Origin of Pelican’s famous suspension bridge was 1970 

By Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago     September 16, 1920

• Increased Horse Production Urged

Horse dealers report a good year. They feel that the horse is “coming back.”

According to information gathered by the Horse Association of America and transmitted to J.F. Kuehn of University Farm, secretary of the Minnesota Horse Breeders Association, more draft horses are now being sold for city use than for many years past. 

Wayne Dinsmore, an authority well known in horse circles, says: “You can safely assure the farmers of a better market for their surplus animals.”

• Bad Fall

Bert Halterman of Dunn town was sawing some limbs off the trees near the house Saturday forenoon when he fell from the tree to the ground. Mrs. Halterman heard him fall and ran to help him. 

She found him unconscious and he later regained consciousness but did not know how the accident happened. 

Some of the neighbors were called who came and carried him into the house, and a physician was summoned. At first it was thought his back was broken, but upon further investigation later on it was found that no bones were broken. He was in dreadful pain, but is now reported to be getting better and if no complications sets in he will recover.

75 years ago     September 13, 1945

• Have you seen the swans?

Anyone knowing the exact where-about of the two swans kept in the Pelican River, are asked to notify Ole Toftely at the Ford Garage. 

The swans went down the river some time ago, but just where they are now is a question, and if someone knows where they are keeping themselves, the local Boosters will be saved the task of searching the entire river course.

• Boys Take Warning

Boys have been shooting .22 rifles in the Village, which is strictly against the Village ordinance. This is an extremely dangerous practice as bullets from a .22 rifle are dangerous within a mile, and they might injure someone severely. Merlin Rieman, Police

• Red “Foxy” Troubles

Walter Lewis, who lives about nine miles northwest of the Village, has had more or less trouble, with the red fox getting his chickens and has seen quite a few at different times. It wasn’t until Sunday evening that he was able to get a good shot at one.

He’ll have no more trouble with that one, at least. The red fox are becoming quite numerous around here and are “foxy” little animals.

50 years ago    September 17, 1970

• Establish Fund for Foot Bridge in Park

A resolution authorizing the village clerk to accept contributions from the public and establishing a bridge fund was approved by the village council Monday.

The fund will go toward cost of construction of a foot bridge linking the Sherin and E.L. Peterson Memorial Parks, located on either side of the Pelican River above the mill dam.

The foot bridge has been accepted as a project by the Pelican Rapids Rotary Club, with Truman Strand serving as chairman. An engineer for Otter Tail Power Company, Lou Grotte, has prepared a tentative plan for a suspension-type bridge Strand said, complete with a materials list.

According to the engineer’s estimates, the bridge, if built by local labor instead of on a contract basis, would cost an estimated $15,477. Grotte estimated that the bridge would cost $19,000 if contracted.

25 years ago     September 13, 1995

• Norwegian Grove, Pelican 4-H Clubs Represented at State Fair

Five members of the Norwegian Grove 4-H Club won trips to the State Fair, as did two members of the Pelican Club.

Here are the results: 

Jon Peter received a blue ribbon on his food and nutrition project and Beth Peter participated in the fashion review with her purchased garment.

Kendra Nordick received a blue ribbon with her “Rex” rabbit and Tyrell Nordick received a blue ribbon with his Surne.

Kara Tollerud was eligible to go with either her pen of three fryer rabbits or her 2-year-old grade Holstein, but chose not to participate there this year.

Representing the Pelican 4-H Club were Trenton and Travis Michels.

Trenton received a purple ribbon with his registered Jersey winter heifer and Travis received a blue ribbon with his grade Jersey winter senior yearling. He chose to participate in the showmanship class and took his heifer rather than his market pen chickens which were also eligible for a State Fair trip.

Robley inducted in Moorhead St. Hall of Fame in 1995; now to be named to new Pelican Hall of Fame in 2021

Dale Robley, a 1969 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, is among six Moorhead State University graduates who will be inducted into the Dragon Hall of Fame during the 1995 Homecoming celebration.

Robley is also one of the Pelican athletes scheduled to be inducted in the local, Pelican Rapids Hall of Fame next spring, 2021.

Robley, Katie Class, Rock Gullickson, Sara Lee, Rick Manke and Ron Noesen will be honored by the MSU Alumni Association and at the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner on September 23.

The six selections increase the number of inductees in the Dragon Hall of Fame to 63. The charter member in 1961 was Alex “Sliv” Nemzek.

Robley became a legendary performer in the weight events for the Dragon track team and served as a co-captain as a senior.

A two-time NAIA national place winner in the shot put, Robley swept all eight NIC Indoor and Outdoor shot put titles from 1970-1973. 

His 55’7¾” shot put effort in 1973 is the second best toss in Dragon history.

Robley presently teaches at the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind in Faribault.