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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



Teaching the art of intarsia

Decker Colony teacher shares woodworking passion with this mosaic wood art

Elias Wipf, a member of the Decker Colony and teacher at the school, has always been fascinated by the natural appearance of wood. This led him to the perfect hands-on craft — intarsia wood art — a mosaic of different types of lumber. “All of the different pieces of wood have their natural colours and […] Read more


Arabian stallion from Hamiota immortalized as Breyer model

Horse came to company’s attention on social media

Empres, an Arabian stallion that became the pride and joy of owner Prue Critchley of Hamiota seven years ago, has become the pride and joy of children and collectors throughout North America, after his likeness was captured by Breyer manufacturing and released at the end of January. “The model is really beautiful and so much […] Read more



Binscarth woman receives distinction award

Louise Miller is an advocate and supporter of women in agriculture

Louise Miller, a staunch advocate and supporter of women in agriculture was among the rural citizens to win a 2018 YWCA Brandon Women of Distinction Award. Miller is the matriarch of Silver Creek Bison Ranch, located between Binscarth and Russell. Operating for over 50 years, the family business was initiated when husband Lorne purchased six […] Read more


Prairie Joe making its mark in Canada’s gospel music industry

Oak Lake-area family band recognized at GMA awards ceremony

Since releasing their debut album “The Good Life” in the spring of 2017, the five-piece group Prairie Joe, based in Oak Lake, is making a mark in Canada’s gospel music industry. The band consists of four brothers and a brother-in-law: Robert Thiessen (lead singer, guitarist), Joseph Thiessen (mandolin), Russell Thiessen (vocalist, percussion), Michael Thiessen (bass) […] Read more