The Pine County Courier was established in 1894 and is located in Sandstone, Minnesota. which is 80 miles north of Minneapolis and 60 miles from Duluth. Sandstone is the geographic center of Pine County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state, and home to the Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution, employing 200 staff. Pine Medical Center hospital and nursing home has 160 employees. The combined payroll of these facilities is over $10 million a year. The newspaper is owned by Franklin Newspapers, Inc. Sister publications include the Hinckley News, Askov American, Moose Lake Star Gazette, Evergreen Shopper and an aviation monthly, the Minnesota Flyer. These publications are owned by Tim and Mary Franklin.