City Departments


The Bird Island Municipal Building is located at 660 Birch Avenue.

Administrator Office hours  Monday – Friday  9 AM – 5PM

City Offices (320)365-3371 Fax (320)365-4611
Maintenance/Public Works Department  (320)365-3444

Deb Lingl, City Administrator
Dawn Soukup, Deputy Clerk
David Woelfel, Maintenance Supervisor
Dustin Lynch, Maintenance
Dan Wolff, Civil Defense Director

City Attorney, Jon Saunders, Anderson, Larson, Hanson & Saunders PLLP 145 South Main Street, (320)365-4868  

City Engineers, Bolton & Menk, Inc., Sleepy Eye, (507)794-5541         

Burn Site Hours:
Wednesdays 3:00-7:00 PM Fridays 3:00-7:00 PM Saturdays 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Recycling & Garbage
West Central Sanitation 1-800-246-7630
Redwood Renville Regional Material Recovery Facility

 Building Inspections provided by 101 Development Resources,
Darin Haslip, Building Official    Phone:320-226-5189, Fax:651-846-6034 email: Applications and handouts available at City Office

Public Transportation
Central Community Transit


The Bird Island Economic Development Authority (EDA) is a non-profit corporation that strives to attract businesses and maintain a healthy business climate.

The Bird Island Economic Development Authority is dedicated to retaining and expanding the businesses currently established in the City, and is ready to assist anyone interested in locating here. Tax Increment Financing, Revolving Loan and Commercial Development (interest buy down) Funds are available.

10.45 acres of vacant land has been designated a JOBZ zone, as defined in Minnesota statutes. Qualified businesses that are interested in developing in this area will be eligible for certain tax exemptions.

The Bird Island EDA meets the 4th Monday of each Month at 12 Noon at Athmann’s Inn. If you have any questions contact City Hall Office, 660 Birch Avenue (320)365-3371

  • Jason Berg – President
  • Neal Prokosch – Vice President
  • Deb Lingl – Secretary/Assistant Treasurer
  • Dawn Mertens – Treasurer
  • Paul Heyl
  • Mark Glesener
  • Krista Schneider
  • Susie Peterson
  • Gene Wenstrom – EDA Consultant 320-979-1845

Minutes of the Public Hearing to Provide Information on the Island Living, Inc. Senior Housing Project held
March 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM:
Island Living Public Hearing Minutes





Renville County Sheriff’s Office

Emergency 911



Bird Island Fire Department

660 Birch Avenue

Emergency 911

Fire Chief Ben Bohlin
 Assistant Fire Chief Ty Erickson 
Secretary Justin Vogt 
Training Officer Jerry Jungers

First Row: Josh Jungers, Dan Elfering, Tom Elfering,
Chad Christenson, Ben Bohlin, Joe Trebesch, Dustin Lynch
       Second Row: Ryan Johnson, Jason Berg, Brandon Baumgartner,
Ryan Ziller, Jerry Jungers, Justin Vogt, Dave Woelfel,
Jared Krause, Ty Erickson
Missing: Joe Jacobs, Patrick Posl, John Thompson

 A Little Bit of History

Emergency   911

660 Birch Avenue, PO Box 130

Bird Island, MN  55310

Members: Jamie Bohlin, Dayna Christenson, Abbey Elfering,
Chelsey Elfering, Julie Sander, Krista Schneider,
Darin Stranberg, John Thompson, Justin Vogt



       President         Krista Schneider
Vice-President     Abbey Elfering

    Secretary          Chelsey Elfering
    Training Officer      Jamie Bohlin

In Bird Island, friends will be found watching and participating in a wide variety of sports, recreational and community activities.

You will find your friends at the softball diamonds, ice skating rink, baseball fields and basketball, volleyball and horseshoe courts all located within the community. Numerous leagues, formed to play baseball, softball, horseshoes or bowling offer the challenge of competition for those interested. Golf courses and lakes are just a short drive away. If you enjoy dancing, the Island Ballroom is the place to go. For shooting enthusiasts, a gun range is available just north of the Bird Island city limits.

 Pictures of Lions Memorial Park:

Water Conservation Tips for Consumers

Bathroom Toilets

Toilet flushing consumes nearly half of the daily household consumption using about 5 – 7 gallons per flush.  Your toilet is not a wastebasket – don’t use to flush away cigarette butts or Kleenex.  Toilet dams save about two gallons per flush.  Most new toilets presently available on the market are engineered for low volume and use about 3 1/2 gallons per flush.   Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank. If colored water shows in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak and repairs are needed.


Bathing usually consumes the second greatest quantity of water in the home.  A shower generally uses less water than a bath.  Do you showering and hair washing in one step.  Fill the tub 1/4 full. This is enough to cover an adult’s body or float a child’s toy.   Most showers can be fitted with flow restrictor or low-volume head to conserve water.  Don’t turn the shower on until you’re ready to step in.


Don’t leave water running while washing your face, shaving or brushing your teeth.  An electric razor uses less energy that it takes to heat up the water for razor shaving.

Kitchen and Laundry

Twenty-five percent of the daily household water use occurs in the kitchen and laundry with much of this water being wasted.


Remove frozen foods from freezer before you’re ready to use them so you won’t have to use running water to hasten thawing.  Always use lids on pots and pans.  Use the smallest amount of water possible in cooking to save both water and nutrients. Most frozen vegetables require about 1/2 to 1 cup of water, not half a saucepan.  Rather than letting the water run while peeling vegetables, rinse them briefly at the beginning and end of the chore.  Don’t let the faucet run for a cold drink. Keep a jug of water cooling in the refrigerator.

Washing Dishes

When washing dishes by hand, use a stopper in the sink and don’t rinse with running water.  Use low-sudsing detergents – they require less rinsing.  Adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar to your wash water cuts grease more readily than hot water alone.  Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load, since each load uses from 12 to 17 gallons of water.  Use the prewash, rinse-hold and scrub cycles of your dishwasher only when necessary.


If your washer has a variable load control, always adjust water levely to fit the size of the load. This saves both water and the energy needed to heat the extra hot water.  Run your washer when you have a full load.  Remember that in soft water clothes get cleaner and require less detergent and less rinse water.  When buying a new washing machine, look for models with water or energy-saving controls.

All Around the House

Check every faucet for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day.  Use a broom, not the hose, to cleans the garage, sidewalks, and driveway. Wash the car from a bucket. Use the hose only to rinse it off afterwards.  Insulate the hot water heater, pay special attention to the insulation qualities of the shell. Avoid buying a larger tank than is necessary for your needs.

Lawn and Yard

Morning is the best time to water most lawns. Before 10:00 AM is best of all because rising heat later on tends to steal a lot of water by evaporation. Another benefit is that grass leaves have a chance to dry off quickly. Evening or night time watering leaves the grass wet and can allow lawn diseases to develop.  A lush green lawn requires 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water a week. Water three times a week applying about 1/2 inch at a time. Keep in mind the amount of rainfall that might fall on your yard and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.  If you let your grass grow to about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in the summer, water loss will be reduced because the blades will provide shade for the roots.  Avoid watering when windy or in the heat of the day.  Don’t allow sprinklers to run unattended. Use a timer as a reminder when it is time to move or turn off the sprinkler.  Lawns that are frequently aerated absorb water better.  High nitrogen fertilizers stimulate lawn growth and increase water requirements.  Thatch build-up in a lawn can create a rapid run-off situation. Every spring the lawn should be raked and dead grass removed.  Sprinklers throwing large drops in a flat pattern are more effective than those with fine, high sprays.  Forget about watering streets, walks and driveways. They don’t grow a thing.  Mulch shrubs and other plantings so the soil holds moisture longer.  When possible, flood irrigate vegetables and flower gardens rather than using sprinklers. Irrigation allows deeper soaking with less water. Sprinklers result in high evaporation loss of water.