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Current COVID Restrictions for the Rec Center

Due to the most recent mandate from the Governor, the Side Lake Rec Building is not available for rental or social gatherings at this time. The skating rink will open when the weather conditions allow for good ice production. The current plan will be to have the skating rink open, however, the warming shack will […]

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The Side Lake Community Center will be open for voting November 3rd, 2020 from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. You can register to vote in person on the day of election. For more information on registration requirements, click here.

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Minutes of the September 1, 2020 meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The minutes of the August meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read. Fire ReportThere was 1 fire call and 5 EMS calls in August. RoadsWashouts on Sunset Lane and Mark Lake Roads are being repaired. Old Business*The estimate for the fencing […]

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A Reminder from the Fire Chief...

Fall is definitely here, and that means it’s time to hunker down by the fireplace and crank up the heat! We would like to remind you to make sure to check your chimneys and make sure they are clean and free of debris. Chimney fires are the most common source of household fires in the wintertime. Stay safe, and keep those chimneys clean!

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, Liz Smith, at 218-969-6305.


For the latest 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.