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Emmet County, IA
Have a look around to discover county services, county offices, tax information and much more.
From Sheriff to Supervisors, find all of our county office services here.
Employment, Passport Information, and Title VI details are a few of the things you’ll find here.
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Drivers license renewals are by appointment only 362-5679
Tim Schumacher, Certified Iowa County Supervisor 2022
County Supervisor Tim Schumacher Graduates Statewide Continuing Education Program
The first class of Certified Iowa County Supervisors were honored during a ceremony on August 25.
Estherville, IA 8/29/22 – Emmet County Supervisor Tim Schumacher has become a Certified Iowa County Supervisor. The Iowa State Association of County Supervisors (ISACS) honored its first class of Certified Iowa County Supervisors during a ceremony in Des Moines on August 25 that was held in conjunction with the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Annual Conference.
The Certified Iowa County Supervisor program was created and is administered by county supervisors for county supervisors to create a culture of Iowa county supervisor leadership development through a well-rounded continuing education program with the overall goal of bettering county government in Iowa through education. Certification requires a two-year commitment and a total of 30 total credit hours.
“I am extremely proud of the commitment that was made by the graduates of this program. They have put in a lot of time, energy, and effort on behalf of their constituents to become better public servants through education,” said Tim Neil, ISACS President, Bremer County Supervisor, and Certified Iowa County Supervisor. “Certified Iowa County Supervisors are educated leaders!”
County supervisors in Iowa are elected to a four-year term by a vote of the public and serve as a member of a three or five-person board of supervisors. The board of supervisors is the governing body of county government. A county supervisor’s duty is to “protect and preserve the rights, privileges, and property of the county or of its residents, and to preserve and improve the peace, safety, health, welfare, comfort, and convenience of its residents.”
More information about the program and a full listing of graduates can be found at https://www.iowacounties.org/programs/certified-iowa-county-supervisor/.
Public Well being
Emmet County, IA
Emmet County was organized on February 7, 1859. It is situated in the northern tier of Iowa counties and is bounded on the north by the state of Minnesota; on the east by Kossuth County; on the south by Palo Alto County; and on the west by Dickinson County. It includes congressional townships 98, 99, and 100 North of Ranges 31, 32, 33 and 34 West. The townships along the northern border are fractional, so that the extent from north to south is only seventeen miles. From east to west it is twenty-four miles and the total area of this county is 408 square miles. The west fork of the Des Moines River flows through the county along the west side. The east fork has its source in Tuttle (Okamanpadu) Lake in the northeast part of the county and flows southerly along the east side of the county. The county has several lakes that afford good fishing. There are a total of six incorporated towns in Emmet County they include: Armstrong, Dolliver, Estherville, Gruver, Ringsted and Wallingford.
Estherville is the county seat. The first courthouse for Emmet County was in the town’s first school building located where the post office now stands. An election in 1879 moved the county seat from Estherville to Swan Lake. A couple years later, it was moved back. The first courthouse was built in 1883 and was located between the present library and courthouse. That first courthouse was torn down in 1958 when the present courthouse was constructed.
The Estherville Meteorite is world famous. The largest meteor fall on record landed two miles north of Estherville in May of 1879. It created interest world wide and parts of it are in international museums with a large piece being located in the Estherville Library.
Emmet County Courthouse Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
(closed on legal holidays)
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Drivers License Office
8:15 am – 3:45pm
Monday – Friday
by appointment only