License Bureau Re-opening



The City of Deer River is pleased to announce that we will be able to re-open our license bureau on Monday, April 13, 2020. The hours will remain the same; Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm.


Entry will be limited to one customer into the entryway at a time. At this time, the office is not able to process driver licenses.

If you have any questions, please call the license bureau at the following #:



Thank you.

Stay At Home Order Extended



In light of the Governor's extended stay at home order, I would like to say thank you to the residents of Deer River and the Deer River Community. The last month has been challenging. Still, it has gone by without any significant incidents in our community because of your willingness to listen to Governor Walz and his team's recommendations. Now we face an additional three weeks of the extended Stay at Home Order, and with the spring showing signs of coming, we are going to want to be outside. I would like to encourage you to continue to do your part and help slow the spread of the Corona Virus. This order is not saying you can't be out, but when your out, be out with your family unit, stay away from large gatherings, when you go to the store, make a plan and get everything in one trip and limit your contact with others while shopping. As the data is indicating, what we are doing is working to slow the spread. It is also showing we can't get complacent now. We need to continue following the State's plan of staying at home, social distancing, and make the right decisions when we are out in public. As the latest data also shows, we may not be through this until late summer.

To the city residents, thank you for adjusting how you pay your utility bills, purchase your pet licenses, and building permits. Our city office will remain locked but will be staffed to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. The Virus is something that may be around for most of the summer, so please be understanding with the staffing and office changes. If you have a question or concern, please don't hesitate to call.

Also, the State of Minnesota will be proceeding with the Division Street construction (Hwy6). The tentative start date will be between May 15th and June 1st. With this, you will see an increase in traffic on 1st Street NE, as it will be the detour route for most of the summer.

If you haven't done it yet, please take the time to fill out your census.



Mark Box

City Administrator

Deer River License Bureau Closed



Due in part to the "Stay At Home" Order that has been put in place by Governor Walz, the Deer River License Bureau closed its doors on Friday 03/27/2020. The license bureau will remain closed until such time the State gives the okay to re-open.

During this time, the Deer River License Bureau will not accept any requests for vehicle registrations or transfers through the mail nor through the utility drop box as we are unable to process them.

The 2020 Census



The 2020 census has started I would like to encourage each household to complete the census. It is very important that everyone gets counted. During the 2010 census, Minnesota ranked among the highest response States, but the City of Deer River fell short of the rest of the State, with only 64% of our population getting counted. If you do not have mail delivered to your home, you will not receive a census questionnaire packet. You can, however, fill out a questionnaire online by following this link. The whole process will take less than 15 minutes.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.


Thanks for your help


Mark Box

City Administrator


Covid-19 City of Deer River Update



  • On Monday, March 23rd, City Hall went to a limited entry into the building. The License Bureau is open and is allowing one person into the entryway at a time to limit exposure. If you prefer, you can mail your renewal to City Hall with your payment, and we will process and return it to you.

  • The City Council on Monday has instructed City Hall to close to the public if a confirmed case of Corona Virus is listed for Itasca County.

  • On Monday, March 23rd, Mayor Geving declared an emergency for the City of Deer River, and the City Council voted to keep the declaration in place until the State deems the emergency over. Also, as part of this declaration, the City Council meetings will be held remotely. This will be utilizing conference calling or video meetings. The City will post the method of the meeting once a plan is chosen.

  • Effective immediately, we are asking all residents to use the dropbox or mail for your utility payments.

  • If you need your dog license, please put payment of $10.00 per license along with the proof of current rabies vaccination into the dropbox or mail, and we will mail your tag to you. If you believe your pet's vaccinations are current, you can call City Hall, and we can look at our records.

  • Building permits are still required, and there will be an online application form on the City's website. Please fill it out and return to the City hall with your contact information.

  • The City will continue to conduct business daily. It's just going to look a little different for a while. We have taken steps to ensure the safety of our employees to keep essential services running.

  • The Board of Equalization and Review will take place on its scheduled date and time. It will be held remotely. We will have information on how this will be done posted in the future.

Thank you for your help in following the State's recommendations to keep your groups size to less than ten people and to practice social distancing.

As the situation changes, we will update you on any new developments about the City Offices and the License Bureau.


Thank You and stay well


Mark Box

City Administrator

City of Deer River

60 2nd Street SE

PO Box 70

Deer River, MN 56636