Monthly Archives: May 2014

June’s first paper coming up

Yes, June already – we can hardly believe it over here at the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald office!

Next week’s paper will include:

  • a story and photo from the big farm safety day held for area Grade 4 and 5 students, including Norman Carter students, at the Unity SK Agroplex;
  • a preview of Gil Risling’s Louisiana Hayride Show, set to entertain at the Unity Community Centre June 7;
  • the latest, and possibly last, SSAI newsletter; and
  • photos, ads and employment opportunities galore;
  • and the results from the Wilkie Brewers’ first NSRBL game of the season.

Brewers v Cardinals

Crop Report for May 20 to 26, 2014

Great strides were made this week as producers now have 64 per cent of the crop seeded according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  This is up from 22 per cent last week.  The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is also 64 per cent.  Warm and dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field after rain delays last week.

The southwestern region continues to lead seeding progress for the province as producers now have 80 per cent of the crop in the ground.  The west-central region has 68 per cent seeded; the northwest 60 per cent; the northeast 59 per cent; the southeast 58 per cent; and the east-central region 52 per cent.

Varying amounts of rainfall were received this week, ranging from trace amounts to more than three inches in some northwestern areas.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

Livestock water availability is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 13 per cent excellent, 57 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and six per cent poor.  Although many emerged crops are either at or behind their normal development stages for this time of year, the majority are in good condition.  Most crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding, hail and wind.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle to pasture.

RCMP Reports for May 13 to 19, 2014


A 60-year-old Wilkie resident was charged with false pretences less than $5,000 for writing cheques without having the funds in her bank account.

RCMP issued a 24-hour roadside suspension after checking for sobriety during a traffic stop of a vehicle leaving a drinking establishment.

Police charged a 34-year-old female from Wilkie for possession of cannabis marihuana when the drug was located in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

RCMP were requested to keep the peace while an individual retrieved property from an ex-spouse. Police did not assist as it was discovered the property belonged to the person who was in possession of it.

Police seized drug paraphernalia that was located in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Two 26-year-old males, a 24-year-old female and a 26-year-old female, all residents of Red Deer, Alta., were charged with possession of cannabis marihuana when the drug was located in the vehicle during a traffic stop.

There was one noise complaint.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at

Brewers play first game in Unity tomorrow – May 27

The Wilkie Brewers will travel the short distance to Cardinal field in Unity May 27 for their first baseball game of the 2014 North Saskatchewan River Baseball League season. The game will also be the first of the season for the Unity Cardinals.

On the Brewers’ side of the field, most players from last year will be back on the field. Mitch Neilsen has left and Trent Cey is out, recovering from knee surgery.

The Wilkie team has added another arm to the pitching rotation, with David Schell joining them for the season.

Brewers’ player/manager Aaron Sittler said, for his team, “The main thing is to get into the playoffs, to make the top eight in the league.”

The Brewers are coached by long-time player/coach Bye Braun.

Both teams are looking forward to the May 27th game, each anxious to get the jump on their rivals right off the bat.

Here’s a photo from last year’s season opener match-up:

Wilkie Brewers v. Unity Cardinals

Next week’s paper

If you are a rodeo fan or were planning to go see the Unity SK Western Days parade next Saturday, you will want to get a copy of next week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. The paper has all the details you need – time and locations of events, the parade route, prices of rodeo admission, etc.

Of course, that’s not all that’s in next week’s newspaper. You will also find:

  • the wonderful news that McLurg Grade 9 student Rachel Cey is a national Legion Remembrance Day essay winner;
  • coverage of the talk Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson made to high school students May 15;
  • a profile of Staci Walker, Prairie Branches executive director;
  • details of the upcoming Drive 4 UR Cybrary, hosted at Country Ford in Wilkie, Saskatchewan; and more.

Pictures too, of course. Can you spot the “critter” in these leaves?

striped Saskatchewan ground squirrel

Provincial gold medals for McLurg girls in badminton

After winning silver in girls’ doubles in badminton competition at regionals in Osler, Saskatchewan, May 3, McLurg High School Grade 12 students Allison Cey and Chelsea Gruber went on to win gold at provincials in Warman, May 10.

The girls had an excellent day of badminton as they only lost one set early in the day, still winning their first round robin series against Foam Lake 2-1. From then on, they showed no mercy as they defeated Maryland and Swift Current, both with two straight wins.

Moving on the semi-final against Oxbow, Ally and Chelsea won two straight again, advancing them to the championship final where they met Leoville, who had beaten them in the regional final. They wasted no time in claiming their provincial gold medals, this time defeating Leoville two straight.

This is the sixth year the girls played together as a team and they are very happy to finish off their high school badminton careers with the provincial title. Last year, they also made it to the provincial final but had to settle for the silver medals. These outstanding badminton players even qualified for provincials in their Grade 10 year but were unable to attend as they also qualified for National Science Fair that year and the dates conflicted.

Ally and Chelsea were the only Wilkie team to advance from regionals to provincials. At regionals, Rachel Mamer made it through the round robin with a 2-1 win-loss record to advance to the playoff rounds. She did not win any playoff games. Jayden Glessing did not advance out of the boys’ singles’ round robin at regionals, nor did the mixed doubles teams of Jessica and Josh Karstens.

Laurie Churchill is the McLurg badminton coach.

RCMP Reports – May 6 to 12, 2014

NOTE: Cut Knife RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in solving an oil field theft of eight Weatherford hydraulic skids that are valued at approximately $4,000. The skids were stored on a farmer’s field near Baldwinton, Saskatchewan and theft occurred on or between November 2013 and April 2014. The hydraulic skids would only be useful in the oil patch and a picker truck or trailer with picker would have been utilized to move the skids. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cut Knife RCMP detachment at 306-398-3500 or Saskatchewan CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


RCMP assisted an individual wanting to deal with charges out of another province.

There was one traffic complaint.

**Please Note— due to the retirement of the Wilkie detachment clerk, all criminal records checks are now being done from either Unity, or Macklin detachment offices.**

Grain-hauling semi collides with CN train at Landis, SK

A semi pulling a grain trailer collided with a west-bound train on the CN line four miles west of Landis, Saskatchewan, May 2. There were no injuries to the semi driver or the operators of the train.

(Photos provided by RCMP)

train-truck collision

The RCMP press release said the truck was northbound on Standard Road and did not stop at the rail crossing. The truck was struck by a westbound train on the CN line and pushed across the roadway and into the ditch by the train. The train stopped as soon as possible and remained in place the truck could be removed from the side of the train. The truck made initial contact with the locomotive of the train.

There was no damage to the rail cars nor any goods spilled from the train, which consisted of cargo box cars and container units.

accident at Landis, SKRail traffic was suspended until the semi and grain trailer were pulled back from the edge of the tracks, and the train could move out of the affected rail area. CN officials then examined the track and determined there was no damage to the lines so rail traffic was able to resume.

RCMP were first notified of the collision at 7:53 a.m., and Unity SK RCMP attended. The truck and trailer were completely removed from the site by noon and rail traffic resumed without any restrictions.

At the time of the collision, the train was estimated to be travelling at a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour. The truck was also travelling at a low speed as the driver had just stopped to adjust the tarps on the trailer.

A 56-year-old male resident of the Landis district has been charged with disobeying a railway stop signal.

With no injuries to either the semi or the train operators, EMS was not required.

Seven members of Wilkie Fire and Rescue attended the scene and assisted in the clean-up of a ruptured fuel tank on the semi-unit. Some diesel fuel had been spilled on the ground as a result of damage to the semi from the collision with the train.

Wilkie Deputy Fire Chief Craig Sittler said the Fire and Rescue unit carries a spill kit so they can immediately remediate small spills. Absorbent pads were laid down to soak up the fuel and then later were disposed of.

This particular spill, Sittler said, was very small – not even large enough to have to be reported to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.

Wilkie School of Dance

See the May 19th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for a list of awards won by our dancers, and for a couple of other photographs. In the meantime, here’s a small selection to enjoy, taken at the Wiklie School of Dance Showcase May 3, at McLurg High School, Wilkie, Saskatchewan.

Wilkie School of Dance

Wilkie School of Dance

Wilkie School of Dance dance bee dance hair dance takeoff

Wilkie, Saskatchewan

The May 19th Press-Herald

As always, the next issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will keep you informed about what has been going on AND what will be going on in your local Saskatchewan communities! Check out the May 19th issues for:

  • McLurg’s provincial gold medallists;
  • local recognition of National Police Week;
  • an opportunity to help those with Crohns and colitis; and
  • details on the successes of Wilkie dancers at this year’s competitions.

Then there’s the police report, a look at the upcoming ball season for the Wilkie Brewers, the top 10, an editorial about using children’s pictures online and of course ads – ads for events, ads for specials, ads for important information such as flushing of water mains.

And yes, we think perhaps spring has truly sprung, at last! Found these pussy willows last Friday, May 2, while out enjoying a sunny day.

signs of spring