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Regional Treatment Center Opens Back up for Tours

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The historic Regional Treatment Center (RTC) in fergus falls is opening back up for visitors to get a glimpse of this over one hundred year old state hospital

The RTC was the third state hospital in Minnesota finished in 1890, and housed patients up until 2009.

Now the RTC sits vacant, the local group "Friends of the Kirkbride" has been giving tours for the past nine seasons and has worked to keep it from being demolished.

The City of Fergus Falls oversees the RTC now and is waiting for a developer to purchase the land and give it a new use.

Mayor Hal Leland, says he hopes it can be revitalized to help support the local economy again like it once did. "I would hope that it would become the economic engine that it once was, where it would provide jobs and an opportunity for entrepreneurs and other business to get involved up there."

Leland says they have had interest "from coast to coast" and have two projects being presented to the city council in the coming weeks, one this Monday.

The City of Fergus Falls has is also waiting for HF1622 to pass the Minnesota legislature and extend the state grant that gives them funding for the RTC.  That legislation would allow them more time to find a developer and maintain the building while it sits empty.

Leland adds "It's an enormous sturdy facility, developers have told us it will last for another hundred years if you just take some care of it."

Tours of the RTC are every Firday at 2:00 PM and are by reservation only by calling, 218-736-5328.

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