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New single-family homes are being built on the south end of Thief River Falls, Minn. GRAND FORKS HERALD/Eric Hylden

Thief River Falls finds challenge in keeping housing growth at pace with employment

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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- Mayor Jim Dagg smiles as he describes the biggest challenge facing his community: keeping up with the demand for housing.


“We’re very fortunate. We have 8,600 residents and we have 10,000-plus jobs in our community,” he said. “That’s just a wonderful thing, but it leaves us with a housing problem.”

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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