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With the Vikings win over Breckenridge Oct. 21 in the first round of the playoffs,  Pelican Rapids advances to the second round  where they'll face the Ottertail Central Bulldogs in Battle Lake, 7 p.m., Oct. 25.  
"OTC has some excellent athletes and has had only one close game all year.  OTC has an excellent team and we'll definitely be the underdog, but we're real excited to have the opportunity to play again and look forward to the challenge," said Pelican Rapids football coach Coach Dave Haugen, pictured here with his team during the National Anthem Oct 21 at Breckenridge. (Photo by Cindy Hensch.)


The Pelican Rapids Vikings football team avenged a loss to the Breckenridge Cowboys only six days ago.
Pelican defeated the rival Cowboys–on the Breckenridge home gridiron– by a score of 27-20 October 21, in the first round of the playoffs.
It was a remarkable turn-around, as Pelican Rapids lost to Breckenridge only six days ago–by a decisive 28-6 margin at a regular season game at the Fargodome.
Details in the Oct. 29 print edition of the Pelican Rapids Press.
The Pelican Rapids Vikings move to the next round of the playoffs Oct. 25, to  play Ottertail Central S  7:00 p.m. at Battle Lake High School.

PICTURED:  Pelican Quarterback Blaine Gorton keeps the ball on this play at the Breckenridge home field  Oct. 21. (Photo by Cindy Hensch)

R and R time for ‘Sarge’

Recalled for rescuing frozen car theft suspect, 13-year-old
Pelican police dog will retire from force–now up for adoption

“Sarge” has sniffed out drugs, and not only tracked a car thief–but probably saved the suspect’s life–in the dark of a 35 below zero night.
The Pelican Rapids Police Department patrol dog has earned his retirement.
“Sarge” is up for adoption, reported Police Chief Jeff Stadum at the Oct. 14 city council meeting.
At 13 years old, the Belgian  “Malinois” shepherd dog has been relatively inactive for a couple years, said Chief Stadum.  Recently, the dog overheated and Stadum was afraid he would pass away.
“But he’s back home, doing fine now,” said Stadum, who has cared for the dog during his career as a canine cop. But he’s basically retired.”
A dog adoption operation in Fargo is in the process of trying to find a home for “Sarge,” but until then, Stadum will continue to care and feed the four-legged officer.  “It will take some time to find a home, but in the interim, he’ll be at my house.”  read entire story. . . .

Candidate ‘Meet-Greet’ Oct. 30

Grassroots election session will aim spotlight on local issues, with Pelican city and Otter Tail board hopefuls

“All politics is local” as the saying goes.  Pelican Rapids and West Otter Tail County will have an opportunity to meet the local candidates at a “local” level Oct. 30.  
These include Otter Tail County Commission District 2 candidates, and Pelican Rapids city and mayor candidates.
The “Meet and Greet the Candidates” evening is planned at the Lake Region Electric Cooperative meeting room, from 6-8 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the non-profit “Pelican Rapids Pool Hall.”
Otter Tail Counyy Board candidates Everett Erickson and Wayne Johnson have both confirmed they will attend the “Meet the Candidates” night. The District 2 county board district covers West Otter Tail County.  read entire story. . . .

Should school administrators also serve as extra-curricular coaches?

Time, energy of coaching, combined with administration responsibilities, discussed
by Pelican school bd.

Should school administrators also be coaches?
The topic prompted an informal discussion at the Oct. 13 Pelican Rapids school board meeting.
Bringing the topic to the table was Charlie Blixt, a Pelican school board member with a background as an educator and a coach. He raised the question when the school board approved Pelican’s new elementary school principal Dr. Ed Richardson, to an assistant coaching position with the boys basketball team.
“I’m the last person to discourage people from being involved in coaching,” said Blixt. “But administrators have very important jobs...and coaching takes time away from that job.”
As a former coach himself, as well as a volunteer with youth wrestling, Blixt said “I know how much time it takes...You can’t convince me that it doesn’t have an impact on what you do as principal.”  read entire story. . . .

House candidates see need for more highway funding

The two candidates for State House District 8A, Jim Miltich of Pelican Rapids and Bud  Nornes of Fergus Falls, both see the need for more funding to maintain highways in Otter Tail County and across the state of Minnesota.
Miltich is the DFL challenger to Republican Nornes who has served in the state legislature for nine two-year terms, a total of 18 years. They debated at a public forum Tuesday evening, Oct. 14, on the campus of M State - Fergus Falls.
State House District 8A covers a large portion of Otter Tail County and includes the communities of Pelican Rapids, Perham, Fergus Falls, Underwood and Battle Lake.
 read entire story. . . .

A Pelican Home Companion...?

Fall play will be unique departure, with old time radio broadcast format--celebrating small town life

The 2014 Pelican Rapids High School fall play, “An Old Fashioned Variety Show,”will be something different for local audiences.
Not only will  it be in a different location (Faith Church, across from the High School), but it will also feature no set, no costumes, no makeup, and no curtain.
This show, compiled by Director David Brown, features skits, monologues and items of interest around the themes of deer hunting and home town flavor. A section of the play will contain news from 1956 issues of the Pelican Rapids Press.  read entire story. . . .

D-S Beverages, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in Moorhead, MN is sponsoring presentations for

PHOTO: Salvador Martinez at the new Taqueria El Manantial in Pelican Rapids.
Below, a photo of the huarache shell, with its distinctive oblong shell.

The newest ethnic eatery in Pelican Rapids is the Taqueria El Manantial located in what local folks recognize as the Tastee Freeze building, north of downtown.  
Since its ice cream days, it has been extensively remodeled and upgraded by Salvador Martinez and his family as they prepared to open the shop.
Martinez, along with his wife, Maria, sister Carmela, and children, Lilly, Araceli, Nelson and Lourdes built a menu from family recipes that features tacos, tamales, torta sandwiches, tacos dorados, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and their signature dish, huaraches.  Huaraches are fried masa shells topped in various ways to order. They originated in Mexico City in the 1930s and the distinctive oblong shaped item is popular throughout central Mexico.

A Spanish language version of the article on the new Mexican restaurant is also published here, for our many Spanish speaking readers and friends in the greater Pelican Rapids area.  read entire story. . . .