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Bette Johnson has joined the Wadena Pioneer-Journal full time as an advertising representative. Johnson, who started part-time with the Pioneer Journal in June following the tornado, has extensive sales experience. She was a sales representative for KWAD/KNSP and Superstation K106 from 1998-2002. She then worked for Mortgages On Main for seven years. She has also worked as a broker for American Mortgage and Equity Consultants. Bette will have been married to PJ sales rep Randy Johnson for 40 years in November. The couple lives in rural Bertha.
Wednesday was a big day in the history of Wadena-Deer Creek School District as board chairwoman Ann Pate signed a settlement resolution with Riverport Insurance Services in the office of Minnesota state attorney general Lori Swanson. The $40,861,324 settlement has been four months in the making after a June 17 tornado left the Wadena-Deer Creek Senior and Junior High in ruins.
Wadena-Deer Creek eighth-grader Emma Schmitz continued to shine Saturday as she placed 90th in the Swain Invitational at Enger Park in Duluth. Schmitz, who did not start the season running against varsity competition but quickly transitioned, placed 90th with a 17:31 time.
Teresa Moenkedick had 18 digs and five kills as the Verndale Pirates claimed a tough 3-1 victory Tuesday night over New York Mills. Shelley Glenz saw her Verndale volleyers dominate the first game 25-4. The Eagles turned the tables in Game 2 to gain a 26-24 victory. After the Pirates won a 25-15 decision in Game 3, Eagles gave them another tussle before losing a 28-26 squeaker. Megan Richter backed up Moenkedick with four kills and also added six blocks and seven digs. Jordanna Schluttner and Ashley Richter combined for 19 digs and four aces serves.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines captured three of four singles matches and added a doubles win Tuesday to edge West Central Area 4-3 for their third victory of the season. Macy Hartman, Haley Anderson and Paige Hartman notched singles victories for the Wolverines. Macy Hartman tacked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nicole Anderson at No. 1 while Anderson topped Jasmyn Smith 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 and Paige Hartman defeated Sarah Frisch 6-2, 6-1 in the No, 3 match. WDC's No.
Penalties and turnovers kept nipping the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in the haunches Friday night as they fell to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 27-6. The Wolverines entertained one of the Heart O' Lakes Conference's best teams with the services of starters like Josh Youngbauer, Nolan Johnson, Taylor Bienusa and Isaiah Toedter.
When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Randy Moss in 1998 it was a daring but risky move. Now their season suddenly depends on how well their former wideout can play at the age of 33. Moss wore the nickname of "The Freak" when he came out of Marshall because of his uncanny pass-catching abilities. He defied the squeaky clean image that Minnesotans want their football heroes to have. Draft analysts at the time were wondering if then-head coach Dennis Green had snapped his cap. Minnesota fans loved Moss in his rookie season and for seven years the Vikings put up with his out-spoken manner.
The cards continued to run cold for Mike Mahlen and his Verndale Pirates Friday night as they lost a 10-6 decision to Eagle Valley in their Homecoming game. The Pirates were held to just one touchdown by the Rebels as their offensive problems continued to mount with the loss of Jerdan Stinar. The tight end-defensive end sprained his ankle in the first half. Already hamstrung by the loss of some key backfield people, the Pirates picked up only 14 yards through the air and were out-gained by the Rebels 226-168. The loss was the third straight for Verndale.
Wednesday was a big day in the history of Wadena-Deer Creek School District as board chairwoman Ann Pate signed a settlement resolution with Riverport Insurance Services in the office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. The $40,861,324 settlement has been four months in the making after a June 17 tornado left the Wadena-Deer Creek Senior and Junior High in ruins. Engineering reports indicated the 45-year-old school was more than 90 percent destroyed by the EF-4 tornado.
Volleyball Verndale 25-24-25-28, New York Mills 4-26-15-26 Teresa Moenkedick 18 digs, 5 kills Megan Richter 1 ace serve, 7 digs, 6 blocks, 4 kills Kaitlyn Richter 2 ace serves, 5 digs, 1 kill, 12 set assists Miranda Dougherty 3 digs Ashley Richter 2 ace serves, 9 digs, 4 kills Jordanna Schluttner 2 ace serves, 10 digs, 2 blocks, 1 kill Elizabeth Johnson 4 ace serves, 5 digs, 2 kills, 11 set assists Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-25 Bertha-Hewitt 11-14-15 Courtney Volkmann 3 kills, 8 digs, 10 ace serves, 26 set assis