Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Another view of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota October 18, 2019

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A mural on the back of a downtown Pelican Rapids building.


VIEW A COMMUNITY ONLY from its public front face and you miss seeing the entire portrait of a place.


Pete the Pelican


On a recent visit to Pelican Rapids in northwestern Minnesota, a side pathway between buildings led me to the Pete the Pelican sculpture.





And more—a unique suspension footbridge



and art on the backs of businesses.



Pelican Rapids, as you might rightly guess, identifies itself with pelicans. An early history of the town states that enormous pelicans circled overhead as they moved towards their nesting area at the upper rapids.



And so the pelican became this town’s symbol…

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12 Responses to “Another view of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota”

  1. You answered my question….interesting mascot. 🙂

  2. I love the feeding dance of the white pelican – they swim as a group to catch their fishes. Whereas the brown pelican just dives head first into the water to catch its fishes. This brings back memories of my week trip to this area. I ventured into Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids and Park Rapids to name a few places and explored Itasca State Park too. I stayed at this great place called Kimp’s Kamp on Elbow Lake and rented a cabin all to myself. Happy Weekend – Enjoy 🙂

  3. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    I love the art work on the buildings as much as Pete

  4. What a cool place! I love the bridge and sculpture. I love they associate themselves with pelicans. I took a boat tour on the intracoastal on the Gulf side of Florida with my daughter once. The boat captain stopped and fed the pelicans–up close they are pretty scary with sharp/jagged teeth and they terrified my daughter. I send her every meme I see with pelicans to remind her of that trip. I will have to forward your posts on Pelican Rapids. While I find it charming and would LOVE to someday visit–she might see it differently.

  5. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    I like Pete the Pelican overlooking the falls. Never been to Pelican Rapids, was this just a random road trip for you?

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