Aitkin Area Community Resources

Aitkin: Local Resources (5/21/2020)

MEDICAL:

  • Local COVID-19 hotlines: Riverwood Coronavirus Helpline
    • 1-844-428-1323
    • Monday-Friday 7:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Local Hospital: Riverwood Healthcare Center
    • 218-927-2121 (Hospital) or 218-927-2157 (Clinic)
    • Clinic hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    • 200 Bunker Hill Dr, Aitkin MN 56431
    • https://riverwoodhealthcare.org/
    • Elective surgeries resumed May 11:
      • Elective surgeries will be offered at a slower pace for a while to allow for time to adjust to the new workflows and safety precautions.
      • Riverwood will contact all those whose surgery procedures were temporarily cancelled for rescheduling. For residents interested in learning more about having a surgical procedure at Riverwood, call 218-927-5566.
    • COVID-19 testing
      • COVID-19 testing is available at both the Aitkin and McGregor locations.
      • With a limited amount of test supplies, Riverwood is giving priority for testing to those who have COVID-19-like symptoms and meet these criteria: 1) Over age 65, 2) Living in or recently in congregate care (e.g. nursing homes, assisted living), 3) Experiencing homelessness, 4) Dialysis patients, 5) Health care workers and/or their symptomatic family; 6) Have underlying medical conditions, 7) First Responders, or 8) Child care workers.
      • Testing is also available for those who are hospitalized, scheduled for surgical procedures, or those who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Visitor Guidelines as a result of COVID-19
      • Patients with symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and trouble breathing must enter and exit through the main entrance; look for the yellow sign at the main entrance.
      • Patients who need emergency care (e.g., symptoms of a heart attack or stroke) should enter through the main entrance; look for the yellow signs at the main entrance.
      • Patients with other health concerns, including sprains, broken bones, rashes, and bites must enter and exit through the Therapy Services entrance; look for the blue sign at the Therapy Services entrance—between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      • Vendors need to drop their deliveries off at the loading dock at the back of the hospital.
    • Riverwood is accepting homemade masks
    • CVS Pharmacy: OPEN
    • GuidePoint Pharmacy Aitkin:
      • 218-670-7120
      • 9:00 am-5:30 pm
      • 226 Minnesota Ave N, Aitkin MN 56431
      • https://www.guidepointpharmacyrx.com/locations/aitkin
      • https://www.facebook.com/GuidePointAitkin
      • Services:
        • Curbside Pick-up
        • Deliveries within 10 miles of town
      • No issued statement on if it’s taking longer to fill prescriptions at this time.

 

GROCERY/FOOD ASSISTANCE:

  • Aitkin United Methodist Church:
    • Errands/Deliveries for high-risk individuals
    • 218-927-3242
  • Aitkin Area Food Shelf
    • *Drop off donations at 10:30 am on food shelf days. Call ahead to coordinate if you have a large donation
    • Pick up boxes
    • 612-803-1839
    • Wednesdays 10:30 am-3:00 pm
    • 102 4th St NW, Aitkin MN 56431
  • 1st Lutheran Community Food Shelf
    • *Contact Laura Smith to coordinate donation drop off
    • Take out and drive thru
    • 218-927-2028
    • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
    • 107 2nd St SE, Aitkin MN 56431
    • Community Meals: Monday & Thursdays 5:00-5:30 pm; drive thru only
    • Senior Meals: Tuesday 12:00-12:30 pm; take out and drive thru
  • James Catholic Church Food Shelf
    • *Make donations Monday-Friday at the church, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    • Packaged food to pick up. Emergency food boxes: pick up at the entrance.
    • Only 2 people in at a time.
    • 218-927-6581, ask for Angie
    • 299 Red Oak Dr., Aitkin MN 56431
  • Food Resource Locator:
  • Paulbeck’s County Market:
  • ISD # 1-Aitkin Public Schools:
  • Aitkin County CARE, Inc.: Office CLOSED
    • Frozen meal delivery available & homemaking and respite services
    • 218-927-1383
    • Phones answered: 7:30 am-4:00 pm
  • Cummings Treasured Time Adult Day Center: OPEN
    • **Errands/Delivery for high-risk individuals
    • 218-546-5071
  • Dennis’ Towing:
    • **Errands/Delivery for high-risk individuals
    • 320-684-2825
  • LP’s Outdoor & ASAP Towing:
    • **Errands/Delivery for high-risk individuals within 15 miles of town
    • 218-429-0129

 

CHILD CARE:

 

 

HELPFUL SERVICES:

  • Aitkin County Fair: CANCELLED for 2020
  • City of Aitkin: Buildings CLOSED, staff available by phone and email
  • Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce: Available by phone/email only
  • Aitkin Public Utilities Commission: CLOSED
  • Public Transit Options: Arrowhead Transit: OPEN
    • They will transport individuals to: clinics/hospitals, grocery stores, and other businesses/organizations. During this time, please take the bus only when necessary as we all need to continue practicing social distancing.
    • As a reminder, they are not currently collecting bus fares to limit contact between drivers and riders in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
    • 800-862-0175, option 3 for Aitkin County
    • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
    • http://arrowheadtransit.com/
  • Northern Pines Mental Health Center
  • Northland Counseling Center, Inc.
  • Aitkin Independent Age: CLOSED
    • Available by phone or email
    • 218-927-3761
    • Email: news@aitkinage.com with news related content
  • Hometown Lumber: OPEN for phone orders
  • Pine Insurance: CLOSED
  • Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative: CLOSED
    • Available by phone or bill pay online
    • 218-927-2191
    • https://www.mlecmn.net/
    • Free wi-fi available in parking lot. Look for “Guest Fiber” and “Guest Fiber 5Ghz.”
  • Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union: CLOSED
  • Members Cooperative Credit Union: CLOSED
    • Drive-up and online service only
    • 218-927-3789
    • Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:30 pm, Saturday 8:30-12:00 pm
    • If you need to access a safe deposit box, please call us to schedule an appointment to do so, at: 218-625-8600.
    • https://www.membersccu.org/aitkin
  • Security State Bank: CLOSED
    • Drive-up and online service only
      • County Market location CLOSED.
    • Monday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    • https://www.ssbmn.com/
  • Neighborhood NationalBank: CLOSED
  • Bremer Bank: CLOSED
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services (CMJTS):
    • 1-800-284-7425
    • Apply for Unemployment Insurance: org
    • If you have Unemployment Insurance, call (651) 296-3644 from a cell or 1-877-898-9090 from a landline
  • Aitkin County License Center: CLOSED until May 18
    • Renew tabs by mail. Send renewal form, current valid insurance information, check, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
      • Aitkin County License Center 307 2nd NW # 108, Aitkin, MN, 56431
    • 218-927-7057
  • Access to Internet:
    • Charter/Spectrum
    • 833-267-6094
    • We’re committed to offering special discounts to households affected by this virus. Beginning Monday, March 16, we’ll offer free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don’t currently have internet or WiFi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. We’ll waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started. You can qualify for this offer if you:
      • Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs
      • Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days
      • Call 855-243-8892 to sign up for this offer
    • https://www.spectrum.net/
  • Goble’s Sewer Service:
  • Gravelle Plumbing & Heating

 

 

PRINTING AND FAXING SERVICES:

 

RESTAURANTS:

LOCAL BUSINESSES:

  • American Legion: CLOSED
  • Aitkin Flowers: OPEN
  • Aitkin Liquor: OPEN
    • 218-927-6704
    • Monday 8:00 am-6:00 pm; Tuesday-Thursday 8:00-8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 8:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday closed
  • Aitkin Glass: Available by phone or email
    • 218-927-4624
    • 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    • http://www.aitkinglass.com/
  • Aitkin Rental Center: OPEN
    • 218-927-6907
    • Monday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00 pm, closed Sunday
  • The Greenhouse: OPEN
    • *Staff requests that customers wear masks
    • 218-927-1375
    • Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Beartooth True Value Hardware: OPEN
    • 218-429-0222
    • Monday-Saturday 7:30-6:00 pm
    • https://stores.truevalue.com/mn/aitkin/19759/
  • Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course: OPEN
    • *Call to book a tee time
    • 218-534-3489
  • Dollar General: OPEN
  • The Office Shop Brainerd/Aitkin: OPEN
    • 218-927-6911
    • Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    • https://www.theofficeshopinc.com/
    • Wearing of masks encouraged while in the store. Masks available to purchase for $1.00.
  • Jacques Art Center: Reopening May 19th
    • *Teen art show cancelled ; Strokes of Genius show extended until June 30
    • 218-927-2363
    • Tues-Sat 11:00am-4:00 pm
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    • **The annual meeting will be held June 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Village Laundromat:
  • Village Tanning: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
    • 218-927-3459
  • Nord Lake Reflections Custom Framing: OPEN
  • Green Owl Gallery: OPEN, curbside pick-up
    • *call to place an order for curbside pick up
    • 218-251-0021
    • *New online store: https://www.wiseskygifts.com/
  • Righteous Oaks Farm, LLC: OPEN, pick up or delivery
    • *Pork and eggs are available for pick up or delivery
    • 218-927-1425
    • https://righteousoaksfarm.com/
  • Rialto Theater: OPEN for takeout
    • *Lobby open for take-out popcorn and cotton candy on weekends
    • 218-927-2861
    • Firiday 4:00-7:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-3:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-3:00 pm
    • Gift certificates available
    • https://www.facebook.com/AitkinRialto/

RELIGIOUS SERVICES:

 

OTHER RESOURCES/INFORMATION:

  • Aitkin County SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership)
    • *The purpose of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to improve the health of all Minnesotans and thereby decrease health care costs through increased physical activity, healthier eating, and less use and exposure to commercial tobacco products. SHIP succeeds by encouraging and supporting health living and addressing health disparities through community engagement, local decision-making and sustainable, evidence-based strategies.
    • https://www.aitkincountyship.org/
  • Minnesota Department of Health: COVID-19
  • MN 2-1-1
    • United Way 2-1-1 is free and confidential assistance that is available 24/7 and their purpose is to connect individuals with the appropriate health and human service resources. Can offer valuable resources including: shelter/housing options, utilities assistance, supplemental and nutritional programs, childcare options, and more! o Dial 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709 o Online at org
  • Aitkin County Growth Revolving Loan: http://aitkingrowth.org/loans/
  • Unemployment Insurance: https://www.uimn.org/
  • DEED – Unemployment Insurance Information for Employers
    • On March 16, Governor Walz issued an executive order ensuring workers affected by COVID‐19 have full access to unemployment benefits. The order also relieves taxpaying employers of benefit charges associated with COVID‐ This means a company’s unemployment tax rate will not increase if your workers collect unemployment benefits due to COVID‐19. If your workers apply for unemployment benefits, DEED will let you know.
    • More information about Unemployment Insurance for employers https://www.uimn.org/employers/employer‐account/news‐updates/covid‐jsp
  • DEED – Rapid Response
    • Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will discuss your needs with you, help avert layoffs if possible, and provide services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, visit DEED’s Rapid Response page or call 1‐866‐213‐1422 https://mn.gov/deed/business/starting‐business/management‐basics/considering‐jsp
  • DEED – Shared Work – Alternative to Layoffs
    • Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs ‐ retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Shared Work Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Visit Shared Work Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
    • https://www.uimn.org/employers/alternative‐layoff/index.jsp
  • Dislocated Worker Program – Permanent Layoffs
    • Our Dislocated Worker program offers free services to help individuals find suitable employment and help take the stress and uncertainty out of the process. Workers may be eligible for this program if they are out of work through no fault of their own, are eligible for unemployment insurance, and are unlikely to return to their previous occupation or industry. Contact a career counselor in your area by calling 800-325-5332.

 

  • Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center
    • Northeast Minnesota SBDC consultants are ready and able to assist clients throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. We are here to provide help with advice and ideas to keep your business as healthy as possible during these uncertain times. Our consultants are holding meetings via phone, video conferencing, or email. If you know of other business owners seeking guidance who may not be aware of SBDC resources, please point them to our website, www.nesbdc.org, to sign up for services.
  • SBA – Small Business Loans
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program is for small businesses and most non‐profit organizations that have suffered directly by this disaster. Loans can be for up to $2 million and are based on the working capital need of the business. Loan proceeds may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. Loans under $25,000 can be made without collateral, loans over $25,000 should be collateralized. However, the SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral. Find out more by visiting DisasterLoan.sba.gov
  • Entrepreneur Fund
  • Department of Labor
    • Workplace safety; wages, hours and leave; and more: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue – tax‐related information: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/our‐response‐covid‐19
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Toolkit
    • available to both members and non‐ members: https://www.mnchamber.com/blog/covid‐19‐business‐toolkit
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention planning guides for businesses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019‐ncov/community/organizations/businesses‐html