2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate Available For Purchase

For the 2021 season, producers can purchase 2% liquid strychnine concentrate from their local District Office. This product is only available to agricultural producers located within the Special Areas. Producers are limited to 2 cases of 2% liquid strychnine concentrate at the discretion of the Ag. Fieldman. Producers are encouraged

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#OurStories – Abby Hibner’s Veteran Hotel

Abby Hibner and the Veteran Hotel, as told to Margarite Albanese (Hardy), adapted from “Pictoral Album of Veteran, Loyalist and Hemaruka”, compiled and published by Veteran Historical Society, 1979 Abby Hibner’s Veteran Hotel was opened in the fall of 1916. Two of the main builders were Ed Bower and Fred

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#OurStories – Homesteading and Health Care

Adapted from “A Land Reclaimed: The Story of Alberta’s Special Areas” by Jack Gorman. Published for the Special Areas Board, 1988 The homestead women were responsible for the health care of the family and often the animals. Child birth on the farm was a particularly trying time. Doctors were long

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Special Areas Campgrounds & the 2021 Season

For the 2021 season, Special Areas municipal campgrounds (Prairie Oasis Park, Blood Indian Park, and Carolside Campground) will all be operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. This applies to all sites, with the exception of the two (2) large group camp sites located in Prairie Oasis Park: the Camp Kitchen Group

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#OurStories – Snow Plow Associations

Adapted from “Youngstown Memories: Across the Years 1909 - 1983", compiled and published by Youngstown and District Historical Society, 1984 Snowplowing used to be managed on a community basis in the Special Areas. Communities would form snow plow associations, funding their operations through the sale of assessable and non-assessable shares.

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Notice of Public Hearing – Draft Municipal Development Plan

The Special Areas Municipal Development Plan has been drafted and we need your feedback! This document is a broad, long-range planning tool for the municipality. It guides future land use and development, growth patterns, transportation systems, and municipal services. Want to learn more about the draft document? Visit our website

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#OurStories – Homesteading and the Sod Shack

Adapted from “A Land Reclaimed: The Story of Alberta’s Special Areas” by Jack Gorman. Published for the Special Areas Board, 1988 Now the ceaseless toil of proving up the claim was to begin. With a hand plow and the horses he began breaking the ground but the first sods turned

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Winter 2021 Ag Talk Newsletter Out Now!

The winter 2021 edition of the Special Areas Board Ag newsletter is now available here. This edition dives into tips and information for producers, including: - Using snow as a water source - Quarantine DIY: Vermicomposting - Strychnine: Spring 2021 - Ag podcasts worth listening to! - Deep dive into

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#OurStories – Lee Brainard and the Blizzard of 1907

Adapted from “A Land Reclaimed: The Story of Alberta’s Special Areas” by Jack Gorman. Published for the Special Areas Board, 1988 Every season brought its own version of adversity. A rainy summer created clouds of mosquitos. Black flies were ever present. A dry summer brought winds, drought and grasshoppers. The

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Looking ahead to 2021

With the new year soon upon us, the Special Areas Board is getting key pieces moving for the year ahead. The Advisory Council has reviewed the 2021 budget and the Board has recommended it for approval. 2021 marks a departure from the revised budget put in place April 2020, with

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