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Their Blackbelly sheep have horns much like the bighorn sheep in the Rockies.

Small, ethically run farm raises rabbits and sheep

Owners of Seven Bells Fold feel it’s their duty to treat animals with kindness and respect

Seven Bells Fold (SBF) is the name of the farm owned by Bonny McKay and Dale Lucey, located just off PR No. 470, between Onanole and Sandy Lake. The name came about from the fact that both sets of McKay’s grandparents were fishers or seafarers on Canada’s East Coast and in order to operate 24

Candace Parks (centre) talks to attendees of a training session.

Aquatic invasive species training sessions held in Manitoba

Everyone needs to be aware and help protect our water bodies

Last month, fire trucks were temporarily removed from the Sandy Lake Fire Hall and replaced with a motorboat, Jet Ski, canoe, kayak and water-related equipment, such as paddles, anchors, fishing rods and bait buckets. Organized by the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve (RMBR) and Friends of Sandy Lake, with the assistance of the Municipality of Harrison


Students Makena Lawless (Rossburn Elementary) (left) and Haley Chuchmuch (Rossburn Collegiate) helped out with the tree planting.

National Tree Project Planting Day held in RMBR

Project highlighted the important role that trees play in the environment

The Riding Mountain UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (RMBR) held a “National Tree Project Planting Day” last month to highlight the invaluable role that trees play in our environment. The initiative stems from a collaboration between the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association and the Government of Canada, which will see 100,000 trees planted in 14 Canadian biosphere

This image was taken from a trail camera set up in the park.

Studying the wolves of Riding Mountain National Park

Scholar has been researching collared wolves in order to understand the ecology of the park

Since the spring of 2016, Christina Prokopenko has been collecting data on the behaviour and population of wolves in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP). Prokopenko, who is a Vanier Scholar completing her doctoral thesis out of Memorial University in Newfoundland, undertook the research to better understand the ecology of RMNP’s estimated 70 to 75 wolves

Kelsey Connor is the new owner of The Martese.

Enjoy fine dining while cruising Clear Lake

The newly renovated Martese runs from spring to fall and has an amazing dinner cruise

I’m no food critic, but I absolutely recognize a lovely meal when I eat one. And, you can, too, if you decide to enjoy dinner on The Martese, the little cruise ship that plies the waters of Clear Lake spring through fall each year, since it arrived here in 2004. Kelsey Connor, the new owner


Couple protects property through NCC

The “privacy” signs on the gates belie the friendly and welcoming couple whose acreage is just south of Stuart Lake in the Rural Municipality of Park. Fred and Karen Crivea live on their 39-acre hobby farm surrounded by their horses, kittens, rabbits and dogs. Like many of us who live rurally, the Criveas cherish the

Take walking to the next level

Now that summer’s here, why not consider “Pole Walking,” also known as “Nordic Walking” or “Urban Poling.” My introduction to pole walking was two years ago, when on a trip to Iceland I spotted several people using what I thought of as “hiking poles.” Back in Winnipeg, I saw a pair of walking poles in

Dauphin volunteers take up the challenge

Today in Canada, there are no orphanages. This is not because there are no orphaned, abandoned or “at risk” children, but because we have a social safety net and a belief that children are best taken care of in a family setting whenever possible. Today in Ukraine, there are 275 state-run orphanages, which the statistics


See the ability – not the disability

Within the first seven seconds of meeting someone, we make over 50 conscious and subconscious judgments of the person we are about to interact with. As the interaction proceeds, our assumptions are proven either correct or incorrect. Very often, when a fully able-bodied person encounters a person with a disability, the disability is seen first

Reduce, reuse and —upcycle?

In the days of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, the words “make-do” and “mend” were part of daily life. Hand-me-downs, making articles out of sugar sacks and making quilts out of worn-out clothing were the norm.