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March 12, 2008
Changing Face of Agriculture
Viterra’s new sign takes the place of Agricore United on March 5 a few kms. east of Provost. Up an estimated 100 feet in the manlift are former resident Brett Kuglin of Swift Current and Nathan Davis of Plenty, Sask. ©Provost News Photos.
Army Wants 29 Sections of Land in M.D.
Landowners north of Amisk are being asked by the Department of National Defence to sell a total of 29 sections to expand army training operations.

Lt.-Colonel Paul Duff, base commander of Canadian Forces Base Wainwright told a crowd of farmers, ranchers and others at the Rosyth Community Hall on Wednesday night, March 5 that because of a training “bottleneck” and logistic problems they want to add the land to their southwest corner of operations.

The training centre currently takes in 600 square kilometres.

Duff showed slides and explained that 25 m.m. cannons are being used to train Canadian troops for combat in Afghanistan and they are now firing longer ranges and would like the extra room.

He said this “initial” area of concern would also help when they conduct large national maneuvers every two years, calling the existing training area a “jewel” in Canada’s military. Duff says regardless of the length of the Afghan mission they still want the land as part of an overall training area over the long term.

The extra 18,560 acres that the Dept. of National Defence wants would be used for general maneuvers and light guns. No bombs or unexploded shells would be left in that area, the crowd heard.

Landowners were told by both Duff and a real estate advisor (a land man) for Public Works Canada, Bruce Copeland that none of the land would be expropriated and if enough land is not able to be purchased the army would back off on its planned expansion.

“If you don’t want to sell . . . you don’t want to sell” said Copeland.

Duff added that the transactions would be for “fair market value” that would be determined by two independent people (one picked by the seller) who would study the value of the land at today’s market. He also said that “a premium the government will pay” with agreements between “a willing buyer and a willing seller.”

No estimates of the price of land were suggested that evening.

If the sale of one piece of land makes another part “unviable” to the landowner’s operation “we will entertain buying an entire ranch (beyond land originally wanted)” says Copeland.

Full story and photos in March 12 edition of The Provost News.
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Wind Turbine Firm—and Military Eye Same Land
A study into the possibility of three wind farms in the M.D. Provost is still on-going according to a representative of an international energy firm that has three test towers in place and collecting data.

One of the towers that has been in place is in the north Amisk area—the very same area that the Department of National Defence wants to purchase from landowners to expand its training operation (see other story in this paper).

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Fountain Tire Bids Farewell to ‘Legend’ Leroy Hawtin
• Sr. Vice President Ready to Retire After 43 Years with the Company
Hawtin’s career began in 1964 in Provost where at the age of 18 he became manager of the Provost Fountain Tire. Eight years after his start in Provost, Hawtin transferred to Fountain Tire’s head office in Edmonton where he worked for approximately 18 months as a store supervisor. Hawtin’s next move was back to Provost where he became a partner/owner in that operation.

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This week we ask : "Why Do You Write?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Susan Conly, Terry Lee Degenhardt, Lori Kohlman, Lori Knutson, and Pauline Gedge.
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