Sauk Rapids Declares a State of Emergency

Sauk Rapids Declares a State of Emergency Click to Enlarge Photo: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota / CC BY-SA (

(KNSI) - The City Council met via teleconference on Tuesday to vote on a measure to declare a state of emergency in the city in response to COVID-19.

The state of emergency provides the mayor, Kurt Huntsinger, and the city government the ability to enter into emergency contracts and invokes the city's disaster plan.

Essential city services such as fire and police will function as normal. City office personnel will be available by phone or email and the utility drop box will remain available.

The Sauk Rapids City Hall is closed to the public through at least April 1st, and will not be booking any new meetings until then.

All scheduled meetings through April 10th have been cancelled, but the city can call emergency meetings via telephone or other electronic means.

In the declaration, the city says they are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to make adjustments as necessary. Residents are encouraged to check the city's website for updates.