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Pine County CARES Grants

Initiative Foundation Partners With Pine County to Deliver $1.6 Million in CARES Act Funds

In late 2020 and early 2021, the Initiative Foundation partnered with Pine County to help deliver $1,624,470 in relief grants to 217 businesses and organizations. The U.S. government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law in March 2020. Some of the money from the $2.2 trillion package went to counties to support local grants. The Initiative Foundation partnered with Pine County to deliver CARES Act grants throughout September, October and November 2020 and January and February 2021.

“Part of our mission is to invest in local businesses and organizations that create quality jobs in our region,” said Don Hickman, Initiative Foundation vice president for community and workforce development. “Partnering with Pine County helped them award the CARES Act funds to the businesses that needed it most.”

Initiative Foundation staff also helped Pine County staff identify eligible nonprofits that had expenses associated to adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic or had been closed.

Businesses and organizations received grants totaling $700 to $20,000.


2021 Pine County Grants

  • Arlen Krantz Ford, Sandstone
  • Arrow Heating and Air, Pine City
  • Banning RV Park, Finlayson
  • Bear Creek Tavern, Inc., Hinckley
  • Central Property Services, LLC, Hinckley
  • Chubby's Sports Bar and Grill, LLC, Pine City 
  • Colors By Craig, Pine City
  • Country Garden Retreats, LLC, Willow River
  • Cricket Bar, LLC, Pine City
  • Days Inn, Chisago City
  • Dennis Burns Sign Maker, Pine City
  • Diamond Dance Studio, Hinckley
  • Doc's Sports Bar and Grill, LLC, Sturgeon Lake
  • Early Years Academy, Inc., Pine City
  • Floppie Crappie Lakeside Pub, LLC, Pine City
  • Furnishings For You, LLC, Pine City
  • Golden Horizons of Sandstone, LLC
  • Gourmet Products, Inc., Pine City
  • Grandmas Thrift Store, Brook Park
  • Hair Tech and Tan, LLC, Pine City
  • Happy Hound Hotel, Rush City
  • Heidelberger Farm Equipment, LLC, Pine City
  • Heidelberger Rock Creek Cafe, Pine City
  • Kenyi & Sons, Sandstone
  • Kettle River Grafix, Sandstone
  • Lynn C. Kelley, Braham

2020 Pine County Grants

  • 61 Motel, Sandstone
  • Ace's Live Bait, Finlayson
  • Advance Design & Systems, LLC, Pine City
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 51, Pine City
  • American Legion Stenmark Farnsworth Post 388, Hinckley
  • Americas Best Value Inn, Hinckley
  • Amy's Country Cafe, Sandstone
  • Anytime Fitness, Sandstone
  • Ashley's Little Rascals Daycare, Pine City
  • Atscott Manufacturing, Inc., Pine City
  • Banning RV Park, Finlayson
  • Bear Creek Tavern, Inc., Hinckley
  • Bears Den, Bruno
  • Beauty and Beyond Salon, Hinckley
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Askov
  • Beyond The Yellow Ribbon, Pine City
  • Bigger Picture Solutions, LLC, Finlayson
  • Blaco Machine Company, Grasston
  • Blessed Properties, LLC, Sandstone
  • Bogey's on Main, Hinckley
  • Boondoggle Winery, Pine City
  • Bruno American Legion, Bruno
  • Bruno American Legion Auxiliary Unit 563, Bruno
  • Cabin Coffees, Pine City
  • Camp Nathanael, Hinckley
  • Carlson Timber Products, Inc., Sandstone
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc., Pine City
  • Central Property Services, LLC, Hinckley
  • Changing Gaits, Inc., Brook Park
  • Children of Joy Preschool, Pine City
  • Chubbys Sports Bar and Grill, Pine City
  • Cinema Pizza, Hinckley
  • Colors by Craig, Pine City
  • Community Connection Allies, Bruno
  • Community Worship Center, Sandstone
  • Country Garden Retreat, Hinckley
  • Crazy Mary's Café, Finlayson
  • Cricket Bar, Pine City
  • Currie, Pangerl & Associates, Ltd., Pine City
  • Dave's Oil Corporation, Willow River
  • Dell Grove Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Sandstone
  • Denham Run Bar & Grill, Sturgeon Lake
  • Diamond Dance Studio, Willow River
  • Doc's Sports Bar & Grill, Sturgeon Lake
  • Dr. Shirola and Associates, Optometrists PA, Pine City
  • Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Sandstone
  • Early Years Academy, Pine City
  • East Central Minnesota Pride, Braham
  • East Central Regional Arts Council, Hinckley
  • Empower Recovery Services, LLC, Pine City
  • Everyone's Table, Hinckley
  • Family Pathways, Hinckley
  • Family Pathways, Pine City
  • Finlayson Fitness, Finlayson
  • Finlayson-Giese Lions Club, Finlayson
  • First Presbyterian Church, Pine City
  • Floppie Crappie Lakeside Pub, Pine City
  • Foster Transportation Services, Sandstone
  • Froggy's Bar & Grill, Pine City
  • Gateway Family Health Clinic, Ltd., Hinckley
  • Gourmet Products, Inc., Pine City
  • Grand Cinema Arts Group, Hinckley
  • Grand Cinema Entertainment, Hinckley
  • Grindstone Lake Bible Camp, Sandstone
  • Hair Tech and Tan, Pine City
  • Happy Hound Hotel, Rock Creek
  • Harvest Christian School, Sandstone
  • Heath Perkins Post Corporation, Pine City
  • Heidelberger Farm Equipment, Pine City
  • Heidelberger's Rock Creek Cafe, Pine City
  • Hinckley Area Chamber of Commerce, Hinckley
  • Hinckley Hockey Association, Hinckley
  • Hinckley Party Rental, Hinckley
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Hinckley
  • Jeff's Outdoor Services and Lawncare, Pine City
  • Journey North Church, Pine City
  • K&G Logging, Sandstone
  • Keith's Towing, Hinckley
  • Kettle River Grafix, Inc., Sandstone
  • Kevin Newman Agency, Pine City
  • Kim Prachar's Daycare, Willow RIver
  • Koppy Motors of Hinckley
  • Kroschel Agency, Hinckley
  • Krystle's Cuts, Askov
  • Main Street Grocery & Video, Askov
  • Mom's Parkside Cafe, Pine City
  • MSM Cleaning LLC, Sturgeon Lake
  • Oh La La Laser Services, Pine City
  • Mike Reilly Laundry, Sandstone
  • Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, Onamia
  • MJC Equipment, Inc., Sandstone
  • Nickerson Bar and Motel, Nickerson
  • Northwoods Embroidery, Sandstone
  • Pine City Auto Sales, Inc. 
  • Pine City Dental PA
  • Pine Kids Care, Pine City
  • Pokegama Pines Properties, LLC, Pine City
  • Q-Media Properties, Pine City
  • Richie's Barber Style, Sandstone
  • Rock Creek Critters Childcare, Pine City
  • Rock Creek Home Improvement, LLC, Pine City
  • Sandstone Lanes, Sandstone
  • Scrapbooking in the Pines Retreat Center, Pine City
  • Sturgeon Lake Fas-Stop, Inc. 
  • TL Guss, LLC, Denham
  • The Pine City Scrapbooking, Co., Pine City
  • The Village Bar & Grill, Pine City
  • Tobies Restaurant, Hinckley
  • Whistle Stop Cafe Hinckley, LLC
  • William Bigler, Hinckley
  • Wings North, Pine City


  • Lake Appeil, Grasston
  • Learn and Play, Pine City
  • Lee's Pro Shop, Pine City
  • Mane Attractions, Finlayson
  • Mercury Technologies of Minnesota, Inc., Pine City
  • Methven Funeral and Cremation Services, Sandstone
  • Mikey's Denham Bar, Sturgeon Lake & Hinckley
  • Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Jim Jordan Chapter, Askov
  • MINPACK, Inc., Pine City
  • Miriam Paver, Pine City
  • Mom's Parkside Cafe, Pine City
  • More Than Sprouts, Pine City
  • MSM Cleaning, LLC, Sturgeon Lake
  • New Horizon Thrift Store, Finlayson
  • Nickerson Bar and Motel, Kerrick
  • Nicoll's Cafe, Pine City
  • North Pine Salloon, Kerrick
  • Northern Hollow Winery, LLC, Grasston
  • Northern Pawn Shop, Finlayson
  • Northern Quality Solutions, Brook Park
  • Northland Subway, Inc., Pine City
  • NorthStar Media, Inc., Pine City
  • Off The Road Bar & Grill, Ogilvie
  • Old School Arts Center, Sandstone
  • Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone
  • Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine City
  • PET Enterprises & Motortechs, LLC, Sandstone
  • Pine Area Lions Club, Pine City
  • Pine Center for the Arts, Inc., Pine City
  • Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, Pine City
  • Pine City Civic Center Association, Pine City
  • Pine City Dairty Queen, Pine City
  • Pine City Dental, PA, Pine City
  • Pine City Evangelical Free Church, Pine City
  • Pine City Heritage Players, Pine City
  • Pine City Youth Hockey Association, Pine City
  • Pine County Historical Society, Askov
  • Pine County Thunderin' Toms, Pine County Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Pine City
  • Pizza Pub, Pine City
  • Plum Behavioral Health Services, Hinckley
  • Quarry Pizza & Deli, Sturgeon Lake
  • Residential Services of Northeastern Minnesota, Inc., Regional
  • Rich's Bar, Sandstone
  • Rock Creek Critters Childcare, Pine City
  • Rock Creek Lions Club, Inc., Pine City
  • Royalton Memorial Cemetery Association, Braham
  • Ryders Entertainment, LLC, Braham
  • Sandell Holdings, LLC, Sturgeon Lake
  • Sandstone Area Golf Course, Sandstone
  • Sandstone Lanes, Sandstone
  • Sandstone Lions Club, Sandstone
  • SBVM Hospitality, LLC, Chisago City
  • Schmidt Lawn & Turf, LLC, Rush City
  • Sharper Image Salon, LLC, Pine City
  • Sheri's Daycare, Willow RIver
  • Side Tracked Bar & Grill, Hinckley
  • Sparx Dance Studio, LLC, Pine City
  • Squirrel Cage, Willow River
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hinckley
  • St. Mary's Early Learning Academy, Pine City
  • Steve’s Alignment Service, Hinckley
  • Sturgeon Lake Area Lions, Sturgeon Lake
  • Stylists on Main, Hinckley
  • TDK Properties, LLC, Hinckley
  • Tessa A. Hart Family Childcare, Pine City
  • The Pine City Scrapbooking Co., Pine City
  • The Village Bar & Grill, Pine City
  • The Vintage Poppy & Hops, Askov
  • Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc., Pine City
  • Three Twenty Brewing, Pine City
  • Timeout Bar & Grill, Pine City
  • Tobie's Restaurant, Hinckley
  • Tobie's Station, Hinckley
  • TreeHouse, Sandstone
  • Whistle Stop Cafe, Hinckley
  • Wild Horse Tavern, Kerrick
  • Willow River Area School Parent Teacher Organization, Willow RIver
  • Wings North, Pine City
  • YMCA Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake
  • Zion Lutheran Church of Pine City, Pine City