• The Inglis team of Tiffany Klimack and Teagan Cole raised more than $6,000 to win the Beef and Barley King and Queen Pageant at the Beef and Barley Festival.
In total, the pageant raised almost $23,000 to help fund student activities throughout the school year.
Liz Souch and Donna Diduck finished first after defeating the mother-daughter duo of Doris Barber and Marsha Trinder in the annual cribbage tournament, which drew 20 teams.
» Russell Banner
• Casavant, principal of Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, had his head shaved after students met the challenge of collecting 1,000 non-perishable food items for the Dauphin and District Community Food Bank.
Seven teachers agreed to embarrassing tasks, which included head-shaving, hair-dying, wearing either a dress, baby clothes, hockey uniform, the school mascot costume or dressing like a food item.
» Dauphin Herald
• An American fugitive found living in Minnedosa appeared in Oregon court recently seeking approval of a plea bargain.
Jean Keating, 54, known to Minnedosa residents as Jean McPherson, appeared in Linn County Circuit Court on Sept. 30 as reported by the Albany Democrat Herald.
Keating fled to Canada in 1998, evading charges from a fatal motor-vehicle accident. She settled in Minnedosa with her two children and worked in the community for 16 years.
Keating plead no contest to second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence. She will serve six years in custody.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• What was once a quiet cattle pasture off the Trans-Canada Highway is now a huge farm playground with bright red buildings, straw bale stacks, zip lines, a cornfield with mazes cut through it, sandboxes, hayrides, and lots of room to run for thousands of kids.
The Meandher Creek Pumpkin Patch has grown into one of Oak Lake’s biggest seasonal employers, with about 30 workers during its nine-week fall season.
The enterprise started in 2007 and is owned by five people who bring a diverse range of skills and expertise.
» Manitoba Co-operator
• One hundred medals for 100 years are being presented to community leaders who have provided a significant service or contribution to the Town of Rivers.
On Oct. 15, Rivers Police Service Chief Leon Flannigan, Sgt. Bob Futrell, Const. Darryl Hodkin and Dannie Mann, chaplain Warren Smallwood, and auxiliary members Dallas Scott, Michael Dixon and Justin Price were awarded medals.
Richard Bruce of the Brandon Police Service was also honoured for all his hard work behind the scenes.
» Rivers Banner
• Oak Lake’s Kjierstan Wallace, Lenore’s Sky Brown and Lexie Kalynuk, and Virden’s Mackenzie Roach and Keisha Robertson will all suit up for the Westman Wildcats.
Based out of Hartney, the AAA midget female team will be coached by Guy Williams.
Meanwhile, a trio of players from the area will suit up with the Yellowhead Chiefs AAA midget team.
Virden’s Derek Cross and the Elkhorn duo of Josh Martin and Tanner Kyle all return to the Chiefs.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Neepawa council will pursue the annexation of RM of Langford land west of the community.
The land is the site of the Neepawa airport, industrial development on the west side of town and some land south of Highway 16.
The annexation is a result of the Langford choosing to amalgamate with the RM of North Cypress rather than Neepawa.
“We need to look at the future urban development of our town,” Coun. Dean Dietrich said.
» Neepawa Banner
• Steven Shamanski, 23, is entering his fourth season as a member of the Providence College Friars while majoring in accounting at the Rhode Island institution.
A defenceman, Shamanski has been named to the Hockey East all-academic team for the past three years.
During his collegiate career, he has been able to play in the TD Centre, home to the NHL’s Boston Bruins, and this year he will lead the Friars against the Merrimack Warriors in an outdoor game at Fenway Park on Jan. 4.
» Carberry News-Express
• For two decades, Deloraine’s Bill Cheyne has honed his woodworking talents.
Cheyne has carved everything, including: cars, farm equipment, horse-drawn buggies, baskets, jewelry boxes and so much more.
As a former member of the Deloraine Fire Department for close to 40 years, Cheyne has honoured Westman firefighters with carved fire trucks when they retire, including Ken Austin in Waskada and Deloraine’s Alan Harding.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• In the early morning hours on Oct. 12, Pipestone-Albert Fire Department was called to a fire at Boss Burger, formerly known as the Reston Creemee Drive-Inn Restaurant.
The fire is still under investigation, according to Jack Berry, but the building is a total write-off.
The building was first moved to Reston from Elkhorn in 1976 by Donna Kluzendorf, where it became a popular summer gathering spot for young and old.
» Reston Recorder
• The northwest corner of the Boissevain fairgrounds is potentially the site of a new arena complex that would house a skating rink, community hall, walking trail and gymnastics room.
The area was picked as the No. 1 site despite concerns from some Ag Society members.
“We’ve had activities there as a part of our fair,” said Turtle Mountain Ag Society president Dale Glover.
“We’ve always used that area. Other groups have too, so if you don’t have it, you don’t know what you will do. But you also don’t know what you will do in the future if there is not a new facility. You really can’t dwell on that.”
» Boissevain Recorder
• The Killarney chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which was formed just last year, is looking to move forward with its first building project after finding a suitable family to partner with.
“We are looking for a lot in Killarney that’s close to downtown and to the school, and suitable for a family,” chair Ervin Buhler said.
Once a lot is secured, the chapter will work to source building materials and volunteers for the home. Buhler, who has been handing out flyers asking for donations, has also already helped build homes for families in several countries.
“To see the joy on the family’s faces, it’s so rewarding,” he said. “It’s very emotional when the family receives the key to their home. It’s life-changing for them, and the spinoff is that it’s a community-builder.”
» Killarney Guide
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 23, 2013