Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, January 31, 1946

•The Verndale Sun is going to have a new employee beginning Monday of next week. Mr. and Mrs. Vivian O. Sather of Duluth were here Thursday and Friday of last week inquiring and looking into the possibilities of Mr. Sather beginning work at The Sun office as an apprentice to learn the operation of a Linotype and the printing trade. Sather was recently honorably discharged from the Army, having served three and a half years; two years were in the South Pacific.

•War victims in the Philippines are wearing garments made of pounded tree bark which cost about $2 each. This is a high price for an uncomfortable garment considering the $20 average monthly wage there. The Victory Clothing Collection is asking for remnants, draperies, pieces of discarded material, which will make more practical and comfortable clothing for the Philippine people.


40 Years Ago, January 29, 1981

•Clarence Gaugert proudly displayed a plaque awarded to him at a recent Bartlett Town Board meeting in recognition of his many years of service. It reads: “To Clarence Gaugert for 25+ years of outstanding service to the Bartlett Township, Todd County, State of Minnesota, as Township Clerk.” It is signed by Supervisors Melvin A. Filler, Gary J. Robben, Chairman Robert N. Fisher, Treasurer Willard Norton and it bears Clarence’s name as a clerk.

•Royalty candidates for this year’s FHA-sponsored snow events are: Bill Blaha, Sandy Hess, Jeff Brinkman, Shelia DeWald, Duane Solga, and Lois Schlupp. Monday is stuffed animal day, Tuesday is pin-up day, Wednesday is dress-up day, Thursday is backwards day and Friday is western day.

•The girl’s basketball game at Staples on Monday evening ended with the Pirates defeated by the Cardinals, 47-52. Evenly matched, the two teams sparred point-for-point. Staples took what could be called home-court advantage and swayed the lead to their favor to stay one basket ahead of Verndale each quarter.

15 Years Ago, February 2, 2006

•Life can change in a heartbeat. For Mike Lovelace and his family, that change came with a knock at the door in the early morning hours of November 26. Home from college for the Thanksgiving weekend, Cody and three of his friends decided to go listen to a band play in Hewitt. A half-mile from home, Cody Lovelace had been involved in an accident. Two hours later he was in St. Cloud. He had a smashed cheekbone and a crack in one of his eye sockets. Cody also suffered a severe brain injury and was in a coma.

•Wrestling season is down to its last two weeks of the regular season and the Raiders have some tough competition to get them ready for Section 7 wrestling action. On January 31, the Raiders host a triangular meet against Osakis and the Broncos from Browerville-Eagle Valley. On Saturday the team travels to Underwood for the Park Region Conference tournament. Their final week of action is jam-packed with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Detroit Lakes coming to Bertha for a triangular.

•The Verndale Snow Daze candidates for 2006 are Bobbi Rogge, Mia Moyer, Britne Weiher, Kelly Stave, David Dunrud, Collin Cottrell, Wyatt Roggenkamp, and Nick Ash. Coronation will take place on February 6 at 1 p.m.


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