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Page 6 Ag Notes There was very good turnout for the annual Nokomis Minor Hockey Day on Saturday, January 21 at the Nokomis Rec Centre. As you can see from the photo above, the action was fast ..and the photographer was even faster: Dennis Simpson ‘caught’ the puck mid-air as it was going into the net in this 5:00 p.m. Midget game featuring Drake against Muenster. The Minor Hockey Day events began at 10:30 a.m. with Initiation teams Nokomis vs Drake. At noon, the Novice teams took to the ice, also Nokomis vs Drake. At 2:30 p.m., the Atom game featured Watrous vs Viscount. The Senior game, Nokomis vs LeRoy saw the Chiefs win 8 to 7. Later in the evening, the Chiefs held their annual Player Auction fundraiser. More photos on page 20.

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Nokomis School Review Committee confident As January winds down to (hopefully) a mild end, the Nokomis School Review Committee will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Horizon School Division Board’s analysis of the Committee’s School Review Report. “We are confident that, once again, our committee, with very strong support from the community and area, has put together a very strong submission in support of keeping our school,” Review Committee vice chair David Mark said. “We have provided a copy of our report directly the Board, and we have also sent each Board and Executive member their own personal copy so they will have an opportunity to thoroughly review it before the Board meets to make its decision.” There are two possible outcomes of the Board meeting: they could, before February 1, vote to support the Nokomis School Review Committee’s recommendation to discontinue the review process, and

leave Nokomis School’s status ‘as is’; or they could ignore the Review Committee’s recommendations and continue the review process. If they vote to

electors, and notify the public of that meeting. The meeting of electors must follow a strict agenda, and allow for presentations at the meeting,

...if the Board chooses to ignore the recommendations of the Committee, the community will most certainly use every means at its disposal to fight for the survival of Nokomis School...

continue the process, which is clearly outlined in Provincial legislation, it does not automatically mean that Nokomis School will see class discontinuance or closure. First, the Board must notify the public, the parents and the Nokomis School Community Council of its decision, and then it must hold a public meeting of

as well as allow for additional written submissions following the meeting. This meeting of electors must, by law, must be held before March 31, and the local School Review Committee is dissolved following that meeting. “Although Nokomis School falls below the 88 minimum student level, we show posi-

tive growth. And, most importantly, our school is viable and will be viable for the foreseeable future just based on our own local population. Those projections do not include potential positive impacts related to the development of the BHP potash mine near Jansen,” Mark said in a CBC radio interview early Friday afternoon, January 27. “Nokomis School finds itself 39.3 kilometres away from the nearest K to 12 school in Lanigan. Provincial legislation designates schools that are 40 km away from the nearest school as ‘schools of necessity.’ So, we find ourselves 700 metres away from that cut-off, however the Official School Review Handbook states the Board has the option to change that distance down to 30 kilometres. All we’re asking is that they move that line from 40 kms to 38 or 39 kms.” The CBC radio interview was part of the Blue Sky noon phone-in program. Mr. Mark said he and the local Review Committee are hopeful that the Horizon

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School Division will again accept the Committee’s recommendations to keep Nokomis School operating as-is, as the Board did following the last Review. Mark added that the Committee will also seek the Board’s assurance that the review process will be suspended for a number of years to give the community of Nokomis an opportunity to take advantage of planned economic development strategies, and thus really prove the viability of the school. “The School Review process is an onerous one – it puts a lot of negative pressure on the community and on committee members, and it is very timeconsuming and disheartening for the community to be put through this process over and over and over again,” Mark said. “However, if the Board chooses to ignore the recommendations of the Committee, the community will most certainly use every means at its disposal to fight for the survival of Nokomis School.” -editor

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Provincial news briefs Government provides judges Provincial Court judges. “The with salary increase Provincial Government accepts In 2011, a commission held the constitutionally-mandated public hearings in Saskatoon process for negotiating judges’ and Regina to review provincial salaries and respects the indepencourt judges salaries. As a result dence of the judiciary,” Justice of these hearings and submis- Minister and Attorney General sions from interested parties Don Morgan said. “Our province and the public, the Commission is well-served by highly comperecommended a salary increase tent and experienced Provincial equal to the Saskatchewan Con- Court judges.” sumer Price Index, plus an addiThe Provincial Court Comtional one per cent for each of the mission is an independent body three fiscal years between April established under The Provincial 1, 2012 and March 31, 2015. Court Act, 1998 to complete an Provincial Court judges are cur- independent review of judicial rently paid $238,943 annually. remuneration and benefits. It is tevery sud ,d eneed retawthree to,dbe ef fed, e b oyears twatered, d e en t’ndusted, sto eoD The Commission also torecomDoesn’t need be fed, established,d eDoesn’t or looked after. .retfa d eko ol ro mended an increase of $150 to make recommendations Pick up your copy at ta ypoc ruobased y pu kciP watered, dusted, or looked after. the Last Mountain Times semiT niatnuoM tsaL eht the judges’ annual professional on submissions from interested in Strasbourg or Nokomis simokoN ro gruobsartS ni or order online at ta enilno redro ro allowance. parties and the public. The Suac.nagromahtram.www 99.61$ yln O The Government of Saskatch- preme CourtOnlyof$16.99 Canada has ewan announced last week that established, on constitutional it has accepted the recommen- grounds, that ,provincial dDoesn’t ef e b otneed d e entogovernt’nbese ofed, D .rwatered, etuse fa d ekan odusted, ol rindependent o ,dor etsulooked d ,d ereafter. taw dations of the 2011 Provincial ments must Court Commission regarding compensation commission to salary increases and benefits for consider judges’ salaries. The

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of Health needs to confirm for the public what it’s doing today to end this crisis and accommodate Saskatchewan’s growing population in our hospitals.”

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region senior medical officer Dr. Joy Dobson told media Thursday that the region has been operating “above 100 per cent for a long

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Robbie Burns Day celebrated at Nokomis Health Centre On the afternoon of January 25, some guests gathered at the Nokomis Health Centre to help the residents celebrate Robbie Burns Day. Mary Strudwick, as always, put together a very nice program of Scottish music and culinary fair. Paula Erhardt and Alex Munroe brought cd’s and videos of Bagpipes and other Scottish music. A Tattoo, filmed in Edinburgh, was enjoyed by some. Mary brought in the Haggis from a secret place and the girls in

the kitchen whipped up Mary’s mother’s recipe for the shortbread. No doubt from Edinburgh and very good. As a matter of interest, other cultures are recognized as the dates come up. Watch for some that you would be interested in in the Last Mountain Times or the monthly printout from the Health Centre. -article and photos submitted by June Munroe

Looking for some extra copies of this week’s newspaper? Pick some up at the Nokomis Co-op Grocery Store, Nokomis Pharmacy or the Last Mountain Times office!

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Hazel Chute (far right) sat and visited with the residents after they had their Haggis. Scottish shortbread and tea was served and enjoyed by those who attended.

11:00 Communion

Some of the residents are offered goodies by nurse Lynn Shott, while Mary Strudwick looks on.

February 5 Nokomis with Rev. C. Harper


Cody Kozar and Natalie Premischook from Quesnell, BC, are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Jayla Jordyn, born December 25, 2011 and weighing 6 lbs., 8 ozs. Proud grandparents are Meme and Garry Kozar of Hickson, BC. Great-grandmothers are Dolores Hendry of Nokomis and Nellie Kryschuk of Humboldt.

Hazel Chute (as only Hazel can) gave a toast to the Haggis.

Nokomis United Church February 5

After much encouragement from this camera lady, nurse Lynn Shott decided to taste the Haggis. “It’s good,” she said. I decided to quote a line from one of my favorite great-grandsons and said, “told you.”

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Members of the Mid-Sask Municipal Alliance (MSMA), along with officials from Stantec Consulting held an open house in Nokomis on Wednesday, January 25 to unveil the area’s draft zoning bylaw. Similar meeting were also held last week in LeRoy, Watson, Watrous, Manitou Beach, Jansen and Lanigan. The 12 municipalities that make up the MSMA have been working to create a comprehensive District Official Community Plan (DOCP) that assesses and anticipates future growth in the region. Last week’s meetings were a follow-up to a round of meetings held last year to discuss the DOCP for each municipality. “The next step in the process is to create a zoning bylaw for each municipality, as a primary tool for local governments to use to ensure community objectives are met by developing according to the overall plan,” Stantec planner Devin Clarke stated. “The zoning bylaws facilitate this by regulating the extent and nature of development, and the use of land, buildings and structures.” The Nokomis meeting attracted more than a half dozen town officials and community members who took part in the review and discussion of the proposed zoning bylaw for Nokomis. Nokomis Town Administrator Joanne Hamilton said she is pleased with the way the bylaw development process FAITH  HOPE  SINCERITY Find Them In Church

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is proceeding smoothly, and complimented Stantec on thorough job they are doing. “The purpose of the exercise is to help standardize zoning bylaws within the major communities and municipalities within the MSMA so that they aren’t at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with future development issues,” Clarke said. “We hope to have this planning and development process finished in the near future. The next-to-final step in the process will be public hearings to present to completed bylaws to the public. After that, Municipal Affairs will have the final word.”

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The Nokomis Minor Sports Association would like to thank everyone who supported our Minor Hockey Day. Thank you to all the volunteers. We couldn’t do it without your help. The booth workers, people who donated food, gate workers, timekeepers, announcers, scorekeepers, raffle table workers, photographers, caretakers and Pot of Gold sellers - Thank You! Thanks to the Affinity Credit Union – Nokomis Branch and the Town of Nokomis for donating the gift cards which were awarded to one player from each team

Also, thank you to Richardson Pioneer for the booth coupons given to each players.

Thank you to the following for their donation to our raffle table:

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Another traffic blitz success

NDP calls for end to direct mail program

There were 339 people charged with traffic violations at intersections during a province-wide traffic blitz January 18 and 19. The two-day blitz saw police agencies and traffic enforcement officers across the province on the lookout for drivers and pedestrians violating traffic laws at intersections, including failing to yield to oncoming traffic or pedestrians, failing to stop at stop signs, running red lights and jaywalking. Between the municipal police forces, RCMP, Corman Park Police Service and University of Saskatchewan Campus Safety Unit, the blitz resulted in a total of 446 tickets issued, including: 327 traffic light or stop sign violations; 1 charges for illegal U-turns at light-controlled intersections, 20 cell phone tickets, 22 seatbelt tickets, and 65 Traffic Safety Act charges for various other offences. Operation Crossroads was the third province-wide coordinated traffic safety blitz. During last month’s blitz, Operation Overdrive, 241 tickets total, including 25 impaired driving charges, were issued. A provincial blitz will continue to be held each month, targeting a key traffic safety issue.

The NDP Opposition is calling on the Sask. Party government to immediately put a stop to the Grateful Patient Direct Mail program in the Saskatoon Health Region. The program will use personal information to contact recent hospital patients to solicit donations for health care. “It’s not appropriate to automatically contact the households of all hospital patients to solicit donations,” said NDP health critic Cam Broten. “Instead of the health region just assuming patients’ consent, patients should have the right to choose if they want to be contacted. This is about respecting and protecting patients. For the health region to send out official letters to every recent patient asking for money is not only unbecoming but it could breach the privacy of some patients and leave others feeling obligated to donate.” Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson has expressed the same concerns. In his 2010 report, Dickson said any such program should allow patients to opt-in, rather than requiring them to opt-out.

SUMA 107th Annual Convention

Over 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns and villages gathered in Regina at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association’s (SUMA) 107th Annual Convention, taking place from January 29 through to February 1. The theme for this year’s convention Urban Matters: A Growing Agenda is a reflection of the increasing role that urban governments play in growing Saskatchewan and the many complex issues they face. Sports legend Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons was the Convention’s keynote speaker. Clemons, is the current vice-chair for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He played with the Argos for twelve seasons, and twice served as their head coach. His No. 31 jersey is one of only four that has been retired by the Argos. Clemons gave a high-energy presentation about his experiences, teamwork, and what it means to be involved in a community. On Tuesday, January 31, the delegates dealt with their many convention resolutions, and on Wednesday, February, 1 they will have their traditional ‘bear pit’ session with members of the Sask Party provincial cabinet.

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Obituary Tanyss Mary Walker July 28, 1947 – January 12, 2012 Tanyss Walker, late of Aberdeen, SK, passed away at the age of 64 years. Tanyss was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Edna Swann, and infant son. Tanyss is survived by her brother Dean Swann (Corlene), daughter Rhonda-Faye Frohaug, grandchildren Tristen and Kylee Walter-Frohaug. At Tanyss’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service. Cremation to take place. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Tanyss’ honour may donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Govan girl in Provincial Women’s Curling Playdowns Former Govan area farm girl Rachel Fritzler and now University of Saskatchewan student, found herself playing in the Saskatchewan Provincial Women’s CurlRachel Fritzler (skip) and her team mates ing Playdowns in HumAshley Quick (third); Amy Merkosky (second) and Aly Johns (lead). boldt last week, after she and her team mates made a snap decision in early January to enter a team in the SaskPower Women’s Northerns in Prince Albert on January 13 through 15. Rachel (skip) and her team mates Ashley Quick (third); Amy Merkosky (second) and Aly Johns (lead) had curled together regularly at the Saskatoon Granite Curling Club but had not done much extra competitive curling this year due to school and work commitments. However, it appears they made the correct decision, as they won four straight games in Prince Albert and won the ‘A’ side of the event. They are now ranked 10th in the province based on their 20112012 performance. In Humboldt, Rachel’s team lost their first game to the Susan Lang team from Regina, and later lost out as well while playing the other four teams in their pool in a round robin format. The top two teams advanced to the playoffs on the weekend. “Although it was disappointing to lose, it was a great experience for the girls, and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” said Rachel’s mother Brenda. Rachel is the daughter of Bain and Brenda Fritzler of Govan.


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St. John Lutheran Church Ethnic Supper, Saturday, February 18, lower Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Supper: 5:30 p.m. Entertainment: ‘Time of Our Lives.’ Silent Auction. Tickets: $15/person, students/$5.00, pre-school free. Tickets available at Affinity Credit Union, Strasbourg, Every Little Thing or Orva 725-4563. Everyone Welcome! 12-13c If you would like to submit news, please contact Last Mountain Times directly at the above number, or contact us at: 528-2020, lmt@sasktel.

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James Edgar 2012 February Skies Last month ended with the Moon at first quarter, so the next full Moon is seven days later – February 7. On the 10th, Mars is within 10 degrees – an early morning apparition. Just after midnight on the 12th, Spica and Saturn make a nice triplet with the Moon in the southeast, Mars shines high above. By the 23rd, Mercury and the thin crescent Moon are visible in the west at sundown. A couple of days later, Venus is in the picture, and one day later, the 26th, Jupiter pairs up with our satellite. The next day brings a nice four-in-a-row: Mercury hugs the horizon, with Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon arrayed above. Uranus is in there, too, sandwiched between Mercury and Venus – use binoculars for that sighting. Mercury puts on a fine display for the last part of February and early March. Watch for it at sunset in the west below bright Venus. Venus, too, is in fine fettle, gracing our western prospect all month, rising higher with each passing day. Then, in its 224-day orbit, it gradually begins to swing closer to the horizon; not until mid-April, though, so we will have that grand view of Venus for more than a couple of months. Mars rises in the east shortly before 10 p.m. and crosses the sky all through the night. On the 9th and 10th, the Moon, just past full phase, hovers near Mars all night. Jupiter is high in the southwest at sundown, above bright Venus, with the Moon above the bright planets on the 1st. By the 26th, Venus us almost at the same elevation as Jupiter, with the crescent Moon only a few degrees away. Saturn rises shortly after 1 a.m. close to the bright star, Spica. On

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the early morning of the 12th, the Moon hangs below the Ringed Planet, making a nice photographic subject. Uranus and Neptune are in the western twilight at sunset, making for a difficult observation. Don’t forget to take in the majestic view of Orion, The Hunter, in the south after sundown. This famous asterism includes and is surrounded by the six brightest stars in the night sky: Betelgeuse, Rigel, Aldebaran, Sirius, Procyon, and Pollux.

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Also, be sure to look for the Zodiacal Light in the western evening sky from about the 10th onward for two weeks. This is dust in orbit around the Sun, backlit by the Sun’s glow. James Edgar James Edgar has had an interest in the night sky all his life. He joined The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2000 and quickly became involved in the Society. He is Editor’s Assistant and a contributor to the renowned Observer’s Handbook, Production Manager of the bi-monthly RASC Journal, and is the Society’s National Secretary.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Last Mountain Co-op is now accepting applications for

Position: Clerks /Cashiers – Full Time Location: Various – within the communities of Raymore, Punnichy, Semans, Govan, Nokomis The Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) is a unique, multi-billion dollar organization based on the fundamental principles of co-operation. It is comprised of a network of approximately 260 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada along with their branch operations, and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). Last Mountain Co-operatives invites applications for various positions. Reporting to the branch manager, this multi-tasking position requires excellent customer service skills and a strong work ethic. Currently seeking individuals to assistCus ourS grocery A within REER W I T departments H A F U Tand U Rlumber/ E hardware departments. Duties of the positions include customer service, operating a cash register, receiving, merchandising, housekeeping, ordering, picking orders, and computer information entry. Last Mountain Co-op offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, pension plan packages, on-going personal development, and the opportunity to grow. If you would like to become part of our dynamic team with excellent opportunities for advancement, we encourage you to submit your covering letter and resume. If you are interested or require additional information, please contact: Mike Sigouin, General Manager Last Mountain Co-operatives Ltd. Box 70 Raymore, SK S0A 3J0 306-746-2019 Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 12-13c

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Proposed housing project strasbourg positively received Phone 725-3030

Strasbourg Maroons Senior Hockey Club, Maroons vs Bethune Bulldogs, Saturday, February 4, 8:00 p.m. Strasbourg Rec Centre. Maroons Jersey Night! Free admission wearing Maroons jersey plus free coupon for candy bag. 12c Strasbourg Recreation Board Cards and Game afternoon, Friday, February 10, 2:00 p.m. at Last Mountain Pioneer Home. Lunch and refreshments. Everyone welcome! 12-13c Strasbourg Curling Club Ladies, Bonspiel, February 10 and 11. Entry fee: $80/ rink. Phone entries to Orva 725-4563 or Rita 725-3149. Check out the display ad on the sports page! Seniors’s Valentine Tea – Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., United Church, Strasbourg. Hosted by the Country Women’s Network. 12-13c

St. John Lutheran Church Ethnic Supper, Saturday, February 18, lower Strasbourg Memorial Hall. Supper: 5:30 p.m. Entertainment: ‘Time of Our Lives.’ Silent Auction. Tickets: $15/ person, students/$5.00, preschool free. Tickets available at Affinity Credit Union, Strasbourg, Every Little Thing or Orva 725-4563. Everyone Welcome! 12,13,14c With the icy streets many people have taken advantage of the great walking trails behind Last Mountain Pioneer Home. Tracy Hubick, who has done a great job again with the trails, was out on the evening of January 24 clearing some snow on the walking paths. The community sends condolences to the families and friends of Mary Seymour (formerly Retzer) of Saskatoon, originally from Strasbourg, and also to the family of Glen Samuelson who grew up in the Strasbourg area, who both have recently passed away.

WDS brings Straker back to Strasbourg!

The hands were clapping, the fingers snapping, what an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in Strasbourg. Sunday, January 22, artist Jeffery Straker accompanied by his sister Jill Straker, returned to the Strasbourg Memorial Hall for a concert. This concert was sponsored by William Derby School as a fundraiser for projects within the school. They also provided refreshments and yummy cookies during the intermission. Jeff Straker, an amazing storyteller, song writer, singer, musician, has a magical way of keeping his audience on the edge of their seats, wondering, “how could he possibly top what he just sang!” Straker’s music is unconventional, a blend of pop, rock, folk and even some cabaret. His music appeals to all ages. Sitting at a Straker concert, one feels you are casually sitting around a bonfire, sharing stories and singing along to the strum of a guitar. He makes you feel you have known one another for years! His personal stories, a humourous one of his great grandmother and even more serious topics such as Alzheimer’s disease or politics, are all written and composed into emotional songs. Jeff and Jill, originally from the Punnichy area, were happy to have their parents Glen and Bev attend the afternoon concert. One of Jeff’s early albums “Songs from Highway 15” tells stories from the people and places close to the Punnichy area. Straker was excited to speak of his future travels to perform in Guyana, Africa. From small house concerts, or larger concerts throughout the province, the country or around the world, he puts his heart and soul into all his performances. Unfortunately, it was a small crowd who came out Sunday afternoon in Strasbourg, but to those lucky people who were there to hear Jeff and Jill Straker perform, it was a wonderful exhilarating experience! -LMT staff

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Manitoba, including Altona, Boissevain, Carberry, Carman, Morden, Pinawa, and Winkler, as well as several projects underway or nearly completed in five other Manitoba communities. As well, Bridge Road has projects in Lanigan, Redvers, Wynyard, Moosomin and Oxbow. As noted in the January 24 issue of Last Mountain Times, a project is also under consideration in Nokomis. Rempel noted that one community’s project does not normally compete with a nearby com-

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munity’s project, as local people often tend to prefer to live in their own communities, and the projects tend to draw people who have moved away back to their own communities. The 18 unit project under consideration for Strasbourg would be a three storey building, with six suites on each floor. The unit would have ground floor, or underground

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always been asked, and we’ve always taken a share ourselves in each project. There is an advantage in that we can bring experience to the table in running the local for-profit corporation that will own and operate the project,” Rempel said. Rempel went on to show the gathering many photos of various similar projects Bridge Road has completed in

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The Saturday, January 21 housing meeting at the Strasbourg Hall attracted more than 55 interested local and area residents to hear a presentation on the proposed ‘active adult lifestyle’ rental housing project for Strasbourg. The project, if it gets the go-ahead, would be located on the south side of main street (Mountain Street), on vacant land just west of the Royal Bank building. The information session was conducted by Ken Rempel, sales rep for Bridge Road Developments from Altona, Manitoba. “We’ve been building mostly in Manitoba in the past, and we’ve developed a system that works very well for small towns,” Rempel said. “Our whole company consists of people who live in small towns and out in the country, so we enjoy working in small towns, and we understand them. We don’t go after business in larger cities, and city developers very seldom consider projects in smaller communities.” Rempel said Bridge Road will go wherever it is invited to make a presentation, and then get people together as small groups of shareholders. If a project is pursued in Strasbourg, Rempel said it will be owned and operated by local people. “So far we’ve

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secured parking, security doors, and would be fully accessible with wheelchairwidth doors throughout. Rempel explained the financial aspect of the project, for interested renters or investors: “We ask for $1,000 down, which if fully refundable. The order of down payments received determines who gets to choose their apartments first. Then, when we start construction, each tenant puts up $54,000 which is registered as a second mortgage against the property. The tenant receives 3 per cent annual interest from the day the money is paid. The tenants sign a one-year lease each year, and if they leave, their $55,000 is refunded within 90 days from the trustee. Tenants pay a monthly rent based on the size of their suite – the rent includes everything except contents insurance, and telephone and internet charges. An 18 suite building, including land, completely finished and ready to move into, would cost about $4.5 million. Of that, a local financial institution would lend about twothirds of it, and the other third would be split between the

tenants and shareholders. The shareholders would have to come up with about $1.1 million up front, and then when the building is fully occupied, they would get back about $400,000 of that, and there would be about $700,000 of shareholder money in the project. Bridge Road would take one share, so shareholders would have to raise about $600,000 of capital for an 18 suite building. If each share was priced at $100,000 there would be 6 shareholders in the building, and they would all sit on the board of directors. The reason for the $1.1 million up front requirement is the need to bridge-finance the tenants who are not there yet. Until the building is full, return on investment for shareholders would start at about 8 per cent, and that would probably get up to around 12 or 13 per cent and would increase a little bit as years go by. As far as tax treatment is concerned, until investors get back all of the money they put in, any returns are treated as return of capital and there is no tax on it. After that, we would declare a dividend, and dividends are taxed at the lowest tax rate.” Rempel fielded a number of questions from interested audience members, including specific details about the suites, building construction materials, quality of construction and monthly rental rates. As the meeting ended, several people were lining up to place their $1,000 deposits and in the end 13 deposits were received, and several people inquired about investing in the project. Strasbourg Mayor Carol Schultz, who attended the meeting as an ‘interested observer’ said she was pleasantly surprised by the positive reception received by Bridge Road Developments, and very pleased with outcome of the session. -editor

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Winter walk raises money for LMPH Foundation

These walkers enjoyed refreshments at LMPH after their ‘first day of winter walk’ to raise funds for the Foundation Board. The walkers were: (standing, left to right) Ray Parkin, Deb Fiessel, Darryl Kerr, Rita Kerr, Carol Schultz, Jill Kondratiuk, and Irene Brown. Front kneeling, left to right: Diane Kondratiuk, Dennis Hodgins, and Lesley Parkin. On the first day of winter, December 21, a group of keen walkers raised money for the Last Mountain Pioneer Home Foundation Board. It was warmer than last year but the icy streets were a bit of a concern. Everyone agreed that they would rather walk

outside than in the rink so out we went for a sparkle tour of Strasbourg! The local EMS rode along in case of a fall and to warn other vehicles that we were on the streets. We finished at the Last Mountain Pioneer Home and enjoyed a visit and refreshments with

the residents. Mark the date on your calendar for December 2012! LP LMPH Foundation thank the walkers and all who donated towards the fundraiser. $1,300.00 was raised for projects at LMPH. 12c

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Strasbourg hosts Regional Tim Horton’s Youth Spiel Saturday, January 7, Strasbourg Curling Club hosted five teams of youth 14 and under for the Regional Tim Horton’s Youth Fun Bonspiel. Tim Hortons was a sponsor so they gave cookies, doughnuts, Tim bits and bottles of water for all the curlers. After each team curled four 6-end games, there ended up being a tie for first place. We had each member of the top two teams draw to the button. It was a close one! Our gold medal team was: skip Taylor McConnell, third Jennifer Kostal, second Brayden Kostal and lead Lexandra McConnell. This team was coached by Jonathon McConnell. The silver medals went to skip Brennan Kowalski, third Jake Vorrieter, second Nicole Baumgartner, lead Leo Saccary, and coach Eric Kowalski. Next was the bronze medal team of skip Laura Edwards, third Alyson Edwards, second Kelly Hanmer, lead Kayla Adelman and coach Dwayne Adelman. Honorable mentions go out to our other two teams of skip Benny Li, third Carter Smith, second Lee Hansen, lead Dane Fichter and coach Craig Smith; and skip Madison

Smith, third Vanessa Pratchler, second Cassidy Flavel, lead Kianna Hack, and coach Sandra Smith. All the teams had at least one win so it was a fun event for one and all. Curlers and

coaches came from Bulyea, Govan, Regina, Silton and Strasbourg. We had some tired but happy curlers by the end of the day but it was a good one! RK

Gold Medal Winners – the Taylor McConnell rink.

Silver Medal Winners – the Brennan Kowalski rink.

Mayor Schultz speaks to Guides On January 17, Strasbourg Mayor Carol Schultz came to a Strasbourg Girl Guide meeting to tell us how she became mayor. In her childhood she was a leader and participated in many activities.

Twenty-eight years ago she started her political career. She doesn’t take things personally. She is a forgiving type of person. She said it is okay to make mistakes. She works really hard and has lots of people working

for her. She said don’t be afraid to ask questions. It was nice of her to take time out of her busy life to talk to us. Kayli Reimer Reporter Strasbourg Girl Guides This group of youth had a great day of curling at the Strasbourg Curling Club during the Tim Horton’s Regional Youth Spiel on January 7, which was organized by Rita


The Strasbourg Girl Guides presented Carol Schultz, Mayor of Strasbourg, with a gift. Pictured with Mayor Schultz, (left) are (left to right) Vanessa Pratchler, Kayli Reimer, and Rebecca Shewchuk Bryksa.

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Family Literacy Day at William Derby School Family Literacy Day was held at William Derby School in Strasbourg on Thursday, January 26. Everyone in attendance enjoyed an hour of coffee, juice and cookies. Parents enjoyed reading with students in the halls and classrooms of WDS. -submitted by Sandra Smith

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Agriculture news & views New market access to Philippines Canadian cattle, sheep and goat producers will benefit from new access to yet another international market, with the recent announcement that the Government of Canada has secured live ruminant market access to the Philippines. The Philippines imports $9 million annually worth of cattle and nearly $300, 000 of sheep and goats. Canadian producers now have the ability to compete for sales in this market. This new market access further strengthens the trade relationship between Canada and the Philippines. The Philippines imported more than $235 million worth of Canadian agricultural and agri-food products in 2010. This announcement follows a similar one made last week that Canadian beef under 30 months of age can now re-enter the South Korean market.

Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan directors elected Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan (LMS) President Rhett Parks was recently re-elected to a second term. Parks, who operates Whitewood Livestock Sales, was re-elected at a board meeting following the recent Annual General Meeting where he

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President, while Jeff Jameson of JGL Livestock remains the immediate past president. The LMS board also includes: Michael Fleury of Saskatoon Livestock Sales; Joe Jackson of JGL Livestock; Brian Jacobson of Spiritwood Stockyards; Roy Rutledge of Assiniboia Livestock Auction; Stewart Stone of Heartland Livestock Services; and John Williamson of Mankota Stockmen’s Weigh Co. As operators of auction markets, LMS members are responsible for moving in excess of 90 per cent of the cattle marketed in the province.

Flax: Not just for breakfast anymore A Saskatoon company definitely has an open mind about the future of flax fibre. In Europe, flax fibre is used to manufacture everything from clothing to high-end tennis racquets. It isn’t just another grain in your morning cereal anymore! Canadian flax producers typically focus on flax seed and discard the tough straw fibre, often by burning it in the field. Flax fibre research has been conducted for many years on the prairies to determine the properties of the oil seed flax straw fibre and its potential uses; however, its use in consumer products has been limited. Now a Canadian company has found another innovative use for it. Open Mind Developments, based in Saskatoon, is using flax fibre to create environmentally friendly products. In September 2011, Open Mind started selling their iPhone 4 and 4S cases made from flax fibre and plant-based biopolymers, instead of crude oil-based conventional polymers. The company’s founder, Jeremy Lang, is familiar with agriculture in the province. He grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and in 2000 graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. “I always thought that flax was an interesting crop, due to the unique properties of its oil and fibre,” Lang says. “I know that Europeans grow flax for the fibre alone, while in Saskatchewan the flax straw often gets burned as it is difficult to manage in the field – I just wanted to find a niche market where the flax fibre could be used to add value to a product, so we could use it instead of burning it.” The iPhone cases are for sale online on the company’s website and customers in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia have already bought them. Lang hopes the cases will soon be available in well-recognized retail stores including Best Buy and the Apple Store. Using flax fibre in products like phone cases has the potential to benefit producers, the environment and the economy. They provide a use for flax straw, and unlike conventional plastic smart phone cases, flax fibre cases are eco-friendly. Since the use of natural fibres is not limited to smart phone cases, the opportunity for growth is huge. Flax fibre can be used in tractor fenders, car dashboards, decking and fencing materials, clothing, and insulation. “This is the starting point that will lead to the development of other natural products and potentially a natural fibre-based product manufacturing industry in Saskatchewan,” Lang says. He adds that the company plans on building a processing and manufacturing facility in rural Saskatchewan in the long-term future. Perhaps this Saskatchewan company will one day manufacture tennis racquets and bicycle frames using flax fibre, too.


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The government of course farmers spread across the The business of garbage, and the idea of protecting sees it as a good step. “We entire province to a central the environment is becom- are pleased to see industry, location for re-use is a sysing an interesting one. The government and the broader tem that is automatically a idea of recycling is becom- stakeholder community work costly one, and that assumes ing a major public desire. together to develop a recycling a user for the products in the People feel good about re- program for farmers,” said province. As has been the situation cycling, having the impres- Saskatchewan Environment sion at least it is their small, Minister Dustin Duncan in the with cardboard in the past the user is not local. At times it direct, contribution to aiding same release. According to the release, has meant the cardboard has old Mother Earth. The idea of recycling is CleanFARMS recently did to get as far as China to be even becoming entrenched a study of the agricultural utilized. Does taking cardin the area of farming. Re- waste stewardship programs board from Hyas to China to recycle it cently the make sense? Government ...Tagging the term ‘environmentally Probably of Saskatchnot if you positive’ to anything is good politics.... ewan anstarted to put nounced it was partnering with Clean- in the province. The research the actual costs to the equaFARMS to develop a way revealed that the most suc- tion rather than just doing it to manage on-farm plastic cessful programs had govern- because we deem recycling waste, such as bale wrap ment legislation mandating automatically a good thing. In the release, Friesen and grain bags. The idea is participation such as those to to reduce the environmental manage used oil, oil filters and stated, “Saskatchewan is an footprint of farming in the their containers, tires, paint innovative province that is province, and of course win and electronics. The Govern- well positioned to become some points since anything ment of Saskatchewan has a leader in agricultural plastied to reducing waste is seen tasked CleanFARMS with tics recycling. In many casas a positive by most people bringing together stakehold- es, the technology is already these days. Tagging the term ers to develop the framework in place. Bridon Corage, ‘environmentally positive’ for a program to recycle agri- a highly successful twine to anything is good politics. cultural plastics such as bale manufacturer with a plant We see that in the world of wrap, twine and grain bags. in the province, is currently retail where the sale of reus- If you read between the lines, making new twine out of able cloth bags and similar expect environmental fees to used twine.” For anything designed efforts garner a lot of posi- some farm products moving to recycle farm plastics to forward, and mandated recytive advertising. “We know that farmers cling. The question that needs make sense it has to have are more than willing to to be answered is exactly what an end user in the province. participate in stewardship the environmental footprint of And, any plan should have some cost analysis associprograms where they exist; recycling is? A farmer at Hyas, SK. has a ated with it. Recycling must they want to do the right thing. CleanFARMS cur- pile of plastic from bale twine be good for the overall envirently operates a national and grain bags. What does it ronment, not something we empty pesticide container cost in fuel, tire wear, road do just because we assume recycling program and an maintenance, and similar costs it’s a good thing. obsolete pesticide collec- to get that plastic from the farm Calvin Daniels is a tion program, both of which to someplace which can actuYorkton-based ag have very high participation ally recycle it into something columnist and writer. rates,” said Barry Friesen, useable? It may appear the Disclaimer: the opinions general manager of Clean- ‘right’ thing to do to recycle, expressed are those of the writer. but the collection system from FARMS in a release.


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Planning Your Financial Future Kids can learn to control their lives

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As a teenager, Trevor Bolin was a drug-abusing high school dropout who weighed in at more than 300 pounds. He supplemented his meager income from pumping gas by hauling possessions to the pawn shop, where he picked up just enough money for hot dogs and Kraft mac and cheese.

People should keep all pertinent financial documents, receipts, and statements for as long as there is a possibility that tax authorities could propose an audit. Unless you

Trevor Bolin. By age 17, Bolin decided he’d had enough. He came up with a plan, and within two years, he’d quit drugs, lost more than 100 pounds, and was close to paying off $85,000 in debt. By 28, he earned his first $1 million in one year, legally. And he did it simply by coming up with a plan and putting the plan in motion.

“My life has nothing to do with luck, good or bad,” Bolin, 32, writes in his new book, Take Charge and Change Your Life Today. “It revolves around working hard, giving back as much as (if not more than) I get, accepting that attitude is everything, and being grateful for what I have. I wish I had learned those lessons long before becoming an unhappy teenager with a seemingly hopeless future.” While many parents teach their children the basics of fiscal responsibility by giving them an allowance, Bolin says his experience offers less obvious but equally important lessons. Children need to have a healthy attitude toward money, not only to avoid making choices that make them unhappy, but to allow them a life path that they control. “I learned my lessons the hard way,” he says. “You can start now to make sure your children never reach the bottom that I hit. These are some places to start:” • Avoid making negative comments about money: Sayings like “money is the root of all evil” and “a fool and his money are soon parted” are negative and

therefore not helpful. Make a commitment, starting today, not to use those phrases. Imagine what a child believes about money if that’s what they hear all the time? Money is a great thing -when you know what to do with it and when you control it rather than allowing it to control you. • Help children recognize the financial lessons they learn from experience: Say you warned your child he should set aside some of Grandma’s birthday money, but he spent it all on impulse. When he’s disappointed later because he can’t buy something he wants, remind him why he can’t. Tell him that feeling disappointed is a small price to pay for a valuable lesson. And won’t it be much easier if he learns the lesson after just one sad experience? • Pay yourself first: If your child receives a weekly allowance, he or she should immediately put 10 to 15 percent into a savings account that won’t be touched. Or set a milestone for when money from the account can be used, such as the child’s 18th birthday. By then, she’ll be so accustomed to saving, she probably won’t tap the

account even when she can. • Help your child set goals: Setting financial goals, noting progress toward achieving them, and enjoying the satisfaction of crossing them off the list are fiscally sound lessons and a good way to nurture healthy attitudes in general. Your child might set goals for the month ($10 to go to the movies), goals for the year (save $200 for a gaming system) and goals for the future ($375 a year for the next eight years for a car when I’m 16.) “Goals are the first step in achieving what you desire in this world,” Bolin says. “You can create success in any aspect of life – not just money – as long as you’re putting a plan in motion.” Trevor Bolin owns three realty companies in British Columbia, including one in his hometown of Fort St. John, which was named the No. 1 RE/MAX small-density office in the world. He’s also chairman of Bolin & Co. International Training, which offers coaching and seminars for business people. He has served three terms on the Fort St. John City Council.

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immediately upon request. If these documents are digitalized, you must be able to print them at any time. If you can’t supply the required receipts or supporting documents, you could end up with a refusal of credit, changes to deductions that you had earlier claimed, or delay in the treatment of your current tax return. Governments can issue an adjusted assessment to individuals in the three-year period following the date of the first notice of assessment for a given year. There is no time limit if a declaration was never filed or if there is suspicion of fraud. Self-employed people are required to keep all their documents and records for a period of six years. This time period also applies to all taxpayers who wish to submit a request for supplementary deductions following the initial filing of an income tax return. It is a grave mistake to not keep all the pertinent documents and receipts in your files under the pretext that you filed your returns electronically. Documents that need to be kept include T4s, which are proof of employment income, medical expenses, contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), alimony and child support statements, childcare costs, moving costs, charitable donations, and the like.

{ 2012 Financial Feature Section } Insurance and animals: love in an official language Health insurance for pets gives cat and dog owners a way to lavish them with the best possible health care. If Daisy and Sam became ill, they would have to be cared for immediately. If you don’t have insurance to cover some of that care, it could turn out to be both a very painful and very costly experience. A cat may well have seven lives, and a dog may be man’s best friend, but either one is nonetheless vulnerable to hereditary illnesses, cancer, diabetes, or hip dysplasia. Insurance companies have studied such risks and have developed health guarantees that will cover veterinary expenses incurred due to certain illnesses or accidents. Pet owners simply choose the extent of the coverage that suits them; depending on the degree of protection, insurers can reimburse up to 80 per cent of care costs and veterinarian services. X-rays, hospitalization, surgery, and even medications required in case of illness or an accident are normally included. On a different note, insurance for domestic animals can also cover the damage caused by them. It’s not only illness or an accident that can be expensive: behavioural problems can also cause financial worries, as the owner is always responsible when an animal causes damage. More and more municipalities are requiring their citizens to have this type of insurance in order to use dog parks. Be sure to find out if this applies to you!

Prairie residents favour RRSPs BMO Financial Group recently announced the results of its Annual Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) Study, which found that the Prairie Provinces lead the country in RRSP adoption, with 70 per cent of residents holding an RRSP – nearly 10 per cent above the national average. The study, conducted by Leger Marketing, also found that: despite the highest adoption in Canada, only forty-one per cent of Prairie residents have made or are planning on making a contribution to an RRSP before the February 29, 2012 deadline; of those contributing or planning to contribute, more than twothirds (70 per cent) will be contributing the same amount or more to their RRSP this year compared to last, despite a challenging market environment in 2011; almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of those who live in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are confident in their ability to save for their ideal retirement lifestyle; and 77 per cent who have RRSPs are concerned about their performance given the current state of the economy. “Residents in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are among the most proactive and confident

in the country when it comes to preparing for their retirement,” said BMO spokesman Chris Dyer. “While these results are promising, there is a concern about how the current financial markets are impacting retirement savings. It's critical to insulate your retirement savings against market fluctuations. Sitting down with a financial professional to discuss your risk tolerance and retirement plans is a good first step in helping to set yourself up for retirement success.” Looking to maximize your retirement savings with minimal impact to your wallet? BMO offers the following advice: Invest small amounts often - A little really does go a long way with an RRSP. Even small amounts, if invested on a regular basis, can grow significantly, especially when you take into account the effect of compound interest. Consider a pre-authorized payment plan, which takes a small amount out of your bank account every pay day and deposits it into your RRSP. Don't panic – Although it is tempting to make drastic moves during times of market volatility, resist the temptation to liquidate all of your investments or do anything major. If you have a well-diversified

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Sunny Babchuk shows off her winning ‘29 hand’ during an evening of crib at Sask Beach. Bulyea Curling rink is bustling with activity with the annual bonspiel underway and the rinks all jostling for first place. A ‘Roof Fundraiser’ noon lunch of homemade soup/homemade buns/ and homemade desserts will take place at the Bulyea curling rink on February 2 in an attempt to raise money so we

can repair or replace the roof on the curling rink. We have been in need of a new roof for a few years, but, now it is not a need anymore, it is necessary. Watch the bulletin boards for posters, come out, enjoy lunch with your neighbours and friends and help towards a good cause. This is your community, and your support would be appreciated. The Sask Beach monthly crib tournament is back in full swing after nearly a year break. Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the Hilderman’s welcomed everyone into their home on January 19 to enjoy an evening of crib. To the amazement of everyone in attendance, Sunny Babchuk from Sunset Cove was dealt a great hand and the right card was cut to make a perfect ‘29 hand.’ Sunny went on to win the tournament with Mary Massier taking second place and Val Aubichon third. This was a very enjoyable evening and one that will be remembered as no one in attendance had ever seen a hand like that

tuesday, january 31, 2012 • last mountain times before. Congratulations Sunny, and as well Mary and Val! The Bulyea and District Lions Club is holding their 34th Annual Carnival Weekend in early February, including the Friday night fun curling and card games, followed by the 24-hour curling bonspiel. Saturday morning the Silton Silhouettes Dance Club caters the breakfast/brunch. Weather permitting, there will be a poker derby and on Sunday and street hockey at the Bulyea Skating Rink. Again, please come out and support your community by attending some of these functions. The annual Silton Robbie Burns night is scheduled for the second week in February, and as always, there will be quizzes, darts, and prizes for best dressed Scottish attire, best dressed foursome, best clan name, entertainment and much more. See you there. January 25 and 26th the Kannata Valley Water Treatment Plant/Administration Office was the meeting place for a one and a half day workshop/seminar on the operation of the water treatment plant. Dave Clark, Water Treatment Consultant from Kamsack, conducted the workshop. Four of our local fellas attended the seminar. Much appreciated guys, and good luck to all of you in obtaining your certificates.

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St. Louis Bridge delayed Significant progress has been made in the first year of construction on the new St. Louis Bridge. However, a delay in the delivery of steel girders has pushed back the project’s estimated completion time to the fall of 2013. The reason for the delay is that the company fabricating the bridge’s girders cannot obtain the steel required for the girders in time to meet the delivery deadline. There are only a handful of mills in North America that can produce steel in the dimensions and properties required. The girders are to be fabricated in sections just over three metres tall and up to 22 metres in length. Construction on the bridge began in January 2011. Over the course of the year, earthwork and concrete work was completed for the north and south abutments and the bridge’s piers were completed. Grading of the connecting roadways is expected to begin in the 2012 construction season, as is construction of the connecting roadways. Once the girders are installed, the remaining work involves building and paving the bridge deck.

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Legion Literary Awards presented at Raymore School The Semans Legion Literary Awards were presented at Raymore School in December. Edna Peeke and Duane Linford, representing the Semans Legion, joined the assembled students and Mr. Witherspoon for the presentations that included 11 categories ranging from Grade 1 to 12. Refer to the photos for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The Semans Legion judged a total of 228 posters, poems and essays. The Legion is happy to see that the students and teachers recognize the importance of remembrance. Semans Legion also appreciates the interest and generosity of Raymore Credit Union in the 2011 Literary Contest. -article and photos submitted by Dale Kauth

LEO, VIRGO & LIBRA ARIES If you’ve been celebrating a lot lately, you will need to deal with some of the clutter at home that you’ve been neglecting. TAURUS You might have to sort out a complex situation. Don’t let things deteriorate; you will find a suitable solution that will please all involved.

First place winners were: Tyler Walter, Catherine Fendelet, Liberty Posas, Paige Sebastian, Tanner Walter, Sarah Climenhaga, Jamiee Brenner, Samuel Anderson, Stephanie Frankl, Jasmine Matechuk and Alyssa Macomber.

GEMINI You may be concerned about the health of a loved one this week, but you will receive good news about the situation. Help that person get enthusiastic about some new projects. CANCER You will be surrounded by a lot of people this week. Be thankful for all the invitations; they are great for your mood. If you stay at home, you might get the blues.

Second place winners were: Dennis Littletent, Tatiana Crowe-Buffalo, Hayley Unruh, Kella Bzdel, Richelle Gaudet, Tiana Kirstein, Joseph Anderson, Tanner Linford, Reid Liska, Cordell Smith and Kiyara Linford.

LEO When you achieve a goal this week, go ahead and congratulate yourself. Don’t worry about being conceited; your self-esteem will enjoy the boost. VIRGO You might discover a wrench in your travel plans. Don’t worry about complications, though; even if it’s the last minute, all will work out well. LIBRA You are feeling sensitive this week, as if your emotions are playing tricks on you. You may discover some dishonest dealings at your workplace or even in the family.


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TRAILER– Large utility trailer. Suitable for hauling bales or bulk products. 20 feet long, 8 feet wide. Heavy duty steel frame, with 2 x 10 wood decking and sides, tandem axles, heavy duty tires and ball hitch. Electric brake capable. Call 484-2246 to view or for more details. Asking $3,800. 45ctf(9ctf)

FOR RENT– Senior Social Housing and one three-bedroom Family Housing. Rent is based on income. For information, contact Nokomis Housing Authority, 528-2204. 3ctf For rent March 1 in Semans, SK, (approx. 125 km north of Regina) – One bedroom home on one side of a duplex house. Rent is $425 per month plus utilities. Has F/ S & W/D, brand new efficient furnace and hot water heater. No pets or smoking in the house allowed. This home is in very good condition. Please contact by phoning or texting Barry Haukaas at (306)526-4485 between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. or e-mail him at haukaasb@ for more information. 12-15p

Raymore Arena Pool SOS (Save Our Swimming Pool) presents: Wayne Lee, Hypnotist – Feb., 3 at the Raymore Gym. Cabaret to follow. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Silent auction, cash bar, midnight lunch. Tickets: Advance – Raymore Agencies: $20, at the door: $25. Must be 19 years old to attend. 10-12p Haliburton Community Club Poker Derby: Sunday, March 11 – Haliburton Hall (12 miles south of Jansen or 10 miles east of Lockwood). Registration 11:00 a.m. – 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, Jack 364-2002 or Darin 5287997. 11-17c

FOR SALE – Computer components for sale. 15” Phillips monitor, keyboard, speakers, logitech webcam, all hook ups, HP 1510 printer/scanner. $75.00. Phone 306-725-3014. 12-13p FOR SALE– Why Pay More Elsewhere? “Everyday Low Price”. All major appliances selling at cost + $10. Watrous Furniture & Appliances, 9463542. 25ctf JEWELRY– One-of-a-kind and custom made! Local artist, Teri Degenstien (Govan, SK). See ad on page 13! 7ctf

WANTED– Silver coins – paying eight to 12 times face value, sterling cutlery, teapots, etc. Also scrap batteries – $5.00 each, radiators, copper, brass, catalytic converters, etc. Call 306-484-2061. 10-13c WANTED– pair or set of four 205-75R-14 all-season or good winter tires. Call 5397549 (Govan). 47ctf


Please don’t sing sad songs for us, Forget your grief and tears, For we are in a perfect place, Away from pain and tears. We’re far away from hunger And hurt and want and pride We have a place in heaven With the Master at our side. Our life on earth was very good, As earthly lives can go, But Paradise is so much more, Than anyone can know. Our heart is filled with happiness, And sweet rejoicing too, To walk with God is perfect peace A joy forever new.

Hendry’s Chrysler requires a D full-time UN employee for mainly FO oil changes t and tire repairs. Las tain n minor garage duu Some other o M imes ties may Tbe required. Contact Bob at 528-2044. 9-12c Interlake Human Resources Corporation is seeking to fill a Program Staff position. This position is with Cathy’s Place, Nokomis. Cathy’s Place is a Group Living Home for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Qualifications: a degree in Human Services Studies, or a minimum of two years experience providing support to adults with disabilities; First Aid and CPR are an asset; valid driver’s license; must provide a criminal record check. Duties to include: supervision of staff and scheduling; activity coordination for group home residents; bookkeeping, financial management, grant applications and fundraising; crisis management; strong self-motivation and ability to work independently. Applications close February 4, 2012. Please send resumes to: Deborah Farago, Interlake Human Resources, Box 1076, Watrous, SK, S0K 4T0. If you need additional information, please contact Deborah Farago at 946-2577. 11-12c

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Minimum Charge: $5.00 for 25 words or less. Additional words charged at 15 cents each. $2.00 invoicing fee applies if ad is not prepaid. $10 fee for one-column photo in classified ad section. Display ads booked into the classified section will be charged at a 68 cents per agate line rate. Ads may be inserted for more than one issue, however there will be no refunds for cancelled ads. Classified rates also apply to obituaries, memorials, births, weddings, anniversaries, special occasions, greetings placed in the classified section. Event announcements placed in a community news section are referred to as “Reader Ads” and are charged at classified ad rates. GST is payable on classified ads. There will be a charge for articles or write-ups submitted more than 60 days after the event. Announcement ads placed outside the classified section: Obituaries, Memorials, Wedding and Anniversary write-ups: $3.10 per column inch, one inch minimum. (35 words equals approx. one column inch.) $22 minimum. Birth Announcements: $8. Wedding, anniversary, special occasions, birthday greetings: $25 flat rate for a 2 col. by 4 inch ad. Photographs in ads: $10 for a one column photo, maximum 2 inches deep; $15 for a two column photo, maximum 3 inches deep.

FARM LAND FOR SALE Accepting tenders to purchase NW & NE 23-24-22-W2. 309 acres (285 cultivated). 13,100 bushel grain storage (6600 hoppered, 6500 flat bottom, 10,500 aeration). Power located at the bin yard. Land is adjacent to the Town of Strasbourg, close to Last Mountain Lake, 45 minute drive north of Regina. Tenders close midnight February 29, 2012. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Mail tender to Box 458, Strasbourg, SK, S0G 4V0, or email 12-15c ORGANIC FARM FOR SALE– 1750 acres, RM #250, Last Mountain. Asking $650,000. Open to offers. Wheatland Realty Ltd. Contact George Harvey (306) 757-9817. 12-16c


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FOR SALE – 2000 Subaru Outback, green, A/C/T, AWD, command start, PW, PL, 285,000 kms, 2.5L engine, 4 cycl., heated seats, $6,900.00, OBO. Phone 306-725-3014. 12-13p CARDS OF THANKS

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Required immediately – sheet metal journeyman and apprentices for 6-8 month commercial projects in the area. A construction site access drug and alcohol test is required prior to employment. Fax resume and the required documentation to 780-447-2758. 12p

Thank you to friends, neighbours and family who came to help me celebrate my 90th birthday. Thank you all for the flowers, cards, gifts and phone calls. A big thank you to my children for arranging this celebration and to my grandchildren for doing the serving. It was a wonderful afternoon. God bless you all. 12p Ethel Hodgins Thank you for the cards, flowers, food, donations, and expressions of sympathy. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. The Family 12p of Lynn Thompson Thank you to everyone for the flowers, cards and phone calls we received in the passing of our brother and brother-in-law Ed Oblander in California. Your expressions of concern helped to ease the sorrow we felt in our loss and gave us strength as we face our tomorrows. Thank you for the many phone calls I received while Ernie was in California. We are thankful that we live in a community of ‘caring people.’ Sincerely Ernie and Donna Oblander 12c and Family

IN LOVING MEMORY STAHL – August (Dad) May 30, 1997; Mary (Mom) January 30, 1982.

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Mary was 94 years old. Sympathy is also extended to Edith Fransen and Harold Regier on the passing of Edith’s brother Jacob Fransen January 18. The funeral service was held January 22 at Vineland United Mennonite Church. Meeting at the Happy Shopper coffee shop for coffee and a visit were Bryce and Danica and son Jaxson. The Drake Canucks played in Nokomis on the weekend and Drake lost to the Chiefs. Playing in Watrous, Drake won in overtime against the Winterhawks. While going through papers, guess what I found? A stash of Salvation Army Home League ladies group clippings that I wrote for the Watrous Manitou from 1975 to 1983. We held meetings every two weeks. The Salvation Army strawberry teas were also published in the Watrous Manitou from 1976 to 1984. So I was a reporter many years ago and I loved it. Now it comes automatically. Condolences to the Muriel Florence Treble families of Watrous on her passing at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon January 21. The funeral service was held January 26 at the Watrous United Church. Muriel was 88. Thinking of, get well wishes and prayers for Wally (Lenora) Penner, Isabel Krieger (Erwin), H. Kornelsen, Ed (Leila) Kornelsen, Harvey Bartel now home, all doctors, nurses, caregivers, folks in hospital, in lodges and anyone at home and just not feeling up to par.


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The Lanigan Pirates graced the sportsplex in Drake January 17 for an encounter with the Drake Canucks. At 3:29, Spencer Braaten scored with help from Nick Kalnicki and Scott Schroeder. Trent Rumpel scored with Tyler Rumpel and Evan Bryksa assisting at 12:32. At 3:35 of the second period, Dean Beuker scored with Brent Twordik and Robert Sparks assisting. Taylor Watt answered at 10:09 with Spencer Braaten and Rick Toman assisting. Score now tied two all. Lanigan came back at 6:12 in the third period. Dean Beuker scored with an assist from Brent Twordik. At 6:45 Drake again with Nick Kalnicki scored with Spencer Braaten helping as well

as Rick Toman. At the 14:26 mark Kyle Bergen scored and Jesse Ewen and Danny Ewen assisted. Last to score was Scott Schroeder and Jordan Schindel and Taylor Watt helping out at 19:09. Final score was 5-3 for Drake. Shots on goal were 47-38 for Lanigan. Warren Braun captured the pot of gold. Announcer was Ed Bergen. Dave Spooner was defending the net for Drake while Mark Brenner was elected for Lanigan. Condolences to the Mary Seymour (Retzer) families on the passing of Mary at Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon January 15. A celebration of Mary’s life was held January 21 from Strasbourg Alliance Church.

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RCMP report Break and enter The Southey/Strasbourg RCMP Detachment are still seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of an incident that occurred on December 5, 2011 at a farm yard south east of Cupar. A red tool box, with an assortment of tools and a 54 inch jackall jack were stolen. The owner had engraved the number 03005501 on the tools. Police report the suspects may have been driving a newer super cab or extended cab pickup, possibly a Dodge Ram. While they continue the investigation, police remind farmers or residents living in rural areas to note any suspicious vehicles or vehicles that appear out of place. “Any investigation can be ‘jump started’ with new leads, which can include vehicle descriptions or the vehicle’s license plate number. If you are the victim of property crime engraving personal items with name or identifying number, mark or symbol is still an excellent way to identify recovered stolen property,” Cpl. Conrad Logan of the Southey / Strasbourg RCMP said. Collision and derailment On January 22, just after 11:00 p.m., the Carnduff RCMP detachment received a report of a vehicle colliding with a CP Rail train, and a resulting multi-car derailment. A pickup truck heading northbound on a grid road was being operated by a 20-yeaold male from Manor when it struck a moving train at a

crossing adjacent to Highway 18 approximately 7 km east of Oxbow, SK. The Oxbow Fire Department responded along with the Oxbow Ambulance. The driver of the pickup was taken to the Oxbow Health Center where he was kept overnight for observation. He sustained minor, non lifethreatening injuries. The impact of the collision caused 22 cars containing light crude oil to derail. A quantity of crude oil has leaked from the six damaged cars. A stretch of Highway 18 was shut down temporarily, although none of the cars nor the oil entered the highway. Alcohol is not a factor in the collision. The Carnduff RCMP detachment and the C.P. Police continue to investigate the incident. Fatal collision near Hague At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, Rosthern RCMP Detachment attended to a two vehicle collision on Highway 11 north of Hague, SK. Ambulance and Hague Fire Department also attended the accident scene, where one person was deceased and a second was transported to hospital by ambulance with undetermined injuries. No names were released, and the collision remains under investigation. Charges laid after arson and chase The Indian Head RCMP entered into an investigation after responding to a report of a camper trailer that had been set on fire in Indian Head on January 17, 2012. During the initial response to the fire, RCMP members attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle located near the scene of the fire. The vehicle failed to stop for the police and engaged in

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a pursuit which led officers west bound from Indian Head on Highway 1. Due to the high speeds involved, and in consideration for public safety, officers quickly terminated the pursuit. After a subsequent investigation, Indian Head RCMP members located and arrested Aaron Steven Comis of Vibank, SK in Regina and have since charged him with intentionally setting fire to a camper trailer and causing damage to the trailer, a nearby power boat and a car; operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by a police officer; and three counts of failing to comply with the conditions of an undertaking issued by a provincial court judge. Comis was also arrested on a warrant held by the Lumsden RCMP. He made his first court appearance in Regina on January 23. Man charged for sexual offences On January 12, 72-yearold William Henry Gaitens of Yorkton appeared in court to stand trial for sexual assault offences that occurred between 1985 and 1990. After consultation with his counsel, Gaitens changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to an 18 month community service sentence, with a 10 year firearms and weapons prohibition. Gaitens has also been ordered to provide DNA to the National Databank and has to register with the National Sex Offender Registry. These charges arose from a lengthy investigation that commenced back in the 1990s, however lack of corroborative evidence at that time did not allow for criminal charges. The investigation was re-opened in 2008 when an eye witness came forward. The matter was once again investigated with the new evidence and charges were pursued. Double fatality near Bradwell At approximately 11:45 p.m. on January 21, Saskatoon RCMP were called to a two vehicle collision on Highway 11 about 2.5 kms south of Saskatoon. A small charter van carrying an adult hockey team was stopped on the shoulder of the north bound passing lane with it’s flashers on. The van was struck from behind by a small four door car. The lone two occupants of the car were deceased on scene. Two passengers of the van were transported to Royal University Hospital with undetermined injuries. Another passenger of the van was treated and released on scene. The two deceased individuals have been identified as the owner and driver of the car, a 34-year-old male from Bradwell, SK The passenger was a 19-year-old female from Saskatoon. Family have requested that names not be released. The cause of the collision has not yet been determined. It is not known if alcohol was a factor.

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Sports news & commentary

Hockey Standings Long Lake Hockey League

Highway Hockey League

Standings as of January 24, 2012

Standings as of January 23, 2012

TEAM Davidson Drake Watrous Nokomis Lanigan Leroy

G 17 20 20 17 17 15

W L O/TL PTS 15 1 0 31 12 6 2 26 8 8 3 20 9 6 1 20 9 6 1 20 0 15 0 0

SCORING LEADERS NAME TEAM GP G A PTS Steven Dasilva Dav 17 27 34 61 Josh Sim Dav 17 22 36 58 Adam Hendry Nok 17 14 34 48 Derek Allan Dav 16 21 24 45 Justin Popadynec Nok 16 20 23 43 Travis Eggum Wat 19 24 17 41 Carter Smith Dav 17 20 21 41 Ryan DePape Wat 20 20 20 40 Brett Leedahl Nok 16 22 16 38 Dean Beuker Lan 17 18 18 36 GOAL TENDERS NAME TEAM M/P GA David Spooner Drk 1025 71 Mark Zoerb Dav 748 52 Brady Wilner Dav 267 19 Adam Isherwood Wat 350 28 Sharrod Failler Lan 425 34

Avg 4.16 4.17 4.27 4.80 4.80

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TEAM W Strasbourg 15 Cupar 9 Raymore 9 Avonlea 7 Wynyard 7 Southey 4 Lumsden 3 Bethune 4

L 1 1 6 7 7 9 9 9

OTL 0 3 0 1 1 2 2 0

PTS 30 21 18 15 15 12 8 6



Bryan Kauk Wyn Neil Kodman Str Brady Heintz Str Aaron Lindal Wyn Derek Back Str Kellen Sillinger Avon Ryan Bahan Cup Pat Thompson-Gale Sou Tyrell Shulko Ray Tyler Stewart Cup Quinn McIntosh Str Eric Schultz Str Donovan Hall Wyn

15 16 15 15 14 14 11 15 15 11 15 16 13

21 20 14 9 14 8 11 10 9 11 9 6 3

27 25 25 23 15 17 12 13 14 11 13 16 19

48 45 39 32 29 25 23 23 23 22 22 22 22

GOAL TENDING LEADERS NAME TEAM GA MP AVG Jamie Wutke Cup 13 301 2.60 Warren Niekamp Cup 23 486 2.84 Nathan Fischl Ray 47 845 3.34 Tyler Kifferling Str 60 907 3.97 Justin Mrazek Avon 69 903 4.59 Ryan Senft Sou 72 883 4.89 Ryan Seibel Beth 54 661 4.91 Adam Jordan Wyn 72 814 5.31 Trevor Thiessen Lum 38 420 5.44 Jordan Wiest Lum 44 426 6.19 Barry Herman H.H.L. Stats

Last Mountain Minor Hockey League STANDINGS ATOM TEAM Lanigan Raymore VicCo 1 Watrous 2 Humboldt Strasbourg ViCo 2 Watrous 1

G 13 10 12 8 7 9 9 10

W 13 7 6 4 4 2 1 1

L 0 2 6 3 3 7 8 9

T PTS 0 26 1 15 0 12 1 9 0 8 0 4 0 2 0 2

L 1 1 1 5 5 9

T PTS 3 17 5 17 4 12 2 8 4 6 0 2

PEE WEE TEAM Watrous Strasbourg Humboldt Lanigan Raymore Viscount

G 11 12 9 10 10 10

W 7 6 4 3 1 1

BANTAM TEAM Wynyard Strasbourg Foam Lake Lake Lenore Humboldt Muenster Kelvington Wadena Lanigan Watrous

G 17 15 16 14 14 14 15 16 16 15

W 13 12 9 7 6 6 4 4 4 1

L 1 1 6 6 6 8 7 9 10 12

T PTS 3 29 2 26 1 19 1 15 2 14 0 12 4 12 3 11 2 10 2 4

MIDGET TEAM Watrous Wynyard Drake Muenster Lanigan Kenaston Wadena Humboldt


G 16 18 17 15 16 16 16 16

W L T PTS 14 0 2 30 13 2 3 29 11 3 3 25 7 7 1 15 6 10 0 12 4 9 3 11 2 12 2 6 0 14 2 2 Barry Herman LMMHL Stats

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St. Louis fans not singing the blues The 2011-12 National Hockey League season will be remembered long-term for the arrival of the Jets in Winnipeg and the ongoing concussion problems of superstar Sidney Crosby, but the biggest on-ice story has to be the performance of the St. Louis Blues. The NHL awards people may as well give the coachof-the-year trophy to Ken Hitchcock right now because he took over the Blues in November when they had a 6-7 record and now they’re battling it out with the powerful Bruins, Red Wings, Rangers, Black Hawks and Canucks for No. 1 overall. And while plaudits are being tossed Hitchcock’s way for his behind-the-bench miracles, save some for goalie Brian Elliott, who is the undisputed feel-good personal story of the 2011-12 campaign. Elliott, the poster boy for NHL ‘journeyman’, was

brought in supposedly to play a handful of games in relief of No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak. Instead, he has equally shared net duties with Halak and the pair have turned into a combination of Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. It’s a nice chicken-and-egg situation for the Blues. What came first? Hitchcock’s coaching style, with its emphasis on defence, that led to sensational puck-saving numbers for Elliott and Halak? Or was it the goaltenders’ sudden reincarnation of Mr. Zero, Frankie Brimsek, that has turned Hitchcock into the NHL’s 2012 genius? Hitchcock’s style of play has the Blues surrendering the fewest shots per game, so it’s probably a combination of both. Since becoming the everyother-game goalie for the Blues, Elliott – whose numbers with Ottawa and Colorado last year bordered on lousy – has posted a 15-5-1 record and a 1.68

goals-against-average. Halak hasn’t been too bad, either, with an average in the 2.00 range. He got off to a slow start, partially leading to Payne’s demise, but went undefeated during a recent 13-game surge (10-0-3) that helped vault the Blues into the league-leading stratosphere. The solid play of the two goaltenders, Hitchcock’s coaching approach, and the Alex Pietrangelo-led defence have been key components to the Blues surge that have fans reminding themselves that in hockey, the general rule of thumb is that ‘defence wins championships.’ We’ll see in May and June whether that mantra holds true. • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Elin Nordegren, the former Mrs. Tiger Woods, is having her $12 million Florida mansion torn down to have a new place built. Golf historians immediately declared it the mother of all mulligans.” • Comedy writer Jerry Perisho: “Donald Trump wants to

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It finally happened... on the evening of Saturday, January 21, the Strasbourg Maroons took their 15 game win streak into Avonlea and lost 4-0 to the Arrows. It looked like Friday night at home the Maroons might suffer their first loss as the Southey Marlins took a 2-0 lead into the third period, only to lose in overtime. Strong third periods have been a normal trait of the Maroons team all year. On Saturday evening, last year’s All Star goalie Justin Mrazek picked up his second shutout in as many nights. Kellen Sillinger, James Ardelan and Kyle Mader scored for the Arrows in the second period and Gavin Mievre scored in the third period to make the final score 4-0. The Arrows had eight power play opportunities in this game and converted on two of them. The Maroons are the most disciplined team in the league, but on this night, the Arrows had plenty of opportunity to score with the extra skater. On Friday evening, the Southey Marlins got goals from Jaret Ross and Warren Bashutski to take a 2-0 lead into the third period. Strasbourg got a goal from Quinn McIntosh early in the third period, but Pat Thompson-Gale scored for the Marlins quickly to restore the two goal lead. The Maroons then scored with less than four minutes left as Neil Kodman scored and then with just over a minute left in the game Derek Back tied this game up for the Maroons. Back then scored 1:33 into overtime to complete the comeback

for the Maroons. Tyler Kifferling picked up the win in net for the Maroons and Ryan Senft was in net for the Marlins. That is seven straight losses for the Marlins who have not won since December 16 in Lumsden. The Marlins also lost to Arcola/Kisbey in Provincials Saturday evening 6-3. Also on Friday evening, the Cupar Canucks were in Wynyard where the Monarchs scored with just under three minutes left in the game to put this game into overtime. Clint Proznik scored the goal that tied the game and then Aaron Lindal scored just 39 seconds into overtime to give the Monarchs a 4-3 victory. Ryan Peterson and Mike Anderson scored first period goals for the Monarchs. Adam Jordan picked up the win in net for Wynyard. Cupar got scoring from Davis Brown, Brett Boha and Ryan Bahan. Jamie Wutke was in net for the Canucks. The Avonlea Arrows were in Raymore on Friday evening and Justin Mrazek picked up the shutout in a 3-0 Arrow victory. Both goalies faced nearly 40 shots and there were very few penalties in this game. Avonlea got first period goals from James Ardelan and Shay Neufeld and then Neufeld scored again in the third period. Nathan Fischl was in net for the Rockets. There was another game on Saturday evening as the visiting Raymore Rockets defeated the Wynyard Monarchs 5-3. The Rockets led throughout and got two power play goals from Tan-

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ner McCall and a shorthanded goal from Tyrell Shulko. Shane Baum and Brett Kuglin also scored for the Rockets. Aaron Lindal, Ryan Peterson and Mike Anderson responded for the Monarchs. Nathan Fischl picked up the win in net for the Rockets and Adam Jordan was in net for the Monarchs. The Maroons started the year with 15 straight wins. Over the years we have had schedules with various number of regular season games 18, 20, 24, 28 games. Barry tells me that the Cupar Canucks went 19-1 in 2007 and after losing their 3rd game of the year won the next 16 games. The Southey Marlins hold the record for most points in regular season with 50 points in 1992. The Raymore Rockets went 19-1 in 1990. We’ll confirm the records and streaks but regardless congratulations to the Maroons on an incredible run and also to the Southey Marlins and Avonlea Arrows... the Marlins for playing one of their best games of the year and taking the first place Maroons to overtime and to the Arrows for being the first team to defeat Strasbourg. Bryan Kauk from Wynyard continues to lead the scoring race with 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points. Right behind him is Neil Kodman from Strasbourg with 45 points. Brady Heintz from Strasbourg is next with 39 points. Aaron Lindal from Wynyard has 32 points and he is followed by Derek Back from Strasbourg with 29 points. Jamie Wutke from Cupar leads the league with a 2.60 GAA. He and Warren Niekamp lead the League in team goaltending with a 2.75GAA for the Canucks. Tyler Kifferling from Strasbourg leads all goalies with 14 wins and 907 minutes played. Neil Kodman from Strasbourg continued on next page

from the sidelines build a top-level golf course in New York City on the site of a former landfill. The course will smell like Tiger Woods’s divorce settlement.” • Greg Connors of the Buffalo (N.Y.) News, on the Angels re-signing Kendrys Morales, out since he jumped on home plate and broke his ankle after hitting a grand slam in May 2010: “Morales’s new deal has both a no-trade and no-celebration clause.” • Charles Barkley, hosting Saturday Night Live, clarifying his comment in a skit that God wanted the Suns to win the NBA title when he played for them: “My bad. I didn’t realize God was wearing No. 23 for the Chicago Bulls.” • Norman Chad of, on Clippers’ coach Vinnie Del Negro’s most important job. “(He) doesn’t make your team better, he just makes sure all the players get on the team bus.” • Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle: “Love Dwight Howard’s game... but how about Howard’s free throws? Is that a follow-through or a karate

chop? He’s like a golfer who has a marvelous game, tee-to-green, then putts with an umbrella.” • Len Berman of ThatsSports. com, on the 75-year anniversary Howard Hughes flying from Los Angeles to New York in a record seven hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds: “Or roughly the length of the Super Bowl pregame show.” • Perisho again, after the Colts fired Jim Caldwell after a 2-14 season: “That’s just two more wins than you had, and you weren’t even coaching.” • R.J. Currie of sportsdeke. com: “Ken Dryden told Sportsnet 590 that hockey needs to do more to cut down on brain damage. The NHL has responded by asking Dryden to stay off the radio.” • Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “The Yankees – whose 2011 rotation included CC Sabathia (6 feet 7, 290 pounds), Bartolo Colon (5-11, 265) and Freddy Garcia (6-4, 250) – are about to add 6-7, 270-pounder Michael Pineda to the mix. So just what is Brian Cashman trying to assemble here, a pitching staff or an offensive line?”

by Bruce Penton • Ostler again, about pro athletes tweeting before a big game: “Nothing good ever comes of an NFL player twittering. It’s like wearing your jock outside your pants – there’s no way to do it and come off looking cool.” • Another one from Ostler, on solid football strategy for this Sunday’s big game: “Establish the run, in order to set up your passing game. If that doesn’t work, establish the pass, in order to set up the running game. If that doesn’t work, establish the punt.” Care to comment? Email: Disclaimer: the opinions expressed are those of the writer

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leads the league with 10 power play goals. Todd MacMurchy from Raymore is next with five power play goals. Dustin McAngus from Bethune has scored the first goal of a game four times this year. The Strasbourg Maroons have the best power play with a 28.6 per cent conversion rate and they are followed by Raymore Rockets at 27.3 per cent and by Avonlea Arrows at 25.8 per cent. The Southey Marlins are at the bottom at 12.7 per cent. The top penalty killing unit belongs to the Cupar Canucks with an 88.5 per cent penalty killing rate and they are followed by the Strasbourg Maroons at 84.6 per cent and Raymore Rockets at 82.7 per cent. The two Monarch teams are tied with lowest penalty killing percentage at 71.1 per cent. Home teams have won 30 of 58 games played so far this season and are 6-3 in extra time/ shootouts. Suspensions from the last week – .David Fisher/Lumsden Monarchs two games (Lumsden @ Strasbourg January 14) – SHA reference 3.07.02d CFB/ CTH & 3.07.02k Game Misconduct Cody Straker/Wynyard Monarchs one game (Raymore @ Wynyard January 21) – SHA reference 3.07.02 CFB/CTH On the Highway Hockey League website, you will notice a number of games have been moved around for Provincials. Please follow the ‘Upcoming Games’ on the right side of the home page for the official schedule for each week until the season ends. On the evening of Friday, January 27, the schedule remained intact, as the top two teams in the standings met for

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Nokomis Minor Hockey Day Loads of fun on Saturday, January 21

the first time this year in Cupar – Strasbourg (15-1-0 versus Cupar (9-1-3). Also on Friday, the third place Raymore Rockets (9-6-0) were in Southey to meet the sixth place Marlins (4-9-2) and the Lumsden Monarchs (3-9-2) were in Wynyard to meet the northern Monarchs (7-7-1). The last time these teams met in Lumsden, Lumsden prevailed in overtime 7-6. On Saturday evening, the two games originally on the schedule were moved and instead the Wynyard @ Bethune (4-9-0) game that was set for February 11 was moved to the Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, the Southey Marlins were in Bethune at 4:30 p.m. Watch a for results from these games in a future issue. In Provincials, the Cupar Canucks hosted Balcarres on the evening of Saturday, January 28, down 1-0 in their best of three series. On Sunday, the Lumsden Monarchs hosted Bredenbury at 8:00 p.m. in game two of their two game total point series down 6-2. The Avonlea Arrows played only one game this past weekend and that was a Provincial game on Sunday against Bienfait in game 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Avonlea. The Strasbourg Maroons hosted Nokomis at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and then played game 2 the following evening in Nokomis. The provincial schedule is available for viewing by clicking on the ‘2012 SHA Provincials’ link on the upper right side of the Highway Hockey League website home page.








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from Dorothy Wolter found on page 15. atom



February 10 & 11 Entry Fee: $80.00 3 - 6 end games, plus playoff game Entries to: Orva 725-4563 or Rita 725-3149 Entry deadline: Feb 7 - 6:00 p.m.


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