The Risdon farm is located south west of Strathmore. The farm’s roots go back to 1910 with the arrival of Harold and Francis Risdon from England. Harold’s son, Walter began farming in 1923 when he was only fourteen years old. In 1940, Walter (Alice) and his brother Dick (Irene), amalgamated and farmed under Risdon Bros., until Dick’s death in 1969. At that time Walter’s son, Doug, took over the business, with his father continuing to offer advice and to help at busy times. In 1975, Doug married Norma-Jean Hagen. Norma-Jean’s father, Robert Hagen was a secondgeneration farmer in the Cheadle area. His family emigrated from Norway in the 1920’s.
Progress toward the much-awaited Badlands Community Facility took an important step at a special council meeting on Monday night, with council retaining the services of an award winning architectural firm to design the facility.