The second Tuesday in March is Township Day in Minnesota. There are 1,800 townships in the state and Tuesday, March 11 is their annual meeting day. This meeting is the heart of township government.
Townships are known as the grassroots form of government and allows citizens a direct say on the issues that are important on a local level. Most townships will elect officers then (some elect officers in November) and set their annual budget for the following year.
Every township resident should make an effort to attend and discuss the local issues and vote for what happens in their townships in the coming year. This allows the residents to have a say in priorities for their neighborhood and they will authorize the town board to set levies to impose the following year. Every citizen should make every effort to attend and participate in this important aspect of our government.