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Candidate Filing Period Opens July 28, 2020

There are two supervisor seats, seats 4 and 5, are up for re-election this November. If you are interested in running for the Town Board, you must file an Affidavit of Candidacy, a Campaign Financial Report, and pay the $2 filing fee with either Jamie or Melanie between July 28, 2020, and August 11, 2020. Please email southbendtownship@gmail.com to set up an appointment time or with questions. We will both be in the office on August 11, 2020, and can accept the required documents until 5:00pm. The documents listed below are fillable but DO NOT sign them until you meet with either Jamie or Melanie.

Affidavit of Candidacy
Campaign Financial Report
More information on Township Government and running for office can be found on the Minnesota Association of Townships Website.

Meeting Update

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Town Board will be adopting a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. As part of that plan, we must limit the number of people that can be in the Town Hall, including for Regularly Scheduled Board Meetings. The Board Meetings will now be accessible via ZOOM. You can click on the following link or call in via mobile phone or landline. For future meetings, please email the Clerk/Treasurer for the new links.

Primary Election: Early Voting Has Begun!!

The Primary Election for 2020 is scheduled for August 11, 2020, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Blue Earth County encourages voters to vote from home for this election as a safe and effective way to vote. Over 8,500 county voters will be receiving a ballot in the coming week to vote from home.

Ballots must be returned in the postage-paid envelope or dropped off at the Blue Earth County Elections Office. Due to a recent court settlement, these ballots must be post-marked no later than Election Day. In previous elections, the ballots needed to be received by the elections office no later than Election Day. It’s important to carefully follow instructions included with the mail ballot. Residents in these precincts not registered to vote will need to register in order to receive a ballot by mail.

For voters not automatically receiving a ballot, absentee ballots are available. It takes two minutes to request online at www.mnvotes.org by clicking on “Other Ways to Vote.” Additional details about absentee voting and election information can be found on the website. Absentee ballot voters also have the option of visiting the Blue Earth County Elections Office.

Minnesota State law allows any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot for any reason. Voting at home may be a way for voters to reduce spread of disease and keep our communities healthy.

The Blue Earth County Elections Office is located in the Historic Courthouse at 204 S 5th Street, Mankato. Hours for the Elections Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The office will be open extended hours on Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and until 5 p.m. Monday, August 10. Voters entering the Courthouse will be required to follow the County’s policies regarding social distancing and face coverings.

Voters can register, check the status of their ballot, and handle many other elections-related tasks by visiting www.mnvotes.org. Voters should register in advance no later than July 21 to be considered pre-registered for the election.

South Bend Fire Department is accepting new members

Please contact for more information and application from sbfdsecretary@gmail.com or sbfdchief31@gmail.com

Upcoming Meetings

  • July 21, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • August 4th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • August 18th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • September 9th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • September 22nd, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • October 6th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • October 20th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • November 10th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • November 24th, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • December 1st, 2020 Regular Meeting
  • December 15th, 2020 Regular Meeting

All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at the South Bend Town Hall, located at 306 S. McKinzie Street. Please contact the Clerk/Treasurer to be put on the agenda at southbendtownship@gmail.com or depclerktreasurer.sbt@gmail.com.

There may also be a quorum of the Board at the following meetings:

  • Monthly Fire Department Meetings, the third Wednesday of the month
  • Blue Earth County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, the first Wednesday of the month