Agricore, UGG Merging
U.G.G. elevator at Macklin, Sask. (left); Agricore’s new facility east of Provost—and Chauvin’s remaining elevator that closed near the end of June. ©Provost News Photos.
Agricore and United Grain Growers plan to merge their operations to create a grain giant in the Prairies called Agricore United.

The announcement that caught many people by surprise in the farming industry is expected to save an estimated $50 million in costs annually.

The boards of directors of both Agricore and UGG have unanimously agreed to the merger that was announced on July 30.

If the proposal is approved by shareholders it is expected that the companies would be combined on November 1.

Thirty-six joint information meetings have been scheduled throughout August across the Prairies to consult farmer members and shareholders about the merger.

The proposal needs regulatory approval and the merger plan has been referred to the Competition Bureau.

Agricore itself was born out of the 1998 merger of Alberta Wheat Pool and Manitoba Pool Elevators.

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Aces Calculus
A Grade 12 student wrote his final correspondence exam in Math 31 calculus and recently got his final mark back—100 percent correct.

Matthew Skinner of Provost, who graduated from Dr. Folkins School in Chauvin said that he wrote the Alberta Distance Centre Learning exam at the end of June, taking three hours to write the test.

He told The News that he corrected the authors of the exam “on a couple of questions” and wrote notes to them in the margin of his test paper, pointing out their errors. One of the errors had no right answer in a multiple choice question while another instance a question appeared to be written backwards. Skinner adds that he also found two formulas that were wrong on the test “so I told them about that.” They did not respond to his corrections but upon reviewing his exam thinks he might have achieved nearly 100 percent and could have been awarded bonus points for pointing out the errors. He said that at university levels questions may be written incorrectly to see if a student can detect such errors—but he has never heard of that happening at the high school level.
In addition to the 100 percent exam mark the 18 year old wound up with a final mark of 100 percent in Math 31.

He had been having some trouble with the first module of the correspondence course from Barrhead so got help from Provost Public School teacher Brad Pylypow once a week or once every two weeks. “He was excellent help . . . there was no way to get such a mark without him” Skinner pointed out.

The student says that Math 31 is a different way of thinking: “you have to catch on to that first. It’s very practical and there are a lot of problems. I like solving problems.”

Skinner, who lives north of Hayter will take engineering at the U of A this fall with hopes of designing automobiles.

He was valedictorian at his high school graduation in May.

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