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Wabasha County Sheriff:
Rodney Bartsh - Wabasha County Sheriff's Office
848 17TH Street East
Wabasha, MN 55981-5033
Phone: (651)-565-3361
Fax: (651)-565-3843
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Wabasha County Sheriff, Rodney Bartsh, was elected to his position in 2003. Sheriff Bartsh started in law enforcement in 1987, and has spent all of his career working within Wabasha County. Sheriff Bartsh resides in the Plainview area with his wife, Denise, and two children, Brandon and Ashley.

Sheriff Bartsh prides himself on his approachability to his staff, County Officials, other County Departments, and the public. He strongly encourages his staff to be community orientated, and strives for them to apply communication skills when dealing with the public.

The Sheriff position is an elected four-year term. The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Chief Keeper of the Jail, and Administrative Head of the Emergency Operations Center in the County. The Sheriff is also responsible for maintaining police services with the cities of Mazeppa and Elgin.

The Sheriff's Office provides a variety of services, which enables the Sheriff and his office to enforce all laws created to keep and preserve the peace of the County. Responsibilities include enforcing all laws pertaining to regulations of traffic on land and water, serving all civil and criminal processes, and providing necessary record information to the public. The Sheriff's Office also participates in services such as Snowmobile and Boat Patrol, Safe & Sober Program, ERT (Emergency Response Team), K-9 Narcotics Unit, and the COPSFAST Grant Program.


Notice: Civil Fingerprinting

Wabasha County Jail does civil fingerprinting for the general public. Every effort will be made to accommodate your timeframe, but to avoid delays in processing your fingerprinting, the jail suggests calling to make an appointment. Please call 651-560-1004.


Visitors must arrive at least one-half hour prior to the end of the scheduled visiting times.  If you arrive one-half hour before the end of visiting, do not request two back-to-back twenty minute visits. Visits will not be extended beyond the posted times.

Wabasha County Jail ~ Inmate Visitation Hours

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NO VISITING
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NO VISITING
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Message Line for Inmates 651-565-0350


Organizations Approved to Certify Firearms Instructors

New Carry Permit Fees ~ Effective July 20, 2015

Gun Permits - Fillable Forms

Permit to Carry a Handgun Information

Permit to Carry

Permit to Purchase/Transfer


Water Patrol

 Application For Water Permit 

2010-2011 State Boat & Water Grants

2012 Boat and Water Activity Report

2012 Boat and Water Fiscal Report

2013 Boat and Water Report

Federal Boating Activity Report

2014-2015 Federal Boat and Water Report



ATV Grant

ATV Grant 2014-2015 - part 1

ATV Grant 2014-2015 - part 2

Safety Enforcement Grant Program Report - 2012-13

Safety Enforcement Grant Program Report - 2010-11


County ATV Permit

Check Diversion Program

Inmate Housing Costs

Inmate Locator

VINE (Victim Information and notification Everyday)

Arrest Warrants

Crime Tip-line



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