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Blast from the Past: First Canadian exotic cattle breed sale at Provost

Breeds such as Marchigiana, Maine Anjou and Simmental were sold at the Provost Livestock Exchange.
Six top ranking government agriculturists from the Mongolian People’s Republic were spending a month in Saskatchewan to study soil conditions and how to control land erosion. Their tour included a stop at the Experimental Farm in Scott, where they posed for a photo with Chas. Keys and H. Ukrainetz. Ukrainetz was able to converse the visitors in fluent Russian.

50 years ago

Nellie Krips, a member of the Eureka Rebekah Lodge in Unity, was installed as vice-president of the Rebekah Assembly of Saskatchewan.

Projects approved under the Opportunities for Youth program included a “playshop” in Cut Knife. Five jobs were created there at a cost of $3,960, to organize a centre providing recreational activity for children and dependable day-care for preschoolers.

The first sale of its kind in Canada featuring the exotic lines of Marchigiana, Maine Anjou and Simmental cattle was held at Provost Livestock Exchange. This type of sale was only the second in North America with the first having been held in Texas. Top price for a Maine Anjou was $3,300 paid by E. Ostrowski of Major.

20 years ago

Unity’s first Relay for Life to honour cancer survivors saw hundreds of people out walking around the candle-illuminated Unity Community Centre arena surface. Organizer Arlene Wilkie was overwhelmed by the participation.

Retiring at the end of the school year and recognized at the Lands West School Division staff appreciation night were Jim Todd, Macklin School, 34 years; Grant Davidson, caretaker at Unity Composite High School, 17 years; and Edna Fell, Unity bus driver, 20 years.

Retiring principal of St. Peter’s School, George Ehresman, was recognized at the Battlefords Teachers’ Association banquet.

The Unity Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidates’ forum with about 50 people turning out to hear from incumbent MP Gerry Ritz of the Conservative Party, Liberal Del Price and the NDP’s Shawn McKee.