Understanding Your Property Assessment

In Minnesota, the property tax system is one of the most confusing systems, as there are many different reasons your property taxes are what they are, such as: the valuation of your property, classification of your property, special programs you may qualify for, budget/levies of the local taxing authorities, and general property tax laws.  The Assessor's office sets the values, classification, and works with the special programs which are established by the legislature. It is the responsibility of the Assessor's office to provide an accurate, equalized assessment and classification of all properties (approximately 32,000) within Pine County and is overseen by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.  The following fact sheets are designed to help understand some of this complex system:

   How Market Values Are Determined

   Understanding Property Tax

   How to appeal your valuation or classification


Have more questions?

The Assessor's Office is here to help you with any property valuation or classification issues, concerns or questions you may have. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and the main office phone number is 320-591-1632.  Below are the names and contact information of the office staff and appraisers should you wish to contact them directly. 

Staff Name Responsibilities Direct Telephone Email
Lorri Houtsma   County Assessor

Department oversight, sales studies, valuation, classification, and special program determinations.

(320) 591-1634
Troy Stewart Deputy Assessor Appraises properties in:

All commercial, industrial, and apartment properties within the county.

(320) 591-1636

Jenny Christensen Senior Appraiser

Appraises properties in:

Townships of Clover (including Pathfinder Village), Dell Grove, and Windemere.

(320) 591-1633
Karen Stumne Appraiser Appraises properties in:

Townships of Birch Creek, Bruno, Crosby, Danforth, Fleming, Kerrick, Munch, Ogema, Park, Pine Lake, Sturgeon Lake, and the City of Denham.

(320) 591-1639
Kim Kylander
Appraises properties in:

Askov City, Bruno City, Finlayson City, Henriette City, Hinckley City, Kerrick City, City of Pine City, Rutledge City, Sandstone City, Sturgeon Lake City, and Willow River City.

**Only the properties within city limits.  If you are outside city limits, you are in a township and should contact that appraiser.

(320) 591-1637
Molly Benoit
Appraises properties in:

Townships of Chengwatana, Kettle River, Nickerson, and Pokegama.

(320) 591-1638
Dianne Johnson
Clerk III

Specializes in Homesteads, Property Classification, Special Property Tax Programs, and Tax Calculations.

(320) 591-1632
Jolene Sievert
Clerk III

Specializes in Homesteads & Property Classifications.

(320) 591-1632
    Local Asssessors     

Properties located in the following jurisdictions are appraised by private individuals, not County employees, who contract directly with that jurisdiction.     
Townships of Arlone, Arna, Barry, Bremen, Brook Park, Finlayson, 
Hinckley, Mission Creek, New Dosey, Norman, Partridge, Pine City,
Royalton, Sandstone, Wilma, and the cities of Brook Park & Rock

 (320) 591-1632                       

County Assessor

Lorri Houtsma
Pine County Assessor
635 Northridge Drive NW
Suite 260 
Pine City, MN 55063 

1 (800) 450-7463 ext. 1632 

8:00am- 4:30pm Monday thru Friday

P: 320-591-1632
F: 320-591-1640