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Some Press newspapers arriving late

Some Pelican Rapids Press subscribers have received their papers later than usual.  
The delays are mostly due to the fact a main United States Post Office mail distribution center was recently moved to a location in West Fargo. This has delayed delivery on some rural routes and some zip codes in the area.
We apologize for the delays, which are beyond our control, and ask for patience from our readers.  

Thank you

No muskies in Lizzie, Franklin, Loon

DNR drops muskellunge plan for local lakes; OKs Gull near Brainerd, Fairmont area lake chain

Muskellunge will be released this fall in the Gull Lake chain of lakes near Brainerd and the Fairmont chain of lakes in southern Minnesota as part of an effort to establish new muskie angling opportunities throughout the state.
Three West Otter Tail County lakes were eliminated from the list of proposed muskie-managed lakes. The withdrawal of Lizzie, Franklin and Loon Lakes from the list was good news for many, particularly members of area lake property owners associations–which were opposed to introducing muskies. All three of the area lakes are near Pelican Rapids and Vergas. The proposals were controversial:  Supported by avid muskie angers, but generally opposed by lakeshore property owners.
“We listened to and considered the more than 1,800 public comments we received during the past two years,” said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We want to thank everyone who helped guide this process.
“Our lakes are Minnesota’s most important natural resource and that’s one reason public participation is so important. The majority of the responses were positive and supportive of diversifying these fisheries in the Gull Lake and Fairmont chain of lakes and expanding opportunities that will benefit these areas recreationally and economically.”  read entire story. . . .

Cormorant connection

Cedar structure bridges the east to west gap between town hall-community center and retail area

By Louis Hoglund

The sweet aroma of cedar is detectable on the Cormorant Town Hall and Community Center grounds–and the source of the scent is a new cedar-constructed bridge.
On July 10, during the Cormorant Art Show the new Mill Pond bridge was delivered.
The shipment brought into focus Cormorant Township’s long range vision for an extensive park area surrounding the community center.
The bridge will provide easy, safe pedestrian access from the community center and parks to the east side of the village, where the Cormorant retail businesses are located and the Kiddieland amusement park. The flow of people will be especially evident during Cormorant Daze.  
Constructed by Cedar Bridge Shop in Alexandria, MN, the “bridge is not only a work of art, but has a wonderful smell as well, since it is made from cedar,” noted township officials in the Cormorant newsletter.
“Everybody is so happy with what we’re doing there,” said town board member Tim Erickson, noting that the bridge is just one part of the overall plan of creating park space all around the hall.  “We’re making the area  more available to the public...It’s great to have a park and event center right in our backyard.”
The bridge represents about a $27,000 investment into the community. Originally, the township had its sights on a donated structure from the Fargo-Moorhead area.  But as it turned out, the extra costs, labor and logistics in shipping and installing the donated structure were nearly comparable, said Erickson.
Beneath  read entire story. . . .

Wetland impacts of Star Lake Resort-Casino scrutinized

By Louis Hoglund

About seven acres of wetland will be filled and altered at the site of the proposed Star Lake Resort and Casino.
Under state law, those acres must be “replaced” at a two-to-one margin. But the replacement acreage will be scattered far from Star Lake Township and Otter Tail County–near the Buffalo River in Becker County and near the Canadian border in Roseau County.
The impact on wetlands is just one of the environmental issues that the Star Lake Concerned Citizens Group has been focusing on as the project moves forward.
The group has gathered more than 700 signatures on a petition calling or a more strict and extensive environmental review.  
The clock is ticking and deadlines will be approaching on various public comment periods, and the SLCCG has been mobilizing members to write, email and contact officials and agencies overseeing the project.
Wetlands are one of the key issues for the group.  And, the “Wetland Replacement Plan” is essentially the first in a series applications on the table regarding the casino project.  read entire story. . . .

Star Lake Casino wetland impact comments due by July 29

Public comment on the Star Lake Resort and Casino wetlands application should be sent, by July 29, to these contacts:
Kyle Westergard
Wetlands Inspector
Otter Tail County Land & Resource Management
Government Services Center
540 West Fir
Fergus Falls, MN  56537

email comments should be sent to:
Kyle Westergard - KWesterg@co.ottertail.mn.us

Zebra mussels confirmed in East Spirit Lake in Otter Tail County

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in northwestern Minnesota’s East Spirit Lake in Otter Tail County and central Minnesota’s Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas counties.
On July 9, an East Spirit Lake user brought a one-quarter inch zebra mussel to the DNR Fergus Falls office. A subsequent two-day search of four locations by DNR staff found one live zebra mussel one-quarter mile from the initial report.
On July 20, DNR invasive species staff conducted dive and shoreline searches to investigate reported zebra mussel veligers (larvae) in Lake Osakis. They found two three-quarter inch adult zebra mussels.
Invasive species alert signs are being posted at lake accesses, and the DNR will determine whether connected waters will also be added to the infested waters list. The DNR appreciates the help of the alert citizen who reported the find on East Spirit Lake and the work of the Sauk River Watershed District collecting veligers that led to the confirmation in Lake Osakis.  read entire story. . . .

Colorful banners wave as visitors shop, and relax, at Pelican Rapids Art in the Park

Three generations of Woessners have helped bring international color to Pelican park bridge

The colorful international flags that decorate the Pelican Rapids suspension bridge have been a Woessner family project for three generations. It started when also Ben Woessner Jr., son of Ben and Bev Woessner,  created the flag display as an Eagle Scout Project. The flags are placed for special events in the Pelican city parks, such as the Art in the Park event last weekend.  
Ben and Bev have arranged to place the flags for the events–and also take them down.  
Helping Ben retire the flags after the July 23 Art in the Park event were grandsons Ian and Ibrahim Saric, pictured here helping remove the flags from  the suspension bridge.

PHOTO - Pausing after browsing through the scenic Pelican Rapids city parks during the July 23 Art in the Park fair are Diane Melaas and Sandy Haarstad, Elbow Lake. They are framed by the colorful display of international flags that greet visitors to the fair each summer. They were also visiting Sandy’s son in the Pelican Rapids area, Allen Haarstad.                PHOTO BY LOUIS HOGLUND  read entire story. . . .

Pelican Fest 2016 parade features more than 90 units

Pelican Fest parade features more than 90 units.
A few of the scenes from Pelican Fest 2016 are pictured here, photos courtesy Roland "Jordy" Jordahl.
( More photos and details in the July 20 print edition of the PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS )

Kids and crowds  converge for fun at Pelican Fest

This gang of Pelican Fest participants were ready for fun at the annual Pelican Rapids summer festival.
Three families, scattered from West Fargo to Detroit Lakes to Minneapolis,combined to enter the Pelican Fest “Kiddie Parade,” organzed by Annie Wrigg of the Pelican Rapids Public Libraary.
Pictured: Ella Watzke, Miles Radel, Ellay Ramsey and Anna Ramsey.

Rock wall by Pelican statue  collapses after heavy rains

Walkway over damsite closed–likely for rest of summer

By Louis Hoglund

The wall came tumbling down–sending boulders and large stones to the webbed feet of Pelican Pete.
Rainfalls totalling at least 5.5 inches over three days were a factor in the collapse of the rock wall to the east of the Pelican Rapids iconic city statue–the largest pelican in the world.
The stone wall is built into the west side of the dam, and the incident has forced the closing of the walkway across the dam–probably for the summer. The collapse of the wall was believed to have occurred overnight on Monday, July 11, when about two inches of rain fell.
Yellow caution tape roped off the walkway during Pelican Fest last weekend, and the access will also be closed during the busy Art in the Park event July 23.  read entire story. . . .