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Marriage licenses safe from Minnesota shutdown

WILLMAR -- In the event of a shutdown Friday, marriage licenses will still be available in Kandiyohi County, according to County Recorder Julie Kalkbrenner.

Marriage licenses are "strictly a county jurisdiction," she said.

The news of the looming shutdown has inspired many local couples to get their licenses, Kalkbrenner said Wednesday, adding that the office has been extremely busy. The licenses are valid for six months.

Kalkbrenner, however, was quick to point out that uncertainty remains regarding some of the other services provided by her office.

The county recorder said she hopes to continue recording paper and electronic real estate documents, unless the shutdown causes a state Internet system failure. That isn't expected.

Similarly, the county office hopes to continue to provide birth and death certificates. However, no specific information has been received from the state regarding that information.

The office will accept filings for notary commissions, but the Secretary of State's office will not accept or process new or renewal commissions during a shutdown.

The Uniform Commercial Code systems, which allow for lien searches, are not expected to be available at either the Secretary of State's office or any county office after today.

Kalkbrenner urges those using the Uniform Commercial Code system to send their filings and searches in as soon as possible.

In addition, well disclosure certificates and the well contractor directory will not be available online at the state's Department of Health website.

Kalkbrenner suggests local residents monitor state websites -- or -- for any additional information regarding a shutdown.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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