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City of Hutchinson
111 Hassan ST SE
Hutchinson, MN 55350



Information for New Residents

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As a new resident, you probably have many questions about various services available in the City of Hutchinson. Hopefully the following information will answer some of the questions that are most often asked. If you need additional information, please call City Center at 320-587-5151 or browse more of this web site.

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GAS AND ELECTRIC UTILITY SERVICE is supplied by Hutchinson Utilities, 225 Michigan Street (320-587-4746). Residents are billed for this service on a monthly basis.

WATER AND SEWER SERVICE is arranged through City Center, 111 Hassan Street SE (320-587-5151). Residents are billed for this service on a monthly basis. Payment for services may be made at the Utilities office, City Center, or the various payment centers. You should contact the Utilities office and City Center in regard to these services before you move.

REFUSE/COMPOSTING SERVICE for residences in the City of Hutchinson is provided through a contract with Waste Management. All residences within the city are charged a monthly refuse rate on their water/sewer bills. Refuse service is effective at the time water service is provided. In addition to a refuse container, residents are provided with a green 90 gallon cart with compostable bags for kitchen organics. Garden and lawn organics should be placed in the cart loose. Pickup is in alleys or curbside, with optional valet (garage-door) service for an added fee. Telephone Waste Management (1-800-450-9378) to find out which day of the week service is provided in your area or to report problems relating to this service.

POLICE - Hutchinson Police Services is a full-service community policing oriented agency employing 22 sworn officers and 10 non-sworn personnel on a full time basis. All emergency calls for police, fire, ambulance or other service are received by the communications staff of the department. Residents should use the universal 911 number in an emergency. The police department provides 24-hour police protection, police/school liaison programs, and various community crime prevention and protection programs. For information on any police program please call 320-587-2242.

CIVIL DEFENSE - Civil Defense sirens warn of approaching tornadoes or other emergencies. When you hear the sirens, take cover. Turn your radio to the local stations for further instructions. Sirens are tested at 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

FIRE/AMBULANCE - The Hutchinson Fire Department, a 30 member full-service department, provides fire suppression, fire prevention and rescue services to the City of Hutchinson and immediate surrounding area. Emergency ambulance service (paramedic level) is provided by the Hutchinson Community Hospital and is available by calling 911.

DIAL-A-RIDE BUS SERVICE - Bus service is made available to city residents by Trailblazer Transit. Dial-a-ride demand response service is available weekdays, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information and reservations, call 320-587-4757.

AIRPORT - The Municipal Airport, located on Highway 15 south, has a fully lighted field with a taxiway and a 4000-foot blacktop runway.

LIBRARY - The Public Library is part of the Pioneerland Library System with access to resources in five counties and throughout the state. This expanded Carnegie library provides excellent availability of reference materials of all types.

LICENSED DAYCARE - Many licensed daycare facilities are available. Current daycare information can be obtained at the McLeod County Courthouse, Glencoe. No-toll telephone is 320-587-4680.

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HUTCHINSON HEALTH - Hutchinson Health is a regional health care provider offering primary and specialty care, emergency services, urgent care and specialty programs. Patients can choose from 17 family medicine physicians and over 50 specialists ranging from orthopaedics, ENT, and cardiology – to pediatrics, podiatry, and psychiatry.

Hutchinson Health Hospital includes a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit, featuring eICU technology. A full-range of advanced diagnostic imaging services include: multi-slice CT scanning, digital mammography, X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and nuclear medicine.

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ELDERLY HOUSING AND SERVICES - The Hutchinson HRA operates Park Towers, a 101-unit apartment building for low to moderate income elderly. In addition, there are a number of privately owned apartments and care facilities for the elderly. The Hutchinson Senior Center (tel. 320-234-5656) offers a variety of services and activities for seniors.

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Hutchinson public schools

District 423 Central Office: 30 Glen St. N.W. Phone: (320) 587-2860. Fax: (320) 587-4590.

West Elementary: 875 School Road S. Phone: (320) 587-4470. Fax: (320) 587-0735. Principal Anne Broderius; serves students in preschool and grades K-1.

Park Elementary: 100 Glen St. S.W. Phone: (320) 587-2837. Fax: (320) 587-4821. Principal Dan Olberg; serves students in grades 2-5.

Hutchinson Middle School: 1365 South Grade Road. Phone: (320) 587-2854. Fax: (320) 587-2857. Principal Todd Grina; serves students in grades 6-8.

Hutchinson High School: 1200 Roberts Road S.W. Phone: (320) 587-2151. Fax: (340) 587-8217. Principal Ron Johnson; serves students in grades 9-12.

New Discoveries Montessori Academy: 1000 5th Ave. SE. Phone: (320) 234-6362. New Discoveries uses the Montessori philosophy, which fosters self-motivation and self-discipline. Administrative Director Dave Conrad; serves students in grades K-6.

New Century Charter School:1000 5th Ave. SE. New Century uses project-based learning, while integrating classroom instruction. Phone (320) 234-3660. Administrative DirectorJJ Vold; serves students in grades 7-12.

Crow River Area Learning Center: Classrooms are in the Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Middle School. Phone: (320) 234-2653. Fax: (320) 587-8217. Director Adam Holm; serves students in grades 6-12. Qualified students learn in small classroom settings or by independent study. Day and evening classes are available.

Cornerstone: 145 Glen St. S.W. Phone (320) 234-2683. Cornerstone is a transitional education program for students in grades 7-12.

Private schools

Agape Christian Academy: Located in the Word of Life Outreach Center; 950 School Road. Phone: (320) 587-9443. The academy serves children pre-K-5 for the 2008-2009 school year.

Maplewood Academy: High School classes are located at 700 Main St. N. Phone: (320) 587-2830. Fax: (320) 587-5649. Principal Steve Sherman; serves students in grades 9-12.

Northwoods Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School: Classes are at 95 Academy Lane. Phone: (320) 234-5994. Principal Yvonne Kahler; serves students in grades pre-K-8.

St. Anastasia Catholic School: Classrooms are at 400 Lake St. Phone: (320) 587-2490. Fax: (320) 587-6756. Principal Jody Stoffels; serves students in grades K-6.

Immanuel Lutheran: In Acoma Township, 20917 Walden Ave. Phone: (320) 587-4858. E-mail: Serves students in grades K-8.

Our Savior’s Lutheran School: Classrooms are at 800 Bluff St. N.E. Phone: (320) 587-3319. Fax: (320) 587-7861. E-mail: Principal Leland Huebner; serves students in grades K-8.


Heartland Head Start: Located at 904 State Highway 15 S. Phone: (320) 235-0850. Head Start is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization that assists low-income families in attaining economic self-reliance by providing free education for 3- and 4-year-olds.

King’s Kids: Located at Christ the King Lutheran Church; 1040 South Grade Road. Phone: (320) 587-2776. Fax: (320) 234-6233. School director Sue Maricle.

Kids Inc: Located at 897 State Highway 15 S. Service Road and 566 Bluff St. Phone: (320) 587-KIDS. Fax: (320) 234-6358. Director Mary Anderson; serves 3-5 year olds, classes are limited to 15.

Kid’s Depot: Located at St. Anastasia Catholic Church; 400 Lake St. Phone: (320) 587-4760. Fax: (320) 234-6756. Director Jessicah Gabrielson; serves children 3-5 years old.

Little Lambs: Located at Peace Lutheran Church; 400 Franklin St. Phone: (320) 587-3031, ext. 21. Fax: (320) 587-51162. Director Debbie Koglin; serves 3-5 year olds.

Montessori Preschool Inc.: Located at 504 E. Highland Park Drive. Phone: (320) 587-6214 or (320) 587-3112. Director Naheed Currimbhoy; serves children ages 3-6 as well as kindergarten and latchkey programs.

Noah’s Ark Preschool: Located at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; 800 Bluff St. N.E. Phone: (320) 587-3319. Fax: (320) 234-7861. Director Miriam Randt; serves children ages 4-5.

Learning programs

Early Childhood Family Education: 775 School Road S. between West Elementary and Hutchinson High School. Phone: (320) 587-8908. E-mail: Program Coordinator Cindy Wendorff.

Community Education: 900 Harrington St. S.W. Phone: (320) 587-2975, class publications mailed in January, May and September.

University of Minnesota Extension, McLeod County: Located at McLeod County Fairgrounds; 840 Century Ave. S.W. Phone: (320) 587-0770. McLeod County Extension Office offers agriculture, horticulture, 4-H, youth development, and nutrition education programming. University of Minnesota Extension, Hutchinson Regional Office; 1390 Hwy. 15 S. Phone: (320) 234-0431. The University of Minnesota Extension, Regional Office offers a wide array of regional Extension programming.

Ridgewater College
Ridgewater College is a community and technical college in Hutchinson and Willmar. The college offers opportunities in degree programs for transfer students and traditional students. Four-year degrees and career and technical training and a variety of other classes are available. Students may earn an associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of applied science degrees. There is also a masters degree program. The campus is located at 2 Century Ave. Phone: (320) 234-8500. President Douglas Allen; serves more than 1,800 students.

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General Information

CITY COUNCIL - The Hutchinson City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The public is welcome at any council meeting.

PLANNING COMMISSION - The Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. This commission is charged by the city council with hearing and reviewing all requests for amendments to zoning ordinances, variances, preliminary and final plats for subdivision of property, conditional use permits and sign variance requests. The planning commission holds public hearings on these matters and makes recommendation to the city council based on circumstances of each situation.

BUILDING PERMITS - Building permits are required for all buildings and structures for which the cost is $500 or more. Permits are also required for signs, fences and sheds. All permits are issued by the building official whose office is located at City Center.

BURNING - City ordinance prohibits open burning within the city.

COMPOST FACILITY - The city operates CreekSide Compost, a full service compost and recycling facility open to City and McLeod County Residents. The facility accepts yard waste and recyclable plastic, glass, newspaper and cardboard. Hours: Apr 1-Nov 1, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov 1–Apr 1, M-F Wed. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 12 Noon. Ph: 320-587-6762.

COUNTY SERVICES - McLeod County Courthouse, Glencoe, provides information on county services, including Social Services. Tel. 320-587-4680

DRIVER’S LICENSE EXAMS are administered by the State of Minnesota every Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. at the City Center. It is not necessary to pre-arrange appointments for written exams. Appointments are made for road tests by calling the Chaska office of MN/DOT at 952-448-3740.

EMPLOYMENT - The Minnesota Workforce Center at Ridgewater College, 2 Century Ave SE, is available to provide employment assistance - tel. 320-587-4740.

EVENT CENTER– The Hutchinson Event Center offers meeting, conference, and banquet facilities for up to 500 attendees. The center also houses the Senior Center and its activities. The Event Center is located at 1005 Hwy 15 S in the Plaza 15 Center. For more information call 320-234-5656.

FAIRGROUNDS - The McLeod County Fairgrounds are located on the southwest edge of Hutchinson, accessible from Century Ave SW or CSAH 8 (Airport Road). The County Fair is held each year in mid-August.

LANDFILL - The Spruce Ridge Resource Management Facility is open to the public weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.- tel. 320-864-5503. A fee is charged for disposal of refuse.

MOTOR VEHICLES - The Motor Vehicle office (320-234-2599) is located at City Center. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tues/Wed./Fri. and Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays the office is closed. Licenses for all motor vehicles, boats, trailers and cycles are purchased here. Driver's licenses are issued and renewed at this office. DNR licenses are also available. (Bicycle licenses are issued at the police department.) The Motor Vehicle office is also equipped to take passport applications and photos.

PARKS/RECREATION/COMMUNITY EDUCATION - A wide variety of leisure time activities and community education programs are provided through the PRCE department. Fred Roberts Park is a large softball and recreation complex; Veteran’s Memorial Field at Tartan Park is a lighted baseball complex; West River Park provides camping facilities and recreation areas. Civic arenas, field house, outdoor swimming pool and many programs and organized activities for all age groups contribute to the quality of life in our community while an active forestry program beautifies the city. For current information on recreation and community education programs, contact the PRCE office on Harrington Street- tel. 320-587-2975.

PARKING - Two-hour on-street parking is allowed in the business district, with three-hour parking in most city parking lots. Overnight parking permits for downtown lots are available at City Center. Signs are posted on various streets throughout the city that control seasonal and limited parking. During snow removal, additional streets may be posted for “No Parking.” Vehicles in violation of parking regulations are subject to citation for tow and charge.

PETS - The city requires that all dogs be licensed and leashed and that barking be controlled. Dog licenses are purchased at the police department and are renewed annually. The police department picks up and impounds strays.

POPULATION - Hutchinson’s estimated 2010 population is 14,100.

RECYCLING - A recycling program is in effect; recyclables are picked up in special containers on the same day as refuse service, each week. Information on recycling is available at City Center.

SNOW REMOVAL - All residents are responsible for sidewalk snow and ice removal from their property within 24 hours of deposit in accordance with city ordinance. Streets are cleaned and plowed by the street department.

SOCIAL SECURITY - Tel. 1-800-772-1213 or 320-253-4490 (720 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud, 56301-3500).

VOTER REGISTRATION - Voter registration cards and information may be obtained at City Center or at the McLeod County Courthouse in Glencoe.

WEED CONTROL - A weed control ordinance requires that property owners be responsible for mowing of weeds on private property.

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