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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



Physician by day, novelist by night

Former Shoal Lake resident launching new book

While a former Shoal Lake resident, now living in Langdon, Alberta, would one day love to be writing as a career, she will always be a physician first — a choice made upon graduating from high school in 1996. Having published two books to date, Heather Marie Gooden has written a third which will hopefully […] Read more


Rossburn producer breaking ground in cattle industry

Drawing on farm background woman is carving niche for herself as purebred producer

Ever since she was a young girl growing up on the family farm at Solsgirth, Amy Bonchuk has made a name for herself. Whether showing cattle as part of a 4-H beef project or at an elite show, or more recently making a presentation at Manitoba Ag-Ex’s Taste of Beef event this past year, Bonchuk […] Read more



Foxwarren Arena voted Coldest Rink in North America

Voters went to Rink Rater phone app designed to rate, acknowledge hockey rinks

Foxwarren rink now has another claim to fame. In addition to producing many talented skaters and hockey players over the years, it was recently voted the Coldest Rink in North America on the newly launched Rink Rater app. “Posts about naming the coldest rink in North America were circulating on Facebook and many people put […] Read more


Rossburn family recognized with MSA award

Northern Light Simmentals has been dedicated to the breed for many years

Since 1995, the Manitoba Simmental Association (MSA) has presented the A.O. Henuset Memorial Distinguished Service Award, to persons who have helped establish the Simmental industry in Manitoba. As the 2017 winners, the Carson family of Northern Light Simmentals, located approximately 15 km southwest of Rossburn, exemplify dedication to the Simmental breed through the cattle program […] Read more