Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, January 10, 1946

•LeRoy S. Burnett, postmaster at Hewitt for the past 10 years and former publisher of the Hewitt Banner, resigned as postmaster at Hewitt effective January 1. Albert Larson of Hewitt is now acting postmaster. Mr. and Mrs. Burnett and their two sons will move to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as soon as housing accommodations can be found. Mr. Burnett has purchased the only photographer studio in Grand Rapids.

•Clyde C. Buttruff, retired furniture and undertaker of Wadena and Wadena County’s most widely known and loved businessman, passed on to his eternal reward last Friday morning shortly before noon. Mr. Buttruff was active in business in Wadena for over fifty years, having worked in his large store there until he sold it in August of last year to live a retired life for only a few month's time. He was the tenth licensed embalmer in Minnesota.

• According to news received here the forepart of this week, Pfc. Alan Pettit and Sgt. George Suddendorf are in the states, arriving from France, and are due to arrive home this week or the forepart of next. They both came back together on the General Anderson.


40 Years Ago, January 8, 1981

•This being the first Verndale City Council meeting of 1981, at which time newly-elected officers were seated, Mayor Louise Otremba was sworn in by Clerk Madonna Desrocher, and then she conducted the swearing-in rite for Councilmen Dale Carr, an incumbent, and Mark Gades who replaced Evelyn Erckenbrack. Council members then unanimously selected Dale Carr to serve as acting mayor in the absence of Otremba.

•Jeff’s Supermarket: assorted pork chops $1.09 a pound; eggs, $.09 a dozen, sugar $1.69 for five pounds, pork sausage $.39 a pound.

• Bill Larson, Amos Brown and Walter Sommars were among the January celebrants at the Senior Citizens dinner at the center on Friday. Mrs. Larson, Mrs. Sommers and Mrs. A. Ernster and Maurice Nesset also attended.

15 Years Ago, January 12, 2006

•The Perish family hosted their Christmas dinner and party on December 25. Their family decided to share their blessings with others this year. The event was well attended. JoAnn Perish thought they served between eighty and ninety people. Ted Masog was on hand to lead Christmas carols.

• The Pirates hosted the Laporte Wildcats on Thursday night with a game that started out fairly equal and the first half ended in a tie score of 25. The Pirates came back in the second half out-scoring the Wildcats 25 points with 41 of their own. Collin Cottrell led the team in rebounding with a total of 10. Jon Price continued to be a defensive force to be reckoned with by blocking four of the Wildcats shots and had a total of five rebounds. Leading the Pirates in scoring was Shane Finck totaling 21 for the game.

•Ruth Hayden was presented with a plaque at the 2005 State Girls’ Volleyball Tournament Banquet held on November 9 at the Radisson Riverfront in St. Paul. Ruth was one of four inducted into the 2005 Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame. She was the only coach honored. She is a 1975 graduate of Verndale High School. Ruth is the daughter of Marvin and Mary Runyan of Verndale.


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