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The Verndale School Board may be changing the district's strategic plan after a lengthy debate on the subject at Monday's monthly meeting. New board member Jeremy Schwartz asked his fellow board members if the public should be involved in working up a new plan. Questions for the public would have to be developed. The board decided to hold a retreat to study the question Monday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m.
Wadena Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shirley Uselman will be blowing the whistle at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday, April 3, at Toby's Hill to start the annual Easter Egg Hunt. When the whistle blows an estimated 600 children from ages 1-10 will begin to pluck 13,000 plastic candy-filled eggs from three different locations near the hill, which is located in the Wadena Softball Recreation Complex and on the corner of Second Street Southwest and Olmsted Avenue. The kids will hunt by 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10 age groups.
The Verndale Pirates have a new head coach and a competitive Park Region Conference schedule to challenge them in 2010. Tim Seaton has turned the head reins over to Dan Johnson, a 1994 Verndale graduate, who has been back at his alma mater for five years. Johnson has his work cut out for him.
Matt Parker will be looking for plenty of pitching this spring as his Verndale Pirates look at seven doubleheaders over a eight-week season. The new head coach of the Pirates has 13 players out led by seniors Clay Cottrell and Colby Schmidt. Cottrell, a starter since his freshman year, will be moving out from behind the plate to share some of the pitching load.
A rebuilding year is on tap for the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams. "We have a very young group of kids," WDC head coach Patty Berg said. The early coaching strategy has been to let them find their own events. The second phase will be to help them develop their skills.
Craig Klawitter saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines accomplish much more than he expected last spring on the softball field. To repeat as Mid-State champs they might have to do it again. "Everyone in our conference should be better than last year," said Klawitter, who saw his Wolverines post a 12-0 mark in the Mid-State. Park Rapids and Perham finished second and third. The Wolverines won 17 of their 20 games in repeating as conference champs.
Boys' Basketball Class A State Tournament Sebeka 75, Mesabi East 51 Joey Cuperus 22 points, 7 rebounds Cody Pulju 21 points Next: Sebeka vs. Ellsworth, 2 p.m., Friday, Target Center-Minneapolis
Black smoke pours from inside the Minnesota Department of Transportation Truck Station on Industrial Drive in Wadena Thursday evening. Law enforcement and fire personnel were called out at approximately 6:15 p.m. The fire started in a plow truck, although the cause is not known, according to Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman. The truck had not been driven in approximately one week. The truck is almost a total loss and the building sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, Uselman said. The office has moderate water damage. The building did not appear to have been broken into, he said.
Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore Mitch Steffens won his first four matches this week in the National High School Coaches Association Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. Competing for Team Minnesota, Steffens pinned New Jersey's Ian Henry at the 5:03 mark in his tournament opener. He followed that victory up by pinning Colt Grace of Alabama at the 5:31 mark. Steffens decisioned Georgia's Zach Young 5-1 and Pennsylvania's James Elphick 4-2 to reach the semifinals where he lost a 9-0 decision to New Mexico's Eric Montoya. The loss dropped him into the consolation bracket.
T.J. Steward, Travis Petro, Dewayne Steward, Trent Petro and Justin Isaacson will be representing Wadena in the Class A portion of the Region IV Golden Gloves boxing tournament Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 at the Wadena Armory. T.J. fights at 152 while Dewayne boxes at 178. Travis and Trent Petro box at 165 and heavyweight respectively. Isaacson is a super heavyweight. Joining the Wadena team will be fighters from Brained, Fergus Falls, White Earth, Detroit Lakes, St.