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News from Verndale's History

75 Years Ago, October 9, 1947

•Wadena voters went to the polls Tuesday of last week 982 strong and voted down the proposed $75,000 recreational program 514 to 468. The recreational project would have furnished Wadena with additional playground facilities, parks, etc. The principle item of the proposed program would have been a swimming pool.

•Members of the Verndale Commercial Club are reminded that the big turkey dinner with all the trimmings for the next meeting which will be on Monday evening, October 20, at St. Frederick’s Catholic Church, is under preparation. And, too, all the wives of the club members are invited to attend the dinner. It is expected that 100 or more will be served.

•Under the supervision of the county superintendent of schools, the seventh and eighth grade pupils and teachers of the rural schools of Wadena County will again take another educational tour. They will visit the Northwest Paper Company mill in Brainerd and possibly the Northern Pacific car shops.


40 Years Ago, October 14, 1982

•A tour of new computer equipment, along with a volleyball demonstration will be the features of the program for PTSA next Monday when the group meets at 8 p.m. in the school library. Two important issues will require your consideration and vote, so attendance is encouraged. Band Boosters and PTSA parents will decide whether or not they should join forces.

•Police Chief Cedric Haugen reviewed bus safety rules with first graders prior to taking them onto the bus where he briefed them on behavior. He especially reviewed with them boarding and disembarking procedures, and to be ever alert to the vehicle driver who does not abide by the rules and fails to stop when the bus has stopped to pick up or unload passengers.

•In observance of fire prevention month, local Cub Scouts from two packs learned first hand what it’s like to ride on the fire truck last Monday along with Cubmaster Norman Brejcha, Assistant Cubmaster Marilyn Neuerburg and Den Mothers Kathy Johnson, Barb Schanz and Barb Klinkner. Pictured were: Greg Johnson, Nathan Neuerburg, Chris Dolezal, Chad Davis, Troy Derby, Jacob Schanz, Jason Tiede, Jeff Veronen and Duane Klinkner.


15 Years Ago, October 24, 2007

•On Tuesday, October 16, Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr reported that in the early morning hours of the day, Aldrich Tractor, which is located just west of the city of Aldrich off Highway 10, was burglarized and vandalized including destroying computers, parts, inventory, storage shelving and there was damage to the building. The only item stolen was a Dell laptop computer valued at approximately $1300.

•At a special city council meeting held Thursday, October 18, the city of Verndale made a decision that will hopefully put Verndale on the map. Alan and Scott Werk will soon be starting construction on their new restaurant, Bullseye Bar and Grill, and have approached the city of Verndale to rent out space from them to open and run a second municipal off-sale liquor store.

• The Verndale football team traveled to their last regular season game last Wednesday night to take on Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross. On a rainy night, the Pirates were neck and neck with the Spartans for most of the game, until the fourth quarter. The Pirates exploded, ending up with 16 points in the fourth to take the victory 30-16. The Pirates are now seated first in the section, and will play this Saturday on their home field at 7 p.m.


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