By Lloydminster Source staff

January 5, 2016 11:20 AM

A rare total lunar eclipse put on quite a nighttime show for Canada, the U.S. and Central and South America Sept. 27. The entire event lasted more than an hour.

Five Lloydminster properties will up for public auction in November as a result of the owners’ failure to pay property taxes in more than two years.
Tax liens were registered against two of the properties in 2013, and the remaining in 2014.
The owners received letters by Aug. 1 of the previous year stating that their properties will qualify for tax sale.
Lloydminster RCMP have identified five teenage boys they strongly believe are responsible for a recent spate of vandalism which left 72 vehicles with smashed windows, mirrors and lights.
RCMP Insp. Suki Manj says that shortly after the investigation began, leads starting coming in from members of the public which helped police locate the suspects.
“We want to use this incident as an example of how we, as a community, can work together to not only identify who has committed (the crimes), but maybe to prevent it from happening in the future,” Manj said at a press conference on Sept. 1.
According to a new survey by Lloydminster Tourism, Lloydminster residents overwhelmingly recommend the Border City as a travel destination, but have trouble finding resources when it comes to planning activities for their guests.
The survey was open throughout the summer, kicking off during the Colonial Days parade on July 8.
Lloydminster tourism was hoping to receive 200 fully completed questionnaires but ended up exceeding expectations with a total of 254 surveys.
According to an online survey, Lloydminster residents want next year’s city budget to look a lot like this year’s model.
The Dollars and Sense survey, which will help the city plan for the 2016 budget, has been active for the past three weeks and already about 1,000 people have visited the site and 300 surveys have been completed.
“Dollars and Sense is going really well. We’ve had a lot of activity on our website ... which is awesome, (we’re) very excited about that, but I still want more,” said Nicole Reiniger, city treasurer and director of finance.
The Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC) has officially been handed the keys to its new home, the former RCMP detachment building on 47 Avenue south of 44 Street. 
At a presentation at the new location, Lloydminster Mayor Rob Saunders signed off the the final documentation needed to hand ownership of the site, estimated by the city to be valued at $2 million, to the LCYC at the symbolic cost of $1.
On Sept. 10 Mayor Rob Saunders proclaimed the month to be Addiction Recovery Awareness Month in Lloydminster.
“Addiction is a disease impacting individuals, families and communities here in Lloydminster and across Canada.
“In its many forms, addiction inflicts harm to one’s biological, social, spiritual, and psychological well being,” he said, reading from the proclamation.
Attendance was up for this year’s Terry Fox Run held at Bud Miller All Seasons Park on Sunday.
About 75 to 100 people participated in the event, according to organizers, a good showing for the milestone 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope.
Cattle producers in the region are asked to be on the lookout for blue green algae on their property.
On the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13, a producer in the Edgerton area found three dead heifers in his group of 18.
After the incident was reported, Lloydminster Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Trent Wennekamp was called to investigate.
The deceased animals were given necropsies and three other heifers that had sunburns on their muzzles had blood samples taken.
During the process, it was also noticed that one of the bodies of water had a blue green algae bloom and the water was sampled for further investigation.
A new housing initiative is offering to help cover the cost of a down payment for prospective Lloydminster home buyers.
Until Nov. 4, community-minded Lloydmintserites with an annual household income of less than $74,000 can apply for assistance through the Community Housing Initiative Program (CHIP).
Applicants must also be over the age of 18, currently renting in Lloydminster and not have an existing mortgage.
How many groceries could you pull of the shelves in three minutes?
Connie Anguttitauruq found out for herself on Sept. 28 after winning a draw by the Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society, which allowed her to run through the aisles at Sobeys as she loaded as many items as could into her cart within the allotted amount of time. 
“It’s exhausting — three minutes takes a lot,” said Anguttitauruq, who ended up with $1,117 worth of goods when her time was up.

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