By Brenda Brand
50 years ago February 9, 1967
• Plaisted Polar Expedition Training at Pelican Lake
Members of the Plaisted Polar Expedition, a group of men who expect to reach the North Pole on snowmobiles, will train at Pelican Lake north of Pelican Rapids on Saturday and Sunday. While here, they will test equipment and practice rescue techniques.
The ten man team was invited by Len Thompson to train for the 15-20 day journey.
• Maplewood Park officers re-elected
All officers of the Maplewood Park Association were re-elected at the annual meeting of the association held Saturday in Fergus Falls. They are Rudy Gustafson, Fergus Falls, president; Truman Strand, Pelican, vice-president; Alvar Jacobson, Pelican, second vice-president; Clyde Thorstenson Pelican, treasurer; and Vince Ryan, Fergus, secretary.
Elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms were Al Solum and Lester Thompson, Erhard; Glen Salts, Battle Lake; Lavern Simdorn and Byron Hess, Fergus Falls.
A progress report indicated that land purchased to date within the park area totals 1,904 acres.
100 years ago February 8, 1917
• A bad storm
Sunday was the stormiest day of the winter. It was a veritable blizzard and it was what might be called in common parlance a rip-snorter. Some loose snow and a strong wind made excellent material for a blizzard and it raged all Saturday night and Sunday. Few people cared to be out and the church and Sunday school in the Congregational church were suspended.
The Concordia College band, which was to come up from Fergus Sunday afternoon to give a concert in the evening was unable to come which was a great disappointment to many.
The local train was ordered not to start out Monday morning but to wait until a snow plow could clear the track between here and Fergus
• Basket Social
This summons pray heed,
For a good cause I plead!
And come to a social quite gay.
Now bring lots of gold,
For baskets will be sold,
On jolly St. Valentine’s Day!
K.P. Hall, February 14, at 9 p.m.
75 years ago February 5, 1942
• Commercial Club elects officers
The Commercial Club directors met a few days ago and elected officers for the year as follows: Floyd McDunn, President; Orlando Olson Vice President; Clyde Thorstenson Secretary-Treasurer. The retiring officers are M.J. Hanson, A.R. Ebersviller and Hilding Larson.
The new directors elected for a term of two years at the annual meeting are Orlando Olson, Floyd McDunn, Nils Meland, A.C. Meland, and M.T. Houghton. The hold-over directors are Dr. Borg, M.J. Hanson, A.R. Ebersviller, Clyde Thorstenson and Dr. Satersmoen.
• Eastside Farmers Club
The Eastside Farmers Club will have its February meeting at the Geo. Tweeton home Saturday, Feb 7. It is an all day meeting. An oyster stew dinner will be served. Everyone welcome.
25 years ago February 5, 1992
• Sweetheart Candidates
Seniors vying for Sweetheart king and queen at Pelican Rapids High School are: Queen candidates – Alayne Gorton, Jeanna Swanson, Kari Lund, Bonnie Marty, and Krista Schwantz. King Candidates – Rob Stoen, Chris Hayes, Jamie Stromberg, Ray Jatczak, and Chad Christianson. The king and queen will be crowned Friday at the 2:30 p.m. honors pepfest in the high school gymnasium.
• Derby Day at Lida
An estimated 3,000 persons took advantage of beautiful spring-like, 50 degree weather to participate in the annual event on Lake Lida. Entering the largest game fish was Steve Swenson of Pelican Rapids, who caught a 4lb. 15oz. northern pike to win the “World Championship” trophy.
The Derby was sponsored by the Pelican Rapids Jaycees with Steve Ballard serving as derby chairman.