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 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**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**June 16**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**July 21**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**August 18**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor's Peacetime Emergency Stay Safe Order, the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly Board Meeting in the Red Lake Watershed District's Meeting Room with access to the meeting via Zoom Video Conferencing on Tuesday, August 18th, starting at 

9 a.m. 


To access the meeting via Zoom, please call Donna Christianson 

at 218-683-7075.

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 15


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.

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"Something from Nothing!"

Randy & Jennifer Knott

From Sanders Township

2020 Rural Beautification Winners

pennington swcd photo contest 

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that everyone in the family can take part in?  Then enter the Pennington SWCD Tree Photo Contest anytime from July 1 - October 31. 

Click here to see the current entries.

All photos submitted  must be taken in Pennington County and relay a conservation message about the importance of trees in our world.  Three winners will be chosen by the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors during their  November 17th Board Meeting.  Each winner will receive a free Black Hills potted spruce tree and an 8 X 10 framed print of their photo. For more information and contest rules, click on the buttons below.  

Visit our Facebook page and like your favorite photos!




If you received a package of seeds recently that you did not order, DO NOT THROW THE PACKAGE OR ITS CONTENTS AWAY AND DO NOT PLANT THE SEEDS!  These seeds may be a risk to Minnesota’s agriculture and natural landscapes.  You are asked to contact the Arrest the Pest Line at 1-888-545-6684 or arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us.  You will be given further instructions on how to send the package and its content to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Seed Program.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is still getting reports about people receiving unordered seed packets in the mail.  Seed analysts are working to identify the seeds.  Please do not open any packets or plant any unordered seeds that you receive.  If a packet is already open, place the seeds along with the packaging material in a tightly sealed plastic bag.  Keep any unordered seeds, packaging, and labels you receive and contact MDA at mda.state.mn.us/unlabeledseeds for further instructions.

County Averages 6+ Inches of rain in June!

2020 Rainfall Totals

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps - Formal Meeting Date To Be Determined


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201 Sherwood Ave S
Thief River Falls, MN  56701