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  

10 a.m.

USDA Service Center

Conference Room

Thief River Falls, MN

What's Happening...

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Board Meeting Dates

January 21

Held at the American Legion and   via Zoom Video Conferencing

**February 18**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor's Peacetime Emergency Order, the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly Board Meeting at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing on Thursday, February 18th, starting at 10 a.m.

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

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

July 15

August 19

September 16

October 21

November 18

December 16

The Pennington SWCD is currently taking orders for trees, protector tubes, and matting for the 2021 spring season.  Order forms are available in our office, in our newsletter, or you can print out the order form by clicking on the button above.  Please call our office at 218-683-7075 with any question you may have.

Meet Our New Supervisor

ADawn Nelson

Hello! My name is ADawn Nelson.  My husband, Travis Nelson, and I live west of town with my son, Blake.  I work full time as an Agricultural Instructor at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls.

Four years ago I developed a two year animal science program for the college.  Students enrolled in the program can go on to UMC to earn a 4 year degree.  My husband and I also own T and A Farms and Repairs.  We raise cow/calf pairs, goats, sheep, horses, donkeys, and usually a few pigs.  We also produce about 250 acres of hay.

I am very blessed to be a part of many aspects of the world of agriculture and I look forward to this new endeavor serving on the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors.

Staffing Change at the SWCD

In December, Peter Nelson accepted his new position as District Manager of the Pennington SWCD.  He started working for the District in May of 2012 as the Water Plan Coordinator.  He grew up on a dairy and small grain farm and went to school in Goodridge.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in policy and planning from Bemidji State University in 2009.

Peter and his wife, Ashley, live in rural Goodridge and have four children:  Deanna, Neelow, Sade, and Sareena.  Peter enjoys spending time with his family, friends, hunting, fishing, camping, sports, and other outdoor activities.  Peter is looking forward to continue working with Pennington County landowners.

Flood Hazard Information

*Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps:


*Interactive map for the preliminary floodplain boundary:


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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.

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201 Sherwood Ave S
Thief River Falls, MN  56701