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Shellbrook VOLUME 101


The Voice Of The Parkland Since 1912 SHELLBROOK, SASKATCHEWAN

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

PMR #40007604 No. 13

Shellbrook Library celebrates 60th Board members, past and present employees, dignitaries, library users and the Shellbrook Elementary School Grade 2 class turned out to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Shellbrook Library Monday, March 26. Local library Board Chair, Deb Mervold emceed the event which opened with speeches from Shellbrook Mayor George Tomporowski, board member and RM Councilor Doug Oleksyn, former Board Chair Bishop Tom Morgan and Wapiti Executive Committee Member Gerwing. Library Vice-Chair Elna Fish also presented a comprehensive history of the library in Shellbrook. Through the years, the library has been housed in many locations -- eight to be exact. In 1952, Shellbrook joined the North Central Saskatchewan Regional Library after the Home and School Association raised the $225 start up fee. The first branch was located in Halliwell’s Hardware with J.C. Hetherington volunteering as librarian. The official grand opening took place in the Legion Hall, March 26, 1952. From there, the library moved into the town restroom, west of the Elks’ Theatre and then later into a small room inside the theatre. It then found a temporary home in Dorothy’s Floral Shop in 1960 and then moved into Norman Smith’s Furniture Store where it stayed from 1961-1977. When that business was sold, the library remained until its next move into the basement of the Shellbrook Credit Union. It was during this time that the Library’s longest serving librarian Hazel Barkway served her tenure. A permanent home for the library was constructed at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue East in 1984. The new facility was far more accessible than the previous location and traffic increased “We were limited with space at the Credit Union and of course when we moved into the new building we got more shelving and so headquarters gave us a whole bunch more books,” said Barkway, who was the librarian from 1979 to 1994. During her time one of the first stops for new residents in town was the library. However, with the growth of technology the library’s needs outgrew the facility and it was determined that one more move was in order. In 1996, the library moved into its current home in the Provincial Building on Railway Avenue West. Over the past sixty years 12 librarians, both volunteer and paid employees, have assisted with library patrons needs. Continued on page 3

Librarian Alanna Carswell and Shellbrook Library Board members Helen Larsen and Virginia Gray serve cake at the Shellbrook Library’s 60th Anniversary celebration March 26.

Investments in agriculture, revenue sharing key items in provincial budget Increased investments in agriculture, municipal government and health care while maintaining a balanced budget were the key points of the last week’s provincial budget according to Shellbrook Rosthern MLA Scott Moe. An increase of $13 million to the province’s Agriculture budget marked the second highest budget in the in the history of that portfolio. A record Crop Insurance budget of $177 million will see coverage levels increase to a record high $174 per acre, on average, in 2012, almost double the coverage levels offered in 2007. Producers will also now have the option of purchasing coverage of up to $100 dollars per eligible acre for land they are unable to seed due to excess moisture. “Investment in agriculture is important in our constituency,” said Moe. In addition, more than $20 million was invested in research, an increase of 50 per cent since 2007. This includes a $2 million investment in wheat genomic research and $250,000 for the Global Institute for Food Security.

He pointed to the $20.6 million increase in municipal revenue sharing as another key point of this budget for municipalities across the province. “I think it allows flexibility at the municipal level to make decisions and address challenges that they face on a daily, weekly and yearly basis,” said Moe. The 9.5 increase brings provincial municipal revenue sharing to $237.4 million. Regional health authorities will receive an additional $98 million, or 3.5 per cent in funding to operate this year. The overall budget increased to $2.9 billion for 2012. The budget also followed through on some Sask Party election promises in addressing rural health care issues with increases in training seats for nurse practitioners and physicians, doubled the number of residency positions for local and international medical graduates. The budget followed through on the promse of Saskatchewan student loan forgiveness of $120,000 for doctors and

$20,000 for nurse practitioners in hopes of helping with recruitment and retention efforts in the province. Funding of $5.5 million was also confirmed for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society Air Ambulance (STARS). The budget also sees the continued commitment for 13 previously announced long term care facilities, including the Shellbrook and Districts Integrated Health Complex. The budget also included a $60.5 million investment in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (SKSI). Funding for the program will support health regions to complete more than 8,000 more surgeries in 2012-13 (an increase of 10 per cent compared with 2009-10, the year prior to the initiative). Moe noted that all of these commitments were made in a balanced budget. “That was a commitment made by this government and its one that is important that we came through on,” said Moe.

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Parkland Terrace has been a buzz with opportunity! There is something to look forward to daily! Program calendars can be picked up at the entrance to the nursing home. They are available at the beginning of each month. Newsletters are printed quarterly. This is a great way to promote and inform others what is happening at Parkland Terrace. Recreation Therapy encourages and enables our

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residents to strive for independence and participation in life! Opportunities are created with specific goals in mind. Our residents pick and choose what they would like to be involved in. Some partake in Recreation Programs 2-3 times a day, others once or twice a week. Each person is unique in how much intervention/stimulation they require. Some opportunities included excursions such as trips to PA for shop-

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ping and bowling and out for supper to the Canwood Restaurant. Our residents also enjoyed the tea at the Seniors Center and watching curling and a figure skating practice at the rink. The Woodland Bus drivers are fabulous. Hats off to Grant and his crew for their expertise! Special Events are also a big hit! In March we celebrated St. Patricks day, held a mini Spring/ Winter Festival (our King was Olaf Olson and Queen was Edna Lens), and experienced an in home all inclusive Mexican vacation. Various large group programs are planned throughout the month. Entertainment fits into this category and is not only pleasant to hear, it is a great opportunity to socialize. Most of our entertainers play tunes that the older generation can sing along to or reminisce about the good ol’ days. Many toes are tapping, hands clapping and residents are encouraged to join in on a wheelchair dance or two. Smaller group programs encourage resident participation, adaptations are made to enable our residents to engage in the activity. An example of this would be breakfast club where 3 to 4 residents assist with preparing breakfast which almost always consists of non other then bacon and eggs! Flipping bacon, cracking eggs and buttering toast are all tasks that can be

done by the breakfast club crew. The smell alone brings back memories of breakfast at home. This starts many conversations about family and food. Sometimes the morning lingers on into a second pot of coffee and stories shared are wonderful! Some residents prefer short visits, or working on a project on their own. This is often referred to as one to one visits. Family members, staff and volunteers can access items from Recreation Therapy staff to aid in their visit (games/ puzzles, reading material, craft supplies, etc). Items needed - If you have extra’s of any of the following we would gladly take them off your hands: games, craft supplies (glue sticks, white glue, modge podge, material scraps, etc), card tables, jewelry making kits and wood working projects. Did you know a few of our gentlemen just finished assembling a dog house shingles and all! Just have to wait for warmer weather to paint it! Upcoming dates to watch for are: A “Jockey” Spring Fashion Show April 3 @ 6:30 and an Easter Tea with The Happy Wonderers April 5 @ 2:00. Family and friends are welcome. For those of you planning ahead the Parkland Terrace Yard Sale will be held sometime in the last two weeks of May. Date will be confirmed by April

5th, 2012. Space can be booked following that date. Family members we count on you for donations to the sale and to assist with set up and working. The funds raised at this event enhance the resident’s quality of life. Mother’s Day raffle tickets are available for $1.00 each. Prizes include a single bed quilt for 1st, a pair of pillows for 2nd and 3rd prize is an apron. VOLUNTEERS: April is VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION month. We acknowledge our dedicated volunteers all year long but this month is set aside to go above and beyond. Volunteers add so much to the lives of our residents. They enrich our day in so many ways. Some of the newest volunteers to make a difference are our Grade Two and Five classes from WP Sandin School. Watching our residents eyes light up when they arrive is heartwarming! The connection between the older generation and youth is something words cannot express. Our residents sit a little taller, listen more intently and engage in conversation freely. The students join Parkland Terrace Residents in a variety of opportunities such as arts & crafts, music, games, visiting and physical activity to name a few. They enjoy a wonderful baked treat from our kitchen staff before they leave. It is wonderful to see the students becoming more comfortable each visit. Some wanted to stay the remainder of the day

to VOLUNTEER. It is something special to give of yourself for the benefit of others. Volunteers obtain lifelong qualities and experience! Volunteers are an amazing link to the community; we welcome those who may be interested in the rewards of volunteering to contact us. Each one of us can make a difference, whether it is an hour or two a week/ month/year….it all helps. Volunteers do not replace staff-they enhance service. We are flexible however; Volunteers must be registered with Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, application forms can be picked up at the home. VOLUNTEERS GIVE THE BEST GIFT OF ALL –THEMSELVES. Please join Parkland Terrace and Shellbrook Hospital in Celebrating Our Volunteers on April 23rd at 2:00pm in the Parkland Terrace Dining Room. We invite anyone who would like to perform their talent in a variety show at this special time! Please contact the Recreation Therapy Department to book your spot! Congratulations to our VOLUNTEERS receiving PAPHR Long Service Awards April 2, 2012. The award ceremony will take place in Prince Albert. Recipients have been contacted by mail. Way to go Shellbrook! If you have a question, suggestions or information to share please contact myself. Until next time enjoy the spring weather! By Trina Chamberlain

Pink Shirt Day to be celebrated in Saskatchewan The Canadian Red Cross works closely with schools and communities in Saskatchewan throughout the year to train youth and adults to prevent and address bullying behaviour. On April 4, Red Cross is also celebrating Pink Shirt Day in Saskatchewan (April 19 in Prince Albert and area). More than 12,000 students and adults from 350 schools and businesses will be wearing pink shirts to bring awareness to - and take a stand against bullying in our communities. Bullying awareness events and activities are being held throughout the province. Why Pink? Pink Shirt Day is an engaging way to get students thinking about bullying and about what they can do to create a safe and respectful environment in their school. This initiative began after two high school students in Nova Scotia asked their peers to wear pink shirts to school to help another peer who had been bullied for wearing pink. Since then, the idea of wearing pink shirts to symbolize a stand against bullying has spread across the country, and into Saskatchewan where it caught the interest of the Canadian Red Cross.

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Library celebrates 60th Anniversary Mayor George Tomporowski quoted Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the places you’ll go” to get his point across about the importance of reading and libraries themselves. “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you’ll go.” “The more knowledge we have the more empowered we are,” said

Tomporowski. Through the years the library has expanded from 250 items to nearly 7,000 volumes plus access to a province wide network of library through the Saskatchewan Information and Library Services network. The library also includes computer services that were completely unheard of when the library first opened its

Shellbrook Librarians J.C. Hetherington Lydia Rowles Vesta Massey 1952-60 Dorothy Loth 1960 Doris Smith 1961-75 Dorothy Perkins 1975 -77 Anne Anderson 1978

Brenda Kinnaird 1978-79 Hazel Barkway 1979-94 Linda Mazurkewich 19942007 Diane Aug 2002 Alanna Carswell 2007Present

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Shellbrook Housing Authority is accepting bid applications for Contract Maintenance/Caretaking Services This contractor will provide maintenance and caretaking services for 32 senior units and 9 family units located in Shellbrook. The successful vendor is to provide the following services: • Regular seasonal grounds maintenance • General interior and exterior maintenance of buildings and suites • Mechanical and boiler maintenance • Accessibility to Housing Authority tenants for emergency calls • Regular inspection and maintenance of Housing Authority property • Regular activity reports to the Housing Authority. Basic working knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, heating, electrical, appliance repair and general maintenance is an asset. Must be able to perform manual labour and lifting tasks. Tools & equipment to be supplied by contractor. For further details, please contact John McIvor, Manager at 747-3995. Please submit sealed, written bid application, outlining qualifications and references by April 9, 5 p.m. to: Eileen Chappell, Chairperson Shellbrook Housing Authority Box 339, Shellbrook, SK S0J 2E0

doors. In 1975, the North Central Regional Library celebrated a quarter century in existence and changed its name to Wapiti. In 1978 Shellbrook won the Wallis Wapiti Award for most improved branch and in 1999 was the recipient of the Wapiti Regional Library Award in recognition of its many accomplishments. Through the years the new facility has also doubled as a showcase for local artisans as well as Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) traveling art exhibits while local painters have also used the space to ply their craft.

Shellbrook Library Board Chair Deb Mervold speaks before a packed house as the Shellbrook Library celebrated its 60th Anniversary.

Fire rates going up New rates were approved for fire and rescue calls at Monday’s meeting of Shellbrook Town Council. Council approved the rates set forth by the RM of Shellbrook with increases in the cost per hour for trucks within and outside of the RM of Shellbrook. Rates for the first hour of fire or rescue calls

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requiring a fire truck or rescue van has increased from $$250 to $300. Out side of the RM the cost rises from $300 to $350 and each additional hour rises from $70 to $100. Meanwhile, the charge

per man hour remains at $25, foam per pail will continue to be $160 and the air packs will stay at $25 each. Rescue equipment will also stay at $585 and the communications charge will remain at $20.

The Shellbrook Fire Department is jointly funded by the RM and Town of Shellbrook on a 50/50 cost sharing basis. April meetings of council have been set for April 9 and 23.


For the past 35 years, the Saskatchewan Junior Citizen program has been recognizing the outstanding youth of Saskatchewan. This year four deserving youth, aged between 8 and 18 years old, will receive $3000 bursaries to help pay for their future post-secondary education. Someone you nominate could be one of them. Visit for more information and nomination forms or call Nicole Nater at 1-800-661-7962 Nomination closes April 30, 2012.


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Opinions Brad Dupuis News Editor

The playoff stretch drive With a week or so remaining in the National Hockey League season teams from the top through the bottom have some major decisions to make. Top tier teams who have already captured a playoff spot need to decide whether or not to finish the season strong in hopes of carrying forward momentum or resting their stars in the few final games before what could be a grueling two month playoff drive. Teams currently fighting for their playoff lives simply need choose their lineups and strategies carefully because a simple misstep could see them on the outside looking in come April. Meanwhile the teams that have already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention have to decide whether or not they want to play the role of the spoiler or the lame duck. Teams dwelling in the cellar of the league increase their chances of a first round pick in this spring’s NHL Entry Draft. Three Canadian teams are currently contending for low draft picks this spring with the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs all hovering just above the last place Columbus Blue Jackets. As of this writing, the Oilers are leading in the draft odds department sitting in 29th place with an 18.8% shot at the first pick. The Canadiens follow at 28th place at 14.2% with the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs trailing at 27 and 26, respectively. Columbus, with a lock on dead last has a 48.2% chance of winning the draft lottery. So what do these teams do with their lost seasons? The Leafs and Oilers set their fans up for disappointment by starting the season at the top of the league before trailing off and eventually taking a nose dive in the standings. Some predicted that before the season began that the Canadiens may steal the eighth playoff spot in the east but as the season progressed it became evident that it likely wasn’t going to happen. So when a team is so far gone is there a real way to salvage the season? Does a 5-0 run to finish the season really matter if a team has been out of playoff contention for a month? I say that once a team can no longer make the playoffs that they should switch into evaluation mode. If they have young roster players, give them more ice time. If they have some young talent languishing in the minors, bring them up and give them a chance to play a few games with the big club. The worst thing that can happen is you win a few games while giving your young players some NHL experience. If the experiment doesn’t go so well and the team loses down the stretch, it brings them closer to that coveted first overall draft pick. Slumming it in the NHL’s basement has helped teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks put the pieces in place to become Stanley Cup Champions. Either way, the team is getting something out of it. When thinking of it in those terms, it’s pretty difficult to understand why a team would stay the course that took them out of playoff contention in the first place.

The Paul Martin Commentary The big surprise in the provincial budget – the decision to eliminate the employment tax credit for film makers – looks to have caught everyone off guard. And, as a result, the industry here is making plans to pull up stakes while players in other provinces – notably Manitoba – are welcoming the departing Saskatchewan businesses with open arms. While the arguments for and against a continuation of the film tax credit are well documented, the decision represents a new direction for the Wall government. This is the administration that presided over a huge win when Alberta began tinkering with oil royalties prompting the industry to divert its exploration budgets to Saskatchewan. The results of that are well known – it pushed us into bonanza territory. In the wake of that decision Premier Wall repeatedly said business needs predictability and stable government action. The film decision – which came with no advance warning to the industry - suggests he`s dropped that stance and anyone in the resource sector will now have no choice but to second guess any promises from this government that the status quo is sacred. *** January was a quieter month for consumers in this province. The most closely watched indicator of consumer attitudes is the monthly retail sales report issued by StatsCan. And, after a year of moving upward at a significant clip, January saw shoppers take a bit of a breather. Sales in January were pretty much equal to December`s activity and, given that December is a big month for this particular sector, the performance is probably fairly decent. And compared to a year ago, overall sales are up about six per cent.

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Now, while those sound pretty good, compared to the rest of the country they were a bit anemic. Every other province had a stronger month-over-month performance and we were slightly better than the average on the annualized figure. It is hard to assess just what this means as one month does not make a trend and it may well have been expected, as it is not unusual to take a breather after turning in strong results through most of last year. *** One of the most potent drivers of Saskatchewan`s economic strength these days is investment. Unprecedented volumes of capital are flowing into everything from technology to plants and equipment. Without question the largest recipient of the fresh money is the resource sector, particularly oil and gas as well as potash. Also included in the latest investment numbers, however, are things such as schools and hospitals or housing. But these are dwarfed by the activity seen in the resource and manufacturing industries. This is all about the private sector, not government spending. The latest figures on investment – released a few days ago – show Saskatchewan continues to ply uncharted waters. Last year more than $19 billion went into new long-term investments, surpassing the forecast for the year by roughly $2 billion. And this year is forecast to go even higher – to $20 billion. In the last ten years capital spending by the public sector has risen to roughly $3.5 billion, comparable to the residential component. Private business investment, on the other hand, tripled from the $5 billion a year range to just under $15 billion.

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Viewpoint Rural Sask. survives austerity budget As far as “austerity” budgets go, Finance Minister Ken Krawetz’s 2012-13 budget wasn’t as hard on rural Saskatchewan as some thought it might be. In fact, there were even a couple gems set aside for some rural communities that may leave some thinking that this wasn’t an austerity budget at all. Of course, the standard for “austerity” in rural Saskatchewan was set relatively high 19 and 20 years ago when NDP budgets designed to reduce the Progressive Conservative budgets cut deep into the heart of the province. Tax increases and cuts to highways spending and the GRIP program in 1992 followed by the closure of 52 rural hospitals in 1993 clearly left lasting scars on the rural landscape. Last Wednesday’s Saskatchewan Party budget inflicted no such deep wounds ... although a few of the cuts will certainly be felt. The government’s “efficiencies list” of program spending cuts included an increase on the cap of the seniors and children’s drug plan to $20 (from $15) that will pinch all provincial citizens. Similarly, the $25 additional costs (to $275) of the Senior Citizens’ Ambulance Assistance plan deductible might be more felt in rural Saskatchewan that has a higher

percentage of seniors. The elimination of Enterprise Regions at a $4-million saving will also takes a bigger toll on rural people that benefited from the provincial government’s help in economic development. Closures of two northern field offices in Cumberland House and Pelican Narrows plus a third in Moosomin (where conservation office staff will be consolidated in Melville) also stings. But a lot of rural communities also received a lot of direct benefits in this budget. For starters, $5.5 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) program suggests rural people are on their way to better emergency care. Also, there was $42.7 million to begin construction of seven previously announced longterm care facilities in Biggar, Kelvington, Kipling, Kerrobert, Maple Creek, Meadow Lake and Prince Albert as well as third-party grants for six additional LTC facilities currently being built in Radville,

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Redvers, Rosetown, Shellbrook, Tisdale and Watrous. There was $38.6 million for construction of six new schools in Warman, Swift Current, Saskatoon, White City and Lloydminster, $4 million in planning funding for three new schools in Hudson Bay, Leader and Martensville. Meanwhile, schools in Lloydminster, Lumsden, White City, Prince Albert, Regina, Humboldt, Regina, Saskatoon, Hillmond and Weyburn will all see money for major renovations out of a $50.1-million fund. Rural communities also faired pretty well in highways spending, notwithstanding a near $18-million drop in the department’s overall budget to $426 million from what was spent last year. The ministry will be moving forward on Estevan’s bypass, completion of Yorkton’s trucking route, the St. Louis Bridge and completion of Hwy 11 twinning. Also, $70.5 million has been set aside for upgrades under the rural highway strategy and there’s a $13-million increase in the bridge and

culvert strategy (to $59.2 million) that will see 29 bridges replaced. The government also committed $23.5 million to its Municipal Roads for the Economy Program. Communities will be hit with the previously announced eight-per-cent increase in policing costs, but Meadow Lake will see $700,00 to address policing issues in that city. In agriculture, there will be $321.4 million to fund Crop Insurance and AgriStability plus $5.3 million for the Beneficial Management Practices Program, $3.5 million for intensive Livestock Operations Environment Program, $2 million for wheat geonomic research, $790,000 for Farm Business Development Initiatives for Young Farmers, $210,000 for grain bag recycling, $1 million for rat control and $500,000 for beaver control. Finally, the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program of 2011 will be continued into 2012 with $5 million. Sure, it’s our dollars and resource royalties paying for this, so perhaps we shouldn’t get too excited about the government spending our own money. But with all the pre-budget talk of austerity, cuts to rural Saskatchewan were not as deep as we’ve seen in the past.

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Canadian buyer needs to be found for Viterra Editor: Are the following events coincidental or were events pre planned? Is there even a remote chance that an illuminati was and is involved? The crows nest rail agreement was dismantled -- an agreement equivalent to a law or a treaty. Extremely low resistance by those affected was displayed as broken promises etc. of this magnitude were not common yet. The destruction of the

Farmers Union was easily accomplished as by now neighbours didn’t trust as well as becoming envious of success. A bit more interest in places but lack of leadership. Till today most people don’t know how it was that a grain company, once a people owned utility, was dismantled and disappeared before the participants and supporters eyes. Anyone follow through on the shares fiasco? Still not over.

And Viterra was born from a bankrupt company to the biggest grain company in Canada. Was the C.W.B. still in the way of private and corporate entrepreneurs? As long as the Federal Government had a say and control it was not a comfortable situation for offshore to off er take over bids. Now with the Government control out of the way the sky is the limit. Open for business. Is a world monopoly a possibility?

Is it humanly possible that the people concerned were unaware of the possibilities. If they were then they are not fit to govern. Mr. Harper please organize a Canadian sale while the duped Canadian public still have something to be proud of. Beautiful comfortable jails are not our preference. United we stand -divided we fall. Oops, too late. Emmanel Oystreck Yorkton.

Govt needs to act to stop scandal from spreading Dear Editor, “Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff now back in the private sector, told CTV’s Question Period that “suppression of vote is a despicable, reprehensible practice and everybody ought to condemn it.” (1) “He insisted that internal measures were in place in the Conservative campaign to ensure that his officials did not engage in dirty tricks.” (2) Unfortunately as more information comes to light from those engaged in calling (3) and flow of monies through local campaigns to

call centres (4) an orchestrated suppression of votes, rather than the action of an overly partisan individual, is emerging. It is to be hoped Stephen Harper will act against this threat to the integrity of our system of selecting our rulers as Prime Minister of Canada not as Leader of a political party whose actions are being questioned. It is imperative whatever resources needed are made available, to determine with precision, what occurred that led to thousands of voters being mis-

directed on Election Day 2011 and who were involved to enable the courts to “throw the book at whoever is behind calls to deliberately mislead voters in the 2011 election.”

It is imperative to make these actions a one time scandal that do not spread into our future. Yours truly, Joe Hueglin Niagara Falls. Ontario

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Senior’s wrap up season with Closed Bonspiel

The Shellbrook Seniors Curling Club wrapped up the 2011-12 season with their annual Closed Bonspiel March 21. The team of Larry Ferster, Jim McComas, Wayne Pringle and Van Coates edged the rink of Wilbur Grayston, Edith Turner, Pat Gunn and Ray Danger by a score of 8-6 to with the Club Championship. In the B Event it was Murray Cameron, Orville Agrey, Marrion Miller and Bob Dowes over the team of Arnold Gunderson, Amund Otterson, Maurice Tanchuk and John Hein to win the Ross Ritchie Trophy. In the C Event, the team of Wilf Lindenback, Pius Senger, Terry Macsymic and Kurt Hillenbrand defeated Blake Jones, Sylvia Savage, Edna Cooper and Ken Jensen to win the Bill Stephens Trophy. The club also presented Stella Jones with a life membership to the club which is bestowed upon members as they turn 80 years old. Through the year the

club holds monthly curling draws with randomly chosen teams squaring off. The following are the monthly winners from 2010-11: November: Wilbur Grayston, George Tomporowski, Terry Macsymic and Maurice Tanchuk. December: Joop van Melle, Ethel Williamson, Leo Moore and Pius Senger.

January: Arnold Gunderson, Jerry Clark, Pat Gunn and Ray Danger. February Wilbur Grayston, Jim McComas, Wayne Pringle and Van Coates. March: The team of Ron Helm, Jerry Clark, Edith Turner and Ray Danger tied the team of Murray Cameron, Jim McComas, Edna Cooper and Pius Senger.

Club president Eileen Chappell presents the Club Championship trophy to Larry Ferster, Jim McComas, Wayne Pringle and Van Coates.

Club president Eileen Chappell presents Stella Jones with the life member plaque.

Club president Eileen Chappell presents the Ross Ritchie Trophy to B Event winners Murray Cameron, Orville Agrey, Marrion Miller and Bob Dows.

CURLING IN COSTUME -- A costumed Gord Goudal calls the shot at Adam Brad looks on at the Shellbrook Curling Club’s annual Icemaker’s Spiel. The fun spiel, featuring three end games, signals the end of the curling season.

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Club president Eileen Chappell presents the Bill Stephens Trophy to C Event winners Wilf Lindenback, Pius Senger, Terry Macsymic and Kurt Hillenbrand.

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Agriculture What will Canada give up for foreign trade? Free trade has become the key focus of foreign trade policy in both Canada, and around the world for several years in Canada, starting in earnest with the initial free trade deal inked with the United States. In general terms that deal and the follow-up North American Free Trade Agreement, have been a positive from the Canadian perspective, although if anyone assumes trade is now completely free flowing they are wrong. Over the years since NAFTA Canadian sectors including lumber, pork, and the Canadian Wheat Board have spent consid-

erable time in court, and spent a lot of money in the process, ensuring trade access. There is also the reality that total trade access between two countries is not likely to be something we should aspire to. There are differences in standards and regulations to consider. It is one thing to have a free flow of goods, but one does not want to reduce the safety level consumers are accustomed to with existing Canadian laws. At the same time there are sectors a country might wish to protect. In Canada, when it comes to agriculture, there

By Leroy Bader, PAg Farm Business Management Specialist A key area of farm management is keeping track and knowing your cost of production. That cost should include both your variable, or cash costs, and an allocation of fixed or overhead costs. An accurate calculation of your cost per bushel or per animal will serve as a very useful guide to enterprise decisions such as crop rotations and livestock production. It is also a critical step in your ability to set price targets for marketing. To assist you in

this process, the Ministry of Agriculture has created the following tools: Crop Planning Guide: The Crop Planning Guide contains cost estimates of crop production for each of the soil zones as well as estimates for specialty crops. The guide contains an estimate of variable and fixed expenses for an average sized farm in each of the soil zones. The farm size used for the black soil zone, for 2011, was 1,169 acres. This is based on the 2006 census of agriculture data. The crop prices used are farm gate price esti-

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has been a desire to protect this country’s supply-managed sectors, dairy, poultry and eggs, and with some solid reasoning. On the one-hand the system comes as close to assuring farmers a return based on cost-of-production as has been achieved. In agriculture where re-

turns ebb and flow all too regularly, often leaving farmers losing money, the stability of supply management is a positive. Consumers should also feel a level of confidence in sectors which rely greatly on freshness, and are key elements of a balanced diet, are maintained here in

Canada. The idea of fresh milk at the grocery store starting out from a cow in California, or Mexico, seems to run counter to the idea of fresh. However, as Canada looks to broaden free trade access, supply management always seems the chip other countries want this country to sacrifice. Canada is now considering entering into a TransPacific Partnership Asian negotiation. Greater access to Asian markets would generally be a good thing, especially as the Pacific Rim appears the likely economic driving hotbed in the years ahead.

But the United States and New Zealand, already in the loop, have said they want Canada to negotiate less protection for supplymanaged sectors, a door once opened is likely to see the system eroded away over time. Greater trade access is good for Canada as a country with the ability to far out-produce domestic needs in agriculture, and been mineral and resource rich, so we need to be at the table. The question though will always remain how much we will give up to sign a deal.

ing your cost of production, include: Beef Cow-calf plan Cattle feeding break even calculator Feedlot planner Knowing your breakeven yields and prices won’t guarantee a farm profit but it does keep you on target when used

in decision making and can greatly improve your chances of success. For more information on this or other farm management topics, contact your Regional Farm Business Management Specialist at 878-8841 or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.

What is your cost of commodity production?

Canada Grain Growers comment on Viterra deal

The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) welcomes a world leading grain company like Glencore to the Canadian marketplace. “It is clear they bring a wealth of expertise and connections to sell Canadian grain around the world,” says Stephen Vandervalk, President of the Grain Growers of Canada. “We are very pleased with their commitment to continue working with leading farm organisations like the Grain Growers.” Glencore is one of the world’s leading integrated producers and marketers of commodities, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. For Canadian farmers it will mean growth in new markets

and wider market access through Glencore’s global distribution channels. Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada, spoke directly with Chris Mahoney, Director of Agricultural Products of Glencore earlier today, “We were very pleased with the enthusiasm and positive attitude they are showing wanting to take part in the Canadian agriculture industry,” says Phillips. We received reassurance that Canadian agriculture would be a top priority for the company and we look forward to doing business with them,” Richardson International also met with the Grain Growers this morning. “In our meeting with Curt Vossen, President of

Richardson International we were pleased to hear their commitment to increase their presence in Canadian Marketplace. Richardson is a good example of a Canadian owned company that sees a bright future in Canadian farming and value-added processing.” The Richardson purchase means Glencore and Richardson will each have about 1/3 of western Canada’s grain handling capacity, whereas currently Viterra has 45 per cent and Richardson has 25 per cent. After speaking directly to senior management of Agrium today, Vandervalk commented, “While Agrium is a well respected Canadian company, we are told they will now have 30

per cent of farm input business. In areas of western Canada where farmers feel there will be less competition, we will encourage the competition bureau to have a look and make appropriate recommendations.” “At end of the day, what farmers want is competitive pricing to buy our inputs and competitive bids when we sell our grain,” concludes Vandervalk. Representing tens of thousands of successful wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea, lentil, rye and triticale farmers, the Grain Growers of Canada is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers. Please visit www.graingrowers. ca .

Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill MP Rob Clarke Ottawa House of Commons 502 Justice Bldg. K1A 0A6 Phone: 613-995-8321 Fax: 613-995-7697

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Please contact my office if you are having problems with EI, CPP, Passports, CEP, Status cards, CRA, Agriculture Canada or any other Federal Government programs or departments.

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On-Line Calculators: In addition to the published Crop Planning Guide and on-line calculator, there are also a number of other on-line calculators available on the Ministry website. The planners are in excel spreadsheets and may be useful tools in determining your individual cost of production. To find these calculators go to the Ministry of Agriculture website at and scroll to the very bottom of the page. Some of the other calculators found here, that may be useful in determin-


mates based on information available in December of 2011. Crop yields are increased by 20% above the long term area averages from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance. It is important to realize that the figures used are estimated costs based on recommended production practices for the soil zone. To make the best use of this guide it is important to use the worksheet supplied with the publication and enter in your own costs, yields and commodity price estimates. This worksheet is also available as an online calculator.

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JUNIOR CURLING PROGRAM -- The Shellbrook Curling Club launched a junior program this curling season. Through the year, participants learned the basics of the game and worked on their skills Wednesday afternoons. Pictured here are: Coaches Brad Ledding, Richard Bell and Nathan Dzialo. Middle Zach Bell, Gavin Fisher, Brennan Stochmanski, Mitchell Muller, Ethan Bell, Breck Thiel, Kaitlyn Stene, Jessie Boon, Mya Boettcher and Alexis Banda. Front, Carson Ledding, Lance Paton, Shayla Paton, Mason Mamchur, Deklen Poppel and Aidan McKibben-Venn.

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Elks win league, play Prov A final Saturday The Shellbrook Elks captured their ninth Fort Carlton Hockey League title in eleven years but will have to wait a week for a second chance at the Provincial A Championship. The Elks scored the go ahead goal against the Bruno T-Birds with just 37 seconds left in the game for a three game sweep in the FCHL finals. However, they came out on the wrong side of a one goal game Saturday night which will see them make a second trip south for all the marbles as they face the Bienfait Coalers in Estevan. Saturday March 31. Elks 2 Bienfait 3 The Bienfait Coalers rebounded from a close loss at home to even their Provincial A final series with the Shellbrook Elks in Shellbrook Saturday night. Jackson Walliser played a solid game for the Coalers turning away 38 of 40 shots while the team in front of him managed to capitalize on the relatively few scoring chances they received. The Elks jumped out in front early in the first with a goal from Aki Seitsonen but couldn’t build any more momentum through the period despite having three powerplay opportunities. The Coalers tied the game midway through the second period on a goal from Chris Hammett but neither team would score

another until the third frame. Bienfait broke the tie three minutes into the third period on a powerplay goal from Daylan Wheeler but Bret Peppler of the Elks replied three minutes later to restore the tie game. Steve Kaip scored the winner for the Coalers with 3:46 left in the third. The Elks were 0-3 on the powerplay while the Coalers went 1-3 with the man advantage. Game three takes place in Estevan Saturday March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Elks 7 Bruno 6 After handily winning the first two games of their FCHL Final series, the Shellbrook Elks did not have an easy game 3. The Elks jumped out to a two goal lead early in the first period as Korey Diehl and Ryan Gareau both scored in the first three minutes of the game. Luke Strueby cut the lead in half with a goal with six minutes left in the first period. The Elks further padded their lead in the second with another pair of quick goals, this time from Aki Seitsonen and Mason Wallin. However, the T-Birds managed to work themselves back into the game despite being outshot 12-8 in the second period. A goal from Dan Erlandson made the score 4-2 but Chris Walter regained the three goal lead for the Elks as he

Craig Hayden, Captain Hugh Hamilton, Chris Walter, Owen Walter, Matt Bergen, Aki Seitsonen, Korey Diehl, Curtis Olsen, Nathaniel Martin, Joel Belair, Ryan Robin\ and Brock Fitch. Middle Mark Walter and Ryan Gareau, Front Chris Thompson, Mason Wallin, Josh Peterson and Matt Swaby. Goaltender David Clements.

scored a minute later. Then the T-Birds went on a run of four unanswered goals through the second that put them in the drivers seat. Brayden Klimosko scored a pair two minutes apart to bring the T-Birds within a goal. The Birds tied the game with five minutes left in the period with Strueby’s second of the night and Brett Novak scored the go ahead goal with 1:27 left in the period. Chris Thompson tied the game five minutes into the third. Both teams played solid defence

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through the third limiting shots to 5-3 in favour of the Elks. With 37 seconds left on the clock, Gareau scored the series clinching goal, his second of the night. The Elks went 1- 8 on the powerplay while the T-Birds went 2 - 7 with the man advantage. Elks 9 Bruno 1 Mark Walter and Ryan Gareau each had a pair of goals to power the short handed Shellbrook Elks past the Bruno T-Birds in game two of their Fort Carlton Hockey League final matchup.

Shellbrook’s Josh Peterson scored the game’s first goal 3:43 into the first followed by a goal Bruno’s Lee Huber 3:30 later. Walter scored his first of the game with 4:21 left in the first to regain the one goal lead for the Elks. Late in the first, the Elks lost the services of defenceman Matt Bergen to a game misconduct for checking from behind which shortened their bench further. The Elks dressed 14 skaters to Bruno’s 18. The Elks continued to pad their lead with a sec-

ond goal from Walter, on the powerplay, a minute into the second. Gareau and Curtis Olsen also scored in the second to give the Elks a 5-1 lead going into the third period. Ryan Robin, Korey Diehl (short handed), Gareau (powerplay) and Aki Seitsonen each scored in the third to bury any hopes of a Bruno comeback. Both teams played a grittier game than in game one with a total of 23 infractions called with Shellbrook receiving 13 of those.

FUNDS FOR CANWOOD REGIONAL PARK -- Terry Hamborg, left, and Karen Kvinlaug, right, accept a cheque on behalf of the Canwood Regional Park from Dianne Ethier and Scotiabank Branch Manager Connie Bahnuick, matching funds raised at the annual Canwood Supper and Silent Auction fund raising event March 10. Funds raised will be used to continue improvements at the park.

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Skating club hosts ‘We are the World’

The Shellbrook Skating Club took one last opportunity to show off their skills for the year as they hosted their annual ice show -“We are the World.” The annual year end display saw skaters, ranging from learn to skate CanSkate programs to the StarSkate figure skating programs, perform a series of routines themed after countries around the world. This year, the club took some giant steps forward as they hosted the Skate Canada Region 12

Competition for the first time in 21 years. “It was a great opportunity for us to showcase out skaters within the region,” said Harms. Though one of their StarSkaters, Alanna Forbes, is graduating out of the program, Harms said that a group of younger skaters are moving up. “It is exciting to see the development of the skaters this year. We have five young skaters moving into the StarSkate stream. That’s huge for us,” said Harms.

“It shows that there is interest in the sport of skating in Shellbrook.” The club also recognized long time volunteer Ev Hollowell as she has been nominated for the Skate Canada Saskatchewan Regional Volunteer Recognition Award, which will be awarded at the Annual General Meeting in Regina April 28. Hollowell began volunteering as a judge in Saskatchewan in 1986 and has been involved with the Shellbrook club for more

than 30 years. The club executive also grew this year with the addition of three new

members -- effectively doubling its size. A powerskating program was also offered for

the first time this year with 25 skaters taking part in a 10 week program.

Bahamas Alanna Forbes, Emilia Gillies and Hailey Harms.

Italy Ethan Klaassen, Aiden Tait, Danielle Cadrain, Devin Cadrain, Abby Ledding, Ava Ledding and Jake Boettcher.

Ireland Erika Stene, Emmalynn LaMotte, Mya Cyr, Kacy Cambell and Trinity Fusick. Switzerland Jade Keyowski, Beau Ahenakew, Jessica Sharron, Leah Naumann, Courtney Lens, Selah Robillard. Front Charlise Smith-Hayden, Jack Sharron and Davi Clarke.

USA Abbie Lens, Amelie Stephan, Marcail Philp, Peyton Ahenakew, Emmersyn Nahorniak. Front Reese Galloway, Matt Muller, Cole Fisher, Mason Klein and Brooklynn Klaassen.

Mexico Rayne Cyr, Brooke Cadrain, Ashlyn Schmitz, Tegan Naumann and Breanne Cadrain.

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Saskatchewan Seniors Association news

My involvement with the Saskatchewan Seniors started some 15 years ago when I started to attend meetings of my local Seniors center. That put me at about the age of 65 and I well remember the looks that my wife and I received when we first entered to attend our very first meeting. Looks that said who are you?, why are you here?, what do you want?. Oh yes, the greeting was not that warm

and friendly, still we took out memberships, still getting those strange looks but however my wife and I persisted and we became accepted as genuine seniors. The agenda at most of the meetings was not earth shaking but it did include selecting members to attend district and region meetings, deciding what prizes were to be given at the card games and who was going to clean the kitchen up after

the meeting. It was different and it was interesting. Not too long later I was elected to the board of directors and served there for a few years before taking over the presidency and it was then I learned just how stubborn seniors could be. If there was any mention at all of change to the normal routine it was quickly voted down and it required a great deal of tact and persistence to go ahead with new programs. Status


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Quo was good enough and it nearly always prevailed. There are times when I am visiting senior centers across the province I see some of that same feelings. Although we need, as an association, if we are to survive, younger people to come forward, there is that reluctance to accept them and make them feel welcome. When visiting senior centers in various parts of the province in my 70’s as a new Vice President of this Association I would always be asked the number one question. How can we increase our membership?, and the answer always was, allow younger people to become members. Then that answer brought up another great debate on how old did you have to be to be a senior. That debate went around and around every where I went. There still isn’t an answer to it but the advice given at that time which would be the same advice now, is to allow people to come into your center and if they like what they see then let them become a member no matter what age they are. We need the younger members along with their new and fresh approaches to being in their “golden age”. Seniors in this province are really no different than seniors in any other province in that we hold the history of the village, town or city that we live in deep within our minds and hearts. We are a living archive and we are unique in that regards. It’s what we do as seniors as a matter of course, we remember, and we love to recall events and dates and times that have taken place not only in our own individual past but also the in the past of our parents and our grandparent and even our great grand parents. We may not remember what we had for lunch on Tuesday of last


week but we do remember all that other good stuff. This particular fact was never so clear to me as when I visited with and talked to seniors all across the province, I felt at times that those seniors were not only giving me a view of their lives but also a view of Saskatchewan and indeed of Canada. We as a group are smart and we probably have wisdom to spare, though probably that’s not the way a large number of the population regard us. They see us, generally speaking, as just being old and slow, somewhat deaf and not able to see clearly, but that’s only the physical side of us. They fail absolutely in getting to know what’s in that wonderful mind of ours. O the stories we could tell, if only some one would ask us. We may not know the difference between an I pod and an I pad, and what to do with flash drives and USB ports but that does not make us stupid. What it does is show that we are just not E tech minded or that we even care about such things. We have a phone and we have a TV and we have come to accept all the worries and troubles that those two items can bring, so how much more worry and trouble does the regular

senior need or want. We know that we do have a problem with change but at the same time we do know what makes the world go around, and that’s love and kindness and we try our best to give that out in abundance. April and May are the times when the districts and the regions are having their meetings so if you need or want me to be there now is the time to issue the invitation Just heard the news of the 2012 budget in regards to seniors, more frustration for us. Hopefully the spring like weather we are experiencing will make us want to get out more and enjoy life a little more. In the midst of sharing all your wisdom do try and remember to remain active and stay healthy. Len Fallows. President SSAI.

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R.M. Leask No. 464 Notice Assessment Roll

Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll of the Rural Municipality of Leask No. 464 for the year 2012 has been prepared and is open to inspection at the office of the Assessor from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from March 30, 2012 to April 30, 2012. A bylaw pursuant to section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal with the Assessor, R.M. of Leask, Box 190, Leask, SK S0J 1M0 by the 30th day of April, 2012. Dated at Leask, Saskatchewan, this 30th day of March, 2012. Sheri McHanson Budd Assessor

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RM of Leask meeting highlights The Regular Meeting of the Council of the Rural Municipality of Leask No. 464 was held in the Leask Municipal Office on Thursday, December 15, 2011. The following are the highlights of that meeting: Present were Reeve Len Cantin, Administrator Sheri McHanson Budd and the following Council members: Steve Nelson (Div 1), Real Diehl (Div 2), Marcie Kreese (Div 3), Myles Robin (Div 4), Robert Girod (Div 5), Victor Unyi (Div 6). That Council Supervision and Indemnity Vouchers be accepted Council and approved as circulated. That Bylaw No. 4/2011 be read a and third time and finally adopted. That Bylaw No 6/2011 being a bylaw to enter into an agreement respecting the provision of fire protection services be read a first time. That Bylaw No. 6/2011 be read a second timeand third time and finally adopted. Councillor Robin left the Council Chambers That Bylaw No. 8/2011 be read a second time and third time and finally adopted. Councillor Robin returned to Council Chambers That the RM purchase a dozer blade from Arrow West Equipment for $5000.00 and that Justin travel to Edmonton to evaluate the blade and pick it up. Councillor Robin declared a pecuniary interest and left Council Chambers That the RM contract tree removal services to clear another .7km on each side of South Corral Road starting at an area that has similar sized wood and brush density. And that we hire Kyle Robin to use chainsaws to remove trees 6”and larger in diameter and then hiring Prairie Dawg to mulch the remaining brush at a cost of not more than $1800.00. Councillor Robin returned. That Council accept the following reports as circulated and that they Reports be filed accordingly. Administrator’s Report, Bylaw Enforcement Report, Reeve’s Report – Tree Removal, Joint Fire Committee Meeting, Green Fund Committee Meeting, Safety Committee Meeting and Job Description Meeting. That Council appoint Reeve Cantin to the Green Fund Committee. That the RM consult SARM legal council to reg-

ister caveats on the lands we have gravel interests in as per the provisions in our gravel agreements. That the RM agree to contract Shellbrook Crushing to crush 10,000 cubic yards at Hordiuk’s pit by June 1, 2012 and that we check if they are interested in crushing at Bruner’s pit if there may be less that 5,000 cubic yards to crush. That Council send a letter to Shellbrook Crushing that if they are in agreement we will estimate the volume of crushed gravel at the Bruner pit and Crown Hill pit and make payment based on said estimate by December 31, 2011 and that the actual volume be measured as it is placed on the road whereby a payment for the difference will be made by the R.M. of Leask if the gravel has been underestimated or a credit will be issued by Shellbrook Crushing to the R.M. of Leask if the gravel has been overestimated. That we accept the gravel agreement from Danny and Kathy Ksyniuk for January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014 at $1.50 per cubic yard. That Council accept the gravel agreement from Lloyd Bruner for Gravel January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014 at $1.25 per cubic yard. That the RM refer the gravel agreement from Crown Hill to SARM Legal counsel for advisement, with the amendments made during our gravel meeting and that we change the gravel standard to Type 106 as recommended by the Department of Highways. That the following vacations carry over be approved: That all of council and the administrator be approved to attend the Parkland Association of Rural Municipalities Annual Meeting on January Annual 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Spiritwood. That Council cancel our Regular Meeting of December 28, 2011. The council of the Rural Municipality of Leask No. 464 has consented to proposal of Duncan’s Beach to become an organized hamlet. The application and additional application materials received November 28, 2011, along with the following council consideration will be forwarded to the Ministry. Services provided in the proposed organized hamlet should be consistent with services provided to other ratepayers. If utilities such as sewage (septic clean out, lagoon, etc.), water distribution and garbage pick up will be provided they

should be revenue neutral and meet all requirements and obtain all permits from the appropriate regulatory bodies That Council accept council remuneration rates for 2012 as follows: $20.00 hourly rate for meetings and supervision, $ 0.55 per kilometer for mileage for municipal business, $15.00 per meal for council meetings and $45.00 per diem. That Councillor Kreese and Reeve Cantin be appointed to the Policy Manual Development Committee. That Council contact the SARM Planning Consultants to attend our OCP Zoning regular meeting in January. That the request for hospital tax abatement on Lot 5, Block 8, Plan 94B03105 W3 Pelican Cove be denied as there is a residential improvement on the property. That the RM pay the third and season final progress estimate for the BCF project 207 as recommended by the Engineer on the conditions of a signed statutory declaration and WCB clearance being received from the contractor. That the RM contact Sasktel to determine what their plans are to restore the road allowance conditions that were damaged when the lines were reploughed along Grid 783 and the restoration must be approved by our engineer. And that we contact SARM legal counsel to advise us on a claim Damage a g a i n s t Sasktel if necessary. That the administrator work with outside staff to acquire barrels to mark the damaged areas along Grid 783 at intervals as advised by the engineer. Councillor Robin left the room. That the RM abate residential improvement taxes on L6 B3 78B17791 W3 Pelican Cove in the amounts of $253.89 municipal taxes, $165.09 school division taxes and $112.50 hospital levy, due to the demolition of the cabin on the property in March. Councillor Robin returned. That Council write off the following outstanding accounts receivable Writeoff invoices: Sasktel Snow Removal $ 2 5 . 0 0 invoice was paid; Brian & Candise Ashby T r a i l e r License Fees $100.00 empty site; Sandra Evans, Trailer License Fees $200.00 billed in error; Stephen & Linda Britton Mowing , $47.25 was added to taxes at year end. That Council send a letter to Neil DeGirolamo that for municipal roads not

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normally graveled council policy is that when gravel is applied, it is cost shared with the landowner requesting the gravel. And that council denies the request for payment for the brush clearing on the right of way as it was not authorized by council. That we contact the landowners of NE 33-4807 W3 that there will not be any road maintenance on the private road providing access to the North Emerald Lake Subdivision without snow removal and custom work deposit and a signed snow removal/custom work agreement. And that we invite them to our next meeting to discuss a road easement agreement. That the items listed on our current insurance policy for the fire department be removed and insured under the same policy as the fire hall Equipment and other fire department equipment.

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BLAINE LAKE: Wapiti Library: Books, DVDs, Internet, Study/Meeting Space, Proctor Service. *New Hours*: Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday & Friday 1-5, Thursday 5-8. Weekly Programming: After School Club (Crafts, Stories, Homework Help) Thursday 2:15-5:15, Craft n’ Chat for Adults Thursday 6-8, Drop In Computer Help Friday 2-4. 306-497-3130. CANWOOD: Branch of Wapiti Regional Library Hours: Tues. and Fri., 1 - 5 p.m. Internet services available at the library. DEBDEN: Wapiti Library hours: Monday 3 pm - 7 pm. Afterschool Program 3:30 - 5:00. Wednesday 11 am - 4 pm. Librarian: Aline Hannon LEASK: Wapiti Library Hours: Tues. & Fri.: 1 - 5:30 pm & Sat., 1:00 - 5:00 pm. MARCELIN: Wapiti Library is open Tues. 11 - 4 pm; Thur. 3 - 8 pm. For information on all your library needs, please contact 306-226-2110. SHELLBROOK: Shellbrook Branch of the Wapiti Library located at 105 Railway Ave., West (Provincial building). Library Hours: Mon., 2 - 6:00 pm; Tues., 2 - 8 pm; Wed. 2 - 8 pm; Thur., 2 - 6:00 pm; Fri., 10 - 4 pm. Children’s Story Time: Fri. 10:30 am (Oct. - May). Ph. 747-3419. SHELLBROOK: Shellbrook & District Ministerial Association presents 2012 Lenten Lunch Series, “They Heard Him Gladly”. Fri., April 6 - Good Friday Ecumenical Worship. St. John’s Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Pastor John Slemming - guest speaker. Topic. “A Friday They Call Good” - Hebrews 10: 16-25. Free Will Offering to be collected to further the work of the Shellbrook Ministerial. SHELLBROOK: Hidden Hills of Shellbrook Golf Course Spring Fling, CASH ELIMINATION DRAW & DANCE, Featuring REWIND (70’s music), Music sponsored by The Shellbrook Co-op, SATURDAY, MARCH 31, Shellbrook Community Hall, Cocktails 8 p.m. ~ Dance 9 p.m. ~ Midnight Lunch ~ No Minors - Elimination Draw - 1st & 50th Number Drawn - Wins $100; 3rd Last Number Drawn - Wins $250; 2nd Last Number Drawn - Wins $500; Last Number Drawn - Wins $1000. For tickets contact: Larry Ritchie 747-1010 (Home) 714-7714 (Cell); Sally Gunderson 747-2587 (Home); Ron Cripps 747-3326 (Home. Dance tickets available at the door. SHELLBROOK: Reloading class on Sat., March 31, 10:30 a.m. at the Wildlife Federation Club House. Cost $20 - Members; $25 - Non Members. To register call: 747-2783 SHELLBROOK: SMSA- 2012 Ball season: Registration will be on Tuesday, April 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 at the skating rink. Registration fee plus a post dated uniform/Sports Day cheque will be required. If unable to make registration night, forms available from the town website on April 2nd and can be mailed to Box 1114, Shellbrook S0J 2E0. Registration will be accepted until April 20th.


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Obituaries ARCHIBALD - Walter ‘Ashton’ June 22, 1916 March 22, 2012. With heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Ash, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather and friend at Big River. Survived by wife Helen, his children Florence Young, Grace (Joe) Harty, Lorne (Florence), Doug (Martha), Sally Polichuk, Sandra (Joe) Schmidt, Neil (Linda), Beth (Uwe) Bartsch. 25 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children Dorothy Marie (Lane); parents Walter Willis and Florence Rachel Archibald; sisters Florence, Irene and Gladys, brothers Norman and Roy, granddaughter Sheri-Lynn; sons-in-law Archie Young and Terry Polichuk. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

DELARONDE, VERNON ‘VERN’ LLEWELLYN - It is with profound sadness and the deepest of grief that we announce the passing of Vernon ‘Vern’ Llewellyn Delaronde of Prince Albert

in the Palliative Care Unit at the Victoria Hospital on Monday, March 19, 2012. Vern was born in Mont Nebo, Sask on October 6th, 1924 to parents, Fred & Clara Delaronde on the farm home. At a very young age he rode the box cars to British Columbia and worked at any job he could find as was par in the war days. He worked in the Peat Moss Factory in Burnaby before relocating to Claresholm, Alberta where he worked for a rancher. He returned to Saskatchewan and worked in various areas before gaining employment at Central Motors in Prince Albert. It was here he met his wife, Ruth and they were married in 1949 before returning to the family farm in Mont Nebo. They later moved to Saskatoon where he worked at Firestone Inc. It was there he entered the Reserve 406 Squadron, formerly the City of Saskatoon Squadron now stationed at the Canadian Forces Base Shearwater. It was here he enjoyed the flying aspect while working as an Aero Engine Technician. Once again he returned to his love of farming before finally relocating to Prince Albert where he worked at Mann Motors, Gus’s and Northland Trucks. He excelled as a mechanic, fixing anything even if wasn’t broken. His daughter claims he could fix anything from a broken earring to a broken heart and all the biggies in between. Vern loved sports of all kinds, playing softball, golfing, fishing and hunting. At the age of 50, he took up flying as a hobby and enjoyed many years soaring the wide open spaces either alone or

mostly with Ron Browne or Brent Pillipow. While driving a School Bus in the Mont Nebo area, he coached hockey and softball. For the past 32 years the family have enjoyed a cabin at Pratt Lake where the happiest times were enjoyed with children and grandchildren and were so happy to entertain their friends and relatives. While at the lake, Vern built a float on barrels complete with seats, etc. and motor and many hours were spent on the lake fishing or just enjoying the lake. Vern is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Ruth (nee Sandin); His son Wayne (Cheryl) of Alida, SK; His daughter Wendy of Prince Albert, SK; His youngest son, Darrell (Saskia) of Courtney, B.C; His grandchildren, Jennifer (Lyle), Kelly (Chad), Jody (Adam) and their mother Barb; Joshua (Amanda), Paige; Jordan and their mother Cindy; Ashley Delaronde and her father Gerry; and Sarah; special families Rod & Cathy Atkinson, Rebecca (Kevin), Blake (Carla) and Dash; The Robillard families Ozzie (Hollis); Merv (Bonnie), Sandra (Marco) and Greg. He is also sur-

vived by two sisters-inlaw: Judy & Gladys; a brother-in-law David (Tinia) and numerous nieces and nephews. Vern was predeceased by his parents Fred & Clara Delaronde; His brothers Lawrence, Archie and Paul; His sisters Louise and twin sister Verona; His father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Hannah Sandin; sisters-inlaw, Isobel Delaronde and Pat Delaronde; brothersin-law Toby, Mickey, Ed, John and Alice Sandin; and a grandson, Darcy Wayne at birth. A Funeral service was held at MacKenzie Chapel, Prince Albert, on Saturday March 24th at 1:00 p.m. with Albert Hannigan officiating. Burial took place at Aarseral Cemetery near Mont Nebo Sask. Arrangements in care of Northern Funeral Service, MacKenzie Chapel. Brian and Bev Stobbs, Funeral Directors. Rest in Peace dearest hubby, dad and grandpa. We cannot change the way things are but Death will never steal our loving memories of you, your smile, your wit, your wisdom nor your love of family......

‘Journeying through life ‘ I like pastor James MacDonald view on life. What a valuable lesson he learned during his days as a basketball player. He tells the story this way; “I played a lot of basketball ... I sprained my ankles many times, and I learned too late that the best way to handle all that black-and-blue is to fill a wastebasket with ice and top it off with water. Then,

while the injury is fresh, put your wounded foot deep into that cold water and leave it there. If you can last for one minute, it’s just crazy painful. But if you can keep it in there for two minutes, the injury and its recovery time will be cut in half. … If you can hang on for two and a half minutes, you can be playing basketball again by Thursday, but the pain of holding your foot in that arctic water will have you crying out for someone to bring you a sharp object. Even with my worst injuries I seldom made it two and a half minutes. But here is the amazing thing about “remaining under the pain” of having your foot in that cold bucket: If you can hang in there for three minutes, you’ll be walking on it tomorrow. The pain will be consuming those last thirty seconds, worse by far than the injury itself now. But you will walk tomorrow. The application that I see here is the journey is tough at times, the cure might even be painful but most beneficial. Dave Bodvarson SPA , Pastor

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Mass Saturday 7 p.m. St. Joseph’s - Marcelin Mass Sunday, 9 a.m. Fr. Tru Le -----------------------PRESBYTERIAN Mistawasis Sunday worship 11 a.m. Rev. Bev Shepansky -----------------------SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST 407-2nd Ave E, Shellbrook Sat., 9:45 a.m. - Sabbath School. Sat., 11:00 am Worship Broadcast on VOAR 92.1 FM Pastor Stanislav Kondrat 306-764-6853 -----------------------SOVEREIGN GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH Currently meeting in homes on Sunday morn. and Wednesday evenings. Parkside 747-2309, Leask 466-4498 Marcelin 226-4615 -----------------------ANGLICAN CHURCH Leask - All Saint’s 8 a.m. - Morning prayer Service. 9 a.m. Holy Communion Canwood - Christ Church 2 p.m. 1st & 3rd Sundays Evening Prayer 2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion Mont Nebo - St. Luke’s 2 p.m. - 1st and 3rd Sundays Holy Communion 2nd and 4th Sundays Evening Prayer St. Andrew’s Shellbrook Sunday, 11 a.m. Holy Communion Father Harnish 468-2264 -----------------------UNITED CHURCH Big River 1st & 2nd Sundays 1 p.m. - Worship at Anglican Church All Other Sundays -10 a.m. Shellbrook - Knox Sun., 10 am - Worship Pastor Dave Whalley

-----------------------ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH Big River Sun., 10:30 a.m. - Worship

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Masters week: wall to wall Tiger Woods It’s Masters week, which means it’s a) the unofficial start of spring; b) golf’s first major of the season; and c) the beginning of wall-to-wall Golf Channel coverage of Tiger Woods. Woods, who went nearly three years without a PGA Tour triumph, is the most famous and most polarizing athlete on the planet (at least in the western world) and got himself into a little bit of trouble a couple of years ago, as you may have heard. His golf game went south and it seems like a good time to talk about his golf game, but I need knee surgery, so maybe some other time. Since his “trouble,” Woods underwent a swing change with Canadian instructor Sean Foley and last December finally won something — a limited field (18 of the world’s best ) tournament in California that he hosts. So the Tiger fans started getting excited again, with the Masters only four months away. So we were thinking about exploring that angle of his comeback, but then I strained my achilles ten-

don, so maybe later. In early March, Tiger shot a 62 in the final round of the Honda Classic to roar back from nine strokes behind to finish second to Rory McIlroy and put his fans into a state of near hysteria, with the Masters only a month away. But then he pulled out of the Cadillac World Golf Championship at Doral midway through the final round and the air went out of that balloon. Two weeks later, though, Woods not only contended, but finally won his first tournament since September, 2009, taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational by five strokes two weeks before the Masters, making him the overwhelming oddsmakers’ favourite for the Green Jacket at Augusta. His fans were giddy. Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles was in Tiger’s sight again. So should we discuss that situation here? Yes, of course. Ooops! What was that? Sorry, just crashed into a fire hydrant. There’s water everywhere. And there’s some blonde chas-

ing me with a nine-iron. Talk to you later. After the Masters. Tell me how Tiger fares, OK? • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, lamenting that Tiger moved away from Orlando and didn’t

Bruce Penton leave much in the way of a legacy: “He has his Tiger Woods Foundation in L.A.. He has huge TigerJam fund-raiser in Vegas. He has his PGA Tour event in D.C. He has branches of his Tiger Woods Learning Center for children in California, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and now in South Florida. Meanwhile, in Orlando, the only remembrance we have is the Tiger Woods Commemorative Fire Hydrant.” • Jim Trotter of, on Peyton Manning: “He is the quintessential pocket

From the desk of the Recreation Director

The surveys are in for the After-School Program. We have come to the conclusion that the need is most definitely here for such a program. Some of the details of this ongoing project is it will become a Before AND After-School Program. The cost is yet to be determined, as we are waiting upon confirmation of funding. Registration is most-likely to be held at the end of August, 2012. Our first Parent Board meeting will be April 18 at 7:00 pm held at the Town Office. If you feel that you would like to be part of the board, please feel free to show up to this first meeting to see what the board will be all about. Swimming lesson registration has been a popular topic in my outlook account. Registration will be held May 10 from 5-7pm at the Community Hall. Forms will be available online the week before on the town website; www.shellbrook. net. Sessions will run all through July and the first 2 weeks of August. I have added in an extra session this year as our lessons seem to become in higher demand all the time. As

a report on the paddling pool; unfortunately last year the paddling pool collapsed into itself, so for the 2012 season there will be no paddling pool available. We are budgeting for 2013 season to not include a paddling pool – but possibly adding in a couple spray park items. This will offer the tots to play in the water without the liability of drowning as the paddling pool was always a place where there were no guards on duty. To help replace the availability the shallowness made available by the paddling pool, we are looking into purchasing a tot-dock. This will depend on the money made from our fundraisers this year. Another purchase for the future of the pool will be a new liner and new covers – we are hoping these new covers will decrease heat loss and therefore decreasing our energy bill. Remember, for all of these upgrades to happen, we need your support! Come out to the pool fundraisers this year and help upgrade your pool, it will not only increase summer fun, but it will also increase our quality of life – giving us more options of

passer. He is more likely to run for office than he is for a first down.” • Comedy writer : “. . . Manning signed a $96 million, five-year contract with the Denver Broncos. Maybe the mile-high al-

being physically active. The pitching clinic ran by Peter and Becky started this week. This clinic will run every Tuesday and Thursday all through April. Another ball update is that minor ball registration will be held April 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Saturday is the Golf Course Spring Fling. Head out to the Community Hall to support the Golf Course! Weekly Health Tip: This spring-like weather has many of us excited for the summer season. Along with the summer season comes those yummy summer drinks such as pop and slushes. Beware of these tasty sugary drinks as they contain tons of sugar! Maybe make slushes at home with some lowcalorie sugar substitutes or with some 100% fruit juice. This way you can still enjoy those yummy slushy drinks but get some healthy nutrients as well. Have a great week! Cassie Bendig Shellbrook Recreation Director office – 747-4949 cell – 747-9098 email –

titude will bring out that legendary Peyton Manning warmth and charisma.” • Perisho again: A 100-year-old grandmother will be a torchbearer carrying the Olympic flame through the streets of London. Her 300-metre leg of the relay will start on July 2 and end on July 11 or 12, depending on the wind.” • R.J. Currie of “According to a Stanford University professor, high-performance vehicles don’t move much, but mostly stand around doing nothing 97 per cent of the time. In a related story, the Niners signed Randy Moss.” • David Whitley, FanHouse, on the New York Jets acquisition of Tim Tebow: “Love or hate

Tebow, Rex Ryan needed to tone down the circus he’s created. Instead, he’s bringing in the biggest elephant in the NFL room. . . . If the coaching staff thought (Mark) Sanchez’s arm was erratic, wait until Tebow throws his first screen pass into the East River.” • Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: ”The Broncos didn’t care where Tebow went, as long as he left town quickly, before God buried Denver in a massive avalanche.” • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, on the Tebow trade to the Jets: “New Yorkers have already noticed a much more wholesome aura in their city since Timmy Terrific came to town. The smog has cleared, taxi drivers are staying in their own lanes and Antonio Cromartie is practising contraception.” • Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) NewsSentinel, on Manning going from the Colts to the Broncos: “Turns out Manning will play for teams only with horse-related nicknames.” • Headline at “Peyton Manning re-injures neck saying no to Titans.” • Budd Bailey of the Buffalo (N.Y.) News, after Kansas football coach Charlie Weis says people

only think of him as ‘some arrogant, obnoxious, loudmouth punk from New Jersey’: “Not so, Charlie — we didn’t know you were from New Jersey.” • ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, on CBS raking in more than $600 million in ad revenue from the NCAA tournament: “Of that, the players receive — what’s zero per cent of $600 million?” • Brad Miller, a congressman from North Carolina who happens to be a UNC alumnus: “If Duke was playing against the Taliban then I’d have to pull for the Taliban.” Care to comment? Email brucepenton2003@

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Employment Orientation Program Big River First Nation Reporting to the Program Coordinator, North Region, the facilitator will provide the participants with an Employment Orientation program focusing on employability skills, employment attitudes, life skills development and work camp orientation. Activities will lead to personal growth, life skills, job readiness and career development. Qualified applicants will have a Grade 12 with post-secondary training or relevant experience in career/employment counseling or life skills coaching. A more detailed description of the position can be found on the NWRC website at NWRC wishes to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. This is a full-time term position from April 13, 2012 to June 29, 2012. The pay range is $178.64 to $219.42 per day. Apply your exceptional talents in a unique academic atmosphere. Please apply in writing, quoting file #96-BRFN-1112, by April 2, 2012 at noon to: Human Resources North West Regional College 10702 Diefenbaker Drive North Battleford, SK S9A 4A8 Fax: (306)445-1575 E-mail: NOTE: The commencement of this position is subject to funding decisions, which are beyond the control of North West Regional College, and therefore subject to change.

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HOMES FOR SALE FOR SALE - House in Shellbrook, 725 Cardinal Court, 6½ yrs. old. 1,345 sq. ft. fully finished up and down. Large mature yard. Main floor 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; down, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Available immediately. $359,000 obo. 883-2992 1-13CH

LAND FOR SALE LAND FOR SALE - R.M. of Canwood,#494, Debden area. 160 acres of pasture, large dugout, electric fence. 724-4903 8-20CH

LAND FOR RENT FOR RENT - Pasture land for lease, 7 quarters, will split up, cross fenced. Lyle Muller 7472805 4-14CH FOR RENT - Pasture for rent, 4 wire fence, good water supply in RM of Spiritwood #496,

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HELP WANTED HELP WANTED Canwood Regional Park is accepting applications for operation of the Clubhouse and Concession for the 2012 season from May 1 to September 30th. Living accommodations available at the park for applicants if required. Send applications to Box 9, Canwood, SK S0J 0K0. For further information and list of duties contact Terry Hamborg at 306-468-4425 (cell) or Shirley Danberg at 4682114 (evenings). Applications close on March 31, 2012. 5-13C HELP WANTED - Shellview Sod Farms is currently looking to hire a Class 1A delivery driver for the 2012 sod harvest. Work to begin approx. May 1 and continue to freeze up. Duties include, but not limited to basic truck/trailer maintenance, operating

fork lift, and delivering sod throughout the province. Please fax resumes and abstract to 7473147 or call 306981-3910 for more information. 5-15C

HELP WANTED - Shellview Sod Farms Ltd. is currently looking to hire a field operator. This position will begin approx. May 1 and continue to freeze up. Duties include but not limited to operating equipment and providing labor directly related to sod harvest. Equipment included tractors, forklifts and mowers, etc. Applicant must have a min Class 5 driver’s license and be in reasonable fitness. Please fax resumes to 747-3147 or call 306-981-3910 for more information. 5-15C HELP WANTED - Kel Dal Ventures Ltd. is now accepting applications for full time employment for the following positions: Liquid Fertilizer/Grain

working knowledge of Simply Accounting, Word and Excel programs, ability to work with the public is an asset. Hours of work and wages are negotiable. Please reply in confidence to: Box 1236, Shellbrook, SK S0J 2E0 2-14C

Haul (Sask.); Tridem end dump for gravel haul (Sask., AB); Part time shop mechanic/ farm hand (Shellbrook). Accommodation available. Super B and farm experience an asset. Applications must possess a VALID CLASS 1 Licence, be physically fit, pass drug and alcohol testing and criminal record search. All positions to start no later than May 1st. Please fax resumes to 306-747-4324 or email 2-14CH



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CARD OF THANKS Thank you to all who came to our aid on the highway by Parkside on March 19. To the Emergency Response Team, Al Dionne, the ambulance attendantes and Const. Kajner. A special thank you to Janie and Jordan Denton, Your kind, caring attention was so appreciated. God bless you all. - Clarence Christianson and daughter, Joan.

WYATT - In loving memory of Bill, dear husband, father and grandpa, March 31, 2002. Life unfolds another year, Treasured memories keep you near. Silent thoughts of time together And memories that will last forever. Forever missed. - Margaret, Lester, Margie, Raymond and families.

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More on the farm means more in the bank People are always looking for ways to improve in their lives. No matter whether it is scoring more goals on the hockey rink, achieving higher marks on a test, or increasing responsibility at work, the quest to do better is something most of us pursue consistently.

Indeed, farmers are no different. When they plant a crop, they expect a strong yield, which is why they use plant science technologies, like pesticides and plant biotechnology. Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, the trade association that represents the plant sci-

Canadian farmers are feeding the world

Canada has a long and successful agricultural history that includes being known for growing enough food to not only feed itself but also to feed people in many other countries around the world. “Canadian farmers are up to the challenge of feeding all of us but they also produce enough food to help supply more than 150 countries,” says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, the trade association that represents the plant science industry. “This impressive food supply is thanks to the increased yields harvested with the help of tools like pesticides and plant biotechnology.” Furthermore, Canada’s strength as an exporter of food helps contribute positively to our national economy. “If we use canola as an example,” says Hepworth, “productivity has significantly increased because of plant biotechnology products. Between 1996 and 2007, there was a 20 per cent increase in crop yields because of the improved genetics in the crop to combat weed control. “We can also look at wheat to see how modern crop protection tools have impacted production. About 24 per cent of wheat production in Canada annually can be attributed to the use of crop protection products. This translates into a net benefit of more than $1.7 billion for farmers.” he said.

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ence industry, explains. Higher yields mean farmers of field, vegetable and fruit crops see up to $7.9 billion of additional onfarm income each year and it doesn’t stop at the farm This type of activity is good for individuals, good for communities and it’s also good for our tax base.” In fact federal, provincial and municipal governments see a benefit of about $385 million in tax revenue thanks to the value-added contributions of plant sciences. In addition, increased yields mean more than 97,000 full time jobs are created in over 20 different sectors, Hepworth pointed out. “Anytime one economic sector can give the economy an incremental ‘boost’, that money is go-

Good for farmers, good for Canadians Do you ever stop to think how much work goes into delivering the food for our daily meals? Here’s a snapshot from Canadian farmers: All crops are planted with hopes that the harvest will be profitable. That’s why farmers rely on tools like crop protection products and plant biotechnology to help increase yields. Increased crop production means farmers benefit economically, which in turn stimulates economic activity that ripples through the entire economy. In fact, did you know that the bountiful yields that Canadian farmers consistently harvest with the help of plant science technologies, generates $7.9 billion in added value for them – and it also delivers $385 million in tax revenue for federal, provincial and municipal governments. When more food is produced, it also means that jobs are created. If we use wheat production as an example, for every tonne a farmer produces and sells, work is created for bakers, janitors, accountants, truckers and many others. In reality, the economic benefits from increased yields in agriculture lead to the creation of more than 97,000 full time jobs in over 20 different sectors including manufacturing, wholesale, retail and financial.

ing to work through the rest of the economy,” says agronomist Mark Goodwin. “When a farmer produces and sells a tonne of wheat, this sets off a chain of subsequent activities through the economy. The buyer of wheat may use it

to produce bread and the buyer then sells that commodity to the end user.” Farmers face many factors that they can’t control, such as the weather, but by using tools like crop protection products and plant biotechnology, they

are able to combat stresses caused by insects, weeds and diseases that would otherwise reduce their harvests. Access to the right tools is helping to increase yields for the benefit of all Canadians.

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Facts about Saskatchewan The next time you do laundry there are good odds you are contributing to the Saskatchewan economy. Laundry detergents contain sodium sulphate and there are five sodium sulphate plants in the province. Saskatchewan’s sodium sulphate is found in alkaline lakes in the southern part of the province. Water is removed and salt deposits, containing the mineral, are left behind. It is used in detergent (dishwashing and laundry powder), carpet deodorizers, corn starch, the pulp and paper industry and glass industry. The province ranks fifth in the world in the production of sodium sulphate. Saskcan Pulse Trad-

ing in Regina is the largest lentil and pea splitting company in the Americas with over 200,000 megatonnes of capacity, over 60 years of global marketing experience and facilities in the U.S. and Australia. Not only does Saskatchewan boast Canada’s only operating carbon cap-

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New funding for farm education and safety

Crown Investments Corporation Minister Tim McMillan, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud announced $105,000 in new funding for the Saskatchewan Association of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions (SAASE) to administer agriculture safety and education programs. “Keeping farm and ranch families safe is a major priority for our

government and awareness plays a large role,” McMillan said. “I’m pleased to partner with SAASE on these innovative programs to educate our youth about agriculture and the importance of farm safety.” The Ministry of Agriculture is committing $30,000 in annual funding over the next three years for Farm Safety Day Camps. These Camps pro-

mote safety on the farm through interactive demonstrations and displays. Students also receive training on how to respond to injuries while on the farm. The camps are held across the province and are aimed at kids aged six to 15. The Ministry of Agriculture is also providing $15,000 to SAASE’s Ag on the MOOve agriculture awareness project. This funding will be used

Government of Saskatchewan will provide $1.7 million to Milligan Bio-Tech The Provincial Government will provide up to $1.7 million to Milligan BioTech under the Saskatchewan Biofuels Investment Opportunity (SaskBIO) program. Milligan Bio-Tech is a Canadian biodiesel production company based in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. The company’s strong focus on research and development has resulted in bio-diesel that meets or exceeds North American and European standards, as well as a number of environmentally friendly co-products. “We are pleased to provide support to Milligan Bio-Tech through the SaskBIO program,” Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said. “These projects contrib-

ute to the growth of our rural economy, create jobs and provide additional marketing opportunities for our farmers.” “We appreciate this support, which will help us continue to grow our business and support the local and provincial economies,” Milligan Bio-Tech President and CEO Joe Holash said. “We are committed to providing high-quality bio-diesel products and we thank the provincial government for this contribution through the SaskBIO program.” The SaskBIO program provides repayable contributions for the construction or expansion of transportation biofuel production facilities in Saskatchewan. The program ends on March 31, 2012.

to purchase a trailer and develop interactive educational displays. The trailer will be used to transport the displays throughout the province for youth attending trade shows, agriculture events, fairs and exhibitions.

“SAASE and the 62 member Agricultural Societies would like to thank the Ministry of Agriculture for supporting this important initiative,” SAASE Executive Director Glen Duck

said. “Saskatchewan’s Agricultural Societies have always played a major role in rural Saskatchewan, and the hosting of the Farm Safety Day Camps and the Ag on the MOOve project will enhance that role.”

Controlling invasive species to minimize economic losses Have you ever heard the term invasive species and wondered what it really meant? Invasive species are plants, animals, aquatic life and micro-organisms that out-compete native species when introduced outside their natural environment. They can threaten Canada’s ecosystems, economy and society. Typically, invasive species have characteristics such as higher rates of reproduction, fewer natural predators and an ability to thrive in a variety of environments. These characteristics contribute to making the species more difficult to control. “In the Prairie provinces alone the Canada thistle costs about $320 million a year,” says Pierre Petelle, vice president of chemistry at CropLife Canada. “In

Manitoba, leafy spurge, another invasive species, infests about 340,000 acres of land which costs millions of dollars a years to control. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), there are approximately 485 invasive plant species across our country. The CFIA classifies 94 of these plants—close to 20 per cent of them—as agricultural and forestry pests and goes on to estimate that they impact our economy to the tune of $7.5 billion every year. “When you think about those kinds of negative impacts,” Petelle continued, “it’s easier to understand why farmers and other economic sectors, such as forestry, use pesticides to help control invasive species, as well as other types

of pests that compete for water, sunlight and soil nutrients. The cost of leaving these pests unchecked is just too severe.” More information on invasive species is available online at

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The history of grain Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization as a fuel. The word “rape” in rapeseed comes from the Latin word “rapum,” meaning turnip. Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard, and many other vegetables are related to the two natural canola varieties commonly grown, which are cultivars of Brassica napus and Brassica rapa. The change in name serves to distinguish it from natural rapeseed oil, which has much higher erucic acid content. Hundreds of years ago, rapeseed oil was used as a fuel in lamps in Asia and Europe. The Chinese and Indians used a form of rapeseed oil that was unrefined (natural). Its use was limited until the development of steam power, when machinists found rapeseed oil clung to water- or steam-washed metal surfaces better than other lubricants. World War II saw high demand for the oil as a lubricant for the rapidly increasing number of steam engines in naval and merchant ships. When the war blocked European and Asian sources of rapeseed oil, a critical shortage developed and Canada began to expand its limited rapeseed production. After the war, demand declined sharply and farmers began to look for other uses for the plant and its products. Rapeseed oil extracts were first put on the market in 1956–1957 as food products, but these suffered from several unacceptable characteristics. Rapeseed oil had a distinc-

tive taste and a disagreeable greenish colour due to the presence of chlorophyll. It also contained a high concentration of erucic acid. Experiments on animals have pointed to the possibility that erucic acid, consumed in large quantities, may cause heart damage, although Indian researchers have published findings that call into question these conclusions and the implication that the consumption of mustard or rapeseed oil is dangerous. Feed meal from the rapeseed plant also was not particularly appealing to livestock, due to high levels of sharp-tasting compounds called glucosinolates, and they would not eat it. A variety developed in 1998 is considered to be the most disease- and drought-resistant Canola variety of rapeseed to date. This and other recent varieties have been produced by using genetic engineering. Currently, 82% of the rapeseed crops planted in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are GM (genetically modified) herbicide-tolerant canola varieties. Barley’s a kind of grass, like wheat, that is a good source of carbohydrates for people. Barley is different from wheat mainly in that it will grow with less rain, so you can grow it more different places, and also in that it doesn’t taste as good as wheat. So poor people usually ate more barley, and rich people ate more wheat. People first began to farm barley (instead of picking it wild) around 10,000 BC in West Asia,

possibly because of a climate change that made the world hotter and drier. People ate barley like wheat as a boiled porridge, or in soup, and they also made barley bread. Barley is also the grain people usually used to make beer. Because you only ate the seeds from the barley, you had all the rest of the plant left over. The stalks dried into straw, and you could weave the straw into mats to sleep on, or give it to animals to sleep on, or make shoes or baskets out of it, or tie it into bunches to thatch your house. The leftover straw was nearly as useful as the seeds. Oats are annual grasses, and are used as both for both human and animal nutrition, in addition to other purposes. They are a commonly grown crop in the world today. However, they bring with them a somewhat tempestuous history. Modern oats probably originated from the Asian wild red oat which grew as a weed in other grain crops Archaeological studies show that oats have been found dating from about 2,000 BC, but these grains were probably simply weed seeds. It was probably much closer to the birth of Christ before, as the last of the cereals to be cultivated, oats were purposely grown in southeast Europe or Asia Minor. Before being used as a food, they were used for medicinal purposes Oats have a couple of traits that caused them to be less favored than other grains - a bland taste and a tendency to spoil. Greeks and Romans considered

oats to be diseased wheat and many cultures believed them to be better suited to animals. Despite these issues, oats became a staple in Germany, Ireland, Scotland, and the Scandivian countries. Oats were introduced to North America with other grains by Scottish settlers in 1602. They gradually became a major crop until about 1920, when machines began to replace horsepower. Acreage previously devoted to feed oats has now been replaced by soybeans, a more marketable crop. With the advance of knowledge about nutrition, oats were recognized as a healthy food in the mid 1980s and therefore may become more popular once again for human nutrition. Wheat - Grown all over the world, wheat covers more of the earth’s surface than any other cereal crop. However, although it takes more land space than other cereals, based on a three year average it is only the third-largest cereal crop, behind maize and rice.

As one of the first grains to be domesticated, modern wheats developed from cultivation starting in the middle east about 9-11,000 years ago in the fertile crescent of the middle east. Without a clearly identifiable timeframe, the Neolithic period is identified by the domestication of crops and animals, which began with the development of farming, and endured until the development of metal tools. By 4,000 BC the expanding geographical range of farming resulted in bread wheat becoming a common staple from England to China. Although rice was more important to the development of East Asian cultures, wheat was the nutritional foundation for cultures in Europe, the middle east and western Asia. Wheat was introduced in Mexico by the Spaniards around 1520 and to early American colonists in the 1600s. At that time it was not popular in New England due to the soils and climate, but in the mid

1800s wheat was grown from seeds introduced by migrating Europeans and agricultural scientists in the area that would later be called the “Wheat Belt.” The 1830s saw the development of the reaping and threshing machines, allowing farmers to greatly increase their productivity during harvest. The development of the steam engine in the 1880s and the internal combustion engine in the 1920s increased farmer productivity during both planting and harvest, and as a result wheat fields became larger. Wheat is generally grown intended for food for humans, but lesser quality wheat and the nutrient-dense by-products of flour refining are used for animal feed. Wheat is also used for whiskey and beer production, and the husk can be separated and ground into bran (1, 6). Before the introduction of corn into Europe, wheat was the principal source of starch for sizing paper and cloth.

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PARCEL 5: SE 33-48-05 W3, 159.85± title acres SK/RM OF CANWOOD #494 PARCEL 6: PSE 20-49-05 W3, 86.40± title acres PARCEL 7: PSE 20-49-05 W3, 55.96± title acres PARCEL 8: PNW 08-49-05 W3, 76.43± title acres These properties will be sold on April 18, 2012 at the unreserved public auction in Saskatoon, SK. Each lot will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day, regardless of price.

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Buying and selling pulse crops Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture receives numerous calls every year about the opportunity to buy and export lentils and other pulses because people are interested in par-

ticipating in this business or wish to investigate alternate methods of sourcing product. The federal Canada Grain Act specifies that pulses cannot be bought or

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sold without a license. The Canadian Grains Commission has the authority under the Act to license dealers and operators of various elevators, or in some cases, to provide a license exemption. Information can be found at iflm-mrdl-eng.htm.

empt from requiring a license. To apply for a license, the Canadian Grains Commission strongly suggests following an application checklist (available on their website at www. to ensure all forms and documents are complete. They also recommend sending in documents and forms as they are completed, instead of waiting for all the required information, as this will help the Commission process your application in a timely manner. The Canadian Grains Commission will only evaluate and monitor grain through physical factors such as weight and quality of grain that is shipped to domestic markets and abroad. They do this in an unbiased manner representing “third party” status for Canada’s grain sector. They do not sell grain; however, they do provide a list of agencies and organizations that buy Canadian grains. For more information contact the Canadian Special Crops Association by phoning (204) 9253780, emailing: office@ or visiting their website at www.

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Farming folklore - myths or facts Folklore is rich among farmers, given their close ties to Earth and her natural rhythms. Rail fences cut during the dry, waning Moon will stay straighter. Wooden shingles and shakes will lie flatter if cut during the dark of the Moon. Fence posts should be set in the dark of the Moon to resist rotting. Ozark lore says that fence posts should always be set as the tree grew. To set the root end upward makes a shortlived fence. Don’t begin weaning when the Moon is waning. Castrate and dehorn

animals when the Moon is waning for less bleeding. Slaughter when the Moon is waxing for juicier meat. Best days for fishing are between the new and full Moon. See our best fishing dates for the year. Dig your horseradish in the full Moon for the best flavor. Set eggs to hatch on the Moon’s increase, but not if a south wind blows. Predicting the weather has been a human passion for ages. Farmers wanted to know what kind of a season was forthcoming -would there be enough rain or would there be drought?

Would the winter be cold or mild? How could they tell if a violent storm was coming? Not having Doppler radar in their log cabins, they relied on natural signs to help them predict the weather. Sometimes the most convenient barometer were their own farm animals. For example: Cats scratch a post before a wind, wash their faces before a rain, and sit with their back toward the fire before a snow. If a rooster crows at night, there will be rain by morning. Pigs gather leaves and straw before a storm.

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Until the middle of the 19th century, hay was cut by hand with sickles and scythes. In the 1860s early cutting devices were developed that resembled those on reapers and binders; from these came the modern array of fully mechanical mowers, crushers, windrowers, field choppers, balers, and machines for pelletizing or wafering in the field. The stationary baler or hay press was invented in the 1850’s and did not become popular until the 1870’s. The “pick up” baler or square baler was replaced by the round baler around the 1940’s. In 1936, a man named Innes, of Dav-

enport, Iowa, invented an automatic baler for hay. It tied bales with binder twine using Appleby-type knotters from a John Deere grain binder. A Pennsylvania Dutchman named Ed Nolt built his own baler, salvaging the twine knotters from the Innes baler. Both balers did not work that well. According to The History of Twine, “Nolt’s innovative patents pointed the way by 1939 to the mass production of the one-man automatic hay baler. His balers and their imitators revolutionized hay and straw harvest and created a twine demand beyond the wildest dreams of any twine manufacturer.”

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If cows lie down and refuse to go to pasture, you can expect a storm to blow up soon. If a dog starts to whine for no reason, you can expect a major storm -- possibly a tornado. Birds on a telephone wire predict the coming of rain. The darker the woolly bear’s (warm) coat, the more severe the winter will be. If there is a dark stripe at the head and one at the end, the winter will be severe at the beginning, become mild, then get worse just before spring. When dogs eat grass, you can expect a severe storm. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, a sailor’s delight. A falling meteor predicts fair weather. If rain falls while the sun shines, then the shower will last half an hour. If a quarter moon lies on his back, it is holding the rain. However, if it tips over, grab your slicker. Blue sky in the northwest foretells fair weather and a good breeze. If the moon rises red and appears very large,

then rain is only a half day away. Other than groundhogs, badgers and bears, other wildlife - especially insects and bugs - can be depended upon to predict the coming weather conditions. In Britain, for instance, loud singing crickets predict the coming of violent storms. If spiders weave their webs before noon, then it will be fair weather. Ants are supposed to be busier before a storm, as are cockroaches. Locusts sing when the air is hot and dry. When toads appear in large numbers, you can expect rain. If bears and horses get thick coats early, then expect a severe winter. Squirrels are busier

gathering nuts before a bad winter. If wasps build their nests high, a severe winter is on its way. Even the weather itself, can be used to predict future conditions. For instance, for every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in winter. Furthermore, a hot summer precedes a cold winter. The first frost of autumn will occur exactly six months after the first thunderstorm in the spring. If the autumn is windy, then expect a mild winter. If the spring in windy, expect a cool summer. If it is a dry spring, it will be a wet summer. A mild winter precedes a cool spring.

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Saskatchewan grain elevator history

There were once approximately 3,300 elevators in Saskatchewan (in 1930-1931). At the end of the 1990s, only about 800 remained in operation, and by the summer of 2006 the number of active and de-commissioned elevators and terminals was approximately 540. The crib-construction wooden elevators first appeared in southern Manitoba and rapidly moved west and north as the western agricultural frontier expanded, particularly after 1900, with an influx of eastern Canadian, American and European homesteaders. Elevators rapidly came to symbolize the pre-eminent economic activity of the region in general, and the province of Saskatchewan in particular – cereal grain production. The first recorded export shipment of Canadian prairie wheat occurred in 1876. Because of a serious failure of the spring wheat crop in Ontario, attributed to defects in the seed, a representative of a Toronto seed company visited Manitoba to obtain 5000 bushels of wheat to use as seed. Although he did not succeed in getting the entire amount, nearly 860

bushels of Red Fife wheat was shipped from Winnipeg to Ontario. By the late 1870s prairie farmers were producing more wheat than could be absorbed domestically and they began to export the surplus. In 1877, an Ogilvie Flour Mill in Eastern Canada received a consignment of Manitoba wheat. In October 1877, the first shipment of wheat from Manitoba to Great Britain occurred. These early exports initially travelled by Red River steamboat south to Minnesota and from there were shipped by rail to the eastern seaboard. In 1879, Winnipeg obtained rail connections with Minneapolis and commercial shipments began to move south. Although wheat had been grown annually in the Red River Valley since 1812, a number of developments in the last part of the 19th century encouraged the spread of agriculture across the prairies. In the 1870s the land was surveyed, divided into homesteads and thus prepared for agricultural settlement. The 1870s also saw the introduction of new, earlier maturing, varieties of wheat such as Red Fife,

its hardiness well suited to the prairie environment and growing conditions. In the 1880s, new technology in the milling industry enabled millers to produce a high quality white flour from Red Fife wheat, thereby increasing the demand for prairie wheat. In 1883, the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) line between Winnipeg and Fort William (present-day Thunder Bay) provided an all-Canadian route for incoming settlers to the west and for agricultural exports to the east. The principal beneficiary here was Winnipeg. Thanks to its position on the CPR main line, Winnipeg became the most important retail and wholesale distribution centre in the west. It early became the centre of the grain trade as well, with the opening of the Winnipeg and Produce Exchange in 1887. Rising wheat prices on the world market and the occupation of suitable homestead lands in the United States combined to encourage the beginnings of immigration to the prairies. In the early 20th century, two more transcontinental railways were built across Sas-

katchewan and the west: the Canadian Northern and the Grand Trunk Pacific (GTP). Like the CPR, the Canadian Northern and the GTP built an extensive network of branch lines in this province. Wheat production on the prairies grew rapidly from the turn of the 20th century on. Saskatchewan overtook Manitoba as the nation’s largest wheat producer in 1909, and continues to hold that honour to our own day. At the same time, the storage and handling of wheat also evolved. The most important development here was the introduction of the elevator, first in Manitoba and then across the prairie west. The First Elevators The first vertical grain elevator on the prairies was a unique rounded silo-like 25,000-bushel capacity structure, built in 1879, by William Hespeler, at Niverville, Manitoba. In 1881, the Ogilvie Milling Company erected the first rectangular-design elevator on the prairies at Gretna, Manitoba. This

rectangular design quickly became the ‘standard’ for elevators. The size and design of these vertical elevators took advantage of the flowing quality of bulk, loose grain, especially when acted upon by gravity, making the handling of grain cheaper, quicker, and less labour-intensive. Joseph Dart, a Buffalo warehouseman, first introduced the mechanical principles of the elevator in the United States in 1842 and

the endless cup conveyor was quickly adopted in elevators across the U.S. The U.S. system was copied when grain handling facilities began to appear at initial shipping points across the Canadian prairies. The first elevator built in Saskatchewan was likely at Moosomin or Indian Head, both communities having elevators as early as 1884. The oldest remaining elevator in the province, built in 1895, is at Fleming.

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Farming history in Saskatchewan First Crop In the 1750s it is thought the first crop of wheat was sown in the Carrot River Valley, it would be well over a hundred years before agriculture would really start in Saskatchewan. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald’s called for massive immigration to the West. The railway brought settlers to the Prairies and transported agricultural products back to the East. Settlement was slow at first, but by the mid-1890s, settlers began to pour into the Prairies. This massive influx lasted until the beginning of the First World War. The Dominion Lands Act of 1872 and the survey system divided the Prairie Provinces into townships, sections (640 acres), and quarter sections (160 acres). A homesteader could claim a quarter section for ten dollars, provided he met certain conditions. Breaking land was a tough job often done by a team of oxen or horses and a single-furrow walking plough. Farmers with money could buy a steam or gas engine and a gang plough. Wheat was the main crop. Oats was grown for animal feed. The development of earlier-ripening Marquis Wheat was crucial for western farmers. Marquis was tested at the Dominion Experimental Farm in Indian Head and released to farmers in 1909. When Rosthern-area farmer, Seager Wheeler won first prize with Marquis at the New York Land Show in 1911, the agricultural world took notice. Saskatchewan’s future as a grain-growing province was bright. By the 1920s, most of the available agricultural land was occupied and land was broken. Many farmers bought more land and more farmers were able to afford a small gasoline or kerosene-powered tractor. Crops were harvested with binders and threshing machines; the threshing crew consisting of 20 or more men moving from farm to farm. The first combines arrived in Western Canada in the mid- to late-1920s. With a combine, fewer men were needed to bring in the crop. There was a push during the 1920s towards improved livestock herds with an emphasis on purebred animals. Cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, and poultry were exhibited at agricultural fairs across the province. Most farmers ran

a mixed operation, raising livestock, and growing grain. The 1920s also saw farmers look to new solutions for their marketing problems. The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, a farmerowned marketing co-operative, was created in 1924. The Pool built or bought hundreds of country elevators in Saskatchewan. A decade of drought combined with economic collapse during the 1930s brought most of Saskatchewan to its knees. Farm practices of the 1920s had pulverized the soil causing it to blow away in the hot, dry winds of the 1930s. There was little feed for cattle; crops and gardens had withered and died. Insect plagues and an outbreak of western equine encephalitis or sleeping sickness devastated the horse population. Experimental farms, the University of Saskatchewan, and farmers themselves, experimented with different farm practices and machines designed to minimize soil degradation. Leaving a trash cover, planting shelterbelts, strip farming, and seeding crested wheat grass helped to hold the soil in place. By the end of the 1930s rains returned to the Prairies. The Second World War helped to bring about economic recovery. Farmers were urged to raise hogs for Britain. Mechanization on farms increased, but that was hampered by the emphasis on war production by Canada’s manufacturing sector. The prosperous postwar years saw more money in the hands of the farming community. The uses of horses for farm work declined. New machinery like rubber-tired tractors, cultivators, discers, swathers, self-propelled combines, and trucks made it possible for one farmer to farm more land. Farms grew bigger. Chemicals to control insects and weeds, and fertilizers to improve yields made farms more productive but more expensive to operate. Where previously farmers depended almost exclusively on machinery manufactured in Eastern Canada or the United States, a western agricultural machinery industry began to develop. At the University of Saskatchewan, new crop varieties better able to withstand Saskatchewan weather conditions were developed.

A revolution in the kinds of crops grown on western farms began with the introduction of a new crop - canola - in the 1970s. Developed from rapeseed by scientists at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, canola was welcomed by western farmers. Other crops, like lentils, field peas, and chickpeas were proven to thrive on the Prairies. Acreage previously seeded almost exclusively to wheat now grew a host of different crops. In the livestock industry, farmers imported new breeds of cattle. They also began to raise bison, elk, llamas, and even ostriches as a way to diversify their operations. Hog production saw the growth of intensive livestock operations. Farm practices changed radically as the shift to direct seeding, minimum or zero tillage replaced the old practice of summer fallow. Air seeding systems developed and perfected in Saskatchewan along with other innovations like the application of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to guide power units changed the way farmers planted and harvested. A few farmers began to raise organic crops, catering to healthconscious consumers. The trend to larger farms increased as bigger, more automated machinery made it possible. The country elevator system

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Planting by the moon phases

The Influence of the Moon The moon’s orbit around our planet affects the rising and falling tides, air currents on the earth’s surface, and the occurrence of thunderstorms. The gravitational pull of both the sun and the moon affects us, but we feel the effects of the moon more acutely. While the moon has a much smaller mass, it is 390 times closer to us than the sun. Tides manifest the gravitational pull of the moon as it circles the earth. If you think of the water on the earth as a thin skin on the surface mass of the planet, it is easy to understand how the gravitational effects of the moon’s orbit can pull the water mass gently from side to side. The tide cycle follows the same time cycle as the rising moon, occurring faithfully every twenty-four hours and fifty minutes. Tides rise in lakes and rivers as rhythmically as in oceans. The correlation of moon and tide may not seem to have anything to do with planting or gardening, but consider the fact that the water content of the earth responds to the same tide cycle as the massive bodies of water that cover our planet. Any

gardener knows the importance of the soil’s water content to a germinating seed. It makes sense to consider, when planting your garden, the pull of the moon and the moon’s position in order to give seeds the best chance to germinate, grow and develop.... Rainfall, like the water content of the earth, is affected by the cycles of the moon as surely as the tides, which reach their highest point every 14.6 days or twice a month. Rainfall cycles mirror the two-week tide cycle in response to the position of the moon. The highest rainfall occurs just after the full and new moons. Once a month, when the moon is nearest the earth, tides are pulled 30% higher than when the moon is farthest from the earth. Not only does the gravitational pull of the moon affect the tides and rainfall, but it affects the air currents on the surface of the earth as well. Plants are extremely sensitive to any tiny energy fluctuation.... Lunar winds on the earth’s surface, moving at l/20 of a mile per hour, are too minute to be felt on the human skin, but they come, as do tides, twice daily. In the morning they flow east, in the evening to the west, influencing the

growth of plants as surely as sunshine and rainfall. Tides, lunar winds, earth tides and rainfall, together with the subtle effects of the moon on the shifting of the earth’s crust and the moon’s effects on the patterns of thunderstorms and their corresponding effect on ionization in the air, convince us that the effects of the moon on our planet are constantly coming into play, influencing the growing things of the earth. These factors considered, gardening and seeding crops in accordance with the phases of the moon seems not so odd after all. Why the Moon Phase System Works The time at which a seed is sown is the beginning of its life cycle. Final plant yield, as every gardener/farmer knows, is crucially affected by the conditions encountered by the seed. The person most responsible for formal experimentation in this area is Maria Thun, whose research on her farm in Darmstadt, Germany, has been financially supported by a group of biodynamic farmers. In 1952, Thun developed a method of sowing a fixed number of crop rows over a sidereal month.

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(The term sidereal refers to the position of the moon in relationship to the stars or constellations in the sky behind it.) In other words, Maria Thun sowed according to varying phases of the lunar cycle. Once the crop came to maturity, it was weighed and studied, and the results were recorded. Thun’s findings were accumulated over a ten-year period from 1952 to 1962. The crop Thun chose to study initially was potatoes; subsequently she studied not only other root crops but also leaf crops, fruit-bearers and flowers. Thun’s results were surprising. She discovered if potatoes were planted when the moon was in the constellations of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo (traditionally termed “root days”), the crop was more prolific than if she planted when the moon was positioned in other constellations of the zodiac belt. After some thought, she concluded that potatoes did better if planted while the moon was clearly positioned in earth signs than at any other time. Potato crops planted when the moon was positioned in the constellations Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces--the water signs of the zodiac--did poorly. The results of Thun’s studies fascinated another experimenter in Germany. Graf repeated her method from 1973 to 1975, this time using many different types of soils, and planting radishes as well as potatoes. Graf discovered that sowing on root days affected positively the growth and production of crops, and got best result when using chemically untreated, organic soils. In 1976, Kollerstrom and Muntz, Sussex market gardeners, repeated the experiments of Graf and Thun and gained a 45% increase in yield for crops sown on root days. Conducted over a period of two months, their study did not show that the phase of the moon, waxing or waning, made as much difference as the moon’s placement in the sky at the time of sowing. The effect of the phases of the moon on seed germination and growth was first studied by L. Kolisko in 1930. Using wheat, Kolisko found that seeds germinated faster and more prolifically when sown at the full moon. The new moon gave him the most unsuccessful results. Later experiments on cress confirmed Kolisko’s findings. Recent studies at Northwestern University,

conducted by Professor F. Brown, have shown that, even under equal temperatures, seedlings absorb more water at the full moon than at the new moon. The findings lend credibility to adages that recommend harvesting at full moon. It seems plants have less water content at the new moon phase. Professor Brown went so far as to test plants in a darkened laboratory where they would have no direct access to effects of sun or moon. The plants still responded to the moon phases. Other experiments have been conducted at Wichita State University and at Tulane University. All have achieved the same results. Experimentation indicates that seeds sown just before or around the full moon have a higher rate and speed of germination than those sown at the new moon because seeds are able to absorb more water at the full moon. The lunar month is divided into two basic moon activities: waxing and waning. The beginning of each process is designated by the new and full moon. A full moon occurs when the moon is 180 degrees opposite the sun, in position to receive sunlight over the maximum volume of its surface. A new moon occurs when the sun and moon are so closely aligned that it is impossible for the moon to give off any reflected sunlight. Waxing occurs in the period between the new and the full moon. Waning describes lunar activity be-

tween the full and the new moon. When the moon is waxing, it is said to be in its first and second quarters. The waning of the moon brings the phases through the third and fourth quarters of the cycle. The waxing moon phase is a good time to encourage plant growth and proliferation. The waning moon phase is a useful time to control plant growth and keep down garden pests. We have already seen evidence asserting growth and liquid absorption peaks at the full moon, and drastically declines during the new moon. We know from fluctuations in the electrical field of plants, made visible through Kirlian photography, as well as through experience, that plants grow and absorb water at an irregular rate. Rapid growth rate is often followed by a period of rest. Fruit bearing is followed by a period of dormancy. Although we do not know the full effects of the waxing and waning moon on plant growth, we do know that synchronizing phases of plant growth with the phases of the moon produces healthier plants and more abundant yield. Traditionally, gardeners have been advised to sow seeds at the full moon, perhaps because our ancestors discovered that seeds germinated more rapidly then. Many people today sow at the new moon in order to ensure germination before the growth spurt given the plant by the full moon.

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mark invention that, while not achieving commercial success, provided more than a glimpse of where the industry was heading. Ten years later, Eli Whitney unveiled the first hand-powered cotton gin, considered a marvel at the time because it was able to separate seeds, hulls and other unwanted materials from cotton after it is picked. But it was Cyrus McCormick’s reaper, first demonstrated in 1831, that laid the foundation for the farm equipment industry we know today. This device, along with McCormick’s self-raking feature, allowed one man to cut 40

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spurred many of today’s full-line manufacturers. 1698 - Thomas Savery invents a crude steam engine which initiates a chain reaction of events that leads to the development of the steam traction engine. 1702 - Jethro Tull of Great Britain invents the seed drill and is perhaps the best-known inventor of a mechanical planter. The seed drill consisted of a box of grain and seeds hauled by a horse. The seeder is built using the foot pedals of a church organ. Because the seeds are planted in rows rather than randomly, it is much easier for a horse-drawn cart to remove weeds that formed around the crop. 1784 - Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president, statesman and inventor, develops the first plow designed with the use of a mathematic formula to reduce soil resistance during plowing. 1785 - A plow that features a cast iron moldboard and share is developed in Scotland by James Small. 1794 - Eli Whitney develops the first hand-powered cotton gin on the General Nathan-

iel Greene plantation near Savannah, Ga. The cotton gin separates seeds, hulls and other unwanted materials from cotton after it is picked. 1797 - Charles Newbold patents the first cast iron plow in America. 1814 - Jethro Woods, a blacksmith in Scipio, N.Y., patents a cast iron plow with three replaceable parts. 1822 - Jeremiah Bailey of Chester County, Pa., patents a horse-drawn machine with a revolving wheel with six knives for cutting hay and other materials. 1825 -The “whoaback” horse-drawn hay rake is developed. The whoa-back was named for the way in which the operator had to stop the rake

and back up the horse in order to dump hay to form a windrow. 1833- Obed Hussey patents the first successful reaper for small grains. It consists of an oscillating sickle bar and a platform to catch the cut stalks. 1834 - Cyrus Hall McCormick develops the horsedrawn mechanical reaper at Staunton, Va.; Joab Center, Hudson, N.Y., patents a machine for turning and spreading hay. 1836 - Hiran Moore and John Hascall, Kalamazoo, Mich., develop a machine for mowing, winnowing and threshing grain. Continued on page 19

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1841 - The first practical grain drill is patented by Moses and Samuel Pennock of Chester County, Pa.; Robert Ransomes of Ipswich, England, introduces the first steam-powered traction engine and began producing it commercially a year later. 1844 - William Ketchum of Buffalo, N.Y., patents the first machine strictly for cutting hay. 1849 - The first steam traction engines appear in the U.S. These portable models are pulled by horses. One of the first portable steam engines, the “Forty Niner,” was built by A.L. Archanbault in Philadelphia. The engine was offered in 4-, 10- and 30-horsepower sizes. 1850 - The first commercially successful “hay press,” the forerunner to the modern baler, is introduced. Popularly known as “The Mormon Press,” this stationary machine processed bales of hay for transportation by barge on

the nation’s rivers. 1853 Walter A. Wood introduces the spring-tooth dump rake (also called the sulky rake) to meet the growing needs of farmers working with mowers. 1855 - The first self-propelled stream traction engine in the U.S. is invented by Obed Hussey specifically for plowing. 1857 - The Oliver chilled cast-iron plow is developed by James Oliver. 1858 Lewis Miller of Canton, Ohio, patents an improved hay mowing machine. 1862 - Thomas Aveling, a Kentish farmer — dissatisfied with portable steam engines used to power farm machinery because they had to be moved from site to site by a team of horses — develops a selfmoving steam engine. He begins to manufacture his engines in partnership with Richard Thomas Porter to form Aveling & Porter. 1863 - John Deere develops the Hawkeye Riding Cultivator, the first implement designed to ride instead of walk behind.

Because so many men lost limbs during the Civil War, the cultivator was marketed as easily operated by “one-armed or onelegged men.” 1869 - The J.I. Case Co. produces the first steam-powered traction engine that is used primarily to replace animals in farming operations.; Gilpin Moore designs the Gilpin Sulkey Plow, which takes farmers off their feet and allows them to ride as they plow. 1882 - Cyrus McCormick builds the first McCormick Daisy Reaper. 1886 - World’s first selfpropelled combine is developed by George Stockton Berry of Lindsay, Calif.; William Deering & Co. is the first manufacturer to build a factory to produce “binder twine” used on their harvesters. 1887 - In Sterling, Ill., the Charter Gasoline Engine Co.’s creation of a gasolinefueled engine led to early gasoline traction engines before the term “tractor” was coined by others. 1889

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Nova Scotia, files the first patent for the diesel engine in 1890, but never produces one. 1893 - Charles and Elwood Williamson of Union City, Ind., invent “new and useful” improvements to land rollers for farming, roads and other purposes. 1894 - The sidedelivery rake is developed to produce more appropriately sized windrows for hay loaders. 1897- Charles W. Hart and Charles H. Parr form the Hart-Parr Gasoline Engine Co. in Madison, Wis. They move manufacturing operations to Charles City, Iowa, in 1900. The company is the first to call their product a “tractor.” 1902 - Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Co., Minneapolis, Minn., contracts with the Joy-Wilson Co., Chicago, Ill., to design a farm tractor. This evolves into the popular Twin City “40.” 1904 - Benjamin Holt, a California manufacturer of agricultural equipment, develops the first success-

ful crawler tractor. It’s equipped with tracks rather than wheels to keep heavy tractors from sinking into soft soils. 1905 - International Harvester develops the first friction-drive tractor by utilizing the IH stationary gas engine with a Morton chassis. 1907 - With chief engineer, Joseph Galamb, Henry Ford begins work on an experimental gasoline-powered tractor. It is referred to as the “automobile plow” and was never called a “tractor” during development. 1910 - Ummo Leubens develops the first round hay baler. 1912 - Australian farmer and inventor Arthur Clifford Howard develops the first powered rotary tiller. 1916 - In Meade County, Kan., Harry Krause designs and builds the first one-way disk plow. 1918 American Harvester Co. of Minneapolis begins manufacturing the horse-drawn Ronning Harvester. cont’d. on page 20


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1919 - The Gilson Manufacturing Co. became the first to attach a gasoline engine to a multipurpose gardening implement, ultimately manufacturing about 7,000 of these tractors for the Beeman Tractor Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gilson began making garden tractors under its own name by the early 1920s The company was renamed Gilson Bolens Co. in 1928 and Bolens Manufacturing Co. in 1939.; International Harvester develops the first commercially available powertake-off (PTO) system, to allow power from a tractor engine to be transmitted to attached harvesting equipment. 1923 - The Baldwin Brothers of Nickerson, Kan., develop the first selfpropelled “Gleaner” combine, mounted on a Fordson tractor; Deere & Co. launches the Model “D” tractor. It will remain in the line for nearly 30 years; International Harvester introduces its Farmall tractor. With the rear wheels set wide apart and narrow front wheels, the tractor

was ideally suited for cultivating row crops. 1925 Deere & Co. begins work on the “GP” (General Purpose) series tractor as the answer to International Harvester’s Farmall. 1926 - Helmer and Ellert Hanson of Lajord, Saskatchewan, introduce the hay swather. Engineers at International Harvester, having observed the operation of the Hanson brothers’ swather, develop their own model. 1927 - International Harvester becomes the first company to offer swathers for sale. These early machines were powered by a ground wheel, but subsequent models were PTO-driven. With the introduction of these implements, farmers were able to windrow hay and then process it during the appropriate season; Deere & Co. offers combines in two sizes: the John Deere No. 1 and John Deere No. 2. The No. 1 was a smaller unit for smaller farm operators. 1928 - Italian tractor manufacturer SAME is credited with producing the first diesel-powered agricultural tractor. 1929 - Deere & Co. offers the “GP” wide-series tractor.

The first model incorporates a narrow front wheel arrangement and rear wheels that straddle two rows, making it ideal for row-crop operations. The Ann Arbor Baler is developed by Ray Moore McDonald and is recognized as the world’s first pickup baler. 1931 - Caterpillar manufactures a crawler tractor with a diesel engine, which offers more power, reliability and fuel efficiency than those using low-octane gasoline. 1932 - The first commercially successful pickup forage harvester is developed by Erwin W. Saiberlich and sold by Fox River Tractor Co. of Appleton, Wis. 1933 Allis Chalmers joins with Firestone Rubber to develop the first air-filled rubber tires for agricultural tractors. Tests by the Univ. of Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory find that rubber wheels result in a 25% improvement in fuel economy; Harry Ferguson’s 3-point hitch is attached to a David Brown tractor in England, creating the Ferguson-Brown model A. By 1937, sales dropped and relations between Brown

and Ferguson became hostile. Ferguson shopped his system to Henry Ford in 1939 and together they release the Ford model 9N. This partnership dissolves, resulting in a lawsuit over royalties. By 1960, Ferguson’s patent expires and the 3-point hitch becomes the industry standard; Fred Hoeme of Hooker, Okla., develops a heavy-duty chisel plow. W.T. Graham, Amarillo, Texas, purchases the manufacturing and distribution rights in 1938 and it becomes known as the Graham-Hoeme chisel plow. 1935 - International Harvester introduces a diesel engine for wheeled tractors. 1936 - Ed Nolt, a Pennsylvania farmer, purchases a knotter mechanism to bale the windrows of straw produced by his combine. This was the first twine tie hay/straw baler. 1930-1938 - Massey Harris develops its M-H General Purpose tractor, the industry’s first fourwheel-drive, steel-wheeled tractor. It also has an adjustable track width. Unfortunately, the benefits of four-wheel drive were not yet fully understood. The machine was modernized

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in 1936 with the installation of rubber tires, but sales failed to increase. 1940 - New Holland Machine Co., New Holland, Pa., develops the first commercially successful automatic pickup, selftying hay and straw baler. 1941 - Massey Ferguson produces the first successful self-propelled combine with the Massey-Harris 21SP combine. 1944 Leonard T. Fleischer develops the first ridge-till equipment and establishes Fleischer Manufacturing Co. in Grand Isle, Neb. 1945 - Peter Pakosh, designs and builds the first prototype grain auger and, 8 years later, starts selling thousands under the “Versatile” name, making it the standard for modern grain augers. 1946 - Woods Brothers Equipment Co., Oregon, Ill., develops the first tractor-mounted rotary cutter mower, invented by Keith Leonard and Mervel Wood, it provides an advanced cutting method that permits the driver to control cutting lengths and contours. 1947 - Allis Chalmers introduces the “Rotobaler” that produces round bales that are 16

inches in diameter and 48 inches wide; Karl-Ragnar Åström builds the first front-end loader in Sweden and establishes AB Ålö-Maskiner, the manufacturer of Alo/Quicke loaders; Edward Gideon (E.G.) Melroe founds Melroe Manufacturing Co. to produce the Melroe Pickup combine attachment; John Eyestone, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, builds the first self-propelled, 4-row corn picker-sheller. He builds the machine by using a surplus WW II 6-WD power unit, installing two Minneapolis-Moline pulltype corn heads together and adding a new Minneapolis-Moline sheller to the frame. He then installs a 320-bushel bin to collect the shelled grain; Servis Equipment Co. engineers Clyde Robinson and Hoy West develop the first front-mounted stalk shredder to shred cotton and corn stalks; Lyle Yost, founder of Hesston Machine and Manufacturing Co., develops the first grain auger unloader for combines; cont’d. on page 21

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Ray Hagie, founder of Hagie Manufacturing Co., Clarion, Iowa, invents the first self-propelled sprayer for agricultural applications; Brandt Machine Works, Carlisle, Ark., manufactured its first grain cart, designed to help a local farmer haul rice from the combine in the field to the truck. Several are still in use today. The firm followed this innovtion with the design of a round hopper grain cart in the 1950s. 1948 - Brillion Iron Works introduces the “Sure Stand” grass seeder. Colorado farmer Frank Zybach invents the center pivot irrigation machine, which revolutionizes irrigation technology. The system consists of sprinklers attached to arms that radiate from a water-filled hub out to motorized wheeled towers in the field. Zybach is awarded a patent in 1952 for the “Self-Propelled Sprinkling Irrigating Apparatus.” 1949 - Univ. of California-Davis agricultural engineers Coby Lorenzen and Jack Hanna develop a successful tomato harvester that is made by Blackwelder Manufacturing Co.

of Rio Vista, Calif.; Seeing a need to increase flotation in wet field conditions and make better use of the tractor’s available horsepower, Richard and L.G. Unverferth, develop the first bolt-on dual tractor wheels. This innovation uses a cast “hat-style” extension that attach the dual wheels to the drive wheel’s weight holes. 1950 - The first selfpropelled windrower is produced by Killbery Industries and marketed under the “Grain-Saver” brand name; The Stihl BL is unveiled as the first oneman, gasoline-powered chain saw. It weighs 35 pounds and is equipped with a manually-adjusted swivel carburetor that allows the saw to be used for both bucking and felling; The “Pulvi-Mulcher” tills and compacts a seedbed in one pass is introduced by Brillion Iron Works.1951 - The Ferguson Co. develops a side-stroke reel rake that uses only two spiders and six bars. Around the same period, a no-reel rake was invented. Called a finger-wheel type rake, it uses raking wheels with toothlike projections. The sidedelivery type continued to

develop and remains the most widely used type of hay rake today. 1954 - Valmont Industries develops the first commercially successful irrigation system for Great Plains farmers. 1955 - Hesston Machine and Manufacturing Co., Hesston, Kan., introduces the first self-propelled swather. - The Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS) for tractors is developed by Lloyd H. Lamouria, Ralph R. Parks and Coby Lorenzen at the Univ. of California-Davis. South Australian company Gyral, founded by Albert Fuss, introduces an air seeder in the 1950s in response to farmers who were unable to plant in more compact soil environments. The seeder was light in weight and mounted on a Graham Holme chisel plow. 1957 Deere & Co. signals a significant change in row-crop planting with the introduction of a 6-row planter and cultivator, designed for corn and cotton producers. The first skid-steer loader, designed and built by Cyril and Louis Keller, Rothsay, Minn., is a small, lightweight, 3-wheel front-end loader capable of turning 360 degrees within its own

length. 1958 - AB ÅlöMaskiner develops the first “drive-in” front end loader. Linde’s launch of the first hydrostatic transmission marked a milestone in the history of forklift design. Melroe Manufacturing Co. forms a partnership with Cyril and Louis Keller to create the Melroe self-propelled loader. John Steiger, along with sons Douglas and Maurice, build the first Steiger tractor in their barn at Red Lake Falls, Minn. Steiger #1 was built from truck components and powered by a 238-horsepower Detroit Diesel Engine. 1959 - The Wagner TR is the first articulated tractor in production with 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering. It is powered by a Cummins 8.1-liter, 90-horsepower or 12.2-liter 155-horsepower engine. 1960 - First all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are built by Jiger Corp. and appear as 6-wheel vehicles with yellow fiberglass tubs that allow them to float; International Harvester launches the Cub Cadet as the first lawn and garden tractors produced by a major tractor manufacturer. Melroe Manufacturing Co.

introduces the M-400, the first 4-wheeled, all-wheel drive “skid-steer” loader. MacKissic introduces interchangeable grinding screens in stalk shredders. 1960s New Holland introduces the industry’s first

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The company also introduced the industry’s first self-propelled windrower, the Speedrower windrower; the industry’s first self-propelled forage harvester and the industry’s first automatic bale wagon. 1962 - Eugene Sukup of Sheffield, Iowa, builds the first grain dryer for use in on-farm grain bins. It

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newly developed wettable chemicals. 1966 - Allis Chalmers introduces the first no-till planter; The DICKEY-john Manufacturing Co. introduces electronic monitoring devices to allow farmers to plant crops more efficiently. Attached to mechanical planters and air seeders, the devices monitor the number and spacing of seeds being planted; A farmer and rancher from North Dakota notices the need for an affordable and moderate-sized tub grinder to feed his livestock. He starts a company to produce the Haybuster C-Series. It was the first product for the company now known as DuraTech Industries International, Inc., which is headquartered in Jamestown, N.D.; 1967 - International Harvester introduces the first hydrostatic-drive combine; Kinze Manufacturing of Williamsburg, Iowa, builds the first auger-unloading grain wagon. Unverferth Manufacturing introduces the step-up wheel lug that allows farmers to adapt older tractors to the larger 38-inch diameter wheels and tires that manufactures are install-

ing on new tractor models. The larger tires improved drawbar horsepower and speed. Charles Shivvers invents and patents the tapered sweep auger, the Shivvers Circu-Lator, the first in-bin continuous flow grain drying system. 1969 - Rekord Sales, Atherstone, England, develops the first commercially successful straw chopper attachment for combines; Avery Weigh-Tronix invents the weigh bar first installed on an Art’s-Way grinder mixers, securing a patent in 1972. The new invention revolutionized grinder mixer machinery, allowing a farmer to accurately batch feed rations

for hogs. They can weigh each ingredient added into the mixer and accurately dispense it to different groups of livestock; Ace Pump Corp., Memphis, Tenn., introduces the first close-coupled hydraulic motor-driven spray pump. Servis-Rhino patents the first 4-gearbox, flex-wing rotary cutter. The Flex 15 enables the wings to be raised without damaging the wing drivelines. Until then, all flex-wing cutters featured only three gearboxes; Don Landoll invents the first traveling axle trailer.

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Farm operators - check contractors before hiring Farm operators are accustomed to asking contractors for proof of their provincial workers’ compensation insurance coverage and liability insurance before hiring them to do work. A third basic requirement that should be added is asking contractors to demonstrate that they have a health and safety program in place. Just as it is your responsibility to have a health and safety plan for your farm or ranch, it is also the responsibility of each

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Canadian farmers are feeding the world Canada has a long and successful agricultural history that includes being known for growing enough food to not only feed itself but also to feed people in many other countries around the world. “Canadian farmers are up to the challenge of feeding all of us but they also produce enough food to help supply more than 150 countries,” says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, the trade association that represents the plant science industry. “This impressive food supply is thanks to the increased yields harvested with the help of tools like pesticides and plant biotechnology.” Furthermore, Canada’s strength as an exporter of food helps contribute positively to our

national economy. “If we use canola as an example,” says Hepworth, “productivity has significantly increased because of plant biotechnology products. Between 1996 and 2007, there was a 20 per cent increase in crop yields because of the improved genetics in the crop to combat weed control. “We can also look at wheat to see how modern crop protection tools have impacted production. About 24 per cent of wheat production in Canada annually can be attributed to the use of crop protection products. This translates into a net benefit of more than $1.7 billion for farmers.” he said. . Too often, contractors, especially small companies, haven’t developed health and safety programs for their business. In an emergency scenario, this will leave them in disarray as to what to do and will almost certainly conflict with the execution of your emergency preparedness plan. This could lead to potential injuries, damaged property and equipment, or costly shutdowns. One way to determine the safety culture of a contractor is to ask that their health and safety plan be included in their work-bid as part of the consideration for winning the contract. In the absence of the contractor having a health and safety plan, then this puts greater onus on you to outline and clearly communicate what health and safety measures are expected of all contractors and their employees on your farm, and to do so before any work begins. Four of the key points to cover include a work site review with the contractor pointing out the location of emergency equipment, power sources, washrooms, etc as well as any potential hazards. Next, ensure the contractor has appropriate means to man-

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History of sheep production in Saskatchewan

Sheep have been a part of Saskatchewan’s economy for nearly 140 years, with the first sheep arriving on the Canadian prairies in the early 1800s. It has been noted that many of the large cattle ranches in southern Saskatchewan

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dian wool dropped; and the development of New Zealand as a major exporter of low-priced lamb affected the Canadian lamb market. Saskatchewan’s sheep population has shifted with the changing times: its numbers peaked in 1934 at 381,000, and declined to below 100,000 head in 1974; an all-time low of 53,000 occurred in 1986. Since then sheep numbers have steadily risen, and the provincial ewe flock now stands at 70,000; this makes Saskatchewan the fourth-largest sheep producing province in the country. Sheep production in this province consists of farm flocks, range flocks, and finishing operations; there is also some interest in dairy operations. There is a wide variety of breeds: Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorset, Columbia, Targhee, Rambouillet, North Country Cheviots, Canadian Arcotts, Rideau Arcotts, Texels, Katahdin and Dorper are the most common. Farm flocks range in size from sixty to 250 ewes, and generally market lambs that are fed to a finished weight of 110 pounds, the usual target weight for slaughter lamb in Canada. Range flocks are much larger and

tend to be found grazing on short-grass prairie in the southwestern part of the province. These lambs are usually weaned off grass and sold as feeder lambs through the big fall sales, or direct to feedlots. There are several feedlot operations in the province, the largest being located north of Regina. Lamb makes its way to Canadian and American markets via order buyers, feedlots, and public auctions. Many lambs are sold through the assembly service of the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board. Sheep are often overlooked as an opportunity in agriculture, a factor that has been slowly addressed in recent years. Sheep production remains a viable alternative within sustainable agriculture: a relatively low cost of entry, a higher biological efficiency (more than one offspring), and additional opportunity areas such as wool and dairy make sheep production attractive. In addition, sheep provide a positive ecological grazing control where they are used to manage weeds such as leafy spurge and others found in emerging reseeded forests. With the advent of round bale feeders, portable electric fencing and many other la-



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• In 1918 there were only 12,382 immigrants to Saskatchewan compared with a peak of some 46,000 in 1912. Saskatchewan’s total population reached about 675,000 in 1918, a huge increase over the 1901 census report of 91,279. Source: Canada Year Book, 1919 • The number of tractors on Saskatchewan farms increased from 17,523 in 1921 to 43,308 in 1931. Source: WDM Winning the Prairie Gamble research • The number of grain elevators in Saskatchewan peaked at 3240 in 1932-33. • The number of farms in Saskatchewan peaked in 1936 at just over 142,000. • 1937 was the worst year of the Depression; the average yield per acre in Saskatchewan was 2.7 bushels per acre. Number of horses on Saskatchewan farms in 1921 - 1,169,278; 1930 1,071,80; 1941- 838,000; 1951 - 303,853; 1961 109,000. Source: Canada Year Books, 1921; 1930; 1942;1952-53;1962. Average farm price of Wheat per tonne in Saskatchewan in 1920 $56.95; 1930 - $17.27; 1940- $21.31; 1950 $54.75; 1960 - $58.05; 1970 - $53.28; 1980 $209.81. Source: Fairbairn, Garry: From Prairie Roots: The Remarkable Story of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Number of machines on Saskatchewan farms from 1926 to 1951. Binder 129,177 (1931) 70,584 (1951); Threshing Machine - 27,046 (1931) 19,221 (1951); Combine - 6,000 (1926) 43,000 (1951); Tractor - 26,700 (1926) 106,700 (1951); Truck 3,300 (1926) 50,000 (1951); Car - 52,000 (1926) 63,000 (1951). Source: Ralph Hedlin, “Machines Have Changed Saskatchewan” in The Country Guide, May 1955, pp. 10, 86 Number of farms in Saskatchewan in 1991 60,840; 1996 - 56,995; 2006 - 44,329. Source:; 2006 census Fifty year progress - Population - 195,000 (1905) 828,000 (1925) 880,665 (1955); Cities - 3 (1905) 7 (1925) 8 (1955); Towns - 16 (1905) 80 (1925) 98 (1955); Villages - 63 (1905) 368 (1925) 373 (1955); Rural Municipalities - 2 (1905) 301 (1925) 310 (1955); School Districts - 896 (1905) 4679 (1925) 5221 (1955); Hospitals - 6 (1905) 119 (1925) 163 (1955); Post Offices - 12 (1905) 1423 (1925) 1250 (1955); Railway Mileage - 1176 (1905) 7631 (1925) 8883 (1955);

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Motor Licenses - 0 (1905) 79,383 (1925) 267,373 (1955); Acreages Under Cultivation - 1,638,281 (1905) 27,195,453 23,705,573 Grain Elevators - 298 (1905) 2552 (1925) 2975 (1955); Elevator Capacity (bu.) - 8,935,00 (1905) 90,000,000 (1925) 190,110,000 (1955). Source: map WDM1973-S-22954 in the Western Development Museum artifact collection. Information from research files and artifacts in the collection of Saskatchewan Western Development Museum February, 2010. In 2006 there were 44,329 farms in the province with 36,967,219.6 acres of seeded land (excluding Christmas trees). There were 12,235 beef cattle ranch and farms (including feedlots) and 25,400 grain farms. The number of farm operators was 59,185 and 39,000 families. There was 3,060,000 head of cattle and 44,329 fruit, berry and nuts, vegetables, sod, nursery and greenhouse farms. 27,801,000 dozen eggs were produced in Saskatchewan that year.

Source: Statistics Canada. 4-H Clubs - 4-H clubs had two predecessors agricultural clubs, more commonly known as the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, which were supervised by the Agricultural Extension Department and the girl’s clubs or Homecraft Clubs. In 1952, both types became 4-H Clubs, but they continued to be administered and operated separately. The Saskatchewan 4-H Council was formed in 1957 for the purpose of encouraging club work, act as a clearing house, coordinate efforts and advise on policies and program direction. In 1963 all 4-H work was placed under a single supervisor, H.R. Clark. By 1970 the role of the Extension division had changed considerably. Direct contact with clubs was maintained through a monthly mailing of the 4-H “Leader’s Bulletin” and the 4-H quarterly, “Focus”. The Division was still involved in preparing program material, conducting the provincial selections, and operating programs at Camp Rayner, the Division was no longer involved in

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Harvest technology from Saskatchewan Harvest technology has evolved over the years and while Saskatchewan pioneers had creative ideas they did not achieve commercial success, however manufacturers incorporated their inventions to further the industry. In the mid 1920s, brothers and farmers Helmer and Ellert Hanson from Lajord, Saskatchewan faced with a farm labor shortage began discussing the idea of picking up swaths with a modified conventional combine. They built their idea from experience of relatives in South Dakota. The South Dakota relatives developed a central delivery reaper (basically a swather) and a travelling thresher (picked up and threshed rows), however their inventions garnered little attention from both farmers and manufacturers. The Hansons noticed grain dried better lying loose on top of the ground rather than being bundled in sheaves and they decided to build a swather from scratch and convert a swather to a pickup for a combine that would handle both swath rows and sheaves; this minimized the risk of an unproven method. The Hanson brothers who live only six miles

apart each developed their own prototypes. They followed no blueprints or drawings, rather each brother saw in his mind the complete machine and how it would work. Interestingly both machines when finished were nearly identical. They did not apply for patents, rather they shared their ideas freely and they received considerable attention from manufacturers and engineers. International Harvester Co. (IHC) sent an engineer to evaluate the machines in the field and in 1928, marketed their first swather, a 12 ft. McCormick-Deering Windrow-Harvestor. The J.I. Case company sent their chief designer, who at their request had his company make 32 in. cylinders which increased the combine’s ability to pick up heavy rows. Among the first companies to market swathers were IHC, Case and John Deere. Separating grain at harvest was based on shaking the grain free of the straw and chaff. In the 70s, Western Roto Thresh Company out of Saskatoon marketed a new rotary type of combine utilizing the centrifugal force to achieve maximum grain separation. To this point conventional com-

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which resulted in further grain loss. In the late 60s, two Manitoba farmers had experimented with using a perforated rotating drum and centrifugal force to separate grain. The Department of Agriculture approached Roto Thresh

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president, Barney Habicht to build prototypes of the perforated drum. Production of the Roto Thresh combines began in the early 70s in Saskatoon. Farmers who purchased the equipment were able to reduce their grain loss, however despite the new

technology and good feedback from the customers Roto Thresh was not able to compete with full line manufacturers. However John Deere incorporated the rotary principle into a combine a few years later.


Office: 306-883-2168 Regular Sales Every Wednesday Owner/Manager: Brian Jacobson

R & J Ernst

We will be hosting a Public Information Traceability and Herd Health Seminar

Owned & Operated by David Ernst

Beginning @ 2 p.m. - Ending with Supper Brian is asking for as many Livestock Producers as possible to attend.

Call David

There will be an afternoon of Speakers from Merial, CFIA & CCIA

Cell 306.747.7618

followed by ‘Beef on the Bun’ Supper If you are able to attend we ask that you let the Stockyards know as we need to know exactly how many of you can come so supper can be planned.

Shellbrook, SK.

“Have A Farm Safe Spring”

We’re asking you to let us know for sure by Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Call Brian or Pat @ 306-883-2168

Do you have Sleep Apnea? It’s more common than you think! About 20% of the population has Sleep Apnea! Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms? • Excessive daytime sleepiness • Snoring with pauses, gasping or choking during sleep • High blood pressure • Morning headaches • Lack of concentration • Poor memory • Fatigue • Are you sleepy when you drive?

Scott Galloway Owner

If you don’t think you have any of these symptoms, ask someone else in the house if you do! If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor and have them refer you to us. We can arrange to send out a monitoring device that you wear for one night in the comfort of your own home. A trip into Saskatoon is not required for this test. This device monitors your breathing and blood oxygen levels. If you are already on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) we would be honoured to serve you. Whether you are needing some help with a problem that is frustrating you or has caused you to stop using your CPAP, we can help get you back on track! If all you need is a new mask, or a replacement part we can help with that too.

Call Prairie Oxygen, your Medical Home Oxygen and Sleep Apnea Care Provider Saskatoon Phone: 306-384-5255 Fax: 306- 384-0022

• Aggregate Hauling • Grain & Fertilizer Hauling • Excavating • Tractor Service • Contaminant Hauling • 24 Hours Office: (306)

747-4328 • Fax: (306) 747-4324 Cell: (306) 747-9322 • Ft. McMurray: (780) 799-5210 Email:

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