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

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Workman Township Updates

TOWNSHIP ELECTION UPDATE: Workman Township Incumbent board members won re-election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020; Jim Berg and Marv Holsten, supervisors, and Betty Berg, Treasurer; they thank all voters for their support. Courthouse records on Election Day showed 155 registered voters in our township. Our township had 146 voters, for 95% voter turnout. This is an excellent turnout of voters in our township. Congratulations to all who voted.

SNOW AND COLD: So far this season we have plowed our roads twice. Compared to other years this is very early for snowplowing. Of course, we have no accurate prediction on how much more snow will fall. Typically we look at having more than 3 inches of snow on the road before plowing. But conditions like very wet, heavy snow or drifting caused by high winds are a consideration to determine to plow or not plow. Snowfall is also not even across the township as some areas may receive more snow than other areas. Again, we do appreciate the cooperation of our citizens not placing snow on the road or right-of-way.

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: [email protected].

COVID-19 GRANT UPDATE: Our township officers were very optimistic that the Covid-19 Grant could be put to good use in our township. We had plans to distribute a package that included an electronic thermometer, hand sanitizer, face masks, brochure on Covid-19 symptoms and necessary actions to be taken, to the 95 year-round residences in Workman Township.  Unfortunately, when applying for approval of our plans we were rebuffed. It was very likely that we could not expect reimbursement, and the funds would have to be taken from township funds. We felt we could not justify the risk or cost. However, we were able to transfer the $5,075 to Aitkin County for their use.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

COUNTY ROAD 3 (480th Street) UPDATE:  Plans for completion of County Road 3 this year were postponed because of our early snowstorm and cold weather. The road is now open for travel from the intersection of State Hwy 65 west to the Workman Township Hall. It is a gravel surface but in very good shape for driving. Driving the new section you will be impressed with the fine job the Aitkin County Highway Department has done in rebuilding the road. This is a big improvement for our county and township. Completion of the road with placement of asphalt and curb and gutter will start in 2021. 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 Co-op Scholarship. January is scholarship month at Lake Country Power co-op. The eastern half of our township  is serviced by Lake Country Power co-op. $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 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.

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