100 years ago
September 12, 1918
• Beer Brewing After Dec. 1 is Prohibited
Food Administration orders use of grain stopped – Senate passes Dry Rider. With a ban on beer brewing fixed for Dec. 1 and with whiskey manufacture already stopped for the period of the war, wets and drys attention, together with that of congress today centered on congress’ attitude toward the Sheppard bone dry rider in the agricultural bill. The food administration announcement that the manufacture of beer and other malt liquors will be prohibited after Dec. 1, as a measure, said the decision had been reached at conferences between President Wilson and railroad administrations and the war industries board. Immediate suspension of the purchase of grains for malting purposes was ordered. The manufacturers of soft drinks and other beverages and the bottlers of mineral waters also are warned that they will suffer curtailment of fuel and containers. Breweries and other plants thus put out of business will be utilized by the government so far as possible for war purposes.
• Great Wheat Yield
One of the largest wheat yields reported this year from this vicinity is that of Peter Rudie north of town. He had a field which went 44 bushels per acre, machine measure, and 46 bushels and 3 pounds per acre when hauled to market. That is an immense yield.
• Off To Camp
The names of those who went from this vicinity to boot camp are as follows: Fred Poss, Emil Dunham, John Sundstrom, Olaus Severson, Louis Pierce, Claus Johnson, Nelius Bradley, Frank Ohman, Axel Samuelson, Elmer Moberg, Norman Strinden, and Elmer Erickson.
75 years ago
September 16, 1943
• Installation of Officers of Legion Auxiliary
At the regular meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary, the installation of officers for the new year took place with the following officers installed: President, Mrs. Arthur Kreb; 1st Vice President, Flora Hallaway; 2nd Vice President, Mrs. Joe Anderson; Chaplain, Mrs. Tony Forsland; Sgt. at Arms, Mrs. F.H. McArdle; Treasurer, Mrs. Clive Gilmore; Secretary, Alyce Foley; and Historian, Mrs. W.J. Shipley.
• Grove Lake 4-H Club News
The Grove Lake 4-H Club held its annual meeting at the home of Mrs. Hannah Haugrud. The meeting was called to order by the President, Lorraine Clauson. Songs were sung by the members and the club pledge and Pledge of Allegiance were said. Roll call was taken and the secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and approved. We were fortunate in having our county club agent, Miss Schwartau, with us, who discussed the 1943-44 4-H program. The club voted to pay half of the expenses connected with the 4-H exhibits at the County Fair. By ballot the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Marlon Restad; Vice President, Marlys Clauson; Secretary, Marjorie Haugrud; Treasurer, Kenneth Arntson; Song Leader, Everett Restad; Adult Leader, Maurice Haugrud. Clarce Foss, Reporter.
50 years ago
September 12, 1968
• Chamber Elects Five New Directors
Five directors were elected at the annual meeting of the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce held Tuesday evening at the American Legion Hall. Named to the board were: Lorene Christopherson, Henry Cluever, Wally Hohman, Kenneth Johnson, and Gary Peterson. The new directors will serve for two years, joining Ron Olson, J.C. Danielson, Rex Crews, Truman Strand and Bud Maland on the 10-man board.
• Car Wash Opens
Millard Nord, Jr. has recently opened a combination car and truck wash, putting an addition on to the Nord Auto Clinic. Plans are being made for an office and a cafe as an addition to the Phillips station run by Russell Anderson. The foundation is already laid for the 24 x 52 addition. It is hoped to have it enclosed before the snow comes, according to Ben Peterson, owner. Construction is being done by Charles Lehn and Eugene Thorpe.
25 years ago
September 15, 1993
• Charges Pending Against Two in Drive-by Shooting
Charges are being drawn up against two persons alleged to have been involved in a drive-by shooting here last Friday night, Pelican Rapids Police Chief Greg Ballard reports. The incident reportedly occurred shortly after midnight last Friday night on Highway 108 W of Pelican Rapids. Two shots
were fired from a vehicle toward a house at 129 First Avenue NW. One struck the residence, but missed the occupant. Alone in the house at the time was Tony Field, who was asleep in a bedroom. The house is owned by Field’s mother, Sylvia Field, and he lives there with Scott Rice. The shot came through the wall of the bedroom, passed through a closet, another wall, a door and was found lodged in an interior wall. The second shot apparently missed the house.
• Lowering a Lake
A culvert beneath County Road 4 at the outlet of Lake Lida was running full these past days after weeds and other growth were removed from the channel into Rush and Lizzie Lakes. The project of the Lake Lida Property Owners Association had a goal of lowering the level of Lake Lida and was paid with donations from members. Apparently it is working: one report Tuesday is that the lake is down about five inches so far. The effect on Lake Lizzie has been negligible, reportedly, raising the lake by an inch or less. Flow in the Pelican River out of Lake Lizzie/Rush through Hosterman’s Dam and into Prairie Lake continues very high, as does flow from Prairie Lake through Pelican Rapids.