Paul Gubrud

Author’s note: I was fortunate to have known Truman Strand. He was one of the first non-turkey plant people I met when I first moved to Pelican Rapids. I felt like an outsider in town back then… until one day I went to the hardware store. 

Truman waited on me and asked me if I was new to the area. I told him about myself, and we got to know each other. He was so warm and friendly. He welcomed me to Pelican Rapids and made me feel like I belonged here.

 I will never forget that conversation with him.

—Paul Gubrud, special correspondent

 History enthusiast, regular contributor to the 

Pelican Rapids Press