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In what was supposed to be a short session of the Fergus Falls City Council to approve a resolution to support legislative action to authorize an additional $3 million of local sales tax to build the already voter approved aquatic center to be located at Roosevelt Park near Kennedy Secondary…

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The past week was a busy one for Gov. Tim Walz. Another budget presentation focused on kids, discussed the Protect Reproductive Options Act (PRO Act) ahead of the House floor debate and vote, made a judicial reappointment and announced a vacancy.

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According to a recent release from Gov. Tim Walz, the administration announced a series of proposals called One Minnesota Budget. A $4.1 billion proposal would provide paid family and medical leave for Minnesota’s workers, bolster support for small businesses and expand Minnesota’s workforce…

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It was a busy week at the capitol with the beginning of the legislative session. Gov. Tim Walz signed a bipartisan bill to provide $100 Million in tax cuts, highlighted the state’s public safety efforts on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and announced various appointments.

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Washington, D.C. - On Jan. 11, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) was unanimously appointed by her colleagues to the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax, trade, workforce and health policies, among others.

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Ben Schierer, mayor of Fergus Falls, has been named one of 60 scholars, and the only person from Minnesota, who will form the Presidential Leadership Scholars’ (PLS) eighth annual class.

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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Senate, on Jan. 11, passed a tax conformity bill, bringing Minnesota in line with recent federal tax changes and cutting tax collections by more than $100 million, said Senator Jordan Rasmusson (R-Fergus Falls). The bill was passed with bipartisan support and is head…

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Downtown Pelican Rapids will look much different soon. The dam is being replaced with a rapids that will allow fish to swim upstream in a project undertaken by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

ST. PAUL – On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Senator Jordan Rasmusson (R-Fergus Falls) was sworn in for his first term in the Minnesota State Senate. Senator Rasmusson represents Senate District 9, which includes communities in Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Traverse and Wilkin counties.

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By a unanimous vote, The Fergus Falls City Council approved and passed the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) product sales ordinance on Jan. 3, following the second reading. In addition, a motion adding a $500 THC product sales fee to the 2023 fee schedule was approved as well as a resolution passe…

Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order for the National Guard to assist stranded motorists in southwestern Minnesota and made numerous appointments, including cabinet appointments.

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ST. PAUL, MN – On Tuesday, senator-elect Jordan Rasmusson (R-Fergus Falls) announced he secured three key appointments in his first term in the Minnesota Senate. He will be the only first-term Republican senator on the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, the Human Services Committee …

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The Fergus Falls City Council, on Dec. 19, approved a resolution authorizing the advertising of bids for the Union and Lincoln Avenue resurfacing project which was paused earlier in the year.

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The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners has unanimously passed an interim ordinance that places a one-year moratorium on the sale of THC edibles and beverages in OTC. The ordinance takes effect Feb. 1, 2023 and places a pause on sales until there are measures in place to protect those w…

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It’s a hot button issue, even during the last election cycle. There are 100 miles of streets in the Fergus Falls city system, in a variety of conditions. The lifespan of a street is about 40 years and preservation is a priority for the city.

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Proposed changes may be coming with the T-21 ordinance adopted in 2018, that took effect in January 2019, that relates to enforcement in terms of selling tobacco products to minors under 21 and who is allowed to distribute various tobacco products.

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Emotions ran high on Nov. 21, at the Otter Tail County Government Services Center in Fergus Falls, where a special hearing was held by the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners to get public input on a proposed moratorium that would prevent the sale of hemp-derived THC products in the cou…

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Most Fergus Falls residents are aware of the Welcome House Thrift Store on College Way, however, they are also opening a new facility soon called the “Barbara House’’ with a goal to create a path to recovery for women through supportive transitional housing at 314 West Cavour Avenue.

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It’s official now and the Fergus Falls City Council made it that way on the morning of Nov. 16 by certifying the votes for city council positions for the Nov. 8 general election.

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At the most recent Fergus Falls City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Nov. 16, Fergus Falls Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Drake updated the council on the proposal and idea of building an elementary school on the former Regional Treatment Center Campus.

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For a number of Sundays this fall, Fergus Falls City Council Member Brent Thompson of Ward 3 has been canvasing neighborhoods throughout town for two purposes — sharing a flyer regarding city parks in Wards 2 and 3, and conducting a survey in Ward 4. Both of these actions have resulted in co…

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Attracting new job candidates and families to Fergus Falls requires three essential components, open positions, suitable and attractive housing options and ample selection of child care providers.

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To the sound of thunderous applause from numerous children and families that attended the Sept. 19 Fergus Falls City Council session, Phase II of the Downtown Riverfront project bid was awarded to Comstock Construction, making a splash pad in downtown Fergus Falls a reality, as well as a hug…

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The Fergus Falls City Council gave the green light to an airport runway repair project that will address the taxiway and apron by having cracks filled and joint repairs performed to maintain the integrity of the runway contingent upon the receipt of a state/federal grant agreement

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It’s a project that would be massive in scale. A roadway and trail that would go from State Highway 210 and the County Highway 29 intersection all the way across to Water Plant Road at County Highway 1 and a trail alongside that would connect the Hoot Lake trail to the Central Lakes trail.

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A local group of that has organized in Fergus Falls called “Make a Splash,” wants to do just that with an event being planned for Sept. 1, in a community wide effort to bring a splash pad to downtown Fergus Falls and specifically what would have been Phase II of the Downtown Riverfront Proje…

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In the normally quiet neighborhood, known by most as the Jensen Addition in Fergus Falls, several streets will see mill and overlay work being done through the end of the week, Sep. 2.

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An ongoing issue for Otter Tail County Highway Department maintenance crews is the issue of docks and other objects that are left or stored at highway right of ways in the county.

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With primary voting underway for a number of state and county elections, five candidates have now filed to run for positions on the Fergus Falls City Council.

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Two resolutions were discussed at the Fergus Falls City Council meeting, on Aug. 1, approving the final aquatics center report and a separate resolution calling for an election on a sales and use tax for city aquatics center and DeLagoon Park improvement projects.

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Marsha Bowman, with the Otter Tail County Land and Resource Department, has left a legacy of technology changes and helped develop the AIS prevention program. Now Bowman is deciding to call it a career.

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In a regular, but very brief Fergus Falls City Council meeting held on July 18, council members approved the ending of the local option sales tax for the Fergus Falls Public library.

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A major road project has been shelved following unanimous voting by the Fergus Falls City Council citing increased costs and bids that were beyond what had been previously provided.

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In a stunning development at the May 11 regular session of the Fergus Falls City Council, it was learned that due to rising project and material costs, Phase II of the Downtown Riverfront Project could look much different going forward because of a projected $3 million gap in funding.

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