By Paul Gubrud, Columnist

100 years ago, Sept. 22, 1921

• Airship Here Sunday

An airship swooped down here Sunday afternoon, landing in K. Boe’s pasture in the northwest part of town. It was not long after it landed before dozens of automobiles and hundreds of people were chasing that way to see what they could see. In their wild scramble, several autos plowed through B. A. Altnow’s potato field, doing a lot of damage to his crop and also to his hedge. Mr. Altnow naturally feels very much provoked over the treatment he received, and it would be no more than fair if those who destroyed his belongings would pay for the damage done.

The ship was a rather large one belonging to the McElliots and came here for the purpose of making money, and a half dozen or more parted with their ten dollars in exchange for a ride.

• Poultry Culling

Mr. Kelly, of the creamery force, is an expert poultry man and is doing a great deal towards helping the farmers in the poultry industry. Just now, he is culling the flocks for any farmer who desires his assistance. The ordinary poultry raiser is unable to tell which of his hens are layers and which are not, and it does not pay to keep the non-layers, hence the advisability of having the flocks culled and disposing of the unproductive hens.

75 years ago, Sept. 26, 1946

• Junior Chamber to Sponsor Boy Scouts

A meeting was held Tuesday night by the scout committee of the J. C.’s with the purpose of re-organizing the scouts in Pelican Rapids and outlying districts. Mr. Nick Matthees, the district councilman from Fergus Falls, was here and presented a plan to reactivate the Boy Scouts and help each committeeman with his work in scouting.

The scout committee plans to make scouting the biggest event in every boy’s weekly activities. Programs were discussed where boys could take special training, such as radio operation, building airplanes, woodcraft, etc.

The J. C.’s and committee are very grateful to Mr. Walt Wenino, who has accepted the responsibilities of scoutmaster. Walt is a very conscientious worker, taking an active part in all J. C.’s work. He was especially helpful in the construction of floodlights for our football field. Walt is not new when it comes to scouting. He had a fine troop in Fergus Falls, and he is Otter Tail Power Co.’s representative for Pelican Rapids and nearby towns. We know that all of the boys will be anxious to meet him, as well as have him for their scoutmaster. Pelican Rapids will be proud to have one of the finest, most active scout troops in the district.

50 years ago, Sept. 23, 1971

• Fire Destroys Another Barn

For the second week in a row, Pelican Rapids firemen have been summoned to fires at which a barn was destroyed. Two other fires over the weekend kept the volunteers busy.

A week ago, fire destroyed a large dairy barn on the Frank Kimm farm in Tansem Township. Last Friday evening, a barn at the Mark Kenyon farm east of Erhard was completely destroyed.

The amount of loss was not available for the Kenyon barn, but firemen said the structure was virtually gone when the department arrived about 9 PM Friday. The Kenyons had only recently purchased the farm and had not moved to it, yet the barn had been renovated about a year ago, the Press was told.

25 years ago, Sept. 18, 1996

• Contests Develop for Mayor, Council

Voters will find a full slate of candidates for city offices when they go to the polls in November.

With the closing of the filing period last week, competition is assured for the mayor’s post and council positions.

Filing for mayor were Tony Vigen and Wayne Runningen. Vigen has served as a Lida Township supervisor before moving into Pelican Rapids. Runningen currently serves on the City Council.

In the event that Runningen is elected, his move to the mayor’s office creates a vacancy on the Council which will have to be filled by appointment after the first of the year.

Jim McDonald, who has served as mayor the past eight years, declined to seek re-election.

Also retiring from their posts are two members of the city council: Leroy Martens and Phil Stotesbery. Vying for the openings are John Waller III, Gary Haga, Gary Halbakken, Denise Magnusson, George Hanson and Dave Gottenborg.

• Hearing Set on Minimum Size Proposal for Lake Lida Crappies

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources section of Fisheries is proposing an experimental fishing regulation for North Lida, South Lida, and Venstrom Lakes, located east of Pelican Rapids in Otter Tail County. 

The proposed regulation is an 11-inch minimum length limit on black crappie (requiring the release of black crappie smaller than 11 inches) with a daily and possession limit of 15. The regulation is designed to improve the quality of the black crappie populations that currently exist in the three lakes. If implemented, the regulation will take effect March 1, 1997, and remain in effect through February 28, 2005.