The following precincts located in Lyon County have elected to vote by mail ballot procedure in statewide elections as authorized under Minnesota Statute 204B.45. All other precincts vote at their designated polling place on Election Day.
Question: "Would you throw away your car if it still had value?"
Answer: "Of course not." Yet not everyone in Lyon County recycles, and RECYCLABLES HAVE VALUE!!! The Environmental Department coordinates residential "curbside" recycling, and provides use of recycling sheds/containers are for area residents. Commercial recycling is not provided by the County, however we encourage your business to recycle, and are glad to help. In addition to curbside collections, disposal of special materials (mattresses, car seats, electronic waste, etc.) is available to businesses and resident alike.
Paints, chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, aerosol cans... these common household items may contain toxic materials that are BEST to recycle through our HHW program. Disposing of household hazardous waste is FREE to residents.
Some items do have to be disposed of at the landfill, but we attempt to divert as much waste from the landfill as possible to delay expensive construction additions. Lyon County serves 8 Counties with our Regional Landfill. The landfill has a barrier to protect the groundwater, pumps and systems to manage rain water and landfill gases, and daily practices to keep litter in control. Residents and businesses in the eight-County region may dispose of construction & demolition waste, regular garbage, and large garbage items. The landfill is also the collection point for other recyclable materials including metal, appliances, electronic waste, and tires.
Notifications were provided via email to election judges on Monday, July 2nd, for online election judge training, which is now active.
Individuals must complete training by August 5th to be eligible to serve as an election judge in the primary and by October 28th to be eligible to serve in the general election. All clerks need to complete the required training hours before July 31st, when the filing period starts.
All of the below trainings will be in the Commissioner Room on the 2nd floor of the Lyon County Government Center.
Lyon County manages Garvin Park (North of Garvin), and Twin Lakes Park (near Florence), and assists with maintenance of the Camden Regional Trail. The Environmental Department provides rental of County Fairgrounds buildings and grounds for special events, wedding receptions, graduation parties, and more. Both Garvin, and Twin Lakes Parks have campground facilities with low nightly camping rates.Connecting to the Environment promotes a healthier lifestyle. Make a goal to visit a park this year. Your body will thank you.
GARVIN COUNTY PARK - 1440 US Highway 59, Garvin, MNMaplink
TWIN LAKES COUNTY PARK - 1250 - 110th St. Ruthton, MNMaplink
Lyon County has two parks with camping; Garvin Park (50 sites & Tent Only Camping), and Twin Lakes (17 sites). Both parks have electrical at each site (except primitive camp at Garvin Park. Even with 60+ site the weekends fill up fast! Here's a few reasons why... Camping is GOOD FOR YOU...
FRESH AIR After setting up your tent or moving your belongings into your yurt, you take a deep breath and are overwhelmed by a feeling of happiness. This is not only because you are about to embark on a week-long vacation, but because you are surrounded by trees which give off a high-capacity of oxygen. Your brain functions better with this increased level of oxygen and releases serotonin, which makes you feel happy and lowers your stress level.
Fresh air has other health benefits, such as improving your blood pressure, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system. Providing your body with these higher levels of oxygen over a series of days increases the effect of these health benefits.
EXERCISE AND SOCIALIZE Camping provides a great deal of exercise. You walk to different amenities, swim, play sports, hike, fish, etc. These different exercises burn off a greater amount of calories than an office job would. Exercise activates your cardiovascular system and is beneficial to the health of your heart and lungs.
In a society where hard work is idealized, and more time is spent at your place of employment rather than at home, camping provides time away from daily stresses and allows time for you and your family to socialize without distractions. According to The American Journal of Public Health, socializing can delay memory problems and extend your lifespan
SUNSHINE Whether you are sleeping outdoors or taking refuge in an RV, just spending down time outside has a huge impact on your health. The sun is not only good for that tan, but it also provides our bodies with Vitamin D. This is essential to our well-being because Vitamin D allows our body to absorb calcium and phosphorous which strengthens our bones and teeth.
REDUCES STRESS & DECREASES ANXIETY / DEPRESSION Being outdoors and camping allows you to remove yourself from the stresses of your career. Sitting by the pool or in front of a dim campfire are great ways to relieve stress. Although many campsites offer wifi, it is important to allow yourself time away from technology and connectedness (the need to be connected through social media). The decrease in the constant stimulation of technology will encourage a greater psychological and emotional health.
Research has shown that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. Camping allows us to break away from the chaos of life and enjoy the simplicity of nature. Clarity can be developed from the solitude of nature.
Shelter Rental: Shelters can be rented throughout the year for $25.00 per day. Contact park staff to schedule rental of the building.
Picnicking: In addition to camping facilities, Garvin Park has five (5) large picnic shelters, and numerous picnic tables spread throughout the park. Four (4) shelters have electricity. Twin Lakes park has one picnic shelter with electricity.
Park Amenities and Facilities:Garvin Park has Shower Facilities in the lower campground. A Dump Station is also available in the lower campground. (Off Site Dumping for non-registered campers is $5.00). Garvin Park has plenty of recreation, and play space including a softball field, several sets of playground equipment, and disc golf.
NOTE: - Written and Driving Exams are given at the office located at 601 N. Highway 59 Telephone 537-7024 for hours and additional information. - For vehicle registration, tabs, automobile licensing, etc you must go to the Auto Licensing Bureau at 302 W Redwood St (507) 532-4643.
Current and Delinquent Real Estate Records
Print and mail tax statements
Property tax collections and payment entry
Compute and prove tax settlements
Distribute taxes to taxing entities
Investment Officer for county investments
Mortgage Registry Collections
Deed Tax computations and collections
Financial Records - banking and reconciliation of accounts
Human Resources administers the personnel policies and procedures adopted by the Lyon County Board as well as classification and compensation plans, performance planning and review programs, and maintaining personnel records for each employee. Human Resources coordinates the recruitment, selection, orientation, development, transfer, and separation of employees. Affirmative action, Civil Rights compliance, Minnesota and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, short-term disability, HIPAA regulations compliance, and ADA compliance are also major functions of the office. The office coordinates and administers employee benefit programs for all departments, and works closely with Lyon County Administration and the County Board.
The County Recorder is the custodian of the land records and vital statistic records pertaining to Lyon County. It is the responsibility of this office to preserve these records in an archival quality format and assure easy and accurate access to the same. Duties are defined as:
Record documents relating to real property transactions in Abstract & Torrens Divisions
Collect & receipt Recording Fee and Well Disclosure Certificate Fee
Collect & distribute Well Disclosure Certificates
Maintain indexes and issue copies of all recorded documents
Maintain and issue copies of birth, death and marriage certificates
Process Marriage License Applications & issue marriages license
Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new Community Information Service designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our area using the latest technology. This service, “Nixle”, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email and web. There is NO Spam or Advertising. Nixle is completely free (standard text message rates apply for cell phone subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers). Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com. You will have immediate access to public safety alerts that are relevant to you, important neighborhood advisories you want to know about, and other valuable community information. You decide what information you want and whether you want it sent to your cell phone, email or just simply over the web. We are excited about this opportunity and hope you find it beneficial to you!
Lyon County operates a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide current and accurate geospatial (map) information to County departments, the general public and other entities. We seek to ensure that Lyon County residents and decision makers have access to geographic information that is complete, timely, accurate, and reliable. We promote the use of GIS and related technologies to more effectively and efficiently address problems, develop plans, and manage the natural, cultural, economic, and infrastructure resources of the county. Lyon County is implementing GIS to streamline county operations and to make County data and records available to the citizens of Lyon County.
GIS Department Responsibilities:
Maintain and create geospatial information
Maintain Lyon County Parcel data
Rural Address assignment and E9-1-1 System maintenance