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.

Wildlife Photos: Taken by Brenda Hadrich, area wildlfe photojournalist and contributor to McGregor Voyager Press. Go to Photos page to see more photos and larger images.

Workman Township Updates

FALL LEAVES: Driving through our township we now see the beauty of autumn leaves with many spectacular varieties of color starting to form. The next few weeks will see their peak. Then they start to drop to the ground and turn to mostly brown/black leaves which means raking, raking, raking. Not so much fun. Please do not place or burn leaves on the road or the right-of-way. Minnesota statues do not permit any objects to be placed on the ROW or road. We have had very good cooperation from the township citizens in the past and we do appreciate continued cooperation.

GENERAL ELECTION UPDATE: The Aitkin County Auditor's Office will be mailing out the General Election Ballots around the 10th of October. The election is Tuesday, November 3rd. After receiving your ballot we recommend that you complete it right away and place in the mail, or hand deliver to the Auditor's Office in Aitkin. If you wish, you can place your election vote at the Auditor's Office. Because nearly all mail in our area travels to the Twin Cities for processing and redirecting mail delivery to its final destination is slowed, it is important that you mail early to ensure your ballot arrives on time.

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.

PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS: The Aitkin County Auditor's Office reports that in the Primary Election 148 Workman citizens voted. Our current census data show Workman Township having 203 residents of all ages - adults and minors. If we use the census number we show a 73% voter turnout. However, this does not take into account minors and others not now eligible to vote, which when removed would change our percentage. But, we can certainly agree that the total voter turnout was strong for our township. If you did not vote or have not registered, you can still vote in the General Election which is Tuesday, November 3rd. Contact the Auditor's Office at 218-927-7354.

PUBLIC NOTICE - Workman Township has mail-in voting. Voting will be through the mail for the Township (Supervisor and Treasurer) and General Elections. If you are currently registered to vote, you will be mailed your ballot before the voting date. If you are not currently registered or have changed your address or last name or will be absent on the voting dates you should contact the Aitkin County Auditors Office at 218-927-7354. General Election and Township Officials voting is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Wanda Essen, Workman Township Clerk; published in the Aitkin Independent Age July 8, 15, 2020. Click to View Notice

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): The Coronavirus has changed many ways of going about our life. We have no way of knowing when or what the outcome will be. Workman Township applied and recently received a grant for $5,075 to combat the Coronavirus. This is a grant with no matching funds necessary.  In order to spend the funds we need to get approval from state and federal agencies.  We have made our "Use of Funds" request and we are waiting for approval. Once the approval is granted we will outline our plans for use for the township citizens.

STORMS:  Workman Township experienced two strong wind and rain storms in August (rainfall approaching 5 inches). The storms caused trees along our township roads to fall which required necessary removal. Trees also fell on several buildings causing damage. Pine, poplar, and birch because their roots are near the ground surface were what mainly fell. We suggest that you check around your property for trees that may be in danger of falling when we have the next storm and removing them. This could possibly reduce costly damage to your property when the next storm hits.

STORM WARNING SYSTEM:  Aitkin County has an elaborate early storm warning system. The system will notify you by phone if there is danger from an approaching storm. Contact the Sheriff's Office at 218-927-2138 to learn more and sign up for this important program.

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

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:  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.

LAKEVIEW CEMETERY: The events since mid-March 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.

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 Road 3 (480th Street) is progressing nicely and appears to be on plan.  Phase 1 has the initial construction work completed and phase 2 and 3 are moving along.  After all three phases are completed the entire 3 1/2 miles will be paved.  Scheduled completion of the road is for mid-November.  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 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.

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