West of Mahnomen County in the flat, flood-prone Red River Valley is Norman County (pop. 6,852).
The county’s main agricultural products are soybeans, wheat, and sugar beets.
The county seat, Ada (pop. 1,707), has a large courthouse that was built in 1904 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.
Ada’s Village Hall was also built in 1904.
The small Orpheum Theatre in downtown Ada shows first-run movies.
The town of Halstad (pop. 597), on the Red River, was the hometown of bandleader Skitch Henderson.
The town of Shelly (pop. 266) is the home of the Red River Museum.
The Agassiz Recreational Trail, a 53-mile multi-purpose trail on an abandoned railroad grade, goes north-south through Norman County.
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