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A 40,000-bushel grain elevator at Mentmore, southwest of Neepawa in what is now the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford, was built in 1927 on land donated by Thomas Drayson. Operated by the Mentmore Co-operative Elevator Association, the first agent was Ken McDougall of Russell, who later purchased the local store. A crib annex was built beside the elevator between 1957 and 1959. The facility closed in December 1978 as the railway line was abandoned. The tracks were removed in June 1979. In the fall of 1980, the annex was moved to Franklin and, the following spring, the elevator was sold to Drayson descendants who used it as storage for their seed business. It appeared to be unused when this aerial photo was taken earlier this year.

PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: September 2017

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these images of a grain elevator each week in hopes readers will be able to tell the society more about it, or any other elevator they know of.

A detailed look at Prairie heat and rainfall

It has been hot and dry across much of the region, but there’s variation within that trend

There have been more and more news stories coming out about the hot and dry conditions across the Prairies so far this summer, especially across Alberta and Saskatchewan. I figured we should take a little time to look at what has been happening weather-wise across the agricultural Prairies to see just what’s been going on.


The Assiniboine was expected to crest at the Portage la Prairie Diversion earlier this week.

KAP calls for special assistance

It’s urging the province to request AgriRecovery

Farm leaders are calling for special disaster assistance as flood losses in Manitoba appear ready to top the billion-dollar flood of 2011. “It’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that there is a widespread problem that needs attention from all levels of government because rural municipalities and farmers on their own just can’t cope with

An Aerial View Of The Port Of Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill gets another booster

The Port of Churchill is getting a boost from the Manitoba government. Legislation to create Churchill Arctic Port Canada Inc., a non-government agency, to develop economic opportunities, spur job creation and ensure the viability of Churchill, was introduced in the Manitoba legislature Nov. 21. OmniTRAX Canada, which owns the port and the railway that serves



Churchill exports up after longer than usual shipping season

OmniTRAX says exporting crude oil through Churchill would help ensure the port’s viability

The Port of Churchill, which closed for the season Nov. 12, was open almost two weeks later than usual and exported more than 600,000 tonnes of grain. Merv Tweed, president of OmniTRAX Canada, which owns the port and the Hudson Bay Railway that serves it, said that while this year’s performance is encouraging, the port

Dry soil a concern for some on the Prairies

Dry soil conditions heading into winter could cause problems next spring. “There are some concerns with pasture recovery and just starting up the season next year,” said Trevor Hadwen, agro-climate specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “In terms of native pasture, the dry fall doesn’t allow the recharge of the soil moisture, which doesn’t allow

National 4-H museum comes home to Roland

The national 4-H Museum in Roland will soon have significantly more artifacts

4-H capped off its celebration of 100 years in Canada this past weekend by coming home. Like a good old-fashioned rally, dignitaries, clubs and alumni joined with local residents here May 31 to celebrate. If how the venerable organization honours its past is any indication, 4-H has no worries about its future. It was on


Government says no new compensation for old flood

The federal government is saying no to paying for the same flood 
twice but the province is continuing to seek a solution

The federal government says it will not contribute to additional compensation for farmers around Lake Manitoba who continue to suffer losses from the 2011 flood. “AgriRecovery is not intended to pay for the same event more than once. AgriRecovery was never intended to provide long-term compensation for situations that have affected the production capacity of

Coalition considering Bipole III legal action

Coalition says an out-of-province company is signing contracts with local farmers on behalf of the Crown corporation

Facing likely defeat in their bid to reroute the Bipole III transmission line, affected landowners are now organizing to fight for a fairer deal from Manitoba Hydro. Members of the Bipole III Coalition are contacting those who will see the huge towers run through their fields about forming a landowners’ association, and will meet with