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Clean your seed with Simon-Day

Our History: February 1967

If you were cleaning your own seed in 1967, you had the choice of these six models manufactured by Simon-Day in Winnipeg.

The biggest news that month was the introduction of a five per cent sales tax in Manitoba. Industry Minister Gurney Evans said the extra revenue was needed to pay for the rapidly increasing costs of education.

In the Feb. 16 issue we reported that the Manitoba Winter Fair was planning to celebrate the country’s 100th birthday with the All Canada Centennial Steer Show in April. On the opposite page was news of the planned construction of the $10-million Seagrams distillery at Gimli, which would use 1.3 million bushels of barley, corn and rye per year.

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The first signs of the interprovincial “chicken and egg war” among provinces were evident in the Feb. 9 issue — egg prices had dropped 20 cents a dozen since November due to steady increases in production across Canada as well as in the U.S.

We reported progress in the national program to eliminate brucellosis — 45 areas across the country had been declared free of the cattle disease, with Manitoba leading the country with 13 areas declared free.

A photo that issue showed famed horticulturalist Frank Skinner of Dropmore receiving the Order of the Buffalo Hunt from Premier Duff Roblin. Skinner, then 85, had introduced 248 new species or varieties to Western Canada.

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