Norman County was organized on February 17, 1881, from a part of Polk
County, which in turn had been a part of Pembina County. The name was chosen
because of the great number of Norwegian immigrants who settled in the county.
Norman County is located in the Red River Valley of
Minnesota, one of the great farming regions of the world. To the east it is
bounded by Mahnomen County, to the south by Clay County, and to the north by
Polk County. The western boundary is formed by the Red River of the North and
North Dakota. The county is made up of twenty-four
townships. Check out the
map of the county as it looked in 1895.
county seat is located in
Ada, which is situated near the center of the
county. Other towns and communities presently in Norman County include: