The Swift Current Broncos made their first appearance on home ice during the pre-season with a game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Sept. 10. The Broncos won three of their five previous games on the road and one of the game losses came after a shootout. The Swift Current team added another win to their pre-season record at the Credit Union iPlex with a final score of 5-2 against the Hurricanes. Broncos goalkeeper Taz Burman turned away 20 shots and Kaden Elder scored twice for the home team. Finnish import Aleksi Heponiemi was responsible for assists on two Broncos goals to increase his points total to 12 (five goals, seven assists), which makes him the overall points leader among skaters for the pre-season. The Broncos will also play their next pre-season game at home against the Prince Albert Raiders on Sept. 16. The Broncos will play their final pre-season game in Moose Jaw on Sept. 17 before they start their regular season against the Saskatoon Blades in Swift Current on Sept. 23.


The Swift Current branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) hosted the 20th annual Jimmy Richardson Family Picnic and Walk, Sept. 10. The event included a brief program to recognize the contributions of a number of local CMHA clients during the well attended barbeque at the drop-in centre. After the meal a walk took place from the centre to the nearby Market Square in the city's downtown area. This year's event raised a total of $3,918.90 that will be used to fund the meal program. The CMHA serves about 8,000 meals annually at the drop-in centre in Swift Current to clients with mental illness. The meal program, which operates every week from Monday to Friday, provides breakfast for up to 10 people and lunch for around 25 people per day. The event is named in memory of Jimmy Richardson, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the CMHA and a leading fundraiser for the annual walkathon.



Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay visited the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, which was previously known as the Semi-Arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC), to announce the federal government's investment of $35.3 million for infrastructure improvements at the facility, Sept. 7. He was joined by Swift Current MLA and Premier and Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart for the announcement. There has already been significant progress with the work to upgrade the facility. The construction of a new wing with modern laboratory facilities is well under way and the old laboratory wing will be renovated to become an office area. MacAulay toured the research plots after the announcement to learn more about the research conducted by scientists at the facility, and he had an opportunity to drive a research plot combine.


The Swift Current Minor Football Atom and Pee Wee teams started the 2016 season with a number of games at the Highland Park fields, Sept. 5. There are five teams in the Atom division, four in the Pee Wee division and one Bantam team. There is a team from Gull Lake in the Pee Wee division as well as in the Atom division. The two Gull Lake teams have been competing in the Swift Current Minor Football League since last year. A team from Shaunavon joined the league this year in the Atom division. The Swift Current Bantam Steelers have been playing in the Moose Jaw Minor Football League for the past two years and they won the championship in 2015. A championship banner was presented to the Steelers during a brief ceremony on Sept. 5. The Steelers will play their first home game of the season on Sept. 16 at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School sports field under lights.


The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team had a convincing 40-7 victory in their season opener at home against the Yorkton Raiders in the 3A 12-man Moose Jaw League, Sept. 1. The Colts had a 28-7 lead at halftime and choked any offensive efforts by the Raiders after the break. Colts receiver Tristan Lockman scored four touchdowns while Zac McCallum added another. The Colts will have a break before hosting the Moose Vanier Vikings under lights on Sept. 15, with the game starting at 7 p.m.



Farmers and agribusiness in the Swift Current area provided support for another year to plant and harvest a crop for the Rock Solid Refuge Land for Land fundraiser. Seven combines crisscrossed the land of Wendell Patzer, located about 12 kilometres south of Swift Current, on Aug. 31 to harvest a lentil crop while trucks stood ready to transport the crop to an elevator. This was the fourth year that the crop fundraiser took place.


The demolition of the former Oman School building on Swift Current’s south side started on Aug. 29. The structure was knocked down by an excavator within a few hours and work carried on the following day to clear the site of building rubble. The City of Swift Current acquired the school site for $1 from the Chinook School Division in 2015. The school became vacant after the consolidation of school facilities in the city due to the construction of the École Centennial School in the city’s new joint-use school facility. This piece of land was used as a site for a school since January 1914. John Oman, the head shepherd of the 76 Ranch, donated the land for educational purposes in 1913. The future use of the site must still be determined. The City’s infill guidelines require a public consultation process for any development proposals on the former school sites in Swift Current.


Racing was fast and furious at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current on Aug. 27 as dirt oval racers had their final opportunity to score points towards the season championship. During the evening the wedding party of Kory and Teleah Knoblauch posed for a unique wedding photograph in the stands. The couple's wedding celebration took place in the Frontier Saloon at Kinetic Exhibition Park, and the group walked over to the speedway with their wedding photographer to pose for the photographs while the race cars flashed by behind them. The championship trophies were presented to the winners of the three racing classes after the races. Kelly Baumann is the 2016 Modified champion with a total of 357 points. The championship winner in the Street Stock class is Stefan Klym and the 2016 Hobby Stock champion is Destiny Klym. Racing fans still have another opportunity to enjoy dirt racing at the speedway in Swift Current when the Speedy Creek Racing Association hosts the 3rd annual Wild Throttle Fun race – a not for points, cash race day – on Sept. 10 and 11. The Saturday evening race will start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday race will start at 2 p.m.


Wheelstanding world record holder “Nitro Mike” Kunz of Mission, B.C., entertained the crowd in his highly modified Chrysler PT Cruiser at the Swift Current Drag Racing's Association's final drag racing weekend, Aug. 27 and 28. He did a number of exhibition wheelstand runs down the quarter mile track at the Swift Current Airport on each day. He established an official Guinness world record for the longest wheelstand (wheelie) by a car in Earlton, Ontario on Aug. 11, 2012, when he drove this vehicle over a distance of 2,500 feet on its rear wheels only. The supercharged and alcohol fuelled 446 cubic inch Chrysler engine, which has been installed at the car's rear end, produces over 1,200 horsepower.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the third and final drag racing weekend of the 2016 season at the Swift Current Airport, Aug. 27 and 28. There was a good turnout of racers and fans during the weekend. Below are the race results.

Aug. 27 winners: Junior Dragster – 1st Rayce Schultz, 2nd Anthony Wilson; Sportsman – 1st Darrell Eisen, 2nd Dean Hogberg; Pro – 1st Dana Schindel, 2nd Marcel VanDeWoestyne; Super Pro – 1st Dustin Vipond, 2nd Kelly Kreutzer.

Aug. 28 winners: Junior Dragster – 1st Hayley Vipond, 2nd Anthony Wilson; Sportsman – 1st Richard Vogel, 2nd Kevin Snelling; Pro – 1st Randy Taylor, 2nd James Frayn; Super Pro – 1st Greg Mackay, 2nd Dave Martin; Run for the money winner – Ray Dueck.


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