The Courthouse is open to the public. For those that do not want to come into the building, Chippewa County has installed a drop box located in the front of the building by the East main doors. This box may be used to drop off documents, abstracts, birth/death applications, or paperwork related to any office within the Courthouse. The box will be checked in the morning and around noon.
The County Recorder is the custodian of all records of the county pertaining to property title and transfers. Records include:
- Various Forms of Deeds
- Various Other Documents Presented for Recording Purposes
Before a document can be recorded, it must meet certain requirements. If these requirements are not met, documents are returned to the sender for correction. When documents have been returned, the recording is completed and the instruments returned to the proper person.
In Minnesota, the County Recorder is also the registrar of Titles under the Torrens Systems. The Registrar is an arm of the district court and under the court’s control at all times. One or more attorneys in the county may be appointed by the judge of district court as Examiner of Titles and legal advisors of the Registrar.
In Chippewa County, the Recorder is also the Abstracter. The duties of the Abstracter are to compile abstracts of title, which is a brief complete history and record of all transfers, mortgage and other documents pertaining to a particular parcel of land.
Chippewa County also assists our local highway department in the many road projects that they may have by completing titles as to ownership for particular parcels of land in which they may be working on.
Birth/Death Certificates & Marriage Licenses
Another responsibility of the Recorder is the filing of all birth and death certificates for people who were born and died in Chippewa County. Chippewa County also takes marriage applications and issues Marriage Licenses and records military discharges.
Any person interested in their genealogy may come into the office and research their family history. All records in the office date back to the 1860’s.
All Real Estate documents, either paper or e-recordings, will be processed until 4 p.m. of the current day. Any documents submitted after that time, will be processed the following day.