Our Mission: Ensuring Local Access to Quality Health Care 

Grants and Loans Available

Hospital District Grant and Education Loan Programs

The Hospital District has established a grant program and an education loan forgiveness programs for the benefit of the health care providers and the citizens of the Hospital District. Our territory includes township members of Arlone, Clover, Danforth, Dell Grove, Finlayson, Hinckley, New Dosey, Ogema, Park, Partridge, Pine Lake and Sandstone Townships, and the cities of Askov, Bruno, Finlayson, Hinckley, Sandstone and Willow River.

The mission of the North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) is to assure access to quality health care and wellness services that improve the mental and physical health of the residents of the Hospital District. Minnesota rural hospitals were struggling during the 1950’s to survive because the smaller population base that could not financially support a hospital. Therefore the State created Hospital Districts to give rural communities a tool to keep health care in their communities. 


Community leaders formed the Hospital District over 30 years ago to save our hospital. In 2017, the Hospital District funded and built the Pine Healthcare Campus with the goal of it becoming an area destination health care campus. This will increase the availability of health care services for our residents and increase patient and customer demand, thereby financially strengthening the health care providers. 


Application Forms and Instructions

Go to the Grant/Funding Program page of this website for more information on the Guidelines. The application forms and instructions on how to apply and the review process are also there.

Acertain Recovery Centre'

 “Our Vision is to foster hope, respect and guidance to strengthen our rural Minnesota Communities” 

Ascertain Recovery Centre’ LLC offers outpatient substance abuse counseling for individual and families who are struggling with substance use who live in rural Minnesota.


Ascertain believes in developing strong community supports, allowing those who are suffering from substance use to overcome those barriers so they may better focus on their road to recovery.  Please visit out website to learn more about the partnerships we have formed.

Now accepting appointment for Rule 25/Assessments. Walk-in assessment began January 4, 2021. At the end of January they will be open for full services. They offer individual counseling as well as morning, afternoon and evening group therapy sessions.

Office Hours
Monday through Friday: 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and all major Holidays.

Contact Us

Phone: 320-245-9966
Email: info@ascertainrecovery.org
Web: ascertainrecovery.org

413 Commercial Avenue No., Sandstone, MN



Children's Dental Services

Children's Dental Services (CDS) will be providing care at the North Pine Government Center in Sandstone on the THIRD Wednesday and Thursday of each month

starting in February 2021.


Children’s Dental Services is a non-profit dental clinic that accepts all forms of insurance and offers a sliding scale for income eligible families. CDS Offers free and reduced cost care based on income. We are happy to work with families to help them apply for

insurance or discounted care, and we make payment plans when necessary.

Serving patients from first tooth to 100+ years of age!

 Cleanings 

 Exams

 Fillings

 Sealants 

 Oral Health Education 

 Crowns

 Extractions 

 Fluoride 

 X-rays 

To schedule an appointment call: 612-746-1530

Our Commitment:  
Saving lives and restoring health is the passion and commitment that brought 18 Pine County cities and townships together to establish the North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) in 1989. These community leaders recognized that fast access to rural health care often makes the life-saving difference.

  It is with this passion to provide excellent health care services that the Hospital District built the new Pine Healthcare campus. The health care services are being provided through a Hospital District lease agreement with Essentia Health.  Gateway Family Health Clinic and Thrifty White Pharmacy are providing the clinic
and pharmacy services.