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Carbon farmer wins Stampede vintage tractor pull


Carbon farmer Neil Bertsch has pulled his way into Stampede lore, winning the Class 5 Category at the Vintage Tractor Pull at the Calgary Stampede.
    This was the second time that Bertsch has competed at the Calgary Stampede. Last year he placed third, although his completely restored 1956 John Deere 80 won the People’s Choice award at the Show and Shine.
    Class 5 of the tractor pull is the heavy weights, and the competition is simple – see who can pull the sled the furthest as the weight slides forward increasing the load. He explains that for vintage tractor pulling the rigs are to remain stock.  
    However, there are a few tips and tricks on race day that get you to the head of the pack.
    “There are thing you can do to pull better such as tire pressure and the gear you select,” he said.  “John Deeres are very torquey tractors, so you want a high enough gear so you can power it out.”
    “You want to power out before you spin out, and ultimately you want to do both at the same time.”
    Bertsch is a casual tractor puller. He competed at the Drumheller event on Canada Day and will head to the Pioneer Acres later on this summer to compete.
    “This is one of the biggest in southern Alberta,” he said, adding that while the Pioneer Acres event is an open competition, the Stampede was by invitation.

Cancer centre receives Float for Cure donation

river float donation

Drumheller’s First Float for a Cure was a staggering success, as organizers donated a $7,505 cheque to the Drumheller Health Centre’s Community Cancer Centre on Tuesday morning. “I see it getting even bigger next year,” said organizer Shelley Bixby, saying the all funds came from only 30 floaters. The donation includes $1,000 from Western Financial, and is earmarked for patient care and comfort at the cancer centre. Pictured from left is organizers Betty Farmer, Shelley and Bud Bixby, foundation secretary Linda Ames, and RNs Wendy Poole and Tammy Calderon.

Calgary Police have issue an AMBER ALERT for 5 year old Calgary girl

amber alert calgary 5 year old girl

The Calgary Police Service have issued an AMBER Alert, for the abduction of a female child today, July 11, from the one thousand block of Panamount Boulevard North West, Calgary. The abducted child is Taliyah Leigh MARSMAN, age 5, a mixed race female, slim build, brown curly hair, and brown eyes. Her clothing is unknown. The child is believed to have been abducted by an unknown person.

A vehicle previous of interest has been located, however the child is still missing.

Photos of MARSMAN can be found on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

To provide information please call 403-53-AMBER (403-532-6237).


calgary police amber alert 5 year old girl

amber alert calgary girl

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