Once a year, The Daily Journal puts out its largest individual edition — Progress. Well that time is upon us again as we set our sights on the 2020 edition. Last year, The Journal looked at welcoming readers to the neighborhood. A play on PBS TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” we told stories about several […]

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In October, we recognize National Domestic Awareness Month. This month is a call to action to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence. According to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Nationwide, more than 20,000 phone calls are placed […]

Another opportunity for the city of Fergus Falls to do something with the former Regional Treatment Center fell short as the city council terminated an agreement with American Covenant Senior Housing Incorporated (ACSHI). ACSHI was looking to build two separate apartment housing projects. But after housing infrastructure bonds fell through, ACSHI did not have the […]

On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists via commercial airplanes flown into the Twin Towers in New York, part of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania. For many, this moment 18 years ago changed the trajectory of their lives, either knowingly or unknowingly, forever. While most of […]

From time to time, concerns come up regarding what may or may not end up in the newspaper about what happened at a public meeting. We cover what happens at the meeting, normally focusing on the most important parts of the agenda. Most people understand this and that part does not come into question. The […]

As the 2019 school year begins in Otter Tail County and the surrounding area, drivers need to pay attention to increased pedestrian traffic. Children began waiting at bus stops, walking or being dropped off at school today. School buses are making stops regularly in the early morning and midafternoon. Students will be in a hurry […]

Today is National Senior Citizens Day. The day began in 1988 as a way to show seniors how much people care and an opportunity to recognized their accomplishments. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the holiday over 30 years ago as a way to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life. […]

Checking the weather forecast for the week, the temperature is sitting at the mid-70s for a high. There may be a few days that could poke back into the 80s but it is apparent — summer is going fast. Retail stores and advertisements are already focused on back to school sales, some fall sports have […]

The Fergus Falls Daily Journal needs your help! We are getting ready to begin our annual Innovation section and we are looking for recommendations of businesses that are thriving in the area. We are looking for story ideas about businesses in the community. These could be about new businesses, expanding businesses, ones that are lending […]

This past weekend, multiple mass shootings occurred in the communities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. At least 31 people were killed in both shootings and a number injured. What is really astonishing is that rather than look at the cases and individuals, discuss how they obtained these weapons, whether there were warning signs […]

If you have driven around Otter Tail County the last few weeks, you may have noticed signage that mentions the new hands-free law that went into effect today. The Minnesota Legislature passed the law back in April with bipartisan support. Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law shortly after. Minnesota will now become the 18th […]



As you drive around Fergus Falls and several different areas in Otter Tail, Grant and Wilkin counties, you may notice backhoes, cranes and other construction equipment. While it may be a headache to drive through construction zones or take a detour, these projects are important to for maintaining a strong infrastructure. The second-largest source of […]

As the summer turns into the final month before children go back to school, several summer activities are winding down. According to the Fergus Falls School District, the classes entering the first grade and kindergarten are seeing a substantial increase from those that will be walking through Kennedy Secondary School this fall. With the increase […]

In a new report put out by Billboard magazine, the 2016 Metallica concert at U.S. Bank Stadium prompted the band’s representatives to resale, or scalp, the band’s own tickets on tour. Why would a band or its management team do this? Easy, money. After a report came out by the Star Tribune in 2016 about […]

Over the weekend, many recognized the 50th anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon. This pivotal moment in history showcased the human race’s ingenuity to literally reach for the stars. Children and young adults from that era have been inspired to improve the lives of their fellow man through science and technology. Recently, the […]

The West Otter Tail County Fair is back in Fergus Falls this week. The annual fair is sure to excite those that attend and with several things still left to enjoy, it is hard to not find something that will bring you amusement. Tonight, the fair will go to the kids as it celebrates Youth […]

As a community newspaper, we enjoy sharing what is going on in our community. From weather, special events, sports and everything in between. While the editorial staff is comprised of four members, it is difficult to be at all events and activities that are happening in and around Fergus Falls. While our reporters are tied […]

With recent rainfall and temperatures touching 90, we remind our readers to stay safe during Minnesota’s hottest month. With temperatures sitting in the 80s, a fun day in the sun could turn into an unbearably hot day. The National Weather Service has several tips to help beat the heat this month including: • Try to […]

After another Fourth of July celebration, many of us are getting back into our daily groove. But while we get back to the norm, the American Red Cross has announced an emergency call for blood and platelet donors. About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during […]

After yesterday’s tornado warning and video of a funnel cloud near the Breckenridge community, we at The Daily Journal would like to remind our readers to be prepared and stay safe during storm and tornado warnings. According to the National Weather Service, there are a few things that you can do to stay safe and […]

On Sunday, the U.S. women’s soccer team hoisted its second consecutive and fourth overall World Cup trophy after defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon, France. This is a monumental accomplishment in world sports and should be celebrated by the country. But lately, the national media is focused less on the victory by our country women […]

The annual Erhard Fourth of July Parade sees family and friends come from all over to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. While national news is busy focusing on the parade in Washington, D.C., arguing whether it was a show of patriotism or a campaign rally for the current president, in Otter Tail County Highway 59 […]

There’s nothing more that most people want to do than be outside after a long winter and cool spring. However, there are several things to keep in mind when you, your family or your four-legged friends are outdoors this summer. High risk areas for tick exposure in Minnesota include the north-central, east-central and southeastern parts […]

It’s a problem born of a tragedy, and one that all seemed to agree had an obvious solution. But a plan to provide insulin to those who cannot afford it was not included in the final budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans at the Capitol. Gov. Tim Walz says he would call a special session […]

For those of you that drive with a lead foot, be prepared for the newest campaign by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety as they look to crack down on speeding. The campaign will be carried out by sheriff’s deputies and state troopers, and will last until July 21. According to safety officials, the deadliest […]

As we hit the midway point of 2019, we urge you to contact your senators, representatives, council members and other area leaders about any issues you feel need addressing. Cut this list out and post it on the refrigerator. Here is their contact information for postal mail, telephone and email: Minnesota —Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, GOP, […]

Fergus Falls and area schools have been on summer break now for about three weeks. Although some students are attending summer school with a goal to maintain or improve their academic skills, a majority of students are not and may experience something called summer slide. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, summer slide is […]

Now that the weather has finally cooperated and it looks more like summer and less like a late spring, we in Minnesota move into another season —construction season. This joke has been told time and again by residents of the region as we begin to drive on clear roads again, only to have construction work […]

By Kristi Lausch, HSOTC Board of Directors At every stage of my life, I’ve said, “After this, things will slow down,” but it never really does.  We have so many things that demand our time and energy like family, friends, our health, jobs, our church and community. There never seems to be enough hours in […]

The Fergus Falls Public Library and Viking Library System have partnered with exhibit curator Dan Broten of the Henning Landmark Center to display “Earth Views from Orbit” photos by Karen Nyberg, at the library during the month of June. The photo exhibit will also travel to the public libraries in Perham, Morris, Wheaton and Elbow […]

Summer activities are about to kick off this week with Fergus Falls’ annual festival —SummerFest. With temperatures warming up and the sun shining bright, it was the first of several great weekends ahead for the Fergus Falls area. We encourage residents to take advantage of all there is to offer this summer. Many of the […]

Memorial Day is a time for us to remember those who died in active military service. Originally known as Decoration Day,  Memorial Day began with the Civil War. After over 620,000 soldiers died on both sides, Americans in numerous towns and cities throughout the United State began holding springtime tributes to fallen soldiers, decorating their […]

After Monday’s Fergus Falls City Council meeting, it is nice to know that the city and its staff have a plan for repairs on roads in the community. A harsh winter and a quick spring has made city roads in and around the community treacherous.  A few Fergus Falls citizens have even made comments about […]

Another school year is coming to a close, and with it comes graduation for a new class of students at area schools. Before this year’s graduating class steps out into the real world on their own, moves away to college or starts new jobs, we’d like to offer some practical advice for them to keep […]

Much is at stake in the remaining five days of the legislative session. We urge legislators and Gov. Tim Walz to pass a bonding bill that contains $10 million for grants to help build or expand child-care facilities in greater Minnesota. We also ask to pass a jobs bill that contains funds to be distributed […]

It’s no secret that our state’s infrastructure is aging and deteriorating. According to the recently released American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual state report card, Minnesota roads received a “D+” overall grade while bridges received a “C” and transit service received a “C-.” Both Republicans and Democrats agree that more resources should be dedicated […]

Although many avid anglers look forward to this weekend each year, Sunday marks a day that we show appreciation for the mothers in our lives. Although  Mother’s Day is a great way to show your mom, spouse, mother-in-law, grandma or other women in your life appreciation, we should make an attempt to show mothers appreciation […]

Have you ever had a teacher who made a profound impact on your life or your children’s lives? This week is your chance to let them know how much they mean to you during Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers put in long hours both inside and outside of the school day as they prepare lessons, grade […]

This week is National Small Business Week. Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation recognizing the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 30 million small businesses across the country. More than half of Americans either own or work for […]

On Tuesday evening, Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer gave his annual State of the City speech at Kennedy Secondary auditorium. While many of the things the mayor said were positives on the community, he also mentioned a lot of the issues that face Fergus Falls. Mental health, crime and challenges the local business community faces […]

With the move of the Fergus Falls School Board to enter a letter of intent to purchase the empty Target building Tuesday, it shows a positive step for not only the school district, but the Fergus Falls community. We here at The Journal have heard numerous comments over the past few years on what the […]

Easter weekend began yesterday with Good Friday. For Christians, it’s the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life. For others, this time of year is a reminder of renewal and represents the pivot from winter to true spring as the foliage begins to gain color. The holiday is also […]

Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them. Driving while talking on the phone, eating a messy sandwich or reaching down to get something that fell on the floor — you never envision yourself getting into a crash because of it. But it happens all the time — and it happens locally. According to the Minnesota […]

This month is National Volunteer Month, an opportunity to recognize those in the community who are making a difference as volunteers at churches, schools, youth leagues, nonprofits and many other places throughout the community. The month was designated as part of President George H.W. Bush’s 1,000 Points of Light campaign in 1991. Through the campaign, […]

Otter Tail County, unfortunately, is no stranger to severe weather. In 2010, a tornado ripped through the area devasting neighboring Wadena. And in 2019, Fergus Falls remembers the cyclone that twisted through the city 100 years ago. According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes each year. A record was […]

With the deadline for filing your income taxes approaching in less than two weeks, there’s no better time to familiarize yourselves with how your tax dollars are spent. What are the biggest departments and programs to benefit from tax dollars? According to the Office of Management and Budget, in 2017, the largest portion of the […]

It’s that transition time of year between snow, mud and brown grass and when the grass turns green, the flowers start growing and some life is brought back to the community. As the snow melts, what’s left behind is often not very pleasant. Streets and yards are left with dirt and sand, and oftentimes there’s […]

Fergus Falls has a lot of veterans. We have our Veterans Home, our Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), our Walk of Flags. We honor our veterans well. This Friday was Vietnam Veterans Day, the day that marks the end of the Vietnam war, when soldiers who fought in Vietnam came home to the United States. […]

As the weather warms up so do the spirits of our neighbors and community members and we peek out of our homes for the first time in months. Cheery faces chat in parking lots across Fergus Falls instead of the huddled masses moving from car to door, to car again. As the weather warms up, […]

While not all of us follow college basketball, many of you sat down with pen in hand moving teams through the NCAA Men’s Div. I Basketball Tournament last week. According to Smithsonian.com, over 60 million Americans filled out a bracket for the tournament. It was also mentioned by the firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas that […]

Do you remember what it was like to be a young professional? Putting in extra hours, joining a volunteer group, offering to help out extra around the office or lending a hand to a co-worker? Well, we at The Daily Journal want to help recognize our young professionals with our annual 30 under 40 featured […]

We would like to give a big thank you to citizens in Fergus Falls and the surrounding area that helped open up sewer drains and moved mounds of snow and ice. With the recent warm weather, the melt has produced a stream of water headed to sewer drains. Without those in the community that helped […]

As the ice and snow on the roadways are melting, it is clear that winter has been rough on Fergus Falls roads. Potholes galore are popping up all over town — some small and others exceptionally large. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, potholes are started with a combination of water and severe cold. […]

Wednesday marks the first day of spring — at least on the calendar. While we still have lots of snow on the ground in much of the community, some grass is starting to surface, and warmer weather is on the horizon. Fergus Falls has had a colder and snowier winter than normal, and March hasn’t […]

St. Patrick’s Day is a very festive time for many as those of Irish descent and those of other cultural backgrounds celebrate the holiday by wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and drinking green-colored beverages. Although the holiday is fun for most, for those in law enforcement it can be a particularly busy evening. […]

We’ve hoped for a warmup all season long, but coupled with rain, it is leaving water pooled in streets with nowhere to go. We encourage residents to clean the snow and ice away from storm drains when possible to allow water a place to go and to reduce potential flooding. With all the snow we’ve […]

This is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to government and to remind officials that their records and meetings are your records and meetings. Your tax dollars have funded government, and thus you have the right to see what city, county, school, township, watershed, state and federal officials see. Nearly everything from court files […]

Daylight saving time begins this weekend, so don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night before you go to bed. The idea of daylight saving time was proposed in 1895 by a man named George Hudson, and several countries have implemented it nationwide in the years since — the United States did […]

We support a proposed bill at the Minnesota Legislature that would require 11th- and 12th-graders to take a for-credit civics course. According to a National Assessment of Educational Progress survey, only 25 percent of U.S. students are proficient in civics. Civics covers things such as being responsible, active participants in local, state and national governments; […]

As the winter season begins to wind down, several area teams and individuals have already left their mark as they have advanced to state competitions. The Fergus Falls girls’ hockey team was the first to advance to state competition. After winning their section, the Otters would go on to capture the Class A consolation championship […]

After more than four months of work, we at The Daily Journal released our annual Progress edition Thursday. The theme for this year’s section was “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” Taking a look at Fergus Falls and the surrounding communities, we wanted to share the story of many of your neighbors and friends. There over 30 […]