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Sex offender moves to Pelican; public meeting drew 50 citizens

A community notification meeting, alerting Pelican Rapids that a Level 3 sex offender is moving into town, drew about 50 people to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative meeting room Sept. 10.

Sex offender moving to Pelican gained  access to kids as  traveling minister

Timothy Knut Severed
Born: Jan. 26, 1965
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 190
By Louis Hoglund

A community notification meeting, alerting Pelican Rapids that a Level 3 sex offender is moving into town, was conducted Sept. 10.
Timothy Knut Severud, 49, was convicted of engaging in sexual contact with victims age 5-12.  The Minnesota Department of Corrections has assigned Level 3, which is considered the highest public risk. The community notification law is required with a Level 3 offender.
Severud was scheduled to move to 309 2nd St. SE on Sept. 15. He will be under supervision until the year 2025, and will remain registered as a sex offender for his entire life, said Mike Breise, Minnesota Department of Corrections, who spoke at the Sept. 10 meeting.
Severud is under Intensive Supervised Release, which means his whereabouts are tracked and he is under a range of restrictions.  read entire story. . . .

$150,000 tax levy possible for Pelican Valley

With renovation and improvements on the horizon, combined with budget challenges, the Pelican Valley Hospital District is considering reinstating a tax levy.
The Pelican Valley board voted unanimously Sept. 9 to file for a $150,000 levy.  The move was necessary in order to meet Otter Tail County filing deadlines, though board members describe it as a preliminary move.  Whether the full $150,000 levy, or potentially a lower sum, is finally instated by the end of 2014, will hinge on several factors over the next three months.
“The main word here is preliminary,” said board member Les Rotz, following the vote.

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Pelican spirit is spelled: H-O-M-E-C-O-M-I-N-G

Word game introduces Homecoming royalty

Six candidates for Pelican Rapids High School Homecoming King and Queen were announced at a Sept. 12 pep rally.
The candidates were announced with a unique “Wheel of Fortune” style spelling and word game, where letters were selected as the entire student body solved the word game to spell the names of the six candidates. Student Council advisor Doug Bruggeman, right, was the host of the “game show” format event, while students filled in the letters on the board, background,
Candidates are pictured above with their names on the board: Gauge Lee, Tyler Honrud, Guillermo Rosiles, Lincoln Haiby, Kaylee Resch and Sam Waller.

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.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican Rapids Vikings one-point victory settled with less than two minutes remaining

The Pelican Rapids High School football team won an exciting 27-26 game on their home field Sept. 12.  A 95 yard run by Guage Lee, followed by an extra point kick from the foot of Hobet Diaz  sealed the victory over Barnesville  with less than two minutes remaining in the game

PICTURED:  Coach Dave Haugen cogratulating his troops after the victory

Pelican to Perham trail plan approved

The master plan for a recreational trail from Pelican Rapids to Perham, also running through Maplewood State Park, was approved Tuesday, Sept. 9, by the five-person Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.
The trail will be built in stages, when grant money becomes available. One source will likely be the Legacy Amendment. In 2008 Minnesota voters approved the amendment that increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent.
The legislation, in part, supports parks and trails and also protects lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.
Stage one of the Pelican Rapids to Perham trail will involve construction from Pelican Rapids, south to County Highway 3. The trail will then head easterly to Maplewood State Park.  read entire story. . . .

CROP Walk Oct. 5 Hike to feed hungry set during Maplewood Park ‘Leaf Days’

Area churches and organizations are gearing up for Pelican’s 31st annual CROP Walk Sunday, Oct. 5, at Maplewood State Park. The 2 p.m. event is designed to raise awareness and money for international relief and development.
Walkers are asked to collect donations before the 6.2-mile fund-raiser walk. The 6.2-mile course follows paved and gravel roads and dirt trails, but a 3.1-mile paved road option is also available and is a welcome option for some.
Registration packets are being distributed to local churches and the school’s National Honor Society chapter. An on-line fund-raising option is also available this year.
As in past years, the local Lions Club and Rotary Club are donating refreshments. Lake Region Electric Cooperative is supplying day passes for walk participants at the state park.
Pelican’s CROP Walk is the oldest continuous CROP Walk in the state and generally aims to raise $4,000 each year, one-fourth of which is designated to the local food shelf.
For more information, contact Julie Tunheim, Trinity Lutheran Church Mission & Social Concerns Board, 218-849-1426.

‘PRIDE’ award, Pelican Chamber member of year were highlights of annual meeting at Lida Greens

Contributions to the betterment of Pelican Rapids and the surrounding area and the business community were rewarded Sept. 11 at the  Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
Honored for years of civic service and volunteerism was Ben Woessner, who received the Pelican Rapids PRIDE award.
Named “Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year” was Andrew Johnson, owner of Riverview Place Floral and Gifts.
Nearly 80 attended the annual meeting, which was hosted by the Hilber family at the Lida Golf Greens barn loft meeting facility.
Mayor, former school board member, and civic volunteer Woessner received several nominations, each independent of one another.  “I was surprised to see that (Woessner) was not already a recipient,” wrote one individual in her  nomination proposal.  read entire story. . . .