Steven Lyseng, Director of Public Works
Shane Linehan
Shane Linehan, Assistant Director of Public Works
Public Works and Street Crew, City Open House June 2022 (Bill Gustafson and Jim London not pictured)

Public Works Department

Our Public Works Department maintains city streets, water, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure, electrical and the natural gas distribution system.  Fosston owns the cable system as well as municipal garbage and refuse collection system.

These last few years we have seen our Public Works Department involved in several major, successful projects.

  • The Wastewater Pretreatment Facility has been completed and is taking wastewater.
  • Many customers have requested Natural gas to thier homes. The department has installed all desired natural gas lines. The lines are done in the fall of each year. Forms are avaliable at the Fosston Utilities Office.
  • In 2008 Fosston celebrated 125 years. Highway light poles were painted. Banners commemorating the event were sponsered by area businesses and hung along highway 2.

Each project is unique in that they all have different infrastructure requirements.  Natural gas and electrical installations require careful planning as well as water and sewer installation.

Besides working with the contractors on these projects, City Crews have the responsibility of the City's day-to-day operations that include:

  • Maintaining the electrical and gas distribution system;
  • Maintaining the Cable TV system;
  • Provide street maintenance including sweeping, snow plowing and sanding operations;
  • Provide sanitation collection services;
  • Special Friday pick-up of leaves and brush;
  • Street patching;
  • Repairing water breaks;
  • Maintaining the water system;
  • Maintaining the sewer system;
  • Regular testing of the City water supply as required by MDH;
  • Regular testing of the sewer system as required by MPCA;
  • Jetting sewers;
  • Flushing hydrants;
  • Meter reading;
  • Maintenance of public buildings and parks, including mowing;
  • Maintenance of the Municipal Airport;
  • Street light maintenance.

All of these projects are accomplished by our City Crew that consists of:

Director of Public Works
Assistant Director of Public Works
Street Superintendent
Linemen (4)
Utility Technician (2)
Sanitation Workers (2)
Maintenance Worker (1) 

If you would like more information on the operations of the Public Works Department please email us.

Steven Lyseng, Director of Public Works

Phone: 218-435-1737

Fax:     218-435-1961

E-mail: steven.lyseng@fosston.com

For after hours emergencies, call 218-435-1737.


Natural Gas Safety




Gopher State One-Call
Reminder to local homeowners, "Call Before You Dig.”  If you have any questions please call 1-800-252-1166 or visit the website at www.gopherstateonecall.org


Natural gas is tasteless, clear and odorless. That's why we add odor to it - so you will know if there is a gas leak in your home>
If you ever smell a gas type odor, call your local natural gas utility right away at 218-435-1737. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Stop in to City Hall at 220 1st St. East to get a "Smell This" brochure that you can scratch and sniff to find out what natural gas smells like.