• Close to 600 fishermen descended on Lake of The Prairies for the fifth annual ice derby sponsored by Asessippi Parkland Tourism.
A total of fifty-four fish were caught with Dale Babuik, of Yorkton, winning the derby, catching an 85-centimetre carp.
For his troubles, Babuik was presented a cheque for $10,000.
There were nine pike, one perch and 43 walleye caught during the day.
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• A Waywayseecappo First Nation man who terrorized the staff and patients at the Russell and District Health Centre on New Year’s Day last year was sentenced to time served.
Craig Allen Huntinghawk, 43, assaulted several people as he tried to escape medial treatment at the hospital.
Huntinghawk tried to flee the treatment room after becoming violent, and assaulted two young girls while uttering threats and obscenities to other elderly patients.
He was sentenced to 14 months in jail, but has been in custody since the incident.
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• Some Glenboro residents, whose homes were damaged by last year’s spring flood, have yet to be compensated for damage to their property and want to know why the Manitoba government has compensated some homeowners but not others.
“It’s a fight we don’t want to give up, especially when half of the town has been compensated and the other half hasn’t,” said Chris Tanasichuk, one of many residents whose claim has been denied.
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• The incredible attendance, support and success of the 2013 centennial celebrations has translated into a $24,000 surplus.
“As the last meeting of the centennial committee, a fair amount of time was dedicated to talking about the legacy that could be left over from the celebrations,” event coordinator Gaye Lenderbeck said.
The committee is asking the public for ideas for a legacy project from the celebrations.
“We want it to reflect the fun and community togetherness that we felt at the time of the centennial celebration, and we also want it to be functional and useful,” she said.
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• The Killarney Bantam Stars travelled to Arborg for the Bantam C Provincials late last month.
Making it to the finals, the Stars hammered the Manitou/Somerset/Pilot Mound team 11-3 to capture the provincial championship.
The team, which is coached by Larry Shackel, Gavin Vandenberghe and Greg Forsythe, went undefeated throughout the weekend.
The winning team consists of Colton Price, Ryan Forsythe, Jade Johnston, Justin Patterson, Brett Hammond, Camden Cline, Kyle Peters, Ryan Patterson, Cody Shackel, Carter Nichol, Dawson Hole, Wade thompson, Kyle Livingstone, Ryan Coughlan, Tyler Bateman and Matt Vandenberghe.
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• Lenore’s Sky Brown has committed to Castleton State College, a NCAA Division III school in Vermont, while Oak Lake Beach’s Keisha Robertson will suit up for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference next fall.
Both players suited up for the Westman Wildcats this year.
“Without the Wildcats program I would not have had this opportunity at SAIT,” Robertson said. “I truly believe that it’s an excellent program and our region is fortunate to have it.”
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Wyatt Inglis won in the junior speeches category at the Rapid City Beef 4-H speech night.
Inglis spoke about his hobbies, while James Reid won the intermediate category with his speech entitled: “MY First Day of Grade Nine.”
Senior speech winner was Drew Horner, who spoke about his trip to Panorama.
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• The former Souris Chicken Chef, recently renamed Chicken Palace, was shut down in February by Manitoba Health.
A total of four Health Code violations were recorded.
Peggy Swaenepoel, who worked at the restaurant for 26 years, said the writing was on the wall after a man named Victor purchased the restaurant from Jack Denbow, better known as “Chicken Jack.”
“It didn’t seem like (Victor) knew wha the was doing,” she said. “Vic wanted to run it a whole different way and it just wasn’t working. He didn’t treat me very good.”
Swaenepoel said after Victor’s wife came to work bearing evidence of physical abuse, she began to fear for her safety and walked out not long after.
“Victor wouldn’t listen to anyone and he was a very dirty man. He didn’t respect women. In his books, they were slaves,” she said.
» Souris Plaindealer
• The Deloraine-Hartney Bantams won gold at the Bantam D Provincials.
The team needed overtime to beat Oakville 3-2, scoring with less than a minute left on the powerplay.
The team consists of Chet Scott, Justin Logeot, Grady Franklin, Dylan Murray, Nic Combs, Eric Sorensen, Jack Kelm, Brendan Garbutt, Luke Weidenhamer, Cole Thomas, Tanner Ardron, Brayden Teetaert, Tyler Beernaert, Keiman Olson, Dawson Gibson, Matthew Morrison and Josh Chorneyko. The team is coached by Chris Murray, Riley Dooley and Todd Ardron.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Not everyone can say they’ve performed on stage in Las Vegas, but Dianne Lodge now can.
On a recent bus trip to Vegas, Lodge, who sings with local groups The Fugitives and Country Blend, was asked on stage by Julie Lee and her White Rose Band.
The band, who performed in Belmont, knew Lodge and her talent.
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• Boissevain’s Zak Hicks was named the Winkler Flyers’ Top Defenceman for the 2013-14 season in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Hicks, in just his first season with the Flyers, lead the team in defecemen scoring, notching four goals and 21 assists in 49 games.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenceman is a product of the Southwest Cougars.
» Boissevain Recorder
• Neepawa Natives head coach Dwayne Kirkup wasn’t happy that the team missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year, and his first as coach.
“It was a bit of roller coaster ride,” Kirkup said. “We certainly wanted to get into the playoffs; it was a disappointing season to myself and I believe to the rest of the Neepawa Natives.”
Kirkup’s one year contract runs out in March.
“I’m assuming the management group are reviewing my position. Let’s face it. It was a failing grade. We didn’t make the playoffs. There was big expectations, not only from me, but certainly from the Neepawa Natives group, and we didn’t get it done.”
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