Samantha VanWechel-Meyer is the membership and marketing director for the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA. As a Fergus Falls High School graduate and standout athlete, she remains active in the school district as a cross county, nordic ski and track coach for the Otters.

What do you do for a living?

Membership and marketing director and yoga instructor at the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA. Cross country, nordic ski and track coach for Fergus Falls Public Schools.

What drew you to the area?

I was born and raised in Fergus Falls. I was away for 10 years and was able to move back when my husband, also a Fergus Falls native, accepted a teaching position at Adams Elementary.

What is something about Fergus Falls that most people don’t know?

There are 24 kilometer of groomed nordic ski trails at Spidahl Ski Gaard; just 15 miles outside Fergus Falls!  

What do you do for fun in your free time?

Anything outdoors… run, ski, hike, kayak, explore!

Why do you love Fergus Falls?

There are so many things that I love about Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls has big city opportunities with a small town community feeling. There are great options to get outside year round with ski trails, hiking trails, bike paths and a beautiful river. I love that we have a flourishing arts scene, great shopping and a variety of dining options. We have amazing people working together to grow Fergus Falls and their passion is contagious. I am very proud of Fergus Falls and our community! 


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