A new part of the Beef and Barley celebrations will focus on health centred around a five-week weight loss challenge called the Big Beefy Weigh In. Ten teams of five will take part, with the help of fitness and nutritional classes. The team that loses the highest percentage of weight by the Oct. 8 weigh in will win $500, sponsored by Fairfield Land ’n Cattle.
» Russell Banner
The Turtle Mountain Métis Local recently held a meeting near Lake Metigoshe to discuss the ramification of aerial spraying on property and personal health. Aerial applicators are required to deliver pesticides on-target, which means evenly disturbing pesticides over the target are while managing drift to ensure that adjacent non-target areas are protected.
» Deloraine Times and Star
On Sept. 1, 1945, Tim Clack, along with his brothers, began collecting antiques for what would become the Clack Bros. Museum, which opened nearly four decades later in a 30-foot by 60-foot building. Within three years, the brothers grew the museum to five buildings. In 15 years, it grew to eight buildings, and today, there are 17 buildings — all with different themes. Tim will celebrate his 95th birthday on Oct. 30 and was honoured at a party recently.
» Rivers Banner
Birtle’s Braden Koroscil was named Yellowhead Region’s most promising official in 2012 and is looking to continue to move up the ranks. “Nobody goes to the games to cheer for the refs so we have to stick together,” Koroscil said. “This creates a strong bond between officials.” He plans to officiate some Junior B games this season and hopes to move up to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League after that.
» Crossroads This Week
Frontier Trading Company has dealt with some repeat theft and vandalism recently. Over the long weekend, thieves trespassed after hours and rummaged through the community donation bins, leaving behind a mess. “The community is great,” said Rita Creighton, executive director for the company. “We get a lot of donations, and it is a shame that someone would come along and try to ruin it like this.” This isn’t the first time the bins have been looted.
» Minnedosa Tribune
The Manitoba Ranch Rodeo Association held its finals in Virden Sept. 14 and 15. The crowd favourite was the wild cow milking. With a two-minute time limit, contestants had to rope, catch and milk a cow, then race to a circle with the milk. “It was a very good weekend — comparable to last year,” said Greg Naylen, a director of the MRRA. “Everybody that came out enjoyed it.”
» Virden Empire-Advance
Minnedosa’s Laura Horner and Justine Kristjansson of Forrest are the 2013 winners of the Manitoba Youth Beef Round UP scholarships. Kristjansson, who grew up on a cowcalf operation, has begun his doctor of veterinary medicine studies in Saskatoon. Horner, who also grew up on a cowcalf operation, has entered her first year at Brandon University.
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Souris’ Andrew Draper earned his black belt in taekwondo recently. The 14-year-old martial artist has been working on earning the designation for the past four years. In addition to training, Draper has also instructed lower belt levels in class.
» Souris Plaindealer
When Chris Hayhurst accepted a promotion to a fertilizer plant in the United States, it came with a loss for the Beautiful Plains School Division as well. Chris’ wife Kerri, who has taught and coached basketball for nearly two decades, also resigned to head south. Hayhurst was named the 2013 volunteer of the year for Zone 7 from the Manitoba Highs Schools Athletic Association.
» Carberry News-Express
The Reston Memorial Theatre presented two showings of “Despicable Me 2” in conjunction with its grand opening on Sept. 7. “When we started out on the road to acquire a new projector and upgrade the theatre, I am sure we all thought it was an insurmountable task,” theatre board chair Ian Milliken said. “However, with the help and generosity of numerous provincial agencies, local businesses, the local municipality and people of the area and community, the project came to fruition.”
» Reston Recorder
With bruised and battered bodies, CFB Shilo soldiers from 1RCHA, 2PPCLI and one hardcore dental tech hobbled off a bus after completing the Mountain Man Challenge. The 51-kilometre challenge is broken into four stages: A 32-km forced march, a three-km portage, a 10-km paddle and a final six-km march. Three soldiers from CFB Shilo placed in the top 10.
» Shilo Stag
Long-awaited improvements to the Boissevain Golf Course will be completed in 2015. The work will turn the course from a par-33 to a par-36, converting eight acres to the east of the existing course. The improvements were able to move forward after the Town of Boissevain and RM of Morton agreed to pay the interest on a $150,000 line of credit that has to be paid back over 15 years. “I’m hoping we will attract more green-fee players and out-of-towners,” club president Garry Zeiler said. “It will be a thing of beauty when it’s done.”
» Boissevain Recorder
Denise Benton is the new principal for Melita School, taking over from Sandra Clark, who retired. “I am excited to get to know all of the students and their families, and being able to work with the staff to make it a great school year.” One of the new staff is Danielle Brodeur, who prior to coming to Melita School taught at a Canadian International School in Cairo, Egypt.
» Melita New Era
Farmers continue to be blown away by record wheat yields. “Some wheat field yields we’ve heard about have been out of this world,” said Vic Martens, a retired producer who owned and operated Martens Agriseeds. “We haven’t seen these numbers before. Farmers are just blown away.” Recently, 11 combines rolled over a field of canola for the Killarney Growing Project. All money generated from the sale of the crop is destined for the hoppers of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
» Killarney Guide
It could get a little hot at the upcoming Ladies’ Night Gala in Killarney on Oct. 18 at the Shamrock Centre. “It’s going to be fun, elegant, and maybe a little outrageous,” said event co-ordinator Heather Hiebert. Volunteer firefighters will be auctioned off. The firefighters will serve drinks and desserts to the winning bidders. “I think it will be fun,” said 24-yearold firefighter Ben Heide, who is set to be auctioned off. “I’m not scared at all — yet.”
» Killarney Guide