International Falls News


10/18/2018 12:34 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Area drop-off location to collect shoebox gifts for children overseas 

A site in the International Falls area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week Nov. 12-19. Psalm 99.5 Radio Station, 4090 Highway 11, in International Falls, will collect shoeboxes that have been transformed from empty boxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, said a press release.


10/18/2018 12:34 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Our View: Know facts on sales tax 

Sharing among us all - residents, workers, visitors, travelers - the costs to maintain and improve this community's streets and other infrastructure seems the most equitable way to keep the Koochiching County seat and the county's largest city up to date and ready for economic development. But if you're a city voter and want to know more, we urge you to show up at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the International Falls City Council will provide the details of what could happen with voter approval of a 1 percent local sales and use tax and what is likely to happen should voters reject the proposal.


10/16/2018 10:09 PM  ~~~Source~~~
What they don't know can hurt them 

International Falls Police Officer Jill Elsberry, who also teaches the local D.A.R.E program, gives a presentation on Juuling and vaping to a Falls High School 10th grade class last week. International Falls Police Officer Jill Elsberry, who also teaches the local D.A.R.E program, gives a presentation on Juuling and vaping to a Falls High School 10th grade class last week.


10/12/2018 11:39 AM  ~~~Source~~~
VFW Auxiliary gathers for meeting 

The regular meeting of the Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2948 was called to order at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 by junior vice Linda Chezick, with five members present and one guest, Julie Stoehr, from the 8th District. The opening ritual was held, roll call of officers was conducted with John Sirotiak, Guard, pro-tem and Irene Anderson, Conductress, pro-tem.


10/11/2018 01:44 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Northern Minnesota gets its first taste of winter, while up to 17... 

A coating of snow fell atop northern Minnesota and a few miles over the border into North Dakota, where modest to substantial depths were recorded, providing the first flaky taste of winter to come. A wide swath of northern Minnesota, from near the Canadian border to south of Duluth reported totals ranging from 2 to 5 inches of snow falling Wednesday into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service .


10/02/2018 06:46 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Citizens urge city to get tough on blight 

The fire at 1501 Second Ave. W. damage the structure significantly. Councilors may be asked to authorize razing the building to make way for a new structure by a new owner.


10/02/2018 02:13 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Analyst: 'Drivers should brace for even higher gas prices' 

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 2.9 cents in the past week, averaging $2.85 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.5 cents in the last week to $2.87 per gallon, according to gasoline price website MinnesotaGasPrices.com .


10/02/2018 07:26 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Looking Back: Practice for the Big Falls Hula Hoop Contest underway 

Rainy River Community College student Jim Ivory and classmates Jarred Dodd, Joe Lennon and Max Hutzler participated in four preparatory kayak lessons prior to the three-day trip the Outdoor Pursuits I class took on Lake Kabetogama. "The 6- to 7-foot waves were the greatest," Ivory exclaimed.


09/28/2018 12:49 PM  ~~~Source~~~
City sets 2019 levy at 9-percent increase from 2018 

The International Falls City Council Wednesday had two choices: Raise the levy for 2019 by 36 percent more than what was collected from property owners this year, or cut or find enough money from the proposed budget to get to a more reasonable increase that will balance the budget. The council decided upon the latter option, and voted 3-1 at a special meeting Wednesday to set the 2019 preliminary levy at $2.79 million, a 9 percent increase more than what was collected this year, which would generate an additional $230,488 in 2019.


09/28/2018 08:36 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Looking Back: Dougherty named to United States Hockey Hall of Fame 

Richard Dougherty, a member of Falls High School's first varsity hockey team, will join more than 110 of hockey's elite as a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Dougherty grew up in International Falls playing pond, lake and club hockey throughout his youth.


09/26/2018 02:31 AM  ~~~Source~~~
KEDA staff to approach airport commission about potential move 

KEDA board member Mike Hanson, representing the Birchdale area, and Director Paul Nevanen listen to others on the board discuss area projects. KEDA board member Mike Hanson, representing the Birchdale area, and Director Paul Nevanen listen to others on the board discuss area projects.


09/26/2018 02:31 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Community invited to open house 

Officials at the Good Samaritan Society - International Falls are inviting the community to an open house in celebration of five years at its current location from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 1. To celebrate five years in the new building located at 2201 Keenan Drive, Good Samaritan Society - International Falls is providing a chance to tour the building and meet Zachary Schmitz, the new location administrator. "I am most excited to get to know employees and residents at our location and to serve in a way that is best for all," Schmitz said.


09/26/2018 02:31 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Council considers property, funding 

International Falls residents Saturday got a chance to clean up their yards at the city's Clean-up Day. Items were brought to the Falls High School parking lot, where they were collected at no charge to residents.