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‘Mommy, my legs won’t work’ Family describes fight for survival after carbon monoxide poisoning BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM


Twelve-year-old Megan Teich required three rounds of treatment in the hyperbaric chamber at Hennepin County Medical Center to repair the damage from carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Mommy, my legs won’t work.” Julie Teich woke up to those words in the early morning of Thursday, Jan. 11. A Pine City native, Julie, her husband Greg, and her children – twins Megan and Spencer, both 12, and Marisa, 9 – now live in Cambridge, in a two-story home with a basement and the master bedroom on the top floor. On the morning of Jan. 11, Marisa had climbed the stairs to the second floor and was calling out to her mother inside the master bedroom. “I can’t hear and I don’t feel good,” she told Julie. Julie sat up in bed, and it hit her. “Instant headache,” Julie said. “Worst headache I’ve ever had in my life.” She was trying to wake up, trying to process what was happening. She was alone – Greg was still in the Twin Cities working the tail end of an overnight shift. Julie got out of bed and told her daughter they had to go downstairs. Marisa said she couldn’t. Julie told her she had to try. “And then we get close to the stairs and she passes out on me,” Julie said. “Scared the bejeebers out of me.” Julie works in the medical field and has trained as an emergency medical technician, so she was trying to run through all the things that could be wrong with her unconscious child. But she was fighting a headache, and her own thinking was cloudy. She finally got her daughter awake, brought her downstairs and put her back in her room, back in bed. Julie didn’t realize, yet, that this was the worst thing she could have done.

CARBON MONOXIDE Carbon monoxide is gas that has no odor or color, and is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned in a furnace, vehicle, generator or elsewhere. Carbon monoxide can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces, poison the people and animals in them, and cause sudden illness and death. Julie knew that the furnace and water heater in their home were supposed to be vented out through their chimney. What she did not know was that there was a blockage in the chimney, and that blockage had backed up the pressure in the pipe, and the pressure blew the vent pipe off. This meant that the carbon monoxide from the water furnace and heater were now venting directly into their basement. From there, it was creeping upstairs. Julie thought they were prepared for such an emergency, but what she believed was a carbon monoxide detector in her home was actually a smoke detector, and the batteries in it had gone dead. “I thought we were OK,” Julie said. They weren’t.

CRAWLING OUT Julie heard her nine-year-old son in the bathroom with the shower running and went in to check on him. “I thought, this is really odd, because my son barely gets up for school as it is, let alone take a shower. So ... I said, ‘Spencer, what’s wrong? And he says, ‘Mom, I don’t feel good.’ And he passed out in the shower on me.” Even though she wasn’t feeling well herself, things were adding up for Julie. SEE POISON, PAGE 13

Residents battle to keep Rush City clinic open BY AILENE CROUP NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

Residents of the Rush City area learned, two weeks ago, Fairview Lakes Area Clinic/Pharmacy will be closing, with little warning and no reason other than it is a financial decision. The vitality and growth of the Rush City – population 3,100 – hangs in the balance according to resident Jason Oare, who said the news comes after the

recent closing of the city’s grocery store. Oare is part of the Save the Rush City Clinic Committee. He and Mayor Dan Dahlberg, Mike Carroll and Joanne Ploetz spoke to residents of the community at a public meeting held last week. Seniors want to live closer to clinics and families want to relocate where there are good schools and medical services, Oare explained. People who go to AILENE CROUP | THE PIONEER


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Cross Lake crowded with fishing contest competitors Feb. 10 Forty-five two-person ice fishing teams filled up the north end of Cross Lake as they lined up at the starting gate for the first Pine City Lions Fishing Contest on Feb. 10. First place winners ($2,500) were Juan Arellano and Rob McAndrus from Ramsey. Second place winners ($1,250) were Terry Bombard and Mike Ovick of Pine City. Third place winners ($750) were Hunter Hill and Justin Bystrom of Brooklyn Park.

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FEB. 15 Mid-Winter Concert Come and enjoy the talents of the Pine City Junior High Choir and Band students during their Mid-Winter Concert, Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the high school auditorium. The concert will open with the drum line and their glow-in-the-dark sticks, followed by the bands and choirs, and will end with Jazz Too! making their debut of the year. The concert is free and open to the public. Email with questions.

FEB. 17 McArdell fundraiser benefit On Saturday, Feb. 17 Henriette Free Methodist Church (21004 State Highway 107, one mile north of Henriette) is holding a fundraiser for Patty McArdell who lost her home in a fire. They will be serving all-youcan eat chili or cream of potato/ ham soup from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and holding a bake sale. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information contact Darrell at 320-629-2816.

Pheasants Forever banquet The East Central Spurs Chapter of Pheasants Forever invites the public to attend their banquet on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Floppy Crappie Lakeside Pub (10762 Lakeview Shore Drive, Pine City, MN 55063). Festivities begin at 5 p.m., with games, auctions, prizes and live events thereafter. Register online at

Pokegama Lake Association The monthly meeting of the Pokegama Lake Association will be Saturday, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. with coffee and rolls at 8:30 a.m. Prospective members are welcome at 12965 Lake Line Road. Contact lmclean111@ for information.

or reserve trader space at or call 715-866-8890. On Sunday, Feb. 18, rendezvous hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a muzzleloader “Hunting in Primitive Style” presentation will take place at 11 a.m. in the fur trade musuem inside the visitor center.

FEB. 18 & 21 Adult open hockey On Sunday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 21 there is adult open hockey from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pine City Civic Center. Call 320-629-6995 for cost or more information, or visit www.pinecityciviccenter.

FEB. 19 Northern Exposures The Northern Exposures Photo Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kanabec History Center in Mora. Members will anonymously submit two images for review from this month’s theme, “Faces and Eyes.” The group will try to guess the name of the photographer based on knowledge of style. The public is invited. Contact with any questions.

FEB. 20 Pine City Memory Cafe Individuals with memory loss and their caregivers and families are invited to come and enjoy fellowship and support with peers in a historic setting at the North West Company Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Ln., Pine City, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Coffee, snacks and enjoyable activities are included. For more information call 320629-6356 or visit nwcfurpost@

Pine City Reads ‘The Life We Bury’ Afternoon of intrigue Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge will welcome five Minnesota mystery writers on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited for an afternoon of intrigue and laughter as Cathlene Buchholz, Brian Landon, Brian Lutterman, Wendy Webb, and editor Rhonda Gilliland will read and answer questions about writing, books, and being authors. For more information call 763-6892474 or visit

FEB. 17 & 18 Forts Folle Avoine rendezvous On Saturday, Feb. 17 the public is invited to Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park in Danbury, Wisconsin (8500 County Road U) for their annual indoor fur trade rendezvous and snowshoe/muzzleloader primitive biathlon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register for the biathlon

Pine City area residents are invited to take part in Pine City Reads. A discussion of Allen Eskens’ book, “The Life We Bury,” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Pine City Public Library. The book is available for purchase at the library, Chamber of Commerce, Pine City High School or the Community Ed office. Call Community Ed. at 320-629-4030 with any questions.

Winter Wildlifers From 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, families are offered a chance to discover wildlife through stories, songs, handson activities, games, crafts and snacks. Winter Wildlifers is a free, no-registration, no-obligation program for ages 2-8 that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature at Crex Meadows, 102 Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wisconsin. For information email lauren.finch@wisconsin. gov or call 715-463-2739.

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FEB. 21 ‘Grow your own vegetables’ class The Pine County Master Gardeners will present a Community Education class on “Growing Your Own Vegetables” on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., at the Pine City Elementary School media center. Topics covered will include: variety selection; spacing; crop rotation; gardening in a small space; improving the soil and more. For information or to register, visit http:// pccommunityeducation.weebly. com, or call 320-629-4030.

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35th Annual Gun Show Buy, sell and trade at the PTCC Shooters’ Association 35th annual gun show on Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Technical & Community College, 900 4th St. SE, Pine City. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under. For information, follow PTCC Shooters’ Association on Facebook, or call 800-521-PINE, ext. 572.

Tony Melendez concert On Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. all ages are invited to a concert by guitarist, singer and composer Tony Melendez at the Pine City High School auditorium. Melendez, who has no arms, will also share his inspiring message of hope. Tickets and information are available at the Immaculate Conception Church, Pine City, parish office.

Snake River project meeting On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the public is encouraged to attend an information meeting at the Pine City Public Library on the bridge replacement project over the Snake River on I-35. There will not be a formal presentation, but layouts may be viewed and project staff will be available to provide a brief overview and answer questions. To learn more visit: d1/projects/twin-ports-interchange/index.html

FEB. 22 Ruby’s Pantry The Ruby’s Pantry food distribution is the fourth Thursday of each month at the Armory in Pine City. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and food distribution will take place Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. For information call 320-496-3009 or visit

FEB. 25 East Central MN Wedding Fair The 8th annual East Central MN Wedding Fair at Cambridge Middle School is on Sunday, Feb. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. This free show will feature over 40 booths that represent every facet of wedding planning, including a runway show at 1:30 p.m. featuring gowns, dresses and tuxedos. There will be prize drawings, demos, samples and more. Visit, or look up SpectacularWeddingFair on Facebook.

Family Freedom Festival Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4258 and Auxiliary will host a free Family Freedom Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. There will be activities for all ages including games, arts and crafts stations, free food and beverages at VFW Post 4258 Club Room just north of the Snake River on Hwy. 61 in Pine City. Learn about educational scholarships, flag etiquette, veterans programs, meet members of the organization and learn how to join or support the patriotic group. For more information, contact Marita Haberman: or 320-629-3461.

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FEB. 24 ‘Hail to the Chief!’ The Rush City Public Library cannot tell a lie. Kids ages 6-10 will discover some amazing things about Presidents Washington and Lincoln at this month’s “Super Saturday: Hail to the Chief!” event from 10:3011:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Super Saturdays include scavenger hunts, games, crafts, snacks and stories. The library is located at 240 W. 4th St. in downtown Rush City.

The Pine City Heritage Players are excited to announce auditions for the April 12-15 production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Auditions will be held on Sunday and Tuesday, Feb. 25 and 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pine City High School auditorium. To sign up visit For more information about the audition process contact Laura Michels at

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MEETINGS THURSDAY 2/15 Pine City Council: 4 p.m., Pine Government Ctr., Pine City TOPS-Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Pine City Library Community Room, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Pine City Senior Center: Senior Dining Site, 12:30 p.m. NAMI peer support: Cambridge Medical Ctr., 6:30 p.m. Teen AA/NA: 6:30 p.m., Teen Focus Center, Rush City SATURDAY 2/17 Model RR club: Askov, 10 a.m., Pine County History Museum SUNDAY 2/18 AA (Big Book study): Evangelical Free Church, 7 p.m. MONDAY 2/19 Celebrate Recovery: Pine City, Journey North Church, 6 p.m. AA: 7:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church TUESDAY 2/20 Pine County Board: 10 a.m., Pine Co. History Museum, Askov Pine City VFW: Pine City, VFW Post #4258, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 2/21 Woodcarving club: Askov, 9 a.m. Pine Co. History Museum Al-Anon: 725 2nd Ave. SW, Pine City, 12 p.m., 612-387-6094, David Focus on Ability: 1:30 p.m., Chisago Co. Snr. Ctr., North Branch Pine City Toastmasters: 7 p.m., Pine City VFW Hall AA: 8 p.m., Rock Creek Community Center

SENIOR DINING Feb. 19 - 23 Monday: Country fried steak, rosemary potatoes, cinnamon carrots, wheat bread, applesauce Tuesday: Hot roast pork sandwich, whipped potatoes with gravy, squash, brownie Wednesday: Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, corn, wheat bread, old fashioned trifle Thursday: BBQ chicken, potato salad, carrots, wheat bread, lemon chiffon Friday: Lemon pepper fish, baked potato with sour cream, steamed broccoli, wheat bread, mixed fruit Cost is $4.00 for people over 60 and $7.50 for under 60. No preregistration needed, except for special events. Call the Pine City Senior Center at 320-629-3024 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Feeling Fe-blah-ary? It’s about this time of year, with the Superbowl in the rear view mirror and the holiday season just a memory, that I’d be happy to flip a switch and have it be spring already. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. I recently got a press release from Essentia Health talking about ways to beat the winter blues. They quoted a psychologist named Nicole Fleming who says that up to 11 percent of people in Minnesota suffer from some sort of winter depression. She points out that the Editor’s cold and dark makes many Soapbox of us want to just head home after work, eat comfort food Mike and watch TV until bedtime. But, of course, this is one of Gainor those temporary cures that actually compounds the problem. Fleming suggests trying to eat healthier, taking vitamin supplements (especially vitamins B and D), finding any excuse to get a little exercise, planning outings and mini-vacations to get out of the house, and getting together with family, friends and neighbors. Pine City is full of opportunities to have fun and do good, often at the same time: • Check out Page 3 of the Pioneer for our Out & About section to find out what’s happening in the community. We always feature free and low-cost events in the area, and there’s plenty coming up to enjoy. • Get out of the house and head to one of the free concerts at Pine City Schools. • Take part in a class or exercise program through Pine City Community Ed. There are too many great offerings to list here. Pick up the Winter/Spring brochure and check it out. You can pick one up here at the Pioneer office (405 2nd Ave. S), or visit the Community Ed office at 700 6th Ave. SW Room #110, give them a call at 320-629-4030 or visit • For seniors, there are exercise classes (at 11 a.m. every Thursday) and a whole host of other activities at the Pine City Senior Center. Give them a call at 320-629-3024. • The Pine City Library has a number of monthly activities in store. Contact them at 320-629-6403. • Go cheer on the Pine City Dragons. Basketball, hockey and wrestling seasons are in full swing, and it’s great to get out and root for the home team. You can read about upcoming games each week in our Sports section. • Get in touch with your faith community. Every week we publish a Worship Guide – it’s on Page 15 of this edition of the Pioneer. Shop around until you find a church that’s right for you. • There are few things that lift one’s spirits more than feeling useful. Volunteer at the Pine Community Food Shelf (320-629-0128), Meals on Wheels (320-629-3024), A Place for You (320-438-7070), Pine Center for the Arts (320-629-4924), New Horizon Thrift Store (320279-0927) and Family Pathways (651-674-8040). SEE FE-BLAH-ARY, PAGE 5

Nolan: It’s time to retire With deep appreciation and thanks for allowing me to represent you in the Congress of the United States, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for reelection, and will retire at the end of the current term. The gratitude and affection I have for all of you here in Northern Minnesota is beyond my ability to express District 8 in words. Make no mistake – I love my House work representing you in Congress, Rick and the decision to leave is agonizNolan ing to say the least – especially when thinking of all the many volunteers, contributors, party leaders, colleagues, supporters – and of course the voters – who have all meant so much to our success. The fact is, I have spent 16 productive and exciting years in elective office, and far longer working behind the scenes in business, labor, community service, and the public policy arena. Good politics is about making a positive difference in people’s lives, and together with all of you and a brilliant dedicated staff, we’ve made a real difference for the 8th District of Minnesota and our great Nation. Jobs are coming back. Wages are going up. The Iron Range and the 8th District are on the economic rebound, and our best days


‘I will always continue to speak out for the common sense, progressive agenda I have spent a lifetime fighting for. But I will be doing so as a private citizen, privileged and grateful to be living here in the greatest Nation on earth.’ are still ahead. Having said that, there is a time and a purpose for everything and now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation. To be sure, I’m really going to miss representing the 8th District, but it is time for me to spend more time with my wonderful wife, Mary, our four fantastic adult children and their terrific spouses, and our 13 remarkable grandchildren. They have been incredibly patient and supportive. Now it’s time for me to respond in kind, and give them the attention they deserve and I want to give. Despite the fact that our Nation is being challenged by some rather troubling politics, let’s remember that our Founders foresaw difficult times and gave us the tools to see them through. Our Constitution is strong, our people are resilient, and

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the elections of 2018, 2020 and beyond provide continuing opportunities for progress, reform and necessary change. Hopefully the timing of this announcement in this still young election year will provide prospective candidates with ample opportunity to present themselves to voters and activists at the many party county conventions to be held over the next several months throughout our region. Fortunately, we are blessed to have a number of highly qualified people who have demonstrated the ability to win tough elections and govern effectively. With hard work and a broad base of support, one of them will win this seat, and serve with distinction in the next Congress. Meanwhile, rest assured, with the better part of a year left in office, I will continue working for the people of Minnesota’s 8th district and our entire Nation, energized and determined to finish strong. History teaches us that there are no final victories in politics. There will always be powerful forces standing in the way of progress. So I will always continue to speak out for the common sense, progressive agenda I have spent a lifetime fighting for. But I will be doing so as a private citizen, privileged and grateful to be living here in the greatest Nation on earth. Again, thank you so very much for choosing me to represent you.

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‘I Love You’ is Lourey looks ahead to legislative session never boring I remember the first time my late husband brought me a dozen red roses for Valentine’s Day. I was his 19-year-old bride, thrilled beyond words. As our 48 years of marriage went by, his Valentine’s Day gifts to me alternated between red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and going out for dinner. And every day, he said “I love you.” The other day on the news, I heard it said that those Valentine gifts were boring and needed to be updated with something new and Meandering exciting. Such as? It seems it is taking more and more to satisfy and with excite people these days. For example, when I see the over-abundance Margaret of toys and clothing little children have today, it’s obvious they are alMargaret ways going to want more and more to excite and please them as they Marty grow up. So it probably should come as no surprise that the above mentioned gifts are now considered boring and unexciting. Perhaps eventually it will take a rocket ride to the moon to be considered a thrilling gift. As for me, I’m still excited when my second husband brings me flowers, chocolates, or takes me out for dinner to mark Valentine’s Day. Those are the hallmarks of that holiday. But the best gift of all is just to hear his words, “I love you.”

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On a serious note, seasonal depression is no joke. If you’re feeling really down and out of control, there is no shame in asking for help. Pine County Health and Human Services lists a few resources on its website: • Mobile Crisis Services (24 hour Crisis Hotline): 1-800-523-3333 • Therapeutic Services Agency: 320-629-7600 • Nystrom and Associates: 651-379-1785 • Lighthouse Child and Family Services LLC: 320983-2335 Hang in there, everybody! The days are already getting longer and spring is on the way.

When the 2018 Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, Feb. 20, state lawmakers will have a new opportunity to improve Minnesotans’ quality of life. Our best chance of success relies upon the collaboration and compromise of all viewpoints. Here is a closer look at what we may accomplish in this session.

CAPITAL INVESTMENT This is the second year of the state’s biennium, commonly referred to as the “bonding year.” There is a widespread understanding that our state is falling behind on investments to maintain and improve Minnesota’s infrastructure. Capital investment is a great way to create good jobs and improve public safety. I applaud the State Governor’s recent bonding proposal, Senator which includes $1.5 billion for projects across the state, and am hopeful that the Legislature will respond with Tony a similarly sized proposal. Lourey Our region has several important bonding requests, some of which include investments for Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College and Pine Community and Technical College. Another critical bonding project is the WLSSD Combined Heat and Energy project, which will create a clean, renewable energy source. Additionally, a long overdue extension of the Carlton Water system along Hwy 210 would improve water quality and quantity for homeowners and businesses. Further, the Department of Corrections has requested expenditures for improving the security entrance and maintenance of Moose Lake Correctional Facility, as well as an expansion of the highly successful Challenge Incarceration Program in Willow River. This year, the Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to remove and replace dam structures in Willow River, Hinckley and Moose Lake. I will monitor the progress of this work to ensure each project is completed with the needs of our communities in mind. There are a number of innovative state-wide bonding initiatives that can be embraced by both sides of the aisle. For example, we can preserve and grow affordable housing, increase mental health services and extend broadband access across unserved and underserved regions of Minnesota through bonding expenditures. I will continue to work toward increased funding and bipartisan support for these essential resources and services.

our families, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Recent estimates show that deaths caused by opioid overdoses in Minnesota have increased 430 percent in the past few decades. Legislation to create an Opioid Stewardship Program would enact a “penny a pill” fee for opioid manufacturers and generate $42 million every two years to finance chemical dependency prevention and treatment. This initiative would have a zero cost to taxpayers and make a positive impact on individuals, families and local governments who are getting stuck with the bill for public safety costs that result from opioid abuse. I remain hopeful that this legislation will become law this year with its already strong bipartisan support.

ESTATE RECOVERIES There is a strong bipartisan push in Minnesota to successfully remove estate recoveries from Medical Assistance recipients who are receiving basic health services. I continued this work by collaborating with my colleagues across the aisle to craft a proposal for the federal delegation to clean up this issue once and for all. I am pleased that my federal counterparts appear to be taking up the language and introducing it this session. I hope they reach the same consensus that this is the only fair resolution to an issue that threatens to disrupt the lives of so many people.

UTILITY COMPANIES’ PROPERTY VALUATIONS Last year, utility companies called into question the amount of property taxes collected by counties in the past several years. I introduced an amendment to last year’s omnibus tax bill that would have allocated $88 million state dollars to protect local taxpayers from absorbing property assessors’ potential mistakes. Unfortunately, the amendment was not adopted onto the final bill. I am introducing a bill this session to propose holding local units and their taxpayers harmless if related litigation results in a recovery by the utility companies. I understand that this issue remains prevalent for our region and will continue to work toward a solution this year.

WORKING TOGETHER Taxpayers deserve a well-functioning state government that responds to its citizens’ needs in a timely manner. If the legislature focuses on items we can agree on, rather than those that divide us, we will have a much more productive session. It is time that we move past petty, partisan bickering and work together for the common good of all Minnesotans.

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Youngsters win in district free-throw contest BY CAROL AASER NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

10 Years Ago, 2008 He asked for a dictionary for Christmas. Russell Westeren, a sixth grader at Pine City Elementary School, received a pocket sized dictionary from his parents, but really wanted a big, full-sized collegiate dictionary. As runner-up in the 16th Annual District Spelling Bee on Feb. 5, Westeren got his wish. Seniors Karissa Lange and Andrew Lutz have been named Pine City High School’s 2007-08 Triple A Award winners, which recognizes excellence in the arts, athletics and academics. Both Lange and Lutz received perfect scores of 100 on their applications. The Dragon Speech Team won a decisive first place team victory with 79 points in the Two Rivers Junior High Conference Speech Tournament held in Onamia on Feb. 7. Sheriff Mark Mansavage reports all went well during the move to the new jail. On Thursday, Feb. 7, 42 inmates were successfully transferred.

25 Years Ago, 1993 The District 9 Knights of Columbus free throw competition was held Saturday, Feb. 6 at Mora. Jessica Fogt, Askov, was the winner in the 10-yearold girls bracket. Dawn Herzog, Willow River, won for the 11-year-old girls, Angelia Whittaker, Rush City, for 12-yearolds, Kendra Carlson, Sandstone, 13 years, and Jazmin Danielson, Brook

Park, 14-year-olds. When Pine City got its postmaster recently, a longtime weekender became a permanent resident. Marlene Engman and her husband, Clay, own a mobile home at Woischke’s and have spent almost every weekend in Pine City for the past three years. Bob Pigeon, Pine City, was among more than 700 delegates and members attending the Farmers Union Milk Marketing Cooperative’s (FUMMC) 21st annual member meeting Saturday, Feb. 6 at Madison, Wisconsin. Quote of the week – “It is not solutions that make ideas attractive. It is unsolved possibilities. The thing we feel about America is that the possibilities are always unsolved.� Russell W. Davenport. The Pine City Arts Council invites the public to a reception for local writer David Moffatt, author of “Fairy Tales For Children Of All Ages.� Pine City Mayor Jane Robbins recently appointed members to the city planning commission and set the length of their terms. Council member Brian Scholin will serve one year on the commission, as will Paul Rydberg and Dennis Willert. Ray Arimond was appointed to a two-year term, Chris McHugh for two years and Ray Kosbab, two years. Eldon Johnson will serve for three years, Gertrude Kessler for three years and Dale Teich for three years.

50 Years Ago, 1968 Richard Johnson of rural Pine City was appoint-

ed acting postmaster by the Post Office department, following the retirement of D. R. Wilcox, local postmaster for many years. Albert Wanous Jr., Pine City, was presented the Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer award. The village council is presently formulating a plan to construct a riverside public park, camping and picnic area on the village-owned land located just east of the disposal plant along the south side of the Snake River in Pine City.

John Towsley is putting up ice from Cross Lake for several residents on the lake, finding an excellent quality of clear ice, about 28 inches thick. Miss Bertha A. Neubauer and Mr. Al Oman were quietly wedded at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Ernestine Neubauer, at five o’clock yesterday afternoon. The scarlet fever sign was removed at the Tate home yesterday, all chance of contagion having passed.

75 Years Ago, 1943

The ice was never better in the lake than it is this season. It measures about three feet in thickness, and is as clear as glass. Whooping cough exists in epidemic form in Taylors Falls.

Gust Strohkirch, who has operated a general store at Beroun for many years, has purchased the store owned by Gilbert Hyland at Rock Creek. The deal was made on Monday of last week and Mr. Strohkirch took possession immediately. The Pine City fire department answered a call to a barn fire on the Leonard Machart farm, north of town, occupied by Melvin Chapin. The fire was contained to the barn. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kotek are the proud parents of a boy born Feb. 10. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Odegaard on the birth of their son on Feb. 10. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stumne are the proud parents of a baby girl born Feb. 15.

100 Years Ago, 1918 To Fritjof Lindahl and Paul Wurm belongs the honor of winning first and second prize from this county in the State Potato contest.



1993 Spelling champ Being number 13 in Pine City’s ďŹ rst district spelling bee didn’t mean bad luck for eighth grader Jamie Proctor. The son of Deborah and Jim Proctor correctly spelled anniversary to win the bee and a chance to compete in the East Region Bee in Ogilvie. Fourteen schools will be involved in that contest on Feb. 27, 1993. The 12 other students who participated in the district bee were Sara Carlson, Jackie Gerner, April Johnson, Michelle Laugerman, Zach Hammill, Randy Root, Kip Rydberg, Meagan Jeske, Sarah Johnson, Almon Novak, Josh Hammer and Kris Ouverson.


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Vandals mess with muskrat home Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Bret Grundmeier, working out of Hinckley, said he found quite a decrease in angling activity this week that was likely due to sub-zero temperatures. Snowmobile groomers were out on a few trails but trail conditions were still poor in most areas due to lack of snow and lack of a good base. While watching anglers on a small area lake one morning, a pair of individuals was caught destroying a muskrat house. In addition to some enforcement action taken, the individuals were educated about the importance

of the houses for the muskratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; winter survival. The responsible parties also agreed to repair the damaged house. Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn, working out of Pine City, spent a majority of the week checking anglers around the Pine City area. Fishing has been on the slow side with a majority of the anglers chasing panfish. He also checked snowmobile trails in the area, but the trails are in poor condition with the lack of snow. Wynn also answered questions during the week regarding ice shelter identification, ATV operation questions, and questions about target shooting on state property.

Farmers offered financial counseling â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that due to a variety of factors, including ongoing low prices, some farmers find themselves facing difficult circumstances,â&#x20AC;? said Bev Durgan, Extension dean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extension offers distressed farmers help in understanding their financial situation and exploring options to keep their farms functioning as a viable enterprise.â&#x20AC;? To set up a confidential appointment with an Extension farm financial analyst, farmers can call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077 or their county Extension office. The program is set up to provide analysts at geographically diverse locations in Minnesota. Confidential appointments are with financial analysts who include retired agricultural business professionals from Extension and other organizations.

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County could use eminent domain to access land BY AILENE CROUP NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

Pine County wants to gain access to the County Memorial Forest across land owned by James and Wilda Obey. On Feb. 2, the Pine County Board of Commissioners voted to consider condemning the land and using eminent domain if no agreement is reached. The Obeys and their neighbors, many whose land borders the forest, filled the boardroom at the Pine County Board meeting Feb. 2, 2018. Commissioner Steve Chaffee spoke for the Land Advisory Committee saying they had attempted to negotiate access to the Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; property and they were recommending the county board allow 90 days to continue negotiation with the Obeys and if no agreement is reached to proceed with condemnation. Chairman Steve Hallan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fine with the 90 days but I know how this works. At 87 days theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want 15 more.â&#x20AC;? The Obeys have owned the property in question for 40 years and had it officially declared Conservation Easement land 10 years ago. Five years ago, the county exchanged land with the State which expanded the tax forfeited land, classified as Memorial Forest, to 1,120 acres. It borders the Obey property. The county has access to the Memorial Forest land off County Road 14 and through the Chengwatana Forest. Logging is a typical practice on state and county forest land. Pine County has requested temporary access to the memorial forest on a road/trail which crosses the Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; land. They have also requested purchase of easement to the county forest land. And, the county had the 33-foot wide, quarter-mile piece of land surveyed and valued at $8,000. Both requests were denied by the Obeys. The land identified as Memorial Forest has 300 acres of mature trees which equates to about $190,000 in timber. The county also anticipates the ability to tap into gravel resources on the property and it is mentioned as a reason for wanting access. The Obeys have a gate across the trail and have provided keys to the gate and allowed several people and neighbors to gain access which is allowed under the

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conservation easement. In the winter they open the gate for snowmobilers. The Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney James Taurinskas spoke for them at the board meeting. He said the Obeys have put their land in conservation trust to preserve it and keep it pristine for their enjoyment. The land is less marketable now and devalued by about $400,000 because they will no longer be able to subdivide it and sell it off. The conservation stays with the land if it is sold.

Conservation easements are meant to protect land and preserve the natural habitat as well as shorelines of lakes, rivers and streams and scenic landscapes. The landowner still owns the land but there are also restrictions which go along with the conservation easement. According to the Minnesota Land Trust, easements restrict subdivision, commercial or industrial uses, mining, construction of buildings or roads, utilities, disturbance or agitation or topography and any activities on the property that might interfere with the conservation purpose of the easement. Taurinskas told the board the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for easement is contrary to the Conservation Easementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restrictions. A half dozen residents gave their opinions about the county boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insistence on an easement or the taking by eminent domain. One resident,Todd Libra, said he was against someone telling a private property owner about who can and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t access land. He claimed the county didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough resources to get a meth lab out of the Memorial Forest. He also said there had been deer poaching and house break-ins of the residences surrounding the forest, until the gate was put up on the Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; land. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to figure out who is in favor of gravel mining or clear cutting forest,â&#x20AC;? he said. Another resident said Mallard Road, which extends from the Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trail, will break down if logging and gravel trucks use it continually. Those are township roads and who will be repairing the road. A motion was made by Chaffee for negotiations to continue and if no resolution, the access to the Obey land will come back to the county board to proceed with condemnation. The board approved the motion 5-0. The expense of condemnation and the costs of the likely court action which will follow, plus building a road to accommodate the trucks over the wetland just beyond the Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trail, and payment of damages and attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fees to the Obeys is projected by Taurinskas to be at least $500,000, The Minnesota Land Trust is obligated to oversee and enforce the terms of the easement and could legally defend it in the event of a violation. Taurisnskas said the cost to the county would most likely outweigh the $190,000 benefit of logging off the Memorial Forest by taking the Obeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; land through condemnation/eminent domain.

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Dragon hoopmen net three big wins BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

With three wins throughout the week, the Dragons boys basketball team are owners of a 17-5 record. Pine City added a pair of conference wins to their season total, and also won a non-conference game in a rare Saturday afternoon outing. The team started its week by celebrating the achievements of a memorable senior class. PINE CITY 78, ISLE 31 It was Varsity Parent/Senior Night for the basketball team and cheerleaders on Monday, Feb. 5. The gym was loaded with spectators on hand to celebrate this year’s group of seniors, Jake Rademacher, Jake Lunceford, Clay Logan, Casey Foster, Cordell Major, Damien Schwab, Janae Johnson and Dayne Pulley, and their parents. “We had a great showing as we got to honor our seniors and thank our parents for all they have done and do,” said coach Kyle Allen. “We know how much we ask of these athletes and their families. It is nice to be able to take a moment and visually show our thanks as a program and coaching staff for all that has been done. Our belief with this night is to not do it on the last home game; we don’t want it to represent ‘the end.’ We have a long way to go; all of our goals are still in front of us. We hope it is more of a gratitude feeling.” Pine City’s distance shooting wasn’t as good as it has been, but the team more than made up for it with higher percentages from two-point range and added rebounding. Senior Lunceford really came to play with his first double-double of the year, putting up 10 points and 12 of the Dragons’ 49 boards. Rademacher was right behind with 11 points and nine rebounds. Clay Logan had 18 points, four assists and two rebounds with zero turnovers, while Seth Logan had 11 points and six boards. The Dragons got a couple days off after this win, but finished the week with two games in less than 24 hours as they played a back-to-back on Feb. 9-10. PINE CITY 70, RUSH CITY 29 The Dragons suffered through a bit of a listless start in this one but eventually turned things on and pulled away against the Tigers. “After the slow start, I thought our defense was suffocating,” said Allen. “We had some young guys that we wanted

to get some varsity experience to and I thought they responded well. Tanner Wicktor, Koleman Lind, Christian Fromm and Caleb Fromm all came in and gave some great varsity minutes in big stretches. Because of the way we do things in our program, we feel we can plug in any player into a situation and they can be successful. The scaffolding of concepts throughout the program lets us purposefully do that.” The high-point man was Nick Hansmann with 16, a positive sign as the junior continues to work himself back into the flow after a midseason shoulder injury. Seth Logan had 12 with three blocks, Clay Logan had 11 and Rademacher 10. Pine City paid attention to the details and did the little things right. “Before the game,” said Allen, “we were talking a little about our circle inbound play. We know it looks silly, but there are some rules and intricacies with it. We cleaned up some things before the game, and Koleman Lind executed it perfectly, getting an easy bucket underneath. It was great to see him take what we talked about in pregame and put it into a game situation.” Lind continued to do things well the following day and had his best-ever varsity game in another Dragons victory. PINE CITY 85, TWO HARBORS 55 The Dragons played well right from the tip in this game, but the Agates kept hanging around for much of the first 26 minutes. Down the stretch, Pine City was able to put the contest away with second half eruptions from Hansmann and Seth Logan. “I really liked how we came out of the gate,” said Allen. “I know we were in a little foul trouble, but I liked how we attacked the game. Our defense was flying around all night. Jake Rademacher, Clay Logan and Nick Hansmann combined for 18 steals in the game. I really thought we attacked and pushed the tempo as much as we have this year.” With the odd vibe that surrounds Saturday games, the short turnaround from the night before, and the foul trouble, Pine City again utilized the depth of their bench to success. “We got some newer line-ups out there,” said Allen. “We really do feel we can go to anyone and have success and I think this game allowed us to test that theory. Koleman Lind found himself in the game for big stretches in the first half


The Dragons ended their week well with a third win to make them owners of a 17-5 record and only four games remaining on their regular season schedule.

and wound up with 12 first half points. It was just a part of the balanced scoring; when you have six players score double figures, that is tough to stop. In the second half, Nick Hansmann took over on the offensive end. Nick, who is a great knock-down shooter, really did a nice job getting to the basket.” Seth Logan was the leading scorer

with 19, followed by Clay Logan with 17. Hansmann had 15, Lind 12, and both Rademacher and Konnor Jusczak finished with 11. Rademacher narrowly missed a double-double for the second time this week, adding nine rebounds. Pine City has four games remaining on their schedule and will host Mora on Friday, Feb. 16.


Both boys and girls JV squads also competed last week, with the girls (Meridith Kolling, pictured above right) coming up with a win over the Rush City Tigers on Feb. 8.

The Pine City girls Hoops teams had their chance to get a feel for the home hardwood during half-time of the game vs.Rush City.



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With 2 more wins, Dragons undefeated in Two Dragons break team record for consecutive wins BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

Roth each tallied one goal. Alex Laven had 11 saves.

Pine City Area hockey enthusiasts have had much to cheer about in 2018. The squad added another pair of wins to their resume this past week and still haven’t lost since ringing in the New Year. The Dragons are owners of a 12-game winning streak and had both a blowout and a close win in their most recent contests. Pine City Area is 19-5 overall and has one regular season game remaining.

PINE CITY AREA 3, PROCTOR 2 Back at it the following night, this time on the road, the Dragons faced a much stiffer test in the Rails. Pine City Area had to deal with tough calls all night, but battled hard and repeatedly had success on the penalty kills. Bergstrom netted an exciting game winner with just eight seconds to play. “I think we killed like eight of nine penalties on Friday,” said Nicoll. “A good, hard-fought win, and character builder going into playoffs.” Pine City Area hasn’t lost since Dec. 26, and this was the team’s 12th win in a row. The winner by Bergstrom was his second goal of the night. TJ Roth also tallied a goal in the second period to put the Dragons up 2-0, but the Rails battled back. Laven had 26 saves. Pine City Area will look for their 20th win of the year in the final game of the regular season. The Dragons were scheduled to travel to Cambridge-Isanti on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

PINE CITY AREA 10, LEGACY CHRISTIAN 0 Played at home on Thursday, Feb. 8, this win saw the Dragons break a team record for consecutive wins. Pine City Area took care of business easily. “It was a dominating performance by the boys,” Dragons coach Grant Nicoll said. “The previous record of 10 was dated back to the 98-99 season. We also saw Jan (Zahradka) get his first hat-trick in America, as well as Howie (Hodena) get his first varsity goal. Overall, a very fun night for Dragon hockey.”


The squad added a pair of wins to their resume this past week and haven’t lost since ringing in the New Year.

Up 2-0 after the first, Pine City Area used a six-goal second period to blow the lid off of this game. The win kept the Dragons undefeated in the Two

Rivers Conference at 10-0. Foreign exchange student Zahradka was impressive with his three goals, and has continued to prove himself a valuable

asset to this installment of the Dragons. Jonah Bergstrom finished with a pair of goals, while Hodena, George Miller, Kyle Wiener, Joe Root and TJ

Rockstroh, Utecht named Conference champs BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

Dragons wrestlers competed in the Great River Conference Tournament on Friday, Feb. 9 in Ogilvie. The team saw several solid individual performances from its members, and others that coach Milo Allen has high hopes for moving forward. Gavin Rockstroh (106 lbs.) and Carter Utecht (195 lbs.) came away as Conference Champions. “Carter Utecht had a great night,” said Dragons head coach Milo Allen. “He won himself a Conference Championship to close out his regular season high school career. Gavin Rockstroh was quite impressive too. Even though Gavin had beaten all his opponents at one point or another this year, he took them to a whole new level. In the finals, Gavin beat Rhett Hudoba of Ogilvie 17-2. Earlier in the season this was not the case; he really showed a higher level of wrestling in this match, I thought.” Taking second in the GRC were Lukas Kemen (182 lbs.), and Robert Decker (heavyweight), while Ali Pully (114 lbs.) earned a third place finish. “Luke Kemen had his


Coach Allen took time to praise first year wrestler, Kenny Vo (above), who finished fifth.

best varsity tournament finish to date,” said coach Allen. “Luke defeated Tucker Leigland of Rush City/Braham and Hunter Senarighi of Cloquet/ Esko/Carlton to finish with second. What’s really cool about Luke right now is he’s seeing where he can improve in the details. Ali is a first year wrestler who has really learned quickly how to use leverage and his strength.” While the team would have loved to have seen more athletes place in the top-three, Allen took time to praise a wrestler, Kenny Vo, who finished fifth. “The middle of our

line up struggled a bit more on Friday night,” added Allen, “but many of those weight classes from 126-152 are honestly very tough. One guy who comes to mind is Kenny Vo. He is yet another first year wrestler who has learned very quickly how to wrestle quite well. Coach (Andrew) Burger and I have loved coaching this young man. He is coachable and catches on very quickly to the moves and technique of the sport.” Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson now shifts their focus to the Section 7AA tournament, which began on Tuesday, Feb. 13


The team saw several solid individual performances from its members, and others that coach Milo Allen has high hopes for moving forward.

in Pine City. Five teams were scheduled to be present in the quarterfinals, including top-seeded Mora, followed by Mi-

laca, Princeton, the host team Dragons and Proctor/Hermantown. The Dragons will also compete in the Section

7AA Individual Tournament in Milaca on Feb. 23.


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Dragons take Huskies, Agates, feel Tigers’ claws BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

With three games on the schedule this past week, including one for a share of first place in the Great River Conference, the Dragons girls basketball team had a lot on their plate. The squad played well in each game, but ultimately came away with a 2-1 record and will likely see Rush City win another conference crown. Pine City sits at 17-4 overall. PINE CITY 91, ISLE 50 The Dragons were on the road on Monday, Feb. 5 and took care of business against the Huskies. Lily Wilson put together an incredible statistical game with 21 points, 12 steals and 11 assists, good for a triple-double. “The steals and assists both tied single-game records,” pointed out Dragons head coach Ted Hasz. “She got it going on defense, which led to many of her points and assists. [We] were able to use some good pressure defense and some very good ball movement to put together a solid win.” Ellie Hasz had a nice effort with 17 points, five boards and three assists. Alaina Steele had 14 points, six steals and four rebounds. Grace Langmade was also in double digits as she notched 12 points to go along with four assists, four steals and

three boards. Ashley Faur got the first start of her career and took advantage with 10 points and seven rebounds. Chloe Alleman was big on the boards, with eight, to go along with five points. RUSH CITY 65, PINE CITY 43 In the Great River Conference game of the week, the Dragons hosted the Tigers on Thursday, Feb. 8. The first meeting was back in January, and saw Pine City come up just short, losing by two points. This time around, the contest was close throughout the first half before the Tigers pulled away. Leading by one at the break, the Tigers built a double-digit lead at around the eight minute mark and continued to pull away. “[We] had a series of missed shots and turnovers that made the final what it was,” said Hasz. “Give credit to Rush City. They came out and played a strong second half. We started to get a little impatient on the offensive end and that made for some empty possessions.” Langmade had a strong game offensively with 11 points, while adding five boards and three assists. Wilson and Ellie Hasz had eight points apiece, while Faur had seven points and four boards. “We just couldn’t get it going in the second half and you need to play a full game

when you are playing good teams,” added Hasz. The Dragons would get it going once again two days later when they hosted the Agates. PINE CITY 65, TWO HARBORS 29 This Saturday matinee saw the Dragons outscore their visitors 38-6 in the second half. Wilson had 15, Steele had 13, and Ellie Hasz, Langmade and Alleman each finished with 11. “We made some adjustments at halftime and the kids really played hard and well,” said Hasz, adding, “especially on defense. It was a tremendous effort by our kids. Any time you can get five kids in double figures you know it was a great team effort.” The Dragons are coming down the homestretch on their season and still have several goals within reach. The team is looking forward to the Section playoffs which are approaching rapidly. “With five games left in the regular season,” Hasz said, “we like where we are at and where we are headed. We are happy with our depth and experience heading into the most exciting part of the season.” Pine City has a pair of road games in the coming week as the squad is set to travel to St. Cloud Cathedral and Onamia. LANCE FURBER | THE PIONEER

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Is it legal for local police or State Patrol to Q: make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to be a certain color or have some kind of markings?

You might be aware of some posts on social A: media that say, according to state law, that unmarked squad cars are illegal and State Patrol


Painters prepare to create masterpieces Under the guidance of instructor Rachel Bigelow, a group of budding artists created an abstract “four seasons” image at the Creative Canvas class at Pine Center for the Arts on Feb. 9.

squad cars must be maroon. Here’s what state law says about our use of these vehicles: “The commissioner of public safety may authorize the use of specially marked State Patrol vehicles, that have only a marking composed of a shield on the right door with the words inscribed thereon “Minnesota State Patrol” for primary use in the enforcement of highway traffic rules when in the judgment of the commissioner of public safety the use of specially marked State Patrol vehicles will contribute to the safety of the traveling public. The number of such specially marked State Patrol vehicles used in the enforcement of highway traffic rules shall not exceed ten percent of the total number of State Patrol vehicles used in traffic law enforcement.” The State Patrol currently has approximately 650 marked squads and 24 “specially marked” squads that are operated by troopers whose primary job function is road patrol. All of the specially marked Minnesota State Patrol squads are legal as authorized by state statute. In addition, we are well below the 10 percent limit of specially marked squads required by law. These patrol cars are only required to have a door shield (MSP decal), as described above. Additional unmarked patrol units are not required to have a decal. These include our district investigators, vehicle crime unit, State Capitol area troopers and administration supervisors. Their primary job function is not road patrol. These troopers make traffic stops and respond to emergencies as needed, and the cars are equipped with emergency lights and siren. A few years ago, I operated an unmarked patrol car and I found this type of squad to be an effective tool in helping keep Minnesota roads safe for everyone by reducing risky driving behavior that can lead to life-changing crashes. We plan to increase the amount of these type of squad cars on the road each year to help us identify violations such as texting and driving, no seat belt use and other unsafe operation. You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.


I want to purchase tires for my vehicle that Q: are the best available for ice and snow and wet traction. I know they will be expensive but I will

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leave them on year round. Is there a tire available that is a consumer twin to what you have on your cruisers?

Making sure your tires have plenty of tread A: is extremely important, especially during winter conditions. The Minnesota State Patrol uses


Stearns gives $20k to Family Pathways Food Shelf Many families in the community will benefit from the generosity of Stearns Bank as a result of their significant gift of $20,000 to the Family Pathways Pine City food shelf. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Family Pathways was awarded the gift which represents approximately 45,000 meals for individuals and families in the community who would otherwise not have enough to eat. These dollars help Family Pathways triple their food buying power through the MN Food Bank.For more information about Family Pathways programs, the food shelf, or an opportunity to volunteer, visit or check them out at Presenting the check is branch manager Douglas D’Aigle, second to the left. Receiving it on behalf of Family Pathways are Kathy Wills, director of hunger relief, far left. Reid Zimmerman, interim executive director, and Bobbie Eckel, assistant manager of food shelves are on the right.

a winter tire, and we suggest that you check with your local dealer or mechanic for the best tire that fits your vehicle. As a Trooper I understand the importance and value of using a proper tire. Staying on the highway comes down to a number of factors, but the most important is driving according to the conditions and using good common sense. Some advice on tires: • Check tread depth. Tires with a tread depth of one-sixteenth of an inch or less are unsafe. Place a penny head first into the tread grooves. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. • Check for cuts, bulges and exposed ply or cord. These conditions can cause blowouts. • Check tire pressure with a tire gauge. Tires can be as much as 50 percent under-inflated before it is visibly noticeable. In my career, I investigated far too many preventable injury and fatal crashes where unsafe tires were a contributing factor in a crash. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with effective windshield wiper blades, all the lights are working and used when needed and make sure that your tires have enough tread depth and pressure to keep you from losing control of your vehicle while driving. Send questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811 or


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POISON: Family survives carbon monoxide poisoning, urges others to protect their homes FROM PAGE 1

“His legs went out, hers went out. I’m starting to put pieces together here. This is sounding a lot like carbon monoxide poisoning.” Julie helped her son out of the shower, called 911 and started opening doors and windows. The temperature outside was about 20 degrees, but she had to let fresh air in the house. “I had sense enough to start my car while I was talking to 911 so the car was warming up, so we had a place semiwarm to go until help came.” The 911 operator told her to get the kids out. “I said, ‘I’m working on it.’” She went to get her daughter Megan out of bed. “I hollered her name and said, ‘Megan, get up,’ and she took two steps out of bed – and she went down.” Julie woke Megan up, and urged her and the other two children to keep moving toward fresh air. “I kept saying, ‘You guys got to get to the door, you’ve got to get to the door. We’ve got to go outside.’ And I wound up calling, telling the kids, ‘Just crawl to the front door.’ So I had all my kids crawling to the front door.” But her next act showed how badly the carbon monoxide was affecting her thought processes. “I wasn’t thinking straight myself ... I went upstairs and got dressed,” she said. “Not thinking clearly.” When she got downstairs minutes later, her children had stopped crawling, and were lying on the floor. Now Julie was feeling the panic set in. “They say they can’t move anymore. I can’t lift these guys up. So I called [911] back and said, ‘I need help. I can’t get them out of the house. They’re too heavy for me to lift.’” Fortunately, a Cambridge police officer was at her house moments later. He helped them all get out to their van, the kids in pajamas and boots. And within minutes firefighters and paramedics had arrived at the scene. “We got put in the ambulance and they started testing our carbon monoxide levels,” Julie said. “And we were pretty high.” A carbon monoxide blood test measures the amount of hemoglobin in the blood that has bonded with carbon monoxide. Normally, that percentage is less than two percent. At 20-30 percent, victims will suffer from headache,


Megan, Spencer and Marisa Teich have recovered and are now back home, with five new carbon monoxide detectors in their house.

nausea, vomiting and have trouble making decisions. As the rate gets higher, it leads to dizziness, muscle weakness and increased heartbeat and breathing rates. At around 50 percent, the victim loses consciousness, and a rate of over 60 percent results in seizures, coma and death. And children may have more severe symptoms at lower levels because they have fewer red blood cells. Spencer’s carbon monoxide level was at 40 percent. Julie and Megan were at 35 percent and Marisa was at 30 percent. “I remember sitting in my van calling my husband saying, ‘You need to come home now.’ And the paramedic said, ‘Don’t tell him to come home ... go right to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), meet us down there. “It was pretty scary. It kind of felt like an episode of the Twilight Zone. I kept thinking I was going to wake up and this was all a bad dream.” HYPERBARIC CHAMBER Down at HCMC, tests showed that they would need treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning in the hyperbaric chamber. A hyperbaric chamber is a sealed room where air pressure is increased. The pressure is identical to the water pressure experienced by deep-sea divers. When a patient breathes pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber it causes that oxygen to enter the bloodstream

much more quickly. “It forces the bad stuff out of your blood, and then with the oxygen you’re putting the good stuff back in,” Julie explained. “The pressure is just pushing the bad stuff out, and that’s what’s needed for carbon monoxide poisoning.” Julie said the chamber was like being inside the back of an ambulance, except for the pressure building up in one’s ears. “They would have us swallow and drink some water or plug your nose and blow,” she said. “I think for the kids that was the hardest part. But ... they had a TV and they let the kids pick out a movie so they had something to concentrate on while we were in there for 90 minutes.” Once they were done with that treatment, medical staff checked their troponin levels. Troponins are proteins that are released when the heart muscle has been damaged. Megan showed higher troponin levels, which meant that she had to do two more 90 minute sessions in the hyperbaric chamber by herself, with Julie sitting outside the chamber, looking through the window at her child. Daughter and mother spent the night at the hospital together. Julie said Megan did her treatments bravely. “I was really proud,” she said.

ea pigs, a golden retriever and a bunny. All of their animals survived and are doing fine. The children spent the next week at their grandmother’s house in Pine City, because Julie and Greg didn’t feel comfortable having them home with no heat or hot water. Julie worked with TM Johnson Brothers to get a new water heater and furnace financed and installed. These appliances are now vented out of the house in a completely different way. “That’s fine with me,” Julie said, laughing. “At least the house is now safe for the kids.” To ensure their safety, they now have five carbon monoxide monitors and fire alarms in the house. “It is recommended to have one carbon monoxide monitor for each bedroom in your home, and have it outside each bedroom door,” she said. “We are going to have them all over the place.” She said she hopes that her family’s terrible experience can serve as a lesson to others, and urged everyone to make sure they have enough fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to protect their own families. “If you think you don’t need it, you do,” Julie said. “If you think it won’t happen to you, it will. Bite the bullet, spend the extra money. It’s not worth the cost of a funeral.” She said she is grateful for the stories that her late father Kurtiss Rike would tell her of his experiences as a Pine City fireman, and for her own training as an EMT that helped her understand the danger they were in – and avoid a nightmare. “I’m very grateful that I had that training, or my husband probably would have came home and found us all dead,” Julie said. “I probably would have thought, you know, my kids are sick and I’ll just put them back to bed and check on them in a little bit, and then sat down and probably watched TV and that would have been the end of us. I hate to think what this would have done to my husband. It probably would have driven him crazy. “I’m just glad to be alive right now and happy, and to have my kids who are back healthy and safe. We’re in a house where I don’t have to worry about this again. I’m feeling pretty blessed right now.”

RECOVERY, GRATITUDE AND LESSONS LEARNED Julie’s mom and brother came out to rescue the family’s animals – six guin-

CLINIC: Loss of clinic would affect health care in Rush City and surrounding communities FROM PAGE 1

the clinic in Rush City also patronize other businesses while in town. “A lot of people moved to town because there was a real good clinic and school.” Oare told those gathered, Fairview applied for a building permit to remodel at their current location. The unofficial word is that it will be closed in the spring and no one from Fairview hospital/clinic has been able to tell Rush City’s clinic advisory council why they are leaving and what it would take for them to stay. “We don’t have answers as to why they want to close the clinic,” Carroll said. Services would be available at Pine City or North Branch, and he added, it was obvious the Fairview pharmacy would also be closing. He said it was “extremely frustrating” because Fairview, who took over the cityrun hospital 20 years ago, guaranteed a physician and enhanced ambulance service. “Rush City Clinic has the second highest satisfaction rating in the Fairview system. We need to continue to hold their feet to the fire,” Carroll stated. Ploetz said when Fairview took over the hospitals, clinics and pharmacies of Chisago City, North Branch and Rush City known as the Lakes Region, they

made a commitment to have a clinic in the towns where hospitals had been closed. “We’d like to hold them to that commitment,” she said. “We have been promoters of Fairview.” Ploetz expressed frustration and disappointment because they, as an advisory council, had not been informed of the closing though they had heard of letters going out to that effect. Rush City has the highest clinic financial ratings, according to Rush City Mayor Dan Dahlberg. The city has provided options of location to keep the clinic in town, he said, and explained that a remodel of the current clinic would be about $1.5 million and building new would be about $2 million. He said he was told Fairview only had $500,000 to spend on such a project. “We’re dealing with a $5 billion corporation that say they have only $500,000 for a clinic,” Oare added. The Fairview system includes 11 hospitals, 54 primary care clinics, 31 pharmacies, nine urgent care clinics, two express care clinics and five birthplaces, according to their website. They stretch from the Iron Range in the north to Prior Lake in the south. Rush City is not the smallest city served by Fairview with Milaca at a couple hun-

dred lower in population, yet it boasts a clinic, pharmacy specialty services and surgery. The next closest Fairview clinic to Rush City is Pine City but it does not list medical doctors on staff. FirstLight Health System has a clinic, pharmacy and urgent care in Pine City – 11 miles, plus a hospital in Mora – 28 miles, and Allina has a hospital, clinic and pharmacy in Cambridge – 18 miles. Members of Save the Rush City Clinic Committee handed out envelopes stamped and addressed to the city which will be turned over to Fairview. They also offered a list of helpful hints for writing an impact letter about how the clinic has been a benefit and what closing it would mean. They are asking residents and those who use the clinic to write letters expressing their need for a clinic in Rush City and the value it adds to the area. The Pioneer reached a Fairview spokesperson. Their comment was: “We thank the members of the Rush City community who have shared their concerns with us. We are working with city leaders and community members to discuss viable options for continuing to provide care to the Rush City community.”

AVAILABLE MEDICAL CARE FROM RUSH CITY: CLINICS WITH PHYSICIANS Pine City FirstLight 11.6 miles Cambridge Allina 18 miles North Branch Fairview 22 miles Hinckley FirstLight 25 miles Mora FirstLight 28.5 miles Sandstone Essentia 33.8 miles HOSPITALS Cambridge Allina 18 miles Mora FirstLight 28.5 miles Sandstone Essentia 33.8 miles



FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Deputy reports on Pine City crime BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

A Pine County deputy spoke to the Pine City Council on Feb. 7 about crime statistics and crimefighting efforts in Pine City this past month. Deputy Aaron Quesenberry said that in January there were 429 calls to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office about incidents in Pine City. VEHICLE PROWLS Six “vehicle prowls” were reported over one night on the north end of Pine City. These cars were opened up while parked, the contents of the cars were searched by a thief or thieves, and valuables were stolen. Quesenberry said that these vehicle prowl incidents are currently being investigated. Pine City Administrator Ken Cammilleri asked if the vehicles were locked or unlocked. Quesenberry said that most of them were unlocked. “They were easy enough to get into,” Quesenberry said. “There were no windows broken.” The deputy urged citizens throughout the area to lock their cars to prevent these kinds of opportunistic crimes.

NEW SERGEANT Since the recent retirement of Pine County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Dan Kunz, the Pine City area has been without a sergeant, but Quesenberry said that is about to change. Cammilleri asked Quesenberry what plans are being made to assign a new sergeant to the Pine City area. Quesenberry said that Sheriff Jeff Nelson will be making an announcement soon about the position. “Within two weeks there will be a new sergeant down here,” he said. “TROUBLE NEIGHBORS” AND MORE Quesenberry gave a little background on several types of calls that the public may not be familiar with. • There were six “check welfare” calls in Pine City in January. These are calls where deputies are asked to check on an individual to make sure that everything is all right. • There were two different “trouble neighbors” calls. “There is trouble between neighbors and we get called to handle the dispute,” Quesenberry explained. • There were six “unwanted person” calls spread around Pine City. “Say if someone were to be in here and not be want-

ed, the sheriff’s office would be called and basically someone in authority would ask us to remove that party at that facility,” Quesenberrry said. He noted that one of the unwanted person incidents happened in Pine Government Center, though he did not say whether it was in the city or county offices. • There were two assault calls and two fight calls. “I would note on those that those [fight calls] are typically a two-deputy call,” he said. “Myself and the other Pine City deputy plus a county deputy would be coming to back us up on that. Because, obviously, if you’re dealing with a fight, there is more than one person.” • There were 12 “attempted pickups” in town. These are attempts to serve arrest warrants on suspects involved in criminal cases. • There was one criminal sexual incident reported in Pine City in January. OTHER CALLS Quesenberry reported on other Pine City incidents. • 59 traffic calls. Quesenberry said that the calls were split throughout Pine City. • One vehicle theft on the north end of Pine City. • Three property damage ve-


Since the recent retirement of Pine County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Dan Kunz, the Pine City area has been without a sergeant, but Deputy Aaron Quesenberry said that is about to change.

hicle accidents, one car in the ditch. • Four trespass incidents – two at the laundry, two at Walmart. • Four found-property calls. • One report of damage to property. • 10 alarms, mixed real and false alarms. • Five theft calls (not including vehicle prowls). • Five gas drive offs. • Three disturbance calls.

• Two domestics. Quesenberry said that both the people were arrested as a result of the domestic and brought to jail. • Two suicide attempts. • One drunk person brought in. In January, 17 people in Pine City went to jail. Quesenberry noted that these arrests could be from individuals on probation, attempted pickups or any other incidents.

PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S BLOTTER Feb. 5 - 11 Theft, burglary, vandalism

Feb. 5, 8:16 a.m., report of vehicle theft/attempt, 5th St., Pine City south. Feb. 6, 10:48 a.m., report of fraud, Maple Ave., Rock Creek east. Feb. 7, 6:33 p.m., report of driveoffs, 13th St., Pine City south. Feb. 8, 3:16 a.m., report of property damage w/animal, Henriette Rd./Feather Ln., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 8, 3:58 p.m., report of theft, Highwood Shores Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 10, 2:37 p.m., report of security alarm, Brunswick Rd., Pine City Twp. west. Feb. 10, 4:38 p.m., report of driveoffs, Beroun Crossing Rd., Pokegama Twp. east. Feb. 10, 5:58 p.m., report of vehicle exterior damage, Creekside Ct., Pokegama Twp. east. Feb. 11, 11:10 p.m., report of shoplifter, Evergreen Sq., Pine City south.

drug incident, 11th St., Pine City south. Feb. 9, 8:26 a.m., report of animal disturbance, Hawk Ridge Rd./Brook Park Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 9, 4:42 p.m., report of assault, Main St., Pine City north. Feb. 10, 2:05 a.m., report of disturbance, 2nd Ave., Pine City south. Feb. 10, 12:00 p.m., report of domestic, Brunswick Rd., Royalton Twp. Feb. 10, 7:47 p.m., report of disturbance, Sunset View Ln., Pine City Twp. east. Feb. 11, 12:43 a.m., report of loud music, 8th Ave., Pine City south. Feb. 11, 7:40 p.m., report of animal disturbance, 5th Ave., Pine City north.

Fires and accidents Feb. 9, 8:11 a.m., report of personal injury, Henriette Rd./ Meadow Creek Ln., Pokegama Twp. east. Feb. 10, 5:50 p.m., report of fire outside, Horse Shoe Ln., Pokegama Twp. east.


Feb. 5, 11:15 p.m., report of suspicious activity, Auburn Rd./ Birchview Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 6, 2:41 a.m., report of suspicious activity, Highwood Shores Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 6, 12:45 p.m., report of drug incident, 11th St., Pine City south. Feb. 6, 9:42 p.m., report of disturbance, Butternut Hollow Ln./St. Croix Rd., Pine City Twp. east. Feb. 7, 12:02 p.m., report of trespass, Liberty Rd., Pine City Twp. east. Feb. 8, 10:33 p.m., report of

Jail roster Feb. 5, Patrick James Root, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, murder- 2nd degree- drive-by shoo...; homicide- murder- 2nd degreewith... Feb. 5, Robert Clarence Hensley, under sentence, drugs5th degree- possess schedu... Feb. 5, Joseph Donald Peacock, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, fleeing police officer in motor veh...; traffic- insurance- no proof, open bottle law drinking an... driving after suspension; drugs3rd degree- poss...; weaponposs- ineligible convicted of...;

stolen property- poss- other property- $501-$2... Feb. 5, Natalie Christine Axzen, awaiting trial/court, remand-RPR, probable cause, thefttake/use/transfer movable... Released Feb. 7. Feb. 5, Joseph Allen Stenbakken, awaiting trial/court, under sentence, probable cause, govt- false name to police officer. Released Feb. 7. Feb. 5, Tanner Allen Thompson, warrant, under sentence, drugs- 5th degree- poss/procure/control...; Pine County warrant, drugs- 5th degreepossess sche... Released Feb. 6. Feb. 5, Kenneth Thomas Soest, book and release, summons, traffic- driver’s license- driving after cancellation- inimical to public safety. Released Feb. 5. Feb. 6, Micheal Thomas Bothum, warrant, remand-hold, stolen property- receive- other property- $250... Feb. 6, Darrell Thomas Mitchell, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, weapon- possconvicted felon... Feb. 6, Cassandra Shaunee Ra... Simonson, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, govtfalse name to police officer...; hold for other agency, drugs5th degree- poss/procure/ control su...; theft- aggregated within 6 months an...; escape from custody- electronic moni... Feb. 6, Johnathon Cody Thomas, awaiting trial/ court, hold for other agency, assault- 1st degree- great bodily harm- nonfam... Feb. 6, Nathaniel Steven Veit, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, theft- theft of services- $501 to $25...; criminal damage property- 1st degree- $1001 and great...; burglary- 2nd degree- res- no

force- night. Feb. 6, Rebecca Anne Tritchler, awaiting trial/court, hold for other agency, forgery- offer or pass counterfeit; remand-bial, probable cause, stolen property- poss/sale of stolen/c... Released Feb. 11. Feb. 6, Bradley Glenn Thorp, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, remand-bail, traffic- driving after revocation, insurance- no proof, hold for other agency, forgery- possession or sale of sto... Released Feb. 11. Feb. 6, Eric Lamar Stookey, Pine County warrant, remand-bail, criminal sexual conduct- registration of predatory off... Released Feb. 9. Feb. 6, Clayton Matthew Ruddy, hold for other agency, traffic- DWI- 4th degree drive while impaired; theft- take/ use/transfer movable... Released Feb. 6. Feb. 6, Marlin Vernon Sam, warrant, under sentence, drugs- 5th degree- poss/procure/control...; Pine County warrant, drugs- 5th degreepossess sche... Released Feb. 7. Feb. 7, Jessica Lynn Boeke, warrant, remand-bail, family offense- nonsupport of spouse. Feb. 7, Anthony Wayne Carman, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, criminal sexual conduct- registration of predatory offen... Feb. 7, James Carl Cathers, warrant, remand-hold, violate no contact order- within 1... Feb. 7, Devon Michael Kerfeld, under sentence, traffic- DUI3rd degree- alcohol conc over... Feb. 7, Duke Allen Krone, hold for other agency, probation violation-fe... criminal sexual conduct- 1st degree- female-

penet or contact. Feb. 7, James Edward Lightfeather, warrant, under sentence, assault- domestic assault- misd. Feb. 7, Miranda Louis Johnston, Pine County warrant, under sentence, drugs- 5th degree- possess sche... Released Feb. 9. Feb. 7, William Louis Kemptner, Pine County warrant, remand-RPR, traffic- driver’s license- driving after cancellation- inimical to public safety. Released Feb. 9. Feb. 8, Patrick James Modtland, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, govt- smugglecontraband into prison, obstruct legal process- no forc... fleeing police officer in motor veh... traffic- driving after revocation, hold for other agency, drugs- 5th degree- poss... Feb. 8, Rachel Lynn Nelson, under sentence, traffic- DUI3rd degree, hold for other agency, DUI- 3rd degree driving wh... remand-hold, DUI3rd degree- refusal to submit to... Feb. 8, Dustin Daniel Clemmens, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, remand-RPR, assault- domestic assaultGM, violate order fo... Released Feb. 9. Feb. 8, Jeremy Alan Mccarty, Pine County warrant, under sentence, drugs- 5th degreepossess sche... Released Feb. 9. Feb. 8, Craig David Heesaker, under sentence... Released Feb. 8. Feb. 8, Joshua Edward Whitcomb, Pine County warrant, traffic- no proof ins 2 prior convict... driving after revocation. Released Feb. 8. Feb. 9, Matthew Lloyd Boykin, Pine County warrant, domestic abuse- violate order for... violate no contact order-

within 1...; trespassing- business. Feb. 9, Dustin Daniel Clemmens, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, harassmentviolation of restraining... Feb. 9, Natasha Lynn Garner, Pine County warrant- drugs3rd degree- poss... Feb. 9, Daniel Prescott Jackson, Pine County warrant, traffic- driving after revocation; drugs- poss/sale hypo syringe/needle. Feb. 9, Delphine Josefa St John, Pine County warrant, remand-RPR, govt- MS- contempt of court. Released Feb. 9. Feb. 10, Shawn Robert Sc... Kitchenmaster, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, domestic assault- firearmsused in a...; assault- 2nd degree- dangerous weapon... Feb. 11, Allen Dean Bartel, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, assault- domestic assault- misd., 5th degree- inflict or attempt bodil... Feb. 11, Emmanuel Lewis Garbow, Pine County warrant, drugs- 5th degree- poss/procure/control su... Feb. 11, James Frederick Harper III, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, traffic- DUI2nd degree driving ... Feb. 11, Brad Aaron Shermer, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, assault- 2nd degreedangerous weapon... criminal damage property- 4th degree. Feb. 11, Kathryn Mary Baxton, hold for other agency, vehicletheft- $1001 or greater- f...; traffic- driving after revocation. Released Feb. 11.

There have been 241 admissions to the Pine County Jail in 2018.


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Ethel A. Blake

Bryson Robert Cooper was born on Jan. 18, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. He weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and was 20-3/4 inches long. His parents are Matthew and Kimberly Cooper of Pine City. Bryson is welcomed by grandparents Mike and Bonnie Owens of Mora, Roy and Marsha Cooper of Ogilvie.

Snelling Oakley Isaac Snelling was born on Jan. 18, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. He weighed eight pounds, six ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. His mother is Breanna Snelling of Mora. Oakley is welcomed home by big sister Aria Grace, 2-1/2. His grandparents are Jennie Rundle and Trevor Snelling of Mora.

Pemberton Easton Gunner Pemberton was born on Jan. 22, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. He weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. His parents are Reno and Kaitlyn Pemberton of Mora. Easton is welcomed home by big brother Mason, 6. His grandparents are Bill and Lori Sunderman of Mora and Charles Pemberton of Cambridge.

Peschl Harmony Rose Peschl was born on Jan. 28, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. She weighed seven pounds, six ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Sasha Ross and Benjamin Peschl of St. Cloud. Harmony is welcomed home by siblings Derek Marks Jr. and January Russell. Her grandparents are Ursula Ross of Fort Thompson, South Dakota, Jodie and Mike Peschl of St. Cloud.

Ethel Alice Blake passed away Feb. 7, 2018, at the age of 88 at Northern Pines Assisted Living in Pine City. Ethel was born Jan. 17, 1930, on the family farm near Heron Lake, Minnesota, to Ingvald and Anna Sigurdsen. She moved with her family to a farm near Grasston at the age of 12 and graduated from Pine City High School in 1948. Her upbringing as a farm girl was always near and dear to her. Ethel married Ward E. Blake Jr. in 1953 and they moved back to the Blake home place near Henriette in 1960. They raised three children there: Kathy, Karen and Dan. Ethel was proud to be a full-blooded Norwegian and made certain that her children understood how to kindly call someone a stinky pig in Norsk. She also enjoyed gardening, music, reading, baking, coffee and fires in the wood stove. Her “dates” with Ward, when their kids were older, tended to be cutting firewood and then coming home to do the daily crossword puzzle together. Ethel always had a strong faith and made sure her children were raised accordingly. She trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and talked with him as a dear friend. Ethel is survived by her daughters Katherine (Timothy) Panula of Lakeville and Karen Blake of Cambridge and son Daniel (Joanne) Blake of Pine City; grandchildren Nathan Panula, Jennifer Panula, Kristen (Bryan) Gerber, Andrew Blake, John Blake, Ryan Blake and Matthew Blake; great-grandchildren Grace Gerber and Lucy Gerber; brother Leonard Sigurdsen of Grasston; brother-in-law Willard Blake of Coon Rapids; and sister-in-law Janice Blake of Mora. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Ward Blake Jr., parents Ingvald and Anna Sigurdsen, sis-

ters Irene Martini and Ruth Hanson, brother Alden Sigurdsen, brothers-in-law Vern Martini, Milton Blake and Dwight Blake, sister-in-law Alberta Sigurdsen, father-in-law Ward Blake Sr. and mother-in-law Florence Blake. Reverend Fred Hanson will officiate funeral services for Ethel at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pine City. A time for family and friends to gather for visitation and reviewal is planned for one hour prior to the service at the church. Casket bearers are Ethel’s seven grandchildren. Music will be provided by Glenna Reierson and Jennifer Hansmann. Interment will take place at Henriette Cemetery in Henriette. Funeral arrangements for Ethel Blake are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel;

‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:7

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Church of Christ

Grasston Baptist Church

815 7th St. SW, Pine City 10 a.m. Bible Study 11 a.m. Worship Service 4 p.m. Evening Service Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study. Contact: Greg Douvier 320-420-1302

402 N. Oak St. Grasston, MN 55030 320.396.2645 Worship Service 9:30am Sunday School 10:45am

Dale Evangelical Free Church 45268 Brunswick Rd, Harris, MN 763-689-5817 Pastor/Teacher Dr. Harvey Martin Sunday School, all ages 9:00 am Sunday Service 10:25 am Awana, Wed. 6:30-8:00pm Youth, Wed. 6:30-8:00pm

First Presbyterian Church

Hands for Pine City Outreach Church Meeting at Pine City Library Community Room, 300 5th St. SE P.O. Box 164 Sunday NIGHTS 5-6PM Pastors Julie & Brad Samuelson 320-496-3009 Facebook fan page: Hands for Pine City Existing to be the hands of Jesus to Pine City

405 Main St. S., Pine City 320-629-3592 Rev. Rob Spahr 10:00 a.m. Sunday School-all ages, No Sunday School-June-August 10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration Wednesday @ 6:15 p.m. Youth Group

Henriette Community Church

Grace Baptist Church

Hinckley Seventh Day Adventist

1 mile Southwest of Pine City on Fairway Road (next to I-35) 320-629-1374 Pastor Tim W. Stratton 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. 11:00 a.m. Preaching Service, 6:00 p.m. Evening Service. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Bible study, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Master Clubs for children ages 4 to 6th grade.

550 1st St. NE, Hinckley 320-384-6167 Pastor: Carlos Rodriguez Services, Saturday, 11 a.m. Fellowship lunch 1st and 3rd Saturday following services.

(Free Methodist) One mile North of Henriette on HWY 107 • 320-679-4875 Pastor Marvin Miller Sunday School, 9:00a.m.; Sunday morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.

Hope Lutheran Church Grasston Dean Oelfke, Pastor 320-396-3925

Sunday Worship Service 11am Holy Communion first and third Saturdays and festival days.

Sunday Mornings: Life Class 9 a.m., Worship Service 10 a.m.

Living Water Fellowship

Hustletown Community Church Non-denominational 17945 Blue Jay Ln. Pastor Bruce Thompson 320-225-9231 Sunday School, 10:15 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 535 8th St. SW, Pine City 320-629-2935 Monsignor Alek Suchan Mass: Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 10 am, Confession: Saturday 4-4:30pm, Sunday 9:15-9:45am

Journey North Church Current location: 840 Main St S, behind A&W. Pastor Tim Adams 320-629-6111 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Nursery, toddlers and KidVenture programs during both services.

Living Hope Christian Center Pastor Jeremy Langmade Assembly of God 11914 Fairway Rd. SW, Pine City ¾ mile West of I-35 on Pokegama Lake Road 320-629-6136

915 W. 8th St. Rush City, MN Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. Call 320-358-3818 for weekly Bible studies and youth activities.

Open Arms Church of God

Pomroy Chapel

2700 320th Ave., Brook Park A NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP For Special events &/or group studies call: 320-679-3925 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. Prayer 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Fellowship following Worship

406 Pine St., Grasston, MN 320-396-3373 Pastor Gene Sherrod Spirit Filled Worship Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Children’s ministry

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

South Pine Baptist Church

825 Golf Ave SW, Pine City 320-629-2985 Pastor Fred Hanson Sunday services: 8 and 9:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship between services Sunday school is at 9:30 Sundays. Thursday Service: 5:30 p.m.

Meeting at Pine City Library Community Room 300 5th St SE, Pine City, MN Pastor Dennis Eng 320-336-9292 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study at 7p.m. (Call for location)

Pine City Evangelical Free Church 625 Golf Ave SW Pastor Joel Preston Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) 9:15 a.m. Nursery (infant-3yrs) all morning Wednesdays: AWANA (Sept-Apr) 6 p.m.; Frontline (Youth Group), Jr & Sr High 6:00 p.m. Phone: 320-629-2584 Email:,

320-629-2935 19390 Ave, Beroun, MN Monsignor Alek Suchan Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church 410 Main St. S, Pine City Worship 9 a.m. Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Growing in Grace Preschool Mon-Wed- Fri a.m. Pastor Glen Kleppe 320-629-3683

The businesses below invite you to attend the house of worship of your choice.


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SUMMARY OF MINUTES OF THE PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING Regular Meeting – Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. 6333 H C Andersen Alle, Askov, Minnesota Chair Hallan called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Present were Commissioners Josh Mohr, Steve Chaffee, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig. Also present was County Administrator David Minke. County Attorney Reese Frederickson was absent. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Chair Hallan called for public comment. There was no public comment. Commissioner Ludwig moved to approve the amended Agenda. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Mohr moved to approve the Minutes of the January 2, 2018 Regular and Organizational County Board Meeting and Summary for publication. Second by Commissioner Mikrot. Motion carried 5-0. Minutes of Boards, Reports and Correspondence Pine County HRA Senior Housing Minutes (regular meeting) – November 29, 2017 Pine County HRA Senior Housing Minutes (annual meeting) – November 29, 2017 East Central Regional Library Board Minutes – December 11, 2017 Commissioner Chaffee moved to acknowledge the Minutes of Boards, Reports and Correspondence. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Ludwig moved to approve the amended Consent Agenda. Second by Commissioner Mikrot. Motion carried 5-0. Fund December 31, 2016 December 31, 2017 Increase(Decrease) General Fund 5,223,442 5,660,201 436,759 Health and Human Services Fund 825,047 1,378,148 553,101 Road and Bridge Fund (362,429) 290,772 653,201 Land Management Fund 2,149,920 1,968,101 (181,819) TOTAL (inc nonmajor funds) 10,658,711 12,318,200 1,659,489 Approve the Applications for Abatement for Jean Loucks, 13313 Sunset Trail, Pine City; Doris Waddel Johnson, 515 3rd St. No., Brook Park; Thomas Hartung, 8423 Alfalfa Lane, Grasston. Approve the 2018 tobacco license for Bear Creek Tavern, Inc., 39109 State Highway 48, Hinckley. Acknowledge the banks used by Pine County as its depositories: (1) primary checking and money market accounts are held at Frandsen Bank & Trust; (2) secondary checking and money market accounts are held at Stearns Bank; (3) individuals making their tax and other payments online are held at Stearns Bank. Approve the following 2017 budget adjustments: General Fund Dept 281 - Civil Defense 01-281-5230 - State Grants from $21,026 to zero 01-281-5409 - Federal Grants from zero to $21,026 Dept 391 & 392 - Solid Waste & SCORE 01-392-5501 - Fees For Service from $0 to $9,500 01-391-6803 - Transfer Station Recycling from $14,000 to $23,500 Dept 605 - Economic Development 01-605-5281 - Local Grants from $0 to $5,000 01-605-6263 - Professional & Tech Serv from $6,000 to $11,000 HHS - Social Services 12-430-712-0000-5429 from $79,088 to $128,600 12-430-712-0000-5854 from $45,000 to $64,000 12-430-712-0030-5430 from $48,788 to $56,000 12-430-719-0000-5336 from $18,000 to $153,000 12-430-740-0000-5430 from $0 to $17,000 12-430-740-0000-5443 from $48,000 to $69,000 12-430-761-0000-5850 from $90,000 to $136,000 12-430-765-0000-5349 from $80,000 to $83,000 12-430-765-0000-5449 from $80,000 to $83,000 12-430-712-3811-6020 from $130,000 to $292,000 12-430-712-3811-6022 from $140,000 $204,724 12-430-761-3410-6094 from $1,000 to $20,000 12-430-740-3831-6020 from $325,000 to $380,000 Note: Social Services received some revenues in 2017 attributable to prior years which will help offset out of home placement costs. The above adjustments total $300,724 revenue and expenditures to net to zero for budget purposes. GENERAL FUND – 01 County Board acknowledges the following expenditures in excess of budget: Dept 020 - Law Library - $5,442.00 (spending down reserve) Dept 074 - Aquatic Invasive Species Program - $26,811 (spending down reserve) Dept 212 - Sheriff's Canine Unit - $15,330 (spending down reserve). Dept 227 - Enhance 911 - $11,700 (spending down reserve) Dept 253 - Court Security - $16,000 (new department and over expenditures were offset by the jail and STS departments coming in under budget. This department was separated for the purpose of better tracking of court related expenses.) Dept 281 - Civil Defense - $70,000 (salaries and wages were budgeted in Sheriff's Dept 201 and mid-year a portion was delegated to the Civil Defense Department for reporting purposes.) Dept 605 - Acknowledge receipt of restricted funds in the amount of $18,663 from Initiative Foundation for future economic development projects. Dept 801 - Non-Departmental (both Unemployment Cost and Workers Compensation Premium were higher than anticipated and primarily from an audit of prior year Workers Compensation Premium that was paid.) HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES FUND - 12 The County Board acknowledges the over expenditures in Dept 430 (Social Services) due to the high cost of out of home placements which cannot be predicted from year to year. The County Board acknowledges the additional revenue received in Dept 481 (Public Health) as a result of the termination of the Kanabec-Pine Community Health Board and the return of Pine County share of revenues of approx. $340,000 for home visiting. EQUIPMENT FUND – 43 The County Board acknowledges the over expenditures in Fund 43 as being required for the Sheriff's Dept RMS System Approve the Agreement for Prosecution Services with the City of Pine City in the total amount of $22,000 for calendar years 2018 and 2019. Accept the Pine County Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice Screening Grant. Approve the Department of Public Safety Grant Agreement. For 2018 and 2019 the county will receive a total of $140,000. There is a $27,000 matching requirement from the county, however much of the match is in-kind and the county attorney’s office has funds to cover remaining match expenses. Approve the Natural Resources Block Grant Agreement for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 with the State of Minnesota. This grant covers septic treat-

ments systems and upgrades, shorelands, local water management and Wetland Conservation Action. Approve entering into a contract for services with Lawrence Staples as a Cultural Community Coach for 2018. The contract would be effective January 22, 2018, at a rate of $21.36 per hour hour, 30-35 hours per week. Fifty thousand dollars, of which $25,000 has been received from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as a grant. Approve the hiring of Taylor Peterson, Andrew Dagerstrom-Hanley and Brandon Koehnle as part-time Correction Officers, effective January 23, 2018, at $18.77 per hour, pending satisfactory completion of background checks and physicals. Approve Women’s Infants’ Children Coordinator Amber Koski, Registered Nurse Christina Schoeberl and Public Health Nurse Dawn Moffett to attend the Lactation Counselor Training Course. Total cost of $750 x 3 staff to attend = $2,250. Approve the Professional Services Agreement between CourtView Justice Solutions Inc. d/b/a equivant and the Pine County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $12,062. The contract will be effective through July 31, 2018 or until the Agreement has been terminated. This contract had previously been approved by the county board September 19, 2017, however contract language has been revised to comply with Minnesota data laws. Contract billing amount has not changed. The revised contract has been reviewed by the County Attorney. Approve the hiring of Joseph Kelash as a Land Management Technician, effective January 22, 2018, at the rate of $20.72 per hour (Grade 8, Step 1). Facilities Committee Report After discussion about the design and building budget, it was the consensus of the board to move forward with cost estimates based on the current design. February 6, 2018 is the target date for final presentation and board approval to let the project out for bids. Personnel Committee Report Commissioner Chaffee provided an overview of the January 3, 2018 Pine County Personnel Committee meeting. The Personnel Committee made the following recommendations: Attorney’s Office A. Approve Victim Services Coordinator Job Description. B. Authorize recruitment of the Victim Services Coordinator (Grade 8) to be paid for primarily through a 2-year grant from the State of Minnesota. Commissioner Chaffee stated this position will be eliminated if not supported by a grant from the State. Health & Human Services Department A. Approve the hiring of a Public Health Nurse (Grade 11) or Registered Nurse (Grade 10) to backfill an existing vacancy. This positon will work primarily in Family Home Visiting and Child and Teen Check-Up programs. Sheriff’s Office A. Authorize the hiring of a part-time secretary position (Grade 4). This position is funded in the 2018 budget from revenue from gun permits. B. Authorize the hiring of a full-time dispatch position (Grade 6) and approve backfill any vacancy caused by internal promotion. This positon is funded in the 2018 budget. Motion by Commissioner Chaffee to approve the recommendations of the Personnel Committee. Second by Commissioner Ludwig. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to approve the Joint Powers Agreement Amendment – Work Release Services to increase the total obligation amount from $50,000 to the new amount of up to $100,000. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. After discussion, it was the consensus of the board for Pine County Public Health to proceed forward to use the funds received in 2017 from the dissolution of the joint Kanabec-Pine Community Health Board to meet the priority areas in Public Health. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to set the minimum 2019 salary at $77,000 for county sheriff and $80,000 for county attorney. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. County Administrator David Minke provided an update of the budget through end-of-year 2017, reviewing the expenditure and revenue of the major funds. The county appears to have ended the year in a positive position; the numbers, however, will adjust as the year is closed out. With no further business, Chair Hallan adjourned the meeting at 11:18 a.m. The next regular meeting of the county board is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, Minnesota. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair, Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, Administrator, Clerk to County Board of Commissioners The full text of the board’s Minutes are available at the County Administrator’s Office and the county’s website ( Copies may also be requested from the administrator’s office. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15, 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Pine County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Dr NW, Pine City, MN 55063. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit testimony on amending the Pine County Subdivision and Platting Ordinance as follows: Rewords Section 3.01 to clarify exemptions from the ordinance. Removes Section 4.01 (D) from the ordinance, thereby allows lot line adjustments without a minor

Services Director, 635 Northridge Dr NW, Suite 250, Pine City, MN, 55063. Kelly Schroeder Land Services Director Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15, 2018

subdivision. Adds Section 4.05 which outlines the requirements of lot line adjustments without a minor subdivision. A draft copy of the ordinance is available online at or in person at the Pine County Courthouse, Zoning office. The hearing is open to the public, at which time you may appear and offer testimony regarding the draft ordinance. Written comments may be entered into the record at the discretion of the Chair of the Pine County Board of Commissioners, and may be sent to Kelly Schroeder, Land

MINUTES OF PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING Special Meeting – Strategic Planning Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Pine County Courthouse, Pine City, Minnesota Chair Hallan called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Present were Commissioners Steve Chaffee, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig. Also present were Auditor-Treasurer Cathy Clemmer, County Engineer Mark LeBrun, Land Services Director Kelly Schroeder, Health & Human Services Director Becky Foss, IT Supervisor Ryan Findell, Probation Director Terry Fawcett, County Sheriff Jeff Nelson, Jail Administrator Rod Williamson, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Director Susanne Hinrichs, County Attorney Reese Frederickson, and County Administrator David Minke. Commissioner Josh Mohr was absent (excused). Others Present: Michael Piha, Roy Matson, Frank Libra Jr., Wilda Obey, Jim Obey. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Chair Hallan requested the following revisions to the Agenda: Additional Information for Access to County Memorial Forest Discussion Emails from Jim Taurinskas, Attorney at Law for Wilda & Jim Obey, and Todd Libra. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to approve the amended Agenda. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. 1. Discussion of Access to County Memorial Forest Located in Munch Township County Auditor-Treasurer Cathy Clemmer and County Forester Greg Beck explained they are looking for direction from the county board for the purchase of a permanent non-exclusive easement for roadway purposes for access to memorial forest property, and to establish a public parking area on county land. Clemmer and Beck stated that 1,120 acres of real property, classified as Pine County Memorial Forest, have previously been accessible to the public by an old, undocumented, road along the section line of Sections 16 and 21 of Township 40, Range 20. Except for the most westerly one-quarter mile of the old road, the road is either on county tax-forfeit property or on an existing easement. Recently a gate has been installed on the road, prohibiting access to the public. The County Land Department has requested access using the

Royalton Township Notice of: Public Accuracy Test, Absentee Voting, Election of Officers, Annual Meeting & Board of Canvass The Clerk’s Office will be open for absentee voting for the Annual Township Election on Saturday,

March 10, 2018, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon); at Town Hall, or by appointment with Clerk. Public accuracy test of Automark voting equipment will be done on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 10:00 am, at Royalton Town Hall; 6052 Royalton Road; Braham MN Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Royalton Township, County of Pine, State of MN, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018; at Royalton Town Hall. The Election Poll hours are from 12:00 pm (noon)

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old road and has been denied. The board discussed the value of the timber and gravel on the property, the use of the property, and previous options for access. The matter was referred back to the Land Advisory Committee for discussion and a recommendation on how to proceed, and the recommendation to be brought back to the county board. 2. Review Progress on 2017 Goals Department Heads and Lead Staff provided an update of their department’s 2017 goals. 3. Department Presentations The following department representatives provided an overview of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats for their departments: County Attorney……………………. Reese Frederickson County Auditor-Treasurer………….. Cathy Clemmer County Sheriff…………………… Jeff Nelson Health and Human Services………… Becky Foss Highway…………………………….. Mark LeBrun Chair Hallan called a recess for lunch at 12:00 p.m. The board reconvened at 12:30 p.m. Overview of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats continued: University of Minnesota Extension… Susanne Hinrichs Land Services……………………….. Kelly Schroeder Probation……………………………. Terry Fawcett Information Technology…………….. Ryan Findell 4. Commissioners’ Assessment and Discussion a. The consensus of the commissioners of the most significant accomplishments of 2017 were: the Comprehensive Plan Update, decision to build the Sandstone government building, receiving Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) funding, obtaining authority to appoint the auditor-treasurer, hiring of a community culture coach, and negotiations and settlement of three-year labor agreements with the unions. b. Commissioners stated the most important goals which were not met were not keeping the levy under three percent, not being fully funded for ICWA, and not having funds for an agricultural educator. c. Commissioners stated the most frustrating issues for 2017 were out-ofhome placements and economic development. 5. County Board 2018 Goals/Priorities The following were identified as goals/priorities for further discussion. • Building up of funding for technology for 2019 and beyond • Completion and transition to new Sandstone building • Future of John Wright building • Completion of Pine Government Center remodel • Permanent transfer station in northern part of the county (to include a mobile household hazardous waste site) • Trails/Outdoor Recreation • Transition plan for auditor-treasurer position and land/forestry. These goals and priorities will be further discussed and refined at upcoming meetings. 6. 2018 Special Meetings-Committee of the Whole meeting topics, dates and locations Scheduled Committee of the Whole meetings: May 1, 2018 – Road Tour scheduled upon conclusion of regular board meeting May 22, 2018 – St. Croix State Park (to include potluck) Topics for Committee of the Whole meetings: Presentation by Walmart manager of economic impact to the county Tri-Township/garbage service Comprehensive Plan Update Economic Development Summit with Cities Solar Energy (with industry experts) Joint Meeting with county and state forestry Possible Meeting Locations Sandstone Hospital Pine Town Hall 7. Other Upcoming meetings were reviewed. 8. Adjourn With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair, Pine County Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, County Administrator, Clerk to Pine County Board of Commissioners Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15, 2018 MINUTES OF PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING Special Meeting – Local Government Meeting Tuesday January 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Pine County Courthouse, Pine City, Minnesota Chair Hallan called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Josh Mohr, Steve Chaffee, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig; County Attorney Reese Frederickson, County Sheriff Jeff Nelson, County Administrator David Minke. Also present were representatives from various townships and cities in Pine County. The pledge of allegiance was said. Chair Hallan welcomed everyone and those present introduced themselves. County Attorney Reese Frederickson presented on the work in the county attorney’s office and discussed information on social host ordinances. If the county adopted a social host ordinance it would be effective in the townships but not the cities. Sheriff Nelson presented on the work of the county sheriff’s office including patrol, dispatch, and the jail. The group had an informal discussion on various topics of interest including coordination with the highway department for sand/salt and culvert purchase and the highway department steaming culverts. The 2018-2022 Highway Improvement Plan is posted on the county website. Dogs running at large was discussed. The county does not have a county ordinance. Enforcement is a challenge and impounding a dog is expensive and there is no local kennel. Townships can vote at their annual meeting to adopt regulations. The group discussed recycling, household hazardous waste, and solid waste management. The county is planning to continue the transfer station in the northern part of the county and consider establishing one in the Pine City area. People can take small amounts of garbage to the transfer station in Hinckley and only need to pay the garbage fee, not the scale fee. The recent aggregate mining workshop organized by the county was noted as a positive event. The next meeting will be May 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. With no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair, Pine County Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, County Administrator, Clerk to the Pine County Board of Commissioners Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15, 2018

to 8:00 pm, at which time the voters will elect: One Supervisor – 3 - year term One Clerk – 2 - year term In case of inclement weather, the election and meeting may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March. The Royalton Township Annual Meeting will commence at 8:15 pm, March 13, 2018, to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law. The Board of Canvass will meet immediately following the Annual Meeting. Given under my hand this 30th

day of January 2018: Clerk, Duane P. Swanson Township of Royalton 320-396-2982 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15 and 22, 2018


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REQUEST FOR BIDS The Rock Creek City Council is requesting sealed bids for the loading and hauling of approximately 4,000 to 7,000 yards of gravel out of the City gravel pit located on 550th Street. A minimum of four belly dump trucks are required, no end dump trucks. Dust control MUST be provided on 550th Street and North on Maple Avenue to the tar. The City requires a bond of $10,000 be posted within 10 days after the Contractor receives written acceptance of their bid, guaranteeing the gravel will be hauled between June 1, 2018 and July 31, 2018. Sealed bids must include a current Certificate of Insurance, Federal I.D. Number and be submitted by the bid opening date of Thursday March 1, 2018 at 7PM. Contractors who submit a bid must be present at the bid opening. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Sandra Pangerl City Clerk Administrator City of Rock Creek PO Box 229 Rock Creek, MN 55067 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15, 2018

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT Case Type – Other Civil Mortgage Foreclosure Court File No. 58-CV-17-619 Stearns Bank, N.A., a National Banking Association, Plaintiff, v. Kelly T. Koffler and Katherine G. Koffler, husband and wife; Robert T. Hommell and Heather D. Hommell, husband and wife; White Bear Foot Clinic, Inc.; National Account Services, Inc.; and Fairview Health Services, Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE UNDER JUDGMENT AND DECREE (REAL PROPERTY) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that under and by virtue of the Judgment signed on December 12, 2017, and entered in the above entitled action on December 19, 2017, by the District Court of Pine County, Minnesota, Tenth Judicial District, a certified copy of which has been delivered to me directing the sale of the premises hereinafter described, to satisfy the amount found and adjudged due Plaintiff in the above-entitled action from Defendants, which is $68,601.53, as prescribed in the Judgment, the undersigned Sheriff of Pine County will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, on the 1st day of March, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, MN 55063, the premises and real estate, lying and being in the County of Pine, State of Minnesota, described

in said Judgment, to-wit: Northwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter (NW ¼ of SW ¼ ) and South Half of Southwest Quarter (S ½ of SW ¼ ), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-eight (38), Range Twenty-one (21), EXCEPT the following: 1) A strip of land 2 rods wide off from the West side of said NW ¼ of SW ¼ of Section 3; 2) A strip 2 rods wide off from North side of said NW ¼ of SW ¼ of Section 3; 3) A small tract 4 rods long North and South by 2 rods wide East and West off from SW ¼ of SW ¼ of said Section 3 in the Northwest corner of said SW ¼ of SW ¼ of Section 3, this tract described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said SW ¼ of SW ¼ of Section 3, thence East 2 rods, thence South 4 rods, thence West 2 rods to West line of said SW ¼ of SW ¼ and thence North to place of beginning. 4) North 900 feet of the West 484 feet of Northwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter (NW ¼ of SW ¼) of Section Three (3), Township Thirty-eight (38), Range Twenty-one (21), Pine County, Minnesota. together with all existing or subsequently erected or affixed buildings, improvements and fixtures; all easements, rights of way, and appurtenances; all water, water rights, watercourses and ditch rights (including stock in utilities with ditch or irrigation rights); and all other rights, royalties, and profits relating to the real property, including without limitation all minerals, oil, gas, geothermal and similar matters, referred to as the “Mortgaged Property.” Property Address: 10614 Freedom Road SE, Pine City, Minnesota 55063 Parcel ID No.: 26.0166.000 Date and Recording Information of Mortgage: Mortgage dated December 6, 2004 and recorded on December 9, 2004, in the Office of the Pine County Recorder as Document Number 439421. A Corrective Mortgage was recorded on March 27, 2006 as Document Number 453606. Assigned to Stearns Bank, NA via an Assignment of Mortgage recorded on May 7, 2010 as Document Number 487525. Subject to redemption within TWELVE (12) months from the confirmation of said sale. “The time allowed by law for redemption by the mortgagors, the mortgagors’ personal representatives or assigns, may be reduced to five (5) weeks if a Judicial Order is entered under Minnesota Statutes, Section 582.032, determining, among other things, that the mortgaged premises are improved with a residential dwelling of less than five (5) units, are not property used in agricultural production, and are abandoned.” Dated: January 4, 2018 Jeff Nelson Sheriff of Pine County, Minnesota By Paul Widenstrom

COLLEGE Graduates Sarah Nisley of Pine City and Jenna Kolke of Grasston were among 382 students to receive degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in December. Nisley earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Comm Sciences and Disorders. Kolke earned a Bachelor of Science degree, International Studies. Adriana Bloom of Pine City, and Dacia Sjolund of Braham graduated in December 2017 from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Bloom earned a M.S. School Counseling, and Sjolund earned a B.F.A. Entertainment Design.

Dean’s lists St. Cloud Technical & Community College congratulates Brett Koehnle of Pine City and Julia Holt of Askov for their academic achievement fall 2017.

Koehnle earned recognition on the president’s list for a grade point average of 4.0 and Holt was named to the dean’s list for a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9. Rachel Carlson of Braham, Ryan Feist of Finlayson and Paige Johnson of Pine City have been named to the honor list for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jenny Richards of Hinckley, having achieved a grade point average of 4.0, has been named to the high honor list. Sondra Steele of Brook Park, Connor Clark of Pine City and Jenna Miller of Sandstone have received the University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor’s Award for the fall 2017 semester. The award is presented to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Chief Deputy This instrument was drafted by: John M. Cabak CABAK LAW, LLC 243 Main Street S Pine City, MN 55063 (320) 629-2529 Attorney Registration #0388929 Plaintiff’s Attorney THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR IN AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8 and 15, 2018 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 58-PR-18-10 In Re: Estate of Robert John Hunt a/k/a Robert J. Hunt, Decedent. NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL PROBATE OF LOST WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS It is Ordered and Notice is given that on March 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM, a hearing will be held in this Court at 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, MN 55063, Minnesota, on a petition for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be a copy of the Decedent’s Will dated February 3, 1994, and Separate Writing pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 524.2-513 dated [Separate Writing Date], and for the appointment of Fr. Charles Brambilla, whose address is 10495 Park Circle, Pine City, MN 55063, as personal representative of the Decedent’s estate in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with the full power to administer the Decedent’s estate, including the power to collect all assets; pay all legal debts, claims, taxes, and expenses; sell real and personal property; and do all necessary acts to administer the Decedent’s estate. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the Decedent’s estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. BY THE COURT Dated: HEATHER WYNN (Judge) Judge of District Court 2018.02.05 09:52:51-06’00’ Dated: ELIZABETH OLSON (Pine Court Administration) Court Administrator/Deputy Feb 5 2018 10:07 AM

Filed in Tenth Judicial District Court Olson, Elizabeth (Pine Court Administration) Feb 5 2018 10:07 AM CABAK LAW, LLC John M. Cabak MN# 0388929 243 Main Street S, Pine City, MN 55063 Telephone: 320-629-2529 Facsimile: 855-629-2500 e-mail: ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15 and 22, 2018 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 58-PR-18-12 In Re: Estate of Donald Ray Miller a/k/a Donald R. Miller, Decedent. NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS It is Ordered and Notice is given that on April 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM, a hearing will be held in this Court at 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, Minnesota, on a petition for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the decedent’s Will dated January 10, 2012, and Separate Writings pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 524.2-513, and for the appointment of Ronald D. Miller, whose address is 15160 Quinalt Street NE, Columbus, MN 55025, as personal representative of the decedent’s estate in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with the full power to administer the decedent’s estate, including the power to collect all assets; pay all legal debts, claims, taxes, and expenses; sell real and personal property; and do all necessary acts for the decedent’s estate. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the decedent’s estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. BY THE COURT Dated: KRISTA MARTIN (Judge) Judge of District Court 2018.02.07 14:41:17-06’00’ Dated: KIM NELSON (Pine Court Administration) Court Administrator/Deputy Feb 7 2018 3:13 PM Filed in Tenth Judicial District Court

Nelson, Kim (Pine Court Administration) Feb 7 2018 3:13 PM CABAK LAW, LLC John M. Cabak MN# 0388929 243 Main Street S, Pine City, MN 55063 Telephone: 320-629-2529 Facsimile: 855-629-2500 e-mail: Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15 and 22, 2018 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 58-PR-18-7 In Re: Estate of Gail Lavonne Rising a/k/a Gail Rising, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Amy R. Rising whose address is 15716 State Hwy 70, Pine City, MN 55063, to serve as the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Any heir or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly filed objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of hearing on the objection. Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters of general administration, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the decedent. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the decedent’s estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: LU ANN BLEGEN Registrar Pine Court Administrator 2018.02.05 10:24:44-06’00’ Dated: LU ANN BLEGEN Court Administrator Pine Court Administrator 2018.02.05 10:24:59-06’00’ Filed in Tenth Judicial District Court Olson, Elizabeth (Pine Court Administration) Feb 5 2018 10:32 AM

CABAK LAW, LLC John M. Cabak MN# 0388929 243 Main Street S, Pine City, MN 55063 Telephone: 320-629-2529 Facsimile: 855-629-2500 e-mail: Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15 and 22, 2018

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 58-PR-18-11 In Re: Estate of Clifford Herbert Udean aka Herbert Clifford Udean, Decedent. NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR DETERMINATION OF DESCENT Larry M. Udean has filed a Petition for Determination of Descent. It is Ordered that on April 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m, a hearing will be held in this Court at 638 Northridge Drive Northwest, Pine City, Minnesota, on the petition. The petition represents that the decedent died more than three (3) years ago leaving property in Minnesota. The petition requests the Court probate the decedent’s Will, determine the descent of such property and assign the property to the persons entitled. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the petition will be granted. Notice shall be given by publishing this Notice and Order as provided by law and by: X Mailing a copy of this Notice and Order to each interested person by United States mail at least 14 days before the time set for the hearing. BY THE COURT Dated: KRISTA MARTIN (Judge) Judge of District Court 2018.02.06 16:14:19-06’00’ Dated: ELIZABETH OLSON Court Administrator/deputy Feb 6 2018 4:22 PM Filed in Tenth Judicial District Court Olson, Elizabeth (Pine Court Administration) Feb 6 2018 4:22 PM SPEAR & SWANSON LAW OFFICE Rhonda Swanson MN# 178512 615 – 3rd Avenue Southwest Pine City, MN 55063 Telephone: 320-629-7586 Facsimile: 320-629-1065 e-mail: rswanson@spearswanson. com Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 15 and 22, 2018


There are many different ways that plant, insect, and disease pests can enter Minnesota. The particular method of introduction for a pest is called a pathway. This month, as folks go to the florist to get Valentine’s Day arrangements, it is an appropriate time to explore the cut-flower industry. This is a potential pathway for noxious weed introduction. Most people would not think of a floral arrangement as being a possible source of a new weed infestation, but this can and does occur. There are a couple of ways that plants used in floral arrangements could become problematic invaders. First, the arrangement itself could contain propagative material, such as seeds or pods that, upon being thrown out, may germinate and grow. A good example of this can be seen with Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) vines, which in the past

had been grown for ornamental use. It is occasionally still grown today, mistaken for American bittersweet. There are documented cases in Minnesota of Oriental bittersweet infestations that got their start from holiday wreaths containing bittersweet vines and berries. The second way would be if growers or gardeners start to grow the plants commercially or for personal use. These plants could then easily escape cultivation and invade surrounding natural or agricultural areas. Good examples of this phenomenon in Minnesota are baby’s breath (Gypsophila spp.) and Queen Anne’s lace, Daucus carota. We will take an in-depth look into Gypsophila next month. If you find a noxious weed in Minnesota, please report it by calling the Arrest the Pest at 888545-6684 or emailing arrest.the.


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Wanted Full Time employee on our 400 cow dairy farm. This person would operate a skid steer and work with dairy cattle. No experience necessary. Regular time off, bonuses and benefits.

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St. Clare Living Community is currently seeking skilled and dedicated individuals to fill our licensed nursing positions. *Ask about our Progressive Sign-On Bonus* These positions offer a highly competitive salary base, compensation credit for experience, shift differential pay, comprehensive benefit package for employees working 30+ hours per week, holiday pay and PTO. To take advantage of these opportunities stop in or contact Human Resources. St. Clare Living Community of Mora 110 7th Street N, Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350

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Walmart #2352 2101 Second Ave., SE • Cambridge, MN 55008

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Now Hiring Direct Support Professionals Homes in Hugo, Dellwood, White Bear, Wyoming, North Branch, Harris, Stanchfield, Pine City, Brook Park $250 Sign on Bonus Starting wages range $12.00 to $17.00/hr. Weekend differentials, Overnight differentials Year-end bonus Paid training Medical, Dental, 401(k), Paid Personal Leave We have full-time, part-time, and relief positions available Community Living Options provides 24-hour residential care and supervision to adults and children with intellectual developmental disabilities, mental health and medical challenges. For interview call Polly @ 651-237-1087 or email: Apply online at

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Present an Opportunity for Lifeguard Classes Every summer presents itself with employment opportunities for lifeguards at the Mora Aquatic Center and with facilities in surrounding communities. Together Mora and Hinckley/Finlayson Community Education are offering a class to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard, equipping you for a potentially rewarding summer job!

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Resident Assistants We are currently seeking to fill our Full and Part Time Resident Assistant positions with dedicated and compassionate individuals. NA/R certification is preferred. *Ask about our Progressive Sign On Bonus* To take advantage of these opportunities contact Human Resources St. Clare Living Community of Mora 110 7th Street N, Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350 Eastwood Senior Living is managed by St. Clare Living Community of Mora

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