Barnum mayor reflects on vibrant time for city


March 10, 2023

Brady Slater

Mayor Dale Riihiluoma appears in Barnum city council chambers at City Hall last week.

When Barnum residents elected Dale Riihiluoma as mayor, running unopposed, in November, it was the culmination of decades of public service.

It was also something his wife of 47 years, the late Diane Riihiluoma, didn't want to see happen. Diane passed away in November 2021 after three decades of battling cancer. She tended to favor blending in over standing out.

"When Diane was still living she never wanted me to be mayor - it was too far out there," Dale said. "'You're not doing that,' she'd say. Sorry, dear."

Riihiluoma had been a longtime city councilor in Barnum, since 2005. He's embraced...

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