Pennington County, Minnesota

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Pennington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 13,584. Its county seat is Thief River Falls[1].



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 square miles (1,601 km²), of which 617 square miles (1,597 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.29%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-1.svg Minnesota State Highway 1
  • MN-32.svg Minnesota State Highway 32
  • MN-219.svg Minnesota State Highway 219
  • Pennington County 3: Major connector between Pennington County and Grand Forks. Connects with Polk County 21.
  • Pennington County 7: Connects Thief River Falls to the Airport.
  • Pennington County 10: Major gravel route, also known as Pembina Trail.
  • Pennington County 16: US-59 Truck Bypass of Thief River Falls, connects US-59 / MN-1 on the west side of town to MN-32 on the south side of town.
  • Pennington County 27 & 28: Designated and designed for heavy truck traffic connecting US-2 to Roseau County and Marshall County.

Adjacent counties


Pennington County was formed on November 23, 1910, from sections of Red Lake County. It was named after Edmund Pennington, president of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway.

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