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Lady Vikes fall to Thief River in hard fought home game in Pelican Rapids

It was a tense contest when Thief River Falls traveled to Pelican Rapids Feb. 2.  The Prowlers out-sized the Lady Vikings–and in the end–outscored the hometown team 65-58, despite a hard-fought effort by the Pelican Rapids squad.  Two of the Thief River players stood 6'3 and 6'1

The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team is home again on Thursday night, Feb. 4, as Ashby travels to Pelican.

More photos in the Feb. 10 print edition of the PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS.

Pelican Lake area RV park reviewed by Scambler

A golf course to RV park conversion proposal in the Pelican Lake area, which was shelved two years ago, has been revived. The plan is scheduled for a public hearing Feb. 25, 7 p.m. at the Scambler Township Hall.
Up for discussion is a resurrected plan for a 150-unit RV Park at the Rolling Hills Golf Course site, on the west side of Pelican Lake.
The 42 acre site has been the  home to the family owned and operated Rolling Hills Golf Course since 1966, according to owner Cyril Flem–who is the applicant.
The Feb. 25 hearing will be  at Scambler Town Hall, just west of the intersection of  County Road 9 and Highway 34.
The proposal is essentially the same as a 2013 plan, which drew stiff opposition from the Pelican Lakes Property Owners Association.
Two years ago, the developer was Scott Olson, who owns the RV Park that neighbors Rolling Hills Golf, to the north.  read entire story. . . .

A penny here, a penny there and  pretty soon–you’re talking real money

Pelican elementary students take aim at ‘robbing’ your piggy bank–collecting at least 200,000 copper coins to combat cancer

A couple hundred grade schoolers will be raiding your piggy banks for pennies–as they raise funds for blood-related cancer victims.
Objective: 200,000 copper coins for cancer; and Pelican Rapids Viking Elementary students are fully motivated and mobilized.
The school’s Lighthouse Team, a student-driven squad aimed at doing good and doing it well, has organized a “Pennies for Patients” campaign.  
On a scale, 200,000 pennies  equals nearly 1,500 pounds of copper–a mass that may require the entire Pelican high school varsity wrestling team to haul.  read entire story. . . .

Retaining, expanding business

Pelican Rapids is not likely to be the home of the next Ford, Chevy or Chrysler auto plant–but it could be a great spot for a small high-tech or light manufacturing business.
“It’s not always large currency–but a lot of small coins,” said Pelican Mayor Brent Frazier, at the Jan. 27 informational meeting on business retention and expansion.  Call it BRE, for short.
More than 40 residents, business owners, employers and employees attende the session. It was generally considered a good turnout–and a generally enthusiastic reaction to a plan to launch a BRE strategy.
“This would happen over a series of months, and it will take bodies to do it,” said Don Solga, city administrator.
Leading the discussion was Ryan Pesch, Minnesota Extension Service and himself a small business owner–as a vegetable grower in the Lake Lida area. In his Extension role he’s assisted with economic development for numerous communities, including Barnesville and Menahga in recent years.
The BRE process involves three broad phases: Research, prioritize and implement.  read entire story. . . .

Liquor license near Perham draws opposition from Pelican council

Concerns about liquor sales on the far east side of Otter Tail County were substantial enough for the Pelican Rapids City Council to take a position on the issue.
A liquor license request near Perham, from Playtime Sports Bar and Ballroom, is expected to be on the Otter Tail County Board agenda. The city of Perham operates a municipal retail liquor store–as does Pelican Rapids.
Otter Tail County, like many counties in the state has not approved retail liquor licenses in unincorporated areas (townships) because of the competition they represent to long-established municipal-run liquor stores.
A similar license request several years ago also rallied cities with retail liquor stores to oppose the application.
The letter from the city of Pelican  included many of the arguments that were posed when the Dunvilla license request was brought forward:  read entire story. . . .

The Un-Eternal

The ‘Dancing Denims of Lake Lida’ are the latest temporary creations by Philip Cowie–a self-taught sculptor with nary a notion of artistic immortality

The locally-famous sculptor who creates works –not for the ages; merely for the seasons–is again laboring in his outdoor studio.
Artist Philip Cowie is accustomed to fleeting fame–because his art vanishes with the coming of spring.
Well-known for his snow sculptures on the south shore of Lake Lida, which he has created for years–depending on snow conditions and temperatures–Cowie has found a new “medium.”  
Frozen garments, headless but positioned in lively formations, pose a surreal, dream-like image for motorists along Highway 108 east. The dancing blue jean figures are just a few houses west of Maple Beach Grill.
“It’s not my original idea.  A guy was making them down in the Twin Cities...and it caught on over the internet,” said Cowie.  “I had a lot of old pair of jeans around, so I froze them.  I added a few shirts the other day.”  read entire story. . . .

‘Flood’ waters force band room evacuation

Pelican Rapids band students played the role of a rock and roll road crew–hauling equipment and gear off-stage after a “waterfall” flooded the high school band room last week.
School officials praised students for hustling drums, horns, tubas and instrument cases to dry shelter after a water line burst open January 20.
“He was really proud of the kids,” said Superintendent  Deb Wanek of band director Sean Fitzsimmons.
Band rehearsal was interrupted at about 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday when four ceiling tiles crumbled under the pressure of water build-up.
“When it broke through, it was a little like a waterfall,” said Wanek.
The overhead sprinkler system line evidently froze and broke at a spot between the band room and the construction of the new auditorium to the north.
The gush of water triggered the fire alarm, prompting the quick evacuation of the room.  Fortunately, said Wanek, the alarm system quickly confirms that it wasn’t a fire.
At that point, the students re-entered the band room and began evacuating musical instruments, chairs, music stands, and moved them into the hallway.  
It’s not entirely clear why the line froze.  
What is clear: Mother Nature was a culprit.
The flooding of the band room followed several days of brutal, sub-zero temperatures in the Pelican Rapids area.
Heaters had been operating in the construction area, but simply may not have generated enough heat to keep the lines open, said Wanek.
“We don’t see it as any negligence on the contractor’s part,” said Wanek.  “The heat just wasn’t evidently adequate.”
Contractor Meineke-Johnson is accepting responsibility, and took rapid steps to correct the situation, noted Wanek.  read entire story. . . .

Pass It On gives nearly $40,000

Second-hand merchandise sales generated nearly $40,000 in charitable donations, benefitting worthy causes from Pelican Rapids to Haiti to Africa.  
To properly celebrate, the Pass It On Ministry crew put on a party in good, old Minnesota fashion:  With a potluck lunch--in a church fellowship hall.
Pass-It On Ministry, which operates the gently-used goods store in downtown Pelican, honored its volunteers and looked back on year 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church Jan. 20.
“You all deserve a pat on the back,” said Mark Dokken, president of the Pass It On board, as about 50 volunteers  enjoyed dozens of “dishes to share” at the potluck.  “Volunteers are the backbone of the organization.  We had a very good year.”
And sharing is what Pass It On is all about.  Profits from store sales are distributed through three broad categories:  read entire story. . . .

‘Gathering’ taking shape as light shines on MN Woman–Pelican’s own ‘Nimueé’

Twenty volunteers, determined to shine a brighter spotlight on the oldest “citizen” of Pelican Rapids, met Jan. 21 to firm up plans for “The Day of Gathering.”
Minnesota Woman–newly named “Nimueé”–is believed to be among the oldest human remains ever discovered in North America.  2016 marks the 85th year since a crew of road workers on Highway 59 found the skeleton.  June 18 is the “Gathering”  in her honor, spearheaded by the volunteers of the  Minnesota Glacial Woman Organization.
The Gathering Day will be from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18.
Conducting the meeting Jan. 21 at the Pelican Rapids Public Library was Phletus Williams, who has helped return scientific, scholarly and sentimental interest in the 1931 discovery–generally considered one of the state’s most historic finds.  It was Williams who coined the name “Nimueé,” based on the “Lady of the Lake” of King Arthur lore.  read entire story. . . .