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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.

Dauphin hotel burns

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The Towers Hotel in Dauphin was engulfed in flames Thursday morning.

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The Towers Hotel in Dauphin was engulfed in flames Thursday morning.

Chamber rolls out welcome hats

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James Montgomery chats with patrons attending a Brandon Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Victoria Inn on Thursday. The colourful hats were designed as a conversation starter, letting select chamber ambassadors welcome new members.

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James Montgomery chats with patrons attending a Brandon Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Victoria Inn on Thursday. The colourful hats were designed as a conversation starter, letting select chamber ambassadors welcome new members.

You say pomato

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Min Cao, originally from China, dug up a “pomato” plant he nurtured in a friend’s garden. Cao spliced a potato stem with a tomato plant stem, wrapping the joint with tissue and keeping it moist to facilitate growth. The plant, which has been growing since June, sports a plump green tomato on top, while its root system includes a potato in the soil.

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Min Cao, originally from China, dug up a “pomato” plant he nurtured in a friend’s garden. Cao spliced a potato stem with a tomato plant stem, wrapping the joint with tissue and keeping it moist to facilitate growth. The plant, which has been growing since June, sports a plump green tomato on top, while its root system includes a potato in the soil.

He's got room to run

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Mack Adams of the Vincent Massey Vikings (left) rushes past Brody Southby of the Winnipeg Vincent Massey Trojans during the Vikings’ junior varsity football home opener on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mack Adams of the Vincent Massey Vikings (left) rushes past Brody Southby of the Winnipeg Vincent Massey Trojans during the Vikings’ junior varsity football home opener on Wednesday afternoon.

Up in the air

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Captain Andrew Burke watches as an Alpha jet flies low on an exercise during field training at CFB Shilo Tuesday morning.

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Captain Andrew Burke watches as an Alpha jet flies low on an exercise during field training at CFB Shilo Tuesday morning.

Mud Day at ACC

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Daycare students at Assiniboine Community College were treated to a morning in the mud during the second annual Mud Day event on Monday. Preschoolers were encouraged to get dirty and experience the tactile and creative activities in a safe and fun environment under the supervision and observation of early childhood education students.

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Daycare students at Assiniboine Community College were treated to a morning in the mud during the second annual Mud Day event on Monday. Preschoolers were encouraged to get dirty and experience the tactile and creative activities in a safe and fun environment under the supervision and observation of early childhood education students.

Crash on First Street North

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Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of First Street North and Kirkcaldy Drive on Monday morning. Paramedics treated occupants for minor injuries at the scene.

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Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of First Street North and Kirkcaldy Drive on Monday morning. Paramedics treated occupants for minor injuries at the scene.

Tail wagging tea party

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Mika, a pug/Boston terrier cross also known as a BUG, glances up at her owner, Alyssa Kennedy, during a photo shoot at the picture booth during Sunday's third annual Pug Fest held at the East End Community Centre. This year's theme was Tea Party with the Pugs with benefits going to the Brandon Humane Society, Funds for Furry Friends and Mom Without Borders.

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Mika, a pug/Boston terrier cross also known as a BUG, glances up at her owner, Alyssa Kennedy, during a photo shoot at the picture booth during Sunday's third annual Pug Fest held at the East End Community Centre. This year's theme was Tea Party with the Pugs with benefits going to the Brandon Humane Society, Funds for Furry Friends and Mom Without Borders.

Top Story

Chrest: Nothing complicated about running the city

Mayoral challenger Rick Chrest says it's time for Brandon to refocus on what he calls the basics of running the city.

In a press release issued today, Chrest said that under his administration, the city would concentrate on providing core services like pothole-filling and mosquito control.

"There is growing discontent of overuse of hired consultants, studies, scorecards, matrixes, roadmaps and other buzzwords ...

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