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About Pembina, North Dakota

Pembina i/?p?mb?n?/ is a city in Pembina County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 592 at the 2010 census. The area of Pembina was long inhabited by various indigenous peoples. At the time of 16th century French exploration and fur trading, historical Native American tribes included the Lakota (Sioux, as the French called them), the Chippewa (Ojibwe) and the Assiniboine.The British/Canadian Hudson's Bay Company established a fur-trading post on the site of present-day Pembina in 1797, and it is the oldest European-American community in the Dakotas. The first permanent Anglo-Canadian settlement started in 1812. Until 1823, both the United States (US) and Canada believed the community of Pembina was in Canadian territory. That year United States Army Major Stephen H. Long's survey of the 49th parallel revealed Pembina's location south of the Canada ? United States border. In 1851, the US established its first post office in present-day North Dakota in Pembina. Pembina was the most populous place in North Dakota according to the 1860 census. Pembina served as county seat from 1867 to 1911.The northern end of Interstate 29 goes near Pembina at the Canada-United States border at Emerson, Manitoba. It is a significant crossing for road traffic headed to and from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is one of three 24-hour ports of entry in North Dakota (the others are Portal and Dunseith).Pembina is home to the U.S. satellite plant of Motor Coach Industries, which completes assembly of intercity buses. Its major clients include Greyhound Lines.

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  • Population Total: 592
  • Square Miles: 0.8
  • Area Code: 701
  • Elevation: 778
  • Postal Codes: 58271
  • Timezone: North American Central