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New reporter joins Co-operator

Daniel Winters has joined the Manitoba Co-operator editorial team as a staff writer.

He comes to us after just over two years reporting for the Western Producer. Winters replaces Bonnie Baltessen, who took early retirement to go travelling with her husband.

Winters lives on the family farm just outside Oak Lake with his wife Apinya and their nine-year-old daughter. They share the yard with Daniel’s parents, who have farmed in the area for years, raising cattle, sheep and bison and operating a PMU. The Winters continue to run a small 30-head herd of cattle and have a handful of horses.

Winters describes himself as a “redneck bookworm,” who travelled, studied and lived abroad several years before realizing the farm was his destiny. “It took me a long time to come back to my roots, but I am a farm boy. That’s my nature,” he says.

His journalism career has included stints in various community newspapers before departing for Thailand in 1997 where he spent five years working as a copy editor for the Bangkok Post, a large Englishlanguage daily newspaper. While there, he became fluent in the Thai language.

Winters and his wife met in Thailand. They have been back in Canada and on the farm for 3-1/2 years, during which time Winters built a timber frame house for his family.

His interests include draft horses and smaller-scale farming.

Winters will be reporting on events around southwestern Manitoba, and writing and filing general news stories and features from his home-based office on his farm at Oak Lake. He can be reached during office hours at 204-720-8120.

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