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Province remains on track with balanced budget The First Quarter Financial Report released August 3 by Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz shows that Saskatchewan remains on track to have the only provincial balanced budget in Canada in 2012-13. A weak global economic recovery has fuelled volatility in commodity markets, reducing nonrenewable resource revenue. Overall, revenue is forecast to be down $113.2 million from budget, largely due to reduced revenue projections from oil and Crown land sales. “While resource revenue can fluctuate over the course of an entire year, the overall strength of our economy coupled with our government’s commitment to sound fiscal management will ensure a balanced budget for the

people of Saskatchewan,” Krawetz said. To offset reduced revenues, the pre-transfer surplus will be reduced to $11.8 million and ministries will manage their expenditures to ensure efficiencies and savings are captured. The government is looking to reduce spending by about $55 million - or about one-half of one per cent of overall government expenditures - through efficiencies and expense management within ministries. “Our economy remains the envy of many other jurisdictions,” Krawetz said. “Maintaining a balanced budget is a big part of the Saskatchewan Advantage, and we’re committed to keeping our province on solid financial ground throughout 201213 and beyond.”

Turn and burn . . . Kayla Domashovitz rounds the three barrel at the Biggar Rec Valley during a Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association (SBRA) competition, Tuesday. Hosted by the Rec Valley, the racers have been coming to Biggar every Tuesday for the jackpot event, and will

run until the end of September. Biggar will host a SBRA finals this September 8, with top riders coming in from all over the province. More pictures will be posted this Wednesday at (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

First human case of West Nile Virus detected in Saskatchewan The first human case of West Nile Virus infection this season has been reported in Saskatchewan. The case occurred in an individual from Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region who experienced no symptoms. The infection was detected by Canadian Blood Services when the individual was donating blood. The recent hot, humid conditions throughout much of Saskatchewan have created the ideal conditions for the

development of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the carrier of West Nile Virus. “Surveillance results show that Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are increasing slightly in some traps in southern Saskatchewan,” Provincial West Nile Virus Coordinator Phil Curry said. “We caution the public that these mosquitoes will continue to be active over the next few weeks and some could potentially be infected with the virus.” People are encouraged to take the necessary

precautions to protect themselves against mosquitoes bites, especially at dusk and dawn when Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are most active. “If you’re bitten by a West Nile Virus-infected mosquito, there is a small risk of serious neurological illness like inflammation of the brain and, in rare cases, death,” Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “People who develop severe symptoms such as unusually severe headaches or persistent

high fever or confusion, need to seek medical attention immediately.” Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus will experience either no symptoms or only mild illness such as fever, headaches and body aches. To reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile Virus, the following precautions are recommended: • using insect repellent containing DEET; • wearing protective clothing;

• reducing time outdoors between dusk and dawn; • regularly cleaning and emptying containers that can collect water such as bird baths and eavestroughs; • clearing yards of old tires and other items that can collect water; • ensuring rain barrels are covered with mosquito screening or are tightly sealed around the downspout; • keeping screens on windows and doors in good repair; and

• keeping bushes, shrubs and lawns clear of overgrowth and debris. Updated Surveillance Results, Risk Maps and Weekly West Nile and Culex Reports are posted every Friday on the Ministry of Health’s Web site at west-nile-virus. Additional information on protective measures and the West Nile Virus (symptoms, when to seek help) are available at Healthline Online healthline-online.

Saskatchewan export sales continue climb

‘Moo’ving along . . . Bovine meat on the hoof trundles along last Tuesday with Biggar in the background. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Saskatchewan export sales continue to rise according to a new report from Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan posted a 3.6 per cent increase in June compared to numbers of June 2011. January to June export totals show that Saskatchewan sold $16 billion worth of exports - a 16.2 per cent increase over 2011, placing the province second in increases nationally, and more than doubling the national average in the first half of the year. “ We a r e s e e i n g t h e

resurgence of some of our export industries such a s f o r e s t r y p r o d u c t s, which have experienced challenges in the last few years,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said, Thursday. “The overall exports picture shows that Saskatchewan products continue to be competitive, of high quality and in high demand.” International exports of forestry products saw the largest increase of 85.8 per cent over June last year, with sales totalling $36.6 million. Energy and industrial

goods exports maintained their lead with sales of $961 million and $920 million respectively in June. Agricultural products also increased to $595 million. Consumer goods and machinery equipment posted a 75 per cent and 24.9 per cent increase respectively. “Saskatchewan businesses continue to prove that despite the challenging global economy, our products continue to be in demand around the globe,” Boyd said.



Smoothing the ride for Trans-Canada Highway motorists $3.5 million on resurfacing near Chaplin Crews are scheduled to begin work on about 10 kilometres of paving on the Trans-Canada highway east of Chaplin last week. The $3.5 million upgrade will lead to a smoother surface for travellers on the eastbound lanes of Highway 1. “We’re working hard to meet the needs of a growing province by investing in highways and infra-

structure,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “Some jurisdictions are facing growing debt and sluggish economies, while we’re living in a province that has a balanced budget, a robust economy, low unemployment and is investing in the future. The repaving near Chaplin is one example of how we’re planning for more

growth.” New highway construction activity expected to get underway this week includes patching on Highway 2 north of Wakaw, seal coating on Highway 3 near Spiritwood and Shell Lake, paving on Highway 8 near Langenburg, patching on Highway 15 near Kenaston, paving near Esterhazy on Highway 22

and patching on Highway 42 near Lucky Lake. Motorists are advised to watch for highway crews as work continues to improve Saskatchewan’s roads. The weekly provincial highway construction update is posted to the Highway Hotline Facebook page at facebook. com/SaskatchewanHighwayHotline and Tweeted

@SKGovHwyHotline. Pictures of various construction projects and other maintenance activities can be found in a photo gallery on the ministry’s Web site at Additional travel information about emergency road closures, the status of ferries and barges along with other road ac-

tivities can also be found on the Highway Hotline at road-conditions. It’s also available by calling 306787-7623 in Regina, 306933-8333 in Saskatoon, the SaskTel cellular network at *ROAD, toll-free across Canada at 1-888335-7623 and via the Highway Hotline mobile Web site at

The Sky This Month - August 2012 by Gary Boyle, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada D ra c o Th e D ra g o n (Part 2) Deemed the best meteor shower of the year – the Perseids will be at their best on the morning of August 12. With an estimated rate of 100 meteors per hour, the moon will rise around midnight thus being a nuisance. But even with the Moon up, it should still be worth at trip to the country with a clear

horizon. Speaking of the Moon, there will be two full moons slated for August 1 – the Sturgeon Moon and on the 31st – the Grain Moon which is also the Blue Moon. The Moon will not turn blue or will it? The summer of 1950 was extremely dry and there were massive forest fires burning in the west. Famed Canadian astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg was living in Southern Ontario at the time of the fires. On

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September 25 and 26 heavy smoke filled the air and by 3:30 p.m. it seemed like nightfall. At times she could see the Sun briefly come into view and appeared blue-mauve in colour but casting no shadows. She explained at the time was most likely caused by certain types of dust particles that are slightly larger than a wavelength of light. These particles filter red light, but allow blue light to pass through, thereby

creating the illusion of a blue moon and sun. The days that followed, eastern Canada and the US and eventually the British Isles saw the same phenomena. This month’s new Moon is slated for the 17th. Since we are now in cottage and camping season, try to plan your get away time around this date to take advantage of

country skies and the absence of light pollution. The Milky Way will be riding high overhead as it stretches to the south to Sagittarius and the middle of our galaxy. Unfortunately you will be without bright planets for most of the night as Mars sets at 11:00 p.m. locally on the 1st and Saturn sinks below the horizon a half hour later. On the

14th, Saturn, Mars and Spica line up nicely, thus another digital moment very low in the west. During the night you will have to hunt for the planets Neptune in Aquarius and Uranus in Cetus. Come the morning Venus and Jupiter blaze away in the east before sunrise. Until next month, clear skies everyone.

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Progress being made on haying Saskatchewan livestock producers continue to make good haying progress and now have 92 per cent of the hay crop cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly crop report for the period, July 31 to August 6. Eighty-one per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, 83 per cent of the hay crop is rated as good to excellent in quality, 14 per cent is rated as fair and three per cent is reported as poor quality. Haying progress varies across the province with 96 per cent cut in the southeast, 98 per cent in the southwest, 93 per cent in the east-central region, 88 per cent in the westcentral region, 91 per cent in the northeast and 77 per cent in the northwest. Eighty-seven per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage in the southeast, 93 per cent in the southwest, 81 per cent in the east-central and northeastern regions, 74 per cent in the west-central region and 60 per cent in the northwest. One per cent of the provincial crop has now been combined and three per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight combine. The five-year (2007-2011) provincial average for this time of year is two per cent combined and four per cent swathed or ready to straight combine. Provincially, 28 per cent of the winter wheat, 23 per cent of t h e f a l l r y e, s i x p e r cent of the peas, three per cent of the lentils and one per cent of the mustard has been combined. Two per cent of the canola and five per cent of the mustard has been swathed. The majority of crop damage this week is attributed to insects, disease, hail and localized flooding. Severe hail storms


and heavy rain were reported in some regions. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent s u r p l u s, 6 8 p e r c e n t adequate, 18 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Fa r m e r s a r e b u s y finishing haying, controlling insects and getting ready for harvest.

Sign time . . . Monica Schultz of the Pre-K Summer Day Camp program, leads her charges through a sign language lesson, Wednesday. Held at Biggar Central School with the program sponsored by the Biggar Family Centre, the popular summer event gets the future students ready for their first day of

school. It comes to an end for the year this Friday, but registrations for next year can be made at the Biggar Family Centre. Check out the for Web content this Wednesday. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

More cuts in Sask Party’s unacceptable quarterly report, say NDP The government’s first quarter financial report shows that Saskatchewan people will now be asked to pay more and get less in order to cover the Sask Party’s mistakes and expensive spin, says NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon. The unacceptable Sask Party report showed their budget projections are already short by $113.2 million

only three months into the fiscal year, he added, August 3. “The Sask Party already took a swipe at kindergarten classrooms, cut the film industry and took more from the pockets of s e n i o r s. N o w t h e y ’ r e vowing to take another $55 million from e v e r y d ay f a m i l i e s t o cover their mistakes,” s a i d Wo t h e r s p o o n . “It’s mind-boggling

that they won’t even be straight with everyday families about where they are making cuts.” Since the annual budget, released in March, projected only a r a z o r- t h i n $ 1 4 . 8 million surplus on a summary financial basis, there can be no doubt that Saskatchewan has a deficit and growing debt, the NDP say.

The NDP remains concerned that revenues may be even weaker than projected. “ T h e S a s k Pa r t y ’ s failure to make a budget work in our province’s relatively good economy is disappointing. Sadly, it’s Saskatchewan people who will p a y t h e p r i c e,” s a i d Wotherspoon. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h e Sask Party continues to report only on a General Revenue Fund basis, out of line with

accounting standards and the rest of Canada, Wotherspoon added. “The Sask Party is not being straight about the cuts and they’re not being straight a b o u t o u r f i n a n c e s,” s a i d Wo t h e r s p o o n . “This financial report would not be acceptable anywhere else in Canada. Saskatchewan people deserve the full, true picture of their finances and not the budgetary games and s p i n t h e S a s k Pa r t y offers up.”

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Opinions Man’s instinct is to explore While it’s true the Summer Olympics have been dominating the television screen these days there is another historical event happening. The rover Curiosity has landed on Mars and is sending pictures back to Earth. The total cost for NASA to build and send the space exploring robot to Mars is $2.5 billion. Some will argue that the money could be better spent on social programs but there are benefits to knowing about other planets. The primary goal is not to find life on the Red Planet rather to find out if life could be sustainable. Curiosity will take two years to roam around the surface, gather specimens and send pictures back. They are fascinating and most interesting. And Canadian scientists have made a contribution. It is an “alpha particle X-ray spectrometer” which will identify chemical elements in rock and soil. This is a huge accomplishment for our country. Meanwhile millions watch the news for updates. They view the pictures and read the news. And they tune in to the reports on specialty networks which proves that there is public interest in the mission as well as scientific interest. After all, man is, by nature, an explorer. If the early explorers to North America hadn’t crossed the ocean we might not be living here today. P.H.

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Organic activists are a danger to your health by Misha Popoff, Frontier Centre for Public Policy Distributed by Troy Media, www.troymedia. com Are organic activists preventing the effective control of mosquitoes in your area? Maybe it’s time to stand up to them, because mosquitoes are more than a mere nuisance; they can be deadly! If you live in the tropics, malaria can still kill you the way it always has: very painfully over the course of a few days, or within hours if you’re lucky. In northern climes, West Nile virus can likewise kill you within days if you’re young or elderly. But don’t bother complaining to organic activists about mosquitoes that carry these diseases. Dying from preventable diseases like West Nile virus and malaria is “natural”, according to leaders of the organic movement. Better to let people die rather than resort to the use of synthetic substances

to control mosquitoes. It has been the case since activists banned DDT in 1972, eliminating our only effective means of preventing the spread of malaria. The United Nations’ World Health Organization has finally backed off, somewhat, in its resolute ban of DDT. But still, upwards of one million people die every year in the world’s poorest regions, mostly children under the age of five, from a preventable disease. Here in North America, the leadership of the organic community is likewise doing everything it can to impede the effective control of mosquitoes. In Colorado, a judge recently ruled that longtime resident Jim Hopper can continue spraying mosquitoes on his property, but only as long as he stays 150 feet back from his neighbour’s organic fields. Federal law, meanwhile, requires only a 25-foot buffer . . . on the organic crop side

of the fence. Through judicial activism, egged on by organic fanatics, mosquitoes can now continue to breed freely along a vast swath of Jim’s property. Jim started spraying when his wife Georgia contracted West Nile virus back in 2006, after local authorities gave in to organic activists and stopped spraying mosquitoes. Georgia Hopper almost died, so Jim bought his own equipment and set out to protect his wife’s health, not to mention that of others in the area. Organic activists dragged Jim and Georgia into court and enforced the absurd 150-foot buffer restriction. The baseless legal restriction has no precedent. Instead, it is being imposed in the name of an empty concept of being “natural.” In British Columbia, Erica Kroeker, who ran her local government’s mosquito-control program, warned local politicians that “organic


farms will lose their status” if larvicide is used on their property to control mosquitoes. She was being egged on by the folks who run the tax-subsidized offices of Certified Organic Associations of B.C. But guess what? Organic farmers will not lose their certification if mosquito larvicide is applied on their property, or if mosquito spray is used near their property. The only way an organic farmer could face any possible backlash for allowing a neighbour or local authority to spray or apply larvicide is if someone within the leadership of the organic industry arbitrarily decertified or threatened to decertify his land. This would not only be unconscionable, but illegal. In both cases, organic activists want no spraying and only a “natural” larvicide to be used. But Bacillus thuringiensis serovar israelensis (Bti) dissipates quickly and has to be re-applied


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every time after it rains. Bti also kills non-biting midges that are food for fish, so it’s actually worse than man-made larvicide that specifically targets mosquito larvae. And if an effective larvicide isn’t used, you then have no choice but eventually to spray mosquitoes after they take flight. But facts be damned! Authorities in Colorado and B.C. have decided to allow organic activists to “help” determine what qualifies as an “acceptable” solution, which is tantamount to asking vegetarians to come up with an “acceptable” version of the turkey dinner. Rabid activists without any academic credentials in entomology or disease pathology are taking control of your family’s health. Considering that mosquitoes don’t even attack fruit trees or crops, the application of mosquito spray or larvicide on neighbouring properties cannot in any way affect the production

of organic food, not even in theory! In fact, since synthetic sprays and larvicide won’t harm or benefit an organic farmer, it could be argued that, in certain circumstances at least, these manmade substances should be applied directly to organic land to protect the public from deadly disease. Doing so will have no adverse effect whatsoever on an organic farmer’s certification status, unless, as mentioned, the organic movement leadership capriciously decertified that farmer. Of course, death is natural. But letting people acquire diseases that will kill them without adopting perfectly preventable scientific solutions to avoid them is not. Mischa Popoff is a former organic farmer and Advanced Organic Farm and Process Inspector. He’s the author of Is it Organic? (www.


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I’d like to continue the Olympic theme for one more column. There is so much backstage stuff that just boggles your mind and I’d like to share it with you. The Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 80,000 and is the lightest Olympic Stadium ever built. It boasts 14 lighting towers because this is the first Olympic games with HD TVfreeze-frame coverage which is essential to capture the action. Yes, even the Games have had to upgrade and embrace technology. Not only will the audience in the stands be watching but four billion viewers across the world. This way everyone will be able to see the night events. The roof of the Aquatics Centre is shaped like a wave and measures 12,000 square metres (one and onehalf time bigger than Wembley football pitch). Over 160,000 tonnes of soil was evacuated to build the centre. The Velodrome is also “state of the art”. The cable net roof is made from 17 km of steel cables (or to put it another way over 10 miles of steel cable, twice the height of Mount Everest). And, it’s not only the sporting venues that are up-to-date. The International Broadcast Centre will be a media hub open 24 hours to around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists bringing the action to viewers and readers in their home countries. The biggest fork lift truck in the country was used during the erection of the steel frames. The London Olympic

Committee took three years to transform 2.5 sq km of land in east London. Land which was once contaminated industrial land became home to the Olympic Park and was transformed into green space. After the Games the park will be turned into a green space for all to enjoy with the southern part keeping the festive atmosphere the Games bring. It will house cafes, markets and gardens and and area for hosting festivals and events. Here’s some other stats surrounding the London Olympic Games. • 70,000 volunteers (yes, even an event as huge as the Olympic Games needs volunteers to function) • 10 million tickets • 32 venues constructed • 63,400 uniforms (1,000,000 items) • 140,000 square metres of temporary facilities • 30 new bridges built in Olympic Park • 4,000 trees planted • 10 million litres of fuel • 1 million pieces of sports equipment • 5,000 vehicles • 11,000 new homes built • 5 new neighbourhoods established • After the Games have finished, the new Olympic Park will become one of the largest urban parks created within Europe for more than 150 years. • 10 km of new roads will be built • The village will be converted to 3,600 apartments, most of them will be affordable housing • After the Games

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four arenas will be “deconstructed” and relocated to other parts of the UK along with the swimming pools that are used for water polo and the 50m training pools. • 78 per cent of spectators are likely to travel from within London and 22 per cent from the rest of the UK and Europe. That’s not to mention the other sight seeing attractions London and the surrounding area have to offer.

Record setting month for Saskatchewan building permits Saskatchewan building permits set a new record for June, according to a new report released Tuesday by Statistics Canada. Building permits reached a value of $308 million in June, a 33.5 per cent increase over the figure for June 2011. This was the second highest increase among the provinces and well

Where are your kids? . . . A lot of hard work lies in ruins at a home on Seventh Avenue East, Thursday. Vandals destroyed the fruits of someone’s labour in the late hours. The edible delight hadn’t even ripened,

above the national average of 3.2 per cent. “Construction sites are busy in all corners of the province, which is a testament to our strong and growing economy,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “As we continue to attract new families and businesses to Saskatchewan we expect to see this growth continue.”

Non-residential construction was up 34.7 per cent compared to June 2011, while residential construction saw an increase of 32.7 per cent for this same period. “A busy construction sector means new opportunities for workers and businesses in our province,” Boyd said.

with many plants pulled out of the ground, broken off, and thrown about. A shame that someone has decided that this constitutes “fun” at the expense of someone else. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)



Where did “D” day go? by Bob Mason All through history our “human” society has fought great battles, and each one has had a commonly called D-Days! Many generations have, fortunately, only had one, and we have forgotten most of them. Ours (almost forgotten too!) was on June 6, 1944. Sitting up here in this quiet room, and thinking back about those times, over and over Yours Truly (YT) keeps asking himself: “Is war really a necessary thing?” Aside from the seeming uselessness of it all, yet knowing the terrific relief of tensions that its ending brings, one often has to wonder. Do those continuous conflicts really contribute a psychological something that our society must have in order to exist? So far, for all our

modern technology, we don’t know! There have been thousands of D-Days since long before Thermopylae (in 480 BC) right down to the present squabble in Afghanistan, and although some of them have gone this way and that, here we are in 2012 AD, wondering what benefits (if any) they have brought us! Mebbe if YT had

studied Mr. Freud a little closer, he could have come up with a better suggestion! There might be quite a bit of controversy in the next few lines and, as an anti-violent, “Live and let live” pacifist, YT hesitated to write this, but on our D-Day, those young men who stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944, for all their debatable need for a something we didn’t know we had to have! They didn’t have time to stop their attack and ponder a bit about this kind of stuff. In the few minutes since YT started to write this piece, many of them had already paid the supreme price for it! But we do have time to think about those things! Mebbe to some people we seem kind of crazy who knows? There must be an answer, eh? If,taking Shakespeare’s

“Band of Brothers” soliloquy, as an example, for all their tension and so-called hate, do these things bring us a little closer together? “Be he e’er so bile, this day will better his conditions!” And, up until now, has not our many, many wars achieved the same end? A schoolyard fight often ends up with the two antagonists shaking hands! Sometimes we almost sneer at the doctrines handed down to us by our religions, and most of them say that it is wrong to kill one’s fellow man. But we do ! We slay them just as definitely and cruelly as our uneducated ancestors did thousands of years ago. Talk about wrong roads, eh? Our history sez that most of these D-Day people “won”! And having gained “victory”, most of society just sat back, breathed a sigh of relief and said, “Well, that’s over!” This of course, let our warring world proceed again down that wrong road as it has since way way back! But, having time to think and plan some way to change those travellanes a bit, isn’t enough! Another, far more influential faction thinks vastly different about how to bring peace, and uses that influence far more than we pacifists can! As an example of that controversial contrast (urging YT to form these far-out opinions supported by Exodus 20:13), was when Yours Truly met that U.S. Diplomatic bigshot in the Sask. Hotel years

ago! We had been discussing the Vietnam war, and how come an American destroyer had been in the Gulf of Tonkin when someone took a shot at it! Right after having paid for my meal (probably by an expense account!) He stood up and told me off in a loud voice, right in front of everybody! “Go home sonny!” he shouted. “Go home, jump into bed and pull the blankets up over your head! We’ll fight the war for you! Because if we don’t go over to Asia and fight them, then they are going to come over here and fight us!” As he and his two bodyguards strutted away; in a loud voice he yelled back “Put that in your pipe and smoke it! I’m sure that none of the stunned people sitting in that otherwise quiet dining room, hears YT mumble: “I only smoke peace pipe anymore!” As they swaggered out of that room though, whether the rest of us liked it or not, it was his point that had been made! I’m not sure how successful that “defense” of freedom was, for the Vietnam war kept on for months and months and people kept dying in Asia . . . At the risk of being criticized (again) YT has to quote Mel Hurtig’s report on page 2,263 of The Canadian Encloypedia: “The cost of that was was staggering. 1.7 million refugees. the U.S. dropped 7 million tons of bombs; 75 million litres of herbicide. The U.S. lost over 10,000 helicopter and planes. Some 56,000

U.S. soldiers were killed and 303,000 wounded. The direct cost of the war was $140 billion and the indirect costs were over $900 billion . . .” etc. and etc. and unquote. But that guy had made his point, eh? Farther down the page it says that although there were over *10,000 Canadian young men in the U.S. Army, there were 32,000 U.S. draft dodgers and army deserters in Canada! But again, that influential guy had made his point! Animals (called dumb), kill each other (mostly for food), but the cat that kills the mouse has no social law, like ours, to fall back on. I hate to say this in a way, although our Bible sez (Genesis 1.26-30) that “man” shall have “Dominion” over beasts. It doesn’t mention much about killing each other (well, not for food anyway!). Just to find out if wars are psychologically (some word, eh?) necessary, wouldn’t it be something if the soldiers of the world crossed the beaches (also of the world!) to shake hands with the people they met! Rudyard Kipling wrote a few lines about this same problem, over a hundred years ago . . . “Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget, Lest we forget!” Mebbe things will turn out Okay, eh? Mebbe the time will come when people will say: Where has D-Day gone? *That 10,000 helicopters and planes seems like quite a bit, but that is what the book sez!

Get yer motor runnin’ . . . Vintage motorcycles hit the Regional Park August 4-5, as the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group held their annual event. (Independent Photo by Daryl Hasein)



Fed investment in Whitecap Dakota will create jobs, economic prosperity The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear announced August 3 a Harper Government investment in the development of a hotel and spa to be located on the First Nation. The hotel will complement Whitecap Dakota’s world-class golf course and casino and cement its position as a tourism destination in the province. Once completed, the hotel will create 150 jobs in the community and create economic benefits for business in and around Whitecap Dakota. The First Nation expects that the project will turn its first profit by the end of its second full year of operation. “Our government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Duncan. “Projects such as this lead to both. Just as important, they also show how forward-thinking, prudent investment and strategic long-term planning can

benefit an entire First Nation community and attract private sector investment. We congratulate Whitecap Dakota for their initiative and their leadership.” “The Dakota Dunes hotel is an important phase in the development of a destination resort for the region,” said Chief Bear. “It will provide economic benefits for the Whitecap community, the Lake Diefenbaker Tourism Destination Area, and the City of Saskatoon.” The Harper government’s $3 million investment, provided through the Aboriginal Business Development Program, will be part of a $26.5 million investment in the hotel-spa project, which is expected to get underway this fall and be completed by summer 2014. The First Nation has also secured private sector financing for the project. “For more than 20 years, the BMO Aboriginal Banking Unit at BMO has partnered with Aboriginal communities and their leaders on im-

portant initiatives ranging from strengthening economic development and infrastructure, to encouraging the growth of Aboriginal business innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Stephen Fay, National Director, A b o r i g i n a l B a n k i n g, BMO Bank of Montreal. “BMO is proud to be part of this initiative, which will create jobs and opportunity for members of the community, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to community leaders for their successful efforts to bring this project to life.” The 161-room complex will be located in the same area as the First Nation’s existing entertainment facilities, specifically the Dakota Dunes Golf Links and the Dakota Dunes Casino. In addition, the facility will include a pool, convention centre, restaurant and lounge, and fitness centre and spa. Whitecap Dakota First Nation has already invested $12 million in infrastructure upgrades to support onreserve commercial de-

New Horizons Activities We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer enjoying the warm weather, watching the gardens, crops and flowers grow. The Passion Play bus tour on July 22 to the Mission Hill Productions was an enjoyable evening of entertainment. Today the Mystery Tour is taking place with the destination unknown as of yet. The bus was completely filled with enthusiastic passengers. For the month of July the courtesy car made 400 trips picking up members and delivering them many places

in Biggar. The highest number of trips were on July 12 and 13 with 25 for each day. The drivers were Jim Hoult and Dan Chegus. To use the courtesy car service you must become a member of the New Horizons at a cost of $16 per year. You are then able to purchase courtesy car tickets from the New Horizons office at $1.50 each. Each trip a member takes requires one ticket. The courtesy car drivers volunteer their time to provide this service to our membership. If you require any further information regarding the

courtesy car or the other activities the New Horizons provides please call the office at 948-5115. On Monday, August 13 our monthly potluck birthday party will take place. All members who celebrate a birthday in the month are welcome to attend. Please bring your own plates, cutlery and cup and of course a potluck item to share with everyone. Following the potluck we will be having card bingo with prizes provided. Have a good week everyone and by all reports the weather is to continue being hot and sunny.

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Diamond Lodge News Another month gone and a new one beginning! Monday, July 30, we played ball and volleyball. A young visitor came and helped us enjoy our ball games. After lunch we watered the garden and flowers. They are looking so beautiful! We also played a game called Blast from the Past. We are asked questions and talk about what we did in our younger years. Current Events happened on Tuesday morning. This helps us keep up to date on our ever changing world. In the afternoon, we played Jeopardy. Our categories were based on summer and outdoor activities. The first of August was Birthday party night! Country II came to play for us. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful songs they

played. Fun was had by all who attended. There were lots of cake and goodies to enjoy. Thursday we tried a new activity since we are in the middle of the Summer Olympics. We had the first annual Diamond Lodge Olympics! We did javelin and archery. The residents commented on how much they enjoyed this activity! They all earned gold medals! In the afternoon, we had bingo and had lots of extra help from volunteers and visitors. Friday morning we had Barbecue Club! We had it inside this time due to the cool weather. We had fresh green beans from the garden which made the event more enjoyable. Friday afternoon the staff and residents were found in the Activity Room enjoying ice cream cones. It

was a good thing to have for a Friday. Saturday we played Jackpot Bingo and had a lot of lucky winners! In the afternoon, we watched Johnny Cash’s life story in “Walk the Line”. The residents enjoyed this movie. Who doesn’t love Johnny Cash? Sunday morning some of the ladies had their nails painted and ended with hand massages. They felt like new ladies after all the pampering! In the afternoon we had our church service led by PALS Redeemer Lutheran Church. A huge thank you to all our volunteers and visitors who make our days a little brighter! Your help and company make such a difference to all of us here at the Diamond Lodge!

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Agriculture Terminator genes could be science run amok for agriculture by Calvin Daniels Over the years writing this column I have been a supporter of the idea of genetically modified agriculture. When I look to the future and see two trends which suggest to me the need for genetically modified crops and livestock. On the one hand world populations are trending ever higher, with little effort being made to even discuss how to control that side of things. While at the same time agricultural land is very

much a finite resource. Those two trends run counter to one another, and could well spell far more hungry mouths to feed with not enough food to do it in the future. So genetic modification of plants which could increase food production levels, is to me, a logical road for science to head down. That said, when one starts down a road, it is likely you will hit a few bumps, and come to some curves in the road which may warrant

slowing down a bit for as the impact of taking that corner is fully understood. By now most in the agricultural community is aware of the so-called ‘terminator’ gene. The idea of the gene has met with some strong opposition, and perhaps with good reason. The idea of the gene has little to do with increasing production, but has a lot to do with increasing profits. The gene is designed to make a crop so that the seed produced will not produce a subsequent crop. That runs counter to the long held tradition of farmers being able to retain seed for

subsequent crops. The inability to grow a crop year-to-year is particularly disturbing in terms of farmers in Third World countries where farmers have limited resources to seed. Terminator genes are a good way to help ensure seed companies sell product, and protect proprietary varieties, but they may not be the best thing in terms of feeding a growing population. And then in the August 2012 edition of ‘The Ag Advance’ there is a story on controlling diamondback moths. “New on the scene, Oxitec Ltd from Oxford, UK, has developed a new alternative strategy that

holds great promise. The British biotech company uses advanced genetic techniques to insert a female-specific “lethality gene” into the moth genome. This allows for large-scale production of Oxitec males to be released into a specific target area. They mate with wild females and the resulting female offspring will not reach adulthood. As the females in the population decline, the local target insect population will follow,” details the story. The idea of a ‘lethality’ gene is one that even has myself, as a supporter of GM technology doing a double-take. While the application of the technology to control

insect pests is something which could greatly improve crop production, it is also something that has the potential to be a disaster in the making, whether by a transfer to wild populations or by the technology being illused. In a time of terrorism when nerve gases and the potential for viral attacks are already all too real, the mere thought of ‘lethality’ genes has to be worrisome. The use of GM technology may be the best hope to feed the world of tomorrow but the technology must also be used with caution to avert the stuff of science fiction gone bad.

that have either fully or partially re-established access for Canadian beef since closing their borders in 2003. The CCA continues to work to expand market access and applauds the efforts of Ministers Ritz and Fast.” Canadian exports of beef from animals under 30 months of age (UTM) to the UAE, Canada’s 19th largest beef export market, was worth more than $1 million in 2011. The industry estimates that full market access for beef could provide additional opportunities worth up to $365,000 annually. The GCC is a priority market for the Government of Canada under the Global

Commerce Strategy and this development sets the stage for other GCC countries to allow imports of world-class Canadian beef. “This is yet another example of how our government’s broad and ambitious pro-trade plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity is getting results for workers and businesses,” said Fast. “Today’s announcement is important for our trading relationship with the UAE and advances our efforts to deepen our economic and trade ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council region as a whole.”

Feds secure full market access for beef to the United Arab Emirates Canadian beef producers will immediately benefit from full market access to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the federal government. The announcement was made August 2 by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast. With the expanded market access to beef from animals over

30 months of age, the UAE has now fully reopened its door to Canadian worldclass beef. “The UAE is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to resume full access to our highquality beef and this is a significant milestone for Canadian beef producers,” said Ritz. “We are hopeful that the UAE’s decision

will encourage other countries in this region to grant full access to Canadian beef.” The UAE is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional trading block which represents one of the wealthiest country groupings in the world. It includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The announcement is a successful result of the Harper government’s efforts to regain access for beef and cattle to the entire GCC and

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NDP to hold labour consultations In light of the Sask Party g o v e r n m e n t ’s l a b o u r review process, the official opposition has launched a consultation tour as part of its submission to the labour review. “You could call our written submission to the minister of labour a down payment,” said D a v i d Fo r b e s , N D P labour critic, Tuesday. “The process by which the Sask Party plans to rewrite 100 years of work laws is abysmally incomplete. To provide real feedback on what employers and working women and men need, we’re going to hold the open and thorough consultations that the Sask Party refused to hold.” Nine round-table and town-hall style open consultations will be held throughout the province, following w h i c h , Fo r b e s w i l l provide a full report to the Sask Party government. The initial submission Forbes turned over to the Ministry of Labour outlines the inadequacy o f t h e S a s k Pa r t y ’s process and points out that more thorough consultations have been conducted on issues like reviews of minor football and math curricula. “We have to get labour laws right in order to have a modern and productive economy,” said Forbes. “The success of every employer; the rights, safety and paycheque of every worker and Saskatchewan’s economic stability depend on fair labour laws.” The Ministry of Labour has said they’ve received more than 900 s u b m i s s i o n s, Fo r b e s

said, adding that it was a powerful indication that people want to voice their opinions and recount their experiences in the workplace. The Sask Pa r t y ’s c o n s u l t a t i o n has been 90 days long, a n d Fo r b e s s a y s i t will not include faceto-face meetings and written submissions and the identities of those making written submissions will be kept secret. “The Sask Party government is putting ideology ahead of common sense by proposing this massive l a b o u r l aw o v e r h a u l without a thorough, transparent and meaningful process,” said Forbes, who added that it’s disappointing that the opposition needs to pick up the slack. “We’re going to do what should have been done in the first place – we’re going to start a conversation with workers, employers and stakeholders.”

Administrator bids adieu . . . Biggar Town Assistant Administrator Doug Arthur was honoured for his long service to our town, July 21. Doug and wife, Ardith, attended an event at the Biggar Golf Course for a supper, presentations, and reminiscing of a career that served Biggar from November 23, 1973 to his retirement this past June 30, 2012. Doug’s knowledge and history of town operations was second to none, and his sharp wit and personality will be missed at the Town

office. Throughout his career, Doug was involved with many projects and various committees, always lending a hand for the various intricacies of life that made our town work. Doug was presented with a watch to mark the occasion. With wife Ardie, he plans on spending a well-deserved retirement with family, enjoying golfing, curling, and just kicking back, relaxing. (Photo for The Independent by Kathy Sarvas)



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My vegetable garden is brimming with fresh, tasty vegetables! Each morning it is a treat for the eye, as well as for the basket. I have had so much fun arranging my meal planning around what is ready! Out of our kitchen is coming borscht, ragouts and salads. I just love putting my garden on the dinner plate. Making huge pots of stews et cetera, allows for freezing lots for the winter meals. I am steaming Royal Burgundy beans, have you ever tried them? They grow straight and purple! As soon as they hit the hot water, they do turn green, and become a tender, stringless green bean! The zucchinis are coming on fast and furious as well! They have to be carefully checked several times a day. For meals, the smaller ones are best grilled or in salads. But, sometimes, if a small zucchini gets overlooked, seems like it will turn into ‘canoe-sized’ in hours! Zucchinis are so, so versatile! There are whole cookbooks devoted solely

This is the time to truly rejoice in the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits coming from our gardens and the farmer’s markets! (Photos from metro-creatives. com)

to recipes using zucchini! Everything from soups, cakes, breads, brownies, pickles . . . this humble summer squash can be used in everything. It is likely because of its prolific nature, that inventive cooks have had to devise means to feed the family, as well as using up the crop!

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Zucchini Ragout makes a huge batch for the now and for the freezer • 1-1/2 lb zucchini, cut into bite-sized cubes • 2 teaspoon salt • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 4 potatoes, unpeeled and cut into bite-sized cubes • 12 oz sliced mushrooms, (about 4 cups) • 1 large onion, chopped • 6 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon oregano • 1/2 teaspoon basil • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped • 1 sweet green pepper, chopped • 2 cans (each 19 oz) stewed tomatoes • 1 cup vegetable stock • 1/4 cup tomato paste Zucchini Ragout, a stew filled with garden Feta Topping: produce! (Photo from • 2-1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs • 1-3/4 cups crumbled feta cheese • 1/4 cup chopped oil-cured black olives • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley • 1 teaspoon oregano In a colander, sprinkle zucchini with one teaspoon of the salt; set aside. Meanwhile, in large, deep Dutch oven, heat three tablespoon of the oil over mediumhigh heat; brown potatoes. Remove potatoes to plate. Rinse zucchini; pat dry. Add half of the remaining oil to pan; brown eggplant, in two batches and adding remaining oil as necessary. Add to potatoes. In same skillet over medium-high heat, sauté mushrooms, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, pepper and remaining salt until no liquid remains, about eight minutes. Add red and green peppers; sauté until beginning to brown, about five minutes. Add eggplant mixture, tomatoes, stock and tomato paste; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours; reheat to proceed.) Pour into 13” x 9” glass baking dish. Feta Topping: Meanwhile, in bowl, combine bread crumbs, feta cheese, olives, parsley and oregano. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Spread over zucchini mixture; bake in 375°F oven until bubbly and golden, about 25 minutes. I put mine on the barbecue . . . heat the barbecue up to about 400 or hotter, and then turn off one side, put the baking dish on the unlit side, close the lid. Tasty, no one mentioned the absence of meat!

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of perspiring is, to cool one off! I had the good fortune to visit York, in England. There, one of the sites to see is the Guild Hall. Many hundreds of years ago, this was a market town. Each block or street specialized in different foodstuffs. One street was where all the butchers sold their wares, it was called the Shambles (can you imagine the smells, the flies . . . ?!) The market gardeners were on another street. Each one of the vendors had to belong to a guild governing the prices and qualities for their product. Guild fees often got very high, sometimes even out of reach for many small producers. One way to avoid a guild fee was to take one’s vegetables, a wee bit of meat, cook it all together in water or broth, sell it as a ‘health drink’! No guild for selling health drinks, yet! Soup has been around for centuries, likely since caveman days, as soon

as someone came up with the idea to create waterproof vessels! To get the liquid hot, a hot rock was taken from the fire and put in the vessel of ingredients. I have discovered that the word ‘restaurant’ comes from the French word meaning ‘restoring’. During the 16th century, street vendors sold an inexpensive broth advertising it as restoration for physical exhaustion! I wonder if they had to pay guild fees for it in France? Later, an entrepreneur opened a shop that specialized in these ‘soups’ and called it a ‘restaurant’! The word ‘soup’ has many origins, ‘soupe’ from the French, or Latin for ‘suppa’, meaning ‘bread soaked in broth’! Making soups, stews, and meals planned around fresh garden, or farmer’s market produce is a summer time treat. Full of vitamins, flavour . . . all there to restore our bodies and minds!



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Canada half way to meeting 2020 greenhouse gas emission target T h e H o n o u r a b l e of Canada has contributed a projection of greenPeter Kent, Canada’s to the projected emission house gas emissions to Environment Minister, reductions by regulating 2020, taking into account l a s t W e d n e s d a y greenhouse gas emissions the latest economic and announced that Canada from the transportation emissions data, as well as current is half way t o w a r d s “. . . the Government of Canada has federal and m e e t i n g contributed to the projected emission p r o v i n c i a l actions to its 2020 greenhouse reductions by regulating greenhouse reduce emisgas emission gas emissions from the transportation sions. In addition, target. and electricity sectors . . .” for the first “Using time this a s e c t o rb y - s e c t o r a p p r o a c h , and electricity sectors, year, Canada’s Emissions o u r g o v e r n m e n t h a s and will continue to Trends includes in its protaken action on two of work with its partners jections the contribution Canada’s largest sources to reduce emissions from of the Land Use Landof emissions: electricity other sectors, including Use Change and Forestry and transportation,” oil and gas. (LULUCF) sector to resaid Kent. “The Harper Under the Copenhagen ducing GHG emissions government has been Accord, Canada has com- – a major milestone for working hard to reduce mitted to reducing its Canada. Estimates show emissions, and this has greenhouse gas emissions that this sector will conhelped set the stage by 17 per cent from 2005 tribute 25 megatonnes for the progress we’ve levels by 2020. Canada’s in GHG emissions reducachieved this year.” Emissions Trends Report, tions towards Canada’s To date, the Government released August 8, shows 2020 target.



Perdue Fair Cattle Show 2012 We had another hot, muggy day for the fair this year. The judge was Kyle Hale from Bruno. We had 32 head of cattle and 21 exhibitors. Results follow: Jackpot Heifer; Arch Holdings, Speers, Saskatchewan, Roxy Roller. Reserve Heifer; Peters Simmentals, Perdue, WPT Ms Yogi 26Y. 4-H Beef Heifer; 1st Tanner Oborosky, Grandora, WPT Ms Sapphire 6Y; 2nd Taylor Phippips, Clavet, FCR Lucy; 3rd Emily Froehlich, Perdue, RCR Lulu.

4-H Cow/Calf; 1st Wyatt Miller, Grandora, Bar A Tiger Lily; 2nd Emily Froehlich, Perdue, FRC Foreman; 3rd Dayne Whelan, Grandora. Senior Showmanship and Grooming; 1st Tanner Oborosky. Intermediate Showmanship and Grooming; 1st Wyatt Miller; 2nd Gage Gray. Junior Showmanship and Grooming; 1st Keaton Haynes; 2nd Dayne Whelan; 3rd Kylah Gray. Pee Wee Showmanship and Grooming; 1st Luke Gray.

2012 British Female; 1st Hillbilly Cattle Co., Asquith, Arabian Nights 16; 2nd Hillbilly Cattle Co., Asquith, Tequila Sunrise 43. 2012 Continental Female; 1st Erixon Simmentals, Clavet, Erixon, Lady 26Z; 2nd Ryan and Sara Archdekin, Speers, Pistol Annie; 3rd Erixon Simmentals, Erixon Lady 59Z. 2011 British Female; 1st Taylor Phillips, Clavet, FCR Lucy; 2nd Emily Froehlich, Perdue, RCR Lulu; 3rd Spittalburn Farms, Perdue, Triple L

Ruby 5Y. 2011 Continental Female; 1st Ryan and Sara Archdekin, Roxy Roller; 2nd Tanner Oborosky, WPT Ms Sapphire 6Y; 3rd Peters Simmentals, WPT Ms Yogi 26Y. Cow/Calf, British; 1st Ryan and Sara Archdekin, Next of Kin; 2nd Emily Froehlich, FRC Foreman 35Z; 3rd Emily Froehlich, FRC Dr. Feelgood. Cow/Calf; Continental; 1st Bar A Cattle Co., Asquith. Grand Champion British Female; Ryan and

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How to keep cool without air-conditioning The thought of spending the summer without air conditioning is enough to make many people cringe. Air conditioning is a relatively modern convenience. Before its invention, people survived summer temperatures without the cooling breeze of an A/C unit -- and you can, too. There are many reasons for opting out of using air conditioning this season. Individuals who are environmentally minded can see the benefit of saving energy

and reducing greenhouse emissions. Air conditioners use a lot of power, and thus, require a lot of fuel to generate electricity. Running air conditioners also can be expensive. For those who are cutting costs, keeping the A/C off or minimizing usage can add up to considerable savings come bill time. For centuries individuals did not use air conditioners to keep cool. You can rely on some basic ways to beat the heat and invent some of your own.

Try these ideas first to stay cool. • Use a fan to circulate air. If a cool breeze isn’t making it indoors, use a fan do draw in air from outside. If hot air is trapped inside, use a fan in the opposite direction to draw warm air out. Also, consider installing ceiling fans to help air circulate throughout larger rooms. • Draw the curtains or blinds to minimize the amount of heat that will build up due to sunlight. • Cover south- and west-

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face and ears, so cooling any of these will efficiently cool the body. • Many people in warmer climates eat spicy foods. These foods can cause you to perspire more and thus cool down faster. • Always drink plenty of cold beverages that are free of alcohol, sodium and caffeine. • In low-humidity situations, it actually may help you feel cooler if you are fully clothed and coveredup outdoors. This blocks the sun from beating on your skin.

Drug coverage approved to treat rare condition After a thorough review, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has approved coverage of a new drug for a three-year old Langenburg resident who has a rare enzyme deficiency condition called mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI). The request to cover Naglazyme was received by the Saskatchewan Drug Plan on July 9, 2012. The coverage decision took into consideration

the drug’s clinical effectiveness, cost and safety implications. Individuals with MPS VI lack an enzyme which leads to the accumulation of complex sugar molecules that can result in complications such as skeletal deformities, joint disease, eye disease and cardiopulmonary disease. While there is no known cure for MPS VI, Naglazyme (galsulfase), an enzyme replacement

therapy, is designed to provide patients with a synthetic version of the enzyme they are lacking by infusing small doses into the patient’s bloodstream on a weekly basis. To date, there are nine confirmed cases of MPS VI in Canada. Coverage of the medication is approved on a caseby-case basis, and will cost between $250,000 and $300,000 annually for this patient.

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 & Irene Turner 658-2038 Our sympathy goes out to the Beckett family, on the sad loss of Sandi’s dad, Don Cleaveley. He was secretary-treasurer of Biggar School Division for many years, and also familiar to many as a curler and golfer. Deepest sympathy. The weather just won’t clear up, and there seems to be an endless stream of problems with the crop. Farmers have had

to spray for weeds, fungus, wheat midge, and now bertha army worms. Those who have cattle are having trouble finding enough dry weather for haying. If you like to gamble, don’t go to the casino, go farming! Al and Jo Levitt were overnight guests with Lavern Skog last Saturday. They left their dog in her care while they went to Lloydminster for a few

days to visit friends. Aaron and Sarah Geary and their children, from Houston, British Columbia were in the area this week. They visited his uncle, Jeff Wheaton, Aunt Val and her boys, as well as Aaron’s great-uncle, Don Sizer. I also got in the the act; Aaron and my children are second cousins. Let this be a cautionary tale; be careful who you talk about, you don’t know who may be someone’s favourite relative! Joyce Manns and Jim Buxton spent a week in Kipling at a Manns family reunion. Joyce’s son, Dan lives there, and it was a central location for relatives from across Canada.




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OBITUARIES Donald Richard Cleaveley The family of Donald Richard Cleaveley regretfully announce his passing on Friday, August 3, 2012 at the Biggar Hospital at the age of 72 years. Don was born in Swan River and educated in Minitonas, Manitoba. He started his working career with the TD Bank in 1957. In 1971, Don joined the Govan Saskatchewan School Division as Secretary-Treasurer. In 1979 he moved to the Biggar School Division where he stayed until his retirement in 1997. Don married Rita Mohr in 1961 at Wolseley, Saskatchewan. They had two children, Blair now of Lucky Lake, Sask. and Sandra (Don) Beckett of Landis, Sask. Don was very close to his grandchildren, Christopher Beckett of Lloydminster and Hailey Beckett of Landis. Don is also survived by his sister, Pat (Bill) Maksymchuk of Swan River; sisters-in-law, Ferne Langlois of Wolseley, Sask. and Loraine (Ted) Hextall of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.; brother-in-law, John Klatt of Minitonas, Man. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his father, George in 1952; mother, Jessie in 1986; sister, Shirley Klatt in 1998; father-in-law, Bill Mohr in 1991; and mother-in-law, Beth Mohr in 1967. Don was a very active individual. He was involved in the Kinsmen and Optimist Clubs. He was awarded a Life Membership by the Biggar Golf Club for many years of service. Don was involved in many sports, baseball always being his favourite. Don is a member of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. At the time of his passing, he was a member of the Biggar Town Council. He enjoyed travel, but it was his grandchildren who were most important to him. A Memorial service for Don was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 from Biggar United Church with Rev. Jane Gallagher of¿ciating. Interment will be at a later date. Tributes in memory of Don may be directed to “Friends of the Lodge” (new long-term care facility), c/o Biggar & District Community Foundation, Box 489, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

Nettie Weibel August 1, 1932 - July 22, 2012 Nettie passed away unexpectedly July 22, 2012 at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth while vacationing on the south coast of England. She was the ¿fth of seven children born to George and Marie Zbeeshko on their homestead in the Louvain district east of Biggar, Sask. Farming during the 1930s meant many hardships for her family, but also seemed to instill a strength in Nettie that she would later draw on in her own life. Nettie attended the Louvain School and had many fond memories of her school days. She met Charlie Weibel in 1949 and they were married in 1950. Over the next 26 years they raised four daughters while grain farming north of Biggar. While many of those were lean years, Nettie and Charlie worked hard when it was time to work, and enjoyed dancing, curling and playing cards with friends and neighbours in their off-time. Nettie was widowed when Charlie passed in 1976. She is also predeceased by her parents; and siblings Steve, Bill, Nick, Elmer and Annie, as well as son-in-law, Gerry Grasdal. She is survived by her daughters, Caree (Milen) and their children, Brett and Chad (Cassandra) and great-granddaughter, Morgan; Charlotte (Mike) and their children, Brandy (Nathan), Michael, great-granddaughter Jordyn, and Stephen; Cheryl and her children, Cody (Leah) and Carling (Ian); and Channone (George) and their children, Chase and Sutter. Nettie is also survived by her sister, Katie Sagon. Nettie’s passions were her family and farming. After being widowed at age 44, she carried on with the farming operation and continued to be very interested in the workings of the farm until her last days. As a mother, Nettie could always be relied upon to give her opinion, some advice, or a nugget of wisdom from her vast life experience. She was a strong, independent woman, and was extremely proud to see these qualities in her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved all of her ”kids” and had a special place in her heart for the little ones. Her love and devotion will be sorely missed. Nettie loved to cook and bake and was a skilled gardener and seamstress. She also enjoyed travelling, and was an avid shopper; she liked nothing better than getting a bargain! Nettie was also active in her community; she served with the Royal Purple for more than 30 years and volunteered with the United Church Ladies and various other organizations throughout her life. A celebration of Nettie’s life was held at the Biggar United Church, Sunday August 12, 2012 with Rev. Jane Gallagher of¿ciating, lunch followed. In lieu of Àowers, donations may be made to the “Friends of the Lodge”, (new long-term care facility), Biggar & District Community Foundation, Box 489, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Ste #1-345-

Elaine Hammond November 10, 1928 June 13, 2012 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Elaine Hammond (McCrimmon) (November 10, 1928-June 13th, 2012) with her nieces by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1998, sister Alexina in 1926, brothers Lorne in 1976, Ray in 1978, father Archie in 1981, mother Georgina in 1985 and special friend Hubert Singer in 2009. Elaine took her schooling at Beehive and Ruthilda schools, a ¿ve-mile horse ride from her family farm. She married Charles Edward Hammond of Springwater in 1948. Charlie and Elaine operated the Rural Telephone Co. at Kel¿eld until 1951, when they purchased a farm near Kel¿eld, where they remained until they retired to Biggar in 1979. Elaine and Charlie did pattern dancing for over 50 years. They loved to travel and spent 32 winters in Mesa, Arizona. They also enjoyed trips to Europe, England, Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, and all parts of Canada. They loved to spend time with their friends in the Hub City Wanderers Trailer Club of which they were members for over 20 years. Elaine loved life and was community minded. She was a 51 year member of O.E.S. in Biggar, Acacia Chapter #3. She held many of¿ces during this time including Worthy Matron ¿ve times and Grand Marshall for the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan twice. Elaine served on the Saskatchewan Housing Board, Biggar Branch, for 10 years and the Biggar Museum Board for 16 years. She was a life-time member of Biggar New Horizons and enjoyed many activities there. Over the years Elaine loved to garden, sew and did a lot of hand work. She decorated wedding cakes for many of the neighbors as well as her three nieces. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary. Elaine will be lovingly remembered by her three nieces (Ray and Sharon’s daughters): Jill (Russ) Clarke of Regina, Sask. (Mitchell, Kyle, Lauren), Allyson (Dean) McDonald of Regina, (Sydney and Liam), Heather (Michael) Morhart of Edmonton, Alta., (Claire Elaine, Seth, Kane); sister-inlaw, Sharon (Garth) Sanders of Regina, Cousins Hazel Gazall (British Columbia), Ian Metcalfe (Ontario), Charlie’s nephew John (Judy) Hammond of Biggar and many extended family. In loving memory of Elaine, funeral service will be held in Biggar, Sask. on SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., at Biggar United Church. In lieu of Àowers, donations can be made to New Horizons in Biggar, Sask., Box 631, Biggar, SK, SOKOMO. 33c1



Justin de Bussac August 18, 1982 July 11, 2010

Mary Elizabeth McKay Mary passed away at her home in Saskatoon, Sask. on Friday, August 3, 2012. She was 57 years old. She was the daughter of Mack and Audrey McKay. They had moved to Kel¿eld, Sask. to work for SaskTel in 1963. Mary went to school in Kel¿eld until it closed, when she went to Plenty, Sask. She graduated from Plenty Composite School in 1973. She went on to take a business course in Saskatoon. She went to work for SaskTel in North Battleford, Sask. and late in 1977 moved to Saskatoon. She obtained her 25th anniversary certi¿cate with SaskTel and quit working in 2002. Mary was predeceased by an infant brother, Allen John; her Mom in 1974; and her Dad in 1979. She leaves to mourn her brother, Andy; and her brother, Mark; and her cat, Tucker. A private family service will be held at Saskatoon on Wednesday, August 15 and interment will be held at Kel¿eld Cemetery on Monday, August 20. Lunch will be served by the Kel¿eld Community in the Kel¿eld Hall. Everyone welcome. Any donations may be sent to a charity of your choice in memory of Mary. 33p1

MEMORIAMS COVEY, Kenneth Reid: July 29, 1918 - August 13, 2004 “Sometimes it’s the little things that help us cope with loss A photograph, a passing memory, a kindness that means so much These help sustain us as we get through our grief Until we ¿nd our reserves of hope and strength within.” I miss you, Dad …love always, Leah 33p1

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CARD OF THANKS Thank you to Georgina and Joe Heather for hosting a wonderful celebration of 100 years of the Heathers residing on the original homestead farm. … from all who attended 33p1

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in August: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome. For more information or pastoral services, phone church at 306948-3731. 48/10tfn SUNDAYS… You are invited to the weekly services of Biggar Associated Gospel Church, corner Quebec St. and 8th Ave. West. Sunday Worship service is at 10:50 a.m. and everyone is welcome. Come and worship with us, Rev. Terry Wicks, Pastor. 23c12 JULY 4 - AUGUST 20: Annual USED BOOK SALE in the Credit Union Gallery at the Biggar Museum, 105-3rd Ave. West. 27c9

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THE BATTLEFORDS AAA SHARKS Female Hockey Club Tryout Camp will be held August 25/26. For more info contact Head Coach Brittany Penner at FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Biggar & District Arts Council presents…Kevin Fox, 7:30 p.m., Biggar Majestic Theatre. Adults/Seniors $25 (advance $20); Students, 13 and older $15 (advance $12); children, 12 and under $5. Advance and Season Tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar, 9482452. 32c6 FOR INTEREST or career opportunities, take an online eight-week Renewable Energy and Conservation course from Lakeland College. September 4 - Basic Energy Principles; Energy and the Environment. October 29 - Introduction to Wind Power; Energy Audits and Conservation Practices; www. 1-800-6616490.

INVITATIONS SATURDAY, AUGUST 18: Celebrating ‘60’ Wonderful Years, “Alex and Mary Kammer” Come & Go Tea, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Landis Community Complex, Landis, Sask. Please consider this your invitation. 33p1




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STEEL BUILDING HUGE CLEARANCE SALE! 20X24 $4,658. 25X28 $5,295. 30X40 $7,790. 32X54 $10,600. 40X58 $14,895. 47X78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.


Wanted… looking to buy old Massey Ferguson discers, model #36. Anyone have them? Call 1-780-920-1215 33p3 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

FOR SALE. WARMAN 55 PLUS ACTIVE ADULT LIFESTYLE Large Ground Level Townhomes 306 241 0123 www. Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn



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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Looking for part-time WAITRESS OR WAITER. See Maggie at Snow White Family Restaurant, Biggar 24c18 Farm Mechanic Outlook Barrich Farms Ltd. the largest and most modern potato operation in Saskatchewan is hiring a farm mechanic. Email resume to or call (306) 867-9233. ALBERTA BASED COMPANY looking for quali¿ed & experienced: Equipment Operators, Mulcher, Feller Buncher & Processor Operators. Out of town & camp work. Safety tickets & drivers abstract required. Email resume: jobs@ Fax 780-488-3002. CERTIFIED ELECTRICIANS WANTED for growing northern company. Competitive wages and bene¿ts. Safety tickets needed. Fax 250-775-6227 or email: info@torqueindustrial. com. Apply online: www. CERTIFIED MILLWRIGHTS NEEDED for growing northern company. Competitive wages and bene¿ts. Safety tickets necessary. Fax resume to 250-775-6227 or email: info@ Online:

Versatile 400SP 18’ swather, cab, crimper, $4,000; NI 484 round baler, $4,500; Ford 8N tractor with cultivator, $3,000. Phone 306-651-4643 32c3



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For Sale…china cabinet, excellent condition, $350; one single bed brass heading, $60; 3-piece bedroom suite, (bed, dresser and drawers), $300. Phone 948-2276 33p3 FOUR CATS including D6N, D5M, D7G, D8K, two wheel loaders, 2007 JD 544J, 2004 250 Komatsu, four excavators, including 212 200 Komatsu. 780-284-5500.

KOMONDOR DOG is looking for a new country/acreage/farm home to guard. He is a 4 year old full male currently residing in the Craven area. He is a loyal and honest dog. Call David anytime at 1-888-425-3874.

Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! For more information call 9483451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. 7tfn This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. tfn


CAREER TRAINING HOUSES FOR RENT Three-bedroom home, close to downtown, 3.5 blocks from school. Available August 30. For viewing, call 948-3674 or 9489517 32tfn

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LOCAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE company looking for day rate and hourly Vacuum Truck Operator. Must have current oil¿eld tickets and upto-date drivers abstract. Bene¿t package. Fax 403-845-3903. RTL Construction, located in Yellowknife, NT does a variety of civil construction work and we are recruiting for Class One Drivers, Heavy Equipment Operators and Skilled Labourers for late summer & fall projects. Please send resume to Fax: 867.920.2661 or Email: jobs@ 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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Quick Stop & Fas Gas Convenience Store Full/part-time CASHIERS needed at Quick Stop. Resumes can be dropped off or mailed to Box 452, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0

Help Wanted… • Waitress/Waiter, and Cook for part-time position; weekdays and two Saturdays per month, 16 to possible 30 hours/week. • Part-time person for evenings and Saturdays. Apply in person to Kelly’s Kitchen, 221 Main St., Biggar or send resume to

REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY … ASSISTANCE is required immediately by Rack Petroleum for the Biggar Corporate OfÀce Complex and the Biggar Retail OfÀce. Duties to include twice weekly general cleaning as well as other speciÀed tasks. Supplies and equipment will be provided. Resumes can be mailed to P. O. Box 837, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0 or can be emailed to kevin.therack@sasktel. net.

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Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm


306-948-8055 Fax: 306-948-2763

Proud sponsor of Children’s Wish Foundation

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for:

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-9168

BIGGAR ELECTRICAL & REFRIGERATION SERVICES Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan

948-5291 PHILLIPS ELECTRIC • Residence • Commercial Wiring For free estimates Ph: 948-5393


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

BSA, P.Ag., Broker

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales


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

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent

Biggar, Sask.

Tim Hammond Realty


Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-4478 Dave Molberg BSA

Exposure, Experience and Effort.

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


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

104 - 2nd Ave. West Biggar


ADVERTISING is an investment in your business.

…owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard

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


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

Tim Hammond Realty 113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

30 min. Circuit Gym

“Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin,


Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff


available to do…

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

Call Jim @ 306-948-3333

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

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses GEORGE STAHL Ph: cell:

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

Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

body sculpting, strength training.

Offering… One-on-One Rehab & Therapy Sessions * Limited Memberships available to fully equipped Private Fitness Studio & Cardio Room Gift Certificates available

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

In Biggar Every Tuesday. Biggar Professional Building, 223 Main Street, Biggar

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311


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:

948-2807 or 948-5609 948-5394

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

Where you can feel right at home!

Northland Foaming

Spray Foam 306-948-2805 Cell: 306-948-6062 Email: Want to insulate your quonset, farm/commercial buildings, house or cabin? Lower your heating and cooling costs and add strength to your buildings!

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

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

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

Cell… 948-8048


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

Services available…


948-2548 or 948-9710


~ Gift CertiÅcates ~

Your Healthy Living

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

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


306-948-2814 BOOKS

For bookings, call Jason

948-2887VY JLSS948-6969 McNULTY’S MOBILE SEED CLEANING Custom Cleaning of H.R.S. & C.P. S. Wheat

Phone: 948-5678


Biggar, Sask.

or email

with draper or hydraÁex headers

Evening, Saturday and in-home appointments available.


Custom Combining JD9770

Mundt’s Mobile Custom Grain Cleaning

Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography

Place a classified by phone

Wayne Dollansky 306-948-7247

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

Photos by Jocelyn

www.madgerooÀ Biggar, Sask.

Phoenix M4 Mobile Grain cleaning and sizing

Phone… 948-2548



Please arrange to pick up your photos that have been submitted for publication. .…thanks, The Independent


Ladies Only


Cell: 306-221-6888

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

Licenced for: •Residential

- together with -


Tim Hammond,


Pat Wicks,

Living Books Distributor 205-3rd Ave. East, Biggar Books, gifts, cards. Shop at my home! Call 948-3427 for appts.

NEWSSTANDS @ • Esso • Leslie’s Drugstore • Pharmasave • Quick Stop • Super A Foods • Shop Easy Food • Weasie’s Gourmet Blends • Feudal Co-op, Perdue • The Store, Perdue







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

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972

Garry A. Faye Chartered Accountant Notary Public 201B-2nd Ave. West P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.

Phone: 948-5133

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:

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865 To advertise in this directory, please call Urla at The Independent

• 948-3344 • This feature will appear Weekly. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL DIRECTORY RATES.

BIGGAR DENTAL CLINIC 104 - 6 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. th

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:

INSURANCE BI GGA R INS URA NCE S E RV ICE S • 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




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

Tree services available…

Owned & operated by Kevin Fick

227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

Do you just want to know if your premiums are fair with the right coverage?


YH Truck, Ag & Auto

Biggar Sand & Gravel


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

222 Main Street 306 948 5377

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

948-3376 after hours George: 948-4042


Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar

948-2700 Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer Open: Mon.-Fri.


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

For all your investment needs, Visit…

Prairieland Collision Rosetown, Sask.

306-882-2289 Lyndsey Sacher

Investment Advisor Credential Securities Inc.

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

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

Pamela Eaton

Robert Hoesgen, CFP


Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mutual Fund Investment Specialist Credential Asset Management Inc.

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial

Open Monday-Saturday Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic

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.

Heavy Truck Repair SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair TIRES


available at… Grape Moments located in The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar 948-3344

• custom slaughter, cut and wrapping • sausage making, curing and smoking

• sides of Pork & Beef available


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


Dean McCallum, CFP, CIM, FCSI

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Modern Licenced Abbatoir

Financial Planning Estate Planning Life Insurance

• trenching • trucking • water & sewer • sand & gravel • excavating Call Colin Graham at 948-5455



Kevin Kurulak Investment Rep Insurance Broker P. 306 948 5200 F. 306 948 5207 Appointments Preferred


521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

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

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


• Heavy truck parts • Agriculture parts • Automotive parts & accessories

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

403 Main Street, Biggar

Are you looking for Life, Living Benefits Insurance and/or Investment Strategies?

Ivan Young,

KRF Auto Centre

1st Ave. West, Biggar

Want a truly independent advisor who will find your unique solution?


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


Residential Commercial Automotive

216 Main St., Biggar

948-3955 Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Phillips Radio Shop 109 Main St., Biggar



Fax: 948-2484

MANUFACTURING ‰ CWB CertiÀed ‰ Light Fabrication ‰ Mobile Welding

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

A Sign of Qualilty!

• 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.


• Wood, metal, plastic signs • Vehicle & window graphics • Banners, stickers and Magnetic signs

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:



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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524


Anne G. Livingston

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



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

948-5678 Sewing & Embroidery • 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

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


The Country Clipper

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at

Bob Kobelsky

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

Box 736, Biggar

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Your authorized

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

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

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




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

issue 33a  

the independent

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