For more information, contact the Rice County Sheriff's Office Civil Division at 507-332-6009
Find Information about filing for bankruptcy in Rice County here.
Find information about how to file for divorce, including Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, options for serving papers, and the role of the Sheriff's Office here.
Learn how to obtain a Harassment Restraining Order and information explaining what harassment is here.
Orders for Protection
Victims of domestic violence may seek an Order for Protection (OFP) from Family Court. Learn more here.
Redemption of foreclosed property
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, most properties sold in a Mortgage Foreclosure action can be redeemed by the mortgagor. The published Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale usually contains a paragraph indicating the length of the redemption period. In most cases this is six months. Minnesota Statutes Chapters 580-582 regulate these redemptions. However, some mortgage foreclosures are subject to federal regulations, in which case there is no redemption period. Learn more here.
The Rice County Sheriff's Office conducts various types of sales under the appropriate statutes. In most cases the Sheriff's Office is simply an auctioneer for the person who needs the sale performed. Learn more here.
Subpoenas can be obtained from the Court Administrator's Office in the county where the court action is filed. Someone who is not part of the court action can make Service of the Subpoena. County Sheriff's civil department serves subpoenas. Learn more here.
Summons and Complaints
If a plaintiff wants the Sheriff's Office to serve a Summons and Complaint in a Civil Court action, the plaintiff should provide the Sheriff's Office with the original summons and a copy of the Summons and Complaint for each defendant in the action. Learn more here.
Unlawful Detainer Action
Writs of Execution
Writs of Execution are orders issued by District Court directing the sheriff to satisfy a judgment. They must be directed to the sheriff of the county in which the assets to satisfy the judgment are located and they may be for personal or real property. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 550 applies to executions. Learn more here.