Pine River

PRdepotKnown as the birthplace of the Paul Bunyan Trail, the city of Pine River is located on the northwest end of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes Region. Today, in addition to an old fashioned, downtown retail district, Pine River is home to farmers and rachers, family-owned resorts, and a handful of manufacturers, as well as a newly established green living movement, thanks to the the Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation's Healthy Communities Partnership and the Minnesota GreenStep Cities programs.

Pine River's famous, weekly duck races bring in thousands of vacationers to the city on Fridays during the summer months, as do the Friday's Grower's Market and the weekly fishing seminars. An unique Flea Market happens on Saturday mornings. A must stop in Pine River is the Chamber's Information Center, which houses Paul Bunyan's baby boots and the historic Pine River Depot — complete with a newly resorted railroad depot (cir 1800s), as well as a 1919 horse-drawn fire engine and a red caboose.

PLmusicCommunity members are involved in a community garden, and many other sustainable life skills, thanks to major community supporter Happy Dancing Turtle which is located on the Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) Campus, a 70-acre campus that is a point for the research and development of sustainable living practices, renewable energy efforts, & high efficiency sustainable housing methods.

PRcabooseHistory of Pine River
Established a more direct route between Leech Lake and an the Mississippi River, the area which is now the city of Pine River's first business was a trading post owned by George Barclay and Dennis McNannie (established 1895). The trading spot was established long ago thanks to canoe routes, Indian trails and stage coach routes. The Burlington Northern Railroad passed through down and brought with it a train depot (1898) that futher established the city.

Learn more about the new historical walking tour of Pine River, thanks to a Legacy Amendment grant from the Minneosta Historical Society. A map and brochure are available at the Pine River Information Center (corner of Hwy 371 and Barclay Ave.).

Cass County (MN) Museum & Historical Society
201 Minnesota Avenue W,
Walker
(218) 547-7251
Thrifty Living
Thrifty Living
211 Barclay Avenue
Pine River
(218) 587-3451

Consignment store for clothing and household items.

Pine River Ice Skating Rink
(218) 587-2338
Gardiner Hardware
Gardiner Hardware
203 Barclay Ave.
Pine River
(218) 587-2585

Full-service hardware store, plus home decor & accessories.

Leigh’s Hair Affair
Leigh’s Hair Affair
104 Second Street N
Pine River
(218) 587-2586
Station 371
Station 371
Hwy 371
Pine River
(218) 587-4700
Plaid Duck & JJ’s Traiding Post
Barclay Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-2369

Retails: fabrics, books, second hand furniture, household goods & lots more! Dry Cleaning.

Pine River Riding Stable
Cty Rd 2 W
Pine River
(218) 587-5807
Pine River American Legion
400 Front St. S
Pine River
(218) 587-9151
Pine River Family Market
500 Front St S
Pine River
(218) 587-2488
Stone Women Herbals
Stone Women Herbals
209 Barclay Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-5900
Heath’s Resort
Heath’s Resort
(218) 587-2286
Dairy Queen (Pine River)
306 Front St. S
Pine River
(218) 587-4762

Soft-serve Dairy Queen and food items.

Pine River Train Depot
Pine River Train Depot
Pine River
(218) 587-4357
Fresh Start Meat Market
2718 Hwy 371 SW
Pine River
(218) 587-2228

Meats to go. Great selection of sausages and meats. Party plates made-to-order. (formerly known as Shamp's Meat Market)

Pine River Dept. of Motor Vehicles
239 Barclay Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-2400

Deputy Motor Vehicles Register. Sells DNR motor vehicle & trailer licenses.

Pine River Family Market
500 Front St S
Pine River
(218) 587-2488

Full-service grocery store with deli. Catering available.

Ole’s Pub
Ole’s Pub
200 Barclay Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-2438

Pizzas and a full bar

Holiday of Pine River
Holiday of Pine River
300 Front Street
Pine River
(218) 587-2821
Station 371
Station 371
Hwy 371
Pine River
(218) 587-4700
Iron Hills North Gun & Pawn Shop
324 Barclay Ave.
Pine River
(218) 587-3373
Black Bear Golf Course
Black Bear Golf Course
2898 16th St. SW
Backus
(218) 587-8800

18 holes

Pine River Public Library
212 Park Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-4639
Pine River Community Bowl
330 Barclay Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-3100
Pine River Bakery
Pine River Bakery
215 Barclay Ave
Pine River
(218) 587-2545

Made-from-scratch baked goods, including the popular Paul Bunyan cookie.

Hidden Jewels Thrift Store
245 Barclay Ave.
Pine River
(218) 587-4292

Thrift and consignment shop

Tradesmen
Tradesmen
Hwy 371
Pine River
(218) 587-3277

Buy, sell, trade, pawn & barter shop. Wide variety of shotguns and rifles. Also carries misc households, movies & CDs, construction tools and more.

Bites Grill & Bar
Bites Grill & Bar
2793 State 371 SW
Pine River
(218) 587-2564

New family dining spot with small "bites" and great dinners