Town of Normanna

6472 French River Road

    Duluth, MN 55804

The Board of Supervisors meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., unless posted otherwise. They are held at the Normanna Town Hall, 6472 French River Road.

The June Board of Supervisors meeting will be on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM. 

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Annual Posting of Regular Board Meetings of the Normanna Township Town Board of Supervisors for 2021 

The town board of Normanna Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota holds its regularly scheduled board meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at the town hall located at 6472 French River Road, Duluth, MN 55804.  If a meeting cannot be held as scheduled because it conflicts with a holiday or another day in which a meeting cannot be held, the meeting will be held the following week on the same day of the week, time, and place.  The following are the dates on which the regular board meetings are scheduled to occur in 2021 and reflect any changes due to conflicts:

January 18, 2021 changed to January 26 at 6:00 PM

February 15, 2021 changed to February 17 at 6:00 PM

March 15, 2021 changed to March 24 at 6:00 PM followed by the reorganization meeting

Beginning with the April Board meeting, the meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6 PM

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 6 PM

If a regular meeting cannot be held on the date, time, or place listed above, notice of the date, time, and place of when and where the meeting will be held will be posted at least three days before the day of the meeting.

Contact the town clerk at 218-409-1999 with any questions.

The First Normanna 5K run/walk took place on October 13, 2018.  Below are some pictures of the events.

Waiting for the race to begin.
On your mark get set go!

Walkers were welcomed!

The Winner of the Event!

Our Board Chair finishing his run.

The Clerk finished the event with assistance
from the Fire Chief and Assistant Chief.

Thank you to Sandy Cooke for providing
the pictures.

2013-2020 Annual Levy

Township Roads

Hagen Road
Koski Road
Krista's Kourtyard
Lady Nicole Lane
Lookout Road
Troy Brett Trail
Wikstad Road

Residents attending the Annual meeting.

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From: Janet Keough <>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2021, 7:10 PM
Subject: CLP briefing today on broadband

Here are my notes from today's briefing and discussion by Coop Light and Power, Kevin Olson and Hal Halpern, about their failure to acquire funds to bring broadband to our townships.  I want to thank Kevin and Hal for being so transparent and forthcoming about what transpired, and especially for encouraging us to take advantage of the options that seem to be coming.

Attending the meeting were Kevin Olson, Hal Halpern, Stan VanKekerix (Ault), Mark Anderson (Normanna), Mike Keller, Diane Holliday-Welsh, Chuck Davis (Lakewood), Jon Nelson (Gnesen), Jan Keough (North Star), Alex Deters (Alden)...did I miss anyone?

Kevin outlined the 3 prongs of their broadband efforts in 2020:
1) IRRRB funding for Pequaywan Township - successful, $750,000 grant selected. Note, only townships in the Lk Superior School District were eligible

2) FCC RDOF grant program - for Pequaywan, Alden, North STar, Normanna, and part of Gnesen - CLP's proposal was not successful
3) MN state broadband grant - for parts of Lakewood and Gnesen - CLP's proposal was not successful

These 3 proposals were designed with no overlap except that Pequaywan was included in both RDOF and the IRRRB effort.  

Kevin explained the RDOF program - centered around groups of census blocks, every single property with a building had to be included over the 6 year program.  For instance, hunting shacks along Fox Farm Road.  This meant that that far more miles of fiber optic had to be planned, driving up the predicted cost.  The CLP proposal was for an approximately $15M project, with $6.9M proposed from RDOF.  So $6.9M (equivalent to $690,000K / year) was the "100%" bid.   Unfortunately, LTD, a very small company, won the RDOF for much of St Louis County and a huge swath of MN and the US, by bidding at approximately 14% of the real cost (approximately $100,000/year vs $690,000 CLP's bid).  So CLP was severely under-bid by LTD.

The FCC is currently vetting the capability of the winners, and CLP expects (somewhat cynically) that the LTD bid will be awarded.

MN State broadband grant - CLP proposed bringing fiber to 1277 homes in Lakewood and Gnesen for $3.2M (they would match that amount and more).  What happened:  the MN grant proposals were due in Sept. 2020 and CLP sent in their proposal, avoiding all the RDOF eligible areas.  Then, in early October, the FCC came out with its final rule on RDOF and expanded the eligible area to include parts of Gnesen and Lakewood.   After the RDOF preliminary awards were announced, the State of MN decided to eliminate any RDOF areas from grants.  This resulted in several proposals being withdrawn because removing the RDOF areas would make them far less feasible financially.  CLP, being one of them, withdrew its proposal.  Other areas had to do the same.

At this point, LTD and other RDOF winners are submitting their "long forms" that document their financial and technical capability to conduct the projects.  LTD was the largest project in the US, and there has been tremendous concern expressed by legislators and others whether this small wireless company can actually complete their project.

If LTD is rejected or diminished by the FCC, then the RDOF program would go to a second round of reverse auction bidding.  CLP is ready to engage in this if the opportunity arises.

CLP staff mentioned the many other broadband opportunities that are developing in the CVII townships - Frontier DSL is delivering very high speeds to customers near their boxes in Fairbanks, Ault and Pequaywan and expanding in Alden.  Century LInk DSL is showing very good speeds in parts of Lakewood and Normanna, again close to the boxes.  Starlink is delivering very high speeds to beta testers in Normanna and Lakewood.  Century Link was given 1 extra year (and additional $$) to try to complete their CAF work and may be expanding in Gnesen?

At the same time, the MN legislature seems poised to add $$ to the broadband grants in 2021, however, areas that are getting >25/3 Mbps will likely not be eligible, and RDOF areas will likely be blocked.

And LTD, if finally awarded the RDOF grant, will have to deliver fiber optic broadband to the entire area of their grant in 6 years.  If by chance they build a fiber backbone, but can't complete the project, others like CLP might be able to acquire the infrastructure.

Both Kevin and Hal said that they are not abandoning the idea of broadband, and will continue to look for opportunities in our township.

There was some discussion at the end about whether townships could bond in order to share costs with CLP for broadband.  Hal indicated that he would be interested in such a partnership.

Townships are reminded to let our citizens know what's going on and keep them informed about broadband options, especially with our Annual Meetings coming up.

Again, thanks to all who attended and we can now openly discuss this process with CLP (before CLP was under anti-collusion restrictions from speaking with us). On a personal note, I find these developments to be extremely frustrating, as I feel that satellite and cellphone based broadband is expensive for our rural citizens.  I hold little hope that LTD will ultimately reach the low density areas.

I will be attending a meeting of the MN Rural Broadband Coalition on Thursday and I'm sure there will be a discussion about the MN grants and RDOF.  I'll let you know what I learn and will certainly bring our experience to the meeting.  If you are interested in attending (Thursday 9am) let me know and I'll send you the link.

Please offer any corrections or other insights if I forgot any details!  I'm happy to discuss with anyone who is interested.

Jan Keough
218 343 5007

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