Jacquelyn (Jackie) Marquardt has been named associate banker at the Fergus Falls sales office of American Federal Bank.  

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce the expansion and relocation of a Country Financial office in Downtown Fergus Falls. Financial representative Brian Riches recently purchased Barnard Mortuary at 119 N. Union Ave., to preserve a local historic property and to grow his busines…

Hurley & Associates announces the hiring of Tom Bovee as farm marketing consultant in their Wheaton office.  Bovee is a licensed commodities broker and works closely with farm clients’ budgets, cash flow requirements and risk management strategies toward a financially healthy conclusion …

Ben Wiechman, director of IP strategy and engineering at Arvig, has been published on Forbes.com. His article, “How Much Bandwidth Do I Really Need Anyway?,” was selected by its editorial team and was published on Dec. 30, 2019. 

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In 2019, Fergus Falls and the surrounding community saw several positive and a few obstacles put in its way. As we enter 2020, The Daily Journal looks back at some of the most talked about, read and viewed stories from the past year.

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) works with entrepreneurs who aspire to bring their passion to life. Ashley McCauley, a Fergus Falls transplant, has long admired the art of skincare and in recent months has diligently worked on making her dream a reality. GFF is delighted to welcome Pure Aesthetic…

Area employers and media are invited to a Workforce Community Conversation event Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, hosted by Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lakes Country Area Service Cooperative, 1001 E. Mount Faith Ave., Fergus Falls.



As part of ongoing efforts to expand and provide the best customer service in the industry, West Tool Enclosures (WTE) is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Protection and Control Solutions (PCS) to represent our products in the region including Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakot…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF), a nonprofit economic development organization serving the Fergus Falls area, is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website at GreaterFergusFalls.com. The new site features a streamlined, modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to e…

Chris Swanson, BFA, APMA a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Fergus Falls, recently received the accredited portfolio management advisor (APMA) designation from the College of Financial Planning. Individuals who hold the APMA designation have completed a course of study encompas…

Don’t let Thanksgiving and Black Friday burn you out — there’s still so much to do! Fergus Falls has plenty of events to keep you on your feet this weekend including kid-friendly holiday parties, holiday markets and special deals to get your gift shopping done early and reward opportunities …

Jason and Kristi Hastings were looking to fill a downtown storefront when the idea for a pop-up retail boutique came to mind. They considered it an opportunity to teach their teenage children about entrepreneurship and take advantage of the renewed interest downtown storefronts.

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $12,855,616 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. Three Fergus Falls-based businesses — Claire Ann Shover Nursery School, Lakeland Mental Health Center and Someplace Safe — received grants.

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation (MBFC) recently awarded a grant to Greater Fergus Falls Corp. MBFC is the only certified development company in Minnesota to present this type of grant program. 

As Halloween slowly approaches, the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce wanted those in attendance at the 2019 Taste of Fergus Falls at the Bigwood Event Center Tuesday to have a “spook”tacular time. With the theme, “Trick or Eat,” community members got more than candy from local restaurants and businesses. Food exhibitors at the event included […]

Aurora Fiber Optic Networks welcomes Lynn Mead as vice president of carrier sales and business development. Mead brings over 35 years of experience in building sales organizations, teams, and creating network expansions; she has a solid track record in achieving record revenue growth, network expansion, and maintaining and building internal and external relationships. Aurora Fiber […]

The Trustees of the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), the majority shareholder of Bremer Financial Corporation (BFC), announced today that they have commenced a process to explore strategic options for BFC. “This is not a decision we made lightly or without exploring every other approach,” said Daniel Reardon, co-CEO and trustee, “but we believe it is […]

The nomination of Steven Brimhall, dealer operator at Minnesota Motor Company, a Buick and Chevrolet dealership in Fergus Falls, for the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME. Brimhall is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 103rd […]

After over 11 years as a part of downtown Fergus Falls, The Spot Panini & Wine will be closing on Thursday, Oct. 24. Owner Michael Loreno has taken the position of legislative specialist at Rural Minnesota CEP in Detroit Lakes and while that means he has to step away from The Spot, he believes the […]

A pool of 80 applicants has been winnowed to 15 finalists, including four in the West Central Initiative service area, as the Initiators Fellowship nears its October 25 selection day. Two fellows will be chosen from the nine-county West Central Initiative service area to join five other fellows in the two-year program. “We were blessed […]

Sarah Stephan, the senior branch office administrator at an Edward Jones branch office in Fergus Falls, recently received the Spirit of Caring award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Stephan works with Edward Jones financial advisor Kristi Auck.

The building at 124 W. Lincoln Ave., in downtown Fergus Falls was built in 1921 as the Orpheum Theater and while today it carries the marquee for A Center for the Arts, lots of changes occurred between 1921 and 2019: The Orpheum went from stage theater to a mix of stage and movie showings, before […]

Ben Wiechman, director of IP strategy and engineering at Arvig, has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives. Wiechman was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting […]

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and there has been significant progress relating to women and entrepreneurship. In 1972, women owned 4.6% of all businesses in the U.S. Today, women own 42% of all businesses. Nationally, women-owned businesses have grown 21% over the last five years, compared to a 9% growth rate for all […]

CrowdFiber, a developer of geomarketing automation software for telecommunications providers and utility companies, announced that Arvig, a Minnesota-based broadband service provider, is using the CrowdFiber platform to power its new online residential service shopping cart. The new technology allows a customer to build a personalized home service package from Arvig’s high-speed internet, TV and phone […]

On your mark, get set, go! Trena Martinson took off as she went up and down the aisles at Service Food in Fergus Falls Saturday as the annual Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis and Service Food’s Supermarket Sweep got underway. Martinson won the opportunity to race around the local grocery store after her name was drawn […]

The second MNwest Entrepreneur Summit, on Oct. 29 at the U of M Crookston, will be the regional setting for introduction of “LAUNCH MINNESOTA,” a creation of the 2019 MN Legislature, designed to encourage collaboration across geographies and across business, education and government sectors to foster entrepreneurial thinking, startups and innovation applying new technologies addressing […]

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Enterprise Minnesota will travel to Fergus Falls’ Bigwood Event Center to conduct a workshop for manufacturers on, “Sustaining Lean Improvements through Employee Engagement.” David Ahlquist, an Enterprise Minnesota business growth consultant will show participants how to engage employees in eliminating waste and producing higher quality/volume products in less time. Key takeaways […]

It was not a fit day to work outdoors in Fergus Falls on Thursday – the wind was cold, the sky was cloudy and the streets were wet – but inside the manufacturing plants of the city it was just another work day. All hands were busy as tour groups organized by Greater Fergus Falls […]

No gasoline was being sold Tuesday morning at the busy Holiday Station on South Union Avenue in Fergus Falls for a very good reason — new pumps were being installed. Gas pumps at Holiday have been replaced in the past and the present owner, Circle K, a corporation that bought out Holiday in 2017, is carrying […]

Pelican Rapids has been honored with the Smart Rural Communities Showcase award by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which cited Arvig’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders as keys to its success. At a gathering of about 1,400 leaders of rural telecommunications providers hosted by NTCA, Arvig was presented with the award, on behalf […]

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $10,257,564 in grants as part of its recent grantmaking cycle. Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Inc. and Perham Community Food Shelf Inc. were two of the groups selected from the western and south-central Minnesota group to receive grants. The Fergus Falls Habitat for Humanity received $90,000 to […]

Have you ever wondered what happens inside manufacturing facilities? Recognized by the state of Minnesota and as proclaimed by Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer at the Sept. 16 city council meeting, Oct. 1-7 is Minnesota Manufacturing Week. The Greater Fergus Falls is excited to invite the community to tour local community manufacturing businesses on Thursday, […]

The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) today announced that it will be expanding into all of Wisconsin and Montana beginning in the middle of next year. OBT currently operates in Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. The change reflects the growth of OBT beyond traditional grantmaking to making innovative investments and providing creative financial tools for […]

Ryan Jacobson of Fergus Falls, has joined Thrivent Financial as an associate representative with the organization’s Northland Regional Financial Office. Jacobson supports Thrivent members by helping them develop sound financial strategies so they can prepare for retirement, ensure their families are financially protected and live generous lives – at home, church and within their communities. […]

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates Wednesday for the second time in seven weeks, in an effort to prolong the decade-old economic expansion in the face of rising headwinds. The Fed lowered its target for the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point, to a range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent. The move, […]

Arvig is excited to announce it has been named one of Prairie Business magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work in the northern plains. Arvig is featured in the September issue of the magazine. Earlier this year, employees nominated their companies by submitting an anonymous employee-satisfaction survey and Prairie Business used the survey results in selecting […]

Credit Service Intl. (CSI) today celebrated the company’s inclusion in the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. CSI, which became the parent company of Mid State Credit in Fergus Falls in 2017, currently services hundreds of clients in Otter Tail and the surrounding counties. CSI also operates in Duluth, Brainerd, Marshall, […]

It’s working! Collaboration among community partners improve lives in Otter Tail County. On Tuesday, Aug. 27 the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners and other staff members were invited to tour and learn more about the Perham 180 Program sponsored by Productive Alternatives Inc. (PAI). The Perham 180 Program is model of how community partners […]

According to a recent news report, there has been a 29% increase in retail store closings as of July 31, 2019 as compared to the number of closings that occurred in all of 2018. An estimated 12,000 stores are set to close by year end with several others up for consideration. Industry insiders claim that […]

Walmart hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on Aug. 16 at Walmart which helped collect a total of 10 units of blood products for patients in need. A total of nine individuals volunteered to donate blood and eight individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on Aug. 16. […]

Beginning this fall, Fergus Falls area small business owners and staff will have the opportunity to gain crucial workplace skills, thanks to a $10,000 West Central Initiative grant awarded to Minnesota State Community and Technical College Workforce Development Solutions division. Amy Hochgraber, the WDS director of business and industry, said grant money will be used […]

As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Blandin Foundation is making its Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) available to those who are engaged in the Fergus Falls area. This is the fifth time BCLP training has been available for the community of Fergus Falls. Examples of how BCLP alumni have used the strategies […]

President Trump is meeting with his counterparts at the G-7 summit in France, where he walked back previous statements on trade with China. On Friday, Trump hiked tariffs on Chinese imports and threatened to invoke a 1977 act authorizing the president emergency powers to force U.S. businesses out of China. On Sunday in Biarritz, France, […]

The Fergus Falls Downtown Riverfront Council (FFDRC) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Downtown Chowdown series is Dining Car #423/Steel Wheels. To celebrate their victory, the restaurant will host a “Great Big Baked Potato Bar” on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 4-6 p.m. This event is free (until gone) and open to […]