Welcome from St. Charles, Minnesota

Whether you decide to stay, or just plan to visit, we welcome you to St. Charles and hope your stay is filled with many fond memories!

Located 20 miles east of Rochester and 20 miles west of Winona, St. Charles offers big city conveniences with the advantages of small town living.  Best known for being the Gateway to the Whitewater Valley, St. Charles is a vibrant community of 3,742 people comfortably nestled within the rolling hills and valleys of southeastern Minnesota. 

St. Charles is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.  Our vibrant main street, small town charm, and scenic residential subdivisions make St. Charles a desirable place to live, work and raise a family.  

In St. Charles, recreational opportunities abound. The Majestic Whitewater State Park is only seven miles north of the city. We have five beautiful city parks offering a variety of activities, including picnic areas, volleyball courts, ball fields, playground equipment and biking and hiking trails.  We are very proud of our Senior Center with over 90 active members, and our expansive recreation programs.

While you're here, play a round of golf at the St. Charles Golf Course, enjoy a warm summer day at our state-of-the-art aquatics facility, or visit our public library. 

If shopping is more your style, St. Charles' downtown area has several antique and specialty shops for your prowling pleasure, a pleasant outing for both the treasure seeker or browser.

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Miss Gladiolus Days 2015 Crowned! Congratulations to all of the Pageant Contestants. From right to left: Katie Kramer, 2nd Attendant Molly Hughes, Queen Anna Decker, 1st Attendant Sammy Pietrzak, Katie Frey. Photo Courtesy of Cory Chuchna.


Come celebrate and enjoy all the festivities of our annual Gladiolus Days, August 23rd-30th. Click here for list of scheduled events or here for more information.


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I-90 concrete paving begins May 26 near St. Charles, Dover, Eyota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A 12-mile concrete paving project will begin May 26 on the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 in Winona and Olmsted counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be restricted to single lane in each direction during the early stage of the project, while the prime contractor, Concrete Foundations of New Hampton, Iowa, begins building traffic crossover lanes and emergency pullout spots.

The westbound lanes are expected to be closed on June 22 and westbound traffic will be crossed over into the eastbound lanes, so vehicles will travel head-to-head. The westbound off and on ramps to Dover (Olmsted County Road 10, exit 229) will be closed at that time. Motorists who need to exit to Dover can take exit 233 at St. Charles or exit 224 at Eyota.

Once the Dover exit is opened on Sept. 22, the westbound off and on ramps to Eyota and St. Charles will close. Those exits will be reopen in late October.

The $17 million project will overlay concrete on the westbound lanes, as well as the westbound ramps at Olmsted County Road 7, Olmsted County Road 10 and Highway 74. The westbound bridge over Highway 74 will also be rehabilitated.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

To learn more about how I-90 and other key interstate highways support Minnesota commerce, industry and tourism, go to MnDOT’s Get Connected site www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected/ .





2015 Recycling Calendar

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RESIDENT NOTICE - Council meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Agendas and Council Packets

Do you want a topic added to the next City Council Agenda?

Fill out the City Council Request Form and return it to City Hall no later than the Thursday prior to the next council meeting.

Lead/Copper Tap Water Monitoring Results 2014

Fact Sheet

The 2014 Consumer Confidence Report as released by the Minnesota Department of Health related to the local drinking water, is now available here.

2014 CCR Report

Customers may also request a paper copy at City Hall.

Come discover St. Charles!