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Welcome sign takes on monument status

Published 10:59am Thursday, May 2, 2013

Visitors of Fergus Falls soon will be welcomed into town with permanent monument signs.

A committee has worked on this monument sign project for about a year, according to Jean Bowman, executive director of the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The goal is that the first of seven signs that will pop up around town will be in place by late June. It is the intent that the sign would become a city asset, a non-commercial sign that serves the common good, according to a memo from Bowman to the city council.

“It’s purpose is really just to welcome people,” Bowman said.

Seven locations have been identified to house signage, which were prioritized based on traffic counts and visibility now and in the future. The first location would be along West Lincoln Avenue near Applebee’s.

The committee selected the design finalist for the Fergus Falls welcome sign, which would be 10 feet wide and six feet tall. Members paid particular attention to the ease of upkeep of the sign and natural landscaping.

The cost per sign is about $20,000 and will be covered by funds raised by the sign committee. For the first sign, the CVB and Chamber of Commerce each chipped in $6,000.

The committee did not ask for any city money for the signs. However, Bowman did ask that the city serve as the fiscal host for the fundraising effort. The CVB will lead the fundraising efforts.

The Finance, Personnel and Development Committee at its meeting Wednesday approved a recommendation for the city to serve as the fiscal host and to grant permission for the first sign to be placed in the public right of way. The sign committee has worked with the city to make sure the sign would meet ordinance requirements.

  • P. Carlson

    Is it the hug 10 foot by 6 foot size or the $20,000 cost that makes these signs great but the portable signs bad?

    • Frizzel

      I’d go w/ the oversized hug. That will bring in people from everywhere.

      • Jake Krohn

        Frizzel wins the website today!

  • mike weller

    Another waste of money,”even if its not tax payers” ,while nothing is done about infrastructure ie:the streets,or should I say the mine fields?
    In the future the people welcomed here will be driving on dirt roads like the Wild West!
    Like this town draws any real crowed anyway,just compare to Alexandria.

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  • Mark Martenstone

    What a motley crew posting about such a trivial ordeal. I haven’t seen Pam Carlson on any ballots.

  • cyberdog

    There are always going to be people who Poo Poo everything including this project.

    I have seen beautiful signs which identify and welcome people to their small towns all over the Midwest. Why shouldn’t We have aome beautiful welcome signs?

    The only problem I see with the proposed Welcome sign is that there is only a small white dot showing the location of our city in the outline of Minnesota. Their should be a large gold star to show were we are on the Minnesota map.

    I love the use of natuaral stone on the bottom and the design of the sign. I hope its not put in a ditch where no one can see it.

    The scupture in the center of the round about needs to be different. It needs to be a three dimensional sculture instead of a sign.

    • Steph

      He-he. I always imagine them (the cranky pants police) sitting on their steps brandishing their crotchety-person fist yelling, “You kids stay of my lawn. And SLOW DOWWWN!!!! Then coming inside to comment on stories in the journal online.

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