Welcome to the Township of Lutsen

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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


Town offices available in 2021:  One (1) Supervisor – for three year term.One (1) Treasurer – for two year term.

In-person voting will take place on March 9 in the large town hall [behind Fire Hall bays]. Safety protocols will be in place.  OR  you may choose to vote by absentee/mail-in ballot as necessary.

Absentee ballots available as of  February 5, 2021. Absentee voting March 6 10 a.m. to noon and March 8 noon to 5 p.m. at Town Hall office Contact the clerk if you need more information at Lutsentownship@gmail.com or by calling 218 663 7002 Mail in Ballots must arrive by March 9, 2021 by 4:30

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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Notice for Lutsen Township Remote Meetings

Due to the Emergency declared by Governor Walz under MN Statues Chapter 12, the Health Pandemic that is Covid 19 labeled by the CDC and orders declared by MN Executive Order 20-20 the following meeting shall be conducted entirely through teleconferencing or other electronic means.  If the public wishes to listen to and/or participate in the meeting they should use this resource which is also posted on the township website [lutsentownship.com] home page.

 Lutsen  March 9 Annual Town Meeting 8:05 p.m.

To Join Zoom Meeting, click on the link below



Meeting ID: 854 0772 2125

Passcode: 926378



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Meeting ID: 854 0772 2125

Passcode: 926378

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdiV9nyrGR

MN Housing Assistance:  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

Local Bd of Appeal & Equalization: May 18 6 -7 p.m. Click box for info; More information in link below.

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

                                     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 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

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