• Carey's Communications

    Radio Shack dealer celebrates 25 years in business.

    For a business to succeed and prosper for over 25 years it takes many key contributions from all areas of business.  The day-to-day decisions become overshadowed by the month-to-month and year-to year all the while these are each just as crucial as the next.  Although it is easy to get caught up in the numbers of profit and loss, depreciation and cash flow, we as a family have never let go of what is most important to us - OUR CUSTOMERS!!  The connection and relationships that we build everyday is what truly gets us out of bed. 

    Being involved with the community and providing the appropriate goods and services has become the core goal of our family business.  Both of our parents, Randy Carey and Heidi Carey, retail has been a part of our lives since 1979 when they opened their first Ben Franklin store in Grantsburg, WI. My brother and I have been lucky enough to learn from two very intelligent business-minded people and we couldn’t be more fortunate for that. 

    The Carey's Communications name has also established Radio Shack locations in the cities of Siren, WI and North Branch, MN. Going forward we hope to provide you - the public - with another 25 years of quality customer service and being there to service all of your electronic needs. We say thank you kindly from the bottom of our hearts!!

                                                            - Beau & Dane Carey

  • Pine EMS

    Medical emergencies in rural areas can pose challenges for ambulance services that operate in the region.  For residents of Pine County, a volunteer group of first responders was formed to help fill the gaps for the various communities.  Two years ago, Pine EMS was formed to serve residents in the Pine City area and this year the group expanded to provide care in the city of Hinckley as well.
    Pine EMS volunteers are our friends, neighbors, and local residents. They are providing trained staff at local community events, school sporting events and more; working cooperatively with the local ambulance service in order to provide the best possible care in our community.  Pine EMS is paged out by 911 operators to assist with medical needs when regular ambulance service would be delayed. In Pine City, the group participates in a number of community events like Freedom Fest and Holiday Madness coordinated by the Chamber or events like Lawnmower Races and the Polar Plunge coordinated by BeachRocks Pub and Supper Club. 
    Another important role that Pine EMS plays in the community is that of education.  The organization has a team of dedicated and compassionate professionals that can assist with CPR and First Aid educational needs.  Pine EMS volunteer staff attend a variety of health fairs in the area in order to provide basic CPR education to the community. 
    The group has about 25 active volunteers that are currently serving the communities in which they live and work.  Additional trained volunteers are always welcome.  For more information on the organization, contact coordinator JoAnn Gray at 320-298-0022.

  • Coldwell Banker

    Coldwell Banker Results opened its doors in 1999 with an experience lineage dating to 1980. We believe that real estate is fundamental for EVERYONE – and we work hard to educate our clients to the many programs available. The culture at this Brokerage is hugely supportive of volunteerism. Most of our agents are involved or have served in leadership roles in the community. We take seriously the idea of giving back to the area that supports our business.


    On the business side we foster a culture of training and education. Our training emphasis is on changing markets and making sure that we interpret market forces correctly for our clients. Over the past 30 years we have “re-invented” ourselves many times and take pride in our state of the art technology tools and multiple web sites to market our properties. The company has recently branched out into the social media arena with a Facebook page that highlights available properties and current events in the real estate market.


    Although we take great pride in providing state of the art technology to market our properties and encourage new ideas and dialogues among our agents, our sole priority is client service. We must interpret what’s happening in the market, translate that into consumer education, and help our clients not just “get to a closing” – but have a real estate experience that exceeded their expectations.


  • PRC of Pine City

    The Pregnancy Resource Center of Pine City has experienced a number of changes over the last year, and is excited about the direction that they are headed.  The PRC is a Christian, pro-life organization that has been serving the community since it first opened its doors in 1980 in a small office on the second floor of the local theater in downtown Pine City.  Just 30 years later and three locations later, the Center moved into its newest location last summer in the lower level of the Pine Government Center.   In January 2011, the Center welcomed a new Executive Director, Angela Haug, to handle the daily operations of the Center. 

    Even with these changes, there is one thing that hasn’t changed – the quality of service that is provided to the clients.  In today’s current economic outlook, the demand for services provided by the Pregnancy Resource Center are continually increasing which means more funding is needed.  The PRC currently receives no state funding and is operated entirely on private grants and personal donations.  “Our biggest need is for Dollar-a-Day Donors for the Pregnancy Resource Center,” says Executive Director Angela Haug.  “We have an excellent group of volunteers we just need the financial support to continue to meet the needs of our clients.” 

    The Center has an excellent program for mothers and fathers to “Earn While You Learn”.  By attending classes, doctor visits, and other appointments, the clients can earn incentive points to purchase items for their baby in PRC’s client shop.

     For more information on the Pregnancy Resource Center, please contact the Center at 320-629-2792.

  • Community Ed

    Pine City Community Education Spring 2011 brochure arrived at homes earlier this month and is filled with a variety of classes and special events for people of all ages.  In recent years Community Education has expanded the types of classes that they are offering and provide a well-rounded selection of activities - so there really is "something for everyone". 

    The Community Calendar on the Chamber website will include a partial list of Community Education classes that are being offered.  If you didn't receive a brochure and would like to pick one up, they can be found at the Community Education office in the Elementary School or at the Chamber of Commerce office in Downtown Pine City. 

    Fitness Activities offered this spring include: Men's Basketball, Pickleball for Adults, Adult Dance - West Coast Swing, and Zumba.


  • Arrowhead Transit

    On January 3, Pine County was added to the list of counties that are being served by Arrowhead Transit with Dial-a-Ride and Communter Service for communities in Pine County.  

    Dial-a-Ride service for Pine City will be on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays each week from 8am to 4pm.  Just call 866-682-2154 ext. 150 and be picked up at your door!  The bus will bring you to any location in the city limits - clinic appointment, grocery shopping, banking or lunch out with a friend - Arrowhead Transit will assist you in getting to your location.

    Cost for riding is just $1.00 each way.  Also offered is an unlimited use monthly pass for only $20.  Ask your driver for more information or to purchase your pass.  

    Want more information or route details for the Commuter Route?  Visit Arrowhead Transit's website at: 

  • DLG Survey Results

    The Downtown Leadership Group, a.k.a. DLG, has been around a few years now and, last year, generated mission and vision statements.   When thinking about the future of downtown Pine City, we knew that it was an area of the community that belongs to all of us, the whole community.  But we also realized that we had to seek out input from downtown merchants so, to address that, a survey was circulated amongst the downtown merchants and building owners, seeking their opinions on various issues that affect downtown.

    Respondents want more to do downtown after 5 p.m., especially more entertainment options, and they have concerns about the lack of retail and variety and what they called “sparkle” as its buildings are starting to show their age.  These were some of the more prevalent results, along with much other information that points out the strengths of downtown as well as what could be done to improve it.

  • Frandsen Bank & Trust

    It’s hard not to notice the new exterior of Frandsen Bank and Trust as you drive down Main Street in Pine City – green spaces, plants, beautiful signage, and a new blacktop parking lot – are just a few of the improvements that are catching the eye of community members.  The Pine City Planning Commission certainly took notice and recognized the quality workmanship of this project by awarding the 2011 Business Site Improvement Award to Frandsen Bank at their meeting in October this year. 


    For most people, banks are simply a place to go for getting cash, depositing checks, putting documents away in safety deposit boxes, or the place to go when you need a loan for that new car, home or starting your first business.  Financial savvy people might take advantage of certificates of deposit (CD’s) or other interest bearing account options.  But for a large portion of individuals and businesses there isn’t enough time in the day to think about financial planning for the future.


    Frandsen Bank and Trust has spent the last six months improving their location – both inside and out – and now is a great time to visit and let them help improve your financial picture. 


    So what can Frandsen Bank and Trust do for you?  Stop in and let the friendly staff at Frandsen Bank & Trust help you with your financial questions and needs. 


    Your Bridge to Financial Success for Life

  • Heritage Players

    The Pine City Heritage Players have been doing community theater in Pine City for almost 30 years now.  The group was active for a number of years with shows like "Once Upon a Mattress", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Annie" and many other classic shows.  About 11 years ago the interest in community theater had dropped and willing volunteers were hard to come by, so the group took a break from producing shows. 

    In 2005 an excitable group of well-known "nuns" wanted to get back on stage and helped to get a new board of directors formed.  In doing so, the Heritage Players were revived!  The board of directors is comprised of anywhere from 9 - 11 members at any given time, all with one goal in mind: keeping the excitement for community theater in Pine City alive!  The current board of directors consists of: Mary Ellen Sauser, Harvey Lindstrom, Dennis Howard, Sandi Frerich, Cyndi Hedtke, Dawn Barstad-Carpenter, Jodi Hodgson, Dave Mettler, and Becky Schueller.  


    In recent years the group has performed a number of full length productions including: "Nuncrackers", "Lend Me a Tenor", "Quilters", "State Fair", "All Because of Agatha", "She Loves Me" and is currently preparing for the opening of "Faith County".  The group has also been involved in the last few years with the annual Freedom Fest weekend where a short one-act or collection of short plays have been performed as well.  

    Pine City Heritage Players believes that there is a place for everyone during a production.  There are people who like to direct, manage and organize - they can fill the role of Production Manager, Stage Manager or Props Master.  There are people who like to sing, dance, act and share their talents - they can audition to be a part of the cast.  There are people who have skills in building, painting or sewing - they can volunteer to help build or paint a set or help with costumes.  There are still others that just enjoy volunteering and being a part of their community...we've got a place for you! 

    The Heritage Players have a facebook page where you can find the latest updates of their upcoming productions, auditions and opportunities to volunteer.  Become a fan at or send us an email at

  • Shear Obsession

    Shear Obsession is the newest salon in Downtown Pine City, opened in August 2010.  Appointments are now available with stylists: Cassie Leger, Rachel Hallan, Aimee Perreault, Brenda Mans and Ashley Korf. 

    The salon recently received an award from the City of Pine City for improvements to the building that they have their business in. 

    Shear Obsession

  • Trinity Baptist Fellowship

    Trinity Baptist Fellowship believes the Bibly fully addresses the challenges of living in our world.  We gather Sundays and mid-week for worship, friendship and personal spiritual growth.  It is our purpose to make friends in the community by sharing our lives and the gospel.

    Trinity Baptist

    Trinity Baptist Ambassador Visit in August.

  • Discover Serendipity

    Discover Serendipity

    Discover Serendipity owner, Michelle Bennett, has spent the last two years working her retail business in Pine City.  The store originally opened in a location just a few blocks north of its current residence at 540 Main Street.  After just one year, the store was quickly outgrowing its space and needed a location with great window space.  Bennett enjoys the current location with its three large windows that can be decorated with products for whatever season it may be.

    Discover Serendipity has an eclectic collection of gifts and decor for every room in the house. One corner of the store features items with a northwoods cabin feel, and across the store is the section that every female customer loves to hang out in.  There are handmade hats, scarves and gloves; a unique jewelry collection; and purses, handbags and wallets with an extra bit of flair. 

  • RC Iron Hog

    Don and Bobbie Schultz have been Pine City residents for well over 35 years. They raised a family of three on a farm an Hwy 70 and still reside there today.  Travelers on Hwy 70 can now stop in at their home and find a new business ready to serve local and regional motorcyle enthusiasts.

    Don is a graduate of the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, AZ and is now a certified mechanic.  Their store, RC Iron Hog, features parts and service for Harley-Davidson motorcylces as well as gift items for every motorcyle lover.