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Muskrat-busting engineers rescue city fountain from gnawing aquatic rodents

By Louis Hoglund

Aquatic vermin chewing up the electrical lines and fixtures of your decorative water fountain?...
...Who you gonna call?...
...The Muskrat  Busters.
The Pelican Rapids city fountain, a decorative feature in Mill Pond at the center of two scenic waterway parks, was in disrepair–thanks in large part to marauding muskrats.  
Thankfully, the community has a team of industrial engineers that was willing to tackle the problem.
Councilman Steve Strand stepped forward with an offer to repair the fountain–rather than send it off. With repairs estimated at more than $1,000, Strand told the council in April: “I think we can fix it.”  read entire story. . . .

SALUTE TO PELICAN RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2016

Look for this special souvenir edition, honoring the 2016 graduating Pelican Rapids Vikings, in the May 25 print edition of the PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS.
Also---complete listing of scholarship winners, honor students, special awards.

‘Dormitory’ style apartment  debated by Pelican officials - Downtown location raises concerns over p

By Louis Hoglund

Downtown location raises concerns over parking, congestion, long range vision for business district.

Dormitory...
Extended-stay lodging...
Boarding house...
Military-style “barracks”...
“Man camp”...
Depending on your personal viewpoint, the plan to develop a multi-tenant apartment on the north end of the Pelican Rapids downtown business district––different versions of these descriptions may apply.
The issue has dominated discussion at the city’s planning commission and city council meetings.  Nearly ten hours of public discussion, as well as untold hours of behind the scenes debate, have been devoted to the issue.
Developer Bruce Fuhrman prefers to label his plans for the so-called “card brokers” building on broadway as an “extended-stay” residential apartment.
The city’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances essentially limit residential development in critical commercial  zones–such as the downtown district.  The objective is to retain as much commercial square footage  as possible in key business locations.  read entire story. . . .

Green light for skateboards-

By Louis Hoglund

With a quick,  unanimous vote– Pelican city ends  restrictions on  skateboarding

“Surf City, U.S.A.” could be an alternative sub-title for Pelican Rapids.
Sidewalk and street “surfing,” that is.
Skateboarders will now have free reign in the city of Pelican Rapids. With little fanfare and discussion, the Pelican Rapids city council wiped the entire  skateboard ordinance from the books.
It is an about-face reversal from positions city’s have taken over the past couple decades.
Marauding skateboarders, often viewed as unleashing a rolling “reign of terror” in metro areas, will now have free reign around Pelican.
“I want youth to feel welcome in this city,” said Councilman Steve Strand at the  May 10 city council meeting. He raised the skateboard issue at an April city meeting–when he realized his own sons were probably breaking the law.  read entire story. . . .

Lifeguard shortage  Pelican swim pool may not open due to lack of staff

By Louis Hoglund

The long-endangered Pelican Rapids city swimming pool may move from a threatened “species” to extinct.
Already at risk because of mysterious leaks, aging fixtures and mechanical problems; the pool may not open this summer because of a more simple problem:  
Employees and lifeguards.
“We’ve had nobody apply for lifeguard positions...Zero applicants,” said Brian Olson, city parks and public works superintendent, at the May 10 city council meeting.
Without staff, the pool may not even open.  Further, Olson questioned whether it made sense to begin preparation and filling–if there are no staff to operate the pool.  read entire story. . . .

Lions Club may form in Dunvilla

By Louis Hoglund

The village of Dunvilla has a general store, The Barn event center, and soon, a brand new hotel.
Now, the lakes area community may also have its own Lions Club.
Though not a city or even a village or berg–Dunvilla is more-or-less a “place,” within Dunn Township.
But the Dunvilla area has possessed a sense of community dating back more than a century, as a tourism and recreation center.
Because of that sense of community, a group of about a dozen are investigating the possibilities of a Dunvilla Lions Club.  read entire story. . . .

What's the healthy word for 2016 growing season in the greater Pelican Rapids area?

“One Vegetable, One Community” is again being promoted, as a fun way to promote both healthy diet and the joys of gardening.
For the second year, a group of sponsors–spearheaded by Otter Tail County Extension and PartnerSHIP 4 Health–have selected a vegetable for the spotlight this growing season. Growing kits which were assembled by Pelican Rapids area Girl Scouts, are now available starting May 6.
...And the Vegetable of the Year is:
Beans!  read entire story. . . .

Pelican Valley Nursing Home addition nearing completion

Thanks in part to a mild winter, the addition at Pelican Valley Health Center is on schedule, and on budget, for a September grand opening.
The approximately $3.6 million project is updating the majority of the nursing home’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, most of which were around 50 years old.
It is also adding some more common areas, a new tub room and most importantly, 20 new resident rooms. The new rooms will be larger with larger bathrooms that have showers in the rooms.  read entire story. . . .

Arrival of fisherpeople... and fine feathered friends a sure sign of spring, summer

Both anglers an birdwatchers are celebrating the warm weather–as greater Pelican area lakes open May 14 to walleye and northern pike fishing.
Meanwhile, bird enthusiasts have had their eyes on the skies, the fields and the wetlands for weeks as our feathered friends arrive from points south.
Well known Pelican Rapids outdoors and wildlife photographer Roland  “Jordy” Jordahl has been aiming his camera in all directions during the bird migration. He captured these images in recent weeks.
The loons were photographed near Erhard; and the great egret in flight was captured in Fergus Falls. The Canada geese, with new born baby chicks, were photographed in Pelican Rapids.

Tragic drunken-driving  death was focus of pre-prom  program at Pelican school

Prom weekend launched with an emotional story from a father who lost a five-month-old in a drunk-driving accident–and the State Trooper was called to the scene of the tragic accident.
The pair, Trooper Ann Churchill and Southwest State University-Marshall basketball coach Brad Bigler, are pictured here after their gut wrenching presentation May 6.
They were presented t-shirts printed with the 2016 Pelican Rapids High School theme: “Be a Riser.”