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Strathclair Museum welcomes generous donation

Collection of Sunbeam Mixmasters will live on, thanks to Jim and Shirley Dayton

Jim and Shirley Dayton of Shoal Lake donated a unique collection to the Strathclair Museum this summer. You might think it has something to do with John Deere farm equipment, as the couple used to own a dealership in Newdale and later in Shoal Lake, but the collection involves Jim’s other passion — restoring Sunbeam […] Read more


COPA for Kids introduces youth to aviation

Program enriched by Shoal Lake Flying Club with pilots volunteering time and aircraft

With a top-notch airport nearby, it’s a common occurrence to hear the roar of planes overhead the community of Shoal Lake. Such was the case in July, as pilots helped young passengers take flight as part of the COPA for Kids program, where youth, ages eight to 17 signed up for a free 20- to […] Read more



Antelope spotted in the Oakburn area

The animal is considered to be rare on Manitoba prairies

Rumours of an antelope in the Oakburn area last month were confirmed, when Kendra Sitko took several photos of the animal, and Chris Hrysak of the Shoal Lake branch of Sustainable Development added to the confirmation. “Being a Plains animal, it’s extremely rare to see an antelope in our neck of the woods,” he said. […] Read more


Birdtail Country Museum launches website

This will make history and information of the area more accessible

The Birdtail Country Museum — the centennial project for Birtle Town and Rural Municipality opening May 1984 — now has a website. It was launched thanks to a grant from Manitoba Heritage and Culture, which also includes tech support from consultant, David McInnes, who was involved in getting the site up and running. “This website […] Read more



Waywayseecappo First Nation business celebrates anniversary

Wayway Food Mart has been going strong for 25 years thanks to ‘family’

Attendance numbers at the Wayway Food Mart’s 25th anniversary celebration in May definitely showcased how “family” has aided in the success and growth of the business located on Waywayseecappo First Nation. Store manager, Dan Szwaluk, said over the three-day event, attendance figures were around the 2,000 mark. “It was wonderful, the weather co-operated despite a […] Read more


Vinok Ukrainian dancers carrying on tradition

Both in the community and surrounding areas, group keeps traditions alive through dance

The Hoolobka Dance Group put Ukrainian culture and the celebration of dance at the forefront in Rossburn, and since 2007 that tradition has carried on under the banner of the Vinok Ukrainian Dance Group. Seventeen members, ranging in age from four to 18, hail from Rossburn, Vista, Shoal Lake and Solsgirth. The name Vinok aptly […] Read more



Driver Education a valuable high school program

Local instructors help teens develop safe driving habits

Reasons may vary why adults are lending, or have lent, time to the High School Driver Education (Driver Ed) program, but one thing is clear — they are dedicated to helping teens get off to a good start in the graduated licensing process. “Certainly the people who teach Driver Ed do so out of a […] Read more


Birtle pilot does aerial spraying in warmer climate over winter

When fields are snow covered in Manitoba, Randy Sandstrom is busy spraying in Australia

With aerial spraying being so specialized, it’s not uncommon to have pilots from other countries working on Canadian soil and vice versa. Among Manitoba’s specialized pilots is Randy Sandstrom of Birtle, who is now home from his fourth year travelling to Australia. “As aerial application is seasonal, we are able to work during Canada’s winter […] Read more



Balancing the lifestyle of family, farming and fun

Recording duo wants to pursue artistic side while raising a family and farming

Family farming roots, and following one’s dreams are the background of rural Manitoba’s rock ’n rollers known as The Young Pixels, a husband and wife duo from Kenton, Manitoba. Danny and Tricia Turner released their fifth record last month followed by a small tour taking them to Brandon, Winnipeg, and Kenton, before crossing the border […] Read more


VUELC cares for kids from area communities

Villages United Early Learning Centre provides much-needed licensed daycare facilities

Through the growth and expansion of licensed daycare facilities in area communities, the non-profit organization once known as the Hamiota Kids Club Inc., is now known as Villages United Early Learning Centre Inc. (VUELC). Enrolment numbers prompted the expansion in Hamiota, along with opening new centres in the neighbouring communities of Kenton and Oak River. […] Read more