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Rural Roundup - July 30, 2014

• Conservation officers were called after a black bear wandered into town recently.

The bear eventually climbed a tree and officers used tranquilizer darts to subdue the animal.

» Ed Doering/Roblin Review

• Asessippi Resort was recently transformed for two weeks for the Wade Dance Camp.

“Back in the studios, the dance students are given a placement class on the day they arrive to determine their level of dance technique and are placed in Levels 1, 2 or 3 and move with their group rotating from studio to studio for technique classes and choreography classes,” explained Belva Wade Zentner.

The camp focuses on dance and the arts, with instruction in ballet and broadway jazz being just two of the genres.

» Russell Banner

• The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Neepawa Natives hired Dustin Howden as the team’s new assistant coach.

Howden will fill the void left by Cam Tibbett, who is pursuing other career opportunities.

Howden coached the AAA Southwest Bantam Cougars, a team that saw 13 players drafted in the WHL or MJHL.

“We are happy to add Dustin to our coaching staff. He believes in the development of players to the next level, which is important to our organization,” GM Myles Cathcart said.

» Neepawa Banner

• Russell Hutchison of Avalawn Angus was honoured by the Canadian Angus Association for his 50 years of service at the Canadian Junior Angus Association Showdown in Virden recently.

“It was very inspiring to me, how many junior members came up to me and congratulated me,” Hutchison said. “My message to them was: Someday this can happen to you if you stick with it.’”

» Virden Empire-Advance

• Triston Grant recently completed his ninth professional hockey season as a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Grant has spent countless hours working on his defensive game in order to stick in the pro ranks.

“I worked hard,” Grant said. “People have believed in me and stuck with me ... Every day I am trying to get better.”

As for his style of play, “I like to run guys over, get in their face and keep guys honest.”

» Crossroads This Week

• The Harding Fair is a throwback to past fairs, keeping tradition alive.

This year, eight sheaves were entered, with Harding’s Richard Stevenson winning the top prize and Kenton’s Peyton Tolton winning the junior category.

Ten different vegetables made up 27 entries in the produce competition, with Shane Gardner of Lenore collecting the most overall points.

Kenton’s Leah Obach claimed the most points for cooking and home products.

» Rivers Banner

• Sinclair’s Stephen Campbell, 27, captured a silver medal as part of the Southwest regional softball team at the Special Olympics National Summer Games.

A quote about Campbell said: “He captures the spirit of the game 100 per cent.”

» Reston Recorder

• Oak Lake’s Heidi Smith is gearing up for her first year in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), where she will play for the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canada West conference.

“I am looking to go into kinesiology my second year and with U of S being one of the top schools in Canada, I thought it would be a great fit for me,” Smith said. “Also, their basketball program is very strong. This past year, they were Canada West champs as well as finishing fourth at nationals.”

Her new coach is excited to have her, too.

“What impressed me most about Heidi is her demeanour, toughness and work ethic,” coach Lisa Thomaidis said.

» Virden Empire-Advance

• Just months away from her 99th birthday, Cartwright’s Dorothy Schram fulfilled a lifetime dream when she climbed in a helicopter at the Killarney airport.

In February, Schram’s granddaughter won a “Dream” contest sponsored by a Winnipeg radio station and chose to take her up in a chopper, courtesy of the STARS crew.

After flying over Pelican Lake, Neelin Valley and Rock Lake, the helicopter landed, and Schram was asked what she thought of the flight.

With her eyes filling with tears, she said: “The world is so very beautiful up there.”

» Southern Manitoba Review

• Melita is set to host its fifth annual Banana Days, which runs from Aug. 8-10.

The small town caught everyone’s attention when they set up a 33-foot banana statue named “Sunny, the Banana,” who came with his pal “Breezy, the Blue Jay.”

» Melita New Era

• Boissevain’s Tommy the Turtle celebrated his 40th birthday in style with a bash on July 18.

“Tommy has been a part of our family for 40 years,” said Lorraine Houston, who helped organize the party with the Boissevain Lions Club.

“At the statue in the morning, I met two young girls dressed up in their party dresses, who made the trip out from Brandon with their mother just to be part of the celebration.”

» Boissevain Recorder

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 30, 2014

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