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HIGHWAY 10 CORRIDOR CLASH: Hawley, DGF battle under the lights in Pelican; DGF wins 8-3

Two Highway 10 rivals met in the final round of the winners bracket July 25, as the District 9 American Legion baseball tournament continues in Pelican Rapids––under the lights.
DGF won the Friday night game 8-3, sealed by a home run off the bat of Chad Johnson, pictured here as teammates gather around home plate
Hawley beat Red Lake County 9-5 Thursday, and Dilworth Glyndon Felton shut out Parkers Prairie 2-0 to advance.  

The winner of the "loser's bracket" will returned to action on Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m., with Hawley to play Red Lake County.  The winner will take on DGF at 3:30 p.m.  A final game will be Sunday,  1 p.m., if necessary in the double elmination tournament.

Backstreet thieves steal  ‘Alley Art’ from drug store: mural partly assembled for July 26 art fest

Immense mural was about to be installed–in time for Art in the Park

Dark, back alleys are a prime location for crime–but nobody would expect criminals to target “Alley Art” on the back streets of the downtown Pelican Rapids business district.
Pelican Rapids school art teacher Laura Moe, who has been spearheading mural projects to beautify
downtown, was heartbroken last week when two mural panels were evidently stolen from the north deck of Pelican Drug.
The heist is a big disappointment for not only Moe, but Pelican Drug owner Don Perrin, the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and a bunch of kids and volunteers who painted the works of art. The immense 12 x 40 foot panels were created in individual 4 x 8 foot panels, and installation was scheduled to be completed July 21–in time for one of Pelican’s biggest days of the year: Art in the Park.  The mural would have been a visual highlight for the thousands who stroll the community and its parks.  read entire story. . . .

Woodcarver demonstrate, at Pelican Art in Park July 26

An expert woodcarver sorcerer and his apprentices will be a special feature for the 2014 Pelican Rapids Art in the Park July 26.
Carving wood using the tools and techniques of the ancients is Richard Vandever’s craft. The Fergus Falls artisan will be demonstrating throughout the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. arts festival, along with several apprentice carvers that are working with him on a project through a Legacy grant.
Carving knives, blades, chisels and mallets are the tools of Vandever’s trade.
The festival winds through the two city parks in Pelican Rapids–joined by the famous suspension bridge across Mill Pond.  read entire story. . . .

Filings for Pelican school election open July 29

Filings for Pelican Rapids school board seats will be open from July 29 to August 12.
Three seats will be on the school board ballot. All of them are four-year positions.  For further information on school board filing, contact the Pelican school administrative offices at 218-863-5910.  Additional information appears in the public notice section of the Pelican Rapids Press, in the B-Section.
Holding the seats currently that are up for re-election to the school board are Charlie Blixt, Dena Johnson and Kathy Ouren.
The general election is November 4, when local and statewide  voting will take place.  Topping the state ballot are the governor’s seat and the U.S. Senate seat.
Several area townships, including Dunn, Trondhjem and Pelican elect officers with the general election, and filing for those seats are also from July 29 to August 12.  Prospective candidates should contact their township clerks.  Most other townships in the area hold elections during the March annual meetings.  read entire story. . . .

One principal hired; one bids farewell

Pelican school board names Dr. Richardson; receives farewell from Flatau
Within a few short weeks, the Pelican Rapids School Board bid farewell to an outgoing principal –and welcomed a new leader for Viking Elementary School.
Hired July 14 was Edwin Richardson (see related story).  There were 20 applications for the elementary principal position.  Four finalists were interviewed by a panel which included staff, school board and administration representation.
Richardson earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at St. Thomas; and went on to earn Masters and Doctoral degrees in education leadership and administration from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican-Perham trail plan action by Otter Tail County  postponed for more review

The Otter Tail County Board consideration for approval of the final draft of the Perham to Pelican Rapids Trail Master Plan  which was proposed for the July 8, County Board meeting was cancelled.  
The County Board consideration will be re-scheduled for a later date to allow the County Board sufficient time to review the public comments received on the final draft of the Perham to Pelican Rapids Trail Master Plan.  
For information, please  contact Richard West, Otter Tail County Public Works Director/County Engineer at 218-998-8473 or rwest@co.ottertail.mn.us.  

Conservative deer season set; licenses go on sale Aug. 1

Hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
“Hunters should check the 2014 hunting regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the DNR. “To shoot a doe, hunters may have to apply for a permit in areas where they haven’t in the past and, in some places, no antlerless harvest will be allowed.”
In 69 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Only bucks can be hunted in 14 areas. In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of shooting a doe or a buck. Bonus permits allowing hunters to shoot more than one deer may only be used in seven permit areas and for some special hunts.  read entire story. . . .

Wolf season announced, survey shows stable population

Hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season beginning Friday, Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.
A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more licenses than last year’s seasons. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250, 30 more than last year.
The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013.
“Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves,” said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist. “We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota.”
 read entire story. . . .

New principal  returns to hometown to lead Pelican elementary

It was old home week for  Edwin Richardson as he explored the halls of his old school and encountered  faces from the past.
“I bumped into Harold Holt, my wrestling coach,” said Edwin Richardson, newly appointed principal of the Pelican Rapids Viking Elementary School. “We also coached Little League baseball together.”
A 1986 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, Richardson is reacquainting himself with the town and the people.
He also ran into Pelican’s Mayor, Ben Woessner, who was a neighbor when he was a youth here. At the Muddy Moose, he was greeted by Christie (Larson) Shulstad, another classmate.
“We’re really excited to be back here, and be part of the community,” said Richardson.  He and his wife Kim have a seven-year-old daughter, Kayla,  who will be entering the second grade.  read entire story. . . .

New gym, sports center named after Pelican’s  beloved Al Siegle

Longtime Pelican Rapids educator, coach and administrator Al Siegle will be remembered–essentially forever–following the Pelican Rapids School Board’s decision to name the expanded athletics complex after him.
When Siegle was approached about the idea, his answer was customary:  “Why me?”
The “Al Siegle Activity Center” will be basically everything south of the existing gym.  It will include the new gym, which will be constructed as part of the school’s current expansion renovation project. The new wrestling and dance rooms, as well as lockers and related facilities, will be part of the complex.
“It really means a lot to me,” said school board member Mike Forsgren in an interview, a 1986 Pelican graduate who played football one year under Siegle–who was an assistant principal and athletic director in Pelican.  read entire story. . . .

Wolf season announced, survey shows stable population

Hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season beginning Friday, Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.
A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more licenses than last year’s seasons. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250, 30 more than last year.
The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013.
“Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves,” said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist. “We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota.”
 read entire story. . . .

Filings for Pelican mayor, council, Pelican Valley board open July 29

Filings for Pelican Rapids city mayor and council seats will be open from July 29 to August 12.
Those interested in serving the city are encouraged to contact city hall, at 863-7076.
The seats that are up for re-election:
•Mayor, currently held by Ben Woessner.
•Council, four year seat, currently held by John Waller III.
•Council, four year seat, held by James Strand.
Those interested in filing for a seat on the Pelican Valley Hospital District Board may also begin filing July 29.
Up for election are four year terms for Pelican Rapids and the townships of Maplewood, Lida, Scambler and a member at large. Member at Large candidates may be from any city or township within the Hospital District.  
Two year seats open include Pelican and Norwegian Grove Townships.