• Goose Lake’s Justin Krantz defended his gold medal and broke a provincial record at the MILK Provincial High School Track and Field Championships at the Pan Am Stadium in Winnipeg.
Krantz launched a shot, which weighed five kilograms, 15.77 metres. While the throw was good enough for the provincial record at the event, it was less than his 16.11-metre throw at regionals.
He’s also spoken to a number of universities about signing with their track and field program.
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• Grandview’s Kieran Raknerud has been selected to play for Baseball Manitoba’s Under-16 team.
Raknerud, who plays catcher and first base, is one of six Westman players to make the team, which will develop players for the prospects series.
Hamiota’s Brody Smith, Minnedosa’s Dayton Heino, Oak River’s Riley Shamray, Dauphin’s Mitch Popiel and Cartwright’s Ty Enns also made the squad.
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• McCreary’s Tyler Slawinski, who sells at Gladstone Auction, won the Man/Sask title at the open event in the annual Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championship in Moose Jaw.
Virden auctioneer Robin Hill finished ninth overall, and second in the Man/Sask event.
Reston’s Brock Taylor, Killarney’s Allan Munro and Brandon’s Scott Campbell also took part in the event.
“These were two very tough competitions and the Manitoba boys represented us very well,” competition chairman Rick Wright said.
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• Cops’ Corner, which is typically written with great skill and humour from Const. Justin Huddle, took on a more sombre tone this week as Sgt. Mark Morehouse wrote about the tragic events in Moncton.
“We at Spruce Plains detachment would like to thank all the people who phoned, sent emails, stopped us on the street and dropped into the detachments to give their sincere thoughtful appreciation to our members in the loss of our injured and fallen comrades in New Brunswick.
“This means a lot to our members at this time of sorrow. Our prayers go out to our fellow members, fallen comrades and their families,” Morehouse said.
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• The 2014 Lake of the Prairies Walleye Classic featured more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Of the record 1,022 walleye caught, 19 qualified as Master Anglers, with two teams catching a pair each on the first day.
When the two-day total weights were tallied, Steinbach’s Rory Weibe and Paul Zorn of Henning, Minnesota, weighed in at 23.83 pounds of fish — a sliver more than second place finishers Ron Cornell and Carey Knight from Brandon, who caught 23.82 pounds.
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• PotashCorp Rocanville’s rescue team had reason to celebrate after being dubbed the overall winner of the underground portion of the provincial mine rescue competition held in Saskatoon.
First aid, firefighting, practical skills and underground mine problem solving are all components of the challenge.
Seventeen mines from Saskatchewan competed.
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• The Banana Days committee was nominated for the event of the year award at the 11th annual Tribute to Tourism Gala.
Brenda Dell and Camiel Serruys represented the committee at the gala, with the award eventually going to the Wheat City Stampede.
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• The Souris Fair Parade, which in the past was sponsored and organized by the Souris and Glenwood Chamber of Commerce, has been cancelled.
“It was not something that we wanted to do, but every year there is less and less participation and volunteers that we just don’t believe the interest is there,” president Sande Denbow said.
The parade runs in conjunction with the Souris Agricultural Fair and historically businesses have entered floats and walkers, who throw candy to bystanders.
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• Several flower bouquets were laid outside the Virden RCMP Detachment under a flag that few at half-mast for the three officers that were slain in Moncton, New Brunswick.
“We thought it was pretty touching,” Staff Sergeant Sumner said on the day of the funerals. “It was a tough week for us — a tough day today.”
One of the officers involved in the original call worked with Sumner while he was station in Kitimat, British Columbia.
“These guys are good people, doing their job, and now their family is doing without them.”
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• Virden’s Tanner Lewis has signed on with Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Virden Oil Capitals for next season.
Lewis, who was the assistant captain of the Southwest Cougars last year, had 42 points in 42 games in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
“We are very proud to sign Tanner. He is an offensive guy who creates a lot of opportunities with his shot,” coach Troy Leslie said.
The team also signed MacGregor product Tyler Ham.
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• The “in-law factor” can be a challenge under any circumstance, and on the farm it can make or break for both the family and business.
That’s why Elaine Froese and Dr. Megan McKenzie of Boissevain released ‘Farming’s In-Law Factor,’ a book and resource designed to help with the dynamic relationship and challenges within the family on the farm.
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• Principal Richard Lochhead is retiring after more than 30 years at first Melita then Reston School.
“There have been huge changes in education as time has passed, the most noticeable would be the infusion of technology into the schools and everyday life,” Lochhead said about his time. “When I first started teaching the computers were best used for boat anchors as they were so slow and had very few programs to use. Now, every student has some type of device that can retrieve information form anywhere in the world in seconds.”
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