MARCH 2015

By Lloydminster Source staff

January 5, 2016 10:16 AM

The Prairie North Health Region is expanding its operations by moving into a bigger space, adding more physicians and combining additional services under one roof, a move that Vikki Smart, vice president of primary health services for PNHR, says will help to better serve Lloydminster and area.
Opening on March 2, the new location will be suite 115 in the downtown Co-op plaza, where Smart says they’ll be able to improve what they do with their new multidisciplinary approach to care.
“So there’ll be a pharmacy there, we have chronic disease management there, eventually we’ll have health and addictions, etc.,” she said.
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Lloydminster business leaders are hoping to set up a downtown “pop-up retail” space for small businesses and local entrepreneurs to display and sell their wares.
The project, which is still in its market research phase, would arrange for various retailers to share a common physical location, similar to a trade show or a farmers market, but with more space and permanence.
The endeavour is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Regional Businesses Accelerator, the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce, Destination Downtown Streetscapes, Community Futures Lloydminster and Region and the Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation (LEDC). 
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BuildBlock Building Systems won first runner up for “light commercial” at the ICF (insulated concrete forms) Builder Awards in Las Vegas, NV. for their Musgrave Agencies project in Lloydminster.
The Builder awards competition is held to show the innovation, quality and energy efficiency of ICF construction and promote them as a sustainable, long lasting and attractive building materials.
“The Musgraves Agencies project won for a variety of reasons — one is the sheer number of windows in the structure required an extremely strong wall system to support not only the floors but the large number of windows and openings as well,” said Brian Corder, director of sales and marketing for BuildBlock Building Systems.
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Antiques and collectibles spilled out of the Stockage Convention Centre and into the hallway as the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds played host to what organizers called the “biggest Border City Collectors Show and Sale we’ve ever had,” said Don Whiting, president of the Border City Collectors Show and Sale.

One of the highlights of the show was a model replica of a downtown Edmonton street in the 1930s, complete with a working street car.
Whiting estimated more than 2,000 people attended the show.
“We’re very pleased with the attendance. Saturday was extremely strong and it goes to show that there’s still, I would say an increasing interest in the field of collectibles, no matter what it is,” he said. “My personal interest is antiques, but others collect the darnedest things.”
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After earlier talks of a possible cancellation it appears that this year’s Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life event is still a go for Lloydminster.
“There are over 50 volunteers already registered to help out with planning and on event day,” said Jaimie Bashutski, director of development for the Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan division.
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City council doled out nearly $1 million in infrastructure contracts at its March 9 meeting.
Council approved awarding the 2015 Transit Master Plan to ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. for $411,372, the College Drive Widening project was awarded to Stantec Consulting Ltd. for $285,259 and the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan went to AECOM Canada Ltd. for $237,904.  The projects are entering the planning and design stage are are expected to be completed near the end of the year, after which point the construction phase will be considered.
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A local company was named one of Canada’s “Top Small and Medium Employers” for 2015, the first for a Lloyd company.
Lloydminster’s Integra Engineering Ltd., an engineering firm that employs fewer than 500 people, made the list of 100 other “Top Employers,” as defined by Mediacorp, which calls itself Canada’s largest publisher of employment-related periodicals.
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Lloydminster residents will now have better access to family physicians as four more have been recruited to the Prairie North Health Region though the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program.
With new physicians practicing in Lloydminster, it’s also hoped some pressure will be relieved from local emergency rooms.
“I think in the last little while we’re seeing a significant decrease in the number of ER visits, and as such, the wait time in our ER has significantly improved as well,” said David Fan, CEO of PNHR.
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A man and woman from Onion Lake were arrested and faced 15 charges following an erratic, high-speed chase through Lloydminster.
On March 25 Lloydminster RCMP received a call from Onion Lake saying an erratic driver was approaching Lloydminster from the west, forcing other vehicles off the road.
Police spotted the pickup truck entering the west end of the city at high speeds. A traffic stop was attempted, but the driver of the truck ignored police and sped off.  The truck was eventually stopped in the 5100 block of 36 Street.
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Nearly 40 emergency workers, civilians and volunteers were honoured for their service to the community at the first annual Lloydminster RCMP Recognition Ceremony at Holy Rosary High School March 31.
The RCMP handed out awards in recognition of outstanding performance and meritorious service. The honourees were given medallions with the RCMP crest on one side and the provincial flags of Alberta and Saskatchewan on the other.

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