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Family Festival brings carnival atmosphere to Pelican elementary for  second annual event

Spring is here, and it is again carnival time at the Pelican Rapids Elementary School.
The Parent Teacher Partnership is again planning its Family Festival, which was very popular last year. The event is  April 25, 4:30-7  p.m. at Viking Elementary School.
This year the event is  “bigger and better,” said co-chair Staci Haiby.  
•Bingo for Books
•Princess Parlor, where children can have hair styled by professional stylists
•Serving hot dogs, concessions
•Silent auction baskets, including a variety of items–mosly donated by area merchants.
All students must be accompanied by an adult.  read entire story. . . .

Lake Region Electric named 2014  Tree Line USA by Arbor Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Lake Region Electric Cooperative a 2014 Tree Line USA in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider’s service area.
Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America’s urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.  read entire story. . . .

‘Food  for  Fines’

Library week celebrated with fine forgiveness in exchange for food shelf gifts

Pelican Rapids Public Library joins the Viking Library System in celebrating National Library Week.
Starting April 14 continuing thru April 19, the Pelican Rapids Library will forgive $1 of fines for each unexpired, unopened food item donated. This does not apply to lost or damaged fees.
Bring in food items while the library is open.
Food items will be donated to the Pelican Rapids Food Shelf at the end of the program.
Cooperating libraries include Douglas County, Elbow Lake, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Hancock, Morris, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, Perham, Wheaton, and the Viking Library System.

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Archer Jim McBride honored for lifetime with bows, arrows

There are approximately twenty million archers in the USA and the Minnesota State Archery Association recognized one of them with a “Life Time Achievement Award.”
The presentation was made at their annual banquet April 5 to Rev. Jim McBride of Pelican Rapids, who is a long-time member of the Heart of Lakes Bowhunters Club in Detroit Lakes.
The award exemplifies McBride’s dedication to promoting the sport of archery for all ages, his work within the state organization, and efforts in his local club. McBride has seen a lot of changes in his life long journey in the field of archery.
A native of Kenmare, North Dakota, McBride grew up in a family of five, hunted regularly with his father and worked in his family owned meat market.  read entire story. . . .

Art awards presented to Pelican students

Pelican Rapids High School art students brought home 11 awards at the recent arts competition. The  award winners’ artwork can be viewed at the Pelican Public Library through the end of April, as the student art exhibit will be on display all month.  read entire story. . . .

Runningen  named to  library board

Water restored to library March 10 after long freeze-up
         A new member has been named to the Pelican Rapids Library board.
Recommended for the seat, vacated by former board member Ruth Holmgren, was Wayne Runningen.  
The council approved Runningen’s appointment by unanimous vote at the April 8 meeting. In attendance at the meeting were board chair Teresa Thornton and library director Annie Wrigg. Runningen, a former Pelican Rapids mayor, has been involved in numerous civic and volunteer capacities over the years.
In other news from the library, Wrigg reported to the council that the library’s long “dry spell” came to an end March 10–when city water was restored after nearly a month.  The line froze between the interior and the city’s main line.  To correct the problem, it required unearthing part of the library grounds and  read entire story. . . .

From Nepal to the lakes area

Essentia clinic physician has multi-cultural background in common with Pelican Rapids  
Ethnic diversity is nothing new to Dr.  Dinesh Chaudhary, an immigrant from Nepal who speaks three languages–and now finds himself also learning a bit of Spanish and Somali in his  new position at the Essentia clinic in  Pelican Rapids.
An internal medicine family practioner, with background in pediatrics, Dr. Chaudhary has enjoyed experiencing the multi-cultural characteristics of the Pelican community.  read entire story. . . .

Veterans band brings big sound to Pelican April 24

The Red River Valley Veterans Band will return to Pelican Rapids for two concerts this month.
The band is  playing April 24 at the Pelican Valley Health Center at 7 p.m. and at VFW Post 5252 at 8:30.
The group is an all-volunteer concert band, about 50 instruments being played by some great musicians from all walks of life. Its mission is to promote patriotism through music.  read entire story. . . .

Students get ‘taste’ of spring at Maplewood park

Pelican Rapids school students recently visited Maplewood State Park– celebrating spring with a special maple-syrup “Maplewood Mondays” program.
The beautiful spring weather provided the  perfect classroom setting for learning about everything from maple tree biology, to learning how to tap a tree, to collecting and cooking sap to tasting pure maple syrup drizzled over ice cream.
It was a fun day and the weather couldn’t have been “sweeter.”
“We are thankful to have had the privilege to host such a fine gathering of students,” said Don Del Greco, Park Manager, Maplewood State Park.

Volunteers ready to go to work

Day of Caring projects sought for Pelican Rapids May 12
Wanted: Local volunteer projects for the “Day of Caring” in Pelican Rapids.
“We are in need of projects for the 2nd Annual Day of Caring event in Pelican,” Christi Stoll, volunteer and events coordinator for United Way of Otter Tail County.
“Students from the high school will rake lawns, clean out gardens, pick up sticks, etc... for senior citizens, military vets, and homebound individuals on the morning of May 12,” said Stoll. “But right now, we only have two projects so if you could let everyone you know who might be interested in this free service, please have them fill out an application. Or they can contact Maggie Driscoll at OAKS for an application or questions.”  read entire story. . . .

Dairy royalty crowned for  West Otter Tail County

The newly crowned 2014 West Otter Tail County Dairy Princess is Marissa Roden.  Marissa is from the Henning area.  Her parents are Thomas and Melody Roden.   Marissa will be participating in a statewide Dairy Princess Promotion and Leadership Event to be held at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, May 16-18, where she will learn lifelong skills of public speaking, media relations and dairy information delivery.
Pictured: 2014 Dairy Princess Marissa Roden and 2013 Dairy Princess Krista Aasness.
June is Dairy Month, for more info on having Marissa help you out with an event this summer, please contact the princess coordinator, Darla Marty at 218-736-2608.