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Norman County  Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Public Review and Feedback Invited for Norman County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. 
Full Release.
Garry Johanson
Norman County Emergency Management Director
Phone: 218-784-5493

Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting Changes

Due to concerns over the health and safety of Norman County property owners and employees, the Norman County Assessor’s Office, in conjunction with township board and city councils, will not be holding in-person Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meetings that were scheduled to take place throughout the county. Instead, those meetings are moving to a conference call. Employees from the Norman County Assessor’s Office, as well as the Local Board, will be on the call to assist in the process.
For the full press release: April 15, 2020 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting Changes
All information will be updated on the Assessor's web page.

Health Officials Confirm First Case of COVID-19 in Norman County

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Norman County. The individual in their 20’s without history of travel. The individual is isolated at home and being monitored by MDH.

For the complete Press Release: Health Officials Confirm First Case of COVID-19 in Norman County

Norman County Buildings & Facilities Closed to Public

ADA, MN – All Norman County buildings and facilities are closed to the public effective immediately (Thursday, March 19, 2020) and until further notice. The decision was made by the Norman County Board of Commissioners who held a meeting in the Norman County Board Room on Thursday morning, March 19th, 2020 to discuss appropriate prevention and protection measures in response to the expanding COVID – 19 pandemic. This was done in consultation with Emergency Management Director, Garry Johanson, and Public Health Director, Sarah Kjono.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19)

The COVID-19 situation is continually evolving. It is our goal to keep you up-to-date with the most current and accurate information available.
Recommended Community Mitigation Strategies from the Minnesota Department of Health. 
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Old Fashioned Family Christmas Festival

Don’t miss the annual Old Fashioned Family Christmas Festival scheduled for December 5-8, 2019!   Saturday, December 7th will be a big celebration with Santa Claus, Free Family Movie, Old Time Snowmobile Show, craft & vendor show, play, Festival of Trees and a lot more! 

A huge craft & vendor show will be held at the Ada-Borup School on Saturday, December 7th.  Space is still available and can be reserved with Angie Nelson at

The Ada Vintage Snowmobile Club will hold their 20th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show at the Main Street Bar and Ada Event Center from 11 am until 2:30 pm.  Follow the event on facebook at Norman County Vintage Snowmobile Club or contact Jake Kappes at 784-8082 or Jacob Kroshus at 218-368-6582.

Sponsors are needed for the following events to be held on Saturday, December 7th:

  *Free Family Movie at the Orpheum Theater is $300.00
  *Free Cookie Decorating Event with fresh baked sugar cookies is $100.00
  *Free Craft Making for children during Santa event is $100

If you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor any of these events, please contact Lee Ann Hall at 218-784-3542 or email her at

If you would like to add an event to the poster and be a part of our advertising of the festival,  please contact Lee Ann Hall with the  information at or call 784-3542 by November 15th!  There is no charge to add your event.

Studies find Norman County on top in state as a place to live and work!

County ranks #1 state for overall living, #6 for small business owners
By Karie Kirschbaum
Norman County EDA

The verdict is in! If you don’t live in Norman County, you should. According to the U.S. Census, in 1980 the county population was 9379, in 2010 it was 6852. The Norman County Economic Development Authority contracted with the U of M Extension to examine what could be done to turn this trend around.

 The project, Making it Home (Brain Gain), took five months and included five volunteer study groups which met around the county to discuss strengths and opportunities in their areas. In April they completed the U of M Making it Home, “Brain Gain” project and a final public presentation and workgroup sessions. study groups and residents in attendance agreed that Norman County has a variety of positives to offer. They include extensive recreation, strong schools, active community groups, a good cost of living and an overall desirable quality of life.

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Fun in the Flatlands

"Fun in the Flatlands & 4-H Achievement Day. This festival is held the second weekend in September. It is a fun weekend offering something for everyone! The big event day is on Saturday, Sept. 9th.
Join us for a full day of fun in Ada, MN! There will be a Backyard BBQ/Rib Cook Off, Craft Show, Parade, Music, Pioneer Days and a Pioneer Food Court, Food Stands, Children's Games, Bus Races, Chair Races, Karaoke, Balloon Art and so much more!

4-H Achievement day is held Sunday at the Norman County Fairgrounds.
A craft show will be held from 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday, September 9th at Fun in the Flatlands. Contact Angie Nelson at at 218-784-3809 to sign up. A space is $15."

For more information and schedule look on the Norman County Fair website.

National Night Out - August 6

National Night Out will be held in Ada on Tuesday, August 6 at the Coliseum in the Norman County Fairgrounds.  This event helps citizens to be aware of the importance of crime prevention programs and the impact that their participation can have on reducing crime, drugs, and violence in Norman County. 
The event will run from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Free will donation supper served from 5:30-7:00pm
An event not to be missed!

NCE - Twin Valley Campus Gets New Playground

Norman County East students will have new equipment to play on thanks the efforts of many volunteers, who helped install the equipment on July 15-16, 2019. The volunteers consisted of parents, teachers, students, alumni, and other community members.  NCE school board member, Sarah Kjono, states there will be some additional work done in August to add a fence to the north side of the playground and some updates to the tennis courts.