A tour of Pelican Rapids Drive through Pelican Rapids and it may well look like many other small Minnesota towns. But take a walk through the streets and you'll find some remarkable things about the past present and future of this place.4:36 p.m.
Farmer tends to a new customer base Pelican Rapids is still basically a farming community. But a decade-and-a-half of immigration has changed the town a lot. That's not just clear on Main Street, If you drive a few miles out of town, life is even different on the farm.4:50 p.m.
The language challenge As many as a dozen languages are spoken in Pelican Rapids. That can make basic communication a challenge.5:15 p.m.
Pelican Rapids confronts housing shortage Pelican Rapids is attracting retirees and summer residents with lakeside cabins, as well as new immigrants looking for work. As a result, good housing is in short supply.5:35 p.m.
Pelican Rapids schools at center of integration efforts Consider this statistic: Nearly one-half of Pelican Rapids second-graders come from homes where English is not spoken. That number, along with other measures of diversity in Pelican Rapids schools, forced the district to participate in a state integration program for schools.5:40 p.m.
Birdwatching with an expert Visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of the Pelican Rapids area, with its lakes and forests, and nearby Maplewood State Park. This time of year, the park also attracts flocks of bird-watchers.6:17 p.m.
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