COVID-19 

*Updated March 31, 2021

Effective Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Blue Earth County will be open to walk-in services, but strongly encourage making an appointment if possible (with exception to the services offered by the License Center where appointments are required). Phone-based and online services will still be available. 

In addition to appointments being offered, Blue Earth County employees will be available to respond to phone-based and online services. Alternative ways to provide services for residents that do not require person-to-person contact but deliver these important functions are still available to the public. 

Masks are required when entering County buildings.  If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms, please stay home.

Department Directory 

County Administration & Human Resources: 507-304-4150
License Center: 507-304-4340
County Attorney's Office: 507-304-4600
Property & Environmental Resources: 507-304-4251
Community Corrections: 507-304-4750
Public Works/Parks: 507-304-4025
Court Administration: 507-594-3055
Sheriff's Office:  507-304-4800
Human Services - Mental Health Center and Behavioral Health: 507-304-4319U of M Extension:  507-304-4325
Human Services - Financial Assistance, Child Support, and Social Services:  507-304-4335Veterans Services:  507-304-4246
Library: 507-304-4001


Additional Details on Services and Appointments

Human Services 

  • Mental Health Center
    •  Individual therapy and psychiatrist appointments will be conducted via telehealth in clinic or remote telehealth if clients are able. For more information, call 507-304-4319.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Financial workers are available to answer questions. Please call your financial worker directly with questions or the agency at 507-304-4335.
    • To get an application to apply for services: 
      • Call 507-304-4335 for one to be sent to you by mail, fax, or email.
      • Pick one up at 410 S 5th Street in Mankato
      • Apply online for cash, food, child care at ApplyMN – applymn.dhs.mn.gov
      • Apply online for health care on MNSURE – mnsure.org
    • To return the application or any other documents for financial assistance, you can:
      • Email them to financialassistance@blueearthcountymn.gov
      • Fax them to 507-304-4336
      • Mail them to 410 S 5th Street, PO Box 3526, Mankato MN 56001
      • Drop them off at 410 S 5th Street in the drop box outside of Door A or in the lobby.
  • Licensing (adult, child foster care and family child care)
    • Licenses expired or due to expire have been extended.  Licensing staff are starting to conduct re-licensing activity.
    • Licensors will be conducting some work through mail, email, virtual visits, and some in-person visits.
    • Orientation events will have limited sizes and likely done virtually.  Contact licensing staff for more information.
    • Child Care providers:  additional information is available on the COVID-19 & Childcare web page
    • Licensed programs are following the direction provided by Mn Dept of Human Services.
  • Child Protection
    • If you have a concern about the welfare of a child/ren, please continue to make reports to our intake at 507-304-4444 (M-F 8-5; Sat/Sun/holidays 507-304-4319).
    • Some in-person appointments have been moved to virtual visits.
    • Contact Court Administration at 507-304-4650 for updates about hearings taking place during this time.
  • Public Health
    • Disease Prevention & Control
      • Focused on response to COVID-19. 
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Clinic
      • Almost all visits being done via telephone.
      • View our WIC phone appointment preparation guide to prepare for your visit. 
      • If a face-to-face contact considered on a case-by-case basis, employing social distancing.
    • Family Home Visiting (First Steps/Next Steps)
      • Visits by phone or in person by appointment at the Mankato Clinic, following all Mankato Clinic COVID-19 safety precautions.
    • Maternal Child Health
      • Most contacts via phone.
      • Face-to-face visits for high risk infants and employing distancing practices.
    • Home Community Based Services (for 65+)
      • Almost all visits being done via telephone.
      • If a face-to-face contact considered on a case-by-case basis, employing social distancing.
    • Child & Teen Checkups
      • Outreach via telephone.
    • Immtrack
      • Continue to provide and respond to phone inquiries.
    • Tuberculosis Response
      • Active Tuberculosis
        • Continue to provide one face to face visit weekly with social distancing practiced.
        • Still maintaining daily contact through various electronic means.
        • Case management being conducted via telephone whenever possible.
      • Latent TB
        • Medications being mailed.
        • Nursing case management monthly via telephone.
      • Contact Investigations
        • Contact with individuals via phone.
        • Testing for asymptomatic contacts postponed.
        • Testing for symptomatic contact determined on a case by case basis.
    • SHIP
      • Telephone contact with community partners. Face-to-face contact considered on a case-by-case basis, employing social distancing. 
  • Children’s Mental Health
    • Referrals will continue to be accepted for case management services. 
      • Call 507-304-4444 to make a referral. 
  • Substance Abuse Disorders (Chemical Dependency)
    • Referrals will continue to be accepted. 
    • Most providers are conducting Rule 25 Assessments using telehealth alternatives. 
    • SUD Assessment Provider List Link
    • Adult intake and referrals for SUD Assessments, call: 507-304-4145.
    • Adolescent intake and referrals for SUD Assessments, call: 507-304-4444
  • Adult Protection 
    • Continue to report concerns to Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center at 844-880-1574. 
    • Staff will use alternative methods for face-to-face interview to minimize the risks to the vulnerable adult’s health by:
      • Using reliable collateral sources of information. 
      • Coordinating with partners. 
      • Employing phone, pictures, video and other technology.
    • Face-to-face interviews will only be used when there is no other method to meet a critical health and safety need of the vulnerable adult. 
  • Disability Services 
    • Case managers are continuing to meet the needs of the people they serve using methods other than face to face. 
    • Case managers will continue to offer appointments using phone, or the Vidyo platform. 
    • Assessments and reassessments are being completed over the phone to ensure there will not be a lapse in services.
  • Behavioral Health Services
    • Adult Mental Health Intake and Case Management services are being provided by phone or video or in person when safety measures can be implemented.
  • Second Step Clubhouse
  • Genoa Pharmacy
    • Medication services available by pick up, delivery, and mail.  Please call 507-304-4319 for more information.

License Center

The License Center will require appointments for all services with the exception of registration renewal (tabs) at the new walk-up window.  All customers are asked to check in at the walk-up window.

  • A drop box is available outside the main License Center doors for community members to drop off renewal forms. 
  • The following services are available with an appointment:
    • Birth certificates 
    • Marriage certificates.
    • Death certificates 
    • Driver's License and ID's 
    • Initial and renewal registrations
    • Duplicate titles
    • Title transfers
    • New to fleet title/registration applications
    • Dealer work
    • Special plate applications
    • Vehicle permits
    • IRP/IFTA (for Prorate offices only) 
  • Call the License Center at 507-304-4340 for additional information.

Veteran Services

  • In-person visits are generally being conducted by appointment to avoid congestion or waiting in the lobby area.  Please call 507-304-4246 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Transportation services to Minneapolis VAMC will continue on odd days of the work week as long as drivers are willing to drive.
    • Rides can be scheduled by calling the County office at 507-304-4246.
  • Contact with staff can be made through the following ways: 
  • Veterans Services Office is now located in the Government Center located at 410 S 5th Street in Mankato. 

Safety & Justice 

  • Sheriff’s Office
    • Administrative staff is limiting contact. Forms should be filled out prior to arriving to the office or filled out online if available. Visit the permits web page to see if it can obtained online or visit the documents and forms web page for print options. 
  • Attorney’s Office
    • All services are available online or over the phone. Call 507-304-4600 for more information.

Probation & Corrections

  • Some in-person appointments have been moved to virtual visits.
  • Group programming is scheduled to restart in September or October.  Clients will be contacted.
  • Sentence to Service is operating in a limited capacity.  Call 507-304-4750 if interested in completing hours.
  • Volunteer opportunities have been suspended.

Property, Taxes, Land Records, Elections and Passports

  • Property tax payments and program applications are being accepted. We prefer they be delivered via mail, online, or drop box located at Door B of the Government Center at 410 South Fifth Street in Mankato. Call 507-304-4251 for more information.
  • Property Tax Petitions are being accepted in person at 410 South Fifth Street in Mankato. Call 507-304-4251 for more information related to the petition process.
  • Passport applications are being accepted.  Appointments preferred.  Call 507-304-4251 for more information. 
  • Documents needing to be recorded are being accepted. We prefer they be delivered via e-recording, mail, or drop box located at Door B of the Government Center at 410 S Fifth Street in Mankato. Call 507-304-4251 for more information.
  • Construction and land use applications are being accepted.  Most applications and supporting information can be submitted via mail, email, or drop box located at Door B of the Government Center at 410 South Fifth Street in Mankato.  Call 507-304-4251 for more information related to the application process.

Environmental Health

  • Household Hazardous Waste Facility 
    • The facility, located at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato, will be open noon to 6:00p.m. on Tuesdays, noon to 4:00p.m. on Wednesdays & Thursdays and the second Saturday of each month from 8:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. through the end of October.
    • Product Reuse Room is not open during the winter schedule. 
  • Ponderosa Landfill 
    • Ponderosa Office is locked. Customers should use the on-scale intercom or drive-up window to interact with scale operator. 
  • Recycling Center is open.  Textile recycling bin is not available at this time due to COVID-19.
  • Water samples are being accepted on Mondays until 1:00p.m. Call 507-304-4251 for more information. 

Parks, Campgrounds and Roads 

  • Camping at Bray and Daly Park will open on April 30th.  Trails are accessible by foot by parking outside the gates until May 1st at which time the gates will open..  Please practice social distancing.  Large gatherings are not allowed.

  • Public Open House meetings have been suspended.  Digital alternatives will be used in the coming months.
  • Pesticide applicator testing has been reopened by appointment only.

Library 

  • No-contact material pick up available. 
  • Lovelace Children’s Department visits by appointment.
  • Library visits for adults are available by on a walk-in basis.  
  • Call 507-304-4001 to make a request for materials or make an appointment to visit the Children's Department.
  • Books by Mail program is still available. 
    • Call the Library to arrange delivery at 507-304-4001.
    • All users must have a Library card, but those without one may register over the phone. 
    • There is no cost to participate and items can be returned at patrons’ convenience. 
    • There will be no fines for late materials and due dates will be extended upon request. 
  • E-books and audiobooks are available online on the Overdrive and Libby apps.
  • Homework tools and games are available online for kids and teens.
  • Book Club discussion will be hosted online. 
  • Virtual Storytime's on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Updates will be posted on the Library’s website and Facebook page.
  • Expanding programs such as Rural Library Services and books by mail. More information is available on the Library’s website or by calling 507-304-4001. 
  • Library staff are available by phone at 507-304-4001 for:
    • Answering Library card and services questions
    • Reference calls
    • Set-up for rural and home-bound services 
    • Research and more

U of M Extension 

  • Face-to-face meetings, courses, PPAT workshops, and other events have been shifted online or will be held in a heavily modified format.
  • On-site technical service calls or meetings for the agriculture educator’s office are available but subject to strict COVID-19 guidelines.  These in-person activities must be planned at least two days in advance.  Most calls, however, can be handled over the phone or virtually.  Assistance is available through email at mnext-blueearth@umn.edu or by leaving a message at 507-304-4325.
  • For private pesticide applicator exams, we recommend either taking the exam online, or emailing ppathelp@umn.edu and requesting a paper one be mailed. Study guides can be obtained online for free.
  • For SNAP-Ed participants, you may contact Rachel Jones, SNAP-Ed educator at wedex001@umn.edu or 507-327-7369 for questions about local resources. You may also consider contacting United Way’s 211 hotline or visiting Second Harvest Heartland to learn more about available community resources, including food access.
  • Please contact Randi Schwartz, 4-H Extension Educator, at schw1553@umn.edu or 507-304-4142 for questions about local youth programs, 4-H member or club questions, or to learn more about what 4-H is doing in your area.  If your 4-H club or group is ready to start meeting, we have a way for that to happen!  Our safety procedures have changed in light of COVID-19, so volunteers must complete our on-demand training before hosting a 4-H experience.
  • While the Extension office is open, hours may vary due to limited staff available.  Please call 507-304-4325 before stopping in.