Three departing Pelican Rapids school staff were honored at the “parking lot parade” May 21, where students and staff said farewell for the summer.
From left, 19 year Pelican art teacher Robyn Dial; 31-year Pelican elementary school teacher Kim Haugrud’; and 19 year staffer Pam Bakken

Longtime teachers will be gone next year, with not more than a mention—as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented formal farewells and gatherings.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will be returning to Pelican Rapids to teach art.

Adam Satterlie, a Pelican Rapids graduate himself who has taught several years at a Twin cities area Charter school, will be returning to his hometown to teach art at his old high school. Satterlie’s position is a .87 time, slightly less than full-time.

He replaces Robyn Dial, who has taught art for nearly 20 years in Pelican Rapids, but retired from the district at the end of the current school year.

Longtime Viking Elementary School teacher Kim Haugrud is retiring after this year. Also retiring at the Viking school is Pam Bakken.

The school board also formally accepted the retirement of Todd Huseby as a summer custodian, effective May 29.

In other personnel matters, hired as a second grade teacher next year is Madison Oswald. She is a graduate of Frazee High School and Minnesota State University-Moorhead.