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Crystal Regehr-Westergard has made the chocolate and peanut bar to be as similar to the original as possible, while continuing to follow Canadian Food Inspection Agency guidelines.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Candy bar rescued from oblivion

An Alta. couple buys the rights to the Cuban Lunch, which was discontinued in 1991; that turned out to be the easy part

CAMROSE, Alta. — An Alberta woman’s foray into the candy industry began with noble intentions. Regehr-Westergard wanted a suitable gift to bring to her mother, Elfie Regehr, 85, when visiting her in a Camrose senior’s facility. “There’s so little I can buy her.” Regehr-Westergard recalled that the Cuban Lunch was her mom’s favourite chocolate bar […] 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

Manitoba now funds 15 new students each year, or 60 for the four year program, to study at the WCVM in Saskatoon. The province has proposed to reduce its seats at the WCVM to 10 new students per year, says Keri Hudson-Reykdal, a vet in Ashern, Man. | File photo

Manitoba rethinks vet college commitment

The Manitoba government may cut its funding to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Manitoba now funds 15 new students each year, or 60 for the four year program, to study at the WCVM in Saskatoon. The province has proposed to reduce its seats at the WCVM to 10 new students per year, says Keri […] Read more


Turmoil over the proposed parks area, situated between Jasper and Banff national parks, began to bubble last week when NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced upcoming in-person townhall-style meetings would be cancelled. | Jeremy Simes photo

Political turmoil reaches boiling point over Bighorn plan

Tensions over the future of Bighorn Country in Alberta have increased dramatically, reaching hysteria from the province’s two major political parties. Turmoil over the proposed parks area, situated between Jasper and Banff national parks, began to bubble last week when NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced upcoming in-person townhall-style meetings would be cancelled. […] Read more

Have your meat and potatoes in one simple dish. This traditional oven meal is perfect for a cold winter night.  | Betty Ann Deobald photo

There’s nothing like comfort food for a cold January

When the cold January winds blow it is a good time to settle in with a good book and some nice, warm foods that stimulate strong memories of home and family. Some of these recipes are from our readers and others are from my family’s recipe box. Ye Olde Shepherd’s Pie Nielle Hawkwood of Cochrane, […] Read more


TOP: Southwestern Alberta is known for its strong westerlies, but there have been an unusually high number of wind warnings across the south this winter. Here, several irrigation pivots were damaged along Highway 22 north of Lundbreck, Alta. Above, left: A semi-trailer and a holiday trailer lie on their sides along Highway 22 Jan. 4, the day after winds gusting to 180 km-h blew them off the road.   MIDDLE: Stop might well have been a word on the lips of the person driving the truck when the fifth-wheel holiday trailer it was pulling was blown into the ditch along Highway 22 Jan. 3.   RIGHT: This equipment shed on a farm along Highway 22 in southern Alberta sustained damage during high winds Jan. 3. Otherwise, relatively minor structural damage was reported.  |  Barb Glen photos

Alta. wind challenges drivers

The wind warning sign along Highway 3 in southern Alberta, west of Lundbreck, read 181 km-h when it blew down. The locals, accustomed to strong winds typical of the region, appreciated the irony. The few semi-trailer drivers and people pulling holiday trailers, who took their chances along that highway and the north-south route of Highway […] Read more

Milking the 70 cows at the Lovich farm near Balgonie, Sask., is a family affair as Renelle, 7, Raelyn, 4 and Reata, 9, run into the arms of their parents, Jessica and Michael.  |  William DeKay photo

Dairy couple work well as a team

On the Farm: Jessica and Michael Lovich ‘play off each other’s strengths and weaknesses’ as they build their dairy farm

BALGONIE, Sask. — Jessica and Michael Lovich laugh when they remember the day their three young daughters defined their farm roles when they grow up. “They decided when they get bigger, the oldest one (Reata) will be the farm veterinarian because she’s into pets and animals,” Jessica said with a smile. “The middle one (Renelle) […] Read more

A boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon was the highlight of the authors’ recent visit to Chiapas.  |  Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Southern Mexico reveals history and natural beauty

We gazed up at vertical cliff faces almost a kilometre high as our boat zigzagged through narrow passages between canyon walls. We stopped to see caves and strange rock formations, or to get closer looks at birds or spider monkeys playing in the trees. Most impressive was the Christmas Tree Waterfall. Wispy streams of water […] Read more


RCMP Cst. Rob Eberly inspects a problem property near St. Paul, Alta. He is a member of the eastern rural crime reduction unit in Alberta, which is tasked with investigating, suppressing, apprehending and offering ways to help rehabilitate the five percent of individuals causing 95 percent of the crime in rural communities. |  Jeremy Simes photo

On the ground: Alta. RCMP tackle rural crime

The police force reports that the rural crime rate is down, but officers on the ground say more work needs to be done 


ST. PAUL, Alta. — While driving along lonely prairie roads in eastern Alberta, RCMP officers Rob Eberly and Tony Knowles are on their way to check on problem properties and individuals in the community. Their mission isn’t necessarily one of doing a high-profile sting operation, but one of gathering information and reaching out to residents […] Read more

Alcoholic son ultimately responsible for his drinking

Q: Our son is an alcoholic. How he got custody of his two young children is beyond me, but he did get them, and that of course means that the children have moved over here and my husband and I are raising them. At the moment we do not know where their mother is. I […] Read more