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By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

The Melfort and District Chamber of Commerce has a new president

Lloyd Muntain has resigned, citing personal reasons.

Muntain served as the director since 2013.

A replacement has been found.

Warren Salen of Cheyenne Motors, has been announced as the new president, effective immediately.

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Mining broadened in Sask as Mining Week is celebrated
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

Mining Week in Saskatchewan was recognized in Prince Albert on Thursday, with notable names in the business world in attendance.

Steve Lowen, general manager of the Cigar Lake Cameco Mine gave the keynote address.

He said they began a major development project in March of this year. They were able to mine their first ore and haul out the first truck load of slurry, their main product, to the Mclean Lake Mill.

Change could be coming for Sask. liquor stores: Wall
By Gerald Bauman paNOW Staff

Saskatchewan liquor stores could be in for a further makeover.

Premier Brad Wall said Tuesday morning there is a chance now to develop a new platform for the next election.

“While we campaigned on a certain promise in the last election, we have a chance now to develop a new platform for the next election. With respect to liquor stores, we want to hear from Saskatchewan people about what that platform might include,” he said.

Business of the Day: TNT Trucks and Toys
By Karen Cay paNOW Staff

For so many, life events can affect a very delicate credit score.

A divorce, a job loss, late payments, or simply being a young buyer with no credit history, can hurt the all-important credit score. Credit scores have traditionally been used to decide whether or not one is able to make a major purchase like a vehicle.

PA Brewing Company expands its market
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Brewing Company is making a lot more beer and it’s all because of public demand.

Danny Dobratz, general manager and partner in the company, said they recently updated their tanks.

“We’ve just increased our fermentation by 50 per cent and our storage by 20 per cent,” said Dobratz. “So that will bring us up to about 80,000 litres capacity a year, 100,000 litres if we really push it.”

Diesel shortage has Co-op refinery rationing fuel
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

A diesel shortage in Western Canada has the Co-Op refinery on rations.

Trucks were seen lining up the refinery in the last few weeks waiting to get their rations from the 78-year-old refiner.

“This is an integrated industry in Western Canada, and what happens in one part of the sector can drive sales in other parts of the sector,” refinery spokesman, Daryl Oshanek, said.

4 highlights in throne speech: PA Chamber of Commerce
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

With the Saskatchewan throne speech presented and the legislative assembly back in session, Prince Albert locals are looking at what that means for the city.

CEO of the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce Merle Lacert said he saw four areas in the throne speech that could benefit Prince Albert in the long run.

The Home First pilot project is one of those areas.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs highlighted in Prince Albert
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

This week, the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce welcomed representatives from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Pierre Cléroux, vice-president of BDC and research and chief economist, was at a luncheon held at the Ches Leach Lounge on Wednesday to speak about growing business trends for small business entrepreneurs in Canada.

Big River sawmill to be at full production by early 2014
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The Big River sawmill has started production and expected to go into full production by January or February of 2014.

The sawmill started production in early September according to Bill Kordyban, president of Carrier Forest Products, which owns the mill. The mill will be up to two shifts by early 2014.

“It’s kind of in a limited fashion. We’ve just started one shift in the sawmill,” he said.

Melfort pizza place awarded for community service
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

TJ’s Pizza in Melfort is receiving a national award from Canadian Pizza magazine for the community involvement.

However, owners Tara and Lloyd Muntain received community support long before they had a chance to give back.

In 1997, Tara gave birth to her second daughter, Rachel. Along with her first breaths came the diagnosis of a serious heart defect.

It required heart surgery as soon as possible.

“If the downtown goes, so goes the city”: renovating PA’s buildings
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

A passionate interest in Prince Albert’s history pulled in Peter Abrametz to his future law office.

“The building itself has a lot of history and I like the location. This used to be the center of Prince Albert. Nice and close to the river and that used to be the major artery of the highway around here,” he explained.

The location he referred to is 1000 First Ave. West. The nearly 120-year-old brick and stone building he scoped out was in very rough shape when he first encountered it.

Anderson Pump House to be inducted into ABEX Hall of Fame
By Shinoah Young paNOW Staff

Anderson Pump House will be inducted into the Achievements in Business Excellence (ABEX) Hall of Fame during a gala event in Saskatoon next month.

The ABEX Awards were created by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce to honour outstanding achievements by the businesses and business people in the province. According to the chamber, the Anderson Pump House’s founder, Howard Kirby, inspired and supported his drive to set out and build a business that has grown to be one of the best to work for and buy from.

Potash Corp unfazed by dip in overseas sales
By Brent Bosker paNOW Staff

PotashCorp said their international buyers have been holding off on making large orders for the food nutrient since the breakup of a Russian potash cartel.

Russia's Uralkali OAO broke up Belarusian Potash Co. (BPC) in July. The Russian producer left the export partnership to drive down prices by maximizing sales volume. Potash prices were predicted to plummet by 25 per cent to less than $300 per tonne following the announcement. set to open 1st PA location this fall
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Mobile phone retailer is expanding and plans to open it first location in Prince Albert this fall.

The new store will be located in the building where the Supreme Basics office products store was located at 425B 15th Street East.

The new location will mean more jobs for Prince Albert. expects to hire six to eight employees to staff its store.

“We felt Prince Albert had a need for a cellular retailer that is focused on the customer,” Geral Buchko, president of said in a statement.

NDP MLA reacts to unemployment numbers in PA
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Statistics Canada has recently released their numbers of unemployment rates for the country.

Canada’s national unemployment rate hovered at 7.1 per cent in August. This makes Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate the lowest in the country for the eighth straight month at 4.2 per cent.

However, in Prince Albert and in northern Saskatchewan there was a loss of about 3,200 jobs in the area … meaning there were 3,200 fewer people working in last month than in August of 2012.

La Ronge offers $20K residential lot incentive
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

The Town of La Ronge is trying to make their housing market more attractive for developers.

Between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28, 2014 the town will offer a $20,000 incentive on the purchase of 30 fully-serviced residential lots.

Mayor Thomas Sierzycki said this is a vital decision to generate movement in the market.

PA Pulp Mill over a year away from full production
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Not only is the Prince Albert Pulp Mill already generating power, but it will soon be going ahead with dissolving pulp.

Dale Patterson, vice-president of operations for Paper Excellence, the company that owns the mill said the pulp mill has already been producing power for about a year now.

By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

The Hudson Bay area is open for drilling to find oil shale after a Calgary-based company dropped millions for exploration permits.

One of Canshale’s explorations has been dubbed the “Golden Plain Project,” which is a play on the colour of the crops in the canola-rich area.

It differs from the Pasquia Hills, where oil shale deposits have been identified and explored.

UPDATED: New steakhouse coming to Prince Albert
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The City of Prince Albert has confirmed a new Mr Mikes Steakhouse Casual will be moving into the Cornerstone Shopping District along 15th Street East.

The permit for the restaurant was approved by Prince Albert’s city council on Monday evening. The permit allows the restaurant’s developer to build at 945-801 15th Street East.

Dave Nussbaumer, owner of the Mr Mikes Steakhouse Casual franchise in Yorkton said he along with the other business owners are very excited about the venture.

Vancouver company sets its sights on uranium prospect in Sask.
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

The Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan is on the radar for TAD Mineral Exploration Inc.

This past spring the company acquired 4,000 hectares of land that is a prospective area for uranium.

Director of TAD Jason Gigliotti said he wanted to get involved in the Athabasca Basin for the past 10 years, but due to timing and scenarios it never worked out until now.

Potash Corp. cuts profit outlook, slows mine production
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. dropped its 2013 earnings guidance and posted a sluggish second-quarter profit following lower than expected market prices and higher production volumes.

The global fertilizer giant reported second-quarter earnings of $643 million, or 73 cents per diluted share, compared to $522 million, or 60 cents per share in the same period a year ago. Analysts had predicted earnings between 79 and 81 cents a share.

Downtown businesses unfazed by MasterCard and Visa ruling
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Several Prince Albert business owners agree with the final dismissal of a complaint against Visa and MasterCard.

The federal Competition Bureau launched the complaint saying merchants were forced to accept credit cards, including premium ones that have higher surcharges.

After going through the Competition Tribunal for what the bureau called anti-competitive behaviour, the credit card companies came out the victors.

Minute Muffler marks its quarter century
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Minute Muffler has been in Prince Albert much longer than 25 years, but Thursday marked a very special day for owners Mark and Michele Matlock.

On July 11, 1988 they purchased the 205 17 Street West location from the previous owners and have stayed put ever since. It was also the same year their son Adam was born.

To commemorate the day and show appreciation for their customers, the location threw a barbeque lunch.

In fact, Matlock’s son Adam and daughter Amber were on hand serving food as they both work at Minute Muffler.

Credit union members to vote on proposed merger
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

This week the members of three credit unions will vote on a proposed merger.

Advantage Credit Union, Spectra Credit Union and Affinity Credit Union have spent the past year investigating the benefits of a partnership between the organizations. Under this partnership all three organizations will come under the title of Affinity Credit Union, which will all their members utilize more branches across Saskatchewan.

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2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Prince Albert based company GL Mobile Communications who have been helping guide their customers to find the right communications solutions for the past 25 years.

"There have been some really significant changes since we started in 1988," said Joey Christian, general manager.