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Celebrate Side Lake!

Come and join us for a fun, family-friendly event at the Side Lake Rec Center on August 19th from 4pm – 7pm! There will be entertainment for young and old, including a petting zoo and balloon animals for the kiddos, fun and games for kids and adults, and food trucks! There will also be many […]

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Reminder: Household Hazardous Waste & Video Display Devices Collection

St. Louis County Environmental Services Department has arrange for the Household Hazardous Waste & Video Display Devices Collection to take place at the French Canister Site on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. *Two video display devices per visit will be accepted from HOUSEHOLDS with payment by check or solid waste […]

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Minutes of the June 1, 2021 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The minutes of the May meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read. Fire ReportThere was 1 fire call and 5 EMS calls in May. Old BusinessThe “no wake” buoys are on back order.There will be no 4th of July parade this […]

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Drive Through and See!

The Side Lake Community Columbarium is officially open and available for memorial services, and the Town of French is currently accepting applications for niches. As of July 2021, one-third of the 36 niches in our first Columbarium have already been reserved! The Side Lake community is excited to have this wonderful addition for those who […]

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A Reminder from the Fire Chief...

As you may have noticed, it’s a pretty busy time here in Side Lake! Summer means lots of family, friends, and out of town visitors! With all the extra activity, summer is also a very busy time for our first responders and fire department. If you see a vehicle approaching on the road with its flashers on, please pull to the side for our responders to pass. They are here for all of us and appreciate your cooperation to help them get through safely in an emergency.
-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.