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Region’s premiere sports facility 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting & conference space Arena seating for 3,000 plus

Ralph Engelstad Arena Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center 218-681-2183 • www.reatrf.com

P.O. Box 528 • 525 Brooks Ave. N.,Thief River Falls, MN 56701

• Serviced by Great Lakes Airlines

• Free parking and car plug-ins

• One hour “non-stop” commute to Minneapolis/St. Paul

• 12 Flights weekly to the Twin Cities

New services offer maximum travel flexibility with interline e-ticketing and baggage agreements with American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways

• Car rental by Hertz in terminal: 800-654-3131 or 216-681-4111

Ticket purchasing capability on both the Great Lakes’ website and on major web booking engines (Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia etc.)

• Hassle-free security check-in

New service to begin spring 2012! Call your travel agent!

Delta Reservations 1-800-221-1212 Flight Information 218-681-6688

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Come explore our charming city and warm hospitality. You’ll soon discover why visitors and locals alike love our scenic parks, delightful attractions and safe, friendly neighborhoods. Enjoy!

Photos in this guide by: Welcome To Thief River Falls....4 & 5

Gary Webber

Area Events...........................................6

Think Tourism USA www.thinktourismusa.com

Parks & Facilities...............................12

Beth Iliff Photography

Attractions & Entertainment...........14

Freelance Photographer 218-686-3827 Thief River Falls, MN

Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village...18

Russ Holmaas

Area Map............................................13

Accommodations & Camping........22 4-Day Itinerary....................................25 Dine-In & Take-Out...........................26 Shopping & Antiques ......................30 The Great Outdoors...........................35 Pine To Praire Birding Trail..............36 Thief River Falls Riverwalk & Junior Ranger Badge....................................38 Thief River Falls Area Fishing.........39 Moving To Thief River Falls.............40 Churches.............................................46 Visitor Services..................................47

Spirit of the Wolves Design www.spiritofthewolves.com Additional photos: Paul James Werner and Arctic Cat

Thief River Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau 2042 State Hwy. 1 N.E., Thief River Falls, MN 56701 (218) 686-9785 E-mail: trfcvb@mncable.net • www.visittrf.com Published by: Think Tourism USA • P.O. Box 1733, St. Cloud, MN 56302 Phone (320) 281-5118 • Fax (320) 281-5119 • info@thinktourismusa.com • www.thinktourismusa.com President: Gary Webber • Editor & Publisher: Pat Webber Design & Production: Tracy Zwilling & Cathy Hennen Copy: Pat Webber • Advertising Sales Director: Gary Webber | Proof Tracking: Penny Goetz Thief River Falls Visitors Guide Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. Reproduction without permission from Think Tourism USA is strictly prohibited. The publisher has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the material in the Thief River Falls Visitors Guide. However, as unpredictable changes and errors do occur, the publisher can assume no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.


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We love living in Thief River Falls! Not only is it the birthplace of the Arctic Cat snowmobile and one of the top birding and wildlife areas in the country, it’s a great place for families, too! You just can’t beat our parks, attractions, schools and friendly people, so come visit us! —Tim, Claudia, Isak, Emily & Grace Bergland and dog Sally

Located... 300 miles NW of the Twin Cities on trunk highways 59, 32 and 1. Located at the junction of the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. Distance to: Minneapolis/St. Paul 296 miles; Chicago, IL 650 miles; Sioux Falls, SD 300 miles; Grand Forks, ND 55 miles Denver, CO 900 miles ; Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 159 miles 1968 Chevrolet Camaro September Hemmesvedt

2003 Toyota Celica Cody Knutson

1937 Pontiac Ryan Barth


1964 Chevrolet Impala Layden Hanson

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Tom Kalinowski

1970 AMX Jason & Jenni Miller

Thief River Falls has great weather year-round!

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Summer 79°F

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Average Rainfall: 24”/year Average Snowfall: 50”/year

The history of...

Thief River Falls

By Gretchen Beito

Thief River Falls first developed as a lumber milling town. It also became a major agricultural service area because of the rich soil left by ancient, glacial Lake Agassiz. The unusual name, “Thief River,” was given to the river by the Ojibwe and Dakota people. “Falls” was added to the name of the new city in 1896 because a series of rapids in the river had been converted to a waterfall by the construction of the dam. Until 1904, an Ojibwe village of 40 families was located where the Thief River and Red Lake Rivers meet. The Great Northern and the Soo Line Railroads brought prosperity when Thief River Falls became a center for shipping wheat. Today, the city continues its entrepreneurial spirit, preserving and respecting the past, yet growing and moving toward the future, especially in the manufacturing and distribution industries. 1930 Model A Ford Tudor Sedan Bill & Katie Fogarty

1946 Chevrolet Pickup Jason Rux


Street Wizards

In Thief River Falls you can choose from an endless list of events— world-class snowmobile races, cultural festivals and entertainment, county fairs, Fourth of July fireworks, historical celebrations and professional bull riding contests. Check out our calendar below or go to www.visittrf.com

Car Show

january January 13-15 I-500 Red lake nation & USCC Snowmobile Race. USCC and Red Lake Nation team up for Red Lake Nation’s I-500 Snowmobile Race. 500 miles of uncharted land and trails, a grueling race between man and machine for a race prize of $10,000. For more information visit www.usracing.com.  January 24 THief River Falls Entertainment series presents “Bottom Line Duo”. 7:30 p.m. Lincoln High School Auditorium. Tickets are avail-

able at the Times, Kezar Music and Hugo’s. Tickets $30/ adult, $10/student or $70/family. Tickets are good for all entertainment series performances. For more information contact Chuck Smith at 218-681-8000 ext. 1005.

february February 4-5 17th Annual Thief River Falls Gun Show. Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Hilaire Civic Center. Featuring guns and coins. Admission $4. Children under 12 not admitted unless accompanied by an adult. For more information call 218-681-6553.

June 16 Spring to summer street dance. Goodridge, MN. Featuring “The Roosters”. For more information contact Shannon Moen at 218-378-4113.

August 24-26 Fall Festival. Grygla, MN. Street dances, parade, demolition derby, food stands. For more information, contact Rose Aune at 218-294-6292.

July 27-29 Summer Fest. Red Lake Falls, MN. Live music and lots of other activities. For more information call 218-253-2684.

September 8-9 New Fest. Newfolden, MN. Downtown Newfolden. For more information contact Sharon Bring at 218-874-3717.

July 25-29 Marshall county Fair. Warren, MN. For more information visit www.marshallcountyfair.org

October October Goose Festival. Middle River, MN. Live music, parade, food stands. For more information contact Colleen at 218-222-3521.

August 17-19 Good Old Days. Viking, MN. Threshing bee, flea market, music, games food, blacksmith shop. For more information: 218-523-3751. www.vikingdiner.com

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Annual Quilt Show


4th of July Parade

February 13 Section 8A Girls Hockey SemiFinal. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519.

April 14 Mega Raffle. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2183.

February 16 Section 8A Girls Hockey Final. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519.

April 23 THief River Falls Entertainment series presents “John Davidson”. 7:30 p.m. Lincoln High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Times, Kezar Music and Hugo’s. Tickets $30/adult, $10/student or $70/family. Tickets are good for all entertainment series performances. For more information contact Chuck Smith at 218-681-8000 ext. 1005.

area events

February 18 Section 8A/8AA Wrestling Finals. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. February 25 Pennington County Master Gardener Spring Workshop. Renegade Gardener Speaker: Donald G. Engebretson. For more information call 218-683-7030.

march March 3 section 8A Girls Basketball Subsection. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. March 6 section 8A Girls Basketball Semifinal. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. March 9 section 8A Girls Basketball final. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. March 10 section 8A Boys Basketball Subsection. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. March 13 section 8A Boys Basketball SemiFinal. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. March 16 section 8A Boys Basketball Final. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-681-2519. March 22 THief River Falls Entertainment series presents “Riders in the Sky”. 7:30 p.m. Lincoln High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Times, Kezar Music and Hugo’s. Tickets $30/adult, $10/student or $70/family. Tickets are good for all entertainment series performances. For more information contact Chuck Smith at 218-681-8000 ext. 1005. March 23-24 Winter Merriment. Featuring music from the 1960s. Held at Northland Community & Technical College. 7 p.m. For more information call 218-683-8717.

april Pennington County Fair

April 1-30 Thief River Falls Quilters Guild quilt Show. Held the entire month of April at the Thief River Falls Public Library. For more information call 218-681-4469.

may May 5 National Day of Prayer. 5:30 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park Gazebo. A cooperative ministry of area churches to pray for our leadership. For more information call 218-681-4388. May 13-14 Lincoln High School Choral Department Presents “What About US.” 7 p.m. Lincoln High School Auditorium. For more information call 218-681-7432. May 16 Syttende Mai Smorgasbord. Zion Lutheran Church. Serving meatballs, potatoes, Norwegian foods including lefse, fruit soup and rommegrot. For more information call 218-681-3296. May 19 22nd Annual Hugo’s Kids Triathlon. 11:30 a.m., Franklin Middle School Pool. Cost: $18. 50-yard swim in pool, 2.4 mile bike and 1.2 mile run. Proceeds benefit the Thief River Falls Swim Club. For more information call 218-681-4747. May 19 28th Annual Thief River Falls Meritcare Triathlon. 9 a.m., Franklin Middle School Pool. Cost: $35. 500-yard swim in pool, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. For more information call 218-681-4747. May 25-27 6th Annual Memorial Day Pow-Wow.  Held at Seven Clans Casino. Everyone welcome. For more information call 218-681-4062 or visit www.sevenclanscasino.com. May 10 Lincoln High School Graduation. 7 p.m., Ralph Engelstad Arena. May 28 Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village opens for the season. Open 1-5 p.m. daily. Cost: $5, children 12 and under FREE when accompanied by a paid adult. No cost for Pennington County Historical Society Members. For more information call 218-681-5767.

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May 31-June 1 Love Letters. 7 p.m. Northland College Theater. Presented by the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council. www.trfact.org

june June 6-7 Safety Camp. Ralph Engelstad Arena. For more information call 218-681-2519. June 8-9 Pennington County Relay for Life. 5 p.m.-5 a.m. Ralph Engelstad Arena. Open to the public. Event features the relay for life walk, silent auction, kids games, picnic, entertainment and drawings throughout the night. For more information call 218-681-6662. June 11 First Day of Baseball & Tennis. For more information call 218-681-2519. June 14 Gazebo Entertainment–The Fugitives. 7 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park. For more information call 218-681-2519. June 19 Park and recreation day camp. For more information call 218-681-2519. June 19 Annual Picnic in the Park. 5-7 p.m., Northrop City Park. Free will offering. Sponsored by the Thief River Falls Kiwanis Club. For more information call 218-681-4388. June 20 Waterpark trip. For more information call 218-681-2519. June 21 Gazebo Entertainment-To Be Announced. For more information call 218-681-2519.

June 21-24 All School Reunion. For more information call 218-681-8711 ext. 228.

June 27 Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. For more information call 218-681-2519. June 26-30 Rodgers & Hammerstein Revue. 7 p.m. Northland College Theater. Presented by the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council. www.trfact.org June 28 Gazebo Entertainment–To Be Announced. 7 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park. For more information call 218-681-2519.

july July 4 Fireworks Display. Held at dusk at the Seven Clans Casino. July 10 Park and recreation day camp. For more information call 218-681-2519. July 11 Park and Recreation Pioneer Fun Day. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village. Cost: $5. Open to children ages 7-12. Enjoy a day of learning about Pennington County’s heritage. Activities are planned to include learning from a telegrapher, pioneer and much more. Lunch is provided. For more information or to register call 218-681-2519. July 12 Gazebo Entertainment-To Be Announced. 7 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park. For more information call 218-681-2519. July 14 Miss Thief River Falls Pageant. 7 p.m. Lincoln High School Auditorium. For more information call 218-681-5573.

P.B.R. Bullride

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area events

June 21 Movie In The Park. Hartz Park at dusk. For more information call 218-681-2519.

June 26 Park and recreation day camp. For more information call 218-681-2519.


area events

Bike Rally at historic Depot

July 16 12th Annual Swenson Golf Tournament. Shotgun start at noon. Thief River Golf Club. This tournament is a special event hosted by the Thief River Falls Education Foundation to raise and allocate funds for programs and equipment for ISD #564. For more information call 218-681-8711 ext. 228. July 17 Park and recreation day camp. For more information call 218-681-2519. July 18 Waterpark trip. For more information call 218-681-2519. July 19 Gazebo Entertainment-To Be Announced. 7 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park. For more information call 218-681-2519. July 18-22 Pennington County Fair. Grand stand acts, Thunder On Hooves P.B.R. Bullride, demo derby, fireworks display. Held at the Pennington County Fairgrounds in Thief River Falls. For more information call 218-6813720. www.penncofair.com July 20-21 Thunder on Hooves P.B.R. Bullride. 7 p.m. each night in the grandstands at the Pennington County Fairgrounds. For ticket and lodging information call 218-681-3720. www.thunderonhooves.com July 22 Demolition Derby. 4:30 p.m. in the grandstands at the Pennington County Fairgrounds. For ticket and lodging information call 218-681-3720. July 24 Park and recreation day camp. For more information call 218-681-2519. July 24-27 Lend Me a Tenor. 7 p.m. Northland College Theater. Presented by the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council. www.trfact.org July 25-29 Marshall County Fair. Warren, MN. 218-745-5654. www.marshallcountyfair.org July 26 Gazebo Entertainment-To Be Announced. 7 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park. For more information call 218-681-2519.

Snow Race

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august August 3 Street Wizards Trivia Cruise. 6-9 p.m., Yose’s Bar & Grill. Local trivia scavenger hunt competition for door prizes. Fun for all ages. For more information call 218-681-5862. August 4 St. Hilaire Annual Smash & Bash Demo derby. Held at St. Hilaire Island Park. Outstanding demo derby with huge participation and variety of heats. For more information call 218-964-5694. August 4 Street Wizards 11th Annual Car Show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Floyd B. Olson Park. Cost: $10 per car entered. Spectators welcome. Spectators vote for People’s Choice Trophy. Door prizes for participants. Fun for the whole family. For more information call 218-686-2969 August 7 Night to Unite. Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village. For more information call 218-681-2519. August 7 MinnAqua Fishing Clinic. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Red Robe Park. For more information call 218-681-2519. August 11 Riverfest. Hartz Park. For more information call 218-688-1893. August 18 Last Ride Blues Festival. Held at Seven Clans Casino. Everyone welcome. For more information call 218-681-4062 or visit www.sevenclanscasino.com

september September 16 Thief River Falls Fly-In/Drivein breakfast. Breakfast served from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thief River Falls Regional Airport. For more information contact Joe C. at 218-681-5585. September 16-17 Thief River Falls Model Railroad Club 18th Annual Train and Hobby Show. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center. Cost: $3, children 12 and under free with paid adult. There will be several scale model train layouts on display; various hobbies represented; door prizes. For more information call 218-681-4251.

october Please visit www.visittrf.com for updates on October events.

november November 10 Holiday Craft Fair. Ralph Engelstad Arena. For more information call 218-681-2183.

december Please visit www.visittrf.com for updates on December

Holiday Train

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area events

September 3 Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village closes for the season.


Agassiz national wildlife refuge 22996 290th St. NE., Middle River, MN 56737 From Thief River Falls go 12 miles north on Hwy 32 then 11 miles east on 290th St. NE/Marshall Co. Rd. 7 218-449-4115 • Agassiz@fws.gov • www.fws.gov/midwest/Agassiz Explore the refuge’s 61,500 acres of diverse plant and animal life. Franklin’s Gull, Bitterns, 17 species of Eastern and Western Waterfowl, 5 Grebe species, Sandhill Cranes, Sharptailed and Le Conte’s Sparrows. Primitive camping allowed on state and wildlife land adjacent to Agassiz Refuge. Wildlife displays in office. Outdoor kiosks, firearm deer hunting. Agassiz bookshop sells refuge shirts, hats, books and wildlife-related items. Office open at 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.Fri., excluding federal holidays. For more information visit the refuge website or email us. Goodridge City Park & lions park 218-378-4113 Four units, electrical and water hookups, picnic shelter in Lions Park. Basketball area and horseshoe pits.

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St. Hilaire City Park Call 218-964-5257 for reservations Located 6 miles south of Thief River Falls on Hwy. 32 • Ad pg. 11 “A hidden gem for camping—the camping secret of Northwestern Minnesota.” 8 miles from casino. 30 full RV hookups, 12 with cable, 10 with 50 amp service. Restrooms/showers. Huge shelter on Park Island for special parties or family reunions. Enjoy fishing, hiking, horseshoe, walking trails, playground.

Thief River Falls prides itself on its great city parks system­— one of the best in northwestern Minnesota.

Park Facilities Alan-A-Dale Park 4.96 Nightingale Road Annie Street Park 4.13 • • Annie St./Markley Ave. Boy Scout Park 1.49 • • 3rd St./Markley Ave. Centennial Park 9.20 • • • • • • Centennial Dr./Hwy. 1 E. Elk’s Park 1.74 • 3rd St./Davis Ave. Engelstad Park 1.32 • • • • 1st St./Crocker Ave. Finsbury Park 12.40 • Robinhood Dr. Floyd B. Olson Park 0.83 • • • • • • 3rd St./Knight Ave. Hartz Park 6.00 • • • • • Riverside Ave. LaFave Park 4.13 • • • • • • • • Taft St./Crocker Ave. Lions Park 2.7 • • • • • • • Nora St./Merriam Ave. Michelson Prp./Greenwood Trls. 48.50 • Greenwood St. Millyard Park 3.80 • • Pennington Ave. Northrup Park 9th St./LaBree Ave. Softball Complex 37.19 • • • • • Highway 1 East Oakland Park 16.12 • • • • • • • • • Baken St. Red Robe Park 3.31 • • • • • • • 8th St./Reserve Ave. South Town Park 2.89 • • • 500 E. Hickory Rd. Tourist Park 6.00 • • • • • • • Oakland Pk. Rd./Hwy. 32 S.

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Other Facilities Old Arena 100 Blk. W. 2nd St. Ralph Engelstad Arena 3rd St./Brooks Ave. Huck Olson Mem. Civic Ctr. 3rd St./ Brooks Ave.

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The Thief River Falls area has terrific snowmobile trails! For a complete trail map, visit, contact or download: Thief River Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau 2042 Hwy. 1 West, Thief River Falls, MN 56701 218-686-9785 • www.visittrf.com www.dnr.state.mn/snowmobiling/maps

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Parks Snowmobile Trails Travel Information Center City Hall Pennington County Courthouse Sanford Medical Center Ralph Engelstad Arena, Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center & Fairgrounds Multi-Events Center Thief River Falls Regional Airport Thief River Falls Public Library Thief River Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Enjoy your visit to Thief River Falls! Any time of the year, indoors or out, discover outstanding recreational opportunities, incredible wildlife areas, delightful attractions and convention facilities. This is where the Arctic Cat snowmobile was born, and you’ll find some of the state’s finest trails and support services in our area.

arts Northland Community & Technical College • L-6 1101 Hwy. 1 E, Thief River Falls 218-683-8800 • 1-800-959-6282 www.northlandcollege.edu Ad pg. 41 Northland Community and Technical College and the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council present productions each year, ranging from one-act plays to musicals. Each production is shown at the NCTC Theater on the Thief River Falls campus.

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Thief River Falls Community Arts Council • L-6 Northland College Theater, Thief River Falls, MN 56701 www.trfact.org • Ad pg. 21 Don’t miss some of the best theater around! Our 2012 schedule includes: May 31-June1, “Love Letters;” June 2630, “Rodgers & Hammerstein Revue;” July 24-27 “Lend Me a Tenor.” The arts are alive and well in Thief River Falls.

bowling

Thief River Falls concert Association P.O. Box 312, Thief River Falls, MN 56701 218-681-4450

casinos

Family Bowl & Lounge • B-13 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-1270 Ad pg. 21 Open daily. Glow N’ Bowl (music and special lighting). Pool tables and arcade games. Open bowling daily, call for times.

Shooting Star Casino, Hotel And Event CentersM 777 Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557 ( 60 miles S. of Thief River Falls) • 1-800-453-7827 www.starcasino.com Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls 8 miles S. of Thief River Falls on Hwy. 59 218-681-4062 • 1-800-881-0712 Ad pg. 15 So many ways to play! Great food. Exciting casino floor with over 700 slot machines, 4 blackjack tables and 2 Texas Hold’em poker tables. Join Players Club for awesome rewards. 151 suite hotel with indoor water park. Water park has over 750 ft. of slides, a lazy river and more. Bring the whole family to enjoy a great getaway!

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ible to Northern Minnesota. Visitors may pick up a printed guide to the gardens. The gardens should be at their best from late July through frost. Free admission. Beltrami Island State Forest E. on Hwy. 1, 26 mi. N. on Cty. Rd. 28 which turns into Cty. Rd. 54, 15 mi. E. on Hwy. 89, 14 mi. N. on State Forest Rd., 4 mi. to Dick’s Parkway Forest Rd. A Beltrami Island State Forest map is advised to cover the 669,000 acres of forest. Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Owl, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Connecticut Warbler and 16 other breeding species of Warblers. Fertile Sand hills/ West Mill recreation area One mile west of Fertile • 218-945-3129 Self-guided nature trail highlighting the unique sand dune formations, oak savanna and native prairie of remnant glacial Lake Agassiz. Ten miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails along the Sand Hill River and through the Fertile Sand Hills. Trail maps available at the Fertile Community Center and on-site.

A Lincoln High School Choir Concert

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day trips Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Middle River, MN 56737 See directions under “Area Parks & Facilities” 218-449-4115 Early spring-Oct. during daylight hours. Take the “Lost Bay Habitat Drive”, a four-mile self guided auto tour route, open from May-Oct. and don’t miss climbing the 100 ft. fire tower at Headquarters during office hours. Spotting scopes are mounted on the Parker Deck, Office Deck, Farmes Pool Cairn and Rodahl Hiking Trail Deck. Three hiking trails are also located within the refuge. Group tours may be arranged well in advance by contacting the refuge office.

Agassiz Dunes Fertile, MN 56540 • 1 mi. S. and one mi. W. of Fertile 218-945-3129 Preserved remnant of the sand dunes that northwest winds pushed up on the eastern beaches of glacial Lake Agassiz. Operated by the Nature Conservancy, hiking trails allow a close view of the area. Bergeson Gardens Located on the grounds of Bergeson Nursery, three miles S. and five miles E. of Fertile MN • 218-945-6988 Hours are Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gardens can be viewed anytime. The gardens feature five acres of flower beds containing nearly every type of annual flower compat-

Featuring: Kickoff Parade on Wednesday, Thursday Rockie Lynne Tribute to Veterans Concert at 7 p.m. (FREE to all veterans and active Guards), Huge Midway, PBR Bullride, Exhibits, Grand Stand Acts, Demo Derby, Free Bandshell Entertainment, Bingo, Huge Raffle, Fireworks and Chainsaw Sculpturing.

www.penncofair.com The Fun Will Send You Over The Top!

Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge For directions and more information call the Rydell refuge at 218-687-2229 • Rydell@fws.gov A partnership of nearly 30 organizations, this is the largest tall grass prairie restoration project in the nation. The project is located along the Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridge about 20 miles east of Crookston with a goal to protect remnant tracts of native prairie, as less than 1% of native prairie remains in Minnesota. Visitors can enjoy watching prairie chickens from blinds and viewing thousands of migrating sandhill cranes, a plethora of prairie flowers and a tranquil view of prairie vista. This refuge was just established in October 2004 and additional public use opportunities are being developed over the next few years.

Featuring: the Top Bull Riders in the World sanctioned by the PBR www.thunderonhooves.com Thrills for the whole family!

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• 33 full hook-up camping sites

Up to 50 amp service • Free WiFi • Cable TV available

• Arcade and playground equipment

Truck, RV and Carwash Propane Our new Pet Wash is now open!

218-681-3546

Junction Hwy. 59 N. & Hwy. 1 W., Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Roadrunner Pizza & Deli!

Breakfast Specials Lunch Buffet Mon.-Fri. Pizza • Subs • Hamburgers Chicken • Ice Cream

New 33-SitE RV Park Now Open! Full hook-ups with cable TV All sites with 50 amp service Year-round sites

Historic Soo Line Railroad Depot

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• 18-hole mini golf course


events

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The Pennington County Historical Society, which was organized in the 1930s, is responsible for maintaining the Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village. Officially opened in 1976, the museum and village provide a living history of Thief River Falls. From its early years as a rural community, to later years when Thief River Falls became an important regional economic hub, the city has grown and prospered. Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village, named after a local Norwegian immigrant, consists of 19 buildings with over 25,000 individual items on display. Buildings include seven late-1800s log houses; a Swedish Lutheran church, built in 1916; two railroad building depots and two cabooses; a oneroom schoolhouse dating back to 1908; five original stores (including a blacksmith shop, general store, and beauty and barber shops); a restored two-story home; a large farm and auto machinery building; and a museum. The museum and buildings are open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day with guided tours available. Check our Events Calendar (beginning on page 6) for a schedule of special activities at the Village. Hayes Lake State Park Roseau, MN 56751 • 218-425-7504 Hayes Lake is located in 3000 acres of Beltrami State Forest, 9 miles east of Wannaska. The park is open year-round. Summer activities include hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, and nature watching. Camping at Hayes Lake is available Memorial Day through Labor Day. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Hayes Lake has a diversity of wildlife. There are 200 different bird species that call Hayes Lake home along with wolves, deer, black bears, and bobcats. Old Mill State Park Argyle, MN 56713 • 218-437-8174 Open year-round. See Larson’s 1880s grist mill, which is powered by a Case 359 steam engine. Historic 1940s WPA building site, on the National Historic Registry. Pioneer cabin, hiking, camping and swimming.

Rydell National wildlife Refuge For directions and more information call 218-687-2229 rydell@fws.gov Over seven miles of trails provide visitors access to experience this bountiful natural treasure. Five miles have been paved to improve accessibility for all. Excellent birdwatching opportunities may be found along the trails and around the Visitor’s Center, which has several bird feeders and plantings to specifically attract birds. Deer hunting opportunities are available annually for youth and people with disabilities. The refuge trail system is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the visitors center is open during regular business hours and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. with extended hours through the summer. Activities include hiking, biking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Interpretive programs are held on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Peters Museum 112 1st Ave, Viking MN 56760 • 218-523-3751 Best Kept Secret in Marshall County. Stop in to see a great collection ranging from John Deere tractors to Kate Smith’s cookbook. Open any time by appointment or just stop in.

Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area 42280 240th Ave. N.E., Middle River, MN 56737 218-222-3747 Primitive camping in designated areas. 55,000 acres of wildlife habitat, including marshes, forests, brushlands, and prairie. Wildlife, present seasonally, include waterfowl and other marsh birds, deer, moose, bear, grouse, rabbits, furbearers, songbirds, sandhill cranes, and raptors. Activities include hunting for waterfowl, big and small game, and nature viewing. A scenic overview of the lake with interpretive signing and picnic shelter are available. Contact the headquarters for maps and bird lists.

Roseau Bog Owl Management Unit Roseau, MN 56751 • 218-463-1130 Almost 9,000 acres of peat bog covered with black spruce tamarack and cedar. Look for the Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, Great Horned Owl, Spruce Grouse and Gray Wolf.

Wetland Pines & Prairie Audubon Sanctuary 24 miles E. of Thief River Falls on Hwy. 1 • 218-745-5663 Trails open year round during daylight hours. 440 acres of wildlife habitat and fields on the Ancient Lake Agassiz beach ridge.

Pembina wildlife management area S. on Hwy. 32, 7 mi. W. on Cty. Rd. 3, 12 mi. to the Pembina Wildlife Management Area sign, N. on Pembina Wildlife Rd., 2 mi. to the S.E. entrance of Goose Lake Wildlife Area Yellow Rail, Le Conte’s Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Greater Prairie Chicken, Sharp-tailed Grouse.

Marshall County Fair P.O. Box 176, Warren, MN 56762 218-745-4445 • Ad pg. 21 www.marshallcountyfair.org July 25-29, 2012. The free gate Marshall County Fair is what you think an old-time county fair should be–4H, carnival and grandstand events. Family fun–one of the 10 best county fairs in Minnesota. Unique food concessions. Camping, swimming, golfing and museum adjacent. Pennington County Fair • A-8 www.penncofair.com Ad pg. 16 Don’t miss the Pennington County Fair. It’s bigger and better than ever and it’s 111 years old. The fair takes place July 18-22, 2012 in Thief River Falls. Rockie Lynne Tribute to Veterans Concert Thursday at 7 p.m. (FREE to all veterans and active Guards). Todd Armstrong shows on the midway, P.B.R. Bullride, exhibits, other grand stand acts, demo derby, parade, bingo, raffle and free bandshell entertainment. See you at the fair! Thunder on Hooves Bullride • A-8 Pennington County Fairgrounds, Thief River Falls 218-681-3720 • 1-800-827-1629 www.thunderonhooves.com Ad pg. 16 July 20-21, 2012. Discover why Thief River Falls is one of the favorite stops for the Professional Bull Riders. Last year, many of the top bull riders in the world competed in the P.B.R. sanctioned event. You’ll want to be in town for this event!

convention events & facilities Best Western INN • A-15 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-7555 • 1-800-569-8123 Ad pg. 23 Big city style with small town atmosphere. From accommodations to dining, Best Western Inn cares for your needs. Clean, comfortable, newly remodeled rooms and delicious food. The Lounge and our spacious banquet facilities can provide you with the best entertainment and meetings in the area. Senior, government and corporate rates. Winter plug-ins. Off-site catering available. Multi-Events Center (MEC) • N-6 1-800-959-6282, Ext. 8611 Ad pg. 21 This recreational-athletic events complex includes Lowell T. Swenson Field (football field, stadium and track and field facilities), plus eight softball/baseball fields, two soccer fields, and a large capacity locker room and restroom facility. The MEC is used primarily for events sponsored by Northland Community and Technical College, City of Thief River Falls Parks and Recreation Department, and School District #564. For more information or to schedule an event, call our number above. National Guard Armory • D-12 250 Emil St. & Arnold Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-0924 Ralph engelstad arena/huck olson memorial civic center • A-8 Hwy. 59 N., Thief River Falls • P.O. Box 528 218-681-2183 • 218-681-2519 for rental information Ad inside front cover The Ralph Engelstad Arena and Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center provide Thief River Falls over 140,000 sq. ft. for multi-sport activities, shows, events, concerts, consumer shows, banquets, receptions and corporate meetings. Catering kitchen on site. 12 locker rooms.

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library Thief River Falls Public Library • D-10 102 First St. E., Thief River Falls 218-681-4325 • www.nwrlib.org Your local public library is a great place to enjoy community resources and entertainment. Wireless Internet is available. Library hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

lounges/clubs American Legion Post 117 Thief River Falls • A-8 324 Brooks Ave. N., Thief River Falls • 218-681-1341 When in town, everyone is welcome to join us for your favorite drink or beverage plus a wide variety menu with great food. Mon-Fri. 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sat. 10-12:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. Pull tabs everyday and bingo Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Sat. burgers 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. Jeff’s Kitchen open Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. Lic #A00794-004.

Fraser’s Sports Cafe • K-10 1582 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls • 218-681-7589 Ad pg. 29 New to Thief River Falls, we offer something for everyone! Casual fine dining, hand-cut steaks, ribs smoked in-house, seafood, pasta, burgers and sandwiches. Largest draft beer selection in town! Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Full bar.

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Family BowL & Lounge • B-13 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-1270 Ad pg. 21 Open daily. Glow N’ Bowl (music and special lighting). Open bowling daily, call for times.

Two Fools Vineyard

Tubing • River’s Edge Camping Fishing • Concessions Home of Tubing’s World Record 749 piece Flotilla!

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seum depicts an 1880s street. On display–antique farm machinery and the UFO Sheriff’s car of Marshall County. WAYSIDE CHAPEL Next to the E. Polk Heritage Center in Fosston, MN Open daily. A miniature chapel complete with colored windows and traditional church pews.

parks See page 12 for park information.

tours

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Community Arts Council production of The Foreigner

The Dawg House • N-13 1907 US Hwy. 59, Thief River Falls • 218-681-7416 Ad pg. 27 Nightly drink specials and happy hour daily noon-6 p.m. Always a great bar menu with daily specials. Full menu and breakfast available seven days a week, call for take-out. The Lantern Restaurant & Lounge • M-13 1910 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-8211 • Ad pg. 28 Full bar and Sunday liquor. Yose’s Bar & Grill • A-15 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls (Located in the Best Western) • 218-681-7555 • Ad pg. 29 Open Mon.-Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m., full service dinner menu served from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

miniature golf Falls Stay & Play • A-8 Hwy. 59 N. and Hwy. 1, Thief River Falls 218-681-3546 • Ad pg. 31 18-hole mini golf course with water feature.

movie theaters Falls Cinema • O-15 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 24-hour information line: 218-681-9945 Two movie screens.

wheat threshing demonstrations, concessions, antique tractor pull, a threshers breakfast, country dinner, general store and more. OLD CROSSING TREATY MONUMENT Red Lake Falls, MN 56750 This monument is a bronze life-sized figure of a Chippewa Indian holding a peace pipe. The monument was erected in 1932 by the U.S. Government to commemorate the signing of a peace treaty with the Chippewa Indians in 1863. PedEr Engelstad Pioneer Village • C-13 Located at 825 Oakland Park Road • 218-681-5767 • Ad pg. 19 The village has 19 buildings, including a museum, Victorian house, 2 railroad depots, schoolhouse, church, blacksmith shop, machinery and automobile building, and 7 log houses. The Village is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, every day from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person with children 12 and under accompanied by an adult admitted free. Pelan Pioneer Park Located 9 mi. W. on Hwy. 11 in Greenbush, MN Restored Pioneer Village, wildflower gardens and berries. POLK COUNTY MUSEUM Crookston, MN • 218-281-1038 The air-conditioned museum is filled with hundreds of items left by past generations. A tour of an 1890 school house is also available. It is also home of the world’s largest ox cart. SORENSON GALLERY Fosston, MN Local and regional art exhibits are changed each month in this intimate gallery located within the public library.

museums & historical sites Black Cat Sports Bar & Grill • A-15 1080 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8910 www.blackcattrf.com • Ad pg. 29 Over 40 years of Arctic Cat® snowmobile memorabilia. Carnegie Public Library • D-9 102 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls (MN Hwy. 32) A city historical site, dedicated in 1914. EAST POLK HERITAGE CENTER Along Hwy. 2 in Fosston, MN 218-435-6136 • 218-435-1313 The center is full of early days memorabilia from northwestern Minnesota. Established in 1986, it is open for guided tours Fri.-Sun 1:30-4:30 p.m. Open upon request anytime. HERITAGE CENTER Corner of 220 N. and 20th St., N.E. of Grand Forks next to Technical College • 701-740-2066 Open year round by appointment. During the third weekend in August, there are various craft demonstrations, old-time

Soo Line R.R. Depot & Steam Locomotive #1024 • L-4 405 3rd St. E., Thief River Falls • 218-681-2500 The Historic Soo Line Railroad Depot, located on U.S. Highway 59 downtown, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From completion of construction in 1914 until 1967, when passenger train service was terminated, the Depot was a hub of community activity almost 24 hours a day. At the height of its use, the Depot saw 13 passenger trains arrive and depart each day. Following a successful “Save the Depot” fundraising campaign in 1994-95, the City decided to renovate and remodel the building for use as City Hall. The completed project retained most of the building’s significant interior features, including the terrazzo floor and wood trim and doors in the main passenger terminal area. Steam Locomotive No. 1024, a Soo Class L-4, 2-8-2 MIKADO, is on permanent display outside the Depot. Settlers Square/Marshall County Museum 808 E. Johnson Ave., Warren, MN • 218-745-4803 May-Sept., Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Weekend tours by request. Featuring eight store fronts, the mu-

Agassiz Wildlife Refuge Middle River, MN 56737 • See directions under “Area Parks & Facilities” • 218-449-4115 Early spring-Oct. during daylight hours. Take the “Lost Bay Habitat Drive” a four-mile self-guided auto tour route open from May-Oct. and don’t miss the 14-ft-high Parker Pool observation deck. Spotting scopes are mounted on the Parker and Office Decks, Rodahl Hiking Trail Deck and at the Farmes Pool Cairn. Headquarters hiking trail is a one-half mile interpreted accessible trail with a wildlife observation blind. A wildlife observation blind is accessible on the east end of Rodahl Hiking Trail.Group tours may be arranged well in advance by contacting the refuge office. Arctic Cat Inc. • A-12 601 Brooks Ave. S., in Thief River Falls 218-681-8558 Arctic Cat Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles and ATVs under the Arctic Cat brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories. Tours offered at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to arrange large group tours. DIGI-KEY Corporation • A-13 701 Brooks Ave. S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-6674 www.digikey.com • Ad pg. 7 Shipping more than 2 million orders annually, Digi-Key utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to process its orders— from order entry to shipping—in as little as 15 minutes. Tours are offered weekdays by reservation between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. These tours are free of charge and approximately one hour in length. Goodridge area Historical society, Inc. 218-378-4380 The Goodridge Area Historical Society, Inc. was formed in 1977 by a group of local citizens interested in the preservation of buildings and history of the community. The society has restored nine buildings within the city of Goodridge and have displayed numerous historical items in each of the buildings. GOOD-VUE AYR FARMS Rural Goodridge, MN 56725 Contact Norma Hanson at 218-378-4380 Dairy and small grain operations. Tours offered from June 15 to September 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment only. NORTHLAND COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE • L-6 1101 Hwy. 1 E., Thief River Falls • 218-683-8800 1-800-959-6282 • For tours call 218-683-8552 www.northlandcollege.edu • Ad pg. 41 Northland Community and Technical College offers tours of their main campus and aviation campus to all high school students and their families, as well as alumni.

wineries Two Fools Vineyard 12501 240th Ave. S.E., Plummer, MN 56748 7 mi. S. of Thief River Falls on Hwy. 59, 4 mi. E. (past 7 Clans Casino), and 2-1/2 mi. S. on 240th Ave. SE. 218-465-4655 • www.twofoolsvineyard.com • Ad pg. 21 Just 15 minutes from Thief River Falls. Tours, free tastings, gift shop. Call or check our website for tasting room hours. A hidden treasure worth the visit!

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906 Hwy. 32 S.

218-681-1270 Bowling • Lounge • Pool • Open all year!

Air Conditioned

Call or check our website for tasting room hours.

A hidden treasure–worth the visit! Bowl to Music & Light Show! Call for days & times.

218-465-4655 • www.twofoolsvineyard.com 12501 240th Ave. S.E., Plummer, MN 56748

May 31-June 1

Love Letters June 26-30

Rodgers & Hammerstein Revue July 24-27

Lend Me a Tenor 7 p.m. Performances at Northland College Theater

Thief River Falls Community Arts Council www.trfact.org

Thanks for making us the leader in Northwest Minnesota!

Falls Liquor It’s all about service, people, and selection.

Welcome Canadians!

Stop in and see us—we’re always happy to serve you. On the corner of Hwy. 59 & Atlantic Ave. in Thief River Falls • 218-681-1992 Statue of Chief Red Robe

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Whether you prefer stylish or economical, Thief River Falls has the perfect place for you to stay. You’ll be impressed with our variety and quality of accommodations—stay with us awhile! America’s Best

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hotels/motels

Petro Pumper • A-8 Hwy. 59 N. and Hwy. 1, Thief River Falls 218-681-3546 • Ad pg. 31 New 33-site RV park. Full hook-ups with cable TV. All with 50 amp service, year round sites.

Americas best Value Inn & Suites • N-13 1915 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls 218-681-6205 Reservations 1-888-890-9568 • www.AmericasBestValueInn.com Ad pg. 24 A non-smoking hotel along with clean, comfortable rooms offer you a great stay at a reasonable price. Large, heated indoor pool and spa. Complimentary delicious hot breakfast. Free high-speed wireless internet.

St. Hilaire City Park Located in town off of Hwy. 32 • 218-964-5257 Surrounded by the Red Lake River. Campground offers 30 full RV hookups, 12 with cable, 10 with 50 amp service. Thief River Falls Tourist Park • C-13 Located on Hwy. 32 S. and Oakland Park Rd. Ad inside front cover Overlooking the lower Red Lake River and Hartz Park, Thief River Falls Tourist Park has 16 full hook-ups, 48 electrical sites, with cable, free wi-fi and unlimited camping areas. Handicap accessible bathhouse with free showers. Dump station located nearby. Voyageur’s View Campground & Tubing 1/2 mile North of Red Lake Falls on Co. Rd. 13 218-253-4329 • www.voyageursview.com Ad pg. 19

car rental Thief River Falls Hertz • A-10 13766 Airport Dr., Thief River Falls 218-681-4111 • 1-800-654-3131 Ad pg. 24 Area’s only car rental with daily, weekly or monthly rates.

Americinn Lodge & suites • M-13 1920 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls 218-681-4411• www.americinn.com Ad pg. 23 Area’s newest and finest hotel! Offering amenities for business and leisure travelers including a large indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center. Free hot, home-style breakfast, free high-speed internet, 32” flat panel TV’s, business center and cold weather outlets. Hospitality/meeting room for up to 30 people. Close to restaurants. Best Western INN • A-15 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-7555 or 1-800-569-8123 • Ad pg. 23 Big city style with small town atmosphere. From accommodations to dining, Best Western Inn cares for your needs. Clean comfortable rooms and delicious food. The Lounge and our spacious banquet facilities can provide you with the best entertainment and meetings in the area. Senior, government and corporate rates. Winter plug-ins.

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Make your family vacation more memorable by staying at AmericInn® Thief River Falls. We’ll take good care of you with a long list of familyfriendly amenities designed to save you money and make your stay with us something you’ll want to write home about.

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Free High Speed Internet Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast Winter Plug-ins | Senior, Government, Corporate and Frequent Stayer Rates Yose’s Bar & Grill Open Daily from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Dinner Menu served from 5-10 p.m. Banquet facilites for up to 350 people Wedding Receptions | Class Reunions | Conventions 218-681-7555 | For Reservations Call: 1-800-569-8123 1060 Highway 32 South, Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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• Large extended stay suites with full kitchens • Extended stay and weekly rates • Coffeemakers, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms • Close to restaurants and shopping • Park in front of room • Smoking and non-smoking rooms • Dogs welcome in smoking rooms only (charges apply) • Free Wireless Internet


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Large capacity Maytag washers & dryers • Drop-off laundry service • Dry-cleaning service available Tanning-13 hours a day • Walk-ins welcome • Friendly and helpful staff Open 7 days a 1519 Hwy. 59 South, Thief River Falls • 218-681-8618 week!

• Smoke Free Property 15% Off • Spa Suites with this ad! • Meeting Room Not valid with any other offer. • Free Hot Breakfast • Free High-Speed Wireless Internet • All King & Queen Beds • All Ground Floor Rooms

218-681-6205 or 888-890-9568 1915 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls (Next to WalMart Super Center)

1586 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls, MN 56701

• Large Indoor Pool with Jacuzzi • All rooms have a microwave and fridge • Senior/Corporate/Government Discounts • King Size Beds with Recliners • FREE High-Speed Internet Available • Meeting Room • FREE Continental Breakfast • Next to Sanford Health Care Clinic • 42” Plasma TV Fax 218-681-3060

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Daily, Weekly or Monthly rates! Courtesy pick-up or we’ll meet you at the airport. 218-681-4111 • 1-800-654-3131

C’mon Inn

C’mon Inn • L-12 1586 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls (next to the Sanford Health Care Clinic) 218-681-3000 • 1-800-950-8111 • Ad this pg. Our spacious rooms are ideal for the business or pleasure traveler. Featuring a large indoor pool/jacuzzi, jacuzzi suites, 42” plasma TVs in all rooms, FREE: high-speed wireless internet, free continental breakfast and HBO. Meeting room holds up to 50. Close to great restaurants/shopping. You’ll soon discover why we say C’mon Inn.

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T-59 Motel • J-10 1510 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls 218-681-2720 • www.t59moteltrf.com • Ad pg. 23 Located close to shops and restaurants. Owner operated to give that personal touch. We have reasonably priced rooms and Free Wireless Internet. Refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards accepted.

hotel/water park Seven Clans Casino/Hotel Indoor Water Park 8 miles S. of Thief River Falls 218-681-4062 • 1-800-881-0712 • Ad pg. 15 Bring the whole family to enjoy a great getaway in our new 151 suite Hotel, expanded gaming floor and a 40,000 square foot Indoor Water Park with over 750 feet of slides, a Lazy River and more. Minnesota has never seen family fun like this.

laundromat Laundryland • K-10 1519 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8618 • Ad this pg. Your full service laundromat. Open 7 days a week, offering large capacity Maytag washers and dryers as well as drop-off laundry. Dry cleaning services available. Tanning 13 hours a day, with walk-ins welcome. Friendly, helpful staff.

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There’s so much to do in Thief River Falls, we’ve made it easy for you. Below is a great four-day itinerary for you to use as is or add to and change. The Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help, so give us a call when visiting the area at 218-686-9785 .

Day 1: Exploring Our Past and Envisioning Our Future!

Day 2: Our Great Outdoors– it’s For the Birds!

8:00-9:30 Begin with a hearty breakfast at one of our great restaurants.

8:00-9:00 Breakfast at the hotel, pick up a bag lunch and board your vehicle or bus.

9:30-11:30 Browse Thief River Falls’ delightful downtown and grab a latte at a local coffee shop.

9:00-2:00 Travel 22 miles north to the largest wildlife refuge in Minnesota, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, where you will find over 280 species of birds! Take the “Lost Bay Habitat Drive”, a four-mile, self guided tour route, open from May-October. Three hiking trails are also located within the refuge. Group tours should be arranged by contacting the refuge office at 218-4494115.

11:30-1:00 Take time for an leisurely lunch or grab a snack and meander along the Red Lake River. 1:00- 3:00 Venture to the Peder Engelstand Pioneer Village, 825 Oakland Park Road, to journey into the past. The Village has 19 buildings, including a museum, Victorian house, 2 railroad depots, schoolhouse, church and 7 log houses. Admission is $5 per person. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 3:00-4:00 Head across Hwy. 32 to Digi-Key Corporation, 701 Brooks Ave. for a free tour! Call ahead to reserve, 218-6816674. Digi-Key is the 5th largest electronic component distributor in North America, 9th largest in the world. Digi-Key ships to 140 countries and utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to process its 2-million annual orders. 4:00-10:00 Relax at your hotel, then have dinner out on the town and check out Thief River Falls’ great night life!

2:00-4:00 Continue your nature-viewing at Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, where you’ll find wildlife such as waterfowl and other marsh birds, deer, moose, bear, grouse, rabbits, songbirds, sandhill cranes and raptors. Take a walk around the lake or relax on a blanket before heading back into the city. 4:00-8:00 Return to your hotel to freshen up before dinner. Enjoy one of our terrific restaurants, meet the locals or take a walk – the evening is yours!

Day 3: Explore the Waters, Taste the Vine, and Take a Chance! 8:00 – 9:30 Have a muffin and juice at a local eatery. 9:30 – 11:30 Stroll our fascinating Riverwalk and stop at the nine parks along the route. Fifteen pictographs (like the Ojibwe Village, Ice Harvesting and the Meehan Sawmill), are found along several miles of trail, showing what the view along the river was like many years ago. The Riverwalk travels through town along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers, passing by three forest trails and dam and historical sites such as the Soo Line Railroad Depot and the statue of Chief Meskokonaye. 11:30-1:00 Take a break for a delicious lunch before heading out of town. 1:00-4:00 Explore Minnesota’s northern-most vineyard, 2 Fools Vineyard, 8 miles SE of Thief River Falls! Tours, Free Tasting and Gift Shop. Open Saturdays & Sundays through Mid-October, Noon – 5 p.m. 4:00-8:00 Stop at Seven Clans Casino & Waterpark for the evening. Exciting casino floor with slot machines, blackjack tables and Texas Hold’em poker tables. If you’re not a gambler, float around the lazy river or check out the 750 ft. of slides at the indoor waterpark before treating yourself to the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!

Day 4: Ride On the Wild Side! 8:00-9:30 Breakfast at your hotel. 9:30-11:00 Explore the shopping opportunities Thief River Falls has to offer. 1:00-2:00 Learn everything there is to know about the design, manufacturing and marketing of Arctic Cat snowmobiles and ATVs on a free tour of Arctic Cat, Inc. Located at 600 Brooks Ave. Tours offered seasonally, M-F. Please call ahead for large groups 218-681-8558.

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Tantalize your taste buds and treat yourself to Thief River Falls’ most famous hospitality. Whatever your choice, from fine dining to family fare to terrific pizza, you’ll find it here! ts Bar & Grill

Black Cat Spor

Black Cat Sports Bar & Grill • A-15 1080 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8910 Ad pg. 29 • www.blackcattrf.com The Black Cat is the first of its kind with a special theme featuring Arctic Cat® snowmobile memorabilia. The “Cat” has a legendary history and the items on display tell much of the story of those memorable years in Thief River Falls. Back room available for meetings, parties, team dinners, etc. Call for take-out and catering available. Full menu delivery. See our website for full menu.

Cup@joe’z coffee shop & Smoothies • D-8 315 Duluth Ave. N., Thief River Falls (Located in Kezar Music) 218-681-2148 • Ad pg. 31 • www.kezarmusic.com Coffee of the day, espresso, capaccino, latte and snack bar.

Domino’s Pizza • B-9 Across from Ralph Engelstad Arena 218-681-6000 • Ad pg. 29 Delivery, carryout, large group orders. Call ahead and we’ll have your pizza ready after the game or your event.

Dairy Queen of Thief River Falls • C-12 Hwy. 32 W., Thief River Falls • 218-681-3007 • Ad pg. 29

Evergreen Eating Emporium • D-11 700 Hwy. 32 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-3138 Ad pg. 27 • www.Evergreeneating.com Northwest Minnesota’s finest dining. Scrumptious food in an English tudor-style setting. The best choice for that special occasion or join us in our quaint pub. Banquets, private parties and off-premises catering. Wireless internet. Erl’s Gas & Groceries • E-6 103 E. 8th St., Thief River Falls • 218-681-4627 • Ad pg. 31 The best homemade pizza and broasted chicken in town! Fast food area too! Fraser’s Sports Cafe • K-10 1582 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls • 218-681-7589 • Ad pg. 29 New to Thief River Falls, we offer something for everyone! Casual fine dining, hand-cut steaks, ribs smoked in-house, seafood, pasta, burgers and sandwiches. Largest draft beer selection in town! Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Full bar.

Cup @ Joe’z Coffee Shop & Smoothies

Hacienda Los Bravo • K-9 1849 Hwy. 59, Thief River Falls • 218-681-0644 • Ad pg. 27 Authentic fresh made Mexican food in a festive, colorful atmosphere. We have a NEW menu of traditional platters, desserts and margaritas at a great price. Come and enjoy a little piece of Mexico. Open seven days a week! Dine-in and carry-out. Mon.-Thurs. & Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. New ownership.

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Check Out Our Diverse Menu! Steaks Broiled Shrimp Walleye Chicken Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.

Jeff ’s Kitchen At American Legion Post 117 324 Brooks Ave.,Thief River Falls

218-681-7034

The Dawg House Sports Bar & Eatery

Full menu & breakfast available 7 days a week!

• We cater weddings and anniversaries • Sundays kids eat FREE (One per table) • New Menu • Thursdays 1/2 price margaritas • New ownership

dine-in & take-out

Fajitas Enchiladas Burritos Chimichangas Tacos

Restaurant & Bar Weekly Specials: • Sunday: Breakfast Buffet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Monday: Mexican Mondays 5-10 p.m. • Tuesday: Buck Burgers, 25¢ Wings, & $10 Beer Towers 5-10 p.m. • Thursday: 25¢ Wings & $10 Beer Towers 5-10 p.m. • Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner 5-10 p.m. Jill’s Big Dawg Soup & Salad Bar 7 Days a week $7.99!

Take-out available!

FREE Delivery!

218-681-7416 1907 US Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls

218-681-0644 1849 Hwy. 59, Thief River Falls

Hacienda Los Bravo

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Petro Pumper • A-8 Hwy. 59 N. and Hwy. 1, Thief River Falls 218-681-3546 Ad pg. 17 Roadrunner Pizza & Deli. Eat in or take out. Great for picnics or teams. Lunch Buffet Mon.-Fri. Check out our new pet wash! St. Hilaire Bar & Grill 215 Broadway (Hwy. 32), St. Hilaire, MN 218-964-5220 Only six miles south of Thief River Falls. Great burgers and daily specials. Take out available. Children welcome. Taco john’s • D-9 Knight Ave. and 3rd St., Thief River Falls 218-681-5987 • Ad pg. 29 For over 24 years specializing in Mexican food. Open seven days a week.

dine-in & take-out

Yose’s Bar & Grill

Jeff’s Kitchen • A-8 Located at American Legion Post 117 324 Brooks Ave., Thief River Falls 218-681-7034 • Ad pg. 27 Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. Featuring a full and expanded menu. Sat. burgers 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. McDonald’s • L-11 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-6770 • Ad pg. 29 Teams and buses welcome.

Pennington Main • E-10 220 Main Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-8888 • Ad pg. 31 No order too large, discounts on 5 or more large pizzas. Hot Stuff Pizza, sandwiches, breakfast menu, open 24 hours. Pennington Square • F-10 1st St. & Pennington Ave., Thief River Falls 218-681-4552 • Ad pg. 31 Home of the 52” Big Stuff Pizza. Hot Stuff Pizza, sandwiches and breakfast menu. Open 6 a.m.-11p.m.

The Dawg House • N-13 1907 US Hwy. 59, Thief River Falls 218-681-7416 • Ad pg. 27 Full menu and breakfast available seven days a week. Sunday breakfast buffet, Mexican Mondays, Tuesday Buck Burgers & 25¢ Wings, Thursday 25¢ Wings, Saturday Prime Rib Dinner. Nightly drink specials and happy hour daily noon-6 p.m. Take-out available. Once you’re here, you’re in it! The Lantern Restaurant & Lounge • M-13 1910 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-8211 • Ad this pg. A local favorite for lunch and dinner for 29 years. Great daily specials, seasonal potato dumplings and side pork on Wednesdays, prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays. Full bar. Breakfast every day! Special reservations and menus available for sports teams.

29 years of great Family dining! • Open 7 days a week with daily specials • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (7 a.m.-11 p.m.) • Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with full salad bar • Sunday night buffet 5-8 p.m. • Prime Rib every Friday and Saturday • The friendliest bar in town 218-681-8211 • Charitable gaming #A 00 358-003 1910 Hwy. 59 S. • Wireless internet, major credit cards, ATM Thief River Falls

Evergreen Eating Emporium

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Located at the Best Western Inn

218-681-7555

Highway 32 South, Thief River Falls, MN 56701

• Hand cut steaks, pastas and seafood • Burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups • Full bar • Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner To find out more about Fraser’s, scan this code:

218-681-7589

1582 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls

www.fraserssportscafe.com

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dine-in & take-out

“Family Dining in a Sports Bar”


Selection, simplicity, style­—all in Thief River Falls! With our friendly service and convenient location, you can find just what you’re looking for—at a great price, too! The Shed

Arctic Cat Inc. • A-12 601 Brooks Ave. S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8558 Arctic Cat Inc., the proud manufacturer of Arctic Cat snowmobiles and ATVs. Beautiful Beginnings • E-9 212 LaBree Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-3100 • Ad pg. 33 Unique casual clothing, beautiful bridal gowns, tuxes, bridesmaids, promwear, jewelry, shoes, accessories. “Come visit us. We’d love to work with you.”

Erl’s Gas & Groceries • E-6 103 E. 8th St., Thief River Falls • 218-681-4627 Ad pg. 31 Your first stop north. The best homemade pizza and broasted chicken in town! Check-out our fast food area too! All your hunting, fishing and snowmobiling needs. Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses, fresh cut red meat and produce departments. Pay at pump available.

Falls LIquor • F-8 At the corner of Hwy. 59 and Atlantic Ave., Thief River Falls • 218-681-1992 • Ad pg. 21 Known throughout the area as the most complete full-service liquor store in northwestern Minnesota. We feature an outstanding selection of wine and spirits. Plus the largest selection of cold beer. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to serve you.

Bredeson Office Supply • E-9 215 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls •218-681-2741 • Ad pg. 33 Large selection of office supplies, office machines, cash registers, calculators, typewriters and other business machines. Rubber stamps, self ink or regular and signature stamps. Copy and specialty papers, ink jet & laser cartridges, business sales forms, accounting forms and filing supplies. Community Consignments • E-9 203 N. Main Ave., #1, Thief River Falls 218-681-7088 • Ad pg. 32 Come in and find your treasure today! We sell clothing, furniture, jewelry, electronics, toys, books, household decor, and other household and miscellaneous items. Fun for the whole family! Diamonds & Designs • E-8 207 LaBree Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-1490 • 1-888-834-2436 • Ad pg. 33 Jewelry designers: Pat Lewis, Mark Michael, SA Gems, Janel Russell and more. Collectible figurines: LLadro, Nao by LLadro and Pipka. Mavado & ESQ Swiss watches, Seiko watches & clocks, Pulsar, Citizen watches. Giftwear by Peggy Karr, iittala, Crystal and much more.

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Annie’s Attic


Hunter’s Outlet, Inc. • D-9 206 Knight Ave. N., Thief River Falls • 218-681-3030 • Ad pg. 39 Over 1,800 firearms (new and used), ammo, muzzle loading, optics, bows & archery accessories with pro-staff services, deer stands & blinds, gun safes & cabinets, huge inventory of hunting and shooting accessories including apparel. Your Outdoor Specialists! Keepsake Photography • E-8 212 3rd St. E., Thief River Falls • 218-683-KIDS • Ad pg. 32 Specializing in child and family photography. Call to book your indoor or outdoor session today! Kezar Music Co. • D-8 315 Duluth Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-2148 www.kezarmusic.com • Ad this pg. Laundryland • K-10 1519 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8618 • Ad pg. 24 Full-service laundromat.

MUD PIES & BUTTERFLIES • E-8 212 3rd St. E., Thief River Falls 218-683-KIDS • Ad pg. 32 We carry new and used children’s clothing, maternity clothes, toddler beds, strollers, pack ‘n plays, bouncy chairs, high chairs, walkers, toys, books and only new cribs! Your one stop kid shop! Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Your First Stop In Thief River Falls! Check out our fast-food area! Minnesota State Lottery Games!

Marinated meats • Fresh meat and produce department Ammo • Hunting & fishing licenses • Bait/Minnows ATM machine/MoneyGram/Money Orders Old fashioned ice cream cones Snowmobile oil, maps, plugs and belts Snowmobile Trail Stamps

Corner of Hwy. 1 & 32 or located at convenience corner, 8th & Main.

The Convenience Store With More!

The Best Homemade Pizza & Broasted Chicken in Town!

218-681-4627

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shopping & antiques

Legends Sporting Goods • K-9 1845 U.S. Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-1006 • legendsathletics.com Ad pg. 37 As the area’s only athletic sporting goods store, we specialize in hockey, baseball, softball, soccer, wrestling and more. Get your skates sharpened or trade your old equipment in for new or used items. With our skate leasing program, you can save yourself money or just rent a pair for the day or weekend. Call or stop in to see what we have or what we can get for you.


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A new treasure everyday!

ld Goods Furniture • Househo ys To Clothing • Books •

203 N. Main Ave., #1 Thief River Falls, MN

218-681-7088 www.communityconsignments.com

• New & Used Children’s Clothing • Maternity Clothes • Strollers & Baby Furniture • Toys & Books

218-683-KIDS 212 3rd St. E. Thief River Falls

Specializing in child and family photography!

Call 218-683-KIDS to book your indoor or outdoor session today 212 3rd St. E., Thief River Falls

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Purdy’s Shoe Store


| Casual Wear | | Handbags & Accessories | | Bridal | | Prom | | Tuxedo Rental |

Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. 10a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

218-681-8242 208 N. LaBree,Thief River Falls

218-681-3100 • 212 LaBree Ave. N., Thief River Falls

downtown thief river falls

Bredeson Office Supply

218-681-2741 215 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls

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218-681-2608 • 1-800-511-5759 • • •

Casual, work, dress, athletic footwear and apparel All major brands: SmartWool, Nike, Red Wing, Rockport, Irish Setter, etc. Special orders available 209 LaBree Ave. N. You’d have to Thief River Falls, MN 56701 visit many different stores purdys@wiktel.com to match our selection of footwear.

Diamonds & Designs

The Curiosity Shop

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www.vikingdiner.com

Treasure Hunters Welcome!

Homecooking and a great selection of antiques in Viking, MN! Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat. 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

218-523-6082

218-681-4261

Furniture • Antiques • Primatives • Collectibles

17526 State Hwy. 1 N.E. Thief River Falls RV Sports • AA-9 1412 3rd St. W., Thief River Falls 218-681-1007 • 1-800-826-5403 www.rvsports.com • Ad pg. 36 A world-class Arctic Cat snowmobile and ATV dealer plus Honda motorcycles, ATVs and scooters. Side-by-sides, parts, clothing and accessories.

shopping & antiques

Susy’s Sewing Corner • K-9 1845 U.S. Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-1006 • susyssewingcorner.com • Ad pg. 37 Thief River Falls’ only sewing and quilt shop with a wide variety of fabrics and accessories for quilters. The Curiosity Shop • F-7 708 Davis Ave. N., Thief River Falls • 218-681-0270 www. thecuriosityshop.com • Ad pg. 31 Unique, out-of-the-ordinary shop offering quality, service and affordable prices! Themed home décor, gourmet foods, gift items, women’s accessories, bath and body, custom gift baskets, a full craft supply store, conservation custom framing, plus arts and crafts classes.

RV Sports

Northern Lights Book store • E-9 208 LaBree Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-8242 • Ad pg. 33 Northern Lights Book Store sells affordable used books, clothing, toys and treasures generously donated by Thief River Falls and the surrounding area. This is not your ordinary store! The Book Store was created to provide meaningful work opportunities for persons with mental disabilities. Come and experience the magic. Free Internet Cafe! Northland Community & Technical College • L-6 1101 Hwy. 1 E., Thief River Falls 218-683-8800 • 1-800-959-6282 www.northlandcollege.edu • Ad pg. 41 The Bookstore at Northland Community and Technical College is loaded with school supplies, novelty items and much more. From sweatshirts and t-shirts to books, notebooks, backpacks and caps, they have it all. The Bookstore is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Northwest Beverage, inc. • BB-14 1320 Greenwood St. W., Thief River Falls 218-681-1735 • Ad pg. 9 Look for our Kandiyohi, Chippewa Spring, Anheuser-Busch and Pabst products at select local convenience stores and restaurants.

Pennington Main • E-10 220 Main Ave. S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8888 • Ad pg. 31 Centrally located. Thief River Falls’ #1 convenience store and touchless car wash. Featuring Hot Stuff Pizza, gas, groceries, ATM and “pay at the pump”. We mean it when we say fast, friendly and clean! Open 24 hours. Locally owned. Pennington Square • F-10 1st St. & Pennington Ave., Thief River Falls 218-681-4552 • Ad pg. 31 Friendliest place in town. Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Touchless car wash, ATM and “pay at the pump”. Petro Pumper • A-8 Hwy. 59 N. and Hwy. 1, Thief River Falls 218-681-3546 • Ad pg. 17 Open 24 hours. Gas, diesel and groceries. Check out our new pet wash! Purdy’s Shoe Store • E-9 209 LaBree Ave. N., Thief River Falls • 218-681-2608 1-800-511-5759 • purdys@wiktel.com • Ad pg. 33 Discover why people travel over 200 miles to visit Purdy’s. A must stop, you’ll find the largest selection of womens, mens and childrens shoes, boots and athletic footwear. You’ll also find an ever expanding line of casual clothing. Great selection, great service and great prices are what you’ll find at Purdy’s Shoe Store. No sales tax on clothing or shoes!

The Shed • East of P-7 17526 State Hwy. 1 N.E.., Thief River Falls 218-681-4261 • Ad this pg. Just a short drive outside of town you’ll enjoy this charming shop. “Shabby chic” furniture, antiques, housewares, primitives and collectibles. Closed for the season October 1. Two Fools Vineyard 12501 240th Ave. S.E., Plummer, MN 56748 7 mi. S. of Thief River Falls on Hwy. 59, 4 mi. E. (past 7 Clans Casino), and 2-1/2 mi. S. on 240th Ave. S.E. 218-465-4655 • www.twofoolsvineyard.com • Ad pg. 21 Just 15 minutes from Thief River Falls. Tours, free tastings, gift shop. Call or check our website for tasting room hours. A hidden treasure worth the visit!

antiques Annie’s Attic • D-8 321 Main Ave., Thief River Falls • 218-681-6648 • Ad pg. 33 Eclectic shop featuring art glass, cast iron skillets, coffee grinders, Depression glass, hat pins, farm tools, Fostoria glassware, jewelry, kitchen collectibles, Native crafts, paintings and prints, pottery, radios, tobacco tins, tools, toys and dolls, vintage hand-crafted items, used furniture etc. Gift certificates available. Open Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; May-mid Dec. Viking Diner & Antiques Main St., Viking MN 56760 218-523-6082 • www.vikingdiner.com • Ad this pg. Home cooking just like Mom’s! Good food plus a great selection of antiques and collectibles. Open Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat. 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Terrific prices!

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One of our best attractions is the Great Outdoors! Pursue your favorite activity, such as snowmobiling, hunting, boating, golfing, tubing, fishing or bird watching. Pick your pastime and join us in Thief River Falls!

Area Hunters

bird watching

cross-country skiing

golf courses

See Day Trips pg. 16, Northwestern Minnesota is one of the best bird watching areas in the United States, with over 280 species of birds at the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge alone. Also, new for bird watchers, is the fabulous Pine to Prairie Birding Trail described on pg. 36 of this Guide. Get ready for some great sightings and don’t forget to bring your binoculars and birding check lists! Birding brochures and information on the Pine to Prairie Trail available at the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2042 Hwy. 1 West, Thief River Falls, MN 56701.

Located west of Newfolden, MN. Old Mill State Park offers six miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Skis and snowshoes are available for rent at the park. There is a shelter with a stove and fireplace for a quick warm up. Outdoor toilets are located in the campground, group camp and picnic area. Water is available behind the park office. For more information contact Old Mill State Park at 218-4378174.

Golfing is a great way to enjoy a sunny summer day with the whole family. It is also excellent exercise. From the water hazards to the sand traps, Northwestern Minnesota golf courses provide plenty of challenging opportunities for everyone, so head to one of our golf courses.

thief river falls BMX/ skate park

Thief River Falls Curling Club • A-8 Hwy. 59 W., Thief River Falls • 218-681-3202

The Thief River Falls BMX/Skate Park, located at the south end of the Franklin Middle School grounds, is a supervised facility open to the public. All persons using the facility must sign an “Agreement for Use of the BMX/Skate Park” waiver. Students under 18 must have a parent and/or guardian present to sign the waiver before they will be allowed to use the facility. The park is open during the summer months of June, July, and August. Helmets and pads are available for use at the park. Please call the park at 681-6963 or the Community Education office at 218-681-8711, ext. 244 for specific dates and times during the summer or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the park. The park is also an “ABA” sanctioned bike race track. The dates and times of the races will be announced in the spring of the year.

fishing

curling Restaurant, bonspiels, league curling.

You’ll find excellent fishing year-round (ice fishing, too!) on the rivers. Walleye, Northern Pike, Catfish, Small Mouth Bass and Pan Fish.

frisbee golf Located at the south half of Lion’s Park on Nora Street, our nine-hole Frisbee Golf Course is open to the public free of charge. The course offers concrete tee pads, permanent mounted disc baskets, and custom-made tee signage. Bring your own discs and come ready to enjoy a game of “disc golf”!

Fosston Golf Club 218-435-6535 Public course open April-October. Nine holes, par 36, grass greens. Lessons available. Riding and pull carts. Pro shop, clubhouse and driving range. Minakwa Golf Club Crookston, MN 56716 218-281-1773 Nine holes of golf, par 34. Lessons available. Riding and pull carts. Rentals, pro shop, restaurant and driving range. Open to the public. Oak Knolls golf Club Hwy. 32 S., Red Lake Falls 218-253-4423 Nine hole, par 36. Grass greens located along the river. Club and cart rentals, on-site snacks. Oak Lake Golf Course Corner of Hwy. 2 & 59, Erskine, MN 218-687-4653 • coupon pg. 37 Oak Lake offers a great golfing experience on a beautiful well-manicured course always in good shape. Discover why golfers come from all over to play Oak Lake. Just 30 minutes from Thief River Falls.

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Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

1412 3rd St. W., Thief River Falls

www.rvsports.com

• Honda motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, off-road/motocross, generators, parts, clothing and accessories

• Arctic Cat snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides, parts, clothing and accessories • Aluma snowmobile and utility trailers

the great outdoors

218-681-1007 • 1-800-826-5403

High School runners

Sand Hill River Golf Course Fertile, MN 56540 • 218-945-3535 Public course, nine holes, grass greens, driving range, putting & chipping green, riding and pull carts, pro shop and on-site snacks. Thief River Golf Club • F-1 1 mile N. on Hwy. 32, Thief River Falls • 218-681-2955 Coupon pg. 39 • www.thiefrivergolfclub.com The golf gem of northwest Minnesota. Play our beautiful 18 hole bent grass greens. Full bar and restaurant. Conference meetings and corporate outings welcome. Tuesday is “Ladies’ Day” and Wednesday is “Men’s Day.” Enjoy a round of golf along the beautiful Thief River.

Attention bird lovers! The Thief River Falls area is included in Minnesota’s FIRST birding trail, a 223 mile route from Fergus Falls to the shores of Lake of the Woods. With 45 separate sites and side trips along the way, bird watchers and lovers of wildlife will find this a virtual paradise! (Note: the trail is now connected to Manitoba’s birding trail to form an international birding trail!) Situated at the juncture of 3 major ecosystems—tall grass prairie, boreal forests and aspen parkland—this Northwestern Minnesota trail provides a unique collection of habitats which provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in the state of Minnesota, is an incredible birding treasure, located just a short drive from Thief River Falls. The Refuge is a haven for as many as 280 species of birds. Look for a complete birding checklist and Pine to Prairie booklet at the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Valley Golf course 2407 Riverroad N.W., East Grand Forks, MN 56721 218-773-1207 Public course, 18 holes of golf, par 72. Open mid-April to mid-October. Riding and pull carts. On-site snacks, rentals, pro shop. Grass greens.

hunting With over 2 million acres of public hunting land to choose from, the Thief River Falls area offers hunters choices of moose, bear, deer, ducks, ruffed and sharptail grouse and woodcock. This is also a growing area for geese populations, making this area an untapped bonanza for waterfowlers. To order a Northwest Minnesota Hunting Guide contact: Thief River Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau 218-686-9785 or log onto our website www.visittrf.com For information regarding licensing and hunting regulations contact: Department of Natural Resources 612296-6157. www.dnr.state.mn.us For travel information contact: Explore Minnesota Tourism 651-296-5029 or 1-800-657-3700. www.exploreminnesota.com

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ice skating

SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Thief River Falls has two large indoor arenas: the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center. Both offer recreational ice skating. To receive the ice skating schedule, visit the Ralph Engelstad Arena website at www.reatrf.com. Northrup Park 9th St./Labree Ave.

Downtown See city map on pg. 13

Just 30 minutes from Thief River Falls on Hwys 2 and 59 in Erskine, MN

Goodridge/4G Snowmobile Trails Open: Trail, Clearwater, Gully, etc; Connects with the Wapiti Trail system out of Thief River Falls, the Fourtown Trail system and the Riverland Trail System of Trail, Clearwater, Gully, etc.

$3 Off per golfer, per cart for 18

Riverland North trail Groomed trail connecting Thief River Falls with Red Lake Falls.

Engelstad Park 1st St./Crocker Ave.

indoor recreation Thief river Racquetball Club & Fitness Center • I-8 Hwy. 59 S.E., Thief River Falls • 218-681-6709

Wapiti Trail Connects with Big Red Lake Bog and McTrail System Trails. Trail cuts through willow and poplar stands, frequent sightings of wildlife.

$2 Off per golfer, per cart for 9 www.oaklakegolfcourse.com

218-687-4653

sledding Hartz Park, located on Riverside Avenue along the river, offers a huge hill for sledding. Sledders can enter the area through the National Guard Armory parking lot which is located on Highway 32.

snowmobiling the northwoods of MN Sport Supplements • Health Foods • Hockey Baseball • Figure Skating • Skate Lease & Rental

Huge selection of quilt fabrics and accessories!

1845 U.S. Highway 59 S.E. • 218-681-1006

Trails to the west connect with the North Dakota trail system at the communities of Oslo and Hallock. Trails to the north connect to the community of Roseau and from there to the Canadian border and east to the Warroad and Baudette trail systems. To the south, riders take trails that connect with Bemidji and Detroit Lakes. Each trail is unique in offering a variety of terrain including river riding and picturesque wilderness trails. Arctic Cat snowmobiles have been manufactured in Thief River Falls for over 35 years. The Arctic Cat plant is listed as having one of the top 250 plant tours in the nation in the book entitled “Watch It Made In The USA: A Visitors Guide To The Companies That Make Your Favorite Products.” Plant tours are free of charge and offered weekdays at 1 p.m. (See Tours on page 20). For trail maps and weekly snowmobile trail reports contact the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 2042 State Hwy. 1 N.E., Thief River Falls, MN 56701. You may also call 218-686-9785 or log onto our website at www.visittrf.com

snowmobiling in pennington county The birthplace of the Arctic Cat snowmobile, this is some of the best snowmobiling in the country. Lots of snow and hundreds of miles of trail make this a true Winter Wonderland!

Snowmobile Clubs Goodridge Trail Blazers Goodridge, MN 56725 • 218-378-4588 THIEF RIVER FALLS SNO DRIFTERS 1023 Atlantic Ave. N., P.O. Box 51, Thief River Falls 218-689-0280 • 218-681-7423

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Thief River Falls has access to more than 500 miles of groomed trails that interconnect to over 1,500 miles of trails in northwest Minnesota. Thief River Falls is a snowmobile hub for northwest Minnesota with five different trails leading out of the city. Snowmobilers can choose from countless daily loop rides ranging from 50-200 miles. Snowmobiling was born in this part of Minnesota and the many food and fuel stops along the trails welcome all riders, whatever their brand.


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sporting goods Hunter’s Outlet, Inc. • D-9 206 Knight Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-3030 • Ad pg. 39 Over 1,800 firearms (new and used), ammo, muzzle loading, optics, bows & archery accessories with pro-staff services, deer stands & blinds, gun safes & cabinets, huge inventory of hunting and shooting accessories including apparel. Your Outdoor Specialists!

Legends Sporting Goods • K-9 1845 U.S. Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-1006 • legendsathletics.com • Ad pg. 37 Area’s only sporting goods store. RV Sports • AA-9 1412 3rd St. W., Thief River Falls • 218-681-1007 1-800-826-5403 • www.rvsports.com • Ad pg. 36 A world-class Arctic Cat snowmobile and ATV dealer plus Honda motorcycles, ATVs and scooters. Side-by-sides, parts, clothing and accessories.

Triathlon

Like history? Like nature? Then take a stroll down our delightful Riverwalk! Fifteen pictographs (like the Ojibwe Village, Ice Harvesting and the Meehan Sawmill) are found along several miles of trail, showing what the view along the river was like many years ago. The Riverwalk travels through town along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers, passing by nine parks, three forest trails, the dam and historical sites such as the Soo Line Railroad Depot and the statue of Chief Meskokonaye (Red Robe). A riverwalk was installed along the Red Lake River in Hartz Park, becoming one of the longest and most beautiful of the Riverwalk segments. Brochures and maps are available at the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and at area motels. Don’t miss this wonderful Thief River Falls attraction!

Hey, Kids-Get Your Junior Ranger Badge! Children of all ages can earn a Riverwalk Junior Ranger Badge by completing a packet full of fun activities as they walk along the Riverwalk in Thief River Falls. A visit to Thief River Falls wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the historic Riverwalk, which passes through nine city parks, and three forest trails along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. Pick up a FREE Riverwalk Junior Ranger activity booklet at any Thief RiverFalls hotel front desk, meander the Riverwalk, fully complete the required activites in the booklet and return it to a local hotel front desk to recite your Riverwalk Junior Rangerpledge and receive your FREE Badge! It’s fun for the whole family! Happy Trailing! Girl Scout, Brianna Drevlow, creator of Junior Ranger Badge.

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swimming Franklin Middle School indoor pool • J-4 300 Spruce Ave. S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8065 Public Beach at LaFave Park • H-7 Taft and Crocker Ave., Thief River Falls • 218-681-2519

tennis Engelstad Park • H-10 1st St. and Crocker Ave., Thief River Falls Franklin Middle School • K-11 300 Spruce Ave. S., Thief River Falls

trap shooting Thief River Falls Trap Club 218-681-1848 Offers three traps. Clubhouse with full kitchen. Private groups welcome. Shooting: Mon. 5 p.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. or by appointment. Also, Northwest Sporting Clays with 15 fields including a 60’ tower. Shooting: Wed. 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. or by appointment. Mon. night 5 p.m. active league team participation.

tubing Voyageur’s View Campground & Tubing 1/2 mile North of Red Lake Falls on Co. Rd. 13 218-253-4329 • www.voyageursview.com • Ad pg. 19

RiverWalk Thief River Falls, MN 56701 • 218-681-3720 • See page 38 Many miles of walking and biking trails through town along

the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. Passes by nine city parks, three forest trails, the dam, and historical sites such as the Soo Line Railroad Depot. Maps are available at the Travel Information Center and the Parks and Recreation Department.

These are the best greens around!

Visitor Guide Special!

Agassiz Recreation Trail (A.R.T.) 32 mi. trail from Ulen, MN through Syre, Twin Valley and Gary to Fertile • 218-584-5169 The trail consists of two 10 foot wide treadways for snowmobiling, hiking, biking, bird watching, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog sledding. Also open to ATVs. Camping is available in Ulen and Twin Valley. Greenwood Park & Recreation area • P-13 Thief River Falls • Located on the east side of the Red Lake River on Greenwood St. • 218-681-2519 Natural trails, cross-country skiing and an environmental learning lab.

Buy one green fee and cart for $59.00 and Get One Green Fee Free! Exludes weekends. Offer expires 10/31/12. Not good with any other offer.

Hwy 32 N, Thief River Falls

The Red Lake River, in the Thief River Falls area, offers excellent fishing. Whether you’re in waders, a float tube, canoe or just fishing from the bank, the opportunity for walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappies and a host of other species is good. Accessing the river is not a problem with two boat landings within the city limits. You can also get to the river through both city parks and below the dam. Waterfowl and small game hunters coming to the Thief River Falls area should remember to pack a fishing rod. There is a fall run of walleyes in the Red Lake River. Walleyes will move upriver and hold below the dam in October—a jig and minnow is all it takes. With parking lots on both sides of the river and a walkway on the east side, access is easy. Hunt in the morning, fish the Red Lake River in the afternoon. Visitors to the Thief River Falls area can have the best of both worlds!

206 Knight Ave. N, Thief River Falls, MN 56701

218-681-3030

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218-681-2955

www.thiefrivergolfclub.com

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walking & multi-purpose trails

Ralph Engelstad Arena


mentary School

Challenger Ele

If you’ve chosen to move your home or business to Thief River Falls, you’ll find useful information here about the area. For more information, contact the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau at 218-686-9785, log onto our website at www.visittrf.com or contact the Community Development Director at 218-681-2500.

education Thief River Falls School District • E-9 Administrative Offices: 230 LaBree Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-8711 (P) • 218-681-3252 (F) www.trf.k12.mn.us See ad page 41 Independent School District 564 is committed to developing individual abilities of all students and is focused on continuous improvement. Several opportunities for success in academics, technology, athletics and arts are available. We believe in all students reaching their highest potential! Thief River Falls Education Foundation • E-9 230 LaBree Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-8711 ext. 228 www.trfeducationfoundation.com foundation@trfeducationfoundation.com The Thief River Falls Education Foundation exists to promote innovative educational opportunities in School District #564 through partnerships involving alumni, parents, educators, businesses, and the greater community.

Public Schools

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Challenger Elementary School • F-16 Pennington Ave. and Cty. Rd. 61, Thief River Falls 218-681-2345 Pre-school, Kindergarten-Grade 5.

Franklin Middle School • J-11 300 Spruce Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-8813 Grades 6-8. Lincoln High School/Magnet Arts • D-10 101 Knight Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-7432 Grades 9-12. Northland Community & Technical College • L-6 1101 Hwy. 1 E., Thief River Falls 218-683-8800 • 1-800-959-6282 www.northlandcollege.edu • Ad pg. 41 Northland Community and Technical College has campuses located in Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks, MN. Northland is an accredited college that provides technical and liberal arts education in more than 80 different programs and offers student life, fine arts, basketball, football, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Northwest Area Learning Center • E-9 230 LaBree Ave. S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8711 Grades 9-12.

Private Schools St. bernard’s Catholic School • D-9 117 Knight Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-1539 3 yr. old Pre-school, 4-5 yr. old Pre-Kindergarten and all day Kindergarten through the 5th grade.

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St. John’s Lutheran SchooL • P-15 Sortberg Dr., 15671 158th St. N.E., Thief River Falls 218-681-7753 Daycare, 3 year old Pre-school, 4-5 year old Pre-Kindergarten and all day Kindergarten through grade 12. The Northern Expressions School of the Arts • D-10 Contact Bill Stock at 218-681-8672 The Northern Expressions School of the Arts is a magnet area school housed at Lincoln High School, it allows 11th and 12th grade students an in-depth study in drama, creative writing, visual arts, media arts or music.

employers Arctic Cat Inc. • A-12 601 Brooks Ave. S., in Thief River Falls 218-681-8558

Safe neighborhoods

Digi-key Corporation • A-13 701 Brooks Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-6674 • www.digikey.com • Ad pg. 7 Digi-Key Corporation was founded in Thief River Falls in 1972. Today, the company is the fifth largest distributor of electronic components in North America and one of the fastest growing distributors in the world. Digi-Key stocks products from 470 manufacturers, shipping them to customers in more than 170 countries.

Independent School District 564 “A Community Partnership Focused on Education”

218-681-8711

Fax : 218-681-3252

Halloween kids

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Central Boiler • 35 mi. North of Thief River Falls 20502 160th St., Greenbush, MN 56726 1-800-248-4681 • CentralBoiler.com YouTube.com/centralboilerinc • Ad pg. 47 Central Boiler of Greenbush manufactures efficient outdoor wood and wood pellet furnaces. Our fast growing company offers a competitive employment package. Call for details on our current employment opportunities. Visit our website to see our complete product lines.


Jobs, Inc. • F-8 Offices in City Hall–the remodeled Soo Line Depot, 405 E. 3rd St., Thief River Falls ommdev@citytrf.net • Ad pg. 47 Jobs, Inc. is the catalyst for economic development activities in the Thief River Falls area. It provides a variety of services from site selection, labor analysis, utilities, housing to developing financial packages. Thief River Falls is known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Jobs, Inc. is ready to help you “Capture the Spirit.”

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Northwest Beverage, inc. • BB-14 1320 Greenwood St. W., Thief River Falls 218-681-1735 • Ad pg. 9 Area distributor of Anheuser-Busch. Also distributor of Chippewa Spring and Kandiyohi bottled water. Water machines and 5-gallon bottles available for home or office delivery. Kandiyohi is available with fluoride in 5 gallon bottles and can be found at select local convenience stores and restaurants. Quick Print Center • D-8 320 Knight Ave. N., Thief River Falls, MN 218-683-5583 • Ad pg. 44 • quickprint@mncable.net Your one-stop print center in Thief River Falls. Consider us your office away from home. We provide a full range of services, including quality commercial printing, fax and email service. Free in-town delivery to conferences and meetings, quick turn-around, high speed copies, full color copies and complete binding. Sjoberg’s Cable T.V. • D-8 315 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-3044 • 1-800-828-8808 Ad pg. 45

Northland Community & Technical College

The Jefferson Highway was the first transcontinental road to traverse the North American continent from north to south, and it was possibly the first dedicated international highway in the world! Named for President Thomas Jefferson, who acquired the highway land when he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, the old Highway passed through Thief River Falls just west of the current Digi-Key site on Barzen Avenue. Today look for the designation signs! Stretching from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, the Highway only existed as a named highway for a short period of time until the new standardized numbering system was instigated in the 1920s. It was also occasionaly referred to as the Palm to Pine Highway by motorcades traveling to and from the sunny South to the great Northwoods. The above information was taken from a Thief River Falls Eagle Scout project created by Benjamin Beito.

The Times • E-8 324 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-4450 www.trftimes.com • Ad pg. 44

utilities

for the City of Thief River Falls and the Surrounding Area Cable TV Service

Garden Valley (serving St. Hilaire). ............1-800-488-8260 Sjoberg’s Cable (serving Thief River Falls). ........... 681-3044

Electric Companies

Ottertail Power Co (serving St. Hilaire).............. .281-3632 Red Lake Electric (serving rural St. Hilaire, Goodridge).........................253-2168

Water/Sewer/Garbage

Goodridge..............................................378-4689 St. Hilaire................................................964-5257 Thief River Falls.......................................681-4145

Gas Company

MN Energy Resources........................1-800-889-9508

Telephone Companies

Garden Valley (serving St. Hilaire)..............1-800-448-8260 Qwest (serving Thief River Falls).............. 1-800-244-1111

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Thief River Falls Regional Airport • South of F-19 2 mi. S. on County Hwy. 17 (Pennington Ave.), Thief River Falls Flight Reservations 1-800-221-1212 Flight Information 218-681-6688 Aircraft Maintenance & Charters 218-681-5585 Hertz Rentals 218-681-4111 www.citytrf.net • Ad inside front cover Serviced by Great Lakes Airlines’ 12 flights per week to Minneapolis/St. Paul.

child care

Child Care Resource and Referral is a division of the TriValley Opportunity Council, Inc. Choosing quality child care is an important aspect to a happy, healthy child. The Child Care Resource and Referral office provides the necessary information parents need when choosing a child care program to fit their needs. Call 1-800-KidsEtc. Discovery Place Early Learning Center • F-12 305 E. Nora St., Thief River Falls 218-681-5202 • dplace@mncable.net We are a non-profit child care center that provides care and early education for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

Border State Bank • L-11 1528 Hwy 59 S.E., Thief River Falls • 218-681-8085 www.borderstatebank.com • Ad pg. 44 As an independent community bank, Border State provides a full range of progressive financial products and services while keeping our lending decisions local. 24 hour ATM service available in Thief River Falls, Middle River, Greenbush, Roseau, and International Falls. Other locations include Badger and Baudette. Welcome to the Northland-Home of Border State Bank, Community Banking at Its Best!

Floyd B. Olson Park

Don’t make a move without us!

The leader in Northwestern Minnesota Real Estate

218-681-4087 or 1-800-861-4960 601 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls, MN 56701 www.trfrealty.com • Maryel Anderson, Broker

Residential • Hunting Land • Farm • Commercial

681-HOME (4663) • 1-800-447-0382 304 Riverside S. (Hwy. 32 S.),Thief River Falls, MN 56701 • www.genereuxrealty.com

Sally Wolff Agency

Auto, Fire, Life, & Health Insurance

Providing Insurance and Financial Services. 1845 Hwy. 59 S., Ste. 300 Thief River Falls

218-681-1635 www.sallywolff.com

Downtown and at Hugo’s Market Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Member FDIC

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Quick Service • Scanning & Email Digital Color Copies • Small Town Pricing Wide format printing

top ten employers Employer

# Employed

Digi-Key Corp....................2320

218-683-5583 320 Knight Ave. N., Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Email: quickprint@mncable.net • Fax 218-683-5584

Arctic Cat, Inc...................1300 Sanford Medical Center.....525 Thief River Falls School District.....................460 Walmart..............................250 Northern Pride, Inc.............200 Northland Community & Technical College.............195 Occupational Development Center, Inc. .........................130 Pennington, County of.......125 Thief River Falls, City of....................................98

Your Community Independent Insurance Partner 218 u 681 u 1714 1511 Hwy. 59 S • Northland Plaza Thief River Falls, MN 56701

www.thuneinsurance.com

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Northern State Bank • Main Branch E-8, Walk-In Branch E-9, Hugo’s Branch F-10 Main Bank: 102 E. Third St. Walk-in Branch: 214 E. Third St. Hugo’s Market Branch: First St. & Pennington Ave. www.nsbtrf.com • Ad pg. 43 Northwestern Minnesota’s leading independent bank and insurance agency. Locally owned and operated since 1935, NSB’s “community first” philosophy provides full service banking and customer service at its best, with free U.S. cash machine network and three Thief River Falls banking locations. Member FDIC. Wells Fargo • E-9 208 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls 218-681-1930 • Ad pg. 47 Wells Fargo prides itself in being your one-stop local financial solutions store for personal, business or agricultural needs. Our experienced professional staff offers the outstanding personal service you deserve and expect. Wells Fargo has the products and services to meet your needs. Lobby Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive-Up Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Pennington County Humane Society P.O. Box 64, Thief River Falls • 218-681-8045 The Pennington County Humane Society is a non-profit organization which exists to promote respect for animal life, works to prevent animal homelessness and abuse, and provides community education regarding the humane and ethical treatment of animals. It is the policy of the society to promote humane care and treatment for all animals needing protection; to seek to return lost animals to their owners; to seek suitable homes for animals without owners.

315 Main Ave. N. Thief River Falls

Sanford Wellness Center Thief River Falls • E-10 120 LaBree Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-683-4367 • www.sanfordhealth.org Ad back cover Comprehensive fitness facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Day Pass $6 per day. Access 24/7. Must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by guardian. Memberships available. Sanford Medical Center Thief River Falls • E-10 120 LaBree Ave. S., Thief River Falls 218-681-4240 • www.sanfordhealth.org Ad back cover Sanford Thief River Falls is your integrated health partner providing in both the clinic and hospital setting. Sanford Medical Center Thief River Falls offers 24/7 Emergency Room services with doctors on site and provides full-service care for patients requiring medical stays. Sanford Clinic Thief River Falls • L-12 1720 Hwy. 59 S., Thief River Falls 218-681-4747 • www.sanfordhealth.org Ad back cover Our comprehensive facility provides excellence in specialty and primary care with a walk-in clinic, same-day surgery center, pharmacy and integrated connection to the nearby Sanford Medical Center. Urgent care hours are: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-noon. Thief River Care Center • N-14 2001 Eastwood Dr., Thief River Falls 218-683-8100 • Ad this pg. Brand new state-of-the-art Care Center and a 24/7 skilled nursing facility. Private & split double rooms, spiritual care, full service rehabilitation, daily fun social activities. Medicare/Medicaid certified.

218-681-3044 1-800-828-8808

sjobergs@mncable.net • • • • •

Cable TV Digital Cable High speed Internet Access Via Cable Modem High Definition TV Digital Phone

Offering the best entertainment value in town! Proudly serving: Thief River Falls, Warren, Red Lake Falls, Newfolden, Karlstad, Middle River, Holt, Viking, Greenbush, Badger, Roseau, Warroad and Baudette.

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We’d like to welcome visitors and newcomers to join us for worship.

Community Church International • N-6 17042 160th Ave. N.E. Thief River Falls, MN (2 mi. east of Northland College) 218-681-2285 Worship: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School: after 10 a.m. mass Worship & Children’s Church: Wed. 6:30 p.m. www.communitychurchint.com Evangelical Free Church • C-9 211 Arnold Ave. N. Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-3855 Worship: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Wed. College Bible Study 6:30 p.m., AWANA 6:30 p.m., Youth Group 6:30 p.m. www.trfefc.org Redeemer Lutheran Church (ELCa) • J-12 1300 E. Nora St. Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-3390 Services: Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. (Sept.-May); Wednesday 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. (June-Aug.) Sunday School: Sun. 9:15 a.m. (Sept.-May) www.redeemertrf.com

St. Bernard’s Catholic Community • D-9 105 Knight Ave. N. Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-3571 Weekend Masses: Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day 9 a.m.) stbernardtrf.org Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) • F-8 325 Horace Ave. N. Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-1310 Sunday Holy Communion: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:25 a.m. www.trinitylutherantrf.com

state Farm, Sally Wolff Agency • K-9 1845 Hwy. 59 S., Ste. 300, Thief River Falls 218-681-1635 • www.sallywolff.com Ad pg. 43 Sally Wolff Agency is ready to help you manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize your dreams. We have a fully licensed team ready to help you with your insurance needs! Ask us about our Referral Program! Thune Insurance Network • K-10 1511 Hwy. 59 S. (Northland Plaza), Thief River Falls 218-681-1714 • www.thuneinsurance.com • Ad pg. 44 The largest agency in northwest Minnesota. We are your insurance and benefits partner for your commercial and personal needs. Operating in the TRF area for the past 80 years, we understand coverage unique to the region. As an independent agency with offices in TRF, Roseau, and Baudette, we represent over 25 companies to serve your specific insurance requirements.

real estate Anderson Realty • D-7 601 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls • 218-681-4087 1-800-861-4960 • www.trfrealty.com • Ad pg. 43 Maryel Anderson, Broker. Genereux Realty, Inc. • D-11 304 Riverside S., Thief River Falls • 218-681-4663 1-800-447-0382 • www.genereuxrealty.com • Ad pg. 43

United Methodist Church • F-9 116 Horace Ave. N. Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-4388 Worship: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Pastor: Rob Kopp Director of Youth & Family Ministries: Desmond Hicks www.umctrf.org Zion Lutheran Church (ElCA) • D-7 505 Main Ave. N., Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-3296 Worship: Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Education Hour: 9:30 a.m. Summer Schedule: Sunday 8:30 a.m. (Memorial Day-Labor Day) www.ziontrf.org

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visitor services

For answers to your visitor needs, please contact the Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau 2042 State Hwy. 1 N. E., Thief River Falls 218-686-9785 • trfcvb@mncable.net www.visittrf.com Travel Information Center........................ 218-681-3720 Pennington County Courthouse..............218-683-7000 City Hall.................................................... 218-681-2943 Community Development Director......... 218-681-2500 Parks & Recreation Department............. 218-681-2519 Tourist Information, Explore Minnesota Tourism............................... 1-800-657-3700 Towing Service & AAA............................ 218-681-2277 HERTZ....................................................... 218-681-4111 1-800-654-3131 Taxi........................................................... 218-681-6666 Community Bus – T.H.E.Bus ...................218-681-6760 (Handicapped Accessible) or 1-800-584-7020 Super Highway Tours................................218-681-8115 Royal Limousine Service......................... 218-681-1222 Bergan Travel............................................ 218-681-4100 Ralph Engelstad Arena............................ 218-681-2183

Opportunities abound! Thief River Falls is home to over twenty manufacturing, distribution, processing and wholesaling industries. Interested in relocating your business to this thriving manufacturing and entrepreneurial environment? Contact Jobs, Inc., the area’s private, non-profit economic development corporation. Industrial lots are available.

Thief River Falls Jobs Incorporated 218-681-7387 • Fax 218-681-6223

E-mail: commdev@citytrf.net P.O. Box 528–405 3rd St. E., Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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