Stuvland’s 15 pound pike was big fishing opener catch on East Silent Lake in 1993

100 years ago
May 16, 1918

• Mighty Cold
A week ago Sunday and for a few days previous we had tropical climate here but along the end of the week we realized that we still lived in the frigid zone, figuratively speaking. There was a freeze up Friday night and Saturday night, although unexpected it froze harder than ever. All day Sunday water froze in the shade. Trees were pretty well leaved out, apple and plum trees were in full blossom, and it is very probable that there will be no fruit of this kind this season. Advanced garden stuff was badly damaged and farmers claim that the grain was frozen, but this will of course come up again. It is very likely that the trees will have to produce another crop of leaves, especially the ones that were more further advanced like the boxelder.

• Memorial Day
A committee consisting of Mrs. Sherin, Mrs. C.R. Frazee, Mrs. O.M. Carr, S.M. Strand and E.L. Peterson was appointed Friday night to make the necessary arrangements for appropriately observing Memorial Day. A community service flag will also be dedicated this day in connection with the memorial exercises and the committee has arranged for a very interesting program, which will be published later. It is thought that Hon. M.J. Daly of Perham can be secured for one of the speakers.

75 years ago
May 20, 1943

• Fishing News
Fishermen were not very successful in catching strings of fish the opening days of the season, but they were successful in getting all the discomforts of the cold weather.
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Reports come from the Detroit Lakes fish hatchery that the spawn are hatching out better than expected and the fish fry are now being distributed in the local lakes.

• Minutes of Annual School Meeting
The annual election of Independent District No. 10 was held in the auditorium on Tuesday. The chair appointed Martin Pearson, Mrs. M.J. Hanson and H. Hansen as judges and clerks of election. Twenty-seven ballots were cast, distributed as follows: Orlando Olson 27, Mrs. Paulson 22, E.O. Stenson 25, Mrs. Holmgren 25. The chair declared Mr. Olson and Mrs. Paulson elected for terms of three years, Rev. Stenson elected for a term of two years and Mrs. Holmgren elected for a term of one year. Grace Paulson, Clerk

50 years ago
May 16, 1968

• Fishing Light Over Opening Weekend
Not many fishermen could complain about their results over the opening weekend, since not many fishermen braved the elements to try their luck. Saturday, the first day of the season, was cold and very windy, keeping all but the more hardy fishermen off the lakes. Sunday was slightly warmer, but fishing was still not heavy. Only one entry was received in the Resort Association Chamber fishing contest. Richard Dregseth from Fargo brought in a 4 pound 15 oz. walleye from Lake Franklin, fishing from Leick’s resort. One other walleye weighed in at 6 pounds 1 oz. by Dennis Walstad of Moorhead, who caught it in Star Lake. While no big fish have been entered, Cy’s Sport Shop here reports that local fishermen have been getting limit catches out of Lida and Star Lakes.

• To Appear on “Teen Quiz”
Three students from Pelican Rapids High School will appear on the next telecast of “Teen Quiz”, a television series sponsored by the Otter Tail Power Co. The program can be seen Sunday afternoon on KXJB-TV. Representing PRHS on the show will be Robbie Anderson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alf Anderson; Connie Nodsle, daughter of Mrs. Donna Nodsle; and Ann Newhall, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Newhall. Glen Trygstad, the son of the Cy Trigstads will be an alternate. They will challenge the show’s current champions, three juniors from the Forman, ND High School. A prize will be awarded to the winning school.

25 years ago
May 19, 1993

• Cool weekend greets anglers
Despite cold temps and a strong northwest wind, fishermen and women were out in force for opening weekend in the Pelican Rapids area. A few nice-sized fish were entered at the local bait shops in the Pelican Rapids Area Fishing Contest. However, the general consensus was aired by Bud Meyer of Lakeland General Store at Dunvilla, who said, “It could have been better!” Lee Brenna of Brenna’s Sport Shop says his shop was busy Friday and Saturday, but he figures everyone was too cold to fish by Sunday! Brian Stuvland landed a 15 pound northern from East Silent Lake, Lonnie and Dustin Erbes cranked in an 11 pound northern from a dock at Cross Point Resort on South Lida. Walleyes caught weighed in at 3 pounds and 3 pound 2 oz. from South Lida. The largest walleye caught was a 5 pound 4 oz. caught by Curt Buck of Pelican Rapids on Lake Lizzie opening day.

• Yearbook Dedicated to Handorff
Shada advisor Connie Evenson and senior editors Chad Ouren, Stacey Dirks and Robbin Backstrom were on hand for the dedication of the 1993 Pelican Rapids High School yearbook to retiring teacher Jim Handorff. The dedication was announced at a school assembly last week, after which yearbooks were distributed.