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Welcome to the Township of Lutsen

In the 1880's a Swedish immigrant, Charles A Nelson, gained U.S. citizenship status and set off for finding a place to homestead  from which to pursue fishing as a means to support his family. In the mid 1880's he landed and later took possession of the area at the base of the Poplar River. Chippewa families arriving as early as the 1800's[Gesick, Blue Sky, Shingibbis, Beargrease, Le Sage and others] settled in the area by mid 1850's. The Gesick family lived near the mouth of the Poplar as well.  Working together was important for survival for this way of life. The Chippewa shared vital hunting and gathering knowledge and skills and Nelson shared tools and work. From a humble beginning, Lutsen became a spot to visit and experience the outdoors. Later the town center moved which became a village with a store, a post office, and a  place for other settlers to get together. Lutsen is named after a battle in which a Nelson ancestor fought for King Gustav of Sweden. And today, Lutsen Township is a place where people come to meet. From early fishing families, loggers, and traders to the thousands of yearly guests that come to our township these days we welcome everyone to share and enjoy the natural beauty that is Lutsen Township.  Within this website you will find information about our local government, contact info for our elected officials as well as the ability to book our community room for your special events or meetings. From our township to you and your family, enjoy your stay!

COVID Vaccine Connector Option....sign-up details provided by Governor Walz's office:

*Minnesotans can sign up at https://vaccineconnector.mn.gov/.

*Minnesotans unable to sign up online can call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.

*Translation is available by phone in all languages. Minnesotans can call the translation hotline at 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.

https://cookcountycovid19.org, provides a centralized location for up-to-the-minute information on local, state and national data. For more go to www.visitcookcounty.com  and search for Covid-19 Resource Page for information on how businesses, lodging, and others are responding

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Local Bd of Appeal & Equalization: May 18 6 -7 p.m.

 More information in link below.

Lutsen Township Regular 2021 Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of each month.

January 19                                   July 20

February  2  Audit&Budget       August 17 Cont. Annual   February 16                                 at 6 p.m. & Regular Bd 7 pm

March 9- Annual Meeting          September 21

March 16                                      October 19

April 20                                         November 16

May 18                                          December 21

June 15

Visit Cook County Links for current information on trails, maps and local business hours:

Hiking safely during hunting seasons:  https://www.visitcookcounty.com/adventures/hunting/
Trail Conditions:
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Trails & Conditions:
Cross Country Ski Trails & Conditions: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/adventures/cross-country-skiing/
Snowmobiling Trails & Conditions: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/adventures/snowmobiling/
Biking Trails & Conditions: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/adventures/biking/
All Trails Guide: https://blog.visitcookcounty.com/find-winter-adventures-on-cook-county-trails
Top Snowshoe Trailshttps://blog.visitcookcounty.com/the-best-snowshoe-trails-in-cook-county-mn 
And of course, we're actively updating Local Business Hours and changes that occur for Dining, Retail and Services: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/resources/media-room/business-hours/

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MN Housing Assistance: Rent assistance information session March 30 from 5-6pm and March 31 from 2 to 3 pm.

Submit questions to cera.mhfa@state.mn.us.

The meeting will be recorded and made available at mnhousing.gov. Also Minnesotans interested in applying begin the application process by calling 211 (Toll Free: 1.800.543.7709; Local: 651.291.0211), visiting 211unitedway.org, or texting “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Relief Fund Grant for Small Businesses Contact Cook County EDA   or 

Phone: 218-623-5735

Email: janiem@entrepreneurfund.org     Website: EntrepreneurFund.org

Topic: Lutsen Township LBAE Zoom Meeting

Time: May 18, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

To join this Zoom Meeting, click on the link below


Meeting ID: 881 0463 4893
Passcode: 839712


Or use One tap mobile
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Meeting ID: 881 0463 4893
Passcode: 839712
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbL7hs0LYe

Notice:This is your home town. Final design aspects are available. For more info see


Go to Town Plan Tab to view 2019 Lutsen Design Plans for Wayside, Gitchi Gami Trail & Town Center  .

Check the website for draft agenda items  under tab township business- or Call Clerk, Sharon Hexum-Platzer, at 663-7002 for additional information.

Lutsen Township Board Contacts

Supervisor                     Role                                                              Contact info – phone –email

Lollie Cooper:                 WTIP Reports                                               218 370 9518     lolliejav@aol.com

                                          Liaison - Assoc of Lake & Cook Township Officers

                                          Joint Powers and Equity subcommittee 

Christopher Homyak:   Contracts & insurance review                 651 226 1767   chris.homyak@outlook.com 

                                          Lutsen Township Fall Celebration

                                          Joint Powers Housing subcommittee

Carl Friesner:                  Liaison -  Fire & EMS                                    773 936 3275  carl.freez@gmail.com

                                          Building and Grounds: Town Hall & Park

Clerk:   Sharon Hexum-Platzer hall rental check tab  for hall availability at  www.lutsentownship.com All other township information – lutsentownship@gmail.com  or call 218 663 7002

Treasurer:  Ashley VanDoren  for questions on budget, current status or past records  218 370 4808 or ashleyvandoren@gmail.com

Cook County Higher Ed:  Find upcoming events and opportunities at www.myCCHE.org 

This is an announcement for the possibilty of having a quorum of Lutsen Township supervisors attending any Fire and EMS meetings on the second, third, and fourth Mondays each month. Dates provided on the calendar under the Hall Rental then Availability tab.

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