Dusting Off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, December 6, 1945

•The Verndale High School basketball squad got off to a good start this season when they won their first two conference games which both happened to be against Hewitt. The first game at Hewitt on Friday night was a nip and tuck contest all the way. Verndale outscored Hewitt 7 to 2 and gave them their victory by an 18-15 count.

•With only three offices appearing on the village election ballot, Tuesday’s election was a quiet affair, only 87 votes were cast. For mayor: Waterhouse received 65 votes, Lester Marquardt 14, C.L. Davis 1, Clint Sowder 1, Clarence Horn 1, Dr. Schuft 1, and L.E. Suddendorf 1. For trustee for a three-term to fill the vacancy of Leonard Larson who did not file: A.F. Bergquist received 46 votes, L.E. Suddendorf 34, and L. Larson 4. For treasurer: E.W. Orr was reelected with 79 votes.

•Bob Anderson, 1st Sgt., son of Mrs. Florence Anderson, arrived home last Wednesday from Camp McCoy with an honorable discharge. Bob, who has been overseas 22 months, is a wearer of the Purple Heart and seven Battle Stars. He was serving in the Paratroopers and has three years of service with this branch.


40 Years Ago, December 4, 1980

•Don Youngbauer, who lives about six miles north of Verndale along the Wing River, reported that he took aim and fired to kill a skunk that was chasing their cats and dog last Friday evening. Youngbauer reported that he had contacted a veterinarian who warned that the skunk might very well be rabid, and suggested immediate quarantine and treatment of the dog, especially, since it may have come in contact with the rabid animal while attempting to ward off the attack on the cats.

•Election of new officers was held at the Verndale Senior Citizens meeting on Monday. Serving next year will be: Art Mill and Verna Derby, directors on the board; along with Erma Baker and Ilo Hagenson who were not present; Evelyn Halvorson, secretary; Olive Ernster, treasurer; and Loreda Hines, president. Stan Miller was elected to the vice president’s post.

•The new 4-H leader's council officers for the 1980-81 4-H year were installed in a candlelight ceremony at 4-H Rally Night. They are Sherry Johnson of Wadena, recreation leader; Nancy Wegscheid of Wadena, secretary; Matt Odenbrett, Wadena, vice-president; Paulette Rowan of Wadena, president; Janice Horsager of Verndale, treasurer; Kelly Bernstetter, Sebeka, recreation leader.

15 Years Ago, December 8, 2005

•The Verndale Promoters spent the evening hours of November 30 placing garland and lights on buildings. Pictured were Scott Keskitalo, Shirley Anderson, Vicky Mills, and Lee and Linda Tarrell.

• At the Verndale School Board meeting held on December 1, Superintendent Jim Madsen announced that he would retire at the end of the current school year on June 30, 2006. Madsen has been superintendent since July 1, 2004.

• Volleyball player Kelly Stave earned a very special honor at the season’s end. She was named the outstanding setter in the Park Region Conference. She was also named to the All-Conference team.


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