City Government

Incorporated in 1911, Federal Dam is located along the Leech River, near the Leech Lake Dam on the northeast side of Leech Lake. Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota. Federal Dam is centered within the Chippewa National Forest and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

City Officers

Mayor: Dianne Zuelow-Giffen (218) 654-3618

Clerk/Treasurer: Martha Lavrenz-Johnson (218) 654-3017

Council Members

Dianne Zuelow-Giffen (218) 654-3618

Emma Gillman

Sheri Starr

Darcy Tonga (218) 654-3715

Vince Voyak

Council meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 PM in the Federal Dam Village Hall.

Contact Us:

City of Federal Dam
222 Main Street
Federal Dam, MN 56641
(218) 654-3046

City Ordinances

The City of Federal Dam has adopted the MN Basic Code, 2010 edition and amending, restating, revising, updating, codifying and compiling certain ordinances of the city dealing with the subjects embraced in the code of ordinances, and providing penalties for the violation of the Code of Ordinances. A copy of the Code of Ordinances is filed as part of the official records of the city in the office of the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall provide a copy of the Code of Ordinances to any person upon request. Any person who requires a personal copy shall be charged the cost to the city of the copy of the Code of Ordinances.

The Federal Dam Code is available online at:

City of Federal Dam Land-Use Permit Fee Schedule

City of Federal Dam Land-Use Permit Application