Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, May 23, 1946

•The American Legion Softball League, comprised of legion posts from Verndale, Wadena, Sebeka and Menahga, will start playing on May 27 with Verndale meeting Wadena in Verndale. Any ex-serviceman who is a member of the Legion or VFW is eligible to play.

•One hundred fifty-four voters turned out for the annual school board election at the school on Tuesday evening. Harley Conley, who filed for re-election was re-elected with 106 votes, and Lester Marquardt, a sticker candidate, was elected with 85 votes to fill the vacancy left by Wm. Desrocher who had not filed for re-election.

•Ed Orr reported the sale of the Clayton Dahlvang farm in Thomastown Township to Mr. and Mrs. David Blum. The Dahlvang farm, formerly known as the old Shannon place, consists of 120 acres.


40 Years Ago, May 21, 1981

•Incumbent Theresa Wutzke and Richard Brown were chosen to serve on the District 818 School Board for three-year terms. A total of 317 voters went to the polls on Tuesday. Brown received 170 votes, Wutzke 166.

•Entry was gained to the Central MN Feeders Co-op. Inc. office last Wednesday evening by prying lose the clasp of the padlock used to secure the door. Police Chief Cedric Haugen, who is investigating the incident, reported that money from the till appeared to be the only thing missing. A juvenile suspect has been questioned.

•Ken Waisanen, French horn player in the Verndale High School Band, has been selected by the All-State Music Committee to be a member of the 1981-82 All-State Orchestra. Ken’s audition included a solo, various scales and sight-reading. Musicians are selected for All-State groups on the basis of their audition scores. Another Verndale student, Cathy Olson, clarinetist, was selected as an alternate for All-State Band.


15 Years Ago, May 25, 2006

•Wadena County Deputy Sheriff Mike Carr, Jr., announced that he will run for Wadena County Sheriff in the November election. Carr said that in talking to Wadena County residents, co-workers, friends and family about his possible candidacy for the position of sheriff, he has received an overwhelming show of support. He says that he is both humbled and encouraged by the response.

•The Verndale Girls Softball team had a good week, winning their final three games of the regular season. In the first game, the Pirates took on New York Mills. The Eagles jumped out in front 3-0 in the first inning on a Kristian Boe home run. The Pirates answered with a run in the second. In the bottom of the third Verndale scored three runs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Alicia Johnson to give the Pirates the lead, 4-3.

•The Verndale Bison played two Lake and Pine baseball games on Sunday in Staples against the Staples Legionnaires, dropping the first game 1-0, coming back to win game two, Verndale 14-Staples 5. In the first game, Bison Pitcher Ryan Greenwood pitched a complete game giving up only three hits and striking out four batters. The Bison bats were even quieter than Staples only getting two hits in the game, a double by Wyatt Carr and a single by Mike Kircher.


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