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MPSG executive director Francois Labelle.

Labelle retiring from Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers

NAMED: Daryl Domitruk will be the new executive director effective July 15

Francois Labelle, executive director of Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) since 2014, is retiring July 15, the organization announced Tuesday. Daryl Domitruk, the organization’s director of research and production, will be the new executive director and keep his current position also, MPSG said in a release. “Francois’s contribution to Manitoba’s pulse and soybean industry

Jim and Bev Levandosky build birdhouses with a unique and artistic twist.

Couple’s retirement hobby is for the birds

Jim and Bev Levandosky of Strathclair create one-of-a-kind bird dwellings

A retired Strathclair couple has provided safe harbour for birds in locales as far-flung as British Columbia, Ontario and even the U.S. states of Colorado and Florida. Jim and Bev Levandosky have been building one-of-a-kind homes for their feathered friends for the past 10 years, full of character and colour. Their vast selection includes cabins,


Brian McMullan spent one of his final days on the job working in the grading area at Richardson Pioneer.

Bidding farewell to the grain industry

Brian McMullan retires after being a part of it for 40-plus years

Hard work, dusty quarters, and small truckloads of grain have given way to much quicker means of moving large volumes of product from the bin to the port in recent years. And for over four decades, Brian McMullan of Shoal Lake has been a part of it all. But after 40-plus years, McMullan retired from

Arlene Thickett works on a piece in her studio at her rural home between Binscarth and Russell.

After 30 years it’s on to a second career

Retired teacher feels creativity is important to mental wellness

After a 30-year teaching career, a Binscarth-Russell wife and mother has turned to a second career focusing on art — creating and teaching pottery and children’s art classes. “There is no aspect of our lives that doesn’t involve art,” says Arlene Thickett, a member of the local art group, the Prairie Arts cARTel. “Creativity and

Retired carpenter Gord Oleksuk says building purple martin houses has kept
him busy and doing what he loves, working with wood.

Retired carpenter building for the birds

Gord Oleksuk says he’s built well over 100 purple martin houses over the past 18 years

Eighteen years ago Gord Oleksuk was a freshly retired carpenter in search of something to do — so he built a purple martin house. More than 100 purple martin houses later, he’s still building them in the little shop beside his house, at the corner of Highways 10 and 25, north of Brandon. It all