University of Minnesota Extension, along with Minnesota Beef Council, will host several online beef quality assurance (BQA) and secure beef supply (SBS) training sessions starting in February through April. Producers only need to attend one of these free workshops to receive a three-year BQA…

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Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) was recently honored with the Above and Beyond Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is a Department of Defense organization established to promote cooperation and understanding between service members and their civilian employers.  

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A new way to eat is now available in Fergus Falls. Roasted, a meal preparation and catering business owned and operated solely by 23-year-old Evan Burkdoll, opened its doors April 1 in a order, grab and go format that provides the community with prepackaged, nutritious meals that simply need…

Otter Tail County businesses and nonprofits hit hard by winter pandemic-related closures were provided $1.15 million in relief grants by the county. The state-funded grant program was administered through the county’s Community Development Agency and provided grants from $1,250 to $15,000 to…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that local entrepreneur Victoria McWane-Creek recently established the Organization 4 Full Participation. This new business is a performance improvement company that enables individuals, teams, organizations, and communities to close the gap …

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) continues to celebrate Women’s History Month and the growing number of women entrepreneurs in the area. They are pleased to announce that Variant Digital, a web design and business consulting service, has relaunched this month. Owner Jaime Price-Anderson can provid…

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While corporate America might be reluctant to share why their ammunition shelves are so poorly stocked these days South Mill Service owner Gary Wahl is not.



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InVision Eye Care’s Dr. Randy Kempfer was nominated and elected as Minnesota Optometric Association’s (MOA) president for 2021. Kempfer, who is from Foxhome, attended North Dakota State University (NDSU) for his undergraduate degree, moving on to Pacific University College of Optometry to ea…

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded nearly $11.5 million in grants and program-related investments to 190 organizations in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

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Embracing the spirit of March Madness in a very Minnesota fashion, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and The Current launched the “Great Minnesota Burger Bracket” in their show, The Warming House. The head-to-head competition for the title of the best burger in Minnesota is on the line and Battle…

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According to the ILT Academy website, the program’s purpose is “empowering communities to keep entrepreneurs local and create high growth 21st-century businesses. ILT Academy partners with community and economic leaders to teach and train local innovators and entrepreneurs, the skill sets ne…

The Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SNHL) received a $75,000 grant as part of a series of awards from Otto Bremer Trust to local Fargo organizations. The grant will be used to purchase equipment for the new simulation lab in the university’s n…

Stenerson Bros. Lumber Company has hired Greg Collins as a sales associate.  Collins will provide quality assistance to retail and contractor customers by providing estimates and assisting them with purchasing building materials needed for their building projects.    

Wick Communications, parent company of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, announced recently that NewsGuard, a news and information rating tool, reviewed all of its websites and gave a perfect 100 out of 100 score for both credibility and transparency.

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Ryan Jacobson, a Thrivent financial representative, had a well-established location when he began his endeavors in 2019. Located in a strip mall on the 1400 block of College Way in Fergus Falls, Jacobson was comfortable in his office and his clients knew exactly where to find him.

Following a record-breaking year on the national level in 2020, the local forecast is estimated to follow the current trend of low interest rates for buyers but a lack of inventory to support the demand. Local figures from January indicated that new listings were down 22.6% in 2021 as oppose…

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that applications for the dual workforce training grant offered by the MN Department of Labor and the MN Office of Higher Education has officially opened. This grant provides up to $6,000 per employee, up to 25 employees per year for qualifie…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce a partnership with ISD 544’s work-based learning program to expand access to high school students, and other jobseekers, to area employers and career opportunities. The purpose of the Fergus Falls Area Virtual Career Fair project is to allow …

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The kickoff year of Otter Tail County’s Big Build initiative saw progress and success for housing growth. In 2020, $39.3 million in housing investment was added in the county from 656 new and rehabbed housing units, 427 of these being new construction and 229 being rehabbed units. This succe…

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that Chelsa and Andy Anderson have opened a new dog grooming business; Rustic Ruff Salon located at 1024 19th St., off of Highway 210 offers a variety of grooming services and top-rated canine products for shampooing, detangling and condition…

In January 2021, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the city of Fergus Falls with a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, earning it a place alongside over 1,400 businesses across the country contributing to the movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America. 

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The Fergus Falls Daily Journal celebrated its work recently as it received seven Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) awards at the annual MNA banquet.

American Federal Bankers Mark Eifert and Dustin Morris, who work in the Fergus Falls market, have earned American Federal’s highest honor of recognition for outstanding sales and sales referral performance in 2020.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to unite communities and give back to those in need. United Way plays an integral role in this, focusing on the education, financial stability, and health of community members. 

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is celebrating Women’s History and Black History Month by highlighting both women and Black-owned businesses throughout February. Our first spotlight is Michaela Wulf, a new small business owner who launched Better Hands Massage Therapy at 119 East Lincoln Avenue, …

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Giving Hearts Day, an event dedicated to raising funds for nonprofit organizations, serves to generate donations for North Dakota and northwest Minnesota nonprofits during a 24-hour window. During that time, donations of $10 or more will be matched by funds that each charity raises. This yea…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to release their 2020 annual report, which includes data and successes. In their first full year of tracking metrics based upon a robust strategic framework, the report is indicative of broad community success. Additionally, the board of directors appoin…

After 4T Creative’s recent relocation to 130 S. Vine St., they were able to accommodate their growth by adding new professionals to their repertoire. Riane Raths was hired as business analyst in mid-2020 and Matt McKinney was recently hired to serve as their director of marketing and digital media.

It’s the holidays. Connie stood staring at the piles of boxes.  Jeannie giggled on the number of items that were crammed into her office.  Fran sprang into action - she had two counties’ worth of items to sort and distribute.  Matour replied with a sincere, “Thank you for remembering our com…

Bell Bank has promoted three experienced bankers – Joe Watzke, Eric Halvorson and Todd Zabel – as the “next generation” of leaders in its central market region, headquartered in Fargo, Watzke SVP/agriculture banking director, Halvorson has been named SVP/commercial banking director and Zabel…