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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, June 3, 1948

• The editor, Mrs. Bradford and their three children are leaving this week, late Wednesday, if possible, or early Thursday, on a trip to California for the month of June. The route of the trip is expected to be from Verndale to Lincoln, Nebraska where they will visit a day with friends, and then travel on through Cheyenne, Wyoming to Salt Lake City and Pocatello, Idaho where they will visit relatives, then on to Reno, Nevada and Oakland, California. At Oakland they will visit Mrs. Bradford’s brother for a week or 10 days. On the return trip, they expect to go via Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Oklahoma with expectations of being home by July 1. During this month’s vacation, the Sun will be under the guidance of Vivian Sather, Gordon E. Blume and Dick Minnette.

• The M.A. Gedney Company had men begin work here last week on construction of their pickle salting station in Verndale which is located northeast of the creamery.

• Mr. Arnold, auditor of the Lampert Lumber Company yards was in Verndale on Wednesday morning with Lloyd Stigman looking over necessary repairs of their local yard preparing for its reopening within the next 30-60 days. Stigman, who at present is employed in their yard at Staples, will be the manager of the Verndale yard and is now looking for an apartment or house for him and Mrs. Stigman and their son to live in. Stigman will need no introduction to the community, as he is a former Verndale High School graduate and is well known here.

40 Years Ago, June 2, 1983

• Wadena County will be celebrating its 125th birthday during the Wadena County Fair on July 21-24. Among the many features at this year’s fair will be a complete exhibit by the Wadena County Finnish Historical Society along with demonstrations each afternoon and evening of skills familiar to the Finns. Arrangements are tentative to secure a group of Finnish dancers from The Cities to conduct folk dancing on their last night of the fair. There will be tours of the Pioneer Village with its little red school, lumberjack’s bunkhouse, museum and old time church.

• Firemen chopped through the brick wall on the south side of Earl’s Discount on Sunday night to get at flames burning between the walls. One of the firemen looked for flames overhead after a section of the ceiling fell from the weight of the water. Much of the smoke had been cleared from the interior of the variety store by this time. Smoke pouring from the building was discovered by Patrolman Scott Miller at about 10:45 p.m. and he sounded the alarm. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

• Robin Adams and Nancy Coats presented the trophies won this year to Superintendent Jim Sherek at the conclusion of the athletic awards night last week on Thursday. Outstanding boy athlete of the year, the James Gould Award, went to Emil Renczykowski. The girls athletic award was shared this year by Margaret Runyan and Robin Adams. The Doc Schuft Award for outstanding sportsmanship went to Tom Edit. Seniors receiving plaques listing their athletic participation were: Mike Reul, Tom Edin, Emil Renczykowski, Clarice Horsager, Jennie Anderson, Cam Nelson, Shari Denny, Angie Peterson, Cathy Colby, Chad Hahn and Dan Schultz.

15 Years Ago, June 5, 2008

• Construction for Phase 1 of the 2007 sanitary sewer and water main improvements will not likely begin until a suitable stormwater pond site is chosen. The Verndale City Council discussed possible pond sites with Verndale City Engineer Jim Hines of Widseth Smith Nolting at the regular June 2 meeting. Officials have agreed to continue the search with the hope that a suitable site is found by July otherwise certain portions of the estimated $900,000 plus project, originally scheduled for this year, may be postponed until 2009.

• Megan VanRoekel and Clay Cottrell, students at Verndale High School, have been named the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Students for the 2007-2008 school year. The Freshwater Education District, in recognition of students who have excelled in the career and technical education area, sponsors this award.

• In the section semi-final the Verndale Pirates took on the Menahga Braves. The Pirates defeated the Braves during the season 10-0 and 3-0. The game started out with pitchers, Verndale’s Nicole Bart and Menahga’s Lindsey White, pitching hitless ball the first four innings. The Braves got the first hit of the game with two out in the fifth on a double but a perfect relay throw from Elizabeth Johnson to Cathy Kempe back to Brittany Kern threw the runner out at third base. This seemed to ignite the Pirates hitters.



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