Kim Haugrud
Robyn Dial

Two longtime teachers in the Pelican Rapids School District will be leaving at the end of the school year.

Viking Elementary School teacher Kim Haugrud who has been on staff since 1989, will be retiring—effective at the end of the current school year.

Also leaving is art instructor Robyn Dial, who has been with the Pelican district since 2001.

Thanking the district “for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing community,” Haugrud wrote that “students have made my years of teaching both challenging and enjoyable.”

“The staff is a group that cares about the needs of the students and is resourceful in creating an environment that engages learning,” wrote Haugrud. “I have also been fortunate to start and end my career with a supportive and knowledgeable administration.”

Art teacher Dial said “after a long period of reflection and consideration” she decided to retire to travel and spend time with family and friends.

“Teaching (at Pelican) has truly been an enlighting and joyful experience. The district has provided me the opportunity to spread my love for the visual arts with K-12 students over the past 19 years,” wrote Dial, in her resignation letter to Principal Brian Korf.

“It’s been rewarding to work in the district with a caring and supportive staff and an excellent group of talented and diverse students. I consider every student a blessing and I am honored to have had them in my life.”

“I know the district … will continue to put our students first and I wish you all great success, peace and happiness.”