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Estevan Mercury Year in Review: September 2021

Estevan Mercury Year in Review: September 2021
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ESTEVAN - The first month of the fall brought in many activities, as well as the federal election, which didn’t result in much change, either locally or federally.

A vehicle rolled over on Kensington Avenue in front of Walmart Sept. 2. The vehicle's occupants were able to get out safely and were assessed, cleared by EMS and only sustained minor injuries.

The new urban dog park in Estevan received a name that came with a significant donation on Sept. 3. The Prairie Animal Health Centre (PAHC) Dog Park was constructed in the Kin Hillside Park later in September.

Sheila Guenther of Estevan was among those selected to serve as an official for swimming at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and she was in the Japanese city from Aug. 20-Sept. 4.

The Heretics Motorcycle Club hosted its third annual Ride for Memphis poker run on Sept. 4. 

On Sept. 7, at one of the world's largest enhanced oil recovery carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) projects, operated by Whitecap Resources near Weyburn, Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre announced the provincial government's key priorities to advance private sector investment in CCUS.

The residents and staff of the Estevan Regional Nursing Home had to contend with an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The outbreak was first declared on Sept. 9. All 18 residents and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 were showing minor symptoms of the virus. The outbreak was declared over in late October.

The fifth annual Judy Martin Memorial Duck Derby was a big success for the Estevan Humane Society. Two thousand rubber ducks were dropped into the Souris River and floated down the river to the finish line at the Woodlawn Regional Park’s free park.

The Prairie Winds Motorcycle Club held its 23rd annual Ride for Ronald McDonald House. More than 80 motorcyclists gathered at the Estevan McDonald's for the ride, which went through much of the southeast and raised over $5,000.

The commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the tragic plane crash at the former Estevan Airport site, which took the lives of 20 airmen and one groundscrewman, took place take place in Moose Jaw Sept. 15.

A group of protesters, carrying signs decrying the use of masks mandated in schools for the South East Cornerstone Public School Division, stood on the sidewalk in front of the Cornerstone division office prior to the board meeting on Sept. 15.

Two Estevan Police Service constables, Michelle Beaulieu and Landon Polk, and two Estevan RCMP constables, Adrian Bole and Tyler Baird, were announced as the recipients of the Van De Vorst Family Award for their work in getting impaired drivers off the road.

Ryan Saxon was a star for the STARS Air Ambulance's Rescue on the Prairie on Sept. 16, raising $90,747 individually. More than $427,000 was raised with three other Saskatchewan business and community leaders.

The first eight banners celebrating the memory of local veterans were revealed Sept. 16. The fundraising project by South East Military Museums saw more banners installed before Remembrance Day in different communities in the southeast.

The federal election held on Sept. 20, saw Conservative Robert Kitchen being re-elected as the MP of Souris-Moose Mountain, finishing well ahead of the other candidates. The Liberal Party was re-elected as the national governing party, although it was once again a minority government with the Tories in opposition.

On Sept. 24, Jeff D. Michel released Back to the Moon, his first new collection of music since the 2018 as part of the folk music trio Hook & Nail.

Three gorgeous murals by Gale Tytlandsvik and Brenda Blackburn in the Garden Park on Fourth were completed mid-September, turning the downtown oasis into an open-air art gallery.

Estevan's Ryan Chernoff won an individual gold medals at Sask. high school golf provincials, and led Team South East to gold as well.

The Estevan Strippers’ old-timers hockey club retired the No. 80 jersey of Frank John Sept. 18 during the Rod Boll Memorial Trapshooting event.

The Estevan Bruins opened the 2021-22 season Sept. 24 and 25 by sweeping the Yorkton Terriers in a weekend home and home.

The Southeast A's U15 AAA baseball team ended their season on a high note, winning the Regina Baseball League championship Sept. 26 with a 7-4 win over the White Butte Broncos.

The Métis Nation Saskatchewan Estevan Local No. 25, in co-ordination with Southeast Newcomer Services/Southeast Advocates for Employment, held the Every Child Matters event at the Souris Valley Museum on the national Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept. 30. Activities were also held in schools in the region, as well as at the White Bear First Nation, Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation and Alameda.

Fire crews responded to several garbage bin fires in the same area in late September. The accidents were deemed suspicious, and the EPS was involved in the investigation. A shed fire in the same area was investigated as potentially being connected, but later it was deemed to be a separate case. The EPS charged a 17-year-old female for one of the fires in October.