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Farmers and ranchers applaud government support Producers and ranchers in the province who have been hit hard by excess moisture are commending both the federal and provincial government for continuing to support the industries. Approximately $448 million from the AgriRecovery Fund will help farmers and ranchers on The Prairies address this issue. “Extreme weather and flooding is once again hurting our Prairie farmers,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Governments have come together once again to develop a relief package that will help producers restore damaged cropland and transport feed or livestock so they can continue to produce the high quality grains and livestock the world has come to expect.” “I have seen first-hand the damage this year’s flooding has caused and the many acres of crop, hay and pasture land that have been affected,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said. “I hope this assistance will help producers to address the challenges they are facing because of excess moisture.” The AgriRecovery initiative will provide support of $30

per eligible acre for crop land that could not be seeded as of June 20, 2011, and crop land that was seeded but then flooded out on or before July 31, 2011. Livestock producers who are coping with the effects of excess moisture this spring and summer can also apply for financial assistance to help cover additional costs, such as renting pasture and transporting feed or livestock. Producers groups are coming forward to applaud the news. Brett Halstead, ch a i r o f S a s k C a n o l a thanked the governments for their support. “We appreciated the support that both governments have delivered for canola growers throughout the province. The additional funds will relieve financial stress on farmers who have been unable to plant or harvest a crop this year,” Halstead stated. “In response to the extraordinary flooding and wet canola acres this spring, SaskCanola petitioned the provincial government on behalf of its producers, to consider a program in collaboration with the federal government

Haying season ... It may be a little too early for harvesting crops but those farmers who have livestock this is the time to cut and bale their hay crops. According to the crop report 84 per cent of the hay crop is cut while

Enjoying the warm weather ... It’s not only people that enjoy taking a dip in water when the mercury rises. These geese enjoyed a swim on their very own pond. With

the record rainfall waterfowl has a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a pond. The reeds make a nice backdrop for the geese. (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein)

that would augment the Unseeded Acres Benefit to producers,” Halstead said. “The outcome has been truly positive and we are grateful for the decision made by both governments to advance further financial assistance to families whose farmers and livelihoods have been so dramatically affected this crop year.” Harold Martens, president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association echoed the same thoughts.

help sustain Saskatchewan’s feedlot capacity.” In addition to this assistance, existing federalprovincial Business Risk Management programs, specifically Crop Insurance,

“This announcement will enable eligible livestock producers to receive assistance to purchase feed for breeding livestock, reseed damaged pastures and forage crops, repair damaged feedlot infrastructure as well as provide for livestock and feed trucking expenses,” Martens said. “This funding will permit livestock producers who were adversely impacted by the excessive moisture to maintain their herds and

67 per cent has been baled or put into silage. The West Central area reports 91 per cent of the hay crop is cut. (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein)

AgriStability and AgriInvest, will help farmers manage the impact of this natural disaster as the first lines of defence to address income shortfalls.

Chief Electoral Officer tables annual report As the entire province gears up for the provincial election to be held on Nov. 7 of this year, the office in charge of making sure our ballots are tallied has tabled its annual report which contains some recommendations. A total of 120 recommendations were included in the Chief Electoral Officer’s report in 2007, however only a few of them will be in place for the upcoming general election. These are the key initiatives which will be in place. • An extensive mapping project which focuses on reviving poll boundaries, descriptions, and poll keys, as well as an overall improved look and feel. These new improved maps will be used by Returning Officers, enumerators, candidates and political parties. • An electronic Candidate’s Financial Return. • Consistent branding on advertising, brochures, website, etc. • Expanded use of social media for advertising.

• A new, user-friendly website which includes a new constituency search/locator and online employment application service. • Ongoing operations renewal including the successful reimaging of electoral event application and its updated electronic election calendar and election night results reporting capability, and a thorough renewal and overview of OCEO manuals and forms for Returning Officers, enumerators and poll officials. In his report, Acting Chief Electoral Officer David Wilkie emphasized his office’s critical role as a nonpartisan body charged with the mandate of directing and supervising the administrative and financial conduct of the provincial electoral events. Wilkie further stressed that the office must possess neutrality, transparency and integrity to ensure the right of the people of Saskatchewan to participate freely in honest, open and fair elections.



Agriculture Government meddling affects farm commodity prices By Calvin Daniels Perhaps the greatest influence on farm commodity prices over the past quarter of a century has not been hungry people, or the impact of Mother Nature, but has been the meddling in the market of world governments. The two key culprits have been the European Union, a group of countries with memories of war years starvation, large populations and small land bases who use government coffers to keep agricultural food production competitive in places land values are skewed ridiculously high from non-farm factors, and the United States.

The U.S. has used farm subsidies to accomplish two things, achieving both quite effectively. On the one hand the government has used the tools associated with the U.S. Farm Bill to keep farmers financially better off than their counterparts in many other countries relying simply on the market for their returns. And, at the same time the federal money has allowed the government to control production numbers to some extent and to buy market share in terms of world trade. The combination has ultimately made the Americans the price setters

more than usual supply and demand economic factors. In terms of accomplishing set goals, the U.S. Farm Bill might be the most successful thing the American government has developed in years. It is interesting to note the Farm Bill is something American farmers seem to generally want extended for another five years. You couldn’t say the same about any farm program government has created in Canada in decades. Most farmers have begged to see scuttled,

not extended. As successful as the U.S. Farm Bill has been from an American perspective, it has been trade distorting, and that has been a negative for farmers in countries such as Canada. Federal governments here would have been severely challenged to match subsidies given smaller coffers, even had they had the political will to try, something they have not had. Now the Farm Bill may be on its last days. There are economists who are

suggesting the trillion dollar deficit in the United States will mean farm programming will be on the chopping block. That would seem to be a legitimate concept to forecast except for two things that may be factors economists have a hard time fathoming. To start with common sense might suggest cuts are a must in the face of a trillion deficit, but that may fail to factor in American arrogance that they are above such things. Seriously who is going to foreclose on the U.S. government with its tentacles woven through most of the world economy? The expected cuts may be more

lip service than reality. And then there is the fact agriculture spending is merely one per cent of the American federal budget. Cut in half, and rare is the instance government cuts programming of anything by 50 per cent would make such a small difference it wouldn’t alter the deficit at all, so it is more likely they look to trim larger chunks of fat, if they are serious about the deficit. Having a gutted Farm Bill would bring the farm commodity markets back under more traditional supply/demand forces, but it may not happen as quickly as some might expect.

durum delivery contracts is underway. Farmers are advised that, given the uncertainty surrounding the CWB’s future, the offering of Series B and C contracts for this crop year is currently under

review. Grain for most sales will be sourced from Series A contracts. If additional grain is required to meet customer needs, Series B and C will be considered, or Guaranteed Delivery Contracts may be used. The deadline for Series A sign-up for Canada Western Red Winter wheat is Sept. 30. The deadline for all other wheat and durum is Oct. 31. A delivery contract must be in place before cash tickets are offered. • The CWB will not offer the Wheat Storage Program or Churchill Stor-

age Program for 2012-13, which would normally begin at this time. These programs paid farmers to store grain to fulfill customer’s high-protein needs or Port of Churchill shipping requirements into the subsequent crop year. Given the uncertainty surrounding the CWB’s future, these programs cannot be offered at this time. • The Port of Churchill shipping season is now underway. The first ship, the MV Pacific Bulker, is now loading approximately 27 000 tonnes

of Canada Western Red Spring wheat destined for Nigeria. Churchill, on Hudson Bay, is Canada’s northernmost seaport. The port is open to shipping only about three months of the year due to ice conditions. The CWB is the primary user of the Port of Churchill. • A new video has been posted on the CWB’s YouTube channel to inform producers about current global grain-market conditions affecting prices and farmers’ projected returns. In the video, CWB market analyst Neil Townsend discusses the factors behind the latest Pool Return Outlooks, issued July 28. • Sign-up begins today (Aug. 2) at 3 p.m. CT (Winnipeg time) for the CWB’s 2011-12 Early Payment Option program. Pricing also begins today (Aug .2) at 3 p.m. CT (Winnipeg time) for the 2011-12 CWB FlexPro option. • Farmers are reminded that grade changes for Canada Western Red Winter took effect on Aug. 1. Winter wheat must now meet minimum protein standards of 11 per cent in order to be graded into the top two grades. Changes have also been made to tolerances for fusariumdamaged kernels. To give farmers more flexibility on quality, a third grade has been created for winter wheat.

CWB Bulletin At a Glance • Farmers and the general public are invited to a series of meetings across the Prairies to discuss the fate of the CWB and the implications of the federal government’s

plan to remove its single desk. The meetings, being held by the CWB’s farmer-elected directors, are open to everyone. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. • Sign-up for 2011-12 CWB Series A wheat and

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Biggar Town Council minutes Minutes of the regular meeting of Biggar Town Council held on Tuesday, July 19 in Council Chambers. Roll call: Mayor Sadler; Councillors Arnold, Besse, Cleaveley, McCallum, Motruk, Sherbino and administrative staff. Minutes of the July 5 regular meeting of council were accepted as presented. Minutes of the July 12 committee meeting of council were accepted as presented. The RCMP local detachment report for the month of June was accepted as presented. Town foreman’s report to July 15 was accepted as presented. General accounts paid in the amount of $1,323,681.18 and general accounts payable in the amount of $51,806.41 were approved. The bank reconciliation and statement of financial activities were accepted as presented. Correspondence from Flaman (dog report) and physician recruitment (July 11 meeting) were filed. A letter from Sun West School Division regarding a joint use agreement to upgrade and maintain the school grounds was accepted as information and a representative from council will attend a fall meeting to discuss the issue. Invoice for engineering services to June 30 from Catterall and Wright for the curbs and paving project in the amount of $16,445.90 was approved for payment. Progress certificate in the amount of $470,321.30 was approved for payment to G and C Asphalt Services Ltd. for the curbs and paving projects. Approval was granted for a proposed subdivision Parcel C - farm residential in the NE 1/4 of Section 33-35-14 W3M in the Rural Municipality of Biggar. Lottery license for Biggar Museum and Gallery was approved. Barb Barteski and Andrea Ball were approved to attend a municipal asset management workshop in Saskatoon on Oct. 1920. Town council authorized


town officials to execute an Option to Purchase for Lot 1 Block 68 plan 102029880 to Dion and Andrea Harrabek for the sum of $55,000 plus gst. P. M a c h i b r o d a Engineering will proceed with a landfill study and monitoring well installation at a cost of $121,707 plus gst. Heartland Health Region requested a formal approval from council to have a lane/driveway off of Second Ave. cul-de-sac and was approved with all costs being borne by the health region. The amount of $2,520 was approved for payment to Altus Geomatics to resurvey and place property pins at the McPhee Street subdivision. Payment of $13,298.17 was approved to Anthratech Western Inc. for gravel and puracite for the water treatment plant. Building permit was issued to Dion Harrabek dependent upon complying with regulations. An easement of right of way agreement was signed with SaskPower for the purpose of a power line on, over, under and/ or through parcel: Block A Plan G388 Ext. 2 Parcel 153948482 (landfill site). Payment of $58,465.47 from Park n Play Design Co for the flume water slide will be held until the slide deficiencies have been addressed. Payment of $8,902.91 to Nordic Industries for

Digging, digging, digging ... It’s summer time and that means this is the perfect opportunity to do outside jobs and the town crew take advantage of this time of year to upgrade streets. Here the crew is digging in water lines at 4th Ave. East and McPhee Street fencing at the pool and playground was approved for payment. T h e B i g g a r To w n Council hereby supports

and agrees to commit to the new Diamond Lodge replacement project based on the Budget C estimated funding

to accommodate new housing development. Taking a drive around town searching out photo opps there were a number of newly paved streets but, there are also some pretty bumpy ones too. (Independent photo by Peggy Hasein)

formula which calculates Biggar’s share as being 50.05 per cent of the estimated 20 per cent

local portion cost of the project. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

hay crop is rated as good to excellent in quality, eight per cent is rated as fair and two per cent is reported as poor quality. Producers are starting to harvest in some regions of the province. Farmers are desiccating pulses and swathing mustard, canola and fall cereals in some regions. A few lentil fields have been combined in some areas. The majority of crop damage is due to hail, wind and insects. Extreme winds and hail during the past week damaged crops and buildings in some areas. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as

seven per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and one per cent very short. While crops are generally still behind normal in development, the warm weather over the past couple of weeks has advanced crops and many producers are expected to harvest in the next couple of weeks. Farmers are busy haying, scouting fields and getting ready for harvest.

Crop Report July 26 to August 1 Saskatchewan livestock producers continue to make good haying progress and now have 84 per cent of the hay crop cut. Sixty-seven per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Haying progress varies a c r o s s t h e p r o v i n c e, ranging from 91 per cent cut (west-central) to 64 per cent cut (northwest). Eighty-six per cent of

the hay crop is cut in the southeastern region, 88 per cent in the southwestern region, 89 per cent in the east-central region and 88 per cent in the northeastern region. Seventy-six per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage in the southwest, 72 per cent in east-central, 67 per cent in the northeast, 72 per cent in the southeast, 75 per cent in west-central and 34 per cent in the northwest. Ninety per cent of the

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Opinions Crowns need new communication plan The recent boondoggle by SaskPower by not informing customers of a system change has left many of its customers steaming. And, many have good reason to be hot. The change caused a number of issues for some customers. The president hit the airwaves to do some damage control but there was never an apology nor was there any sympathy for the inconvenience. Rather, it was simply a statement of this had to be done, now deal with it. When power users called in to find out what was happening with their statements, they were put on hold, some for very long periods of time. We know of one who waited 45 minutes. Truly, this is not customer service. Everyone understands the necessity to upgrade systems or improve software. That’s not the issue here. The issue is the fact that, in this case, this particular crown did so without letting its customers know. Then, there was no mechanism in place or preparation to deal with customer queries. SaskPower is not the only crown corp to treat its clientele this way. SaskTel recently changed its email system with very little communication it was doing so. You never know what’s happening with SGI until you renew your driver’s license every year. Then it’s left to front line clerks to tell you of any changes. And, it seems this total lack of caring about customers extends particularly to rural customers. Officials with the crowns will deny this but the facts say otherwise. There is very little advertising done in rural communities. The crowns support huge events in the two major cities (ie SaskTel Jazz Festival) but the support for local events is sparse (some might say non existent). So, if in this one instance SaskPower’s customers are upset with them -well, this time they deserved what they got.

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Wheat Board Monopoly Lost Yet Grain Industry Will Prosper by Milton Boyd, Frontier Centre for Public Policy Even though the Manitoba government has expressed worry in a recent radio commercial that the 400 Wheat Board jobs and 2000 related jobs will be lost if the board monopoly ends, farmers and the grain industry in Western Canada will continue to prosper, as world population and grain demand keep increasing. Many future scenarios resulting from these changes bring new opportunities and the creation of new jobs. First, a voluntary wheat board will replace the Wheat Board monopoly, according to Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. It will absorb some jobs from the former board monopoly. Second, farmers not doing business with the new voluntary board would often take their business to the existing private grain firms, creating more jobs there. Third, new private firms or cooperatives may enter the grain business if there is a void, creating additional jobs. Also, more deregulation, new investment, innovation, and value added processing may

occur without the Wheat Board monopoly, and this would create more jobs. “Marketing choice” farmers, those favoring removal of the existing monopoly, argue that with its disappearance some new opportunities are likely to emerge in the wheat industry. There may be more deregulation of the wheat industry, bringing new investment and research, and creating jobs. This may occur through private sector investment in new wheat varieties that are higher yielding and lower protein, and which may be more profitable, similar to those mostly grown in the U.S. This is in contrast to the relatively fewer varieties, mostly higher in protein and lower yielding now favored by the Board. Pro-Wheat Board farmers argue that the wheat industry in Western Canada is better off with the Board monopoly. However, “marketing choice” farmers argue that the canola industry with no monopoly has grown over the past 40 years from very small to having a

Dear Editor: The federal government plans to take away Canadian Wheat Board single desk on August 1. What will it do to your business and what’s at stake for the future of our grain industry? Once the single desk system is gone it will be gone forever. Its removal could effect market pressures and

production value greater than wheat in some years. They also argue that it has produced a more innovative and larger value added processing industry than wheat, and that wheat processing and value added industries would expand if the board monopoly ended, creating jobs. Just as various canola growers associations have arisen, they point out, a similar association would likely arise in place of the Wheat Board. It would ensure that the industry is prosperous, research focused, properly regulated, and competitive. Many agree that the exceptional job done by organizations such as the Canadian International Grains in promoting Canadian wheat in the past, funded in part by the Wheat Board might become funded instead by a new wheat growers association, along with government support as in the past. It would likely stay in Winnipeg along with the Grain Commission and many other grain organizations. New specialty varieties of wheat may arise, and small specialty flour


prices, producer care delivery access, branching, transportation advocacy, and more. CWB elected directors are hosting informational meetings to answer your questions and hear your views. Let’s fill the room and bring some sense to discussions at our meeting. Ken Gidluck, Biggar

mills, and pasta plants may also emerge. A specialty flour mill requires a small investment and is relatively easier to start than a microbrewery or a canola crushing plant. With the Wheat Board monopoly, farmers cannot sell their wheat or barley for human consumption directly to businesses or consumers, they may only sell it to the board. Similarly, flour millers and pasta makers must purchase wheat from the board under specific rules, which some small processors have found difficult. Therefore, “marketing choice” farmers argue that the removal of the board monopoly may make it considerably easier for pasta makers locating in North Dakota in the past, to start up in Canada instead. Pasta makers and flour milling firms could simply purchase wheat directly from the farmer of their choice at whatever price they could negotiate - as is the case with canola. This value added would create more jobs, and serve to offset those lost by removal of the Board monopoly.

Finally, the Intercontinental Exchange Futures Canada Exchange (formerly the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange) has mentioned adding a durum futures contract, as durum would no longer be under the board monopoly. It may also try listing other grain contracts as well for grains that will be removed from the Board monopoly. This increased trading would create more jobs. More trading would not be surprising, since in the 1920’s before the Wheat Board was established, Winnipeg was the most important wheat trading market in the world. The grain industry will continue to have some ups and downs. However, as the world population annually continues to grow, world grain demand will steadily increase. The grain industry will continue to prosper in Western Canada over the years ahead and will continue to provide jobs in the process. Milton Boyd is a Professor and Economist at the University of Manitoba, and a policy advisor for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.


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When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart. ~Diane Ackerman Diane Ackerman states so eloquently the freedom of riding a bicycle. It is possible to be enveloped only in one’s thoughts while riding a bike anywhere. There is no one else to talk to you, no questions you have to answer and no problems to solve. It is impossible to answer your cell phone while hanging on to handlebars and pedalling your way through traffic. You can always tell the cities that believe in fitness. The more accessible trails, both for walking and biking, are developed the more likely the population will take advantage of the facilities. For


example, the city of Montreal has an extensive Bixi system. Bixis are bikes that can be rented from stands, driven to the nearest drop off point close to your destination and dropped off. It’s a great system for tourists and locals as well. But, now biking has become fashionable again, because it is environmentally friendly. Brock Yates said, “The bicycle is a former child’s toy that has now been elevated to icon status because, presumably, it can move the human form from pillar to post without damage to the environment”. However, it has become a challenge for vehicular traffic to share the road with bicyclers. It has become a preferred mode of transportation for all professions -- you are likely to find a top executive of a corporation riding side by side with a retail clerk. And, in some areas, couriers can do their jobs more efficiently by riding across town rather than driving. Of course, one should remember you still have to obey the rules of the road. That means

stopping at red lights and stop signs and using hand signals to convey your intentions. It’s also important to choose the right bag -- a knapsack with a long strap, or a backpack or a basket where you can carry all your stuff. Besides, the bike being a faster and more convenient way to travel it is also more cost effective. Just pull up at the pumps to fill your gas tank and you will surely agree. Bill Strickland, the author of The Quotable Cyclist claims the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created because it converts calories into gas. Apparently the bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. While riding a bike to work may be a trend in European countries it is gaining speed here in Canada. A Bike to Work week is held in many cities across the country where residents are encouraged to try this mode of transportation hoping to entice commuters to make the switch. When you think about it, it’s not such a bad idea. It’s healthy, it’s affordable and it’s fun.

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The weekly provincial highway construction update Motorists are advised to be aware of potential and ongoing provincial highway construction projects in various stages while travelling throughout Saskatchewan. Remember to obey all flag persons and slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers and equipment in the Orange Zone. Be cautious and alert when approaching any road construction or highway activity. New anticipated construction activity highlighted for this update period includes seal coating on Highway 2 near Wakaw, bridge work on Highway 18 over Antler River near Carnduff, along with deep patching due to extensive moisture on Highway 18 between Estevan and Oungre. More details about the work outlined above, the latest on Highway 39 in southeast Saskatchewan, along with other potential

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Shortchanged! by Bob Mason Remember this! Abbott: “By gosh Lou, I’m going to pay back the fifteen dollars that I owe you! One, two, three- Say, I haven’t got my watch with me, what time is it?” Costello: (checking) “Ten o’clock.” Abbott: “Ten o’clock, Thanks, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, ok?” Costello: (Putting the cash in his wallet) “OK old pal!” Abbott: “Seeing I was good enough to pay that back, can I borrow ten for the next couple of weeks?” Costello: “Sure, my honest old buddy, there you are, five, six, seven.” Abbott: (butting in!) “How many weeks did I say?” Costello: Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten (and then there was “who’s on first”, but we won’t go into that!) I don’t think many people would fall for the hundreds of phony maneuvers some folks made in order to shortchange others! As pointed out above, these kinds of carryings on are almost laughable anymore! YT’s first experience with this kind of stuff was way back when Dad took me

know very much (some people still think I don’t know very much!) but on the way home Dad explained that was the way some agents got a few extra bushels to feed their families! It wasn’t really much of a lesson so much as an ideal, because all this took place during the “I don’t think many people would “Dirty Thirties” Great fall for the hundreds of phony (The D e p r e s s ion) maneuvers some folks made in when few people order to shortchange others!” had anything, with him delivering a load and every little of wheat to the elevator. scheme helped, and mebbe There were signs all over the economy, directing declaring “No Smoking” people could have taken a but the old elevator agent lesson, eh? always had a cigarette It often seems to me butt hanging from his lip that the whole “trade” anyway! setup needed some kind of Just before he weighed adjustment at that time, our empty wagon old Ed because Dad often told me casually removed the butt of hauling grain for miles from his mouth and set it to the nearest railhead, on the weigh scale pan. accepting the grain buyer’s Dad, just as casually, prices or hauling his reached out, removed the produce back home! Grrrr! cigarette butt and placed it There must be thousands on a nearby counter. of stories about scams, ripYours Truly was very offsandbeingshortchanged! young at the time, and didn’t Everyone has a tale to tell

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like this! As a matter of fact I think that our folks (who we always figured weren’t wise to all this stuff) knew these things, but thankfully insisted on honesty anyway! To them, maintaining their ideals was a way of life! Often I think that they suffered quite a bit in keeping that approach, but the satisfaction of doing the right thing, was far more important to them! A few people actually believed that they had to outwit others in order to get financially by, I dunno! But I do know that over the years financial trickery has become almost a legitimate thing, leading one to wonder if mebbe society is going down the wrong road! Last year,while visiting an affair in my old hometown, I bought a hotdog from a familiar vendor. “How old are you, you old bugger?” he sez. “How good is your math?” I quipped. “I was born in 1919!” “Oh” he replied. “You’re the same age as my Dad, 79!” YT sure counted his change as he wandered off into the crowd. A lot of us have fallen for this one! In one of the local malls a

very buxom and very pretty girl, wearing only a halter and shorts came up. “Good day, sir”, she smiled, “Can I give you a ticket for a halfoff on a cup of coffee?” Of course, (being a sucker for attention) YT accepts the ticket and saunters over to the nearby coffee bar, where a slick young fellow gives me a steaming mugful of Java. “That kind of coffee is $6 a mug.” he says and with half off you owe me only $3. YT paid the three bucks alright, but the whole act reminded him of that guy over in Europe, sixty some years ago! “Monseigneur” he sez. “For only a few more francs, you get a pretty girl to go with your cognac!” (You’d think that a guy would learn sometime, eh?) This honesty deal has had its benefits though. In the gloom of a Saskatoon hotel bar (Pretty high class,eh?) I complained when the waiter gave me change for a ten dollar bill when I knew darn well I’d given him a twenty! “You guys try that all the time” he said defiantly. YT strode boldly into the manager’s office and

protested, and within a week got three cheques, one from the hotel chain, one from the hotel manager, and the correct change from the waiter himself! We got nearly fifty dollars! And because we believed in honesty, had to return much of it. Another generation’s ideals had cut in for all those people, eh? As we had grown older, it seemed to us that things had changed quite a bit, that honesty had become a thing of the past, and it was quite a surprise to us that these younger people had done the right thing. From one angle things have changed quite a bit for us older guys! The young people don’t laugh at our ancient jokes anymore and don’t seem to understand a lot of odd-ball (to them?) comments, like “Let’s put on the feed-bag” et cetera. I’m afraid that in some future Eulogy, people will say things like ...“No wonder those guys didn’t have very much. After all they were always being shortchanged by everybody!” And mebbe they’ll be right! But societywise, Saskatchewan has given back to us far more than we have ever put in!

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 This week’s news will have to begin with some corrections. I made a big mistake last week. Jamie Lehnert is Joe and Johannah’s grandson, not their son; his father is Ronald Lehnert. We are very happy to welcome Jamie and Melanie Lehnert to our community. They have moved to the former John Fox farm south west of Landis. The other error was in the write-up of the Munton Family Reunion. One line of copy was inadvertently omitted. The family of Mick and Mary Munton included; Muriel (Hakes) Masson, Tom, Helen Buxton, Florence Johnson, Audrey (Geary) Sampson (deceased 2010), Ronald (deceased 2004), Sheila Germsheid (deceased 2010), and Phyllis (Dearing) Munton. Elena Leinenweber and her girlfriend from Kerrobert spent several days with Grandpa Ken and Grandma Lois. They were never successful in their search for frogs, but had a good time anyway. Vera Parsons, a cousin of the Turners, was visiting in Saskatchewan last week from her home

in England. She stayed in Clavet with a niece, who chauffeured her, Irene, Lorene Turner and Leslie around. They visited the Western Development Museum and the Forestry Farm, where Lynn’s granddaughter was more interested in the slides than the animals or the picnic. On Wednesday they all went to the airport to see Vera off for home. Irene was busy while she was in the city. She, Lorene and Leslie went to see “Love’s Labour Lost” at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, had a belated celebration of Lorene’s birthday at the Berry Barn, and, of course, went shopping. We have two happy new sets of grandparents in our area. Jerry, and Julia Kobelsky’s daughter, Paula, and her husband, Jeremy had a little girl on July 30, and named her Jayla Brooklyn. And Gary and Karen Loensky’s daughter Crystal, also had a little girl, but I don’t have all the info on that, and no one is home at Kolenoskys. Jim Buxton and Joyce Manns spent the weekend at Craik, where they met

Dan and Dawn Manns, from Kipling, and returned their two little girls home. Joyce’s daughter, Cheryl Gorski, and her two children, from Athabasca, Alberta, were with them, and are now staying for a few more days with Lim and Joyce. Busy weekend at the Bernard and Cheryl Cey Farm. Visitors included: Misty Cey (Brad) and girls Anna and Clare, from the U.S.A. were back for a visit. They left Dad at home to work. Teresa and Ilenna Ejinaka and three year old Emeka and three month old Eva, from Edmonton came for a few days. Andrew and Ria Cey and their family from Vonda, were at the farm for a day trip. Edwin and Chris Cey and family from Airdrie, Alberta made the trip. Rosanne and Pat Smith from Battleford and family were able to come a stay for a couple days. Jackie and Duane Gerein of Wilkie and daughter Tamara Shanahan stopped in for a chat as well.



Diamond Lodge News Greetings from the residents and staff of the Diamond Lodge. Another month has come to pass, and the month of August is almost here. It is hard to believe how fast summer is flying by. Our flowers are blooming beautifully, and we are enjoying the vegetables fr om the garden. We started our day on Monday with exercises. We meet in the Activity Lounge area, and do some stretches, then we bring out the exercise balls, and do some catches and kicking. In the afternoon we played a game of Wheel of Fortune. Current events was our activity for Tuesday morning. We meet in the Activity Room and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and listen to the news of the week being read. In the afternoon we enjoyed a game of swing bowl. Thursday morning we donned our baseball hats and played a game of TBall. We have some pretty good baseball players, with a lot of home runs being hit! After lunch some residents went out in the bus for a drive to Perdue and ice cream. We also had ice cream in the Activity Lounge, enjoying ours in a bowl with various toppings and whipping cream. Thursday morning we had our exercise program again. In the afternoon we played a few games of bingo On Friday, 10 residents enjoyed barbecue club. We had fresh new potatoes, as well as some carrots, beans and peas, from our garden. Some of the onions were fried up to put on our hamburger or hot dog. There is nothing

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like fresh produce from a garden, it something to be enjoyed during the short growing season we have. On Friday afternoon we met in the Lounge and sang some of our favourites during Sing Along. Later in the afternoon we had Happy Hour. Saturday morning we meet in the Activity Room after breakfast every day to help fold towels and


washcloths, and to have a coffee and visit. We enjoy seeing family and friends come in for visits during the week, and also am thankful for the various volunteers that help us out with some of our activities. Hope everyone has a good week, and we are looking forward to next week.

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by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent In my vegetable garden, my weeds are living harmoniously with my vegetables and herbs. All kinds of things are ready in the garden now, and if I don’t pay attention, the growth will get ahead of me and I will lose the harvest! The herbs that are ready to harvest are dill, oregano, chives, Italian parsley, lemon balm, and cilantro. I even have some basil plants that are getting big enough to be able to steal some leaves from it. I love a combination of every herb, chopped and added to a bowl of lettuce and I call this a salad. With a dressing made with 1 part vinegar, 3 parts oil, a dab of dijon mustard, salt and pepper, this is a great salad. In order to make the dressing with less fat grams, I have been cutting the oil with water, with success! I will harvest the herbs, clean them and prepare to keep them over the

winter. All herbs should be picked in the morning just as the morning dew dries on the leaves and before they flower. There are several that freeze beautifully. These are dill, chives, and parsley. I just clean them, chop them and put them into freezer containers. Frozen, these will keep their colour for soups, stews, and omelets all winter long. Basil and cilantro are best chopped, a small quantity of water added to make a slurry, placed into ice cube trays until frozen and then taken out of the trays and put into a freezer bag; great for soups and stews. Oregano is best dried, bunches gathered together with elastics, hung upside down in a dark, dry closet. When they are crispy and dry, I rub my fingers up and down the stems and then the leaves are put into air tight containers and labeled. The beets are ready to

Green and yellow beans don’t have to be served only stemed, they make great salads! The recipe for this sallad is below. Enjoy! (photos from

thin, then I steam the thinnings, so good with vinegar! Lettuce and spinach, I just can’t eat that much lettuce! The onion maggots haven’t completely demolished my crop, so I have green onions to add to salads et cetera. I tried using wood ash to avoid the destruction by the little rascals, it didn’t work all that well. Mind you, I planted my sets very late, and timing is so important in pest management. One year I will try planting them around Mother’s Day, with wood ash and see if that works. I saw a gorgeous vegetable garden with a very robust crop of onions. The gardener had planted early, and had used coffee grinds in the row, and I didn’t see the telltale signs of onion maggot damage. The beans are blooming! This is one crop I really look forward

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to harvesting. I plant the Royal Burgundy, as well as Blue Lake Stringless. Green beans used to have a long ‘string’ along the side of the pod. This had to be removed before cooking. The very first stringless green bean was bred in 1894 by Calvin Keeney in the state of New York.

trimmed 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped pecans, toasted Dressing: 2 tbsp (25 mL) white wine vinegar 1 tbsp (15 mL) walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp (5 mL) liquid honey 3/4 tsp (4 mL) Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper Dressing: Whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper; set aside. (Dressing can be covered and refrigerated for up to 8 hours.) In large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water, cook beans for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender-crisp; drain well.

Warm green bean salad with pecans could be a great hit at this summer’s potluck barbecues! The Royal Burgundy are just that, burgundy. The blossoms are purple and the fruit is burgundy! Once they are in hot water, the colour turns to green. They are very sweet and tender. The green bean is so versatile in all kinds of meals. Just steamed they are delicious, cooked and cooled great as salad, or even pickled! I went to my favourite Web site for recipes and here are a few I have tried, or will try this bean season! Warm Green Bean Salad with Pecans Give beans a twist with a tangy dressing and a sprinkling of toasted nuts. Partially prepare ahead to save time. Servings: 4 1lb (454 g) green beans,

(Beans can be prepared to this point, chilled in cold water and drained well; wrap in towel and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.) In saucepan over medium-low heat, toss beans with dressing; cook for about 8 minutes or until warm. Transfer to serving plates; sprinkle with pecans. Tip: Toasting nuts freshens and intensifies flavour. Spread pecans on baking sheet and toast in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Or toast in skillet over mediumhigh heat, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes. Ginger Green Beans Servings: 4 1 lb (454 g) green beans or yellow beans, trimmed

1 tbsp (15 mL) sesame oil 1 tsp (5 mL) grated gingerroot 1 cloves of garlic, minced 1/3 cup (75 mL) chicken stock 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper 1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted slivered almonds Remove stem ends from beans; cut in half. In deep skillet, heat oil, ginger and garlic over medium heat for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add chicken stock, salt and pepper; bring to boil. Add beans; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until bright green and tender-crisp. Sprinkle with almonds. Green and Yellow Bean Salad Servings: 6 12 oz (375 g) each green and yellow beans 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh oregano 2 tbsp (25 mL) extravirgin olive oil 2 tbsp (25 mL) wine vinegar 2 tsp (10 mL) grainy mustard 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper Half red onion, thinly sliced Fill bowl with ice water. In large pot of boiling salted water, blanch green beans until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to ice water; stir until cold. Drain on towel-lined plate. Repeat with yellow beans. (Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.) In large bowl, whisk together oregano, oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Add onion and green and yellow beans; toss to combine. I hope you can use these recipes this season, and enjoy them!




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difficult for our farmers in the Prairies, as they faced extreme weather conditions and unprecedented flooding,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “By adding these regions to the list of those eligible for the tax deferral program, producers will be better positioned to cope with the results of the wet and cold conditions.” The tax deferral allows eligible producers in designated areas to defer income tax on the sale of breeding livestock for one year, to help replenish breeding stock in the following year. Proceeds from deferred sales are included as income in the next tax year, when they may be at least partially offset by the cost of re-acquiring breeding animals. In the case of consecutive years of designation, producers may defer sales income to the first year in which the area is no longer designated.

To defer income, the breeding herd must have been reduced by at least 15 per cent. If this is the case, 30 per cent of income from net sales can then be deferred. In cases where the herd has been reduced by more than 30 per cent, 90 per cent of income from net sales can be deferred. Eligible producers will be able to request this deferral when filing their 2011 income tax returns. Livestock producers are advised to contact the Canada Revenue Agency for details on the income tax provisions. In addition to tax deferrals, existing federalprovincial Business Risk Management programs, such as AgriInsurance (crop insurance), AgriStability and AgriInvest, are in place to help farmers when situations such as flooding occur. AgriRecovery assessments are nearing completion.

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History preserved ... This is the town’s heritage page at the Biggar Museum. A number of pages in the Heritage Album, both business and families, are being displayed on the walls in the Credit Union Gallery at the museum over the summer months. Given this is the 100th anniversary of the town and RM so it is interesting to see those who have contributed to the history of the area. (Independent photo by Peggy Hasein)

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OBITUARIES Alex Kenneth Antifaev June 21, 1925 July 17, 2011 Alex Kenneth Antifaev passed away on July 17, 2011 in Saskatoon, Sask. at the age of 86 years. Alex was born June 21, 1925 in Benito Man. Alex is survived by his wife, Annie, of 61 years; daughter, Gwen (Raoul) Regnault of Fruit Vale, B.C. and their children, Ryan and Hawk; daughter, Viola (Gary) Peters of Saskatoon, Sask. and their children, Vicki (Craig) and son, Ethan, and Eleanor; son, Robert (Nellie) Antifaev of Arelee, Sask.; granddaughter, Amanda Antifaev; and step-granddaughter, Carly Steele. He was predeceaed by his son, Glen (Zoey) Antifaev; parents, Alex and Vera Antifaev; sister, Vera (Peter) Abramoff. Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from Arelee Mennonite Cemetery, Arelee, Sask. with Pastor Archie Jantzen of¿ciating. Honourary Bearers were all those who share in Alex’s life. Interment followed in Arelee Mennonite Cemetery. Tributes in Alex’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit, 1702 - 20th St. West, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 0Z9 Grondin Funeral Service, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. gfsc1

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CARD OF THANKS The Bear Hills Range and Gun Club would like to thank Trent Silvernagle and Silver Eagle Excavating for the donation of the gravel and delivery. Without your help our trap shoot on June 3, 4, 5 would not have been a success. Thank you. 32c1 I would like to thank everyone who attended my shower and everyone who contributed to the gift cards. Because of you, I had an absolutely wonderful day! Erin Hawes 32p1 Thank you to the RCMP, EMTs, Dr. Muller and the hospital staff. I also thank the doctors and staff at Royal University Hospital and Parkridge Centre. A special thanks to family and friends that visited, are ‘doing’ and those who asked about my progress. A BIG hug and thanks to all. Marie Winsel 32p1


SUNDAY, AUGUST 21: A come and go tea in celebration of Brian Shuttle’s 80th birthday will be held at New Horizons Complex, Biggar from 2 - 4 p.m. 32p2



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REAL ESTATE Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn LAKE VIEW HOMES Vernon, BC. Convenient location in Okanagan Landing. Established neighborly landscaped community. Low maintenance quality built homes. Pool, Tennis, Picnic & Fitness Center. On Site Boat & RV Storage. Next to Beach, Boat Launch & Marina. Direct access to walkways & bike trails. Level entry & 2 storey homes available $429,000. Call Scott 250.558.4795 wwww.


Wanted: Massey #36 discers. Paying $100. Will pick up. Call Andrew 306-946-9669, leave message if no answer. 29p6 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

Two bedroom country home, partially furnished with all appliances. Located between Biggar and Rosetown. Available immediately. For full details, phone 948-2793 or 948-2098 or cell 948-7649. 30p3

FOR RENT Charter/ Sherwood Apartments 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom Heat and water supplied, wired for cable TV and satellite systems, laundry facilities, appliances, some suites with dishwashers, air conditioning, parking with plug-ins.

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Facility Assistant Rosetown North, SK Job #ROS00051 The Facility Assistant is accountable to the Facility Manager for safe and efficient physical operations at a Farm Service Centre. This requires working knowledge of all machinery at the facility, enabling the facility assistant to perform all duties necessary for receiving and shipping grain. A significant portion of these responsibilities could include operating cleaning and/or grain-drying equipment. The incumbent ensures that customer service is provided in a manner that adheres to Cargill’s commitment of providing superior customer service at all times. Visit and click on “Careers” for position details and to apply online. Cargill AgHorizons is the division of the company dedicated to creating value for agricultural producers, specifically grain and oilseed growers in the Prairies and Ontario. This division leads the industry in providing innovations in the areas of grain origination, agronomic and grain marketing consulting, and crop input supplies. Professionally trained customer focus teams work one-on-one with their producer customers, building long-term relationshipsstriving to understand their farming business and providing distinctive solutions, matched to their unique needs. Cargill is an equal opportunity employer.

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LAND FOR SALE/RENT One-quarter of land in RM Biggar #347, SE-21-35-16-W3rd. For enquiries, phone 306-384-6499 30p3

A FREE TELEPHONE SERVICE - Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today Toll-Free 1-866-884-7464.


ALBERTA MASSAGE TRAINING STUDY WHILE YOU WORK 30 WEEKS, 8 WEEKENDS OF ATTENDANCE Classes held at 4920-50th St., Lloydminster (780) 874-9075 Toll Free 1-877-768-8400

Classes start September 5, 2011 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

HOUSES FOR SALE If YOU are… • Moving • Expecting a Baby • Planning a Wedding • Anticipating Retirement Call WELCOME WAGON at


948-2563 - Lisa Haynes We have gifts and information

Guaranteed approval drive away today! We lend money to everyone. Fast approvals, best interest rates. Over 500 vehicles sale priced for immediate delivery OAC. 1-877-796-0514.

DENIED CANADA PENSION PLAN DISABILITY BENEFITS? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Driver wanted for hualing water to drilling rigs in area. Must have experience with drilling rigs. Phone 780-864-4220 or fax resume 780-864-4319.


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FOR SALE: 1000 Sq. ft house in Alida, SK. 2 bedroom, large attached garage, ¿nished basement. New gas water heater and furnace on 1 1/2 lots on Main Street. Phone: 306861-1857.

More Power Less Fuel for diesel farm equipment. Tractors, combines, sprayers or grain trucks. Find out about safe electronics from DSG. Call today 1-800-667-6879. www. P R O V I N C E - W I CLASSIFIEDS. Reach 330,000 readers weekly. this newspaper NOW or 649.1405 for details.



Award winning independently owned community newspaper group requires an Editor for one of its 5 Manitoba publications. We offer competitive salary, health and RRSP package. Forward resumes to Shawn Bailey Regional Editor. Box 548, Dauphin, Manitoba R7N 2V3. Phone 204-638-4420 Fax: 204638-5709 email: psbailey@mts. net. Journeyman Automotive Technician required for GM Dealership in Melfort, Sask. A successful applicant: GM Experience an asset, ASEP an asset, 3 or 4 years apprentice considered, Salary matched with experience. Apply to Cheyenne Motors Products Ltd. Phone 306-752-2783 or Email George Blair at cheyennegm@sasktel. net. REPORTER PHOTOGRAPHER REQUIRED for one of western Canada’s leading community newspapers. Strong writing skills along with knowledge of InDesign are prerequisites. Contact: editor@brooksbulletin. com. STRUCTURAL STEEL FITTERS required at Edmonton North Company. Lead Hand: $34.80/ hour; 1st Class: $33.24/hour; Fitter: $31.68/hour; CWB FCAW: $31.68/hour. Fax resume: 780939-2181 or Email: careers@ NEED A HOME PHONE? Cable TV or High Speed Internet? We Can Help. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect.

WINE KITS and SUPPLIES available at Grape Moments, located in The Independent, 102 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar



1986 Stirling Series 23 ft. Class C motorhome, Ford 460, sleeps six, rear bunks, roof air, full bath, 3-way fridge, $8,000 Call 9485146. 32c3

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Stop in to… 1st Ave. West, Biggar 948-2700

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Business & Professional … FOR RENT



Saskatoon DUANE NEUFELDT Serving BIGGAR and Area

Licensed For: • Residential • Acreage • Farm

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

The sign you want. The agent you need.

Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for:

Housing for families and seniors Rent based on income

Call: 948-2101

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Bear Hills Rural Development Corporation

HOME IMPROVEMENTS 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

113 - 3 Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-9168

Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag., Broker

Proud to handle Biggar’s Real Estate Needs

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


Tim Hammond Realty Licenced for: •Residential

9Residential 9Commercial 9Automotive

113 - 3rd Ave. W., Biggar

948-5052 (office) Cell 948-7995

Cari McCarty Residential Sales

For all your glass needs …owned and operated by Matt Poitras

104 - 2 Ave. West Biggar nd

Biggar’s Top Performing Residential Agent


Tim Hammond Realty


Licenced for: •Farm •Acreage •Residential • Commercial

A Sign of Qualilty!


113 - 3 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


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

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

Authorized Appliance Depot Electrical Wiring Trenching Licensed Journeyman Adrian de Haan

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

Cell: 306-221-6888

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

Jerry Muc Phone: 948-2958 Fax:


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



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

Biggar, Sask.

948-3389 Journeymen Plumber, Gas Fitter, & Electrician on staff


Helping you Help yourself

To advertise in this directory, please call Urla at The Independent • 948-3344 • This feature will appear Weekly. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL DIRECTORY RATES.

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


available to do…

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

Call Jim @ 948-3333

Northland Foaming

Spray Foam Insulation

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!

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

SEED CLEANING IT’S ALL INCLUDED! 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

948-2807 or

Call: Bill: Dale:

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


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



Phone: 948-5678

DENTAL DR. GLENN RIEKMAN Dentist 115 - 1st Ave. W. Rosetown, Sask.

OFFICE HOURS Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 882-2123 Emergency (after hours) 882-2006

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 EYE CARE

Kirk Ewen Doctor of Optometry

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


1-877-979-4543 #16-1945 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon

HEALTH/ WELLNESS “Annie Things Possible” Health, Beauty & Spa

Weight Loss Clinic 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

Michelle Spuzak, R.M.T. (NHPC member) NEW LOCATION… 219 - 4th Ave. E., BIGGAR

Other Services available… • ParafÅn Wax • Thai Herbal Massage • ReÆexology • Hot Stone Massage • Engergy Work

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

948-2548 or 948-9710

Ladies Only 30 min. Workout …owned and operated by Diane Larouche Ellard, Can-Fit-Pro Certi¿ed Personal Trainer

in Nova Wood Centre 104 - 6th Ave. E., Biggar

948-7967 NEW BEGINNINGS WELLNESS CENTRE “Putting PERSONAL back into fitness training!” Wayne Baldwin, W

NO Certified Fitness Trainer, N Natural Health Consultant, E P O Physical Therapy Aide Over 20 years resistance training experience!

• Personalized Fitness/Nutrition Programs • One-on-One PersonalTraining • Injury Prevention and Rehab • Active Isolated Stretching • Limited Memberships to Private Fitness Studio Gift Certificates available.

Visit us @ 219 - 4th Ave. East, Biggar Where you can feel right at home! Phone… 948-2548


• 5 Year manufacturer’s warranty on all Oticon Hearing Aids • 5 Year supply of batteries • 5 Year premium service plan • Risk-free ZERO MONEY DOWN trial period

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

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


Wylie Farms Ltd.

Box 327 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

•Farm •Residential •Commercial •Acreage rd


Cell… 948-8048

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

For appointments… 1-855-651-3311

LACK OF ADVERTISING is like winking at a pretty girl in the dark…YOU KNOW what you’re doing, BUT NO ONE ELSE DOES!



Business & Professional LEGAL SERVICES



223 Main Street Biggar

Stuart A. Busse, QC Larry A. Kirk, LL.B.

Box 580 Biggar, SK SOK OMO

302 Main Street, Biggar, SK

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

948-3346 …serving your community since 1972


Roe & Company

306-948-5352 or 306-244-9865


Email: Website:


948-3376 after hours George: 948-4042 Corner of Main Street & 1st Avenue West, Biggar


301 - 1 Ave. E, Biggar

948-3996 Open Monday-Saturday

Heavy Truck Repair


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

Mike Nahorney, Interprovincial Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic


222 220MainStreet 7 3069485377 


SGI Safety Inspection Auto Repair

KRF Automotive Detail Centre 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


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

304 Main St., Biggar

948-2222 or 948-2029

Without advertising, nothing happens!!!

Anne G. Livingston

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

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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

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.

Wood and Steel Buildings Floor & Trusses (306) 948-3776 cell: (306) 260-6503 Ph:

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@


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


YH Truck, Ag & Auto

Photos by Jocelyn Portraits, Family, Weddings & Sports Photography

Biggar, Sask.

306-948-2814 Small Ads Work… You’re reading this one!!!

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

521 Main St., Biggar 948-2109

MR. JOHN G. SMITH * Local Handyman/ Drayman plus Independent Sales Consultant for SWEPCO Building Products & Lubricant Phone: (306) 948-3856 Mobile: (306) 948-7896 Email: johngsmith1@




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:

Beadle’s Computer Solutions Sales & Service Call Steven 948-2489 Your authorized

Panasonic, StarChoice, Bell, Xplornet Internet dealer and Your authorized SaskTel Mobility and High Speed Internet Dealer



Phillips Radio Shop

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Battery Chargers Electric Fencers Repaired/Rebuilt/ Built

Pssst...Did you hear that you can still buy REGAL? Contact Nancy Duns Independent Rep Ph: 237-4777



Chartered Accountant Credit Union Building 302 Main Street P. O. Box 1750 Biggar, SK S0K 0M0

• Snow Removal • Fences …and much more

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


in Biggar Insurance Bldg.


Phone: 948-5133

Tree services available…

Open: Mon.-Fri.

Phone: 948-2204 or 948-3886

P. O. Box 1480 Biggar, Sask.


Your Auto Parts and Accessories Dealer


201B-2nd Ave. West

Ivan Young,



Chartered Accountant Notary Public

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

1st Ave. West, Biggar

Phone: 244-7464 for appointment

Garry A. Faye

• Driveways • Concrete • Garage Pads • Pruning • Planting


227 - 1st Ave. East, Biggar

100-128-4th Ave. South, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M8


948-2879, evenings 948-7207, daytime Ed Kolenosky


Owned & operated by Kevin Fick


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


Rebel Landscaping


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, Treena Sikora look forward to assisting you and can be contacted at:



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Residential Commercial Automotive

For FREE estimates or enquiries CALL Wayne or Dorothy at


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

• sides of Pork & Beef available

948-3384 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


109 Main St., Biggar



Fax: 948-2484


658-4474, Landis, SK COURIER/HAULING

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

~Brian and Cathy Fick~

Cell: 306-948-7524


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

Atkinson Trucking Landis, Sask. …For all your Local Grain Hauling Needs Bailen Atkinson 658-4460 or 948-4450

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.




Asquith News Neil Millard 329-4235 A belated birthday greeting goes out to Adam Valade on Monday, August 1, Saskatchewan Day. August 11 will be a Recycling Pickup day in regard to the Blue Bin! Did you know? Tallest sunflower:The Netherlands can lay claim to the tallest sunflower ever recorded:A stalk that was 25 feet, 5.4 inches tall (1986). The largest sunflower head measured 32.3 inches across and was found in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The United Church will begin their church services on Sunday, August 7 at 9:30 a.m. Don’t forget the Seniors Barbecue on Wednesday, August 17 in the Senior Hall. Plan to attend! Tip of the Day? For ideal posture stand up straight,

keep abdominals tight and focus your gaze 20 feet ahead of you. Happy Birthday greetings go out to Crystal Haugrud on Tuesday, August 9. The Wellness Clinic for Seniors will be held in the Seniors Hall on Tuesday, August 9. Now about Baseball -- Jason Fraser is gone from the Blue Jays, but the Jays have Colby Rasmus! I’m sorry to see Fraser leave but in the long run -- this may be a good start to win more ball games. I was elated to hear the talk about the Montreal Expos headline! It has been seven long years since I wore that cap. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens. Something to Think

About: Retirement is . . . a time to finally take time to get eight hours each night. To reconcile the face in the mirror with my concept of myself. To look at my life in terms of what I’ve accomplished and not what I failed at. To not only give of myself, but accept when others offer to give. To live each day the best I can and not worry about what tomorrow will bring. To grasp every opportunity to be with my children and my grandchildren. To really listen to what they say and cheer them on, no matter what they’re about. To sit in the stands and watch them perform on the ice or on the field. To understand that my friends and family have their own crosses to bear and their own battles to

fight and don’t need to hear about my aches and pains. To appreciate, when people are difficult, that maybe life made them that way. To remember that, if I don’t succeed in all these things, to succeed in some of them is okay.Victoria MacDonald, Dundas, ON. The long, hot, days of July are over now. We will have to wait for what August will bring us. Until then -- you know the score! Mrs. Mabel McTavish of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Friday, August 5 at Zion United Church in Moose Jaw. Mabel is a former teacher in the Asquith area. She is a wonderful woman and sharp as a pin. All the best, Mabel!

****PUBLIC NOTICE**** Please be advised that a two dimensional (2D) seismic exploration program is planned for the Saskatoon area (see map below). This regional seismic program is being conducted on behalf of BHP Billiton Canada Inc. by RPS Boyd PetroSearch in order to assess potential potash mineralization. The seismic process involves sending vibrations into the earth and measuring the returning waves. The energy source is vibroseis (vibrator trucks) and the program will mainly be conducted on road allowance. We ask that you consider your safety as well as the safety of our workers. Please slow down around our worksites. If you would like more information, please contact our landowner liaison, Garry Wahl. Please note that unless you are contacted, your lands are not being entered. No private property will be accessed without prior consent. Cancer benefits from hair cut ... Debbie McEwan was tired of her long hair and decided to donate hers to cancer. Nevada Leschinski from Nevada’s Cutting Room was glad to cut it off and give Debbie a new look. (Independent photo by Daryl Hasein)

Exploration Company: RPS Boyd PetroSearch Field Operations: May through to mid-September 2011 Program Names: 2011 Wolverine 2D, 2011 Asquith 2D, 2011 South Boulder 2D and 2011 South Young 2D

Increase Vegetables and Fruit With all the fruit trees and gardens across Heartland producing lots of delicious fruits and vegetables right now it is the perfect time to get more of them into your diet. Chop fresh veggies up making it easier to grab them for a quick snack or to add to soups and casseroles. Make a large salad and keep refrigerated for another meal. Start your day off with a fruit smoothie. Replace half the meat in your favorite recipe with vegetables to reduce fat and save you money. 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 1-866-269-9139 Monday to Friday 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Heartland Health Region

Should you have any questions, please contact: Garry Wahl Landowner Liaison Phone: 306.536.1863

Maddie Mailey Permit Administrator Toll Free: 1.800.663.8943

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The Battlefords Regional Optimist, North Battleford, Sask.



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