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Michael Bighetty (l to r), Ethan Hunter, Dylan Stebeleski and Orin McKay, were among the students
testing the water quality of the Oak River.

Shoal Lake students learn to be river scientists

School program to test Oak River water brings positive results

Issues stemming from the health and level of the lake, have been as concerning to a group of students and their teacher at the Shoal Lake School, as they are to landowners and recreational users. While the Grade 7/8 students let municipal and provincial officials settle the course of action on the level of Shoal

Lynne and John Hogg welcome customers at C & J Wood Works.

Shoal Lake woodworking business going strong for nine years

C & J Wood Works can create something new, refinish something old, or do some repair work

It’s been nine years since John and Lynne Hogg set up a woodworking business in Shoal Lake, and while many things remain the same, there have been some interesting changes along the way. Although the mainstay of C & J Wood Works has been just that — whether it’s creating something new, refinishing a treasure


Alexandra David shows the 2019 calendar she created showcasing Shoal Lake businesses.

Young entrepreneur highlights her community

Shoal Lake teen combines photography skills, community pride in unique calendar project

Combining an interest in photography and pride in her hometown, Alexandra David of Shoal Lake has put together a calendar featuring original photos highlighting services and businesses available within the community. It’s the second time that the 15-year-old has undertaken such a project. “My parents, Stephen and Candace David, purchased a camera for my 13th

Alexander Adler purchases a few necessities in Shoal Lake when snow forced him to make a stop there.

Snow forces German cyclist off the road

Shoal Lake’s hospitality appreciated by stranded visitor

An early snowfall forced a German cyclist off the road at Shoal Lake in the latter part of September. Alexander Adler was able to make his way through Oak River and Hamiota during a sprinkle of rain followed by a downpour, but when it turned to heavy snow, he decided to pull over in Shoal

Nathon Kucherhan checks out a device known as Stevenson Screen, which includes temperature and humidity sensors.

Automatic weather station expanded, modernized

Shoal Lake Airport’s data collection part of grid design

The weather is always a topic of conversation, and with recent upgrades to the automatic weather station at the Shoal Lake Airport, there will be even more details to discuss. According to Nathon Kucherhan, supervisor of Meteorological Services of Canada, based in Winnipeg, the upgrade includes all new infrastructure: cable, signal and power structures and


Sophie Sytnyk was presented with an Honorary Life Membership award by MAAS past president Allan Reid.

Shoal Lake Ag Society director recognized by MAAS

Sophie Sytnyk awarded an Honorary Life Membership for her 39 years of service and numerous other community contributions

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; however, indeed they have the heart.” Those words truly sum up a Shoal Lake Agricultural Society director who served for nearly 40 years before resigning her post in 2015. Prior to her resignation, Sophie Sytnyk was among the eight elite directors within the province to be recognized and

Customers look over the produce marketed by Teenie Yanick and Ernie Peleshok.

Starting a farmers’ market

Shoal Lake Ag Society aims to see markets thrive and vendors grow

Starting a farmers’ market is a challenging task. The Shoal Lake Agricultural Society learned this first hand in hosting single-day markets this past summer. Besides generating a customer and vendor base there are also key administrative foundations that need to be established. Although 2014 was the first year that Shoal Lake became involved in a

young winter wheat crop

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 6

Conditions as of June 7

Weekly Provincial Summary Seeding operations are wrapping up for the 2015 season in Manitoba with progress estimated at 97 per cent complete.  Crop types remaining to be seeded include canola and greenfeed. Reseeding of canola fields impacted by frost, insect activity, wind and excess moisture conditions is still occurring.  Producers are also busy with herbicide


seeding at sunset

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 3

Conditions as of May 18, 2015

Weekly Provincial Summary Provincially, seeding progress in Manitoba is estimated at 72 per cent complete. By region, seeding is 70 per cent complete in the Southwest Region, 70 per cent complete in the Northwest Region, 70 to 85 per cent complete in the Central Region, 75 per cent complete in the Eastern Region and 55 to 65

artwork quilt

Quilt till you Wilt

Well over 100 masterpieces at Hamiota’s annual show

People enjoy quilts for many different reasons. They can provide clues to the past; warmth, beauty and value; and enjoyment in the form of colour, texture and pattern. Quilts also unleash artistic talents of new and experienced artisans, as was showcased at the 2012 Hamiota Quilt till you Wilt’s late-November annual show at the community