Dusting off the Archives
News from Verndale's Past
75 Years Ago, October 31, 1946
• The Verndale High School ended their 1946 football season on Wednesday of last week with a 19-9 win over Clarissa. Verndale’s win over Clarissa gives them a season record of two games won and three lost in conference play.
• One of the biggest business transactions ever to take place in Verndale was made on Thursday of this week when the Heinemann and Goebel department store was sold to John W. and William E. Schrode, two young married brothers from Hinckley. The termination of the widely known Heinemann and Goebel store name dissolves a name that has held a high reputation in business and trading circles for the past 34 years and nine months.
• Dr. A.F. Schuft, who for the past three months has been without a building to carry on his practice in Verndale, on Monday of this week began practicing again in Verndale in his new modern building on Main Street. During the time he was without a place in Verndale he has been driving to and from Wadena to carry on his practice in his office there. Dr. Schuft’s new office quarters give Verndale another attractive building on Main Street, and also affords the community with a neat and attractive dentist’s office as any place in the state.
40 Years Ago, November 5, 1981
• The Verndale FFA Alumni formed a new chapter on Monday night, November 2, in the ag room at the school. Galen Hieb took over as chairman until officers were elected with the following results: Chairman Marvin Runyan, Vice Chairman Ruben Hieb, Secretary Emily Murdock and Treasurer Jack Richter. Ways of improving the agriculture program were discussed. More students are needed in order to keep an ag program in the school.
• Secondary Principal James Madsen proudly presented the report of Verndale’s standing in reading tests completed throughout the state in evaluating the programs to the Committee for Education in Verndale which held its first meeting of this school year last week.
• Last Thursday’s victory over the Menahga Braves gave the Verndale Pirates sole possession of the Park Region Conference crown with a 7-0 record and an 8-1 overall season.
15 Years Ago, November 2, 2006
• Fred and Cynthia Cox of rural Verndale have been selected by the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District to receive the 47th annual outstanding conservationist award for Wadena County. The Cox family deserves this recognition for the hard work and effort they have invested in converting a standard 30 head dairy operation into a self-sustaining, healthy forage-based system.
• If all the details work out, the Verndale High School football games will be played at night. Superintendent Jim Madsen and Board Member Naomi Moyer along with Businessman Carr scrambled to arrange the last-minute purchase of used athletic field floodlights, poles and a scoreboard from the city of Morris. They attended the auction and purchased them for $500. Transportation costs, setting of the poles, hanging the lights and installing electrical will bring the total cost to about $9000.
• The Verndale volleyball team was eliminated from the post-season tournament by Northland/Remer three games to one. The Pirates ended their season with a 10-14-1 overall record and a 4-2 conference record.