Earlier this week the Fergus Falls Community Food Shelf announced that they were closing their doors until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, however, they were open for business as the city stepped in to take over and make sure this essential service remained availa…
With constant news and information about the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to flow into the community, several members voiced questions and concerns about the effects of the virus on the Fergus Falls community. For that reason, the city of Fergus Falls put together the Community Outreach Init…
The city of Fergus Falls is happy to announce that the community food shelf will reopen at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20 with the help of community volunteers and city staff. Please stay tuned for further details as they are made available. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org…
Mayor Ben Schierer dropped a bombshell Monday at the end of the Fergus Falls City Council meeting.
A little over a year ago, at the end of 2018, the Fergus Falls Port Authority (FFPA) closed on the purchase of the Mid-Am Dairy site for $175,000. The purchase was many years in the making and now that the city is in possession of it, FFPA has been working through bids for the demolition of …
The city of Fergus Falls would like to reassure our residents and visitors that the city is doing everything within our power to ensure continued city services, sharing information and resources, and prioritizing public safety among the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak.
The Fergus Falls Committee of the Whole took a step toward a $250,000 public improvement project at Pebble Lake Wednesday during a meeting at City Hall.
On July 1, 2007, the city of Fergus Falls took over ownership of the Regional Treatment Center on North Union Avenue for the sum of $1.
The Otter Tail County Highway Department announced weight restrictions on Otter Tail County Highways and Fergus Falls city streets will go into effect at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Restrictions will remain in effect until signs are removed.
Summer ice will be coming to Fergus Falls in 2020 after ice fees were established Monday at the City Council meeting.
Six agenda items were approved by the Fergus Falls Committee of the Whole Wednesday in a quick half-hour meeting at City Hall.
The city of Fergus Falls recently selected the Collaborative Design Group (CDG), a historic preservation architectural firm based in Minneapolis, to research and make recommendations on the reuse potential of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center (RTC), which is also referred to as the …
The Fergus Falls City Council passed two resolutions Tuesday night in a short meeting at City Hall which provides them with options in the future for setting up a tax increment district at the former Mid-Am Dairy site.
Building permits in the city of Fergus Falls rebounded dramatically in 2019 according to figures recently released by Jason Schuetzle of the building department.
One more step in the former Mid-Am Dairy demolition and resettlement action plan (RAP) project took place Tuesday at the Fergus Falls Port Authority (FFPA) meeting in City Hall.
Fergus Falls Fire Chief Ryan Muchow was asked to “take one for the city” Tuesday night as the City Council voted 6-1 in favor of a sales-tax scenario which the Minnesota Legislature might green light.
The merits of a bicycle and pedestrian master plan was kicked around the Fergus Falls City Hall chambers Wednesday before passing by a 6-1 vote.
A new report from LendingTree, an online lending marketplace that connects users to deals on insurance, found that Minnesota is the sixth worst driving state. They based the ranking on factors including driver quality, distracted driving scores, car insurance increases, and road infrastructure.
With over 923 different beers and a large selection of wine and liquor, the two municipal liquor stores in Fergus Falls have something for many different 21-and-older individuals to choose from. But while both offer a large variety of alcohol to drink responsibly, the two also are a main con…
With the Minnesota Legislature set to convene Feb. 11, the Fergus Falls City Council jumped into what promises to be a busy year Monday as they attempt to gain state approval for some projects.
The city of Fergus Falls has benefited the North County National Scenic Trail by assisting the nonprofit North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and four of its local, volunteer-led Minnesota chapters to obtain grant funds to procure trail maintenance tools and equipment. The city was awarde…
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.
The Fergus Falls City Council approved a resolution Monday entering into an agreement with Otter Tail Power to provide all street lighting in the city.
The Fergus Falls Committee of the Whole approved a motion Wednesday morning which is expected to begin bringing new street lighting to the city in 2020.
Resolutions to adopt the 2020 tax levy and city budget was approved Monday night by the Fergus Falls City Council by identical votes of 7-1.
Jean Bowman, the executive director of Visit Fergus Falls, has been appointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.
A short meeting of the Fergus Falls Port Authority (FFPA) Monday afternoon at City Hall saw members reject an offer to purchase the former Norgren properties.
Three public hearings dominated Monday’s meeting of the Fergus Falls Planning Commission at City Hall. The commission first offered a public hearing to consider a request by John Miersch at 1727 South Court Street for a variance. Miersch is interested in locating a detached shed within the side yard of a home located in an […]
The Fergus Falls City Council looked at five proposed sales tax projects Monday afternoon during work session at City Hall. “It was just an update, nothing was narrowed down,” city finance director Bill Sonmor said. Work on sales-tax priorities has been underway for some time. The five general areas include a fire station renewal project, […]
The Fergus Falls Port Authority got a look at the Fergus Falls City Council Ordinance 92 Monday which is expected to provide financing for demolition and cleanup in the future at the former Mid-Am Dairy site. The Port Authority purchased the abandoned plant in 2018 with two plans in mind – parceling off part of […]
The Fergus Falls City Council held a public hearing Monday for opinions on lowering the speed zone on West Alcott Avenue from Martin Street to the roundabout at Tower Road. With no members of the general public offering comments on the proposed switch from a 45 mph speed limit to a 30, Councilman Anthony Hicks […]
No matter how many homes there are in Otter Tail County at the present time, the board of commissioners would like to see thousands more made available. The increased availability of affordable housing is seen as a growth priority because of an ever-tightening labor market. “We’re expecting to see a 4.6% reduction in our workers,” […]
The Fergus Falls Planning Commission approved the preliminary and final plat for the Westridge Theatre addition during Monday’s meeting at City Hall. Prompted by an application from Interstate Engineering on behalf of the property owner, Westridge Mall Limited Partnership, the planning commission gave the green light to plat a 4.12 acre parcel of land located […]
Resurfacing work on busy West Lincoln Avenue has run into a “snow bump” furnished by Mother Nature according to city engineer, Brian Yavarow. “At the current time the contractor has completed as much as they can,” Yavarow said Thursday as a thin, cold rain fell in Fergus Falls. Rain is expected to turn into snow […]
The Fergus Falls Downtown Riverfront Council (“FFDRC”) is pleased to announce that planning is underway for the third annual Over the River Holiday Festival set for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. The FFDRC, along with several individuals and organizations, including the city of Fergus Falls, Kaddatz Galleries, Springboard for the Arts, A Center for the Arts […]
The Fergus Falls City Council held a work session Monday afternoon before their regular meeting to examine the problems touching on the rehabilitation of the historic Union Avenue bridge near downtown Fergus Falls. The structure was constructed in 1938. It carries two-way street traffic on Union Avenue over the Otter Tail Valley Railroad. Prior to […]
A rejected request to use the Kirkbride tower as a wedding site became a late item for discussion Wednesday morning at the Fergus Falls Committee of the Whole meeting. Rising majestically at the heart of the former state hospital building, the Kirkbride tower has been a key portion of the former medical complex that preservationists […]
The Fergus Falls Port Authority was established on Jan. 1, 1986. When one thinks of a port or a port authority, one likely pictures Minnesota cities like Duluth or St. Paul. Fergus Falls is eligible to have a port authority due to the Otter Tail River running through the city. Having a port authority offers […]
Doreen Beck, a resident of 626 Sunset Drive, was granted a variance Monday evening by the Fergus Falls Planning Commission. A public hearing was called to consider the variance which allows for a reduced side setback in the R-1 One-Family Residence District. In her request, Beck wrote, “We are adding a four-season porch to the […]
Fergus Falls City Administrator Andrew Bremseth’s voice was loaded with disappointment Monday night as he informed the city council of the latest setback in turning the Regional Treatment Center campus into a financial victory for Fergus Falls. Bremseth was asking the eight members of the council to terminate a letter of intent with American Covenant […]
Klara Beck was appointed the new executive director of the Fergus Falls Port Authority Monday at City Hall. Beck replaces interim executive director Andrew Bremseth, who serves as Fergus Falls city administrator. Beck, a 2008 graduate of Fergus Falls High School and a 2012 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, has served for the […]
The Fergus Falls City Council passed resolutions approving the 2020 proposed tax levy and budget and set Dec. 2 as a date for levy and budget public meeting at Monday evening’s meeting at City Hall. City finance director Bill Sonmor unveiled a proposed tax levy of $6,682,362 and a budget with expected revenues of $40,677,463 […]
The Committee of the Whole passed a proposal by Scott DeBrito and the Fergus Falls Hockey Association to add a dryland training facility to the Fergus Falls Community Ice Arena complex. DeBrito requested the city enter into an agreement with the association to annex their proposed dryland facility to the south side of the arena […]
When the state government elected to outlaw smoking in bars, restaurants and other establishments 12 years ago a decision that pleased some and angered others. Both sides in the fight had cases to make. People supporting the ban pointed out the health benefits of not having to breathe secondhand smoke. Those protesting the ban were […]
The Fergus Falls City Council did their part Tuesday evening for Northstar Behavioral Health of St. Paul to open a 60-bed facility at 1174 Western Avenue. In addition to holding a public hearing for tax abatement, the council passed a tax abatement resolution. Tax abatement by both Otter Tail County and the city of Fergus […]
Residents driving down East Mt. Faith Avenue on Monday morning may have noticed an open fire hydrant flushing out into the road. While the fire department occasionally opens hydrants to check pressure, rate of flow and water quality, this time it’s the city’s engineers flushing a newly installed water main. “It’s to flush out the […]
An 84-year-old Fergus Falls woman was injured Thursday at 2:54 p.m. when she rear-ended a car which had stopped to make a left turn on North Tower Road. Delores Noack suffered a probable leg injury in the crash. The force of the collision caused Noack’s airbag to deploy. Noack was transported to Lake Region Healthcare […]
The Fergus Falls Port Authority approved a sale of the former Norgren Properties as two individual parcels 4-1 Monday afternoon at City Hall. While board member Bridget Leonard was not in favor of the sale, board members Tom Rufer and Brent Thompson both backed the proposal strongly. The two combined to put the motion before […]
The city of Fergus Falls approved a new director for the Fergus Falls Public Library Monday evening by welcoming Gail Hedstrom aboard. Hedstrom will be replacing Erin Smith who has moved up to head the Viking Library System. She begins her new duties Sept. 16. “Gail is an excellent addition to our team and brings […]
Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer’s answer for a tax abatement request by Otter Tail County Communications and External Relations director, Nick Leonard Wednesday morning gained a quick approval from the Committee of the Whole. Leonard’s request for a tax abatement for a 60-bed facility on Western Avenue prompted Schierer to propose a public hearing for […]
The Fergus Falls City Council picked over the consent agenda a bit Monday night before approving eight of the nine items. The consent agenda is normally passed by a single collective vote by the council. Councilman Scott Kvamme pointed out some language stood in the way of a motion approving July 15 City Council and […]
Fergus Falls Code Enforcement Officer April Zumach’s thorough presentation to the Fergus Falls Committee of the Whole Wednesday drew a recommendation for a City Council work session. Zumach bombarded the committee with visual evidence of infractions of the city’s ordinance regarding the storage of campers, boats, semi-trucks, food truck/trailer and RV units. Two key points […]
Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 25 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota. “It is a real honor to be recognized by your peers, people who dedicate themselves through local government to making their communities […]
Doug Cannell got a call at 4 a.m. Tuesday which meant trouble. The city of Fergus Falls had to shut off water service to the Otter Tail County Courthouse because of a water main break on South Mill Street. Cannell is facilities operations supervisor at the courthouse and his job touches the hundreds of people […]
National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Fergus Falls. The inaugural Fergus Falls event in 2018 resulted in nearly 40 neighborhood block parties. Co-chairs Jess Steinbrenner and Jean Bowman invite everyone to join in hosting a block party – or attending one this summer. “Our objective is to be inclusive and […]
The Fergus Falls City Council approved a resolution Monday for the sale of $2,960,000 of general obligation bonds to provide funding for the East Mt. Faith Project. The funds will help cover the street, water and sewer projects presently underway in the East Mt. Faith area, directly south of Roosevelt Park. Director Doug Green, representing […]
Fergus Falls Development and Planning Specialist, Ryan Miller saw the Committee of the Whole approve all three of his recommendations Wednesday morning concerning the Glacial Edge Trail. The City of Fergus Falls came up with a master plan for the trail in 2017. The phased project is designed to eventually connect the Central Lakes Trail […]
Annie Deckert has returned to her hometown for the best reason in the world – family. “My family is one thing,” Deckert said, explaining the decision to bring her talents back to Fergus Falls. “The other is that it’s my hometown.” The graduate of Fergus Falls Class of 2000 recently assumed the executive directorship of […]
he Fergus Falls City Council approved a bid for the 2019 mill and overlay project Monday evening by Mark Lee Asphalt and Paving of Alexandria. The Alexandria contractor submitted a bid of $167,533.90 in competition with four other contractors. According to City Engineer Brian Yavarow, the total estimated project cost, covering the base contract, the […]