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Law enforcement will go trick-or-treating for impaired drivers on Halloween weekend through increased DWI patrols. The holiday is a serious concern for deputies as Halloween falls on a Friday — which will likely cause in influx of revelers.

Halloween has become one of the biggest party nights of the year. The Safe Communities Coalition urges Otter Tail County residents to have a plan for a safe ride home before indulging: designate a sober driver, use alternative or public transportation, or stay the night at the location of the celebration.
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Halloween will be hopping

Halloween will be celebrated in all corners of the greater Pelican Rapids area–from Cormorant to Franklin Lake to Pelican Rapids.
It will be a day of pumpkins, poltergeists–and pooches.
“Mayor Duke,” the famous canine that was elected Cormorant Village’s top dog in a mock election last summer, will preside over a “Kids and Dogs Halloween Party” at Cormorant Community Center.
Meanwhile, the traditional after-school trick or treat for youngsters will be hosted by local businesses and the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon, Oct. 31.  Lake Region Electric’s “Boo Bash” is from 4-6 p.m. at the Pelican headquarters.  
Zion Lutheran on Franklin Lake will host its “Trunk or Treat” event in the parking lot–plus a chili feed.
Cormorant’s Mayor “Diggin’ up Bones” for Halloween party
Cormorant’s internationally-celebrated Mayor Duke, a great white Pyrenees will be the central spook for the “Kids and Dogs” party in Cormorant.  read entire story. . . .

Election 2014

‘Meet-greet’ candidate format set

The format for the Oct. 30 “Meet and Greet” of local political candidates will be an informal opportunity to meet candidates one-on-one.
The event is intended for voters to meet candidates in a casual atmosphere, said organizer Chet Nettestad, adding that it will not include a debate or question-answer segment, as such. The event will be Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lake Region Electric Cooperative meeting room.
As moderator, Nettestad will introduce each candidate.  They will then have two minutes to introduce themselves and offer brief statements about themselves.
Candidates for these offices have been invited:  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. . . .

Bullying policy discussed by Pelican school board

Bullying defined: “An imbalance of power” between an aggressor and victim.
But beyond that definition, a policy is difficult to put into practice. The Pelican Rapids School Board discussed the bullying policy recently, which must be in the school system’s books.
A ten page document, modeled basically after the Minneosta School Board Association’s established definitions, training for staff, actions to address bullying, and “cyberbullying” through online means.
Policies will not only apply to buidling grounds, but also school buses.
Also, noted high school principal Brian Korf, if the bullying occurs over the weekend and carries through to the school day, school administrators are expected to follow through.  read entire story. . . .

Entry to Pelican high school, administrative offices now on west side of building

The back door is now the front door at the Pelican Rapids high school campus.  Administrative offices have temporarily relocated, in conjunction with the extensive renovation and expansion project.
Pictured at left is the doorway at the west side of the high school complex, which will now serve as the primary entrance to the school and administrative offices. This is also the door for the general public.
Administrative offices are now on the top floor, in the Upper Study Hall. High School Principal Brian Korf’s office is at the entry level. The security system has been adapted to the new temporary entrance, and visitors must “buzz” in for entry as they did at the previous entry.

Masons celebrate, look to another century in Pelican

A proud, century-long tradition was celebrated Oct. 22 by the Pelican Rapids Masons, Otter Tail Lodge Number 284.
Photos, documents and memorabilia of all kinds were displayed at a Centennial birthday party at the Pelican Rapids Public Library.
Welcoming the crowd of about 25 Masons and the general public was the current Lodge Master, Richard Gabe. He outlined the colorful history of the Pelican-based lodge, which has included dozens upon dozens of area business leaders, professionals and community builders–who are all “brothers” with famous Masons like George Washington, late President Gerald Ford, astronaut John Glenn, Davey Crockett and the Roosevelts.  read entire story. . . .