A sky-scraping piece of Pelican Rapids history will disappear from the cityscape—with the deemolition of the bulk livestock feed mill.
The Pelican Rapids Farmers Elevator cooperative made the decision to close the feed mill January of 2020.
On Jan. 26, 2021, the heavy equipment began dismantling the structure.
The decline in dairy farms and hog operations resulted in a decline in feed sales.
“Over the years, it’s just gotten smaller. Twenty years ago, it was a busy place–but there is less and less demand for feed,” said Peter Scott, elevator manager, last year. Closing the mill was an “ongoing topic for the (cooperative) board for the past few years…It was just a matter of time before we would have to end it” he added.
The mill, built in 1958 closed in late February2020.