By Brenda Brand
100 years ago March 27, 1919
• Retires From Mail Route
Ben Ophus, who has been the efficient and accommodating mail carrier on route No. 5, for more than twelve years, has handed in his resignation to take effect the first of April.
Mr. Ophus has contemplated quitting before as he was getting tired of the strenuous work but somehow it was hard to let go. He plans now to go into farming.
After serving his patrons so long and faithfully, Mr. Ophus will be missed greatly on route five.
• Deacon Dubbs
A play will be given at the Erhard Hall, Friday evening April 4th entitled “Deacon Dubbs of Sorghum Center.” The play will be followed by a necktie social and good time. Girls bring a necktie and lunch for two. Those bringing neckties may see the play for free. The play will be given by the Young People of District 35 West. Don’t miss it!
75 years ago March 30, 1944
• Game & Fish Club to Hold Annual Meeting
April 13th is the date set for the annual meeting and banquet of the Pelican Rapids Game & Fish Club. As in former years, the meeting will be held at the K.P. Hall. Election of directors and an interesting program will take place.
R.G. Rorer, federal co-ordinator working with the State Conservation Department, will be the speaker of the evening.
Five directors for terms of two years will be elected from a list of nominations, as follows: Ed Grunewald, Mike Korteum, Carl Sunblad, Rev. H.W. Estrem, Gust Strand, H.N. Halvorson, Duke Eppler, H.J. Henning, Edwin Sanden, Orlando Olson, Ted Orpen, Merlin Rieman, O.M. Lee, Ole Brodalen, Wm. Lattin, Lyle Hanson and Roy Goecke.
Memberships and banquet tickets are now on sale and can be obtained from any of the members.
• Good Conduct Medal Awarded
Mrs. Carrie Lokken of this village received a letter from the commanding officer of the 826th Engineers Aviation Battalion stationed in England, informing her that her son, Cpl. Oliver J. Lokken had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal for “diligence and faithfulness to duty performed often under trying circumstances”. Cpl. Lokken has been overseas for 18 months.
50 years ago March 27, 1969
• $60 Taken From Service Station
Police are questioning a 15 year old boy about a break-in and robbery of the Frazee Texaco service station in Pelican Rapids.
Police Chief Merlin Rieman said that the money was taken on Sunday afternoon during the reception for the basketball team held at the high school gymnasium. The station was locked during the hour-long event honoring the team.
The youth has told the police, Rieman said, that he unlocked a washroom window earlier, before the station was closed, and opened the window from the outside to gain entrance. He also told of taking a key to unlock the cash register at an earlier date, and had this in his possession when he entered the station. The $60 was taken from the cash register.
Police said the youth told of hiding the money at the warming house near the skating rink until the next day when he put it in an empty cigarette package and had this in the pocket of his coat. He told police that the money disappeared while the coat was hanging in his locker at the high school.
None of the money has been recovered.
Local police are continuing their investigation.
• Office Supply Firm Opens Here
Pelican Office Supply is the name of a new business opened in Pelican Rapids last week.
Featuring office machines and furniture as well as other office supplies, the new firm is owned and operated by Arlen Haarstick. A former employee of West Central Turkeys, Haarstick gained office supply experience while working with a Fergus Falls firm. He and his wife also own and operate the Powder Puff Beauty Salon.
The new firm is located in the Helseth building, next to Johnson Furniture.
25 years ago March 30, 1994
• Upcoming talent show offers a variety of music, entertainment
Local talent, performing in a variety of entertaining acts, will be featured in a show Sunday, April 10, sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club.
The afternoon performance will feature Rob Thorson as emcee. A former television personality, Thorson is now a Pelican Rapids businessman, owner of “On The Edge.”
The musical entertainment will include three soloists – Bob Kohler, Cindy Fos, Jeff Johnson – plus a number of other acts, including the Sweet Adelines, the Rainbow Connection from Viking Elementary School, and a high school boys octet.
Adding a “country” flavor are Richard Carlson, Bruce Nelson and band, Dalyce and the Boys, and the Prairie Doves (Laura Hagen and Nita Velo). Other acts will also be featured.
Proceeds from the event will be used for various community projects.
• Speech team 4th at Barnesville meet
Storytellers Beth Peter and Tonya Frazier placed first and second and Veronica Erickson earned a second place medal in original oratory to help Pelican Rapids High School speech team place fourth Saturday at the Barnesville Invitational.
Other members of the team include: Amie Borah, Anna Hayek, Michele Pederson, Angie Klebe, Mary Sanderson, Abby Larson, Chris Boen, Josh Boese, Peter Christianson, Sherrise Johnson, Emily Waller, Oliver Scholz, Heidi Thompson and Heather Wahl.