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Author Sheila Taylor (left to right), Danielle Hubbard, director of the Western Manitoba Regional Library, and Meagan Jaska, who illustrated the book.

Brandon author writes about two special llamas

‘Muffy and Tuffy Find a Home’ based on a Miniota farm setting

In our hectic lives, it can be all too easy to take things for granted and forget just how much we have to be thankful for: the love of family, the support of friends, and the sheer beauty of the world around us. Recapturing the sense of wonder that was hers as a child, a

Rural Manitoba libraries have responded to COVID restrictions by adapting their services, curbside pickup being one of them.

Libraries press on in COVID era

From curbside pickup to more e-books, local libraries make the best of it

The past year has been a difficult one for many businesses and offices. As conditions and regulations changed from month to month, libraries — like other businesses — have had to adjust and develop different strategies in order to continue serving the public. It hasn’t been easy but most rural libraries have continued operating to


The 2021 edition of The Prairie Garden.

The Prairie Garden highlights latest in hardy flowering shrubs

The 82nd edition also reprises previous popular publication on roses

The newest edition of The Prairie Garden highlights the latest and greatest in Manitoba-hardy flowering shrubs and roses. “Flowers are truly a lifeline to another world,” guest-editor Philip Ronald said in a virtual launch of the periodical. The Prairie Garden, which is produced by a group of volunteers, is Canada’s only Prairie-specific gardening annual and

The Rise and Fall of United Grain Growers was not an easy book to write, its author Paul Earl told a crowd attending the book’s launch at McNally Robinson’s
Grant Park store in Winnipeg Nov. 4.

Book chronicles the rise and fall of farmer-owned grain companies

Paul Earl concludes Agricore United didn’t have to be sacrificed on the altar of shareholder primacy

What began in 2004 as a history of United Grain Growers (UGG) founded in 1906, morphed into a chronicling of the birth and death of the West’s farmer-owned, co-operative grain companies and an investigation and challenging of the notion of shareholder primacy, which delivered the final blow to farmer dominance in the grain business and

“My hackles rise when I hear people say farmers want to ‘douse’ their crops with chemicals or ‘slaughter’ their land with fertilizer.” – Robert Saik.

Food 5.0 challenges agriculture misconceptions

Book tackles fear of pesticides, GMOs and new technologies with facts and common sense

Author Robert Saik concludes his just-released book Food 5.0 with the following observation — “I have immense faith in our farmers to feed the future… we just have to let them.” The book is aimed at the 99.8 per cent of the population who Saik figures have no on-the-ground knowledge of modern agriculture and explains


Heather Marie Gooden.

Physician by day, novelist by night

Former Shoal Lake resident launching new book

While a former Shoal Lake resident, now living in Langdon, Alberta, would one day love to be writing as a career, she will always be a physician first — a choice made upon graduating from high school in 1996. Having published two books to date, Heather Marie Gooden has written a third which will hopefully

Alain and Michelle Philippot, with Laurette Philippot and a historic photo of their farm.

Canadian dairy history book celebrates Canada 150

Dairy farmers across Canada are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial with a historical volume

With Canada’s 150th birthday just around the corner, dairy farmers across the country are sharing their stories in a new book. “It’s a really neat look at our history,” said David Wiens, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair, at a recent district meeting. Printed in both French and English, Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong

A visitor reads to a school group.

February is ‘I Love to Read Month’

The idea of dedicating a whole month to reading is gaining popularity across North America

In many parts of Canada and the United States, February means “I Love to Read Month,” an entire month dedicated to promoting a love of reading and being read to. This idea, started many years ago, has been gaining popularity among schools and libraries throughout North America. Parents, too, have adopted the idea of a


Dr. Paul Dhillon is editor of a new book of stories written by 40 rural Canadian physicians. The book 
was launched this past spring and is published by University of Regina Press.

New book details the rewards and challenges of rural medicine

Both sad and lighthearted stories share the experience of what 
it’s really like to be a doctor practising somewhere in rural Canada


Doctors can’t talk about their work, but when they write about it, the stories they tell can make you laugh and cry — and see their profession in a whole new light. Dr. Paul Dhillon realized those stories weren’t being told after assuming his post as a family physician. He works for the Saskatchewan Medical

Eating closer to home, wiser use of food helps curb the food bill

Eating closer to home, wiser use of food helps curb the food bill

By choosing Canadian-grown food most of the time, 
we’re not as vulnerable to exchange rate increases and volatility

Your grocery bills may be making you wince a little right now. The sticker shock could last awhile. The sinking loonie is expected to keep the price of food, particularly imported foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts high this year. A recent report out of University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household