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Farmers’ Market back for fresh season BY CJ GUSTAFSON NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

Nearly a dozen vendors, including two market founders, Lee Raudabaugh from Melon Vine Farm and Cheryl Jones of Davy Jones’ Garden, greeted the crowd of excited shoppers as the 2018 season of the Pine City Farmers’ Market kicked off this past Friday at the fairgrounds. Visitors were encouraged to try a sampling of tasty treats sponsored by Coldwell Banker. The Rhubarb Custard Bars, Chia Breakfast Pudding, Microwave Blueberry Sauce and Million Dollar Dip were all made from recipes in the 2018 edition of the market cookbook, a popular item with shoppers and vendors alike. “They always have kind of different, fun things in their cookbook,” noted Deb Stevens of Pine City, who added one of the books


Steele takes 5th place at State Dragon sophomore Alaina Steele took fifth place in the 800m run at the State Track and Field Meet on June 9.



The second is of the McGregor kids from Rush City who attended the market for the first time

Hovey’s Pine County mystery wins regional award BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

Dean Hovey’s Pine County mystery “Family Trees” has won first place in fiction at the 30th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. The novel, which takes place in a slightly fictional version of Pine County is the sixth novel in Hovey’s series of Pine County mysteries. Much of the story is based in real locations in the Pine City area – and according to Hovey, that was no accident. “This one was inspired by folks from Pine City, [who] suggested that I include

cumstances. For many readers, meeting Floyd again will be like running into an old friend. Judges of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards gave high praise to Hovey’s work in presenting his award: “This compelling page turner intertwines the rich history of the area with contemporary societal issues relevant to Northeast Minnesota.” Hovey said he was honored to receive this award. “Pine City ... is a very special place,” he said. “Family Trees” can be purchased at

the Tuxedo Inn and the Pokegama Sanatorium in one of the books,” Hovey said. I was working on the book already that had something to do with the Nemadji State Forest and was trying to figure out how to weave that in, and finally decided on kind of a genealogical approach to it.” The story flips back and forth between a woman’s disappearance in decades past and a current investigation of a deadly incident in the forest. Pine County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Floyd Swenson also reappears in “Family Trees,” still intent on doing the right thing despite tough situations and adverse cir-

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Presidential Youth Fitness Awards 2018 The Presidential Youth Fitness Award recognizes students who score in the Healthy Fitness Zone. First grade: (Front row) Brenna Nowling, Matthew Mead, Pera Root, Kate Unverzagt, Geno Mettling. (Top row) Armand Gribauval, Tyler Hermanson, Mitchell Skluzacek, Arietta Bellefy, Rylenn Hill, Aidan Reed.

Second grade: (Front row) Sydney Omae, Krystal Stever, Parker Eckert, Joshua Langmade, Thomas Mitzel, Lexi Malbraaten. (Middle row) Jasmine Omae, Mitchell Norton, Evan Olson, Carter Allen, Gage Borgstrom, Easton Johannes. (Top row) Piper Genereau, Paige Wiener, Brayden Harvey, Grant Haverhals, Walker Remme. (Not pictured) Bentley Aydt.

Third grade: (Front row) Landon Roberts, Chloe Jerikovsky, Kady Hermanson, Carson Anderson, Lillian Genereau, Katey Thieman. (Top row) Reed Benson, Grant Skluzacek, Grant Larson, Oskar Rydberg, Brecklyn Nicoll, Bella Schneider.

Fourth grade: (Front row) Jayden Evenson, Darian Hall, Paige Gray, Alaina Linnell, Ethan Aagaard. (Middle row) Brady Berglund, Vivian Lahti, Jaxon Karas, Bohdan Valvoda, McCall Leger. (Top row) Gracie Larson, Cooper Danielson, Rhivers Sauter, Emily Reed, Weston Clementson. (Not pictured) Ava Vie and Aurun Lee.

Fifth grade: (Front row) Bryer Willert, Morgan Macho, Aleysha Secrest, Roman McKinney, Levi Wilson, Peyton St. Germain. (Top row) Eli Fromm, Abbie Burch, Samantha Root, Charles Ausmus, Noah Brady, Tristan Wentworth, Amelia Bombard.

Sixth grade: (front row) Emma Hermanson, Eva Johnson, Kylie Nascene, Autumn Rockstroh, Elliot Blatz, Abi Aagaard. (Top row) Jacob Paulson, Summer Thieman, Rosita Becerra, Tayzabelle Willhite, Brenna Youngbauer, Arissa Rydberg, Emma Belsheim.

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The Pine City Arts Council presents Echoes of Elvis at Art in The Park on Friday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The Catholic Sodality will begin serving BBQ turkey at 5:30 p.m. Free transportation by Arrowhead Transit. Call 800-862-0175 for free home pickup. Pick up schedule is 6 p.m. at Northern Pines Assisted Living and 6:10 p.m. at Westchester Apartments. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to the free show.

On Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, the public is invited to a United States of America flag disposal ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts at the Pine City VFW post at 6 p.m.

Lake Improvement District Q & A The Pokegama Lake Association (PLA) is hosting a presentation and Q & A session about a Lake Improvement District (LID) by Kathleen Metzer of the DNR on Thursday, June 14 at 1 p.m. at the PLA building at 12965 Lake Line Road, Pine City. The presentation is on the process of forming a LID and not on projects to be undertaken if a LID is formed. This invitation is open to members of the PLA and the Cross Lake Association and other concerned citizens. Visit www. and search for Lake Improvement District to learn more. Email lynquilt@ with any questions.

JUNE 15 & 16 Farmers’ Market ‘Sun Safety’ weekend The Pine City Farmers’ Market “Sun Safety” themed weekend is Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine County Fairgrounds in Pine City. For more information, and to find out about special events and what types of produce will be available, visit “Pine City Farmers’ Market” on Facebook.

Magnificent Red Hatters On Thursday, June 14, 11:30 a.m., The Magnificent Red Hatters will meet at the Time Out Sports Bar & Grill, located at 6176 State Hwy. 70, for lunch. For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Bev Furber at 320-629-3468, or Liz Boeltl at 320-629-6429. Friends and guests are always welcome.

Create with ‘Library Legos’ Kids ages 5-13 are invited to get creative with Library Legos at the Pine City Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14. Legos will be supplied by the library, so leave personal Legos at home. For more information, visit

JUNE 16 Author visit in Cambridge Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge welcomes historian and filmmaker Gary Kaunonen on Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. Gary will share from his award-winning book, “Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike,” a working-class history of the 1916 miners’ strike in northern Minnesota. It was one of the most important events in organized labor in the early 20th century. For additional information visit scoutandmorganbooks. com or email

Mora’s Music in the Park The City of Mora’s Music In The Park summer concert series will feature The Kruzers (50s & 60s rock & country classics) at a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 in the gazebo of Library Park in downtown Mora. For more information visit


DIY summer journal The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a DIY summer journal activity for ages 7-12. Use it as a diary, a planner, a secret code journal … the sky’s the limit. All materials provided. This activity is set for 2:30 - 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Pine City Public Library. Register online at

JUNE 19 & 20 MBC blood drives There will be Memorial Blood Center blood drives on Tuesday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine County Courthouse, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Daggett’s in Hinckley, and Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Chris’ Food Center, Pine City. For more information or to sign up to donate, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD or visit

JUNE 20 Pine County Genealogical Society “All aboard!” The Pine County Genealogical Society will gather at the Pine County Historical Museum on Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m., with dutch lunch at noon followed by a short business meeting. The program will be a presentation on Pine County railroads by Rolly Johnson. The public is welcome to attend. For more information email lynquilt@

Rural School Museum The Pine City Rural School Museum is open to the public every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. in June through the end of August. The school is located one block north of Hwy. 324 on 7th St. S in Pine City. See the school of your grandparents’ days. Call Erna P. at 320-6292810 with any questions.

‘Sweet Summer Sounds’ On Thursday, June 14 the public is invited to the “Sweet Summer Sounds” of the Chmielewski Funtime Band, a free concert, at Hinckley’s Westside Park at 6:30 p.m.

JUNE 18 Create slime at the Pine City Public Library

JUNE 15 Freedom Fest registration Friday, June 15 is the registration deadline for the Freedom Fest “Pine City Sings” competition, as well as the Triathlon. Both events will take place Saturday, June 30. Visit the Chamber of Commerce website to sign up online:

On Monday, June 18, kids and teens are invited to create slime at the Pine City Public Library during a pop-up craft session on the library patio at 5 p.m. The library is located at 300 5th St SE. The event is free and all supplies are provided by the Friends of the Pine City Public Library. In the case of inclement weather, meet in the community room.

Dala Heritage Society, will take place on Friday, June 22 beginning with the decorating of the Majstang Pole at 9 a.m. at Mora’s Library Park. At 5 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner, with the pole raising ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Ostrom Family Band will perform afterwards. For more information call 320272-9951.

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Create with ‘Library Legos’ Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to get creative with Library Legos at the Hinckley Public Library at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. Legos will be supplied by the library, so leave personal Legos at home. For more information, drop by the library at 106 First St. SE or visit www.

JUNE 20 & 21 Rep. Nolan mobile offices Members of U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan’s (MN-8) staff will be available to meet with constituents during “Congress Comes to You” meetings on Wednesday, June 20 at the Braham Senior Dining Site from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 2 to 3 p.m. at Braham City Hall, on Thursday, June 21 at Rock Creek City Hall from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Rush City Senior Dining Site from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 to 2 p.m. at Rush City City Hall. For additional dates/locations visit

JUNE 22 Midsummer Festival Mora’s Swedish midsummer celebration of the summer solstice, sponsored by the


Pine County History Museum On Saturday, June 23, the Pine County History Museum in Askov will host Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson who will give a presentation on the Victor Barnard case at 1 p.m. On Sunday, June 24, also at 1 p.m., Phil Hanson will present on “Honey Bees.” Phil is a member of the North-Central Beekeepers Association. There will be free coffee and cookies. For more information email

Ojibwe-style moccasins workshop at Mille Lacs Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins in this two-day workshop on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 23 and 24, at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided on both days and discount hotel rooms are available on Saturday at Grand Casino Mille Lacs for participants. Registration is required. Call 320-532-3632 or visit www. for more information.

Mille Lacs History Festival & Rendezvous The 26th annual Mille Lacs History Festival & Rendezvous will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 at the DeCorsa Vineyard & Farm Winery, 21 miles north of Ogilvie on Hwy. 47, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. This living history event brings the early 1800s to life with woodsmen, frontiersmen, trappers, traders and artisans, storytellers, musicians, food, and a black powder shooting competition. Admission is free to those 10 and under. Email millelacs. or call 763757-4118 for camping or other information.

JUNE 25 Red Cross blood drive An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in Rush City on Monday, June 25 at Rush City High School, 51001 Fairfield Ave., from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. For an appointment to donate call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or visit

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MEETINGS THURSDAY 6/14 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 Pine City VFW Auxiliary: Pine City, VFW Post #4258 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY 6/16 Model RR club: Askov, 10 a.m., Pine County History Museum SUNDAY 6/17 AA (Big Book study): Evangelical Free Church, 7 p.m. MONDAY 6/18 Celebrate Recovery: Pine City, Journey North Church, 6 p.m. AA: 7:30 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church TUESDAY 6/19 Pine County Board: 10 a.m., Pine Co. History Museum, Askov Pine City VFW: Pine City, VFW Post #4258, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 6/20 Woodcarving club: Askov, 9 a.m. Pine Co. History Museum Al-Anon: 725 2nd Ave. SW, Pine City, 12 p.m., 612-387-6094, David Pine City Toastmasters: 7 p.m., Pine Center for the Arts AA: 8 p.m., Rock Creek Community Center

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“Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.” ~ Robert Kennedy

I have a friend who would get angry, truly angry, when people would refer to him as a “Gen Xer.” What he didn’t like were the stereotypes about our generation – ironic, unenthusiastic, flanEditor’s nel-wearing and bangour heads to grunSoapbox ing ge music. “Those labels don’t Mike apply to me,” he would say. And they didn’t, Gainor not really. However, he became reconciled to the fact that he did, indeed, belong to Generation X when he came to understand that the description is just a demographic term. He was born in 1967, and anyone born between 1965-1979 is part of Generation X. “The greatest generation was formed

first by the Great Depression. They shared everything - meals, jobs, clothing.” ~ Tom Brokaw “Our generation has had no great war, no great depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk I got to thinking about this the other day when I got an article in the mail from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators called “Generation What?” talking about the generations and the differences between them. Because, let’s face it, there are differences. You grow up in a cohort of folks using the same technology, sharing the same history and many of the same cultural influences. Every individual is different, but everyone who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons will know where this quote comes from: “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” That’s just one tiny thing we will always have in common – but there are a thousand similar things, and they all add up. Of course, all the generations have one thing in common. As Mr. George Orwell points out, “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one


that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” In a book called “Gen Z @ work” by David and Jonah Stillman, the authors break it down like this. • The “Traditionalists” were the generation of 75 million born before 1946. They upheld values of loyalty and patriotism, and were unlikely to share personal feelings freely. • The “Baby Boomers” were the generation of 80 million born between 1946 and 1964. They pursued the idea of the “American Dream” that was promised to them, and tend to be idealistic. • “Generation X” were the 60 million from 1965-79, and were children during a time of shifting societal values. They have less definable characteristics than the generations they are sandwiched between. • “Millennials” are the 82 million born between 1980-94. They came of age during an economic expansion and grew up with computers and high-speed technology. • “Generation Z” are the 73 million who have been growing up in the aftermath of 9/11 and the Great Recession. They tend to be driven and competitive. “Each generation wants new symbols,

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new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.” ~ Jim Morrison

The point of that piece – and the point of this one – is to offer a gentle reminder that every generation is a little different. Each generation has been shaped by the conditions it grew up in, and sometimes there can be friction between them – different standards, different styles of working and different styles of communication. I know I see the world differently than my parents do, and I know that my stepkids see the world even more differently. To me, that’s good. Trying to see the world through somebody else’s eyes usually helps me to see a little more widely, and a little more clearly. The world keeps changing, and so must we. And on that note – congratulations to the graduating class of 2018! Here’s wishing you a bright future, and the hope that you leave this world a little better than you found it.

“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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Chalupsky crowned Miss Czech Minnesota in 1993 BY CAROL AASER NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

10 Years Ago, 2008 The neighborhood planting event last Saturday came to fruition, and over 30 rainwater gardens are now planted in Woodpecker Ridge. Approximately 35 volunteers met for a brief orientation, and then were dispersed to plant and mulch. A picnic lunch, provided by Short Elliot Hendrickson (the city’s engineering firm), was held at Lion’s Park for all of the volunteers. A fire at an RV park outside of Hinckley destroyed or damaged 22 units last Wednesday afternoon. Pine County Sheriff Mark Mansavage said a negligent campfire was the cause of the fire at Pathfinder Village 12 miles east of Hinckley on Highway 48. In the fall of 2002, John Klepsa began having pains in his side. The doctor diagnosed him with a tumor around his liver, and surgeons determined it was inoperable. Knowing that his time was short, his wife, Joan, and his five sons decided to organize a motorcycle ride to “give him one last hurrah.” Before moving on to junior high, a total of 20 sixth graders earned a President’s Award in Education. The president’s Award for Educational Excellence criteria is very strict, and students had to meet certain criteria in grades four through six in order to earn them.

25 Years Ago, 1993 This year’s Farm Woman of the Year is a dedicated farmer, wife and mother who excels in those roles and finds time to enjoy hobbies and be a leader in her church. Jody Karas was honored last week by the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce. On the farm, owned by she and her husband, David, Jody works hard. She milks the cows every day at 5:15, and evening, she feeds the cows, and she does all of the farm book work. During the busy field work time, Jody hauls all of the fertilizer and other supplies while David works out in the field. She does the yard work, the cooking and cleaning in the house, cares for the kids, teaches guitar and is involved with the St. Croix Homemakers and Pine City Methodist Church. Congratulations to all of the graduates. Bev Koch graduated from Pine Tech on Friday, June 4 in Pine City. Christopher Baron and Gary Hanson graduated from the Hinckley-Finlayson High School. Amy Peterson graduated from Mora High School and received three scholarships. One scholarship was from the Brook Park Lions, another was from Fingerhut and the other was from Millsap. Jill Chalupsky, daughter of Louis and Karen Chalupsky of Pine City, was crowned Miss Czech Minnesota at a pageant held at the Montgomery Legion Club Saturday, April 17. Marine 1st Lt. Chad R. Nelson, son of Richard and Retta Nelson, Grasston, was recently designated a naval aviator.

50 years Ago, 1968 A disappointing turnout, only 30 to 35 persons, were present at the organizational meeting of the Youth Cooperative Center. Previously 180 young people had indicated interest in the project. Laura Kester, Miss Pine County, participated in a full, five-day schedule of events, the climax of which was the Miss Minnesota competition held June 15. Elaine Ausmus, Mike Karas, Pine City; Janet Borchardt, Willow River; and Lila Hartl, Hinckley; will be the delegates from Pine County to attend the 1968 State 4-H Leadership Conference.

75 Years Ago, 1943 The various units of the American Legion are sponsoring a big benefit party and dance at the Pine City Armory. The proceeds will go to the purchasing of packs of cigarettes and decks of cards for the members of the armed forces overseas.


‘Owl Club’ kept men out of saloons This July 18, 1894 photo shows members of Pine City’s “Owl Club” – so called because its members got together at night after working all day. Fritz Johnson, a club member, said the club “was a whole lot of fun and helped at the time to keep many of its members out of the saloons in the evenings.” Row one: Mascot Bernard Lambert and C. Currie. Row two: Silas Loucks, Mike Hurley, John Connaker, John Anderson and Lee Fairbanks. Row three: Henry Glasow, Jim Heywood, Thomas Fitzgerald, A.E. Webber and Mario Edwards. Row four: Fritz Johnson, Art Schultz, Andy Connor, Jerry Connor, Ed Netzcer and William Lambert.

A group of girls helped Sharon Lindell celebrate her 14th birthday on Monday. They went out to the dam and had their party there. Betty Miller was hired by the village council as life guard at the beach for the summer. She was to receive 40 cents per hour and not average more than ten hours per day.

all floating trash is going to land somewhere and doubtless right on the shore here in town, the water is drawn off and everything is left high and dry. Surely that is a fine sight for our village visitors to gaze upon, more especially when the rest of the village is in such perfect shape.

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The Wm. Weinberger auto, which was stolen from the garage on his farm at Meadow Lawn, May 31, was located at Minneapolis, where the young men who had taken it disposed of it for $100. It was in bad shape when sold but the buyer at once put it into a garage where he had it completely overhauled and fixed up so that when Mr. Weinberger received it back it was in much better shape than when taken from his garage. Plans are being made for a big Farmers and Merchants picnic at Pokegama Lake on July 4 when the new Pokegama town hall will be dedicated.

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Interstate 35 northbound ramps will be closed at the southern Pine City exit (Hillside Avenue/ Highway 7) beginning on Wednesday, June 13 in Pine County. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the northbound ramps at Highway 7 will close for approximately two weeks. A detour to northbound I-35 will be in place for Highway 7 traffic at Highway 70 and County Road 11. These new restrictions are part of the ongoing project to replace the eastern (northbound lane) Snake River Bridge and resurface seven miles of I-35 in 2018. A width restriction of 12 feet will be in place. The next stage of road work in 2018 is construction of seven miles of southbound (west lanes) pavement on I-35 between Highway 70 and the Snake River bridge. Motorists are reminded to expect delays, travel at off-peak hours, and drive safely through the work area. For more information on the project visit http:// For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit

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It is not necessarily new advice, but it is important advice. “Choices you make today or have already made in your life will have an affect on the rest of your life,” said Pine City Technical and Community College President Joe Mulford. Grantsburg junior boys arrived at Crex Convention Center for the annual Men of Tomorrow Luncheon. It’s an opportunity for the group to get a feel for careers they may be interested in. They also get the chance to dress up a bit more formal and practice proper etiquette when eating. Of the nine tables there were engineers, workers from the DNR, medical professionals and law enforcement to name a few. Students were to pick these professionals’ brains about their job and how they got there. “We want the students to ask all kinds of questions to these mentors,” said event organizer Suzie Retzer. “I always tell the students to ask about the best and worst part of the job. Also, we encourage them to ask about what their days are like at work.” Retzer also organizes the Women of Tomorrow Luncheon which took place last year in December and UW-Superior Vice Chancellor Brenda Harms was the keynote speaker for Grantsburg’s junior girls. High School Principal Josh Watt said that this event is a great way for students to connect with professionals. “Students get to sit with doctors and teachers and really see what that career is really all about,” Watt said. “They get to ask specific questions and find out what engineers do on a daily basis.” Mulford was the keynote speaker and he began with a personal story. He was an athlete in high school and was planning on joining the military after graduation. “That was my goal, to join the U.S. Army,” Mulford said. “There was a program that allowed me to do basic training after my junior year of high school and then I would join before going to college.” During his senior year he ruptured his spleen


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“This says that although we aren’t in Silicon Valley, we still have a high-tech economy. This means students and job seekers with technical skills have more choices.” He said that 65 percent of job seekers cannot apply for certain jobs because they have a criminal record. Students sat with professionals and learned what a career would be like in law enforcement or in the medical field, among others. This event focuses on the students and is held to help them with their future plans. “Early in life someone told me the difference between a boy and a man is being able to take care of yourself,” Mulford explained. “And you will find out it takes more than $15 an hour to pay the bills.” Mulford reiterated that even though he is the president of a technical college he was not there to recruit students. “There are many options and a two-year college is not for everyone. There are four-year paths or even apprenticeships, that might be your best option,” Mulford said. Watt explained that this is one of the most valuable opportunities the high school offers because of the personalization and the one-on-one experience. At one of the tables was Justin Peterson. He said his dream job would be golf course manager and was seated with Grantsburg Golf Course manager John Addison. The pair talked about Peterson’s personal goals, grades and aspirations. “So what’s it’s like being quizzed on grades by a couple of old guys,” Addison asked Peterson. Peterson chuckled and hinted he might want to also be a writer. Although he admitted his teachers may not know that is something he’s interested in. Addison continued to give him advice about going to college and possibly turf management school. “When you get [to college] don’t necessarily worry about the long term because very few people go into college and come out with the same ideas and goals,” Addison said. During his speech, Mulford quoted an old Japanese saying, “little up every day – big up one day.” “It means that if you work toward something even though you may not be making huge strides and it may not seem like much,” Mulford said, “then eventually you have your resume read to a room full of people and realize how far you’ve come.”



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Pine City cast, crew prepare to present ‘Shrek: The Musical’ PINE CITY HERITAGE PLAYERS


The family that BBQs together... Pine City’s Kuhn family (aka - Hot Daddy’s BBQ) traveled to the Smokin n Steele BBQ & Bluesfest on June 1 and 2 in Owatanna. This benefit raises money for the Special Olympics. Hot Daddy’s took 10th place out of 33 contestants on their first steak contest Friday night. Saturday they competed in the four meat “Kansas City BBQ Society” contest. They placed second in pork, 14th in chicken, 19th in brisket and 25th in ribs out of 43 teams. Hot Daddy’s has now taken first place in pork on the Minnesota BBQ Society team standings, and are enjoying family time, great friends and great food.

The 2018 summer musical for the Heritage Players Community Theater has been cast and rehearsals are underway. “We’ve been busy planning for this production since last October,” says Rachel Bigelow, board chair for the Heritage Players. “We hoped to submit a grant for this year’s summer show, which meant early planning was needed. It was exciting to be awarded a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council and know that we could plan for a big production this year.” The show will be directed by Amy Abrigo, theater artist from Minneapolis. Abrigo is a 2014 graduate of Concordia University and has been working for a variety of theaters throughout the Twin Cities. She has worked most recently as a Wardrobe Dresser for the Children’s Theater production of The Lorax. “Amy will be a great addition to the team this year and we look forward to this new opportunity for our actors and actresses to explore theater from a new perspective,” says Bigelow. Rehearsals are underway with cast members coming from all over east central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A talented cast of characters for the production include: Scott Tolzmann ~ Shrek Rachel Bigelow ~ Adult Fiona Zach Fluegel ~ Donkey Jon Bigelow ~ Lord Farquaad Allie Gosen ~ Dragon/Bluebird/Blind Mice Miranda Burger ~ Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy/Papa Ogre

Ruth Elkerton ~ Pinocchio/Blind Mice Calvin Cheney ~ Big Bad Wolf/Knight/ Thelonius Anna Savage ~ Straw Pig Thomas Yoder ~ Stick Pig/Knight Brandon Moua ~ Brick Pig/Knight Cece Bredeson ~ White Rabbit Isabella Bredeson ~ Mad Hatter Angel Kidd ~ Peter Pan Peyton St. Germain ~ Ugly Duckling Laura Michels ~ Mama Ogre/Wicked Witch/Blind Mice Elisa Mill ~ Papa Bear/Bishop Brooklyn Shellito ~ Elf Cheyenne Sandell ~ Dwarf/Happy Family Keith Bredeson ~ Captain of the Guard Kodie Maki ~ Teen Fiona/Fairy Godmother Vivian Lahti ~ Youth Fiona/Humpty Dumpty Brecken Reiser ~ Youth Shrek/Baby Bear BeckaJo Bredeson ~ Mama Bear/Happy Family Hannah Theisen ~ Happy Family Chase Holmstom ~ Guard Hailey Magnison ~ Guard Brooke Simonson ~ Guard Amelia Prokop ~ Guard Lena Roubinek ~ Guard Jaylynn Maurstad-Rock ~ Guard

Shrek: The Musical is made possible by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s General Fund. The Pine City Heritage Players’ mission is to enrich, educate and entertain our community by providing a superior theater experience.

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Steele runs away with 5th at State BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM

For the second time in three years, Pine City sophomore Alaina Steele ran at the State Track and Field Meet at Hamline University. Steele represented the community, and her fellow Dragons teammates, to great success, placing fifth in the 800m (2:19/05) on Saturday, June 9. “I would like to thank my coaches for always being proud of me no matter the outcome, my parents for believing in me every step of this amazing journey, and a huge thank you to everyone that supported me at the State meet and everyone that had me in their thoughts at home,” said Steele. It was quite a weekend for the sophomore, who entered State as the eighth-fastest out of section competitions. Steele ran in the prelims on Friday night, June 8, and punched her ticket to the final by taking fourth in her heat with a season’s best time (2:19.29). Running in the second of three preliminary heats, Steele had to place in the top two of her heat or be one of the next three fastest times overall. She finished the prelims in eighth but was focused on continuing to push herself the following day in the final. “She has trained hard all season long and had some great workouts in the past few weeks,” said Dragons head coach Jared Clementson. “This was her second time running the 800m at the


“She did an amazing job and proved that she is among the best in the State,” said Coach Clementson of Alaina Steele’s 5th place finish at the State meet.

State Track Meet. She had previously run it two years ago as an eighth grader when she set the school record (2:17.70) in the prelim race and placed ninth in the final. Last year she dealt with an iron deficiency that hindered her ability to compete at an elite level. She has been able to overcome that and is now stronger than ever.” In the finals, Steele battled some jitters but ultimately was ready for her moment. “Her ninth place finish from two years earlier was on her mind,” said Clementson. “She wanted to prove she was better than that. We went over

a race plan and strategy and she was able to execute it wonderfully. This was an incredible race to watch and it was one of the fastest State finals in recent years.” Steele put herself in the top-half in the first 200m but was passed by a few runners in the second 200m. She was seventh as she came across the 400m mark in a split of 68.9 seconds. Steele didn’t appear to panic, but waited until there was 300m left of the race to make her move. She started picking up her pace and passed two girls on the back stretch and moved into the fifth position. From there she just had to gut out the remaining 200m and finish strong as she held off a pack close behind her. “I felt confident going into the final,” said Steele. “I was really excited to show everyone how much I had worked over the past two years. I believe that going to State when I was in eighth grade helped me a lot. I knew what I was getting myself into and I knew what to expect. I knew how it felt to have everyone’s eyes watching, and I knew what it felt like to not do as well as I wanted. I worked hard to improve and I desired to

prove myself.” Steele admitted that she was a bit surprised at how fast the field was, but thought she benefited from the challenge. “When I compete, I do better with more competition,” said Steele. “Everyone that was there had definitely put in the time and worked hard to be there, but so did I. I want to continue to improve my times for the 800m and hopefully the 400m. It would be amazing to go to State again, and I know I will have to continue my training and believe in the work I put in.” With her fifth place finish, Steele ties Holly Staples (High Jump 2010) for the best girls State Track finish in school history. She is also the first Pine City girl to medal twice at State. “I can’t express how incredibly proud I am of Alaina,” added Clementson. “She did an amazing job and proved that she is among the best in the State. She has a lot going for her and excels in many other areas. All season long, she has always done whatever has been best for the team and is a great encourager to her teammates. She is also one of 14 individ-


Steele (above, center) admitted that she was a bit surprised at how fast the field was, but thought she benefited from the challenge.

uals from our team that has earned an All-State Academic Award.” Clementson thanked everyone involved for a great spring season in Track and Field. “A lot of hard work goes into each season and this year was no different,” said Clementson. “I especially want to thank the seniors for all that they have done for their team and the program over

the past few years. This group will be missed in more ways than one.” Another notable performance was that of Ava Cusciotta of Rockford, who placed sixth in the 800m. She is the daughter of former Pine City graduate and Track runner Niki (Koppen) Cusciotta. Niki competed at the State Track meet in the 4x200m relay in 1989.


The Dragons boys scored with a fourth place finish in the 4x400m relay at the Section 5A Track Meet at St. John’s University on Wednesday, May 30. The team consisting of Tryston West, Logan Vinaja, Brandon Haskovec and Austin Eckert (3:35.74) ran the sixth-fastest in school history.

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Bergstrom brothers play at State BY JESSE LOGAN SPORTS@PINECITYMN.COM


Jonah and Dusty Bergstrom did something no other pair of brothers from Pine City have ever done; the two played in the State Tennis Tournament as doubles partners.

On Thursday, June 7, Jonah and Dusty Bergstrom did something no other pair of brothers from Pine City have ever done; the two played in the State Tennis Tournament as doubles partners. Although the boys went 0-2 in two matches, the unique accomplishment of making State together is certainly something that the pairing will remember forever. “It’s a goal of many other boys across the state,” said Dragons head coach Rick Engelstad. “Most do not get this opportunity. I am very proud of these two boys. They are fine tennis players, but they truly are the best individuals. Congratulations on a great year, Jonah and Dusty.” In the opening round of the Class A doubles bracket, the Bergstroms lost (6-1, 6-3) to the eventual third place finishers from Thief River Falls. After falling down to the bottom of the bracket, the Bergstroms were beaten again (7-6, 6-4), this time in a hotly contested match against a pairing from Hibbing. Although the outcomes weren’t quite what the boys had hoped for, great memories were made. “It was a lot of fun,” said Jonah Bergstrom. “I’ve been looking at the [Pine City history] board for a long time, with all of the teams and players who have gone to State before us. I would have much rather gone to State as a team, but getting to go with my little brother was a lot of fun. I trust my brother a lot on the court.” Throughout his high school career, Jonah had always played with fellow senior captain Jared Kotek before being paired with sophomore Alex Laven this season. But when the postseason tournaments began, the senior asked coach Engelstad if he could play with his brother. “Jonah asked to have his brother as his partner,” coach Engelstad explained. “They have played together many times, just not during the tennis season, so it was not new for them.” The two were the first Pine City doubles tandem to make State in 15 years. Dusty Bergstrom had played

all season with junior Jake Adams before getting the chance to play with his older brother in the postseason tournament. “It was really fun,” Dusty said of playing with Jonah. “He’s one of my role models and it was great playing with him. It was a great environment [in the Read Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis]. It was pretty loud for tennis, a lot of people to cheer us on. The competition was good. They’re all a lot better than most of the people we played throughout the year.” The State appearance in tennis as a senior caps off a high school career that will undoubtedly put Jonah in the Pine City High School Athletic Hall of Fame one day. Jonah Bergstrom leaves Pine City as the all-time points leader in hockey, and was captain of a Dragons hockey team that won threestraight Two Rivers Conference Championships. “You can’t trade it for the world,” added Jonah when asked about his experience as a high school athlete. “Being with all of your buddies, getting to compete, it’s just all been a lot of fun.” Overall, it was a fantastic year for the Dragons tennis team. The boys went 13-1 and had some huge wins as the season went along. Team awards have been handed out, and Kotek was named the Most Valuable Dragon. He also shared the Singles Player of the Year award with Parker Sell. The Bergstroms were named Dragon Doubles Players of the Year. Rookie of the Year was shared between Peyton Smetana and Jake Adams, who was also named Most Improved. Dennis Howard was recognized as the Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year. “Our record was great,” added Engelstad, “but more than the record it was the boys. They were awesome. They worked hard and got better. They did a fantastic job of putting together the year they did. They had a goal and they worked so very hard at trying to get achieve it. One win away from it, very proud.”


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Sixth graders earn President’s Educational Awards Pine City Elementary School awarded the President’s Educational Award to nine 6th grade students. These awards honor students who have achieved high academic goals through their hard work and dedication to learning consistently for the last three years. The students who earned the President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence are: (above) Waylon Petersen, Hannah Bombard, Luke Hirsch, Sydney Wilberg and Deacon Foss. The students awarded the President’s Silver Award for Educational Achievement are: (below) Jace Preston, Jena Tomczyk, Brooklyn Shellito, Allison Unverzagt





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Runners hit the road and took a lap through the new FirstLight Community Wellness Center in Mora for the annual FirstLight CapeMy5k.

This is the 25th year Pine City Elementary 5th Grade Conflict Managers have assisted students to peacefully solve their problems during recess time. This year’s Conflict Mangers volunteered over 246 hours and helped students in grades K-4 solve conflicts. This year’s conflict managers were: (Back row) Alayna Nelson, Nick Stewart, Alayna Burton, Anthony Bergeron and James Moore. (Middle row) Ben Huettl, Waylon Remme, Dani Holmstrom, Paige Bombard, Meranda LaBine and Olivia Harshman. (Front Row) Stella Helseth, Laina Sanborn, Beau Hegge, Holly Thieman, and Brecken Reiser

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Darlene (Miska) Pavek has the distinction of being the oldest born into a family of 13 children. She attended Lincoln Country School and graduated from Pine City High School in 1955. She worked in the school cafeteria during lunch hours and did much babysitting at home and in the neighborhood. Active in 4-H for 10 years, she won their speaking contest (on radio) twice; achieved a State Fair demonstration award in 1952, and was the local Frances Ann Store dress revue winner. Employment has included Northwestern Bell telephone operator, full-fledged “farming gal,” waitressing/cooking at many local restaurants and organizations and Watkins dealer. She was Pokegama Township clerk for nine years, coordinator for the Salvation Army for two years, and volunteers at the food shelf. Darlene has also foster-parented many children over the years. She is a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, where she is a bingo caller. She joined the American Legion Auxiliary in 1982, where she has held the office of vice president, and from 2010-2014 was president. She won the Home Service Award at their National Convention in 2014. Darlene originated the heart-shaped pillow-with-pocket, which is very helpful to veterans who’ve had heart surgery and other surgeries. To date, she has made over 1,800 heart pillows, 300 lap-robes for the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 40 heart pillows for the St. Cloud MACV shelter. She said making these pillows is, “A labor I gladly do for the dedicated men and women who gave us our freedom.” A chaplain for the Blue Star Moms, she has also been a room sponsor. Darlene has been involved in the Pine City Lions 20-plus years; 10 of those years in charge of the Wednesday garage sales at the Pine County Fairgrounds during Flea Market, and five years at the Pine County Fair Lions Breakfast. She organized the “one and only” Lions Expo. Twice she has been in charge of the Pine City Firemen’s Chili Feed. For 10 years she has been the bingo caller every Tuesday at Lakeside Nursing Home. She has received the following awards: Hearing Research, Helen Keller, Melvin Jones, Lion of the Year. When asked what motivates her, Darlene replied, “Volunteering touches lives and lifts one’s spirit. Generosity creates joy! If you have it in your heart, volunteering comes naturally.”

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Strawberry season starts soon in state MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Carol Horan (right) blows the whistle to start off the new season at the Farmers’ Market with Kim Metz and Mary Johnson.

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to her bag of fresh asparagus. Heather Wroolie was happy to see the folks from Lakedon Family Syrup of Grasston back for another year. “We love their syrup, and I think it’s important to support the local people, especially those who grow food for us,” she commented. The McGregor kids, from Rush City, attended the market for the first time and helped their mom pick out flowers for the garden. Cilantro, rhubarb and green onions also were a hit with customers. Both Raudabaugh and Jones said that what’s growing in their fields looks good and healthy thanks to the recent days of heat and moisture. Both farmers anticipate adding more items each week with the

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bulk of their selections available around mid July. Market volunteers, Kim Metz, Mary Johnson, Carol Horan and Judy Scholin were there to set up and get things rolling, and Darlene Collins staffed the Master Gardeners resource booth, as she and her colleagues will do each Friday of the market through the end of October. Visitors to the farmers market can look forward to an entertaining and informative offering of upcoming events, including additional tastings each month and wellness topics presented by First Light Health System, the 2018 season sponsor. For a full listing of happenings, stop by the market on Fridays or Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and pick up a flyer, or visit their Facebook page.

Minnesota strawberries will be ready for picking soon. Growers across the state have reported fields full of blossoms and are expecting to be open for pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries the last two weeks of June. Berry season is short and sweet, with seasonal availability beginning in southern Minnesota and moving northward. The typical strawberry season is two-three weeks long but the length of harvest varies from farm to farm depending on varieties planted, weather, and soil type. Mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s extend the season and allow berries to ripen at a steady pace, while excessive heat can cause berries to ripen more quickly and shorten the season. Minnesota strawberry varieties are grown for their robust, juicy flavor, and not for long shelf life or shipping ability. John Jacobson of Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake gives tips on preserving Minnesota strawberries’ fresh taste. “Leave the berries in their natural state until you are ready to use them,” said Jacobson, “then wash them up. Waiting to wash the berries will keep them fresher longer and will help them from going bad prematurely.” Kevin Edberg of The Berry Patch in Forest Lake has grown berries for 41 years. Edberg recommends that visitors call the farm beforehand and properly plan visits. “Call the farm before going and prepare for be-

‘The typical strawberry season is two-three weeks long but the length of harvest varies from farm to farm .’

ing outside,” said Edberg. “Bring things like hats, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Most farms these days provide containers, but verify if you need to bring your own.” Edberg also recommends calling ahead for those wishing to place orders for pre-picked berries. Danielle Daugaard of Minnesota Grown recommends on-the-farm berry picking as an educational family activity. “Picking your own berries is lots of fun and is a great way for kids to learn where their food comes from,” says Daugaard. “Minnesota Grown farmers are always happy to connect with their customers, and visiting their farms can give families a chance to ask questions about their food.” The directory, available in print or online, is a great place to find local pick-your-own berry operations or farmers market. The directory includes 73 strawberry farms, 36 summer raspberry farms, 31 blueberry farms, and other specialty berry farms like elderberries, currants, honey berries, and aronia berries. Free, printed copies of the Directory may be ordered online or by calling 1-888-TOURISM (1888-868-7476).



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Next Chamber Meeting: July 3, 2018 @ Noon

CONTACT US: 320-322-4040 Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce 315 Main Street South, Pine City MN 55063 Regular Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

JUNE 14, 2018



2018 Dragon Trap Team exceeds expectations STAFF REPORT NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

Organizers of the Pine City High School Trap Team report that the 2018 squad far exceeded expectations, setting highs for team participants (77), team season average (68 percent), number of high school league qualified varsity shooters (21), number of state tournament participants (27), letter winners (36), and conference finish. This year’s fifth place finish ties with last year, but Pine City moved up to a bigger conference (8A) due to the large number of participants. Below is a list of the top 25 shooters. The average listed is per round of 25 clays: 2018 PCHS Trap Team Top Shooters 1. Justin Stolp 22.90 1.  Parker Sell 22.90 3.  Brice Wersal 21.80 4.  Sean Saunders 21.40 5.  Hunter Carl 21.10 5.  Peyton Smetana 21.10 7. Morgan Drevecky 20.90 8.  Alex Wimmer 20.50 9.  Sam Chryst 20.40 10. Lukas Keman 20.30 11. Devin Roberts 20.10 12. Devin Willert 19.70 13. Josh Doenz 19.63 14. Jarred Juhl 19.60 15. Sully Lucht 19.50 16. George Ausmus 19.30 17. Toby Bulera 19.20 17. Blake Hall 19.20 19. Ken Goff 19.10 19. Cody Patzoldt 19.10 21. TJ Rank 19.00 22. Kaia Leibel 18.90 23. Drake Willert 18.80 24. Alex Houle 18.40 25. Jacob Goodner 18.10


Members of the Pine City High School Dragon Trap Team celebrated another successful season in 2018.

State Rep Jason Rarick

Top shooting team - Frandsen Bank & Trust

A special thank you to all our sponsors • Mark Haug Construction • Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins • Jim Jordan Chapter MDHA • Jones’s Construction • Keystone Contracting Inc • Lake Superior Laundry

• Farmer’s Insurance & Village Bar • JCF Builders • DPR Builders • Crystal Springs Ice • Catholic United Financial • Currie, Pangerl & Associates • East Central Exterminating

New Winchester, Tony

Pine City Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the people that helped with and sponsored our annual Sporting Clay Shoot at Wings North on April 27th. A special thanks to Jeff and Sue Hughes, Chad Hughes, Mark Edwards, Bill Efnger, Jerald Plasek, Jerry Bombard, Leonard and Julie Dickey, Deanna Jahnz, Mike Sauser, Pine City Country Club, Voyageur Bottle Shop and Our Redeemer Ladies for donating their time and talents in making the shoot and auction a success.




JUNE 14, 2018



Marcel ‘Mark’ C. Eliason

Marcel “Mark” Eliason of Pine City went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 8, 2018, at his home surrounded by his beloved family at the age of 91. Marcel Clarence Eliason was born Oct. 9, 1926, to Joseph and Eldora (Kurschner) Eliason in Ridgeland, Wisconsin. Mark attended Hinckley High School in Hinckley. On June 11, 1950, he married Sallie Burgess at Grace United Methodist Church in Danbury, Wisconsin. Mark worked as an insurance agent for many insurance companies in Minnesota during his career and retired from Mark Eliason Insurance in Pine City. Mark was involved in Lions Cub, United Methodist Men’s Club and served as a board member for Hillside Court. He was strong in his faith and lived his life serving Jesus, his family and his community. Mark was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mark is survived by his wife Sallie Eliason of

Pine City; grandchildren Shawna (David) Eagle of Delano, Chad Espeseth of Minneapolis and Allison Espeseth of Roseville; great-grandchildren Kori (Gabe Glidden) Iverson and T.J. Iverson all of Winona; great-great-grandchildren David Iverson and Dylan Zaborowski both of Mounds View; sisters Rachel Adamek of St. Cloud, Sylvia Bartes of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Gloria Carrigan of Washington, Kathy Saboe of Louisiana and Laurel (Jim) Pearson of White Bear Lake; many nieces and nephews. Mark is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Candice Haase; great-granddaughter Kayla Iverson; brothers Roland and Dale Eliason. Pastor Rob Spahr will officiate at funeral services for Mark at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at First Presbyterian Church, Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned from 5-8 p.m., Monday, June 18, at the Swanson Funeral Chapel, Pine City, and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the caregivers at St. Croix Hospice and especially to Blanche, Dawn, Stephen, Carla and Shelly, and the staff at David’s Kidney Care in Siren, Wisconsin. Memorials may be designated to Lost Sheep Ministries, 2088 129th Lane NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel. www.FuneralAndCremationService. com

Please join us in celebrating Wally and Jane Connaker’s 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 30, 4-8 p.m., at the Pine City Country Club, 10413 Golf Course Rd. SW, Pine City. No gifts please. No local invitations sent.

COLLEGE Dean’s lists The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced its dean’s list for spring semester 2018. The following local

students were honored: Askov resident Haley Loew; Brook Park resident Keyan S. Weaver; Hinckley residents Adam J. Finke, Laken

M. Lymburner, Dana T. Tekavec, Patrick Clark and Taylor M. Johnson; Pine City residents: Amanda L. Basta, Brady Hepburn,

Joseph M. Fabini and Natalie Cahill; Rona M. Seegebarth of Sandstone; Devonte L. Johnson and Frank White of Sturgeon Lake

and Sydney S. Nelson of Willow River. Courtney Schmeling, a resident of Hinckley, was among nearly 1,000

students from Rochester Community and Technical College who made the dean’s list for spring semester ending this past May.

WORSHIP GUIDE 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

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

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

Hands for Pine City Outreach Church Meeting in Robinson Park all summer Sunday NIGHTS 5-6PM Pastors Julie & Brad Samuelson P.O. Box 164 PC 320-496-3009 Facebook fan page: Hands for Pine City Existing to be the hands of Jesus to Pine City

First Presbyterian Church 405 Main St. S., Pine City 320-629-3592 Rev. Rob Spahr 10:00 a.m. Sunday School-all ages, No Sunday School-June-August 10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration Wednesday @ 6:15 p.m. Youth Group Grace Baptist Church 1 mile Southwest of Pine City on Fairway Road (next to I-35) 320-629-1374 Pastor Tim W. Stratton 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. 11:00 a.m. Preaching Service, 6:00 p.m. Evening Service. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Bible study, 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. Master Clubs for children ages 4 to 6th grade.

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

Hope Lutheran Church Grasston Dean Oelfke, Pastor 320-396-3925 Sunday Worship Service 11am 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.

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. Call 320-358-3818 for weekly Bible studies and youth activities.

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.

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 Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 825 Golf Ave SW, Pine City 320-629-2985 Pastor Fred Hanson Sunday Worship: 9:00 a.m. Thursday Worship: 5:30 p.m. Children of Joy Summer camps: Call Lauren at ext 207 Picnic Church at Robinson Park: 6 p.m. Wednesdays (June 20 & 27; July 11, 18, and 25; August 8 and 15)

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:, www. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 320-629-2935 19390 Ave, Beroun, MN Monsignor Alek Suchan Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m. South Pine Baptist Church Meeting at Pine City Library Community Room 300 5th St SE, Pine City, MN Pastor Dennis Eng 320-336-9292 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study at 7p.m. (Call for location) Zion Lutheran Church 410 Main St. S, Pine City Worship 9 a.m. Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Growing in Grace Preschool Mon-Wed- Fri a.m. Pastor Glen Kleppe 320-629-3683

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SUMMARY OF MINUTES OF THE PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING Regular Meeting – Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. 6333 H C Andersen Alle, Askov, Minnesota Chair Steve Hallan called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Present were Commissioners Josh Mohr, Steve Chaffee, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig. Also present were County Administrator David Minke and County Attorney Reese Frederickson. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Chair Hallan called for public comment. Attorney Brian Taurinskas requested to address the board regarding the settlement proposal submitted on May 11, 2018. Steve Quam, attorney for the Minnesota Land Trust, stated he was present to answer questions regarding the conservation easement (regular agenda item #3). Commissioner Ludwig moved to approve the amended Agenda. Second by Commissioner Mikrot. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Mohr moved to approve the Minutes of the May 1, 2018 board meeting and Summary for publication. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Minutes of Boards, Reports and Correspondence Frontier Communications - Order Initiating Investigation and Referring Matter for Public Hearings Motion by Commissioner Chaffee to acknowledge the Boards, Reports and Correspondence. Second by Commissioner Ludwig. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Mikrot moved to approve the amended Consent Agenda. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Fund April 30, 2017 April 30, 2018 Increase(Decrease) General Fund 792,565 1,194,975 402,478 Health and Human Services Fund (577,602) (354,548) 223,055 Road and Bridge Fund 1,498,063 2,987,165 1,489,102 Land Management Fund 2,133,012 2,109,767 (23,245) TOTAL (inc nonmajor funds) 8,739,062 13,754,279 5,015,217 Approve Application for Exempt Permit from the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct MN lawful gambling on September 8, 2018 at Doc’s Bar & Grill, 34427 Majestic Pine Dr., Sturgeon Lake, MN. Approve the Applications for Abatement for Pathfinder Village Owners Assoc., 48762 State Hwy. 48, Hinckley and Pine Children’s Early Learning, 900 4th St. SE, Pine City. Approve Resolution 2018-22 for the repurchase of fax forfeited land in full for Gary O’Borsky and Brent Krause. Approve the Contract for Medical Examiner Services with Anoka County, in the amount of $50,000 annually. This contract shall be for the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. The contract amount is unchanged from 2016-2018 contract. Approve the Food Service Agreement – Amendment No. 10, increasing the pricing schedule for food service in the jail for 2018 by 1.2 percent, effective January 15, 2018. Approve the hiring of LoAnn Westerman as the victim services coordinator, effective June 4, 2018, $23.25 per hour, Grade 8. Approve the hiring of Samantha Lo as the Community Health Services Administrator at Pine County Health & Human Services, effective June 27, 2018, $36 per hour, Grade 16. Wetland Conservation Act Administration Fee Schedule – Public Hearing Land Services Director Kelly Schroeder reviewed fees for the administration of the Wetland Conservation Act. Chair Hallan opened the public hearing at 10:08 a.m. Ailene Croup inquired on the number of wetland credits available per parcel; Schroeder responded it is dependent upon the specifics of each parcel. With there being no further comment, Chair Hallan closed the public hearing at 10:09 a.m. MOTION by Commissioner Ludwig to adopt the following fee schedule, effective May 15, 2018, for Wetland Conservation Act applications: Basic Application Review $100 Replacement Plan Review $200 Wetland Delineation Review $125 Wetland Banking Application Review $500 Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Ludwig provided an overview of the May 8, 2018 Pine County Personnel Committee meeting. The Personnel Committee made the following recommendations: A. Health & Human Services i. Acknowledge the resignation of full-time Veterans Service Officer/Health & Human Services Office Support Specialist Trysten Williamson, effective May 12, 2018, and approve backfill of the open position and any subsequent vacancies which may occur due to an internal promotion or lateral transfer. ii. Approve the hiring of a Family Health Supervisor contingent upon adequate future funding. Non-union position, Grade 15, minimum starting wage of $32.08. B. Sheriff’s Office i. Acknowledge the resignation of part-time Dispatcher Stephanie Nynas, effective April 28, 2018, and approve backfill of this position and any subsequent vacancies that may occur due to an internal promotion or lateral transfer. C. Sheriff’s Office – Jail i. Acknowledge the retirement of Corrections Officer Sergeant Dennis Adrian, effective July 1, 2018, and approve the hiring of a full-time Corrections Officer/Sergeant and approve backfill of this position and any subsequent vacancies which may occur due to an internal promotion or lateral

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 58-PR-18-41 Estate of Gerald Edward Jacobson, also known as Gerald E. Jacobson, also known as Gerald Jacobson, Decedent NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS (INTESTATE) Notice is given that an application for informal appointment of personal representative has been filed with the Registrar. No will has been presented for probate. The application has been granted. Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Nancy Jacobson, whose address is 501 Linden Street W, Frederic, Wisconsin, 54837, as personal representative of the Estate of the Decedent. Any heir or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the person-

al representative has full power to administer the Estate including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate. Any objections to the appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing. Notice is also given that (subject to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: Blegen, Lu Ann (Pine Court Administrator) Registrar 2018.06.04 09:52:16-05'00' Dated: Blegen, Lu Ann (Pine Court Administrator) Court Administrator 2018.06.04 09:52:33-05'00' Attorney for Personal Representative Chelsie Troth Ledin, Hofstad, Troth & Fleming, Ltd. 539 Main Street S. Pine City, MN, 55063 Attorney License No: 0395709 Telephone: (320) 629-7537 FAX: (320) 629-2479

transfer. Grade 9, minimum starting wage of $20.87. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to approve the recommendations of the Personnel Committee. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Chaffee to approve Resolution 2018-23 authorizing the acquisition of an easement for access to the Pine County Memorial Forest through eminent domain. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 4-1. Commissioner Hallan opposed. Motion by Commissioner Chaffee to approve the Records Retention Schedule dated May 15, 2018. Second by Commissioner Mikrot. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to approve Resolution 2018-21 recognizing the EMS Week Proclamation to designate the week of May 20-26, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services Week. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Chaffee to approve Resolution 2018-24 recognizing the designation of the week of May 13-19, 2018 as National Police Week. Second by Commissioner Ludwig. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Mohr to award Contract #1801 to Hardrives, Inc, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $1,507,518.68, for the following: SAP 058-647-007 Located on CSAH 47 between CSAH 48 and TH 23 in Duquette SAP 058-648-013 Located on CSAH 48 between CSAH 47 and CR 164 NW of Duquette Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to accept the equipment rental bids as presented. Second by Commissioner Chaffee. Motion carried 5-0. A Special Meeting-Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to include environmental and extension updates. With no further business, Chair Hallan adjourned the meeting at 11:28 a.m. The next regular meeting of the county board is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, Minnesota. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, Administrator Clerk to County Board of Commissioners The full text of the board’s Minutes are available at the County Administrator’s Office and the county’s website ( Copies may also be requested from the administrator’s office. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14, 2018 MINUTES OF PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING SPECIAL MEETING and COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE May 22, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. Norway Point Group Center St. Croix State Park Hinckley, Minnesota Chair Steve Hallan called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m. Present were Commissioners Josh Mohr, Steve Chaffee, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig Also present were County Administrator David Minke and County Attorney Reese Frederickson. Others present: Rick Dunkley, St. Croix State Park Manager; Eric Welton and Scott Dreier, Munch Township Supervisors; Charm Dreier, Munch Township Clerk; Susanne Hinrichs, Regional Director for University of Minnesota Extension; Jan Derdowski and Renee Kostick, Extension Educators-University of Minnesota; Nathan Winter, U of M Extension Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Program Leader; Angela Haug, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center; Cindy Stolp, Director of Community Education and Early Childhood Parent Education with the Pine City Schools; Becky Foss, Director of Pine County Health & Human Services; Barb Schmidt, Adult Services Supervisor and Beth Jarvis, Children’s Services Supervisor, Pine County Health & Human Services; Natalie Matthewson, Region 7E Adult Mental Health Initiatives (AHMI) planner; and Traci LeBrun, media. The pledge of allegiance was said. Those present introduced themselves. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to approve the agenda. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 5-0. Rick Dunkley, St. Croix State Park Manager, welcomed the group and presented information on the state park. Natalie Matthewson, Region 7E AMHI planner, presented information on mental health services provided by AMHI and available to county residents. Cindy Stolp, Director of Community Education and Early Childhood Parent Education with the Pine City Schools explained the services provided by early childhood education and the importance of young-age involvement of youth in the early childhood programs. Angela Haug, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center explained the options and services offered, availability of education materials, and support options accessible through the Pregnancy Resource Center. Chair Hallan called a recess at 10:25 a.m. The meeting reconvened at 10:40 a.m. Becky Foss, Health & Human Services Director, provided information relating to child protection reports and out-of-home placements. Director Foss stated there is a weighted disparity of out-of-home placements concerning Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) children, with a goal of her department being to re-engage tribal partners and the Minnesota Department of Human Services relating to out-of-home placements. University of Minnesota Extension staff presented included: Susanne Hinrichs, Regional Director; Renee Kostick, Extension Educator; Nathan Winter, Extension Program Leader, Center for Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources, Presentations were made on: • 4-H You Development Program Delivery Models

Email: chelsiet@ledinandhofstad. com Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 7 and 14, 2018 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF PINE PROBATE COURT DIVISION Court File No. 58-PR-18-39 In Re: Estate of Emery J. Peden, Decedent NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS It is Ordered and Notice is given that on the 23rd day of July, 2018, at 9:00 o’clock a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at the Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, Pine County, Minnesota, for the Formal Probate of an instrument purporting to be the Last Will of the above named Decedent, dated October 28, 2009, and separate writing(s) under Minn. Stat. § 524.2-513 (“Last Will”), and for the appointment of Lindy L. Butenhoff, whose address is 43870 Balsam Road, Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783, as Personal Representative of the estate of the Decedent in X an UNSUPERVISED administration. Any objections to the Petition must be filed With the Court prior to or

raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the 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 Estate. Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. § 524.3-801) ALL CREDITORS having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four (4) months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. (COURT SEAL) Dated: MARTIN, KRISTA Judge 2018.05.22 15:31:34-05’00’ Dated: LU ANN BLEGEN Court Administrator Attorney for Personal Representative Name: Bruce L. Beck, ID# 5885 Firm: VIRTUS LAW, P.L.L.C. Street: 2785 White Bear Avenue, Suite 101 City, State, ZIP: Maplewood, MN 55109 Telephone: {651} 770-2400 Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14 and 21, 2018



• Trauma Informed Programming • County Agricultural Educator/Agriculture Efforts Chair Hallan called a recess at 12:00 p.m. for lunch. Chair Hallan reconvened the meeting, and with no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, Administrator Clerk to County Board Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14, 2018 MINUTES OF THE PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING Special Meeting – Committee of the Whole Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Pine County Courthouse, Pine City, Minnesota Chair Hallan called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Josh Mohr, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig. Commissioner Steve Chaffee was absent (excused). Also present were County Administrator David Minke, County Engineer Mark LeBrun, IT Manager Ryan Findell, Child Support Supervisor Jodi Blesener, Project Manager Troy Haug and Architect Richard Fischer. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. On May 22, 2018, bids were opened by County Engineer Mark LeBrun, for construction of the North Pine Government Center. Categories include concrete, masonry, roofing, doors, aluminum store fronts, acoustical ceilings, tile, flooring, fire, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and earth work. Project Manager Haug reviewed the bids received, explaining bid amounts were higher than expected due to the large amount of work available to contractors and labor shortages. Chair Hallan called a recess at 1:27 p.m. to allow Haug to make copies of the bid tabulations. The meeting reconvened at 1:35 p.m. Haug recommended awards for the following bid categories: concrete, masonry, doors, acoustical ceilings, and earth work. Motion by Commissioner Mohr to award the following contracts: Bid Category Bidder Bid Concrete Cem-Con $148,828.00 Masonry Harbor City Masonry $476,715.00 Doors Northern Door $49,500.00 Acoustical Ceilings Twin City Acc. $26,100.00 Earth Work MPJ Enterprises $53,797.56 Total Awards $754,940.56 Second by Commissioner Mikrot. Motion carried 4-0. Motion by Commissioner Ludwig to rebid the carpentry/structural steel package and verify the remaining bids for the June 5, 2018 county board meeting. Second by Commissioner Mohr. Motion carried 4-0. Adjourn With no further business, Chair Hallan adjourned the meeting at 1:50 p.m. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair Pine County Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, County Administrator Clerk to Pine County Board of Commissioners Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14, 2018 MINUTES OF PINE COUNTY BOARD MEETING Special Meeting – Local Government Meeting Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Pine County Courthouse, Pine City, Minnesota Chair Hallan called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Josh Mohr, John Mikrot, Jr., and Matt Ludwig. Absent Commissioner Steve Chaffee (excused). Also present were County Attorney Reese Frederickson, County Sheriff Jeff Nelson, and County Administrator David Minke. Also present were representatives from various townships and cities in Pine County. The pledge of allegiance was said. Chair Hallan welcomed everyone and those present introduced themselves. Dustin Goslin, Economic Development Director for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures presented information on Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures including businesses they own and operate and how they evaluate businesses they might be interested in. Cities and townships provided updates including: • City of Sandstone -- Optimistic about Lundorff Dr. industrial park development • City of Hinckley -- Hwy. 48 was resurfaced and new signals that respond to traffic flow • City of Rock Creek -- a lot of commercial land for sale • City of Willow River -- DNR public meeting June 4th on the dam reconstruction • Wilma Township -- requires permits for large trucks. They were having a problem with logging trucks tearing up the roads. Now the permits require an escrow payment. Kelly Schroeder, County Land Services Director, reviewed the zoning initiative and survey that was sent to all cities and townships. The next meeting will be October 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. Stephen M. Hallan, Chair Pine County Board of Commissioners David J. Minke, County Administrator Clerk to the Pine County Board of Commissioners Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14, 2018

SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE #18-04, 18-06, 18-07 & 18-08 FROM THE MAY 31, 2018 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING A first read was held for Ord #1804 – Amending City code, Chapter 8 entitled “Streets and Sidewalks” Sections: 800, 805, 810, 815, and 820. Ord #18-04 was then passed. A first read was held for Ord #1806 – Amending City code, Chapter 9 entitled “Building Regulations” for the creation of Section 905: Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems. Ord #18-06 was then passed. A first read was held for Ord #18-07 – Amending City code, Chapter 3 entitled “City Property” Sections: 600.02, 600.03, 600.08, 605.02, 605.03, 605.08 and 605.13 for the creation of Al Fresco liquor and beer licenses. Ord #18-07 was then passed. A first read was held for Ord #1808 – Amending City Code, Chapter 7 entitled “Nuisances, Weapons, Prohibitions and Blight” for the creation of Section 700.07, Drug Paraphernalia. Ord #18-08 was then passed. A copy of the above Ordinances will be available for viewing at the City Hall office, Library and City website. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14, 2018

NOTICE Notice is Hereby Given, that Pine City Township is accepting quotes for ditch mowing. Please contact the Clerk for a map either by email at or by phone at 651-621-4049. All quotes are due no later than Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Certificates of Liability/Worker’s Comp insurance must be included with all quotes. No quotes will be accepted that do not include commercial general liability insurance coverage with a policy limit of at least $1,500,000 per occurrence; and workers compensation insurance. Pine City Township must be listed as certificate holder. Quotes can be sent to Pine City Township Clerk at 21977 St. Croix Rd, Pine City MN 55063. The Pine City Township Board of Supervisors reserves the right to reject any or all quotes received and to waive any irregularities. Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 14, 2018




JUNE 14, 2018


PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S BLOTTER June 3-10 Theft, burglary, vandalism June 3, 10:56 a.m., report of damage to property, Silver Maple St., Pine City. June 4, 6:49 a.m., report of theft, Johnson Ave. SE, Pine City. June 4, 2:37 p.m., report of theft, Lakeview Heights, Pine City. June 5, 6:11 p.m., report of hit and run property, 8th St. SW, Pine City. June 5, 7:33 p.m., report of burglary, Deer Valley Rd., Pine City. June 6, 2:03 p.m., report of counterfeit, Main St. S, Pine City. June 7, 4:16 p.m., report of burglary, E River Way, Pine City. June 8, 5:03 p.m., report of vehicle theft, Apple Rd., Pine City.


Keller Gabriel David Charles Keller was born on May 16, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. He weighed six pounds, six ounces and was 20 inches long. His parents are Christina and Trevor Keller of Finlayson. Gabriel is welcomed by grandparents Jen and Jessie Kordiak of Hinckley, Julie and Daryl Keller of Sandstone.

June 4, 7:21 p.m., report of missing person, Northridge Dr. NW, Pine City. June 4, 9:32 p.m., report of runaway, Northridge Dr. NW, Pine City. June 5, 9:20 p.m., report of juvenile trouble, Main St. S, Pine City. June 7, 3:42 p.m., report of suicide threat, Sunset Trl., Pine City. June 8, 2:23 p.m., report of assault, 6th Ave. SW, Pine City. June 9, 6:07 p.m., report of attempt pickup, Northridge Dr. NW, Pine City.

Fires and accidents June 5, 4:13 p.m., report of personal injury accident, Falcon Ave., Pine City. June 8, 1:18 p.m., report of vehicle fire, Johnson Ave. SE, Pine City.

Jail roster

Terpstra Gwendolyn Faith Terpstra was born on May 22, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. She weighed eight pounds, four ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Trent and Sarah Terpstra of Mora. Gwen is welcomed home by sibling Skylar Terpstra, 2. Her grandparents are Jeff and Lori DeYoung of Ogilvie, Randy and Vicki Terpstra of Mora.

Andres Lylah Jarae Andres was born on May 17, 2018, at FirstLight Health System. She weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and was 21-1/2 inches long. Her parents are Kaitlin Ristow and Austin Andres of Mora. Lylah is welcomed by grandparents Dean and Angela Ristow, Andy and Traci Andres, all of Mora.

WEATHER Date 6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7 6/8 6/9 6/10

High 81° 74° 76° 75° 72° 74° 74°

Low 47° 50° 52° 47° 56° 56° 57°

Precipitation 0 0 .61" 0 0 0 0

June 4, Carlos Juan Lopez, hold for other agency- arrest-misdemeanor warrant, drugs- 5th degree- procure/ possess/control over a controlled substance; obstruct legal processlawful execution legal process. Released June 7. June 4, Sarah Loretta Roybal, warrant- bench- gross misdemeanor, traffic- drivers license- driving after revocation; traffic regulation- driver must carry proof of insurance when operating vehicle. Released June 5. June 4, Shawn Samuel St. John, warrant, bench, misdemeanor, trespass- premises of another- refuse to depart. Released June 4. June 5, Anthony Jon Olen, warrant, damage to property- 1st degree- value reduced over $1000; traffic- DWIrefuse to submit to chemical test. June 5, Timothy Allan Wendt, under sentence- serving 639 days- concurrent. Released June 7. June 5, Brittany Laura Suzan Southworth, probable cause, drugs- 5th degree controlled substance- possession. Released June 6. June 5, David James White, hold for other agency- bench- misdemeanor warrant. Released June 6. June 6, Ernest Scott Swanson, hold for other agency- bench- misdemeanor warrant. Released June 7. June 6, Roxanne Nicole Berggren, hold for other agency- failure to appear warrant. Released June 7. June 6, Kayla May Harthan, hold for other agency- bench felony warrant. Released June 7. June 6, Matthew Lloyd Boykin, probable cause, domestic abuse no contact order- misdemeanor; fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle, obstruct legal process- interfere w/peace officer. June 6, Kyle Yancey-Lee Engevik, writ, drugs- 3rd degree- possess 10 grams or more a narcotic drug other than heroin, 2nd degree, within 90-day period; drugs- 5th degreepossess schedule 1,2,3,4- not small amount marijuana. June 6, Corey Thomas Nielson, warrant, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not small amount marijuana. June 6, Sheldon John Barrick, probable cause, disorderly conduct... Re-


leased June 8. June 6, Joshua John Larson, writ- receiving stolen property; assault- 5th degree- fear of bodily harm or death. Released June 8. June 6, Joshua Jon Mugge, writ- possess ammo/any firearm- conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence; drugs- aggravated controlled substance crime 1st degree and firearm. Released June 8. June 7, Daron Rose Mainville, probable cause, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not small amount marijuana. Released June 8. June 7, Nicholas Lee Hanson, hold for other agency- arrest- gross misdemeanor. Released June 8. June 7, Savannah Campbell, probable cause, probation violation; traffic- drivers license- driving after revocation, insurance- no proof of insurance; pre-trial supervision violation, traffic- DWI- 2nd degree driving while impaired; criminal penalty. June 7, Ronald Dean Davis, probable cause, domestic assault- by strangulation... June 7, Cheryl Ann Martinez, probable cause, theft- take/drive motor vehicle- no owner consent. June 7, Nicholas James Mitchell, probable cause, possess ammo/any firearm- previous felony conviction; theft- take/drive motor vehicle- no owner consent. June 7, Darren Robert Postal, warrant- bench felony, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not small amount marijuana. Released June 8. June 7, Jordan David Smith, hold for other agency- unspecified warrant. Released June 8. June 8, Scott Alan Emslander, probable cause, traffic- DWI- refuse to submit to chemical test. June 8, Erika Marie Fornengo, parole/probation violator, terroristic threats- reckless disregard risk. June 8, Ryan Dean Richardson, probable cause, drivers licenses- use fictitious name/DOB, false statements, concealed material fact, fraud; probation violation. June 8, Rodney White, warrant, drugs- 5th degree- possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not small amount marijuana. June 8, Diane Lee Lichey, probable cause, disorderly conduct- obstruct legal process- interfere w/peace officer. Released June 8. June 8, Matthew Jon Studler, summons, financial transaction card fraud- use- no consent. Released June 8. June 9, Cody Joseph Kukuk, warrant, traffic- drivers license- driving after revocation, driver must carry proof of insurance when operating vehicle. June 9, Joseph Anthony Lambert, probable cause, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. June 9, Melissa Ann Maloney, warrant, giving peace officer false nameof another person; traffic- drivers license- driving after revocation; drugs- 5th degree- possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not small amount marijuana; motor vehicle registration- operate vehicle with expired registration. June 10, Myra Joe Anderson, hold for other agency, warrant, check forgeryoffer/possess w/intent to defraud. June 10, Lisa Lee Kauppi, probable cause, obstruct legal process; drugs5th degree- procure/possess/control over a controlled substance. June 10, David Alan Pennig, probable cause, burglary- 2nd degree- dwelling; theft- value more than $500 but less than $1001. June 10, Aaron Robert Shelton, warrant, burglary- 2nd degree- dwelling. June 10, Neil Patrick Naylor, probable cause, drivers licenses- driving restrictions, driving after cancellationinimical to public safety. Released June 11. June 10, Keith Douglas Mclaughlin, probable cause, burglary- 2nd degree- dwelling; assault- 5th degree- fear of bodily harm or death. Released June 10.

BIDS CLOSE July 2, 2018 Pine County, MN Sealed proposals will be RECEIVED until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2018, by David Minke, Pine County Administrator at 635 Northridge Drive NW Pine City, MN on behalf of the Pine County Board of Commissioners for construction of the county project listed below. Proposals will be opened and read publicly in the Administrator Conference Room by the County Engineer or his representative at the Pine County Courthouse in Pine City, MN at 10:00 a.m. Minimum wage rates to be paid by the Contractors have been predetermined and are subject to the Work Hours Act of 1962, P.L. 87-581 and implementing regulations. Contract #1803 SAP 058-661-026 Located on CSAH 61, 0.2 miles South of CSAH 41 over the Willow River Major quantities of work: 282’ 14’x13’ PC Box Culvert; 6 each 14’x13’ PC End Sections; 3,970 Cu Yd Granular Backfill; 700 Ton Class 5 Aggregate Base; 245 CY Random Riprap Class IV Plans are available on EGram. For a user ID contact Sherri at (320) 216-4200 or Hard copies of plans and specifications may be examined and secured for $100 at the Pine County Public Works Department, 405 Airport Road NE, Pine City MN 55063. Bids must be accompanied by a Corporate Surety Bond in an amount not less than 5 percent of the total bid price. The County Board of Pine County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities. By order of the Pine County Board of Commissioners. Mark A. LeBrun, County Engineer Pine County, Minnesota Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 7, 14 and 21, 2018 BIDS CLOSE July 2, 2018 Pine County, MN Sealed proposals will be RECEIVED until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2018, by David Minke, Pine County Administrator at 635 Northridge Drive NW Pine City, MN on behalf of the Pine County Board of Commissioners for construction of the county project listed below. Proposals will be opened and read publicly in the Administrator Conference Room by the County Engineer or his representative at the Pine County Courthouse in Pine City, MN at 10:00 a.m. Minimum wage rates to be paid by the Contractors have been predetermined and are subject to the Work Hours Act of 1962, P.L. 87-581 and implementing regulations. Contract #1802 SAP 058-653-011 Located on CSAH 53 Between CSAH 7 and CSAH 11 CP 058-106-003 Located on CR 106 between CSAH 2 and TH 70 CP 058-122-001 Located on CR 122 between CSAH 53 and CSAH 11 CP 058-133-001 Located on CR 133 between CR 134 and CSAH 15 CP 058-134-001 Located on CR 134 between CH 133 and TH 48 Major quantities of work: 116,105 SY Full Depth Reclamation; 31,123 Ton 12.5 SP Wearing Mix Course (2,B); 7,483 Ton Aggregate Base, Class 5; 2,705 Ton Aggregate Surfacing, Class 1; 146,147 LF 4”/6” Solid Line Epoxy GR In; 5,510 LF 4” Broken Line Epoxy GR In Plans are available on EGram. For a user ID contact Sherri at (320) 216-4200 or Hard copies of plans and specifications may be examined and secured for $100 at the Pine County Public Works Department, 405 Airport Road NE, Pine City MN 55063. Bids must be accompanied by a Corporate Surety Bond in an amount not less than 5 percent of the total bid price. The County Board of Pine County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities. By order of the Pine County Board of Commissioners. Mark A. LeBrun, County Engineer Pine County, Minnesota Published in the Pine City Pioneer on June 7, 14 and 21, 2018

JUNE 14, 2018





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451 RENTALS COMMERCIAL Meadowbrook 1 & 2 BDRM apartments- Mora, starting at $670 + electric. Available immediately. No smoking, no pets. Contact Denny, 507-269-7639.

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Debt Collections Representative CU Recovery in Wyoming is looking for Collections Representatives. You must be a customer service oriented team player with experience in collections or customer service; possess a client service attitude, and a strong work ethic. Excellent communication, listening, and negotiation skills are paramount to this position. Additional requirements of the Collections role include: High school diploma or GED, basic keyboarding skills, organization and problem solving skills. Experience in debt collection is preferred, but not required. Please forward your resume to: Mari Gordon, CU Recovery, Inc., 26263 Forest Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092 or email:

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Post Frame Construction Crew in Mora looking for experienced or entry level carpenters FT with OT available. Contact: CF Services LLC. 612-229-4281 Post Frame Construction Crew in Mora looking for experienced or entry level carpenters FT with OT available. Contact: CF Services LLC. 612-229-4281 GOURMET PRODUCTS PINE CITY HELP WANTED. GOURMET PRODUCTS is looking for second shift production workers and cheese cutters in our Pine City plant. Fast-paced, friendly environment. Must be able to pass background test and drug screening. Please call 320-629-0011.

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starting pay $13.86/hour


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


Clinical Assistant (LPN or CMA) Various hours available. Graduate from an accredited school of Practical Nursing. Licensed in the state of Minnesota or a Certified Medical Assistant. EMR experience with ability to keyboard and navigate.

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

NOW HIRING LPN, RN, CNA & RA SIGN ON BONUS Competitive Wages Block scheduling, updated work atmosphere, matching 401k, and more!

OFFERING FREE NAR CLASS! Please see website for more information and job descriptions or call Amy @ 651-237-3055 AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled

DRIVER WANTED: CDL plus clean driving record and current health card a must. Kanabec County area trash routes. Full health and vacation beneÄts available. Apply in person at 225 E. George St., Ogilvie, MN 56358


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

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Lakes and Pines CAC, a private non-profit organization, is seeking an energetic, positive and friendly professional to meet and greet our clients and assist the Administration Department in clerical duties. The preferred candidate will be able to demonstrate: the ability to be friendly and courteous in person and on the telephone; experience working with multi-line phones and mail systems; computer use proficiency, including Microsoft Office with Publisher; efficient typing skills; experience with standard office machines; the ability to work with a diverse population and maintain confidentiality. Attention to detail and strong organization skills are a must for this position. High School Diploma or GED with a minimum of two years office experience required. Full Time Position with Benefit Package. $15.63 - $16.25/hr., starting salary depending on qualifications. For information or application please contact Lakes and Pines C.A.C., Inc. Reasonable accommodations made upon request. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Lakes and Pines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 1700 Maple Avenue East, Mora, MN. 55051; 320/679-1800 or Application deadline is: 6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018. Applicants must complete Agency’s Employment Application for employment consideration. PINE P INE CITY

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Today we honor all the dads, stepdads, uncles, teachers and others who mentor young lives and help to shape the future of our communities. Men, your friends at FirstLight Health System wish you a day filled with love, laughter & lots of blessings. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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