Great costumes were on display at the event. (JOEL NICKEL/Winkler Times)

ComicCon eclipses expectations

Winkler’s first ever ComicCon drew so many people to Garden Valley Collegiate on Feb. 20, organizer Deb Penner said it was more than she ever could’ve anticipated. “We were feeling a good buzz in the community but [the turnout was] way better than I ever thought, so I’m very happy,” Deb Penner said.

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Stabbing spree trial begins

Photographs shown in an Edmonton courtroom Tuesday depict a chaotic crime scene with the blood of six people spilled across a warehouse where a double murder took place in 2014.

Pembina Valley Backyard Beekeepers include left, Jennifer deGroot, Linda Nichols, Suzanna Bates, Peggy Twyman, Ken Froese, Brent Gouthro. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Local bee enthusiasts join forces

A brand new organization in Morden hopes to de-mystify the bee, and become a resource for hobby beekeepers. The Pembina Valley Backyard Beekeepers formed this winter and helped bring in the guest speaker on Feb. 9. “It’s to be a support for other beekeepers,” group member Ken Froese said.

The City of Winkler saw an 18% jump in growth from the 2011 census to the 2016 census adding 1,921 residents from 10,670 to 12,591. (JOEL NICKEL/Winkler Times)

Winkler ranked fastest growing city in Manitoba

Winkler is the fastest growing city in Manitoba, according to the recently released census data. The city also made the top 20 in Canada, as Winkler was ranked as the 11th fastest growing municipality with at least 5,000 inhabitants located outside metropolitan area. The city saw 18 percent growth jumping from 10,670 to 12,591 in five years.

Bee expert Rheal Lafreniere shared his knowledge in Morden. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Bee expert shares advice in Morden

The meeting room was packed at the South Central Library in Morden, Feb. 9, as local bee enthusiasts gathered to learn more about nature’s honey makers. Rheal Lafreniere, Industry Development Specialist, of the Provincial Apiarists of Manitoba spoke at length about the dedication needed to keep bees, and some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

The Border Valley Snow Goers hit the track on Feb. 11, to take part in radar runs near Winkler. Organizers say they have ideal conditions. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Hitting the track

Members of the Border Valley Snow Goers took part in radar runs on Feb. 11. Club president Vern Wieler said conditions have been ideal for snowmobilers this year, with their network of trails looking great. Windy conditions have made maintaining the trails a challenge, but Wieler said this is shaping up to be one of the better seasons they’ve seen.

After a surprise $100,000 donation from philanthropists Darren and Joanne Gunn (back row, second and third places) the Carman Splash Pad Committee is planning to get their new aquatic facility up and running by this summer.

Carman Splash Pad coming this summer

Thanks to a surprise donation from a former area resident and her husband, the Carman Splash Pad project is gaining the momentum it needs to move construction up to this summer.

Updated: Winkler men perish in plane crash

RCMP have confirmed that there have been two fatalities in a Feb. 9 plane crash near Brunkild. The 60-year-old and 41-year-old male victims were from Winkler. RCMP were first dispatched to look for a missing plane at 8:50 p.m on Feb. 9 after an aircraft that left St. Andrews Airport enroute to Winkler failed to arrive.

 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a media availability as he visits Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Electoral reform pivot: PM cites 'fringe voices'

Amid controversy over his disparaging remark about a potential Conservative rival, Justin Trudeau is defending his decision to abandon his Liberal government’s promise to change how Canadians choose their federal leaders.

Three current or former Vice journalists independently told the Post that Yaroslav Pastukhov, then Vice Canada’s music editor who went by the name Slava Pastuk, personally tried to recruit them as international drug couriers. (Vice video screenshot)

Vice Canada allegedly used to recruit drug mules

An editor with Vice Media used the Canadian headquarters of the youth-focused publishing empire as a recruiting ground to draw young journalists and artists into a transnational cocaine-smuggling ring, according to allegations by current and former Vice employees who spoke to the National Post.