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Blue heaven

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A great blue heron soars above a small body of water east of Brandon on Tuesday afternoon. After spending the winter in warmer spots, great blue herons return in March. They can have wingspans of more than six feet.

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A great blue heron soars above a small body of water east of Brandon on Tuesday afternoon. After spending the winter in warmer spots, great blue herons return in March. They can have wingspans of more than six feet.

Ready for roping

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Participants in the 10th annual Livewire Roping get their horses in order prior to the action starting in the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence at the Keystone Centre on Sunday.

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Participants in the 10th annual Livewire Roping get their horses in order prior to the action starting in the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence at the Keystone Centre on Sunday.

Taking flight

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A truck drives over the First Street Bridge as a flock of birds fill the air above the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks on Monday afternoon.

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A truck drives over the First Street Bridge as a flock of birds fill the air above the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks on Monday afternoon.

Garage fire on Second Street

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Police are considering a garage fire Sunday night in Brandon to be suspicious. Early investigation indicates a fire was started at the rear of a garage and spread to a garage on a neighbouring property in the 100 block of Second Street, Brandon police reported. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, after they were called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m.

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Police are considering a garage fire Sunday night in Brandon to be suspicious. Early investigation indicates a fire was started at the rear of a garage and spread to a garage on a neighbouring property in the 100 block of Second Street, Brandon police reported. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, after they were called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m.

"Volun-told" to duty

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Frank Criddle stands at the Willowdale Crescent/34th Street roundabout on Saturday afternoon, pointing people in the direction of the Lions Clubs Open House, during which people were invited to learn more about the organization at the Westridge Community Centre. Criddle described his dressing up as a lion to promote the event as a classic

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Frank Criddle stands at the Willowdale Crescent/34th Street roundabout on Saturday afternoon, pointing people in the direction of the Lions Clubs Open House, during which people were invited to learn more about the organization at the Westridge Community Centre. Criddle described his dressing up as a lion to promote the event as a classic "volun-told" situation.

Murder Mystery Theatre

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7 Ages Productions actor Trish Buri entertains her Prairie Firehouse audience in character during Saturday’s Kinette Club of Brandon Murder Mystery Theatre.

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7 Ages Productions actor Trish Buri entertains her Prairie Firehouse audience in character during Saturday’s Kinette Club of Brandon Murder Mystery Theatre.

Spring sunset

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The sun sets on the horizon over the swollen Assiniboine River at First Street North on a warm Thursday evening. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

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The sun sets on the horizon over the swollen Assiniboine River at First Street North on a warm Thursday evening. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

$250K donation for Samaritan House

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Doug Murray, CEO of Murray Auto Group, and his mother Mildred Murray, got a tour of recent upgrades at Samaritan House Ministries executive director Thea Dennis on Wednesday. Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Murray Chrysler Westman announced a $250,000 contribution for upgrades at Samaritan House through the Murray Autogroup Fund as well as Laurie and Doug Murray and Mildred Murray.

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Doug Murray, CEO of Murray Auto Group, and his mother Mildred Murray, got a tour of recent upgrades at Samaritan House Ministries executive director Thea Dennis on Wednesday. Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Murray Chrysler Westman announced a $250,000 contribution for upgrades at Samaritan House through the Murray Autogroup Fund as well as Laurie and Doug Murray and Mildred Murray.

Sights set on closing the gap

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Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union members picket along Victoria Avenue East in front of the Brandon Regional Health Centre over lunch on Tuesday in support of Westman Lab Local 351 workers who have been without a contract for over three years. The union claims they are paid seven per cent less than other lab workers in the province.

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Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union members picket along Victoria Avenue East in front of the Brandon Regional Health Centre over lunch on Tuesday in support of Westman Lab Local 351 workers who have been without a contract for over three years. The union claims they are paid seven per cent less than other lab workers in the province.

Vehicles on fire

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At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Brandon Fire and Emergency Services were called to a vehicle fire in the Maxim Truck and Trailer parking lot on the North Hill. Upon arrival, a cube van and the front engine and cab portion of a semi trailer were on fire. BFES crews made quick work to prevent the fire from spreading any further, using foam to help suffocate the fire. All crews cleared within approximately an hour of arrival.

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At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Brandon Fire and Emergency Services were called to a vehicle fire in the Maxim Truck and Trailer parking lot on the North Hill. Upon arrival, a cube van and the front engine and cab portion of a semi trailer were on fire. BFES crews made quick work to prevent the fire from spreading any further, using foam to help suffocate the fire. All crews cleared within approximately an hour of arrival.

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