Community Profile


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 3,735 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 and our expansive recreation programs. While you’re here, play a round a 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.


County: Winona
Region: Southeast
Distance from Minneapolis: 100
Distance from nearest MSA*: 25 Miles from Rochester MSA
US Congressional District: 1
MN Legislative District(s): 28B
Web site:
Last Updated: 3/23/2017


2017 Estimate
2007 Estimate
2000 Census
1990 Census
Community: 3825 3,569 3,295 2,703
County: 49,954 49,985 47,828
Nearest MSA: 181,603 124,277 106,470
Minnesota: 5,263,610 4,919,479 4,375,099
Source: U.S. Census, State Demographer * Metropolitan Statistical Area


Major Employers

Employer NAICS Products/Services Employee Count
St. Charles Schools-ISD #858 6111 Elementary & Secondary Schools 115
Golden Living Center 6231 Nursing Care Facilities 93
Excel Manufacturing Inc 3339 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 49
Mike's Food Center 4451 Grocery Stores 31
City of St. Charles 9211 Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 18
SEMA 3332 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 13
Subway 7221 Full-Service Restaurants 11
US Post Office 4911 Postal Service 11
Kwik Trip 4471 Gasoline Stations 10
Merchants Bank - St Charles 5221 Depository Credit Intermediation 10
Cabin Coffee      
Ag Specialists 3253 Pesticide, Fertilizer & Other Ag. Chem. Mfg. 8
Brownell Drug 4461 Health & Personal Care Stores 8
Bremer Bank 5221 Depository Credit Intermediation 8
Hawkins & Ash, CPA 5412 Accounting, Tax Prep., Bookkeeping, & Payroll Services 8
St Charles Vet Clinic 5419 Other Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 7
St Charles Tire & Service 3262 Rubber Product Manufacturing 6
All-American Co-op 3253 Pesticide, Fertilizer & Other Ag. Chem. Mfg. 5
Red's Welding 8113 Comm. & Indus. Mach.& Equip. (exc. Auto & Elec) Rep. & Maint.


A& W Restaurant 7221 Full Service Restaurant 8



Winona County Southeast (10)
Econ Dev Region
Total Employment 27,713 257,055
Available Workforce 29,086 270,787
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 5.1%
Source: DEED - Labor Market Information: LAUS Annual Average 2008

Employment By Industry

Winona County Southeast (10)
Econ Dev Region
Natural Resources and Mining 386 2,483 
Construction 578 8,632 
Manufacturing 6,709 40,316 
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 4,437 41,442 
Information N/A 3,421 
Financial Activities 694 8,432 
Professional and Business Services 2,083 13,724 
Education and Health Services 3,792 58,833 
Leisure and Hospitality 2,101 19,899 
Other Services 641 6,478 
Government 3,284 30,408 
N/A - No Data Available
Source: DEED - Labor Market Information: CEW Annual Data 2008

Occupations and Wages in Southeast Minnesota

Job Title Wage/Hr
Architecture and Engineering Occupations $29.72
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations $17.39
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations $11.95
Business and Financial Operations Occupations $24.09
Community and Social Services Occupations $17.90
Computer and Mathematical Occupations $36.24
Construction and Extraction Occupations $22.22
Education, Training, and Library Occupations $20.07
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations $12.82
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations $8.85
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations $30.91
Job Title Wage/Hr
Healthcare Support Occupations $13.18
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations $18.79
Legal Occupations $27.47
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations $26.67
Management Occupations $38.18
Office and Administrative Support Occupations $14.81
Personal Care and Service Occupations $10.86
Production Occupations $14.97
Protective Service Occupations $18.79
Sales and Related Occupations $10.35
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations $13.69


Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone Contact Contact Phone
Electricity  City of St. Charles   932-3020  Kyle Karger  507-259-7449 
Natural Gas  Minnesota Energy Resources Corp   1-800-889-9508  Rory Lenton  1-800-889-9508 
Wastewater  Dover-Eyota/St Charles Sanitary Dist   (507) 932-4171  John Brogan (507) 932-4171 

Water Information
Water Source: Wells
Storage Capacity: 1,000,000 gal.
Pumping Capacity: 1,280 gal./minute
Average Demand: 442,000 gal./day
Peak Demand: 600,000 gal./day
Total Water Hardness: 16 ppm
Industrial Water Rate:

Base chg. $16.22; $3.32 /1,000 gallons

Wastewater Information
Treatment Type: Community Drain Field
Capacity of Plant: 800,000 gal./day
Average Flow: 550,000 gal./day
Peak Flow: 650,000 gal./day
Usage Charge: Base chg. $15.08; $6.35/1,000 gallons


Telephone Information
Local Telephone Company: CenturyLink
Telephone Number: (800) 603-6000
Contact: Karen Jothen
Telephone Number: (612) 663-5675
Digital Central Switch: No
Equal Access Market: Yes
Extended Area Service: Yes
Custom Calling Feautures: Yes
Customized Local Area Services: Yes
Current Technologies: ISDN
Internet Service
Local Public Internet Access Site: No
Multiple Internet Service Providers: No
Speed of Service:
DEED Certification as E-Commerce Ready: No
Cable TV Information
Local Company Telephone Website
Mediacom (800) 332-0245
HBC 888/474-9995
Newspapers Information
Newspaper Name Telephone Frequency
St. Charles Press (507) 932-3663 Weekly

Commercial Transportation & Shipping

Highway Information
Interstate Miles From Community Load Limit in Tons Seasonal Limit In Tons
I-90 Within 10 10

Four Lane Miles From Community Load Limit in Tons Seasonal Limit In Tons

Other Miles From Community Load Limit in Tons Seasonal Limit In Tons
MN-74 Within 10 7
US-14 Within 10 10
Truck Information
Truck Lines:   2
Truck Terminals:   0
Navigable Water Information
Water Name Depth
Rail Information
Inter-Modal Facility: No
Inter-Modal Facility Distance: 25 miles

Rail Line Frequency Reciprocal Switching Distance to Main Line Passenger Service
DM&E Daily Yes 0 No
Air Service Information
  International Local Regional Service
Name Rochester Intl. Airport Winona Municipal Airport Winona Municipal Airport
Location Rochester Winona Winona
Miles to 30 25 30
Longest Runway Length 9,033 Feet 5,199 Feet 5,199 Feet
Surface Type Paved Paved Paved
Lighted Yes Yes Yes
Customs Yes No No
Service Type Charter, Commercial, Freight, Jet Charter, Commercial, Freight Charter, Commercial, Freight
Major Airlines American Eagle, Delta, Allegiant Air, Federal Express

Housing & Commercial Activity

Housing Information
Single Family Units: 725 Percentage Owner Occupied: 67
Multiple Family Units: 276 Median Sales Price: - - -
Mobile Homes: 89 Median Assessed Value: - - -
Number of Units Built Since Last Census: Median Rent: $309
Number of Residential Building Permits for 2009: 8 Vacancy Rate: 4
Value of Residential Building Permits for 2009: $1,369,000
Source: US Census, 2002
Commercial Activity Information
Number of Commercial Building Permits for 2012: 1
Value of Commercial Building Permits for 2012: $300,000
Number of Public Building Permits for :
Value of Public Building Permits for :
Retail Sales Information
Year Community Sales County Sales
2007 $0 $577,323,763
2006 $0 $572,893,103
2005 $0 $547,891,300

Source: MN Dept. of Revenue

Business & Community Services

Financial Institutions Information
Name Phone Total Assets Capital as % of Assets
Bremer Bank (507) 932-5001 $123,731,000 - - -
Merchants Bank - St Charles (507) 932-4610 $26,000,000 - - -
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Lodging & Meeting Facilities Information
Facility Number of Facilities
Facility Size Teleconferencing
Available to Public
Hotel 0 No No
Motel 1 16 rooms No No
Conference Center 1 120 No No
Additional Lodging & Meeting Facilities
Facility Type Facility Name Phone
Motel White Valley Motel 507/932-3042
Local Medical Facilities Information
Facility Type Nbr of Facilities Total Nbr of Beds Telemedicine Available
Clinic 1 No
Dentist 1 No
Doctor 2 No
Hospital 0 No
Nursing Home 1 90 No

Name of Nearest Hospital (if none in community):

St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester
Miles to Nearest Hospital: 25
Additional Local Medical Facilities
Facility Type Facility Name Phone Telemedicine Available
Assisted Living Dori Zanto 507/932-3688 Yes
Chiropractic St. Charles Family Chiropractic 507/932-5696 Yes
Clinic Olmsted Medical Center 507/932-3810 Yes
Dentist Midwest Dental Office 507/932-4530 Yes
Local Transit Information
Service Available Service Available
Inter-Community Bus Yes Taxi/Cab No
Intra-Community Bus No Disabled Transportation Yes
Library Information
Name Phone Internet Access
Southeast Libraries Cooperating No
St. Charles Public Library 507/932-3227 Yes
Recreation Information
Community Center, Senior Center, private 18 hole golf course, Aquatic Center, Whitewater State Park, ice rink, tennis courts, walking trails, five city parks, ball fields, volleyball, skate park, playgrounds and paved walk and bike trails.

Gladiolus Days Festival , Sting Baseball, Fall Car Cruise, Farmer's Market, Summer - Tuesday evenings (Senior Center parking lot), Springfest, Memorial Day, Home and Garden Show, Winona County Fair

Service Organizations
Lions, Women of Today, VFW, Moose Lodge, American Legion, Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts, Masonic Lodge, Ducks Unlimited, Friends of the Library, 4H, Future Farmers of America, St. Charles Senior Organization.


Post-Secondary Information
Nearest Technical College & Specialty Location Miles To

Nearest Community College & Specialty Location Miles To
Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester 20
Rochester Community and Technical College was founded in 1915 on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo to the Rochester School Board. Rochester is Minnesota's oldest - and one of the nation's oldest - original community colleges. The 2005-2006 academic year marked RCTC's 90th anniversary. The college serves approximately 7,500 students in credit-based enrollments and 3,000 in noncredit courses. Degrees offered: Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, diplomas, and certificates. Largest programs: Liberal arts, nursing, business, digital arts, law enforcement. Unique programs: Dental hygiene, equine science, horticulture technology, human services, radiography, surgical technology, veterinary technology. Its location is within University Center Rochester, an expansive campus that includes the University of Minnesota Rochester and Winona State University - Rochester Center, altogether serving approximately 20,000 credit and noncredit students annually. 8/08

Nearest Public College/University & Specialty Location Miles To
Winona State University Winona 25
Winona State University is a premier regional university with graduate and undergraduate programs. It is enriched by a dynamic culture and is renowned for its principle-centered approach to education. Located in the high bluff country of the upper Mississippi Valley, Winona stands among the front ranks of midwestern universities and is recognized as one of the most distinctive undergraduate universities in the nation. Degrees offered: Associate of Arts; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; 4 Special Licensure Programs; 10 Pre-Professional Programs; Master of Science. Winona State University is comprised of five colleges offering over 80 majors and 10 pre-professional programs: College of Business; College of Education; College of Liberal Arts; College of Nursing and Health Sciences; College of Science and Engineering. Your education will be shaped not only by extraordinary and approachable faculty, but also by our distinctive approach to teaching and learning, the way we use technology, and the rich natural beauty of this magnificent region that embraces our campus and community. 6/06

Nearest Private College/University & Specialty Location Miles To
Saint Mary's University - Winona Winona 20
In the Lasallian spirit of faith and zeal, Saint Mary’s University — a global and diverse learning community — serves students through relevant and innovative educational programs, experiences, and enterprises. The university is nourished by its Catholic intellectual, moral, and cultural traditions and is inspired by excellence in teaching as modeled by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The hallmark of the university is its commitment to serve the needs of individual learners and promote life-long learning in a variety of contexts. SMU enrolls about 6,000 students. Of those, about 1,350 are traditional undergraduates; more than 4,600 are adult learners in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. At the coeducational, residential Winona campus, located in the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley, the undergraduate College curriculum combines traditional liberal arts and sciences with career preparation in a student-centered environment. “U.S. News & World Report” (2008) ranks Saint Mary’s in the National Universities category of its America’s Best Colleges listing. 8/08

Telecommunications Use Available at Area Post-Secondary Institutions: Yes
Local K-12 Information
School Type Nbr of Schools Enrollment Grades Pupil/Teacher Ratio
Elementary 1 614 K-6 21:1
Middle School
Junior High
Senior High 1 477 7-12 15:1
School District:
Telecommunications Use Available at Local K-12: No
High School Graduates Attending Post-Secondary: 75%
State Wide Average: 68%


Structure Information
Organization: Mayor\Council
Budget: $7,062,288
Community Bond Rating: Moody's - - AAA
Comprehensive Land Use Plan: Yes
Locally Controlled Loan Program: Yes
Recycling: Yes
Fire Insurance Rating: 5
Industrial Plans Approved By: City Building Official, City Council, Economic Development Authority, Planning Commision
Public Protection Services
Service Type Regular Part-Time Volunteer Seasonal
Fire - - - - - - 30 - - -
Police 4 9 - - - - - -
Sheriff - - - - - - - - - - - -
EMT - - - - - - 14 - - -

Property Taxes Payable 2008

Property Tax Information Assessed Market Value Information
State Tax Rate 45.95%   Commercial $160,301,400  
Municipal Tax Rate 34.48%   Residential $20,491,133  
County Tax Rate 43.02%   Other $35,327,912  
School Tax Rate 19.80%   Total $216,120,445  
Misc. Tax Rate 0.94%  
Total Tax Rate 144.19%  

Minnesota commercial real estate taxes are based upon market value of taxable property as set by the local assessor. To calculate the tax for the current year, first compute the tax capacity by multiplying all property value up to $150,000 times .015, plus any value over $150,000 times .02. Example: net tax capacity on a $200,000 business property: ($150,000 X .015) + ($50,000 X .02) = $2,250 + $1,000 = $3,250. Tax capacity times the tax rate equals taxes owed. Commercial and industrial property must also pay a state property tax, which is equal to the tax capacity times the State Tax Rate.

In some localities where voters have approved referendums, an additional referendum tax must be added, calculated by multiplying the referendum tax rate times the total market value of the commercial property.

Please note: Specific property tax classifications and computations can be more complex and result in different tax amounts. This simplified explanation applies in the most general situations and will allow a business to roughly estimate its potential property tax burden. The county assessor or auditor may be able to answer questions about specific properties and uses.

Commercial Buildings and Land Sites

Land Site
City, State  Zip Code
Space Available
Build To Suit
Contact Name
Phone Number
Whitewater Industrial Park  
Lot 2 Block 1
St. Charles, MN 55972
1.4  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park  
Lot 3 Block 1
St. Charles, MN 55972
0.7  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park  
Lot 4 Block 2
St. Charles, MN 55972
0.8  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park  
Lot 5 Block 2
St. Charles, MN 55972
1.1  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park  
Lot 6 Block 2
St. Charles, MN 55972
1.3  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park First Subdivision 
170 West Circle Drive
St. Charles, MN 55972
1.8  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park Second Subdivision 
203 Industrial Park Drive NW
St. Charles, MN 55972
1.0  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park Second Subdivision 
204 Industrial Park Drive NW
St. Charles, MN 55972
0.7  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020
Whitewater Industrial Park Second Subdivision 
206 Industrial Park Drive NW
St. Charles, MN 55972
0.7  Acres
Light Manufacturing 
Cris Gastner
St. Charles EDA
(507) 932-3020

Economic Development Services

Economic Development Authority: Yes
Housing Redevelopment Authority: No
County Development Corporation: No
Chamber of Commerce: No
Port Authority: No
The City of St. Charles provides a variety of programs and incentives for new and existing businesses including an active Revolving Loan Fund, Tax Increment Financing, and assistance in financial planning, marketing and grant and loan applications. The City is fully committed to utilizing these and other incentives to ensure the continued success of its new industrial park.

Contact Information
Nick Koverman
City Administrator
St. Charles, City of
830 Whitewater Avenue
St. Charles, MN  55972
(507) 932-3020
John Schaber
St. Charles, City of
830 Whitewater Avenue
St. Charles, MN  55972
Cris Gastner
St Charles EDA
830 Whitewater Ave
St. Charles, MN  55972
(507) 932-3020

Disaster & Emergency Services

Name Phone Number(s)
Public Safety emergency resources 1-800-422-0798 or metro 651-649-5451
Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V FEMA 312-408-5500
Small Business Administration Disaster Resources Disaster Area Offices 404-347-3771
St. Charles Police Department 507-932-3020