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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, October 7, 1948

• Gideon D. Seymour, vice president and executive editor of the Minneapolis Star and the Minneapolis Tribune, has favored the Verndale Sun with a request that we write something of interest in our paper this week to be preserved in the century vault on microfilm. As you know, when the cornerstone of the new Minneapolis Star and Tribune building is laid on October 23, it will contain a special Century Vault—a time capsule to be opened in the year 2048.

• At a recent meeting of the Verndale American Legion Post, Pete Polascheck was elected commander, Alan Pettit, adjutant and Pete Gaul was re-elected treasurer. Commander Polascheck informed us that memberships to the Legion are now due, and he urged all members and those wishing to join the local post to turn in their membership dues to him, Harry Gibb or Alan Pettit.

• Mr. and Mrs. Ned Rundell completed a business transaction last week with Clarence W. Horn whereby they traded their farm at the east edge of Verndale for his Northside Grocery store and residence in Wadena. Mr. and Mrs. Rundell moved over the weekend to their new location in Wadena, and Mr. and Mrs. Horn and family moved onto their farm. Mr. Rundell will continue on with his work as a rural mail carrier out of Verndale driving to and from Wadena each day. Mr. Horn will work out of Verndale as a salesman for the Steinkraus wholesale firm at Wadena.


40 Years Ago, October 5, 1983

• To be, or not to be, that is the question facing the Cub Scout program in Verndale this year. Unless adult leaders are found who are willing to assume the responsibility, there will be no scout program. One or two people cannot do it. Norman Brejcha, who has been the recent Scoutmaster and has been active in scouting for many years, has given notice of his retirement. Needed are replacements for him as well as den leaders—either male or female. Having a son in the program is not a requirement.

• Verndale Police Chief Scott Miller reported that a vehicle, stopped for a possible DWI last Tuesday afternoon, was discovered to have been taken from the yard of Roger Stromme, Detroit Lakes, and was recovered before the owner even realized it was missing. The ‘69 Buick was discovered stolen when Miller called the license bureau to learn the legal owner. The 22-year-old female from Minneapolis had told Miller the car had been loaned to her by a friend.

• Homecoming is always enhanced when the home team can pull off a victory, which is what the Pirates did last Friday, despite the opening threat by the Eagles from Grey Eagle. The game was still new when William Langford pranced 26 yards after receiving a pass, to register the first score of the game. He also successfully kicked the PAT for a 0-7 tally.

15 Years Ago, October 9, 2008

• Mike Madsen was one of a team of four firemen that took the time to go to Alabama to get the new fire truck. The others were Mike Rouslang, Chuck Goddard and Louis Wegscheid. The foursome left on August 30 and traveled to Union Grove, Alabama, a 20 hour drive. The company the truck was bought from is Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus Company. All arrived back home safe and sound on Monday, September 1 at midnight. The fire truck is a fully certified 2004 pumper tanker. Madsen painted the red and silver truck, and several members of the fire department prepped and sanded the truck so they could paint it yellow to match Verndale’s other fire trucks.

• The 2008 homecoming candidates for Verndale School are Alicia Johnson, Nicole Bart, Kelsey Booth, Janessa Weaver, Shylo Moyer, Matt Moenkedick, Dan Weiher and Brady Sideschlaw. The attendants are Kristin Goddard and Justin Kern (11th grade), Shani Bain and Derek Hamonn (10th grade); and Abbey Martinson and Travis Lollar (9th grade).

• Wadena County Commissioners Bill Stearns, Mary Harrison, and Lane Waldahl joined more than 100 other commissioners and sheriffs from across the state in St. Paul in mid-September to protest the state’s shifting of state prisoner costs to counties. The group covered the steps of the State Capitol with hundreds of orange, green, blue and yellow jail jumpsuits symbolizing the money county taxpayers are paying to house state prisoners in county jails.


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