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Time for township elections

State sports tournaments and winter storms aren't the only things you can count on during the early days of March.

There's another sure sign of spring in Minnesota, and it happens at every little town hall in the state: Annual township meetings and elections.

Township residents will be voting March 11. In most cases, the annual township meeting follows the voting.

Annual township meetings are true "grassroots government," where everybody living in the township has a voice and a vote.

Township government tends to "get in your blood," and many officers serve for decades.

Polling hours vary somewhat from township to township, but most township polls will be open about 4-8 p.m.

In most cases, the annual township meetings are held immediately after the voting polls close. In most cases, the elections and meetings will be moved to the third Tuesday of March in the event of bad weather.