Category Archives: Community Event

Wilma Fall Fest, 111th Celebration, Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wilma Township 111th Year Anniversary – we appreciate everyone turning out, congrats to all the winners and a big thank you to all of our sponsor. Paul Luther Raymond won the grand prize which is a night a the Grand Casino Hinckley plus some gambling money. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous donations. Please patronize them and thank them for making this wonderful evening possible.

Entertainment was provided by Kar Jackers.

All sponsors below are from the Sandstone and Duxbury area.

Ace Hardware Store — Two $20 certificates
Amy’s Country Café $10 certificate
Anytime Fitness—Gift basket
Arlen Krantz, Inc.– Two certificates for free five gallons of oil
Ben Franklin –Gift certificate
Browns Beans & Greens – $25 certificate
Chris’ Subway – Five free SANDWICH/cookie coupons
David Boudreau—$20 cash
Grand Casino Hinckley – $20 Play, one night stay 
Happy Land Tree Farm – $25 certificate (during cutting season)
Kettle River Grafix – $20 gift certificate
Lamperts – Two Thermos, three T-Shirts, two cutting boards
Lori’s Loomed Rugs – Hand made rug
Maureen Fust – Two candy wreaths and kids prizes
Pine County Courier – Six month subscription
Quality Home & Sports Center – $25 gift certificate
Rich’s Bar – $25 certificate
Sprouts Restaurant – $10 certificate
Two Creeks Campground – 10 large pumpkins
Wilma Township – for being a fantastic community and providing the town hall

It was a great night and we thank everyone for coming out!

Annual Town Meeting March 13, 2018: Democracy in Action

News Release

March 2018 Contact: Ruth Simpson

Annual Town Meeting March 13, 2018: Democracy in Action

Circle Tuesday, March 13 on your calendars! It is the date of the Annual Town Meeting. Unlike voting, the Annual Town Meeting is a true form of direct democracy – allowing residents of the township to meet, voice their opinions and vote on their tax levy. It is also a good way to gauge the sentiments of township residents – what do they want in their community?

As with most American political ideas, town meetings have their roots in colonial America. New England town meetings gave citizens a way to exercise local authority. These meetings were especially important in the development of democracy because it emphasized problem-solving through group efforts. Thomas Jefferson called it the “wisest invention ever devised by the wit of man for the perfect exercise of self-government.”

This tradition was passed down to townships here in Minnesota. Township residents gather on the second Tuesday in March at the town hall, or another designated place, to discuss their communities. Typically, residents hear reports from the board of audit on the town’s finances and a roads report. Residents are required to vote on the tax levy. A range of topics – from a new town hall, vacating a road, or giving the board authority to pass an ordinance – can be on the agenda. Many townships hold elections the same day, outside the meeting, for a supervisor, clerk, or treasurer. Remember to vote!

Townships are often referred to as “grassroots government.” This reference stems from the community-based nature of how town government is structured. Most townships have small populations, but a big sense of community. Being small, township officials must be creative in delivering quality services with the least possible burden to taxpayers. Township officers must be responsive to the needs of their residents, since most are friends and neighbors.

Be part of the “grassroots” movement and attend your town meeting on Tuesday, March 13 — be a part of direct democracy.

The Minnesota Association of Townships is a non-profit corporation representing Minnesota townships. Its goals are educational and charitable, promoting an understanding of the history of townships and being a voice for its roughly 9,000 officers. It regularly conducts research and educational programs designed to foster efficient and economical town governmental services and acts as a liaison between township officers and other local government officials to encourage sustained cooperation.

East Pine County Wanderers’ Meeting, January 31, 2018

About 22 members of the East Pine County Wanderers were in attendance at the  monthly meeting, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Arna Town Hall in Markville, MN.

Food was bountiful, conversation was hearty and friendships were rekindled or started.

The speaker for the day was Tom Hanks from Humana Insurance.  He spoke about Medicare and the different parts of it.  According to Hanks, if you’re within three months of being age 65, it is very important to talk with someone like him about Medicare.  The decisions that you make when signing up for Medicare can have a long term impact on the benefits and premium that you pay.

Toni and Glen Williamson provided the birthday cake and door prize.  Dave Drake was the winner of this prize which included a bottle of wine, an air fresher difuser and two small stuffed animals. 

January birthdays for the group were Patrice Winfield and Gladys Nelson. 

The next meeting will be February 28, 2018, noon at Cloverton Town Hall with Jeanne Larson doing a presentation on the presidents of the United States.