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A referendum aimed at building a $2.5 million addition to the Verndale school could be in the future after the District 818 board voted to proceed Monday with preliminary plans suggested by representatives of R.A. Morton Construction. The addition would include a performance gymnasium and classrooms. Verndale presently has two gyms on opposite ends of the school building. Both are dated. The main gym was constructed in 1965.
Verndale Cook Manager Barb Brown and her kitchen staff will be taking steps to please more appetites after a session with the District 818 board Monday evening. Verndale's cooks have been experimenting with two entrées from time to time during the 2011-2012 school year.
Logan Meyer picked up with the shot where he left off last spring Tuesday in the Little Amik I Indoor at Bemidji State. The senior standout recorded a winning toss of 51-6.5 in the season-opening event. Meyer took top honors in the Section 6A meet at Moorhead State last year and followed that performance up with a sixth-place medal finish in the Class A state meet. "He was in the 50-foot range for five of the six puts so that shows consistency," Wadena-Deer Creek Track and Field Coach Terry Olson said. The Wolverines saw senior Neil Janson run Top 10 times in both the 800 and 400.
Dan Johnson has his work cut out for him as his Verndale Pirates gear up for their 2012 fastpitch softball season. The Pirates will be short of experience with just two seniors in the lineup. Jordy Schlutter and Tori Kern are the team's upperclassmen. Schlutter will play first base while Kern returns to the outfield. Juniors back include shortstop-pitcher Teresa Moenkedick and outfielder Jackie Swenson.
It was slam, bang, boom Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2012 softball season with a 21-3, five-inning rout of the Bertha-Hewitt Bears. The Wolverines ended the game in five innings with an 11-run explosion in the fifth. Avery Jackson, Morgan Lugert and Sam Killian all collected two hits as the Wolverines out-hit the Bears 13-3 on the Bertha softball field. Jackson doubled, scored twice and drove in three ribbies. Lugert crossed home plate three times and drove in two runs.
Baseball lovers really go for statistics because they can say so much about a ballgame. But the secret to the Minnesota Twins this season is not to be found in something as innocuous as a boxscore. After last year's 63-99 season a good share of their fans had doubts about the Twins. What happened? The Twins had won the American League Central Division title in 2010 and had drawn 3.2 million fans to their new ballpark.
With just one of his top six golfers back from last year Wadena-Deer Creek Boys' Golf Coach Kevin Ross will have plenty of decisions to make before the 2012 season opens. Hard-working sophomore Jacob Goeden is the only returning starter from last year's squad. Five of WDC's golfers are first-timers. "I think there will be a lot of rotation in the Top 6 and the junior varsity," Ross said. Jacob Salge is the team's only senior. Tony Reurink, Mitchell Swanson and Creedan Dunrud are juniors. Sophomores on the squad along with Goeden are Wesley Janson, Cole Koehnicke and Jess Perala.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' golf team will be mixing youth with experience this season as they shoot for a strong 2012 season. Anchoring the team will be returning letterwinners Amanda Kramer, Breanna Speed, Paige Hartman, Ella Harrison and Hope Theisen. Past letterwinner Heather Theisen is also back with the team. Kramer and Speed are the only two seniors on the team. Hartman, Harrison and the Theisen sisters are sophomores. Hartman was the most successful golfer on Missy Tabery's team last year as she capped her season by qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School District has dealt with the effects of an EF4 tornado, now they have to prepare for a flood. The "flood" will come in the form of 635 Apple iPad 2 tablet computers for use this fall by WDC faculty and students in the new secondary school. The plan is for faculty members to receive their iPads within the next couple weeks so they can become acquainted with them. Students will be issued iPads and iPad cases when the school year begins. The advantage is that iPads can be updated with new curriculum.
A Wisconsin farm boy who has kept his finger on the pulse of U.S. agriculture for the last half century paid a visit to Wadena Tuesday. Nationally-syndicated television and radio broadcaster Orion Samuelson was the guest speaker at Minnesota Valley Irrigation's Open House at the Elks Lodge. Samuelson's familiar voice resonated in the packed confines of the Elks Lodge as he shared his insights and his humor. Samuelson created the nationally-syndicated television program "U.S. Farm Report" and hosted it for 30 years making him a broadcasting icon.