Fergus Falls is a scenic city in the heart of Minnesota lakes country. More than 1,000 lakes surround the small community, allowing residents to take advantage of numerous fishing, swimming and water sports opportunities. Fergus Falls has been recognized as a Tree City USA annually since 1978, giving the city the distinction as the longest-standing Tree City in Minnesota. Approximately 13,000 people live here, allowing the city to foster a close-knit atmosphere. Look for Fergus Falls apartments for rent, and experience the quiet beauty that keeps local families in town for generations.
In 1857, James Fergus sent Joe Whitford to find a location for a new community. A Native American family directed him to a site near big waterfalls and rapids. Whitford staked out a town and named it Fergus Falls in honor of his employer. George B. Wright purchased the town in 1870, hoping to create a regional trade center. He built a river dam to power a sawmill that would furnish lumber for the town's buildings. Fergus Falls became the county seat of Otter Tail County and was officially chartered as a village in 1872.
Today, Fergus Falls offers local residents many opportunities in a scenic environment. The city has strong economic development services and ample property to meet the needs of developing and expanding businesses. There are more than 600 acres of maintained park land here, which has helped local residents maintain the Governor's recognition of Fergus Falls as a Fit City. With some of the best views in West Central Minnesota lakes country, rentals in Fergus Falls are sure to please.
Fergus Falls is home to a Minnesota State Community and Technical College campus, offering high-quality liberal arts and health services academic programs to local students. M State is a perfect place for students to have a college experience much like what students at universities enjoy in their first two years, and many students transfer to four-year colleges after graduation. With strong community support and a rich tradition in arts, music and athletics, the campus is a unique place to study and functions under the slogan "Start here, go anywhere!"
For those seeking work, there are many local opportunities in Fergus Falls. The Lake Region Hospital is located here and provides important medical and surgical services to Minnesota residents, while employing more than 600 people. The Otter Tail Power Company is also in town, providing electricity to customers in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and offering jobs to approximately 360 local residents. Other top employers include the County of Otter Tail, Fergus Falls Public Schools, Fergus Falls Medical Group PA, Pioneer Home Inc, Northern Contours, Broen Memorial Home and ShoreMaster Inc, among others. Fifty-seven percent of people here work in management, sales and office occupations, and join the 17 percent in service occupations to make up the majority of the Fergus Falls workforce.
Fergus Falls residents experience all the charm of a Midwestern small town and still pay very low rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics show that the average Fergus Falls apartment costs $511 a month, which is $275 less than the Minnesota state average. Everyday living expenses are also very affordable here. The city received a cost of living index of 79.8, which is very low compared to the United States average of 100.
Fergus Falls is home to the Otter Tail County Museum, which collects, preserves and interprets the history and heritage of western Minnesota. The local historical society offers an exhibit gallery, educational outreach program, archival and object collections, special public programs and a research library with local history and genealogical archives. Fergus Falls is also a city on the famed Otter Trail Scenic Byway, winding through 150 miles of the county. Visitors drive along the byway to take in the beauty of the rolling hills covered in maple, birch and oak trees, lakes and ponds sprinkled with water lilies and other scenic attractions.
Fergus Falls hosts an annual Summer Fest, featuring a food and beer garden, battle of the bands competition, street dance event, kirkbride tours and a number of arts & crafts booths. This three-day event is very family-friendly and attracts residents and visitors from all over the state. The Fergus Falls Festival of Quilts Show is also here, inviting local quilters to showcase their handmade creations. The festival offers class workshops, mini-seminars and a silent auction.
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