Government

The City of Halstad is on the move! Imagine walking into a community where your neighbors wave while passing on the street, kids ride their bikes to the park and you can stop in one of the local businesses to be greeted by name. Halstad is just that, and much more. We’d love for you to experience all that is our city. 

Halstad is located on two major US highways in northwest Minnesota, and are perfectly located between two of North Dakota’s largest cities. We are just a quick 40 minute drive from multi-plex movie theaters and great shopping, but still far enough to ensure a safe and quiet neighborhood for your family.

Stop in for a visit, we’ll be glad to show you around!

 

Check out the Welcome to Halstad brochure to find out more about the City of Halstad!

Boards & Commissions

Halstad has four volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees, with over 15 members. The City actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Appointments are made once each year in the Fall. Interim appointments are made as needed.

City Council/Mayor

The Halstad City Council is the governing body of the City of Halstad. It consists of 5 elected members.

2020 is an election year for the Halstad City Council.  If you are interested in running for a seat on the council, a great first step is visiting with a prior volunteer or one of the current members.  Interested candidates may file with the city clerk from July 28, 2020 until August 11, 2020 at 5 PM.  To file, complete the Affidavit of Candidacy and submit with the $2.00 filing fee.

Available seats:
Mayor – 2 year term
Clerk/Treasurer – to fill unexpired term ending 12/31/2022
Council Member – to fill unexpired term ending 12/31/2022
Council Member –  4 year term
Council Member – 4 year term

 

EDA

The Halstad Economic Development Authority was established by the Halstad City Council to assist with the development and betterment of the community.  The group strives to assist local businesses, encourage development and strengthen and support the community.   

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Planning Commission

The Halstad Planning Commission was established by the Halstad City Council to assist with city planning and long-term development. The planning commission primarily acts in an advisory capacity to the elected body. The commission studies issues, oversees the preparation of plans and ordinances, and reviews and advises on development proposals. 

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Utilities Commission
The Halstad Municipal Utilities Commission regulates three cornerstone service industries in Halstad’s economy; water, sewer, and electric. 

 

Meetings

The Halstad City Council meets on the first Monday after the first Tuesday of each month.  The meetings generally start at 5:15 PM and are held at the Halstad Telephone Company meeting room.  Those who have business with the City Council may have an item added to the agenda by calling 218-456-2128.

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Ordinances

The only official edition of the City of Halstad Ordinances is the printed version maintained by the City Council.  Amendments, additions or deletions may not be reflected in the latest online version of the ordinances.  

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Audits

Annual audits are conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

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Mayor

The Mayor is the city’s chief executive and is responsible for the overall operation of city government. The Mayor’s term of office is 2 years with no restrictions on the number of terms served. A candidate for Mayor must have been a resident of Halstad for at least one year. Once elected, the Mayor must reside within the city.  

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City Services

City services are provided to over 600 people including water, sewer, electricity, garbage and recycling. Halstad Municipal Utilities prides itself on high quality, affordable services for local residents. Most recent updates include new generators for backup power and underground power lines.

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Emergency Services

The Halstad Fire Department is composed of 22 volunteers and the Halstad Rescue Squad is composed of 12 volunteers providing the city of Halstad and the surrounding area with emergency and non-emergency services. As a function of city government, both the fire department and rescue squad are committed to providing prompt and professional service to our community.

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COVID-19 Information and Updates

The Halstad City Council is following the Governor’s declarations and executive orders to mitigate any risk to the Halstad City Staff and the public in order to help everyone remain healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the City’s top priority to keep its many services functioning throughout the health crisis.

 

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