MAT District 7 Lobby Day: Tuesday, April 18 in St. Paul, 12-4 PM

MAT District 7 Lobby Day: Tuesday, April 18 in St. Paul, 12-4 PM
Please join fellow township officers of MAT District 7 (which includes townships in Pine, Kanabec, Isanti, Chisago, Anoka, Sherburne, Wright, Washington, Ramsey, Hennepin) in St. Paul for the annual District 7 Lobby Day at the Capitol. We will be in-person! This event will be easy – and important – to attend. MAT staff will schedule our local state House and Senate members to meet with us, and we’ll be discussing transportation funding, annexation fairness, and other issues important to townships. Your voice is needed!Tuesday, April 18, 2023Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul from 12:00 to 4 PM.Hosted by MAT District 7 Director Tammy CarlsonPlease RSVP to Kristen at or (651) 764-9953 with your name, position, and township. Additional logistical information will be sent to attendees who RSVP. Lunch will be available for $15.

Implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan

Pine County has scheduled a special board meeting for Friday, March 16, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.. This meeting is not listed on the county’s website calendar. The topic for discussion is “Implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.”

In January 2017, the townships spoke to the board about the comprehensive plan. The plan listed  countywide zoning as a solution to every problem from agriculture, gravel pits and recreation to  housing.

Here’s what to look for if the county takes over zoning.  They will designate which areas of the county will be occupied by city, which will be industrial, which will be forest/recreation and which will be agriculture. They will determine what is allowed in those zones. And, there will be a new level of government, which has already begun with the development of the new County Zoning Board. There will be fees and fines and higher costs for zoning permits done by the county. The county will enforce and prosecute violations of the county’s zoning ordinances.

There was an overwhelming response at the January 2017 meeting from the township officials who attended that meeting. They did not want countywide zoning.

Let your voice be heard. Please attend the meeting. I managed to get the board to change the meeting from Township Day to Friday, March 16, 2018.

You may want to post that the township you represent may have a quorum of supervisors at the March 16 meeting so you are covered under the open meeting law.

Information received from Gussie Croup, Clerk, Sandstone Township


Tourism Business Resource Summit, Monday, April 17, 2017

Pine County Township, Sandstone Web Designer, Partners in East Central MN:

You are cordially invited to a Regional Tourism Business Resource Summit on Monday, April 17th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Wahkon City Hall (151 2nd Street E. – Wahkon, MN).

The goal of this event is to connect Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Businesses along with would-be entrepreneurs to services and resources to help them start, strengthen or grow their business.  This event will include presentations on regional tourism related demographics and statistics, assistance with business plans, marketing, financing & business loan and grant funds. We will also have presentations on resources and opportunities from Explore Minnesota Tourism and Hospitality Minnesota, as well as from industry professionals who will share their real-world successes.

This event is free to attend, but RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP please call 320-679-4065 #29 or email

Please pass the attached invitational flyer along to anyone you think may be interested in attending. Any assistance you can provide in helping spread the word of this event (forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, Twitter and websites, etc.) would be greatly appreciated!



Jordan Zeller |  Economic Development Planner

East Central Regional Development Commission

100 Park Street South, Mora, MN 55051

Direct: 320-679-4065 #29

Cell: 320-212-0455



Pine County Outreach Meetings

I received the email below from David J. Minke, Pine County Administrator today.

The county board is interested in meeting with representatives of the townships in the county and asked me to reach out to the township officers association to determine your interest in meeting and potentially set up a meeting. The commissioners are contemplating an informal Committee of the Whole format.

Can you reach out to your township colleagues and let me know if you think there would be interest in such a meeting and any idea for topics.

The county board conducts several meetings around the county. Below is the current schedule of locations and topics. We will likely add to the schedule over the summer as the commissioners identify topics they would like to discuss. We also reserve time at the beginning of each meeting for informal conversation with citizens and city or township officials who may attend. Feel free to share the schedule with anyone who might be interested.

Thank you, David

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Location: Pokegama Town Hall
Pine City
Topic: Roads & Road Tour
Finance, bonding, sales tax wheelage tax

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Location: Duquette Community Hall
Topic: Comprehensive plan update
Oberstar trail update (DNR Darin Newman)
General Andrews State Forest Nursey Update (DNR)

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Location: Aazhoomog Community Center
Lake Lena
Topic: Law Enforcement Update
2017 Budget strategy

David J. Minke
Pine County Administrator
635 Northridge Dr. NW
Pine City, MN 55063