There was also a lot that happened that's cause for celebration.
Stories highlighting community developments, athletic triumphs, and generosity were abundant over the past year in the southeast. Here are some of those.
War broke out in the Ukraine, but the local response was heartening.
The revitalization of Estevan's downtown continued, with an ambitious look through a virtual video tour at some of the possible features for the area.
This past summer was the first with the completed pathway system, integrating the city of Estevan.
The nearly-$4 million project was essentially completed late in 2021. The paths have been a popular spot for people to enjoy the outdoors.
In other outdoor recreation news, the completion of Churchill pool made for a nice cooling-off spot for families.
Baseball players frequented the diamonds around town, and late August was particularly bustling, with three Estevan teams hosting Westerns in one weekend.
Affinity Place was electric through the Bruins 2021-22 postseason run, culminating in them winning the SJHL title on home ice.
Estevan welcomed visitors from across the country, playing host to the Centennial Cup. It will prove to be a lifelong memory for many hockey fans, and it gave a welcome boost to the economy.
The giving spirit was in the air throughout the year.
Just a few of the many initiatives that were successful included DiscoverEstevan's Blow Away Hunger, Radiothon for Life supporting the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, the United Way's 46th Annual Telethon, and a massive Festival of Trees for the hospital foundation.
Golf courses around the southeast, including TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club in Estevan, are popular spots during the warmer months. There was plenty of tournament action in Estevan, including the 27th Annual Estevan Lion's Club Golf Tournament, the Dustin Pratt Memorial, the OTS Oilmen's, the Chamber of Commerce's Networking on the Green, and more competitive tournaments.
Families and relatives from across the globe gathered in the Boundary Dam area to honour 21 people who lost their lives in an air crash 76 years ago.
A rarity happened in the agriculture sector. A 15-year-old Angus cow gave birth to quadruplets, in what was described as an 11.2 million-to-one chance.
Fifty-five people were honoured for their contributions to society in November with Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals.
A tragic event turned into an outpouring of support for a southeast family.
Abraham Neufeld died in a fierce blizzard near Tribune. The community showed up in spade to a fundraiser in Oungre to help the Neufeld family.
Some of the other highlights from the past year include decorations aplenty during
Some of the other highlights included students paying their respects to veterans in the freezing cold, Halloween decorations aplenty, plenty of activity in downtown Estevan, including another summer street dance, and a very strong year for farmers.
Sun 102 and CJ 1150 will be ringing in the New Year with special programming to celebrate the top songs in their respective genres. You can catch the New Year's Specials on December 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight, and from noon to 6 p.m. on January 1.