The Vader City Council has announced they are exploring the possibility of renaming the town back to Little Falls, with talks revolving around the anticipated costs associated with doing so.
Council Member Kevin Flynn reported during their Oct. 23 meeting a re-naming of Vader would be part of upcoming budget discussions, as the city would be required to pay for changes in signs, maps, letterheads, official documents and other expenses, with the state requiring such funding to be kept in reserve should a new name be approved.
Mayor Ken Smith later stated it is his office's intent to research the costs and present a figure back to the council, stating it is important to know what the impact on the city's budget would be before moving forward.
"It's not our intent to throw our money...[at] a cause that would not be worth the expense," he said, stating the possibility of a name change is in the exploratory phase and a number of steps remain for officials before putting the matter to a vote of the people.
Vader had originally been named Little Falls when it was incorporated in 1906 but was changed to Vader after the Northern Pacific Railroad required a different name because they already had a Little Falls, in Minnesota, among their stations. The name of Sopenah had originally been chosen by the railroad but, in March of 1913, the name Vader was approved in honor or prominent citizen Martin Vader.