Message from Chairman Dorau
Township Elections and the Township Annual meeting where levy is set for 2022 is on March 9, 2021. Elections 5-8, meeting follows.
Welcome to Sandstone Township
Sandstone Township is one of 33 townships in Pine County. It surrounds the city of Sandstone and is divided north to south by the Kettle River. Interstate 35 also runs north to south through the township. State Highway 123 and Highway 61 also bring visitors and residents to the area.
Sandstone Township Supervisors
Chairman Jon Dorau
Term: March 2019 - March 2022
Supervisor Gary Hinsch
Term: March 2020 - March 2023
Term: March 2021 - March 2024
Sandstone Township Staff
Treasurer Cookie Hansen
Clerk Ailene Croup
- Tom Colsrud
- Gene Kroschel
- Keith Carlson
2020 Township Road Review
Sandstone Township applied for Cares Act funding which came from the federal government. The formula for what any township would receive was $25 per resident. Sandstone Twp. recived $20,025.
Though the board was unable to distribute any of the funds to individual residents, their goal was to bring as much back to the township as was legal. Any unspent funds would be sent to the county to spend. On Nov. 15 2020, we sent back just over $3,600
There were many restrictions placed on the fund's use. It had to be a change in the way the town board did its business because of COVID-19, or additional work caused by the virus and the social distancing restrictions.
The board can now hold its meetings with all board members present because of the iPads purchased with the money. We found this was a critical need back in April when the State was shut down and we needed a quorum of supervisors to approve a bond for the grader. A delay in its approval would have cost the township an additional $6,000.
Learning to teleconference has been time consuming and difficult with poor internet connections.
The board has internet for one year and a teleconferencing app to make it possible.
Planning committee members may also use the app for teleconferencing.
This home page will display teleconferencing information so residents of the township may phone or use the internet link to attend meetings.
The township road review was conducted and was a challenge for supervisors this year because of COVID-19. Each supervisor reviewed a section of roads independently because of the governor's social distancing requirement. Their evaluation of the township roads' needs can be viewed in the minutes of the May 7, 2020 meeting minutes.
Pine County's Beacon site will provide information about properties in the township.
Pine County, MN website
District 11 B Representative
Nathan Nelson was elected Representative for District 11B which represents Pine and Kanabec County. His contact information:
Rep. Nathan Nelson (R) District !!B
393 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Sandstone Township residents who wish to attend board meetings but would like to have the meeting teleconferenced, due to COVID, may contact the clerk who will set up a teleconference with information to join the meeting.
To have the meeting teleconferenced, call 320-420-1640 at least two days prior to the monthly meeting.
Regular board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the North Pine Government Center at 7 p.m.
The Sandstone Township Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m., at Pine County Government Center in Sandstone, MN.
The Sandstone Township Board will hold its yearly road review at 8 a.m., starting at the Sandstone Town Hall, 55044 Poplar Road. Sandstone, MN.
The Sandstone Township Planning Committee will be meeting at 7 p.m., at Sandstone City Hall.
Monthly Sandstone Township Board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at North Pine Government Center (NPGC) 1610 Hwy. 23 N., Sandstone, MN 55072. The bulletin board is outside Sandstone Twp. town hall 44055 Poplar Road where notices are posted. They may also be found posted at Chris' Foods.
The Sandstone Township Planning Committee meets on the third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., at Sandstone City Hall.
Sandstone Township's email address is:
Assessment and property value tips from the Minnesota Department of Revenue
Phone Assessor Lorri Houtsma
Your appeals can also be brought, by appointment, to the Pine County Board of Equalization.
For an appointment call 320-591-1670.
P.O. Box 564
Sandstone, MN 55072