Due to the public health situation regarding COVID-19, City Hall and the License Bureau will be closing to the public starting Monday, November 23rd. The License Bureau will be open by appointment only. City Hall water payments can be dropped off in the water payment dropoff box located to the right of door #1. The Van Horn Library will be closed starting today, November 19th and will reopen for curbside services on December 7th. All other city offices and buildings will be closed to the public. City employees can still be contacted through phone and email to assist you with your needs. Check back to our website for city and community closures and updates.
Thank you for your understanding and standing strong with our community during this challenging time.
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!"