by Dennis Dalman
Sartell Police Officer Dan Whitson was determined to go ahead with the May 4 annual “Bike Rodeo,” come rain or shine.
The annual event, sponsored by the Sartell Police Department, has become something of a springtime ritual in Sartell.
Whitson’s rain-or-shine decision paid off. Despite a gloomy morning with a constant threat of rain, scores of children showed up to learn biking-safety skills in the parking lot of Sartell City Hall. In fact, it was a record turnout, much to the surprise of the adults on the scene. Organizers gave the children 75 bike helmets and 90 reflector blinkers donated by HealthPartners.
HealthPartners was a co-sponsor of the rodeo, as was Revolution Cycle and Ski, which provided free bicycle-safety equipment checks.
Those who operated the event were Sartell Police Officers Whitson and Adam Vande Vrede, Sartell Reserve Officers Bob Brezinka and Brian Heim and Chris Tacl from Revolution Cycle and Ski.
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.