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Dusting Off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, May 26, 1949

• Verndale’s amazing little sophomore, miler Bob Pratt kept his seasonal track record perfect Monday in the District 24 meet at New York Mills. He succeeded in besting Roger Reichel of Staples in a thrilling finish. The winning time was 4:58. Before the race it was expected that Pratt and Reichel would put on a sterling, competitive, mile performance, and the two boys didn’t disappoint anyone as they matched strides the last 100 yards.

• Verndale dropped their initial league game to a strong Browerville nine, 11-4, here on Sunday. Browerville’s hurler Bob Jonkowski coasted in behind his team’s 11 tallies. He allowed nine hits and four runs, three of these coming in the 8th and 9th innings.

• Monday, Memorial Day, Verndale’s Independents will play New York Mills’ Flying Finns in an exhibition tilt, on the home grounds. Earlier this year the locals tipped the Finns 12-11 in an eleven inning thriller. This game promises to be another exciting affair. Don’t miss it!

• Evangelist Olga Olsson, who has just returned from Sweden, will be the guest speaker at the Verndale Assemblies of God Tabernacle in a special revival series of meetings, starting this coming Sunday morning. The services will continue each night with the exception of Monday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Miss Olsson speaks English and Swedish very fluently and is also talented musically.


40 Years Ago, May 23, 1984

• This year, someone will have the distinction of being voted Verndale’s first Mr. and Mrs. Sorehead. Everyone is eligible. They will be chosen by the voting public at a cost of 50 cents each. The winner will receive a prize of a free dinner and two free rides through the parade route wearing the T-shirt given in honor of the occasion by Schultz Archery and Sports.

• Three tired wild mustangs from the Red Desert at Rock Springs, Wyoming have found a new home near Verndale after spending a harsh winter where there had been a 32 inch snowfall and food was sparse. According to Duane James, who applied for them after reading about their plight and availability in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune Picture Magazine, he was told they were the first ones to be shipped to this state. There were two mares and a colt.

• Municipal clerks are the oldest of public servants, however, that doesn’t mean that Madonna Desrocher, Verndale’s city clerk, is. Rather, clerks part of an ancient and honorable tradition have provided a very necessary service for every community in the nation for centuries. You wouldn’t get very far without their help. President Reagan has declared the week of May 13-19 as Municipal Clerk’s Week in recognition of their varied duties they perform with little recognition.

• Two Leaf River Valley Cooperative Center students passed out certificates of completion and Kid Power pins to Mrs. Dyer’s fourth graders at the close of the Health Occupation Class. Pictured, Dan Kern was handed his certificate by Cheryl Stine and awaited his pin from Elizabeth Frisbie of Sebeka.


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