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  • Fortunate to raise a family in amazing town—a short jaunt from amazing Maplewood Park

    | Published on October 14, 2020 at 1:23pm CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    While reading Kim Pederson’s article in the Oct. 1 Pelican Press “Maplewood State Park,” I found myself reminiscing about how much that Park has meant to our family over the past 30 years.  Moving to Pelican Rapids in 1990 I remember visiting with Dave Aaberg, president of then Pelican Valley State Bank.  He was fundraising… Read More

  • Looking BACK

    | Published on October 7, 2020 at 9:06am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    By Brenda Brand, Columnist 100 years ago October 7, 1920 • Many Caught As a result of “pinching” auto drivers who are violating the law, quite a number were requested to report at the city hall and receive their sentence. Both village and country residents were found evading the law in some particular.  We are told some of the… Read More

  • From the pen of the mayor  

    | Published on October 7, 2020 at 9:04am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Fire Prevention Week inspired by Great Chicago fire of 1871    By Brent Frazier, mayor City of Pelican Rapids  Welcome to the month of October when we all are scurrying to accomplish several tasks at home and work before the hard frosts of autumn and the onset of winter. One of these tasks includes the start-up of… Read More

  • Handshake deal no good with Republican U.S. Senators

    | Published on October 7, 2020 at 9:02am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    I grew up in an era when many deals were completed by a handshake. It was a time when the words “pledge” and “commitment” actually meant something. Not any longer, at least not by several high profile Republican Senators. Four years ago, Senators Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Hoeven, among several… Read More

  • A parable about cars, making mistakes, and voting for Presidents

    | Published on October 7, 2020 at 9:02am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    I bought my first car in 1967 from the Ford garage in Pelican. It stood in the back of the lot and carried the whopping price tag of one hundred dollars. That was a princely sum when your income was derived from hauling bales and trapping gophers. When Dad looked it over, he noticed a wet… Read More

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