SGH/Jan Lee Buxengard
Wilmington Township annual meeting shown in progress at the town hall. Pictured, from left, are supervisor Wesley Lapham, chairman Greg Myhre, clerk/treasurer Melissa Schroeder, and moderator Stuart Dibley.
SGH/Jan Lee Buxengard Wilmington Township annual meeting shown in progress at the town hall. Pictured, from left, are supervisor Wesley Lapham, chairman Greg Myhre, clerk/treasurer Melissa Schroeder, and moderator Stuart Dibley.
Townships are the original form of local government in Minnesota, established as part of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which created the State of Minnesota.

The township form of government, a carryover from Europe, serves as a familiar building block. The state was divided into land areas of 36-sq.-mile units known as congressional townships. There are 1,790 townships across Minnesota.

There are 17 townships in Houston County, of which Black Hammer, Spring Grove and Wilmington are located in the Spring Grove area.

State law requires that annual township meetings be held each year on the second Tuesday of March.

Governed by a board of supervisors elected by the people for three-year terms and administrative officers elected/ appointed for two-year terms, townships have the authority for planning, subdivision control, zoning, maintenance of public works, parks, cemeteries and hospitals, in addition to regular duties such as elections, tax levies and public roads.