Monthly Archives: May 2014

RCMP Report for Unity SK, April 29 to May 5, 2014

UNITY SK REPORTS, April 29 to May 5, 2014

Police received a complaint of fraud by email.

Members assisted other RCMP detachments and police services by serving two subpoenas to individuals in the area and taking fingerprints of an individual.

RCMP attended several grass fires in the Unity area that were believed to be started by trains.

There was a report of an abandoned vehicle east of Unity. The registered owner was located and asked to have it towed.

Police received a report of two sheds burning down at a rural residence. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

RCMP are investigating the report of a male fraudulently offering the sale of trees to rural residents.

Police attended a collision between a semi and a train by Landis. The driver of the semi had no injuries and was charged with failing to obey a stop signal at a railway crossing. See the May 12 issue of the Unity Wilke Press-Herald for photos and additional details.

RCMP are investigating a report of an individual failing to comply with his undertaking conditions.

Police issued a liquor ticket to a 23-year-old Unity male after he was causing a disturbance in public and fled from the scene on foot.

There was a report of threatening text messages. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP are investigating a fire that was set on the road in front of a residence in Unity.

There was also one traffic complaint and one false alarm.

Jason Lee Morgan, wanted for fraudUnity RCMP arrested Jason Lee Morgan, age 38 of the Kerrobert District, after he was caught by some Unity area residents who accused him of defrauding them by taking money to plant trees and not doing so. The Unity area residents used farm implements to prevent MORGAN from leaving their yard and called the RCMP. Morgan was wanted by the RCMP in Kerrobert for fraud under $5,000 and had warrants for his arrest from Watrous RCMP for break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, and obtaining food and lodgings fraudulently. Morgan is also facing criminal charges in Alberta. Unity RCMP are investigating Morgan’s business dealings in and around the Unity area and encourage anyone who may have provided him with money to contact the RCMP and provide details of the dealings to them. Please see the accompanying photograph of Morgan.

A busy weekend in Unity, Saskatchewan!

Softball Fever, Unity SK

Between two full days of action at the Regional Park ball diamonds, two nights of wonderful dance performances by Revolution Dance students, kids and fathers honouring mothers and farmers finally able to be out and about preparing for seeding, May 9 to 11 was one busy weekend in Unity, Saskatchewan!

Revolution Dance students

The Government of Saskatchewan summed up the week prior, April 29 to May 5, for farmers, saying:

Despite a cool and wet start to spring, seeding has begun in some parts of the province according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The southwestern region is reporting that two per cent of the crop is now in the ground, while some producers in the southeastern and west-central regions are just beginning to seed. The majority of producers will begin seeding in the next week or so.

Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to 39 mm in the southeast. Many areas of the province have received more than 100 mm of precipitation since April 1, which has delayed seeding. Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 18 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Farmers are busy moving cattle, preparing machinery and starting to seed.

For west-central Saskatchewan, the report was:

Seeding has begun for some producers but the majority will likely begin in the coming week as long as the weather co-operates. Some drier fields are being worked or spread with fertilizer while other fields remain too wet to support equipment. Warm and dry weather is needed for weeds and pastures to grow.

Precipitation ranged from trace amounts in much of the region to 18 mm in the Netherhill area. The Rosthern area has recorded the greatest amount of precipitation in the region since April 1 (97 mm). Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short. CD 7A is reporting that 14 per cent of the cropland is short of topsoil moisture, while CD 7B is reporting that 17 per cent of the hay land and pasture is short of topsoil moisture.

Below-normal temperatures have slowed pasture growth, and some cattle are being supplemented until they move. Pre-seed herbicide applications in some areas will likely be held off for a few days to a week until weeds begin to grow. There are reports of some winter wheat and fall rye crops being winterkilled, although it is still early to fully determine whether those fields will need to be reseeded. Farmers are busy preparing equipment, working fields and starting to seed.

“Worst street” poll results in Monday’s paper

Be sure to get your copy of the May 12th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald to see which streets fellow residents think are the worst in town! As promised last week, Monday’s paper will also have details and additional photos of the April 30th fires near Unity, SK, as well as information on:

  • UCHS student success in the Royal Purple essay and video contest;
  • the upcoming swimming pool season, courtesy of this year’s head lifeguard, Natalie Kiefer;
  • a change in ownership at JayDee AgTech; and
  • an introduction to the 2014 Rodeo Queen candidates.

There are plenty of job opportunities in town, as well as new events coming up. And don’t forget to check out the other ads to see what’s available in our stores!

Meanwhile, near Landis, Saskatchewan, a semi driver learned the hard way it always pays to stop and look at railway crossings. Fortunately no one was injured in the incident. See Monday’s Press-Herald for more details and photos. This photo was provided by the RCMP.


Changes to fishing regulations made by Sask Environment

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has made changes for 2014 and onward to support fish conservation programs, client service and to ensure sustainability of the resource.Saskatchewan lakes

Saskatchewan lakes“To ensure that fishing remains a popular and accessible activity in Saskatchewan, we need to plan for the future,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “These changes to our regulations will help protect our fish populations and offer anglers a wider range of angling experiences.”

A new one-day angling licence has been introduced as a convenience to occasional anglers in the southern and central zones.  Automatic licence suspensions of one to five years for serious offences will be implemented in 2014 and fines for these offences will increase.

In 2015, Saskatchewan will offer an additional free fishing weekend during the winter to encourage participation in ice fishing.  Free fishing weekends will take place on July 12 and 13, 2014, and on February 14 to 16, 2015.

To guard against the potential disease risk to fish populations, only leeches and crayfish originating within Saskatchewan may be used as live bait.  Non-resident anglers must now provide proof to an officer, upon request, that their live bait was purchased in Saskatchewan.

A standard condition for competitive fishing event authorizations is that only fish listed in the regulations or on the licence are eligible to be kept and weighed in.  This amendment clarifies that all fish species not authorized by the regulations or licence must be released immediately.  In addition, an amendment to the definition of a tournament clarifies that fish caught must be released alive, to ensure that tournaments do not operate as derbies (catch and kill events).

Nobody other than a First Nation or Métis person, or a member of their immediate family, may assist, aid, fish with, or possess fish taken by an individual fishing for food pursuant to their Aboriginal or Treaty rights.  This amendment is intended to support recognition and respect for Treaty and Aboriginal rights to fish, and prevent non-Aboriginals from taking or possessing more than their legal limit of fish.

More information about angling regulations can be found in the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide, available online at

RCMP Reports – April 15 to 28, 2014


A 55-year-old Unity man was charged with possession of cocaine and breaching an undertaking given to a judge after police searched his vehicle.

RCMP received two separate requests to locate family members. Both reports are still under investigation.

Police received a report of theft of gas from a local gas station. This matter is still under investigation. Anyone that recognizes the person in the photo below is asked to contact the Unity RCMP.

suspect in gas theft

Members assisted in a disagreement between a tenant and landlord.

There was a report of a lost purse.

Police responded to a vehicle collision at 1st Avenue and Main Street in Unity. There were no injuries and icy roads were a contributing factor.

There was a complaint of fraud but it was unfounded upon investigation.

A semi hit the crossing arm of the railroad track. Members conducted traffic control until the crossing arm was fixed.

RCMP received a complaint that an individual was not complying with his undertaking conditions but the complainant declined to lay charges.

Fingerprints were taken for an individual for immigration purposes.

There was a report of a vehicle collision with a deer.

Police received a report of two children being chased by three adult males. Patrols were made but no suspects were located.

RCMP attended a vehicle fire south of Landis. There were no injuries and the fire was not suspicious in nature.

A 56-year-old Unity man, Kenneth Laverne Penner, was charged with three counts of theft under $5,000, breaching a court order and breaching a probation order. He received a nine-month conditional sentence for these offences.

There was a complaint of uttering threats through text messaging but the complainant declined to lay charges.

Police responded to a complaint of a male knocking on a female’s residence door. The male was gone when police arrived.

RCMP received a complaint of uttering threats against an animal but the complainant declined to lay charges.

A 35-year-old Saskatoon man was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and refusal to provide a breath sample after police initiated a traffic stop.

There was a report of the railway crossing arm activated with no train coming.

There were also two false 911 calls, three false alarms, one false fire alarm and two traffic complaints.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at

Sister Val publishes her first book!

Sister Valentia Leibel, well-known to readers of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald’s Faith Matters column, was pleased to welcome special guest Suzanne Paschall of Saskatoon to Unity , Saskatchewan, April 10. Paschall, an editor and founder of Indie Ink Publishing, came to help celebrate the launch of Sister Val’s book, Heart of God, fresh from the printing press.

Sister Valentia LeibelHeart of God: Living in the Spirit of Love is a compilation and adaptation of some of the best of Sister Val’s Faith Matters columns from over the years, together with some previously unpublished articles on human trafficking.

Kathleen Cornell, provincial leader – Atlantic and Midwestern provinces, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sister Val’s order, says, “Heart of God celebrates the goodness of people, and recognizes our need to accept and forgive. The simple yet profound language used to tell these stories is warmly engaging and delightful.”

The book is available at Our Drug Store in Unity, at St Peter’s Parish and church offices or directly from Sister Val herself.

Sister Val grew up on the family farm at Denzil. She is the second oldest of 14 siblings and was named after her father, Valentine Leibel.

She was only 14 years old when she felt God’s call and, at 17, went to Waterdown, Ont., to study with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. “I wanted to be in a situation where I could tell the whole world about God’s love,” she says, explaining her decision to join an international order of nuns rather than choosing one closer to home.

Becoming a School Sister of Notre Dame did indeed open doors worldwide for Sister Val. While she has served God’s people in many places in Canada – including Regina, Luseland and Tramping Lake in Saskatchewan as well as in Edmonton, Alta., and Burlington, Ont. – she also was named to chair an international committee headquartered in Rome.

Chairing that international committee was the biggest challenge of her career. The goal was to involve SSND from all over the world in the updating of their constitution. Much of the communication had to be done with translators but, she said, “We worked out a really good process so all the sisters could be involved.”

A car accident which smashed a femur put an end to that posting. The recovery was long and difficult and, Sister Val says, “For a while, I thought I would never be myself again.” The accident happened in October. Still healing, in March the following year, she returned to Canada to spend time with her parents.

Sister Val has always kept a journal. As well as her contributions to Faith Matters in the Press-Herald, she has had articles published in the Notre Dame magazine. She also contributed for many years to the Canadian Catechism series produced by the Bishops of Canada.

As well as being a contributing writer, she helped teachers learn how to use it. She also taught parents and grandparents how to use the series to teach their own children and grandchildren as many rural areas did not have priests available to do the teaching.

As interesting and rewarding as international work was, Sister Val thinks her biggest accomplishments have come from teaching and teaching others how to teach, and from her work in pastoral ministry in Luseland and Tramping Lake. She feels she has been a positive influence for people through “listening and giving advice.”

She adds she herself was “very blessed by the upbringing I got at home and by the people I’ve met and lived with over the years.”

Her contribution to Faith Matters in the Press-Herald began in January, 2006. Father Gerard, then parish priest in Unity and short of time, asked Sister Val if she could write the articles on behalf of St. Peter’s Church.

Eight years later, Sister Val is still a faithful contributor to the Press-Herald and now her most popular and thought-provoking pieces can be found in her first book, Heart of God. Sister Val’s approach can be summed up in a statement she made during her interview: “People don’t need fire and brimstone; they need to know they’re loved and forgiven.”

Sister Valentia Leibel

In the conclusion to her book, she writes, “I have always believed and experienced God’s unconditional love. Even when I was experiencing the hard things in life and relationships, I always knew God loves me unconditionally and always. I pray that my humble reflections will help others grow in their trust and acceptance of God’s unconditional love for them.”

In the paper next week

Did you know firefighters were faced with three grass fires, all at the same time, Wednesday afternoon? One of those fires, northwest of Unity SK, burned well into the night. See the May 5th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for photos, with more details to follow in the May 12th issue.

Along with the fire photos, you will find:

  • how much it costs the average Canadian to comply with income tax laws,
  • details on a semi rollover where the driver was trapped for several hours;
  • a listing of awards and scholarships won by local dance students; and
  • a profile of a former Unity Cardinal player who is to be inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame later this year.

More events are coming up, thanks being handed out and, with Mother’s Day coming up, there are ads with suggestions from local stores as well as ideas for treating Mom in the back page Top 10.

fire near Highway 14, east of Unity SK

Dry crop stubble ignites easily as this fire, east of Unity, Saskatchewan, moves from the north ditch of Highway 14 to the adjoining field.

STC seat sale for seniors — $12 one way in month of May

Seniors can fill up their calendars with fun, family and friends, travelling with Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) this month.  From May 1 to 31, seniors 60 and over can ride anywhere STC goes for $12 one-way.

STC travels to more than 250 communities in Saskatchewan, giving seniors across the province a chance to travel at a great price.  The standard senior fare for a one-way trip between Regina and Saskatoon is $34.80, which is more than $20 in savings if a senior purchases the same one-way ticket in May.

“We’re always happy to give our valued senior riders a great deal and our senior seat sale is our most popular promotion,” STC president and CEO Shawn Grice said.  “STC ridership sees a significant increase during the sale month as seniors take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Seniors took more than 10,000 trips during the spring Senior Seat Sale in 2013.  It would take more than 200 buses at capacity to transport that many riders.  Seniors should bring their identification with them at time of purchase and can buy their sale tickets at any STC agency.

In Unity, you can buy your tickets at Frenchie’s Pizza. They are the local STC representatives.

About STC

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company is a provincial coach company that provides safe, affordable and accessible bus passenger and parcel express services to communities throughout Saskatchewan.  Visit

Luseland’s Brian Honeker recognized at Rivers West banquet

Brian Honeker of Luseland was recognized as the Heritage Volunteer of the Year at the fifth annual Rivers West District for Sport Culture and Recreation volunteer recognition banquet held in Radisson, April 9.

Brian Honeker of Luseland SK

Ollie Marciniuk, Rivers West District chairperson, congratulates Brian Honeker of Luseland on being named Heritage Volunteer of the Year, at the Rivers West awards banquet in Radisson, April 9. Photo courtesy of Rivers West District for Sport Culture and Recreation

Honeker was nominated for the award by Irene Body for his work and commitment to a number of organizations and events in Luseland.

Body’s nomination letter explained, “Luseland (is) a town of approximately 600 People with numerous service clubs and organizations … the result of many, many volunteer hours which we know often falls on the shoulders of a limited number of citizens. Brian Honeker takes on a leadership role and works relentlessly as one of these persons.”

Of all the organizations with which Honeker is affiliated, the most important one to him is the Royal Canadian Legion. His mother served in the Second World War and he has been an active member of the Luseland branch of the Legion for over 15 years.

He works with the school to encourage participation in the Legion’s Remembrance Day essay, poem and poster context. He also plans the annual Remembrance Day service for the Legion and the community. During his years with the Legion, Honeker spent seven years as president and has been the secretary-treasurer since 1998.

For over 20 years, Honeker has been a key person in the planning and execution of Canada Day celebrations in Luseland. Recently, he cut back on his involvement with Canada Day hoping to encourage others to volunteer, but he continues to serve as treasurer for the committee, a role he has held since 1991 or ’92.

A member of the Luseland Wildlife Association, Honeker is involved in all aspects of the annual wildlife dinner and awards night. He is the cooking co-ordinator, helps prepare food, sells tickets, finds and organizes workers and canvasses for silent auction items. He has been a gun safety instructor for over 20 years.

Honeker first became involved with the board of the Luseland Homecoming Hall as the Legion representative. For some 15 years he has also served, and continues to serve, as the hall “handy man doing general building maintenance, cleaning, painting, monitoring water and sewer lines, takes care of the furnace, keeps sidewalks clean, makes coffee & tea for groups renting the hall,” as set out in Body’s nomination letter.

Body’s letter concluded, “Brian’s level of dedication is unwavering and he is definitely a Volunteer to be recognized.”

Body said that although only one name could go on the nomination letter, there was a group of people in Luseland who got together to help prepare the letter and to make sure none of Honeker’s contributions to the community were missed. She added that he is the type of person that, “if he says he’s going to do something, it’s done.”

Honeker also volunteers as the trainer for the Luseland/Dodsland Mallards senior men’s hockey team. He stepped into that position eight years ago; prior to that he used to run the clock at home games.

Honeker, a bachelor, farms southwest of Luseland. He grew up in the area and graduated from Major School in 1977.