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, 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.  Minnesota State Demographer states that the 2018 Population and Household Estimates for Workman Township for April 1, 2018 is a population estimate of 203 and household estimate of 95. These numbers are for residents with permanent residency in Workman Township and does not include seasonal (weekenders) in the estimate.

Website Visits:  7,770 in 2019; 3,182 in 2018; 5,585 in 2017; 1,411 in 2016

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Workman Township Updates

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

PRIMARY ELECTION:  August 11, 2020. Election ballots will be mailed to all voters registered in Workman Township. Anyone not currently registered to vote, who is eligible to vote and wishes to vote in the Primary Election, should contact the Aitkin County Auditor's Office at 218-927-7354 to obtain a Ballot Application. For additional information on voting go to the Aitkin County website and go to:  Aitkin County Elections.

LAKEVIEW CEMETERY: The events of the approximate 90 days have caused most all of us to rethink our outlook on life and events. Lakeview Cemetery in Workman had earlier plans for a successful Memorial Day Celebration with the greatly appreciated assistance of the McGregor American Legion, VFW, and their Auxiliaries. We had anticipated a very large crowd for our 4th annual event. However, while the event did not occur, we spent many hours cleaning trimming, mowing, painting, and preparing flower beds to honor the buried veterans and others at our cemetery. Many relatives and friends have also been to Lakeview Cemetery to clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones. We invite everyone to visit our cemetery. We will be soon making plans for 2021 for our memorial program.

Workman Township thanks the following township citizens for donations to Lakeview Cemetery:  Steve Hart, a truckload of black dirt; Gary Wilke, 6 large containers which were filled with dirt and red geraniums and placed around the cemetery; Wanda Essen, several United States flags. We appreciate the kindness of these township citizens in helping us to continue to improve Lakeview Cemetery.

Our cemetery board has recently changed our purchase policy for plot purchases with only 10% down, no interest charged and payment over a 12-month period. The plot must be paid in full before internment. Contact any township officer for additional information.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Workman Township has the concerns of all its citizens during the current Coronavirus health pandemic. We encourage all citizens to follow the instructions as directed by local, state and federal agencies. If you are in need of medical assistance at your home on an immediate basis call 9-1-1. We also encourage you to phone nearby neighbors to see if they may be in need of assistance. If there is a need for medical items or grocery pickup with no other immediate solution contact Jim at 218-426-3634.

BOARD OF APPEALS AND EQUALIZATION:  The Board of Appeals and Equalization has been turned over to the county.  If you have questions concerning your property tax you should you should contact the Aitkin County Assessor at 218-927-7327.

2020 WORKMAN TOWNSHIP ANNUAL MEETING:  For your reference, here are the supporting documents from our Annual Meeting which was held March 10, 2020 (click link to view document): 1) Agenda; 2) Buildings-Fire-First Responders; 3) Lakeview Cemetery; 4) Roads; 5) State of Township.

MEDICAL ALERT:  Our township has a resident living off Grouse Street between State Hwy 65 and 235th Place. It is critical that the power and phone lines are always working for this person. If you notice any outage in this area please contact the respective service company immediately:  Lake Country Power (800-421-9959) and Frontier Communications (877-824-6908).

TAXABLE MARKET VALUE & NET TAX CAPACITY:  Taxable market value and net tax capacity for Workman Township for assessment year 2019/tax year payable 2020 as provided by Kirk Peysar, Aitkin County Auditor: Taxable Market Valuation Is: $63,404,277. Workman Township net tax capacity is: $631,005. Based on our levy of $84,000, as voted on by the electors at our annual meeting, we are using 13.3% of our net tax capacity.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET:  Finally our township is moving forward on funding and installation of High Speed Internet. Plans are for the service to be installed on Grouse Street off Hwy 65 and from County 63 (225th Ave) west along County 3 (480th Avenue). As more information is available we will place on this website.

TOWNSHIP ROAD MILEAGE UPDATE: Workman Township, like all other townships in the state, receives funds from the state fuel tax revenue fund. The revenue is based largely but not entirely on the amount of township road miles. This year Workman Township added nearly 1 mile (.94) to roads that count toward our gas tax revenue. The estimated gas tax revenue is included when our annual budget and levy is prepared. Currently our township has 17.91 road miles that are eligible for state fuel tax refund. Workman Township has 1 mile of minimum maintenance road.

HIGHWAY UPDATE: County Highway 3 (480th Street) from our township hall to Hwy 65 will be completed this summer. There has already been some clearing along this road. The rebuilt road is about 3 1/2 miles and will certainly be welcomed by all who travel the highway. Construction has begun on the Aitkin County Highway 3 project. Please follow the "Construction Updates" link on the Aitkin County website for project updates:  co.aitkin.mn.us/departments/highway/highway.html.

HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE:  A meeting was held with the fire chief and mayor from McGregor, Palisade fire chief, first responder representative, Med Evac helicopter representative, a State Fire Marshall representative and Workman Township. While the meeting was very informative, the conclusion was that initial and ongoing costs for a building and personnel would be too much of a burden for our township and surrounding townships. The township was requested to locate several helicopter landing sites in our township that would be indicated as Med Evac sites. The space must be be a minimum of 100 feet by 100 feet, level, easily accesable and not have high lines nearby.

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 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, 2020. 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.