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Economic Profile: Pine Island has big plans for future

Economic Profile: Pine Island has big plans for future
Students in biology class at Pine Island High School.

Situated along a fork of the Zumbro River, Pine Island lies in one of the most fast paced corridors in the state — the highway between Rochester and the Twin Cities.

Change is coming to the area with the development of Elk Run; a massive 2,325-acre piece of land slated for future use.

A 200-acre biobusiness park is proposed alongside a residential, retail and commercial development that its backers say will "set a new standard for mixed-use development."

In addition, Pine Island's traditional downtown is doing well, as demonstrated by the recent refurbishing and opening of Old Pine Theatre.



Average size of households:2.4 people.

Median age of residents:35.5.

Percent of residents with bachelors degree or advanced degree:24.9 percent.

Median household income:$68,319.

Per capita income:$24,226.

Median value of owner occupied home:$164,500.

Number of households who speak a language at home other than English:70.

Major employers:


• DS Manufacturing, 170 employees, manufacturing, coating and engraving, heat treatment and allied activities.

• Pine Haven Care Center, 150 employees, residential care center.

• Land O’ Lakes, 130 employees, specialty food center.

• Pine Island Public Schools, 123 employees.

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