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Mike Shrode has been around and he has abilities in all directions. Now he is charting a new course. Beginning this week he will be teaching a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) class from his classroom at WDC Elementary, a technology that has been around for 25 years but is brand-new to the WDC curriculum. CAD technology is only the beginning of what Shrode plans to teach. Shrode will tell you that a big part of any teacher's job is sales, with education as their product. The students and the administration have to buy into what the teacher is selling.
Verndale's Summer of Changes wrapped up Monday night with the District 818 board approving the hiring of three new faculty members. Joining the sea of new faces in Verndale this fall will be 7-9 social studies teacher John Holmes and teaching assistants Cameron Dick and Derek Edwards. District 818 will have 11 teachers, five teacher's assistants and a new 5-12 principal in place when the 2011-2012 school year begins Sept. 6. Holmes replaces Jed Carlson and brings a lot of technology and teaching experience to the job.
The experience level at Verndale has flipped this season as Shelley Glenz and her Pirates have a young lineup ready to play volleyball. "They're young but they've played a lot of JO ball together," Glenz said. The third-year head coach likes her team's quickness on the court. Graduation broke up the old guard but fortunately for Glenz she has returning letterwinners in senior Jordanna Schuttner and junior Teresa Moenkedick. Schluttner will fill a middle hitter spot while Moenkedick provides the team with some steady scoring punch as an outside hitter.
Wadena-Deer Creek No. 3 singles player Abby Wegscheid won her first match Wednesday and went on to claim fourth place honors in the Highway 10 Tournament. Wegscheid topped Stewartville's Nicole Stanley 6-2, 6-4 in their singles opener on the Wadena courts. A 6-3, 6-2 loss to New York Mills' Vicky Selander knocked Wegscheid out of the unbeaten ranks. Julie Jackson of Staples-Motley defeated Wegscheid 6-4, 6-1 in the third place match. WDC's Paige Hartman and Desiree Isola were both consolation champions in singles action. Hartman lost her No.
They took it to all 33 of their opponents last fall and now Sue Volkmann and her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are known from the Canadian border to Iowa. The team that lost their school in the June tornado that hit Wadena became the darlings of the state volleyball tournament by digging in against state foes Delano, Sauk Centre and Hutchinson and proving that a little adversity could not stop them. The Class AA state champions will have a good share of their talent back but with five invaluable seniors gone, the Wolverines are a team undergoing some transition. "We lost five outstanding sen
Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines join the Prairie North Conference this year with a roster that includes 10 seniors and all-conference running back Logan Meyer. Meyer returns to a backfield that includes junior quarterback Evan VanErp, who also saw varsity playing time last season. Other returning players include seniors Jake Ludovissie, Ben Lanz, Jacob and Jacob Salge and junior Jake Krause. Ludovissie will see action at linebacker on defense and on the line on offense. Lanz is a good bet for a backfield job.
Wadena businessman and historian Bob Zosel will be a hard man to forget and impossible to replace. Zosel died at the age of 87 on Sunday, Aug. 21. Zosel ran a hardware business on the Jefferson Street for 46 years until his retirement in 1992. He was an active member of the community and his interest in history ran deep. At an age when most men put down their work, Zosel bought a personal computer and used it to write volumes about the early days of Wadena and Wadena County. One of Zosel's many friends and admirers was Mike Gibson. "He was just such an exceptional person," Gibson said.
There were two schools of thought regarding Miranda Nelson at Monday night's District 2155 School Board meeting. Nelson resigned as a secondary math instructor at WDC last month after landing a full-time position in the Fergus Falls district. After receiving Nelson's resignation, the WDC administration contacted math instructor Holly Becker, who had been granted a three-month extension on her maternity leave, and she agreed to resume her job when the school year begins Sept.
When they write a wrap-up about the 2011 Minnesota Twins in seven weeks there will be a lot of fans who will be writing off the season to injury problems. No one can deny the injury bug has chomped down hard on the Twins this season. The Twins started the season with broken legs, concussions, bad knees, and saw it get worse. After a bad April and a terrible May they managed to put together a decent June before losing the magic after the All-Star game in July. They were four games back at one point. August has been a bust and the boys who cover the Twins day-to-day have stuck a fork in them.
Vicki Smith and her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are not used to the luxury of a three-week training schedule before going into action. Whoever is ready to play varsity tennis will be on the court Saturday when the Wolverines travel to Park Rapids - the first of four matches in August. Smith is taking over the varsity reins from Peter Tranvik this season. She is WDC's fourth head tennis coach in four years but her credentials and knowledge are first-rate. For the past eight years Smith has been the junior varsity coach. Junior Macy Hartman will be WDC's No.