Underwood was a leader with vision [UPDATED]Published 9:49am Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Updated 11:51am Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Charles Underwood led the city of Fergus Falls for decades, helping to shape the community’s growth with his vision and concern for its success. Upon his death, residents should appreciate that leadership.
Underwood died Saturday, Aug. 10, at 89, having helped create a strong community that serves a regional center today.
As the publisher of The Daily Journal beginning in the early 1960s, he informed the community on issues of the day, but remained approachable with his mild, thoughtful manner. His vision of the importance of a community newspaper led him to make drastic changes in the 1970s that helped grow that information network throughout the county.
But he also led the city to establish the former Holiday Inn establishment west of town, growing the city toward the interstate, located a couple miles from the center business district. As he envisioned, Fergus Falls continued to develop in that area and now is a thriving section of our community.
Born in Fergus Falls, he had a deep love for the community and used his influence to make it prosper. Residents should remember this leader for his vision, which contributed building a strong city.