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UPDATE: Channel Closure

There is still some final clean-up to do from the demo of the bridge on McCarthy Beach Road, so the channel from Little Sturgeon to Side Lake will be CLOSED until tomorrow afternoon, August 6th. We will post here when the channel is open again.

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Lions and Tigers? No, just BEARS!

An Important Announcement from McCarthy Beach State Park…. Tis the season for bear sightings and issues. Just wanted to give a heads up that we have had a bear in the park. So far he has only been interested in the dumpsters here. Neighbors are reporting garbage cans being broken into as well. With the […]

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Special Archery Deer Hunt in Side Lake

Application deadline for the Special Archery Deer Hunt in Side Lake is noon on August 18th, 2020. There is a $20 application fee. This Deer Hunt will September 18th through December 31st (Hunt No. 996). There will be a drawing of the applicants at a Special Meeting of the Town Board on August 18th at […]

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Minutes of the July 6, 2021 meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The minutes of the June meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read. Fire ReportThere were no fire calls and 5 EMS calls in June. Road ReportChloride will be applied July 8th. Old BusinessThere was a discussion from attendees about the water […]

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Due to construction, the channel from Little Sturgeon to Side Lake under the McCarthy Beach Road will be CLOSED Wednesday morning, August 4th, until Thursday night, August 5th. We will post updates here as we get them regarding channel closures. There is also a sign on the bridge at Sturgeon Landing that will notify boaters […]

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A Note from the Fire Chief...

During the road construction project of the McCarthy Beach Road Bridge, we will have one of our fire trucks stationed at McCarthy Beach State Park so we will be able to have coverage on both sides of the bridge. Our first responders also have medical equipment on the truck until this construction project is complete.

-PJ Bjur, Fire Chief
Town of French Fire & EMS

If you would like more information on how you can become a member of our volunteer department, contact our Fire Chief, PJ Bjur at 218-969-3323 or our EMS Coordinator, Alyssa Jerulle, at frenchfirstresponders@gmail.com


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At this time the Town of French is engaged by facilitating communication and sharing of information within the community of Side Lake.

The Side Lake Rec Center Buildings are open with some restrictions for public activities until further notice.

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.

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

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Side Lake, MN
The Side Lake Community is comprised of two adjacent townships, divided by the St. Louis County and Itasca County line. The Town of French is in St. Louis County. Side Lake is 20 miles north of Hibbing on County Road 5, 85 miles northwest of Duluth and 220 miles north of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Town Board Meeting Dates

The French Township Board holds its regular meetings on the First Tuesday of each month, at the Side Lake Community Center, at 7PM. Time and dates may change, with proper notice.