Giving away the ranch

It was an emotional day for Edwin and Ruth Mattheis but they said donating their ranch to the University of Alberta fulfilled a dream.

It was an emotional day for Edwin and Ruth Mattheis but they said donating their ranch to the University of Alberta fulfilled a dream.

The Calgary couple, who are both U of A alumni, donated their ranch near Duchess, Alta., yesterday to be used for research.

“The University of Alberta means a lot,” said Edwin as he fought back tears. “It’s a very special piece of land.”

U of A president Indira Samarasekera said the new research area will set the school’s agricultural department to become “a global leader.”

 
 
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