Little Falls Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem has officially announced her plans to run for re-election as mayor this November. “We have made tremendous progress in Little Falls these past years. I have been working with a group of dedicated people who have been working on creating a greater Little Falls. The momentum has started; we now need to keep it going”. Mayor VanRisseghem said. “And I hope to be there to continue to steer our city into further areas of progress and growth in the future. Whatever the challenge, I have not wavered in my belief that Little Falls is indeed one of the greatest cities in the World and with hard work and determination, we have a chance to make it even greater”
VanRisseghem lists several community accomplishments and local governance accomplishments during her terms, with the help of others including the formation of the Linden Hill Task Force, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail “Town 101,” citywide garage sale, Adopt a Spot program, beautification campaign, fundraiser for zebra at the zoo; Taylor Chebet Twitchell playground; Blue Letter campaign to save the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site;
Local governance level, VanRisseghem lists her accomplishments as reducing the city debt by $11 million; the completion of the 18th Street Northeast extension; 800 MHz project; major rehabilitation of pretreatment facility; acquisition of Minnesota Department of Transportation property for the Little Falls Area Recreation Complex; new LED city lights; bike lanes; Mayor’s Youth Task Force; city website; downtown beautification committee; retail/business development and retention committee; retail market study; quiet zone; business recruitment and expansion and affordable housing development.
“Going forward, I would like to continue the work that has been started; support city police fight against drugs, continue to reduce city debt, restoring downtown, implementing the trail system, repair the aging infrastructure, strengthen the business community, and build a splash pad and skate park without tax dollars, said VanRisseghem.
VanRisseghem has been a lifelong resident of the Little Falls area and has been married to her husband, George, for 40 years. They are the parents of four children and have 12 grandchildren.