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In 1977: Women ordained to priesthood in Brandon


Sir Anthony Eden resigned as prime minister of Great Britain. The reason given was ill health.

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed King’s Auto Paint Service at 1517 Princess Ave.


Opposition to communist chairman Mao Zedong’s purge is producing widespread chaos in China. It is reported China is on the brink of civil war.

Seven of Brandon College’s board of directors have been appointed by lieutenant-governor-in-council as a prelude to the planned elevation of the college to university status on July 1. Appointed for three-year terms are Wilfred F. MacGregor and J. Lasby of Brandon and Milton C. Holden of Winnipeg; for two-year terms are John A. Quinn, Brandon, and Dr. Ethel McPhail, Boissevain; for one-year terms are William C. Pearson, Brandon, and Steve Hegion, Virden.


Data is being compiled to determine whether the Minnedosa River’s name should be changed to the Little Saskatchewan River.

Four women were ordained to the priesthood of the Anglican Church of Canada yesterday in a joint, two-hour induction service that took place in St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Brandon. Ordained were: Rev. Kay Hill of The Pas, Rev. Margorie Kennon of Calgary, Rev. Joy Ruddock of Kinosota and Rev. Thelma Tanner of Birch River.

The Canadian National Railway will move part of its Dauphin clerical staff to Winnipeg as part of a move to improve its computer operations.


Legendary Herman Smith “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, the man who introduced cross-country skiing to Canada at the turn of the century, has died in his native Norway at the age of 111.

Police are investigating the theft of an electric clothes dryer from a residence in the 1400 block of 20th Street.


The price of a typical home increased more in Brandon than anywhere else in Manitoba last year. A typical house in Brandon increased in price by 6.3 per cent over the year. A typical home for Brandon is an 850-square-foot bungalow, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Last month, the average price for that size of home was $84,000, up from $79,000 in December 1995.

The Marquis Project is moving its flagship store, Worldly Goods, and offices downtown to 711 Rosser Ave., putting it in the same building as the Downtown Business Improvement Area and Poor Michael’s Book Shop.

It’s too long, too sexist and doesn’t translate well, so the name of the Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg is now officially just the Manitoba Museum.


A group of Chinese employees at the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon confirmed that they, and all of their countrymen who work at the plant, had to pay up to $11,500 to a large Chinese immigration agency before setting foot in Canada. The workers also said it was worth every penny. The Sun spoke with four Chinese Maple Leaf employees — part of a larger group of 61 Chinese nationals who came last spring to work in the plant.

The Snowbirds and other high-flying acts will return to Brandon in the spring, according to organizers of the city’s 2007 air show. “We have the Snowbirds,” event co-chair Phyllis Elliott said. This year’s show, again put on by the United Commercial Travelers of Brandon, will coincide with the city’s 125th anniversary celebrations, and Elliott said the Snowbird pilots “are really quite anxious to be here for the 125th birthday party.” The city’s last air show was held in June 2005, after the Winnipeg air show was cancelled on short notice.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 9, 2017

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