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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, December 12, 1946

•The village skating rink west of the town hall was flooded for the first time Tuesday evening and is now near readiness for skaters. All that is lacking is some kind of a warming house so they wouldn’t have to walk from their homes with skates on or impose on some business place downtown for a warm place to don their skates.

•E.W. Orr reported the sale of the 160-acre farm of Ed L. McClure located eight and a half miles northeast of Verndale to Gregor Schmitz last week. The McClure farm was formerly known as the Mary Ame’s farm. Possession will not be taken by the new owners until spring.

•Lester Marquardt completed a deal with A.W. Bergman last Friday for the purchase of his machine and blacksmith shop located in the back of the creamery. Mr. Marquardt plans on carrying on his work there until he can build a larger place.

40 Years Ago, December 17, 1981

•It was a frightening experience said Roseann Malone after she realized the crash of breaking glass in her daughter’s bedroom was from a .22 bullet passing through both panes of glass in the window. The bullet was found on the floor a short distance behind where her daughter Rachel was standing. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was notified. The person wielding the rifle admitted to the incident and agreed to replace the broken panes. He was reported to be rabbit hunting in the area. The Malone home is located just beyond the east city limits of Verndale on County Road 104.

•Following the traditions of Christmas, the Girl Scouts came to the Senior Citizen Center last week on Wednesday to serenade those enjoying the nutritional dinner, singing a variety of Christmas carols. They also presented their elders with a box of homemade cookies they had made The girls sang enroute as they walked down the street. Their music was enjoyed by the shoppers.

•Seniors on the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale wrestling team are: Walter Wiese, Ron Lindner, Joe Eickhoff, Ray Bimberg, Leon Dahlvang, Ryan Paulson, Bob Bastian. Other team members lettering, with the exception of Mark Anderson, are: Lee Truax, Mark Anderson, Mike Masog, Duane Shaw, Harlan Schmidt, Kevin Veronen, Todd Kimber, Mike Wutzke and Emil Renczykowski.

15 Years Ago, December 14, 2006

•The new Lakewood Health System Hospital and Clinic in Staples is set to open on December 18. After more than two years of construction, the new facility is almost complete. The new facility will replace the old Lakewood Hospital and Clinic that have operated since 1977 on the north side of Staples. Before that, the Staples Municipal Hospital, built in 1936, served the community.

•Jackie Wiese, Verndale, has accepted a $1000 scholarship from Bemidji State University for the 2006-07 academic year. Wiese, a sophomore, is majoring in elementary education. The campus scholarship is a one-time award available to all high school graduates who rank in the top 15 percent of their class with an ACT composite score of 23 or higher.

•December Students of the Month were: Chris Blocker, nominated by Mrs. Schumacher; Kelsey Booth, nominated by Mr. Fiskum; Kohl Hallett, nominated by Mrs. Haraldson; and Seinna Sandberg, nominated by Mrs. Carr.



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