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The counties of Nelson, Walsh and Pembina are made up of 31 incorporated cities and more than 100 unincorporated communities and rural townships. Our cities range in size from Conway (population 15 as of the 2020 Census) to Grafton, the tri-county area’s largest city with just over 4,100 people.

Geographically speaking, we’re not far apart! Many of our cities and towns are within an hour radius. If the small town you’re in doesn’t have what you need – hop in the car for a quick, scenic drive to the next town over.

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A Sample of Our Real. Good. Communities

Grafton

Population: 4,150

The county seat of Walsh County, this is the largest city in the tri-county area. It is a regional hub for healthcare, education and commerce, and is home to North Valley Career and Technology Center and the Grafton Winter Sports Arena. Learn more at www.visitgraftonnd.com

Park River

Population: 1,400

Park River is located in Walsh County and is known for its historic downtown, golf course and Aggie athletic teams. Learn more at www.cityofparkriver.com

Cavalier

Population: 1,250

The county seat of Pembina County, Cavalier is known for its beautiful parks, historic buildings, and annual events such as the Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In and the Off The Charts Music Festival.

Learn more at www.cavaliernd.gov and www.cavaliernd.com

Walhalla

Population: 900

Located in Pembina County, this is one of the oldest settlements in North Dakota, dating back to 1845. It is located located on the banks of the Pembina River, near the Canadian border and the scenic Pembina Gorge – a stunning natural area with hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing opportunities.

Learn more at www.walhalland.org

Lakota

Population: 675

Located is the county seat of Nelson County. It is located near Devils Lake, the largest natural lake in North Dakota, and offers many recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, and hunting.

Learn more at
www.lakota-nd.com

McVille

Population: 380

Located in Nelson County, McVille is known for its safe and well-kept neighborhoods, a great education system, excellent healthcare facilities and emergency services, and recreational opportunities for all ages including golf, fishing, camping and even frisbee golf

Learn more at www.mcville.com

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Pembina, Walsh and Nelson counties in NE North Dakota
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“Originally from Alaska, I also lived on the east coast before moving to the Midwest. What I adore about living in Northeast North Dakota are the stunning wide-open spaces, the community spirit filled with generosity and pride, and watching my daughter grow up in a safe, welcoming community with a close-knit group of friends. I love feeling at home in my community, even though I'm not originally from here. You will be amazed at how many people wave at you as you pass by on roads and highways in our rural areas. Waving is our way of saying "hello friend" and we hope it makes your day!”

Lule Naas

McVille, ND

“Originally from Alaska, I also lived on the east coast before moving to the Midwest. What I adore about living in Northeast North Dakota are the stunning wide-open spaces, the community spirit filled with generosity and pride, and watching my daughter grow up in a safe, welcoming community with a close-knit group of friends. I love feeling at home in my community, even though I'm not originally from here. You will be amazed at how many people wave at you as you pass by on roads and highways in our rural areas. Waving is our way of saying "hello friend" and we hope it makes your day!”

Lule Naas

McVille, ND

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