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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, June 13, 1946

• William D. Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Campbell of Verndale, was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant as a member of Service Company, 341st Regiment, 86th “Blackhawk” Infantry Division, according to a press release from the division’s public relation’s office.

• Lloyd N. Paulston, Verndale N.P. Station agent, began an extended vacation from his position here on Monday of this week. James Lynch of Aldrich will have charge of the Verndale Station.

• The Oakdale 4-H Club meeting was called to order by President Mary Harne on May 24 at the Oak Grove Hall. We sang “The Blowing Song” and the “4-H Friendship” song. The secretary’s report was read by Secretary Rachel Wellman, and approved. Roll call was answered by naming a flower. Our president is quitting 4-H and the vice president is going to southern Minnesota this summer. Rolland Billington was nominated president and Elizabeth Pierce is vice president.


40 Years Ago, June 11, 1981

• Work is progressing on revamping the Verndale float in time for entry into the Ag Days Parade at Sebeka this Saturday. Joyce and Kenny Winterfield have undertaken the project and with the help of others have rebuilt the structure from the bottom up. Last Thursday evening, Lions Club members George Geray, Robert Schultz and Rodney Anderson assisted in attaching fold-down sides to the base.

• Contestants this year in the Wadena County Beef Princess contest are two Verndale girls, Catherine Runyan and Kathleen Schluttner. Catherine’s sister, Liz, was last year’s queen and will crown the new princess on Saturday, June 13.

• Monica Terveer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Terveer of rural Verndale, is one of six Wadena County girls who live on dairy farms to be entered in the Wadena County Dairy Princess contest which will take place this Saturday during Sebeka Ag Days.

15 Years Ago, June 15, 2006

• Senior Pirates baseball player John Kempe was awarded an All-Conference Player award at last week’s baseball banquet. John has been a player and pitcher for Verndale High School for all six years of his school sports career. He has also played on the Legion team for the community through the years.

• The Lady Raiders from Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale completed their season this past week. The Section 6A Track and Field Meet was held at MSU Moorhead on June 1. The Raiders participated in five events, two relays and three individual events. The Raiders individuals that ran at the Section Meet were led by Molly Moenkedick in the 1600. Molly had one of the top six times going into the meet.

• New Wadena County Highway Engineer Joel Ulring came to the June 6 county board meeting to meet the commissioners and make his first presentation. He was introduced by Bill Ness who has served as acting department head for the past four months following former engineer Russ Larson’s resignation in February.


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