Liberal leader visits North

by Derek Cornet Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau broke the ice with residents of La Ronge and Meadow Lake Aug. 12 during his first campaign stop in Saskatchewan. Trudeau – along with Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River Liberal candidate Lawrence Joseph – began his visit of La Ronge in the early afternoon with a tour of wildfire-affected areas … Continue reading

WCA rookies ready to compete in western Canada

by Phil Ambroziak There’s going to be a new King on the chuckwagon circuit this summer. Meadow Lake area resident Daniel King has signed on for a full season with the Western Chuckwagon Association (WCA), a decision he made after competing in two races last year. “I’ll be leaving Friday and won’t be back until … Continue reading

Northwest beef sector remains strong

by Phil Ambroziak There’s no bull surrounding the ongoing success of the cattle market. Meadow Lake Livestock Sales Ltd. held one of two annual bull sales March 19, an event that attracted a standing-room-only crowd and prices above those earned from the previous year. “It was definitely a huge turnout – she was jam-packed,” remarked … Continue reading

Grain volume, transport issues impact profits

by Phil Ambroziak Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. That’s what grain producers throughout Saskatchewan have come to discover as large yields combined with increased pressure on transport systems continue to plague would-be profits. “Everyone had such a big crop last year, there was just no way we could move it … Continue reading

Bad weather a boon to indoor rodeo

by Phil Ambroziak The Meadow Lake Stampede Association was able to rope another memorable event with this year’s Stampede Week. The 94th annual celebration, which kicked off June 2 with the annual Western Parade and wrapped up this past weekend with the indoor rodeo at the Meadow Lake and District Arena, attracted hundreds of visitors … Continue reading

RM addresses health of horses, residents

by Phil Ambroziak At least one RM of Meadow Lake resident is asking the municipality to hold its horses when it comes to enforcing a long ignored animal bylaw. Rapid View resident Russel Klassen said he would gladly comply with the legislation that prohibits the keeping of horses, cattle, pigs, goats, llamas, alpacas, poultry or … Continue reading

Ducks Unlimited banquet raises $55,000

by Phil Ambroziak The preservation of wetlands in Saskatchewan’s Northwest is a round-the-clock job. Just ask Meadow Lake resident Barry Neufeld who, for close to 30 years, has served as a conservation programs specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Right now, we have about 59 projects on the go within a 100 to 150-kilometre radius of … Continue reading

Cougar caught in trapline to be on display

by Phil Ambroziak While he didn’t quite have a tiger by the tail, a trapper got a little more than he bargained for recently when he ventured into the wild to check one of his lines. According to Gary Provencher, a conservation officer with the provincial Ministry of Environment, a northern fur trapper – who … Continue reading

Annual bull sale attracts northwest buyers

by Derek Cornet With cattle prices on the upswing, ranchers flocked to the 9th annual Black Angus Bull Sale March 21 at the Meadow Lake Stockyards. According to Brent Brooks of Meadow Lake Livestock Sales Ltd., a total of 85 bulls were up for auction with the price of two-year-old bulls coming in between $3,500 … Continue reading

Farmer worries about upcoming spring seeding

by Derek Cornet Goodsoil area grain farmer Robert Holba still has last year’s harvest in his bins and has little confidence demands by the federal government will move it any quicker. Transport minister Lisa Raitt recently announced Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National Railway would need to transport 500,000 tonnes of grain every week or … Continue reading