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GrainsConnect Canada’s new elevator in Huxley will be similar to this one under construction in Maymont, Sask.

Global grain companies like what they see in central Alberta

GrainsConnect Canada is building a new $30-million elevator at Huxley 
while Agrocorp is expanding its Innisfail operation

The investment in Alberta grains sector continues. GrainsConnect Canada has announced its second elevator for the province while Agrocorp Processing is moving ahead with a $6.5-million expansion of its local grain- and pulse-handling facility. “What we are actually doing is building a new plant beside the old one,” said Colin Topham, Agrocorp’s managing director, adding […] Read more

The site of the planned Paterson Grain terminal just outside of Bowden. The Winnipeg company now says construction will not start until spring in order to comply with all provincial wetlands regulations.

Construction of Bowden grain terminal delayed until spring

Paterson Grain says it is disappointed it couldn’t start building the $40-million terminal this fall

Paterson Grain is delaying construction of its Bowden grain terminal until spring. The family-owned Winnipeg-based grain-handling company had hoped to begin construction this fall but meeting Alberta Environment requirements in regards to wetlands is taking longer than expected, said the company’s corporate development officer. “It is unfortunate, but it does not change our view of […] Read more


Pizza Night at Rowley’s Sam’s Saloon can attract up to 150 people in the town that has 
only eight permanent residents.

Ghosts get elbowed aside on Pizza Night in Rowley

Whenever Rowley has faced oblivion, locals have always come up with a plan — sometimes mischievous ones — to save their dusty locale on the central Alberta prairie. The hamlet, located 38 kilometres north of Drumheller, was fading away in the mid-1970s, when a group of men staged the now famous break-and-enter party into a […] Read more

GrainsConnect puts Innisfail terminal project on hold

The Japanese-Australian joint venture is going ahead with a 
Saskatchewan grain terminal but is reviewing its plans in Alberta


A new high-throughput grain terminal planned for Niobe is now in jeopardy of being derailed. Construction of the $30-million to $40-million GrainsConnect Canada facility on a site one kilometre north of Innisfail was supposed to start this year, with the terminal opening in 2017. But the project has been suspended and the company is considering […] Read more


Alberta cowboys made a big difference during the filming of “The Revenant” last year in the Canadian Rockies. From left, Bob Leggette, Ivan Daines and Mark Nugent, who were all special skills extras during the film’s production.

‘The Revenant’ wins Oscars and the hearts of Alberta cowboys

Innisfail’s Ivan Daines and friends proudly did their bits on screen and now celebrate film’s success

When rodeo legend Ivan Daines tuned into the Academy Awards last month, he was as joyous as any cowboy could be when “The Revenant” claimed best actor and director honours. “‘The Revenant’ is such a great movie. I was very proud when Leonardo (DiCaprio) won, and proud Alejandro (González Iñárritu) won,” said Daines. “It’s almost […] Read more

Former resident Barry Randall (l), B&B owner Linda Miller, and local rancher Robert Hoff stand in front of now roofless elevator.

Uncertain future for iconic grain elevator

Dorothy landmark lost its roof in summer storm

Linda Miller was napping during the afternoon of July 22 when she was suddenly awakened by a thunderous boom. “There was terrible wind, terrible noise. There was rain and hail,” said Miller, a sixth-generation resident of Dorothy, a popular ghost town tourism destination along Highway 570 at the southeastern end of the Drumheller Badlands. The […] Read more


Minnesota’s Winnie Benson (left) and cousin Dawn Taylor of Carstairs examine the grave marker of their great-great-grandmother at ghost hamlet of Masinasin.

A genealogical mystery brings a family together

Winnie Benson wanted to know the fate of her 
great-great-grandmother, but she found something much more


For more than a quarter of a century Winnie Benson had dreamed of this moment. With Carstairs’ Dawn Taylor at her side, she knelt down on the sun-scorched ground of a long-forgotten southern Alberta cemetery and caressed the ancient etchings of a flat gravestone marking the final resting place of Drusilla Ennis, the pair’s great-great-grandmother. […] Read more

They’re as rare as they are ugly, but this naked crow found in Red Deer is expected to grow a full set of feathers by summer’s end.

Naked crows found in Red Deer a rare pair — thank goodness

The nearly featherless juveniles found in central Alberta are only the second known case in North America

The crow has never been a symbol of nature’s beauty, but even their most ardent admirers wouldn’t warm to a pair of naked juveniles recently found in central Alberta. But the rare featherless baby crows are causing a sensation among wildlife lovers, and even one of North America’s most respected ornithologists. It’s only the second […] Read more


The tombstones along the bank of the Stirling Fish Pond were discarded at the site after being 
replaced at the Stirling Memorial Cemetery with new monuments.

Stirling’s tombstone mystery is finally solved

But there are calls to have discarded monuments at fish pond removed

For the past five years Stirling’s Cody Kapcsos has been on a solitary mission to solve the mystery of who’s buried in the abandoned pioneer cemetery near the ghost hamlet of Masinasin. Kapcsos, who has also spent countless hours restoring the cemetery, could only identify four of the known 11 burials at the site, located […] Read more

The pioneer Mintlaw grain elevator now sits on a farm northeast of Blackfalds, 
but hasn’t been used in years.

It looks like the end of the line for two aging Prairie icons

With the imminent demolition of Menaik’s classic country 
grain elevator the end of an era edges closer in central Alberta


Bernard Lentz felt profound sadness when he heard last month the focus of one of his biggest dreams as a farmer was about to be lost forever. Now retired, the 79-year-old fondly recalled the memorable days in the winter of 1978 when he saved a doomed Alberta Pacific Grain Company grain elevator at the whistle […] Read more