Modification of County Services

Due to current state and federal emergency declarations and guidance about limiting unnecessary person-to-person contact, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, Nicollet County will be modifying how it delivers services to the public and will not be allowing public entry to most county buildings until further notice (exceptions are the County Government Center for court and probation services only and the County Sheriff’s Office). Nicollet County remains open to serving the public and will now do so through telephone, e-mail, and on-line services.

Court Services

If you have a court case scheduled in Nicollet County District Court between now and March 30, 2020, call (507) 934-7850 to determine if your case will be heard or scheduled to a future date. Parties to actions where a hearing has been cancelled may be contacted by court administration to reschedule the hearing.

PLEASE NOTE: If your case will be heard or you must visit the Nicollet County Courthouse, please be aware of the following changes:

While Nicollet County offices and buildings are closed to the public, the Nicollet County Courthouse is open to court customers that have essential business with the court.

  • The Nicollet County Courthouse will remain open for scheduled super high and high priority hearings, and for other persons with prior approval of the court. For approval, please call (507) 934-7850.
  • The courthouse will remain open to the public for purposes of accessing the Courts.  The entrance located on Mulberry Street should be used to access the building.
  • Those customers who need to file paperwork MUST call (507) 934-7850 for direction on filing their paperwork.
  • Efforts will be made to accommodate remote appearances for every scheduled hearing.
  • For persons who have business with the court other than Super High or High Priority hearings, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available.

These measures should not adversely affect a litigant’s case in any way.

Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services staff are available to complete the majority of services through phone, e-mail and virtual meetings as needed. 

Please contact your worker or call Health and Human Services at 507-934-8559 and you will be directed to the correct worker or services.

The Loan Closet and Power Up Clubhouse services are temporarily closed.

Probation

Nicollet County Probation will remain open for the purpose of participating in Court hearing obligations, to address immediate public safety needs, and to enforce Court orders.

Persons who have business with probation that does not require entry into the Courthouse may reach us by phone: 507-934-7882 or by U.S. Mail: 501 South Minnesota Ave, St. Peter, MN 56082 or by emailing Director Rich Molitor: rich.molitor@co.nicollet.mn.us.

Property Services

Property Services will be available to process the following land use inquiries and items via phone, email, and mail:

  • Zoning Permits
  • Variance/Conditional Use Permit/Replat/Rezone Applications
  • Septic System Permits
  • Wetland Related Permits

Payment can be made by check, cash, or credit card that includes a convenience fee.

In the event that an on-site visit is warranted, and reasonable means of verification have been exhausted, we will take extreme caution to make that visit. Social distancing guidelines will be utilized.

Public Services

Due to the closure to the public, Public Services will be offering limited services by mail or online only.

Please note that during the time of closure we will be unable to process any driver’s licenses or marriage licenses. 

Public Services Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
Nicollet County Public Services
501 S Minnesota Ave
St Peter MN  56082

Phone: 507-934-7806
Website: https://www.co.nicollet.mn.us/157/Public-Services

Recorder

Nicollet County Recorder’s Office will be accepting recordings by electronic recording and by mail. Electronic recordings will be processed before paper documents.

Passport services at Nicollet County has been temporarily suspended until further notice. Please refer to www.travel.state.gov for more information.

Questions can be directed to Nicollet County Recorder’s Office at 507-934-7320 or by email Kathy.Conlon@co.nicollet.mn.us

Sheriff

In agreement and partnership with Federal, State, and County Public Health officials, governments across the country have shifted from COVID-19 preparedness to minimal to moderate community mitigation.

To protect our community and our workforce, the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office is urging our residents to consider delaying non-essential and / or non-time sensitive visits to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC). To make a complaint or to report criminal activity, the public is encouraged to call rather than visit the LEC at 507-931-1570. As always, if you have an emergency, call 911. The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office has suspended, until further notice, these nonessential services at this time:

- Non emergency civil process may be delayed
- Jail inmate programs to include work release
- Civil fingerprinting for employment purposes, etc.

At this time we will no longer allow the public to visit with our current inmates. Additionally, if anyone is requesting to turn in a permit they should be advised that showing up to the lobby is not an essential means to be out in the public. These directives will be in effect until at least April 10, 2020.

We understand that this is an inconvenience for many of our residents. We are taking these precautions to minimize the risk of spreading illness among our residents and employees. Our number one priority is the safety and security of the community we serve, and we believe that in the short term this is the best way to maintain that. We will review each of these steps on a daily basis. Let’s remain calm, weather the storm, and take care of and support one another!

If anyone has any questions in regards to the Law Enforcement Center please call 507-931-1570.