In Thief River Falls, jobs boom brings problems, too

  • Article by: Adam Belz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2013 - 8:57 AM

Two big employers have made the city an oasis of job growth. Now housing and schools are trying to catch up.

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mattaudioMay. 27, 13 9:34 PM

Good for TRF for not engaging the "growth ponzi scheme" and approving new water/sewer extensions on auto-pilot. A simple Google Maps survey of downtown TRF shows at least three square blocks devoted to car storage (likely provided "free") -- that land is highly underutilized and development should be encouraged. Focus on the downtown! Make it a place where people can walk and an asset to live near. There are already plenty of streets, sewers, and water mains to go around.

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buzzard23May. 27, 13 9:40 PM

"Already, Digi-Key is expanding a fulfillment center in Fargo, a choice the company attributed to rising income taxes in Minnesota..." 'Nuff said.

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milkman53May. 28, 13 5:18 AM

I thought taxes in Minnesota were driving businesses out of the state. Seems that's not true. Only thing keeping these companies from expanding in very cold northwestern Minnesota is population and infrastructure.

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louie73May. 28, 13 5:23 AM

Well buzzard I guess we can thank the DFL for all that new expansion OVER IN FARGO! #tip of the Iceberg

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mn2niceMay. 28, 13 6:58 AM

Seems the city's residents are part of what is keeping TRF from developing more city services and housing, not whatever small increase in taxes the companies may have to pay. TRF is in a dilemma which is self-created. I hope they figure it out before the companies decide to move elsewhere where there is more human capital available to them. The residents can't have it both ways; small city and growth.

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summerloveMay. 28, 13 7:04 AM

TRF's city council will not let new businesses or new housing into this town. Previous council members have quit, saying it's a 'mafia'. They will all be sorry when it's a ghost town after Ron Stordahl moves Digi-Key to Fargo!!!

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jimmyjames76May. 28, 13 7:58 AM

""Already, Digi-Key is expanding a fulfillment center in Fargo, a choice the company attributed to rising income taxes in Minnesota..." 'Nuff said."....................Imagine how high taxes would be in North Dakota if they paid in as much as they got out. For every dollar ND sends to the federal government they get about $1.70 back in spending. In contrast, MN gets about 70 cents back for every dollar we send to the federal government. Maybe if we didn't have to pay to keep the lights on in the Dakotas we could lower our taxes too. That would mean the Dakotas would have to be responsible for their own bills though, and that will probably never happen. In MN we have to support all the people and the long list of red states on welfare.

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cassioMay. 28, 13 8:11 AM

Having moved to TRF for a job I can also say that Digi-Key and TRF is not very welcoming to new people. They very much want to keep the outsiders out. I assume this is because they are threatened by change coming into their community even though they are desperate for employees.

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static75May. 28, 13 8:57 AM

One thing they neglected to mention is that this new apartment is HUD housing. There's plenty of HUD housing in TRF. Most Digi-Key or Arctic employees make too much for HUD. TRF needs more standard apartments and townhomes for rent.

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janelle3May. 28, 13 9:27 AM

Good point,jimmyjames! I'm assuming a company the size of Digi-Key is incorporated. Those taxes are NOT going up, only high-income individuals. Theif River Falls needs to get on the stick or the company will move. There are plenty cities in greater MN that would welcome them. Brainerd/Baxter comes to mind as an area that needs jobs and they sit on a nice 4-lane highway. I live in greater MN and know that attitude like the one they have in TRF. It will hold them back.

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