It has been a memorable autumn for the Pelican Rapids schools. 

The Pelican Rapids Viking football team made it to the Section final for the first time in nearly ten years. 

OK. 

The Vikes lost. 

Hometown Pelican Rapids fans line the deck at the Fargodome Nov. 1, awaiting the Vikings first Section Titile game since 2010.

By a wide margin.

But nevermind that minor detail.  

It was great to see the community get behind the team, with a big crowd at the Fargodome Nov. 1.  

At halftime, with the score a whole bunch for Barnesville to nothing for Pelican;  head coach Dave Haugen was straight forward with his team.  

With the outcome of the game virtually determined, Haugen talked to the team at the half-time break, urging the players to “go out and have fun with your friends.”  He suggested players make their own bright spots; by making a tackle, executing a good block, and doing the best they can on each play.  

The “pep talk’ was successful.  

It turned out to be a fun second half. 

Many of us were, privately, dreading a long, long third and fourth quarter–and pitying the poor guys out there on the artificial turf.  

But both Pelican Rapids and Barnesville sent many younger, reserve players from the bench to the field. And it turned to be a fun spectacle, as future varsity players had a chance to gain valuable experience–on the big stage of the Fargodome. 

Nevermind the score…But it is printed elsewhere in this edition of the Press.

A few other autumn highlights:

• The Pelican boys soccer team had its best record yet. 

• Two of our cross country runners, Abby Syverson and David Johnston finished their careers–at the state meet. 

• This weekend, theater students will be staging a humorous production, based on the board game “Clue.”   Details elsewhere in this edition of the Press.  

• Finally, by the time you read this–the outcome of the levy referendum will be determined. The voters have been asked to raise more operating revenue for Pelican schools. Our prediction:  The voters will approve the tax increase, by a solid margin.