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  • Popular Birak Shrine Circus canceled for 2021

    | Published on March 24, 2021 at 9:14am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    As the Shrine philanthropy centers around the well-being of children, and with the name of safety in mind, we will not be having our Annual Birak Shrine Circus 2021 due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Our Shrine Circus is mainly sponsored by small businesses in the area, we would like to thank each and everyone of you… Read More

  • ‘52’ for Post 5252

    | Published on March 24, 2021 at 9:13am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Despite COVID pandemic, Pelican VFW continues to contribute to community Fifty two is a good number for the Pelican Rapids Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.  VFW Post 5252 has passed the 52 mark in contributions to the community—$52,000 that is.  The Press received a note from Jim Clemenson recently. “I thought you might be interested to know… Read More

  • Masking up – or not…

    | Published on March 24, 2021 at 9:12am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    The ‘personal liberty and freedom’ debate over masks overshadows the simple position that face coverings are a gesture of common citizenship To mask or not to mask…? Maybe it isn’t surprising that the mask question would surface in connection with the annual “Township Day” meetings, held statewide March 9.  As an observer, who hopped to a couple… Read More

  • Tragic casualty of Vietnam a half century ago is ‘forever young’

    | Published on March 17, 2021 at 9:21am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    All those young people, mostly men, who were lost in war are “forever young,” to quote a lyric from Bob Dylan.  That’s how Kathy (Kittelson) Gilstrap remembers Marcus Stoen, the rural Pelican lad killed in Vietnam 50 years ago.  “We were all Norwegian Grove (township) farm families,” recalled Kathy of the neighbors: Stoen, Aas and… Read More

  • Looking Back…

    | Published on March 17, 2021 at 9:21am CDT Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    By Paul Gubrud, Columnist Pelican mourned Vietnam victim in 1971; Lake Region voted new facility in 1996 100 years ago, March 17, 1921 • Road Improvement Needed (E.L. Peterson editorial) Those who use the Barnesville to Fargo state road, are wondering what the county commissioners are going to do about grading up the four miles from Sherman’s corner west… Read More

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