By Brenda Brand

50 years ago, December 8, 1966

• Two Christmas programs set at school.

Annual Christmas programs by high school and elementary school students have been scheduled for the 15th and 19th of December. The Jr. and Sr. High vocal groups will present their concert on the 15th. Directed by Lyle Hanson and Alice Labraaten, the concert will also feature a brass ensemble of Sr. High band members under the direction of John Couture. On December 18, the elementary school Christmas program will be presented in the gym. Youngsters, kindergarten through grade six will present a concert of holiday music under the direction of Miss Alice Labraaten.

• Receives faculty scholarship.

Connie Kratzke, a 1966 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, has been selected to receive a $100 scholarship. Each year for a few years, the Pelican Rapids Education Ass’n. has offered a scholarship to a Pelican Rapids graduate. The scholarship is open to college Freshmen planning on entering the teaching field. Connie is attending the U of M Duluth, and plans to earn a teaching degree in Home Economics. Connie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Kratzke of rural Vergas.

25 years ago, December 4, 1991

• Surprise Visit.

A surprise visitor stopped at the Community Choral Festival being held in the high school gymnasium.  “Father Christmas” offered some thoughts for the upcoming holiday season.

The event featured choirs from Trinity, Grove Lake, and Faith Lutheran Churches, the Pelican Male Chorus, Grades 9-10 Women’s Choir, Grades 7-8 boy’s and girl’s choir and the high school concert choir. Gladys Hovland, high school vocal music instructor, also led the massed choirs in two selections.

• Fire destroys Ford pickup.

Fire Friday morning destroyed a 1989 Ford pickup owned by Dennis Ouren. He was unloading the truck at the Dean Ouren home southeast of Pelican Rapids when he noticed gas running out from beneath the truck. He moved it to a shop to unhook a gas line, but when he came out of the shop, the pickup was engulfed in flames. Firemen were called to the scene shortly after 7 a.m. and reported that the truck was a total loss. The fire did not spread to the shop or other nearby buildings, however.

• Santa comes to Pelican on Saturday; lefse day set.

This Saturday is both Santa Claus Day and Lefse Day, offering treats for those visiting with Santa and for those visiting the Senior Citizen Center. Santa will be available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the VFW. Treat bags will be handed out to each child courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. At the Senior Center, fresh made lefse will be offered along with other holiday treats, hot coffee plus an opportunity to shop from the organization’s craft table of hand-made items.

75 years ago, December 4, 1941

• Santa Claus is coming to town.

Saturday, December 13, Santa Claus will be coming to Pelican Rapids. Sponsored by the Pelican Rapids Commercial Club, and the Advertising and Publicity Committee, plans are being made to entertain the kiddies and grownups for Santa Claus Day. Watch the paper for more details next week.

• Pelican Cagers defeated in first game.

The first basketball game was played here Tuesday night with Detroit Lakes. The second team played Detroit’s second team and beat them by a score of 24 to 18. It was a very good game. The first team game was not so good. Our boys are practically all new in the game and could not stand the pressure of a seasoned team. They were defeated by a count of 52 to 15. Our team has the making of a strong team before the season closes.