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A great horned owl.

Nocturnal Owl Survey celebrates 30 years of counting owls

The survey began in 1991 and is now part of a nationwide owl-counting effort

This spring, the annual Manitoba Nocturnal Owl Survey will celebrate 30 years of counting owls — a remarkable achievement for an operation carried out mostly by volunteers. The Nocturnal Owl Survey began in Manitoba in 1991. It’s now part of a nationwide survey, although other provinces do not always follow the exact same format as

An elevator at Solsgirth was built in 1961 by National Grain. Sold to Cargill Grain in 1975, the elevator and its annexes were destroyed by fire on December 16, 1981, shortly after undergoing an extensive renovation costing some $750,000. It was replaced by a new composite-style elevator constructed in mid-1982. Traded to Manitoba Pool in June 1995, the elevator was closed by Agricore United in 2002. It is now used for private grain storage.

PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: October 2019

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these

The Belarus advantage

Our History: October 1985

A range of 16 Soviet-built Belarus tractors ranging from 25 to 260 hp was on offer in this ad in our Oct. 3, 1985 issue. Prices ranged from $7,581 to $70,326 ($16,834 to $151,984 in 2019 dollars) with discounts offered for cash. Stories from that issue tell of tough times for farmers that year. A

Pulled Turkey Sandwiches.

Manitoba Flavours: Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

Plus, Mushroom-Crusted Tenderloin with Mighty Mushroom Sauce

Pulled Turkey Sandwiches Ingredients 1 turkey breast (weighing around 1 pound) 2-1/2 c. vegetable stock 1 c. barbecue sauce, divided 1 bay leaf 2 garlic cloves 1 c. purple cabbage, shaved 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro (can substitute parsley) 1 tbsp. mayonnaise 1 tbsp. 2 per cent Greek yogurt 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 avocado

Manitoba Flavours: Discover your favourite apple

From local choices to commercial favourites, plus an Apple and Cranberry Cobbler recipe

If I had to choose a favourite fruit, I wouldn’t hesitate to say apples. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t enjoy an apple in one form or another. But if I had to choose a favourite type of apple, I’d have a much harder time selecting just one. I love that apples come


U.S. declares wheat war

Our History: September 1992

Our main front-page story in the Sept. 10, 1992 issue announced a “wheat war” with the U.S. Speaking while on campaign in South Dakota, President George Bush had announced another $1 billion would be authorized to subsidize 30 million tonnes under the Export Enhancement Program. Canadian Agriculture Minister Charlie Mayer called the move “stupid” and

In the summer of 1946, Manitoba Pool built this elevator at Miami, opening it officially on August 22, 1946. The former Federal Grain #1 elevator, built nearby in 1927 by Wiley Low (and bought by Federal in 1932), was moved to its east side in 1974 and converted into an annex. The elevator was fully renovated in 1988 and two steel bins were built on its west side. Closed by Agricore around 2001, the elevator was demolished in 2003.

PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: September 2019

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these

Manitoba Flavours: Pomegranate Feta Turkey Burger

Plus, Carrot and Turnip Casserole

Pomegranate Feta Turkey Burger Patties 6 oz. block feta cheese 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb ground turkey 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 1/2 tsp dried thyme Sauce 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 2 tsp cornstarch 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced 4 cardamom pods (optional) 2 tsp sugar 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds


CN converts cars to handle more livestock

Our History: September 1974

The information under this photo from our Sept. 19, 1974 issue said that Canadian National’s Transcona shop was converting 30 freight cars to double-deck stock cars to handle increasing traffic for cattle, swine and sheep. That year was a difficult one for harvest in Western Canada. An October issue story reported on a shortage of

‘Better Farming – Bigger Profits’

Our History: September 1954

In 1954 many farmers were still getting used to the novelty of electricity and the Manitoba Power Commission (later Manitoba Hydro) was promoting its use. This ad in our Sept. 2 issue said that on Hydro’s “third block rate,” 200 lbs. of grain could be ground for only one cent. The year 1954 saw one

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