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Pictured here an image from the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce "Lighted Horse Parade" Nov. 27.  
For more photos, look for Dec. 2 print edition of PELICAN RAPIDS Pelican Rapids Press.

Larry’s Super Market was the top vote-getter in the “People’s Choice” voting at the Lighted Horse Parade November 27 in downtown Pelican Rapids. The Larry’s unit, pictured here,  was pulled by a pair of Perherons, courtesy Ryan Peterson, Battle Lake.

VIking students collect a boat load of food for local food shelf

A friendly competition between the Pelican high school and Viking elementary school student body, the school's Viking Ship parade unit was filled to the brim.
For results of the competition, which pitted K-6 grades against 7-12, look for the Dec. 2 print edition of the PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS

Refugees thankful Pelican  has been welcoming town

“Pelican Rapids is the little town that taught us all to be good neighbors,” said Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Services, referring to the successes we have had settling refugees here. 
Over thirty years ago, the people of Pelican Rapids welcomed their first refugees from South East Asia into their community and into their hearts. These Cambodian, Laotians and Vietnamese did not have the same color skin or practice the same religion as their new neighbors, but they were welcomed none the less.
Pelican has been known as a welcoming community ever since. Individual people create welcoming communities,  and the people they welcome are thankful for the time and the help that they have been given and in turn, give back to the community.  read entire story. . . .


Horse-drawn lighted parade is Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m. in Pelican.
For a preview of holiday news and information, pick up your Nov. 25 edition of the Pelican Rapids Press–which includes our annual
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS special edition!

County lends financial help for senior housing projects

The County Board of Commissioners, in order to help facilitate senior housing projects in cooperation with government and private industry, has agreed to be the conduit for financing of new revenue bonds.
Conduit bonds are issued by governmental units such as Otter Tail County on behalf of private entities. They are normally projects by non-profit entities, an example being public housing.
On Nov. 10 a conduit bond public hearing was held jointly by Otter Tail County and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).
Later, the county board approved an agreement that will not exceed $7 million of $17.5 million needed for rehabilitation of senior housing for River Bend Apartments in Fergus Falls and Kaleva Apartments in New York Mills.
 read entire story. . . .

Muskie meetings include Pelican session Dec. 8 at Lake Region

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input to help determine if new muskellunge lakes spread geographically throughout Minnesota should be established in 2016.
Closely watched and discussed in this area is the proposal for muskie management in Lizzie, Franklin and Loon Lakes in the Pelican Rapids area. That session is December 8,  7-9 p.m., at Lake Region Electric in Pelican Rapids.
“The DNR is committed to seeking broad public input as it considers new muskie waters,” said T.J. DeBates, east metro area fisheries supervisor.
The DNR posted signs at accesses of candidate muskie lakes and began talking with local angling groups and lake associations last summer. Comments are now being taken at public input meetings and online.
Lakes being considered are Big Marine in Washington County; the Fairmont chain in Martin County; and Gull chain in Cass County. Two chains of lakes in Otter Tail County are under consideration – Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain – although no more than one of the three lakes within those chains will be chosen. All but Big Marine are chains of lakes, which would allow some movement of stocked muskellunge to connected waters.  read entire story. . . .

Dunvilla hotel site work underway

Grefsruds break ground on new, 30-unit hotel, slated to open June 1                                                                                                          

Earthwork is underway at the site of the Inn at Dunvilla,  6.5 miles north of Pelican Rapids on Highway 59–a few dozen paces from the Barn at Dunvilla and down the road from the Lakeland General Store.
The project has been in the works for more than a year, following the approval of all permits and necessary paperwork--including an enthusiastic endorsement from the Dunn Township Board.
“We would like to be fully up and running before summer hits,” said Linda Grefsrud, who is aiming at a June 1 opening. Linda and husband Jon are the developers.  The walls are expected to be up and the structure largely enclosed by the first of the year, but “it all depends on the weather,” said Grefsrud.
The Inn is described as a  “boutique hotel,”  under the Ascend Collection of Choice Hotels.  The affiliation enables the Grefsruds to operate as an independent hotel, yet have access to Ascend’s reservation system, property management expertise, as well as training and operational background.
Amenities at the Inn at Dunvilla will include 30 rooms, swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, meeting room, hot breakfast, guest bar and coffee bar.  read entire story. . . .

A day on the farm

Pelican students experience traditional agriculture– with high tech twist–at Tollerud family operation

Straw bales, milk pails, feeding troughs, tractors, dairy cows, goats–and robots.
A tour of the modern dairy farm is both a low-tech and high-tech experience.
Our youngest generation, dozens of lively Pelican Rapids first grade youngsters, visited a seventh generation farm this fall. Not only did they experience farmlife hands-on, they also observed  “hands on” robots that milk 60 cows each day.
The Tollerud dairy farm west of Pelican is among the oldest family farms in the area–homesteaded by Donald Tollerud’s great-great-grandfather.
“I’ve moved approximately one mile in seven generations, so I haven’t gotten far,” laughed Don Tollerud.  “I moved south, but not far enough to get where the weather is warm.”
Like many young men in Norway 100 to 150 years ago, Tollerud’s ancestors were struggling to make a living from a farm of nine acres.  
Those same ancestors would marvel at the science fiction qualities of the Tollerud’s 200-cow dairy operation today.
“When you think of robots, do you think of a steel man with arms and legs?” asked Angie Westby, to her first grade students touring the farm. “Robots look different, don’t they?”  read entire story. . . .

Pelican senior Korf signs with St. Cloud

Basketball standout looks ahead to college career–while also focusing on final season as Lady Viking

A Pelican Rapids senior who has been a standout, both on the court and in the classroom, has signed a letter of intent to play for the St. Cloud State University Womens Basketball team.
Surrounded by family and coaches, Mackenzie Korf signed the letter in a small ceremony at the Pelican high school Nov. 12.
Several schools have contacted Korf, but she had mostly narrowed in on St. Cloud State or Minnesota State-Moorhead.
“I went down to meet with the coaches and the players, and they made me feel very welcome,” said Mackenzie. “I also like the location of St. Cloud, because it is not too far from home--but not too close,” she added with a laugh.
She is considering a career in pre-physical therapy, with the possibility of going into a career as an athletic trainer.
Coaching Mackenzie throughout her career is dad–Brian Korf, who is also principal at Pelican Rapids High School. chr(8200)He will have the pleasure of coaching his daughter through one more season as a Lady Viking.  
“We have the hardest working team in the area,” said Brian, who is looking to a long season that will “hopefully end on a win,” he smiled.  read entire story. . . .

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