Dalum Dis­patch

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Spring has given way to sum­mer with a bal­ance of mois­ture and heat which is pro­duc­ing lush fields of hay and grain. Life in all forms re­peats its an­nual cy­cle with the emer­gence of in­sects in per­fect tim­ing with the need for song­birds to feed their young while duck­lings and goslings rapidly change their ap­parel from coats of yel­low down to the feath­ers which will give them flight when au­tumn’s call urges them south­ward ahead of win­ter’s storms.

Re­pair of the pic­nic ta­bles at the Cen­ten­nial Park has been com­pleted with new lum­ber re­plac­ing the ag­ing seats and tops on the ta­bles which Mike Oster­gard had built a good many years ago. The next piece of work to be done is re­place­ment of some of the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing struc­tural com­po­nents in the pic­nic shel­ter prior to paint­ing and then the in­stal­la­tion of a metal roof. Some of that work will be con­tracted but there will be a need for some vol­un­teer la­bor.

Gary and Val Toft have more stamps in their pass­ports af­ter re­turn­ing from a 12 day va­ca­tion to Rus­sia where they were among 300 pas­sen­gers on a “Vik­ing Cruises” tour which took them from Moscow to St. Petersburg in a re­gion of that coun­try which bears many sim­i­lar­i­ties to north­ern Al­berta. Two days were spent tour­ing Moscow where they were able to see the iconic onion domes of the Krem­lin and other ar­chi­tec­tural sites be­fore head­ing north over lakes and rivers to the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has at times been known as Pet­ro­grad and Len­ingrad. It is the sec­ond largest Rus­sian city, af­ter Moscow, with five mil­lion res­i­dents and is con­sid­ered to be the cul­tural cap­i­tal of the coun­try. While in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic sanc­tions have had an im­pact on for­eign trade, the tour guides stated that an­other ef­fect has been a more vi­brant do­mes­tic econ­omy. While con­sumer prod­ucts seemed to be read­ily avail­able other as­pects of the econ­omy such as wages were not openly dis­cussed.

Although they did not need their pass­ports, Perry and Karen McMil­lan also had a re­cent va­ca­tion when they spent ten days in Nova Sco­tia. While Karen is an avid bi­cy­cle rider when at home, they toured the mar­itime prov­ince in a more re­laxed man­ner.

While some were away oth­ers vis­ited Dalum in­clud­ing Sonja Li­abida (n. Paarup) and her hus­band, Mar­shall, who made a stop at the Palle­sen home to see her cousin Olav. Also pay­ing a re­turn visit to Dalum were sisters Joyce and Eileen, who made a few stops in the area when they re­turned to their child­hood home. Known as “Proven Farms” when it was op­er­ated by Her­luf and Marie Jensen, it is now the home of Joyce’s son, Paul , and his fam­ily.

Up­com­ing events in­clude the me­mo­rial ser­vice for the late Svend An­der­sen at the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at 11:00 am on Satur­day, July 8, and the baby shower for Ali Marie Doyle, grand­daugh­ter to Barry and Pauline Palle­sen, at the home of Karen McMil­lan on July 16. In re­gard to the An­der­sen me­mo­rial, Karen McMil­lan re­ports that the Coun­try Club will be re­spon­si­ble for the luncheon at the hall and that they are presently mak­ing up the task list to pre­pare and serve. Mem­bers of the Coun­try Club and any oth­ers who are avail­able may call Karen at 403-820-0498. Thanks to ev­ery­one who is will­ing and able to help.

The birth­day list is a bit larger this week as I make up for those missed last week. Greet­ings to Linda McGrath (n. Boe), Jim Eske­land, War­ren Jensen, Lois Rosso (n. Schultz), Becky Dahl, Clara Poulsen, Wylie Jo James who blows out his very first can­dle, and to Harold Lund who will make this Canada Day very spe­cial by shar­ing his birth­day with the wedding day of Grand­daugh­ter, Shayla San­dum. Best wishes to all.

Last week I had a visit from Edith Woods (n. Ja­cob­sen) who stopped by to pur­chase a cou­ple of his­tory books while she and hus­band, Jim, hosted Dan­ish rel­a­tives who are va­ca­tion­ing in Canada and the United States. They had vis­ited the church and were able to see the old Ja­cob­sen farm yard which is just a quar­ter mile west of the church­yard which was do­nated to the con­gre­ga­tion by her fa­ther, Peter. In an ear­lier phone call Edith had re­marked to me that Dalum holds many good mem­o­ries for her and she so beau­ti­fully phrased a sen­ti­ment which we can all re­late to when she said “Some­times there are more mem­o­ries than I can hold in so they fall from the cor­ners of my eyes and run down my cheeks”.

An­other thought re­gard­ing mem­o­ries oc­curs when peo­ple say to me “Stop liv­ing in the past” and my re­sponse is “But the mu­sic was so much bet­ter then”.

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