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The former Fergus Falls State Hospital is the source of many legends and stories. Photo illustration by Dave Olson / The Forum

Former Fergus Falls State Hospital source of many legends

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Not long after the Fergus Falls State Hospital opened in the summer of 1890, a local newspaper reporter took a tour of the place.

In an article titled "Among the Lunatics," he gave this account of his visit:

I was greeted at the entrance by a patient, who with a lordly wave of his arm announced: "The state welcomes you, sir."

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