• A paper trail of ATM slip has led directly to Murray Clearsky, Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization, landing him in hot water.
Allegations suggest Clearsky made a series of ATM withdrawals over a two month period from the organization’s bank account. The largest withdrawal was for a total in excess of $7,000.
The organization has since suspended the chief and his senior staff advisor, vowing to bring in investigators to probe the allegations.
» Russell Banner
• Vandals struck at the Minnedosa Golf Course again.
Near the end of September, vandals broke into the locked cart sheds and took several carts for joy rides before abandoning them on the golf course.
Numerous carts were damaged and a few clubs were also stolen from the shed.
“This has gone on a number of times every year for about the past three years,” course manager Deb Pritchard said. “We have an idea of who is behind it, but we have no proof.”
» Minnedosa Tribune
• The old curling scoreboard used in the 1980s in Virden got another big name signature as Russ Howard autographed the antique.
The scoreboard was saved before the former arena was torn down. It was fixed up by Asham Curling Supplies in Winnipeg, where other legends of the game such as Kerry Burtnyk and Jeff Stoughton signed it so it could be used as an auction prize at last year’s Sportsman’s Dinner.
Bert Cosens of CD Oilwell Servicing bout the scoreboard and donated back to the curling club.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Two Hamiota girls have been selected to join the 53-voice Western Manitoba Youth Choir.
Jaime Rose and Bailey Wilson will sing with the choir that performs in communities throughout Westman this fall.
Other area students include Foxwarren’s Cassanda Graham and Russell’s Nicholas Cochrane, Thomas Cochrane and Kallie Garnett.
» Crossroads This Week
• The North Central Hockey League will shrink to eight teams this winter.
The Roblin Northstars and Virden Oil Kings both received one year leaves from the league, leaving Foxwarren, Grandview, Hamiota, Kenton, McCreary, Miniota-Elkhorn, Minnedosa and Russell in the league.
It is the lowest number of teams since 1988-89 when only seven teams laced them up in the NCHL.
» Crossroads This Week
• For the sixth consecutive year, Marris and Joanne Bos are selling pumpkins as a way to fundraise for needed work in Africa.
All the proceeds from the pumpkin sale will be given to an orphanage in the Bukura district of Western Kenya.
“Our crop (of pumpkins) wasn’t too big (this year), but with help from other farmers , we have some,” Joanne said. “Instead of buying pumpkins or squash, donations are very welcome.”
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• Manitoba’s sunflower producers are hoping to see more of their corp’s namesake, as wet weather hinders harvest preparations in some areas of the province.
“It’s been pretty good other than this weather we’ve got right now — we had rain here the other day and again today so were just waiting ‘til we can get going again,” said Blair Woods last week.
Woods planted 380 acres of sunflowers near Elgin this spring.
» Manitoba Co-operator
• The Town of Roblin has begun work that will lower Goose Lake following back-to-back years of flooding.
The community will spend $230,000 to lower the lake by five to six feet and bring it back to historic levels.
“We have installed a 10-inch pipe under ground that runs along (Highway) 83 and turns east and runs into a large slough,” councillor Wade Schott said. “And from there it flows naturally into the Shell River.”
It is estimated it will take 100 days of pumping to lower the lake.
» Roblin Review
• Russell RCMP received a call from 9-1-1 dispatcher after a complaint was made suggesting that someone was allegedly telling lies on Facebook about the complainant.
Police want to remind people that this isn’t a police matter and it most certainly should not be used to take up the time of emergency operators.
» Russell Banner
• Shirley Stovin Brown’s artwork will be featured at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.
The exhibit, which centres on the recreation of a lost civilization with book works, shrines and bones, will run from Jan. 16 to March 22.
Brown was inspired when she visited an old family home in the Turtle Mountains and came across 29 bird skeletons in an old cook stove firebox.
“I want to honour these creatures who have sustained my creativity for 13 year,” she said.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Melita’s Donna Gould and Sinclair’s Lindsay Cooper were the lucky winners of the Early Bird Draw for the Manitoba STARS lottery.
The mother/daughter duo won $10,000 cash, a trip for four nights to Las Vegas that included flights and hotels and a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-250 Roadster.
The prizes are worth over $78,000.
» Reston Recorder
• Neepawa will soon find out if it is the host of the 2014 Manitoba 55-plus Games.
Councillor Allan Drysdale said the town was approached as a potential host for next year after orignally requesting to host the games in 2015.
There will be a meeting tonight in Neepawa to gauge community support.
“We’re looking for expressions of interest,” Drysdale said. “We’re not asking for a commitment.”
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• More than 800 soldiers, teachers and students took part in the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run, which started at the CFB Shilo base track.
Several children cross the finish line with their parents as this year’s event raised more than $2,500 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
» Shilo Stag
• Wrapping up on Oct. 4, soldiers from 1RCHA were out in the field for the annual Ex Limber Gunner.
Soldiers practiced setting up and tearing down the M777 gun placements as well as firing the weapon.
In past years, the exercise has taken place in the snow among frigid -30C temperatures.
» Shilo Stag
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 9, 2013