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September 10, 2019

Augustana student Carolyn Cook dips into the pond to record the number of species found in the water bodies around Miquelon Lake.


University of Alberta Augustana Campus professors Dr. Glen Hvenegaard and Dr. Glynnis Hood and their undergraduate students are discovering important environmental science and geography clues to the world in which we live. Students learn how to conduct a field-based research project by planning a project, gathering data in the field, analyzing information and giving presentations. Students in the course live and work at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station. They work closely with staff from Alberta Parks and seek to conduct research that supports the work of park managers and environmental scientists. Past topics have included water depth in Miquelon water bodies, park visitor motivations and activities, beaver and muskrat habitat use, soil nutrients in different habitats, water quality, Miquelon Lake as a stopover for migrating birds and reclamation success in old oil and gas well sites.


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RCMP seek assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Augustana three-week field courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bridges to be repaired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRCF assists with Hardisty Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little House on the Slough column by Lisa Kaastra . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Randy Paquette, left, Brittany Woelk and Tannis McNabb look to the sky for clues on the environment.

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RCMP seek assistance

By Murray Green

Coronation RCMP are investigating a break-in to a local business that resulted in theft of a motor vehicle. The break and enter occurred between Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at D & L Methanol Services, situated in the outskirts of the Town of Castor in the County of Paintearth. A white heavy duty pick-up truck was stolen from the property. The truck is described as a white 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 with a crane in the bed and business decal on both front doors. Contact the Coronation RCMP at 403-578-3666 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS).

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Augustana three week field courses By Lori Larsen

This year marks the third year that University of Alberta Augustana Campus has been offering students an innovative and exciting way to settle into the world of post secondary studies. The 3-11 and First Year Seminar calendar was introduced in the fall of 2017. Students take a three-week block course followed by a more traditional 11-week session. For most full-time students, the 11-week session

will typically consist of three to four courses. During the three week block students and faculty focus on only one course. This allows for a more in-depth look at the course while fine tuning the student’s learning skills, in preparation of what they can anticipate during their university studies. The courses are interdisciplinary which promotes connectivity among students outside of a student’s chosen field of study, and by decreasing the work load subsequently

If you give your dog a pancake By Lisa Kaastra We’d started with the best of intentions. As any new fur parents, my husband and I wanted to ensure that our newly acquired husky-mix pup Odin would be taken care of to the greatest of health. And that, from the beginning, meant no human food. Like I said, we started with the best of intentions.  The summer our first daughter was born, I had a hard time keeping up with the bountiful egg supply from our chicken coop and full cartons littered every surface of our kitchen. “At least this way they won’t go to waste,” I’d tell my husband and shrug my shoulders, tossing a few of the oldest eggs in Odie’s direction. Things may have gone downhill from there. Soon after, there were the leftover steak bones, the stolen hot dogs, the stolen carrots and the stolen peas. And of course, the abandoned moose legs from a previous winter’s hunt. Yesterday I pulled out a questionable half eaten package of campfire smokies: “Odieeeeee!” and the remains quickly disappeared from the bottom step before the screen door slammed. I suppose this is the “toddler phase” equivalent of his life, where we put our hands up in the air, look the other way and find ourselves serving up chicken nuggets and fries four days a week. Metaphorically speaking only, of course. My father-in-law, as part of regular Saturday morning breakfast gathering, often comes home with an oversupply of pancakes. Seeing Odie waiting nearby and always looking for attention, he began to give the beggar a few for his own consumption. But if you give your dog a pancake then—well, he wants more.  And then…he promptly carries them under a tree, digs a hole and buries them. Perhaps he was saving them for later, but it’s been a few months and, as of yet, no one has seen the return of any breakfast baked goods, pancake or otherwise.  In turn, this emphasizes the importance of Odie’s dental health, nevermind his overall digestion. But can you guess what he likes to do with his regular Dentastix®? He excitedly takes it from your hands and promptly carries it under a tree, digs a hole, and buries it.  Personally, I have my own theory for this pattern of creative preservation. There is no reason for him to bury the bones that he gets because, as it were, no other animal or human on the farm is interested. But the treasured pancakes? Clearly this is an additional tactic of warfare in the never-ending battle against the resident squirrels and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that those cheeky little tree-rodents would like to take some for their own consumption.  So truly, it’s merely tactical. At least, from my toddlerdog’s point of view. Did I mention that we started with the best of intentions? Rest assured, he’s not always eating the pancakes anyway.  Note: No dogs were harmed in the making of this article. Odin, aka “Odie” is well loved, occasionally brushed and fed genuine store-bought healthy dog food with clean water on a daily basis.

decreases student’s stress levels. “These block week courses allow students to take part in experiential learning and get more out of the classroom than a traditional lecturebased course might offer,” explained University of Alberta Augustana Campus communication coordinator Tia Lalani. The goal of the 3-11 calendar is to connect students to the community, develop experiential learning opportunities and create personally fulfilled learners who are ready to pursue their careers upon graduation. The new calendar also allows for more flexibility in the method of instruction and provides greater opportunities for learning outside of the typical classroom. “Numerous faculty, staff and community members expressed a desire to go back to school and enroll in some of the block courses we offered this year,” said Lalani. “The courses range from studying Harry Potter to researching environmental topics at the Miquelon Lake Research Station.” The course offered at Miquelon Lake Research Station (AUENV/AUBIO 334: Field Studies in Environmental Science and Ecology is co-taught by University of Alberta Augustana Campus professors Dr. Glynnis Hood and Dr. Glen Hvenegaard. “We teach students how to conduct a fieldbased research project in Miquelon Lake Provincial Park,” said Hvenegaard. “Students plan a project, gather data in the field, analyze information, and give presentations.” To assist in providing the best learning opportunities as possible, the students in the course are required to live and work at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station. “We work closely with staff from Alberta Parks and seek to conduct research that supports the work of park managers and environmental scientists. “ Past topics have included water depth in Miquelon water bodies, park visitor motivations and activities, beaver and muskrat habitat use, soil nutrients in different habitats, water quality, Miquelon Lake as a stopover for migrating birds and reclamation success in old oil and gas well sites. With the new calendar, Augustana is leading the way in providing the best learning experiences for students.

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Four Camrose County bridges to be repaired By Murray Green

Four bridges located in Camrose County will be receiving extensive repairs this year. County public works manager Zach Mazure reported that three tenders were received for the bridge repair work at the Aug. 13 regular council meeting. Councillor Doug Lyseng moved, “That Camrose County council award the bridge repair contract to Bridgemen Services for a total tender price of $168,000 including site occupancy and GST, with funding to come from the federal gas tax fund.” On July 17, the bridge repairs tender was advertised on Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) website. The tender closed Aug. 6 with Bridgemen Services coming in with the lowest bid. “The prices also don’t include the cost of the girders that are required. Camrose County will order the girders to save on costs,” shared Mazure. His goal is to develop and implement a sustainable long-term plan for maintaining and enhancing the municipalities road network. “Repairing these structures will extend the

lives of the bridges by five to 10 years,” he added, after being asked how the price compares to replacement. Camrose County hired Bridgemen Services in 2016 to complete an urgent bridge repair on Range Road 192, north of Township 452. The requested bridges to be repaired in 2019 are Twp 454 between Rge 183 the lau

and Rge 181 (Division 3) that includes replacing all caps, sub-caps, replace girders, upgrade guard rail and replace missing/ damaged struts. Twp 474 between Rge 203 and Highway 833 (Division 4) includes treat and band piles, approach rail repairs, miscellaneous repairs (install steel shim, grout lift pockets and remove old piles).

Rge 183 between Twp 462 and Highway 13 (Division 5) that includes treat and band piles, bridge rail repairs, backwall repairs and other repairs. Twp 472 between Rge 183 and Rge 184 (Division 5) that includes replacing caps, place new H piles and other repairs. All bridges had level one and two inspections completed in 2016, which

determined all of the noted issues. Last fall, Camrose County administration applied to the STIP Grant for all four bridge replacement or repair projects. None of the bridges were selected to be funded. At this time, Camrose County will cover the cost of just the repairs to extend the life of the bridges by five to 10 years.

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$440,000 ID#1100821 ALLIANCE, AB $440,000 This land is located just southeast of Alliance, between Killam and Castor. The land is predominantly on the east bank of the Bale River but there is some land on the west bank. The land is currently rented for cale pasture but is very secluded on the south end which would be great for camping or hunng. There is a gravel road that takes you across the property and right down to the river bank making access with your RV or ATV.





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$395,000 ID#1100808 VEGREVILLE, AB $395,000 This grain 1/4 is located between the town of Vegreville and the Village of Bruce. There is 135 Acres culvated and has a some gas lease revenue.


ID#1100782 MEETING CREEK, AB $1,175,000 $1,175,000 This nice-looking farm on a total of 135 Acres is only half an hour South from Camrose. It includes a recently renovated bungalow home, well maintained barns, a shop and a large detached garage. The farm is currently used as a fi nishing hog farm and has an excellent contract for 4,500 hogs/ year. There are two connected barns with 4 bins a€ached for a total of 60 tons feed storage. The shop has a concrete floor and one half is insulated. Manure is drained into 2 lagoons which hold about one-year storage. There are 3 water wells on the property and a dug-out. All are †ed in to the barn.


$490,000 ID#1100867 CAMROSE, AB $490,000 This 150 Acre parcel has around 120 Acres of good quality grain land but is already subdivided into 2 parts (79 Acres and 71 Acres) which the owner would sell seperately. The locaon at 15 minutes east of Camrose would make these properes a great place to build or have a hobby farm. 3.31 ACRES NEAR TOWN $176,900 ID#1100676 VEGREVILLE, AB $176,900

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INVITATION TO TENDER FARMLAND CAMROSE AREA Wild Rose Co-operative Association Ltd. hereby offers the following land for sale by tender, subject to the existing reservations on title: MERIDIAN 4 RANGE 19 TOWNSHIP 46 SECTION 33 QUARTER SOUTH EAST EXCEPTING THEREOUT ALL MINES AND MINERALS (containing 159.88 titled acres) Subject to Board Approval, the right of the existing tenant to complete harvest of 2019 crop, and Restrictive Covenant prohibiting the retail of agri-business products from the lands.

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Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “CO-OP TENDER”, to James H. Andreassen at Andreassen Borth, Barristers and Solicitors, #200, 4870-51 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1S1, on or before 12:00 noon on October 15, 2019, and shall be accompanied by a cheque for $5,000.00 and GST number. Tenders will not be opened in public. The highest, or any, tender not necessarily accepted. Unsuccessful tenderers will be notified by mail, and their cheques returned. Successful tenderers shall be obligated to complete the purchase on or before December 15, 2019, and their cheque shall constitute a deposit towards the purchase price. For further information, or to view the property, please contact Carol or Hal at 780-672-3107.

FARM LAND FOR SALE The following unsubdivided quarter section is offered for sale by tender “as is”: NE 4-49-22-W4 (49068 Highway 21), located 5 km south of New Sarepta, AB on Highway 21, including residence, buildings, improvements. Tenders together with 5% deposit on tender price in the form of a Bank Draft, shall be submitted (in a sealed envelope), and payable, to Pahl Howard, Barristers & Solicitors, of 100, 5306-50 Street, Leduc, AB by 4:00 pm on October 17, 2019. Tenders shall be in the Tender Form, and based on “Purchase Agreement: Standard Tender Terms 2019”, available together with additional property description, at If the successful tenderer does not complete the purchase after acceptance, the deposit shall be forfeited. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Deposits of unsuccessful tenderers will be returned to them.


Murray Green, Camrose Booster Jay Church of the Tillicum Beach area competed in the Limited 25 yard rifle Off Hand, 50 yard rifle Off Hand, 100 yard rifle Off Hand, 100 yard rifle X-sticks and 25 yard Pistol events at the Alberta Black Powder Association shoot in Camrose on Aug. 3. They had 22 competitors from across the province, one from Saskatchewan.

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Reduce vehicle thefts By Murray Green

Fall in Alberta is a great time to enjoy the outdoors or taking your favourite vehicle for a scenic drive. However, with more vehicles on the road, it can lead to an increased risk of vehicle property crimes. August was the busiest month for theft of, and theft from, vehicles in Alberta last year. August was also the busiest month for all criminal code-related offenses. From June 1 to Aug. 30, 2018 there were more than 3,200 vehicle thefts and over 3,600 reports of thefts from vehicles. RCMP Alberta urges citizens to report all thefts, no matter the perceived severity. If you see something suspicious, call 911.

BRCF assists with Hardisty Cemetery Submitted

The Battle River Community Foundation recently awarded grants to the Town of Hardisty for cemetery upkeep and maintenance. The grants are from income from funds created by donors to support cemetery operations in the Village. The Lou and Charlotte Golka Fund, the Joe Kost Memorial Fund and the Darell and Winnie Goodrich Memorial Fund generated $3,750 for the cemetery. The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support charitable projects and facilities such as those in the Town of Hardisty, 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

Submitted Battle River Community Foundation director Jim Hampshire presents a cheque to chief administrative officer Sandy Otto, CAO for the Town of Hardisty.

by organizations like the Village of Alliance. To learn more about the Town of Hardisty,

contact Sandy Otto, CAO, at 780-888-3623. To learn more about the Battle River Com-

munity Foundation contact Dana Andreassen, executive director, at 780-679-0449.

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September 10, 2019 Country Booster  

Camrose, Alberta newspaper for rural readers. News and advertising for farmers.

September 10, 2019 Country Booster  

Camrose, Alberta newspaper for rural readers. News and advertising for farmers.