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Wear the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable.

Heads-up for motorcycle safety

Here’s some reminders of things to 
do even before you get out on the road

In keeping with the goal of encouraging driver safety on the roads and highways, the RCMP reminds motorcyclists to adopt safe driving behaviours that reduce the risk of collisions. Safe motorcycling begins long before hitting the pavement. By planning ahead, you can ride towards a safer future for you and everyone else on the road.

Whether you use a tent or a yurt, now is the time to plan for summer camping.

Time to start planning for summer camping

It seems early with snow still around but some reservations can be made this month

Snow may still be on the ground, and camping may be far from your mind, but it’s almost time to make plans — especially if you want to make reservations for provincial cabins, yurts or group-use areas. Reservations for these spots open Monday, March 19 at 7 a.m., and the cabins and yurts fill up


Designated rodeos allow younger students to participate instead of just watching.

Manitoba Little Buckaroo rodeos

Kindergarten to Grade 5 division now a part of high 
school association

Striving to keep interest of the sport of rodeo at the forefront and ensure its future, the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association continues to offer events geared to the younger ages. Designated rodeos allow students in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate instead of just watching from the rail. The Manitoba Little Buck­aroo (MLB) rodeos

The Seine-Rat River Conservation District is piloting a cross-river fence that effectively 
contains cattle while allowing recreational river users to pass through safely.

A river runs through it

Cattle producers who have a river or creek running through their pasture land may want to 
check out the innovative fencing solution the Seine-Rat River Conservation District is testing

When agricultural land meets active waterways, conflict can arise. Producers may need to run fencing across the river to contain livestock, but river users want open channels. With an active portion of the Rat River winding through his pasture land, Manitoba cattle producer Peter Funk was all too familiar with this scenario. “When the water

Nikita Shaurette is owner of the Shuttle Bug, a passenger vehicle fleet operating in the Riding Mountain National Park area.

Onanole entrepreneur driven to succeed

Nikita Shaurette started her shuttle company getting the bar crowd home safely. Now she’s transporting birdwatchers and hundreds of other tourists to and fro in the Riding Mountain area

Onanole resident Nikita Shaurette used to wonder why there was no local bus service. Lots of people were always headed to and fro in and around Riding Mountain National Park. Those leaving local bars often got behind the wheel — even when they shouldn’t. It was when a friend was injured in a car accident


Bull riding is among the events that Tyson Salmon competes in.

Stonewall student is an all-around cowboy

Tyson Salmon has developed a work ethic through involvement in the MHSRA

Developing a work ethic through high school rodeo, Tyson Salmon, a Stonewall Collegiate student, has been involved in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) since 2009. He has impressed family and friends in becoming an all-around cowboy. As a rough stock competitor he has competed in bull riding, and in timed events — tie-down

After the pile of snow has hardened it’s time to start hollowing it out.

Winter getting you down?

Have some fun with all that snow – make a quinzhee


If winter seems to be dragging on for you and your family, consider a different outdoor activity — try building a quinzhee. Quinzhee — the word is of Athabaskan origin — is a sort of snow house built for survival purposes, for winter camping, or just for fun. With all the snow this winter you

Holding on for 8 seconds at the Big M.

The Big M celebrates 50 years

The town of Morris is still going strong after a half-century of hosting the province’s one and only professional rodeo

It was a gutsy gamble 50 summers ago when the townsfolk of Morris nervously waited to see if their new rodeo would revive a small-town fair about to bite the dust. Long before the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition began, the Valley Agricultural Society struggled to break even hosting its tiny country fair. “It wasn’t going


Hamiota woman rides in India

Sole representative from Canada participates in endurance ride Excited to be the sole rider to represent Canada, Prue Critchley shared her passion for endurance riding on India soil this year. Critchley, who lives between Hamiota and Shoal Lake with her husband Andrew, received an official invitation to participate in the Himalayan Endurance Ride competition from

Keeping kids safe on the farm

Farms are family enterprises — and that means they’re one of the few workplaces where children often live and play on the same site where powered mobile equipment and hazardous materials are located. Every farmer’s safety and health plan should include precautions to protect children, whether their own or visiting relatives’ and neighbours’. Most incidents