Pine City, MN Contract for deed homes 

Pine City is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, in East Central Minnesota. Pine City is the county seat of, and the largest city in, Pine County. A portion of the city is located on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation. Founded as a railway town, it quickly became a logging community and the surrounding lakes made it a resort town. Today, it is an arts town and commuter town to jobs in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. It is also a green city. The population was 3,127 at the 2010 census.

Location of Pine City within Pine County, Minnesota

Pine City is reached as a day trip for tourists from the Twin Cities who enjoy the downtown’s specialty stores and restaurants as well as a nearby casino and recreational opportunities, including the scenic St. Croix River valley. Also, a local historical site situated along the Snake River, the Snake River Fur Post, has become a tourist draw; it was used by British fur traders nearly two centuries ago.

Pine City is also home to two golf courses, the Pine City Country Club, a nine-hole, par 36 public course that opened in 1971, and Pokegema Lake Golf Course, a course located just west of town.

The Pine County Fair takes place in Pine City each year in late July/early August. A highlight of the fair is a three-night demolition derby that is one of Minnesota’s largest, drawing several thousand spectators each evening. The five-day event is a free gate fair and also features free on-site parking.

The Initiative Foundation named Pine City “Outstanding Community” of 2009 and the NAMM Foundation identified it as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” for 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2016, Movoto named Pine City one of “The 7 Best Towns in Minnesota for LGBT Families


Pine City serves as a shopping hub for such surrounding Minnesota communities as Askov, Braham, Brook Park, Henriette, Hinckley, Finlayson, Rock Creek, Rush City and Sandstone, as well as Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

Pine City’s iconic A&W carhop in Pine Plaza

In addition to a Walmart Supercenter, Pine City is home to three retail shopping centers: Pine Plaza, Evergreen Square and Northridge Center. Pine Plaza, located in the central business district, was Pine City’s first shopping center. It is anchored by an old-fashioned drive-in A&W All-American Food Restaurant, one of the few remaining carhops in the state. Evergreen Square is anchored by Dollar Tree and is also home to such stores as Radio Shack, Great Clips, and Subway (restaurant), as well as a Fairview Health Services clinic. Pine City’s newest shopping center is Northridge Center, located at the city’s developing northern freeway interchange, home to a Verizon store, Ace Hardware, stores catering to outdoor enthusiasts and service-related enterprises.


Pine City has one of the most evident downtowns between the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports. Robinson Park is in the heart of it and forms the center of the town square, with the old train depot to the east, a library to the south and many mom and popshops lining historic 5th Street on the west side of the park including a microbrewery named Three Twenty Brewing Co. On the north side is Pine City Scrapbooking Co., a scrapbooking store that has received national attention

Arts and culture

Pine City’s growing arts community placed it on 2010, 2011 and 2012 lists of “Best Communities for Music Education in America”. The high school band and musical theatre program built its reputation under the direction of Bradley Mariska, and musical ensembles at Pine City High School give free performances throughout the school year. In 2009, Pine Center for the Arts opened, which is a regional arts center offering a variety of educational and performance-based programs relating to theatre, music, visual art, literature, and dance. Classes and special events take place throughout the year. Community theater is active in Pine City, called the Heritage Players, which performs semiannually. The Pine City Arts Council sponsors a variety of annual events, most notably a free Friday night summer concert series held in Robinson Park and an art festival.


The Pine City Public Schools (Independent School District #578) serve more than 1,600 area students through one PK–6 elementary school (Pine City Elementary), a 7–12 Junior/Senior High School, which was named a U.S. News & World Report “Best High School”, and the Pine City Area Learning Center. Pine City is also home to St. Mary’s School (Catholic), which serves preschool and K–6 students.

Pine Technical and Community College is a two-year institution that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and it offers technical and general education courses. Pine Tech’s gunsmithing curriculum is one of the only programs of its kind in the country and draws students from throughout North America.

The Pine City Public Library is part of the East Central Regional Library. The ECRL holds nearly 400,000 volumes and serves over 65,000 cardholders in the region. Pine City is also home to the George E. Sausen Memorial Law Library, located inside the Pine County Courthouse.

  • ECFE/Community Education (early childhood), 700 6th Avenue SW
  • Pine City Elementary School: grades K-6, 700 6th Avenue SW
  • St. Mary’s School: grades K-6, 815 6th Avenue SW

  • Pine City Junior High School: grades 7-9, 1400 Main Street S

  • Pine City Senior High School: grades 10-12, 1400 Main Street S
  • Pine City Area Learning Center (ALC): grades 9 – 12, 1225 Main Street S
  • Vision School, Pine Plaza, 870 Main Street S

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