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Letter: A nice surprise at Pelican Rapids

Recently, I was treated to a pleasant surprise. I’ve lived all 33 years of my life in and around this area, and have been in and passed through Pelican Rapids, Minn., several times. Being an avid camper, I took my 5-year-old son and camped two nights at Sherin Park for a new adventure as he’s not quite Boundary Waters material just yet.

What a hidden gem this campground was! I had access to two beautiful parks, the giant pelican, two playgrounds and the city pool, all nestled right along the Pelican River for just $15 a night. We enjoyed walks all over town and even caught a few innings of a Legion baseball game held at their very nice, newly  lit ballpark. We lucked out and bought nice, reasonably priced children’s books at a makeshift store adjacent to the campground put on by the Friends of the Pelican Rapids Library before we visited Maplewood State Park, another site to see.

All people we came in contact with, from the City Hall and public works staff to the high school/college students manning the pool, were courteous and respectful.

My son and I cherished this special time together, and he was quite sad to “go home.” This now will likely be an annual trip for us based on this experience, so hats off to Pelican Rapids for all you’ve got going. It was a pleasant surprise.