Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Fine weather helped to make Viking Days at the Dan­ish Cana­dian Na­tional Mu­seum at Dick­son a suc­cess last week­end with large crowds at­tend­ing the event on both Satur­day and Sun­day. Many of those at­tend­ing have con­nec­tions to Dan­ish com­mu­ni­ties such as Dalum but the in­ter­est in Al­berta tourist at­trac­tions which can be found a bit off the beaten path is far more wide rang­ing than just that and guests in­cluded fam­i­lies of “new” Cana­di­ans ex­plor­ing their new coun­try. Some tourists stopped in and on Satur­day I met a Dan­ish cou­ple va­ca­tion­ing in Canada who had been to Drumheller and Dalum on Fri- day. The Viking theme in­cluded bat­tle re-en­act­ments, a tent vil­lage with dis­plays of Viking home life where the per­form­ers stayed overnight and a “Feast with the Vik­ings” which in­cluded a hearty tra­di­tional meal. With the mu­seum sea­son com­ing to an end on Septem­ber 5, suc­cess­ful events such as Viking Days give prom­ise for an­other good year in 2017.

Leaves are be­gin­ning to change color, har­vest has be­gun and, as is our lot in “The Great White North”, it seems that sum­mer is near­ing its end far too soon. The final com­mu­nity grass cut­ting work bee of the sea­son is planned for Thurs­day, Au­gust 25, and it is un­der­stood that many of the reg­u­lar vol­un­teers will be busy in the fields so oth­ers who are avail­able are en­cour­aged to come out to cut and trim as it suits your sched­ule. Most will ar­rive after sup­per but if morn­ing or af­ter­noon fits your sched­ule bet­ter, feel free to help at your con­ve­nience.

Don and Carol Oster­gard have re­turned from a camp­ing hol­i­day that took them to var­i­ous places in west cen­tral Al­berta – par­tic­u­larly Jasper Na­tional Park. Their va­ca­tion con­cluded with the an­nual Oster­gard-Tymko cam­pout at Gull Lake where all of Axel and Paula Oster­gard’s descen­dants were able to en­joy a most pleas­ant week­end.

A youth group of five boys with two lead­ers made use of the park when they tented there last Fri­day. On Satur­day they were joined by for­mer Dalum boy, Kevin Craig, who su­per­vised fire arms train­ing and marks­man­ship at one of his boy­hood haunts.

A group of Swedish tourists made a stop at Dalum last Fri­day as they be­gan a Cana­dian va­ca­tion. Their agenda called for a trip to the moun­tains on the week­end but the tour leader felt that they should see the prairies first so that in­cluded a visit to the church at Dalum with a stop at the Olav and Rita Palle­sen farm be­fore ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sup­per at the Last Chance Sa- loon in Wayne. Their tour will take them all the way to Alaska, then down to Van­cou­ver Is­land and across to Van­cou­ver be­fore head­ing home to Swe­den where most of the group will re­turn to daily life as dairy farm­ers and forestry work­ers.

Edith and Rick Sun­t­jens are home from a one week va­ca­tion and fam­ily re­u­nion at the home of a rel­a­tive in Con­necti­cut. Edith is from the Bos­ton area where she vis­ited with her sis­ter who lives at Low­ell which is about a half hour drive from the city and less than forty miles from Sal­is­bury Beach, a beau­ti­ful, white sand beach on the At­lantic coast where they en­joyed a pleas­ant day. Be­sides two sis­ters and a brother, there were about thirty ex­tended mem­bers of her fam­ily at the re­u­nion with some com­ing from their homes in Ne­vada and Florida.

The Dalum and Hus­sar Lutheran Par­ish would like to ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to the com­mu­nity to join in the cel­e­bra­tion of Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son’s 25th an­niver­sary of his or­di­na­tion. There will be a joint Hus­sar/Dalum church ser­vice at Dalum at 11:15 a.m. on Septem­ber 25 with pot-luck lunch and a pro­gram to fol­low at 12:30. All are welcome to at­tend any part or all of the cel­e­bra­tion. To com­mem­o­rate this mile­stone the con­gre­ga­tions would like to present Pas­tor Dan with funds to­ward the pur­chase of a new gui­tar to re­place the one that broke ear­lier this year. Any­one wish­ing to con­trib­ute to this fund may con­tact Julie Eske­land at 823-5283.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to our son, Ja­son, to my brother, Dou­glas, to Amanda Peter­son (n. Vogstad), and to a lady who many will re­mem­ber from the fam­ily of Pas­tor Gor­don Miller and his wife Herdis; their daugh­ter, Rhonda, who is now a res­i­dent of Hawaii. The Millers served in Dalum from 1955 to 1961 and both Gor­don and Herdis kept in touch with our com­mu­nity un­til their pass­ing.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@ magtech.ca.

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