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Dusting Off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, July 18, 1946

•Verndale’s lack of accommodations for business quarters for Dr. A.F. Schuft, local dentist, and Miss Ruth Beaver, beauty operator, is for the time being, at least, leaving Verndale without a dentist and beauty parlor. The building they having occupied the past three years was bought by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lynch a few weeks ago.

•An attempt was made to steal the Albert Smith car from his garage on his farm west of Verndale about 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The thieves, however, didn’t get far as they missed the corner of his driveway, went through a fence and ended up in a cornfield where they were forced to abandon the car when it wouldn’t start again.

•At the annual meeting of the Verndale School District No. 5 board of education on Monday evening, Dr. A.F. Schuft’s resignation as clerk of the board was accepted, and Charles Aldrich was nominated as his successor. Clarence Anderson was reelected treasurer, and C.P. Pettit reelected chairman of the board.

40 Years Ago, July 16, 1981

•Mabel Seal, 93, a Verndale senior, was selected along with George Buck of Sebeka to represent Wadena County as its most Outstanding Senior Queen and King and will officially be recognized and crowned on July 26 at the Fun Place during the Wadena County Fair.

•Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new church addition at the Verndale United Methodist Church were held last Sunday during the regular morning worship service. Don Sommars, chairman of the building committee, was the first to take shovel in hand, followed by others pictured with Reverend George Toschak, Milton Brown, Charles Miller, Virgil Seaton and William Larson. Ruth Conn was the only woman to take part and Master Scotty Seaton was the youngest church member to turn over a shovel full of dirt.

•Wadena County 4-H members, parents and leaders invite the public to attend their open house and dedication of the newly completed 4-H building at the fairgrounds in Wadena on Sunday, July 19. The new facility, complete with exhibit hall, dining-meeting room, kitchen and restrooms, will be ready for use at the 1981 Wadena County Fair.

15 Years Ago, July 20, 2006

•Three young ladies vie for the title of Miss Verndale. Krista Miller, daughter of Rodger and Sue Miller, is a 2006 graduate of Verndale High School. Kelly Stave, daughter of Wayne and Shelia Stave, is a 2006 Verndale graduate. She is sponsored by Verndale Custom Homes. Becky Richter, daughter of Bruce and Karyl Richter, will be a senior at Verndale this fall. She is sponsored by Louis Wegscheid Construction and Verndale Feeds.

•Verndale Sorehead nominees follow. Dawn Nelson, nomination statement: “Dawn Nelson came to the community with little knowledge of city government. She has put forth the necessary effort to educate herself and research many areas which allow her to shine at her position. If you call with a question, Dawn is there to answer or she will dig to find the information you need. Dawn, you are quite the gem.” Jay Weiher, nomination statement: “Many hands go into the success of our celebration. One contribution that is immeasurable belongs to the voice behind the microphone. Jay Weiher has the ability to keep things moving and the crowd laughing. He relates well to the little children experiencing their very first kiddie parade as well as the senior citizen king and queen and everyone in between. Jay you do a wonderful job and you are appreciated.”

•During last Sunday’s baseball game, the Bison team made a special presentation to a young baseball enthusiast who means a lot to them. Luke Weniger has been the bat boy for the Verndale Bison for the past two summers. In honor of his dedication, some of the team got him an NDSU Bison jersey in his size and had his name and number put on the back of it.

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