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The Victor Lundeen Company is pleased to announce that it will have a book signing with Larry Dorn of Fergus Falls, on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Larry has written and published a well-researched 200-page book about his father, which highlights his father’s service to his country dur…

Steven Ness of Fergus Falls has accepted the role of team leader at Keller Williams Realty Professionals (KWRP), one of the Lakes Country’s largest residential real estate brokerages. Ness has been the director of growth for Ryan Hanson Homes (RHH) of Keller Williams for the last year. RHH i…

Otter Tail County received $1.15 million from the recent State of Minnesota economic relief package to provide support in the form of grant funding to small businesses and nonprofit organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related executive orders.

On Dec. 21, the YMCA reopened for the second time with some changes in procedures in the interest of health and safety. See the website at fergusfallsymca.org for details. 

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On Jan. 1, Boss Mom’s Crafting hosted a grand opening event in its permanent storefront at 123 W. Lincoln Ave., the space across the hall from Sugarbomb in the Hastings Law Office building in downtown Fergus Falls. Boss Mom’s Crafting, owned and operated by Abby Barry and one other employee,…

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As the COVID-19 situation improves by nearly every metric across Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz today announced measures that loosen restrictions on important parts of daily life. The Governor also urged Minnesotans to protect the progress made over the past month.



After years of planning and 17 months of construction, Otter Tail Power Company’s Merricourt Wind Energy Center is operational. Located in southeast North Dakota, blades are spinning on this 150-megawatt (MW) facility, harnessing some of our nation’s best wind resources to generate power.

Two new laws that go into effect Jan. 1 will kick off some of the first changes of 2021. These laws are regarding prior authorization requirements of health insurance providers and requirements regarding sexual assault examination kits. 

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Minimum wage workers will be receiving a small raise from the state Jan. 1 as minimum wage is set to move from $10 an hour to $10.08, an 8-cent increase. The change comes from Minnesota’s decision to index minimum wage to inflation, which took effect in 2018, with a 2.5% cap.

West Central Initiative (WCI) welcomes Johnathan Judd of Moorhead and Mark Malingen of Alexandria as new members of its board of directors.

It’s beautiful to see communities coming together in times of need, especially during the holidays. With employees and customers who live, work and play in this community, and those around us, Otter Tail Power Company is helping spread the joy this season. 

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) announced last month that it would partner with ILT Academy and Launch MN to sponsor up to two area entrepreneurs to participate in the ILT Academy 2021 Lean Startup Series, a 20-week interactive, immersive program that introduces key concepts in the Lean Startup m…

During a time when many people in our community are facing financial difficulties, Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) is pleased to announce it is returning over $2 million to its membership. This includes a COVID-19 relief bill credit totaling over $500,000 and $1.6 million in capital …

The area restaurant industry has been especially affected by the executive order shutdowns due to COVID-19. During the first wave of dining restrictions, community support ran rampant and patrons showed their support, fighting to keep favorite eating establishments profitable and, ultimately…

The Fergus Falls HRA is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $241,350 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines through the competitive Affordable Housing Program. For 30 years, the affordable housing program has provided down payment assistance, building or…

Partners in Community Supports (PICS), a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, has passed the rigorous readiness review by Applied Self-Direction, a nationally recognized organization that provides expertise to effectively operate self-direction services for people with disabilities.

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce a new delivery service available in Fergus Falls starting Dec. 12. Fergus Falls Delivery Service will start out as a part-time/weekend-only general delivery service that offers grocery, restaurant takeout, prescriptions and reasonable pickups…

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ShoreMaster, LLC, which merged with HydroHoist, LLC in 2019 and acquired Neptune Boat Lifts earlier this week, announced today that the portfolio has rebranded under the umbrella title Waterfront Brands. Collectively, Waterfront Brands offers the most comprehensive suite of waterfront produc…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce a new delivery service available in Fergus Falls starting Dec. 12. Fergus Falls Delivery Service will start out as a part-time/weekend-only general delivery service that offers grocery, restaurant takeout, prescriptions and reasonable pickups…

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Shortly after the pandemic hit, Connie Nygaard had an opportunity unique to those in the world of crafting, she was able to leave her full-time job and shift her focus solely to her crafting business. How? Rosemaling embroidered masks. 

Keller Williams Realty Professionals announces that individual agent, Mary Pettit, was awarded the lifetime appointment of “cultural ambassador” for Keller Williams International for the north-central region. 

Calla Lily Designs, a full-service, interior-design firm, announced that they are celebrating 10 years in business in the Fergus Falls community this month. In light of the current pandemic restrictions, owner Jamie Wallace is coordinating a virtual celebration, a “10 Day Gratitude Giveaway.…

After having to close last spring due to the COVID pandemic, it was quite a disappointment that the Y had to close in November for the second time. After months of carefully planning and implementing the opening of the Y in stages, members and staff are again faced with unknowns.

ShoreMaster, LLC, which merged with HydroHoist, LLC in 2019, announced this week the acquisition of Neptune Boat Lifts, Inc., the premier salt-water boat lift brand based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Collectively, these three market leaders provide the most comprehensive suite of waterfront …

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that after a successful run of “pop-up” features, Boss Mom’s Crafting is set to open a permanent location in downtown Fergus Falls. Abby Barry, a DIY crafter turned small-business retailer and wholesaler, will be opening her doors on Nov. 30 …

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Black Friday is generally the day to “shop ‘til you drop,” but the influx of COVID-19 cases have both business and residents rethinking their approach to the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving shopping day. Retail locations have extended their Black Friday deals, offering them both before an…

The Fergus Falls Downtown Riverfront Council (“FFDRC”) is pleased to announce that planning is underway for the fourth annual Over the River Holiday Festival set for Saturday, Dec. 5. The FFDRC, along with several individuals and organizations, including the city of Fergus Falls, Kaddatz Gal…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that longtime retailer JK Sports is expanding operations by 4,000 square feet, at their 1801 W. Lincoln Ave. location. JK Sports has been providing retail, screenprinting, embroidery and other related services since 1987. They sought out to p…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that Farmers State Bank (FSB) of Underwood has expanded into Fergus Falls, their fourth location in the area. The bank is located in the former Goodwill building at 204 W. Cavour Ave.

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) announced that it is partnering with ILT Academy and Launch MN to sponsor up to two area entrepreneurs to participate in ILT Academy’s 2021 Lean Startup series, a 20-week interactive, immersive program that introduces key concepts in the Lean Startup methodology to…

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Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. invites the community to join them as they honor their great volunteers, people who stand up for disability rights and employers who are supporters of employing people with disabilities.  

In the midst of a public health crisis, residents of Fergus Falls have been able to count on Lake Region Healthcare for thoughtful local leadership and up-to-date health resources. When the city of Fergus Falls received an allocation of CARES funding from the state of Minnesota, it was quick…

ORB Real Estate has announced that broker/owner David L Johnson recently joined the Lakes Region MLS which covers the counties of Otter Tail, Wadena, Becker, Hubbard and portions of several neighboring counties. Johnson brings to the area a long history of experience in commercial sales, lea…

RDO Equipment Co. is pleased to announce three role changes in the agriculture division. Daryl Shelton transitioned to executive vice president of the agriculture division. Kevin Johnston and Brook Stephens were each promoted to regional vice president of Midwest agriculture division. Betwee…

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that Sign Guys, a graphics business that launched Jan. 1, has partnered with 4T Creative and Lake & Home Magazine to enhance their service offerings to their growing client base. The origin of Sign Guys is a convergence of creative, desig…

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City Bakery in downtown Fergus Falls closed at the end of 2017 and, so far, no brick and mortar bakery has come to fill in the space the bakery has left behind. While grocery stores like Service Food Market and Walmart have bakeries with cakes, cookies and more, and restaurants like Dairy Qu…