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Artist Tirrell Thomas and his younger brother Shamus have been part of a Live Different Tour, which has taken them to venues across Canada. They just completed their 149th show.

Local artist teaches youth how to live different

Tirrell Thomas has had a busy year.The performing artist who originally hails from Altona, has been touring across Canada, as part of the Live Different tour.Live Different was established as a Canadian charity in 2000 and is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through their youth empowerment presentations, humanitarian Builds pr

Christmas sale to help Genesis House

A Winkler Christmas sale will benefit a local women’s shelter. Pembina Valley Events is hosting its annual Christmas sale on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Garden Valley Collegiate in support of Genesis House. Director Ang Braun will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to speak about the services Genesis House provides, and accept donations.

The Altona Police Service is looking for the public's assistance in identifying these two potential witnesses to a theft at the Altona Chicken Chef restaurant on Nov. 26.

Altona Police need your assistance

During the late night hours of Nov. 26, persons unknown broke into the Chicken Chef Restaurant in Altona. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. The Altona Police Service is seeking the public’s help in identifying two potential witnesses. Anyone knowing the identity of the two individuals in the attached photos is requested to contact police at

Club member Alyssa Hamm was given the privilege of touring the hanger as well as the STARS helicopter.

Beef club gives STARS a lift

A donation to a non-profit from the proceeds of steer sales this year was so popular among local beef club members, they are planning to do it again. Laura Penner of the Winkler 4-H Beef Club said every year members raise market animals.

Left, Janet Hoeppner, Curtis Sanjenko, branch manager Mirand Rowson, Winkler and District United Way Director Marilyn Martens, Sylvia Sanjenko, Tyler Schroeder, Angela Dueck. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

RBC gives to local United Way

A donation from the RBC Foundation has brought the Winkler & District United Way closer to their goal. The presentation of the $1,100 donation was made at the Winkler Royal Bank location on Nov. 27 and Branch Manager Miranda Rowson said RBC Foundation has long been a proud supporter of United Way across Canada.

Morden Massage Therapy Centre owner Linda Menzies demonstrates lymph fluid drainage and a compression wrap on SCCR treasurer Wes Schroeder. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

SCCR sees jump in donations, patients

South Central Cancer Resource wrapped up a year filled with generous donations and new programs at their annual AGM on Nov. 23. SCCR received a total of $166,779.47 in the 2016/2017 year. Just over $111,000 of that was third party donations, $34,143 came from United Way. “We have done extremely well with our donations,” president June Letkeman said.

Invited guests work on the objectives for the Stanley Agriculture Society. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Stanley Ag Society looks to the future

The Stanley Agricultural Society is hoping a recent search conference will improve their organization. The group hosted the day and a half long event Nov. 24-25, inviting various stakeholders from the region. Society president Toban Dyck said the idea for the conference was first floated almost a year ago.

Deana Hendricks (right) recently accepted a Carman and District Cheer Board donation from CIBC’s Catherine Maclam. The money and non-perishable food items were collected during this year’s Halloween Carnival. For more information about the local Cheer Board or to contact the committee, call 204-745-6835 or find them on Facebook. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Carman Cheer Board changes up schedule this year

Boxes have been put out in local businesses, canned good collections have started throughout the community and the Carman and District Cheer Board is preparing for another successful hamper drive this holiday season.

Pembina Valley Chrysler technician Keith Bergen won the Master Tech Western Regional Championship and the National Championship.

Morden technician national champion

A Morden Chrysler technician has been named best in Canada after winning the regional and national Master Tech award. Keith Bergen has worked at Pembina Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep for 10 years. “I’ve always liked working on cars,” Bergen said. “It started when I got my first car. I wanted to build it up to what I wanted and I loved working on it."

Winkler 90th most dangerous city

The City of Winkler is a dangerous place to live, if you believe a study compiled by Macleans Magazine. Using the Crime Severity Index, a Stats Canada measure of all police-reported crime, the article written by Mark Brown was released Nov. 23. In it, the 2016 data was used to rank the most dangerous cities.

The Venerable Matthumagala Chandananda Thero, resident monk of the Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association shared his knowledge at a Nov. 22 Diversitas event in Morden. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Diversitas presents Buddhism

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre Aquasaur Theatre was packed Nov. 22, as Diversitas hosted the Venerable Matthumagala Chandananda Thero, resident monk of the Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association. Thero gave the crowd a lesson on Buddhism and its roots, focussing primarily on the life of Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, Const. Jonathan Goertzen, Morden Police Chief Brad Neduzak.

Officer honoured for tactical team creation

A Morden Police officer who was behind the creation of the Regional Support Tactical Team was one of 16 recognized for outstanding contributions to their communities and police services through the Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards, Nov. 17.

Tash Olfert, James Elias and Myra Peters were at Winkler Co-op on Nov. 18 collecting donations and providing information about the Foundation. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

24 hours of charity raises over $37,000

The community is richer after a fundraising drive for the Winkler Community Foundation. Nov. 18 marked the 24 Hour Giving Challenge. The challenge was started by the Winnipeg Foundation to support community foundations across the province. The Winnipeg Foundation matches $1 for every $5 donated, up to a maximum of $2,000.

Curl for Critters approaches

The Pembina Valley Humane Society will be hosting the 4th annual Giant Tiger Curl for the Critters on Saturday, December 2 at the Morden Curling Club. This is a one day, family friendly “funspiel” that is open to curlers of any (or no) skill level. The Pembina Valley Humane Society is hoping to have 16 teams compete for the Critter Cup.