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50 years ago: First time computer was used to select game hunting license recipients

National Communities in Bloom judges told then Unity Rec. Director, "By far, leaps and bounds, Unity was the best museum we have seen on this trip".

50 years ago

Aubrey B. Wood, of Ruthilda, was elected as a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool director at a special meeting held in Unity.

Unity winners at the provincial fruit show held in Swift Current included Mrs. C. White for crab apples and Mr. H. Diebel for apple collection.

For the first time, the Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources used a computer to select the successful applicants for big game hunting licences. 1973 saw 5,373 moose, 2,900 mule deer, 360 special elk and 3,800 antelope licences issued to the lucky hunters chosen in the draw.

Victory Motors in Wilkie was advertising used vehicles: a 1972 Ford Pinto, $2,000; a 1966 Mercury Parklane, $1,095; a 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop, “with 390 motor, automatic transmission, radio, rear seat speakers and one owner,” $1,995.

20 years ago

Wilkie Peewee Brewers – Nathan Bosch, Nick Zoller, Robert Keller, Ryley Glessing, Steven Fell, Lance Kauth, Mark Wagner, Bradley Frelich, Ryan Cey, Jared Herle, Barrett Nielsen, Anthony Pernitcky and Brett Schell, coached by Lloyd Fell, Ron Bosch, Jaime Cey and Dave Herle, won all their games at provincials, except the last one, settling for silver medals.

Keith Wilson, Unity parks and recreation director, was thrilled after a visit from national Communities in Bloom judges. He felt they were impressed with how clean everything was, and noted, “They said by far, leaps and bounds it was the best museum they had seen on this trip.”

Heartland Health Region reported their first human cases of West Nile Virus.

With the old Wilkie landfill to be decommissioned in 2004, the new WWYRA Wilkie transfer station opened.