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The Verndale School Board fielded a pitch from several of their teachers, learned about an efficiency program and reviewed a recent visit from ARTI Solutions at Monday's February meeting. As divergent as the three areas appeared they all came down one thing - a better educational experience in Verndale. "We never sit stagnant," Verndale Superintendent Paul Brownlow said. Math instructors Sheri Breuer and Chris Bounds and third grade teacher Rachel Johnson were on hand to ask the District 818 school board's help in filling a need by some Verndale students for more math help. Minnesota Depar
Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers Mitch Steffens and Tony Reurink joined Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale standouts Dillon Card and Colin Turchin as Section 6A reps to the Class A state wrestling tournament last Saturday at West Central Area High School. Steffens took runner-up honors at 113 losing a tough 6-4 decision to New York Mills' Shane Novak. Both wrestlers have been ranked in the state by the Guillotine since before the season began. Novak was Class A's No. 1-ranked 113-pounder as of Feb. 24. Steffens was the state's No.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers held the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to 16 points in the second half Tuesday night in rallying for a 49-46 Mid-State Conference victory on the Wadena court. The Wolverines controlled the first half 30-28 but shot just 33 percent from the field, relying heavily on three-pointers from Evan and Andrew Van Erp to stay in the game. Both VanErps dropped in four of their five treys in the first half. Evan finished with 24 points while Andrew scored 17. Only for WDC players contributed to the scoring.
Three Tigers scored in double figures Tuesday as Nevis topped Verndale 60-54 on the Nevis court. Taylor Chase gunned in 20 points for the Tigers while Jacob Keranen tacked up 13 and Gavin Becker scored 10. The Tigers were sharp from three-point range connecting on seven of 14 attempts for an excellent 50 percent clip. Dallas Ehrmantraut claimed scoring honors for Verndale with 18 points. Aaron Denny chipped in with 10. The Pirates were five of 17 from three-point land for a 29 percent average. The victory gave Nevis a 12-13 record. The Pirates ended their regular season with a 7-17 record.
Mattie Lueck pumped in 34 points Friday night as the Pequot Lakes Patriots whipped Wadena-Deer Creek 80-69 in a Mid-State Conference season finale. The Patriots grabbed a 36-20 halftime lead over the Wolverines who played Park Rapids Thursday night in Wadena. Both teams scored freely in the second half with the Wolverines holding a 49-44 edge. Emily Miron celebrated her conquest of the 1,000-point career scoring mark Thursday with a 37-point effort against the Patriots.
A mighty roar went up in the Verndale gym Monday night for Teresa Moenkedick, as the junior guard topped a milestone in leading her Pirates to a 71-43 Section 5A playoff victory over Eagle Valley. Moenkedick reached 1,000 career point mark in the second half and went on to tally 29 game points to propel the eighth-ranked Pirates into a Thursday game at No. 1 Upsala.
Third-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek will host sixth-ranked Frazee Thursday in the Southwest Sub-Section 8AA girls'basketball tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will face either Pelican Rapids or Breckenridge Saturday on the Concordia College court in Moorhead at 8 p.m. Semifinal action is set at 8 p.n. March 6 on the Concordia court. The section finals will be held at 7 p.m. March 9 at Concordia.
Nancy Raimler and Judy Clare of Central Minnesota Education Research and Development Council (CM-ERDC) were on hand Tuesday night to put a face on the new business management team that will assist District 2155 in the future. The board approved hiring the St. Cloud-based operation to take over most of the duties performed by retiring business manager Jerry Anderson. Raimler and Clare will be joined by Tracey Fiereck. CM-ERDC is a joint powers organization of 75 school districts in central Minnesota.
There could be 630 Apple iPads in the future for Wadena-Deer Creek students and faculty. Technology Coordinator Aaron Johnson made his technology capital requests for the 2012-2013 school year and it included an iPad option with a total price tag of $350,000. Apple iPads would be cutting edge technology for use in the new secondary school this fall. Johnson noted that there is $288,274 of technology funds available but $62,000 in capital funding would have to be found for the iPad option. The iPad units would travel with the instructors and students.
The District 2155 school board approved a new maintenance building construction option Tuesday night which will take free up land for the new secondary school's storm shelter project. The existing 32x50 maintenance building, which is located near the tennis courts on the northwest side of the new secondary school, must be gone by April 15, according to Krause-Anderson project coordinator Chad Rettke. The new maintenance building will be constructed north of the tennis courts.