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
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).
The first and third Sundays—beginning with the first full weekend of the month—are the designated visiting days for all squads (If the 1st of the month is a Sunday, visiting will be the following Sunday on the 8th).
Visiting hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.
Red, Brown, and Blue Hats
For offenders at Togo CIP, visiting time limits are determined by hat color.
Red Hat Level offenders are eligible for two 1-hour visits per month, after the initial 14 days of Phase I of CIP.
Brown Hat Level offenders are permitted two 2-hour visits per month.
Blue Hat Level offenders are permitted two 3-hour visits per month.
Red and Brown Hat visitors traveling in excess of 100 miles one-way to MCF-Togo can be approved for extended visits per Policy 302.100—Visiting. Requests for extended visits can be handled by the visitation officer at the time of the visitor’s arrival. Extended Red and Brown Hat visits can be up to 3 hours in length. All visitation ends at 12:30 p.m.
Visiting still occurs when a holiday falls on a designated visiting day.
Please read the Inmate Visiting Information prior to visits.
Download a visiting application here. All Togo visitors must mail their applications to:
Attn: Visiting Unit
7600 525th Street
Rush City, MN 55069
CIP visiting staff contact: 218-376-4060.