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Pelican Pete: World's Largest Pelican

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Pelican Rapids, Minnesota

The World's Largest Pelican once stood at the base of the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, right in downtown Pelican Rapids. Pete is 15.5 feet tall, built in 1957. Water races nearby in a continuous stream, making this statue somehow more dynamic than others we've seen in Minnesota. Kids are fishing for Sunnies, bluefish and Northerns around the base of the Pelican and along the opposite shore.

Big Pelican.

It's a deliberate death trap. The fish tumble over the rocks, disoriented, see the Mother of All Pelicans eyeing them, and get hooked by a ten year old.

Nearby the Pelican, there are some odd artifacts from a previous civic celebration: a 9-foot-high rusting replica of the Seattle Space Needle, a halfhearted attempt at a windmill, and a steel suspension footbridge that looks like a full-size bridge.

Pelican Pete celebrated his 50th birthday on August 18, 2007. Excerpt from the festivities: "the Al Siegle and Friends Band will perform at 1 p.m. Girl Scouts will sell hot dogs and pop from noon to 2 p.m. and free cake and coffee will be served as part of the celebration."

Pelican Pete: World's Largest Pelican

25 E. Mill Ave.

Pelican Rapids, MN
From US-59/N. Broadway turn east at the stoplight onto MN-108/E. Mill Ave. You'll immediately see a post office on the left; park there or nearby. Pete is just behind it.
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