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Close encounters of the furred kind

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — Pigs might not fly, but as Stuart Morrison can attest, they can at least run pretty darn fast. Morrison spotted a pair of wild boar while driving on a grid road towards Simpson on Dec. 22. He said he was about 15 miles east and five miles north

Renovations begin at Bladworth hall

By Joel van der Veen BLADWORTH — They’ve only just begun, but efforts to renovate the Bladworth Hall are already paying off — at least in terms of its aroma. Volunteers gathered at the hall last weekend for an intensive work bee, with the goal of removing surface mould from both the basement and ceiling. Lyle Kowalski,

Chevy confident as leadership campaign winds up

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — With two weeks to go till the Saskatchewan Party chooses its next leader, Ken Cheveldayoff has a good feeling about the outcome. “I feel the momentum is with my campaign,” he told the Leader in a Jan. 8 phone interview. Cheveldayoff, one of five candidates running to replace Brad

New bylaw surprises business owners

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — After more than three decades in business, Debbie Doell figures she’s paid her fair share of bills. As the owner of Golden Image Jewelry, she has a wide range of expenses to cover. Besides the cost of inventory, she pays for utilities, insurance and security services, as well as

Wheelchairs arrive at Davidson health centre

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — Patients will be hitting the hallways of the Davidson Health Centre in some sleek new wheels, thanks to a recent donation. Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 5384 visited the centre on Dec. 21 to present a total of six wheelchairs, for use by patients at the

Blizzards squeak by with 6-5 win over 19ers

Kenaston’s Chris Prpich and Loreburn’s Carter Norrish battle for the puck during Wednesday’s senior hockey game at the Kenaston Arena.

By Joel van der Veen

KENASTON — The Kenaston Blizzards held on Wednesday night to claim a narrow win over the Loreburn 19ers at home.

Though the Blizzards took an early lead and were ahead 5-1 by the second period, the 19ers made an impressive recovery in the latter half.

Four goals put Loreburn within spitting distance of the lead, but Kenaston prevailed to claim a 6-5 win.

It was their first game of 2018, and only their second win of the regular season.

“We got kind of undisciplined,” said Blizzards coach Mike Hertz, noting that a string of penalties in the second period for his team allowed Loreburn to take advantage. “It got a little hairy at the end.”

With a 2-10 record for the season so far, Kenaston is in a three-way tie with Loreburn and Elrose for last place in the Saskatchewan Valley Hockey League.

Hertz acknowledged that it’s been a challenging year for the Blizzards on multiple fronts: “We’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff.”

Chief among these was the death of longtime coach and player Dean Blenkinsop on Dec. 7, following a long battle with cancer.

The Blizzards had opened their season on Oct. 28 with a ceremony honouring Blenkinsop, prior to their first game.

Upwards of 350 people, including Dean and his wife Michelle, were in attendance as the team unveiled a banner with his name and number.

“He was touched and honoured,” said Hertz. “I think he was surprised a little bit with the outpouring.”

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Car club buys jerseys for Dundurn peewees

Members of Dundurn’s peewee Wolfpack are sporting brand new hockey jerseys this season thanks to the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club. The club donated $1,000, a portion of proceeds from the 2014 SuperRun, to Dundurn Minor Hockey to purchase the much-needed sweaters. Pictured are (front left) Bud Small, president of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club and Norm Mowles, Dundurn resident and car club member, along with members of the peewee Wolfpack with coach Gaetan Blouin (rear left) and assistant coach Dave Dowll (far right).

By Tara de Ryk

DUNDURN — Hockey players for Dundurn’s peewee Wolfpack are sporting spiffy new jerseys courtesy of antique car buffs.

The Saskatoon Antique Auto Club has purchased a set of jerseys for the minor hockey team.

The donation was made possible due to the Western Canadian car show SuperRun, an annual car show held during the August long weekend that rotates between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The majority of the proceeds from SuperRun go to Camp Easter Seal, however, after the 2014 SuperRun in Saskatoon, organizers found themselves with extra funds. They decided that each participating car club in Saskatchewan, nine in total, would get $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Dundurn resident Norm Mowles, a past-president of the Saskatoon Antique Auto Club, made a pitch for his club’s $1,000 to go to the Dundurn Minor Hockey Association.

“I know from putting my youngest through minor hockey in Dundurn, it was tough,” he recalls of the costs of running a program.

Dundurn Minor Hockey decided to use the funds to buy jerseys for the peewee hockey team. The jerseys are a brilliant blue colour with the Wolfpack logo on the front and a Saskatoon Antique Auto Club crest on the sleeve.

This is the first peewee team in Dundurn in a few years.

Coach Gaetan Blouin said, in recent years, they haven’t had enough players to form a team, however, the population in the area is growing and the association hopes to field a bantam age team next season and possibly a midget team after that.

Besides players from Dundurn and area, kids from Hanley and Allan are also on the team.

Obituary: Amundrud, Cletus

Amundrud, Cletus Erling 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Cletus Erling Amundrud on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw. We felt comfort in knowing that he knew all of his immediate family had gathered by his bedside for his final journey just before his passing. 

He was the youngest of seven children born into the Joseph and Ada (Pratt) Amundrud family. He was born on NE-8-23-27 W2nd at Aylesbury, Saskatchewan on October 5, 1930. He always said he didn’t grow to be a big man because it was the beginning of the Dirty Thirties and he had to fight to get his food from his older siblings. He attended school in Aylesbury and then helped his father on the farm. 

Later he went to Calgary, Alta., and got a job putting up ice into boxcars that was shipped for refrigeration purposes. After that, he got a job working for an electrician and wired the main post office in Calgary. Later on, he came back to the Craik area and worked for Bert Wildfong on his farm, followed up with delivering fuel for the Craik Co-op.

It was at work where he met the love of his life, Celestina (Sal) Krassman, as she was the Co-op grocery store cashier. They got married on a beautiful, warm day on November 15, 1954. In the spring of ’56, they rented the Stevens’ farm, which is 1.5 miles west of Aylesbury, and where their large home still stands. He served on the local farm club executive, the snowplow club and the local Co-op board. 

He was one of the founding members of the Palliser Wheat Growers’ Association and the Canadian Custom Combiners’ Association. They worked very hard on their mixed farm with their three sons and their farm grew to a substantial size. They went custom combining in the U.S. for several years. 

Cletus continued to actively farm until 2007, which was the year he was very honoured to receive the Century Farm Award. Cletus and Sal enjoyed retirement on the farm and grew a large garden every year and looked after their beautiful yard. They loved entertaining their friends and family in their comfortable home. They also enjoyed their weekly trips to Moose Jaw to do some shopping and some relaxation at the casino.

He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Ada Amundrud; brothers Addis, Ellwyn and Dale; sister Lela McInnes; parents-in-law Louis and Agatha Krassman; brothers-in-law John Vopni, John Kunkel, Ron McInnes, Albert Mills, Vic Krassman, Garry Krassman, and Doug Simpson; sisters-in-law Mary Amundrud and Daisy Amundrud. 

He is survived by his sisters Leona Kunkel of Davidson and Phyllis Mills of Bengough. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Amundrud of Melville, Irene Krassman of Davidson, and Monica Simpson of Red Deer, Alta. He is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, loving friends and neighbours who thought the world of him. 

Cletus is survived by his loving family: Celestina (Sal), three sons: Guy Cletus (Janice) of Saskatoon, Alan Russell of Craik, and Brian John of Kobe, Japan; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. 

As per his wishes, Cletus’ memorial service will be held on July 26, 2018 in Aylesbury Hall when it is easier for his family and numerous friends to be together to celebrate his life. Funeral services will be provided by Hanson’s Funeral Services of Davidson, Sask.

Obituary: Linfoot, Ed

Ed Linfoot

Ed died a peaceful death December 11, 2017. He was born September 25, 1931. Predeceased by his first wife, one son and one son-in-law. Survived by his wife, eight children, 24 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Ed at the age of 39 decided to go back to university for his pharmacy degree. Ed and his family moved to Leader, Sask., and purchased the pharmacy, naming it Leader Pharmacy. He enjoyed raising his family in Leader. Ed was very devout in his Catholic faith, enjoyed participating in the mass, and loved to sing. Ed worked as a pharmacist for 25 years. He was a man of technology, writing a pharmacy program in the 1980s, for which he took great pride. Computer work was very easy for him. His spiritual GPS was always set on God. As a pilot Ed initiated the construction of the Leader Airport. As one of the founders Ed enjoyed witnessing its completion, and having it named after him, “Linfoot Field.” Ed was active in all community life, as a Knight of Columbus, on town council and the recreation board. Ed also coached many sporting events. Ed retired to Mexico, where he loved to play tennis, problem-solved for the elderly in the TV business, and loved to dance, making many real good friends in the time in Mexico. Ed moved back to Canada to the theme of the Eco-Village in the RM of Craik. In the Eco-Village he enjoyed building a new home and lived there for nine years. Ed lived with many blessings in his long-lived life and he was a true Roughriders fan. Football was his passion, and “Green is the Colour!”

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Craik on December 19, 2017.

For those so wishing, memorial donations in memory of Ed may be directed to the Midlakes Pro Life Association, St. Joseph’s Church or the Craik Lions Club.

Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Read, Sydney

Sydney Read

It is with mixed emotions and sadness we announce the passing of Sydney Read, cherished father, grandfather, great-grandfather, papa and best friend! He passed away on December 12, 2017 at the young-looking age of, in his words, 95 1/2 years, having had a fulfilling and blessed life.

Syd was born on June 2, 1922 on the farm at Section 22, Township 19, Range 16, West of the 2nd to William and Edith Read, who had immigrated from England quite a few years prior to his arrival. Dad was the eighth of nine siblings and some time after this, his dad and oldest brother Harold each homesteaded a quarter of land in the Snowden or Choiceland area of northern Saskatchewan. Dad often said he was born into a family that didn’t have a lot of wealth but there was always enough food to eat and lots of love.

In November of 1942 at the age of 20 years, Dad went to Edmonton and on the 16th of the month enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. From Edmonton six weeks later he was sent to Lethbridge for further training. Then from there he was sent to the East Coast and to England on the QE Ship. He celebrated his 21st birthday near Southhampton where he was in the 6th Group Bomber Command. “D” Day took place on June 6, 1944 and on June 30th Dad’s unit went to Normandy and then on into France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. After the war ended he spent some time in Germany and then back to England where he sailed from Southhampton on the Ile-de-France to New York and then train to Halifax. Finally after two weeks in Halifax he headed back home to Saskatchewan and on the 31st day of May 1946 was formally discharged in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

On February 15, 1947 he married the sweetheart who waited for him to come home from overseas! Dad said his brother Stan came with them to Prince Albert to witness the wedding. They had very little cash and no job but the very next morning a stranger stopped Dad on the street and asked him if he was looking for work. In turn that job led to a career with the provincial and federal governments working in Natural Resources and Northern Development! There was never a doubt in Dad’s mind that God blessed him then and throughout his life.

In March of 1948 they were blessed with a son and again in 1954 with a daughter. Shortly after Arlene was born Dad tried his hand at farming for about three years, but with the persuasion of several Northern Development co-workers he returned to the federal government until retirement in 1979.

In 1979 they moved to the farm east of Davidson where they lived until 1995 when they moved to Regina. There Dad and Mom were blessed to spend time getting to know Arlene and Rick’s two children, Brittany and Aaron, plus we were blessed that our youngest daughter Chelsea lived with them for four years as she attended the U of R.

In 2000 they moved back to Davidson and Dad and Mom enjoyed 10 years travelling, camping and their favourite, fishing up north!

Then in February 2010 Mom had to move into the long-term care facility in Davidson and until her passing on December 20, 2013 Dad was still her constant companion. Dad was amazing as, although legally blind, he continued to live on his own in the Elks units by the Davidson hospital. He was so blessed by friends Art and Emma Shaw, Marcella Strange, Frances Haugerud, Francis and Valda Cool and many others who took time to touch his life!

Family was so important to Dad and he is survived by his son Dale (Ruth) Read of Davidson and daughter Arlene (Rick) Kyle of Cochrane, Alta.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Kimberly (Darren) Bull, Troy (Leanne) Read, Chelsea (Jason) Craig, Brittany and Joe Dijker (Kyle) and Aaron Kyle; great-grandchildren Courtney (Braeden Lang), Brooklyn, Andrew and Emily Read, Samuel, Tucker and Isabella Bull and River Craig; also step great-grandson, Tyler Bull.

Syd was predeceased by his parents, all of his siblings and his wife Helen.

The interment took place on January 4, 2018 at Family Plot, Crockin Hill Cemetery, Choiceland, Sask.

Arrangements entrusted to Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson.

A celebration of Syd’s life was held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. at New Life Pentecostal Assembly in Davidson with Rev. John Slemming and Rev. Scott Crawford officiating.

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