25 years ago Pelican football team edged DGF on march to Minn. state title

100 years ago, November 2, 1922

• The Red Cross Roll Call

The work of the Otter Tail chapter of the Red Cross was very ably presented by Miss Lake, the Secretary, at the meeting of the School and Home Circle on Friday afternoon. She cited many cases showing the great need of the work and what has been accomplished.

The total compensation money received by the Pelican Rapids chapter since January 1 amounts to $23,515, and Pelican Rapids disabled ex-servicemen have received their share of this money. This is a work which must be supported. We stand back of our boys now just as surely as we did when they marched away.

When the house-to-house campaign for membership is made, please show your interest by paying one dollar, which makes you a member of the American Red Cross for one year. If you should be away from home when the worker calls, Mrs. Sherin will be glad to receive your membership fee.

75 years ago, October 30, 1947

• Disastrous Fire Narrowly Averted

What might have been a disastrous fire and which might have been an unsolved mystery occurred last Thursday evening.

Mrs. G. H. Knutson had been driving their pickup truck and shortly before six o’clock drove it into the garage at the rear part of the Knutson Furniture Store. For some reason, she was unable to close the door of the garage, and before the store was closed for the night, she told Mr. Knutson that the garage door was open. He went to close it and found the truck on fire. With the assistance of his helper, Otto Kjos, the blaze was put out with not much damage done.

Had Mrs. Knutson been able to close the garage door, it is quite possible the entire set of buildings, being all of frame construction, would have burned down.

50 years ago, November 2, 1972

This fire truck was acquired with voter approval in 1972.

• Where’s the Fire? (Special Report By Lew Ruark, Administrative Assistant to the Village Council of Pelican Rapids)

We have all seen the cartoon about the policeman stopping a speeding motorist and asking him, “Where’s the fire?” The same question might be asked of the Village Council regarding the recent purchase of a new fire truck and the upcoming bond issue in next week’s election. Some people may be asking themselves why they should vote for the sale of bonds for the purpose of buying a fire truck after the Village Council has already bought it. A few words of explanation may help clarify the situation.

For some time now, the Fire Department has felt that its present equipment did not provide adequate fire protection. In September, we found out that a certain 1972 model fire truck could be purchased at a savings of over $5,000 off its list price because it was a “demonstrator” model. However, the dealer would not hold the truck for us until after the November 7th election since he had other parties interested in purchasing it. Therefore, the Village Council decided, under the circumstances, to proceed with buying the truck and then determine which one of several alternate payment plans it would use.

The Council decided that the sale of municipal bonds would be the best way of financing payment. Therefore, the Council wholeheartedly urges you to vote “yes” on the Fire Truck Bond issue in next Tuesday’s election.

 25 years ago, November 5, 1997

• Fatal Car Fire Under Investigation

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death by fire of an as yet unidentified man.

The body was discovered in a burned-out car early Saturday by a Pelican Rapids police officer. The victim was burned beyond recognition, and the investigation into his death is continuing. 

The car was found along a township road about a half-mile southwest of Pelican Rapids, south of the Hidden Acres mobile home park. A landowner noticed the burned-out vehicle on his property and called the police, asking that the car be removed.

It was not until police investigated that the badly burned body was discovered in the car.

A tentative identification of the victim was made from property discovered on the body and through vehicle registration records.

The name of the victim is not being released until the coroner’s office completes its investigation.

• Vikings Edge D-G-F, Advance to the State

A win wasn’t secured until the final seconds of the Section 6AA football championship Thursday at the Fargodome as the Vikings emerged as section champions with a 28-27 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Pelican Rapids came back from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit for the win but nearly let the Rebels steal the game in the final minute of the thriller.

“Our passing game was the difference,” commented Haugen, noting that up until the championship game, the Vikings hadn’t needed to pass.

Haugen cited Matt Soberg for playing a “fantastic football game” for the Vikings at quarterback. The senior finished 7-for-9 in passing for 99 yards.

“Now we’re extremely confident (in our passing game), said Haugen. “It’s there when we need it.”

While the Vikings’ passing game was important, so was their pass coverage, which Haugen feels has been improving all season.

Motz broke up two passes and had an interception to go along with Bakken’s interception.

Also cited by Haugen for their strong defensive efforts were Wiese and Pavlacky. Wiese made five solo tackles and had nine assists, while Pavlacky had three unassisted stops and nine assists.