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Published November 23, 2010, 06:36 PM

Pennington County Turns 100

November 23, 1910 will forever be a day to remember in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. It was 10 decades ago when the proclamation was signed to create Pennington county from Red Lake County.

Pennington County is celebrating 10 decades of existence. The County Court honored its history with cake and coffee.

November 23, 1910 will forever be a day to remember in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. It was 10 decades ago when the proclamation was signed to create Pennington county from Red Lake County.

"The railroads caused Thief River to Grow and become quite a commercial center and trade center and transportation center there was an active movements and petitions to move the county seat from Red Lake Falls to Thief River Falls," said Glenice Johnson on the Pennington County Centennial Committee.

In 1910, Pennington County was named after Edmund Pennington who was the president of SOO Line Railroad that made Thief River Falls what it is today.

"Some feel he is slightly responsible for bring a terminal here which had a superintendents office trade dispatchers and all the crews were stationed at Thief River Falls," said Winton Forsber also on the Centennial Committee.

The Centennial was celebrated with cake and coffee and a signing of a new proclamation dedicated to the anniversary of the county.

"We believe the County and the community here are kinda the engine of Northwestern Minnesota and i think people take a lot of pride in Thief River Falls and Goodrich and St. Hilaire the other two cities in the county," said Darryl Tveitbakk the Pennington County Commission Chair.

Mayor Steve Nordhagen dedicated November 23, as Pennington County day.

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