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23. 10. 24

Press Release

 At approximately 5:49 pm on 10-23-2023, The Thief River Falls Police Department, Thief River Falls Fire Department, and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a residential fire at 504 Knight Ave N in Thief River Falls.


While putting out the fire, a body of an adult male was located inside the residence. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Thief River Falls PD, Pennington County SO, and State Fire Marshals. At this time, we do not suspect foul play. There is no ongoing threat to the public.


The name of the deceased is being held pending the notification of family.


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23. 10. 24

For Immediate Release,

   At 17:50 on October 23rd, 2023, the Thief River Falls Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 504 Knight Ave N. The structure was a multi-family residence. Upon arrival, fire was showing from the basement apartment. A primary search of the structure was completed, and one deceased occupant was found in the basement apartment. Currently the fire is under investigation with the MN State Fire Marshals Office and local Law Enforcement personnel. The structure sustained a considerable amount of damage.



Rick Beier – Fire Chief


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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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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