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!


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Top 10 Safety Resources for Kids


Top Pick:

Free Resource Library To Help Keep Your Children Safe

One-stop shop for safety resources on topics ranging from poison control to fire safety.


Top Disaster Safety Resource:

Child Safety Before, During & After a Disaster

Learn how to reduce and manage your child’s fears before, during and after a disaster or emergency.


Top Safety Resources for Infant/Toddler Years:

Sleeping Safety 

Take these steps to help baby sleep safely and reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


Choking Hazard Safety

The questions and answers in this brochure are designed to help you, as a parent, make healthy and safe choices for your children.


Poison Prevention

Poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 to 19 years. Learn how to keep your children safe.


Toy Safety Guidelines

Take appropriate precautions to ensure the toys your child plays with do not put them at risk of injury.


Childproofing Your Home

Learn how to identify & mitigate the risks in your home.


Top Safety Resources for Teenage/Adolescence Years:

Child Safety Guide: How to Keep Kids Safe When They’re Home Alone

Take the time to educate your children about home safety so you both feel comfortable when they are on their own.


Online Safety: Age-Based Guidelines

Learn about age-appropriate guidelines, including: supervise all internet-enabled devices and keep computers in a public area of the home.


Top 20 Defensive Driving Tips to Stay Safe

Increase the chances for a safe trip by following a few simple precautions.

Relief Fund Grant for Small Businesses-Phone: 218-623-5735 

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

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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

                                     Liaison - Lutsen Downtown Business

Colleen Brennan:      Contracts/insurance                      952 607 6435    brennan@boreal.org

                                    Lutsen Community Fall Celebration

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

Lutsen Township Regular 2020 Meetings are 3rd Tuesday of each month.

January 21                                   July 21

February  4 Audit&Budget       August 18 Cont. Annual   February 18                                                      & Regular

March 10 - Annual Meeting       September 15

March 17                                      October 20

April 21                                         November 17

May 19                                          December 15

June 16

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  .

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

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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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PO BOX 151, Lutsen, MN 55612

116 Caribou Trail, Lutsen, MN 55612

Fall Leaves on Temperance River Road