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Welcome to Shafer Township. Working together for a Better Future

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Hello Everyone,


Winter is in full swing! We have gotten a lot of snow so far this season, and I hope everyone who enjoys snowmobiling and skiing is taking full advantage of the weather.  However, the lake and river ice is not optimal. Please be aware and extra careful when going out on to the ice this winter. 


Several updates have been made to our driveway access permitting process. All new driveways or any modification to an existing driveway (where it meets the road right of way), have always required a permit. 


We have also adopted a new garbage and recycle can policy; as well as a mailbox policy. These can be viewed on our website in the 'Township Policies & Permits' tab.  We are currently working on updates to the snow plowing policy and hope to have it ready soon.


I again want to remind everyone that plowing snow from your driveway across a road is illegal and a misdemeanor by MN State Statute 160.2715(a)(1).  This statute may be viewed at:


When plowing your snow across the road, ridges are left in the roadway creating a hazard for traffic. Also, piling your snow on the shoulder creates an extreme hazard for the snowplow. The piles freeze and become hard.  When the plow hits the frozen piled snow, it can cause significant damage to the plow and the truck. The plow may also catch the frozen pile of snow and spin the truck into the ditch, causing significant damage to the truck and potentially injuring the driver.

Please be aware of this law and courteous when plowing your driveway.


As you enjoy your favorite Minnesota winter sports of ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing (or just enjoying the snow), please stay warm and safe.

Mark Stovern
Shafer Township Chairman



The February meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Shafer Town Hall.

                           Please join us!         


Upcoming open township positions are:

   Township Treasurer  (2 year term)

   Township Board Supervisor  (3 year term)

Filing for each position closed on January 17, 2023 with 1 filing for each position made by the current incumbents (there were originally 2 filings for the Board Supervisor position, with 1 withdrawing shortly thereafter).

Polls will be open March 14th, 2023 from 7:00am to 8:00pm, with our annual meeting to follow. 

Stay tuned to our website for additional election information!

About Shafer township

Shafer Township is located in southeast Chisago County, bordered to the east by the city of Taylors Falls and the St. Croix River, which is the MinnesotaWisconsin border. The city of Shafer is in the southwest part of the township but an administratively separate entity. The unincorporated community of Palmdale is in the north.

U.S. Highway 8 follows most of the southern boundary of the township, turning northeast to travel to Taylors Falls, then across the river to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and leading west to Lindstrom and Chisago City. State Highway 95 (MN 95) crosses the north part of the township, passing through Palmdale and leading southeast to Taylors Falls and northwest to North Branch.


Are you planning something special? We rent our townhall for special events! If you are planning a graduation party, family reunion, wedding reception, meeting or other special event - please give us a call or contact us using the button below.  Perfect sized indoor facility with A/C, kitchenette, tables, chairs and restrooms.  Shelter, children's playground, charcoal grills, basketball hoop and porta-potty available outside if the weather permits, too!

Contact our Township Clerk, Faith Lichtscheidl, for rental prices and availability at: 

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