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The Veterans Service office can answer your questions and help with various Veteran's services. They are located in the Household Hazardous Waste Building (225 West 2nd Street).
Visit the Law Enforcement Center, which is located at 201 West 3rd Street.
Visit the County Treasurer to pay property taxes. They are located on the main floor of the Winona County Office Building (202 West 3rd Street).
The County Assessors Office performs market value estimates and base the estimation on similar properties in the area.
The Winona County Environmental Health department is responsible for licensing all food establishments and performing all inspections.
Members of the public who wish to bring an item to the County Board for discussion or action should first request staff action from the department that normally handles the issue. For example, if a member of the public wishes to discuss increasing or reducing the definition of animal units in conjunction with feedlots, they should first direct their request to the Planning Department for action. Staff will then take appropriate action which may include Board action when necessary. If you do not know which department is responsible for an issue, please contact the County Administrator for additional help.
County Administrator Page
County Board Meetings are held in January at 9:00 AM on the first and second Tuesday of the month, and at 7:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month. From February through December, County Board Meetings are held at 9:00 AM on the second Tuesday of each month and at 7:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
The cities have animal control and they will also do the licensing of animals.
Yes, every citizen of Winona County has a County Commissioner assigned to designated districts.
Visit the Commissioners Page to find the correct phone, address, and email address for each County Commissioner.
County Board Meetings are held in January at 9 am on the first and second Tuesday of the month and at 7 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. In the months of February through December, County Board Meetings are held at 9 am on the second Tuesday of each month and at 7 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Agendas for the earlier meetings of the current year are also available if you desire to know what topics the Board has discussed at previous meetings.
County Board Agendas and Minutes
View agendas and minutes for the County Board.
Members of the public who wish to bring an item to the County Board for discussion or action should first request staff action from the department which would normally deal with the issue. For example, if a member of the public wishes to discuss increasing or reducing the definition of animal units in conjunction with feedlots, he/she should first direct their request to the Planning Department for action. Staff will then take appropriate action which may include Board action when necessary. If you do not know which department would handle an issue, please contact the County Administrator for additional help.
The County encompasses all of the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Winona County.
There are 17 counties within Minnesota that have more citizens than Winona County.
Winona County and the City of Winona have a joint Law Enforcement Center and share records and dispatch functions. Additionally, the City and County share Emergency Management. There is also collaboration outside of the City of Winona.
Yes, every resident of Winona County can vote for County Officials.
The County Vital Records Office handles all of these documents. They are located in the Winona County Office Building on 202 W 3rd Street.
The cities have animal control and they will also do the licensing of animals.
The Winona County Environmental Health department does all licensing of food establishments and all the inspections.
No. Testing needs to be done at a State office, located in Kensington, 157 West 3rd Street. The County License Center can do renewals, name or address changes, and duplicates.
The County Recorders Office will have information about liens on a property and more.
Fines can be paid at Court Administration, which is on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse.
It can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at 225 West 2nd Street, Winona.
The County Assessors Office does this and they base it on similar properties in the area.
The Community Health Department offers this service. They are located at 202 West 3rd Street.
The City Police Department takes care of the parking tickets. They are located on the 2nd floor of the Law Enforcement Center (201 West 3rd Street).
The County Treasurer is the place to go and pay property taxes. They are located on the main floor of the Winona County Office Building (202 West 3rd Street).
Winona County no longer provides passport services.
Go to the Law Enforcement Center, which is located at 201 West 3rd Street.
Reservations can be made online. If you have questions, contact the Extension office at 507-457-6440.
The Veterans Service office can answer your questions and help with other Veteran's services. They are located in the Plaza Square Building (202 West 3rd Street).
A simple definition of market value is the most probable price a property would sell for in today's market. The sale must be an arms-length transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller.
Sales of real estate are the primary guide to the county's mass appraisal system. Winona County uses a computerized mass appraisal system that uses the sales and the property characteristics that are unique to each parcel to arrive at a market value. Major property characteristics used to determine value on homes include the square footage, number of bathrooms, number of bedrooms, age and condition, basement finish, garage size, the presence of a fireplace, and the value of the land.
State law requires assessors to value property at market value. Because it is statistically impossible to value at market value, state standards require assessors to value property between 90 and 105 percent of market value. This measure is based on the total number of sales, not just on an individual sale.
While improvements to property can cause the value to change considerably, economic influences probably affect value more. The assessor studies the real estate market very closely each year. When properties sell for more each year, the assessor is required to adjust the values accordingly. Estimated market values can also be decreased if the real estate market shows sale prices are going down.
Generally, improvements that increase the sale price of a property will also increase the assessor's market value. The following are typical improvements that will increase the assessor's value of a property:
Good maintenance will help retain the market value of a property. Generally, the estimated market value of a property will not be increased for minor repairs such as those that follow. However, a combination of these items could result in an increase in the market value of a home:
The best method is to contact the county assessor's office. A staff member will listen to your concerns and explain the way your property has been valued. The best time to do this is after you receive your Notice of Valuation, which is usually in late March. Often you may be asked to allow an inspection of the property. If you still disagree with the value after this meeting, there are formal appeal meetings held in April of each year.
There are two necessary elements needed to receive homestead treatment. The property must be owned and occupied as the principal place of residence by the owner or a qualifying relative of the owner. A person or married couple is allowed only one homestead except in very specific situations. The ownership and occupancy requirements must be met by December 1 of the year preceding when taxes are payable. All new homesteads must make application by December 15. Downloadable forms for regular or relative homestead are available on the Assessor's page.
Not necessarily. Many factors go into determining how much property taxes change from year to year. The items include spending habits of local governments, school bonds for either building or operating expenses, changes made by the legislature in the state property tax system, the amount of new construction within the county, and a change in property value or classification. A change in any of these can result in tax increases.
Under Minnesota law, expungement means the sealing of a criminal record so it is not publicly available. Only a District Court Judge can order a criminal record sealed. An expungement order issued by a Judge seals the criminal record and prohibits the Court and state agencies that hold criminal records from disclosing, acknowledging, or opening the criminal record except under court order or as permitted by law.
No. Expungement will only seal your criminal record. Your criminal record will still exist under seal. An expunged criminal record will not be accessible to the public.
Your expunged and sealed criminal record can still be accessed by the Court, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies including police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), immigration, and other agencies in a criminal investigation, prosecution, or for sentencing and probation purposes. Your sealed criminal record can also be accessed by criminal justice agencies and other state agencies if you apply for certain jobs or job-related licenses.
Yes. Many criminal offenses are more serious or enhanced if you have prior offenses of the same type. For example, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is an offense where the penalties become more serious if you have prior DWI offenses. When the law permits, a sealed criminal record can be used to enhance the penalties for new offenses.
If you apply through the Winona County Attorney's Office, you do not have to pay the $300 filing fee to the Court. If you apply by preparing and filing a Petition for Expungement directly with the Court, you will have to pay a $300 filing fee for each case or ask the Court to waive this fee based on your income.
If you apply through the Winona County Attorney's Office and you qualify for expungement, you do not have to file any paperwork with the Court. If you seek expungement on your own, you must file a Petition for Expungement with the Court and pay a filing fee.
No. If your criminal record is eligible, the Winona County Attorney's Office will request an expungement from the Court. You will not have to appear in court to seal your record.
Fill out the online application. Once you apply, we will review your case. If it appears you are eligible, we will request additional information to help determine whether your record could be sealed. If not, we will contact you to explain why.
When the Court issues an expungement order, a copy will be sent to the mailing address in your application. This is proof that your records have been expunged and are now sealed.
Yes. Your application can be denied by the Winona County Attorney's Office or by the Court.
We will carefully consider the factors outlined in the Minnesota expungement law to determine if sealing your record is appropriate. These factors include the nature and seriousness of the offense, the length of time since the offense occurred, the steps taken towards rehabilitation following the offense, any aggravating or mitigating factors, your participation in the offense, your criminal history, the effect that the criminal record has on your ability to obtain employment, housing, and other necessities of life.
If we deny your application for any reason, we will explain why.
We encourage you to seek community-based legal assistance if your application is denied or if you have other questions about the law or legal process.
On the backside of your payment stubs, you may give us the new address.To change your address online, please fill out our Change of Address Form. You can also call 507-457-8830, or mail the request to:Winona County Auditor-Treasurer202 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN 55987
Winona County Office BuildingAuditor-Treasurer Office202 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN 55987There is a deposit slot/drop box on the exterior of the building to the right of the entry doors. (Washington Street side of the building.) There is also drop box on the counter inside at the Auditor-Treasurer's Office. Business hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.The deposit slot/drop boxes are closed after each tax due date. Penalties will be added the day after taxes are due. After the due date, you will have to come inside, call or go online to get your penalty amount prior to making payment. Please see the back of your tax statement to see the schedule and rates.
You can mail your tax payment to:Winona County Auditor-Treasurer's Office202 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN 55987
*Note: Dates may change slightly if the above dates fall on a weekend. Please refer to the payment stubs on your tax statement(s).
Yes, you can pay online.
You may be eligible for a Property Tax Refund. You must complete form M1PR. The forms are available in our office or you may call the State of Minnesota at 651-296-4444 or 800-657-3676.
Yes, you need a mobile home statement from the County, which states all delinquent and current taxes are paid in full. Please contact the County Auditor-Treasurer at 507-457-8830.
In a typical real estate transaction, taxes are prorated and the buyer is given credit for the seller portion. Please check your closing statement or contact the realtor or attorney who handled the transaction for you. Any delinquent taxes must be paid at closing but the current taxes do not have to be.
To avoid any penalty the taxes must be paid by the due dates. Please call the County Auditor-Treasurer at 507-457-8830 for the status of the taxes.
You will be charged a penalty per MN Statute 279.01. Penalty starts to accrue the following day after the due date. Please call the County Auditor-Treasurer at 507-457-8830 for the correct amount.
Please forward it on to the new owners, as they will need it to pay real estate taxes.
If your mortgage company is to pay the taxes, they will contact us and you will see a note on your statement stubs indicating your tax amount due will be paid by escrow. Do not send your statement to the mortgage company; they are informed of your taxes by file or printout. Keep your statement for your records.
Any business or organization within Winona County that can be licensed as a Very Small Quantity Generator of hazardous waste can participate. Clean Shop participants can dispose of up to 2,200 pounds annually through this program.
Call the Clean Shop Program at 507-457-6462 and request an application. After you have returned the completed application, you will be contacted by Clean Shop staff who will schedule an appointment time and assist you with any additional forms, if required.
You will also receive an information packet containing instructions on how to safely package and transport your waste to the Winona County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Waste is accepted by prior appointment only and approval is required before delivery.
The Clean Shop Program is an easy, low-cost hazardous waste disposal option available to Very Small Quantity Generators. Disposal charges vary based on the type and quantity of waste.
More than 3.5 million gallons of waste motor oil are thrown away each year in Minnesota. Waste oil is a reusable resource and discarding it is not a good use of this resource and poses an environmental hazard. Disposing it improperly on the ground, in the storm sewer, or in the trash threatens the quality of our water supplies because waste motor oil contains a variety of contaminants, including organic chemicals and metals. For instance, one gallon of motor oil can pollute one million gallons of water. Motor oil has been banned from the trash since January 1, 1988.
After you change the oil in your vehicle, pour the waste oil into a sealed container and bring it to the Winona County Household Hazardous Waste Facility during open hours. There is no disposal charge.
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View job openings by visiting the Career Opportunities page. For more information or to apply, view the position title. You may also visit the Minnesota Works website.
The Merit System Application can be found on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.
Monday through Friday8 am to 4:30 pm
202 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN 55987
Visit our Staff Directory for directions and maps to our building.
Please see the Fee Schedule page.
These can be obtained through our Vital Records Office, located at:202 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN 55987
An abstract title is the most common recording in Winona County. When a property is sold or mortgaged the lending institution or new owner wants to be sure the title is clear. If the title isn't clear the lending institution may not be able to foreclose if need be. An attorney or title insurance firm is hired to review the abstract.
The abstract of title is a "book" of all deeds, mortgages, and other documents relating to a particular piece of land, which affect the title. These documents include recordings in the County Recorder's Office, tax records in the County Auditor's Office and judgments in the District Court. This information is compiled in an abstract or title report by an abstract company. Ownership of an abstract property depends on a continuous 40-year chin of title, so every deed during the last 40 years must be reviewed and each mortgage must be matched with a satisfaction or release in order to determine if anyone, other than the deed owner(s) has a claim to a specific property.
A "Title Opinion" concludes who owns the land and what liens or encumbrances are still valid and in force. An "Owners and Encumbrance Report" (O and E) is a report listing current owners and open mortgages or liens. An O and E does not state the title is clear or if the mortgages are valid and in force. An O and E can be obtained from an abstractor.
Torrens is an alternative method of indexing land ownership in Minnesota. In contrast to abstract property, the ownership of Torrens property is conclusively established by the creation of a Certificate of Title. Each time a property is voluntarily transferred by the owner, a new Certificate of Title is created, and only information currently relevant to title is shown. If the land is transferred involuntarily (for example, by mortgage foreclosure), either the district court or the County Recorder reviews the transfer to make certain the new certificate of title may be created.
We do not automatically mail out copies of reports. Copies of accident reports, arrests and other incidents handled by the Sheriff's Office are available for release either by contacting the Records Division at 507-457-6368 or by sending a written request to:201 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN, 55987
Any report marked "Confidential", any juvenile reports and/or juvenile names, Human Services reports, anything involving vulnerable adults, victims' names and any report currently under investigation, or where the release of said report might jeopardize the safety and welfare of the people involved.
You need to discuss it with the officer involved in your case. Most often, an officer will give you a business card with the department telephone number and your incident number (ICR) on it. If not, call the main reception area at 507-457-6368.
If you want a permit to carry, see the receptionist at the Sheriff's Office or visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.
If you want a permit to purchase, and are a resident of the City of St. Charles, Lewiston, Goodview and Winona, they handle their own. If you live in any other part of Winona County, the forms are available from the receptionist at the Sheriff's Office or at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.
Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) Records Request (PDF)
This information is now supplied by the DVS according to U.S. Code Title 18 Section 2721.
Simply mail or bring your forms to our receptionist. There is a $5 fee for this service. A notary is also available free of charge to Winona County residents if required.
Call our Civil Division at 507-457-6358. Visit the Foreclosure Sales page to view foreclosure sales.
Contact our Civil Division at 507-457-6358.
The Civil Division serves these papers but the process is initiated through Court Administration (phone: 507-457-6385).
All these questions can be answered by contacting Winona County Court Administration at 507-457-6385. All fines for citations are paid through Court Administration.
Come to the reception area of the Sheriff's office.
Fingerprinting is done in the jail at the Law Enforcement Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You need to schedule an appointment by calling 507-457-6503. There is a $10 cash fee per card for this service.
The Winona County Sheriff's Department bad check policy (PDF) is available from the receptionist at:201 W 3rd StreetWinona, MN 55987
The Minnesota VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender's custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Minnesota VINE system is 877-MN4-VINE or 877-664-8463. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.