Northern Township is located directly north of the City of Bemidji in northern Minnesota. The township surrounds a large portion of beautiful Lake Bemidji and the 2021 population was estimated at 4,500 residents. A new town hall was built in 1990 at 445 Town Hall Road NW and is available for functions at a nominal rental fee.
The Evergreen Cemetery is located on Irvine Ave. northwest of the Northern Town Hall. A recent expansion offers many plots available for purchase.
Northern Township and the City of Bemidji have agreed to a unified planning and regulatory process for their jurisdictions. It includes an orderly annexation agreement staged in three phases over 15 years, and the implementation of the Greater Bemidji Area Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance. Township residents are also provided services which include maintenance of 55 miles of roads, fire protection, animal control, a water district, and a sewer district.
The Northern Township Board consists of five ‘at large’ members, who are elected in even-numbered years with the general election in November. The Board meets regularly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m., with guests welcome. Office hours of the Northern Township Clerk/Administrator generally vary Monday – Thursday (call 751-4989), and the Land Use Administrator can be contacted at the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Office located in City Hall at 317 4th St. NW or (218)759-3579.
Winner of the 2019 Humphery School of Public Affiars Award
LGIA Township Category: Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board—City of Bemidji-Northern Township Cooperation
In an area punctuated by lakes, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and the great northern woods, the City of Bemidji and Northern Township cooperate on comprehensive joint planning, zoning, and administration to turn aside natural barriers and competition between municipalities and townships. Results include enhanced economic vitality and protection of natural resources.