• Jack Ready is living proof you can teach an old dog new tricks.
The 89-year-old is a quilt maker. He said that if you would have told him he would be quilting in his golden years, he would have told you that you are out of your mind.
To date, he has made 267 quilts with three more on the go.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Drew Edward Dietrich was Roblin’s New Year’s baby.
Dietrich was born Jan. 4, 12 days before his due date, at the Yorkton Regional Hospital.
The first child for Carrie and Nolan Dietrich, Drew weighed seven pounds and seven ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Drew also shares a birthday with his grandfather, Pat Dietrich.
» Roblin Review
• Melita’s Jeff Buff bluffed and raised his way to first place at the North Dakota Texas Hold’em Championship in Minot, ND.
The three-day tournament cash came with a $50,000 top prize and some hardware.
The tournament was held at The Vegas Motel and is the second largest first prize payout for a charity tournament in the United States.
Approximately 1,250 players took part, including Jeff’s wife Rose, who finished 98th.
» Melita New Era
• Cecile Klemecki is the new CAO at the RM of Hillsburg office.
Klemecki left Roblin in 1987, but always wanted to come back to her hometown.
“It’s been a fast learning curve,” Klemecki said about her new position. “Everybody’s been absolutely fabulous. It’s a detailed job and everything’s new so it will take a while to get into the way thing are done.”
» Roblin Review
• ‘I wish I’d known...how much I’d love you’ is a book written by Julie Cwir of Souris.
The book writes about the experiences of families with children born with cleft lips and palates.
Cwir’s son Kaeden was born with a cleft lip. His experience is what inspired Cwir to reach out to other parents and creat a book that could provide solace and support to families going through similar situations.
» Souris Plaindealer
• The City of Dauphin is opposed to the legal challenge from the Association of Manitoba Municipalities against amalgamation legislation passed by the province.
“The court action, to me, is frivolous, expensive and I feel the organization has lost its direction and reason to be,” deputy-mayor Al Dowhan said.
He believes going to court for 32 municipalities, or 16 per cent of the membership, indicates the executive has lost control of the minority of its members, who are controlling the organization.
» Dauphin Herald
• Lawrence and Chris Warwaruk appeared on CBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ on Jan. 8 with their beer from Farmery Estate Brewery.
The brothers asked for $200,000 for a 20 per cent stake in Farmer Inc.
Four of five of the dragons were interested in investing in various forms, requiring a royalty.
After some deliberations the brothers decided to partner with Arlene Dickinson and David Chilton, who invested the $200,000 for a six per cent royalty.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• A graduate of a Hungarian medial school, Jon Roux tried to get a residence position in Manitoba for 15 months without success.
After applying in Ireland, Roux was hired not as an inter, as Manitoba would have required, but as a medical doctor.
Dr. Roux is now serving as a senior house officer in surgery in Tralee, Ireland.
Although he had signed a return of service agreement in Virden, the lack of a residency spot forced Roux to Ireland. Now, it appears Saskatchewan is interested in taking him on, according to his father, who is also a doctor in Virden.
» Virden Empire Advance
• Boissevain’s Megan Robertson was the overtime hero as the Westman Wildcats captured the Mac’s AAA Midget tournament in Calgary.
With just 18 seconds left in the third overtime period, Robertson banged home a rebound for the Wildcats to end the marathon and give the Westman team a 2-1 win over the Fraser Valley Phantoms.
Killarney’s Jaycee Magwood is the captain of the team, while Courtney Ganske and Ninette’s Shaelyn Vallotton also star on the squad.
» Killarney Guide
• The Major Pratt Trojans high school hockey team is hosting a fundraiser to help battle cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The team will play the Crocus Plains team that night with game time set for 7:45 p.m.
Several businesses have stepped up to donate pink jerseys and socks. The jerseys have been pre-sold for $100 with all of the proceeds going to the fight against cancer.
Any funds raised will help the oncology department in the community. The department is currently in need of new chairs and other equipment.
» Russell Banner
• The Neepawa Tigers high school hockey team are looking to turn the tables heading into 2014.
The team, which is currently 8-4, has won back-to-back provincial AA titles.
“It comes down to consistency,” said Tigers head coach Gary Salmon. “I think we still need a bit of work getting everybody doing what we need to throughout th entire game. That’s where we’re at right now.”
The team’s top line of Garett Rempel, Shane Levandosky and Wyatt Salmon have combined for 70 points through the first 12 games.
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• A home for a new arena and hall complex may have been located in Boissevain.
The town school board has agreed in principle to provide land adjacent to Boissevain School in order to build the facility.
The complex would be built on the northwest corner of the school property, still leaving green spae for playground on the southwest side of the school grounds.
» Boissevain Recorder
• Plans are underway to build a new medical clinic in Minnedosa to better serve the community’s medical needs.
Mayor Ray Orr said the community is looking at building a new, updated medical facility near the hospital and there have been discussions about how it should be financed.
Orr is hoping to attract investors and build the clinic using private money, noting one group is interested in the project and is already doing it’s due diligence.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• Russell’s Jasmine Lafournaise established herself as a star at Lake Region State College, where she was part of the Devils Lake, ND, school’s volleyball team.
“Becoming a family and a winning team,” Lafournaise said is the best part of playing for the Lady Royals. “We had team unity like no other. We knew exactly what we wanted to do and accomplish as a group. I had great teammates and they made the experience amazing.”
The 5-foot-11 middle hitter was named to the Mon-Dak All Conference Team, leading the Lady Royals with 4.3 points and 3.07 kills per set.
» Crossroads This Week
• Ditch Lake’s Gerry Holm is a toponymist.
Holm studies place names — their origins, meanings and use. And not without some controversy.
“The most controversial issue in my time was when Prime Minister Chretien wanted to rename Mount Logan, the tallest peak in Canada, to ‘Mount Pierre Elliot Trudeau,’” Holm said. “But rules and policy won the day and the Prime Minister changed his mind to allow an unnamed peak in B.C.’s Prime Minister Range to be considered.”
» Crossroads This Week