• Neepawa’s Halli Krzyzaniak and the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s “Final Faceoff.”
The 5-foot-9 defenceman scored the tying goal in the third period against Bemidji State, to help her team to a 3-2 overtime win and clinch their spot in semifinals.
Krzyzaniak scored one goal and added eight assists in 32 regular season games with UND.
“I grew a lot as a player this season,” she said. “Coming to a new level, there is always an adjustment period but I think that I handled it well and made an impact coming in. The coacher here have been very dedicated to my development and helping me fine tune some aspects of my game.”
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• Steve Crossman, the landfill supervisor in Trail, B.C., was shocked when he found a Shoal Lake Agricultural Society trophy that dates back to 1929 discarded in the trash.
Crossman, who is involved with the Festival Society in Trail for more than two decades, knew he had to try to return the trophy to its rightful home.
The trophy, made of silver, has now been returned.
“Now that the trophy is back with the Ag. Society, we haven’t been able to track down much information on the trophy, and are asking for the general public’s help in solving the mystery,” secretary Cory Luhowy said.
The trophy reads: “Mullins Trophy presented to Shoal Lake Agricultural Society 1929.”
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• Newdale’s John Lawrence has solidified the University of Saskatchewan’s third line up the middle, chipping in seven goals and five assists in 28 regular season games.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound forward played parts of seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen.
He credits family for a large part of his success on and off the ice.
“I couldn’t have made it this far without them supporting me the whole way through,” Lawrence said.
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• Killarney residents were saddened by the loss of Dr. Ian Simons in the early hours of Feb. 25.
Diagnosed with Cancer in 2004, Simons continued to work as a physician at the Tri lake Health Centre.
Simons was working five morning a seek, according to staff, and completed his shift at the hospital the morning before he passed.
Simons, orignally from South Africa, came to Killarney in 1998 with his wife Mariana and their three children.
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• A number of Virden residents were dealing with frozen water lines due to frigid temperatures.
“This is week two. I’m kind of getting used to it,” said one resident, who’s using water from five-gallon pails which are sitting in her house.
Plumbers worked the thaw the lines, starting and the home and working back to the main. However, even getting as far as 50 feet back, they couldn’t get the water to flow.
The stop gap solution has been running water through garden hoses from unaffected homes to homes of their frozen neighbours.
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• Elkhorn’s Hannah Martin will be competing on the ice at the Manitoba Winter Games in 2014.
Martin has been training three times a week with Skate Brandon and twice with the Elkhorn Figure Skating Club.
“The Games is so unlike the other competitions I attend,” she said. “For the Games we go by bus, stay together, eat together and just have an extra fun time. It’s the same skaters but in a different atmosphere.”
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• Four and half years ago, Ron Hludun’s daughter bough him a tomato plant from Dalrymple’s Greenhouse for Father’s Day. Today, the tomato plant continues to thrive.
“In the summer time I keep it on the south side of my yard and then I bring it inside in the winter. Having a little greenery in the house definitely helps kill my winter blues,” Hludun said.
Currently, the plant is over 40” tall and has been producing tomatoes inside since November.
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• The Town of Souris has requested assistance from Manitoba Conservation to relocated the wild turkey population after receiving several complaints.
“They’ve kind of invaded,” said Mary Petersen, who lives near Victoria Park. “They are very interesting birds and we’ve been very entertained by them, but I spent last summer putting in perennials and those birds have done the turkey stomp all over them.”
Manitoba Conservation states there are no plans to destroy any of the birds.
“Live traps do not injure the birds, they simply contain them so the turkeys can safely be relocated.”
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• Brendan Canada, Ron McNarland, Jason Smith and Gerald Batycki cued it up for the 14th annual Western Open 8-Ball Canadian Championships in Edmonton.
Th foursome, members of the Boissevain Darts n’ Stuff Club, finished third place out of 77 teams, claiming a $1,650 prize.
Pixie Kozub, Lindsay Neilson, Sam Monkman and Nicole Mueller also took part, losing their first two games, knocking them out.
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• Three former Melita residents are heading to Hawalli, Kuwait to complete their final eight week placement before graduating from Brandon University with their teaching degrees.
Jen Banks, Micki Banks and Chantalle Crepeele will fly to the Middle East in March to complete their placement before graduating in May 2014.
BU has a program established with an American curriculum accredited school in Kuwait called Amercian Creative Academy.
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• Travelling to 4 Wing Cold Lake as the underdogs in the Prairie region hockey tournament, the CFB Shilo Stags returned home champions.
“We got better with every game we played,” coach Danny Hamilton said. “We knew (CFB) Edmonton would be strong.”
The Stags defeated Edmonton 4-3 in overtime in the final.
“We became a team playing in the round-robin of the tournament,” Hamilton said.
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• The Grandview Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting in February and made the difficult decision to go dormant.
All executive members resigned and no one stepped forward to take their places.
It was decided that businesses needing endurance can continue to pay membership but the chamber will not be involved in planning or organizing any activities.
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• Victory never tasted so sweet, as four students from Gilbert Plains Collegiate won their category in the fourth annual Localvore Iron Chef Cook-Off held in Winnipeg.
The team of Ryan Kostur, Courtney Kostur, Chris Gray and Rachael McKay had one hour in a professional kitchen at the Winnipeg Technical College to prepare their meal of beef ravioli, before facing the judging panel.
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