Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, May 30, 1946

•The Verndale School was broken into some time Friday night and approximately $35 in cash was taken from Superintendent Peterson’s office.

• Roger Reko, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Kinney, has been in the U.S. Navy since December 10, 1944. The ship which he has been assigned to is on the China-Japan run transporting Chinese and Japanese back to their respective countries.

•Ensign Corrinne Fischer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. H. Fischer south of Verndale and has served at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois one year and three months.


40 Years Ago, May 28, 1981

•The plaintiff sounds of TAPS came from the lips and horn of Mike Hokanson, a member of the Verndale High School Band which played a medley of patriotic tunes under the baton of Ted Masog.

•The Verndale Pirates took first in five events in the Park Region Conference track meet at New York Mills and placed third overall, topped only by Sebeka and Henning. Ken Kneisl broke a new school record in the 400 meter run at the District 24 Boy’s Track Meet held at Wadena last Saturday. He placed second in the event, earning the right to advance to the region.

•In a special meeting of the school board called on Tuesday to canvass the election, members also heard reports from students who had participated in a trial run at the Woodland Cooperative Center as well as its director, Jim Hofer. All students felt the programs in which they were involved were excellent, helped them confirm their decision in their career field and provided the opportunity to meet lots of people.

15 Years Ago, June 1, 2006

•The Verndale community held a Memorial Service on Monday morning at the high school to honor the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. The Memorial address was given by Dave Seaton and a message was read by Florian Schmidt. The Verndale Band and the Boy Scouts took part in the program.

•The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Lady Raiders traveled to Wadena for the sub-section on Thursday. The top five athletes and top two relays advance to the section meet along with any athletes that run a qualifying time. The Lady Raiders performed well and ended up sending five athletes in five events. Brenda Roth threw a personal best of 85’8”. Janessa Waver threw two personal bests, 87’7” and 27’10” in the shot put. Rose Shaw dropped her time by 30 seconds in the 3200. Kayla Finck, Molly Moenkedick, and Alida Moenkedick were qualifiers.

• The Verndale Pirates Baseball Team appears to be hitting its stride at the right time with a 12-1 win over Nevis and an impressive 8-1 win over Pillager. The Pirates are looking ready for their first round of playoff games against Menahga. John Kempe was the winning pitcher, throwing all seven innings. He had 11 strikeouts and only three hits and four walks.


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