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Dr. Clark retires from Olmsted Medical Center in Pine Island


Dr. Allan Clark retired after almost 30 years as a family physician in Pine Island.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Dr. Allan Clark retired from Olmsted Medical Center in Pine Island after nearly 30 years of serving the community. Clark officially retired last year on September 13, 2014. A farewell retirement party for him was held on November 24, 2014. 

Clark is originally from Chatfield. He attended two years at Rochester Junior College and then completed another two years at Hamline University in St. Paul where he majored in analytical chemistry with a minor in biology. In 1981, he graduated from Mayo Clinic Medical School. He married his wife Robin, who was from Rochester, in 1982 and then moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where he studied for his residency. Shortly after that, Clark joined the military and served in the Navy for three years, stationed in Los Angeles, California. 

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Pine Island Kwik Trip employees take Polar Plunge challenge


The KT Crazies gather together before taking the plunge for a good cause on February 14. From left to right are Sandy Struckman, Rachel Loats, Kari Henderson, Amy Closner, Becky Brogan, Kari Heckman, and Amanda Voeltz.

By Audra DePestel

ROCHESTER – Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of brave jumpers at numerous locations around the state to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Minnesota by taking the plunge. Seven brave employees from Kwik Trip in Pine Island stepped up to the challenge. Pine Island Kwik Trip raised close to $1,200 during the two-week fundraiser, which started at the end of November. That was more than any of the other Minnesota Kwik Trips, including the one in Zumbrota, and defeating them was the main goal of the Pine Island employees.

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James Kroll of Oronoco among poets selected for publication

ROCHESTER – Poets from across Southeastern Minnesota have been selected to have their work professionally printed in a poetry anthology. Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) hosts two poetry competitions, one for adults and one for young writers.  Reagen Thalacker, SELCO regional librarian, said “Poets ranged in age from 14 to 93 this year, and we feel privileged that so many chose to share their works with us and that we in turn can share them with a wider audience.” Among the poets whose work was selected for the anthology was James Kroll of Oronoco.

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Public transit is coming to Pine Island

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Beginning March 2, Three Rivers Community Action’s Hiawathaland Transit will be expanding its bus service to provide public transportation in Pine Island for anyone for any reason. All trips within the city limits of Pine Island will cost $1.75 per one-way trip. Punch passes and tokens are encouraged and will be available for purchase at City Hall. 

Riders of all ages can use the bus to meet their transportation needs around town. Each bus is equipped with a handicap accessible lift entrance for rider convenience. Bus services will be available Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call toll-free, (866) 623-7505.

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Pillars of Pine Island awards presented


Owners of the Pine Island Liquor Store, Heather Groby and David Kleinschmidt, receive a certificate of appreciation for Outstanding New Business for 2014 from Mayor Rod Steele. M&M Lawn and Leisure received Outstanding Business of 2014.

By Alice Duschanek-Myers and

Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Prior to the city council meeting on February 17, Pine Island Mayor Rod Steele presented Pillars of Pine Island to two citizens and two businesses.  

M&M Lawn and Leisure received Outstanding Business of 2014. Steele said M&M is the second-greatest earner in the company in the United States.

Pine Island Liquor received Outstanding New Business. Steele said one of the owners is always there working at the store to make the business a success, and the business is helping revitalize North Main Street.

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DMC community groups compete for $100,000 grant

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

PINE ISLAND – In November 2014 sixteen communities met in Red Wing to participate in a regional Community Growth Initiative (CGI) organized by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). SMIF is offering $100,000 in grant funds to help support projects in communities that will be impacted by the development of Destination Medical Center (DMC) in Rochester. 

Grant funds could be awarded to one or more projects. A project awarded a grant must provide 25% matching funds, which can be in kind funds. The project must be completed in one year.

The group came up with eight community projects. They selected these four projects as finalists for the grant funds:

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Dale Murray Beanbag Tournament was held February 7


The top four finishers in the eighth annual Dale Murray Bean Bag Tournament are, from left to right: Jeff Moyer and Nick Moyer, fourth place, $100; Nate (Turbo) Hitchcock and Chad Robertson, third, $150; Troy Johnson and Owen Miller, second, $200; and Chad Weltzin and Patrick Slade, first place, $300.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – The eighth annual Dale Murray Bean Bag Tournament was held on Saturday, February 7 at the Pine Island American Legion with 53 teams participating. The tournament, held in memory of Dale Murray who passed away from cancer on February 16, 2007, is always held the first weekend in February. Teams came from as far away as the Twin Cities and Wisconsin. 

Sons of the American Legion (SAL) members offered burger baskets, appetizers, and their famous philly steak and cheese sandwiches for purchase along with selling meat tray raffles. Drink specials were also offered.

Dana (Murray) Fogarty, daughter of the late Dale Murray, continues to organize the beanbag tournament her Dad liked to put on every year because it’s cabin fever time and it helps support the Pine Island Legion. She said, “This is not a fundraiser but an excuse to get out during the winter for some fun!”

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Frick named subsection Triple A Award winner


Pine Island High School Triple A Award recipients are Emilee Fredrickson and Chris Frick. Frick was also named winner of the Section 1 Subsection 4 competition and received a medal and certificate of recognition.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Seniors Emilee Fredrickson and Chris Frick were honored as the Academics, Arts and Athletics (AAA) Award recipients at Pine Island High School on February 5. The two were presented their recognition pins and congratulated by Activities Director Craig Anderson and High School Principal Kevin Cardille. Frick was also named the winner of Subsection 4 in Section 1. He received a medal and a certificate of recognition. 

To earn the award, Fredrickson, the daughter of Matt and Lisa Fredrickson, and Frick, the son of Ray and Kay Frick, had to attain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while participating in athletics and fine art activities.

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$3,189 raised for Disabled American Veterans


Support Our Troops Pine Island held a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) fundraiser at the Pine Island Sports Bar on Saturday, January 24. Hosts and volunteers are gathered with Korean War veterans (KWV), from left to right, front row: Marie Rose, Wendy Lohmann, Dan Rose, Mary Kollasch, Joann Kolterman, Linda Zimmerman, and Brian Stephan; back row: Cyril Kubista (KWV), Chuck Larsen (KWV), Shelly Shelstad (KWV), Christina Glamm, Don Lloyd (KWV commander), Gary Russell (KWV), and Eric Jacobson.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Support our Troops Pine Island held a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) fundraiser at the Pine Island Sports Bar on Saturday, January 24. A total of $3,189 was raised for the Minnesota DAV group.

There was a silent auction, raffle drawings thoughout the night, event t-shirts and coolie sales, food from Borgy Boyz, and entertainment by DJ Nose. Co-event hosts Linda Zimmerman and Dan Rose were pleased with the fundraiser and the amount of support from many volunteers, the community, and area businesses. New owner of the Pine Island Sports Bar Dave Hunzelman, Martha Dennstedt, and manager Mary Rudlong supported and helped make the fundraiser a success. Zimmerman said it meant a lot to have members from the Korean War Veterans group attend and donate $200 to the cause.

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PI Sports Bar "Under New Management" celebration is February 6

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island Sports Bar and Liquor Store is under new ownership. Dave Hunzelman of Pine Island purchased the 107 South Main Street business on January 14 from Steve Williams. Hunzelman will hold a grand opening “Under New Management” celebration with food, fun, prizes, and music on Friday, February 6, starting at 4 p.m.

Lottery play day will be from 4-6 p.m. and Bud Promo from 5-7 p.m. At 9 p.m. the newly formed band “Wasted Weekend” will make its debut, playing a variety of pop, rock, blues, and country. The band consists of Pine Island musicians Jen and Barry Hauschulz and Chris Wagner, as well as Rochester members Jon Lohmann, and Aaron Mayer. Hunzelman has known most of the band members for many years and is excited to have his friends performing at the big event. 

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