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                                           660 75th Street NW, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Watab Township is located on Benton County's west central border, and is one  of the County's most urbanized Townships. Although there are no cities or rural centers located in the Township, due to its proximity to Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and St. Cloud, as well as such residential amenities as the Mississippi River and Little Rock Lake, Watab is experiencing increased pressure for further development. 

Watab is also the least agricultural Township in Benton County. With 8,596 acres, only 63.1 percent of its land area is designated as Agricultural. Residential development is the second largest land use category in Watab.  Consisting of 3,094 acres or 22.7 percent of the total Township land area, most of these residential areas are located around Little Rock Lake and the Mississippi River. In addition, there are a number of scattered small lot farmsteads as well as larger lot rural residential estates located throughout the Township. According to the most current data, the population of Watab is approximately 3,200 people, which is greater than the cities of Foley and Rice combined.

Due to the location of U.S. Highway 10 in Watab, commercial and industrial development comprises a larger share of its land area than other townships. Comprising 464.4 acres or 3.4 percent of Watab's land area, commercial and industrial development is focused on providing goods and services to the surrounding area as well as to the traveling public. As the Watab area grows, commercial development will continue to be located along this regional highway.

Official notices can be found in the Sauk Rapids Herald, the official newspaper for the township, as well as on Benton Cable Channel 3, at the Town Hall, Clerk's Home, and Pine's Edge Grocery.

Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information contained on this web site is valid at the time of publication. Watab Township reserves the right to make additions, changes, or corrections at any time and without notice. Additionally, Watab Township disclaims any and all liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, or discrepancies.  
This web site includes links to other Internet sites that are not controlled by or endorsed by this township. Watab Township takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of these linked sites. 

Rent your Town Hall. Cost is only $75 for township residents and $100 for non-residents. See the Town Hall Rental Page of this website for further details or call the Township Clerk, Pat Spence, at 255-8916.

Watab Township is a member of the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance (CMWEA). Visit the website below to take the Clean Water Pledge and find tips for homeowners.


Watab Township requires Building Permits and Land Disturbance Permits for construction projects.

See the Contact Page for further information.

Mary John, an early teacher at Watab School wrote for Reminisce magazine in 2007 about her experience teaching here. Click here to read it.

2017 Rice Emergency Calls in Watab Township

Jan: 2 cancelled rescue calls; medical call W. Lake Court; medical call Rockwood Estates
Feb: 4 medical calls Rockwood Estates;
medical call River Road
March:  medical call Hemlock Rd; medical call Rockwood Estates; 3 lift assists Rockwood Estates; grass fire BNSF
April: medical call Sucker Creek Road cancelled in route by Gold Cross; medical call in Rumor's parking lot; report of medical call in car at Pines Edge Grocery parking lot, cancelled in route by Sheriff's Deputy; report of a medical call at Rockwood Estates cancelled in route by Sheriff's Deputy; medical call on West Lake Road cancelled in route by Sheriff's Deputy.
May: medical call to Sharon Place; medical call to River Rd NE
June: 5 medical calls to Rockwood Estates; 1 medical call to West Lake Road; two car accident with cars burning on Hwy 10 near 105th St NW (2 hours)
July:  2 medical calls to Rockwood Estates; medical call to 108th St NW; two car accident on Hwy 10 at Hwy 10 & 105th St NW; lift assist at Rockwood Estates
August:  rescue call for boat accident; rescue call for car accident on Hwy 10; traffic control for car accident; 2 medical calls
September: medical call Rockwood Estates; medical call on Hwy 10 - Gold Cross released Rice FD- no patient care given
October: cancelled medical call; false alarm; 2 medical calls Sharon Place; truck fire on Hwy 10
December: medical call Rockwood Estates; medical call Rockwood Estates; car fire at Pines Edge Grocery; medical call Rockwood Estates-cancelled en route; medical call Rockwood Estates

The Benton County Sheriff's Department has produced three videos 
on workplace safety. Please use this link to view them 
to learn valuable tools to deal with anger, bomb threats, and active shooters.

Click Here

The Watab Town Board celebrated the retirement of Supervisor Todd Waytashek from his career in the military. He retired at the end of October as a Colonel in the Army Reserve. Thank you, Todd, for your many years of dedicated service to our country and for being a township supervisor. Congratulations.

The regular monthly meeting of the Town Board is changed to Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. This is due to state statute that no meetings can be held after 6:00 p.m. on February 6th because of Precinct Caucuses.

The next meeting of the Emergency Services Committee is January 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Click Here for the Notice of Filing for the 
2018 Township Election

Clerk Pat Spence announced on January 2nd that she will not run for re-election. 
A new website page called Emergency Services has been added to provide background information on the work of the Emergency Services Committee.