FERGUS FALLS -- A new $67 million hospital will be built along the county line between Otter Tail and Wadena counties, with the frontage on Highway 10 in Otter Tail County.

Tri-County Health Care in Wadena had hoped to use the Wadena County Fairgrounds for the new hospital, but that location proved to be cost-prohibitive.

In September, Tri-County Health Care President and CEO Joel Beiswenger said the 120,000-square-foot hospital would be on 76 acres off of Highway 10, which would allow for future expansion.

The county of Otter Tail and city of Wadena both agreed to be hosts for the issuance of revenue obligations in order to finance the cost of the project.

A public hearing was held Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, during a meeting of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners in Fergus Falls.

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The financial obligation and interest will not be payable by taxpayers of Otter Tail County nor taxpayers from the city of Wadena.

The new hospital is expected to cost about $67 million. Tri-County Health Care expects that two-thirds of the long-term financing will be from direct loans from the federal government, specifically the USDA.