Opinions: Column

  • Looking Back: Auctioneer a reserve champ in 1995; Pelican wrestler at district meet in 1970

    | Published on February 19, 2020 at 12:14pm CST Pelican Press| Author: Pelican Press


    Friday the 13th blizzard a century ago; tough winter in 1945 By Brenda Brand, Columnist 100 years ago, February 19, 1920 • Buys Building Mrs. H.E. Stevens has bought the building on Broadway, south of the railroad track, occupied by the Misses Thompson & Hagen Millinery Store.  The Stevens family will take possession the first of next month and… Read More

  • Looking BACK: War news was in pages of Press in 1945, including word of local captured by Germans

    | Published on February 12, 2020 at 4:32am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    By Brenda Brand 100 years ago February 12, 1920 • Telephone wire and pole placement to resume The work putting in new poles and an extra wire for the Maplewood Rural Telephone Association which was started last fall and had to be abandoned on account of the early winter, will be resumed as soon as the frost is out… Read More

  • Looking Back: Milk pasteurization was Pelican initiative in 1945

    | Published on February 5, 2020 at 9:39am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    100 years ago February 5, 1920 • Raise sugar cane The Press would like to see the farmers plant a lot of sugar cane seed this spring. This crop can be raised here very easily and a half acre will produce from 100 to 200 gallons of syrup. This is the best kind of syrup too and can… Read More

  • Looking BACK: 6,000 turkeys lost in fire 50 years ago; new mayor in 1995

    | Published on January 29, 2020 at 11:34am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    By Brenda Brand 100 years ago January 29, 1920 • An appeal for law and order On Tuesday morning, Jan. 20th there appeared on the main street of Pelican Rapids, posters headed in large black letters as follows: “NOTICE”     “MOB” On each side of the word mob, were drawn and colored red flags.  These posters announced a meeting… Read More

  • Wasting Away: Global issue of Food Waste is target of ‘act locally’ campaign in Otter Tail County

    | Published on January 29, 2020 at 11:32am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    That partial head of lettuce, spoiling in your refrigerator?  If you toss it in the garbage, send it off to the landfill–it will take 25 years to break down. Without  composting practices, throwing vegetable matter in the landfill is like “sealing it in a tomb.”  Even though we’re under the assumption lettuce is vegetable matter–and… Read More

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