Community cashes in on old bank

Fundraising events and volunteer labour turn heritage building into a hub for dance, arts and social events

HAMIOTA, Man. — In a Manitoba community known more for baseball than fine art, a repurposed 1903 bank building is making inroads. The Hamiota Heritage Arts Centre provides space for art displays, art and dance classes and live shows, the Hamiota and District Archives and a gift boutique. As the Baseball Capital of Manitoba, Hamiota […] Read more


Sask. community puts on new face to attract residents

A Saskatchewan town that’s been known for the past 60 years as “The Land of Rape and Honey” is projecting a new image. Municipal officials at Tisdale, Sask., about 200 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, unveiled a new town slogan last month, replacing the old slogan that town officials called “confusing and outdated.” Tisdale’s new slogan […] Read more


Tisdale puts controversial slogan to rest

A Saskatchewan town that’s been known for the past 60 years as “The Land of Rape and Honey” is projecting a new image. Municipal officials at Tisdale, Sask., about 200 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, unveiled a new town slogan earlier this week, replacing the old slogan that town officials called “confusing and outdated.” Tisdale’s new […] Read more



Regulate elevator demolitions, says Raymore group

Governments should regulate the abandonment and demolition of prairie grain elevators similar to how they regulate rail line abandonment and removal, says the head of a community group trying to save an elevator in Raymore, Sask. Terry Fazakas says governments should require grain companies to offer mothballed elevators and other grainhandling assets for sale to […] Read more


Elevator sale rejected, demolition to proceed

A grassroots plan to save a concrete elevator from demolition in Raymore, Sask., has hit a dead end. Terry Fazakas, a local business owner, has confirmed that efforts to buy the elevator have failed. Fazakas had been in contact with officials at Cargill and Canadian National Railway and had ex-pressed an interest in buying the […] Read more



Cargill says it can’t sell grain elevator to local group

A grassroots effort to save a concrete grain elevator from the wrecking ball in Raymore, Sask., has hit a roadblock, but there is still a glimmer of hope that the building can be preserved. Officials with Cargill confirmed June 2 that the company will not be putting its Raymore elevator on the market, despite a […] Read more


Raymore elevator not for sale, demolition to proceed

A grassroots plan to save a concrete elevator from demolition in Raymore, Sask., has hit a dead end. Terry Fazakas, a local business owner, confirmed this week that efforts to buy the elevator have failed. Fazakas had been in contact with officials at Cargill and Canadian National Railway and had expressed an interest in buying […] Read more


Looming elevator demolition strikes nerve with farmers

UPDATE: Tuesday June 14, 2016 – 1455 CST – This story has been updated. View the updated version here. A grassroots effort to save a concrete grain elevator from the wrecking ball in Raymore, Sask., has hit a roadblock, but there is still a glimmer of hope that the building can be preserved. Officials with […] Read more



Helping hands

Farmers left their own ready-to-harvest crops Aug. 11 to contribute time and machine power to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank project on Randy Redekop’s farm north of Vauxhall, Alta. With 18 combines and at least that many trucks, the harvest crew made short work of the 145-acre irrigated barley crop. Proceeds from sale of the grain […] Read more


Community brings new life to building

Abandoned church | Former United Church in Brock, Sask., is now home to community events and live music

The church in Brock, Sask., sat abandoned for years until it was recently reclaimed as a place where the community could meet once more. Formerly a United Church, the building now serves as a place to host events, such as the recent Harvest Wrap Up Concert. “It’s just a wrap up of the harvest and […] Read more