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CSAH 5 County Bridge 634 (Riverside Bridge) Project

St. Louis County Public Works has scheduled a 2020 bridge reconstruction project located on CSAH 5, crossing over Sturgeon River and approximately 200’ south of Riverside Inn in Side Lake, MN. Reconstruction of the bridge is expected to begin August 3 rd , 2020. CSAH 5 will be closed to through traffic during construction operations, […]

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French Canister Site – Hazardous Waste Collection

The St. Louis County Environmental Services Department will be having a Household Hazardous Waste & Video Display Devices Collection at the French Canister Site on August 5, 2020 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. *Two video display devices per visit will be accepted from HOUSEHOLDS with payment by check or solid waste coupon – maximum […]

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NO WAKE DESIGNATION The Town Board discussed this Designation again at the June 2nd Township meeting. The decision was made to continue to postpone this hearing to comply with the State of MN Covid-19 regulations. However, it was also decided that this meeting should be postponed no later than Labor Day to give the community […]

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Due to the extended no travel period for COVID-19 protocol, we will postpone this public hearing until further notice. PUBLIC HEARING DATE – To be determined **WRITTEN INPUT/COMMENTS PREFERRED DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOL** Send written input/comments to: Town Clerk P.O. Box 28 Side Lake, MN 55781 or Email – frenchclerk@gmail.com

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Public Hearing Changed

The Town of French would like to adopt a “No Wake” Ordinance on the portion of the Sturgeon River, between Little Sturgeon Lake and Side Lake. We have posted a notice for a Public Hearing/comment period. The Public Hearing was to be held on Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm at the Community Center in […]

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A note from the Fire Chief

“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


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 closed to all 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.