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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. . .


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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. . .


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[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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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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