The Spirit of Community is Alive & Well in Fergus Falls

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down, but it’s during times like this that we are reminded of how strong our community is. Minnesota distilleries have partnered to make and donate hand sanitizer to Lake Region Healthcare, manufacturers have gone the extra mile to produce critical healthcare supplies in response to COVID-19, and community members have rallied around one another to offer support and hope. Many great things are happening in our city, and we wanted to highlight a few of the businesses and people who are making a difference during this time.

Service Food Market 2 Go

With Minnesota under a Shelter in Place order and Fergus Falls residents doing their part to flatten the curve, Service Food Market has stepped up to make it easier for people to get their groceries. The grocery store has expanded its services with its Service Food Market 2 Go, which offers curbside pickup and delivery within city limits. Recognizing the need for a safe way to get groceries, Jackie Formo and Jennifer Fronning, both from the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, took a temporary leave of absence to develop and get the operation off the ground.

Orders can be placed by calling (218) 998-0145 or by emailing Service Food Market employees will shop for you and notify you once the order has been fulfilled. If you choose to pick up your groceries, they will set up a pickup time with you. Those who opt to have their groceries delivered will be notified with an estimated delivery time.

Fergus Falls Face Masks

Jennifer Karlgaard, a local mom, started a grassroots operation to sew masks and headbands for healthcare workers and community members. She originally intended to make and donate masks to cancer patients, purchasing enough supplies to make over 250 masks. Eventually, she began asking friends to help and provided them with a kit to make ten masks. Jennifer currently has five volunteers helping to sew masks with the kits, each of which contains flannel, cotton, elastic, and sewing directions.

Vintage Trims, another amazing Fergus Falls business, provides Jennifer with a place to drop off and pick up the kits and masks. The company also supplies Jennifer and her team with materials like thread and elastic, which have become difficult to find. Fergus Falls Face Masks has donated to individual community members, as well as local businesses including Don Pablo’s and LB Hospice. Orders are also being filled for PioneerCare, Vector Windows, and LB Homes.