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The City of Nowthen is located in the northwestern corner of Anoka County. It was founded in 1869 as Burns Township and later was incorporated into the City of Nowthen on June 30, 2008.  Nowthen is approximately 35.1  square miles with a population of 4,536  people. 

We have two parks:  Nowthen Memorial Park and Pavilion  (located in the city's center)  and  Twin Lakes Park, which has a beautiful beach, trails, pavilions, and a boat dock.  We invite you to come experience our spacious countryside.

September 2023

City Office
Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
10am -

Recycling Center
Hours of Operation

Tues. & Thurs. 11am - 7pm
Wed. & Fri. 11am - 5pm
Sat. 8am - 12pm

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On April 13th of 2023, Mr. Keith Elliott was traveling through the city of Nowthen when he noticed a smoke and fire in the area of 190th Ave NW. Mr. Elliot promptly dialed 911 to notify dispatch of a house fire at the location of 9180 190th Ave NW.

In addition to reporting the event to dispatch, Mr. Elliott courageously and quickly assessed the situation and discovered a garden hose. Mr. Elliott began to fight the fire with the garden hose and was successfully able to stop the fire from progressing further, undoubtedly saving the home from catastrophic and significant damage and loss.


Mr. Elliott accepted the award from Fire Chief Schmidt and Mayor Pilon; however, he stated the real heroes are the first responders, fire fighters, sheriff’s deputies, and police officers.

Beware of Scams!

Scams are everywhere and can pop up at any time. To read more about how to protect yourself against scams, visit our Sheriff's Department page.

ACSO Open House

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is hosting an open house this month! To learn more, click here.


"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."    - Henry Ford 

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Users who need accessibility assistance can also contact us by phone through the Federal Information Relay Service for TTY/Voice communication.

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