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Pine River council discusses city festivities

The Pine River City Council on Tuesday, June 10, discussed issues that are important to city festivities, including changes to an alcohol policy relating to beer gardens.

Policy changes requiring beer gardens to have one entrance, which is monitored by staff, security or police reserves at all times. This is intended to make enforcement easier during festivals.

Changes also include wording that clarifies that violation of the city alcohol policy will result in immediate revocation of a city alcohol license and a civil penalty.

Representatives of the Pine River American Legion received permission to order beer to be sold during the Cass County Fair. The Legion will split profits with the Cass County Fair Board. Volunteers from the fair board will be in charge of the beer garden at the event. It was specified that the volunteers all have server training and certificates.

The city approved the purchase and the liquor license from noon to midnight during fair days.

In time for the Cass County Fair and Pine River Summerfest, the council learned there will be a ribbon cutting at the new swimming beach at the Dam Park at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, June 28, during Summerfest. Also in time for Summerfest, new playground equipment has been installed in the playground across from the park.

For sake of a different festivity, the council approved closure of Norway Avenue from Second Street to Third Street for the annual Riverview Block Party from 4-8 p.m. July 23.

In other business, the council:

• Learned of the resignation of Pine River police officer Nathan Gainey, who will take a job in the metro area.

• Addressed a concern by a resident who has been contacted about junk piling up on her property. The city agreed to invite her to attend a July council meeting or the July planning and zoning meeting to discuss the issue and resolve it.

• Learned the city of Pine River is receiving an award for its Green Steps initiative that led to park improvement and other changes within the city.

• Approved election judges for the upcoming election season.