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Up on the rooftop

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Visitors to the Brandon University observatory braved the chilly temperatures to get a view of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse. The planet Mars, seen above and to the right of the moon, was also at its closest to the Earth in its orbit around the Sun.

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Visitors to the Brandon University observatory braved the chilly temperatures to get a view of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse. The planet Mars, seen above and to the right of the moon, was also at its closest to the Earth in its orbit around the Sun.

Local Hero Award winner

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RBC regional vice-president Terry Burgess (left) presents the 2014 RBC Local Hero Award to Lon Cullen, CEO of the Dood Cristall Family YMCA in Brandon, during Volunteer Manitoba’s 31st annual volunteer awards on April 9. Cullen was recognized for his long-term commitment to the Food For Thought program, which provides a nutritious breakfast or snack to students as well as the opportunity to learn while helping them overcome barriers, challenges and obstacles on a daily basis. To recognize Cullen’s community contributions, the RBC Foundation provided a $2,500 donation to Food For Thought and a $2,500 donation to Brandon’s YMCA.

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RBC regional vice-president Terry Burgess (left) presents the 2014 RBC Local Hero Award to Lon Cullen, CEO of the Dood Cristall Family YMCA in Brandon, during Volunteer Manitoba’s 31st annual volunteer awards on April 9. Cullen was recognized for his long-term commitment to the Food For Thought program, which provides a nutritious breakfast or snack to students as well as the opportunity to learn while helping them overcome barriers, challenges and obstacles on a daily basis. To recognize Cullen’s community contributions, the RBC Foundation provided a $2,500 donation to Food For Thought and a $2,500 donation to Brandon’s YMCA.

Pedestrian struck

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Emergency personnel help a woman knocked down by a car at 35th Street and Victoria Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

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Emergency personnel help a woman knocked down by a car at 35th Street and Victoria Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Youth gathering

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Dance students from Steppin’ Time Dance Studio kick off the Manitoba Human Rights Dream Youth Conference with a flash mob-style dance at the General Strange Hall at CFB Shilo on Tuesday.

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Dance students from Steppin’ Time Dance Studio kick off the Manitoba Human Rights Dream Youth Conference with a flash mob-style dance at the General Strange Hall at CFB Shilo on Tuesday.

Sign of Spring?

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A snowman heralds the coming of spring in a yard along Queens Avenue East on Monday afternoon.

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A snowman heralds the coming of spring in a yard along Queens Avenue East on Monday afternoon.

Rock 'n' stroll

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Tommy Clearsky walks along 12th Street with his electric guitar on Monday. Clearsky has been playing for several years but needs to replace a string on the instrument.

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Tommy Clearsky walks along 12th Street with his electric guitar on Monday. Clearsky has been playing for several years but needs to replace a string on the instrument.

Seeing green

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Jaxon Brooks checks out a lawnmower as his mother Amy looks on during the 48th annual Brandon Home and Leisure Show at the Keystone Centre on Saturday.

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Jaxon Brooks checks out a lawnmower as his mother Amy looks on during the 48th annual Brandon Home and Leisure Show at the Keystone Centre on Saturday.

Doing it all at the Ag Centre

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Laci Denbrok visits with her daughter Keslyn Felsing and nephew Steele Sandilands as well as her quarter horse French Kiss while waiting to compete in the MBRA sanctioned barrel racing jackpot at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence on Sunday.

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Laci Denbrok visits with her daughter Keslyn Felsing and nephew Steele Sandilands as well as her quarter horse French Kiss while waiting to compete in the MBRA sanctioned barrel racing jackpot at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence on Sunday.

Home on the range

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Rod Peaslee of Oak Lake drives a few balls at the Shilo Golf and Country Club range on Friday afternoon. Peaslee, who has been keeping his swing in shape at the indoor virtual range, is glad to have the chance to get outside and watch the ball take off downrange.

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Rod Peaslee of Oak Lake drives a few balls at the Shilo Golf and Country Club range on Friday afternoon. Peaslee, who has been keeping his swing in shape at the indoor virtual range, is glad to have the chance to get outside and watch the ball take off downrange.

All she wants to do is dance

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Jill Gulka leaps in the air while performing in the Volyn Solo Female Age 11-12 class during the 2014 Ukrainian Dance Showcase presented by the Brandon Troyanda School of Ukrainian Dance at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Friday evening. The bi-annual dance competition continues until Sunday and features dancers from across the prairies. See Monday's Brandon Sun for more photos.

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Jill Gulka leaps in the air while performing in the Volyn Solo Female Age 11-12 class during the 2014 Ukrainian Dance Showcase presented by the Brandon Troyanda School of Ukrainian Dance at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Friday evening. The bi-annual dance competition continues until Sunday and features dancers from across the prairies. See Monday's Brandon Sun for more photos.

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Flags to get respectful send-off

Cadets in Virden will be hosting a flag-burning this weekend — following protocol to properly dispose of flags that have their best flaps behind them.

The XII Manitoba Dragoons Cadet Corps will host the flag disposal on Saturday, April 19, and they're willing to help people respectfully dispose of any old, torn, ripped, rented or faded Canadian or provincial flags.

Flags can be ...

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