City Services/Ordinances

Information updated January, 2024

All 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 on 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 police department.

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 MNSPECT, LLC.

Building permits are needed for various projects, including installing a 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 or MNSPECT at 952-442-7520.

Recreational Fires

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

City Utilities

Cable: Cable television is available to all residents from Mediacom Cable and TDS. If you want to connect to cable television or have any problems with cable television, call Mediacom at 800-332-0245 or TDS at 877-665-9990. Digital channels 107.1 and 107.2 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.

Garbage Pickup

Garbage pickup 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 customer service needs.

Curbside Recycling Service

West Central Sanitation picks up recyclable materials every other Tuesday. Bins must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. Recyclable materials 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 daycare providers in the area, contact McLeod County Social Services. McLeod County’s phone number is 1-800-247-1756.