Special Information – Covid-19

COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

At this time the Town of French is engaged by facilitating communication and sharing of information within the community of Side Lake.  The Town Board will continue to monitor the situation and, if a more active role is warranted, will take necessary steps to provide an appropriate pro-active response.  We encourage community members to practice social distancing, watch out for neighbors, support our local businesses, and consider coordinating supply runs to town.

COVID-19 INFORMATION:

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Minnesota Governor’s Covid-19 Response Site – https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/

TOWNSHIP FIRE/EMS INFO:

“We wanted to let everyone know that the Town of French Fire & EMS is operating as usual and is always ready to serve our community. In an effort to protect everyone, including the responders and their families, all emergency response agencies are taking additional precautions due to COVID-19, and that may change the response to an emergency call. Rest assured, if you need assistance, help will be on the way. If there is a non-emergency need in our community, please reach out to us or one of the local township government officials, and efforts can be coordinated to meet those needs. “

– Dustin Nelson, Town of French Fire Chief

FEDERAL, STATE AND COUNTY SERVICES:

  • Side Lake Post Office
    • The post office is classified as an essential government service and will remain open whenever possible.
    • Window hours: 9am – 3pm, M-F
    • Lobby hours: 6am – 8pm, 7 days a week

LOCAL BUSINESSES:

Grocery / Gas / Convenience Stores

  • CC Campground:
    • Store Hours – 6am – 9pm, 7 days a week
    • Updates – 218-254-5301
  • Side Lake Store:
    • Store Hours –  6am – 8pm, 7 days a week
    • Updates – All our vendors and suppliers are still delivering every week including Sandstrom’s, Fraboni’s, Sullivan Supply, D&D Beverages, Pepsi, Coke, etc.

BARS / RESTAURANTS:

  • Bimbos:
    • Store Hours – Thur & Fri, 4pm – 8pm, Sat & Sun, 11am – 8pm
    • Take-out/curb side, full menu
    • Also frozen pizza available if ordered by Friday can be picked up Sunday
    • 218-254-2576 – payable with credit card over the phone
  • Riverside Inn:
    • Store Hours –
    • Updates – “For the safety of our staff and the Side Lake community, we are temporarily closing.
      We are taking this all day by day, just like you, and will keep you updated on our takeout, delivery, and off sale plans.
      We wish you all good health, and safety during this difficult time, and we look forward to the good times and warm weather ahead. We hope to see you soon. Stay well, stay safe, and be kind,

      Your Riverside Family ❤️” – Riverside Facebook page

LIQUOR STORES:

  • Side Lake Liquor:
    • Store Hours –
    • Updates – 218-254-4116
  • Riverside Inn:
    • Store Hours – Closed per Facebook page
    • Updates –

LOCAL CHURCHES:

  • Side Lake Community Church
    • Closed due to Rec Center building closure
    • Updates – 218-254-2402
  • Living Stones Fellowship
    • Regular Service is streaming live via Facebook at 10am Sunday mornings
    • Updates – 218-254-2296
  • Bear River Lutheran Church
    • Services cancelled through April 5th, 2020 – according to Facebook page
    • Updates – 218-376-1012

SOCIAL NETWORKING:

The following list is comprised of local community member groups that have existing networks for socializing and planning supply runs to town.  These groups have agreed to include others in their network.

Side Lake MN page –
https://www.facebook.com/sidelakemn/

Town of French Fire and EMS page –
https://www.facebook.com/Town-of-French-Fire-EMS-744801935570187

Side Lake Strong (exercise and fitness group) –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/974075872666435/

Side Lake Town Run Group –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1666422843655255/