Pine Island was given its name from the Native American term "Wa-zu-wee-ta," which translates to Isle of Pines. Located along the beautiful banks of the Zumbro River, we are an easy 15-minute drive north from Rochester and less than an hour south of the Twin Cities.

The first settlers came to Pine Island in 1854. In 1911 a group of small dairies built a prize-winning, world-record 6,000 pound cheese on a railroad flatcar. By 1920 there were 43 cheese plants in the surrounding area. Half of them formed the Minnesota Cheese Producers Association with a large plant in Pine Island. That plant and its adjoining Butter Factory were located across from Trailhead Park.

Today 3,400 and growing residents celebrate our heritage and find that opportunities for recreation and business here abound. We are "Working Together for a Better Tomorrow!"

2nd Street SW Project Update

Work completed this spring:

  • Weeds removed, topsoil placed and sod installed
    • Please note that the contractor is responsible for maintaining the sod for the first 30 days. After the maintenance period, each homeowner will be responsible for watering the sod.
    • Please wait to mow the sod until at least 2 weeks after installation or reaches 3.5” high.
    • Do not add any fertilizer or chemicals to the sod this year.


Upcoming work:

The project team has completed the first site walk and punch-list for project completion. The contractor will be responsible for completing the remaining items before the project is considered complete. Dates for the following items have not yet been determined, but will be shared as soon as available:

  • Replacing cracked concrete sidewalk, curb and driveway approaches
  • Final lift of pavement
  • Replace dead sod