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Douglas County News

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Excessive Heat

Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021

As we close out Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2021, we want to offer helpful information to avoid excessive heat this summer.  Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), rega...

Tornado Drill Day Thursday. April 15

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Douglas County Emergency Management Office exists to help all residents, business owners, nonprofits, schools, churches, local governments, and others plan for and recover...

Pilgrim Point Planning Open House

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 Members of the public will continue to provide valuable input into the future of the county park on Pilgrim Point. Hundreds of people have already responded to an online...

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flash Floods

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

As we continue Severe Weather Awareness Week, turn our focus to Wednesday's topic which is flooding. Douglas County periodically sees flash flooding following an intense rain....

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Storms, Hail and Lightning

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2021

A severe thunderstorm can be very dangerous. Straight line winds can cause damage as devastating as a tornado. It’s also important to remember that every thunderstorm produces...

County Board Meeting April 6

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2021

  The meeting began when commissioners held a public hearing on an amendment to the county’s Water Surface Use Ordinance. The amendment, which was approved, imposes a no ...

County Board Appoints Interim Assessor

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021

Douglas County Commissioners have appointed an interim county assessor following the retirement of Keith Albertsen. Stacy Honkomp, the current assistant county assessor, will ...

The Future of Feedlots in Douglas County

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021

  At its March 2 meeting, the Douglas County Commissioners approved the expansion of a dairy feedlot. It also reviewed the annual feedlot report presented by Mark Koep. H...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, March 29, 2021

County and City of Alexandria Hold Joint Meeting

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Alexandria City Council are looking forward to improving safety on a much-used road, providing lighting on a roadway near an ...

County Participates in Annual Association of Townships Meeting

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Townships are a vital component of Douglas County. On March 17, leaders of the 20 townships gathered for the annual meeting of the Douglas County Association of Townships. The...

Assessing the Assessor - Keith Albertsen to Retire

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021

  It seems no one actually decides to become an assessor, it just happens if you’re the right person for a very impactful position. According to those who know him well, ...

Understanding Tax Statements and Assessment Notices

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Approximately 30,000 property tax statements & assessment notices will be mailed to Douglas County property owners starting about March 26th. The Assessment Notice advises...

Road Restrictions in Place

Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021

Effective Friday, March 5, seasonal load restrictions are in place in Douglas County. That  means a maximum load of 10,000 pounds, or 5 tons, per axle, on unpaved streets...

County Board Meeting March 2

Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A newly hired financial director, approved contracts for law enforcement in three cities, and a feedlot annual report highlighted the Tuesday, March 2 county board meeting. Pu...

Personal Injury Accident

Posted: Monday, March 1, 2021

Input Request on Developing Pilgrim Point

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2021

Douglas County is looking for input from the public as it develops a park on beautiful Pilgrim Point. Please take a minute and complete this short survey.

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021

A Rock Star from The Start

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021

Char Rosenow was always good at math. In the 9 th grade she read about a career in finance and accounting and never looked back. Douglas County residents benefitted greatly fr...

County Board Meeting February 16

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Approving more than $1 million in Covid 19-related grants to Douglas County businesses, accepting the retirement of Assessor Keith Albertsen, appointing a replacement for the ...

Board Appoints Doehling to Replace Retiring Rosenow

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

It’s a good thing Douglas County Elections & Property Tax Administrator Vicki Doehling is used to juggling a lot of balls in the air. Beginning March 1, she will move into...

License Bureau Extends Hours for Drivers' License Renewals

Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

People who need early morning or later evening appointments to renew their drivers’ license are now in luck. Starting February 9, the Douglas County License Bureau will take d...

Library Services Are Better Than Ever

Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Douglas County Library has resumed its normal hours. Normal meaning before COVID-19 closures and restrictions. The library is now open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8...

Residential Fire

Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Garage Fire

Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Douglas County Library Resumes Normal Hours

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

Beginning Monday, February 1, the Douglas County Library will be back to its regular hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. an...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

Water Related

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

County Board Meeting January 19

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The 5-year highway improvement plan dominated the opening of the January 19 Douglas County board meeting. A public hearing was held but no members of the public attended. Publ...

County Board Meeting January 5, 2021

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Special Reorganization Meeting Commissioner Jerry Rapp is the Douglas County Board Chair for 2021. His fellow commissioners voted unanimously to appoint him to that position. ...

Water Related Incident

Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2020

County Board Meeting December 15

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Tuesday, December 15 Douglas County Board meeting began with a history-making event. Commissioners thanked a Douglas County family for donating $1 million. The donation ca...

Truth in Taxation 2020 Hearing

Posted: Friday, December 4, 2020

The Douglas County Board, department heads, local media and a few members of the public attending the 2020 Truth in Taxation hearing held Thursday, December 3. Auditor/Treasur...

County Board Meeting December 1

Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The county board meeting opened with a look into the future of Chippewa County Park. Douglas County Parks Superintendent Brad Bonk and Jillian Reiner, landscape architect with...

Text to 911 in Douglas County

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Douglas County 911 Dispatch Center is now capable of accepting live text messages from people in need of assistance and unable to make a phone call. Previously text messag...

County Board Meeting and Solid Waste Public Hearing Nov. 17

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners moved its bi-monthly meeting to the county owned building at 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria to provide more room for social distanc...


Posted: Monday, November 9, 2020

Douglas County License Bureau Closed Nov 11 -13

Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Douglas County residents will encounter temporary limited services as the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) prepares to laun...

County Board Meeting November 3

Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The meeting began with a pre-publicized public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds for the 5-year Douglas County Capital Improvement Plan which is on file with the county....

Important Election Information

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020

A court ruling is impacting how absentee and mail-in voters should proceed before election day.   Voters should no longer place their absentee or mail-in ballot in the ma...

County Board Meeting October 20

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Auditor Treasurer/Finance Director Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer/Finance Director Char Rosenow is retiring. She submitted her letter of resignation/retirement to the board ...

Douglas County Public Works Receives Governor's Safety Award

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020

The Minnesota Safety Council will recognize Douglas County Public Works for excellence in workplace safety and health during its annual conference October 19-20, 2020. “It is ...

Farm Equipment Fire

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020

County Board Meeting October 6

Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Douglas County Commissioners approved another round of financial assistance for businesses and nonprofits that suffered due to COVID. The county received funds through the CAR...

Traffic Stop

Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Structure Fire

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Structure Fire

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fatal Traffic Accident

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Structure Fire

Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

County Assessor Keith Albertsen Reappointed

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020

Saying he has done a very good job, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to re-appoint Assessor Keith Albertsen to another four year term. This is the eighth time t...

County Board Meeting September 15

Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the first round of grant requests for businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The county received $4.6 million in fe...

County Board Meeting September 1

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Douglas County Board of Commissioners continued to financially support local nonprofits and partners at its September 1 board meeting. It also moved forward on an offer to pur...

Input on La Grand Township Roundabout Presented to County Board

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  County Engineer and Public Works Director Tim Erickson shared input from the Roundabout Open House held August 20. Most of the people who offered opinions said it’s abo...

Fire-All Other

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020


Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Structure Fire

Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

County Board Meeting August 18

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020

Douglas County Commissioners continue their work to set the budget for 2021. On Tuesday, August 18, commissioners considered budget requests from various agencies, set salarie...

Aircraft Accident

Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020

Open House Held Regarding 822 Douglas Street Property

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020

Douglas County Commissioners want to ensure members of the public have an opportunity to share their concerns and support of high-profile projects. On Thursday, August 13, the...