First annual TRF State of the City address set for Feb. 23

Five local leaders to present vision for the future of Thief River Falls

Northland Community and Technical College will host the first annual Thief River Falls State of the City Address & Social on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Thief River Falls campus theater. The celebratory event will highlight recent achievements from within the greater Thief River Falls community, provide updates on current city initiatives, and present a unified vision for the continued growth of the region and its key public partners.

The State of the City Address will begin at 4:30 p.m. with remarks from Brian Holmer, Mayor of Thief River Falls; Dennis Bona, President of Northland Community and Technical College; Darryl Tveitbakk, Pennington County Commissioner; Brad Bergstrom, Lincoln High School Superintendent; and Ashley Nerhus, Thief River Falls Chamber Executive Director. A social with heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and raffle will follow the presentations.

“We are thrilled to be involved in the premier of what we see as an annual, community-wide event in Thief River Falls,” Bona said. “We have so many great things happening in this community, and so much more in the works… it's important we share the news with the whole community and celebrate our successes together.”

Mayor Holmer will kick off the night’s featured presentations with updates to downtown redevelopment projects and how the city plans to maximize its recreational assets. Holmer will also present ideas on how the city will seek to increase opportunities for citizens to get involved with local government and bring their voices to the decisions that affect all residents.

“Like Dennis said, many positive things are happening in the city, and we hope people come out for the event and play an active role in our combined future,” Mayor Holmer said.

NCTC President Bona will follow with a presentation on the college’s expanding agriculture programming that will help boost enrollment and develop the next generation of ag leaders. His talk will also highlight important developments regarding the school’s service learning initiative and the Northland Community and Technical College Foundation.

The formal program will conclude with Commissioner Tveitbakk, Superintendent Bergstrom, and Executive Director Nerhus. Each will present updates on projects they are currently involved with: the new Pennington County Justice Center, new school district programming, and upcoming Chamber initiatives, respectively.

Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer & educator. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.