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Consumer Confidence Report 2023

Winthrop Monitoring Results This report contains our monitoring results from January 1 to December 31, 2023. We work with the Minnesota Department of Health to test drinking water for more

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City Council Changes Meeting Dates

Winthrop City Council Announces New Meeting Schedule We have an important update for all residents of Winthrop! Starting this June, the Winthrop City Council will be shifting our regular meeting

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Chicken Permits

🐔🏡🌳 Attention City Residents! 🌳🏡🐔 Are you considering adding some feathered friends to your backyard? We’re thrilled to see the growing trend of chicken ownership in our city! 🐓 But

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2024 Public Nuisance Notice

Residents/Property Owners/Renters,   Spring came early this year! The Winthrop Police Department will begin sending notices to residents that are not in compliance with city nuisance ordinances.  Since we started

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Become a Charter Member Today!

Help the City of Winthrop by volunteering on our Charter Commission. The commission meets once annually and fixes any updates and or necessary changes to the charter. The charter commission

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Bids for Ford L-9000

Public Notice: Invitation to Bid The City of Winthrop hereby invites sealed bids for the purchase of a used 1989 Ford L-9000 Fire Tanker. The vehicle details are as follows:

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July 5, 2023





Dear Residents,


We hope this notice finds you well. We are writing to inform you about an upcoming temporary vacancy of three parking spots at the corner of Main and 3rd Street. The purpose of this action is to address line of sight issues associated with making southern and northern turns at this intersection, with the primary focus on enhancing safety for all residents and road users. Cones will be used to temporarily limit parking on Main Street from July 17-July 28.


Direct impact to the following address will occur:

224 N Main St

222 N Main St

220 M Main St


In the interest of improving visibility and ensuring the safety of everyone in the vicinity, the City Council has decided to temporarily vacate these parking spots. By removing parked vehicles from this area, we aim to provide unobstructed lines of sight for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, thus reducing the potential for accidents and improving overall road safety.


We understand the inconvenience this may cause, especially for those who regularly utilize these parking spots. However, please note that this action is being taken with your safety in mind. It is crucial to address these line-of-sight issues promptly and thoroughly.


Moreover, we want to assure you that further studies will be conducted to assess the effectiveness of these improvements and explore potential long-term solutions. We are committed to creating a safer and more efficient environment for everyone in our community.


We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this temporary adjustment. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the City Council or public works. We will strive to keep you informed about any developments or changes related to this matter.


Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to prioritize safety on our roads.



Michael Looft

City Administrator/EDA Director

Subject: Introducing Our New Utility Management System and Customer Portal

Dear Winthrop Residents,

We are writing to inform you about an exciting new development that will enhance your experience with our utility services and provide you with greater control over your usage and billing information.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Utility Management System and customer portal,, scheduled for June 28, 2023. This state-of-the-art system has been specifically designed to streamline your interactions with our utility services and manage your utility payments.

With the introduction of, you will have 24/7 access to a secure online platform that will offer a host of benefits and features, including:

  1. Monthly Usage Tracking: Monitor your utility usage monthly, enabling you to identify trends, set goals for conservation, and make informed decisions about your consumption patterns.
  2. Convenient Bill Payments: Pay your utility bills conveniently online, saving you time and effort. The portal supports multiple payment methods, ensuring a hassle-free experience. (This feature is Coming soon…)
  3. Community Communication: Gain valuable information about your community with the new Communications Tool. This will allow Public Utilities to send digital inserts every month.
  4. Notifications and Alerts: Receive timely notifications and alerts regarding upcoming maintenance schedules, service disruptions, and important announcements related to our utility services.

To ensure a smooth transition to the new system, please make sure to register your account on After registering, you will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to create your account. We encourage you to explore the portal’s features and familiarize yourself with its functionalities.

We understand that embracing new technology may come with questions or concerns. Rest assured, our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive support throughout this transition. We will host video tutorials to ensure you are comfortable using the new platform. Additionally, you can always call City Hall for direct assistance 507-647-5306.

We are thrilled to bring this innovative utility management system and customer portal to the residents of Winthrop. represents a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering top-quality services and enhancing your overall utility experience.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We look forward to serving you with excellence. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team at 507-647-5306 or via email at


Michael Looft

City Administrator/EDA Director

City Council has authorized the construction on a performance pavilion in the main Winthrop City Park.


Council asks that RFPs be back no later than March 31, 2023.


Please send submissions to


C/O Park Pavilion


Winthrop, MN


Why are energy prices so high?


For full information from MMPA please click the link provided below.



The City of Winthrop recently released their public financial statement.


To access the full statement please click here.

The City of Winthrop is seeking a full-time City Clerk-Treasurer. For a full job description and to submit an application visit the City of Winthrop website. For mail in applications please mail a cover letter and resume to PO BOX Y. Winthrop, MN 55396. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted.


The City of Winthrop is an equal opportunity employer.

The city of Winthrop, MN (population 1400) is now accepting applications for police chief. Candidates must meet all current standards set by the Minnesota POST Board and have previous experience supervising other police officers. Applicants interested in the position should be passionate about community, be a community collaborator and is a positive community influencer.


Starting wage for this position does depend on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $70,000-85,000 per year.  Other benefits will be discussed during the interview process if you are selected as a candidate. Traditional benefits such as health, retirement and more will be included. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2022. No application after the submission date will be accepted. Interested applicants can send resumes and CV to

Click here for a full job description.

Gaylord Sanitation is available for rural recycling pickup every 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month at the Winthrop Fire Hall parking lot from 8am – 11am.

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