Home Town of Normanna

    6472 French River Road
    Duluth, MN 55804

The Board of Supervisors meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., unless posted otherwise, are held at the Normanna Town Hall, 6472 French River Road.

The Board of Supervisors will meet:

2014 Board Meetings

Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, January 27, 2014, Board of Audit (BOA) to follow
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, February 24, 2014, BOA to follow
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, March 24, 2014, Reorganization Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
LBAE                                  Monday, April 16, 2014, Local Board of Appeal and Equalization from 6-7 p.m. to be reconvened at 6:59 p.m. on April 28, 2014.
Annual Road Inspection   Monday, April 21, 2014 inspection changed to Monday, April 28, 2014 changed to Monday, May 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Monthly Board Meeting
    Monday, April 21, 2014 Meeting changed to Monday, April 28, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, May 19, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting
    Monday, June 16, 2014   Meeting changed to Friday June 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, July 21, 2014 Meeting changed to Monday July 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, August 18, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Annual Meeting                 Monday, Mar. 10, 2015
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, Mar. 23, 2015

2013 Board Meetings
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, January 22, 2013, Board of Audit (BOA) to follow
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, February 25, 2013, BOA to follow
Annual Township Election and Meeting    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Reorganization Meeting    Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, March 25, 2013
Annual Road Review                Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, May 13, 2013
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, June 17, 2013
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, July 15, 2013
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, August 19, 2013
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, September 16, 2013
Special Board Meeting     Friday, October 11, 2013 to approve and pay claims for Town Hall remodel project
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, October 21, 2013
Rescheduled for Tuesday October 22, 2013
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, November 18, 2013
Monthly Board Meeting    Monday, December 16, 2013



PASSED at the ANNUAL MEETING On March 11, 2014

General:  $35,000

Fire:  $20,000

Road/Bridge:  $10,000

Cemetery:  $1,000

Building:  $10,000

Impress:  $0

TOTAL:  $76,000

Ellen Hanson
Town of Normanna


PASSED at the ANNUAL MEETING On March 12, 2013

General:  $25,000

Fire:  $20,000

Road/Bridge:  $25,000

Cemetery:  $1,000

Building:  $5,000

Impress:  $200

TOTAL:  $76,200

Ellen Hanson

Town of Normanna


PASSED at the ANNUAL MEETING On March 13, 2012

General:  $20,000

Fire:  $20,000

Road/Bridge:  $30,382

Cemetery:  $0

Building:  $0

Impress:  $0

TOTAL:  $70,382

Ellen Hanson

Town of Normanna

Update on the Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative

September 2012

The Broadband Preliminary Feasibility report is complete.  The report lists all potential Internet Service Providers in our area along with the characteristics of their services:  bandwidth, latency, data caps & a description of technology platforms.   Here is a brief

Excede Satellite and the Coop Light & Power (CLP) are ranked as two of the ‘best options today’.  Excede is superior to its predecessor Wild Blue with download speeds of 12Mbit.  However it is limited by latency and  data caps.  CLP’s new wireless service has 7Mbit/1.5Mbit  download speeds and has no latency or data cap issues.  They are building a 200-300Mbit wireless middle mile network to support smart meters in townships where they provide power services.  CLP is also interested in expanding Internet services in townships where it is profitable.   They have been invited to the September 17th Normanna Town Board Meeting to discuss expansion of their services in our township.

Existing providers are not actively developing partly because they have invalid data indicating that the internet speeds are average in our community.  There is a way we can show that speeds are poor. Go to http://speedtest.connectedmn.org to run a speed test from your machine. Results will instantly be available to Internet Service Providers and will help us prove that our services need to be upgraded.  The more we login to run these tests the better. 

The FCC is funding two rural broadband initiatives we should watch:

-Cellular providers (AT&T or Verizon) can bid on FCC funding to extend their networks in our townships.  This includes both voice and broadband services (initially 3G and 4G within three years).  Funding will be awarded in late September.  Cellular services have data caps.

-FCC is also offering funding to extend DSL services.   Normanna’s service provider, CenturyLink, may pursue this funding.

Submitted by Mark Anderson and Kimberly Grubb

See the Boardband Provider Report below.


Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative

"Working together to bring high speed internet and more options to our region"

Options available for cell phones, Internet and television service are limited in Normanna Township.  In some areas, cell phone or high-speed Internet service are not available at all.  In other areas, limited services are available from Frontier, Centurylink, Coop Light & Power, Cellular companies and other providers.  In all cases, the demand for Internet services far exceeds the capacity.

As we move into the future, tele-commuting (virtual travel) will provide greater access and be more affordable than physical travel.  In rural areas such as ours, those who want to tele-commute from home aren't able to do so.  Students are missing out on important educational opportunities.  Fire and safety operations will be affected if telecommunications are unreliable.  Access to certain services, such as tele-healthcare aren't possible.  As more services are offered over the Internet, we are being left behind.

Representatives from area townships have been meeting to seek a solution to this problem.  Townships in Cloquet Valley - Alden, Ault, Fairbanks, Gnesen, Normanna, Northstar, Pequaywan, and Unorganized - need to make sure that we not are left out of the planning for high speed Internet access that is going on in Lake County and other areas.

An important component of this effort is demonstrating the interest of area residents - both year round and seasonal - in improving current Internet, phone and television services.  In order to convince providers of Internet access to either initiate service or improve their current level of service, we need to demonstrate potential demand.

A variety of approaches are being investigated, such as national programs that extend broadband to rural areas, participation in new projects like the Lake County Fiber Optic Project, or expansion and improvement by current providers. Those volunteers working on the Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative have been meeting with officials from Lake and St. Louis Counties, and representatives of the Coop Light and Power, among others, to determine what options are available.  The group has secured a grant from the Blandin Foundation for a consultant knowledgeable in this area.

What is the Lake County Fiber Optic Project:

Using funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service (RUS), Lake County is building a fiber-to-the-home network serving Lake County and a portion of eastern St. Louis County.  Residents in this area will be able to receive new state-of-the-art telecommunication services including ultra-high-speed broadband with video, voice and data services delivered over fiber-optic cable.  The Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative is investigating whether it would be feasible to extend that network to include our area, as one option to increase the Internet service here.

Fiber-to-the-home networks differ from conventional telecommunications services, which are delivered over a copper line (DSL service), copper coaxial cable (cable service) or wireless services (ground based tower or satellite services).  Fiber-optic networks deliver data through strands of fiberglass, using laser technologies that operate at many time the speed of conventional services.  The term Broadband is defined by Rural Utility Service as 3 million bits per second (Mbps).

Resident support and interest are the keys to making anything happen.

Resident support will be required to get a government loan or grant.  No one will pay attention to us unless residents stand up and say...Yes, we want better service.  We want more choices.  We want to take full advantage of all the potential the Internet is offering, whether personal or business related.

In Normanna Township, we will be contacting neighbors to get feedback on their interest and suggestions for how to proceed.  You may be contacted by eMail, in person or by mail.  If you are missed, please email NormannaBb@gmail.com and request an interest survey and to be added to the eMail distribution list.

Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VZ2P8JQ to enter your survey online.

We will continue to keep you informed.  And, of course, since we are aware of the limited Internet service in this area, we will also be using printed materials to keep residents informed!

Ellen Hanson,
Sep 11, 2012, 6:18 AM