Public Works


Regular garbage pickup is Monday if you live South of Main Avenue and Wednesday if you live North of Main Avenue (in city limits) and Rural Residents living East & North of town. Please see the city forms page for more information on holiday pickups, rates, and acceptable items.


Recycling is provided by City of Oakes and is collected every third Tuesday of the month. The service and Blue Single Sort Recycling Cart are provided as a courtesy to you from the City. A detailed list of items permitted in the container and calendar is available below or on the city forms page. 

Cardboard can be disposed of at multiple locations in town. Any metal dumpster can be utilized. Please remove packaging material and break down boxes. Household garbage is not allowed in these metal dumpsters. Cardboard only!

Snow Removal

In order to have snow removal completed in a timely and efficient matter, all vehicles must be removed from the streets and alleys after an accumulation of one inch or more of snowfall. Those vehicles not moved are subject to citation.

Streets and Lights

Street repairs and maintenance are conducted by the City Street Department. This includes patching, graveling and blading areas in town. Street signs and stop lights are also maintained by the City and are reviewed and ⁄ or serviced annually. During the "non-snow" season, street sweeping is completed as follows: Streets-every other Monday, Avenues-every other Wednesday, Downtown-every Friday.

The street lights are maintained by Otter Tail Power Company. Otter Tail should be contacted for any concerns regarding replacement or repairs.  701.252.0540

Heavy Equipment Rental

Please contact City Supervisor Pat Nelson for availability 701-710-1868