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Roadside statues have a story to tell

Some represent history, geography or legends, others are just plain quirky

Are you interested in exploring Manitoba’s rural areas, and want an educational summer project for your children? Why not research and visit some of the province’s many roadside statues. Often the monuments represent something important in the history of a town, such as the giant Viking at Gimli (which has the largest population of Icelanders […] Read more


Pick up the phone, join the party

Our History: June 1951

You’ll have to explain this to the grandkids — this ad from our June 7, 1951 issue offered tips on party line etiquette, reminding rural subscribers with magneto telephones to ring off rather than using the push button when completing a call, as well as to replace the receiver gently so as not to disturb […] Read more



Developing the economic developers

A new certification program aims to improve and standardize skills for those working to build the rural economy

It’s back to school for community economic development officers. The Economic Developers Association of Manitoba (EDAM) has launched its newly completed, eight-module certification program, dubbed Community Edge, and the first class has graduated, following the group’s spring forum in Roblin in mid-May. “EDAM developed a strategic plan in 2013 and recognized that professional development was […] Read more


Rice’s nutritional value decreases in higher CO2 concentrations

Researchers examine how climate change can impact dietary quality of crops

Rice grown at higher carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, like those possible later this century, has lower nutritional value, according to a recent study. Notably, some varieties of rice seemed to react differently to increased levels of CO2, say the study’s authors, showing relatively smaller decreases in nutritional value. The finding that rice’s nutritional quality can […] Read more



Make the most of rhubarb season

This tart seasonal favourite doesn’t have to be confined to desserts

Mom, how did they figure out we could eat rhubarb, anyway?” my older daughter asked me. I had cut some stalks of rhubarb and was disposing of the large green leaves. A wilted leaf caught her attention and soon she had it draped over her head like a large green scarf. Of course, she snapped […] Read more


Diabetes: what you need to know

This manageable but chronic disease is a growing issue throughout rural Canada

Diabetes is a disease with many causes and no known cure. It’s a global issue, but the impact is felt in communities throughout Canada, and increasingly in rural Canada. If you don’t have diabetes, there is a very good chance someone in your family or circle of friends does. Today, 11 million Canadians live with […] Read more



New grain facility comes to Homewood

Our History: June 1950

The elevator still stands, but without the Pool logo — this photo from the official opening of the expanded Manitoba Pool facility at Homewood appeared in our June 26, 1980 issue. It wasn’t likely to see a lot of business that year — much of the issue was devoted to coverage of a severe drought […] Read more


The high tunnel advantage

St. Norbert small-scale vegetable producers tout the benefits of covering a portion of their crop

When Marilyn Firth and Bruce Berry bought 10 acres on the south edge of Winnipeg in 2007 they knew most vegetable farms that once ringed the city were gone. They also knew they’d be starting to farm at the age of most lifelong growers. But they were convinced more customers wanted food delivered across a […] Read more



How wheat can root out the take-all fungus

A team of young researchers has now pinpointed a way of easing cereals’ risks from a deadly root pathogen

British researchers say the key to preventing the buildup of the take-all fungus is to foster beneficial fungus, which can help the plants to help themselves. Working out the right conditions to support those beneficial fungi and identifying the cereal varieties that are best suited to make the most of that help is the challenge […] Read more


Ranunculus will produce stunning blooms

Grown from tubers, flowers will be produced about eight weeks after soaking

One of my gardening friends grows blooming plants with single flowers almost exclusively. She maintains that double flowers are not as “natural” looking (and actually the majority of native plants do produce single flowers), and that single flowers are much more enticing to pollinators (and I must concur that the flowers that attract the most […] Read more




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