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Upcoming Deer Hunt Information for Side Lake

Here are the dates for the various deer hunts in the Side Lake area: Park Muzzleloader Hunt – 11/28/20 – 12/6/2020, 15 hunters with a 2 bag limit. *Hunters must refrain from parking along the roadway and are encouraged to walk in from the Pickerel Lake parking area. Township Hunt – 10/25/20 – 11/8/20 *Special […]

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Side Lake Community Columbarium entering Phase I of Construction

We are excited to announce the beginning of construction for Phase I of the Side Lake Community Columbarium! The Columbarium Committee has been working hard on this project, and we are finally ready to move forward with construction. For more information, visit our Columbarium page! Side Lake Community Columbarium

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Response from DNR Regarding Water Level Analysis Request

The Township received a response from Jason Boyle, State Dam Safety Engineer for the MN DNR, regarding their request to revisit the Sturgeon (69-939) / Side (69-933) Lakes St. Louis County Outlet Analysis from 2007. The response was as follows: Thanks for the invitation to the July 28 meeting.  I will not be able to […]

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No Wake Designation Proposed Slow-No Wake Designation for Sturgeon River between Little Sturgeon and Side Lake. Slow-no wake speed means the slowest possible speed to maintain steerage, but no greater than 5 mph. PUBLIC HEARING DATE is schedule for TUESDAY, JULY 28 at 6:00pm at the SIDE LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER PAVILION Information regarding water levels/control […]

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Update from July Township Meeting – Water Levels on Lake Chain

After discussion and concern brought forth to the Town Board at the July Township Meeting, Bill Schuster, the Board Chairman, has drafted a request to Jason Boyle, State Dam Safety Engineer for the MN Department of Natural Resources. The request was as follows: Please consider this a formal request from the Town of French, on […]

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Have You Ever Thought of Joining the Volunteer Fire & EMS Department?

We are always looking for new members who care about our community and want to help out our local volunteer department. We have firefighters and first responders on our department, and a few members who serve as both. We will provide training and are always here to answer any questions and help support our members! We would love to meet you!

If you would like more information, contact our Fire Chief, PJ Bjur at 218-969-3323 or our EMS Coordinator, Liz Smith, at 218-969-6305.


For the latest summer info on all things Side Lake, you can visit our Events and Recreation page by clicking here.

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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.