Skip to comments.Dry for decades, Saskatchewan town allows alcohol sales
Posted on 05/04/2013 2:22:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono
HEPBURN, Saskatchewan,- A small town in Saskatchewan has voted to allow the sale of alcohol after being dry for more than a century, officials said.
Hepburn, with a population of 562 residents, has no official law banning alcohol, but was founded by Mennonites, who do not drink, CBC News reported Friday.
The town has not sold liquor in any of its stores for decades. However, this week, Hepburn residents voted in favor of allowing liquor sales.
The town will file an application with the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority to allow a local co-op store to sell alcohol.
Verna Paetkau, 81, said voted against the plan but she can live with the result.
"Some people say they're not going to go in the store if they sell it there, but I don't feel that way," Paetkau said. "I'm still going to go in."
The population of Hepburn was 530 in 2006 - an increase of 55 people from 2001 Average House Price
2011 - $268,225 - based on 3 saskhouses.com listings
2012 - $276,667 - based on 3 saskhouses.com listings
2013 - $241,950 - based on 2 saskhouses.com listingsEducation
Hepburn School - Kindergarten to Grade 12
Bethany Bible School - Private Bible College Tranportation
STC Bus ServiceDistance to major centres
Rosthern - 43 km
Saskatoon - 48 km
Prince Albert - 116 km History
Hepburn was settled in the early 20th century as a railroad station. Connection made the town grow overnight and many people moved to the area. Before the 1930s the population of the town had reached over 800 people. In the 1930s, the area was affected by both the great depression and a huge drought affecting most of Western Canada. Many of the town's residents and farmers flocked to cities like Saskatoon and even to the United States. By the end of the decade, the population was less than 300.
In the 1940s, the village sent over 60 men to serve in World War II. After the war, the town started to grow, and new homes were built. In 1989, the province shut down the railroad line, stranding the large grain elevator built c1928 in the town. Unlike most Saskatchewan grain elevators, the one in Hepburn was not torn down, but rather turned into a museum about the history of Hepburn.
Houses ain’t cheap!
Dry for decades my global warming butt. Oh, wait. We’re talking booze. Sorry.
I was just in Sask.... and Hepburn looks like all the other quaint towns in the province. Those grain elevators are really elegant in their own way
Sask was a dry province for about a decade after WW I...and many of the localities stayed that way much after
Probably the nicest group of folks you will find, in Sask
Like Alberta, Sask. has a booming oil and gas sector...and housing is scarce in some areas...which has raised prop values