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Rising up for Festival of the Arts

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The Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School choir is reflected in the piano accompanying them as they take part in the opening day of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday. The festival dates back to 1928, when the Brandon School Board founded the Western Manitoba Schools Music Competition Festival, and in 1966 was split into two sections — one for music, the second for speech arts and dance. The festival wraps up March 6 with an encore concert.

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The Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School choir is reflected in the piano accompanying them as they take part in the opening day of the Brandon Festival of the Arts at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday. The festival dates back to 1928, when the Brandon School Board founded the Western Manitoba Schools Music Competition Festival, and in 1966 was split into two sections — one for music, the second for speech arts and dance. The festival wraps up March 6 with an encore concert.

Feast for the body and soul

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Peyton Daniels enjoys pancakes at Redeemer Lutheran Church during the Shrove Tuesday dinner. The expression Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve” and is a time for Christians to self-examine before the period of Lent.

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Peyton Daniels enjoys pancakes at Redeemer Lutheran Church during the Shrove Tuesday dinner. The expression Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve” and is a time for Christians to self-examine before the period of Lent.

Right into the open net

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Brandon Wheat King Nolan Patrick scores his team's third goal on Prince Albert Raiders goalie Rylan Parenteau during Tuesday’s WHL game at Westman Place. The Raiders scored four times in the third period to win 6-3.

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Brandon Wheat King Nolan Patrick scores his team's third goal on Prince Albert Raiders goalie Rylan Parenteau during Tuesday’s WHL game at Westman Place. The Raiders scored four times in the third period to win 6-3.

Chasing the puck

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Hunter Andronick and Kendall Neapew play shinny at the North End Community Centre rink on a sunny Monday afternoon.

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Hunter Andronick and Kendall Neapew play shinny at the North End Community Centre rink on a sunny Monday afternoon.

High above the highway

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Working from a bucket, an electrician repairs a set of signal lights at the intersection of Highway 10 and the Trans-Canada Highway on Monday afternoon.

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Working from a bucket, an electrician repairs a set of signal lights at the intersection of Highway 10 and the Trans-Canada Highway on Monday afternoon.

New Year's celebration

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A traditional lion dance troupe performs at Lee’s Buffet during a Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday morning. Today marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey in Chinese culture. This evening at Brandon University, students from China will celebrate the day with a special meal that is open to the public. Dishes like glass noodles with Chinese sausage, stir-fried vegetables and chicken with shiitake mushrooms will be served from 4-7 p.m. at Harvest Hall.

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A traditional lion dance troupe performs at Lee’s Buffet during a Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday morning. Today marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey in Chinese culture. This evening at Brandon University, students from China will celebrate the day with a special meal that is open to the public. Dishes like glass noodles with Chinese sausage, stir-fried vegetables and chicken with shiitake mushrooms will be served from 4-7 p.m. at Harvest Hall.

Setting the bait

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Tom Dunn sets the bait on his hook while fishing with friend Tyson Klassen and his sons Brennan and Landon on Sunday.

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Tom Dunn sets the bait on his hook while fishing with friend Tyson Klassen and his sons Brennan and Landon on Sunday.

Student of Jenga

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Bobby High considers his next move as he and Samantha Van Damme play a round of Jenga at Brandon University on Friday evening. The campus pub hosts an evening of the popular stacking game each Friday.

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Bobby High considers his next move as he and Samantha Van Damme play a round of Jenga at Brandon University on Friday evening. The campus pub hosts an evening of the popular stacking game each Friday.

Dog days of winter

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Sun dogs flank the sun as it sinks in the western sky over the Canadian National Railway line west of Brandon on Friday afternoon.

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Sun dogs flank the sun as it sinks in the western sky over the Canadian National Railway line west of Brandon on Friday afternoon.

Meet and greet

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Triston Laminman, 8, was excited to meet Tucker, the real-life inspiration for local author Genella Macintyre’s children’s book “Tuck Times — The Chase” during Macintryre’s book signing at Coles at Shoppers Mall on Saturday. Laminman, who lives in Melita, dreams of becoming a veterinarian and looks forward to reading the new children’s book.

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Triston Laminman, 8, was excited to meet Tucker, the real-life inspiration for local author Genella Macintyre’s children’s book “Tuck Times — The Chase” during Macintryre’s book signing at Coles at Shoppers Mall on Saturday. Laminman, who lives in Melita, dreams of becoming a veterinarian and looks forward to reading the new children’s book.

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