Preparations for a new swimming pool continue, as the fundraising campaign broke the $2 million mark recently. 

There’s still a ways to go, as the target is $3.7 million. But the Pelican Rapids City Council approved a $2,000 expense to update the plans and prices of the pool, which were originally completed by Design Intent Architecture Fergus Falls. 

The pool committee is considering revisions that incorporate solar power options at the pool-aquatic complex. Pelican Rapids city public works and parks superintendent Brian Olson said the architect’s update would also review the project’s cost. 

Slippery conditions at recycling station discussed 

“Treacherous” conditions at the recycling units on the south end of town prompted Pelican city council member Steve Strand to bring up the subject of sanding at the lot. 

The icy conditions are potentially hazardous. The property is no longer owned by Otter Tail County, but the recycling bins are managed by the county. 

City administrator Don Solga said they would contact the county about sanding the site, to reduce the slippery conditions. 

Skaters enjoying rink, but no warming house

Skating appears to be a great pandemic hobby for kids and families—even without a shelter to step in and warm up. 

Pelican Rapids city public works and parks superintendent Brian Olson reported that there has been a surprising amount of activity at the ice rink. 

“Every time I go by, there’s kids out there,” said Olson. 

Due to pandemic precautions, the warming house is not open. However, the city has placed benches by the rink, where skaters can catch a breather.