Sara Rissling and her daughter, Lily, offer some affection to the family farm’s pet cow. The Holstein is often the mother to the farm’s orphaned calves.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Tragedy opens path back to the farm

A young Saskatchewan woman thought 
she was leaving the family farm for good, 
but life had something else in mind

KENDAL, Sask. — Sara Rissling has always loved animals and rural life, but taking over the family farm wasn’t something she had planned. In 2004, her husband Kevin’s job had taken her young family to Tisdale, Sask., where he was the province’s youngest Bank of Montreal manager at age 24. Sara’s life with a two-year-old […] Read more

Rob and Jacquie Marshall at their Salisbury Lane Country Store in Wolseley, Sask.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Old-fashioned soap recipe starts business

First batches were based on a simple formula found in a grandmother’s scrapbook; they were later naturally enhanced

WOLSELEY, Sask. — Jacquie Marshall doesn’t do anything half way. Her type-A personality led her to excellence in nursing for 25 years, and it’s now the driving force behind her success in the soap business. Whatever the Toronto native takes on is done with 100 percent effort, and the same can be said for her […] Read more

Wolseley artist Marilynn Malo has turned her attention from water colours to quilting.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Painter’s new muse: not your granny’s quilts

Most of Sask. artist’s work are art quilts designed for hanging on walls, but she will also make bedding and lap blankets

WOLSELEY, Sask. — Acclaimed prairie artist Marilynn Malo has painted some of Saskatchewan’s signature works of art over the last 30 years. Her stone houses, weathered barns and farm-inspired still-life works have earned her wide acclaim, including a two-year touring show through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils called Women’s Work and a painting in […] Read more

Carson Miller, left, and Eric Pearce, were both teammates of Adam Herold.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Junior hockey team honours fallen teammate

Members of the Prince Albert Raiders visit Sask. town to pay their respects to a young player who died in April’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash

MONTMARTRE, Sask. — The Prince Albert Raiders stepped onto the ice in Adam Herold’s hometown rink earlier this month to pay tribute to a defenceman who should have been in the lineup. Adam Herold was killed in the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash on April 6 before he could make his dream of playing fulltime with […] Read more

Ronan Wylie Heslip was selling his bath bombs recently at a craft sale in Indian Head, Sask. Christalee Froese photo

Ten-year-old entrepreneur is the bomb

The Sask. youngster takes over the family kitchen and turns his ‘obsession with bath bombs’ into a booming business

INDIAN HEAD, Sask.—Ronan Wylie Heslip could sell ice to polar bears. At age 10, he has the sales ability of a professional. “I was so impressed with this young man,” said customer Cheryl Huber of Katepwa, Sask. Huber walked away with several bath bombs from Ronan Wylie’s Wonders Bath Bomb Emporium, as well as hope […] Read more

Brian Ironmonger stamps all of his saddle decorations by hand, one stamp at a time. Christalee Froese photo

Craftsman remembers a life in the saddle

Brian Ironmonger knows how to make saddles. His 45 years in the business have taught him that the best leather comes from Curwensville, Pennsylvania, and that the most balanced saddle trees are made from north-slope ponderosa pine in Monticello, Utah. Ironmonger has made hundreds of saddles for hundreds of riders, from Canadian reined cow horse […] Read more

Here are three books that readers are encouraged to try this summer.  |  Christalee Froese photo

Summer reading list to educate, enrich and entertain

The long-lit hours of summertime lend themselves to leisurely mornings of reading on the deck or to relaxing evenings on a lawn chair being transported somewhere by a book. I have a long list of “plan to reads” that I’ll share with you. I’ve started many of these local books and vow to keep going, […] Read more

Luke, left, Dusty, JJ, Norma, Lorne, Brock and Ty are always ready to hit the road on their tour bus, but not until the farm work is wrapped up.

Country music band stays rooted to the farm

Their musical career may be skyrocketing, but a crop must still go into the ground on this family’s Saskatchewan farm

SHAUNAVON, Sask. — Country music sensations the Hunter Brothers recently returned from Nashville, Tennessee, where they were recording a second album. However, the chart-hitting Canadian band didn’t have long to bask in the glow of the momentous occasion as they were greeted back at home by the flurry of seeding time. The reality for the […] Read more

Writer changes how we view the outdoors

The landscape will look different after reading this book. An everyday sky will suddenly glow with colour and dance for joy. A frozen slough will have you noticing its snow-covered cattails and imagining the thriving ecosystem embedded beneath its surface. A bush will have you straining to see a moose, a deer or even a […] Read more

This moose horn carving, in memory of Stan Sugar’s father, is called Remembering the Good Old Days and is a tribute to the time the father-son pair spent at Piapot First Nation hauling logs out of the bush.  |  Christalee Froese photo

On the horns of an inspiration

CARRY THE KETTLE, Sask. — It started with a knife handle. In search of a strong material to replace a broken handle, Stan Sugar reached for a moose horn. At age 37, the farm worker had never carved before, but that first foray into shaping a horn lit a fire that has burned bright in […] Read more