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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, August 28, 1947

•At a special meeting of the Verndale Board of Education Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Gordon D. Bluhm of Minneapolis was hired and signed up for the superintendent of the Verndale Public School system. Mr. Bluhm, who is a native of Bertha where he attended grade school and graduated high school, is well qualified to fulfill the position in the Verndale School.

•Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Horn of Verndale Tuesday of last week became owners of the Red Owl Store in Clarissa, buying out the interest of C. A. Grove. The new owners took possession of the place last Thursday morning and will hereafter operate the store under the name of the Clarissa Food Market.

•C. L. Carver, Wadena, has been reappointed chairman of the U.S. Savings Bond division of the Treasury Department for Wadena County, it was announced today by Von E. Luscher, state chairman.


40 Years Ago, September 2, 1982

•A check for $400 was presented to Fire Chief Duane Davis Monday by Midge Weber on behalf of the Weber family, in memory of her late husband, Ted, who had been a member of the Verndale Fire Department for many years. Davis said it will most likely be used to complete the fireman’s room in the new addition to the fire hall should it become a reality.

•The Peddlers of Verndale coasted to their second successive women’s softball championship with a 23-9 victory over Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative in the Wadena Softball League. Shown with their trophy which will be on display in the businesses which sponsored the team are: Deb Bonte, Liz Runyan, Brenda Christianson, Julie Carr, Karen Trosen, Margaret Runyan, Lois Gould, Lori Beaver and Cathy Runyan.

• This week, a tie-gang replaced worn-out ties on the Burlington-Northern line which passes through Verndale, to ensure safe passage along the route that goes to the East Coast. The Westbound line will be completed later. The road crossing is also being replaced.

15 Years Ago, August 29, 2007

•The Verndale Lions started putting the new playground equipment together at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, and the equipment was ready for use by Wednesday evening. Kaitlin Umland and Ethan Cosner enjoyed the new swing set. The Verndale Lions donated their time to take down the old playground equipment as well as put together the new equipment. This new equipment should make for more fun and safer play for the children in the community.

•County Highway Engineer Joel Ulring came before the Wadena County Board of Commissioners on August 22 with a major proposal. He suggested that commissioners begin the process of vacating 160 miles of county roads and turning them over to the town or city in which they are located. These roads averaged daily traffic of fewer than 100 cars.

•The Wadena VFW and KWAD/KNSP and Superstaiton K-106 in Wadena were proud to host the 26th Annual Colgate Country Showdown Minnesota State Final. Blind Joe, winner of this year’s state round brought down the house with his upbeat songs and passion for music.


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