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News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, July 5, 1945

• Vada and Beatrice Kelly are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Kelly, former Verndale residents, who now live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Vada SK2/c is stationed at San Pedro, California and Beatrice SP T3/c at Jacksonville, Florida.

• Sgt. Art Attleson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Attleson, arrived home last week from Brigham City, Utah where he has been hospitalized the last few weeks receiving treatment for a left arm injury. Art, who had seen action in Italy, France and Germany, had several close calls to being wounded before being hit in the arm. He will be home about a month before he returns to the Bushnell Hospital for more treatment.

• At the regular meeting of the Verndale Village Council on Monday evening, it was decided that Verndale would stay in National Daylight Savings Time. The council also made resolutions that they were beginning action to stop speeding through the streets of Verndale and to draw up an ordinance against bicycles riding on sidewalks.


40 Years Ago, July 3, 1980

• A bolt cutter is proving to be one of the handiest tools a burglar can carry. Recently in this area it was used to remove a farm gate, and sometime Friday night, one was again put to use to cut the hasp to remove the padlock on the tool shed at Green Lawn Cemetery. A passerby on Sunday reported seeing the door flapping in the wind, after which an investigation revealed that the new Snapper riding lawnmower purchased about two months ago had been taken. It’s an 11 h.p., 30-inch cut valued at $1217. Both the local police department and county sheriff’s department are investigating the theft.

• Carl V. Lind, president of the First National Bank in Verndale, announced that Karen L. Meech has been promoted to assistant cashier effective July 1. Karen started her employment with the bank in June 1978 and for the past nine months has served as head teller.

• Kent Horsager was designated as the first alternate at the state level for the National 4-H Club Congress to be held in Washington, D.C. He was one of nine Wadena County 4-Hers who participated in the Minnesota State Junior Leader Conference held June 16-20 at the state fairgrounds. Others were Melissa and Melinda Mohs, Kathy Johnson, Jan Horsager, Matt Odenbrett, Marcy Ostrom, Randy Taggart and Jan Djungren.


15 Years Ago, July 7, 2005

• Many local residents have noticed the for sale sign sitting outside of the Verndale Grocery in recent weeks. Co-owners Rob and Melissa Olson and Carol and Jim Ackerson officially assumed duties as the new owners on July 1. Stop by and get acquainted. Welcome to Verndale.

• Star Bank, Verndale, has hired Christy Schmitz as a summer intern as part of the T.E.A.M. Future Bankers program. This program is sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota and the Carl Pohlad Family Foundation. T.E.A.M. (Training, Educating and Mentoring) is designed to introduce students to community banking and to provide valuable work experience. The program’s educational component will introduce the students to financial services and career professionalism. Christy is one of 75 interns statewide. She is the daughter of Dan and Cindy Schmitz and will be a junior at Verndale High School this fall.

• A call went out earlier this spring for contestants for the Miss Verndale Pageant. With very few entrants and time running out, Sharon Richter, organizer and member of the Verndale Celebration Committee, decided with regret to cancel the pageant for 2005. Perhaps next year the pageant can again be a part of the Strawhat and Sunbonnet Days celebration.


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