Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, November 29, 1945

•Sgt. Helen M. Webber, daughter of Mr. Joe Webber, Sr., Verndale, was transferred from the Air Force Base to a Separation Center to receive an honorable discharge from the Army Air Forces. Sgt. Webber holds the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Miss Webber returned home Wednesday of last week. She has served for nearly three years.

•Coach C.R. Peterson and his basketball team opened their season on Friday of this week on the Hewitt floor, and on Tuesday, December 4, the Hewitt team comes to Verndale to play their return engagement. Just what Hewitt has this year as to strength in basketball is not known at this time, and neither is the potential of the Verndale squad.

•Cpl. Kenneth Cameron and James Bernard Cameron, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Cameron of Aldrich, were honorably discharged from service recently. Kenneth was discharged November 1 and arrived home November 19, and James was discharged in October and is now making his home in Los Angeles, California. Both of these boys had three years or more of service.


40 Years Ago, November 27, 1980

•Liz Runyan, daughter of Marvin and Mary Runyan of Route 1, Verndale, is co-captain of the women’s basketball team at Fergus Falls Community College. This is her second season on the Spartan team. Last year, Liz was named Most Valuable Player of the team which finished with an 18-6 season record. They were first in the northwest division and consolation champion at the Community College State Tournament.

•Larry Sworski, food service director at Verndale School, tempted Tiffany Anderson with a slice of cheese during a classroom session on nutrition. Mrs. Schmith’s class is starting its health unit in foods and will be studying the four basic food groups introduced by Mr. Sworski last week.

•Police Chief Cedric Haugen has finally received the kit (complete with fake contents that resemble the real thing) which will be used in familiarizing area residents with various types of drugs and paraphernalia in an adult education program put into motion last spring. The program is sponsored by various businesses, the city, and the school.

15 Years Ago, December 1, 2005

•Joe and JoAnn Perish and their family have been thinking about a special Christmas gathering for about three or four years now. The idea of having a Christmas dinner and distributing small gifts had been discussed several times in the past among the family. They wanted to have a family Christmas but also wanted to share the holiday with people in their community who may be alone for the day. The special event will be held at the Verndale Senior Center on Christmas Day.

• The girls' seventh and eighth-grade basketball is well underway. Dan Johnson is coaching the teams and always keeps a smile on his face on the sidelines. Pictured are Jenny Hackler and the seventh-grade team. Jenny has her hands on the ball, setting up for a shot which she makes against Henning. Teammate Jennifer Swenson is on hand to rebound if necessary.

•Recognizing people who have given of their time and talents to agriculture was the focus of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation awards. This year’s Honorary Life award winners were Donald and Elaine Schmitz, Wadena County, and Hilmer Harman, Hennepin County. Don and Elaine have been active members for over forty years.


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