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Gerry Devloo poses with his award winning invention, as well as the Gold Innovation Award he received at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. (Submitted)

Local invention impresses at Farm Progress Show

Gerry Devloo of Somerset thinks getting a green seed count on a canola sample should take four cranks of a handle.The judges of the Farm Credit Canada Innovation Program seem to agree, if Devloo’s recent Gold Innovation Award from the 2016 Canada Farm Progress Show is any indication.The Somerset local’s canola crusher and tester was one of three pr

New assistant shelter manager Heather Wolfe and new shelter manager Rachel Dell pose with four-month-old puppy Tasha. (Submitted photo)

Vet costs in crosshairs with PVHS yard sale

The Pembina Valley Humane Society is hoping to address rising costs with their first ever yard sale/open house.“Our shelter has had a spike in veterinary costs this year and we are requiring additional support and fundraising to continue with all the services we provide for the community,” fundraising chair Megan Rodgers said in a press release. “A

From left, John Darracott - R.M. of Louise; Mark Ratzlaff - R.M. of Rhineland; Ed Voth - Town of Morris; Penny Schoonbaert - Pembina/Manitou CDC; Jim Cassels - R.M. of Victoria; Walter Mueller - R.M. of Pembina; Denis Danais - R.M. of Grey; Tyler King - Town of Carman/R.M. of Dufferin. (Submitted)

Ready for an Amazing Race

The Pembina Valley Central Plains Challenge Amazing Race is coming soon.Taking place from Sep. 2-4, the race will see teams head out to challenges across the region, competing for $1,500 in grand prizes sponsored by Access Credit Union. This year’s racers will be able to camp in Pilot Mound as they head off to their various challenges.Colleen Kyle,

Winkler's own "Psycho" Sydney Manson will be facing off against rookie sensations Jeremy Joseph and Roy Dragneel as a part of a tag match on he Morden Meltdown CWE show Sep. 1. (Submitted)

Smackdown coming to Access Centre with CWE

Professional wrestling action is headed back to Morden as Canada’s Wrestling Elite (CWE) has put together a stacked Morden Meltdown card at the Access Event Centre Sep. 1. The main event will feature longtime champion “A-List” Anderson Tyson Moore facing off against “Outlaw” Adam Knight, who is undefeated in CWE matches since his debut in the promo

Universal infant hearing tests launch at BTHC

Universal newborn hearing loss screening will officially go live in September, but a soft launch of the program is already underway at Boundary Trails Health Centre.“Our experience has been that the program is going very well in implementation and we’ve done a lot of education to the birthing units--worked collaboratively with the birthing units an

Bonnie and John Buhler's names are removed from the sponsorship sign at Morden's mosasaur entrance display Aug. 25. The Buhlers requested the removal Aug. 25 after deciding the sign was too ostentatious. (Submitted photo)

Buhlers request names be removed from sign

Bonnie and John Buhler have asked that their names be removed from the sponsorship sign east of Morden that sparked online criticism this week.The sign, which prominently displayed the words “sponsored by Bonnie & John Buhler,” was located in front of Morden’s recently unveiled mosasaur entrance sign along Highway 3.The City of Morden announced in

A prominent sponsorship sign in front of the City of Morden and CFDC's new display east of Morden has drawn criticism online. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Sponsorship sign in hot water online

Residents unhappy with a sponsorship sign in front of Morden’s recently unveiled city sign and model of Bruce the mosasaur have taken to Facebook.In a Aug. 19 post sent to the City of Morden page, Brandon Burley criticized the prominent placement of the names Bonnie and John Buhler, describing it as “disgraceful.”“I can’t tell whether I’m entering

The owners of Lake Louise Ski Resort have purchased Holiday Mountain in La Riviere, Man. (file photo)

Holiday Mountain sold to Lake Louise owners

For the first time in 57 years, a member of the Later family will not be at the helm when lifts open at Holiday Mountain this winter. The La Rivière ski resort has been sold to the Locke, Stock & Barrel Co. of Alberta, current owners of Lake Louise Ski Resort, Bernice Later announced over Facebook Aug. 18.“It wasn’t that we were actively looking fo

Participants of Morden's second RBC Sports Camp pose with some of the equipment used in activities and games over the week. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Game on with RBC Sports Camp in Morden

It’s been an active week for 16 Morden youth aged 6-12, the second round of children this year to take part in the city’s RBC Sports Camps.The camps, which previously ran July 18-22 and returned Aug. 15-19, were introduced this year after a $4,000 RBC Learn to Play grant covered initial equipment and start up costs.“Both camps filled up and both ca

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen visits the stables at the Morris Stampede during her annual corner-to-corner tour. (Submitted)

Cross-riding tour with MP Candice Bergen

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen’s “Portage-Lisgar Tour 2016: Corner to Corner” has been a great experience for the long-time member of parliament, she has said.Every summer the MP visits communities throughout her riding, meeting with voters and discussing issues. “It’s a great opportunity to be at home consistently for a longer period of time,” s

Left, Linda Fehr, Dianne Lambert, and Catherine Evenson, of the Historical Committee who compiled the stories and submissions for the 50th anniversary book entitled “See Corn & Apple History Unfold”. They held their book launch at the Morden Farmer’s Market on Aug. 18. (Joel Nickel/The Morden Times)

Untold stories of the Corn and Apple

With a festival that’s been going as long as Corn and Apple has, you’ll find a lot of stories about what goes on behind the scenes. Authors, Dianne Lambert, Linda Fehr, and Catherine Evenson have compiled those stories into the book “See Corn & Apple History Unfold”. They held a book launch at the Morden Farmer’s Market on Aug. 18.“We started putti

Rosemary Siemens gave her hometown a chance to jump the line for her new bluegrass album, having it on offer during Plum Coulee's annual Plum Fest. Above, Siemens speaks at the unveiling of the town's new sign, in her honour. (Joel Nickel/The Winkler Times)

Siemens honoured with sign at Plum Fest

A new sign was unveiled at the 2016 Plum Fest in honour of Plum Coulee musician, Rosemary Siemens. “I really want to thank my hometown,” Siemens said at the sign unveiling.Siemens said she’d created a video in a wheat field about a year ago, “and people started sharing it from my hometown and I was having lunch one Sunday after church with my boyfr

<p>The Tragically Hip performing at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Thursday August 18, 2016. Errol McGihon/Postmedia

No two Hip shows ever same

I have paid to see The Tragically Hip perform more than 40 times. It may be closer to 50; I have honestly lost count. Many of these shows were close by, but at least half involved a rock 'n' roll road trip.

Charred remains of bicycles were moved from Country Cycle after the fire Aug. 13, 2016. (Greg Vandermeulen/The Winkler Times)

Four charged in Country Cycle arson

Winkler Police have charged four suspects after a series of break-ins culminated in a fire that destroyed the interior of Country Cycle & Ski on Main St. Aug. 13.It was close to 4 a.m. when a patrolling officer noticed a haze in the air on Mountain Ave. The investigation led him to Country Cycle which was on fire. The Fire Department responded, and

Blake Gavigan of Morden waves to his parents from his seat on a midway ride Aug. 13, 2016. (Alexis Stockford/The Winkler Times)

Harvest Fest through our lens

Were you at the midway or the parade? Did you check out the vendors or jump in for the 3-on-3 basketball or beach volleyball tournaments? We (and our cameras) were there capturing the scene at this years Winkler Harvest Festival.

Aug. 13 was a good night for country fans as The Road Hammers headlined the main stage of the 2016 Winkler Harvest Festival. (Alexis Stockford/The Winkler Times)

Harvest Fest through our lens: Entertainment

Two stages with acts ranging from Caribbean steel drums and polka to The Road Hammers and Tom Cochrane drew crowds to the bleachers and main stage pit Aug. 12-14 for this year's Winkler Harvest Festival entertainment line-up. Local bands such as The Color went on stage, as well as emerging country artist Leanne Pearson, Uncle Jake's Country Band, L

Floor plans for the incoming stage have been released. (submitted image)

New Harvest Festival stage in works for Winkler

Winkler Mayor Martin Harder stepped onto the Stage at the Winkler Harvest Festival before Tom Cochrane performed to announce a new stage for the festival grounds in 2017. It will feature two separate change rooms, wheelchair accessible washrooms, an expanded stage area, improved acoustics, and a different placement to allow for more seating.“It’s a

Francis Lavigne-Theriault, NZP Chasers founder, gestures to the screen during the A Rochas “Heart of the Storm” educational talk. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Chasing the storm with A Rocha

Francis Lavigne-Theriault, founder of NZP Chasers, was the keynote speaker at the “Heart of the Storm” event, hosted as an educational talk by the A Rocha Pembina Valley Interpretive Centre.