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

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.

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.

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 no longer has any minimum maintenance roads.

FROST BOILS:  Last year we had several difficult frost boils on Grouse Street. We are monitoring the spots again this year. Because of excess moisture in the soil and possible heavy spring rains there is a strong possibility that we will have some problems with the roads. We have several contractors standing by to reduce the impact of the frost boils if they appear.

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.

2020 CENSUS:  The 2020 Census will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. There is much work that is necessary before the census. Many temporary jobs are available including many in central and NE Minnesota. For additional information call 1-855-JOB-2020 or go to the 2020 Census Jobs webpage:  2020census.gov/en/jobs

MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF CEMETERIES:  Workman Township has joined the Minnesota Association of Cemeteries on behalf of Lakeview Cemetery. Joining with an experienced active association should enable our cemetery to gain access to expertise on cemetery responsibilities and activities that would lead to improvement in all areas of Lakeview Cemetery. The Association has a number of experienced professionals that we can call on to give our cemetery the best possible information.

SNOW PLOW TRUCK:  Workman Township has recently purchased a used snowplow truck from the Minnesota Highway Department. The truck is equipped with a front blade that can angle either right-left-straight, a snow wing, and a device to spread a sand/salt mix. Dealing with the department directly we were able to purchase the truck in what we felt was considerably below market price.

A significant amount of time was spent discussing equipment purchase and reviewing our snow removal costs from private contractors and our projected costs. Based on the last several winters we feel better service and lower costs could be obtained by having township equipment. Our goal is to have our township roads cleared of snow as quickly as possible for our citizens. The snowplow will only be used in Workman Township on township roads. Private driveways and roads will NOT be plowed. Citizens will need to continue to use private contractors for that service.

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. Major work is anticipated to start at the end of May.

TAXABLE MARKET VALUE & NET TAX CAPACITY:  Taxable market value and next 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:  High speed internet has been a slow process with many meetings and a lot of discussion, but not much action from the agencies holding the funds for high speed internet. Frontier has been difficult to meet with concerning their plans for our area. Another firm, SCI, has placed some high speed cable along Highway 65 and several of the roads running off Hwy 65, but have little interest in doing more isolated properties in our township. We will continue meeting and attempting to get a commitment for additional high speed internet in our township.

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 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. 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)  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.