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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 28, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JUNE 2002 LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach us at 5717430 or tollfee 18777865786 E~midl:[email protected] Man must pay back former employer for illicit credit card use BY SHELLEY VIVIAN Brandon Sun A former employee of a Brandon towing company has been ordered to repay charges he racked up on a business credit card after he quit his Sheldon was also handed a six month conditional sentence in Brandon provin cial court yesterday for using the card to accumu late more than in charges over 11 months following his departure from RWM Crown prosecutor Jim Ross said a condition al sentence was in order for who had no but argued the length of time over which the card was used warranted a term of four to six To ring up more than he would have had to fill up his gas tank at least 100 times over the 11 he Theres an element of planning and deliber ation he pointing out it wasnt a spur of the moment Defence lawyer Bob Harrison agreed with the conditional sentence He told Judge Krystyna Tarwid his client was very remorseful and depressed about what he had Speaking on his own Peters told the judge he wished he could turn back time and reverse the damage he had He said he was eager to find a job and repay the money he Tarwid ordered Peters confined to his resi dence when not searching for gro cery shopping or seeking medical and imposed other Peters was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service in the first two months of his Research making hogs pay BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun David Rourke is hoping a recent investment in a biotech hog operation pays The Mintoarea farmer and researcher is eight months into the newest addition to his farm a hog Rourke is founder and opera tor of Agquest With Rourke and staff do contracts for about 30 different countries around the world everything from the effects of a particular pesticide to how a crop does in certain Farming is not as viable as it should Rourke If I didnt have Rourke farms wouldnt look the same He says his passion though is Rourke has farmed in the Minto area since Rourke grows native grass potatoes and now raises He says he keeps his farms diverse to keep it Obviously Im gambling in many different I havent put all my eggs in any given Rourke Its not for Some may not be able to tolerate the but we were prepared to take those Rourke took a risk last October when he invested in his current hog which includes 16 He says having the hogs in a as opposed to the tra ditional barn allows the hogs more exercise and improves their muscle Since his opera tion ships out about 250 fully grown pigs a He says hes pleased with results so Hogs have consistently main tained an above average index rating selling in the open market since last The markets index rating is currently at Rourkes hogs have been get ting a rating of a rating he hopes to improve to Rourke brings in his hogs every four months weighing 25 He looks for a packer selling them at 113 kilo Its risky not being tied to anybody else any downturn could turn out to be not so nice in a says Rourke says he is making about per hog right but is aware the market price may He says he is also considering using his barley as which may increase die grains worth by 10 or 15 An employee of Nexen Chemicals leads a group on a tour of the companys recently expanded Nexen CEO vows to keep expanding BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun Multinational chemical giant Nexen isnt through expand ing its Brandon says chief executive Charlie Its just a question of when to turn sod This is a good place for us to do he says while attending a ceremony for com pletion of the latest ISOmillion Its location is Its in the central part of the country so we can meet the needs of our We see very competitive and very stable rates for Hydro and Hydro is a very important cost in generating sodium As the market we would continue to look at Brandon as a key place to Demand for sodium chlorate is currently Fischer says he wants to see the market grow and the econo my improve before deciding on further Brandons plant is one of seven Nexen owns in North America and is the largest sodi um chlorate The 34yearold plant has already expanded half a dozen increasing production 15 It now supplies more than COLIN SUN Tom president of Nexen listens to speeches during yesterdays open house celebrating the Brandon plants recently completed half of Nexens sodium chlorate sales in North The latest expansion increased production 70 per cent and created 10 The posi tions pay with eight opera tors earning between and an The other two positions are Plant manager Bill Turner wouldnt disclose their The total Nexen workforce in Brandon is 54 We are absolutely pleased to have a company like Nexen Mayor Reg Atkinson Its good Theyre such a safe company with a great Air emissions of chlorate dust and hydrogen have remained within required levels since the expanded plant opened in Turner Emissions have been kept to a very marginal increase by improvements in the exhaust sys Sodium chlorate is a product used by the pulp and paper industry that is created from water and Manitoba Hydro estimates it will now reap million annu ally in additional revenue from About one tenth of or more than million annual will be returned to the compa ny as a credit against its electrici ty In Nexen agrees to accept shortterm interruptions of electricity at Hydros discre likely during cold weather or low river For the most its a real winwin says Hydro chief executive Bob Nexen is Hydros biggest cus tomer with such a he Premier Gary who has identified Hydro as a corner stone of Manitobas economic also approves of the utilitys deal with We get the revenue from Nexen and are also able to main tain our system when were under pressure It increases their bottom line and increases our top line for Its a very positive Growth at a Premium in Hamiota BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun HAMIOTA Growth caused by a pork production company has created some hurdles for this small Westman Renewable housing is definitely the biggest issue were dealing with One of our goals was to attract younger but we didnt anticipate this says Ed economic development officer to the an hours drive northwest of Premium Pork currently has sows in its Hamiota The company employs more than 50 people at the barns and creates multiple spinoff employment for local with a population of about is one of the few rural communities that can boast a steady but slow rise in population over the last two Since the introduction of Premium a sow multiplying company based out of the com munity has been attracting young workers and their Weve been different than other rural communities for the last 20 weve seen a growth of about two per says The growth has just shifted were still attracting seniors but now KYLA SUN Duncan Murray polishes one of Premium Porks trucks in Hamiota The company is responsible for an influx of young families in the were attracting younger Brethour says the small growth was previously due to retiring Theres a large number of young families moving into the says We were a retire ment community and used to attract a lot of seniors but now its younger The company started in 1996 and moved to Hamiota in when the town won a bidding war against a neighbouring Its the largest influx of people to ever come to Hamiota at one says Hamiota has seen an increase in its younger genera tion since Premium Pork moved to Brethour says the town is incredibly pleased to attract young families a challenge for most rural But Hamiota doesnt have the Families are moving to neighbouring communities and driving into the We are getting anywhere between four and 10 calls a week about rental space we just dont have says Hamiotas limited daycare spaces are leaving parents to find another way of caring for We just dont have the facilities to support this type of but were working on says He says town officials are now waiting to hear back from the Manitoba government for assistance in con structing affordable housing in the community and adding daycare Premium Pork operates in four other Manitoba towns including Russell and It recently opened another facility in IN BRIEF Hen get jail time for assault Two men charged after a young man was beaten up dur ing a house party in downtown Brandon last spring were sen tenced to jail terms Kenneth Myran and Dexter Stoney pleaded guilty to one count each of break and enter and was sentenced to the equivalent of eight months in jail while received a 10month Both have been in jail three and a half With time served considered double Myran will serve one more month and Stoney will serve another three A 21yearold man was assaulted and several including a wallet and were stolen during the according to Two youths were also charged in the Police laid charges after responding to a noise complaint at another residence and finding property they believed stolen from the house Engineers to vote on agreement Operating engineers voted last night on ratification of a tentative collective If they it would resolve the issue behind an intermittent strike thats taken place at the Brandon Regional Health Centre construction Engineers have protested PCL Constructions leasing of a tower crane and nonunion Everythings said PCL district manager Kevin I havent heard of any issues at Were going on with Union spokesman Garth Rice declined to provide Scientists devise field formula Five years of research have paid off for a group of Brandonbased agriculture sci The Brandon Research Centre has developed a system to make Life easier for precision farmers by coming up with a way to get the most out of vari ablerate fertilizer management In the past five grow ing the group conduct ed field studies on hummocky terrain at the Manitoba Zero Tillage Association research farm north of They conducted trials of dif ferences in yields of barley canola and wheat that might be affected by landscape soil weed popula tions and plant They used the information to come up with a formula to make precision farming more cost The study was sup ported by the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Councils Canada AgriInfrastructure Crews put water in ditches A Boissevain manure busi ness is helping dried out farm Sid owner of Redhand says his crews have been busy filling dried out dikes and ditches with Its not a huge money but it helps keeps the guys busy when theres not much to Its good public relations and it does add some extra says Patterson says crews are using manure trucks to fill out dried out ditches near Boissevian and The trucks go through an intense cleaning each time they are eliminating any risk of Redhand has pumped about 20 dugouts in the last Sun ;