100 years ago, August 3, 1922

• Young Man Fined for Stealing Rifle

Joe Jungwirth, one of the moonshiners, was arrested last week on the charge of stealing a rifle from Albert Sleen, and the case was heard before Justice G. M. Mills Friday afternoon.

Attorney Zumwinkle appeared for the state and Judge Bruce for the defendant, who said he would plead guilty if the court would let him off with a fine, and he also promised that he and his partner would leave town.

The court fined him $50 and costs.

Jungwirth and his partner were involved in the moonshine business in the Miller barn last winter and served a term in the county jail, and it appears since coming back here, they have more moonshine than was good for them, which was instrumental in getting them into the trouble now.

The gun, which was alleged to have been stolen, was mailed to the post office here by the defendant and was held there as evidence, and Mr. Sleen will get his gun back.

75 years ago, July 31, 1947

• Pet Crow Joker

The Orville Kind family has a pet crow, and for smartness and sauciness, a pet crow is hard to beat. Those who have seen it perform with the cat and dog at the Kind home are highly amused and surprised at the antics it goes through.

The crow goes on trips with the family and a few days ago, accompanied them to their summer cottage. While there, another resort family informed the Kinds that one of their two pet canaries had escaped from its cage and was wondering how they could capture it. Mr. Kind told them that they should call it and it would come back.

 “Now,” he said, “see those crows over there in the tree? If I call, a crow will come right here to me.” He called “Come Blackey,” and a crow came and lit on his shoulder. Needless to say, the resort family was greatly surprised until they were informed that the crow was a tame one.

Mr. Kind got a big kick out of the incident.

• Band Concerts

The band concerts which have been given Wednesday evenings on the school grounds under the leadership of A. C. Stoffel have not been as well attended as they should have been. The concerts have been very good, and Mr. Stoffel and the band would appreciate better attendance.

The band members have been very faithful in meeting up for the concerts and the programs presented are well worthy of the support of the public.

50 years ago, August 3, 1972

• Legion Team Finishes Season

The Legion Team finished its season last week, finishing fourth in a six-team tournament.

In their first game on Thursday, Pelican played fine ball for five innings, but Breckenridge came on strong to capture a 10 to 3 victory. Leading offensively for the Vikings were Bruce Engel with two hits and three walks and Bret Emmel, who singled in the 4th after being hit by a pitch in the 2nd.

In Pelican’s second game, played the following afternoon, the Vikings came from behind to whip Battle Lake 8 to 5. Behind 4 to 1 in the bottom of the 5th, Pelican exploded for seven runs to pull it out. Brian Evenson had the big hit of the inning with a two-out, bases-loaded triple. Engel, Jim Perrin, Daryl Frazier, and Harold Nelson also contributed hits in the big inning. Rick Sauer walked three times in the game.

Bruce Engel started and picked up the win, while Evenson pitched two and two-thirds innings of strong relief to pick up the save.

Then came the final game with Breckenridge Friday evening, with Pelican coming out on the losing end of the contest. Dean Engebretson led the team offensively.

25 years ago, August 6, 1997

Boy Scouts Attend Camp Wilderness

Boy Scout Troop 313, Pelican Rapids, 21 strong, spent the week of July 6-12 at Camp Wilderness.

Attending were: James Bell, Mike Carlson, Ira Dale, Casey Duckwitz, Justin Duckwitz, Nick Ebersviller, Lucas Evenson, Ryan Fox, Travis Grefsrud, Shad Hanson, Shawn Hanson, John Kremple, Roger Kremple, Cody Lyden, Brent Magnusson, Trent Michels, Ben Ouren, Tony Sellman, Corey Sillerud, Mike Weaklend, and Zach Pierce. John Nordstrom spent the week at camp, helped out on different days by Charlie Blixt, Paul Evenson, Jim Bell, Adam Bell, Jim Michels, and Mark Grefsrud. 

Monday was a tough day as it rained for 12 hours. The boys managed to get to all their classes and kept a good attitude despite the rain. The boys earned 60 merit badges. Some popular ones were canoeing, swimming, motorboating, camping, pioneering, shotgun, and emergency preparedness.

Lucas, Shawn, Corey, Travis, and Justin took part in COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience). Their week was highlighted with the 300-foot zip line.

Wednesday night found some of the troop fishing on the pontoon. The smallest fish was caught by Travis. Others went on a hiking trek or a mountain bike trek. Troop 313 had two teams entered in the Ironman competition (Swimming, Canoeing, Running). Our teams took 1st and 4th. Shad, James, Ben, Lucas, and Roger were on one team, while Nick, Mike, Brent, Travis, and Shawn made up the other. It was a fun competition. The teams carried a banana which the scout leader had to eat to complete the race.

Advancing to 1st Class at camp were Ryan Fox and Ira Dale. Zach Pierce, Brent Magnusson, James Bell, and Ben Ouren all advanced to Star rank.

Troop 313 thanks the community of Pelican Rapids for supporting its fundraisers. A special thank you to the United Fund. Scouts are able to camp at a small cost because of this support.