• About a dozen high school students from Birtle braved cold temperatures to fish for perch on East Goose Lake.
The students are taking a wildlife management course and are currently studying a particular fish parasite, a fluke called the yellow grub.
Birtle Collegiate teacher Bill Bowley, who used to live in Roblin, recommended the lake since it’s full of perch and the perch are full of the yellow grub.
The students caught more than 200 perch in a couple of hours.
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• A well-known haunted house that was part of the Count Ravenlakula public display each Halloween for the last 12 years was severely damaged by a fire recently.
The Shoal Lake Fire Department responded to a fire call at about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 29. Upon arrival, firefighters found the northeast side of the unoccupied house fully involved and requested mutual aid from Hamiota and Strathclair to assist in supplying water to fight the blaze.
The house is located 10 kilometres southwest of Shoal Lake.
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• Virginia Olson captured gold for her interpretive program at the 2014 Skate Canada Manitoba STARSkate Parkland regional competition.
Olson also partnered with Courtney Dunn for a program called “The Russell Roulettes,” which earned them a silver medal.
Other skaters to win medals included Natalie Edwards, Sundre Nerbas, Tia Huston, Morgan Burton, Jessica Rice and Emily Miller.
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• St. Lazare’s Gage Fouillard is at home on the back of her horse Annie.
The 17-year-old cowgirl competes in barrels, poles, breakaway roping and cutting in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association.
“I love the rush it gives me when my horse is working really nice on that perfect cow,” Fouillard said about her favourite event, cutting, where a single animal is split away from the herd. “I am also a person who loves a challenge and what is more challenging than depending on two animals with their own mind to read each other without guidance of your reins.”
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• The Clanwilliam Curling Club celebrated more than 100 years of curling action with a week of events, including the club’s annual mixed bonspiel.
“In the last 30 to 40 years, we have seen many small communities diminish and as you drive through these communities, you will notice curling rinks overgrown with weekends and falling down,” said club member Doug Dowsett. “But in Clanwilliam, we have managed to buck the trend. Our curling rink continues to be something that draws people together and opens its door to anyone.”
The two-sheet club has been affiliated with the Manitoba Curling Association since 1914.
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• Delbert Cruise is the new chief of Canupawakpa, while Sam Hapa and Darrell Brown were elected councillors.
The election was called after Frank Brown stepped down as leader in September.
“I have big shoes to fill,” Cruise said about the former chief. “He tried to get a lot of things done. I believe he has good ideas. Right now, he has other things to deal with.”
Cruise wants to increase employment opportunities in the community.
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• Terry Ursel’s rink from Neepawa won the Rivers Curling Club ladies bonspiel, which took place Jan. 24-26.
Ursel beat Souris’ Lynne Locke in the final after the team had to forfeit the game due to poor road conditions.
The highlight of the bonspiel, however, was a perfect end from Tracy Roulette’s rink. Roulette, third Tanya Cameron, second Crystal Stewart and lead Shelley Anderson made all their rocks count, scoring an eight-ender.
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• Neepawa Natives netminder Davy Fisher hasn’t had the season he hoped for.
Fisher is recovering from his second concussion this season and is unsure when he’ll suit up for the team again.
“I’m still not skating, but I’m expecting to get the clearance to get back on the ice at any time,” Fisher said. “It’s definitely a mental battle right now. I can go from having a few good days (that are) symptom-free, then they come back when I overexert, so staying positive through it all is the key to getting over it.”
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• Virden’s Brittany Heaman was a leader on and off the field for the Providence University College women’s soccer team this year.
The Pilots won the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference title and competed at the national Christian soccer tournament, where they finished third.
“Having all of our hard work pay off and be rewarded with being able to travel to Florida, where the NCCAA tournament was held, was a great reward,” Heaman said.
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• Dr. Samuel Smal, who worked in Killarney last summer as a one-week locum, liked it so much that he chose to accept a .25 position with Prairie Mountain Health.
Smal, who grew up on a mixed farm in South Africa, also has a practice in Winnipeg.
“I think there’s a misconception with doctors that it’s better to live in the city, and better for children,” he said. “If they experienced rural practice, their opinion might change. That’s why the U of M has a program now where they send their second-year students on ‘preceptorships’ in rural areas for a week of that year, so that they can experience rural practice.”
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• Former Brandon Wheat King Brian Elder hosted a goalie school at the Melita and Area Arena recently.
Elder, who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, went on to be named the Central Hockey League’s goaltender of the year in 1998 when he played for the Oklahoma City Blazers.
He worked on positioning and movement with young goalies Linkn Jacobson, Logan Taylor, Donovan Kimball and Dustin Tweed.
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• Boissevain and District Chamber of Commerce president Bill Dougall is mulling whether he will continue to lead the local business community.
Dougall has been instrumental in several business and community initiatives.
“I have been very lucky to have an executive that was top-notch to work with in my time, which makes the job a lot easier,” he said. “Any time I’ve called out for help, it has been there in abundance. That is the key for a president and I hope whoever it is, they rally around him or her.”
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