Thief River area residents have access to high-quality education. The PreK-12 school system is one of the best around. Northland Community and Technical College faculty are nationally recognized. Both institutions work in close partnership with the business community to meet workforce needs.

The Land of Business Opportunity

We work hard to create opportunities for new businesses to start operations here, as well as creating opportunities for existing businesses to grow.

School District

The public education system in Thief River Falls includes Challenger Elementary, Franklin Middle School and Lincoln High School. The district’s graduation rate is 8 percentage points higher than that of the state overall and 73% of Lincoln High School graduates are enrolled in an institution of higher education 16 months after finishing high school. Visit the district website for more information.

Watch “Any Goal. Any Opportunity. Any Time. Anywhere.” video, featuring Thief River Falls Public School Superintendent, Donita Stepan.

Northland Community & Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college, offering many state-of-the-art, nationally-renowned technical programs designed for those looking to quickly join the work force. Northland also has a liberal arts college program which offers students the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Visit the college website for more information.


Michelle Landsverk
Economic Development 

Advance Thief River
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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