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Garden Seed

Lakes and Pines provides FREE VEGETABLE SEEDS to encourage households with income under the following amounts to pick up some seeds to grow fresh vegetables and free up some money for other needs. Seeds this year include peas, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, winter squash, zucchini, lettuce and kale.

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Free Tax Preparation

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Lakes and Pines will hold FREE VITA tax sites in: Milaca, Mora, North Branch, and Pine City.

*Please note: If your tax return includes the M1PR (MN Property Tax or Certificate of Rent Paid) do not schedule an appointment online. Call 1-800-832-6082 #4 to schedule an appointment.

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Facilitated Self Assistance Tax Program

With the guidance of an IRS-certified coach in a classroom setting taxpayers prepare and e-file federal and state tax returns for FREE! Step-by-step interview questions in the tax software make it easier than ever for people to prepare an accurate return. Complete your returns and e-file in one session.

Classes are held in Aitkin, Cloquet, Mora, Onamia, and Pine City

Register for a Class

or call 1-800-832-6082 (option 4) to register for a class.

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Where’s my refund?

In order to gain information on the progress of your tax return, you can call or check online with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue 24 hours after your return has been accepted.

IRS-Where’s my Refund

Minnesota-Where’s my Refund

Information you will need includes:
• Name
• Social Security Number
• Filing Status
• Amount of your refund

Fare for All

A nonprofit shopping service that’s available to everyone is designed to help folks stretch their grocery dollar. There are no income guidelines. Fare For All is open to everyone and is community driven – the more people that participate the more savings will be passed along to customers. A selection of fresh produce and meats are available for sale. Please go to for more information about packages and prices, Express Sites in North Branch and Onamia and Pre-order/Pre-Pay sites in Aitkin, McGrath and Pine City.

For more information on how to preorder and prepay for Fare For All food delivery at Aitkin and McGrath sites please call 763-450-3880 or 1-800-582-4291 between 10:00am – 2:00pm M-F, or leave a message and someone will return your call.