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Douglas County News

County Board Meeting June 2

Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Douglas County License Bureau will be extending its hours to provide even better service to residents. License Bureau Director Susan Crotteau asked the board of Douglas Co...

Bicycle Accident

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Water Rescue

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Douglas County Reopens Exterior Doors to Public with Service Limitations

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020

Call ahead. As Douglas County reopens its exterior doors to the public June 1, department leaders advise residents and visitors to continue to call in advance to learn the mos...

Douglas County Assessor Implementing Precautions During In-Person Visits

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Douglas County Assessor will proceed with statutorily required reviews of real estate parcels during the COVID-19 pandemic, but safety precautions will be in place. State ...

New Opportunity for Services by Appointment

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Douglas County is now using a web-based system for residents wanting to make appointments with individual departments. The Douglas County License Bureau is one of the departme...

County Board Meeting May 19

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Douglas County property taxpayers directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19 have until October 15, 2020 to pay their first half property taxes without penalty. Commissioners...

First Ever Mail Balloting in Douglas County

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020

For the first time, some residents of Douglas County will be voting by mail. In 1987, the Minnesota Legislature provided townships and cities outside a seven-county metro area...

County Board Meeting May 5

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020

The owners of the Alexandria businesses destroyed by fire in February will have until November 15 to pay their property taxes without penalty and music on the courthouse lawn ...

Water Related Search/Recovery

Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2020

First Half Property Taxes Can Not be Paid in Person

Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Douglas County property owners will not be able to pay their property taxes in person. Taxes are due May 15, but the Douglas County Courthouse is currently not open to the pub...

License Bureau and Library Expand Services

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2020

The Douglas County License Bureau and Library are now offering expanded services. Residents may now use curbside service for vehicle, boat and ATV tab renewals and transfers a...

Structure Fire

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

County Board Meeting April 21

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Douglas County Board met in person and virtually on Tuesday, April 21. Commissioners took a number of actions, bid farewell to a long-time department head and welcomed his...

Assist Agency/Pursuit

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 13-17. The statewide tornado drills are scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 16 at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. Douglas County will sound th...


Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

County Continues to Improve Service Options During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2020

To meet the increasing demand for drop box services, the county has installed a larger drop box at the south entrance of the courthouse at 305 8th Avenue West in Alexandria. P...


Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Douglas County

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Late Saturday, March 28, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the first positive test for COVID-19 in Douglas County. The patient, according to a news release from Hor...

Douglas County Services Impacted by Statewide Stay at Home Order

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020

The statewide stay at home order effective 11:59 p.m. Friday March 27 through Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. will impact several services provided by Douglas County. The state has...

COVID-19 Changes to Passport Service

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

The federal government made changes to its delivery of passport services effective March 19. The Douglas County Recorder’s Office will continue to accept passport applications...

COVID -19 Limited Services Available at Douglas County

Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, March 17 and made several decisions to respond responsibly to COVID- 19 and the social distancing guidelines currently i...

Online and Phone Services Available in Douglas County

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020

Douglas County will continue to provide as many services as possible to our residents and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. Our buildings will remain open to the publi...

Coronavirus and Douglas County

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020

Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency today in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) What does this mean for all of us in Douglas County?  The Minne...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020

County Board Meeting February 18

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Commissioners heard detailed information on the progress of two county departments serving the county’s residents and they approved a variety of routine matters at their meeti...

Structure Fire - Residence

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020

County Board Meeting February 4

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Library The Douglas County library prides itself on serving the needs of the very young to the very old. There’s a librarian who specializes in serving children and soon there...

Structure Fire

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Douglas County Board Meeting January 21

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A much-anticipated discussion of the refugee resettlement issue was stricken from the agenda of the January 21 Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting following a prelim...

Presidential Nomination Primary and Early Voting

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The presidential nomination primary is fast approaching. Early voting begins Friday, January 17 and the polls will be open March 3. “There is important information we want vot...

New Year, New Chance to Return Overdue Library Items

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020

The Douglas County Library is offering an opportunity to clean up past due accounts and get a fresh start in 2020. Currently library users owe an excessive amount in past due ...

County Board Meeting January 7, 2020

Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Each year the Douglas County Board of Commissioners votes in a new chairperson and vice chairperson. This year, Keith Englund will serve as chair and Jerry Rapp will serve as ...

Medical Call - Farm Accident

Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2019

County Board Meeting December 17

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

County Board Meeting Actions For at least the next year, there will be two funeral homes providing medical transport for Douglas County. Medical transport occurs when the body...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019

Property Damage Accident

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019

County Budget and Levy Approved for 2020

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2019

Following a detailed Truth in Taxation meeting, December 5, Douglas County Commissioners approved the 2020 budget and levy. The $54.1 million budget is a summary of all expect...

Douglas County Sheriff's Office K9 and Handler Nationally Certified

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is very fortunate to have two highly skilled K9 officers.   Both are regionally certified. Now, Ozzy, the veteran K9, is nationally ce...

County Board Meeting December 3

Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The future of the county owned building on Douglas Street in Alexandria dominated the start of the December 3 county board meeting. That property formerly housed the First Lut...

Douglas County Public Works Receives Award for Reduced Salt Use

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019

Douglas County winters come with a guarantee. At some point there will be snow. At some point there will be ice. At some point we must drive on it. Thankfully we have Douglas ...

County Board Meeting November 19

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019

It will be snowmobile season before we know it. At its November 15 meeting Douglas County Commissioners began by approving a resolution for Douglas Area Trail Association so i...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019

Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Crash

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019

Vehicle Fire

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Douglas County Commissioners to Vote on Future of Douglas Street Property

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019

At their December 3 board meeting, Douglas County Commissioners are expected to vote on the future of a building the county purchased at 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria. On a...

Watersheds, Ditches and Phosphorous

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Residents of Douglas County may not give much thought to the ditches and wetlands, but they play an important role in our community. And, they may impact you whether you live ...

Welcome Winter at Douglas County Parks!

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019

The beauty of Douglas County parks is surpassed only by the number of activities available during the winter months. “There’s plenty of room for everyone,” says Parks Superint...

Personal Injury Accident

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019

Second Half Taxes Due for Land Classified Agricultural or Manufactured Home

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow wants to remind owners of land classified as agricultural and manufactured home that second half tax payments are due on or befor...

County Board Meeting November 5

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Following recommendations made by Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow, the Board of Commissioners is hopeful the 2020 levy will be set at $28.4 million which should ...

2019 Plat Books For Sale

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

2019 Douglas County Plat Books are available for sale. They are $28 which includes tax.  They will be available for purchase at Douglas County Public Works, the County Au...

It's Just Winter - Prepare, Don't Panic

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019

Winter comes every year. And every year we promise to be better prepared. Let’s get ready together during Winter Hazard Awareness Week November 4 – 8. “Preparing as a county i...

Library Gets Help From Unique Source

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

We all know a library provides a great learning opportunity. Just think of all the books, DVDS, and other materials available within its walls. What you may not know, is recen...

Douglas County Saves Millions through Strategic Refinance

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Douglas County will be saving more than 2 million dollars in interest on two existing bond projects. Tuesday, October 15, county commissioners approved the refinancing of bond...

'Golden Book Girl' Coming to Douglas County Library

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019

Close your eyes for a moment. Remember when your mom read to you? The sound of her voice. Helping to turn the pages. Your favorite blanket on your lap. You can relive those ch...

Structure Fire

Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 1 County Board Meeting

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Douglas County Commissioners made a series of important decisions at the October 1 board meeting. These decisions impact residents, visitors, business owners and county employ...

House Fire

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019