The six school systems in the area have excellent physical facilities as well as talented and dedicated administrators and staffs. The educational system in the county can be counted on to provide high quality education for our young people as well as continuing educational support for industries and the adult population. People of the area take real pride in their school systems. Athletic programs are important and the residents actively support their respective teams. Many schools enjoy competing in state athletic tournaments.
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Little Falls is the county seat for Morrison County. The county is governed by a Board of Commissioners. A county coordinator assists the Board in overseeing County services, personnel management and central purchasing. Protective services are provided by the Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments. The Morrison County Planning Commission together with the County Zoning Administrator, carries out county land use planning and control through county zoning regulations.
The Morrison County Courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic places, is the location of District Court.
The cities in the county operate under the Mayor-Council form of government. A city council is usually composed of a Mayor and seven council members. The City of Little Falls has a City Administrator, appointed by the council, who oversees the various city departments, coordinates the budget process and implements council policies. Planning, zoning and building inspection activities are managed locally. Surrounding local communities’ law enforcement needs are provided by the Morrison County Sheriff or their own local police force. Each community has its own fire protection.
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The Morrison County area offers your business excellent transportation, communication and utility services. Little Falls, the county seat, is located 100 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. U.S. Highway 10 as well as Minnesota Highways 371, 27, 25 and I-94 provide easy access to the entire upper midwest.
The Burlington Northern freight line between the Twin Cities, North Dakota and the west coast passes through Morrison County with railroad siding in Royalton and can be extended via a rail siding into the Industrial Development Park in Little Falls. This line carries large quantities of western coal and cargo, and therefore, will continue to be an integral part of the Burlington Northern operations.
The area is serviced by the Little Falls/Morrison County airport which has a 4,000 foot paved runway with REILS and radio controlled runway lighting. It is capable of accommodating business jets, charter service, VFR, IFR and commercial flight instruction as well. Twenty-four hour fuel service is available.
Major Twin Cities based trucking firms service the area, as well as several reliable local trucking companies. Private parcel and courier companies service the community on a daily basis. Greyhound bus lines make numerous stops each day in Little Falls enroute to and from the Twin Cities, Fargo-Moorhead, the west coast and northern Minnesota. Daily service to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is provided by Executive Express.
Up-to-date water and sewer systems are found throughout the cities in the county as well as competitive gas and electrical rates. Minnesota Power serves the area and its customers enjoy one of the lowest electrical rates in the state. Cable TV is also available in some areas of the county.
The downtown district of Little Falls is fast becoming a haven for new, startup technology companies. Little Falls is home to Atomic Learning, an international software company; Waypoint Technologies, a lake mapping software company; and AmeriTrak Fleet Solutions, a vehicle tracking company. The growth of Little Falls continues, thanks to the early entrepreneurs whose vision gave it impetus.