Potential for More Seed Cleaning With New Plant
$1.25 Million Operation Officially Opens

A new seed cleaning plant was officially proclaimed open by board chairman Ken Paulgaard on Thursday afternoon, November 1 two miles east of Provost.
The Provost Seed Cleaning Plant marked the event with over 60 people attending and several of them addressing the crowd offering well wishes.

Paulgaard introduced his board that includes directors Jim Cromarty (vice-president), Dan Paulgaard, Lloyd Thunberg, Harry Nickel and Floyd Johnston.

Mayor Ken Knox said that
although he would have preferred the new facility in the town limits noted that it was a “very much needed facility” and offered his congratulations.

Chairman Paulgaard pointed out that there was no money received from the provincial government for this project that cost (including taxes) $1,250,000.

MLA Robert Fischer said that because there are other private seed plants in Alberta the government decided to stop funding the operations.

“You folks have done a wonderful job” on the new building added Fischer. He brought greetings from the province and said that “We know how valuable the seed cleaning business is in Alberta.” He said also that the people of the area have a great grain growing country and a great vision.

It was noted that the M.D. of Provost put in $250,000 towards the new
Farmers and others took in coffee and doughnuts immediately after a ribbon cutting and then looked at the building and equipment at the new seed cleaning plant after it was officially opened just east of Provost on Thursday afternoon. Photo left shows the outside of the structure on November 1.
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seed cleaning project. Deputy reeve of Provost M.D. 52, Tom Schneider offered congratulations to the board “on a fine job done.” He praised the designers as well for the wide area to drive his truck in so he would not bang his mirrors on the wall.

President of the Association of Alberta Co-op Seed Cleaning Plants Ltd., Keith Johnson of Wainwright said that there is a lot of potential for increasing business at this plant because of its situation so close to Saskatchewan.

The old plant just north of town cleaned on average 450,000 bushels of seed per year says Paulgaard, adding that the new plant could handle an additional 100,000 bushels.
More of story in November 7 issue of The Provost News.
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Letters . . .
A peek into Private Adrian Schug’s public war and private life with excerpts from his correspondence:
August 12, 1944
. . . I received a letter from Ceil telling about Carl Kjos, sure was sorry to hear that he’d been killed but a fellow has to have a cat of luck with him to come through some of these barrages, mines and all the rest of the things Jerry has to knock us out with . . . None of us want to be killed but as the boys say if we get it, we get it. So here’s hoping it ends soon and no one else gets it . . . I sure had some good feeds of corn and watermelon lately. It’s just too bad for the Italians if we camp near a watermelon patch or an orchard with a few hundred men, sure don’t take long to clean things up. But they asked for war, although they get back at us charging us six times as much as things are worth . . . Floyd Hansman or any of the other boys from home in different units although one of the Reinhart boys was up here a few days ago but I wasn’t in camp.

November 15, 1944
. . . Did you go to the Armistice dance this year? . . . So you expect peace over there any day, I guess it all sounds good by the news but I would sure be surprised if they quit before spring and they’re in a position where they can cause a lot of casualties on our side. Things looked good last fall but it has changed since then . . . If you find some crumbs in this letter it’s from your cookies Lill, and they taste all right for being two months old, thanks a lot. Oh, Mom, I sent $100 home yesterday so let me know when you get it and if you’d like to get something with it.

More Letters in The Provost News, November 7 issue.
Private Adrian Schug
from the Front More story in October 31 issue
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