1961 Voice of Democracy winners announced

Local Christmas Seals drive launched in 1941


By Brenda Brand

50 years ago

December 1, 1966

Holts, Blakes to operate Hallaway Ski Hill. Located east of Pelican Rapids on South Lida, the Hallaway Ski Hill will be operated this year by Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Blake of Dent and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Holt of Barnesville. Facilities at the Hill include a spacious lodge and several tows. The hill had been operated by Hallaway Skidahlen, which purchased the rights from Hallaway Hill, Inc. the original developers of the ski area for public skiing. The ski area is once again owned by Hallaway Hill, Inc. Headed by Floyd McDunn of Pelican Rapids as president and Fenwick Fetvedt as secretary with Clyde Thorstenson serving as treasurer. Board members from Pelican Rapids are Dr. Henry Korda, Lorene Christopherson, and Clarence Boe. Fergus Falls board members include Jean “Chick” Bopp and Walter Spidahl.

Jaycee chapter sponsoring derby. The Pelican Rapids Jaycee club is taking over sponsorship of the January fishing derby that previously was sponsored by the Pelican Rapids volunteer firemen. Held on Lake Lida, the derby has increased in size and is now one of the largest and most popular derbies in the area. Mark your calendars for January 15 to be part of this fundraising event.

25 years ago

November 27, 1991

Mason of the year. Pat Martin was chosen by the Otter Tail Lodge of Pelican Rapids as its “Mason of the Year” for 1991. Current master of the lodge, Harold Johnson presented the award to Martin. The Lodge’s “Hiram” award went to Roger Hildebrand and the community service award went to Dr. Owen Thompson.

Voice of Democracy winners. VFW Post Chairman, Arthur Erickson and VFW Auxiliary Chairperson Delaine Erickson presented checks to five Pelican Rapids seniors for their speeches in the Voice of Democracy contest. Eric Fife received first place, Alayne Gorton, second place, Amy Haugrud, third place, Theresa Anderson, fourth place and fifth place went to Pam Schmidt.

Registrations up considerably in this year’s firearms deer hunting season. Both registration places in the Pelican area reported increases in registrations from the previous year. Brenna’s reported that so far this year they have had a total of 413 deer registered compared to 359 the previous year. Lakeland has had 387 deer registered in comparison to 337 the previous year. Registering his first deer, a nice buck, was Casey Haugrud son of Daryl and Collette Haugrud.

75 years ago

November 27, 1941

• Christmas Seals placed on sale. With the slogan “Tend the Christmas Seal Light Faithfully” the 1941 Christmas seals were placed on sale. Since 1907 bits of paper carrying a message of hope for thousands of people suffering from Tuberculosis have been sold for a penny each. People are urged to use them on all their letters and packages being sent. Alyce F. Foley, chairman of the local committee states “Every seal is a beacon of hope for a day when our community, state and nation will be free from tuberculosis.” Christmas seal bonds are also for sale in denominations from $5 upward.

All set for big free entertainment in high school auditorium tonight. The Junior Booster Club has made arangements for the free entertainment tonight starting at 8:00pm in the High School Auditorium. All indications are that there will be a large attendance to enjoy the home talent presentation of the play “A Wedding,” along with musical numbers by the high school band and the Booster Club octet. N.F. Field, county chairman for the campaign to sell Defense Stamps and Bonds, has been asked to be present and give a very brief talk on the defense program.