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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, January 17, 1946

• Pfc. Alan Pettit arrived here on Sunday from Europe. Alan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Pettit, has been in the service for two and one-half years, one-half year being spent overseas. He has three battle stars to his credit and also received a Purple Heart, having been wounded in battle three times.

• Sgt. George Suddendorf arrived home Monday from France. George, the son of Mr. L.E. Suddenforf, has been in the service for nearly four years, one year, and 10 months of his time being spent overseas.

• It is with much reluctance that we must report this week that Dr. Bosland is leaving Verndale to accept a more lucrative location in Willmar. Dr. Bosland came to Verndale in October 1932 and has built up his practice in his 13 years and four months of time spent in this community.

40 Years Ago, January 15, 1981

• Many a profession chosen as a lifetime career has been the result of an individual who has left their mark on youth. Such was the case with Jerry Hanson, 1981 Verndale Teacher of the Year. He chose to be an English teacher because of the influence instilled by his own Pelican Rapids high school English teacher. In fact, he was not the only student whom she influenced. Jerry’s best friend has also followed in her footsteps and is now teaching English in Alexandria.

• Ron Denny’s 24 points and Ken Kneisl’s 20 points were instrumental in pushing the Pirates past a quick Rockets team with a score of 81-60 on the Motley floor last Friday night. Verndale switched from a loose man to man defense to a tough zone to contain any offensive threat.

• A number of parents have indicated they will be attending the regular monthly meeting of the Verndale School Board next Monday evening, held a week late because of the state School Board Association meeting, to hear the board’s response to a request which died for lack of s second at last month’s meeting. Miss Arlene Ferrian, the elementary principal, had asked permission to allow the teachers to take training which would provide them with skills to assist students in achieving a “Positive Attitude Toward Learning”.

15 Years Ago, January 11, 2006

• Travis Petro, Verndale High School student, is heading to Kansas City in early February. He recently competed as a state champion in the Silver Gloves Tournament. Petro, at 147 lbs., boxed a hard bout with Rameria Del Cid of South Dakota.

• The Verndale Pirates hosted the Pillager Huskies on Friday. The Pirates won the tip-off and Wayne Kopp scored the first points of the game with two-three point shots. The first 15 points on the scoreboard for the Pirates were three-point shots. Verndale finished with a score of 60-76.

• Tri-County Hospital will continue to be a visionary leader in healthcare technology thanks to the presentation of a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant will enhance telemedicine services to schools, rural health clinics, and the hospital.

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