John McMillen, Al Grothe, Mike Douglas, Jim Fletcher

Special recognition for Pelican Rapids teachers of the past has become a part of the “Hall of Fame” induction event. 

Four teachers with long service in Pelican Rapids will be recognized this week:

• John McMillen — whose service included Viking Elementary School 4th grade classroom teaching more than 30 years, as well as many other contributions to the school and community.  “We started out with great friends and that pattern continued…My family loves this great community.  It is awesome,” wrote McMillen.

• Mike Douglas  — Geography, Science, and economics teacher for about 30 years in Pelican.  A versatile coach, in football, basketball, and track.  “In my 32 years of teaching in Pelican Rapids never once did I wish I was in a different school,” wrote Douglas.

• Jim Fletcher — Art teacher at Pelican High School, who also taught computer graphics, and video production for thirty years.  A well-known artist, whose work has been shown and circulated nationwide, Fletcher remains “privileged to call Pelican home.”

• Al Grothe — A North Dakota native, Grothe began teaching in Pelican in the 1960s. He was also involved in local Boy Scouting for some 30 years—and has been a lay minister, and active member of Faith Lutheran.  “I never intended to stay in Pelican but I can honestly say that I don’t ever regret my decisions,” wrote Grothe.  “Pelican Rapids and School District 548 are wonderful and I still love it here.”