• A dozen farms in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area have been put under open-ended quarantine by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to delays in testing for bovine tuberculosis.
“Essentially, anybody who was scheduled to test and has not yet tested is no under quarantine,” federally appointed TB co-ordinator Allan Preston said.
Preston said reasons for the delay include the long winter, wet spring and late thaw.
“The CFIA is adamant that all those herds that were identified are tested,” he said.
» Manitoba Co-operator
• Sandhills Casino got the approval from Cypress Council to erect three large signs.
The signs will be made of structural steel, 14 feet high and 48 feet in length with a centre post and lights.
Two signs will be located on the TransCanada Highway, while the third will be located north of Carberry on Highway 5.
» Carberry News-Express
• The coldest winter in 116 years caused a 30 to 40 per cent reduction of white-tailed deer in the province, meaning hunters will only be able to shoot antlered bucks — antlers must be four inches or higher — this season.
The bag limit on general deer licence is one buck per hunter and under no circumstances can a doe be hunted.
A combination of cold and lack of food dropped the deer population down to between 80,000 and 100,000 according to Manitoba Conservation big game manager Ken Rebizant.
» Crossroads This Week
• This summer will be the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and to mark the occasion the Beckoning Hills Museum is planning a special exhibit.
“We have a number of local things, local memorabilia,” Ruth Renwick said.
The museum has uniforms on display, as well as, pictures from training at Camp Hughes and a cane that opens up to a sharp point as a weapon of sorts.
» Boissevain Recorder
• The “It Takes Guts” barrel racing event will take place in Neepawa June 22.
The event is hosted by Erin Cathcart, and her family, and is a fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
“Colitis has not only affected me, but also my family,” said Cathcart, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in September, 2012. “Colitis has completely changed my life and has taught me things I never wanted to know.”
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• Terri Wolfe is suiting up for her first season with the Manitoba Fearless, a team competing in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League.
“I grew up watching football and have always loved the game,” Wolfe said. “When I found out that there was a women’s league, I realized I had the chance to fulfill a 20-plus year dream.”
“She has proven to be determined, focused and able to accept the challenges thrown at her thus far,” her coach Craig Bachynski said.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• On May, 2, RCMP were called to the Boissevain port of entry after a man was taken into custody for suspected possession of child pornography on a cell phone.
Police attended and arrested the man subject for possession and importing child pornography.
He was released on a promise to appear with a court date set in August.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• April Gibson captured the MB/CDN Composer Vocal Scholarship 13 and Over Award at the Deloraine Border Festival.
Gibson performed “To a Girl on her Birthday” at the Hi-Lites Concert.
» Melita New Era
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 28, 2014