100 years ago February 5, 1920

• Raise sugar cane

The Press would like to see the farmers plant a lot of sugar cane seed this spring. This crop can be raised here very easily and a half acre will produce from 100 to 200 gallons of syrup. This is the best kind of syrup too and can be used extensively in cooking and table use. 

If enough farmers would raise sugar cane, no doubt some one would put in an outfit for manufacturing it into syrup. Think it over.

• Got hand in saw

Ira Lowell had the misfortune to get two fingers of his right hand badly lacerated while sawing wood Friday. This will not only lay him up for a long time but he will also be more or less handicapped the rest of his life. It is a very unfortunate accident.

• Bought delivery business

Carlton Boe has bought the city delivery business from Lawrence Amundson and took over the work Monday. Carlton is a dependable young man and will give the best of service to all concerned.

• Sugar factory

There is a good opening for the establishment of a sugar beet factory somewhere in this part of the state. The only one in the state now is located at Chaska and it has been a great success. Sugar beets can be raised here without much trouble and a factory in this part of the state would be a great help to the northwest in supplying sugar which seems to be getting scarce and high priced. A co-operative sugar factory wold not be a bad idea.

75 years ago February 8, 1945

• Pasteurized milk

Pelican Rapids is one of the few towns which does not have pasteurized milk and a movement is now on foot to secure a pasteurization plant here.

A committee of the Commercial Club and the three dispensers of milk to village patrons have held a meeting to discuss the project and it is quite evident that the matter will be thoroughly threshed out in a satisfactory manner for all concerned.

The village of Henning has passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of raw milk and the creamery there has installed a pasteurization plant. Whether the local creamery will do the pasteurizing, in case the project becomes a reality or whether some individual will install a plant has not yet been decided. It is expected that some definite announcement can be made soon.

• 4-H club girls receive awards

Seven Otter Tail County club girls have been selected for special awards for their work in foods projects, according to Kathryn Schwartau, Club Agent.

Frances Parker and Merle Dilerud each received a $5 check from the Russell-Miller Company for their bread project work. Both girls demonstrated bread baking at the county achievement days and each was awarded a trip to the State Fair. 

Foley food mills were awarded to Virginia Chesborough, and Eleanora Johnson for their canning work.

Baking dishes were awarded to Ellen Friedrich, and Virginia Chesborough. Cereal dishes were presented to Mildred Gibbard and Elsie Jacobson.

4-H Clubs that the girls belonged to are; Girard, Norwegian Grove, French, Maine and Heionla Hustlers.

50 years ago February 5, 1970

• Sled accident fatal to boy

Keith Warren Nelson, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Nelson of rural Pelican Rapids was fatally injured Wednesday, February 4, 1970, when the toboggan on which he was sliding hit the side of an oncoming car driven by Victor Satter, Jr. The accident occurred at about 10 a.m. by the Nelson home. He was taken by ambulance to the Pelican Valley Health Center where he passed away three hours later. He had one sister Vonnie and five brothers, Bryon, Gregory, Bradley Bruce and Kevin.

25 years ago February 8, 1995

• Lowe’s Auto Sales opens

“I’ve spent all my life in the car business,” says John Lowe, who opened Lowe’s Auto Sales this month.

Lowe has leased the former Paint Chip Interiors building on North Broadway as the site for his business. The business offers “working man cars” in addition to late model cars and trucks.

When Lowe says “all my life,” he means it literally. His family started in the automobile business at East Grand Forks in 1919, and John grew up with it, branching out on his own in 1977 at West Fargo.

The Pelican Rapids area is familiar to Lowe and his wife, Dorothy. They have owned property on Lake Lida for about a dozen years and last year completed a new home here. Mrs. Lowe works at the Good Samaritan Center as a CNA.

• Sno-Ball Royalty to be named at Rothsay

The 1995 Rothsay High School Sno-Ball program will be held on February 10 at 2:15 p.m. at the school auditorium. Emcees for the program will be Tara Nitz, and Mandy Dumke. The Processional and Recessional will be by the high school band under the direction of Wanda Dages. The band will also play “Tears in Heaven.”

1994 Queen Sheena Larson and King Brian Marquardt will crown the 1995 royalty. There will be a skit by the ninth, eleventh and seventh grades. 

Candidates are Tommy Hansen, Travis Winkels, and Scott Nelson for King and Jessi Lehn, Rhonda Brusven and Trina Trosvik for Queen.

Freshmen attendants are Sally Winkels and Wade Steiner; sophomores are Jodi Saurer and Bryan Henderson; juniors are DJ Colby and Russ Berneking. First grade attendants are Jessie Jensen and Juan Ramirez.

By Brenda Brand, Columnist