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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, October 30, 1947

•A big Halloween party sponsored by the commercial club, school and firemen is all set for Friday evening of this week, and a heap of fun is in store for everyone. Prizes will be offered for the best costumes, and there will be a balloon-busting contest, shoe scramble, apple bobbing and best Jack-O-Lantern contest. The children will receive treats as they leave the auditorium.

•Jim Thompson, owner of the Thompson Super Station, had a successful grand opening on Friday and Saturday of last week with 658 adult individuals registering between the two days. The Thompson Station had a very nice display of Norge and Zenith electrical radios, stoves, refrigerators, etc.

•Arnold Voelk, of Aldrich and recent owner of the Verndale Food Market, completed a deal last Saturday with Matt Stange of Crosby for the purchase of the John Stange estate property in Verndale. The property consists of all buildings, five lots and inventory in the buildings as well as fixtures, gas pump, etc. Mr. Voelk has not decided, as of yet, just how he will operate the business and has stated he will not be handling groceries of any nature.


40 Years Ago, November 4, 1982

•A Pontiac belonging to Pam Peterson of rural Verndale, reported stolen last week, was found abandoned in The Cities last week. They were told it was in driving condition. Not knowing what to expect when they went down to pick it up on Saturday, they were very pleased to find it in good shape except that the battery and radio were missing. The theft is still under investigation.

•Verndale voters cast 126 write-in votes at the polls on Tuesday to return Louise Otremba, present mayor, to office. She did not seek re-election. There were no mayoral candidates listed on the ballot, however, since then Francis Johnson of Sartell, a former resident, had declared he would be a candidate. And a number of concerned citizens last week convinced Otremba to allow her name to be used in a write-in campaign.

•The turnout was tremendous for this year’s annual Halloween party, and the costumes were of every description. The preschool costume entries were so good and it was difficult to choose a winner so about 10 finalists were named. From this group, Shauna and Christi Breitling, dressed as witches, and Scott Rousslang, dressed as a pumpkin, was given first-place prizes and the remainder were declared runners-up.


15 Years Ago, November 14, 2007

•Lovelace Construction broke ground for Verndale’s newest restaurant/bar last week. Alan and Scott Werk are building the future Bullseye Bar and Grill west of Verndale on Highway 10. The restaurant construction is said to be done, and the restaurant will open in March of 2008.

•The Verndale Pirates football team (9-1) took on the Huston Hurricanes (11-0) in the Minnesota State Football Tournament Quarterfinal game at Hamline University on Thursday, November 8. After defeating the Hurricanes 28-12, the Pirates will now take on Stephen-Argyle in the State 9-man Semi-Final game this Thursday, November 15, at 8 a.m. in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Winning this game will advance them to the State Championship game on Friday, facing either Wheaton or Waubun.

• After voters cast 570 votes, it was determined that incumbents Marcus Edin and Denise Bramer will return to the Verndale School Board, while newcomer Tony Glenz will join the board for the first time. The winning board members beat out incumbent Naomi Moyer and non-incumbent Dan Fischer.


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