Winsted City Government

City Staff

The city of Winsted staff members are: front – utility billing clerk Amanda Zeidler, Clerk/Treasurer Deb Boelter, and administrative assistant Raquel Kirchoff; back – Winsted police officer Tyler Bruns, Police Chief Justin Heldt, police officer Jim Lammers, City Administrator Clay Wilfahrt, maintenance worker Jamie Stotko, and maintenance worker John Schlechter. Maintenance supervisor Dave Meyer is not pictured.

City Council

The Winsted City Council includes: front – Mayor Steve Stotko and Council Member Bonnie Quast; back – council members George Schulenberg, Max Fasching, and Tom Ollig.

City Staff

City Administrator Clay Wilfahrt

City Clerk-Treasurer Deb Boelter

Utility Billing Clerk Amanda Zeidler

Administrative Assistant Raquel Kirchoff

Police Chief Justin Heldt

Officers Jim Lammers and Tyler Bruns

Public Works Dave Meyer, Jamie Stotko, and John Schlechter

Building Inspector Metro West Inspection Services

City Attorney Fran Eggert

City Engineer Bolton & Menk

City offices

City offices are located at 201 1st Street North. The mailing address is Winsted City Hall, PO Box 126, Winsted, MN 55395. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the phone number is (320) 485-2366. Other important numbers include:

Fax (320) 485-2858

City Administrator (320) 485-2366

Building Inspector (763) 684-0383

Police – Emergency 911

Fire - Emergency 911

Police Department (320) 485-2600

Public Works (320) 485-2201


The mayor and city council

The mayor and city council serve as the local legislative body in Winsted. They adopt an annual budget, approve expenditures, appoint all staff, and ratify all policies and ordinances of the city.

Mayor and council members

• Mayor Steve Stotko, 372 South Shore Drive, (320) 485-3898. His term expires in 2016.

• Tom Ollig, 141 George Ave. E., (320) 485-3987. His term expires in 2016.

• Bonnie Quast, 429 Lake Court, (320) 485-2353. Her term expires in 2016.

• George Schulenberg, 530 Kingsley Ave. S. (320) 485-4730. His term expires in 2018.

• Max Fasching, 302 Southshore Drive, (320) 485-4871. His term expires in 2018.

City council meetings are conducted the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at city hall, located at 201 1st Street North. To request that an item be placed on the agenda, contact City Administrator Clay Wilfahrt.

The Winsted City Council has also created several advisory commissions to aid the city in transportation, planning, development, recreation, and quality of life issues.

Downtown Vibrancy Commission

The purpose of the Downtown Vibrancy Commission is to develop ideas and processes to help promote business development in the downtown area of Winsted. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Lewis Room at city hall, unless otherwise noted.

Current members include Nancy Fasching, Don (Chip) Guggemos, Tami Rosenthal, and Joe Swanson.

Fire Board members

City representatives: Tom Wiemiller, voting

George Schulenberg, non-voting

Winsted Township: Steve Goebel, voting

Tony Hausladen, non-voting

Hollywood Township: Ron Stender, voting

Ron Kassulker, non-voting

Victor Township: Sean Groos, voting

Greg Bakeberg, non-voting

Woodland Township: Scott Salonek, voting

Barry Pawelk, non-voting

Fire Department

Fire Chief Chad Engel

First Asst. Chief Brian Langenfeld

Second Asst. Chief Jon Davidson

First Captain Brent Micolichek

Second Captain Shaun Bush

Third Captain Troy Scherping

Secretary Justin Hertzog

Fire board rep. George Schulenberg

Park commission

The purpose of the Winsted Park Commission is to advise the city council on the proper use of the parks, trails, and natural environment and policies covering recreation activities. The commission recommends an annual budget, reviews equipment needs, and plans for additional recreational opportunities in the area.

Park commission meetings are the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the council chambers, unless noted otherwise.

Current members:

Kimberly Moen

Steve Ebert

Petie Littfin

Tim Fury

Jordan Wolfe

City council liaison Bonnie Quast

Planning commission

The purpose of the planning commission is to advise the city council on all land-use planning matters.

Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, unless noted otherwise.

The Winsted Pride Award nominees are judged by the planning commission. The award recognizes residential and commercial/industrial property owners who go above and beyond normal standards to maintain their properties.

Current members:

Chairman, Marv Ebensperger

Jolynn Cafferty

Mike Guggemos

Allison Moses

City council liaison Tom Ollig

City services and ordinancesAll terrain vehicles (ATVs)

The operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the city is allowed by operators who are at least 16 years of age and have a valid Minnesota driver’s license, as long as the driver takes the most non-stop, direct route in and out of town. The ATV ordinance is available at city hall, or the city’s website at


The residents of Winsted take extreme pride in the maintenance of their properties. As a result, the city has developed a blight ordinance, which restricts the storage of junk cars, tires, old construction materials, and other debris and garbage. If you feel there is a case of blight in your neighborhood, contact the city.

Brush/compost site

The city maintains a location for city residents to dispose of brush and compost materials. Contact city hall for hours and location.

Building permits

Winsted has adopted the state building code. The city is provided building inspection service by Metro West Inspection Services.

Building permits are needed for a variety of projects, including installation of furnace and air conditioning units, re-roofing, re-siding, sheds, garages, and new construction. Should you have any questions regarding your need for a building permit, call city hall at (320) 485-2366.

Recreational fires

Recreational fires are allowed within the city of Winsted. Contact the city hall for guidelines for recreational fires.

City utilities

Cable – Cable television is available to all residents from Mediacom Cable. If you would like to connect to cable television or have any problems with cable television, call Mediacom at 800-332-0245. Channels 7 or 8 are the local public access channels in Winsted.

Electric – Xcel Energy, customer service: 800-895-4999, emergency or lights out: 800-895-1999; HomeSmart: 800-238-7378, business solution center: 800-481-4700; and McLeod Cooperative Power Association, customer service: (320) 864-3148, after hour outages: 800-927-5685.

Gas – CenterPoint Energy, customer service: 800-245-2377, gas leak emergency: 800-722-9326. Call Gopher State before you dig, 800-252-1166.

Telephone – TDS Telecom provides local telephone service in Winsted at (320) 485-4111. TDS is located at 316 Pine Street, Monticello, MN 55362.

Curbside recycling service

Recyclable materials are picked up every Tuesday by West Central Sanitation. Bins must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. Recyclable materials must be sorted, and include cardboard/boxboard, mixed paper, plastics, metals, and glass. For more information on recycling, contact McLeod County Solid Waste at 1-800-335-0575.

Day care

For a current listing of day care providers in the area, contact McLeod County Social Services. McLeod County’s local number for Winsted residents is (320) 395-2568.

Diseased trees

In order to prevent the spread of disease, all diseased trees should be removed as soon as possible.

If you have a tree or trees that you believe may be diseased, call (320) 485-2201 for assistance. Boulevard trees are removed and replaced by the city.

Dog licenses

A license is required for all dogs over 4 months of age. Licenses expire Dec. 31 of each year and must be renewed at city hall for $10. All applications for a license must be accompanied by a statement from a veterinarian indicating that the dog has current vaccinations; or a rabies vaccination certificate. City ordinance requires pet owners to clean up and dispose of any animal feces.


The city of Winsted requires a permit prior to installing a fence. Fence permit applications may be picked up at city hall.

Garbage pick-up

Garbage pick-up is provided every Tuesday by Waste Management. Containers should be curbside by 7 a.m. The company provides 32-, 64-, or 96-gallon containers. Tags can be purchased from Waste Management for excess bags of refuse. Refuse charges are available from Waste Management. Contact Waste Management at 1-888-960-0008 or via e-mail at for customerservice needs.

Post office

The post office is located at 155 Main Ave. W. and can be reached at (320) 485-2310. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.

House numbers

In order to locate your home in an emergency, owners are required to display their house numbers so they can be seen easily from the street, with a minimum size of 4 inches in height.


The city of Winsted requires a permit prior to any sign being installed. Sign permit applications may be picked up at city hall.

Snowmobile usage

The city allows snowmobilers to drive the most direct route from their house on city streets to outside city limits and return to their home on the same route. No snowmobiling is allowed between the hours of 1 a.m. and one-half hour before sunrise.

Water and sewer

Water and sewer customers are billed by the city on a monthly basis. For more information on your utility bill, contact the utility billing clerk at (320) 485-2366.

Winter parking

From Nov. 1 through March 31, there is no parking on city streets from 2 to 6 a.m. In the case of more than 2 inches of snow, parking is not allowed on any streets until the streets have been cleared of snow.