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Oakburn farm boy loves to play his fiddle

Youngest of three opts for music and dance versus hockey

Adamant he didn’t want to play hockey like his two older brothers, Nicholas Nowosad of Oakburn surprised his parents when he declared he wanted to learn to play the violin instead. And several years later, the eight-year-old fiddled his way to second place in his age category at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in 2016. […] Read more


Automatic weather station expanded, modernized

Shoal Lake Airport’s data collection part of grid design

The weather is always a topic of conversation, and with recent upgrades to the automatic weather station at the Shoal Lake Airport, there will be even more details to discuss. According to Nathon Kucherhan, supervisor of Meteorological Services of Canada, based in Winnipeg, the upgrade includes all new infrastructure: cable, signal and power structures and […] Read more



Saving a local newspaper

Strathclair & District Review continues to operate 
with a combination of paid workers and volunteers

Over the course of 40-plus years, hundreds of volunteers have played a role in having a newspaper published in Strathclair, Manitoba. Knowing that people are interested in what is happening around them, they sought out local news and information. Blended with advertising, it held value for a considerable amount of time. At least to the […] Read more


Shoal Lake Ag Society director recognized by MAAS

Sophie Sytnyk awarded an Honorary Life Membership for her 39 years of service and numerous other community contributions

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; however, indeed they have the heart.”
 Those words truly sum up a Shoal Lake Agricultural Society director who served for nearly 40 years before resigning her post in 2015. Prior to her resignation, Sophie Sytnyk was among the eight elite directors within the province to be recognized and […] Read more



Cairn dedicated for gift of land

Property contributed to MHHC has been in the Crew family for half a century

Family, friends and neighbours of Frank Crew, along with representatives of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC), came together last fall to recognize and thank the Birtle citizen and retired farmer for his contribution and donation of land that had been part of his family’s farm for half a century. A permanent cairn was unveiled […] Read more


High school rodeo wraps up first session of 2015-16

Once more, a group of season leaders showcases their talents

Members of the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) wrapped up the first session of the 2015-16 year in Oak Lake in September. Other stops included Minnedosa, Winkler, Russell, Virden, Selkirk, and Beausejour, adding up to 12 go-rounds or competitions overall. Junior High (JH) cowgirl, Tess Mortenson of Souris, N.D. sits in first place of […] Read more



Starting a farmers’ market

Shoal Lake Ag Society aims to see markets thrive and vendors grow

Starting a farmers’ market is a challenging task. The Shoal Lake Agricultural Society learned this first hand in hosting single-day markets this past summer. Besides generating a customer and vendor base there are also key administrative foundations that need to be established. Although 2014 was the first year that Shoal Lake became involved in a […] Read more


Strathclair Museum goes digital

Computerized system used to showcase 
historical value of an artifact

The Strathclair Museum Association was established in 1974 by a group of citizens who felt it was important to preserve items related to the history of Strathclair and surrounding communities. Five years ago the museum board started a project to upgrade the records to a computerized system specifically designed for small museums and archives. “The […] Read more



Manitoba student enjoying rodeo

Stran Dunham credits his parents 
for his love of the sport

Stran Dunham — a rookie in the Junior High division of the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), had his excitement for ropes and rodeo carved into him, thanks to his parents, Sheena and Kevin Dunham of Souris. His mom was among the first high school rodeo competitors from Manitoba to cross over into Saskatchewan […] Read more


girl riding a horse in a rodeo

Third generation continues family’s rodeo passion

MHSRA member has been riding since she was two years old and barrel racing since four

Passed down through generations, rodeo has been in two Manitoba families — Cochrane and Boyes for quite some time. Presently competing as a high school rookie in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), Jenel Boyes, a student at Hartney School, has been in the saddle since she was two and barrel racing since the […] Read more