Monthly Archives: June 2014

In the paper next week

As promised in the paper this week, next week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will have the details of the charges regarding the horses near Scott, Saskatchewan, who were suffering from lack of food this past winter. Along with that, you can expect a variety of information and photos, such as:

  • a recap and photos from Jump Into Summer;
  • a summary on this year’s season for the Unity and Wilkie Minor Ball baseball teams, and who’s heading off to provincial play; and
  • information on car seat clinics and the new laws regarding booster seats.

The local paper also continues to advertise a number of job opportunities in the area.

Baseball in Wilkie SK

Some Wilkie’s mosquito boys in action in a home game June 17.

Brewers defeat Standard Hill Lakers 18-5

Have the Wilkie Brewers now found a way to win? Will they be able to keep it up as the NSRBL heads into the last couple of weeks of regular season play?

On the road, the Brewers beat the Standard Hill Lakers 18 to 5 last night! Earlier this week, although they didn’t win, they were only one run short of a tie in a 4-3 loss to the Lloydminster Twins.

With two wins, six losses and a tie, the Brewers are still near the NSRBL basement but perhaps the 18-5 victory last night signifies a turnaround.

The Wilkie Brewers started out their North Saskatchewan River Baseball League season with an 11-0 loss to the Unity Cardinals, and lost their next two games – to the Macklin Lakers 6-2 and the Border City Blue Jays 12-5, before beating the Midwest Expos 7-6, June 12.

They then lost 11-4 to the Meadow Lake Sox, tied the Lloydminster Twins 3-3 and lost at home to the visiting North Battleford Beavers 11-1 June 17.

Nick Pernitsky and Burke Heltman have been the most consistent batters for the Brewers, each with a batting average of .571, followed by Jason Schell at .455.

The Brewers remain on the road until their July 7th rematch against the Cardinals. The Edam Blue Sox come to Wilkie July 9 for the last game of the regular season.


Preview of next week’s paper

Well … first of all, a warning that there is a sad mistake on the front page of the June 23 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. After 105 years, Landis School closes its doors at the end of this month, never again to hear the laughter and chatter of children echoing down the halls.  Unfortunately the photos of the current staff and students, and the compilation of memories from former students, is headlined Luseland Memories.  Our apologies to staff and students of both the Landis and the Luseland schools!

Despite the error in the headline, the Landis School memories are well worth reading! Along with those, enjoy:

  • a profile on former McLurg resident and Unity United Church minister Louise Robson, who is retiring after 20 years as an ordained minister;
  • learning which Prairie Branches employees were recently recognized for milestone years of service;
  • a report on the Mexico House mission spearheaded by McLurg student Jada Woodrow; and
  • an update on the Wilkie Brewers 2014 NSRBL season.

The June 23 issue is also the annual “grad issue” – look to see which kids you know are already graduating from high school! In addition, students from all three area high schools went to Battleford June 12 to be recognized at the Living Sky School Division Student Hall of Fame banquet and we have listings of the award winners.

Mexico House Mission

Mexican single mom Celia and her family are now living in the brand new home built for her through the fundraising efforts of Wilkie SK resident Jada Woodrow. Jada and her family also helped build the new house shown on the right. Celia’s old house built of lumber, scrap metal, and plastic sheets is on the left.

RCMP Reports, June 3 to 9, 2014

WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for June 3 to 9, 2014

A 48-year-old Wilkie resident was charged with driving while prohibited when police located him driving, knowing he was prohibited from doing so.

RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle passing a school bus with stop lights and arm activated. This matter is still under investigation.

Police checked a vehicle running while parked in front of a drinking establishment. A 19-year-old Cando resident was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and was issued two traffic tickets. A small amount of cannabis marihuana was also seized.

Next week’s Press-Herald

You will find a great variety of articles and photos in the June 16th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Here is just a small sampling of what to expect:;

  • details on special events hosted by the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP detachment, including a memorial service for Cst. Derek Pineo;
  • a profile of former St. George educator Dan Willgenbusch, retiring after 34 years in the schools of our province;
  • Unity Western Days photos and winners (Wilkie’s Sam Johnson gets to go shopping!);
  • changes for local music group Stereo Playground;
  • high school sports news, Coaches Week and more.

And be sure to check out the ads, including all the details for next weekend’s Jump Into Summer!

Below is a picture of the plaque installed in memory of Cst. Derek Pineo, killed on duty in a motor vehicle accident July 20, 2012, by the main door to the Unity SK RCMP detachment office.

In memory of Cst. Derek Pineo

50,000 kilometres of line painting

Saskatchewan has Canada’s largest per capita highway system and each year, five paint trucks undertake the mammoth task of repainting nearly 50,000 kilometres (km) of white and yellow lines on paved roads – driving the equivalent of more than five round trips between Regina and Mexico City in the process.

“Lines provide drivers with critical information about where their wheels should be and where they can safely pull over during an emergency situation,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “They also alert motorists to passing opportunities and intersection locations.  Wear and tear from traffic, snowplow blades and the elements mean these important safety tools need to be repainted each year.”

In total, 47,753 km of centre and shoulder lines are set to be painted on highways this season, as well as 29,065 pavement signs such as arrows and stop bars.

About 1.2 million litres of paint is applied to the roads in an average year and roughly 660,000 kilograms of spherical beads made from recycled glass are added to the paint to add reflection for nighttime driving.

Pavement marking typically begins in late May or early June and continues into the winter.  Motorists are required to slow to 60 km/hr when passing line painting trucks with lights flashing.

“Our paint trucks travel further than the distance around the equator every year, so don’t be surprised if you encounter one on the highway,” Heppner said.  “If you pass a paint truck, remember to slow to 60 km/hr.”

painting highway lines

Letter to the Editor – re: West Central Pelleting

Thank you for this opportunity to communicate with area residents and particularly residents who are shareholders in West Central Pelleting Ltd. (“WCP”)

As the first person to purchase a share in that fledgling company in 1996, and as a founding member of the steering committee, I believe I made a significant contribution in the formidable startup stage, as well as during the subsequent 19 years when I was honoured to serve as president and chair of the board.

For this reason, I was disappointed when there was no reporting of my resignation effective Feb. 25, 2014 in the recent shareholders’ package. Similarly, there was no reporting of the board’s decision to “terminate without cause” the company’s CEO and general manager Dean Skinner effective April 28, 2014.

In 1996, and again in 2002, I stood before potential investors and asked them to trust their Board of Directors to keep their investment secure until the day when the original investment would be returned to them. I took that promise seriously and throughout my tenure I looked for liquidity for the shareholders. It is with profound regret that I am no longer in a position to keep that promise.

My resignation from the company’s Board of Directors was a cause of deep personal distress as my decision was made following several weeks of isolation and acts of duplicity. Only once before in my affiliation with WCP had I endured such mental anguish and that was as a result of an unfortunate industrial accident in 2003.

My departure was met with stone silence from the other directors, some with whom I had worked for years. However, someone was eager to spread the false rumour that “Margaret left the board because she wanted to sell the company to one of her sons cheap.”

At this point in this letter, I want to remind WCP’s shareholders that Margaret Skinner could not have sold the company even if she had wanted to, and she had never said she wanted to. The sale of the company requires a two-thirds majority vote of the shareholders, in person or by proxy, at a meeting called for the express purpose of considering the sale.

Then April 28, the Board of Directors fired CEO and general manager Dean Skinner, stating he was being “terminated without cause.”

In 2007, when Dean Skinner accepted the position of GM, he took over a company in dire financial shape with an accumulated deficit of $(504,458). During his tenure, the company’s retained earnings grew to $2,176,187 (as reported in the audited 2013/14 financial statements) for an increase over the seven-year period of $2,680,645. As well, Dean’s aptitude for innovation and product development positioned the company as a leader in the Canadian feed industry.

And yet, he was “terminated without cause”. A decision made by the Board of Directors on behalf of the shareholders of West Central Pelleting Ltd.

I was not entitled to submit a farewell message in the 2013/14 shareholder package so I will make this my farewell.

Margaret Skinner, Wilkie

Wilkie Stories file photo of West Central Pelleting plant at Wilkie, Saskatchewan:

West Central Pelleting, Wilkie SK

RCMP Reports – May 27 to June 2, 2014

Note: RCMP members took part in a plaque unveiling ceremony, June 4, in memory of Cst. Derek Pineo, killed while on duty July 20, 2012 in a moose/vehicle collision. See pg. 8 of this week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald and see the next edition, June 16, for more details and photos. Here Unity/Wllkie/Macklin Detachment members march in formation as they leave the ceremony location, in front of the Unity detachment office.

RCMP, Unity SK

WILKIE SK REPORTS for May 27 to June 2, 2014

Police received a report of a lost wallet that was later located.

Wilkie Citizens on Patrol informed RCMP of youth wandering around the school and health centre.

An 18-year-old Wilkie male was charged with impaired care and control of a motor vehicle during a traffic stop.

RCMP received a complaint of criminal harassment between youth.

Police received a complaint of theft. This matter is still under investigation.

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

10 McLurg students attend provincial track meet

At the Battle West District Championships in North Battleford, SK, May 28 and 29, McLurg High School had 12 students qualify for the provincial meet, which was held in Moose Jaw June 6 and 7. Overall, McLurg High School finished in fourth place, behind Unity Comp, John Paul II and North Battleford Comp.

Representing the Wilkie senior boys at provincials will be Tristan Huber in quadathlon and Mark Karstens in long jump and triple jump.

Five senior girls, competing in a number of events, were also on their way to provincials, with McLurg runners taking three of the four spots on the Battle West 1x100m relay team. Chelsea Gruber, Taylor Hoffman and Cjardai Ulrich will be running in the relay. Chelsea and Cjardai also will both compete in the 4x400m relay.

Chelsea also qualified for the quadathlon, Taylor will compete in 100m and triple jump and Cjardai will be very busy – competing in long jump, triple jump, 100m and 200m in addition to the two relays.

The other two senior girls going to provincials are Jessica Karstens, running in the 1500m and 3000m races and Rachel Mamer, competing in the throwing events of discus, javelin and shot put.

Allison Karstens will represent the junior girls, running the 3000m.

In the midget girls’ division, McLurg girls qualified two girls for the 4x100m Battle West District relay team – Rachel Cey and Jolene Gruber. Rachel will also run the 1500m and 3000m races as well as compete in discus. Along with the relay, Jolene qualified in long jump and triple jump.

Jordyn Thomas also qualified for midget girls’ discus and for high jump, but was unable to attend provincials.

In midget boys, Jayden Sittler was the only qualifier from McLurg, but was also unable to attend provincials. He would have competed in the 100m and 200m races.

(No medals were won at provincials, although there were some top 10 finishes. Full provincial results will be published in the June 16 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.)

Reminder: Saskatchewan Youth Looking for Work Must Complete Course

Whether you’re a small business or a farmer wanting to hire some help over the summer months, or the parent of a young teenager who is anxious to find his or her first job, or a teen yourself looking for that first job, the Saskatchewan government wants to remind you about the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course.

Saskatchewan youth aged 14 and 15 must successfully complete The Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) and obtain a certificate in order to work over the summer and during the school year. 

The mandatory job readiness course teaches youth about their rights and responsibilities as it relates to health, safety and employment standards in the workplace.

“Inexperienced young workers have a higher risk of getting hurt on the job and are typically not aware of employer and employee expectations,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “This course provides valuable education about the basic rules for health and safety and fair treatment at work.”

All young workers (14 and 15 years old) must provide their employer with proof of age, written consent from a parent or guardian and a copy of their certificate.  Employers are also required to keep a copy of any young worker’s certificate on file.

The current course can be taken online at  You can also learn more about YWRCC at 1-800-667-1783.