2015, the year that was

By Lloydminster Source staff

January 5, 2016 10:08 AM

January 2015 started with a bang when cops were chasing break and enter suspects, laid down a spike belt and fired off a shot during the action that saw two people arrested.

As years go, 2015 was rather unremarkable. Sure, there were a few cool — and some decidedly uncool — things that took place, but overall, it was not a year to write home about.
Sit back and enjoy chronological snippets of the way the Lloydminster Source saw our community in the year that was.
January
While some Lloydminster residents were celebrating the coming of 2015 with champagne and fireworks, one local mom got to ring in the new year with a new baby.
Born on Jan. 2 at 8:42 p.m. and weighing in at a healthy eight-lbs, six-oz, Mackinley Roman Thunderchild was the first baby born in Lloydminster in the New Year.
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A record-breaking number of participants were on the ice at the fifth annual Myrna Sieben “Learn-To-Curl” event at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre.
“We’ve had to turn people away,” organizer Claudette Bouvier-Harris said.
“Each year we have had a few more participants and this year we have 64.”
The children’s curling clinic, which includes a practice session followed by a game, is in memory of Myrna Sieben, a curler and a longtime member of the Border City Optimists Club, which put the event together. Sieben passed away from a brain tumour at the age of 34.
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The Lloydminster and District SPCA and others were livid about a situation involving multiple instances where someone had been killing dogs and leaving them to be found by members of an unsuspecting public.
In one case a woman found a dog west of the Atco pipeline facility, south of the intersection at 59 Ave. and 12 St. The woman said the dog had been shot and left on the road.
“My main concern is I just want the public to be aware of the situation that is going on,” said Nadine Graham, executive director of the Lloydminster and District SPCA.
The SPCA said the nature of the occurrences were “pure acts of violence.”
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An unusual visitor was seen “moo-ving” through town Jan. 13 when an unidentified cow was spotted wandering down the middle of Hwy. 16 near 50 Ave. in downtown Lloydminster. Social media was abuzz with photos and witty punchlines.
“It’s something that’s a little out of the everyday,” said Lloydminster RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger, who noted the cow made its way into the downtown after escaping a veterinary clinic.
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On Jan. 27,  at approximately 3 a.m., Lloydminster RCMP officers responded to a call of a break-and-enter in progress to a liquor store near 50 Avenue and 18 Street in Lloydminster. 
A pair of pickup trucks were soon identified as being connected to crime.
A spike belt was deployed at the intersection of 44 Street and 40 Avenue in order to stop the first suspect vehicle. 
But an incident occurred at the spike belt deployment location which caused an officer to discharge their service pistol.
The first vehicle was eventually recovered by police, and officers arrested its two occupants — a 20-year-old man from Lloydminster and a 29-year-old man from Onion Lake — just outside Lloydminster city limits. 
The second vehicle,  a dark grey 1993 Chevrolet CK2500 pickup truck with a GMC grill and tailgate with chrome side panels, was not immediately found. No one was injured.
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The Lloydminster Outdoor Pool will be undergoing a makeover with a budget of $350,000.
City council agreed to authorize the pool upgrades with the only nay vote coming from Coun. Larry Sauer.
“Back when we went over the capital budget ... I just felt that our overall costs, we’re sitting at 10 per cent now, and I feel that that needs to be lower,” he said.
The makeover includes upgraded pool liner membrane, underwater lights, new piping and drainage lines.
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On Jan. 28 the City of Lloydminster announced its new 2015-2017 strategic plan.
The city set up a series of priorities and objectives and every three months it will report back to the populace the progress it has made towards these goals, with a detailed analysis being published next April.
“In the spring we came together as city council and administration and management ... and we spent a full day of planning on our strategic plan,” Mayor Rob Saunders said.
“We eventually requested that our community get involved as well in the surveys that went out and it culminated with our strategic plan today.”
The four “strategic priorities” that city identified are “strong relationships,” “vibrant city,” “sustainable infrastructure” and “healthy financial position.”
New for this strategic planning cycle is the addition of individual departmental plans within the city and voluntary citizen engagement surveys. Lloydminster director of strategy Sharon Herbus says these initiatives are meant to keep the public and the city’s departments involved in the strategic plan.
“(Public engagement surveys) are done throughout the year,” she said.
“When we get that feedback, we take that and it (effects) decisions we make in some of our operational planning.”

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