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One man is dead and another seriously injured following a head on collision on Highway 23 near Brook Park at approximately 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. According to the incident report by the Minnesota State Patrol, Dermont Wester, 20, of Cohasset was driving a Saturn SL2 west on Highway 23 when he drove into oncoming traffic. The Saturn collided head on with a Buick Park Avenue driven by John Moller, 60, of Milaca. Moller was pronounced dead at the scene. Wester was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with serious injuries. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the accident.
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Volunteers make it a Thanksgiving to remember A huge crew of volunteers from area churches came together on Nov. 24 to prepare the annual free turkey dinner for friends and neighbors at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Here comes Santa Claus! Pine City remembers Pearl Harbor Holiday Madness hits town Dec 3. BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM
Holiday Madness returns to Pine City on Saturday, Dec. 3, with events and activities across town leading up to the Holiday Parade at 5:30 p.m. Pine Area Chamber of Commerce Director Becky Schueller noted that this is the second year the annual festival will be held on a Saturday, which gives organizers the opportunity to put together a full day of events. Starting in the morning, Christmas shoppers can load up on goods from local artisans and vendors at a boutique at the American Legion, Christmas markets at four area churches, and a Snowflake Gallery sale at Pine Center for the Arts. Kids can take pictures with Santa at Cabin Coffee’s from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., though parents should call 320-629-5982 first to make an appointment.
Rumor has it Santa Claus himself will be stopping by Pine City on Dec. 3.
The Chamber Chili Cookoff in Robinson Park will now run from 4 - 6 p.m., and will feature concoctions from Nicoll’s Café, Scotty’s Parkside Café, Chubby’s SEE HOLIDAY, PAGE 12
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On Dec. 7, Pine City residents will gather to honor and remember the victims and heroes of what has become known as “... a date which will live in infamy.” A special ceremony and presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Pine City Auditorium, bringing together patriotic music, history and the chance to offer reverence and respect for those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941. Retired Pine City High School teacher Steve Farquharson will deliver a presentation describing how Pearl Harbor, and the war years that followed, changed the course of history for America and the world. “I enjoy making history come alive in my presentations,” Farquharson said. “I try to make history interesting and relevant to my listeners. Today’s events didn’t just happen – they were influenced by events that happened yesterday, a month
The battleship USS Arizona sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
ago, last year and beyond. “When studying history, we are like foreigners traveling in a different country with a different culture,” he said. “We need to try to understand why they did what they did and how that influenced what happened next. That’s exactly my goal with this presentation.
“The event is important, but in my opinion what is more important is why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the impact this event had on us and the world. I hope people will want to come to honor and remember this “date which will live in infamy...” and how it still affects us today.”
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Wolter awarded ‘Quilt of Valor’ A special presentation was made at a recent monthly meeting of the Pine County Genealogical Society. Along with her interest in genealogy, society president and Pine City resident Lyn Johnson is a passionate quilter and belongs to the Brainerd chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOV). QOV is a national group of sewing volunteers that award quality handcrafted quilts to veterans as a thank you for their service, sacriﬁce and valor. Two person teams create each coverlet. The “quilt-topper” pieces and sews the top patchwork design together. A “quilter” uses a long-arm quilting machine to stitch the layers together. Quilt #146,348 was bestowed upon local Air Force veteran Al Wolter, who graciously accepted it individually and on behalf of Hinckley American Legion Post 388.
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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that on the afternoon of Nov. 23 the Hinckley Finlayson High School initiated a lockdown procedure due to a suspicious item found in the parking lot. A school official walking the parking area observed what was thought to be a pipe bomb in the back seat of a student’s car. The school resource officer responded and recognized the item as a type of firework, not a pipe bomb. The firework was rendered inoperable. The student responsible for the vehicle was questioned about the item, cited appropriately for the offense and turned over to their parent. The lockdown was lifted as soon as possible and students were able to go on their way. As the suspect is a juvenile, no names will be released. ROAD FATALITY IN CARLTON COUNTY The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, Nov. 18 at approximately
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12:15 p.m., 9-1-1 received a call of a two vehicle crash on County Road 1 near the Leimer Road in Silver Brook Township. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office along with Carlton Fire and Ambulance and the Cloquet Area Fire District responded. A black Ford Taurus driven by Nathan Gould, 16, of Holyoke was eastbound on a curve of County Road 1 when he lost control on the icy, snow covered roadway and collided with a westbound red Ford Escape driven by 29 year old Julie Jacobson of Moose Lake. Gould was transported via ambulance to Essentia Hospital in Duluth, where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Jacobson received minor injuries. There was a five year old and a three year old passenger in her vehicle that did not require medical attention. Proper seat belt and child restraint systems were in place and utilized in both vehicles. Road and weather conditions are believed to be factors in the accident.
Following several months of recessed public hearings regarding the petition to partially abandon Pine County Ditch No. 7, the board approved PolyMet’s request. The public hearing was reconvened for the third month during Pine County’s regular board meeting, Nov. 15, 2016. In September, Harley Investment Co. (HIC) on behalf of PolyMet Mining, Inc. asked for abandonment of the ditch, located east of Highway 107 between Brook Park and Henriette. The purpose of abandonment is to turn the former sod farm back into wetland. This would allow PolyMet Mining to capture wetland credits to replace those disturbed even though it’s not in the area being mined. When wetland is disturbed, companies must create new wetlands to replace those that are lost during mining. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ “Project and Land Exchange Overview” of the mining project, 913 acres of wetland would be permanently impacted by PolyMet’s copper mining operation in northeast Minnesota. The company is currently looking to extract, in northeast Minnesota, deposits of copper, nickel and other precious metals. Ditch No. 7, established in 1917, drains several properties besides the Harley property and empties into Pokegama Creek. Two property owners affected by the ditch, Kevin Hofstad and Daniel Blake, asked the county to research how abandoning the portion of the ditch on HIC property would affect their property. They were concerned that more water would be trapped on their land and make portions unusable. They requested the county inspect the ditch. Hofstad and Blake said water has been advancing across their
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properties in recent years. County Engineer Mark LeBrun said the county had not been diligent in its maintenance of the ditch. He said they would remove beaver dams and PolyMet representatives agreed to remove a weir which restricted water flow onto its property. Hofstad commented at the November meeting, “The county has done a really nice job of opening up my land.” Property owner Sarah Beckrich spoke for her family who has been farming their land which is drained by Ditch No. 7. She said, “My dad farms. We’re concerned if the ditch doesn’t flow properly, our farm will get flooded.” Lebrun responded that the county has been trapping beaver. “Our goal is to keep it (ditch) functioning.” Board Chairman Curt Rossow said, “Our goal is that neighboring properties are not going to be waterlogged. We want to make it perfectly clear that if we abandon this ditch, it’s not going to affect neighboring properties.” Commissioner Josh Mohr made a motion to proceed with partial abandonment of the ditch, it was seconded by Commissioner Steve Hallan and approved, 4-0. Commissioner Steve Chaffee was absent. Kelly Schroeder, county assessor, solid waste and zoning administrator, said for tax purposes wetland has less value. Farmland is valued at $2,000 per acre and wetland is $400 per acre. The approximately 300 tillable acres with a tax value of $572,800 will revert back to wetland with the ditch abandonment. She told reporter Ailene Croup, following the meeting, that the tax status of the land would not change immediately and may take several years for the land to be reclaimed by the ditch abandonment.
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DEC. 1 Junior High Holiday Concert The Pine City High School Music Department will present their Junior High Band and Choir Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All are invited to attend this free concert featuring the outstanding junior high students of Pine City High. Email jkrinke@ isd578.org with any questions.
DEC. 1, 6 & 7 Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7. Senior LinkAge Line staff will be available to provide insurance counseling at the Eastwood Life Enrichment Center in Mora on Thursday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hinckley High School on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call the Senior Linkage Line at 800-333-2433 to schedule an appointment.
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Historical Society Santa Day The North Chisago County Historical Society will host a Santa Day open house at the History Museum, 350 S. Eliot Ave., Rush City, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. There will be complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. The museum will feature holiday decorations. For more information email email@example.com.
Toys for Tots drop off day The Pine County Jail and Sheriff’s Office are accepting new toys and monetary donations for Toys for Tots on Monday, Dec. 5 from 4-9 p.m. in the parking lot behind Pine Government Center, 315 Main St. S, Pine City. There will be hot cocoa and cookies. For questions, call Heather at 320-591-1452.
Author visit Author Susan Amundson will be visiting Cabin Coffees on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. signing her newest children’s title, “HERO and HALLE New Friends,” about a Samoyed and a Silky Terrier who discover something special when their friend Tony needs help, a heartwarming story about friendship. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
DEC. 6 ‘Social Media Breakfast’ On Tuesday, Dec. 6 business owners are invited to a “Social Media Breakfast” at the North Branch Public Library from 7:30 to 9 a.m. A panel of presenters will show how local companies are using social media in their businesses. Register for free at www.chisagocounty.org. Call 651-674-5664 for additional information.
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DEC. 3 ‘Songs of the Stage’ The Pine City Heritage Players will present “Songs of the Stage,” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., at the Pine City American Legion. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, they will be stepping back in time to the 1940s era with both Christmas songs and favorite tunes from the decade. Advance sale tickets are available at Cabin Coffee’s, More Than Sprouts and the Pine City Chamber of Commerce office. Visit pinecityheritageplayers.com for more information.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 the public is invited to the 5th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pine County Historical Museum in Askov. There will be an opportunity to bid on decorated artificial trees and wreaths, theme baskets, holiday gifts and more. The Holiday Bazaar and bake sale both begin at 9 a.m. and a “Christmas at Grandma’s” tea will take place from 1 to 2:45 p.m. by freewill donation; all proceeds support the museum. RSVP by calling 320-838-1607.
DEC. 4 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Holiday Madness and Christmas Carol Parade
Saturday, Dec. 3 is the annual Holiday Madness celebration and Holiday parade in Pine City. There will be various craft/boutique shows including Pine City Marketplace at four local churches, Gals Ya’ Know at the American Legion, and the Snowflake Gallery at Pine Center for the Arts. Anytime Fitness and Fairview will host a Holiday Lights Fun Run at 4 p.m. and there will be Photos with Santa (by appointment) at Cabin Coffee’s. A Chamber Chili Cook-Off featuring five local businesses takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and a Holiday Lights Tour residential contest will be sponsored by Stearns Bank. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at 8th Ave. and Main Street, and ends at Robinson Park. Prizes will be awarded by the Pine City Pioneer to a first and second place winner for the most creative and/or entertaining floats. After the parade at 6:30 p.m. is the tree lighting and holiday program in Robinson Park with drawings for Cham-
On Sunday, Dec. 4 the public is invited to roast beef dinner at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine City American Legion in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The program begins at 12:45 p.m. with a tribute and memories by Dave Stone and music by Ed Pangerl. Advance tickets are available at the Legion, or visit pccommunityeducation.weebly.com.
North Chisago County Historical Society pot-luck dinner The North Chisago County Historical Society will host an ethnic pot-luck supper at Rushseba Town Hall, Rush City, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Jon Ekstrom will entertain and lead Christmas caroling. For more information email email@example.com.
DEC. 7 Pearl Harbor presentation at Pine City High School On Wednesday, Dec. 7 the public is invited to a free presentation in honor of Pearl Harbor, the day that changed the world, at the Pine City High School auditorium. For more information call the school at 320-629-4000.
Open skating/open hockey On Sunday, Dec. 4 there is open skating at 5:45 p.m. followed by youth open hockey at 6:45 p.m. and adult open hockey at 8 p.m. at the Pine City Civic Center. Call 320-629-6995 for cost or more information, or visit www.pinecityciviccenter. weebly.com.
DEC. 5 PCHS Holiday Concert The Pine City High School Music Department will present their Senior High Band and Choir Holiday Concert on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All
Arts Rx with Troy Heling Guitarist Troy Heling and vocalist Tush will perform at the Arts Prescription (Rx) event
DEC. 10 & 11 Carnivore tracking and wolf ecology at Crex Meadows Sign up for a carnivore tracking workshop at Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, Wisconsin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Learn tracking skills, identification and interpreting gait. Then, reserve lodging at Luther Point Bible Camp (715-689-2347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and return to Crex Meadows on Sunday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a wolf ecology workshop. Learn about wolf history, biology and monitoring techniques. Call 715-463-2739 or visit www. crexmeadows.org for details or reservations.
DEC. 11 Legion Auxiliary cash bingo Play Legion Auxiliary cash bingo on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m., at the American Legion in Pine City. There will be cash door prizes and a ham raffle. Proceeds are used for veterans projects. For more information email email@example.com.
DEC. 13 Santa Lucia party Enjoy a Lucia procession, video, light supper, some pepparkakor (cookies), julgranskaramel, which is a traditional holiday craft, and entertainment by the Spirit River Scandiband at the annual We R Able Santa Lucia party to celebrate the holiday season Scandinavian-style on Saturday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the SCRED building in Rush City. Open to the public, preregistration is required; call 320358-1211.
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MEETINGS THURSDAY 12/1 TOPS-Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Pine City Library Community Room, 4:30-5:30 p.m. WINDOW-Domestic abuse support group: 6 p.m., Journey North Church, Pine City Teen AA/NA: 6:30 p.m., Teen Focus Center, Rush City Pine City Music Boosters: Pine City Pizza Pub, 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY 12/3 Model RR club: Askov, 10 a.m., Pine County History Museum SUNDAY 12/4 AA (Big Book study): Evangelical Free Church, 7 p.m. MONDAY 12/5 Celebrate Recovery: Pine City, Journey North Church, 6 p.m. Blue Star Moms: Pine City VFW Post #4258, 6:30 p.m. AA: 7:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church TUESDAY 12/6 Pine County Board: 10 a.m., Pine Co. History Museum, Askov WEDNESDAY 12/7 Woodcarving club: Askov, 9 a.m. Pine Co. History Museum Focus on Ability: 1:30 p.m., Chisago Co. Snr. Ctr., North Branch Pine City Council: 6:30 p.m., Pine Government Ctr., Pine City Pine City Toastmasters: 7 p.m., Pine City VFW Hall AA: 8 p.m., Rock Creek Community Center
Ojibwe mitten workshop Learn techniques of working with leather and create a pair of Ojibwe style mittens at a twoday workshop at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post on Dec. 10 and 11. Classes take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required by Dec. 7; call 320-532-3632.
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Breakfast with Santa On Saturday, Dec. 10 kids are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pine County Historical Museum in Askov. The Askov Lions Club will be serving breakfast, and the Askov Commercial Club will provide a bag of goodies to each child. Bring a camera for a photo op with Santa. Call 320838-1607 with any questions.
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Magniﬁcent Red Hatters On Thursday, Dec. 8 the Magnificent Red Hatters will celebrate Christmas with a luncheon at the Pine City Country Club. Bring a wrapped white elephant gift and join the fun. RSVP by Friday, Dec. 2 to Diane Olson, 612-202-8740, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Marcia Chess at 651-895-0595 for more information. Husbands and guests are welcome.
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Open hockey sessions On Wednesday, Dec. 7 there is open hockey from noon to 3 p.m., and adult open hockey at 8:15 p.m. at the Pine City Civic Center. Call 320-629-6995 for cost or more information, or visit www. pinecityciviccenter.weebly.com.
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Much to be thankful for I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! People talk about how divided our country is right now, but I’m pretty sure we can all agree on one thing: nobody’s life is perfect, but it doesn’t take too long to find a lot to be thankful for. I know that’s true for our family. We had the usual full house this year at Thanksgiving, and it’s always a lot of fun to see everyone. Man, those kids grow fast. A couple of the young ones – who I still think of as the babies in the pictures stuck on our fridge – are now running and telling you all about Editor’s around everything they’re up to. Good Soapbox food, good fun, good family togetherness and good conversaMike tions all around. We even got into some political Gainor conversations. And you know, while I’m glad that we all have the right to freely express our political opinions in this country, I’m truly grateful when we can have those discussions without it becoming angry and personal, as it so often seems to do these days. I’ve happy to report that our Thanksgiving debates were amicable. In fact, I’ve been very glad to have great sharing of ideas and opinions about the election with quite a few people over the past couple of weeks. And it reaffirmed what I’ve always thought: when a person you respect makes different political choices than you, it doesn’t make them any less worthy of respect. Our country was built on the concept of agreeing to disagree, and arguing about the right way to do things often leads us to finding a better solution together. But enough about politics. Aren’t you sick of politics? I sure am. I know I have a lot to be grateful for. My wife, our kids, our families. This job, and all the excellent people it has given me the chance to work with. And the opportunities this job gives me to meet so many great folks in the Pine City area. This is a remarkable community, and I’ve never been happier to be here. I hope you feel the same.
‘Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.’ John Milton
‘Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.’ Marcus Tullius Cicero
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR American Legion Auxiliary Unit 51 remembers Pearl Harbor To the Editor: December 7, 1941 – the attack on Pearl Harbor – was a day that has remained in infamy. Very few servicemembers who personally remember that day are still among us. The American Legion Auxiliary encourages everyone to do what they can to keep Pearl Harbor a part of our national consciousness. Many brave servicemembers were asleep or about their morning routines when the Japanese bombers delivered a blow that would decide America’s involvement in World War II. More than 2,400 servicemembers died during the attack. I invite you, along with the members of the Heath Perkins American Legion Auxiliary Unit 51, to take a moment and remember the men and women who lost their lives that fateful day. American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of $3.1 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs,
teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org. Geneva Olson American Legion Auxiliary President Pine City
Pine City grad experiences Israel, Palestine “Where did you spend your summer?” and “How was Israel?” are both questions I get asked on a daily basis, but both are difficult to answer. I spent my summer in either Palestine, the West Bank, the Occupied Territories, or Israel, depending on who you talk to. It’s difficult to explain without a lot of historical context, but, to me, I spent my summer living and working in Bethlehem, a city in Palestine. During this time I learned more than I ever dreamed about the history of the Middle East, Muslim culture, the Guest misleading media, and courage and hospitality. Writer I got the opportunity to travel to Palestine through my university, Jacqueline Wheaton College, to be a part of an Westeren experimental program in which we would serve at an interfaith nonprofit and live in Bethlehem for two months. On a day to day basis, I woke up in my host family’s home, had a traditional Arab breakfast with them, walked to our organization in downtown Bethlehem, did community outreach projects, learned Arabic, took history lessons and formed relationships. The organization I volunteered with is called Holy Land Trust, and they are an NGO committed to peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians through building up the community they live in to be more educated and united. They have an incredible amount of respect in Bethlehem and internationally. Though we learned many things working in the community and serving others, my team’s most impactful moments were when we saw how kind and generous our newfound friends were. On many occasions strangers invited us into their homes for tea and
cookies, many people helped us in the streets when we got hurt, and shopkeepers we visited everyday invited us into their homes for Iftar (the breaking of the Muslim fast during Ramadan – a special and delicious occasion). Seeing the kindness that these people extended to us made it all the more painful to see how poorly they are treated day after day. Constantly they live in fear of Israeli soldiers raiding their homes in the middle of the night. They cannot freely travel throughout their country, and they are not permitted to travel to Jerusalem which is less than 10 miles away. Because of their lack to freely travel, hospitals are difficult to travel to and Palestine lacks infrastructure and therefore jobs. Depending on the city, Palestinians are subject to dehumanizing security checks on their walk from their home to work. Their water supply is sparse compared to Israelis and at any moment their water can run dry. This happened to my family while I was staying with them, and we went without water in the home for days. My heart breaks for Palestine, and it still does everyday. When I read the Israeli and Palestinian newspapers and I read about unjust shootings, beatings, and arrests happening in places I have been and on streets I walked on everyday, I feel grieved and an urgency to stay tuned in to this situation. But I want you to know that Palestine is more than just a place of oppression. It’s a place of kindness, generosity unlike any other, some of the most important historical sites ever to exist, great food, rich culture, an amazing dance scene, and people just like me who have dreams of living a normal life free from the fear they live in now. Jacqueline Westeren is a 2015 graduate of Pine City High School. While at Pine City High School she was winner of the AAA Scholarship and was also named Miss Pine City.
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Religious freedom in the age of Trump In the end, this election wasn’t decided by Russian hacking, sexual assault charges, “blood coming out of her whatever,” the FBI or any of the other extraordinary moments that defied the norms of political behavior and discourse. “We the People” decided it. Enough of us were so angry, a alienated and frustrated that we w were willing to roll the dice on a p presidential candidate whom, if tthe exit polls are correct, a vast m majority of voters consider unq qualified to lead the most powerful n nation in the world. Day-after messsage? Blow up the country and see w what happens. The overriding issue wasn’t h health care, taxes, jobs, climate c change (barely mentioned) or even tthe ridiculous “wall.” The issue w was and is what kind of country a are we, do we want to be? At the heart of this nation-definiing moment is the question of religious freedom, the core arrangement in liberty that sustains us as one country of many faiths and beliefs. It is no exaggeration to say that the very survival of our religiously diverse Republic depends on our commitment to the principles of “no establishment” and “free exercise,” guaranteed by the First Amendment. How a Trump administration will define and protect religious freedom is, at best, uncertain, and, at worst, a cause for deep concern. Candidate Donald Trump said very little about religious freedom during the campaign beyond a vague promise to restore religious liberty for Christians, which he apparently believes is under siege. One of the few specifics he offered was a promise to ensure (how, we are not sure) that we will all be able to say “Merry Christmas” again without fear. But religious freedom was clearly implicated by Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims — from the promise to ban Muslims to warnings about the dangers he sees lurking in the American Muslim community. The dramatic spike in attacks on American Muslims and Muslim institutions can be directly correlated to anti-Muslim rhetoric over the course of this campaign. The votes were no sooner tallied than I began hearing from friends about hateful backlash against their children, people who are not Muslims but appear to be to the xenophobes in our
midst. On election night, a young woman I have known for many years was walking home after watching the returns with friends. She happens to be a native of India, adopted as an infant to live and thrive as an American citizen. Suddenly, a carload of young men screaming Trump slogans pulled up beside her and shouted, “Get deported bitch.” She rushed home feeling hurt, afraid and shattered. On the day after the election, another friend, the mother of a beautiful young woman, posted this on Facebook: “My daughter was threatened today when she was walking our dog... told they would get rid of her and called her a Muslim c... She can’t even leave the house.” Our challenge going forward will be to push back against this rising tide of Islamophobia through a counter-narrative about the true nature of Islam and a re-affirmation of our commitment to guard the rights of all, including those with whom we disagree. People of faith, especially people of the majority faith, have a special obligation to stand up for Muslims and other religious minorities. An attack on the religious freedom of others today is an attack on our religious freedom tomorrow. For my faithful friends who held their noses and voted for Trump on a single issue — or a cluster of social issues — I urge you to be first in line to guard and help the vulnerable in the era of Trump: Religious and other minorities under attack, people losing health care, dreamers facing deportation, refugees turned away, LGBT people seeking protection from discrimination and women fearing for their safety. If you have money and privilege, you may survive — even thrive — over the next four years. But many Americans do not have the resources or power to shield themselves against hostile government policies and social discrimination. These people are our collective responsibility. Faith in the American ideal of liberty and equality for all — a faith widely shared by Americans across faiths and ideologies — is the firewall that will ultimately protect our experiment in religious diversity and democratic freedom. But keep in mind during the difficult days ahead: There is no point in having faith unless you use it. Charles C. Haynes is vice president of the Newseum Institute and founding director of the Religious Freedom Center. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @hayneschaynes.
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Farmer plowing ﬁnds no frost in ground in 1921 10 Years Ago, 2006 The problem of the mismatched bricks on the new Pine County Courthouse won’t be solved by staining the bricks. Instead, the bricks that don’t match will be removed. A full evening of fun is planned on Friday, Dec. 1, when Pine City holds its Holiday Madness celebration. There will be singing carols in the park and the Christmas Carol parade will start at 6 p.m. Drawings will be held Years for Chamber bucks and Ago the shopping season will begin. Donna The Family and Consumer Science ninth Heath grade class from Pine City High School went to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for a service learning project. They baked 18 pies for the community Thanksgiving dinner guests and helped set up for the dinner during their class period on Wednesday. Karen Kozak and C. J. Gustafson opened their new shop “Picturing Pine” where they will display and sell special photographs of Pine City and surrounding areas. About 100 people showed up on Veterans Day to have Harold Kick autograph his World War II book, “Chinese Laundry.” Student Achievers are Amie Dedic, 12th grade daughter of John and Linda Dedic, and fifth grader Rachael Ascheman, daughter of Dylan and Alicia Ascheman. Both students are dedicated to their work and have a positive role in their classrooms. Alexis Cummings, 10, the daughter of Jennifer and Dan Cummings, is a fifth grader at Pine City Elementary school and a member of the USA Level 5 gymnastics at Northern Flight Gymnastics. She qualified for the Level 5 State Competition and will go to state competition this month along with her teammates.
25 Years Ago, 1991 A simulated driving test allowed Pine City High School students to see how alcohol impairs their reaction times. Steve Onstad, from St. Cloud State University’s Health, Education and Welfare Department, brought the program to Pine City last week. The 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor is being noted in Pine City this month through the efforts of the Pine City Public Schools, the community education program, Pine Technical college, local residents and organizations. A Moonlight Madness visit from Santa brought a number of kids and their parents out in the snowstorm Friday night. The local Sears store asked Santa (Bob Haedt) to stop by and he was pictured holding little Allison Kozisek, daughter of Tim and Karen Kozisek of Pine City, on his lap. The Pine Area Lionesses recently donated three sets of card tables and chairs to the residents of Halter Pines
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The kids get crazy at the Sadie Hawkins Day dance The young people dressed up in the style of the Lil’ Abner cartoons for the Sadie Hawkins dance festivities. Some of the participants are known: on the upper left is Dick Boo, and on the upper right is Lois Striegl and behind her is Barbara Nelson. On the lower left is Fern Smith with Lois Challeen to his right. Harold Anderson is on the lower right. On the very left in the background is teacher and chaperone Georgia Gaustad. Stop by the Pine City Pioneer office to check out a display of Pine City historical photos from the collection of local historian Jim Foster.
Apartments in Pine City. Pine County has been chosen to receive $17,877 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. A memorial on the Pine County Courthouse lawn pays tribute to soldiers from the area who lost their lives in World Wars. Young men from Pine City didn’t hesitate to join the armed forces, and WWII cost 33 of them their lives. Research by Harold Kick shows the community had more of its citizens involved in the war than most towns its size. Dragon linebacker Nathan Jones was named Defense Player of the Year by WCMP radio. Jones was an All State selection last year and was named to the Academic All State team this season. In his linebacker position he amassed over 100 solo tackles for the Pine City football team this year. A recent craft show at the Pine City American Legion was like a homecoming visit for Mitch and Barbara Dupre. He was the first announcer at WCMP radio, where he spent 12 years before taking a job with channel 3 television in Duluth. The couple has returned to Pine City to spend their retirement years, bringing their many craft projects with
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50 Years Ago, 1966 A burned off journal on a gondola railroad car loaded with bales of compressed scrap iron caused it to jump the track and roll over in Pine City late Friday night, spilling its contents over a fairly wide area near the corner of 7th Avenue and Railroad Street. Lawrence Mans, Hinckley, was selected as Pine County’s Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation Farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Mans and family own and operate a 480 acre farm south and east of Hinckley. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Webber were the guests of honor at a dinner party given by their daughter on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary.
75 Years Ago, 1941 Six hundred and fifty-nine votes were cast at the village election here Tuesday and the contest for the office of village president was a close one. James E. Sullivan, the incumbent, was returned to office by a vote of 342 to 313 for E. M. Pennington. Oscar Holbeck, driver for the Purity
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John Duvall was doing the unusual for the first of December in Minnesota when he was plowing with a fourhorse team on his farm north of town. He states there isn’t a bit of frost in the ground. Residents of Pine City are invited to a big venison feed in the K.P. hall. Jim Stuck, Webb Hodge and Chas. Gehl will be the hosts and Wm. Bantleon will be the official chef of the evening. Bill sure has a reputation as a real “Boo-Yaw” cook. All that these four men ask is for the folks to come with a big appetite, as there will be an abundance of venison for all.
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Baking Company in this territory for a good many years, had his first accident on Monday, last week. And that one accident, the first in 850,000 miles of driving for Purity, cost him $100. For that $100 was the cash award he was to have received the next day for a safe driving record over a period of 20 years. Mrs. Walter Schwartzwald of Pine City has a new daughter, Deanna Lucille, born in Lakeside Hospital Nov. 30.
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NEWSLINE Musgrove appointed to loan fund board Dr. Robert Musgrove has recently been appointed to the East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Board of Directors representing Pine County. The ECRDC RLF provides gap financing to small businesses in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties. Ben Montzka, Chairman of the ECRDC stated, “We are so pleased that Dr. Musgrove will be joining the Revolving Loan Fund Board. He has been a strong partner in economic development in our region for many years.” Dr. Musgrove is the Economic Development Coordinator for Pine County. He was previously employed as the President of Pine Technical and Community College in Pine City. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Musgrove is also a board member of the Pine Technical and Community College Foundation, FirstLight Health System, GPS 45/93 and the East Central Spurs Chapter of Pheasants Forever. The ECRDC is a public agency whose board members are represented by officials appointed by county boards, townships, municipalities, school boards and citizens at large from Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties. The ECRDC is funded through a local tax levy and planning/ program grants and contracts from state and federal agencies and foundations. For more information on the RLF or other small business services contact the ECRDC at 320-679-4065 #29.
Rock Creek Lions name raffle winners The winners of the Rock Creek Lions raffle are as follows: $750 to Len Piha of Pine City, $500 to Kevin Londgren of Braham, two tickets to the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 1, 2017 to Colleen Brown of Pine City, $100 gift certificate to Harold’s Meats to Mark Haug of Pine City, and a $100 gift certificate to Chris’ Food Center to Sandy Pangerl of Pine City.
Get involved with Pine Center for the Arts Pine Center for the Arts in downtown Pine City is seeking volunteers to help staff their gallery space for one shift or more
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‘Meals on Wheels’ seeks volunteer drivers Pine City’s “Meals on Wheels” program is seeking volunteer drivers. Drivers spend 30-45 minutes delivering food to shut-in seniors in the area, and may volunteer to drive once a week or on a substitute basis. For more information, contact the Pine City Senior Center at 320-629-3024.
Tryggestad named Superintendent of the Year Former Pine City Elementary principal Curt Tryggestad has been named the 2017 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Tryggestad has served as Superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools since 2012.
Send in names, addresses of military members In order to help honor those who are defending our nation, the Pine City Pioneer asks community members to send in the names and addresses of local men and women who are currently serving members of the United States military. Readers will be encouraged to send them greetings, prayers and remembrances. Please send the names and addresses to email@example.com or: Pine City Pioneer, 405 2nd Ave. SE, Pine City, MN 55063
Grants help clean up old diesel engines The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for new grant funding to upgrade or swap out their dirty old engines for modern ones that pollute far less. “Old, fully operating garbage trucks, bulldozers or barges may be eligible for funds to upgrade emission controls or repower them with new, cleaner engines,” said Mark Sulzbach,
Students help serve veterans Under the direction of Coordinator Kari Hasz, the Pine City Senior High Area Learning Center students helped at the annual American Legion Veterans’ Dinner on Nov. 11, 2016. This community service project involved them in helping to serve the meal and meet and learn more about some veterans from the Pine City area who have served their nation in the armed forces.
MPCA’s Clean Diesel grants manager. “Diesel owners can save on fuel and maintenance while drastically cutting air pollution,” he said. For example, using a 2015 grant, Caledonia Haulers of Caledonia, Minn. replaced a diesel truck and saved $6,700 in fuel and maintenance costs in its first nine months of operation. The grants have cut air pollution from heavy equipment ranging from rock crushers to a paddleboat. This past summer, the grants helped repower three garbage and roll-off trucks, two long-haul beverage trucks, a snowplow and two diesel school buses. For 2017, the agency has about $400,000 in grant funds available. Grant applications must be in by Dec. 22. To apply, use the forms at www.pca.state.mn.us/
Help seniors with chores Lakes and Pines has launched a new program focusing on volunteer-provided chore services to help seniors and homeowners with disabilities remain in their own homes longer. During July, August and September, 51 volunteers logged an impressive 90 hours of chore services. The regional average cost of similar services is $24.31/hour for household help, so they saved over $2,000. In days gone by, all pitched in to help elderly and disabled neighbors. We mowed lawns, raked leaves, shoveled snow, and washed windows because neighbors helped neighbors. Many still do that, but the need to reach out a little further, be-
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Mushing all the way: Anderson makes a difference BY EMILY GEDDE INTERNATIONAL FALLS JOURNAL
comes with running the race. “The community has been really supportive, so far,” he said. “Competing in the Iditarod has always been a dream of mine and I can’t get there alone. The support and donations have been more than helpful.” The musher knew after three decades of racing sled dogs that this year marked a chance to fulfill his ultimate goal. He said the talent in his team of dogs, formally known as AnderTier Racing, is unlike anything he’s ever seen. “They’re incredible athletes,” he said. “They have a lot of potential and I cannot wait to see what they can do.” Anderson may be a rookie to the Iditarod, but he’s no stranger to the musher winner’s circle. He’s a two-time champion of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, has crossed the U.P. 200 finish line first six times, won the Hudson Bay Quest twice, as well as a handful of other top finishes. He said he’s proud of his career, but it’s incomplete without running the Iditarod. While the AnderTier Racing team will give the race 100 percent of their efforts, Anderson said it’s likely he won’t win, and is participating for the experience — not the title. “I know this first year will educate me for future Iditarods,” he said. “What I expect to learn will only help me as a musher and perfect the dogs’ skills.” Regardless of the outcome, Anderson said he looks forward to representing northern Minnesota thousands of miles across the country. “This is the chance of a lifetime,” he
Ryan Anderson shows a few of the handmade TLC Toys he will deliver to children in Alaska villages when he runs the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March.
said. “I expect to make the best out of it and deliver toys to kids along the way.”
Reprinted with the kind permission of Emily Gedde and the International Falls Journal.
ALASKA BOUND Preparations are underway for Anderson’s first trip to the Iditarod, scheduled to begin March 4. In addition to training dogs, he has been busy fundraising for the more than $20,000 price tag that
Santa Claus isn’t the only one who will be delivering toys this year. Ryan Anderson, originally of Pine City, may not have a sleigh or eight reindeer, but he does have a sled and strong group of Alaskan huskies. And together, the team will distribute toys to children in Alaska along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March. Anderson, who now lives in the town of Ray and is a rookie musher in what is known as “The Last Great Race,” has partnered with TLC Toys to bring handmade toys to children in Alaskan villages along the more than 1,000-mile trail. Anderson said the effort, Toys to Nome, brings meaning back to the Iditarod and a chance to thank communities along the way. “These communities have supported the Iditarod for so many years and this year, I finally have the opportunity to participate,” he said. “This is my way of showing my appreciation and giving back.” TLC Toys, founded by Mel Hartman, is a Minnesota-based company that for the past 27 years, has been making toys for families in need during the holidays. Last year, the non-profit organization
distributed more than 31,000 toys and will likely exceed that number in 2016. Hartman said when he was approached with the opportunity to partner with Anderson, there was no hesitation to jump on board. “I bounced the idea off some of my toy makers and they thought it was fabulous,” he said. “I think this is great.” One of those 21 volunteer toy makers is Anderson’s uncle, John, who helped establish connections between the musher and the company. Now, 200 toys will make the more than 3,000-mile journey with Anderson and his team to Alaska in less than five months. “These toys are incredible,” he said. “I’m honored to partner with TLC Toys.” Hartman feels the same. “Ryan has so much to do during that race and I salute him for doing this,” he said. “Usually children who receive our toys don’t have much. With these toys, I want them to think they have something really nice and know somebody cares about them.”
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Lorie Line returns to Pine City for ‘A Merry Little Christmas’ BY HENRY FISCHER NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM
After playing to a sellout crowd last year, renowned pianist/composer/performer Lorie Line will return for a special matinee performance at the Pine City High School Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. “We’re so thrilled to be returning back to Pine City,” Line exclaimed, calling in from her tour bus as she prepared for her first 2016 Holiday Tour performance that will take her to 30 cities across the Upper Midwest. “Everybody is so joyful there. It’s a beautiful place and it’s such a good fit for me,” she said. “The enthusiasm was awesome, first of all, from the staff that work there to all the kids, to the students and the fans and the locals that came out last year. We said, we’ve tripped up onto a new little city that we can go to for many, many years.” What attracted Lorie Line to Pine City? It all boils down to logistics and fan enthusiasm. “We’re always looking for places that work for us, for loading in, because we have a semi-truck full of gear. We need a loading dock so we’re not ramping up all day long so that we’re physically exhausted, because we have a 1,450 pound piano that we have to lift up there onto the stage. “It has to work logistically for us and the fan enthusiasm has to work, because you can’t go broke doing something you love. It really works in all areas, so that’s why we’re coming back and we’re very excited about it,” she said. “My fans are such amazing fans. They tell me, ‘Lorie, you need to come here.’ We take them seriously, they know the city, they know our show, and they know the venue, so when they make a recommendation, we definitely check it out.” The theme of Lorie Line’s 2016 Holiday Tour is “A Merry Little Christmas,” a whimsical program featuring 14 new musical arrangements, candy cane stage decorations and even a special bell in the shape of a candy cane that fans may purchase along with Lorie Line CDs and music books. “It’s probably the cutest show we’ve ever had,” she said. Line’s piano performance is accompanied by a five member Pop Chamber Orchestra, featuring cello, oboe, English horn, bass, woodwinds, drums. She writes each performance around the musicians, so this year’s music program focuses on the cello, featuring the husband-wife duo of cellist Randall Davidson and his wife Merilee Klemp, who has played the oboe for Lorie Line the past 25 years. Also joining the team for the first time this year are Ethan Yeshaya, an up-and-coming bassist and songwriter; Jeff Peterson on drums; and Brian Handeland who doubles as a woodwind and saxophone player. Baritone vocalist Cody Schuebel, a recent college graduate, is back for his second Christmas tour with Lorie Line. Lorie’s husband Tim, who plays the role of master of ceremonies and “Mr.
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Pianist Lorie Line and band debuted at the Pine City High School Auditorium last December with a Christmas concert featuring local children on stage.
Hospitality,” also doubles as Santa Claus, only in this case, “Santa can’t just be a normal Santa; he has to be a fabulous Santa,” Line said, which this year includes a new costume with fabric specially made in New York City. “It will be quite fun to talk about it and dance around in it on stage,” she quipped. Speaking of costumes and set decoration, Lorie Line designed them all. “The costumes are spectacular,” she said. “My opening dress is stunning, my closing dress is stunning, my medley dress is stunning. Everything from white fox fur to black fox fur, leather and lace.” From a logistics perspective, the show travels from one community to the next using one tour bus with 12 bunks on it – one for each of the 11 performers and crew and one bunk for instruments and Christmas shopping along the way. The entourage includes five musicians, one vocalist, Tim and Lorie Line, a sound guy, a lighting guy, and Lorie’s personal assistant Michele, who sells CDs and books in the lobby, assists Lorie with costume changes and attends to a myriad of behind-the-scenes details. All of the stage sets, gear and Lorie’s Yamaha concert grand piano fit into a special semi-truck. Lorie and her team also rely on local people to help. When they arrive at a tour location, they hope kids and volunteers will help unpack and unload the truck. Lorie does all the set decoration on stage after the Christmas trees are set up. A sound check precedes each two-hour performance. Afterward, it takes nearly two hours to pack and load the truck. Lorie cooks a meal for the team and they travel by night to the next venue. “And we do it all again the next day,” she said. “We wake up in the parking lot of our next venue, or we wake up in the parking lot of a Perkins, or something like that. Every day there’s a “Day Sheet,” so everyone knows what’s going to happen. Wherever we’re going, that’s the venue for the day, whether there’s a laundry, or shower facilities.” In the case of Pine City, the team uses
the locker rooms at the high school. “So the venue is our hotel and the bus is our transportation and coffee shop for the day,” she said. “It sounds so crazy but it’s highly organized and it’s super-super-fun!” With such a tight schedule of 30 performances in as many days (Lorie will come to Pine City from Minneapolis and travel to Little Falls after she leaves here), adverse winter weather can sometimes impact plans. “The weather is one thing we cannot control,” she said, “so we always schedule two makeup days at the end of a tour, and it might be after Christmas, just in case, because we’re coming, no matter what.” So, after the holiday tour is complete by Christmas, do Lorie and Tim take the winter off? “Absolutely not,” she said. “You wouldn’t believe what we do when we get back. We book next year’s Holiday Tour all over again in January because it’s fresh in our minds and some of the places get booked up right away. We analyze it to see if it worked for us financially to go back and do it again. “For me, I have the option of jumping right back into the recording studio, because it’s quiet,” she added. Or maybe hit the road again. Earlier this year, in January and February, Lorie did a solo piano tour in 22 cities, but each year may be different. “Next year I hope to be playing on a cruise ship. I’ve always wanted to cruise Australia and am hoping to be the headliner on a luxury cruise ship. I think I’d be a very good fit on a cruise ship.” Later in 2017, a family wedding is in the offing for March, and in April and May, Lorie and Tim work on the garden at their spacious home where they plant about 2,000 flowers, in preparation for another “Living Room Series” of some 15 private concerts for “Super Fans” in her home, by invitation only. “It’s the most enjoyable and fun thing I’ve ever done,” she said. The group is limited to 46 people at a time and people come from all over the world for an intimate performance and dessert that Lorie pre-
pares for her guests. From July on, Lorie is deeply immersed in planning, organizing and recording the next round of holiday tour performances, working hand-in-hand with husband Tim, who’ve been married for 30 years and spend every day 24/7/365 together. Young people are important and Lorie and Tim Line involve local children in their performances. As they go back stage to try on costumes, Lorie entertains the crowd with an impromptu medley of tunes suggested by the audience. What advice does she have for young people interested in music and the arts? “Be unique and do your own thing,” she said. “Like Barbra Streisand or Frank Sinatra. When you hear them sing, you say, ‘That’s Barbra Streisand or that’s Frank Sinatra.’ When you hear Lorie Line play, you say, ‘That’s Lorie Line.’ I have my own unique sound that includes special things that set my music apart, which makes the music sound playful. “If you’re going to be a musician, find your style, be true to yourself, and stick with it,” she stressed. “If you try to copy someone, it will never work. “And my second piece of advice is to practice. Young people don’t seem to practice much anymore. You have to have an amazing amount of discipline to practice and to get it right, and be very dedicated to it,” she said. On composing and producing her music books, Lorie pointed out that her music is organized and playable. “People can sit down at the piano and play the music right away and sound good,” she said. “That’s what I try to do, and make it readable, and phrase it, so that people can sound like me.” She has recorded 49 CDs and published 46 books of music and sold more than six million albums. She has 800,000 active Lorie Line Radio listeners on Pandora and her music “spins” almost two million times each week. Asked about her fan base, Lorie said more than 20,000 people have signed up for her email blasts, 11,000 people visit her two Facebook sites, and she has over 30,000 dedicated “Linebackers” who routinely attend her performances and purchase her CDs, music books, and bells. Last year Lorie Line was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, joining other Minnesota performers like Bob Dylan, Prince and Judy Garland. She has also performed for two U.S. presidents in the White House. After traveling together for 27 years, Lorie and Tim develop a special bond with each audience, and that’s especially true as they meet and greet people here in Pine City. Reflecting on last year’s performance here, Lorie said, “I especially remember the lady who greeted me at the door. It was memorable.” The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Pine City High School Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at lorieline.com.
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Sports Bar & Grill, More Than Sprouts and Mylie’s Catering. “We’re just going to keep the Chili Cookoff going through the parade – or until no chili remains,” Schueller said. “So come early, because that chili could be gone by five o’clock.” This year’s fun run will have a “holiday lights” theme. Participants are invited to decorate themselves with holiday lights before checking in at 4 p.m. and hitting the road at 4:30 p.m. They’ll start their run in Robinson
Park, head to Pine City High School and then back up Main Street to the park. “We’ll probably come back in the halfhour as the crowd is starting to gather for the parade and it’s getting dark out,” Schueller said. “We think that’ll give a little more of a festive feel to the event happening downtown.” Meanwhile, in Robinson Park, grownups can warm up by the fire and enjoy hot cocoa courtesy of the Pine City High School Music Boosters, while children check out the petting zoo and pick up bags of treats from the Pine Area Li-
ons. The Pine City Chamber of Commerce will hold a drawing for over $700 in Chamber Bucks, which are redeemable in any participating business. In past years it was necessary to donate an item for Toys for Tots in order to take part in the drawing. Though toys will still be collected this year, anyone can fill out a ticket for the drawing at the gazebo in Robinson Park. “All people need to do is come out to the park and sign up,” Schueller said. “We want everyone to have an opportu-
nity to win.” The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. on Eighth Avenue between Chubby’s and Family Pathways, then head north up Main Street and around Robinson Park. The parade will be led by the Pine City High School Choir, and will end with Santa Claus on his sleigh. The night will come to a close with the traditional tree lighting in Robinson Park. And for all those attending, it will feel like Christmastime in Pine City has truly begun.
School holiday concerts begin Dec. 1 The Pine City High School music department is preparing for their upcoming holiday concerts beginning with the Junior High Band and Choir Concert on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pine City High School Auditorium. The choirs will begin the concert with familiar tunes like “Deck the Halls” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” along with “Riu, Riu, Chiu” a Spanish carol about love and peace. The Junior High Bands will play a medley of Christmas carols, as well as “A Celebration of Hanukkah.” The bands will finish with “A Christmas Festival” and “We Need a Little Christmas.” The Senior High Choir and Band Concert will quickly follow on Monday Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pine City High School Auditorium. All are invited to these free events. PHOTO PROVIDED
Royal Neighbors make a difference Royal Neighbors Members got together and packed 30 “Baskets of Hope” filled with a wide variety of personal items for women. The baskets were delivered to The Refuge, Black Dog, a women’s shelter in our local community. Royal Neighbors also made 100 candy rolls to be sent overseas by the Blue Star Moms to troops serving overseas. Pictured left to right, Helen Nestrud, Bernadine Damann, Donna Golly, Ruth Peterson, Beverly Paulson, Helen Swenson, Stella Bobo, Jane Moyer, Dorothy Johnson and Esther Olson.
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Heading into its fourth year of existence, the Pine City dance team will again be entertaining fans at home games and competing in MSHSL sanctioned events. After spending the first three years under the direction of coach Danielle Allen, the squad will now be led by the owner of Sparx Dance Studio in Pine City, Jennifer Barth. Barth started dancing at the age of six at Nancy Raddatz dance studio in West St. Paul, and continued to take classes through her school years and into adulthood. Barth has been teaching dance, both for competition and recreational purposes, for 21 years at several local studios before purchasing her own studio in Pine City in June of 2015. “I feel I bring years of experience and new perspective to the team,” said Barth, who spent years on her own high school dance team when she was in school. “I became familiar with the (Pine City) dance team last year when I reached out to coach Allen to offer her my support and studio for team practices. The team would practice at my studio twice a week. When I heard that coach Allen was not looking to return this year due to her ever increasing schedule, I started inquiring about the position.”
Barth returns many dancers with experience, and is focused on taking the team to new heights during the 2016-17 season. After a bit of a late start to achieve MSHSL certifications, Barth has the team working every day after school in preparation for the upcoming season. “We have been running on fast forward,” coach Barth said of her team’s aggressive schedule. “We practice three days a week at Sparx Dance Studio and two days a week at the auditorium gym at the elementary school. We have 24 girls on our roster which is a great way to start.” The squad has chosen two senior captains in Jacqueline Crawford and Emmy Kuzel, has selected a new name, and will participate in several competitions over the next few months. “We are now The Dragonettes,” Barth explained. “We are excited to show off our new identity at our first competition on Dec. 17 at The Academy of Holy Angels Invitational. We will have four competitions in January (the Edina Invitational, the Anoka Invitational, the Totino Grace Invitational, and Winterfest in Mounds View) and our sections competition in February in North Branch.” The Dragonettes will also be performing at several varsity basketball games, both boys and girls. The squad is currently working on their high kick routine
for competitions, and after several years of competing in multiple formats, has narrowed the focus. “We will be just competing in high kick this year,” explained Barth. “We will be starting some fun jazz routines to perform at our local performances in the upcoming weeks. The team has a great work ethic and are enjoying learning new things. We are looking forward to excelling even further this year. We would like to have the entire team competing varsity by the end of the season.” Barth said that coach Allen will still be around the team from time to time, and will help with the makeup for some performances. The squad began during the 2013-14 season and has grown in talent and numbers each year. Initially dubbed the Emerald Dance Team, this squad has been a competitive team that performs routines in MSHSL competitions. Through the first three years of work, Pine City’s dancers have shown a tremendous love for dance and great effort toward improvement. That improvement was shown at last season’s Section 2AA Tournament where they once again improved upon their score from the year before. Fans of the team are excited to see more improvement in the coming months.
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Local gymnasts from the Rush City/Pine City/ Hinckley-Finlayson coop are preparing for the upcoming high school gymnastics season. The Tigers gymnastics team will be returning an experienced lineup, although the squad is still very young overall. Entering her second year as head coach of the Tigers program, Jessica Miller is optimistic about the 2016-17 season and believes her team will be ready to compete at a high level. “Our practices started (Monday) Nov. 14,” said coach Miller. “Our practices have been going pretty good. Our plan as coaches is to have these gymnasts ready (by the first competition) with routines. We are adding
big skills after Christmas break. Our goal for the season is to have each gymnast compete with confidence and courage. Gymnastics takes a lot of mental and physical strength; our team this year has both of these traits.” Coming off of a successful fall season as a member of the Pine City volleyball team, senior Elsie Lunquist will serve as captain of the team. “I am excited to see what this gymnast will bring this season,” Miller said of her captain. “She is a good athlete. Her strengths are on vault and floor.” The Tigers will lean heavily on three sophomores in Nevaeh Isackson-Rod, Steva Perrotti and Keyara Berube, as the trio returns after seeing lots of success last year as freshmen.
“Nevaeh put in the time at the gym offseason,” said Miller. “She is coming into the season looking very strong on every event and I am excited for her to compete her new tsuk vault. Keyara is an all around gymnast with her strengths on bars and beam. Her execution on each event will help the team. Steva is just coming off a concussion, but is looking good and ready for competition.” The final returning gymnast with experience is eighth grader Livia Isackson-Rod, who has shown great ability on all of the events, but particularly in her dance and tumbling on floor exercise. The squad also gets two new faces added to the mix in freshman Kianna Helmin and eighth grader Ellie White. Helmin is an all around gymnast who has been
competing since she was seven years old. White is a multi-sport athlete who will specialize in vault and bars this year on the varsity, and is an accomplished young gymnast in her own right. The preseason practices have gone quickly as the team is preparing for their first big meet on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Becker for a JV/Varsity invitational.
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Paige Wiener tries her best in everything she does. She works hard and has shown a lot of growth in reading and math already this year! Paige is kind to everyone and is a true example of what it means to be in the Dragon Zone. She is a great friend to all and frequently helps others when they are in need. She enjoys traveling with her family and swinging on her swing! Keep up the great work, Paige! Paige is the daughter of Jason and Brooke Wiener.
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Jacob has a great knowledge of government and history. He is very enthusiastic in class and adds a lot of his opinions and helps with discussions in class. He’s doing a great job! Jacob is the son of Matthew and Melissa Merrick.
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Ashley Peters is a great student leader in 6th grade. She is respectful, responsible, cooperative and safe. She is always willing to help out whenever she can. Lately, her teachers have noticed her taking her recess time to pick up litter that has been left on Dragon’s Den. Ashley is a very diligent and responsible student. She is a great role model for her peers. Way to go Ashley! Keep up the hard work. Ashley is the daughter of Kevin and Caron Peters.
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The Pine City boys basketball team will have a very different look during the 2016-17 season. For the past four seasons, the Dragons were led by the highest scoring pair of players in school history in departed graduates Noah Adams (first all-time in Pine City boys scoring) and Kole Jusczak (second alltime behind Adams). In their place, the Dragons will run with a scrappy group of juniors who cut their teeth last season at the varsity level, and a thin senior class featuring just two players. Returning for his sixth year is head coach Kyle Allen, who has done a great job of redefining the program during his tenure. “Were excited,” said Allen. “The boys put in more hours this summer than any group before them. For the first time, we actually had a group of boys who put in more time than I did, so that was exciting. We have a lot of kids out and a lot of families that have dedicated themselves to the program. It’s fun to see the growth that’s coming with it. We’re entering the post-Noah Adams and Kole Jusczak era, and we’re ready.” The program has between 60 and 70 boys out for basketball this winter, a high-water mark during Allen’s tenure. “It’s growing and I think people want to be a part of the program,” said Allen. “We try to make it an experience, and it’s so much more than just being on the court, and people are gravitating to that. Our purpose is to help create great young men off of the court, and our goal on the court is very simple, it’s to win games.” As far as winning games goes, the Dragons took a small step back last season after Adams suffered a season ending knee injury. Pine City had a 20-win campaign two years ago, but last season finished a respectable 16-11. Pine City is hoping to equal or surpass that win total this season and will be led largely by underclassmen. Returning All-Conference Honorable Mention guard Clay Logan is a junior who played multiple positions for Allen last season, and had a breakout performance in the playoff loss at Mora, posting his first career triple-double. Logan
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also finished eighth in the state in three pointers made for the Dragons a year ago as Pine City set the state record for most threes made in a season. Fellow juniors Jake Rademacher, Nathan Kleppe, and Jake Lunceford will all be relied on in different capacities and have different strengths. “These four guys played significant minutes for us last year and really had to step up when Noah went down with the ACL,” said Allen. “Nathan has been with me the longest out of that group; I trust him with the ball at the point guard spot. Clay is the most versatile scorer out of the group. Jake Rademacher will be a leader for us this year, a returning captain from last year; the guys really look to him as a vocal leader. Jake Lunceford is a great athlete who had a fantastic football season and we’re looking to exploit the positives he can provide.” Pine City’s team will go 13 deep, and a pair of key guys in the rotation will be seniors Austin Hansmann and Adam Seals. The final starter looks to be sophomore Nick Hansmann, a proven outside shooter who has had a varsity
jersey since eighth grade. Juniors Riley Palmer and Damien Schwab will both provide extra minutes in the post for the Dragons while sophomores Jake Adams and Quentin Miklya will serve as rotational guards. Pine City rounds out their team with a pair of good shooting freshmen in Konnor Jusczak and Seth Logan who will try to prove themselves at the varsity level. “We’re really hoping to be between 10 and 13 guys deep every game,” explained Allen. “We’re hoping to get a lot of minutes for a lot of guys. We think we have the deepest team we’ve had since we’ve been here.” The Dragons coaching staff returns completely intact. Alongside Allen is JV coach Jason Rademacher, who also serves as the top assistant. The C-squad coach is Wayne Hansmann, while Larry Britton and Monty Peterson will coach the junior high levels. “I’ve been really fortunate with my coaches,” said Allen. “It’s so important to have the coaching staff all on the same page, with the same goals in mind, and have this continuity.”
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The Dragons are looking at some tough teams atop the Great River Conference, where they posted a 10-6 record last year, starting with the defending State Champions Braham, as well as talented teams in Hinckley-Finlayson and Rush City. Each of those teams swept the Dragons a season ago. “It’s Braham’s conference until someone takes it from them,” said Allen. “They’re well coached and well prepared; I will never sleep on Braham. They are what winning is in this conference. Hinckley will also be very tough. They have a great team with a talented roster. Rush and Aitkin will also be good, and you can’t overlook anyone.” Within the section, Pine City will also have tough competition after not winning a single game against a section opponent last year. The Dragons participated in a scrimmage in Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 26 and had mixed results. They will have one more week of practice to make any final tweaks before their season opener at home on Friday, Dec. 2 against the Aitkin Gobblers.
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Basketball builds on talented core After enjoying a breakout season last year, the Pine City Dragons girls basketball team will continue to build around a talented, young nucleus during the 2016-17 season. Now in his third year at the helm of the program, coach Ted Hasz is seeing a bright future and is hoping his squad can take another step forward. The Dragons went 7-20 in Hasz’s first year as coach, but improved that record to 14-13 last season. The team more than doubled its win total
from year one to year two under Hasz, and doubled the win total again last season. Although the squad has lost some key starters into this season, hopes are high that the improvements are just a sign of things to come. “We are a very young team but have a number of kids back with a lot of varsity experience,” explained coach Hasz. “We had many kids that had very good off-seasons and it shows in practice. Practices have been very good and are getting better every day as we get to know how we fit together and who can do what.” Those practices began
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the Great River Conference and in Section 6AA this year if we continue to improve every day.” The Dragons were an impressive 12-4 in the conference last year and that included a win over every team in the conference, including top teams like Rush City, Aitkin and former conference powerhouse Braham. Pine City finished third in the conference last season, one game ahead of Braham. “Many teams have quality players returning so it will again be a fun conference season,” explained Hasz. “In the section, Sauk Center
will again be a favorite as they are coming off two section titles in a row and are ranked #2 in Class AA. Other strong teams look to be Albany, Osakis, St. Cloud Cathedral, Braham and Rush City. We hope to be in that conversation at the end of the season and ready to make a run.” In all, the Dragons have a total of 12 varsity returners who will all contribute, including the aforementioned Rike, Brown, Langmade, and Wilson, along with other sophomores Chloe Alleman, Isabelle Aragonez, Hannah Lorsung, Shelbi Matzke and Jolie Wick-
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Hockey team shoots for more success BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM
The Dragons varsity hockey team had some big moments during the 2015-16 season, but with a great nucleus of returning talent and coach Grant Nicoll coming back for his fourth year, this team seems like they are on the verge of a banner year. In fact, they’ve made hanging a banner their goal. After earning a share of the Two Rivers Conference Championship last year as well as a playoff win, hopes are high with this group of Dragons. The squad was 16-11 last season, their first winning record in a decade. Practices started for the hockey team on Monday, Nov. 14, and the pace moved quickly over the first few weeks before the season opener. The Dragons had a scrimmage against St. Francis on Nov. 22. Early returns have been all positive.
“The team looks great,” said Nicoll. “We have a very high upside. We are setting our sights on the State Tournament this year. Trying to be the first hockey team ever to make it from Pine City.” Nicoll, a Pine City native, has always set his goals high and spoke in no uncertain terms. His optimism is well placed as the squad returns their top three scorers, first two lines, and their starting goalie from a year ago. Returning All-Conference selections senior Brendan Westbrook and junior Jonah Bergstrom will key the offense, while returning All-Conference junior goalie Luke Murphy will be back in-nets. “Our offseason was our most productive one I have seen so far,” said Nicoll. “We have a large group of sophomores who are itching to step up and fill some holes and help this team succeed. The coaching staff is back along with some added support. Our goal is to repeat as
Conference Champions, and also win the section for the first time in Dragon Hockey history.” The Dragons have an interesting motto this year, a metadata tag of #trektothex in a true sign of the social media related times we live in. “We are setting our sights on making that State Tournament appearance,” Nicoll explained, hoping his team can make a trek to the Xcel Energy Center. “As far as coaching philosophies, they are very similar to years past. We have a young core of defensemen so are working with those boys to get caught up to the pace of varsity hockey as soon as possible. They all have the skill, it will just be about getting them up to the speed.” In an interesting twist, the Pine City/ Rush City co-op has now added Hinckley-Finlayson to the mix, although no current players on the roster are from
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Weeks before even the first puck hit the ice on the first day of practice, Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City head girls hockey coach Corey Bustrom was touting this year’s version of the Bluejackets as potentially being one of the best teams in the history of the program. Last week, the Jackets finally were able to give everyone a glimpse into whether or not their coach’s prediction would be accurate or not. And so far, so good. CIMPC opened up their season by playing three quality opponents in just five days in the form of Duluth, Moose Lake and Mahtomedi, going 2-1 for the week. In those three games, the Jackets were led offensively by Alyson Niebur. The junior collected a hat trick in the
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Pine City participates in a wrestling co-op with Hinckley-Finlayson, and the Dragons are in their fifth year since returning to Pine City as the host school. That five-year span has seen several Dragons wrestlers advance to State under the direction of head coach Milo Allen, but the team has also had frequent problems putting together enough wrestlers to fill the 14 weight classes. The 2016-17 season will be a bit better on that front. The Dragons have some nice young talent returning as they look to fill around 10 spots in the lineup. “From last year,” explained Allen, “we’ve lost five seniors, some key guys, so I came in thinking it might be tough to fill those spots. But some of these guys coming back are really ready. Will Fix coming back as a ninth grader and Corey Basta as a 10th grader, you go right up the line. Charles Fix (junior) will be a solid wrestler, Tyler Noreen (senior) was a surprise last year and is back this year. Carter Utecht (junior) had a great football season and is a heck of an athlete, Dakotah Neid (senior) is back for his senior year. Robbie Decker (sophomore) did a nice job at heavyweight for us last year and he’s back. Josh Lange (senior) is also back again so we’ve got probably 10 out of 13 weight classes filled. We’ve also pulled in a few new guys with Santiago Ospino (senior), a foreign exchange student who is picking this stuff up quick, plus some other ninth graders that are improving every day. I was really surprised to see that about 10 out of 14 weight classes we’re going to be able to fill.” Early in the season the team isn’t too focused on making any particular weights, but rather on the fundamentals and building their bodies up. Hard practices are a given. “We’ve been working hard the first four days of practice,” said Allen, “getting in the key moves and making sure everyone is disciplined and in shape. Early on we’re not too worried about weights of guys, but more of a focus on getting them going mentally and making sure they are sound technically. Making sure they are learning each day. One of our big goals is always to get
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them to February healthy and ready for sections at the end of the season. We’ve also been really trying to push their bodies to the edge and just get them ready.” Right out of the gates, Pine City/ Hinckley-Finlayson will be busy. The team has a stacked December and will have 18 of their 36 varsity matches in the books during the season’s first month. The schedule kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 3 against Andover and Princeton at home, and the squad will have several weekends on the road after that before spending Christmas break in Virginia. Part of the challenge is keeping the guys healthy with such a rigorous schedule. The team will be tested and pushed right away. “We’re hoping for the best,” said Allen, “but we’re starting right now and getting them ready. We’re pushing them. I’ll be quite frank that the weight
room is a huge key for us. It keeps their bodies in shape.” Allen’s coaching staff returns for a second year in a row as top assistant and JV coach Andrew Burger is back again. Burger preaches mental toughness to the wrestlers, but also builds great relationships within the team and has a personal touch the wrestlers seem to respond to. Brent Nelson is also back as the junior high coach. Nelson was a State participant as a senior in Mora several years ago and now teaches in Hinckley. Allen leads by example though, and in most practices is right there sweating it out and working right alongside his athletes. “I don’t think I could coach without being hands on,” said Allen. “Anything I do, I just want to be in there. Once I stepped off of the mat for the last time, that’s it, you’re done. This is the closest you can get to being back out there; I
love rolling around with the guys but also helping them learn that this sport brings you so much. It teaches you the ups and downs of life. I can’t explain it to anybody, but if you’ve wrestled before, you get it.” Allen said some goals the team has this year is to post a .500 record despite giving up four weight classes, and to see at least seven of 10 wrestlers make it to the second day of sections. “I’d like to tell the community it’s fun to come out and watch,” said Allen. “If you’ve never watched a wrestling match before, you should come see what it’s all about. Not only watching us, but watching the other teams can be interesting too. I appreciate the support from the community.” The opening triangular of the season will be on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Pine City High School. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m.
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Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents Fritz and Ethel Swanson; husband Harold Bengtson; infant brother Rodney, brothers Willard, Harlan, Lowell and Darrell Swanson; and son-in-law Pete Engel. Reid Zimmerman officiated funeral services for Bonnie on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City. A time of visitation and reviewal was held one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Casket bearers included Brian Bengtson, Daniel Bengtson, Jeff Bengtson, Jim Engel, Brett Bengtson, Garrett Bengtson, Hunter Jongeward and Dylan Engel with the interment in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery at Rock Creek. Funeral arrangements for Bonnie Bengtson of West Rock Creek are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City – Olson Chapel; www.funeralandcremationservice.com.
Bonnie Lou Eugenia S Swanson was born on M March 5, 1924, to Fritz a and Ethel (Lindstrom) S Swanson in Rock C Creek Township. She a attended West Rock D District 12 Schools t through the 8th grade a and graduated from Pine City High School in 1941. After graduation, she worked at Farwell Ozman Kirk (FOK) and Company in St. Paul. In July of 1943, Bonnie married Harold Bengtson while he was home on furlough. They returned to Texas (Fort Hood) and Oklahoma (Fort Gruber) following the wedding. When Harold’s orders no longer allowed Bonnie to be with him, she returned home to Rock Creek. A daughter, Kathy, was born in May of 1944 and Harold returned home from the service in August of 1945. Together, they bought part of Bonnie’s uncle’s farm, where they farmed for the next several decades. Sons Duane, Jerry and Don were born in 1946, 1951 and 1953 respectively. For 38 years, Bonnie worked at the Rush City Hospital as a nurse’s aide and in central supply. She loved living on the farm, cooking and caring for her family and any knitting, crocheting or craft activity. At age 75, Bonnie learned to do hardanger, completing literally hundreds of pieces for family and friends. Bonnie enjoyed word finds, Hershey bars and 9:00 coffee with her family. Bonnie passed away at Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at the age of 92. Bonnie was one of the oldest, if not the oldest resident of the West Rock community. Bonnie is survived by her children: Kathy Engel of Rock Creek, Duane (Vicki) Bengtson of Harris, Jerry (Lois) Bengtson of Rock Creek and Donald (Cheryl) Bengtson of Chisago City; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Phil Swanson of Pine City, Rod (Carole) Swanson, Chuck (Carol) Swanson; sister, Lois Ellsworth all of Rush City; many other relatives and friends.
Roland C. Brandt Roland C. “Rolly” B Brandt, age 94 of Map plewood, passed away o Nov. 23, 2016. on After serving as a W WWII cryptologist in t the China, Burma, I India theatre, he obt tained a degree from t the U of M, working f a time in the famfor i business, Dobbins ily Manufacturing, and then a career with the IRS. Rolly was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte and an infant daughter. He is survived by daughters Carol and Sherry (Jerry) Broeker, three grandsons, four great-grandchildren and long-time companion and friend, Donna Heath. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Sandberg Funeral Home in North St. Paul with a private interment. Memorials are preferred to a charity of choice.
Hazel Acton Our dear mother, g grandmother, and g great-grandmother, H Hazel Acton (maiden n name Peterson), form merly married to Cliff ford Behrendt, died S Sunday morning, Nov. 1 2016, at her daugh13, t ter Deborah Fuller’s h house in Glendale, Ari izona. Originally from Braham/Pine City area, she would have been 92 years old on March 9, 2017. Hazel worked at the Pine City Courthouse from approximately 1946-1951 until her first child, Deborah, was born. Hazel enjoyed dancing in her earlier years with her sisters who are now deceased: Ruth Linell, Fern Folkestad, Helen Lee. She also has one deceased brother, Edgar Peterson. She also loved gardening, flowers, and traveling, and enjoyed helping others in the Christian ministry for over 60 years. Besides daughter Deborah, Hazel has a daughter, Michelle Behrendt, of Phoenix, Arizona, and a son, Brent Acton, of Mesa, Arizona; three grandchildren: Aaron Upson of Phoenix; Anna Allard of North Dakota, and Chad Fuller of Phoenix; three great-grandchildren in North Dakota: Kyler, Cade, and Brux Allard. She also has numerous nieces and nephews. No service will be held per Hazel’s request. Hazel was a wonderful example of a hard worker, endurance, and youthful inquisitiveness. She will be missed.
Donald Svor Donald Svor of Grasston, formerly of Benson, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. at the North Memorial Hospital at the age of 73. Funeral services are scheduled for noon Friday, Dec. 2 with family and friends gathering one hour prior to the service at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City. Look for full obituary in next week’s Pioneer. SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE 25
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Grasston Baptist Church 402 N. Oak St. Grasston, MN 55030
550 1st St. NE, Hinckley 320-384-6167 Pastor: Carlos Rodriguez Services, Saturday, 11 a.m. Fellowship lunch 1st and 3rd Saturday following services.
Hope Lutheran Church Grasston Jim Sodergren, Pastor 320-396-3925 hopelutherangrasston.org Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School; Holy Communion first and third Sundays and festival days.
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.
Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. Prayer 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Fellowship following Worship
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 320-629-2935 19390 Ave, Beroun, MN Monsignor Alek Suchan Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m.
Open Arms Church of God
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 535 8th St. SW, Pine City 320-629-2935 Monsignor Alek Suchan www.icchurchpinecitymn.org firstname.lastname@example.org Mass: Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 10 am, Confession: Saturday 4-4:30pm, Sunday 9:15-9:45am
Journey North Church Current location: 840 Main St S, behind A&W. Pastor Tim Adams 320-629-6111 Sunday Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m. Nursery, toddlers and KidVenture programs during both services. www.JourneyNorthChurch.com
Living Hope Christian Center Pastor Jeremy Langmade Assembly of God 11914 Fairway Rd. SW, Pine City ¾ mile West of I-35 on Pokegama Lake Road 320-629-6136 Livinghopepinecity@gmail.com Sunday Mornings: Life Class 9 a.m., Worship Service 10 a.m.
406 Pine St., Grasston, MN 320-396-3373 Pastor Gene Sherrod Spirit Filled Worship Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Children’s ministry
South Pine Baptist Church formerly Trinity Baptist Fellowship
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 825 Golf Ave SW, Pine City 320-629-2985 Pastor Fred Hanson Sunday Services: 8 & 9:30 Thursday Service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday School preK-6th grade at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship between services www.orlcpc.com
Pine City Evangelical Free Church 625 Golf Ave SW Pastor Joel Preston Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) 9:15 a.m. Nursery (infant-3yrs) all morning Wednesdays: AWANA (Sept-Apr) 6 p.m.; Frontline (Youth Group), Jr & Sr High 6:00 p.m. Phone: 320-629-2584 Email: email@example.com, www.pcefc.com
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 www.southpinebaptist.com
Trinity Episcopal Church 305 First St. NE, Box 204 Hinckley, MN 55037 320-245-0537 All Sunday services at 10:00 a.m. No services on any 5th Sunday
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
2700 320th Ave., Brook Park A NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP For Special events &/or group studies call: 320-679-3925
The businesses below invite you to attend the house of worship of your choice.
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To all my dear neighbors, friends and my family, a big thank you and hugs for coming to my 90th birthday celebration at the Pine City Country Club Saturday, Nov. 19. Your smiling faces and good wishes were so very special to me. I love all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Donna Nelson Nov. 28, 2015
I would like to thank each and everyone from the bottom of my heart at Hands for Pine City Outreach Church. Words can’t express how much I appreciate your help in getting my leaves raked.
Howard Lennex Jean Howard was born at 7:21 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2016, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. She weighed eight pounds, ﬁve ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. Her parents are Jimmy and Natasha Howard of Valley City, North Dakota. Her grandparents are Perry and Deb Smith of Wilton, North Dakota and Dennis and JoLynn Howard of Pine City.
Donna Olson Donna Nelson was the best thing that ever happened to me. Married 48 years, R.I.P. Bruce
Premo Scarlette Margaret-Gene Premo was born on Nov. 6, 2016, at FirstLight Health System. She weighed nine pounds, 10 ounces and was 22 inches long. Her parents are Skylar Premo and Jessica Benjamin of Hinckley. Scarlette is welcomed by grandparents Vanessa Smith, Brandon Benjamin, Starrise Colsrud and Robert Premo.
Nelson honored Taylor Nelson of Pine City was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Nelson is pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S BLOTTER Nov. 21 - 27 Theft, burglary, vandalism
Nov. 21, 3:57 p.m., report of fraud, Ruby Rd., Pine City Twp. west. Nov. 21, 8:25 p.m., report of burglary, 10th St., Pine City north. Nov. 22, 7:28 a.m., report of vehicle theft/attempt, Main St., Pine City south. Nov. 22, 2:44 p.m., report of fraud, Golf Ave., Pine City south. Nov. 24, 11:10 a.m., report of fraud, Royalton Rd., Royalton Twp. Nov. 25, 11:13 a.m., report of burglary, 5th Ave., Pine City north. Nov. 25, 12:28 p.m., report of damage to property, Edgewater Rd., Pokegama Twp. east. Nov. 27, 2:19 a.m., report of security alarm, State Hwy. 70, Rock Creek west. Nov. 27, 3:49 p.m., report of shoplifter, Evergreen Sq., Pine City south.
Miscellaneous Nov. 21, 12:39 p.m., report of disturbance, Meadow Creek Ln., Pokegama Twp. east. Nov. 22, 8:16 p.m., report of crank 911 calls, Hazelnut Rd., Royalton Twp. Nov. 23, 12:02 a.m., report of sounds of shots, Royal Heights Ln./Sherwood St., Royalton Twp. Nov. 23, 3:47 p.m., report of disturbance, Lake Mist Dr., Pokegama Twp. west.
Nov. 23, 6:26 p.m., report of tenant trouble, Main St., Pine City south. Nov. 25, 9:01 a.m., report of threats, State Hwy. 70, Rock Creek west. Nov. 25, 11:04 p.m., report of animal disturbance, St., Croix Rd./Government Rd., Pine City Twp. west. Nov. 26, 5:39 p.m., report of unwanted person, Johnson Ave., Pine City south. Nov. 26, 8:53 p.m., report of stabbing, 3rd St., Brook Park. Nov. 27, 9:19 a.m., report of unwanted person, 13th St., Pine City south. Nov. 27, 2:01 a.m., report of suspicious activity, Evergreen Sq., Pine City south. Nov. 27, 9:02 p.m., report of animal disturbance, Island Resort Rd., Pokegama Twp. west.
Fires and accidents Nov. 23, 3:35 a.m., report of vehicle in ditch, I-35, Pokegama Twp. east. Nov. 24, 1:03 p.m., report of smoke odor/area, Loon Dr., Pokegama Twp. west.
Jail roster Nov. 21, Roxanne Gail Davis, warrant, remand-hold, drugs5th degree- possess schedu...; govt- escape from custody, obstruct legal process- no forc...; ﬂeeing police officer. Nov. 21, Demetria Lynise Smith, warrant, under sentence, theft- alter/possess/ sell/buy- proper...
Nov. 21, William Dean Keinanen, awaiting trial/ court, probable cause, remand-bail, assault- domestic assault- misd... Released Nov. 23. Nov. 21, Terry Lee Simon Jr., warrant, Pine County writ, burglary- 3rd degree- enters bldg- intent ste... Released Nov. 23. Nov. 21, Eric Lee Wasik, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, remand-bail, govt- violation of harass/restr order-M... obstruct legal process- inter... Released Nov. 23. Nov. 21, William Ray Baker, awaiting trial/court, remand-RPR, probable cause, traffic- DUI- 2nd degree- refusal to submit... 3rd degreedriving... Released Nov. 22. Nov. 21, Danielle Jo Viellieux, Pine County warrant, remand-RPR, drugs- poss/sale hypo syringe/need...; govtfalse name to police officer. Released Nov. 22. Nov. 21, Geoffrey Norman Springer, book and release, hold for other agency, contempt of court- fail to pay ord... Released Nov. 21. Nov. 22, Rhonda Jane Diver, warrant, remand-hold, trafﬁc- DUI- 1st degree- refusal to submit to... Nov. 22, Aaron Jay Lagarde, under sentence, nonsupport of spouse or child- for 1...; remand-bail, govt-MS- contempt of court. Nov. 22, Jacob Howard Mccabe, warrant, hold for other agency, domestic assaultfelony; Pine County warrant,
under sentence, theft- take/ use/transfer movable pro... Nov. 22, Kurtis William Melin, warrant, remand-hold, drugs3rd degree- possess 3 gram... 5th degree- possess schedule 1...; criminal damage property- 1st degree- $1001 and great...; burglary- 2nd degree- res- forced unknown, 3rd degree- non res- forcedunknown... Nov. 22, Anthony John Piel, warrant, probable cause, fugitive from justice from other st...; hold for other agency, drugs- 5th degree- poss...; under sentence, trespassingbuilding or dwelling-m... Nov. 22, Amanda Kelly Rogers, warrant, remand-hold, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedu... Nov. 22, Tyler Ross Schommer, hold for other agency, forgery- check forgery- $250 or more... Nov. 22, Robert William Kosman, Pine County warrant, remand-bail, stolen propertyposs- other property- $501... Released Nov. 23. Nov. 23, James Bradshaw Cooper, hold for other agency, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedu... Nov. 23, Gordon Lee Davis, warrant, remand-bail, trespassing- business; drugs- 5th degree- possess schedu... Nov. 23, Treyvontae Jamal Fleming, awaiting trial/ court, probable cause, disturb- disorderly conduct, criminal damage property3rd degree- $501 to $1000... Nov. 23, Rhiannon Rae Brozek,
book and release, summons, forgery- offer or pass counterfeit... Released Nov. 23. Nov. 24, Gary Dean Olson, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, traffic- DUI- 3rd degree, DUI- 2nd degree- refusal to submit... Released Nov. 25. Nov. 25, Cory Tyrell Schleret, Pine County warrant, drugs4th degree- sell- schedule 1, 2, 3 bu... Nov. 25, Lori Gay Nebola, hold for other agency, theft- theft by check. Released Nov. 27. Nov. 25, Aubrey Lynn Draves, Pine County warrant, govtobstruct legal process- inter... disturb- disorderly conduct, ﬂeeing police officer. Released Nov. 26. Nov. 26, Daria Terese Vondrasek, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, traffic- DWI4th degree drive while impaired, DUI- 4th degree .08 or more in... DUI of alcohol. Released Nov. 27. Nov. 26, Nicholas George Lehmeier, awaiting trial/court,
probable cause, domestic abuse no contact order-V... Nov. 26, Jacob Allen Lindman, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, govt- false name or DOB- ﬁctitious, obstruct legal process- interfe... traffic- insurance- no proof, driving after suspension. Nov. 26, Ronald Dale Lundy Jr., Pine County warrant, registration and eligibility of vot... Nov. 26, Dennis Robert Berg, hold for other agency, govtMS- contempt of court. Released Nov. 27. Nov. 26, Trisha Danielle Lehmeier, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, govt- false name or DOB- ﬁctitious... Released Nov. 27. Nov. 27, Cody Harrison Podlewski, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, stolen property- poss- other property$501 to...
There have been 1,939 admissions to the Pine County Jail in 2016.
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OBITUARIES FROM PAGE 23
Daniel R. Prior Daniel Ray Prior, 57, of New Caney, Texas died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. He was born on July 11, 1959, in Rush City, to Ramona Charlene Odendahl Prior and Loren Arnold Prior. Daniel is sur-
vived by his wife, Brenda Jones Prior; mother, Ramona Prior; son, Craig Prior; brothers, Larry Prior and his wife, Bonnie; and Steve Prior and his partner, Neal; sister, Michelle Finger; brother-in-law, David Lee; grandchildren, Cole Prior, Tricia Prior, and Charlesa Prior; nieces, Tina Coker, Tara Lee, and Sherri Prior; and nephew, Bill Prior. He is preceded in death by his father, Loren Prior; daughter, Jessalyn Prior; and sister, Lorna Lee. Mr. Prior loved NASCAR, landscaping, animals, hockey and a cold beer on a hot day. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at the Kinnic Health and Rehab in River Falls of complications she suffered after a fall. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Dresser Methven Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Mark Maunula officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be at Brook Park Cemetery. A full notice will be in next week’s paper. Arrangements by Dresser-Methven Funeral Home.
Dorothy Raines Dorothy Raines of River Falls, Wisconsin, formerly
PUBLIC NOTICES Public Hearing Notice of Hearing on Improvement Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Pine City will meet in the Council Chambers of the City Hall at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, to consider the 2017 Street Improvements, infrastructure improvement on 2nd Street SE between the center line of 3rd Avenue SE and 8th Avenue SE and on 4th Avenue SE between the center line of 2nd Street SE and its east terminus by City of Pine City in 2017 pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 429.011 to 429.111. The estimated cost of the improvement is $1,171,432.10. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting. Ken Cammilleri City Administrator City of Pine City Published in the Pine City Pioneer on December 1, 2016 OFFICE OF MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME MINNESOTA STATUTES, 333 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. ASSUMED NAME: Spahr Mercantile PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS: 15864 Cross Lake Road Pine City MN 55063 USA NAMEHOLDER(S): Name: Rosalie Joy Spahr Address: 15864 Cross Lake Road Pine City MN 55063 United States If you submit an attachment, it will be incorporated into this document. If the attachment conflicts with the information specifically set forth in this document, this document supersedes the data referenced in the attachment. By typing my name, I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. SIGNED BY: Rosalie J Spahr MAILING ADDRESS: None Provided EMAIL FOR OFFICIAL NOTICES: email@example.com Work Item 915398300028 Original File Number 915398300028 STATE OF MINNESOTA OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FILED 11/15/2016 11:59 PM Steve Simon Secretary of State Published in the Pine City Pioneer on November 24 and Dec. 1, 2016 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN
THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. Date: October 17, 2016 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: Default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: September 29, 2008 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $330,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Bradd Mlaskoch, a/k/a Bradd L. Mlaskoch, and Danielle Mlaskoch, husband and wife MORTGAGEE: Northview Bank DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: October 3, 2008, as Document No. A475667, in the office of the County Recorder of Pine County, Minnesota, as modified of record. ASSIGNMENT(S) OF MORTGAGE: None LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: That part of the Northeast Quarter of Northeast Quarter (NE¼ of NE¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township Forty-four (44), Range Twenty (20), lying Westerly of the right of way of Interstate Highway No. 35, Pine County, Minnesota. LESS the following described parcel: That part of the North 295.00 feet of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE¼ of NE¼) of Section Eleven (11), Township Forty-four (44), Range Twenty (20), which lies South and Westerly of the right of way of Interstate Highway 35. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Pine County, Minnesota THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE AS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE: $164,976.89 THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/ or applicable statutes including the requisites of Minn. Stat. § 580.02; PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property in Pine County will be sold by the Sheriff of Pine County at public auction as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: December 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. PLACE OF SALE: Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Pine County Courthouse, Room 100, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, MN 55063 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor, his personal representatives or assigns is twelve (12) months from the date of sale, unless reduced to five (5) weeks under Minnesota Statutes, Section 582.032. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30, or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23, the time to vacate the property is 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2017. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY
THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. NORTHVIEW BANK By /s/ Robert R. Kanuit Robert R. Kanuit, #0252530 Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. 302 West Superior Street, Suite 700 Duluth, Minnesota 55802-1863 (218) 722-0861 THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE FORECLOSURE DATA (1) Street Address, city and zip code of mortgaged premises: 8060 Park Drive, Willow River, MN 55795 (2) Transaction agent (if applicable); residential mortgage servicer; and lender or broker: Northview Bank (3) Tax parcel identification number(s): 47.0096.000 (4) Transaction Agent’s mortgage ID number (MERS number): Not applicable (5) Name of mortgage originator: Northview Bank THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2016 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. Date: October 17, 2016 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: Default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: April 16, 2004 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $220,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Bradd L. Mlaskoch, a single person MORTGAGEE: Northview Bank DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: April 21, 2004, as Document No. 431824, in the office of the County Recorder of Pine County, Minnesota, as modified of record. ASSIGNMENT(S) OF MORTGAGE: None LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: The East Eight Hundred Eightyfive (885) feet of the South Three Hundred Sixty (360) feet of the Southeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter (SE¼ of NW¼) of Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Forty-three (43), Range Twenty (20), EXCEPT that part taken for right of way for Interstate Highway #35 and Trunk Highway #23, and subject to easements of record. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Pine County, Minnesota THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE AS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE: $116,314.91 THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover
the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/ or applicable statutes including the requisites of Minn. Stat. § 580.02; PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property in Pine County will be sold by the Sheriff of Pine County at public auction as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: December 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. PLACE OF SALE: Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Pine County Courthouse, Room 100, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, MN 55063 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor, his personal representatives or assigns is twelve (12) months from the date of sale, unless reduced to five (5) weeks under Minnesota Statutes, Section 582.032. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30, or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23, the time to vacate the property is 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2017. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. NORTHVIEW BANK By /s/ Robert R. Kanuit Robert R. Kanuit, #0252530 Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. 302 West Superior Street, Suite 700 Duluth, Minnesota 55802-1863 (218) 722-0861 THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE FORECLOSURE DATA (1) Street Address, city and zip code of mortgaged premises: 60545 State Highway 23, Finlayson, MN 55735 (a/k/a 2787 Highway 23, Finlayson, MN 55735) (2) Transaction agent (if applicable); residential mortgage servicer; and lender or broker: Northview Bank (3) Tax parcel identification number(s): 13.0322.000 (4) Transaction Agent’s mortgage ID number (MERS number): Not applicable (5) Name of mortgage originator: Northview Bank THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2016
SUMMARY OF MINUTES OF THE PINE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING Regular Meeting - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. Pine County History Museum, 6333 H C Andersen Alle, Askov, Minnesota Chair Curt Rossow called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Present were Commissioners Steve Hallan, Josh Mohr, Steve Chaffee and Matt Ludwig. Also present were County Attorney Reese Frederickson and County Administrator David Minke. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Chair Rossow called for public comment. Commissioner Mohr stated his appreciation to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office and Sentence-to-Serve crew who will be working with the Snake River Conservation Club in the upkeep of the gun range located in Chengwatana State Forest. Commissioner Ludwig moved to approve the amended Agenda. Second by Commissioner Hallan. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Chaffee moved to approve the Minutes of the October 18, 2016 County Board Meeting and Summary for publication. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Minutes of Boards, Committees and Correspondence Pine County Chemical Health Coalition Minutes – October 10, 2016 Pine County Land Surveyor Monthly Report – October 2016 Commissioner Hallan moved to acknowledge the Minutes of Boards, Committees and Correspondence. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Mohr moved to approve the amended Consent Agenda. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Approve Disbursements Journal Report, October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016. Approve the following Applications for Local Option Disaster Abatements: Debra Sommers & Matthew Halvorson, 5583 Royal River Rd, Braham; Dale Schmakel, 56671 Beaver Tail Rd, Askov; Donald & Virginia Knight, 27829 Twin Ponds Loop, Sturgeon Lake; Rosalyn Krueger, 7196 Bald Eagle Ln, Rutledge; Timothy & Lavonne Sullivan, 8875 Cathedral Pines Dr, Sturgeon Lake; John Nosbusch, 8851 Cathedral Pines Dr, Sturgeon Lake; Judith Koch, 8801 Cathedral Pines Dr, Sturgeon Lake; Bruce & JoAnne LaMere, 7218 Bald Eagle Ln, Rutledge. Approve Lease for Lawful Gambling Activity and Premises Permit Application for Northern Pine Riders to conduct Minnesota lawful gambling at Doc’s Bar & Grill, 34427 Majestic Pine Dr, Sturgeon Lake. Approve contract between MN Department of Human Services and Pine County Health and Human Services (Adult Mental Health Services) for the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. Approve the hiring of Part-time Dispatcher Alexis Reed, effective November 15, 2016, $17.11 per hour, B23, step 3. Approve the hiring of Part-time Dispatcher Miranda Miller, effective November 2, 2016, $17.11 per hour, B23, step 3. Approve the hiring of Part-time Corrections Officer Scott Arhart, effective November 2, 2016, $17.11, B23, step 3. Approve the hiring of Part-time Corrections Officer Zachary Bettschen, effective November 2, 2016, $17.11, B23, step 3. Approve the hiring of Part-time Corrections Officer Nicholas Frisch, effective November 2, 2016, $17.11, B23, step 3. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to approve the hiring Part-time Dispatcher Russel Janes, effective November 2, 2016, $17.11 per hour, B23, step 3; and Part-time Dispatcher Darla Matteson, effective November 2, 2016, $17.11 per hour, B23, step 3. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Hallan to approve the contract between Pine County and the Pine County Veterans’ Council, for the fleet purchase of a van. Contract term is for the period of November 2, 2016 through December 31, 2023. Second by Commissioner Ludwig. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Chaffee to approve the following as Association of Minnesota Counties voting delegates: Steve Hallan, County Commissioner; Josh Mohr, County Commissioner; Steve Chaffee, County Commissioner; Curt Rossow, County Commissioner; Matt Ludwig, County Commissioner; Mark LeBrun, County Engineer/Public Works Director; Becky Foss, Health and Human Services Director; and David Minke, County Administrator. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Hallan to approve Resolution 2016-61 extending a special assessment on Pine County Parcel 43.5282.000 in the amount of $13,717. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Hallan to reappoint Kelly Schroeder as Pine County Assessor, term January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020. Second by Commissioner Ludwig. Motion carried 5-0. A Budget Committee meeting will be held as part of the regular county board meeting November 15, 2016. With no further business, Chair Rossow adjourned the meeting at 10:37 a.m. The next regular meeting of the county board is scheduled for November 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Board Room, Pine County Courthouse, Pine City, Minnesota. Curtis H. Rossow, Chair, Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, Administrator, Clerk to County Board The full text of the board’s Minutes are available at the County Administrator’s Office and the county’s website (www.co.pine.mn.us). Copies may also be requested from the administrator’s office. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on December 1, 2016
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Orange short haired neutered (male) cat. Declawed in front, had been chipped. His name is “Eddie” and he has been lost since Nov. 5, in the vicinity of Everready and Spur Lane. He is 3 years old and weighs 10 lbs. Please call if you have him - Reward.
20 NOTICES Royalton Township is looking for quotes for a Minnesota Licensed Sewer Inspector, on a part time basis, as needed. For specifics & quote information call: Royalton Town Hall at: 320-396-2982. Roberta Folkestad, Clerk.
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115 HOME HEATING Furnace 96% efficient. 2 stage installed $1,599. Licensed and bonded. 763-269-2601
Part-time Corrections OfÀcer
Food Service Team Members Apply in person at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pine City, MN Kentucky Fried Chicken 1280 Hillside Ave SW, Pine City, MN
HELP WANTED Smart Style in Pine City Looking for
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403 CRAFTS/ BOUTIQUES Grandma's Thrift Store. Helping the community by keeping prices low and affordable-Donations needed-Main Street Hinckley. 10:30am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday 320-629-7754
406 SALES Buy & Sell Old Records Vinyl, LPs 45s,Cassettes,stereos CDs Go Johnny Go 4775 Banning Av White Bear Lake M-F 1-8 Sat 10-4 612-735-1643
452 RENTALS RESIDENTIAL
Pine City Schools has the following opening:
Elementary Special Education Paraprofessional Long Term Sub
January 3, 2017 through the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. 6.75 hours per day.
Qualifications: A two year degree or passage of the state Pra-Pro exam will be required for this position. Training in CPI and Boys Town preferred. Application deadline: Open until Àlled. Apply online: http://www.applitrack. com/pinecity/onlineapp/
Pine City's Woodhaven Apartments. Nice 1 bedroom “GROUND LEVEL” wooded view $620/mo. Plus electric, laundry on-site, no dogs. Call 651-983-5771
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Join a winning team... Due to recent expansion in your area, Casey’s is hiring for the following positions at our new location in Pine City: Store Manager • Assistant Manager Shift Leader • Cashiers Pizza Makers • Donut Makers
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2 Bedroom Basement apartment. Lake view w/deck, $800/mo. utilities included. 605 1st Street SE Pine City. Call 320-629-3132.
MN Correctional Facility-Moose Lake seeks a Cook Coordinator that provides leadership, instruction and direction to oﬀenders in the prepartion, presentation, handling, serving and clean-up of daily meals in the food services area. This position is full-time and the work schedule will be FridayTuesday 4:30am to 12:30pm. Visit www.mn.gov/careers and enter Job ID #7951. For complete announcement and qualiﬁcations. Deadline to apply is 12/7/16.
Pine County has a career opportunity for a part-time Corrections Oﬃcer at our county jail in Pine City and is looking for individuals who are dependable, have a strong work ethic and who are interested in making a diﬀerence in their community as a Corrections Oﬃcer. Responsibilities include maintaining a healthy, safe and secure environment for inmates, staﬀ and the community; providing care for inmates and monitoring activities throughout the jail facility; supervising and/or assisting with the completion of general cleaning and light maintenance throughout the jail; generate and maintain documentation and reports. This position works under the direct supervision of the Jail Administrator, however works with considerable independence when performing assigned duties. Corrections Oﬃcers must provide 24-hour security and applicants must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Minimum Qualiﬁcations: 18 years of age with High School diploma or equivalent and a valid MN driver’s license. Experience not necessary; on thejob-training is provided. Starting Salary: $17.11; beneﬁts include health, dental, disability, life insurance, sick, vacation and personal days, Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) contributions. Applications available in the Administrator’s oﬃce at Pine County Courthouse, by contacting Administration Oﬃce at 320-591-1620 or by visiting www.co.pine.mn.us and clicking on Employment Opportunities under Quick Links.
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Rydberg rules Rio at 2016 Paralympics The Pine City Pioneer recently traveled to Rio de Janeiro to cheer on Jon Rydberg in the Paralympics representing the USA in wheelchair tennis.
Readers can show their Pine City pride by submitting pictures of themselves in exotic locations throughout the world. Send all photos to email@example.com.
Valvodas make a visit to the Magic Kingdom Gary and Sue Valvoda and family brought their Pine City Pioneer along on an adventure to Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
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Boys will be boys
Lisa Morris, Stephanie Purdy, Adriane Wimmer, Brenda Olson, Candace Olson, Randi Schoeberl and Cheryl Terhaar catch up on the Pine City news while visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee as part of a celebration of Adriane’s 30th birthday.
Bill McManus and Joe Hobson read their Pine City Pioneer while camping near Munising, Michigan, at Lake Superior. This was part of their planned Scamp tour. Their wives chose to go golﬁng near Park Rapids.
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Girl Scouts enjoy camping adventure In September, 40 girls, along with 20 adults had their annual Fall Encampment. The theme of the year was “Super Green.” The campers recycled all weekend from making ﬁre starters from egg cartons and old candles, to cooking their dinner on the top of a coffee can. Many smiles and good weather made for a fun weekend for all.
Business & Services GRAND RE-OPENING
DEC.14 Stop by and check out the new oﬃce at 805 2nd Street NE (old Carpet Unlimited bldg)
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