Lost child found unhurt near Vergas; Grove Church marked 85th year in 1966

Judy Siegle honored by Concordia College 25 years ago.

By Brenda Brand

50 years ago

October 13, 1966

Firemen called when child wanders. The Pelican Rapids Fire Department received a call from Vergas Fire Department to assist in the search for a 4-year-old who had wandered from a farm near Vergas. Mike Paulson, son of Cora Paulson wandered from the farm owned by Lloyd Paulson. A large German Shepherd dog was with the boy. A 50-60 member search party was dispatched including Sheriff Russell Brooberg. The boy was found about two miles from the farm. Elmer Bruhn and others were duck hunting at a slough when the boy and dog peeked through the rushes. Only missing a shoe, the boy was hanging on to the dog for dear life. The dog wouldn’t let Mr. Bruhn touch the boy. “I’m sure that no harm could have come to that little tyke with that bruiser at his side,” Bruhn said.

Arrow strikes house in Village. Mrs. John O. Nelson was surprised last Wednesday evening when a “thump” turned out to be an arrow striking her home. The arrow was driven into the side of the house. Village police investigated the incident and learned that the arrow had been fired by a youngster in the neighborhood, shooting from about 300 yards away. Police warned the youth of the dangers involved with using his bow within the village.

Grove Lake Church to observe 85th anniversary. The Grove Lake Lutheran Church of rural Pelican Rapids will observe their 85th anniversary Sunday, October 30, with 11 a.m. worship and afternoon and evening programs based on the theme “Continue Steadfast.” The Rev. Cecil Johnson, vice president of the Northern MN District of the ALC, will deliver the morning sermon. Friends and members of the congregation will partake in a fellowship dinner at noon. An afternoon program will include dedication of the new organ and pews. The evening program will be conducted by the youth.

25 years ago

October 9, 1991

Hundreds of winter coats available to area families. Pelican Rapids Lions Club member Van Holmgren assisted with the local “Coats for Kids” project. The jackets, coats, scarves and mittens are available Thursday and Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at Viking Elementary School.

Overheated ballast triggers smoke alarm. Fire department volunteers were called to the Mill Pond View apartment building where a smoke alarm in the boiler room was going off due to smoke and odor. The building manager was advised to turn off the switch for the light and to call an electrician. • Siegle named Centennial medalist at Concordia College. Judith Siegle is one of four individuals to be honored as Centennial Medalists by Concordia Cellege, Moorhead. The daughter of Al and Faye Siegle of Pelican Rapids, Judy will receive the award at Concordia’s homecoming banquet.

Attorney on legal services committee. Charles Krekelberg was recently reappointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Advisory Committee for a three year term. Krekelberg was originally appointed to this committee in May of 1988. He serves on the committee as a Minnesota State Bar Association representative.

75 years ago

October 9, 1941

Savings Bond sales show increase at local post office. H.N. Halvorson, postmaster in the village, reported that there is an astounding increase of 2,762% in Savings Bond sales over the previous year. There are also a lot of patrons making regular investments in Postal Savings Defense Stamps. Postal savings accounts for the last quarter showed the largest footing in the balance ever attained at the Pelican Rapids office.

Tabbut herd leads testing for butterfat. The West Central Otter Tail County Cow Testing Association for the month of September finds an average milk production of 577 pounds per cow and 22.9 average pounds butter fat. The herd of M.A. Tabbut and sons, Pelican Rapids with 29 registered holsteins took first place for the month with an average of 40.9 pounds of butterfat. The Tabbut farm also took first, second, third and fourth place for individual cows producing butterfat.