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Pine River business builder passes away and is mourned

Glenn MacMillan, a man known around Pine River for his contributions to the business community, passed away Wednesday, April 17.

When Glenn came to Pine River in 1940, he was just a high school student, but he quickly grew. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and survivor of two shipwrecks, but he was known locally for other accomplishments.

His business ownership career began in 1948 with the opening of Coast to Coast Gas Company. He later became partial owner of the Pine Motor Company alongside William Schuster in 1951. In 1953 he bought Schuster’s portion of the company. He went on to become Minnesota Auto Dealership Association president in 1974.

He was a member of the board that created the Pine River Golf Course alongside John Wetrosky and others.

“He played an important role in its establishment and its operation in years after,” Wetrosky said.

Glenn’s contributions to Pine River didn’t stop there. He built local apartment complexes and was involved in building condos near the Pine River Golf Course. He even worked hard to rebuild the Pine River Community Bowl building following its destruction by fire in the early 1990s.

“Glenn was a supporter of bringing business and traffic to Pine River during the years that I knew him,” Wetrosky said.

In addition to his local business contributions, Glenn was a member of multiple groups and organizations such as the Pine River Chamber of Commerce, Pine River City Council, The Pine River American Legion, the Central Lakes College board, the local Elks Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where he spent his winters.