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These five men represent the officials of Long Lost Lake Township in southern Clearwater County. The township, created in 2005, was the most recent township to organize in the state of Minnesota. From left, Dick Toomey, treasurer; Marv Mortenson, clerk; Greg Scherzer, supervisor; David Johnson, supervisor; and Ardell Johnson, supervisor. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Minnesota's newest township reflects on its beginnings

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It wasn't that Clearwater County was doing a bad job, but residents around Long Lost Lake wanted to manage their own affairs.

In 2005, they finally did. Long Lost Lake Township, located in southern Clearwater County about 25 miles from Bagley, was officially created on Nov. 8, 2005, as residents gathered for an organizational meeting.

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