Market is mainly driven by agriculture, recreation industry and retail services. The retail trade area includes approximately 100,000 people making Fergus Falls a regional center for shopping, education, recreation, medical treatment, and entertainment. Today Fergus Falls is a community of approximately 13,000 residents.
Fergus Falls is located in West Central Minnesota near the fertile Red River Valley. Rich rolling farmland, wooded hills, and over 1,000 lakes combine to make both agriculture and tourism valued industries in Otter Tail County.
Fergus Falls - 13,471
Otter Tail County - 57,159
In 1870, George B. Wright purchased the town site for just over $100.00. He built a dam on the river to power a sawmill. From that time on, the building in Fergus Falls was limited only by the ability of the mill to furnish lumber. Along the way he encountered an Indian family who told him of a location where there was a big falls or rapids. Ater locating the rapids, Whitford staked out a town site at the big falls and named it Fergus Falls in honor of his employer. On March 1, 1872, Fergus Falls was chartered as an official village of the State of Minnesota and the County Seat of Otter Tail County.
Fergus Falls experiences all four seasons. The coldest month is January with a mean daily max of 16 F and a mean daily min of 3 F. The hottest month is July with the mean daily max of 82 F and a mean daily min 60.
Agriculture is the leading industry of the county, with health care as a major component of Fergus Falls. Between Lake Region Healthcare Corporation, the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, the Fergus Falls Medical Group, three nursing homes and assisted living facilities, more than 1,600 people are employed in the community. Otter Tail Power Corporation, an electric utility, has its corporate headquarters in Fergus Falls.
Fergus Falls is home to Public School Disrtict #544, Hillcrest Lutheran
Academy, Lutheran Brethen Schools. In addition, higher education courses
can be taken at Fergus
Falls Community College.
Many honors have been bestowed on our community during recent years including
Tree City USA. Fergus Falls can be called a City of Parks also as it contains
22 parks covering more than 550 acres. We also have a scenic five-block
walking path along the Otter Tail River near downtown Fergus Falls.
Five lakes lie within the city limits and over 1,000 lakes are less than
one hour's driving time away. The clear lakes in Otter Tail County provide
opportunities for fishing, swimming, and water sports. In addition, snowmobiling
and cross-country skiing are popular activities in the winter months.
Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce
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