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Egg Hunt I forgot to drop a mention in last weeks Echo, but I planted a few hidden eggs in various locations in last week's paper. Did you find them all ? I'll tell you now, there were eight eggs and one marshmallow Peep stuck in the pages of the Echo. More Facts about Saskatchewan We have a little bit of a lull going on right now before all of our Spring/Summer activities kick into high gear, so this week I'm sharing some more interesting facts about our province which I hope you find interesting. * Over one-half of the province, or approximately 345000 square km, is covered by forests. Of the total forest area, 216500 square km are classified as commercially productive forest land and contain both hardwood and softwood species. * Dr. Ballard of dog food fame was a veterinarian in Wolsely which, incidentally, was also the home of the very first Beaver Lumber. * Dad's Cookies were once made at the former roller skating rink in White City. * Brett Hull lived in a little log house a few miles out of Whitewood. * Gordie Howe was born near Saskatoon (Floral). * Moose Jaw - The former Joyner department store was the western distributor of Levis jeans. The stock would sometimes exceed one million dollars. It had been reopened as a Gift/Craft/Souvenir store. Tragically, this store and several nearby historical buildings recently burned down. This store also owned the largest Cash Cable Car system (over 1000 feet in length) that was still operational. The only other one in working order is in Europe or China and is between 600 and 700 feet.. Disney had offered the Joyner family $600,000 for the system so they could put it into their Euro-Disney complex, but the family honoured the wishes of the original store owner that the system remain in Moose Jaw. * In the 20's Moose Jaw's (AKA 'Little Chicago') River Street was the home of gambling, prostitutes and the bootleg center of booze running into the States. The tunnels under the streets there connected the various businesses and were used by various gangsters, and rumour has it, including Al Capone. The tunnels were believed to have been dug years earlier by Chinese immigrants as a way to escape. (Canada had Chinese concentration camps although no one ever brags about that!) . . . . . .