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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, January 17, 1948

• Over 30 members of the Verndale Commercial Club gathered at Lynch’s Cafe on Monday evening to partake in a fine luncheon and then adjourned to the council room in the fire hall for a spirited meeting. Guest speaker was Mr. Nagle of Perham, a water and sewer contractor. Nagle gave a nice talk to the group bringing out some important facts about the construction of a water and sewer system, etc. He stressed the point strongly that the cost of materials and labor was high at this time.

• The Verndale School Board hired a new first and second-grade teacher this week to replace Mrs. Bernard Schwartz who has resigned effective February 27 as they are moving to Wilmar. The new teacher, Miss Lois Hellie of Hills, MN, who graduates March 5 from St. Cloud Teachers College, will begin teaching March 8. Mrs. Bob Bradford has been engaged to teach the week prior to Miss Hellie coming here.

• The Verndale Sunflower Girl Scout troop expects to pick up waste paper in Verndale in the near future. A date for picking up paper will be announced later, and in the meantime they ask everyone to start saving their paper and have it tied in bundles.

40 Years Ago, February 24, 1983

• Armond Swanson, president of the Verndale Boosters, stressed the importance of getting the fundamentals of life at an early age, as he addressed the Verndale Cub Scouts and their parents at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Monday evening in the church parlors of St. Frederick’s Catholic Church. Others seated at the head table were Rosemarie Brejcha, Club Master Norman Brejcha, Dennis Peterson, commissioner of the Park Region District of Boy Scouts of America and the Rev. Fr. Edward Moslander who gave the invocation.

• Dale and Janis Heins of Hewitt and Jeanie and Don Lubitz of Verndale recently met at Courage Center in Golden Valley to help plan the 1983 Pony Express Riders for Courage events.

• March 12 has been set as the deadline for persons wishing to submit a design for this year’s celebration button. The committee in charge will be offering a $10 cash prize to the person whose design is deemed most appropriate for the theme and occasion—a family picnic and the centennial of Verndale’s incorporation as a village.

15 Years Ago, February 21, 2008

• Pat Desrocher was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by Lions Club International at the Saturday evening Prime Rib and Comedian event. The award is recognition of a commitment to humanitarian work.

• The Verndale Pirates Boys Basketball team traveled to Nevis on Tuesday night and hosted Sebeka on Friday. On Tuesday, the Pirates lost by a score of 50-62. Dan Weiher led Verndale in scoring and rebounding with 18 points and 8 boards. Zack Meidinger added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jay Runyan had a season-high of 9 assists.

• Another sweetheart days has come and gone for Verndale School. The week started out with a coronation yielding King Caleb Seals and Queen Tina Albin. The best part of the week was the talent show which included a song by Jenny Kern and RaeLyn Soul and an air guitar performance by some students of the junior class. Following the talent show, everyone enjoyed a dodgeball tournament. In the championship rounds the seniors dominated over the juniors.



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