Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Commencement exercises across the land will be unusual and, I guess unfortunate, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But looking at the brighter side; one thing is for certain: The Class of 2020 graduations will be unforgettable.

We invite Pelican area residents, families, businesses and organizations to participate in both the school and the Pelican Chamber of Commerce parades May 21. It’s a great opportunity to honor the grads, and build community morale in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Praise to churches amid COVID-19

Area churches have been honoring 2020 graduates in special ways this spring. And we tip our hats to all of the churches for proceeding the many challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We’ll make mention of Grove Lake Lutheran here, which honored its six graduating seniors at Grove’s “drive-in” worship May 17. Each student was presented with a quilt—handcrafted by members of the church–in honor of their graduation.

Comments from Press readers

At the Press offices, it has been gratifying to hear from our readers. The COVID situation seems to have reaffirmed the importance of community, small business and, we’re flattered to note—many appreciative comments about the newspaper.

The Press has also been blessed with dozens of new subscribers over the past several months.
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From subscriber Darwin Marquardt, Fargo:

“My sister, RoJean Thorson, sent me several copies of the Press since we arrived home from Florida.

They are fantastic reads. I love Branda Brand’s “Looking Back” column–brings back many memories of bygone years.

Mr. Hoglund’s columns are all also well written and a pleasure and joy to read. I will look forward to receiving it in the mail.”

Darwin further notes that he is “a proud graduate of PRHS Class of 1958! Oh, by the way-I majored in baseball, basketball, and study hall…”

From Beth (Frazee) Winter:

“A thousand thanks for your dedication to publishing outstanding papers and Congratulations on your awards.”

“I was thrilled to read about my 103-year-old Aunt K. Burnetta Frazee. When my dad returned to Pelican after his service in the Army, he purchased the Texaco station with his brother Everett and wife Burnetta. My Dad was catching and selling minnows to area resorts as he had done all his life. He titled his Pelican history book “52 years in the minnow business…Thanks again for all you do for Pelican,” concluded Beth.
Everett, Burnetta, and family relocated from Pelican, and bought the Park Rapids Texaco station. Burnetta still lives in Park Rapids, healthy, happy and witty—a century-plus-young. We believe Burnetta is the longest living subscriber to the Press—receiving the paper every week since 1935.
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From Arlene Wilschewski, Vergas:

“Please renew…Keep up the good work. Really enjoy.”

From longtime subscribers Pat and Orlean Rudie:

“Please renew for another year…Thanks for doing such a good job!! Keep it up!”