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Author Sheila Taylor (left to right), Danielle Hubbard, director of the Western Manitoba Regional Library, and Meagan Jaska, who illustrated the book.

Brandon author writes about two special llamas

‘Muffy and Tuffy Find a Home’ based on a Miniota farm setting

In our hectic lives, it can be all too easy to take things for granted and forget just how much we have to be thankful for: the love of family, the support of friends, and the sheer beauty of the world around us. Recapturing the sense of wonder that was hers as a child, a

Thomasina Arthur and horse Drifter.

Manitoba horse fetches top price at Alberta sale

Thomasina Arthur has been selling horses privately most of her life, but ‘Drifter’ is the highlight so far

A registered quarter-horse buckskin gelding from the Parkland region was the top-selling horse at an Alberta horse sale this April. ‘Drifter,’ owned by Thomasina Arthur of Rossburn, Manitoba, fetched $20,000 at the eighth annual Top Gun Horse Sale at Ponoka, Alta., which was held as a timed online auction between April 6 and 10. Arthur


Garry Workman (right) with Paul Brennan at the Strathclair Old Iron Club’s threshing day.

‘Walking tour’ preserves the Solsgirth of bygone days

As the village’s eldest resident, Garry Workman made himself its biographer

“Straw hats and old dirty hankies, Mopping a face like a shoe, Thanks for the meal here’s a song that is real, From a kid from the city to you.” These words serve as the verse to Murray McLauchlan’s, “The Farmers Song.” Released in 1972, the song is a snapshot of the changing place of

From left, Liz Finch, Floyd McTavish, and Morley Butler, RM of Prairie View deputy reeve.

Foxwarren citizen embodies community service

Floyd McTavish is the RM of Prairie View’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year

Floyd McTavish, like many volunteers, is part of the glue that holds his community together. “Volunteers are a treasure; Floyd’s quiet commitment to service has indeed made our community richer, in ways that words cannot possibly describe,” said Liz Finch, a Foxwarren resident. Finch nominated McTavish for Prairie View municipality’s 2020 Volunteer Citizen of the

Eastern bluebird fledglings in a nesting box.

Birtle birders take bluebirds under their wing

Manitoba organization has a long history of preserving bluebird population

Two Birtle bird lovers are flying high in the Friends of the Bluebirds organization, a group that has saved a couple of species from possible extinction. As woodlands continue to be cleared, nesting boxes help keep bluebird numbers up across the province. Roberta Hutchison and Pat Farquhar watch over 14 of these boxes. Friends of


One-day fairs present opportunities for youth to take hold of a lead line in the cattle or horse show ring.

‘Milk Run’ fairs on hiatus

Dedicated volunteers don’t see demise of week of one-day fairs despite pandemic

A week-long series of one-day fairs in Westman, known colloquially for decades as the ‘Milk Run,’ promises to return better than ever after COVID. For more than 75 years the week has kicked off in Oak River, moved on to Strathclair on Tuesday, shifts a few kilometres west to Shoal Lake on Wednesday and then

Ed Brown speaks, sings western lore.

Manitoba’s cowboy poet

Ed Brown of Oak Lake is an award-winning storyteller known throughout North America

Cowboy poet Ed Brown draws on his diverse experience as a rodeo cowboy, trapper and artist to paint scenes of western life through poetry and song. “My performances are an expression of a lifelong love,” said Brown. “It’s a way of life that stubbornly hangs on in the face of drastic global changes.” Brown, 73,

Graham Rannie checks over a full body of spring-sheared wool.

Binscarth sheep producers take farming from hobby to full-time job

Graham Rannie and Janice Johnstone have been raising sheep for years

The Parkland region of the province takes pride in the quality of its grains and livestock, says a Binscarth sheep producer. Graham Rannie, along with wife Janice Johnstone, raise commercial and purebred sheep which they’ve sold to producers across Canada. Up until last July, shepherding was a hobby for Rannie, who worked at the Mosaic


Paige Swain, a 14-year-old student, chalks up barrel racing as her favourite event.

Horsemanship brings life lessons to Shoal Lake student

From competition to leisurely trail rides, Paige Swain cherishes cowgirl lifestyle

The cowgirl lifestyle is building responsibility and dedication for one Shoal Lake student. “As a person the rodeo lifestyle has taught me so much,” said Paige Swain, who will soon graduate Grade 9. “It has taught me how to interact with all types of people, responsibility and dedication to not only my wants but also

Fifteen-year-old Ty solely competes in team roping (l), while his younger brother Lane is a five-event junior high cowboy, shown here wrangling a steer in chute dogging.

The life of a working cowboy

Nykoliation brothers Ty and Lane are living the lifestyle of lariats and horses

Real ranches, rodeos and cattle drives aren’t just preserving the frontier spirit, they’re actively practising it. Much the same can be said for a couple of young cowpokes, living the dream on the escarpment carved out in the western region of Manitoba. The Nykoliation family of Crandall has been cattle ranching for over 40 years,