Ellsworth, MN

Some Place Special...



City of Ellsworth, Minnesota

Notice of Candidate Filing Dates


Pursuant under the provisions of Minnesota Statute 205.13 Subdivision 2, notice is hereby given that the City of Ellsworth, Minnesota, General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022, at the Ellsworth City Hall located at 322 S. Broadway Street, Ellsworth, Minnesota, and that voters are to elect one Mayor (four-year term) and two Council members (four-year terms each).

All terms begin on January 1, 2023.

The terms of offices that expire December 31st, 2022, are Mayor Colette Smythe, and Councilmember’s Sandra Sanders and Chad Schultz.

Affidavits of Candidacy for the above listed offices may be filed with the Ellsworth City Clerk-Treasurer Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, through Tuesday, August 16th, 2022, between the hours of 8:00am to Noon and 1PM to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday at the City Clerk’s Office in the Ellsworth City Hall at 322 S. Broadway Street, Ellsworth, Minnesota, along with a $2.00 filing fee at the time of filing.  





At the regular meeting of the City Council on June 13th, 2022, the Shelter House at the City Park, beginning July 1st, 2022, will be reserved by calling the Ellsworth City Clerk's Office (507-967-2373) instead of scheduling with Parkview Manor Nursing Home.

There will also be a fee of a $100.00 deposit with a return deposit of $50.00 dollars if the space has been cleaned up & neat after your event. 

If you have already reserved the Shelter House, before July 1st, 2022, you will be grand fathered in and will not have to pay the fee.

There is no smoking inside the Shelter House. 


If you would like to rent out the City of Ellsworth Community Room in the new city hall, please contact the Ellsworth City Clerk.  Click on the following links for the pricing and the rental agreement. 








We did it!

Our small community has been awarded funding through a bonding bill that was recently signed into law by Governor Walz in the 5th Legislative session. This is extremely exciting for our community!  This project is to build a large community center and fitness room.  The large community room will have access to the kitchen that is included in the new City Hall building. Class reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties, holiday bazaar, and large family reunions are just a few events that would be able to be hosted in Ellsworth. 

Due to the Coronavirus, we have not been able to hold any fundraising events.  However, we are still able to accept your generous contribution through the Capital Campaign Fundraising.  *** PLEASE NOTE *** – All contribution amounts will be kept confidential.  All contributions are tax deductible through a partnership with the Lismore Area Community Foundation and the Southwest Initiative Foundation.   Any gift, large or small, is appreciated.

This is the time of year to give.  Will you consider making a financial contribution or pledge this holiday season? 

Please consider giving to the Capital Campaign fundraising effort to go toward the new Community Center.  Contributions and/or pledges may be sent to:

Southwest Initiative Foundation

C/O DeNoble, Austin & Company PC

121 S. Story Street

Rock Rapids, Iowa  51246


To those who have already given, THANK YOU. Your gift is very much appreciated!

Yes, we did it!  Now we need your support to make it a dream come true for the City of Ellsworth!  


Thanks for your time and support of this project.

The Building Committee & Capital Campaign Committee  

Click on the link below for the Pledge Sheet. 



Register to



The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022,


Tuesday, November 8th, 2022,

at the Ellsworth City Hall, 322 S. Broadway Street, Ellsworth, MN  56129.

8AM until 8:00PM. 

We encourage you to register before Election Day, 2022.  It will save you time standing in line at the polls! 

if you are NOT currently a registered voter, you can pre-register at the Auditor-Treasurer's Office located at the Government Center at 315 10th Street, in Worthington, with proper identification.  

  • Proof of residence. A driver's license is an example of a Photo ID with current name and current address
  • Or, a copy of your water bill within the last 30 days with your current name and address on it, AND your driver's license (example of a photo ID).

You can also register online-just search  myvotes.org and fill out the application. 

If you change your name; moved into a different home with a different address, you will need to register.  

If you want to check your registration, go to myvotes.org

click on "Check my registration" and follow the directions.





NOTICE IS HERE BY GIVEN, that a Public Hearing will be held before the Ellsworth City Council (also known as the Land Use and Zoning Board) on Monday, August 8th, 2022, at 6:30PM at the Ellsworth City Hall, 322 S. Broadway Street, Ellsworth, MN 56129, to consider the following:

• Michael & Kimberly Lewis have made a request for a Variance to remove an existing garage and construct a new garage at their property they own in the City of Ellsworth, 202 W. Sherman Avenue; Lot 6 & 7, Block 14, parcel#25-0255-000, Nobles County, Minnesota.

• Michael & Kimberly Lewis have made a request for a Conditional Use Permit to construct a new privacy fence at their property they own in the City of Ellsworth, 202 W. Sherman Avenue; Lot 6 & 7, Block 14, parcel#25-0255-000, Nobles County, Minnesota.

Subject to Minnesota State Statute§462.357 and City Code #10, City of Ellsworth, will mail notices to all property owners 350’ of the areas included in each application.
The Ellsworth City Council will take testimony from persons wishing to be heard on these issues. Written comments may be sent to the City Clerk’s Office, PO Box 355, Ellsworth, MN 56129 by 5:00PM on Monday, August 8th, 2022.
The Ellsworth City Council


The regular meeting of the
Ellsworth City Council
Will meet at the Ellsworth City Hall
at 322 S. Broadway Street
 Monday, August 8th, 2022, at 7:00PM,
following the Public Hearing beginning at 6:30PM


The City Clerk’s Office will be closed on:

Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th


If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact the elected officials or employee:


Mayor, Colette Smythe                                                507-920-6901

Councilperson, Trevor Boltjes, Streets                      605-413-5162

Councilperson, Sandy Sanders, Buildings                 605-351-8246

Councilperson, Chad Schultz, Parks                         712-470-5977

Councilperson, Tonya Zitzloff, Water & Sewer         612-801-4955





 The City has and will continue to follow the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in taking every precautionary measure to contain COVID-19.   

  The health and safety of our residents remains the highest priority and the City constantly reviews its policies and procedures to minimize any health risks. 

With the Corona Virus (COVID-2019), the City of Ellsworth would like you to know that the City of Ellsworth is committed to the safety our residents and employees by actively monitoring updates regarding COVID-2019 along with following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and our Nobles County Emergency Management team.   Changes are made daily, but here is what we need to do as a community today:

 Continue to Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.

 STAY HOME! (Except to get medical care, pharmacy pickup, or groceries)

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick

 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue

 Use alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is NOT available

 Please stay updated by social media or posters

If you have questions about COVID-19, you may call the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 651-201-3920.




Welcome to our website.  

Introducing ePay!

We're pleased to announce our New electronic bill paying service.  With just a few clicks and either a credit card or your PayPal account, you can now pay most City bills electronically.  No more paper checks, trips to City Hall, or increasingly more expensive postage stamps.  Just click on the Pay My Bills tab and follow the simple directions. Or click the red tab (View/Pay eBills).  Your account number is listed on your utility billing card and the PIN number is listed on the utility bill card on the top, to the right of the City of Ellsworth address.  The service is fast, easy, and inexpensive.  Give it a try.  

Online Payments

We've recently started taking online payments.


View/Pay eBills

EyeOnWater ~

app for your phone or computer

You will be able to view your water usage through simple graphs.  It will spot costly leaks and set up alerts. Set up your account with several easy steps. EyeOnWater is also available as a smartphone app for Android (5.0 and higher) and iOS (9.1 and higher).  Great Tool! 

Click on this link:   Eye on Water

The City of Ellsworth has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this website.  However, due to the possibility of inadvertent errors that may have occurred when entering information, unauthorized access to this site, data transmission errors or changes to source material made since the last update to the website, the information contained on this website should not be deemed reliable for legal purposes.  Please contact the City Clerk-Treasurer at 507-967-2373 to verify the accuracy of the data.