North Star Township previously formed part of Normanna Township. Citizens who were interested in having a local Fire Department founded North Star in 1985. A 6-mile-by-6-mile area within the Cloquet River Valley, the Township now supports an active Fire and Emergency Response Department, a road, recycling, and government services, such as elections.
North Star Township is in a rural area of forests, lakes and streams. Part of the township falls within the Cloquet Valley State Forest. Outdoor recreation is plentiful, including hiking, fishing, hunting, swimming, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, offtrack skiing, biking and more.