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Jonathan Niemczak, president of the Pride Winnipeg Festival, came to Morden on May 14 to talk about the history of the LGBTTQ* community and issues facing the community. (Joel Nickel/The Winkler Times)

LGBTTQ* issues shared in Morden

Jonathan Niemczak, president of the Pride Winnipeg Festival, came to Morden on May 14 to talk about the history of the LGBTTQ* community and issues facing the community. Pride Winnipeg uses the acronym LGBTTQ* as an umbrella term to recognize identities such as, but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, inte

Previous PVC owner David Weiss (right) with new owners Jake and Barb Penner at the local waste company's Morden location. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Penner Waste takes reins at PV Containers

More details have been released around the recent acquisition of Pembina Valley Containers by Winkler’s Penner Waste. Jake and Barb Penner, who took over the Morden-based company as of May 1, released a statement May 13.“Penner Waste is well known for great customer service with their waste and recycling bins,” the release stated. “Being an industr

Richard Neufeld warms up his biplane at the Winkler Wings fun fly May 7. 2016. A pilot who flies spray planes in real life, he says the physics are similar but the skills are not transferable.

Aviation on a smaller scale

Planes and helicopters soared through the sky north of Winkler on May 7, thanks to some talented pilots.The Winkler Wings RC Flying Club hosted their Spring Fun Fly, a chance for the public to check out the skills and passion of local RC flying enthusiasts.Club secretary Rick Waldner said they always hope to recruit new members.“We want to bring aw

Two Winkler men faced charges as a result of an Albert St. raid May 11. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Bust reveals new drug

A drug seizure in Winkler brought local police a drug they don’t normally see. In addition to crystal meth, marijuana, cash, cell phones, and drug paraphernalia, police seized Hydromorphone, an opioid pain medication.

Midland MLA Blaine Pedersen was sworn in as Minister of Infrastructure on May 3 in Winnipeg. (EMILY DISTEFANO/VALLEY LEADER)

Pedersen ready to hit the road in new role

It’s been a busy week and a half for Manitoba’s new Minister of Infrastructure, and with his regular MLA duties, cabinet post and a spot on the treasury board, Midland MLA Blaine Pedersen has a chock-full schedule ahead of him.

Cecil Starr (sawing) and Shannon O’Donnell are bringing the first Manitoba Lumberjack Championships to Carman after starting a similar event in Ontario. (COURTESY ONTARIO LUMBERJACK CHAMPIONSHIPS)

Lumberjacks coming to Carman Country Fair

The Dufferin Ag Society is introducing a brand new event to its line-up this summer and organizers are hoping it will breathe new life – and bring back a bit of old glory – to one of the oldest fairs on the prairies.

MLA and new Finance Minister Cameron Friesen is sworn in by Lt. Gov. Janice Filmon. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Restoring MB's finances a challenge

Morden-Winkler MLA and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen is learning just how exciting and challenging his new responsibility is. “When people told me that as a new minister my schedule would be morning to night, I thought it was a figurative expression,” he said.

(L-R) Foundation president Chris Hildebrand and estate executors Eugene Wiebe and Dale Gisalon with a photo of the late Gordon Wiebe, who donated the $2.2 million for educational scholarships.

More details on $2.2 M Winkler scholarship fund

More details have emerged on how the multi-million dollar Gordon Wiebe Scholarship Fund will operate, Winkler Community Foundation president Chris Hildebrand said at a recent celebration honouring the fund and its founder May 5.The fund was unveiled in January after the foundation announced a $2.2 million donation from the estate of late pharmacist

Winkler fire crews fight a bale fire near Hochfeld. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Burn ban lifted

The burn ban has been lifted for now, but Winkler Fire Department is urging the public to be vigilant. Winkler Fire Chief Richard Paetzold confirmed they responded to several fires that should not have been lit under the level 4 burn ban in the past week.

Carman man arrested for armed assault

A 21-year-old male from Carman is charged with assault with a weapon, two counts of utter threats to kill as well as three counts of breach of probation. He was remanded into custody until his next court appearance.

Aurora Foy is dressed to mosasaur-wrangle as she tries out the CFDC's recently unveiled Aquasaur Photo Booth. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Taking a photo with Moto

Visitors to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre can’t touch Bruce, the museum’s 43-foot headlining mosasaur, but they can ride a metal version of the “T-rex of the sea.”The CFDC’s Aquasaur Photo Booth, featuring a 13-foot welded mosasaur named “Motoko” and background mural designed by Julius Csotonyi, the paleo-artist responsible for Bruce’s brush

Second crash on Thornhill Street

Emergency crews have responded to a vehicle collision at the intersection of Thornhill Street and First Street for the second time in as many days.At about 4 p.m. this afternoon, police say a vehicle travelling west-bound on Thornhill Street attempted a left-hand turn south onto Route 100, but was T-boned by a vehicle travelling east.“Both vehicles

Access CU puts limited suspension on cards

Access Credit Union has suspended debit card use in California and India after fraudulent transactions have been discovered.“It became apparent that we had some members that there was activity taking place in those two areas,” CEO Larry Davey said. “It wasn’t a normal place that these particular members would visit, so as a result we were able to t

The much anticipated Katie's Cottage respite home has been moved to its foundation across from Boundary Trails Health Centre. The cottage moved May 3. (Greg Vandermeulen/The Winkler Times)

Moving day for Katie's Cottage

Before Kaitlyn Reimer was claimed by cancer at the age of 13, she had a dream. She envisioned a time when people with relatives at Boundary Trails Hospital would have a place to relax, to sleep while remaining close to their loved ones.That dream took a giant leap toward reality May 3, as Katie’s Cottage was moved to its foundation.

Regional co-ordinator Chris Kalansky demonstrates a pre-installed generator, part of the organization's efforts during Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

SERC pushes for power outage prep

The Southern Emergency Response Committee wants residents to have a plan for when the lights go out.Part of 2016’s Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7, the SERC has geared their annual awareness campaign towards long-term power outages, regional co-ordinator Chris Kalansky announced April 28.Residents should be prepared to take care of themselves f

Sara and Dennis Stoesz are 2015's Burgess Shield winners for the most beautiful yard in an urban centre, population 7,501+. (Supplied Photo)

Morden yard earns top marks provincially

A Morden couple has the most beautiful yard of 2015, according to the Manitoba Good Roads Association. Sara and Dennis Stoesz accepted the Burgess Shield for the Best Urban Home Grounds: Population 7,501 Plus in Brandon April 12.“We had never intended that we would win the Manitoba yard of the year,” Sara Stoesz said. “I never thought that would be

The R.M. has provincial authorization to cull up to 70 Canada Geese by June 1. Nine birds were taken after the first day of the cull. (Greg Vandermeulen/The Winkler Times)

Goose cull ruffles feathers in Plum Coulee

Measures to reduce the goose population in Plum Coulee by shooting the birds has some residents upset while others say it had to be done.“This has been an ongoing problem for a number of years,” Rhineland CAO Mike Rempel said, explaining geese were getting too numerous and aggressive along the pathway which runs by the community beach.After trying

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