Presented the patriotic flag display honor recently were Joe and Deanne Mohr, left. Presenting the honor is Ruth Holmgren, VFW Post 5252 Auxiliary officer.

Note the distinctive “flagpole,” with a bald eagle sculpture carved from a large tree that died on the Mohr property.

Prairie Lake residents Deanne and Joe Mohr display their “true colors” on their property north of Pelican Rapids. 

Joe and Deanne Mohr were recently presented a plaque for their displays of the U.S. flag—from the Pelican Rapids Post 5252 VFW Auxiliary. The patriotism award has been a special project for the past several years, given to property owners who have taken special steps to display the flag attractively and correctly. 

Making the presentation recently was Auxiliary officer Ruth Holmgren, who was one of the originator’s of the program for the VFW. 

The Mohrs, who have been residents in the Pelican area for 30 years, have a flag display on the lakeside and on the roadside—including flower beds and other features.

Midway down the driveway, they have created a special “flagpole”— which a chainsaw sculptor custom-created from a dead tree near the Mohr garage. 

Joe Mohr is a veteran, with five years of active duty in the U.S. Army—and 28 years with the Army Reserve. He served in the Persian Gulf, for both the Desert Shield and Desert Storm actions—and also for operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Both of the Mohrs have veterans in their extended families, as well. 

Th Mohr’s sons, Richard and Jordan, are both graduates of Pelican Rapids High School. 

The flag display award is presented intermittently, depending upon nominations from the public. The honor is intended for property owners within about a 20 mile radius of Pelican Rapids—basically, the territory of the Pelican school district. 

Pelican Rapids VFW Auxiliary officer Ruth Holmgren encourages area residents nominate property owners for the patriotic flag presentation award. Call 218-849-2691