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Canada 150 recently celebrated in Strathclair

Folklorama showcases Canadian diversity

Canada is a multicultural society whose diversity has been shaped over time by immigrants and their descendants. Celebrating Canada 150, that fact was highlighted at Strathclair’s Folklorama last month. Those in attendance shared in the celebration through food and entertainment, both allowing guests to “travel the world.” Twelve food booths promoting culinary delights of different […] Read more


Mental Health Awareness Day recognized in Shoal Lake

Young woman shares her personal struggles with students

Depression, anxiety and substance use aren’t weaknesses — they are illnesses to be overcome — as acknowledged at a Mental Health Awareness Day in Shoal Lake last month. And no one knows this better than keynote speaker Grace Melvin of Brandon, who shared her personal struggle with depression and anxiety with Grade 10 and 11 […] Read more



Manitoba Little Buckaroo rodeos

Kindergarten to Grade 5 division now a part of high 
school association

Striving to keep interest of the sport of rodeo at the forefront and ensure its future, the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association continues to offer events geared to the younger ages. Designated rodeos allow students in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate instead of just watching from the rail. The Manitoba Little Buck­aroo (MLB) rodeos […] Read more


Saving cowboy heritage

Teams compete for champion status

A traditional grassroots version of rodeo developed over the years from competitions held between ranch hands during large working ranch gatherings kicked up a lot of dust in Hamiota last month. The Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association (MRRA) and its members from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan uplifted the spirits of the history of the sport. Although […] Read more



‘Farm fresh’ is Oakburn couple’s slogan

Steve’s Farm Fresh Pork offers a variety of products to area consumers

Encouraging strong roots for a better food and agriculture system for all, a young Oakburn couple operating a third-generation family farm, has diversified their operation by offering 100 per cent fresh pork from the farm gate. Steve’s Farm Fresh Pork, owned and operated by Stephen and Vicki Yanyk, offers a variety of products to Oakburn-area […] Read more


Rossburn farmer recognized for 30 years of weather reporting

Metro Belbas has been dedicated to providing facts and figures to Environment Canada

Weather is something we all talk about, but for the past 30 years, Metro Belbas of Rossburn has done more than that. The farmer and greenhouse operator has been keeping daily records of temperature and precipitation, as well as notes on the general character of weather, and submitting monthly info to Environment Canada. For his […] Read more



Passion for antique farm machinery

This father and son share the love of farming equipment of the past

You may take the man from the farm, but you can’t take the farm from the man.” That definitely sums up a father and son from Strathclair, who love telling stories of the past from their shop on the town’s outskirts. Willard Moffett and his son David are well known for their passion for antique […] Read more




Closeness of families spurs on interest in rodeo

Hartney teenager says cowgirl lifestyle is everything to love

Inspired by Rachelle Boyes, who not only excelled at high school rodeo but also at professional barrel racing aboard her horse Chico, it wasn’t hard for a fellow Deleau family to get interested in rodeo. “Growing up close to Rachelle it wasn’t hard to fall in love with riding and of course, barrel racing,” said […] Read more


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