Calendar of Events
Regularly Scheduled Meetings 2020
(All Meetings Start at 5:00PM)
- December 17th
Regularly Scheduled Meetings 2021
(All Meetings Start at 5:00PM)
- January 21st
- February 18th
- March 18th
- April 15th
- May 20th
- June 17th
- July 15th
- August 19th
- September 30th (date change)
- October 21st
- November 18th
- December 16th
2021 Annual Meeting
March 9, 2021 7:00PM
Township gathers to establish budget
Township Day from MAT (Minnesota Association of Townships)
Long Lake Township 2021 Annual Meeting 7 PM
Teams Virtual Meeting
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are still limiting admission to the Town Hall to 10 people. Because of this we are making the Annual Mtg Virtual.
Even with this, because we cannot predict how many people may want to attend, this will not be a completed meeting on recommendation of the Minnesota Association of Townships. The township is required to hold a meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of March. Decisions are not required, however. We intend to start the meeting and depending on the number of people on-line, we will have some discussion on the proposed levy and any other topics and will then continue the meeting. It will probably be continued to a date in June or July. That still gives us time to submit the levy to the county.
If you want to attend the virtual meeting, email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an email with a link to the meeting. If you are familiar with Teams or Zoom, you know that these can be interesting. All participants will be placed on mute and recognized when you raise your hand (physically or using the icon).
Minnesota’s townships to hold annual town meetings on Township Day, Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Mark your calendar for democracy in action
(St. Michael, Minn.) – Minnesota’s 1,781 townships will each hold their annual town meeting on Tuesday, March 9. Known as Township Day, these annual meetings are held every year on the second Tuesday in March. Residents of the townships will meet to voice their opinions about local issues with other township residents and also vote directly on their annual tax levy; direct democracy in action. The meetings also often tackle other local issues.
In addition, many of the state’s townships will also hold their elections on Tuesday for township officers.
“The annual meeting on Township Day is what really sets townships apart from other forms of local government. At this meeting, residents have a direct voice in how the township will be run and will vote on a variety of matters, including the amount they will pay in taxes the following year,” said Minnesota Association of Townships Executive Director David Hann.
“Township Day’s annual meeting is a great place to talk about the future of your community and work with other residents in deciding how to meet those needs. Please plan on participating in grassroots government on Tuesday, March 12,” continued Hann.
“The Minnesota Association of Townships urges every township resident to attend their annual meeting. Township residents can find the location and time of their annual meeting by checking their local newspaper for the published notice or by contacting their township clerk,” concluded Hann.
Information Minnesota’s townships: There are approximately 914,174 township residents in 1,781 townships in Minnesota. Townships exist in every area of the state, including the metropolitan area. Some, with populations of more than 1,000, function in much the same way as a small city. While many townships remain rural agricultural centers, other host a variety of residential, light commercial, and industrial development.
The tradition of Township Day: The tradition of a town meeting has roots in colonial America. New England town meetings gave citizens a way to exercise local authority. Those meetings were especially important in the development of democracy because it emphasized problem-solving through group efforts.
Background on townships: Townships were the original form of local government in Minnesota, established in the 1800s when Congress ordered a survey that divided the Minnesota territory into 36 square mile tracts of land. Today, the term “township” generally refers to public corporations governed by a local board of supervisors and created to provide services to residents.
The Minnesota Association of Townships is a non-profit corporation representing Minnesota townships. Its goals are educational and charitable, promoting an understanding of the history of townships and being a voice for its roughly 9,000 officers. It regularly conducts research and educational programs designed to foster efficient and economical town governmental services and acts as a liaison between township officers and other local government officials to encourage sustained cooperation.