Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, March 21, 1946

•Village Clerk Clayton Kopp received a telegram from Senator Joseph Ball last week announcing that the Federal Works Administration had approved two advances to Verndale for the preparation of plans and specifications for public works projects. An advance of $4220 will be for plans for a sanitary sewer system and treatment plant estimated to cost $95,000 and $2450 will be for plans for a $55,000 water supply system and treatment plant.

•The Verndale Municipal Liquor Store underwent considerable renovating this week. The ceiling was dropped and covered with Celotex and also the sidewalls were dressed up with Celotex. New fluorescent lights were also installed, which all adds greatly to the interior appearance of the building. Bill Goldschmitz and Coby Steward of Deer Creek and George and Ted Goldschmitz of Verndale are doing the carpenter work.

•Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walsh of Aldrich completed the sale of their restaurant and dance hall business in Aldrich on Monday of this week. The new owners are Alfred Wensmann and Mike Ash of Austin. The new owners, who are planning to build an addition and make other improvements, took possession on Tuesday of this week.


40 Years Ago, March 19, 1981

•March isn’t usually the time of year in this part of the country to be thinking about canoeing, but that’s exactly what Pam Hokanson, a Verndale lass, is doing. She is the daughter of Jerome and Jacqueline Hokanson of Verndale and is a nursing student at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo. She will be taking a three-month leave of absence from work to join in an epic, cancer-fighting canoe trip which will take participants through 1575 miles of northern Minnesota and Canadian waterways.

•Verndale firemen were called out about 3 p.m. and spent most of the time on the scene pulling apart and spraying a supply of wood that had ignited. The previous Saturday, about 7 p.m., they were called to extinguish a half dozen or more grass fires along the Burlington-Northern railroad about three miles east of town.

• Denise Kay Dalen, a Verndale High School junior, has been selected along with 400 other juniors and seniors from across the state to participate in the 1981 program sponsored by Urban Concerns Workshops known as Project 120. It’s a nonpartisan political education experience, now in its sixth year, designed to acquaint students with how the government works.

15 Years Ago, March 23, 2006

•Hay Creek Marketing celebrates its first anniversary in March. The business is named for the creek that runs through the back of their rural property. Mike Rens owned a trucking company for 20 years and Trudy was an employee before starting this home-based business.

•The Senior Citizen’s Center held their birthday party on March 16. Celebrants were Mary Nanik, Avis Paulson, Vernetta Olson, Arlene Thompson, Roy Anderson, Delores Rentz, Leona Johnson, Everette Pryor, Bill Fisher, and Phyliss Fisher.

•The Verndale Baseball Park Benefit Auction will be held on March 30 at the Verndale Civic Center. A freewill spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. with the auction starting at 6 p.m. Up for bids will be a signed football by San Fransisco 49er Jerry Rice, a signed jersey by #20 Rone Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed baseball cards by Twins Kent Hrbek, and an autographed photo of Brad Johnson, Vikings quarterback.


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