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Dusting Off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, May 3, 1945 • Homeowners, if you have purchased your home or farm since May 1, 1944, notify your assessor when he calls on you. It is neces­sary to own and occupy, as a permanent home, on May 1, 1945 to qualify for homestead classification. • It was a fire scare, but we only suffered slight smoke damage. Our entire stock of fine clothing and furnishings are now offered at drastic reductions. In our 13 years in Wadena this store has never had a sale, but now because of a fire in the basement adjacent to ours, this opportunity comes to you. There was no fire or water damage whatsoever in our store, just smoke. It’s our loss–your gain at Stern and Field in Wadena. • The sad news was received here last week that another one of Verndale’s native sons, Cpl. Edgar Dickinson, had made the supreme sacrifice for his country. The only news of his untimely death was that he had been wounded and died on April 8 in the battlefield somewhere in Europe. Cpl. Dickinson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. Dickinson of Verndale.

40 Years Ago, May 1, 1980 • Eight young men completed their gun safety course with a session at the rifle range, with actual target practice and applying what they had learned about proper gun-handling techniques in a classroom session. They are: Darrel Leonard, Mike Hahn, Les Compton, Dan Dahlvang, Joe Pierce, Bryan Jacobson, Chris Youngbauer and Jeff Harne. • Leroy Bramer proudly displayed the plaque he received in recognition as the “most improved designer” in the 1979-80 retail floral class of Brained AVTI. He was especially pleased because the award is made by a vote of class members. He was one of two, out of the class of 26, to receive the award at a special recognition banquet. The son of Ellis and Bev Bramer of Verndale, Leroy will be working for another Verndale graduate, Scott Lehner, at his Posie Inn Floral Shop in Fergus Falls, after graduation from tech school.

15 Years Ago, May 5, 2005 • Madonna Desrocher, Verndale, showed off her beautiful Christmas cactus that is in full bloom. She counted fifty-six blossoms on this beauty. The cactus originally belonged to her mother and she knows little else about the plant. According to plant experts, the Christmas cactus is actually supposed to flower from mid-November through mid-January. Madonna’s plant apparently has not realized that it is spring and is supposed to be “resting” right now. • Beth and Heidi Rogge of Verndale are nourishing the softball program at Central Lakes College this spring as player and assistant coach, respectively. Beth is a sophomore infielder for Coach Bob Sullivan, who is hoping the Raiders will continue to improve toward post-season accolades. His team last year earned a record of 19 wins and 11 losses. • The Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association has chosen Tim Seaton, Verndale teacher, to receive the Butch Nash Outstanding Assistant Coach Award. Seaton has worked as an assistant coach with Mike Mahlen for fifteen years.

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