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Vol. 103 No. 17

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Biggar, Saskatchewan

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Rodeo coming back to Biggar by Kevin Brautigam of The Independent

The Biggar Recreation Valley will once again be the site of some highflying action as the 2012 Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association makes a tour stop this May-6. One of the organizers of the event, said they are hoping to make it a regular affair. “We’ve had high school rodeo here in the past, and my husband and I have provided the stock - that was 2003, 2004,” Monika Schultz explained. “A lot of people wanted the rodeo to come back to Biggar. I know the contestants talked about how much fun they’d had, and what a nice community we have and wanted to return. We have about 150 competitors coming from all across Saskatchewan - it’s a big deal, actually. “We’d like to have this as an annual event.” The action starts May 4 with an open barrel racing jackpot for locals, starting at 5 p.m. (registration at 4:30 p.m. - contact BJ Wolfe at 948-3706). Saturday, the Biggar Masonic Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast in the Valley, filling stomachs before the junior high cowboys and cowgirls begin the rodeo competition at

10 a.m., followed at 1 p.m. by the senior high school events. Sunday’s action begins bright and early - 6:30 with another pancake breakfast, followed at 8 a.m. with junior competition, and at 1 p.m., the senior high school rodeo event. In between, starting at 9 a.m., the Bear Hills Gun Club will help the Biggar Rec Valley members by hosting a high shooting event at their facility. Local cowboys and cowgirls can compete. If they choose to take out a high school rodeo membership, it will then count towards the year’s standings. A lot of the up and coming junior rodeo stars will compete at the Biggar Rec Valley. Many often moving on to rodeo scholarships in the States, some going pro. “It’s very good rodeo action,” Schultz added. “If you want to see excellent rodeo competition, this is it! The top five in Saskatchewan will go on to Nationals in New Mexico this June. Some will go on to Silver State which is in Wyoming.” While dates for the event is not chosen by the Biggar members, rather preselected by the Sask. High School Rodeo Association, Schultz says the timing of the event has meant some folks simply

Chin up, smile on . . . Soon to be graduated St. Gabriel School Kindergarten student, Jay Gajjar gets a few last adjustments Wednesday, looking handsome and ready for the first benchmark photo of his young learning life.

Local photographer, Jocelyn Redlick made some magic memories for both Kindergarten and Grade 9 as time rapidly ticks off to June. (Independent Photo by Kevin

couldn’t volunteer or help out. She, and the Biggar Rec Valley committee, aren’t complaining, however. “The community has been wonderful to us as far as sponsorship,” she said. “We wanted to give back by providing an opportunity [for an organization] to raise money for the new lodge by giving out our booths. But we understand.” Some volunteers have stepped forward, working the grounds north of Biggar, getting them ready and in shape. Volunteers can still get involved by contacting

But the reason we did it was to be able to host here. We’re always in everyone else’s community, it’s nice to host people here in our community, and show

Henrietta Parenteau (9482026), Monika Schultz (9517389), or Lisa Haynes (9482563). Local entries are to BJ Wolfe (948-3706). “It’s been a lot of work.


them what we have to offer. The community sure stepped up to help us; we appreciated everything,” Schultz concluded.

Former MP collecting electronics to bring music to senior’s lives The “Music for Memories” program begins today in rural Saskatchewan. Recent studies have proven that Music Therapy can improve a senior citizen’s quality of life and former Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Carol Skelton is asking for your help. Skelton is looking to collect gently used iPods, CD players, and mp3 players to provide music to seniors who may not be able to purchase a device of their own.

“We need to bring music into the lives of those who may not be able to afford it,” explained Skelton, “I can only imagine how this would have benefited my parents.” Music Therapy has been proven to improve the lives of seniors that are battling dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent viral video campaign, viewers were exposed to the miraculous effect that music can have on a patient who is normally described as

mute. Skelton feels that the opportunity is there to enrich Carol Skelton the lives of seniors in and around our province. Any gently used electronic device donation would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Skelton at (306) 656-2183.

Armed thief foiled in Biggar robbery

Red River Jig . . . Metis dancer and actor, Crystal Pederson leads kids at St. Gabriel School through a jig, Monday. The sashes on the head is a traditional part of the Metis lore - essentially, the longer you keep it perched atop, the more accomplished the dancer. Pederson had the kids up to speed in little time at all. Check out this Wednesday for more photos! (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

In the early morning on April 18, RCMP in Biggar were called to a business on Main Street in Biggar. The call was a robbery complaint where a male allegedly entered the business, demanded money and was in possession of knife. The male suspect fled the scene and was located at his residence soon after the investigation began. Police recovered the

stolen cash and weapon used in the alleged offence. Members from Biggar and Rosetown Detachment attended the scene of the arrest. Surrounding detachments were alerted immediately about the suspect vehicle and provided assistance by searching the immediate area. A 54 year old male from the Biggar area was arrested without incident.

Charged with the following offences is 54 year old Indrek Muursepp: Robbery; Disguise with i n t e n t ; Po s s e s s i o n o f Weapon for Dangerous Purpose; Possession of a Controlled Substance Over 30 Grams. Muursepp appeared in Provincial Court on Thursday, April 19 in North Battleford for his first appearance.


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Council Minute highlights The regular meeting of Biggar Town Council was held March 20, at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Attending the meeting were Mayor Ray Sadler, Aldermen Ron Arnold, Jim Besse, Don Cleaveley, Penny McCallum, and Eugene Motruk. Council resolved that Bylaw No. 12-728, a bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 12-725 with respect to the understanding of asphaltic concrete resurfacing on Turnbull Avenue-Commercial as a local improvement, be read three times and adopted. Council resolved that the General Accounts Pa i d i n t h e a m o u n t of $122,967.11, and the General Accounts Payable in the amount of $17,399.75, be approved. Council resolved that administration be authorized to proceed with issuing a Notice of Intention to Designate the Biggar CN Station as a Municipal Heritage Property. Council resolved that the progress certificate from Catterall and Wright for the backwash

pump replacement, in the amount of $18,144, be authorized and made payable to Bridge City Mechanical. Council resolved that a representation letter in connection with the audit of the financial statements of the Town of Biggar as of December 31, 2011 be duly signed by the Town’s representatives and mailed to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Council resolved that the 2012 Biggar Library Budget be accepted as presented. • Meeting adjourned at 9:01 p.m. The Spring Chow Line . . . Gordon Laycock, right, gets ready to load Ethan Massie’s plate with some roast beef while big brother Geoffrey looks on, April

15. The United Church held a Spring Supper at the Biggar Community Hall - a tasty way to welcome the warmer weather. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Prairie Notes springing into action Prairie Notes is trying something new this spring season. In the past, the community-based choir have struggled to have consistent practices for their spring session because of winter trips and the teaching and adjudicating commitments of their musician leadership. Prairie Notes intends to

practice every day for a week and then put on their concert on Friday, April 27 at the Associated Gospel Church at 7:30 p.m. Prairie Notes had a ‘meet and greet’ at the end of March, distributed music and practice CD’s and are now getting down to business. Their concert will be some new and some old, but all

familiar music that you can tap your toes to. Peggy L’Hoir and Lauren Epp are sharing piano duties and Cathy Donahue will be directing. The choir have been joined by some new people and have a good core of regulars able to commit to this intense week. They admit to being a little nervous, but excited at the same time, so hope Biggar

and District residents will take the time to come out and hear them on Friday night and see what you think. Prairie Notes will be joined by Jeff Gosselin on classical guitar, showcasing his new composition. As well, they will all be entertained by the talents of ‘The Group,’ who will impress you with a wide variety of music that

is sure to get you rocking in your seats. If you love to sing, Prairie Notes is hoping you will give us a listen and consider joining them for their fall season, starting mid September with Wednesday evening practices. Look for more information on that in the fall. See you at the show!

Final concert in the Arts Council performance season this Wednesday possess the talent required to attract your attention. Yet few rise above the ether. Suzie Vinnick is different. Like so many others, she doesn’t perform because she wants to. She performs because she’s driven to. And, as anyone who’s followed her career knows – she never merely attracts your attention. She

The eighth and final show of the 2011-12 Biggar Arts Council season will take place in the Majestic Theatre this Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriters are dime a dozen - and that accounts for inflation. They come. They go. Many of them have the requisite ‘voice’ and necessary perspective while some

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captures it – and holds it prisoner. Possessed of a distinctively alluring voice – once described as being “spun of gold” - she has the power and grace to project it through finely crafted (and increasingly self-penned) songs that make you sit up and wish you knew her better. Her lust for constructive collaboration and her instrumental dexterity has rendered her irreplaceable to countless musicians, providing her with musical hearth and home in any configuration in which she chooses to play. Yet, with the release of her latest solo album – Happy Here – Suzie Vinnick serves notice that it’s her time to claim the same spotlight she’s always been so eager to share. “I feel the need to pull the reins in a bit and focus a little more this year,” she says of her penchant for alternate projects. Time well spent with The

Suzie Vinnick (submitted photo) Marigolds, Betty and the Bobs, Vinnick-SheppardHarte and a long standing artistic affinity with Rick Fines have taught her much, refining her game while providing the spontaneous outlets she needs to get the most from each day. In truth, they permit her to get outside herself while polishing her instrumental skills, her harmonizing, her vocal range and, indeed, her multiple personalities. Yet, Happy Here is an artistic statement that speaks to the realization that the time has come to move

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forward based on her own merits. She has much to be happy about. All artists dread to be name-checked or pigeonholed. Yet if such is necessary to help define Suzie’s wide-ranging s t y l i s t i c m u s e, t h e n references to no less than Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones are more than called for. Like Harris, Suzie remains a restless creative spirit who has blazed her own trail by fusing multiple elements of folk, country and rock and

roll, constantly evolving her sound by taking risks with originals and covers alike. Like Colvin, she’s an established song craftsman, investing her substantial pop smarts into an ever-burgeoning canon of her own creation - and she’s one who also benefits from open-minded collaborations along the way. Like Mitchell, she’s a maverick – eager to explore territory beyond the mainstream, investing elements of her personality across whatever backdrop she deems most appropriate (folk, jazz, R&B). Finally, Rickie Lee Jones – to whom she shares a special kinship as a musical pioneer, also shares an elastic vocal ability, a soft spot for a heartfelt lyric and a penchant for surprise. Suzie Vinnick plays the Biggar Majestic Theatre this Wednesday, April 25, starting at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are still available from de Moissac Jewellers.

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Opinions Biggar -- it’s wonderful A couple of years ago there was a very popular book making its rounds amongst book readers -- Book of Awesome. The author Neil Pasricha wrote about enjoying the simple pleasures in life like peeling an orange in one try or hitting every green light on your journey. Pasricha’s philosophy was to enjoy the moment because, “life is so great that we only get a tiny moment to enjoy everything we see.” That first book evolved into a successful blog ( and two more books. Four years later the blog reached the 1,000th awesome thing and wound down. So what was the No. 1 awesome thing -- “anything you want it to be.” That leaves it wide open to everyone’s individual interpretation. What is awesome about living in Biggar? • A community where people help each other -- in times of disaster and in good times • A great museum that preserves our history • Being able to walk down the street and say hello to everyone • Wonderful schools • Clear, blue skies • Going for morning coffee at your favourite “watering hole” • Enjoying the smell of newly mown grass • Taking your grandchildren to the park • A good golf course • Friends • Having water for our needs • Having your favourite clothing store hold a special night just for you • Being able to park close to your workplace (and for free) These are just a few things -- you fill in your own blanks. This week take time to stop and reflect on all the great things in your life. It just might surprise you.

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Canada’s manufacturing sector isn’t competitive Blame slower productivity growth, stronger loonie, wages, and a lack of investment by Canadian firms by Jock Finlayson, Vice President, Business Council of British Columbia Distributed by Troy Media, www.troymedia. com The state of manufacturing on both sides of the border has

been attracting a great deal of interest over the past few months. In the U.S., President Barack Obama made the revival of U.S. manufacturing a central theme of his 2012 State of the Union address. Here in

Canada, Caterpillar’s recent decision to shut its Electro Motive locomotive plant near London, Ontario, and to transfer the work to one of the company’s plants in the American mid-west, has led to renewed concerns

about the viability of manufacturing on our side of the border. Canada has suffered a noticeable decline in manufacturing jobs since the 2008 recession, with employment in the sector falling to 1.76 million last year, down from more than 2 million in 2007. Today, manufacturing output in Ontario is one-fifth below the peak recorded in 2000, although it’s growing again after a sharp contraction in 2009. Even though manufacturing in Canada is in the midst of a cyclical rebound, as measured by both shipments and output, job gains have been few and far between. Reasons for optimism Despite the prevailing gloom, there are reasons to be optimistic



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about the outlook for North American manufacturing, particularly in the case of the United States. In the past two years the U.S. has added 430,000 net factory jobs. The latest business outlook survey published by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve reports positive indicators for manufacturing, as evidenced by new orders, shipments, capacity utilization, and exports as well as job growth. And looking beyond the near-term, several developments point to a sustained resurgence of manufacturing activity in the U.S. 1. Business costs have fallen for many U.S.based manufacturers. High unemployment and weak unions have

kept a lid on laborrelated costs. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, land and construction costs have declined across much of the country, strengthening the economic case for siting new plants and factories in some U.S. locations. General Electric, for example, has just announced that it is “reshoring” the production of certain appliance products, shifting employment from plants in China and Mexico to a soon-to-be expanded facility in Kentucky. 2. Slumping natural gas prices - coupled with the expectation that prices will stay depressed - are also good news for manufacturers, both in the U.S. and in Canada. According to a new


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Now that spring has arrived, the birds are starting to return. In fact, for many the first sign of spring is the sighting of a robin and bird enthusiasts will eagerly announce this fact to anyone. More than once we have had customers come in the shop to tell us this news. It is a hopeful sign -after all if the temps are warm enough for the robins then surely winter will soon be gone. One of the most joyful birds I like to watch while sitting in my backyard oasis is the hummingbird. It’s not a large creature but it is fascinating to watch. The tiny bird, indeed it is the smallest bird, is so quick that you have to be ever watchful or you might miss it. Hummers do frequent spots in North America -- as far north as Alaska but it is South America that can boast the biggest variety of hummingbirds. More than half of the species are found there with Ecuador the largest with 163 different species. Fifty species breed in Mexico and four breed in Canada. Anyone who can remember their grade school science


classes will know that hummingbirds are the smallest birds and can fly backwards. In fact, these birds can not only fly backwards, but up, down, sideways and can hover in mid air. That’s because they rotate their wings in a circle. They are not only small, but are the smallest of all animals that have a backbone. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell. They have a long beak which is a large factor when selecting a flower. The flower must have a long enough throat to accommodate the beak. Many gardeners specifically grow certain plant in order to attract these little winged wonders. Recommended plants are butterfly bush, azalea, mimosa, trumpet creeper, morning glory, coral honeysuckle, bee balm, canna, columbine, coral bells, foxglove and my favourite hosta. I have my hosta patch planted right beside my pergola where I can lounge and I do get to watch the hummers occasionally. Even though the birds have no sense of smell they remember where their food supply is located. They will guard that source and become

very proprietary. They must feed every 10 minutes all day and will consume up to twothirds of their body weight in a single day. Not ones to consider a low fat diet, hummers eat mainly sugar which they get from flowers but they will also eat insects. Likely you will hear a hummingbird before seeing him. A hummingbird beats their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight. During a courtship dive that will rise to 200 times per second. Despite the strength in the tiny wings, the hummer’s feet are weak. They cannot walk even two inches and the only time their feet are used is during perching. Their ability to remember food sources makes sense to me now. A couple of years ago, when I was trying to attract them, my neighbour said to me, “If you get them to come to your yard once, they will return.” My hostas do the trick in attracting them but this year I think I will try a bird feeder as well. Hopefully they will share.

Shortline railways to benefit from provincial grants The Saskatchewan Government announced Monday, $700,000 in grants to be awarded for 11 shortline railways through the Shortline Railway Sustainability Program. “Our government recognizes shortlines are an effective transportation alternative for grain producers and other shippers to get products to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation Jim Reiter said. “In addition to supporting economic development in rural Saskatchewan, shortline railways help reduce heavy truck traffic and road wear on our highways.” This 50-50 costshared infrastructure grant program, funded provincially by the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation and matched by eligible recipients, is designed to improve provincially-regulated shortline railways and can

be used for projects such as track maintenance, railway tie replacements and bridge repairs. “Funding for this grant program is consistent with last year, which increased 40 per cent from the previous year,” Reiter said. This year’s eligible shortlines and their respective provincial grant amounts are as follows: • Southern Rails Cooperative based out of Avonlea, $35,000; • Carlton Trail Railway based out of Prince Albert, $76,382; • Red Coat Road and Rail based out of Viceroy, $47,739; • Great Western Railway based out of Shaunavon, $205,901; • Thunder Rail based out of Arborfield, $35,000; • Wheatland Rail based out of Cudworth, $35,000; • Fife Lake Railway based out of Coronach, $40,267; • Torch River Rail based out of Choiceland, $35,000; • Great Sandhills

Railway based out of Leader, $78,458; • Last Mountain Railway based out of Regina, $56,457; and • Stewart Southern Railway based out of Fillmore, $54,796. “Our association appreciates the provincial government’s ongoing commitment in supporting shortline rail in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Shortline Railway Association President Conrad Johnson said. “These grants have provided the funding necessary to grow our transportation sector.” Since its inception in 2008, up to $5.8 million will be invested into the shortline railway system in Saskatchewan by the end of the current fiscal year. Shortline railways and their track are regulated by the province and connect to approximately 6,200 kilometres of federallyregulated rail lines in Saskatchewan.

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Panic by Bob Mason YT (Yours Truly!) has read a lot of publications about panic stricken situations and often wondered if things were really as bad as they were reported. Of course by writing this very column he leaves himself open for a little criticism too, but being the honourable, truthful type that he always thinks he is, he expects everyone to know that his descriptions are absolutely correct! Things can be awful scary sometimes, need I say more? Everyone has had their own most fearful moments of panic and yet, despite the reason and reality of it all, the retelling of those moments often embellishes the absolute fear that they brought. And often (as mentioned above!) one wonders! There are many absolutely authentic accounts of these trials; telling about things that have actually happened! And yet conversely (whatever that means!) a

more dramatic, fictional type, often writes of far more terrifying things! Sitting up here at this desk and thinking back a bit, YT wonders if the reader (notice the singular tense there, eh?) will believe him as he tells about some of his scary times! Yours Truly was digging a well for a couple of guys who had a feedlot east of Perdue and was down about fifteen feet or so when he suddenly noticed that the high rubber boots he was wearing, had sunk a foot into the muck of the

well bottom. Of course he immediately (and desperately) tried to pull them out, but despite all his efforts they sank into the stuff deeper and deeper! YT yelled at the men who were manning the windless up on top. “Let down the pail again - I’m stuck down here!” Down came the big bucket that they had hauled earth up with. YT moved it around behind him and sat on it. “Pull her up,” I yelled again. The rope tightened as they tried to turn the big windless - but nothing happened. “I’m stuck,” YT hollered again. I think that we’ve hit a layer of quicksand down here!” The rope tightened again and again - sorry nothing happened again! A few seconds later some, drops of water seeped over the top of my rubber boots and started to run down. I looked up

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and a few more drops fell on my face! I don’t know why, the situation sure didn’t call for any casual conversation, but I yelled anyway. “Is it raining up there?” “No”, one of the smartalec windless men lied. “Those drops that you feel are some of the sweat off of our brows!” Yours Truly had been stuck in quicksand before one time when cousin Willie and he had been hunting up across the Shell River at Clonfert. But Willie had been right there, stood on couple of grassed hummocks, and pulled me out in no time. This time though, YT was down a well and there was no one beside him. As that water started filling up his boots he kind of panicked! It actually was raining up on top, but that wet stuff on my forehead wasn’t any kind of drizzly material. For quite a few moments there he had visions of never getting out. Finally YT cooled down a little and started to use his head. There was only one thing to do, he straightened out his feet in those rubber boots, sat on the pail again and hollered, “Okay boys, pull me up!” Down in an old unused well in that low spot just east of Perdue and stuck in the mud, are a pair of size eleven rubber boots that anyone can have for just going out there and digging them up! If they

do, and hear a frantic voice hollering “Ouch!” they will have found that part of YT that is still down there with them! This debatable YT fellow has probably often told about how cold it was at KV (Kapelsche Veer) during the war. there may be people somewhere who think that YT exaggerated a bit, but when that fartoo-long thing was finally over on February 1, 1945, YT went to visit some guys in the field hospital and there were dozens of men in there with frozen hands and feet. As a matter-of-fact, the Dutch people claimed that no one could remember it ever being that cold before! YT has a big regimental history book and could quote a few comments about that weather, but why? Even as YT lies in a nice warm tub of water at home and looks back, he can’t imagine again how cold we all were! As we crouched and shivered in our shallow slit trenches, with a so called “enemy” out there who was trying to kill us, all we seemed able to think of was how uncomfortable it all was - and that we were going to spend yet another night outside! And, for all our different ideals, if our “enemy” felt the same! I think that this YT guy has mentioned this incident before, too! He probably made a few light-coloured remarks about it to cover up how really frightening it was!

Sigmund Freud’s statistics aside, Yours Truly believes that all of us have little phobias that rule our lives, but aren’t noticed much! While crawling through a small, hundred foot long tunnel (during army training), the big fellow just in front of me, got stuck and couldn’t move ahead or back. Of course the four men crawling in front of him just kept on until they climbed out into fresh air again, but the men behind him couldn’t move! It took quite a few minutes to get the message back what the problem was, but meantime that big fellow in front of us suddenly decided he was some kind of claustrophobia . .. I’m not up on my medical “know-how”, nor do I know how contagious claustrophobia is, but I do know that it didn’t take many seconds to infect all of us still in that tunnel! What a terrible feeling! When we finally got back out of that hole we sure didn’t have much of an appetite for supper. By the time a couple of guys crawled in and brought the overweight guy out, he was practically a basket case! As we go though life, each one of us has their “good” days - and there have sure been some of my “bad” ones! Sometimes like this writing, eh?

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ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2012 - 2013 WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Children Àve years old before January 1, 2013 is eligible! You and your child are invited to spend this time getting to know the teacher, other classmates and learning more about the St. Gabriel Family!

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Diamond Lodge News New Horizons Activities by Karen Itterman New Horizons members are busy preparing for our soup, sandwich and dessert lunch on April 27. All proceeds will be going to the new long-term care facility. We will be pleased to have the Musettes and the Quartet under the direction of Louise Hawkins perform at our May birthday potluck. On May 23, the New Horizons will be sponsoring an Elder Abuse Workshop. More details to follow. The activities of the past week included bowling with LHS and LHT won by Donna Eckart with scores of 219 and 541. MHS and MHT was Glen Shockey with scores of 254 and 584. Wednesday, April 11 evening kaiser scores were Helen Kanz, 191, Ray Silbernagle, 178, Rita MacKinnon, 177, and Mike Plysuik, 176. Bingo was played in hall on April 12 with 13 in attendance. Agnes Small was the caller, Jim Hoult gave out the prizes, Hazel Watson collected the tickets and Marcella

Schommer provided the lunch. Doris Gartner was the winner of the both the half-n-half and the blackout bingos. Cribbage tournament took place on April 13 with 12 in attendance. Joanne Kral was the host and also provided the lunch for the afternoon. First place went to Vic Besse, second place to Phyllis Martin and third place to Marie Roesch. Kaiser was played on April 16 with Doug Potter coming in first place

with his score of 290, Joyce Colbert 278, Marie Roesch 246, Rita MacKinnon 226. Highest scoring game was Doug Potter and Wayne McLean with a score of 83. Carpet bowling was played on April 17 with Dinah Kegler, Mildred Henne, Alma Redlich and Agnes Small coming in first place. Second place winners were Florence Johnson, June Hoppe, Aileen Smith and Marie Roesch. Enjoy your week!

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tecostal. That was our weekly happenings. We always enjoy visiting with our family and friends that stop in. Many thanks to the volunteers that come in to help us. We all hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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we enjoyed our always favourite game, bingo. Friday we invited 10 residents to our first Barbecue Club of the year. We enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni salad and deviled eggs! In the afternoon we had ice-cream cart with a large turnout of residents, friends and staff. On Saturday morning we played Home Sweet Home Bingo. In the afternoon the residents watched a movie and ate some popcorn. Sunday morning we had Spa and 1-1’s. In the afternoon the church service was conducted by the Sonningdale Pen-

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Greetings from the residents and staff at Diamond Lodge. The week started off with getting caught up on current events Tuesday morning. In the afternoon we played a game of Jeopardy. Wednesday morning we put on our thinking caps and played a Word Games, we had fun brainstorming and sharing stories from our past. In the afternoon we had a volunteer come in to play piano and sing for us. We all enjoy singing along to the music. Thursday morning we were stretching and exercising. In the afternoon

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Agriculture Eyes on the sky Unpredictable weather leaves farmers guessing by Calvin Daniels If there is one thing April 2012 should be teaching anyone not already aware of it, weather ultimately determines farming. Farmers have garnered a reputation of never being completely happy, and the fact they spend most of the time between spring thaw and the first snows of the next winter watching the weather has a lot to do with that. The truth is perfection in weather for farmers is almost an unattainable dream. That said even having a good year is something so based in weather patterns that one actually has to wonder how they ever grow a crop. The recent weather is a prime example. When the snow disappeared in March and the sun allowed people out on the streets in their shortsleeves for a few days, there was the prospect of an early

spring. Farmers had to be thinking about getting to the fields early. April has changed that. Rain, snow and cold has reminded us all just how fickle Prairie weather can be, and how quickly it can change. The recent w e e k e n d certainly reaffirmed that for me. Saturday in Moose Jaw it was warm, and shortsleeve weather, even into the evening. Sunday morning as we left the southern city the temperature was plus-six, and it steadily declined all the way back to Yorkton where we arrived to minus-four temperatures, having drove through freezing rain for half the trip. That rain turned to snow and once again things went white. Forecasts for the week

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ahead are not going to set any records for warm either. While spring moving back to a more normal time in terms of farmers hitting the field is not a major concern, the fact is weather only needs to be bad a week, or two longer than normal, and the spring seed window could tighten significantly for farmers. And that is something, those of us who head to the grocery store fully expecting the aisles to be well-stocked with safe food, we need to appreciate, farming is a very precise undertaking in terms of ideal weather. Farmers can buy the best seed, optimize soil nutrients with fertilizer,

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and have advances on their side such as global positioning systems, and still lose a crop to a late spring frost. Too much spring moisture, as has been the case in many areas in both 2010 and 2011 can leave acres idle, too wet to seed. A hot streak in July as canola is flowering can impact the amount of

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AUCTION DAY SCHEDULE: 10:00 am Shop Tools & Misc farm supply followed by misc pallet lots, then household & antiques; 1:00 pm Live Internet Bidding, Major Equipment followed by grain bins DIRECTIONS: From Perdue go 1/2 mile East on Hwy #14 and 6 miles North. HI-LITES INCLUDE: TRACTORS: 1993 Case 9270 4wd tractor w/Cummins 855 (335 hp), std trans, 4643 hrs showing; 2001 Case IH MX180 MFWD tractor & Buhler 995 TSL FEL w/145 pto hp, p/s trans, 3 pth, bucket & grapple fork, 4354 hrs showing; 1966 John Deere 3020 2wd tractor & JD148 FEL, 5657 hrs showing; Case DC4 antique tractor; COMBINES & ACCESSORIES: 1993 Case IH 1688 s/p combine w/260 hp, Case IH 1015 p/u header, Kirby spreader, 2997 eng hrs; 1986 Case 1680 s/p combine w/235 hp, Case IH 1015 p/u header, Love spreaders, 3404 eng hrs +/- 2700 thr hrs showing; 1998 Honeybee 994 30' straight cut header; SEEDING AND TILLAGE: Bourgault 8800 40' air seeding tool & Bourgault 3165 4 wheel air tank; 2000 Ag Depot Solution 7BL 1500 liquid fertilizer cart; 1998 Degelman 7640 40' land roller; Case E30 30' tandem disc; Hiniker 1540 40' Vibrashank; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE: Good selection grain bins; Buhler Farm King 8"x41' auger & Wheatheart lift and mover; Westfield 8"x51' pto auger; SPRAYING: 2002 Jet Stream Computor spray 647/2 60' t/a sprayer; HAYING AND LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT: New Holland 354 mix mill; New Holland 276 square baler; other livestock related equipment; HEAVY TRUCKS: IH Loadstar 1700 s/a grain truck 392 V8, 5+2, Cancade 15' box; TRAILERS: Westech Industries 14' t/a pup trailer tandem dual axles, w/Midland tarp; LAWN & GARDEN: 1986 International 244 2WD garden tractor w/18 pto hp, 3 cyl diesel, 1819 hrs showing; Land Pride RTA1058 3 pth 5' rototiller; 2008 Agro Trend 4102D 3 pth 8.5' snowblower; Woods RM 59-2 3 pth 5' mower; Schulte front mount snowblower; ATVs, RVs & BOATS: 1991 Bayliner 21' fibreglass boat & s/a trailer, 5.0L Mercruiser; Suzuki RV90 motorcycle; ANTIQUES & MISC; SHOP TOOLS & MISC; and more. Partial listing only - See full list and pictures on the internet at or call 306-445-5000 for more information IMPORTANT NOTICE: This listing is only a guide and in no way a guarantee of size, description or year. Please inspect all equipment to your own satisfaction. Complete terms and conditions are available at bidder registration.

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And when you consider the investment of farming, both in terms of money, and effort, and realize it hinges ultimately on weather for a grain farmer to be successful, it explains both the preoccupation with weather farmers have, and their tendency to rarely be completely satisfied with what the weatherman is saying.

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pods which ultimately produce seeds. A dry week as crops fills their heads can reduce yields. An early fall frost reduces grades. So when we hear farmers complaining that it is too hot, or dry, or too cold, and wet, it is because the ideal to produce a crop in an elusive thing.

the Port of Churchill. “Our government remains focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, and the grain industry is a key part of the economy,” said Ritz. “This program will ensure that the Port of Churchill remains a strategic shipping option for our farmers and grain companies who want to take advantage of this world-class facility.” The Churchill Port Utilization Program will provide up to $25 million over five years to help maintain the historical volume of grain going through the Port, expand the port’s customer base and provide it with time to pursue additional long-term commercial opportunities. Applications are now available online. The new program is part of a package of government initiatives that include:Providing up

to $4.1 million over three years through Transport Canada for Port maintenance; Extending the project completion date from 2013 to 2015 for infrastructure improvements funded through Western Economic Diversification Canada; and Exploring options for the development of the community of Churchill. The Churchill Port Utilization Program will be in place over the five-year transition to marketing freedom in Western Canada that began with the coming into force of the new Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act in December of last year. Western Canadian farmers now have the freedom to choose how they sell their products - either on the open market or to a voluntary, viable Canadian Wheat Board.

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The Sky This Month -- April 2012 . . . Continued from Last Week by Gary Boyle, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Teaching Tools In The Sky (Part 2) Venus is really marching up the sky over the next few weeks. If you have been watching and plotting its path, you have probably noticed Venus is moving straight to the Pleiades M45. Another digital moment will occur on the evenings of April 2 when the planet is just below the cluster and the 3rd when it appears east. In fact, the 47 per cent lit Venus will appear embedded within the cluster and seem like an eight sister or at least a visiting cousin. Wide angle telescopes and telephoto lenses will be a must but binoculars are always great. And do not forget the 24th when the 12 per cent waxing crescent moon teams up with Venus some six degrees away. As April moves on, Venus continues to move east against the background stars but is still slipping to the horizon. This means the planet is moving between the Sun and Earth resulting in a larger disk but thinner illumination. It takes on a phase structure just like the moon. Jupiter on the other hand continues to trek closer and closer to the west horizon and by month’s end will be a mere six degrees from the brilliant Sun. April is also a wonderful month to be checking out the wealth of galaxies in Leo, Coma Berenices and Virgo. But first the constellation of Cancer the Crab has a few interesting targets to view and even image. First we stop at the Beehive cluster. Aka M44, the Beehive is wide, close and bright.

Although M44 is listed at magnitude 3.1, it is best seen in the country side where it pops into view with the naked eye with a count of about 40 suns. M44 spans three full moons across and resides 577 light years from us. Turning a telescope on the Beehive and population rises to a couple of hundred. Another dense cluster is M67 located eight and a half degrees due south of the Beehive. At five times farther away than M44, this cluster still spans a full moon across or your pinky nail at arm’s length and at an estimated age

of four billion years, is one of the oldest clusters. Astronomers estimate 500 stars call the cluster home; it also holds some 200 white dwarfs. We now move on to some of my favourite targets such as the trio of the M96 group. M96 is a faceon spiral with tightly wrapped arms but do not portray much structure and is the brightest member of the group. M96 lies an estimated 31 million light years away and glows at magnitude 9.2. Nudge the scope a little to the west and south some 41 arc minutes to discover M95.

This is a face-on barred spiral with tight round arms that almost form a perfect circle, is now in the news. Supernova 2012aw was discovered on March 16, 2012 and at the time of writing this article is still brightening. In a telescope there is no denying its presence as it looks like a bright star. Astronomers believe the energy release was equal to 500 million suns. Moving the same distance to the east and north of M96 is the elliptical galaxy M105. Elliptical galaxies do not possess any arm structure what so ever and is quite featureless.

Now on the next group called the Leo Trio or M66 group. Once you centre your telescope on the star Chertan – a class A2 star located 178 light years from us and move two and a half degree south. M66 is a beautiful stretch of a galaxy with a delicate yet well defined ‘S’ shaped arms especially the bottom arm. M66 lies 35 million light years away and is listed as magnitude 8.9. M65 a bit to the west is a more traditional spiral like the Andromeda Galaxy in appearance. M65 is the same distance as its neighbour and half a mag fainter. Above those

two is NGC 3628. This is a fantastic edge-on galaxy that shows a thick band of gas and dust along its plane but the edges seems to be very distorted. Also 35 million light years away and is magnitude 9.5. I will move into Virgo and Coma next month as there are far too many great objects to address in one article. Take the time to enjoy these cool spring nights before those nasty mosquitoes and black flies cut your observing session short. Until next month, clear skies everyone.

New family of prehistoric birds found The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) has identified a new species of prehistoric birds, based on fossils discovered in Grasslands National Park in southwest Saskatchewan. “This discovery is yet another example of the great scientific work going on at the RSM,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said. “The RSM’s impact on the international stage, and through research projects like the one using the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon, continues to make the RSM the centre for palaeontological research in Saskatchewan.” In a paper just released by the journal Palaeoworld, authors Larry Martin of Kansas University, the late Evgeny Kurochkin of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Tim Tokaryk, of the RSM, announce an entire new family of loon-like, toothed, aquatic birds, from the end of the Cretaceous Period. Named Brodavidae, it includes a new genus - Brodavis

- and four new species. The species Brodavis americanus was discovered in Grasslands National Park in southwest Saskatchewan, as well as other parts of North America. “This is an amazing series of discoveries that fills in the gaps in our timeline,” Curator of Palaeontology for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Tim Tokaryk said. “What also makes these discoveries significant is that it appears that the birds were adapting, moving from a coastal marine habitat to inland freshwater rivers and lakes. This gives us the tantalizing possibility that, unlike in earlier times when their ancestors were foot-propelled, flightless, divers, these Brodavid species may have retained the capacity for flight.” I t wa s k n o w n t h a t some types of these aquatic birds (Hesperornithiforms) existed at the time of the Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. However, little was known about the diversity of these birds

at the time just prior to the extinction event of 65 million years ago, which wiped out the dinosaurs. Scientists have long wondered how close to the end of the Cretaceous period this group of birds lived

and whether they were still as abundant as they were at earlier times. Research will continue on the fossils already collected as will the search for more. The four species came from Saskatchewan,

the United States and Mongolia. Grasslands National Park, along with other areas in southwest Saskatchewan, continues to be a rich source of fossils.

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Sports & Recreation District 23 4-H holds public speaking and Annual Spring Meeting March 4, the Catherwood Beef and Sheep (Asquith/Grandora), Catherwood Multiple (Perdue), and Monarch Multiple (Biggar) 4-H clubs got together and held the District public speaking competition at the Asquith School. The top two public speakers from each age division of their local club were able to move on to Districts. Members

competing were as follows Catherwood Beef and Sheep: Andrew Gentes, Julie Grinde,Simon Gentes, Morgan Grinde, Tanner Oborowsky, Wyatt Millar, Rebekah Cook, Jarrod Cook. Catherwood Multiple: Jessica Irvine, Brady Irvine, Jackie Leonard. Monarch Multiple: Kolby Haynes, Justin Hanson,Wyatt Aman, Joel Hanson, Sabrina Yurchak, Justine

Hockey Award winners announced . . . The Ernie Redlick Me-

Leschinski. After the public speaking the members held their spring meeting and went over the results of the District curling which was held in Biggar, PFRA tree distribution and the possibility of holding a District Judging Clinic.

Winners of the public speaking were: Cloverbud Andrew Gentes, Junior Wyatt Aman, Intermediate Wyatt Millar, Senior Jarrod Cook. The judges for the day were Chelsea Carruthers, Kim Doig, Dianne Vandraager and Lorriane Gilchrist. (Submitted photo)

Cattle Fitting Clinic held in the Valley Cattle Producers Pure Bred Breeders and 4-H members from Saskatchewan and Alberta took apart in a cattle fitting clinic hosted by the Biggar Recreation Valley Inc and local pure breed breeders Bill, Virginia and Tiffany Peters. Kirk Stierwait, a world renowned cattle fitter and clinician from Oklahoma, USA, was at the Peter’s farm April 13, 14 and 15, to put on an intense three day cattle fitting clinic. Local producers were able to learn from the best, while networking with other’s in the industry close to home. The Biggar Rec Valley was very fortunate to receive funding from the Saskatchewan Associa-

tion of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions to help keep the costs down for 4-H members who participated. Mr. Stierwalt enjoyed his time in Biggar and area and made sure to take a picture of our World Famous Town of Biggar sign to share on his Web site.

morial Award is presented annually to an individual who is recognized as the most underrated player with dedication to their team in the novice division. Sydney Leschinski (left) and Barry Hooper were selected as this year’s recipients of the trophy. Congratulations! (Photo for The Independent by Jocelyn Redlick)

Timothy Kurulak received the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation 2011 Provincial Angling Award for Junior Northern Pike. This was for the 23 pound, 6.4 ounce Northern Pike he caught at Waterhen Lake on June 5, 2011. He was presenting the award at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Provincial Angling and Henry Kelsey Big Game Awards Banquet in Regina on March 31, 2012. Tim is pictured here with Robert Fournier, President of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Grip and Grimace . . . Biggar Central School’s Tahirah Trotchie, right, gets a good grip, testing her hand strength while senior Erika Riemer, left, prepares to record the reading, Tuesday, as fellow students, Alice Jensen (second from left) and Emma Rathy look on.

The students took the afternoons of Tuesday and Thursday to test their fitness levels with wind-sprints, flexibility and strength tests. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

2012 Mothers of the Year Kathy K athy h G Goetz oetz Kathy was born in Smeaton, Saskatchewan, and moved to Landis area in 1963 and married Glenn Goetz from the Landis area in June 1990. They were blessed with three daughters, Nadine, Carie and Jamie. They moved to the farm from Midwest Chemicals Mine site at Palo, Sask. in 1979 and have resided there ever since. Her interest in crafts and gardening have kept her busy over the years. For example, crocheting, silk Æower arranging and now into painting. She has made wedding bouquets for several weddings and a few wedding cakes. The rest of the time, she loves spending time with her Åve grandchildren and gardening.

Doris D oris i Wilderman Wild Wi ild lderman On behalf of my siblings, Carolyn, Gerald, Donna and myself, Judy, I wish to nominate our mother, Doris E. Wilderman as Mother of the Year! She has been an inspiration to us all her life. A strong willed, gentle lady but Årm when needed. A true farmer’s wife for most of her life but has lived in Biggar, Sask. since 1972. She has many friends here that I know appreciate her so well. She has single-handed been the family’s matriarch since our Dad died in 1985. Our family has been truly blessed to have her with us for the last 96 years. A recent health scare helped us realize that. Her strong Christian beliefs helped hre through that illness and the illness of her children. I truly believe that if anyone deserves some pampering, it is our Mother. Thank you, Judy Valcourt

Premier Wall advocates health reform at national conference Premier Brad Wall on Wednesday spoke at a national health care conference in Montebello, Quebec, where he made the case for innovative approaches to reform that include bold targets and new ways of delivering services. Wall participated in a panel discussion at the event, which has been organized by the Canada Health Infoway. Also on the panel were respected economist Don Drummond, who recently chaired a commission on the reform of Ontario’s public services, and award winning Globe and Mail journalist André Picard. “Our publicly funded health care system will remain sustainable only if we have clear performance objectives and a concerted effort to deliver services in a more efficient, effective manner,” Wall said shortly before attending. “I’m looking forward to discussing important initiatives underway in Saskatchewan

that are saving money and delivering better patient care.” Approximately 115 delegates attended the conference, titled Knowing is Better: Accelerating Progress, Achieving Value. Among them are senior government officials and health care executives. Wall discussed reforms arising from the government’s Patient First Review, the application of Lean principles throughout the province’s health care system, the delivery of publicly funded services by private surgical clinics, and programs such as the Releasing Time to Care initiative, which has freed up health care providers to do their job on about 90 wards throughout the province, boosting employee morale and improving care in the process. “Through a sustained effort to boost efficiency, health care providers in Saskatchewan and elsewhere are delivering value and improving

patient care,” Wall said. “We need to continue down this path to ensure our health care system is there for future generations.” Wall and Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz were co-chairs of the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG), which was created by Canada’s Premiers at the Council of Federation meeting last January. In consultation with health care providers, the working group focused on reforms in three main areas: scope of practice, human resources management and clinical practice guidelines. It will issue a progress report in July. Canada Health Infoway is an independent, notfor-profit organization funded by the federal government. The organization jointly invests in projects with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of electronic health record systems in Canada.

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Spring is in the air . . . The winter hasn’t been too bad this year. And yet we still need to feel the warmth of the sun. Snow is all gone, soon the crocuses will be blooming, and the tulips, lilacs, dandelions . . . ! (Photo by

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by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent This week old man winter just had to have the last word. More snow, more cold and more wind made being in the garden too uncomfortable for this gardener. I did uncover the new tulip bed. Here’s hoping the snow and cold will not damage the few that were trying to reach up through the leaf mulch. My fingers are crossed, visions of a blast of colour in a few weeks dance in my head. I did feel the need to be outside though. During sunny periods and the odd time without wind, the dog and I did wander around town. She was looking for new fire hydrants, I was looking for life after winter. The robins are a welcome sight, and many weeds are doing brilliantly. Tulips planted close to foundations are forming their flower buds, some buds on trees . . . indeed, spring is here! A friend mentioned that a good walk is at the wildlife sanctuary. I didn’t know that there was a sanctuary or preserve in the area. Many other people I mentioned it to didn’t know about it either. Then I heard that it is sometimes known as the ‘Alamo’. Then everyone knew where it was . . . where youths go to party! I did go to the valley

I saw many more clumps. They were very short, definitely ‘ears of the earth’! I have heard folklore says this indicates a dry year . . .? Still curious to visit a wildlife sanctuary near town, the dog and I got in the car to begin an adventure. We drove past the town landfill site to the first railway crossing. After the crossing, we turned right, past a farm, and then took the first left. The road was gravel for awhile, and then it turned to sand. Shortly after this change, on the right there was a small hill, with a rock on top. I parked on the road, unsure of the road to the rock. O n t h e r o ck wa s a plaque that read that the land had been dedicated by the Biggar Wildlife Federation in memory of all past members. It is to be preserved in perpetuity as a wildlife preserve so that future generations may enjoy wildlife as we do today. Nice, I thought, standing on the little hill looking over the area. The wind was blowing, but not as bad as it’s been. I had my parka on, so hood over hat, gloves, scarves donned, and ball, we were off to investigate. The path was actually a road through the short grass, lots of wild roses, sage and evidence of wolf

I found some pasque flowers, also known as prairie crocus in the north valley recreation area. We who live in Biggar are so lucky to have so much nature available to us. north of town and found some prairie crocus, or pasque flower. As per usual, I looked and looked. Then one came in view, lifting my head,

willow everywhere. This place is going to be very interesting as life springs into summer. We threw ball, and so enjoyed the absolute silence!

It was so quiet out there, I could hear the wings of the ducks flying overhead! Silence is so healing. Especially in nature. We all live in a world bombarded by machine noise, radios, televisions, intrusive people, the buzz of fluorescent lights et cetera. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of what we have to put up with all day, until we get to a place that is truly removed from ‘civilization’. What bliss! So recuperative, so meditative, so wonderful to just walk off into nature, completely without expectation, open to the experience. It took us an hour to follow the trail around back to the grid road, and just ahead was the car. I did not find any pasque flowers, and yet I did not leave the trail. Now, the dog tried, when she felt we had been away from the safety of the vehicle long enough. She was sure we just had to cut across and be back to where we started. But, I am always very reluctant to stomp across an open meadow, I could be stomping upon a very delicate balance of growth, undoing generations of a rare species, who knows. Her attention was easily diverted by the ball. At one point we strolled by a wooded grove, looking very inviting, the ground a mulch of fallen leaves. And evidence that it is or was a party place. Some litter, and broken beer bottles, too bad, so sad, but it happens. I recommend this as a place to rejuvenate and reassess what is really important in life. I’m going back, gotta see it spring into summer!

There is a place I found found, it has been the there eere for a long time . . . and many know it as a different name. I know it as the the wildlife santuary, a place to hear silence, and to be soothed! (Photos by Delta Fay Cruickshank)



MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (11 April, 2012) Saskatchewan Budget leads the nation It has been a few weeks since the Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage 2012-13 provincial budget was delivered and we remain the only province in Canada to have a truly balanced budget. At the time of this writing, five other provinces and the federal government have all tabled budgets – and the one thing they have in common is that they are all deficit budgets. Because of the action

our government has taken that is not the case in Saskatchewan. We will continue to manage the province’s finances in a fiscally responsible way that invests in the programs and services that are important to you. I am pleased to report that the latest employment numbers paint a very positive picture for the fastest growing segment of our population. According to the most recent Statistics Canada report, off-reserve aboriginal employment was up by 4,700 in March, a gain of 13.7 per cent, for

10 consecutive months of year-over-year increases. The good news doesn’t stop there though. More young people of aboriginal descent are working. Aboriginal youth employment was up by 800, or 9.2 per cent, compared to the same month last year. That’s five months of back-to-back increases. In terms of unemployment, the number of people without a job is also decreasing. In fact, Saskatchewan currently has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.8 per cent down from 5.0 last month and 5.2 a year ago. It is evident that people have confidence in

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our economy and businesses are expanding. That’s the Saskatchewan Advantage. Saskatchewan was also recently ranked by the Fraser Institute’s 2011 Global Petroleum Survey as the top jurisdiction in Canada for oil and gas investment. The oil and gas sector is one of Saskatchewan’s leading industries, accounting for $12.2 billion in sales in 2011 and an estimated $4.5 billion in investment in exploration and development. This means that there were an estimated 33,200 jobs in the upstream oil and gas industry in 2011, a 9.0 per cent increase from 2010. This is another great example of our strong and


Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, to improve access to cancer care and services throughout Saskatchewan. In Regina, we have provided funding to begin planning for a new student housing project at the University of Regina. This is made possible in part due to the economic strength and growth of our province – growth the credit for which goes to you - the people of Saskatchewan. Together, we are making our province the best place in Canada to work, live and raise family. If you have a question about this Legislative report or any other matter, just contact Randy.

Yelich announces investment to increase provincial fruit processing capacity Last Wednesday, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal support for new equipment that will offer additional processing options for fruit growers and clients of the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre. An investment of $200,000 will expand the Food Centre’s capacity to process small fruit and extract juice from raw mash. Local fruit proces-

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growing economy. When I am asked by people why growth is so important I answer them this way: it is through growth that we can provide the services that make Saskatchewan the best place in Canada to live. Recently, your Sask Party government partnered with the Saskatoon Downtown Youth Center (EGADZ) to begin construction on two new homes that will help keep at-risk mothers and their newborn babies stay together in Saskatoon. Last week, we announced that in partnership with Habitat for Humanity we were providing funding for a home in Regina. We increased funding to the

sors and food producers will now be able to costeffectively develop new product lines from this refining process. “Our government’s first priority is job creation and this investment will increase employment opportunities in Saskatchewan’s food processing industry,” said Yelich. “Developing new markets for locally grown fruit diversifies our agriculture sector and leads to long term economic growth.” Saskatchewan’s fruit growers have reached production capacity on current product lines (jams, pies and syrups). This new equipment will



allow fruit processors to affordably produce condensed liquid in volume for commercial use and develop snacks and/or juices. “This investment will allow the Food Centre to purchase equipment to commercially extract and purify juice from Saskatchewan grown fruits. The equipment includes a Bucher Vasilin juice press and auxiliary equipment to purify the juice for use in value added products,” said Muriel Garven, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre. “There is identified demand for juice, concentrates and powders derived from Saskatchewan fruits. Fruit growers and processors will benefit from the Food Centre’s increased capacity to assist in exploring new opportunities in the ingredient and health markets.” Western Economic Diversification Canada in partnership with the provinces, industry associations and communities promotes the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of Western Canadians in national decision-making.

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012


Spring Fire Alert The Biggar Rural Fire Association would like to remind you that the fire threat at this time of year is extremely high. Water for fighting fire is not easily accessed with ice covering and fuel in the form of dry grass and stubble is very available. Winds at this time of year are variable and usually strong. Do your part by not burning garbage or carelessly disposing cigarettes or welding in the grass without a standby water source. There have been several fires already this spring that could have easily involved the countryside.

If you do see a fire in the country, and have a water truck, wheel loader, disc or other fire suppression equipment, if you attack this on your own, your insurance may not cover you should the fire turn and engulf your equipment or in the adrenaline of the moment, you drive over a rock pile and lose your transmission. Your best course of action is to phone the Fire Department Number, 948-3453 (listed under Town of Biggar, Fire Hall) and your message of what equipment you have available will be relayed to the fire stag-

ing area. If you show up at the fire, let Fire Command know you are there and wait until you have instructions, before you get into high gear. This is to ensure your safety and the best use of your assets. We would encourage everyone during fire season to keep a water tank and truck handy. Before the busy season gets going, take the time to phone your insurance broker and familiarize yourself with your insurance. Make sure you have

coverage for fire fighting, even if you are not a farmer but living in the country. We understand that your machinery will be covered if instructed by Fire Command in a fire fighting situation but it may not be if you do not cover your bases. These days, accountability and safety are as important as saving buildings and assets. A fire bill will be assigned to a land owner because a fire started on their land from mys-

terious sources like the anonymous cigarette or a bush party in a slough. Make sure you have fire fighting coverage, as you may be responsible for more than one blaze if it gets into bush and is difficult to put out. If you know a volunteer fire fighter, tell them how much you appreciate the Monday night commitment they make to training and the constant maintenance and care they take of expensive fire equipment.


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Cancer Awareness Month Take a few moments to think about what you can do to decrease you and your family’s risk of developing cancer. Healthy lifestyle choices have been found to decrease the risk in at least half of all cancers. Be a positive role model for your kids by eating a healthy diet, being physically active daily and reducing UV exposure. You will decrease your risk of some cancers, and your kids will develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Heartland Health Region Board Meeting The next Board meeting will be held Friday, April 27, 2012 in Rosetown. Board packages can be obtained from the Regional Corporate Office within one week of the meeting. Please call the office to arrange for printing and pick up. Contact Christa Garrett at 306-882-4111 ext 236 or by e-mail For toll-free health information 24 hours a day. Please call 1-888-425-4444(TTY) if you have hearing or speech difficulties Smokers Helpline 1-877-513-5333 or Questions about Medication? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784). Ask questions online Mental Health & Addictions Centralized Intake Line 1-866-268-9139 Monday to Friday 8:00 am—4:30 pm

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Right now, the rural service is looking for a trailer that they can use to haul small ATV’s and water for attacking grass fires. If you have something that might work, please call Adrienne at the RM of Biggar, or let Fire Chief Gerry Besse know. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer fire fighter, show up at the Fire Hall on Monday night and get acquainted. In the meantime, practice Fire Safety.


MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Gov’t announces support for seed sorting technology to increase crop value Prairie grain producers will benefit from research conducted using revolutionary seed sorting technology imported by the University of Saskatchewan with an investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). With the help of WD’s $328,000 contribution,

the U of S’s Canadian Feed Research Centre (CFRC) will be the first place in North America to install and evaluate the new technology which enables grading of individual kernels, (as opposed to whole batches of grain), thereby maximizing value, quality, and food safety.

“Our government’s first priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity and we are confident this equipment will increase the value of cereal crops produced in Canada,” said Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Wednesday.

“Using this technology to sort and grade each kernel will generate greater profits for our grain producers, creating jobs and lasting economic growth.” The BoMill TriQ seed sorter uses near infrared light to analyze individual seeds (i.e., wheat, barley or durum) for pro-

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Week Six saw five families attend Family’s and Schools Together at BCS2000. The group enjoyed stew and garlic for supper. The older kids made paper bugs while the younger kids had fun playing with blocks and train sets. They also had fun during special day.

This week every Grade 1 student won a special kite, and they were very excited to take them home and build them. There are only three more sessions, with lots of fun in store next week. (Photos for The Independent by Dakota Ekman)

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said Karen Chad, U of S Vice-President Research. “We are excited to have the opportunity to evaluate this new technology and to work to expand its capacity to sort other seed types and determine other traits of economic value to agriculture.” Sorting kernels using this technology provides a non-destructive but accurate assessment of individual kernel quality factors that cannot be determined by other techniques. Researchers will seek to modify the seed sorter to handle larger grains such as peas, beans, corn and flax which are also widely grown in Canada. We s t e r n E c o n o m i c Diversification Canada in partnership with the provinces, industry associations, and communities promotes the development and diversification of the Western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of Western Canadians in national decision-making.

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tein, starch or hardness, and then sorts them to meet requirements for food, malt or feed production. With a highvolume sorting capacity of three tonnes per hour, the technology is the first to be capable of sorting commercial volumes of grain. Commercial adoption of the infrared technology could revolutionize how wheat, barley and durum are graded and ultimately increase the value of Western Canadian grain by as much as $320 million per year. U of S scientists and graduate students at the CFRC will investigate how to adapt the Swedish technology to Western Canadian crops, conduct wide-ranging seed research not previously possible, and provide commercial processing firms with the knowledge to fully exploit the technology’s capabilities. “This investment provides a very important research tool that could advance food security in Canada and globally,”

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The Landis skating rink held their wind-up for the 2011-2012 season. Over 90 people enjoyed the steak supper, and the evening social. There was a good turnout for the Mother of the Year bingo, held on Tuesday evening. The

Porter Community Club sponsored this bingo and chose Kathy Goetz as their MOY. The net proceeds amounted to $584.75, which will be given to Biggar Community Living at the Mother of the Year tea in Biggar on May 1. Thanks

to Winnie Rolleston for calling the numbers, Betty Bullock who looked after sales, and everyone who helped with prizes, setting up and cleaning up. Ryan Gillespie won the grocery hamper, and Alberta the half-n-half of $50.

Landis School news by Simranjit Saini We all just came back from Easter break, on Monday. Now trying hard to focus to get ready for June. Many students from

junior badminton teams have made it to finals and are getting ready for games in Biggar. A group from Grades 6-8 are focussing on creating a yearbook. Also they

are looking for sponsors. If you would like to help out please contact Sherry Archdekin or Crystal Klassen (principal) at the school.


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Notice is hereby given under The Tax Enforcement Act that unless the arrears and costs appearing opposite the land and title number described in the following list are fully paid before the day of June 25, 2012, an interest based on a tax lien will be registered against the land. NOTE: A sum for costs in an amount required by subsection 4(3) of The Tax Enforcement Act is included in the amount shown against each parcel.


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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Asquith News Neil Millard 329-4235

Community pastures are open this season Orderly transition over next six years To ensure longterm prosperity for farmers and the entire agricultural value chain, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) is refocusing on the changing priorities of the agriculture industry. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz last Wednesday reassured patrons of the Community Pasture Program that all pastures will remain open for the 2012 season. “No pastures will be affected this grazing season and we will work in collaboration with our provincial partners and with all stakeholders to make sure the transition away from federally operated pastures is as smooth as possible for producers,” said Ritz. “Pastures are now well-established in the Prairies. This change will create a great opportunity for provinces, stakeholders or those who use the land to take over pasture management.” The Community Pasture Program is

a land-management service provided on 85 pastures in the Prairie provinces. It was created in the 1930s to reclaim land that was badly eroded during the Prairie drought. Today, the program has achieved that goal, having returned more than 145,000 hectares of poor-quality cultivated lands to grass cover, significantly improving the ecological value of these lands and helping to increase the productivity of the area. Now that AAFC has informed all unions, management and staff, additional information is available: • This transition will not affect pastures in the upcoming season; • Pastures will be transitioned out of federal management gradually over six years, allowing time for provinces, municipalities, users and other stakeholders to help manage the transition; • AAFC will divest 10 pastures in 2013, followed by additional

pastures each year until full divestiture is achieved in 2018; • Grazing and breeding services on remaining pastures will be maintained throughout this period; and • Pasture patrons will receive as much notice as possible. AAFC has begun discussions with the governments of Manitoba and Saskatchewan (who own 90 per cent of the pasture land) to ensure that the divestiture of the land and the phasing out of the pasture program is undertaken in a manner that optimizes future economic and employment opportunities for the rural communities affected. AAFC will also work with the provinces, municipalities and the livestock industry to transition the pastures to those with the capacity and expertise to manage them efficiently. AAFC will begin discussions with patrons in the near future.

Dorrie Laberswieler, 591; THS, Bleepers, 1,112; THT, Bleepers, 3,139; LHA, Joey Levitt, 180. Mens: MHS, Dennis Notschke, 234; MHT, Dennis Notschke, 620; THS, WWF, 775; THT, WWF, 2,222; MHA, Dennis Notschke, 190.

Mixed: MHS, George Bartley, 269; LHS, Joey Levitt, 218; MHT, Chai Senglow, 647; LHT, Joey Levitt, 606; THS; Chai & D.J.’s, 1,144; THT; Chai & D.J.’s, 3,073; MHA; Chai Senglow, 199; LHA; Joey Levitt, 187.

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1,000! It is a great book and if you would like to read it, contact me. The United Church in Asquith and Perdue held the Pastoral Charge meeting in Perdue on Monday, April 16. Asquith welcomes back the “Snowbirds that have been living in the USA during the winter months. It is good to see you back home again. Don’t forget the Senior’s bingo night on Friday, April 27. Picnic time will soon be upon us again. Keep plastic plates, cutlery, cups and napkins and store juice boxes in the freezer - they will double as ice packs until you are ready to drink them. Suggestion: Champion your wife. Be her best friend and biggest fan!

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Reverend Jane Gallagher and the Biggar United Church was read a written presentation was read which included the activities that Neil enjoys before and after his retirement. The seniors have been busy preparing food lately! Soup and Sandwich Day was held on Wednesday, April 18. Neil received a baseball book in his mail box one day. The name of the book is Pure Baseball written by Ryan Thadeus. It is about “The Carl Jaxsom Legend”. As the season winds down to its final series, a myth is growing out of the very fibres of the American fabric itself. Fantastic humours have been romanticizing an unknown hitter who is said to be batting

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Perdue Community bowling results Club 55: MHS, Al Levitt, 395; LHS, Kay Munro, 235; MHT, Al Levitt, 755; LHT, Kay Munro, 577; THS; Hopefuls, 1,193; THT; BeeGees, 3,218; MHA, Al Levitt, 186; LHA, Kay Munro, 172. Ladies: LHS, Dorrie Laberswieler, 252; LHT,

Tip of the Day: “Let There Be Light”. One of the easiest ways to boost your energy is natural light. Open the curtains lift the shades, add a few lamps with full-spectrum light bulbs, and let the sun shine in. A large crowd of people from Asquith and Perdue attended a farewell supper and program on Sunday, April 15 in the Seniors Hall. I was amazed at the number of people plus the work that was done by the church and the Seniors organization. The food was delicious and tempting - and so was the fun and excitement of the program. There was a ball game going on in the hall! Table decorations were Ford trucks, Toronto Blue Jays pennants and New York Yankee ones. Baseball decorations on table setting. A skit with Ford family car products running the hall. Neil received a beautiful door knocker set in a beautiful wooden box for his condo, and lots of cards. Neil indeed was overwhelmed and thanked all the people! An e-mail from the

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

No. 300 Fisher Cadets selected for Prairie Region Honour Band This past April 6-14, three talented young cadets from #300 Fisher

had the opportunity to travel to Winnipeg to attend Prairie Region

Honour Band. The band was composed of 55 cadets from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Band members were chosen through a video audition and selection process and had to have achieved a high level of musicianship in order to participate. From the 55 cadets chosen, two distinct bands were formed - Pipe Band and Concert Band. For eight straight days (eight hours a day) these hard working individuals attended instrumental workshops, group band practice and mass band practice. The

candidates also attended music appreciation workshops, courses in music conducting and practiced and performed a mass precision drill routine. The Cadet Honour Band of Prairie Region was formed in 1989 during a week long music workshop in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. By 1992, public performances were added to the program. Today the direction of the Honour Band is focused on the individual leadership development of the these talented young musicians. The calibre of instruction is high and the emphasis is placed on

expanding their knowledge and skills in the areas of conducting, pipe band corps management, band drill, secondary instruments, leadership and further development of individual music repertoire. The Canadian Cadet Organization is a national program for youth aged 12-18 years. The program is sponsored by the Canadian Forces in partnership with the Navy, Army, and Air Cadet Leagues of Canada. The Aim of the program is to develop in youth the attributes of good leadership and citizenship,

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promote physical fitness and educate youth on the role played by the Canadian Forces. Cadets are encouraged to be active and responsible members of the their communities. The Cadet Program assists in the development of valuable life skills such as self-confidence, selfesteem and teamwork. Additional benefits may include awarding of high school credits, scholarships and training in public speaking. Today, there are 1,140 cadets corps and squadrons involving more that 55,00 youth throughout Canada making the Cadet program the largest federally funded youth program in the country. The cadets chosen from our squadron were Geoffrey Massie (Tenor Saxophone), Joshua Sittler (Percussion - Concert Band) and Regan Sittler (Tenor Drum - Pipe Band). We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these young men. In collaboration with their fellow cadets they performed for and inspired over 500 inner city school children in Winnipeg. As well they performed a two hour final concert for the Brigadier General (which included his favorite song - Hockey Night in Canada) at the beautiful Westminster United Church in Winnipeg.

Cutting Shelterbelt Program bad for farmers, land, biodiversity and climate: NFU With a wild swing of its budgetary axe, the federal government is about to hack down the 111 yearold Prairie Shelterbelt Program. This short-sighted destructive move will have negative consequences for Prairie farmers, their crops and livestock, soils, wildlife


Rural Municipality of Rosemount No. 378 Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll of the Rural Municipality of Rosemount No. 387 for the year 2012 has been prepared and is open to inspection at the ofÀce of the Assessor from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the following days: Monday to Thursday, April 23 to May 23, 2012, excluding public holidays. A Bylaw pursuant to section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices sent as required. Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to Àle his or her notice of appeal with: The Assessor, Rural Municipality of Rosemount No. 378 P. O. Box 184 LANDIS, SK S0K 2K0 by the 23rd day of May, 2012. Dated at Landis, Saskatchewan, this 23rd day of April, 2012 Kara Kirilenko, Assessor

and the climate, the NFU claims. “Talk about a scorched earth policy!” said Ed Sagan, NFU Saskatchewan Regional Coordinator. “To end the Prairie Shelterbelt Program makes no sense at all when we are dealing with increasing climate volatility and erratic weather patterns. The Shelterbelt Program has not only provided trees to buffer the effects of wind, heat and snowfall, but has created unique knowledge and expertise about how to plan, maintain and nurture trees on the Prairies for the benefit of farmers and the broader public. To end this program now to save a bit of money is worse than short-sighted.” In the context of the federal budget, where the NFU says billions of dollars were allocated to research but only if it is business-related, the reason

for cutting the Shelterbelt Program cannot simply be viewed as an austerity measure. “The program’s benefits are broad and far-reaching,” said Terry Boehm, NFU President. “As stated on Agriculture Canada’s own Web site, shelterbelts have many, many benefits including reducing wind, which prevents soil erosion and reduces moisture evaporation, providing wildlife habitat and thus increasing biodiversity, improving crop yields, reducing livestock stress and improving animal health and feed efficiency, as well as beautifying farmyards and reducing heating and cooling costs for farm buildings. To end this program is to say that we as a society do not value these benefits any more, and that is shameful.” The Shelterbelt Program, located at the Agriculture Canada Agroforestry De-

velopment Centre in Indian Head, provides seedlings free of charge to farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Peace River area of British Columbia, but farmers must pay the transportation cost and do all the work of planting and looking after the trees so that they will survive. An independent study prior to 2010 estimated the public good from shelterbelt trees provided through the Prairie Shelterbelt Program since 1981 to be as much as $600 million and the value of private good to be as much as $340 million. Furthermore, it has been estimated that the number of trees planted through the Shelterbelt Program in just one year will sequester over 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 during the following 50 years as they grow. The National Farmers Union called upon the federal government to reverse the cut.

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

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Kathleen Hamaura (nee Coupland) October 13, 1949 April 3, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Kathy Hamaura on April 3, 2012 in Saskatoon, Sask. at the age of 62. She was born October 13, 1949 in Vancouver, B.C. Kathy is survived by her husband of 42 years, Frank; her three children, Ruth (Greg) Kaune, Jennifer (Greg) Jansen and Jason Hamaura; seven grandchildren, Rachael Jansen, Maya Jansen, Connor Jansen, Matthew Kaune, Joshua Kaune, Jesse Hamaura and Tayler Hamaura; her sister, Margaret Coupland; step-sister, Bonnie (Floyd) Flaman; and many close members of her extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Ruth Coupland; and her step-mother,

Mary Coupland. A memorial service was held from St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Biggar, Sask. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Mark Kleiner of¿ciating. Eulogist was Brenda McBee. A second service will be held in Vancouver, B.C. at a future date. Tributes may be directed to Canadian Diabetes Association, #104-2301 Ave. C North, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 5Z5 or Canadian Cancer Society, #101440-2nd Ave. North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2C3 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

Elsa Jutta Mooney Jutta passed away Friday, April 13, 2012 at St. Paul’s Hospital Saskatoon, Sask. with family by her side. Jutta was born in Leipzig, Germany on December 16, 1928. She was active in aquatics in native Germany. Following the death of her parents, she escaped in 1949 from East Germany, ¿nally arriving in England. She trained at a London hospital earning her SRN and specializing in mid-wifery. She immigrated to Canada in 1962 to work at the Turtleford Hospital, Turtleford, Sask. Jutta married Murray Mooney in 1963. They farmed


OBITUARIES in Feudal area for about 30 years before moving to Perdue in the 1990s. In 2010, they moved to Saskatoon., Sask. Jutta was active in Perdue ACW, Feudal Ladies Club and bowling league. She loved her family, garden and Àowers. Jutta is survived by her husband, Murray; son, Timothy; daughter, Sarah (Darrel Weir); grandson, Mark Weir; son, Christopher; and grandson, Colton. The family would like to thank the staff and doctors on 6th Àoor, Medical Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Jutta during her stay. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home, Saskatoon, Sask. Interment followed. Donations in Jutta’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, 1702-20th Street West, Saskatoon, Sk., S7M 0Z9 or Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 1405 Faulkner Crescent, Saskatoon, Sk., S7L 3R5. Family and friends may send online condolences from the website www.hillcrestmemorial. ca. Arrangements entrusted to Megan Kasper, HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME, Saskatoon, SK 306-477-4400. 17c1

CARD OF THANKS On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to express thanks to the Asquith and Perdue United Churches and also to the Asquith Seniors Association for the wonderful Farewell I received on Sunday, April 15th in the Senior’s Hall. Everything was so well done, the food on the table was so delicious and the table must have been three tables! The program couldn’t have been better as the theme seemed to ¿t like a glove! (baseball). It must have been a lot of work for the planners as everyone enjoyed the evening. Also I received a beautiful door knocker for the condo plus cards and a lot of hugs from so many people. As one person once said, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you!” Don’t forget to come and see me sometime. At this time I want to say thank you to The Independent for letting me write up the Asquith News for almost nine years! Neil Millard and family 17nc Thanks to everyone who helped in our recent ¿re. God bless you all. The Ramsays 17p1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in April: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Biggar at 10:30 a.m. Presbyterian communion and potluck on the 29th. Everyone is welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone Rev. Mark Kleiner at 951-7122. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS: You are invited to these weekly services at Biggar Associated Gospel Church, Quebec St. and 8th Ave. West. Sunday: 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for children, youth and adults; 10:50 a.m. - Worship Service. Come and worship with us! Pastor-Rev. Terry Wicks. 15c3 APRIL 3 - 25: ‘Plants & Machines’, showing in the Credit Union Gallery at The Biggar Museum, 1 - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. 15c3

COMING EVENTS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: Biggar & District Arts Council presents… “Suzie Vinnick”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Advance tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers. Adults/ Seniors, $25 at the door, advance, $20; students, $15 at the door, advance $12; children 12 and under, $5. 11c6 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: A.C.W. Spring Tea & Bake Sale, 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons. 15p3 THURSDAY, APRIL 26: Vegetarian Dinner Club, 6 p.m. at Biggar New Horizons, $5/ person. Everyone welcome. Call Fran @306-237-4429 (h) or Wednesday/Thursday @ 306948-2446 (w) 16c2 FRIDAY, APRIL 27: Prairie Notes Community Choir presents their Spring Concert along with special guests, “The Group”; and Jeff Gosselin, 7:30 p.m. at Biggar Associated Gospel Church, Biggar. Admission, $10 at the door. Everyone is welcome. 17c1 FRIDAY, APRIL 27: New Horizons Soup, Sandwich and Dessert Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., $6 per person. All proceeds to the New Long Term Care Facility. Everyone welcome! 17c1 FREEHOLD MINERAL Owners’ Seminar & Freehold Owners Association Annual General Meeting April 28, 2012, Crossroads Church, Red Deer County, Alberta. Further information 403-245-4438 or SUNDAY, APRIL 29: Eagle Creek Wildlife Annual Fish Fry, Asquith Elks Hall, 4 - 7 p.m. Adult, $15; Teens, $10; under 5, FREE. Proceeds for improvements to trout pond at Eagle Creek Park. 16c2 SUNDAY, APRIL 29: 6:30 p.m. at Church of God, 320-6th Ave. East, Biggar. Gospel music by Country Cousins (Rice and Stenersons). You are welcome to attend. Freewill offering for missions. Coffee and fellowship to follow. 16p2 TUESDAY, MAY 1: 2 p.m., ‘Mother of the Year Tea’ at Biggar Community Hall. Sponsored by Biggar Community Connections. Come honour the Mothers of the Year! Open to everyone. Silver Collection. 16c3 FRIDAY, MAY 4 and SATURDAY, MAY 5: St. Gabriel CWL Clothing Drive and Garage Sale at St. Gabriel Church. Drop off: Friday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sales: Friday 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Proceeds go to the Food Bank and KidSport. 16c3 MONDAY, MAY 14: 7 p.m., Biggar & District Family Centre Annual General Meeting at the Family Centre. 17c3

INVITATIONS SATURDAY, APRIL 28: You are invited to attend the 80th Birthday for Oliver Harris at Landis Community Complex, 24 p.m. Everyone is welcome. No gifts, please. 16c2

ANNOUNCEMENTS Calling all emerging artists! Enter your works in Biggar Arts Council Local Adjudication. Entry forms available at Biggar Museum. Call 948-3451. Deadline for entries May 26, Adjudicator Alexander Gaspar. 17c5



TOWN OF BIGGAR TOWN OFFICE/ LIBRARY BUILDING PAINTING TENDER Bids sealed and marked “Town OfÀce/Library Building Painting Tender” will be received at the Biggar Town OfÀce until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012. The work consists of: 1. Painting the brick on the Town OfÀce/Library building. 2. Painting the metal facia around the top of the building. 3. Painting the wood trim around the top of the building. 4. Painting the beams on the building. 5. Painting the door on the library. 6. Painting the attached storage shed. The Town reserves the right to rejecct or accept any bid for any reason, without explanation, whether arbitrary, unreasonable, or otherwise. Barb Barteski, Chief Administrative OfÀcer Town of Biggar P. O. Box 489 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

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LIVESTOCK Registered Black Angus Yearling bulls for sale. Low birth weight, calving ease sired. Haynes Angus, 948-2563 or 948-7621. 17c3 Black Angus bulls for sale. Phone 948-2026, cell 948-6062 16c3 Charolais Bulls for sale. Red and white, excellent hair coats and quiet disposition. Celebrating our 25th year in the charolais industry. Domes Charolais, call John at 306-948-5260 14p4

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Land for Rent, Perdue. RM #346, Kinley, Sask. Seven quarters, 600 cult, 140 hay. Phone 306-237-4771, 306-2379517 10p9


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Where Quality Comes First! HEATED CANOLA WANTED!! - GREEN CANOLA - SPRING THRASHED - DAMAGED CANOLA FEED OATS WANTED!! - BARLEY, OATS, WHT - LIGHT OR TOUGH - SPRING THRASHED HEATED FLAX WANTED!! HEATED PEAS HEATED LENTILS "ON FARM PICKUP" d Westcan Feed & Grain 1-877-250-5252 Wanted… 4 litre ice cream pails. Drop off at Snow White Family Restaurant, Biggar 17c3 Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Land¿ll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 948-1773 or 9485393. Pickup available. 32tfn WANTED: Buying all wild fur, Beavers etc, Shed Antlers and old traps. Phone Bryon at 306278-2425 or Phil at 306-2782299.

CARS & TRUCKS Sun West School Division

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House for Sale in Perdue… 902 Ave. N., corner lot across from school. 1188 sq. ft., 3-bedroom bungalow, CA, CV, 4 appliances, attached garage, large garden. Contact Jim or Carol Mallas, 306-237-4237. 15p4 MARSDEN, SK… 40 minutes from Lloydminster on pavement, 1652 sq ft 1976 mobile home with addition developed as a bungalow. Detached garage, approx 1/2 acre lot with private deck off master bedroom. Must been seen to be appreciated. $104,900. 1-780-808-9885. MLS 46398 14p3 For Sale… 423 - 4th Ave. West, Biggar… 1100 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 1 bath plus 1/2 bath off master bedroom upstairs, ¿nished basement with one bedroom and 3/4 bath. Detached garage, Beautifully landscaped yard. Contact Bob Foster, 948-7348, leave message 9tfn

HOUSES FOR RENT For rent… three-bedroom house, 412 - 5th Ave. East, Biggar. Fridge, stove, washer, dryer. For viewing/consideration, phone 948-3856. 17p3

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Alley Katz Bowl for sale, Biggar…$235,000. 6-fully computerized wood lane; licensed lounge; 5400 sq ft cinder block building with 17 ft ceilings; maintenance free metal roof; energy ef¿cient radiant heat; licensed to serve food; games room with pool table 3 car games and 4 leased games; satellite TV; glow bowling; snack bar; of¿ce equipment and furniture; shows consistent growth for past 18 months. Call 948-4633. 17c4

WORK FROM HOME Huge demand for Medical Transcriptionists. Train with the best. Loan and funding options available. Contact CanScribe Career College today. 1.800.466.1535, www., admissions@


1985 Yamaha Virago, 1,000 cc, new rubber, carbs and forks redone. Phone 948-7521.

Part-time secretary wanted, work to include of¿ce clerk/working knowledge of Quickbooks. Reply to JDL Underground Ltd., Box 1041, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or fax 306-948-4811. 16c2 Part-time help needed at Sears Hometown Store. Drop off resume to 222 Main Street, Biggar. Further info available after 6:00 p.m. @ 306-9483629. 16c3

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Biggar Hotel… --part-time help wanted for Beverage Room, days, evenings and weekends available. Must be 19 years of age. --Part-time cleaning person needed for mornings. Please apply in person with resume to Tammy or Monty. 17c4 Summer employment needed at the beach side store in Battlefords Provincial Park. Émail resumes to: relleys@ 17c3 Biggar Museum & Gallery invites student applications for summer employment for the position of Museum Research & Collections Assistant. Apply in person with resume to: Biggar Museum & Gallery, 105 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar, Sask., 1 - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Deadline for application is Friday, May 4. 17c2 Looking for a weekly housekeeper (approx. 5 hours per week). Hourly rate negotiable. Call 9482106 or 948-7321. 17c3

Couples Welcome! Speedway Moving Systems Requires O/O for our 1 ton and 3 ton Àeets to transport RVs throughout N. America. We offer competitive rates and Co. Fuel cards. Paid by direct deposit. Must have clean criminal record and passport to cross border.1-866-736-6483; www.speedwaymovingsystems. com FLAGSTAFF COUNTY, Sedgewick, Alberta requires a full-time Grader Operator. Fax or email resume by 11 a.m., April 30, 2012. Attention: Gary Longhe at 780-390-0310 (cell); 780-384-3635 (fax) or glonghe@ À Looking to Relocate? Great opportunity in Saskatoon! INLAND CONCRETE in Saskatoon, SK is seeking Class 1A or 3A experienced drivers. We offer industry leading wages, plus a great bene¿ts plan and pension package. Fax resume with Driver’ s Abstract to (306) 373-1225 or email to lbrisson@ Registered Nurses required for short and long term positions providing relief hours in Canadian locations. Min one year exp required. Please visit or 1 866 355 8355 SERVICE MANAGER Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, bene¿ts, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email: chrysler@ STARPRESS LOOKING for experienced Maintenance Technician in Wainwright, Alberta. Experience working with Goss Community an asset. Phone 780-842-4465. Fax 780-842-2760 or email: joel@ NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect

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Western Sales, a busy multi- location John Deere Dealership is looking for a full time Parts people for our Biggar, Outlook, Elrose and Davidson locations to handle everyday customer needs. The right candidates role will be to sell, receive, deliver parts and accessories, handle promotions and take care of stocking duties. The candidate must have basic keyboard skills, parts and machinery knowledge and work well with a team. Will be required to work extended hours during seeding and harvest. Experience is an asset but will be willing to train the right candidate. We offer an excellent benefit package. Compensation will depend on parts experience. Forward your resume to or fax to 306-882-3389. Only qualifed applicants will be contacted.

Biggar Museum & Gallery invites student applications for summer employment for the position of Museum Research & Collections Assistant Position responsibilities include: greeting and directing visitors, providing visitor information, assist in archival inventory and documentation as well as referring visitors to other community services. The successful candidate will maintain and operate the gift shop, operate point of sale terminal and end-of-day Ànancial transactions and perform exhibition-related maintenance tasks. Within this program, the successful applicant will learn the history of the Biggar community, become an active participant in the community, develop interactive and creative skills and achieve organizational goals while adhering to museum standards beneÀting both the student and the museum. Student must be attending school and be returning to school in the fall to qualify for this position. Apply in person with resume to: Biggar Museum & Gallery 105 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar, Sask. 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday Deadline for application is: Friday, May 4, 2012.

Country Ford, a new division of FFun Enterprises, is in need of another PARTS & SERVICE ADVISOR to join our team. The Parts & Service Advisor is a customer service specialist, sourcing and selling automotive parts and accessories to internal, external, retail and wholesale customers. Working in harmony with the Service Department the Parts Advisor ensures the rapid turnaround of mechanical and body shop repair orders. Other duties may include: shipping & receiving, inventory control, displays, sales promotions, taking enquiries and orders over the phone, fax, email, etc. Doubling as a Service Advisor you are the contact person and liaison between the dealership’s service and repair customers and the service shop. You book appointments, coordinate service/repair orders, communicate with customers in person and over the phone and computers, estimate repair time and costs, assign repair orders to technicians, receive payments, sell service, repairs and accessories, advise customers about needed repairs, etc. WHAT YOU NEED • Related experience in automotive environment preferred but we will train someone with the right attitude and retail sales experience. • Knowledge of the automotive maintenance and repair business preferred. • Sincere customer service focus and excellent people skills. • Love of cars and a desire to have a career in the Automotive Industry. WHAT WE OFFER • Generous pay plan - commensurate with experience • Full company beneÀts and perks • Factory training and certiÀcation • Fun and friendly working environment • Opportunity for advancement • A job and a company you can take pride in. ASK ABOUT OUR RELOCATION OR TRAVEL INCENTIVE.


Please forward resume to: or Fax to: (306) 843-2757 Contact: GREG at Country Ford Toll Free @ 1-888-252-8888 213 - 2nd Avenue E., Wilkie, Saskatchewan

SUMMER WORK $15.50 base appt. Immdiate College/University student openings. Flexible schedules, conditions apply, customer sales/service, no experience needed, training given. Apply and train in Saskatoon, work in local city. Call 306-955-1935



Country Ford, a new dealership of the FFun Motor Group, is inviting inquiries/applications from Automotive Service Technicians for a fulltime AST position. Minimum qualiÀcations include 4th year or Journey-person status with general repair experience - Diesel Mechanics preferred. Country Ford is a full-service dealership with a busy service department The actual Pay Plan will depend on the level of the candidate and could be either hourly rate or Áat rate. Become a part of the exciting future of the FFun Motor Group. Ask about our relocation or travel incentive. Canadian permanent residents only please. Please forward resume to: or Fax to: (306) 843-2757 WILKIE

Call Greg at Country Ford 1-888-252-8888 for an interview.

Tell us what it will take to attract you to the FFun Motor Group! Discretion is assured - your inquiry will be kept conÀdential.


EXECUTIVE SALES REP Country Ford, a new dealership of the FFun Motor Group, is looking for a mature, experienced, self-disciplined Executive Sales Rep to expand Country Ford’s traditional market area. If you live in Biggar, Unity, Wilkie or North Battleford areas, this may be the automotive sale opportunity of a lifetime. You can work from home, or coffee row, as long as you’re making sales. There’s no expectation that you live in Wilkie or commute to Wilkie daily. There’s no requirement to put in hours at the Dealership waiting for customers to show up. Periodic attendance at the Dealership in Wilkie would be required for meetings, training, etc. This is a very rare opportunity for an experienced automotive sales representative looking for some Áexibility and freedom. Your success will be measured by what you produce. Minimum sales volume targets will be established. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MUST: • Have several years [minimum] of productive auto sales experience [cars, trucks, SUVs, etc.] Ford experience preferred. • Be mature, self-disciplined, well organized, focused and hard working. • Be effective at prospecting and lead generation. • Be an effective closer. • Be willing and able to mine their own network to Ànd buyers. • & Be productive and effective in an unstructured, minimally supervised role. Please forward resume to: or Fax to: (306) 843-2757 WILKIE

Contact Greg @ Country Ford 1-888-252-8888 for more information.

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FEUDAL CO-OP requires a Senior OfÀce Clerk/Cashier Possible job sharing position Please submit a resume and a complete application at the Convenience Store in Perdue, or mail to Box 39, Perdue, Sask. S0K 3C0. If interested call Jim at 306-237-4639 No deadline will be set for applying. The sooner the better.

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Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential rd

113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial


For all your home, business and rural needs Owners/Operators • Travis Young • Dallas Young • Claude Young

Biggar, Sask.


Cell 948-4478 Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

PLUMBING, HEATING & GASFITTING 114 - 1st Ave. E., Rosetown, Sask.

306.882.3535 Email:

of The Battlefords Independently Owned and Operated

FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS… • Selling/Buying • Residental • Farm/Acreage • Commercial • Recreational

FOR RENT BIGGAR HOUSING AUTHORITY Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 948-2101

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 Helping you Help yourself

Kent Dubreuil, E.D.O. Phone: 306-948-2295 Fax: 306-948-5050

Wally Lorenz Sales Associate 1391 - 100th St. North Battleford, SK S9A 0V9 Day or Night

Cell: (306) 843-7898 Bus: (306) 446-8800

Residential - Commercial Heating Cooling - Plumbing Central Vacuum Systems Gas Fitting - Sheet Metal

Inc. FRE E Es timat Call us for… es • Insurance jobs • Renovations • New home building • Drywall & Painting • Flooring (hardwood, ceramic, etc.) • Residential/Commercial • CertiÀed installer for Logix ICF

MADGE CONTRACTING LTD. For all your rooÀng needs… ¬New Construction ¬Metal ¬Torch-on ¬Re-roofs ¬Tile ¬Asphalt ¬All repairs ¬Shakes We offer 10 Year Workmanship Warranty and Liability/Torch On Insurance Excellent Local References For a FREE estimate please call… 306-948-5453

9Residential 9Commercial 9Automotive 9We tint vehicles too! For all your glass needs,

104 - 2 Ave. West Biggar nd


ADVERTISING is an investment in your business.

available to do…

• painting & Ӿnishing • decks & small buildings • light plumbing • windows & doors • laminate & hardwood ӿoors • general repairs

Call Jim @ 306-948-3333

McCARTY CONSTRUCTION • Commercial • Residential • Design Builder • Insurance Claims • Renovations • Drafting Service

“Big or Small -We Do Them All” Licenced Journeyman Carpenters Troy McCarty 948-5627 (H) 948-9280 (C) Mitch McCarty 373-8254 (H) Serving Biggar ... Since 1968

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NORTHLAND PAINTING and SANDBLASTING •Texas Gates •Spray Foam Insulation •Sandblasting & Painting •Internal Coatings •Rock Guard Coatings g

Fortney Enterprises Contracting • New Construction • Renovations • Residential • Commercial



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Call Greg Fortney


Ladies Only

30 min. Circuit Gym Located in the Nova Wood Centre (back entrance) 104 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar


Weight Loss & Wellness Centre

Consultant & Coach Anne G. Livingston •Ideal Protein Weight Loss Clinic •Epicure Selections •Walden Farms Products •Young Living Essential Oils •Beauticontrol Skin Care

NEW BEGINNINGS WELLNESS CENTRE “Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin,


(306) 948-3776 (306) 260-6503


Specializing in Exclusive Seasonal Personal Training Sessions! …for weight loss,

Spray Foam

Visit us @ 114- 2nd Ave. W., Biggar

Email: Want to insulate your quonset, farm/commercial buildings, house or cabin? Lower your heating and cooling costs and add strength to your buildings!

Small Ads Work… You’re reading this one!!!

948-2548 or 948-9710


Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

In Biggar Every Tuesday.

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311


Photos by Jocelyn Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography Biggar, Sask.



Wylie Farms Ltd. SEED CLEANING Canadian Seed Institute Accredited Pedigree, Commercial & Custom Cleaning FULL line of Cleaning Equipment including Gravity Table

Excellent Quality at a Reasonable Price! For all your Cereal and Pulse Cleaning Call: Bill: Dale:

Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 948-2548 Cell… 948-8048


948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

Plant located 8 miles south of Biggar on Hwy #4, ¼ mile west on Triumph Rd.

Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing

Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions

Northland Foaming

306-948-2805 Cell: 306-948-6062

~ Gift CertiÅcates ~ Evening, Saturday and in-home appointments available.

body sculpting, strength training.

* Limited Memberships available to fully equipped Private Fitness Studio & Cardio Room Gift Certificates available


• Shamanic Healing • Psychosomatic Therapy • Massage • Emotional Release Therapy

…owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard

Located in Angie’s Hair Salon 219 Main St., Biggar Call 948-7274 or 948-3696

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses

Services available…

Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

Your Healthy Living

“Building Trust from Start to Finish”

R.M.T. (NHPC member) Located @ New Beginnings Wellness Centre, 114 - 2nd Ave. W., BIGGAR

Mobile Units Office: 948-2805 05 Cell: 948-6062

306-717-2818 www.madgerooÀ Biggar, Sask.




…Financing Available Quality Service • Quick Completion • Low Cost Maintenance • Renovations • New Construction C



Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office)



Wayne Dollansky 306-948-7247 Custom Combining JD9770 with draper or hydraÁex headers


Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat

Phone: 948-5678

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012






PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barristers & Solicitors Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B. 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Roe & Company is a full service law office that practices… ¾Family and Criminal law ¾Commercial law ¾Real Estate ¾Wills and Estate, and our lawyers, William Roe, Q.C. Jason Peszko Ian Mokuruk Lisa Watson Sheri Woods look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:

• Notary Publics • Home & Agro Insurance • Auto & Commerical Insurance • Health Insurance • Motor Licence Issuer Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday 304 Main Street • Biggar

Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886


BIGGAR DENTAL CLINIC 104 - 6th Ave. East, Biggar, Sask. Southeast entrance of Nova Wood Bldg. Hours… Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

306-948-3408 Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance


222 Main Street 306 948 5377

115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

info@twhÀ www.twhÀ



KRF Automotive Detail Centre

Panasonic, Samsung,


100% handwash “Where we do it all for you!!” • Detailing • Vortex Spray-In Box Liners • Granitex Baked-on Coatings for Decks and Cement Flooring • Auto Accessories • Trailer Rentals Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar


YH Truck, Ag & Auto • Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109


P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

223 Main Street Biggar Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

OPEN: Mon.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

948-2183 Email: Website: This space available for… our 26-week commitment in this directory $ 2.89/week = $75 + g.s.t. (regular price $9.52 per week) One column x 1 inch size Call

216 Main St., Biggar




MONARCH MEATS Modern Licenced Abbatoir • custom slaughter, cut and wrapping • sausage making, curing and smoking


Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• sides of Pork & Beef available



Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Garry A. Faye

201B-2nd Ave. West


BIGGAR ACCOUNTING SERVICES Chartered Accountant Notary Public

LG, Frigidaire, Shaw, Bell, Yamaha AudioDealer; and Your authorized SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer


Phone: 882-2123 Emergency (after hours) 882-2006

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865

Your authorized

Call me to Ànd out more about how The Plan™ can help you prosper now …and over time.

JIM VANCHA, PAg Consultant (306) 948-4393 jim.vancha@

COMING SOON to BIGGAR Kurulak Investment & Insurance Corp.

Service Truck Full Mechanical Service Mon - Fri • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. phone: George

after hours George: 948-4042 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar 1st Ave. West, Biggar

948-2700 Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer

Let Vortex protect your truck and your investment with the Vortex Seamless Sprayed on Liner System Prairieland Collision


Rosetown, Sask.


M & N REPAIR 701 - 4th Ave. E., Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

Lyndsey Sacher

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist, Wealth Consultant Credential Asset Management Inc.

Pamela Eaton

Robert Hoesgen, CFP

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

Heavy Truck Repair SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES

Located at the Biggar & District Credit Union 302 Main Street, Biggar, SK • 306-948-3352 Mutual funds are offered through Credential Asset Management Inc., and mutual funds and other securities are offered through Credential Securities Inc. ®Credential is a registered mark owned by Credential Financial Inc. and is used under license.



…call 948-3344


Fax: 948-2484


230 - 1st Ave. W., Biggar Phone: 948-7117 email:

Bear Hills Rentals & Machine Works • Machine Shop Service • Rentals • MASTER FEEDS dealer • COMMERCIAL SOLUTION Ag Parts dealer • Drive line parts & service • KANE VET supplier

Phone: 948-4844 Fax: 948-4845

A Sign of Qualilty! • Wood, metal, plastic signs • Vehicle & window graphics • Banners, stickers and Magnetic signs

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:



~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524

Biggar Tree services available…

Sewing & Embroidery

• cut trim and removal • post holes • landscaping • cement removal • trenching • holes for piles • driveways • garage pads • basements


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BIGGAR COURIER • Biggar to Saskatoon • Same day Service • Monday to Friday • 24-hour Answering Service

Ivan Young,

Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

‰ CWB CertiÀed ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

109 Main St., Biggar



For all your investment needs, Visit…

Phillips Radio Shop


Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at



658-4474, Landis, SK

• Jackets • Windsuits • Shirts • Hunting Gear • Bunnyhugs • Caps • Toques • Bags Check out our new website: Judy Judy Kahovec: Kahovec… 882-4313, Cellcell 831-7935 306-882-4313, 831-7935 Carey Krchov: 882-3213 Carey Krchov…882-3213

The Country Clipper • All Breed Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennels (Bordetella Mandatory) • Pet Supplies • Saleboard for dog and cat related items

For appointments and inquiries, call Janet at 948-2091

Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 6 pm. 2 mi N on Hwy #4, 2-½ mi E on Golf Course Rd. Anne G. Livingston

CertiÀed Custom Picture Framer • photographs • paintings • art prints • memorabilia • collages, etc. Call Anne @ 948-7274

Rebel Landscaping 948-2879, evenings 948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky • Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting

• Topsoil • Lawn Care • Leveling • Sod • Patio Blocks

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more


Custom Grain Hauling 306-948-9278 Landis, Sask.

Rockin D Trucking & Cattle

• Cattle hauling with 21 ft. gooseneck trailer • round and large square bale hauling with step-deck or highboy semi-trailers • also buying and selling straw and forage • also machinery hauling Home • 306-948-2037 Alex • 306-948-7291 Dan • 306-948-7843 Biggar, Sask.

HAULS TO THE DUMP Small moves and deliveries with ½ ton truck

Ph/fax: 948-3856 or cell: 948-7896 Sales Consultant J. G. Smith

For FAX service, see us at The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar


MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012


505 Hwy. 7 West, Rosetown, SK


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OPEN: Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CLOSED: Sundays

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