Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pine City Pioneer

I'm sure I've told you this before but... my Dad worked at the Pine Poker for years, and it just happens to be right next to my store! (And oh how I wish I could have that building too...I have big plans!) Well yesterday Donna Heath, from the Pioneer, came over to the store and asked if she could interview me for the paper! I was honored, Donna has been retired for years and she wanted to do an article on the store! She had attended Jessica's last class and was so excited about all our store had to offer that she just wanted to share it with our community, wasn't that awesome?! I can't wait to see what she had to say.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Looking for a little getaway? How about a stay at our retreat center! Just can shut off your cel phone, no laundry, no worries about what to make for supper, no kids trying to "help" you scrapbook and you can stay up as late as you want scrapping the night away!

Come by yourself or grab a bunch of friends! We have great dates available weekends as well as weekdays. Our weekday rates (Sunday-Thursday) are $35.00 per night. Our weekend rates are $55.00 per night. Just give us a call to reserve your spot!

Jessica's Card Class

I love this time of the year when the garden is cleaned out, the leaves are almost raked and all I can think about is scrapbook season! I've been super busy ordering product for the store to inspire all of you. We've also been making new samples for the store to get your creative wheels turning.

If you want great inspiration check out Jessica's next class, it will be Thursday November 4th at 10:30 and the 2nd offering will be November 6th at 10:30 the cost is $15.00 and remember if you can not attend the class she always has class kits available to purchase at the store. You'll also find other kits at the store that are not offered as classes so you'll want to be sure to check them out. Be sure to remember your basic tool kit when you come to class!

If you are looking for a night out of the house to get some serious scrapping done don't forget about our Friday night crops. For $10.00 you get plenty of scrapping room, Pizza Hut dinner, pop, water, candy and chips. We hold them just about every Friday from 5-midnight as long as we have 3 people, just give the store a call at 320-629-9960 to reserve your spot.

Stop in and say HI!

My Mom

Irma Jean Larson, better known as Jeanie, longtime resident of Pine City passed suddenly on Sept. 28, 2010 at the age of 78. She was wife of the late Clifford E. Larson. She recently survived major heart surgery and died later in rehabilitation.Irma Jean Larson was born in Alma, Wis. on May 11, 1932 to her parents Alfred & Alice Zittel. She grew up in Alma before moving to Pine City in 1946, where she met and married Clifford on June 13, 1949. They lived in Pine City for their entire 55 year marriage.Jeanie worked several jobs during her lifetime, such as a waitress at the 61 Way CafĂ©, where a dime was a big tip. She worked as a welder at the arsenal where she became one of their top welders. She laughed about the time she worked at The Pine City Mercantile where employees were not trusted with the money. They were required to send the money to the office via tin cup fashioned on a pulley and a string. Her youngest daughter now owns that building, and runs her own business there. She also worked at the town bakery before landing a job with Ma Bell.Her final career was working for Northwestern Bell and AT&T as a telephone operator for many years before retiring in 1990. When she started her job with Ma Bell, it was located on the second floor above the present day location of The Pizza Pub. Back then, she used an old fashioned (wired) telephone switch board. She always joked that they weren’t supposed to listen in on phone calls, but when an emergency call came in they couldn’t help but listen.Jeanie always had a smile on her face, and people loved being around her. If you were to stop in to visit, she would be sure to offer you something to eat. If you were lucky enough to stop on the day she baked cinnamon rolls, you would never forget it because they were the best in the world.She adored her family, and simply loved when we could all get together. Whether it was a holiday, family reunion, camping trip, or cruise vacation, she loved having us together. Irma Jean thrived on her grandchildren as well, and loved reading, movies and watching TV. She also loved viewing nature and the changing season’s right outside her home on the water’s edge.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Clifford (Butch), her husband Clifford Earl, her brother Dave, and her sister Marjorie.She will be lovingly remembered by her four sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Darlene of Isanti; Dirk and Cathy of Roseville; Eric and Patti of Golden Valley; Peter and Cindy of Grand Forks, ND.; her two daughters and sons-in-law, Holly and Dirk Kienzle of Bismarck, ND.; Marni and Ron Steltz of Braham; her 17 grandchildren; her 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Isabell Stuber of Shawano, WI; her brothers and sisters-in-law Alfred (Sonny) and Marvella of Alma, WI; Anthony and Marge of Winona, MN; her many nieces, nephews, and friends.At Irma’s request, it was her wish to be cremated, and there will be no services.