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Home for the holidays

For this couple, Christmas is all about family togetherness and fun

Stepping into the home of Erny and Bev Hladun is like stepping into Christmas itself. Evergreen garlands trimmed with red bows grace every possible space, and the smell of Christmas baking is in the air. In front of the living room stands a Christmas tree covered in an eclectic mix of decorations collected throughout the […] Read more


Kids plus horses — a winning combination

Harding Horse Club to become part of 4-H Manitoba program

With horses being social creatures just like humans, companionship is only one benefit that youth have experienced through involvement of first, a riding club, and secondly, the Harding 4-H Horse Club. For the Harding area it’s the first 4-H club of its kind, even though horses have been highlighted at Harding’s summer fair over the […] Read more



Young entrepreneur highlights her community

Shoal Lake teen combines photography skills, community pride in unique calendar project

Combining an interest in photography and pride in her hometown, Alexandra David of Shoal Lake has put together a calendar featuring original photos highlighting services and businesses available within the community. It’s the second time that the 15-year-old has undertaken such a project. “My parents, Stephen and Candace David, purchased a camera for my 13th […] Read more


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