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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

Metropolitan Police officers share their tradtional salute.

Brits call wrong Morden Police

The Metropolitan Police Service in London, England is asking people to make sure they’re phoning the right place when they’re looking for Morden Station. That’s after several calls came to the police in Morden, Manitoba.

Carman group explores multicultural event options

Carman-Dufferin residents have met twice over the last few weeks to explore the possibility of hosting a multicultural event this year, but while the idea was well received it may never happen if enough people don’t volunteer to organize it.

Police end standoff peacefully

A car chase, police standoff and a young child packing meth and marijuana were all part of a bizarre chain of events in Winkler, Feb. 22. It all began about 8 p.m. when the RCMP conducted a routine traffic stop on Hwy. 14 near 15th St. in Winkler.

Great costumes were on display at the event. (JOEL NICKEL/Winkler Times)

ComicCon eclipses expectations

Winkler’s first ever ComicCon drew so many people to Garden Valley Collegiate on Feb. 20, organizer Deb Penner said it was more than she ever could’ve anticipated. “We were feeling a good buzz in the community but [the turnout was] way better than I ever thought, so I’m very happy,” Deb Penner said.

Pembina Valley Backyard Beekeepers include left, Jennifer deGroot, Linda Nichols, Suzanna Bates, Peggy Twyman, Ken Froese, Brent Gouthro. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Local bee enthusiasts join forces

A brand new organization in Morden hopes to de-mystify the bee, and become a resource for hobby beekeepers. The Pembina Valley Backyard Beekeepers formed this winter and helped bring in the guest speaker on Feb. 9. “It’s to be a support for other beekeepers,” group member Ken Froese said.

The City of Winkler saw an 18% jump in growth from the 2011 census to the 2016 census adding 1,921 residents from 10,670 to 12,591. (JOEL NICKEL/Winkler Times)

Winkler ranked fastest growing city in Manitoba

Winkler is the fastest growing city in Manitoba, according to the recently released census data. The city also made the top 20 in Canada, as Winkler was ranked as the 11th fastest growing municipality with at least 5,000 inhabitants located outside metropolitan area. The city saw 18 percent growth jumping from 10,670 to 12,591 in five years.

Bee expert Rheal Lafreniere shared his knowledge in Morden. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Morden Times)

Bee expert shares advice in Morden

The meeting room was packed at the South Central Library in Morden, Feb. 9, as local bee enthusiasts gathered to learn more about nature’s honey makers. Rheal Lafreniere, Industry Development Specialist, of the Provincial Apiarists of Manitoba spoke at length about the dedication needed to keep bees, and some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

The Border Valley Snow Goers hit the track on Feb. 11, to take part in radar runs near Winkler. Organizers say they have ideal conditions. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Hitting the track

Members of the Border Valley Snow Goers took part in radar runs on Feb. 11. Club president Vern Wieler said conditions have been ideal for snowmobilers this year, with their network of trails looking great. Windy conditions have made maintaining the trails a challenge, but Wieler said this is shaping up to be one of the better seasons they’ve seen.

After a surprise $100,000 donation from philanthropists Darren and Joanne Gunn (back row, second and third places) the Carman Splash Pad Committee is planning to get their new aquatic facility up and running by this summer.

Carman Splash Pad coming this summer

Thanks to a surprise donation from a former area resident and her husband, the Carman Splash Pad project is gaining the momentum it needs to move construction up to this summer.