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New treatment aims to fight  zebra mussels

In an effort to eliminate any remaining zebra mussels from Christmas Lake in Shorewood, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has undertaken an experimental treatment that has been used only twice before in the U.S.
On Friday, Dec. 19, a contractor working with the DNR injected 1,000 pounds of potassium chloride under the ice near the public boat access on the northwest corner of Christmas Lake. The chemical – also referred to as potash – kills zebra mussels by interfering with their ability to breathe, but it does not affect fish.  read entire story. . . .

Health, agriculture officials investigate Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk


The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis linked to eating caramel apples.

Four people in Minnesota have become ill as part of this outbreak. All were adults ages 59 to 90 years. They became ill in late October and November. All were hospitalized and two died.

Health officials are warning consumers who may have purchased any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples, including caramel apples with other toppings such as nuts, chocolate, and sprinkles, to not eat them until more information from the investigation becomes available.
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‘Come in out of the cold...’

Memorial service for hypothermia victim Jamie Fox offered heartwarming words and song as a touching farewell in wake of tragic holiday season death

PHOTO: Judy Fox, who adopted Jaime Fox and her brother early in their childhood, is holding a high school senior portrait image of her late daughter; the photo taken by the rushing waters, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Judy was among the singers who performed at the memorial service Dec. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jaime Fox died Nov. 30; the cause of death was hypothermia, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department

Mother sang for daughter Dec. 14, as Judy Fox and a family trio bid a melodic farewell to Jamie Fox.
Emotional and sentimental words kindled a human warmth to a chilling tragedy, which last month ended the life of a 27-year-old Pelican Rapids resident.
Judy, her sister Trudy Hartman, and brother-in-law Randy Hartman delivered a touching selection of music at a Memorial Service, officiated by Trinity Lutheran Pastor Philip Johnson.  Most of the extended Fox family were from the Sioux Falls area, where the late Jamie was confirmed at Lutheran church and graduated from high school.
Jamie died of hypothermia following a holiday season tragedy that stunned the Pelican Rapids area community.
Her grandpa is at heaven’s gate, said aunt Trudy in a eulogy, welcoming her with open arms–inviting her “to come in out of the cold.”
Quoting Bible passages, including the book of Revelations, Rev. Johnson said the “spirit intercedes for us...when the sighs are too deep for words.” God can hear the words that are difficult to articulate in the wake of such sadness, said Rev. Johnson. “Words are important...but there is also  time for silence–to stand in awe before the Lord’s creation.”
In life, there were no shortage of words for Jamie Fox. She has been universally described as a  talkative, enthusiastic, prank-playing, jovial personality– especially by her colleagues at the Pelican Valley Health Center.
As a certified nurse assistant at care facilities since age 16, Jamie Fox “was really where God wanted her to be–as a CNA. Those people needed her in their lives,” said her mother Judy. “I was very proud of her being a CNA.  She truly loved the people she helped.”  read entire story. . . .

$1,000/day penalty faces sewer plant contractor

The contractor working on the upgrades at the Pelican Rapids wastewater treatment plant is facing “fines” of $1,000 a day because of missed deadlines.
A November 29 deadline was missed, and a final completion deadline of Dec. 29 is also doubtful, the Pelican Rapids City Council learned at the Dec. 9 meeting. Under the terms of the contract, the city can penalize the contracting firm up to $1,000 day for missed deadlines. The action will be retroactive, with the fee charged back to November 29.  
The project upgrades the wastewater treatment plant with new technology, at a cost of more than $6 million.  One building, as well as treatment equipment and other components, will replace a facility and fixtures that date back 30 to 50 years.  read entire story. . . .

Nowhere to celebrate Christmas?

Dinner bell rings at Erhard Grace Church Dec. 25

Christmas Day is a big day at Erhard’s Grace Lutheran Church–with a big crowd hosted for holiday dinner.
Grace Church is one of the only places in the area ringing the dinner bell on Christmas Day, and the event has been an overwhelming success the past three holidays.
“It was something the members of the congregation wanted to try,” said John Ripley. “The first year we planned for 150, but were hoping to serve 50. As it turned out, we did serve about 150...We didn’t run out of food, but it was close.”
This year’s dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It will follow the 10 a.m. worship service.
Most of the food is homemade for the dinner,  read entire story. . . .

SHOP PELICAN RAPIDS AND YOU COULD WIN A CASH PRIZE

Check the current, Dec. 17 edition of the PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS  for detail on the Great Christmas Cash Giveaway!

Pre-school kids  walking on unsafe Pelican River ice was concern  for Mill Pond  Apt. resident

A walk on the Pelican River isn’t safe–even if it appears to be frozen solid.
That was the message phoned into the Pelican Rapids Press office last week.
A resident at the Mill Pond View Apartments was looking down from one of the upper flooers, and saw pre-school-aged childen walking on the ice in the park and dam area.
The caller was very concerned about the youngsters, because ice on the river is never really safe.
Walking on the ice in that area is especially risky, because of the moving water and varying temperatures.  

Pelican area author breaks out with new fiction; childrens book

Psychadelic-color sheep; tangled webs take familiar local writer Joan Ellison into new literary directions

Imagine, driving down the road on a typical sunny Minnesota day, the sun is shining, the birds are singing. You are met with the typical and wide spectrum of colors. The bright green of the leaves, or if you're out during the winter the stunning white of the snow and frost, it really is a treat for the eyes. Autumn colors are even more vivid with orange leaves, the crisp yellow of drying corn in the field.
There are so many great things about the color spectrum of the Pelican Rapids area, from the bright blues and yellows of birds, to...the greens and pinks of the sheep. Yes, pink sheep.
Pink sheep might seem like a departure from the norm, but for one family it's a tradition.
A tradition that one local writer turned into a book. Joan Jarvis Ellison, a long time resident of Pelican  read entire story. . . .

Minnesotans reminded to keep propane tanks nearly full

In Minnesota, being prepared for winter is always a necessity. The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans who depend on propane and fuel oil for heat, to watch fuel tank levels and call your supplier before your tank goes below one quarter full.
“Planning ahead and making sure your propane and fuel oil tanks stay above a quarter full can help ensure your family stays safe and warm this winter,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “I encourage consumers who use these fuels to talk to their suppliers about scheduled delivery programs that will make sure you have the supply of fuel you need.”
The Department of Commerce also urges Minnesotans who need financial assistance to pay heating  read entire story. . . .

New prescriptions hit one million mark at main street drug store

By coincidence, milestone order was to store owner himself, Don Perrin–for shingles vaccine

It was a red-letter moment at Pelican Drug December 1.
The home town pharmacy fill its one millionth new prescription. By sheer coincidence, number one million went to none other than the store’s owner himself: Don Perrin.
“We give each prescription a number, and we hit the million mark on Monday,” said Perrin, who was actually out of town when the order was completed.
That Perrin’s happened to be the millionth new prescription was a complete suprise.
“We filled it and looked at the label, and there were a lot of zeroes,” said Pelican Drug pharmacist Jenny Field.
Prescription information is typically private and priveleged, but Perrin was willing to disclose the medication.  read entire story. . . .