Workman Township | 24301 480th Street, McGregor, MN 55760-6010 | 218-426-3634

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Workman Township Updates

COVID 19 INFO: For current updates and information on Covid 19 in Aitkin County go to the Aitkin County website.

New Homes: Over the last year at least four new homes have been built in our township. These are very attractive and add much to our community. We welcome these families to our township

Workman Township Annual Meeting: The Annual Meeting of the Township was held on Tuesday, March 9th convening at 9 am at the Palisade Community Center/Firehall with 8 Electors and 1 guest present. The Agenda included a vote on bonding for a new town hall and snowplow garage in the amount up to $120,000. After some discussion, The Elector vote was unanimous in favor. The annual levy starting in 2022 was also approved by the Electors in a unanimous vote. Other general subjects were discussed and the meeting was adjourned at 10:23 am.

Township Road Checks: Workman Township conducts two road inspections - spring and fall. At this time the roads appear to be in good condition after winter. Spring rains have not affected our roads to this point and no frost boils have appeared. The winter snow runoff has been steady with no problems with overflowing or clogged culverts.

Monthly Meeting Location Change: While our township has conducted our monthly and annual meetings at the Palisade Community Center/Firehall for approximately two years, a decision has been made by the board to relocate the meetings to the Minnesota National Golf Course Club House. This is in our township and is centrally located. We will be charged the same amount as we were charged by the City of Palisade.

2021 Workman Township Board of Appeal and Equalization Schedule: Thursday, April 6,2021 property owners may attend an Open Book Meeting at the Aitkin County Assessors Office at the Aitikn County Courthouse from 9 am to 7 pm to discuss changes in their property tax.

Workman Township Culvert Inventory: Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District has prepared a book showing site, size, and culvert condition for Workman Township. Workman Township was the first one in the county to be selected for the survey. Our township has 270 culverts which includes culverts on county roads. Plans are to conduct the survey in all townships and from the information gathered develop a master plan for water flowage in the county. Thank you to Steve Hughes, head of the ACSWD and Sam Seybold, Buffer Specialist for this important work. This is something that the township would not have available funding to complete.

Workman Township Board accepted with regret the resignation of Supervisor Fred Kamrowski as of December 31, 2020. Fred and his wife will be relocating to southern Minnesota to be near relatives. Fred was in charge of the physical grounds for Lakeview Cemetery. We will miss Fred and his witty sayings and wish Fred and Lu the best in their relocation.

Our township was very fortunate in finding a replacement for Supervisor Kamrowski. The Workman Township Board is very honored to have Marvin Ketola accept the vacant supervisor position effective January 20,2021. Marv and his wife Judy are retired and live on Big Sandy Lake. Previously Marv was Carlton County Attorney until his retirement. Marv also spent several terms as a state legislator. He enjoys outdoor sports including fishing and golfing. We are very pleased to be able add a person with a very strong background to our board.

WELCOME PHOTOJOURNALIST: Workman Township welcomes Photojournalist Brenda Hadrich as a contributor to to our website. You will be impressed with the quality of these wildlife and scenic photos. Additional photos will be added on a regular basis. Not all of these beautiful photos were taken in our township, but are indicative of what can be seen in Workman Township. You can also see Brenda's photographic artistry in the McGregor Voyager Press.
We welcome photos from all readers who have taken photos of wildlife in the area including birds, wild game animals, fish, turtles frogs, etc. as well as scenery taken in our area such as pretty autumn foliage, scenes of lakes and rivers, attractive cloud formations, lightning strikes, etc. We will display your photo credit if you wish. Please forward photos to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

COVID-19 GRANT UPDATE: Our township officers were very optimistic that the Covid-19 Grant could be put to good use in our township. We had plans to distribute a package that included an electronic thermometer, hand sanitizer, face masks, brochure on Covid-19 symptoms and necessary actions to be taken, to the 95 year-round residences in Workman Township. Unfortunately, when applying for approval of our plans we were rebuffed. It was very likely that we could not expect reimbursement, and the funds would have to be taken from township funds. We felt we could not justify the risk or cost. However, we were able to transfer the $5,075 to Aitkin County for their use.

AITKIN COUNTY NEWS RELEASE (June 23, 2020) - Public Input Wanted as County Updates Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Tornadoes, straight-line winds, ice storms, blizzards, flooding, wildland fires and droughts are the kinds of natural disasters most likely to cause widespread economic loss and personal hardship in Aitkin County. Taking steps to minimize the damage from a natural disaster is key to the County’s multi-hazard mitigation plan (MHMP); and as the County works to update the plan, it wants to hear from the public. For more info see link to News Release

HIGH SPEED INTERNET: After constant attempts over the last four years Workman Township has received funding for County Road 3 (480th Street) and two miles on Grouse Street going west from state hwy 65. It is unbelievable the number of meetings, phone calls, and emails that have taken place to achieve high speed internet for our township. Plans for completion of the approved area is fall of 2021. We will continue to address the other areas in our township in need of high speed internet. We hope it will not take an additional four years to be successful.

TAXABLE MARKET VALUE & NET TAX CAPACITY 2020/2021: The Workman Township total market valuation increased over $1 million from last year, the net tax capacity increased over $10,000. The total taxable market valuation is $64,562,941. The net tax capacity is $642,492. Based on our levy of $84,000 voted on at our last annual meeting we use only 13.007% of our net tax capacity.

Workman Township will have Memorial Day Service on Monday, May31st at Lakeview Cemetery. We will be doing spring cleanup, flower planting and other improvements to the cemetery before Memorial Day The VFW from Palisade and McGregor as well as as the McGregor American Legion and Auxiliary have been invited. We are also planning on having live patriotic music.

COUNTY ROAD 3 (480th Street) UPDATE: Plans for completion of County Road 3 this year were postponed because of our early snowstorm and cold weather. The road is now open for travel from the intersection of State Hwy 65 west to the Workman Township Hall. It is a gravel surface but in very good shape for driving. Driving the new section you will be impressed with the fine job the Aitkin County Highway Department has done in rebuilding the road. This is a big improvement for our county and township. Completion of the road with placement of asphalt and curb and gutter will start in 2021. Please follow the "Construction Updates" link on the Aitkin County website for project updates: co.aitkin.mn.us/departments/highway/highway.html.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Junior and senior high school students living in Workman Township are eligible to compete for scholarships, including:

1) Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) Scholarship. Scholarship is for $2,000 but must apply during junior year in school. Click for more info.

2) Irene Bright Scholarship sponsored by Aitkin County Association of Townships (ACAT). Scholarship is for $1,000 and students apply during senior year.

3) Palisade Fire District Scholarship. Scholarship is for $1,000 and seniors living in Workman Township qualify. Application due date is April 1st.

4) J & J Wickstrom Scholarship/ Palisade Area Lions Club. Scholarship amount is $1,000 for graduating seniors, See school counselor or contact Workman Township for application. Due date is April 1st. Scholarship may be used to attend any type of trade school, tech, or college after graduation.

5) Lake Country Power Co-op Scholarship. January is scholarship month at Lake Country Power co-op. The eastern half of our township is serviced by Lake Country Power co-op. $4,000 scholarships for either college or technical school at $1,000 per year are available for up to 30 students. Application period is January 1 through January 31st. Please visit www.lakecountrypower.coop for additional information.

6) Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund. High school seniors in Aitkin and surrounding counties are eligible for a $20,000 scholarship for students pursuing an education in mathematics or scientific fields of study. (STEM). The Memorial Fund is celebrating its 70th year of scholarships. Applications must be completed by January 15th. Visit AlworthScholarship.org to learn more about eligibility.

Each of the scholarships can be used for academic or vocational programs. Please see your high school counselor or contact Workman Township for more information or application forms.

YEAR IN REVIEW 2019: To read a recap of Workman Township activities and events throughout 2019, go to our Meetings page.

WEBSITE VISITS: 5,889 in 2020; 7,770 in 2019; 3,182 in 2018; 5,585 in 2017