Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.
Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.

Koochiching Area Values

We are One Community

The county, the cities, and the rural centers, with a shared focus on the common good, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship to build a vibrant community.

Our Economy is Diverse

Built on tourism, retail and a solid manufacturing base. We always respect and treat each other with civility. What is good for one is good for all. We share in each other’s victories.

We Value our History

We learn from it yet are focused on the future. We understand that to prosper we must accept change. Our community embraces and welcomes new comers and what they offer. We understand what it takes to attract young workers and their families and will provide the framework for their success.

Our Location is an Asset

We are not the “end of the road.” We are the center of a thriving region with excellent educational, medical, professional and retail services

and facilities. Entrances, downtowns and main corridors are attractive and reflect our pride in our area.

We recognize the value of being home to the only National Park in Minnesota and collaboratively promote the region’s cultural and recreational tourism opportunities and amenities as a major destination.

Borderland is a Regional and International Center with road, rail, and air travel. We are partners with our Canadian neighbors and family in Fort Frances, and promote and leverage this mutual relationship.

Our Citizens are our Greatest Asset

We believe inclusiveness, cooperation, and collaboration are necessary to leverage our strengths and minimize our weaknesses. Our elected officials, organizations, and individual citizens provide leadership and are fully committed to our Journey to Success.

Our Youth is our Future

We value their input and build the necessary support system that will ensure their success. We take pride in both retaining and attracting youth back to our community and this rural life style.

The outdoors embodies the very fabric of our culture. We respect the environment and work to conserve it for future generations. We relish in the freedom to enjoy every facet of our region and share its bounty with everyone.

We are Connected to the World

We have affordable, high-speed broadband throughout our community. Everyone in our community has the ability to access a high speed internet connection. It improves our lives and our business, education, health care, and civic institutions. It’s a future life line and competitive necessity in a shrinking global community.

We are a Regional Leader in Economic Development

We grow our own businesses and work to expand and diversify. We work with our businesses to understand what is needed for success. We invest in our people, infrastructure, and communities in a manner that supports quality of place, sustainable economic growth and our social responsibility for the less fortunate.

A thriving and stable economy depends on a skilled workforce. In the 21st century, technical skills and continuing education are keys to family sustaining jobs, careers and successful businesses. Our educational system are partners with local businesses to make sure that our residents have the skills and education necessary to fill quality, living wage jobs and grow strong businesses.