Keith Manning helps with harvest operations on the Larry Swanson wheat field seven miles north of Czar while another combine drones away in another part of the field. Manning says the crop is looking pretty good for this time of year and if it had not been so dry in July and August it would have been a bumper crop. He and others usually get combining operations underway by 9 a.m. and finish around 11 p.m. Because of drought conditions last year, there was virtually no feed for cattle, but there is more hay than we ever had this season, Manning adds. Thompson says that if he farms one more season he will have completed 50 years of farming on his own. Agricultural fieldman for the M.D. 52, Burt Forbes reports that 70 percent of the harvest is completed with average crops being put into the bin. He says that there are some real good crops and some that are a disappointment. ©Provost News Photos.
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Mayor 'on the Mend After Getting West Nile Disease
Provost mayor Ken Knox recently discovered that he has been suffering from a case of the West Nile virus the last few weeks and is now at home recovering from influenza-like symptoms.
Knox said in an interview in his house on Friday with The News that he seems to be improving daily and I feel Im on the mend.
The Wainwright M.D. and Vermilion River County each also have a case of the virus.
East Central Health reports that the three cases involve a 32 year old woman and a 22 year old man who have experienced less severe flu-like symptoms, including fever, while a 55 year old man experienced a mild form of the more severe symptoms associated with the West Nile Neurological Syndrome.
Knox is 55 and confirms that he is sick with the disease, and when he felt the worst, had been sleeping six to eight hours a day in addition to a normal nights rest.
There have been no reported deaths from the virus in Canada this year but last year 19 people in Ontario died from the disease.
An estimated 80 percent of people who have the virus dont know it.
People get West Nile virus after being bitten by infected mosquitoes, not through ordinary contact with other people.