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Royalty crowned,  tailgate party Friday as Pelican celebrates homecoming

Crowned Pelican Rapids High School Homecoming King and Queen Sept. 29 were Tyler Honrud and Samantha Waller, in what was billed as the first outdoor coronation in the history of the school. A crowd estimated at about 200 attended the event in Sherin Park–set against the Pelican River and the setting autumn sun.
PRHS Student Council is inviting Viking Fans to the Oct. 3 Homecoming Tailgate Party.

Festivities will start up at 4:30 P.M. and run until Kick-Off. The planned location for this year's tailgate party will be the baseball diamond area near Chauncy Martin Field.  If weather becomes an issue, the fire hall provided a great location for the event last year and will probably be the alternate location this year.
*Brats, Burgers, Chips and Beverages will be served.
*Inflatable Bouncy House and Obstacle Course is always a kids favorite at the event
*Games for kids to win prizes will be set up.
*NELSON MOTORS of Fergus Falls will have a fleet of cars at the baseball diamond for people to test drive from 3:00 to 7:00
PRHS Student Council will make a donation to the Austin (AJ) Wroe Benefit that will be held later in October with proceeds from this event.  A smaller rememberance check will be sent to the family of NDSU student Tom Bearson on behalf of the students of PRHS as his tragic death impacted all of us in the Red River Valley.

Long-forgotten Pelican relic may be preserved

School bell may date back to 1887

The recent demolition work at the school of the 1929 auditorium addition has brought a largely forgotten piece of school history to the forefront. With the auditorium now gone, clearly visible from the west is a school bell on top of the highest part of the Pelican Rapids High School.
Could this be the original 1887 brick school bell?  While it can’t be determined with 100% certainty now nearly 130 years later, it seems highly likely.  There are no casting identifying marks on the bell itself or on the yoke, the part it hangs from. Exact dating from a manufacturer is probably impossible, but those who are familiar with the bell and school renovation history postulate that when renovations at the school happened, the bell was simply placed on the roof and eventually forgotten.  read entire story. . . .

‘Buddy Walk’ helps raise  Down syndrome awareness

The Buddy Walk in Fargo has become a tradition for the Pelican Rapids area Backstrom family, with folks taking a hike to raise awareness of Down syndrome.
Organizers are hoping for at least 2,000 attendees for the Oct. 4 event, with headquarters at Scheel’s Arena.  Participants include people with Down syndrome, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and other supporters. The general public is encouraged to attend and show their support for people of all abilities.
Participants with an extra chromosome will receive a free walk t-shirt–and one of those fellows born with the extra will be Sam Backstrom.
“My life’s goal has become to educate people about Down syndrome and how it affects the individuals who have it and the families who love them,” said Amanda Backstrom, Sam’s mother.
Sam, was born March 30, 2012.  The family did not know prior to his birth of his diagnosis so it came as a huge shock.  The Backstroms fourth child, and he has three older sisters “who absolutely adore him...Even though he annoys the heck out of them sometimes,” said Amanda.
The Backstroms have met  other families through a support network in Fargo called “Up with Downs.”  They have participated in  three Buddy Walks, this year will be our fourth.  read entire story. . . .

Decision 2014

Interest in the democratic process at the grassroots level has rarely been as high in Pelican Rapids.
Election 2014 will feature a full ballot for voters in the city of Pelican Rapids.  It has been several election cycles since a mayor or council seat has been the subject of aggressive campaigning. Signs are posted throughout Pelican Rapids, and ads have been placed in the Pelican Rapids Press.  read entire story. . . .

Dunvilla area motel proposed; Oct. 6  hearing set at  Dunn Town Hall

A motel development will be the subject of a public meeting Oct. 6, 6 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.
Requesting a conditional use permit for the development are Linda and John Grefsrud. The Grefsruds have also been involved in the re-development of the “Barn at Dunvilla,” an event center on Highway 59, north of Lake Lizzie.  A parcel of nearly 12 acres, near the barn event center, is where the motel project is being proposed.  
The barn and gift shop were on the historic property that was once part of the Dunn commercial properties, which included lodge, restaurant and lodging operations on the north side of Lake Lizzie.
Dunvilla, and Dunn township, are derived from the Dunn family–who were among the earlier settlers and business operators in that area.  
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Historic fun for Oktoberfest

Fall entertainment ranges from history profile to music to dancing

With Oktoberfest royalty now confirmed, and two medallions found in the treasure hunt, the stage is set for a full four days of fall festivities in Pelican Rapids.
The expanded Oktoberfest schedule for Oct. 9-12 will feature a number of new events and activities–ranging from the entertaining to the educational.  
Included in the line-up is  a historic portrayal of Minnesota’s first teacher.  A quilt display will be featured at the Pelican Rapids Public Library; and an expanded music line-up is set for Friday night, Oct. 10 at the Pelican Rapids VFW. (Look for complete Oktoberfest schedule on page 3 of this week’s edition, and elsewhere in this edition of the Pelican Rapids Press.)
Haugrud, Bruggeman Oktoberfest royalty
Mr. Oktoberfest is Craig Haugrud and Mrs. Octoberfest is Sue Bruggeman.  read entire story. . . .

Maplewood State Park ‘Leaf Days’ a colorful festival

Maplewood State Park is celebrating the fall color season.  
The park’s 9,250 acres are known for its hardwood trees including the sugar maple, basswood, American elm, and oak.  These trees are beginning to provide a beautiful display of fall colors.  There is no better view than from the top of Hallaway Hill which overlooks Lake Lida.  You might even find someone up at the top to tell you the story of when it was a downhill ski run.
For two weekends, September 27-28 and October 4-5, the Friends of Maplewood will be giving wagon rides to view the fall colors. During the ride Friends members will be telling the story of Maplewood, and about who lived in Maplewood Township before it became a park.
Visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery from their vehicles, hike on some of the 25 miles of hiking trails, and enjoy a picnic in the park.  read entire story. . . .