326 B High Street West Moose Jaw, SK

From the Desk of Warren Michelson June 8, 2018

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  Long service and retired workers were recognized for their services at the Providence Place recognition dinner.
A combined total of 724 years of service where recognized.



The average price per hectare in Saskatchewan is currently $725, the highest when compared to public offerings held to date in Alberta and British Columbia.

“Industry’s investment in petroleum and natural gas rights in Saskatchewan is a good measure of the opportunity and potential that exists in our province’s oil and gas sector,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “Dollars invested by this industry support Saskatchewan jobs, communities, and our province’s economic future.”

One exploration licence in southeast Saskatchewan received a bonus bid of $10,511,566.  This parcel was purchased by Stomp Energy Ltd. and is prospective for multiple targets including the Ratcliffe Beds of the Madison Group and the Bakken, Torquay, and Red River Formations.

Forty parcels totalling 11,400 hectares were sold for $3,454,719 in the Kindersley area.  These parcels are prospective for oil and gas in the Viking Formation, Mannville Group, and Bakken Formation.  Cougar Creek Land Ltd. bid $608,948 to acquire a 243 hectare lease located south of Maidstone.  This parcel is prospective for heavy oil in the Mannville Group.

The next public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights will be held on August 14, 2018.

Nature meets comfort in a brand new, Mongolian-style yurt located at Anglin Lake in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park.

“We are excited to offer this unique accommodation in our park,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “The yurt is a great opportunity for guests to experience beautiful Anglin Lake in comfort and style with minimal packing and preparation required.  Visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds, taking in the lush forests, calm lakes and wildlife in the park while sleeping in a cozy bed in a sheltered area.”

The yurt comes equipped with many essentials so guests can relax and recharge without having to set up a tent or trailer.  The yurt sits on a large deck and is furnished with a queen-sized bed and two double-sized futons.  Also inside the yurt is a table with chairs, small fridge, electrical outlet, electric heater and battery-powered lamps.  Washrooms, showers and potable water taps are located nearby.

The yurt is ideal for anyone looking for a unique adventure, or for those who may not have much outdoor experience but are interested in a getaway beyond the city limits.

Visitors can immerse themselves in nature, while staying warm, sheltered and comfortable at the same time.  Guests will need to bring sleeping blankets and pillows, cooking equipment, dishes and utensils, camp stove and campfire chairs.

Reservations are open now and can be made by calling 306-982-4741.  The yurt is $95 per night.

For more information, visit 



More than $29 million worth of construction work on more than 100 kilometres (km) of southeastern Saskatchewan highways is set to take place this week.

“Our government has made highways and infrastructure a priority for the people of Saskatchewan,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “We know the construction season is short and we have lots of work to do so, if you are travelling, please be patient, allow for extra time and respect the work zones.”

This week’s work in southeast Saskatchewan includes:

  • $7.5 million of surfacing on about 27 km of Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw;
  • $4.8 million of surfacing on about 30 km of Highway 13 near Weyburn;
  • $10 million of surfacing on about 28 km on Hwy 35 and 39 near Weyburn; and
  • $7.1 million of surfacing on about 25 km of Highway 36 south of Willow Bunch.

If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.  Information is also available by calling 511.

A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.

Travellers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/hr through the work zone.  There may be cases in other work zones when workers are not present that require you to slow down.  A sharp pavement drop or loose stones during a seal coat are examples of hazards that warrant a slower posted speed.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 12,000 km of Saskatchewan highways.



Volunteer fire departments, humane societies, amateur sports clubs and local service clubs are among 1,100 groups and organizations that received more than $1.2 million from the provincial government through its charitable gaming grant program this quarter.

“Saskatchewan communities are strong when its citizens step up and give their time as volunteers,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “As a government we’re pleased to support volunteer organizations by enhancing their fundraising efforts with charitable gaming grants.”

Among the grants provided by SLGA this quarter: Estevan and surrounding area received $77,817; North Battleford and surrounding area: $71,282; Prince Albert and surrounding area: $62,739; Swift Current and surrounding area: $50,378; and Lloydminster and surrounding area: $37,239.

The grants are provided to groups and organizations that conduct licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, breakopen ticket sales as well as Texas Hold’em poker and Monte Carlo events.

A grant equivalent to 25 per cent of the net proceeds raised from the gaming activity is automatically provided to the groups and organizations when they submit their charitable gaming reports.

Crop Report for the Period May 29 to June 4, 2018

The majority of the province received much-needed moisture this past week, helping to alleviate concerns about dry field conditions.

The amount of rain varied across the province, with some southwestern areas receiving very little, while many fields in the southeast are saturated and flooded.  The Lampman area received 256 mm of rain.  Fields and roads are flooded in many areas of the southeast and it will be some time before they are dry enough to be accessed.  In contrast, the southwestern region remains very dry as it has received little rainfall over the past few months.  There are concerns that crop and hay yields in the region will be affected if rain does not arrive soon.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved in much of the province, thanks to the recent rainfall.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Seeding operations are nearing completion, although the rain will delay progress in some areas.  Ninety-six per cent of the crop is now seeded, up from 91 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 90 per cent for this time of year.

Seeding is furthest advanced in the south, where 98 per cent of the crop is seeded.  Ninety-seven per cent is seeded in the west-central region, 96 per cent in the northeast and northwest and 93 per cent in the east-central region.

Crop growth is delayed in much of the province and most crops are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year.  The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, lack of moisture, hail, strong winds and insects such as flea beetles and cutworms.

Farmers are busy finishing seeding and completing in-crop pesticide applications when they can.

SaskPower received six reports of farm machinery coming in contact with electrical equipment in the last week.  The total for May was 154.  No incidents have been reported so far in June.  SaskPower reminds producers to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to plan ahead when moving equipment.  More safety information is available at www.saskpower.com/safety.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
Follow the 2018 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Mayor Fraser Tolmie, Marie Wright and Warren Michelson with Tim Horton’s Staff at the Highway location on Thatcher Drive. 


Friday June 8, 2018

What: Minto United Church Garage Sale

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Place:  Minto United Church

What: Steak Night Fundraiser for Stars Ambulance.

Time:   2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Place:  Carol’s Catering and Cafe

Saturday, June 9, 2018

What: South of the Bridge Day

Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: South Hill Fine Foods parking lot
9:00 a.m. – Pancake breakfast
9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.  South Hill Selfie Walking Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
9:30 – 12:00 p.m.  South Hill Heritage Trolley Tour by Donation
Go on a tour of historic sites of  South Hill on the tourism mj trolley.   Tours leave every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Kids activities in A.M. 

What: Minto United Church Garage Sale

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Place:  Minto United Church

What: Cheer Infinity Athletics – First Annual Garage Sale

Time:  9:00 a.m. 
Place: Moose Jaw Alliance Church
Rain or Shine! Outdoors in the parking lot if the weather is lovely. In the gym if it rains.
Cheer Infinity Athletics of Moose Jaw is having its First Annual Fundraising Garage Sale & Concession Stand. Money raised will be going to the local Jumpstart Program and CIA Scholarships for our current and/or future athletes.

What: Briercrest Heritage Day
Time:  10:00 a.m.
Place:  Briercrest & District Museum

For further information please visit Discover MJ – Community Events

What:  Made in Canada Fashion Show & Strawberry Social

Time:   1:00 p.m
Place:  WDM 

What: Professional Bull Riders (PBR)

Time:  7:00 p.m. 
Place:  Mosaic
$20 plus fees


Sunday, June 10, 2018

What:  Millers vs Melville

Time:   2:00 p.m. 
Place:   Ross Wells Park

Habitat for Humanity 2nd Annual Gala

Sat. June 16

Cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.

Welcome @ 6:15 p.m.

Dinner @ 6:45 p.m.

Dancing @ 9:00 p.m.

Featuring The New Montagues


Derek 306-692-5050

The Saskatchewan 55+ Games 

July 10th- 12th