Regional Treatment Center

FF Council to decide on sale of six houses on RTC campus

The two developers vying for six houses on the Regional Treatment Center property near the intersection of Fir and Union avenues will have to keep waiting, as the Fergus Falls City Council on Monday delayed a decision on who it will sell the property to yet again. After hearing the two developers’ pitches, alderman asked […]

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Don’t allow city to become shell of what could have been

It is common knowledge that dollars spent with the businesses in one’s local community have a 5 to 7 times impact on the local economy because they turn around in that community many times. It is also common knowledge that communities the size of Fergus Falls who are successful in job creation take advantage of […]

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History shows importance of saving building

I typed most of the following information about 8 years ago and I felt I should submit this to the “Letter to the Editor” since that was my original plan. While working at the RTC I found framed articles from full pages of the Fergus Falls Weekly Journal sitting against a wall next to a […]

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Fergus Falls Journal November 21, 1895 ‘The Hospital’

No state in the union has provided more generously for its wards and unfortunates than Minnesota. Its splendid educational facilities are supplemented by institutions for caring for the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the defective, the indigent, the insane, and are all cared for in the most perfect institutions which money can secure. Of the […]

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The Site

The legislature of 1885 provided for a commission to locate a site for a new hospital for the insane. St Peter and Rochester both being in the southern portion of the state, the third hospital was sure to come north of the Twin Cities. The commission visited the various towns in northern Minnesota, but the […]

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Those who want to save RTC need to find a tenant

I love the sight of those buildings. They are the product of people who took pride in their work and what they were doing when they built it, maintained it, performed their duties caring for and ministering to the many patients over the years. It was built in a time when we had higher standards […]

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Agencies quibble over RTC demo paperwork

As the possibility of demolition looms for the Fergus Falls Kirkbride, two state agencies are discussing whether proper procedures were taken by the Minnesota state government before the property was turned over to the city. On Monday, city officials announced that Fergus Falls had been copied on a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office […]

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Despite protests, city has few roadblocks on RTC demo

If the Fergus Falls City Council decides to demolish all or part of the city’s Kirkbride building, its legal ducks appear to be in a row. The city has had some of its paperwork pre-filed by the state of Minnesota. When a building on the National Register of Historic Places is set to be demolished […]

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RTC tax credits driven by plan, cost

In recent city discussions about the Fergus Falls Kirkbride building, several advocates of its reuse have claimed that the property could be eligible for up to $40 million in historical tax credits if it was redeveloped. That is potentially true, but it depends on the cost and the nature of the project. A building redevelopment […]

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City begins RTC demo discussions

Though the Fergus Falls City Council members said at their last meeting that they were open to further development proposals for the Regional Treatment Center, not much discussion of the property on Monday night was dedicated to talking about possible proposal options. Instead, talk turned to the logistics of demolition, along with getting an extension […]

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