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Federal Disaster Loan Assistance Available

Federal Disaster Loan Assistance Available to Businesses and Residents of MN Affected by Heavy Rain and Flooding from April 22 to June 15, 2022 Which Counties Are Eligible? Koochiching County, and all adjacent counties: Beltrami, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, & Saint Louis County.  Any homeowner or renter, business of any size, or non-profit organization […]

Zoning Ordinance

It has been requested by some of our township residents to be able to have the Zoning Ordinance of St. Louis County uploaded onto the website for the public. The most updated Zoning Ordinance, amended in 2020, can be downloaded and viewed here:

Search for Missing Man in Side Lake Continues

If you would like to help in the search for James Napoli, family members and other helping with the search will be meeting at the Side Lake Rec Center this morning at 10:00 am. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/817050016000573/

Notice to the Public

The French Township Site Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, at 6:00 pm. at the Town Hall in regards to a Condition Use Permit Application. For more information about this meeting, you can view relevant documents below. https://www.sidelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/01-Nelson-CONDITIONAL-USE-STAFF-REPORT-Final.pdf https://www.sidelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Adjoining-Landowner-Notice-.pdf

Fall Festival and 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 100 kids! To volunteer, donate, or for any questions, sidelakeevents@gmail.com or send a PM on Facebook. Click here for more information.

Township Items Up For Bid

The Township has been doing some clean-up and updating recently. The following list of items will be up for sealed bid until October 1st, 2022. If you are interested in any of these items, you can send your sealed bid, including which item(s) you would be interested in, to the Town Clerk at PO Box […]

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.