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

Welcome to the Workman Township Website

We are pleased to have this available for our township residents, and others who may be interested in the activities of our township. As we go along we will be making improvements and additions to our website. We will appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Mission Statement:  Workman Township is dedicated to providing safe travel to its citizens and visitors throughout the year. We invite everyone traveling to enjoy the beauty of our township including woods and wildlife, lakes and rivers.

Workman Township is located in Aitkin County, Minnesota. The township was named for a pioneer settler, borders the west side of Big Sandy Lake and the Sandy Lake flowage.

As of the U.S. Census of 2010, the population was 207; the median age was 52; and the median income was $44,688.

Website Visits:  3,182 in 2018; 5,585 in 2017; 1,411 in 2016

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Workman Township Updates

2019 MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM:  Monday, May 27 is Memorial Day. Workman Township will again honor this day at our Lakeview Cemetery. The veteran being honored this year is Olaf E.Taylor, US Navy. McGregor Senior Kristen Rought will play patriotic songs on her oboe from 1:20pm to 2:00pm on Monday Memorial Day, followed by the McGregor VFW and American Legion performing graveside service at the grave of U.S. Veteran Olaf E. Taylor. Each year our event has had increased attendance and we invite all to attend this year.

HIGHWAY UPDATE: Former MN State Hwy 232 which was given to Aitkin County several years ago by the State of Minnesota and was named Cty Rd 3, also 480th Street, was scheduled for completion this year after the highway from our townhall to Palisade was rebuilt and paved last year. The remainder to be completed was from our townhall east to MN Hwy 65, about three miles. Because of some delays in getting all land purchases completed and some environmental issues, the road will not be completed this year but is planned for completion in 2020 per the Aitkin County Highway Department.

RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Township Grader Operator Gene Berg has announced his retirement. Gene did an excellent job of grading and improving our roads. We thank him for his fine efforts. Backup grader operator, Gary Wilke, also a very skilled operator, will take over our township road grading.

FROST BOILS: This last cold, snowy winter along with a wet fall season has played havoc with several of our gravel roads. there is entirely too much accumulated moisture on on/in our roads. We have hauled in rock and have graded where possible. Signs, cones, and flashers have been placed in a number of spots on the roads. While we daily monitor the roads, warm, dry, windy weather is needed to create a remedy for the frost boils. If you detect a potential problem please call Jim at 218-426-3634. Thank you to all who have called us concerning road problems.

TAXABLE MARKET VALUE & NET TAX CAPACITY:  For the assessment year 2018 / tax year payable 2019, the Workman Township total taxable market valuation is: $58,230.349. The Workman Township net capacity is: $578,397 (information from Aitkin County Auditor). The 2019 township levy as set by the electors at the annual meeting was $84,000, 14.5% of the township net capacity.

BOARD of APPEALS & EQUALIZATION:  The Open Book Meeting for Workman Township will be held at the Aitkin County Assessor's Office, 209 Main Street NW, Room 211, Aitkin, MN, on Thursday May 2nd from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The County Board of Equalization will be held on Tuesday, June 25th by appointment. Workman Township has turned over all Appeals and Equalization meetings to Aitkin County.

STRONG VOTER PARTICIPATION:  The November election resulted in 140 mail in ballots from our township. Considering that the last census showed our population of all age groups as 207 the number of eligible voters was certainly very favorable.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET:  While there has been some progress in high speed internet service, mainly along Highway 65 in Workman Township by SCI, there is still a lot of work to be done to have high speed internet in the entire township. Frontier Communications was scheduled to place high speed cable on Grouse Street from Hwy 65 to 240th Place in 2018. The work has not been completed and likely will be completed in 2019. We are planning on meeting with SCI, another cable company installing high speed internet cable in the area.

HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE:  Discussion with Aitkin County officials has begun concerning have an area designated for landing/takeoff for emergency medical helicopters. Workman Township will consult with other nearby townships and Aitkin County to determine what would be the most suitable location for this landing zone.

CEMETERY:  The initial computer work for Lakeview Cemetery has been completed and treasurer Betty Berg has taken over the responsibility of maintaining the computer records. Supervisor Fred Kamrowski is still in charge of the cemetery site. While we planted approximately 30 new trees in the cemetery, one of the stately pine trees recently went down after a very windy day. We are still in the process of cleaning up the trunk, limbs, and branches.

In addition, Mille Lacs Energy Co-op has agreed to place a yard light on the power line post directly across from our cemetery.  This nighttime illumination should improve the visibility of our cemetery at night.

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

1)  Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship. Scholarship is for $1,000 but must apply during junior year in school.

2)  Irene Bright Scholarship sponsored by Aitkin County Association of Townships. 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.

4)  Lake Country Power Coop Scholarship. January is scholarship month at Lake Country Power Coop. The eastern half of our township  is serviced by Lake Country Power Coop. $4,000 scholarships for either college or technical school at $1,000 per year are available for up to 30 students. Application closing is January 31, 2019. Please visit www.lakecountrypower.coop for additional information.

5)  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.

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 2018:  To read a recap of Workman Township activities and events throughout 2018, go to our Meetings page.