Pequaywan Township was formed in 1980 from a 36.1 square mile area within the Cloquet Valley State Forest in St. Louis County. (See “Pequaywan History” for more information on township history.) It is governed by a Board of Supervisors, consisting of three full-time residents.  Other government officials are the clerk, treasurer, deputy clerk and deputy treasurer.

Residents vote for officers on a rotating schedule, three-year term for supervisors prior to the Annual Meeting, held in March. Clerk and treasurer are on appointed positions.

pequaywan signBoard meetings are regularly scheduled second Tuesday of each month  at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Pequaywan Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, 8764 Pequaywan Lake Road (Hwy 44), Duluth. (during Covid 19 pandemic, board meetings maybe held at the fire hall, via telephone conference or other sites. View our website for updated information.) (Check the calendar for dates and time.)  Residents are invited to attend these meetings which are governed by the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Residents also vote on the township’s tax levy at the Annual Town Meeting. Minutes of these meetings and notices of any ordinances adopted by the Board will be published on this website.

The main business of the township consists of:

  • Maintenance of a 2.3-mile stretch of West Branch Road (See map.)
  • In conjunction with St. Louis County, the assessment of property within the township for the purpose of taxation
  • Administration of two land parcels bordering between East of  Pequaywan Lake road and South of the Rossini road. (See map.)
  • Supervision and administration of elections for local, county, state and federal elections

Contact for vehicle axle weight limit of 7-ton axle or if you need an overweight permit: Douglas Dressen, Supervisor; 218-348-7318;

The Public Comment section is a courtesy extended to persons wishing to address the Board. To request to make a public comment, follow the protocol below:
1. No more than one public comment per citizen.
2. Submit your comment information to with your full name.
3. Deadline to submit your request is the first Saturday of the month.
4. Your presentation will be limited to two minutes.
5. What you said will be on file, and the board can either address the issue, assign someone to address the issue, or do nothing.


The township has applied for a grant to replace the road (our best option). Most of the cost will be covered by the grant. Other options would be for the township and property owners of West Branch to pay for a contractor to replace the road. There is an estimate from a road contractor of $600,000.00 to replace the road that could be spread three (3) years. The property owners of West Branch Road would need to form a committee to make an assessment to pay their portion of the cost. The above mentioned work would not start until at least two (2) years from now. The road repair done last year has given the life span of the road at least more years before any major work is needed.