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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, February 27, 1947

•The 42nd annual meeting of the Verndale Creamery Association drew a crowd of over 500 for its noonday luncheon Saturday afternoon. A total of $341,076.37 was paid to patrons of the Verndale Creamery in 1946.

•Promoter Art Attleson’s boxing event staged in the Wadena auditorium Monday night was a huge success, both from the standpoint of entertainment and attendance. The three Verndale boys who won their matches were: Paul Schmitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schmitz, who won a decision over Stan Mauki of N.Y. Mills; Morris Borchers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Borchers by a technical knockout over Claude Peterson of Hewitt; and Lloyd Hallett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Hallett by knockout over Dick Chenouth of Staples.

•The Verndale American Legion Basketball team had little trouble in romping over a Sekeba Independent team here Sunday afternoon by a score of 75 to 55. Earl Seaton again led the scoring for the Verndaleites with 27 points with Bob Anderson next high with 18 points and Willie Seaton third with 17.

40 Years Ago, March 4, 1982

•Richard Hogan, originally from Maple Lake and more recently Emily, is the new insurance agent for First National Bank. He will be replacing Les Davidson who will be leaving March 15 to go into private business. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Hogan has worked as an accountant for a cooperative at Maple Lake and since 1964 as an insurance agent at Maple Lake. For the past year the family has lived in Emily. Richard is an Army veteran servicing stateside from 1954056. He and his wife, Carol, have five children.

•Den 2 of Pack 326 sings out a welcome to parents and guests attending the annual Blue and Gold Banquet commemorating the birthday of cub scouting, held in the basement parlors at St. Frederick’s Church last week Tuesday. Webloes were among those presenting a puppet skit. The Cubs formed a brass quartet and presented a “Mountain Ho Down”, accompanied by Ted Masog on the piano.

•Noni Stone chaired the meeting of the DFL caucus held last Tuesday evening in the Verndale Community Center with approximately 30 in attendance, one of the smallest crowds in years. There were 46 area residents attending the I-R caucus held last Tuesday evening in the Aldrich Township Hall. The meeting was chaired by Pat Nelson.

15 Years Ago, February 28, 2007

•When Jordan Hinkle was offered his teaching position at Verndale High School, he was also offered the theater director position. Hinkle did not hesitate to take the position. Having been involved with theater himself, Hinkle was ready to take on the challenge. Being the director, Hinkle had the opportunity to choose the play the students performed. He decided on what he believes is a “ guaranteed hit”- Virgil’s Wedding.

•The snow fell and the BHV wrestlers didn’t make the trip home on Friday night, but the Raiders had a very successful section 7A individual tournament. The Raiders will be headed to the Xcel Center next Wednesday with five wrestlers. Heading to State are Ethan Kern 112#, Zak Lambert 119#, Jake Braaten 145#, Sam Moenkedick 152#, and Matt Moenkedick 160#.

•The Verndale Pirates Boy’s Basketball team hosted Henning this past week in their final Park Region Conference contest of the season. The cagers from Verndale came out on top with a final score of 71-46. The win guarantees the Pirates a second-place tie in the Park Region Conference with a record of 8-4.


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