Ribbon cutting

Former library director Erin Smith (scissors) and several community members cut the ribbon on the remodeled and expanded Fergus Falls Public Library in April. The library’s reopening is one of several stories that were named The Daily Journal’s top stories of 2019.

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.


Fergus Falls Library reopens after

remodel, expansion

The Fergus Falls Public Library reopened in 2019 after raising funds to remodel and expand its building the prior year.

While the building began construction in 2018, it moved to a temporary location on Pebble Lake Road, offering the same services that were familiar to library-goers at the former location.

The expanded library features new spaces such as a fireplace reading lounge and an outdoor reading garden.

“The space for everyone. Accessible restrooms and shelving. The nod to the former building with the beautiful wood-trussed ceiling,” former library director Erin Smith said. “All of the wonderful natural light, fireplace, children’s play space with a great mural by artist Scott Gunvaldson. Really too many favorites to name!” Smith said when asked about the new look.

On Jan. 22, the library had a soft opening, letting community members look at the remodeled space. The library held its official grand opening later in April.


Shopko closes in Fergus Falls

The Fergus Falls Shopko closed its doors for the last time on June 16, 2019. While the store was frequented by several community members on the 


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