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Lynden Township is located in the southeastern corner of Stearns County, Minnesota, bordered by the Mississippi River to the North and the Clearwater River to the East. Although rural and agricultural by nature, Lynden Township is considered a progressive area with an increasing population and growing business community. Lynden Township measures 25.5 square miles (1.6 is water) and as of April 2019, is home to 2,026 people and 727 households. The proximity to I-94 and MN Highway 24 makes Lynden Township a good location for light industrial manufacturing, as is evidenced by the growing industrial parks that line the freeway corridor.
The township is home to many lakes, rivers and creeks and is host to a number of different recreation opportunities, including two campgrounds, a groomed snowmobile trail, and Warner Lake County Park which includes a swimming beach, summer hiking, and winter cross-country ski trails. A cooperative agreement with other municipalities provides library service to the area. A bicycle / recreation trail that will eventually link the Beaver Island Trail in St. Cloud with the City of Clearwater, also runs through Lynden Township.
Because of its unique location, it is served by three post offices from the cities of Clearwater, South Haven and St. Cloud, two fire departments from the cities of Clearwater and Annandale, and multiple school districts including St. Cloud, Annandale and Kimball.

New to the township? Have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page by clicking this link: FAQs



Photo Courtesy of Anne Ackerman, Lynden Township Resident

Latest Lynden Township News and Public Notices

The next scheduled recycling pickup is Friday, November 6th. For a complete recycling calendar and detailed information click here.


The next monthly meeting will occur Monday, November 2nd. Agenda information is posted the Thursday before and is available here. Covid-19 Pandemic Notice.  Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic Situation, attendance is limited and social distancing of six (6) feet or more will be enforced. Persons wishing to comment to items on the agenda should submit written comments by email to clerk@lyndentownship.net, or should submit written comments via the drop box at the town hall, or mail written comments to Lynden Township Clerk, 20517 Woodbine Rd, Clearwater MN 55320

All public notices are posted here on the home page, posted on the bulletin board outside the town hall and
published in the Clearwater Citizen-Tribune.


Posted 10/19/2020
Notice of Public Accuracy Test of Voting Machines.  To the qualified voters of Lynden Township, County of Stearns: an open meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for an Accuracy Test of the AutoMARK Voting Machine at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater, MN 55320


Posted 10/15/2020
Residents of Lynden Township may vote in-person for the General Election on November 3rd at the Lynden Town hall. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. Face coverings are required. Residents may also early vote in-person at Stearns County at two locations: Stearns County Administration, Auditor Office, 705 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, MN 56303. Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday and Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Or at Stearns County Service Center, Election Office, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park, MN 56387. Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday and Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. More specific information can be found here or here


Posted 10/5/2020
The Town Board will conduct their semi-annual road tour October29th.  They will convene at 1pm at the town hall.  If you are interested in attending the road tour or have any issues to share, email Dennis Niemi (the road supervisor) dennis.niemi@lyndentownship.net


Posted 9/28/2020
Memo from the Stearns County Assessor regarding Property Viewing


Reminder: The Recessed Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.


Reminder: Township Clean Up will be held Saturday October 3 from 8-11AM at the Clearwater Township Hall & maintenance facility south of Clearwater on Highway 24. NOTE: this is a change from past years so please read carefully.  ID’s required. Fees will be incurred. Full details are available here Clean Up Day


Posted 8/4//2020
A Meeting will be held with the Lynden Township and Clearwater Township Fire Study Commission at the Clearwater Township Hall, 15015 State Hwy 24, Clearwater MN every 2nd Monday of the Month beginning Monday, August 10th at 3:00 p.m. to discuss fire protection.  Two or more Supervisors may be in attendance at this meeting.

A Meeting will be held with the Lynden Township Road Maintenance Study Group on August 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Lynden Township Hall to discuss general road maintenance.  Two or more Supervisors may be in attendance at this meeting.


Posted 7/20/2020
Notice of Public Accuracy Test of Voting Machines
To the qualified voters of Lynden Township, County of Stearns, an open meeting will be held  on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. for an Accuracy Test  of the AutoMARK Voting Machine at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater, MN 55320


Posted 7/18/2020 REMINDER
Absentee voting began June 26, 2020 for the August 11th Primary. Because of the current pandemic residents who wish to vote by absentee are encouraged to request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org.  Residents of Stearns County may also vote in-person. More information can be found here.


Posted 7/15/2020
A Special Meeting will be held with the Lynden Township and Clearwater Township Fire Department Study Group at the Clearwater Township Hall, 15015 State Hwy 24, Clearwater MN on Monday July 27 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss fire department budgets.  Two or more Supervisors will be in attendance at this meeting.


Posted 7/13/2020
Township Clean Up will be held Saturday October 3 from 8-11AM at the Clearwater Township Hall & maintenance facility south of Clearwater on Highway 24. NOTE: this is a change from past years so please read carefully.  ID’s required. Fees will be incurred. Full details are available here Clean Up Day


Posted 7/13/2020
Notice of Public Hearing.
The Lynden Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater MN 55320 to consider a Conditional Use Permit application submitted by Michael Nadeau of Newport Leasing Group for office space, outdoor sales lot, truck space leasing at 20041 Edison Circle, Clearwater MN. A Conditional Use Permit is required according to Section 9.11.5 L and V and subject to the performance standards listed in Section 6 and Section 7 of Stearns County Zoning Ordinance #439 adopted by reference as Lynden Township Ordinance #7. The subject property is 2 contiguous lots North – South: PID #19.10600.0003, and 19.10600.0004 described as Lot 004, and Lot 005, Block 001 of Clearview Terrace, Section 34, Township 123, Range 27.  Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic situation, attendance is limited and social distancing of 6 (six) feet or more will be enforced.  Person unable to attend and persons wishing to comment on the application should submit written comments to Lynden Township Clerk, Jenny Schmidt, 20517 Woodbine Rd., Clearwater MN 55320 or emailed to clerk@lyndentownship.net or submitted via the drop-box at the Town Hall.


Posted 6/25/2020
A Meeting will be held with the Lynden Township Fire Study Group at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 Co Rd 44, Clearwater MN on Tuesday July 14 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss fire contracts.  Two or more Supervisors will be in attendance at this meeting.


Posted 6/24/2020
Absentee voting begins June 26, 2020 for the August 11th Primary. Because of the current pandemic residents who wish to vote by absentee are encouraged to request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org.  Residents of Stearns County may also .vote in-person. More information can be found here.


Posted 6/11/2020
A Meeting will be held with the Lynden Township Fire Study Group at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 Co Rd 44, Clearwater MN on Wednesday June 24 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss fire contracts.  Two or more Supervisors may be in attendance at this meeting.


Posted 6/5/2020
A Meeting will be held with the Lynden Township Fire Study Group at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 Co Rd 44, Clearwater MN on Wednesday June 10 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss fire contracts.  Two or more Supervisors may be in attendance at this meeting.


Posted 6/4/2020
Graniteman Triathlon


Posted 6/2/2020
The town board will conduct their semi-annual road tour June25. They will convene at 1PM at the town hall. If you are interested in attending the road tour or have any issues to share, please come to the town hall at 1PM on June25 or email Dennis Niemi (the supervisor in charge of the roads). dennis.niemi@lyndentownship.net


Posted 5/27/2020
It is with sad news that we announce the death of longtime Township Clerk, Delma (Del) Moeller. Click here for the full obituary.


Posted 5/14/2020
The Townships of Lynden and Clearwater will attend a meeting on May 20th, 1:30 p.m. to discuss the Fire Contract.  Two or more Lynden Township Supervisors may attend this meeting.  The meeting will be conducted through teleconferencing using the following:
To Join Zoom Meeting for video and audio –  on line link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87976613913?pwd=cFdndkpYSHFWYWVoVlRlNW91SEpQZz09
Meeting ID: 879 7661 3913
Password: 219468


Posted 5/13/2020
Notice of Public Hearing
The Lynden Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on May 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Lynden Town Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater MN 55320 to consider a variance application submitted by Larry and Jacqueline Plocher for a structure to be placed twenty nine (29) feet from the centerline of a platted township road, Beachwood Road, and fifteen (15) feet from the rear property line in an R-1 district. Sixty three (63) feet from the road centerline and 30 feet from the rear property line is required according to Stearns County Zoning Ordinance #439 Section 9.9.9  adopted by reference as Lynden Township Ordinance #7.  The subject property is ID # 19.10711.0000 described as Lots 1-2 & 3 of Grinol’s Beach, Section 31, Township 122, Range 27, with a property address of 433 Beachwood Rd, South Haven, MN 55382.  Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic situation, attendance is limited to ten (10) persons and social distancing of 6 feet or more will be enforced.   Persons wishing to comment on the variance should submit written comments by email to clerk@lyndentownship.net; or, should submit written comments via the drop-off box at the town hall, or mail written comments to Jenny Schmidt, Lynden Township Clerk, 20517 Woodbine Rd., Clearwater MN 55320


Posted 5/13/2020-CANCELLED
The town board will conduct their semi-annual road tour May 14th. They will convene at 1PM at the town hall. If you are interested in attending the road tour or have any issues to share, please come to the town hall at 1PM on May 14 or email Dennis Niemi (the supervisor in charge of the roads). dennis.niemi@lyndentownship.net


Posted 5/7/2020
Notice of Public Hearing
The Lynden Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on May 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Lynden Town Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater MN 55320 to consider a variance application submitted by John and Toni Davis for a structure to be placed six point five (6.5) feet from the right of way of a platted township road, Baxter Road, in an R-1 district. Thirty (30) feet is required according to Stearns County Zoning Ordinance #439 Section 9.9.9 A3 adopted by reference as Lynden Township Ordinance #7.  The subject property is ID # 19.10659.0000 described as Lot 046 Block 002 of Clearwater Harbor, Section 32, Township 122, Range 27, with a property address of 235 Baxter Rd, South Haven, MN 55382.
As attendance is limited to 10 persons, persons wishing to comment on the variance should submit written comments by email to clerk@lyndentownship.net, submit via the drop-off box at town hall, or mail written comments to Jenny Schmidt, Lynden Township Clerk, 20517 Woodbine Rd, Clearwater MN 55320


Posted 4/22/2020
A Special Meeting will be held through teleconferencing per Resolution 2020-01 on Tuesday, April 28th at 5:00 p.m. to consider for approval and signature the final plat of Hidden River 2nd Addition, address 14872 Hidden River Dr, located in Lynden Township. The Preliminary Plat was reviewed and approved on April 6th.  Two or more Supervisors will be in attendance at this meeting.
Teleconferencing # 1-844-844-0065 Code 432513


Posted 4/9/2020
UPDATE – The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization (LBAE) meeting has been moved to a teleconference/conference call. If you wish to appeal your value, please call in to the phone number and enter the access code as instructed in this document here
Important Information Regarding Property Assessments. This may affect your 2021 property taxes.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization for Lynden Township will meet on April 16, 2020, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m, at Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater, MN 55320.  The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.  If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact the Stearns County Assessor’s office to discuss your concerns.  If you disagree with the valuation and classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization.  The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed.  Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization.


Posted 4/8/2020
CANCELLED – Township Clean Up that was to be held Saturday May 16th from 8-11AM at the Clearwater Township Hall and maintenance facility south of Clearwater on Highway 24 HAS BEEN CANCELLED


Posted 3/31/2020
MNDNR ATV Agricultural Zone Restriction Information.  Additional information can be found by clicking here.


Posted 3/29/2020

NOTICE THAT ALL TOWN BOARD MEETINGS SHALL BE CONDUCTED BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
WHEREAS, the virus named “SARS-CoV-2,” is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person and which causes a disease named “coronavirus disease 2019,” commonly known as “COVID-19,” which is a respiratory disease that can result in serious injury or death; and
WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency for COVID-19, beginning on January 27, 2020; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a National Emergency; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime State of Emergency to authorize and all necessary resources to be used in support of the COVID-19 response.
WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-20 mandating all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work set forth in Executive Order 20-20.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CHAIRMAN OF LYNDEN TOWNSHIP PROCLAIMS, DECLARES, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:
Declares, under Minnesota Statues, Section 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the Lynden Town Board and other advisory commissions of Lynden Township are not practical or prudent due to the COVID-19 health pandemic and the peacetime emergency declared by Governor Walz pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 12, and hereby directs that meetings of the Town Board  and other advisory commissions of the Township shall be conducted by telephone or other electronic means and hereby directs Township staff and consultants to take such action as may be necessary to enable such meetings to occur via telephone or other electronic means pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021, until such time as it is no longer impractical or imprudent for the Town Board and other advisory commission to resume in-person meetings; and,
Declares that it is not feasible due to the health pandemic for at least one member of the Town Board or the Town Attorney to be physically present at the regular meeting location; and,

Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity on the Township’s website and posting places and that it be filed promptly by the Town Clerk.
Dated this 27th day of  March, 2020
David L Johnson, Chairman

The Monthly Board Meeting is by conference call! 1-844-844-0065 Code 432513


Posted 3/18/2020

On March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 infectious disease and directed the Minnesota Department of Health to issue guidance on how to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19.  As a consequence:
1.The Board has suspended rental of the Lynden Town Hall to the public in compliance with that declaration.
2. The number of people that attend any board meeting or any other meeting/hearing is restricted to ten (10) at any one time,  they must practice six (6) foot social distancing and priority is given to those on the agenda only for the duration of the item.
This is in effect until further notice.
We apologize for any inconvenience.


Posted 3/17/2020
Township Clean Up will be held Saturday May 16th from 8-11AM at the Clearwater Township Hall and maintenance facility south of Clearwater on Highway 24. NOTE: this is a change from past years so please read carefully.  ID’s required. Fees will be incurred. Full details are available by clicking this Link


Posted 3/17/2020
Important Information Regarding Property Assessments. This may affect your 2021 property taxes.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization for Lynden Township will meet on April 16, 2020, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m, at Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater, MN 55320.  The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.  If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact the Stearns County Assessor’s office to discuss your concerns.  If you disagree with the valuation and classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization.  The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed.  Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization.


Posted 3/11/2020
Congratulations to Supervisor Dave Johnson who was re-elected to another 3 year term and to Clerk Jenny Schmidt who was re-elected to another two year term. More information can be found here


REMINDER: Annual Election and Meeting March 10th at the Township Hall.  Polls are open from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and meeting starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.  The agenda is available by clicking this link: 2020 Annual Meeting Agenda


Posted 2/28/2020
A Special Meeting will be held with Lynden Township and Clearwater Township at the Clearwater Township Hall, 15015 State Hwy 24, Clearwater MN on Monday March 16 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss fire contracts.  Two or more Supervisors will be in attendance at this meeting.


Posted 2/10/2020

Notice of Public Accuracy Test of Voting Machines
To the qualified voters of Lynden Township, County of Stearns, an open meeting will be held on February 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for an Accuracy Test of the AutoMARK Voting Machine at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater, MN 55320 Jenny Schmidt Lynden Township Clerk

Posted 2/10/2020
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Lynden Township, County of Stearns, State of Minnesota, the annual election of town officers and the annual meeting will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Lynden Township Town Hall, 21367 Co. Rd. 44, Clearwater, MN 55320. In the case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until the third Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The election poll hours will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (per Resolution 2014-02) at which time the voters will elect One (1) Supervisor for a three term; and One (1) clerk for
a two year term. The Annual Meeting will commence at 8:00 p.m. to conduct all necessary business as prescribed by law. The Board of Canvass will meet on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to certify the official election results. Jenny Schmidt Lynden Township Clerk

Posted 2/10/2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Lynden Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Lynden Town Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater MN 55320 to consider a variance application submitted by Kevin Kottke for a garage to be constructed approximately 5 feet from the side lot line; 10 feet is required according to Stearns County Zoning Ordinance #439 Section 9.9.9A(4) adopted by reference as Lynden Township Ordinance #7. The subject property is ID # 19.10722.0554 described as Lot 004 of Hidden River Addition, Section 32, Township 122, Range 027, with a property address of 14736 Hidden River Drive, South Haven, MN 55382. If you are unable to attend, written comments can be sent to Jenny Schmidt, Lynden Township Clerk, 20517 Woodbine Rd., Clearwater MN 55320 or emailed to clerk@lyndentownship.net

Posted 2/10/2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Lynden Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:15 PM at the Lynden Town Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater MN 55320 to consider a variance application submitted by Todd & Shari Fruechte for an addition to their house and a garage to be constructed approximately 25 feet (for the addition) and 33 feet (for the garage) from Emerson Road; 63 feet is required according to Stearns County Zoning Ordinance #439 Section 9.9.9A(3) adopted by reference as Lynden Township Ordinance #7. The subject property is ID # 19.10584.0000 described as Lot 002 of Bayview Addition, Section 05, Township 122, Range 027, with a property address of 19045 Emerson Rd, Clearwater, MN 55320. If you are
unable to attend, written comments can be sent to Jenny Schmidt, Lynden Township Clerk, 20517 Woodbine Rd., Clearwater MN 55320 or emailed to clerk@lyndentownship.net

Posted 2/10/2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Lynden Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Lynden Township Hall, 21367 County Road 44, Clearwater MN 55320 to consider a Conditional Use Permit application submitted by Mike Fjerstad of SMA, LLC for office space at 19597 Hubble Rd, 19575 Hubble Rd, 19553 Hubble Rd, and 19531 Hubble Rd, Clearwater MN. A Conditional Use Permit is required according to Section 9.11.5V and subject to the performance standards listed in Section 6 and Section 7 of Stearns County Zoning Ordinance #439 adopted by reference as Lynden Township Ordinance #7. The subject property is 4 contiguous lots North – South: PID #19.10748.0112, 19.10748.0113, 19.10748.0114, and 19.10748.0115 described as Lot 001, Lot 002, Lot 003, Lot 004, Block 003 of Lynden Valley Industrial Park, Section 03, Township 122, Range 27. If you are unable to attend, written comments can be sent to Jenny Schmidt, Lynden Township Clerk, 20517 Woodbine Rd., Clearwater MN 55320 or emailed to clerk@lyndentownship.net

Posted 2/3/2020
Clearwater Council invited the Townships of Lynden and Clearwater to attend the February 10th, 7:00 p.m. meeting at the Clearwater City Hall, 605 Co Rd 75 to discuss a Fire Truck purchase and the Fire Contract .  Two or more Lynden Township Supervisors may attend this meeting.


Posted 1/17/2020

Clearwater Council invited the Townships of Lynden and Clearwater to attend the January 27th, 6:00 p.m. meeting at the Clearwater City Hall, 605 Co Rd 75 to discuss a Fire Truck purchase and the Fire Contract .  Two or more Lynden Township Supervisors may attend this meeting.


Posted 1/16/2020
The Township Board will convene for the annual audit on Wednesday January 29th at 6:00PM. The budget meeting will occur after the audit.


Posted 1/16/2020
The Planning Commission will conduct site visits on Saturday February 1st at 1:00 pm to review the Conditional Use Permit submitted by SMA, LLC. 19597 Hubble Rd and to review the variance applications submitted by Todd Fruechte 19045 Emerson Rd and Kevin Kottke 14736 Hidden River Dr. The Commission will then meet at the Lynden Town Hall, 21367 Co Rd 44 to review its findings.




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