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.  The main office telephone number is 320-591-1632.  Below are names and contact information for 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
Appraise properties in: 

Commercial, industrial, and apartment properties 
(320) 591-1636
Zac Homan
Appraise properties in:

Townships of Birch Creek, Danforth, Fleming, Mission Creek, Munch, New Dosey, Partridge, and Pine Lake.
City of Hinckley. 

(320) 591-1663

Karen Stumne

Appraise properties in:

Townships of Arna, Bremen, Brook Park, Bruno, Crosby, Kerrick, Park, Royalton, Sturgeon Lake and Wilma.

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

Township of Sandstone.
Cities of Finlayson, Pine City, Rock Creek, Sandstone, and Sturgeon Lake.

(320) 591-1637
Molly Benoit
Senior Appraiser
Appraise properties in:

Townships of Chengwatana, Hinckley, Kettle River and Pokegama.

(320) 591-1638 
Appraise properties in:

Townships of Barry, Clover,  Finlayson and Norman.
Cities of Askov, Brook Park, Bruno, Denham, Henriette, Kerrick, Rutledge and Willow River.

(320) 591-1632
Jason Knutson
Appraise properties in:

Townships of Arlone, Dell Grove, Nickerson, Ogema and Windemere.

(320) 591-1633
Dianne Johnson
Assessment Technician

Specializes in ECRV and Sales processing, Homesteads, Property Classification, Special Property Tax Programs, Tax Calculations and General Administrative Duties.

(320) 591-1635
Brenda B.
Assessment Technician

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

(320) 591-1632



Properties located in the following township are appraised by a private local assessor who contracts directly with the following Township:   
                                    Pine City Township      

Call our general office line at (320) 591-1632 and we will direct you accordingly.                      

County Assessor

Lorri L. 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

General Office Email:

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