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.
The Sunrise Township Planning Commission is an advisory group that reviews applications for zoning variances, developments, plats, and other land-use issues and reports to the Town Board. The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday the week before each regularly scheduled Town Board meeting; however, they meet only in those months when there are matters presented for review. The Planning Commission consists of five members who are appointed by the Town Board to serve for three-year terms. Those with interest in serving on the Planning Commission should notify the Township Clerk of their interest by March 10.
Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Sunrise Township, County of Chisago, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Township Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
The Annual election of Town Officers polling hours will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The Annual Meeting will commence at 8:15 P.M. to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law.
The Annual Election and Meeting will be held at the “Royal Wilcox Community Center” in Sunrise, Minnesota.
The Board of Canvass will meet on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 P.M to certify the official election results.
The regular scheduled monthly Town Board meeting for March 2021 commencing after the Board of Canvass meeting.
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.
If you are having concerns regarding River Road and Tiller Corporation hauling, please call Mike Caron at 763-315-6004 or Christina at 763-315-6018. Always feel free to contact a Sunrise Board Supervisor if your concerns are not being addressed.