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The McCarthy Beach State Park Ski Trails are groomed and ready for use! This is your one-stop shop for all you need to grab your skis and head out on the trails! For current trail information, including trail conditions, click here. Parking Permit and Ski Passes are required. You can get a parking permit here, […]

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Minutes of the January 5, 2021 meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The Clerk Schanche and Chairman Schuster were present at the Town Hall. Supervisors Capitani and Sandberg, Treasurer Samsa, and PJ Bjur were on conference call. All meeting information was sent to the Board Members. The minutes of the December meeting were approved. The Treasurer’s Report was […]

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Update: Side Lake Rec Program

As most of you know, the Summer Rec Program was cancelled last year due to Covid. We are brainstorming and hoping to be able offer the Rec Program for this summer, but we need your help! We are excited that, even though we were not able to have the Rec Program last summer, we were […]

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Public Meeting Notices to Voters of French Township

BOARD OF AUDIT MEETINGFEBRUARY 16, 2021 The Board of Audit meeting for the Town of French will be held on Tuesday February 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the French Town Hall. This meeting will consist of auditing the books for the year 2020 and preparing a budget to propose at the Annual Meeting. NOTICE […]

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Phase 3 Small Business Covid Relief Grant

Phase 3 of the SLC Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant officially begins on Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. Program Guidelines, Application, and an informational Webex link can all be found by clicking on the links below. https://www.sidelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Phase-3-SLC-Small-Business-COVID-19-Relief-Grant-Guidelines.pdf https://www.sidelake.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Form-9003-Phase-3-SLC-Small-Business-Covid-Relief-Grant-Application-fillable.pdf

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A Reminder from the Fire Chief...

Winter is finally upon us, and even though the temps are dipping below freezing, just a reminder to make sure you are checking ice conditions before heading out for your outdoor adventures! The lakes are still not completely frozen in some areas! Stay safe out there everyone!

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.