Doris and Rodney Dahl named grand marshals
Doris and Rodney Dahl of Barnum have been chosen as this year's Spring Fever Days' grand marshals.
They have been Barnum residents for many years. Rod moved to Barnum when he was 13 years old and Doris has lived here from the age of 2. After they were married, they left the area for Fargo-Moorhead for three years and then Arizona for three years. After the birth of their first son, they decided to move back to Barnum.
The Dahls have three sons, Jarrod (Ana) of New York, Matt (Jess) and Ben (Jill), who are living in Moose Lake. Rod and Doris have twin granddaughters and are expecting twin grandsons also.
Rod was an employee for the State of Minnesota as a social worker for 15 years and retired from the Department of Corrections. Doris is a CPA and has worked at Fond du Lac for the last 11 years. She was in public accounting for 13 years prior.
Former Commercial Club/Community Club members, the Dahls have been active in the Spring Fever Days parade, Miss Barnum pageant, and the Trout-O-Rama. Other community involvement includes the Barnum PTA, fire department and Cub Scouts. Rod and
Doris are also a foster care family and have been for about 12 years.
Hobbies for the couple include working with stained glass and spending time with their grandchildren.
When asked to describe Barnum, they said, "It's a good place to raise kids. The educational system and the birth of our first child brought us back to the area."