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A damp weekend brought some very wel­comed mois­ture when al­most an inch of rain fell in the Dalum area. It came at a good time as crops were in need of an­other wa­ter­ing and lawns were be­gin­ning to lose the lush green colour which we have been en­joy­ing lately. It will not be long be­fore the coun­try side dis­plays its sum­mer ar­ray of colour and there is al­ready a hint of yel­low in some canola fields, white blos­soms are be­gin­ning to ap­pear in the pea crops and where flax has been planted there will soon be a lux­u­ri­ous blue added to the Mother Na­ture’s pal­ette. Al­falfa fields are in bloom and it ap­pears that there will be a good hay crop this year.

Seven mem­bers of the Friend­ship Club met at the home of Edith Sun­t­jens last Thurs­day evening where trea­surer, Carol Oster­gard, re­ported that the Spring Tea was both a so­cial and a fi­nan­cial suc­cess. The rev­enue allows the ladies to con­tinue their char­i­ta­ble work and at the meet­ing it was de­cided to do­nate a por­tion of the pro­ceeds to the Drumheller food bank. Well done, ladies.

Among the at­trac­tions of the “Scan­di­na­vian Trail” in west-central Al­berta are the his­toric vil­lage of Mark­erville; Stephans­son House, the home of the Ice­landic farmer – poet; the Dick­son Store Museum; and the Dan­ish Canadian Na­tional Museum which is open from May to Septem­ber. Lo­cated near the Dick­son dam, just south of the vil­lage of Dick­son, it of­fers a glimpse into the his­tory of Dan­ish peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in Canada as well as fea­tur­ing sev­eral spe­cial events dur­ing the sum­mer months. There are three spe­cial events sched­uled in the month of July be­gin­ning with Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions on Fri­day when complimentary cof­fee and cake will be served. On July 3 there will be a Dan­ish church ser­vice and old fash­ioned pic­nic and on July 10 the an­nual Aelbeskiver and Jam Day is ex­pected to bring out plenty of visi­tors look­ing for that spe­cial treat. Be­cause it is a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion with Di­rec­tors rep­re­sent­ing all parts of Canada the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing is hosted by var­i­ous cities and the 2016 meet­ing took place in Mon­treal last month. Next year will be the twenty fifth an­niver­sary of the museum and the AGM will take place in Red Deer with more spe­cial events to mark the an­niver­sary.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to three ladies with Dalum roots. Lois Rosso (n. Schultz), Clara Poulsen and Becky Dahl will all mark an­other year, best wishes to all.

The re­cent rain was es­corted into our area by strong winds and even though these prairie howlers some­times cause dam­age to build­ings and crops they do not have the same ef­fect on the land or the peo­ple as was the case in pi­o­neer days of the thir­ties and even into the six­ties. Modern farm­ing prac­tises which in­clude min­i­mal tillage, more ef­fec­tive use of her­bi­cides and con­tin­u­ous crop­ping mean that the dust storms of days gone by are al­most un­heard of. In the early days when sum­mer fal­low was plowed ag­gres­sively as the main form of weed con­trol, drafty win­dows and doors of unin­su­lated houses an­nounced the ar­rival of dust which found its way into cup­boards, walls and clothes with a whistling, whin­ing per­sis­tence which was more than some pioneers could stand and re­sulted in what was known as “prairie mad­ness”. Alone on a homestead with nei­ther a tree nor a neigh­bor for miles it was a dis­heart­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and one which of­ten ended with an aban­doned farm and bro­ken dreams. A good sense of hu­mour helped many to get through the tough times and one cheer­ful old farmer claimed that as the wind died down after such a storm he walked out into the yard and saw a go­pher, thirty feet in the air, still dig­ging.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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