100 years ago
September 5, 1918
• Moved to New Location
Skalman & Whiting have moved their furniture and undertaking establishment into the Peterson building, formerly occupied by the Boston Clothing Store. This is one of the finest locations in town and the building is so arranged as to make a display most attractive. The first floor is occupied by the furniture and the upper floor contains the undertaking goods and other surplus supplies. Mr. and Mrs. Skalman will also occupy rooms on the upper floor for light housekeeping. An embalming room has been fitted up in the rear on the ground floor and everything is now in a tidy and first class shape.
Prof. Kaldem was here last week and interested the business men in a chautauqua to be furnished by the Midland Company and this fact will assure an attraction of the highest merit. As there is to be no lyceum course this year, a chautauqua of a week’s duration next spring will no doubt be well patronized and appreciated.
75 years ago
September 9, 1943
• Just a Tip to Village Water Users
Every once in a while trouble arises in the water systems of homes in the village, and it is necessary to shut the water off at the curb to make repairs. Now here’s the tip: Property owners and renters would do well to locate the outside shut-off valve on their water connection just in case it becomes necessary to use it. To locate them now is much easier than it is in the middle of the winter when freeze-ups have caused many inconveniences. You may have to dig a little to locate these shut-offs, but it would be well worthwhile to know where they are, and also to mark the location in some way.
Ben Holum of the Barnesville Record-Review and Frank A. Bennett of the Rothsay Enterprise made a visit at the Press office last Thursday afternoon.
They were on their way to the Rothsay camp on Lake Lida to try their luck fishing. Mr. Bennett is putting out a bang up paper at Rothsay and his efforts are no doubt greatly appreciated by the good people of that village and community. Mr. Holum is part owner of the Barnesville paper, and knows his business, too.
50 years ago
September 5, 1968
• Village Receives Contribution
Pelican Rapids will have a new park utility building thanks to a generous contribution announced Tuesday night at the meeting of the village council. Truman Strand of the village park board, told the council that Mrs. Cecil W. Sherin will contribute $6,000 toward the cost of constructing the utility building in the Sherin Memorial Park. Land for the park was purchased several years ago with another contribution by Mrs. Sherin. The new utility building will provide facilities so that the park may be used for overnight camping. The structure will be of stone, with steel doors and inside partitions of concrete. Men’s and women’s sections will each include toilets, lavatories and showers following state Health Department regulations.
• Nord is City Golf Champion
Harold “Bud” Nord is the winner in the city golf tournament held over the weekend at the Birchwood Golf Course. Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Hallstrom, course owners, sponsored the tourney. Nord put together rounds of 40 and 37 to take top honors in the championship flight, edging out three young players: Steve Frendin, Paul Swan and Robbie Anderson. Other finishers were Harold Engebretson, Roy Fossen, and Bud Maland.
25 years ago
September 8, 1993
• State Fair Bound
Jennifer Bakken and her brother Lucas earned State Fair trips with their dairy calves at the West Otter Tail County Fair. Jennifer, 16, showed a winter calf, while 13-year-old Lucas showed a fall calf. Both finished first in their class and were selected for the “top 11” State Fair lineup. The Grove Lake 4- H Club members are children of Steve and Linda Bakken.
• Top Golfers
Birchwood Junior Golf Tournament winners in the age 14 and above category last Tuesday included: Jason Jaeger, Brady Roisum, Jamie Johnson, Andrew Miller and Andrew Johnson. Top golfers in the 13 and under category were Ben Ouren, Scott Hagen, Ryan Anderson, and Jonah Evenson.