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Dusting Off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, October 11, 1945

•George Pilgrim, local constable, and N.P. mail messenger, reported to us this week that he and his folks, the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pilgrim, moved to Verndale sixty years ago this month from Chicago. George says he remembers the day they arrived. It was cool like the forepart of this week.

•A missionary prisoner of the Japs for three years will be a special speaker at the Gospel Tabernacle on October 12. In November 1940, she arrived in Peking, China, and began to study the language. After three months, because of the impending danger, she was advised to go to the Philippines and went to Baguio in the mountains. On December 27, the Japanese marched into Baguio and interred her at the former American military camp.

•Mr. P.A. Schilling, president of the Waldorf Paper Products Company, reminded the people of this area that unless more waste paper is collected at once, the production of peacetime goods will be seriously curtailed and the re-employment program in every community gravely affected.


40 Years Ago, October 9, 1980

•A race for two council vacancies has been assured with the filing of three candidates as the deadline approached on Tuesday. Mark Gades filed shortly after the application period opened and Dale Carr and Evelyn Erckenbrack, the two incumbents, applied on Tuesday, the final day. Also filing Tuesday was Mayor Louise Otremba to succeed herself. She is unopposed.

• In commemorating 100 years, members of Lodge No. 139 A.F. and A.M. of Verndale honored its oldest active member, Wm. Horn, by electing him as their Grand Master. He has been a member for 56 of the 100 years. William also served in that post from 1931, 1948, 1950, 1962, 1974, and at present 1980.

•Emil Renczykowski of Verndale was named to the WCCO Radio “Prep Parade” All-State Football Team of the Week for the week of September 29. One of 28 outstanding football players from across the state so honored, the announcement was made by “Prep Parade” co-hosts Sid Hartman and Ray Christensen. Emil is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Renczykowski.


15 Years Ago, October 13, 2005

•The 2005 Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show was held. In the pleasure classes, each horse and rider are judged under three separate judges. Roberta Rogge placed fifth in Showmanship, second in Western Pleasure, fourth in Western Horsemanship, fifth in English Pleasure, and eighth in English equitation. Travis Borchert took sixth in Jumping Figure 8, fourth in barrels, seventh in the Key Race, and first in Intermediate Team Sorting and Penning.

•From September 19 through September 30 the student council conducted a relief drive to help in the Hurricane Katrina disaster. A goal of raising $1000 was set. As an incentive to reach their goal, staff members heroically volunteered their heads for the cause. Michelle Schluttner, Mane Hair Design, looked for any stray long hairs on Mr. Madsen’s head. Pam Kniefel decided to go with the multi-colored look for her hair. She said she didn’t think the bold look would affect her coaching. Her stylists were Cortney Branstner, Stacey Schoon, and Tasha Olson.

•Mr. Heraldon’s science class witnessed the growth of Monarch butterflies. The class had to take care of them over the course of several weeks. After transformation, other classrooms were invited to sit in the butterfly cage and mingle. The butterflies were released on a sunny day to migrate to Mexico. Jordan Heisler showed how the butterflies begin before they were transformed.


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