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Watonwan County, Minnesota Sheriff Overview

Watonwan County is located in the southern part of Minnesota with its county seat in St. James. The county was organized in 1860, two years after Minnesota was granted statehood. Watonwan County is named after the Dakota word “Watanwan,”meaning “fish bait”or “plenty of fish”.. Zip codes in Watonwan County include 56022, 56056, 56060, 56062, 56081, 56120 and 56160.

Sheriff Gary Menssen is the current head of the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office. His contact information includes his email address ().

Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: P.O. Box 168

715 Third Ave. S.

St. James, MN 56081



Inmate Search in Watonwan County Jail

The Watonwan County Jail maintains an online

of inmates currently incarcerated in their Facility at their site in PDF form. Each inmate’s file contains the following information: Name, Age, Sex, Arresting Agency, Booked Time and Date, Charges. Gene Brown is the Watonwan County’s Jail Administrator.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures

All visitors are required to register given, addresses, relationship to inmate and nature of business.  All visitors with the exception of the inmate’s children and siblings. They must be 18 years of age and older.

Visitors are required to show an acceptable, valid picture ID. The ID card must be a US government issued or a passport.

No children are to be left unsupervised. The visitor will be asked to leave immediately if this happens.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by his/her parent or guardian during the entire visit.

Visits are limited to 20 minutes per visitor. Visits may be shortened due to visiting needs.

Visitors are restricted to one visit with the same inmate per day.

Inmates will be allowed 2 visits per visiting session.

Inmates will have no visits until after initial court appearance.

Inmates must fill out a visitors list with the visitor’s full name, address, and relationship and ages of children under the age of 18. Only visitors listed on the visitors list and approved by jail staff will be allowed to visit. Inmates may only make changes to the visitors list on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Any person who comes to visit with alcohol on his/her breath or seemingly under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied a visit.

A visit may be denied when staff has reasonable grounds to believe the visit may endanger the security of the facility.

Visiting is a privilege. If the inmate is in a disciplinary lock-down, he/she has lost visiting privileges, except with attorney visits.

Visitors released from the jail will not be allowed to visit for a period of 30 days.

Only money for the inmate’s cash account and necessary clothing items will be accepted.

No food or tobacco products are allowed in the jail visiting area.

An inmate has the right to refuse a visit.

Visitors must conduct themselves in an orderly manner. Visitors must be properly attired at all times. No revealing clothing or removal of clothing is permitted during visitation. A visitor will be asked to leave and the visit will be terminated if in violation of the rule.

Visits are recorded and may be monitored.

Visitation Time:

Tuesday and Thursday
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sex Offender Search and Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. The definition of a sex offender is a person convicted of a crime involving sex, including rape, molestation, and production or distribution of child pornography.

You can access this information online for Watonwan County by going to this , but bear in mind that searches sometimes reveal primary last known addresses or, rather the block that they live on. You are also required to accept a disclosure to use the database.

Bail and Bail Bondsman

Posting Bond in Minnesota Court

Before any subject is released on bond, the bond must be approved by a judge after submission to the prosecuting lawyer for approval and execution. It may be filed with the court administrator during regular business hours and also with the custodian of the jail. In cases where bail has been set by the court and the defendant has provided a bail bond with corporate surety, approval by a judge is unnecessary if the bond conforms to Form 702 as published by the state court overseer.

Forfeiture of Bonds in Minnesota Court

Whenever a bail bond is forfeited by a judge, the surety and bondsman shall be informed by the court overseer in writing, and be directed to make payment in accordance with the terms of the bond within ninety (90) days from the date of the order of forfeiture. A signed copy of the order of forfeiture shall be forwarded with the notice.

Watonwan County Probation Department
Probation officer’s are appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation. Items to bring to the Probation Office include: employment verification (a pay stub), residence (a lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.), community service record log, counseling or meeting attendance, all personal drug prescriptions, medical condition documents, and immigration registration among other things.
Office: Watonwan County Probation Department
location: PO Box 518, St. James, Minnesota, 56081
Watonwan County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined 15
Avg Daily Population 11
Name of new facility New addition completed by late fall of 2006, adding 6 more beds
Full time payroll 6
Full time total employees 6
Total salaries and wages 248773
Other operating expenditures 72138
Total construction costs 749
Equipment, furnishings, etc 2707
Year of original construction 1981
Year of major renovation 1997
Name of new facility not applicable

For more information on the Watonwan County Jail in Minnesota, Visit: 

Address: P.O. BOX 168 ST. JAMES MN 56081

Watonwan County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 2016 6,409
Number Employed Annual Average, 2016 6,088
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016 321
Unemployment Rate, 2016 5.0
Median Household Income Annual Average, 2015 48,044
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Watonwan County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 2014 1,219
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 2015 11.3
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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