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"Volun-told" to duty

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Frank Criddle stands at the Willowdale Crescent/34th Street roundabout on Saturday afternoon, pointing people in the direction of the Lions Clubs Open House, during which people were invited to learn more about the organization at the Westridge Community Centre. Criddle described his dressing up as a lion to promote the event as a classic

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Frank Criddle stands at the Willowdale Crescent/34th Street roundabout on Saturday afternoon, pointing people in the direction of the Lions Clubs Open House, during which people were invited to learn more about the organization at the Westridge Community Centre. Criddle described his dressing up as a lion to promote the event as a classic "volun-told" situation.

Spring sunset

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The sun sets on the horizon over the swollen Assiniboine River at First Street North on a warm Thursday evening. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

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The sun sets on the horizon over the swollen Assiniboine River at First Street North on a warm Thursday evening. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

$250K donation for Samaritan House

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Doug Murray, CEO of Murray Auto Group, and his mother Mildred Murray, got a tour of recent upgrades at Samaritan House Ministries executive director Thea Dennis on Wednesday. Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Murray Chrysler Westman announced a $250,000 contribution for upgrades at Samaritan House through the Murray Autogroup Fund as well as Laurie and Doug Murray and Mildred Murray.

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Doug Murray, CEO of Murray Auto Group, and his mother Mildred Murray, got a tour of recent upgrades at Samaritan House Ministries executive director Thea Dennis on Wednesday. Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Murray Chrysler Westman announced a $250,000 contribution for upgrades at Samaritan House through the Murray Autogroup Fund as well as Laurie and Doug Murray and Mildred Murray.

Sights set on closing the gap

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Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union members picket along Victoria Avenue East in front of the Brandon Regional Health Centre over lunch on Tuesday in support of Westman Lab Local 351 workers who have been without a contract for over three years. The union claims they are paid seven per cent less than other lab workers in the province.

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Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union members picket along Victoria Avenue East in front of the Brandon Regional Health Centre over lunch on Tuesday in support of Westman Lab Local 351 workers who have been without a contract for over three years. The union claims they are paid seven per cent less than other lab workers in the province.

Vehicles on fire

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At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Brandon Fire and Emergency Services were called to a vehicle fire in the Maxim Truck and Trailer parking lot on the North Hill. Upon arrival, a cube van and the front engine and cab portion of a semi trailer were on fire. BFES crews made quick work to prevent the fire from spreading any further, using foam to help suffocate the fire. All crews cleared within approximately an hour of arrival.

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At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Brandon Fire and Emergency Services were called to a vehicle fire in the Maxim Truck and Trailer parking lot on the North Hill. Upon arrival, a cube van and the front engine and cab portion of a semi trailer were on fire. BFES crews made quick work to prevent the fire from spreading any further, using foam to help suffocate the fire. All crews cleared within approximately an hour of arrival.

Cemetery clean-up

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Flowers sit beside a gravestone at the Brandon Muicipal Cemetery on Monday. The city is beginning its annual spring clean-up of the cemetery starting Tuesday. All items left will be removed by cemetery maintenance staff.

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Flowers sit beside a gravestone at the Brandon Muicipal Cemetery on Monday. The city is beginning its annual spring clean-up of the cemetery starting Tuesday. All items left will be removed by cemetery maintenance staff.

Easter Eggstravaganza at ACC

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Youths and their parents explode onto the scene the second that Assiniboine Community College’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza event’s Easter egg hunt kicked off on Saturday afternoon. The annual event is held at their North Hill Campus as a means of showing the community what they’ve got going on at the site, as well as provide some fun for families on Easter weekend.

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Youths and their parents explode onto the scene the second that Assiniboine Community College’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza event’s Easter egg hunt kicked off on Saturday afternoon. The annual event is held at their North Hill Campus as a means of showing the community what they’ve got going on at the site, as well as provide some fun for families on Easter weekend.

Blessing the Easter baskets

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Parishioners gather at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on Saturday morning for the blessing of the Easter baskets.

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Parishioners gather at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on Saturday morning for the blessing of the Easter baskets.

Happy Easter

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Father Derek Caldwell holds daughter Rhyan, 2, as the Easter Bunny sneaks up with Raury, 4, in order to pose for a family photo undetected by Rhyan, who remained worried about the large white and pink bunny. Rhyan eventually spotted the Easter Bunny, eliciting more tears.

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Father Derek Caldwell holds daughter Rhyan, 2, as the Easter Bunny sneaks up with Raury, 4, in order to pose for a family photo undetected by Rhyan, who remained worried about the large white and pink bunny. Rhyan eventually spotted the Easter Bunny, eliciting more tears.

Wheel-y good time

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Kayley Reimer cruises around in front of her home in a toy car after a walk with family on a warm Tuesday evening.

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Kayley Reimer cruises around in front of her home in a toy car after a walk with family on a warm Tuesday evening.

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Stolen vehicle found on railroad tracks

Found ditched on railroad tracks, a 2006 Pontiac Pursuit was recovered by police after being called out to the 700 block of First Street shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The vehicle, which was later discovered to have been stolen from the 600 block of Percy Street sometime overnight, had sustained extensive damage to its undercarriage.

The matter remains under investigation.

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