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Rural Roundup - Jan. 30, 2013

Killarney Guide

Killarney Mayor Rick Pauls is concerned about staffing issues at the hospital.

Pauls said, for example, Tri-Lake Health Centre lost nine nurses in one month.

"Those nurses aren't leaving the profession. They live in and around Killarney and are moving not for a promotion, but laterally, even if it mesa they have to drive however long every working day."

The 22-bed facility is now down to 14 beds. The Prairie Mountain Regional Health Authority doesn't call them bed closures, but rather "staff to patient ratios" that relegate the beds to "not in service" status.

Crossroads This Week

Prue Critchley will represent Canada in India when she competes in the Himalayan Endurance Ride Jan. 31 to Feb. 4.

Critchley, who lives between Hamiota and Shoal Lake, was invited by the Equestrian Federation of India.

"Despite being at very short notice, I am planning to make the trip," said Critchley. "Presently, we are frantically collecting donations for our flights to India, as based on the time frame we didn't have time to save up."

Crossroads This Week

St. Lazare's Tirra Lemoine has a passion for hockey — and it shows.

Last November, Lemoine helped Team Manitoba win the silver medal at the 2012 National Women's Under-18 Championship, while this year she is one of the leading scorers in the Manitoba Female Midget AAA League as a member of the Yellowhead Chiefs.

"My favorite part of playing with Team Manitoba was making it to the gold medal game and making history as this is the first time Manitoba has been in a the gold medal game," Lemoine said.

The Gazette

The Cypress River School, which was closed in 2009, is open again, but the students have changed.

Purchased by a board consisting of several local citizens and renamed the Cypress River Resource Centre, the school will host 24 students studying foward their Licensed Practical Nursing qualification over the next 22 months.

Assiniboine Community College, along with four instructors, have taken over four classrooms at the former elementary school and turned it back into a learning facility.

The Gazette

The Baldur High School girls' curling team, consisting of skip Shayla Gillis, third Shaylyn Johnson, second Mandy Hendrickson, lead Jill Dearsley, spare Erin Roeges and coach Barry Moore, captured the Zone 6 curling Championship in Glenboro.

The team is now practicing and preparing or the Provincial Championships which take place in Gladstone Feb. 7 to 9.

The Carberry News-Express

And Edmonton resident was a little lighter in the wallet while recently passing through the area on the TransCanada Highway.

Blue Hills Area RCMP pulled over the vehicle in the RM of North Cypress after the radar gun went off and the vehicle registered speeds of 152 kilometres per hour on the highway.

The driver was ticketed with the fine totalling $711.50.

Dauphin Herald

Manitoba Crime Stoppers is looking for help regarding a theft during October, 2012.

Dauphin RCMP investigation revealed six Prairie Bison were stolen from a farm located northwest of Ochre River.

The animals were between one an two years old and were most likely taken during the first two weeks of the month. The theft is estimated to be in excess of $6,000.

Dauphin Herald

Dauphin has been selected to house the province's newest correctional centre.

The new facility will replace the Dauphin Correctional Centre, which is almost 100 years old.

The jail will be located in the city and RM of Dauphin's joint Industrial Park.

Russell Banner

Martin Neuhofer of Wendell Estates Honey received three offers during his tim on the CBC's show "Dragons Den" which aired this month.

First, the prospects of a million pounds of honey over the seven week harvest season peaked Dragon Kevin O'Leary's interest as he started the bidding with an offer of $200,000 for a 50 per cent share.

Soon, marketing guru Arlene Dickenson sweetened the deal with the same cash offer for only 45 per cent of the company.

But, just under the wire, Virden native and Boston Pizza magnate, Jim Treliving entered the fray offering $225,000 for a 25 per cent share, while splitting the business decisions of with the Wendell group.

Neuhofer accepted Treliving's offer.

Russell Banner

"Relive Russell," the town's year-long centennial celebration is kicking off Feb. 15 with a gala century reception and dinner.

It was Feb. 15, 1913, that the community was officially incorporated as a town.

The evening will begin with a VIP wine and cheese reception at the new Multiplex followed by a plated meal at the George P. Buleziuk Centre.

Reston Recorder

Reston's Jean Harbottle was the lucky winner of $20,000 through the Canadian Cancer Society Fall Lottery.

Harbottle, who had cancer in the past, is believed to be the only ever winner that has suffered from the disease.

The win is icing on the cake, as Harbottle has been in full remission as of her latest PET scan.

Grandview Exponent

After declaring the race a tie in the latest Grandview town council election, Cameron Dingwall and Joseph Safronetz have both put their name forward to run again.

After the results were tabulated last time, each candidate received 111 votes. The new vote will take place Feb. 13.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 30, 2013

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