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PCPH Newsletter Spring 2019
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Employment Opportunities
These are the current job openings at the Pembina County Sheriff's Office. They would include Administrative, Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and Corrections positions.

Please see Employment Opportunities for available position information and application packet. Please submit Cover Letter, Resume, and Application to the Pembina County Sheriff's Office.


Sheriff's Fees FAQ
A list of fees by the Pembina County Sheriff's Office.

Drug Testing (for court ordered testing and others)

Preliminary Sample Screening: $15

Lab testing: $15

Baseline samples are automatically sent to the lab for testing.

If you are currently taking any prescribed medication, please bring a copy of your prescription(s) with you to ensure any positive tests as a result of the use of legally prescribed medications are not used against you. Please notify the tester of any change in medications prescribed.


Civil Fees (NDCC 11-15-07)

Civil Process (Summons & Complaint, Small Claim Affidavit, Subpoena, etc): $20.00 per person/entity, plus mileage*

Levying or Executing any Writ: $40.00 per Levy or Writ, plus mileage*

Inquest to Appraise Goods and Chattels as required by Sheriff: $25.00, plus $100 per appraiser

Sheriff's Notice of Sale: $20.00 per ad, plus publishing fees

Sale of Real or Personal Property under Foreclosure of a Lien or Mortgage: $75.00, plus mileage*

Deed to Land sold on Execution or Sale Order: $20.00

Certificate of Redemption for property redeemed from Sale under Execution or Foreclosure: $20.00

Copies: $2.00 per page


*Mileage will be charged at $0.60 per mile (minimum charge of 20 miles/$12.00) per attempt (up to 3 attempts). Multiple services completed at the same address will only be charged mileage once per attempt.


~A statement of fees will be included with Sheriff's Returns.


Other Fees

Fingerprints: $10.00 per visit

Fireworks Retail License Permit: $20.00 per permit. See "Downloads" for application packet.

Dances: See "Downloads" for application packet and applicable fees.


Truck Regulatory
Pembina and Walsh County joint truck regulatory program.

The counties of Pembina and Walsh operate a joint truck regulatory program which focuses on the enforcement of size/weight limits on the county maintained roadways.  Deputy Sawyer Faltersack is the truck regulatory deputy and is deputized in both counties by Pembina County Sheriff Terry Meidinger and Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens.  Deputy Faltersack is a fully licensed peace officer, so he can also enforce criminal and traffic law.

Deputy Faltersack has received field training by truck regulatory State Troopers.  Please be very aware of your truck's size and weight limitations.  These limits may vary depending on the time of year and the specific roadway being traveled.


Deputy Faltersack can be contacted by email at or by calling the following numbers:

Pembina County Sheriff's Office: 701-265-4122

Walsh County Sheriff's Office: 701-352-2041

Mission Statement

The mission of this department is to serve and protect persons and property of Pembina County.  The responsibilities associated with this mission are many.  They include enforcement of state and federal law, mantaining the peace and order of the county, protecting the property and personal safety of county residents, and generally assisting citizens in urgent situations.  In joining this department, employees make its responsibilities  their own.  They are expected to carry out these responsibilities diligently and courteously and to take pride in the services they provide.


The department protects the rights of all persons within its jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions, and to live in peace.  The department serves the people of the county by performing the law enforcement function in a professional manner and it is to these people that the department is ultimately responsible.

The current personnel of the Pembina County Sheriff's Department.

Terry Meidinger - Sheriff - Serving Since 1991

Marcus Ramsay - Chief Deputy - Serving Since 2011

Daniel Garvens - Sergeant - Serving Since 2008

Cory Mortensen - Sergeant - Serving Since 2016

Sawyer Faltersack - Deputy (Truck Reg) - Serving Since 2017

Douglas Hill - Deputy - Serving Since 2017

Patrick Swift - Deputy - Serving Since 2018

Casey Carver - Deputy - Serving Since 2019

Martin Burch - Deputy - Serving Since 2019


Samantha Diemert - Dispatch/Corrections Supervisor - Serving Since 2016

Cindy Huffman - Dispatch/Corrections - Serving Since 2009

Brigetta Thebeau - Dispatch/Corrections - Serving Since 2018

Amy Briese - Dispatch/Corrections - Serving Since 2019

Mellisa Vannett - Corrections - Serving Since 2019

Danielle Szklarski - Corrections - Serving Since 2019

Calvin Cluchie - Corrections - Serving Since 2019

Chad Vannett - Corrections - Serving Since 2019

Past Sheriffs
Pembina County is the oldest county government in North Dakota. Established in 1867, Pembina County originally included the entire Red River Valley from Canada to South Dakota. The original county seat was in Pembina, ND and is now in Cavalier. These are the past sheriffs who have served since 1867. Our first sheriff was William H. Moorhead, 1867-1870. Our current sheriff is Terry Meidinger.

William H. Moorhead     1867-1870

Henry McKinney            1871-1872

John Lennon                  1873-1874

Joseph Daniels              1875-1876

Charles J. Brown            1877-1884

John Kabernagle            1884

David Dick                      1885-1886

William James                1887-1890

Archie M. O'Connor        1891-1894

George H. McCabe         1895-1896

John E. Truemner           1897-1898

Fred J. Farrow                1899-1902

Charles Atkinson            1903-1906

George Roadhouse        1907-1910

Ike J. Foster                    1911-1914

Charles Atkinson             1915-1918

Ed Hamilton                     1919-1922

D.J. "Duffy" Larson          1923-1926

Ralph S. Campbell          1927-1930

Harold C. Well                 1931-1932

Archie B. O'Connor         1933-1936

Stone Hillman                  1937-1940

Loren Davey                    1941-1944

Fred O. Spangelo            1945-1948

Sam Samuelson              1949-1952

Fred O. Spangelo            1953-1958

Glenn E. Wells                 1959-1986

James J. Martindale        1987-2002

Wayne Samdahl              2002-2006

Brian W. Erovick              2007-2014

Terry Meidinger               2015-Present

Correctional Center
The new portion of the Pembina County Correctional Center was constructed in 1994. It is a certified Level II facility and has a capacity to hold 18 prisoners. The center includes a PSAP (dispatch) that serves Pembina County citizens 24 hrs/day.


Visitation takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 pm to 4 pm only. There is no visitation on holidays or during storm closures.


All personal visits will take place in a secure visitation booth on a first come, first serve basis. No contact visits are allowed. Personal visitations are generally limited to 20 minutes in length, but can be terminated by staff at any time. Visits may be denied for any reason at any time. All parties must use the handset provided to communicate. Conversations may be monitored or recorded.


All visitors are subject to search. No personal property other than vehicle keys are allowed in the visitation room...including, but not limited to: bags/purses, letters/paperwork, pens/pencils/markers, and cell phones, PDA's, or other electronic communication devices.


Violation of these rules may result in immediate termination of the current visit and denial of future visitation.


Professional visitation (attorney, clergy, medical, etc.) will be permitted at any time except during designated lockdown periods or facility emergencies. Professional visitation will take place in the jail library unless other arrangements have been made and approved by the Correctional Facility Administrator or Jail Supervisor. Only professional personnel will be permitted. Family members or other third-parties will not be permitted to visit during this time.



Inmates may receive mail through the United States Postal Service by addressing it to:

Inmate's Full Name

C/o Pembina County Sheriff's Office

308 Courthouse Dr #2

Cavalier, ND 58220


All letters, except for marked legal mail from an attorney's office, are subject to inspection prior to delivery to an inmate. Letters received after an inmate has been released or transferred will be returned to sender. If no return address is provided, the letter will be destroyed.



Money for inmates may be brought to the Pembina County Jail for use by inmates to purchase items from commissary. We can only accept cash for inmate commissary accounts (no checks, money orders, or debit/credit cards).


Personal items from outside the jail (including toiletries, clothing, books, games, etc.) are not permitted unless they are new in the original, unopened packaging, subject to the approval of the corrections staff. Contact corrections staff with questions on approved outside items.






We use the Reliance Telephone system for prisoner phone calls and texting. Phone cards may be purchased directly from Reliance and provided to an inmate if the inmate does not have enough commissary funds to purchase their own.


Inmates may also call collect if your phone line is set up to accept collect calls.


If you need to provide funds for phone cards or have other questions, you can learn how to use the system by calling Reliance Telephone at 800-896-3201 or by visiting their website:


INMATE VOICEMAIL: Corrections staff are not allowed to pass phone messages to an inmate. If you wish to leave a voice message for an inmate, you may call the inmate voicemail line at 701-265-4232 and follow the prompts to direct your message to the appropriate inmate.


UNWANTED CALLS/TEXTS: If you receive an unwanted call/text from an inmate in our facility, follow the prompts on the call to block the number or contact the Pembina County Jail at 701-265-4122 and provide your name and phone number and it will be blocked from being contacted for the duration of the inmate's stay.




What is PREA?

PREA stand for the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on September 4, 2003. The final standards to implement PREA went into effect on August 20, 2012.


What is the purpose of PREA?

PREA is intended to address the detection, prevention, reduction and prosecution of sexual harassment and sexual assault in all correctional facilities in the country. It establishes a zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment.


How to make a third-party report of sexual abuse or sexual harassment:

If you have knowledge of a sexual misconduct that has taken place with an inmate incarcerated at the Pembina County Correctional Facility, a report of the misconduct may be sent in writing or made by telephone to the Sheriff at the address/phone number listed below.


Inmates are encouraged to speak with officers, medical staff, case managers, volunteers, family members, friends or anyone who can assist them in reporting the sexual abuse or harassment. They can write memos, file grievances, or call Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center free of charge and on the inmate phone system.


Pembina County Sheriff Terry Meidinger

Pembina County Law Enforcement Center

308 Courthouse Drive #2

Cavalier, ND 58220

Phone: 701-265-4122

Fax: 701-265-3194



Pembina County PREA Policy

2016 Pembina County Sheriff’s Office Annual PREA Report

2017 Pembina County Sheriff’s Office PREA Audit Report


Social Services
Social Service Staff Listing


Social Service Staff Members:


Jill Denault, County Director III
Sheri Kuznia, Account Technician II
Susan Fetsch-Crockett, Social Worker Supervisor
Michelle Manley, Social Worker III
Lynelle Fraser, Social Worker III
Terri Machart, Social Worker III
Diana Laxdal, Parent Aide/Child Care Licensor
Valorie Letkeman, Direct Care Associate
Lori Cantele, Direct Care Associate
Charity Stegman, Eligibility Worker I
Tina Brevik, Eligibility Worker I
Deb Hurtt, Eligibility Worker I
Diane Bjarnason, Eligibility Technician
Social Services
Office Business Hours


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Open during the lunch hour.
Social Services
ND Department of Human Services Phone Numbers


Department of Human Services Toll Free Numbers:
·        Main Switchboard:                         1-800-472-2622
·        Child Support                                  1-800-231-4255
·        SNAP / LIHEAP                                 1-800-755-2716
·        Medical Services                            1-800-755-2604
·        Aging Services                                1-855-462-5465
·        Children & Family Services          1-800-245-3736
·        Children’s Special Health Services 1-800-755-2714
·        Disability Services                          1-800-755-8529
·        Mental Health Services                  1-800-755-2719
·        Substance Abuse Services           1-800-642-6042
Social Services
Toll Free Numbers to Various Services
Child Support (ND) 1-800-755-2671
AIDS Hotline 1-800-472-2180
Alzheimer’s Association 1-800-438-4380
American Cancer Society 1-800-342-4535
American Heart Association 1-800-532-8688
Arthritis Foundation 1-800-437-5845
Ask-A-Nurse (24 hours) 1-800-552-0190
Better Hearing Institute 1-800-327-9355
Domestic Violence 1-800-472-2911
Epileptic Foundation 1-800-292-7932
Housing Discrimination 1-800-424-8590
Legal Aide of ND 1-800-634-5263
Mental Health Services 1-800-755-2719
Multiple Sclerosis Society 1-800-437-4757
Poison Control Ctr – Fargo 1-800-732-2200
Red Cross 1-800-252-6747
Senior Info Service 1-800-832-0120
Social Security Adm. 1-800-772-1213
Substance Abuse Services 1-800-642-6042
Suicide Prevention 1-800-472-2911


Social Services
Financial Assistance Programs
All financial programs are administered by Eligibility Workers.

The application for Financial Assistance Programs can be downloaded (or completed and printed) by clicking here: 

TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families)

Provides the basic minimums for food, clothing, and shelter for children who are deprived of those needs due to death, desertion, separation, or disability of one or both parents. Income and assets are considered for eligibility. Time limit of 60 months to received TANF benefits.


Provides education, training, child care, and incentives towards employment.


Formerly called Food Assistance and Food Stamps. This program is intended to assist individuals and families with the purchasing of food. Eligibility is based on income and assets.

Basic Care Assistance Program

Provides payment to a Basic Care Facility to supplement an individual’s income to meet the rate for “Basic Care” or “Rest Home Care.” Individuals must be eligible for Medicaid to receive Basic Care Assistance.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

Also called “Fuel Assistance” or “Heating Assistance.” Benefits are all Federal funds. The program is available from October 1st through May 31st each year. Eligibility is based on income and assets.
Application can be downloaded (or completed and printed) clicking here:


Also called Medical Assistance or referred to as MA. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance for persons whose income and resources are not sufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical expenses or long term care costs. Income and assets are considered for eligibility determination.

Child Care Assistance Program

This program provides assistance to low income families who are employed and/or a possibility of child care for those attending college to meet their child care expenses. Eligibility is based on the number of individuals in the household and the household’s monthly gross income.
Application can be downloaded (or completed and printed) clicking here: