Opinions: Column

  • Looking BACK

    | Published on June 4, 2020 at 8:20am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    by Brenda Brand, Columnist 100 years ago, June 3, 1920 • Struck by lightning During the rainstorm Sunday afternoon the Hovey building on Mill Street was struck by lightning, two chimneys being knocked down, the electric meter broken to pieces and four window lights knocked out. The Nicholas family occupies the second floor and was badly frightened… Read More

  • Looking BACK

    | Published on May 28, 2020 at 10:04am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    Brenda Brand, Columnist ‘Gary Puckett Day’ held in Pelican Rapids, as pop singer named ‘honorary mayor’ 100 years ago May 27, 1920 • Scholarship awarded Bert E. Benson, who is a senior at the Pelican Rapids High School, has been awarded a one hundred dollar scholarship at Hamline University, St. Paul according to announcement by President S.F. KIerfoot…. Read More

  • Reflecting on Korean War and losses suffered by Pelican area families

    | Published on May 28, 2020 at 9:59am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    Without formal observances of Memorial Day, which have become a well-attended tradition in Pelican Rapids, we decided to take a look at the Korean conflict, and its reverberations in the Pelican Rapids area. The COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of public programs almost everywhere—-including Pelican Rapids. Prompting us was a contact from one of our dedicated Pelican… Read More

  • Memorial Day 2020: Extending the honors to health workers, service professionals who succumbed to COVID-19

    | Published on May 28, 2020 at 9:57am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    From Washington “Legionnaire” newspaper Memorial Day 2020 was unique above all others. Most noticeable is the fact that the formal observances of this somber day to honor the memory of the veterans who died defending our very way of life were, for the most part, canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. This virus has significantly changed our… Read More

  • From the pen of the mayor: Gradually, state is ‘opening up,’ but remember precautions

    | Published on May 28, 2020 at 9:52am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch


    By Brent Frazier Mayor, Pelican Rapids The Memorial holiday of 2020 is now behind us and we continue to feel the warm weather flowing up to us in the southerly breezes. With these warmer days and evenings now upon us, we witness the gatherings of people at different venues. It is truly of human nature for… Read More

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