The City of Heron Lake, population 698, is located along Minnesota Highway 60 in southwest Minnesota. We are 12 miles southwest of Windom Minnesota and 26 miles from Jackson Minnesota which is our county seat. The community of Heron Lake has strong ties to local agricultural and holds itself to those hard working values. The City of Heron Lake offers amenities & services including the local police department, fire department, ambulance service, library, elementary school with pool, municipal liquor store, well kept city park, post office, bank, and a community center with large banquet-reception hall. Looking for a job? Heron Lake major employers include New Vision Coop Elevator, Heron Lake Bio-Energy, Fest Trucking & MDT Truck Repair and JK Tires. Feeling hungry? We have Expressway Convenience store located on Hwy 60 that serves subs and pizza. We have PJ’s Cafe and gas station serving daily specials and local favorites. Want a more formal dinner restaurant The Plaza Grill on our main street serves a full menu including steak and pasta dishes. The Police Department: The Village of Heron Lake Marshall’s Office was established by ordinance 109 back on April 26th 1887. This department has remained proudly open for public service for over 125 years! The position of City Marshall-Police Chief has been held by a number of interesting characters over the last century and a quarter. Presently the Department is staffed with a full time Chief and slots open for several appointed part time Patrol Officers. The department provides 24 hour on call availability, daily patrol services, investigative services and emergency assistance to neighboring law enforcement agencies. In 2013 the department assumed the duties of emergency management. That same year we started “The Community Newsletter” and initiated an active social media presence as a clearing house for local information and events. Our Department is an active department for the size of community we serve. We average about 1000 calls for service ranging from crime response to assisting community members.