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Dave Burns, News Associate, Thief River Falls Radio ….
The First Annual State of the City address took place on the Main Campus of Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls Thursday night.
The panel, comprised of Mayor Brian Holmer, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Nerhus, Pennington County Board Commissioner, Daryl Tveitbakk, NCTC President Dennis Bona and the School Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom were on hand.
Nearly one hundred attended the event, catered by The Hive, to hear community leaders discuss their ideas for a “unified vision” for continued growth of the region.
The Welcome was delivered by Ashley Nerhus, who discussed the success of Riverfest 2016, and the Downtown Development Association’s recent achievements, including; food drives, a spring cleaning initiative, a fashion show and what was called one of the most profitable Crazy Days events in many years.
NCTC president, Dr. Dennis Bona, who is credited with making State of the City a reality, said he is encouraged by the community participation and highlighted NCTC developments regarding the school’s service learning initiative and the addition of agricultural courses. Dr. Bona said he hopes expanding curriculum at NCTC will boost enrollment and help develop opportunities for the coming generation.
Pennington County Commissioner Daryl Tvietbakk discussed the Pennington County Justice Center and the stress added to County offices and facilities due to the drastic increase of the County’s “daytime population”, from out-of-county workers. Commissioner Tvietbach had a Power Point presentation, showing cost comparison of building an all-encompassing Justice Center versus continuing to house inmates in other counties, with annual costs for building being less than those of doing nothing.
Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom stressed the importance of the people within the community, describing himself as a person who “likes TRF people”. Bergstrom said he is optimistic about new strategic plans for the district and programs for students aimed at vocational training.
Mayor Holmer said he encourages community input and hopes events like the State of the City will get more citizens involved in local government. In his speech he said, “Great things are ahead of us”, stressing collaboration and cooperation.” Holmer noted the numerous irons recently added to the fire for the City, including; the downtown redevelopment project at the former hospital site, and recreational improvements to City Parks.
Holmer also mentioned the proposed Splash Park to be installed at Bill LaFave Park, the beach. Holmer concluded his speech by saying he is aware many are concerned about the issue of geese at the beach, but quipped, “We will build a wall, and the geese will pay for it.”
The formal event capped with a raffle for the NCTC Women’s Basketball Team.
The evening concluded with hor d’oeuvres and a social hour.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves are back in action tonight as they host the Dallas Mavericks at Target Center. The Wolves come out of the All-Star break 22-and-35 on the season. That puts them 13th in the Western Conference, three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
(Fort Myers, FL) — The Minnesota Twins open up spring play today against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers. The Twins visit the Red Sox tomorrow and host the Nationals on Sunday. Opening Day is April 3rd against the Royals at Target Field.
(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild are getting an extended break until their next game. Minnesota will wrap up its eight-game homestand on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. The Wild remain atop the Western Conference with 84 points.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers aim for a seventh straight win tomorrow at home against Penn State. Minnesota is coming off an 89-75 upset win at 24th-ranked Maryland on Wednesday. The Gophers are 21-and-7 on the season, including 9-and-6 in Big Ten play.
(Omaha, NE) — North Dakota State wraps up the regular-season tomorrow at Omaha. The Bison have won two in-a-row after Wednesdays’ 82-80 victory at Oral Roberts. NDSU sits at 19-and-9 including 11-and-4 in Summit League action.
(Greeley, CO) — University of North Dakota men’s hoops is off the hardwood until Saturday. The Fighting Hawks visit Northern Colorado in Big Sky action. UND has won five straight to improve to 17-and-8 overall and a conference-best, 12-and-3.