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Pelican Rapids Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Rapids and Pelican in Pelican Rapids Minnesota

Location of Pelican Rapids Minnesota


Population: 
 Pelican Rapids (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,835 1,867 1,886 2,374 2,464 +90 +3.79
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.50 2.42 2.46 2.62 2.62 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 734.00 771.49 766.67 905.76 940.46 +34.70 +3.79
Housing Units 658 853 844 962 984 +22 +2.29
Households -- 771 768 884 904 +20 +2.26
Persons Per Household -- 2.29 2.31 2.57 2.73 +0.16 +6.23

Geography:

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 kmē), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.8 kmē) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (1.87%) is water. U.S. Route 59 and Minnesota State Highway 108 are two of the main routes in the city.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,374 people, 884 households, and 558 families residing in the city. The population density was 905.8 people per square mile (349.8/kmē). There were 962 housing units at an average density of 367.0/sq mi (141.8/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 60.43% White, 0.72% African American, 1.93% Native American, 1.58% Asian, 1.04% Pacific Islander, 6.76% from other races, and 4.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.59% of the population.

There were 884 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,232, and the median income for a family was $36,970. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $20,645 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,699. About 9.5% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

PELICAN RAPIDS, a city in sections 21, 22, 27, and 28 of Pelican Township, was platted in 1872 where the river descends with rapids over drift boulders and incorporated December 10, 1883. The Ojibwe gave to Lake Lida their name of the pelican, spelled Shada by Henry W. Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha, and they applied the same name to the Pelican River from this lake and Lake Lizzie to its junction with the Otter Tail River. W. G. Tuttle, considered its founder, came from New York in 1870 and built a sawmill; O. A. Edward Blyberg, first postmaster from 1872, when it was established, until 1886, first merchant, and first builder of a frame house, was born in Norway in 1850, came to the United States in 1865 and to this community in 1871; he also opened the first drugstore with Frank E. Blodgett; he died in 1921. The village had a Great Northern Railway station in section 27.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Main Street looking north, Pelican Rapids Minnesota, 1910
Main Street looking north, Pelican Rapids Minnesota, 1910
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Government:
Pelican Rapids City Hall
315 North Broadway
PO Box 350
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
Phone: (218) 863-6571
Pelican Rapids City Hall, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Mayor Wayne Runningen
PO Box 350
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-6571
Treasurer Glenys Ehlert
PO Box 350
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-6571
Administrator/Clerk Donald Solga
PO Box 350
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-6571
Council Member Ben Woessner
PO Box 408
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-1066
Council Member David Gottenborg
PO Box 385
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-2133
Council Member Richard Peterson
224 2nd Avenue NE
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-2241
Council Member John Waller III
314 4th Street SE
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
(218) 863-5502

Post Office:
US Post Office
25 E Mill Street
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5201 
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.gov
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday          
8:00 am - 10:00 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            6:30 pm
Saturday                6:30 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Otter Tail Power Co   (218) 751-3120
Natural Gas Great Plains Natural Gas Co   (218) 863-5711
Wastewater City of Pelican Rapids --
Water City of Pelican Rapids --
Telephone Loretel (218) 863-6451
Cable TV Loretel Cablevision (800) 642-1306

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
West Central Turkeys Inc Poultry Processing 720
Pelican Rapids Schools-ISD 548 Elementary & Secondary Schools 153
Good Samaritan Center Nursing Care Facilities 96
Meritcare Pelican Rapids Offices of Physicians (exc. Mental Health Specialists) 92
Lake Region Co-op Electrical Electric Power Distribution 72
Gerald N Evenson Inc General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload 70
BTD Manufacturing Inc. Iron & Steel Forging 49
Attachments International Inc. Farm Machinery & Equip. Mfg. 25
Bridges Bistro & Tavern Full-Service Restaurants n/a
Card Brokers of America Printing & Writing Paper Merch. Whole. n/a
City of Pelican Rapids Other General Government Suppt. n/a
Larry's Supermarket Supermarkets & Other Grocery (exc. Convenience) Stores n/a
Minn-Dak Transport Inc. General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload n/a
Pelican Drug Pharmacies & Drug Stores n/a
Southtown Citgo Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores n/a


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Recreation:
Birchwood Golf Course
19711 430th Street
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-6486 
 
Lida Greens Golf Course
22950 State Highway 108 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-1531
Web: www.lidagreensgolf.biz

Our nine hole executive course was built to take advantage of the natural lay and hazards of the land and several of our greens and tees provide a spectacular view of Lake Lida.

Lida Greens Golf Course, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Maplewood State Park
39721 Park Entrance Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8383
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks
/maplewood/index.html

Eight major lakes and many ponds offer water lovers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors. Drive along the scenic route to observe the wildlife: the park is host to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals. The extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers.

Maplewood State Park, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Rolling Hills Golf Course
49930 County Highway 9 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 532-2214 

The 9-hole "Rolling Hills" course at the Rolling Hills Golf Course facility in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota features 2,740 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35 . The course rating is 35 and it has a slope rating of 108. Designed by Jimmy Flem, the Rolling Hills golf course opened in 1966. Cyrill Flem manages the course as the Owner/Manager/Superintendent.

Rolling Hills Golf Course, Pelican Rapids Minnesota


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Beers 267
Big Cormorant 3421
Crystal 1412
Elbow 91
Franklin 1087
Grass 70
Grove n/a n/a
Helgeson n/a n/a n/a
Ida 580
Jacobs 103
Lida n/a n/a
  North Lida 5513
  South Lida 775
Lizzie 4035
Olaf 143
Pelican 3986
Pete n/a n/a n/a
Prairie 1016
Sand 124
Star 4453
Sybil 706
Tamarack 392
Twenty-One 122

Health Care:
Meritcare Clinic
211 E Mill Street
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-6100 
Toll Free: (800) 228-8685
Web: www.meritcare.com

MeritCare Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system headquartered in Fargo, N.D. Founded in the early 1900s as Fargo Clinic and St. Luke's Hospital, MeritCare has a rich 100-year history of community involvement and social accountability, including patient-focused care, regional outreach and the commitment to serve all who enter our doors.

Meritcare Clinic, Pelican Rapids Minnesota

Schools:
Pelican Rapids ISD 548
310 S Broadway
PO Box 642
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5910
Fax: (218) 863-5915
Web:
www.pelicanrapids.k12.mn.us
Pelican Rapids ISD 548, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Viking Elementary School
1 Viking Drive 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-2911 

Grades K-6
512 Students

Viking Elementary School, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Pelican Rapids High School
310 S Broadway 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5910 

Grades 7-12
577 Students

Pelican Rapids High School, Pelican Rapids Minnesota

Churches:
Assembly of God Church
112 1st Street NE 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5642

Pastor: 
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Calvary Evangelical Free Church
101 10th Avenue SE 
PO Box 365
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-2476
Web: www.calvaryefreechurch.com

Pastor:  Bob Satterlie
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

 
Central Lutheran Church
38953 County Highway 3 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8743 

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Faith Lutheran Church
423 S Broadway 
PO Box 386
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-2926 

Pastor:  Roger L Rotvold
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First Congregational Church
25 1st Avenue NE 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-1862

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Grove Lake Lutheran Church
17511 470th Street
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-4273 

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Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
10th Avenue S 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-1897

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Pelican Rapids Baptist Church
300 2nd Street NW 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-1626 

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St. Leonard Catholic Church
36 1st Avenue NE 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5161 

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St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic
20996 County Highway 20 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 532-2502 

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Trinity Lutheran Church
315 E Mill Street
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-2424 
Web:
www.pelicanrapidstrinity.com

Pastor:  Laurie Skow-Anderson
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids Minnesota

Media:
Pelican Rapids Press
29 W Mill Street
PO Box 632
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-1421
Fax: (218) 863-1423

Weekly paper published on Wednesdays with a circulation of 2713

 
 
Motels:
Cormorant Inn & Suites
10510 County Highway 5 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 439-3535
 
Pelican Motel
900 N Broadway 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-3281
Web: www.pelicanrapidsmotel.com

Sixteen smoking and non-smoking rooms

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Resorts:
Bayview Shores Resort
20393 S Pelican Drive 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 532-2426
 
Cross Point Resort
39870 Cross Point Lane
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8593
Web: www.crosspointresort.com

Cross Point Resort is on South Lake Lida with easy access to North Lida as well. We have 48 acres which gives you plenty of room for nature hikes and sight seeing, and the view from our beach is Minnesota's beautiful Maplewood State Park.  Peace and quiet surrounds us, yet we are only a few miles from Pelican Rapids.

Cross Point Resort, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Crystal Lida Resort & RV Park
26389 County Highway 4 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8155 
Web: www.crystallidaresort.com

Whether you want a peaceful and quiet getaway, fishing on one of Ottertail County's top Walleye lakes, biking, golfing, or shopping, Crystal Lida Resort is the place for you!

Crystal Lida Resort & RV Park, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
End of the Road Resort
14146 N Beach Point
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
Phone: (218) 532-2365
 
Jacob's Cove
23163 State Hwy 108
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
Phone: (218) 863-4281
Web:
www.jacobscove.com

We have (3) 2-Bedroom Units...(one is an upstairs unit) and (2) 3-bedroom units on the shore of the 6,400 acre Lake Lida, just 4 miles east of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota on Hwy 108 E. There are picnic tables, grills (gas and charcoal), an open area with a fire ring with wood for bonfires, fish cleaning area, tubes, and lake swimming. We have a sandy bottom swim area with a swim raft.

Lake Lizzie Shores Resort
47627 E Lake Lizzie Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5900 
Web: www.lakelizzieshores.com

For four generations, Lake Lizzie Shores has been helping guests create memories like these that fill your everyday life with sparkle and fun. We hope you visit soon and start creating your own memories at Lake Lizzie Shores Resort and Campground.

Lake Lizzie Shores Resort, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Lakeside on Lida Resort
23479 430th Street
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8942 
Web: www.lakesideonlida.com

If you are looking for an ideal place for a family vacation, you will find such a place at Lakeside on Lida Resort. We are located just five miles east of Pelican Rapids on the west central shore of Lake Lida in Ottertail County.

Lakeside on Lida Resort, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Leisure Lane Resort
20473 Leisure Drive 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-4490
Web: www.leisurelaneresort.com

Discover a quiet, unhurried way of life at Leisure Lane Resort nestled in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota on Prairie Lake. Leisure Lane Resort offers a multitude of activities and lots of ways to relax.

Leisure Lane Resort, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Loghaven Resort
26199 County Highway 4 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8123
 
Maple Beach Resort
23532 State Highway 108 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-5248

We are a cozy family resort that emphasizes discovery of the outdoors and the staple bait, we have a small store with groceries, a library and a restaurant that serves hamburgers.

 
Northshore Resort
26384 County Highway 4 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8043 
 
Solinger's Resort
41569 Dawn Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-4285 
Web: www.solingersresort.com

We offer fifteen clean and attractive housekeeping cottages on spacious, well-kept grounds. Solinger's is a family resort with clean, sandy swimming and play areas, boats, fishing, and peaceful surroundings. Located on Lake Lida in Otter Tail County, four miles east of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

Solinger's Resort, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Swanie's Resort & Campground
12668 County Highway 5 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 532-2583 
 

Campgrounds:
Crystal Lida Resort & RV Park
26389 County Highway 4 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 863-8155 
Web: www.crystallidaresort.com

Whether you want a peaceful and quiet getaway, fishing on one of Ottertail County's top Walleye lakes, biking, golfing, or shopping, Crystal Lida Resort is the place for you!

Crystal Lida Resort & RV Park, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Pelican Hills RV Park
20098 S Pelican Drive
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 532-3726
Toll Free: (800) 430-2267
Web: www.pelicanhillspark.com

Pelican Hills RV Park with 175 sites is primarily a Seasonal Campground and RV Park.  A limited number of sites are available by the Day, Week or Month.  Call for availability.

Pelican Hills RV Park, Pelican Rapids Minnesota
Tony's Campground
10682 E Lake Ida Lane 
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 
Phone: (218) 532-2537 
 

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