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On this page, we feature a variety of news and information, everything from economic developments to business success stories.

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Trusting Her Gut

The story of Lisa Robson’s entrepreneurial journey began in 1993, when her mom and Diana “Granny” Josephson bought “Lon’s Bar and Pub.” Soon after purchase, they renamed it the “Evergreen Eating Emporium.”

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Finding His Passion

All things considered, Blake Kuznia was an unlikely restaurateur. He was young and lacked experience in the food service industry. After finishing high school in Thief River Falls, he left for Duluth for a couple of years…

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Gracewin Development

Advance Thief River Director, Michelle Landsverk, interviewed Lisa Anteau of GraceWin Living, to learn about their new housing development coming to Thief River Falls. This development will increase the housing supply and provide a new...

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Fourth Generation Business

Derek and Stacy Lee are fourth-generation owners of Lee Plumbing and Heating. At the November 3 TREK, they shared the story of their entrepreneurial journey and business philosophy…

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An Entrepreneur at Heart

Terry Blacklance has been an entrepreneur since as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he decided to pursue his lifelong dreams of owning his own business. Together with his wife, Tammie…

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Lees and Blacklances to Present at TREK November 3

Lees and Blacklances to Present at TREK November 3

Thief River Falls, MN—October 30, 2020: Two Rivers Entrepreneur “Kinnection,” or TREK, will host its second gathering on November 3.  While TREK’s first meeting was held online, via Zoom, the November 3 meeting will use a hybrid format—a physical gathering at River...

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County Announces Second Round of Grants

County Announces Second Round of Grants

Pennington County CARES Grants October 12, 2020 Pennington County has released the guidelines and application information for a second round of CARES grants. This follows a first round of funding, which provided about $750,000 in funding to Pennington County...

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Allie Enge – My Biggest Inspiration

Allie’s business story started about 10 years ago. “At that time, I had a wonderful job at Digi-Key, with amazing benefits and I really loved what I did.” The thought of owning her own business was the last thing on her mind.

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Meet the TREK Team

Meet the TREK Team

The TREK team has been  working behind the scenes over the last few months, leading to the launch of  “Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection,” a platform for local entrepreneurs to learn from and support one another.

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TREK Launch October 6

TREK Launch October 6

The launch of Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection (TREK) is October 6. TREK is a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and others, to educate, engage, and “kinnect” area entrepreneurs.

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CARES Act Loan Funds Available

CARES Act Loan Funds Available

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $23 Million in CARES Act Funding to Capitalize Revolving Loan Funds to Help Small Businesses Across Minnesota Respond to Coronavirus July 28, 2020 ​U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic...

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Money Smart Training Starts September 17

Money Smart Training Starts September 17

Advance Thief River will be offering Money Smart training beginning September 17. This curriculum is designed for new or existing small business owners, and provides a practical introduction to many of the most important aspects of managing a business. Training will...

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Retail Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard, and retailers are no exception. This video features great information for retailers, during this unprecedented time, with strategies for you to consider as you start to think about reopening and...

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Michelle Landsverk
Economic Development 

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PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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