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September 19, 2017

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TUESDAY, September 19, 2017 Jaxon Krier Wyndmere 3rd Grader is Week's Weather Aer a warm start to the week, temperatures take drastic downturn Student Art Athlete of the Week 8 Classifieds 10 Comics 11 Coming Events 5 Editorial 4 Farm Safety 9 Grape Stomp 2 News from Past 2 School Calendar 6 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 Inside Today High Low Outlook Sept. 19 81 59 Partly sunny Sept. 20 84 51 T-storms Sept. 21 71 44 Windy Sept. 22 69 45 Showers Sept. 23 70 43 Partly sunny Sept. 24 64 42 Cloudy Sept. 25 72 35 Cloudy Wyatt Harles FAIRMOUNT FAMOUS F 'PLEASE ELLEN, WON'T YOU BE FAIRMOUNT'S HOMECOMING QUEEN' VOL. 130, NO. 37 Published for the Red River Valley and Todd and Rae Hosford of Wyndmere $1.00 « Page 7 More than a football game PHOTOS BY LARRY HOLMSTROM | NEWS-MONITOR The N.D. state championship baseball of 1957 hailed from Wyndmere. The team held a 60-year reunion and were honored at halftime Friday, Sept. 8 during the football game between Wyndmere-Lidgerwood and Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page. The Warbird players took a knee to shake the hands of the six members from that 1957 championship team able to attend the reunion, including Jim Hammond and Den- nis Freese. CHAMPIONS of 1957 BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Baseball shaped the life of Jerry Olerud of McLeod. Well beyond being a sim- ple pastime, baseball has given Olerud a claim to fame that few can boast as he was part of the Wynd- mere High School baseball team that claimed the 1957 state championship. Olerud was 16 years old when the Warriors went un - defeated that baseball sea- son, including three games at the state tournament when these scrappy under- dogs beat favored teams like West Fargo and LaMoure. Now 76, Olerud said base- ball is such an integral part of his life that he can't re- member a time he wasn't playing or watching some facet of the game. "I love the game of base- ball," he said simply. It has taken 60 years for this winning team to hold a reunion, especially poignant since four members of the starting nine are deceased. To fully commemorate this historic reunion, the W y n d m e r e - L i d g e r w o o d Warbirds honored the six returning players with a special halftime celebration Friday, Sept. 8 during their home football game against Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page. That halftime celebration was a special moment, Oler - ud said, who mentioned to Wyndmere Athletic Director Scott Strenge this team was having a 60-year reunion that same weekend. Strenge immediately got to work to ensure this reunion was properly commemorated. "I didn't expect it. We didn't even think about be - ing honored by the school. We just wanted to have a re- union to put the ball players back together," Olerud said, since it has been 60 years since he saw many of his teammates. Players who attended the anniversary were first base - man Jim Hammond, second baseman Dennis Freese, Olerud, shortstop, catcher Art Hagen, left fielder Clay- ton Johnson and Colin Bai- ley, a bench player. Coach Paul Maltrud was also there. Other players from the championship 1957 team were third baseman Den - nis Heitkamp (deceased), pitcher Roger Mathieson (deceased), center fielder Jim Weber (deceased), right fielder Balzer Freeson (de - ceased), and bench players Al Breuer, Gary Dahl and David Johnson. 1957 team No matter how many baseball games Olerud has played, he said that 1957 team was special. Every starter hit over .300, and From left: 1957 state champs Colin Bailey, Clayton Johnson, Jerry Olerud, Dennis Freese, Jim Hammond and Art Hagen posing in front of the sign showing Wyndmere High School's champions. SEE BASEBALL, PAGE 2 Point of View WANTED: Homecoming Queen for Fairmount BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Best friends. Frenemies. Quirky. All apt descriptions for Fairmount High School's entire senior class. That's right, the entire senior class. Known for hav - ing small graduating classes, this year's senior class is even smaller than normal. In fact, it is half the size of the previous record holding smallest class to graduate from Fair - mount High School. There are three seniors. All boys. Their dilemma this year is there is no girl to be Homecoming Queen. Their solution was to ask famed co - median and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to come to Fairmount and accept the crown. High school teacher, New tenant for Penney's latest success Editor's Note: It has been a year since we asked residents what their communities need. This month's Point of View revisits this story to see how responsive the communities have been to fulfill resident wish lists. BY FRANK STANKO franks@wahpetondailynews.com It's official. Golden Rule, a cloth- ing store that caters to women, men and children that has two North Da- kota locations, will soon open occupy three buildings of the former JC Pen- ney in Wahpeton. Bruce Weeda, president of the Wah- peton Community Development Cor- poration, confirmed a lease agree- ment with Golden Rule was completed Kurtz Dulance Gebro SEE HOMECOMING, PAGE 3 SEE POINT OF VIEW, PAGE 12

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