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Gypsy moth invasion hits Pine County BY AILENE CROUP NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

The gypsy moth is here, in Pine County. Minnesota, renowned for its lakes and forests, is arming itself to fight back against the

tiny predator poised to destroy the state’s forests. Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture (MDA) has a plan of attack. Kimberly Cremers, Pest Mitigation and Biocontrol Unit Supervisor for the MDA, pre-

sented information about the infested area and laid out the plan for Pine County Commissioners at their regular meeting in Askov last week. For the past three years, the MDA has been placing traps in the county to monitor the

gypsy moth population. Last year 18,000 traps were set in the state, Cremers told the board. The number of trapped moths in Pine County showed a marked increased. SEE MOTHS, PAGE 11 PHOTO COURTESY MINNESOTA DNR

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Sunday schoolers come through for food shelf

The youth of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church collected over 100 items for the food shelf in the month of January.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public to help find a suspicious person and vehicle. On Feb. 13 at about 4:30 p.m. the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious truck in Pine City. A juvenile female told her parents that a man in a pickup had stopped and asked her to get in the vehicle with him. The girl reported she was walking in the area of 2nd Avenue SE and 7th St. SE (near the Voyageur

Bottle Shop) when the man approached her in his vehicle. The juvenile ran off and told her parents what had occurred. The truck is described as a black Chevrolet, fourdoor cab with white-colored flying duck stickers in the back window. The driver was described as a white male in his 40s with dark colored hair and a red/orange colored beard and mustache. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with the driver of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call 320-629-8380.

Simonson starts anew at ‘3rd & Main’ BY CJ GUSTAFSON NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

Twelve years ago, when Cyndy Simonson’s father asked her to come back to Pine City and help him run the Pump N Munch convenience store, she didn’t hesitate to agree, even though she already had a high-paying job as an executive assistant in Indianapolis. Little did she know that the years that followed would take her on a challenging road to exactly where she is supposed to be. It was at a family Christmas gathering that Simonson’s father told her he needed someone

he could trust to take on some of the workload at the Pump N Munch store. “I think he wanted me back home. He was worried about me,” she reflected, thinking back on that time. “I also think he was at a point in his life where he wanted the freedom to enjoy himself a little. It was my dad. I didn’t think twice,” she stated matter-of-factly. She was settled in Pine City and hard at work just one week later. It was a sharp learning curve for Simonson, but she said that her father made it easy and enjoyable. “He was understanding and patient, outspoken but honest, and very business smart.

He was my best friend, and I learned so much from him.” Working side by side, their relationship grew and flourished, even as the business began to struggle in a challenging economy with rising gas prices and increased competition. Then in 2012, Simonson’s father, a diabetic, began having trouble walking, due to loss of feeling in his feet and legs. Thinking it was neuropathy related to his diabetes, he saw a neurologist. Unfortunately, the diagnosis came back cancer. Since her mother suffers from CJ GUSTAFSON | THE PIONEER


Simonson keeps a photo of her father at her new Pine City shop.


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Johnson hearing Secretary of State Simon talks over now set for March domestic abuse issues in Pine County STAFF REPORT NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM


Nathan Lawrence Johnson, 39, of Pine City, who was arrested June 10, 2016, and released on bail June 13, 2016, was set to make an appearance in court on Monday, Feb. 7, 2017. That hearing has now been rescheduled to March 16 at 1:30 p.m. Johnson, Pine City’s planner, zoning official and community development director, was arrested in regard to a complaint warrant charging him with two counts of fourth degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, and two misdemeanor counts of furnishing tobacco/tobacco related/electronic delivery device to a person under 18 years of age. He was released without conditions on a bond of $10,000. There have been numerous delays in the case including a canceled settlement conference and jury trial originally set for November, 2016. Orders to recuse themselves were issued for Judges Krista Martin and Heather Wynn on Dec. 21, 2016. On Feb. 3, 2017, there was a notice to remove Judicial Officer Dyanna L. Street, who was the prosecutor in the case. Street is an Isanti County Attorney. Before charges were filed, Pine County Attorney Reese Fredrickson passed the case to the Isanti County Attorney’s Office because of conflicts and the county’s contracts with the city of Pine City. The latest motion hearing was set for Jan. 3, 2017, reset for Feb. 6, 2017, continued to Feb. 21, 2017 and reset by the court for March 16, 2017. That hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

A program called Safe At Home, brought Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon to Pine County to meet with WINDOW advocate and Program Manager LoAnn Westerman and Executive Director Lisa Lilja at the Hinckley facility. Why is the Secretary of State involved in this program? Simon said that it is an interesting question. There are 31 states now involved in confidentiality programs, though the programs may have different names in each state. Washington’s Secretary of State was the first to get involved, according to Simon, because of a court case where a victim’s location was found by her abuser through voting records. Secretaries of State are tasked with managing voting laws in each state. Which led to Simon’s involvement. He wanted to meet and talk with crisis advocates about Safe At Home and address any changes which would improve the program. It’s one more step in the process of insuring victims’ safety. Safe At Home is all about address confidentiality. The program is designed to help survivors of stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence

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and those who fear for their safety. It is designed to let them go about their daily lives without risk of abusers discovering their actual address. This is how it works. Once a victim signs on to the program they will be assigned a post office box address. The post office boxes are located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The mail is then forwarded to the victim’s actual address. This service is provided at no charge. The post office box can accept legal documents and arrange for confidential voting. It allows the victim to use the Safe At Home

address on their driver’s license. Once a victim is in the program, they can notify their bank and other important services of their new post office address. The idea is to let the victims get on with their lives without fear of being found by an abuser. Advocates Westerman and Lilja agree with Simon that more help was needed in the area of legal aid such as volunteer attorneys who would appear in court with victims. Other victims’ concerns are childcare and affordable housing. Simon wants to push for

more transitional housing for victims coming out of domestic abuse situations. Transportation was also defined as an area of need. Westerman said, “Arrowhead Transit and local taxi service have been very helpful.” She told Simon the Safe At Home program was a great tool and provided excellent training by the Secretary’s Office for local victim advocates. To sign up for this program contact WINDOW at 320-384-7113.

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FEB. 16 & 21 ‘Pine City Reads’ book discussions Pine City area residents are invited to take part in Pine City Reads. A discussion of Fredrik Backman’s book, “A Man Called Ove,” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. A discussion of the Peter Geye book, “Safe from the Sea,” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Both discussions are at the Pine City Library. The books are available for purchase at the library, Chamber of Commerce, Pine City High School or the Community Ed office. Call Community Ed at 320-629-4030 with any questions.

FEB. 16, 18 & 21 Bestselling author tour East Central Regional Library invites the public to join international bestselling Minnesotan author Brian Freeman for “Stride’s Duluth,” a special slideshow presentation profiling real-life places in the Northland that have been featured in Freeman’s books from the Jonathan Stride series. Freeman will be at the Mora Public Library, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., the Hinckley Public Library, Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m., and at the North Branch Area Library, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. Call 763-392-0763 or visit www.ecrl. org for more information.

of our Native Mussels” at 10 a.m. at the St. Croix River Association office at 230 S. Washington Street, Unit 1, next to the public library, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Native freshwater mussels, sometimes called clams, continue to surprise and astonish those who study them. Join U of M Research Biologist Mark Hove to learn more about the lives of these remarkable creatures. Space is limited and reservations strongly encouraged; go to or call 715-483-3300.

Pheasants Forever banquet The East Central Spurs Chapter of Pheasants Forever cordially invites the public to attend their 18th Annual Fund-Raising Banquet and Social on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Floppy Crappie Lakeside Pub (10762 Lakeview Shore Drive, Pine City, MN 55063). Boasting starts at 5 p.m., meal at 6 p.m., games and live events thereafter. Register online at http:// event/2443.

Pokegama Lake Association The monthly meeting of the Pokegama Lake Association will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. with coffee and rolls at 8:30 a.m. Prospective members are welcome at 12965 Lake Line Road. Contact lmclean111@ for information.

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NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Mental Health First Aid training course designed to teach the basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. This 8-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy. It will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pine Technical and Community College, 900 4th St. SE, Pine City. Participants will receive a course manual and certificate for completing the course. To register (required) or get more information, please contact Nancy Quinn at 651-645-2948 ext. 132.

On Sunday, Feb. 19 the public is invited to a free ‘Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling’ sport show at their annual event in Siren, Wisconsin from noon to 4 p.m. at The Lodge at Crooked Lake. Meet Herb Howe, winner of the first-ever 1966 Winnipeg-to-St. Paul International 500 Cross-Country Race and 2015 Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductee. Browse the vintage snowmobile show and visit the snowmobile-related vendors and displays. View the racing snowmobiles and learn about local snowmobile clubs and see their ‘groomer’ equipment exhibit. Sign up for door prize drawings and a special vacation package drawing. Sample award-winning cheeses at the Burnett Dairy booth and take a ride on a 1918 Model T Ford Snowcoach. For more information contact the Siren/Burnett County Tourism Information Center, 800-788-3164, or Siren Chamber of Commerce, 715-3498399, or view details online at and

Hoops for Hope at PCHS The Pine City High School girls basketball team will host a Hoops for Hope, Pink Out the Gym fundraiser to fight cancer on Friday, Feb. 17. The public is invited to participate in fundraising activities and support the Dragons that night at Pine City High School. Visit pinecity. for time or more information.

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Buy, sell and trade at the PTCC Shooters’ Association 34th Annual Gun Show on Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Technical & Community College, 900 4th St. SE, Pine City. Admission is free for children under 12. For more information, follow PTCC Shooters’ Association on Facebook, or call 800-521-PINE, ext. 572.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 21 the public is invited to hear Gaelynn Lea, a Duluth musician, fiddle teacher and public speaker who advocates for people with disabilities, perform at 6 p.m. at the East Central School auditorium. Lea was chosen from more than 6,000 entrants as the winner of 2016 National Public Radio (NPR) Tiny Desk Contest. The six-judge panel called her performance captivating and powerful. For more information visit:; or call 320-216-7635.

There will be bingo at the Pine City Senior Center, 670 Main St. S., from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Call Kathy at 320-630-1359 for cost or information.

Members of U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan’s (MN-8) staff will be available to meet with constituents during “Congress Comes to You” meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Pine City Senior Dining Site at 11:30 a.m., followed by a meeting at the Pine County Courthouse at 2 p.m. For additional dates/locations visit gov/congress-comes-to-youschedule.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 22 there is 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.

SRVCC meeting The next meeting of the Snake River Valley Conservation Club (SRVCC) will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at the Roger Vacinek residence. Bring a cordless drill, driver bits, tape measure, etc. to assemble bird houses. Contact Mark Madison at with any questions.

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MEETINGS THURSDAY 2/16 Pine City Senior Center: Senior Dining Site, 12:30 p.m. 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 NAMI peer support: Cambridge Medical Ctr., 6:30 p.m. Teen AA/NA: 6:30 p.m., Teen Focus Center, Rush City FRIDAY 2/17 5-6 grade World History Club: Pine City Library 3-4:45 p.m. SATURDAY 2/18 Model RR club: Askov, 10 a.m., Pine County History Museum SUNDAY 2/19 AA (Big Book study): Evangelical Free Church, 7 p.m. MONDAY 2/20 Celebrate Recovery: Pine City, Journey North Church, 6 p.m. AA: 7:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church TUESDAY 2/21 Pine County Board: Pine City, Pine County Courthouse, 10 a.m. Pine City VFW: Pine City, VFW Post #4258, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 2/22 Woodcarving club: Askov, 9 a.m. Pine Co. History Museum 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

Driver improvement refresher A 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher) will take place on Wednesday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine City High School. Preregistration is required. To register call 888-234-1294, or visit

MARCH 2 Bioterrorism in Minnesota On Thursday, March 2 the public is invited to a free presentation on how Minnesota deals with bioterrorism threats from 7-8 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, room G202, in Cambridge. Minnesota Department of Health Biosafety Outreach Coordinator Eric Lundquist’s presentation will include a discussion of Minnesota’s involvement in the Center of Disease Control’s Laboratory Response Network, the Department of Homeland Security’s Biowatch program, and Minnesota’s State role in the Minnesota Laboratory System network of clinical labs. He will be giving accounts of actual cases that have occurred in Minnesota and how they were handled. For more information visit


SENIOR DINING Feb. 20 -24 Monday: Special of the Day Tuesday: Hot roast pork sandwich, whipped potatoes with gravy, squash, Krispie bar Wednesday: Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, corn, wheat bread, old fashioned trifle Thursday: BBQ chicken, potato salad, carrots, wheat bread, lemon chiffon Friday: Lemon pepper fish, baked potato with sour cream, steamed broccoli, wheat bread, mixed fruit Cost is $4.00 for people over 60 and $7.50 for under 60. No preregistration needed, except for special events. Call the Pine City Senior Center at 320-629-3024 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Pine City Pioneer does not guarantee publication of community events. Space limits the size and number of articles. Out & About deadline is 3 p.m. Monday. If your information must be published, consider placing an ad.

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Northern Exposures The Northern Exposures Photo Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., at the Kanabec History Center in Mora. Members will share their photos from this month’s theme, “Portrait of Someone.” The program for the evening is a DVD on National Geographic Travel Photography. Members will view and discuss the presentation. Contact wmehlan@hotmail. com with any questions.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Nolan against mining in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness To the Editor: Because I have heard and seen some lies about Congressman Rick Nolan’s aims for our wilderness in northern Minnesota, I thought I should share his words from his most recent Monday Report about mining of any sort happening in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. “Now and forever I am unequivocally committed to prohibiting mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA), ensuring the integrity of a tough environmental review process, creating good paying jobs and protecting all the waters of Minnesota and the Nation as sacred trusts for countless generations to come. “One of the most critical challenges of our time is balancing the responsibility to preserve and protect our precious environment with the need for mining and good paying jobs. “We have the brains, the advanced technology and the political will to do both. But if we attempt to do one without the other, we will fail and everyone will lose.” His commitment to protecting the BWCA goes back to his being an original co-sponsor of the legislation that created the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. He is committed to protecting the environment, investing in clean energy and has a 100 percent rating from the National Parks Conservation Association. Congressman Nolan supports thorough, rigorous environmental review based on facts and science. Charlie Rike Pine City

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Correction Last week’s headline for the article on the varsity girls’ basketball squad was in error. Though sportswriter Jesse Logan’s article was accurate, editorial staff misinterpreted it, resulting in a headline which stated that the girls had won the Great River Conference Championship. This was not correct. An accurate headline (“Lady Dragons score season-high 85 points”) has been attached to the story at, and the Pioneer staff apologize for the error.

Lawmakers making progress on health insurance, tax relief Like me, most lawmakers have three top goals this session – improve our health insurance crisis, provide middle-class Minnesotans with tax relief, and set the state’s budget for the next two years. Progress is being made in all of these areas. Legislation that provides health insurance premium relief to impacted Minnesotans and State improves access and increases opHouse tions in the health insurance marketJason place has become Rarick state law. It will allocate more than $300 million to provide premium assistance and ensure continuity of care for people who were receiving treatment from a physician but lost that ability when they were forced to switch insurance plans. Other reforms included will allow more HMO’s to operate in Minnesota, provide stop-loss measures to help small businesses, and institute agricultural cooperative health plans, allowing organizations with member owners – such as farm cooperatives – to provide health insurance to their members. With the short term problem now addressed, lawmakers can be-

‘Though we’re now examining the governor’s proposal in our committees, it’s safe to say his complete plan is not going to fly in the Minnesota House.’ gin focus on long-term affordable health care solutions. Nearly $21.7 million in tax relief has also become law. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation recently that conforms state tax provisions to those approved by the federal government. Doing so will allow many Minnesotans to keep more of what they earn, and because we acted on this bill with a sense of urgency, many residents will be able to avoid filing amended returns this tax season. Again, this was an immediate and necessary first step towards allowing Minnesotans to keep more of what they earn. Expect a more robust middle class tax relief proposal to be unveiled in the House in the weeks ahead. Finally, Governor Dayton was the first to unveil his budget priorities for the upcoming 2018-19 biennium, proposing a $45.8 billion The Pioneer will

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budget, which is roughly a ten percent increase over the $41.5 billion Fiscal year 2016-17 budget. Despite Minnesota’s $1.4 billion surplus, Governor Dayton would like $1.5 billion in new taxes and fees over the next two years alone by increases in the gas tax, tab fees, the Metro area sales tax, new license/title surcharges, and more. He also wants a $1.4 billion tax increase on trips to the doctor by extending the provider tax, otherwise known as the sick tax. Though we’re now examining the governor’s proposal in our committees, it’s safe to say his complete plan is not going to fly in the Minnesota House. We had a difficult time exceeding $40 billion during our last budget cycle because we believe Minnesotans want us to be more responsible with their tax dollars. House Republicans will work hard for meaningful tax relief and a responsibly-sized state budget that respects hardworking Minnesota taxpayers. Minnesotans know we don’t need billions in higher taxes while our state has a $1.4 billion surplus. If you have any legislative questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at rep.jason.rarick@ or at (651) 296-0518.

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SIMONSON: New home decor and gift shop now open DEER: Man seeks help freeing trapped doe FROM PAGE 1

several chronic illnesses, it fell to Simonson to get her father to his chemotherapy treatments in Wyoming every day, and still oversee the day to day operations of the store. The situation was complicated further when her mother fell and broke her hip. “It was a tough time,” Simonson acknowledges in the understated way she uses to discuss the difficulties she’s faced. Gas prices were the highest they had been in years. Both her parents were incapacitated. There were rumors that new competitors were coming to the Pine City area. “I admit I thought about quitting,” Simonson shared. “My dad told me not to take over the business when his time came, and I really thought about just letting it go, but I couldn’t stand the idea of my father, on his deathbed, facing closing the business he had worked so hard to build.” Simonson’s father passed away at the end of August, 2014. “It was the best day of my life because he wasn’t suffering anymore,” she said with emotion, “and it was the worst day. I lost my dad, my boss, my best friend, my rock.” Picking up the pieces, she struggled on with the store for another year and a half, even though it was much more difficult without her father to bounce ideas off of and ask for advice. She says her customers helped keep her spirits up. “They were the best part of the job,” she shared, adding that she made some dear friends and still keeps in touch with many of them. One upside to being fully in charge of the store was that she could implement some changes she’d been holding off on. This included adding a gift section in one corner of the store. When she talks about this portion of the Pump N Munch business, Simonson lights up and you can hear the excitement in her voice. Decorating, selecting appealing gift ideas, putting together beautiful displays, these are things she loves and excels at. As she watched the gift corner in the convenience store gain attention and do well, a plan began to form in her mind. She decided it was time



3rd & Main Home Decor & Gifts is now open in downtown Pine City.

to set aside her father’s dream and pursue her own. Simonson put the store up for sale, but didn’t receive any viable offers. When word spread that yet another convenience store was coming to Pine City, she decided to throw in the towel and close Pump N Munch. It was one of the hardest decisions of her life. “Take how you feel when you’re fired from a job and multiply it by twenty,” she shared. “Your whole life, that you’ve worked so hard for over the past twelve years, changes entirely, and you’re looking at finding another job at fifty years old.” But never one to give up, she took a deep breath and jumped, putting into motion her plans to follow her passion and open a gift shop. Immediately things began to fall into place. Just days after she settled on a location for her boutique on the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street, she received an offer on the convenience store. “It all has the feeling of meant-to-be,” Simonson said with a smile. People who know the determined entrepreneur agree, and already see the difference in her. “I’m hap-

py, content, in a better place,” Simonson shared, looking around the elegant setting of her new shop, filled with an eclectic collection of farm style, modern, classic and cabin decor, greeting cards, jewelry and clothing. “Mitch Pangerl did such a nice job here. The building’s been beautifully redone. It’s a perfect setting for what I want to do.” The boutique, aptly named 3rd & Main Home Decor & Gifts, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s already been abuzz with customers, including old friends of Simonson’s from the Pump N Munch days who are curious about this new chapter in her life. Although it has a very different feel from her father’s convenience store, Simonson said he’s still there with her, from the photo of him she keeps behind her counter, to the business knowledge she draws on as she moves forward, and most of all, the belief that when things get tough, you just keep on going. “Life’s a journey,” Simonson offers. “Hold on and take the ride. What other choice is there?” she adds with a laugh.

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The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has announced to artists of all ages within Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties that the next deadline to apply for funding is March 1. Funding is available for two programs. • The ECRAC/McKnight Fellowship Program will allow artists to set aside time to work, purchase supplies and materials, undertake advanced study (not related to a degree) or pursue other artistic career goals. Three $7,000 Fellowships are available. The deadline is March 1. • ECRAC K-12 Student Scholarship funding up to $500 is available for specific art learning projects or programs for students currently in grades K-12. Annual deadline is March 1. Grant applicants requesting grant writing consultation or wanting more information regarding arts grant programs can contact the ECRAC office by phone at 320-396-2337, and by email at info@ecrac. org.

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Breckenridge’s pharmacy hosts a Valentine party for teachers 10 Years Ago, 2007 A playful song he wrote about mosquitoes had several seventh graders smiling along with Doug Wood at the fur post. The students had been exposed to several of Wood’s books during their English and science classes, and he shared other stories with them during his visit last week. While the City of Pine City is putting the final touches on its grant application to the DNR for improvements to Voyageur Park, a local snowmobile club stepped up in a big way to support Years the project. Shawn Johnson, vice president Ago and gambling manager Donna of the Hinckley-Pine City Flames, presented Heath a $2,000 check for park design and enhancements. A Pine City resident on 1st Ave. SE reported a fire started by the landlord heating frozen pipes. The Fire Department responded. Longtime building inspector, Harvey Lindstrom, and the cities he serves, have agreed to an early retirement package. Lindstrom has served the communities of Pine City, Hinckley and Sandstone for 11 years. Boys basketball Athletes of the Week are Mark Odendahl, Mike Gray and John Kleppe. These three are our captains for the year and have done an excellent job. Student Achievers are fifth grader Sarah Sharp, daughter of James and Justine Sharp, and ninth grader Andrew Cox, son of Kelly and Christopher Cox. Both are being recognized for their positive attitudes and dedication to consistently doing excellent work. A section on upcoming weddings was included in this edition of the Pioneer and is sure to be helpful to those planning the big event.

25 Years Ago, 1992 Although the County Board refused to support Endeco, Inc., a company that recycles the mercury in fluorescent light bulbs, they will locate in Pine City. Thomas A. Stolee, M. D. of Duluth, the newly inaugurated president of the Minnesota Medical Association, visited the area to discuss issues of health care such as the impact of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement on rural Minnesota. Other important issues for MMA are

health care for the uninsured, reasons for the high cost of health care and HIV (AIDS) testing regulations. Accidents claimed the lives of two persons in Pine County. Susan K. Gruver, North Branch, was critically injured in a roll-over accident in the median of I-35, one mile from Rock Creek. Mark James Hegge, 29, of Hinckley, had been struck in the head by a falling tree. He was taken out of the woods in an ambulance but died on the way to the hospital. The Pine City Fire Department bid farewell to two of its members who retired this year. Eldon Johnson joined the department in May 1970 and has held several offices including trustee, first lieutenant, assistant chief and chief. Curt Rike joined in July 1968 and served as caretaker for four years. Coldwell Banker International is proud to announce Mary Kay Brautigan as being in the top 10 of all 772 Coldwell Banker Associates in the state of Minnesota for total sales production. She also received the Prestigious #1 Top Producer in the State for total listings taken, top 10 for listings sold and has been inducted into the President’s Circle. Florence Pocta has so many hobbies that the word boredom is not in her vocabulary. Finding a use for discarded polyester double knit fabrics is just one of her many talents. She turns them into practical and colorful rugs.


Americanism Award winners of 1967

50 Years Ago, 1967 The Pine City Masonic cribbage team competed in the District tournament in St. Paul and returned as the victors over the fierce participating teams. Members of the Pine City team were Charles Bedahl, Al Langdon, Al Schaffer and Burton Ellig. James Clark, Pine City, was named Pine County’s Outstanding Senior Citizen. Mrs. Wm. Malone of Pine City was appointed “cookie captain” for the 1967 Girl Scout cookie sale. Pine City Mercantile was featuring uniforms of wash and wear cotton and knit jersey fabrics for nurses or waitresses from $4.95 to $9.95.

75 Years Ago, 1942 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miska Jr., living southeast of town, perhaps have the only piece of a Jap bomber in this section of the state, maybe in all of Minnesota. On Saturday of last week the Miskas received a small portion of the right wing of a Nippon bombing plane, shot down near the U.S. Naval Hospital at Pearl Harbor. It came to them from

Displaying their awards are local winners of the 1967 Americanism Award Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. They are, from left, Donna Johnson, first place; James Vacinek, second place; and Kathy Klande, third place.

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points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Lorsung had 13 points, and teammate Ali Brown finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Ellie Hasz tallied nine points and six boards. Steele finished with seven points and four rebounds. “We are very happy with the season so far but have much more to do,” said Hasz. “We are encouraged by the way we are playing. We feel like we are continuing to improve and are playing our best basketball at the right time of the season.” Pine City did lose to Rush City on Monday, Feb. 13. Full coverage in next week’s Pioneer. Rush City will be crowned as Great River Conference Champions.


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Boys fall to Lumberjacks, tackle Tigers BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

Playing on Monday, Feb. 6, and not again until Friday, Feb. 10, the Pine City Dragons boys basketball team added another win and another loss to their record this past week. In these two games at home, the Dragons had one against an opponent from a higher class that they just couldn’t quite overcome, and earned a win over a local rival.


Pine City was led in scoring by Jake Lunceford with 15 points against Cloquet, though the team ultimately lost that contest. Lunceford contributed 10 more points against Rush City for the win four days later.

CLOQUET 77, PINE CITY 71 The Lumberjacks record is a bit deceiving (8-12) as they play a tough schedule and in a fairly tough conference. Pine City was competitive throughout the game, but the score was made much closer by a dramatic comeback at the end. Pine City just couldn’t get over the hump after trailing for double digits for several stretches in the second half. “Thought the boys played hard,” said head coach Kyle Allen. “Our execution wasn’t perfect throughout the game. Our defense needs to find some answers in terms of controlling the inside even though we have a lack of size compared to most teams we play. The boys never gave up, continued to fight, we had a chance at the end. We had an open three, down four, with under a minute left, and we put ourselves in a position to win and beat a bigger school; it just didn’t fall.” Allen praised the play


of junior Nathan Kleppe, who shot a high percentage and graded out high in the Dragons system. Kleppe had 13 points. Pine City was led in scoring by Jake Lunceford with 15 points, and Allen praised the junior for his progress this season. Clay Logan scored 10, and both Jake Rademacher and Austin Hansmann graded out very highly in the Dragons system as well. Seth Logan finished with nine and made some big plays in the final moments while Pine City was trying to rally. PINE CITY 83, RUSH CITY 65 The Dragons came out sluggish in this contest and trailed by one at halftime. Pine City responded with what may have been their best half of the sea-

son and earned their 14th victory of the year in the process. The Dragons got significant contributions from just about everyone down the stretch, and were keyed by the timely shooting of Adam Seals and Nick Hansmann, the latter of which opened the second half with eight points in the first 2:45 of play. Jake Adams also had some big shots for the Dragons. “Close game in the first half,” said Allen. “Rush came out aggressive and was shooting the ball well. They had a great game plan and shots weren’t falling at a high enough rate in the first half for us. The second half, we thought we were able to wear them down a little bit and we got the shots we wanted. We relied on our

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Hockey heads into playoffs with wins BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

The regular season is over for the Pine City Area Dragons boys hockey team. The squad skated to two more victories this past week and will head into the playoffs with an impressive 18-7 record.


Goalie Luke Murphy makes the save against the Proctor Rails on Feb. 9. Two nights earlier the Dragons’ goaltending contributed to a blowout of a shutout against the WSFLG Blizzard squad.

PINE CITY AREA 7, WSFLG BLIZZARD 0 On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Dragons hosted the Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg Blizzard, and took care of business. Playing against head coach Grant Nicoll’s old team, Pine City Area scored a goal in the first and five more in the second to put the game away. A seventh goal came in the third to serve as a final exclamation point. “The Blizz are down on guys and beat up,” Nicoll explained. “We came out slow in the first and but the second was a different story. The third saw every guy on our bench get playing time. It was nice to see our defensemen get involved in the scoring. We had five assists from defensemen last night as well as 14 shots on net. They played well as a core and this is great to see heading into playoffs.” The Dragons also had good secondary scoring as three of their


Competing in the Granite Ridge Conference Meet on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Flamingos gymnastics team performed at a very high level. The squad would place second out of six teams, and would see four athletes earn All-Conference distinction. Senior Elsie Lundquist made All-Conference in all around, while sophomores Nevaeh Isackson-Rod (vault) and Keyara Berube (bars), and eighth grader Livia Isackson-Rod (floor) each made All-Conference in individual events. “These girls had a great meet,” coach Jessica Miller said of her entire team. “We hit our season high with a 137.225. This is a great confidence boost going into the section meet this Saturday. For the girls making All-Conference, it was a great accomplishment. I’m very proud of them.” Becker won the event with 144.875. Maple Lake took third, followed by Howard Lake, Paynesville and Little Falls. The Flamingos started off on beam and had a solid performance. Livia Isackson-Rod had just about a flawless beam routine, scoring an 8.775, taking fouth place. Nevaeh Isackson-Rod also stood out on beam, scoring an 8.675, taking fifth place. Senior Elsie Lundquist had a good performance, taking eighth place with an 8.4. “The girls are always happy to have beam done,” joked Miller. “It can be the most nerve racking event, and to come out with minimal falls and mistakes is a great way to start a meet.” The Flamingos were then on to floor, where the squad had a great day. Ninth grad-

seven goals, and nine of their assists, came from players who aren’t on the Dragons’ first line. “That’s also great to see,” added Nicoll. “If we continue to do this going into playoffs we will be a very tough team to beat.” Jake Lindblom and Kyle Wiener each tallied a pair of goals for Pine City Area while Jonah Bergstrom, Brendan Westbrook and Ethan White all finished with a goal. Sophomore defenseman Logan Johnson had a nice game with three assists. PINE CITY AREA 3, PROCTOR 2 Playing their final regular season game two nights later, the Dragons would gut out a win in a much tighter affair. Tied at 1-1 heading into the third, Pine City Area got goals from Lindblom and Westbrook to take a 3-1 lead before a late goal by the Rails finished the scoring. The Dragons’ other goal of the night was scored by Bergstrom. The home win was a great way to wrap up the regular season. “First off,” said Nicoll, “thank you to everyone who had a hand in putting senior night together. It was very nicely done and those boys deserve it. [The seniors] have been there since day one with me;

it will be a tough group of kids to lose. They have done a lot in helping this program become what it is and what it will be.” As far as the play on the ice, Nicoll said the game itself had a strange feel to it, was very physical and chippy. The contest was full of penalties and the Dragons’ lines were altered throughout the game, which only added to the odd vibe throughout. In the end, Pine City Area did enough to earn the win. “There were a lot of whistles and missed and or wrong calls,” added Nicoll. “It was just plain weird. The boys didn’t play bad, but they didn’t play great. Like I told them between the second and third period, ‘I don’t care if you win this game by one goal or seven goals, just win,’ and they did.” The Dragons will now wait about a week to find out who they will face in the opening round of the Section 5A tournament. Pine City Area felt they were robbed of a home playoff game last season before a lopsided opening round victory, but certainly feel they have done enough this year to open the playoffs at home. The seeding meeting will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 with the game to follow several days later.

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The Flamingos team “had a great meet” said coach Jessica Miller. The squad placed second out of six teams, with four earning All-Conference distinction and several personal best performances.

er Kianna Helmin started off the team with a beautiful routine, scoring 8.3. Keyara Berube was next on floor and rocked a solid score of 8.7, her season high. Nevaeh Isackson-Rod took ninth place with her best score of the season, a 9.0. The routines just kept getting better when Livia Isackson-Rod hit her season high with a 9.15, good enough for sixth place, before Lundquist earned second place with a whopping 9.375. “Flamingo power,” said Miller. “These were some of the best floor routines I’ve seen all season long.” Next, the squad moved to the vault where they had another fantastic round of scores. Berube’s 8.4 was a great way to start things off. Junior Ava Tallarico had an outstanding vault, scoring 8.55. Livia Isackson-Rod tallied an 8.7, only to be outdone by Nevaeh Isackson-Rod with powerful vault that scored 9.075, her season high and good enough for sixth place. Lundquist nailed her pike tsuk and took third with 9.425. The final event was bars where the Flamingos did well

on their hardest apparatus. “We had an OK performance on bars,” Miller noted. “We have had some struggles with this event this year. It is one of the toughest events to get over a 9.0 on. The top score at the meet was an 8.9. Our girls still did manage to take some places, and Nevaeh had one of her best routines of the season. I was hoping for a higher score for her, but she did place sixth (8.325). Livia also scored 8.325, tying her sister for sixth.” In the end, the Flamingos had four gymnasts place in the all around including both Isackson-Rods, Lundquist and Berube. “Overall this was a great meet to get them prepared for sections,” noted Miller. “We have sure missed one of our top all around gymnasts, Steva Perrotti. She severely sprained her ankle the end of January, but has been on the mend. We are hopeful to have her compete bars on Saturday (at sections). I am excited to see what these gymnasts can do.” The Section 7A meet will be on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Big Lake.

The Pine City/ Hinckley-Finlayson Dragons wrestling team hit the mat on Friday, Feb. 10 to compete in the Great River Conference Tournament. The Dragons finished fourth out of six teams competing, missing out on third place by seven points. Pine City/ Hinckley-Finlayson only had nine wrestlers in the lineup due to injury, which severely limited the team’s ability against opponents fielding wrestlers in all 12 weight classes. Nevertheless, the Dragons that did compete showed themselves well. “Three things we took away as coaches,” said head coach Milo Allen. “First of all, our guys wrestled hard. They showed people they can wrestle. Number two, we finished the regular season very strong; and three, our kids, parents and coaches all represented the school very well.” The Dragons had three athletes that took home first place finishes in Austin Odegard (195), Carter Utecht (182) and Dakotah Neid (220). “One guy who did a great job was


Left to right: Robert Decker, Josh Mosher, Tyler Noreen, Carter Utecht, Dakotah Neid, Austin Odegard, Josh Lange, JJ Preston, Austin Eckert.

Austin Odegard,” said Allen. “He’s improving daily, wrestling as well as he’s ever wrestled. He’s right where he needed to be. This was his first time ever winning first place, and he’s just a freshman. Carter Utecht looked very tough, beat a ranked kid from Aitkin to take the championship in a six-minute match. I think it’s also his first championship at 182 pounds. Dakotah, as always, he’s looking tough. He beat Cole Felde from Ogilvie.” The Dragons also saw several second place finishes. Tyler Noreen (145) wrestled in his first ever finals match, and Robert Decker picked up several nice wins on his way to second place. Josh Lange (170) dealt with illness but still managed to place

fourth. JJ Preston (152), just a freshman, also earned a fourth place finish. Josh Mosher (160) got fifth and Austin Eckert (138) got sixth. “Overall an outstanding night,” said Allen. “I really want to mention JJ Preston too. He worked very hard to get down to 152 for Friday night, had some very tough guys to deal with. He wrestled the number three guy in the state, worked really hard, put the time in, just really proud of him.” The Dragons were then scheduled to head to Cloquet on Tuesday, Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s day date with Virginia in the opening round of the Section 7AA Tournament. The individual tournament will follow.


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The gypsy moth, which destroys the foliage of 300 species of trees and shrubs, was once considered the biggest threat to trees until the emerald ash borer, according to Cremers. The history of the moth in the United States began with its introduction in Massachusetts. It was brought from Europe, in 1869, by Etienne Trouvelot who was conducting breeding experiments. The moth escaped the laboratory and 10 years later there was a major infestation. It has no natural predators here. The United States has been attempting to control its westward advance as early as 1879, by physically removing the eggs and burning affected areas. In 1969, the first signs of the moth were found in Duluth. MDA began attacking the moth infestation through insecticide applications beginning in 1980, Cremers told the Pioneer. The MDA has successfully treated more than 827,000 acres since 1980. Gypsy moth eggs hatch in the spring. The egg mass is about the size of a quarter and can contain 500-1,000 eggs. After they hatch and for the next five to six weeks, the caterpillars feed on the surrounding foliage. Gypsy moths weaken

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cars and camping. He learned the craft of stained glass and made many pieces for his family. He never met a crossword puzzle that he couldn’t complete. When he took up golf in his late 60s, he enjoyed it so much that he never put the clubs down until health reasons demanded it. Even so, he still enjoyed daily trips to the country club for coffee and to socialize. Although his physical presence will be greatly missed by everyone, his love and support will still be felt by all that loved him. His family was all the better for having him in it. Donald is survived by his wife Arlene; children: Dennis Clasen of St. Cloud, Colleen (Mark) Daniels of Lakeville, Robert (Mary) Clasen of Princeton, Lori (Steve) Fedder of Pine City, Nancy (Lonny) Lucht of Pine City, Kerri Schumacher of Lakeville; grandchildren: Shannon (Brent) Tilley, Angelene (Alwynn) Gilgen, Dustin (Anna) Bombard, Carrie (Brian) Ellingson, Joe (Michaela) Daniels, Sarah (Michael) Telander, Stephanie Fedder, Kellie (Sean) Geisler, Cory (Lindsey) Fedder, Tracy (Ryan) Lautt, Casey Lucht, Sully Lucht, Brady Schumacher, Gabriella Schumacher; and 24 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Ina (Jerry) Maxwell, Hazel Koll, Marlene (Ray) Prohaska; three brothers: Mahlon (Fay) Clasen, James (Georgene) Clasen, David Clasen; two sisters-in-law: Gerry Clasen, Virginia Mathson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Theresa Clasen; father-in-law and mother-in-law Oliver and Florence Mathson; two sisters: Ruby Hittesdorf, DeEtta Hauge; two brothers: Roland Clasen, Robert Clasen; four brothers-in-law: Magnus Hittesdorf, Arthur “Red” Hauge, Roman Koll, Melvin Mathson; three sisters-inlaw: Arlene Clasen, LuraMae Clasen, Leneve Clasen; step-granddaughter and step-great-grandaughter Sally Walberg and Brooklyn Marie Quam; great-granddaughter Alivia Lautt. Pastor Fred Hanson will officiate funeral services for Donald at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City. A time of visitation is planned for one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel; www.

Don Clasen passed a away Monday, Feb. 6, 2 2017, at the age of 85. Don was born on N Nov. 21, 1931, in Lake M Mills, Iowa to Carl and T Theresa (Wangsness) C Clasen. He was the s seventh of 11 children a and attended the local s school until the eighth g grade, later earning his G GED. From a very young a Don had the ambiage t tion to learn and work, h his first job being a helper on his aunt and uncle’s farm. He had numerous jobs as a young man, and it was while he was building corn cribs for area farmers that he met Arlene Florence Mathson. They were united in marriage on June 24, 1951, in Algona, Iowa. To this marriage six children were born: Dennis, Colleen, Robert, Lori, Nancy and Kerri. They eventually bought their first new home in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, in 1959. He joined the volunteer fire department, which led to a career as a firefighter in the onsite department at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. He worked his way up the ladder, becoming the Assistant Chief. Although they were busy raising their family, they spent many weekends at their cabin in McGregor. He always said someday he wanted a hobby farm and to get out of the cities, so in 1973, they purchased a 40 acre hobby farm southeast of town, and he continued to commute to the Twin Cities until he retired. In 1988, they purchased a home in town, and shortly thereafter became Texas snowbirds for 15 years which allowed them to spend time and make memories with his siblings. Don wore many hats throughout his lifetime – Husband (65 years), Dad and Grandpa being the most important ones to him. He was a hard worker and supported his family in everything they did and all of the choices they made. He had many hobbies throughout his lifetime including hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, antique/classic

Cory Hovland C Cory John Hovland, 5 of Pine City, passed 55, a away on Feb. 4, 2017, at J J.A. Wedum Resident tial Hospice in Brookl Park. lyn Cory was born on O Oct. 24, 1961, to John a and Florence (Formo) H Hovland in Fergus F Falls. He attended Dalt ton School until seco ond grade and Ashby P Public School until he g graduated in 1980. He a attended Moorhead Technical College, studying Farm Business. Cory was a cook at various restaurants, and held many other jobs until he started driving semi-trucks in later years, most recently for Viking Coke, until his health forced him to retire. Cory enjoyed traveling, taking trips to the Caribbean with his wife and friends, and attending many cat shows in the U.S. and Canada to show pedigreed and household pet cats with his wife and stepson. Cory also enjoyed playing cards and games, visiting the casino, cooking and having bonfires in the back yard. Cory is survived by his wife, Karen, Pine City; stepsons, Kelly and Matt Overholser, Pine City; father, John Hovland, Dalton; sister, Denise (Jim) Marsland, Duluth; mother-in-law, Phyllis Overholser, Pine City; brother-inlaw, Steve (Chris) Overholser; sister-in-law, Sherry Overholser; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Hovland, sister-in-law, Sue Ryan, father-in-law, Walt Overholser, his grandparents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. There will be a graveside service in Cory’s hometown of Dalton, Minnesota on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. Please join the family, after the service, at the Dalton Free Lutheran Church for lunch and a casual celebration of Cory’s life. Arrangements are entrusted to Crescent Tide Cremation Services, St. Paul; SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE 13

WORSHIP GUIDE 320.396.2645 Worship Service 9:30am Sunday School 10:45am

Church of Christ

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

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

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

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

First Presbyterian Church 405 Main St. S., Pine City 320-629-3592 Rev. Rob Spahr 9:15 a.m. Sunday School-all ages, 10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration Wednesday @ 6:15 p.m. Youth Group

Hinckley Seventh Day Adventist

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

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

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

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

Living Hope Christian Center Pastor Jeremy Langmade Assembly of God 11914 Fairway Rd. SW, Pine City ¾ mile West of I-35 on Pokegama Lake Road 320-629-6136 Sunday Mornings: Life Class 9 a.m., Worship Service 10 a.m.

Living Water Fellowship 915 W. 8th St. Rush City, MN Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.

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

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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

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:,

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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

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

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John ‘Craig’ Kaufman John “Craig” Kaufman, age 68, of Pokegama Lake, Pine City, died on Jan. 4, 2017, of a nine month cancer illness. Craig’s exuberant, passionate and fun-loving nature leaves a deep loss for his family and friends. On July 21, 1948, Craig was born in Ames, Iowa to his parents, John Darwin Kaufman and Elizabeth Jane Little Kaufman. His early life started in Iowa, Nebraska and Slayton, Minnesota. His love of hunting and fishing began early at his Grandfather Kaufman’s Adel, Iowa farm where Craig, his dad, uncles and cousins fished the stocked gravel pit and walked the cornfields for game birds. Craig attended junior high and high school in Aitkin, graduating in 1966. He excelled in high school wrestling. Following high school, he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Stillwater, Minnesota was where he began his career life in a number of occupations. He found the career he loved when he started working at State Supply Company Inc. of St. Paul, as a National Sales Representative and stayed there for more than thirty years. Craig took pride in his technical knowledge of steam plumbing equipment and his ability to find solutions for customers as well as collaborating with engineers to create solutions. During these years, he lived primarily in Ham Lake and Pine City. Craig was his true self when he was enjoying life with friends, having cocktails, fishing, hunting, boating, shooting, and collecting knives and guns. Craig fished the oceans of Hawaii, Mexico, and the Eastern United States, as well as the lakes of Minnesota. He always hoped to catch a fish bigger than he was, and his final catch in Key West during December 2016 of a 320 lb. hammerhead shark was that fish. He was also very proud of the Marlin that he displayed on his living room wall. A highlight of his outdoor life was joining the Vermilion Club – a fishing club located on Gold Island in Lake Vermilion. His love of nature included bird watching and he maintained multiple bird feeders at his various homes. He was devoted to studying the Bible and anyone who knew him, knew an animated, warm hearted, expansive, loving man. His parents preceded him in death. Surviving family members include: his sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Steve Deutsch of Napa Valley, California, and Susan and Mark Moreau of St. Paul; brother and sister-in-law Chris and Mary Kaufman of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; closest of cousins – Jim Kaufman of Afton, Oklahoma; two nephews, four nieces and several cousins. Craig will be long missed and remembered affectionately. Memorial services are Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., preceded by a visitation at 2 p.m., all at Swanson Funeral Chapel, 665 3rd Avenue, Pine City, Minnesota 55063. A graveside service will be held in May at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel, Iowa. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel;

Pictured above (l-r) are: Bill Christianson – PCHS Activities Director; Becky Huberty – PCHS Certified Athletic Trainer; and Ron Williams – Pine City Lions Club President The Pine City Public Schools Athletic Department would like to thank the Pine City Lions Club for their generous donation of $300 toward purchasing a portable Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This AED is a great addition to the department as it will play a key role in keeping student-athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators safe during athletic events. Thank you again Lions Club for your donation and support!

The family of Jim and Carol Norman would like to send a special thank you to everyone that shared our sorrow in the passing of our daughter, sister and aunt, Vicki Skalicky. We would also like to extend a special thank you to North Memorial Hospital, Mike and Brady of Swanson’s Funeral Home, Pastor Marvin Miller, special music by Willie Freitag, lunch served by Wendy Leger, Genell Klande and others from the Henriette Free Methodist Church. Family of Vicki Skalicky

The family of Don Mohr would like to thank everyone that shared our sor-

row, sent cards, flowers and food after the passing of our father. A special thank you to the Pine County Sheriff’s Department and Pine County Ambulance Service; Brady Helseth and Mike Carroll of Swanson Funeral Chapel; Reverend Rob Spahr and the First Presbyterian Church for the wonderful service; very special music by Ed Pangerl; to Steve and the Pine City Country Club for the delicious lunch; and to grandson, Chad Wiener, for the special prayer and readings. Our Dad will be greatly missed, but our family takes great comfort knowing that our parents are reunited in heaven. Family of Don Mohr

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

Feb. 6, 6:16 p.m., report of property damage w/animal, Brook Park Rd./ Pokegama Lake Rd. Feb. 6, 6:50 p.m., report of driveoffs, 8th St., Pine City north. Feb. 7, 8:24 a.m., report of theft, Evergreen Sq., Pine City south. Feb. 7, 6:02 p.m., report of driveoffs, Beroun Crossing Rd., Pokegama Twp. east. Feb. 8, 10:46 a.m., report of driveoffs, 13th St., Pine City south. Feb. 9, 10:37 a.m., report of property damage, State Hwy. 70/Falcon Ave., Rock Creek west. Feb. 10, 11:42 a.m., report of fraud, 7th St., Pine City south. Feb. 10, 2:42 p.m., report of theft, 5th St., Pine City south. Feb. 10, 5:40 p.m., report of vehicle prowl/entry, Main St., Pine City south. Feb. 11, 2:35 p.m., report of fraud, 7th St., Pine City south.

Miscellaneous Feb. 6, 11:27 a.m., report of harassment, 8th St., Pine City south. Feb. 7, 4:44 p.m., report of animal disturbance, Forest Blvd./540th St., Rock Creek west. Feb. 7, 8:21 p.m., report of harassment, Main St., Pine City south. Feb. 8, 6:41 a.m., report of garbage call, Sod Rd./Cluster Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 8, 6:08 p.m., report of harassment, Main St., Pine City south. Feb. 9, 3:32 a.m., report of neighbor trouble, 7th St., Pine City south. Feb. 9, 6:08 p.m., report of disturbance, Henriette Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 9, 8:57 p.m., report of fight, Mead-

ow Creek Ln., Pokegama Twp. east. Feb. 10, 2:23 p.m., report of animal disturbance, County Hwy. 61/Everready Rd., Pokegama Twp. east. Feb. 11, 1:25 p.m., report of suspicious activity, Pokegama Lake Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 11, 8:36 p.m., report of harassment, Evergreen Sq., Pine City south. Feb. 12, 9:16 p.m., report of disturbance, Government Rd., Pine City Twp. west.

Fires and accidents Feb. 9, 11:21 a.m., report of vehicle in ditch, Henriette Rd./Knob Rd., Pokegama Twp. west. Feb. 10, 9:03 a.m., report of miscellaneous fire, State Hwy. 70, Rock Creek west. Feb. 12, 6:43 p.m., report of vehicle fire, I-35, Pine City Twp. west.

Jail roster Feb. 6, David Edward Dittbenner, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, fleeing police officer in motor veh... Feb. 6, Thomas Joseph Colton, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, remand-bail, traffic- DWI- 4th degree drive while impaired; drugs- 5th degree- poss... Released Feb. 8. Feb. 6, Yvette Theresa Day, warrant, Pine County writ, stolen propertyposs- other property- $501... Released Feb. 8. Feb. 6, Marc Lester Staack, awaiting trial/court, remand-RPR, probable cause, traffic- DUI- 3rd degree driving... Released Feb. 8. Feb. 6, Michelle Ann Tuquilar, awaiting trial/court, remand-RPR, probable cause, drugs- 5th degree- poss... Released Feb. 8. Feb. 6, Brian Joseph Deose, Pine

County warrant, remand-RPR, weapon- poss- dangerous weapon or subs...; drugs- 5th degree- poss...; hold for other agency, govt- failure to appear- court- Fe... Released Feb. 7. Feb. 6, Christian James Benjamin, warrant, remand-hold, theft- $500 or less- M... Released Feb. 6. Feb. 6, Aaron James Sampson, warrant, remand-hold, drugs- 5th degree- poss/procure/control, poss/ sale hypo syringe/needle. Released Feb. 6. Feb. 7, Jennifer Marie Klier, under sentence, stolen property- poss- other property- $501-$2...; drugs- 2nd degree- sell... Feb. 7, Jordan Anton Rarick, under sentence, criminal sexual conduct3rd degree- vic...; forgery- counterfeiting of currency... Feb. 7, Emma Marie Reiser, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, remand-RPR, drugs- poss/sale hypo syringe/needle; govt- smuggleweapon into prison; assault- domestic assault- GM. Released Feb. 8. Feb. 7, Brenda Lea Palmquist, Pine County warrant, remand-bail, thefttake/use/transfer movable... Released Feb. 7. Feb. 8, Jon Craig Belisle, warrant, under sentence, aggravated robbery. Feb. 8, Curtis Paul Marlowe, warrant, under sentence, drugs- 5th degreeposs/procure/control su... distributesimulated cont su... Feb. 8, Christina Ly Castell-Pliego, Pine County warrant, remand-RPR, traffic- DUI- 3rd degree, DUI- 4th degree .08 or more in... Released Feb. 10. Feb. 8, Amy Lee Fredrickson, Pine County warrant, under sentence, fraud- financial trans card fraud; drugs- 5th degree- poss... 5th degree- possess sche... Released Feb.

10. Feb. 8, Eric James Johnson, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, assault3rd degree- past pattern...; family offense- child endangerment. Released Feb. 10. Feb. 9, Koda David Aanenson, warrant, remand-hold, assault- domestic assault- misd., disorderly conduct- offensive/abusiv... Feb. 9, Marchel Simon Day, warrant, remand-hold, traffic collision- involved driver. Feb. 9, Keith John Erickson, remand-bail, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedu... Feb. 9, Sean Patrick Flaherty, hold for other agency, domestic assaultfelony. Feb. 9, Nancy Ann Williams-Koebensky, awaiting trial/court, remand-bail, fraud- financial trans card- use stol...; theft- theft of services- $501 to $25...; traffic- DUI- 4th degree .08 or more in 2... driving after revocation, insurance- no proof. Feb. 9, Trinity Rose Campbell, hold for other agency, govt- false name or DOB- fictitious; drugs- 5th degreepossess sche... Released Feb. 10. Feb. 9, Courtney Rochelle Carlino, Pine County warrant, remand-RPR, drugs- 5th degree- possess sche... Released Feb. 10. Feb. 9, Lawrence Bernard Jackson, awaiting trial/court, remand-RPR, probable cause, traffic- driving after revocation. Released Feb. 10. Feb. 9, Joshua Jacob Mitchell, warrant, Pine County writ, remand-RPR, burglary- 2nd degree- govt- religious... Released Feb. 10. Feb. 9, Jacob Richard Storlien, Pine County warrant, remand-RPR, stolen property- poss/sale of stolen... Released Feb. 10. Feb. 10, Jordan James Odegard, Pine

County warrant, assault- domestic assault- misd., by strangulation, GM; drugs- 5th degree- procure/poss/ control su... Feb. 10, John Randall Schmieg, Pine County warrant, drugs- 5th degreepossess schedu... Feb. 10, Nathan Jay Schwarz, hold for other agency, drugs- 5th degreeposs/procure/control... Released Feb. 10. Feb. 10, Taylor Mae Welle-Loehrer, hold for other agency, theft- $500 or less- M. Released Feb. 10. Feb. 11, Amy Sue Pfeifer, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, fleeing police officer in motor veh...; trafficdriving after revocation, insuranceno proof. Feb. 12, Alex James Campbell, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, traffic- DUI- 3rd degree driving wh... Feb. 12, Skylar Ann Garbow, awaiting trial/court, hold for other agency, assault- 2nd degree- dangerous weapon- other weap...; probable cause, drugs- possession of drug parapher... 5th degree- poss... poss/sale hypo syringe/needle; govt- false name to police officer-G. Feb. 12, Coleton John Martin Mitthun, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, carry BB gun/rifle/shotgun/ assault wpn... Feb. 12, Justin James Osgood, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, assault- domestic assault- misd. Feb. 12, Breanna Rae Larsen, awaiting trial/court, probable cause, traffic- driving after revocation. Released Feb. 12.

There have been 249 admissions to the Pine County Jail in 2017.



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PINE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION City Hall Council Chambers 315 Main Street South NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, the 28th Day of February, at approximately 6:30 p.m., to consider a request by the City of Pine City Case No: ZT-17.01 to amend the Zoning Regulations herein referred to as the Pine City MDO to allow and define accessory uses to Commercial Indoor Lodging Facilities, prescribe standards for hotel accessory uses via conditional uses where permitted, and amending associated parking requirements. All interested persons are encouraged to attend and be heard on this matter. Andrew Mack, AICP Community Development Director/City Planner Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 16, 2017

Royalton Township Notice of: Public Accuracy Test, Absentee Voting, Election of Officers, Annual Meeting & Board of Canvass The Clerk’s Office will be open for absentee voting for the Annual Township Election on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon); at Town Hall, or by appointment with Clerk. Public accuracy test of optical scan voting equipment will be done on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 12:00 pm (noon), at Royalton Town Hall; 6052 Royalton Road; Braham MN Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Royalton Township, County of Pine, State of MN, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017; at Royalton Town Hall. The Election Poll hours are from 12:00 pm (noon) to 8:00 pm, at which time the voters will elect: One Supervisor – 3 - year term One Treasurer – 2 - year term One Clerk – 1 - year term In case of inclement weather, the election and meeting may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March. The Royalton Township Annual Meeting will commence at 8:15 pm, March 14, 2017, to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law. The Board of Canvass will meet immediately following the Annual Meeting. Given under my hand this 3rd day of February, 2017: Clerk, Roberta Folkestad Township of Royalton 320-396-2982 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 16 and 23, 2017

NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Pokegama Town Board of Supervisors will meet for their Annual Board of Audit Meeting and any other pertinent business on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pokegama Town Hall located at 18336 Town Hall Road, Pine City, Minnesota 55063. All interested residents of Pokegama Township are welcome to attend this meeting. Posted this 16th day of February 2017. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 16 and 23, 2017

SUMMARY MINUTES OF THE CITY OF ROCK CREEK February 2, 2017 The Rock Creek City Council meeting was called to order at 7PM by Mayor Saari. Members present: Craig Saari, Joe Babolik, Sam Christenson and Dick Johnson. Absent: Pam Hinze Others present: Nancy Runyan, Rod Stevens and Don Burger. Babolik motioned seconded by Johnson to approve the January 5, 2017 Council minutes as sent. Motion carried all ayes. Johnson moved seconded by Babolik to approve the City Financial Report for the year ending December 31, 2016. Motion carried all ayes.

Johnson moved seconded by Christenson to purchase 4 - $25,000 CD’s for the term of 12 months at Frandsen Bank & Trust. Motion carried all ayes. Babolik moved seconded by Christenson to advertise in the Pine City Pioneer, requesting sealed bids for the loading and hauling of approximately 4,000 to 7,000 yards of gravel out of the City gravel pit located on 550th Street. A minimum of four belly dump trucks are required, no end dump trucks. Dust control MUST be provided on 550th Street and North on Maple Avenue to the tar. The City requires a bond of $10,000 be posted within 10 days after the Contractor receives written acceptance of their bid, guaranteeing the gravel will be hauled between June 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017. Sealed bids must include a current Certificate of Insurance, Federal I.D. Number and be submitted by the bid opening date of Thursday March 2, 2017 at 7PM. Contractors who submit a bid must be present at the bid opening. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Motion carried all ayes. Johnson moved seconded by Babolik that the City does not waive the Monetary Limits on Municipal Tort Liability established by Minnesota Statues 466.04. Motion carried all ayes. Babolik motioned seconded by Johnson to approve payment of check #’s 13915 – 13943 and e-transfers totaling $23,724.75. Motion carried all ayes. Johnson motioned seconded by Babolik to adjourn the City Council meeting at 8:18PM. Motion carried all ayes. Sandra Pangerl City Clerk Administrator Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 16, 2017 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE DATE: January 31, 2017 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage: 1. Date of Mortgage: May 12, 2008 2. Mortgagor: Adam Sarvela and Erin Fitzsimmons, Both Single 3. Mortgagee: Members Cooperative Credit Union as successor to Lake State Federal Credit Union 4. Recording Information: Mortgage recorded October 10, 2008, as Document No. A 475825, in the Office of the County Recorder of Pine, Minnesota 5. Assignments of Mortgage: None 6. Tax parcel ID: 40.5442.000 7. Legal description of the property: Lot 1, Block 2, Mortenson’s 1st Addition, Pine County, Minnesota. (Abstract) 8. The physical address of the property: 502 1st Street NE, Hinckley, MN 55037 9. The person holding the Mortgage is not a transaction agent. 10. The requisites of Minn. Stat. 580.02 have been satisfied. The holder of the Mortgage has complied with all conditions precedent to acceleration of the debt secured by the Mortgage and foreclosure of the Mortgage, and all notice and other requirements of applicable statutes. 11. The original principal amount secured by the Mortgage was $93,178.10. 12. At the date of this notice the amount due on the Mortgage, including taxes, if any, paid by the holder of the Mortgage, is $91,239.45. 13. Pursuant to the power of sale in the Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the mortgaged premises will be sold by the Sheriff at public auction at 10 a.m. April 27, 2017 at the Sheriff’s Office, 635 Northridge Dr. NW, Pine City, MN. 14. The time allowed by law for redemption by Mortgagor or Mortgagor’s personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months after the date of sale. 15. If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, the date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property

redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on October 27, 2017. 16. 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. Name of Mortgagee: Members Cooperative Credit Union Name and address of Attorney for Mortgagee: /s/Sarah Whiting, Esq. #0392034 101 14th Street Cloquet, MN 55720 (218) 878-3649 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 and 16, 2017 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE CASE TYPE: OTHER CIVIL QUIET TITLE DISTRICT COURT SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT SUMMONS Court File No. 58-CV-17-41 Sawbill Outstate, Inc., Karin Bloomquist, Plaintiffs, vs. Deborah Thurston; Robert L. Jones; Jane M. Jones; M&T Bank; Fairmont Homes, LLC dba Friendship Homes; William P. Woischke; KleinBank, as successor by merger to First National Bank of Montevideo; unknown heirs of Richard W. Shelley, deceased; Also all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest or lien in the real estate described in the complaint herein. Defendants. THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is attached to this summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that affect your rights. You must respond to this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the Court and there may be no court file number on this summons. 2. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 20 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail to the person who signed this summons a written response called an Answer within 20 days of the date on which you received this Summons. You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this summons located at: Mark A. V. Petersen PETERSEN, PLC 217 Second Street North, Main Floor Stillwater, MN 55082 651-351-0500 3. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 4. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT SEND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO THE PERSON WHO SIGNED THIS SUMMONS. If you do not Answer within 20 days, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint. If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the Complaint, you do not need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint. 5. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator

may have information about places where you can get legal assistance. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. 6. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute. 7. THIS LAWSUIT MAY AFFECT OR BRING INTO QUESTION TITLE TO REAL PROPERTY located at 18344 Creekside Court, Pine City, Minnesota 55063 and legally described as Lot 11, Block 1, Creekside, Pine County, Minnesota. The object of this action is to quiet title to said real property. PETERSEN, PLC By: /s/ Mark A. V. Petersen Mark A. V. Petersen (#278580) Attorney for Plaintiff Sawbill Outstate, Inc. 217 Second Street North, Main Floor Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 351-0500 Dated: January 23, 2017 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 2, 9 and 16, 2017 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Other Civil: Quiet Title Court File No. 58-CV-17-77 SUMMONS IN ACTION TO QUIET TITLE James T. Johnson, a single person; Plaintiff, v. John D. O’Brien and Odessa L. O’Brien, husband and wife; the unknown heirs of John D. O’Brien and Odessa L. O’Brien, if any; P. B. Madison, Jr. and Sybil B. Madison, husband and wife; the unknown heirs of P.B. Madison, Jr. and Sybil B. Madison, if any; Robert J. Knapp and Helen A. Knapp, husband and wife; the unknown heirs of Robert J. Knapp and Helen A. Knapp, if any; Jacqueline Schmidtke; Robert Knapp, Jr.; Jack W. Ruby (deceased); Suzanna M. Ruby a/k/a Suzanne M. Ruby; Jack G. Ruby and Deborah Ruby; Thomas L. Ruby and Ann Marie Ruby; Robert M. Ruby and Sue A. Ruby; the unknown heirs of Jack W. Ruby, if any; Security State Bank of Askov, n/k/a NorthviewBank; Catherine D. (Langanki) Hinze; the unknown spouse and heirs of Catherine D. (Langanki) Hinze, if any; Karen L. Johnson (deceased) a/k/a Karen Lesley Johnson; the unknown heirs of Karen L. Johnson, if any; Timber Ridge, Inc., AND ALL OTHER PERSONS, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, CLAIMING ANY INTEREST IN THE REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED HEREIN, Defendants. THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS. 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is attached to this Summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that affect your rights. You must respond to this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the court and there may be no court file number on this Summons. 2. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 20 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail to the person who signed this Summons a written response called an Answer within 20 days of the date on which you received this Summons. You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this summons located at: John M. Cabak CABAK LAW, LLC 243 Main Street S Pine City, MN 55063 3. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 4. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT SEND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO THE PERSON WHO SIGNED THIS SUMMONS. If you do not answer within 20 days, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint. If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the Complaint, you do not need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint. 5. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator may have information about places where you can get legal assistance. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. 6. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute. 7. REAL PROPERTY. THIS LAWSUIT MAY AFFECT OR BRING INTO QUESTION TITLE TO REAL PROPERTY located in Pine County, State of Minnesota, legally described as follows: The unsurveyed North ½ of the Northwest ¼ of the Northwest ¼, Section 23, Township 42 North, Range 16 West The object of this action is to award judgment quieting title in the name of the Plaintiff, and to determine that the Defendants have no further right, title, or interest in the above-described real property. NOTICE OF NO PERSONAL CLAIM. Pursuant to Minn. Stat. §557.03, the Plaintiff hereby gives notice that no personal claim is being made against any of the defendants. However, if Defendants unreasonably defend the action, Plaintiff is requesting an order of the court directing that the defendants shall pay costs and attorney fees to Plaintiff. CABAK LAW, LLC Dated: February 9, 2017 John M. Cabak Attorney for Plaintiff 243 Main Street S Pine City, MN 55063 (320) 629-2529 Attorney Reg. #0388929 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 16, 23 and March 2, 2017 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 58-PR-17-5 In Re: Estate of Thomas A. Belland, a/k/a Thomas Alfred Belland, Decedent. NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION OF INTESTACY, DETERMINATION OF HEIRS, FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF CO-PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS It is Ordered and Notice is given that on March 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 635 Northridge Drive NE, Pine City, Minnesota, 55063, on a petition for the adjudication of intestacy and determination of Decedent’s heirs, and for the appointment of Joseph E. Belland, 7938 Heinbuch Trail, Woodbury, MN 55125, and Michelle A. Oquist, 5997 Clint Road, Braham, MN 55006 as co-personal representatives of the Decedent’s estate in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed

with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the personal representative will be appointed with the full power to administer the Decedent’s estate, including the power to collect all assets; to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes, and expenses; to sell real and personal property; and to do all necessary acts for the Decedent’s estate. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the Decedent’s estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: 1/12/17 Heather M Wynn- By: K Nelson/deputy Judge of District Court Dated: 1/12/17 Lu Ann Blegen- By: K Nelson/deputy Court Administrator Filed in Tenth Judicial District Court Nelson, Kim (Pine Court Administration) Jan 12 2017 10:22 AM John M. Hughes 8103 Xerxes Circle Bloomington, MN, 55431 Attorney License No: 47867 Telephone: (651) 227-0603 Fax: (651) 964-4778 Email: ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 9 and 16, 2017

MISSION CREEK TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF BOARD OF AUDIT Mission Creek Township will hold its annual Board of Audit meeting on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mission Creek Town Hall. The purpose of the Board of Audit is to review the books for the year of 2016. NOTICE OF ELECTION AND ANNUAL MEETING Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Mission Creek Township, County of Pine, State of MN that the annual election of Township officers and the Annual Town Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Mission Creek Town Hall, Beroun, MN. The election poll hours will be from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. At which time voters will elect: One (1) supervisor for a three (3) year term. The township annual meeting will commence at approximately 8:15 p.m. to conduct all necessary business as prescribed by law. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given to residents of Mission Creek Township that a Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday March 15, 2017 to consider a land use permit application for an automotive repair business to be located at 14683 State Hwy 23; Brook Park, MN. All persons who desire to speak on this issue are encouraged to attend and will be given an opportunity to be heard at this meeting. NOTICE DATE CHANGE FOR REGULAR BOARD MEETING & BOARD OF CANVASS The Board of Canvass will meet at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday March 15, 2017 to canvass the results of the March 14th 2017 election. The regular scheduled board meeting on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. has been rescheduled for Wednesday March 15, 2017 immediately following the Board of Canvass. This meeting will be held at the Mission Creek Town Hall in Beroun, Minnesota. NOTICE OF REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Notice is hereby given to the residents of Mission Creek Township that the board of Mission Creek Township will be holding its annual Reorganizational meeting on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Creek Town Hall in Beroun. The regular board meeting will follow at approx. 8:00 p.m. Stacy Hancock, clerk Mission Creek Township Published in the Pine City Pioneer on February 16 and 23, 2017

COLLEGE Dean’s lists John Clemmer and Eric Froehlich of Grasston were named to the dean’s list and Kimberly Gregory of Willow River was named to the president’s list at St. Cloud Technical & Community College for fall semester 2016. Lindsey M. Rootkie of Brook Park and Brandt K. Berube of Pine City have been named to the University of St. Thomas 2016 fall semester dean’s list.

Riverland Community College is pleased to announce that Chad Fuerstenberg of Pine City has been placed on the 2016 fall dean’s list.

Graduate Ashley Johnson of Hinckley graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead during fall commencement Dec. 15, 2016.

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Though the doe has been able to raise two fawns with this plastic cooler lid stuck around her neck, it continues to chafe her, as can be seen by the spots of blood on the plastic in the top photo.

Man seeks help for trapped doe BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

Reed Carmicle first spotted the doe last March outside his home near Sandstone. She was hard to miss. It was a startling sight to see a sprinting deer appear with a rectangle of solid white twisting around its neck. “She just comes running down the dirt road in front of my house,” Carmicle said. “And I thought, isn’t that weird. She’s got a styrofoam cooler around her neck.” But what she had around her neck wasn’t styrofoam. Carmicle believes the deer must have found a plastic cooler with a hole cut in the top. She put her head inside looking for food or water and was trapped. She fought and yanked until the lid came free from the cooler, but the lid remained stuck around her neck. So she lived with it. Through the summer, fall and winter she somehow eluded predators and kept herself alive. And along the way, she gave birth to two fawns. “She must have had those two fawns with that thing on,” Carmicle said. “And she sleeps with that. It’s unbelievable. She must have a lot of guts.” Carmicle is a longtime deer hunter, but he respects the animals he hunts. And he can imagine what this deer has been through. He started putting out corn for the deer and her fawns and was able to get a closer look at what she was dealing with. It made him a little sick. “It’s eating through her fur down to her skin,” he said. “It’s scabbed over and healed. Another picture I had, you could see where the blood was dripping SEE DEER, PAGE 5

Dr. Grey is board-certified in cardiovascular disease. She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and completed residencies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and VA Medical Center. Her special interests include general cardiology, women’s heart health, echocardiography, cardio-oncology and nuclear cardiology.

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