Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 - Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Bob Nel­son is home again af­ter a week at a Cal­gary hos­pi­tal where he re­ceived the ben­e­fits of some rather im­por­tant heart surgery. With win­ter be­ing a good time to re­lax and re­cover he should be ready to get back to his many projects when spring weather ar­rives. Take it easy and en­joy the rest, Bob.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mar­i­ann Learke who be­came a grand­mother last week; the new Mom and Dad are her el­dest daugh­ter, Michelle and hus­band Jonas who live at Copen­hagen. The lit­tle girl was born on Fe­bru­ary 8 and “Bed­ste­mor Mar­i­ann” was headed to Den­mark on Mon­day to visit the happy fam­ily. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all.

A re­minder for those plan­ning to at­tend the reg­u­lar church ser­vice next Sun­day that the pot luck lunch which is usu­ally held on the third Sun­day of the month has been can­celled for Fe­bru­ary but will re­sume in March.

Karen McMil­lan re­ports that she was at Elk Is­land Pro­vin­cial Park last week­end where she par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual Cana­dian Berke­beiner cross coun­try ski race. The event is based on a Nor­we­gian his­tor­i­cal event go­ing back to the year 1205 when the in­fant King of Nor­way was saved from as­sas­si­na­tion by be­ing trans­ported by two fast skiers to a place of safety, over a dis­tance of about 55 kilo­me­ters. The Elk Is­land race is part of a two day win­ter fes­ti­val and is one of three held each year, the other two take place in Nor­way and in the United States. Par­tic­i­pants may com­pete in their choice of sev­eral events in­clud­ing a “Half Berkie” or the “Full Berkie” which fol­lows a full 55 kilo­me­ter course and re­quires the skier to wear a twelve pound back­pack which rep­re­sents the weight of the in­fant King. Karen, who is al­ways up for an ath­letic chal­lenge, suc­cess­fully com­pleted the full 55 km route. Well done, Karen.

On my birth­day list this week there are sev­eral peo­ple well known to Dalum folks and they in­clude Gord Walker, Olav Palle­sen, Sharon Mul­der (n. LaBerge), Diane Fill­man (n. Ax­elsen), Jan­ice Hawk­ings (n. Hol­men), Leonard Chris­tensen, Raiden Ki­pling, and Bob Turner. Best wishes to all. Driv­ing while dis­tracted by cell phone use is a big prob­lem these days but a re­cent piece of in­ter­net wis­dom looks at an­other ef­fect of the tech­nol­ogy. It states “We can only blame our­selves for all the crime and vi­o­lence we have to­day, we re­moved all the phone booths and now Su­per­man has nowhere to change.”

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

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