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Exciting News for the Side Lake Summer Rec Program!

As far as 2020 is concerned, Covid-19 has changed much of our schedules these past few months. However, some of you may not be aware that, even though Covid-19 may have ended up canceling our Summer Rec Program, we actually were unable to get enough volunteers to offer this amazing youth program for the 2020 […]

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Minutes of the August 4, 2020 meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The minutes of the June meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as read. Fire ReportThere were 6 fire calls and 12 EMS calls in July. Old Business After discussion, a motion was made, seconded and carried to apply to the Regional Officer […]

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Primary Election Results from 8/11/20

435 registered voters at 7:00 am 8 new voter registrations Ballots Cast 108 Voter turnout 23% Rep US SenatorJohn Berman 6Cynthia Hall 2Bob Carney 4James Reibestein 3Jason Lewis 18 Rep US RepresentativePete Stauber 32Harry Welty 1 Rep State SenatorJohn Moren 29 DFL US SenatorSteve Carlson 9Christopher Seymore 0Tina Smith 59Ahmad Hassan 1Paula Overby 4 DFL […]

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Have You Ever Thought of Joining the Volunteer Fire & EMS Department?

We are always looking for new members who care about our community and want to help out our local volunteer department. We have firefighters and first responders on our department, and a few members who serve as both. We will provide training and are always here to answer any questions and help support our members! We would love to meet you!

If you would like more information, contact our Fire Chief, PJ Bjur at 218-969-3323 or our EMS Coordinator, Liz Smith, at 218-969-6305.


For the latest summer 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.