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Winnipeg-based pumpkin grower 13-year-old Milan Lukes is eagerly awaiting the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weigh-Off on October 3 to find out if he’s got a winning entry this year. This is his third year growing giant pumpkins.

Pumpkin growers ready to vie for 2015 heavyweight title

Self-professed pumpkin-growing addicts will converge on Roland Oct. 3
 to find out who will be this year’s heavyweight champion

Milan Lukes has crawled inside the pumpkins he grows. He fits in the cavity because he’s only 13 years old. He dug into them last year and in 2013 to collect seed. “There’s room for people my size in them, which is cool,” says the teen from St. Norbert who is growing pumpkins again this

Stran Dunham has a passion for goat tying.

Manitoba student enjoying rodeo

Stran Dunham credits his parents 
for his love of the sport

Stran Dunham — a rookie in the Junior High division of the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), had his excitement for ropes and rodeo carved into him, thanks to his parents, Sheena and Kevin Dunham of Souris. His mom was among the first high school rodeo competitors from Manitoba to cross over into Saskatchewan


Judging food contests tempts the plate

Judging food contests tempts the plate

Prairie Fare: Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake

My job has a few perks, and judging the occasional food contest ranks among them. I have judged potatoes, beef, ham and pies, to name a few. I judged another food contest a couple of weeks ago. All of the food entries were numbered and placed on tables, and our team of three judges studied

cartoon image of a family seated at a table

University education, philosophy and a bereft bank account

The Jacksons: From the July 16 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

My question is this,” said Jennifer Jackson from the chair she was occupying in the sun porch of her parents’ home. “If there is no space and there is no time, then how can anything be said to exist? I mean this house exists by taking up space. My words exist without taking up space

Cst. Kevin Challoner and Hector (l to r) with Jackson Antoniw and S/Sgt. Matt Lavallee at Rossburn Elementary School on June 18, 2015.

RCMP service dog visits Rossburn boy who named him

It became possible after the dog was stationed in the same province

Jackson Antoniw is a five-year-old boy from Rossburn who came up with a great name, and on April 8, 2015, he was announced a winner in the RCMP’s national Name the Puppy Contest. Jackson suggested the name Hector for one of the Potential Police Service Dogs (PPSD) born at the Police Dog Service Training Centre


Tips on naturally recycling your kitchen wastes

Tips on naturally recycling your kitchen wastes

Prairie Fare: Spinach Artichoke Dip (Slow Cooker)

Julie, Julie, how does your garden grow?” people often ask me when inspired by my maiden name. Yes, that reminds me of the “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” nursery rhyme. Fortunately, people leave out the “quite contrary” part. Well, they usually do. This year, my garden has hosted rabbits enjoying buffets

The joy of babysitting comes to grandma’s door

The Jacksons: From the June 18 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Grandma!” The front door of Andrew and Rose Jackson’s house flew open and four-year-old Allison burst into the dining room, her parents, Randy and Jackie following behind her. “Allie darling,” Jackie chided setting Allison’s little brother Andy down on the floor, “we need to ring the doorbell before we go dashing in!” Andy toddled off



rescuing a horse from an overturned trailer

Do you know what to do when faced with a livestock emergency?

It’s all about making it real and keeping rescue efforts simple, 
American expert says of upcoming Olds workshop

When a truck carrying livestock flips, or there’s a need to rescue horses or cattle during a flood, most people don’t know what to do. That’s where Rebecca Gimenez comes in. Gimenez, who hails from Macon, Georgia, will be teaching a workshop on animal rescue and emergency preparedness in Olds on June 25 and 26.