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20. 07. 29

Information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

FAQ  about the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, requiring people in Minnesota to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone. 

Should I say something or contact law enforcement if someone near me isn't wearing a face covering?

There are people who may not be able to wear face coverings for a variety of reasons and you may not be able to tell why just by looking at a person. Unless you are a business responsible for ensuring worker and customer compliance with the Executive Order, do not confront a person about why they are not wearing a face covering and do not report the person to state or local authorities, including law enforcement. Instead, ask the person to maintain social distance, if possible. Face coverings protect others from you so the best option is for you to continue to wear your face covering and, where possible, physically distance yourself at least six feet from people not wearing face coverings. Remember, we're all in this together and not everyone is able to wear a face covering.

Read More: Mask Concerns and Questions
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20. 06. 30
Red Lake River closed to non-essential watercraft south of Thief River Falls on July 1-2
Boats and personal watercraft should avoid the area near the Mark Boulevard bridge construction

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Pennington County has advised that the Red Lake River, near the construction of the new bridge at Mark Boulevard, will be closed to all non-essential boats and personal watercraft on July 1-2 to allow crews to set bridge support beams.

The construction of the new bridge is part of the Pennington County project to connect Mark Boulevard between Highway 32 and Pennington County Road 17.

Between MnDOT, Pennington County, the City of Thief River Falls, and the Red Lake Watershed, there are 10 projects happening in Thief River Falls and the surrounding area in 2020. For more information on those projects visit

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20. 06. 01

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office will be resuming some of the services that were suspended due to health concerns raised from the  COVID-19 virus.  

Public Fingerprinting- The Pennington County Correction Center will resume public fingerprinting starting June 2nd, 2020. Fingerprinting will be done by appointment only and face masks must be worn, To schedule an appointment for fingerprinting, please call 218-416-7097.

The cost to the public is $15.00/card. Payment of cash or check can be accepted.
We offer fingerprinting on: 
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 7:30am to 9:00am
Tuesday & Friday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Inmate Visitation-- Visitation restrictions will remain in place at this time. Those wishing to visit an offender may do so by going to or through the lobby kiosks. Money can deposited on inmate accounts via the website as well. When visiting in the lobby, we ask that you practice social distancing and consider visiting in small numbers, not to exceed 1 to 2 people. A disinfectant agent has also been made available. Please do your part and wipe the machine down prior to use and again after use. Phone service is provided by Reliance. For more information go to
Civil Process Service - The Pennington County Sheriff's Office will resume Civil Process Service, starting June 8th, 2020. 
Further updates will be posted to our website and Facebook pages (Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and The Thief River Falls Police Department) as they become available.
Thank you,
Pennington County Sheriff's Office
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20. 04. 09

Extending Stay at Home Order and Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation

I, Tim Walz, Governor of the State of Minnesota, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and applicable statutes, issue the following Executive Order: ....
Beginning on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Sunday, May 03, 2020 at 11:59 pm, all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and 3 Critical Sector work set forth below in Paragraphs 5 and 6. Executive Order 20-20 is rescinded as of April 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 2. For purposes of this Executive Order, homes or residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units, shelters, and similar facilities, to the extent they are used for lodging. 3. This Executive Order does not restrict virtual work or telework (i.e. work from home). Minnesotans working in any field, including the Critical Sectors set forth below, are encouraged to work from their home or residence as much as possible....

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