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Always better – always better read 16 Pages, March 12, 2019

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Camrose County Officer Wes Allison will be one of the Officers inspecting farm trucks later on this month at the Wild Rose Co-op Cardlock. Here is Officer Allison shown with trucker Lyndon Davies.

Inside... A variety of merchandise and services: Farm supplies and services, auto, RV, homes, real estate, auctions, livestock, finance, home decor, entertainment, and more!

News Features‌ Wildlife crop depredation takes a toll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4 Open your farm to visitors for marketing, education. . . . Page 8 Video votes allowed at County meetings . . . . . . Page 11

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Free Farm Truck

Inspections A program specific to local farmers, that has proven beneficial and popular in recent years, returns to

Wild Rose Co-op Cardlock in Camrose on March 25th and 26th. Any truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 4500 kgs or over and is registered with farm license plates, is eligible for a commercial vehicle Safety Inspection by a qualified Inspector. The goal is to ensure that these trucks are fit and safe for legal travel on roadways. Critical vehicle components such as: brakes, steering, lights, frames, fuel systems and driveline components will be inspected. The initiative, undertaken by Camrose County, involves a solid working partnership with Wild Rose Co-op and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Department of Alberta Transportation. The inspection location is 3611-47 Avenue, Camrose.

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Seney Farms Ltd. and Peterson Farms Ltd. Bawlf, AB

Ken Jacobsen and the Estate of Rick Jacobsen New Norway, AB

LOCATED: From Camrose, go 24 km east on Hwy 26, then 7 km north on Sec Hwy 854 (Rge Rd 174) or from Ryley, go 23 km south on Sec Hwy 854 (Rge Rd 174). Gate Sign - 47440 Sec Hwy 854 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Bob Seney at 780-679-6393 or Bruce Peterson at 780-608-0030 Previewing starts Monday, April 1. This sale has lots of very good equipment. Major pieces have been shedded. Equipment & Online bidding at 12:30 p.m.

TRACTORS • 1997 NH 9882 4WD w/ 710/70R38 duals (Titan radials), showing 4827 hrs, stand trans, front / rear weights, 4 hyd plus return, Outback auto steer • 1997 NH 9682 4WD w/ 20.8-42 duals, showing 7357 hrs, stand trans, 4 hyd plus return (Eagle Diesel Ltd installed a new Reman 425 hp N14 at 4869 hrs (2011), new tires at 4869 hrs) • 2008 John Deere 7330 Premium MFWD w/ JD 741 self-leveling ldr, 8’ bucket & grapple, showing 1058 hrs, 20 spd AutoQuad Plus, 20.8R38 rears, joystick, LH reverser, 3pt hitch, rear wheel weights, one owner • Frontier pallet forks to fit JD 741 ldr • Frontier bale fork to fit JD 741 ldr • Case 2394 2WD w/ 12’ Degelman HD 2 way dozer, showing 5404 hrs, 20.838 duals, 24 spd PS trans • MF 2805 2WD w/ MF 256 ldr & 8’ bucket, 20.8-38 duals, showing 3281 hrs COMBINES & HEADERS • 2014 John Deere S680 w/ JD 615 PU, 520/85R42 duals, 28LR26 rears, showing 677 sep / 947 eng hrs, Pro Drive, Autotrac ready, power fold hopper, PowerCast tailboard, lateral tilt, long auger, HID lights, Michel’s Crop Catcher, cab cam w/ 2 cameras, one owner. Terms: 25% non-refundable deposit, balance by Aug 1/19. • 2014 John Deere S680 w/ JD 615 PU, 520/85R42 duals, 28LR26 rears, showing 539.6 sep / 772 eng hrs, Pro Drive, Autotrac ready, power fold hopper, PowerCast tailboard, lateral tilt, long auger, HID lights, Michel’s Crop Catcher, 2 cameras, one owner (first used in 2015). Terms: 25% non-refundable deposit, balance by Aug 1/19. • (2) 2017 MacDon FD75-S 35’ Flex Draper headers, sgl knife drive, skid plates, split PU reel, hyd center link, upper cross auger, fore & aft, factory transport, MacDon CA-25 adapter to fit above combines, one owner SWATHERS • (2) 2013 & 2012 36’ Challenger WR9740 swathers, showing 381 hdr / 466 eng hrs, & 409 hdr / 528 eng hrs, 620/75R26 fronts, TopCon auto steer, PU reel, 2 Roto-Shears, sgl knife drive, fore & aft, hyd center link, one owner, purchased new in 2014 SPRAYER • 2013 John Deere 4730 SP sprayer, 100’, 412.9 spray / 852 eng hrs, 320/90R46 tires, 800 gal SS tank & SS booms, Tridekon air lift dividers, 5 way noz bodies w/ 4 tips, 3’’ fill, hyd tread adj, fence row noz, HID lights, auto steer, auto boom height, sec control, c/w JD 2630 monitor & Starfire 3000 receiver, one owner • Four Firestone 520/85R38 flotation tires & rims

TRUCKS & TRAILERS • 2001 Kenworth T800B highway truck, 18 spd, Detroit Series 60, showing 005067 km (25,457 hrs), day cab • 1994 Kenworth T800 highway truck, 15 spd, Cat 435E, showing 928,478 km, day cab • 2016 Bergs GT 345 open end tridem grain trailer, 45’, alum outer rims, dual gates, side chutes, roll tarp, 11R24.5 tires, LED light pkg • 2011 Doepker TA open end grain trailer, 36’, dual gates, roll tarp, 11R24.5 tires, work lights • 2001 Hutchinson Ind tridem bulk water hauler, 7500 Imp gal+/• 1986 Chev 7000 TA grain truck w/ 19-1/2’ steel box & hoist (side exts), 13 spd, Detroit 8.2L diesel, showing 133,575 km • 1967 Chev 40 SA grain truck w/ 12’ box, gas, 4 spd trans • 1972 GMC 6500 TA grain truck w/ box & hoist, 454 gas, 5&4 trans GRAIN DRYER & GRAIN CART • Vertec RV 1200 grain dryer w/ VB-230 elec moisture controller, 7-1/2 hp, propane, 5’’ wet auger, wheels & hitch • Brent 976 grain cart, hyd drive (PTO drive incl), 900/60-32 tires, one owner AUGERS & GRAIN VAC • 2017 Westfield MKX 130-74 13’’x74’ mechanical swing auger w/ elec swing mover (remote), hyd swing winch • Brandt MD 10’’x70’ mech swing auger • 2017 Meridian HD10-46 10’’x46’ auger w/ Meridian SP mover, Vanguard 37 hp EFI, elec clutch, reversing gear box • 2013 Brandt 8’’x42’ Super Charged auger w/ Brandt SP mover, Kohler Command Pro 30 hp, elec clutch • Westfield TF 80-51 8’’x51’ auger w/ SP mover, Kohler Pro 25 hp, elec clutch • Sakundiak HD8-1000 8’’x33’ auger, Honda 20 hp • Westfield 6’’x41’ auger, 2 hp elec motor, sideways wheels • Westfield 7’’x41’ auger, Kohler 14 hp • Kongskilde 1000 grain vac AIR DRILL & WATER CANNON • 57’ Flexicoil 5000 air drill w/ FC 3450 (340 bu) mechanical TBH cart, sgl shoot, 9’’ spacing, steel packers (recapped), Gen 2’’ carbide tips, harrow closers, one season on primary hoses & trailer hopper • Double A Trailers Water Cannon, sgl head, 1000 PTO, 16.5L-16.1 tires LAND ROLLER & HEAVY HARROWS • 45’ Degelman LB 7645 land roller, 36’’ drum • 70’ Flexicoil Sys 85 heavy harrows, all new tines TILLAGE EQUIPMENT • 57’ John Deere 1810 DT cult w/ NH3 kit, 1’ spacing, 4 bar harrows (newer tines) • (2) 45’ Morris CP-745 Magnum II DT

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cults w/ NH3 kit (cold flow), 4 bar harrows, rear hitch 26’ Ezee-On 2590 TA disc, 9’’ spacing, smooth blades 36’ Morris L-320 Challenger field cult, 3 bar harrows LIGHT TRUCKS & TRAILERS 2008 Chev Z71 2500 HD Duramax, 4x4, crew cab, 6-1/2’ box, leather, auto, showing 209,000 km 2007 Ford FX4 F250, 4x4, ext cab, 6-1/2’ box, auto, 5.4L gas, cloth int, showing 202,000 km 1999 GMC Sierra SLE 2500, 4x4, ext cab, 8’ box, 6L gas, auto, showing 251,003 km 2008 Sure-Trac TA dually trailer, 25’ (20’ + 5’), deck over, pintle hitch 2011 18’ Double A Trailers TA trailer, ramps, 6000 lb axles RECREATIONAL VEHICLES & MOTORHOME 2013 Bobcat 3400 utility vehicle, gas, 4x4, 202 hrs at booking, canopy, windshield, one owner Yamaha 4 wheel golf cart, gas Honda 90 Sportrax quad, 2WD 1975 20’ Vanguard MV20 Class C motorhome on Chev 30 chassis, 350 eng, auto, showing 80,848 mi, sleeps 6, fridge / stove, 2 piece bath LAWN MOWERS 2010 John Deere Z930A zero turn lawn mower, 60’’ 7 Iron Commercial deck, 229 hrs, 29 hp V twin John Deere F735 lawn mower, diesel, 1280 hrs, 60’’ commercial deck 3PT HITCH & YARD EQUIP 10’ Frontier RB 2410 3pt hitch rear blade, hyd tilt & angle Carraro 828 HD 3pt hitch rototiller, 82’’ 48’ Summers 3pt hitch sprayer, 300 gal 6’ Woods Cadet 72 3pt hitch rotary mower Westward LS 41F PT lawn sweep w/ Honda 160 eng GPS EQUIPMENT John Deere 2600 display w/ SF1 activation John Deere Starfire 3000 receiver MISC & SHOP EQUIP Chem Handler II, 120 gal Sotera chem pump (3) 1250 gal poly tanks; 300 gal poly tank (3) 2’’ water pumps; 2’’ Honda trash pump Watermaster slough pump & hose (2) 50’ bin rings w/ tarps; misc bin panels / ladders etc Gatco auger hopper 35 Schumacher crop lifters (4) JD sprayer crop dividers (corn type) Norco 10T portable high clearance sprayer air lift jack

LOCATED: From New Norway, go 6.7 km north on Hwy 21, then 5.6 km west on Twp Rd 460 (Verdun Rd), then 1 km south on Rge Rd 220 or from the junction of Hwy 21 & Hwy 13 (west of Camrose), go 9.7 km south on Hwy 21, then 5.6 km west on Twp Rd 460 (Verdun Rd), then 1 km south on Rge Rd 220. Gate Sign - 45533 Rge Rd 220 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ken Jacobsen at 780-878-1222 Previewing starts Monday, April 1. This is an outstanding line of equipment. Most equipment has been shedded including air drill. Equipment & Online Bidding at 12:00 p.m.

TRACTORS • 2008 John Deere 9430 4WD w/ 800/70R38 duals, showing 2410 hrs, powershift, weight pkg, Autotrac ready, 48GPM hyd • 1992 John Deere 8760 4WD w/ 20.8R38 duals, showing 4178 hrs, 24 spd PowrSync trans, one owner • 2012 John Deere 7330 Premium MFWD w/ JD H380 self-leveling ldr, 8’ bucket & grapple, showing 1920 hrs, IVT trans, 20.8R38 rears, joystick, LH reverser, 3pt hitch, rear wheel weights COMBINE & HEADER • 2012 John Deere S680 combine w/ JD 615P PU, 520/85R42 Goodyear duals, 620/75R26 rears, showing 657.5 sep / 908 eng hrs, Pro Drive, Autotrac ready, lateral tilt, long auger, HID lights, Michel’s Crop Catcher. Terms: 25% non-refundable deposit, balance by Aug 1/19. • 2009 John Deere 635D draper header, 35’, PU reel, Headsite header height SWATHER • 2014 John Deere W150 swather w/ 30’ JD 430D header (2015), showing 247.6 header / 323 eng hrs, dbl knife drive, split PU reel, transport w/ weight box, triple delivery, sells w/ JD ATU. Terms: 25% non-refundable deposit, balance by Aug 1/19. • 10’ Flaman PT poly canola roller SPRAYER • 2011 John Deere 4630 SP sprayer, 80’, 380/80R38 tires, 419.5 spray / 883.6 eng hrs, 600 gal, four Tridekon dividers, triple noz bodies, air ride, chem eductor, auto steer, auto height, sectional control, c/w JD 2600 monitor & Starfire ITC receiver, one owner AIR DRILL & LIQUID CART • 56’ John Deere 1870 Conserva Pak air drill (2012) w/ JD 1910 TBT (430 bu) air tank (2012), 710/70R38 cart tires, triple shoot w/ Raven liquid kit (sectional control - 6 sec), c/w Greenstar 3 sectional control - no monitor, 12’’ spacing, JD conveyor, 4 rollers, variable rate tank, blockage on primaries, middle tank & rearview cameras, shedded • Pattison CB 3200 liquid fertilizer cart, 3200 gal, hyd pump, Honda GX 200 fill pump.Liquid cart will sell after drill. TRUCKS & TRAILERS • 2012 Freightliner Coronado TriAxle grain truck w/ 24’ Cancade aluminum box & hoist, showing 298,482 km (8357 hrs), Detroit Series 60, 18 spd, Michel’s remote hoist & tailgate, elec roll tarp w/ remote, rear hoist control, pintle hitch plate, 11R22.5 tires, Magnum Grille Guard, alum rims • 1989 Volvo GM TA grain truck w/ 19’ steel box & hoist, showing 394,006


km (5783 hrs), Detroit Series 60, 15 spd, air ride, roll tarp, pintle hitch • 1986 GMC General TA grain truck w/ 18’ steel box & hoist, Cummins 855, 13 spd, showing 909,089 km, roll tarp, air ride, 11R24.5 tires, (Selling for Craig Lindholm 780-361-6900) • 1997 IH Eagle highway truck w/ 60’’ Pro Sleeper, Cummins 460 hp, 18 spd, showing 545,960 km (22,230 hrs) • 2005 Castleton TA open end grain trailer, 38’, roll tarp, air ride, one owner • 1980 Columbia TA bulk liquid trailer, Model ADAFT 7800, holds 26T+/liquid fertilizer VERTICAL TILLAGE • Degelman Pro-Till 33, 33’, Otico rubber rollers w/ scrapers, 20’’ blades, notched fronts, smooth rears, 600/50R22.5 tires, used one season (approx 800-900 acres), purchased new in 2017 HEAVY HARROWS & FIELD EQUIPMENT • 2010 72’ Bourgault 7200 heavy harrows w/ Valmar 3255 and broadcast kit (all new hoses), one owner • 40’ Bourgault 8810 cult, 9.8’’ spacing, 4 bar harrows, knock-on spoons • S Houle HLL-12 PT 4-way hyd land leveler, 12’, hyd tilt, one owner • Kirchner V ditcher, ltd use • 70’ Summers Super Weeder, newer tips GRAIN DRYER & GRAIN LEG • Vertec 5000 grain dryer, 5 tier, NG, M2 controller, upgraded burner, fully automatic, c/w axle & wheels & 6’’ wet auger & elec motor • 70’ Bucket elevator (Grain Leg), 1500 BPH+/- c/w ladder cage, platforms & 3-way distribution spouts, purchaser responsible for disassembly AUGERS & GRAIN VAC • Westfield MKX 130-74 13’’x74’ mechanical swing auger, full bin spout w/ alarm, reverser, hyd winch, one owner, new in 2016 • Sakundiak HD8-1600 8’’x53’ auger w/ Hawes SP mover, 27 hp Kohler Pro, elec clutch, one owner, SN 63066 • FarmKing 8’’x36’ auger, 20 hp Honda, one owner • Sakundiak HD10-1600 10’’x53’ hyd swing auger • Westfield 7’’x41’ auger w/ elec motor • Rem 2500 HD grain vac, 85.5 hrs at booking, c/w clean up hose, one owner, SN 9090 GRAIN BINS • (3) Wheatland GM 4000 hopper bins, aeration rockets, roof vents, top manway, full bin indicator • Wheatland 1620E hopper bin, 4000 bu+/-, dbl skid, epoxy lined • (3) JTL 18’x6 ring hopper bins, 5500 bu+/-, skids, aeration, roof vents • (4) Westeel 19’x5 ring bins on

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hoppers, 4100 bu+/-, (2 JTL hoppers w/ aeration & skids, 2 Wheatland hoppers w/ aeration) Note: these 4 bins are not on site (2) Twister 14’x5 ring bins on Wheatland hoppers, 2250 bu+/Wheatland 1615E hopper bin, 3264 bu+/-, dbl skid, epoxy lined Chigwell hopper bin, 1400 bu+/-, skid (3) Westeel 14’x5 ring hopper bins, 1800 bu+/(2) Westeel 14’x4 ring hopper bins, 1550 bu+/-, skids, aeration rockets (2) Westeel 19’x5 ring bins on JTL steel floors, 4500 bu+/-, Note: These 2 bins are not on site (2) Twister 25’x7 ring bins on concrete, 10,000 bu+/Chief Westland 19’ bin on concrete, 6000 bu+/(2) Westeel 14’x7 ring bins on steel floors, 2350 bu+/(2) Chief Westland bins on steel floors, 2000 bu+/(2) oilfield bins on steel floors w/ Chief Westland roofs, (5500 bu+/-, 2400 bu+/-) LIGHT TRUCKS & TRAILER 2010 GMC 2500 HD Duramax Z71, 4x4, 213,060 km at booking, Allison auto, diesel, crew cab, 6-1/2’ box, loaded 2010 GMC 2500 HD Duramax Z71, 4x4, 226,996 km at booking, Allison auto, diesel, crew cab, 6-1/2’ box, loaded 28’ TA dually trailer (23’ + 5’), pintle hitch, 20,000 lb GVW GPS EQUIPMENT JD 2630 display w/ SF1 activation JD brown screen JD Starfire 3000 receiver JD Starfire ITC receiver TARP BUILDING 38’x70’ tarp building (newer tarp), 5’ on center pipe arches, purchaser responsible for disassembly, tarp building is not on site MISCELLANEOUS Kubota SQ-3350 diesel generator on trailer, 35 KVA (4) Flaman aeration fans (5 hp / 3-3 hp) (2) Flaman inline aeration fans (5 & 7.5 hp) (3) Watermaster slough pumps & qty of hose (2-8 hp / 1-6 hp) FarmKing 620 rotary mower, 6’ Chem Handler II Mocoat Ind upright fiberglass tank, 150 barrel 2200 gal HD low profile poly water tank; 1600 gal poly water tank on skid 8’’ E-Kay bin sweep Qty Flexxifinger crop lifters Qty 2-3/8’’ & 2-7/8’’ drill stem; qty sucker rod; (4) 21’ pipe racks; misc steel Honda EM 2500X gas generator Labtronics grain tester


Phone 780-672-1105 • Fax 1-888-870-0958 Email AB License 334038

• For online bidding, go to our website and click on the Online Bidding symbol to set up an account and register for the sale. • Online bidders must pre-register at least 48 hours prior to the sale. • See complete terms and conditions on our website.

Celebrate strong, safe farms in agriculture week By Murray Green

This March, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is encouraging all Canadians to celebrate Safe and Strong Farms. Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture. Safe and Strong Farms: Build an AgSafe Canada is part of a three-year campaign

celebrating farm safety across Canada. The aim of the campaign is to empower farmers, farm families and farming communities to build (2019), grow (2020), and lead (2021) the agricultural industry in safety and sustainability. Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs from March 10 to 16. In 2019, organizers are focusing on supporting farmers, farm families and farming com-

munities through resources, safety advice articles, an AgSafe Ribbon campaign and more. “Safety is essential to a Safe and Strong Farm,” said Marcel Hacault, CASA’s executive director. “Building a base that is safe and strong supports the wellness of your family and the success of your farm.” CASW organizers have produced a number of resources including a well-

ness series, toolbox talks and a farm stress inventory and management plan. CASW 2019 also marks the third year of the AgSafe Ribbon campaign. The AgSafe Ribbon campaign celebrates Safe and Strong Farms and raises awareness about the importance of farm safety. Farm Credit Canada is the presenting sponsor of CASW and longtime supporter of other farm safety

programs including the Back to Ag Program that supports the cost of adaptive technology for farmers that have experienced a traumatic injury. “Everyone can agree that safety on the farm is important,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “While farming can be dangerous, there are simple safety measures everyone can take to mitigate the risk.”

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Notley rips lack of federal support By Murray Green

Count on…

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is not happy with the lack of support from the Canadian government in regards to the China canola ban. Premier Notley responded to China blocking the import of Canadian canola, which exports 30 per cent of Alberta canola. “Alberta farmers con-

tribute mightily to our economy and to Canada’s,” she stated. “We learned that the Chinese government is barring a huge chunk of our canola shipments from entering their country. This is wrong and it’s unfair.” She commented to support Alberta farmers. “Seventy per cent of agrifood exports to China from Alberta are canola-related

products. And canola farming contributes billions to the Canadian economy,” explained Premier Notley. “So, I’m calling on the prime minister to get back on the job and fight for our canola farmers and the jobs they support. We are calling on Ottawa to stop its navel-gazing about its internal controversies and fight back.

Flagstaff County invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

2012 Federal Coach Premier Shuttle Bus

to haul your grain Too busy? Lack of equipment or manpower?

We offer three dependable trucks with highly experienced staff. Over 58 years of experience moving grain from field or bin. You can trust and rely on us.

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33-passenger bus 2013 M2-106 Freightliner chassis Cummins 6.7lt 300HP engine Engine after treatment device (DEF) Allison 2100 automatic transmission Hydraulic brakes Onboard entertainment system, including dropdown TVs • Black Austin seats (simulated leather) • Onboard washroom • Rear luggage storage compartment

Body VIN: FRD001541 Chassis VIN: 1FVACWDU4DHBW1333 Current mileage: 171,268 kilometres

Visit our website at for more information on the tendering process or call Kevin Kinzer at 780-384-4106.

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Wildlife crop depredation takes a toll By Lori Larsen

of enforcement, FWEB officers are This winter we have seen record charged with the duty of accessing breaking low temperatures that have any claims made through the Agricaused some uncommon behaviour in our culture Financial Service Corporawildlife populations, including what used tion (AFSC) depredation program to to be coined “yarding up”, now more comdetermine if certain criteria are met. monly known as herding, of ungulates. “To begin with, AFSC depreFarmers and ranchers in the area dation program will only compenhave noted an increase in the number of sate for baled feed,” stated Rinkel. deer (both mule and white tail), elk and in “We begin our assessment by going some cases moose, frequenting their land out and looking at the feed stacks. and unfortunately, due to their instinct to AFSC stipulates that the feed stacks survive, feeding off of feed stacks, othermust be within close proximity to a wise known as wildlife crop depredation. residence where it can be monitored Camrose Fish and Wildlife Enforce(in an effort to scare the wildlife ment Branch (FWEB) District Officer away), the landowner must allow Lorne Rinkel spoke about, what is some some hunting on their land and the of the more challenging calls FWEB has stacking techniques being used must to deal with, requests from landowners be somewhat preventative.” to control wildlife from feeding on their Rinkel remarked that chronstacks. ic depredation problems may be “The winter of 2019 is off to an unfordeclined by AFSC if there appears tunate start as far as wildlife crop depreSubmitted to be no effort on the part of the prodation complaints to the Fish and Wildlife Hay Lakes farmer Dwayne Olson used a scarecrow as one of the ducer to protect their investments. Enforcement Branch are concerned,” said techniques to ward off a herd of elk that were feeding off his baled To assist the FWEB officers in Rinkel explaining that the unseasonable and stacked hay. assessing the claim, landowners are extreme cold temperatures have caused of controlling the amount of wildlife crop depasked to keep a count of the feed wildlife to pool into herds. redation, the most effective of which involves bales, note what type of feed it is and the He went on to say that he has been hearing installing eight foot page wire “elk” fencing. weight and size of the bales. a lot of concern from rural residents that there Rinkel shared that the government of He also reminds landowners that while are greater amounts of deer and elk this year. Alberta will provide a reasonable amount of he totally understands their frustration over However, he explained, it may only appear to be free elk fencing, which he noted can be quite wildlife crop depredation, that eradicating the more because the animals are herding together costly, but it is up to the producer to provide ungulates (deer, elk, moose) by shooting them, which, while it is not a usual behaviour, they the posts and labour to install the fencing, can lead to prosecution. do so during harsh conditions for a variety of something that should be done in the spring to On a side note Rinkel spoke about the issue reasons. avoid reoccurring problems with wildlife crop of predators doing what they do naturally, fol“Animals herd up because it is easier to depredation. lowing prey, therefore ending up on producers travel together to break snow, so they are not Other strategies suggested by the govern- property as well. using as much energy. Also, there is less chance ment include different stacking techniques, “When wildlife “yards up” the predators of predation from predators like coyotes, cou- so there is minimal surface area available follow, whether it is coyotes or cougars and gars and wolves.” for wildlife to feed on or stacking straw bales wolves (which are rare in True to the nature of survival, these herds of around the stacked feed. Temporary Camrose area). If the wildlife will look for an easy to acquire food source. “stack wrap” fencing is available on our best line of prey animals come to “After about -25°C their metabolism switch- loan, for short-term problem sites, defence is going to one spot to congrees and they burn more energy than they can from Fish and Wildlife Enforcement gate, the predators get back by travelling long distances,” said offices (not all offices have stack wrap “elk” fencing. come too.” Rinkel. “So if they have to travel a long way for on hand so producers are advised to While shooting food they will burn more energy than they will contact their local offices first). the ungulates is unlawintake, and be at a constant deficit.” Scare tactics, such as creating loud noise to The result of which are wildlife feeding scare the wildlife away, placing a few bales of ful Rinkel related that landowners are allowed off sources that are near and accessible, such feed between the animals path and feed stacks to shoot coyotes, wolves, black bear and cougars as feed (hay, silage, green feed) stacks readily (intercept feeding)and allowing lawful hunting (have to own land) but not grizzlies, without available on farmers’ and ranchers’ land. “They of ungulates on your land to reduce numbers licence all year long. In conclusion Rinkel’s best advice to farmare there because they are desperate for nutri- and negatively condition wildlife, are some ers and ranchers is planning ahead and being other methods of reducing wildlife crop depretion and all they want to do is live.” prepared. “Your best line of defence is going to Rinkel indicated that the animals that cause dation, but may only provide a temporary fix. “I understand that this is the farmers/ be “elk” fencing. It is the only sure fire way to the most concern for producers are ungulates ranchers livelihood sitting out in the fields, but reduce the amount of wildlife crop depredation.” consisting of whitetail and mule deer and elk. For more information visit the Alberta Protect and plan as for options afforded to FWEB to deal with FWEB officers, including Rinkel, empa- the wildlife, we are somewhat limited. We won’t Environment and Parks website at http://aep. thize with the plight of producers losing valu- come out and kill the animals,” advised Rinkel. crops to wildlife and suggest a few methods While the matter is not necessarily one programs/preventing-wildlife-damage.aspx.


Improving road safety By Lori Larsen


Submitted Wild Rose Co-op Liquor Store in Killam held its grand opening on Jan. 17. Pictured from left are store employee Tanya Smith and store manager Sarah Clairmont with the giant ceremonial scissors. The Co-op liquor store is located directly beside the Wild Rose Co-op Food Store in Killam.

In an effort to improve safety on our roads, the provincial government has introduced the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program for drivers seeking a Class 1 or Class 2 licence. While the new requirement came into effect on March 1 of this year, the Government of Alberta in consultation with the agriculture industry, has extended the deadline for farm workers to comply with the training requirements for commercial drivers until March 1, 2020. Extending the deadline for farmers is intended to avoid placing any undue pressure on seeding and harvesting operations of this year.

Eligible farm workers may apply to Alberta Transportation for the MELT deadline extension between March 15 and Nov. 30. Applicants must identify themselves as farmers or farm workers. Once this status is confirmed and the application approved, drivers will be authorized to take the preMELT knowledge and road tests for a Class 1 licence. Successful applicants must obtain their Class 1 licence by Nov. 30. Successful applicants seeking to retain their Class 1 licence for future farming seasons will be required to complete the enhanced Class 1 knowledge and road tests based on the new MELT curriculum before March 1, 2020.

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Agricultural societies to cut costs, reduce emissions By Murray Green

A new government program will help Alberta agricultural societies save money and reduce emissions through energy-efficient upgrades. Agricultural societies operate more than 700 facilities across the province, including hockey rinks, curling rinks, community halls and facilities that serve rodeos and fairs. This new $10 million grant program will support technologies that help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facility operating costs, including improving lighting, heating, ventilation and arena equipment. “Alberta’s agricultural sector wants to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This onetime investment will allow our agricultural societies to demonstrate environmental leadership, while continuing to enhance the quality of life in communities they serve,” said Oneil Carlier, Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. An estimated 260 agriculture societies that operate facilities, will be eligible for the funding to help them with the more than 3,000 community activities they’re involved in each year, such as rodeos, fairs, farmers’ markets, 4-H activities, agriculture and farm safety education, and scholarships. “Many of Alberta’s agricultural facilities are aging, and this grant will provide an opportunity to update buildings, improve energy efficiency and reduce increasing operating costs in the long term. Our ag societies, and these facilities, are essential to a high quality of life for Albertans, and this support helps relieve some of the rising financial pressure on societies so they can continue to do important work in their communities,” said Tim Carson, CEO, Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. The program will be paid for through 2018-19 Climate Leadership Plan funds. Eligible initiatives under the grant program include retroactive and future activities that are measurable, increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with results being reportable to the Alberta Climate Change office. View the Government of Alberta website for more details.

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A Salute to Farmers… Thousands of hardworking farm families work diligently every day to bring us the safest, most wholesome and affordable food found anywhere in the world. And while there are fewer people producing that food, they are more productive while being more quality, safety and environmentally conscious. It’s done by real people – families who have deep roots in agriculture and wouldn’t do anything else for a living. Our farmers work diligently to feed the world. They are also stewards of the land. We trust them to take responsible care of our land and water so the land will continue to produce food forever. As you enjoy your next meal, take time to think about the men and women who produced your food and what it took to get it to you. Be grateful for those who grow and raise our abundant and safe food supply.

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FOR SALE BY TENDER TENDERS ARE INVITED for the purchase of the following property located in Beaver County: THE SOUTH WEST QUARTER OF SECTION SIXTEEN (16) TOWNSHIP FIFTY (50) RANGE NINETEEN (19) WEST OF THE FOURTH MERIDIAN, CONTAINING 64.7 HECTARES (160 ACRES) MORE OR LESS* EXCEPTING THEREOUT: 0.417 HECTARES (1.03 ACRES) MORE OR LESS FOR ROAD AS SHOWN ON ROAD PLAN 197NY EXCEPTING THEREOUT ALL MINES AND MINERALS * there are approximately 140 cultivated acres. The Owner is in the process of subdividing the house and yard site which parcel is not part of the sale. The title to the property will be subject to the reservations and exceptions now appearing on the title and free and clear of all encumbrances. GST will be added to the tender price unless the purchaser is a GST registrant at the time of closing. TENDERS must be in writing, accompanied by a certified cheque for 5% of the tender price, sealed in an envelope marked “Whillans Tender” and must be received by Fielding & Company LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, #100, 4918-51 Street, Camrose, Alberta, T4V 1S3, on or before 12:00 noon, March 22, 2019. Municipal taxes will be adjusted. The closing and adjustment date of sale will be April 22, 2019, and the successful tenderer must pay the balance of the purchase price, plus GST unless the tenderer is a GST registrant, on the closing date, or the deposit will be forfeited. The deposits of all unsuccessful tenderers will be returned to them forthwith after the closing of tenders. No conditional tenders will be accepted, and the highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. No warranty whatsoever is given as to the condition of the property or as to the fitness of the property for any purpose. For further information about the property phone Jerald Whillans at 780-662-2546. For information about the tender process phone Wayne Throndson, Q.C. at Fielding & Company LLP at 780-672-8851.

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Daysland Northstars reach league finals By Murray Green

The Daysland Northstars are playing the Morinville Kings in the North Central Hockey League senior double-A playoffs. Both teams will also be going to provincials held in Wainwright March 28 to 31. The defending cham-

pion Northstars will be hosting game three of the league finals on March 15 at 8:30 p.m. If needed, they also host game five on March 23 starting at 7:30 p.m. On the way to the finals, Daysland beat out Whitecourt and Devon.

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Animal transport rules to change By Murray Green

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is trying to improve the health and well-being of animals. Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII) on animal transportation are proposed for next year. The amendments are the product of extensive consultations with farm groups, transporters, members of the public and interested groups, which resulted in an unprecedented number of responses to the CFIA’s proposals. “As a veterinarian, I am happy to say that Canada has improved the wellbeing of animals during the entire transportation process. The changes to the humane transport regulations better align Canada’s requirements with international partners (for example the United States, Australia and the European Union), as well as the OIE’s animal welfare standards for animals transported by land, air and sea,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Canada’s chief veterinary officer. They also take into account the latest research on animal transportation and international standards. By establishing clear and science-informed requirements, the regulations better reflect the needs of animals and improve overall animal welfare in Canada. These new, stronger regulations include both prescriptive and outcomebased requirements, that emphasize and improve the health and wellbeing of the animals during the entire transportation process. The overall objective is that animals arrive at their destination safely and are suitably fed, hydrated and rested. These amendments go beyond transport journey times to cover the full time an animal is prepared for transit, to the time they are installed in their new location. The new regulations are more detailed with respect to the different needs of different types of animals and specify intervals for transporters to provide food, water and rest. Everyone involved in the transportation of animals in Canada must comply with the Health of Animals Act and the amended regulations. The new regulations will come into effect in February 2020. This one-year transition will allow the animal transport industry to prepare for the amended regulations, before they are enforced.



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Open your farm to visitors for marketing, education By Murray Green

Farmers are encouraged to participate in this year’s ag-tourism showcase to help increase their sales. Becoming an Open Farm Days host is a great way for farmers, ranchers and ag-tourism operators to meet new customers and grow their businesses. Applications are open for farms and ranches to host visitors during Open Farm Days, Aug. 17 and 18. Last year, a record number of participating farms, ranches and visitors set a new high for on-farm sales. “We hope even more farms and ranches get involved in this year’s Open Farm Days. The event helps farmers meet new customers, share their story and grow their businesses. It’s also a fun and educational way for Albertans and visitors to take in Alberta’s agtourism experiences and learn more about where their food comes from,” said Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism. Now entering its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary events and tours. Farm sales in 2018 reached almost $190,000 over the two days, up 30 per cent from the year before. “Open Farm Days provides a unique opportunity to highlight agriculture’s importance and vitality as a core sector in the province. Alberta has some of the best food producers and processors in the world. I am proud that we are

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strengthening our support for the local food sector which continues to grow. It’s important for Albertans to connect with the hard-working farmers who are feeding their families and communities,” added Oneil Carlier, minister of agriculture and forestry. Participating hosts

can access product development supports such as business coaching, industry learning opportunities and regional networks. The deadline for host applications is May 31. The overall year-overyear growth of Open Farm Days highlights ag-tourism’s continued potential

to diversify the economy and create jobs. The weekend’s selection of experiences also helps showcase the growing number of opportunities available to rural and culinary tourism entrepreneurs. “We are very excited about the 2019 Alberta Open Farm Days. Farmers

and ag-tourism operators tell the story of agriculture in our province, produce some of the world’s best food and create unique Alberta ag-tourism experiences. Becoming a host is a great way to grow your business,” said Tim Carson, CEO, Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. “Alberta Open Farm Days was an awesome experience and a major boost for our farm. By offering fun and interactive education about bees and beekeeping, we promoted our business and products to more than 800 people. The event is a great way to share your passion for agriculture and ag-tourism,” offered Richard Ozero, president of Good Morning Honey. Open Farm Days is a collaborative project presented by the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms, ranches, hosts and agricultural societies. The vast majority of Albertans (87 per cent) have participated in some form of farm-to-fork tourism over the past 12 months. The most commonly attended activities are dining at a restaurant serving Alberta ingredients (71 per cent), attending a farmer’s market (56 per cent) and farm retail purchasing (40 per cent).

Revolving land assists conservation areas By Murray Green

More land is going back into farmers’ hands with Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) Revolving Land Conservation Program. As we salute Alberta agriculture during Farm Safety Week (March 10 to 16) DUC shares news that 12 properties were turned back into farm land. The land will be sold back to the agriculture community and local landowners this year. RLCP provides an opportunity for greater conservation impact on the landscape. Through this program, DUC purchases a piece of land, restores its wetlands and grasslands and then makes it available to potential land buyers and the agricultural community after placing a conservation easement on the title. Proceeds from these land sales go back into DUC programs to fund further conservation work. The RLCP program was launched in 2013 and has conserved 12,700 acres of wetlands and uplands

Wetlands and crop land can share areas to benefit producers and wildlife.

for waterfowl habitat and grazing land for beef producers and farmers. Currently there are more than 5,100 acres being conserved as part of 16 RLCP projects in Alberta. With much of the con-

servation work completed, land slated for sale will be sold in the summer and fall. For more information about RLCP, contact Darwin Chambers, head of conservation programs at

email d_chambers@ducks. ca or call 403-598-1817. Hero program

DUC is asking youth, school and community leaders to be wetlands heroes. If you know someone who has made it their mis-

sion to help conserve wetlands, Ducks Unlimited wants to recognize them as a Wetland Hero. DUC’s program is a Canada-wide initiative that connects and supports groups that take conservation action to promote wetland stewardship. As part of the program network, Wetland Heroes are recognized for projects–large or small–that help conserve wetlands. Projects can focus on a number of areas including innovation, awareness and advocacy. Stories about project work conducted by Wetland Heroes are shared by DUC to inspire others. Anyone in Canada under the age of 25 is eligible to participate in the program. Participants can be self-referred or nominated by others. All efforts made by Wetland Hero program participants are officially recognized and exceptional projects may qualify for a financial award. For more information, visit eroes or email c_mackenzie@

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Slow down and arrive safe By Lori Larsen

At the best of times rural roads can pose their own sets of challenges, with hidden intersections, soft shoulders, wildlife and other hazards; but add to it the results of thaw and freeze cycles and the roads can become very slippery. Camrose RCMP would like to remind residents to take a little extra time and reduce their speed while travelling on roadways, explaining that even slight increases in speed can turn a minor collision into a fatal one. Drivers often have the false idea that speeding will get them where they need to go faster, when in fact that is not true. Over a 25 km stretch, increasing the speed of your vehicle from 100 km/h to 120 km/h will only save you two minutes. This increase in speed, on the other hand, will almost double the likelihood you will be involved in a fatal collision. “In reality, speeding will not save you that much time,” said Alberta Sheriffs Traffic Operations superintendent, Rick Gardner. “The extra two minutes you might save is not worth significantly increasing your chances of a serious collision.” A 2017 Alberta Motor Association survey indicated that 82 per cent of responders agreed that speeding on residential roads is never acceptable while 52 per cent admitted to doing it anyway. “If you find yourself as a passenger in a car being driven at a dangerous speed, say something–do something,” said Alberta Integrated Traffic Services superintendant (officer in charge) Gary Graham. “Take your life out of the driver’s hands.” Speedy stats

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Alberta RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. In 2015, taken from Transportation Alberta 2017, one in four fatal collisions on Alberta roads involved one or more drivers who were travelling at speeds too fast for the given conditions. Between 2009 and 2014, speed was determined to be a factor in 16 per cent of the total 6,351 fatal and serious injury collisions reported in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions.

Alberta RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs have been working together for safe highways since 2010 in Integrated Traffic Units (ITUs) to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities. Safety is a number one priority on all roadways and the RCMP encourage drivers to slow down, enjoy the scenery and arrive safely to their destinations.

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Meeting the needs of the Camrose County agricultural business is a number one priority for the staff of the new Wild Rose Co-op Agro facility located on Highway 834 just east of Camrose. During the grand opening held on Feb. 21, guests were welcomed to the new facility with a free barbecue, product information booths, some prizes and giveaways and a silent auction with all proceeds being donated to the Hospice Society of Camrose and District. Wild Rose Co-op Agro Division manager, Neil Bratrud explains how the facility came about. “The process started just a little over two years ago. We have existing agro facilities in Viking and Sedgewick and we just felt there was an opportunity here, so we did our homework and we did all the checks and balances of expanding into the Camrose market.” Prior to the purchase of the land being finalized, the addition of the facility had to be approved through Camrose County council for rezoning and accommodations made of requests from landowners neighboring onto the facility’s property. “Then we started the construction of the facility which took about eight months. It is a state-of-the-art facility,” noted Bratrud. The facility will serve two main purposes: sales and service of all crop inputs, grain handling and storage equipment, and a bulk sales fertilizer facility. “We set up a granular fertilizer set-up with two overhead bins–a volumetric system,” described Bratrud. “We will be able to get producers in and out of here very quickly.” The facility brings in and stores fertilizer products from various manufacturers, then blends them to suit the individual farmer’s (soil) needs. Five full-time positions (all from the area) were created along with some seasonal positions. Bratrud, a two-year employee with Co-op, was born and raised in the Camrose area and is excited to build a business that will meet the needs of Camrose County agriculture business for years to come. In times of economic uncertainty, investing largely to offer new services in the Camrose area, such as the Co-op Agro facility, is encouraging and a show of support in the continual growth of the area.

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Guest editorial


Bawlf firefighters earn curling award

By Arnold Malone

Leadership chases a need. Different needs require different styles of leadership. If four people are planning a car tour around North America, it had better be by consensus. Such is not a leadership opportunity for one strong person. Leadership takes place whenever two or more persons engage in a plan. Plans are not always for the good. People have a capacity to cause a great good or create a train wreck. Every family has a leadership style. Some are autocratic with one person dominating others. Other families have joint parental leadership and some have full democracy where children are also involved in family decisions. Some people are leaders, while seemingly unaware of their influence. Almost every community has one or more such persons. By the impact of their demeanour, use of evidence, and capacity to articulate along with their ability to listen, they motivate others. A quiet thoughtful comment can cause others to doubt a previous position. Dictators are not leaders. Leadership, simply put, is the capacity to engage and motivate others. Oppression requires the use of force; it is not the skill of a motivator. Leadership is not always pretty. Sometimes the need is caused by an out-dated culture. Doing today what has always been done is likely tomorrow’s failure. When a new culture is required it means a previous culture must first be crushed. That was the case with the Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s. Lee Iacocca was brought in to save the corporation from certain bankruptcy. Iacocca fired heads of departments, brought in new personnel and basically changed the modus operendi that was used to manage the company. The financial press applauded his efforts, while the out-going executives and plant workers utterly despised him. Their comfortable routine had been ripped apart. Instead of bankruptcy the corporation flourished. This is tough, but sometimes-required leadership. Iacocca has stated, “We are continually faced with great opportunities disguised as insolvable problems.” Camrose saw such a style of leadership when Augustana was transforming into the University of Alberta. Much of what had been practised had to be shattered before a new and greatly improved opportunity could occur. Leadership in a parliamentary democracy is not what some citizens think it is. Many citizens think that parliamentary governments are expected to do what the citizens want. If so, governing would be utterly impossible. Canadians speak with 36 million voices. The State of California has propositions. This is a process where citizens can, by a collection of signatures, create a proposition requesting a government action. The government is expected to comply. Once, among the strongly supported propositions there were two; one asking the government for many more services and another asking for a significant reduction in taxes. Quick, go find Houdini. Our long parliamentary history flows from the British Parliamentary system providing us with Representative Government. Rather than each citizen making national decisions, persons are elected to make decisions on the citizen’s behalf. The representative is called upon to make judgments and every four years citizens make a judgment on those judgments. Representatives are duty bound to do what is right for the whole jurisdiction over a long haul. Canada has a long list of decision made by leaders that were, at first, unpopular with citizens. Sir John A. MacDonald’s trans-national railroad, Lester Pearson’s National Health Care Act and Brian Mulroney’s Free Trade Agreement are among some notable examples. The great orator and British MP, Edmund Burke 1729–97 said, “When leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity…they will become flatterers instead of legislators…[and] not guides for the people. Burke, also claimed “I owe you more than representation, I also owe you my leadership.” The above said, woe upon any representative who fails to listen and discards public opinion when framing public policy. Public policy should arise from vision but also ought to be tempered by the art of the possible.

Submitted The Bawlf Fire Department curling team composed of Mackenzie Dennis, Merlin Bergquist, Murray Erickson and Justin Jacobsen. By Murray Green

The Bawlf Fire Department earned the Top Volunteer Award in the Alberta Firefighters Curling Association’s 60th annual bonspiel that was hosted by the Torrington Fire Department, Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. “At the end of the bonspiel, we took home the Top Volunteer Team Award that is a life size wooden

fire hydrant. We placed third overall, only losing two games,” said lead Mackenzie Dennis. The winner from Alberta (Torrington) moves on to compete nationally in Kelowna this March against other firefighter teams. The Alberta Firefighters Curling Association held its 60th annual championship in 2019, at the

FIREPOWER Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Huntmania Sportsman Show exhibitor Jim Otto of Kingman shows one of the many firearms he displayed at the event held at the Camrose Regional Exhibition on Feb. 8, 9 and 10.

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The 4-H Canada organization, one of the longest-running youth groups in Canada, launched a new video called Creating Lasting Impact. The three-minute video shares inspiring stories of Canadian youth making a positive impact in communities across Canada through an initiative called Hands to Larger Service. Hands to Larger Service is a new 4-H Canada program, funded through the Canada Service Corps by the Government of Canada and McDonald’s Canada. Its goal is to promote community engagement and volunteerism, and to help create a culture of service for Canadian youth. This past summer, 24 Youth Service Leaders were matched with 4-H Club to Club Exchange groups and travelled throughout the country to help plan, coordinate, and lead service projects in local communities. The Hands to Larger Service video highlights two community service projects, one in Manitoba and the other in Nova Scotia, and showcases the collaboration between Youth Service Leaders, local 4-H clubs, volunteers and community partners. “We are thrilled to share this inspiring new video celebrating the amazing contributions of Canada’s 4-Hers,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “The Hands to Larger Service program aligns perfectly with our new vision statement ‘thriving communities in partnership with youth leaders,’ and the video truly captures the essence of our mission: to empower youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders.” In all, the program produced 26 hands-on community service projects in communities across Canada. “4-H Canada has always been committed to developing engaged and confident youth leaders with the passion and skills to create sustainable change,” said David Hovell, chair of the 4-H Canada board. “This is something we are proud to continue to deliver through exceptional programs like Hands to Larger Service.” The program has already been renewed for next year. In 2019, 4-H Canada will select and train 30 Youth Service Leaders (ages 18 to 25) to co-create communityfocused service projects across Canada during the summer. Applications to become a Hands to Larger Service Youth Service Leader are now open. To learn more about Hands to Larger Service, visit

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March 25 and 26, 2019

BRCF funds Alliance cemetery

for farm registered vehicles 4500 kgs and over GVW.

Inspections will be conducted by appointment only

at the Wild Rose Co-op Cardlock located at 3611-47 Avenue, south of the east end Fountain Tire.

For further details or to make an appointment, please call Susan at 780.672.4449 or

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on your income tax planning with help from…

Lynn Kneeland

Mainstream Accounting 4704E-49 Avenue, Camrose | Fax 780.608.8714 Phone 780.608.8700

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Battle River Community Foundation director Leon Lohner looks on while Peter Spady (recently deceased) presents the cheque to Jolene Sinclair, CAO for the Village of Alliance. Submitted

The Battle River Community Foundation recently awarded grants to the Village of Alliance for cemetery upkeep and maintenance. The grants are from income from several funds created by donors to support cemetery operations in the Village. The Cecil and Art Peacock Fund, the Donald Spady Memorial Fund and the Robert and Darlene Wold Fund generated $3,300 for the cemetery. The Battle River Community Foundation exists

to support charitable projects and facilities, such as those in the Village of Alliance, in East Central Alberta which benefit the local communities and have a positive impact on the future. Grants from the Battle River Community Foundation are primarily made possible through the generosity of individual donors and organizations that have created endowment funds. The principal of these endowment funds are kept intact and the income is made available annually

to support local projects and organizations. Since it was founded in 1995, the Battle River Community Foundation has granted over $6,350,000 to support community facilities and programs operated by organizations like the Village of Alliance. To learn more about the Village of Alliance, contact Jolene Sinclair, CAO, at 780-879-3911. To learn more about the Battle River Community Foundation contact Dana Andreassen, executive director, at 780-679-0449.

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BIDDING FOR BULLS Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Auctioneer Ron Peterson gives Bawlf School student Zachary Poulson help with the art of auctioneering, during the 2019 Canadian Bull Congress held at the Camrose Regional Exhibition Canadian Bull Congress School program.


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The COUNTRY BOOSTER, March 12, 2019 – Page 15

Proudly serving the Camrose and area agricultural industry

• General Machining • Welding • Crane Service

What’s your IT? Are you organizing a cattle sale? Hosting a trade show? Are you getting married? Need a meeting space? Planning a fundraiser? Whatever your IT may be, we can help make IT happen. Call us today! 780.672.3640

Phone 780-672-9400 4250 Exhibition Drive, Camrose Alberta •

Fax 780-672-9556 1/2 km East on Highway 26, Camrose

You’re at home here.


WILD ROSE CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION LTD. March 19, 2019 7:00 p.m. Camrose Recreation Centre Meeting Room 3 2 Floor (Please use central entrance) Camrose, AB nd

Agenda Will Include:

 2018 Audited Financial Results  Election of Directors

• Three 3-Year Positions. If you would like to be a director, please contact our administration office for the nominations forms and qualifications

Bylaw 7.04 Nomination Procedure: “…The person submits to the chair of the nominating committee, at least 15 days in advance of the specified meeting of the members, a nomination and consent form prescribed by the board of directors must be completed.”


Let me play out this scenario for you…

You get into an accident. Your insurance company says, “Take your vehicle to so and so.” But you say, “I want to take it to The Auto Shoppe – I know Jackie Rae is the celebrity apprentice there, and she wouldn’t lead me astray!” All joking aside, where you take your vehicle after an accident is the most important decision you can make. Two reasons: Number 1: You need to take it to a shop certified by the world’s leading auto manufacturers. Number 2: You need someone you can trust, and that’s The Auto Shoppe in Camrose.

Wow, now that’s a body shop.

Jackie Rae, Celebrity Apprentice at the Auto Shoppe

Gord, Jenn and Ryan

A family-owned business for 40 years.

It’s your right to choose who works on your car.

4709-36 Street, Camrose Phone 780-672-7231

Coronation RCMP investigate attempted theft of gas By Murray Green

Coronation RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance with an attempted theft that occurred in the town of Castor at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Two male suspects drove on to the property of Castor OK Tire located on 50th Avenue. The suspects

were operating a newer model white Dodge pick-up truck with four-doors, wide after market custom tires and LED equipped headlights. Once on the property, the suspects attempted to steal gas from an unoccupied dark grey Jeep Patriot parked at the location. The

suspects were captured by on-site surveillance video and are both described as caucasian males about average height with a medium build. The driver of the suspect vehicle wore a blue jacket, black hooded sweater and blue pants. His passenger wore a black jacket,

brown hooded sweater and blue pants. Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Coronation RCMP at 403-5783666. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by

phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by Internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

The COUNTRY BOOSTER, March 12, 2019 – Page 16

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The farm appearing in this photograph is located in the Camrose trading area. If you recognize it as yours, come to the Camrose Booster, 4925-48 Street, Camrose. You will be presented with a free 8” x 10” color enlargement of the photo.

• This week’s prize must be claimed by March 19, 2019. • Congratulations to Garry and Laurel Storbakken of the Lougheed area, the February 26th Mystery Farm winners! • This week’s Mystery Farm is sponsored by the businesses on this page.

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5000-51 Avenue, Camrose Phone 780-672-8759 Toll Free 1-877-672-8759

“We Sell for Less Than Big City Stores”

Discover the benefits of Co-op membership! • Is owned by its members. • Stocks a full range of quality products, including our popular Country Morning meats and Harmonie and Co-op brand items.

• Has knowledgeable, friendly staff available to assist you with product and service information. • Offers a hassle-free guarantee. • Supports the community.

The more you use your Co-op membership, the more you benefit. Sign up for membership today! Be an owner … become a Co-op member! You’re at home here.

Wild Rose Co-op Locations in Camrose, Killam, Sedgewick, Viking, Galahad, Alliance and Hardisty

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Camrose Custom Cabinets 3623-47 Avenue, Camrose Phone 780-672-7875 Toll Free 1-800-251-9705


Camrose Insurance Services Ltd. MICHAEL KELEMEN 5704-48 Avenue, Camrose Phone 780-672-9251 Phone 780-672-2273


Hauser Home Hardware Building Centre 6809-49 Avenue, Camrose Phone 780-672-8818


Add a flag to your farmyard We sell top quality, long-lasting flags – from Canadian and provincial flags to flags from countries around the world. Choose from many sizes to suit your specific needs. 4925-48 Street, Camrose Phone 780-672-3142

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March 12, 2019 Country Booster  

Camrose, Alberta newspaper, rural edition

March 12, 2019 Country Booster  

Camrose, Alberta newspaper, rural edition