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News from Verndale's Past 75 Years Ago, October 16, 1947
•The Verndale Commercial Club, Village Council and Board of Education are combining efforts to promote a big community Halloween party for everyone on Friday evening, October 31. The party is expected to be held in the high school auditorium, and prizes for best costumes, best jack-o-lantern and other contests will be held.
• With the moving of the old box car that has been serving patrons on the highway the past 10 months, and cleaning up and arranging stock, etc. in the new Thompson Super Service Station building, things are taking shape for the grand opening next week. Mr. Thompson informed us that the big days will be Friday and Saturday of next week with free coffee, souvenirs, etc. for everyone.
• Art Arttleson informed us Tuesday of this week that he is promoting a fight card in Wadena on Friday, November 14. He has already engaged two heavyweights for the card, Gordon Poliak of Wadena and Bob McRoberts of Aldrich. Other fighters on the card will be from Verndale, Staples, New York Mills, Hewitt, Sebeka, etc.
40 Years Ago, October 21, 1982
•Cub Scouts from Troop 326, Verndale, bused the pancake supper sponsored by the Verndale Boosters last Thursday night in the school cafeteria. Pictured: Greg Johnson poured a second cup of coffee for one of the patrons, while Duane Klinkner leaned back to balance himself as he carried two coffee carafes back to the kitchen for clean-up duties.
•The vote was almost unanimous against joining forces with the Band Boosters, when the results were tallied at Monday night’s PTSA meeting held in the school library. The merger had been suggested last month by Band Boosters President Clarence Horsager. He said that the two had been one year ago and felt it could work again to the advantage of both organizations by having a larger attendance because parents could eliminate one meeting a month.
•The name of the Wadena man is being withheld pending charges for theft of a tractor in Verndale last Saturday. Jim Carr reported that his 720 John Deere diesel tractor had been taken from The Peddler parking lot on Highway 10 at about 5 p.m. Saturday evening. The theft was reported to authorities who recovered the vehicle about five miles southwest of Wadena later that evening. The tractor received some minor damage.
15 Years Ago, October 31, 2007
•Area pet owners gathered at the Verndale Civic Center on Saturday, October 28 and got into the spirit of Halloween as they dressed up themselves, and their pets, at the PAWS Halloween Fun Fest. This event raised money for the organization to help abandoned pets in need.
•After a bye in the first round of playoffs, the Pirates got a home-field advantage for last Saturday’s game against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. The playoff turned out to be a piece of cake for the Pirates, who defeated Hillcrest 52-6. Now Mike Mahlen and his boys will travel to the Fargodome to go up against Ashby.
•The Wadena VFW Auxiliary donated $100 to each of the six area schools through the Make A Difference Day program. Schools receiving the donations were: Wadena-Deer Creek, St. Ann’s School, Sonrise Christian School, Verndale Public School, Sebeka Public School and Bertha-Hewitt Public School.