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Berny Wiens fonds
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- Wiens, Bernhard Henry, 1945-
- Carson, Carol, 1945-
- Cunningham, Darrel, 1948-
- Lautermilch, Eldon Floyd, 1949-
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30.800m of textual records
6 audio cassettes
1 object (pin)
4 computer disks
1 computer optical disc : CD-ROM
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Bernhard Henry Wiens was born on September 2, 1945 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan to Jacob Bernhard and Margaret G. Wiens. Raised on the family farm at Herschel, Wiens received his early education at Herschel School. After completing high school at Rosthern Junior College, Wiens attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture and a Master's Degree in Animal Nutrition. He taught science at Milden Central School during the 1969-70 school year. In 1969, Wiens began a family-operated mixed farm near Herschel.
Before entering provincial politics, Wiens played an active role in a number of community organizations including the Agricultural Insight Foundation, the Canadian Society of Animal Science, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the National Farmers Union. He was president of both the Saskatchewan School Trustees Association and the Canadian School Board Association. Wiens also served on the Saskatchewan Committee on Rural Area Development.
On September 7, 1968 Wiens married Cheralyn Winona Marie Krug. He and his wife have five children, Devin Conrad, Lara Nicole, Lauren Bernhard, Stacey Marie, and Teresa Margaret.
Bernhard Wiens was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the general election of 1991. From 1991 to 1995, he served as the member from Rosetown-Elrose. In 1995 he was re-elected as the representative of Rosetown-Biggar. He continued to serve as the member from Rosetown-Biggar until September 16, 1999, when he was defeated by Elwin Hermanson.
During the eight years that Wiens was a MLA, he held a number of portfolios in the NDP government of Roy Romanow. These included: Minister of Agriculture and Food (Nov. 1, 1991-Sept. 29, 1992); Minister of Highways and Transportation (Nov. 1, 1991-Sept. 29, 1992); Minister of the Environment and Public Safety (Sept. 29, 1992-Mar. 17, 1993); Minister of the Environment and Resource Management (Mar. 17, 1993-Nov. 22, 1995); Minister Responsible for the Crown Investments Corporation (Nov. 22, 1995-June 27, 1997); Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs (June 27, 1997-Sept. 30, 1999); and Provincial Secretary (Sept. 21, 1998-Sept. 30, 1999).
Wiens was also Minister Responsible for: Agricultural Credit Corporation of Saskatchewan (1991-1992); Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation (1991-1992); Agriculture Development Fund (1991-1992); Highway Traffic Board (1991-1992); Saskatchewan Water Corporation (1993); Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation (1993-1995); and CIC Mineral Interests Corporation (1995-1997).
Following his defeat in the 1999 general election, Wiens returned to farming. On May 25, 2001 he was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the University of Regina. In this capacity he was a presenter at the Oxford Round Table in July 2003. Other corporations and associations with which Wiens held affiliation include: the Saskatchewan Vegetable Growers Association; the Canada Ukrainian Agrarian Development Corporation; Troika International Lobbyists Inc.; and, Wiens Enterprises Inc. He currently (2010) resides near Herschel, Saskatchewan.
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Carol Carson was born on September 5, 1945 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan to George and Irene Plageman. She has two brothers and one sister. Raised on a farm near Choiceland, she attended Mossy Glen School and Choiceland High School. Carson attended the University of Saskatchewan, where she earned Education and Arts degrees.
Carson worked as a teacher in Melfort, Saskatchewan from 1967 to 1973. She was an alderman in Melfort from 1986 to 1988 and Mayor of Melfort from 1989 to 1991. She was also a member of the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and served on the boards of the Melfort-Kinistino Rural Development Corporation, the Melfort Union Hospital, and Plus Industries.
Carson was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1991 and served as the New Democratic Party MLA for Melfort Constituency until 1995. Carson served in the Roy Romanow government as Minister of Community Services (1991-1993); Minister of Environment and Public Safety (1991-1992); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (1991-1995); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Municipal Board (1991-1995); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation (1991-1992); Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Transportation Company (1991-1992); and Minister of Municipal Government (1993-1995).
Carson retired from political life in July 1995 and as of 2008, resided in Melfort, Saskatchewan.
Carol Plageman married Grant Carson, a lawyer, on June 18, 1965. They have five children: Paul, Les, Mark, Shannon and Glen.
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Darrel Cunningham was born on January 23, 1948 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan to Robert and Alice Cunningham. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Cunningham farmed in the Lintlaw area. He was also a farm management instructor and served on the boards of the East Central Co-op and Lintlaw Credit Union.
Cunningham was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1991 and served as the New Democratic Party MLA for the Canora Constituency until 1995. He served in the Roy Romanow cabinet as Minister of Rural Development (1991-1992); Minister of Parks and Renewable Resources (1991-1992); Minister of Natural Resources (1992); Minister of Agriculture and Food (1992-1995); and Minister of Highways and Transportation (1993).
Cunningham was also Minister Responsible for the following: Saskatchewan Wetlands Conservation Corporation (1991-1992); Saskatchewan Liquor Board and Licensing Commission (1991-1992); Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation (1991-1992); Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (1991-1995); Saskatchewan Water Corporation (1991-1992); Agricultural Credit Corporation of Saskatchewan (1992-1995); Agriculture Development Fund (1992-1995); Saskatchewan Transportation Company (1993); Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation (1993); and Highway Traffic Board (1993).
Cunningham retired from political life in July 1995. He currently (2010) resides on his farm near Lintlaw, Saskatchewan.
Darrel and Donna Cunningham have two children: Dara and Lisa.
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Eldon Floyd Lautermilch was born on September 9, 1949 in LaFleche, Saskatchewan to Milton and Selma Helen (Fauser) Lautermilch. He has one sister, Shirley. He attended LaFleche School and the Saskatchewan Technical Institute.
After moving to Prince Albert in 1970, Lautermilch worked at Mac's TV and Radio Ltd. before taking over the family business, Old Fashion Foods, in 1978.
Lautermilch was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986 and served as the New Democratic Party MLA for Prince Albert -Duck Lake constituency (1986-1991) and the Prince Albert Northcote constituency (1991-2007).
Lautermilch served in the Roy Romanow and Lorne Calvert Governments as Minister of Natural Resources (1992-1993); Minister of Rural Development (1992-1993); Minister of Energy and Mines (1995-2001); Minister of Economic and Cooperative Development (2001-2002); Minister of Industry and Resources (2002-2003); Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2003); Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (2003); and Minister of Highways and Transportation (2005-2007).
Lautermilch was also Minister Responsible for the following: Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation (1992-1995); Saskatchewan Water Corporation (1992-1993, 1995-1997); Saskatchewan Liquor Board and Licensing Commission (1992-1993); Saskatchewan Wetlands Conservation Corporation (1992-1993); Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation (1993-1995); Saskatchewan Gaming Commission (1993-1995); SaskEnergy Inc. (1995-1997); Saskatchewan Power Corporation (1995-1997); Souris Basin Development Authority (1995-1996); Saskatchewan Energy Conservation and Development Authority (1995-1998); Saskatchewan Research Council (1995-2001, 2002-2003); Saskatchewan Government Growth Fund Management Corporation (2001-2003); Tourism Authority (2001-2003); Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (2001-2003); Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (2003); Saskatchewan Transportation Company (2005-2007); Highway Traffic Board (2005-2007); Property Management (2006-2007); and Forestry Secretariat (2006-2007).
On May 24, 2007, Lautermilch announced that he would not seek re-election. Lautermilch currently (2010) resides in Regina.
Lautermilch married Loretta Gail Brooks on October 17, 1970. They have three children: Rae, Eldon and Joanne.
Records created by Carol Carson, Eldon Lautermilch, and Darrel Cunningham were identified in the Wiens fonds at the time of arrangement.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Berny Wiens from 1991 to 1999 as Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food; Minister of Highways and Transportation; Minister of Saskatchewan Environment and Public Safety; Minister of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management; Minister Responsible for the Crown Investments Corporation; and Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs. Also included are records created by Wiens as a member of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party and NDP caucus, and records created by Wiens and his wife Cheralyn, as private citizens.
The fonds contains records created in 1991 and 1992 by Carol Carson, Berny Wiens' predecessor in the portfolio of Environment and Public Safety.
The fonds contains records created by Darrel Cunningham while he was Minister of Parks and Renewable Resources (November 1991 to June 1992) and Minister of Natural Resources (June 1992 to September 1992).
The fonds contains records created by Eldon Lautermilch during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources (September 1992 to March 1993). The Department of Natural Resources was absorbed by the Department of Environment and Resource Management in March 1993.
This fonds consists of eleven series: Minister of Agriculture and Food; Minister of the Environment and Public Safety, 1992; Minister of the Environment and Resource Management, 1993; Minister of the Environment and Resource Management, 1994; Minister of Parks and Renewable Resources/Minister of Natural Resources (Darrel Cunningham/Eldon Lautermilch); Political; Minister of Highways and Transportation; Minister Responsible for the Crown Investments Corporation; Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs; Speeches; and Private.
Public, private and political records are contained in the fonds.
The types of records included are mainly memoranda, correspondence, briefing notes, news releases, publications, petitions, speaking notes, research notes, financial records, farm management records, educational records, newspaper clippings and legislation, including minister's orders, regulations, orders-in-council, photographs, sound recordings, moving images, maps and electronic records.
This fonds is missing records created by Wiens as Provincial Secretary; Minister of Highways and Transportation and Minister responsible for various agencies.
Records are in good physical condition.
Immediate source of acquisition
Berny Wiens donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in three accessions between 1994 and 2009: R94-077 (February 23, 1994); R96-440 (August 21, 1996); and 2009-348 (March 30, 2009).
Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. The arrangement of the records in each series was based on the file lists that accompanied the records when they were received by the Archives.
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Box number(s): 1-161
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These records are subject to access restrictions.
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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act and/ or a donor agreement.
To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.
SAFA 104 consists of fonds and series descriptions, file listings of some of the textual records, and item descriptions of the sound recordings and moving images and is available in paper format. Please consult the reference archivist for assistance.
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Related material: Records created by Wiens in 1995 while Minister of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management can be found in the Lorne Scott fonds (BF 11).
Further accruals are expected.
Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale; Regina - Maxwell; Regina - Henderson.
Photographs, an object, electronic records and maps have been retained in the textual records.
Archival staff replaced some of the original file folders with acid-free folders and photocopied newspaper clippings, facsimiles, and other fragile documents. Elastic bands, paper clips and other fasteners were removed. Large, unmanageable files were split into smaller parts.
Sound recordings: Tape R-15921; Tape R-15922; Tape R-15931
Moving images: VT R-12774 and VT R-12775
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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.
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