Abi McLean of Northern Ireland is a dairy farmer, vet student and champion power lifter. She was in Calgary recently to compete in the international power lifting competition as part of the Great Britain team.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Dairy farmer looks to weight-lifting for strength

A young Irish dairy farmer made her first trip to Calgary, not to shop for cattle but to participate in an international weight-lifting competition. Abigail McLean, 19, finished fifth in the world for her age and weight class, competing against women from around the world. When she is not in training or competing, she is […] Read more

Jennifer and Jordan Lindgren from Norquay. Sask., pose with their children, Alexis, left, Bristol, Jaxson and Westin, after being named the 2018 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers.  |  Karen Briere photo

Sask. Outstanding Young Farmers named

Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren believe in high-value agriculture 
by maximizing production on their land

A Norquay couple has been selected Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2018. Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren operate 11,500 acres on fourth-generation Lindgren Farms in the east-central part of the province. Field-scale trials are an important part of their operation. They took over the Field of Dreams project, with Prairie Soil Services, which is now in […] Read more

Bill Boese is turning bush into new cropland on his farm near Fort Vermilion, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Northern Alta. farmer breaks fresh ground

Optimism and opportunity have long been part of the Boese family, which started farming in northwestern Alta. in 1965

FORT VERMILION, Alta. — Bill Boese is clearing 600 acres of bush to make way for new cropland, an exciting venture that highlights his optimism for the future. “This doesn’t happen in very many places,” said Boese, on his farm near Fort Vermilion, Alta., which is located in one of the province’s most northern points. […] Read more


A bed of irises begins to bloom at  Sarah Adams’ albertagirlacres near Vulcan, Alta. They’ll soon find their way into bouquets for sale. | Barb Glen photo

Alberta woman enters cut flower business

Sarah Adams of Vulcan gets an early start by foraging for prairie flowers and crops that can be used to make bouquets

VULCAN, Alta. — There’s an odd thing about Sarah Adams’ new fresh-cut flower farm: the blossoms are few. Not to worry, though. Her 5.5-acre farm southeast of Vulcan, albertagirlacres, has a wide variety of flowers that will bloom, all of them planted this spring. In mid-June, the nascent plants were in various states of early […] Read more

After a more than 40 year absence, the Benalto train station sits very near its original location in the former rail yard on the main street of Benalto, Alta.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Historic Alberta train station returns home

Station was moved in 1971 and again in the 1980s before being moved back to Benalto, where it will be a community centre

BENALTO, Alta. — It’s common for old buildings to be moved away. It’s unusual for them to be returned. The Benalto train station is one of the unusual ones. It has come home after more than 40 years away. The station once again dominates the former rail yard on the hamlet’s Main Street and is […] Read more


New goals may solve entitlement issues

Q: My husband and I were really poor years ago when we got married. I am not sure that we had even finished all the payments on his old Ford truck. We worked hard over the years, scrimped and saved, made some good decisions, got a little lucky and built what today is a reasonably […] Read more

Passengers prepare to board the Wheatland Express Excursion Train at Cudworth, Sask.  |  Brian Cross photo

Selling prairie culture, one seat at a time

Care to take part in a hillbilly wedding? Want to witness a wild west train heist? Got a craving for a cowboy-style country cookout? Then you might want to take a trip on the Wheatland Express Excursion Train. The Wheatland Express is the newest attraction on the Wheatland Railway, a short-line railway company based at […] Read more

When Ben Martens Bartel was a kid, it was no problem for him to bike to his neighbours’ farms to play.
 | File photo

Attracting new faces to country life a complex issue

When Ben Martens Bartel was a kid, it was no problem for him to bike to his neighbours’ farms to play. It wasn’t very far. At the time, there were four occupied yards within three kilometres of his farm. Fast forward three decades. Today, there are only four yards within a 12-km radius of Martens […] Read more


Nothing says Victoria like the city’s iconic Inner Harbour and Empress Hotel.  |  Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

The many faces of Victoria can keep visitors hopping

Victoria excels as a destination. What impresses us most is that it appeals to a wide array of visitors, from history and culture buffs to nature lovers, adrenaline junkies, foodies, golfers, or those who simply like to wander around the stunning setting. Two of the city’s most iconic buildings face the central Inner Harbour. Appropriately, […] Read more