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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, December 25, 1947

•Dear Santa, We have been very good girls. We wish you would stop at our house on December 24. We would like these things from you. Norma: a doll, a desk that opens at the top and a toy washing machine. Corinne: a dolly and a book. Emily: A doll. On Christmas Eve we will be looking for you. Yours Truly, Norma, Corinne and Emily Gruenhagen.

•While in Verndale Tuesday afternoon, Santa Claus found time to make a special visit to the Douglas Waterhouse home and delivered treats. His purpose for making the visit was to see little 5-year-old Karen Waterhouse who is confined to her home from rheumatic fever. Karen has been sick for about a month now, and it is expected she may be ill for several more months.

•Sharkey Payne has booked the 15-round world champion fight pictures between Joe Louis and Wolcott to be shown at the Verndale Theatre Friday and Saturday, January 2-3, along with a late Roy Rogers western picture.


40 Years Ago, December 30, 1982

•At 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, January 2, members of the Redeemer and Bartlett Lutheran Churches will be installing their new pastor, the Reverend Robert Mundahl. The special service will take place at Redeemer Lutheran in Verndale with District President August Menneke of Brainerd officiating. The Mundahl family consists of Robert, Margaret (Peg), Chris, 4 1/2, and Lynne, 1 1/2. They came here from Ft. Wayne, where he graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary-Missouri Synod.

•The junior high band in the background accompanied kindergartners and first graders as they sang “Up on the Housetop” and “Jingle Bells” at this year’s annual school program. They were directed by Ted Masog.

•The Verndale seventh grade lost to a strong Henning team on Tuesday, December 14. The final score was Henning 38, Verndale 27. Leading the scoring was Jan Edin with 12 points. The Verndale eighth grade totally controlled the Henning team beating them 45-8. Leading the scoring was Jen Ninneman with 11 points followed by Rachelle Adams with 10 points.


15 Years Ago, January 30, 2007

•Sami Seaton was awarded the Lions Youth Outreach Scholarship from the Lions Organization. Sami received her scholarship at the Lions Convention recently held at Cragen’s Resort. Our local Verndale Lions Chapter awarded her $250 and the Lions Youth Outreach Program awarded $750. Sami is a junior at Vennard College, University Park, Iowa and is majoring in psychology.

•The Verndale Sun is proud to welcome our newest intern, Arica Gades, a sophomore at Verndale High School. She has always had an interest in writing and has proven to be phenomenal at her chosen craft. She will be our “inside source” for events at the high school and will be doing our Student Chatter article.

•The lady Pirates had a closer week than the boy’s team. Playing at home on January 15, the team had twice as many shots from the line than their opponents from Menahga. Even though they took as many free throws as they did, they still came up short for the first half with a score of 28-34.


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