Folks who formed the historic foundation for the Pelican Rapids school district will be honored under an ambitious new initiative 

A Pelican school “Hall of Fame” program is being organized, and the first inductees are expected to be announced Homecoming weekend,  Oct. 4-5.  

The Hall is intended for athletes, teams, and coaches–and friends of Pelican sports.

 The concept was, in part, an outgrowth of the Fine Arts Auditorium committee–which is raising funds for enhancements to the school’s beautiful new performance venue.  

Also serving on the Hall of Fame panel are Principal Brian Korf, a Pelican graduate himself, and Derrick Nelson, activities director. Also involved is Doug Bruggeman, longtime coach and teacher.  

The timeline is also an ambitious undertaking, as  the group is hoping to receive nominations for deserving recipients by the end of July.   nomination forms are available at the Pelican Rapids district headquarters, and can also be printed out at the Pelican school website

Similar Hall of Fame programs are not uncommon in schools.  

Plans call for an introduction of the first “class” of inductees at the Homecoming football game Oct. 4; and a banquet launching the Hall of Fame on Saturday night Oct. 5.  

“Some of the people on the committee have a long history of living in Pelican Rapids,” noted Nelson, which will be helpful in examining nominees with a long term perspective. 

Establishing the Hall in a timely fashion is important, because the committee is anxious to recognize in particular those who may date back several decades in the connection to the Pelican schools. 

“If we wait another five years, some folks may pass away,” said Nelson.  “The longer you wait, you may miss the opportunity to recognize some people who have done great things for the school.”

Some form of permanent recognition, such as a display case with photos and other items, will be created–though those plans are still taking shape, according to Korf.  

A likely spot for a Hall of Fame installation is in lobby area of the Al Siegle Activities Center–which is named after a likely Hall of Fame nominee.  Longtime coach and educator Siegle, who died about three years ago, is revered as a Pelican school icon from the 1960s to his death–as he continued to volunteer and contribute in various ways long after he retired. 

The Homecoming weekend induction and banquet will also feature a silent auction, noted Korf.  

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Nominations sought for Pelican Hall of Fame 

The Pelican Rapids School District Hall of Fame committee has outlined a set of criteria for nominees.

The nomination forms are available at Pelican district offices, and can be printed out from the school website. 

The form requests name of individual coach or athlete, or specific team, and also the reason for nomination. 

There is also a “Friend of Pelican” nomination, for individuals that have been active in supporting Pelican sports. 

Nominations are due by July 31.