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    The TRF Downtown Development Association, a committee of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, is working to preserve and rejuvenate downtown Thief River Falls as a vibrant and flourishing destination. You can help out too in making these goals a reality. Every Thief River Falls business and resident has a stake in the vitality of downtown. Whether you show your support and assistance through a monetary contribution or by getting involved with one of the TRF Downtown Development Association committees you can make a difference in Thief River Falls.

  • TRF Welcome Banner Sponsors

    The Downtown Development Association, a subcommittee of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the Thief River Falls Welcome Banners to go on the new light poles. The banners will incorporate our new community brand and the tagline "Where Two Rivers Meet. The banners will be placed on Main Street and 3rd. Since these are our most prominent streets, we designated these areas for the banners. Overall, our goal this summer is to have 24 poly canvas Welcome Banners place along the light poles on Main Street and 3rd Street. Any excess funds will be used to fund future banners ideas for the remaining light poles by incorporating cultural design concepts such as Rosemaling or historical City photos.


    Our objective with the Welcome Banners is to utilize our community brand/tagline, add color to the central business district and make it more appealing to visitors and residents. We welcome ANY business, organization, and individual to support this community project.

    Click here to download the TRF Welcome Banner Form!

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  • A New Beginning for Downtown Thief River Falls

    The TRF Downtown Development Association is working on a summer project with the University of Minnesota to create a master plan for downtown Thief River Falls. The project consisted of three community workshops to gain feedback from the public, the meetings were held June 22, July 19 and August 17 at the Carnegie. To view the final master plan, click here.

    To view the slides from the second Downtown Community Workshop held on July 19 click here. To view the poster from the second Downtown Community Workshop click here.

    To view the slides from the third and final Downtown Community Workshop held on August 17 click here. To view the poster board from the third and final Downtown Community Workshop click here.

    This project is funded through the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development, the City of Thief River Falls and the Downtown Development Association, a committee of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce.


    For more information, contact the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce at 218-681-3720 or contact@trfchamber.com or contact one of the executive committee chairs:


    Trevor Swanson, 681-2608, purdys@wiktel.com

    Ryan Bakken, 681-2309, budget454@yahoo.com

  • TRFDDA Supporters

    Thank you to the following businesses and indviduals who have donated to the TRFDDA's efforts!

    Bergan Travel

    Border State Bank


    Community Consignments

    Diamonds & Designs

    Digi-Key Electronics

    DNT Holdings

    Don Sollom

    Eclectic Collections & Confections/The Candy Store

    Faye Auchenpaugh

    Genereux Realty

    HDR Engineering

    Helmich Dental

    Janice Upham

    Jim Dagg Insurance Agency

    Kyle & Mary Anderson

    Legends Sporting Goods

    Lindahl's Furniture

    Michael Parker

    Nordin Realty

    Northern Motors

    Northwest Power Systems

    Paint & Glass

    Pennington Main/Square


    Purdy's Shoe Store

    Quotable Kids Speech & Language Clinic

    River City Gifts/Northland Produce

    Rod Otterness

    Roger & Ardy Tunberg

    S & S Rehab Products

    Salon 209


    Sundance Dining/Quality Inn

    The Shed on Third

    Thief River Glass

    Thief River House of Prayer

    Tim & Veronica Erickson

    Tony Dorn POS

    TRF Mini Storage

    Unity Bank North

  • Downtown Clean Up Day 2021

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  • 2021 Crazy Days

    **photos courtesy of Beth Iliff

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  • 2019 Crazy Days 

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  • Downtown Cleanup Day 2017

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  • Downtown Thief River Falls, 1932