Todd Naber knows how lucky he is to live and work in Melfort, Saskatchewan, a small community located about a hundred miles northeast of Saskatoon. “We take pride in the friendliness of our citizens and in the safe environment of our community,” says the mayor, Rick Lang.
Todd Naber is the owner and operator of his own business, Naber Specialty Grains. The business buys and processes a variety of grains, including lentils, peas, canary seed, canola, flax seed and oat products. As residents like Todd Naber like to point out, Melfort and Naber Specialty Grains are situated on some of the richest farmland on earth.
Melfort is nicknamed “The City of Northern Lights.” It is a northern enough town to have regular displays of the Aurora Borealis, a natural light display in the sky.
The bright, dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The Northern Lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern hemisphere. The displays appear in a stunning range of colors, although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The Northern Lights appear in many forms, from patches or scattered clouds of light, to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
In North America, the Northern Lights have been seen as far south as New Orleans. But generally speaking, the further north you are, the better the chance of seeing them and the more spectacular the display. As Todd Naber knows, seeing the Northern Lights is an unforgettable experience.