Both Pine City and Pine County declared a peacetime emergency this week as the efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic continued.
On Tuesday, March 17, the Pine County Board of Commissioners authorized closing all county offices and facilities to walk in traffic, until further notice, except the Pine County Courthouse and the South Pine Government Center in Pine City.
County services are still available online, via telephone, and by appointment.
• Contact the Pine County Administrator’s Office at 320-591-1620.
• Contact Pine County Health and Human Services at 320-216-4104.
• Contact the Pine County Sheriff’s Office at 320-629-8380.
• District court is still open, but for limited cases. Call 320-591-1500 for information on court services.
On Friday, March 20, the Pine City Council declared a peacetime emergency in Pine City.
This resolution allows the city council and planning commission to meet by telephone or other electronic means during the state of emergency. Meetings not considered urgent will be suspended or canceled.
The council also directed city staff to ensure that public services are maintained while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public and city employees.
Walk-in services at city hall are closed, but city staff members are available by phone at 320-629-2575.
While city hall is closed to foot traffic, the city-run Voyageur Bottle Shop remained open at press time.