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  • Pelican Chamber, city pondering how to staff old city hall offices

    | Published on September 19, 2018 at 4:19pm CDT Pelican Press| Author: Pelican Press

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    Historic City Hall has been a downtown landmark since 1900, and Chamber of Commerce headquarters since 2002. But today–the doors are closed. Facing difficulty in hiring, retaining and budgeting a full time office staffer, the Pelican Chamber of Commerce is heading in a new direction. The Chamber board has decided to relinquish its staffing of the office, though it will continue… Read More

  • County goes back in time

    | Published on September 19, 2018 at 4:14pm CDT Louis Hoglund| Author: Louis Hoglund

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    150th birthday party included ‘mock’ attempts to relocate county seat from Fergus Falls to Pelican…or Perham…or somewhere else By Tom Hintgen and Louis Hoglund County board members, on Sept. 12, turned the clock back 150 years to 1868 when the county was established. The board held its 9:30 a.m. business meeting at Old Clitherall, site of the first non-Native American settlement in Otter Tail County…. Read More

  • Energy alternatives

    | Published on September 19, 2018 at 4:01pm CDT Pelican Press| Author: Pelican Press

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    Juhl Energy to launch innovative solar-wind project Juhl Energy announced last week that it will break ground this month on one of the first commercially integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation projects in the U.S. The Minnesota based clean energy company reached agreement with Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) of Pelican Rapids on a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to purchase the energy… Read More

  • Otter Tail County’s roots run deep in ‘Old Clitherall,’ with 1865 settlement by splinter Mormon religious group

    | Published on September 19, 2018 at 3:53pm CDT Pelican Press| Author: Pelican Press

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    Do you remember when? Nobody alive today “remembers when” Otter Tail County’s first “white” settlement formed on the shores of Clitherall Lake, by a “branch” of Mormons who came north, arriving in 1865. These photos, taken last week at a special Otter Tail County Board event in Clitherall, are a bit further afield than the typical Pelican Rapids Press history items from the… Read More

  • Resident says won’t pay for $23,000 street improvement in rural area of Pelican

    | Published on September 19, 2018 at 3:43pm CDT Pelican Press| Author: Pelican Press

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    A property owner facing a Pelican Rapids street improvement assessment of about $23,000 told the city council he won’t pay for it. “As of right now, you won’t be getting a single cent out of me for this,” asserted Austin Leiter; voicing his displeasure at the Sept. 11 Pelican city council meeting. The recent paving of the Maplewood Drive residential neighborhood came with a stiff bill… Read More

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