Sunrise Township is the largest township by area in Chisago County, covering 45.7 square miles. Most of the township's population of approximately 2,000 people live on rural acreage or farms. A major feature of the township is its eastern border of approximately 10 miles of St. Croix River frontage, most of which is within Wild River State Park. The north and south branches of the Sunrise River converge in the southern portion of the township.
At the center of the township is the historic village of Sunrise, which straddles the Sunrise River about a mile south of its mouth at the St. Croix River. The village of Sunrise has a church, pottery shop, river tubing venue, ice cream shop, bed-and-breakfast, a major manufacturing enterprise, and residences. Public facilities within the village include a park on the riverbank, ball field, museum, community center, and cemetery.
The community of Kost is a historic village located in southern Sunrise Township. The business center has disappeared and Kost is now comprised of a church, cemetery, and homes. Kost Dam County Park is located on the Sunrise River about a mile south Kost.
Sunrise Township is in the process of designing and building a new town hall and community center to serve the essential functions of township government for the next several decades and beyond
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Friendly reminder it is unlawful to plow snow across the road. 160.2715 RIGHT-OF-WAY USE; MISDEMEANORS.
(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors, and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to:
obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon;
Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor.
Any mailbox placed within a Sunrise Township right-of-way must have a swinging-arm mailbox support of the type approved by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which will not protrude into the traveled surface of the right-of-way and will comply with all U.S. Postal Service mailbox regulations. These are available for purchase from the Township.