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Your right to a free interpreter
You have the right to a free language interpreter if you cannot speak or read English well. The Department of Human Services or the county agency must provide an interpreter for you if you need one or if you ask for one.  Pine County Health & Human Services will assist you by calling the Language Line to assist us.

Lakes and Pines CAC, Inc:
Lakes and Pines is a 501(c)3 organization; a charitable, educational, private, non-profit corporation serving Pine County residents. Please check out their website or call them for a list of their programs or services they can assist you with.  They help residents with a variety of programs, including but not limited to: SNAP, Medical, Social Security, Housing, Homelessness, etc. Please chck out their Website: or call Toll Free: (800)832-6082

Lakes and Pines: SNAP, MNSURE, or other programs:
Lakes and Pines can assist Pine County residents with SNAP, MNSure, or other programs in the Health & Human Services lobbies. Lakes and Pines will be at the Pine City Courthouse (HHS Interview Room) the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of each month. Lakes and Pines will be at the NPGC (Interview Room A) the  2nd and  4th Wednesday’s of each month. These are by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Please contact Lakes and Pines schedule your appointment at 320-679-1800 or 800-832-6082 Option 4 or . 

Lakes and Pines: SNAP application and renewals:
Lakes and Pines can assist Pine County residents with their SNAP applications & renewals every Wednesday, by appointment only, from 1pm  - 4pm. Please contact Lakes and Pines for a basic intake and to schedule your appointment.  Contact the Community Services Department at 320-679-1800 or 800-832-6082 Option 4 or . 

Lakes and Pines SNAP Employment and Training:
If you receive SNAP and are looking for work, Lakes and Pines SNAP Employment and Training provides counseling and support through the job search assistance, resume writing, interview tips, and more. This is a free and voluntary program. Please go to the Lakes and Pines SNAP E&T page.

Lakes and Pines Emergency Housing Assistance Application:
Lakes and Pines has a NEW/Streamlined Emergency Housing Application (Click here for the Lakes and Pines Emergency Housing Assistance Application). If you have any old applications, please destroy them. You can print out the new applications or you may find the application on their website;

Go to Program Applications and click on Emergency Housing Assistance Application.
Households will need to provide the following and will be instructed to do so when they complete the phone  intake call; 
- proof of income for the past 3 months, 
- eviction or past due mortgage statement (proof of emergency), and a 
- statement of what caused their emergency. 

This information is necessary to determine eligibility for our programs. Once eligibility has been confirmed, the advocate will work with them on any releases that are necessary to obtain. 

Health Care Provider & Local resources:
Pine County Director for Health Care Providers along with additional resources is available on the North Pine Area Hospital District website. This includes local food resource options.

A Place For You (APFY) Homeless Shelter: APFY is is a transitional shelter for homeless adult men and homeless adult women that serves as a safe place for people in distress. A Place For You provides for basic needs and offers resources to provide life-changing alternatives while respecting the inherent goodness and dignity of each individual. Website: or Phone: 320-438-7070

Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry: Ruby's Pantry is for anyone that is looking to extend their monthly grocery budget. For a $25 bundle donation, you will receive an abundance of groceries. Website:

*New Location* Ruby's Pantry is coming to a new location in Askov in Feb, March, and April 2023! Here is the Askov Ruby's Pantry Flyer with all the details along with a Ruby's Pantry Brochure with information about the program.

Pine County Veteran's Services: Pine County Veteran's Services is a great resource if you/or someone you know is a Veteran. We encourage you to check out their page as listed below or contact them directly for additional support, resources, and services. Website: or Phone 320-216-4100.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Resource: If you and/or someone you know is deaf or hard of hearing please check out this additional resource page for freelancers to assist with communicating to our agency

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe: The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is a federally recognized tribe and reservation in Pine County.  Mille Lacs Band Members are encouraged to check out the following website for more information and resources: 

Senior Linkage Line: Seniors can call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433 or email or by visiting their website for additional resources.

Central Minnesota Council on Aging: The new Senior Housing & Services Guide can be located on the CMCOA Website-  or paper copies are also available in Pine County Health & Human Services lobbies in both Sandstone & Pine City.

Disability HUB MN (formally the Disability Linkage Line): People with disabilities can call the Disability HUB MN (formally the Disability Linkage Line) at 866-333-2466 or by visiting their website for additional resources.

Pine County Operation Community Connect: Each year (around September/October) the Pine County Financial Assistance Unit and others participate in the Pine County OCC, which is a FREE event to provide resources to the community. It has historically been held in central Pine County for the last several years. Please watch our main page for more information close to that date. 

New Pathways Inc: Is your family struggling with homelessness? They may be able to help. New Pathways provides shelter for qualifying families experiencing homelessness. Call them at 763-691-0121 Ext 5 or email them at 

For additional access to Food Shelf & Distributions in Pine County, please click here.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources: 
Safe at Home Program: Safe at Home is a statewide address confidentiality program administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. It is governed by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 5B and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8290. Safe at Home is designed to help people who fear for their safety maintain a  confidential address. Many times program participants are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. For more information about the program, where to find a safe, emergency shelter, or how to enroll in the Safe at Home Program, please visit their website  .

Family Pathways also has additional Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources for Pine County residents. Please call their 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 800-338-SAFE (7233) or visit their website for a list of shelters, Advocates, Support Groups, and local legal resources at  .

Please contact our front desk staff or your worker directly if you do not feel safe or need additional resources or assistance.

Children Dental Services:
This is a non-profit dental clinic that accepts all forms of insurance and offers a sliding scale for income eligible families. Starting Feb 2021 CDS will be providing care at the North Pine Government Center in Sandstone the THIRD Wednesday and Thursday of each month.  They offer the following services: Cleanings, Exams, Fillings, Sealants, Oral Health Education, Crowns, Extractions, Fluoride, and X-Rays. Please contact them for more information or to schedule an appointment at 612-746-1530.

Final CDS Flyer February 2021 Announcement2023 Schedule
Dental Clinic

Dental Resource: This BC/BS Dental Innovations Coordinator, Alexis, can help to find a dental provider, schedule appointments, information on dental care, resources, and/or if you need her to attend an event.  Please connect with her right away for your dental needs.
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Central MN Council on Aging - Congregate Dining Sites:
This is a program offered to older adults 60+ in central MN, additional food support through congregate dining. Please check out the poster with more information below:
Senior Dining

Mental Health Local Resource:
The Pine County Drop-in Center is open at the Pine City Senior Center 670 Main St S Pine City MN.
The Drop-in Centers are for those 18 and older and need mental health support. If that is you, please join us anytime from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm Tuesdays. Great fun & helpful activities every week! Check out the calendar link below.

Kick back & relax, read a book, visit with your friends, listen to music, play games, yahtzee, cribbage, cards, bingo, white elephant, puzzles, word finds, crosswords, adult coloring, arts & crafts or bring your own project to work-on. Bring a lunch or snack if you wish. The coffee will be brewing. Resources available, wifi, planned activities vary each month. 

Please see the calendar link here for specifics events each month.

ACT Pine City Dementia Caregivers Coffee Chats
For more information about educational programs to assist Caregivers (and family/friends living with a Dementia related disease) not only care for others but to care for themselves click here for a brochure.

If you have any questions, please contact our agency by phone 320-216-4100/320-591-1570 or email