1971 moose sighting in Tansem Twsp. was rare occurance   

By Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago September 23, 1920

• Won Prizes on Poultry

J.H. Reitz exhibited his white Plymouth Rock chickens at the Barnesville fair last week and was awarded first prize on two pens.

He had more chickens at the fair, but he was allowed to exhibit only two pens otherwise he might have carried off more of the prize money.

Mr. Rietz has a fine flock of chickens and it is not at all surprising that he won money at Barnesville.

• Coal Shortage

The coal situation is not a pleasant one to contemplate. There has been only a small amount of hard coal shipped here and even soft coal is hard to get.

A carload of soft coal was received this week and it is $18 per ton. H.E. Frazee was informed that he can get some hard coal from the mines in Pennsylvania to be shipped by rail and this would cost $27 or more a ton laid down here.

50 years ago September 24, 1970

• Moose Sighted

Residents of Tansem Township report sighting a moose in that area last week.

Late last Wednesday afternoon, Herbert Degner spotted a bull moose while doing field work. He went to his house to tell Mrs. Degner and by that time, the animal had wandered to a field just across the road. The Degners drove up the road and watched as the huge moose, with its long legs and palmated antlers, headed south toward some woods.

Others who saw the moose were the James Aakre family, Albert Gulbrandson, Carl Brusven, and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Folden.

Last week, a bull and cow moose were spotted near Rollag in the Lake 15 area. The pair walked up a driveway at the Jake Holzer farm and crossed the road by Robert Aaskre’s.

• Study Club Hosts Faculty Tea

The Rothsay Agassiz Study Club welcomed the faculty and wives with a tea at the school on Monday afternoon. Mrs. Millard Nord, Jr., club president, welcomed the group and introduced Mrs. Roy Balken who gave a resume of the club’s history and activities throughout the years.

Principal Gerhard introduced the high school faculty and Pernille Belgum the grade teachers. Mrs. Bill Rose introduced the club members. Loren Bailey responded with thanks from the faculty.

A business meeting followed the tea. It was decided to again sponsor the Halloween UNICEF project.

A rummage and bake sale will be sponsored by the group on Saturday, October 3 at the school cafeteria from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to raise money for the scholarship fund.

25 years ago September 20, 1995

• Homecoming Festivities Set for Next Week

Students at Pelican Rapids High School will celebrate Homecoming 1995 next week with coronation set for Monday evening in the fine arts auditorium.

Seniors selected as queen and king candidates are: Jessica Haugrud, Emily Johnson, Krissy Smith, Aaron Halbakken, Casey Haugrud, and Torrey Hovland.

Attendants from the junior class are Missy Lund, Adam Bell, Shonda Nettestad and John Hovland, while sophomore attendants are Jennifer Metcalfe, Ryan Sjostrom, Mandy Wellnitz and Matt Soberg.

Chosen to serve as emcees for the program are seniors Brady Roisum and Rayna Benson.

Mary Ann Erickson, an English instructor at the school, is the speaker.

Royalty from 1994, Erin Christianson and Steve Morgan, will crown their successors.

• Three Elected to Chamber Board

Dave Strand, Ed Terry and Rob Thorson were elected directors of the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce as the business organization’s annual meeting held last week.

The meeting, which included a golf outing and dinner, was held at Birchwood Golf Course.

Strand owns Strand Ace Hardware, Terry is administrator of the Pelican Valley Health Center, and Thorson owns and operates a retail shop called On the Edge.

A president will be named from within the board to replace Marlys Johnson, who has held the office for the past year.


With World War II essentially over, total costs estimated—in 1945 dollars 

Authorities have figured up the cost of World War II as amounting to $1,033,281,000,000 of which amount the United States contributed the largest sum. Each country’s quota is given as follows:

United States       $281,181,000,000

Russia                      135,586,000,000

British Empire        130,385,000,000

France                       16,980,000,000

Belgium                       3,400,000,000

Poland                         2,660,000,000

Czechoslovakia           1,500,000,000

Netherlands                   889,000,000

Yugoslavia                      220,000,000

Greece                            165,000,000

Norway                             93,000,000

Mexico                            186,000,000

Germany                 280,000,000,000

Japan                         49,154,000,000

Italy                           14,500,000,000

Finland                        2,000,000,000

Rumania                     1,750,000,000

The remaining amount to make up the trillion dollars will be used by the armies of occupation.

There are, according to the latest available figures, some two billion sixty-two million inhabitants on this earth. At that rate, this war has cost around $500 for every man, woman and child. That’s an awful price to pay for what might be called the perpetuation of civilization.