- COVID-19 CASES SPIKE AGAIN: The Manitoba government reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, marking the second highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the province since the pandemic began.
- FOLEY RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD: A fifth candidate has announced a bid for a seat on the Brandon School Division’s board of trustees, with Blaine Foley putting his name forward.
- GROUP PLANS INDOOR SKATE PARK: An indoor skate park could open in Brandon as early as first snowfall if three skateboarding enthusiasts make their plan a reality. The skate park — to be called The Shred Shack — is the brainchild of Taber Collens, Jordan Bradshaw and Cody Houle, who already have a 3,800-square-foot property lined up on Park Avenue East.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SCOUTS: With Scouts Canada making registration free for everyone this autumn, the Brandon Scout Group is preparing for a potential expansion.
- HOCKEY GAVE HICKS MANY OPPORTUNITIES: While competitive hockey ended for Ken Hicks more than four decades ago, its impact remains. Hicks, who played parts of three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings from 1963 to 1967, remembers wondering when he left his home in Swan Lake what kind of people he would encounter. He was pleasantly surprised.
- MONDAY: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 16 C. Low 8 C.
- TUESDAY: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20 C. Low 3 C.
- WEDNESDAY: Sunny. High 14 C. Low -1 C.
- THURSDAY: A mix of sun and cloud. High 12 C. Low -2 C.
- FIFTY YEARS AGO: The local government boundaries commission projects a population increase in the Brandon School Division to 43,960 by 1976. In 1966, the division’s total population was 35,680. Janis McManis of Alexander, who was named Miss United Appeal for 1970 last night, performed her first official duty as she and Mayor Bill Wilton dropped the puck between Bob Veal and Ron Chipperfield at the Brandon Wheat Kings annual intra-squad game at the Man-Ex Arena.
- FORTY YEARS AGO: Brandon City Council has received an offer from Greyhound Bus Lines to purchase the former Prince Edward Hotel property, now a parking lot. The company will build a new bus terminal on the Princess Avenue site if the offer is accepted. Beginning next week, Brandon and area motorists will be able to report fender-benders via telephone to the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation claims centre.
- THIRTY YEARS AGO: The hub of Manitoba mail service is now in place and the spokes are turning, but Canada Post admits it still does not know how many employees will be going along for the ride. The comments came yesterday during a tour of Brandon’s newly opened Douglas Street postal facility. A Deloraine-born tax lawyer was appointed chancellor of Brandon University today. Ronald Bell, Q.C., a longtime BU donor and one of Canada’s top tax lawyers, was awarded the honorary position by the university’s senate, BU president Dennis Anderson announced.
- TWENTY YEARS AGO: Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the former prime minister of lofty intellect who inspired equally towering passions, died today with a reverberation that shook the nation. His death of prostate cancer rocked through the highest offices in the land.
- TEN YEARS AGO: A man who fatally stabbed another during an alcohol-fuelled melee on a Brandon street has been sentenced to six years in prison. Court heard yesterday how Darryl Henry Racette grabbed a knife from his kitchen and rushed to help his friend who had been “jumped.” “This was all so unnecessary,” Justice John Menzies remarked as he delivered the sentence yesterday in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench. “Did you have to take the knife, did you have to use the knife? As a result, there’s a price to be paid.” At a council meeting that saw two people removed from the gallery by security and a half-dozen armed police officers standing guard at the doors, council approved a proposal last night that would see commercial businesses built along Victoria Avenue on the former Fleming School property.