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July 1, 2009

One of Allan Meiklejohn’s bins was found wrapped around a power pole on Thursday afternoon June 25 and the next day the 89 year old farmer was out in his vehicle scouting out the back roads north of Provost looking for a second bin that blew away. ©Provost News Photos.

Wind Snaps Off 21 Power Poles
Highway Crash, Power Outage, Smashed Grain Bins Blamed on Violent Storm
High winds tore through the Provost area on late Thursday afternoon, June 25 snapping off 19 power poles five miles north west of town and also causing damage to buildings, grain bins, road signs and contributed to a two vehicle crash north of Cadogan.

Another power pole was reported down in the Chauvin area and one in the Bodo area while a worker said there could have been more.

Power was out two hours beginning shortly after 5 p.m. in Provost and was off again during the night at approximately 2 a.m.

Fortis Alberta crews worked during the night and again on Friday, June 26 to restore energy supplies.

A worker for Fortis Alberta said that approximately 20 of their customers in the area north west of town were without power in the country for an extended period while new 40 foot tall poles were being put up. Approximately three quarters of those customers were oilfield related.

Fortis Alberta worker Les Knull of Wainwright said they were called in to assist Provost crews along with Camrose and Wetaskiwin workers. An estimated 12 to 15 linemen were on the job restoring power.

No injuries were reported.

Two large empty bins owned by Harold Paulgaard were blown over near the yard that Bernie and Maivis Livingston recently purchased four miles west of town and a mile north—right beside where the majority of the power lines had been snapped off by the high winds.

Bernie told The News that he did not realize the power lines had been broken until he left his yard about an hour later. Then he went back and saw more damage. A small shed in the yard was also destroyed, but they were planning to tear it down.

“It was unreal” said Livingston of the damage that he saw, adding there was some rain—but mainly it “was terribly windy.”

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Community Honours 29 P.P.S. Graduates
Provost Public School held its graduation ceremonies for the class of 2009 on June 27 at the Provost Recreation and Culture Centre.

The class of 29 students took the stage as MCs Matt Nyberg and Callie Larson introduced the graduates, their parents and a grandmother.

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Donations to Help Archaeological Work
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Was Your Favourite Vehicle at the Car Show in Town?"
. . . and we heard answers from Albert Brown, Ron Bohn, Larry Schau, David Gautreau and Ken Aldie. Check out the July 1 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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