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Sex offender moves to Pelican; public meeting drew 50 citizens

A community notification meeting, alerting Pelican Rapids that a Level 3 sex offender is moving into town, drew about 50 people to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative meeting room Sept. 10.

Sex offender moving to Pelican gained  access to kids as  traveling minister

PHOTO:
Timothy Knut Severed
Born: Jan. 26, 1965
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 190
By Louis Hoglund

A community notification meeting, alerting Pelican Rapids that a Level 3 sex offender is moving into town, was conducted Sept. 10.
Timothy Knut Severud, 49, was convicted of engaging in sexual contact with victims age 5-12.  The Minnesota Department of Corrections has assigned Level 3, which is considered the highest public risk. The community notification law is required with a Level 3 offender.
Severud was scheduled to move to 309 2nd St. SE on Sept. 15. He will be under supervision until the year 2025, and will remain registered as a sex offender for his entire life, said Mike Breise, Minnesota Department of Corrections, who spoke at the Sept. 10 meeting.
Severud is under Intensive Supervised Release, which means his whereabouts are tracked and he is under a range of restrictions.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican Chamber member of year was highlight of annual meeting at Lida Greens

Honored as Chamber Member of the Year at the annual Pelican Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Sept. 11 at Lida Greens was Andrew Johnson, above right, with outgoing Chamber President  Eric Guler at left.  

(DETAILS IN THE SEPT. 17 PRINT EDITION OF THE PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS)

Cross-county trail an election issue

Pelican-Maplewood-Perham trail had ‘friendly’ audience at park gathering; trail opponents have concerns with project

It was a friendly audience for discussing the proposed Pelican Rapids to Perham recreational trail, at the Friends of Maplewood State Park annual meeting Sept.  4.  
The Friends organization has formally endorsed the trail, and guest speaker Wayne Johnson was among allies. Otter Tail County Commissioner Johnson has been a vocal supporter of the trail. But not all of his constituents have been as friendly to the concept of a trail, because of cost and  the prospect of encroaching on private land.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican Rapids High School celebrates "Year of the Viking" for Homecoming 2014






















Pelican Rapids High School is gearing up for Homecoming week to be held Monday, September 29 through Friday, October 3.
On Friday, Sept. 19, this year's Homecoming Court was announced at a student assembly.
(HOMECOMING DETAILS IN THE PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS print edition Sept. 17 and online at pelicanrapidspress.com)
PHOTO: Pelican Homecoming King and Queen candidates, from left, front, Lincoln Haiby, Sam Waller, and Kaylee Resch. Back, Tyler Honrud, Guillermo Rosiles, and Gauge Lee.

95-yard run propelled Pelican to win over Barnesville

Pictured:  Gauge Lee carrying the ball for the Pelican Rapids Vikings during the 27-26 win over Barnesville Sept. 12.

Pelican Rapids Vikings one-point victory settled with less than two minutes remaining

The Pelican Rapids High School football team won an exciting 27-26 game on their home field Sept. 12.  A 95 yard run by Guage Lee, followed by an extra point kick from the foot of Hobet Diaz  sealed the victory over Barnesville  with less than two minutes remaining in the game

PICTURED:  Coach Dave Haugen cogratulating his troops after the victory

‘Smart Snack’ nutrition program  aims at limiting certain snacks  from sale on public  school ground

“Smart Snack” nutrition standards are taking a bite out of public school fundraisers–though the intention is to encourage a “healthy” bite.
The new standards, which became effective July 1, are aimed at restricting less-healthy snack items during the school day–which is defined basically as before school and until 30 minutes after the final class.  
Snacks allowed for sale, whether for fundraising or through in-school vending machines or lunch counters, include nuts, light popcorn, low-fat chips, granola bars, fruit cup, vegetables and no calorie waters.
Snacks prohibited: Candy, cookies, cake, doughnuts, high calorie energy bars and regular sodas.
In the case of Pelican Rapids High School, the school choir’s sale of chocolate candy bars has been eliminated by the school board.  Meanwhile, there was no discussion on the FFA’s annual fundraiser–which is the sale of fruit.  Another example: Sale of sugary treats, such as the malts sold by the Pelican wrestling boosters, is allowed–but only after hours or during weekend tournaments.  read entire story. . . .

Health initiative takes bite out of school candy fundraisers

Pelican choir’s candy bar sales banned as Pelican school bd. meets nutrition standards; reviews fundraiser practices

Candy bar-peddling choir students have been shut down from selling during the school day in Pelican Rapids.
“Smart Snack” nutrition guidelines, a Minnesota Department of Education  initiative, has curtailed  fundraising sales of snacks and candy that doesn’t meet federal   nutrition standards.
Candy bar sales have been a successful fundraising campaign for the high school choir  groups. But, if choir director Gladys Hovland and her students want to continue the sales during the school day, they will have to come up with a healthier product than chocolate candy bars–such as peanuts, granola bars, low-fat chips or yogurt cups.  read entire story. . . .

Despite wild 2014 weather, autumn color may bring near-record visits to Maplewood

PHOTO:  Maplewood State Park Manager Don DelGreco spoke to about 50 members of the Friends of Maplewood Sept. 4, at the organization’s annual meeting.

It was a year of hellish-cold, high-water, upper air turbulence and tornadoes at Maplewood State Park. But it was also a year with more rainbows overhead than Park Manager Don DelGreco can recall.
“With any storm, comes the promise of  rainbows...And I’ve never seen as many rainbows as I have this year,”
said DelGreco, speaking to a crowd of about 50 “Friends of Maplewood” at the organization’s annual meeting Sept. 4.
The Maplewood crew scrambled to fix flooded roads, evacuated campsites during two tornado warnings, and struggled to “keep our head above water–literally” in June, when a record 18.5 inches of rain fell within the park’s boundaries.  read entire story. . . .