Roger Pinckney, longtime resident of Otter Tail County, wrote this history series to celebrate the centennial of the Pelican Rapids Press. He lives and writes on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Pinckney’s latest book, The Right Side of the River, chronicles life on this remote barrier island. He is also author of Blue Roots, the African–American Magic of the Gullah People.

Thanks to Roger and to Gary L. Peterson for permission to reprint the articles here.

Click on the titles below to be directed to their individual articles. Hope you enjoy!


The Myth of the Mooring Stones

The Writing on the Wall

The International Peace Academy

Maria Blaisdell, the Minnesota Blizzard

Prohibition in Pelican Rapids

Steam Dreams

Booming Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail Lodge 284

Perry’s Place

WPA in Otter Tail County

Lord Gordon Gordon

KKK in Pelican Rapids

Lost Gold


Minnesota Woman

Bridges of Otter Tail County

The Great Dogfight