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                      8900 Lakewood Shore Rd NW, Rice, MN 56367
                      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 $50 for township residents and $75 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

The Town Board invites interested residents to contact Chairman Craig Gondeck with your interest in serving on a Watab Township committee to explore alternative ways of providing fire and rescue services in the township. Please call him at 492-6814.
This process was initiated at the 2017 Annual Meeting by a unanimous vote of the electors.

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

Resolution Setting Public Hearing for the Alteration 
of 95th St NW/Saldana Road :  
The Public Hearing is continued until May 9th, 2017 
at 7:00 p.m.             Click Here

& Petition to Alter a Portion of 95th St NW/Saldana Road      Click Here   

Members of the Town Board will attend a Legal Seminar sponsored by the MN Association of Townships on Thursday, April 20th in Otsego.

There will be a Special Town Board Meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Town Hall on Monday, April 24, 2017 to discuss the BNSF proposal for cost-sharing of the 95th Street railroad crossing followed by the Annual Road Tour. Click here for the agenda.

The Annual Meeting was recessed until Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Watab Town Hall to further discuss the Fire Levies.
The first Watab Pride Award was presented to Patrick & Karen Virnig on April 4, 2017 for their accomplishments in improving a Watab Township neighborhood with removal of blight. The Town Board presented them with a certificate and gift certificate to Rumors, which was provided by an anonymous donor.