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Fine-tuning the ‘fuzzy’ science of sound, volume

With aid of decibel readings, Pelican cops noise complaints at Route 9 event center

Sound and audio is an inexact science and art; but Pelican Rapids city officials and an event center owner are trying to zero in on the science in order to quiet volume complaints.
Noise concerns have surfaced numerous times over the past year regarding Renato Molina’s “Route 9 Event Center.” The former Pelican Rapids bowling alley has been transformed into a special event facility, catering mostly to the Hispanic community in the region.  
“We’re all trying to work together,” said Molina, who has bought a special decibel-reading program for his cell phone, so he can gauge the sound levels.
The decibel software offers a more scientific barometer of sound levels–but it gets complicated when weather and wind enter into the equation. That’s when the science of sound becomes more fuzzy.  read entire story. . . .

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Semi full of Pelican turkeys crashes, some birds killed

Icy roads caused many accidents Monday, Nov. 10, in western Minnesota. One of them included a semi loaded with turkeys that skidded off Interstate 94 near Dalton in southwestern Otter Tail County.
The driver sustained only minor injuries Monday morning. The semi overturned down an embankment, according to the State Highway Patrol and County Sheriff’s Office.
Some of the turkeys, in cages, died as a result of the accident. The semi was transporting the turkeys from Jennie-O in Pelican Rapids to Melrose.
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School project revised in wake of high bids

Four bids, all coming in at more than $17 million, prompted the Pelican Rapids school board to reject all bids at the November 10 school board meeting.
Meanwhile, school board members, administrators and consultants have taken the entire expansion-renovation project back to the drawing board–trimming more than 5,000 square feet from the construction plan. The revisions are expected to reduce the project by more than $3 million.
The board is expected to re-advertise the project for bids by Thanksgiving.
“Like any remodeling project, there are going to be hiccups,” said school board member Dena Johnson, at the Nov. 10 meeting.
“But I’m still comfortable with what’s going on...we’re giving the public everything we said we would with the project,” said Johnson.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican holiday plans taking shape

Horse teams and wagons will again form a parade on main street in Pelican Rapids Nov. 28.  
The parade is scheduled for  6:30 p.m., and at least 20 wagons and horse teams are anticipated, according to Cindy Trane, who coordinates the event that has become a Pelican Rapids holiday tradition.
In conjunction with the parade, many downtown Pelican Rapids merchants host holiday open houses and promotions.  
“This event is wonderful to watch and brings the Spirit of Christmas out in the community,” said Jennifer Hams, Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Also planned for the Pelican Chamber holiday scheduley is a “Holiday Showcase” event December 4. Larry’s SuperMarket will be hosting its annual “Taste of the Holidays” Thursday, December 4 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.  
Minnesota National Bank has agreed to join in on the festivities and will have Santa and Girl Scouts with activities that same evening.
Other businesses are planning to participate as well by having holiday open houses December 4.  
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A sign of the times for  Pelican Industrial Park

Uniform signage will be benefit to both city and businesses

The Pelican Rapids industrial park could be getting new signage.
At the November 10 council meeting, City Administrator Don Solga said he has been talking to the current and future tenants and signage has been an issue for those businesses.
Heart O’ Lakes Quality Meats had a temporary sign which had to be removed as it was in the Highway 9 right of way and other signage doesn’t meet either setbacks or current city ordinances.
According to Solga, Heart O’ Lakes Quality Meats, Environmental Control Systems and Assembly Engineering all have said they thought the idea for industrial park signage is a good one.
“I think it will identify our industrial park. It is time for us to do something and we should look to work with the tenants,” said Solga.
Solga said that one solution would be to create a standard industrial park sign with space for  read entire story. . . .

Environmental review of  trail viewed as premature

Even though a master plan for a recreational trail from Pelican Rapids to Perham is in place, county commissioners feel that calling for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is premature.
That’s because, according to the five commissioners, many details are still in the works. The trail will be built in stages, when grant money becomes available. Plans call for the trail to run through Maplewood State Park.
The master plan was approved Sept. 9 by the county board.
One source of funding will likely be the Legacy Amendment. In 2008 Minnesota voters approved the amendment that increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent. The legislation, in part, supports parks and trails and also protects lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.
Some area residents have raised concerns about the trail’s impact to wetlands, while others have expressed concern about county liability issues and privacy of landowners. Others question the estimates to additional tourism dollars when the trail is built.  read entire story. . . .

Five things to know about 2015 MNsure open enrollment

As the 2015 open enrollment period arives, MNsure is making sure all Minnesotans have the information and tools they need to have a successful enrollment experience.
“We have learned a lot since last year about how people enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure,” said CEO Scott Leitz. “We’re hopeful this information will alleviate some common frustrations Minnesotans experienced last year.”
The only place for
financial help
MNsure is the only place you can get financial help such as tax credits and cost sharing reductions, or to enroll in no-cost or low-cost coverage under Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. Eligibility for financial help depends on household size and income. If you enrolled in a MNsure plan for 2014 and it is not offered in 2015, you must select a new MNsure plan if you want to continue receiving financial help.  read entire story. . . .