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A new ride for spring...Kids when new bikes for Easter at Chamber Egg Hunt drawings

These youngsters will be riding in style this spring, with ne bikes they won at the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt.
The grand prize winners in the grand prize drawings, which followed the April 19 egg hunt, were Justin Jacobson, 7, a second grader at the Viking elementary school. Julianna Borgen won the girls bike.  She is a pre-kindergartner.  
In addition to the brand new bikes from Strand Hardware, 24 Easter baskets were also drawn.  The baskets were assembled by the Pelican Drug crew, with goodies from both Larry’s Super Market and Pelican Drug.
Coordinating the event for the Pelican Chamber were Jennifer Ham and Jennifer Ballard.  High school  students also volunteered for the 3,000 egg hunt, hosted on a warm, sunny morning at Sherin Park: Ashlyn French, Fany Martinez, Kenzie Hulsted, Alexa Bekkerus and Abby Strand.

Longtime Pelican elevator manager Bruce Walker announces retirement

Taking the podium for his final annual meeting, general manager Bruce Walker received a round of applause from Farmers Elevator Company-Pelican Rapids membership April 16. Walker, Erhard area, announced his retirement
after a career with the Pelican elevator for 31 years–and in the industry for 40.
COMPLETE DETAILS on the Farmers Elevator annual meeting  IN APRIL 23 PELICAN RAPIDS PRESS

Icy roads result in fatal crash near Barnesville

The neighboring county to Otter Tail County, namely Clay County, was the site of a fatal traffic accident early Wednesday morning, April 16. Two semi units crashed along Interstate 94, during icy road conditions, resulting in the death of 43-year-old Steven J Olson of Moorhead.
The deadly crash took place about 4 a.m. in the eastbound lane. One semi hit a guard rail and pillar of a bridge that carries Highway 34 over Interstate 94. That semi driver was killed and the other semi driver escaped injury.  read entire story. . . .

Pelican native Rogelstad named new president of Otter Tail Power

Tim Rogelstad, a 1985 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, was named the new president of Otter Tail Power Company on Monday, April 14. The announcement took place during the Otter Tail Corporation annual meeting of shareholders in Fergus Falls.
Rogelstad, who has been serving OTP as Vice President of Asset Management, succeeds Chuck MacFarlane who was promoted to the corporate level as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). A year from now, MacFarlane will succeed Jim McIntyre as president and Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Otter Tail Corporation.  read entire story. . . .

Freeze-up threat; heavy water flow

City to share cost of March water bills for a few high-volume users
About a dozen property owners with unusually high water bills will receive some relief from the Pelican Rapids City Council.
Property owners with water lines at risk of freezing were urged to run their faucet continuously during March as a preventative measure.  
One of those homeowners, Pete Hart, had the local record:  He ran a pencil-width stream of water in March, which totalled 50,000 gallons.
In reviewing the 900-some accounts on city water, there were fewer than a dozen that were unusually high, the Pelican council learned at the April 8 meeting.  read entire story. . . .

$5.6 million Pelican Valley project  to proceed with Bremer as lender

Renovation and expansion projects at Pelican Valley Health Center, totalling about $5.6 million, moved another step foward last week.
A lender for the project was approved by the Pelican Valley Hospital District Board, at an April 8 special meeting.
A $1.8 million addition; $1.8 million remodeling  of existing rooms;  a new boiler and renovated kitchen are among the improvements.
Bremer Bank was selected as the the preferred lender, based on an interest rate of 2.27 percent–locked in for the first five years. The rate ranges up to 3.9 percent in the first ten years–depending on trends.
Also submitting proposals were Minnesota National Bank, which proposed a  higher rate of 2.6 percent for the first five years.  Bell Bank also presented a proposal, with a base interest rate  of 2.87 percent, with market-based adjustments after five years.  read entire story. . . .

Cub Scouts  take to the track for annual  Pinewood Derby

Obsessed kids–and dads–rolled out their ingenuity and industrious spirit at the annual Pack 313 Pinewood Derby race April 12.
The derby is an annual father-son Cub Scout project, as they work on car design and aerodynamics for weeks ahead of the race.  
Above, a view trackside at the event–which was hosted at the Pelican Rapids Fire Hall.  There were 16 racers in total with about 75 spectators.  
At left, Tanner Nelson and Cale Richardson, who took first among the Wolf Pack Cub Scouts.  
The fastest car honor went to the entry created by Dakota Pare and his father Wes.  Pare and another parent Scott Richardson were two of the parents active in organizing the annual event this year.

Topics diverse, crowd small for  Pelican school input session

Report on school’s future to be presented at April 30 board meeting
Improving academics; more emphasis on vocational education; and in general an emphasis on reading, writing and arithmitic.
Those were among the objectives identified by a small group of Pelican Rapids area residents who attended the strategic planning meeting April 12.
Community input is being sought as school officials plan a vision for the future.  Attendance was light at the Saturday morning session, as a small group of seven discussed positives, negatives, priorities for the schools.  read entire story. . . .

Road upkeep at  ‘crisis stage'

Otter Tail road meeting draws large crowd for discussion in Pelican
The “road show” returned to Pelican Rapids April 10, as Otter Tail County continued on its second tour of the county to gather input on the future of the deteriorating road network.
The session in Pelican Rapids was well attended, with more than 50 in the audience–similar numbers to the first session back in January.
The county is hiring a consultant, and will be preparing a 20 year plan for Otter Tail’s roads, according to Wayne Johnson, county commissioner representing the Pelican area.  The 20 year plan is expected to be completed by early 2015.  read entire story. . . .

Public input meetings set  on county water management plan

Otter Tail County is seeking input from its resident’s on Priority Concern’s for the update of the County’s Local Water Management Plan.   The purpose of the Local Water Management Plan is to evaluate the quality of our surface and ground water resources and identify the existing and potential hazards to these resources.  
Once these priority concerns are identified the plan will be amended to address the current problems and to prevent future problems.  read entire story. . . .