Looking Back — May 23, 2023


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George MacArthur, reporting a successful year for the Manitoba Winter Fair, was returned to the office of president for a fourth term at the annual meeting of the board of directors.

The YMCA New Building Fund Campaign total to date is $301,258.



Funded by an Opportunities For Youth grant of $10,800, the Fort Brandon Museum Committee has a four-man crew at work in Fort Brandon preparing for the construction of several authentically old log buildings within the pallisaded walls of the fort. Built by the Brandon Rotary Club some years ago, Fort Brandon will soon become a new tourist and student attraction in Sir Winston Churchill Park in Kirkcaldy Heights.

The countdown started today for man’s first space salvage operation, with astronauts and space officials confident they can repair the crippled orbiting Skylab and complete a 28-day flight.



Voters in the federal riding of Brandon-Souris go to the polls today following an issues-oriented byelection campaign markedly free of political mudslinging.

Brandon firefighters were called to extinguish a fire this morning at the Gulf Wayfare Restaurant, but found that employees had already done the job.

In Frankfurt, West Germany, five people in a parked car were killed after a Canadian Forces CF-104 Starfighter crashed onto a highway.



Riding Mountain National Park has introduced two new regulations to help support its fish population. The park is going barbless with its hooks in order to do less damage to fish. Also, the daily catch and possession limit for northern pike and pickerel has been reduced to three instead of five.

Students at Vincent Massey and Waverly Park schools have planted 30 tree seedlings in a 5,000-square-foot area at Waverly Park school.



The “More To Do” catch-phrase of Premier Gary Doer’s re-election campaign now means more will be done for rural Manitoba if his New Democratic Party is still the government after the June 3 provincial election. In Souris with the town’s famous swinging bridge as his backdrop, Doer — flanked by nearly half his cabinet ministers and several Westman NDP candidates — promised to help farmers stay competitive, allow more rural students a chance to study at home and hire more rural doctors by placing an emphasis on training more Manitobans in medicine.

An urgent appeal for blood is going out to Westman residents to help stockpile red blood cells and offset the risk of the West Nile virus creeping into the blood supply. A test for West Nile in blood will be implemented at Canadian Blood Services July 1.



A 50-acre commercial development and separate shopping centre located at the south end of Brandon were identified as future amenities by a Manitoba real estate firm looking to sell a parcel of land near the area. The developments were revealed by Shindico in a recent sales brochure extolling the virtues of a 133-acre parcel of land in the southeast corner of the city. The school identified in the brochure is Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, which would be directly across from the new residential subdivision. In the property details, the brochure states that the land is two kilometres “from a proposed new major retail development — Brandon Hills Shopping Centre.” The “proposed” shopping centre would be located on the east side of Highway 10, just south of a residential area on Patricia Avenue. A future expansion area is also earmarked to the east of the shopping centre.

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