• International Falls gets a shout-out on "The Today Show" for 33-degrees-below-zero temperatures. 
  • A fire damages Falls Car Wash. 
  • Jay Petervary of Idaho clinches his third Arrowhead 135 title.


  • Ryan Anderson, of Ray, takes second place in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Later in the month, he finishes first in the Wolf Track Classic Sled Dog Race in Ely. 
  • Ken Krueger earns "Order of the Hrimthurs" - otherwise known as the ultra endurance winter triple crown for competing in the Tuscobia Winter Ultra, Arrowhead 135 and Actif Epica in one season.
  • Keith Aili, of Ray, takes first place in the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race. 
  • The Falls International Speed Run Against Cancer breaks records in registered snowmobiles and featured racers from a record 36 cities. A record speed of 129 mph was also recorded. 
  • Falls High School senior Kendra Schmidt is selected as a member of the Minnesota Music Educations Association All State Orchestra. 


  • Minnesota's graduation rate hits a new high statewide at 82.7 percent. 
  • The Littlefork City Council announces a two-year capital improvement plan that will include more than $40,000 in improvements and repairs to the Municipal Liquor Store. 
  • Borderland community members participate in the March for Our Lives rally in Smokey Bear Park. The rally was a movement dedicated to student-led activism across the U.S. where participants demanded action against gun violence. 
  • The Journal highlights Borderland's residents in a special edition titled "Why We Live Here." 
  • Camera crews head to Borderland to shoot a feature film titled "International Falls" about how two people use comedy to cope with life. The film starred actors Rachael Harris and Rob Huebel. 


  • The Falls High School Knowledge Bowl team heads to state. 
  • The Woody's Fairly Reliable Guide Service building, and others, in Ranier are demolished to make room for Cantilever Bridge Distillery LLC.
  • A mock accident at Littlefork-Big Falls School highlights the power of making good choices. 
  • Tom and Jane Barthell are selected as the International Falls Chamber of Commerce's citizens of the year. 
  • International Bildrite ceases operations due to market conditions and commodity prices. 


  • Customs and Border Protection officials introduce a new user-friendly app - CBP ROAM - to report when crossing the border. 
  • Koochiching County veterans rally in support of relocating the county's veteran service office to a new building. 
  • The Williams and Dougherty families celebrate 100th anniversary of operation of a tourism business on Rainy Lake. 
  • Borderland resident and author Phyllis Karsnia publishes her last book - "Dove Island Drums: From Powwows to Rock Bands, Drums Boom on Dove Island." 
  • The ice is officially out on Rainy Lake May 13. 
  • Bronco alumnus Dean Blais receives Distinguished Achievement Award by USA Hockey. 


  • The Linder family is recognized as the 2018 Koochiching County Farm Family. 
  • Voyageurs National Park releases the 43rd quarter of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. 
  • Borderland resident Jim Stavseth defies odds by participating in the William A. Irvin 5-kilometer race after being paralyzed in a biking accident. 
  • Sammy's Pizza opens in Borderland. 


  • Pulling for Peace returns to Borderland, but hits a snag when Canadian pullers are injured during the contest. 
  • Protesters gather in Smokey Bear Park to challenge a federal immigration policy. 
  • Wayne Sampson and Margarete Kostiuk serve as the grand marshals of the 2018 Fourth of July parade. 
  • The first ever Borderland Pride is celebrated, generating a large crowd for the event. 


  • A project at Ellsworth Rock Gardens will allow for more visitors to experience the popular Kabetogama Lake site. 
  • Local first response teams gather at the Falls International Airport for a mock accident training. 
  • Alice Staples, a Borderland youngster battling an atypical teratoid/rhaboid tumor, is celebrated as 'Princess for a Day" at Smokey Bear Park. 
  • Swanky Sweet Pea does work with Trump Towers. 
  • Jeff Gustafson and Scott Dingwall claim their fifth International Falls Bass Championship title with 41.37 pounds of smallmouth bass. 
  • A severe storm tears through Borderland, knocking down hundreds of trees and leaving more than 2,000 residents without power. 


  • Local breeder Shannon Brown sells four 8-week old Labrador retrievers to train to become potential rescue dogs with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The pups were hand-selected by members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. 
  • RaeAnn Conat prepares to make her directing debut with "Little Shop of Horrors."
  • A Twin Cities couple visits every city and town in Minnesota, ending with International Falls.  
  • Robb Pastor takes over as CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center.
  • Falls residents respond to Hurricane Florence disaster.


  • International Falls citizens urge the city council to crack down on blight. 
  • A series on Juuling talks to school officials, law enforcement and medical professionals about the rising trend among teenagers. 
  • "Little Shop of Horros" debuts on the Backus Community Center stage. 
  • Officials decided to keep the Grand Mound Historic site closed to public use. 


  • Voyageurs National Park continues to preserve and maintain the Harry Oveson Fish Camp site. 
  • Local hunters show off their deer during Minnesota firearms deer season. 
  • Members of the Kabetogama community work to improve response time for victims in need of medical care by constructing a helicopter landing pad. 
  • Election season wraps up and city voters pass implementing a 1-percent sales tax. 
  • A Borderland family shares their struggles with infertility which result in the adoption of their 1-year-old daughter. 
  • Bronco Arena is re-dedicated Nov. 20 after six months of renovation and upgrade projects are complete. 


  • A former Falls resident and his wife add the waters of Rainy Lake to ice at the Xcel Energy Center. 
  • The Mann family opens up about their love for horses and offering sleigh rides to the community. 
  • Ballan Furniture owner to retire after 29 years. 
  • Officials report the Great Northern Transmission Line project remains on schedule. 
  • A World War II veteran shares how he escaped a California wildfire. 

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