Did you know? Over 10,000 people go missing in the State of Minnesota each year!

Northstar Search and Rescue's Mission:


Northstar Search and Rescue (NSAR) exists to enhance the search and rescue capability in the state of Minnesota and the five state area; serving communities by supporting local and regional professionals in emergency response.  We are dedicated to locating missing people and providing training, equipment, consulting, and response through field support, K-9 handler teams and EMS.


We have been serving the area since 1989, when Northstar was founded as a 501(c)3, IRS recognized, non-profit, charitable organization. 

Northstar Search & Rescue is licensed by the state of Minnesota as a Medical Response Unit, License# 8636.

Northstar only responds to requests from emergency services (Law Enforcement agencies, Fire and Emergency Management services) with authority over the incident. Northstar does not self-deploy and there is never a charge for our services. Our members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Northstar Search and Rescue provides trained and Nationally certified K-9 handler teams for the following: 

  • Tracking/Trailing-Wilderness and Urban

  • Human Remains Detection (HRD)

  • Air Scent-Wilderness


Donations help support Northstar and our efforts to save lives in the Land of 10,000 Lakes! 

Help us save a life! Donate today!