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ACC simulator passes the test

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Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire tries out one of the new heavy equipment simulators at Assiniboine Community College’s Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology at the North Hill campus on Thursday. The new mobile simulation lab, which received more than $140,000 in funding through the Western Diversification Program, will give students the opportunity to learn how to operate bulldozers, wheeled loaders, heavy trucks, forklifts and excavators through using the simulators as part of their curriculum.

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Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire tries out one of the new heavy equipment simulators at Assiniboine Community College’s Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology at the North Hill campus on Thursday. The new mobile simulation lab, which received more than $140,000 in funding through the Western Diversification Program, will give students the opportunity to learn how to operate bulldozers, wheeled loaders, heavy trucks, forklifts and excavators through using the simulators as part of their curriculum.

Hands-on exhibit

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Ayumi Goto (left) and Kalina Elk get a hands-on experience with one of the exhibits at a new group show at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba during its opening on Thursday evening. Goto is one of seven participating artists in “Mammo’wiiang To Make Change,” which runs until July 4 at the gallery. Mammo’wiiang is an Anishinaabemowin word meaning gathering.

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Ayumi Goto (left) and Kalina Elk get a hands-on experience with one of the exhibits at a new group show at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba during its opening on Thursday evening. Goto is one of seven participating artists in “Mammo’wiiang To Make Change,” which runs until July 4 at the gallery. Mammo’wiiang is an Anishinaabemowin word meaning gathering.

Rising to the challenge

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Kytrina Reid of Vincent Massey High School leaps over a hurdle while competing in the varsity girls’ 80-metre hurdles during the city high school track and field championships at the UCT Stadium on Wednesday. This was the first time in many years that hurdles were run at the meet.

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Kytrina Reid of Vincent Massey High School leaps over a hurdle while competing in the varsity girls’ 80-metre hurdles during the city high school track and field championships at the UCT Stadium on Wednesday. This was the first time in many years that hurdles were run at the meet.

Cat-and-rabbit game

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A cat stares down a wild rabbit in a yard along Seventh Street near Lorne Avenue on Wednesday evening.

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A cat stares down a wild rabbit in a yard along Seventh Street near Lorne Avenue on Wednesday evening.

'Shake' a leg

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Kevin Russel, centre, performs with other dancers during a dress rehearsal for Steppin’ Time Dance Studio’s “Shake” recital at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Tuesday. “Shake” runs tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the WMCA as part of a trio of Steppin’ Time recitals this week. The final recital, “I Hope You Dance” is on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Kevin Russel, centre, performs with other dancers during a dress rehearsal for Steppin’ Time Dance Studio’s “Shake” recital at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Tuesday. “Shake” runs tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the WMCA as part of a trio of Steppin’ Time recitals this week. The final recital, “I Hope You Dance” is on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Give me a hand!

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Nat Kaipho plays with his daughter Asia as her sister Mya asks for a hand up during a warm Tuesday afternoon in Stanley Park. The family took some time after a shopping trip to play together downtown.

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Nat Kaipho plays with his daughter Asia as her sister Mya asks for a hand up during a warm Tuesday afternoon in Stanley Park. The family took some time after a shopping trip to play together downtown.

Got the beach to ourselves

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A pair of Canada geese take a drink from the cold waters of Clear Lake and were the only ones enjoying the Wasagaming Beach at Riding Mountain National Park on Monday.

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A pair of Canada geese take a drink from the cold waters of Clear Lake and were the only ones enjoying the Wasagaming Beach at Riding Mountain National Park on Monday.

Driver flees after rollover

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An SUV rests on its roof on Ninth Street following a crash just north of Richmond Avenue on Monday evening. A witness says that around 5 p.m., the vehicle was travelling fast along an S-curve in that area and crashed into a tree. The driver fled, leaving a female passenger behind. As of mid-evening, there was no word of injuries. More than two hours after the crash, the Brandon Police Service couldn’t supply further information.

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An SUV rests on its roof on Ninth Street following a crash just north of Richmond Avenue on Monday evening. A witness says that around 5 p.m., the vehicle was travelling fast along an S-curve in that area and crashed into a tree. The driver fled, leaving a female passenger behind. As of mid-evening, there was no word of injuries. More than two hours after the crash, the Brandon Police Service couldn’t supply further information.

Merry May long at RMNP

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Walking along the snow-covered sideways in Wasagaming, a lone pedestrian passes the Idylwylde Cabins across from Clear Lake Beach.

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Walking along the snow-covered sideways in Wasagaming, a lone pedestrian passes the Idylwylde Cabins across from Clear Lake Beach.

Stay the course

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Venessa Martens of Saskatoon runs her border collie Haven through the ring obstacle during the second day of the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Clubs Agility Trails at the Keystone Centre on Sunday.

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Venessa Martens of Saskatoon runs her border collie Haven through the ring obstacle during the second day of the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Clubs Agility Trails at the Keystone Centre on Sunday.

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Province set to open adoption records

When Darcy Truthwaite, a nurse in Fisher Branch, cold-called her birth family in Winnipeg, she didn’t plan on blurting out the reason.

“I said to the man who answered, ‘I don’t want to interfere, but my search for my birth family has led me to you,’” Truthwaite said. “He said, ‘You’re not interfering.’ That was the perfect thing to say.”

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