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The City was established in 1884 by primarily Norwegian immigrants from Northwood, Iowa. It is surrounded by some of the most fertile farmland in the world in the heart of the Red River Valley. We have a lush and often bumpy history, but it has made our town all the more resilient.

Located in Grand Forks County North Dakota, 35 miles SW of Grand Forks. Population in Grand Forks County is 66,598. Northwood has a population of 945.

The major transportation routes going through Northwood are ND State Highways 15 & 18. Burlington Northern Sante Fe frequent the town 3 to 4 times per week.

Northwood has local radio stations (AM - 19 & FM - 14) as well as a local television stations 5.

The typical climate is 4-season, with an annual average precipitation of 19.5", and annual snowfall of 40.0".

Recent projects include:
Electrical substation, Airport Runway & Lighting, Airport Hangers, Community Restoration from a Tornado (EF-4), expansion of Water & Sewer facilities - including Lagoons, updated street lights on main roads to LED's, Construction of Northwood Business Center and construction and installation of LED Street Lights on the West of the railroad tracks on Highway 15.

Recent awards include:
Tree City USA (29th consecutive year)-National Arbor Day Foundation.
Growth Award-National Arbor Day Foundation.
Golden Tree Award-American Public Power Association.
ND Wellhead Protection Award.
2002 Elected Official of the Year, Mayor Johnson-North Dakota League of Cities.
1993 City of the Year-North Dakota League of Cities.

Northwood ND Centennial Park
northwood nd welcome sign
Northwood ND main street old picture

Master Plan
A Citizen Committee was invited to assist in the development of the Northwood Master Plan. The committee consisted of members of both the public and private sectors, and was diverse with respect to age, gender, and socio-economic status. The Committee worked together in strategic planning by identifying the following strengths of the community.

We will soon be approaching the planning period for our next 20 year plan. The Planning & Zoning Commission is reviewing the current plan that was through year 2020. If you are interested in helping the City in this next milestone event, please contact one of your City Councilman or contact City Hall.

City Strengths
Quality of Life Issues: People, friendliness, way of life, small town atmosphere, openness to new ideas, willingness to volunteer, caring attitude, family values, churches.

Health and Safety Issues: Hospital, Nursing Home, Clinic, health care, staff, low crime rate, safe environment.

Schools and Education: High Quality of Schools, good education system, one of the nations 100 best schools in 2000

Housing: Attractive housing, affordable housing, clean environment, trees, appearance and pride of housing and community

Business and Economy: Wide variety of businesses, strong agricultural base with grain elevator and commodity processing facilities, airport , central business district with many employment opportunities

City and Government Services: Fire District, Ambulance, City leadership, City crew, Municipal Electric, Municipal Water and Sewer, Municipal Garbage Systems

Parks and Recreation: 9 hole golf course, parks, recreation opportunities, heated pool.

We have so much to offer

Clinic, Hospital, and Nursing Home, K-12 School, Financial Institutions, Churches, Lumberyard, Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Construction and Remodeling, Flower & Gift Shop, Beauty Salon, Alteration Shop, Communication & Security Equipment, Accounting & Tax Preparation Service, Law Offices, Fitness Center, Electrical and Plumbing & Heating Contractors, Eating and Drinking Establishments, Insurance Offices, Gas & Service Stations, Car Wash, Laundromat, Motel, Newspaper, Soil Lab and Research, Heating Oil Companies, Auto Parts Store, Auto Body, Chevrolet Service, Grain Elevator, Ag Processing Facilities, Implement Dealerships, Snowmobile & Marine Dealership, Funeral Home, Trucking, Sand& Gravel Company, City Library, Licensed Daycare Providers, 9-Hole Golf Course, Municipal Electric, Water, Sewer & Garbage, Full time Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, Large Park with Outdoor Swimming Pool & Playground, Baseball /Softball Diamonds, Picnic Shelters and Self-Guided Tree Identification Tour