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Archive for April, 2011

New Potential Developer for Fergus Falls?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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A new developer is interested in saving the Kirkbride building in Fergus Falls: Global Athlete Village. GAV, a “Minnesota-based non-profit group dedicated to encouraging humanitarian and community service efforts by young athletes”, has expressed interest in using the property as a training center for mobilizing student athletes on humanitarian projects. You can read all about it in this Fergus Falls Journal article: RTC Finds a New Potential Developer. GAV’s vision seems to involve being a sort of “keystone developer” that would be complimented by several smaller, like-minded humanitarian groups all sharing the Kirkbride.

While I wish them all the luck in the world and think it would be fantastic for the Kirkbride to continue on as a home to humanitarian service, I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical of GAV’s plan. They’re a relatively young organization and will need to come up with some pretty significant funding to do what they want to do. I really hope this isn’t another idealistic dream that never materializes, like the Chinese immersion school. Hopefully they’ll prove my skepticism wrong.

Fergus Falls Tours to Resume

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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Tours of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital are set to resume according to a post on the Friends of the Kirkbride Facebook page (check out the group’s photos for some great pictures, including historical images from the hospital). For more information or to reserve a spot on a tour, call Maxine at (+1) 218-736-5328.

I’ve been bad about keeping up with the blog and site in general lately, but even though this is oldish news, it’s worth noting that even though the Kirkbride building at Fergus is still standing, it’s in danger of being demolished. An article in the Fergus Falls Journal last month provides some details: New RTC Plan Could Demolish Part of Kirkbride.