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, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse. (Exceptions in June, November and December - 2014 Meeting Schedule)

The next meeting is: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 beginning 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 to the Human Resources Office by 4:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the Tuesday board day.


Highwater Park and Sara Park for Sale

Highwater Park is a five acre rural piece of land offering various characteristics. On half, the mature timberline opens up to Highwater Creek. On the other side, an abandoned softball backstop looks over tillable land.

The legal description for Highwater Park is: Beginning at a point 1400 feet East and 33 feet North of the Southwest corner of the said Southeast Quarter of said Section 27; thence continuing East parallel with the South Boundary line of said Southeast Quarter of said Section 27, 550 feet; thence North at right angles 396 feet; thence West at right angles 550 feet; thence South at right angles 396 feet to the point of beginning.

Sara Park is located in Amo Township on the south shore of Lake Augusta. Travel County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3. Turn north on 410th avenue, follow until the road ends at Sarah Park. 

The legal description for Sara Park is: Beginning at the point 1,169.90 feet North of the Southeast corner of said Government Lot 1 ; thence South 72°21’ West for a distance of 152.50 feet; thence North 19°11’ West to the shore line of Lake Augusta; thence following the shore line of said Lake Augusta Northeasterly to the point where said shore line intersects the East line of Government Lot 1; thence South along the East line of said Government Lot 1 to the point of beginning, containing 0.90 of an acre more or less.

What are the specifics for the bid process?

    • Minimum bid set at $8,000.

    • Ernest money of 10%, in check form, required to be submitted with the bid.

    • Full payment within 30 days upon transfer of the quit claim deed.

    • Quit Claim deed will be created after bid opening.

    • Buyer is responsible for all transfer fees.

    • Any bidding ties will go to the earliest time stamp.

    • Bid opening is on December 15, 2014 at 10:00 am.

    • Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject all bids.

    • If the bid is accepted, the award will be made on December 16, 2014 (day after opening).

Pursuant to Minn. Stat 373.01, Subd. 1 (h) "In no case shall lands be disposed of without there being reserved to the county all iron ore and other valuable minerals in and upon the lands, with right to explore for, mine and remove the iron ore and other valuable minerals, nor shall the minerals and mineral rights be disposed of, either before or after disposition of the surface rights, otherwise than by mining lease, in similar general form to that provided by section 93.20 for mining leases affecting state lands. The lease shall be for a term not exceeding 50 years, and be issued on a royalty basis, the royalty to be not less than 25 cents per ton of 2,240 pounds, and fix a minimum amount of royalty payable during each year, whether mineral is removed or not. Prospecting options for mining leases may be granted for periods not exceeding one year. The options shall require, among other things, periodical showings to the county board of the results of exploration work done."

For more information, please see the County Park page of this website.