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Dusting Off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, September 26, 1946

• Dr. A. F. Shuft, who has been at a loss for a building in Verndale to practice his dentistry in the past two months, is now on his way to having a building to move into some time in the near future. Due to the building material shortage, etc., Doc finally came to the conclusion that a boxcar from the railroad company could solve his problem. As a result, he bought a boxcar, and on Tuesday of this week it was hauled here from Brainerd and sat down on his lot just south of Kay’s Barber Shop.

• An under-rated Verndale six-man football team showed their superiority over New York Mills last Friday night under the lights on the Wadena Field before a large crowd. It was N.Y. M’s first defeat in three years or in 14 consecutive games. Verndale won 26-12.

• Hollis Dague, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Dague, had a narrow escape Saturday when something went wrong with his motorcycle between here and Wadena. Hollis was thrown in the ditch with his cycle and was banged up and scratched up considerably. He was taken to the Wesley Hospital where he was hospitalized until Sunday. X-ray pictures were taken for broken bones, but fortunately, he escaped without any.


40 Years Ago, October 1, 1981

• Queen Christy Fitzsimmons and her escort, Jay Weiher, began the royal walk following her coronation at the annual Homecoming celebration held Monday evening in the school auditorium. She is the daughter of Clinton and Norma Fitzsimmons. Jay’s folks are Robert and Dora Mae Weiher.

• A candle lighting ceremony was conducted as part of the awards night for Troop 326 Cub Scouts. While their parents watched, scouts stood at attention while Scoutmaster Con VanBatavia and Assistant Scoutmaster Norman Brejcha read the rules and goals of scouting, and Patrol Leader Kevin Baker lit the candles. Scouts are Doug Johnson, Scott Veronen, Mike Willis, Scott Anderson and Augie Anderson.

• Visiting the Verndale FFA chapter last week were George Pickel, state FFA treasurer, and Deb Harris, state FFA reporter, who met with officers and freshmen, explaining how cooperation and working together helps to create a bigger and better FFA. Officers with them were Clarice Horsager, Greta Goddard, Dan Murdock, Roger White and Leon Dahlvang.

15 Years Ago, September 28, 2006

• Lori Proft joined the staff at the Verndale Sun. Hours available will be 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

• The 2006 Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show was held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds September 15-18. To compete at the state show competitors must earn a trip at their county level. There were approximately 600 contestants at the show this year. Earning a trip at the Todd County Fair and competing at the state show was Roberta Rogge of Verndale. Roberta placed second in trail, second in western showmanship, ninth in western pleasure, seventh in western horsemanship and sixth in English equestrian.

• Lizzy Youngbauer, Ashley Richter, Katie Bounds and Jason Perius are ready to race the cars they built in the school shop class.


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