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Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services to be centralized to Winnipeg

The service faced antiquated and overloaded phone lines in Brandon, and static funding despite rising overhead

News that Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services is moving to Winnipeg has one mental health worker concerned this is the beginning of the end for the farmer-specific support. “It’s going to be a farm line in name only,” said Gerry Friesen, a mediation and crisis-resolution specialist who has worked for MFRNSS in the

There are nearly 200 museums in Manitoba and 75 per cent are small rural locations often housed inside heritage sites. The Sipiweske Museum in Wawanesa is in the original office building of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company built here in 1901.

Heritage Trust program rolled out to support small-town museums

The new program will provide $5 million over three years to create endowment funds within local community foundations for museums and archives across Manitoba

Small museums and archive sites across Manitoba begin a new year on a high note with the creation of a new endowment fund to help them along financially. Last month the provincial government rolled out its new Heritage Trust program which will provide $5 million over three years to create endowment funds within local community


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Ag documentary on Red River Selkirk settlers released

2012 celebrations of the bicentenary of the Red River Selkirk settlers inspired the documentary’s creation

A four-part documentary made for Prairie Public Television that spans the beginning of farming in Manitoba to present day and looks to what the future holds premiered in Winnipeg last week. “Built on Agriculture” is the culmination of more than three years’ work to produce a compelling and engaging television series telling a story of

Janet Smith, program manager with Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services and Leanne Brackenreed, councillor with Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services accept the $10,000 donation from Derrall Farmer, managing partner with the Western Financial Group and Earl Martin, account executive with the Western Financial Group. [Martin (l to r), Smith, Brackenreed, Farmer]

New app launched to assist farmers in combating stress

The new tool helps farmers understand stress and offers strategies for increasing resiliency

Citing repeated floods in some parts of the province, Farm and Rural Support Services of Manitoba has launched a new web-based application to help farmers manage stress. “Working with the Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services Manitoba, I have seen a definite need for this service,” said Janet Smith, program manager with Farm and Rural

Rural foundation funding extended

The Winnipeg Foundation now has three additional years of funding to help pay for the business support services it provides to Manitoba’s rural community foundations, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn has announced. “I’m pleased to extend provincial funding of $100,000 per year to 2014 to help with the cost of business management assistance, technical



Golden Carrot Awards

Brandonites who planted small-plot gardens around their city this summer probably didn t expect to reap a golden carrot for their efforts. That s the award presented to their umbrella organization, the Brandon Community Garden Network, representing more than 500 community gardeners in the wheat city, Oct. 14 at the Manitoba legislature. The Golden Carrot

MHS Aims To Digitize Community History Books

Excerpted fromMunicipal Leader: Fall 2010 Is that community history book that took so long to create now seldom read or gathering dust in a local library? The Manitoba Histor ical Society, in collaboration with the University of Manitoba libraries, is embarking on a project to digitize these local histories and post them on their website.