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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, April 25, 1946

•Over 20 sportsmen turned out for the Verndale Rod and Gun Club meeting last Thursday evening. Dr. Schuft was elected president of the newly organized club, and Ned Rundell was elected secretary. Another meeting of the club is expected to be called next week.

• Three business changes took place in Wadena last week when the Sweet Shop, Kleanall Suitatorium, and the Bowling Center changed hands. Wm. J. Browne Jr. of Wadena and E.L. Elkjer of Bertha bought out Nick Tabery, owner of the Sweet Shop. Magus Johnson, owner of the Kleanall Suitatorium for the past 29 years, sold his business to Herb Light of Little Falls. Nick Theisen sold the Wadena Bowling Center to Glenn Sale and Kenneth Holler of Austin.

•Everyone interested in playing kittenball this season is asked to be at practice Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. or see Orris Aldrich. Verndale has several games booked to play this year with outside teams.

40 Years Ago, April 23, 1981

•Jim Derby, a rural Verndale farmer, has been chosen by the Verndale Education Association as the winner of this year’s OLE Award. Jim will be honored along with other laypersons in education at the Friends of Education banquet in Little Falls on Wednesday, May 6. The program is designed to recognize and honor those who are not in the teaching profession who give of their time and energy, who demonstrate dedication, leadership, or effective service in our common education effort.

•The equestrian team of the University of Minnesota Technical College, Waseca won the St. Benedict’s Intercollegiate Invitational Equestrian Competition held recently in St. Joseph. UMW riders won the High Point Team Award/Tam (Lehner) Whyttenbach of Verndale was the High Point Individual.

•Denice Dalen of Verndale was among students who met Secretary of State Joan Growe at the state capitol on Thursday. Denice took part in “Project 120,” a week-long session that enables high school juniors and seniors from all areas of Minnesota to observe their state government in action.

15 Years Ago, April 27, 2006

•Around 6 a.m. a few weeks ago, Mike Burcham, Verndale, was on his way to have coffee in Wadena when he spotted something laying in the median of Highway 10. Much to his surprise, the animal was a bear. The animal apparently had been struck and killed. He called the game warden and approval was given for Mike to remove the bear from the scene.

•Verndale School students participated in the Special Olympics State Unified Bowling Competition. They earned second place in their division. They were: Melissa Meek, Andrea Westerberg, Coach Bonnie Richter, Halbert Barrett, Nick Schermerhorn, and Coach Eric Weber.

•On April 7, the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale elementary wrestling team participated at the NYWA K-8 grade State Wrestling Tournament in Rochester. Two wrestlers took home medals. Jake Braaten placed third and Dillan Card placed fifth.

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