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Verndale's Shelley Glenz will be able to throw a veteran crew at the competition this season as she tries to improve on a 19-10-1 season record. The head volleyball coach lost senior starter Krista Dailey to graduation but returns a strong group of underclassmen. Third-year co-captains Sarah Moenkedick and Jordyn Glenz will lead the Pirates. Moenkedick, a junior outside hitter, led the Pirates in serving percentage and digs last year. Glenz did not let her lack of height interfere with her work as a middle hitter.
Singles player Lindy Jones and the doubles duo of Sarah Moen and Erin Johnson earned sixth place honors Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2014 season at the eight-team Park Rapids Invitational. Playing at No. 4 singles, Jones lost her first match to to Park Rapids' Tori Hilmanowski 2-6, 4-6 before topping Fergus Falls' Alice Schindler 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Jones won her first match against Roseau's Kate Wensloff 7-5 but then lost 2-6, 5-10. Moen and Johnson played No. 1 doubles for the Wolverines.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have had both good and bad news early in their 2014 cross country season. The WDC harriers have seen their numbers more than double from the eight varsity runners they had in 2013. The rough news is that three-time state qualifier Emma Schmitz will not be back for her senior year. Schmitz suffered a leg injury in a skiing accident and is still recovering from it. She has opted to pursue post-secondary work this fall. As a junior, Schmitz placed 69th in Class A competition with a time of 16:03.6.
The Minnesota Twins have put their playoff hopes away for the fourth season in a row. Now they can play a spoiler role and get a jump on preparing for the 2015 season. Ron Gardenhire's team is not terrible but it has been inconsistent. Their longest winning streak of the 2014 season has been four games. To their credit, they have not gone into any huge tailspins. This is the mark of a team that is neither playoff caliber nor one that belongs the cellar. The Twins were six games under .500 at the All-Star break.
A Minnesota Trapper's Association education course will be held Aug. 19, 20 and 23 at Dewey's Taxidermy in Wadena. Class room sessions are set for 6 to 9 p.m. the first two nights. A field day session will be held Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1989 who has never purchased a trapping license and would like to, must take the education class. For more information or to register for the class contact Duane Schmitz at (218) 631-4988.
With the first day of school set for Sept. 2, a visitor to the Verndale School might be tempted to ask if contractors and school staff can complete their work in time. Hallways are filled with construction materials and equipment as remodeling work in the elementary and secondary portions goes forward. On the west side of the building which Verndale students have called their school, a brand-new 29,700 square foot addition is standing. The summer flurry of work is part of a $5.795 million project district voters approved in May, 2013.
Minnesota's waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept.
WDC fall sports bagan practicing Monday.
Don and Dee Schwartz are celebrating a special anniversary this year. The owners of the Wadena Roller Rink have been open for business for 60 years. Don and Dee's four kids, 12 grandkids and even some of their 14 great-grandkids have glided around their maple floor along with several generations of local skaters. Located on Highway 71 north of Wadena, the 44x120 foot wooden building was built in 1954 by Don and his brother, Bob. The rink floor is made of No.