• Gary Puckett’s fond connection to Pelican…

    | Published on July 2, 2020 at 10:35pm CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    An update on the long performance career of Gary Puckett was published in the June 25 edition of the Pelican Rapids Press. The singer and recording artist, of “Union Gap” fame, had deep connections to Pelican Rapids—and spent many summer days here with grandparents, aunts and uncles. Puckett offered a personal comment to the Pelican Rapids community,… Read More

  • Taking aim at 2020-21 school year

    | Published on July 2, 2020 at 10:28pm CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    Pelican grad Andy Johnson to return to teach in hometown; Spanish position revised for full time Staffing for the 2020-21 school year is beginning to take shape. A new teacher, with strong local connections, was hired at a special Pelican Rapids School Board meeting June 26. Meanwhile, at least three more positions are expected to be finalized… Read More

  • COVID-cancelled Shrine circus replaced…with free bikes for kids

    | Published on July 2, 2020 at 10:22pm CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    Area Shriners, Masons delight Pelican kids unable to go to the big show this year Area Shriners and Masons don’t do stuff on a small scale. Normally, they entertain kids with big things—like elephants and three-ring circuses. And clowns, acrobats, and daring performers on tightropes and trapezes, in the spotlight. Well, due to COVID circumstances beyond their control,… Read More

  • Businesses nervous, some close, over uncertainties with protest

    | Published on June 25, 2020 at 9:08am CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    With some businesses closing as a caution on the day of the June 19 Pelican Rapids protest, there were some unhappy voices in the business community. Among the businesses closed were two downtown bank facilities. While the demonstration was peaceful and orderly, the impact on local business was a genuine issue for downtown merchants—though difficult to measure…. Read More

  • Pelican ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations peaceful

    | Published on June 25, 2020 at 8:56am CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    One of the last vehicles to pass the demonstration-protest gathering June 19 was black, white, and labeled “Pelican Rapids Police Department.” Inside the squad car was Police Chief Jeff Stadum. The city’s top cop flashed a smile, and a “thumbs up” hand gesture. Waving back to the chief were a handful of protesters who were cleaning up,… Read More

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