The Pine River City Council denied a request to serve alcoholic beverages during the Pine River Chamber of Commerce's Parade of Lights bonfire in December.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michaela Reed made the request at the Tuesday, Nov. 9, regular council meeting. She asked for permission to set up a fenced-in area in a section of the chamber parking lot where festive or seasonal drinks would be served, including peppermint Schnapps, hard cider and possibly Kahlua.

The council asked Police Chief Paul Sand for his thoughts. Sand said he wouldn't be in favor of allowing it because the event is a family event. He said there would be traffic and possibly people driving home after sampling the drinks.

The council unanimously decided against allowing alcoholic beverages at the event, agreeing with Sand's reasoning. Council member Troy Gregory said he would have possibly been in favor of the request; however, when it was pointed out that those same drinks can be had at the Pine River American Legion, which has a fenced-in area outside for patrons to watch the fireworks, Gregory said it would make sense for them to simply stay at the American Legion.

In other business Nov. 9, the council:

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  • Accepted a letter of resignation on behalf of Don Lundrigan, who resigned from the Pine River Regional Airport Board.
  • Accepted the Pine River Regional Airport Board's recommendations to appoint Becky Putzke and David Koenig to fill two open board positions.
  • Renewed licenses, including a refuse license for Waste Partners and a pawn shop license for Tradesman-Close Out City.
  • Agreed not to allow Allan Wiener, of Down to Earth Wood, to store equipment on a city property following the sale of his business.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or