The MCF-Togo houses up-to 90 adult male Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) offenders. The facility opened in 1955 as "Thistledew Camp" for youth. In 2015, the MCF-Togo's mission changed from juveniles to minimum-security adults.
CIP-Togo is a minimum security boot camp program mandated by the Legislature in 1992 that allows non-violent offenders who qualify to earn early release. Phase 1 is a six-month, intensive program for up to 90 non-violent drug and property male offenders. Programming components include education, critical thinking skills development, chemical dependency programming, and rigorous physical exercise. Phases 2 and 3, supervised release phases, are generally six months in duration and served in the community.
Facility work and programming include:
- MINNCOR Industries firewood bundling for state parks
- Chemical dependency treatment serving up to 90 offenders
- Adult Basic Education and GED program
- Community work crews
CIP visiting staff contact: 218-376-4060.
Driving Directions: From the town of Nashwauk take Hwy. 65 north and travel approximately 30 miles; watch for mile marker 203. Turn left at County Road 551 and travel 3 miles. The MCF-Togo entrance is on your left at the point where the pavement ends (there is a large sign at the facility entrance).
Visiting Regulations: Please read the Inmate Visiting Information prior to visits.
All Togo visitors must mail their applications to MCF-Rush City, Attn: Visiting Unit, 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069.