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PRIEST ACCUSED: Long-time Pine City resident accused of molesting 60 boys in Guam. P7


A Nashwauk man was killed on May 10 when his car crashed into a semi on Highway 70. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 2:47 p.m. this past Thursday, a 2000 Ford Escort driven by Anthony Joseph Reisinger, 28, of Nashwauk was traveling westbound on Highway 70 east of Interstate 35 near Greeley Road (County Road


Pounding pylons into the bed of the Snake River Demolition and construction of the new Interstate 35 bridge over the Snake River continued this week, as construction crews pounded massive pylons into the riverbed to support the new bridge. Work on the southbound bridge is expected to continue into October, while the northbound bridge will be replaced in 2019.

1) when it veered into the eastbound lane. The Escort struck a Volvo semi driven by Muhamedagic Samir, 39, of Urbandale, Iowa, which was heading east on Highway 70. Pine County deputies, Braham police officers and Braham and Pine City firefighters responded to the scene. Reisinger was killed in the crash. Samir was not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Squirrel shuts down power in Pine City BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

Friends fight big, fishy problem on shores of Pokegama Lake BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM


Every angler has a fish story. But few can say they hauled in 4,800 pounds of fish off Pokegama Lake in just three days. Unfortunately, those fish were inedible, to say the least. In the first week of May, Ron Williams, Rick Waldemar and friends found those tons of fish washed up, dead, on the shores of their properties and that of four other neighbors. On the morning of May 2, Ron woke up to find a few dead fish on shore – nothing he couldn’t clean up himself – but he could see a big hunk of ice floating between him and the island to his west. “There were all kinds of SEE FISHY, PAGE 14

Two area power outages this past week caused disruption to homes and businesses, and East Central Energy (ECE) officials said that in each case an animal was the reason the lights went out.


Candy Waldemar and Ron Williams scoop up a few of the thousands of sheephead that washed up on their shores.

WEDNESDAY OUTAGE ECE Community Relations Coordinator Cindy Rolain said that the outage on Wednesday, May 9 began at 3:57 p.m. and was caused by an osprey attempting to build a nest on top of a breaker pole on Tigua Road, just south of the Henriette Road, and created an outage that affected 1,200 ECE members. She said that blinks, or momentary outages, likely occurred when substation equipment attempted to clear the fault on the line. “A crew which was responding to an unrelated call in Pine City was notified that a circuit had locked out, causing an out-

Firefighters and deputies responded to the ECE substation on 2nd St. SE after the power went down.

age,” Rolain said. “They were able to open a switch and get power back on to the majority of affected members at 4:24 p.m. Eighty-one members on Tigua Road were out until the cause was identified, sticks were removed from the lines and repairs were made. Power was restored to those members at 5:28 p.m.

FRIDAY OUTAGE Rolain said the Friday, May 11 power outage was SEE POWER, PAGE 14

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MAY 17, 2018


Bargains from the basement The streets of Pine City were full of shoppers eagerly searching for that perfect something at the City-Wide Garage Sale this past Saturday.


Spring brings magical morning on the Snake River The view from the Highway 61 bridge over the Snake River, looking east through the railroad bridge into Cross Lake, could not have been more staggeringly beautiful than at 5:35 a.m. on May 11, 2018.



Students so excited, they’re ready to ‘pop’ Pine City High School Choir students will be presenting their final concert of the year, the Senior High Choir Pops Concert on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful Pine City High School Auditorium. All are welcome to this free concert, and are invited to hear the students of our community perform songs of today and yesterday.

City celebrates a banner occasion Pine City Public Works Director Maury Montbriand and Fire Chief Tom Miller show off the new banners that will soon hang above the streets of Pine City. Local artist Missy Smetana’s design “Hook, Pine and Sinker” can be seen in green on the left and the Pine City logo and motto on blue will decorate the banner to the right.

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MAY 17 & 18 Auxiliary Poppy Days The Pine City American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days continue Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18. The Auxiliary will be distributing poppies at various locations in Pine City to help remember our veterans and their sacrifices for our country. Donations of any amount are sincerely appreciated in return for a poppy to proudly wear during May. Proceeds from poppy donations are used for programs to benefit veterans, active military and their families. Email sylsever@ with any questions.

MAY 17 Freshwater Fair Pine County and Mora 5th grade students will be attending the 19th Pokegama Lake Association’s Freshwater Fair on Thursday, May 17 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Held at the Pine County Fairgrounds, the fair features 16 learning stations covering a variety of topics on environmental and wildlife stewardship, emphasizing water quality and aquatic invasive species. The public is welcome. For more information email

Senior High Choir Pops Concert The Senior High Choir Pops Concert will be Thursday May 17, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this free concert held in the PCHS auditorium. Call 320-629-4131 or email for more information.

MAY 18 Designer purse bingo The Pine City Country Club is hosting a designer purse bingo event on Friday, May 18 at 10413 Golf Course Rd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission includes both dinner and bingo packet. Proceeds benefit Pine City Youth Hockey. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 320-629-3848.

City Public Library, where participants can come dressed in tropical attire as they learn about Hawaii. No registration is necessary. For more information, visit

Master Gardeners Plant Sale Pokegama Lake Association The monthly meeting of the Pokegama Lake Association will be Saturday, May 19 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.

MAY 21 ‘Breakfast with Beatrice’ author visit at the library Beatrice Ojakangas has authored a new book with timeless recipes for delicious breakfasts from Scandinavia to lands around the globe. This Minnesota author will discuss “Breakfast with Beatrice: 250 Recipes from Sweet Cream Waffles to Swedish Farmer’s Omelets” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at the Pine City Public Library. For more information, visit

Rep. Nolan mobile offices Members of U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan’s (MN-8) staff will be available to meet with constituents during a “Congress Comes to You” meeting on Monday, May 21 at 45 South Alger Ave. in Rush City from 6-7 p.m. For additional dates/ locations visit http://nolan.

MAY 21 & 22 55+ driver improvement A 55+ driver improvement course (eight-hour first time course) will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both days at Hinckley-Finlayson High School – Com. Ed. Preregistration is required. For information or to register call 320-308-1408, 888-234-1294, or visit

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The Bill Harter Memorial Field Day is Friday, May 18 at Pine City Elementary School. The morning session begins at 8:30 a.m., afternoon events commence at 12:10 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Call the school at 320629-4200 with any questions.

The Pine Gardeners will gather at the Pine City Library, Tuesday, May 22 at 9 a.m., to carpool to the Boondoggle Winery, which is located east on the St. Croix Road. After refreshments, Steve Odegard will explain the wine making process and people will have a chance to taste the product. Guests are welcome. Email lynquilt@msn. com with any questions.

MAY 19 Hawaiian luau at the library Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to a Hawaiian luau in celebration of the Aloha state and the end of another school year. This Super Saturday party will be held from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Rush

7:30 p.m., at the club house on the Pine County Fairgrounds. Contact Mark Madison at with any questions.

MAY 23 SRVCC meeting The next meeting of the Snake River Valley Conservation Club (SRVCC) will be held on Wednesday, May 23,

Buy master gardener grown plants and garden treasures at great prices and receive free gardening information at the Pine County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 a.m. until sold out at the Pine County Fairgrounds Flea Market in Pine City. Heirloom vegetables and specialty plants will be featured. Funds raised are used for community events and educational training. Call 800-6573813 Ext. #3 or Roger and Linda Fischer at 320-629-2247 with any questions.

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will include films on Native veterans, films by Minnesota native filmmakers, and the feature films, “Little Crow and the Dakota War” and “A Good Day To Die: Dennis Banks and the American Indian Movement.” This free event will take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia. Call 320-532-3632 or email for more information.

MAY 27 Royalton Memorial Day Services The public is invited to Memorial Day Services at Royalton Memorial Cemetery Chapel, northeast of Braham, on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. There will be a special speaker, musical program, and lunch will be served with a free will offering. Call 320-396-2610 for further information.

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, May 24, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. For information call Julie Samuelson at 320-496-3009 or visit www.

Rush City Garden Club The Rush City Garden Club will be holding their annual plant sale on Thursday, May 24 from 7-9 a.m. This will be at the Rushseba Town Hall on Old Hwy. 61. This same morning there will be a perennial plant sale at the Chisago County Fairgrounds by the log cabin house. Any questions: Jean Hoffman, Rush City Garden Club; 320-358-3189.

MAY 28 Memorial Day Powwow Experience a contemporary Memorial Day Powwow honoring veterans past and present. Hosted by AMVets Post 53 and the Ladies Auxiliary, this free outdoor event will take place on Monday, May 28 outside the Mille Lacs Indian Museum from noon to 5 p.m. Call 320532-3632 or email millelacs@ for more information.

Brook Park Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony The public is invited to a Memorial Day ceremony at Brook Park Cemetery on Monument Road on Monday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MAY 29 Pine City Memory Cafe

MAY 25 PCHS Jazz Band at Art in the Park The Pine City Arts Council premieres Art in The Park 2018 with a free performance by the Pine City High School Jazz Band on Friday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The Pine City Schools Music Boosters will begin serving sloppy joes at 5:30 p.m. Free transportation by Arrowhead Transit from is 6-9 p.m. Pick up schedule is 6 p.m. at Westchester Apartments, 6:10 p.m. at the Senior Dining site, and 6:20 p.m. at Golden Horizons Assisted Living. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

MAY 26 Free film fest at Mille Lacs View short and feature films by and about Minnesotan American Indians from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Each screening will include an introduction by the directors or subjects of the films and will be followed by an audience Q&A session. The festival

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 Snake River Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Ln., Pine City, on Tuesday, May 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Coffee, treats and enjoyable activities are provided at no charge. For information or to register call 320-629-6356 or visit

MAY 29 & 30 Rep. Nolan mobile offices Members of U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan’s (MN-8) staff will be available to meet with constituents during “Congress Comes to You” meetings on Tuesday, May 29 at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and three meetings in Pine City on Wednesday, May 30: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Pine City Senior Dining site, 2-3 p.m. at the Pine County courthouse, and 4-5 p.m. at the Pine City American Legion.


MEETINGS THURSDAY 5/17 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. WINDOW-Domestic abuse support group: 6 p.m., Journey North Church, Pine City NAMI peer support: Cambridge Medical Ctr., 6:30 p.m. Teen AA/NA: 6:30 p.m., Teen Focus Center, Rush City SATURDAY 5/19 Model RR club: Askov, 10 a.m., Pine County History Museum SUNDAY 5/20 AA (Big Book study): Evangelical Free Church, 7 p.m. MONDAY 5/21 Celebrate Recovery: Pine City, Journey North Church, 6 p.m. AA: 7:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church WEDNESDAY 5/23 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 Pine City Toastmasters: 7 p.m., Pine City VFW Hall AA: 8 p.m., Rock Creek Community Center

SENIOR DINING May 14 - 18 Monday: Deviled pork chop, oven roasted potatoes, cauliflower, wheat bread, mandarin oranges Tuesday: Hot roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, fluffy lime gelatin Wednesday: Spaghetti noodles, tomato meat sauce, Italian lettuce salad, fresh fruit, garlic bread, two-tone dessert Thursday: Roasted turkey, whipped potatoes with gravy, broccoli normandy, wheat dinner roll, peaches Friday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, Harvard beets, wheat bread, oatmeal cake 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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Thanks, Mom! “Nobody will ever write a book, probably, about my mother. Well, I guess all of you would say this about your mother -- my mother was a saint.”- Richard Nixon

Editor’s Soapbox Mike Gainor

Nixon may have been known as a tricky guy, but he surely was sincere when he talked about his mother. With Mother’s Day just past, it got me thinking about motherhood and my own mom. She might not be a saint, but she’s pretty close to it. For starters, she had to raise us four Gainor kids, and we didn’t exactly make that a walk in the park. “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” - Mark Twain

For whatever reason, a tape recorder was left running on the kitchen counter of the Gainor home one afternoon in the 1970s, and on a dusty cassette tape you can hear Mom’s remarkably calm voice as she has a pleasant telephone conversation with one of her friends. It’s hard to hear what she actually says, because (and this is what makes her calmness remarkable) all around her you hear a barrage of children’s voices shrieking, wailing, laughing and complaining. It sounds like we are murdering each other and enjoying it. I imagine this was pretty much every day of her life back then. It’s amazing that she could think at all. “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” - William Makepeace Thackeray Every morning she had a hot breakfast for us and every night a good dinner. Every day she gave us a hug and a kiss. When we did well she’d cheer for us, when we were sick or sad she’d comfort us, and when we tore up the house and left our rooms a mess – well, then she got pretty mad. That was always memorable, but it didn’t happen often. What she did do a lot, more times than I can possibly count, was tell us she loved us. That’s what I think of when I think of mom – her holding our little faces and telling us she loves us. Over and over. Love, love, love, love, love. “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” - Henry Ward Beecher

One of the best things about getting older is that, if you’re lucky, you get to know your parents as people and become friends. Jan Gainor has a deep faith and an amazing work ethic, but she’s also funny, mischievous, and she gets excited about books and ideas and new experiences. She would have made a great interviewer because she loves asking questions and finding out about people. She’s just a wonderful lady. But you’d never hear her admit that. She’s a humble, self-effacing person. You know how there’s one member of the family who’s always taking the photos and never in any of them? That’s my mom. So yeah, she is kind of a saint. And yeah, nobody will ever write a book, probably, about her. She wouldn’t like it much if they did, too personal. She’s probably even a little bit embarrassed to be reading this ... but I’ll bet she’s smiling too. I sure hope so. Thanks, Mom! We love you.

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” - Mahatma Ghandi

Supporting a free and open internet Minnesotans in rural communities across our state are at risk of losing their access to a free and open internet. People like Lane from Avon, who at 21 years old is worried about getting his graphic design business off the ground. The internet has helped him get the word out about his designs and he plans to use that momenU.S. tum to set up Senator his own company, but he’s worAmy ried that recent changes to net Klobuchar neutrality rules could make it harder for his small business to succeed. Minnesotans and Americans across the country share this young entrepreneur’s concerns. For years, the internet has allowed businesses to compete on a level playing field. It has given Americans access to television shows and day-to-day information on everything from driving directions to restaurant reviews. This openness online has been possible because our net neutrality rules prevented internet service providers from discriminating against certain people, content, platforms, and websites by charging more for equal access. The law made sure all data was treated equally. These rules formed the bedrock underneath the open internet by preventing big internet service providers from blocking, slow-


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ing, and prioritizing web traffic. But the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote to end those protections threatens to change the way we communicate with each other, how companies do business, how consumers buy goods, and even how we educate our kids. It means that big internet service providers will be able to discriminate against businesses, content and users, charge more for their competitor’s content, or slow down internet service arbitrarily. A two-tiered system that creates a fast lane only for those who can afford it and a slow lane for everyone else is just wrong. And many Americans agree. When the FCC announced its proposal to eliminate net neutrality protections earlier this year, people pushed back and filed millions of comments supporting a free and open internet. Repealing net neutrality rules could hit rural Minnesota especially hard. For many rural consumers with only one choice for internet service, there is no real opportunity to comparison shop or find a new provider if they are unhappy with their service. This hurts all consumers, but especially those who run and operate their own businesses. People like the owners of Aimclear in Duluth. Small businesses rely on the internet to advertise, sell their products directly to consumers and interact with clients. Aimclear has grown from just one man to a large, successful digital marketing firm and that may not have been possible if they had been forced to pay extra just to compete online The Pioneer will Attempt to publish the news as fairly and impartially as possible. Editorial comments will be restricted to this page, or when positioned elsewhere, be clearly identified. All sides of controversial issues will be published within the capabilities of the newspaper. Letters to the Editor will be 500 words or less. All letters are subject to editing for grammar and clarity and must contain the undersigned’s full name and their address. As a rule, letter writers should live, work or have another connection to The Pine City Pioneer’s coverage area. Due to space limitations, letters that don’t address local issues

We can’t allow internet service providers, instead of consumers, to be in charge of determining the future of the internet. That’s why I joined 49 of my colleagues in the Senate on a bill to overturn Chairman Pai’s plan and protect net neutrality rules. We are very close to getting the support we need—we have the 30 co-sponsors necessary to start debate on the legislation and we are only one vote short of the 51 votes needed for it to pass the Senate. This week, I signed a petition that would force a vote on this bill—passing this bill in the Senate is an important step in the right direction. I’ve long been a supporter of a free and open internet, and in the Senate, I’ve fought to increase broadband access for our rural communities. We’ve come a long way over the last few years to connect people to educational and economic opportunities. But the FCC’s decision will undo so much of that progress by limiting competition, hindering innovation, and hurting small business entrepreneurship. We shouldn’t make it harder for small businesses to start, grow and thrive. We shouldn’t be making it more difficult for them to advertise on the internet, or for individuals to access it. I’ll keep the pressure on for a fair, free, and open internet that keeps rural communities and small businesses like Lane’s and Aimclear on track to compete and innovate in an increasingly global economy. It’s good policy and it’s good business.

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MAY 17, 2018



City hall options reviewed at open house BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

Pine City and Pine County officials met with city residents and consultants on May 10 to discuss whether city hall should be moved to a new location or remain in a refurbished Pine Government Center space. Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) consultant Paul Ragozzino offered drawings offering possible layouts for city hall space in a refurbished Pine Government Center and a new-construction city hall. SEH is being paid $20,000 for the design process. “These are really preliminary plans,” Ragozzino said. “We’re looking for a lot of public input still.” Ragozzino noted that both designs include a community room with a kitchen space, but these are optional. In response to audience questions, he estimated that it cost $1-3 million to build a new, and around $1.5 million to refurbish the space in Pine Government Center. “It’s a rough number,” he said. “We really haven’t talked about quality of materials and whether the community room is going to be in or out.” Pine County Administrator David Minke said that the county is willing to make improvements to the building as a whole, but most of the proposed changes to Pine City’s rented first-floor space would be the city’s responsibility. Pine City and Pine County officials have been discussing terms of


Paul Ragozzino of SEH presented tentative design plans at the May 10 meeting.

a 20 year lease for the city to stay in the building. Pine County Commissioner Steve Hallan noted that the county building was offered for sale to Pine City at one time but isn’t now. He suggested that the current county board is open to an arrangement, but a future county board would have different members involved, and may not feel the same way. “We want a long term engagement if we stay here,” said Pine City Mayor Carl Pederson. He said the city is committed to keeping city hall in the downtown area north of Hillside Avenue. Pine County has been working to improve the building, including $50,000 for updates to the elevator control board in 2017, $100,000 for window replacement and $100,000 for heat control units in 2018, and a $500,000 renovation and remodel of the Health and Human Services space in 2019, which would include building code upgrades. Jim France noted that The Family Gourmet Buffet

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some of the cost, and that the city may bond and levy to cover the rest of the cost. Pine City Council Member Brian Scholin said the council could cut costs in the design, if the community makes it clear that this is a priority. Pine County Commissioner Josh Mohr asked if the council members were still considering staying in Pine Government Center but not doing major space upgrades. “We’d like to see something done,” Pederson said. “Either improve it or go.” A second open house meeting to discuss city hall is set for June 12.


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CITY HALL SURVEY Pine City carried out a survey in 2017 intended to capture the public’s thoughts on what should be done about city hall – whether it should stay in its current location in Pine Government Center or find new offices elsewhere. The survey also asked other questions about their city hall experiences. More than half of respondents said the city should remain in the Pine Government Center, pay rent and make improvements to the rented space. • 52 percent said the city should remain in the Pine Government Center, pay rent and make improvements • 22 percent said city government should build on a new site in Pine City • 26 percent said the city should pay rent to stay in Pine Government Center and make no improvements.

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if they decide to cancel the lease in that time. If the city makes improvements to the first floor and the county terminates the lease sooner than 20 years, the county would reimburse the city a share of the city’s investment.

BACKGROUND ON CITY HALL ISSUE Pine City is in the fourth year of a five-year lease with Pine County, which owns Pine Government Center. Pine County uses the basement and top floors while Pine City rents and runs its offices out of the main floor. Pine City Mayor Carl Pederson said the city’s current lease with Pine County ends in January 2019. The $50,000 annual rent for the space includes all utilities except cleaning services. City officials have been discussing whether to stay in Pine Government Center or build a new city hall at a different location since August 2014. Despite tentative offers from the city to purchase the first floor and garage of the building, the county intends to retain ownership of the entire Pine Government Center. Pine County has proposed a 20 year lease of the first floor/garage of the Pine Government Center to Pine City. Starting with the new lease, the rent would rise each year from the $50,000 per year base rate. The rent increase would be tied to the rate of inflation. Both the city and the county would be required to give three years notice

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MAY 17, 2018

Local family keeps colorful company in 1993 BY CAROL AASER NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

25 Years Ago, 1993

10 Years Ago, 2008 Pine City residents paid their respects to Jeremy Jylka Monday as they lined the streets to view the funeral procession of fire trucks and firefighters. By order of the Governor, flags flew at half staff for Jylka, who died while on duty last Tuesday. Kanabec County District Court Judge Timothy R. Bloomquist was recently elected Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial District. The chief judge has management and administrative authority in the district. He will also become a member of the Judicial Council, which is the state-wide policy-making body for the judicial branch. Mary Rarick and her two daughters, Raven, 9, and Jocelyn, 6, are used to having long dark hair that flows nearly down to their waists. They recently decided to cut their hair and donate it to Locks of Love, a program that provides wigs to financially disadvantaged children suffering from illnesses that cause hair loss.

Ed and Sharon Galarneault’s talents contribute to the magic of Disneyland and Busch Gardens. The internationally known entertainment parks are just two of the many customers who purchase custom-dyed clothing from Big G Imports, the company owned by Ed, Sharon and two of Ed’s brothers. High school students from Pine City, Chisholm and Mountain Iron-Buhl were on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with Congressman Jim Oberstar. The students were in Washington to participate in Close-up, a program which gives them an opportunity to see the inner workings of Congress. At the Disabled American Veteran’s Auxiliary State Convention in Austin, Minnesota on May 6, 7, 8, Holly Zemek, Pine City, won the honor of DAVA Miss Teenage. Les and Linda Wiener, Pine City, will welcome a new “son” on August, 1993, Bjoern Vibrans, a Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange student from Germany. On Sunday, May 23 the First Presbyterian



Gone fishin’ in 1993

Getting that bait in the right spot is tough when the rod is as big as you. Ashley Szczech laid on his stomach and positioned his line just where he wanted it. Ashley and his family came over from Braham and tried their luck fishing the Snake River at the Riverside Park pier. Despite cold weather for the walleye fishing opener last weekend, Pine City’s waterways were full of avid anglers who will try their luck no matter what the conditions.

Church of Pine City will celebrate heritage Sunday by honoring older adults and long-term members of the congregation. Holly Larsen and Meagan Jeske, both of Pine City, participated in festival events held at the North Central District Student Conference of the Evangelical Free Church held in Rochester

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50 years Ago, 1968 Pine County Sheriff Adam Martinco reported that early Tuesday morning, May 14, Al & Bill’s Tavern on Main Street in Pine City was burglarized in the amount of $250 cash and an undetermined amount from the pinball machine and juke box. Also taken were cigarettes and sixpacks of beer. The annual Girl Scout picnic was held on Monday (May 13) at Stratte point. The early part of the evening was spent around campfires roasting wieners and marshmallows. This was followed by the Brownie “Fly-up” and Cadette, Junior and Senior “Bridging” ceremonies. Gifts to make grads glad available at the Pine City Mercantile were: Men’s billfolds from $2.98 - $5.00; Fruit of the Loom short sleeve dress shirts from $2.99; and Angel

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75 Years Ago, 1943 The election of two directors to the school board was held last week with only 27 votes cast for the total ballot. Directors Lawrence Thrun and Vern Nelson were up for re-election and were reinstated without opposition. Miss Clydean Airhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Airhart of St. Paul, formerly of Pine City, and Dennis Connaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Connacker of Pine City, were joined in holy matrimony May 12. On Saturday, May 15 Doris M. Thomsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thorvald Thomsen of the Meadowlawn community, became the bride of Harlen M. Lange, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Lange, also of Meadowlawn. Miss Barbara Groosman of St. Paul, daughter

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of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Groosman of Martin, North Dakota, and Ervin R. Stevens, son of Mrs. Judith Stevens and the late Ervin A. Stevens, were quietly married in St. Paul, Saturday, May 15.

100 Years Ago, 1918 Boys are mutilating US liberty loan, thrift stamps and other posters, especially in the depot, by cutting out letters and marking with pencils for the purpose of changing their meaning. Of course everyone knows that the boys do not mean to do any wrong, but there is a heavy penalty for mutilating these posters and someone may get into serious trouble if the practice is not stopped. Miss Blanch Stevens and Roy Shuey of this place were quietly married by Judge Atkinson at his home last Saturday evening (May 11). A large number of old friends and neighbors of Ry Nelson surprised him at the home of his parents, the P.O. Nelsons. Dancing was indulged in and a bounteous lunch served. He left Monday to join the machine gun company of which he is a member at Camp Pike, Arkansas.

125 Years Ago, 1893 The general rake-up around town improves the appearance of our village, and demonstrated that our people are proud of their cleanliness. Robinson Park is undergoing some much needed repairs. The entrance gate is being repaired, and the trees have been trimmed up which adds to its general appearance. The Snake River logs are beginning to run in the river through this place. There is a solid jam of logs between here and the cut-off.

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Rev. Brouillard, 96, accused of serial abuse of children BY JEAN HOPFENSPERGER STAR TRIBUNE

The Rev. Louis Brouillard has kept a low profile at his home in Pine City. But the Catholic priest faces growing notoriety on the island of Guam, where he’s been sued by at least 60 men who say he sexually abused them as children. The tiny Pacific island is reeling from a clergy sex abuse scandal not unlike the one that rocked Minnesota a few years back, with tearful victims revealing memories of sexual indignations committed decades ago. The priest most frequently accused is a 96-year-old man in a senior apartment 7,000 miles away. A Minnesota native, Brouillard lived more than 30 years on the remote island before being transferred in 1981 to the Duluth Diocese, where he served in three churches even as he reportedly brought teen boys from Guam to live with him. Today Minnesota is known by many islanders as the place the accused serial abuser fled. “The unbelievable thing is after [Brouillard] was finally forced to leave Guam, he was able to influence certain families to send their kids to Minnesota,” said David Lujan, an attorney representing the abuse victims who was reached by phone in Guam. “There were at least three or four kids. Parents thought it was OK. This was a priest from their parish, offering a chance at education.” Brouillard, contacted recently at his apartment, declined to comment directly on the accusations. However court records show he signed a document in 2016 acknowledging he abused at least 20 boys. “Looking back, I realize I crossed the line with some of my actions and relationships with the boys,” he wrote, referring to a sex education class he taught. “At the time, I did believe the boys enjoyed the sexual contact. …” Brouillard represents a Catholic Church pattern of dealing with abusers

A Minnesota native, Brouillard lived more than 30 years on the remote island before being transferred in 1981 to the Duluth Diocese, where he served in three churches even as he reportedly brought teen boys from Guam to live with him.


Louis Brouillard – photographed in 2009 for his 15 years of work with Pine City’s Meals on Wheels – has been accused by 60 men in Guam who say he sexually abused them as children.

by often sending them to poor developing nations, said Patrick Wall, a former Catholic priest and investigator for Minnesota clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson. “Then they tried to hide this guy in the woods of northern Minnesota, and hoped [the abuse] would never come out,” said Wall. The Duluth Diocese revoked Brouillard’s ability to serve as a priest in 1985, said diocese spokesman Kyle Eller, “after questions were raised about a guest from Guam staying with him.” He has not been defrocked.

Brouillard now lives across the street from a Catholic school playground with slides and a climbing tower. The sound of children’s laughter can be heard from his front porch, where he sat on a recent warm day wearing sunglasses and a hat. When asked to comment on the situation in Guam, he paused, then responded, “What situation in Guam?” As for the accusations of sex abuse? “That’s for the judge to determine,” he said. MINNESOTA CONNECTION That Brouillard ended

up on a tiny tropical island is likely because of a little-known relationship between Minnesota Catholic educators and Guam. Lujan said it wasn’t uncommon for some wealthier students in Guam to attend the University of St. Thomas decades ago. In fact, Brouillard apparently met students from Guam while he studied to be a priest at St. Paul Seminary. He was expelled from St. Paul Seminary, said Lujan, and finished seminary in another state, asking Catholic officials in Guam for an assignment. Brouillard began his priestly career in 1948 in Guam, where for three decades he served as priest, teacher and president of the island’s Boy Scouts. It was a poor but beautiful 30-mile-long island of sun, sand and palm trees, and about 60,000 residents — nearly all Catholic. Lujan, 71, said growing up in Guam, he knew something didn’t seem right with the church. But it wasn’t until the Guam legislature, like the Minnesota Legislature, lifted its statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases in 2016 that the magnitude of the abuse was revealed. Today, Lujan alone is handling more than 120 cases — and he estimates more than half include

Brouillard. His victims charge Brouillard with sexually abusing them inside church, the monastery, on camping trips. He often photographed sexual acts, said Lujan, including those with other priests. And he sometimes made other children watch, lawsuits said. Leo Tudela, one of Lujan’s clients, was among the first to go public. He wept as he testified before the Guam legislature as it debated lifting the statute of limitations on child sex abuse. Guam joined Minnesota, Hawaii and about a half-dozen states that have done so. Guam is a U.S. territory. “All these evil incidents have stuck in my mind for some 60 years, and to this day, I still have nightmares and continue to re-live those events as if it happened only yesterday,” Tudela testified. “Terrible things come to my mind … I have cried on many occasions since.” SENT TO DULUTH Brouillard’s assignment history showed he worked in seven churches from 1940 to 1981, plus he had a two-year sick leave. He was sent to Minnesota in 1981 “in the hope that he would receive help with personal problems,” said Eller. Brouillard went on to assist in churches in the towns of Keewatin and Kelly Lake, outside Hibbing, and in the community of Beroun, south of Hinckley. No abuse was reported, said Eller. In November, Lujan flew to Minnesota and joined about 10 other lawyers involved in the case

to conduct a deposition on Brouillard at Pine City Technical College. Brouillard was represented by Minneapolis attorney Tom Weiser, who was not available for comment. Lujan said Brouillard was mentally alert and answered the questions over a threeday period. “He was coherent,” Lujan said. While life goes on in Pine City, the sex scandal continues to make headlines across Guam as well as publications spanning USA Today to Russia Today. At least 15 priests, two archbishops and a bishop are accused in abuse spanning from the 1950s to the 1990s. In a rare move, a Vatican tribunal in March exiled former Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron from the island after investigating multiple sex abuse accusations against him. At the same time, the Guam Archdiocese of Agana announced it was selling its chancery and other properties to pay for a future lawsuits settlement. And new victims keep coming forward. Said Lujan: “I had seven last week.” As the Guam archdiocese prepares for mediation on the cases slated for September, victims are watching the fate of the elderly man in northern Minnesota. “I feel cheated and molested by people who were supposed to be ... God’s guardian angel,” said Tudela. “They were supposed to be representatives of God.” Reprinted with permission from the Star Tribune.



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A catch to remember Maggie Smetana, only 62 inches tall herself, snagged a 63 inch sturgeon in Rainy River on May 5, and celebrated her catch with dad Snuffy.

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Dragons remain unbeaten, named GRC champions The Pine City Dragons boys tennis team continued their outstanding spring this past week as they remained unbeaten. The Dragons added three more wins to their total, moving their season record to an outstanding 11-0, and in the process were crowned champions of the Granite Ridge Conference. The week ended with a solid showing at the conference individual tournament. The Dragons have also claimed the top seed in the upcoming Section 6A playoffs and have a real shot to make State. PINE CITY 6, AITKIN 1 The Dragons week opened with a win on Tuesday, May 8 in Pine City. Although the team had to remain patient during an hour-plus rain delay, once the play began, the Dragons were on top of their game. “The boys came ready today,” said head coach Rick Engelstad. “Rain started to fall when we walked out of school at 3 p.m.; we started to squeegee the courts at four-ish and they were finally playable around 5:15. Whether it has been shoveling, squeegeeing, or playing tennis, these boys get the job done, and the really cool thing is, they don’t complain about things. Great kids.” Pine City got dominant wins at both third and fourth singles as Tanner Wicktor (6-0, 6-0) and Nate Webster (6-0, 6-0) never dropped a game. Parker Sell had to battle at first singles, but earned a nice win (6-2, 5-7, 6-4). The Dragons also had a clean sweep in doubles play. First doubles saw the pairing of Jonah Bergstrom and Alex Laven win in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-4), while Dusty Bergstrom and Jake Adams cruised to victory at second doubles (6-0, 6-0). The third

doubles pairing of Beau Steele and Peyton Smetana was also a winner (6-2, 6-0). “These boys knew that there was a lot on the table,” explained Engelstad. “A guaranteed share of the conference title. You could see their desire and hunger, and we played very well. I guess squeegeeing might have to be our new warm-up.” Squeegees weren’t necessary on Thursday, May 10 in Foley, but the Dragons took care of business nonetheless. PINE CITY 5, FOLEY 2 This win over the Falcons gave Pine City’s boys the Granite Ridge Conference Championship outright. This is the first time the team has won the Granite Ridge since joining the conference in 2013. It was also the first conference title of any kind for boys tennis program since 2008. “We did come out a little nervous and slow,” explained Engelstad, “the scorecards were flipped, it was not in our favor. But today the boys did a fantastic job of settling down after a slow start.” Jared Kotek got a win at second singles (6-0, 6-3), Wicktor was a winner at third singles (7-5, 7-6), and Webster came away victorious at fourth singles (6-2, 6-1). Dusty Bergstrom and Adams won (6-0, 6-4) at second doubles, and Steele and Smetana were winners at third doubles (6-3, 6-1). PINE CITY 7, NORTH BRANCH 0 The Dragons would move their record to 11-0 with this win. The team was on cruise control with straight-sets wins in every match. Sell (6-1, 6-0), Kotek (6-0, 6-2), Wicktor (6-1, 6-1), and Webster (6-0, 6-0) made it a clean sweep in singles play, while the doubles teams were even more impressive, losing just three games combined. Jonah Bergstrom and Laven never dropped a

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game (6-0, 6-0), and Dusty Bergstrom and Adams only lost one (6-1, 6-0). The pairing of Steele and Smetana was also a winner (6-2, 6-0) On Saturday, May 12, the Dragons competed in the Granite Ridge Individual Tournament at Becker and had another very good day. Not only was the team awarded the Granite Ridge Team trophy, but all seven positions made it to the finals and three ended up winning. “We had a great day for tennis in Becker,” said Engelstad. “These boys have been warriors. We have been playing a lot of tennis the past couple weeks. Each player has greatly improved since the beginning of the year.” Wicktor won at third singles and Webster won at fourth singles competition. Steele and Smetana won at third doubles. Second place finishes went to Sell at first singles, Kotek at second singles, Jonah

Bergstrom and Laven at first doubles and Dusty Bergstrom and Adams at second doubles. With such a strong showing throughout

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Boys, girls golfers continue to improve BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM


The Dragons lost the first game of this double-header vs. East Central, but more than made up for it in the second.

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Result: Pine City beats East Central 21-5 Where/When: At home on Thursday, May 10 What happened: In a season filled with tough outings, Pine City had some positivity in this game. The Dragons earned their second win and stopped a five game skid that had seen the Dragons 10-runned four times. The runs total was the highest in a calendar year since the Dragons had beaten these same Eagles 26-5 on May 11, 2017. This was the second game of a double header on the afternoon, with East Central winning the first game 5-1. What it means: Pine City is the owner of a 2-12 record and has five games remaining on its schedule. Up next: The Dragons will kick off the final week of regular season play with a double header against Ogilvie, and have other games against Braham, Rush City and Two Harbors upcoming.

Golf season is cruising along quickly for the Dragons. Both the boys and girls teams continue to improve as the spring progresses. The season got off to an extremely slow start with the winter weather not ceding until late in April, but the players have now had a taste of competition and have some Great River Conference tournaments under their belts. The season officially got underway at the end of April when the Dragons girls competed at the Milaca 6-6-6 meet. While the scores weren’t particularly great, the team was happy to be outside. “We were glad that we were able to get out on the course for this meet,” said head coach Adam Jensen. “The weather this spring has not been spring sport friendly. The 6-6-6 meet at Milaca was our girls’ first time on a course this year, so we took it as a great opportunity to get on the course and prepare for our conference meets.” Both the Dragons girls and boys got a round in at Grand National in Hinckley on Tuesday, May 1. “We lucked out and had some nice weather for our first conference meet,” said head coach Adam Jensen. The boys ended up with a team score of 356. Ryan Gamec shot the low score for the team with a 79, Alex Wimmer shot an 87 and Justin Gamec shot a 94. The girls had a team score of 422 and the team low score was shot by Lindsay Miller with a 99. Kristina Knutson shot a 106, Ally Tracy shot a 104. On Thursday, May 3, the varsity boys played at Minnesota National in McGregor and really enjoyed a great afternoon for golf. Ryan Gamec shot the team low with an 80, and continues to look like the best boys player on the squad. Justin Gamec shot an 89 while Alex Wimmer shot a 103. The Dragons ended with a team total of 380. Pine City’s teams were set for a busy week of action in the upcoming week with dates at Bulrush in Rush City on Tuesday, May 15, Springbrook in Mora on Wednesday, May 16, and again at Bulrush on Thursday, May 17.


The 21-5 victory over East Central gives the girls a 2-12 record on the season.

Track teams dig deep at True Team meet BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

Track teams from Pine City competed at the True Team Meet in Cloquet on Tuesday, May 8, and faced some stiff competition. The Dragons have had some success so far this season, but faced some adversity here. Battling not only tough opponents but also cool temperatures, Pine City’s athletes had to dig deep. In the end, the Dragons boys placed seventh out of 12 teams and the girls took eighth out of 13. “We faced a lot of heavy competition,” explained head coach Jared Clementson. “Most of the competing schools are from the larger Class AA. I am proud of how our team competed at this meet. It was really cold, a real-feel of 32 degrees, and even rained for the last hour-and-a-half, but everyone gave it their best. Because of the weather, not as many personal bests were set but many good things happened throughout the meet.” In this meet, everyone scores based on their finishing place. In other words, the last place finisher in each event scores one point and the totals ascend from there. This time around, first place for a girls competitor was worth 26 points and first place for a boys competitor was worth 24.

The Dragons boys had some standouts, including top scorer Brandon Haskovec, who earned third in the high jump (5’ 10”), sixth in the 100m dash (11.57), seventh in the long jump (18’ 2.25”), and 10th in the 200m dash (24.46). Haskovec was Pine City’s top scorer with 73.5 points, followed by Logan Vinaja with 47, Austin Eckert with 43, and Dawson Clifford with 41 points. Adam Archambault (11’ 6”) tied for fourth in the pole vault with Clifford (10’ 6”) coming in seventh. Tucker Dalen tied for seventh in the high jump (5’ 4”). Tommy Ryan placed eighth in the 3200m (11:02.40). Eckert placed ninth in the 800m (2:12.67). The Dragons boys had a third place finish in the 4x800m relay with a team consisting of Remington Steele, Ryan, Vinaja and Eckert in a season best time of 8:45.56. Pine City’s boys placed fifth in the 4x400m relay (3:52.95) with Eckert, TJ Rank, Steele and Vinaja. The Dragons 4x200m relay (1:41.87) team of Clifford, Nathan Kleppe, Archambault and Tryston West took seventh. On the girls side, Alaina Steele was Pine City’s top scorer with 54.5 points, followed closely by Dorothy Miller with 53, Ellaina Johnson with 46, Kensi Tayerle with 45.5 points and Alexis Pankonin with 39 points.

Alaina Steele was the Dragons’ lone winner of the meet, cruising to victory in the 800m as she won the race by six seconds in a time of 2:28.80. Miller placed eighth in the 100m hurdles with a personal best time of 17.92. Johnson placed 11th in the 200m dash with a time of 29.30. Pankonin was 11th in the discus with a throw of 84’ 0”. Maddy Graham placed 11th in the pole vault with a height of 6’ 0”. Pine City’s girls had a third place finish in the 4x800m relay. A team consisting of Alexis Thieman, Alaina Steele, Grace Grubbs and Grace Langmade posted a season-best time of 10:34.62. The Dragons girls placed fifth in the 4x100m relay (55.47) with a team of Allyson Chromey, Kensi Tayerle, Ainsley Vinaja and Johnson. The girls 4x400m relay (4:39.30) team of of Alexis Thieman, Langmade, Grubbs and Alaina Steele took sixth while the 4x200m relay (1:59.51) consisting of Kaylee Prihoda, Tayerle, Ainsley Vinaja and Pankonin finished eighth. The regular season is quickly coming to a close. Pine City were scheduled to run the Great River Conference meet on Tuesday, May 15 in Braham and the GRC Relay meet will follow two days later at East Central. The sub-section meet will be held on Tuesday, May 22 in Pine City.


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Pitcher Duke Waxford has helped lead the Dragons to an 8-5 record; the team now has five games left until Section play.

Dragons add wins, now owners of 8-5 record BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

It’s been a successful spring for the Dragons boys baseball team. The squad went 4-2 over the past week, and had a very full schedule that included weekday games every day for the week of May 7. The Dragons are owners of an 8-5 record and have five games left until the Section 7AA postseason begins. BRAHAM 12, PINE CITY 6 The Bombers jumped out to an early lead in this contest and Pine City was unable to mount a comeback. Despite the loss, the Dragons did manage 11 hits in the game. All of the Dragons’ runs came in the fourth inning when Luke Fabini, Christian Fromm, Mason Loucks, Jake Rademacher and Isaiah Gonyea all had RBI’s. Duke Waxberg was the Dragons’ starting pitcher, going 3-2/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs with two strikeouts. The game was played on Monday, May 7.


HINCKLEY-FINLAYSON 10, PINE CITY 1 The following day, there wasn’t much for Dragons fans to cheer about. Hinckley-Finlayson never trailed in this contest and put the game away with six runs in the top of the fifth. Rademacher pitched four innings and was charged with the loss, giving up 12 hits and seven runs, six of them earned. The Dragons’ lone run came in the third inning, but Pine City wasn’t able to muster much offense after that against a Jaguars team that committed zero errors. PINE CITY 11, BARNUM 1 (5 INNINGS) The week started to turn around for the Dragons on Wednesday, May 9. The Bombers of Barnum came to town, but had just one win on the season coming in. Pine City took full advantage of an over-matched opponent and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings. An eight-run explosion in the fifth ended the game. Gabe Westbrook, Waxberg and Rademacher each tallied a pair of RBI’s, while Gonyea and Nick Hansmann had two hits apiece. Hansmann looked great on the mound, going the distance and giving up just one run on three hits with three strikeouts. PINE CITY 12, EAST CENTRAL 7 The Dragons took two games in a double header versus East Central on Thursday, May 10. Like Barnum the day before, the Eagles entered with just one win to their credit. This game was tied 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth when a Waxberg single scored two runs and gave the Dragons the lead for good. The Dragons racked up seven hits but really showed aggressiveness on the base paths with 13 stolen bases.

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PINE CITY 2, EAST CENTRAL 0 The win was Pine City’s third in a row, their longest winning streak of the season. MOOSE LAKE-WILLOW RIVER 10, PINE CITY 5 The week came to a close with this road loss on Friday, May 11. The Dragons jumped out to an early lead in the first off an RBI single by Hansmann, but the Rebels answered with two runs in the second and four in the fourth. Although the Dragons managed 13 hits in the game, the 16 hits by the Rebels yielded more runs. Jake Lunceford had four hits in the contest while Rademacher and Waxberg had three apiece. The Dragons would begin the following week with a blowout 10-0 win over Ogilvie on Monday, May 14. Full coverage in next week’s Pioneer.

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Clear skies and light winds greeted athletes on the Pine City High School Trap Shooting Team on Sunday, May 13. After three weeks of competitive shoots, the team remains in fifth place in the eight team 8A conference. The team is being led by Justin Stolp and Parker Sell, who are both shooting an average of 23.25 out of 25 targets. Compared to all other shooters in the state, the two sharpshooters are tied for 96th place out of 11,531 shooters. This year’s team is hitting 68percent of targets overall, which is tied for the highest percentage in team history. The final competitive shoot is Sunday, May 20, at Wings North. Shooting begins at noon.


Rilee Winters (right side above goalie and second in from coach) helped the Minnesota Green Giants squad earn a national championship this past April.

Pine City hockey star helps team earn national championship BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

A Pine City 14-year-old helped her team win a national championship this past April. Rilee Winters was part of the Minnesota Green Giants squad, a team which collected enough wins through the season to roll into the USA Hockey’s Girls Tier I 14U tournament as favorites. And on April 9, in Marlborough, Massachusetts, they earned a 3-0 win and gold medals for the team. “They went through and won the whole works,” said proud dad Michael Winters. Michael played hockey himself, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree when it came to Rilee. “From the time she stepped on the ice she was in love with it,” he said. “It’s hard to keep her away from it. She’s a kid who likes to be at the rink. She likes watching it, she likes shooting pucks. She’s

always working on her skills. People say she has natural abilities and athleticism, but it takes a lot more. You have to work at it to be good at it. That’s Rilee. She practices relentlessly.” Rilee is playing more hockey this summer, and plans to stay involved with the Cambridge-Isanti/ Mora/Pine City Bluejackets team next winter. And she plans to try out for the Green Giants again, to see if she can help the team repeat this year’s feat in 2019. Michael said his daughter has kept a level head through it all, and isn’t letting her national championship victory affect her attitude. “I asked her afterwards, ‘How do you feel?’ She said, ‘I don’t know. It’s just like playing in any other tournament.’” He chuckled. “I don’t think it’s dawned on them. It’s kind of a big deal, but to them, it’s just another game.”

Top ten PCHS shooters after week two: 1. Justin Stolp 23.25 1. Parker Sell 23.25 3. Peyton Smetana 22.5 4. Brice Wersal 21.5 5. Sean Saunders 21.25 6. Hunter Carl 20.75 6. Alex Wimmer 20.75 8. Devin Willert 20.50 9. Morgan Drevecky 20.25 10. Blake Hall 19.75 Parker Sell (below) had another perfect round of 25 out of 25 on Sunday, May 13. Another breezy Sunday afternoon produced a third Dragon trap shooter with a perfect score of 25. Hunter Carl (bottom) achieved this feat last year also. A total of 27 Dragons will be going on to represent Pine City High School at the State Tournament in Alexandria on June 18.

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The challenges and rewards of foster parenting support optimal care. The conference attending three foster mothers share their personal heartwarming stories:


When a family is plunged into crisis children need someone to stand in the gap for them – and what a privilege it is to fill that gap. In the simplest of terms, that describes the foster parent. Children need foster care for lots of reasons. The reasons vary but needs of each child don’t. All children need love, respect, understanding and a sense of belonging. It is critical for the committed foster parent and family to build a relationship with the foster child that overcomes fear, alienation and isolation. May is recognized as the National Foster Care Appreciation and Awareness month but every day in the month of the year is cause for foster care appreciation and awareness. Awareness is needed in our nation (and action) and specifically in our state and more specifically in our county and local region because there is a significant need for foster parents to provide homes and care for children, teens and families presenting with need for substitute quality parenting when their birth family is not able to care for them. When a family experiences tough times or crisis and children experience cause for out of home placement, foster parents are needed to help. Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc., a local foster care service agency that has been licensed by the MN Department of Human Services since 1978 to provide licensing activity to support families in their foster parenting in Pine County and beyond, recently saw three of their licensed foster parents and licensor, Wendy Rude Pangerl, LSW attend a national conference in New Orleans. This was a first-time experience to see local foster parents attend a national conference, but the Quality Parenting Initiative theme of this conference was inspirational and important to participate in. The organization and its foster parents have always been committed to quality foster parenting but this conference further advanced the opportunities to zero in on developing philosophy and approaches to foster parenting that

TONI AND JEREMY CROWELL “We have been fostering parents for four years. I work, and our children are in daycare. After making the decision to be foster parents, we had referrals during our first year but no placements. During the second year, a boy and girl who are siblings were placed with us, followed by a foster son the next year. All three children required an adoptive home. This is how we built our family. Seeing our children come in with trauma and then witness their healing transformations has been so rewarding. It has taken a lot of effort, lots of training, self-denial, lessons to learn but so worth it.” HEATHER AND JUAN CORTEZ “We have four of our own children and for the past year and a half we’ve taken in six foster children. Because my husband Juan was a foster child, he always wanted to do foster care. By working with all collaborators, successful reunification of the child to the birth family has always been our primary objective. Our greatest reward is to see our foster kids back home again.” “Fostering with our own children works well. It’s been beneficial for them. We talked to them about fostering from the time they were little and it opened up their world. My own children have been good models for the foster kids. It’s been such a blessing.” APRIL AND JOE ANDERSON “Three years after becoming foster parents, we have welcomed 16 foster children into our home, both individuals and siblings, five months to 18 years old. It’s been lots of hard work but so rewarding. We were new at parenting since we didn’t have any of our own children. As a youth, I saw lots of difficult situations and wanted to be that safe haven for children in trouble. So we just got started and plan to continue.”

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NATIONAL RECOGNITION Foster parents deserve appreciation for doing the important work they are doing in caretaking children during times when they can’t be with their families. And the children and families do appreciate them. And as a nation, state, county, and community; we appreciate foster parents. For it is in these times of turbulence when a steady caring home and family can make all the difference in the lives of children and youths. But they don’t have to do this work alone because when children and youths are placed in out of home care, a support team is provided them. At TSA, each child has a Treatment Team comprised of the foster family, family therapist, mental health practitioners, Case Manager, TSA Social worker and Youth Care Worker. This team meets weekly for child specific assessment, care and treatment planning, collaboration, coordination with schools and communication with all those involved. This collaborative model has been highly effective to meet the primary goal of the foster care program – reuniting the child or youth with his/her family or plan for an alternative permanency plan which most often is adoption. Financial support to provide foster care and adoption is provided. LICENSING PROCESS Applicants must be able to provide quality care, positive child rearing practices and a healthy and safe environment with adequate space in their homes. The licensing process involves an assessment of the foster care applicants, their family members and physical home environment. Requirements and expectations are set by the State of Minnesota. Home studies to learn about family dynamics, matching foster kids to families and complete licensing criteria are available by contacting TSA. Once foster parents are licensed, they can choose which program works best for them. If they select Therapeutic Foster Care, they work through the Adolescent Treatment and Child Treatment Programs to provide care. Initially, the

foster parents receive six hours of special training from TSA then a minimum of 12 hours annually. As well, the Treatment Team approach is particularly supportive. And there is always support and care available 24/7 to support foster parents.

WHO CAN BE FOSTER PARENT? In addition to families, men or women who are single, working or retired can be foster parents. And for persons who don’t feel they can foster parent full time, people can help other full time foster parents by providing respite care. A variety of foster families able and willing to help with varying capacities for time availability and readiness to help, contributes to the resource base to help kids in need. The adage, “it takes a village to raise a child” rings true and foster parents helping in times when help is needed, makes for big differences in the lives of children and strengthens families and communities. The Quality Parenting Initiative is foundational guidance to the endeavor of foster parenting and there are plenty of experienced professionals and foster parents at TSA ready to support new foster parents. All three women agree that they are doing the right thing for their families and are encouraged to hear others say the same thing. That’s validation. All three acknowledged the emotional benefits of foster parenting. Toni remarked, “Guess it’s because we have hearts that are big enough. That’s one of the qualities that makes good foster parents.” Successful foster parenting is a highly collaborative endeavor between caregivers, agency staff and birth parents. They form a team whose focus is providing comfort and support for affected children. There’s an urgent need for more parents to open their homes and hearts to vulnerable youth. Consider joining this worthy effort. For more information, contact Wendy Pangerl, Foster Care Licensing Social Worker at Therapeutic Services Agency, 320-629-7816.

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FISHY: Neighbors work together to solve fishy issue on shores of Pokegama Lake FROM PAGE 1

pelicans and eagles and seagulls out there pecking away,” Ron said. A few hours later his wife came into the garage where he was working. She asked if he had seen all the dead fish. She checked again. The ice chunk was gone, melted, and the shoreline was now covered in dead fish. So he called his next door neighbor, Rick, and gave him a rundown on the situation. “He’s a great neighbor,” Rick said. “He always calls and lets me know what is going on. This time it was fish.” Rick offered to help, but admits he didn’t quite know what he was getting into until he saw it for himself. “I came up here, but I had no idea there would be that many fish,” he said. “I mean, I’m looking up and down the shore saying, ‘Oh my goodness. What a mess.’” The fish were almost entirely sheephead, and the DNR estimates that between 10-20,000 fish died overall, most likely due to lack of oxygen after the snow and ice cover during this long winter caused plants to die. They covered a trailer with a tarp, hooked the trailer up to an ATV and brought it down to the shore. Ron, Rick and Rick’s wife got out their pitchforks and started scooping. “Get underneath them, get three or four at a time maybe,” Rick said. It wasn’t the most pleasant work. “They were pretty stinky,” Ron said, chuckling. So after a few hours of shoveling, there they were with a trailer filled with more than a ton of dead, stinking sheephead. The problem was, they weren’t sure where to bring them next. “I first called the Hinckley Transfer Station, the dump up there,” Ron


The friends and neighbors loaded up three trailers full of the dead fish and hauled them to the Hinckley Transfer Station, with the total weight coming to 4,800 pounds.

explained. “They weren’t sure if they could take them. Rick called the DNR. They didn’t know what to do with them either.” Rick’s contact at the DNR brought a representative from pollution control into the call. “So I had a threesome with the DNR and pollution control,” Rick said. “Pollution control says, ‘Well, it’s not actually a pollutant. It’s a solid waste. I said, ‘That’s great, but the transfer station is hemming and hawing about taking

them. [They said] ‘Well, we’ll have to make some phone calls.’” Ron and Rick thought they were maybe going to have to hold onto the huge load of stinking fish through the night. Luckily, Rick said, they didn’t have to worry about that for too long. “It wasn’t five to ten minutes maybe? The transfer station called back. ‘We’ll take them.’ So something happened real quick.” They said that once they actually got to the transfer station, the staff was very

helpful and accommodating in helping them deal with their fishy problem. “The people were just superb up there,” Rick said. “They just took the whole trailer and went ‘Whoop.’” He made a tiling motion with his hands. “And we gave them the tarps,” he said, chuckling. They spent two more days loading the trailer with washed-up fish. Neighbors pitched in to help, eventually putting in around 40 hours of work between them all. And they made two more trips to the transfer station, the last on Saturday, where they ran into an employee they hadn’t seen before. “She was hilarious,” Rick said. “She says, ‘Can I help you?’ And I go, ‘Yup.’ She says, ‘What do you got?’ I says, ‘Fish.’ She stuck her head out the window, and she looked at them, and all of a sudden the stench got her. She shuts the window. She says, ‘I got your weight. Just go dump them and come back.’ She was laughing. She was very, very nice.” Ron said they know of many, many other property owners around the lake who dealt with large amounts of fish, but none who got hit quite as hard as they did. They are hoping the Pokegama Lake Association will reimburse them for the transfer station fees. They are still finding dead fish here and there, but a local farmer has contacted them about using them as manure. Neither Ron nor Rick planned to get out on the lake for the fishing opener, but both said their fishy May project hadn’t turned them off fishing altogether, and they planned to get out there soon. “Typically, opening weekend, that’s for amateurs,” Rick said. “The weekend after ... is when it gets to start to be fun. He shook his head. “I only wish the fishing was that good during the fishing season.”

POWER: Squirrel shuts down electricity in Pine City area, with some out for hours FROM PAGE 1

caused by a squirrel which managed to make its way through the protective materials ECE has installed at the substation on 2nd Street SE. The resulting “boom” as the substation lost power at 6:23 p.m. sounded like a crack of thunder and could be heard blocks away. The outage affected 2,552 ECE members in the area. Rolain said that crews were able to restore power at 7:39 p.m. to all but 547 members. “The squirrel caused considerable damage in the substation, including broken insulators which had to be replaced before power could be restored to the re-

maining members,” she explained. The power was back on for those final 547 members at 9:50 p.m. KEEPING ANIMALS OUT Rolain said that ECE has been taking steps to reduce these types of problems, and that an accelerated program to add animal protection on ECE’s distribution system began in 2013. “More than 17,000 animal guards have been installed on transformers and riser poles since then to minimize the number of outages caused by birds and small animals like squirrels and raccoons,” she said. “Ospreys are persistent in building their nests on flat-

ter structures, such as three-phase transformer installations in open areas. We have tried perch preventers and other devices to discourage them, with limited success.” At substations, the power company installs guards on top of the fence, blocks the cracks around gates and has put twirling devices on the lines leading into some substations to try to keep squirrels from getting in. “The Pine City substation gets more squirrel activity than many,” Rolain said. “We continue to try to determine how they’re getting into the facility and to look for other ways to deter them.”


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James A. Eckert

James Alan Eckert was born Aug. 8, 1962, to Earl and Patricia (Eid) Eckert in Granite Falls, Minnesota. When Jim was young, the family moved to the Twin Cities. The family lived in a few places, including Soderville, and then ult ultimately they settled in Pine City when Jim wa 16. Jim graduated was fro Pine City High from Sch School in 1980. After gra graduation he moved to Ar Arizona and met Stella. Th had four children: They Jo Josh, Jamie, Jonas and Jan Janell. When Josh was t family moved 5, the ba to Pine City. Jim back lov being back in loved Mi Minnesota and tinkering around the farm. Jim held many jobs, including working at Plastech in Rush City. Jim finally settled into his place in Rock Creek in 2016 and would often spend the winter in Florida. Jim had a goofy, strange and infectious personality that was loved by all. He could make anything out of a hot glue gun, duct tape and a few wires. Jim was known by many as the computer fix it guy. He could fix any computer if given the time. Jim loved the outdoors and could be seen mowing his lawn, dragging his driveway or his favorite thing – riding his four wheeler. He also had a fondness for bacon, circus peanut candy and rainbow licorice. Jim had a wide network of friends that he could get to do about anything for him, including bringing him boxes of things to fix or make into something else. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids. There was much laughter and love when the family was together and most likely some shenanigans. Jim had a kind heart and was one of the least judgmental people you would have ever met. He will be missed by so many. Jim is preceded in death by his mother Patricia Koffler and step-father Don Koffler. He is survived by his children Josh (Heidi) Eckert

of Pine City, Jamie (Mike) Eckert of Braham, Jonas (Kelsey) Eckert of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Janell (Adam) Hecimovich of Bovey; grandchildren: Sutheree, Sophie, Parker, Landyn, Arianna and Viola; father Earl “Jim” Eckert of Fridley; siblings: Carolee (Aaron) Peterson of Brooklyn Park, Kevin (Diana) Eckert of St. Michael, Kris (Justin) Jahnz of Pine City; sister Carey Beth (George) Kasapidis of Duluth; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends was held Friday, May 11 at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.

Leona K. Arnold Leona Arnold of Pine City passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Lakeside Medical Center at the age of 99. Leona Katherine was born March 22, 1919, to Anton and Theresa (Bauer) No Nohner in Eden Valley, Mi Minnesota. She attended District #41 Country Sch School. O On Sept. 25, 1937, she wa was united in marriage to Albert A Arnold at As Assumption Catholic Ch Church in Eden Valley. Tog Together they farmed nea near Eden Valley until 195 1955. Upon retiring fro from farming the couple mo moved around, spending time in St. Paul, Wa Wadena, Cold Spring and St. Cloud. Leona always found work; cooking in a restaurant, a bakery, an optical clinic and a laundry business. She even helped Albert run a gas station. She worked several years at Hamline University cooking for students; she always said working at Hamline was her most favorite place to work. Leona was also employed in Arden Hills at the arsenal. Again, upon retirement they moved to Pine City

where they enjoyed fishing, gardening, bird watching, and being with family and friends. Leona was very active volunteering in her church, the senior center, the nursing home and the CCW Blue Army. She always had time for her four children, 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 35 great-great-grandchildren. Leona loved to dance, crochet, quilt, sew, feed the birds and tend her flower gardens. Leona was known for her kind, caring, helpful and loving ways. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten by her family and friends. Leona is preceded in death by her husband Albert Arnold; parents Anton and Theresa Nohner; son-inlaw Jack DeVine; daughter-in-law Shirley Arnold, granddaughter-in-law Cindy Gerving, sister Aurelia Ashfeld; brothers Leander Nohner and Raymond (Lorraine) Nohner. She is survived by her sons Stanley (Pauline) Arnold of Ortley, South Dakota, Ivan (Betty) Arnold of Fessenden, North Dakota; daughters Leona (Carl) Gerving and Carol DeVine, all of Pine City; all of her grandchildren, sister Marcella Lee of Litchfield; sisters-in-law Helen Stienke of Fridley and “Wally” Nohner of Watkins. Monsignor Aleksander Suchan celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for Leona on Tuesday, May 15 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal was held Monday, May 14 at the Swanson Chapel, Pine City with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. and also one hour prior to the Mass in the St. Anthony Common area of the church. The interment took place in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Pine City. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.

Gary L. Cross Gary L. Cross died on Friday, May 11, 2018, at his home in Mora. He was 65 years old. For service information visit A full obituary will follow. Arrangements by Dresser-Methven Funeral Home. SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE 16

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Grasston Baptist Church

Hope Lutheran Church

Living Hope Christian Center

Pine City Evangelical Free 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 wwå 320.396.2645 Worship Service 9:30am Sunday School 10:45am

Grasston Dean Oelfke, Pastor 320-396-3925 Sunday Worship Service 11am Holy Communion first and third Sundays and festival days.

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

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:, www.pcefc. com

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 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

Grace Baptist Church 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.

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

Henriette Community Church (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.

Hustletown Community Church

Living Water Fellowship

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

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

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.

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

Our Redeemer Lutheran 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. Peace Cafe Sundays after 9:30 a.m. worship Thursday service: 5:30 p.m. Children of Joy Preschool: Monday - Friday

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 320-629-2935 19390 Ave, Beroun, MN Monsignor Alek Suchan Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m.

South Pine Baptist Church 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)

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

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Ursula LundbergGrygelko of Askov received a bachelor of arts degree in English and Native American indigenous studies from University of Minnesota, Morris.

Vera Mae (Guse) Stolt, age 75, of South Haven (wife of the late Marvin Stolt), passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018, in St. Cloud. Vera is preceded in death by her parents; husband Marvin; brother Lyle Guse; sisters: Nora Gille and Ruth Schoenfeld. She is survived by her children: Brenda Harguth and her husband Todd of Waseca, Brian Stolt and his wife Lori of Pine City, Allen Stolt and his wife Donna of Easton, Bradley Stolt and his wife Shirley of Kimball, Barbara Stolt of South Haven; grandchildren: Amy Kelm and her husband Kevin, Mike Harguth and his wife Rebecca, Steve Harguth and his wife Ashley, Scott Harguth and his wife Amanda, Bruce Harguth, Nathan Stolt and his wife Jen, Kristi Palmby and her husband Michael, Adam Stolt, Jessica Stolt, Jen Rakow and her husband Matt, Jason Stolt, Amanda Gomez and her husband Jesus, Brittany Stolt, Angie Stolt, Ryan Stolt, Trinity Klimek, Cecilia Klimek; great-grandchildren: Addison and Owen Kelm, Ryan and Emily Harguth, Kendall, MacKenzie and Madelyn Harguth, Aryanna Stolt, Ryley, Jamison, Barrett and Bailey Stolt, Gabriella and Miguel Gomez; siblings: Herbert (Mavis) Guse, Clarence (Bev) Guse, Paul Guse, Carl Guse, Marvin (Kathy) Guse, Lila (Dick) Karrer, Ruby (David) Isebrand, and Grace (Larry) Vitort; sister-in-law Paulette Guse; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Monday, May 14, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville with Rev. Larry Griffin and Rev. Paul Muther officiating. Interment is in St. John’s Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Iosco Township, Waseca County, Minnesota. Visitation was Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church’s Discipling Center in Janesville and for one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements are with Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service – Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville.

IN MEMORY In loving memory of

Marcella H. Pangerl who passed away 20 years ago on the 20th of May

In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts we hold a place, that only you can fill.

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Schultz E Ezekiel Robert Schultz was b born on May 9, 2018, at F FirstLight Health System. H He weighed seven pounds, 114 ounces and was 20 inches llong. His parents are Devin a and Brooke Schultz of Pine C City and Mora. Ezekiel is w welcomed home by siblings M Malachi, 4, and Amelia, 1. His g grandparents are Doug and L Lynea Wolter of Mora, Derek a and Lisa Schultz of Pine City.

Joseph Fortier of Pine City has graduated from University of the Cumberlands with a MS in Physician Assistant.

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded degrees at the end of the spring 2018 semester. Included among the graduates on May 5 were Pine City residents Jason Boldt, MA, Art; Ashley Greig, MA, Physical Education (Teaching); and Sturgeon Lake resident Meghan Schaumburg, BA, English.

Murphy Camilla Marie Murphy was born on May 9, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. She w weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. Her parents are Joseph Murphy and Cassie Murphy of Ogilvie. Camilla is welcomed home by siblings Milo, 5, and Caroline, 1.

Former Pine City band director Melanie Brooks has earned the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Brooks was named the most outstanding graduate of the university’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She has accepted a position as Director of Bands at Winona State University. Dr. Brooks taught instrumental music in the Pine City Public Schools for two years, from 2012 to 2014. She left Pine City to study conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland on a Fulbright Scholarship. Upon her return to the U.S., Brooks enrolled at Arizona State where she earned her masters and doctoral degrees.

Sutton A Asher Davis Sutton was born on April 30, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. He weighed sseven pounds, 15 ounces and w was 20 inches long. His parents are Jeremy and Jennifer S Sutton of Danbury, Wisconsin. A Asher is welcomed home by ssiblings Dakota, 10, and Chloe, 7. His grandparents are Vern and Deb Osterbauer, Patricia S Sutton, Bob Simpson and John Sutton.

Skelly Claire Nadine Skelly was born on April 30, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. She weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Brittany and Jake Skelly of Mora. Claire is welcomed by grandparents Bill and Dawn Johnson, John and Jennifer Skelly of Van Buren, Arkansas, Kelly Rhodes of California City, California.

Missing You Always You never said I’m leaving, you never said goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, as part of us went with you, the day God took you home. Love,

A million times we needed you, a million times we cried, if love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.

Judy and Paul Mueller Dale and Jackie Pangerl Ed and Joy Pangerl and families

Alan Hancock graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Cloud State University with an emphasis in Land Surveying in May 2018. Alan had received his AAS degree in Civil Engineering Technology at St. Cloud Technical College in 1995 and has worked in that field since.

PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S BLOTTER May 6 - 12 Theft, burglary, vandalism

May 6, 3:56 p.m., report of shoplifting, Evergreen Sq. SW, Pine City. May 8, 9:20 a.m., report of damage to vehicle, 566th St., Pine City. May 9, 8:39 a.m., report of MVA property damage, 3rd Ave. SE, Pine City. May 9, 3:54 p.m., report of theft, Walmart, Pine City. May 10, 4:23 p.m., report of damage to property, State Hwy. 70, Pine City. May 11, 2:03 p.m., report of shoplifting, Evergreen Sq. SW, Pine City.

May 12, 10:36 a.m., report of MVA property damage, 13th St. SW, Pine City. May 12, 11:26 a.m., report of MVA property damage, Cross Lake Rd., Pine City. May 12, 7:40 p.m., report of shoplifting, Evergreen Sq. SW, Pine City.

Miscellaneous May 6, 1:34 p.m., report of trespass, Evergreen Sq. SW, Pine City. May 6, 5:01 p.m., report of threats, Everready Rd., Pine City. May 7, 10:20 a.m., report of child lost/found, 4th

St. SE, Pine City. May 7, 12:49 p.m., report of disturbance, Loon Dr., Pine City. May 8, 3:37 p.m., report of child lost/found, Main St. S, Pine City. May 9, 11:36 a.m., report of psychological problem, State Hwy. 70, Pine City. May 9, 2:17 p.m., report of assault, 4th St. SE, Pine City. May 10, 10:37 a.m., report of drug incident, Northridge Dr. NW, Pine City. May 10, 11:16 p.m., report of suicide threat, 7th St. SW, Pine City. May 12, 7:16 p.m., report of suicide attempt, Lib-

erty Rd. SE, Pine City. May 12, 10:57 p.m., report of domestic disturbance, 11th St. SW, Pine City.

Fires and accidents May 10, 2:45 p.m., report of personal injury accident, State Hwy. 70, Pine City.

Jail roster Not available at time of publication.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Snake River Utility Crossing and Lift Station City of Pine City, Minnesota SEH No. PINE0 143766 Notice is hereby given that sealed Bids will be received by the City of Pine City until 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Pine City, City Hall located at 315 Main St. S., Suite 100, Pine City, MN 55063, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud, for the furnishing of all labor and material for the construction of 2nd Street SE Utility Improvements. Major quantities for the Work include: Est. Qty





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Bids shall be on the form provided for that purpose and according to the Bidding Requirements prepared by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) dated January 31, 2018. The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. located at 3535 Vadnais Center Drive, St. Paul, MN 55110-5196, Greg Anderson - 651.490.2000. The Bidding Documents may be viewed for no cost at by selecting the Project Bid Information link at the bottom of the page and the View Plans option from the menu at the top of the selected project page. Digital image copies of the Bidding Documents are available at http://www. for a fee of $30. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the PROJECT BID INFORMATION link and by entering eBidDocTM Number 5640908 on the SEARCH PROJECTS page. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952.233.1632 or Paper copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from Docunet Corp. located at 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441 (763.475.9600) for a fee of $100. A pre-Bid conference will be held at 1:00pm. on May 31 at Pine City City Hall. Representatives of Owner and Engineer will be present to discuss the Project. Bidders are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference. Bid security in the amount of 5 percent of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. This Work shall be subject to minimum wages and labor standards in accordance with Davis Bacon. Bids shall be directed to the City Administrator, securely sealed and endorsed upon the outside wrapper, “BID FOR SNAKE RIVER UTILITY CROSSING AND LIFT STATION.” The City reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and to award the Contract in the best interests of the City. Ken Cammilleri City Administrator Published in the Pine City Pioneer May 10, 17, 24, 2018

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Windemere Township – Pine County CLOSING DATE: Wednesday May 23rd, 2018, 2:00 PM NOTICE is hereby given that SEALED BIDS will be received by Windemere Township officials at the Township Hall located at 91546 Co. Rd. 50, Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783 until 2:00 PM on Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 for the following: Project Designation: Full depth reclamation & widening of the existing roadway. Proposed roadway grading includes aggregate base and culvert replacements along with erosion control measures. To receive a free electronic version (PDF format) of the Proposals, Plans and Specifications you may download from Erickson Engineering’s website, the link is http://www.ericksonengineering. com/bid-information/. Bids must be sealed, identified on the envelope and accompanied by a Bidder’s Bond or Certified Check in an amount equal to at least 5% of the total bid made payable to Windemere Township. Windemere Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities, and to award the bids in the best interest of the Township. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of forty (40) days. Thomas J. Wilson, P.E. Erickson Engineering Project Owner: Dale Kirkeby – Windemere Township 89507 Northridge Road Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783

(507)-676-5723 dale.kirdeby@windemeretownship. com Project Engineer: Thomas J. Wilson 9531 W 78th Street, Ste 100 Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (612)-249-0839 twilson@ericksonengineering. com Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 3, 10 and 17, 2018 PINE CITY TOWNSHIP NOTICE FOR GRAVEL QUOTES PINE CITY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS is accepting quotes to supply and spread up to 4,100 cubic yards of crushed maintenance gravel, MN/DOT Spec Class 5 on Pine City Township Roads for continuous graveling and up to 200 yards for spot graveling by the contractor. Please submit a separate quote for each. Note that some loads of gravel may be randomly sampled for an independent sieve analysis and randomly selected to be scaled at a nearby verified scale to ensure quality and quantity of gravel being applied to town roads. Township will not be responsible for any time lost while this sampling occurs. The Job must be completed by September 1st, 2018 with a penalty of $400 per calendar day for every day after September 1st. A list of roads to be graveled will be supplied upon request. Quotes are due to the Clerk no later than Friday, June 1st 2018. Certificates of Liability/Worker’s Comp insurance must be included with all quotes. No quotes will be

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accepted that do not include commercial general liability insurance coverage with a policy limit of at least $1,500,000 per occurrence; and workers compensation insurance. Pine City Township must be listed as certificate holder. Quotes can be sent to Pine City Township Clerk at 21977 St. Croix Rd, Pine City MN 55063. The Pine City Township Board of Supervisors reserves the right to reject any or all quotes received and to waive any irregularities. Published this 17th day of May 2018 Tammy Carlson, Clerk Pine City Township 651-238-1493 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 2018 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE IN DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 58-PR-18-32 In Re: Estate of James Edward Mackey, Sr., aka James E. Mackey, Sr., James Mackey, Sr. James Edward Mackey, James E. Mackey, and James Mackey, Deceased. NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR NOTICE IS GIVEN that a petition for the formal appointment of James Mackey, Jr. whose address is 945 Margaret Street, St. Paul, Minnesota as special administrator of the Estate in an unsupervised administration has been filed with this Court. IT IS ORDERED that the Petition will be heard on 6/25/18 at 9:00 a.m. by this Court at the Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, Minnesota 55063. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that notice shall be given by mailing a copy of this Notice and Order by U.S. Postal Service, at least 14 days prior to the hearing date, to all persons who currently have an interest in the Estate (Minn. Stat. 524-1-401) and persons who have filed and not withdrawn a demand for notice pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-204. Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and no objections are filed or raised, the Petition may be granted. KRISTA K MARTIN (Judge) Judge of District Court 2018.04.26 12:04:19-05’00’ LU ANN BLEGEN District Court Administrator Attorney for Petitioner: Gene E. Adkins, #20951x Hitchcock Law Firm, PLLC The Barrister Building 1465 Arcade Street Saint Paul, MN 55106 Telephone: (651) 772-3401 Fax: (651) 772-2115 Email: Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 3 and 10, 2018 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 58-PR-18-33 Estate of Luther Merle Tenquist, Decedent NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedent’s Will, dated May 8, 2004, (“Will”), has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed

Sandra Lieske, whose address is 750 West 12th Street, Rush City, Minnesota, 55069, as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate, including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the probate of the Will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: LU ANN BLEGEN Registrar Pine Court Administrator 2018.05.04 11:16:43-05’00’ Dated: LU ANN BLEGEN Court Administrator Pine Court Administrator 2018.05.04 11:16:57-05’00’ Filed in Tenth Judicial District Court Nelson, Kim (Pine Court Administration) May 4 2018 12:27 PM Attorney for Personal Representative Matthew K. Steffes Kelsey Law Office, P.A. 100 Buchanan Street North Suite 1 Cambridge, MN, 55008 Attorney License No: 398055 Telephone: (763) 689-8931 FAX: (763) 689-8932 Email: Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17 and 24, 2018 NOTICE BRT Group, LLC would like to place on notice the proposed construction of a 300 foot guyed tower (948.89 feet above mean sea level) with dual red/white, medium intensity lighting, located at 45°48’59.189” north latitude and 92°59’37.168” west longitude at 15602 Pokegama Lake Road, Pine City, Pine County, Minnesota 55063, ASR File #A1095329. The application for this proposed project can be viewed at by entering the ASR file number. If you have environmental concerns about the proposed structure, a Request for Environmental Review may be filed with the FCC at environmentalrequest or by writing to FCC Requests for Environmental Review, ATTN: Ramon Williams, 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20554. The FCC strongly encourages interested parties to file Requests for Environmental Review online. Requests for Environmental Review may only raise environmental concerns and must be filed within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC’s website. If you have any concerns of any historic properties that may be affected by this proposed undertaking, please write to: Ms. DeAnna Anglin, The Lotis Engineering Group, PC, Anglin@TheLotisGroup. com / 6465 Transit Road - Suite 23, East Amherst, NY 14051-2232 or call (716) 276-8707 ext 106. In your response, please include the proposed undertaking’s location and a list of the historic resources that

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you believe to be affected along with their respective addresses or approximate locations. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 2018 NOTICE OF MAIL BALLOT PROCEDURES To the residents of the cities of Brook Park, Bruno, Denham, Henriette and Kerrick and the townships of Bruno, Danforth, Fleming, Kerrick, Nickerson, New Dosey and Park, who will use Mail Ballot Procedures, you are hereby notified that the Primary Election will be held August 14, 2018. Residents who are registered to vote by July 24, 2018 in the above precincts will automatically be mailed official ballots between June 29, 2018 and July 31, 2018. Ballots must be returned by mail, in person or by a designated agent no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, August 14, 2018 to the Office of the County Auditor, 635 Northridge Dr NW, Pine City, MN 55063. Residents in the above precincts not registered by July 24, 2018, may obtain an absentee ballot from the County Auditor at the above address or by contacting us at 320-5911670, or toll-free 1-800-450-7463, ext. 1670. Ballots will be counted after 8:00 p.m. on August 14, 2018 and shall be open to the public. Cathy J. Clemmer Pine County Auditor 635 Northridge Dr NW, Suite 240 Pine City, MN 55063 (320) 591-1670 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 2018 Public Hearing Notice on Pine City Code of Ordinances Notice is hereby given that the City Council, at its meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2018 at 6:30pm at City Hall, 315 Main St. S, Pine City, MN in the Council Chambers, will hold 4 public hearings: 1. Ord #18-04, To consider amending City code, Chapter 8 entitled “Streets and Sidewalks” Sections: 800, 805, 810, 815, and 820 2. Ord #18-06, To consider amending City code, Chapter 9 entitled “Building Regulations” for the creation of Section 905: Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems. 3. Ord #18-07, To consider amending City code, Chapter 3 entitled “City Property” Sections: 600.02, 600.03, 600.08, 605.02, 605.03, 605.08 and 605.13 for the creation of Al Fresco liquor and beer licenses. 4. Ord #18-08, To consider amending City Code, Chapter 7 entitled “Nuisances, Weapons, Prohibitions and Blight” for the creation of Section 700.07, Drug Paraphernalia. The proposed ordinances are available for viewing at the City Hall office, Pine City Public Library or on the Pine City website: pinecitygov. com All persons interested in being heard on these matters are encouraged to attend. By order of the City Council of the City of Pine City Kenneth J Cammilleri City Administrator City of Pine City Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 2018 NOTICE OF SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TO SATISFY LIEN THEREON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the personal property described as follows: 1996 Friendship Manufactured Home, with tan and white exterior, located at 350 Johnson Avenue S.E., Unit C6, Pine City, MN 55063, together with all miscellaneous per-


sonal Property located therein. Will be sold at public auction by the Pine County Sheriff on the 14th day of June 2018, at 11:10am, at 350 Johnson Avenue S.E., Unit C6, in the City of Pine City, County of Pine, State of Minnesota, to pay and satisfy a lien which is claimed to be due from Anthony Rangel and Miranda Rangel as the owner(s) thereof: Pine Terrace Limited Partnership in the sum of Four Thousand and Thirty Five Dollars and 00/100 Cents ($4,035.00) computed to the day of sale, exclusive of the expenses of said sale and of the advertising thereof, together with the necessary expenses of advertising and making said sale; and the ground of said lien are storage of and care of tenants personal property remaining on landlords premises following abandonment by tenant. Dated: May 11, 2018 Patrick D. Lawton/Agent Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 24 and 31, 2018 NOTICE OF SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TO SATISFY LIEN THEREON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the personal property described as follows: 1995 Marshfield Manufactured Home, with white and green exterior, located at 350 Johnson Avenue S.E., Unit F11, Pine City, MN 55063, together with all miscellaneous personal Property located therein. Will be sold at public auction by the Pine County Sheriff on the 14th day of June 2018, at 10:20am, at 350 Johnson Avenue S.E., Unit F11, in the City of Pine City, County of Pine, State of Minnesota, to pay and satisfy a lien which is claimed to be due from Dana Shatava as the owner thereof: Pine Terrace Limited Partnership in the sum of Eight Thousand Six Hundred and Eighty Five Dollars and 00/100 Cents ($8,685.00) computed to the day of sale, exclusive of the expenses of said sale and of the advertising thereof, together with the necessary expenses of advertising and making said sale; and the ground of said lien are storage of and care of tenants personal property remaining on landlords premises following abandonment by tenant. Dated: May 11, 2018 Patrick D. Lawton/Agent Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 24 and 31, 2018 NOTICE OF SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TO SATISFY LIEN THEREON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the personal property described as follows: 1990 Friendship Manufactured Home, with tan and white exterior, located at 350 Johnson Avenue S.E., Unit B9, Pine City, MN 55063, together with all miscellaneous personal Property located therein. Will be sold at public auction by the Pine County Sheriff on the 14th day of June 2018, at 11:00am, at 350 Johnson Avenue S.E., Unit B9, in the City of Pine City, County of Pine, State of Minnesota, to pay and satisfy a lien which is claimed to be due from Joseph Teich as the owner thereof: Pine Terrace Limited Partnership in the sum of Four Thousand One Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars and 00/100 Cents ($4,125.00) computed to the day of sale, exclusive of the expenses of said sale and of the advertising thereof, together with the necessary expenses of advertising and making said sale; and the ground of said lien are storage of and care of tenants personal property remaining on landlords premises following abandonment by tenant. Dated: May 11, 2018 Patrick D. Lawton/Agent Published in the Pine City Pioneer on May 17, 24 and 31, 2018


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Rush City sends students to Boys, Girls State The American Legion Auxiliary and Rush City Post 93 chooses a junior girl and boy from Rush City High School to attend American Legion Girls’ State, and Boys State. This year, they chose Madelynn Hilton for Girls State and Ian Chinn for Boys State. This years Boys and Girls State is honoring a long time member of Post 93, Mr. Robert Booth, who passed and left a gift to the Legion to be used for this purpose. Representing the Legion Auxiliary, Clarice Stream, Girls State Coordination and Dennis Pederson, Adjutant for American Legion Post 93.





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401 AUCTION CALENDAR Moving Auction Saturday, May 19, 2018 10 a.m. Dennis & Janice Krumwiede, Owners Located 11037 117th St., Finlayson, MN 55735. Directions from I35 Finlayson MN exitgo west to hwy 18/61, go north to hwy 18, thru Finlayson west about 7.25 miles to County Rd. 37, go west to T on road, go southwest on County Road 38 around lake to Alder St., continue to 111th ave, go south to sale site. Household: 2 blue velour recliners, sofa bed, appliances, etc. Shop Tools: 5hp gas engine portable air compressor, Pro tech 12 inch miter saw, air tools, assorted jacks, etc. Antiques and Collectibles: 1965 Montgomery Ward's 1 cycle 450 motorcycle, Fatboy Harley Davidson stuffed animal,Champion blue label outboard motor, etc. Lawn and Garden Items: John Deere Sabre riding mower, Kenmore gas grill, assorted lawn furniture, etc. Sporting Items: 2005 Polaris 400 4 wheeler has 4x4, 2003 23 ft Odyssey aluminum pontoon with Triton trailer has 40 hp Johnson 4 stroke engine, 1971 Chrysler 15 ft. fiberglass speed boat, new ATV helmet, etc. Amazing Auctions, LLC. Auctioneer: Doug Maser, Lic.#33-24, 320-630-6651 view photos online at:www., www. Midwestauctions .com – click on Amazing Auctions

404 GARAGE SALES GARAGE SALE. Boys clothes to size 6, girls to 18 months. Crib, play kitchen set, walker, toys. Juniors/women's clothing, men's golf shirts. Household. Friday, May 18th – 4 – 7pm, Saturday 7am – 1pm. Morningside Farm – 19639 Cross Lake Road, Pine City. Berglund, Miller, Bombard.

451 RENTALS COMMERCIAL Meadowbrook 1 & 2 BDRM apartments- Mora, starting at $670 + electric. Available immediately. No smoking, no pets. Contact Denny, 507-269-7639. New teacher with the Pine City Schools would like to rent a townhouse, house or apartment, preferably with a garage. If you have a rental available, please call 218-343-8100.

452 RENTALS RESIDENTIAL Pine City's Woodhaven Apartments. GROUND FLOOR deluxe 2 bedroom with patio, dishwasher, and more. Laundry on-site. No dogs. $825 per month plus electric. 651-983-5771

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We are looking for employees to support people with special needs in a fast paced dynamic environment. Daytime hours M-F No Weekends! Get more info at or call 651.257.6709

Gourmet Products is looking for 1 FT and 2 casual workers in our Pine City plant. Fast-paced, friendly environment. Must be able to pass background check and drug screening.




Call 320-983-2447

If you are looking for a PT position and have building and grounds maintenance experience, then we have just the job for you.


Apply online at FirstLight Health System 301 Highway 65 South Mora, MN 55051 320-225-3612

Commute North.

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Mail, email, or drop off resume at: 107 Park St. S Mora, MN 55051 Attn: Misti

Are you fed up with the rush hour traffic for your commute to work everyday?!



Part time and casual available. Hours will vary; day, evening, holiday and weekend hours. Must have had some on the job training in food preparation, cooking, estimating food quantities needed, and in principles and requirements of sanitation and safety in handling food and equipment.

You must be 21 years old Apply at careers All jobs require a CDL. If your application is accepted, Arrowhead Transit will provide and pay for the training you need to obtain your professional commercial driver’s license (CDL).



Now Hiring Direct Support Professionals

Cook/Baker/Dietary Aide


Sandstone and Pine City

Part-Time 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

Casual and substitute bus drivers

PT with flexible hours. Responsible for distribution and coordination of Mora and Pine City Advertiser. Must be a self-starter, organized, and have good communication skills. Drivers license required.



We want CDL Drivers that can drive LCOAL routes and be HOME every night. SAFETY focused work environment. STABLE industry=stable work. 52 hrs. average per week. 401(k) match + other great benefits.

Apply online at

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” - Confucious

CAREER FAIR OPEN HOUSE PARMLY ON THE LAKE, 28210 Old Towne Rd Chisago City, MN 55013

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 10 AM-3 PM TUESDAY, MAY 22, 9 AM-7 PM • Great wages & awesome benefits! • Best co-workers ever! • FT, PT, evening or weekend only positions available! Monarch Healthcare is seeking: •LPNs and RNs with new wage scale - all shifts •Free CNA classes on-site •PCA and CNA openings in Assisted Living and Care Center - all shifts •Full-time evening LPN Assisted Living •Full-time Cook •Full-time TCU Nurse Manager •Part-time Culinary Aides •Part-time Therapeutic Recreation Some positions require no prior experience ... just a caring heart! You can make a difference every day in the life of senior citizens!

Apply online at EEO/D/M/V/F Proud to be a Drug-Free Workplace

28210 Old Towne Rd. • Chisago City, MN 55013 • 651-257-0575


MAY 17, 2018

Wednesday, May t4:30pm until 8pm 200 N 9th Street, Mora

Everyone is invited!



Follow Sidewalk to Wellness Center Entrance

Mora Elementary School





N 9th STREET Village Green LN

Come see the new facility & all it has to offer our communities!


Village Green PL

4:15 pm Ribbon Cutting Doors open at 4:30pm




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