The Banton family posed for a photo in front of the Pelican Rapids Swimming Pool “thermometer” fundraising sign.
The sign is positioned across Highway 59 from the Pelican Rapids High School campus
Jenkins Family: David (2nd grade), Vincent (Kg), Mia (Pre-K)
Breen Family: Rachal (3rd grade), MaryBeth (1st grade), Myra (Pre-K)
Logan Petznick, 2020 Pelican Rapids High School graduate and a Freshman in college, shows his support for his hometown swimming pool.

Pool Booster Wayne Woolever, a retired Pelican Rapids school teacher, offered to match $50 for anybody willing to orchestrate a crazy winter swimsuit photo in support of the campaign for a new aquatic center

Minnesota National pledges $10,000 to Pelican pool campaign

Another donor to the Pelican Rapids Pool campaign, as the calendar neared the end of 2020, was Minnesota National Bank. 

Pictured from left: Minnesota National’s Andrew Sorum, pool committee member Mark Dokken, and Shelley Gummeringer, Minnesota National. The bank donated $10,000, to be phased in over three years, 2020-22. 

Numerous donations came in a flurry as year 2020 wound to a close, some of which have not yet been publicized. Watch future editions of the Pelican Rapids Press for updates on the pool drive. The goal is $3.7 million. 

A more detailed report is pending from West Central Initiative, which is handling the financial administration of the pool campaign. But it appears that the $2 million mark has been reached and exceeded. 

More photos of kids, families showing support of pool in their ‘winter swimwear’

Many families and children from the Pelican Rapids area rallied for the swimming pool fundraising campaign by dressing up in swim suits and having their photo snapped by the fundraising “thermometer” which has been updated regularly as donations have come in. 

Pool Booster Wayne Woolever, a retired Pelican Rapids school teacher, offered to match $50 for any family willing to orchestrate a crazy photo in support of the campaign for a new pool and aquatic center. The Press published a bunch of the photos in the Jan. 7 edition, and printed here are several more.