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Rural Roundup - Dec. 11, 2013

• Tyson Fletcher, a Grade 12 student from Melita School, was chosen by Volleyball Manitoba as a graduating all-star for volleyball.

Fletcher was selected after a representative from Winnipeg came out to see the graduating players play.

Fletcher’s coach, Nathan Corrigal, was also named Volleyball Manitoba’s 2013 ‘A’ coach of the year.

» Melita New Era

• Deloraine’s Austin Weidenhamer picked up a couple of victories on the Manitoba Motocross Association tour.

Weidenhamer picked up wins in the 250C class and Open C class.

There are approximately 40 bikes on the line in each race during the summer and fall circuit.

» Deloraine Times and Star

• Neepawa’s Justin Miller was named the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s rookie of the year.

Miller, who is a steer wrestler, qualified in second place for Canadian Finals Rodeo after he collected nearly $20,000 this season.

“It’s one award I’ll never be able to win again,” Miller joked. “I’m fortunate to have done as well as I did in my rookie year. It’s a pretty good feeling.”

» Neepawa Banner

• What started as a six-team venture in 2010, the Neepawa Filipino Basketball League has grown exponentially since its inception.

Now in its fourth season, the sports league is up to 22 teams with more than 300 players taking part.

In the beginning, co-chair Ron Santos said the league served as a way to fight off homesickness and boredom in Neepawa.

“It also helped maintain our camaraderie though sports,” Santos said.

» Neepawa Banner

• Minnie Braun of the Reston Health Centre is the community’s newest centenarian, turning 100 years old on Nov. 19, 2013.

Braun had many stories to tell about her world travels.

“I usually travelled alone. I walked or took a taxi. When going through rough neighbourhoods, I would dress poor so I didn’t get robbed,” she said. “Once a thief came in a motel room where myself and two other women were staying in Florida. I kicked my wallet under the television set and told him we didn’t have any money. I then asked him what his mother would think if she could see him now. He told me to ‘shut up.’ I guess I flustered him as he took off. I’m a tough old lady, I can hold my own.”

» Reston Recorder

• A comedic play titled ‘Sin, Sex and the CIA’ came to life last week as part of the Minnedosa Drama Club’s inaugural production.

“This year, even though it was our very first year, was a roaring success. Our initial play turned out beyond our expectations. It was well attended, and we were overwhelmed with ow positive the audience response was,” said Donna Alexander, assistant director with the new club.

» Minnedosa Tribune

• In less than a month Virden will host the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The provincial tournament is being held earlier because the national Scotties was scheduled earlier to avoid conflict with the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“Curl Manitoba is excited to bring the best women’s curling to the community of Virden and the amazing new Tundra Oil and Gas Place,” Curl Manitoba executive director Shane Ray said.

The 16-team event runs Jan. 8 to 12.

“People keep thinking that it’s a long way off, but really it isn’t,” co-chair of the event Carol Polk said. “We are hoping for a good crowd and to fill the house.”

» Virden Empire-Advance

• Competition for land is driving up prices and making it harder for younger producers to find and purchase thier own land.

More often than not, young farmers rely on family, friends or neighbours to rent or sell them land.

“A lot of the land that I have bought or am renting is all through family,” said 26-year-old Brett McRae, who raised cattle south of Brandon and bought his first section of land from an uncle.

» Cattle Country

• A total of 28 heads were entered and scored at Hooper’s Lake 14th Annual Buck Night held on Nov. 23 at the Beulah Community Hall.

Rossburn hunter Kalvin Kreshewski has the top head in the Typical category, scoring 142 5/8.

Shoal Lake’s Dallas Malchuk was second (142 0/8), while Miniota’s Riley Hodgins was third (141 6/10).

Rossburn’s Steven Shewchuk won the Non-Typical category, scoring 163 2/8, while Miniota’s Jeff Lelond was second (133 4/8).

» Crossroads This Week

• Carberry Minor Hockey Association honoured Bob Scott, 82, with the 2013 Builder Award during Hockey Day on Nov. 30.

Bob is one of the most loyal and strongest advocates of hockey and local sports in the community.

» Carberry News-Express

• Staff and students from Dauphin Regional comprehensive Secondary School have concerns with safety at school.

Principal Norman Casavant admitted he wasn’t comfortable entering the school aftering taking the position last fall.

“I can tell you as a newcomer to the school, it was a bit of an eye-opener for me to walk into the DR,” he said. “The first couple of weeks at the DR for me were quite uncomfortable.”

Referring to a staff survey from the spring of 2013, instructor Jeremy Love said 83 per cent of unsolicited comments were about making the school safer.

» Dauphin Herald

• Police nabbed 23-year-old Freeman Thomas Gustave Zong and charged him with robbery and assault with a weapon following a pair of incidents on Nov. 16.

Zong is accused of robbing a case of beer off a man while he walked down the street. During the robber, the victim was cut by one of the assailants.

A few hours later, police received another report of a man being robbed while walking down the street.

Zong, 24-year-old Joshua James Chartrand and 20-year-old Fritz William James Chartrand have also been arrested in connection with the robberies.

» Dauphin Herald

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 11, 2013

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