100 years ago, October 26, 1922

• Ford Cars Reduced

According to a statement just issued by Edsel B. Ford, President of the Ford Motor Company, Detroit, a general reduction of $50 a car has been made in the prices of Ford Model T cars and the Ford One Ton Truck, effective October 17th.

“The revision in prices,” said Mr. Ford, “is the result of the increased volume of business which our company has enjoyed during the present year, and also, to the fact that we now own and operate many of our own sources of raw material, which enables us to continue increasing the quality of our product and at the same time keep the price so low that Ford cars are in reach of everybody.

“This reduction, which is the sixth since March 1920, brings the price of the Ford Touring car from $575.00, the price in effect early in 1920, to the present extremely low level of $298.00, which is nearly 50% less. Corresponding reductions have been made on all other types.

The new prices by types follow: Touring $298, Roadster $269, Chassis $235, Coupe $530, Two-door Sedan $595, Four-door Sedan $725, Truck $380.

Buy one now at Ashley Motor Co.

75 years ago, October 23, 1947

• Fire Department Buys an Inhalator

What the village has needed for a long time has finally become a reality, and that is an inhalator, a very necessary apparatus in case of accidents by drowning, electric shock, etc.

The Fire Department, having studied the need of such life-saving equipment, has bought the instrument at a cost of about $450, and it is now ready for any emergency. Dr. Kaliher inspected and adjusted the equipment and pronounced it first-class and up-to-date in every respect.

The apparatus is compact with two oxygen tanks and all the other necessary equipment packed in a case about the size of an ordinary suitcase and will be in readiness at all times in case it is needed. The outfit consists of not only an inhalator but also a resuscitator and an aspirator.

It is to be hoped that the apparatus will never have to be used, but the fact that it is available in case of necessity will be appreciated.

The Fire Department is to be highly commended for its progressive action.

50 years ago, October 26, 1972

• Pelican Wins H.O.L. Conference Championship

With one conference game remaining on the schedule, the Pelican Rapids Vikings have already won the Heart O’ Lakes conference championship and will be preparing for the play-off game against the Northwest Conference champion.

The Vikings assured themselves of the conference trophy with a 22-0 win over Perham here Friday night and will play the final conference game this Friday at Hawley. A loss to the Nuggets, who are 2 and 6 for the season, cannot take the title away from the Vikings.

Along with the championship, the Vikings get a shot at the Northwest Conference champion under a two-year agreement between the two conferences. The game will be played at Pelican Rapids at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 3, and as of right now, it looks like the opponent will be Thief River Falls, one of the top-ranked Class A teams in the state. The play-off between the two conferences should not be confused with the state play-offs later in November, although the winning team can win additional points toward their state standing. 

As of this week, Pelican Rapids is rated ninth among Class B football teams in the state. The top four teams in each class enter the two-game play-off that determines the champion of each class.

Local interest continues to grow in the Viking football team this year as they remain undefeated. The only blemish on their record is a tie at Wadena in the second game of the season. Rex Crews, who heads the Chamber’s Retail Trade Committee, said this week that most stores will be closed on Friday evening, November 3, for the play-off game between the two conferences.

25 years ago, October 29, 1997

• Move to Dissolve the Hospital District is Picking Up Steam

When officials in Dunn township began a move to protest the Pelican Valley Health Center hospital district’s increasing tax levy, they were fighting the battle all by themselves.

In the months since the movement is picking up steam as other townships have joined the effort.

Support was evident at a joint meeting of Maplewood and Erhards Grove township officials, and both townships have scheduled follow-up meetings.

The Erhards Grove meeting is set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall to get public input. Maplewood has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m., Nov. 20. A similar meeting is being planned for Nov. 10 in Norwegian Grove township.

Discussing the situation at a meeting of the hospital district board Monday evening, Dale Rengstorf, chairman, said he and nursing home administrator David Shaw will be presenting information from the district’s point of view. He also asked that directors attend the meetings in their townships.

It is anticipated that Vic Horne, who is president of the Pelican Lake Property Owners Association, will explain what led up to Dunn Township’s action.

In their resolution, passed a year ago, Dunn township supervisors objected to “the manner in which the hospital district has been managed, operated and financed.”

Earlier this year, the township was advised by legal counsel to encourage other townships to join with Dunn in putting pressure on the hospital district’s board of directors.

Horne worked with the Dunn Town Board, compiling and presenting tax information and other health center financial data. He is advocating that the district continue its tax levy, but instead of using it for operations and maintenance that all the funds be dedicated to paying off indebtedness.

The latter is the key since even if the hospital district were to be dissolved, member townships and cities are still held responsible for any debt.

“The Dakota Heartland lease (of the clinic) is a step in the right direction,” Horne says, adding that “Everyone is hoping for a sale in the future.’

But Health Center representatives want to counter that argument by saying it’s not just a matter of dollars and cents; it’s a matter of retaining locally-delivered health care now and in the future despite continuing changes in the field.