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Sun Burst for February 10, 2020

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Jolie Bootsman takes her two kids Breelee, 5, and Benson, 3, on a fishing trip during the 14th annual Rapid City Family Fishing Derby on Saturday. (Bud Robertson/The Brandon Sun)

BRANDON CO-OP GAS BARS RUNNING OUT OF FUEL: Fuelling up at Brandon’s three Co-op gas bars was a crapshoot on Saturday as many of the pumps ran dry. The Heritage Co-op gas bar on 18th Street was completely shut down by early Saturday afternoon, while the gas bar on Richmond Avenue still had all the pumps open around 1:30 p.m. However, the business had run out of premium unleaded gas and was selling only regular fuel.


WHEAT CITY RESIDENTS TAKE A CRACK AT ROMANCE: For yet another year the self-proclaimed love experts at Amazon have failed to name Brandon — or any city at all from friendly Manitoba — in its annual list of the most romantic cities in the country.


Q&A WITH COUNTRY STAR KELLY PRESCOTT: Country-music artist Kelly Prescott is in for a busy month. Not only is she releasing a new single (“Church”) and a fresh EP (“Love Wins”), but the 33-year-old singer/songwriter is also serving as the opening act for Alan Doyle on his Rough Side Out tour, which is making a stop in Brandon on Feb. 23.


COUNTRY ARTIST HELPING OTHERS, ONE SHOW AT A TIME: Manitoba country music artist Quinton Blair has a plan to raise $1 million to help rural communities reach their goals, one show at a time.



Monday: Periods of light snow during the day, ending in the evening and then remaining mainly cloudy. High -6 C. Low -18 C.


Tuesday: Cloudy during the day and periods of snow at night. High -3 C. Low -21 C.

Wednesday: Sunny during the day and clear at night. High -22 C. Low -30 C.

Thursday: Sunny during the day and clear at night. High -17 C. Low -24 C.

What’s happening today

Canada’s Amazing Natural Areas: the Science and Politics of Protecting Nature presentation at Brandon University (Brodie Building, Theatre B) from 7-9 p.m. Admission by donation (suggested $5 to $10) with proceeds to the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance. Pre-Register online at

Chris Funk the Wonderist: performs at the Roxy Theatre in Neepawa at 7:30 p.m. $20 admission. For more info, contact

Looking Back

FIFTY YEARS AGO: Federal government subsidies for the operation of Brandon airport and the construction of an air terminal building will become a casualty of TransAir’s plans to withdraw its present Viscount air service to Brandon and replace it with a Piper Navajo aircraft.

FORTY YEARS AGO: The Shilo Snow Drifters crossed the First Street Bridge leaving Brandon on a 640-kilometre sled-a-thon to The Pas. The group hopes to raise $5,000 in pledges for the Manitoba Heart Foundation.

THIRTY YEARS AGO: Construction is underway on a new councillors’ lounge and meeting room at city hall. The project fills up unused hallway space on the second floor and creates badly need room for other functions.

TWENTY YEARS AGO: Canadian Forces Base Shilo might attract a Winnipeg infantry company, but there won’t be another foreign unit to replace the German army. Options for CFB Shilo, which the Germans will vacate in September, are becoming clearer now that the Canadian Armed Forces has ruled out attracting another foreign unit.

TEN YEARS AGO: More than 150 Canadian cities — including Brandon — are now fully viewable on Google Maps’ Street View, as well as the Trans-Canada Highway and ski runs at Whistler, B.C. The addition of more than 130 municipalities makes possible a visit to the streets of nearly anywhere from Comox, B.C., to Corner Brook, N.L., with little more than a computer and Internet access. It gives people 360-degree, street-level views of homes and businesses from locations in 18 countries around the world.

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