Monthly Archives: July 2014

RCMP Reports for July 8 to 14, 2014


RCMP received a complaint of theft but it was deemed a civil matter.

Members attended the train derailment of six train cars in Wilkie. There were no injuries or road blockages and no hazardous material was spilled. CP Police was investigating the cause of the derailment.

There was also one traffic 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 $2,000 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


Next week’s paper

With a significant summer storm hitting Saskatchewan at Luseland, Unity and areas July 17, next week’s issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald has a full-length article and plenty of photo coverage on damage done in the towns and surrounding areas.

Along with storm coverage, you will find:

  • an article and photos on baseball teams winning provincial championships;
  • two articles from court in Unity SK July 21 – results of drug possession charges and an update on the animal cruelty charges regarding the Scott horses;
  • an update on the Wilkie Brewers who have peaked at exactly the right time and are moving on to NSRBL seminfinals.

Enjoy and be informed!

Despite dark skies and another storm threatening July 23, the Brewers were still able to complete their home playoff game against the Meadow Lake Sox. Although this slide resulted in an out, the Wilkie team wasn’t deterred and won the game decisively.

at Wilkie, Saskatchewan

RCMP Report for July 1 to 7, 2014


Police received a parking complaint. A member spoke to the subject of complaint who moved her vehicle.

A 20-year-old Shellbrook man was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and careless use of a firearm when police located the firearm in a vehicle during a traffic stop, as no one in the vehicle had a valid possession and acquisition licence (PAL). The vehicle was also towed as the vehicle driver was issued a 30-day roadside suspension.

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 $2,000 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

McLurg Valedictorian – Class of 2014

Chelsea Gruber, daughter of Darrell and Lori Gruber, was the valedictorian for the McLurg High School Class of 2014. We thank Chelsea for sharing this photo and her speech with us!

Chelsea Gruber, Wilkie SKGood evening teachers, staff, friends and family of the graduates of 2014.

It is an honour to have the opportunity to speak to you all on behalf of my graduating class. Three years ago, when we began high school, graduation seemed so far away. The past three years with my classmates have come and gone in the blink of an eye, and here we are, ready to find our place in the world.

When we came to McLurg after completing Grade 9 at St. George, we were welcomed with open arms. It didn’t take long for us to stop feeling like the new kids and to start feeling like one of the gang. I feel so blessed that I have been able to spend my high school years with such an inclusive, funny, caring and close group of people.

We’ve grown so much since then. Not only have we grown closer as a class, but we’ve acquired many skills that will take us far in our lives. We’ve developed work habits, learned to work well alongside others, and most importantly we have a better understanding of who we are as we head out into the world.

Much of what we learned would not have been possible without a little help. The teachers and staff at McLurg put in countless hours to help us get to where we are today, with tutorials, career guidance help and being positive examples in our daily lives, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for preparing us for today.

Of course, nothing we have accomplished so far could have been possible without the constant love and support from our parents. You are amazing; thank you for helping us see our potential and for starting us on the greatest journey of our lives, which begins tonight.

Each graduate on the stage tonight has something very valuable to offer the world. As a diverse group of people, it is our differences that make us stronger together as a whole. Now that our time in high school together has finished, we are faced with the challenge of discovering how to use our special talents to make the world a better place for everyone. Whether we are continuing on to higher education or joining the workforce, we are given the chance to accomplish whatever we put our minds to.

It is important to remember, as we begin the next chapter of our lives, that in order to have a happy and successful life, you must be doing something that you enjoy and that you find important. Every one of us has the potential to make the world a better place if we set our mind to it!

I leave you tonight with one of my favourite quotes, from Dr. Seuss himself. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

I hope the world is ready for us, because we are certainly ready for it! Best of luck to you all wherever life takes you, and thank you for making high school full of fun, memories and laughter.

The paper this week

We are late with our preview but the paper is not quite out on the street yet so here we go! In the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald of July 21, 2014, you will find:

  • details on the rail car derailment at Wilkie SK July 8;
  • an end of the regular season and playoff report on the Brewers (they are hosting a home playoff game July 23 – come on out!); and
  • coverage and photos from the Scott Research Farm Field Day, held July 16.

Add in news on a 90-year-old golfer, the RCMP report, Unity Golf Club Trip of the Month winners, more info on the new anti-spam laws, etc., and there is plenty of reading and viewing in your local newspaper!

Below, guests at the Scott Research Farm Field Day sit  on the people-mover trailers as they listen to one of the experts talk about cutting edge research in agricultural production.

at Scott Research Farm, Saskatchewan

Cut Knife RCMP seeking assistance, Wilkie Reports for June 24-30

Cut Knife RCMP are seeking public assistance in the investigation of a break and enter incident that was reported on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014.   The Little Pine Days of Thunder Professional Chuckwagon event had just concluded.  A camper left behind for a few days was broken into while parked at the Little Pine First Nation horse track. The incident occurred between Sunday, June 8th and Wednesday June 11th.  Several saddles, horse tack and personal items were taken from the camper and the interior of the camper was vandalized.  No arrests have been made so far.

If you have any information about this crime please contact Cut Knife RCMP, submit a Crime Stoppers tip online or call Crime Stoppers at1-800-222-8477.


WILKIE SK RCMP REPORTS for June 24 to 30, 2014

Police received a complaint of loud yelling at a residence. Members attended and spoke to the residents who were just having a loud argument.

RCMP received a report of harassing text messages. Police advised the subject of complaint to stop texting the complainant.

A 39-year-old Wilkie male was charged with failing to comply with a probation order when police located him drinking alcohol knowing he was on conditions that prohibit him from the use of alcohol.

There was a trespassing complaint but the complainant recognized the elderly male and contacted a family member to pick him up.

Police received a complaint of a dog attacking another dog. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP attended the report of a noisy party. Police issued a liquor ticket.

Police issued a 60-day roadside licence suspension and a traffic ticket after a traffic stop was initiated and the driver was noted to be on an indefinite suspension of his driver’s licence.

There was a complaint of an abandoned vehicle that was impounded by police.

There was also one false 911 call.

The paper next week

With three Unity SK fastball teams, including a few girls from Wilkie, earning provincial titles and the AAA Midget Northwest Prairie Pirates playing a double-header in Unity, next week’s paper has a “ball game” theme! Look for articles and photos on those games and events, as well as articles on:

  • an award won by Suffern Lake Regional Park;
  • local connections to the flooding in southeast Saskatchewan; and
  • what is consent under the new anti-spam legislation.

Latest news on crops in Saskatchewan

With the flooding in southeast Saskatchewan, we thought it might be a good time to update readers on the latest crop report. The following is from the report for July 1 to 10, 2014

Province of Saskatchewan

Warm weather in much of the province has helped with crop development and haying.  Livestock producers now have six per cent of the hay crop cut and one per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Many producers on the east side of the province continue to deal with localized flooding and saturated fields.  Although weather conditions have improved, many crops in these regions have been significantly affected by the excess moisture.  Early estimates suggest that between two million to three million acres have been flooded and are unlikely to produce a crop.

Topsoil moisture conditions are improving for many areas.  Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 34 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 25 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, three per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of fall cereals are in the shotblade to dough stages of crop development, while most spring cereals are in the tillering to shotblade stages.  The majority of pulse crops are in the vegetative to flowering stages and flax crops are mostly in the seedling to flowering crop stages.  Most canola and mustard crops are in the seedling to flowering stages of development.

Crop damage this week is attributed to excess moisture, localized flooding, hail, wind and insects such as the cabbage seedpod weevil.  Root rots and leaf spot diseases have also caused some damage.  There is adequate water available for livestock, and pasture conditions are rated as 27 per cent excellent, 62 per cent good, 10 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Farmers are busy controlling pests and haying.

West Central Saskatchewan

Six per cent of the hay crop has been cut and less than one per cent has been baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 89 per cent good and 11 per cent fair; yields are not expected to be as high as normal in many areas. Crop reporters rate pasture conditions as 44 per cent excellent, 49 per cent good and seven per cent fair. Livestock producers report having adequate water supplies for their animals.

Rainfall in the region ranged from small amounts to 35 mm in the Landis area. The Sonningdale area continues to lead the region in total rainfall, having received 287 mm of rain since April 1. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Localized flooding, wind, insects and diseases such as root rots are causing the majority of damage this week. Spraying continues and many producers are now spraying fungicides in some fields. A storm went through the area bringing baseball-sized hail and high winds. There are reports of several tornadoes touching down and damaging fields and yards.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling pests and hauling grain.


RCMP seeing public’s assistance/Report for June 17 to 23

The Unity detachment of the RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance to identify suspects involved in the following matter.

Sometime between 8 p.m. June 15 and 4 p.m. June 22, a residence on Highway 14, near Wilkie, Saskatchewan, was broken into and several kitchen appliances, as well as several smaller items were taken.

If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact your nearest police service or RCMP, or if you wish to remain anonymous Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, *8477 on Sask-Tel Mobility, text TIP206 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or submit a tip online at If your information leads to an arrest or a case being cleared, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

WILKIE SK REPORTS for June 17 to 23, 2014

There was a break and enter at the Wilkie New Horizon Hall. Nothing was stolen.

Police seized an unauthorized firearm that was located in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Members were patrolling outside a drinking establishment when they located and charged a 32-year-old male from North Battleford with failing to comply with probation order.

RCMP received a complaint of an individual being chased from a drinking establishment. Members patrolled but could not locate any suspects.

There were also two false alarms.