Minnesota: Norman County

West of Mahnomen County in the flat, flood-prone Red River Valley is Norman County (pop. 6,852).

Norman County, March 2009

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.

Brown brick and sandstone

Ada’s Village Hall was also built in 1904.

Classical Revival style.

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 Tonight Show’s” original bandleader

The town of Shelly (pop. 266) is the home of the Red River Museum.

In an Art Deco schoolhouse

The Agassiz Recreational Trail, a 53-mile multi-purpose trail on an abandoned railroad grade, goes north-south through Norman County.

Named for paleontologist Louis Agassiz and prehistoric Lake Agassiz