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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, February 26, 1948

• Mayor Lester J. Marquardt and Councilman Dell A. Gibbs made a special trip to Minneapolis on Saturday where they had a special meeting with representatives of the Hitchcock and Esterbrook Engineering Company and the Kalman Investment Company on the proposed Verndale water and sewer project. The gentlemen learned that present estimates being made are being accepted by contractors for less and that Verndale would have both water and sewer without bonding for more than $100,000.

• The Verndale Masonic Chapter entertained their wives, the Eastern Star, and husbands, at a Washington Day party in their lodge rooms at the Monday meeting. Whist was played with Clark Klucas winning high honors for the men, and Mrs. Clark Lucas high for the ladies. After an enjoyable evening of card playing, a delicious lunch was served with cherry pie ala mode as dessert.

•The usual effort presented once a year in the county is going on at the present time and is meeting with good response. Next week the field representative, Major David Carlson, who has been coming here for a number of years will be calling on the citizens of Verndale. The work of the organization is recognized and appreciated by the public and we trust that the needs for this worthy cause will meet with a generous response at this time as in previous years.


40 Years Ago, March 3, 1983

• Verndale will have the maximum of five entries sent to the State PTSA Cultural Arts Reflection Project for 1983, which is open to all students within the school system. Two of the entries chosen to be entered in the state-wide competition were from senior Matt LeFebvre who entered in art, and Ken Waisanen who submitted a music entry.

• A decision to sponsor a costume contest for men, women and children was made at the February meeting of the Verndale Historical Society hosted by Ruth Jenson in her home last Thursday evening. Details are still to be completed by a committee to be headed by Merlyne Bissell. Ruth Jenson, Elfreda Adams and Alyce Seaton will comprise the committee. President and Club Historian MaryLu McClure reported that she had filled four boxes in the card file of folks who have lived in Verndale, and needs another. So far, 3200 names have been indexed to provide information to persons seeking family roots.

• William and Debra Hess, Route 3, Verndale, participated in the Land O’ Lakes annual meeting Young Farmer Program held February 21-24 in Minneapolis. Young farmers were selected to attend on the basis of their farming operations and their interest in community and cooperative affairs. This program is jointly sponsored by local cooperative members of Land O’ Lakes and by Land O’ Lakes district associations.


15 Years Ago, February 28, 2008

• The 2008 Sweetheart Days Royalty: Queen Tina Albin and King Caleb Seals. Mardi Ehrmantraut and Brandon Olson were the crown bearers. Other members included: Faith Kern, Megan Van Roekel, Cathy Kempe, Cassie Lovelass, Melissa Perius, Kristen Lollar, Brianna Kimber, Nate Bart, Derek Wiese, Zak Lambert, Cole Weber, Cole Cottrell, Brady Sideschlaw and Colby Schmidt.

• Six BHV wrestlers made it to the championship mats. Among them were Ethan Kern, 119 lbs.; Matt Moenkedick, 171 lbs.; Jake Braaten, 152 lbs.; Sam Moenkedick, 160 lbs., and Wade Moenkedick, 215 lbs. Senior Ethan Kern injured his knee badly and his opponent won by injury default. The third-place wrestler had to wrestle Kern for true second. Kern was forced to tape up his knee and earn his spot in the state tournament. Senior Zak Lambert, Sophomore Jake Braaten and Senior Sam Moenkedick defended their section title from the 2007 season. Junior Matt Moenkedick won his weight class. Junior Wade Moenkedick also earned a spot at the state tournament.

• On January 23, Jeremy Engebretson won the Verndale School Spelling Bee. Jeremy is a fifth grader. He advanced to the Regional Lakes Bee held on February 22 in Brainerd. The winner of the Lakes Bee advances to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. There were 35 competitors in the Lakes Bee and Jeremy was eliminated during the second round.


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