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Renewable energy project helps Cowessess aim sky-high
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Renewable energy project helps Cowessess aim sky-high

On the bald prairie just southeast of Regina, hardly anything reaches above the horizon as far as the eye can see save for one major exception: A single wind turbine. Owned by Cowessess First Nation, the 800 kilowatt turbine is a symbol of achievement for the community. With the turbine’s completion in 2013, Cowessess became...

Ogema Library: Past the paperback
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Ogema Library: Past the paperback

Donna Hartley, quick with a smile and a friendly hello, started out with a love of books. This landed her a job at the Ogema School library for 29 years. It was there that her love of books turned into a love for libraries. She began to volunteer at the Ogema Public Library, and eventually joined...

The last train to Ogema
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The last train to Ogema

In 1998, the town of Ogema decided to preserve the rail line that ran through the town, and started a 14-year journey, which began with a creative idea and ended with a new industry for a town struggling to stay afloat.

Second-hand funds fund park
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Second-hand funds fund park

Second Time Around, the second-hand store in Ogema, Saskatchewan, does much more than sell antiques, it also raises money to support the Regional Park.

Gallery to honour pioneer mother’s legacy
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Gallery to honour pioneer mother’s legacy

“That’s me there, miserable little character, eh?” Archie Shaver says with a smile, pointing at a photograph of himself and his four brothers when they were younger. He motions to a photograph of his mother riding a horse. “And mom, she traded a picture of a herd of horses for that saddle horse.”

Sports town Saskatchewan
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Sports town Saskatchewan

The town of Ogema, Saskatchewan is home to the Deep South Pioneer Museum, which houses over 30 historical buildings and artifacts from the hundred years of Ogema history; however, there was no specific home for all of the Ogema sports memorabilia. Wayne Peterson remedied this when he bought the old Ogema Masonic Lodge and converted...

Ogema’s historic firewall still stands
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Ogema’s historic firewall still stands

Around 8’oclock in the morning on Wednesday, January 27, 1915, D.R. Rowatt tipped a gasoline lamp near a burning stove in his butcher shop. A fire immediately commenced, and spread across the east side of Ogema, Saskatchewan. Fireman raced to fight the raging fire. With temperatures as low as minus 54 degrees, their fire extinguisher...

Serving up a slice of home
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Serving up a slice of home

At the corner of Main Street and Prospect Avenue, half way down the only paved street in Ogema, Saskatchewan sits Solo Italia, a pizza factory that separates Ogema from all the other cookie cutter towns sprinkled throughout Saskatchewan. Their unique product, authentic Naples-style pizza,  is made with ingredients shipped from Italy, and cooked in a...

Ogema Wikipedia Project
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Ogema Wikipedia Project

In addition to producing stories, students turned Ogema’s Wikipedia stub into a full article, adding demographic information, history, geography and more. VISIT THE OGEMA WIKIPEDIA PROJECT