• Roblin’s Jayce Hawryluk returned from the Ivan Hlinka under-18 hockey tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a gold medal.
“The whole experience was great,” he said. “And beating the U.S. in the final was awesome. Nobody like the U.S.”
Hawryluk said he learned a lot from coach Dale Hunter.
“He preached discipline and defence, and I think that’s what we needed,” Hawryluk said. “He’s a professional that knows how to get the best out of his players. And he got the best out of us.”
» Roblin Review
• The first-ever Manitoba MudRun on Aug. 10 garnered interest from 620 participants, which well exceeded organizer Kevin Steinbachs’ expectations.
“I had a dream and I figured it could be this (successful). There were more spectators than I figured, though. The atmosphere was excellent.”
The 10-km course featured 21 obstacles, which challenged the participants’ endurance and strength.
» Dauphin Herald
• The Bell of Batoche, a controversial piece of Canadian history, made a brief stop in Neepawa last week as it travels to Cold Lake, Alta.
On Sept. 2, 1884, the bell was baptized in Batoche, Sask. One year later, during the Battle of Batoche, the bell was stolen and taken to Millbrook, Ont.
The bell was on display at the Millbrook Legion until 1991, when it was taken again. The whereabouts of the bell has been unknown until this past year.
» Neepawa Banner
• A 17-year-old driver tried to set the “high score” on the radar gun on Highway 24 near Rapid City last week.
Minnedosa RCMP clocked the driver going 166 km/h.
The offence carries a fine of $915 and could result in the driver losing his licence.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• Russell’s Kole Magnowski competed at the Canadian Waterski Championships at the Predator Bay Waterski Club in Calgary from Aug. 10-14.
Magnowski finished with the third-best distance over two jumps, travelling an average of 63.95 metres.
Magnowski now splits his time between Calgary and Clermont, Fla., where he trains.
» Russell Banner
• After being selected at an audition featuring singers from across Manitoba, Julianna Moore is set to head to Granby, Que., for an international music festival that focuses on bilingual singers.
The 14-year-old has performed at talent shows, as well as school and fundraising events for the local church.
» Russell Banner
• Scott Beever was added by the Carillon Sultans to play at the Western Canada Junior AA baseball championship in Regina recently.
“In general, I was pleased with how we performed,” Beever said. “All events at this level are competitive. Teams are there to win.”
Beever pitched against the Regina Red Sox at the championship, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight batters as the Sultans won 10-3.
» Rivers Banner
• The oldest remaining building in Souris celebrated its 130th birthday.
The Plum Museum and Tea Room, which was originally the Anglican Church, was built in August 1883.
The Plum, which was built by members of the Snowden party, is still painted its original Victorian plum colour with chocolate brown trim.
» Souris Plaindealer
• The Virden Oil Capitals hired Wawanesa’s Lindsey Gullett to be the team’s new sales and marketing manager.
Gullett, who had a three-year Manitoba Junior Hockey League career before playing four years with Castleton State College, is ready for the challenge.
“After my college hockey career ended, I only skated a handful of times in the past year and a half, so I’m excited to be in a hockey environment and be involved in building the culture here (in Virden),” he said.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Cpl. Jonathan Geisel, known as Shotgun Jonny on the roller derby track, has had a blast reffing Wheat City Roller Derby games.
“I’ve been doing this for a year. I am just starting to get comfortable with the calls I am making,” said Geisel, who had never played roller derby before. “A lot of guys have hockey, or rugby, or they go out and play golf in the summer ... You make the time for things you love to do. It takes up a lot of time during the week, but it is something for me to do to stay fit and active and stay part of the community as well.”
» Shilo Stag
• The RM of Pipestone Dance Club offered a free dance camp with instructor Nikki Weerts from Steppin’ Time Dance Studio in Brandon.
Weerts is returning as a dance instructor this fall and is encouraging anyone interested in dance to sign up.
Kiera Gellatly, Tessa Granger, Mackenzie Walker and Julianne Ludlam were among the participants who attended the camp.
» Reston Recorder
• The fourth annual Banana Days featured a mud bog,
slo-pitch tournament, social, pancake breakfast and a free banana split from Aug. 9-11.
Attendance for the community event was nearly 4,475, up considerably from the previous year when less than 3,000 people attended.
The winners of the Ultimate Banana Belt Experience, a one-day race around Melita, and the $1,000 top prize were Danielle Serruys and Denisha Smith.
» Melita New Era
• The Black Family Farm celebrated its 100th year of organic farming in Manitoba on Aug. 4.
Larry Black spoke about how proud he is to receive the honour.
“If summer fallow is done properly, there’s nothing wrong with it. It is conducive to our soil type and the key thing is to not let the weeds go to seed,” Black said. “The climate change is making a difference to how we farm. We used to count on getting the weeds off before sowing but the cool, wet springs have changed things.”
» Deloraine Times and Star
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 21, 2013