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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, February 5, 1948

• Before the largest crowd of the season, the Verndale Pirates racked up their seventh straight win by beating New York Mills 44-39. The Verndale Reserves made it a double win by nipping the Mills B squad 38-36. The preliminary game packed in many at the main event as the Bees were extended to their limit in winning. The second team turned in their best performance to date in this contest.

• The Assemblies of God Tabernacle young people enjoyed a sleigh ride party in spite of the below-normal temperatures last Monday evening. To top off the whole occasion a wiener roast was held in the Albert Mack yard. “Too cold” some would say. Well, ask any of the 30 young people what they thought and they’ll all say it was a grand time, and no one was cold. The occasion was specially held for Johnny Hines whose furlough from the Army expires this week. The group presented a Bible to him as a parting gift.

• The troop committee of the local Boy Scouts met Thursday, January 29 to discuss several problems which have risen in connection with the reorganization of the Verndale Troop No. 87. The application for the troop’s charter was signed by the members of the troop committee, composed of Mr. Winkles, chairman; Superintendent Bluhm. Reverend Spicer, Scoutmaster Mr. Dahlquist and the Assistant Scoutmaster Mr. Ringer. At the same time applications for adult registration were made out.

• Miss Ione Goeden, who recently completed her three-year course in nurse’s training at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo, has accepted a position as a nurse there. She returned to resume her new duties after a week’s vacation with her folks, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Goeden. Ione was a 1944 graduate of Verndale High School.

40 Years Ago, February 10, 1983

• The Verndale Boosters added a winter softball tournament to their activity list at the February meeting of that organization. Armond Swanson Jr., who assumed the gavel, presided over the meeting. Plans are underway for sponsorship for a mid-winter softball tourney to be held Saturday, February 20 at Anderson Ball Park. Other activities receiving the support of the boosters were the Snowcoming Dance they sponsor with the High School Student Council, purchasing club jackets, sponsorship of the annual Easter Egg Hunt at McNair Park, and a summer softball tournament if Anderson Field is available.

• Two Verndale firemen, Bobby Anderson, and Mark Gades, cleaned out the chimney at the Virgil Schmidt home, located northwest of Verndale after they were called out at 8:40 a.m. Monday. Virgil was outdoors doing chores when he saw flames leaping from the chimney. Damage was limited to smoke penetration throughout the two-story home.

• Tonja Thotland, daughter of Carol VanDam of Verndale, was among the students who met Secretary of State Joan Anderson Grewe at the State Capitol on Monday, January 24. The students took part in “Project 120,” a week-long session that enables high school juniors and seniors from all areas of Minnesota to observe their state government in action.

• The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale wrestling team set its team goal of winning the 1983-84 Park Region Conference. This past Saturday they achieved that goal a year early by defeating tough Sebeka and New York Mills teams, and Parkers Prairie which was rated first in District 22.



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