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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verhdale's Past


75 Years Ago, January 23, 1947

•The Golden Gloves elimination contest held in the Wadena Auditorium Monday evening of this week under the promotion of Art Attleson of Verndale, drew a fair-sized crowd despite the 20 below weather. Two of the winners in the ten bouts of boxing were Verndale boys, Lloyd Hallett and Morris Borchers winning decisions over their opponents.

• J.B. Conley, local sheep raiser and breeder took one of his yearling ewes to the University yearling sheep sale at the University farm in St. Paul last Thursday where it was judged the champion ewe. Mr. Conley sold the champion ewe for $100 to a Wisconsin breeder while there.

•Bud Beaver has just been named 1946 Wadena County corn growing champion for producing a yield of 66 and a half bushels of corn per acre in a 30-acre plot on his farm near Verndale, according to a bulletin just received from headquarters of the 1946 National DeKalb Corn Growing Contest.


40 Years Ago, January 28, 1982

•Only one decision was reached at the special school board meeting called Monday evening to discuss proposed cuts and/or changes in a dozen areas in an effort at balancing the budget. Bus routes would be combined, eliminating one vehicle, which would present a hardship due to declining enrollment. Superintendent Shereck pointed out that there would still be 23 vacant seats and the savings would be about $10,000. This was the only proposal approved at this meeting. The others were tabled.

•Three boys enrolled in home economics are learning that dollars can be saved by making their own clothing and equipment. Brad Hahn wears sweatpants he made while holding up a still incomplete top. Ron Denny at the sewing machine is sewing the armband for a shirt he is making for himself, and Todd Pilgrim holds an athletic equipment bag he’s making. All have gained satisfaction from being able to provide these things for themselves.

•The Verndale Pirates Girl’s basketball team defeated the Staples Cardinals 40-30 in action on the Pirates’ floor Monday night. Carmen Hosek got the Pirates off to a good start with four quick points in the opening movements of the contest.

15 Years Ago, January 24, 2007

•On December 13, 2006, Ricky McManigle’s life would change forever. Just two weeks earlier, he had learned through a friend that Brad and Shari Schmidt were selling the Pirate’s Den in Verndale. After three years of looking for a restaurant to purchase, McManigle found the one that was the right fit. He was ready to take the plunge and made the decision to buy the restaurant.

•Dalton Emerson, Eric Blaha and Haylea Kern were the top winners of the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart. Emmerson, a fourth-grader, collected $127; Blaha, a fifth-grader, collected $100; and Kern, also a fifth-grader, collected $83.50. The fourth through sixth-grade students collected a total of $1345.50 for the American Heart Association.

•It was a five-match week for the BHV Raiders. At the start of wrestling action, the Raiders were sporting a 7 win and 5 loss season record. When wrestling action was completed for the week, they held a 10 win, 7 loss record. Ethan Kern leads the team with 23 wins and one loss. Close behind is Sam Moenkedick, 22 and 2; Matt Moenkedick 22 and 3, Zak Lambert, 21 and 3; and Wade Moenkedick rounds out the 20 match winners with a 20 and 5 record.


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