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An avid bicyclist and family man, Tom Rufer is nearing the beginning of his next four-year term as Fergus Falls Ward 2’s City Council Member. With the goal of making Fergus Falls a great place to live for generations to come, Rufer accepts the challenges and rewards of his duties with a smil…

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Krista Hagberg is nearing the halfways point in her term as Fergus Falls City Council representative for Ward 1. She enjoys representing the people of Ward 1 in addition to her regular day job and spending time outdoors with her family. Now that she has a glue gun in hand, all can see where …

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Andrew Bremseth, Fergus Falls city administrator and resident of Fergus Falls, helps balance the evolution of the city while keeping it’s best interests in mind. He strives for continuous improvement for the community and enjoys improving the lives of Fergus Falls residents. The Daily Journa…

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The Fergus Falls Planning Commission convened three public hearings Monday night and ended by approving two conditional-use permits (CUP) and one rezoning by roll-call vote.

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…



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As the presidential election continues to count votes and several state races have been decided, we take a look at several area races for city council, school board and other positions in government and school board.

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The local election results for Fergus Falls City Council resulted in overwhelming support for current members, all of whom will remain in place for the next four years. 

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…

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Tails were wagging Monday night as a business subsidy hearing for Companion Health Properties LLC led to a Fergus Falls City Council resolution approving an agreement and a $200,000 Minnesota Investment Fund loan.

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With debate season in full swing, voters are getting to know candidates through their thoughts and words. Locally, Otter Tail County Community Debate: Night 2, will continue to help inform voters as the second of three debates will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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The Census Bureau is scheduled to end data collection this month on Sept. 30 and Otter Tail County is sitting at only a 55.3% self-response rate, one of the lowest in the state, compared to a state-wide self-response rate of 73.9%.

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COVID-19 may have turned the world upside down but the Minnesota Legislature was still voting party lines on the bonding bill before it adjourned Tuesday from its second special session of 2020.

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Outdoor enthusiasts looking to spend time in some of Fergus Falls’ parks may want to reconsider a trip to Barefoot Park, located at the end of St. Andrew’s Street by Quality Toyota, alongside the Otter Tail River. With demolition and cleanup underway at the Mid-Am Dairy property park mainten…

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On Tuesday, Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer was one of 24 individuals to be selected to the 2020 Bush Fellows by the Bush Foundation. Schierer was selected after a multistage process that involved fellowship alumni, foundation staff and established regional leaders.

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In a partnership, the city of Fergus Falls, Lake Region Healthcare (LRH), the Downtown Riverfront Council (FFDRC), Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) and the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce (FFACC) rolled out a public service campaign aimed at community safety as businesses gradually reopen in…

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The BerganKVD Accounting Firm of Bloomington presented an unmodified opinion – the best an auditor can offer – in their independent auditor’s report on the city’s finances.

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The Fergus Falls City Council kicked off the month of June by voting to reinstate the tax abatement program and approving tax rebates for four duplexes being built on South Cascade Street by Prairie View Development.

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On Monday, Fergus Falls community leaders met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar via a conference call to discuss what they have been working toward during the coronavirus pandemic and hearing what Klobuchar has been pushing for in regards to helping local businesses.

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For those that take to the streets, it is hard not to notice the different signs that direct or indicate an action on the roadways. Recently, a question came to The Fergus Falls Daily Journal about the use of LED stop signs in the city. The Journal spoke with Fergus Falls Chief of Public Saf…

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There has not been a lot for bars and restaurants to cheer about since March 16 when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-04 ordering those establishments, along with other places of public accommodation to close in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The consultant team that is developing the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center (RTC) Reuse Master Plan originally planned to hold the project's first community meeting on the evening of March 26 at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College.  The current pandemic and necessary st…