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Logan Knorr, Erin Christenson

Well-rounded students earn honors for diverse experiences in academic, art and athletic realms

Two busy Pelican Rapids High School seniors, active in sports, arts, academics and school activities in general, have been honored with the “Triple A” award for 2016.
Logan Knorr and Erin Christenson are this year’s recipients of the honor, which is a program sponsored by the Minnesota High School League.
“Triple A” Award recipients are selected through a multi­level process involving member schools of the League, the League’s administrative regions, and a special committee of educators, business leaders, and members from the fine arts and athletic communities.
Nominations are limited to two qualifying students per school–one male and one female.
Top award recipients will receive four­ year $1,000 scholarships.  read entire story. . . .

‘Gatekeeping’ at new gym debated by board

Open door policy for public use of new Pelican Rapids school facilities will require security, access controls

The public is welcome and invited to use school facilities when the renovated and expanded Pelican Rapids high school campus is complete.  
But security and access to the building are the first issues that the school board and administration need to figure out before the public begins using the new walking track. The school presently has a faithful group of early morning walkers, mostly senior citizens–but that number is sure to increase with the completion of the new gym.  read entire story. . . .

February brings snow, cold to lakes area

Road crews throughout the Pelican Rapids lake country worked from early morning to daylight, clearing drifting and compacted snow from the roadways Feb. 8.
Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour and more caused drifting throughout the region.  
Pictured here, a Pelican Rapids city rig clearing the shoulders Monday morning, near the Pelican Liquors store.
The 11 degrees on the electronic sign were deceiving, because extreme winds produced wind chill readings as low as minus 20 degrees.

‘Gatekeeping’ at new gym debated by board

Open door policy for public use of new Pelican Rapids school facilities will require security, access controls

The public is welcome and invited to use school facilities when the renovated and expanded Pelican Rapids high school campus is complete.  
But security and access to the building are the first issues that the school board and administration need to figure out before the public begins using the new walking track. The school presently has a faithful group of early morning walkers, mostly senior citizens–but that number is sure to increase with the completion of the new gym.  read entire story. . . .

Doing God’s duty--debt free

Erhard’s Grace to ‘torch’ the mortgage as congregation celebrates end of loan payments at Feb. 14 ceremony

A small church in a small town will be celebrating in a big way by formally retiring a hefty debt load.
In barely a decade, Grace Lutheran Church of Erhard managed to build a new church; pay off about $700,000 in construction costs; and during the same time period–nearly doubled the size of its congregation.
To celebrate the church’s new, debt-free status, a mortgage burning ceremony will be held Feb. 14, during the 10 a.m. worship service. It will be a sweet Valentine’s Day for the Grace church parish–with a clean bank account and no more loan payments.
Invited back for the occasion is Rev. Kent Groethe, who was serving as pastor when the new Grace church was completed in 2005.  Groethe will deliver the guest sermon, conducting the service with current pastor Brad Soenksen, who has served the parish for about the last five years.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican Lake area RV park reviewed by Scambler

A golf course to RV park conversion proposal in the Pelican Lake area, which was shelved two years ago, has been revived. The plan is scheduled for a public hearing Feb. 25, 7 p.m. at the Scambler Township Hall.
Up for discussion is a resurrected plan for a 150-unit RV Park at the Rolling Hills Golf Course site, on the west side of Pelican Lake.
The 42 acre site has been the  home to the family owned and operated Rolling Hills Golf Course since 1966, according to owner Cyril Flem–who is the applicant.
The Feb. 25 hearing will be  at Scambler Town Hall, just west of the intersection of  County Road 9 and Highway 34.
The proposal is essentially the same as a 2013 plan, which drew stiff opposition from the Pelican Lakes Property Owners Association.
Two years ago, the developer was Scott Olson, who owns the RV Park that neighbors Rolling Hills Golf, to the north.  read entire story. . . .

A penny here, a penny there and  pretty soon–you’re talking real money

Pelican elementary students take aim at ‘robbing’ your piggy bank–collecting at least 200,000 copper coins to combat cancer

A couple hundred grade schoolers will be raiding your piggy banks for pennies–as they raise funds for blood-related cancer victims.
Objective: 200,000 copper coins for cancer; and Pelican Rapids Viking Elementary students are fully motivated and mobilized.
The school’s Lighthouse Team, a student-driven squad aimed at doing good and doing it well, has organized a “Pennies for Patients” campaign.  
On a scale, 200,000 pennies  equals nearly 1,500 pounds of copper–a mass that may require the entire Pelican high school varsity wrestling team to haul.  read entire story. . . .

Retaining, expanding business

Pelican Rapids is not likely to be the home of the next Ford, Chevy or Chrysler auto plant–but it could be a great spot for a small high-tech or light manufacturing business.
“It’s not always large currency–but a lot of small coins,” said Pelican Mayor Brent Frazier, at the Jan. 27 informational meeting on business retention and expansion.  Call it BRE, for short.
More than 40 residents, business owners, employers and employees attende the session. It was generally considered a good turnout–and a generally enthusiastic reaction to a plan to launch a BRE strategy.
“This would happen over a series of months, and it will take bodies to do it,” said Don Solga, city administrator.
Leading the discussion was Ryan Pesch, Minnesota Extension Service and himself a small business owner–as a vegetable grower in the Lake Lida area. In his Extension role he’s assisted with economic development for numerous communities, including Barnesville and Menahga in recent years.
The BRE process involves three broad phases: Research, prioritize and implement.  read entire story. . . .

Liquor license near Perham draws opposition from Pelican council

Concerns about liquor sales on the far east side of Otter Tail County were substantial enough for the Pelican Rapids City Council to take a position on the issue.
A liquor license request near Perham, from Playtime Sports Bar and Ballroom, is expected to be on the Otter Tail County Board agenda. The city of Perham operates a municipal retail liquor store–as does Pelican Rapids.
Otter Tail County, like many counties in the state has not approved retail liquor licenses in unincorporated areas (townships) because of the competition they represent to long-established municipal-run liquor stores.
A similar license request several years ago also rallied cities with retail liquor stores to oppose the application.
The letter from the city of Pelican  included many of the arguments that were posed when the Dunvilla license request was brought forward:  read entire story. . . .