Welcome to Avon Township

Avon Township is located in central Minnesota, approximately 15 miles NW of St. Cloud, in Stearns County. The City of Avon lies roughly in the center of the township. There are approximately 2300 residents in the township (census data).

The landscape, which was shaped by past glacial activity, is primarily rolling hills interspersed with lakes. The pre-settlement vegetation was largely oak woodlands with scattered lakes, wetlands and prairies. The flatter terrain and wetlands have made good farm land while the oak forests, many of which remain intact, provide the impetus for the Avon Hills Initiative. The township is committed to preserving the rural and agricultural atmosphere of this area. The Lake Wobegon Trail runs east-to-west across the township highlighting the natural beauty of the area.

Benedictine monks settled in the SE corner of the township and founded St. John's Abbey and St. John's University. Only a few miles away in St. Joseph, Benedictine sisters established St. Benedict's Monastery and the College of St. Benedict. The township is a hub of renewable energy resources: St. John's is the site of a large solar garden and the Blattner Energy Corporation is the largest installer of wind turbines in the US.

A Board comprised of three Supervisors, a Clerk and Treasurer governs the Township. The main responsibilities of the Town Board are to maintain roads, run elections, hold Board of Appeal and Equalization hearings, administer township finances (Board of Audit), and be responsible for planning and zoning. The Planning Commission is comprised on five members whose purpose is to make recommendations to the Supervisors concerning variances, etc.

The Township Supervisors and Planning Commission meet on the first and last Wednesday, respectively, of the month.  Meetings are held at Avon Township Hall, 16881 Queens Road, Township meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.  To include an item on the agenda of the Board of Supervisors or Planning Commission, contact the Township Clerk.

Avon Township has a Noise Ordinance.  An Exemption Form should be completed if you are planning an event that will violate the ordinance.

Legal notices are published in the Avon/Albany Enterprise and are posted at Dahlin’s Grocery Store (Avon), Avon Town Hall, and The Store (St. Anna).

Photo Credits: Thanks to Barb and Joe Lang for contributing the moose and otter images in the banner.  Steve Plantenberg contributed the image of the ground-breaking.  All others by Stephen Saupe.