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23. 08. 28


$21.81 - $26.45

Paid on-site training

Pennington County is looking for motivated individuals with excellent communication skills to serve as Corrections Officers. Candidates must be committed to our mission, energetic, observant, and have good decision-making skills. In addition, they must have a positive attitude and be a role model to others. Good computer skills and ability to multi-task are essential.

Read More: Correctional Officer - Closes 09/12/23
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23. 08. 02
The Minnesota Legislature made several changes to Minnesota’s gun laws during the 2023 session. This document provides an overview of those changes and actions required by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). In addition, it provides an update on litigation surrounding permit to carry minimum age requirements.
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23. 04. 12

On April 12th, 2023, at approximately 10:50 am the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an apparent gas leak at the 7 Clans Casino outside of Thief River Falls. The Thief River Falls Fire Department, Thief River Falls EMS, St Hilaire Fire Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and assisted while 7 Clans Staff evacuated the building as a precaution.

Crews were able to shut the gas off and no injuries were reported.


Chief Deputy Scott Mekash

Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.


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23. 02. 16

February 15, 2023

Representative John Burkel

309 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155

Representative Burkel,

I am writing you today over a greatly concerning proposed bill that has been introduced into legislation: HF396. This bill would require law abiding citizens to store firearms and ammunition separately inside their own homes. This is a dangerous overreach of State authority and a direct violation of the Second Amendment.

If passed, this bill would not only hinder law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves in their own homes, but also turn legal gun-owning citizens into criminals if they choose to be prepared to defend themselves from intruders, or for farmers to protect livestock from predators. In its current form, Minnesota State Statute 609.666 prohibits negligent storage of firearms. This current law is sufficient to protect our children from coming into unsupervised contact with firearms.

Read More: Letter to Representative John Burkel
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22. 12. 08


Rocksbury Fire Update

The deceased female discovered in the house fire has been identified as 70-year-old Audrey Miller. The case continues to be under investigation.




A residential house fire was reported in Rocksbury Township in the early morning hours on December 7th,2022. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Thief River Falls Police Department, Thief River Falls Fire Department, and the State Fire Marshall’s Office responded. The fire was extinguished and upon investigation it was discovered that a female was deceased inside the residence. This case remains under investigation. No further information will be released until notification of next of kin. No other injuries reported.

Chief Deputy Seth Vettleson


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New Direct Phone Numbers

The new Corrections (Jail) Phone Number is 218-416-7097. Please call this number for any inmate related questions.

Inmate voice mail line is 218-416-1120.

Sentence to Serve (STS) / Wade Cota - 218-683-7001

Jail Administrator / Dave Casanova -  218-416-7095 * Assistant Jail Administrator / Jo Williams - 218-416-7098 * Jail Programmer / Travis Black - 218-416-7082