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Douglas County News

County Board and Board of Appeal & Equalization June 15

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15. The afternoon meeting preceded the annual Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting. Following th...

Friends of the Library Book Sale Dates Set

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Book lovers, mark your calendars! The Friends of the Library of Douglas County have announced their annual book sale is back. It will be held July 27 - 29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m...

Construction to Begin on Roundabout in LaGrand Township

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Work to construct a roundabout in LaGrand Township is set to begin in late June. The contractor on the project, Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria, tells Douglas County P...

Senior Expo 2021

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The 2021 Senior Expo is back with a new look. Senior Citizens have traditionally attended the event at St. Mary’s Church. In 2020, it was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns...

Environmental Assessment Worksheet for Pilgrim Point Shores Development

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021

A Mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has been prepared for a project by Pilgrim Point Shores, LLC that consists of a combined lot and block/PUD residential sub...

County Board Meeting June 1

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Douglas County Commissioners met June 1 in regular session. Board Chair Jerry Rapp called the meeting to order and, after the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the minutes ...

Draft Review of Clearing and Grading Ordinance

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021

Please take notice that on the 8th day of June, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., the Douglas County Planning Advisory Commission will hold a public hearing at the County Public Works Facili...

Douglas County Library Hosts a Community Read!

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Douglas County Library is hosting a Community Read this summer. It's designed to bring our community together to read, discuss and celebrate books and writers. This year's...

Vehicle Crash

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Property Damage Accident

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2021

Personal Injury Accident - Fatality

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2021

County Board Meeting May 18

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2021

County commissioners are required to act as the Drainage Authority and oversee legal ditch systems in their counties. Ditches are vital, providing a mechanism for water to mov...

Sauk River Watershed District Board

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is seeking an individual to fill a 3-year term starting July 1, 2021 as a Sauk River Watershed District Board Manager. Interested ind...

First Half Property Taxes Due

Posted: Friday, May 7, 2021

Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer Vicki Doehling wants to remind property owners their first half real estate tax payments are due on or before Monday, May 17, 2021. For custom...

County Board Meeting May 4

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commissioners approved a new Douglas County Assessor. Stacy Honkomp will officially begin to lead the department June 1. She has been the Deputy Douglas County Assessor for th...

Douglas County Road Construction CSAH 9

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The first major road construction project of the season begins in Douglas County. Crews from Minnerath Construction are scheduled to begin removal of the asphalt on County Sta...

Water Related Death

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2021

Pilgrim Point Park Open House April 28!

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The public is welcome to attend in person or virtually as Douglas County Parks displays the current plans for developing Pilgrim Point Park. The in person gathering will take ...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021

County Board Meeting April 20

Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

At its April 20 meeting, county commissioners approved letters of support for two chemical dependency treatment facilities to open in Douglas County, and the county’s Space Ne...

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Excessive Heat

Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021

As we close out Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2021, we want to offer helpful information to avoid excessive heat this summer.  Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), rega...

Tornado Drill Day Thursday. April 15

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Douglas County Emergency Management Office exists to help all residents, business owners, nonprofits, schools, churches, local governments, and others plan for and recover...

Pilgrim Point Planning Open House

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 Members of the public will continue to provide valuable input into the future of the county park on Pilgrim Point. Hundreds of people have already responded to an online...

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flash Floods

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

As we continue Severe Weather Awareness Week, turn our focus to Wednesday's topic which is flooding. Douglas County periodically sees flash flooding following an intense rain....

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Storms, Hail and Lightning

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2021

A severe thunderstorm can be very dangerous. Straight line winds can cause damage as devastating as a tornado. It’s also important to remember that every thunderstorm produces...

County Board Meeting April 6

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2021

  The meeting began when commissioners held a public hearing on an amendment to the county’s Water Surface Use Ordinance. The amendment, which was approved, imposes a no ...

County Board Appoints Interim Assessor

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021

Douglas County Commissioners have appointed an interim county assessor following the retirement of Keith Albertsen. Stacy Honkomp, the current assistant county assessor, will ...

The Future of Feedlots in Douglas County

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021

  At its March 2 meeting, the Douglas County Commissioners approved the expansion of a dairy feedlot. It also reviewed the annual feedlot report presented by Mark Koep. H...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, March 29, 2021

County and City of Alexandria Hold Joint Meeting

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Alexandria City Council are looking forward to improving safety on a much-used road, providing lighting on a roadway near an ...

County Participates in Annual Association of Townships Meeting

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Townships are a vital component of Douglas County. On March 17, leaders of the 20 townships gathered for the annual meeting of the Douglas County Association of Townships. The...

Assessing the Assessor - Keith Albertsen to Retire

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2021

  It seems no one actually decides to become an assessor, it just happens if you’re the right person for a very impactful position. According to those who know him well, ...

Understanding Tax Statements and Assessment Notices

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Approximately 30,000 property tax statements & assessment notices will be mailed to Douglas County property owners starting about March 26th. The Assessment Notice advises...

Road Restrictions in Place

Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021

Effective Friday, March 5, seasonal load restrictions are in place in Douglas County. That  means a maximum load of 10,000 pounds, or 5 tons, per axle, on unpaved streets...

County Board Meeting March 2

Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A newly hired financial director, approved contracts for law enforcement in three cities, and a feedlot annual report highlighted the Tuesday, March 2 county board meeting. Pu...

Personal Injury Accident

Posted: Monday, March 1, 2021

Input Request on Developing Pilgrim Point

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2021

Douglas County is looking for input from the public as it develops a park on beautiful Pilgrim Point. Please take a minute and complete this short survey.

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021

A Rock Star from The Start

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021

Char Rosenow was always good at math. In the 9 th grade she read about a career in finance and accounting and never looked back. Douglas County residents benefitted greatly fr...

County Board Meeting February 16

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Approving more than $1 million in Covid 19-related grants to Douglas County businesses, accepting the retirement of Assessor Keith Albertsen, appointing a replacement for the ...

Board Appoints Doehling to Replace Retiring Rosenow

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

It’s a good thing Douglas County Elections & Property Tax Administrator Vicki Doehling is used to juggling a lot of balls in the air. Beginning March 1, she will move into...

License Bureau Extends Hours for Drivers' License Renewals

Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

People who need early morning or later evening appointments to renew their drivers’ license are now in luck. Starting February 9, the Douglas County License Bureau will take d...

Library Services Are Better Than Ever

Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Douglas County Library has resumed its normal hours. Normal meaning before COVID-19 closures and restrictions. The library is now open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8...

Residential Fire

Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Garage Fire

Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Douglas County Library Resumes Normal Hours

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

Beginning Monday, February 1, the Douglas County Library will be back to its regular hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. an...

Structure Fire

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

Water Related

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021

County Board Meeting January 19

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The 5-year highway improvement plan dominated the opening of the January 19 Douglas County board meeting. A public hearing was held but no members of the public attended. Publ...

County Board Meeting January 5, 2021

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Special Reorganization Meeting Commissioner Jerry Rapp is the Douglas County Board Chair for 2021. His fellow commissioners voted unanimously to appoint him to that position. ...

Water Related Incident

Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2020

County Board Meeting December 15

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Tuesday, December 15 Douglas County Board meeting began with a history-making event. Commissioners thanked a Douglas County family for donating $1 million. The donation ca...

Truth in Taxation 2020 Hearing

Posted: Friday, December 4, 2020

The Douglas County Board, department heads, local media and a few members of the public attending the 2020 Truth in Taxation hearing held Thursday, December 3. Auditor/Treasur...

County Board Meeting December 1

Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The county board meeting opened with a look into the future of Chippewa County Park. Douglas County Parks Superintendent Brad Bonk and Jillian Reiner, landscape architect with...

Text to 911 in Douglas County

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Douglas County 911 Dispatch Center is now capable of accepting live text messages from people in need of assistance and unable to make a phone call. Previously text messag...

County Board Meeting and Solid Waste Public Hearing Nov. 17

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners moved its bi-monthly meeting to the county owned building at 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria to provide more room for social distanc...


Posted: Monday, November 9, 2020

Douglas County License Bureau Closed Nov 11 -13

Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Douglas County residents will encounter temporary limited services as the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) prepares to laun...

County Board Meeting November 3

Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The meeting began with a pre-publicized public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds for the 5-year Douglas County Capital Improvement Plan which is on file with the county....

Important Election Information

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020

A court ruling is impacting how absentee and mail-in voters should proceed before election day.   Voters should no longer place their absentee or mail-in ballot in the ma...