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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.

Waiting for results

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Supporters at Rick Chrest's headquarters cluster around the computer as they wait for early results to come in, Wednesday evening after the polls closed.

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Supporters at Rick Chrest's headquarters cluster around the computer as they wait for early results to come in, Wednesday evening after the polls closed.

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.

Event raises $10K for breast cancer research

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Riders warm up their horses and practise at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence on Friday afternoon in preparation for the Campbell’s Jump for the Cure Breast Cancer Charity Show, which was held over the weekend. The inaugural event almost jumped right out of the Keystone Centre. Kelly Campbell helped organize the horse show, asking competitors to make a $30 donation to enter. After donations from the more than 110 entries, plus money collected from raffles and draws, $10,000 was raised for breast cancer research. “We wanted to do something special to honour our aunt who had breast cancer and recently passed away,” said Campbell, who ran the show with her sister Bonnie. “The turnout was great and we’re so happy it will become an annual event.” The sisters’ next show is Nov. 22-23 at the Keystone Centre and is free to the public.

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Riders warm up their horses and practise at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence on Friday afternoon in preparation for the Campbell’s Jump for the Cure Breast Cancer Charity Show, which was held over the weekend. The inaugural event almost jumped right out of the Keystone Centre. Kelly Campbell helped organize the horse show, asking competitors to make a $30 donation to enter. After donations from the more than 110 entries, plus money collected from raffles and draws, $10,000 was raised for breast cancer research. “We wanted to do something special to honour our aunt who had breast cancer and recently passed away,” said Campbell, who ran the show with her sister Bonnie. “The turnout was great and we’re so happy it will become an annual event.” The sisters’ next show is Nov. 22-23 at the Keystone Centre and is free to the public.

Top Story

Man charged with sex crimes on teen girl

A 20-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, related to a July allegation that involved a 14-year-old female victim, police say.

Brandon police had a warrant for the man's arrest; he was picked up by Broadview RCMP on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect's since been brought back to Brandon; he was held in jail overnight and was to appear ...

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