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Party in the dirt

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A large crowd of cowboys, cowgirls and city slickers cheer as Emerson Drive takes the stage for the Wheat City Stampede's Party in the Dirt in the Keystone Centre's Manitoba Room on Friday evening.

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A large crowd of cowboys, cowgirls and city slickers cheer as Emerson Drive takes the stage for the Wheat City Stampede's Party in the Dirt in the Keystone Centre's Manitoba Room on Friday evening.

Emerson Drive rocks Brandon

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Lead singer Brad Mates of country band Emerson Drive rocks out with band mates while performing during the Wheat City Stampede's Party in the Dirt in the Keystone Centre's Manitoba Room on Friday evening.

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Lead singer Brad Mates of country band Emerson Drive rocks out with band mates while performing during the Wheat City Stampede's Party in the Dirt in the Keystone Centre's Manitoba Room on Friday evening.

Scary good time

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A psychotic jester wielding a chainsaw greets and scares visitors at the Big Brothers and Sisters Haunted Forest at Turtle Crossing Campground just off of Grand Valley Road on Friday evening. The event benefits the Big Brothers and Sisters of Brandon and includes a pre-sunset

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A psychotic jester wielding a chainsaw greets and scares visitors at the Big Brothers and Sisters Haunted Forest at Turtle Crossing Campground just off of Grand Valley Road on Friday evening. The event benefits the Big Brothers and Sisters of Brandon and includes a pre-sunset "no scare" time for younger patrons.

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.

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'Tis the season of scares

The Friends of Riding Mountain National Park are taking a cue from Stephen King’s “It” and creating a terrifying Attack of the Clowns for this year’s Fright Night.

The 12th annual event begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the visitor centre with guided Clown Tours of Terror.

“People have been asking us to do clowns for a number of years,” said George ...

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