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Emergency Management was known as Civil Defense until 1974 when congress enacted the Disaster Relief Act (PL 93-288). That is the time when there was a shift from enemy attack mentality, to natural disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. That same year gave birth to the Department of Emergency Management for the state and FEMA for the federal government.
The Emergency Management Director basically coordinates the response to an emergency and ensures that the response to an emergency is running as safely and efficiently as possible by coordinating the allocation and use of resources. We work hand-in-hand with Law Enforcement, Fire, Public Health, Social Services Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Environmental Services, the Minnesota National Guard (when called upon) and volunteer agencies like Red Cross and Salvation Army to make sure that the Disaster Response is as effective and efficient as possible.
Responding and recovery from disaster is just a small part of functions of the Emergency Management Office. We are responsible for updates and revisions to the County Emergency Operations Plan, coordinating various exercises to test the plan, conducting public education, providing assistance to local jurisdictions and county agencies before, during and after disaster strikes, applying for State and Federal Grants, participating in on-going trainings in Emergency Management, and compiling periodic reports and reviews that need to be submitted to state offices.
Sibley County Emergency Management works closely with local, state and federal officials and cooperatively with neighboring jurisdictions, to better prepare for and respond to incidents ranging from tornadoes to terrorism to pandemics.
As with the Emergency Management Office, it is important for all families to have a disaster plan and to practice their plan. Each family should also have a family disaster kit with items in it such as flashlights, water, portable radio, and extra batteries.
For further information on how you can plan for your family before a disaster strikes, look under Emergency Management and go to the links provided on our web page for "Family Preparedness."
Anyone who transports materials found to be hazardous for the purpose of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and that require the motor vehicle to be placarded under Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, parts 100 to 185.
This county-wide leadership program offers community members an opportunity to network, develop leadership skills, and gain an increased awareness and understanding of the assets of Sibley County. The results are more skilled individuals, increased networks, and stronger links between communities to address local issues.
Participants gather one day each month in communities throughout the county. Each day includes leadership learning activities, meeting with community leaders, and tours of businesses and organizations in that particular community. Participants tour together, learn together, and dine together. Each day ends with reflection and discussion around the day's events.
Each class is comprised of a maximum of 24 participants who either live or work in Sibley County. Participants can be either current or emerging leaders with an interest in the future of our county. Selected participants are notified in mid- August.
Acceptance is based on:
Gain employees who:
Skill development sessions are led by highly trained personnel and may include:
View the Fact Sheet: 14 Reasons Why Property Taxes Vary From Year To Year (PDF) for more information.
The law requires physical inspection of all property at least once every five years for property tax purposes. Look below to see which appraiser appraises your property. If you should have any questions concerning the valuation of your property, a phone number is included with each appraiser's name. This is a business phone and can be used to contact an appraiser Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. If you are unable to contact us during normal business hours, you are welcome to leave a message on voicemail.
The staff appraisers employed by the County Assessor are professionals. Stringent training and experience requirements are set by the State Board of Assessors, which governs and administers the licensure of Ad-Valorem property appraisers.
View the Assessor's Staff in the Staff Directory for more information.
Yes, any officer authorized by law to assess property for taxation may, when necessary to the proper performance of their duties, enter any dwelling, house, building, or structure and view the same and the property therein. (M.S. 273.20) Any officer authorized by law to assess property for ad valorem tax purposes shall have reasonable access to land and structures as necessary for the proper performance of their duties.
A property owner may refuse to allow an assessor to inspect their property. This refusal by the property owner must be either verbal or expressly stated in a letter to the county assessor. If the assessor is denied access to view a property, the assessor is authorized to estimate the property's estimated market value by making assumptions believed appropriate concerning the property's finish and condition. (M.S. 273.20), however, as stated in the Property Tax Administration Manual: Neither Local Boards of Appeals and Equalization (LBAE) nor County Board of Appeals and Equalization (CBAE) can make changes in favor of a property owner who refuses access to the Assessor.
The county (or city) assessor classifies property by use (commercial, agricultural, residential, etc.) and estimates the value of the property for tax purposes. The assessor also sends out valuation notices each spring.
The county auditor determines tax rates and administers delinquent real property taxes, elections, and the overall accounting functions of the county. The auditor also keeps a record of all taxable property in the county and delivers a list of property owners and their respective taxes to the county treasurer.
The county treasurer collects and distributes current property taxes and special assessments, administers delinquent personal property taxes, and is responsible for sending out Truth in Taxation Notices and Property Tax Statements.
The recorder maintains the county's vital records (births, deaths, and marriages) and records all transfers of property, liens, mortgages, satisfactions and other official documents.
Property taxes in Minnesota are primarily administered by your county. The Department of Revenue's Property Tax Division provides counties with general guidance, oversight, and education to ensure proper administration of the state's property tax laws.
The department also distributes funds to local governments, such as Local Government Aid, and conducts property tax research and data analysis. The department's Individual Income Tax Division is responsible for processing property tax refunds.
You can take your child to get a checkup at your local clinic! Please see our provider list f you don't already have a clinic.
A visit to the dentist is recommended starting with the eruption of the first tooth or age 1, whichever is first. Dental visits are then encouraged every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. Please see our dental provider list to find a dentist.
Checkups should occur at the following ages:
We can help with:
You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you are least 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election day.
Complete a Voter Registration Application (PDF). Drop off or send completed application to:
Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer Office400 Court AvenueP.O. Box 51Gaylord, MN 55334
or register online at the Minnesota Secretary of State Office.
Voting will be faster and easier if you are registered to vote when you arrive at the polls on election day. You can register on Election Day; however, you will need to bring proof of residence with you.
To register on Election Day, you must have proof of residence in your precinct. Only proofs authorized by law will be accepted.
Valid proof of identity includes any of the following:
Absentee ballots are available 46 days before each election. Individuals interested in absentee voting may do so either by mail or in person at the Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer. Standard office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. The office is also open for absentee voting the Saturday before an election from 10 am to 3 pm and until 5 pm on the evening before the election. You do not have to be a registered voter to vote by absentee ballot (you will register during the absentee voting process). Beginning 7 days before the election, applicants voting in-person will be able to deposit their ballot directly into the tabulator/ballot box at the Auditor-Treasurer Office.
The following precincts will vote by mail for all State Primary and General Elections:
If you live in one of Sibley County's mail ballot precincts, your traditional polling place will not be open on Election Day. Instead, if you are a registered voter, you will receive a ballot in the mail approximately one month before Election Day for each election. See options below for returning your ballot, including voting in person:
An individual who desires to become a candidate for an office shall file an affidavit of candidacy at the location as listed:
For more information on Becoming a Candidate, visit the Secretary of State's website.
An election judge must be:
An election judge cannot be:
High school students 16 and 17 years of age can be trainee election judges. Students who are 18 years of age or older can serve as regular election judges.
To serve as trainee election judges students must be:
Trainee election judges can serve for all elections. They cannot serve past 10 pm and cannot number more than 1/3 of the election judges in any one precinct. Trainee election judges, like other election judges, are not required to serve the entire day. Because trainee judges serve without party affiliation, they cannot perform tasks that must be carried out by two judges of different political parties, such as curbside voting. However, trainee election judges can perform any other election judge tasks and should be assigned those duties just as other election judges are assigned. Trainees do not count toward the minimum number of election judges required to serve.
Before serving in an election, all election judges and student trainee election judges must complete election judge training and be certified as an election judge. This course is offered by the County Auditor-Treasurer. Every judge who completes training receives an election judge certificate that is valid for two years. To stay current with changing election law and ballot counting technology, election judges will renew their election judge certificate by again completing the training course every two years.
In addition to election judge training and certification, head election judges complete an additional hour of training every two years to be certified as head election judge.
Election judges assisting with Health Care Facility absentee voting complete one hour of training every two years (in addition to election judge training) to be certified as HCF absentee election judges.
If you are interested in serving as an election judge in Sibley County, contact the Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer or submit the Sibley County Election Judge Interest Form (PDF) to the Auditor-Treasurer Office.
A fun way to learn about your child's health and development from birth to age 3 and get ideas about "what to teach" and "at what age" to teach it.
A simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing, and acting.
An easy way to learn about other services you may want for your child.
Enrollment is easy! You can enroll online by visiting the Follow Along website. If you prefer paper enrollment, contact Public Health for assistance.
Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months. Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. Separate questionnaires are sent regarding your child's social and emotional development at 12 and 24 months.
Sheets with fun activities to do with your child until the next questionnaire comes are also sent to you.
The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are any concerns, a nurse or other professional from the program will contact you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or activities that will promote development in the area of concern.
After your child is 36 months old, you will get information about the next step, Early Childhood Screening.
To qualify for a homestead, you must meet all of the following requirements:
It is recommended that you make application as soon as possible after you purchase a property, even though the deadline may be many months from the date of your purchase.
Other special circumstances may exist that would allow homestead status on a property. Please contact the Assessor's Office if you have questions regarding your particular situation.
State law (MS 273.124, Subd. 13, Par. c) requires that every property owner applying for homestead classification must provide the County Assessor with a Social Security number of each occupant who is listed as owner of the property on the deed of record, including each owner's spouse who occupies the property. Each owner and their spouse who occupy the property must sign the application. In the case of a relative homestead, each relative and spouse occupying the property must provide a Social Security number and sign the application.
Social Security numbers provided to this office are considered to be confidential information and will not be disclosed to the public. Under state law (MS 273.124, Subd. 13, Par. g,h) they may be given by the County Assessor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to determine whether you have applied for the homestead classification for other properties.
No. The homestead exclusion amount is based on a number of factors. First, the homestead exclusion amount decreases as the property's market value increases over a certain level established by law. Second, not all properties are eligible for full (100%) homestead. Third, there may be other exclusions or reductions attached to homestead properties including but not limited to blind/disabled homesteads and Veteran's Exclusions.
The basic rules allowing homestead status are the same for manufactured homes located on rented sites (these manufactured homes are taxed as personal property) as they are for all other real estate. The application deadline, however, is May 29th of the assessment year, which is also the year in which the taxes are due for personal property.
A property owner who obtains or attempts to obtain homestead classification for a property other than his or her primary place of residence or the primary place of residence of his or her relative is, under Minnesota Statute 609.41, subject to a fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to one year of imprisonment. In addition, a penalty equal to 100% of the total homestead benefit will be added to the corrected tax amount under Minnesota Statute 273.124, subd. 13.
As long as the home is maintained as the owner's homestead, the property may remain homestead. If the property is rented, offered for sale, or otherwise occupied by someone other than the owner, the property will become non-homestead for the following assessment year.
An owner of property may be away from home for a reasonable length of time without depriving the property of the homestead classification provided it is maintained as a home awaiting the owner's return. An owner cannot maintain the property as a homestead if it is rented in the owner's absence. The owner must retain their Minnesota residency in order to continue to claim homestead.
No. An owner may not have the benefits of the homestead classification in more than one place.
The owner of a property that is on active duty in the military, or away from home due to service in the Peace Corps or VISTA, is entitled to homestead if they intend to return to the home after they are discharged or their service is completed and they continue to claim the property as their homestead.
The general answer to this question is no. There are a few limited exceptions (listed below) that would allow married couples to claim two homesteads:
No reserved camping spaces. Please notify the sheriff's office at 507-237-4330 if you plan on staying overnight.
You can search for licensed childcare providers in your area by searching MN DHS Licensing Lookup.
For information or applications, contact:
Yes. Sibley County Public Health and Human Services has a variety of non-electric medical equipment that can be loaned to the public. Call 507-237-4000 for additional information.
Replacement cards cannot be issued at our office. To request a replacement EBT card, call customer service at 888-997-2227. Replacement cards will be mailed to you by DHS and are typically received within 5 days.
Please visit https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-3315A-ENG for additional information.
Sibley County Public Health and Human Services has test kits available free of charge. The tests can be picked up during regular business hours.
Mileage sheets can be picked up at the Sibley County Public Health and Human services office during regular business hours. You can also call 507-237-4000 and request that mileage sheets be mailed to you.
Abstract title property is the most common form of title found in the United States. An abstract of title is a condensed history of all deeds, mortgages and other documents relating to a particular piece of land, which affect the title
Torrens is a system for registration of land under which, upon the landowner's application, the court may after appropriate proceedings, direct the issuance of a certificate of title to the property. Any liens or encumbrances that have been recorded are referenced on the certificate. When ownership of the property changes, the old certificate of title will be cancelled and a new certificate will be issued in the name of the new owner. The Certificate of Title is kept in the office of the Registrar of Titles. With the "abstract system" an abstract is evidence of title. In the "Torrens System" the certificate of title is the title.
A legal description is a description of a tract of land in legally acceptable terms that identifies its precise location. The legal description on a tax form is only an abbreviated reference to a parcel of land and is not a legal description.
The Sibley County Recorder's Office provides abstracting services. An abstract is an abbreviated history of all documents of record affecting the property. If you would like your abstract updated, please call us at 507-237-4080.
The Sibley County Recorder's office does not have a licensed attorney on staff, therefore, we cannot give any legal advice, provide advice on forms, nor complete forms. A party is proceeding at their own risk if they do not consult a competent attorney on legal matters. The Sibley County Recorder's Office will advise you to consult with a Licensed Attorney familiar with Minnesota Law
Minnesota Uniform Conveyance Blank forms are available online at Minnesota Department of Commerce
Your legal description will be on your deed or Certificate of Title. You can request a copy in person, by phone or by mail.
Please provide as much information as possible when making your request:
Copy fees must be paid in advance.
The County can only make changes to names or ownership records with a legal document such as a new deed. Please seek legal advice as we are unable to advise you on the topic or to help prepare documents.
The public may request certified copies of most documents filed in the Recorder's Office. Fees do apply.
There are notaries available in the Auditor/Treasurer's Office, Assessor's Office, County Attorney's Office, and the License Center.
This is a free service to property owners provided by the County. You only need to sign up.
You will need an email account with Google, Yahoo, AOL, or OpenID to sign up for the land notification alerts.
You will receive an email only when a document with the name you provided is recorded in the official real estate records. You can unsubscribe to the service at any time.
Property fraud is when someone illegally uses your name on records related to your property for financial gain or acquisition of your assets.
Mortgage and real estate fraud does occur and is a growing crime in our society. Monitoring records on your property is one of the steps in prevention of this crime.
You can apply for a marriage license at the Sibley County Recorder's Office. By the time of the ceremony, you must have a valid Minnesota marriage license and two witnesses.
Contact the Sibley County Recorder at 507-237-4080.
To schedule a wedding contact Karen Messner at 507-237-4053, or Sibley County Court Administration at 507-237-4051.
The Sibley County E911 Ordinance (PDF) describes which properties are required to have an address and sign.
In general, if your property has structures and there is access to those structures, you will need an address and sign. Even if there is no access to the structures, an address may still be required. Contact Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for more information.
Download and complete this E911 New Address and Sign Application Form, and return the form to:Jesse LuttermanGIS CoordinatorP.O. Box 231Gaylord, MN 55334
We will contact you with your assigned address.
For new construction please download the E911 New Address and Sign Application Form (PDF) or pick one up at the Public Works office. Fill out the required information and return the form to:Jesse LuttermanGIS CoordinatorP.O. Box 231Gaylord, MN 55334
Your property will then be assigned an address, and Public Works will make a sign for you. If you have a damaged sign or need to replace your existing one, contact us at 507-237-4092. We will contact you when the sign is ready to be picked up. The cost of a new sign is $30 each and a sign post is $15 (tax not included).
Please call the Public Works office at 507-237-4092 or bring in your damaged sign and we will make a new one for you. The cost of a new sign is $30 each and a sign post is $15 (tax not included).Public Works111 8th Street (Sibley County Service Center)Gaylord, MN 55334
Please note: It is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain your sign and always have one up. Public Works will not bill insurance companies to replace these signs. For more information on this, please review our E911 Ordinance (PDF).
To find information about which agency manages and maintains which road click here.
Per the Sibley County Snow and Ice Removal Policy:
The County's goal is to have all routes passable when reasonably possible after the snowfall has stopped. The higher traffic volume roads will receive higher priority for snow and ice control operations. The decision to plow or sand will be made by the Public Works Director and the Highway Maintenance Manager based on the following guidelines:
The county is staffed for one shift of snow and ice removal. The standard early start time is 5 am. Factors that often delay snow and ice removal include; severe cold, strong winds, and limited visibility.The staff and department budgets do not allow for 24-hour coverage.
No travel advisories issued by the State Patrol and/or the Sheriff also apply to the county snow and ice removal crews.
The county plows County State Aid Highways (CSAH) and County Roads (CR). View a map of our snow plow routes (PDF).
The county does not assure a completely bare road and will not sand entire sections of roadway. Sanding is done at problem locations such as hills, curves, intersections and bridges.
Mailboxes and fences damaged during snow removal are evaluated case by case.
Only those mailboxes and fences that were properly located and installed, and which were damaged by actual contact with county equipment will be repaired at the county's expense.
County staff may assist stranded motorists by contacting law enforcement and/or emergency personnel. The county will not attempt to remove a stuck vehicle except to eliminate a safety hazard.