Mission Statement

To provide landowners and other agencies with technical assistance in identifying and improving resource issues.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Pennington SWCD does not and shall not discriminate in any of its activities or operations.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for anyone participating in our programs.

Pennington County

Pennington County is situated among the prairies and farmland of the Red River Basin in northwest Minnesota.  The County has a population of about 13,500 with the City of Thief River Falls as the county seat.  Other communities within the county include Goodridge and St. Hilaire.

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    M-Th

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    F        

SWCD: 218-683-7075

NRCS: 218-681-1612

Board Meetings

Third Thursday of each month  

9 a.m.

USDA Service Center

Conference Room

Thief River Falls, MN

Board Meeting Dates

January 21

Held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

February 18

Held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

March 18

Held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

April 8

Pennington SWCD Planning Meeting was held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

April 15

Held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

May 20

Held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

June 17

Held at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing

July 15

Held at the Pennington County Government Center and via Zoom Video Conferencing

**August 19**

The Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, August 19th, starting at

9 a.m.

September 16

October 21

November 18

December 16


Our supervisors and staff want to assure you we are taking every precaution necessary to help keep you safe and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please be aware, our office is currently closed to the public but you can still reach us by phone (218-683-7075 or 218-681-1612).

For more information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family click here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain and constantly changing time.

Hello Summer!!

What's Happening...

Say Hello To 

Our New

District Technician...

Hello, all! My name is Larissa Fitzgerald. I grew up and went to school here in Thief River Falls. I graduated, as a bit of a late bloomer, from the University of Minnesota Crookston with a degree in Natural Resources – Wildlife Management after finally figuring out what I wanted to be when I grew up at nearly 30.

I just recently moved back to TRF from North Carolina with my daughter and our two dogs. Prior to accepting this position, I worked as a Wildlife Biologist at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, dealing with endangered species and wetlands.

In my free time I enjoy drinking good coffee, reading, gardening, snuggling my pups, belting Disney songs with my daughter, and just being outside. I’m looking forward to this exciting new adventure with the Pennington SWCD!

 Introducing...Patrice  Delaney

Pennington SWCD's Summer Intern

Hello!  My name is Patrice Delaney.  I recently graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied ecology and evolutionary biology, along with scientific illustration.  I have spent two years doing research on prairie restorations, and recently illustrated a plant guide for future student researchers.

I now live in TRF with my cat, Hoodcat.  I enjoy exploring the out doors and diverse ecosystems.

I am excited to be a member of the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa and look forward to working with the SWCD staff this summer. 

Please Welcome Our Newly Appointed

Supervisor for District III

Kevin Wilde

Hello, my name is Kevin Wilde.  I grew up on a farm in eastern Pennington County and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1997.  In 2007, I purchased my grandparents farm in Kratka Township.  I have a cow/calf operation and raise small grains.  

In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and being a goofy uncle to my nephew.  I am very interested in conservation and look forward to serving on the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors.  

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MDA Noxious Weed Inventory Announcement

Pennington SWCD received an additional grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to complete the mapped inventory of noxious weeds in Pennington County.


The most observed noxious plants thus far include Common Tansy, Spotted Knapweed, Leafy Spurge, European Buckthorn, and Canada Thistle. If you find these plants or other invasive species, please report them either online at EDDMaps.org or by notifying the Pennington SWCD. If you need help identifying these weeds, check out the MDA website for identification characteristics as well as guidance for how to prevent or treat these invasive plants.


Remember to avoid mowing once the seed is present and to always dispose of noxious weeds properly to reduce the risk of further invasion. Noxious weeds can negatively impact our natural environment and native species, affecting not only our recreational activities, such as hunting, but also on cropland and pasture productivity.

“Funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant”

2021 Rainfall Totals

Flood Hazard Information

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*Interactive map for the preliminary floodplain boundary:


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