Dear Itascan,

Welcome to our community! We hope that you will come to know and appreciate the special charm of the Big Little Town we call home.

The City of Itasca along with the Itasca I.S.D., the Itasca Chamber of Commerce, the Paw Print Press, the Revitalization Committee, the Itasca Garden Club, local business, and concerned individuals have banded together to promote our town and make it as inviting as possible to visitors and residents alike.

Two areas that have drawn many visitors lately are the newly added Heritage Community Park and the newly restored Itasca Depot.
   
The Heritage Park was a vision of the Economic Development Committee two years ago. The committee discussed a project that would complement the existing Veterans Park and boost community involvement in the downtown area.



After looking through many suggestions that were left at city hall, the committee decided to name the park, "The Heritage Community Park." In September 2007, the park was dedicated to all Itascans, past, present, and future.

 

The newly restored Itasca Depot along with the newly refurbished caboose makes up a few of the educational tours that will take place at the Itasca Depot Heritage and Education Center. The depot was moved from downtown Itasca in 1971 to Hooks St. by H.D. Snow and Son House Moving Inc. This crew worked once again to move the depot from Hooks St. to its new location at 105 Wampus Cat Drive. The Itasca Depot Heritage and Education Center will share the heritage and history of its Big Little Town with visitors old and new.

The City of Itasca continues to celebrate its heritage hosting yearly events and festivities. Beginning in May, the city closes the west side Main St. to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with folk dancers, a baby contest, live entertainment, and a smorgasbord of delicious foods.


The last week in June Itasca is filled with aspiring (and actual) championship Barbecue Cookers at the Annual Itasca Chamber of Commerce Barbeque Cook-off. In December the city hosts an Open House for our citizens to meet city employees and enjoy a potluck lunch. December is not complete without our seasonal Christmas Parade and a visit from Old Saint Nick.

These local events and newsworthy articles are covered by our local newspaper, the Paw Print Press. The Paw Print Press is  published weekly by Mrs. Petrash and her high school journalism class. You'll find exciting football articles, game scores, honor rolls, and lunch menus along with police blotters, City Council meeting reports, obituaries, and birth announcements. You can visit current and past publications by visiting their website.

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