Doug Knoll – Rosthern 2014 Citizen of the Year

Doug Knoll (left) accepts the 2014 Citizen of the Year award from Rosthern Mayor Dennis Helmuth.  Photo by Kate Kading

Doug Knoll (left) accepts the 2014 Citizen of the Year award from Rosthern Mayor Dennis Helmuth. Photo by Kate Kading

Rosthern Mayor Dennis Helmuth announced Doug Knoll as this year’s recipient of the Citizen of the Year award during the intermission of the Festival of Carols at the Station Arts Centre on December 11. Mayor Helmuth highlighted Mr. Knoll’s deep appreciation of the privileges and pleasures of living in Rosthern, his long term involvements in a variety of councils, teams and committees, his huge amount of time dedicated to the growth and prosperity of our children, his deep love of family and his courage to face all kinds of challenges in both his personal and professional life. Years ago Knoll advised Helmuth to “Keep it short” and he did, getting right to the point and shocking Knoll as he stepped up to the microphone. “Dennis, you did it again, you surprised the heck out of me. I look around and see quite a number of people in this community who do outstanding work. I somehow feel small in comparison, but I thank you very much.” Many congratulations to Mr. Doug Knoll, Rosthern’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.

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Bethany College closing its doors at end of 2014-15 academic year

By Terry Pugh

After almost 90 years of educating students, Bethany College in Hepburn is closing its doors at the end of the current academic year.

The college’s Board of Directors issued the sombre announcement on Wednesday, December 10.

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Exciting personal care home project in the future for the Mennonite Youth Farm Complex

By Kate Kading

The Mennonite Youth Farm Complex just outside of Rosthern is known for many things and has made happy memories for a lot of people. Nurturing every age group, the complex houses the very popular Youth Farm Bible Camp and corn maze, petting zoo and other family activities on one side of the property and has senior rental units and the assisted living facility Pineview and the Mennonite Nursing Home on the other side.

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Students in Laird experience government on a personal level

By Kate Kading

Government procedures and events can be confusing for even the most seasoned voter so teaching our children all about democracy and how it works should be a priority. With declining voting numbers throughout the country, it has become more and more important to make sure we are doing our part to impassion our young people with the desire to learn about and become involved in all levels of Canadian government.

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Impact of Bethany College closure more than just financial

By Kate Kading
A decision of this magnitude is never made lightly and there is far more to consider than just financial technicalities. An institute with this type of history and heavy community involvement not only provides jobs, it also provides a warm and stable environment within the community. A pillar of faith on the prairie, standing strong and proud for the better part of a century. This rich heritage adds a burden on the heart with the closure of the school.

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