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Peacetime emergency declared in Mower County

Long list of changes to county services.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 3:18 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 4:41 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Mower County Board of Commissioners has declared a peacetime emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning 8 am on Thursday and until 8 am on April 16, the following changes to county facilities and services will be in place:

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER SERVICES

Mower County Government Center is closed to the public. There will be limited access to the Law Enforcement Center via use of the lobby phone.

Recorder’s Office 507-437-9493

• Passport processing is suspended

• Burning Permits will only be available by phone only

o Payment via credit card $21.50 ($20 & 1.50 service fee)

o Or payment via mail $20, permit will be emailed or mailed

• E-recording will continue as normal but all paper documents will be accepted by mail only and will be held for 2 days before processing.

o All paper documents will be mailed back.

Auditor-Treasurer’s Office 507-437-9535

• Birth and Death Certificates - Requests for certificates can be made by mailing the application to the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office. Forms are available on the “Vitals Information” page of the Auditor-Treasurer’s web page on the Mower County website. Signatures on the forms must be notarized. Fees can be paid by check or by credit card (2.5% convenience fee applies). Requests will be processed and certificates sent out by mail.

• Marriage Certificates – Requests will be accepted by phone or by mail. Payment can be made by phone or by mail. No notarizing of signature is necessary.

• Marriage Licenses – Please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office to notify us of your completed online application. The A/T office will print out and mail the application to the couple. The application must be signed and signatures notarized and mailed back with payment to the Auditor-Treasurer’s office.

• Property Tax Payments – Payments can be mailed to the Auditor-Treasurer’s office. Taxpayers may want to call the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9535 to verify the tax amount due first. Tax payments can also be made over the phone by calling the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9535. A $1.50 service fee applies to e-check payments and a 2.5% convenience fee applies to credit card payments.

Assessor’s Office 507-437-9440

• Physical inspection of property for valuation purposes is suspended

• Homestead application processing on site will be suspended

The following services by phone or email:

• Valuation questions

• Requests for homestead applications (also available on-line)

• Questions regarding special programs

• Website information/subscriptions

Human Resources 507-437-9533

• Office is closed to the public

• Retiree health payments are to be mailed in

• Accepting applications via email or fax

Health and Human Services

• Lobby and service windows will be closed

• General number 507-437-9701 or 507-437-9700 Call for Food, Cash, Health Care Assistance, and public health

• Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic visits will be done over the phone at 507-437-9799

• Child Support 507-437-9715

• Child Protection 507-437-9732 childprotection@co.mower.mn.us

• Adult Protection 507-437-9744 HCBS@co.mower.mn.us

Sheriff’s Department 507-434-9400

• Limited access to the lobby. Please use the lobby phone.

• All non-mandated services are discontinued including finger printing.

Veteran Services 507-434-2712

• Office is closed. Phone appointments only

• Non-essential transportation service is discontinued

OTHER MOWER COUNTY FACILITIES

MOWER COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER is closed to the general public. There will be limited access for court related business.*
Jail 507-437-9425

• Visitation will be moved to video only and will be available during normal visiting hours Tues – Fri 1:00 – 4:00 PM and Tues & Fri 6:00 – 8:00 PM. To schedule contact Reliance Telephone at 800-896-3201. Friends and family can also visit www.reliancetelephone.com for more information.

Probation 507-437-9454 stevek@co.mower.mn.us

• Bail studies as usual

• Limiting 72 hour holds/36 hour holds

• Probation services delivered by phone

• Pre-Trial by phone

• No group activity

• No in-house correctional programming

*Minnesota Third Judicial District Court 507-437-9465 Option 2 – call regarding what hearings are being heard and to determine if your business is essential and an appointment can be made.

• All jury trials currently underway will continue until the trial is complete.

• Depending on priority rating, some trials will proceed as scheduled and some will be suspended for 14 days.

• The Minnesota Judicial Branch has defined case priorities categories.

• Please contact the court for specific information on individual cases as noted above.

EXTENSION OFFICE

• Extension Office is closed to the public

• All 4-H activities are cancelled

• All Extension meetings are cancelled

PUBLIC WORKS / HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT / RECYCLING & HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY 507-437-7718

• Public Works Office is closed to the public

• Zoning permits and land use applications will be handled through the phone and email

o zoning@co.mower.mn.us

• Feedlot payments should be paid by check through the mail or feedlot operators can phone in credit card information.

• Feedlot registrations should be sent in via US mail or can be sent to valeries@co.mower.mn.us

• Hazardous Waste Facility and Recycling Center closed

• No curbside and no drop off county wide

COUNTY PUBLIC MEETINGS

The March 24 Board of Commissioners meeting will be held as scheduled. Members of the public wishing to attend in person, call 507-437-9549 for building access.

All other public meetings, advisory boards, and commissions are canceled until April 6.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 133802

Reported Deaths: 2402
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Hennepin34033991
Ramsey14073360
Dakota9823138
Anoka8661150
Washington593272
Stearns582543
Scott338234
Olmsted325230
St. Louis296569
Wright248314
Clay229743
Nobles226816
Blue Earth20437
Carver17897
Sherburne168522
Kandiyohi16705
Rice163310
Mower151717
Winona125019
Crow Wing101022
Chisago10022
Lyon9656
Benton9409
Waseca9289
Beltrami8917
Otter Tail8627
Todd8055
Steele7593
Nicollet73017
Itasca72717
Morrison7269
Douglas6963
Freeborn6694
Polk6434
Le Sueur6235
Martin61317
McLeod5974
Goodhue58511
Watonwan5784
Becker5614
Pine5430
Isanti5415
Chippewa4353
Carlton4341
Mille Lacs40615
Dodge3940
Hubbard3902
Wabasha3780
Cass3705
Pipestone35017
Rock3284
Meeker3263
Brown3213
Unassigned29053
Yellow Medicine2836
Cottonwood2800
Murray2783
Redwood27511
Roseau2640
Fillmore2600
Renville25211
Sibley2523
Faribault2310
Wadena2313
Jackson2101
Kanabec20910
Houston2041
Swift2011
Pennington1911
Lincoln1820
Stevens1821
Aitkin1792
Koochiching1694
Pope1560
Big Stone1380
Wilkin1344
Lac qui Parle1333
Marshall1211
Lake1190
Norman1150
Mahnomen1132
Clearwater1110
Grant984
Red Lake782
Traverse560
Lake of the Woods441
Kittson400
Cook160

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 115574

Reported Deaths: 1621
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Polk18874288
Woodbury718394
Johnson584430
Black Hawk557498
Linn5513129
Dubuque518657
Scott454138
Story398918
Dallas344344
Pottawattamie323544
Sioux242516
Buena Vista225512
Marshall201436
Webster183015
Plymouth165727
Wapello152562
Clinton148326
Muscatine144258
Des Moines138610
Cerro Gordo136225
Crawford135514
Warren12477
Carroll114512
Jasper109634
Henry10545
Marion100710
Lee95410
Tama94437
Delaware77812
Dickinson7347
Wright7191
Boone7179
Mahaska68724
Bremer6719
Harrison65311
Washington65311
Jackson6283
Benton5812
Lyon5497
Clay5284
Louisa52115
Winnebago48719
Hardin4757
Winneshiek4749
Hamilton4684
Kossuth4660
Cedar4605
Poweshiek45611
Buchanan4514
Jones4444
Floyd43311
Emmet42917
Clayton4193
Iowa4059
Cherokee4022
Page3990
Mills3971
Sac3974
Guthrie39115
Cass3883
Franklin38018
Butler3782
Fayette3744
Shelby3721
Allamakee3638
Madison3603
Chickasaw3561
Clarke3493
Humboldt3233
Hancock3164
Palo Alto3102
Calhoun3074
Grundy3075
Osceola2791
Mitchell2750
Howard2699
Monroe25911
Monona2441
Jefferson2381
Taylor2362
Union2324
Appanoose2253
Pocahontas2232
Fremont2021
Lucas2016
Ida1922
Greene1860
Davis1764
Van Buren1742
Montgomery1737
Adair1611
Keokuk1601
Decatur1500
Worth1440
Audubon1421
Wayne1203
Ringgold882
Adams810
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