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  • Over-loaded farm trucks can cause road hazards

    | Published on March 3, 2021 at 8:55am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    I have been meaning to write since harvest season… I was invited to a family cabin on Lake Lida the Sunday of Labor Day weekend for supper. I live in West Fargo so drove I-94 until exit 180. On 180 before getting to Pelican Rapids I met a truck hauling sugar beets on this two-lane road… Read More

  • Springtime on the farm

    | Published on March 3, 2021 at 8:54am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Farm, ranch folk on high alert during calving season ritual It’s calving season, and the farmers and ranchers in the Pelican Rapids area ag country are restless…sleepless.  Occasionally, farm folk stop at the local newspaper office, between hauling feed; standing guard over the flocks and herds; and making hefty deposits at the local banks.  Orland Ohe,… Read More

  • From the pen of the mayor…

    | Published on February 24, 2021 at 9:30am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    Notes on conserving precious resource–water  By Brent Frazier, mayor City of Pelican Rapids  “Water, water everywhere, / nor any a drop to drink.” They words are familiar to many of us from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which text was penned into a poem in 1834 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  The poem tells of three men… Read More

  • LOOKING BACK…

    | Published on February 24, 2021 at 9:18am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    By Paul Gubrud, Columnist Pelican teacher Marie Johnson profiled in Press in 1971 100 years ago, February 24, 1921 • City Improvements (E.L. Peterson, editorial) Pelican Rapids is in need of a good many improvements. The streets ought to be cleaned, and kept clean. There ought to be some beautifying element in the city such as a park or… Read More

  • Looking ahead to future generations of swimmers— while looking back at the old Pelican ‘swimming hole’

    | Published on February 24, 2021 at 9:16am CST Rhonda Koch| Author: Rhonda Koch

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    More frightened of water than German bombshells, as an Army nurse in WWII—‘non-swimmer’ Marcy Korda endorses Pelican pool project so kids have opportunity to learn Unsurprisingly, swimming was not a priority for an Iowa farmgirl. This might have been a life-saving skill—if Marcy Korda had gone overboard when the hospital ship was bombed and on the verge… Read More

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