As the COVID-19 crisis continues, local government operations are limiting public access, and changing the way they serve residents. As counties and cities release information, we’ll update you here.
**All USDA county offices are open by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions.**
Blue Earth County
Blue Earth County has suspended all walk-services, except for emergency and critically high-priority operations. Services will be available by phone and online.
Public entrances will be closed and signed at high-traffic locations, including – but not limited to – the Government Center, Historic Courthouse, Public Works main/satellite building locations, county offices within the Justice Center (main entrance open for court access), and county libraries.
Effective Wednesday, March 25, all county buildings will close until at least April 27. County employees will still be able to help the public via email, phone and virtual visits. The county website will have updates and contact information. The law enforcement lobby will remain open for limited contact to the sheriff’s office and New Ulm Police Department. Jail visitation is suspended.
County offices are closed through at least March 27. Jail access will be restricted, including volunteers and visitation. For services, contact the appropriate county service by phone.
All Faribault County facility doors were locked as of March 19. Public access is severely limited to specific reasons only. The public should direct all inquiries to specific county departments, which can be found online.
County offices were closed March 17. Public access is prohibited, but normal county services and operations will continue to be provided to the community through phone and email. A list of department contacts can be found online.
Public entry into most county buildings will be prohibited until further notice. Exceptions are the County Government Center for court and probation services only, and the county sheriff’s office. Services will still be available through telephone, e-mail, and online.
Le Sueur County
All county public-facing services at the courthouse, justice center, environmental services, and highway department will be closed through April 6, 2020. Court Administration, probation, and the lobby of the sheriff’s office – all located in the Justice Center – will remain open to the public. During the closure period, the county will work to define creative solutions for serving residents that do not require person-to-person contact. Residents requiring services should call the main phone line, at (507) 357-2251. Staff is also available by email; addresses are listed on the county website.
All county offices are closed to the public. Exceptions will be made for Renville County citizen/client transactions that require in-person visits and cannot be postponed. These exceptions will require an appointment. Employees will continue to be available to help the public via email, phone, and virtual visits. A list of department contacts can be found online.
Starting March 23, all county facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Business will continue and staff will be available by phone or email. Court administration will continue with scheduled cases only. A complete list of services can be found online.
County buildings closed through at least March 27. Walk-in services will not be available except for emergency operations. Access to Court Administration will be available by phone in the lobby of the sheriff’s office at the south entrance of the courthouse. Department phone numbers can be found online.
The Intergovernmental Center in the Civic Center Plaza, and Mankato Public Safety on Front Street is restricted for public access. Critical first-response areas such as police, fire, water, and wastewater utilities, public works operations and street maintenance continue. Other staff continue to work remotely and can be reached by email or phone. More information can be found on the city’s COVID-19 page.
City Hall is closed to the public until further notice, but city staff will continue to work in the facility. North Mankato staff is offering alternative ways for residents to obtain services:
Chamber/city online meetings will be held online and will focus on economic impacts to LOCAL business. The next meeting is at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27. A link will be emailed to join a video chat with City Administrator Todd Prafke and attendees can ask questions via a chat box.
All playgrounds are closed due to COVID-19. This includes all play structures, equipment and the Skate Park. Please stay off all equipment.
The police department facility will be open to limited access only. Staff will be available by phone and email. Low priority calls for service may be handled by phone if the presence of a police officer isn’t required. The medication disposal box has been temporarily removed. Community members who come to the police station will be triaged. Police report requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Judicial Branch
An order has been issued that restricts access to courthouses for only vital, designated case types, and opens up additional opportunities for remote hearings that must occur during the COVID-19 pandemic.