By Brenda Brand

100 years ago February 12, 1920

• Telephone wire and pole placement to resume

The work putting in new poles and an extra wire for the Maplewood Rural Telephone Association which was started last fall and had to be abandoned on account of the early winter, will be resumed as soon as the frost is out of the ground. The line has been too heavily loaded and an extra wire will be added and the system divided, so new members who have wanted telephone service, can then be able to secure a membership in the association.

• Joins First National Bank staff

Walter Holmgren of Maplewood has accepted a position in the First National Bank. Mr. Holmgren is a competent and courteous young man and will be a valuable man for the institution.

• New press for the Press

The editor has installed a big Collrell-Babcock two revolution press and Omaha folder, to take the place of the old press we have been using since coming here. This is a moose compared to our old one and a fine machine which will last practically for all time. We now can print four pages at once and the folder will do the folding automatically.

75 years ago February 15, 1945

• Tabbuts awarded honors at Crookston

The single honor of being named “Valley Farmer and Homemaker” for their respective counties was given to fifteen families at the Red River Valley Winter Shows at Crookston last week. The honorary bronze plaques, by the Red River Valley Development Association for the Valley Farmer and Homemaker award will be presented to the winners at some local community meeting in their county at an early date.

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice A. Tabbut of Pelican Rapids, West Otter Tail County, have lived in Otter Tail County 67 years and on their present farm for 41 years. The Tabbuts were pioneer members of their church and community organizations. Mr. Tabbut has taken a very active part in the herd improvement work in his community. They maintain a purebred herd of 70 head of Holstein cattle and sell foundation stock to farmers of their community. They have exhibited at both the county and state fair in 4-H club livestock and crops classes.

• War news

Pfc. Arland Elton graduates from gunnery school at Tyndall Field in Panama City, Fla. Pfc. Elton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Elton of Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Walter Mickelson was promoted to Corporal with the Fifteenth Air Force Service Command Service Squadron, Italy. Mickelson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mickelson of Pelican Rapids.

Obert Wold is now a Sergeant at Santa Maria Army Air Field, Fourth Air Force, where he is assigned as an airplane mechanic.

Pfc David C. Heisler of McChord Field, Washington promoted to Corporal at the Fourth Air Force Base where he is the Base Hospital Medical Technician. Corporal Heisler’s wife Florence, resides in Pelican Rapids.

Pfc Herman Bartelson has been promoted to S. Sergeant and has been awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in his left hand while in Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Bartelson.

Cpl. Arlon Puckett may be a prisoner of the German army. Mrs. Arlon Puckett received the word from the Red Cross. He was fighting with the American forces at Luxembourg at the time of his disappearance.

50 years ago February 12, 1970

• Smile royalty selected

As part of National Dental Health Week, Richard Arntson and Deline Thompson were chosen King and Queen of the “Smile Power” contest conducted Tuesday at the elementary school. Judging was by Drs. Kenneth Albright and Herbert Borg, dentists in the area.

The other finalists were; Elaine Sather, Nancy Martin, Dennis Strom, Mark Hagen, Eric Erickson, David Koethe, Gene Ripley, Bonnie Elton, David McNabb, Scott Irey, Michelle Volker and Pam Rudie.

25 years ago February 15, 1995

• Sweetheart Royalty crowned in Pelican Rapids

Candidates for the Sweetheart Week this year are Nicole Hotzfield, Teresa Oien, Jennifer Bakken Laura Knoll, Tonya Frazier, Jeff Fjestad, Cory Carlson, Hans Olson, Josh Peshek and Brian Stuvland. 

When the votes were counted, Jeff Fjestad was crowned King and Tonya Frazier was crowned Queen Friday afternoon at the ceremony in the Pelican Rapids High School.

As a fund-raiser during the coronation, students held a pie-in-your-face contest. Teachers that participated were Mary Ann Erickson, Darrell Olson, Jeanine Stahlberg, and Doug Bruggeman, along with principal Glenn Moerke.

• Rothsay Sno-ball king and queen named

Tommy Hansen and Rhonda Brusven were named king and queen of the 1995 Rothsay High School Sno-ball during the program on February 10. 

Day of the week awards went to: Idol Day: Lindsey Ackert and David Steiner. Elementary winners were Katie Brenden and Kristi Steiner.

Dress like your favorite sports person: Julie Simmer and Eric Larson. Elementary school winners Amber Balken and Ben Larson

Mr. Irresistible: a tie between Lee Peterson and Eric Larson. Miss Irresistible: Mandy Dumke.

Inside out and backwards day: Jennifer Lehn and David Simmer. Elementary school winners Stacy Wigdahl and Evan Seiling.

Spirit Day: Tara Nitz and Arlyn Follingstad. Elementary school winners Kellie Opsahl and Molly Toso.