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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, April 17, 1947

•Special recognition was given to 4-Hers with outstanding achievements during 1946 at the 4-H Council Meeting in Verndale, Tuesday, April 8. Highlights of the recognitions were the announcement of the club with the best achievement record for 1946. The Oakdale Club with Mrs. Dace Wellman and Mr. Henry Pierce as leaders will be the recipient of a beautiful engraved plaque. In order for a club to have permanent possession of the plaque, it must be won for three years. The basis for this award is the achievement of individual members as well as participation in county events and completion records.

•The sixth district of the American Legion of which Wadena County is a part will wind up its air roundup campaign on April 27, it was announced by A.L. Christenson, Wadena, district legion commander. Plans will leave Wold Chamberlan Field, Minneapolis, for points in each of the Legion’s 10 districts.

•Following is a letter from Beth Ash that was written to her folks, Mr. and Mrs. Mel Ash telling about visiting her brother, Pvt. Jack Ash’s grave, who was killed in action two years ago. I had expected to spend tonight on Leyte but was able to get a plane back up this afternoon. The plane landed there about 11 a.m. and the army captain who is in charge down there met me and took me out to the cemetery. It’s about eight miles in and in a Jeep the roads seemed rough, but they are much better than I expected. We went through the town of Pala on the way to the cemetery. It’s not very big but has a few stores with all kinds of American-made goods and a Catholic Mission.

40 Years Ago, April 22, 1982

•A mini-tornado or a strong gust of wind tore the attached entryway from the mobile home belonging to Jerry Webber located across from Anderson Baseball park in Verndale last Thursday evening. Jerry had gone to the door and opened it, en-route to his mother’s, just as the incident occurred. By the time he quickly closed the door, it was all over. Others also noted the wind at the same time, with doors and windows rattling and sand being driven down streets by very strong winds.

•An elderly rural Verndale farmer and his wife appeared in Wadena County Court Thursday, April 15 to face charges that they allegedly allowed 47 head of cattle to starve to death. Lloyd and Beulah Canatsey of Route 3 Verndale were arrested after the Wadena County Sheriff’s deputies found 47 head of cattle at the couple’s 280-acre farm last February. The animals, authorities allege, died of starvation and lack of water.

•Joann Perish, Verndale PTA’s representative to the state convention held recently in Minneapolis, accepted awards presented to the Verndale unit for first in the state media award, a distinguished service award for an administrator and second in the state in the arts division of the Cultural Arts Project. The Verndale Sun, Miss Arlene Aerrian and Devon Dougherty were the recipients at Monday’s local PTA meeting.

15 Years Ago, April 18, 2007

•Larry Anderson, referred to as “Cork” by friends and family has been driving a bus for the Verndale Public School for longer than many of us have been alive. After high school Anderson decided to attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, but after two quarters decided it was “too big” for him and so he started his career as a bus driver. Anderson eventually took over his father’s gas station until 1987 while he was still driving full time. After 51 years, Anderson is retiring-for real this time.

•Seven Verndale FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) will be advancing to State competition with their star events. Jessica Grossinger, Kristen Lollar and Brittani Grosong have created a presentation on stress titled “Stressed out.” Palani Sheldon and Brittani Cottrell will also advance with their presentation on physical child abuse. Teens' use of marijuana is the topic of Kassy Sheldon and Emma Krueger’s presentation. They will travel to Bloomington on April 19-21 for the competition.

•The Verndale wrestlers teamed up with fellow wrestlers from Bertha-Hewitt to help raise money for cancer research on April 19 when they participated in the Bertha-Hewitt Mini Relay for Life. The BHV wrestling team brought in the most money, over $700, of the teams participating. Amos Schmidt of Verndale was the top fundraiser. In all over $3000 was raised.

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