Pine City is a city in east central Minnesota with the tagline "North. Nice and close.". The Pine City zip code has a population of approximately 10,000 people. It's an easy day trip from the Twin Cities to Pine City, the largest city in, and county seat of Pine County (pop. 29,750 in the 2010 Census).
Pine City is your quintessential, American small-town but it surprisingly offers a lot for its size. In recent years, the rural feel of the community has diminished some giving way to exurbia pushing outward from the Twin Cities. That said, Pine City has held true to its sense of place and community and doesn't at all feel swallowed up by its large metropolitan neighbors to the south. Pine City rests easily in the shadow of Minneapolis-St. Paul, sufficiently close for a quick side trip, sufficiently distant to enjoy a more tranquil existence.
Pine City is like an image that lingers in the American consciousness: an oak-lined courthouse square. Gazebos and band shells. One-chair barber shops. The town café, gossip for breakfast and meatloaf for lunch. It's small-town, downtown life, as it was and as it remains.
The city's politics are split between liberal and conservative with a slight advantage to the liberals. Carhardt is a popular brand worn on local, middle-aged men and its not uncommon to see fishing hooks attached to many of their hat bills. The typical Pine Citian says "You bet" in place of "yes". Yet, this is a place that mixes the true 'Up North' with a surprising level of sophistication; after all, it's an arts community.
While it's the biggest city around it for miles--from North Branch to Cloquet, and from Mora to Rice Lake, Wis. (a very large geographic area)--it's not a pious place and the people aren't pretentious. They show a fine display of "Minnesota Nice" and are eager to assist the tourist. To get a deeper understanding of the city, one has to visit it.
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The weather is definitely not one of the attractions in Pine City. There's a boat load of fun to be had in any season, but it is a place where the climate has to be taken into consideration.
Obscured by Minnesota’s ferocious winters (see Cold weather) are the heat waves of summer. Many days in July and August are hot and humid. Summer nights are more comfortable, though, and you'll get a few degrees' respite along one of the many lakefronts — in the local parlance, that's "cooler by the lake". But then there are those winters. The months from November to March will see very cold temperatures, with even more bitter wind chill factors. Blizzards and ice storms are a regular occurrence. It's a city that's well-accustomed to these winters, though, so city services and public transportation are highly unlikely to shut down.
Pine City does have a few nice months of weather. May and September are pleasant and mild; April and June are mostly fine, although thunderstorms with heavy winds can also occur suddenly. Even though there may be a chill in the air in October, it rarely calls for more than a light coat.
- Cordes, Jim (1989). Pine County-- and its memories. s.n. ASIN B00071SNAQ.
- Johnson, Nathan (2010). Images of America: Pine City. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738577405.
Visitor information center (tourism)
The information center is at:
- Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, Pine Government Center, 315 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 322-4040, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Weds. by appt.).
Pine City is served by Jefferson Lines  with a stop at Super America near Exit 171. Also, other cities served by Arrowhead Transit  can take that bus service into the community. Route 285 out of the Twin Cities only goes as far north as Forest Lake and a transfer to the Heartland Express and then Arrowhead Transit is a logistical tribulation. Best bet is Jefferson Lines, but it's kind of spendy.
Interstate 35 links Pine City with Duluth to the north and the Twin Cities to the south. Pine City is about an hour drive north of both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, respectively. A driver approaching Pine City on I-35 from the Twin Cities will be rewarded by a spectacular view of native pines and thick groves of trees. After a period of relatively flat and urbane scenery, the view is a treat, especially during peak fall colors. Exit 169 is the recommended exit for most downtown attractions. Coming from Duluth, Pine City looks like the first major city with the newly expanding freeway interchange at Exit 171, with the Pine County courthouse visible to passersby.
Alternatively, one can get to Pine City on the St. Croix Scenic Byway, Old US Highway 61.
- Rush City Regional Airport (KROS), 7.5 miles south of Pine City.
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (IATA: MSP, ICAO: KMSP). Most travelers will arrive this way via Terminal 1-Lindbergh. Terminal 2-Humphrey was recently rebuilt and serves primarily charter and low-cost carriers. The Lindbergh terminal (Charles Lindbergh was a Minnesotan, and one of his transatlantic planes is suspended above the ticketing area) receives the bulk of renovation fees, however, and it is an attractive, modern, convenient, and well-designed terminal. The Humphrey terminal is also quite attractive; the terminals share the same runways, have long- and short-term parking set between them, and are equally convenient for transportation. Savvy travelers might check the terminal of their arrival or departure to communicate their location to friends, relatives, or other transport.
It's not uncommon to see hitchhiking along the Interstate 35 corridor.
If you don't have a car, you could use the public bus, Arrowhead Transit , or Attaboys' Taxi (+1 866 998-8294) offers transportation as well. Arrowhead Transit offers free fares for seniors and cheap fares for all.
Driving is probably the best option for getting around Pine City. The city generally does not have any traffic problems, although it can get congested before and after school hours. Pine County Highway 61 runs north-south and the Snake River runs east-west dividing the city into quadrants as such. Keep in mind when finding addresses, the majority of the city is laid out in a grid based on the Snake River shoreline, dividing the city into north and south. Main Street/County 61 is considered to be the dividing line between east and west.
Pine City is an arts community and it is evident from its award-winning music program in its schools to its quality Heritage Players theater productions. Other things to see in the community include:
- North West Company Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Ln (1.5 miles west of I-35 at exit 169 (Pine County Hwy. 7)), ☎ +1 320 629-6356. Memorial Day-Labor Day: M,Th-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Open only by appointment the rest of the year. An historic fur trading post from the early 1800s. $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $5 children 6-17, free for children 5 and under.
- Iconic Voyageur Statue (François), 600 1st Avenue NW, ☎ +1 320 629-2575.
- Stoffel Memorabilia Musuem, 10527 Emerald Road, ☎ +1 320 629-3219.
- Sokol Camp, 19201 Woodland Acres S, ☎ +1 651 222-6448.
- Veterans Monuments , located throughout town. Woodpecker Ridge Park is home to a Golf War memorial. World War I and II monuments are located outside of the Pine Government Center, downtown. And, look for them, at the library, cemeteries, etc.
Major annual events
Spring, summer, and fall
- East-Central Minnesota Pride – June 2, 2013 (9th Annual)
- Freedom Fest – June 28–30, 2013. The largest and most popular Independence Day celebration in the Midwest that doesn't fall on Independece Day (it's always the weekend before). There's more to do here than in Brainerd, the Fourth of July Capitol of Minnesota. Classic car and tractor shows, impressive fireworks display viewable from land or by boat, softball tournament, pancake breakfast and a heck of a lot more.
- Art Fest in Robinson Park – July 20, 2013 (36th Annual)
- Pine County Fair – July 31-August 4, 2013 (121st Annual). Home to Minnesota's largest demolition derby.
- Czech Booyah Festival, at Sokol Camp – August 11, 2013 (82nd Annual). The booyah recipe is a secret but it's darned good stuff.
- Pine City PRCA Championship Rodeo, Labor Day Weekend, 2013 (7th Annual)
- North West Company Post's "Rendezvous Fall Gathering" Festival of the Voyageur – September 21–22, 2013 (35th Annual)
- Highway 61 Film Festival – October 4-6, 2013 (3rd Annual)
- Ice Fishing Derby, Pokegama Lake – January 20, 2013 (44th Annual)
- Lawn Mower Races, February 2, 2013
- Pine Pond Hockey Classic, West Side Park - February 8-10, 2013 (2nd Annual). Free. Located on the pond (city beach) in West Side Park, this annual weekend tournament highlights the talents of many local athletes and brings spectators from far and wide. The hot and fast action nearly melts the ice, despite the frigid February temperatures. On the pond, skill, speed and toughness are tested to their limits and champions are immediately vaulted into iconic status within the community, free to revel in glory for eternity.
- Holiday Madness and lighted parade – December 6, 2013
Pine City is filled with plenty of activities for people of all ages.
- Pine Center for the Arts, 265 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-4924. Take a class or browse the gallery. The arts are for everyone.
- Flea Market, Pine County Fairgrounds, ☎ +1 320 629-6924. Wednesdays (in season). If you can't find it at the flea market, it probably doesn't exist.
- Chengwatana State Forest (Approx. 10 miles east of Pine City on County Road 10.). Excellent sightseeing, plenty of wildlife.
- City Beach and Skate Park, West Side Park (at 6th Avenue SW and 13th Street SW), ☎ +1 320 629-2575. Show off your new pair of board shorts or that rockin' henna tramp stamp. If you want to see and be seen, this is where you need to be. Join a beach volleyball match, toss the Friz, or just keep your shades down and get your creep on; this beach is your oyster, shuck it. The horseshoe pits are well-manicured and chances are you'll have them all to yourselves unless it's Monday night. The beach is home to some of the City's most beautiful sunsets. Free.
- Anderson's Rock Creek Relics Corn Maze, five miles south on Old Highway 61. Noon-6 p.m. daily, Sept.-Oct. $5, (under 5, free). Since 2010, Mr. Anderson has tilled his land and broken his back so city folk can spend an afternoon getting lost amid acres of America’s favorite crop. Presidents, Senators and Congressmen get in for free.
- Nordahl Marine, 13108 Canalville Lane, ☎ +1 320 629-2647. Marina with boat maintenance and repair services.
- Snake River Outfitters , ☎ +1 303 435-6726. Canoeing adventures.
Fishing is Minnesota's favorite sport, and Pine City is an ideal place for it. While there are smaller lakes to explore, the real draws in Pine City are Cross Lake, Pokegama Lake and the lower Snake River. The lakes are full of northern pike, muskellunge, bass, perch, and Minnesota's favorite fish, the Walleye.
- Hideaway Bait & Tackle, 12465 Branch Drive, ☎ +1 320 629-8068.
- Holiday Station Store - Freeway, 715 13th Street SW, ☎ +1 320 629-7839.
- Holiday Station Store - Downtown, 570 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-6660.
- Tall Tales Bait and Tackle, 540 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-8995.
Sports and recreation
- Pine City Country Club, 10413 Golf Course Rd SW, ☎ +1 320 629-3848. 7AM-10PM Daily. For over 40 years, the Pine City Country Club, a nine-hole par 36 golf course, has been the primary destination for golf enthusiasts in the area. It offers PGA professional instructions for both amateurs and professionals.
- Voyageur Park Disc Golf Course, 600 1st Avenue NW, ☎ +1 320 629-2575. Experience disc golf where a Guiness World Record was set in 2011.
- Wings North Hunt Club, 19379 Homestead Road, ☎ +1 320 629-5002.
- Pine City/Hinckley Flames Snowmobile Trails (Detailed maps available in Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce office.). Over 100 miles of groomed trail.
- Pine Riders ATV Trails (Detailed maps available in Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce office.).
- Chengwatana OHV Trails, County Rd 10/Chengwatana Forest Rd (The forest has forested upland islands surrounded by marsh and brush. Three rivers, the Kettle, Snake, and St. Croix, flow through the forest. Recreational opportunities include hiking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding along the Willard Munger State Trail.), ☎ +1 218 485-5410.
- Wheel Brokers R/C Raceway and Hobby, 890 Main Street S (R/C hobby shop with trucks, parts and accessories as well as R/C car repair.), ☎ +1 612 644-4710.
- Dist. 69 Rural School Museum, 7th Street SW, ☎ +1 320 216-7636. Learn how school was over 100 years ago.
Temporary assignments are sometimes available through the following agencies:
- 4Staffing, 220 4th Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-3333.
- Masterson Personnel, 900 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-4850.
Pine City is home to the only Walmart between Forest Lake and Cloquet on I-35. There are other shopping opportunities in Evergreen Square and Northridge Center, two shopping centers on the south and north freeway interchanges, respectively. Popular chain stores in town include ShopKo and Radio Shack. Other places to be sure to shop while in Pine City include:
- Creek's Edge, 6861 State Highway 70 (South on Highway 61 five miles.), ☎ +1 320 629-3680. Unique collection of home decor and furnishings as well as a variety of local items
- Central Minnesota Coins and Antiques, 525 3rd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-6018.
- Family Pathways Thrift Store, 800 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-3878.
- Sauser's Hardware, 229 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 269-3437. Historic Sauser's is a living museum, an old-fashioned hardware with creaky wood floors that offers virtually everything one can think of (i.e. welding supplies, lawn mowers, paints, trimmers, appliances, unique gifts and more).
- Farmers' Market in the Park, near the train depot in the town square. The summer market opens in July and runs through October every Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities for kids, farm-to-table recipes and master gardeners at your service.
There are over 30 places to eat throughout Pine City. The freeway interchanges are home to many popular chains such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway and Pizza Hut/WingStreet. In addition to those, the city contains restaurants and cafes you wouldn't likely find in other smaller sized cities:
- Sprouts, 245 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-3470. Health foods, organic menu and items, with gluten-free and vegan options.
- New China, 150 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-6365. Full Chinese menu, no MSGs.
- Taco del Norte, 1300 Northridge Court NW, ☎ +1 320 629-2444. Mexican restaurant serving tacos, burritos and other spicy offerings.
- A&W, 820 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-3955. All-American food and carhop. Ask for the "Dragon Meal".
- Pizza Pub, 500 3rd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-6468. Award winning pizzaria and family restaurant; considered by some to be a Pine City staple. Best time to go: Friday nights.
- Rock Creek Cafe, 5737 State Hwy 70, ☎ +1 320 629-2645. Great breakfasts all day long and world famous chicken dumpling soup.
- Nicoll's Cafe, 255 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-6833. Eat like a local and hear local happenings, all with a laid back atmosphere and free WiFi Internet.
- Jimmy's Pizza, 135 5th St SE, ☎ +1 320 629-4959. The first Jimmy's Pizza was established in Pine City in 1986, today Jimmy's has 38 locations in five Midwest states.
On the lake
- Danny C's Beach Rocks Pub & Supper Club, 10762 Lakeview Shore Dr, ☎ +1 320 629-8039. A supper club with a full bar and banquet facilities offering nice views of Pokegama Lake.
- Muffies on the Lake, 13646 Muffies Ln, ☎ +1 320 629-9979. Great seafood specials.
- Dairy Queen, 1000 Main St S, ☎ +1 320 629-3660. Tasty treats for everyone.
- J.T. Parkside (Bridgeman's Retail Location), 223 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-1111. Greek gyros and baklava.
- Mainstreet Milkhouse, 455 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-4833. $1 milkshakes.
- Village Bar, 245 3rd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-1066. Pine City's first and finest watering hole. Try the "Village Idiot".
- Froggy's, 209 5th St SE, ☎ +1 320 629-9917. Local favorite with deejay keeping a lively dance floor weekends.
- American Legion, 525 Main St N, ☎ +1 320 629-2021. Locally referred to as "The Wrinkle Room".
- Chubby's Sports Bar & Grill, 515 8th Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-8108. Full menu. Full bar. Full belly. Great outdoor patio during warm months. Plenty of taxidermy on the walls.
- Cabin Coffees, 620 8th Ave SW, ☎ +1 320 629-5982. Unique 'Up North' feel, serving an wide selection of coffee drinks and smoothies as well as bakery items.
- McCafe, 1450 8th Street NW (in McDonald's), ☎ +1 320 629-0030. 24 hrs.. Free Wi-Fi served daily.
Not finding the lodging you need in Pine City? Often times, especially during the summer months, there will be no vacancies in Pine City's lodging accommodations. Here is a partial list of some of the other nearby options:
- Snake River Campground, Snake River Campground Road (East on County Road 8 (St. Croix Road) to Snake River Campground Road.), ☎ +1 218 583-2125. Campsites consist of a cleared area, fire ring and table. In addition, vault toilets, garbage cans and drinking water are available. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual Site $12.
- Chalet Motel, 6110 State Highway 70, ☎ +1 320 629-7684. Motel.
- Gail Motel, 1100 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-1247. Motel.
- Old Oak Inn, 920 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-2511, toll-free: +1 800 524-2512, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located across the street from Anytime Fitness, close to downtown.
- Pokegama Lake Campground, 12965 Lake Line Road, ☎ +1 320 629-7393.
- Pokegama Lake RV Park, 19193 Island Resort Road, ☎ +1 320 629-6552. RV Park has a 9-hole golf course (Par 3) and a large heated swimming pool, among many other amenities.
- Scrapbooking in the Pines Retreat Center, 415 2nd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-9960. Retreat in this perfect place to get away well suited for scrapbooking (of course) but also stamping, quilting, gaming, and crafting.
- A Place for You, 220 3rd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 438-7070, e-mail: email@example.com. Not a hostel, per se, but a transitional shelter.
- Anytime Fitness, 925 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-8987.
- Pine City Health and Fitness, 1687 Main Street N (Located near the Pine County Courthouse.), ☎ +1 320 629-5242.
- IntegraQi Yoga Place, 520 2nd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 980-3880.
Pine City is perhaps one of the safest and most benign communities that you will ever visit -with non-existent levels of violent crime and a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is exciting and refreshing. The most significant threat to public safety comes from the high level of deer that are native to the surrounding forests. It is not uncommon to have a nighttime drive interrupted by a shocking jolt of adrenaline due to these impish mammals suddenly appearing on the side of darkened road. Constant vigilance is strongly suggested during the night in order to avoid a costly accident.
- Pine County Sheriff's Office, 635 Northridge Dr. NW, Suite 100, ☎ +1 320 629-8380, fax: +1 320 629-8392. For emergencies, call 911.
- Fire Department (Non-emergency): +1 320 629-7405. For emergencies, call 911.
- Poison Center: +1 800 222-1222
Hospitals and clinics
- Lakeside Medical Center, 129 6th Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-2542.
- Fairview Pine City Clinic, 510 2nd Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-6721. M, W, Th, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tu 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; F 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Shingles? Bird Flu? Mumps? You name it, they can cure it.
- FirstLight Health System, 1425 Main Street N, ☎ +1 320 629-7505. Contract something at Froggy's Friday night? This Clinic will have the remedy (for the disease, not your reputation).
- United States Post Office, 170 Evergreen Square SW, ☎ +1 320 629-3515. M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Excellent, speedy service!
There are no Internet cafes in Pine City. Most coffeehouses offer free WiFi to paying customers, but the only internet terminals available are at the public library and Pine Technical College.
- Pine City Public Library, 300 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-6403. Unlimited free WiFi if you have your own computer. Unfortunately, the Internet workstations can only be accessed by East Central Regional Library cardholders.
- Pine Technical College, 900 4th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-5100. Unlimited free WiFi if you have your own computer. Unfortunately, the Internet workstations can only be accessed by students and faculty with a college ID.
Pine City and the central part of Minnesota are in the 320 area code. From Pine City prefixes (213, 322, 323, 386, 438, 629, 591 and 964), local calls can be made to Rush City (215, 358, 388, 566 and 923) and Hinckley (207, 279, 280, 336, 384, 385 and 390) prefixes.
- 4th Avenue Dental, 705 4th Avenue SW, ☎ +1 320 629-6703.
- Oak Park Dental Clinic, 505 Johnson Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-2282.
- Pine City Dental, 1105 Hillside Avenue SW, ☎ +1 320 629-2789.
- Erickson-Aamodt Orthodontics, 505 Johnson Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-8986, fax: +1 651 653-5790. F 8 a.m. - 1 p.m
- Karen's Hair Care, 18582 Alabaster Road, ☎ +1 320 629-6640. A few miles east of town, on the other side of Cross Lake.
- Pine City Barber Stylist, 245 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-3895. Old'fashioned barber pole barber, downtown.
- Smart Style Family Hair Salon, 950 Evergreen Square SW, ☎ +1 320 358-8077. In Walmart.
- Rob's Place Salon, 525 2nd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-6770. Gay owned.
- Dorothy's House of Styles, 610 9th Street SW, ☎ +1 320 629-6106.
- Style's on 8th, 705 Hillside Avenue SW, ☎ +1 320 629-6257.
- Sharper Image Salon, 235 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-6711.
- Candy's Cut Loose Salon, 1220 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-4950.
- Hair-Tech & Tan, 150 Evergreen Square SW, ☎ +1 320 629-7366.
- Shear Obsession, 540 3rd Avenue SE, ☎ +1 320 629-9951.
- Pine Comb, 735 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-7976.
- Maytag Coin Laundry, 620 Johnson Avenue SW, ☎ +1 651 775-1914.
- Waxberg Clinic, 805 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-5288.
- Forever Natural, 253 5th Street SE, ☎ +1 320 629-2740.
- L&H Chinese Massage, 950 Main Street S, Ste. 1, ☎ +1 320 674-7511.
- AllBreed North Dog Handling, 7324 Rolling Meadows Circle, ☎ +1 320 629-8915, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pet boarding and training.
- Blue Cat Market, 705 Lake Street NE, ☎ +1 320 629-5336. Pet store, pet supplies & foods (wholesale & manufacturers)
- Guardian Angel Shelter, 32796 Beroun Crossing Road, ☎ +1 320 629-3508. Pet boarding and shelter.
- Happy Hound Hotel, 55751 Forest Boulevard, ☎ +1 320 358-4466. Pet boarding and grooming.
- Rocky Bay Kennel, 57875 Lily Avenue, ☎ +1 320 629-1094. Pet boarding and hunt club.
- Wag More Bark Less , ☎ +1 320 629-8060. Pet grooming and high-end dog foods.
- Wild River Vet Clinic, 140 Evergreen Square SW, ☎ +1 320 629-7474. Grooming and many other services.
- Pine City Animal Hospital, 140 Evergreen Square SW, ☎ +1 320 629-7474. Veterinarian services.
- Pine City Pioneer, . Pine City's weekly newspaper aka. the "Pine Poker". See the "Happenings" section. $1.
- Living and Playing Magazine, . Everything you need to know about what's going on around here. Free.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 18151 Moonlight Dr, ☎ +1 320 629-4710.
- Evergreen Community Church, 710 5th Avenue SW, ☎ +1 320 629-2092.
- First Presbyterian Church, 405 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-3592, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Grace Baptist Church, 10634 Fairway Rd SW, ☎ +1 320 629-1374.
- Hustletown Community Church, 17945 Blue Jay Ln, ☎ +1 320 629-2677.
- Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 535 8th Street SW, ☎ +1 320 629-2935.
- Journey North Church, 840 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-6111.
- Kingdom Hall – Jehovah's Witness, 6755 570th Street, ☎ +1 320 629-2989.
- Living Hope Christian Center, 11914 Fairway Ave, ☎ +1 320 629-6136.
- Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 825 Golf Avenue SW, ☎ +1 320 629-2985.
- Pine City Church of Christ, 815 7th Street SW, ☎ +1 320 629-1302.
- Pine City Evangelical Free Church, 625 Golf Avenue SW, ☎ +1 320 629-2584.
- Trinity Baptist, 300 5th Street SE (Held in Pine City Library Community Room), ☎ +1 320 336-9292.
- Zion Lutheran Church, 410 Main Street S, ☎ +1 320 629-3683.
- Combat Zone(paintball)Take a chance and try something new, and then take out your aggression by shooting a cocky 14 year old in the head with a rock hard ball of paint.
- Grand Casino HinckleyOpen 24 hours a day. Come join droves of other vagabonds and lose your mortgage payment while drinking all the free pop or coffee your bladder can handle. Enjoy Grand Casinos' best-kept secret: Play high stakes and get fed too.
- Grand Cinema HinckleyTo watch the cinema on the cheap, it’s recommended going “dutch", as paying for two could drain your checking account. Now hiring exchange students, emo lifestyle required.
- Bike the Willard Munger Trail (over 100 km / 70 miles between Hinckley and Duluth)
- Shop the North Branch Outlets.
- Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 E. Crex Ave., Gransburg (north on Highway F out of Grantsburg), ☎ 715/463-2739. Visitors center open 8-4:30 weekdays, 10-4 weekends / driving tours at any time. A wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects also reside here. The rare sedge marsh and brush prairie habitats make the area a utopia for wildlife which, in turn, makes Crex a paradise for bird watchers, naturalists, botanists, hunters, trappers, and all the other hearty explorers who are interested in the great bounty that nature offers.
- Trade River Winery, 21115 Deer Lane, Grantsburg (From St. Croix Falls: Hwy 87 N to Hwy 0. Go East to Hwy 48. Right on 48. From Grantsburg: Hwy 70 E to Cty Rd M. Right on M to Hwy 48. Right on 48.), ☎ 715.327.4193. Trade River Winery - Unique, quality new- and old-world wines. Founded in 2001, Trade River Winery is a family-owned venture located on beautiful Trade Lake. $5 wine tastings.
Twin Cities metro
It's an easy one hour drive, give or take, on I-35 to most destinations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including:
- Mall of America is in Bloomington. Remember, Minnesota has no sales tax on clothing.
- Valleyfair is a 125-acre amusement park that's in the southwest suburb of Shakopee.
- Minnesota Zoo is in the southern suburb of Apple Valley.
- Drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior along 'Scenic 61'
- Set off for a camping/canoe trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
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