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Summer Rec Car Wash on June 30th!

The Side Lake Summer Rec Program will be holding a Car Wash fundraiser on Thursday, July 30th from 10 am – 1 pm at the Side Lake Rec Center. Come out and support our local kids and get your car washed at the same time!

New Supervisor Appointed on Town Board

At the Town Board Meeting in May of 2022, Gene Capitani announced that he would be resigning from his position effective May 4th, 2022. Gene has served on the Town of French Board for many years, and he has played an active role in many of the events and programs that the Township has provided […]

Celebrate Side Lake – We Need You!

We are looking for participants in this year’s Celebrate Side Lake Event on August 18th, 2022! If you know of any vendors or food trucks that would like to join us, they can download a participation application below and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form. If you prefer, you can […]

Increment Weather Policy – Firecracker 5K and 4th of July Parade

The goal of the Side Lake 4th of July Events Committee is to provide safe and well-organized 4th of July events for the Side Lake Community. When the events are delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to inclement weather, the following factors influence the Side Lake 4th of July Events Committees’ decision: Firecracker 5k– The Firecracker […]

Side Lake Community Blood Drive

Save lives this Summer! Summer blood shortages occur every year. Let’s do our part and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need by giving blood with local Memorial Blood Centers. Chance to win a grill! As an added thank you, all presenting blood donors will be entered to win a Weber grill! […]

Side Lake Garage Sales – Here’s the Scoop!

Garage sales will held Thursday, June 16th (3 pm – 7 pm), Friday, June 17th (9 am – 4 pm), and Saturday, June 18th (9 am – 4 pm). For more information, you can visit Side Lake Community Garage Sales! Hard copies of the map are available available at CC Campground, Side Lake Store, & […]

A Note from the Fire Chief...

The Summer Season is upon us FINALLY! Many are just returning after the long winter, so here’s a reminder to be sure and change those batteries in your smoke/CO2 detectors!

-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 for the public to use.

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, continue to support our local businesses.

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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.