In the short time I have been the publisher of The Daily Journal I have grown very fond of the community we have here in the lakes area. Fergus Falls and area towns are clean, well-kept and of course the people are Minnesota nice, just as I expected they would be. I think it would be great to recognize and award some of these great people to highlight some of the incredible things being done by outstanding individuals in our area. 

For this reason The Daily Journal is accepting nominations for our very first “Citizen of the Year” award. We want to recognize someone in our community who has gone above and beyond by doing what’s more than expected of them and who deserves to be recognized. Our first “Citizen of the Year” will be announced in this year’s annual Progress edition which is themed “Small Towns...Big Community” that is set to publish on Saturday, Feb. 29. As publisher of The Daily Journal I am proud to be part of an organization that values our community and the people who make it a great place to live and raise a family. The lakes area is filled with wonderful citizens and that is what makes this a great place to live. We need your help to make sure all good candidates are considered. If you know someone who deserves some special recognition, send us a letter telling about that person and why they deserve to win this award. It’s easy, just tell us about the person you would like to nominate and don’t forget to include your name and phone number in case we need more information. Nominations can be sent by email to or mailed or dropped off to the Daily Journal, 914 E. Channing Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537.


Ken Harty is the publisher of The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.


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