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Autumn activity

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A swather cuts a field of grain along the Assiniboine River valley north of the Trans-Canada Highway near Kemnay on Monday.

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A swather cuts a field of grain along the Assiniboine River valley north of the Trans-Canada Highway near Kemnay on Monday.

Tater task

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Nadege Chacun sorts debris from fresh potatoes moving along a conveyor belt at one of Sundance Farms’ warehouses near Rivers on Monday afternoon. Chacun and the rest of the employees work 12-hour days, seven days a week throughout the potato harvest, which has been going strong for approximately two weeks.

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Nadege Chacun sorts debris from fresh potatoes moving along a conveyor belt at one of Sundance Farms’ warehouses near Rivers on Monday afternoon. Chacun and the rest of the employees work 12-hour days, seven days a week throughout the potato harvest, which has been going strong for approximately two weeks.

Riverbank cleanup

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Madelaine Ricard with the 60 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Swiftsure pets Mini, a valley bulldog, while enjoying a barbecue at the Riverbank Discovery Centre after taking part in the annual fall cleanup.

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Madelaine Ricard with the 60 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Swiftsure pets Mini, a valley bulldog, while enjoying a barbecue at the Riverbank Discovery Centre after taking part in the annual fall cleanup.

Summer sunset

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A few stalks of grain are silhouetted against the brilliant colours of a summer sunset in a field west of Brandon on Saturday evening. Fall officially begins in Manitoba at 9:29 p.m. tonight.

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A few stalks of grain are silhouetted against the brilliant colours of a summer sunset in a field west of Brandon on Saturday evening. Fall officially begins in Manitoba at 9:29 p.m. tonight.

Alpaca farm close-up

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Abby Wakewich lures her herd of alpacas into a penning area for visitors to see up close during Open Farm Day at Circle O Alpacas near Alexander on Sunday. Open Farm Day is designed to give Manitobans a chance to meet local farmers and learn more about the province’s agricultural industry.

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Abby Wakewich lures her herd of alpacas into a penning area for visitors to see up close during Open Farm Day at Circle O Alpacas near Alexander on Sunday. Open Farm Day is designed to give Manitobans a chance to meet local farmers and learn more about the province’s agricultural industry.

Celebration at St. Matthew's

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Members of the St. Matthew’s Cathedral Choir are accompanied by the resonating sound of the newly restored pipe organ during Sunday’s celebration concert. Organist and choir director Arthur Bower was also joined by Sister Joan Miller, on piano, as well as the Prairie Blend Men’s Choir during the concert.

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Members of the St. Matthew’s Cathedral Choir are accompanied by the resonating sound of the newly restored pipe organ during Sunday’s celebration concert. Organist and choir director Arthur Bower was also joined by Sister Joan Miller, on piano, as well as the Prairie Blend Men’s Choir during the concert.

Jumping through hoops

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Brandon’s Lisa Lobb leads the way for her border collie, Lexi, running through the obstacle course during Sunday’s Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club’s Agility Trials held on Patricia Avenue west of the city.

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Brandon’s Lisa Lobb leads the way for her border collie, Lexi, running through the obstacle course during Sunday’s Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club’s Agility Trials held on Patricia Avenue west of the city.

MCC's Brandon Relief Sale

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Hundreds of visitors lineup for lunch during the 30th annual Mennonite Central Committee’s Brandon Relief Sale in the Manitoba Room in the Keystone Centre on Saturday. The event included children’s activities, a quilt auction and various sales tables.

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Hundreds of visitors lineup for lunch during the 30th annual Mennonite Central Committee’s Brandon Relief Sale in the Manitoba Room in the Keystone Centre on Saturday. The event included children’s activities, a quilt auction and various sales tables.

Ready and waiting

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Jordan Papirny stares down a shooter in Thursday’s Wheat Kings practice. The Wheat Kings open their regular season with a game against the Regina Pats tonight at Westman Place at 7:30 p.m.

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Jordan Papirny stares down a shooter in Thursday’s Wheat Kings practice. The Wheat Kings open their regular season with a game against the Regina Pats tonight at Westman Place at 7:30 p.m.

Big Bike Ride rolls on in the rain

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Employees of Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services take part in the Big Bike Ride, to benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation, during a sudden downpour along 18th Street on Thursday afternoon. The team was the only one in Brandon to take part, with earlier rides taking place in Dauphin, Deloraine, Reston and other Westman communities.

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Employees of Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services take part in the Big Bike Ride, to benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation, during a sudden downpour along 18th Street on Thursday afternoon. The team was the only one in Brandon to take part, with earlier rides taking place in Dauphin, Deloraine, Reston and other Westman communities.

Top Story

$20K in jewelry taken during break-in

Police are looking for a huge haul of stolen jewelry that was taken during a break-in on Sunday.

A Woodhaven Drive resident called police Monday morning to report the break-in, which had happened sometime in the late afternoon or early evening of Sunday.

Numerous pieces of jewelry were taken, including rings, bracelets and necklaces, police say, along with a black Reebok backpack ...

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