COVID-19 Information

If you have any concerns or questions concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Please call the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hotline at: (651) 201-3920


MNBID - Bid on County Surplus Equipment

County Board Meeting

Documents are updated the Thursday before a meeting.

County Commissioner Information


Brown County Resuming Public-Facing Services - Press Release (PDF)

Brown County Public Service Announcement Concerning Covid-19 (Video)

Dr. Pelzel Interview on Covid-19, Sleepy Eye Medical Center (Video)

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Information

If you have any concerns or questions concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Please call the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hotline at: (651) 201-3920

Essential Services Hotline

Need assistance getting food, medicine, shelter, or transportation? Brown County Public Health's essential service request line is available Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. If it is before or after those hours, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Hours: Monday -Friday 10am to 2pm
Phone Number: (507) 233-6808
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Essential Services Hotline Poster (PDF)

Face Mask Information: How to Make Your own Face Covering by the US Surgeon General (Video) - Additional Guidance and Tutorials on Face Masks (Link)

Mental Health

Small Business Help - Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF)

Quick Links to Department Specific Policies.

All County Buildings - Public Health - License BureauSheriff - Jail - Human Services - Veteran's Service Office - Heartland Express/Transit - Auditor/Treasurer - Assessor - Probation - Recorder - Planning and Zoning - Highway - Court Administration - County Landfill - County Parks

For All Buildings:

County offices are closed to the public until at least May 18th in response to the increase in coronavirus cases nationwide.  Even though face-to-face visits have been eliminated for the near future, county employees will still be available to help the public via email, phone and virtual visits.  Check out the links below to see what the best way is to contact staff for your needs.

To eliminate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus we encourage individuals to do the following:

  • Paperwork. Paperwork should be dropped off in the appropriate dropboxes located at:
        Law Enforcement Center
        Community Services Building
       Paperwork is building specificUsing the wrong dropbox may delay your paperwork
  • Call Ahead.  Brown County staff may be able to help you over the phone, or find an alternative way to help you
  • Practice Social Distancing. Stay away 6 feet whenever possible, No Cash transactions

Public Health (WIC, Family Health Programs, Vaccinations)

  • Starting May 19, 2020, until further notice, Brown County Public Health services will be available by appointment only. Please contact 507-233-6820 to schedule.
  • Home visits will still be provided for those clients who need them.
  • Phone or telecommunication visits with clients in the WIC and Family Health programs will be offered if appropriate
  • If routine vaccinations are needed, please call our office to arrange an appointment.  507-233-6820

License Bureau (Road Exams, Drivers License, Tab Renewals, Etc)

Beginning Tuesday, April 7, the Brown County License Bureau will once again be processing motor vehicle transactions received via mail and drop box.

  • Transactions can be placed in the drop box available in the main entrance of the License Bureau at 1900 North Franklin in New Ulm between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • All transactions will be processed within 24 hours and returned via mail.
  • Customers must follow social distancing when dropping off transactions to be processed.

For questions, please call  (507) 359-6570

The License Bureau cannot process driver’s license and ID cards under Executive Order 20-20. For more information regarding expiration of driver’s License/IDs, Real ID enforcement, road tests and more click here


  • CIVIL PAPERS – will only serve OFP, HRO, CHPS petitions
  • FINGERPRINTING – We are suspending fingerprinting individuals for employment
  • HUBER WORK RELEASE – Will continue to allow Huber inmates as in the past
  • JAIL VISITING – All visiting and Jail Programs are cancelled.
  • PERMITS TO CARRY/PERMITS TO PURCHASE – New hours to accept Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • MEDICAL CALLS FOR SERVICE – Will ask the following questions when a call comes in and relay to responders:
  1. Have you or anyone in your household come in contact with someone who tested positive for the Coronavirus in the last 30 days?
  2. Have you had a fever or cough in the last 3 days?


  • All visiting and Jail Programs are cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus until further notice for the safety of the Public and staff and Inmates.
  • If you have any questions please contact Brown County Jail at 507-233-6775. 

Heartland Express/Transit

  • Free Rides: Beginning on Wednesday March 25th, Brown County Heartland Express will start offering free rides to individuals who need to access essential services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These rides will be offered for people who need to get to the grocery store, pharmacy, food shelf, bank or medical appointment.
  • Please call Brown County Heartland Express dispatch office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at 359-2717 or 1-800-707-2717 to schedule your ride. All ride requests still need to be made at least one business day and up to 14 days in advance of your needed ride.
  • Press Release: Heartland Express Offers Free Rides to Businesses Providing Essential Services (PDF)
  • Heartland Express Statement About Covid-19 and Rider Safety (PDF)

Human Services - 1117 Center St, PO Box 788, New Ulm, MN 56073

Our office will be opening to the public beginning Tuesday, May 19th at 8 am. We ask anyone with possible COVID symptoms to not come into the office but to call instead.  Our office number is 359-6500 and we are open from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.  We will be limiting the number of people in our lobby to allow for the CDC recommended six foot social distancing guideline. If an individual is to be seen in an interview room, they will be asked to complete a health screening first. 

  • Instead of coming into the office, items can still be dropped off in the dropbox in our parking lot. If possible, please place in an envelope with your name and who it should go to. The box will be checked multiple times throughout the day and will not impact your eligibility for benefits because you are not bringing into the building. If you need original documents returned, please note on the document and we will mail the original back to you.
  • Documentation or verifications may also be provided by scanning, attaching to an email and sending to
    • Financial Worker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Child Support Worker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • All other documentation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Most services through our office will continue but whenever possible, phone contact or video conferencing will be done to limit face to face exposure
  • Heartland Express is running fare-free until June 1st (unless extended).  Please call  their office at 359-2717 to schedule a ride.

Auditor/Treasurer & Assessor

  • NEW: Property Tax Penalty Abatement Policy & Application (Link)
  • Tax Statements and Valuation Notices were mailed March 27th.
  •  Utilize the dropbox at the Law Enforcement Center Parking lot for any Paperwork, including Tax Payments (indicate on your payment stub if you need a receipt), Homestead Applications, Documents to be Recordings, etc
  • Most forms and documents can be scanned and emailed to the appropriate office.
  • Check or money order payments preferred.
  • Most payments can be made over the phone via credit or debit card.
  • To practice social distancing and for the protection of our customers and staff, cash transactions at the counter are being discouraged at this time.
  • Property Taxes can be made online and is setup to accept both debit and credit card transactions.
  • If you have questions please contact the appropriate office.  Phone contacts are listed on the website and staff will be able to assist over the phone.

A drop box has been ordered to be installed at the License Bureau location.  We hope to have it ready for customers by April 30th.


  • If you need assistance with a homestead application or need to visit our office in person, please call 507.233.6606 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment.
  • We ask that you utilize the drop box at the Law Enforcement Center Parking Lot for any paperwork including homestead applications.

County Recorder

  • Given the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health regarding public gatherings and social distancing, the County Recorder’s office is asking that all recordings be electronically filed, delivered by mail, or placed in the drop box at the Law Enforcement Center (15 S Washington St, New Ulm).
  • CERTIFIED COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS:  Please make requests for certified copies through the mail or email.  Applications and instructions are under the Department of Recorder.   
  • MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS:  Please call the Recorder’s office for instructions on how to complete this process.
  • PASSPORTS: Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.  If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates).
  • If time is of the essence and you feel you need to appear in person, please call the office for an appointment. 
  • OFFICE PHONE:  507-233-6653


Probation Building COVID 19 Operating Procedures:

  • Please contact the front desk if you have any questions 507-233-6620.
  • All clients are required to have a mask on when they are in the Probation Building and should be encouraged to bring one from home even if it is a scarf or bandanna.All clients are required to have a mask on when they are in the lobby and should be encouraged to bring one from home even if it is a scarf or bandanna.
  • We are only allowing 3 folks in the waiting room at one time.
  • All clients will answer eight medical questions prior to being admitted to the Probation Building.
  • We will use thermometers to take the temperature of the clients. Clients with temperatures 100.4 degrees or more will not be admitted inside to the probation offices.
  • Agents will use Plexiglas barriers when interviewing clients in their offices.
  • Only designated clients will be allowed into our building at this time. Clients deemed to be “High Risk,” probation violators, new probation clients, and those participating in interviews will be allowed in the building.
  • Drug testing will resume following the above procedures for designated clients.
  • All Clients on the Test-Lite Call-in system must continue to call to determine if they are required to test.


  • Deliveries are to be left in the drop boxes at designated doors.
  • Permits are online.  Call if you need assistance.
  • Maintenance activities and construction project preparations are continuing.

Planning & Zoning

  • PERMITS: If you are seeking a permit (e.g. Building, Conditional Use, or Variance) please the permitting link to begin the permitting process, if you need assistance please call the main office line 507-233-6640.
  • SEPTIC SYSTEMS INSPECTION & SOIL VERIFICATION: Call 507-233-6640 or email your inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All requests must be made at least 24 hours beforehand, and will require flexibility from all parties. Full Septic Sytem and Soil Verification Guidance Information Sheet (PDF)
  • PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TESTING: will postponed until May 4th, 2020 or later date
  • APPOINTMENTS: Any and all appointments must be made by phone or email, no walk-in will be taken at this time
  • PAYMENTS: If you need to make a payment, it can be done online via the permitting link or a drop box is located in front Law Enforcement Center (15 S Washington St, New Ulm, MN 56073)

Veteran's Service Office

  • Emergency financial assistance available for Food, Fuel, Shelter.  We have local gift cards and an emergency relief fund that can pay up to $450 in a 12-month period.  These benefits are for Brown County Veterans Only.
  • NO walk-in or in-office appointments
  • All appointments will be done through telephone.  To make a telephone appointment, Call (507) 233-6636 or (507) 233-6637
  • The VA Hospital Shuttle will continue to operate as normal.
  • Veterans and Family members who owe money to the VA.  Temporary financial relief can be arranged by calling the VA Debt Center at: 1-800-827-0648.
  • All medical equipment loan-outs, and take-ins are suspended till further notice.

Court Administration

  • Please call ahead.  Court Administration staff may be able to assist you over the phone or direct you to other resources.
  • Documents can be filed on-line.   Go to for information and assistance in filing your documents on-line.
  • Documents can also be placed in the drop box in the law enforcement center parking lot located at 14 S Washington Street, New Ulm.
  • Access to Court Administration is available for emergency cases only which include, child protection matters, orders for protection, housing court issues if public is endangered, commitments and emergency guardianships/conservatorship matters.    We encourage you to attend these proceedings by phone if possible
  • Call (507) 233-6670 with questions

Brown County Landfill

  • The Brown County Landfill is now open to self-haulers of waste during the hours of Noon to 4:00 PM week days and 9 to Noon on Saturdays until further notice. All social distancing guidelines will be maintained as best as possible.

  Brown County Parks

  • Lake Hanska, Lost Dog and Fox, Mound Creek, and Treml County Parks are currently open
  • Lake Hanska campsites and camping grounds are closed
  • All play area/equipment are closed
  • Picnic shelters are not able to be reserved and advised not to be used
  • Parks will remain open for hiking, fishing, and other leisure activities, but the Parks Department advises caution during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • More information can be found on the Brown County Parks Website.

Upcoming Events

25 May 2020;
Memorial Day
26 May 2020;
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Brown County Commissioner Meeting
02 Jun 2020;
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Brown County Commissioner Meeting
04 Jun 2020;
12:00PM - 05:00PM
Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection - New Ulm
09 Jun 2020;
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Planning Commission Meeting
15 Jun 2020;
07:00PM -
County Board of Equalization
16 Jun 2020;
09:00PM - 12:00AM
Brown County Commissioner Meeting
23 Jun 2020;
09:00AM - 12:00PM
Brown County Commissioner Meeting



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Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm (most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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