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Nahla Peters Loewen came from Altona to Lake Minnewasta to be part of the Kids of Mud program.

Youth cycling program offered in area

Travelling from Altona to Morden is no big deal when you’re going to get to learn new bike skills. Nahla Peters Loewen lives in Altona, and is one of the young participants of Kids of Mud, a youth cycling program new to the area. She said she does a lot of biking and enjoys the sport.

14 organizations received donations from the Morden Community Thrift Store on June 18. Over $500,000 went back into the community as part of the store's continued disbursements.

Thrift Store gives back over $500,000

Local organizations are feeling the love after receiving donations`as part of the Morden Community Thrift Store’s 50th year in business. The Morden Thrift Store celebrated their 50th anniversary in the community by granting out just over $500,000 to 14 organizations on June 18. “It’s a very special year,” president Jean Hildebrand said.

The Darlingford Memorial Park Committee is organizing their 97th annual Darlingford Memorial Service. Held at the Memorial Park on Sunday, July 1 at 11 a.m., this annual service is dedicated to and honours local community residents who gave their lives in service to their country.

A time of remembrance in Darlingford

The Darlingford Memorial Park Committee is organizing their 97th annual Darlingford Memorial Service. Held at the Memorial Park on Sunday, July 1 at 11 a.m., this annual service is dedicated to and honours local community residents who gave their lives in service to their country.

The Winkler Community Foundation presented more than $59,000 in grants on June 18. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Community Foundation presents grants

The Winkler Community Foundation presented their 2018 grants totalling $59,114, June 18. That includes the community and individual funds, donor advised and agency grants. The Foundation said this year they focused on grants that addressed social needs and services. Priority was given to projects that supported young people and seniors.

Winkler Farmer's Market starts June 26 at Winkler Arts & Culture.

Farmer’s market to launch at new location

A new location and new approach is expected to give the Winkler Farmer’s Market a bigger impact this year, creating a new community space. The Farmer’s market will move to the Winkler Arts and Culture facility.

Arla and Zoe Reimer run Medora Mini Library outside their home on Medora Bay.

Sharing a love for books

What might be Winkler’s only mini library has been providing the neighbourhood with books for just over a year. The Medora Mini Library stands outside Arla Reimer’s house on Medora Bay, close to the curb. Reimer and her daughter Zoe put it up and check it every now and then for new arrivals.

One of Altona's strongest supporters passed away June 9. Menno H. Friesen will be missed by his family and friends, and everyone who knew him.

Remembering Menno

The community of Altona celebrated the life of one of its strongest supporters this week.Menno H. Friesen died on June 9, just short of his 73rd birthday, after a brief but relentless battle with cancer. He will be forever missed by his wife Jolanda, sons Curwin (Jill) and Corey (Holly), and five grandkids, Liam, Simon, Sophia, Waylon and Riverson.

Salem Home Ladies Auxiliary President Hilda Friesen holds one of the desserts being auctioned off at the first ever Salem Home BBQ & Dessert Auction, June 13. Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing a wheelchair accessible swing. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Great support for Salem BBQ

The Salem Home Ladies Auxiliary first ever Barbecue and Dessert Auction was a success according to organizers. Auxiliary President Hilda Friesen said they took in $8,775.70 before expenses at the June 13 event held in a large tent at Salem Home, and estimated they had between 325 and 350 people in attendance.

The Winkler Fire Department responded to a vehicle in flames on June 15 after 4 p.m. There were no injuries and the cause has yet to be determined. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Firefighters extinguish car fire

The Winkler Fire Department responded to a vehicle in flames on June 15 after 4 p.m. There were no injuries and the cause has yet to be determined.

The Pembina Threshermen’s Museum welcomed a couple of groups last week. The Roland School spent a morning at the musem, exploring all kinds of local history. Regional Connections’ arrived with a group of families (about 80 people) who were interested in learning about the local heritage of their new home.

Learning about heritage

The Pembina Threshermen’s Museum welcomed a couple of groups last week. The Roland School spent a morning at the museum, exploring all kinds of local history. Regional Connections’ arrived with a group of families (about 80 people) who were interested in learning about the local heritage of their new home.

Morden Water Treatment operator Mike Kehler, Southern Health-Sante Sud healthy living facilitator Cheryl Pearson, City of Morden summer program coordinator Courtney Yeo, recreation programmer Stephanie Dueck and Morden mayor Ken Wiebe welcomed the program to Morden and Winkler. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

New program aims to fill water bottles

If you see a big blue ‘W’ in the window of a local business, it means that you can come in and fill up your water bottle and stay hydrated this summer. The Blue W program is a country-wide program that identifies local businesses where anyone can come in and refill their water bottle with tap water.

The Carman Memory Walk took place June 14. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Carman Valley Leader)

Carman hosts Memory Walk

The biggest crowd in years helped make the Carman Memory Walk a success. Held June 14 at the Boyne Lodge, the event helped raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.Carman councillor Matt Gray gave greetings on behalf of the town council. “It’s great to see everyone out,” he said.

The street in front of Winkler’s Salem Home was filled with participants in the annual Alzheimer Walk June 13. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Winkler walks to fight Alzheimer Disease

The street in front of Winkler’s Salem Home was filled with participants in the annual Alzheimer Walk June 13.The event began with participation from the J.R. Walkof School choir, songs from Jaime Giesbrecht, and messages from local officials.

Project manager Joe Klassen, co-owners Chris and Dana MacPherson, mayor Ken Wiebe and Sharpie broke ground on the upcoming indoor play centre Sharptooth Adventures on June 6. (REG BRAUN)

Prehistoric play centre coming to Morden

A new dinosaur themed play centre is coming to Morden. Sharptooth Adventures will be an indoor play centre for children 12 and under, and co-owner Chris MacPherson said he expects the business will be open mid-fall. MacPherson met his wife Dana 19 years ago, and at the time her plan was to work in a day care.

Back row: Reeve Glenn Shiskoski, Pat Mitchell, Enbridge construction manager Glen Stetsko, Fraser McIntosh, Al Thorleifson, Cassandra Morrow, Dale Baloun and Walter Mueller. Front row, Enbridge's Joanne Bradbury and Riley Handford, Bette Mueller, Enbridge's Mike Jespersen and Robert McLean. (SUPPLIED)

McClung Heritage Site receives donation

Nellie McClung’s homes will be undergoing an upgrade thanks to a recent donation. The Nellie McClung Heritage Site received a $25,000 donation from Enbridge on June 6. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” cochair of the Nellie McClung Heritage Site Bette Mueller said.

Anna and Frieda Reddekopp.

Anna and Frieda Reddekopp: Tragedy on the Track

I entered my fourth school in March of 1951, just before my 8th birthday. Our family had moved to my grandmother’s house in Morden, Manitoba from the Niagara region of Ontario. I don’t remember too much of the short time I spent in Miss Reimer’s Grade 3 class.

The Discovery Nature Sanctuary in Winkler held their official opening ceremony on June 9. The 32 acre sanctuary lies within the city limits and includes woodland, grassland and wetland habitats. Over 60 birds and 200 types of fauna have been spotted at the sanctuary. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Discovery Nature Sanctuary opens

The Discovery Nature Sanctuary in Winkler held their official opening ceremony on June 9. The 32 acre sanctuary lies within the city limits and includes woodland, grassland and wetland habitats.