Throwback Thursday: From the Canora Courier files

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates listed refer to publication dates and not to dates of the events.)


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July 9, 1975 – Damage to a 1973 model compact car driven by Randy Anderson, 17, of Canora was estimated at $1,800 following a single vehicle accident approximately seven-and-a-half miles north of Canora. The accident occurred when Anderson was driving south and something ran onto the highway, according to a spokesman for the Canora RCMP Detachment. He lost control of the vehicle, which overturned three times.


August 6, 1975 – A tornado swept through the Canora, Burgis and Donwell areas, destroying granaries, garages and other buildings, uprooting trees, and damaging the branches of many others. It was accompanied by heavy rain and hail that destroyed grain crops.


August 13, 1975 – Canora Jets captured the provincial beaver B championship of the Sask Baseball Association at a tournament in Prince Albert, edging the Regina Jenssen Knights 11 to 10 in the final. Tim Kowbel and Myron Derow each slugged home runs for the winners.


September 17, 1975 – Among the duties performed by Ron Predy of Inuvik, N.W.T. and formerly of Canora, government and fish wildlife officer, were the capture and removal of troublesome polar and grizzly bears by the use of dragging equipment. Predy assisted native people in their annual seal and beluga whale harvests and managed an experimental commercial fishery (whitefish) at Inuvik.


October 15, 1975 – Two tractors, a canoe and two boats and trailers, all belonging to Canora Central Motors Ltd., were removed from the sales lot and parked on the Norway Road boulevard adjacent to the business. A rack with bales was upset at the Demchuk Farms Ltd. yard the same night. The Canora RCMP Detachment suspected the same pranksters were involved in each incident.


October 15, 1975 – Kilometre highway signs were being placed on the Saskatchewan highway system to mark the distances between major communities. National conversion of highway distance signs was scheduled to take place in September 1977, but the signs being put out at this early date was meant to help ease the impact when the total change was to become effective.