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Sacred Visitors

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A pair of rare white bison join other members of their herd in feeding at Sioux Valley First Nations, Tuesday afternoon. The community first started its bison herd in 2001, and received a female white bison shortly after. It gave birth to another white calf -- the first time anyone in the First Nation can remember two of the spiritually-significant animals in a herd at once. The bisons' enclosure has since become a destination for other aboriginal peoples from across North America to come to pray. The National Bison Association has estimated that these types of bison only occur in approximately one out of 10 million births.
(Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

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A pair of rare white bison join other members of their herd in feeding at Sioux Valley First Nations, Tuesday afternoon. The community first started its bison herd in 2001, and received a female white bison shortly after. It gave birth to another white calf -- the first time anyone in the First Nation can remember two of the spiritually-significant animals in a herd at once. The bisons' enclosure has since become a destination for other aboriginal peoples from across North America to come to pray. The National Bison Association has estimated that these types of bison only occur in approximately one out of 10 million births. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

Rhyme for reason

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Danielle Hubbard, programming librarian for Brandon Public Library, kicks off the readings at the World Day of Poetry event, Monday evening at the downtown location. The annual event invited Brandonites to read their favourite poem in an event co-organized by the public library, Brandon University's library and BU's Hawkweed Literary Forum.

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Danielle Hubbard, programming librarian for Brandon Public Library, kicks off the readings at the World Day of Poetry event, Monday evening at the downtown location. The annual event invited Brandonites to read their favourite poem in an event co-organized by the public library, Brandon University's library and BU's Hawkweed Literary Forum.

Taking the course by leaps and bounds

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Suri, a blue merle Sheltie, leaps over an obstacle during the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club's agility trials at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence on Saturday.

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Suri, a blue merle Sheltie, leaps over an obstacle during the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club's agility trials at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence on Saturday.

Wheat Kings fall in regular season finale

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Ty Lewis #14 of the Brandon Wheat Kings eyes the loose puck in front of goalie Jordan Hollett #30 of the Regina Pats during WHL action at Westman Place on Saturday evening. The Pats shut out the Wheat Kings by a score of 6-0 in the regular season finale for the Wheaties.

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Ty Lewis #14 of the Brandon Wheat Kings eyes the loose puck in front of goalie Jordan Hollett #30 of the Regina Pats during WHL action at Westman Place on Saturday evening. The Pats shut out the Wheat Kings by a score of 6-0 in the regular season finale for the Wheaties.

Fill your boots

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Firefighters Matthew Tannas and Trevor Bell try to attract passing motorists on 13th Street in front of Firehall No. 2 to donate to their boot drive on Thursday during the Brandon Fire and Emergency Services rooftop camp-out fundraising drive to raise money for the Westman chapters of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba and Muscular Dystrophy Canada as well as the Brandon Firefighters Charity Fund. Firefighters Adam Desjardins and Kane Doran have been camped out on the roof of the firehall since March 15th and will come down today at noon.

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Firefighters Matthew Tannas and Trevor Bell try to attract passing motorists on 13th Street in front of Firehall No. 2 to donate to their boot drive on Thursday during the Brandon Fire and Emergency Services rooftop camp-out fundraising drive to raise money for the Westman chapters of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba and Muscular Dystrophy Canada as well as the Brandon Firefighters Charity Fund. Firefighters Adam Desjardins and Kane Doran have been camped out on the roof of the firehall since March 15th and will come down today at noon.

Going green for St. Patrick's Day

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Manager Erin Wells and her staff at The Dock on Princess in Brandon will be serving up green beer today for St. Patrick’s Day along with live music tonight.

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Manager Erin Wells and her staff at The Dock on Princess in Brandon will be serving up green beer today for St. Patrick’s Day along with live music tonight.

Stitch and Study

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Instructor Ellen Boudreau helps student Abdul Mohammed with some knitting during the Long Night Against Procrastination event, Wednesday night at Brandon University's library. The annual event, running overnight into Thursday morning, lets students focus on studying and provides stress relievers while doing so, such as therapy dogs, herbal tea, free study aids and more.

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Instructor Ellen Boudreau helps student Abdul Mohammed with some knitting during the Long Night Against Procrastination event, Wednesday night at Brandon University's library. The annual event, running overnight into Thursday morning, lets students focus on studying and provides stress relievers while doing so, such as therapy dogs, herbal tea, free study aids and more.

Tagging turkeys

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Lee Robins helps Assiniboine Community College student Selina Ellinghaus handle an uncooperative wild turkey within one of his holding pens on Tuesday morning, south of Brandon. Ellinghaus and 12 other students from ACC’s environmental technology program to participate in turkey tagging and relocation efforts with Manitoba Sustainable Development.

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Lee Robins helps Assiniboine Community College student Selina Ellinghaus handle an uncooperative wild turkey within one of his holding pens on Tuesday morning, south of Brandon. Ellinghaus and 12 other students from ACC’s environmental technology program to participate in turkey tagging and relocation efforts with Manitoba Sustainable Development.

Marking Mauritius Independence

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Colourful dancers strike a pose in regalia following a performance at Park Community Centre on Saturday to mark Mauritius Independence Day.

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Colourful dancers strike a pose in regalia following a performance at Park Community Centre on Saturday to mark Mauritius Independence Day.

ACC honours alumni

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The Assiniboine Community College Alumni Association host its annual Alumni Advancement Dinner on Thursday evening, during which four people were honoured. From left: Camilla Timmer (Business Administration Class of 2012), One To Watch Award; Sarah-Jane Speers (Environmental Technologies Classes of 2012 and 2013), Community Service Award; Crystal Jensen (Practical Nursing Class of 2000), Excellence in Teaching Award; and Lance Barkley (Level 4 Construction Electrician Apprentice, Class of 2001), Distinguished Alumni Award.

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The Assiniboine Community College Alumni Association host its annual Alumni Advancement Dinner on Thursday evening, during which four people were honoured. From left: Camilla Timmer (Business Administration Class of 2012), One To Watch Award; Sarah-Jane Speers (Environmental Technologies Classes of 2012 and 2013), Community Service Award; Crystal Jensen (Practical Nursing Class of 2000), Excellence in Teaching Award; and Lance Barkley (Level 4 Construction Electrician Apprentice, Class of 2001), Distinguished Alumni Award.

Top Story

Federal budget pleases Chrest

The specifics aren’t in yet, but Mayor Rick Chrest believes Brandon may benefit from the federal government’s latest budget, released on Wednesday.

With promises to invest in infrastructure, public transit and affordable housing, Chrest is saying yes, yes please, and absolutely.

It’s nice to see the feds stay the course in these areas, he said, adding that city administration has a number ...

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    Valleyview marks 50 years

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