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Bigfork, population 469, has been experiencing a steady growth and is the population and business center in the north eastern portion of Minnesota’s Itasca County. The Northeast portion of Itasca County is labeled, and is often referred to as, the "Edge of the Wilderness area.." Located in the heart of gorgeous lake country, tourism is a significant part of the economy. An active logging industry, including approximately 50 jobs at the Rajala Lumber Mill, and almost 200 jobs at the nearby Bergquist Company, a switch manufacturer, also help support a diversified retail and recreation business in the City. Bigfork is a center for rural health care, combining Bigfork Valley Hospital, Scenic Rivers Health Systems medical clinic and Northland Dental Clinic, Bigfork Valley Communities (long term care) and Bigfork Valley Villa (senior apartments) into one health care campus. The city is one of five neighboring communities that have banded together to form the "Edge of the Wilderness". This unification to help sustain economic growth is largely attributed to the governing oversight of the Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board.

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MayorAmy Pifher
City ClerkAngie Storlie, 218-743-3782, E-Mail: cityclerk@bigfork.net
City Hall Hours8 am to 2 pm Monday - Friday
Council Members

·                     Bryan Boone, Mayor

·                     David Mann

·                     Andrew Francisco

·                     Ben Maxa

·                     Paul Gustafson

Council MeetingsSecond Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm at Bigfork City Hall
Planning Commission MeetingsFirst Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm at Bigfork City Hall.

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Public SafetyBigfork Fire Department, Itasca County Sheriff's Department, Bigfork Ambulance Service: Emergencies dial 911
Bigfork City OrdinancesBigfork City Ordinances: Click here to see City of Bigfork Ordinances
City of Bigfork Zoning OrdinanceCity of Bigfork Zoning Ordinance, click here
City of Bigfork Airport
Major IndustriesBergquist Company, 218-743-1200; Rajala Mill, 218-743-3333
SchoolsBigfork Elementary and High School (K-12) Independent School District 318, 218-743-3444
ChurchesCatholic - Our Lady of the Snow, Lutheran - Grace Community, Jehovah Witness - Kingdom Hall, Presbyterian - First Presbyterian, Assemblies of God - Bigfork Assembly of God
Health CareBigfork Valley Hospital, Scenic Rivers Health Services medical clinic and Northland Dental Clinic, Bigfork Valley Communities (long term care) and Bigfork Valley Villa (senior apartments)
RecreationChippewa National Forest, 218-832-3161, Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway 218-832-3161, Marcell Family Center 218-832-3444, Big Fork River; Bigfork Snowmobile Trail; Wilderness Golf Course, 218-743- 3626, Bigfork Community Recreation Area (multi-use tennis court, playground equipment), Swimming Beach on Bustic Lake, McGarry City Park (playground equipment)
Festivals and Events· Bigfork Wilderness Days Celebration
· Bigfork Wilderness Day Celebration Forms
· Other area attractions
LandfillBigfork and Spring Lake - Summer Hours (April 15-September 14): Thursday-Monday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Winter Hours (September 15-April 14): Friday, Saturday, Monday only 8:30 am - 4 pm

Spring Lake and Bray Lake: Sundays through Deer Season 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Fore more information on the City of Bigfork, MN or Edge Of the Wilderness Area: 
Call: 218-743-3782
or write:
PO Box 196, Bigfork, MN 56628 
or e-mail: City of Bigfork

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