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Last Mountain Serving The Last Mountain Area Since 1908

Volume 103, No 14

Publishers Lance and Vicki Cornwell Box 340, Nokomis, SK. S0G 3R0

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New mortgage rules possible Ottawa may be considering new rules that would force banks to use tougher criteria to evaluate mortgage borrowers. Reports from various sources say the new rules would ensure that consumers aren’t taking on more debt than they can handle when they buy a home. The government’s proposal would see the creation of new guidelines banks would have to follow when determining whether a customer can afford a mortgage. The guidelines would require banks to consider whether a variable-rate mortgage holder could continue to make the pay-

ments if interest rates were to go up significantly. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has been receiving representations from a number of experts, including officials of major Canadian banks, to take action as the country’s housing market continues to remain strong. Experts fear that many borrowers are buying homes because of unusually low interest rates, but may struggle with their monthly payments when interest rates rise. This is one of the problems that caused the 2008 meltdown of the American financial system.

Urban housing construction up Curling season is in full swing, as evidenced by the many spiels hosted in rinks across the province. The photo above was snapped as the Nokomis Curling Club hosted their Open Spiel on January 9 and 10, with eight teams competing. Sweeping are: Walter Gulka (left), Colleen McNichol (centre), Darwin McNichol (right), and in the background are Anita Hendry (left) and Maureen Tait. More pictures on the Sports Page on Photos submitted by Carolyn Knouse. page 8.

Residential housing construction in Saskatchewan cities picked up steam last month and recorded a 275 per cent increase over January of 2009. According to a report released last week by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Saskatchewan ranked first among Canadian provinces in terms of

percentage increase over last January. Nationally, urban housing starts were up by 40 per cent between January 2009 and January 2010. The report indicates that housing starts were up 388 per cent in Saskatoon and 276 per cent in Regina last month when compared with January 2009.

Seasonal camping draw coming soon Country Women’s Network

The provincial ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport has changed the draw date of the Seasonal Camping Program. The draw used to be held in late April but this year the draw will be held on Tuesday, February 23, with the deadline for applications Tuesday, February 16. As demand for seasonal sites exceeds supply, the ministry allocates sites using a lotterystyle draw system. The Seasonal Camping Program sets aside a limited number of campsites in the park system for those who wish to enjoy the

full camping season on the same site. Officials said this change to the Seasonal Camping Program was previously announced as part of enhancements made to the camping program for 2010. A limited number of campsites in twenty-one provincial parks

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and recreation sites are included in the Seasonal Camping Program. Those applying for a seasonal site must apply directly to the provincial park or recreation site they wish to camp in. The draws are then made within the park on February 23.

Seniors Valentine Tea

Watch for our new, regular feature “On This Day in History” on page 5 this week!

The Country Women’s Network held their annual Seniors Valentine Tea on Wednesday, February 10 at the Strasbourg United Church. Enjoying a good visit were (left to right): Catherine Fuller, Jessie French, Kay Nordal and Nell Van Meer. More photos on page 6.

MRI services improving in Regina

The heavy snowfall this winter is taking its toll on wildlife that depends on foraging for grasses and other vegetation. This photo taken in Govan last week proves the point: rather than struggle through the deep snow, and scratch the ground for dry grass, this young white-tail deer decided to snack on the dried morning glory vines hanging from a trellis right beside a home on a busy street.

Patients across southern Saskatchewan will have access to the most advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services available with the installation of a new MRI unit in Regina. The Government of Saskatchewan, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation have jointly funded the purchase and installation of a $3.2 million MRI at Regina General Hospital, to replace the older of Regina’s two MRI units. The Ministry of Health is contributing $1.82 million toward the purchase of

the new MRI. The RQHR is providing $1.08 million and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation $335,000. “We are pleased to be installing this new MRI, which is the most advanced available for use on patients and the first for Saskatchewan,” RQHR CEO and President Dwight Nelson said. “This new technology will allow health professionals to have the best possible images of patients to ensure more accurate diagnosis of health conditions and the most appropriate medical care.” The old MRI has been dismantled, and installation of the

new replacement machine is expected to be completed in the spring. During this process, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is using a mobile MRI unit to ensure it has two MRI units operating to meet patients’ needs. Saskatchewan currently has five permanent MRI units. Two are located at Regina General Hospital, and one each at Royal University Hospital, City Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Lloydminster also shares a mobile MRI with several Alberta communities, offering services one week of every five.



Bulyea News Corri Gorrill • 725-4329 ‘Giggles & Grins & Mommy Wins!’ Play dates at Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care Inc. the first Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost $10/session. While parents enjoy a well deserved break, the children will be experiencing creative play, socializing with other children and having fun! Pre-registration is required by calling 725-3321. 14&18&22&26p Family Ski-Doo Poker Derby, Sunday, February 21. Brunch at Duval Rink: 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Registration: 1:00 p.m. at Duval Rink. Scenic 25 mile run much be completed by 5:30 p.m. Lunch available when participants return to rink. $10/rider, $5/ kid, ghost hands – $5 each. 80% payout, (100% for kids), 20% to Kinsmen Telemiracle. For information contact Al Krentz 725-4452. No alcohol allowed during run. Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 14c

Winter Fitness programs sponsored by Strasbourg Recreation Board with qualified and certified trainer, Jenna Johnson. 8 week class starting Tuesday, March 2 at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre in the club room. 7:00 p.m. – Stretching and Balance class: $40; Drop-in fee: $7. 8:00 p.m.– Strength and Conditioning: $50; Drop-in fee: $6. Thursday morning Strength and Conditioning class at 6:15 a.m.: $50. To register and for further information, call Jenna @ 7253228. Let’s Get In Motion with both our minds and bodies. Classes open to everyone of all ages. 14-16c Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at DiGer’s, or Last Mountain Times (Strasbourg) office! See Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News for Bulyea Carnival news submitted by Mae Clarke

A day of family fun

Bulyea School News Bulyea School plans on skating every Friday, weather permitting. Students have been busy organizing an Olympic wall in the gym. The flags of most of the countries participating in Vancouver have been coloured and are on display. The school is hosting a Mini Winter Olympic meet. It will be a great kick off for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the start of winter break which is from February 15 to 19. Bulyea School Community Council treated the staff to a lunch on January 13 in recognition of Staff Appreciation Day. SCC will hold their annual meeting and elections the middle of February. The SCC is a group of dedicated volunteers: principals, teachers, students, parents and community members. Caretakers Mr. and Mrs. Glass have been doing a great job keeping the school in tip top shape. The bus drivers this year: Larry Uhl, Al Schafer, Col-

leen McLeod and Rodney Glass transport the children to Bulyea each day. Bulyea School will again be travelling to Mission Ridge for skiing the beginning of March. February 12 was Red and White Day at the school, celebrating National Flag Day, Valentine’s Day and the Winter Olympics. This year instead of doing Secret Cupid, the school is going to fundraise for the people of Haiti. Ms. Gorrill has ordered a beautiful cake and tickets will be sold for it. For every dollar, your name is entered for the raffle and printed on a heart to hang in the hallway. There are still copies of the 08/09 DVD yearbook available.

In recent years, the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario have instituted a Family Day in their respective provinces. The statutory holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February, coinciding with President’s Day in the U.S.A. and at a time of the year when holidays are far and few between, when the weather for most of us is bitterly cold and the days much too short. In other words, it comes at a time when we can all use a day off for a long weekend of fun with our families. However, if you’re not lucky enough to live where Family Day is celebrated or if you have missed this year’s Family Day, why not designate a Saturday or a Sunday as your own Family Day and make it a time where everyone gets together to spend

the day outdoors playing, skating or tobogganing, or just stay in to play board games, eat popcorn and have a great time. For that final touch, have everybody chip in to get supper ready, helping prepare toppings of their choice for pizzas or have a fondue where everyone is sure to have a good time dipping bite-size pieces of food in melted cheese, while reminiscing about the fun events of the day. The time that families spend playing, eating and talking together instills values and strengthens love and relationships. These days it’s not often that all members of a family can be together at the same time, so perhaps we shouldn’t be looking at the amount of time that we spend together as a family, but more importantly, at the quality of the time we spend together.

Chinese investors interested in Saskatchewan Officials say significant interest was shown for oil industry opportunities during a recent 14 day trade mission hosted in Beijing by Saskatchewan Energy and Resources. Hosted in cooperation with Consular officials from the Canadian Embassy, interest in the seminar was so high that a second session was added to meet demand. Over the two days in which the seminar was offered, in excess of 150 people representing 75 companies and organizations attended. Interest was bolstered by recent announcements from the Government of China encouraging Chinese companies, both sovereign and private, to seek out energy opportunities around the world. Significant follow up from Chinese companies is expected

and representatives from Energy and Resources as well and Enterprise Saskatchewan will be supporting those companies as they consider Saskatchewan for oil investments. Saskatchewan’s leadership in carbon capture and storage (CCS) was also of interest to many companies in China and Japan. In China, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between SaskPower and the Huaneng Group Research and Development Centre to seek out opportunities to co-operate on CCS technology. In addition, Saskatchewan officials were involved in a series of meetings with Canpotex and representatives of potash buying companies in China.

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Sask births reach 17-year high To date, there were 14,465 live births registered in Saskatchewan in 2009, compared to 13,973 in 2008. There hasn’t been this many births since 1992, when 14,992 live births were registered in the province. This information does not include those babies born outside the province to Saskatchewan mothers. According to registration information Saskatchewan’s most popular baby names in 2009 were Ethan for boys and Emma for girls. Ethan remained the most popular baby boy name for the eighth year in a row. The following list shows the top 20 male and female baby names in their order of popularity in Saskatchewan in 2009.

Male Names Ethan Liam Carter Jacob Aiden Logan Hunter Ryder Noah Owen Lucas Benjamin Matthew William Joshua Alexander Mason Carson Jayden James

Female Names 93 77 72 65 63 62 55 54 53 51 51 48 44 43 43 42 41 40 40 39

Emma Ava Olivia Emily Brooklyn Chloe Madison Alexis Hailey Hannah Ella Grace Lily Elizabeth Addison Taylor Nevaeh Avery Abigail Sarah

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Centennial Manor News Managing Your Money Everyone at the Manor was happy to stay inside the weekend of January 24 when we had the three day snow storm. We were the lucky ones because several church services were cancelled and we got to enjoy the lovely dessert Kay MacPheat had made for the United Church annual meeting. Some of us ‘older folks’ said this big snow storm wasn’t as bad as the one we had in 1947 when even the snow banks were too big for the trains to get through. Horses and sleighs were the mode of travel in those days and sometimes the horses had trouble getting through the big drifts. We were lucky to get to town once a week to buy groceries and other necessities. We hope the younger generation appreciate all the improvements over the last several years. Remember we didn’t have any gravel roads or snow plows at that time. Frank and Doris had their ninth great grandchild born on December 29, a boy, Mike Austin to Cristal Wirll of Moose Jaw. There was some excitement at ‘games night’ at the Manor when Kay Nordal dealt herself a 28 hand in cribbage. It was not a perfect 29 but still very exciting. Rick and Beryl surprised Helen when she was curling in the ladies bonspiel in Strasbourg. Beryl came out on the ice ringing her cow bell which she takes to every hockey game, and after greeting each other, she asks if they can stay overnight.

What a question, eh! Kay Nordal hosted a post Christmas celebration for her family at the Manor on February 7. Roberta catered for it and served a delicious roast beef supper. The afternoon and evening were thoroughly enjoyed with lots of visiting and game playing. Family members came from Saskatoon, Regina, Southey and Bulyea. They missed others from Alberta, BC and Ontario who were unable to come. Several from the Manor enjoyed the Country Women’s Tea at the United Church on February 10. Helen, together with Kathleen Henfrey, motored to Lumsden on Wednesday to attend the opening of the 2010 Tankard. It was especially enjoyable watching the Schick team with the Coutts twins playing second and third positions for the team. We’ve been following their progress since they first curled in Bulyea when they were about seven years old. They won their first game against Heidt 9-3 so they had a good start. We wish them lots of luck in their next games. Everyone at the Manor seems to be enjoying themselves with cards, curling, reading, watching curling and putting at least two jigsaw puzzles together. We’ll be watching more television when the Olympics begin. Quote: “Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.” H.C.T.

Emotional investing – the road to ruin It’s a fact: Emotional investing doesn’t pay, it costs. Market study after market study has clearly proved that when investors are driven by emotions – jumping into and out of stocks looking for the next winner, pouring money into mutual funds following a period of strong market growth, and then moving to the next ‘hot’ asset class during market troughs – they often lose, and sometimes lose big. Here’s an example: In 1999, the Canadian equities market jumped a spectacular 31.7 per cent, prompting a lot of investors to hop on board in the year 2000. Over the next two years, the market went negative, declining by over 12 per cent in each of those two years and many of those ‘heat seeking’ investors bailed out. So, not only did they miss the big jump of 1999, they also absorbed large losses when they cashed out. However, had those investors stayed invested for the entire 1999-2007 period they would have enjoyed overall returns of close to 30 per cent.* And that brings us to one of the prime rules for investing success: Trying to time the market or a stock almost never works. But time in the market does by delivering better overall returns – especially when you couple your long-term stay the course strategy with: • Effective asset allocation – Markets are always volatile to some degree or another – it’s in their nature – but with a carefully selected and properly diversified ‘mix’ of

assets, you can effectively reduce risk, and enhance your chances of achieving your long-term goals. • Dollar cost averaging – This is the strategy of buying a stock or fund on a regular basis, at an amount you can afford, regardless of the stock or fund price. It is a systematic buying approach that saves you from trying to time the market, averages out the price of your stock or mutual fund units, and ensures you are always participating in the market so you will never miss out on periods of excellent returns. When you invest with reason instead of emotion and wrap other effective strategies around the ones introduced here – such as investing according to your tolerance for risk, achieving instant diversification through a portfolio mutual fund, and dollar cost averaging to eliminate any concerns you may have as to when the right time to invest is – you will be well on the road to financial success, regardless of short-term market or economic downturns. Your professional advisor can make sure your investing strategies are right for your personal needs, expectations and goals. * Source: Investor Economics as cited in Managing Emotions When Investing, Investors Group Inc. 2008 This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Quebec – a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact a financial advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

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*****PUBLIC NOTICE***** Please be advised that a three dimensional (3D) seismic exploration program is underway in the Rural Municipalities of Usborne and Wreford. The seismic process involves sending vibrations into the earth and measuring the returning waves. The energy source will be setback from all structures in accordance with Saskatchewan Seismic Exploration Regulations. This regional seismic program is being conducted by Boyd PetroSearch on behalf of BHP Billiton Canada Inc. (formerly BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc.) in order to assess potential potash reserves. Please note that unless you are contacted, your lands are not being entered. No private property will be accessed without prior consent from the landowner. Status of field operations: Surveying was completed January 8, 2010. Seismic drilling operations were completed January 22, 2010. Recording layout commenced January 5, 2010. Exploration Company: Boyd PetroSearch Date of Operations: ongoing to March 31, 2010 Program Name: 2009 Boulder Lake 3D Energy Source: dynamite Boyd PetroSearch File Number: 20091033 Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Landowner Liaison, Beck Duffy at 403-803-8420; or our head office at: Phone: 403-233-2455 Fax: 403-262-4344 Toll Free: 1-800-663-8943 Dani MacLeod – Permit Manager Kevin Bowman – Operations Manager 8ctf




Trees in the landscape

Semans News Beth Anderson • 524-4914 Stan and Linda Larson, and Elsie Redshaw were in Regina to attend their granddaughter’s first birthday. Ayva is the daughter of Ryan and Erin. A family gathering was held at their home to celebrate the occasion. Garth and Darlene Larson became grandparents again on January 28, to a baby grand-

daughter, Silver Rae Hopkins. Silver is the daughter of Len and Kim Hopkins of Saskatoon. Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at the Semans Co-op!

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Did we miss reporting on an activity, event or function? Our volunteer community correspondents can’t be everywhere, so we also look for contributions from other community members as well. Please contact us at the Last Mountain Times directly at the above number, or contact us at: 725-3030, 5282020,, by fax at 528-2090, or by mail at Box 340, Nokomis. S0G 3R0. Be sure to include your contact information so we can clarify facts if necessary.

The winter landscape can be really quite beautiful in all respects, but it is the trees that truly shine in the winter months. The trees in the landscape are one of the most vis-

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Health Authority meets The Saskatoon Regional Health Authority held its regular public meeting in Saskatoon on Wednesday, February 10, 2010. President and CEO Maura Davies provided an update to the Authority on the creation of a Regional Wound Resource Team (RWRT) through Community Services. The team will provide complex wound consultations in acute care sites, long term care facilities and in the community. Authority members were also updated on the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board 2010 Premium Rate Notices. As a result of the Region’s positive

claims experience rate, a base discount is being given to its three largest accounts. Vice President Finance & Administration Deb Rhodes presented an update on the Saskatoon Health Region’s finances to the end of December, 2009 which included the cost of H1N1 clinics. And Vice President Bonnie Blakley presented a four year action plan for Authority members to approve which will continue efforts to ensure the Region achieves a workforce that is representative of the community it serves.

ible elements – making their presence known every month of the year. I invite you to go outside and take notice of the more stately elements in our landscapes. One of the most beautiful evergreens you can grow is the Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra). This is a large pine with very soft, fine-textured needles that grow in bundles of five. It is resistant to sunscald and retains the lower needles with ease. Just one more great feature is the seeds of this pine are edible pine nuts. One of the most beautiful deciduous trees that is easily grown is the Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra). It is a very large tree that is useful for shade as it has a very dense canopy. The leaves on this tree are truly unique as they are palmate in nature – which means that the leaves resemble the shape of a hand with a palm and five fingers! They have elaborate flowers in spring that are long upright flower-spikes at the tips of the branches. These flowers turn into a fruit that is truly unique. This is a selection that has beauty for all seasons of the year. Another ‘tree of mention’ has to be the Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). The leaves have the true maple leaf shape, but the underside is a beautiful silver colour. On windy days, the leaves ap-

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pear to be totally silver which is of course how this tree was named. To make this tree even more attractive, they turn a beautiful yellow in fall with bright red seeds. While you are out enjoying the view of the trees around you, it might tempt you to learn a little bit more about including some of these trees in your landscape. If you happen to have a couple of free Saturdays in April, you might just want to register for a landscape design class offered at the Saskatoon School of Horticulture in Saskatoon! This course is designed to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge that will enable you to produce a simple residential, farm or acreage landscape design for yourself or a client. You will learn what you need to know about the entire landscape design process from start to finish beginning with an overview of design principles and processes. You will experience moving through the sequential steps necessary to create a functional landscape. You will also learn how to identify the needs of your client (or yourself); how to inventory the site; create a series of preliminary site plans; choose suitable plant material; deal with the multitude of problems and challenges that will appear; and of course fulfilling the ultimate goal of producing a dream landscape in two-dimensional form. If this fuels your interest you might want to enroll in the next course that teaches design of perennial and mixed borders. You will learn how to design to ensure you have colour in your garden for as long as possible! Enjoy the weather, be awed by our trees and dream of your landscape in spring! Patricia Hanbidge Horticulturist

All applicants must submit an application form for bus drivers, which is available on our website at Please include: • Copy of a valid school bus driver’s license • A current ten year abstract of driving record • A current criminal record check • Three references For more information, please contact: Keri Helberg, Transportation Manager at 338-2325.

Deadline for applications is February 26, 2010. This position commences on or about March 15, 2010. Forward applications to: Mrs. Marrion Wolff Superintendent of Human Resources Horizon School Division #205 Box 100 Lanigan, SK S0K 2M0

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AGRICULTURE $6 million for sheep and goat industry The federal government announced a $6 million program on February 6, 2010 designed to strengthen the sheep and goat industry in Canada. The funding will be used to help eradicate disease, enhance traceability and improve onfarm food safety practices. “As Canada begins to show signs of economic recovery, the Government of Canada knows that the sheep and goat industry can deliver tremendous returns as it already brings in over $100 million to the farm gate,” said Minister Ritz. “A strong animal health

and traceability system will position Canada’s sheep and goat producers for the premium prices their top-quality products deserve around the world.” $4.5 million of the new funding will be used to determine the prevalence of scrapie, a fatal neurological disease, in Canadian sheep. This information will help establish a time frame in which scrapie can be eradicated from Canada so international markets can be reopened. The remainder of the investment of more than $1.5

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million will go towards three projects: the Canadian Sheep Federation’s pilot project to have a select number of producers implement full-scale Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to demonstrate the benefits RFID can provide to the industry; funding to help the Canadian National Goat Federation and the Canadian Sheep Federation to foster education within the industry on identification and traceability of goats and sheep. It will also be used to further the work done on the Canadian Sheep Federation’s Canadian Sheep Identification Program; and support for the Canadian Sheep Federation in the development of their On-Farm Food Safety Management System. “We are pleased to be working with the Government of Canada to provide more resources and tools for the Canadian sheep producer,” said Dwane Morvik, chairman of the Canadian Sheep Federation. “Improving access to farm technology and implementing programs to address animal health issues can make a real difference to the bottom line of our farmers and improve our ability to take advantage of international and domestic markets.” The sheep industry is worth $124 million in farm receipts each year.

MP David Tilson, Dwane Morvik of the CSF and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz with day-old lamb.

HURSH on Ag Issues

by Kevin Hursh


Catering to affluence We often fail to recognize just how rich and spoiled we’ve become. The upward affluence trajectory, happening in much of the world, is having a profound impact on what people want from agriculture. The Canadian Farm Business Management Council recently hosted its annual Managing Excellence in Agriculture Conference in Saskatoon. The opening speaker was the renowned futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett from New Mexico State University. Catlett dismisses the world economic recession as well as the financial problems in the United States. Recessions happen from time to time and what we’ve seen over the past year is nothing compared to the hardships people endured in past economic downturns. Meanwhile, in countries like China and India, millions of consumers are becoming middle class with more disposable income than ever before. Catlett does an excellent job of portraying the generational shift in attitudes. Our parents, the parent’s of baby boomers, typically led a life with few frills. Most were concerned with just putting food on the table and keeping the family clothed and sheltered. They knew all about tough times and making do. As baby boomers, we’ve lived in much more affluent times and therefore our demands and expectations are far different. Rather than just nutritious food for sustenance, there’s demand for organic, free range, slow food, food with a smaller carbon footprint, and food that can address health problems. Lowell Catlett calls it ‘dream space.’ We have the luxury of wanting far more from agriculture and successful producers are the ones that cater to these new trends.

Most farmers sell into commodity markets. Most of us don’t produce organically and we never really interact with our enduse customers. But we’re affected nonetheless. From livestock ID programs to animal welfare protocols to market access issues with genetically modified crops, consumer desires, whims and fears are affecting the marketplace. Catlett points out that 20 years ago, the number one determinant for ranchland values in the western side of the U.S. and Canada was the quantity and quality of the forage the land could produce. In other words, the number of cattle and sheep that could be maintained on the land base determined the price tag for the land. Now the number one price determinant is proximity to a destination or vacation resort. Catlett tells a story of a farmer selling small square bales to women with horses. They’d come by to pick up a few bales at a time, putting them in the back of their SUV. Their biggest complaint was cleaning up the bits of hay that fell off the bales. The producer started wrapping the bales in plastic and even though he charged exorbitant prices, his sales increased. Convenience sells. Catlett also tells about high-end food markets in France, where there’s a picture of the farmer who provided the beef. You can call the farmer to get assurances that his cattle live happy lives. We can dismiss this as weird or we can imagine the possibilities. After all, the consumer is always right. Agriculture, the environment and human health are linked like never before. As well, people have a basic need to be around plants and animals. You don’t always find that in the concrete jungle of our cities. See any opportunities for agriculture? The modern, affluent consumer is much more likely to treat companion animals as members of the family. A great deal of effort and expense goes into keeping pets alive in their senior years. Pet food is a huge market. Lowell Catlett says the world has abundance the likes of which it has never seen. The biggest profits won’t be in basic food commodities. The big money will be in the products that cater to the values and the dreams of affluent consumers. Kevin Hursh is a consulting agrologist and farmer based in Saskatoon. He can be reached at Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.





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Shore Gold Inc. has announced positive results of prefeasibility studies on the Star Diamond Project, part of the Fort a la Corne Joint Venture diamond exploration project in the Fort a la Corne Provincial Forest, just east and north of Prince Albert. “Shore is very pleased with the positive results of the combined study. These robust prefeasibility numbers confirm that a world class diamond mine is feasible in central Saskatchewan. We acknowledge the extensive and diligent work that has been performed by Shore’s technical team and associated consultants to reach this most important milestone in the successful evaluation of the Star and Orion South Kimberlites.” said Shore Gold President and CEO, Kenneth MacNeill. Officials said the study indicates there could be total diamond production of 35 million carats over a 20 year mining period. They also indicated that the planned diamond mine will enjoy favourable economics due to it close proximity to existing infrastructure such as electric power, paved highways, railroads, water and labour. The mining project is expected to get underway in early 2011, with ore production slated for early 2016. Media reports have placed the value of the project at $5.3 billion. The combined prefeasibility study was led by an independent and internationally recognized geological and mining consulting firm. A number of other independent consulting firms also provided their study results for use in developing the combined study results. Both Shore Gold Inc. and De Beers have been involved in diamond exploration in the Fort al a Corne area.

Drake News Phone 528-2020 Mary Bartel hosted the February birthday celebration for Boechler and Lena Kornelsen whose birthdays were February 3. Agnes Ewert and Dorothy Wolter also attended. After dishes they played dominoes. Scott Theille and Erica were married January 31 in the Lanigan Catholic Church. The reception was held in the Drake Community Centre. Many Drake ladies served and provided the food for the reception. Fourteen young fellows spent a day applying plywood to the walls in the Drake Community Centre. Carpeting is next to be installed. The Wynyard Maroons Midgets ventured to Drake on February 3 and promptly lost 5-1 to the Drake Canucks. Tyler Blair, Nolan Blair, Brad Bergen and Hayden Frances found the net. In the Drake Canuck Initiation and Lanigan Pirates game on February 6 at noon, Drake lost 10-7. The linesman/referee was Adam Williams. I trust Adam had as much fun as the spectators did. The initiation games always make my day. On February 6, the Nokomis Chiefs scored twice in a game against the Drake Canucks who skated to an 11-2 score. Danny Ewen had three goals and Chad Bartel only one among others. On February 6, the Drake Canucks won a game in Allan 6-4.

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Silton / Sask Beach / Kannata Valley News Phone Mae Clarke 729-3014 The community sends condolences to Fay Willcox and her family. It is my understanding that Grace Fox was 102 years old upon her passing. What a milestone to have a parent, grandmother and great-grandmother with you for so many wonderful years. Visiting with Fay Willcox during this sad time was her brother, Bill Fox and Carole from Prince Albert. While Bill was here, the family gathered in Regina to visit with another brother, Ted from Tappen, BC, and nephew, Jason Fox from Halifax, NS. Due to the blizzard, the family was storm stayed in Regina and unable to travel to Fay’s in Silton. On January 21, 2010, the Silton Senior Sunshine Club hosted the Saskatchewan Senior Fitness Association Kaiser Tournament with 16 participants attending. First prize

was won by Myrt McLeod and Betty Hood. Second prize was won by Mary Weber and Jean McGill from Lumsden. Sam and Evelyn Small won third prize. A friendly and social afternoon was had by all followed by a delicious lunch. On January 28, 2010, the Silton Senior Sunshine Club held a Military Whist Tournament with seven teams playing. First prize went to Robert and Elizabeth Jors, Irene Smyth and Marg Meyer. Second prize was a tie between the Lumsden team and the Bethune team. To break the tie, an extra hand of whist was played and the winners were the Bethune team of Peg Morton, Jose Ermel, June Jacobson, and Walter Gardiner. After the card games lunch and visiting was enjoyed by all. Mary Weber has some information about the Saskatche-

wan Senior Fitness events that seniors can attend if anyone is interested, give her a call. 55+ games for the province will be held in Regina in early July 2010. The Bulyea Lions Carnival weekend took place on February 5, 6 and 7. The curling rink and the hockey rink were busy with activities, street hockey, etc. The weekend started off with the 24 hour bonspiel with 12 rinks entered. The Darryl Kerr rink won the ‘A’ event in the 24 hour spiel. Curling with Darryl was Glen Thompson (third), Dave Craswell (second) and John de Hoop (lead). The ‘B’ event was won by the Keith Flavel rink. Curling with Keith was Brian Flavel (third), Greg Flavel (second) and Dean Loraas (lead). The Bulyea Lions Carnival weekend is always a fun time. People come from all areas to partake

The ‘A’ Event winners were (left to right): John de Hoop (lead), Dave Craswell (second), Glen Thompson (third) and Darryl Kerr (skip).

in the fun and socializing with friends, neighbours and family. The Silton Silhouettes Dance Club prepared and hosted another fantastic sausage and pancake brunch at the Bulyea Community Hall. Approximately 114 people attended. Another activity taking place on the Carnival weekend was the snowmobile poker derby with 52 entries. The route included Bulyea, Strasbourg and Earl Grey. Winners of the poker derby were Darryl Pirie, Greg Yung and Wes Haffner. Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers and do have a great week, wherever you are and in whatever you are doing. -Mae Clarke

Doug Slough (pictured), a long time member of the Bulyea Lions Club, along with other Lions Club volunteers did a great job running the canteen.

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The little things We all do it without thinking. Inadvertently harm the environment, that is. Everyone has those little habits picked up from a parent, relative or friend. And when questioned about why we do it that way, we never really know. It’s time to start thinking about those little things and how small changes can make a big difference. When doing the dishes by hand, how many of us fill the sink to at least half-full before starting to wash, regardless of the actual amount of dishes? Try filling to only an inch or two to start the load, and then rinse into the dishwater, thus getting more water as you wash. Running the tap at a kitchen sink can use up to seven litres of water in two minutes, so don’t leave a stream of water running the whole time. When it is just a few dishes, use a bowl instead of the big sink. Something else that many of us do is crank up the heat when it feels cold in the house. The heat comes out of the furnace at the same rate no matter where the thermostat is set. Turning the temperature higher only in-

creases the chance that we’ll forget and not notice that the furnace is continuously running until it feels too hot. A programmable thermostat is the best way to regulate the temperature in a house. The urge to save money is a powerful one. Many of us give in to that urge by comparing prices and shopping at different stores to get the best price. However, consider how much more money (and time!) is spent in driving to another town or across town to save that extra dollar. Perhaps we aren’t saving so much after all, and we certainly aren’t cutting down on fuel usage. When something gets spilled in the kitchen, what’s the first thing many of us reach for? Often it’s a paper towel, a disposable product. Most spills can easily be taken care of with the dishcloth or a cleaning cloth. Consider having a cloth in the kitchen to be used for just the floor. Many of these things are simple common sense; all we need to do is question our methods. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

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Cupar Plus 50 hosted a Cribbage Tournament on Saturday, February 6, 2010 with 40 participants; 33 were seniors from Cupar and seven were seniors from Dysart. It was once again a success, filled with fun and laughter. The following were participants not pictured below: Ernie Weisbrod, James Toth, Mike Lorencz, Linda Lorencz, Bernie Orban, Ernie Gebhart, Joe Lipinski, Helen Lipinski, Elizabeth Nameth,

By Gwen Randall-Young

Cribbage Tournament held in Cupar Irene Benko, Alma Tudor, Ann Lucas, Ed Lipinski, Joe Tuttosi, Charlotte Hart, Jean Daradich, Lucille Ermel, Julius Ban, Joe Buki, Steve Domokos, Bill Kish, Monna Kish, all from Cupar. Participants from Dysart were Ken Thomas and Eugene Scrobe. Anne Reiss and Joyce Dahroug, Cupar Plus 50 Game Co-ordinators

Pictured left to right: 1st place – Anne Reiss and Joyce Dahroug, Cupar; 2nd place – Lawrence Geber, Cupar and Dennis Mitchell, Dysart; 3rd place – Alleda Orban and Cecile Daradich, Cupar; and 4th place – Peter Kolody and Rose Kolody, Dysart.

Psychology for Living

How decisions are made in a relationship or family tells a lot about the level of communication. Many decisions are made daily about how money and time are to be spent. Decisions are made about what children may or may not do, about social activities, and about what to have for supper. Some decisions are minor, while others have far reaching impact. It would be time consuming and at times ridiculous to consult with everyone every time a decision is required. So we informally delegate dey



Decision Making in Relationships cision making with regard to certain things. But every once in a while it is important to notice how this is happening, and if it is still suitable for the people involved. Sometimes parents forget to turn over more decision making to their children as they grow older, even though this is an important part of assisting young people to take more responsibility for themselves. The sudden surge of rebelliousness that sometimes erupts in adolescence may be the result of never having made the gradual transition to having more responsibility. Increased opportunities for decision making earlier, in matters affecting teenagers directly, prepares both parents and children for this inevitable shift. In adult relationships, we often hear the partner say, “My wife/husband would never go for that!” In this case it would seem that over the years one has given the

other veto power over what one can and cannot do. This is not to suggest that a couple cannot set mutually agreed upon boundaries for behavior within the relationship, but rather it is not appropriate for an adult to deprive oneself of something which is enjoyable (not illegal or immoral) simply because a partner doesn’t ‘approve’. This puts a couple into a parent-child relationship which sooner or later breeds resentment. Often one person in the partnership has the final say on how money should be spent. Rarely is this a conscious agreement, it’s just how it seems to end up. This puts the other person in a position of having to ask ‘permission’ to get something that he/she really wants. Again, this is too much like a parentchild relationship, and either resentment builds or self-esteem suffers. Each of us has the right to have input in decisions that

affect us, and the amount of input increases for children with age and maturity. However, in adult relationships, decision-making should be on an equal input basis. Couples for whom this is a concern need to begin by looking at how decisions on various matters are currently being made, and if both are comfortable with this. If not, then they need to work together to develop a process that they will use so that decision making is more equitable. The decision making process is often taken for granted, however, it can be a very powerful factor in how we feel about ourselves, and how happy we are in our relationships. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist based out of Alberta.


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Investors switching to long-term funds

Pictured left to right: 5th place – Doreen Hall and Judy Bailey, Cupar; 6th place – Olga Kalscits and Charlie Kish, Cupar; 7th place – Keith Hansen and Mary Hansen, Dysart; and 8th place – Mary Chernick and Helen Bereti, Cupar.

Mutual funds continued to see positive net sales in January, driven by long-term net sales offsetting money market fund redemptions. Based on a sample of preliminary data from some of its members, net sales of mutual funds for January are estimated to be between $314 million and $814 million, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada announced on Tuesday, February 2. “This January we were seeing very strong portfo-

lio rebalancing activity out of money market funds and back into the long-term fund categories,” said Pat Dunwoody, vice president of member services and communications with IFIC. IFIC also estimates that net assets of the mutual fund industry for the month of January will be between $581 billion and $586 billion, down approximately 1.97 per cent from last month’s total of $595.2 billion.

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Danceland, Manitou Beach offers entertainment for: February 27 – Winterfest – Man. Beach Rec. Bd.; March 13 – ‘Phoenix’ – part of the Frank Ball Band Dance, 8 to 12 midnight, buffet 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Phone 1-800267-5037 for info or reservations. Check our website for updated schedule: www. or e-mail: 14c Haliburton Community Club Poker Derby – Sunday, February 28 – Haliburton Hall (12 miles south of Jansen or 10 miles east of Lockwood). Registration – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No starts after 1:00 p.m. All riders must be in by 4:00 p.m. Hands $5 each; 3/$10; 7/$20. 50% payout; 4 places plus Mystery Hand. Door prizes and raffles. Lunch and refreshments available. For more information contact Terry 528-4640 or Jack 3642002 or Darin 528-7997. 12-15c OLD TIME MUSIC CONCERT AND DANCE– Monday, March 1, 2010 at the Govan Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. Music by Gordon Stobbe, JJ Guy and Troy MacGillivray. Tickets $10 at the door, $5 for kids. 306-484-4380. 14c

WELCOME JIM ROBERTS! Tim Hammond Realty is pleased to welcome Jim Roberts to the FARMS OF CANADA Sales Team. Jim will be listing for farm and ranch spring sales in the Govan, Strasbourg, Bulyea, and Glen Harbour areas. Call Jim direct at 306-539-1776. Tim Hammond Realty, Biggar, SK 11-14p LAND FOR SALE in the RM of Last Mountain Valley #250, NE 14-23-25, 160 acres with 150 acres cultivated. $75,000.00 O.B.O. Also, S 1/2 17-22-25 with 320 acres of pasture or hayland $120,000.00 O.B.O. Phone 306-725-4027, Strasbourg, SK. 11-14p BUILDING FOR SALE in Duval, SK at #4 Talbot St., Schultz Service. 33’x60’, 8’x10’ and 16’x18’ overhead doors. Natural gas floor heating system. Building was built in 1993. Contact Art Schultz 306-725-3202. 12-15p BUILDING FOR SALE OR MAIN FLOOR FOR RENT – Great location for starting your own business. 101 Mountain St., Strasbourg. 940 sq. ft. on each level, full basement and 3-bedroom suite on second floor. Must be seen to be appreciated. Suite is presently rented. Call for viewing 725-4145 days or 725-4595 evenings.

HELP WANTED – Our Grain Farm Team needs an operator for farm equipment, driving semi, and helping maintenance and repair. Contact us at 306-725-7036 and we will get back to you. 9-16c(3t)

DAVE’S AUTOWRECKING & TOWING– 24 Hr. Towing Service - Auto Club approved. Call us for all your used car and truck part needsmotors, body parts, etc. Small tractor and farm machinery hauling available. Used Cars and Trucks for Sale. Call 306725-3450. 22ctf 1998 GMC Z71, diesel, EC, SB, loaded, VG condition. Lots of maintenance done. Have receipts. $7500.00 OBO. Reason for selling is I bought a Duramax. Phone 306-488-4669 Penzance. 12-15c FOR SALE– 1996 Honda Civic hatchback. Silver. 5 speed. Sunroof. Excellent condition. No rust. REDUCED to $3800 or offers. 484-2246.

The Fox families wish to say a special ‘thank you’ for the expressions of sympathy, cards, phone calls and flowers in the loss of Grace Fox, a very dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. 14c

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PIGS FOR SALE. Bred and butcher sows. Also weanlings and BBQ hogs. Top quality animals originating from artificial insemination. Dean Kern. Stewart Valley. 7784042 14p

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Have you ever had a bright idea but didn’t do anything about it, and then a few years later somebody else gets the same idea and makes a lot of money? Of course you’d have to put some money and hard work into your idea to develop it. That’s why none of mine ever got off the ground. The idea that is making money for some clever people now is one I thought of back in the 1970s when I was working in real estate sales. It occurred to me that a scheme to help clients make their homes strategically placed soap dishmore presentable to buyers es with fancy soap and matchmight pay off. Of course this ing lotion dispensers, colour is one of the things real estate coordinated with towels, bath agents do as part mats and shower of their job, but “...A young couple I curtains. Plants my idea went know in Vancouver were distributed beyond suggest- sold their house for throughout the ing changes to the asking price in the house and by the actually imple- first week it was up front entrance menting them. (this was Vanfor sale...” Now I hear couver, rememthat there are firms that do ber). just that. It’s called ‘staging.’ They say you can’t judge A young couple I know in a book by its cover. SimilarVancouver sold their house ly, a good hairdresser, smart for the asking price in the first clothes and makeup can make week it was up for sale. They any woman look years younghired a company that goes er and steer the eye away from much further than what I had imperfections in her face or in mind back in the 1970s. figure. The same goes for a They brought in temporary tastefully furnished house. I replacements for some of the guess nowadays buyers should furniture, plus decorative end remember the warning, ‘buyer tables, lamps, pictures and ac- beware’ and hire their own excessories. They cleared every- pert to check out the basement thing off the kitchen counters, and the eavestroughs. Martha can be reached at leaving only a colourful bowl or check out of fruit. Bathroom counters her new website online at were cleared too, except for

Provincial news briefs Children’s Hospital planning progresses The Saskatoon Health Region has announced the hiring of a project manager, as planning proceeds for a new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. ZW Group, based out of Ottawa will oversee the design and construction of the new hospital. The next step in the process will be determining the best location for the new facility. Although it has been proposed that the new $200 million hospital be built on the same site as the Royal University Hospital, the project manager will become directly involved in working with the Health Region, the as-yet unchosen prime architect, members of the public, staff, physicians, University of Saskatchewan, and provincial officials to determine the final location and configuration. Among the options being considered are: using the existing Saskatoon City Hospital building for maternal and children services; constructing new space to accommodate maternal and children services at City Hospital; or constructing new space to accommodate maternal and children at Royal University Hospital. The review is expected to take three months, after which recommendations will be made public. The Health Region is now in the process of awarding the tender for the prime architect of the design phase of the new facilities. Rewards for going ‘green’ SGI is once again rewarding vehicle owners who ‘go green’ on Saskatchewan roads. Owners of hybrid and qualifying fuel-efficient vehicles will receive a 20 per cent rebate from SGI on their 2009 insurance and registration costs. Approximately 10,750 vehicle owners, an almost 44 per cent increase from 2008, are being rewarded with an average rebate of about $195 this year, and will receive their rebate cheques in February. Originally launched in 2008, the rebate is part of the provincial government’s ‘go green’ plan, which encourages Saskatchewan residents to be more environmentally friendly in all aspects of their lives. “Our government is fo-

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cused on providing proactive, environmentally friendly programs that benefit Saskatchewan residents,” Minister responsible for SGI June Draude said. “We are dedicated to helping people, communities and businesses take action to ‘go green’ at home, at work and on the road. The Green Rebate program is a tangible incentive for vehicle owners and applies to all hybrid vehicles, as well as vehicles meeting Transport Canada’s ecoAUTO thresholds for fuel efficiency, for model years 2006 and newer.” SGI computer system upgraded In order to implement upgrades, SGI’s computer system will be shut down from the evening of February 12 through February 17. The computer system upgrades will allow customers to, among other things, register their vehicles for shorter time periods ranging from 28 days to 365 days. The current minimum registration period is 89 days. Currently customers must purchase multiple 24-hour permits if they need

they declare their eligibility for Saskatchewan registration annually and their account remains in good standing, their registration will remain valid. They’ll be given a ‘continuous’ sticker and a continuous registration certificate to reflect the new continuous registration term. SGI officials say there may be some delays following implementation of the new computer system as SGI works through any issues, and staff and issuers become accustomed to the new system.

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Nokomis Curling Club annual Ladies Bonspiel

Nokomis office 528-2020 Nokomis School SRC Telemiracle Pancake Breakfast, February 26, 2010, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Nokomis School Gym. Adults: $6.00, 7-12 Students: $6.00, K-6 Students: $3.00, Preschool and under: Free. 14-15c

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Nokomis Curling Club hosted it’s annual Ladies Bonspiel on February 5, 6 and 7 with 11 teams competing. New to the spiel was the Hot Shots Competition, featuring: Draw to the Button, which was won by Amy McLaren; Draw through a Port, won by Barbie Vanthuyne; Raise, won by Anita Hendry; and Double Takeout, won by Lindsey Allan. Winner of the Hog Pot was Sheila Keeler. A raffle draw was also made. First place in the spiel went to the Joanne Edwards rink, second to the Sheena Sas rink and third to the Lois Mortenson rink. - article submitted by Carolyn Knouse & photos by Teresa Strachan The Joanne Edwards rink won first place. This team consisted of (left to right): Anita Hendry, Carolyn Knouse, Joanne Edwards and Chontel Fick.

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Second place winners were the Sheena Sas rink consisting of (left to right): Shannon Scruten, Krystle Wallman, Erin Scruten and Sheena Sas (missing).

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Coming in third place was the Lois Mortenson rink of (left to right): Maureen Tait, Velda Mortenson, Colleen Mortenson and Lois Mortenson.

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Pledge to improve internal trade After a productive day of discussions, Saskatchewan and Manitoba ended their inaugural joint cabinet meeting in Yorkton on February 2, with a commitment to promote and improve cooperation and trade between the two provinces. The two jurisdictions say they will work toward streamlining transportation regulations and co-ordinating highways enforcement and trucking inspections. Manitoba and Saskatchewan also committed to pursue options to expand trade in electricity between the two provinces. As well, members of the two cabinets discussed the critical importance of education in assuring Aboriginal people share in future prosperity, saying they are committed to joining with Aboriginal leaders, to highlight with the federal government, issues like equity for on-reserve students. The two governments will also share information on programs and approaches that have proven to be successful in this area. Premiers Wall and Selinger also noted that protectionist measures in the United States are costing jobs on both sides of the border. Both provinces have acknowledged the need to focus attention on this important issue at the upcoming Council of the Federation mission in Washington and at other upcoming meetings. Manitoba and Saskatchewan restated their position that their respective governments will not pursue harmonization of the PST and GST. Both cabinets noted that during their respective budget planning it will be important to balance fiscal prudence with long-term investment, to maintain Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s current economic leadership.

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Swimming Lessons at Last Mountain Regional Park 1st set – June 28th to July 9th 2nd set – July 12th to July 23rd 3rd set – July 26th to August 6th 4th set – August 9th to August 13th 5th set – August 16th to August 20th (If enough registered)

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Bookings will be done by e-mail – and fax – 484-2081 E-mails and Faxes sent before 7:30 a.m. will not be processed.

▪ Phone reservations will start at 10:00 a.m., this is due to the amount of reservations taken. ▪ You will receive an e-mail that yours has been received and a confirmation that your site is booked, and a phone call will follow if site requested is taken. ▪ All e-mails, faxes and calls will be processed in order received. ▪ All other camping registrations begin April 15th. Weekend bookings begin May 1st.

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Govan News Phone 528-2020 • 725-3030 or use the drop-box at the Govan Co-op ‘Giggles & Grins & Mommy Wins!’ Play dates at Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care Inc. the first Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost $10/session. While parents enjoy a well deserved break, the children will be experiencing creative play, socializing with other children and having fun! Pre-registration is required by calling 725-3321. 14&18&22&26p Family Ski-Doo Poker Derby, Sunday, February 21. Brunch at Duval Rink: 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Registration: 1:00 p.m. at Duval Rink. Scenic 25 mile run much be completed by 5:30 p.m. Lunch available when participants return to rink. $10/rider, $5/ kid, ghost hands – $5 each. 80% payout, (100% for kids), 20% to Kinsmen Telemiracle. For information contact Al Krentz 725-4452. No alcohol allowed during run. Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 14c

Winter Fitness programs sponsored by Strasbourg Recreation Board with qualified and certified trainer, Jenna Johnson. 8 week class starting Tuesday, March 2 at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre in the club room. 7:00 p.m. – Stretching and Balance class: $40; Drop-in fee: $7. 8:00 p.m.– Strength and Conditioning: $50; Drop-in fee: $6. Thursday morning Strength and Conditioning class at 6:15 a.m.: $50. To register and for further information, call Jenna @ 7253228. Let’s Get In Motion with both our minds and bodies. Classes open to everyone of all ages. 14-16c

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Govan Curling Club bonspiels enjoyed Duval News The Govan Curling Club has been very active the last few weeks. Nine rinks were entered in the ‘Farmer’s Bonspiel’ on January 23 and 24. Despite that weekend having the biggest storm so far of the winter, most teams were able to complete their three games. As usual, the famous Govan curling rink burgers were the crowd favourite at the kitchen. The Govan Senior Spiel quickly followed on the 3rd and 4th of February. Twelve rinks showed up in full force. The competition at times was intense with many close games. On Wednesday, all the curlers were treated to a noon luncheon. Bonspiels like this take the cooperation and helping hands of many volunteers. Govan is fortunate to have willing people to support our rinks. Three special curling volunteers were honoured at the Farmer’s Bonspiel with certificates of recognition from the Saskatchewan Curling Association for their many hours, even years, of service to our local rink. Govan Curling Club was pleased to pres-

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Curling volunteers, Len Becker (left), Lorne Mortenson (centre) and Merv Danbrook, were honoured at the Govan Farmer’s Bonspiel with certificates of recognition from the Saskatchewan Curling Association for their service to Photo submitted by Brenda Fritzler. the Govan rink. ent these certificates to Lorne Mortenson, Merv Danbrook and Len Becker. Curling is still active on Monday evenings and the

youth are looking forward to their own bonspiel in the near future. See you at the rink! - submitted by Brenda Fritzler

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The Govan Masonic Temple, erected in 1928. Members of our OES Chapter Corinthian #89, Govan, SK, are privileged to be able to hold our meetings in a beautiful building. The Masons at Govan, SK. held their first meeting in the new building on May 31, 1928. The total authorization as to expenditure was $5500.00, but it was exceeded by $70.80, and the committee was very worried because of ‘overspending.’ Many donations were received, including beautiful leather armchairs, velour drapes, a fireplace with all

the fixtures, and the list continues. Apart from the amount required to purchase and improve the building site, the committee arranged for loans from local Masons sufficient to finance the entire project without encroaching upon the funds required by the Lodge for operating expenses. A feeling of contentment washes over us as we enter the building and gaze at the beautiful fireplace, the altar, the leather and oak chairs, and the beautiful ‘Masonic’ carpet. We think of the dedication of the Masons in 1928 who

on this day in history

had the foresight to build with the best of materials available. It is a source of satisfaction and pride to all concerned. Due to a shortage of Masonic membership, in 1985 the Govan Lodge AF & AM sold the building to the Optimist Club in Govan, SK. Our Eastern Star Chapter is privileged to meet and use the Temple as long as we continue to operate. We hope our Chapter will continue to thrive and grow so we can keep enjoying many more years in our ‘Beautiful Temple.’ L. E. Ross

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‘Giggles & Grins & Mommy Wins!’ Play dates at Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care Inc. the first Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost $10/session. While parents enjoy a well deserved break, the children will be experiencing creative play, socializing with other children and having fun! Pre-registration is required by calling 725-3321. 14&18&22&26p Family Ski-Doo Poker Derby, Sunday, February 21. Brunch at Duval Rink: 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Registration: 1:00 p.m. at Duval Rink. Scenic 25 mile run much be completed by 5:30 p.m. Lunch available when participants return to rink. $10/rider, $5/ kid, ghost hands – $5 each. 80% payout, (100% for kids), 20% to Kinsmen Telemiracle. For information contact Al Krentz 725-4452. No alcohol allowed during run. Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 14c Winter Fitness programs sponsored by Strasbourg Recreation Board with qualified and certified trainer, Jenna Johnson. 8 week class starting Tuesday, March 2 at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre in the club room. 7:00 p.m. – Stretching and Balance class: $40; Drop-in fee: $7. 8:00 p.m.– Strength and Conditioning: $50; Drop-in fee: $6. Thursday morning Strength and Conditioning class at 6:15 a.m.: $50. To register and for further information, call Jenna @ 7253228. Let’s Get In Motion with both our minds and bodies. Classes open to everyone of all ages. 14-16c


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Strasbourg News Phone 725-3030 ‘Giggles & Grins & Mommy Wins!’ Play dates at Strasbourg Tiny Tots and Helping Hands Day Care Inc. the first Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost $10/session. While parents enjoy a well deserved break, the children will be experiencing creative play, socializing with other children and having fun! Pre-registration is required by calling 725-3321. 14&18&22&26p Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Cost: $6.00, children 10 & under $3.00. Everyone welcome! 13-14p Strasbourg and District Museum Hobby Show and Sale, Saturday, February 27 at Strasbourg Wildife Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $2.00/admission. Lunch sold by Angela’s Dance Parents Group. 14-15c Family Ski-Doo Poker Derby, Sunday, February 21. Brunch at Duval Rink: 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Registration: 1:00 p.m. at Duval Rink. Scenic 25 mile run much be completed by 5:30 p.m. Lunch available when participants return to rink. $10/rider, $5/ kid, ghost hands – $5 each. 80% payout, (100% for kids), 20% to Kinsmen Telemiracle. For information contact Al Krentz 725-4452. No alcohol allowed during run. Sponsored by Duval Optimist Club. 14c

Winter Fitness programs sponsored by Strasbourg Recreation Board with qualified and certified trainer, Jenna Johnson. 8 week class starting Tuesday, March 2 at the Strasbourg Recreation Centre in the club room. 7:00 p.m. – Stretching and Balance class: $40; Drop-in fee: $7. 8:00 p.m.– Strength and Conditioning: $50; Drop-in fee: $6. Thursday morning Strength and Conditioning class at 6:15 a.m.: $50. To register and for further information, call Jenna @ 7253228. Let’s Get In Motion with both our minds and bodies. Classes open to everyone of all ages. 14-16c Strasbourg Lions Club Pool Board winners for the Super Bowl were: Ron Miller - 10-0, $25.00; Morgan Thompson - 10-6, $50.00; Ken Hogbin - 17-16, $75.00; Amber Kostal - 17-31, $100.00. 14p The community is very saddened to hear of the passing of Ken Ginther. Condolences to his family, his mother Phoebe, brother Arnold and sister Karen. All his friends and neighbours, and the many people he has met through curling, will certainly miss him.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. - Dr. Seuss

Country Women’s Network holds annual Seniors Valentine Tea

On February 10, 59 people signed the register and enjoyed the Country Women’s Network annual Seniors Valentine Tea at Strasbourg United Church. Pictured above: Anne Davey pours coffee for Chris Oehler (right). Also pictured (left to right): Phyllis Oehler, Mona Jamieson, Eileen Hunter and Bertha Kerr. Anne was one of the 13 Country Women who helped out with the afternoon tea.

Keeping the refreshments and dainties coming out of the kitchen were (left to right): Ruth Farebrother, Linda Mearns, Cathy Avery-Rusnak and Muriel Vogt. There are 24 members in the Country Women’s Network. Goodie trays were also made up and delivered to shut-ins following the tea.

World Day of Prayer visits Cameroon On Friday, March 5, 2010 the women of Cameroon invite us to visit ‘Africa in miniature,’ to join with them in the World Day of Prayer celebration as we affirm “Let everything that has breath praise God.” The Republic of Cameroon consists of more than 240 local languages from its 240 ethnic groups. With a total surface area of more than 475 thousand square feet, it is comparable in size to Papua, New Guinea or the State of California in the United States. It is bordered by Nigeria in the west, by Lake

Chad in the north and Chad in the northeast, by the Central African Republic in the east, and by Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in the south. As we pray with the women of Cameroon, we will learn about the country’s intricate cultures and social challenges including concerns about the exploitation of children and the spread of HIV/AIDS. On the World Day of Prayer, all people of faith are welcome to worship together, to join the women of Cameroon in Christ’s unity.

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100 years of curling fun

Falls can happen to anyone!

Strasbourg Ladies Bonspiel celebrates clubs 100th anniversary February 5 and 6 saw the Strasbourg Curling Rink celebrating another milestone with the ladies having fun, both on and off the ice. This year’s theme was ‘100 Years of Curling’ and the four rinks entered had a fun time dressing up in costumes to support the theme. The first place rink,

‘Happy 100th Birthday Strasbourg Curling Club,’ was skipped by Rita Kerr, with third Diane Kondratiuk, second Nola Schulz and lead Tara Cardiff, who was a very good sport. In second place, ‘The Party Planners,’ or as this writer described them, the ‘Kitchen Witches,’ was

First place rink ‘Happy 100 Birthday Strasbourg Curling Club’.

skipped by Barb Griffin, with third Marilyn Craswell, second Ruth Heintz, and lead Eileen Hunter. The third place rink, ‘The Party People,’ was skipped by Orva Kelln, and playing third was Rhonda de Hoop, second Joyce Wagner and lead Jordy Hansen. The fourth place rink was the ‘Old Timer’s,’ skipped by Bertha Kerr, with third Marlene Law, second Helen Thompson and lead Elaine Hack. An explanation, the people were not old timers, but the costumes were, then again...!! The curlers were joined for the banquet by former curlers and enjoyed a party meal. They continued the evening with games and a great deal of laughter and fun. Can’t wait for next year to see what these ladies can

do to top this! See you on the rings or behind the glass! MV

Photos and article submitted by Muriel Vogt.

Helen Thompson displaying her hat of many pins.

Second place rink ‘The Party Planners’.

One of the events we dread as we pass 40, 50 or 60 and beyond, is falling. Embarrassment may be the least of our worries. A fall may be life-changing depending on the injury. We may also hold the fear of falling again. Who falls? A common myth is that only frail people fall. This is not true. We know that for people over the age of 65, three out of 10 people will fall in a year, resulting in an injury severe enough to require a visit to the hospital. These statistics do not reflect the falls that occur that do not result in injury severe enough to seek medical attention. The number of falls and the extent of injury increase with age and frail health. Consequences of falls may include death, fractures, bruises, immobility and pain, fear of falling again, changes in the quality of life and for some, loss of independence and a move into a longterm care facility. The good news is that the majority of falls are predictable and preventable! Falls are usually the result of a combination of several risk factors. The most common reason many people report for their fall is, “I just wasn’t paying attention” or “I thought I was still able to do….” What are the practical things we can do to prevent falls? • Be aware – look around. Anticipate where risks may occur. Pay attention to where you are stepping and ask for help with lifting, climbing ladders,

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Nokomis Curling Club Open Spiel

Results of the Nokomis Curling Club Open Spiel held on the weekend of January 9 and 10 were: first place – the Terra McNichol rink, second place – the Kurt Vanthuyne rink, and third place – the Dave Code rink. Come check out the action at our Photos submitted by Carolyn Knouse. ‘house’ during the next spiel.

Hockey Standings

Last Mountain Minor Hockey League Standings as of February 8, 2010


Highway Hockey League

Long Lake Hockey League

Standings as of February 8, 2010

Standings as of February 11, 2010

TEAM Raymore Wynyard Southey Avonlea Cupar Lumsden Bethune Semans

TEAM Lanigan Drake Davidson LeRoy Nokomis Watrous Strasbourg

W 15 14 13 11 9 5 4 3

L 2 3 5 7 6 12 14 14

OTL 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 1

PTS 31 29 27 23 21 12 9 7



Ryan Bahan Tyler Stewart Derek Halldorson Ryan Cruse Ryan Peterson Todd MacMurchy Chad Mazurak Josh Belair Dallas Thiessen Kyle Ermel

Cup Cup Sou Ray Wyn Ray Sou Ray Ray Sou

18 17 19 17 18 17 17 16 16 19

21 22 11 8 14 18 18 21 3 13

27 24 28 27 20 15 15 11 29 18

48 46 39 35 34 33 33 32 32 31

GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Nathan Fischl Ray 51 1065 2.87 Adam Jordan Wyn 48 959 3.00 Justin Mrazek Avon 60 1149 3.13 Warren Niekamp Cup 38 591 3.86 Tyler Kifferling AP Sou 19 294.2 3.88 Jordan Kaczmar Sou 60 795.5 4.53 Ryan Rankin Lum 24 298.5 4.82 Brett Thomas Cup 39 483 4.84 Gaston Sirois Lum 73 842 5.20 Ryan Seibel AP Beth 78 877.8 5.33 Barry Herman H.H.L. Stats

G 23 23 24 24 24 24 24

W L O/TL PTS 20 3 0 40 16 6 0 33 14 7 1 31 12 11 0 25 10 13 1 21 10 14 0 20 1 22 1 3

SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Josh Sim Dav 24 32 42 74 Derek Allan Dav 23 34 33 67 Dean Beuker Lan 23 24 38 62 Justin Popadynec Nok 20 32 23 55 Darren Murton Nok 22 35 14 49 Brent Twordik Lan 20 23 23 46 Jordan Schindel Drk 23 22 23 45 Adam Hendry Nok 24 12 25 37 Josh Richardson Dav 20 21 15 36 Evan Bryksa Lan 21 26 9 35 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA Mark Brenner Lan 934 38 Dave Spooner Drk 867 41 Sharrod Failler Lan 440 22 Brady Willner Dav 625 42 Ryan Friesen Drk 458 31

Avg 2.44 2.84 3.00 4.03 4.06

TEAM Humboldt 2 Humboldt 3 Strasbourg Imp/Wat Wynyard Lanigan ViCo Raymore

G 12 12 14 11 12 12 12 13

W 11 9 8 7 6 4 1 1

L 0 2 5 4 5 8 11 12

T 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

PTS 23 19 17 14 13 8 2 2

L 0 2 2 6 6 6 10 13 16

T 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0

PTS 28 23 22 14 13 12 12 4 0

L 1 4 6 6 10 10

T 1 0 1 1 0 1

PTS 23 16 15 13 6 5

L 1 3 2 5 7 8 9 10 12

T PTS 2 26 1 23 2 22 1 17 1 11 2 8 2 8 2 8 1 5

PEE WEE TEAM Wynyard Lanigan Strasbourg ViCo Humboldt Raymore Watrous Long Lake Drake

G 14 14 13 14 13 13 16 15 16

W 14 11 11 6 6 5 6 2 0

BANTAM TEAM Lanigan Watrous Kenaston Drake Wynyard Humboldt

G 13 12 14 13 13 13

W 11 8 7 6 3 2

MIDGET TEAM G Drake 15 Davidson 15 Lake Lenore/Mu 14 Humboldt 14 Watrous 13 Wynyard 13 Kenaston 14 Viscount 15 Lanigan 15

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from the sidelines Feel-good story? McKeever gets gold As one can clearly see, Brian McKeever is one of the most amazing athletes on Canada’s roster at this year’s Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver. But McKeever, one of 11 members of Canada’s cross-country ski team, cannot see clearly at all. In fact, he’s legally blind. The native of Canmore, AB, will become the first Canadian winter athlete to ever compete in both the regular Olympics and the Paralympics, the events for disabled athletes that follows. Five Paralympians have competed in the Olympics in summer events. McKeever, 30, will be the first to compete in the two competitions in the same year. When he’s competing as a Paralympian, McKeever is allowed a sighted guide. He employs his brother Robin for that task, but in the regular Olympics, he’s on his own. And while it’s challenging for McKeever, since he has only 10 per cent vision, most of it peripheral, he is still one of the best in the world at his sport. McKeever started skiing almost as soon as he could walk and by the age of 12 he was competing. But when he was 18, he was diagnosed with Stargaard’s disease, an inherited form of macular degeneration that his father, Bill, also battled. In this year’s Games, McKeever will compete in the 50-kilometre event which he won at the Canadian trials. A story on the website, said McKeever called the Paralympics “the Olympic Games for people with disabilities.” McKeever said he hopes his story shows people the gap between the two events isn’t that large. “Just because somebody has a disability doesn’t mean they are not training hard or are (not) extremely fit,” he told the “I think the Paralympics is a great product. “We have something worth watching and I hope my story will bring more attention to that.” • Bill Simmons of says Philadelphia Eagles cannot move ahead next year with both head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb. One of them has to go, he said: “How much fun would it be if Eagles owner Jeff Lurie just held a news conference and flipped a coin? Heads, McNabb; tails, Reid.” • Steve Rosenbloom, “Oftinjured All-Star pitcher Ben Sheets would be a perfect Cub: He could win 15 games or tear his rotator cuff signing the contract.” • Headline at “Ben Sheets excited about the opportunity to work with A’s team physician.” • Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times: “Tom Schonberg of Westchester, N.Y., is such a big Jets fan, the New York Daily News reported, that he named his son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg — as in J.E.T.S. Next up, no doubt: Philadelphia hails the arrival of one Ben Otto Olson.” • Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle: (Al) Davis already has an (offensive) attack style picked out (for next year’s Oakland Raiders’ coach). And it’s inscribed on easy-to-read stone tablets.” • Comedy writer Jerry Perisho: Golfer Scott McCarron said fellow golf pro Phil Mickelson is cheating because he uses a club with square grooves. “Speaking of square grooves, everyone is heading this weekend to the Barry Manilow Invitational.” • Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, speaking at a stop on the Twins Winter Caravan, on the difficulty of re-signing star catcher Joe Mauer: “We just have to decide whether to give him Minneapolis or St. Paul.” • Found in Dwight Perry’s Sideline Chatter in the Seattle Times: “Blue-chip receiver and budding English major Markeith Ambles, via Twitter, upon announcing USC as his college choice: “Go Trogans!!!!!!” • Richard Oliver of the San Antonio Express-News, on Cavs centre Shaquille O’Neal turning 38 on March 6: “When he drives to the basket these days, he keeps leaving his left blinker on.” • Jeff Schultz of the At-

by Bruce Penton lanta Journal-Constitution, on NBC paying Conan O’Brien $45 million to go away and standing to lose another $200 million on the Winter Olympics: “That’s why parent company General Electric will be charging $237 for a toaster come March.” • Norman Chad, the Washington Post on the Super Bowl game being played at Sun Life Stadium near Miami. “What, you’ve never heard of Sun Life Stadium? There’s a reason for that — it became Sun Life Stadium about, oh, 15 minutes ago. Formerly Joe Robbie Stadium (and Pro Player Park and Pro Player Stadium and Dolphins Stadium and Dolphin Stadium and Land Shark Stadium), I believe it once changed names during an Olindo Mare 54-yard field goal attempt.” • Former NBA star Stephon Marbury has signed a contract with the 3-12 Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, currently tied for last place in the 17-team Chinese Basketball Association. The team owner said “The aim of signing Marbury is to pay back our fans.” Asked Washington Post’s Chad: “What ghastly acts could the Brave Dragons fans have committed to be paid back this way?” • Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix: “I’m thinking Jacques Lemaire is the only NHL coach who can turn Ilya Kovalchuk into a 20-goal scorer.” • R.J Currie of “The Canada West swimming championships were held recently in Lethbridge. Not to suggest there was anything fishy about the men’s 400-metre freestyle, but the winner’s name was Pickerl.” Care to comment? Email: brucepenton2003@ Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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2010 Saskatchewan Winter Games competitors announced Local athletes participating The former Zone 5 recreation region, now Prairie Central, last week announced its list of competitors, coaches and officials for the 2010 Saskatchewan Winter Games currently underway in Moose Jaw. The games began February 14 and conclude on February 20. Athletes and officials taking part from the local area include: Troy Moltz, Lumsden (hockey); Avery Van Blaricom, Southey (hockey); Dale Sievert, Earl Grey (hockey); Ty Desjarlais, Keisha Dustyhorn, Cory Johnson, Delano Machiskinic, Darren Machiskinic, Quinton (table tennis); Lisa Hurst, Lumsden (gymnastics); Alexandra Blair, Drake (hockey); Charlie Elke, Jansen (hockey); Katharyn Houston, Earl Grey (hockey); Brooke Mutch, Nokomis (hock-

ey); Dylan Bentz, Punnichy preparation for a higher level of (hockey); Conrad Chouinard, competition. District teams are Lumsden (hockey); Karsten selected by the Provincial Sport Hoehn, Drake (hockey); Colten Governing Bodies and manand Marcella Buckshaw, Cupar aged by the province’s Sport, (Alpine skiing); Scott and Tyler Culture and Recreation DisDustyhorn, Quinton (badmin- tricts. The first Saskatchewan ton); Tia Poorman, Quinton Winter Games were held in (badminton); Justin Hanmer, 1972. Moose Jaw was the first Govan (curling); Spencer Hil- Host City. derman, Duval (curling); Lorne Hilderman, Duval (coach - curling); Michael Thorpe, Craven (gymnastics); Rene Czemeres, Cupar (gymnastics); Joan Szeles, Cupar (staff). The purpose of the Saskatchewan Games is to provide an opportunity for the province’s devel- Alpine skiing is one of the comoping athletes, coaches petitive sports featured at the and officials to participate Saskatchewan Winter Games. in a multi-sport event in Photo courtesy of SaskGames

Miller nominated Saskatchewan Roughriders’ coach Ken Miller is one of three finalists for the CFL’s coach-of-theyear award. The award will be presented on March 5 in Edmonton. Miller also made the coach-of-the-year shortlist last year, however Calgary Stampeders’ John Hufnagel won out. The Roughriders’ Kent Austin received coach-of-the-year

honours the year before that. Former Roughriders offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille, now with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Marc Trestman of the Montreal Alouettes are also nominated. The three finalists were nominated by 50 voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada.

Ken Miller, Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach. Photo courtesy of CFL

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Trainer – Kolton Kelln

Coach – Rob Rattai

Date of birth: January 21, 1992 Favourite food: Pizza ether er Favourite music: Nickelback, Seether Hobbies: Hunting Favourite movie: Slapshot Favourite TV show: Futurama Hockey memory: Winning league Hometown: Duval Favourite NHL team: Colorado Significant other?: I wish Who had the most influence on you as a hockey player?: My father Something about your current teammates: They’re sweet

Date of birth: January 14, 1975 ck Favourite music: Rock, Nickelback han ngi ging ng out out Hobbies: Hockey, snowmobiling, hanging with my kids Hometown: Semans What is it like?: It was an awesome place to grow up Favourite movie: Days of Thunder Favourite TV show: Deal or No Deal Significant other?: Wife, Aislinn Favourite NHL team: Pittsburgh Who had the most influence on you as a hockey player?: Mario Lemieux Something about your current teammates: Good bunch of guys

Asst. Coach – Travis Edwards

#20 – Travis Bender

Date of birth: September 29, 1970 0 ue Favourite music: 80s metal, Motley Crue Favourite food: Deer sausage Hometown: Strasbourg he most mosst pa part rtt What is it like?: Outstanding for the Favourite NHL team: Pittsburgh Favourite TV show: Seinfeld Favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption Significant other?: Wife, Tracy Hockey memory: Beating Southey in provincials in bantam Something about your current teammates: Great guys, they keep me young

Affiliated Player – Mitchell Myers Date of birth: July 6, 1992 Favourite music: Country, Eric Church Favourite food: Pizza Hometown: Duval What is it like?: Amazing Favourite NHL team: Montreal Favourite TV show: Two and a Half Men Significant other?: I ride solo Pet: Cat, no name Worst quality: Facial hair Hockey memory: Winning two championships Something about your current teammates: They’re alright

Date of birth: September 5, 1987 Favourite music: Rock and Roll Favourite food: Steak and kisses 92 GPA Something I am proud of: My 3.92 Nicknames: Bender, Benny Goals to accomplish: Win the Lotto Max Who had the most influence on you as a hockey player?: Darryl Knaus Something about your current teammates: They are great

Affiliated Player – Chris Cardiff Date of birth: February 1, 1992 Favourite music: Country, Joe Diffie Hobbies: Fishing Favourite food: Soup and sandwich Something that I am proud of: Winning league twice Favourite NHL team: Montreal Goals to accomplish: Graduate


Who had the most influence on you as a hockey player?: Eugene Cardiff Something about your current teammates: No comment