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Hitmen taken out

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Eric Roy celebrates after tying the game in the second period against the Calgary Hitmen during Game 5 of the their WHL playoff series at Westman Place.

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Eric Roy celebrates after tying the game in the second period against the Calgary Hitmen during Game 5 of the their WHL playoff series at Westman Place.

Casting shadows

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Emma Kowalchuk grasps a flower during preparations for the Steppin’ Time Dance Studio debut of “One World One Shadow” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Thursday evening. The show features dancers casting shadows onto a screen facing the audience, and runs this evening, as well.

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Emma Kowalchuk grasps a flower during preparations for the Steppin’ Time Dance Studio debut of “One World One Shadow” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Thursday evening. The show features dancers casting shadows onto a screen facing the audience, and runs this evening, as well.

Fine tuning for E-Gré

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Marina Thibeault plays violin with accompaniment by pianist Alexandria Gorlin-Crenshaw during rehearsals for the E-Gré, which begins with semifinal recitals today at 10 a.m. leading up to final recitals on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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Marina Thibeault plays violin with accompaniment by pianist Alexandria Gorlin-Crenshaw during rehearsals for the E-Gré, which begins with semifinal recitals today at 10 a.m. leading up to final recitals on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Westoba steps up with donation for BRHC

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Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation board chair Derrick Stewart, from left, Westoba Credit Union CEO Jim Rediger and Westoba board chair Larry Wark announce Westoba’s $50,000 donation to the foundation’s Room For Renewal campaign on Wednesday. Donations will help create more private rooms as well as expand and improve existing rooms.

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Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation board chair Derrick Stewart, from left, Westoba Credit Union CEO Jim Rediger and Westoba board chair Larry Wark announce Westoba’s $50,000 donation to the foundation’s Room For Renewal campaign on Wednesday. Donations will help create more private rooms as well as expand and improve existing rooms.

Off to a healthy start

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Melody Todd cracks a wide grin as she plays with mother Crystal at Healthy Beginnings, a weekly gathering for expecting and new mothers at Central United Church on Tuesday afternoon. The program, run by Prairie Mountain Health, helps mothers and babies with health tips, recipes, fellowship and other information.

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Melody Todd cracks a wide grin as she plays with mother Crystal at Healthy Beginnings, a weekly gathering for expecting and new mothers at Central United Church on Tuesday afternoon. The program, run by Prairie Mountain Health, helps mothers and babies with health tips, recipes, fellowship and other information.

On the edge

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Brandon Bunkowsky rides the edge of the bowl at the Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Plaza in downtown Brandon on Monday. An economics student at the University of Manitoba, Bunkowsky and a few of his friends from Winnipeg took time out to stop in Brandon on their way to Clear Lake to wind down from writing exams.

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Brandon Bunkowsky rides the edge of the bowl at the Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Plaza in downtown Brandon on Monday. An economics student at the University of Manitoba, Bunkowsky and a few of his friends from Winnipeg took time out to stop in Brandon on their way to Clear Lake to wind down from writing exams.

Cleared for takeoff

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A trumpeter swan takes flight from a flooded field next to the Assiniboine River near Grand Valley and the Trans-Canada Highway on a recent morning. The trumpeter swan is one of the heaviest flying birds native to North America.

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A trumpeter swan takes flight from a flooded field next to the Assiniboine River near Grand Valley and the Trans-Canada Highway on a recent morning. The trumpeter swan is one of the heaviest flying birds native to North America.

World curling champs

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Lois Fowler, far left, and the rest of her Brandon Curling team along with coach Brian Fowler hold up the world senior champions trophy after beating Italy 6-2 in the final. From left to right, Fowler, along with third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier and lead Allyson Stewart won the title Saturday at the championship game in Sochi, Russia.

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Lois Fowler, far left, and the rest of her Brandon Curling team along with coach Brian Fowler hold up the world senior champions trophy after beating Italy 6-2 in the final. From left to right, Fowler, along with third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier and lead Allyson Stewart won the title Saturday at the championship game in Sochi, Russia.

Browsing for a bargain

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Hundreds of bargain hunters browse through the items at Brandon’s Largest Garage Sale in the Manitoba Room at the Keystone Centre on Saturday. Admission and table rental fees will go to support the United Way of Brandon and District.

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Hundreds of bargain hunters browse through the items at Brandon’s Largest Garage Sale in the Manitoba Room at the Keystone Centre on Saturday. Admission and table rental fees will go to support the United Way of Brandon and District.

Drumming up a good time

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Drummers with the Lord Selkirk Boys Pipe and Drum Band practise their beat under blue skies as they prepare for their performance at the Brandon Highland Festival at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School on Saturday.

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Drummers with the Lord Selkirk Boys Pipe and Drum Band practise their beat under blue skies as they prepare for their performance at the Brandon Highland Festival at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School on Saturday.

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Wheat Kings moving on

Sweet Caroline sounded better than ever to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

As is usually the case when Neil Diamond croons at Westman Place, the Wheat Kings were on their way to victory. Friday’s 8-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen meant much more than that, though, as it locked up Brandon’s first appearance in the Western Hockey League championship final ...

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