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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 244 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. Some of the businesses and organizations received more than one grant. 


Pine County Grants

  • 61 Motel, Sandstone
  • Acorn Hospitality, Inc., Willow River
  • Advance Design & Systems, LLC, Pine City
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 51, Pine City
  • American Legion, Stenmark Farnsworth Post 388, Hinckley
  • Amy's Country Café, Sandstone
  • Anytime Fitness, Mora
  • Arlen Krantz Ford, Sandstone
  • Arrow Heating and Air, Pine City
  • Ashley M Sturgul, Pine City
  • Atscott Mfg., Inc., Pine City
  • Banning RV Park, Finlayson
  • Bear Creek Tavern, Inc., Hinckley
  • Bears Den, LLC, Bruno
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Askov
  • Beyond The Yellow Ribbon, Pine City
  • Bigger Picture Solutions, LLC, St. Anthony Village
  • Blaco Machine Company, Grasston
  • Blessed Properties, LLC, Sandstone
  • Bogey's on Main, Hinckley
  • Boondoggle Winery, Pine City
  • Bradley Douglas Klepsa, Brook Park
  • Brian Gore, Lindstrom
  • Bruno American Legion Auxiliary Unit 563, Bruno
  • Camp Nathanael, Minneapolis
  • Carlson Timber Products, Inc. Sandstone
  • Cassandra Vangorden, Hinckley
  • 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, LLC, Pine City
  • Cinema Pizza, Hinckley
  • Colors By Craig, Pine City
  • Community Connection Allies, Bruno
  • Community Worship Center, Sandstone
  • Country Garden Retreat, LLC, Willow River
  • Craig A. Saari, Pine City
  • Cricket Bar, LLC, Pine City
  • Currie, Pangerl & Associates, Ltd., Pine City
  • Daniel Lang, Sandstone
  • Darin C Schmidt, Rush City
  • Dave's Oil Corp., Willow River
  • Days Inn, Chisago City
  • Dell Grove Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Sandstone
  • Dennis Burns Sign Maker, Pine City
  • Diamond Dance Studio, Hinckley
  • Doc's on 23, Sturgeon Lake
  • Doc's Sports Bar & Grill, Inc., Sturgeon Lake
  • Donald J Carlier, Hinckley
  • Dr. Shirola and Associates, Optometrists PA, Pine City
  • Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Sandstone
  • Early Years Academy, Inc., Pine City 
  • East Central Minnesota Pride, Braham
  • East Central Regional Arts Council, Hinckley
  • Echo K. Yerke, Pine City
  • Empower Recovery Services, LLC, Pine City
  • Everyone's Table, Hinckley
  • Family Pathways, North Branch
  • Finlayson Fitness, Finlayson
  • Finlayson-Giese Lions Club, Finlayson
  • First Presbyterian Church, Pine City
  • Floppie Crappie Lakeside Pub, LLC, Pine City
  • Foster Transportation Services, Sandstone
  • Froggies, Pine City
  • Furnishings For You, LLC, Pine City
  • Gateway Family Health Clinic, Ltd., Moose Lake
  • Golden Horizons of Sandstone, LLC Sandstone
  • Gourmet Products, Inc., Pine City
  • Grand Cinema Arts Group, LLC, Hinckley
  • Grandmas Thrift Store, BC1:C208rook Park
  • Grindstone Lake Bible Camp, Sandstone
  • Hair Tech and Tan, LLC, Pine City
  • Happy Hound Hotel, Rush City
  • Harvest Christian School, Sandstone
  • Heath Perkins Post Corporation, Pine City
  • Heidelberger Farm Equipment, LLC, Pine City
  • Heidelberger's Rock Creek Cafe Pine City
  • Heidi A. Carlson, Pine City
  • Hinckley Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hinckley Hockey Association
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Hinckley
  • James & Deanna Truehart, Foley
  • James Fowler, Cambridge
  • Jeff's Outdoor Services, Lawncare, LLC, Pine City
  • Jennifer Barth, Pine City
  • Jillian Maki, Sturgeon Lake
  • Journey North Church, Pine City
  • Joyce R. Sawatzky, Hinckley
  • K&G Logging, LLC, Sandstone
  • Keith Kastonek, Hinckley
  • Kenyi & Sons, Sandstone
  • Kettle River Grafix, Inc., Sandstone
  • Kevin J Newman, Pine City
  • Kimberly Prachar, Willow River
  • Koppy Motors of Hinckley
  • Kristen Waxberg, Pine City
  • Kroschel Agency, Hinckley
  • Krystle Mix, Askov
  • Lake Appeil, LLC, Grasston
  • Learn and Play, Pine City
  • Lee's Pro Shop, Pine City
  • Lori Haavisto, Hinckley
  • Lynn C. Kelley, Braham
  • Main Street Grocery and Video, LLC, Askov
  • Mane Attractions, Finlayson
  • Mary Oetterer, Finlayson
  • Melissa Sue Magdziarz, Sturgeon Lake
  • Mercury Technologies of Minnesota, Inc., Pine City
  • Methven Funeral and Cremation Services, Sandstone
  • Mike Reilly Laundry, Sandstone
  • Mikey's Denham Bar, Willow River
  • Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures Onamia
  • Minnesota Deer Hunters Assn, Jim Jordan Chapter, Askov
  • MINPACK, Inc., Pine City
  • Miriam Paver, Pine City
  • MJC Equipment, Inc., Sandstone
  • Mom's Parkside Café, Pine City
  • MSM Cleaning, LLC, Sturgeon Lake
  • New Horizon Thrift Store, Pine City
  • Nickerson Bar and Motel, Nickerson
  • Nicoll's Café, Pine City
  • Northern Pawn Shp, Finlayson
  • Northland Subway, Inc., Duluth
  • NorthStar Media, Inc., Pine City
  • Northwoods Embroidery, Sandstone
  • Off The Road Bar & Grill, Inc., Ogilvie
  • Oh La La Laser Services, Pine City
  • Old School Arts Center, Sandstone
  • Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone
  • Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine City
  • P&J, LLC, Hinckley
  • PET Enterprises & Motortechs, LLC, Sandstone
  • Pine Area Lions, Lions Clubs International, Pine City
  • Pine Center for the Arts, Inc., Pine City
  • Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Pine City Auto Sales, Inc., Pine City
  • Pine City Civic Center Association, 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 Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Pine City
  • Pine County Historical Society, Askov
  • Pine Kids Care, Pine City
  • Pizza Pub, Pine City
  • Plum Behavioral Health Services, Hinckley
  • Pokegama Pines Properties, LLC Pine City
  • Q-Media Properties, Pine City
  • RCP Bar, Inc., Pine City
  • Residential Services of Northeastern MN, Inc., Duluth
  • Richie's Barber Style, Sandstone
  • Rich's Bar, Sandstone
  • Rock Creek Critters Childcare, Pine City
  • Rock Creek Home Improvement, LLC, 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, LLC
  • Sandstone Lanes
  • Sandstone Lions Club
  • SBVM Hospitality, LLC, Chisago City
  • Scrapbooking in the Pines Retreat Center, Pine City
  • Sharper Image Salon, LLC, Pine City
  • Sheryl T Lemke, Willow River
  • Side Tracked Enterprises Corp., Hinckley
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hinckley
  • St. Mary's Early Learning Academy, Pine City
  • Steven E. Bartheidel, Hinckley
  • Sturgeon Lake Area Lions
  • Sturgeon Lake Fas-Stop, Inc., Sturgeon Lake
  • TDK Properties, LLC, Hinckley
  • Tessa A. Hart, Pine City
  • TGS Investments, LLC, Kerrick
  • The Pine City Scrapbooking Co., Inc., Pine City
  • The Village Bar & Grill, Pine City
  • The Vintage Poppy & Hops, LLC, Askov
  • Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc., Pine City
  • Three Twenty Brewing Company, LLC, Pine City
  • Timothy B. Davis, Finlayson
  • TL Guss, Inc., Denham
  • Tobies Restaurant, Inc., Hinckley
  • Tobies Station, Inc., Hinckley
  • TreeHouse, Sandstone
  • Warner Marketing & Consulting, Sturgeon Lake
  • Whistle Stop Cafe Hinckley, LLC
  • Wild Horse Tavern, LLC, Kerrick
  • William Bigler, Hinckley
  • Willow River Area School Parent Teacher Organization
  • Wings North, Inc., Pine City
  • YMCA Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake
  • Zion Lutheran Church of Pine City