Pine River-Backus School. See two performances featuring local children. 25

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Good Sam Bowling Fundraiser Bowlers receive pledges to help benefit local Good Samaritan Society care centers and hospice, held at Pine River Community Bowl. Backus Firemen’s Smelt & Fish Fry 4 p.m. start – Backus Fire Hall. Annual Distinguished Chamber Member Banquet

Fishing Opener Die-hard anglers head to the lakes.

Evan Lindquist Memorial 5K Run/2K Walk Call 218-587-8308 for information.

26 FRIDAYS through Sept. 29 2:30-5:30 p.m. – Pine River Market Square - Farmers' Market Featuring locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts. Downtown Pine River.

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Memorial Day Services Ceremonies held at 9:30 a.m. at the Pine River Dam, 10:30 a.m. at the Pine River Cemetery and 11:30 a.m. at the Swanburg Cemetery. Take A Kid Fishing Day Sponsored by the Pine River Lions Club, youngsters are introduced to the art and science of angling.

JUNE 16

Pine River-Backus Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser 7 p.m. opening ceremony honoring cancer survivors, PR-B School track.

22-25 Cass County Fair Midway games and rides, 4-H exhibits, animals, grandstand events including a 4x4 Mud Run, Moto X and ATV Mud Run - Fairgrounds.

Pine River Lions Pancake Breakfast 7:30 a.m.-noon, Cass County Fairgrounds.

Flea Market FRIDAYS June 30, July 28, Aug. 4 & Aug. 25 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Held by the Paul Bunyan Trail at the historic train depot.

JULY 26

Block Party The Warehouse, 300 Norway Ave., 587-2021.

27-29 Pine River Art Show Features a variety of quality paintings and other visual expressions. Held at The Warehouse.

24-27 Lakes Bluegrass Festival National and regional bluegrass bands featured. Cass County Fairgrounds. Camping available. www.lakesbluegrassfestival.com. 25

Flea Market 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Held by the Paul Bunyan Trail at the historic train depot.

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Arts off 84 Art Crawl Signs on Highway 84, northeast of Pine River. www.artsoff84.com

8-10 Heritage Days Free Hobo Stew, historic displays and more! 9

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Delta Waterfowl Banquet Call Doug Zaske at 587-4424 for more information. Tea at the Station 2-4 p.m. RSVPs required.

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Go Pine River Dinner

27-30 Summerfest Pine River’s signature summer event. See separate story. See page 6.

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28-29 Our Lady of Lourdes Rhubarb Fest

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Halloween Party Good Samaritan Society in Pine River, 3-5 p.m.

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Duck Races 1:45 p.m. FRIDAYS June 23 through Aug. 18 Hurry, hurry, step right up — and pick your duck!

Flea Market - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Held by the Paul Bunyan Trail at the historic train depot. United Methodist Walkin' Tacos & Bake Sale

Backus Fly-In Pancake Breakfast 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Backus Airport. Proceeds benefit the Backus Fire Department and First Responders.

First Lutheran Church Lutefisk Dinner No upright Norwegian (or Norwegian-wannabe) would miss this. Features lutefisk, meatballs and all the fixings. Call 218-587-2316 to confirm date.

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Deer Hunting Begins Thousands of acres of county, state and federal land.

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Pie on Park Avenue Have a delicious piece of pie at this annual Pine River Library fundraiser! Flea Market – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Held by the Paul Bunyan Trail at the historic train depot.

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Backus Corn Fest Celebrate with Colonel Cobber. Fun activities including a craft and flea market, bake sale, plane rides and games, parade at 2 p.m., corn on the cob feast to follow and street dance & fireworks at dusk.

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Pine River Community Garage Sale Aug. 5-6 Oodles of garage sales all over town.

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Arts and Crafts Sale Pine River Legion Auxiliary Arts & Crafts Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. First Lutheran Church Cookie Walk

Community Children’s Shopping Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., United Methodist Church Pine River "Shop Local Day"

Parade of Lights Glittering floats, cheerful carolers and the spirit of the season light up the town during this special event. Parade at 5 p.m.

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Phone Numbers

Emergency (Fire, Police, Medical). . . . . . . . . . . 911 Cass County Sheriff . . . . . 218-547-1424 Cass County Sexual Abuse Crisis Line (Collect calls accepted). . . . . . . . . . . . 218-547-3939 Crisis Line Referral Service. . . . . . 800-462-5525

Pine River City Hall. . . . . . . . . 587-2440

Pine River Public Transportation for appointments. . . . . . . 866-925-7433

Jefferson Lines Pick Up & Drop Off at City Hall. . . www.jeffersonlines.com Pine River Police Non-Emergency. . . . . . . . . . 587-3333 Pine River Post Office . . . . . 587-4793

You'll find the theme of "plaid" throughout this brochure. Pine River's theme is "Plaid On Purpose," bringing attention to the area's heritage of logging, outdoor recreation and good, hardworking men and women. New street banners carrying the "Plaid On Purpose" theme will be installed in early spring. Each banner was sponsored by a Pine River Chamber of Commerce member. You'll find many folks in the Pine River area wearing "plaid on purpose" and proud of it! We invite you to join us wearing plaid!

Back to Basics

Road Report (Brainerd). . . . . . . . . . . 218-828-2460 Road Report (Minnesota) . . . . . . . . . 800-542-0220

Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-587-4639 Essentia Clinic . . . . . . . . . 218-587-4416

Pine River Climate Averages

HIGH LOW MEAN PRECIP. SNOW

Jan 19˚F -1˚F 9˚F 0.8” 8.98” Feb 25 04 15 0.7 7.01 Mar 37 17 27 1.4 10.01 55 32 44 2.3 2.99 April May 68 44 56 3.2 June 77 53 65 4.7 July 82 59 71 3.3 Aug 80 56 68 4.1 Sept 69 46 58 2.9 Oct 58 35 47 1.9 0.98 Nov 38 21 30 1.3 7.01 Dec 24 06 15 0.8 8.0

The 11th annual Back to Basics, "The Power of Change,” an annual sustainability gathering, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Pine River-Backus School. Participants will learn what steps to take to be more sustainable and become better stewards of the Earth. The event includes workshops, keynote, vendors, exhibitors, luncheon, door prizes,

kids’ activities and more. Vendor spaces and continuing education credits are available. The event is co-sponsored by Happy Dancing Turtle, PR-B Community Education and Central Lakes College. Keynote speaker will be J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based nonprofit. For more information, call 218-587-2303 or visit www.happydancingturtle.org.

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Are we there yet? Mpls/St. Paul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 miles Duluth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 miles Fargo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 miles Int. Falls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 miles

Private, non-profit organization Our Board of Directors is comprised of local community members Provider of both residential and community supports for about 50 persons with disabilities Employs 74 local residents already

First National Bank, Backus Holiday Station Store Station 371 Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union Pine River State Bank Pine River Family Market Pine River American Legion U.S. Bank

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Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. PRMS accepts SNAP/EBT. Come for the goods, stay for the fun! For more information, including vending information, visit the market’s website at www.prmarketsquare.wordpress.com or email prmarketsquare@gmail.com. Join us!

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The Pine River 371 Friday Flea Market is held by the Paul Bunyan Trail, at the historic train depot. Stop by any of these Fridays, June 30, July 28, Aug. 4 or 25, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy great bargains and good finds. Call 218-839-9742 for information.

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Pine River Market Square (PRMS) is a farmers’ and crafters’ market located three blocks east of the stoplight on Barclay Avenue. The 2017 season runs 2:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays, May 26-Sept. 22. PRMS vendors provide fresh produce, starter plants, bread and other baked goods, processed chickens and more, all grown within 50 miles of Pine River, as well as hand-crafted items. There is also an indoor market at The Warehouse

Additional Business Resources Cass County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit that provides confidential assistance to new or expanding businesses in Cass County. Contact CCEDC Executive Director Mike Paulus: 218-547-7262 or email cass.edc@co.cass.mn.us

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Central Lakes College Small Business Development Center assists small business start-ups or expansions. The SBDC features business training seminars and a number of services available to small businesses. Contact SBDC Director Greg Bergman at 218-855-8145 or email gbergman@clcmn.edu The Pine River Area Economic Development Group meets monthly in Pine River to support cooperative business relationships and advocate for businesses in the community. Call 218-587-4000. The City of Pine River has a revolving loan fund for new and existing businesses located in the city of Pine River. For more information, contact Pine River City Hall at 218-587-2440. Region 5 Development Commission in Staples assists communities and organizations with economic development, including research and business plan creation. For general inquiries, email info@regionfive.org or call 218-894-3233.

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Duck Races

Summerfest Chamber Sponsored Event

— JULY 27-30, 2017 —

Chamber Sponsored Event Pine River is the home of the famous Duck Races, held every Friday during the summer at the Pine River Dam on Barclay Avenue/Highway 84. Each year thousands of duck decoys float down the Pine River to cross the finish line. Registration for this weekly event — running June 23 to Aug. 18 — is at 1:45 p.m. at the dam. The first heat starts at 2 p.m. The races run between 1.5 to 2 hours long, so be sure to arrive promptly to register. Duck decoys are rented for $1 a piece. In return, participants receive a “Duck Buck” that’s redeemable for discounts or freebies at local participating businesses. All ages can participate in the Duck Races. The grand prize winner is crowned the “Duke or Duchess of Duck” and receives a crown, scepter and a prize.

Pine River Summerfest events will be held July 27-30, 2017, as the community celebrates summer. A full slate of activities is in store for you during Pine River's largest summer festival with fun for the entire family! Events include the big parade, softball tourney, library book sale, Lions pancake

breakfast, classic car show, art show, music, food fest, duck races, flea market, farmers market and art and craft displays thoughout Pine River! You'll also find many bake sales, a rhubarb festival and more! Check out the event calendar for specifics and call 218-587-4000 or 800-728-6926 for current updates and information.

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Visit Pine River Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 & 5, for the annual Pine River Community & Merchant Garage Sale! Find deals in and around Pine River on clothing, furniture, housewares and more. Pick up FREE copies of the sale map in the July 21 Echoland-Piper Shopper or at the Pine River Information Center (Highway 371 & Barclay Avenue).

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Don't forget about Pie on Park Avenue – Friday, Aug. 4, only!

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The 12th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival will feature more than 40 shows Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 23-27, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River! This prestigious music event will feature performances by national, regional and local bluegrass bands as well as offer camping, jamming, workshops, food and more! This is an all-weather event with a huge, weatherproof tent for attendees' comfort. National bands include: The Kevin Prater Band, High Plains Tradition, Kody Norris & the Watauga Mt. Boys, The Jeanette Williams Band, The Bluegrass Martins, Po Ramblin' Boys and Porcupine Creek. Regional bands include Shaffers Lost 40, King Wilkies Dream, and more. Call 218-587-4000 or 800-728-6926 for ticket information or go to the festival website at www.lakesbluegrassfestival.com. The Lakes Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by the Pine River Area Foundation (501c3 non-profit) with net proceeds aimed toward improvements at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River and other area charities.

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12th Annual Community & Merchant Lakes Garage Sale Bluegrass Chamber Sponsored Event Check out all we have to Festival offer!

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Pine River Walking Tour Pine River began in 1873 when George Barclay opened a trading post on the Leech Lake Trail. In 1894 a logging railroad built north through “Barclay’s Ranch” attracted many settlers and led to the formation of a city. Pine River’s original business district, near the railroad depot, has a rich and colorful history. The walking tour highlights some of the town’s more prominent downtown structures, several of which no longer exist. Few of the buildings were designed by architects or built in a particular architectural style, yet people took pride in their buildings.

flanked the alley-side of the building. An early town newspaper, the Pine River Sentinel-Blaze, had offices and a print shop in the basement. From 1917-20, classes for third and fourth grades of the Pine River School were taught here. The building’s more recent use as a Masonic Lodge hall and Eastern Star chapter ended in 2009.

6. United Methodist Church c. 1902 • 348 Barclay Ave.

3. First State Bank Building c. 1903 • 200 Barclay Ave.

1. Pine River Railway Depot c. 1895 • 102 Barclay Ave. W. It is appropriate that the walking tour begins and ends here. The depot, erected in 1895, is the oldest building in Pine River and the only one in town deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. A frame structure of simple utilitarian design, the depot underwent several changes through 1913 when a canopy and women’s waiting room were added and the station platform was paved with bricks. The depot was abandoned in 1985, and in 2009 it was relocated to a new site just across the track (the Paul Bunyan Trail) from where it stood for 114 years. The railroad played an active role in attracting immigrants and encouraging settlement.

The brick building was erected in 1903 for the First State Bank of Pine River, the town’s first bank. The bank later got a national charter before hard times led to its merger with a competing bank in 1924. For more than 100 years this building also housed a series of drugstores, early on in the same room as the bank! The building also hosted a basement barber shop and Pine River’s post office. The large pillars originally at the front of the building now form the entry of the old Pine Ridge Cemetery south of town.

4. Hill Hardware Building c. 1916 • 204 Barclay Ave.

7. Pine River Dam c. 1910 • River Street

Hill’s Hardware began in a nearby lumber yard in the early 1900s, and later moved to a wood frame structure on Barclay Avenue. When that building burned in 1916, it was replaced by a modern masonry building on the adjacent lot. The hardware store operated until 1971, and in 1973 the building became part of Silbaugh’s Department Store.

Pine River’s homes and businesses were originally lit by oil or gas lamps. In 1910, a dam and hydroelectric plant were built at the head of Barclay Avenue (replacing a bridge that formerly stood there). It was the first major electrical generating plant in rural Cass and Crow Wing counties, and by 1920 it provided electrical power to other outlying communities including Backus, Jenkins, Pequot and Nisswa. Use of the plant was discontinued in 1946 and the equipment and powerhouse were later removed. The swimming facilities above the dam were developed as a W.P.A. project in 1938.

5. Memorial Hall/Marlow Theater c. 1920 • 240 Barclay Ave.

2. Cozy Theater/Newspaper Office c. 1915 • 109 First St. S. The Cozy Theater, the town’s first theater, occupied the small, “cozy,” upper floor of this concrete-block building before the era of talkies (movies with soundtracks). In its day the Cozy hosted theatrical performances and recitals and showed silent films. Privies 8

The Methodist Church was the first church organized in Pine River. Lots were purchased from city founder Ammarilla Barclay in 1902 for $2, and a missionary grant was secured for church construction. Building the wood-frame church took several years and was hampered when lightning twice struck the bell tower, the second time cracking the bell. The church was dedicated in 1907. The belfry was refurbished in 2009. The beautiful stained glass windows are best viewed from the church interior.

Memorial Hall was built in 1919-20 to provide rooms for meetings, stage shows and dancing, and showing silent movies (accompanied by a lively piano). The site was previously a boat shop and lumberyard. The hall closed in 1931 shortly after showing its first talking film and reopened in 1934 as the Marlow Theater. Over the years, the large theater building also housed a funeral parlor, beauty shop, pool hall, realty office, Laundromat and the offices of the Pine River Journal. The owners occupied an apartment behind the stage. The Marlow Theater was gutted by fire in 1980.

8. Pine River Public School/ Pine River Clinic  c. 1903 • 403 Barclay Ave. In 1903, a two-story, wood-frame school house was built on this corner lot to accommodate Pine River’s high school and elementary classes. Although enlarged in 1905, the school was just too small for the rapidly growing population. The school was razed in the late 1920s after a new and

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“Pop” Evans. Almost 2,000 people attended the dedication in May 1922 that featured an address by Minnesota Gov. J.A.O. Preus. The state ceded the armory to the City of Pine River in 1939. The upper floor of the armory contained a stage and a basketball court flanked by bleachers. During the 1950s the basement level held sixth-grade classrooms and the school lunchroom. The city office and fire hall occupied the north end of the building. The armory was razed in 1974.

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12. Pine River Army Reserve Armory c. 1921 • 200 Front St. N.

13. Horse-Drawn Fire Engine c. 1919 • 102 Barclay Ave. W.

In 1921 Pine River was home to one of the first Army Reserve armories in Minnesota, and it was the smallest town in the United States to have an armory. The armory was constructed of concrete blocks made onsite by the resourceful and legendary local builder

This vehicle, a horse-drawn Waterous #6 Class B gasoline fire engine with a Waukesha motor, was built for the City of Pine River in 1919. Until 1940 this was the sole engine for the village. It remained in use as an auxiliary engine until its retirement in the mid-1950s.

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14. Pine River Legion Club c. 1947 • 400 Front St. S. The Fraser-Nelson Post 613 of the American Legion was organized on March 11, 1947, at the Marlow Club rooms in the Marlow Theater. Col. Robert Miller of the 147th Field Artillery of Brainerd, a prisoner of war in the Bataan, urged the organization of a Legion Post in Pine River. An American Legion Post had been organized in the early 1920s but had been disbanded before World War II. No information about this group was located.

15. Bill Day’s Welding Shop c. 1947 • 206 Front St. S. Bill Day’s Welding Shop occupied this site for many years. The original blacksmith shop that once stood on Barclay Avenue to the north of the Livery and later the Spurrier Hotel was built by Dave Jones in 1902.

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Succeeding owners were Al Seper, Bill Rohr, Christensen, W.C. (Bill) Day. The original building was later moved to this site and was torn down in 1947.

16. Pine River Locker Plant c. 1928 • 200 Front St. S. The Pine River Locker Plant and Kouba’s Souvenir shop sat on this location. The Locker Plant was built in 1928 by H.I. Davies as the Pine River Seed House. Originally it had been the site of the old Wideman Brothers store. The building was sold in the early 1930s but continued to serve as a feed store under Frank Marsh and Homer Fraser until 1945 when Arvid Lundin bought the building. Siefert and Gartner bought out Lundin in 1948 and established the locker business.

17. Barclay Hotel “White Elephant” c. 1894 • 112 Front St. S. The original Barclay Hotel was the hub of activity for passengers arriving by train. The Hotel Barclay or Barclay House, also known as the “White Elephant,” was built for George Barclay in 1894. It burned in December 1915 in a fire that threatened the whole town.

21. Wefelmeyer Pickle Factory c. 1918 • 201 Park Ave. W.

23. Pine River School c. 1913 • 309 Jefferson Ave.

The Wefelmeyer Pickle Factory once sat on this site. By 1925, which saw “the biggest cucumber crop ever” harvested in the region, Wefelmeyer and Thiessen had main offices in Pine River and “salting stations” in many surrounding communities. Under the name “Queen Brand,” pickles were sold in railcar load lots to local packers throughout the United States.

The Pine River School, both elementary and the high school, were housed in a building on this location beginning in 1913. The combination elementary/high school building was built in 1920. This location was the “home of the Pine River Tigers” until 1961 when the new high school was built in its current location.

This was the original location of Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, established in 1910. The parish moved into its current location across the alley in 1958.

18. First “Filling Station” c. 1920 • 100 Front St. S. Pine River’s first “filling station” was built by Vic Sauer. Though gasoline had been available at the village garages, Sauer’s Pyramid station was the original “filling station” in town. The Pine River Oil Company Phillips 66 occupied the same corner for many years. Later a new building was constructed and occupied by Tom Thumb.

19. Spurrier Hotel c. 1917 • 103 Barclay Ave. The Spurrier Hotel, later called the Lake Region Hotel, was built in 1917 and stood until 1964 when it was torn down to make way for the eventual Highway 371 widening.

20. Durkee Manufacturing Co. c. 1940 • 173 Barclay Ave. W. Durkee’s Manufacturing Plant, built in 1940, as well as a feed store established in 1916 occupied this location. “Working at Durkees” was a solid career for many local men from 1940 to 1985, with about 150 employees benefiting from the town’s largest local industry. The plant manufactured Wooden Spools for telephone cable, etc.

24. First Lutheran Church c.1907 • 300 Norway Ave.

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Featuring the Best in National & Regional Bluegrass Bands! Plus camping, jamming, workshops, food & more!

The Kevin Prater Band

August 24-27, 2017

The Jeanette Williams Band

Pine River, MN Cass County Fairgrounds

Festival Schedule Gates Open Tuesday MAIN STAGE

Thu. 5-11pm Fri. & Sat. 11am-11pm Sun. 9am-2pm

The Special Consensus The Po Ramblin Boys

WORKSHOPS

Fri. & Sat. 10am-5pm Wed. Night Old Time Dance

The Kody Norris Show The High Plains Tradition plus many more to be announced!

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Pine River Walking Tour

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Sponsored & Organized by Heritage Group North, Inc., Pine River, MN 26. Community Oil c. 1936 • 400 Barclay Ave.

The original Tabernacle Church was housed in a small log-sided building. The history of the Riverview Tabernacle goes back to about 1935 when interested Pine River residents met at the Mae Davis home for fellowship and prayer.

Moulster’s Service Station, which later became Community Oil, was established here in 1936. This is the original building.

A&W Root Beer Stand, which originally sat on Highway 371 next to the Lake Region (Spurrier) Hotel, was moved to this location in 1963 when the Highway 371 widening project began. Stand quietly here a minute and you can almost hear the sound of the 1960s — the Beatles, the muscle car engines and the car-hop orders of “Two root beers and an order of fries!”

27. Damsite Bait and Tackle c. 1914 • 417 Barclay Ave. The Damsite Bait and Tackle shop sat on this location, established in 1914. The

28. Pine River Creamery Company c. 1913 • 409 Norway Ave. The Pine River Creamery, later Land O’Lakes Creamery, was established in 1913. The Pine River Feed Store sat on the opposite side of this corner. Bringing milk to the creamery and grain to be weighed at the feed store were daily/weekly activities for the local farmers.

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29. City Park Recreational Facility  c. 1938 • 304 Fifth St.

Improving the Way You Look at Life Comprehensive Eye Examinations Complete Contact Lens Care Dr. David Pelowski

Dr. Michael Marvin

Dr. Daniel Clayton

Children’s Vision Care

Forbes Park was established here in 1916, named for Eugene Forbes. The log building was a WPA project completed in 1938. The cornerstone tells the details of this project, a great example of Craftsman Style building, popular at that time. The Pine River Walking Tour is a project of Heritage Group North

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25. Tabernacle Church  c. 1954 • 304 Norway Ave.

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Arts Off 84

With 31 miles of scenic, winding road, Highway 84 is a natural route for an art crawl. The number of artists participating in the Arts Off 84 Art Crawl has grown from 30 to nearly 100. The event stretches from Pine River to west of Longville off of Highway 200. The concept of Arts Off 84 is to celebrate a wide range of art appreciation. A variety of artwork is for sale, including fiber arts, pottery, woodcarvings, stained glass, paintings, jewelry and more. Artist biographies and photos of artists’ work can be seen at www.artsoff84.com. The event will run Labor Day weekend, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept 2-3. Signs will be posted to direct visitors to the various sites in the art crawl. Artists interested in participating in Arts Off 84 should visit artsoff84@yahoo. com. Registration materials and more information are also available at www. artsoff84.com.

Parade of Lights Chamber Sponsored Event Pine River’s Parade of Lights is a festive way to welcome the holidays in Pine River. The Dec. 9 activities include a visit from Santa, open houses and holiday specials downtown, strolling Santa, carolers and horse-drawn wagon rides. The evening features a parade down Barclay Avenue with sparkling floats lit

with holiday lights and tinsel. Following the parade a Holiday Open House is held at the Information Center with free Christmas cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate being served to the public. A bonfire keeps visitors toasty warm while viewing the grand finale fireworks. Join in the wintertime fun!

Heritage Days Chamber Sponsored Event Take a trip back in history with Pine River’s annual Heritage Days festival Sept. 8-10. Events include the annual quilt show featuring colorful handmade quilts from area quilters; a delicious, free hobo stew served at the Forbes Park; music and other fun activities for adults and kids alike! Stop and check out the Historic Pine River Train Depot; the Pine River Fire Department’s 1919 Waukesha fire engine display; and the 1888 Duluth Mesabi & Iron Range caboose. The annual Tea at the Station will be held on Sept. 7.

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AMERICAN LEGION FRASER – NELSON POST 613 218-587-9151 • Hwy. 371, Pine River • Bar Open at Noon Mon-Sun

FRIDAY DINNER SPECIALS 5-8pm

Steak, Fish Fry, Jumbo Tiger Shrimp & More

SATURDAY DINNER SPECIALS 5-8pm Steak or Walleye

*Drinks & Beer Specials *Full Kitchen *Mexican Tuesdays *Pizzas Best Around *Burgers

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Pine River offers a wide array of services needed by both the traveler and the resident alike! You'll find a medical clinic, ambulance service, a number of car repair centers, hardware, banks, barbers and hairstylists, tuxedo rentals, cell phone consultants, florist, insurance agents, real estate agents, carpeting, optometrist, insurance, library, funeral directors, manufacturing, lawn service, tree service, physical therapists, elderly care, restaurants, caterers, baker, excavators, contractors, plumbers, electricians, builders, laundromat, automobile body shops, feed store and many more services needed almost every day.

And, you'll find most if not all of the above available just about every day of the year! Pine River is truly a self-contained community that welcomes customers new and old and is ready to service just about any need you may have. Please check out all the Pine River Chamber member businesses listed in this brochure. You'll see what we mean! We're proud to have a community that is still able to offer you reliable service that you can depend on! Pine River is ready to serve you!

We have everything you need right here!

Recycling Bins & Transfer Sites Backus – City Hall

Barclay Township – Harriet Club Pine River – Fairgrounds

Ponto Lake Township – Town Hall

Cass County Transfer Station: (218) 587-3500 or (888) 910-2425 ext. 1 ­– 2 miles north of Pine River on Highway 371 Summer hours (April 1-Oct. 31): 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Winter hours (Nov. 1-March 31): 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Area Churches

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Faith Assembly of God Church 218-587-2109 510 First St. N., Pine River

Faith Lutheran Church 218-543-4878 11 mi. E. of Pine River on CR 1 First Lutheran Church (ELCA) 218-587-2316 309 Second St. N., Pine River

Maple Hill Lutheran Church (ELCA) 218-587-2093 4 miles west of Pine River on #2, 5 miles south on #26 Mildred Bible Chapel 218-587-2562 4 mi. N. of Pine River on Hwy. 371

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 218-587-4203 203 Second St. N., Pine River Pine River Baptist Church 218-587-2684 285 CR 2 W. (2 blocks W. of 371) Pleasant Hill Community Church 218-568-5289 S.W. of Pine River on CR 1 Riverview Church 218-587-2021 310 Norway Ave., Pine River

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United Methodist Church 218-587-4091 348 Barclay Ave., Pine River

Cooperative Services

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Whitefish Community Church 218-543-6779 6876 CR 1 (7 mi E. of Pine River on CR 1)

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Member Directory & Advertisers CHURCHES Faith Assembly of God............... 587-2109 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church..................... 587-4203 Riverview Church....................... 587-2021 United Methodist Church........... 587-4091

CLUBS Arts Off 84............... www.artsoff84.com Cass Co. Faith In Action............. 675-5435 Pine River Art Club..................... 587-5282 Pine River Game & Fish Club...... 587-2637 Pine River Legion........................ 587-9151 Pine River Lions.......................... 587-4000

Hubbard Broadcasting, WJJY, KLIZ-FM, KBLB & KUAL.......... 828-1244 USA Northland Directory..... 866-944-8777

REAL ESTATE Close-Converse Commercial Properties.............................. 828-3334

FURNITURE - NEW & SECONDHAND Gardiner’s Hardware Furniture.... 587-2585 Henry’s Woodworking................ 587-4899 GAS CONVENIENCE STORE Holiday Station Store................. 587-2821 Pine River Family Market............ 587-2488

Gilchrist Realty........................... 587-4466

Station 371................................ 587-4700

Heartland Real Estate................. 587-4424

GIFTS Gardiner’s Hardware.................. 587-2585

RETAIL

G&S Plants................................. 587-2802

AUTO AND BOAT LICENSE Pine River Dept. of Motor Vehicles...................... 587-2400

JJ’s Trading Post......................... 587-2369

AUTO DEALERS Houston Ford............................. 587-4419

HARDWARE Gardiner’s Hardware/Furniture.... 587-2585

Plaid Duck Art & Craft Mall........ 587-2369

Sweet Cars................................ 820-3159

K&K Lumber.............................. 587-2482

BOWLING Pine River Community Bowl....... 587-3100

AUTOMOTIVE PARTS Auto Value................................. 587-2476

HEALTH & WELLNESS Stone Woman Herbals............... 587-5900

CASINO Northern Lights Casino.......800-252-PLAY

Houston Ford............................. 587-2844

LUMBER/WOOD PRODUCTS Christensen Forest Products....... 587-4969

ENTERTAINMENT Action Entertainment................. 839-2514

BAIT & TACKLE, FISHING & HUNTING LICENSE Gardiner's Hardware.................. 587-2585

LEISURE

Big Foot Musical Theater........... 947-3447

NAPA Auto Parts....................... 587-2900

GOLF Black Bear Golf.......................... 587-8800

Holiday Station Store................. 587-2821

Wildwedge Family Park/Par 3..... 568-6995

CELL PHONE ACCESSORIES Wireless Woods......................... 587-2369

THEATERS Sunset Cinema Jenkins............... 568-4341 TRAIL RIDES Pine River Riding Stable.............. 587-5807

LODGING MOTELS & HOTELS AmericInn Lodge & Suites.......... 568-8400

Station 371................................ 587-4700

FEED STORE Bjerga’s Feed Store..................... 587-2887 FLOORING Pine River Carpet....................... 587-4154 FLORIST G&S Plants................................. 587-2802

Dabill Mill.................................. 587-2825 Henry's Woodworking............... 587-4899 K&K Lumber.............................. 587-2482 MANUFACTURING/SALES/SERVICE Northern Sales & Mfg. Ice Castle Fish Houses........... 587-5400 Stromberg’s Chicks & Game Birds........................... 587-2222 Trussworthy Components........... 587-8787 Wippler Precast & Concrete....... 587-5209 OFFICE SUPPLIES Gardiner's Hardware.................. 587-2585 The Office Shop.................. 800-450-9000

FOOD AND BEVERAGES Lifehouse Coffee........................ 587-3332

OPTICAL Associates In Eyecare................. 587-2020

Rodeway Inn.............................. 587-4499

Pine River Bakery........................ 587-2545

RESORTS/CAMPING Ada Pine Beach Resort............... 587-2848

PHARMACY Lakes Area Pharmacy................. 587-3222

Ultimate Liquors......................... 587-3166

Northern Lights Casino/Hotel.................. 866-652-4683

Pine River Family Market............ 587-2488

Bayside Cabins........................... 947-3344 Birch Lane Resort................ 712-540-7493 Black Pine Beach Resort............. 543-4714 River View RV Park..................... 587-4112 Sandy Pines Resort..................... 947-4467 Tuck-A-Way Resort..................... 587-4725 Whitefish Area Lodging Association............www.whitefish.org Wildwedge Golf & RV Park........ 568-6995

MEDIA/ADVERTISING Discover Racks.................... 800-432-3703 Echo Journal....................... 800-432-3703

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Echoland/Piper Shopper...... 800-432-3703

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— All Area Codes are 218 Unless Listed — Houston Ford............................. 587-2844

HOUSING Pine River Housing Authority...... 587-4929

The Tradesmen........................... 587-3277 THRIFT STORES Close-Out City........................... 587-3232

BANKS & INVESTMENTS First National Bank North, Backus.................................. 947-3111

INSURANCE/INVESTMENTS Cass Company Insurance........... 587-2374

Thrifty Living Store..................... 587-3451

H.D. Vest................................... 587-4477

LANDSCAPING Swenson’s Aggregate & Construction.... 5872043

Master Care Auto Repair........... 587-2232

Hanneken Insurance.................. 587-2722

Pine River Investment Services.... 587-4463

RESTAURANTS Bites Grill & Bar.......................... 587-2564 Cottage Cafe............................. 587-2588 Ole & Lena’s Sweet Revenge...... 587-2438 Pine River Dairy Queen...............587-4762 Pine River Legion........................ 587-9151

SCHOOL & COLLEGE Central Lakes College................ 855-8000 Pine River-Backus Schools........... 587-8000 Pine River Education Assoc......... 587-2510

Pine River State Bank................. 587-4463

Schrupp Excavating.................... 587-4038

US Bank..................................... 587-2772

Wannebo Excavating.................. 543-4544

CHILDCARE/DAYCARE Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center..................... 568-5299

LAWN CARE/SNOWPLOWING Outdoor Specialties................... 232-8812

CLEANING Servpro, Pequot Lakes................ 568-6923

MARINE DEALERS SALES & SERVICE/ RENTALS Bertha Boatworks..................... 543-4100

COMMUNITY SERVICES Cass Co. Faith in Action............. 675-5435

MEDICAL Essentia Health (Hospital Brainerd)................. 829-2861

Pine River-Backus Family Center........................ 587-4292

North Memorial Ambulance................ 911

Pine River Day Activity Center.... 587-2688

SERVICES ACCOUNTANT Michael Clayton, CPA ............... 587-2616

CONSTRUCTION Knife River Redi-Mix................... 829-4726

Tim Roggenkamp, CPA............... 568-5559

CREDIT UNION Mid Minnesota Credit Union...... 568-8450

AIRPORT Pine River Municipal Airport....... 587-3420 ART & CRAFT MALL Plaid Duck Art & Craft Mall........ 587-2369 ASSISTED LIVING Day Activity Center.................... 587-2688 Good Samaritan Society............. 587-4423 Pine River Group Home.............. 587-4888

OPTICIAN Associates In Eyecare................. 587-2020 PAVING CONTRACTOR Anderson Brothers Construction......................... 829-1768

DEVELOPER Moser Enterprises...................... 587-2223

PLUMBER Plumbing Etc.............................. 587-4965

ELECTRICIAN Prime Electric LLC....................... 587-2193 ............................................... 232-2901 EXCAVATION Schrupp Excavating, LLC............ 587-4038

Riverside Memory Care.............. 587-4333

Wannebo Excavating.................. 543-4544

ATTORNEY Ted N. Lundrigan........................ 587-2350

FUNERAL HOMES Kline Funeral Home.................... 587-2067

AUTO BODY REPAIR Paul’s Large Garage.................... 587-2290

GARBAGE PICKUP Waste Partners........................... 587-8727

AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR Double A Automotive................ 587-2558

Essentia Health-Pine River Clinic.... 587-4416 NATURAL GAS Xcel Energy......................... 800-895-4999

DENTIST Pine River Dental Arts................ 587-4437

Riverside Villas........................... 587-4433

POWER UTILITIES Crow Wing Power.............. 800-648-9401 MN Power.......................... 800-228-4966 PROPANE/FUEL OIL Northern Star Cooperative......... 947-4433 ROLL-OFF/RECYCLING/LANDFILL Grinning Bear Roll-Off................ 587-4990 Stockman Transfer Inc................ 587-3500 RESEARCH/RENEWABLE ENERGY/ SUSTAINABLE LIVING Happy Dancing Turtle................. 587-2303

HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING Plumbing Etc.............................. 587-4965

Hunt Utilities Group LLC............ 587-5001

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When it comes to choosing a funeral home, you want a place you can trust. At Kline Funeral Home, with our on-site crematory and always-affordable prices, we offer you both excellence and value all in one place.

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PAWN SHOP Iron Hills North Gun & Pawn...... 587-3373

STORAGE Pine River Mini Storage ............. 587-3396 TELEPHONE/CABLE/INTERNET TDS Telecom................................ 568-4115 VETERINARY Country Doc Vet Clinic ............... 587-4196 Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital ..... 568-5095

Traditional & Cremation Services

Pine River 587-2067 | Pequot Lakes 568-7353 | www.klinefuneralhome.com

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT Omega Solutions..................860-276-8504

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Liberty Park Next to the Pine River American Legion Club on Highway 371. Playground, volleyball courts, picnic table.

CUSTOM PROCESSING & SMOKING Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goats, Fish, Bear, Elk, Moose, Venison

Pine River Dam Park Children’s playground equipment, Lions picnic shelter, fishing pier, new children’s swimming beach, DNR canoe/kayak access. To reserve the Lions log shelter house, call the City of Pine River at 218-587-2440.

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Forbes Park Over the Pine River Bridge, left on Highway 84 (2 blocks). Camping, picnic shelter, restrooms, running water, fire rings. Forbes Park Building available for rent.

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NEW & USED DOCK/ LIFTS AVAILABLE

Softball Park Highway 1, east of town. Concessions building, picnic table, bleachers and dugouts.

Installs • Removals Repair • Transports Storm Damage

Cory & Emily Schrupp dockguys@ymail.com

Visit DNR license agents in Pine River:

*FULLY INSURED*

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Do You Need a DNR License? Gardiner’s Hardware 203 Barclay • (218) 587-2585

Holiday Stationstore #164 300 Front St • (218) 587-2821

Pine River Dept. of Motor Vehicles Licenses 239 Barclay Ave • (218) 587-2400 Station 371 112 Front St. S. • (218) 587-4700

Dr. Feliciano Salgado, DDS On the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway

Dr. Jaime Preble, DDS

Big Technology – Small Town Care

www.byways.org

www.paulbunyanscenicbyway.org

Official MN DNR Canoe Route

Official MN Dept. of Tourism Affiliate Information Center

www.exploreminnesota.com

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The historic Pine River Railway Depot, which is owned and managed by Heritage Group North, is on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. A plaque is on the outside of the historic

depot proclaiming this achievement. It is the only property in Pine River to ever receive this designation. Built in 1895, the original depot building underwent various additions and alterations until about 1913. Since 1913, it has

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remained essentially unchanged, except for the removal of the canopy over the open-air waiting area that extended off the south end of the building. A $362,000 restoration project completely restored the depot to its 1913 appearance, including reconstruction of the canopy. The railroad played an important part in the history of the Pine River and surrounding areas. When built in 1894, the railroad opened much of north central Minnesota to logging, provided access to and settlement of the area, and accounted for the development of many area communities. Today, the former rail bed is the Paul Bunyan State Trail. The Depot will be open occasionally and during community events. Located there are past issues of the Pine River Journal, the official newspaper of Pine River since 1935.

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The Pine River area sports more than 430 lakes of various sizes, all teeming with game fish. You’ll find walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish, all abundant and ready to take your bait.  Public accesses are available on almost all area lakes, making it easy to get your boat to the water.  Check out the Pine River Information Center for all area public access maps.

Kayaking/Canoeing The Pine River is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated canoe route. The Pine River flows through several lakes including Norway Lake and the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. From Norway Lake to the Mississippi River the Pine River drops 85 feet, an average of 2.3 feet per mile. Dams are located in Pine River and Crosslake. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the width of the river ranges from 25-150 feet.

Canoe and boating guide maps are available at www.dnr. state.mn.us/canoeing/pineriver.

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We offer 9 Hole, 18 Hole, Senior, Junior & Unlimited rates. Mens, Senior Mens & Ladies Leagues. Contact us for details. Watch our website for future specials and promotions. www.blackbeargolfcomplex.com • For tee times call 218-587-8800

Hunting Pine River is the hub of thousands of acres of public land just made for hunters. Whitetail deer, bear, ruffed grouse, geese and ducks are always abundant and you’ll find it easy to access public land. Hunting licenses are available at several Pine River Chamber member stores throughout the hunting season.

Skating The City of Pine River has a public ice skating rink. The rink is located just west of the post office. Skaters can park on the plowed parking lot at the site and skate from daylight until 10 p.m. The rink includes a 16- by 16-foot heated warming house to accommodate larger groups. The warming house has shelves and outlets for coffee or hot chocolate makers or roasters. The rink also has a portable toilet. Donations and advertising on the rink boards helped contribute to the project. Donations are still sought for more planned improvements. 18

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Geo Tour locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS. They can then share their experiences online. Specifically, the meaning of the word “geocaching” refers to “GEO” for geography and “CACHING,” the process of hiding a cache. A cache is a term used in hiking/ camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions. This rapidly growing, high-tech sport is for those who love technology, nature and adventure. Participants navigate to a specific

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Golf enthusiasts have several places to hone their skills in the Pine River area. The Black Bear Golf Course (par 72) is an 18-hole course west of Pine River. Wildwedge Golf in Jenkins is a 9-hole golf course and mini golf. Wildwedge is located seven miles south of Pine River on Highway 371.

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set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s a great family activity that provides excitement, exercise and fresh air. All ages and levels of mobility can enjoy it. With more than 1 million caches hidden around the world, they are often hidden at places you never knew existed or wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Including geocaching in your vacation plans provides an opportunity to explore the area beyond the typical “tourist” perspective. So whether you are new to the sport or an experienced geocacher, the opportunity to experience adventure and fun in Paul Bunyan’s back yard is as legendary as he is! Visit www.geocaching.com to get started.

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Pine River is part of Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan GeoTour. The Paul Bunyan State Trail, named for the legendary large logger, is arguably Minnesota’s favorite paved trail for hiking, biking, inline skating, snowmobiling and now — geocaching. The Paul Bunyan Trail is known as a geocache "Power Trail" with over 900 sites along the 110 mile trail. What is geocaching? Geocaching is a free outdoor treasure hunt where players try to

Disc Golf

Disc golf enthusiasts don’t have to drive far now that there is a 9-hole disc golf course in Pine River. The disc golf course is behind the school and winds through the school forest. Community members are invited to use the course during non-school hours and during the summer when school is not in session. At each station, players throw a Frisbeetype disc from a tee box along fairways to a basket target. The basket target consists of a tray, chains, chain support and pole.

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The Spider Lake Trails travel 29 miles throughout the Foot Hills State Forest. From smooth and sandy to rough and rocky, the trails provide a challenging ride as they curve around lakes and ponds, follow ridges, and traverse several hills and slopes throughout the forest. Trails are open year-round, except on groomed, signed snowmobile trails. Parking and trail access is located 12 miles west of Pine River to south on Spider McKinley Forest Road.

Snowmobiling Pine River is the center of some of the greatest snowmobiling in north central Minnesota! The Paul Bunyan Trail travels through Pine River and is used by snowmobilers to access other area trails and Snowway One, 10 miles west of Pine River. You’ll find several area snowmobile clubs grooming trails often during the winter months when adequate snow is available. Area snowmobile maps are available at the Pine River Information Center.

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Trails The Pine River area boasts hundreds of miles of trails. The Spider Lake area, 10 miles west of Pine River, is well known for its miles of ATV and snowmobile trails. Pine River is the “Birthplace of the Paul Bunyan Trail,” which offers biking, rollerblading and hiking during the warm summer months and groomed snowmobile riding throughout the winter months. Studded snowmobile tracks are not permitted on the Paul Bunyan Trail. Pine River also anchors the northwest corner of the popular Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, which offers scenic and informational roadways through the area as well as several well known hiking venues such as the Veterans Hiking Trail and the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Trail System.

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The Cut Lake cross-country ski trail lies just 10 1/2 miles west of Pine River on County Road 2. Other Cass County cross-country ski trails include the Hiram Trail, eight miles west of Hackensack on CSAH 6; the Goose Lake Trail, halfway between Hackensack and Longville near the Woodtick Trail; and the Washburn Trail, southeast of Washburn Lake by Outing. The cross-country trails are groomed by the Lake Country Nordic Ski Club during the winter when adequate snow is available. Skiers can also visit the groomed Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center ski trails and the Shingobee Recreation Area trails. Those trails are not managed under the state’s Grants-in-Aid program and do not require a ski pass. To join or contact the Lake Country Nordic Ski Club, use the following email address: lakecountrynordic@gmail.com Maps for area cross-country ski trails are online at: www.co.cass.mn.us/maps/ map_trails.html

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Community Events until the following morning at 6 a.m., when the event ends. During the prior evening, baked goods and refreshments are for sale, raising additional funds for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life

The Good Samaritan Bowl XIII takes place May 1 at the Community Bowl in Pine River. This annual event, always held the first Monday in May, allows bowlers to raise pledges that benefit local Good Samaritan Society care centers and hospice. Other ways to support this fundraiser are to buy raffle tickets, bid at the silent auction, or stop by the Community Bowl and buy something to eat that day.

This year’s Pine River-Backus Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the PR-B School track with an opening ceremony honoring area cancer survivors. Participating relay teams collect pledges to benefit the American Cancer Society. Individuals in the community purchase luminaries and then decorate them in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by cancer. The luminaries are lit with candles and displayed for all to see

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Cass County Fair

The official Cass County Fair in Pine River provides activities for young and old alike. The more than century-old tradition will be held June 22-25 at the fairgrounds. Be sure to check out booths, displays, farm animals, horses and more!

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This event is put on by Riverview Church & The Warehouse on July 26, at 300 Norway Ave., Pine River. For questions, call 218-587-2021.

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Celebrate Aug. 12 with Colonel Cobber at this annual event that takes place the second Saturday of August. The day is filled with fun activities including a craft and flea market, bake sale, plane rides and games. The parade starts at 2 p.m. followed by the corn on the cob feast. Evening activities include a street dance and fireworks at dusk.

First Lutheran Church in Pine River will host its annual Lutefisk & Meatball Supper from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Call 218-587-2316 to confirm date. Supper will include all-you-can-eat lutefisk, meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, rutabagas, coleslaw and beverage. There will be lefse for sale while it lasts. First Lutheran is located at 309 Second St. N. in Pine River.

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Municipal Airport The Pine River Municipal Airport is located 1 mile east of Pine River and is open to the public. Elevation is 1,296 feet and the airport features a 3,000-foot by 75-foot asphalt, lighted runway. 100LL fuel is available 24 hours a day with a credit card; after hours or for emergencies, call 218-821-3521. Tiedowns are available for parking. There is no control tower. Automated Weather 218-587-3420.

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Byway Kiosks

There’s plenty of folklore to explore while following the 54-mile Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway encompassing Pine River and five other cities, plus seven townships. Along the Byway route there are 14 interpretive panels at 13 kiosk locations, including the one at the Pine River dam (Highway 84/Barclay Avenue). The panels present a mix of Paul Bunyan lore and area history in stories developed by local writer Dave Skyberg.

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Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) has been doing research for more than a dozen years toward one big goal: Abundant Resilient Communities. They are developing practical ways to grow communities that feed themselves, where the houses heat themselves and the nutrients are recycled. In the process, the 70-acre HUG campus is becoming a destination point for sustainable living. Recently, HUG has been working on Garden Circle Designs, a raised bed garden system that is affordable and quick to install. Garden Circles are meant to be an efficient and economical way to get involved in gardening for enjoyment or growing food. Happy Dancing Turtle (HDT), a nonprofit organization focused on resiliency, builds, demonstrates and promotes sustainable living solutions that are economically and ecologically practical. HDT hosts events, classes, camps and activities for children, adults and families. The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) once was based in Pine River on the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus. Now you'll find the best local resource on solar up the road 5 miles toward Backus. Find out more by visiting the following websites: • www.hugllc.com • www.happydancingturtle.org • www.rreal.org

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New Essentia Health clinic in bringing important outreach programs to our neighbors. We genuinely appreciate Essentia's spirit of caring and its long term commitment to healthy living in our region." The land for the new clinic is located along Barclay Avenue to the west of Highway 371 between Pine River State Bank and the Post Office. "The community needs more access to specialists and rather than asking patients to drive to Brainerd, which can be both a time and cost barrier to getting care, we put a priority on expanding our space to bring the specialists

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here to Pine River," said Bill Palmer, Essentia Health Clinic administrator. "We currently have cardiology, general surgery, psychiatry and urology specialists visiting the clinic a few times a month. However, there are more needs and the larger clinic will allow for more specialists and an expansion of the family medicine team." Pine River Mayor Tamara Hanson said: "This will be a huge asset to our community and is exciting in many ways. We appreciate Essentia's commitment to the future and providing an essential asset to our community." Dr. Chuck Pelzl and Dr. Gary Kohls built the current clinic in 1975 with Dr. David Laposky joining them in 1987. In 1995, the practice combined with St. Joseph's Medical Center and later that year Dr. Gus Fisker began at the Pine River Clinic. Since that time, the care team at the Pine River Clinic has grown to include nurse practitioners Jamie Westerman and Danielle Munsterman as well as visiting specialists. For Essentia physicians and staff the new clinic is generating excitement. "I have cared for generations of families in this community. With this expansion, I am confident that care will continue locally for generations to come," Laposky said.

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Construction of a new Essentia Health clinic will begin in the summer of 2017, allowing for an expansion of primary care and specialty services. The new clinic will be located on seven acres of land that was purchased from Resilient Properties Management, owned by longtime community supporters Lynn and Paul Hunt. "We are so excited about the clinic expansion and its impact on Pine River and the surrounding area," the Hunts said. "Essentia's focus on health and wellness is a great compliment to our own community initiatives and a new facility can expand our opportunities to partner with Essentia

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COUNTRY DOC VETERINARY CLINIC Dr. Kyle Adkins, DVM 5508 County Road 1 Pine River, MN 56474 Phone: 218-587-4196 Fax: 218-587-2491 www.veterinariancountrydocpineriver.com GAS

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The Pine River Library is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Second Street; it’s one of nine branch libraries of the Kitchigami Regional Library System. Your library card is good at all nine library branches: Pine River, Walker, Wadena, Brainerd, Bemidji, Blackduck, Cass Lake, Longville, Park Rapids and the Mobile Library. The library is home to hundreds of books, books on CD, music compact discs, internet access, wireless internet access, movies and a well-known black cat named Browser. Your library card gives you access to the library 24 hours a day online. Just go to www.krls.org and click on “Search the Catalog.” There are online resources such as Auto Repair Reference Center and Novelist, and links to MnLink, MyHealth Minnesota and many more. Access eBooks and eAudios online through the Cloud Library. During the summer the library has a children’s reading program and in the winter offers an adult reading program. The library offers story time for preschoolers ages 3-6. The library also has life jackets for loan for infants to adults. The annual book sale is held each year during Summerfest in July. The Library Foundation has taken over Pie on Park Avenue on the Friday during the city-wide garage sale in August, and Cupcake Wars are held in August. The library hosts a holiday bake sale in December. You can also find Browser the Library Cat on Facebook - check it out! He also has a blog if you Google his name. Contact Information: Phone: 218-587-4639 Email: pineriver@krls.org

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Your Local Grocery Store! www.pineriverfamilymarket.com 218-587-2488 • Hwy 371 South Pine River, MN 56474

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The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) School District offers a range of academic and co-curricular opportunities for students. PR-B proudly showcases the following opportunities for students: • Leader in technology with the implementation of two 1-to-1 initiatives: an iPad for every student in grades 5-8 and a Chromebook for every student in grades 9-12. • More that 30 College in the Schools (CIS) courses. • STEAM focused: Project Lead the Way, Tech Mobile and Robotics. • Established PR-B Strategic Plan goals and priorities. • Early Childhood and Family Education programming within the school building. • Established early relationships with families through home visits and family activities. • Strong partnership and mutual support between the community and the school. • A district focused on positive behavioral approaches and interventions. • Considered a leader in the continuous formation of character development in youth.

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Resorts, Motels, Campgrounds & Fairways RESORTS 1. 2.

Look for this symbol with its corresponding number to locate a resort on the map on page 31.

Heath’s Resort David & Carol Heath...........................................................218-587-2286

Tip Top Resort Larry Schultz......................................................................218-543-4725

3. Kilworry Resort Norma & George ...............................................................218-543-4587 4. Black Pine Beach Resort Bob & Lynn Scharenbroich ........................................................................................... 877-575-1455 • 218-543-4714

5. Towering Pines Resort Judy & Roger Nies....................... 800-950-0267 • 218-543-4738

6. Ruttger’s Pine Mountain Camping Resort Bill & Candy Ruttger.............218-947-4099

7. Bayside Cabins Ron & Eileen Heil .........................................................bayside@uslink.net • 218-947-3344 • 800-840-3344

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Mountain View Resort Jack & Renita Tesch................................................218-947-3233

9. Pine Mountain Resort Jay Schmidtke..........................................................218-947-4047 10. Sandy Pines Resort Scott Oldre....................................................................218-947-4467 11. Tuck-A-Way Resort & Campground Todd Malecha..................................218-587-4725 12. Pleasant Pines Resort Milo & Joanne Tritz................................................218-675-6618 13. Birch Lane Resort Ron & Ruth Bouma.......................................................218-587-4940 14. Ada Pine Beach Resort Pat & LeRoy Invie................www.adapine.com • 218-587-2848

MOTELS

Look for this symbol with its corresponding number to locate a motel on the map on page 31.

14. Cedarwood Motel............................................................ 218-587-2208 • 800-390-2208

"Lovely & clean!" Ruth & Jim Z ~ Bend, OR

"Love your state!" Donald Kasper Corpus Christie, TX

15. Rodeway Inn..................................................................... 218-587-4499 • 800-450-4499

CAMPGROUNDS

Look for this symbol with its corresponding number to locate a campground on the map on page 31.

17. Riverview RV Park Jeff & Marilyn Chelbecek.............................................218-587-4774 18. Highview Campground & RV Park Terry & Sherry Klungseth....................... www.highviewcampground.com • 218-543-4526

19. Ruttger’s Pine Mountain Camping Resort Bill Ruttger....................................www.pinemountaincampground.com • 218-947-4099

20. Mountain View Resort Jack & Renita Tesch................................................218-947-3233

Come join us for a cup of coffee & hang out. We encourage laughter, conversation and of course coffee drinking. #comecheckusout Facebook: Lifehouse Coffee@lifehousecoffeepineriver Twitter: Lifehouse Coffee@Coffee_n_hope

21. Sandy Pines Resort Scott Oldre...................................................................218-947-4467

22. Tuck-A-Way Resort & Campground Todd Malecha..................................218-587-4725

23. Pleasant Pines Resort Milo & Joanne Tritz.................................................218-675-6618

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16. AmericInn Lodge & Suites............................................. 218-568-8400 • 888-568-8400

Check Facebook for our hours

24. Wildwedge Golf & RV Park.......................................................................218-568-6995

Look for this symbol with its corresponding number to locate your favorite fairways on the map on page 31.

1. Black Bear Golf Course..............................................................................218-587-4774 2. Whitefish Golf Course/Proshop................................................................218-543-4900 3. Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf....................................................................218-568-6995 4. Deacon's Lodge................................................................ 218-562-6262 • 888-437-4637 5. The Pines at Grand View Lodge..................................... 218-963-3146 • 800-432-3788 6. The Preserve at Grand View Lodge................................ 218-963-3146 • 800-432-3788 7. The Garden at Grand View Lodge.................................. 218-963-3146 • 800-432-3788 30

STONE WOMAN H E R B A L S Vitamins Herbs Health Essentials KRIS & DAN KAYSER • 218-587-5900

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Your Neighborhood Health and Wellness Center 231 Barclay Avenue, Pine River, MN • Open Monday-Saturday 9-5 Email: stonewomanherbals@gmail.com • stonewomanherbals.wix.com

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Manufacturer of Ice Castle RV & Fish Houses! Nationwide Ice Castle Dealer

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2017 Pine River MN Guide  

Welcome to Pine River! Pine River lies in what we call the Northwoods of Minnesota! The land of lakes and forests and all the tremendous r...