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Bidding farewell to the grain industry

Brian McMullan retires after being a part of it for 40-plus years

Hard work, dusty quarters, and small truckloads of grain have given way to much quicker means of moving large volumes of product from the bin to the port in recent years. And for over four decades, Brian McMullan of Shoal Lake has been a part of it all. But after 40-plus years, McMullan retired from […] Read more


Decker Colony celebrates after overcoming challenges

Friends and neighbours once again met together with colony for annual get-together

Decker Colony’s annual holiday get-together in December 2018 had special meaning and was a time of thanks for the Hutterite community for hardships overcome. In May of 2017 fire destroyed two-thirds of its large equipment shed and a number of vehicles within it. The building not only served as a main cog in the farming […] Read more



Newdale restaurant owner shows appreciation with food

For three years Sharon Keene has put on a customer appreciation dinner

Appreciation can be expressed in many ways, but Sharon Keene of Newdale prefers to say thank you with food. And there was no better time for the owner of the Newdale Family Diner to thank her customers than during the Christmas season, as she did in 2018. For the past three years, Keene has treated […] Read more


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