From Pelican girls hoops in 1918 to Coach Rex Haugen era of 1968, 1993

100 years ago
March 14, 1918

• Basketball News
Last Saturday’s storm played havoc with the scheduled trip to Battle Lake by the girls basketball team. The trip was called off in the morning due to the uncertainty of train connections.
Be sure to turn out for the game with the boys from Battle Lake next Friday evening. The game promises to be a fast one and will be refereed by Mr. Hughs of the Fergus Falls high school. The expenses in getting the team here will amount to quite a little and the people are urged to attend and help defray the expenses as well as to give the boys a good support. Admission is 15¢ and 25¢.

75 years ago
March 18, 1943

• Pelican Vikings Take Second Place in Tournament
Pelican Rapids high school basketball team had to be content with second place in the district tournament at Moorhead last weekend, after defeating Frazee and Barnesville for the right to play in the finals.
Detroit Lakes took the locals for a 24-16 count to win the district championship and the right to represent this district in the regional tournament at Glenwood. Members of the team include, Kenny Hohman, Orvis Stenson, Arland Elton, Red Korteum, ? Johnson, ? Schwab, ? Peterson and ? CrewsCoach Johnson was proud of his team and looks forward to winning the district next year.
Kenny Hohman was given first choice forward on the All-District team, which was voted on by the coaches of the eight teams entered in the district tournament.

• Red Cross Drive Very Successful
A very efficient and systematic drive for Red Cross funds was conducted in the residential sections of the village Sunday afternoon, under the sponsorship of the Commercial Club. Solicitors all report being well received wherever they went and the contributions in most cases were generous. Taking part in the drive were W.G. Elton, Gerhard Knutson, Alvin Stensgaard, Walter Boe, H. Hanssen, Ted Rue, Merlin Rieman, E.L. Toftely, Maurice Toftely, F.W. Hansen Jr., G.R. McKeever, D.L. Quam, Orlando Olson, Ellis Peterson, and Clyde Thorstenson. 

50 years ago
March 14, 1968

• Viking Basketballers
The 1967-68 PRHS basketball team wound up their season last week, losing a first round District 23 game to the Underwood Rockets. Their record of 13 wins and 5 losses during the regular season was the best for a PRHS team since 1960.
Coach Rex Haugen reported that only four members of the team will be lost by graduation. Members of the team include Paul Swan, Steven Johnson, Charles Nord, Tom Rollie, Loren Seifert, Dale Robley, Glenn Trygstad, Dan Elton, Dan Amundson, Jim Weiss, Rick Toso and Peter Larson, captain of the team.

• Members of Service News
Morris E. Martinson, a sergeant in the U.S. Army earned a Bronze Star for his service in South Vietnam for “distinguished himself by outstandingly meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. His loyalty, diligence and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit to himself and the United States Army.”
A Young Erhard man has received the Navy’s Air Medal and citation while serving with an air-submarine squadron in Southeast Asia. David Weiss, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hallet Weiss was presented the medal by Rear Admiral B.H. Schupper. His citation reads in part, “for meritorious achievement in aerial flight as an aircrewman in combat operations in Southeast Asia. His achievements were accomplished with distinction under hazardous conditions and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

25 years ago
March 17, 1993

• Sub-Section Champs
The Pelican Rapids Vikings accepted the trophy for the Sub-Section 3-6A championship presented to them by Pelican Rapids superintendent Keith Klein. The Vikings defeated UlenHitterdal 49-45 to retain the section title. Players on the team include Brian Korf, Travis Hagen, Kevin Backstrom, Brian Hovland, Chip Golden, Matt Schafte, Kent Bauman, Mike Stotesbery, Andrew Johnson and Damian SmithCoach Rex Haugen had praise for the starters who played the whole game, giving credit to all of them for their contributions.

• Ambulance crew rescues frozen poodle
An abandoned, nearly frozen dog is lucky to be alive and has a new home, thanks to the Pelican Ambulance crew.
The crew was returning from a run when they came upon a small dog sitting on the road between Rothsay and Highway 108. Paramedic Cindy Hunt along with Loren Demmer, an emergency medical technician stopped to check things out and found that the small dog was ice-covered and actually frozen to the road. After warming him up overnight at her house, Cindy took the dog to a vet who discovered the dog had a broken thigh bone. After contacting the Fergus Falls humane society, Cindy decided to add the dog now named “Snowball” to her household.