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Jeff Schafer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe covers his ears as a coal train roars through Wadena Monday morning. Regulations demand that trains sound their powerful horns as they approach city crossings. Schafer was running a railroad tie inserter at the Second Steet crossing in downtown Wadena.
One of the greatest sounds to a turkey hunter is a tom gobbling up a storm. It rates in the same class of thrill as a flock of bluebills screaming into the decoy set. That is the kind of thrill I was after a couple weeks back when I headed into the wood with an owl call. It had been blowing all day but around 7 the wind dropped and we suddenly had a quiet spring evening. Tom turkeys will not come to an owl call but if he hears the call he will let out with a gobble, giving away his location. The plan was perfect but the results that evening were strictly negative.
The Verndale School Board got the good news and the bad news in straight doses Monday night at its April meeting. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of St. Anthony Village, a school in a metro community with high property values that does not qualify for referendum aid, the Verndale district had gained $111,000 in state aid since last July because it does not have an operating levy. Verndale is one of only a handful of districts in the state to have this distinction.
Justin Sperling was promoted to the position of K-8 principal and district assessment coordinator Monday night at the April meeting of the District 818 School Board. Sperling, who has held the job of dean of students in Verndale during the 2009-10 school year, will step into his new position July 1. In other personnel moves, the board granted tenure to Kali Matthiesen (elementary education, 5-8 science), Sara Ross (elementary education K-6, birth-grade 3), Gena Sperling (elementary education K-6) and Shalom Ziegler (5-12 health/K-12 physical education, adaptive physical education). The boar
Girls' Golf Crosby-Ironton Invitational Kayla Krause (WDC), third, 85 Amanda Kramer (WDC) 108 Tennis Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 Singles 1 Mike Paavola (WDC) def. Brandon Roering (LP) 6-2, 7-5. 2 Jed Johnson (LP) def. Drew Larson (WDC) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 3 Roger Meade (LP) def. Joe Pate (WDC) 6-1, 6-1 4 Jeremy Walters (LP) def. Zach Norenberg (WDC) 6-1, 6-2 Doubles 1 Cody Warner-Zach Pesta (LP) def. Cory Pettow-Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 6-4 2 Jake Atkinson-Cory Graves (LP) def. Matt Green-Kevin Jensen (WDC) 6-0, 6-2 3 Tim Dewey-Nick Jaskin (LP) def.
Tennis Minnewaska Area 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Singles 1 Dylan Huffman (M) def. Mike Paavola (WDC) 7-5, 6-3 2 Tanner Hutch (M) def. Taylor Garcia (WDC) 6-4, 6-3 3 Jacob Braaten (M) def. Drew Larson (WDC) 6-4, 6-3 4 Jackson Moore (M) def. Joe Pate (WDC) 6-4, 6-2 Doubles 1 Tanner Blair-Lars Meisher (M) def. Cory Pettow-Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-1, 6-2 2 Zach Busek-Christian Waage (M) def. Zach Norenberg-Kevin Jensen (WDC) 7-5, 6-0 3 Tony Krueger-Kris Daniels (M) def.
Developing critical thinkers through educational excellence will be part of a new mission and vision statement for District 818 in Verndale. The District 818 school board recently held a retreat to come up with a new statement. The board is also planning to keep the statement which has been guiding the school. Verndale's administration will be working with the teaching staff to decide which plan will be used as the mission statement and which will be used as the vision statement. Verndale school officials hope that the process will be finalized by June 30.
M State -- Wadena is receiving a facelift. The north and west entrances are being enlarged and modernized with the addition of new doors and entries. "The doors were past their age," M State -- Wadena Dean of Academics and Student Services Monty Johnson said. "Basically it's the first stage of an ongoing project." J.P.
The Aitkin Gobblers made a clean sweep on the court Tuesday in handing the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 7-0 defeat. The Gobblers won six of the seven matches in straight sets. Wadena-Deer Creek's Corey Pettow defeated Jack Reeves 7-5 in the first set of their No. 4 singles match before losing 6-3,(7-3). Aitkin 7, WDC 0 Singles 1 Nick Sundholm (A) def. Mike Paavola (WDC) 6-2, 6-0 2 Alex Anderson (A) def. Taylor Garcia (WDC) 6-1, 6-2 3 Dan Klucas (A) def. Austin Korkowski (WDC) 6-4, 6-0 4 Jack Reeves (A) def. Cory Pettow (WDC) 5-7, 6-3 (7-3) Doubles 1 Kevin Hughs-Lyle Nyberg (A) def.
A big season in the weights continued for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday as Dane Hoffman and Logan Meyer grabbed top honors in the Perham Invitational. Hoffman had a 147-3.5 toss in the discus, giving him fifth place in the event on the Wolverines' Honors List, while Meyer won his first title in the shot put with a 42-8. Hoffman was right behind Meyer in the shot with a third place effort of 41-8.5. WDC's Neil Janson was sixth in the 800 with a 2:14.66. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Amos Schmidt took top honors in the 300 hurdles with a 42.73.