Pelican Legion hosted big event for veterans; with WW II over 

By Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago November 18, 1920

• May Build Elevator

It is very likely that Farmers Cooperative Warehouse Association will build a fine large elevator in the spring. 

C.G. Swanson, the manager, Peter Hanson, A.P. Restad and Ed Breustle took a trip to North Dakota Friday returning home Sunday, to inspect several modern elevators there. They inspected elevators at Lisbon, Oakes. Ellendale, Forbes and other places and found some excellent buildings which would be about what is needed here.

It is probable that a meeting of the stockholders will be called in the near future for the purpose of voting on the proposition to build. 

The present quarters are altogether inadequate to the needs and it is imperative that more room be provided soon.

• Autos Collide

Saturday two Ford cars came together on Broadway, damaging both pretty badly. J.E. Haugrud of Tansem was driving his car when a dog tried to impede his progress. His car struck the dog, and the car shot off to one side and struck Knute Boe’s car a hard knock. No one was hurt.

75 years ago November 15, 1945

• Hospital Directors Hold Meeting

The directors and incorporators of the Pelican Valley Health Center met in the village hall Tuesday afternoon for the purpose of signing the articles of incorporation and elect officers. A.R. Knutson presided over the meeting. The following were elected to have charge of the affairs of the association until the first annual meeting in April: A.R. Knutson, president; H.J. Henning, vice-president; Mrs. Elton Dillon, secretary; Melvin Ouse, treasurer.

It is expected that within a short time now the organization will be ready to start soliciting funds and get the necessary preliminary details attended to so work can proceed without delay.

• Sand Lake School Activity

Come to the Thanksgiving Program and Carnival at the Sand Lake School, District 217, on Tuesday evening, November 20, at 8:30. There will also be a play given by the adult members of the district. Melinda Westby, teacher.

 • Legion Banquet Enjoyable Event

In spite of the inclement weather Monday night, a fair sized crowd attended the American Legion banquet in the K.P. Hall and partook of a 6:30 dinner, served by the Congregational Ladies Aid. There were some one hundred in attendance, including veterans of World War I and II.

The program consisted of community singing, with Jean Erickson at the piano; several solos by Miss Gloria Puckett; talks by some of the servicemen of both wars. Rev. A.R. Larson was the principal speaker.

It was a fine gathering and the fact that fighting has ended and so many of the service men have returned safely home, made the occasion doubly appreciated.

50 years ago November 19, 1970

• Open House, Dedication at Faith Church

The new parish education building of the Faith Lutheran Church will be dedicated Sunday morning and will be open to the public Sunday afternoon.

The dedication ceremony will be part of the 11:00 am worship service at the church. Dr. Carl W. Larson, president of the Red River Valley Synod, LCA, will be the speaker.

From 2:00 to 5:00 pm the same day, an open house will be held in the new structure. The people of the community are invited to see the new building. At 8:00 pm Sunday evening, an informal meeting will be held at which slides will be shown on the development of the parish hall. 

The education addition was built at a cost of $48,000 with the congregation raising $18,000 and a loan from the J.P. Wallace State Bank covering the balance.

• Utility Mill is Coming Down

Wooden sections of the Utility Feed Mill structure are being removed and demolition of the main structure of concrete is scheduled to begin next week.

Demolition crews for Schultz and Lindsay Construction Co., Fargo, are doing the work and are expected to have the job completed early in December, according to John Welton, foreman in charge of the project.

Welton said a truck crane with a 100 foot boom will be moved into Pelican Rapids in the next few days. This will be used to swing a wrecking ball to knock down the reinforced concrete pillars of the main mill building. Welton said that the company uses two wrecking balls, one weighing 2,600 pounds and the other 6,000 pounds.

Debris from the mill will be hauled east of town to property owned by Paul Frazee, Welton said.

Of primary concern to Welton is that the public be informed of the dangers of getting too close to the demolition work. His company, he said, realizes that the mill is a landmark in Pelican Rapids and that a great number of people will be interested in watching the demolition work. Welton will insist however, that the “sidewalk superintendents” watch from a safe distance.

Parents should also warn their children of the dangers of approaching too close to the demolition work. The Oil Store Service Station closed Saturday and is also coming down. Property on which the service station is located has been optioned by the J.P. Wallace State Bank.

25 years ago November 15, 1995

• GCR Computers Offers Competitive Prices, Local Service

Tucked away in a corner of a building along Hwy. 59 in Erhard, Gary Robinson operates a computer sales and service business, GCR Computers.

After 25 years of working in electrical construction, Robinson says he was tired of working outside during the winter months.

Drawing on his experience with computers and his long-time interest in them, a computer store seemed ideal. Robinson sells his own custom-built main computers he assembles using brand name parts. His IBM compatible computers are easier to repair than many of the other systems available.

He does all the service work at his shop with parts on hand or available by next-day delivery.

Anything computer related –software, hardware, printers, scanners –is available at his store. He also will teach some computer classes and offers other services.

• Special Award Winners

Winning special cross country awards this year at PRHS were: Ben Gray, most dedicated; Peter Christianson, most valuable; Zac Brosowske, most improved; Karla Rengstorf, most improved; Janelle Evenson most dedicated; Megan Moerke, most valuable; and Erica Osborne, spirit award.

Two in a row – Pelican Rapids cross country runners attained their second consecutive Heart O’ Lakes Conference championship. Team members included: Shannon Van Norman, Megan Moerke, Erica Osborne, Nancy Longfors, Karla Rengstorf, Janelle Evenson and Tracy Grefsrud.