• The Roblin Snowmobile Association will not be sending its groomer out at all this year.
“Although there’s almost a foot of fluffy snow in sheltered areas, it compacts to about three inches and offers little or no protection from hidden rocks, stumps, ruts and ditches,” RSA president Dale Rands said. “In open areas, the snow has blown so badly that there’s insufficient snow to even hold up the safety and directional signs.”
There will be no rebates for people who purchased SnoPasses, which includes Rands himself.
» Roblin Review
• Suade Moyer and Kaylyn Baron won the top spot at the provincial High Low Doubles bowling tournament in Winnipeg.
The junior girls bowled 263 pins over their average, placing first out of 15 teams.
The senior team of Sara Taylor and Kelsy Leitch bowled 265 pins over their average, finishing second out of 14 teams to win a silver medal.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• Bincarth’s Linda McDonald is spearheading an area cookbook with the proceeds going toward the palliative care sunroom.
“While as far as I know the sunroom is relatively close to opening, but I know too that there will be ongoing expenses,” McDonald Said. “The people and families who are there need their privacy and they need a peaceful place to go to gather their thoughts and regenerate a little outside of the real hospital environment.”
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• The Rivers Jets atom hockey team — Zane Dyck, Sloan Stanick, Briley Wood, Logan Bayes, Ryland Taylor, Mattias Enns, Bryson Wanbidiska, Tyler Haggerty, Ashton Wanbidiska, Slade Stanick, Caleb Norman, Ryan Taylor, Jesse Man, Donovan Larson and Layton Veitch — won the Tournament of Champions trophy in Oak River earlier this month.
The team consists of kids from Rivers, Rapid City, Sioux Valley and Brandon.
Winning the regional TOC punches the team’s ticket to face other regional winners at a TOC tournament in Brandon.
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• Glenella’s Joshua Hall has been collecting Hot Wheels toy cars since he was nine years old.
Fast forward seven years and the 16-year-old now has approximately 1,800 of them.
“My older sister has a collection of hockey cards and I wanted a collection too,” he said. “That’s why I started collecting them.”
Several of the cars in unopened packaged are valued at close to $200 each.
“I will be collecting them for as long as I can,” Joshua said. “It is a legit hobby for me and something that I really enjoy. I would love to be able to pass these on to my son and have him continue collecting.”
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• Leaving home at a young age is a difficult decision, but for St. Lazare’s Tirra Lemoine the leap of faith has proved to be the right decision.
Lemoine is flourishing on the ice at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, B.C.
“It’s truly a family-like atmosphere and everyone is here to help each other no matter what,” said the Grade 11 student, who played for the Yellowhead Chief female midget team last year. “Being a part of POE has been a learning and rewarding experience so far ... I get to do what I love everyday so I can’t complain about that.”
» Crossroads This Week
• Sgt. Dave Lucas was a regular fixture at the CFB Shilo events.
Lucas, who helped mentor soldiers even after his retirement, died at his Sprucewoods home on Dec. 28 at the age of 80.
“Dave was an artillery icon. His first encounter with myself was as the number one of a 105 mm gun detachment,” recalled Roger Eppert in his condolence message. “My first impressions ‘who is this madman and why is he yelling at me?’ Beyond his gruff personality was a soft-hearted, father-type who looked after the underdog.”
» Shilo Stag
• The Carberry Skating Club’s Energ*Ice prenovice synchro team won the silver medal at the Skate Manitoba sectional competition in Morris.
The team is made up of 15 skaters, ag 12 to 17 from Carberry, Austin, MacGregor and Neepawa.
They are coached by Meghan Sprung and Kim Adriannsen, training more than two house per week.
» Carberry News Express
Back row, left to right: Teanna Olmstead, Bryanna Manns, Sydney Bateman, Teal Adriaansen, Shylan Sinclair, Abby Jones and Samantha Salmon. Middle row: Genaya Sinclair, Kyla Wicks, Ashley Malfait, and Emma Salmon. Front row: Jensyn Baron, Kelsey Ellis, Shaelyn Beswitherick and Shae-Lynn McKinstry.
• Chase Cochrane might only be seven years old, but he’s already got a heart made of gold.
Instead of asking all of his friends for the coolest and newest toys, Cochrane asked them to bring pet supplies. Friends and students from Oak Lake Community School responded, bringing him cat and dog food, toys, leashes and treats.
Cochrane took the loot and donated it to the Virden Pet Network, where it will go to rescued animals.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• The Souris Elks hockey team is hosting the ‘Shoot to Win $25,000’ during their game agains the Boissevain Border Kings on Jan. 31.
Last year, Mitch Kaminsky was the shooter and managed to put 13 fo 20 pucks in the net in the allotted time. Had he made two more he would have won $10,000.
The game was such a success, with 180 people showing up in hopes of being the shooter, that the Elks upped the stakes to $25 grand.
» Souris Plaindealer
• Killarney firefighter were called to a home on the morning of Jan. 22.
When they got their firefighters learned that a woodstove had backed up and filled the house with a cloud of black smoke.
Firefighter first entered the home and saved the family dog, then wetted down and removed the contents of the woodstove. Large fans were used to push the smoke out of the home and air it out as much as possible.
» Killarney Guide
• Kirsty Mann, Kristy Wells, Megan Vandenberghe and Meaghan Astle swept their way to the trophy at the Waskada Ladies Bonspiel held Jan. 17 to 19.
Michelle Hammond, Laura Williams, Tammy Perriman and Candice Bugg claimed the ‘B’ event while Donna Fletcher, Julie Rowe, Coral Meggison and Laura Williamson captured the ‘C’ event.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• One woman in Brandon thought the duty of the RCMP extended to the point that officers should be her personal chauffer.
On Jan. 16, police received a cale from a woman in Brandon advising officers that her passport was in the RM of Whitewater and she wanted police to pick it up and drive it to her as she had no way of getting there herself.
She was told it was an unreasonable request as the RCMP is not a courier service.
» Boissevain Recorder