Mission Statement

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


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 Tuesday of each month  

9 a.m.

USDA Service Center

Conference Room

Thief River Falls, MN

Board Meeting Dates

January 21

February 18

March 19

**April 21**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**May 27**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor's "Stay-at-Home" order, the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly Board Meeting via Zoom Video Conferencing on Wednesday, May 27th, starting at 9 a.m. 


To access the meeting, please call Donna Christianson at 218-683-7075.

June 16

July 21

August 18

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 15

Data Practice Policy

Products & Fees

What's Happening...

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps - Formal meeting date to be determined.


Three Supervisor Positions Up For Election in 2020

Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including water quality, soil erosion, education of youth and adults on conservation, wetlands, and financial assistance programs. 


This year, the Pennington SWCD has 3 Supervisor positions up for election:  District 1 - which includes the Townships of Numedal, Bray, Sanders, Polk Centre, and Black River; District 4 - which includes the Townships of Goodridge, Reiner, Star, and Hickory; and District 5 - which includes the Townships of River Falls, Wyandotte, Mayfield, and Deer Park. 


District SWCD Supervisors serve four-year terms, meeting monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD.  They do not receive a salary, but are compensated for attending meetings and reimbursed for expenses.


Anyone interested in running for Supervisor of the Pennington Soil and Water Conservation District should file at the County Auditor’s Office from May 19 through June 2, 2020.  

Welcome Nico Bennett!

Nico Bennett comes to the Pennington County Field Office as a Resource Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In Nico’s 15 years with NRCS, he has worked in Pennington, Roseau, Marshall, and Polk Counties wearing many different hats: Soil Conservation Technician, Soil Conservationist, Acting District Conservationist, and Wetland Specialist. Nico is excited to be back in Pennington County and is looking forward to working with all the producers and partnering agencies.

In Nico’s free time he enjoys running, fishing, SCUBA diving, volunteering as a firefighter/EMT, and planning the next adventure with his two daughters.


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).

Because of the uncertainty of this virus, many of the events we had planned for this spring have now been canceled:

  • Home, Sports, & Family Show Booth

  • SWCD Annual Banquet

  • Stewardship Week Inserts

  • Envirothon

  • Arbor Day Trees

  • Pennington County Fair Booth

  • Long Lake Camp

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

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain and constantly changing time.