Community meets to visualize a better Little Falls

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

“Little Falls is full of rich history, has the Mississippi River flowing through the center of town and its residents show an outstanding sense of community pride,” said the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Kristina VonBerge. “What does that mean to you? Come to our meeting and let us know.”

The city of Little Falls, in collaboration with the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Initiative Foundation and a grant from the Minnesota Power Foundation, has been working to move the community forward in a positive way.

On Tuesday, everyone is invited to take part in envisioning a better Little Falls.

LFCVB-poster“We want to see people who want to be part of the discussion and the change,” said VonBerge.

The concept for this meeting began with a core group of 28 people who met at the Initiative Foundation and listed the many strengths and opportunities for Little Falls.

The Initiative Foundation consolidated those ideas and came up with 10 focus points for the group.

“Tuesday’s meeting will consist of small discussion groups of 10 talking about those 10 ideas and adding any other ideas which may be brought up,” said VonBerge. “We want to know what other opportunities and strengths the community sees for the city.”

Some of the goals brought up at the original meeting included improving the quality of life for residents, job growth, creation of a community center, more public transportation and youth mentoring.

The core group agreed that the pluses offered by Little Falls included a local food hub, a hospital, Camp Ripley and affordable housing. They also said residents show a lot of pride in the community and that the small-town feeling about Little Falls was a positive.

“Come to the meeting so we know what you are thinking, what you want to see in Little Falls,” said VonBerge. “We need a vision on how to improve. Everyone should have a piece of the future.”

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Falls Community High School Commons and goes until 8 p.m. Dinner will be served, free day care will be available and the gym will be open.

To become a part of the change, RSVP the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau by emailing or calling (320) 616-4959 by Monday.