Opinions: Editorial

  • World War II ranks continue to thin

    | Published on September 15, 2021 at 9:30am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    With Sgt. Kratzke’s help, Hitler was dispatched to the underworld… Now, the Vergas farmboy-turned- soldier belongs to the ages For Veterans Day and Memorial Day observances, spanning decades, you could generally count on World War II veteran Ray Kratzke to be in uniform. Local VFW and American Legion Post members, when they visited him over the years,… Read More

  • A Norwegian—and Chinese—language lesson for all of God’s children

    | Published on September 8, 2021 at 9:21am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    All you Norwegians out there ought to know what “Gud’s Hus” means.  “God’s House” is the translation, which was included in the many historical items on display for the recent North Immanuel Lutheran Church’s 150th anniversary celebration.  The church was founded by Norwegian immigrants, but today, the parish is lead by the Rev. Isiah Bai—a… Read More

  • COVID watch is ‘day by day’ as Pelican schools open

    | Published on September 8, 2021 at 9:19am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    “Day by day” is the message from Pelican Rapids school as the doors opened Sept. 7. The other three-word message:  “Masks strongly encouraged.”  Otter Tail County has had a steady uptick in COVID-19 cases from July to August.  Fortunately, at the Pelican schools, there was only one active case in the entire student and staff population—numbering… Read More

  • Kids off to college?

    | Published on September 1, 2021 at 9:34am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Low rent housing … beer … athletics … beer … and academics, too… Things haven’t changed much since Baby Boomers went away to school By Don Lilleboe, Guest Contributor  Occasionally I look at the calendar and find myself thinking, “Where was I and what was I doing 20 years ago on this date . . . 30… Read More

  • Loyal newspaper reader celebrates 101st birthday

    | Published on August 25, 2021 at 9:47am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    We enjoy calling attention to longtime, loyal readers of the Pelican Rapids Press.  We were contacted about Vivian Hagen who turned 101 years young on Aug. 22.  Contacting us was local reader and rural Pelican native Rod Hagen, noting that Vivian was his Godmother.  A 1940 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, Vivian lives in… Read More

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