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 2020 Meeting Schedule.  (Exceptions: Tuesdays, June 16 & Dec 1 - afternoon meetings)

Tentatively scheduled Special Board Meetings, only if needed:
Tuesday, June   9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

The next regular meeting is: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 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)


Driver's License Information

You may renew your license at the Recorder's Office at the Courthouse beteween 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

As of October 1, 2018, you have three options for your driver's license:
 - Real ID
 - Enhanced ID
 - Standard ID

For more information on driver's license options, click here.

Standing in line?  Save time by pre-applying for your MN Driver's license. To view the MN DVS website, click here.

Passport Information

The Cottonwood County Auditor Treasurer Office is responsible for handling all passport related inquiries, for more information click here.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet - Red Rock Quarry

Click here for EAW

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.