County Happenings

Sunday, January 10, 2021

During this time of adjustment to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, normal services of the Dawson County Commissioners, Mr. Sanderson, Contract Planner for Dawson County and the Dawson County Fair Office have been altered or, in some cases, eliminated all together. Contact these agencies for the latest updates.

The regularly scheduled public meetings of the Dawson County Commissioners are held at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.

Anyone wishing to meet with the commissioners can either call or make an appointment to be put on the agenda. Normally, at least one member of the board will be present in the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays.

The commissioners agenda is posted on the website at and posted on the door of the commissioner’s office at the courthouse by Friday noon before the Tuesday sessions.

Denise Alberts is the contact for the public to access when Mr. Sanderson, Contract Planner for Dawson County, is not in the office. Denise can be reached at (406) 345-4154 or, for the public to access.

The fair manager is in the office at the courthouse every Monday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. A schedule will be determined if/when the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

The Dawson County Commissioners have announced the following updates in protocol for county offices with the recent upswing in COVID cases:

The Senior Center is closed along with congregate lunch service, but the Meals On Wheels program will continue as normal. If a meal is needed call the Health Department at (406) 377-5213

The Dawson County Health Department will remain open but reservations and the nature of the visit will be required prior to visiting the courthouse. Please call ahead before visiting the Health Department

All other County offices will be open to the public but the public is highly encouraged to conduct business over the phone, mail and/or electronically if possible.

The Library is open for pickup service but all other programming is closed.

The Dawson County Correctional Facility will remain closed to all visitors and the public.

The Dawson County Urban Transportation Buses have normal operations but riders are encouraged to wear masks while on the bus.

All county boards and meetings can be held in person but only in venues that allow for social distancing practices. All board meetings still need to be posted and open to the public as normal

All community and conference rooms normally available to the public will remain open for reservations but capacity will be limited for social distancing practices.

On January 13 at 6:30 p.m., the Richey Historical Society Board will meet at the Richey Museum. For more information, call Wanda Zuroff at (406) 773-5825.

On January 14 at 5:15 p.m., there will be a Zoning and Planning Commission meeting in the Dawson County Courthouse Conference Room. For more information, call Shirley Kreiman at (406) 377-3058

On January 14 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Planning Board Meeting in the Dawson County Courthouse Conference Room.