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Tom Riitters was targeted for some good-natured kidding Monday night as he sat in on the June board meeting of District 818. Riitters officially joins the Verndale school system July 1 as their 5-12 principal. The former Little Falls teacher and administrator will take over a position held by Justin Sperling, who is going to an administrative job in Motley after serving District 818 as a coach, a teacher, a dean of students and a principal. Sperling was the K-12 principal at Verndale.
Jimmy White made the United States Air Force his life for 23 years and served his country all over the world. He is still serving it, but in a different way. White is the newly elected commander of VFW Post 3922 in Wadena.
22 has been recognized by the national and state organizations for their efforts following the June 17, 2010 tornado in Wadena. The national award, which is very rare according to former VFW commander Charles "Chuck" Venzke, is an Award of Merit for community service special project entry "Tornado Disaster Recovery Assistance." The Wadena post also received the 2011 Outstanding Community Service Project award from the Department of Minnesota.
Jammi Ladwig and Amelie Allard are detectives hoping to gain insights into a world four centuries in the past. The University of Minnesota archaeology graduate students are part of a team on site at Little Round Hill in the Old Wadena Park. Located on the Crow Wing River 15 miles east of the 21st Century Wadena, the park is on the site of the original community of Wadena. Ladwig and Allard will be taking kids of all ages and accompanying adults on two tours of the dig site Wednesday, June 29. The first tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the second one scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
The District 2155 school board approved the hiring of Kali Matthiesen to fill the second grade teaching position by a 4-2 vote Monday evening in their regular monthly meeting. The second grade position opened this spring when Linda Macklanburg announced her decision to retire. Joan Goeden, a part-time second grade teacher, was considered by many other elementary teachers to be a good fit for the job. Board members Pete Hayes and Dan Toedter voted against the hiring of Matthieson. Hayes pointed out that his opposition had nothing to do with Matthiesen's qualifications.
It appears that a new head boys' hockey coach for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will not be coming aboard until late summer. "We're still accepting applications," WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant said Tuesday. The WDC school board filled its last teaching vacancies Monday. The Wolverines have been without a head coach since Dan Savoie stepped down this spring.
Plymouth's Chad Bartels did the 5K Sunnybrook Stomp Run/Walk in a winning time of 17:30 Saturday morning under cool, gray skies. Michelle Frost of New York Mills ran a 24:11 for the winning time in the women's bracket. The field of 78 runners and walkers were joined by 13 competitors in the 1K Youth Race. Taking top honors in the race was Courtney Warren with a time of 1:09. Codey Wolff was right behind with a 1:10. Sunnybrook Stomp 5K Run/Walk Results 5K Overall Men Chad Bartels, Plymouth, Minn.
Thomas Riitters was chosen as Verndale's 5-12 principal by the Verndale School Board Wednesday evening and will officially start his new position July 1. Riitters, 38, has been Dean of Students at Little Falls for the last five years and has a principal's license. Prior to taking an administrative position at Little Falls, Riitters was a physical education instructor. "He is going to bring a lot of energy to the position," Verndale principal Paul Brownlow said. Riitters will be replacing Justin Sperling, who resigned in May to take an administrative position at Motley.
There are half a dozen major league teams having good Junes. There is nothing surprising about that. What is surprising, given their lousy start, is that the Minnesota Twins are one of them. How can a team with so many crippled players be having a good June after a terrible April and a pathetic May? When they beat defending American League champ Texas on Sunday to win their ninth game in 12 June outings, they matched their victories for the entire month of April. Chalk up a lot of the credit up to those hungry minor leaguers.
Rachel Craig and Logan Meyer earned Most Valuable Player awards for the 2011 Wadena-Deer Creek track and field season. The two athletes also received the Best Field awards. Other awards went to Sydney Greenwaldt and Jeff Webb (Most Improved), Shane Blessing and Will Eliason (Coaches Award), Charley Cantrell and Neil Janson (Best Track), Sarah Craig and Shane Motschenbacher (Gold Baton), Emma Schmitz and Zach Bernu (Extra Effort) and Sydney Greenwaldt, Sam Bernstetter and Brody Wangsness (Most Personal Bests).