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Living Skies Come Alive goes international

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

Every August long weekend, the skies come alive over Moosomin Lake. For the last several years the Living Skies Come Alive Fireworks Competition has pitted two fireworks companies against one another. Each puts on their best show—one on Saturday night, one on Sunday night—and a panel of judges selects the winner. The fireworks shows are unlike an. . .


Police out in full force on long weekend watching for impaired drivers

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Police will be out in full force this weekend watching for impaired drivers Police all over the province will be running check stops during the long weekend to help curb and catch impaired drivers. "We want everyone to be able to enjoy their long weekend in the company of their loved ones," said Earl Cameron, Executive Vice-President of the A. . .


Seeding more than 60 per cent complete in SE Sask

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Good seeding progress was made for much of the province over the week up to May 15, according to Saskatchewan's weekly crop report released today. Seeding is most advanced in the southeast, where producers have 60 per cent of the crop in the ground. Forty-six per cent is seeded in the southwest; 19 per cent in the east-central region; 16 per ce. . .


Saskatchewan manufacturing sales growth leads nation

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Growth in manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan showed significant year-over-year strength in March, more than doubling the national average. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, Saskatchewan’s year-over-year manufacturing sales grew by 19.8 per cent to $1.35 billion—tying with Prince Edward Island for the highest growth rate in Canada. Manufacturing . . .


Law allowing blue and amber lights on tow trucks now in force

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The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed The Traffic Safety (Tow Trucks) Amendment Act, 2017 to permit blue lights to be used in conjunction with amber lights on tow trucks and other vehicles providing roadside assistance. Adding blue lights will increase visibility from further distances on highways. The law goes into effect immediately. . . .


SaskPower signs agreement for geothermal power plant near Estevan

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SaskPower and DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. (DEEP) have signed a power purchase agreement that will allow further research into the potential for Saskatchewan’s first geothermal power project. “We’re proud to continue our work with DEEP to evaluate geothermal’s potential role in our power supply,” said SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh. . .


Provincial parks open this Thursday

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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks officially open for the season this Thursday, May 18. Provincial parks continue to be among Saskatchewan’s most popular vacation destinations. With a record of nearly four million visits in 2016, the parks are preparing for another busy season. “Saskatchewan people love their parks,” Saskatchewan Parks, Culture an. . .


Some farmers at half way mark in seeding

[May 15, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

Farmers in the Moosomin area were making good progress on seeding last week, with many at the 50 per cent mark due to a lack of rain in the area this spring. However many farmers in the Rocanville and Whitewood area were just getting started with seeding last week due to wetter conditions in those areas. The lack of rain this spring has been a b. . .


Daemon Hunt first round draft pick in WHL

[May 8, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

Daemon Hunt, originally from Moosomin, was a first round WHL Bantam draft pick Thursday, chosen 15th overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors. Hunt lives in Brandon now but grew up in Moosomin and is a Moosomin Minor Hockey product. A defenceman with the Brandon Bantam AAA Wheat Kings, the six-foot-five, 190-lb Hunt scored 22 goals and had 38 assists f. . .


Creative Vision spring concert tonight

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Creative Vision Productions Spring Concert is tonight at Bethel United Church in Moosomin! The show starts at 7 pm and admission is $10 at the door. Should be some great entertainment!. . .


Hickman fundraiser Saturday

[ • By Kara Kinna]

A benefit is being held in Rocanville Saturday for a local family who are going through a tough time due to cancer. Pam Hickman was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a benefit is being held at the PotashCorp Rocanville Community Hall on Saturday, May 13 for the Hickman family. The benefit will consist of supper and a silent auction with a cabaret . . .


Seeding most advance in southeast Saskatchewan

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Seeding is most advanced in southeast Saskatchewan, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report. Producers in the southeast now have 30 per cent of the crop in the ground, up significantly from three per cent last week. The five-year (2012-2016) seeding average for this time of year is 21 per cent. Field conditions have been optim. . .


Vehicle impounded for going 168 km/h

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On Friday May 5th 2017 at approximately 3:45 pm, a member of the Weyburn RCMP Combined Traffic Services Unit was conducting speed enforcement on highway 39 between Yellow Grass and McTaggart. The member was checking the speed of an oncoming vehicle, when a second vehicle, a 4 door Jeep Wrangler, entered the radar beam and showed a speed of 189 . . .


Provincial health authority office set for Saskatoon

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On Monday, May 8, Health Minister Jim Reiter and Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit announced the head office for the new provincial health authority will be located in Saskatoon. The first day of operations for the health authority is being determined, but is still anticipated to occur in fall 2017. “A number of locations for t. . .


Cyclist killed in highway accident Sunday

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A cyclist was killed in a highway collision near Burrows on Sunday. Around 10 am Sunday, Moosomin RCMP received a call regarding the collision. The collision between an agricultural tractor and a bicyclist took place on Hwy #1 east of Burrows. A lone, 34-year-old male cyclist was confirmed deceased at the scene. The name of the victim . . .


Whitewood Dodge to open off-site sales office in Moosomin Wednesday

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

Whitewood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is opening an off-site sales office in Moosomin Wednesday, the first step to a new Chrysler dealership in Moosomin. A new dealership is planned for Moosomin but until it can be built, Whitewood Chrysler will have an off-site sales office at the Mazergroup Ford New Holland dealership just north of the Trans-Canad. . .


Push for change reaches Moosomin Monday

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The Push for Change’s Former Homeless Youth Turned CEO, Joe Roberts is pushing his shopping cart across the Saskatchewan border and into Moosomin on Monday, May 8. It will be Day 373 out of 517, when Joe Roberts and The Push for Change campaign bid the Province of Manitoba “thank you and farewell” as he crosses into Saskatchewan through Moosomi. . .


Highway 1 reopens near Burrows

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The eastbound lanes of Highway 1 between Whitewood and Burrows has been reopened. There was a serious motor vehicle accident on the highway this morning, and Moosomin RCMP were on the scene near the 637 junction.. . .


Drug charges laid in Carlyle, Arcola

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On May 5, 2017 Regina Saskatchewan Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit , with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, the National Weapon Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) and the Carlyle RCMP concluded a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigation in the communities of Arcola and Carlyle. Investigators searched two residen. . .


Virden RCMP respond to fatal house fire

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On Thursday May 4, 2017, just after 6:30 am, Virden RCMP received report of a house fire in the RM of Sifton, 10 kilometres east of Deleau, Manitoba on Highway 2. As the fire was being fought, a body was located inside the residence. At this time, the identity of the deceased has not been confirmed, nor has cause of death. An autopsy is. . .


Police seek Shelby Ducharme, last seen in Whitewood

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RCMP are seeking help in finding Shelby John Joseph Ducharme, last seen in Whitewood. Wanted-Shelby John Joseph Ducharme Shelby John Joseph Ducharme DOB 1996-12-04, EYES BROWN, 178 CM ( 5FT 10IN) 86 KG ( 190LBS) TATTOOS: Rt Forearm: "DUCHARME" in greek letters Rt Hand: "SOUTH" Lt Hand: "SIDE" Lt Hand: Diamond Last seen in Whitewo. . .


Rug to be donated to Fleming Saturday

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This Saturday, the town of Fleming will receive a special donation. Jan Hague, a traditional rug hooking fibre artist, will donate a hooked rug depicting the Fleming Lake of the Woods elevator. Hague will be in Fleming on Saturday during a book and bake sale being held at the Fleming Community Hall, where she will donate her rug to the community. . .


Lots of improvements under way at Bradley Park

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

On Thursday, July 6, To kick off the reunion/rodeo weekend, an Elvis impersonator will perform on a stage at Bradley Park, with people watching from a deck area and a lawn. There may be a ball game taking place at the baseball diamond next to the stage. The stage isn’t there yet, the lawn isn’t there yet, the deck is under construction and the . . .


More drilling expected in Saskatchewan

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In a revision to expected drilling totals for 2017, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) is forecasting a major increase in oil and gas activity in Saskatchewan. Today’s update to the PSAC drilling activity forecast includes a significant increase in the estimated number of wells drilled in the province to a new total of 2,670 wel. . .


Sex offender arrested at Langenburg

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At 3:16 p.m. April 27, 2017, Esterhazy/Langenburg RCMP arrested a convicted sex offender on a Canada-wide warrant on Highway 16 in Langenburg. 46-year-old Joseph Davis was arrested without incident and is currently in police custody. "The RCMP would like to thank a vigilant member of the public who reported the grey vehicle to police. Public saf. . .


RCMP seize 30 pounds of Marijuana at Wolseley

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On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. Broadview RCMP Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop on Highway #1 near Wolseley, Saskatchewan. Approximately 30lbs of marijuana was located and seized from the vehicle. The lone 49-year-old male vehicle driver (from Kamloops, British Columbia) was charged with 1 count, Possession of Cannabi. . .


Mooseberry play this weekend

[ • By Kara Kinna]

Who are the real criminals? That will be the question in the latest comedy being performed by the Mooseberry Acting Company this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Moosomin. The comedy troupe will be performing a play called “Honestly Now” directed by Randy Mavin, a long-time Mooseberry actor who says this comedy caper is one of his favorites. “It is. . .


Funding restored for libraries

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The Government of Saskatchewan announced today that it will be restoring funding for Saskatchewan libraries back to the 2016-17 funding levels to ensure that regional and municipal libraries and the interlibrary loan services remain operational. Today’s announcement will provide $4.8 million in addition to the $3.5 million that was announced on bu. . .


Man charged with murder after Yellow Grass death

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37-year-old Kevin Obina Okafor of Yellow Grass is charged with first degree murder, flight from peace officer,amd dangerous operation of a motor vehicle following the death of Abbie Spear at Yellow Grass Okafor will appear in Regina Provincial Court on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:30 am. Okafor was arrested in the Swift Current area on April . . .


Moosomin reunion committee finalizing plans

[ • By Kara Kinna]

As the Moosomin reunion and homecoming draws ever nearer, plans for the event continue to come together. The homecoming is scheduled for July 6-9, starting with the grand opening of the Tim Hortons Heritage Park on Thursday, July 6, and ending with an ecumenical church service on Sunday, July 9. The weekend will include a Friday night social, a . . .


"Positive ticket" for cleaning garbage

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Earlier this week #YorktonRCMP received a tip of a young man cleaning garbage from the Yorkton Creek on the North East side of town. Members quickly responded and were able to thank the young man for his good deed. He was rewarded with a "positive ticket" as well as knowing he did something good to help the community. Yorkton RCMP suggest If yo. . .


Kinette Spring Kegger this Saturday!

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The Moosomin Kinette Club is holding a spring kegger on Saturday, April 22 in the hopes that the event will be a major fundraiser for their club. The “I’d Tap That” spring kegger will take place at the MCC centre on April 22 and will feature local country band Shifty Morgan. “We had kind of talked about doing an event in October but it ended up b. . .


Moosomin Regional Park named Sask Park of the Year

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin Regional Park has won the top provincial honor for a regional park—it has been named 2017 Park of the Year by the Saskatchewan Association of Regional Parks. “The Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association gives a Park of the Year award every year,” said park manager Wayne Beckett. “You need to submit your application and see if you mak. . .


Mekayla Bali missing for one year

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A lot happens in one year: siblings turn a year older, seasons change, special moments are missed. Her family has now spent 365 days without Mekayla Bali. Today marks one year since she was reported missing and last seen. Today the RCMP is reaching out to the public – to help find and bring her home. Mekayla, 17, was last seen on April 12. . .


Hunting Chronicles host fined for illegal hunting near Grenfell

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An Alberta resident and former hunting television personality was recently fined $5,600 after a Broadview provincial court judge found him found guilty on several charges under The Saskatchewan Wildlife Act and Regulations. In 2011, Alberta Fish and Wildlife officials contacted Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment conservation officers with reas. . .


Cigarettes, cash seized by Yorkton RCMP

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At approximately 8 p.m. on April 8, 2017, Yorkton Municipal RCMP responded to a call for assistance from CN Rail Police regarding a traffic stop in the City of Yorkton and subsequent seizure of illegal tobacco products. RCMP seized approximately 200,000 cigarettes and over $5000 cash (CDN) along with a vehicle and cargo trailer. A 61-year-old. . .


Oil drilling doubles in first quarter

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Saskatchewan’s petroleum industry is showing signs of a positive start for 2017 after results for drilling activity during the first three months of the year were more than double the figures of 2016. "An increase of more than 450 wells drilled is an optimistic indicator for our oil industry and, by extension, Saskatchewan’s economic outlook for. . .


Local tow truck drivers welcome new law

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan tow truck drivers can now add blue flashing lights to their amber lights for greater visibility in a safety measure approved on Thursday. The Saskatchewan government introduced and passed the legislation Thursday. The legislation was introduced and passed in one day, which is a rare occurrence and requires the unanimous support o. . .


Saskatchewan to allow blue emergency lights on tow trucks

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The Saskatchewan government today introduced and passed legislation improving safety for tow truck operators. The Traffic Safety (Tow Trucks) Amendment Act, 2017 permits blue lights to be used in conjunction with amber lights on tow trucks. The legislation was introduced and passed in one day, which is a rare occurrence and requires the unanimo. . .


Library supporters to gather at MLA office Friday

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Supporters of regional libraries are planning a DARE (Drop Everything and Read) Challenge in front of MLA Steven Bonk's office at 622 Main Street in Moosomin over the noon hour on Friday. Regional libraries are facing major funding cuts in the 2017 federal budget. The Moosomin Library Board is asking supporters to meet in front of the MLA office. . .


Liam, Olivia, Emma most popular baby names in Saskatchewan

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The top 20 baby names for 2016 were released by eHealth Saskatchewan today. Liam was the most popular name for baby boys for the seventh year in a row, and Olivia and Emma tied for the most popular name for baby girls. The second most popular boy name was Oliver and the third most popular girl name was Ava. There were 73 baby boys named Liam i. . .


Rory Allen coming to Rocanville this weekend

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Rocanville Community Hall will be rocking this Saturday when Elvis tribute artist Rory Allen comes town. The Rory Allen concert is a fundraiser for the new hall. As of last week, Steve Fortney, the chair of the hall board, said ticket sales were going well, but said that there were still a few tables and individual tickets left for those wan. . .


Moskaluke wins her first Juno

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Rocanville's Jess Moskaluke received the biggest honor of her career so far at the Juno Awards in Ottawa Sunday Night. She won Country Album of the Year for her EP Kiss Me Quiet, which includes the Top 10 Canadian Country hits "Kiss Me Quiet" and "Take Me Home." "I can honestly say I’m feeling a lot of things right now, and overwhelmed is one. . .


Fallout from provincial budget impacts municipalities

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

Local municipalities are coming to terms with the fallout from the recent provincial budget. Most municipalities will see reductions in transfer payments from the province, larger towns will see grants in lieu of taxes from SaskEnergy eliminated, and many communities face the choice of funding libraries locally or losing services. “It’s about. . .


Rod Pederson on his new sober calling

[ • By Jessie Anton]

When Canadian sports fans think of Rod Pedersen, they think of the outspoken voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders—but if Pedersen were to describe himself, he’d say he’s an introvert. Growing up, Pedersen remembers spending most of his days reading on a stack of bales, disinterested in talking to people—until he had his first sip of alcohol. The. . .


$20,000 of seed stolen from Carberry Farm

[ • By Staff]

On March 19, 2017, Carberry RCMP received a report of a silo being broken into on a rural property in the RM of Glenboro-South Cypress, Manitoba on Highway 2, approximately 10 kilometres west of Glenboro. A significant amount of canola seed was stolen from the silo. The suspects brought a grain auger to the farm yard. They proceeded to use the . . .


Tigers, C-Hawks are league champs

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The Rocanville Tigers and the Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks both became league champions over the weekend. The C-Hawks won the NCHL championship Friday night with a win over the Russell Rams. The C-Hawks won the best of five final three games to one. The Rocanville Tigers won the THL championship Sunday night in Rocanville. The Tigers swept the ser. . .


Town offers tax incentive for commercial construction

[ • By Kevin Weedmark]

The town of Moosomin is offering tax incentives for new commercial construction for the next three years. Effective with building permits filed on or after April 1, new commercial building construction, and additions to commercial buildings with a building permit value of $150,000 or more, will have all property taxes cancelled for the first yea. . .


Tigers take on Buffs in Game 3 Sunday night

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The Rocanville Tigers take on the Theodore Buffaloes at the Rocanville Rink tonight at 7 pm! The Tigers are up 2-0 in the best-of-five THL Final The 50/50 will be guaranteed to be $1000 for tonight's game! Devon LeBlanc scored two goals and set up another for the Tigers on Friday night as they downed the Theodore Buffalos 5-2t, in Theodore. . .


Mazergroup building in Moosomin this year

[March 20, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Mazergroup has big plans for its Moosomin dealership. Bob Mazer says the company will build a new 25,000 square foot building on a site on the North Service Road facing the Trans-Canada Highway. “We just met this morning to finalize the size of the building,” Mazer said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “Our current property is sold to Ron K. . .


Sask budget includes increased, expanded PST

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The government of Saskatchewan is raising taxes and cutting spending with a target of eliminating the deficit within three years PST increasing to six per cent The budget tabled Wednesday includes a one-point PST increase from five to six per cent, effective Thursday. PST will now apply to purchases such as children’s clothing, restaurant me. . .


Moosomin emergency responders focusing on road safety

[March 20, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

Monday evening, Moosomin emergency responders will be getting together to flash their lights on Highway 1 west of Moosomin in a bid to raise awareness about road safety while they do their jobs. The move comes after the death of an Esterhazy tow truck driver who lost his life in the spring blizzard two weeks ago. Several emergency responders got. . .


Closer link suggested between town, regional park

[March 13, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

Councillor Chris Davidson, who sits on the Moosomin and District Regional Park Authority, gave a presentation to Moosomin Town Council Wednesday in the hopes of having the town of Moosomin consider resuming its status as a participating municipality in the Moosomin and District Regional Park Authority with appointed board members—something it has . . .


Moosomin Family Practice Centre Local docs happy with meeting with minister

[March 6, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Dr. Wessell Roets says a visit by Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter on Monday went well. "He wanted to hear some of our concerns, so we brought up issues like sustainability of the practice, recruitment issues, and the format under which the practice will continue under the new health region structure. We hope we don’t encounter the same p. . .


Chrysler dealership opening in Moosomin

[February 27, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

Moosomin will soon be the home of a new Chrysler dealership. Ron Kaban-who owns Yorkton Hyundai and Whitewood Chrysler Dodge, and is a partner in other dealerships around Western Canada-says that he plans to open a Chrysler dealership in Moosomin. While Kaban said he could not yet confirm the location of the new dealership, he said plans for . . .


C-Hawks edge past Rangers in first game of NCHL South final

[February 27, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks edged past the Moosomin Rangers to win the first game of the NCHL South Final series 6-5 Thursday night in Elkhorn. A year ago, the Rangers and C-Hawks battled it out in a hard-fought league final series that went to the fifth game before the Rangers triumphed as NCHL champs. Elkhorn's offense was aggressive Thursd. . .


Moosomin Kinsmen plan second fish derby for Telemiracle

[February 20, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

The Moosomin Kinsmen Club are holding their second fishing derby as a fundraiser for Telemiracle on Sunday, Feb. 26. The derby will take place at Moosomin Lake and will include various prizes for fish, raffle prizes and a a 50/50 pot, as well as hot lunch and a bar. Last year around 75 people came out to the derby and, now in its second year,. . .


Census numbers may help Moosomin minimize funding cut

[February 20, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan municipalities were warned at the recent Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention to expect a reduction in revenue sharing grants in 2017. One percentage point of the five-per-cent provincial sales tax is dedicated to municipal revenue sharing. The amount collected in PST can decline in slower economic times, res. . .


Moosomin leads area in growth

[February 13, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The 2016 census shows that the town of Moosomin led the region in population growth between the 2011 and 2016 censuses, with 10.4 per cent population growth. According to the census, Moosomin went from 2,484 residents in the 2011 census to 2,743 in the 2016 census. Moosomin had grown by 8.9 per cent between the 2006 and 2011 censuses. Redvers an. . .


Future of building central issue at Elkhorn CIBC meeting

[February 6, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The future of the CIBC bank building in Elkhorn became the central issue at a meeting Tuesday night to dicsuss the bank branch closure. A local committee is hoping to attract another financial institution to the community, and has made contact with several Manitoba credit unions. The committee members believe the bank building, on Elkhorn’s m. . .


Moosomin considers tax incentive for new businesses

[January 30, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council is considering offering a tax incentive to encourage new businesses to locate in town, and existing businesses to expand. Councillors Ron Fisk and Jason Miller co-chair the Economic Development Committee, and took a proposal to council Wednesday to forgive taxes for one year for new buildings and additions built by business. . .


Moosomin area could be destination for Women On The Go Tours

[January 23, 2017 • By Kara Kinna]

Moosomin and other local communities, such as Rocanville, may be the newest destinations for Women On The Go Tours, a tour company that takes women on day trips from Regina to rural Saskatchewan communities to shop, dine and take in rural events. Cheryl Hughes, the owner and operator of Women On The Go Tours, spoke at the Moosomin Chamber of Com. . .


Sask government closing Fleming VRC

[January 23, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Tourism Saskatchewan is planning to close the Fleming Visitor Reception Centre. The VRC on the Trans-Canada Highway welcomes visitors to the province, sells souvenirs, and distributes tourist information. Four people were employed seasonally at the centre. Jonathan Potts, executive director of marketing and communications with Tourism Sask. . .


Anger comes out at public meeting

[January 16, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A lot of anger was expressed at a public meeting on the closure of RBC’s Wawota branch Thursday evening. At one point Wawota Business Enhancement Group president Shannon Houff asked everyone to stand who was moving their accounts from RBC because of the closure, and almost everyone in the hall stood up. “What happens when we are at the Bigway. . .


Wawota residents angry over bank closure

[January 9, 2017 • By Kevin Weedmark]

At a meeting with Wawota community leaders Thursday, RBC regional Vice-President Ed Kaulbach heard a lot of questions about the bank’s decision to close its Wawota Branch, and heard a lot of anger expressed, but reiterated that the closure decision will stand. Wawota Business Enhancement Group president Shannon Houff presented petitions from the. . .


Construction approaches $9 million in Moosomin in 2016

[January 2, 2017 • By Kristen Weedmark]

Building permits in Moosomin were close to $9 million in 2016, more than four times the level of construction the previous year. Building permits totalled $8,914,900 and were led by two commercial projects. Sharpe’s Soil Services constructed a dry fertilizer facility for $2 million and Borderland Co-op began construction on a new building for $5.3 . . .


$1 million for Elkhorn and Area Foundation

[December 26, 2016 • By Ed James and Kevin Weedmark]

The Elkhorn Foundation has just received its largest donation ever—$1 million from the estate of Gilbert Soder in memory of Gilbert and Milburn Soder. The Soder family has farmed in the Elkhorn area for 110 years. On Dec. 17, Murray Soder was at the Elkhorn Leisure Centre along with several members of the Soder family and community members for . . .


Tawna Bartley wins $15,000 in World-Spectator Christmas Giveaway

[December 26, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin's Tawna Bartley is the winner of the big prize in the World-Spectator's 2016 Christmas Giveaway. The top prize is $15,000 to be spent at participating businesses. Tawna received a chequebook she can use at any or all of the participating businesses in the contest. The winning ticket came from McPhail Travel in Moosomin. There were . . .


Kinsmen launch 15th Lotto 365

[December 19, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Kinsmen Club’s Lotto 365 has put more than $600,000 into the community over the last 13 years, and organizers are hoping for another success with this year’s Lotto 365. Proceeds from this year’s Lotto 365 will go to the Pipestone Hills Golf Course, the Moosomin Curling Club, to Play Fair Day Care for facility improvements, and to Ma. . .


Wind farm proposed for Kennedy-Kipling area

[December 12, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A wind farm is being proposed for the Kennedy-Kipling area. Samit Sharma of Gaia Energy, who was instrumental in getting the Red Lily Wind Farm built at Moosomin, is involved with the proposal for Kennedy. Sharma said in an interview last week that he is in the preliminary stages of putting together a plan for the Kennedy area. “In Saskatc. . .


Enbridge Line 3 could have big impact on area

[December 5, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Ottawa gave the green light to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement, while it rejected the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Line 3 runs from Hardisty, Alberta, cuts across southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba, and runs to Superior, Wisconsin. The $7.5 billion replacement plan is to replace the 50-year-ol. . .


Christmas events this week

[November 28, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

There are a lot of events coming up this week to kick off the Christmas shopping season in local communities. Moosomin Moonlight Madness The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce is planning its Moonlight Madness promotion this Wednesday, Nov. 30. From 6-9 pm, shoppers can pick up a cash card from participating businesses, have it stamped at. . .


Wawota hoping to save bank branch

[November 21, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The business community in Wawota is hoping to convince RBC to reverse a decision to close Wawota’s RBC branch in 2017. RBC has announced plans to cease operations at the Wawota branch on May 11, 2017. A group of concerned Wawota residents met last week to discuss the proposed closure and plan to meet with RBC representatives on Dec. 7. “We . . .


Whitewood marijuana dispensary owner charged

[November 14, 2016 • By Donna Beutler]

There was a strong police presence in Whitewood last Thursday when RCMP raided the Lalonde St. home of 45-year-old Whitewood resident Jerry Martin as well as at his business location on 3rd Ave. Police officers and vehicles were very visible at both locations throughout the day. According to RCMP, “At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2016. . .


Local businesses giving away $15,000

[November 7, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

For the third year, local businesses are getting together to give away $15,000 to reward one lucky shopper for shopping locally this Christmas season. The draw will be made on Dec. 21 and the winner will get the good news just before Christmas. There are also 31 other prizes valued at more than $5,000 in total to be given away in the World-S. . .


Rangers kick off their 40th season Friday

[October 31, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The NCHL Champion Moosomin Rangers kick off their 40th anniversary season with a game against the Rivers Jets at the Communiplex this Friday, November 5. The Rangers will be sporting retro jerseys for the game. Also on the 40th anniversary weekend, there will be a Rangers Alumni game on Saturday at 1 pm, and a Saskatchewan Draft Eligible AA . . .


Registrations open for reunion

[October 24, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Registrations are now being taken for the 2017 Homecoming and Reunion in Moosomin. The reunion and homecoming is being planned to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The reunion is set for July 6-9, 2017 in Moosomin. Registration will begin on the Thursday evening with an icebreaker social at the new PotashCorp Sportsplex. Friday evening. . .


Jess Moskaluke cabaret at Rocanville

[October 17, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A massive cabaret with Southeast Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke will break in Rocanville’s new community hall as the first major public event in the new building. The Ugly Christmas Sweater themed cabaret is set for Saturday, December 17. The cabaret is a fundraiser for the new hall and the Rocanville Fire Department. Owen Wilson of the Rocanv. . .


Moosomin Candidate Forum Tuesday

[October 17, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

All nine candidates for Moosomin town council have been invited and say they plan to attend a municipal election candidate forum Tuesday in Moosomin. The nine candidates are vying for six council positions. The election is set for Oct. 26. The candidate forum is set for 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the MCC Centre. The Moosomin Chamber of Comme. . .


Strong reaction to proposed carbon tax

[October 10, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce both reacted very strongly last week to a statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he would impose a carbon tax of $50 per tonne on any province that does not come up with its own carbon tax or cap and trade scheme. Trudeau made the announcement in the House of Common. . .


Petition seeks tax exemption for day cares

[October 3, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A petition is being taken up in Saskatchewan seeking tax exempt status for licenced day cares in the province. Earlier this year, the board of Play Fair Daycare in Moosomin approached Moosomin town council for a tax concession. After lengthy debate, council turned down the request. Play Fair Daycare is assessed as a commercial building, an. . .


Anger, frustration at RQHR meeting

[September 26, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin area residents, health care employees and a long time local physician all expressed frustration and anger with the health system at a meeting of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region board of directors in Moosomin Wednesday. Dr. Ross Kerkhoff, a longtime physician in Moosomin, expressed frustration with the board. “The reason, Mr. Chai. . .


Nomination deadline Wednesday

[September 19, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The nomination deadline for 2016 Saskatchewan municipal and school board elections is coming up this Wednesday, Sept. 21. In the town of Moosomin, 13 nomination forms had been picked up by Friday, and two completed nominations had been returned. Next week’s newspaper will include a full rundown of who has been nominated in each town, village, R. . .


Miners briefly trapped underground after earthquake knocks out power

[September 12, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Forty miners were trapped underground at PotashCorp Rocanville after a magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit early on Labor Day Monday morning and knocked out power to the mine. The earthquake took place at 4:40 a.m. Labor Day Monday, and was centred 32 kilometres southeast of Yorkton. The PotashCorp mine near Rocanville had to switch to backup power . . .


Mayor says he’s frustrated with Sask. Highways

[September 5, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin’s mayor says he is frustrated with Saskatchewan Highways. Both Moosomin Mayor Larry Tomlinson and RM of Moosomin Reeve David Moffatt both say they are willing to do what it takes to create a truck bypass. The two local governments and Saskatchewan Highways entered into an agreement in 2015 to jointly fund an engineering study on the . . .


Local schools expecting more students this fall

[August 29, 2016 • By Kristen Weedmark]

Schools in the Southeast Cornerstone School Division are opening their doors for the school year this Thursday, September 1, while schools in Fort La Bosse in Manitoba will be opening next week. Both Tammy Cole, principal of MacLeod Elementary and Jeff St. Onge, principal of McNaughton High in Moosomin, say that there are many new students this . . .


Final decision on Enbridge Line 3 due this fall

[August 22, 2016 • By Kristen Weedmark]

The federal government is due to make a final decision on the Enbridge Line 3 replacement this fall. The National Energy Board recommended approval on April 26, and the federal government has until Nov. 25 to make a final decision on the project. Enbridge is already stockpiling pipe in the area for the project. The Line 3 Replacement would. . .


2016 harvest under way

[August 15, 2016 • By Kara Kinna]

Harvest is under way across the region. According to Saskatchewan agriculture, harvest is most advanced in the southeast corner of the province. Local farmers say it looks like a good crop, but wheat prices are less than ideal, and moisture has been a challenge. Bruce Hutchinson farms near Rocanville and was getting ready to start harvest lat. . .


Great crowds for Living Skies Come Alive

[August 8, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Rainfall on the second day of the fireworks competition at Moosomin Lake didn’t dampen enthusiasm for the Living Skies Come Alive fireworks competition on the August long weekend. “I think it went really well,” said organizer Michele Shaw. “It was awesome. Because of the weather, there was a delay on Sunday night, but that worked out well for us. . .


Moosomin’s accident rate twice provincial average

[August 1, 2016 • By Kristen Weedmark]

The latest fatal highway accident in Moosomin—when an Edmonton woman on a motorcyle was killed in a collision with a pickup truck July 11—adds to the long list of collisions at all three highway intersections in Moosomin that have given the community a collison rate twice the provincial average. In 2014, SGI statistics show that Moosomin recorde. . .


Fireworks competition coming up this weekend

[July 25, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin Regional Park will host the seventh annual Living Skies Come Alive fireworks competition at Moosomin Lake July 30 and 31. The weekend is built around two nights of fireworks, one by Canadian Pyro from Winnipeg and one by Paradise Fireworks of Regina. The fireworks are set off across the lake from the main beach at Moosomin Regional . . .


Colby Becker’s death a shock to Rocanville

[July 18, 2016 • By Kara Kinna]

The death of Rocanville’s Colby Becker in a spray plane accident on Friday, July 8 has sent shockwaves through the community. Colby’s aircraft crashed on farmland near Rocanville in the late afternoon on Friday, July 8. The Moosomin RCMP responded to the crash. Colby was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by Tran. . .


Moosomin has big plans for Canada 150

[July 11, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Canada’s 150th anniversary is coming up next year, and two celebrations are planned in Moosomin to help mark the occasion. A grand opening celebration for the Tim Hortons Heritage Park is set for Friday, June 23, 2017 as part of Canada 150 celebrations, and a local committee has come together to plan a massive school reunion and homecoming for F. . .


Moosomin rodeo coming up this weekend

[July 4, 2016 • By -]

Moosomin’s Rodeo Weekend is coming up this weekend—July 8 and 9—and is shaping up to be a busy weekend in Moosomin. The weekend will kick off with the Town of Moosomin barbecue over the lunch hour on Friday. The town will be donating the proceeds to Elks Senior Housing, which provides low-cost senior housing in Moosomin. July 8 and 9 wil. . .


The long road to Canadian citizenship

[June 27, 2016 • By Kristen Weedmark]

A recent Canadian citizenship ceremony was a dream come true for Moosomin’s Roman Chernykh, who grew up in Ukraine. “There’s a long story around why I decided to move to Canada,” said Chernykh. “I used to work on the cruise ships, and Canada was one of the ports of call we used to sell to, from New York to Halifax and St. John’s. I fell in love. . .


NEB starts the clock on Energy East

[June 20, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The National Energy Board (NEB) is starting the clock on its review of the Energy East Pipeline Project. The project would have an impact on southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. It would include a 1,050,000 barrel tank farm at TransCanada’s Moosomin compressor station, and a feeder pipeline from Cromer to Moosomin. TransCanada has . . .


Town meets with Highways over truck bypass

[June 13, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Members of Moosomin town council met with Saskatchewan Highways officials last week to discuss the possibility of a Highway 8 truck bypass around Moosomin. The town met with Doug Kelly P. Eng Director of Traffic Engineering and Development, and Harold Retzlaff P.Eng. Director of Transportation Planning. The town was informed that Saskatchewan. . .


Doctor Appreciation Day this Saturday

[June 6, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

This Saturday, June 11 will be Doctor Appreciation Day in Moosomin. The day has been planned to recognize two long-time physicians who served the area—Dr. Shaukat Hussein and Dr. Barrie Davidson—and current physicians who serve the area. Several physicians from the Moosomin Family Practice Centre and the two physicians from the Open Access Cl. . .


Moosomin taxes up one mill

[May 30, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin residents will be facing a tax increase this year as the town faces increasing infrastructure costs. The municipal mill rate is increasing from 14.5 to 15.5 mills. Last year, the municipal mill rate increased from 12.5 mills to 14.5 mills. This year’s tax increase represents an overall property tax increase (including municipal an. . .


Tent caterpillars feasting on local trees

[May 23, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

In several towns around the area, an infestation of tent caterpillars is attacking trees, leaving some with almost no leaves. If not sprayed or otherwise dealt with, tent caterpillars can eat all the leaves off a tree, but will not kill it—the leaves will grow back. Moosomin Director of Public Works Kim Looyenga says the town doesn’t plan to . . .


Watson speaks about new P&H fertilizer facility

[May 16, 2016 • By Kara Kinna]

Justin Watson, the national director of crop nutrients, procurement and sales with Parrish and Heimbecker, spoke at the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday about the new fertilizer facility being built at the P&H terminal just west of Moosomin. The new facility will be 35,000 square feet and will have a footprint of three-quarters of an. . .


Doctor Appreciation Day coming up in Moosomin

[May 9, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin’s Doctor Appreciation Day is coming up Saturday, June 11. The day will include the dedication of Doctor Davidson Park on Hussein Drive, and the two retired doctors being honored will be on hand for the dedication. There will also be a tea in the afternoon, and a Doctor Appreciation Evening at the Conexus Convention Centre that evenin. . .


NEB gives Enbridge Line 3 replacement the green light

[May 2, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The National Energy Board (NEB) has concluded that the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Program is in the Canadian public interest and will recommend project approval to the federal Governor in Council. The Line 3 replacement project would be a major project across southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. If approved, the project will go ahe. . .


School board closes grades 8, 9 at Wapella

[April 25, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Southeast Cornerstone School Division will officially reduce Wapella from a K-9 school to a K-7 school. While Wapella is officially a K-9 school, in practice it has been a K-6 school for the last couple of school years, as there have been no students past grade 6. Parents of students have requested transfers to McNaughton High School in Moos. . .


Big increases in potash tax sharing for some RMs

[April 18, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Some communities will see big increases in potash tax sharing revenue this year, according to the Potash Tax Sharing Board. The changes come about because of a higher assessment for potash mines at Esterhazy and Rocanville, and a higher mill rate. The Potash Tax Sharing Board collects taxes from the two mines and distributes them to towns, vi. . .


Bonk ready to get down to work as MLA

[April 11, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Steven Bonk is the new MLA for the Moosomin constituency, and he said election night he is ready to get right down to work. Bonk won the Moosomin riding with a massive share of the vote. Bonk, the Saskatchewan Party candidate, received the support of 4,898 voters. Ashlee Hicks of the NDP received 991 votes, Lloyd Hauser of the PCs got 275 votes, G. . .


Search for Jonathon Richter

[April 6, 2016 • By World-Spectator]

The search for Jonathon Richter has ended sadly. At approximately 12:20 pm today, Jonathan Richter was located deceased by volunteer searchers in a slough approximately one kilometer from his green truck. Investigators do not believe his death is suspicious in nature. Moosomin RCMP continue to investigate and are being provided assistance by . . .


Zoning bylaw to allow home centre passed

[April 4, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has passed final reading of a zoning amendment change to allow Borderland Co-op to proceed with construction of a 25,500 square foot home centre south of Park Avenue and east of Main Street. Council passed the zoning bylaw amendment at the March 23 council meeting. The new home centre would be the largest Co-op home cent. . .


Sask voters go to the polls April 4

[March 28, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan’s provincial election is coming up next Monday, and candidates in the Moosomin constituency are putting on a final push for votes. We spoke with the candidates last week about the campaign. PC candidate Lloyd Hauser couldn’t be contacted. Steven Bonk, SK Party What is the main message you have tried to communicate during thi. . .


Spy Hill getting behind toddler

[March 21, 2016 • By Terri Eger]

Rayne Bryans is a four-year-old who can capture your heart in a moment. Her big dark eyes and bright smile win over friends in an instant. “She isn’t shy,” said her mom Tina Matijak. “She will take anyone by the hand and start telling them a story.” As Rayne plays and laughs, it’s hard to wrap your head around the issues that she has to deal . . .


Parents express frustration with board

[March 21, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

There was a lot of frustration expressed at a meeting on the closure of Grades 7-9 at Wapella Wednesday. The Southeast Cornerstone board of education is considering permanently closing the three grades at the school. Currently Wapella is classed as a K-9 school, but students in Grades 7-9 go to McNaughton High School in Moosomin. The grade. . .


Six candidates in Moosomin riding

[March 14, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan’s provincial election is officially under way. Writs of election were issued Tuesday by the Chief Electoral Officer to returning officers in Saskatchewan’s 61 constituencies. In the Moosomin constituency, six candidates are expected to file nomination papers—Steven Bonk of the Sask Party, Ashlee Hicks of the NDP, Kate Ecklund of the. . .


Stats show local population is stabilizing

[March 7, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

New covered population statistics released by Saskatchewan Health show that the population of the Moosomin area is stabilizing after years of growth. The covered population statistics are not a census, but report how many people of each age group list a community as home. The covered population includes everyone with a Saskatchewan health ca. . .


Town approves land swap for condo

[February 29, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has approved a land swap with a condo developer which will see a 12-unit condo developed along Wright Road, south of Kin Place, instead of the originally planned location on Gordon Street. Developer Albert Vanleeuwen had purchased the former Barrie Davidson property that runs between Main Street and Gordon Street with the . . .


An incredible year for senior hockey teams

[February 22, 2016 • By Kara Kinna]

This has been an incredible year for senior hockey teams in the area. The Moosomin Rangers were at the top of the NCHL standings as of Friday, and the Elkhorn-Miniota C-Hawks were in second place in the North Central going into the final weekend of the regular season. Five of the top ten scorers in the NCHL are C-Hawks. The Rocanville Tigers . . .


Fleming to recreate historic elevator

[February 22, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Six years after arsonists burned Saskatchewan’s oldest grain elevator to the ground, there is only bare ground at the former site of Fleming’s Lake of the Woods elevator. But that will change this summer, when a steel framed structure will rise in place of the original elevator, and the familiar outline of Fleming’s historic elevator will once a. . .


Kitchen speaks up for Energy East in House of Commons

[February 15, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Robert Kitchen has spoken up for Energy East in the House of Commons. The MP asked a question of the government during debate on a Conservative motion to show support for Energy East. The Conservative motion failed, as all Liberal and NDP members voted against it. “Souris-Moose Mountain is a riding in Saskatchewan . . .


Town offers land swap to condo developer

[February 15, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The town of Moosomin is offering to swap lots along Wright Road with land on Gordon Street to allow condo developer Albert Van Leeuwan to proceed with another 12-unit condo building in Moosomin. Van Leeuwan has built two 12-unit condo buildings along Main Street in Moosomin. The first was developed with a local partner, and the second he develop. . .


SUMA supports Energy East pipeline

[February 8, 2016 • By Kara Kinna]

The province’s municipal leaders have voted to send a letter to the federal transport minister regarding TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project. The letter from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) will support the pipeline project. The decision to send the letter was made by leaders from more than 100 towns and citie. . .


PotashCorp wants to bring 60 NB miners to Rocanville

[February 1, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

PotashCorp is hoping to attract 60 laid off miners from Sussex, New Brunswick to PotashCorp Rocanville. PotashCorp is closing a mine in New Brunswick, while completing an expansion of PotashCorp Rocanville, the lowest cost mine in the company’s system. The last part of the expansion, the completion of a second production shaft in place of the. . .


Board considers discontinuing grades 7-9 at Wapella

[January 25, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Southeast Cornerstone School Division is not considering closing Wapella School, but it is considering permanently discontinuing grades 7-9, making Wapella a K-6 school. Grades 7-9 have been temporarily discontinued at the school for the last two years because of low enrolments in those grades. In the 2013-2015 school year, Grades 8 and 9 were . . .


Board to discuss Wapella School’s future

[January 18, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Southeast Cornerstone School Division board of education will be discussing the future of Wapella School at the Jan. 19 board of education meeting. The board will decide whether to continue to consider closure or grade discontinuance at Wapella. If the school board decides to consider closure, there will be a meeting of electors called, an. . .


PotashCorp expansion almost complete with completion of new service shaft

[January 18, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

PotashCorp Rocanville has reached a significant milestone in its expansion, with the new service shaft at Scissors Creek now in use. “The first group of employees used it Dec. 7,” said PotashCorp Rocanville General Manager Larry Long. The Scissors Creek service shaft is now being used to transport workers and equipment between the surface and. . .


Rocanville councillors take issue with disclosure statements

[January 11, 2016 • By Kara Kinna]

Some members of Rocanville town council have raised concerns about a new provincial requirement that members of council sign public disclosure statements specifying their employers, property ownership, and business interests, as well as those of their families. As part of a series of reforms to tighten conflict of interest rules, councillors and. . .


Moosomin council extends deadline for procedures bylaw

[January 4, 2016 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has passed a bylaw to extend the deadline to implement a council procedures bylaw by 90 days. Under provincial legislation, the town would have had to have a bylaw in place by Jan. 17 unless it passed a bylaw to extend the deadline. The town now has until April 17 to pass a bylaw. A draft bylaw has been prepared. The. . .


School board to consider school closure Jan. 19

[December 28, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Southeast Cornerstone School Division board of education will meet with representatives of Wapella on Jan. 7, and will decide at its next board meeting on Jan. 19 whether to continue to consider closure or grade discontinuance at Wapella. If the school board decides on Jan. 19 to consider closure, there will be a meeting of electors called, . . .


Town approves tax abatement for original McNaughton Building

[December 21, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has approved a tax abatement for the original McNaughton building, owned by a local non-profit group. The group was formed to save the building, built in 1882, which is Saskatchewan’s oldest commercial building. The R.D. McNaughton Company set up in Moosomin as soon as the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived. The company st. . .


14 charges laid after Kassie’s Jewelry robbed

[December 14, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Fourteen charges have been laid against 37-year-old Steven Scott from Barrie, Ontario after he robbed Kassie’s Jewelry in Moosomin Wednesday, robbed a drug store in Indian Head, and then stole a vehicle in Biggar. Kassie’s Jewelry in Moosomin was robbed Wednesday afternoon when Scott entered the store asking to try on an expensive watch. Sand. . .


Kinsmen launch 14th Lotto 365

[December 7, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Kinsmen Club’s Lotto 365 has put more than $550,000 into the community over the last 13 years, and organizers are hoping for another success with this year’s Lotto 365. Four local organizations will benefit from the lottery this year—the Southeast Integrated Care Centre, Playfair Day Care, Pipestone Hills Golf Club and the Moosomin . . .


Christmas shopping events this week

[November 30, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

This is an important time of the year for local retailers, and retail groups in communities across the area have special events planned over the next few days to kick off the 2015 Christmas shopping season. Moosomin Moonlight Madness Wednesday Moonlight Madness in Moosomin will be this Wednesday, December 2 this year. Shoppers out a. . .


Collapse will not stop leisure centre project

[November 23, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The collapse of the frame of Moosomin’s new Leisure Centre in high winds Wednesday will not stop the project. Moosomin recreation director Mike Schwean said the collapse could set the project back by anywhere from six to 10 weeks. “It will set us back about 6-8 weeks, with Christmas maybe 10 weeks,” he said. “Having said that our target da. . .


Council supports event to honor doctors

[November 16, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Moosomin town council passed a motion to approve and support an event to honor the town’s doctors—both past and present—next June. Council received a letter at their meeting last week from Pansy Taylor and Alice Abrahamson, the two volunteers who have spearheaded the development of Dr. Davidson Park in honor of Dr. Barrie Davidson, and the nami. . .


Local businesses giving away $15,000

[November 9, 2015 • By The World-Spectator]

For the second time, local businesses are getting together to give away $15,000 to reward one lucky shopper for shopping locally this Christmas season. The draw will be made on Dec. 22 and the winner will get the good news just before Christmas. There are also 40 other prizes valued at more than $4,000 in total to be given away in the World-Sp. . .


SJHL hockey game coming up Saturday

[November 2, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

For the second time, SJHL hockey is coming to Moosomin this weekend. The Yorkton Terriers will take on the Estevan Bruins at the Communiplex Saturday night. Organizers are hoping to see 500 people out for the game. The game will be a fundraiser for Moosomin’s new leisure centre, which is currently under construction, and for Moosomin Minor Ho. . .


Local ridings buck the national trend

[October 26, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Liberal wave that swept across Canada on election day missed southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba, as ridings in the region remained steadfastly Conservative. In Souris-Moose Mountain, Conservative Robert Kitchen easily won the riding with 70 per cent of the vote, far outpacing the NDP with 14 per cent, the Liberals a few votes behi. . .


Candidates take questions at Chamber forum

[October 19, 2015 • By Robyn Tocker]

Three of the Souris-Moose Mountain candidates attended the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last Monday. Conservative Robert Kitchen, Green Party candidate Bob Deptuck and New Democrat Vicky O’Dell were at the meeting. Liberal candidate Steven Bebbington didn’t attend the Moosomin candidates forum, or any of the candidate meetings he. . .


Candidates in final stretch

[October 12, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

All four candidates in Souris-Moose Mountain say they will be working hard to meet voters and get their message out in the last few days of the campaign. Voters will go to the polls Monday to elect a new federal government. Conservative candidate Robert Kitchen said he is happy with how the campaign has gone. “It’s been very good—I’ve mana. . .


TransCanada files update on Energy East

[October 5, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

TransCanada has filed its latest update on Energy East with the National Energy Board, and the latest update includes updated proposals for the new tank farm and new pump station to be built at the Moosomin Compressor Station site. Energy East is a proposal to carry western crude oil to eastern Canadian markets and export terminals. Across the P. . .


Town, RM sit down with Sask Highways

[September 28, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Moosomin town council and the RM of Moosomin sat down with Saskatchewan Highways in a meeting in Moosomin last Thursday to discuss the potential for a bypass around Moosomin as well as repairs to Highway 8 running through Moosomin. The town is concerned about the volume of large trucks on Main Street, and would like to reroute Highway 8 truck tr. . .


Jess Moskaluke wins second CCMA award

[September 21, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Langenburg-raised Jess Moskaluke found herself in awe for the second year in a row last Sunday, when she won her second Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Canadian Country Music Association awards. “I was so excited. I was a little speechless, but you can’t be speechless for too long, because ironically, they make you give an acceptance sp. . .


Most of Dorchester Place to be paved

[September 14, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

After a lengthy discussion following last week’s council meeting, Moosomin town council decided they would proceed with paving Dorchester Place this fall, with the exception of a portion of the street in front of one property in which the property owners at that location are unwilling to pay. Council was approached by Dorchester Place property o. . .


Fire hits Rocanville’s Kentrax Transport

[September 7, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

A fire broke out at Kentrax Transport in Rocanville late Tuesday night, destroying the business’s wash bay as well as part of the service building. Rocanville Fire Chief Rob Turnbull says that when the fire department arrived on the scene around midnight, the wash bay was fully engulfed in flames. He says they called on the Moosomin fire depa. . .


Liberals unsure if they have a candidate in Souris Moose Mountain

[August 31, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Is there a Liberal candidate in Souris-Moose Mountain? That depends on who you ask. Lonny McKague, the Liberals’ riding president for Souris-Moose Mountain, told the World-Spectator that Steven Bebbington has been nominated as the party’s candidate on August 20. Bebbington was contacted and arranged an interview with the World-Spectator for l. . .


Harvest in full swing for local farmers

[August 24, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Local farmers are beginning the 2015 harvest, with some already finished their early crops, and some desiccating now, and hoping to combine in coming days. Most people are expecting an average harvest. “Overall, it looks like an average harvest for us, which, considering the cold start, is okay,” says Kristjan Hebert. Hebert farms near Fairlight. . .


Eng pledges $20,000 to Rocanville hall

[August 17, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Former Rocanville resident, James Eng, is now a successful accountant living in Toronto. He says Rocanville gave his family their start in a new country. Now he wants to give back. A lot has changed for James Eng and his family. Today, Eng is a successful accountant working in Toronto. But when he moved to Rocanville from Hong Kong . . .


Elkhorn fundraiser brings in $48,680

[August 17, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

The Elkhorn Curling Club had a abrupt stop to their curling season last March when the ice plant at the rink stopped working just before the final bonspiel of the season. “We’ve had contractors looking at it, and it looks like the compressor and chiller are needing to be replaced, so it’s basically a new ice plant that we need,” says curling clu. . .


Borderland Co-op plans new C-store for Rocanville

[August 17, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Borderland Co-op already has one major project under construction, with a new $5.6 million C-Store and Gas Bar under construction at the intersection of Highways 1 and 9 at Whitewood, and has a second major project in the planning stages with a 25,500 square foot Home Centre planned for Moosomin, to replace the current home centre. Now the Co-op. . .


Rocanville votes Yes to new hall

[August 10, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Rocanville residents have said yes to a new hall. In a referendum held Wednesday on the town financially supporting a new community hall, 391 people voted, with 277, or 71 per cent, voting yes, and 114, 29 per cent, voting no. The voter turnout was higher than it’s been for most municipal elections, according to town administrator Monica Merk. . .


Referendum vote this Wednesday in Rocanville

[August 3, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

This Wednesday, residents of Rocanville will have a chance to have their say on plans for a new community hall. The town is holding a referendum vote to decide if they will borrow $360,000 to contribute to the building of a new $2.4 million hall in town, and co-sign for an additional $765,000 loan that the hall committee plans to pay back with . . .


Major summer events just about here

[July 27, 2015 • By Kristen Weedmark]

It’s going to be a busy week in the area, with the RCMP Musical Ride in Wawota Tuesday, and both the Living Skies Come Alive Fireworkds Competition and Wawota Heritage Days this weekend. RCMP Musical Ride The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to Wawota on Tuesday, July 28, and organizers are expecting over 2,000 people to attend for an . . .


SE Sask Firefighters helping with northern fires

[July 20, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Wildfires continue to burn across Northern Saskatchewan, threatening wildlife, cabins, and homes, and forcing thousands to evacuate to southern communities. Firefighters are overwhelmed, and asking for help from firefighters, volunteers, and now the Canadian Army reservists. The Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association has been reaching . . .


$10,000 committed for Rocanville community hall

[July 13, 2015 • By by Julia Dima]

Last week, the Rocanville Economic Development Organization (REDO) committed a $10,000 donation to the proposed community hall in Rocanville. Plans for a new community hall have been underway for some time, and earlier this year, PotashCorp Rocanville committed to fund $800,000 or one third of the cost of the new hall. Another $800,000 would be pai. . .


Bear and Gabrielle both drafted to the NHL

[July 6, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Two local hockey players are seeing their lifelong dreams to be NHL players come closer and closer. Last weekend, the NHL Draft took place, and both Jesse Gabrielle and Ethan Bear were drafted to NHL teams. This is following the NHL Scouting Combine, which took place in early June, where both players interviewed with a number of NHL scouts, and. . .


Leisure Centre one step closer to reality

[June 29, 2015 • By Kristen Weedmark]

The Moosomin Conexus Credit Union recently donated $25,000 to go toward the proposed leisure centre at Bradley Park. The leisure centre will offer many activities including an indoor walking track, 2,650 square feet of indoor commercial turf area, three sports simulator rooms, two indoor driving/putting rooms, an outdoor deck with a covered roo. . .


Komarnicki’s freedom of conscience motion passes

[June 22, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Just before the House of Commons adjourned for the summer and Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki said goodbye to Paliament forever, Komarnicki’s motion on freedom of conscience for Members of Parliament passed almost unanimously. The House of Commons voted 273 to 1 to endorse Motion 590, moved by Komarnicki in late May, which stipulates “Tha. . .


Bear and Gabrielle attend NHL Scouting Combine

[June 15, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Two local hockey players are getting one step closer to their dream of playing in the NHL as the 2015 NHL Draft comes closer. Ethan Bear from Ochapowace First Nation and Jesse Gabrielle from Moosomin attended the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, New York from June 1 to 6. The top 99 North American prospects and top 21 European prospects ar. . .


Moosomin residents facing property tax hike

[June 15, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin residents will be facing a tax increase this year as the town faces increasing infrastructure costs. The municipal mill rate is increasing from 12.5 mills to 14.5 mills, a 16 per cent increase in the municipal portion of property taxes, which also include an education portion. The overall impact of the rates will be about an 11.4 per. . .


New Upland Pipeline details released

[June 8, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

While the Upland Pipeline is still just a proposal, TransCanada has released more information about what the pipeline project would look like. The pipeline is being proposed to carry Bakken crude from North Dakota to the Moosomin TransCanada compressor station, where the crude would connect to the Energy East project carrying crude oil east. . . .


Rocanville to hold public vote on new hall

[June 1, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

A referendum for Rocanville residents will be held on Wednesday, August 5 to determine if the town will provide $400,000 for the hall and co-sign a loan for $800,000 for the fundraising committee. At a special meeting last Wednesday, council was approached by the planning committee for the new hall. The committee asked council if they would cons. . .


Curbside recycling starts Aug. 1 in Moosomin

[June 1, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Residents to be charged gate fees for landfill use as of August 1 Curbside recycling will start on August 1 in Moosomin. At their meeting last week, Moosomin town council passed a motion to sign a contract with Loraas Disposal to provide residential curbside recycling with collection every two weeks. Council also passed a motion to set the. . .


$800,000 donation for Rocanville hall

[May 25, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

The ball that got rolling back in October for a new hall in Rocanville got a major kick forward last week with an $800,000 donation from PotashCorp, covering one-third of the cost of the project. PotashCorp made the donation Tuesday at the Rocanville mine site. Mark Fracchia, the President of PCS Potash, was there to hand over the cheque along w. . .


ER closed last week due to lack of doctor

[May 18, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Emergency services were unavailable at the Southeast Integrated Care Centre in Moosomin last week due to the lack of a doctor to cover the ER. According to the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, a doctor was scheduled to cover the ER in Moosomin, but when that doctor became unavailable, the emergency room had to be closed. That meant that anyon. . .


Schwean, Toder picked up in draft

[May 11, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Two local hockey players were picked up in the WHL Bantam Draft Thursday. Elkhorn’s Layne Toder was a fourth round draft pick for the Calgary Hitmen and Moosomin’s Jevon Schwean was a seventh round draft pick for the Spokane Chiefs. Toder was drafted 85th overall, and Schwean was drafted 133rd overall. Toder grew up playing minor hockey in. . .


Pipeline would carry North Dakota crude to Moosomin to connect with Energy East: TransCanada applies for Upland Pipeline

[May 4, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

TransCanada has taken the next step in its proposed Upland Pipeline, which would carry Bakken crude from Williston, North Dakota to the Moosomin Compressor Station, where it would be transferred to the TransCanada main line. The $600 million Upland Pipeline would stretch 450 km across the Prairies. In late April, TransCanada applied to the U.. . .


Mosaic planning $1.7 billion project at Esterhazy site

[April 27, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Last Tuesday in Esterhazy, Mosaic held an open house to discuss the next step in their continued expansion of the Mosaic K3 potash mine just east of Esterhazy. In March, Mosaic announced a continued investment into the growth of the site of $1.7 billion. This is in continuation of the $1.5 billion investment they announced in 2009 to expand the. . .


Farmland values continue to increase

[April 20, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan farmland gained 18.7 per cent in value in 2014—the highest increase in the country for the second year—and Manitoba farmland gained 12.2 per cent in value, according to the Farm Credit Canada Farmland Values Report released last week. The report shows that, while farmland values showed strong growth in 2014, the increases were not. . .


Southeast Regional College: Electrical program set for Moosomin this fall

[April 13, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Southeast Regional College has decided to offer its electrical program in Moosomin this fall. The program was not on the college’s original schedule for this fall. After finding out that initial plans were to not hold the office education or the electrical program in Moosomin this fall, the town of Moosomin and chamber of commerce asked for a. . .


Tigers win Senior B Provincial Championship

[April 6, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

The Rocanville Tigers were already celebrating a strong end to their Triangle Hockey League season with the championship win on March 24 against the Langenburg Warriors. Last weekend, the Tigers got the icing on the cake when they won the Senior B provincial championship against the Drake Canucks. The teams went into the final with one win . . .


In Moosomin: Borderland proposes 25,500 sq. ft. home centre

[March 30, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Borderland Co-op is proposing to build a 25,500 square foot home centre in Moosomin. The store would employ 30-35 people, and Borderland is hoping it could be under construction in 2016. It would cost about $4 million to develop the project. Borderland Co-op was originally planning to build the massive home centre in 2018 on land it owns near. . .


In Rocanville: Police investigating theft of ATM

[March 30, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Moosomin RCMP are investigating the theft of an ATM containing an undisclosed amount of cash from the Rocanville branch of Conexus Credit Union early last Tuesday morning. At approximately 4:30 a.m. on March 24, 2015, Moosomin RCMP were called to the credit union on Ellice Street in Rocanville, where the ATM was stolen from inside the building a. . .


Provincial Budget 2015: Municipalities to keep full revenue share

[March 23, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

The 2015-16 Saskatchewan provincial budget was announced last week, and while the provincial government had been cautioning that it would be a belt-tightening year because of lost oil revenue, the budget did not cut as sharply as expected. Though the revenue sources in the budget were different from traditional revenues, like non-renewable reso. . .


Moosomin considers adopting curbside recycling

[March 16, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Moosomin town council is considering a switch to curbside recycling pick-up. Council met with Loraas Disposal at Wednesday’s council meeting and will make a decision on the issue at the next meeting, when the full council should be present. Currently, residents have access to 30 recycling bins at the landfill. With single stream curbside recycli. . .


Building more than 125 years old: Bethel United Church plans major restoration

[March 9, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The congregation of Moosomin’s Bethel United Church has decided to move forward with a major renovation to their church building, which is more than 125 years old. The church was built as Moosomin Methodist Church in 1889, and became Bethel United Church when the United Church of Canada was formed. Layne McFarlane, a member of the church’s re. . .


Town purchases old McNaughton Building

[March 2, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

At their meeting last Wednesday, Moosomin town council passed a motion to purchase the old wooden McNaughton Building from Sasco Enterprises for $1. Council also passed a motion to obtain accident and liability insurance for the building. The insurance will provide accident coverage and indemnity for the volunteers working on the building, and w. . .


Meeting set for McNaughton Building

[February 23, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A group of local people are planning a meeting for this Thursday to try to get some volunteers together to start fixing up the original wooden McNaughton Building on Carleton Street in Moosomin. Some work has already been done in preparing the building, including some preliminary pre-stabilizing work and removing excess material from inside the . . .


NEB sets line 3 hearings

[February 23, 2015 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The National Energy Board is preparing for the public hearing process on Enbridge Pipelines’ Line 3 replacement project. Enbridge filed an application for the project on Nov. 6, 2014, and the NEB will be accepting applications for the public hearing process in March. The Line 3 replacement project would be a major project involving decommissi. . .


Town throws support behind old McNaughton building

[February 16, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

Moosomin town council made it clear they would throw their support behind stabilizing the old McNaughton Building at their council meeting last week, and decided they are open to the town seeking temporary ownership of the building so that tax deductible donations can be made to the project, and the project can be covered by insurance. Council s. . .


RQHR hoping to hire two new doctors in Moosomin

[February 9, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

The emergency services at the Southeast Integrated Care Centre in Moosomin could see reduced services from time to time until more doctors can be found to work in Moosomin. According to Dr. Ross Kerkhoff, Moosomin is presently working with seven physicians—three part-time and four full-time—but is about to lose one of its full-time physicians. H. . .


Full-time programs may end at SERC Moosomin

[February 2, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Last week, the Southeast Regional College’s Moosomin Campus held an open house for its 20-week Electrician program. The full-time program, as well as the full-time office education program, may not be offered in Moosomin this fall. The electrical program gives students the basics for electrical work and essentially amounts to the first year’s w. . .


Moosomin hires Director of Public Works

[January 26, 2015 • By Kara Kinna]

At their regular meeting last Wednesday, Moosomin town council passed a motion to hire a director of public works and utilities for the town. Kim Looyenga, the successful applicant, has moved from Ontario and will start her job today in the town office. This is an new position for the town of Moosomin. The town is still actively seeking a tow. . .


Sask Health figures show population is stabilizing

[January 19, 2015 • By Andrea Jaenen]

New covered population statistics released by Saskatchewan Health suggest that the population of some communities in the Moosomin area continues to grow, but overall population in the area is stabilizing. The covered population statistics are not a census, but report how many people of each age group list a community as home. The covered populat. . .


Fire destroys North American Lumber in Moosomin

[January 12, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

When the Moosomin Fire Department was dispatched early last Monday morning, just after 2 a.m., they found North American Lumber building on Park Avenue almost completely engulfed in flames. The fire started in the south end of the building, in a cold storage area for lumber, plywood, siding, and other stock. The fire was still burning hot in th. . .


Moosomin building permits over $12 million

[January 5, 2015 • By Julia Dima]

Building permits in Moosomin are down from last year’s numbers, but large developments in the past two years have increased Moosomin’s tax levy to over $2 million. In 2014, the total value of building permits in Moosomin amounted to $12,017,200. 2013 saw a record permit amount, with over $19 million. Last year’s high number came as a result . . .


Group may form to save old McNaughton building

[December 29, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

Garry Beckett, chair of the Moosomin Heritage Committee, says a special group may have to be formed if the old McNaughton Building is to be saved, and he says there are some people who may be interested in being a part of that group. “It’s a small group,” he says. “It’s just in the initial stages of coming together.” Beckett, who is also a town. . .


Benefit shows support for Elkhorn family

[December 22, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

Hundreds of people came out to show their support at a benefit held in Elkhorn on Saturday, Dec. 13 for the family of the late Scott cousins. The benefit was organized for the family after Cousins passed away suddenly, leaving behind a wife and three children. The fundraiser was held at the Elkhorn arena, and featured a hot turkey dinner alon. . .


Warmer winter temps expected

[December 15, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

After a colder than expected winter last year, the Prairies may be in for a bit of a break this year, according to Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, David Phillips. Last winter, the outlook called for a colder winter, but not as cold as it turned out to be. This winter, both Pacific air from the west and Arctic air from the north will i. . .


Kinsmen launch 13th Lotto 365

[December 8, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

$30,000 is earmarked for Moosomin Fire Department from this year’s lotto Lottery has put more than half a million dollars into the community over the years. The Moosomin Kinsmen Club’s Lotto 365 has put more than $500,000 into the community over the last 12 years, and organizers are hoping for another success with this year’s Lott. . .


Lots of events set for Moosomin this week

[December 1, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moonlight Madness Wednesday Holiday Train Friday Santa Day Saturday Pipe-Si-Cana Games this weekend This week will be a busy time in Moosomin, with several major events coming up over the next few days. Chamber of Commerce members will kick off the Christmas shopping season with Moonlight Madness this Wednesday, the CP Holiday Train will v. . .


Mazergroup planning new dealership

[November 24, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Mazergroup is planning a new expanded New Holland equipment dealership for Moosomin. The new dealership will be built to the east and south of the current dealership, and will face the north service road of the Trans-Canada Highway, just east of Highway 8. The new, approximately 20,000 square foot dealership building will be more than twice t. . .


Meeting gets ball rolling for Rocanville hall

[November 17, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

A public meeting held in Rocanville last Thursday night was successful in getting the ball rolling on plans for a new hall. A large crowd of people attended the meeting, which was held at the Catholic church, to discuss moving forward with a new hall in Rocanville, and some of the different options that were being presented. Steve Fortney, ch. . .


New hall proposed for Rocanville

[November 10, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

There is a plan under way to create a new community hall for Rocanville. This Thursday, Nov. 13, a public meeting will be held at the Catholic Church in Rocanville at 7 p.m. where the plans and ideas for a new hall will be presented by an ad hoc committee with the aim of gaining community input and moving forward with the project. Last week a. . .


40 other prizes also offered: Local businesses giving away $15,000

[November 3, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Local businesses are getting together to give away $15,000 to reward one lucky shopper for shopping locally this Christmas season. The lucky shopper will get the news on Dec. 24. There are also 40 other prizes valued at more than $4,000 in total to be given away in the World-Spectator's 2014 Christmas Giveaway. For the last several years, the. . .


First ever SJHL game in Moosomin - Dawson Davidson, Austin Johnston, Caleb Riess, Drayson Skulmoski

[October 27, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin will be hosting an elite hockey weekend on the Nov. 1 and 2 weekend, including the first SJHL game ever played in Moosomin, between the Yorkton Terriers and the Estevan Bruins. The weekend will also include a couple of AAA midget games between the Moose Jaw Generals—whose roster includes Moosomin’s Dawson Davidson and Austin Johnston, a. . .


Some homes still without heat after flooding

[October 20, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

Many people are still without heat in their homes after the summer floods. Local plumbers are saying they can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel as they near November, but are still replacing furnaces. “A little bit of it is ordering, but more so, it’s manpower. I have too many furnaces for how many people I have working with me,” says. . .


On Cook Road, Wright Road and Ellice Street: Town moving forward with flood alleviation

[October 13, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

The town of Moosomin is moving forward with plans for flood alleviation on Cook Road, Wright Road and Ellice Street with hopes of much of that work being done this fall yet. After spending a day with WSP Canada Engineering to discuss flooding problems on Cook Road and Wright Road this spring, the town has applied for funding from the Emergency F. . .


Wawota preparing to host Musical Ride in 2015

[October 6, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

Exactly 25 years after it came to Wawota the first time, the RCMP Musical Ride is returning to the community. The RCMP Musical Ride will be in Wawota on July 28, 2015. Meredith Swanson, who applied to have the ride come to Wawota, says he was surprised when he received word that Wawota was accepted. “Back in 1990 we had the Muscial Ride in. . .


Flooding costs adding up for town

[September 29, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Mother Nature has been been heaping the extra costs on the town of Moosomin over the last year. With a cold winter causing frozen water lines requiring many more digs than usual, followed by three incidences of flooding over the summer months, the town has had lots of extra costs. The town doesn’t have a final tally of what its costs will be,. . .


Two elections, many acclamations in RMs

[September 22, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The vast majority of rural municipal council positions across the area were filled by acclamation at the nomination deadline this year. In the RM of Moosomin, David Moffatt was acclaimed as the new reeve. Moffatt was the acting reeve since March of this year. Previously he was a councillor for Division 3 since 2007. There will be a byelection. . .


Steven Bonk wins Sask Party nomination race

[September 15, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Steven Bonk has been nominated as the Saskatchewan Party candidate in the Moosomin riding. Raised on a farm, Bonk works with Xports International Inc., a consulting and livestock exporting business that he helped establish, as well as helping to run a custom grazing business with his father. He is a member of the Wolseley Community School Cou. . .


School enrollment going up across the region

[September 8, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

A new school year has started, and in the region, enrollment numbers are holding steady, in some places, exceeding initial projections. In Moosomin, there are 35 more students than projected this fall—18 more at the elementary school and 17 more at the high school. At MacLeod Elementary School in Moosomin, the initial projections for Septembe. . .


After bumper harvest in 2013: Farmers say 2014 harvest will be ‘average at best’

[September 1, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

Farmers around the area say this year’s harvest isn’t looking anything like last year’s bumper crop. Late spring seeding, damaging floods and wet conditions that have set back harvest by a few weeks will result in a lower quality yield, according to some local farmers. Rainy weather over the past week means many farmers have been unable to g. . .


Construction of 24 units getting under way: Sod turning held for Pipestone Villas Phase II

[August 25, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The sod was turned Friday for the second phase of Moosomin’s Pipestone Villas, a housing development between Henry Street and Wright Road on the south side of Moosomin. The second phase will be nearly identical to the first, adding another 24 units in to the development. The plan for the site includes a total of three buildings with a total . . .


OH&S Ruling: Children can keep working on family farms

[August 18, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

Saskatchewan’s labour minister says children can continue working on family farms, after all A family farm near Endeavor, Saskatchewan, came under fire two weeks ago after complaints were made to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) that the farm was employing underage workers. The underage workers at the centre of the investigation were th. . .


Hydrology expert says future flooding may be alleviated

[August 11, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

The flooding that hit Southeast Saskatchewan and Southwest Manitoba at the end of June was unprecedented. With little warning to prepare mitigation and no notion that the downpour would spill 200 mm of rain over the region over a weekend, many communities were devastated by the flooding. The flood was unique in many ways, and Canada’s research c. . .


Enbridge to file for Line 3 replacement

[August 4, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark and Kristen Wee]

Enbridge held an open house in Maryfield Thursday to answer questions about its Line 3 replacement project. Line 3 has been transporting Canadian crude to the United States for almost 50 years. Enbridge announced plans last year to replace portions of the pipeline. The plan has changed since last year. Enbridge now intends to replace the pipelin. . .


Thousands expected at Moosomin Regional Park: Living Skies Come Alive this weekend

[July 28, 2014 • By Kristen Weedmark]

The skies over Moosomin Lake will come alive with fireworks this weekend as the fifth annual Living Skies Come Alive fireworks competition gets under way Saturday and Sunday August 2 and 3 at Moosomin Regional Park. Some of the events that will be held during the weekend will be children’s game, bouncers, face painting, pontoon rides, beer garde. . .


Due to flooding: Some businesses in temporary locations

[July 21, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

After a massive rainfall inundated Moosomin with flooding on the July long weekend, the second storm that hit the town on July 10 was not needed—about four inches of rain, heavy winds, and hail hit the town at about 5 p.m. Many streets around town, just recently cleaned up from the Canada Day weekend flood, were once again filled with water. Win. . .


After second rainstorm causes flooding: Moosomin declares state of emergency

[July 14, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

After the second major downpour within two weeks, and significant flooding as a result, the town of Moosomin has declared a Local Emergency. The State of Emergency was declared at a special council meeting at 10:15 Thursday night and will remain in effect for seven days unless renewed. Town council also passed a resolution to request designation. . .


Premier visits Moosomin to see flooding

[July 14, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was in Moosomin Monday—after the first of two major downpours hit the area and led to flooding. Wall has been touring a number of communities in Southeast Saskatchewan that have been affected by the floodwaters that have led to destroyed homes, evacuations, and washed-out highways across the region. When the rainfa. . .


Massive rainfall floods Saskatchewan and Manitoba

[July 7, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

A rainfall warning was issued for the southeastern corner of Saskatchewan for the June 28 weekend—but nobody could have predicted how bad it would get. Between around noon on Saturday, June 28 and Monday, June 30 when the rain began to recede, the southern corner of Saskatchewan and Manitoba was drenched—the hardest hit area was around Moosomin,. . .


Changes to TFW program could affect local businesses

[June 30, 2014 • By Julia Dima]

Changes announced to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program on June 20 may have detrimental effects for businesses in Southeast Saskatchewan, business leaders say. The changes come after controversy surrounding the program arose following two cases of program misuse at British Columbia McDonald’s restaurants and a restaurant in Weyburn. Init. . .


Lots planned for Canada Day weekend

[June 23, 2014 • By Kristen Weedmark]

There are lots of events planned across the area for the Canada Day Weekend. Chamber of Commerce kickoff to summer This Saturday, June 28 the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce will its Kickoff to Summer. The day will begin with a ball drop, where pingpong balls are dropped from a manlift at 11 a.m. Some of the balls will be worth specials at . . .


Half a million budgeted for pavement: Moosomin tax rate unchanged

[June 16, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has passed a 2014 budget that doesn’t increase taxes, but that directs more than half a million dollars to pavement—the most the town has ever spent on pavement in one year. The municipal mill rate remains at 12.5 mills. It was reduced from 21 mills to 12.5 last year as a result of reassessment. The budget includes $195,. . .


Moncton shootings hit home

[June 9, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Many people closely followed the news from Moncton last week as police searched for a suspect who had shot five RCMP officers, three of whom died of their wounds. No one in Moosomin followed the events more closely than Sgt. Joe Telus of the Moosomin RCMP. “I watched it on the news like everyone else, trying to make sense of the tragedy,” Te. . .


Water tower rehabilitation in works

[June 2, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Work is under way on a $140,000 rehabilitation project at Moosomin’s water tower. The water tower has been used to provide water pressure in Moosomin, but the town is switching to a system in which variable speed pumps provide water pressure and the water tower will be used simply as a second reservoir. Water is piped to Moosomin from town we. . .


McMullen ends SJHL career with RBC Cup

[May 26, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

It was Devon McMullen’s last season with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, but it’s a season he is going to be thinking about for years to come. On Sunday, May 18 the Terriers won the RBC Cup in Vernon, B.C.—the national junior A championship—with Moosomin’s McMullen at the helm as team captain. The road to the RBC Cup was one that saw the Terrier. . .


Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year: Melissa Whelpton wins Junior Citizen Award

[May 19, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin’s Melissa Whelpton is a winner in the 2014 Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year Award. These prestigious awards, which include a $3,000 scholarship, are given to Saskatchewan youth who: • Have a positive lifestyle • Are dedicated to community and school • Have a strong sense of caring and responsibility • Have the ability to ove. . .


Construction of 24 units to start within a month: Second phase to go ahead for Pipestone Villas

[May 12, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The board of Pipestone Villas has decided to move forward with a second phase of the development between Henry Street and Wright Road in Moosomin. The second phase will be nearly identical to the first, with 24 units in total. The plan for the site includes a total of three buildings with a total of 72 units, with the second and third phases or. . .


Addition to bowling alley: Schwean has big plans for leisure centre

[May 5, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

In the couple of months since the town of Moosomin decided to take over the local bowling alley, rec director Mike Schwean has come up with big plans for the facility. He originally proposed adding a golf dome to the bowling alley to increase use of the building, and now envisions an entire leisure centre added to the bowling alley. The 5,000. . .


Federal government announces: TFW program suspended for restaurants

[April 28, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The temporary foreign worker program that has been credited by local food service businesses for allowing them to expand has been closed down for restaurants. The suspension was announced Thursday evening. No food service business will be approved for new temporary foreign workers, and those approved but not yet hired will be affected as well. . . .


Farmland Values Report: Saskatchewan farmland increases by 28.5 per cent

[April 21, 2014 • By Khang Nguyen]

The average price of farmland in Saskatchewan has increased 28.5 percent, the highest in the country according to the 2013 Farmland Values Report put out by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Since 2011, Saskatchewan has seen a steady increase in farmland value with a 22.9 per cent increase in 2011, and a 19.7 per cent increase in 2012. The 28.5 per c. . .


Moosomin Chamber of Commerce: Community Recognition Award winners named

[April 14, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce has named the winners of the 2014 Community Recognition Awards. The awards will be presented at a banquet Saturday, April 26 at the Conexus MCC Centre. Being honored by the Chamber of Commerce are: • Long-time Moosomin MLA Don Toth • Creative Vision Productions • The Moosomin Heritage Committee • Brandon a. . .


NCHL, THL finals: C-Hawks triumph, Tigers come close

[April 7, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

It was victory for the Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks last week and disappointment for the Rocanville Tigers, as North Central Hockey League and Triangle Hockey League finals finally came to an end. The C-Hawks and the Grandview Comets battled to a full five games in the NCHL best-of-five final, with the C-Hawks taking the league championship during ga. . .


Moosomin Chamber of Commerce: More expansion on horizon for Seed Hawk

[March 17, 2014 • By Khang Nguyen]

Langbank based air-seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is in the process of drastically expanding in size, says President and CEO Peter Clarke when he presented at the Chamber meeting last Tuesday. For 20 years, Seed Hawk has been manufacturing zero-till seeders used by farmers across the world. In October of last year, Swedish implement manufacturer . . .


Town looking for input

[March 31, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council wants to know what you think. As part of its strategic planning process that began in the fall, the town of Moosomin is conducting a survey to find out what programs and services people expect from the town, and what the opinion is of current programs and services. The survey can be accessed online or through the town offi. . .


Rocanville reeve says potash sharing should be scrapped

[March 31, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

RM of Rocanville Reeve Murray Reid agrees with Rocanville town council that the potash tax sharing system isn’t perfect. But while the town argues that urban municipalities should be entitled to more than 10 per cent as it receives under the current formula, Reid suggests that the entire structure should be scrapped and potash mines should be ta. . .


Potash tax sharing: Gov’t rejects plea for changes

[March 24, 2014 • By Kara Kinna]

The province of Saskatchewan has rejected a plea from Rocanville, Langenburg and Churchbridge to make changes to the Municipal Potash Tax Sharing formula and to the Municipal Potash Tax Sharing Administration Board. In a letter dated March 6, the town of Rocanville was informed by Jim Reiter, the Minister of Government Relations, that “Upon care. . .


Project description filed for TransCanada’s Energy East

[March 24, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

TransCanada Corp. has taken the first step toward obtaining regulatory approval for its proposed $12-billion, 4,600-kilometre Energy East oil pipeline by filing a project description with the National Energy Board earlier this month. TransCanada wants to convert 3,000 kilometres of existing natural gas pipeline and build about 1,600 kilometres o. . .


Paige and Rudi still basking in Olympic glow

[March 17, 2013 • By Kara Kinna]

The Olympics in Sochi, Russia are over, but pairs skaters Rudi Swiegers and Paige Lawrence are still basking in the memories they know will never leave them after their first Olympic experience. All of Southeast Saskatchewan and Southwest Manitoba can claim the pair as their own. Paige grew up in Kennedy. Rudi is from Kipling. They are part of t. . .


Massive components delivered to PotashCorp Rocanville

[March 10, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A delivery of six components to PotashCorp Rocanville from manufacturer SaskArc in Oxbow was a complicated logistical process that took two days, and required 31 power lifts and 10 line cuts, a squadron of pilot vehicles, and around 20 SaskPower employees. The massive components were transported from Oxbow, up Highway 8 almost as far as Fairligh. . .


School division reports $9.6 mil. surplus

[March 3, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Southeast Cornerstone School Division has recorded another surplus. In its 2012-2013 fiscal year, the school division reported revenues of $106.7 million and spent $97.1 million, for a surplus of $9.6 million on the books for last year. That’s significantly higher than the $5.2 million budgeted surplus. Revenues for the division were $1.6. . .


One evening raises $33,000, Fundraiser makes enough to cover rink repairs

[February 24, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

It might have been dark, windy, and 20 below zero outside that Saturday night, but it couldn’t have been warmer inside Langbank’s former curling rink. Hundreds of people filled the room, almost all with a beer in hand, and the chatter and laughter only added to the warmth. As the scent of perfectly done prime rib wafted over from the gym acro. . .


Town approves water for RM development

[February 17, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The town of Moosomin will provide water to a development by the RM of Moosomin just east of town. The RM is developing commercial lots across the municipal boundary from land being developed by Borderland Co-op and has been waiting for a decision from the town on providing town water for the project. At Wednesday’s council meeting, Moosomin t. . .


Paige and Rudi have their Olympic moment

[February 17, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Local pairs team Paige Lawrence from Kennedy and Rudi Swiegers from Kipling finished 14th on Wednesday, but they certainly enjoyed their first Olympic experience. So much so that Lawrence didn’t want to leave the ice after the long program. “That’s why I kept curtsying,” she told the media with a laugh. “I would have stayed out there and curtsi. . .


Fatality at Main Street crossing

[February 10, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

One person was killed in a collision between a Ford Windstar and a train at the Main Street railway crossing in Moosomin Wednesday. The collision occurred at approximately 4 pm Wednesday. The van was southbound on Main Street and proceeded onto the train tracks where the eastbound train collided with the front passenger side of the van. The dr. . .


St. Lazare, Ellice, Archie to form one RM - Elkhorn, Wallace, Woodworth to merge - Manitoba mergers

[February 10, 2014 • By Khang Nguyen]

The amalgamation process in Manitoba is underway. Smaller municipalities have been required by the provincial government to merge and create single, larger municipalities. The province will shrink from 39 municipalities to 19. The order to amalgamate came down early last year. An amalgamation guide was sent out to all areas illustrating t. . .


Tories win big in Arthur-Virden

[February 3, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Arthur-Virden remains a Tory stronghold. Voters in the western Manitoba riding, which includes Elkhorn, McAuley, and Kola, elected Progressive Conservative Doyle Piwniuk with 68 per cent of the vote—the highest percentage for the PCs since the riding was formed. The NDP—the perennial second-place finishers in Arthur-Virden, saw their vote colla. . .


Town to operate bowling alley

[January 27, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

It looks like the town of Moosomin will soon be running the community’s bowling alley. Two representatives of the Moosomin Bowling Association attended Wednesday’s council meeting to discuss options for the facility, and the town agreed to take over operation of the facility from the committee. Diana Thorn and Ron Potter spoke on behalf of th. . .


Moosomin resident in custody until sentencing: Blerot convicted of tax evasion

[January 20, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Gerald Blerot, age 60, of Moosomin has been convicted in Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench of tax evasion and counselling others to evade taxes. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 10, 2014. Blerot will remain in custody in Regina until his sentencing hearing. Being remanded in custody is unusual in tax evasion cases, but Blerot, . . .


Winter so far is colder than 2012-2013 The good news is, it shouldn’t last as long, says Environment

[January 13, 2014 • By Kevin Weedmark]

After the long, cold winter last year, this winter had to be better. The bad news is, this winter is turning out to be even colder, the good news is, it shouldn’t last as long, says Environment Canada Senior Climatologist David Phillips. The current upturn in temperatures is the first sustained break in the cold since the icy weather began in. . .


Moosomin Building Permits: Record year for new construction

[January 6, 2013 • By Julia Dima]

It was a record year for construction permits in Moosomin, with a staggering total of $19,942,700. Last year, the total was significantly lower at $11,341,196, but 2011 was higher than average at $17.5 million, largely due to the fact that 2011 saw the permits for the first phase of Pipestone Villas, and the new Motel 6. Of the nearly $20 mi. . .


Moosomin town council: Heritage Committee establishes guidelines

[December 30, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin’s Heritage Committee has come up with a set of guidelines to guide heritage restoration projects in Moosomin. The town offers grants to help cover the cost of approved facade restoration projects, and the guidelines are intended to provide direction to business owners and managers on the types of materials, colors, and styles suitable f. . .


Girls’ basketball team plans charity game

[December 23, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The McNaughton Senior Marquis girls basketball team is planning a charity game against an alumni team to raise money for the fight against cancer. The game is being planned in honor of Robert Markham, a former Moosomin resident who has been a longtime basketball coach in Langenburg, and has been diagnosed with cancer. Funds from the charity gam. . .


Moosomin tops 3,000 for first time: Health statistics show population still growing

[December 16, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

New covered population statistics released by Saskatchewan Health suggest that the population of communities in the Moosomin area continues to grow. The covered population statistics are not a census, but report how many people of each age group list a community as home. The covered population includes everyone with a Saskatchewan health card, s. . .


PotashCorp cuts workforce by 18 per cent: Job cuts won’t affect PotashCorp Rocanville

[December 9, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

PotashCorp announced Tuesday it is cutting its workforce by more than a thousand people, but the cuts will not directly affect PotashCorp Rocanville. “These changes are very specific and they will not directly affect the Rocanville operation,” said PotashCorp spokesperson Bill Johnson. “The changes are specifically at Cory and Lanigan.” Wh. . .


Fleming arson mediation session a step toward closure

[December 2, 2013 • By Julia Dima]

On Thursday, Fleming residents had an opportunity to confront and question two young men charged with the arson that destroyed the town’s historic Lake of the Woods grain elevator on February 9, 2010. Charles Dron and Joey Yates were convicted of the crime, and each man was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution. Dron, who was sentenced in Moosom. . .


Moonlight Madness, Santa Day this week

[December 2, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the Christmas shopping season this week with Moonlight Madness on Wednesday and Santa Day on Saturday. Moonlight Madness Local stores will be open late and will offer specials for Moonlight Madness, and Santa will be visiting town for Santa Day. In addition to the sales for Moonlight Mad. . .


Harvest of Hope raised $194,000 for Foodgrains Bank

[November 25, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

In its first year, Harvest of Hope has raised $194,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The project consisted of a group of farmers using largely donated inputs and equipment to grow a crop, with all proceeds going to the foodgrains bank. The farmers volunteered their time to make the project a reality. A small group of farmers started talk. . .


Typhoon Haiyan: Moosomin area helping with typhoon relief

[November 18, 2013 • By Julia Dima]

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines, killing an estimated 2,357 people, a number authorities say is expected to rise in coming days, and affecting some 11.5 million people across the country, according to the UN. That is just those affected in the country. Here in the Moosomin area, the impact of the disaster was. . .


Convicted arsonists to meet with Fleming residents

[November 11, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Fleming residents will have a chance to meet face-to-face with two men convicted of burning down the town’s historic elevator. The elevator, which was built in 1895, was oldest elevator in Canada still on its original site and the people of Fleming had high hopes of turning the historic site into a tourist attraction. The elevator was burned . . .


Brit running across Canada for children’s hospitals

[November 4, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

For most of his childhood, Jamie McDonald was in and out of children’s hospitals in Britain. Now that he is a healthy adult, McDonald is doing everything he can to help children who are in the same situation he was as a child. In rapid succession, he cycled from Thailand to his home town of Gloucester to benefit the hospital where he received tr. . .


Nacho’s Flying Service in Maryfield: Crop sprayer says planned cell tower dangerous

[November 4, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Ignacio “Nacho” Aguero says he has worries about safety if Rogers Communications goes ahead with plans to build a 140-foot cell tower near Maryfield, right next to his runway. Aguero is a crop sprayer who divides his time between southeastern Saskatchewan and Argentina. He sprays crops in Saskatchewan in the summer, and in Argentina during the s. . .


New Legislative session all about managing growth

[October 28, 2013 • By Julia Dima]

The third session of the 27th legislative session opened in Regina last week with the Speech from the Throne. The speech highlighted a number of specific changes the provincial government will be making, and the emphasis was on managing growth in the province. This past summer, the province’s population surpassed 1.1 million, and the throne s. . .


Plans major investment in Langbank factory: Väderstad purchases Seed Hawk

[October 21, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Swedish implement manufacturer Väderstad, which had owned 49 per cent of Langbank-based Seed Hawk since 2006, purchased the rest of the company Thursday. Väderstad plans to manufacture a new line of corn planters for the North American market at Langbank, which will require a major investment in the Langbank plant. Seed Hawk has seen its sal. . .


TransCanada Energy East proposal: Tank farm construction slated for 2016-2017

[October 14, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The construction of a tank farm at the Moosomin compressor station would be a two-year project involving about 150 construction workers at its peak, Moosomin Chamber of Commerce members heard Tuesday. Construction of the 1.05 million barrel tank farm next to TransCanada’s Moosomin Compressor Station would take place from the beginning of 2016 th. . .


Rocanville Dental Clinic closes

[October 7, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Rocanville Dental Clinic has been closed after disciplinary action against its owner, Dr. Cameron Croll, by the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Croll was found guilty of professional misconduct by the college, suspended from practising for a month, and ordered to pay $66,325.73 Croll, who practices in Victoria, has set up sate. . .


Rider Nation Community Celebration this Friday

[September 30, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Conexus Convention Centre will be a sea of green this Friday as the venue hosts its biggest party ever. More than 1,000 people are expected to converge on the convention centre for the Rider Nation Community Celebration. The event is free for anyone to attend—as long as partiers are wearing Rider green—and includes a free barbecue and a b. . .


Near record harvest expected on Prairies

[September 23, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Farmers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba couldn’t have asked for a better harvest so far. Exceptional growing conditions have led to a bumper harvest, and many crops are coming in at high grades as well. Many farmers in the Moosomin area were taken off guard by the size of the harvest—employees at Flaman Sales and Service have been busy supplying. . .


Moosomin moving to single-stream recycling

[September 16, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The town of Moosomin will be expanding its paper recycling program to a single-stream recycling program in the new year. The recycling bins that can accept only paper and cardboard will be replaced with bins that can accept cardboard, newsprint, paper, plastic containers, milk cartons, plastic milk jugs, shrink wrap, plastic bags, tin and alumin. . .


SEDS of support in Moosomin

[September 9, 2013 • By Julia Dima]

When Chris Istace was told he had a golf ball sized brain tumor the first time, he was depressed. Having dealt with long term health problems before, he says he thought he’d been given his lot to carry. But he says the depression didn’t last, and changing his attitude helped him heal. “I was like a fighter, I was like a boxer in a ring, and . . .


Three more days to vote

[September 9, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

There are three days of voting left in the Rider Nation Community Celebration contest. Moosomin was in third place in the contest at the half-way mark, and voting will continue to Sept. 11. Based on an application put together by Mike Schwean, Moosomin was selected as one of eight finalists for the contest. Online voting will determine t. . .


Maryfield residents shocked by bank closure

[September 9, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Many people in Maryfield say they were taken aback by RBC’s decision to close the local bank branch effective March 14 of next year. The loss of the bank branch comes on top of the closure of an Andrew Agencies branch office and the Borderland Co-op hardware store—two losses that many in the community say have left a hole in their business secto. . .


Line 3 Segment Replacement Program: Enbridge plan would be the biggest project of its kind

[September 2, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Enbridge’s Line 3 Segment Replacement Program would involve the largest decomissioning of a pipeline Enbridge has done, company officials said at an open house at Maryfield last week. Enbridge is proposing to decomission a large segment of Line 3 and replace it with a new 36-inch pipe along the existing right-of-way. If approved by the National. . .


Moosomin in Third Place

[Aug. 31 • By Kevin Weedmark]

At the midway point of the voting period for the Richardson Pioneer Rider Nation Community Celebration the battle for $100,000 and provincial bragging rights is heating up with over 55,000 votes made for the eight short-listed communities. Voting continues through Wednesday, September 11. At the half-way point of the contest, Moosomin is in . . .


Open house in Maryfield Thursday: Enbridge looking at pipe replacement in 2015-2016

[August 26, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

2015-2016 could be a very busy time in southeast Saskatchewan. If the National Energy Board approves the Energy East project, work should be starting on that project in that timeframe, which would involve significant work in the local area—a new pipeline would be built from Cromer to the Moosomin compressor station, and a tank terminal would at. . .


Moosomin needs votes for Rider contest

[August 26, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin rec director Mike Schwean has done the hard part. He put in a lot of time to put together a package that got Moosomin selected as one of eight finalists for the Richardson Pioneer Rider Nation Community Celebration. Now he needs everyone to take half a minute each day and vote for Moosomin at 101greycupfestival.ca/vote Internet voti. . .


Kraft Celebration Tour: Rocanville receives $25,000 for pool

[August 26, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Friday was the day people in Rocanville had been waiting for. Kraft and TSN came to town, threw a big celebration, and left $25,000 in the community for much-needed improvements to the Rocanville swimming pool. Hundreds of people attended the celebration and the live broadcast of TSN SportsCentre. Rocanville was named the winner of the Kraf. . .


Moosomin finalist for Rider Nation Community Celebration

[August 19, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin is one of eight finalists for the Rider Nation Community Celebration, and has a chance to win $50,000 toward improvements to the Communiplex and Bradley Park, and $10,000 toward a massive Grey Cup party. Which town wins depends on which can motivate the most people to show their support online. The contest was planned to determine which. . .


Kraft Celebration Tour in Rocanville Celebration, live taping this Friday

[August 19, 2013 • By Kara Kinna]

The town of Rocanville will be the site of a large celebration and hour-long live taping on TSN this Friday, August 23 as part of the town winning the Kraft Celebration Tour. Rocanville was dubbed the winner of the Kraft Celebration Tour on July 18 after going head to head against Esterhazy in an internet voting contest for a chance to win $25,0. . .


Residential lots sell for $40,000 to $44,500

[August 12, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The town of Moosomin sold three residential lots on the former Moosomin Union Hospital property at auction Thursday, with two standard lots selling for $40,000 each and one larger lot selling for $44,500. Ten lots were on offer-nine all similar in size and one larger lot. Five of the lots face Cook Road, and five face an extension of Gertie Stre. . .


Larger than first planned: TransCanada proceeding with Energy East

[August 5, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

TransCanada is not proceeding with Energy East as originally planned-a pipeline to move 500,000 to 850,000 barrels a day of oil from Western Canadian oilfields to eastern markets. Instead TransCanada is seeking regulatory approval for an even bigger plan-it now plans to move 1.1 million barrels a day through the pipeline. That's more than enoug. . .


Drs. Davidson, Hussein to be honored

[July 29, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Two longtime Moosomin physicians will be honored in the residential development at the site of Moosomin Union Hospital, where they practised. Former Moosomin physicians Dr. Barrie Davidson and Dr. Shaukat Hussein will be honored in the new development. The new block of Gertie Street will be named Hussein Drive in honor of Dr. Hussein, and Dr. . .


Crops are looking good so far

[July 22, 2013 • By Kristen McEwen]

Grain crops are doing well so far this growing season, and oilseeds are looking average, according to people in the local agriculture community. "The wheat crop is excellent - it's definitely a bumper crop of wheat, and canola is looking like an average sort of a crop," said Chris Thomas of Parrish and Heimbecker in Moosomin. "We're pretty fo. . .


Rail safety: Could a deadly derailment happen here?

[July 15, 2013 • By Kristen McEwen]

In light of the tragedy of the train derailment at Lac Megantic, Que. on July 7, the question arises-could a similar tragedy happen in this area? Derailments have occurred before in the area - a train derailed in St. Lazare in 1991, when 24 cars on a CN rail line derailed. Five of these cars were punctured, spilling acetic anhydride and methano. . .


Education tax taking a bigger bite

[July 8, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

As a result of revaluation by the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency, education property tax is taking a bigger bite in local communities. When landowners are sent a tax notice by a municipal government, part of the taxation is municipal, and part is education property tax. The provincial government sets the mill rate for the education p. . .


Moosomin area health needs assessment: No recommendation for more beds

[July 1, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Acute care 28 per cent increase in inpatients at SEICC over five years, to 1,700 in 2012/13 50 per cent increase in outpatients at the Moosomin facility, to 22,227 in 2012/13 Physician care 23 per cent increase in patients served by local physicians over four years, to 11,163 in 2011/12 33 per cent increase in patient visits to l. . .


Area could play key role in Energy East

[June 24, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin area could play a key role in TransCanada's Energy East initiative, which aims to transport western Canadian crude to eastern Canadian refineries. TransCanada plans to build four terminals across the country for Energy East, including one in the local area, which would include a tank farm. The Moosomin Compressor Station would conne. . .


Moosomin mill rate drops to 12.5

[June 17, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Taxes are going down in Moosomin, as town council has approved a mill rate of 12.5 mills for 2013, a reduction from 21 mills last year. The mill rate had hovered between 18 and 21 mills between 1998 and 2012. An increase in assessments with a SAMA revaluation allowed the town to reduce the mill rate and bring in a similar amount through taxation. . .


Student wins Pink Shirt Film Fest prize

[June 3, 2013 • By Kristen McEwen]

When the guest speaker stood up in front of the student body in the gymnasium to make a special announcement, McKayla Crouse had no idea she had won $500 for McNaughton High School. Her video submission to the SaskEnergy Pink Shirt Film Festival won the Critic's Choice award for High School. The film festival encourages students from schools ac. . .


Relay For Life coming up this weekend

[June 10, 2013 • By Kristen McEwen]

Only a few days, and a couple of meetings, separates organizer Kristen Murray from the upcoming Wawota Relay For Life event set to take place on June 15. "(It's been) awesome," Murray said. "I can't wait until the 15th to see it all come together. We have a very good committee that's backing us, it's been lots of fun." Murray said the Relay. . .


Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region: Needs assessment to be presented June 26

[June 3, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A needs assessment for the Moosomin area will be presented to the Regina Qu'Appelle Regional Health Authority June 26. The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has been working on a needs assessment to determine if the health needs of the Moosomin area are being met or if changes to facilities or services are required to meet those needs. The need. . .


In Moosomin: New 98-room hotel approved

[May 27, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has approved a building permit for a $9 million, four storey, 98-room Best Western hotel complete with indoor pool. The building permit was issued to Moosomin Investments Ltd. Town council approved the hotel along with several other building projects at Wednesday's council meeting. In total, the town had more than $11 mill. . .


Farmers get a late start on 2013 seeding

[May 20, 2013 • By Kristen McEwen]

The start of seeding was delayed by the late spring, but farmers in southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba have started getting the 2013 crop in the ground. The worst predictions of massive flooding this spring didn't come true, and farmers were out seeding on fields across the area for the last couple of weeks. Chris Davidson of. . .


In Rocanville: Council says yes to apartment building

[May 13, 2013 • By Kara Kinna]

Last week, Rocanville town council gave the green light to a 12-unit apartment building to be situated on a block of land south of the daycare in Rocanville. Council made the decision at their regular meeting last Wednesday after sitting down with Albert Vanleeuwen, the owner of Stoneveld Properties. Vanleeuwen proposed a 12-unit apartment build. . .


Changes could affect local businesses

[May 6, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Proposed changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program could impact local businesses that have come to rely on the program to fill service industry jobs that were becoming difficult to impossible to fill with local employees. Under proposed changes employers will no longer have flexibility to set the wages for foreign labor, and the Conse. . .


Revaluation resulting in higher assessments

[April 29, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

If you have received an assessment notice and are surprised how much your property assessment has increased, you're not alone. Across Saskatchewan, landowners and homeowners have received assessment notices with much higher values for this year. The higher assessments do not necessarily mean higher taxes however. Because assessments were hig. . .


Bud Holloway a hero in Sweden

[April 22, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

-Leads Swedish Elite League in points for the season -Wins championship with Skelleftea AIK Bud Holloway's hockey career has taken him from the Wapella rink to the Seattle Thunderbirds to the NHL draft to the pinnacle of the Swedish Elite League. Holloway was a third-round draft pick by the LA Kings in 2006, but was kept on the roster. . .


Potential spring flooding: St. Lazare putting faith in dykes, Moosomin builds dykes around wells

[April 15, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

With the potential of significant spring flooding this year the community in the area most vulnerable to flooding-St. Lazare-will be relying on a built-up dyke system to protect the community, while the town of Moosomin has built new dykes to protect its wells in the Pipestone Valley. Martin Dupont is the mayor of St. Lazare, which is vulnerable. . .


Preparations begin for 2013 flooding

[April 8, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Manitoba and Saskatchewan are on high alert for increased spring flooding potential on the Red, Souris, Pembina, Assiniboine, Saskatchewan and Qu'Appelle rivers, and in areas with heavy snow cover. Saskatchewan's government is taking action in a number of areas to address spring flooding concerns: The Water Security Agency launched the 2013 . . .


Moosomin town council Business incentives proposed

[April 1, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Two business owners attended Moosomin Town Council's meeting on Wednesday to suggest the town work on a package of incentives for new businesses. Celebration Ford owner Tyler Thorn and Kassie's Jewelry owner Ross Shaw made a presentation to council. "The reason we're here is we've had some interest at Eastgate (Business Park)," said Thorn, "a. . .


Earthwork starts for new development

[March 25, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The snow and topsoil have been scraped away, semi loads of clay are being piled onto the frozen ground, and excavators are spreading and grading the clay. After 30,000 cubic yards of clay are brought in to alter the landscape, what has been a farm field for 130 years will become Moosomin's newest development-Eastgate Business Park. The earthw. . .


Council tables decision on Armoury tax break

[March 18, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has tabled for two weeks a decision on a tax cancellation for the Armoury Hall. The Society for the Preservation of the Moosomin Armoury has requested a tax cancellation for 2014. Council has already cancelled taxes for 2013 for the Armoury and several other community groups-the Community Theatre, the Moosomin Museum, a. . .


Organized by students:
Fundraiser planned for Whelpton family

[March 11, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

When word spread among a group of Moosomin and Rocanville students a week ago that a friend's father had been diagnosed with cancer, the students wasted no time in figuring out what they could do to help, and getting down to work. On Feb. 27, Kevin Whelpton of Moosomin was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The students found out about . . .


Moosomin needs assessment still in works

[March 11, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region continues work on a needs assessment of the Moosomin area, and the work should be completed this spring. Holly Hodgson, who is Program director at the Southeast Integrated Care Centre and also chairs the steering committee for the needs assessment, said most of the work for the needs assessment is done. The. . .


MP Ed Komarnicki won't run again

[March 4, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki has decided not to run in the next federal election, set for 2015. Komarnicki was first elected in 2004, and will have served 11 years when the next federal election rolls around two years from now. The MP says he has been thinking about whether to run again for the last few months, and once he made his . . .


Snow may impact spring seeding

[February 25, 2013 • By Leslie-Ann Kroeker]

Snow, snow and more snow. That has been the story for much of Saskatchewan this winter. The amount of snow this season is well above average for this time of year, leaving many Saskatchewan citizens trampling through snow banks and constantly shoveling their walks. A big reason for the accumulation is an early blizzard that swept the province. . .


Chamber changing focus from April trade show to July long weekend

[February 18, 2013 • By Adam Wightman]

For years, the biggest event on the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce's annual calendar has been the Home Farm and Leisure Show in late April. This year the chamber has decided to cancel the annual trade show, and will look at reinstating it as a biannual event starting in 2014. Meanwhile, the chamber is looking at putting on an event to draw shop. . .


Moosomin council meets with health minister

[February 11, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council met with the two people responsible for heath care in Saskatchewan last week to press for funding changes to help ensure Moosomin can retain its group of doctors. Mayor Larry Tomlinson, town administrator Paul Listrom, and all six councillors met with Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan and Minister of Rural and Remo. . .


Penny about to drop

[February 4, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The penny is about to drop. As of today, the Royal Canadian Mint will no longer be distributing pennies and some banks will stop giving them to customers. Pennies deposited with banks will be boxed up and shipped back to the mint to be melted down for their copper. Some local businesses will stop accepting or returning pennies today. A. . .


Bronze medal a disappointment for Paige and Rudi

[January 28, 2013 • By Adam Wightman]

Locals Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers won the bronze medal at the Canadian Figure Skating Championship at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga on Sunday, Jan. 20 It is the third consecutive bronze medal that the pair have won at the national championship, and while their goal was to place in the top two, it was still a thrilling event to compete. . .


Amalgamation coming to Man. municipalities

[January 22, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Forced municipal amalgamation in Manitoba will see some local councils disappear if the provincial government gets its way. The government of Manitoba wants all municipalities to have at least 1,000 residents, and is asking those with fewer than 1,000 to amalgamate with neighbors to get to the thousand mark. Municipalities must share a boundary. . .


EDITORIAL: Idle No More protests aim at wrong target

[January 7, 2013 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Across Canada, there have been a smattering of protests over the last few weeks as part of the Idle No More movement. Protesters have succeeded in slowing traffic, making the odd person miss a flight or a medical appointment, and letting the public know-if there was anyone out there who didn't-that there are deep, deep problems in aboriginal c. . .


In Moosomin: Residential construction sets record in 2012

[January 7, 2013 • By Adam Wightman]

The growth of Moosomin continued strong and steady in 2012. It was a record-breaking year for residential development in the town. Last year, permits were approved in Moosomin for residential projects totalling $5,317,845, breaking the previous record of $4,911,180, set in 2008, and significantly up from last year's $3.6 million in residential . . .


Anatomy of a fraud: Uncovering the details of massive fraud took time and patience

[December 31, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

There were years of suspicion, frustration, and close looks through the books before Gregor Gmerek was charged on Dec. 14 with defrauding his former employer, Prairie Livestock, of more than $700,000. Gmerek is alleged to have been forging and cashing company cheques over several years, and has been charged with numerous counts of uttering a for. . .


Pipestone Villas ready to begin phase two

[December 31, 2012 • By Adam Wightman]

The shareholders of Pipestone Villas in Moosomin decided at a recent meeting to begin initial preparations to build a second 24-unit, three-story apartment complex. It will be immediately east of their Wright Road complex opened in September. The second complex constitutes phase two of Pipestone Villas' three-phase plan. The plan is to eve. . .


Gmerek charged with $700,000 fraud

[December 17, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Gregor Gmerek of Moosomin has been charged with defrauding his employer, Prairie Livestock, of more than $700,000. According to Moosomin RCMP, Gmerek, 47, had been forging and cashing company cheques-15 cheques in total-over the last several years. Gmerek has been charged with numerous counts of uttering a forged document, forgery, and fraud . . .


Health statistics suggest population still growing

[December 10, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

New covered population statistics released by Saskatchewan Health suggest that the population of communities in the Moosomin area continues to grow. The covered population statistics are not a census, but list how many people of each age group list a community as home. The covered population includes everyone with a Saskatchewan health card, so . . .


Bethlehem in the Barn, Santa Day this weekend

[November 26, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

It should be a busy weekend in the Moosomin area, as Bethlehem in the Barn is set for Friday and Saturday, and the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce's Santa Day is this Saturday. Bethlehem in the Barn seeks to retell the Christmas story in a barn setting, with music and actors on stage, along with a few animals. To set the scene, people will go th. . .


CEO says finding doctors is top priority

[November 19, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

With hospital services reduced in Kipling due to a shortage of physicians, the CEO of the Sun Country Health Region says that recruiting physicians to work in the district is the top priority for the health region. "It's probably more akin to a health centre as it's operating right now," CEO Marga Cugnet said Thursday. "During the open hours,. . .


Hours reduced at Kipling Memorial Health Centre

[November 12, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A month after eliminating emergency services at Kipling Memorial Health Centre because of a shortage of physicians, the Sun Country Health Region has now reduced the hours of the facility because of a shortage of nurses. Starting Nov. 4, the 24-hour health care facility was reduced to operating only 12 hours a day. "The facility will be open fr. . .


Quiet Halloween in Moosomin area

[November 5, 2012 • By Adam Wightman]

There were more treats than tricks on Halloween night in the Moosomin area. The quiet Halloween is part of a nearly 30 year trend that has seen Halloween in the area become increasingly subdued. "Halloween is not an issue here anymore. It has run its course," said Cpl. Andrew Dolman of the Moosomin RCMP. It hasn't always been that way. Yo. . .


Hamm back as Fleming mayor

[October 15, 2012 • By Adam Wightman]

After deciding against running again, Mayor Phil Hamm had a change of heart and has been re-elected as Fleming's mayor by acclamation. Hamm, 60, has served as Fleming's mayor for 15 of the past 39 years, from 1975 to 1980 and from 2000 until the present. And besides his commitment with the mayor's position, he is very busy with the charitable o. . .


Moosomin physician worried about impact: Emergency services suspended at Kipling

[October 8, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Sun Country Health Region has decided to suspend emergency services at Kipling Hospital, over the objections of a local doctor who says he can maintain the service. Dr. Johan Steyn is currently the only physician in Kipling, and the health region decided to close the emergency room because of the lack of a second doctor. "We got a letter . . .


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Tomlinson is new mayor

[September 24, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin will have a new mayor in October. Mayor Don Bradley, who has been involved in municipal politics for 25 years, decided not to run again, and Larry Tomlinson has been elected mayor by acclamation. He will officially take over the duties of mayor after election day, Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tomlinson said in an interview Friday that he is l. . .


After several fatalities on Highway 1 at Moosomin: Review nixes speed zone, lights

[September 17 ,2012 • By Kara Kinna]

Last Wednesday, Moosomin town council was informed there will be no lights, and no reduced speed zone along Highway 1 through Moosomin, as the result of a study done by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. In the wake of numerous accidents at the three Highway 1 intersections through town, council contacted the ministry in the spring ask. . .


Heartbreak for farmers: Crops that looked good coming in at low yields

[September 10, 2012 • By Kara Kinna]

It was supposed to be the year that made up for all the bad years. Crops were looking good out in the field, and prices are strong. But now that farmers are getting through harvest, yields of grains and oilseeds are nowhere near what many were expecting. "It was shaping up to be just the perfect harvest," says Murray Bruce, summing up the . . .


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[August 27, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A mild winter and a warm to hot summer have added up to the warmest 12 months in the eastern Prairies since temperatures started being recorded 122 years ago. From Aug. 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012, the average temperature was 5.2 degrees celsius, 3.2 degrees warmer than the average of 2 degrees celsius over the last 122 years. The second warmest. . .


A new grain-marketing era: Canadian Wheat Board monopoly ends

[August 6, 2012 • By Leslie-Ann Kroeker]

For the first time in his life, Moosomin farmer Murray Bruce woke up Wednesday morning with the ability to do what he pleased with his wheat. He figured he wouldn't take much time to exercise his new rights. Bruce was one of the first farmers in the province to sell his wheat to a producer without first going through the Canadian Wheat Board . . .


SEICC: Health region to do needs study

[July 2, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region will conduct a needs assessment to determine if the health needs of the Moosomin area are being met or if changes to facilities or services are needed. The board met with the Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation Wednesday to hear the health care foundation's arguments that a needs assesment is warrant. . .


Along TCH in Moosomin: Highways Ministry looking into safety issues

[June 25, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

While the death toll along the Trans-Canada Highway through Moosomin continues to rise-with one fatality resulting from a June 13 collision at the intersection of Highways 1 and 8-the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways is reviewing safety at the intersections along the corridor. Moosomin town council had raised concerns about the number of accide. . .


At Southeast Integrated Care Centre: MacPherson says more beds are needed

[June 18, 2012 • By Kara Kinna]

Health care was on the agenda at the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce meeting last week, where Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation (MDHCF) chair Bill MacPherson was invited to speak about the foundation's proposal for an expansion of the Southeast Integrated Care Centre. On June 27, the foundation will be meeting with the Regina Qu'Appelle . . .


Expansion plan focus of Chamber meet

[June 11, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The plan for an addition to the Southeast Integrated Care Centre will be the topic of the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday. The meeting is set for 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boomerang'z. Bill MacPherson, chair of the Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation, will be guest speaker at the meeting, which is open to the public. He w. . .


$60 million power plant opens at Spy Hill

[June 4, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

If you drive down a few gravel roads north of the Qu'Appelle Valley around the Tantallon-Spy Hill area, you might find something unexpected nestled among the farms and ranches-a power plant. Northland Power has built a new 86 MW gas-fired power plant between Spy Hill and Tantallon. The new plant, built at a cost of $60 million, is a natural-ga. . .


Moosomin holds the line on taxes

[May 28, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council passed the 2012 budget Wednesday, a budget which keeps the local tax rate at 21 mills for the fifth year in a row. The tax rate has actually been at 21 mills for most of the time since 1998, when it increased from 18 to 21 mills to start putting aside money for the Southeast Integrated Care Centre. The mill rate was decr. . .


After wet year in 2011: Seeding progress ahead of average

[May 21, 2012 • By Leslie-Ann Kroeker]

After a wet spring prevented some farmers from ever getting a crop in the ground in 2011, seeding is ahead of schedule this year. According to the most recent Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report, 22 per cent of crops across the province have been seeded. The report also states that 14 per cent has been seeded in the southeast area of the provi. . .


South East Integrated Care Centre: Health Care Foundation proposes addition

[May 14, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation is asking the Regina Qu'Appelle Regional Health Authority to conduct a needs assessment to see if more beds should be added to the Southeast Integrated Care Centre. The health care foundation will make a presentation to the health board when the board meets in Moosomin June 27. Health foundati. . .


Celebration Ford will anchor new development: New business park in works for Moosomin

[May 7, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A new 33-acre business park is being developed at the corner of the East Access Road and the Trans-Canada Highway, anchored by a new 20,000 square foot building that will be home to Celebration Ford. The new Eastgate Business Park will be immediately west of the Borderland Co-op gas bar, and east of Miller Equipment. The new Celebration Ford . . .


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Two of five closed beds being replaced at Deer View Lodge: Easton says Wawota's fight was worthwhile

[April 23, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

It's not the outcome he hoped for, but Save Our Beds Committee chair Dale Easton is happy to see two beds being added to Wawota's Deer View Lodge. It was May of 2010 that the Sun Country Regional Health Authority announced that three long-term care beds and two respite beds at Deer View Lodge in Wawota would be closed in order to save $110,000. . . .


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Community Recognition Awards: Award winners named

[April 9, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the Community Recognition Awards. Awards will be going to two groups and two individuals this year: Awards will be presented April 28 to the following: - The doctors of the Moosomin Family Practice Centre in recognition of their contributions to the community. The doctors have c. . .


Headstart program explained to council

[April 2, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Westcap Management vice-president Wanda Hunchak and Conexus Credit Union Vice-president Jason Bender were at Wednesday's meeting of Moosomin Town Council to explain the "Head Start on a Home" program. The provincial program is intended to spur housing development across Saskatchewan. Hunchak explained how the program works, and how it's bein. . .


Highway accidents jumped after twinning

[March 26, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Statistics compiled by the RCMP show that the number of accidents in the Moosomin area jumped significantly after the twinned section of Trans-Canada Highway was opened around the town of Moosomin on Nov. 6, 2008. The number of accidents recorded by the RCMP for the Moosomin detachment area jumped significantly, from 106 in 2007-the last complet. . .


Town asks for meeting on highway

[March 19, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The town of Moosomin is seeking a meeting with Saskatchewan Highways to discuss concerns over safety on the Trans-Canada Highway through town. Statistics from SGI show that the section of Highway 1 from Moosomin to the Manitoba border has the highest collision rate along the Trans-Canada Highway in Saskatchewan, and Moosomin's accident rate is t. . .


Local highways among most dangerous in Sask.

[March 12, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

When 26-year-old Brendan Phillips of Regina died in a rollover on the Trans-Canada Highway between Wapella and Whitewood last Sunday, he became the latest statistic to add to the toll taken by local highways. Meanwhile, no one was killed, but seven people were taken to hospital after three separate collisions over the space of six days at two d. . .


Fleming arson: Two years for Yates

[March 5, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The mayor of Fleming says he's satisfied justice has been done with the sentencing of Joey Michael Yates to two years less a day for his role in the arson that destroyed Fleming's historic grain elevator. Following his time in custody, Yates will serve 18 months probation. He has also been ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution to the communit. . .


Long gun registry is history: Komarnicki feels relief as gun bill passes

[February 20, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Conservative MPs cheered Wednesday after the House of Commons voted to scrap the long-gun registry, putting to rest an issue that has had farmers and hunters up in arms since Bill C-68 was passed in 2001. The Harper government used its majority to pass the bill, ending the gun registry by a vote of 159-130, with the support of two maverick New D. . .


Census figures show: Towns growing, but RMs shrinking

[February 13, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Population counts from the 2011 Census were released last week, and they show that, while towns in the region are growing, villages are growing at about half the rate, and rural municipalities are facing declining populations. The census figures show that towns in the Moosomin trading area had a total population of 6,243 as of the 2011 census, . . .


Relay retraces Hansen’s route

[February 6, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Twenty-five years after Rick Hansen passed through the Moosomin area on his Man in Motion tour, the Rick Hansen Relay retraced his route last week. The Rick Hansen medal was carried from Virden to Moosomin, with a stop in Elkhorn, on Wednesday, and travelled from Moosomin to Grenfell, with stops in Wapella and Whitewood on Thursday. Many loca. . .


Eight months after flooding destroys homes: No help for St. Lazare residents

[January 23, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Fabien Leclair has spent the coldest nights of this winter sleeping in his car, a few feet away from an unlivable five-bedroom home with a massive south-facing sunroom in the Qu’Appelle Valley just outside St. Lazare. Leclair has been told he can’t be in the mold-infested home for health reasons, so he’s living in a small, unheated trailer in th. . .


Rick Hansen relay coming in February

[January 16, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

A cross-country relay to mark the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour is coming to the Moosomin area at the beginning of February. Hansen propelled himself around the world and across Canada in his wheelchair 25 years ago, raising $26 million in the process. The original Man in Motion Tour passed right through the Moosomin ar. . .


Warm weather expected to continue

[January 9, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The unusually warm winter weather that has marked this winter in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is forecast to continue for at least the next couple of weeks, and Environment Canada is now predicting normal to above normal temperatures for the next four months. Earlier in the fall, Environment Canada had predicted a colder than normal winter because . . .


Area population is on the rise

[December 26, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

New data from Saskatchewan Health confirms what everyone in the area has suspected, the population in the Moosomin area continues to rise. Saskatchewan Health keeps track of the population covered by the provincial health system, and tallies the numbers as of June 30 each year. The numbers have just been released for June 30, 2011, and they s. . .


Town makes deal on land for lagoon

[December 19, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin Mayor Don Bradley said at last week’s council meeting that the town will purchase 20 acres of land to expand the town’s lagoon. The announcement came three weeks after the mayor said that, based on legal advice, town council couldn’t read or discuss a letter from concerned citizens suggesting that council would have public support if it. . .


Bones found in field south of Wapella

[December 12, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

Lyndon Flaman got more than he bargained for in his excavator last Friday. Flaman, who owns Challenger Construction, was backfilling a test hole southwest of Wapella when something caught his eye. Bones. And not just any type of bones. Bones like he had never seen before. “I saw the bones and I got out of the cab to inspect it a little c. . .


Moonlight madness this Wednesday

[December 5, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce’s kickoff to the Christmas shopping season takes place this Wednesday with Moonlight Madness. Stores will be open until 10 p.m. and the chamber will be giving away $850 in Moosomin Bucks, a first prize of $500, second prize of $250 and third prize of $100. Participating businesses will be handing out Christmas. . .


End of the single desk Locals fly to Ottawa for passing of Bill C-18

[December 5, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

As the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly control over Prairie wheat and barley sales came to an end Nov. 28 on the House of Commons floor, Welwyn’s Allan Johnston looked Prime Minister Steven Harper in the eye and gave him a resounding thumbs up. “It was incredible to watch the whole process in action, we were just enthralled with it,” said Johnst. . .


Moosomin town council: Town proposes truck bypass

[November 28, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council reviewed two possible routes for a Highway 8 truck bypass at Wednesday’s town council meeting. Former councillor Murray Newman, the town’s representative on the Southeast Transportation Planning Committee, drew up plans for two potential truck routes to take Highway 8 truck traffic off Main Street. One possible route wou. . .


Santa Day this Saturday

[November 21, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Santa Claus is coming to town! The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce has its Santa Day planned for this Saturday in Moosomin. Santa will be available for photos with children at the Moosomin Community Theatre from 10 a.m. to noon. Staff of Conexus Credit Union will volunteer to help with Santa’s visit. Children who visit with Santa will be give. . .


Toth’s future up to fellow MLAs

[November 21, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

While Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced that the pre-election cabinet will remain in place until after the spring session of the legislature, the future of Moosomin MLA Don Toth is up to members of the legislative assembly. Wall announced after the election that the current cabinet will remain in place for the upcoming legislative ses. . .


Boyd, Canalta ABEX finalists

[November 7, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Two companies with operations in the Moosomin area are finalists for this year’s ABEX Awards, the Awards for Business Excellence presented by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Tyler Boyd, who started Boyd Excavating in Moosomin and has expanded his company with a Regina location, is a finalist for the Young Entrepreneur Award. Canalta Ho. . .


Election hits home stretch after leaders’ debate Candidates eager for local debate

[October 31, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

The 2011 provincial election’s half way point has come and gone, and for the most part the election has been congenial. In the Moosomin riding, both candidates have been pleased with the response they’ve received from the voting public. “From the response it’s been going quite well,” said Sask Party incumbent Don Toth. “I’ve gotten a sense that . . .


Holland rink to visit Maryfield, Moosomin

[October 24, 2012 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Amber Holland’s Canadian championship curling team will be visiting both Maryfield and Moosomin in December. The Saskatchewan Curling Association announced the winners of its Tour of Champions contest Thursday. The Tour of Champions will see Saskatchewan’s three 2011 Canadian Championship teams, Team Holland, Team Moskowy and Team Paulsen tour t. . .


Expansion offically open

[October 10, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

It’s small town Saskatchewan innovation at its best as Seed Hawk officially opened its doors on a $7.5 million expansion in Langbank. “It’s really the innovative spirit of the Canadian farmer that has allowed Seed Hawk to grow and become a major player in the global direct seeding market,” explained Beaujot. About 300 people were in attendanc. . .


Wawota will get its two beds

[October 3, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

Days after Wawota’s Save Our Beds Committee met with Saskatchewan’s health minister and was told the government believes that only two beds should be added to Deer View Lodge, the Sun Country Regional Health Authority board officially approved the addition of two beds. The board approved the new beds at its regular meeting on Wednesday. “The . . .


Turpie’s legacy lasting

[September 26, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

The RM of Moosomin council won’t be the same after Angus Turpie announced he is resigning from the position of councillor for Division #2. Turpie had served for 38 consecutive years, first being elected to council back in 1972. “There has been a big change in 38 years,” said Turpie. “Life goes by and it’s been interesting. When we started far. . .


McMorris agrees with Sun Country: Only two beds for Wawota

[September 26, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

After fifteen months of fighting the closure of five beds at Wawota’s Deer View Lodge, the Save Our Beds Committee has been told only two beds will be added back to the facility. The group thought they were making progress earlier this year when a joint committee was set up between the Sun Country Health Region and the Save Our Beds Committee to. . .


Fire claims Hollingsheads’ home

[September 19, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

The fire that took Will and Holly Hollingshead’s home came fast, leaving nothing but a trail of devastation in its path. “There were a couple of neighbors who went by around 9 p.m. and we got home at 9:45 and there was nothing left of the second storey,” said Holly Hollingshead. “All that was left was the stud walls of the main level. All of. . .


No response yet: Wawota group calls on premier for help

[September 12, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Wawota’s Save Our Beds committee is appealing to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall for help in solving a problem that has dragged on for more than a year. It was the spring of 2010 when the Sun Country Health Region decided to close five beds at Wawota’s Deer View Lodge. Wawota’s Save Our Beds committee was formed to fight the closure. The commi. . .


New school year, new curriculum

[September 5, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

September is officially here, which only means one thing . . . a new school year. Students and teachers are back to the books as usual, but there are a few new changes in area schools this year. The biggest one, a new curriculum. “There is lots of new curriculum this year,” says MacLeod Elementary School principal Devona Putland. “In Grade 1 to. . .


School board addresses out-of-area attendance

[August 29, 2011 • By ChristeenJesse]

For the past few years, South East Cornerstone Public School Division has been dealing with overpopulated schools in the area, and has been juggling requests for students to attend out of area schools. In light of the issue, it was decided in April 2010 that when a school hits 85 per cent of it’s capacity, the Director of Education will deny out-of. . .


Wawota tries to save long-term care beds

[August 15, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

It’s been more than a year since five long-term care beds in Wawota were closed, and four months since the Sun Country Health region agreed to bring them back. But since then, not much progress has been made on turning the decision into a reality. “We cant keep going on this way, there’s no way,” says Ken Wilson, member of the Wawota Save our Be. . .


Human bones found at Moosomin Lake

[August 1, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin’s Robert Mullett and his daughter Kalea found more than they bargained for when they headed to shore to take a break while canoeing on Moosomin Lake Tuesday night. As they took their shore break at an area south of the cabins, the Mulletts saw what appeared to be human bones on the ground. “We just came up on shore to stretch our leg. . .


Capital gains, Laich resigns in D.C.

[August 1, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

Wawota’s Brooks Laich is going to be a Capital for a long time. The 28-year-old centreman inked a six-year deal worth $27 million to remain in Washington. “I was really excited initially and that was followed closely with a sigh of relief,” said Laich. “I’ve never been through unrestricted free agency and I didn’t want to leave Washington. The c. . .


Memories linger for St. Lazare flood victims

[July 25, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

Three months ago, the Qu’Appelle River consumed Susie Chartier’s property. Three months ago, Ed and Alma Houle were forced to trade in their house of 44 years for a small seniors condo. Three months ago, Ian and Jennifer Jessop declared themselves homeless. Three months ago, both the Qu’Appelle and Assiniboine Rivers reached their capacity and o. . .


PDAP: Disaster funds slowly flood in

[July 18, 2011 • By Charles Tweed]

It was classified as a one in one-hundred-year flood and now Moosomin residents affected by overland flooding this spring hope it doesn’t take that long to see their insurance cheques to start rebuilding their homes. Yogi Huyghebaert, provincial minister in charge of the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP), couldn’t give a concrete tim. . .


After province approves grant: No provincial funds for Moosomin Lake Road

[July 4, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Plans to repair the road to Moosomin Lake are up in the air since Saskatchewan Highways has determined the plan does not meet criteria for funding. The project was going to be cost shared between the RMs of Moosomin and Martin, and was approved for funding under the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program. However, when tenders were opened in. . .


Hal Schmidt working in health system

[June 27, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

A year after resigning from the Sun Country Health Region, following the release of details about his past, Hal Schmidt’s is back in a senior position in the health care system. Schmidt has been employed with three different Canadian health employers in the last fifteen years, leaving a string of incidents in his wake. These issues came to l. . .


Komarnicki wants ag minister to see flooding

[June 27, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki wants to bring Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to southeastern Saskatchewan to show him the effects of flooding on the region. Komarnicki raised the issue of flooding in the House of Commons last week. “I felt it was important to refer to the dire circumstances facing the constituents of Souris-Moos. . .


Snowbirds coming up Wednesday

[June 20, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

With just days until the Snowbirds land in town, Moosomin is busy with last minute preparations. The world-class aerobatics team will be coming to town this Wednesday, so event organizers are really getting down to work. “We’re into the final stages, setting up the venues, tents, trying to designate parking areas that we think will be dry enough. . .


Moosomin tax rate remains unchanged

[June 13, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin’s municipal tax rate will remain unchanged at 21 mills for 2011. The mill rate in Moosomin has remained at or near that level since 1998, when it was raised from 18 to 21 mills to provide the town with $125,000 a year to go toward a health care capital reserve as the town started saving for its share of the cost of the South East Integr. . .


PDAP provides assistance for local flood victims

[June 6, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

Flood waters have peaked around the province, and levels are beginning to recede, but the biggest job is yet to come. Clean-up and recovery is a long and difficult process, so a number of government ministries are stepping in to help communities and residents with their clean-up efforts. Many communities in the area have requested assistance un. . .


CTV Home Town tour coming to Moosomin

[June 6, 2011 • By Christeen Jesse]

Mark it on your calendars Moosomin, CTV Regina is coming to town this Wednesday. As part of their Home Town Tour, which profiles communities around Saskatchewan, the news crew will spend a full day touring Moosomin and will then broadcast their evening news live from here in town. The CTV tour bus and staff will arrive in town around 11 a.m. and. . .


Spring seeding: Rain causes delays

[May 27, 2011 • By Taylor Bendig]

Chris Davidson of Sharpe’s Soil Services knows just what local farmers need, but he doesn’t keep it on the shelves of his store. “It’s called sun and wind, and I don’t sell those,” says Davidson. The one thing everyone in the agriculture business agrees they don’t need is more moisture. With recent rains further soaking fields already saturate. . .


Potash tax sharing: Group meets with minister

[May 16, 2011 • By Kara Kinna]

Rocanville Mayor Daryl Fingas says he came away with a positive feeling after meeting with the Minister of Municipal Affairs last week to discuss the potash tax sharing. Fingas, along with representatives from the towns of Chruchbridge and Langenburg, sat down with Minister Darryl Hickie last Monday to discuss a few issues surrounding potash tax. . .


Trussler no longer at Maryfield School

[April 4, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Randall Trussler is no longer principal at Maryfield School. The Southeast Cornerstone School Division sent a memorandum to parents Monday stating that “Mr. Randall Trussler and the Board of Education have agreed that Mr. Trussler will not be returning to Maryfield School.” Parents told the World-Spectator earlier that they had raised concern. . .


Former nursing home to be renovated: $1.1 million condo project approved

[March 28, 2011 • By Kara Kinna]

The town of Moosomin issued a building permit last week for a $1.1 million, 15-unit condo development being built inside the former nursing home on Windover Avenue. The building was purchased by Bouchard Brothers of Winnipeg. According to Marcien Bouchard, the president of 405 Windover, which has been set up for the Moosomin condo development. . .


Flaman Sales has big plans for Moosomin

[March 21, 2011 • By Kara Kinna]

In April, Flaman Sales and Rentals will take ownership of Wayne’s Rental in Moosomin, and the company has major expansion plans for their new Moosomin location. According to Tyson Becker, general manager of Flaman’s Yorkton, Swan River and Moosomin locations, the Moosomin location will be expanded into a full size yard site like the one in Yorkt. . .


Tim Horton’s to make decision on Moosomin

[March 14, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

If you’re one of those people who just can’t live without your Timmie’s fix, you’ll be happy to know that Tim Horton’s is weeks away from a final decision on whether to proceed with a Tim Horton’s in Moosomin. The company will make a final decision in early April. If the project moves ahead, you will be able to get your Timbits and double-double. . .


Save Our Beds group not giving up

[March 7, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

It has been 10 months since five beds were closed at Wawota’s Deer View Lodge but the Save Our Beds Committee is still working hard to try to have the beds reopened. About 200 people crowded into the Wawota Town Hall Thursday night to hear an update from the committee. Premier Brad Wall and Health Minister Don McMorris had been invited to the. . .


Reinspection could mean big tax changes

[February 28, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The reinspection of properties in Moosomin by the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency will result in some big changes in assessments for businesses in the community. The provincial agency which assesses buildings and property for municipal taxation did a complete reinspection of the town in 2010. Assessors visited properties in the town to. . .


Moosomin would like share of potash tax

[February 28, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin would like any review of the potash tax sharing formula to include a review of the area within which municipalities share in the potash tax. The town has sent a letter to the town of Rocanville, which is urging a review of how potash tax is shared among municipalities. “In the Feb. 14, 2011 edition of the World-Spectator, there was a. . .


Red Lily Wind Farm starts producing power

[February 21, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

After years of planning, studies, negotiations, and environmental reviews, after a petition by local landowners, a review by an RM of Martin committee, and a court challenge, the Red Lily Wind Farm is producing power. One by one over the last couple of weeks, the turbines have been activated on the $60 million Red Lily Wind Farm, which consists . . .


Bed numbers below average in Wawota area: Wall invited to Wawota

[February 14, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Wawota area residents are still furious over the closure of five beds at Deer View Lodge last year, and they’re inviting Saskatchewan’s premier to Wawota to present their case, including new information that shows the Wawota area is below the provincial average for nursing beds per capita. Wawota’s Save Our Beds Committee is inviting Saskatchewa. . .


Town looking into crossing lights

[February 14, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council is looking into the cost of pedestrian crossing lights on Main Street and McNaughton High School hopes to reinstate some form of safety patrol until the lights can be installed. The town started looking into the cost of pedestrian crossing lights when it became aware in January that the school safety patrol had been suspend. . .


Sheep, bison don’t make for good neighbors

[February 7, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Bison and sheep are not making for good neighbors in the Fairlight area. Ryan Clark and Robert Johnson of RJ Game Farm raise a herd of 1,400 bison south of Fairlight. A neighbor, Teresa Walker, raises South Devon cattle, and her daughter raises sheep. The Walkers moved to the area from the UK in 2002, and Walker’s daughter got into rearin. . .


Sun Country mum on Tant’s exact severance

[January 31, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The chair of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority says the region has come to an agreement on severance with fired CEO Cal Tant, and says the payment is less than $200,000, but will not release the exact amount to the public for another month. The World-Spectator was contacted by Sun Country employees several weeks ago and tipped off that a. . .


Snowbirds confirmed for June 22

[January 31, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The group organizing the performance by the Snowbirds in Moosomin in June has been informed that the Moosomin event has been officially approved. The event is slated for Moosomin airport on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Organizers are planning to have some other entertainment that day, with the Snowbirds as the highlight of the day’s events. Organizers. . .


Land purchased for Pipestone Villas

[January 24, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Pipestone Villas Apartment Complex is one step closer to reality with an agreement between the town of Moosomin and the developers for the purchase of land for the complex. At Wednesday night’s Moosomin town council meeting, the town agreed to sell the block of land between Wright Road and Henry Street, immediately north of the Communiplex, . . .


Russ Howard coming to Maryfield

[January 24, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

People in Maryfield take their curling seriously, so Olympic gold medallist Russ Howard should fit right in when he comes to town in March. The curling-crazy community took part in a national competition to attract Howard to town, and is one of two winning communities that will host Howard. In addition to winning Olympic gold, Howard has earn. . .


Area sees a population explosion

[January 17, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin and area has experienced population growth, according to the latest population figures from Saskatchewan Health. The health ministry keeps track of population based on health cards issued. According to Saskatchewan Health, there were 2,733 people living in Moosomin on June 30 up from 2,496 a year earlier, an increase of 227 people. . . .


Rocanville looking into potash tax sharing

[January 10, 2011 • By Kara Kinna]

Rocanville town council would like to see the formula for municipal potash tax sharing reviewed. Councillors believe other towns may feel the same way and took the first steps to address the issue last week. At the regular town council meeting last Wednesday, the council passed a motion to write a letter to other communities in the area asking f. . .


Building permits exceed $4 million

[January 3, 2011 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The value of construction in the town of Moosomin is small compared to the $60 million Red Lily Wind Farm built just west of town, but building permits for construction worth more than $4 million were issued by the town of Moosomin in 2010. The largest single project is the $2.3 million Moosomin Convention Centre being added to the front of the . . .


Near miss at uncontrolled railway crossing

[December 27, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Quick thinking on the part of Kendra Lawrence saved her life and that of her daughter on Dec. 13 Lawrence was approaching the only uncontrolled rail crossing in Moosomin, at the east end of town. When she saw a train approaching, she hit the brakes, but kept sliding ahead until something her father always told her caused a reflex response and sh. . .


Apartment complex to be known as Pipestone Villas

[December 20, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The board planning a new apartment complex for Moosomin has confirmed a name. The new company will be known as Pipestone Villas Inc. The 24-unit Phase 1 of Pipestone Villas will be under construction this year. The board wants to see construction start in the spring. “We’re committed to this project, and we’re optimistic we can start work in Mar. . .


Property rezoned for two new motels

[December 20, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin Town council rezoned three properties Wednesday night, two for new motels and one for a multi-family residential complex. One of the motels will be “The Lodge at Moosomin,” a rustic lodge style motel planned by Swift Current developer Bata Dorj for the block immediately east of the Canalta Hotel. The other will be a three or four st. . .


Auditor’s report slams Sun Country

[December 6, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Saskatchewan’ provincial auditor, Brian Atkinson, has slammed the Sun Country Health Region for its lack of adherence to its own hiring policies and inconsistent practices. The provincial auditor’s report, released Wednesday, included recommendations that come out of an examination of Sun Country’s hiring practices. According to the report, “. . .


Tragedy for Rocanville Community reels as four young people killed in accident

[November 29, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Community of Rocanville is in shock after six people were killed in an accident on Highway 8 on Sunday, Nov. 21. Four young Rocanville men, Cody Wilson, 21, Chad Taylor, 20, Riley Grainger, 18, and Brody Parker, also 18, all grew up in Rocanville and were well known in the town and surrounding communities. All four were members of the Rocan. . .


In memory of the boys

[November 29, 2010 • By Taylor Shire]

When I walked into the Tigers dressing room for the season opener just a few weeks ago, I never thought it would be the last time I would see some of my teammates, the four youngest smiles in the room and four close friends. But these guys were more than just teammates and friends, they were like brothers. Growing up in a small town, each f. . .


Wawota takes its case to Regina

[November 22, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Wawota’s Save Our Beds Committee took its fight to the Saskatchewan legislature Tuesday. The committee presented a 1,400 name petition calling on the government to reopen the three long-term care beds and two respite beds at Deer View Lodge that were closed in May by the Sun Country Health Region. They ran into a brick wall when Saskatchewan . . .


Contentious issue may, or may not, be on 2011 ballot

[November 15, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Premier Brad Wall promised during the last election campaign that the contentious issue wouldn’t be decided by politicians, but would be put to a public vote during the next election. Now the government is backtracking on that promise and it is unclear whether the promised referendum will go ahead or not. The issue that’s so contentious that pol. . .


Feds’ Potash decision is welcomed

[November 8, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The politicians who represent the Moosomin area in Ottawa and Regina welcomed the decision by Industry Minister Tony Clement Wednesday to block BHP Billiton’s hostile takeover attempt of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. BHP Billiton, an Anglo-Australian mining giant, had bid $130 a share for PotashCorp. The offer was opposed by PotashCorp’s b. . .


Sun Country stands by closures: Save Our Beds group frustrated

[November 1, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Wawota’s Save Our Beds Committee travelled over icy roads to Weyburn Wednesday to meet with the Sun Country Health Region’s board. The group’s hopes fell as quickly as the temperature last week, however. They were told the board has made its decision and will not be reviewing it. “Our whole committee felt kicked in the gut by the stonewalling. . .


Shriners want to bring Snowbirds to town

[October 25, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The Moosomin Shrine Club wants to bring one of Canada’s top attractions to Moosomin in 2011. The Shrine club wants to host the Snowbirds in Moosomin June 22, 2011. The Shriners have been approaching other organizations in town to help with the event, and have former snowbird pilot Brock Andrew of Virden helping with the plans. Since he retire. . .


Land sold for new motel in Moosomin

[September 27, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Moosomin town council has agreed to sell 12 lots on Lake Avenue to a developer who wants to build a new motel. The rustic-lodge-style “Lodge At Moosomin” will have up to 60 units, but the developer is still finalizing the exact number of units as some may be larger units. The Lodge will feature hand-made rustic pine log furniture, and art by Wes. . .


Injunction granted, then lifted against wind farm

[September 6, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Work stopped for six days on the Red Lily Wind Farm just west of Moosomin as a temporary injunction was granted against any further construction on the wind farm, then lifted a week later. The $60 million 25 megawatt wind farm is being built in the RMs of Martin and Moosomin. The project has been in the works for several years. It has passed all en. . .


CEO’s wife hired for position with Sun Country: Hiring review has lots to look at

[August 30, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

The independent review looking into hiring practices in Sun Country Health Region will have more to look at than the hiring of a vice-president of finance who had been fired from a previous job for lying about his credentials. Sun Country CEO Cal Tant says he was aware when he hired former Vice-President of Finance Hal Schmidt that Schmidt had b. . .


Bid for PotashCorp taken to investors

[August 23, 2010 • By Miranda Minassian]

Australian-based global mining giant, BHP Billiton made a cash offer directly to the shareholders of one of Saskatchewan’s premier fertilizer companies, PotashCorp, in what is being described as an “aggressive hostile take-over bid.” Wednesday, BHP offered US$130 a share, touting the price as a 20 percent premium on the Aug. 11 closing price. Th. . .


Schmidt resigns

[August 23, 2010 • By Miranda Minassian]

In a press release issued Friday morning, the Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) announced the resignation of the vice-president of Finance and Corporate Services, Hal Schmidt. “We recognized that action was required on this issue,” said Sharon Bauche, chair of the board of directors, in the letter. “We are confident that to move forward in addres. . .


Fireworks show attracts thousands

[August 9, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Organizers are pleased with the second annual “Living Skies Come Alive” fireworks competition. For the second year, the event attracted thousands of people to Moosomin Regional Park for two nights of fireworks. Saskatchewan’s only fireworks competition featured Archangels Fireworks from Winnipeg on Saturday night and Ruggieri Fireworks of Regina. . .


Wawota residents voice frustrations

[August 2, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

If there is a divide between the people of Wawota and the senior administrators and board members of the Sun Country Health Region over the closure of five beds at Deer View Lodge, a public meeting Wednesday did nothing to bridge it. Board members, administrators, and Cannington MLA Dan D’Autremont were laughed at, booed, and heckled by the crow. . .


Sun Country seeks legal advice on Hal Schmidt

[August 2, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Sun Country CEO Cal Tant says the Sun Country Health Region is taking the latest information uncovered by the World-Spectator about vice-president of finance Hal Schmidt seriously and has asked its lawyers to look into the matter. As the World-Spectator reported last week, Schmidt borrowed $75,000 from St. Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. . .


Wawota plans meeting over bed closures

[July 19, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Wawota’s Save Our Beds committee is planning a public meeting for Wednesday, July 28 at the town hall in Wawota in order to give local residents a chance to question officials about the closure of five beds at Deer View Lodge. Organizers have invited Sun Country board members, senior administrators, and local MLAs Dan D’Autremont and Don Toth. . . .


Questions go unanswered: Wawota presents case to board but receives no response so far

[June 28, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Heather Birnie couldn’t hold back her tears as she pleaded with the Sun Country Regional Health Authority to reverse the closure of five beds in Wawota’s health facility. “These seniors have worked hard their whole lives for us to have what we have today” she told the board members, some of whom appeared to be moved. “At this point in their live. . .


Sun Country reopens beds

[June 14, 2010 • By Miranda Minassian]

A week after Wawota residents took to the streets to protest Deer View bed closures, Sun Country announced that two respite beds have been reopened on a temporary basis. The announcement was made last Thursday to staff at the facility by vice-president of primary and integrated care, Marga Cugnet. Cugnet could not be reached for comment. T. . .


New reporter for World-Spectator

[June 7, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Miranda Minassian is the newest addition to the World-Spectator team and the community. Minassian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development from the University of Guelph, and spent the last two years studying print journalism at Algonquin College in Ottawa. While in college she worked on the Algonquin Times, and has worked. . .


Wawota furious over bed closures

[Miranda Minassian • By June 7, 2010]

Local residents, armed with protest signs, gathered outside Wawota’s Town Hall last Thursday to protest the closure of three long-term care beds and two respite beds at Deer View Lodge. More than a hundred people braved the rain to express their anger over the permanent closures. They hoped to get their message across to Sun Country Health Autho. . .


Moosomin taxes going up one mill

[May 31, 2010 • By Kevin Weedmark]

Taxpayers in Moosomin will be paying a little more in municipal taxes this year. Moosomin town council passed a budget that includes an increase in the mill rate of one mill, from 20 to 21 mills. Mayor Don Bradley voted against the tax increase. “I think we could have made it work with what we had,” Bradley said in an interview. “We’re . . .


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