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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, May 1, 1973. L A S C O N INDUSTRIES LTD. P.O. BOX 15 327- 3rd STREET S., LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-4850 FOR YOUR BOATING CHECK OUR DEAL BEFORE YOU BUY! SPECIAL DEAL'. 14 FOOT CANOES Complete with 2 paddles, 2 jackets, ca' top earrier- COMPLETE, ONLY _ FISHING BOATS CAR TOP BOATS CANOES PLEASURE BOATS MERCURY MOTORS MAKE US YOUR COMPLETE MARINE AND BOAT SUPPLIES HEADQUARTERS! The Experienced Traveller Knows Quality MAXI-VAN All Purpose Van Pictured above it the "Holidaires" Variety Band. Harry Munroe, on the left is the proud owner of a new Dodge Tradesmen Maxi-Van. Fleming Motors presently have a good stock of Dodge Trucks. mOTORS Phone 327-1591 LETHBRIDGE Corner 7th St. and 1 Ave. S. Ric SWIHART Lethbridge's a g r i c u 1 tural white elephant is about to lose its title. The Canadian Government Elevator on the eastern out- skirts of Lethbridge has been designated as the terminal for grain corn grown under con- tract with Pioneer Grain Com- pany for the soon-to-be-com- pleted International Distillers (Canada) Ltd. plant in the city. During a convention in Re- gina earlier this year, Cana- dian Government Elevator of- ficials claimed the facility has lost at least 000 annually for many years. They said the local facility has never really lived up to ex- pectations, that the 1.25-mil- lion-bushel capacity elevator was a sore spot in the sys- tem. They claimed poor loca- tion as one of the main reasons for the lack of use of the fa- cility, pointing to the fact that Lethbridge is off the beaten track for shipment of Can- ada's export grain. And this is what the facility was built to do. The other four inland grain terminals at Calgary, Edmon- ton, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon have a combined capacity of 15 million bushels. Another fa- cility at Prince Rupert coming under the classification of a government elevator can hold 2.25 million bushels. At several points in time, the Lethbridge elevator has re- mained empty. This was one main reason the facility 1i; advertised for lease or saie last year. Only one taker re- sponded to the advertisement from all reports received. But with the location of the distillery in Lethbridge and the corresponding expansion of the grain corn industry in South- ern Alberta, the location of the Canadian Government Elevator in Lethbridge takes on a new light. Bill Turner, general manager for all government elevators, told The Herald recently that the grain corn agreement sign- ed with Pioneer Grain will "jus- tify the existence of the ele- vator for the first time." About will be spent to equip the government elevator with drying machines to treat the grain corn as it is har- vested. This will handle the ex- pected production from South- ern Alberta for about two years. Dry corn With bushels of grain corn needed initially, the ele- vator will likely be used to dry up to bushels expected from Southern Alberta and to store the rest which will likely have to be brought in from the the U.S. In either case, the elevator will be in use. Mr. Turner said grain corn will become the most impor- tant grain handled by the fa- cility. Milk River Gram Co. has leased storage space for rape- seed for a few years and this was the most important cli- ent until the agreement with Pioneer Grain. If such a facility can become a key to the success of a spec- ialty crop such as grain corn, what other treasures will it hold for Southern Alberta agri- culture? This region is the choice spot in Canada for di- versification and new products are constantly being developed. Let's hope this new venture by Pioneer Grain will become infectious and that other parts of the industry will think of ways to use such a facility. Battery Rental? You can now rent your bat- tery needs for any seasonal equip, for any 4 month sea- son. EXAMPLE 70 A.H. New 12 volt New 6 volt 105 A.H. LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217-12 ST. "B" SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA YES WE HAVE FERTILIZER Limited Formulas Limited Quantities BAGS ONLY SERVICO CENTRE 3316 -1ft Ave. S. (derail from Stockyards) Open Daily B a.m. to 5 p.m. ;