Pine River

Preserving the history of the 

Pine River area for future generations

A window to the past

History is who we are & why we are the way we are.

Heritage Group North Inc (HGN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Pine River, MN. The purpose of HGN is to explore the history of the greater Pine River area and to share and interpret that heritage in ways that promote public appreciation of the past, stimulate heritage tourism and fuel local economic development.

20 year club in 1926

Pine River School History

Preserving the legacy of Pine River School, HGN works as archivists preserving school photos, memorabillia, and other documents of historical significance. 

Recently, HGN was awarded a grant that provided funds for the full digitizing of all yearbooks from the 1930s up to 2019, making these digitally accessible for free anywhere in the world. 

Let's celebrate!

Pine River ALL School REUNion

Calling all graduates of Pine River School

Heritage Group North is helping organize an all school reunion which will take place during the Pine River 150th celebration. This will be three days of events in Pine River and at the current Pine River-Backus School. There will be lots to do and it is a great opportunity to fondly look back on old-times and get to chat with people from your school days.

Click the "Learn More" Link to register. If you have questions, please fill out our contact form.

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Pine River's 150th Anniversary

Pine River is 150 Years Old in 2023! Help us celebrate with three days of events including a Pine River-Backus ALL SCHOOL REUNION! Check out our calendar of events below for more details. Follow our 150th Anniversary Facebook page
to find the most recent updates and schedules.

Questions? Email pr150years@gmail.com or
contact the Chamber at 218-587-4000.


Donate Pictures

While we have limited space for physical items, we would like to continue growing catalog of pictures and videos of historical Pine River.

If you have any historical pictures that you would be willing to either donate or allow us to scan and return to you, please let us know!


If you have an interest in history and have time to help out, please consider volunteering!

We have lots of different things you can help out with --both big and small-- including things that don't require moving/lifting.

We're an organization that depends on volunteers!

become a member

If you enjoy history and are supportive of community development, please consider making a donation or joining HGN.

The modest dues are $10 a year for general membership. Please contact us if interested. Other levels are available for more generous support.

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