We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

  • Updated

As many events and gatherings are being canceled as a result of CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, one area that is being hit hard is the arts. Currently, the CDC recommends canceling community-wide gatherings of more than 250 people, as well as canceling gatherings of more than 10…

  • Updated

Although school isn’t in session, the Fergus Falls School District is doing what they can to help parents and guardians make sure their kids are receiving proper meals twice-a-day. Beginning on March 19, the school district began handing out breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under in th…

Challenge competition after two teams of students excelled in a series of tests in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics and current events. The eight students representing the school, along with their coach, social studies teacher Angela Hartman, will compete against o…

Who do you think will get the democratic nomination for President?

You voted:

The past few days have been a whirlwind for us at Rothsay School. We have gone from having normal school days and looking forward to spring to the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems the only thing we can be certain of at this time is that nothing is a certainty.

After Sunday’s announcement by Gov. Tim Walz that requires all schools in the state to be closed by Wednesday due to the threat of COVID-19 spread, schools are in overdrive to get students educational materials for during the suspension of regular classes. One of the other major aspects that…

top story

Due to the order by Gov. Tim Walz, area schools will be closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closure will be in effect until March 30, with potential updates to follow.

Get the Lake Country Living Magazine

Cooped up at home but still want to read Lake Country Living Magazine? Subscribe now and have it delivered to your door!! Only $10 a year for 4 issues.



The Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health have advised school districts to limit school assemblies and large gatherings to safeguard the health of our students, staff and community. Consequently, the district has made a decision to cancel the all-school ban…

Minnesota State Community and Technical College graphic design instructor Rob Johnson is the 2020 recipient of the Silver Medal Award presented annually by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota in recognition of outstanding contributions to advertising and creative excellence.

It’s your college. That’s right. It’s your college. Even if you haven’t attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College is your college. The partnership with you is what makes the college campus in Fergus Falls successful.

The Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club is hosting two “how to” fishing classes in Fergus Falls this spring in conjunction with their 100th year anniversary.  A regular “School of Fish” class, aimed at adults 16 years and older, will be held on April 22 at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center st…

Exploring the solar system is a dream for several young stargazers. Many imagine getting into a rocket ship and blasting off to Mars, Jupiter or another planet, or looking out the porthole of the ship as it floats through space. Third-grade students at Cleveland Elementary School in Fergus F…

This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

Students, ages 12 years old through seniors in high school can take their first step qualifying for college scholarships March 7, on Lake Bemidji.  The NAIFC (North American Ice Fishing Circuit) will be conducting a SIF (student ice fishing) tournament with the top 10 teams advancing to the …

Unlock a student’s potential and help them prepare to take the ACT! Zapping the ACT is a focused test prep class for students of all ability levels offered by Door to College Foundation staff. While students may have no problem being admitted to a particular college, he or she could still be…

This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

The following area students have been named to the University of Minnesota Morris Dean's List for the fall 2019 semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.666 or higher while taking 12 or more credits on the A-F grading system, with no inco…

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of representing the Fergus Falls Public School District and Fergus Falls community while participating in the Blandin Community Leadership Program. Having grown up in Deer River, a small town 15 miles west of Grand Rapids, I was well aware of the Bl…

The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean's lists) for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced by interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Matt Cecil.

The Fergus Falls Sunrise Rotary Club will award one $750 Performing Arts Scholarship to a senior from Fergus Falls High School, Underwood High school or a homeschool student in the Fergus Falls or Underwood school districts. The student must be a resident of the Fergus Falls or Underwood area.

Join garden enthusiasts from across the state at this year’s 25th annual Let’s Get Growing workshop!  University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invite you to their popular “Let’s Get Growing” workshop on Saturday, April 4 at Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Ave. …

The Beighley family and Minnesota West Ottertail Darkhouse and Angling Association have established a memorial scholarship in the amount of $1,000 in the name of David H. Beighley. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who are planning to attend any type of college (two or four year).

This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

For Boy Scouts, a big part of joining is learning different skills. These can range from first aid, how to build a fire and other survival skills. But as the saying goes “practice makes perfect,” and outside of an actual event scouts will not get the necessary practice to help with these iss…

The Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation recently received a $110,000 gift from the estate of Karen (Kielmeyer) Matteson, a former Fergus Falls resident and 1960 graduate of Fergus Falls High School.  “This gift was a complete surprise,” said Mindy Fuder, the foundation’s executive director…

This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

Students named to the fall semester 2019 chancellors list were announced recently by the registrar office. The U of M Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

M State President Carrie Brimhall is one of 28 college presidents nationally who are being recognized with the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society’s Paragon Award for their strong support of student success.

The Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition is a group of individuals and agencies who work together under funding from the Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Program via the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The mission of the coalition is to raise awareness of traffic safety issues an…

Wadena Area Amateur Radio Club announces its spring ham radio technician operator license class. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. for seven weeks starting March 24, 2020. Class sessions will be held at the Wadena Deer Creek High School and is free to the…

The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris will be hosting a free horticulture educational class Feb. 19.

The Fergus Falls Public Library will host a free accordion bookmaking class on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-7 p.m. Learn the accordion bookmaking process and make your own book. This class is led by Georgia A. Greeley. Greely is creating a community quilt book, which participants will also cont…

Lakes Country Academy (LCA), a program within the education services department at Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC), is excited to announce that school is in session at the newly renovated Fergus Falls site. On Feb. 10 from 4-6 p.m. community members are invited to tour the new site …

This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

2020 will be characterized as a very exciting journey for the Fergus Falls Public School District.  We began the school year reviewing and modifying the district’s mission statement, its values and guiding beliefs.  This work is important as it provides an organization with its moral compass…

St. Cloud State University has announced the names of more than 1,200 students whose academic achievement placed them on the 2019 fall semester dean’s list.  To be eligible for the honor, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Fergus Falls Concert Association is seeking students currently in grades 9-11 to apply for the Sixth annual FFCA Scholarship. This award will be presented to a student who has displayed accomplishment and potential in instrumental or vocal performance in the FFCA membership area. The mem…

Teachers are vital to shaping the future as they educate young minds every day. While many look out for the best interests of their students, others go above and beyond as educators to provide a learning environment that is positive for their students. For this, the VFW selected Underwood ba…