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After the assessment is completed, notices are mailed to the property owners. This notice will state the following:
It is very important that the property owner review this notice. The values stated on the notice will be used to calculate the taxes payable in the following year.
If you have any questions or want more information, contact the Assessor's Office at 507-332-6102 (from Northfield/Lonsdale call 507-645-9576) or attend the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting listed on your notice.
Testimony of victims is usually not required until the trial. Whether you will have to testify will be determined at the time of trial. The case may be settled through plea negotiations. This usually means no testimony from victims or witnesses is necessary. If your testimony is needed, you will receive a subpoena or notice to appear telling you where and when to appear. A victim has a right to give a statement at sentencing. Additional information will be sent to help you prepare for your court appearance. For more information, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator at 507-332-5934.
The Rice-Scott Chapter MADD Victim Impact Panels meet on the third Tuesday of even-numbered months (February-April-June-August-October-December) with check-in beginning at 7:00 p.m. You must preregister online at www.maddvip.org. The fee is $50.00 (Money Order only if not preregistered). A photo ID is required to attend.
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The Farm Information Line is staffed by experienced Extension personnel who take calls from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions at other times of the day and weekends can be left on voice mail and will be returned the next business day. For more information visit the Farm Information Line website.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is now accepting online applications for Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants, which target the most promising, innovative and scalable businesses in Minnesota. The funds support Minnesota startups and entrepreneurs who are solving problems and growing thestate’s innovation ecosystem. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Launch Minnesota Grants are available in the following categories:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Minnesota Trade Office, an office within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, is soliciting applications for funding for eligible Minnesota-based small businesses to participate in export development activities that will assist the company to begin exporting or increase their exports from Minnesota. Proposals are accepted until all funds are committed.
Request for Proposals
Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis as they are received. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Jackie Geiger.
For complete information on the STEP Program, see the Export Financing Programs webpage at mn.gov/deed/business/exporting/export-financing.
The ReConnect Loan and Grant Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window is now open. Click here -- https://www.usda.gov/reconnect -- to learn more about the program.
SMIF offers funding in a variety of program areas, each with its own application procedures and guidelines. Find more on the funding opportunities currently available at smifoundation.org/grants/for-grant-seekers.
Contact the Highway Department at 507-332-6110. For hours of operation, refer to the Highway Directory.
Yes. The Government Jobs guide will walk you through the online application process from login through submission of your application.
You can also access and print the Online Employment Application Guide from the NEOGOV Log In page or from the HELP button at any step during the application process. Each job openings page will start your online application process.
For more information contact us at 507-332-6100.
Yes. This is important. User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person or email address. An email account will allow you to receive an email confirmation after you have submitted your application. You can also sign up for email notifications when specific jobs are posted. For more information contact us at 507-332-6100.
If your online application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly after submission. You will also see the confirmation message on your PC screen. We suggest you print a copy of your submitted application and confirmation page information for future reference. For more information contact us at 507-332-6100.
You may have used the Back button (located on your toolbar) which when used removes all data on the page that has not been saved. Avoid losing your information by saving your information before you leave the page. When you are entering information within a page, do not use your Back button. For more information contact us at 507-332-6100.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified job candidates who are disabled under the Americans with Disability Act, and other laws, to allow for participation in the selection process. If you require reasonable accommodations, please advise us in advance. For more information contact us at 507-332-6100.
Jurors are paid mileage and per day attendance pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 593.48. Checks are usually mailed 30 days after completion of the jury term. Call the Court Administrator’s Office at 507-497-7134 with questions about checks or other information.
No, unless you are over 70 and request to be excused, or if you don’t meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes for extreme hardship. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
Yes. However, you will need to state the reason, in writing, why you cannot serve on a jury term. If approved, you will be rescheduled to a future two-week term. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
Jury duty in Rice County is one month. However, if you are seated on a jury, your service will be continued until the trial is completed. Jurors are required to serve for the duration of a trial. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
You were selected at random from lists of voter registrations, driver registrations, and Minnesota identification cards for residents of Rice County. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
Yes, your employment is protected under Minnesota Statutes 593.50, Subdivision 1. An employer shall not deprive an employee of employment, or threaten or otherwise coerce the employee with respect thereto, because the employee receives a summons, responds thereto, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
Your employer is not required to pay you while you are on jury duty, however, many employers will pay the difference between your jury payment and your salary, but they are not required to do so. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. You must apply the law given by the judge to the facts given during the trial to make a decision in a case. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
Jurors hear felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and civil cases. Some types of cases are driving under the influence, assault, domestic violence, or theft. Jurors will also hear civil cases in property disputes, contracts and personal injury. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Reside in Rice County.
- Be able to communicate in English.
You cannot serve on a jury if you have been convicted of a felony and your civil rights have not been restored.
If you are in doubt about your eligibility for jury service, you can contact the Jury Office by calling 507-497-7134 or by mail:
Rice County Court Administrator
218 NW 3rd Street
Faribault, MN 55021
The United States Constitution and the Minnesota State Constitution guarantees all people the right to a trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends in large measure on the jurors who serve in our courts. For more information, please contact the Jury Office at 507-497-7134.
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office operates two county jail facilities, a 35-bed linear-style main jail facility which includes a mixture of minimum, medium, maximum and special housing units along with dormitory style housing. This facility manages both male and female inmates. The main jail facility was built in 1972 with a total of 30 beds to serve the county and is located in the upper floors of the Law Enforcement Center.
In the late 1990s, six additional beds were added, bringing the total beds to 36 (the MN DOC authorized capacity is listed as 35 though its operating capacity is 80% of that total). In 2011, the county procured a vacated Army Reserve site on Hwy. 60 in Faribault and moved 32 inmates to be housed in the annex facility.
The second facility is the Minimum-Security Jail Annex facility which is licensed to house 36 individuals; however, it currently has only 32 beds. The Annex, built in 1976, is also linear in design and primarily used to house work release inmates and minimum custody individuals. The Annex was closed in spring 2022 due to concerns with COVID-19.
Rice County's jail admissions increased over the 11-year period (2009-19) a total of 3.35% and at an annual rate of 0.43%. Male admissions decreased overall -3.84 percent (annually at -0.27%) and females increased 36.33% (annually at 3.74 percent).
• The overall average daily population decreased -4.59% between 2009 and 2019; at a rate of -0.28%. Amongst these statistics, the male ADP decreased a total of -10.58% (at a rate of -0.91 percent) and the female ADP increased a total of 69.07%; at a rate of 8.61% annually.
• The average length of stay (ALOS) for all the overall population is averaged at 11 days between 2009 and 2019, which is well below the national average of 25 days. Males typically stay an average of 12 days and females stay an average of five days.
• The jail maintains an average of 57% of the MN DOC determined capacity of 71 beds between 2009 and 2019.
• The jail admission’s largest age groups (25 to 54 years of age – the “at risk age group”) matches the community’s largest age groups, which is indicative of the potential for an increase in admissions.
• The limited space of the current jail facilities limits the ability of staff to safely separate individuals who require separation by local classification policies, PREA standards and best correctional practices.
• The mental health inmate population has seen significant quarterly increases since 2014.
• The female population, while still small in numbers (less than 6 on average), are increasing at significant rates. As this population increases, the need for more separation space to adequately classify and properly house them is necessary.
Minnesota Department of Corrections inspections have identified the need for additional housing space in the Rice County Jail to meet inmate classification demands. Classifications include male/female, security risk and medical/mental health needs.
DOC inspections have also identified the need for additional program and leisure time activity space. Without additional space to meet these needs, the DOC has said it will limit the length of time inmates can be held to 90 days.
The Community Corrections (probation) Department is current located in the historic portion of the Law Enforcement Center, but needs more space, especially for group meetings it often hosts. Once the new Public Safety Center is complete, current plans call for some modest upgrades (including energy-efficient lighting) will be done to what is now Sheriff's Office space so it can be used for Community Corrections. The Parks and Facilities Department is also expected to move into a portion of the building's lower level where it can have its offices, and house vehicles and other equipment.
The county is researching the potential for a ground-mounted solar array on 5 acres directly east of the new Public Safety Center. The array would help power the safety center, but would not be tied to the grid.
The Board of Commissioners approved the sale of $48.86 million in general obligations bonds to finance the Public Safety Center at its July 19, 2022 meeting. The 30-year bonds carry a very favorable 3.78% interest rate. The county received a AAA credit rating from S&P Global Ratings due, in part, to a credit enhancement it received from the state of Minnesota.
The board asked the Minnesota Legislature to allow it seek voter approval for a countywide sales tax that would help repay the bonds. The board endorsed a .375% tax, noting that tax rate will likely bring in a bit more than it needs to repay the anticipated 30-year bond issue, letting the county to repay the debt more quickly.
While the Legislature ended its regular 2022 session without taking up the measure, it could still be part of a special session package. If the Legislature approves, the question will be placed on the November 2022 ballot.
The Board of Commissioners on Feb. 22, 2022 approved a contract to complete engineering for new sections of two existing roads: a stretch of First Avenue will run north-south just west of the new safety center and connect to Ames Trail, and the westernmost segment of the planned East View Drive that will run from the roundabout to a dead end in front of the safety center.
Both sections of roadway will be built to city of Faribault design standards. When complete, they will be turned over to the city as public roads. Funding to pay for construction will come from the county's existing highway budget.
Faribault city leaders have discussed extending East View Drive from Hwy. 3 to the existing segment off 14th Street NE, to create a major east-west connector on the city’s north side.
In that scenario, the county would have spent money on a partnership with Steele County, possibly on upgrades its own April 2021 report said the Owatonna detention center needed, and continued to incur costs, including personnel, for its Main Jail downtown and Jail Annex on Hwy. 60.
Rice County's Board of Commissioners acquired most of the eight properties intending to use the land for a jail expansion.
Once the board decided not to use the properties for a jail expansion, it needed to consider what it envisioned for the block, a gateway to Faribault’s historic downtown.
The buildings, anywhere from 65 to 120 years old, had a variety of issues, including outdated mechanical systems and structural problems, common with structures of that age.
The board approved the demolition of the seven properties on Augh. 27, 2022. Demolition began Nov. 7 and took about two weeks to complete.
A community park is planned for the parcel immediately north of the Friendship House on First Avenue.
Hanson, believed to be the nation’s first architect and a Minnesota School for the Deaf alumni, designed several Faribault buildings, some of which still stand. While nothing has been decided, some recognition of Hanson’s contributions may be included in the park planned for First Avenue.
There have been informal discussions about recreating the mural painted on the Klemer Building at 129 Fourth St., though no decision has been made. The Sellner/Tilt-a-Whirl mural on the 119 Fourth St. was done on panels attached to the building. It was removed and has been relocated to the rear exterior wall of the Paradise Center for the Arts on Central Avenue.
Camping is available at McCullough Park and Campground as well as Cannon River Wilderness Park. Camping season starts in May (Fishing opener weekend) and closes in October (following MEA week).
Reservations for McCullough campground can be made at www.co.rice.mn.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/McCullough-Park-1.
Cannon River Wilderness Park has four primitive hike-in or canoe campsites. These sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. A portable toilet is available from May through October at the east side parking area. Please pack out what you pack in.
For more information or for help with your reservations, call 507-332-6112.
To make a reservation, click here.
Maps of each county lake located in Rice County, including public access points, are on this website.
In Faribault: at the Rice County Government Services Building (Public Health, Social Services, and the Information Desk), District One Hospital (main lobby), the Welcome Center, the City Hall building, and Three Rivers Community Action Center
In Northfield: at the City Hall building (second floor, Rice County Satellite office), Northfield Hospital (main lobby), Northfield Community Resource Center (north lobby), and the Northfield Community Action Center; in Morristown, at the Community Center; in Lonsdale, at City Hall; and in Dundas, at City Hall.
For more information about the program, call 877-321-2652 or contact Deb Purfeerst at Rice County Public Health at 507-332-5914 or you can visit NACo Prescription Discount Card Program.
Rice County offers immunization clinics for those unable to obtain them from a private provider. A donation of $21.00 is requested for each immunization, but immunizations are provided regardless of whether a donation is made. Visit
No, you need to download the application, have your signature notarized, and mail it in with the appropriate fees. For more information contact us at 507-332-6114.
Government Services Building320 Third Street NWFaribault, MN 55021 You can also visit our Notary page.
In a transferring document, where the consideration is more than $3000, a Well Disclosure Statement is required. The transfer document must contain a statement such as : - The seller certifies that the seller does not know of any wells on the described real property. OR - A well disclosure certificate accompanies this document. OR - I am familiar with the property described in this instrument and I certify that the status and number of wells on the described real property have not changed since the last previously filed Well Disclosure Certificate. The Well Disclosure Certificate form, in addition to further information regarding wells, is available on the Minnesota Department of Health's website. A Certificate of Real Estate Value is also needed when the consideration is more than $3000. For more information contact us at 507-332-6114 or visit the
Please visit the Passport Agency Website for current processing times.
If you were born in Minnesota in 1900 or thereafter, you can obtain your birth certificate in any county office that issues birth certificates in the State of Minnesota. Visit
The records in the Rice County Recorder's office are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM by appointment only. Please call 507-332-6114 to schedule your research appointment.
You must be 18 years of age and provide government issued identification to validate your age when you apply for a marriage license. For more information, please contact us at 507-332-6114.
Please visit the Passport Information Page.
Please visit the Passport Agency Website for the current passport fee schedule.
Please visit the Passport Information Page or call us at 507-332-6114 for detailed information on how to get a U.S. Passport.
You need to go to the county that you applied for your marriage license. If you applied in Rice County, you will need to provide both applicants names, as well as the date of marriage. You can contact us at 507-332-6114.
Certified Copy of Marriage Record
Birth Record Amendment Packet
Any amount of illegal drug activity could be considered a problem but Rice County is no different than any other urban/rural county.
We are aware of the presence and are addressing the situation on multiple fronts. The Sheriff's Office has been an active participant and advocate of a two-pronged approach to combating the war on drugs: aggressive enforcement as well as early education of our youth to the dangers of drugs and other risky behaviors
Anyone suspecting illegal drug activity should call and ask to be directed to a Sheriff's drug investigator at 507-334-4391 or the toll-free anonymous tip line at 866-968-8477.
Contact Melissa Evans
The most common crimes in Rice County are property crimes such as burglary; theft; criminal damage to property; and issuance of worthless checks, which make up the majority of all reported crimes in the County. Rice County maintains a low crime rate and the Sheriff's Office has a traditionally high clearance rate.
To report a crime, contact the anonymous 24-Hour Tip Line of the Rice County Sheriff's Office at 1-866-968-8477.
Trespass is the most frequent complaint landowners have against the recreational public
Always ask permission before entering private land. Those who are trespassing are guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by fines up to $1000 and a jail sentence of 90 days. If a landowner has a concern about people trespassing on their land, all they need to do is to call the Rice County Sheriff's Office and a deputy or game warden will respond to investigate the complaint.
To contact non-emergency 24 Hour Dispatch Sheriff, call 507-334-4391, or toll-free 866-727-5299.
The Rice County Sheriff's Office provides finger printing services to the general public on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Cost per person is $25; exact change, cash only.
The Rice County Sheriff's office uses texting as a fast, easy and completely anonymous for members of the public to text tips about criminal activity. Just text the word RICECO plus your tip to 847411.
911 is meant for emergencies only. Do not use 911 for directory assistance or non-emergency assistance. For non-emergency, 24-hour sheriff dispatch, call 507-334-4391. For general information from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., call 507-332-6000 or toll free 866-727-5299.
Remember 911 is not for jokes, it is for those who need help.
Never make a test call to 911. These test call occupy the dispatcher and tie up phone lines and equipment. The telephone company has designed 911 to be highly reliable, so it will work when you need it. Please keep the lines free for people who have emergencies.
Never call 911 and hang up. If you accidentally call 911 do not hang up, let the dispatcher know that you called accidentally. Enhanced 911 systems display to dispatchers both the calling telephone number and the location of the telephone. Most policies on "hang up" calls are to call back and attempt to verify if there is an emergency. If a dispatcher cannot verify, deputies are sent to the address. This ensures that a person who is incapacitated can receive help without having to talk on the phone. Unfortunately, most hang up calls are false and tie up valuable human resources and equipment, which may be needed elsewhere.
A "family' foster home is the personal residence of the license holder. A "corporate" foster home is a home where the license-holder does not reside, and where staff are hired to care for the residents. In both cases, licensing standards are essentially the same
Individuals placed in adult foster homes have varying diagnoses, and in fact may have a combination of diagnoses. Foster homes can serve individuals who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill, physically disabled, elderly and sometimes persons who are chemically dependent (if they have maintained a significant period of sobriety). These individuals must have a social worker/case manager involved in their lives who will assess the need for placement, structure the terms of placement, and follow-up to determine if the placement is suitable.
In addition to room and board, an adult foster home provides services as stipulated in the Individual Resident Placement Agreement. Overnight supervision is perhaps the most critical feature of adult foster care, which distinguishes it from other residential settings in the community.
Depending on the vulnerable adult's particular needs, other negotiable services typically include the following: medication administration or monitoring; assistance with activities of daily living, prompts for personal hygiene, assistance with managing cash resources, arranging for medical appointments, transportation, meal preparation, shared dining, etc. Adult foster care licensers and case managers carefully match residents with providers whose skills and/or willingness to provide various services are in keeping with the resident's needs.
The state of Minnesota legislates that rates paid for adult foster care through Group Residential Housing (GRH) funds must not exceed the rate paid by an individual not receiving a GRH rate. Essentially, no individual placed in adult foster care (whether public or private pay) can pay less than the state-established base rate, also known as "room-and-board." The actual reimbursement for the care of a resident is set on a case-by-case situation (in family homes), or facility costs (in corporate homes). Some individuals pay privately, if their assets do not allow them to qualify for public funding.
More commonly, residents qualify for public funding-at least in part. Some residents receive multiple sources of public funding which supports their placement (i.e. GRH, SSI, Social Security Survivor's Benefits, RSDI, etc.). Some residents have employment income or other assets that are evaluated in order to determine whether they qualify for public funding, or whether they must either "spend-down" or contribute partial payment from these other sources of income/assets.Some residents also qualify for "waivered services" funding under the federal Medicaid program. Examples of such waivers include: Home-and-Community-Based Waivers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (HCBW), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver, Elderly Waiver (EW), Alternative Care (AC) Waiver, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver. Waivered services funding pays for services to the individual resident.
Aside from Adult Foster Care, there are several housing options for vulnerable adults. Such settings include, but are not limited to:
Minnesota has designated county agents to carry out the licensing function for adult foster homes. County social services departments throughout the state are available to provide further information on adult foster care and to assist in finding an appropriate placement setting.
County licensers are aware that the array of placement options available for vulnerable adults can be confusing and overwhelming. For that reason, licensers are available to help you sort through the options.
For more information, refer to our Household Hazardous Waste page.
Both lead and rechargeable batteries may be recycled at the recycling center located at the Rice County Solid Waste facility.
For information on fluorescent bulb recycling for businesses call the Recycling Center.
Used Oil Filters:Residents may dispose of their oil filters for free at the Recycling Center.
For a list of Fees please refer to the 2016 Rice County Fee Schedule.
Rice County residents can bring their yard waste to any of the community compost sites listed below or to the Solid Waste facility free of charge. For more information visit the Yard Waste page.
Many of the details can be handled over the phone. Information on packing, labeling, and shipping requirements will be provided when you pre-register. For more information view the Household Hazardous Waste page.
For more information, go to our Recycling Center page.
Recycling Center page.