Monday, June 01, 2020







WHEREAS, the Ottawa County Health Department issued policy guidance on May 27, 2020, stating that
the Department was not placing further restrictions on businesses within the county due to the
COVID-19 pandemic.

WHEREAS, the Ottawa County Commission adopts this guidance concerning
the management of the virus.

WHEREAS, the Ottawa County Commission resolves on this 28th day of May, 2020, that the
Ottawa County Courthouse shall be unlocked for the regular use of citizens to conduct business
with the necessary departments house therein.

WHEREAS, this Resolution is not binding upon the Courtroom as that are of the building is
covered under rules promulgated by the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and the
Chief Judge of the 28th Judicial District.

IT IS, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, by the duly elected Board of the County Commissioners
that the Ottawa County Courthouse shall be unlocked and opened for public access beginning today.


ADOPTED this 28th day of May, 2020.



Karen S. Brumbaugh, Chairman


Mary Arganbright, County Clerk














Ottawa County Reopening Plan


May 27, 2020




Effective 05/27/2020 at 12:01 a.m. the Governor’s previously issued executive orders regarding

limitations and restrictions for businesses and individuals have been lifted. Specifically, 

the Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas.


The Ottawa County COVID Taskforce, in consultation with the Ottawa County Health Officer, 

will not impose any restrictions on businesses or residents of Ottawa County. We encourage

 all businesses to continue following industry standards and best practices. Governor Kelly 

retained 10 executive orders that Ottawa County Health Department encourages citizens

 to review. They can be found at the following link:


Ottawa County Health Department (OCHD) will continue to monitor health metrics provided by KDHE and provide updates to the public. OCHD retains the statutory duty of isolation and quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 as well as close contacts. In addition, travel restrictions imposed by KDHE will continue to be enforced. Updated travel restrictions can be found at Traveling to a destination deemed restricted by KDHE will result in mandatory quarantine for 14-days.


Residents and visitors of Ottawa County need to remain diligent in social distancing as well as basic precautions like washing your hands, covering your cough, wearing a cloth mask, and staying home when you are ill.


Continue to follow and understand the guidance provided by KDHE and the Ottawa County Health Department. Make the individual choice to protect yourself and others around you.


Stay informed as information changes frequently. For more information, visit or, Ottawa County Health Department Facebook Page, or OCHD at 785-392-2822.







Welcome to the Ottawa County, Kansas 

Government Website 


Ottawa County was established in 1866 deriving its name from the Indians that were native to the region. Located along US-81 six miles north of I-70 in North Central Region of Kansas, Ottawa County consists of 720 square miles. Ottawa County has a population of 6,177 based upon the 2003 census estimate.  The county seat of Ottawa County is the city of Minneapolis. Farming and ranching provide the backbone of the local economy with manufacturing taking advantage of access to availability of two major interstates.

    The Ottawa County Courthouse is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday except holidays designated by the Board of County Commissioners. The Treasurer's office stops processing all transactions at 4:30pm. 


Minneapolis/Ottawa County Businesses Operations During Covid 19 Pandemic
Accessible Home Health No Changes at this time
All Smiles Dental Closed 3-20-20 to 3-27-20 Dr Swisher available for emergencies only
American Family Insurance Open as normal
Allen Law Firm Available by phone - appts requested
Auburn Pharmacy Closed to public - Call for Rx and supplies for door pickup
Auto-Tek No Changes at this time
Baptist Church - Minneapolis and Ada services by You Tube
Bennington State Bank Lobby Closed - Drive Thru open - 8-4:30 - Appts available
Branding Iron Bar and Grill, Tescott Will provide meals and deliver to elderly in Tescott without cost - church supported funds
Casey's No dine-in - no self-serve of food items - no personal cups for refills
Central Kansas Mental Health Ctr Services continue - initial appt in person by appt - other appts by videochat of telephonically
Citizens Bank Lobby Closed - Drive Thru open - Appts available
City of Minneapolis Closed to the public as of 3-23-2020 Available by phone, payments by drop box, online, by phone
ComCare Open by appointment only - well visits rescheduled
Daylight Donut No Self-Serve of beverages
Design's Floral Operating with Delivery only - they will call and leave at door
Dollar General Open - Senior shopping 8 - 9 am - Closing at 8 pm
Driver's and Clark Optometrist Open for Emergencies Only
Farm Bureau No Changes at this time Posted that they are available to run errands
Fajitas No Changes at this time
Family Barber No Changes at this time
Farm Service Agency Closed to public - 2 employees present for phone contact - other employees teleworking from home
Gene's Heartland Foods Closing at 8:00 pm daily
G L Huyett Restricting all public access - Admin work from home
Golden Wheel Meals on Wheels only - no dining in facility
Hometown Hardware Store remains open, customers may call for pick up, or come to ice cream window to order, curbside pick-up available
Hometown Outdoor Power No Changes at this time
Hrabe Liquor No Changes at this time
Key Feeds No Changes at this time
Lambert Insurance Open by phone or email only - doors closed to the public
Minneapolis Messenger Open by phone or appointment only - doors closed to the public home, email, or appointment only - door closed to the public
No Place Like Home Quilt Shop Closed through 4-4-2020
OCCK - 81 Connection Bus Regular morning route is running - afternoon limited to Salina/Belleville/Salina route
Ottawa County Courthouse Open by phone or appointment only - doors closed to the public
Ottawa County Hospital Restricted access through front door only - screening required - no visitation
Ottawa County Wellness Center Closed Effective 3-19-2020
Ottawa County Transportation Operating weekdays - limiting number of riders per trip - screening riders as needed rides need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance, but no more than 48 hours
Peno's - Delphos Carry-out and delivery encouraged - limit to 10 patrons
Pizza Hut Closed to Eat-in dining - available for carry-out - delivery to be available
Robertson Monument No Changes at this time
Rock City Burger Closing effective 3-23-2020
Scoular Grain Remaining open - employees will alternate to reduce work-force
Sunflower Veterinary No Changes at this time
Westside Ventures - Bennington Open - phone ordering and carry-out encouraged