It is now year 2020…and time to clean the desk and office.  

Following are a few odds and ends, including a few notes from Pelican Press readers, that I’d like to share with readers–as we launch into the new year. 

85 and 60 year subscribers are loyal PR Press readers

There’s few joys in life, for newspaper folks, like loyal subscribers and readers.  

We want to call attention to a couple of faithful Pelican Rapids Press readers.  

From Arlene Wilschewski, rural Vergas, we received a note a couple months ago.  She has been a Pelican Press subscriber for 60 years–at the same address!

Arlene isn’t the record holder, however. 

We had a delightful phone call from Burnetta Frazee–age 103.  Based on the phone conversation, she is spry, witty and sharp as a tack.  We at the Press also believe she is really smart–because she has been reading the newspaper longer than anybody we know of.  

Burnetta, who lives in Park Rapids, has been subscribing to the Press since 1935! 

If you know anybody who can top that record, let us know.  

In another message earlier this year, Faye Siegle sent us a greeting from her winter stay in Texas.  

She’s  been a Press reader for a good five decades, we estimate.  In her note, she wrote “Always look forward to the paper coming each week. We are so lucky in Pelican Rapids to have such a wonderful paper that everyone enjoys so much.” 

Most everybody knows Faye, and of course, her late husband Al Siegle–longtime coach, educator and administrator at the Pelican schools.  

Pelican Class of 1958 an inspiration for those who support Pelican schools 

We also want to acknowledge the Pelican Rapids  High School Class of 1958.  

These alumni have been faithful donors to future generations, with a scholarship fund that has distributed nearly $25,000 since 2000.  A total of 101 Pelican students have received awards from the Class of 1958. 

Each year, David Langseth publishes a newsletter.  He is the unofficial spokesman for the 1958’ers, and also a loyal Press reader. In the newsletter, he also solicits funds from his classmates.  From 2018 to date in 2019, the 1958 Class received nearly 60 separate contributions to the scholarship fund, in various sums.   

Langseth, a retired Lutheran minister, living in Illinois, puts together a great newsletter–about 20 pages, and filled with photos, news clippings, and information on Pelican Rapids.  We can’t reprint all of the newsletter here in the paper, but I’ll keep my copy here if anybody would like to stop by and take a look at what the Class of 1958 is up to. 

“Thank you for helping honor those who have gone before us and helping open educational doors for graduates of PRHS!” wrote Langseth in the newsletter.