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  • Looking Back…

    | Published on June 30, 2021 at 9:01am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    By Paul Gubrud, Columnist Farm Bureau picnic in 1921 described as largest farm rally ever in Otter Tail County 100 years ago, June 30, 1921 • Farm Bureau Picnic More than 3,000 men, women and children from every part of Otter Tail County gathered in Amor Park Sunday to make the Annual Farm Bureau Picnic the largest agricultural gathering… Read More

  • Mower accident victim’s statement a dramatic recounting—plus a tribute to heroism of young postal route carrier Tellinghausen

    | Published on June 30, 2021 at 8:50am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    I was mowing on a riding lawn mower and the mower tipped on top of me. The mower caught on fire and I was pinned under the mower. I was finally able to lift the mower enough to pull myself away just as Justin, the mail carrier, came down the road. I have severe burns all… Read More

  • From the pen of the mayor… 

    | Published on June 23, 2021 at 8:59am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Update on Pelican Rapids city dam project: Drawdown beginning slowly, dredging to start in fall By Brent Frazier, mayor City of Pelican Rapids  As residents that are living here in Otter Tail County we can sometimes become oblivious to the fact that there are near 1,100 lakes within the county boundaries. These lakes are truly a calling… Read More

  • Dam project to benefit generations to come

    | Published on June 23, 2021 at 8:57am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    As a past president of the Pelican Group of Lake Improvement District (PGOLID), I’m very happy to see the front page June 17, 2021 cover of The Press feature a story about the continued efforts restoring the natural state of the Pelican River system with modifications to the current Pelican Rapids city dam.  The positive… Read More

  • Smile Those seasonal visitors are our friends, neighbors—and possibly future full time ‘citizens’

    | Published on June 16, 2021 at 9:39am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Surrounding every lake, there are hundreds of parcels, dwellings—and dwellers–with a vested interest in the Pelican Rapids lakes area.   I hesitate to suggest this, for fear of sounding commercially insensitive—but these folks are also “customers.” As we enter into the summer festival season, its important to remember that those folks who are part-time residents and… Read More

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