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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

Overhead view of biker accessories placed on rustic wooden table. Items included motorcycle helmet, gloves and jacket. Motorcycle travel dream concept.

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

young bull rider

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

person digging a quinzheein the snow

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


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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