6 thoughts on “Who Do We Want to Be?

  1. I would like Little Falls to be forward thinking, always striving to add future improvements–while doing all it can to help and honor the people who got us through the “old days.”

    I want to be able to continue describing Little Falls as the home of dear friends and kind people.

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  2. Looking at the old paper mill stairway beside your question, I can’t resist giving this answer: I want Little Falls to become, ahem, a stairway to heaven… Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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  3. Time to dust off the crystal ball…look closely…

    I see farmers raising crops all year long using hydroponic gardens in huge greenhouses, using free wind and solar power for supplemental lighting. Heat pumps and solar furnaces furnish heat.

    I see grocery stores, both on the east side and west side, selling those crops at reasonable prices all year long, or a community co-op with volunteers selling those crops. After expenses, money raised from a co-op would fund community projects.

    The city has become debt free and has set up a savings fund for community projects. Children’s projects are funded by donations and fundraisers. The children, in groups of three, are going door to door, asking for donations or selling merchandise as a fundraiser, and would pass out literature about their project. They would
    mow lawns, rake leaves, and do gardening to raise money for their favorite projects. Adult volunteers would offer their time, labor, and equipment to accomplish the needed tasks.

    It is a community with free recycling, is crime free and drug free. The city, working with local companies, would be able to recommend who has the means to accomplish a task for a homeowner or business, without having the need for a permit. Private homes would not require permits for installing solar panels, rooftop wind generation equipment, or home and property repairs/maintenance.

    It has a school system that starts counseling students, for jobs and careers, using individual student test results to guide them toward their future. Jobs would be immediately available after high school, and schools of higher learning, trade and business, are locally available.

    A new highway system, much like the I494/I694 loop around the Twin Cities, is surrounding Little Falls, making Lindbergh Park, a state park, more accessible from the south, drawing more tourists. The railroad, along with its’ tracks, are all underground within the loop, making one of the barriers of Litte Falls obsolete.

    Because of the loop, both east and west sides of the city thrive with new banking, shopping, restaurants and manufacturing businesses. Little Falls, due to its’ centralized location between the east and west coast, and between all of Canada and the Gulf of Mexico, becomes a major shipping hub for a large company, employing hundreds of workers. The welfare system is no longer a major contributor to the financial stability of the community because jobs now provide it.

    Little Falls becomes a model for other communities. They have overcome the “business as usual” attitude and the division of east and west are things of the past.

    But wait!…the ball is getting cloudy…the visions are disappearing. Perhaps the ball was not seeing the future of what will be, but only what could be. The visions of tomorrow can only become a reality when the community elects officials who strive to serve and build the needs of the community as a whole and not for the
    wants of a single individual or entity. Only time will provide the answers for the future of Little Falls.

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