Welcome to Cottonwood County, Minnesota

Cottonwood County is located in the southwestern part of the state of Minnesota. Our current  population is 12,167 with an area of 636 square miles. Our county seat is the city of Windom.

To read more about Cottonwood County, click here.

To see Cottonwood County's location on a map, click here.


Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Meetings

The Board of Commissioners meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse.  Click here for 2017 Meeting Schedule.  (Exceptions: July & December meetings will be the 1st Wednesdays and 3rd Tuesdays.)

The next regular meeting is: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Click here for a tentative agenda.
Click here to view past meeting minutes.

To be scheduled on a meeting agenda, a Board Meeting Request form should be completed and submitted (with any attachments) to the Human Resources Office by 4:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the Tuesday board day. (Email to: kathy.marsh(at)co.cottonwood.mn.us)


Passport Information

Passport applications will be accepted in the Cottonwood County Auditor/Treasurer's Office, Room 1, of the Cottonwood County Courthouse on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  If you have any questions regarding passports, please call 507-831-1905.


Cottonwood County Properties are Tobacco-Free

The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners voted on August 12, 2014 to adopt revisions to Policy No. 480 "Smoke-Free Workplace". The revised Policy No. 480 "Tobacco-Free Grounds" took effect January 1, 2015.

Cottonwood County is committed to providing safe and healthy environments. Tobacco use is a major cause of preventable disease and death. Smoking, tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke have been found to cause heart disease, cancer, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. Electronic delivery devices, also known as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking.

Cottonwood County believes the use of tobacco products, including electronic delivery devices, on county property is detrimental to the health and safety of its employees, residents, clients and other visitors.

The policy will apply to all visitors and staff on Cottonwood County property (excluding Cottonwood County campgrounds).


Public Surplus Website

Only selected, public institutions can sell their items on this site, therefore you always know the auctions come from a trusted source.