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City gets bargain on arena bonds

The Fergus Falls Port Authority authorized the issuing of $6.58 million in bonds for sale during a meeting before Tuesday night’s city council meeting. On Oct. 3, they will meet again to approve the sale of the bonds. The city’s interest rate on the five-year bonds is a low 1.26 percent. “That is just great,” […]

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Man arrested at council meeting

A disgruntled Fergus Falls resident was arrested outside of the city council chambers Tuesday for violating a restraining order after he compared city council leadership to the currently deposed dictator of Libya. Ron Melius, who has caused a stir at council meetings in the past, showed up shortly before the 5:30 p.m. meeting with a […]

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Council: Downtown best site for station

The short list for the new Fergus Falls police station site got one site shorter on Tuesday, when the city council reached a consensus to move forward on one of the downtown sites, eliminating the old U Motors building from consideration. The council should have a final site selected by early October. The consensus was […]

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Dayton to visit Fergus Falls Friday

Governor Mark Dayton is coming to Fergus Falls this Friday to learn about a local economic development tool and hopefully promote it throughout the state, Mayor Hal Leland reported. Leland, who made the announcement at Monday night’s city council meeting, said Dayton is particularly interested in West Central Minnesota’s involvement in the area EB-5 regional […]

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City accepts $11.8 million bid on Tower Road bridge

The Fergus Falls City Council moved forward on the Tower Road bridge project Monday, as it approved the project’s contractor bid. The first bid was an $11.8 million award to Wisconsin-based Lunda Construction for the general construction work on the bridge. The city (which will be sharing the cost of the project with Otter Tail […]

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City preps for RTC promo blitz

If developers don’t come flocking to the Regional Treatment Center property, it won’t be for lack of trying by the city of Fergus Falls. RTC advisor Kent Mattson gave the city council a rundown of the advertising going on to let developers know about the RTC’s availability as a development site. The city’s $26,000 contract […]

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Library expanding hours

Starting Aug. 15, morning Fergus Falls Public Library patrons will once again get an extra 30 minutes in the morning and at night. Fergus Falls Library Director Erin Smith announced the change during Monday’s City Council meeting. The library hours will be increased to 57 per week after being at 52 since April 1, 2010. […]

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City prepared for losses in state aid

As part of the state budget deal, many Minnesota cities are getting a cut in their state funding, but it’s nothing unexpected for Fergus Falls city staff. Fergus Falls was set to get about $4.05 million in local government aid (LGA) this year. However, the budget deal requires that, for the next two years, cities […]

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City moves forward with local electrical inspection plan

Though the state government showed signs of reopening on Monday, the Fergus Falls City Council moved forward with its plan to allow city-approved electrical inspectors. The council introduced the bill for its first reading on Monday. It was originally proposed last week, when the end to the government shutdown looked far off. Even though the […]

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Arena seats changed for comfort

Spectators at Fergus Falls’ new community ice arena might be able to sit a little easier after a change order approved by the city council on Monday. The council approved a change order that will install nine rows of spectator seats in the main viewing area instead of 10, allowing for backrests to be installed […]

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