“Christmas Spirit” group formed in 1991; Corset Clinic held in 1941

By Brenda Brand

50 years ago

October 20, 1966

• Community club project. Members of the Pelican Rapids Community Club gathered at the village hall to pack six dozen “Ditty Bags” for servicemen in Vietnam. The bags contained items such as stationery, pens, books, soap and soap dishes, wash cloths and other sundries. Many of the items were contributed by businessmen and others were purchased with money that was donated. The completed bags were sent to the Red Cross chapter at Fergus Falls where they will be packed for overseas shipment. Members of the Club assisting are Mrs. George Martin, Mrs. Henry Polkinghorn, Mrs. Clyde Thorstenson, Mrs. Sam Story, Nora Ebersviller, Mrs. H.J. Henning, Mrs. Julius Mueller, Mrs. Robert Suerth, Mrs. C.W. Sherin, Mrs. Len Thompson, Mrs. Jack Wilson, Mrs. Dave Halbakken, Mrs. Theo. Satersmoen, Lorene Christopherson, Mrs. James Noble and Mrs. Al Velline.

• United Fund drive opens. The Pelican Rapids United Fund drive chaired by Walter Hahn and Arland Elton has set their goal at $7,500 for the next year. This amount is up $750 from the previous year. The desire to add more money for Cancer and Heart Research is the cause of the increase. Township chairmen are James Ruud, Pelican Township, Mrs. R.E. Dillon, Lida Township, Mrs. Millie Aas in Norwegian Grove Township and Austin Johnson in Dunn Township.

• Semifinalist in Merit Scholarship competition. Gayle Tweeton, a senior at Pelican Rapids High School has been named Semifinalist in the 1966-67 Merit Scholarship competition. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tweeton. Gayle is among the highest scoring students in the state of Minnesota on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test administered last spring in 17,500 schools nationwide. The semifinalists can advance to finalist status by receiving the endorsement of their schools, substantiating their qualifying test performance on a second exam and submitting information about their achievements and interests.

25 years ago

October 16, 1991

• New “Christmas Spirit” to be felt in Pelican during holiday season. Made up of volunteers from nearly every service group in Pelican Rapids is a group that will give special gifts to those in need, plus a gala Christmas dinner for families and others who might be alone on Christmas Day. “Giving Trees” will be located at stores during the pre-holiday season. Each tree will contain ornaments listing gifts which have been requested by children in need. Merle and Jo Miller are the head of the committee in charge of this new project.

• Center of Attention. A cow was the center of attention at Paul’s Holiday Station when it refused to move from the station’s drive. The animal had been purchased by Pat Cassells at auction that afternoon and was being transported to Brookings, SD. During a stop it was noticed that the cow had gone down in the trailer. Once unloaded it remained down. It was eventually pulled back into the trailer.

• Two injured when tractor rolls over. According to Pelican Rapids firemen, Hannah Tims, 11, and her father Charles Tims were injured when a tractor they were driving overturned on Fish Lake Road. Hannah was taken by helicopter to St. Lukes hospital and Charles was treated and released from Pelican Valley Health Center. Both were in satisfactory condition.

75 years ago

October 16, 1941

• Corset clinic to be held. Tuesday, October 21 at Hahn’s Style Shop a figure stylist from H & W Corset Company will be at the store to properly fit the style of garment that you prefer. A complete line of all styles and prices will be available. There is no charge for this special one day service.

• Siren to blow curfew. At the last meeting of the village council it was decided that the fire siren should be used for the 9 o’clock curfew instead of ringing the bell, as has been the custom. The bell is not so easily heard and then too, the blowing of the siren in the evening will give assurance that it is in good working order. Residents of the village are warned not to be alarmed when the siren blows a short blast at 9 o’clock warning the children that is time to be at home.

• Election of student body officers held. Murrae Freng was elected as President of the student body at Pelican Rapids High School. Joining him as vice-president is Wetzel Lee. Kenny Hohman was elected secretary and Richard Sha treasurer. Representing the senior class on the council is Rebecca Swanson, Marie Grina, Dagney Haugrud and Glen Bouressa. Junior representatives are Phyllis Ballard, Barbara Levorsen, Billie Lee and Marlace Drayton. Muriel Meland, Rose Osten, Orvis Stenson and Bob Svare will represent the sophomores. Freshman: Patsy Rogers, Eugene Sha, Charles Grina and Anna Mae Peterson will be representing their class.