Pierz to celebrate 125 years with three events over the summer

Plans for a couple of celebrations have been put in place to celebrate Pierz’ 125th anniversary as a city.

The City Council discussed it at the beginning of the year, put it on hold for a bit, discussed it a little more and finally Monday, a plan is in place.

The first celebration is a medallion hunt that will run from June 12-16.

But it won’t be a medallion hunt like that held during Oktoberfest. Clues will only be given out to those who can answer trivia questions about the history of Pierz — taken from any time in its 125-year history.

Those trivia questions will be posted each day on the city’s Facebook page, on the city website (pierzmn.org) and on the Morrison County Record website, mcrecord.com.

Those who think they know the answer to the day’s trivia question must come to City Hall, answer the question correctly, to receive the next clue as to where the medallion is located.

If it sounds like there may be a line, city staff has a plan to streamline the process — clues will already be printed on a piece of paper to hand out to those with the correct answers.

The person who finally finds the medallion, wins $125 in Pierz Bucks.

Then, in July, the city will host a golf scramble Thursday, July 20, starting at 3 p.m. Teams of two will play, two teams at a time. There is an entry fee for each team, which also includes four drink tickets. The winning team will receive two $125 gift certificates to the Pierz Municipal Golf Course. The second place team will receive one $125 gift certificate to the Pierz Municipal Golf Course.

Finally, in August, the Pierz community picnic will be resurrected Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. That evening live music will be provided by Total Monroe, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., and the mayor’s own band, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The idea that the high school jazz band might be on hand was also a possibility discussed. In addition to the music and food, a beverage stand will be open and games and activities offered.

The total cost for the three celebrations was estimated at $5,500. The city will seek donations from various businesses and organizations to help defray the costs.

For more information or to donate, call City Hall at (320) 468-6471.


Pierz City Council Briefs

At Monday’s meeting, the Pierz City Council:

  • Approved an exempt permit for the Pierz Rock, Roll and Stroll, Sept. 7. The event is held the first Thursday of each month in June, July, August and September, but a raffle is held the last date of the summer;
  • Learned Pierz was awarded $448,534 of $1.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) federal grant money, not quite half of the estimated costs for its multi-year Pierz Loop project. That project will begin with coordinated efforts with the county, beginning in 2020, with improvements to County Road 43 and County Road 39 (Third Avenue North) from Centennial Drive to Kamnic Street; County Road 283 from Highway 25 to Highway 27 in Genola and in 2020/2021, the county is expected to replace the bridge on Park Avenue by the golf course and include a designated walk/trail on one side of the bridge. In 2021, the city of Pierz has plans to improve Centennial Drive between Highway 27 and County Road 43 (Third Avenue North);
  • Approved the sale of Lot 5 in the Industrial Park to Scott and Emily Saehr, to build facilities for Scottie’s Log and Landscape, with the Saehrs to begin building by the fall of 2018;
  • Approved a $1,000 donation to go toward Pierz Oktoberfest, a donation the city has made annually;
  • Learned the city will receive a solid waste tax credit in the amount of $5,054, because the city had been paying both the county and the state, doubling the amount owed;
  • Approved no parking on the entire block of First Avenue Northwest to avoid accidents when cars are parked on both sides and to allow easy access for emergency vehicles;
  • Learned that a farmers market would begin May 19 and be held every Friday, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., on Main Street, on the sidewalk near the St. Joseph’s Church parking lot;
  • Approved the purchase of a New Holland skid loader for the Public Works Department at a cost of $24,750, which includes trade-in of the city’s 2005 New Holland skid loader. Public Works Supervisor Bob Otremba said $25,000 was available in the fund dedicated to purchasing new equipment;
  • Discussed briefly the need for more security at City Hall to protect city staff located near the front door. Deputy Clerk Kari Tyson said she would look into an OSHA grant of up to $10,000 for safety and call the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC). LMC offers a walk-through and  safety protocol suggestions for no charge;
  • Approved a sign permit for TJ’s Coins, Currency and Collectibles, owned by Jeremy Jager, at 237 North Main Street, Pierz; and
  • Learned only one of three who applied for the police officer position was qualified. That interview was to be held Thursday.

The Council changed the date of its next meeting to Tuesday, May 23, due to the Monday, May 22, school referendum vote.