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The load of meth taken off a produce truck on Christmas Day 2020 weighed in at just over 500 lbs., border officials said. (Photo courtesy CBSA)

Truckload of northbound produce breaks bad at border

Canadian agents find record-level meth haul at Christmas

A produce truck entering Alberta from Montana on Christmas Day turned out to be carrying way more than just essential goods, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA on Wednesday said charges have now been laid against a 38-year-old Calgary resident after a semi-truckload of produce was referred for further inspection on Dec. 25,

Just a few of the Manitobans who shared their Christmas stories with us. Read their stories below.

Stories of hard Christmases past

Manitobans reflect on holiday isolation, illness and strained finances, and how they look at these experiences

This year, many face a grim Christmas. Some have lost loved ones, others have lost jobs. Some are struggling with isolation and look ahead at the holidays with dread knowing they’ll spend it without family. In the face of a very ‘2020’ Christmas, five Manitobans reflected on a hard Christmas of their past and how they view that


Comment: Howard’s priceless gift of simple giving

Sometimes those with the least material things have the most true wealth

The Christmas tree was a scrub cedar hacked from the edge of the woods that bordered the farm. Big-bulbed lights, strung in barber pole fashion, generated almost as much heat as the nearby wood stove. Yellowed Christmas cards, saved over the years and perched like doves in the untrimmed branches, served as ornaments. “I believe

Farmers are making the best of the winter of COVID by building bigger and better backyard rinks.

Home ice advantage: Backyard rinks a winter oasis

A grassroots movement to resurrect the outdoor rink has got rural Manitobans back on skates despite pandemic restrictions

Ordinarily the skating rinks of rural Manitoba would be bustling community hubs. There would be the scrape of skates along the ice, the crack of a hard shot and the thud of the pucks along the boards. But today they’re ghost towns, as COVID-19 restrictions have closed and locked their doors. The parking lots are

What’s your perfect Christmas weather?

What’s your perfect Christmas weather?

A white Christmas on the Prairies is a good bet

Every few years I like to revisit the topic of “perfect Christmas holiday weather.” As we head into this holiday season, with some areas worried about whether it will be a white or brown Christmas, I think it’s appropriate we revisit it again this year. As I went through the last couple of times I


Tyler Kilkenny (left) and Todd Sawyer step behind the coffee bar of their giftware/coffee shop in Russell.

Small businesses face not-so-happy holiday due to pandemic

COVID-19 closures have taken a big chunk out of normal small-town holiday shopping income

It’s been a rough few weeks for Tyler Kilkenny of Russell. Kilkenny, who owns coffee shop and gift store TinHouse Designs and Coffee Co. with his partner, Todd Sawyer, would normally expect to make enough this time of year to cover a good chunk of their first quarter in 2021. Like most retailers, November and

Three gifts at Christmas for you

Three gifts at Christmas for you

I don’t think anyone in agriculture will dispute 2019 was a year for the record books. The challenges kept mounting throughout the growing season – all of them beyond our control. Drought followed by untimely, excessive rains and snowfalls. A long, difficult harvest with conditions causing many crops to be left in the field. Poor

Where will the best Christmas weather be on the Prairies?

Where will the best Christmas weather be on the Prairies?

Where’s your ‘perfect’ Christmas most likely to be found? We’ve got the data

Every few years I like to revisit the topic of the “perfect” Christmas holiday weather. As I went through a couple of the older articles that I’ve written on this topic, I found a rather interesting coincidence. Each year we’ve looked at this topic, December has started off warm and dry with little snow cover


Sharon Keene loves to serve up home-cooked meals in her restaurant.

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

Erny and Bev Hladun of Shoal Lake put commercialism on the back burner
 at Christmas.

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