• Major Pratt School has run the Young Blood Challenge for Life for four years now.
The program is designed to teach high school students about the importance of donating blood on a regular basis.
It’s particularily important for staff liaison Kim Baskerville, whose youngest son Kian was diagnosed with leukemia when he was three years old.
“I want to say thank you to everyone, everywhere who gives blood because it means that people like me can survive,” said Kian, who is now 11.
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• An official from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency advised police of an assault on a farm in the RM of Shellmouth Boulton.
The veterinarian went to the farm to serve the producer with a notice of non-compliance of a quarantine order. When she approached the farmer, he jumped on a tractor and took off.
The vet followed on foot and when she attempted to hand the producer the paperwork, he allegedly knocked them out of her hand and hit her in the face with an open hand.
Police continue to investigate, and charges are pending against an Inglis- area farmer.
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• Russell’s Derek Fallon has played a pivotal role helping the Yorkton Terriers get to the RBC Cup, the national junior A championship tournament.
“He has been very good on faceoffs and on the penalty kill,” said Yorkton head coach Trent Cassan, who grew up in Medora.
Yorkton is 0-2 to start the tournament with their third game today when they take on the Carleton Place Canadians.
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• Strathclair’s Joe Lane is the only rodeo athlete at his school competing in the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association.
“My favourite rodeo competitor is Terry Marshall of Rapid City because he is a great roper and role model,” Lane said.
“As a family friend, Terry has taught me the finer points of arena roping.”
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• Former Neepawa resident Brian McRae, who now lives in Calgary, was presented a medal for bravery by Gov. Gen. David Johnston after he saved four struggling swimmers in two separate rescues while vacationing in Varadero, Cuba.
“I remember the waves being so big that day. Just everything that happened, it happened so fast,” he said.
On April 6, 2011, McRae helped pull a pair of swimmers from the water in two separate incidents.
“I just jumped into action,” he said. “I found out later they were great people. It was an honour to be able to help them that day.”
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• Emilio Perez was named the Most Deserving Referee in the Yellowhead Region.
The award comes with a $750 Hockey Manitoba scholarship and is given to student-athletes who are planning to attend post-secondary schools in Manitoba.
Wyatt Rapsky was recognized with the award for Most Improved.
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• Virden’s Kaleigh Hole captured her first medal this year at the Ontario University Athletics Track and Field Championships in the high jump.
Hole, who won bronze competing for the University of Western Ontario, was an elite figure skater in high school.
“It was a great feeling to have won a bronze at OUAs for my school,” She said. “I had done the pentathlon the previous day but was not satisfied with my performance, especially with my high jump that day. So I really wanted to come out and do better the next day, which I did. It was my first OUA medal as well so that was really exciting.”
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• Rivers’ Betty Kasprick was stunned when she checked her lottery ticket.
Expecting to win $50, she jumped back when the machine at Super Thrifty Pharmacy started to shut down and boomed in a loud automated voice: “Do not rip ticket.”
Kasprick won $25,000, but has no plans yet for the big win.
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• The Wallace District Fire Department responded to a fire early in the morning on May 1.
With the assistance of the Virden fire department, firefighters battled a house that was fully engulfed in flames.
The homeowner was able to escape the fire unharmed, but the house and contents were a total loss.
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• Armadillo will play the Reston Park June 8, beginning at 3 p.m.
The four-member band — Goodlands’ Steve Meggison, Douglas’ Steve Moorehead, Medora’s Kelsey Schoonbaert, and Napinka’s Larry Gould — has been together for 23 years.
With many of the band members living in Brandon now, the group still averages more than 15 gigs per year, playing country, rock and folk music.
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• Reed Loucks signed on to play hockey with the Waldorf Warriors, a college team in Forest City, Iowa.
Loucks has spent the past two seasons playing with the Dakota College at Bottineau.
He graduated with a degree in physical education and will continue his education degree at Waldorft.
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• Jenna Lessard has been training hard for her June 7 bodybuilding competition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.
Lessard finished second in her first competition last year.
“I began my fitness journey shortly after my daughter, Jordanna, was born,” Lessard said. “She was a summer baby and walking long distances became daily for us. I would take the stroller for a walk and began to feel rejuvenated by exercise.”
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