Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

Fall Vendor Show
Thursday 26th of September at 4pm to 8pm
Norskies Hockey Game vs. Thunder Bay
Friday 27th of September at 7pm
Live Music by Honky Tonk Troubadors
Friday 27th of September at 8:30pm
Goose Festival
Friday 27th of September to Sunday 29th of September

Welcome to Thief River Falls!

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Are you planning to visit Thief River Falls? Contact Visit Thief River Falls for a FREE Visitors Guide or other visitor information at 218-686-9785 or

For personal relocation information, contact the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce at 218-681-3720 or log on to their website at

For business relocation information, contact Advance Thief River at 218-280-1755 or log on to their website at

The History of Thief River Falls

By Gretchen Beito

Thief River Falls first developed as a lumber milling town. It also became a major agricultural service area because of the rich soil left by ancient, glacial Lake Agassiz. The unusual name, “Thief River,” was given to the river by the Ojibwe and Dakota people. “Falls” was added to the name of the new city in 1896 because a series of rapids in the river had been converted to a waterfall by the construction of the dam. Until 1904, an Ojibwe village of 40 families was located where the Thief and Red Lake Rivers meet. The Great Northern and the Soo Line Railroads brought prosperity when Thief River Falls became a center for shipping wheat. Today, the city continues its entrepreneurial spirit, preserving and respecting the past, yet growing and moving toward the future, especially in the manufacturing and distribution industries, both nationally and internationally.

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