News Flash


Posted on: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 and Access to Rice County Government Offices ***Updated Information:***

The health and safety of staff and the entire community continues to be a priority for Rice County. At this time, it is necessary to make the following closures and modifications:

Rice County Government Services Building will be closed to the public effective March 19, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. until further notice. Please call 507-332-6100 to reschedule appointments or obtain information and assistance.

The lobby of the Law Enforcement Center will be open to the public for access to the Sheriff’s Office. Additional details and modifications will be coming.

Rice County Landfill will be closed to the public with the exception of haulers at this time. Additional information will be coming.

Rice County Highway Department will be closed to the general public effective March 19, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. until further notice.  Call 507-332-6110 for assistance.

Rice County Courthouse will be open on a limited basis as outlined in the March 18, 2020, press release by Sheriff Dunn.

For your convenience, an exterior drop box is located on the north side of the Government Services Building located at 320 3rd St. NW for you to deposit payments or documents. We will be collecting those items several times per day.

Further Information

This situation is rapidly changing and Rice County will continue to provide information as it becomes available. We have a link to a dedicated COVID-19 page on our website where you can find information from Rice County Public Health, links to partner agencies and Rice County department specific announcements.  We encourage you to follow the most current guidelines set forth by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health to help prevent the spread of disease and keep you and your families healthy.

We will be providing additional, more detailed communication regarding public services in the coming days. Counties provide critical services to residents and while some of our facilities may be closed to the public, employees will be continuing to work to provide supporting and essential services to the residents of Rice County. The decision to limit access to our facilities was not taken lightly and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

CONTACTS:Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6100

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