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19. 06. 03


Do you want to work in a progressive, newly constructed jail?

We are looking for an individual with superior organizational and communication skills and experience in the corrections/criminal justice field to work effectively with inmates and staff. Successful applicants must be committed to our mission and be energetic, observant, and have good decision-making skills. In addition, they must have a positive attitude, be self-motivated, and be a role model to others. Successful applicants must have administrative and supervisory experience in the correctional field.  

Pennington County offers an excellent benefit package including health and life insurance and a retirement pension. This position features a salary range of $55,099-$71,635. Applications are available at the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department, 102 West 1st St, Thief River Falls, MN or online at:, click on ‘Employment’.

Application deadline: June 21st, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Pennington County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Jail Administrator - pdf file

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19. 05. 02

Governor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law April 12 to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.

Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. We want Minnesotans to stay safe, stay alive and stay out of trouble under the new law.

Visit the HandsFreeMN website for more information.

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19. 04. 05

In preparation for the storm season, please add these CodeRed phone numbers to your contacts list. By adding these numbers to your contacts, users of the Code Red notification system will know when CodeRed is calling and won’t mistakenly believe it is a telemarketer.


The CodeRED Community Emergency Alert system is used by Pennington County to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions. With this system,

Read More: CodeRed Alert Phone Numbers
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19. 03. 28

Law enforcement officials are investigating an apparent arson and suspicious death at a residence located at 307 1/2 Arnold Ave. S., Thief River Falls, Minn. 

A 911 caller reported a fire at the residence shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. The home has two apartments, one on the lower level and the other on the upper level. The Thief River Falls Fire Department extinguished the fire and discovered a body in the upper-level apartment. 
Read More: Law Enforcement Investigate Apparent Arson and Suspicious Death in Thief River Falls
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19. 03. 11

Are you ready for severe weather? Each year, HSEM in collaboration with the National Weather Service and 16 State and local agencies and organizations sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.  Read more...


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 - Susan Halvorson 218-416-7095 * Jail Programer - Travis Black 218-416-7082