Public Health

Duties & Responsibilities

The mission and purpose of Nicollet County Public Health is to promote, protect, and preserve the health of county residents by offering:
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Public Health Education

The public is invited to contact Public Health to learn more about:
  • Promoting healthy communities and healthy behaviors
  • Preventing the spread of infectious disease
  • Preparing for and responding to disasters and assisting communities in recovery
  • Assuring the quality and accessibility of healthy services
  • Maintaining an adequate local public health infrastructure

Reporting Health Illnesses & Emergencies

If you are ill, contact your health care provider. To report an emergency, call 911.

Reporting Natural or Man-Made Emergencies

To report a natural or man-made emergency that may have serious public health consequences for the community, call the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Operations at 651-201-5735.

Reporting Infectious Diseases

Physicians reporting an infectious diseases, call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

Reporting Foodborne Illness

To report a Foodborne Illness call the Brown-Nicollet Environmental Health office at: 
507-934-4140 or the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-366-3455.

Watch for this Repellency Awareness Graphic from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to easily identify the repellency time for mosquitoes and ticks.   
How to protect yourself from mosquito bites...

Use a safe and effective mosquito repellent:
* Wear mosquito repellent containing DEET. 
(CAUTION: insect repellent is very harmful for infants under two months of age.)

Follow the product label and reapply as directed.
* Wash off repellents when you return indoors.

Wear loose fitting, light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants:
* Head nets can also be used in areas with high mosquito populations.

Avoid outdoor activity, if possible, or be sure to wear repellent during peak mosquito feeding times:
* Dawn and Dusk are peak times; however mosquito can bite at any time of the day.

**Information taken from the Minnesota Department of Health website.   visit: MDH @