Looking Back: 1973 police chief lasted about a week; Larry’s new super market opened 1998
Column | Published on March 10, 2023 at 12:50pm CST | Author: Paul Gubrud0
100 years ago, March 1, 1923
• Capons for Sale
Chicken young, chicken old, Chicken hot, chicken cold,
Chicken tender, chicken tough, Thank God I’ve had chicken enough!
This is the thought of some people, but try a sweet, ten- der, juicy capon, and you will change your mind as it is far superior to any other poultry meat on the market.
“The proof of the capon is in the eating.” Try one and be convinced.
I am putting on some for the Easter trade at 35c per pound dressed. Please place your order as soon as possible. Contact R. D. Jones, Route 6, Pelican Rapids, Minn., or H. A. Hanson, Meat Market.
75 years ago, March 11, 1948
• A Glimpse of Life in Rural Sections During Recent Storm Conditions
Scambler Correspondent Tells Some of the Ex- periences of People In That Community
During the last storm, the Pelican Lake vicinity was really in a pinch. The west “Old 30” road had been blocked for better than two weeks, having been open only about 6 hours on Feb. 21 and closed from then again until March 3rd.
During the road blockade Mr. Harry Gale, who with Mrs. Gale returned to their home here on the north shore of Pelican Lake from California a few weeks ago, fell and fractured his ankle about 9 o’clock the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 25th. Luckily the Lake Park highway was open after a fashion, and Olaf Isaacson and Loyd Nelson took a roundabout route to Detroit Lakes to take Mr. Gale to have the fracture attended.
Mr. Ken Fitch and Mr. Lew Snyder of Fargo were also snowed in at their home in the same vicinity, and it required the services of a plane from Hector Airport in Fargo to get them back to Fargo for their respective jobs.
The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Heimark had been ill and causing much concern to her parents and neighbors, and when, with the help of a large crew of men, the Lake Park plow broke through on Monday afternoon, March 1st, they took the baby 52 miles via Lake Park, Audubon, and Detroit Lakes to Pelican Valley Hospital at Pelican Rapids where she was entered as a patient.
The Cormorant Store was practically sold out of everything, and there was a run on yeast, etc.
All in all, the people took the shut-in with good grace and good humor, and it really does bring a neighborly feeling when neighbor helps neighbor, and it brings folks into a closer relationship.
The men of the vicinity took turns meeting the mailman, so we were all especially lucky in getting mail through most of the time.
Naturally, the fact that the roads were blocked for so long made it impossible for the children from this vicinity to get to school in Pelican for the entire length of time, which has caused no little concern on the part of parents and the school and certainly to Mr. Knutson who operates the bus service. It can very well mean the difference in a year’s grade to some of the pupils.
50 years ago, March 8, 1973
• Council Seeks Police Chief
The Village Council is again reviewing applications for the position of Chief of Police following the sudden resignation of Charles Hines last week.
Hines was appointed chief by the council on February 17th and began his new duties on the 22nd. He submitted a letter of resignation to Lou Ruark, administrative assistant to the council on the 28th.
In his letter, Hines indicated that he was having “second thoughts” about making the transition from a large, metropolitan police force to one the size of Pelican Rapids. He had formerly been a member of the Miami, Florida, police department and indicated to Patrolman Greg Ballard that he had decided to return to his former position.
Mr. and Mrs. Hines left immediately for Miami, so neither Ruark nor members of the council had a chance to discuss the resignation with him. Members of the council were surprised and disappointed at the decision and regretted
that they could not meet personally with Hines before he left.
25 years ago, March 11, 1998
• Vision of a New Larger Store is Now Reality
For Phil and Cyndy Stotesbery, the vacation they took last summer was a rare opportunity to get away from their store, Larry’s Super Market.
But despite all the opportunities for new experiences the sojourn offered, Phil’s thoughts were back in Pelican Rapids, his mind occupied by visions of a new, larger store.
“It really wasn’t a fun experience, recalls Cyndy. “It seemed his mind was somewhere else the entire time.”
This winter, those thoughts became a reality when the doors of the new Larry’s Super Market opened on January 19.
It is said that first impressions are important. Several will catch the eye of shoppers after passing through the automatic doors into the spacious entryway of the new building, but the most striking is the roominess… wide aisles, lots of open space around the check-out area, and the convenient service counter, lots of room to shop without getting “in the way.”
There’s a reason why it’s more spacious. The building is double the size of the old store, built in 1977.
And with the 15,000 square feet now available, most of the departments in the store have at least doubled, and the meat department is about three times the size of the previous one.
The produce, frozen foods, and dairy departments are twice as large as before, giving the Stotesberys an opportunity to expand the variety of foods offered.
“We just didn’t have the space to carry all the varieties,” Cyndy commented.
By the end of the month, the Stotesberys believe, the old store building will have been dismantled and moved to Barnesville, where it will be re-erected and used by a meat processing company.
Once the old building is gone, another large area of close-to-the-door parking will become available.