Welcome to Pennington County, Minnesota.

Welcome to Pennington County, Minnesota.

Welcome to Pennington County, Minnesota.

Welcome to Pennington County, Minnesota.

Welcome to Pennington County, Minnesota.

  • On August 20, 2021, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office joined the historic $26 billion multi-state settlement agreements with pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. This settlement will bring more than $300 million to Minnesota counties and cities with an anticipated spending start date of August 1, 2022.

    Pennington County's expected portion of the settlement is $684,371.02

     

    Pennington County is committed to reducing the negative impacts associated with opioid use disorders by convening key sectors on an Advisory Council. The Opioid Settlement Advisory Council will guide the spending of National Opioid Settlement dollars to save lives and prevent further damage.

    • For more detailed background on the multi-district litigation (MDL), visit the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office – Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
    • Minnesota opioid related data can be found on Minnesota Department of Health’s opioid dashboard.The dashboard contains detailed information on overdose deaths, opioid-related hospital visits, the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed, the prevalence of substance use disorder, and more. 
    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – endorsed by nearly 50 major organizations - created the Guiding Principles to ensure proper spending of opioid litigation funds;
      • Principle 1 - Spend the money to save lives.
      • Principle 2 - Use evidence to guide spending.
      • Principle 3 - Invest in youth prevention.
      • Principle 4 - Focus on racial equity.
      • Principle 5 - Develop a fair and transparent process for deciding where to spend the funding.
      • Download Opioid Principles PDF
    • According to the Minnesota Opioids State-Subdivision Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the Public Health departments shall serve as the lead agency and Chief Strategist to identify, collaborate, and respond to local issues as Local Governments decide how to leverage and disburse Opioid Settlement Funds. In their role as Chief Strategist, public health departments will;
      • Convene multi-sector meetings
      • Lead efforts that build upon local efforts like Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans
      • Foster community focused and collaborative evidence-informed approaches that prevent and address addiction across the areas of public health, human services, and public safety. 
      • Consult with municipalities located within their county in the development of any Community Health Assessment
      • Collaborate with law enforcement agencies in the county where appropriate.
    • The Council serves to advise the Pennington County Board of Commissioners as to how to most effectively, efficiently, and equitably spend the Opioid Settlement funds awarded. Informed by the MOA, the Council will both recommend the standards by which funds are spent as well as specific projects to be funded via a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. 
      • Ideal candidates to serve on the Opioid Settlement Advisory Council will;
        • Be open to learning and promoting best practices in opioid treatment, recovery, and prevention
        • Be champions of the work needing to be done and has the time to commit
        • Be familiar with the Request for Proposal (RFP) process
        • Help make decisions that guide how funding should be spent
        • Have a baseline understanding of the current work and data trends
      • Ideal sectors to be represented:
        • Legal Professional
        • Law Enforcement
        • Corrections
        • Public Health
        • Human Services
        • Treatment
        • Recovery (individual in recovery or recovery professional)
        • Board of Commissioners
        • Primary Care
        • Community of color and other communities affected by historical patterns of discrimination, such as Indigenous and LGBTQ+
        • Education
        • Community Member At Large (one per Commissioner district)
        • Addiction Medicine
        • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
        • Local Municipality (city or township)
        • Veteran Services
        • Other
  • Public Input Wanted as County
    Updates Hazard Mitigation Plan


    Pennington County residents, community leaders, business owners, area agencies and organizations now have an opportunity to share how severe weather events impact their property and lives. There is also an opportunity to share their ideas on how to reduce local impacts in the future.


    The Pennington County Office of Emergency Management is working with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth to update the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The plan assesses the natural hazards that pose risk to the county, such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfire, flooding, and extreme temperatures and identifies ways to minimize the damage of future events. As the county works to update the plan, it wants to hear from the public.


    The Pennington County HMP is a multi-jurisdictional plan that covers Pennington County, including the cities of Goodridge, St. Hilaire, and Thief River Falls. The Pennington County HMP also incorporates the concerns and needs of townships, school districts, and area agencies or organizations participating in the plan. The plan will be updated by a planning team made up of representatives from county departments, local municipalities, school districts and other key stakeholders. When completed, the plan will be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval.


    “Hazard mitigation planning is a central part of our emergency management program,” said Erik Beitel, Pennington County Emergency Management Director. “Understanding the natural hazards that can cause serious impact to our communities and taking action to reduce or eliminate the impact of future disasters makes us more resilient. Hazard mitigation helps us to break the cycle of damage and repair caused by things like flooding, ice storms, and severe wind events that can damage property, stress economies, and threaten life safety in our county.”


    Examples of hazard mitigation include:


    • Conducting public outreach on severe weather awareness and preparedness
    • Limiting or restricting development in floodplain areas
    • Removing existing buildings from flood or erosion prone hazard areas
    • Using snow fences to limit blowing and drifting of snow over road corridors
    • Constructing tornado safe rooms in vulnerable areas such as mobile home parks
    • Burying overhead powerlines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice, or windstorms


    Some mitigation activities may be eligible for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funding.


    Public input is an essential part of the plan update. As part of the planning process, Pennington County is seeking
    feedback from residents and businesses from across the county to incorporate into the plan:


    • What are the natural hazards you feel pose the greatest risk to your community?
    • What concerns do you have, and what sorts of actions do you feel would help to reduce damages of future hazard
    events in your community or the county as a whole?


    Comments, concerns, or questions regarding natural disasters and potential mitigation actions to be included into the plan
    update should be submitted to Pennington County Emergency Management by phone, email, or by posting a comment via
    a social media posting of this article.
    There will be additional opportunities for public feedback throughout the planning process. A draft of the plan will be
    made available for public review prior to submission of the plan to the State of Minnesota. Future news releases will be
    shared with the media to notify the public of these opportunities.


    The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires counties to update their plan every 5 years to maintain
    eligibility for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.


    Contact
    Erik Beitel
    Pennington County Emergency Management Director
    Phone: (218) 683-7087
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

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  • The following precincts located in Pennington County have elected to vote by mail ballot procedure in statewide elections as authorized under Minnesota Statues 204B.45. All other precincts vote at their designated polling places on election day.


    Townships                              Cities
    Black River Kratka                  Goodridge
    Bray Mayfield                         St. Hilaire
    Cloverleaf Numedal
    Deer Park Reiner
    Goodridge River Falls
    Wyandotte


    For the 2024 Presidential Nomination Primary election (PNP) the election date and the corresponding date that ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the mail ballot precincts are:


    Presidential Nomination Primary Election: March 5th, 2024


    Ballot Mailing Dates: January 19th – February 20th, 2024


    Each voter registered by February 13th, 2024 for the Presidential Nomination Primary Election, will be mailed a ballot automatically.


    Eligible voters not pre-registered by the dates noted, or pre-registered voters wishing to receive their ballot at a temporary address may contact the County Auditor’s Office by phone, mail or in person for an absentee ballot application.


    If you receive a ballot but are no longer a resident in the Mail Ballot precinct, you cannot use the ballot and vote this option. You must re-register at your new residence and vote at your correct precinct.


    All ballots may be returned by mail (a postage prepaid return envelope is included when the ballots are mailed), or may be delivered in person, or delivered by designated agent to:


    Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer
    101 Main Avenue North
    P.O. Box 616
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701


    Ballots must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day in order to be counted. Normal business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    In addition to the normal hours, extended hours for mail ballot voting are:


    Presidential Nomination Primary Election: Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Monday, March 4th, 2024 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;


    The polling place for this election will be at the Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office.


    The polls will be open:


    Presidential Nomination Primary Election: Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    At least one Omniballot ballot-marker will be available at that polling place that permit persons with disabilities to vote privately and independently and that permit any voter to submit their ballot to be automatically checked and corrected for voting errors prior to being cast and counted.


    All mail ballots will be counted at the Pennington County Courthouse after 8:00 p.m. on March 5th, 2024.


    Additional information is available by contacting the Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at (218) 683-7000.

     

    Jennifer Herzberg
    Pennington County Auditor Treasurer

     

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  • Pennington County Residents

    Satruday May 4th, 2024 * 8am to 12 noon.

    All Pennington County and city residents may bring thier "junk" to Les's Sanitation, 1345 Hwy 32 S., Thief River Falls for disposal free of charge, excluding the following:

    TV's, fluorescent bulbs, and items containing freon or mercury - regular rates will apply.

    For questions or more information, call 218-681-7312.

     

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     If you receive such text, do not click on the link within it and delete the message.

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  •  NOTICE OF MAIL BALLOT PROCEDURES

    FOR VOTERS IN PENNINGTON COUNTY FOR THE PRECINCTS LISTED BELOW

     

    The following precincts located in Pennington County have elected to vote by mail ballot procedure in statewide elections as authorized under Minnesota Statues 204B.45. All other precincts vote at their designated polling places on election day.

                Townships                                            Cities                          

    Black River      Kratka                                      Goodridge

    Bray                 Mayfield                                  St. Hilaire

    Cloverleaf        Numedal

    Deer Park         Reiner

    Goodridge        River Falls

    Wyandotte

    For 2024 statewide elections, the election dates and the corresponding dates that ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in mail ballot precincts are:

    Statewide Primary Election:  August 13th, 2024

    Ballot Mailing Dates:  June 28th – July 30th, 2024

    Statewide General Election:  November 5th, 2024

    Ballot Mailing Dates:  September 20th– October 22nd, 2024

    Each voter registered by July 23rd, 2024, for the Statewide Primary Election, and/or October 15th, 2024, for the Statewide General Election, will be mailed a ballot automatically.

    Eligible voters not pre-registered by the dates noted, or pre-registered voters wishing to receive their ballot at a temporary address may contact the County Auditor’s Office by phone, mail or in person for an absentee ballot application.

    All ballots may be returned by mail (a postage prepaid return envelope is included when the ballots are mailed), or may be delivered in person, or delivered by designated agent to:

    Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer

    101 Main Avenue North___________

    P.O. Box 616____________________

    Thief River Falls, MN 56701________

    Ballots must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day in order to be counted.  Normal business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    In addition to the normal hours, extended hours for mail ballot voting are:

    Statewide Primary Election:  Saturday, August 10th, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Monday, August 12th, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;

    Statewide General Election:  Saturday, October 26th, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, October 29th, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 2nd, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 3rd, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Monday, November 4th, 2024 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;

    The polling place for this election will be at the Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office.

    The polls will be open:

    Statewide Primary Election:  Tuesday, August 13th, 2024, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Statewide General Election:  Tuesday November 5th, 2024, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    At least one Omni Ballot marking device will be available at that polling place that permit persons with disabilities to vote privately and independently and that permit any voter to submit their ballot to be automatically checked and corrected for voting errors prior to being cast and counted.

    All mail ballots will be counted at the Pennington County Government Center after 8:00 p.m. on the respective election dates.

    Additional information is available by contacting the Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at (218) 683-7000.

     

    Jennifer Herzberg

    Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer

    Dated 3rd day of June, 2024.

     

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  • NORTHWESTMINNESOTA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

    P.O. Box 186 Bagley, MN 56621 218-694-2090

     

    Ag Waste Pesticide Collection Schedule For Summer 2024

     

    July 9° 2024                        

    Roseau County Northern Resources Coop

    Collection time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm

    1504 Center St. Roseau, MN. 56751

     

    July 24th 2024    

    Kittson County    Nutrien Ag Solutions

    Collection Time 9:00 am — 12:00 pm 2424 240* St.

    Hallock MN. 56728

     

    July 16“ 2024

    Polk County  CHS Ag Services

    Collection Time 9:00 am — 1:00 pm

    3035 Hwy. 75 S Crookston, MN.56716

     

    July 18th 2024  

    Pennington County CHS Ag Services Hazel location

    Collection Time 9:00 am — 12:00 pm

    17273 Center St. E Thief River Falls, MN. 56701

     

    July 22nd 2024   

    Marshall County CHS Ag Services

    Collection Time 9:00 am — 12:00 pm

    747 S Main St. Warren, MN. 56762

  • PENNINGTON COUNTY

    2024 STATE PRIMARY ELECTION

    POLLING LOCATIONS

    AUGUST 13TH, 2024

     

    TOWNSHIPS

    POLLING LOCATION

    VOTING HOURS

    Hickory

    Hickory Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Highlanding

    Highlanding Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Norden

    Norden Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    North

    North Town Hall

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Polk Centre

    Polk Centre Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Rocksbury East/West

    Rocksbury Town Hall

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Sanders

    Sanders Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Silverton

    Silverton Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Smiley

    Smiley Town Hall

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Star

    Star Town Hall

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    CITIES

    POLLING LOCATION

    VOTING HOURS

    City of TRF – All Wards

    Ralph Engelstad Arena

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     

    Registered voters in the following townships/cities will receive ballots by mail, as requested by the respective Township Boards/City Councils:

    Black River

    Goodridge

    Reiner

    Bray

    Kratka

    River Falls

    Cloverleaf

    Mayfield

    Wyandotte

    Deer Park

    Numedal

    City of St. Hilaire

    City of Goodridge

       

    Voters in mail ballot precincts that did not receive a ballot by mail may vote by absentee ballot by contacting the Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, Pennington County Government Center, 101 Main Ave N, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, 218-683-7000, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Absentee voting is allowed for mail ballot precincts until 8:00 p.m. on August 13th, 2024.

    The Pennington County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office will be open for Absentee Voting on Saturday, August 10th, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and also until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12th, 2024.