The unsettled weather of recent days has provided varying amounts of rain and even though there have been some scary looking clouds and strong winds we have not had any reports of hail in the Dalum area. The grass cutting bee which was scheduled for June 28 was almost rained out but by evening the weather had cleared and another good crew of volunteers had Dalum corner looking nice for the Canada Day weekend.
Drumheller was busy place on Canada Day with big crowds enjoying the parade and other events which have become local traditions. Like Christmas, it is a time when many former residents return home for the festivities and included on the list of former Dalum folks paying a visit were Rhonda (n. Holmen) and Frank Espegren of Sacramento, California, who visited the Holmen family and Sharon (n. Toft) and Dale Halverson of Blind Bay, B.C., who spent the weekend enjoying a Toft family reunion. We also had visitors over the Canada Day weekend when Maryann’s brother, Alan Raketti along with his wife Charlotte of Duncan, B.C., and one of their granddaughters joined us for a few days. Another recent B.C. visitor to Dalum, although not during the Canada Day weekend, was Linden Holmen of Victoria who paid quick visits to our home, to Rita and Olav Pallesen, and to Myrtle Holmen.
Gary Toft reports that in addition to 28 family members who spent some time visiting in the coulee at the farm they were also joined by one of the agricultural trainees who had worked on the Toft farm in 1981. Per Jensen is on a Canadian summer vacation with his wife and two sons and the boys were quite impressed by the wide open spaces of the prairies. Gary also had an opportunity to visit with Mogens Lassen who was one of the early I.A.E.A. trainees to come to Dalum when he worked for Tony Toft in 1965. Mogens was one of the members of a Danish tour group which Gunnar Mortensen recently hosted. While in our area, they visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller before stopping at our new fire hall, the church and cemetery, and Alanna farms.
Another former trainee visiting Dalum was Rasmus Ravn who had worked on the Poulsen farm in 2009 and 2011. Rasmus and his girlfriend, Anna, spent part of their two weeks visiting Harvey, Della and the family as well as vacationing in the mountains for a week where the couple became engaged to be married.
Julie Eskeland reports that following last years’ successful response to evening sessions for Vacation Bible School the 2016 event will also take place in evenings. Pastor Dan will be teaching and entertaining the children from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on July 12, 13 and 14 and parents are asked to notify Pastor Dan at 8237010 or Julie at 823-5283 if a child is attending so that they are sure to have enough supplies and snacks on hand.
Birthday greetings this week go out to Harold Lund who shares a birthday with Canada although Canada had a head start of 65 years, to Svend Dahl who was born on the United States Independence Day, and a special birthday greeting goes to Svend Andersen who will be 97 on Friday. Best wishes also go out to Bonnie Pedersen and to Jeff Rasmussen who is still Maryann’s little boy. A piece of internet wisdom which was not news to Maryann states that husbands are the best people to share secrets with. They never tell anyone because they aren’t even listening.
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