photo by Dennis Dalman
On a nippy morning March 30, four buddies gathered, as they often do, at the Pine Ridge Golf Course in Sartell to shoot a few rounds. For at least the past five years, the friends meet at the course, and inclement weather usually doesn’t stop them. From left to right are Joe Kruchten, Waite Park; his brother-in-law Richard Abfalter, Sauk Rapids; Ollie Lesnick, St. Joseph; and Ken Rooney, Waite Park. “We never quit,” quipped Lesnick. “We just pass on.”
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.