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Travis Walker waters vegetable bedding plants in his greenhouse
east of Rivers.

Dream of a greenhouse business takes off

Busy couple has greenhouse in Rivers and also near Holland, Manitoba

When Travis and Kendra Walker purchased an acreage east of Rivers in 2016, it just happened to include four large greenhouse structures that the previous owner had built on his farm. “I was always interested in the greenhouse business so when the acreage we purchased came with greenhouses it seemed like a good time to

Kaycelyn Rosales-Knight with her children’s book.

Accomplishing her goals

Hamiota instructor spreading her love of yoga in the Westman area

Kaycelyn Rosales-Knight brings happiness into a room with her laughing yoga. Her happy personality and determination to accomplish what she sets out to do shows, no matter whether living in Toronto, as she once did, or Hamiota, Manitoba, where she now resides with her husband who farms and operates Knight Seeds with his dad and


Junior sulky winner Justin McKee with Art Gibson on his specially built cart for teaching how to plow safely.

Keeping on the straight and narrow

Plowing may have seen its day for commercial farming, but interest in the age-old skill lives on

The 2018 Manitoba Plowing Championships were held the last weekend in September on the Tom and Jean Ryall farm west of Rivers, with sunny skies greeting participants and onlookers. After been disbanded in the early 1960s the Manitoba Plowing Society was revived by a group of enthusiasts in 2006, and interest has increased since. In

Shawn Airey drives one of the Clack Museum cars (a 1924 Model 490 Coupe) in the Rivers Agricultural Fair Parade accompanied by Kate-Leigh Heapy. 

Keeping the pioneer dream alive

Dedicated volunteers keep the Clack Museum going

Clack Museum located in the RM of Oakview (formerly known as Blanshard Municipality) is kept open by a volunteer board. Tim Clack, who was born October 30, 1918, started the museum with his brother Doug, and Tim kept the museum running until his death in 2014. In 2006 Tim wrote his memoirs and with the

Myrna Ronald, a volunteer for Focus Africa, with their display at Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference.

Focus Africa — helping women in need

Winnipeg group partners with African-led resource centre

Focus Africa is a small group of Winnipeggers, half Canadian born and half African born, who partner with Beacon of Hope (BOH), an African-led resource centre in a slum near Nairobi, Kenya. Myrna Ronald is one of numerous volunteers raising money to help Beacon of Hope. She has accompanied her husband (an Infectious Disease physician)


Bev Bennett (with microphone), back row (l to r), Julie McCahon, Janice Hunt, Dianna Airey, Wilma Bell, Wenda Best, present a cheque to Stacey Grocholsky and her daughter Kennedy.

Small community club making a big difference

Harding Community Club has just six members but they sure get a lot accomplished

Harding Community Club consists of six energetic members. They have put on a Sunday supper once a month for the past six summers serving over 120 people each time. When Harding Agricultural Fair is held they serve meals to an even larger crowd. “Dating back to 1893 the community has always had a ladies’ group

Georgine Mann in her bakeshop in Rivers, Man.

Building a business — one step at a time

Family opens Honey House Bakery and Café in Rivers

When Georgine Mann was expecting her youngest son Jesse, she decided she wanted to raise him herself and not return to her credit union job. Georgine and husband John decided to buy her uncle’s apiary business so she could be a stay-at-home mother. “We started making Honey Brand Honey Pumpkin Muffins to sell at craft

Leanne MacKay standing beside potatoes she has growing in straw bales.

Garden flourishes in recycled square bales

You’ve heard of bale grazing. How about bale gardening?

Leanne and Ed MacKay have found a new use for old square bales. They’ve turned them into a garden. The couple lives and gardens near Lake Wahtopanah at Rivers, which first of all meant enclosing their garden area within a 12-foot-high fence to keep the deer from feasting on their produce. “When touring Winnipeg Conservatory


Photography Just One Of Various Talents

Alyssa Krahn, a young woman who has grown up on the family farm near Rivers, Manitoba has a unique eye for capturing life with her camera. At the Annual Art and Photography Show at Prairie Crocus Regional Library in Rivers, she had her photography on display and it brought many comments from attendees saying that

The Summer Fairs Are On! – for Jul. 29, 2010

Rivers Agriculture Society celebrated its 100th anniversary with the local Agriculture Fair on July 6 and 7. History compiled by Dianne Kowalchuk tells that over 2,500 people attended the first fair in 1910. In 1916 a vicious June storm hit and destroyed booths and a stable was demolished and two weeks later another storm smashed