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Side Lake Community Garage Sales This Weekend!

Sales start on Thursday and run until Saturday! Stay safe out there, and be sure to respect the speed limits and park off to the side of the road. Check the map list for individual sale times and days open. Maps and lists are available at the Side Lake Store, CC Campground, and the Side […]

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Newest Info Regarding McCarthy Beach Road Bridge Project

At the Town Board meeting on June  1st, the County gave an update regarding the McCarthy Beach Road Bridge Project. Here is the latest: Construction on the new bridge is set to begin on August 2nd and is expected to be completed by November 14th.  Through traffic on the McCarthy Beach Road will not be allowed until the project is […]

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Status of Improved Broadband in Side Lake For Areas Currently Underserved

The Town of French received notice that we will be receiving a $70,000 Grant from the American Rescue Plan of 2021.   Funding projects to expand broadband service is an authorized use of these funds.  The majority of the Township, areas west of Hwy #5, has been provided with the opportunity to receive fiber optic broadband, […]

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McCarthy Beach Road Bridge Update

The monthly Town of French Board Meeting will be June 1st at 7:00 pm at the Side Lake Rec Center. At this month’s meeting, we will have an update on the McCarthy Beach Road Bridge Project. The county will have representatives Chris Grahek, Project Supervisor, Vic Lund, Traffic Engineer, and Ryan Nehring, Project Inspector, at […]

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So What About the Firecracker 5K and the 4th of July Parade?

Will we be having the Firecracker 5K and the 4th of July Parade in Side Lake this year? The short answer is – no. But for the full story, read on… Despite the governor’s recent announcement, the Side Lake Parade and Firecracker 5K committees have made the tough decision to cancel these events for the […]

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A Reminder from the Fire Chief...

What would you do if you discovered that your house was on fire? Do you have a plan to keep your family safe?

Something as simple as discussing an Evacuation Plan can save lives! We encourage you to have this important conversation with your family so you can be prepared. Click the link below for tips and resources to help you make your own plan.

-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 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.