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P.W. Enns Business Award winners (from left) Penner Waste, Country Cycle & Ski, Dominion Outdoors, The Bunker Youth Ministry and Winkler Co-op.

Awards gala recognizes local businesses

Local businesses were honoured for their contributions and successes at the P.W. Enns Business Awards Gala on April 20. Country Cycle & Ski took home the Customer Service Award. “This is pretty spectacular,” owner Peter Loewen said. “[Customer service] is something that I’m quite passionate about."

Zahid Zehri of Winkler speaks in support of the application for conditional use of 10-385 Mountain Avenue for non-home based religious assembly.

Conditional Use Granted Unanimously

By Joel NickelThe council chambers in Winkler, Manitoba were filled and overflowing into the hall for Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. A conditional use application was being heard for the purposes granting the Manitoba Islamic Association - Pembina Valley Committee the use of a building that is zoned “CC” commercial central zone in order to h

Bunker staff Elden Shore, Alycia Hildebrand and Kevin Hildebrand are like a family to the kids.

Bunker recognized for non-profit work with youth

A local youth drop-in centre will be receiving the P.W. Enns Not-for-Profit award on April 20 for their charity work. The Bunker Youth Ministry offers a safe environment for youth in the Winkler area. The drop-in has three paid staff, around 35 volunteers and sees around 100 kids drop by every week.

Finance Minister Cameron Friesen presents the provincial budget in the Manitoba Legislature on Tues., April 11, 2017.

Provincial budget “calm”: local leaders

The consensus among local leaders is that the newly-released provincial budget is a safe, middle-of-the-road way to go about reducing the deficit. “It’s a big picture budget where the numbers aren’t changing too much overall,” Winkler Mayor Martin Harder said. “It’s very close to what it was before."

Michelle Goertzen with Queenie, Martha Olfert with Huey, and Trudy Thiessen with Rouge.

Winkler Dog Park gets location

A gift of land from the City of Winkler has set plans in motion for the community’s first dog park. Committee member Martha Olfert said they have roughly 3,000 square metres set aside near the city’s water plant for use as a dog park.

Rusty was “the sweetest dog ever” who loved everyone and just wanted to make friends.

Family devastated after murder of dog

A family is in shock and is still looking for answers after their eight-year-old dog was found killed on March 25.Hilda Wiebe and her family got Rusty when he was a puppy. “He was the sweetest dog ever,” Wiebe said. “He loved everybody. If somebody came into the yard, he’d want to be their friend right off the hop."

Steve Peters displays his two awards beside his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle at the World of Wheels.

Winkler represents at World of Wheels

At the 43rd Annual World of Wheels, car enthusiast Steve Peters brought home the gold.Peters won two awards, 1st place for Conservative Hardtop 1967 and Best in Show for GM Vehicle. “There were 212 cars at the show, so to get that was quite surprising,” Peters said. “It was the last thing I was expecting.”

Ben Newman speaks during his "Intentional. Greatness. Legacy." tour.

Winkler gym bringing motivational speaking tour

A world renowned, award-winning motivational speaker is coming to Winkler to try to empower people to success.The Muscle Hut will be hosting Ben Newman on April 8. Newman is a highly regarded performance coach, best-selling author and speaker who has worked with Fortune 500 companies and professional athletes in the NFL, MLB and PGA.

Stephanie Klassen is raising money for an insulin pump with the help of friends Kristina Dyck and Ayne Wieler.

Funding the fight against diabetes

The Winkler Coop was full of desserts and baking on Saturday to support a local woman’s fight against diabetes.Stephanie Klassen has type 1 diabetes, which means her pancreas produces little to no insulin. The body needs insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, or else glucose just builds up in the blood instead of being used for energy.

Dr. Patrick Franklin speaks to a packed room about faith and science.

Diversitas opens series with talk about faith

The room was full when Dr. Patrick Franklin stepped up to the podium and started his presentation. “Is Christian faith obsolete in a scientific age?” he asked the audience. “Is belief in God obsolete in a scientific age?”“Can Faith and Science Coexist?” took place at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre’s Aquasaur Centre on March 22.

Etherlan 2017 takes place at The Bunker in Winkler March 31 - April 2. (FILE PHOTO)

EtherLAN kicks off March 31

It’s always a gamer’s dream and this spring’s Etherlan Fundraiser Outreach is no exception. Held twice annually, the event gives people who share a love for gaming, a chance to get together, learn about God, and support a worthy cause. Pastor Harold Espinosa said the event will raise funds for a drop-in centre in Puerto Rico.


Morden Achievers 4-H Report

We began the Jan. 11 meeting by making sundaes and exchanging gifts, as our December meeting got cancelled. We had Janelle Chawrun as our guest speaker talking about preparing speeches .Feb. 7-9 were club speech nights.

STARS Air Ambulance and five ground ambulances, along with RCMP, Winkler Fire Department and Winkler Police responded to this accident Sunday afternoon on Hwy. 32 south of Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Help for accident victims

Donations are being accepted for both families involved in a two car accident March 19, near Winkler. The head-on collision sent all occupants of the vehicles to hospital, with two remaining in critical condition in Winnipeg as of the last update. Accounts have been set up on for the Assani Muhanuzi family and Pete & Lori Friesen.

YiP members (from left) Nivetha Sejohn, Carlene Hein, Kathy Wiebe and Robyn Wiebe.

Youth program to give back to community

Students from the Northlands Parkway Collegiate have been raising money all year, and now they want to give it away for a good cause.The Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) program is currently accepting applications from local non-profits to receive a grant of up to $1000.

Technician Richard Warkentin speaks at the SSMA Annual General Meeting (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Stanley Soil holds AGM

Despite a cut to their funding, Stanley Soils Management Association (SSMA) finished the year with some positives to report. The RM of Stanley usually provides about one-third of their budget, but it cut funding to SSMA last year in March. “We were kind of wondering how we would survive,” SSMA Technician Richard Warkentin said.

Filmmakers Adrienne and Brad Leitch flank Cree Elder Ellen Cook as the trio takes questions during the film screening.

Series on reconciliation launched

Morden’s Kenmor Theatre was nearly full as a local group hosted an Aboriginal Film Event to kick off a series on reconciliation. Two documentaries were shown from filmmaker Brad Leitch. For Love of a River: Two stories of Loss & Longing is a production of the Interchurch Council on Hydropower.

Sasha is just one of the dogs available for adoption at Kat’s Kritters Rescue. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Kat’s Kritters Rescue looking for support

It’s been a challenging time for Kat’s Kritters Rescue, which recently moved from the RM of Thompson to its third location in three years. Between unexpected bills, animal health issues and the difficulty of finding volunteers willing to commit themselves on a regular basis, the rescue is actively looking at ways to make sure it remains sustainable