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PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS packed with hometown holiday shopping advertising, gift ideas ideas

Look for the November 26 edition, with holiday gift guides and shopping ideas––including Pelican-area merhants.
The Press is packed with inserts and circulars Nov. 26, including:
• Larry’s Supermarket
• Lakeland True Value
• Strand Hardware
•Strand Hardware-RADIO SHACK
• Family Dollar
• Menards
• Nelson Auto Center

Thanksgiving Week Kicks Off with Governor Dayton Talking Turkey

From left, Steve Olson - Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Executive Director, Governor Mark Dayton, John Gorton - Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President, Colleen Moriarty - Hunger Solutions of Minnesota Executive Director, Dave Frederickson - Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture.

Pelican's John Gorton has distinction of serving as president of Minnesota Turkey Growers Association during  organization's 75th anniversary year.

Governor Mark Dayton welcomed the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and two hen turkeys to the State Capitol today.
The event marks a time-honored tradition, going back since the 1940s, of Minnesota’s Governor kicking off Thanksgiving week.
This year, the event holds special significance as MTGA is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014.  read entire story. . . .



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Annual "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS" special edition featured in the Nov. 26 PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS!

Annual "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS" special edition featured in the Nov. 26 PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS!
•Preview of holiday lights parade  
•Christmas shopping gift ideas at area businesses
•Stories about upcoming festive events

EXTRA! EXTRA!...Read all about it...in ‘Farm Show’

Oddities from farm and field a publishing specialty for Pelican grad Mark Newhall

Shadetree mechanics, eccentric inventors and imaginative farmers are the folks that love the publication produced by former Pelican Rapids hometown boy Mark Newhall.
“Farm Show” is the periodical, and it has a loyal following of about 200,000 subscribers across the U.S. and Canada. Publisher Newhall was a Pelican kid, graduating from PRHS in 1972.
“Welcome to the ‘Farm Show’...Over the past 36 years our editors have logged millions of miles in search of latest new farm products and ‘made it myself’ ideas born in farm workshops.”
That’s an excerpt from some of the publication’s promotional text. Published  since 1977 out of Lakeville, Minnesota, it may be one of the more peculiar newspapers around–with an equally unusual business strategy.  read entire story. . . .

Real estate sales brokers pack Otter Tail county board meeting

Concerns center on hike in county recorder’s office fees

Plans to purchase windows based software for the County Recorder’s Office resulted in real estate representatives from throughout the county packing the county board meeting on Nov. 18 in Fergus Falls.
The County Recorder is the custodian of all records pertaining to real estate transfers.
County commissioners indicated that they had received letters from various businesses concerned about increased fees they would be paying for access to this new service which could be significantly higher than the current fees.
Brian Armstrong, County Land Services Director, submitted a handout with rationale to purchase windows based software for the Recorder’s Office from Fidlar Technologies.
“This software would be compatible with software currently used in the County Assessor and County Auditor’s offices,” said Armstrong.  read entire story. . . .

Refugees, immigrants give  thanks–for hometown help

Since Lutheran Social Services discontinued Pelican office, volunteers have kept the welcome mat out

If you stop by the Multicultural Resource Center on West Mill in Pelican Rapids on most afternoons, there is usually someone needing help filling out forms, the phones are always ringing, and the sound of the Somali language fills your ears.
Dianne Kimm sits in the middle of all this bustle with Abdirashid Dool, the other volunteer who runs the office.  
The office was originally set up  by Lutheran Social Services to run their refugee program in west central Minnesota. In 2012, LSS closed the office because there were fewer refugees being settled in Pelican Rapids.
However, the Somali population in town still felt a need for a place where they could get help with applications, phone conversations in English, and advice.
The Somali elders, a loosely knit group of older Somali men who had lived in Pelican Rapids for some time and who do problem solving for the Somali community, contacted the other Somalis in town about reopening the office with volunteer labor.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican athlete who sustained brain injury at 1978 meet dies at age 52

A young Pelican Rapids athlete who sustained a brain injury as a result of a pole vault accident more than three decades ago has died at age 52.
David Lindstrom was on the Pelican Rapids Vikings track team when the incident occured on April 5, 1978. He sustained a severe brain injury competing in the pole vault during a high school invitational track meet at Moorhead State University. David spent nine months rehabilitating in hospitals after the accident. In 1980 David graduated from Pelican High School. After graduating he spent a year attending a special program at Moorhead State University.

Pelican holiday plans taking shape

Horse teams and wagons will again form a parade on main street in Pelican Rapids Nov. 28.  
The parade is scheduled for  6:30 p.m., and at least 20 wagons and horse teams are anticipated, according to Cindy Trane, who coordinates the event that has become a Pelican Rapids holiday tradition.
In conjunction with the parade, many downtown Pelican Rapids merchants host holiday open houses and promotions.  
“This event is wonderful to watch and brings the Spirit of Christmas out in the community,” said Jennifer Hams, Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Also planned for the Pelican Chamber holiday scheduley is a “Holiday Showcase” event December 4. Larry’s SuperMarket will be hosting its annual “Taste of the Holidays” Thursday, December 4 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.  
Minnesota National Bank has agreed to join in on the festivities and will have Santa and Girl Scouts with activities that same evening.
Other businesses are planning to participate as well by having holiday open houses December 4.  
 read entire story. . . .

DNR reminder:  Ice is not safe

Ice is forming on some lakes, rivers and ponds around Minnesota, but DNR conservation officers warn it is too early to venture out.  
“The thin layers of ice forming on some Minnesota waters right now are not safe,” said Maj. Greg Salo, operations manager, DNR Enforcement Division. “A few days of cold temperatures don’t create ice strong enough to hold a person.”
According to Salo, three people died last winter after falling through the ice.
The DNR recommends anyone heading out on the ice should: carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort— ask about ice conditions— and measure the ice.
DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:
4 inches for walking.
5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
8-12 inches for a car.
12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.
For more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html.