Todd and Jack Rennebohm look at the book Todd wrote to help children cope when their parents deal with mental health challenges. | Christalee Froese photo

Despair turns into kids’ book about mental health

After hitting rock bottom, including a suicide attempt, Sask. man writes book to help children with mentally ill parents

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — It was a very dark night that eventually led Todd Rennebohm out into the light. In the middle of a drinking and smoking binge in his garage, Rennebohm began thinking about how his kids, then aged 10 and 12, viewed his emotional struggles. Rock bottom had come after many challenges with […] Read more

Laura Hill writes her “power symbol” on her Empower U Equine partner at the first women’s retreat. | Christalee Froese photo

Centre unleashes horses’ therapeutic power

The Empower U Equine Centre offers riding lessons, kids camps, equine assisted learning, and most recently, retreats

NIPAWIN, Sask. — Barbie Harder and Shannon Dickey have always known the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a human being. Their own four-legged steeds have long been the grounding forces to get them through life’s trials. “My horse Ace basically saved my life,” said Dickey, outlining her battle with breast […] Read more

Andrew Button started Mashup Lab in 2014 to unleash the rural potential he saw in maritime communities. | Supplied photo

Business incubator takes rural focus

Mashup Lab, which began in Nova Scotia as a way to help rural entrepreneurs, recently offered a course on the Prairies

It worked in Nova Scotia, so why not try it on the Prairies? That’s the idea behind a business crash course from a Nova Scotia entrepreneur who has helped harness the power of rural innovators across the Maritimes. “A lot of people have great ideas, but they just get overwhelmed by the process of having […] Read more


Sandra Lipsett stands in one of her greenhouses. | Christalee Froese photo

Flowers in demand – photo essay

Sandra Lipsett started 
YS Plant Ranch in 2014 with one greenhouse. Her bustling prairie business on the family ranch three kilometres north of Montmartre, Sask., now boasts three large greenhouses that are full to the brim in anticipation of one of its busiest seasons due to COVID-related demand. | Christalee Froese photos


Sandra Lipsett started YS Plant Ranch in 2014 with one greenhouse. Her bustling prairie business on the family ranch three kilometres north of Montmartre, Sask., now boasts three large greenhouses that are full to the brim in anticipation of one of its busiest seasons due to COVID-related demand. | Christalee Froese photos

Blake Brownridge, left, talks to local farmer Lyle McLaren while McLaren picks up feed from Brownridge at Ridgeline Agriservices east of Arcola, Sask. | Christalee Froese photo

Producer settles down after life on the road

On the Farm: Blake Brownridge spent 12 years harvesting other producers’ crops before deciding to start a farm of his own

ARCOLA, Sask. — Blake Brownridge didn’t have your typical start in farming. His entrance into seeding and harvesting his own land came at age 30, after 12 years of harvesting other people’s crops. The Arcola farmer began travelling on the custom-harvesting circuit when he was a teenager, spending every fall season in places like North […] Read more


Randy James checks one of his purebred Angus cows.  | Christalee Froese photo

Sask. cattle producers return to their roots

On the Farm: Randy James made the decision to leave the business for which he had so much passion but then found a way to come back

ARCOLA, Sask. — It all started with 4-H. At the age of eight, Randy James joined a local beef club. It was a fateful event that has taken him to cattle shows around the world. Growing up on a mixed farm with a commercial herd, it wasn’t a natural fit for the family to have […] Read more

Gaylene Kaip, left, and her daughter, Renae, at the Innovation Centre in Radville, Sask. | Christalee Froese photo

Sask. town gets innovative

RADVILLE, Sask. — It started with several local farmers and a school. It is now Innovation Centre and it features a regional library, a fitness centre, a yoga studio and a daycare, as well as business offices for a hairdresser, massage therapist and optometrist. This thriving hub of activity began to take shape eight years […] Read more

What started as a modest fundraiser has turned into a Christmas decoration extravaganza on Ian Moats’ acreage near McLean, Sask.  | Christalee Froese photo

Christmas light display brings cheer

A Saskatchewan man uses his annual winter wonderland to raise money for the mental health unit of a Regina hospital

MCLEAN, Sask. — The goal is simple. “I just want the lives of patients who stay in 1D (mental health unit) to be a little bit better,” says Ian Moats as he sits by a crackling outdoor fire on his expansive rural acreage surrounded by 55,000 Christmas lights. The 59-year-old contractor first decorated a single […] Read more


Jennifer and Shane Hunter have brought their acreage power bill to zero with the installation of two arrays of solar panels.  | Christalee Froese photo

Rural couple sells solar to prairie producers

Jennifer and Shane Hunter promote solar energy as good for the environment but also as beneficial for the bottom line

RADVILLE, Sask.—Southern Saskatchewan gets more than 2,300 hours of sunlight per year, and as far as Shane Hunter is concerned, that’s a valuable resource that is going to waste. The journeyman electrician established Meridian Solar and Electric Inc. with his wife, Jennifer, in 2016 to show business and farm owners that the power of sunlight […] Read more

Alex and Janet Galarneau at PHS near Radville, Sask. | Christalee Froese photo

Organic grain marketers flex global muscles

On the Farm: Prairie Heritage Seeds had humble prairie beginnings in 1981 and now sells its products around the world


RADVILLE, Sask. — They run their hands appreciatively along the fur of the buffalo hide given to them by one of their grain contractors. While their organic grain marketing business is known worldwide, and is an economic success with 80 growers and 24 employees, it isn’t necessarily about any of that. Prairie Heritage Seeds is […] Read more