• Cathy Overton-Clapham, one of the province’s most decorated curlers with a world championship, five Canadian championships and 12 Scotties Tournament of Hearts appearances, was at the Boissevain Curling rink watching her son Andrew curl.
Overton-Clapham is best known for her time as third for Jennifer Jones, who is currently curling at the Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg. The winner of the Roar will represent Canada at the Olympics in Russia.
Andrew was competing for a berth in the Curl Manitoba Canola Junior Men’s and Women’s bonspiel.
» Boissevain Recorder
• The long-awaited trial for the man accused of murdering a Minnedosa couple 25 years ago has been set for Jan. 22, 2014.
While vacationing in Texas on Nov. 13, 1988, Wilda and Evan Squires were awoken by intruders attempting to rob their RV. Gunshots were fired and Evan, 70, and Wilda, 65, were later found dead.
Two decades later, Arturo Almaguer was arrested for an unrelated charge. When his blood was drawn and entered into the database it matched DNA found at the 1988 crime scene.
If convicted of capital murder, Almaguer could face the death penalty.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• Black smoke was visible for miles after a vehicle hauling flax bales traveling eastbound to Cartwright caught fire.
The driver of the rig, which originated in Brandon, pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 3.
Cartwright/Roblin Fire Department responded to the called, armed with three fire trucks and one tanker truck.
“By th time we got there, the truck was full engulfed,” deputy fire chief Gerry Dousselaere said. “The flax was also in flames and nothing can stop that.”
No one was injured in the blaze.
» Killarney Guide
• Elkhorn’s Kendra Kay (Kvemshagen) completed the shooting for her first music video, using her song ‘It was.’
Winnipeg’s Jeremy Johnson, who also grew up in Elkhorn, produced the video.
“We definitely wanted to shoot someplace local,” Johnson said. “I grew up around this area, I love this area. It was a good opportunity to provide some exposure. There are a lot of great venues here.”
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Yellowhead AAA Midget Female forward Jordyn Tibbatts committed to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, where she will also suit up for the Ooks hockey team next season.
In 128 games, the steady two-way forward from Foxwarren has 25 goals and 54 assists. Most nights, she suits up against the top players from the opposing team.
» Crossroads This Week
• Shoal Lake’s Devin Allen was recognized for his dedication and leadership to the Park West Outlaws with the Rick Henderson Memorial Trophy.
The Outlaws finished with a 3-5 record this season in the Rural Manitoba Football League.
Japanese exchange student Tasuku Irii, who attends school in Russell at Major Pratt, was named the team’s most outstanding player.
Binscarth Travis Dreilich was named top defensive lineman, while Hamiota’s James Hunkin picked up the award on the offensive side of the ball.
» Crossroads This Week
• Students at Brookdale School recently crafted angels as part of the African AIDS Angels Project.
Ty Loewen, Jo-Anne Simon and Reanna McKee are just some of the students who crafted the angels after Joyce Dennis, a local volunteer, shared her knowledge of the cause.
Dennis has travelled to Africa and is an advocate for families affected by the disease in the country.
» Neepawa Banner
• The Rapid City Drama Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a play called ‘The Most Unusual Court Case, written by local Gladys Simpson.
The play is based around the character Daryl Andrew of Rapid City, who is charged with polygamy, impersonation and fraud.
Since its inception in 1993, the club has performed 42 different shows.
» Rivers Banner
• Acadia Colony Farms of Carberry was named the 2012-13 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Manitoba.
Christine Wentworth, vice president of Agriculture for North America, congratulated the winners.
“Than you for everything you do day in and day out to ensure a reliable and safe supply of potatoes and more importantly to enable McCain to delight our consumers,” she said.
» Carberry News-Express
• Tony Kalechyn was inducted into the Honour Society of Baseball Manitoba at a recently awards gala.
“It was kind of unexpected, but nice to be recognized,” Kalechyn said.
He played 32 years for teams in Grandview, Rossburn, Binscarth, Angusville and Neepawa. Kalechyn also won five championships in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League.
» Grandview Exponent
• Dauphin residents came out in droves to support the Parkland Filipino Association and relief efforts for those hit by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last month.
At a special food tasting festival on Nov. 24, approximately $9,600 was raised for those hit hardest by the typhoon.
» Dauphin Herald
• A catchy headline “Parents fined for not sending Ritz crackers” was sensationalized and misleading, said Kristin Bartkiw, who know finds herself and the Little Club daycare in Rossburn in the middle of a media storm.
“When I sent the information to the orignal blog writer about what had happened at our daycare, I was focused on how Canada’s Food Guide doesn’t distinguish between processed foods and natural foods,” Bartkiw said.
She has no problem with the fine or the daycare, but rather the provinces requiring the use of the Food Guide as a strict mandate.
» Russell Banner
• The old caboose that sat in Reston moved down the tracks to Cartwright recently.
In actuality, the caboose was loaded on two trucks and transported.
The caboose, which wasn’t being used and has been in Reston since 1997, will become an outdoor museum display.
» Reston Recorder
• Gill Robertson and her Teddy Bear Daycare tots won the ‘I walk to school’ Manitoba challenge for 2013.
Robertson and her crew of tots, who are anywhere from 12-week-old snuggle-bunnies to eight-year-old stinkers, logged more than 200 kilometers in October to claim top prize.
» Souris Plaindealer
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 4, 2013