Forest Township

Forest Township at a glance:

Forest Township is in the heart of the Minnesota lakes country near Itasca State Park and Park Rapids, MN.

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facts:

Two largest lakes: Bad Medicine & Big Basswood

Other Lakes: Bass, Equay, Gardner, Kneebone, Little Basswood, Mallard, Missouri, Sockeye & Wahbegon

Total Area: 36 sq. miles; 32.4 sq. miles of land & 3.6 sq. miles of water

Population: 93 residents

news and information
welcome to forest township

Those of us who own property here in Forest Township are committed to protect the unique qualities of the area that attracted us in the first place. Those include a diverse forest setting, pristine lakes with natural shorelines, clean air, and neighbors who have become friends. Please join us in preserving those qualities.

Website: www.foresttownshipmn.net - Please check out our website. It has a wealth of information about our township and several links to help you find what you need.

Services: Township dump/household garbage – Our dump is located on the south end of East Bad Medicine Road at the town hall. Only household garbage is allowed. PLEASE read the signs posted and/or check out the website if you are wondering what is allowed and when our Amnesty Days are for the year. If you need a key, call Barb Christiansen at 218-573-3931. We do have cameras and will fine for illegal dumping. Any questions, call Tim Holzkamm at 218-573-3442. (see back of page for dump information)

Roads: The roads that the township maintains are graded in the summer and plowed in the winter. Full maintenance roads are graded more in the summer than minimum maintenance roads. Plowing is done after 3 or more inches of snow and after the snow has stopped. If there is a snow storm coming, please plan accordingly. It could take a day or two to be plowed out. Questions about the roads, call Barb Christiansen at 218-573-3931.

Township Zoning: A little bit about Forest Township. According to our township ordinance, the township is divided into two districts- Shoreland District and Conservation District. The Shoreland District is described as the first tier of the riparian property and is measure from the OHWL (ordinary high water level) landward 267 feet on Recreational Development Lakes such as Bad Medicine and Bass Lakes (see Becker County Zoning Ordinance for classification list). For Natural Environment Lakes, such as Basswood Lake, the Shoreland District is described as the first tier of the riparian property and is measure from the OHWL (ordinary high water level) landward 400 feet. All lands beyond the Shoreland Districts fall within the Conservation District of Forest Township. All buildings in the Conservation District of Forest Township require a township building permit. The township ordinance, procedures and forms are posted on the township website foresttownshipmn.net under zoning. If you have any questions please call Lynn Lindow at 218-573-3765. In addition, all buildings, additions, decks, etc. also require a Becker County permit regardless of what township district it is to be built.
Voting – Forest township is a mail in ballot township so ballots will be sent to residents or voting can be done in person at the Becker Co. Courthouse, 917 Lake Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN.

Nextdoor: This is a community posting website for our area. It is a way for our -neighborhood to connect. If you are looking for items, want to sell items, lost dog, etc. is a great way to stay connected. If you have questions on how to get setup call Linda Bentson at 218-684-1234.

Township Officers: (Supervisors) Tim Holzkamm 218-573-3442; Barb Christiansen 218-573-3931; and Lynn Lindow 218-573-3765. (Clerk) Carol Peterson 218-573-2701. (Treasurer) Donna Waliczek 218-573-2254. You can all anyone of the officers with questions or concerns. Thank you.

2021 FOREST TOWNSHIP ANNUAL ROAD TOUR
  • May 11, 2021, 4:00 pm
  • Beginning at Forest Township Town Hall
  • The public meeting will continue at the Township Hall immediately after the tour for discussion and planning.
  • The public is invited to participant and should meet Supervisors at the Town Hall or be at the Town Hall for the discussion afterwards.
  • If you are interested in meeting with the supervisors while they tour or have information to share before the tour, please contact Barb Christiansen, Roads Supervisor at 573- 3931.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE FOREST TOWNSHIP VARIANCE COMMITTEE
  • WHEN: May 11, 2021 immediately following the May 11th , Forest Township monthly meeting which begins at 6:30pm
  • WHERE: Forest Town Hall
  • PURPOSE: to consider a variance request made by Lynn Lindow for the building site of a garage on property owned on Black Bear Beach Road.
Forest Township Annual Meeting Is scheduled for March 9th at 6:30 PM At the Township Hall.
  • Social distance seating will be available and all participants will be required to follow the mask mandate.
  • March 16th the back update in the case of bad weather
  • The monthly meeting will be held Monday, Mar.8th
NOTES REGARDING THE "DUMP"
  • We would ask that if you use the dump to be respectful and use proper procedures i.e. recyclable material in the correct recycle bin, no construction material, don't leave garbage of any type on the ground, and close all of the lids by securing the chain. Use the Osage or Detroit Lakes sites to get rid of appliances, tires, etc.
  • Penalty for Non-Compliance of Posted Dump Rules
2021 amnesty day

Appliance Box

PLEASE BREAK DOWN ALL MATERIALS TO SAVE SPACE FOR OTHERS

Acceptable Waste - Metals
Washers
Dryers
Refrigerators
Freezers
Stoves
Dishwashers
Water Heaters
Furnaces
Bicycle Parts
Lawn Mowers
Small Motor Parts

No brush or leaves in this box

NO HAZARDOUS WASTE

Please Leave TVs, Computers, Microwaves, or Tires in the Marked Dumpster


Demolition Box

PLEASE BREAK DOWN ALL MATERIALS TO SAVE SPACE FOR OTHERS

Acceptable Waste - Demolition Concrete
Bricks
Plaster
Drywall, Sheetrock
Untreated Lumber
Plastic Building Parts
Non-Recyclable Metal Cable Tar Paper and
Shingles
Metal Building Parts
Shower Stalls
Toilets, Sinks and Bathtubs Glass, Windows,
etc.

NO HAZARDOUS WASTE

Please Leave TVs, Computers, Microwaves, or Tires in the Marked Dumpster



PLEASE PLACE MATTRESSES, BOX SPRINGS, AND FURNITURE AT THE BACK OF THIS DUMPSTER

PLEASE LEAVE TIRES NEXT IN A SEPARATE PILE

PLACE COMPUTERS, TVS, & MICROWAVES TOWARD THE FRONT

WHEN POSSIBLE PLEASE BREAK DOWN ALL MATERIALS TO SAVE SPACE FOR OTHERS NO HAZARDOUS WASTE

FOREST TOWNSHIP CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT HAZARDOUS WASTE DURING AMNESTY DAY

HAZARDOUS WASTE INCLUDES:
Paints
Stains
Varnishes
Solvents
Garden Pesticides
Flammable Products
Poisons
Adhesives
Aerosol Cans or Propane cylinders
Lawn Care Products
Cleaners
Automotive Chemicals
Fluorescent Light Tubes


Individuals may take hazardous waste to the Becker County Landfill or Transfer Station for disposal. There are two locations:

East Location (Osage): Located 1/2 mile West of Osage on Hwy 34 and 1/2 mile South on Co. Hwy 47 (Limited hours: call 218-573-3534)

Main Location (Detroit Lakes): Located 3 miles North of Detroit Lakes on Hwy 59 and 1/2 mile West on Co. Rd 144 (call 218-847-6382)

Or for more information check the Becker County Environmental Services website at: http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/environmental_services/


THE DUMPSTERS ARE FULL

AMNESTY DAY IS OVER UNTIL NEXT YEAR

THE BECKER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION IN OSAGE IS OPEN ON SATURDAYS FROM 9AM TO 1PM

2021 amnesty day safety policies
  • Please note these special conditions for Amnesty Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic - we want everyone to be safe and stay healthy
  • FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN
  • ONLY ONE VEHICLE AT A TIME MAY UNLOAD INTO THE DUMPSTERS
  • PLEASE WAIT YOUR TURN OUTSIDE THE GATE AND REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE
  • OBSERVE THE SIX-FOOT SOCIAL DISTANCING PRECAUTION (We can all go back to a more comfortable 15 feet after the pandemic!)
  • THE TOWNSHIP WILL TRY TO HAVE SOMEONE PRESENT TO DIRECT ACTIVITIES AND PROVIDE ADVICE, BUT DUE TO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENT, THAT PERSON CANNOT ASSIST WITH UNLOADING
  • AS ALWAYS:
  • TVs, computers, tires and mattresses are accepted, please pay attention to labeled dumpsters
  • Please place your amnesty materials in the appropriately labeled dumpsters - metal in the metal one; demolition materials in the demolition one; and mixed items (please segregate as indicated on the sign) in the mixed bin.
  • Hazardous waste can no longer be deposed of by the Township, homeowners are required to do that.  This includes flourescent lights.
2021 Amnesty Dates
  • May 29, 2021
  • August 28,2021
  • TV, Computers, tires and mattress are accepted, please pay attention to labeled
    dumpsters
  • Hazardous waste can no longer be deposed of by the Township, homeowners
    are required to do that. This includes fluorescent lights
Recycling Update
  • Becker County has gone to single sort of metal and plastic at our site. The container has been labeled to indicate that.
  • Paper, glass, and cardboard still have separate containers.
Use of the Township Hall
  • Forest Township Supervisors at the 4/14/2020 Meeting passed a Motion to close the use of the Townhall by area groups until the MN Governor lifts the Shelter in Place Order.
  • The town hall is available for area groups for meetings.
  • To use the Hall please sign up on the Town Hall Schedule Calendar posted on the bulletin Board by the white board in the building. This will prevent overlapping meetings.
  • If you need assistance or a key please contact Carol Peterson/Clerk at 573-2701 or any of the Township Supervisors.
2021 Meeting Dates
2021 Polling Place Resolution
  • The Township Board has passed a resolution designating the official polling place for the 2021 election year.
  • See resolution (click here)
Township Ditches and Road Easements
  • The ditches and road easements in our township are there to provide correct water drainage,
    clear view while driving and an area for snow removal from the roadways.
  • It has come to our attention that residents use ditches to discard grass clippings, branches, other miscellaneous items and use easements to put private property. By doing this we cannot
    correctly maintain our roads while grading, mowing or snow plowing. It also hinders proper
    water drainage. Lastly, by putting personal property in the road easement area it creates a
    safety hazard.
  • Residents are asked to discard all waste properly and not in our ditches or easements for personal use.