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After 30 years it’s on to a second career

Retired teacher feels creativity is important to mental wellness

After a 30-year teaching career, a Binscarth-Russell wife and mother has turned to a second career focusing on art — creating and teaching pottery and children’s art classes. “There is no aspect of our lives that doesn’t involve art,” says Arlene Thickett, a member of the local art group, the Prairie Arts cARTel. “Creativity and […] Read more


Snow forces German cyclist off the road

Shoal Lake’s hospitality appreciated by stranded visitor

An early snowfall forced a German cyclist off the road at Shoal Lake in the latter part of September. Alexander Adler was able to make his way through Oak River and Hamiota during a sprinkle of rain followed by a downpour, but when it turned to heavy snow, he decided to pull over in Shoal […] Read more



St. Lazare teen wins Star Search competition

Singing since she was a child, high school student Solange Simard’s talent stands out

Growing up in a talented musical family, a St. Lazare teenager did herself and her community proud upon winning the GX94 Star Search contest this summer. Solange Simard, the 16-year-old daughter of Rene and Tanya Simard, was named the winner of the Yorkton radio station’s event, with the finals held as part of the Yorkton […] Read more


Hamiota cowgirl sets sights on world championship

One of two Canadians competing among world’s top 60 breakaway ropers in Las Vegas

Four years ago, Stephanie Colli of Hamiota suffered a rodeo accident while competing in Alberta. She injured her neck and shoulder, resulting in the paralysis of some of the muscles in her back and right shoulder. Against all odds, the 28-year-old has battled back. Coming off a stellar 2018 season of Heartland Rodeo Association (HRA) […] Read more



Strathclair Museum welcomes generous donation

Collection of Sunbeam Mixmasters will live on, thanks to Jim and Shirley Dayton

Jim and Shirley Dayton of Shoal Lake donated a unique collection to the Strathclair Museum this summer. You might think it has something to do with John Deere farm equipment, as the couple used to own a dealership in Newdale and later in Shoal Lake, but the collection involves Jim’s other passion — restoring Sunbeam […] Read more


COPA for Kids introduces youth to aviation

Program enriched by Shoal Lake Flying Club with pilots volunteering time and aircraft

With a top-notch airport nearby, it’s a common occurrence to hear the roar of planes overhead the community of Shoal Lake. Such was the case in July, as pilots helped young passengers take flight as part of the COPA for Kids program, where youth, ages eight to 17 signed up for a free 20- to […] Read more



Antelope spotted in the Oakburn area

The animal is considered to be rare on Manitoba prairies

Rumours of an antelope in the Oakburn area last month were confirmed, when Kendra Sitko took several photos of the animal, and Chris Hrysak of the Shoal Lake branch of Sustainable Development added to the confirmation. “Being a Plains animal, it’s extremely rare to see an antelope in our neck of the woods,” he said. […] Read more


Birdtail Country Museum launches website

This will make history and information of the area more accessible

The Birdtail Country Museum — the centennial project for Birtle Town and Rural Municipality opening May 1984 — now has a website. It was launched thanks to a grant from Manitoba Heritage and Culture, which also includes tech support from consultant, David McInnes, who was involved in getting the site up and running. “This website […] Read more



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