Big Stone County, MN

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New Courthouse Hours

Beginning May 5th, 2014, the Big Stone County courthouse offices will be open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise posted for a holiday.

Now Accepting Credit Cards

If you would like to pay your property taxes online, please visit the Property Tax page and follow the instructions.

Employment Opportunity - SWCD

Big Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has an opening for a seasonal intern.

This seasonal position is under direct supervision of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) District Technician and the Big Stone SWCD Board of Supervisors. The position is primarily responsible for implementing projects in regard to weed management in Big Stone County. This is a multi-pronged approach focused on our newest invasive weeds that will include: education, documentation, mapping and treatment. This position will monitor, treat, and document the locations of invasive species infestations. This position will also gain valuable experience being involved with government programs and projects working within the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and with Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) agencies. Operation of machinery, equipment and/or farming background or other experience is preferred. The work hours are 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. The hours may vary based on what work is available to be completed. This position may also seed native grass seeding projects, grassland mowing and tree plantings as well as other duties as assigned by the Big Stone SWCD. This position is grant funded and has the possibility of being available for future seasons.

For more details, download the full SWCD Intern position description or visit the SWCD web site.

Big Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has an opening for a Farmbill Technician.

The position will provide technical assistance and guidance to landowners through the Farmbill Assistance Grant. Job qualifications include a background in Natural Resources, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Studies or Wildlife education. Equivalent experience will also be considered. Main duties will include the promotion and management of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP), Re-invest in Minnesota (RIM), Native Prairie Bank (NPB), Working Lands Initiative (WLI) and other programs. Salary will depend on experience and qualifications, and a health plan package is also available through the SWCD.

Those interested should contact Blayne Johnson at 320-839-6149x3, or email for an application or any questions. Applications and a job description can also be found on our SWCD web site.

The deadline to submit an application and cover letter is Friday March 14th at 4:00 P.M.

2014 Big Stone County Water Plan

View the Big Stone County Water Plan.

Go to the Big Stone County Environmental page.

Big Stone County Surplus items

Big Stone County surplus items are available for purchase to the general public. Items for sale may include all types of office furniture, tables, chairs, desks, file cabinets, office equipment, machines and supplies, typewriters, calculators, computers, printers, and many other miscellaneous items.

Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as-is, with no warranty. Returns are not allowed. Items are not considered "sold" until payment is received by the Auditor’s Office. All items must be removed at the time of sale. Payment must be made at the time of purchase and must be in the form of cash or money order payable to "Big Stone County". No checks will be accepted.

As items become available, they will be placed on the Surplus Items list. When an item is sold and paid for, it will be removed from the list.

Go to the Big Stone County Surplus sale page.

Passport Applications

The Big Stone County Treasurer’s Office is pleased to announce that we now are accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. Citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the Treasurer’s Office at the Big Stone County Courthouse, 20 2nd St. S.E., Ortonville, MN 56278, phone number is 320-839-6395.

Passport forms, passport fees, information on how to apply and more can be found on the Department of State’s official website for passport and travel information, Travel.State.Gov.