Dale Serum was Director of Student Activities for School District 206 for 14 years from 1980 - 1993, as well as the Recreation Director for the Alexandria Area Recreation Dept for 18 years from 1962 - 1980. Because of his commitment to Alexandria athletics, we are proud to have him as the 2009 'Cap' Paciotti Honoree.
View the two part video tribute to Mr. Serum on YouTube:
Cardinal Team Leaders Program - Dale and John Heydt initiated the Cardinal Team Leaders Program. This became a very important program which motivated the cardinal extracurricular participants. Team leaders were brought to a fall camp and professional facilitators were brought in to lead the motivational agendas. Periodic meetings with these team leaders were held during the school year to keep them inspired and motivated. The trickle down effects were beneficial to their teammates.
Concessions - With the revenues from concession stands and vending machines at different sites, Dale was able to erect dugouts, surface fields with Agrilime, erect backstops and put in lighting on the different softball/baseball fields utilized by school and recreation teams. The same source of funding was used to buy shirts and jackets for the entire extracurricular staff to help create a strong Cardinal pride. And once a year, Dale organized an appreciation banquet for the entire extracurricular staff to provide a thank you to them for all of their hard work.
Coaches - Dale's proudest accomplishments were the coaches and staff that were hired to lead the Cardinals to the top of the conference and section in many instances. Year-after-year Dale believed the Cardinals overall had the best coaching personnel in the conference, and in many of the Cardinal programs, these coaches inspired and prepared their teams to go on to be at the top of the year-end standings.
Knute Nelson Memorial Field – Originally dedicated as Memorial Field in 1939, the baseball field itself was made in 1949. In 1967, Dale led the efforts to construct the stadium that stands today at Knute Nelson. Over 40 years later this baseball field with its location and layout, is a quintessential small-town ballpark and home of the Beetles, a Northwoods League ball team.
Minnesota State High School League – Dale served on the state high school league board for one term.
Regional Athletic Director of the Year – Dale was awarded the Regional Athletic Director of the Year in 1990-1991.
District #22A Basketball Team – Dale managed the District #22A Basketball Team for 7 years, with the 1988 Tournament being dedicated to Dale for all of his accomplishments.
Clippers – For many years, Dale played on and managed the Alexandria Clipper amateur baseball team.
Umpire and Referee - Dale also dedicated over 30 years of his career refereeing and umpiring numerous basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball leagues across the state of Minnesota and even out-state on into his retirement years.
1962 – 1992+
“Paul Harris Fellow” Secretary / Treasurer – 24 years
Junior Chamber of Commerce
“Outstanding Young Man of the Year” – 1965
President - 1964
Since retirement, Dale has volunteered many hours in building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Dales is also very active in the church in which he has belonged for 50 years, First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. His involvement included being Church Council Member for one term.
Pirates on the Prairie, a book recently published, chronicles the high school athletic achievements of the Halstad Pirates from the small Minnesota town. Dale is one of these individuals and the book celebrates his athletic accomplishments including trips to the state tournament for both baseball (placing first) and basketball (placing 3rd) in 1952.
Post high school, Dale was a awarded “Outstanding Athlete of the Year” in 1953 for his efforts on the baseball team at Los Angeles Valley Junior College where he played one year before transferring back to the Midwest where he went to North Dakota State University. He then transferred to Moorhead State University where he graduated in 1957. Here, he lettered in both baseball and basketball.
In 1959, Dale and his wife, Carol, moved to Alexandra. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Dale is father to Gary Serum who played for the Minnesota Twins from 1977 to 1979.
Since retiring in 1992, Dale has enjoyed staying active in athletics just as he has since he was a young boy, with most of his focus on the game of golf. To do that year round, means spending 3 months out of the year in Arizona. In addition, he enjoys watching his grandchildren who are involved in baseball, basketball, hockey and golf.