Breckenridge, Minnesota, on the beautiful prairie of the Red River Valley of the North, is a unique small city of 3,559 people. It's located on the Headwaters of the Red River of the North, the longest North-flowing river in the United States, flowing 549 miles to Lake Winnipeg, Canada, and from there to Hudson Bay.

            No novel or TV series could be as interesting as the history and development of Breckenridge and the adventurous people who risked their lives to settle this land. The land now occupied as Breckenridge was originally inhabited by the Dakota (Sioux) and Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian nations. Countless herds of buffalo roamed the area. In 1851, Indian treaties opened up this land for settlement.  Breckenridge is a "Historic Riverboat & Railroad Town".

Breckenridge has been told it has a well kept secret when it comes to tourist attractions and things we have to offer. Why not visit and discover this secret?


Public Utilities Commission    Monday, December 16th        2:00 p.m.

City Council                            Monday, December 16th        5:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve                        Tuesday, December 24th        CLOSED AT NOON

Christmas Day                        Wednesday, December 25th  CLOSED

New Year’s Eve                      Wednesday, January 1st         CLOSED

Public Utilities Commission    Monday, January 6th              2:00 p.m.

Planning Commission             Tuesday, January 7th              4:00 p.m.

Port Authority                          Wednesday, January 8th        4:00 p.m.

Public Utilities Commission    Monday, January 13th            2:00 p.m.

Active Living Committee         Wednesday, January 15th      9:00 a.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day    Monday, January 20th            CLOSED

Public Works Committee        Tuesday, January 21st            7:00 a.m.

Public Utilities Commission    Tuesday, January 21st             2:00 p.m.

Port Authority                          Wednesday, January 22nd      4:00 p.m.

Finance Committee                Thursday, January 23rd          7:00 a.m.

Public Utilities Commission    Monday, January 27th            2:00 p.m.

City Council                            Monday, January 27th            5:00 p.m.

Public Utilities Commission    Monday, February 3rd             2:00 p.m.

City Council                            Monday, February 3rd             5:00 p.m.

Updated 12/16/19

City Council Members

Russ Wilson, Mayor

Jason Butts, Council Member 

    Phone: (701)642-2668

Jim Gill, Council Member

James Jawaski, Council Member

Reed Johnson, Council Member

Joshua Lauritsen, Council Member

Rick Busko, Council Member


City Council meets every 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 5:00 p.m. Meetings are held at

Breckenridge City Hall,

Council Chambers

Jan 13, 2020


Breckenridge City Council

Monday, January 13, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.

Breckenridge City Hall

  1. Call to Order.

  2. Approval of agenda.

  3. Open discussion.

  4. Motion to approve the Consent Agenda.

Consent Agenda:

  1. Motion to approve the minutes of the regular City Council meeting from December 16, 2019.

  2. Motion to approve the minutes of the Public Utilities meeting from December 16, 2019

  3. Motion approving the Building Official’s 2019 Annual Report of Permits Issued.

  4. Motion approving an application for a gambling Exempt Permit for Someplace Safe.

  1. Director of Public Service

Dec 16, 2019

City Council Minutes -unofficial until next meeting

Pursuant to due call and proper notice thereof, a meeting of the Breckenridge City Council was held on Monday, December 16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Members Present:   Mayor Russell Wilson; Council Members Rick Busko, Jason Butts, Reed Johnson, James Jawaski, Jim Gill, and Josh Lauritsen.  City Administrator Renae Smith. 

Members Absent:  None.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Mayor Wilson.

Motion by Council Member Jawaski to approve the agenda.  Seconded by Council Member Busko and carried unanimously.

Council Member Butts offered Resolution No. 13004-95/2019, “A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE OFFICIAL INTENT OF THE CITY OF BRECKENRIDGE, MINNESOTA TO REIMBURSE CERTAIN EXPENDITURES FROM THE PROCEEDS OF TAX-EXEMPT BONDS,” and moved for its adoption.  Seconded by Council Member Gill.  Bond attorney, Andy Pratt, was teleconferenced in.  City Administrator Smith explained that the city staff and Port Authority have been negotiating purchase agreements with certain property owners on the southeast edge of the City.  The goal is to acquire the property and develop at least a portion of it for an industrial park.  Thus, certain infrastructure improvements such as water, sewer and a road might be constructed.  A bond would be used to pay for the land costs and improvements.  Andy Pratt explained that in order to be reimbursed for expenditures prior to the bond sale, a resolution needs to be passed indicating the same.  Upon roll call vote, the resolution passed unanimously