News Release-Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Hearing

Sheriff's Office Updates & Alerts - Stearns County, Minnesota
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Accepting Public Comment.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has owned and operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also referred to as drones, for several years.  A recent change to Minnesota Statute mandates that agencies whishing to use or purchase UAV’s must, according to Minn. State Statute 626.19 subd. 9, accept public comment on the agency's policy

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting public comments on Policy 606 Unmanned Aerial Systems Operation.  Comments will be excepted via email at, by mail at Stearns County Sheriff’s Office P.O. Box 217, St. Cloud, MN  56302 or by phone at 320-259-3702.  The Stearns County Board of Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on December 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., or shortly after, to hear public comments as well. 

In response to COVID-19, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12 relating to Emergency Management, Governor Walz has declared a state of emergency.  In response to the state of emergency and in accordance with Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, Board of Commissioner members and the applicant may participate by telephone or other electronic means.  The meeting will be broadcast live at:                                                                                              

The meeting will be held at the Stearns County Administration Center Board Room located at 705 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, MN 56303.  In person public comments will not be heard, to conform with MDH and CDC guidelines to minimize gatherings. 

If you would like to participate in public comment by telephone or other electronic means, please contact the Stearns County Auditor’s Office  or (320) 656-3900.  You may submit written comment by emailing  by 8 a.m. on the hearing date.  Written comment may also be mailed to the Stearns County Auditor’s Office, Administration Center, 705 Courthouse Square Room 148, St. Cloud, MN 56303.

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