Theatrical program planned for Pelican, other area communities

Otter Tail County is celebrating 150 years in 2018.

On September 12, 1868, commissioners held their first official meeting in Clitherall, thereby officially establishing Otter Tail County. The Otter Tail County Board plans to return to Clitherall in September, for a birthday proclamation and recognition event.

Pelican Rapids has been selected as one other location of a special theatrical presentation . Parkers Prairie, Perham and Battle Lake are the other three.

Appearing at the Pelican Rapids City Council meeting Nov. 28 to outline 150th birthday party plans was Chris Schuelke, Otter Tail County Historical Society director.

The original script for the theater production will be developed from county history, said Schuelke. Also, all actors, musicians, set designers and technical support staff will be loca. The ultimate goal is to create a production that fosters creativity, celebrates community and cultivates a sense of place, stated Schuelke in his letter to the city council.

The Pelican Rapids area Rotary Club has pledged money toward the 150th event.

For the theatrical production, the county is partnering with “PlaceBase Productions.” The production will explore history, stories, legends and lore of Otter Tail County. The production company has worked on similar projects in Granite Falls, in Appleton and also with Fergus Falls for a production related to the State Hospital.

The official kick off of the 150th year will be February 2 – 4, 2018.

The weekend kick-off event will feature the “world’s largest Super Bowl party on ice.”

In addition, the Otter Tail County Historical Society is planning a yearlong series of community based programs, tours and exhibitions. Learn more about OTCHS 150th events at