Winkler Mayor Martin Harder delivers a hard shot during competition against Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Crokicurl Tournaspiel launched by city mayors

Winkler Mayor Martin Harder was part of the mayor’s challenge at the inaugural Crokicurl Tournaspiel at The Forks in Winnipeg, Feb. 9. While he finished third, behind Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and champion Steinbach mayor Chris Goertzen, he was the only mayor to score a 20. “It’s a camaraderie between cities,” Harder said of the event.

A group of firefighters at the Altona Fire Department have resigned, citing safety issues as one of the reasons.

Safety issues lead to mass resignation

A large group of firefighters at the Altona Fire Department have resigned, citing safety concerns as their reason for leaving.Six members submitted their letters of resignation on Feb. 3, with one more member putting in a leave of absence, due in part to health issues. Another member resigned on Feb. 6.The sudden resignations have reduced the membe

Devon and Pearlene Clunis visited schools in Morden with their book "The Little Boy From Jamaica" as part of I Love To Read Month and Black History Month. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

Former Winnipeg police chief promotes reading

Former Winnipeg police chief Devon Clunis and his wife Pearlene visited Minnewasta School and Maple Leaf School to help celebrate both I Love To Read Month and Black History Month with the students. “We want kids to be realizing the importance of reading,” Western School Division literacy coach Darlene Keith said.

About 20 people held a rally in front of the Altona Clinic on Feb. 12 to protest a decision to terminate Dr. Taseen Mahdi’s practice at the clinic. The protesters say Mahdi is an excellent, caring physician and they demand to know why he was asked to leave. A petition has also been set up in the doctor’s honour which has already surpassed 690 signatures.

Community rallies for Dr. Mahdi

Crystal Kehler says she didn’t know what kind of response she’d get when she organized a rally in front of the Altona Clinic on Feb. 12. In the end, about 20 people showed up with their signs and their enthusiasm, eager to join the cause, in spite of temperatures hovering around minus 20 C.They gathered to protest a recent decision by the Altona Cl

Big Brothers Big Sisters Morden-Winkler Executive Director Michael Penner and Winkler Mayor Martin Harder are ready for Bowl For Kids Sake 2018 on March 24, 2018. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Bowl for Kids Sake - Olympic Edition

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Morden-Winkler Bowl for Kids Sake 2018 will take place March 24 at Valley Bowling Lanes in Winkler. Executive Director Michael Penner and Winkler Mayor Martin Harder were at the bowling alley Feb. 12 to launch the annual fundraiser that has a target of raising $35,000.

The RRTVA (Red River Technical Vocational Area) hosted a Trades Camp for about 200 Grade 8 students. Here a student gets some welding instruction at the Welding Technology location in Morden. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Grade 8 students sample the trades

Close to 200 Grade 8 students took part in Trades Camp, hosted by the RRTVA (Red River Technical Vocational Area) Feb. 2 and 5. The experience gave them a taste of what life in the program for a specific trade would mean.

Adjudicator Paul Moen.

Band sessions back at Festival

The Morden Festival of the Arts will welcome band sessions back to the festival. The 43rd season of the festival will feature band sessions Tuesday, February 13th, in the morning only, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Westside Community Church. The adjudicator is Paul Moen, who will workshop with each band after they’ve performed.

Reflecting on Viterra Championship

Provincial champion skip Reid Carruthers is no stranger to the community of Winkler and the arena. He said he wasn’t at all surprised to see large crowds of curling fans on hand throughout the week of the 2018 Viterra Championship. “Every time I’ve come out here, they’ve always supported their events,” he said.

A 100-year-old house in Roland, Man. is a total loss after a fire broke out Monday evening. (SUPPLIED BY THE ROLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Roland century home destroyed by fire

A residential fire in Roland caused around $250,000 damage to a vacant century home on Monday night. The Roland Fire Department was called out to the blaze around on 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Monday, Feb. 5 after someone witnessed smoke wafting from the two-story house on 1st Street.

Finance minister named in Golden Scissors Award

Morden-Winkler MLA and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen was named along with Premier Brian Pallister as winners of the 2018 Golden Scissors Award. Presented by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the award honours leadership in cutting red tape for small businesses.

Stanley releases budget

A 2.17 per cent budget increase will result in lower taxes for residences and higher taxes for farmland in the R.M. of Stanley .Council gave first reading to the $6.8 million budget (up from $6.65 million last year) on Jan. 25. Reeve Morris Olafson said he thinks they did well in planning this year’s budget.

The Winkler Police Service has chosen a replacement police chief, who starts in spring. Left to right: Deputy Police Chief Ryan Hunt, Police Board Chair Henry Siemens and Police Chief Rick Hiebert. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Winkler police welcome new chief

The Winkler Police Service has announced who will be taking the job of police chief in the spring. Long-time police service member Ryan Hunt is the new deputy chief, which means he will study under and eventually take over for the current chief of police Rick Hiebert when he retires at the end of March.

The C.J. Dyck Arena was officially opened with this ribbon cutting in the redesigned community centre on Jan. 26. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

C.J. Dyck Arena celebrated in Plum Coulee

Renovations complete, Plum Coulee’s arena and community centre had a grand reopening ceremony and a new name on Jan. 26. The C.J. Dyck Arena celebrated the newly renovated facility, as members of the Dyck family gathered to honour his contribution. The $1.2 million renovation project became necessary after a fire damaged the facility in May of 2016.