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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. Urban Township Powers were established by a vote of the residents on March 8, 1983 and certified to the Secretary of State on June 6th of that year.

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 legal newspaper for the township, as well as on Benton Cable Channel 3, at the Town Hall, Clerk's Home, and Rockwood Estates. Contact the Clerk if you would like to receive notices of meetings by email.

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 to schedule.

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.

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

Absentee Voting for the Annual Township Election begins on February 12 and continues through March 12. Application for an Absentee Ballot must be made with Clerk Pat Spence. Candidates for Supervisor for a 3-year term are Lloyd Erdmann and Julie P.C. Johnson. Candidate for Clerk for a 2-year term is April Burton.

Sealed proposals for the construction of portions of 85th Street NW and 95th Street NW in Watab Township will be received by the Board of Supervisors at the Town Hall on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. for review and a Bid Opening at 7:15 p.m. Copies of the project manual and plans for use by contractors may be obtained from Bogart, Pederson & Associates at 763-262-8822.

Maureen Graber, Township Treasurer, resigned at the February 7 Town Board Meeting. Her resignation is effective March 20th. The Town Board is seeking applicants and will appoint someone to fill the position for the year remaining in her term. You must be a township resident and eligible to vote in township elections to serve in this board role. If you are interested, please submit a resume to Pat Spence, Clerk at 8900 Lakewood Shore Rd NW, Rice 56367 by Friday, February 23rd at 5:00 p.m. The board plans to appoint a Treasurer at the March 6, 2018 Town Board Meeting.