• Torrential rains throughout southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan over the Canada Day weekend caused problems for CN Rail.
Waters running down through the hills around Bield took out approaches and the track bed along the Bield-Shordale road, leaving about 100 feet of track suspended in mid-air.
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• Alicia McKenzie puts the final touches on a mural which depicts 11 giants in the literary world. McKenzie, who graduated this year, wanted to recognize the English teachers she has had throughout the years and leave something behind.
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• Neepawa’s Justin Miller won the go-round on Day 3 at the Calgary Stampede.
Miller, who was the 2013 Canadian rookie of the year in steer wrestling, turned four legs up in a time of 4.1 seconds.
“I kind of set a goal five years ago to get here,” Miller told the Calgary Sun. “I was amateur rodeoing for the last three out of five years. Last year, I took my pro card, and the goal was to get the top five in Canada to get to Calgary. Growing up, since I was a little kid, it’s been a goal.”
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• St. Lazare’s Gabrielle Fouillard is leading Team Manitoba at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming, ending July 19.
Fouillard, who is Miss Manitoba, is also competing in barrel racing and pole bending.
Four other local students —St. Lazare’s Gage Fouillard, Russell’s Danielle Moran, Shannon Jackson of Inglis and Erickson’s Skye Rees — are also competing at the finals.
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• Former Manitoba Junior Hockey League Commissioner Frank McKinnon has been named to the Order of Canada.
McKinnon, who was the past principal at Hamiota Collegiate, was commissioner for a decade until 2002.
“This is a tremendous honour for Frank,” current MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said. “We are all very proud of him. After leaving the office of commissioner, Frank always followed our league closely. He’s a true gentleman and deserving of this honour.”
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• Amy Kreshewski, 14, is heading to New York for a national scoliosis support group convention.
The trip is possible due to fundraising efforts in the community.
“The social was a great success and we are very blessed to have received such amazing support from our community. We are very appreciative to everyone who came out, donated or offered words of encouragement,” Amy’s mother Dianne said.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine.
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• Cheryl Doull and Bob Hicks channelled the past as part of the Gossip in the Graveyard in Souris.
Doull and Hicks played Mary Oxley and Thomas Hicks, two of the town’s first residents who lived in Souris prior to 1914.
The event, which took place at the Souris Cemetery, was scheduled to include four tours, but heavy rain forced the cancellation of two of them.
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• Former Canadian Forces officer Marc George and filmmaker Graham Street are looking to film the third chapter of their First World War documentary.
“Silver Crosses” is the third and final chapter of the Warpaths series.
“It follows the story of a mother who lost three sons to the Great War and travelled to Europe once the conflict ended to visit two of their graves and to search for the final resting place of her third son, who was missing,” George explained.
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• The 61st Battalion senior hockey team, which captured the 1916 Allan Cup, were recently digitally enshrined in the Manitoba Agricultural Museum from Gladstone’s Mr. W. Wilson’s collection.
Four members of the team went on to play in the NHL: John “Crutchy” Morrison, Emery “Spunk” Sparrow, “Bullet” Joe Simpson and Hal Winkler.
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• It was when all the eggs, milk and bread were gone, and the canned goods started running out that staff at Pierson Co-op conceded things were getting “kind of scary.”
“Everyone is just holding their breath,” Louise Goforth said on July 3. “I’m not sure how long we can keep on like this.”
The local RM of Edward was forced to restrict gas sales to ensure supplies for emergency vehicles because of the flood.
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• After 12 years owning the Erin Inn, Andrea Gilling has sold it to Gail Stringer and William Yang.
Gilling plans to move back to Alexander and spend more time with her family.
“The first thing I’m going to do is visit my kids and their families, and get the grandkids to know their granny,” she said. “I was only seeing them two days of the year. Running a motel is a 24/7 life, all year long.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 16, 2014