Special Information – Covid-19


At this time the Town of French is engaged by facilitating communication and sharing of information within the community of Side Lake.  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

Minnesota Governor’s Covid-19 Response Site – https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/news/#/detail/appId/1/id/454268


  • Side Lake Post Office
    • The post office is classified as an essential government service and will remain open whenever possible.
    • Window hours: 9am – 3pm, M-F
    • Lobby hours: 6am – 8pm, 7 days a week




  • CC Campground:
    • Store Hours – 6am – 9pm, 7 days a week
    • Updates – 218-254-5301
  • Side Lake Store
    • Store Hours –  Mon – Sat 6am – 8pm, Sun 7am – 7pm
    • Updates – 218-254-5252


  • Bimbo’s Octagon:
    • Store Hours – Wed – Fri Open at 3pm, Sat & Sun Open at noon, CLOSED Mon & Tues
    • Frozen pizzas are available for purchase as well. Some medium pizzas available in stock. Special orders need to be called in two days in advance. On-site ATM, Clothing for purchase, Pull Tabs, & Indoor Arcade. Check their FB page for Live Music information.
    • Updates – 218-254-2576
  • Riverside Inn:
    • Store Hours – Tues – Fri 4pm – 1am, Sat & Sun 12pm – 1am, CLOSED Mon
    • Updates – 218-254-2322


  • Side Lake Liquor:
    • Store Hours – Tues – Sat 11am – 9pm
    • Updates – 218-254-4116
  • Riverside Inn:
    • Store Hours – Open daily at 4pm
    • Updates – 218-254-2322


  • Side Lake Community Church
    • Sunday services begin at 9:00 a.m.
    • Updates – 218-254-2402
  • Living Stones Fellowship
    • Sunday morning service begins at 10:00 a.m. in person or online via live stream on Facebook. Children in preschool and elementary grades are welcome to attend Kids’ Church, which is held immediately following worship during the Sunday Service. We have added extra seating in our sanctuary to allow for more room between families as we gather, and we will continue to take extra precautions to keep the building clean each week.
    • Updates – 218-254-2296
  • Bear River Lutheran Church
    • Sunday Drive-in Services at 10:00 a.m. If you are comfortable entering the building, you can do that – following Covid-19 guidelines. Masks must be worn (we have extra at the church if you’ve forgotten yours), and social distancing must be followed. Hand sanitizer is available as you enter the building and in the pews. If you are not comfortable with entering the building, you may simply park outside (or bring your lawn chairs), and tune your car’s FM radio to 99.3.
    • Updates – 218-376-1012
  • Blessed Sacrament Parish – Side Lake
    • Services held in the summer months
    • Updates – 218-262-5541
  • Chapel of the Pines – Side Lake
    • Services held in the summer months
    • Updates – 218-591-1794


The following list is comprised of local community member groups that have existing networks for socializing and planning supply runs to town.  These groups have agreed to include others in their network.

Side Lake MN page –

Town of French Fire and EMS page –

Side Lake Strong (exercise and fitness group) –

Side Lake Town Run Group –