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Side Lake Rink Update

We have started making ice! While the rink is being made, we request that you stay off the ice to make sure we have the smoothest surface and can finish as quickly as possible. The rink and warming shack aren’t ready to open just yet, but we will post here when we it’s ready for […]

Minutes of the October 4, 2022 meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Board members present: Supervisors Sandberg, Lucas, Jerulle, Clerk Schanche, Treasurer Samsa. The minutes of the September meeting were read and approved. Treasurers ReportOn motion by Lucas, second by Jerulle, the Treasurer’s Report was approved as read. Fire ReportThere were 2 fire calls and 3 EMS calls […]

November 8th, 2022 Election Results – French Township

2022 French Township Voter Turnout461 Registered Voters372 Ballots Cast80.7% Voter Turn-Out US REP DISTRICT 8Stauber 168Shultz 160 STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 7Farnsworth 157DeNucci 160 STATE REP DISTRICT 7BNorri 140Lislegard 186 GOVERNORWaltz 169Jensen 148 SECRETARY OF STATECrockett 147Simon 175 STATE AUDITORWilson 151Blaha 159 ATTORNEY GENERALSchultz 159Ellison 162 COUNTY COMMISSIONERMcDonald 285 COUNTY AUDITORIroncraft 64Nilsen 218 COUNTY SHERIFFRamsay 133Lukovsky […]

It’s Time To VOTE!

Voting Options – In-Person and Absentee Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th and we encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote. French Township residents can vote in person between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m at the Side Lake Rec Center. Same day registration is available.If you are unable to vote in person, […]

Voter Information: Notice to the Public

NOTICE OF 2022 GENERAL ELECTION – FRENCH TOWNSHIP Notice is hereby given to the voters of French Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota, that aGeneral Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Polling place hours will be from7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. located at the Town Hall at 7548 Hwy 5. Jeff Schanche, Town […]

Fall Festival & Costume Party This Saturday!

Join us this Saturday the 15th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for an afternoon of family fun!  This year’s Fall Festival and Costume Party will provide FREE hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks and drinks while supplies last. Enjoy Cook’s Country Connection animals, live music, pumpkin decorating, archery, crafts, games, and prizes! The event will be […]

A Note from the Fire Chief...

Just a reminder that the ice conditions on the lakes are still fairly unstable. Use extreme caution if you are venturing out on the ice. Also, now is a great time to be sure you have an emergency kit in your car, including a shovel and extra blankets! Stay safe out there!

-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.