The City of Medford 


Medford Pool is open!

Several changes have been made to the pool schedule and operations in order to implement the State of Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan guidance as a result of COVID-19.    

Open SwimOnly daily passes will be sold ($3 for afternoon session; $2 for evening session).  40 is the maximum capacity of people allowed in the pool.  Social distancing in the pool and on the pool deck must be maintained at all times.   

Swimming LessonsFirst Session July 6 – 17, Second Session July 20-31.

A parent/guardian will be required to be with kids enrolled in swimming lesson levels 1&2. 

Two sessions of Tiny Tots will be offered.

City staff will hold swimming lesson registrations June 30 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., at the Pool/Park.  Swimming lesson registration will be conducted at the pool, no registration will occur at City Hall. 

See 2020 Medford Pool Season Information for more details.


COVID-19 related links to Business Assistance, Individual Financial Assistance, Unemployment Resources, and Emergency Child Care Grants:

City of Medford EDA Emergency Loan Program for Medford Businesses:

City of Medford Precautions taken due to COVID-19

The City of Medford has modified the delivery of services due to the COVID-19 outbreak that is impacting cities, states, and countries throughout the world.  The City of Medford will continue to provide services; however, beginning Tuesday, March 24, the entrance to City Hall will be closed.  The City of Medford encourages residents to conduct business through telephone, email, mail, fax and online services when possible.

Closing the entrance to City Hall is for the safety of staff and the public.  We appreciate your cooperation in conducting business through telephone, email, mail, fax and online services when possible as City Staff continue to provide services and keep the core functions operating.









UTILITY PAYMENTS MAY ALSO BE MADE ONLINE:, click on the “New Resident & Utility Info” tab.


Permits/Zoning Applications will continue to be processed and may be submitted electronically or placed in the City Hall drop box (located to the left side of the City Hall window).

City Clerk: (507) 455-2866, 

City Administrator: (507) 455-2866,

Public Works: (507) 456-3886,

Public Meetings including Council, Planning & Zoning, Park Board and EDA may be conducted virtually/electronically and closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Meetings will continue to be subject to the Open Meeting Law. Proclamation 2020-02

Thank you for your cooperation.

2021 Main Street Improvement Project


The City of Medford and Steele County have discussed and planned for the reconstruction of Main Street for several years.  Main Street is part of the County State Aid Highway System and Steele County and the City of Medford are partnering on the project.  The City of Medford is currently considering making improvements to the City's Main Street in 2021.  The improvements would include constructing a new street surface and pedestrian facilities, installing new water mains, and upgrading storm sewer, among other improvements.  To learn more about this project, view the Preliminary Engineering Report.  Please also see the updated preliminary assessment roll.

To watch the live stream of the Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 P.M. public hearing, click on the following link:

Google Chrome is the preferred browser used to watch live stream.

Live stream of the Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 P.M. public hearing will also be available through the City of Medford, Minnesota's Facebook page.

Public Hearing Comments


Many people have purchased cleaning wipes because they have not been able to purchase toilet paper due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please DO NOT FLUSH CLEANING WIPES down the toilet.  Throw them in the trash.  Wipes do not dissolve like toilet paper.  Wipes can clog your pipes and can cause backups in sewer lines, mains, and cause major problems with the City’s wastewater treatment infrastructure and system.  We appreciate your cooperation to prevent a backup!  Please spread the word.  The Public Works Crew has noticed a considerable increase in wipes coming into the system in recent days – Posted 3/20/2020.    

Emerald Ash Borer

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has found Emerald Ash Borer within the City of Medford.  To learn more about what you can do as a property owner to respond to this insect, please visit the following site:

Certified Arborists - This is a link to a list of certified arborists in the region.  These individuals can help with identification of Emerald Ash Borer and may provide treatment services.  Area contractors that trim/plant/care for trees may also be able to identify and treat Emerald Ash Borer. 


If you have not already completed your census form, go to:

U.S. Census Bureau is soon to begin the next step in making sure Minnesota gets a complete count in the 2020 Census. Address canvassing by Census Bureau workers is set to begin next week (Aug. 12, 2019).

What is address canvassing?
Address canvassing is the process by which the U.S. Census Bureau validates, corrects, or deletes existing Census Bureau addresses, adds missing addresses, and adds or corrects locations of specific addresses before a decennial census. Census Bureau employees will not be asking for information about individuals but rather about addresses and habitable locations. 

How to verify employment
Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employees name, picture, and an expiration date. Regional level staff can be identified by their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card. Both temporary and regional level staff can be identified by their laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, and a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.

 Medford Recognized as one of the Best Small Towns in Minnesota!

Medford made the top 20 list of Best Small Towns in Minnesota!  The recognition released in mid-April valued a community’s unemployment, housing, income, highly educated adults, commutes, population density and insurance rates – data collected from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cities selected have populations of less than 5,000 and more than 1,000 or 214 communities in all.  Medford is #20!

The statistics included:

  • Population: 1,309
  • Median Income: $67,944 (46th Best)
  • Median Home Value: $149,800 (77th Best)

More details of the study  


Medford is located 45 miles south of the Twin Cities between Faribault and Owatonna directly off Interstate 35.  According to MNDOT, an average of 33,300 vehicles, traveling I35, pass by Medford daily.  The highest one day traffic count in 2016 was 49,075.   

Medford has beautiful park areas with a variety of family recreational activities including a softball diamond, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball court, and walking paths.

The downtown area of Medford has a variety of businesses to meet your everyday needs. Along with abundant housing opportunities, the wonderful school district makes Medford a great place to call home.

Medford has huge opportunities for commercial and industrial business along Interstate 35. Home of the Medford Outlet Center, Furniture Outlet and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.




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