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‘Come in out of the cold...’

Memorial service for hypothermia victim Jamie Fox offered heartwarming words and song as a touching farewell in wake of tragic holiday season death

PHOTO: Judy Fox, who adopted Jaime Fox and her brother early in their childhood, is holding a high school senior portrait image of her late daughter; the photo taken by the rushing waters, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Judy was among the singers who performed at the memorial service Dec. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jaime Fox died Nov. 30; the cause of death was hypothermia, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department

Mother sang for daughter Dec. 14, as Judy Fox and a family trio bid a melodic farewell to Jamie Fox.
Emotional and sentimental words kindled a human warmth to a chilling tragedy, which last month ended the life of a 27-year-old Pelican Rapids resident.
Judy, her sister Trudy Hartman, and brother-in-law Randy Hartman delivered a touching selection of music at a Memorial Service, officiated by Trinity Lutheran Pastor Philip Johnson.  Most of the extended Fox family were from the Sioux Falls area, where the late Jamie was confirmed at Lutheran church and graduated from high school.
Jamie died of hypothermia following a holiday season tragedy that stunned the Pelican Rapids area community.
Her grandpa is at heaven’s gate, said aunt Trudy in a eulogy, welcoming her with open arms–inviting her “to come in out of the cold.”
Quoting Bible passages, including the book of Revelations, Rev. Johnson said the “spirit intercedes for us...when the sighs are too deep for words.” God can hear the words that are difficult to articulate in the wake of such sadness, said Rev. Johnson. “Words are important...but there is also  time for silence–to stand in awe before the Lord’s creation.”
In life, there were no shortage of words for Jamie Fox. She has been universally described as a  talkative, enthusiastic, prank-playing, jovial personality– especially by her colleagues at the Pelican Valley Health Center.
As a certified nurse assistant at care facilities since age 16, Jamie Fox “was really where God wanted her to be–as a CNA. Those people needed her in their lives,” said her mother Judy. “I was very proud of her being a CNA.  She truly loved the people she helped.”  read entire story. . . .

$1,000/day penalty faces sewer plant contractor

The contractor working on the upgrades at the Pelican Rapids wastewater treatment plant is facing “fines” of $1,000 a day because of missed deadlines.
A November 29 deadline was missed, and a final completion deadline of Dec. 29 is also doubtful, the Pelican Rapids City Council learned at the Dec. 9 meeting. Under the terms of the contract, the city can penalize the contracting firm up to $1,000 day for missed deadlines. The action will be retroactive, with the fee charged back to November 29.  
The project upgrades the wastewater treatment plant with new technology, at a cost of more than $6 million.  One building, as well as treatment equipment and other components, will replace a facility and fixtures that date back 30 to 50 years.  read entire story. . . .

Nowhere to celebrate Christmas?

Dinner bell rings at Erhard Grace Church Dec. 25

Christmas Day is a big day at Erhard’s Grace Lutheran Church–with a big crowd hosted for holiday dinner.
Grace Church is one of the only places in the area ringing the dinner bell on Christmas Day, and the event has been an overwhelming success the past three holidays.
“It was something the members of the congregation wanted to try,” said John Ripley. “The first year we planned for 150, but were hoping to serve 50. As it turned out, we did serve about 150...We didn’t run out of food, but it was close.”
This year’s dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It will follow the 10 a.m. worship service.
Most of the food is homemade for the dinner,  read entire story. . . .


Check the current, Dec. 17 edition of the PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS  for detail on the Great Christmas Cash Giveaway!

Pre-school kids  walking on unsafe Pelican River ice was concern  for Mill Pond  Apt. resident

A walk on the Pelican River isn’t safe–even if it appears to be frozen solid.
That was the message phoned into the Pelican Rapids Press office last week.
A resident at the Mill Pond View Apartments was looking down from one of the upper flooers, and saw pre-school-aged childen walking on the ice in the park and dam area.
The caller was very concerned about the youngsters, because ice on the river is never really safe.
Walking on the ice in that area is especially risky, because of the moving water and varying temperatures.  

Pelican area author breaks out with new fiction; childrens book

Psychadelic-color sheep; tangled webs take familiar local writer Joan Ellison into new literary directions

Imagine, driving down the road on a typical sunny Minnesota day, the sun is shining, the birds are singing. You are met with the typical and wide spectrum of colors. The bright green of the leaves, or if you're out during the winter the stunning white of the snow and frost, it really is a treat for the eyes. Autumn colors are even more vivid with orange leaves, the crisp yellow of drying corn in the field.
There are so many great things about the color spectrum of the Pelican Rapids area, from the bright blues and yellows of birds, to...the greens and pinks of the sheep. Yes, pink sheep.
Pink sheep might seem like a departure from the norm, but for one family it's a tradition.
A tradition that one local writer turned into a book. Joan Jarvis Ellison, a long time resident of Pelican  read entire story. . . .

Minnesotans reminded to keep propane tanks nearly full

In Minnesota, being prepared for winter is always a necessity. The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans who depend on propane and fuel oil for heat, to watch fuel tank levels and call your supplier before your tank goes below one quarter full.
“Planning ahead and making sure your propane and fuel oil tanks stay above a quarter full can help ensure your family stays safe and warm this winter,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “I encourage consumers who use these fuels to talk to their suppliers about scheduled delivery programs that will make sure you have the supply of fuel you need.”
The Department of Commerce also urges Minnesotans who need financial assistance to pay heating  read entire story. . . .

Autopsy: Victim froze to death

From the nursing stations at Pelican Valley Health Center to main street Pelican Rapids to the worldwide web–there has been an outpouring of sorrow over the loss of 27-year-old Jamie Fox.  
In the days following the discovery of her body, near the Pelican Rapids Supper Club, there have been countless Facebook postings about the former nursing assistant at Pelican Valley Health Center.
An autopsy was completed at Lake Region Health Center, Fergus Falls, under the direction of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department.
The cause of death  was determined to be hypothermia. Alcohol was a contributing factor. There was no indication of foul play regarding her death. Temperatures were extremely cold over Nov. 29 -30.
Fox left the Pelican Supper Club sometime Saturday evening, Nov. 29, and her body was discovered about 3 p.m. Dec. 1 a short distance from the club, lying by neighboring storage units.
 read entire story. . . .

New prescriptions hit one million mark at main street drug store

By coincidence, milestone order was to store owner himself, Don Perrin–for shingles vaccine

It was a red-letter moment at Pelican Drug December 1.
The home town pharmacy fill its one millionth new prescription. By sheer coincidence, number one million went to none other than the store’s owner himself: Don Perrin.
“We give each prescription a number, and we hit the million mark on Monday,” said Perrin, who was actually out of town when the order was completed.
That Perrin’s happened to be the millionth new prescription was a complete suprise.
“We filled it and looked at the label, and there were a lot of zeroes,” said Pelican Drug pharmacist Jenny Field.
Prescription information is typically private and priveleged, but Perrin was willing to disclose the medication.  read entire story. . . .

Familiar face leads Pelican Baptist Church

Pastor has 25-year tenure with Camp Joy in Otter Tail  lakes area  

The Pelican Rapids Baptist Church was founded in the late 1800s, and was called the Swedish Baptist Church.   During that time there have been many pastors, all of whom brought their own style to the church. The church was able to sign on a new pastor, who has a long history of working with the community.
Dale Heaton and his wife Lisa are residents of the area for over 35 years, and they have been long time members of the church. As a matter of fact they have been  members since the mid '80s.   During that time they started to run Camp Joy. Camp Joy is a bible camp located in Dent. The couple has been working with youth and families at the camp since 1989.  The camp, which was established in 1941, has been a lake country fixture ever since.  read entire story. . . .