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Wheat City Stampede kicks off

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Monty Koopman holds on while competing in the bareback event during the opening night of the Manitoba Finals Rodeo at the Wheat City Stampede at Westman Place on Thursday evening.

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Monty Koopman holds on while competing in the bareback event during the opening night of the Manitoba Finals Rodeo at the Wheat City Stampede at Westman Place on Thursday evening.

Partial solar eclipse

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The sun peeks through a layer of clouds long enough to capture the partial solar eclipse experienced in western Manitoba on Thursday. The Brandon University Observatory was open to the public for the solar event, the second in as many years, on Thursday afternoon.

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The sun peeks through a layer of clouds long enough to capture the partial solar eclipse experienced in western Manitoba on Thursday. The Brandon University Observatory was open to the public for the solar event, the second in as many years, on Thursday afternoon.

Victory kiss

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Rick Chrest kisses his wife Karen after it became clear that he would win the Brandon mayoral race on Wednesday evening.

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Rick Chrest kisses his wife Karen after it became clear that he would win the Brandon mayoral race on Wednesday evening.

Didn’t quite fit

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A grain bin ended up wedged under the railway bridge on Highway 110, the Brandon East Access Route, on Wednesday morning.

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A grain bin ended up wedged under the railway bridge on Highway 110, the Brandon East Access Route, on Wednesday morning.

Decision day

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Voters across Manitoba will have some choices to make, as they head to the polls for Election Day. In Brandon, there are four running for mayor, as well as races in four of the 10 wards. Brandon voters can also select up to eight of nine possible candidates for school trustee.

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Voters across Manitoba will have some choices to make, as they head to the polls for Election Day. In Brandon, there are four running for mayor, as well as races in four of the 10 wards. Brandon voters can also select up to eight of nine possible candidates for school trustee.

Crash near Corral Centre

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Two heavily damaged vehicles are seen on 18th Street while traffic is backed up after a collision at the Safeway entrance to the Corral Centre on Tuesday. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

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Two heavily damaged vehicles are seen on 18th Street while traffic is backed up after a collision at the Safeway entrance to the Corral Centre on Tuesday. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

Young voices

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Members of the Westman Youth Choir, under the direction of conductor Marla Fontaine, perform at Waverly Park School on Tuesday morning. The choir, comprised of high school students in grades 10 to 12, is celebrating its 35th year. The choir’s four-day tour wrapped up last night with a performance at Central United Church.

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Members of the Westman Youth Choir, under the direction of conductor Marla Fontaine, perform at Waverly Park School on Tuesday morning. The choir, comprised of high school students in grades 10 to 12, is celebrating its 35th year. The choir’s four-day tour wrapped up last night with a performance at Central United Church.

Two trucks in crash

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Emergency crews attend to victims of a two-truck collision at Highway 254 and the Trans-Canada, approximately 45 kilometres west of Brandon on Monday afternoon. At least two people were taken to hospital after the crash, which left steel beams scattered across the highway.

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Emergency crews attend to victims of a two-truck collision at Highway 254 and the Trans-Canada, approximately 45 kilometres west of Brandon on Monday afternoon. At least two people were taken to hospital after the crash, which left steel beams scattered across the highway.

Chamber talk

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Tim Hortons franchisee Mark Wafer speaks about the importance of bringing disabled people into the workforce and the benefits they bring to business during a Brandon Chamber of Commerce luncheon to kick off Small Business Week at the Royal Oak Inn on Monday.

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Tim Hortons franchisee Mark Wafer speaks about the importance of bringing disabled people into the workforce and the benefits they bring to business during a Brandon Chamber of Commerce luncheon to kick off Small Business Week at the Royal Oak Inn on Monday.

Patmore Nurseries wins award

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Kerri Van Mackelbergh (left), head grower for Patmore Nurseries, and owner Marci Bomford accept a Century Business Recognition Award from Theresa Oswald, provincial minister of jobs and the economy, on Monday. The award, presented to a business that started 131 years ago, is a part of Small Business Week in Manitoba.

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Kerri Van Mackelbergh (left), head grower for Patmore Nurseries, and owner Marci Bomford accept a Century Business Recognition Award from Theresa Oswald, provincial minister of jobs and the economy, on Monday. The award, presented to a business that started 131 years ago, is a part of Small Business Week in Manitoba.

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MPs recall ‘traumatic’ attack on Parliament

All that separated two Westman MPs from a man wielding a gun on Parliament Hill on Wednesday was a wooden door and the caucus room chairs they had piled against it.

Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire and Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette MP Robert Sopuck were in the middle of a caucus meeting when gun shots went off just metres from the room’s door.

Sopuck said he was ...

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