on 03 August 2019

Later this month, emergency dispatchers in northwestern Minnesota will be able to get a closer glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the cellphone during a 911 call.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of installing technology that will allow cellphone callers to stream live video and audio to dispatchers when they call 911 for help.

Here’s how it works: A caller on a cellphone dials 911 within the Pennington County service area. If the dispatcher who answers the call thinks it would be helpful to be able to see and hear what the caller is seeing and hearing, they can send a text message to the caller’s cellphone, asking to take over the camera. It’s up to the caller to accept or decline.

"They have to agree to open up their camera so it can be activated," explained Sheriff Ray Kuznia.



on 15 June 2018


Thief River Falls News

A multi-million dollar construction project nears completion in down town Thief River Falls.

The Pennington County Board of Commissioners were provided with an update on the new Justice Center as crews continue working on the project which will combine courthouse, law enforcement and corrections, under one roof.

Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia says they expect to be housing inmates as early as July. He says his staff nearly ready. Kuznia, and Contegrity Group construction manager Pete Filippi asked the Board Tuesday to approve change orders to put the “finishing touches” on the jail portion of the Justice Center.

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on 15 November 2017

A multi-million dollar construction project continues in down town Thief River Falls as the Pennington County Justice Center, an expansion of the Law Enforcement Center, continues to make progress, with an update yesterday to the Pennington County Board of Commissioners.

The Board approved five change orders Tuesday, including the addition of vehicle storage area insulation, added insulation to parapet walls and the Soil Engineer recommended, addition of drain tile.

Other changes included addition of a supply duct, addition of emergency smoke curtains to an elevator shaft and an increase in size of planned skylights.

Contrgrity Group Construction Manager Peter Filippi says he anticipates no delays in the coming weeks weather permitting.

Filippi says crews are in the process of doing masonry work on the East side of the building, a sound system for the future Court House is currently out for pricing and window installation at the site is scheduled for December.

County Commissioners have scheduled a second tour of construction progress at the Justice Center on November 28th.

Article posted from the Thief River Falls Times.



on 19 January 2018

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (Valley News Live) It was a contentious decision to raise taxes in Pennington County for the new facility, but law enforcement says there are dire security risks and wasted resources that will be fixed with this new building.

"It's going to make things a lot safer for everybody," said Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia.


on 23 October 2017

  After worship services, a local minister repeatedly saw a vehicle driving past his country church. He eventually spoke to the driver, learning that the man was among the Sentence to Serve crew members who had recently painted the church. Full of pride, he was pointing out his work to his girlfriend.
    STS is one of many programs offered by the Pennington County Jail. “It’s a good way to reintegrate those people who have been confined for a while,” said Sheriff Ray Kuznia.
    STS crews have raked leaves for elderly individuals and constructed handicapped-accessible ramps, among other projects.
    Another jail program is an art class taught by retired art teacher Pat Dunning. “In previous art sessions, I have brought flowers, herbs, toys, or whatever, for them to draw and paint,” said Dunning. “You would think that they would have turned their noses up at the toys, but some of the cards are going to their small children who mostly they are estranged from and yet who they love dearly and miss terribly.”

Read MoreJustice Center to Offer More - Thief River Falls Times- 10/20/17

New Direct Phone Numbers

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

Jail Administrator / Dave Casanova -  218-416-7095 * Jail Programmer / Travis Black - 218-416-7082