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Foreign exchange students and their host families were invited to Pine City High School for supper on Monday, Sept. 9, where they were welcomed by Superintendent Curt Tryggestad, school board members and school staff. Students include Ho Sun Ng from Hong Kong, Martin Degiorgis, Frida Dini an…

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Lisa Krahn, traveling the United Kingdom with husband Patrick Schifferdecker, took the measure of the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens in the city of London on Aug. 22. Readers can show their Pine City pride by submitting pictures of themselves in exotic locations throughout the world. Send all p…

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A wave of protests is roiling Moscow. Millions of people, young and old, have been crowding the streets in Hong Kong. In Britain, members of the Conservative Party took to open revolt over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to sideline Parliament on Brexit. If democracy is dysfunctional wor…

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With a scrumptious selection of more than 38 salads and 16 desserts, the Sept. 4 salad luncheon at Pine City’s First Presbyterian Church truly had something for everyone.

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September 1, 2019, marked the 125th anniversary of the Great Hinckley Fire. In remembrance of this day that scorched the communities we live in, we are writing a series of articles detailing the events of that day. Each will be from either a different perspective or location. All can be read…

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A 21-year-old man has been charged with felony first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a female under the age of 16.

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Hillside Avenue is about to receive a major facelift in a $1.3 million Pine County project.

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Pine Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Han Huisman to the gallery for the month of September. Huisman is a mixed media artist with an unusual path to creating art.

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The annual gathering of boaters on Labor Day on Pokegama Lake included patriotism, a fly-over, family and friends.

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A search of a man who fled law enforcement early Thursday morning led to a partial lockdown at Pine City schools.

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Q: When turning left on a blinking yellow light, should one pull into the intersection? It seems like a blinking yellow should let at least one car through, but often cars will wait behind the line, negating the ability to move traffic through the intersection.

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Douglas and Colleen Brown and their two children, Billy and Rachel, visited the Letterpress Museum at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 25. They are from Pine City, where they crop farm. The museum operates throughout the fair with volunteers explaining how newspapers were printed in …

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On June 13, Pine City High School participated in its first-ever active shooter training exercise with the Pine County Sheriff’s Office and emergency first responders. The Pine City Pioneer was invited to participate in order to document the training exercise.  A video has been made which in…

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September 1, 2019, marked the 125th anniversary of the Great Hinckley Fire. In remembrance of this day that scorched the communities we live in, we are writing a series of articles detailing the events of that day. Each will be from either a different perspective or location. All can be read…

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Curt Tryggestad, Pine City’s new superintendent of schools, said it feels like a natural step to take on the role as leader of School District 578.

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Health and Human Services Case Manager Vicki Hanson said a few words of thanks upon her retirement after 10 years with Pine County and a career dedicated to social work. Her supervisor Pat Meacham said Hanson was a great advocate for her clients when she was recognized before the county boar…

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Windswept wildflower petals catch the light of the setting sun on Sept. 2. Do you recognize what kind of flower this is? Please let us know at editor@pinecitymn.com.

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Each year, the Pine City Planning Commission strives to recognize citizen and business owners who have made: a distinguished contribution to planning; or an effort to enhance the overall appearance of their property. The City of Pine City recently announced the nomination period being open f…

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Royal Neighbors Grasston Chapter 5146 presented 12 soft plush teddy bears to Mora Ambulance Crew.  Bears will be given to a frightened or injured child.  Paramedic Ted Trudeau told us a soft plush toy to cuddle will bring a smile and much joy to a small child, more precious than gold.  Pictu…

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Nearly a century ago, at the end of World War I, an organization was created that would focus on service to veterans, service members and the betterment of their communities. The American Legion was first conceived of in Paris during November of 1918, while thousands of soldiers were waiting…

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The new Pine City School District teachers were welcomed at an Aug. 21 training session. Pictured are:  Abby Zemek - Special Education, Katherine Hagman - English/Language Arts, Kathryn Vadnais - Science, Kaylee Johnson - Elementary Special Ed - Vision, John Hornung - Secondary Special Ed - …

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A perennial plant native to the Mediterranean is September’s Weed of the Month. Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) was brought to the western United States as an ornamental, escaped cultivation, and has become a noxious weed throughout many western states. Dalmatian toadflax invades and …

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that Howard Lawrence Wanna Jr., 43, returned to the area on Aug. 28 and moved into a residence on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue SW in Pine City.

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The newly expanded Northstar Media and Kanabec Publications has a new leader. Jeff Andres of Cambridge is the new group publisher overseeing seven newspapers, two shoppers, a monthly magazine, digital and social media sites, events and niche publishing.

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Around the time of the September equinox, the days shorten at their fastest clip and the night reasserts its dominance of the northern sky. This year the equinox arrives at 2:50 a.m. on the 23rd. At that moment the sun will shine directly over the equator, lighting the Earth from pole to pol…

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Fritz and Tonia Heller had friends visit from Germany and Opa’s (Grandpa’s) dream was to visit Canada. The result was a three day trek up the north shore to Kakabeka Falls, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

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Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and when they’re left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better.

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A Sartell woman was sent to the hospital for medical care after her vehicle was rear-ended by a semi truck on a County Road 11 exit ramp on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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September 1, 2019, will mark the 125th anniversary of the Great Hinckley Fire. In remembrance of this day that scorched the communities we live in, we are writing a series of articles detailing the events of that day. Each will be from either a different perspective or location. All can be r…

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Just a few years back, it looked like Pine City was about to lose a major manufacturing plant and employer.

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From a list of three hundred plus contenders, FirstLight has chosen a new name: Welia Health. The new name coincides with the completion of a major campus renovation in Mora, including updates to the birthing center, adult and child physical therapy, emergency department relocation, new inpa…

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Q: Moped rentals are being considered in my city. Can you talk about the laws and rules that cover moped operations and if insurance is required on them? What is the difference between a moped and motor scooter?

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The Pine County commissioners accepted a grant to fund a deputy to focus on DWI (driving while impaired) enforcement at the Aug. 20 board meeting. The $97,582.45 Department of Public Safety grant, effective Oct. 1, covers the DWI officer’s operating costs and conference fees.

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Matthew Van Steenwyk starts each day much the same. Before he leaves at 7:30 a.m. he sits down to have breakfast and talk with his wife, Lori, and daughters Alexandria (8) and Gwendolyn (10). It’s a little routine that’s important to him.

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A delicious dinner and music by Bluegrass Jam were all part of the Wednesday, Aug. 14 Picnic Church presented by Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robinson Park .