COVID-19 updates

In order to provide Continuity of Operations for city services, we must protect both our staff and the public moving forward. We are asking the public, for the purpose of city business, to communicate with city staff via phone (320) 363-7201 and email If you need to pay a utility bill, please use the drop off receptacle in front of city hall. The City of St. Joseph is dedicated to protecting the residents of St. Joseph and will continue to monitor this situation.

If you need to contact the St. Joseph Police Department for non-emergencies, please call (320) 363-8250 or email As always, in case of emergency call 911.

For more information and guidelines to follow in regard to  COVID-19 you may consult the Center For Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.   Information includes actions for home, schools/childcare sites, assisted living facilities, workplaces, healthcare settings, and community and faith-based organizations.  

MN Executive OrdersFind the most up to date information regarding current executive orders.

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES: Visit our Business Resources page for information and resources available for businesses and employees. 


CITY MEETINGS: All public city meetings are open to the public. These include, Council, Planning Commission, EDA, and Park Board meetings. Masks are required to attend. Meetings can also be viewed via Zoom. Please see meeting agendas for links and log in information.

COVID-19 HOTLINE:  Stearns and Benton Counties have established a local hotline to answer questions related to COVID-19.  The hotline is staffed by Public Health professionals.  The hotline is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 320-650-6625 or 1-877-782-5683.

GOVERNMENT CENTER ACCESS:  The Government Center is open to the public from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. If you wish to make a payment, apply for a license/permit, or drop off facility reservation forms, etc., please feel free to deposit those items into the utility payment box located on the College Avenue side of the Government Center, near the garage space.  Please be sure to include your name, address and a contact phone number with each item deposited. Online payments are highly encouraged. For all other concerns/questions, please feel free to contact our offices by phone at 320-363-7201.  For all non-emergency events/assistance involving the Police Department, please contact their offices at (320) 363-8250.

PARK PAVILIONS AND ST JOSEPH COMMUNITY FIRE HALL:  These facilities are currently available to rent. Any reservations will have to abide by current Executive Orders. Call 320-363-7201 to reserve.

MEALS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN:  Visit the following link for a list of restaurants offering free or reduced lunches to students while schools are closed at

CATHOLIC CHARITIES TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD RELIEF BAGS:  Food relief bags will be available on Wednesdays,  from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Catholic Charities Emergency Services and their eight mobile sites.

FUTURE CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS will be announced on the City of St. Joseph’s website, the local cable channels and local newspapers.