Brown County election officials have identified and are addressing a processing error where some mail ballot voters received balloting materials with mismatched outgoing and signature envelopes for the August 13 State Primary Election.  Out of an abundance of caution, it was decided to direct our print vendor to send replacement balloting materials to all mail ballot voters to preserve data integrity and ensure a fair election.   Mail ballot voters must use the replacement ballot, signature envelope and return envelope and return their ballot to the Brown County Auditor-Treasurer’s office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2024, for their vote to count.  Downloadable Press Release

One Watershed One Plan

Environmental Specialist - Allison Kletscher

One Watershed One Plan

Brown County is participating in a process called One Watershed One Plan within the Watonwan River watershed.  Through this process, the creation of the Watonwan River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (WRCWMP) will assist in watershed management across county lines. This is a collaborative partnership between Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, and Watonwan Counties and Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).

One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is a program that supports partnerships of local government units in developing a prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plan designed to help gain more conservation on the landscape. Key principles include comprehensive water planning at the major watershed scale and aligning local plans and citizen input with state strategies.

This comprehensive watershed management plan represents an evolution from traditional county level water planning to watershed-based planning. The 1W1P is an effort which combines local entities that would otherwise have separate local plans into one combined planning effort to address resource issues considered most important during the planning process. In the Watonwan River Watershed, this brings the six counties and soil and water conservation districts together into one cohesive, comprehensive, and implementation-focused water planning document. This document takes input from local residents and stakeholders to create a path for future conservation implementation.

The 60-day review ended on July 21st for public comment.

Contact Planning & Zoning

Located on the 2nd floor of the Brown County Courthouse

14 S State St,
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 233-6640
Fax: (507) 233-6643

Robert Santaella - Zoning Administrator, Solid Waste Officer

Amanda Lang- Asst. Zoning Administrator, Septic, Feedlot Officer

Allison Kletscher - Environmental Specialist

Shawn Stoermann - Emergency Manager

Jaden Sandgren - Zoning Specialist -Feedlot Officer

Patty Zupfer - Office Support Specialist


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