Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


A needs assessment of Southwest Saskatchewan residents has identified some key priorities in relation to mental health, wellness, housing, prevention initiatives and social supports.

A fundraising partnership is providing benefits to health care and baseball in southwest Saskatchewan.

Soapbox racers continued a long-time Father's Day tradition in Swift Current when they raced downhill along Central Avenue North in their colourful race cars, June 17. There were 23 participants in the 36th annual Father's Day Soapbox Race, which was hosted by the Swift Current Soapbox Racing Association. Most of the racers were local, and the two out of town drivers came from Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw. Below are the race results:

Senior A side: 1st Aiden Jahnke, 2nd Jacob Dickson, 3rd Joshua Laverdiere, 4th Serenity Laverdiere.

Senior B side: 1st Summer Rose (Medicine Hat), 2nd Jonas Shultz, 3rd Ayden Snyder, 4th Nicole Pelletier.

Junior A side: 1st Kaleb Snyder, 2nd Jake Wiebe, 3rd Ethan Hall, 4th Anahra Henderson.

Junior B side: 1st Elliot Jahnke, 2nd Violet Saretsky, 3rd Owen Schultz, 4th Zayden Dussault.

Sportsmanship winners: Junior – Danica Finlay (Moose Jaw), Senior – Daeten Ratzlaff.

Grease Monkey (Junior) and Wrench Master (Senior) trophies were awarded to racers who were the most hands-on with their cars, either with breakdowns or building the cars. The Grease Monkey trophy winner is Waylan Ratzlaff and the Wrench Master trophy recipient is Colten Klassen.


The popular Market Square in downtown Swift Current opened for a new season, June 16. The event takes place every Saturday throughout the summer until Sept. 29. The season's opening day was well attended. People enjoyed live music, shopped for fresh produce at the farmers market and visited the many food and other vendors at the market. A notable change this year is the new starting time. The market opens 30 minutes earlier at 9:30 a.m. and activities wind down at 2:30 p.m. This is Market Square's eighth year. The event's success was recognized last year with a provincial award from the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards program in the category for a winning practice.


The Swift Current 57's ended last week on a three-game winning streak at home with two wins against the Melville Millionaires (5-4 on June 14 and 7-1 on June 15) and a 8-5 win against Fort McMurray Giant on June 16. It improved the Swift Current team's record since the start of the season to six wins and eight losses. The league leaders after last week's games were the Weyburn Beavers in the eastern conference with no losses after 12 games and the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the western conference with a 10-2 record.


Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre presented an evening of live music by local talent at the monthly Open Stage, June 14. Each event is a musical journey of discovery for audience members, who might see a musician’s first-time appearance on stage or hear an impromptu jam session by experienced performers. This popular event takes place the second Thursday of every month. There will be a special Open Stage on July 12 that takes place on the opening day of the Chautauqua performing arts festival. Open Stage will therefore start later than usual at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free.


If you want to learn more about gardening or if you enjoy gardening and want to hang out with others who share your interest, then the Swift Current Horticultural Society would like to hear from you.

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Business Club concluded a year of achievements with a lunch hour celebration, May 31.

The 4th annual Southwest Run for Shelter took place in Swift Current, June 9. The 31 participants had a choice of running a full or half marathon, or otherwise shorter distances of five and 10 kilometres.

Archaeological surveys over two summers at the Swift Current Airport have provided more information about the airfield's history and use as a flying training school during the Second World War.

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