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Cam and Myrna Schweitzer, from left, accepted the award from Blair McRae, Canadian Simmental Association representative.

Schweitzer Simmentals honoured with distinguished service award

Cam and Myrna Schweitzer have been breed supporters for 37 years

Dedication and perseverance play important roles in the cattle industry, from farm gate to association perspective. Showcasing those elements, Cam and Myrna Schweitzer of Schweitzer Simmentals, near Decker, were recognized by the Manitoba Simmental Association (MSA) at the Premium Beef Bull Sale held on March 18 in Neepawa. It was here where the couple received

Deb Maluk showcases photo tiles among craft mart exhibitors.

Sandy Lake resident’s photography carries on a family tradition

Nature photographer Deb Maluk’s mother and grandmother were also avid photographers

Imagination, patience, people skills and passion have lifted the art of photography to lofty heights for Deb Maluk of Sandy Lake. It must run in her blood. “I have been into photography forever. My maternal grandmother loved taking pictures, as did my mother,” said Maluk. “The image of my grand- mother with the camera around


Jim and Bev Levandosky build birdhouses with a unique and artistic twist.

Couple’s retirement hobby is for the birds

Jim and Bev Levandosky of Strathclair create one-of-a-kind bird dwellings

A retired Strathclair couple has provided safe harbour for birds in locales as far-flung as British Columbia, Ontario and even the U.S. states of Colorado and Florida. Jim and Bev Levandosky have been building one-of-a-kind homes for their feathered friends for the past 10 years, full of character and colour. Their vast selection includes cabins,

Resting spots for young and old, along the Silver Bend Trail, cast splendid views of natural habitat.

Silver Bend Hiking Trail restored

Views of the Assiniboine Valley in Miniota area breathtaking

An important link to the history of the Miniota area, closed due to flooding four years ago, has been reclaimed. In no small part that’s thanks to the Birtle Miniota & District Development Corporation (BMDDC) and supporters. The Silver Bend Revitalization project was spearheaded by Jenny Kuemper, under the direction of the BMDDC. The organization

Amanda Flintoft (left), and daughter April Webber, are welcoming all ages to summer horseback riding adventures.

Mother-daughter duo hit the trail at Gypsy Ridge

Birtle-area women offer breathtaking views of Asessippi Valley from a saddle

At Gypsy Ridge Horseback Adventures, the trails are all maintained and the sights breathtaking. As the sun gleams on the rippling water flowing within the Asessippi River, trees sway from a warm summer breeze, riding high or valley low, a great western retreat awaits all thanks to the mother-daughter team of Amanda Flintoft and April


Reg and Carol Madsen are proudly promoting the banner of the World Clydesdale Show, featuring the logo designed free gratis by their daughter Karen Cobbs.

World Clydesdale Show a first for Manitoba

Draft horse show families involved with fundraising, promotion of 2021 event

A Hamiota couple is putting heart and soul into the upcoming World Clydesdale Show, slated to touch down in Manitoba in 2021. Reg and Carol Madsen come by their interest honestly, having showed at the event in Madison, Wisconsin, and they and other show families are excited to showcase their home province with the event.

Michael Bighetty (l to r), Ethan Hunter, Dylan Stebeleski and Orin McKay, were among the students
testing the water quality of the Oak River.

Shoal Lake students learn to be river scientists

School program to test Oak River water brings positive results

Issues stemming from the health and level of the lake, have been as concerning to a group of students and their teacher at the Shoal Lake School, as they are to landowners and recreational users. While the Grade 7/8 students let municipal and provincial officials settle the course of action on the level of Shoal

Jesse Genaille of Swan River was among performers involved in the 2019 
Birtle’s Pasture Pickin’ weekend.

Will this be the last year for Birtle’s Pasture Pickin’ weekend?

Organizers hope new members will step forward to ensure the event’s future

After 13 years of providing down-home music in a valley setting, the future of Birtle’s Pasture Pickin’ weekend is uncertain. The current organizing committee will lose two key members this year, prompting the group of five to bow out in hopes that others will come forward to fill their shoes. “Although the present committee of


Lynne and John Hogg welcome customers at C & J Wood Works.

Shoal Lake woodworking business going strong for nine years

C & J Wood Works can create something new, refinish something old, or do some repair work

It’s been nine years since John and Lynne Hogg set up a woodworking business in Shoal Lake, and while many things remain the same, there have been some interesting changes along the way. Although the mainstay of C & J Wood Works has been just that — whether it’s creating something new, refinishing a treasure

Hayden Charney marked a score of 87 at Broncs & Bulls this spring at Waywayseecappo First Nation, to win the bull riding title.

Student making a name for himself in bull riding

Rossburn teen thrives on the mental and physical competition

What makes a rodeo athlete compete? For Hayden Charney, who began in the rough stock or eight-second world of the sport, there is a lot that goes into being a competitor — both mentally and physically. “The crowd, the guys behind the chute, fellow competitors and friends all make this sport hard to resist,” said