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Joint/Judicial Ditch #13 Meeting

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Joint/Judicial Ditch #13 Meeting


The Joint Ditch Board comprised of County Commissioners of Pennington County and Marshall County, acting as the Ditch Authority for Joint/Judicial Ditch #13 will hold a Ditch meeting on Tuesday, October 26th at 8:00 a.m. in the Pennington County Justice Center-County Board Room. The purpose of the meeting is to hear comments and discussions regarding a petition received for an estimated 0.5 miles of maintenance on the JD #13 ditch system in Reiner Township. If you have any questions regarding this petition, contact the Pennington County Engineer at 218-683-7017. 


If you are unable to attend the meeting you can submit your comments to the Pennington County Auditors Office, P.O. Box 616, Thief River Falls, MN 56701.



Jennifer Herzberg

Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer


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Notice is hereby given this  14th day of May, 2021, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 1 (2009), that all persons in Pennington County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on land they occupy or are required to maintain.  Control or eradication may be accomplished by any lawful method, but the method(s) applied may need to be repeated in order to prevent the spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts to other lands.  Failure to comply with the general notice may mean that an individual notice, Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 2 (2009), will be issued.  An individual notice may be appealed within two working days of receipt to the appeal committee in the county where the land is located.  Failure to comply with an individual notice will mean that the inspector having jurisdiction may either hire the work done or seek a misdemeanor charge against the person(s) who failed to comply.  If the work is hired by the inspector, the cost can be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate taxes are collected.  You may obtain a list of the plants that are designated noxious and the members of the appeal committee from your County Agricultural Inspector.  You can also obtain this information from your Local Weed Inspectors.  Local Weed Inspectors include the township supervisors, city mayors or their appointed assistants.  More information regarding the MN Noxious Weed Law and a list of County Agricultural Inspectors can be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Web Site by visiting:  https://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/weedcontrol/fsmnwp

Notice of Hearing - "No-Wake" Ordinance

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A hearing will be held September 14th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Justice Center Board Room.





Be it ordained and enacted by the Pennington County Board of Commissioners, State of Minnesota, that these amendments following, by this act, hereby replace and nullify those like numbered clauses now existing and a part of the Watercraft Ordinance, or are newly enacted sections which, upon their enactment, become a Temporary Watercraft Ordinance.

Section 1: PURPOSE, INTENT AND APPLICATION: As authorized by Minnesota Statutes 86B.201, 86B.205, and 459.20, as now in effect and as hereafter amended, this Ordinance is enacted for the purpose and with the intent to control and regulate the use of specific waters in Pennington County, Minnesota, said bodies of water being located entirely within the boundaries of Pennington County, to promote its fullest use and enjoyment by the public in general and the citizens of Pennington County, in particular: to deter nutrient enrichment which leads to algae blooms; to reduce internal loading which is the resuspension of nutrients into the water column and in shallow lakes and rivers is caused by wave action and boat traffic; to reduce active resuspension of sediment from the bottom of the river and erosion of river banks; to reduce erosion and damage to the shoreline; to insure safety for persons and property in connection with the use of said waters; to harmonize and integrate the varying uses of said waters; and to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Pennington County, Minnesota.

Section 2: ADOPTION AND INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE OF MINNESOTA WATERS AND WATERCRAFT SAFETY LAWS, AND BOAT AND WATER SAFETY RULES PROMULGATED BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: The Minnesota Waters and Watercraft Safety Laws, Minnesota Statute, Section 86B.001, as they now exist and are hereafter by the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minn. Rules parts 6110-0100-2300 as the same now exist and are hereafter amended, are hereby adopted, incorporated herein by reference, and made a part hereof as if set forth in their entirety. At least three copies of said Waters and Watercraft Safety laws and Boat and Water Safety Rules and Regulations, so adopted, shall be marked as official copies and filed in the office of the County Auditor along with this Ordinance.

Section 3: VIOLATIONS OF THE MINNESOTA WATERS AND WATERCRAFT SAFETY LAWS, AND BOAT AND WATER SAFETY RULES PROMULGATED BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: Any person violating the Minnesota Waters and Watercraft Safety Laws, and the Boat and Water Safety Rules and Regulations promulgates by the DRAFT Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, adopted and incorporated herein by reference, shall be subject of the penalties and punishment hereinafter provided.

Section 4: Definitions:

A. “Operate” means to navigate or otherwise use a watercraft.

B. “Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, the state and it’s agencies and subdivisions, and any other legal entity.

C. “Slow-no wake” means operations of a watercraft at the slowest possible speed necessary to maintain steerage, but in no case greater than five miles per hour.

D. “Watercraft” means as defined in §M.S.A. 86B.005, Subd. 9, Subd. 14a, Subd. 18 and Subd.18a.

Section 5: REGULATIONS: No person shall operate a watercraft at greaterthan a slow-no wake speed on the following:

A. Beginning at Long’s Bridge on the Thief River in Pennington County, Minnesota and continuing along the Thief River in a northerly direction to the northern Pennington County border line on said Thief River all located in Pennington County, Minnesota.

Section 6: ENFORCEMENT: The enforcement of this Ordinance shall be the primary responsibility of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Other licensed peace officers including Conservation Officers of the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Minnesota are also authorized to enforce this ordinance.

Section 7: All authorized Resource Management, Emergency and Enforcement Personnel, while acting in the performance of their assigned duties are exempt from the foregoing restrictions.

Section 8: It shall be the responsibility of Pennington County to provide for adequate notification of the public, which shall include placement of a sign at public watercraft launching facilities designated by Pennington County outlining essential elements of the ordinance, as well as the placement of necessary buoys and/or signs.

Section 9: PENALTIES: Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, may be punished as provided by Minnesota Statutes §86B.811, as amended.

Section 10: EFFECTIVE DATES: This Ordinance shall be in full force and DRAFT effect from and after the date of its passage and publication until November 1, 2021 unless sooner modified.

Dated:         , 2021


By: Chairman, Pennington County Board of Commissioners


Dated:        , 2021

By: Clerk of Pennington County Board of Commissioners

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