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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past


75 Years Ago, October 17, 1946

• C.H. Casler, a prominent farmer from Wadena Township, was elected chairman of the Wadena County Republican Committee at an executive committee meeting held in Wadena on Friday evening, October 11. The committee accepted the resignation of Chairman Rol Barron who recently received the appointment of judge of the seventh judicial district.

• Joe Welch was the victim of a hit and run driver in Verndale on Monday night at about nine o’clock. Joe was on his way home when he was hit by a car at the crossing north of the bank and was knocked down. He was found lying there by a passerby. The driver of the car is unknown at this time. Mr. Welch was taken to his home and a physician was summoned. According to reports, he did not receive any broken bones and is suffering only from bruises and shock.

• Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Webber bought the former Anthony Schmitz home from Dr. and Mrs. A.F. Schuft, recently, and plan on moving there in the near future.


40 Years Ago, October 22, 1981

• Six area legislatures met with members of the Mid-Minnesota Media Association last Friday afternoon in the Wadena County Courthouse auditorium for an informative three-and-a-half-hour meeting. They were Rep. Bob Anderson of Ottertail, Rep. Jim Evans of Detroit Lakes, Rep. Glen Sherwood of Pine River, Sen. Myrton Wegener of Bertha, Rep. Collin Peterson of Detroit Lakes and Sen. Jerry Willet of Park Rapids. Media people included Mike Parta, New York Mills Herald; Paul Cauquelln, Staples World; Chuck Johnson of the Perham Enterprise, Dave Walter of KWAD-KKWS Wadena, Mary Tangeman of the Verndale Sun, Dick Hess of the Wadena Pioneer Journal and Jack Bloomquist of the Review-Messenger of Sebeka-Menahga.

• Dan Waisanen of Verndale tickled the ivories both Saturday and Sunday during the Community Future Fest. In another corridor, Don Vogts and Mark Bratlle performed as strolling minstrels.

• The Verndale Pirates avenged last year’s 6-0 loss to the Bertha-Hewitt Bears, their only loss of the season, by handing the Bears a 6-0 defeat on Wednesday. They remain astride the top of the conference with Battle Lake whom they will face on Friday night.

15 Years Ago, October 19, 2006

• Three men and one woman are running for two city council seats that are up for election this year for four-year terms. John Desrocher, Leland Moyer, Bruce Koppenhaver and Tara Erckenbrack would like to serve the city of Verndale as council members.

• Jim and Vicki Thompson hosted their annual Fun Time Rodeo at their Rocking Diamond Cattle Ranch outside of Verndale on October 7. The couple has been putting the rodeo for the last four years and look forward to it each time. The participants are neighbors, friends, and anyone who enjoys riding. The event includes barrel racing, cattle sorting and branding, an obstacle course and pole bending.

• The Verndale Public School, along with the Verndale 21st Century PEP Club, invited all of Verndale’s kindergarten through sixth-grade students and their families to the October 10 Family Fun Night for a life-changing presentation. Tim Hutchinson will make a presentation on bullying at 6:30 p.m. in the Ted Masog auditorium.


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