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

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Workman Township Updates

On Saturday October 22nd at 10 am the unveiling of the Veteran Memorial at Lakeview Township in Workman Township will be held. Several prominent military officials will give short speeches commemorating our military veterans. A color guard composed of veterans from Palisade VFW, McGregor VFW and McGregor American Legion will present the flags of the military. There also will be a musical tribute and possible military flyover. More information on the event will be posted as available.

Tamarack Water Alliance is a group of landowners in the area and across Minnesota who have voiced their serious concerns about the proposed Nickel-Sulfide Talon Metals Mine in Tamarack. Our concerns are based on careful assessment of Talon's PEA, a published legal document they are required to file with the Toronto Stock Exchange, published on their website https://talonmetals.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Talon-Tamarack-PEA3_2021.pdf Everyone who enjoys the rural leisure and water recreation in Aitkin County should be aware of what Talon proposes to do. Don't listen to their marketing hype which is biased to "sell" the mine. Sulfide mining is very different than iron mining. When sulfur contacts air and water it makes sulfuric acid, which is a slow leaching toxic chemical, dangerous to all life. It may take many years to occur, yet once it migrates into the groundwater it is there for hundreds maybe thousands of years. There is no way to remove it. Anytime a sulfide mine has been built in a water rich area, the water has been contaminated. Talon plans to build an underground mine without filters on the vent stacks, so high sulfide particles will blow across the environment. Talon also plans to leave an above ground high sulfide tailings pile (CFTF) 75 acres wide by 82 ft. tall. Wind borne dust from the tailings pile will also be dispersed across the landscape. After mining operations cease in 12 years, Talon plans to simply cover and not remove this toxic pile. It is only a matter of time until the cover deteriorates and Tamarack becomes a toxic waste site that will require our tax dollars to be maintained forever. Finally, Talon also plans to pump 2.6 million gallons of water from our aquifers and has no solid plans to treat this toxic water, nor a plan for where this untreated water will go. This is an irresponsible plan. It is like borrowing your neighbor's tool and returning it broken and dirty. Workman Township does not take sides on this issue. If Talon Metals wishes to speak to the township board they will also be given the opportunity.

ROADS Culvert replacement and class 5 gravel to designated roads during the month of August. The first roadside mowing of the year went without any difficulty. The second cutting will be in late September.

Lakeview Cemetery Veteran Monument is at the granite company for inscription. Exact date of completion is uncertain but we will keep you informed. Thank you to all who donated to this beautiful monument. Our Lakeview Cemetery looks very attractive, it is freshly mowed and both the township and relatives of the deceased have added colorful flower arrangements.

Cemetery Records: Progress is being made on placing all cemetery records on our website and should be complete by July 31st. This update will show those buried at Lakeview Cemetery, lots and plots sold, and lots and plots available for sale. The records will also at some later date the date of death for each person interned. This will be completed over an extended period.

Grant received. Application for a $12,000 FEMA Grant to correct the problems with the Mississippi flooding at the culvert by Wold farm on Grouse Street was applied for and received. The road should be corrected by August 1st.

Open positions for the township include supervisor 4-year term, supervisor 2-year term (special election), four-year term clerk. Voters will also vote on the ability to have the township supervisors hire a clerk, treasurer, clerk/treasurer if there is a vacancy that can not be filled in the township.

Workman Township has mail-in balloting for November elections. However, if a township citizen wishes to vote in person they may go to the auditor's office at the county courthouse during normal business hours. The general election ballots will be mailed after completion of the primary ballot voting.

The Voyager of McGregor is the official newspaper of Workman Township for posting all legally required notices.

BROADBAND Efforts are continuing to obtain more funding to provide broadband service to our township. At this point it is estimated that we have 60% broadband coverage or pending coverage. The remaining approximately 40% is going to be difficult and costly because of the distance between properties needing coverage.

Workman Township/Lakeview Cemetery Updates Last year work was completed to transfer the manual records to computer. Our next step was transferring the computer records to our website. During the next several weeks we should have this completed. Our website will show lots and plots available, lots and plots sold, and the locations of all interned individuals. This project entailed a lot of detail and steps but should be a vast upgrade from the hard copy records.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for Townships. This program was designed by the federal government with oversight by the state government to give assistance to townships because of the pandemic. We have received two payments, one for $10,899.16 and one for $356.92. We will also be receiving these amounts next year. There are requirements on the use of the funds and reporting forms that must be completed but nothing as difficult at the Covid -19 program of last year.

Taxable Market & Net Tax Capacity 2021/2022 Kirk Peysar, Aitkin County Auditor sent us the following: Workman Township's total taxable market valuation is $68,337,615, the net tax capacity is $681,824. The total taxable market valuation increased nearly $4,000,000 over the previous year. The net tax capacity increase over last year is nearly $40,000. For the year the township will use only 14% of our net tax capacity.

Recently the township received a phone call from a gentleman having the last name of Workman. He was attempting to get information about his family surname and the process of our township being named Workman. Some of our oldest records have been reviewed, but no information was found. If anyone has information concerning how our township was named and information on the individual we would appreciate receiving the information.

New Homes: This winter there are two new homes being built in our township. We welcome the growth. 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

Weed Control: Recently we applied for a state grant to eradicate weeds in our township. We were awarded the grant and will begin the weed control application in June.

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.

Aitkin County Property Tax Statement - Workman Township. If you have concerns about your tax statement, the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization/Open Book will be held on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 from 9 am to 7 pm at the County Assessors Office, Government Center Room 120, Aitkin Court House, Aitkin, Mn.

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.

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. 

2) Irene Bright Scholarship sponsored by Aitkin County Association of Townships (ACAT). Scholarship is for $1,500 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 Cooperative Scholarship. January is scholarship month at Lake Country Power Cooperative. The eastern half of our township is serviced by Lake Country Power Cooperative. $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.

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. .

WEBSITE VISITS: 6,420 in 2021; 5,889 in 2020; 7,770 in 2019; 3,182 in 2018