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Speak Up During National  Bullying Prevention Month

With classes, sports, homework and other activities, weekdays are action packed for kids. Unfortunately, some students deal with an unwelcome addition to their daily routine -- bullying. An estimated 13 million students are bullied annually, according to government statistics.
 With online social media so widely available to kids today, bullying doesn’t necessarily stop after school, and often takes place round-the-clock.  The repercussions can be missed days of school, depression and even suicide.
 Fortunately, kids are getting more help these days as bullying prevention efforts are growing nationwide.
 Cartoon Network has been a pioneer in this space and its “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign has been empowering bystanders to put a stop to bullying since it launched in 2010. On average, more than 100,000 people visit the initiative’s website monthly to learn prevention strategies.  read entire story. . . .

Red Horse Ranch donates ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ Proceeds to cancer center

Nearly $6,000 raised at rodeo event
For the 8th consecutive year, Red Horse Ranch and thousands of rodeo fans were “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” at the PRCA Rodeo’s cancer awareness & fundraising night on Saturday, August 9.
Red Horse Ranch donated two-dollars from every ticket sold for that night to the Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) Cancer Care & Research Center and recently presented the check for $5,950 to Echo Breen, Administrative Director at the Cancer Center and Katie Johnson from the Lake Region Healthcare Foundation.
"We are so appreciative of this partnership with Wrangler and with Lake Region Healthcare. We are honored to have the opportunity to support a cancer care and research center that is both close to home and that offers exceptional care,” said Nicole Rostad, Business Manager at Red Horse Ranch.    read entire story. . . .

Rural Pelican man injured in auger mishap

The Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, Sept. 8, reported that a rural Pelican Rapids man was injured in an auger accident on the family farm.
Darrel Forsgren, 72, who lives near Outlet Beach Road near North Lake Lida, was attempting to unplug an automatic auger system when the auger started with his hand inside. He was able to free himself before first responders arrived.
He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes by Pelican Rapids Ringdahl Ambulance.

Reward offered in
flag vandalism case
As of Sept. 8 there was a $1,000 reward for anyone providing solid tips leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for flag vandalism Aug. 31 in Underwood. On that date 10 American flags were vandalized in the town of Underwood.  read entire story. . . .

No injuries in 3-car accident

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in a three-vehicle accident Sept. 10 southeast of Fergus Falls, near Big Chief Café. The mishap took place along Highway 82 at 7:14 a.m.
One vehicle making a left turn collided with a pickup. In turn, the pickup struck another vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office reported three additional accidents.
A semi drove off the roadway west of Deer Creek, at the intersection of Highway 50 and 530th Avenue. There was damage to a portable construction sign. The mishap took place at 9:35 a.m. on Sept. 10.
Another vehicle accident near Fergus Falls, at Birchwood Estates Road, involved two juveniles. Neither one was injured in the accident that took place at 5:55 p.m. on Sept. 10.
Significant damage took place to a vehicle following an accident at 8:39 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the intersection of Highway 78 and Fort Thunder Road, south of Perham. No injuries were reported.  read entire story. . . .

Final lake coalition meeting set Sept. 18 in Ottertail

The final meeting of the season for the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations will be held   September 18 at the Ottertail Community Center at 7 p.m.
The main program will feature the regional hydrologists from the Department of Natural Resources. Discussion will include groundwater, irrigation, stream and lake levels, and outlet dams.
The next Executive Committee meeting will follow on Monday, September 22 at  Thumper Pond. Meeting is 5 p.m.

Minnesota orchards ‘open for picking’

Minnesota apple growers are reporting orchards full of big, high quality apples for fall family fun. Orchards are open for picking across the state with many ripe varieties on the trees.
Charlie Johnson, President of the Minnesota Apple Growers Association, said the 2014 crop will be good for growers and consumers, despite the especially harsh winter, “Many varieties will be as big, or bigger than last year. The harsh winter weather has affected some varieties, in some orchards, but most producers have come through the winter with an excellent crop!”
Minnesota is known for flavorful apple varieties specifically bred to thrive in our climate. This includes University of Minnesota cultivars such as the Zestar!, Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Haralson and Sweet Sixteen.
Most growers report varieties are ripening slightly later than typical, due to the late spring. Because there are so many delicious apple varieties to choose from, and seasonality depends on weather, please call your orchard to determine what is ripe and ready for picking.  read entire story. . . .

‘Green Thumbs’ invited to Master Gardener program

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer.  Applications are being accepted for the West Otter Tail County Extension Master Gardener Program now until October 1, 2014.
Individuals selected for the program begin an internship that starts with the Master Gardener core course training on January 9, 2015.  The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.
Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.  You might answer plant questions by phone or at an information booth, write a newspaper column, or make a presentation to a community group.  read entire story. . . .

Veterans Art Show  opens Sept. 25

The area is invited to a reception for an art show representing the work of three area veterans on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the ITOW Veterans Museum gallery, Perham.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists who will discuss their work, including:
Erv Wegscheid, painting; Mark Lehman, mixed media featuring art from rubbing of ancient brass plates; and Charlie Silbernagel, wood working.
This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Artists that would like to be considered for future gallery shows are encouraged to attend. The Veterans Art Show continues through Veterans Day.
ITOW Veterans Museum gallery is located in the HACA Events Center in Perham at 805 W. Main, on the west side of downtown Perham. Please note this is not the organization’s mailing address.
The gallery exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
For more information call 218-346-7678. Direct email inquiries to hacaeotc@gmail.com.

Pelican Spanish students to travel to San Antonio; cookbook among projects

Spanish students at elican Rapids High School will be San Antonio-bound this year.
Extended trips are rotated between the Spanish group, the Pelican Rapids choir and the band.  
This year, it is the Spanish group’s turn in the rotation.  Reporting on fundraising plans for the San Antonio trip at a recent Pelican Rapids School Board meeting was instructor Bridget Holl.
The group will be publishing a cookbook, with plans to release the book in time for Christmas.
Funds generated at concession sales are, in part, used for school trips, and are shared between the Spanish group, the band and choir.  Also, students who work at the concession receive extra compensation, said Holl.
Other fundaisers discussed include a Hispanic celebration, a Valentine’s Day fundariser and frozen pizza and food sales.

Gardeners prepare for freeze threat

The Pelican Rapids Community Garden was decorated with fabric of all colors Sept. 12. With forecasts of an early freeze, gardeners at the community plots scrambled for anything they could find to cover their tomato plants. This scene of shrouded plants was taken at the community garden on the east end of town.  (Photo submitted by Bonnie Del Greco.)

Workshop set at history association gathering includes area presenter

The annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History will be held this year in St. Paul on September 17-20.
One of the largest national gatherings for history professionals, this year's conference features addresses by Garrison Keillor, Dr. Anton Treuer and Marilyn Carlson Nelson.
Hosting a roundtable workshop at the conference will be Lina Belar, Kathy Enger and Syd MacLean. Belar is the creator of the ITOW Veterans Museum and founder and retired director of the Friends of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, both in Perham, Minnesota.
Kathy Enger is executive director of Northern Lights Library Network, a multi-type library system in northwest Minnesota. MacLean is a Vietnam veteran, member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a former commander of the Perham VFW. The topic of their session is And Then a Miracle Occurred: Connecting Local History to National Initiatives.  read entire story. . . .

United Way takes aim at $320,000 county goal; Pelican United Way events slated Oct. 2-3

United Way is excited to announce the kick-off of the 2014 Giving Campaign in Otter Tail County.
For the last two years, United Way has  reached and exceeded the campaign goal and hope to accomplish the same this year with the objective of $320,000.
United Way of Otter Tail County’s focus is on education, income and health — the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done, according to Mary Phillipe, executive director of United Way of Otter Tail County.  read entire story. . . .

Lake Region Healthcare breaks ground on new clinic

Facility in Fergus Falls to be completed in late 2015

Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) has broken ground on its new Fergus Falls main clinic on West Vernon Ave.
The state-of-the-art facility is slated to open late 2015 with a temporary entrance and parking lot. The final demolition of the old clinic and completion of the parking area will occur mid-2016.
“The clinic building plan is a crucial first step of a master facility plan that accounts for the changes and growth needed across the Lake Region Healthcare campus for the next 30+ years,” Larry Schulz, President & CEO of LRH, said. “We have grown from 46 to over 80 medical providers in the last three years and added several specialty care services. As needs change and as the role of technology changes, the community deserves a facility that can accommodate what patients will need and expect for quality healthcare.”  read entire story. . . .

Autumn color finder will help travelers with trip planning

Minnesota state park and trail visitors will soon be seeing red and orange and yellow and countless other shades of autumn as the leaves and prairie grasses put on their annual show.
To help travelers plan their fall hikes, bike rides, paddling trips and scenic drives to coincide as closely as possible with peak color, staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will update an online fall color finder at www.mndnr.gov/fallcolor every Thursday, starting Sept. 4. This online trip-planning tool includes a map showing where to find peak color across the state, a link to fall color programs and special events, a slideshow and a photo uploader that provides an easy way for people to share their favorite fall color images.  read entire story. . . .

Nurse practitioner joins  Essentia Elder Care

Nurse Practitioner Leah Hochstein has joined the Elder Care Department at the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes Clinic in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
As part of the Elder Care team, Hochstein will care for adults at skilled nursing facilities in the area. “The Elder Care Program at Essentia Health in Detroit lakes has a well-established reputation of providing optimum care for older adults in the community,” she says.  “I am honored to be a part of this respected group.”
Hochstein earned a master’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. She is certified as a gerontology nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Hochstein enjoys caring for the geriatric population. “I enjoy the holistic needs of older adults and the many challenges those requirements create,” she says.
“Life is a journey of beginnings and endings, all of which are unique to each person,” says Hochstein.  “My role as a nurse practitioner is to provide support and guidance throughout all these changes of life.”
To see Hochstein’s full profile, visit EssentiaHealth.org and click on “Find a Medical Professional.”