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Ed Brown speaks, sings western lore.

Manitoba’s cowboy poet

Ed Brown of Oak Lake is an award-winning storyteller known throughout North America

Cowboy poet Ed Brown draws on his diverse experience as a rodeo cowboy, trapper and artist to paint scenes of western life through poetry and song. “My performances are an expression of a lifelong love,” said Brown. “It’s a way of life that stubbornly hangs on in the face of drastic global changes.” Brown, 73,

Comment: ‘Behold the fowls of the air… ’

We can plan all we want but luck will weigh in too

My father wasn’t a stoic. Instead, his temperament was one of acceptance. He simply accepted the fact that he wasn’t in complete control of most things on the farm. Sure, he was boss over everything in sight: hundreds of acres, 100 dairy cows, five farmhand sons, three hired men, and his unpredictable, iron-bending Uncle Honey.


Theatre board chair Sharon Currie speaks to the roughly 40 people at the ribbon cutting on Dec. 20.

Pilot Mound celebrates opening of new community theatre

It's Lights! Camera! Action! as Tivoli Community Theatre pulls back the curtain

Roll film! Pilot Mound’s brand new Tivoli Theatre is open—after what can only be described as a fundraising marathon. “It’s just amazing. It is kind of a little surreal that it’s here now,” said Gisele Harding, a theatre board member. “Kids will have a place to come.” On Dec. 20, board members cut the ribbon

Mexican false heather (Cuphea hissopifolia) is covered with flowers.

Cuphea has been hybridized to be used outdoors

Once grown only as houseplants there are now more vigorous varieties that do well outside

As plant hybridizers are creating new varieties, more and more plants that were once grown solely as houseplants are making their way outdoors. One such plant family is the Cuphea genus. There are over 100 varieties of Cuphea, including a couple of species varieties that are useful outdoors as well as some hybrid varieties perfectly

View from Fort Ellice site.

Visit the site of old Fort Ellice

A good destination for birdwatchers and those interested in history

For history buffs and keen birders, an interesting spot to visit is the site of old Fort Ellice, southwest of St. Lazare, Manitoba. This area is also part of the Ellice-Archie and Spy Hill Community Pasture, formerly PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration), that straddles the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. It was recently included as part of Manitoba’s


Choir members were billeted in Rossburn as part of hosting the touring group.

Watoto Children’s Choir presents concert in Rossburn

Group shares passion for music and message of hope for the future

The smiles, exuberance, and the heartfelt message, was an extraordinary experience presented by the Watoto Children’s Choir in Rossburn last month. The choir consisted of 17 youth and three adult singers/message presenters, and three band members. Up against some major events including the Brier, audience numbers were relatively low, but that didn’t bother the choir’s

Exotic sheep see little interest

Quality and age of animals were the key to bidding

The Oct. 4 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction saw 258 sheep and goats delivered. The buyers present were not interested in exotic sheep or lambs, but instead paid close attention to age and quality. During the sheep sale, all ewes saw major interest from buyers, with no evident price difference between wool

A pygmy goat and duck own the farmyard during a yoga session at 10 Acre Woods in Anola.

Goat yoga makes Manitoba debut

Yoga moves out of the studio and into the farmyard as enthusiasts flock to goat yoga

Move over Vancouver and look out New York, goat yoga is taking Anola by storm — but there is a Manitoba twist to the growing fitness trend. “It’s goat yoga, but it’s also more than that,” said Tara McKean, owner of 10 Acre Woods near Anola, which recently added yoga sessions to its roster. “It’s


Jamie Moran of Shale Creek Bison Ranch near Russell, Man., poses with the 2017 Bill Lenton Memorial Award.

Manitoba Bison Association awards industry leader honour

Jamie Moran has been named this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award winner by the Manitoba Bison Association

Jamie “Malone” Moran is the latest recipient of the Bill Lenton Memorial Award from the Manitoba Bison Association. The Russell-area bison producer, fittingly, entered the business 20 years ago by purchasing his first animal from Lenton himself. He currently keeps 60 breeding cows and 50 yearling heifers on his ranch, and he says the tough

VIDEO: A message for Canadian agriculture

Meet misinformation with storytelling, says CBC Radio's Terry O'Reilly

Terry O’Reilly, veteran ad man and host of the popular CBC Radio show “Under the Influence” told an Ag Days audience in Brandon, Man., on Jan. 18 that telling an emotional story is a better way to influence opinion than repeating facts and figures. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson met with O’Reilly after his presentation