Come Home to Thief River Falls

On this page, we feature stories of the people who call this place home, people who are starting a business, building a career, or raising a family.

We invite you to learn about the community through their stories!

Real-World Opportunities for Students

Carter Rogalla is a teacher in the business department as well as head softball coach. If you ask him what he loves about the local school system, he gets enthusiastic about the variety of opportunities that are available to students.

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Pursuing Her Dream

A Few Years in the Making “This has been a dream,” said Becca Larson Isaak, speaking about opening her own boutique in Thief River Falls. Like many entrepreneurs, realizing her dream was a few years in the making. After graduating from...

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Leap of Faith

Bringing Things Back to Life “When I grew up in this town, there were so many things to do. People came to this town to shop, to eat, and to do things,” Jill Stenberg said. As a young person growing up in Thief River Falls, part of Jill’s...

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Both Sides of the Curtain

From Thief River to California and Back Again Jane Anderson grew up on a small grain and beef farm, five miles west of Thief River Falls. She attended school in Thief River Falls, graduated from Lincoln High School, and went on to Bemidji...

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Best of the Best

An Amazing Community If there is one word that describes how Natasha Reierson feels about the Thief River Falls community, that word is “amazing.” She moved to Thief River Falls in 2010 with her husband, Jarod Reierson, a Lincoln High...

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Big Opportunities Close to Home

Shane Zutz is proud to say that he “hasn’t gone very far in life,” referring to the fact that he was raised and educated in Thief River Falls and still lives in the community, decades later. It doesn’t mean that he hasn’t had an exciting...

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A Special Bond

If you visit with Beth Peterick and Sara Beger, it is easy to see the special bond that they share. The twin sisters were born and raised on a farm near Thief River Falls and went on to pursue a career in healthcare at Sanford Health....

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“The tremendous work ethic, innovation and commitment of the people here in northwestern Minnesota is unsurpassed. Those values have always been a clear differentiator in driving Digi-Key’s growth and success within our industry.”

Dave Doherty

President, Digi-Key Corporation

“Thief River Falls has been a wonderful place to own a business.  I have received an abundance support from the other entrepreneurs in the community!  I love how it doesn’t feel like we are competing, but helping each other however we can.”

Angie Westling

Owner, Hometown Realty

218-280-1755

Michelle Landsverk
Economic Development 

Advance Thief River
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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