Looking Back — May 19, 2023
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SIXTY YEARS AGO
Lynda Kidd racked up three records in the three competitions she entered in the annual Birdtail division track and field meet. One of the records was a new provincial mark.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Manitoba’s minimum wage for non-agricultural workers over the age of 18 will increase to $1.90 per hour on Oct. 1. For workers under 18, it will increase to $1.65.
FORTY YEARS AGO
Refreshments were prepared for guests of the official opening of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum at McGill Field. Open less than a year, the museum features aircraft used to train pilots during the Second World War. About 125 people toured the building.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Councillors agreed to give the Downtown Business Improvement Area a shot at improving the former Prince Edward Hotel site at Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue. The city has tried to sell the prime property for more than a decade, but to no avail.
An accountant and his estranged wife, Paul Teale and Karla Homolka, were charged in the gruesome slaying of Kristen French of St. Catharines, Ont., and Leslie Mahaffy of Burlington, Ont. Teale, who has legally changed his name from Paul Bernardo, is charged with first-degree murder while Homolka is charged with two counts of manslaughter.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
An annual family camping trip to Clear Lake ended in tragedy this weekend, after Thomas William Caines drowned while scuba diving. The 38-year-old Brandon man — husband, father and peacekeeper — lost his life May 17 while testing out some recently purchased scuba-diving equipment.
It was a party that was out of this world. Almost 400 people dressed as Trekkies, gladiators, belly dancers and pirates converged on Winnipeg’s Radisson Hotel for the weekend as part of the Keycon Science Fiction Convention. The three-day convention, which wrapped up Sunday, was the ultimate meet-and-greet for local science fiction fanatics, who shed their regular clothes for something a little more daring.
TEN YEARS AGO
The city’s newest judge has come full circle as he returns to the city where he began his legal career. Brandon’s freshly appointed provincial court judge, Donovan Dvorak, says he and his family have received a warm welcome following their return to the city they left 17 years ago.
A man killed in a collision early Thursday afternoon has been identified by police as a 68-year-old Brandon resident. RCMP spokesperson Line Karpish said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but a witness who was the first on the scene told the Sun that the minivan veered off the road, striking the back of a stationary semi-trailer.