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News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, May 31, 1945

• Clint Sowder, chairman of the Verndale Seventh War Bond Drive, informed us Tuesday morning that Verndale had over-subscribed its bond quota of $14,500 on Monday last week. The village has subscribed $16,039.

• Mr. and Mrs. Bud Johnson and Roland of Minneapolis called on the Leonard Seriling and J. A. Gains homes on Monday afternoon.

• The social event of the week was the bridal shower honoring Miss Vivian Knutson who became the bride of David Klodt on June 2. The shower was given by Mrs. Louis Holmes with about 25 ladies in attendance. In the center of all of the decorations was the large aqua trimmed basket overflowing with the miscellaneous packages which bore best wishes to the bride. Lunch which was brought by the ladies was served to round out the afternoon.


40 Years Ago, May 29, 1980

• With little or no rain in sight, the Verndale City Council has requested that residents conserve water so there will be a sufficient supply on hand should a fire occur. Residents are asked to water on weekdays only using one sprinkler per household between the hours of 6:30 and 8 p.m.

• Verndale’s stage band performed Friday afternoon for the residents of Shady Lane Nursing Home. They played a wide variety of music including German polkas, waltzes, etc. Janice Horsager and Steve LeFebvre laid down their instruments to dance the polkas.

• Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster winners this year were: Tammy Swanson, first place; Brenda Richter, second place; Brian Jacobson, third place; and Peggy Hokanson, who received honorable mention. The posters have been on display in stores around town to help promote the sale of poppies on Poppy Day. Proceeds go to help hospitalized veterans and their families.


15 Years Ago, June 2, 2005

• On May 18 six students from Verndale School competed in the area Special Olympics Track and Field events which were held in Brainerd. They were Nick Schermerhorn, spectator/cheerleader; Elija Seals, long jump; Andrea Westerberg, long jump, 4x100m relay and 50m dash; Brittany Schmitz, shot put, dash and 4x100 relay; Tiffany Schmitz, standing long jump, 100m dash and 4x100m relay; Corey Gronlund, long jump and 50m dash; Bret Elifris, standing long jump, 100m dash, 4x100m rela. Assistant coach for the team was Mitch Carr, along with coaches Bonnie Richter and Eric Weber.

• On Thursday, the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale track team competed in Long Prairie at the subsection track meet. BHV finished third with 71 points following up Long Prairie with 72 points. Staples took first with 141 points. Girls advancing to the section 6A meet in Moorhead were Milly Moenkedick taking second in the 3200m with a solid 12:12 time, Sarah Banjai taking second in the 400m with a time of 1:04, and Verndale’s own Katie Sero, an eighth grader, taking fourth in the 400m with a time of 1:06. The 4x400 relay team of Moenkedick, Banjai, Demi Stokes and Sero ran their season’s best time, but came up short taking third place and just a second short of advancing to the section meet.

• The Verndale Pirates softball team hosted La Porte in the fist playoff game. Sami Seaton pitched the eight inning game with six strike outs, allowing four hits and two runners. There was no score to the game until the fifth inning when Bobbi Rogge got things going with help from Steph Daily and Hillary Kern. In the sixth inning, Chelsea Beaver had a nice hit to mid-center and made it home thanks to Courtney Branstner.


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