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Minutes of the October 12, 2021 Special Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the gravel crushing options.After discussion, a motion was made, seconded and carried to award the gravel crushing to Louis Leustek & Sons. The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.

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Minutes of the October 5, 2021 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The minutes of the September meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read. Fire ReportThere was 1 fire call and 6 EMS calls in September. RoadsShouldering work was done on Belschner Road. Old BusinessReceived the easement from the DNR for the Wilenius […]

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Bridge Project Complete Ahead of Schedule!

The bridge project on McCarthy Beach Road is now OPEN to all traffic. The bridge construction is complete, and the bridge will be painted next spring. Thanks to everyone for the patience during this time!

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New Disc Golf Course Signage

Exciting news for the disc golfers out there! The Township purchased new signs that are now posted along the course at the Side Lake Rec Center. Many avid disc golf teams from all over the country come to play on our course. It’s one of the best courses around, with options of playing at recreational […]

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Fall Festival & Costume Party

Fun, free, family event with games, prizes, treats and Cook County Connection animal friends. The event will be held outside in a safe manner to ensure fun for all! Pumpkins for the first 75 kids! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021 4 PM – 6 PM Side Lake Rec Pavilion – 7548 Highway 5 The event is […]

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A Note from the Fire Chief...

With the weather changing, just a reminder to drive safe out there and be careful in these slippery conditions!

-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


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.