• The fifth annual Multicultural Festival will take place Aug. 17 in the Bowl.
Cultural diversity has expanded in Souris and in the surrounding area and the festival is a chance for people to experience those cultures.
Entertainment from various groups, including a Filipino children’s dance group and Mexican dance duo, will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There will also be traditional food dishes from the Philippines, Mexico, Colombia, Ukraine, Scotland and England.
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• The Minnedosa Rodeo was in full swing August long weekend. This year was the 10th annual rodeo since the event came back in 2005.
On Monday, the arena belonged to the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association as it made its annual stop.
Hometown cowgirl Sarah Stemmer carried the Canadian flag to open the rodeo.
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• Dean and Patricia Bell recently celebrated with family and friends as they received their Century Farm award.
The Bell farm is located on the original Town of Deloraine site and the original bank vault can still be viewed there.
“One of the things I remember about this farm was in 1985, reading a Maclean’s magazine in university and there was Bill Bell, and it was an article on the first pioneers of no-till,” said Scott Day, formerly of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.
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• Country recording artist Kendra Kay (Kvemshagen) recently wrapped up shooting a music video for her upcoming single, “Some things go together like that.”
“It’s a little different from my last single. It’s upbeat and fun,” Kay said. “Even though I didn’t write the song, I can really relate to it.”
The video was shot on location during the Western Weekend at the Elkhorn Fairgrounds on Aug. 3.
“It was a fun video,” Kay said. “It was really nice to do it in my hometown. I can’t wait to see it.”
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• Virden RCMP officers were called out Aug. 3 after a motorist struck a bear on the Trans-Canada Highway east of town in the RM of Sifton.
Before officers could arrive, the driver of the vehicle was able to pull the bear off the highway.
The driver wasn’t hurt, but the vehicle did have to be towed.
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• The Silent Journey walk, held in June in Gladstone, raised $3,800 in support of mental health research.
The walk is in memory of Peter Olive.
Olive was diagnosed with bipolar disease and later took his own life in 2012, two months prior to his 28th birthday.
More than 100 people participated in the walk.
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• Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk came home from the team’s 2014 development camp with a lot more insight into what it takes to be an NHLer.
“It was awesome. It was a great time,” Hawryluk said. “I got to meet everyone in the organization, and I learned a lot. Especially what it takes to be a pro and how it’s different from junior. It was lots of fun.”
Thirty-four prospects took part in the camp, including the draft’s No. 1 pick, Aaron Ekblad.
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• Two people are facing numerous drug-related charges after police raided a Camperville residence last week.
Peter Paul Chartrand, 58, is facing charges of possession of proceeds of crime, unsafe storage of firearms, possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking a controlled substance.
Sharon Lynn Chartrand, 53, is facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking a controlled substance.
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• Longtime newspaper editor Miles Phillips died Aug. 2 after a short battle with bone cancer.
In his 33 years as publisher, The Recorder under his leadership won many Manitoba Community Newspaper awards, many of them for his editorials.
His strong personality carried a vibrant and influential voice for Boissevain.
In an interview in 1976, Miles said: “A weekly paper has to be concerned with its community. A weekly cannot survive if a town is dying. And as long as the community survives, weeklies will flourish. We’re a people media; we tell everybody about births, death and the immediate local news. In a sense, we’re the grassroots, writing the histories of our communities.”
Phillips was 84.
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• A number of vehicles were stolen in Russell and Rossburn recently.
Starting on July 23, a truck was stolen from the hospital and later recovered, leading to the arrest of a Waywayseecappo youth.
During the next two days, more vehicles were stolen in the area.
A Dodge truck was taken — “It appears it was taken for a joy ride and left in Waywayseecappo,” Const. Dean Ward said.
A grey Silverado was stolen, and rolled near the Wayway dump. A number of vehicles were also ransacked during the same time period. There were two other vehicles taken. A Chevy Avalanche was found burned in Wayway, while another vehicle was found set ablaze.
“We know that all of these crimes are related and are now searching for three more suspects from Waywayseecappo,” Ward said.
Police also found a stash of stolen items in a bush on the east side of Russell.
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• Approximately 20 people attended a meeting to discuss plans for a new assisted living housing unit in Gilbert Plains.
The “supportive housing” complex would consist of eight to 12 suites, with the cost proposed at $1.2 million.
It would be called Lily Garden Manor.
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• Director and videographer Graham Street recently filmed the third instalment of the “Warpaths” series, which looks at a group of soldiers from Boissevain in the 44th Battalion who fought in the First World War.
RCA Museum director Marc George has also played a significant role, ensuring the characters and props used are as authentic as possible.
The third film is slated to debut Nov. 7.
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