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Rural Roundup - July 9, 2014

• Former Grandview resident Bob Kutzan has been inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.

Kutzan played with the Dauphin Redbirds (1958-68) and the Binscarth Orioles (1949-74).

He was the losing pitcher in a 2-1 game against Satchel Paige’s Touring All-Stars in 1963.

» Grandview Exponent

• Hamiota’s Shayna Mathison was named the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association’s Josten’s ‘A’ female athlete of the year.

Mathison was a graduating all-star in volleyball and basketball and was co-captain of the Huskies soccer team, while also competing in fastball. As the provincial MVP in A basketball, she plans to play hoops at Brandon University in the fall.

» Crossroads This Week

• Neepawa town council repealed more than 200 outdated bylaws recently.

The list of repealed bylaws includes some that are more than 100 years old.

Many of the bylaws being repealed, such as those covering telephone rates, motor vehicle traffic and dairies, are now governed by other levels of government.

» Neepawa Banner

• It’s a long way from St. Lazare to the Big Apple, but that’s where Trisha Guay is headed July 10 after being named the top student makeup artist for all The Salon Professional Academy schools in North America.

The winning hair and makeup look was captured in a four-hour photo shoot.

“It was about a little over a month or so of planning and practising,” she said. “I wanted them to have to take a second look rather than see it and move on to the next one without even remembering it.”

» Crossroads This Week

• The second annual Use Your Head campaign was hosted by the Rivers Police Service in the months of May and June.

Police Chief Bruce Klassen awarded Nolan Perrault a new bike for obeying the helmet law.

» Rivers Banner

• Austin and Hayden Whelpton are off to represent Manitoba at the Canadian High School rodeo finals in Nanton, Alta., later this month.

It is Austin’s fourth straight appearance at finals, where he will compete in the team-roping event.

Hayden is making his first finals, where he will compete in break-away roping and goat-tying.

Shelby Gillies and Holly Madsen are also competing at finals.

» Neepawa Banner

• There were six competitors who competed in the Sinclair Redneck Days lawnmower races, with Kass Joseph picking up first place.

Joseph beat out Gillis Poirier, Alex Kirkpatrick, Dick Irwin, Aaron Stanley and Kenneth Hayward.

Tyler Mead won the Lynn Irwin Memorial trophy open to all stock and superstock trucks in the mud bog.

» Reston Recorder

• Elkhorn’s Travis Sanheim is still flying high after being selected 17th overall by Philadelphia in the NHL entry draft.

“Leading up to the Philadelphia pick, when the fans started going nuts and you could feel the passion in the building, I was starting to shake,” Sanheim said about the draft. “I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to stand if they picked me. It’s a great feeling.”

Sanheim was one of the stories of the draft, rising up from the 167th spot in the Central Scouting Service’s mid-term report.

» Virden Empire-Advance

• The fate of the old curling rink in Killarney is up in the air.

Turtle Mountain Flywheel Club member Tom Blixhavn said the club is currently using the building as a storage facility.

Mayor Rick Pauls said he has no intention of putting any more money into the building, noting that the plumbing is shot.

“(It’s) a pretty valuable lot for what is just a storage building,” Pauls said.

No decision was made on the future of the building at a recent town council meeting.

» Killarney Guide

• Come the fall of 2014, Boissevain School will have to go on without the self-described “brat pack.”

Thirty-two graduates said goodbye to the school they’ve known for more than a decade on June 24.

A tight-knit crew, valedictorians Renee McCallum and Chase Austin said the staff eventually came around to their crazy antics.

“The teachers came to their senses and learned to love us,” McCallum joked.

» Boissevain Recorder

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 9, 2014

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