Derrick Nelson brings 17 years of elementary education background to new post 

By Derrick Nelson, Viking Elementary School Principal, High School Activities Director 

I am very excited to be part of the great staff at Viking Elementary School.  

Our open house will take place on August 28 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Students and families are welcome to come and meet their teachers and get caught up with their friends. The first day of school is September 3. 

I have spent the last seven years at Pelican Rapids High School working as the Assistant Principal and Activities Director.  Prior to working at Pelican Rapids, I had 17 years of teaching experience in grades 4-6 in Medina, ND, Maddock, ND, and Underwood, MN. My wife Kim and children Kirby and Kia have truly enjoyed our time in Pelican Rapids and all the offerings of this great community.

Hats off to the custodial staff who have done a wonderful job of their yearly cleaning and improvements at the school. New flooring and paint has the school ready for the group of eager students to start the year.  Teachers have also been busy working in classrooms to prepare for the upcoming year.  It is fun to see all the excitement for the 2019-20 school year.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at 218-863-5910 or at