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RECREATION

The city of International Falls, Minnesota and the surrounding areas offer access to recreational destinations including the Rainy Lake, Rainy River, City Beach in Ranier, Irvin N. Anderson Amphitheater, Smokey Bear Park, and the incomparable Voyageurs National Park. Voyageurs National Park features incredible water resources for boating, fishing, camping, hiking, and more. The Kabetogama Peninsula, only accessible by boat, lies within the park making up most of its land area. Just east of the park is Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness which contains over 1 million acres of forests, glacial lakes and streams. Koochiching County Historical Museum, Bronko Nagurski Museum and Sportsmen’s Service Wildlife Museum display exhibits of local history.

AMENITIES

Wood products are the major industry with tourism ranking second. Packaging Corporation of America is the largest employer. Many folks relocate to the area for employment opportunities found at Voyageurs National Park, United States Customs and Border Patrol, the local community college, and two modern medical facilities. Known as one of the coldest places in the country, International Falls, MN serves as a testing site for major automobile manufacturers and suppliers. CN Rail’s major international port of entry is the busiest in North America. The Falls International Airport serves the area offering daily flights to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. There are three independent school districts providing a high-quality public school education for students in Koochiching County. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is a private K-12 institution, for those interested in a private school setting. Located 30 miles west of Int'l Falls, the Indus School offers a unique learning experience with their STEM-style school and small class sizes. Rainy River Community College offers high-quality education as well as career training. Rainy Lake Medical Center is fully equipped to serve healthcare needs with doctors, specialists, therapists and technicians on staff.

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CLIMATE

Famously known as "the icebox of the nation", the winters can be frigid, summer days are warm and the autumn season is very pleasant. The majority of the annual precipitation is snow with 71 inches falling on average each year. An "icy" reputation may have put International Falls on the map, there are a ton of reasons to celebrate this "neck of the woods." Four distinct seasons, outdoor adventure opportunities, and an abundance of friendly smiles are waiting around every corner of this northern border paradise.

HISTORY

While the geography of northern Minnesota and Koochiching is varied and rich, so is the tapestry created by the colorful personalities who ventured into these northern, wild woods and helped make it what it is today — completely unique and a place like no other. International Falls was inhabited by Indigenous people and reached by explorers, missionaries and voyagers in the 17th century. In 1895, the community was platted and named for the Koochiching Company. Rainy Lake and Rainy River were given their names based upon the mist-like rain at the falls where the lake flowed into the river. The village was incorporated in 1901 and officially became International Falls two years later. Rugged pioneers, tough homesteaders, gold prospectors, bootleggers, gangsters, lumber barons, and brave preachers, teachers, and doctors have all called this area home.

LIFE BEGINS AT THE END THE ROAD

In International Falls and the surrounding communities, you will find life a little more simple, a little sweeter, perhaps. It is low key, laid back, and quiet. When you call this area "home", you will begin to appreciate the community and its rural and remote location. Showstopping sunrises, dancing auroras, and the clearest, darkest skies anywhere, life on the northern border is waiting for you. Call United Country Real Estate — Voyage North Realty & Auctions to get started shopping for your dream home or to list your home. We utilize the latest in technology, marketing, advertising, and networking strategies. Call today and be happy tomorrow!