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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

40 Years Ago, January 1, 1981

•A former Verndale Lass was recently honored by being named “Young Farm Wife of the Year” at the Farm Bureau Convention held at the Radisson South in Minneapolis. She is Debbie Drevlow of Wolverton, daughter of William and Ruby Jacobson of Verndale, and a 1972 graduate of the Verndale High School.

•An artistic wife isn’t to be denied, and fortunately for Don Sommars as he experienced a little pain, his wife, Lillian, turned his misfortune into an opportunity to express holiday cheer. While Don was creating a picture frame as a Christmas gift for his ever-lovin’ wife, he doesn’t remember what happened, but the end result on December 18 was losing the end of his ring finger to the first knuckle and he damaged three others when they tangled with a saw blade. Each day, he receives a new dressing for his injuries and Lillian has come up with a new design for his bandages. Last Tuesday it was a snowman. Christmas Day was Santa Claus.

•As of December 1, Dr. James Schuft, a radiologist, son of Mildred Schuft and the late Dr. A.F. Schuft of Verndale, has assumed a new position at Memorial Hospital at Rawlins, WY. Working with Dr. James Grant, Jim will be involved in two new departments at the hospital, nuclear medicine and ultra-sound as well as his regular duties in the x-ray department.

15 Years Ago, January 5, 2006

•Jerry and Lois Nanik of rural Verndale have been chosen by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District as this year’s Area VIII 2005 Outstanding Conservationists. Jerry and Lois live three miles north of Verndale on a very well maintained and neat farm that they have built up over the past 37 years.

•The Holiday Store was a huge success! A total of 421 gifts were distributed to kindergarten through sixth graders. All the children seemed to really enjoy shopping for their family and friends. This was the first year of the Holiday Store and it was made possible by the Library Club and Verndale Lions and Lioness. Volunteers to be thanked were Phyllis Fisher, Deb Pickar, Kathy Johnson, Joanne Anderson, Joanne Thurston, Shirley Anderson, Julie Hina, Tina Moenkedick, Debbie Card, Carol Derby, Kathy Haugen and Charleen Barrett.

•The Perham Yellowjackets came to Verndale and the Raiders felt their sting. The Raiders knew the Yellowjackets were tough as they were the fourth rated team in Class AA, but they were hoping to win a few more of the close matches. Zak Lambert and Ethan Kern remain undefeated on the season and they got the Raiders off to a 7-0 lead. The Raiders did not score again until Jasper Oyster pinned his opponent at 145 pounds.

• Greetings from Iraq. Pictured were Verndale High School graduates, SFC. Ken Schmitz, a 1976 graduate; SPC Mike Stanek, a 2000 graduate; and SPC. Daryl Dunbar, a 2003 graduate.

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