Open Seat for Board of Directors 

At the July 11th Chamber Meeting, board members accepted the resignation of a member of the board due to work conflicts. As a result, w e are currently seeking an interested Chamber Member in filling the vacancy. The term would begin immediately and run through December 31, 2018.

Interested members should contact me at 320-322-4040 for details. Thank you for your consideration in serving in this capacity. 

Welcome New Member!
Three Twenty Brewing Company

Three Twenty Brewing Company is a small craft brewery location in Downtown Pine City just one block east of the 35 Business Loop through the community. Convenient for all travelers and local community members to drop in and enjoy quality, hand crafted beers combined with a relaxed, community atmosphere. 

In case you haven't heard the news... Three Twenty Brewing Company opens TODAY! Hours for this weekend only:  Friday, July 28 3-10pm and Saturday, July 29 12-10pm

Welcome New Member!
Big Joe's Trucking Service & Repair

Big Joe's Trucking Service & Repair is located just 3 miles north of Pine City. 

Open weekdays from 8am - 5pm, this shop offers full service vehicle and heavy duty repairs.  Big Joe's is DOT (Dept of Transportation) certified.  Tire Shop Services include: New Tires - Mount, Balance & Disposal included, Balancing & Rotation,  and Flat/Slow Leak Repairs.  Other standard services available include: oil changes, tune-up, brake system repairs, transmission and clutch, radiator services and more. 

Visit their online Member listing for more information!

Pine County Fair Parade ~ Saturday, August 5th

In just one week local community members and tourists will be lining the streets to enjoy the annual Pine County Fair Parade.  The event begins at 4PM. 

All registered units have received their line-up instructions via email.  If you registered, and have not received your email, please contact me ASAP to confirm you are registered.

Below is a copy of the route map for both line-up and spectators.  A copy will also be printed in the Pine City Pioneer on August 3rd. 

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Member News: Memorial Blood Centers
Tuesday, August 22nd

The next Pine City Community Blood Drive  will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd in the Walmart parking lot. 

Old Hwy 61 Coalition plans "Junk & Treasure" Event

The Old Hwy 61 Coalition welcomes you to the first "Junk & Treasure" Road Trip.  This event has been developed as part of our mission statement to promote and preserve Old Highway 61 within Carlton, Pine and Chisago counties.  

Eligible vendors for this event:
  • Must be located within Carlton, Pine or Chisago counties.
  • Preference for vendors that have a location along the Old Hwy 61 corridor.
  • We are seeking vendors with unique items, vintage collections, repurposed furniture and thrifty finds to be a part of this trip down memory lane.
  • Event is limited to the first 30 vendors to submit this form and their $25 registration fee.

Get more information or download a registration form for this event HERE.
Greater Pine Area Endowment - Next Grant Cycle
Applications Due August 31st

GPAE has announced the second round grant cycle for 2017.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is Midnight on Thursday, August 31.  

The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area.  The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the greater Pine area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578. 

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects.  For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment.  Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category.  The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

The online grant submission process hosted through the Initiative Foundation can be accessed through the GPAE website at .  Online submissions are due by Midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
PTTC Offers Drone Pilots Prep Course
This Fall: 6 week course, Wednesday evenings 9/13 - 10/18

The demand for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drone pilots is exploding! This 6 week course will get you the knowledge needed to successfully pass the FAA's UAS Part 107 exam and begin your career in the drone industry. This certification is a requirement for anyone who wants to use a drone for commercial or financial gain.

Students will learn from a FAA certified pilot and professional aerial photographer and videographer. Emphasis will include understanding of the major elements of the 107 exam including UAS regulations, operations, weather, airspace, communications, aeronautical decision making and safety.

You are just 6 weeks away from a new career, part time employment, or small business opportunity! US News and World Reports indicated that the average salary for a full time drone pilot is $60,000 per year!

Drone piloting is part video game, part nature walk, part computer wiz and part visionary. Do you have what it takes to take your career to new heights?

Date: Wednesdays, September 13 - October 18, 2017 
Time: 6PM - 9PM 
Price: $1295

For more information contact: 
Heidi Braun M.A.Ed., CPP, CCT, Director of Workforce Development at (320) 629-5178 or

Central MN Jobs & Training Seeks Business Input

We all have a responsibility to cultivate workers' future success. Together, we must work to ensure access to opportunities and experiences that introduce aspiring individuals to the broad array of careers found in Central Minnesota. The benefits are threefold - each individual can put their talents to work in a rewarding career, local job vacancies can be filled with qualified and eager workers, and our local economy thrives and prospers resulting in vibrant, healthy communities.  

Opportunities for businesses to lead and grow a strong workforce are abundant. Many business leaders are willing to provide informational interviews, business tours, job shadowing opportunities, and even short-term workplace training opportunities. However, it is often difficult for educators, service providers, and job candidates to identify businesses that are open to connecting in this meaningful way.  

To address these challenges, the Central Minnesota Workforce Development Board has developed this survey to identify the ways in which your organization might be willing to help. Our Board will incorporate your information into an online database, which will help educators and service providers make these local connections for appropriate candidates. For example, if a teacher wants a class to see what the modern manufacturing work environment really looks like, the database could provide a listing of manufacturers who are willing to visit the classroom or host a workplace tour.  Similarly, if an aspiring worker is considering a career in architecture, the searchable database will show which architectural firms are willing to help an individual explore this field, and help a workforce professional make a connection. (All initial employer contacts will be facilitated by school or service provider staff.) 

To help us get started, please take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be accessed on the link below.  If you have any questions, about this survey or our services, please feel free to contact:  Leslie Wojtowicz at (763)271-3757 or email:

Becky Schueller, Executive Director  
Office Phone: 320.322.4040
Open weekdays - 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM