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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, December 23, 1948

• “Here Comes Santa Claus” was a favorite chant in Verndale Tuesday afternoon. Each youngster attending the free shows, sponsored by the Verndale Commercial Club, was given a box of Cracker Jacks. Over 450 boxes were distributed by Santa.

• Pete Beaver, a local farmer, is mighty proud of one of his past season’s cornfields. Pete planted DeKalb No. 56 in a 15 acre field and it has officially been tested as having produced 78.41 bushels per acre with an October 21 moisture content of 22.5 percent. This was the second straight year that corn has been grown on the field that was tested.

• Weather permitting, Verndale’s ice rink will be flooded by the fire department and ready for use by the start of Christmas vacation. A supervisor will be appointed to be in charge of the rink and to care for the fire in the warming house. The supervisor’s hours will be as follows: weekdays 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

• According to a recent announcement by the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Miss Armella Kern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kern, appeared in a concert on Sunday, December 19. Miss Kern, a sophomore at St. Benedict’s, will spend the Christmas holidays with relatives.

40 Years Ago, December 21, 1983

• Three girls, Danelle Colby, Ericka Schenk and JoNeen Rousslang, demonstrated before a group of interested students the art of precision drill work. An effort is being made to start a Regiment Rush Competition Guard in Verndale. There are over 100 units in Minnesota, however, none are in the area. Ericka, who was a member in Florida before moving to Verndale about two years ago, and her mother, who was instrumental in its success there, are instigators for the local organization, and have worked out routines they are anxious to teach to local enthusiasts. All students (male and female) 9-12 grade are eligible to participate.

• Santa Claus appeared in the school auditorium at the Lions Club Christmas Party which featured free movies for area kids. Pictured is a lad trying to make up his mind about whether to accept Santa’s invitation to sit on his lap. The youngster seemed very reluctant to approach the bearded stranger. We’re sure they enjoyed the bags of goodies distributed by Santa none-the-less.

• In the photo, beautiful to behold and inviting to the palate were these various sized gingerbread houses being created by members of the Consumer Foods II class. LeeAnn Hallett and Lisa Baker added a chimney which looked like brick, thanks to split caramels, to their cottage. Brian Richter, the only boy in the class, seemed to be helping Pam Schmidt in her concentration in creating icicles to finish off their house which was topped with Santa’s reindeer. Landa Andrews and Michelle Anderson held striped candy canes while waiting for their frosting “cement” to harden to complete their work of art.

• Verndale defeated the Pillager Huskies by a score of 39-27. Pillager led at the end of the first quarter by one point, 8-7, but by halftime Verndale had squeeze ahead by a score of 17-15. In the third quarter, Verndale played a tough defense, allowing only two points, and came to life on offense when they scored 17 points to lead at the end of the period by a score of 34-17.

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