Virginia Redel (n. Vogstad) reports she and her husband Alan, of Red Deer, have a doctor in the family. Congratulations to Dr. Tanner Redel, their son, who has completed his years of hard work and training through Red Deer College and the University of Alberta and now finds himself establishing a family medical practice in Edmonton. Proud grandparents are Edward and Carol Vogstad of Drumheller.
A reminder to those wishing to welcome Lincoln Lund Tolman into the community of Dalum a baby shower in his honour is being hosted by Lynn Petersen, at her home, tonight at 7:00 p.m. The family circle widens for grandparents Lee and Lori Sandum and great-grandparents Harold and Polly Lund. Congratulations to all!
The summer months bring many visitors to experience the attractions of the Drumheller area with some visiting Dalum as part of their holiday and, in what is becoming an annual event, a Swedish tour group spent part of last Saturday in our community. Primarily associated with the forestry industry, the visitors had an interest in all things agricultural and after visiting the church and learning a bit about the history and Danish origins of Dalum they had a chance to see some of the equipment used on a Canadian farm. Three generations of the Pallesen family hosted the group at the former home of Olav and Rita Pallesen where their granddaughter, Kirsten, now resides. Olav was happy to demonstrate the functions of a modern combine and the guests were impressed not only with the machine but with the abilities of the senior farmer as he scampered up the ladder to the cab and operated the equipment; well done, Olav. Supper at the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne rounded out the visitors’ day on the prairies.
Birthday greetings this week go to Pastor Dan Hendrickson, Adrienne Peake (n. Rasmussen), Lyle Christensen, Shawna Castonguay (n. Jensen), Douglas Rasmussen, and to Jason Rasmussen, with belated greetings going to Sonja Nielsen; best wishes to all.
A power outage across much of Drumheller last week was unusual for the town folk and a reminder for rural customers that the words “the power is off ” are still occasionally spoken. These days it is hard to imagine how we could get along without electricity and when there is an outage we are quick to call the power company for repairs. In all kinds of weather our service providers respond promptly and we are seldom without electricity for very long. For the first thirty two years of Dalum’s history, however, there were no electric lights or any of the other electronic appliances and conveniences which we now take for granted. A few clever farmers had set up their own power plants but it was not until August 19, 1949, when the Wayne Rural Electrification Association had been formed in cooperation with the Alberta government and Canadian Utilities Limited of Drumheller the alternating current became available to the community. The Dalum history book “Reflections” contains a photograph of Dick Petersen turning on the power at a transformer station which was located in Wayne and for the next thirty eight years our Rural Electrification Association managed the system. In 1987 an agreement was struck with Alberta Power whereby that company purchased the infrastructure and the Association was dissolved. Alberta Power immediately made improvements to the lines and the service which they, and subsequently Atco Electric, provided has resulted in very reliable service. So, when a storm strikes and the lights stay on, let us not forget the efforts and vision of those who brought electricity to Dalum 70 years ago this week.
The official call for our federal election is only weeks away and with the long standing practice of the governing party sharing the wealth in the form of projects and programs aimed at furthering their own fortunes now in full swing I am reminded of a comment by the American writer, John Quinton, who observed: “Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of a tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel”.
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