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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, April 8, 1948

• Elmer Johnson, residing one and one-half miles north of Verndale, has given permission to the Verndale Boy Scouts troop to use the desired land they need on the old mill dam site near the Wing River. This is a very fine location, and the Boy Scouts are more than grateful to Mr. Johnson.

• Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stinar, the new owners of the Verndale Hotel, opened their place to the public last Saturday. On Friday of this week, they are having a grand opening day with treats for both adults and children.

• We received information this week that the Okes Construction Company of St. Paul plans to begin work next week preparing Highway 10 for paving from Verndale to Bluffton, a distance of 11.8 miles. The construction company already has most of its machinery located west of Verndale ready to begin work.

40 Years Ago, April 14, 1983

• Officers of the newly-formed Lioness Club in Verndale are President Ruth Anderson, Vice President Phyllis Fisher, Secretary Shirley Anderson and Treasurer Lois Brown, Board Members Linda Tarrell, Sharon Neuerburg and Marylee Coats; Hair Puller Marilyn Neuerburg. Bev Marlin of Fergus Falls came to help get the group organized. She told the ladies present that their commitment was to provide community service. “Keep your ears open and listen for the needs of your community.” The group is sponsored by the Lions Club and membership is open to all women, not just Lion’s wives.

• Kenneth Waisanen, a senior at Verndale High School, received a check for $1000 presented by the Minnesota Masons at their 130th annual convention in St. Cloud that was held recently. Ken was selected to receive the scholarship by his counselors, instructors and the Masonic Public School Scholarship Committee from among 463 statewide applicants.

• Three Verndale wrestlers received first-place trophies in the wrestling tournament held at Perham last Saturday: Jim Carlson, Jacob Schmitz and Dan Carlson. Other Verndale grapplers and their placings were: Steve Carlson, second; Auggie Anderson and Bryan Jacobson, fourth; Andy Schmitz, Ryan Bessler and Rod Van Roekel, fifth; Wylie Clews, sixth; Phillip Schmitz, seventh; Nathan Neuerburg, second; and Jeff Veronen, seventh.

15 Years Ago, April 10, 2008

• Curt and Sharon Johnson of Detroit Lakes, owners of SEJ Stables, Inc., have named one of their 57 horses Miss Verndale. Miss Verndale is a three-year-old filly who has been winning in Arizona. The Johnsons have a tradition of naming their horses after Minnesota towns. Names they have chosen in the past are Perham, Downer, Waubun, Frazee, Lake Park, Audobon and Ogema to name a few.

• Practice makes perfect. For some, that’s just a cliched adage, but for junior Tyler Schmidt that means setting a state record. Last Friday, playing against Jordan, Schmidt had a perfect 10-10 night from the charity stripe, capturing the state record for most consecutive free throws made at 72. He is a former resident of Verndale. His parents are Brad and Shari Schmidt and his grandparents are Lee and Donna Denny.

• The Verndale Talent Show will be held Sunday, April 13, at the Ted Masog Auditorium. The show starts a 2 p.m. with a freewill donation at the door to help raise money for the Verndale School Scholarship Fund. Entertainment will be Mr. Brownlow, the school principal, who is doing a “surprise act”. Ariana Sandberg and Meghan Sly will be singing “In Winter”. Grant Grossinger will be assisting his talented dog, Cole Webber will juggle balls, and there will also be community talent in the form of dancing, singing, playing the accordion and an Elvis Presley impersonator.

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