Biggar & District ARTS Council are available for bar tending services at your functions/events. Contact Denise @ 306-948-2452

Real Estate

Land for rent… RM of Reford, NW-35-38-18-W3rd, 160 acre; RM of Rosemount, NE-4-39-17-W3rd, 80 acres; RM of Rosemount, SE-4-39-17-W3rd, 160 acres. Tenders close January 31, 2017. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Payment to be made twice a year, May 1st and Dec. 1st. Send tenders to Ken Kobelsky, Box 602, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0

LAND FOR RENT, pasture in R.M. of Eagle Creek. Call for details, 306-948-9186.

Land for rent… RM of Reford, NW-35-38-18-W3rd, 160 acre; RM of Rosemount, NE-4-39-17-W3rd, 80 acres; RM of Rosemount, SE-4-39-17-W3rd, 160 acres. Tenders close January 31, 2017. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Payment to be made twice a year, May 1st and Dec. 1st. Send tenders to Ken Kobelsky, Box 602, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0

LAND FOR RENT, pasture in R.M. of Eagle Creek. Call for details, 306-948-9186.


Shirley Ellis Goring
March 6, 1927 - January 13, 2017
Shirley Ellis (nee Macklin) Goring peacefully joined her husband Norman in the early hours of January 13, 2017.
She is survived by her children: Victor (Gloria); Alma (Peter); Don (Moe); Gary; Judy (Eldon); grandchildren, Trevor, Christopher, Nathan, Tracy (Brent), Don Jr. (Michelle), Jeremy (Melanie), Rob (Marites), Lisa (Chris), Jasmine, Kyle and Morgan; and 12  great-grandchildren; sister, Georgina Clark and sister, Freda Shade. She is predeceased by her husband, Norman; parents, Fred and Margaret Macklin; sister, Isabel; grandchildren, Nicole and Jason.
Shirley was born in Dodsland, Sask. on March 6, 1927 and married Norman Goring October 14, 1949. They raised their family and farmed in the Ruthilda area until they retired to Biggar. She enjoyed bingo and quilting, but her passion was her music. She played the piano and organ for the United Church in Ruthilda, then later donated her time to the Diamond Lodge in Biggar. When her residence changed to the Lodge she continued to play and everyone enjoyed "Singalong with Shirley". Her piano was her joy to the end. The entire family had one of her "grandma quilts".
Shirley spent her last four years in the Diamond Lodge and the family would like to express their appreciation to the staff for the excellent care that they provided.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations can be made to the Biggar & District Health Centre, Resident Activity Fund, c/o Karen Kammer, Box 130, Biggar, SK, SOK 0M0
Funeral Services will be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Biggar United Church. Eulogist, Bonnie Logan, Reader, Moe Goring, Soloist, Clarence Logan. Honourary Bearers are Jeremy Goring, Rob Goring, Nathan Goring, Liam Klassen, Taran Goring, Chris Sutherland. Active Urn Bearer is Don Goring, Jr. Interment to follow at a later date.
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963", 306-948-2669.

Verne Arthur GARRETT
July 25, 1935 – December 27, 2016
Verne Garrett of Landis, Sask. passed away December 27, 2016 at Biggar Hospital. At the age of 81 Verne passed peacefully surrounded by family.
Verne was the first child born to Arthur (Art) Garrett and Anna (Annie Hemmerling) on July 25, 1935. He was born at home on SE 33-38-17-W3. In 1937 Verne’s sister Joyce was born completing their family. Verne completed Grades one through eight at Brooks School with the help of a little black pony named Billy. Verne’s Mom said the pony not only carried Verne the one mile to school but also did Verne’s homework as it was always left in the manger in the barn. Verne was not all that fond of school but recesses sounded eventful and as Verne said “Whenever I got one!”
Growing up during the 1930’s meant Verne started working at a very young age. He helped his Dad farm and work in the Keppel Grazing Association pasture. As years passed Verne followed in his father and grandfather William’s footsteps, also becoming pasture caretaker. This tradition carried on as Verne’s sons grew big enough to ride with him and in recent years his grandsons also rode the pasture with Grandpa. You never asked Verne about the big pasture unless you had a lot of time, a coffee (or drink) and a good ear.
During the 50`s Verne worked for the White Shore Telephone Company building and maintaining many of the lines in this area. He also worked for local farmers. He served on the Traynor Saskatchewan Wheat Pool committee in the 50`s, was a councillor for the R.M. of Rosemount in the 60`s and was involved with many other community boards and activities.
It was also during the late 50`s that Verne started spending time with a young lady named Imelda Burgart. Imelda soon became the love of his life, his best friend and partner. They were married July 26, 1958. For the first year of marriage they lived with Art and Annie while working on their future home sight SW 2-39-17 W3rd. On it was a small two-room house, once used as a granary and a pump house. One year later they moved to their new home with a dog, one cow and a new baby girl. This little girl was Barb, followed closely by Bill, Brenda, Bev and Wes. All five children arrived within five years. In the early 80`s, Scott Meiklejohn a friend of Wes` started to come up to the farm with Art. When his parents decided to leave Landis, Scott was asked to stay with the Garretts while completing his schooling. Scott soon became one of the family.
Verne always had a soft spot for animals and a deep concern for their well being. He worked closely with his Uncle Charlie Garrett who was a bit of a local vet. Every spring Art, Charlie, Verne and Merle Shaw would spend a few weeks helping neighbours get their cattle ready for pasture. Many stories and laughs came from these times. Verne soon became the man to call when you had a sick animal. In the 70`s, a 4H Light Horse Club was formed in Landis. Verne became a leader and the whole family got involved. He was surrounded by family and working with horses. He truly enjoyed this time, but it ended too quickly as kids started leaving home. In later years, much to Verne’s delight his grandchildren became involved with 4H Light Horse and Beef Clubs.
Through the years Verne came a long way from his humble beginnings. Verne and his dad Art bought their first horned Hereford bull in the 50’s and their first purebred females in 1965. With the help of Art, Imelda and family, Garrett’s herd grew in quality and numbers. In later years with his sons, Bill and Wes and their families, the ranch has grown into a thriving commercial and purebred horned Hereford cattle operation that Verne was very proud of. They sold cattle in all the western provinces, the Republic of Czechlovakia and Russia. On February 16, 2001 Verne was inducted into the North West Hereford Zone Honour Roll for his contributions to the Hereford breed over the years.
Verne was always known as a great storyteller. Their house was always busy with friends and neighbours popping in. A neighbour best described it in 1983 when Verne and Imelda celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary “Verne and Imelda`s door is always open and the coffee pot is always on”. Imelda passed away in 1992 and Verne moved into Landis in 2004. He kept busy in his wood working shop building bird houses, miniature barns, toy wagons and sleighs for horses including the harness; he even built fish wackers. Verne stayed totally involved in the farming and ranching operations, travelling up to the ranch to help or supervise wherever he could. Even in his very last days Verne was always up on the markets and any Ranch activities.
Verne was a very strong family man. Always involved with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always there to advise and help when needed. In earlier years many good times were shared with Verne’s sister Joyce and Merle Shaw and family, always together as one big family. Unforgettable family gatherings, camping and fishing trips will always be in our memory.
Verne was predeceased by his wife, Imelda (Burgart) Garrett; parents, Art and Annie (Hemmerling) Garrett; parents-in-law, John and Agnes (Sander) Burgart.
He is survived by children: Barb (Cliff) Kappel, Bill Garrett, Brenda (Carl) Reddick, Bev Garrett (Bob)Atkinson and Wes (Bernadette) Garrett; grandchildren: Brad (Darcy) Kappel, Amanda (Kurt) Emms, Matthew Martin, Luke Garrett, Janel Reddick (Joel), Carlee Reddick (Tylor), Bailen (Roxanne) Atkinson, Jamieson (Krystaline) Atkinson, Colton Atkinson (Liz), Dustin Garrett, Cody Garrett, Austin Garrett; great-grandchildren: Lachlan, Korie and Victoria Kappel, Teagan and Brielle Emms, Bentley, Brooklyn and Boston Atkinson.
A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 at 2:00 p.m. from Landis Complex, Landis, Sask. Donations may be directed to the Biggar & District Health Foundation, Box 130, Biggar, SK S0K 0M0 in lieu of flowers.
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963", 306-948-2669

Eileen Marjorie Naomi Ives (nee McMillan)
December 13, 1933 - January 11, 2017
It is with great sadness and unending love that Eileen's family announces her passing on January 11, 2017 in Biggar, Sask. at the Biggar and District Health Centre Long Term Care after a long battle with Alzheimers.
Eileen was the second child born on December 13, 1933 in North Battleford, Sask. to loving parents, Blanche and Arthur McMillan.
She met her devoted husband, Ronald Ives, in 1952 and they married June 8, 1955. She worked as a telephone operator and Ronald was a firefighter in North Battleford. They were blessed with two children while they were there. First a daughter, Rhonda Lee, in 1957 and a son, Brian Wayne, in 1958. They moved to Biggar in 1960 and in 1962 were blessed with another daughter, Roxanne Marie.
Eileen went back to school when their children were older and passed her Special Care Aid course and went to work at the Diamond Lodge and Ronald worked the CN until they retired.
They loved to travel and spent many winters in Hawaii and Mexico. They also went to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and other warm places.
She was a wonderful mother and a caring loving grandmother and true friend to many.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald, in 2007; her parents, Art and Blanche McMillan; and her brothers, Verne McMillan and Gary McMillan.
She is survived by her brother, Boyd. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her children, Rhonda Hynne; Brian (Brenda) Ives; Roxanne (Grant) Silbernagel; grandchildren, Jennifer, Tyler, Chantelle, Shaunna, Nikita and Jeffery; and great-grandchildren, Casey, Arrianna, Cabri, Carver, Cooper, Harrison, Lexi and Akira. She will also be greatly missed by her extended family and friends.
As per her wishes, a celebration of Eileen's life will be held at a later date.
Special thanks to Dr. Muller and all the staff members at the Biggar & District Health Centre for all your loving care and compassionate care of Eileen over the years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association of Sask., 301-2550-12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3X1.
Grondin Funeral Services, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, "Our family serving your family since 1963", 306-948-2669.


Cleaning services
for Corporate office, Rack Petroleum
-Open for Tender-
Contact for more information…
David Sneddon
306-948-1888 (office)
306-658-3024 (cell)


Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Landfill OR contact Quentin Sittler at 306-658-2132
MAIN STREET GARAGE SALE is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 306-948-1773 or 306-948-5393. Pick-up available.


HOULT, Jim: In memory of Jim, May 16, 1946 - January 19, 2015.
"It's hard to believe that two years have
gone by since you left us."
You are sadly missed by
Brenda (Ray) Wood and family; Bob (Donna) Hoult and family

CORMIER: In loving memory of John who passed away, January 19, 2016.
"Sleep on, dear husband, take your rest,
They miss you most, who loved you best;
Friends may be friends, if they be true,
But I lost my best friend when I lost you."
Lovingly remembered by Chris; Marie and Jason (Cameron and Anastasia); Cecile and Blair (Erika, Lauren, Elias, Josephine); Suzanne and Jon.


Notice… Biggar & District Credit Union has the following fundraising opportunity available to local service groups and/or organizations: Cater supper for the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 22 at the Biggar Community Hall (approx. 170 people attend). If interested, please submit proposal including menu and price per plate to or for further details contact Diane/Cathy at 306-948-3352. Deadline for proposals is 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 17.


For Rent… two bedroom house, stove, fridge, washer, dryer. $500/month plus utilities. Available February 2017. Phone: 306-932-4558

3-bedroom house for rent, one block from school. 306-948-5291.

For Rent: 2 bedroom house, partially furnished and close to downtown. N/S. Available immediately, $600/month + utilities. Reduced rate with lease. 306-948-8052


Biggar & District Credit Union requires a
Full-Time Member Services Representative

If you enjoy working with people,
we’d like to talk to you!
The core function of this position is to respond to our members’ needs by providing excellent service ie. the delivery of cash services as well as other credit union products and services. This position reports to the Member Services Team Leader. The successful applicant will be required to work in both branches – Biggar and Perdue.
The position requires a confident individual with a positive attitude toward learning and change, shows initiative, can work independently and is friendly, outgoing and reliable. Minimum Grade 12 education is required, along with a working knowledge of computers and technology. Cash-handling experience would be beneficial.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes group benefits, an 8% matched pension plan, and a HealthCare Spending Account. You would work with a committed team in a fun, rewarding and flexible environment. Career advancement opportunities and continuous learning and development also make this a great place to work!

Our organization is very dedicated to the growth and prosperity of the community and its residents. If you’d like to be part of our team, submit your resume by February 3, 2017 to:
Biggar & District Credit Union
P.O. Box 670
Attn: Human Resources
We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however,
only those under consideration will be contacted.

APA Archery has a part-time/full-time position open in our manufacturing shop., Duties will include assembly, sandblasting and other tasks as required. Drop off resume WITH REFERENCES at 704 Main Street or email to

Coming Events

MONDAY, JANUARY 30: Donors Choice Annual meeting, 7 p.m. at New Horizons boardroom. Donors Choice Board Members and a Representative from local organizations supported by Donors Choice, please, please attend. We need your support!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11: Biggar & District Health Services Foundation fundraiser and auction presents… "A Red Carpet Evening", cocktails @ 5:30 p.m.; dinner @ 6:30 p.m; Live Dance music duo… "Better Than Nothing", at Biggar Community Hall. Live & Silent Auctions. Ticket purchase = chance to win 1 of 2 $1000 cash prizes. Tickets, $50. Available at The Biggar Independent, 122 Main St., Biggar.


Happy 40th Birthday!
“Kevin Fyson”
on January 23!
Love… Tanya, Brody, Morgan and Ruby

Happy 50th Birthday Rhonda
on January 23rd
You’re the Best!!
All our love, Gary, Rose and Mom

Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Biggar Hospital. Your professional care and support as well as your personal touch for Dad and our family was greatly appreciated. Your kindness will always be remembered.
Thank you again,
from the Garrett Family