Pennington County, Minnesota

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John W. McGilvrey vs. Mary E. McGilvrey
Source: Goodridge Banner (MN) January 7, 1921; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

State of Minnesota, County of Pennington ss.
In District Court, Fourteenth Judicial District,
John W. McGilvrey, Plaintiff vs. Masry E. McGilvrey, Defendant
The State of Minnesota, To the above named Defendant:
You are hereby summoned and required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff in the above entitled action, of which a copy is hereto annexed and herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to the said complaint on the subscriber at his office in the city of Thief River Falls in the said county, within thirty days after the service of this summons upon you, exclusive of the day of such services and if you fail so to serve your answer to the said complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the complaint.
THEO. QUALE, Plaintiff's Attorney, Thief River Falls, Minn.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, December 19, 1910; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Dec. 18.-The new county of Pennington, which was organized at the last election by a vote of the citizens of Red Lake county out of the north half of the latter, will not be permitted to continue on its way unmolested by its former enemies. A contest of election was filed yesterday against its establishment and the courts will be called upon to determine its legality. The claims of those who seek its dissolution are that some 49 illegal acts connected with its organization were committed. The Real dispute, however, consists in the desire of the diminished county of Red Lake to collect and spend the current taxes. These are in part claimed by the new county, consequently both counties are trying to secure the tax.

The courts will have to determine the matter and, in the meantime, a delay will be created by this election contest. The county of Pennington is the result of a long fight between two sections of Red Lake county for control of the county government. This has given rise to very bitter feelings and to years of endless litigation. Dozens of cases bearing on the quarrel have been adjudicated in the courts and even the supreme court has been called on many times to settle cases carried there. It is expected that this final dispute will soon be heard and a decision given as great property interests are at stake. All the northern Minnesota counties have been compelled to have a house cleaning and this is the last move in the cleaning up of a group of persons who have sunk the old county heavily into unnecessary debt. These parties refuse to be shaken loose and are back of this dispute Pennington county has a complete set of officials and they are conducting the new county's business in the usual manner, regardless of the contest inaugurated.

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