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    There are a number of factors producers must understand before marketing wheat in the open market, according to a farm management consultant with MNP.

    "They mainly have to focus on looking for the right buyer," says Trevor Elyk. "In doing that, they need to understand things like where they'll get their payment from, different options for hedging, location of the buyer, grading and discounts, and what kind of service they're going to provide."

    Part of wheat marketing in the future will consist of matching the product with the buyer who has the most suitable end-use market. For example, Elyk says Manitoba farmers will likely have to find buyers who want wheat even if it has high fusarium.

    "Where are farmers going to use this high-fus wheat if we're going to have it? It's been a concern in the past and it probably will be in the future. We need to understand what buyers will buy this grain and how we can maybe focus on these markets that are going to take it, possibly the ethanol industry," he says.

    Elyk says producers should be careful when selling wheat into the U.S.

    "We don't know what it's going to be like. No one's ever been able to do it. So we need to look at making sure the person we're selling to is an accredited buyer, how we're going to get payment, how we're going to do hedging," he says. "We also need to know if we're not able to meet the specs, will we have to bring it back to Canada? What kind of issues will we have at the border with that? Will we be able to find another buyer down there? Those are all questions producers need to consider."

    He says ultimately, producers need to ensure they have adequate cash flow.

    "With the last couple years that we've had in parts of Manitoba, we need farmers focusing on where they're going to get the cash available to sustain the farm for the years going forward."

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  • The North American potato industry continues to battle a misperception about the nutritional value of potatoes, according to the CEO of McCain Foods USA.

    Frank van Schaayk was in Brandon this week for Manitoba Potato Production Days, where he talked about stagnant domestic demand for spuds. "I don't think market saturation has been an issue. The major impact for both processors and growers has been the decline in domestic consumption. The majority of that has been caused by a misperception around the goodness of potatoes," he says. "People are believing that they maybe eat too many of them, as opposed to recognizing that potatoes are a very efficient source of nutrition."

    He says McCain and other industry stakeholders are trying to counter this misperception. "The Alliance for Potato Research and Education was created and is targeted exactly on that, to do fundamental research about the goodness of potatoes and to get this strong science-based messaging out to the nutritional community so we get that story correctly told in the marketplace," says van Schaayk.

    Meanwhile, he says processors are also focused on growing emerging export markets. "With the flat to slightly declining domestic markets, if you want to grow, emerging markets is where the growth is today," he says. "We have to find ways to be competitive in those markets, both in the type of products and also in the logistics of getting the products there."

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    A three-point night for Tim Vanstone helped the Home Hardware Legionnaires get off to a good start on a four-game in four-day swing.

    Vanstone scored twice and added an assist as the Legionnaires beat Yorkton 4-2. Zac Mackay and Daylan Gatzke also scored for Swift Current.

    The two teams play again this afternoon in Yorkton.

    Brandon Gauthier had a hat-trick as the K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes beat Estevan 9-5 to split a weekend homestand, and bounce back from a 5-3 loss to the Regina Capitals on Friday night. The Hurricanes now face the Notre Dame Argos, who eliminated them from Provincials in Triple Overtime earlier this month, on Tuesday night at the Fairview Arenas.

    The Kabos Bantam Raiders head to Regina today to take on the Oilers for their only game this weekend, and in Whitemud Senior Hockey last night, Shaunavon beat Leader 6-1 on the road.

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  • Time is running out to vote in the Saskatchewan In Motion $10,000 Community Pledge Challenge.

    Six communities, including Swift Current and Leader, are in the running for the grand prize, and the winner will be announced on Monday. Swift Current plans to use the $10,000 to expand the city's after-school fitness program, while the Town of Leader is looking to perform upgrades to their community park.

    You can vote until midnight tonight at jumpin.ca.



  • Twelve local artists have put their work on a CD commemorating the 100th anniversary of the historic Lyric Theatre in Swift Current.

    The album was officially launched over the weekend at an event at the Lyric, and is a great way to celebrate the milestone according to Gwen Uher with the Southwest Cultural Development Group.

    "Taking us back a hundred years when the Lyric was built that's how all the people that were coming here were excited about coming to the prairies. Now we have people a hundred years later that love the prairies," Uher says.

    She adds their centennial celebrations will continue in April with their 'Festival of Excellence', showcasing talent who grew up in Swift Current while pursuing a life in music and the arts. "We have invited Swift Current alumni back to the city. These are people that have pursued a career in the arts... they are coming back to show you can excel when you come from Swift Current.", Uher says

    The CD is just $20.00 and available at several local businesses including Fabutan, Optical Image, Cowtown, and Pioneer Co-op.

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    Michelle Englot is one win away from returning to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    The former provincial champ defeated Stefanie Lawton 7-6 in the 1 vs. 2 game of the SaskPower Scotties in Humboldt last night.

    Englot awaits the winner of this afternoon's semi-final between Lawton and Jill Shumay, who defeated Chantelle Eberle 9-6 in the 3/4 page playoff. The champion will represent Saskatchewan at next month's Scotties in Red Deer.

    You can watch the semi-final and final live on SaskCurl.com

    For more coverage of the SaskPower Scotties, visit DiscoverHumboldt.com.

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  • The Swift Current Broncos picked up a huge road win Friday night, knocking off the Regina Pats 3-2.

    The Broncos were lifted by a pair of goals from Taylor Vause, who leads the team with 26 goals and 56 points. Josh Derko had the other Broncos goal, while Regina had goals from Shaunavon's Dyson Stevenson, and Lane Scheidel.

    Broncos goalie Jon Groenheyde made 29 saves for the win, while Matt Hewitt countered with 13 stops. The Pats outshot the Broncos 31-16.

    The Broncos now head to Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors tonight. You can hear the game on the Eagle 94.1, starting with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.


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    Swift Current Broncos Centre Taylor Vause recently reached a major milestone in his WHL career reaching and surpassing 250 games played in the major-junior league.

    He scored twice against Regina on Friday to make it a memorable night.

    The Broncos captain knows the 250 mark is nice, but he's not done just yet.

    "From the first game I played in Calgary a lot of things have happened since then," Vause said. "It's been a good go and I'm looking forward to going down the stretch here."

    He looked back on some of the most memorable times.

    "My rookie year playoffs was a really fun time," Vause said. "Going to seven against Medicine Hat was a great experience. Another big one was playing in Calgary my rookie year, I scored a pretty nice goal there."

    The leading scorer on the Broncos wants to get his team back to the playoff dance.

    "Everyone in the room wants that," Vause said. "We want to do it for the city of Swift Current, the fans, and also just the guys in the room."

    Vause has 69 goals and 94 assists in 251 career games played with Swift Current. 57 of those points have come this season.

    His father Dean was a Bronco and Taylor grew up wearing Bronco colours. His grandmather lives in Swift Current and attends every home game.

    "I've just been so fortunate to have her there," Vause said. "It's just been a huge advantage... I love her a lot and I'm glad she's been there during my career."

    The Broncos are in action again tonight when they visit the Saskatoon Blades. Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM

    Shawn Mullin talks to Taylor Vause before his 250th game:



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    1.13 petajoules of natural gas was consumed by Saskatchewan over a  24 hour period


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    Shaunavon RCMP are reporting today that Gene Paul Hook, also known as Jamie Garza, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one count of obstruction in Swift Current Provincial Court this past Wednesday.
     
    The remaining other eight charges were stayed.
    Hook was sentenced to four months in custody and will be deported to the United States at the end of his sentence.
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    Maple Creek's new integrated health facility is now closer to construction.

    The Cypress Health Region board approved the schematic design for the facility this past week, another milestone in the progress of the project that is to replace the Maple Creek Hospital.

    CEO Beth Vachon says planning for the new facility remains on track: "They approved the functional design, which really determines what the scope of the building will be, they've now approved the schematic design, and with that, we move on to detailed design, which is the architectural drawings. We're right on our timelines for this project, it's moving along very well."

    Vachon adds they are doing site testing there now with site remediation planned for the spring and summer, and they hope to have construction underway by the fall, with the move-in date scheduled for January 2014.



  • It was one of the warmest winter months in Swift Current's history.

    The latest stats are now in and show that January 2012 was the 17th warmest on record in 126 years, as we sat at an average temperature of -7.5 celsius. That temperature is well above normal for this time of year as the thermometer normally sits closer to the -13 mark.

    And with a streak of 37 consecutive days of above average temperatures dating back to December, the month got off to a great start as well. The beginning of the month was the 3rd warmest start to January ever recorded

    Precipitation wise, it wasn't a dry month either. 11.5 mm of moisture was recorded in Swift Current putting us on average for this time of year, ranking the last 4 weeks as the 42nd dryest January in the stat books.

    The 5-day forecast showing a warm start to open up February as well, calling for highs above the freezing mark for most of the remainder of the week and nearing the double digits for the weekend.

    Jason Nimegeers with Swift Current SPARC station talks about January's weather stats...

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  • Legionnaires goaltender Kyler Beckett (Photo: sclegionnaires.com)

    They've played 180 minutes of AAA Midget Hockey in the last 3 days and it may have finally caught up to them.

    The Home Hardware Legionnaires suffered a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Prince Albert Mintos last night in a game where they could only muster 18 shots on goal.

    Tim Vanstone notched the only Legion goal while Kyler Beckett saved 33 of the 37 shots he faced.

    The loss was Swift Current's first in four games and they continue to sit in 6th in their league standings, just 4 points behind the Tisdale Trojans.

    The marathon of hockey doesn't end just yet for the the Legionnaires who host the Regina Pat Canadians tonight at the Credit Union I-Plex. Puck drop is at 8:00 PM.

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    A takeover by Crescent Point Energy has made them the largest producer of oil in the Shaunavon area.
    Earlier this week, Crescent Point Energy aquired Wild Stream Exploration in exchange for shares, boosting their production by about 5400 barells per day.
    With the takeover, Crescent Point will assume around $51 million of net debt from Wild Stream, and when all is said and done, the deal will be worth an estimated $611 million. They will acquire more than 200 net sections of land in the Shaunavon area and 37 sections in the Battrum/Cantuar area.
    If the deal is completed, Crescent Point's 2012 production is expected to be 83,500 barrels per day.
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    SaskTel is warning its email customers about a phishing scam.

    The scam originates from an email claiming to be from SaskTel, asking the customer to click on a link that goes to their sasktel.net email account, but Andy Tate, Media Relations Manager for the Crown Corporation, says it's a fake page.

    "When you [click the link], you end up at a page that looks like the real login page for sasktel.net, "Tate says. "But when you put your email and password on that page, unfortunately, it's a fake page and the criminals who set it up may be able to steal your username and password. Then you're sent automatically to your real email account, so you don't actually realize that anything has happened, but you may have compromised your password."

    Tate adds the email says that the customer has "1 new security message from SaskTel" with not much more information than that, and says they would never send out any messages like that, adding customers should watch out for messages that don't quite make sense.

    If you believe you have taken in by this scam, Tate says you should head to sasktel.net right away and change your password.

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  • Shaunavon RCMP have been kept busy over the last several days.

    At approximately 4:15 PM on Friday January 27th, police responded to a 911 call from a male in Eastend who was threatening to hurt himself with a gun.

    The Maple Creek detachment gave assistance and members were able to establish phone conversation with the male inside a residence. While speaking with members, the man discharged his firearm twice inside his residence at objects located inside.

    Negotiations continued and the man was taken into custody without further incident. A 22 caliber revolver and ammunition was seized from the residence. No injuries were reported.


    Police are also investigating a report of a break and enter at the Historic Shaunavon Hotel that occurred between nine pm on January 29th and ten am on January 30th. Anyone with information on this crime to asked to contact Shaunavon RCMP or Saskatchewan Crimestoppers.

    And Shaunavon RCMP also responded to a single vehicle roll over in the early evening of January 29th on Highway 37 approximately 15 kms south of Shaunavon. There were no injuries.

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    The Great Plains College SunDogs men's basketball team dropped a pair of home games this past weekend, falling to 1-4 in ACAL play this season.


    They 100-59 to the Centre High Griffins and 92-35 by the Olds Broncos.


    Kale Scherger led all SunDogs scorers on the weekend with 36 points, including 25 in Friday's loss.


    The SunDogs women lost both of their games by forfeit, as injury troubles forced them to play both games with three ineligible players.


    The Millar College Edge men's team lost a 72-59 to Olds 1 on Friday and a 78-51 showdown with Center High Prep on Saturday.
     
    The Ladies squad lost 85-28 to Olds 1 and 59-42 to Olds College 2.

    There's an all southwest battle on Wednesday as  the Sundogs visit Millar. The ladies game time is at 6:30pm while the men play at  8:00pm.

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    It was a quieter week in high school sports due to exams. Our only games scheduled were junior games:

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    Shaunavon girls 20 @ Gull Lake 43

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    Gull Lake girls 63 @ Waldeck 26

    Wymark girls 40 @ Herbert 47

    Shaunavon boys 53 @ Herbert 63




    JUNIOR GIRLS STANDINGS (as of Jan. 26):

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    Gull Lake

    5

    4

    1

    8

    216

    132

    Shaunavon

    4

    3

    1

    6

    227

    132

    Swift Current

    4

    3

    1

    6

    187

    140

    Herbert

    5

    3

    2

    6

    189

    195

    Wymark

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    4

    2

    235

    271

    Waldeck

    5

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    5

    0

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    307







    JUNIOR BOYS STANDINGS (as of Jan. 26):

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    PTS

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    Swift Current

    3

    3

    0

    6

    243

    111

    Herbert

    5

    3

    2

    6

    289

    324

    Shaunavon

    4

    2

    2

    4

    229

    223

    Maple Creek

    3

    1

    2

    2

    153

    206

    Waldeck

    3

    0

    3

    0

    135

    185




    Our senior and junior basketball leagues have 2 more weeks of action with playoffs beginning the week of Feb. 13.

    Our senior curling playoffs will begin Feb. 3/4 with sectional play. Our host sites include Frontier, Hodgeville and Fox Valley. Boys, girls and mixed teams will advance to our district playoffs which will be in Maple Creek on Feb. 10/11.

    Our junior curling playoffs will begin Feb. 10/11 with sectional play. Hosts include Frontier, Herbert, Hodgeville and Leader. Boys, girls and open teams will advance to the District finals in Fox Valley and Burstall on March 2/3.

     

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    The Cypress Health Region is predicting a 1.8 million dollar surplus for this financial year.

     

    CEO Beth Vachon says part of it comes from not covering salary for unfilled positions.

     

    “We've had a number of vacancies of hard to recruit positions that we've been working on and actively recruiting for, but when we aren't able to fill those positions, of course we're not able to offer the service. That's a concern for us, but it also creates a positive varience in our budget because we're not expening those dollars.”

     

    Vachon admits keeping rural areas fully staffed has been their biggest challenge.

     

    “We are often one doctor or nurse or away from closing down facilities because we can't keep the doors open with the existing staff that we have. We are particulary challenged with that in our rural communities outside of Swift Current. We don't have the breadth of people we need.”

     

    The health region will use any surplus money as a fund for any building or equipment problems that may pop up.

  • wallPremier Brad Wall is scheduled to speak to delegates at this week's SUMA Convention in Regina

    Mayors and councillors of Saskatchewan's cities, towns and villages will gather in Regina this week for the annual SUMA Convention.

    The event features daily planning sessions and seminars, and speeches from government leaders including Premier Brad Wall and  Municipal Affairs Minister Darryl Hickie, and there will also be a keynote from former CFL star and motivational speaker Michael "Pinball" Clemons.

    The convention starts today and runs through Wednesday.



  • Saskatchewan received some very positive news economically through the first month of 2012.

    The province led the way in several categories, including retail sales, wholesale trade and non-residential building permits, and also had strong numbers for employment and weekly earnings.

    "We've seen almost every private sector forecaster rank Saskatchewan either #1 or #2 projected for economic growth this year and also the next number of years", says Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison who is expecting the strength seen in January to continue for the remainder of the year.

    Wholesale trade in particular saw some of the largest increases, according to Harrison. "Up 22.3% over November 2010, the best increase in Canada. We've seen retail sales up the highest percentage in the country. Some very positive news... we have the highest population we've ever had and more people working in the province than ever before."

    As government, Harrison says they will continue to work at balancing budgets and creating the investment for growth in the province so the economic strength can continue.

    Colin Powers spoke with Jeremy Harrison about the latest economic figures for the province...

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    The Swift Current AAA Midget Home Hardware Legionairres will play their third game in as many nights tonight when they visit the Prince Albert Mintos.

    The Legion are riding a three game winning streak after picking up a pair of 4-2 wins over Yorkton on the weekend.

    Eric Saleski and Cody McKinnon had 4 points each over the two games. Tim Vanstone and Zac Mackay chipped in with 3 points each in Yorkton.

    The Legionnaires return home tomorrow for their fourth game in four nights when the Regina Pat Canadians visit the Credit Union I-Plex.

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    Jackie Powell and Jayci Wittmier will both have a distinct honour when the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay stops in Swift Current on February 13th.
    They were named two local difference makers who will carry the Rick Hansen Medal for the relay before it stops at the Credit Union iplex that day. Jackie is a long-time volunteer and Special Olympics Swimming Coach, while Jayci has had a remarkable recovery from a spinal cord injury she suffered in a car accident on her 16th birthday in 2009.
     
    Eighteen medal bearers, including Jackie and Jayci, will carry the Rick Hansen medal through Swift Current from OM Irwin School to the iplex on February 13th. Jackie's leg of the relay starts from Central School, while Jayci will be the final medal bearer of the day, carrying it from the corner of 18th Ave NE and Chaplin Street to the iplex, where the celebration begins at 4:30pm.
     
    The next day, the relay will continue with a kick-off celebration at 11:30pm from Ashley Park School, and 14 more medal bearers will run a route from Ashley Park to St. Pat's School, where the relay will continue westward.
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    Original plans for the Keystone XL Pipeline

    Despite a recent rejection by US President Barack Obama, TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline is back on the front burner.

    The proposed pipeline would carry oil from Alberta, through southwest Saskatchewan near Shaunavon to Gulf Coast refineries.

    Congressional Republicans are dicussing linking approval of the controversial project to a new jobs bill being introduced next week.

    They insist the project will create jobs and will help end U.S. reliance on oil from OPEC regimes.

    Two weeks ago, the Obama administration rejected Keystone XL's permit application because the deadline did not give the State Department enough time to conduct an adequate environmental review of a new pipeline route to avoid an environmentally sensitive aquifer in Nebraska.

    TransCanada has already agreed to reroute the pipeline and intends to re-submit its application to the State Department.

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    group of 44 U.S. senators have signed on to proposed legislation that would authorize the pipeline.

    Republican John Hoeven introduced a bill on Monday that, if passed into law, would allow work to begin immediately on all but the sensitive Nebraska portion of TransCanada’s $7 billion controversial project.

    Shaunavon has stated their support of the project and are hopeful its construction would create a boost of economic activity in the town.

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    Former Swift Current Bronco defenceman John Negrin is on the move.

    The Winnipeg Jets have traded forward Akim Aliu to the Calgary Flames for Negrin.

    Negrin has 1 assist in 26 games with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat this season.

    He played 25 regular season games and 7 playoff games with the Broncos after being acquired from Kootenay in the 2008-09 season.
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  • The Swift Current Broncos earned a split on the road this weekend, but they weren't happy with their performance in a 5-2 loss to Moose Jaw on Saturday.

    "We just weren't there mentally to make good decisions with the puck or checking. It started basically from the back end out," Assistant Coach Darren Evjen said on The Eagle 94.1 post game show on Saturday night regarding the Broncos performance.

    The Broncos were out shot 15-1 and out scored 4-0 in the 2nd period of that loss, despite starting the weekend with a 3-2 win in Regina.

    The good news for the Broncos is that Brandon also split their games on the weekend so they remain just 10 points out of the final playoff spot currently occupied by the Wheat Kings.

    Swift Current heads to Saskatoon tomorrow and hosts Lethbridge on Wednesday.

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    The Cypress Health Region is still working to try to keep one of the doctors in Leader in the community.

    Dr. Amu-Darko had announced that he plans to resign next month, but Health Region CEO Beth Vachon says that they're hopeful he will stay: "The physician has expressed the fact that he likes the community, it's somewhere he might be interested in staying, he does have concerns about the contract that he's in right now with us."

    Vachon adds the recruitment and retention of physicians and other health professionals remains one of their biggest challenges: "We are often one doctor or nurse away from closing down facilities because we can't keep the doors open with the existing staff that we have. We're particularly challenged with that in our rural facilities outside of Swift Current, we don't have the breadth of people that we need to be able to call in, like casual staff or pools of staff that we can draw on when our full-time staff need to be away from work.

    Vachon adds they will be meeting this week to look at ways to retain Dr. Amu-Darko, and address any concerns he may have.

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    Jordan Peddle and the Oil Kings are in town tonight (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

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    Michelle Englot has won her 7th provincial women's curling championship, after beating Stefanie Lawton 9-7 in the final of the SaskPower Scotties in Humboldt Sunday night.

    Englot and her rink from the Tartan in Regina will represent Saskatchewan at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer next month. Last year's Scotties champion, the Amber Holland foursome from Kronau, will also be there as Team Canada.

    For more coverage of the SaskPower Scotties, visit DiscoverHumboldt.com
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    Kindersley's Exhibition Stadium was destroyed by fire on January 8, 2010. (Photo: DiscoverKindersley.com)

     

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    It's a show for the entire family to enjoy.

    The Annual Swift Current Firefighters Variety show happens this week and will feature a variety of professional entertainment. Earl Braun is one of the local firefighters who helps plan the show and says it should be a good time with funds raised going to help local families: "The money stays in the community and goes to families in need, often people who have had a tragedy in the family, or sick family members, or if we see a local need, we try and act on that as soon as possible to help the people in the community who need the help.

    The show takes place at 7:00pm this Thursday from the Comp High School.

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    Bronco prospects #17 Cavin Leth and #19 Dakota Odgers battle during a rookie squad game vs. Moose Jaw (Photo: Marc Smith)

     

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    The Moose Jaw Warriors scored four straight goals in the first 12 minutes of the second period en route to beating the Swift Current Broncos 5-2 last night in the Friendly City.

    The Broncos got on the board with Coda Gordon scoring late in the first, but the Warriors responded with four unanswered goals in the second, with Warrior forward Justin Kirsch factoring in all of those goals with a marker and three helpers. Taylor Vause made it interesting in the third with his 27th of the season for the Broncos.

    Goalie Jon Groenheyde made 19 saves over two periods of work, and Austin Smith took over in the final frame, stopping all six shots he faced.

    With the loss, and Brandon's 3-2 win over Red Deer in regulation last night, Swift Current sits six points behind the 9th-place Rebels and 10 points back of the 8th-place Wheat Kings in the race for the final playoff spot.

    The Broncos hit the road again Tuesday night when they travel to Saskatoon to take on the Blades.

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  • The number of collision claims filed with SGI in January of 2012 is down significantly compared to the same time period from last year.

    In 2012, just over 10,000 claims were received for the month as compared to over 13,000 the year prior.

    The warmer then normal temperatures we've seen this winter have made the biggest contribution to the reduction in the number of claims but recent freezing rain and snowfall could see a small spike in those numbers.

    Kelley Brinkworth with SGI says it's encouraging to see collision claims dropping and reminds everyone to continue to drive safe.

    "Remember to leave a little more distance between your vehicle and one in front of you so you have more time to stop if you do need to", Brinkworth says. "But the most important thing to remember is to slow down and drive according to weather conditions. Posted speed limits are there for ideal conditions."

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    Skip Rod Quintin crouches to call the line on Third Mitch Minken's shot while Tyler Friesen and Jason Senicar man the brooms. The Swift Current rink lost 7-5 in 10 ends.


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    A massive snow pile in the South Side Co-op parking lot. (Photo: Ryan Switzer)



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    The Wildcats and Hounds face off during last night's game. The Hounds came out on top 5-1.

     

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    Legionnaires Netminder Kyler Beckett faces an Argo Two-on-0 in the early minutes of the third period. Beckett made the save to keep the game 3-2.


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    Coda Gordon

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    The Max Kirkpatrick Rink warms up before their game at the SaskTel Southern Men's Curling Playdowns

     

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    The warm weather has actually hindered local construction projects, with mud and ice forming as the snow melts

     

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    The Diamond Energy Wildcats (File Photo)

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    Mike Tuchscherer drives the basket (Photo: Brad Brown)

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    The Kyle Mighty Novice Elks receive their tickets to next Friday's Swift Current Broncos game from SaskEnergy Thursday at the Kyle Community Sports Centre.

     

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    Swift Current City Council Chambers.

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    Dejected members of Team Canada after a 6-5 loss to Russia (Photo: The Canadian Press)

     

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    Dillon Wagner as a Swift Current Bronco

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    Overspending is something many of us experience during the Christmas season

     

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    Jordan Wittman was recently called up by the Swift Current Broncos, but has spent this season as a key member of the Home Hardware Legionnaires

     

     

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    The Hurricanes in action (file photo)

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    Legionairres Center Lukas Biensch and Winger Blake Fournier battle off the draw during last night's 2-1 win over Moose Jaw.

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    The Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon

     

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    Eric Walker - Photo Randy Emery

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    Eric Walker as a Trail Smoke Eater - Photo by Randy Emery

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    Swift Current's Lyric Theatre is celebrating it's centennial with major renovation plans

     

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    A new home being built in Swift Current (File Photo)

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    Codie Prevost, seen here performing at last spring's SCMA Awards Gala in Swift Current, will be making his first appearance at Telemiracle this March.

     

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