Dear Town of Washburn Residents,
In these unusual times, we have been taking steps to keep you and our election clerks safe from the coronavirus on election day. First we recommend that people vote with an absentee ballot. Call Town Clerk, Kerry Tetzner for direction on how to do that. But if you need to vote at the polls be aware that it will look a little different. We will be directing everyone to enter through the sidedoor, going up the ramp. Please check in through the window to see if others are voting. Wait outside the door, or in your car, until they are leaving. Everyone will be directed to leave through the front door. There has been a barrier constructed that will separate the public from the ballot clerks. Pens and pencils have been purchased and one of each will be given to the voters. Please take them home with you when voting is completed. There will be protective gloves available for the voters. Hopefully, there will be some hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes available to keep things clean as possible. Those two supplies have been difficult to find but hoping some will be found before the election.
During the history of our country we have had different types of crises on election day. We need to perform our duty to vote. These are scary times, but the efforts being made will improve the safety of all. A big thank you to the election clerks for each and every election, but additional thanks for working this time.
Sandra J. Raspotnik
A Progressive Rural Community, the Town of Washburn, with a population of 560, is conveniently located along Highway 13, adjacent to the cities of Washburn and Ashland. Primarily residential and agricultural, the Town is 12 miles south of Bayfield Wisconsin and 80 miles east of Duluth Minnesota.
Recreational opportunities abound with Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay on our doorstep and several large river systems nearby. The Iron River and Mount Valhalla hiking/riding trails, the Chequamegon National Forest and the extraordinary Apostle Island are all within a short driving distance. With our close proximity to several larger communities, we have access to outstanding schools, churches, excellent medical facilities, great shopping, services, and fine restaurants.
The Town of Washburn, created in 1884, was probably named for Cadwaller C. Washburn, governor of Wisconsin from 1872-1874 and founder of Gold Medal Flour. The original township included the present City of Washburn, but in 1904 the city was incorporated and the town formed its own government.
The Town Hall is located at: 30015 Co Hwy C., Washburn, WI 54891