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Flipping over Halloween

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Olivia Milton flips over a bar in her costume, with help from gymnastics coach Alex Empey, during the tumble tots class on Wednesday. The classes are for three and four-year-olds and run once a week, with different groups on different days.

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Olivia Milton flips over a bar in her costume, with help from gymnastics coach Alex Empey, during the tumble tots class on Wednesday. The classes are for three and four-year-olds and run once a week, with different groups on different days.

Comic's got game

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Comedian Dave Hemstad gives his take on the game baseball during Wednesday night’s Wheatstock Comedy night presented by the Brandon and Area Foundation at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Hemstad has been a headliner at both the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals and a regular on CBC’s “The Debaters.”

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Comedian Dave Hemstad gives his take on the game baseball during Wednesday night’s Wheatstock Comedy night presented by the Brandon and Area Foundation at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Hemstad has been a headliner at both the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals and a regular on CBC’s “The Debaters.”

18th Street mess

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Traffic on 18th Street North is diverted to 17th Street North as construction closes the street between Maple Avenue and Parker Boulevard on Wednesday. The road, one of Brandon's main drags and a notorious bottleneck just south of the construction, should be re-opened by 8 am. Thursday. Police were also doing a cell-phone-and-seat-belt sting a few block away.

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Traffic on 18th Street North is diverted to 17th Street North as construction closes the street between Maple Avenue and Parker Boulevard on Wednesday. The road, one of Brandon's main drags and a notorious bottleneck just south of the construction, should be re-opened by 8 am. Thursday. Police were also doing a cell-phone-and-seat-belt sting a few block away.

A thrilling night at Grim Acres

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A zombified Michael Jackson, played by Neelin High School student Willow Harvey, leads a group of other undead Neelin students in a flash mob performance of the King of Pop’s hit “Thriller” in front of Grim Acres, the spooky haunted house at 1002 Russell St. in Brandon as it opened for Halloween on Tuesday. Grim Acres will run nightly up until Halloween and donations to “scare away cancer” can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society on site.

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A zombified Michael Jackson, played by Neelin High School student Willow Harvey, leads a group of other undead Neelin students in a flash mob performance of the King of Pop’s hit “Thriller” in front of Grim Acres, the spooky haunted house at 1002 Russell St. in Brandon as it opened for Halloween on Tuesday. Grim Acres will run nightly up until Halloween and donations to “scare away cancer” can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society on site.

Welcome to the ghoul school

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A spooky and humorous Halloween display greets passersby on Highway 2 at the home of Susan and Roland Peloquin north of Hartney on a cool Tuesday afternoon. This is the second year the Peloquins have set up the display.

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A spooky and humorous Halloween display greets passersby on Highway 2 at the home of Susan and Roland Peloquin north of Hartney on a cool Tuesday afternoon. This is the second year the Peloquins have set up the display.

Just can’t wait to get on the road again

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Shawn Anderson, Braeden Stevenson and Jeremy Stevens busk for change along Rosser Avenue during a stopover in the Wheat City on their Trans-Canada trip out west on Monday afternoon. Stevenson, originally from Ontario, was heading to Swift Current, Sask., for work, while Anderson and Stevens were making the trek from Saint John, N.B., to Vancouver, along with Lady the puppy.

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Shawn Anderson, Braeden Stevenson and Jeremy Stevens busk for change along Rosser Avenue during a stopover in the Wheat City on their Trans-Canada trip out west on Monday afternoon. Stevenson, originally from Ontario, was heading to Swift Current, Sask., for work, while Anderson and Stevens were making the trek from Saint John, N.B., to Vancouver, along with Lady the puppy.

Palette exhibition at WMCA

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Visitors check out some of the artwork during the opening reception for Brushstrokes 2014, the Brandon Palette Club and Friends’ 28th annual exhibition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Tuesday evening. The exhibition runs until Dec. 18 and also features artists from the Souris, Hamiota, Virden and Carberry areas. This year’s show is dedicated to local painter Kay Cherniski, who died recently.

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Visitors check out some of the artwork during the opening reception for Brushstrokes 2014, the Brandon Palette Club and Friends’ 28th annual exhibition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Tuesday evening. The exhibition runs until Dec. 18 and also features artists from the Souris, Hamiota, Virden and Carberry areas. This year’s show is dedicated to local painter Kay Cherniski, who died recently.

Hazy shade of autumn

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Cattle wander through a foggy field south of the city near Roseland on Monday morning.

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Cattle wander through a foggy field south of the city near Roseland on Monday morning.

Lucky rabbit's foot

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Dr. Jay Thrush trims the nails of Batman, a domesticated rabbit, during a charity event at Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic on Saturday. The clinic offered nail trimming or soft pink nails applied to fourlegged friends, with proceeds going toward the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Dr. Jay Thrush trims the nails of Batman, a domesticated rabbit, during a charity event at Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic on Saturday. The clinic offered nail trimming or soft pink nails applied to fourlegged friends, with proceeds going toward the Canadian Cancer Society.

Vinyl valued at record sale

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Richard Sturtz chats with customers while selling vinyl records at the Park Community Centre during the 14th annual record and music sale on Sunday. Music lovers converged to pore over offerings in vinyl, cassettes, CDs and music memorabilia.

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Richard Sturtz chats with customers while selling vinyl records at the Park Community Centre during the 14th annual record and music sale on Sunday. Music lovers converged to pore over offerings in vinyl, cassettes, CDs and music memorabilia.

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Gas bills to go up by about $43

Manitobans will see a little bump in their natural gas bills this winter.

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) approved a five per cent hike on the primary gas rate in the province, effective at the start of November. Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. put in the request for the price increase, raising the rate up to $0.1665/m3 from $0.1551/m3.

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