• Thirty-eight members of Goose Lake High’s Cultural Travel Club left recently for a 10-day trip to four European cities.
The students, who are from grades 9 to 12 and include nine chaperones, will make stops in London, Paris, Lucerne and Munich.
They will visit famous and historical landmarks during the trip, including Westminster Abbey in London, the Louvre museum in Paris and the Frauenkirche in Munich. While in Lucerne they will travel to the top of Mount Pilatus to see the Neuschwanstein Castle built by Bavaria’s King Ludwig II.
» Roblin Review
• Dauphin lost two major retailers in March.
Sears Canada shut its doors in the community March 26, while Reitmans, located in the Dauphin Market Place Mall, closed the following day.
The closure of the two retail stores will affect seven employees.
» Dauphin Herald
• Morgan Geekie of Strathclair was the big winner as the Yellowhead AAA Midget Chiefs held their banquet.
Geekie was co-winner of the team’s MVP award with Tanner Kyle of Elkhorn. He was also the team’s top scorer and was named the rookie of the year.
Kyle was also recognized as the team’s top defenceman.
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• A number of recently passed bylaws are moving forward a new residental subdivision in the southwest corner of Minnedosa.
“We are working on this project jointly with the provincial government and this specific project has been in the works since we were elected,” Mayor Ray Orr said.
When complete, the project will see the creation of 15 modular homes on a piece of undeveloped property.
“In the near future, there will be an official announcement from the provincial government and the town will be putting out a tender in order to get the land cleared to prepare for construction,” Orr said.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• Ground is expected to be broken on a new rink this spring or summer in Pipestone.
The old rink was destroyed when “tornado-like” winds ravaged the area last summer, pummelling homes and community buildings.
The insurance company is willing to foot the entire bill of the new rink, which is expected to cost $873,000.
» Reston Recorder
• The Woodfire Deli, which will feature home-baked goodies, gelato, deli cheese, meat and salads, is set to open its doors in Souris on April 7.
“Souris definitely needed a pizza place, and this just made sense,” said Steve Cancade, who is opening the restaurant with Elizabeth Dawson.
Cancade said the idea came from Kitchener, Ont.
“All (my mentor) had was a woodfire oven,” he said. “He used to bake his bread and cook pizza with it. He did everything in there and it was really inspiring. It’s very traditional. It sort of takes the slow food movement and fuses it with quality fast food.”
» Souris Plaindealer
• Glenboro and the RM of South Cypress are teaming up with Call2Recycle to open a household battery and cellphone collection depot in the area.
All consumer batteries that weigh less than five kilograms are accepted at the site.
Call2Recycle is a not-for-profit organization that has been heavily involved in battery stewardship since 1994.
» The Gazette
• Virden’s Ellyn Polk will test her hockey skills against some of the best senior women’s players in Western Canada at the Western Shield Championship in Red Deer, Alta., April 10-13.
Polk, a defenceman, plays for the Assiniboine Community College club hockey team.
“I’m most looking forward to the experience that I’ll take from the Western Shield,” she said. “There will be lots learned and some great memories made.”
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Figure skaters and hockey players suited up for “Battle of the Blades” at the Waskada Skate Club recently.
Nine pairs of figure skaters and hockey players teamed up for the programs.
The review also featured a number of solo performances from Hillary Bennie, Rylee Kehler, Charlie Lee, Krista Gervin and Morgan Haerer.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Jack and David Garabed are proud of their late Armenian father, Harry Garabed, who was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide.
“He was born sometime around 1906, and his real name was Garabed Haroutiounian,” Jack said. “He was born in what is now northeastern Turkey.”
The pair’s father will be honoured at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights this fall.
» Killarney Guide
• Members of the community beautification committee aren’t impressed with Manitoba Hydro’s recent tree trimming program in Boissevain.
“This abusive tree trimming in communities is an ongoing problem across the province,” Mayor Ed Anderson said.
“In communities such as Boissevain in particular where we have a first-class tree trimming program, we are especially hit hard by Manitoba Hydro, who contract independent contractors who will take the complete tops off of the trees, leaving an ugly, stark naked post sitting on our boulevards.”
» Boissevain Recorder