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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, April 3, 1947

•Alan Dalen of Verndale was chosen as the representative of Wadena County 4-H boys to attend the Tractor Maintenance School at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. Alan was chosen on the basis of his good work last year in farm mechanics and tractor maintenance projects. He has been a member of the Verndale Goal Diggers 4-H club for seven years and has carried on a variety of projects including dairy, corn, fruit, and potatoes. He has worked on farm and mechanic projects for four years.

•On Tuesday, April 8, Auctioneer C. G. Van Wey who has sold his farm northeast of Verndale, is selling all his farm personal property, household goods, etc. Mr. Van Wey states, however, that he is not moving out of the community, but will move either to Verndale or Wadena to live and carry on with his auctioneer work.

•The recent relief drive to raise funds for the war-stricken people of Europe and the far-east was very successful. A total of $62 was raised among the Verndale businessmen and the collection in St. Frederick’s Church netted $104.

40 Years Ago, April 8, 1982

•Last Tuesday night was graduation for eight Weblo Scouts as they passed over the bridge to be accepted into the Boy Scouts. They are: Doug Masog, Brent Hahn, Mike Heib, Loren Horsager, Al Treveer, Jason Neuerburg, Troy Bounds and Mark Nielson. Scoutmaster Con Van Batavia welcomed Mike Heib into the senior scouts, presenting him with his new scout kerchief as he completed the journey over the bridge.

•Verndale’s FFA meats team placed third in the regional meet at Little Falls last week Tuesday. Leon Dahlvang was the seventh high individual. Dean Dahlvang placed eighth. Bob Carlson will be the third member of the team which will now be competing at the state contest, while Phil Ostrom will serve as an alternate.

•Verndale’s Kathi McCormick, a 5’11” senior, holds the plaque she received in recognition for being named to the Park Region All-Conference team. Kathi averaged a little over 10 rebounds, 7.2 points as well as four blocked shots per game. She also led in all conference centers in assists.

15 Years Ago, April 4, 2007

•The Verndale Pirates football team has always been notorious for its afternoon football games. This wasn’t exactly by choice. The school’s football field never had lights, so they could not have evening games. Having afternoon games instead of the normal evening games most high schools have made it difficult for fans to make it to all the home games. The Friday Night Lights group, made up of citizens and Mike Lovelace as president and Jay Weiher as vice president have been raising thousands of dollars to help bring Pirates football to a new level. They purchased lights and a scoreboard for approximately $2500. They now have plans for bathrooms and a concession stand.

•The bigger news of the night was the resignation of Principal Dean Krogstad. Effective June 30, Krogstad will no longer serve as the Verndale School’s K-12 principal. He has accepted an offer to be the superintendent/elementary principal of the Norman County East School District.

•Sheriff Michael D. Carr reports Wadena County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Verndale Police Department, Todd County Sheriff’s Office, West Central Drug Task Force, and MN State Patrol executed three separate search warrants on March 27. Arrested was David Trosen, 60, of Verndale. Search warrants were for his residence, his business, and his pick-up truck. Deputies discovered marijuana growing at the residence, where they obtained 67 marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia, and felony amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine.

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