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Ken was born on December 19, 1951 in Regina, SK, the third of five children born to John (1920-1969) and Katherine (1927-1999) Podrnski.

Ken was six months old when the family moved to Erickson. He received his education at the Erickson Elementary School and the Erickson Collegiate. Afterwards, he attended the Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and obtained a diploma in welding. Ken pursued his career and welded for the Flexi-CO. III Saskatoon.

Ken married Edna Grochmal on May 20, 1972, at St.

Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in the R.M. of Harrison. They resided in Saskatoon until later that year when their hearts yearned to move back to the country life in Erickson where they have resided ever since.

Ken became the welding foreman at the Agri-Steel and Terra Implements Co. in Minnedosa. From there, he worked for Parks Canada, Wasagaming and Ken Beatty Construction Co. before becoming the Town Supervisor and the Water Treatment Plant Operator for the Town of Erickson, a position to which Ken has dedicated his serv­ ice for almost 22 years. For the past nine consecutive years, Ken has obtained 'Perfect Operator Awards with Public Water Fluoridation' from the minister of Health and the Dental Health of Manitoba.

Ken was a member (Deputy Chief and Fire Chief) of the Erickson Fire Department for 14 years. He coached Minor Hockey for a number of years. As well, he played hockey with the Erickson Antiques. He served some time on the Erickson Skating Rink Committee and as a Boy Scouts Cub Leader, lending a hand whenever needed. Ken does enjoy the outdoors, fishing and hunting a great deal.

Edna was born on October 31, 1953 in Minnedosa, the eldest of two girls born to John (1914 - 1998) and Edith Grochmal of the Sandy Lake area (Ozema District). Edith now resides at the Deaf Center of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Edna grew up on the family farm and attended the Sandy Lake Elementary School and finished her school­ ing at the Erickson Collegiate. Afterwards, she worked at various jobs and, while living in Saskatoon, worked for the Waldman and Paul Clothing Co. until she and Ken moved back to Erickson. While raising their family, she worked at the Nordic Inn and Parks Canada, Wasagaming, for a number of years. Edna is presently working at the Erickson Heritage Co-op and has dedicated the past 12 years of service there.

Over the years, she has been involved in various organizations such as secretary for the Erickson Ladies Curling Club. She enjoys curling very much. Edna donated a lot of time to the Erickson Skating Rink and the Erickson Figure Skating Club saw her as president for a number of years. She spent a few years as secretary-treasurer of the Erickson Wildlife Federation, in which Ken and Edna are both still actively involved.

She loved the outdoors, nature and flowers. Ski-dooing was a favorite pastime for Ken and Edna, which they enjoyed for over 20 years. Edna has a great love for animals and at present they have 3 cats which they adore dearly.

In 1983, Ken and Edna bought a lot in Erickson.

They worked all summer constrncting their new home along with the help of her dad, an experienced carpenter. In the fall, they moved in with their 2 small children, Scott and Jodi.

Scott was born in Erickson on May 8, 1976. He attended the Erickson Elementary School and graduated from the Erickson Collegiate. While growing up in Erickson, Scott enjoyed playing hockey in the Minor Hockey system and did a great deal of fishing. Scott worked on weekends and during the summer at Beatty's Esso. From there, he went to Winnipeg to the Red River College where he obtained a diploma in Strnctural (CAD) Technology. Scott now resides in Minnedosa and works at Springhill Farms in Neepawa. Scott loves to draw as a hobby and has developed a great interest in hunting.

Jodi was born in Erickson on June 19, 1978. She attended the Erickson Elementary School and graduated from the Erickson Collegiate. Jodi grew up to love skat­ ing and became an accomplished figure skater in the Erickson Figure Skating Club. She also became a very avid fisherman. She worked her summers and weekends in the Family Arcade in Erickson. She also worked at the Valley Motor Lodge in Minnedosa before moving to Winnipeg in 1999 where she works as a bartender.

In 1997, Ken and Edna celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.


Thomas was born the second child of John and Katherine Podrnski on October 31, 1950 in Regina, SK. When he was 1 112 years old, the family moved to Erickson. Tom has lived in the Erickson area all of his life. He attended Erickson Elementary and High School and received his complete education there.

In 1969, after leaving high school, he worked for Agri-Steel in Minnedosa and, later on that year, for the Highways Department. In 1970-71 he worked for Parks Canada in Wasagaming. In 1972-73 he worked for the Village of Erickson installing water and sewer lines. In 1974- 77 he went back to Parks Canada. In J 978 he took a trnck driver training course at Red River Community College in Winnipeg. He then worked for Ken Beatty Construction until 1982. He then went back to Parks Canada and worked there until 1997 as an equipment oper­ ator. In 1998 he went back to Ken Beatty Construction where he is presently working.

In 1998 Tom obtained his Manitoba Resident Guide License. During the big game hunting seasons, he began