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Four-day school week public  input sessions set this week

To prepare an applicaation to the state to continue the four day week, public input must be gathered.
To prepare an applicaation to the state to continue the four day week, public input must be gathered.
The Pelican Rapids School Board has two dates this week:
Feb. 27---An afternoon input session at 1 p.m., which is intended to give those with different work schedules an opportunity to express their views. At the high school conference room.
Feb. 28---This is a Saturday session, offering weekday workers a chance to offer input.  10 a.m. at the high school gym

She has a name: Nimuué (NIM-oo-ay)

Crowd packs library to learn more about ‘Pelican Skeleton’

Fifteen-years-old, five-feet-one-inch tall; the lady with a slight build and Samoan features held her elk-antler-crafted dagger high.
For thousands of years, she wielded the knife overhead–covered by earth and silt.
How many thousands of years?
Nobody knows how many birthdays “Minnesota Woman” celebrated in her underground lair. The famous “Pelican Skeleton” has been estimated at 6,000 years old; at 7,840; and at 15,000.
Scientist Phletus Williams places the age of the skeleton at 17,000–though his estimate is hardly conclusive.
But for certain–the remains of the pre-Native American human is one the oldest skeletons discovered in North America.  read entire story. . . .

Ice in disarray

Unusual ice heave activity on area lakes reflects Mother Nature’s awesome power...and stark beauty

“Beauty, danger, destruction...”
That’s how one regular lake country visitor–and avid photographer– described the helter skelter array of ice ridges, ice heaves and ice chunks he witnessed around Lake Lida recently.
While ice heaves are not necessarily uncommon, “this year there seemed to be more and they were impressive,” wrote Jeff Olson, who submitted to the Pelican Rapids Press a sequence of dramatic photos of Mother Nature’s handiwork.  
“Ice in disarray” has been the talk of the lakes for the winter of 2015, and the DNR has received more calls than usual on the topic.
“It is an unusual year,” said Julie Aadland, area DNR hydrologist, Minnesota Department of Natural  read entire story. . . .

High costs stall lake area natural gas proposal

An ambitious plan to bring  natural gas to upwards of 1,000 homes and businesses  in the Pelican, Sallie and Melissa lakes area has been placed on the back shelf.
Monthly surcharge costs to homeowners of $75 to $115 per connection–not including charges for natural gas consumption–rendered the project unfeasible at this time.
It is uncertain whether the project will be revived in the future, but the hoped-for 2015 construction is not being considered, said Pam Sarvela, external relations manager with Minnesota Energy Resources.
“The costs came in extremely high,” said Sarvela. “We felt there was too much risk for us.”  read entire story. . . .

Security issues discussed by Pelican council

Security was on the minds of Pelican Rapids City Council members and city staff, as they discussed tightened safety measures at city hall.
The discussion was sparked, in part, by the tragic incident in New Hope, Minnesota, in January. Two police officers were shot by a gunman outside a city council meeting, and a male suspect was shot and killed.
“We’re vulnerable here,” said Don Solga, city administrator, at the Feb. 13 Pelican Rapids City Council meeting.  read entire story. . . .

Fire call to Pelican Lake a reminder to check vents, inspect heating system

Firefighters were dispatched to a Pelican Lake residence Feb. 17, on what turned out to be a faulty carbon monoxide detector.
Members of the Pelican Rapids Fire Department checked the meters and lines for leaks, but everything was clear, according to Fire Chief
Trevor  Steeves.
But the call was an opportunity to send out a reminder to area home and business owners–to check vents, exhausts and intakes to make sure they are not frozen up.
With colder temperatures in the region last week, and potentially more in the future,   anyone who uses fuel-burning heating equipment is encouraged to have appliances, chimneys and exhaust vents checked  to ensure their proper operation and avoid a build-up of carbon monoxide.
A malfunctioning furnace, boiler, water heater or stove can emit CO into your home. In addition, renovations to a home that place a furnace into an enclosed space without proper ventilation may create improper air flow and produce high levels of CO.
Homeowners are urged to ensure that flues and chimneys associated with these appliances are checked.  Blocked or improperly lined chimneys and flues are a common source of CO inside of homes.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Signs within a home that an appliance may be malfunctioning and producing CO include:
•Condensation on walls and windows
•House plants dying  read entire story. . . .

Volunteers sought to help increase awareness of Pelican connection to ‘Minnesota Woman’

The quest to deepen the relationship between Pelican Rapids and its most famous citizen began officially Feb. 19.
“Minnesota Woman,” the skeleton dated at more than 6,000 years old, was the focus of a presentation by Phletus and Sally Williams.
Their many goals include the expansion of the historic landmark to include interpretive features and displays.
But for Phletus, one of the most rewarding goals is a simple one:
“I would love it if a Pelican Rapids High School student would become an archeologist!” said Phletus at the program, which included a summary of the  science behind the Minnesota Woman.  read entire story. . . .

Low bid for school: $13.4 million

Meinecke-Johnson likely winner of Pelican renovation-expansion contract

At $13.48 million, the Pelican Rapids school renovation and expansion will be completed by Fargo-based firm Meinecke-Johnson.
The bid was tentatively accepted Feb. 13–pending formal approval by the full school board. The next school board meeting is Feb. 23, when an official vote will be taken.
Four bids were submitted–with three of them falling within less than $200,000 of one another.
Board members were pleased with the competitive environment, with all three of the top bidders coming within the re-budgeted range.
“The bids came in about where we expected,” said Curt Kluznik, ICS Consulting project manager, in his review with the school’s building committee Feb. 13. “It was a good day. The numbers were where we expected them to be.”  read entire story. . . .

Area townships, cities to meet with Pelican firefighters

Officials from area townships and cities will meet with Pelican Rapids Volunteer Fire Department representatives Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at the Pelican Fire Hall.
The annual meeting is a tradition, when township officers get a chance to discuss the fire protection contracts, inspect fire department equipment, review the past year, and look ahead to the new year.
Served by Pelican volunteer firefighters are all or parts of the townships of:
These jurisdictions contract with the Pelican Rapids Fire Department for fire protection services.
The contracts vary widely, depending on the size, property value and population of the township or city. A formula with this data determines the annual cost of the contract.  read entire story. . . .

Will frozen water lines be issue this winter?

Only time–and Ma Nature–will tell

Will home and business owners in Pelican Rapids need to run water to avoid freezing pipes this year?
It is uncertain at this point, but the city is asking residents to be prepared.
Last year, due to a number of climate condition factors, there were frozen lines throughout the city–as well as rural areas.  
A general rule is that if the temperature of the water running from your faucet falls below 40 degrees, that is the time to run a pencil-thin stream of water, said Pelican city street and public works superintendent Brian Olson at the Feb. 10 city council meeting.  read entire story. . . .