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  • people doug chorney2 may132011
    Doug Chorney

    It's great to see several companies investing in the future of agriculture in Western Canada. That from Keystone Agricultural Producers President Doug Chorney regarding yesterday's announcement Glencore International has made an offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Viterra. The deal also includes Richardson International and Agrium purchasing a majority of Viterra's existing Canadian operations.

    "It's great to see not one, not two, but three companies investing in the future of agriculture in Western Canada, they see a bright future so it should be good for farmers," says Chorney. "It's good to see Richardson's playing a big role being a Manitoba company. They have been good to Manitoba, good to Winnipeg, and it's good to have local management in our country making decisions on future operations in business."

    As the agreement was announced Tuesday, Richardson International will be purchasing 23% of Viterra's Canadian grain handling assets, certain agri-centres, and certain processing assets in North America for $800 million in cash. The assets to be acquired include 19 country elevators, and the crop input centres co-located with those elevators including Viterra's Red River South and South Lake facilities. Richardson will also purchase the Can-Oat Milling business with oat processing plants in Portage la Prairie, MB, Martensville, SK and Barrhead, AB.

    Chorney says the deal shows confidence not only in the grain handling sector, but processing as well.

    "There's been a lot of processing built up by Viterra with acquisitions and investments in the past, and they (Richardson's) are purchasing those as well, so we've got the combination of a vibrant grain handling industry plus an expanded processing industry, " says Chorney. "Richardson on their own has been making investments in processing, so it's nice to see them moving forward in that part of their business, and it shows they have been able to be successful, and if they are successful it should translate into success for producers."

    Chorney says this is all a good news story, but for a number of reasons, there are some concerns related to the agreement.

    "Obviously there is a bit of concern about market concentration, lack of competitive options for farmers in their farm supplies and grain marketing," says Chorney. "Agrium is buying 90% of Viterra's retail crop input supply stores, so that will certainly concentrate ownership for farm supplies."

    Chris Mahoney, Glencore's Director of Agricultural Products, does not feel this deal will decrease competition, in fact he believes it will do the exact opposite.

    "I don't think we will be reducing the competition within Canada, I think perhaps the reverse," says Mahoney. "If you look at what Viterra constitutes today, and you look at our construction, yes Richardson will grow but we will be on the scene as well, and I think if you look at it in detail, there will be more competition, more choice for the farmer, not less."

    Meanwhile, based on past situations involving large agricultural acquisitions and mergers, Chorney is confident the Competition Bureau will do its due diligence to ensure producers are protected.
  • people ron kostyshyn1 jan182012
    Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn

    The importance of agriculture to our province was celebrated yesterday at the Manitoba Legislature as part of the 8th annual Agricultural Awareness Day. Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn welcomed farmers, industry groups, political colleagues, and the general public. This year's theme was The Changing Face of Agriculture.

    Kostyshyn tells us we don't recognize the importance of the sector enough, noting its a $10.1-billion economic driver including farm cash receipts ($4.83 billion), the food and beverage processing industry ($3.7 billion) plus the food service sector ($1.63 billion).

    When asked about this year's theme, Kostyshyn tells us almost annually there are new technologies and methods implemented by farmers to increase production. He added it's amazing to think just how much has changed in even the last five yeras in the agricultural sector due to innovation.

    Agriculture provides 62,000 jobs to Manitoba's economy and directly employs approximately 30,000 workers. In 2010, agriculture contributed 4.2 per cent of Manitoba's total gross domestic product (GDP) at the primary level.

    Agricultural Awareness Day was created by a unanimous resolution of the Manitoba legislative assembly in May 2004 to thank producers for providing safe, plentiful and affordable food products and recognize their role as key drivers of the provincial economy. The third Tuesday in March is now set aside for this celebration.
  • animals hogs1 jul272011

    The Federal government announced Tuesday it will be providing $1.3 million to help the Canadian Swine Exporters Association (CSEA) increase its international marketing and promotion of Canadian purebred swine genetics. The investment is provided by the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward.

    This investment is enabling CSEA members to participate in key industry trade shows, including the International Livestock and Dairy Expo in Vietnam later this month.

    AgriMarketing funding also helped facilitate a new contract for Canadian swine genetics worth $1.6 million during Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s trade mission to China last month, when Genesus Inc., one of the top swine breeding companies in the world, signed a contract for 1,000 breeding swine.
  • logos viterra logo mar102011

    Glencore International and Viterra announced this morning they have signed an agreement that will see Glencore aquire all of the outstanding shares of the western canadian agribusiness for $16.25 per share. Glencore will consolidate Viterra's executive offices in Saskatchewan, and make the Regina head office the platform for its North American agricultural operations and for expansion into the United States.

    Viterra's Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction and recommends that Viterra shareholders vote in favour of it.

    Also announced today is Glencore has entered into agreements with Agrium and Richardson International for the sale of certain Viterra assets including those which comprise a majority of Viterra's existing Canadian operations.

    Agrium will acquire the majority of Viterra's retail agri-products business including its 34% interest in Canadian Fertilizer Limited for which Agrium will pay $1.8 billion in cash. Richardson International will acquire 23% of Viterra's Canadian grain handling assets, certain agri-centres, and certain processing assets in North America for $800 million in cash.
  • places legislative building apr132011

    Today is Agriculture Awareness Day at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

    Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn will host a program marking the occasion in the rotunda at the legislature.

    The theme this year is the "Changing Face of Agriculture," and Kostyshyn will emphasize the point that Manitoba farmers are business-astute, innovative and technically savvy, in addition to being production experts.

    This marks the 8th annual Ag Awareness Day - a tradition that was started by former ag minister Rosann Wowchuk.
  • angusville fire mar142012
    Fire caused over $7 million in damage to the Glanbia Nutritionals flax plant last week (photo courtesy RCMP)

    The fire at the Glanbia Nutritionals flax plant near Angusville last week is a blow to flax growers, according to the president of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association.

    "It was a disappointment, and it's discouraging because it's a market that, at least for the time being, is lost for Manitoba and Saskatchewan producers," says Eric Fridfinnson.

    "Glanbia has been a real good industry citizen. They've given great support to the Flax Council, and they've been really innovative in developing new products and uses for flax," he says.

    "Our hearts are with them and we hope they're going to be able to rebuild and get back into operation again," says Fridfinnson.

    The Fire Commissioner says the blaze appears to have been caused by flax meal overheating in a pasteurizing unit. Damages are estimated at over $7 million.

    Glanbia - an Ireland-based nutritional ingredients company - bought the former Pizzey's Milling plant in 2007. The company is reviewing arrangements for customers and employees. 58 people were employed at the plant.

    Angusville is around 20 kilometres east of Russell.
  • crops corn7 dec102010

    The Manitoba Corn Growers Association has hired its own research agronomist.

    Morgan Cott has been hired to conduct corn research and help producers with issues that arise during the growing season.

    "We're looking at an expansion of corn acres in Manitoba, and there are lots of new growers who have been calling the office with questions about agronomy and production practices. So along with some of our ongoing research projects, and some of the new research we want to do, we felt we needed an individual to look after these things," explains MCGA Vice-President Myron Krahn.

    "Her main priorities initially will be to do on-farm research, so setting up trials with existing corn producers," he says. "As well as being a sounding board and fielding questions from producers who have questions about corn."

    Cott has worked as an agronomist for Pembina Co-op.

    "She's really gung-ho and looking to specialize in corn," says Krahn.

    He says her hiring represents a step forward for the corn industry in Manitoba.

    "It's something we as the board and staff are really excited about. We've put a lot of thought into this, and we're pretty excited about where this position could take us," says Krahn.

    Producers can get in touch with her by calling the Corn Growers office in Carman.
  • farmscenes unloading wheat aug182011

    Farmers can avoid the risk of selling to a customer who doesn't pay their bill with a new insurance product offered by Farmers of North America.

    Grain companies and processors have long used credit insurance, but now FNA, using it's bulk purchasing approach, has partnered with Atradius Credit Insurance to make a credit insurance product available to individual producers.

    "This has not been available to the average farmer, largely because of the administrative costs. So what we decided to do was team up with Farmers of North America to create a program in which farmers could access credit insurance at a good cost because 10,000 farmers have been aggregated," explains Doug Roff, National Sales Director with Atradius. "If an individual farmer had gone to get credit insurance to insure their sales abroad, it would have been very costly. However, with this program these costs come down significantly."

    The credit insurance offered by FNA will cover 90 percent of the value of the product.

    "If we say there's a buyer somewhere in the world that you can sell to at a premium price, and if they don't pay, we're wrong and we will right a cheque to you in the form of a 90 percent indemnity," explains Roff.

    The launch of the credit insurance program for farmers in some ways is related to the end of the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk, as Roff says they anticipate more cases where producers sell to unproven buyers.
  • crops wheat2 jul082011

    Prairie farmers may have improved access to smaller, specialized markets for wheat with the end of the CWB's single desk.

    "In certain areas, I think there are smaller-type markets, take red winter as an example, which may be viewed by companies now as a real opportunity, which will provide an extra value for farmers," explains Jim Smolik, Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commisison. "It didn't really work well in the pooling system purely because the size of the market."

    "I think there are going to be some new opportunities for producers. Companies are going to be looking at the different classes of grain that they're marketing and the end-use functionality of the different classes," he says.

    Smolik's colleague, Murdoch MacKay, Commissioner of the CGC, points out protein is not part of the grading system.

    "The assumption by a lot of people is that protein is part of the grade. Protein is basically the marketing tool that the Canadian Wheat Board has utilized to sell hard red spring wheat in the global market. In reality, protein is not part of the grades," explains MacKay.

    MacKay says the grading system is flexible for accommodating a shift in the types of wheat grown in western Canada, as some grain industry representatives believe the move away from the open market will lead to more mid-grade wheat.
  • crops wheat apr272010

    The Western Grains Research Foundation has elected a new chair.

    Dave Sefton, a producer from Broadview, Saskatchewan, and representative from the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, will lead the WGRF Board.

    Dr. Keith Degenhardt of the Wild Rose Agricultural Producers is the new vice-chair.

    Newly elected directors include Bob Anderson of Dugald, Manitoba, Gerrid Gust of Davidson Saskatchewan and Peter Pepneck of Vauxhaull, Alberta.

    The Board that over-sees WGRF is comprised of 14 producers representing the crop production sector in Western Canada and one non-voting representative from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The 2012 WGRF Board is:

    Dave Sefton, Chair - Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission

    Dr. Keith Degenhardt, Vice-Chair - Wild Rose Agricultural Producers

    Todd Lewis - Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan

    Dr. Stephen Morgan Jones - Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (non-voting)

    Peter Pepneck - Alberta Soft Wheat Producers Commission

    Martin Moore - BC Grain Producers Association

    Colin Felstad - Canadian Canola Growers Association

    Joe Rennick - Canadian Seed Growers Association

    Don Dewar - Keystone Agricultural Producers

    Bill Gehl - National Farmers Union

    Bob Anderson - Prairie Oat Growers Association

    Mel Stickland - Western Barley Growers Association

    Gerrid Gust - Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

    Fred Grieg - Western Pulse Growers Association

    Garth Butcher - Western Winter Cereal Producers
  • farmscenes seeding share project may102011

    The Canadian Canola Growers Association has beef up its cash advance processing resources with the organization now handling advances for wheat, durum and barley.

    Cash advance applications have been available since March 1st.

    "Basically the working staff in the area of issuing advances has doubled. We have a new software program and a new phone system to handle all the phone calls," says Program Administrator Janet Morgan. "Basically we're looking at 3 to 5 business days from the time we get the call to the time we get the money out to them."

    She encourages producers to complete their applications by phone, rather than mail or fax.

    "For speedy service we have the phone applications, which save on mistakes. We also have electronic transfer of funds, which saves us mailing time all ways around," says Morgan.

    The CCGA handles cash advances for over 20 crops grown in western Canada. Advances for wheat, durum and barley were handled by the Canadian Wheat Board until last fall.

    "For producers who haven't applied with the Canadian Canola Growers before, they may find it different in that the money is not given to them by cheque at the elevator," she says. "They do have to send in their application and go through that process."

    Producers can access advances of up to $400,000, with the first $100,00 interest free.

    Payments will be issued starting April 1st.

    How to Apply

    CCGA offers producers a number of ways to apply for a cash advance, including:

    • Call 1-866-745-2256 to apply over the telephone or to request a paper application through the mail
    • On-line by selecting "Apply Online" in the menu to the left or the "login" button if you have an existing producer account
    • Fill out an application at your local elevator
    • Apply in person at 400-1661 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Fax completed applications to 204-788-0039
  • logos viterra logo mar102011

    A deal to take over Viterra could be imminent.

    The company announced this morning (Monday) that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a third party.

    There are reports it could be Switzerland-based Glencore, in partnership with Canadian firms Richardson and Agrium.

    Viterra handles around 45 percent of western Canadian grain.
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    The USDA released its much-anticipated March planting intentions report this morning.

    One of the main stories of the report is the lower-than-expected soybean acreage projection. The USDA projects just under 74 million acres of soybeans, which is down 1.4 percent from last year and about 1.5 million acres lower than trade expectations.

    The department is projecting almost 96 million acres of corn, which is 4 percent more than last year and the largest corn area since World War II.

    Wheat is expected to account for just under 56 million acres, up 2.8 percent from last year, but slightly lower than what analysts were expecting.
  • crops winter wheat jan242012

    There will be a shift in the type of wheat grown in western Canada over the next decade, according to the president of Toepfer Canada.

    Using an analogy comparing wheat varieties to cars, Laurence Yakielashek says prairie farmers have been producing more Rolls Royce cars than what the market has asked for.

    He points out Canada has not been able to keep up with increased production of lower quality wheat in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

    "They've had a dramatic change in the last ten years where their production has increased dramatically. They're hitting the world markets because of one thing, and that's price," he says. "Lots of customers don't want a Rolls Royce. We have markets that do - the United States, the UK, Japan - but the net result is they (former USSR countries) are targeting a type of wheat that the vast majority of the world wants to buy and can afford today."

    Yakielashek says with the change to an open market, farmers are going to receive price signals to grow more mid-protein, high yield varieties.

    "Why do we produce a crop that's yielding 35, 40 bushels per acre, and oversupply on quality to most countries, when we can produce a variety that yields 90, 100, 120 bushels per acre, and everybody wants it?," he asks.

    "We're still going to need to supply high quality wheat for certain destinations, but let's say you have 1 red wheat with an average price of $8 per bushel, and you look at a mid-protein wheat with a value of $7.50 a bushel, if you're producing two-and-a-half or three times the yield, it's going to be more profitable for the farmer," he says.

    Yakielashek says by increasing average yields, Canada could once again become a top wheat exporter in the world. He believes the grain handling system is capable of handling increased production.

    "If we start to co-mingle grades the way they should be, rather than separating everything by 13.1, 13.2, 13.3 protein, and sending it out to the west coast based on spec, rather than protein, then we have more than enough capacity in the ports, in logistics and in elevators," he says.

    He says he expects some of the changes will begin happening during the 2012 growing season.

    "I anticipate a lot of the variety changes will happen in the next couple years, and that takes time. This won't take 1 or 2 years, this is 10 years. If you look at the map 10 years from now there's going to be dramatic changes in what crops are produced in certain areas and what types of protein are produced in certain areas," says Yakielashek.

    Toepfer Canada is a subsidiary of Toepfer International, the largest German grain company in the world. Toepfer's majority shareholder is Archer Daniels Midland.
  • crops alfalfa6 aug172010

    The first ever shipment of Canadian alfalfa has entered China.

    20 containers, exported by Green Prairie international of Alberta, arrived on Monday. 40 more have been ordered, with a total value estimated at $600,000.

    Canada gained market access for alfalfa hay in March of 2011. The value of China's forage imports has increased significantly in the last five years, going from around $119,000 in 2006 to over $103 million in 2011. There's strong demand for alfalfa as feed for the dairy industry, as the Chinese are aiming to double domestic milk production by 2015.

    Ottawa is also working on negotiating new market access for timothy hay.
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    One of the Brown's Percherons participating in the heavy horse events at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. 


    Some of the top draft horses from across North America are at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for the NAERIC Draft Horse Classic.

    Lyle Brown of Browns Percherons at Lenore is co-chair of the event.

    "The classic has grown over the years, and it's now recognized as the most elite, and the biggest purse that's offered for draft horses in North America," he explains.

    This is the first time the Draft Horse Classic has been held in Brandon, after taking place at Agribition in Regina for the last ten years. Brown says the Winter Fair is a good fit.

    "We want to be part of something significant, as far as a draft horse competition already. Hitch-show wise it's already one of the largest shows in western Canada, aside from some of the summer shows," he says.

    The futurity kicked off yesterday and continues through today, with the sale taking place tomorrow. The futurity will pay out over $36 thousand.
  • animals cattle7 feb182011

    Cattle producers are busy with calving season.

    Many are also looking at the next breeding season and evaluating their herd bull.

    Livestock agrologist Bob Springer says producers want to make sure the animals they're looking at will meet their herd requirements.

    Springer says a bull needs to be in good body condition. He recommends a body score of at least 3.5 out of 5.

    "During the breeding season they're probably going to lose 150 to 200 pounds because they're busy following the cows in heat around and doing the job we want them doing," he says. "In order to have the energy reserves to carry out that process and to have the quality of semen we need them to have, they have to be in good nutritional and body condition."

    He says even with all the data that producers can access, it's still a good idea to visually inspect a bull before buying it.

    "It needs to be the kind of bull you feel comfortable using...the shape of the bull, the body confirmation, the hair coat, and also the feet and legs. If you have a bull that's going to have to cover a lot of country, you're going to have to make sure the bull is physically sound," emphasizes Springer.
  • farmscenes seeding1apr302010

    The record-warm temperatures and dry conditions have producers in southern Manitoba thinking about seeding.

    Pam de Rocquigny, cereal specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, points out there's still ample opportunity for more precipitation and the return of normal winter conditions.

    "Lots can happen in the next few weeks. Just look at the snow we got in April of 1997," she says. "Obviously farmers thoughts are turning to seeding, but it's probably just best to wait and see. It's time to pull out the equipment, and get it tuned up and ready to go."

    Although some regions have not received any significant precipitation since June or July, she says it's still too early to be concerned about drought.

    "Soil moisture is really variable across the province," says de Rocquigny. "Some people in the southwest are concerned because they're still wet from last year. If you look at the soil moisture maps, it looks like sub-soil moisture contents are still fairly decent across parts of the province."

    She says the warm temperatures might lead winter wheat out of dormancy.

    "We're getting to the point where it could be broken, but if we just see moderate temperatures going forward, we won't need to be concerned. Obviously if dormancy is broken and we get a cold snap, that has potential to cause frost damage to the winter wheat," says de Rocquigny.

    There were some reports last week of nitrogen being applied to winter wheat fields. De Rocquigny points out that's only allowed if a producer has received a variance under the province's nutrient management regulations. The winter fertilizer application ban is in place until April 10th.
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    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's departmental spending will be cut by 10 percent within the next three years according to planned reductions outlined in the federal budget.

    In an effort to reduce operating costs, AAFC and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will merge their back-office functions and integrate scientific research. There will also be more collaboration on delivery of programs.

    The cuts to the ag budget will grow from $17 million this year to $310 million, or 10 percent of the review base of $3.1 billion, in 2014-15. $56 million of those cuts will be made to the CFIA.

    The budget also includes $44 million for the transition to a new funding model for the Canadian Grain Commission.

  • places cigi cgc oct 242011

    The province is committed to keeping the Canadian International Grains Institute in Winnipeg, according to the provincial agriculture minister.

    Opposition Agriculture Critic and PC MLA for Midland Blaine Pedersen last week challenged the NDP to express some concern about CIGI possibly moving to Saskatoon.

    Ron Kostyshyn met with federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz at CIGI last week. Although there were no commitments or assurances from Minister Ritz, Kostyshyn says Ottawa realizes the value of CIGI being in Winnipeg.

    "He's well aware of CIGI, and he felt it's an appropriate location. Given the history, he's very comfortable with it," says Kostyshyn.

    Kostyshyn says he takes issue with Pedersen saying the province has not even expressed concern about CIGI moving. He argues the PC's could have helped keep CIGI in Winnipeg by fighting for the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk.

    "We, the government, fought very hard to sustain the Canadian Wheat Board. CIGI was supported by the wheat board. Now Mr. Pedersen is saying he didn't realize, indirectly, that the wheat board was being supportive to CIGI. We fought for the wheat board, and now he says we're doing nothing about keeping it in our province," says Kostyshyn.

    "Without a doubt, CIGI is very important to Winnipeg's economy," says Kostyshyn.
  • crops canola3 jul272011

    Canola values have continued to climb.

    Ken Ball, options broker and analyst with Union Securities in Winnipeg, explains the fundamentals for canola remain strong, with support also coming from speculative interests and the soybean market.

    "We're just setting new records every week on canola exports, and the crush is also setting new records," says Ball. "So we have very strong demand on both fronts. We have a big crop, but we're going to end up with fairly tight carryout, so the market is quite pushy."

    "Commercial traders are eager to get their hands on canola now, rather than later, so they're pushing hard to pull canola out of farmers' hands, both on the futures market, and in the basis, in the country."

    He says as long as the soybean market remains firm, the canola market should not fall back significantly.

    "You have to look at the bean market and wonder how long it can go," he says. "The bean market has a few more question marks surrounding it, but for now it's still showing strength. If the soybeans did fall back on profit-taking, canola would likely too, but not necessarily a lot."

    Ball says there have been reports of fresh grower selling over the last week.

    "There have been quite a few $14 canola bids in the country, so we are seeing some canola moving," he says. "But we don't really have the trigger right now to bring in the selling. The only major source of selling is going to be the longs themselves, when the traders decide to get the money out, and again it will likely be in the soybeans where that happens."
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    The CWB has officially entered the open market.

    President and CEO Ian White launched the new pool and cash contracts this morning (Thursday.)

    "Two pools, three cash contract programs and malting barley production contracts are now available for farmers to sign," says White.

    He says the CWB will be a viable option for marketing grain.

    "The programs we are unveiling today can deliver what farmers want. They are the product of a great deal of work and a lot of consultation with farmers themselves," he says.

    "We know many farmers want to use price pooling because they understand its benefits. The CWB is the only marketer that offers pooling for farmers," says White.

    Chief Operating Officer Ward Weisensel also announced the CWB has reached a handling agreement with South West Terminal. A handling agreement with Cargill was announced earlier this month, and Weisensel says they expect to finalize agreements with other handlers in the next few weeks.

    "We expect to reach agreements very quickly with all prairie grain companies," he says.

    He notes price indicators for the CWB's new programs are posted and will be updated in real-time on the CWB website.

    "Farmers can now come to us with all their marketing needs, and we will be working very hard to earn and retain their business. We believe we can serve farmers very well in the new era that we're facing together," says Weisensel.

    The CWB's New Programs (courtesy the CWB):

    Price pools

    Pooling is a time-tested strategy for risk management, ensuring farmers are never forced to take prices from the bottom of the market, or left chasing an elusive market high. Instead, it returns the average received from all markets across the entire pooling period, meaning farmers keep all of the profits from their grain sales and share in any price rallies that occur after they sign a contract. Sign-up begins March 29.

    Harvest Pool: runs from August 1 to July 31. Sign-up ends October 31. Twelve reference grades for Canada Western Red Spring wheat, five reference grades for durum, plus Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat, Canada Western Red Winter wheat and two-row malting barley. Delivery is guaranteed by July 31. Can be signed directly with the CWB, with grain-handler chosen later.

    Early Delivery Pool: runs from August 1 to January 31. Sign-up ends September 28. Delivery is guaranteed by January 31. Same grades as above. Can be signed directly with the CWB, with grain-handler chosen later.

    Cash contracts

    Cash contracts can be used in combination with price pooling to build a complete marketing strategy, tailored to suit farmers' individual risk and financial objectives. A wide range of reference grades are offered. Target pricing is also available. Sign-up begins March 29.

    Deferred-Delivery Contract: provides upfront price certainty. Farmers lock a flat price and reference grade, then negotiate a delivery date with their grain handler.

    Futures-First Contract: fixes a futures-based value derived from farmers' choice of grain futures exchange and maturity, with basis and reference grade locked in later. Farmers negotiate their delivery period, pay no brokerage fees and have no margin calls. Futures can be locked in directly with the CWB.

    Basis-First Contract: fixes a basis and reference grade, with a futures-based value locked in later. The basis is fixed through their grain handler. Farmers negotiate their delivery period, pay no brokerage fees and have no margin calls.

    Real-time pricing: Farmers can find real-time price indicators from the CWB's Web site or by calling the CWB, with values that change daily between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. as markets fluctuate. A handy online tool has been developed to make it easy for farmers to follow CWB prices.

    Malting barley production contracts

    A production contract guarantees a market for a farmer's malting barley, even before seeding or harvest. It provides assured access to the CWB malting barley pools, plus the option to switch to a cash contract. These contracts are available for two-row malting barley.
  • farmscenes seeding lowe farm may102011

    There's a lot of interest in growing canola this year.

    A record number of acres are expected, with analysts projecting between 18 and 21 million acres.

    "I think 21 million acres is probably a bit high. I'm not sure if we can do that," says Marlene Boersch of Mercantile Consulting Venture. "But we expect higher prices yet."

    "We should be seeing around $13.50, depending on the area. We should also see improvements for new crop canola, because demand is there, year-to-date exports have been phenomenal, year-to-date crush is very high and we're going to be running very, very tight with the crop.

    As one example of strong demand, Canadian canola exports into China just 2 years ago were less than 1 million tonnes, but have grown to 2 million for thi syear, with expectations new crop exports could reach 3 million tonnes.
  • events ag in the city 2011 mar152012

    One of Manitoba's main agriculture awareness events took place over the weekend at the Forks in Winnipeg.

    Discover Agriculture in the City wrapped up yesterday. It offered the general public an opportunity to visit with real farmers and learn about the impact agriculture has on everyday life.

    Over two dozen farm organizations and government agencies featured interactive displays in the Forks Market. There were also farm-themed game shows, presentations and cooking demonstrations.

    This was the 7th annual Ag in the City.
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    Leo Leclair at the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba exhibit at Thru the Farmgate.



    Brown hens lay brown eggs, but brown cows don't make chocolate milk.

    That's one of the lessons you can learn at "Thru the Farmgate" at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. The fair gives Manitobans a chance to see farm animals in an up close and personal way.

    "We have dairy milking demonstrations, so the kids can see where milk comes from. They can also see and pet the cows," explains Leo Leclair, who runs the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba display at "Thru the Farmgate."

    "Our most asked question is 'do brown eggs come from brown chickens?' and the answer is yes, they do," says Niverville-area egg producer Doug Pauls, who is volunteering at the Manitoba Egg Farmers booth. The MEF display features an enriched housing unit that addresses the five freedoms that egg producers are looking to provide for their birds.

    Other live animal displays include young pigs, a beef cow/calf pair, broiler chickens, goats and alpacas.

    "Thru the Farmgate" also has a crop production component that features the Canadian International Grains Institute, the Organic Producers Association of Manitoba and a canola-biodiesel powered jet car.

    The Winter Fair continues at the Keystone Centre in Brandon through Saturday.



    Young pigs capture attention in the Manitoba Pork Council display.



    The enriched housing unit for laying hens in the Manitoba Egg Farmers booth.



    Fairgoers get to see a cow/calf pair up close in the Manitoba Beef Producers area of Thru the Farmgate
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    Soybeans from southern Manitoba are headed to China through CentrePort in Winnipeg.

    CentrePort Canada launched a pilot project on Monday which will see 250 tonnes of soybeans exported from Manitoba to China by container, utilizing new radio frequency identification technology to ensure the security and quality of the shipment.

    The project involves Delmar Commodities, Keystone Grain, Canadian National Railway, Minsheng International Freight Co. and Invent IOT Technology, which invented the RFID technology.

    CentrePort's new cargo security and tracking system was first showcased last month during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trade mission to China with a shipment of pork from La Broquerie-based HyLife Foods.

    An RFID tag is placed on the container as it is locked. A similar label is also placed on each package to ensure the integrity of the cargo from shipper to consumer. The RFID tag system contains identifying information, and is read at origin with the captured data sent to a back-office system. The tag is read again at destination where the information retrieved must match in order to be verified.

    CentrePort is a 20,000 acre inland port in the northwest corner of Winnipeg. It brings together industrial space with rapid development approvals and connections to multiple modes of transportation.
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    Martin Unrau

    The new president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association says maintaining slaughter capacity and industry infrastructure will be one of the main challenges for the beef sector in the next few years.

    As of January 1st, StatsCan says there were 4.2 million beef cows in Canada. Martin Unrau says the industry needs about 5.5 million to be sustainable.

    "We need to find a way to maintain infrastructure in slaughter and processing, and also in feeding, as we rebuild our herd," he says. "It's up to us to figure that out, and ask for the right things to keep that in place."

    He says strong bred cow prices are leading producers to retain heifers, rather than send them into the slaughter supply.

    "With the dollar values that bred cows are fetching, it's driving some heifers back into the breeding programs. That will get our herd numbers up, but our kill numbers will be down in the short term," says Unrau. "For the next couple years it's going to be difficult for some of this infrastructure to stay in place, and down the road, if we don't have it we'll be in a difficult position."

    Unrau, who farms in the MacGregor area, was elected at the CCA's annual meeting in Ottawa last week.

    "It's an honour to represent that cattle industry," he says. "It's a little difficult because I'm following behind some really strong presidents in Travis Toews and Brad Wildeman."

    "I think there's a lot of maintenance that we'll have to do when it comes to trade," he says.

    "Everything at our meeting in Ottawa was optimistic. There was very little negative stuff going on. Some of the issues that we have dealt with have been accomplished, and we're still working on some other ones, such as country-of-origin labeling and the Korean trade issue," says Unrau. "But we're moving forward in a very positive way."
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    Martin Unrau (file photo)



    A final World Trade Organization decision on U.S. country of origin labeling legislation could be made before the end of June.

    The U.S. government last week decided to appeal the WTO Dispute Panel ruling that mandatory COOL discriminates against Canadian livestock.

    The Canadian Cattlemen's Association has already spent around $3 million fighting the legislation at the WTO.

    "We have evaluated what the appeal is about, and we'll be in Geneva along with government officials. Hopefully we'll be able to uphold the ruling that was put forward and get this thing behind us," says CCA President Martin Unrau.

    Unrau notes COOL has resulted in an estimated discount of $25 to $35 per head of cattle, regardless of whether they are sold in the U.S. or not.

    "It seems like we've put a lot of money into this WTO case, but when you look at knocking off $25 or $30 on every animal, that's a lot more money," he says.

    The Dispute Panel ruling found that by implementing COOL, cattle segregation practices became necessary for U.S. feedlots and packing operations that handle imported livestock.  These segregation costs created a disincentive for the purchase Canadian cattle.

    It's expected that written submissions will be made by both countries before mid-April. An oral hearing is expected to take place in late April or early May and a final WTO decision could be made before the end of June
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    Producers can expect lower fertilizer prices later this year, but the president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Services says prices will move higher during seeding.

    "We're expecting a bump in prices as we go into what is the heaviest use period of the year, but once we get through that we expect prices to come under pressure and drop down through the summer," says David Asbridge. "It's a good possibility that 2013 prices could be even lower than they are now."

    "When you have high prices you tend to bring more production capacity on, and that's what we're seeing," he says. "We're seeing a lot of phosphate expansion come on in Saudi Arabia. Potash capacity is growing here in Canada, as well as in Russia. So we're looking at situation where there's a lot of capacity coming on stream."

    "We're looking at prices across the board - nitrogen, phosphate and potash - to go down this summer," he says.

    But before that, Asbridge says prices will peak in spring. He says producers and retailers have been reluctant to buy fertilizer this winter.

    "We're beginning to back the system up and if we get a nice, warm, early spring where farmers would all of a sudden get out there and start putting fertilizer down, we might see some situations where they can't get all they want of the specific product they want right then," he says. "There's plenty of supply availability overall, but there could be some spot outages if the system starts up very quickly."

    He says the optimal time to buy fertilize for 2012 seeding has likely passed.

    "There could be a situation in some of the products in some locations where we might see some small price depreciation before spring hits, but we're getting so close now that retailers are not going to let prices go down much," he says. "It's going to be after the spring season is over before we see any significant price depreciation."

    Asbridge shared his outlook for fertilizer markets at Grainworld in Winnipeg.
  • farmscenes seeding3 jun242011
    Farms are slowly becoming safer places.

    This week is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week.

    "We certainly are making progress," says Glen Blahey, Agricultural Safey and Health Specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. "The level of awareness is increasing. The proportion of farmers having safety programs is increasing, and certainly the number of inquiries and requests for information that we get are increasing."

    "Statistically, we are seeing some downward trending in terms of the numbers of fatalities and injuries happening. We are making headway, but we would certainly like to continue to move forward, and not stop at this point," he says. "We'd like to make every farm in Canada a farm where there is no injury or illness."

    Blahey notes producers often don't place an economic value on safe practices, but incidents can take a financial toll. He points out a study done by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting group estimated injuries, disabilities and fatalities from incidents on farms cost about $300 million annually.
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    The federal government will unveil its new budget this afternoon, and it's expected Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will not be immune to spending cuts.

    In an interview at the start of the current session, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said AAFC was "searching for five to 10 percent, just like every other department in Ottawa."

    He says research will be a priority, but research funding could also feel the impact of budget belt-tightening.
  • Normal La Nina weather conditions are expected for the remainder of winter, according to the director of weather and market analysis with the CWB.

    "One of the most common questions I've been receiving is 'why is the La Nina this year so different from last year?'," says Bruce Burnett. "It's been almost exactly the opposite conditions between the two years. Last year we were cold and snowy for most of the winter, and this year it's been a lot milder with very little precipitation."

    Burnett says Arctic Oscillation is the main reason La Nina has given the prairies the cold - or rather, warm - shoulder this winter.

    "It's basically kept the cold air and storm track up in the higher latitudes, rather than allowing that cold air to dip down into the prairie region," he says.

    He says we'll likely see more typical La Nina conditions for the rest of the season.

    "We did see the Arctic Oscillation break down. It was at record levels in December, and now it's almost neutral," says Burnett. "The expectation would be that we would probably see more typical weather conditions. Probably not enough moisture to catch up for the deficit, but it does help the odds of us getting some moisture before we hit the fields in the spring."

    La Nina is expected to wind down in May or June.
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    Viterra's head office has issued a statement cautioning investors about speculation surrounding a potential takeover.

    Trading of Viterra shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange was halted again on Thursday morning after a report that the company had set a minimum takeover bid of $16 per share.

    Viterra says investors should not rely on press reports, as there can be no assurance a transaction will occur, and if a takeover happens, there can be no guarantee at what price it will be completed.

    The company has hired advisors and established an auction process for interested third parties.

    The list of possible suitors includes Glencore, Agrium, Cargill, ADM, Bunge and several Asian grain companies.
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    The CWB will launch its new pricing options for the open market this morning.

    President and CEO Ian White, along with Chief Operating Officer Ward Weisensel, will outline the new pool and cash contracts at 10am.

    The CWB will be offering two pooling options - an early delivery pool and a harvest pool - and three cash contracts - futures first, basis first and deferred delivery contracts.

    So far, the CWB has only publicly announced a grain handling agreement with Cargill, but it's expected other grain companies will also serve as delivery points for producers looking to market their grain through the CW
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    Adam Iwan and the Terriers are back in Selkirk tonight for game four.

    The Portage Terriers can book their ticket to the Addison Division finals with a win tonight in Steeltown.

    The Dogs take a 3-0 series lead into Selkirk for game four of the Addison Division semi-final. After a 4-1 victory in game one, the Terriershave twice come back from two goal deficits to win games two and three. Combined with the regular season, Portage holds a 5-0 record in the Selkirk Recreational Complex, giving them another edge going into tonight's contest.

    Tanner Waldvogel had the overtime winner in Tuesday's 5-4 triumph in Portage. The local product says the team's veterans know what a lengthy playoff run requires and the rookies are getting their heads in that mindset.

    "We have enough guys from last year's run that we all know what it takes," says Waldvogel. "The new guys seem to be catching on and I think they understand what you gotta do. It's a long battle and you just gotta come every night and give it everything."

    The Terriers have seen plenty of balance in their offense in the first three games of the series. Eleven different players have lit the lamp for Portage while the Steelers have seen goals from just five different players.

    With two big come-from-behind wins under their belt, confidence is riding high in the Terrier dressing room. Waldvogel says it shows the skill level and tenacity of the team.

    "I think we can prove it every game," says the Portage product. "It doesn't matter what the lead is, we have the scoring and the work ethic to beat 'em. In the last two games we proved that when we're going, it's tough to stop us."

    The Terriers and Steelers drop the puck at 7:30 pm tonight in Selkirk.
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    The Portage Curling Club's accepting your registration for next weekend's Last Chance Bonspiel.  The tournament takes place from March 30th through April 1st.
  • The former Sunbelt Prairie Products bean processing facility near Altona has been sold by Access Credit Union to a local specialty crop buyer.

    The credit union took over the failed plant in March of 2011, after the Sunbelt Development Group stopped paying its mortgage obligations.

    Shindico Realty was hired to sell the plant, and was asking $1.5 million.

    The sale includes a nearly 25,000 square foot office and warehouse on an 11 acre lot.

    The Sunbelt Prairie Products facility was constructed as a bean processing and packaging plant by Sweden-based Amanat Nawaz Rice AB, which was led by Makhdoom Abbas. Construction took place in 2008 and 2009, but the plant was placed in receivership before it began operating in November 2009.

    Sunbelt Development Group, which included the Towns of Altona, Gretna and Plum Coulee, as well as the RM of Rhineland, invested in Sunbelt Prairie Products by financing the construction of the building at a cost of $3.2 million.

    The new owner is in the process of finalizing financing. More details are expected next week.

    According to Access Credit Union CEO Robert Jones, if everything proceeds as planned, the new owner will take possession in mid-April.
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    Thousands of Winnipeggers will have the chance to learn about farming in Manitoba this weekend.

    Discover Agriculture in the City kicks off at the Forks tomorrow, and continues through Sunday.

    "This is an opportunity for the general public to catch a glimpse inside one of Canada's most vibrant industries," explains organizing committee member Colin Chudley.

    Nearly all of Manitoba's commodity groups, along with a number of other farm and government organizations, will be on hand with interactive displays, activities and demonstrations.

    Chudley explains there will be a number of demonstrations and presentations happening on the main stage throughout the weekend. On Friday, food science students from the University of Manitoba wil be competing in the Food Fight at the Forks, and high school students from two Winnipeg high schools will be debating the merits of biofuel.

    "On Saturday and Sunday we'll have some cooking demonstrations with Manitoba finest home-grown foods," says Chudley. "And then on Sunday, we'll have a talk-to-a-farmer event organized by Keystone Agricultural Producers."

    This year marks the 7th annual Ag in the City event.
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    The Manitoba Pulse Growers Association has hired an Acting Executive Director.

    Michael Reimer started a 14 month term this week, which will coincide with Executive Director Roxanne Lewko taking leave beginning in the middle of April.

    Reimer has a master's degree from the University of Manitoba, where his thesis focused on quality of soybeans grown in Manitoba. He has also worked at the Canadian International Grains Institute, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals and the Canadian Grain Commission's pulse lab

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    Efforts are being made to found a roller derby team in Portage la Prairie.  Tina Jansen who is putting the team together says roller derby is a full contact, competitive sport with an element of creativity.
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    Two nights after a loss on their home ice, the Portage Terriers returned the favour at the MTS IcePlex.

    The club was in Headingley for game four of the best-of-seven Addison Division final against the Winnipeg Blues and came out with some big time goals early on. Connor Faupel got the scoring started with his 2nd of the playoffs at the 7:19 mark of the first. Just over six minutes later, Cody Nelson went hard to the net and had a Tanner Waldvogel pass deflect off of him and in, giving Portage the 2-0 edge. They'd make it 3-0 before the first was over when Brent Wold's pass hit a Winnipeg defender and found the back of the net with 28 seconds left in the frame.

    Brent Wold wins the face-off and sends the puck back to Justin Slobozian on defense.

    Just over two minutes into the second, the Terriersextended their lead to 4-0. Shaq Merasty got in alone and made a nifty move before burying his 3rd of the postseason. Jeff Borse finally got the Blues on the board midway through the frame, making it 4-1 going into the third.

    Brendan Harms shares a laugh with the referee during last night's tilt.

    The Terriers made sure thoughts of a comeback were dashed early, picking up a goal just 2:58 into the period. Yvan Pattyn pinched in and potted his 3rd of the playoffs, making it 5-1. Kurt Keats added another for the Blues but that was as close as they'd come, giving Portage the 5-2 victory.

    The defensive combination of Yvan Pattyn and Justin Slobozian provided a steady presence on the blue-line.

    Adam Iwan got the start between the pipes and brought his "A" game to the rink, stopping 21 of 23 shots to move his playoff record to 6-1.

    Adam Iwan's playoff success continued as the Winnipeg product picked up his sixth win in seven starts.

    Defenseman Connor Faupel finished the night with a goal and an assist. He says after a tough loss on Tuesday night, the game showed the resiliency of the squad.

    The penalty kill proved to be an essential part of the Portage win. The Terriers successfully killed off all six penalties called against them, including four straight to end the second period. Forward Brent Wold says it's something they've been working on and the success is good to see.

    With the series all even at two games apiece, tonight's game five promises to be a thriller. The puck drops at 7:30 pm at the PCU Centre.
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    Bill Lapp


    U.S. government policies continue to unintentionally benefit western Canadian grain producers.

    Bill Lapp, economist with Advanced Economic Solutions in Omaha, Nebraska and former chief economist with ConAgra, talked about the influence of government policy on grain markets at Grainworld in Winnipeg this week.

    As a prime example, Lapp pointed out Canadian growers benefit from American farmland set-aside programs.

    "The set-aside requirements reduce our competing supplies. We've had paid land diversions, and the long-lasting program we've had is the Conservation Reserve Program (or CRP,) which has 30 million acres, a lot of them wheat acres," he says. "By idling those acres for 10 to 15 years we've created a hole or vaccuum where other people can compete."

    Since 2007, U.S. biofuel mandates have also provided support for Canadian feedgrain prices.

    "In the current crop year, U.S. ethanol production will use 5 billion bushels, which equates to about 30 million acres, so that gives support for the price of feedgrains and it reduces our production of other crops because we devote more acres to corn," explains Lapp. "Canadian farmers can grow whatever they want and benefit from the enormous demand."

    Even nutritional standards in the U.S. have had a major impact on returns for western Canadian growers, says Lapp.

    "We're seeing increased use of canola in the U.S. diet to meet our trans-fatty acid requirements, and it's proven to be a big demand surge in recent years," he says.

    The new U.S. Farm Bill is set to expire this year, but with the election slated for this fall Lapp says it will likely be extended through 2013.

    "I don't know if there will be any dramatic change or shift that impacts the Canadian farmer. We will reduce some of our direct payments, but that probably won't impact how many acres are planted or how we market our grain," he says.

    ~ Friday, March 2, 2012 ~

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    Although it has yet to unveil the specific pricing options, the CWB is outlining its programs for producers at a series of meetings taking place across the prairies.

    The board will be offering producers two pool options and three cash contracts.

    "The two pools that we'll start with are a harvest pool and an early delivery pool," explains Gord Flaten, Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "The harvest pool is quite similar to the ones that farmers are familiar with today. There are some differences that farmers will notice. One is that there will be one signup deadline."

    "The early delivery pool offers what it says, which is the opportunity to deliver earlier than the harvest pool, between August and January 31st," he says.

    He says the cash contracts will also be similar to what farmers are familiar with.

    "One option will be deferred delivery contracts, which fix a delivery period of one month, so you can sign up a contract for say, fixed delivery in November of 2012, at a cash price. So if farmers are looking for certainty with respect to the absolute price they're going to get and the delivery period, than they can sign a deferred delivery contract," explains Flaten.

    The CWB will also offer futures-first and basis-first contracts.

    GrowerLink meetings started last week in Lethbridge. The first meeting in Manitoba will be held in Oak Bluff on Friday (March 16th,) with meetings also scheduled for Neepawa, Russell, Swan River and Somerset during the last week of March.
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    It's Day 3 of the 105th Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon.

    The spotlight is on Manitoba products and foods as it's "Made-in-Manitoba" day at the fair today. Elite Manitoba chefs are preparing dishes featuring Manitoba ingredients.

    The Manitoba Pork Hog Quality Competition takes place today.

    Attendees can also take in show jumping, barrel racing, hackney ponies, hunter, and heavy horse competitions each day. Cattle shows and the Draft Horse Classic begin tomorrow. The fair continues through Saturday.
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    The Canadian International Grains Institute is located in downtown Winnipeg


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    The Glanbia Nutritionals flax processing plant near Angusville sustained extensive damage as the result of a fire on Tuesday.

    The company says it is assessing the full impact, and reviewing arrangements for customers and employees. 58 people were employed at the plant.

    There were no injuries related to the fire.

    Glanbia purchased the former Pizzey's Milling flax plant in 2007. The Ireland-based company is a global supplier of high protein milk and whey concentrates, and other nutritional ingredients.
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    The announcement Canada and Japan have begun negotiations on a free trade agreement is welcomed news for Canada’s canola growers. Rick White is the Executive Director of the Canadian Canola Growers Association. He tells us the Japanese market is very important, and believes a deal would provide more stable and expanded market access.

    "It's a very reliable market, and typically they take 2.1 to 2.2 million tonnes of seed canola every year," says White. "We think we can grow that, and this agreement will hopefully allow us to expand into that market even more. We would like to start shipping more of our value added products like canola oil, as opposed to just seed."

    Japan is the world’s third largest economy and vegetable oils are a mainstay of the Japanese diet, with canola oil being the number one vegetable oil consumed in the country. Canadian canola oil holds 40 per cent of Japan’s edible oil market, worth approximately $1.4 billion.

    "The market potential there is quite substantial, I can't put a number on it, but I think we could have a substantial increase because we are a very reliable supplier," says White. "We will be producing about 15 million tonnes (of canola) in Canada, and the Japanese market representing over two million tonnes of that, we could handle a lot more of their business."

    With free trade negotiations now underway with Japan, what market would CCGA like to see the federal government get to next?

    White suggests that would be South Korea, which he says would have some positive impacts for the canola sector. He notes a deal has been in the works for quite some time, and they would like to see it concluded as soon as possible. White tells us the canola industry would also like to see something formalized with China. He says the country is a tremendously large market which has huge potential for Canadian growers
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    The Winnipeg Jets playoff drive stalled on Thursday night in Vancouver. Sammy Pahlsson scored the winner with 5:43 remaining in the third period as the Canucks edged Winnipeg 3-2. Kyle Wellwood and Blake Wheeler did the goal scoring for the Jets (32-28-8) who lost in regulation for just the second time in 10 games. Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec faced 45 shots. Vancouver netminder Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots. The Jets, who face the Flames in Calgary tonight, remain two points behind the Southeast Division leading Florida Panthers who lost 5-0 to Philadelphia. The Washington Capitals have caught Winnipeg for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference. The Caps, who have a game in hand on the Jets, edged Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime.
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    The Altona Maroons took a two games to one lead in the SEMHL best of seven final with a 4-2 win over the Plum Coulee Xpress, last night in Winkler.

    After losing 6-1 in game two on Tuesday, the Maroons continued their domination in first periods. During the first two games of the series, the Maroons had out-shot the Xpress nearly two to one. They did that again on last night, out-shooting Plum Coulee 21-11 in the opening period.

    Ryan Dyck tipped in a Devon Leblanc shot right off the face-off to give Altona a 1-0, 10:36 into the game. However, the Xpress got that one back when Anders Strome scored his 17th of the playoffs just under eight minutes later.

    Altona added a pair in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Josh Froese finished off a nice pass from his brother Jon Froese, 8:44 into the second to put the Maroons up 2-1. In the final minute of the period Devon Leblanc was left alone in the slot and wired a shot over Plum Coulee netminder Jayme Janzen push the Maroons ahead by two.

    In the final period, the Maroons went ahead by three goals when Shea Hamilton ripped a shot off the cross bar and in giving Altona a 4-1 lead with half 12:30 to play in regulation.

    Dale Harder scored his fifth of the playoffs on the power-play with eight minutes to go to cut the Maroons lead to 4-2. In the dying minutes, Harder appeared to score again but the goal was waved off as the referee determined the puck had been kicked in.

    Altona finished the game on a 5-on-3 power-play which snuffed out the Plum Coulee comeback effort.

    Carey Dyck earned the win in goal for Altona and Jayme Janzen took the loss for the Xpress. The Maroons out-shot the Xpress 54-36 and have now out-shot Plum Coulee in all three games of the series.

    Plum Coulee went 1-for-7 on the man-advantage, while the Maroons went 0-for-4.

    Game four of the best of seven series will be played tomorrow night in Altona. Puck drop at the Millennium Exhibition Centre is 8 p.m.
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    There's some concern about the state of the winter wheat crop in southern Manitoba.

    "We don't really know what kind of shape the crop is in yet, but it hasn't been the kind of winter that we generally like for winter wheat. Our confidence level is down, but that doesn't necessarily mean we have problems," says Terry Buss, Farm Production Advisor with Manitoba Agriculture based in Beausejour. "The potential is there that we could have significant stand losses in spring."

    He says there are a number of strikes against the crop.

    For one, he says the long warm fall allowed the crop to advance further than normal.

    "Instead of having the appropriate leaf stage and size it got really big, which can make it vulnerable to freezing," he says. "I did see some winter wheat fields you could almost cut for hay, they were so big."

    He notes the lack of snowcover for most of the winter, and then the onset of colder temperatures in February may have contributed to damage to the crown of the plants.

    "We had a lot of soil that had a lot of big cracks in it this year because it was so dry in fall, so the cold can penetrate further into the soil," he says.

    "We really won't know until we start looking at the crop until spring," says Buss.

    "The biggest thing I would advise people is that they don't do an assessment from the road in the truck. People make the mistake of trying to assess winter wheat by whether it's greening up," he says. "The leaf colour doesn't really mean anything. We're really looking at the wrong part of the plant. You can tell a lot earlier by looking for new root growth from the crown."

    He says concern about the crop is fairly widespread.

    "We've had more snow in our area than further south, but I don't know that the snow we got helped at the right time. Whether it came soon enough is the question," he says. "Certainly the longer you've gone through February and March without snowcover, the worse off you are."

    With the warm temperatures, there have been some reports of growers already applying spring nitrogen on some winter wheat fields in southern Manitoba.

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    The lack of significant snowfall in southern Manitoba over the winter has resulted in only minimal losses of nitrogen applied to fields last fall.

    "Those that applied fall fertilizer, or took soil tests in fall, can be rest assured there has been zero losses of nitrogen," explains John Heard, soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. "If losses occur, it's because of excess moisture. We haven't had the excess moisture so the nitrogen is still in place."

    He notes dry conditions during seeding can lead to increased risk of toxicity when placing fertilizer with seed.

    "We know that seed placement of fertilizer can lead to a reduction in germination and vigour, and so if people are looking to place a lot of nitrogen or salt-based fertilizers will need to back off those rates. High rates on dry soil will tend to reduce the plant stand," says Heard.

    He notes soil temperatures have risen to the point where the growing season has started for winter wheat .

    "Once the crown reaches 9 degrees Celsius it has basically lost it's winter hardiness and is fully into growth mode. Temperatures in many areas have already surpassed that. So things are full speed ahead," says Heard. "If people want to worry about something, they can hope it doesn't get real cold again, because winter wheat has woken up and it's not going to sleep much longer.

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    Thursday, March 9

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues 8 Winkler 7
    (Blues win best of 7 Addison Division semifinal 4-0)
    Winnipeg Saints 5 Dauphin 1
    (Saints lead Sher-Wood Division semifinal 3-1)   

    Provincial "AA" High School Hockey Championship @ Waywayseecappo
    Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur 6 Boissevain 2
    Morris 4 Neepawa 2
    Notre Dame/Somerset/Westmount 10 Boissevain 2
    Morris 10 Major Pratt (Russell) 4   

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Altona 6 Morden 5
    (Maroons lead best of 7 semifinal 3-2)

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Arborg 4 North Winnipeg 3
    (Arborg wins best of 7 semi-final 4-1)  

    National Hockey League
    Vancouver 3 Winnipeg 2
    Montreal 5 Edmonton 3
    Ottawa 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
    Philadelphia 5 Florida 0
    Washington 3 Tampa Bay 2 (OT)
    Boston 3 Buffalo 1
    New Jersey 5 N.Y. Islanders 1
    Columbus 3 Los Angeles 1
    Minnesota 3 Phoenix 2 (SO)
    St. Louis 3 Anaheim 1
    Nashville 4 Colorado 2
    San Jose 4 Dallas 3 (SO)   

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Rob Fowler, Manitoba 9 Scott Manners, Saskatchewan 3
    Fowler 10 Brad Jacobs, Northern Ontario 4
    Fowler (8-3)

    Provincial "AAA"/"AAAA" Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Championship @ Winnipeg
    St. Maurice 65 Garden Valley 50   

    National Basketball Association
    Orlando 99 Chicago 94
    Phoenix 96 Dallas 94   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 6 N.Y. Yankees 1
    Tampa Bay (ss) 1 Minnesota 0
    Detroit 8 Tampa Bay (ss) 1
    Baltimore 2 Atlanta 1
    Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 4 (10 innings)
    Washington 8 Houston 0
    St. Louis 9 Boston 3
    Miami 5 N.Y. Mets 4
    Seattle 10 Chicago Cubs 3
    Cincinnati 8 Milwaukee 6
    L.A. Angels 6 Cleveland 5
    L.A. Dodgers 7 Oakland 2
    San Francisco 5 San Diego 2
    Chicago White Sox 6 Texas 3
    Kansas City 5 Colorado 0

    Friday, March 10

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Portage at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on CFRY/portageonline.com at 7:20)
    (Terriers lead best of 7 Addison Division semifinal 3-0)
    Swan Valley at OCN, 7 p.m.
    (Sher-Wood Division semifinal tied 2-2)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Plum Coulee vs Warren @ Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
    (Xpress lead best of 7 semifinal 3-1)   

    Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
    East Division Final
    Swan Lake at Carberry, 8:15 p.m.
    (Carberry leads best of 7 series 2-1)
    West Division Final
    Deloraine at Killarney, 8:15 p.m.
    (Deloraine lead best of 7 series 2-1)  

    Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League Playoffs
    Pembina Valley Hawks vs Winnipeg Ice @ Altona, 7:15 p.m.
    (Hawks lead best of 5 semifinal 1-0)   

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Southwest Cougars vs Winnipeg Thrashers @ Souris, 8 p.m.
    (Cougars lead best of 5 semifinal 2-0)
    Brandon at Winnipeg Wild, 7:30 p.m.
    (Wild lead series 2-0)   

    Provincial "AA" High School Hockey Championship @ Waywayseecappo
    Neepawa vs Major Pratt (Russell), 9 a.m.
    Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur vs Notre Dame/Somerset/Westmount, 11:30 a.m.
    (end of preliminary round)

    Provincial "AAAA" High School Hockey Championship @ Winnipeg
    Round Robin
    Kelvin vs Oak Park, 10 a.m.
    St. Paul's vs Crocus Plains, 12 p.m.
    Kelvin vs Crocus Plains, 5 p.m.
    Oak Park vs St. Paul's 7 p.m.   

    Hockey Manitoba Provincial Championships
    Rural "A" @ Sagkeeng
    "AA" @ Thompson
    "B" @ Teulon
    "C" @ Notre Dame
    Rural "A" @ Minnedosa
    "A1" @ Morden
    "AA" @ Steinbach
    "B" @ Arborg
    "C" @ Grunthal
    "D" @ Hamiota
    Female Bantam
    Rural "A" @ Holland
    "AAA" @ Morris/Rosenort
    "B" @ Melita
    Female Atom
    Rural "A" @ Ste. Anne
    "B" @ Boissevain   

    Western Hockey League
    Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.   

    National Hockey League
    Winnipeg at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    Florida at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    1-2 Page Playoff Game: Rob Fowler, Manitoba vs Glenn Howard, Ontario, 6:30 p.m.   

    Provincial "AAA"/"AAAA" Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Championship @ Winnipeg
    Consolation Quarterfinals: Garden Valley vs Kildonan East, 2:30 p.m.   

    Provincial "A"/"AA" Junior Varsity Boys Rural Basketball Championship @ Lac du Bonnet
    Quarterfinals: Carman vs Glenboro, 3:30 p.m.

    National Basketball Association
    New Jersey at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    Utah at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Atlanta at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    Portland at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
    Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
    New York at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
    L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    New Orleans at Denver, 8 p.m.
    Dallas at Sacramento, 9 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Houston @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta (ss) vs N.Y. Yankees @ Tampa, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Philadelphia vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs Atlanta (ss) @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Baltimore vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs Milwaukee @ Phoenix, 2:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs Cincinnati (ss) @ Goodyear, 2:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati (ss) vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 2:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox @ Glendale, 2:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs L.A. Angels @ Tempe, 2:05 p.m.
    Arizona vs Seattle @ Peoria, 2:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs Texas @ Surprise, 2:05 p.m.
    Oakland vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 2:10 p.m.
    Washington vs Miami @ Jupiter, 6:05 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs Boston @ Fort Myers, 6:05 p.m.
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    Thursday, March 22

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Portage 5 Winnipeg Blues 2
    (Best of 7 Addison Division final tied 2-2)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Altona 4 Plum Coulee 2
    (Maroons lead best of 7 final 2-1)   

    Provincial Senior "AAA" Hockey Playdowns
    South East Prairie Thunder 6 Manitoba Lightning 3
    (Prairie Thunder win best of 7 final 4-0)   

    Western Hockey League Playoffs
    Brandon 6 Calgary 2
    (1st game in best of 7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal)   

    National Hockey League
    Vancouver 2 Dallas 1
    Tampa Bay 3 Edmonton 2 (SO)
    Minnesota 3 Calgary 2 (SO)
    Pittsburgh 5 Nashville 1
    Philadelphia 2 Washington 1 (SO)
    Phoenix 3 Colorado 2
    San Jose 2 Boston 1
    Los Angeles 1 St. Louis 0 (SO)   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Cathy Cunningham, Newfoundland & Labrador 13 Laurie Deprez, Manitoba 3
    Odette Trudel, Quebec 9 Deprez 7
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba 6 Glenn Goss, Newfoundland & Labrador 3
    Robertson (4-5)  Deprez (4-6)   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Diana Gaspari, Italy 6 Heather Nedohin, Canada 5
    Eve Muirhead, Scotland 9 Nedohin 3
    Nedohin (7-4)
    (end of round robin)   

    National Basketball Association
    Indiana 85 Washington 83
    Boston 100 Milwaukee 91
    Houston 109 Golden State 83
    New Orleans 97 L.A. Clippers 90
    Utah 103 Sacramento 102
    Portland 97 Memphis 93   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 2 Philadelphia 0
    Miami 5 Atlanta 5 (10 innings)
    Baltimore 11 Minnesota 1
    Tampa Bay 8 Pittsburgh 6
    St. Louis 9 Washington 0
    N.Y. Mets 8 Houston 2
    Cleveland 9 San Diego 4
    Chicago Cubs 11 Texas (ss) 4
    L.A. Angels 7 Kansas City (ss) 4
    Chicago White 16  Kansas City (ss) 4
    San Diego 11 Colorado 6
    N.Y. Yankees 4 Boston 4 (tie)
    Cincinnati 6 Texas (ss) 2
    Colorado 7 San Francisco 0

    Friday, March 23
    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues at Portage, 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on CFRY/portageoline.com at 7:20)
    (Best of 7 Addison Division final tied 2-2)

    Hockey Manitoba Playdowns
    "AAA" Provincial Bantam Championship
    Pembina Valley Hawks vs Winnipeg Warriors @ Maples Arena in Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.
    (1st game in best of 3 series)  

    Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
    Carberry at Killarney, 8 p.m.
    (Best of 7 final tied 1-1)

    Western Hockey League Playoffs
    Brandon at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    (Wheat Kings lead best of 7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal 1-0)  

    National Hockey League
    Winnipeg at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
    Toronto at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
    Carolina at Columbus, 6 p.m.
    Ottawa at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
    Edmonton at Florida, 6:30 p.m.   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba (4-5) vs Mark Armstrong, New Brunswick, 11 a.m.
    Robertson vs Dave McCusker, Nova Scotia, 8:30 p.m.
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba (4-6) vs Colleen Jones, Nova Scotia, 3:30 p.m.   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Tie-breaker: Heather Nedohin, Canada vs Allison Pottinger, United States, 3 p.m.
    1-2 Page Playoff Game: Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden vs Mirjam Ott, Switzerland, 8 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    New York at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Milwaukee at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    Phoenix at Indiana, 6 p.m.
    Cleveland at Orlando, 6 p.m.
    New Jersey at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
    Miami at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
    Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
    Dallas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    Portland at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
    Denver at Utah, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Boston vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    Washington vs Houston @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs Philadelphia @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs Miami @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Detroit vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 12:05 p.m.
    Minnesota vs N.Y. Yankees (ss) @ Tampa, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs Atlanta @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs Chicago White Sox (ss) @ Tucson, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels (ss) vs Milwaukee @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Toronto vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 6:05 p.m.
    Arizona vs Chicago White Sox (ss) @ Glendale, 9:05 p.m.
    Texas vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 9:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs San Diego @ Peoria, 9:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels (ss) vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 9:05 p.m.
  • places youth softball mar072012

    It's time again for minor softball registration in Portage la Prairie. Association President Shauna Cochrane-Thompson says sign up is set for tonight for between 7pm and 9 pm at the P.C.U. Centre for ages 5 and up. Cochrane-Thompson says they have seen the number of participants in the sport provincially decline over the past few years, but they are doing what they can to get youngsters interested. every youth that signs up this evening  will receive a free softball. As for the sport itself, Cochrane-Thompson says its fundamentals such as hand/eye coordination can go beyond the diamond and help kids in a wide array of other activities.
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    With the PCI Saints fastpitch team selected, the squad has begun full practices this week in order to prepare for the upcoming season.
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  • animals cattle9 jun282011

    Cattle producers from across the country were in an optimistic mood at the Canadian Cattlemen's Association's annual meeting in Ottawa last week.

    "Beef producers from one end of the country to the other are feeling a lot more optimistic," says Cam Dahl, General Manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers. "We do see strengthening prices, but it's more than that. We're seeing markets opening up. There's some real basis for optimism for the coming years. There was that sense of optimism in the room, and since BSE we haven't had that many years where we can say that."

    The Manitoba Beef Producers were represented at the CCA AGM by Dahl, MBP President Ray Armbruster, District 1 Director Ted Artz, District 4 Director Heinz Reimer and Policy Analyst Lauren Stone. Reimer was chosen to represent MBP on the CCA board.

    Dahl says there's strong support from the national organization for dealing with some Manitoba-specific issues, such as the eradication of bovine tuberculosis.

    "We have support from our national organization and sister groups across the country on things like our call for a TB coordinator," he explains.

    Dahl says there is also work underway to improve access to veterinary products available in the U.S.

    "Prime Minister Harper and President Obama have announced a regulatory initiative to help correct some of those problems and disparities. That's something that could have a real benefit on the ground for beef producers in the province," he says.

    "There was a real sense of optimism, and I think we're set for a good year going forward," says Dahl.
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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its critical Prospective Plantings report this week, and the corn figure that accompanies it will more than likely have a significant impact on the markets one way or another. The report will be released Friday.

    "The U.S. corn crop potentially could be anywhere from 92 to 95 million acres," says CWB Market Analyst Andrew Wark. "If that's (the report) anywhere, you know, 94 million acres or above then that's going to be very, very bearish to the market. But if that comes in a little bit lower than that, in the 92 or 93 range, that could spur things up."

    According to the CWB's latest Pool Return Outlook market commentary wheat is still largely supported by current corn values, and any drop in corn prices will likely result in a drop in wheat values.

    "A lot of people are going to be watching this report including speculators and other players in the market," says Wark. "If that comes out with a large number, like 94 million acres plus, these people are going to look out the window and say 'Hey, the weather is pretty great out there, I think the potential to do this number is definitely there or maybe even higher' then they start trading that. That could potentially be quite negative to the market, but it will really depend on what number that comes out at."

    The outlook for 2012-13 remains negative as a large world wheat crop is expected, with the International Grains Council (IGC) forecasting production at 680 million tonnes. The IGC is projecting a slight reduction in ending stocks (211 million tonnes in 2011-12 down to 208 million tonnes in 2012-13), but the overall number is still bearish.

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  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Wednesday, March 7

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    OCN 5 Swan Valley 2
    (best of 7 Sher-Wood Division semifinal tied 2-2)   

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Southwest Cougars 2 Winnipeg Thrashers 1 (2OT)
    (Cougars lead best of 5 semifinal 2-0)

    Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
    Delorain 4 Killarney 3
    (Deloraine leads best of 7 West Division final 2-1)  

    Provincial Senior "AAA" Hockey Playdowns
    Southeast Prairie Thunder 7 Manitoba Lightning 4
    (1st game in best of 7 final)   

    Western Hockey League
    Brandon 5 Regina 2   

    National Hockey League
    Pittsburgh 3 Toronto 2
    Buffalo 3 Carolina 2 (OT)   

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Rob Fowler, Manitoba 10 Jamie Koe, Northwest Territories/Yukon 5
    Fowler 8 Kevin Koe, Alberta 5
    Fowler (6-3)

    National Basketball Association
    Toronto 116 Houston 98
    Utah 99 Charlotte 93
    Washington 106 L.A. Lakers 101
    Philadelphia 103 Boston 71
    Miami 89 Atlanta 86
    Oklahoma City 115 Phoenix 104
    Minnesota 106 Portland 94
    Chicago 106 Milwaukee 104
    New Jersey 101 L.A. Clippers 100
    San Antonio 118 New York 105
    Cleveland 100 Denver 99
    Sacramento 99 New Orleans 98
    Memphis 110 Golden State 92   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto (ss) 3 Boston 3 (tie)
    Toronto (ss) 8 Pittsburgh 6
    Baltimore 6 Minnesota 0
    Houston 10 Philadelphia 3
    Tampa Bay 4 N.Y. Yankees 0
    Detroit 5 Atlanta 1
    St. Louis 3 Washington 3 (tie)
    N.Y. Mets 7 Miami 0
    Seattle 6 Los Angeles Angels 4
    L.A. Dodgers 3 Oakland 3 (tie)
    San Francisco 8 Colorado 6
    San Diego (ss) 5 Cincinnati 0
    Milwaukee 10 Chicago White Sox 6
    Texas 6 San Diego (ss) 2
    Chicago Cubs 6 Kansas City 4
    Cleveland 10 Arizona 2

    Thursday, March 8

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
    (Blues lead best of 7 Addison Division semifinal 3-0)
    Dauphin at Winnipeg Saints, 7:30 p.m.
    (Saints lead Sher-Wood Division semifinal 2-1)   

    Provincial "AA" High School Hockey Championship @ Waywayseecappo
    Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur vs Boissevain, 9 a.m.
    Morris vs Neepawa, 11:30 p.m.
    Notre Dame/Somerset/Westmount vs Boissevain, 2 p.m.
    Morris vs Major Pratt (Russell), 4:30 p.m.   

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Altona at Morden, 8 p.m.
    (best of 7 semifinal tied 2-2)

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    North Winnipeg at Arborg, 8:15 p.m.
    (Arborg leads best of 7 semi-final 3-1)  

    National Hockey League
    Buffalo at Boston, 6 p.m.
    N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
    Florida at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Tampa Bay at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Columbus, 6 p.m.
    N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.
    Anaheim at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
    Colorado at Nashville, 7 p.m.
    San Jose at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
    Minnesota at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
    Montreal at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
    Winnipeg at Vancouver, 9 p.m.   

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Rob Fowler, Manitoba (6-3) vs Scott Manners, Saskatchewan, 8:30 a.m.
    Fowler vs Brad Jacobs, Northern Ontario, 1:30 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Orlando at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    Dallas at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs N.Y. Yankees @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    Tampa Bay (ss) vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Detroit vs Tampa Bay (ss) @ Port Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    Houston vs Washington @ Viera, 12:05 p.m.
    Boston vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs N.Y. Mets @ Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m.
    Seattle vs Chicago Cubs @ Mesa, 2:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs Milwaukee @ Maryvale, 2:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 2:05 p.m.
    Oakland vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 2:05 p.m.
    San Francisco vs San Diego @ Peoria, 2:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs Texas @ Surprise, 2:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 2:10 p.m.
  • mar182012terriersfaceoff

    The Portage Terriers hit the road tonight, hoping to tie their best-of-seven Addison Division final series back up.

    The club dropped a 5-0 decision at the PCU Centre on Tuesday night, falling behind the Winnipeg Blues two games to one. Forward Brendon Fornwald says the Dogs need to come out with more intensity if they want to get themselves back in this series.

    "Everything needs to happen," says the gritty centre. "We need to work on our game, in every aspect. I think we need to be better all around."

    The Terriersare still without the services of defenseman Cody Kostecki who suffered a lower-body injury in round one against Selkirk and now, another name has joined him on the sidelines. Forward Mike Gemmill, the only Terrier to play in every regular season game, suffered an apparent upper-body injury in game two of this series and missed Tuesday's night's game three. With no set time-table for a return, defenseman Yvan Pattyn says it's a challenge that they have to overcome.

    "It's definitely a big factor," says Pattyn. "They're both great players but we can't use that as an excuse. We have to just play our game."

    The Terriers have a tough decision to make in terms of goaltending for game four. Shea Cooper made his return to the ice in game three but was yanked midway through the second after giving up four goals on 18 shots. Adam Iwan is 5-1 in the playoffs, sporting a goals against average of 2.51.

    Game time tonight is set for 7:30 pm at the MTS IcePlex in Headingley.
  • viterra terminal mar142012

    There’s a lot of buzz around a potential takeover of Viterra.

    There's speculation a number of companies are interested. Glencore International - a commodity and mining giant based in Switzerland - has reportedly made a $5.5 billion offer to take over Viterra.

    Federal Liberal Deputy Leader Ralph Goodale says any decisions need to be clearly thought through, given the impact it can have on farmers.

    "Are decisions about Canadian grain marketing better made in places like Regina, Winnipeg and Calgary, or Decatur, Illinois, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Switzerland or Tokyo? We're losing a very strong measure of Canadian influence here, and I think people need to think that through," says Goodale.

    He's calling on the Harper government to outline clear rules for foreign takeover bids of Canadian companies.

    "So that the company in Saskatchewan will know where it stands, any foreign buyers would know where they stand, and so the public and Canadian farmers know where they stand as well," says Goodale.

    He says the Harper government promised to outline clear regulations on foreign takeovers 15 months ago when they were dealing with the BHP and Potash Corporation case.

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said that unlike the takeover attempt with PotashCorp, Viterra does not fit Saskatchewan's definition of a strategic asset.
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    Manitoba horse owners are urged to register in the province's Premises Identification program.

    Premises ID has been mandatory since 2010, but it's estimated that less than 15 percent of properties with horses on them are in the database. The system is used to track where animals are kept so that there can be a quick response to disease

    Manitoba Horse Council President Geri Sweet says part of the problem is that many horse owners are unaware of the premises ID requirements.

    "It's still not well known," says Sweet. She points out horse owners are not as well-organized as producers in food-animal sectors.

    "For example, if you are part of a pig operation, then you have an organization that will tell you about this. Horse owners don't have this," she says.

    Sweet says this is also a reason why premises ID is important for the horse sector.

    "Something like this helps us have an organizational background, so if you need to contact somebody you could do it fairly quickly," she explains.

    "Say, for example, there's an outbreak of equine herpes. If all the people were involved in the premises ID process, a vet would be able to tell this program, and they could isolate the area and talk to the people in the immediate area around it much more quickly than on an ad hoc basis," she explains.

    There is no cost for acquiring a premises ID number. Application forms are available online, at municipal offices and through the Manitoba Horse Council.

    "All they're asking you for is your location and the approximate number of animals that you have," explains Sweet.

    She notes horse owners will be able to find out more information and fill out application forms at the Manitoba Horse Council booth at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.
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  • mar062012terriersopeningfaceoff
    The Portage Terriers and Selkirk Steelers put on an entertaining back-and-forth contest in game three of the Addison Division semi-final series last night.

    For the second straight game, the Portage Terriers came back from a third period deficit to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

    The Dogs played host to Selkirk last night for game three in the best-of-seven Addison Division semi-final series. It was the visitors who struck first as Chris Daniels and Kyle Mulder buried goals to put the Steelers up 2-0 just over eight minutes in. Before the first was over, the Terriers would get on the board thanks to local product Tanner Waldvogel. The bruising winger notched his first of the postseason after a nifty pass from Shaq Merasty to make it a 2-1 score going into the second.

    Nothing says hockey in Portage la Prairie like Harry Funk's "O Canada".

    The Dogs kept up the pace during the next frame, tying things at 2-2 just over a minute in on a powerplay goal from Yvan Pattyn. Just over ten minutes later, Tyler Anton crossed the blue-line and sniped his first of the playoffs to put Portage ahead 3-2, giving the Terriers their first lead of the game. Hudson Friesen made sure the lead didn't last long. The Steelers leading scorer buried his third of the playoffs just over a minute later, making it a 3-3 tie at the second intermission.

    Friesen struck again midway through the third to put Selkirk up 4-3 but once again, the Terriers found another gear to go to. With just 1:42 left on the clock, Brendan Harms pounced on a juicy rebound and buried his first of the playoffs to tie things at 4-4 and force overtime.

    Brent Wold lines up with Regan Stire during last night's tilt.

    The Dogs came out flying the extra frame and it paid off as Tanner Waldvogel blasted the winner just 2:28 into the fourth period, sending the Portage fans into a frenzy.

    Adam Iwan picked up the win in net for Portage, stopping 28 of 32 shots.

    Adam Iwan continues to provide solid play in the absence of starting netminder Shea Cooper. The 18-year-old made it three straight playoff wins with a 28 save performance last night.

    The win puts Portage up 3-0 in the series and gives them the chance to sweep things up on Friday night in Selkirk. Defenseman Yvan Pattyn says the plan for game four will be simple.

    "We just gotta come out hard, play our game and battle all night." says the second year blue-liner.

    Connor Faupel and Tyler Harland check out the action.

    There was more news on the injury front last night as well. Top defender Cody Kostecki missed the game due to an undisclosed injury. Game four goes Friday night in Selkirk. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm.
  • brown retirement1

    The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced veteran defensive lineman Doug Brown has retired after an 11-year CFL career.

    brown retirement2

    “The CFL and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have become a big part of my life and it is always hard to walk away from something you love so much,” said the 37-year old Brown. “However, it is extra special to be able to leave on my own terms, in the uniform of the only team I have ever worn in this league. I will miss everyone I have crossed paths with over my career and will always hold a spot in my heart for the people of Winnipeg for the way they have always treated me.”

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    Doug Brown talked about the support he received from the fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

    Brown was acquired by the Blue Bombers in a trade with the Calgary Stampeders back in 2001 after being initially drafted by Calgary in the first round (5th overall) of the 1997 CFL Draft. He spent four years in the NFL, spending his first season on the Buffalo Bills’ practice roster, before enjoying a breakout season with the Washington Redskins playing in ten games and recording 21 defensive tackles. After sitting out the 2000 season due to injury, Brown made his way to Winnipeg where he would begin his illustrious CFL career.

    brown retirement4

    In 11 seasons, Brown has played in 188 regular season games, been named a CFL All-Star seven times, a divisional All-Star eight times and was honoured as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2001. Brown leaves the game second on the Club’s all-time tackles list with 429 and is third on the Club’s all-time quarterback sack list with 52.

    brown retirement5

    Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice talked about Doug Brown's legacy with the Winnipeg Football Club.

    “Having worked with him on two different occasions, I could say without a doubt there is no better pro than Doug Brown,” said Head Coach Paul LaPolice, who worked with Brown as an assistant coach with Winnipeg from 2002-2003, before becoming head coach in 2010. “He will be missed on the field for everything he was able to accomplish, but more importantly, he will be missed off the field for how he handled himself in the community throughout the province of Manitoba. He is a true ambassador to the CFL and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.”

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    “Doug represented this organization with absolute, consummate professionalism and was the definition of a leader both on and off the field. He had a tremendous career in every facet and we sincerely thank him for everything he has done for this organization,” said Vice-President and General Manager Joe Mack.

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  • angusville fire mar142012

    Fire has caused extensive damage to the Glanbia Nutritionals flax processing plant near Angusville.

    The fire at the former Pizzey's Milling facility reportedly started at around 6am yesterday.

    The cause has yet to be determined. RCMP say there have been no injuries reported.

    Former owners Glenn and Linda Pizzey sold the flax processing facility to Glanbia in 2007.

    The plant employs around 50 people.

    Angusville is around 20 kilometres east of Russell.
  • people trade mission mar262012
    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and other Canadian officials meet with
    Japanese representatives. Picture courtesy AAFC.


    A completed free trade agreement with Japan has the potential to increase Canadian exports to the country by as much as two-thirds. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made that comment Monday while speaking with reporters regarding his agricultural trade mission to the country. Over the weekend it was announced negotiations have been launched to form an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan.

    Ritz says an agreement with Japan could provide tremendous opportunities for our ag sector.

    "Japan is already our agriculture industry's second largest market, importing most of their food needs, Japan represents a market approaching $4 billion for our farmers and food processors in Canada," says Ritz. "Japan is the most consistently largest market for Canadian canola seed, the second largest market for Canadian malt and pork, third largest market for Canadian wheat, and fourth largest market for Canadian beef."

    Japan is the second largest market for Canadian exporters with total pork and pork products worth almost $900 million in 2011. Canada’s "heart smart" canola oil also holds 40 per cent of Japan’s edible oil market, and is worth approximately $1.4 billion to Canada.

    Ritz says discussions are still in the early stages, adding Japanese buyers he spoke with in the grain, beef, and pork sectors all expressed interest in moving the process forward as quickly as possible.

    Meanwhile, there seems to be good news for Canada's beef industry coming out of the same agricultural trade mission to Japan.
    Ritz met with his Japanese counterpart, Minister Michihiko Kano, and thanked Japan for its recent decision to review its domestic and import regulations for beef. Currently only beef from animals under 21 months of age can be exported to the country, but the hope is the review will lead to expanded access.

    "We've agreed it should be a science based process, and the Japanese embraced that," says Ritz. "We've given them every piece of information they've asked for, and we continue to work with them to move us from the 21 to the globally accepted OIE standard of 30 months."

    Ritz tells us the Government of Canada will not be pressuring the Japanese government for a timeline on this front. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association estimates this move will more than double Canadian beef sales to Japan for a total of $160 million in the first year of full acces
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  • xpress mercs mar 06 01

    The Plum Coulee Xpress are one win away from advancing to the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League final for the second year in a row while the Morden Redskins and Altona Maroons are now playing a best-of-three series.

    Dwight Heppner, Brett Harder and Jordan Peters scored third period goals as Plum Coulee downed Warren 8-5. Andres Strome added two goals and two assists for the defending champion Xpress who lead the best-of-seven semifinal three games to one. Marlin Froese, Coltyn Reimer and Andrew Froese also scored for Plum Coulee. Scott Slagerman, Kyle Luschinski, Mats Meilleur, Bryn Lindsay and Donnie DeLaroque replied for the Mercs who led 3-2 after the first period. The teams were tied 5-5 after forty minutes. Game five goes Friday in Winkler.

    Jay Fehr scored twice as Morden beat Altona 4-2. Kris Williams and Kelby Friesen also scored for the Redskins who evened that series at two games apiece. Shea Hamilton and Jared Barnabe replied for the Maroons. Game five goes Thursday in Morden.

    Photo courtesy Ray Peters
  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Wednesday, March 21

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    OCN 6 Winnipeg Saints 3
    (best of 7 Sher-Wood Division final tied 2-2)  

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Wild 5 Southwest Cougars 2
    (Wild win best of 5 final 3-0)   

    National Hockey League
    Chicago 2 Vancouver 1 (OT)
    Buffalo 3 Montreal 0
    Carolina 3 Florida 1
    N.Y. Rangers 2 Detroit 1 (OT)
    Anaheim 4 St. Louis 3   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba 12 Penny Shantz, British Columbia 3
    Cathy King, Alberta 9 Deprez 5
    Rob Armitage, Alberta 7 Kelly Robertson, Manitoba 5
    Deprez (4-4)  Robertson (3-5)   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada 7 Ji-Sun Kim, Korea 5
    Nedohin 5 Melanie Robillard 4
    Nedohin (7-2)

    National Basketball Association
    Chicago 94 Toronto 82
    Orlando 103 Phoenix 93
    New York 82 Philadelphia 79
    Washington 108 New Jersey 89
    Atlanta 103 Cleveland 102
    Oklahoma City 114 L.A. Clippers 91
    Golden State 101 New Orleans 92
    San Antonio 116 Minnesota 100
    Denver 116 Detroit 115
    L.A. Lakers 109 Dallas 93   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 6 Baltimore 3
    St. Louis 2 N.Y. Mets 1
    Atlanta 3 Washington 2 (10 innings)
    N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 2
    Pittsburgh 6 Boston 5
    Minnesota 7 Detroit 3
    San Diego 3 L.A. Dodgers 0
    Milwaukee 0 Arizona 0 (9 innings)
    San Francisco 5 Cleveland 3
    Kansas City 8 Oakland 3
    Chicago White Sox 13 Seattle 8

    Thursday, March 22  

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Portage at Winnipeg Blues, 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast of CFRY/portageonline.com at 7:20)
    (Blues lead best of 7 Addison Division final 2-1)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Plum Coulee vs Altona @ Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
    (best of 7 final tied 1-1)   

    Provincial Senior "AAA" Hockey Playdowns
    South East Prairie Thunder vs Manitoba Lightning @ Ile des Chenes, 8 p.m.
    (Prairie Thunder lead best of 7 final 3-0)   

    Western Hockey League Playoffs
    Brandon at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    (1st game in best of 7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal)   

    National Hockey League
    Washington at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Nashville at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
    Edmonton at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
    Calgary at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
    Vancouver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
    Colorado at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
    St. Louis at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
    Boston at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba (4-4) vs Cathy Cunningham, Newfoundland & Labrador, 11 a.m.
    Deprez vs Odette Trudel, Quebec, 8:30 p.m.
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba (3-5) vs Glenn Goss, Newfoundland & Labrador, 3:30 p.m.   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada (7-2) vs Diana Gaspari, Italy, 10 a.m.
    Nedohin vs Eve Muirhead, Scotland, 8 p.m.

    National Basketball Association
    Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Golden State at Houston, 7 p.m.
    L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
    Boston at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
    Utah at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    Memphis at Portland, 9 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Philadelphia @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs Atlanta @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Baltimore vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 12:05 p.m.
    Washington vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Houston vs N.Y. Mets @ Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m.
    Cleveland vs San Diego @ Peoria, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs Texas (ss) @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    Kansas City (ss) vs L.A. Angels @ Tempe, 3:05 p.m.
    Kansas City (ss) vs Chicago White Sox @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs San Diego @ Tucson, 3:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs Boston @ Fort Myers, 6:05 p.m.
    Texas (ss) vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 9:05 p.m.
    San Francisco vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 9:10 p.m.
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  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Tuesday, March 6

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Addison Division
    Portage 5 Selkirk 4 (OT)
    (Terriers lead series 3-0)
    Winnipeg Blues 4 Winkler 3
    (Blues lead best of 7 semifinal 3-0)
    Sher-Wood Division
    Dauphin 4 Winnipeg Saints 3 (2OT)
    (Saints lead best of 7 semifinal 2-1)

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Wild 7 Brandon 1
    (Wild lead best of 5 semifinal 2-0)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Morden 4 Altona 2
    (best of 7 semifinal tied 2-2)
    Plum Coulee 8 Warren 5
    (Xpress lead series 3-1)  

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Arborg 3 North Winnipeg 2 (OT)
    (Arborg leads best of 7 semi-final 3-1)

    National Hockey League
    Ottawa 7 Tampa Bay 3
    Calgary 5 Montreal 4
    Edmonton 3 San Jose 2 (SO)
    Boston 5 Toronto 4
    Dallas 5 Vancouver 2
    New Jersey 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
    Carolina 4 Washington 3 (OT)
    Columbus 3 Phoenix 2
    St. Louis 5 Chicago 1
    Los Angeles 5 Nashville 4
    Colorado 7 Minnesota 1
    Philadelphia 3 Detroit 2   

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Rob Fowler, Manitoba 10 Jamie Murphy, Nova Scotia 7
    Glenn Howard, Ontario 8 Fowler 4
    Fowler (4-3)

    National Basketball Association
    Atlanta 101 Indiana 96
    Charlotte 100 Orlando 84
    Miami 108 New Jersey 78
    Boston 97 Houston 92
    Detroit 88 L.A. Lakers 85
    Dallas 95 New York 85

    Exhibition Baseball
    Philadelphia 7 Toronto 0
    Minnesota 3 Tampa Bay 2
    Pittsburgh 7 N.Y. Yankees 4
    Houston 4 N.Y. Mets (ss) 1
    Washington 5 Atlanta 2
    Detroit 3 Miami (ss) 1
    N.Y. Mets (ss) 8 St. Louis 6
    Boston 5 Baltimore 4
    Cleveland 3 Kansas City (ss) 2
    Kansas City (ss) 7 San Diego 4
    Oakland 6 Milwaukee 0
    Chicago Cubs 11 Colorado 4
    San Francisco 8 L.A. Dodgers 4
    Texas 16 Arizona 3
    L.A. Angels 6 Chicago White Sox 2
    Seattle 8 Cincinnati 6
    Miami, Fla., 7 Miami (ss) 6  

    Wednesday, March 7

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    OCN at Swan Valley, 7:30 p.m.
    (Stampeders lead best of 7 Sher-Wood Division semifinal 2-1)   

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Southwest Cougars at Winnipeg Thrashers, 7:30 p.m.
    (Cougars lead best of 5 semifinal 1-0)  

    Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
    Killarney at Deloraine, 8.pm.
    (Best of 7 West Diviison final tied 1-1)

    Provincial Senior "AAA" Hockey Playdowns
    South East Prairie Thunder vs Manitoba Lightning @ Steinbach, 8 p.m.
    (1st game in best of 7 final)   

    Western Hockey League
    Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.   

    National Hockey League
    Carolina at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
    Toronto at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m.   

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Rob Fowler, Brandon (4-3) vs Jamie Koe, Northwest Territories/Yukon, 1:30 p.m.
    Fowler vs Kevin Koe, Alberta, 6:30 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Houston at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Utah at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Boston at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Atlanta at Miami, 6:30 p.m.
    Phoenix at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
    Portland at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
    Chicago at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
    L.A. Clippers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
    New York at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    Cleveland at Denver, 8 p.m.
    New Orleans at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    Memphis at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.  

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto (ss) vs Boston @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    Toronto (ss) vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 12:05 p.m.
    Minnesota vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    Houston vs Philadelphia @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs N.Y. Yankees @ Tampa, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs Washington @ Viera, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs Miami @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Seattle vs Los Angeles Angels @ Tempe, 2:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs Oakland @ Phoenix, 2:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 2:05 p.m.
    San Diego (ss) vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 2:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs Chicago White Sox @ Glendale, 2:05 p.m.
    Texas vs San Diego (ss) @ Peoria, 2:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 2:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs Arizona @ Scottsdale, 2:10 p.m.
  • mar202012terriersfaceoff

    The Winnipeg Blues grabbed their first lead of the Addison Division final series, shutting down the Terriers in the Dog Pound.

    The two teams locked up for game three of the best-of-seven series last night at the PCU Centre and despite a good start, it was the Terrierswho fell behind early. A Justin Slobozian giveaway led to Kyle Bodnaruk's first goal of the playoffs as the Blues forward snapped one past Shea Cooper less than five minutes into the game. Cooper was getting his first postseason start after missing the first six games of the playoffs due to injury. His return didn't get much better as the game wore on. Channing Bresciani's point shot found it's way through traffic midway through the frame, giving Winnipeg a 2-0 lead.

    They stretched the lead to 3-0 at the 2:36 mark of the second when Jared Morris potted his 7th of the postseason. Former Terrier Dylan Kelly added another less than four minutes later to make it a 4-0 lead for the visiting Blues. That was the end of Shea Cooper's night as the South River, Ontario native was yanked in favour of Adam Iwan.

    Shea Cooper's return to the ice lasted just over 30 minutes before he was pulled in favour of Adam Iwan.

    The 18-year-old kept it a 4-0 game until the Blues put one past him on the powerplay. Kelly out-waited the sprawling netminder and put his second of the night to the top shelf, making it a 5-0 score. Winnipeg's Isiah Plett shut the door the rest of the way, earning the shutout with 19 saves.

    Kajon McKay (#22) and Dylan Kelly (#19) were both rookies with the Terriers in 2008/2009. Now they find themselves on opposite ends of the ice in the Addison Division final.

    The injury bug continues to hit the Terrier line-up. The team is still without Cody Kostecki who is out with a lower-body injury and last night, Mike Gemmill was held out of the game with an upper-body injury suffered in game two. He's expected to miss several weeks. Forward Brendon Fornwald says it's been a rough year for the team when it comes to injuries.

    "It's tough," says the native of Lampman, Saskatchewan. "I don't know if we've all played together since I got here in December. It's part of adversity, it's part of a team. Sometimes you get the injury bug and sometimes you get a lucky year. This year we gotta fight through it. It can't be an excuse. It's playoffs."

    Adam Iwan came on in relief in the second period and finished with 10 saves on 11 shots.

    Game four will be a pivotal one in the series as it will either see Winnipeg go up three games to one or see the series knotted at two games apiece. Defenseman Yvan Pattyn says the formula for game four will be simple.

    "We just gotta skate harder," says the second-year blue-liner. "We gotta battle harder and just play our game."

    The Terriers and Bluesdrop the puck on game four tomorrow night at 7:30 pm at the MTS IcePlex in Headingley.
  • viterra terminal mar142012

    Viterra intends on handling grain marketed through the CWB, but negotiations between the two sides are ongoing.

    An agreement between Cargill and the CWB was announced just over a week ago.

    "We believe the wheat board wants to form agreements with all the major handling companies. The Cargill announcement did not amount to any exclusivity, so it's consistent with our view," says Chief Operating Officer Fran Malecha. "I would expect over the next little while you will potentially see more announcements coming out."

    He says he can't comment specifically on the state of negotiations.

    The company says it has already signed significant volumes of grain to forward-delivery contracts in the open market. Malecha notes the Manitoba judge's decision to not suspend Bill C-18 - the legislation ending the CWB's single desk - has not had a noticeable impact on farmer sign-up.

    "We really haven't seen a change in the pace...I think farmers are continuing to see the pricing in the market and in our contracts, but we haven't seen a change from that standpoint," he says.

    Viterra reported its first-quarter numbers last week. Profit fell 23 per cent from the record high a year earlier, mainly due to lower earnings in grain handling and processing.

    The company is expecting increased annual earnings of $40 to $50 million as a result of the changes to the CWB.

    Meanwhile, trading of shares in Viterra was halted on Friday after the company acknowledged the possibility it could be taken over.

    A statement from its head office acknowledged it has "received expressions of interest from third-parties."

    "There can be no assurance that any agreement or transaction will result. A further announcement will be made if appropriate."

    There are reports Glencore and Cargill are interested.
  • places winter fair mar262012

    Manitoba Made, Royalty Approved is the theme for the 2012 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair which gets underway today at Brandon's Keystone Centre.

    The annual event attracts thousands of people from across the province and beyond, and features world class jumping, heavy horse and livestock shows, ag education, and entertainment.

    Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba General Manager Karen Oliver feels the theme is a good indicator of what attendees can expect, particularly this year with it being Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee year.

    "We are one of only three fairs in the whole world that has Royal designation, so we really wanted to emphasize that Royal connection we have," says Oliver. "The Manitoba Made part is what we are really proud about, because we believe we really exemplify agriculture in Manitoba."

    Manitoba Made day is Wednesday, March 28th and Royalty Approved day is Thursday, March 29th.

    The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was granted Royal patronage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1970 and since then, her Majesty has been regularly invited to attend the event. To further honour the jubilee year, the Monday evening jump class has been renamed ‘Diamond Jubilee Challenge’ and the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba will be in attendance.

    "I think the Royal designation has really challenged us to maintain the sense of tradition and protocol that makes the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair special," says Oliver. "I think it just challenges to maintain the prestige, the high calibre, and that sense of majesty that makes the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair unique."

    Oliver tells us the fair continues to have a strong focus on ag education with things like the Royal Farmyard and Thru the Farm Gate.

    "Agriculture was the basis of our fair when we started way back one-hundred five years ago, and agriculture has obviously changed a lot in our province," says Oliver. "Farms are larger, fewer people living on the farm, given the technology the whole face of agriculture and how our food is produced has changed, but it is still of key importance to our province and economy and our fair tries to tell that story."

    The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair runs through Saturday.
  • mar022012terriersbench
    The Portage Terriers are in the Dog Pound tonight for game three of the Addison Division semi-finals.

    The Portage Terriers are back on home ice tonight for game three of the Addison Division semi-finals against the Selkirk Steelers.

    After taking game one 4-1 on Friday night and coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win game two 5-3, the Terriersare riding a wave of momentum into tonight's tilt. Tyler Larson leads the team with three points through the first two games and the Minnesota native says the team needs to bring the same intensity they had late in game two to the rink tonight.

    "We just need to play like we did in the third period there," says Larson. "Just keep working hard, banging bodies and crash the net there."

    Brendan Harms is one of 13 players back from last season's Anavet Cup championship team. He says if the Terriers want to repeat last year's playoff success, they'll need to bring some hard work to game three against the Steelers.

    "We need to out-work 'em," says Harms. "These guys will work hard but if we keep working and doing the things we need to do, I think we'll be OK."

    The team had more than one reason to celebrate after game two. Not only did they take a 2-0 lead in the series, they also saw the return of captain Andrew Wiebe to the line-up. The Thunder Bay native had been out since January 15th with an upper-body injury but made his return on Sunday, playing alongside Adam Restoule and Brett Fargher while also seeing time on the penalty kill. The injury to Shea Cooper continues to be the big story in this opening round series. The league leader in wins suffered a lower-body injury in practice prior to game one and is out of the line-up for the foreseeable future. Backup Adam Iwan has stepped in and played solidly, providing a steady backbone to the defense.

    The Terriers and Steelers hit the ice at 7:30 pm tonight at the PCU Centre.
  • march20 6

    The Plum Coulee Xpress beat the Altona Maroons 6-1 last night tying the best of seven South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League final at a game apiece.

    After missing game one of the series, Jordan Peters scored four times for Plum Coulee in game two. Linemates Dale Harder and Anders Strome finished the game with three assists.

    Brett Harder and Chad Unrau also scored for the Xpress who received a 37 save performance from goaltender Jayme Janzen. Shea Hamilton scored the lone goal for Altona. The Maroons out-shot the Xpress 38-28 in the game.

    Game three of the best of seven series will be played tomorrow night at the Winkler Recreation Complex. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

    photo courtesy Ray Peters
  • animals hogs1 jul272011

    Maple Leaf Foods wants to see more pigs raised in southern Manitoba.

    The company's pork processing plant at Brandon was designed to process around 107,000 animals on a weekly basis, but since opening in 1999, and then adding a second shift in 2007, the plant has plateaued at around 85,000 head per week.

    "If we're able to get an increase in hog production in Manitoba and grow that population on a responsible basis, then we'll be able to expand the production and jobs that we have in Brandon," says Doug Dodds, Chief Strategy Officer for Maple Leaf.

    He says the provincial government's decision to implement a moratorium on hog barn expansion is hampering Maple Leaf's efforts to increase production.

    "We can understand why it was put in place, but we do believe that through good scientific means and innovation, that we can continue to grow the hog population," says Dodds. "We can manage the effluent that comes from hog operations in a responsible manner, and we'll be able then to see this industry grow and prosper."

    "We've made the investments to support that, and so we would like to see production increase," says Dodds.

    The federal government last week announced $4.5 million in funding to help Maple Leaf make its pork processing plants in Brandon and Winnipeg more energy efficient.
  • farmscenes seeding sep012011

    Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is pleased with the province’s announcement on lifting the restriction for the application of nutrients on crop land across southern Manitoba. The province announced Tuesday it was lifting the restriction three weeks earlier than normal in response to recent record warm temperatures and low soil-moisture content.

    Ordinarily the restriction prohibits applying nutrients before April 10th, a measure intended to prevent nutrient run-off by ensuring nutrients are not applied to frozen soils.

    KAP President Doug Chorney tells us this is the kind of flexibility they had hoped for when the regulations were put in place.

    "We have to be able to have the right to farm our land, and having fixed calendar dates that don't take into account with the environment and weather make no sense," says Chorney. "It was important to see government move on this and be flexible, because it shows they are responsive to the situation and speaks well to working with this government going forward."

    In the announcement, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship indicated the change did not apply to livestock manure. Chorney tells us they've asked the department to review that decision.

    "We have asked the Minister to investigate the possiblity of expanding this to manure, because the same weather and agronomic principles would apply to applying manure as to synthetic fertilizers," says Chorney. "So stay tuned for that, we're going to see if we can make some progress there for farmers."

    KAP encourages producers to apply for variances if they intend to applying manure prior to April 10th. Producers can apply for variances in writing to their local Conservation office, providing a legal land description of where they wish to apply and information from their manure management plan including recent soil test data.
  • jets sabres jan19 05
    File photo

    The Winnipeg Jets continue their success at home with a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres Monday night at MTS Centre.

    The Buffalo Sabres have been one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League going into Monday with points in eight consecutive games (6-0-2). With their recent success the Sabres came into the game trailing the eighth seeded Winnipeg Jets by only two points with one game in hand.

    With that said, the Jets not only found a way to end another NHL hot streak, they found a way to score on Ryan Miller. Miller came into the game 6-0-1 in his last seven games with .958 save percentage and a 1.40 goals against average. Over his last three games, Miller had a shut-out streak of 155:37.

    Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Claude Noel thought Miller had another great game. “We didn't do anything special against him. We had to have a few things go our way,” said Noel. “Chris Thorburn had a nice goal, Blake Wheeler had a big breakaway goal, and Andrew Ladd put one in along the ice just inside the post. Those were good goals, Miller made many good stops. He was no easy target.”

    Winnipeg scored two high-light reel type goals to close out the game in the third. Wheeler picked the corner on a breakaway for his 15th of the season at 8:02 and Chris Thorburn blew past Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr sneaking a puck past Miller for his 4th of the season at 10:54 making it 3-1 for the Jets. Andrew Ladd was the other Jets goal scorer, knocking in a rebound for is 21st of the year during the first period.

    Wheeler was enthralled with Thorburn's finish. “It was unbelievable, first of all the speed to get around the defenseman, that was Pavel Datsyuk right there. No joke, he will enjoy his night.”

    Thorburn was humbled by the crowd after receiving the game's third star recognition. “It's a feeling you can't describe, it's just special. It was an important goal but our team played a solid sixty minutes from from puck drop. It showed the maturity and confidence the team has picked up over the past six weeks.”

    Noel agreed, he also thought the team developed a maturity and confidence level that has not yet been reached. “The home stand was productive in a lot ways. Mostly to build self esteem in our game and trust that we can play the low scoring game. What I like the most is that we are seeing a lot of 'A' games in our players. These are the things you coach for all season, it's a process and we are starting to see that process now.”

    Winnipeg ends a very productive home stand that saw the team take 12 out of a possible 16 points. Those 12 points have helped the team remain in the playoff hunt as they hold on to the final spot in the Eastern Conference. Everybody knows that the Jets can win at home (21-10-4), if they want to solidify a spot in the playoffs they will need to improve their game on the road (11-17-4).

    “We have to take this confidence level and the will that we play with at home and know that we won't get the support of the fans on the road. We need to take that and provide our own energy and support system in the dressing room,” commented Noel about what the Jets need to do to win on the road.

    Winnipeg will travel to the west coast for back to back games this Thursday and Friday against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. The Canucks are currently at the top of the Western Conference, while the Flames sit three points out of the final playoff spot in the west.

    Game Notes

    -Winnipeg Jets fans came up with a new chant Monday night as they jeered Ryan Miller with “Silver Medal – Silver Medal.” Winnipeg fans were referring back to team USA's silver medal finish versus Canada back at the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver. Miller was the starting goalie for team USA during that game.

    -Buffalo’s only goal was scored by the team's fourth line. Corey Tropp put in a greasy goal for his 2nd of the season at 19:25 of the second period.

    -Must have been a big game, Winnipeg Jets' co-owner David Thompson was in attendance at MTS Centre.

    -Zach Bogosian did not play because of a re-aggravated injury over the weekend. Newly acquired Grant Clitsome from the Columbus Blue Jackets played very well on his Jet debut. Clitsome's highlight of the night was when he clobbered Sabre forward Cody Hodgson into the boards early in the game.
  • jets pens dec23
    File photo

    The Winnipeg Jets road woes continued last night in Pittsburgh.

    Evgeni Malkin had two goals and three assists and Sidney Crosby added four helpers as the Penguins downed Winnipeg 8-4. James Neal recorded a hat-trick and Tyler Kennedy found the back of the Jets net twice as Pittsburgh moved within one point of the NHL's Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers.

    Bryan Little scored a pair of goals for the Jets who remain four points back of the Washington Capitals in the race for the final playoff spot in the East. Tim Stapleton and Jim Slater also scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec was pulled in the second period and replaced by Chris Mason after allowing five Penguins goals on 24 shots.

    Defencemen Randy Jones and Mark Flood and forwards Eric Fehr, Chris Thorburn and Nik Antropov did not play.

    The Jets, who have nine games remaining, will meet the Capitals on Friday and then wrap up their three-game road trip on Saturday night against the Nashville Predators.
  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Monday, March 5

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League
    OCN 4 Swan Valley 2
    (Stampeders lead best of 7 Sher-Wood Division semifinal 2-1)

    National Hockey League
    Winnipeg 3 Buffalo 1
    Pittsburgh 2 Phoenix 1
    Anaheim 4 Edmonton 2

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Jim Cotter, British Columbia 9 Rob Fowler, Manitoba 5
    (Fowler is 3-2)

    National Basketball Association
    Orlando 92 Toronto 88
    Utah 109 Cleveland 100
    Golden State 120 Washington 100
    Chicago 92 Indiana 72
    Oklahoma City 95 Dallas 91
    Minnesota 95 L.A. Clippers 94
    Milwaukee 97 Philadelphia 93
    Denver 119 Sacramento 116 (OT)
    Portland 86 New Orleans 74

    Exhibition Baseball
    Detroit 4 Toronto 2
    Baltimore 3 Tampa Bay 1
    Miami 4 St. Louis 3
    Philadelphia 9 N.Y. Yankees 3
    Atlanta 10 Houston 5
    Cincinnati 12 Cleveland 7
    L.A. Angels 9 Oakland 1
    Seattle 13 San Diego 7
    Kansas City 7 Texas 6
    Oakland 8 Chicago Cubs 7
    L.A. Dodgers 6 Chicago White Sox 4
    Colorado 6 Arizona 5
    Washington 3 N.Y. Mets 1
    Boston 10 Minnesota 2
    Pittsburgh 10 Baltimore 3
    Milwaukee 7 San Francisco 3

    Tuesday, March 6

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Selkirk at Portage, 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on CFRY & portageonline.com at 7:20)
    (Portage leads Best of 7 series 2-0)
    Winkler at Winnipeg Blues, 7:30 p.m.
    (Blues lead Best of 7 series 2-0)
    Winnipeg Saints at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
    (Saints lead Best of 7 series 2-0)

    Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Wild at Brandon, 7:15 p.m.
    (Wild lead Best of 5 series 1-0)

    Southeastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Morden at Altona, 8 p.m.
    (Altona leads Best of 7 series 2-1)
    Plum Coulee at Warren, 8 p.m.
    (Plum Coulee leads Best of 7 series 2-1)

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Arborg at North Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
    (Arborg leads Best of 7 series 2-1)

    National Hockey League
    Boston at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
    Detroit at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Carolina at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Phoenix at Columbus, 6 p.m.
    Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
    Chicago at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Nashville, 7 p.m.
    Minnesota at Colorado, 8 p.m.
    Montreal at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    Dallas at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
    Edmonton at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Manitoba vs Nova Scotia, 8:30 a.m.
    Manitoba vs Ontario, 6:30 p.m.

    National Basketball Association
    Atlanta at Indiana, 6 p.m.
    Orlando at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    Houston at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    New Jersey at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
    New York at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

    Exhibition Baseball
    Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 12 p.m.
    Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 12 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 12 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets (ss) vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 12 p.m.
    Washington vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 12 p.m.
    Detroit vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 12 p.m.
    St. Louis vs. N.Y. Mets (ss) at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12 p.m.
    Baltimore vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 12:30 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    Oakland vs. Milwaukee at Maryvale, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    Kansas City (ss) vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    San Francisco vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    San Diego vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 2 p.m.
    Texas vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 2 p.m.
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    Tuesday, March 20

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues 5 Portage 0
    (Blues lead best of 7 Addison Division final 2-1)
    OCN 4 Winnipeg Saints 0
    (Saints lead Sher-Wood Division final 2-1)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Plum Coulee 6 Altona 1
    (Best of 7 final tied 1-1)    

    National Hockey League
    Pittsburgh 8 Winnipeg 4
    Edmonton 6 Nashville 3
    Colorado 2 Calgary 1 (OT)
    N.Y. Islanders 5 Toronto 2
    Florida 2 Philadelphia 1
    Chicago 5 Columbus 1
    New Jersey 1 Ottawa 0
    Dallas 4 Phoenix 3 (SO)
    Los Angeles 5 San Jose 2   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Pierre Charette, Quebec 10 Kelly Robertson, Manitoba 7
    Dennis Graber, British Columbia 9 Robertson 3
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba 10 Ann McKellar-Gillis, Northwest Territories 5
    Robertson (3-4)  Deprez (3-3)   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada 7 Anna Sidorova, Russia 5
    Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden 8 Nedohin 4
    Nedohin (5-2)   

    National Basketball Association
    New York 106 Toronto 87
    Indiana 102 L.A. Clippers 89
    Miami 99 Phoenix 95
    Houston 107 L.A. Lakers 104
    Utah 97 Oklahoma City 90
    Sacramento 119 Memphis 110
    Milwaukee 116 Portland 87   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 9 Boston 2
    Philadelphia 4 Baltimore 1
    Detroit 7 Atlanta 2
    Tampa Bay 3 Miami 2
    St. Louis 6 Houston 1
    Texas 6 Chicago Cubs (ss) 2
    Kansas City 6 L.A. Angels 4
    Chicago Cubs (ss) 5 Oakland 5 (10 innings)
    L.A. Dodgers 7 Milwaukee 6
    Seattle 8 Cincinnati 1
    Arizona 4 San Francisco 3
    N.Y. Mets 2 Washington 0
    N.Y. Yankees 10 Pittsburgh 3
    Colorado 10 San Diego 6

    Wednesday, March 21

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    OCN at Winnipeg Saints, 7:30 p.m.
    (Saints lead best of 7 Sher-Wood Division final 2-1)   

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Southwest Cougars at Winnipeg Wild, 7:30 p.m.
    (Wild lead best of 5 final 2-0)   

    National Hockey League
    Montreal at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
    Florida at Carolina, 6 p.m.
    Detroit at N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m.
    Vancouver at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    St. Louis at Anaheim, 9 p.m.   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba (3-3) vs Penny Shantz, British Columbia, 11 a.m.
    Deprez vs Cathy King, Alberta, 3:30 p.m.
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba (3-4) vs Rob Armitage, Alberta, 8:30 p.m.   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada (5-2) vs Ji-Sun Kim, Korea, 10 a.m.
    Nedohin vs Melanie Robillard, Germany, 3 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Chicago at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Phoenix at Orlando, 6 p.m.
    New York at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Cleveland at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
    Washington at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
    Golden State at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
    Minnesota at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    Detroit at Denver, 8 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs Washington @ Viera, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
    Boston vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 12:05 p.m.
    Minnesota vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs Seattle @ Peoria, 3:05 p.m.
    San Francisco vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    Oakland vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs Arizona @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
  • places highway30 altona1 feb162012

    Spring road restrictions in southern Manitoba come into effect today.

    The spring weight restrictions were originally supposed to come into effect on Sunday, but the province delayed implementation two days under new policies that take weather conditions and forecasts into account.

    The weight restrictions can be in effect for a maximum of 56 days (or eight weeks), meaning spring road bans will end before May 8th.
  • crops flax field mar152011

    The flax industry has turned the corner in recovering from the challenges with Triffid, according to the president of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association.

    The European Union - Canada's main customer - closed its border to Canadian flax in 2009 after the discovery of traces of a genetically modified variety called Triffid.

    "We are making good progress. Our numbers of positives have been greatly reduced, and when we do find samples they are greatly reduced in intensity as well," explains Eric Fridfinnson.

    Producers looking to use their own seed now have to follow a required testing protocol. Fridfinnson says many growers have decided to use certified seed.

    "We're finding that increased use of certified seed has been a great success in reducing the incidences of Triffid. As we're dealing with the Europeans, they're seeing the incidences drop, both in the numbers and intensity, so we're hoping that we're going to be able to negotiate a low-level presence protocol so that the testing procedures wouldn't have to be quite as stringent," explains Fridfinnson.

    Flax acres have declined over the last few years, in part due to the challenges with marketing the crop.

    "I think the market uncertainty has discouraged some people from growing flax, but I think that people are now understanding the process a little better and there is more confidence that there still is a good market for flax," he says.

    He says the MFGA is anticipating an increase in flax acres in Manitoba this year.

    "We don't expect it will be as high as it has been in the past though, because the good news is farmers have a lot of great choices to make. There's lots of competition for acres," says Fridfinnson. "We think there's an opportunity to make money growing flax. We've had some fairly positive feedback from farmers."
  • mar042012terriersgemmill
    Mike Gemmill's big third period led the Portage Terriers to a tremendous comeback win.
  • mar192012 pcisoccer1
    Head Coach Tom Henry conducts shooting drills with the girls.

    The PCI Saints soccer program enjoyed it's first tryout practice outdoors.  With tryouts just starting, players and coaches are looking forward to a great season.
  • logos viterra logo mar102011

    Two companies have moved to the forefront of the discussion about who is looking to take over western Canada's largest grain handler.

    Glencore International, a commodity and mining giant based in Switzerland, has reportedly made a $5.5 billion offer to take over Viterra.

    There are also reports that Cargill is interested.

    Shares in Viterra have jumped since the company confirmed on Friday that it has received expressions of interest from unnamed third parties.

    Viterra handles approximately 45 percent of western Canadian grain. Richardson International and Cargill are also in the top three, but both are privately-owned.
  • people richard phillips mar232012
    Richard Phillips

    The Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada says the speed the Glencore International-Viterra deal came together in the new Western Canadian marketing environment did come as a bit of a surprise. Richard Phillips tells us the $6.1 billion deal bodes well for the future strength of the industry.

    "And it shows not only do we think that as leading farm organizations, but it's clear a lot of the agriculture industry and people overseas look at Canada as a great place to invest and a place for opportunity as well," says Phillips. "It's good to see our own sense of optimism is also backed up by other people's."

    As for the competitive landscape, Phillips believes this will level the playing field regarding grain handling, but the organization has received some concerns from farmers regarding the concentration of ownership on the farm inputs side of the deal. The concerns are coming from producers that have only two farm input retailers in their region, and are wondering whether there will be only one after the deal is concluded.

    Agrium will acquire the majority of Viterra's retail agri-products business, meaning the company will have 30 per cent of the farm input business in Western Canada.

    "When we met with Agrium they actually said they didn't take all of the farm supply outlets for that very reason, they were trying to make sure they were not taking over an entire region for the very reason farmers would be concerned about competition," says Phillips. "Having said that, none the less, there are some farmers raising concerns about that, and we have talked to Agrium and said in those situations we simply will to have suggest people go to the Competition Bureau and use the avenues available to see whether or not any other assets need to be put up for sale."

    All of the transactions related to the Glencore-Viterra agreement still need to receive regulatory approval.
  • mar192012 figureskating

    The Spring Skating Carnival hosted by the Portage Figure Skating Club over the weekend was fun for skaters of all ages.  Head Coach Giselle Sutherland says the carnival is the highlight for all skaters as it's the time of year they all look forward to.
  • arborgicedawgsmar092011
    File Photo

    Vice-President of the Keystone Junior Hockey League Jerry Maryniuk says the Norway House North stars are expected to show up in Gimli for tonight's Game 3 and tomorrow's Game 4 in the championship finals with the Arborg Ice Dawgs.
  • femalecaps1 dec42011

    The Central Plains Female Capitals saw their season end in the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League Playoffs on Saturday afternoon.
  • mar192012 portagegolfclub
    The snow fences are still up at the Portage Golf Club, but for how long?

    The Portage Golf Club expects to be open earlier this season.  With the weather being unseasonably warm, Golf Pro Brad Young hopes to be open very shortly.
  • mar292012 portagejudo balmoral2012
    Fighters from the Portage Judo Club (File Photo)

    The Portage Judo Club is two provinces over to the west competing in the Edmonton Open this weekend in the Alberta capital.
  • people martin unrau2 mar122102

    Martin Unrau

    The former head of the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association (now Manitoba Beef Producers) has been named the president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

    Martin Unrau, who operates Bar 88 Ranch near MacGregor, was elected by acclamation at the CCA's Annual Meeting in Ottawa on Friday.

    "He's going to be a very capable leader of the Canadian cattle industry," says Cam Dahl, General Manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers. "He is the past president of our organization, so he has an intimate understanding of the issues, like TB, that are facing Manitoba producers and perhaps aren't facing producers across the country."

    "It's good news for the cattle industry across the country, because Martin will do a very good job for us, but it's also very good news for Manitoba producers in particular," says Dahl.

    Unrau has held a variety of roles at the CCA over the past five years, most recently as CCA vice president and member of the executive committee. He has served as chair of the Foreign Trade Committee, co-chair of the Animal Health Committee, and as a member the Domestic Agriculture and Policy Regulation committee.

    He takes over for outgoing CCA president Travis Toews. Dale Solverson, a CCA director from Alberta, was chosen to succeed Unrau as vice-president.

    Unrau farms with his wife Roxie, and their son Garett. They calve 550 cows and background some calves, and grow grain crops including corn, canola and barley.
  • crops wheat10 aug082011

    The CWB today released its March 2012 Pool Return Outlook (PRO) for the 2011-12 crop year. Wheat values have increased from last month's PRO, ranging from up $7 to up $11 per tonne, depending on class, grade and protein level.

    Milling durum values are unchanged, while No. 5 CWAD is up $7 per tonne.

    Malting barley values have declined by $2 per tonne since last month.
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    The Portage Terriers opened their 2012 playoff run with a victory on home ice.

  • mar162012terrierstimeout

    The Portage Terriers and Winnipeg Blues are back in action tonight for game three of the Addison Division final.

    Both teams have picked up a win so far as the series looks to be every bit as even as it was expected to be. The Terriers took game one by a score of 5-4 before losing 3-2 in double overtime in game two on Sunday night. Captain Andrew Wiebe says the Dogs will be looking for a better start tonight.

    "We gotta get up and on them earlier," says Wiebe. "Just settle down in our end. I feel like we're getting a little flustered and throwing the puck to places that it shouldn't go. We just gotta settle down and take our time and we should be good."

    The Terriers will be looking for improvement on their powerplay tonight. So far in the series, the club is 0-for-12. The Blues, on the other hand, have been a machine on special teams. They lead the league in playoff powerplay and penalty kill percentages. Defenseman Justin Slobozian says if the Dogs want to improve, they've got to keep going with what they know works.

    "Just gotta move our feet," says the Dauphin native. "Keep things going, trust our systems and just go hard. It'll eventually work out for us."

    One player who sees plenty of time on both the powerplay and penalty kill for Portage is rookie forward Dylan Butler. The Thunder Bay product has stepped up his game in the playoffs, putting up two goals and five assists in six games. He's tied for second on the team in playoff scoring with Mike Gemmill and Shaq Merasty, two points back of Brendan Harms. The Steinbach native has three goals and six assists.

    The puck drops on game three tonight at 7:30 pm at the PCU Centre.
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    Telus Cup Western Regional "AAA" Midget Hockey Championship @ Virden
    Preliminary Round
    Winnipeg Wild 5 Kenora 0
    Saskatoon 4 Southwest Cougars 1


    National Hockey League
    Winnipeg 4 Carolina 3 (OT)

    Pittsburgh 5 Buffalo 3

    Vancouver 5 Dallas 2

    Colorado 4 Calgary 1

    Los Angeles 4 Edmonton 1
    Columbus 4 Florida 1
    N.Y. Rangers 4 Montreal 1
    Nashville 4 Detroit 1


    Canadian Masters Curling Championships @ Montreal
    Ron Westcott, Manitoba 9 Colin Griffith, Alberta 4
    Westcott 6 Mike Dorey, Ontario 5
    Joyce McDougall, Manitoba 9 Pat Banks, Yukon 6
    Joyce Potter, Ontario 7 McDougall 6

    Westcott (7-1)   McDougall (5-3)


    National Basketball Association
    Miami 113 Toronto 101
    Denver 99 Charlotte 88
    Washington 97 Philadelphia 76
    Atlanta 100 New York 90
    Milwaukee 121 Cleveland 84
    Chicago 83 Detroit 71

    Houston 98 Memphis 89
    Boston 100 Minnesota 79
    Dallas 100 Orlando 98
    Sacramento 104 Utah 103
    New Jersey 102 Golden State 100
    L.A. Clippers 98 Portland 97


    Saturday March 31st

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Championship
    Arborg Ice Dawgs at Norway Northstars 8 p.m.
    {Arborg leads series 2-0}

    Telus Cup Western Regional "AAA" Midget Hockey Championship @ Virden

    Saskatoon vs Kenora, 12:30 p.m.
    Southwest Cougars vs Winnipeg Wild, 3:45 p.m.
    (end of preliminary round)

    Ottawa at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
    Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 12 p.m.
    Winnipeg at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.
    Buffalo at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Montreal at Washington, 6 p.m.
    New Jersey at Carolina, 6 p.m.
    Columbus at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
    Chicago at Nashville, 7 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
    Anaheim at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
    Calgary at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
    Dallas at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

    2012 World Men's Curling Championship @ Basel, Switzerland
    Glenn Howard, Canada vs Thomas Dufour, France, 7 a.m.

    Canadian Masters Curling Championships @ Montreal
    Joyce McDougall, Manitoba (5-3) vs Beverly Skinner, British Columbia, 8 a.m.
    (end of round robin)

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 12:05 p.m. (1570 CKMW, 11:30 a.m.)
    Pittsburgh (ss) vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh (ss) at Bradenton, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Detroit vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Boston vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 2:05 p.m.
    Arizona (ss) vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 5:05 p.m.
    San Diego (ss) vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 8:05 p.m.
    Texas vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

    New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 2:30 p.m.
    Charlotte at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    Cleveland at New York, 6:30 p.m.
    Atlanta at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
    Indiana at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    Memphis at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
    New Jersey at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    Utah at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
  • farmscenes plantingelmcreek apr012011

    This week is Canadian Farm Safety Week.

    The campaign is organized by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    An FCC survey shows that 85 percent of Canadian farmers understand the importance of maintaining farm safety to prevent financial loss, protect family members and to keep employees safe, but only one in ten farmers has a written farm safety plan.

    CASA is emphasizing assessment, improvement and development of safety systems as part of the 2012 Farm Safety Week.
  • logos richardson mar222012

    The competitive landscape of Western Canadian agriculture is being evened out. That from Richardson International President Curt Vossen in response to questions regarding what this week's Glencore-Viterra deal will mean to farmers.

    Earlier this week Glencore and Viterra jointly announced the Switzerland based company had made an all cash offer of approximately $6.1 billion to acquire all outstanding shares of the Regina based agribusiness. Part of the deal included Glencore entering into an agreement with Winnipeg based Richardson that would see it purchase 23% of Viterra's Canadian grain handling assets, certain agri-centres, and certain processing assets in North America for $800 million in cash. The assets to be acquired include 19 country elevators, and the crop input centres co-located with those elevators including Viterra's Red River South and South Lake facilities. Richardson will also purchase the Can-Oat Milling business with oat processing plants in Portage la Prairie, MB, Martensville, SK and Barrhead, AB. The deal also includes Viterra’s terminal at Thunder Bay, and a 25 percent ownership in the Cascadia Terminal at Vancouver.

    "We go from a 25% marketshare versus Viterra's present 45%-46% marketshare, and their stated plan to grow beyond 50%, we go from 25% to 34%," says Vossen. "Glencore's remaining assets will account for 34% marketshare, so you will have two players, neither of which is nearly as dominant as Viterra is at the present time."

    Vossen tells us there are other benefits to this deal as well.

    "One strong element of that competitive landscape being Canadian owned and operated, and the other being an international merchandiser with great contacts and great connectivity and great capacity to be very effective in exporting Canadian grains and oilseeds," says Vossen. "So I think, from the farm community's point of view, this has great benefit in terms of their competitive landscape and their competitive options at the grain elevator in their respective communities."

    Meanwhile, current employees at the impacted locations will be offered the opportunity to join the Richardson team.

    "We would be offering employment with Richardson to all of the affected employees in these assets, both country elevators, crop inputs, terminal, and processing," says Vossen. "Particularly with the processing being a unique entity, all of the marketing and support activities relevant to those businesses will be included in our offer."

    The transaction between Richardson and Glencore, as well as the Viterra deal, are subject to regulatory approval.
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    File Photo


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    The Altona Maroons host the Plum Coulee Xpress tonight in game 2 of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's best-of-seven final.

    The Maroons beat the defending champion Xpress 4-3 last Friday in the series opener in Winkler. Matt Dyck got the winner at 4:23 of double overtime.

    photo courtesy Merle Peters
  • mar302012terrierslogo

    Welcome back for part two of our look at the unsung heroes of the Terrier dynasty. Today we'll focus on the 2009 championship team and last year's Anavet Cup winning squad.

    The 2009 team was a powerhouse in every sense of the word. Eric Delong and Riley Nixdorf led a potent offensive attack that included high-flying forwards like Tyler Moore, Ryan Audino and Brenden Walker. Drew Ellement and Darren Miller led a veteran defensive group and Bryan Mountain was a Goalie of the Year finalist. That team may not have had the success they did without the contributions of a second-year forward out of Altona, Phil Letkeman. The bruising winger provided big-time hits and wasn't afraid to drop the mitts and defend his teammates. When the playoffs rolled around, the big man with the bigger smile chipped in on the scoresheet as well, scoring a memorable goal in that year's final against Selkirk.

    Letkeman looks back fondly on his memories of the 2009 championship run, especially that goal.

    Letkeman's championship winning days haven't ended since his stint with the Terriers came to a close in 2010. The Altona native recently helped his hometown Maroons to an SEMHL title.

    Fast forward two seasons and you get the 2011 Portage Terriers. A club that relied on defense to get the job done. Two way forwards like Cory More and Stephane Pattyn chipped in with stalwart defenders like Kenton Valliant, Yvan Pattyn and Josh Dufresne and netminder Jason Kasdorf to make life difficult for opposing offenses. Our unsung hero of the 2011 squad was the consummate team player and a guy who would sacrifice anything to get the win. That player is Kyle Turgeon. The native of Fort Frances, Ontario was in his 20-year-old year in 2011 and the hunger for a championship was evident from day one. While his offensive numbers weren't going to win any scoring titles, it was in his own end where Turgeon made his mark. The gritty forward blocked more shots in one game then most teams do, all in an effort to keep momentum on the Portage side. His hard work was rewarded in game seven of the Anavet Cup series with La Ronge when his empty-net goal late sealed the deal and the championship for the Terriers.

    Turgeon talks about the toll his physical style of play took and the good that came from his self-sacrifice.

    Thanks for joining us for a look at the unsung heroes of the Terrier dynasty. The Dogs will look to add to their incredible success starting on Sunday when they open the Turnbull Cup finals on home ice against the Winnipeg Saints.
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    It's Portage and Selkirk in the MJHL's first round.

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    Monday, March 19

    National Hockey League
    Boston 8 Toronto 0
    Washington 5 Detroit 3
    N.Y. Rangers 4 New Jersey 2
    Buffalo 7 Tampa Bay 3
    Minnesota 2 Vancouver 0
    Anaheim 5 San Jose 3   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba 10 Charlie Wilkinson, Prince Edward Island 5
    Eugene Hritzuk, Saskatchewan 11 Robertson 2
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba 8 Shirley Berry, Prince Edward Island 4
    Darlene Gillies, Saskatchewan 5 Deprez 4
    Robertson (3-2)   Deprez (2-3)   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada 8 Linda Klimova, Czech Republic 7
    Lene Nielsen, Denmark 9  Nedohin 7 (ee)
    Nedohin (4-1)   

    National Basketball Association
    Philadelphia 105 Charlotte 80
    Boston 79 Atlanta 76
    Cleveland 105 New Jersey 100
    Chicago 85 Orlando 59
    Minnesota 97 Golden State 93
    Dallas 112 Denver 95   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Philadelphia 4 Detroit 3
    St. Louis 4 Atlanta 3
    Houston 7 Miami 4
    Minnesota 8 Boston 4
    Cleveland 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
    Chicago Cubs 12 Seattle 7
    Oakland 6 Arizona 5
    Cincinnati 1 Chicago White Sox 0
    Milwaukee 5 Texas 3
    Colorado 4 L.A. Angels 3

    Tuesday, March 20

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues at Portage, 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on CFRY/portageonline.com at 7:20)
    (Best of 7 Addison Division final tied 1-1)
    OCN at Winnipeg Saints, 7:30 p.m.
    (Saints lead Sher-Wood Division final 2-0)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Plum Coulee at Altona, 8 p.m.
    (Maroons lead best of 7 final 1-0)   

    National Hockey League
    Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
    N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Florida at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Chicago at Columbus, 6 p.m.
    New Jersey at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.
    Edmonton at Nashville, 7 p.m.
    Phoenix at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
    Calgary at Colorado, 8 p.m.
    San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba (3-2) vs Pierre Charette, Quebec, 11 a.m.
    Robertson vs Dennis Graber, British Columbia, 8:30 p.m.
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba (2-3) vs Ann McKellar-Gillis, Northwest Territories, 3:30 p.m.   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada (4-1) vs Anna Sidorova, Russia, 10 a.m.
    Nedohin vs Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden, 9 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    L.A. Clippers at Indiana, 6 p.m.
    Phoenix at Miami, 6:30 p.m.
    Toronto at New York, 6:30 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Houston, 7 p.m.
    Oklahoma City at Utah, 8 p.m.
    Memphis at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    Milwaukee at Portland, 9 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Philadelphia vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs Miami @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs Houston @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Texas vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs (ss) vs Oakland @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Seattle vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    San Francisco vs Arizona @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Washington vs N.Y. Mets @ Port St. Lucie, 5:10 p.m.
    Toronto vs Boston @ Fort Myers, 6:05 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs N.Y. Yankees @ Tampa, 6:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs San Diego @ Peoria, 9:05 p.m.
  • mar092012terriersbench

    Over the past eight seasons, the Portage Terriers have experienced more success than any other point in their history, winning four Turnbull Cups and two Anavet Cups.

    Starting on Sunday night, they will look for their fifth league title in eight years. Today, we embark on a journey to uncover the lost memories, the players who did the little things right, the unsung heroes of the Terrier dynasty.

    We'll start with 2005. Coming off a loss in the previous year's Turnbull Cup finals, the team came out hungry to get over the hump and deliver a championship to Terrier Town. Players like Steve Haddon and Andrew Jackman provided the offense while Stefan Drew, Kip Workman and Leif Thorkelson anchored the defense. The team's success that season may not have come though without the contributions of a diminutive forward from Ohio. At only 5'6 and 155 lbs., Josh Boyd may not have been the biggest man on the ice, but he came through when it counted most. In 41 games during the regular season, Boyd put up 8 goals and 24 assists but it was in the playoffs where his star shone brightest. Clutch plays from the 18-year-old boosted the Dogs past OCN, Neepawa and Selkirk to claim the first league title for Portage since 1990. The team followed that up with a six game victory over Yorkton in the Anavet Cup series. Boyd recalls that memorable playoff run.

    Following the 2005 season, the Terriers suffered back-to-back first round losses, setting the stage for another big breakout year in 2008. With a solid core of veterans, the team was just looking for that one player to push them over the top. They got it in defenseman Cody Johnson. The team acquired the 20-year-old blue-liner from the Selkirk Steelers following their Anavet Cup win in 2007. With the Terriers, Johnson had his most successful season points-wise, putting up 34 points in 60 games. He followed that up with a solid playoff run in which he patrolled the point on the powerplay and played the shutdown role on the penalty kill. Assistant Coach Paul Harland says it was a big deal to have Johnson in the dressing room.

    Josh Boyd and Cody Johnson, two players who solidified talented rosters and helped to bring championships to Portage.

    Come back at noon for Unsung Heroes of the Terrier Dynasty: Part Two.
  • people vic toews dec162011
    Vic Toews

    A federal cabinet minister and Manitoba MP is expressing concern about the impact of the province's hog barn moratorium.

    Vic Toews announced $4.5 million for upgrades at the Maple Leaf pork processing plant in Brandon on Friday.

    He says the moratorium is hurting Maple Leaf.

    "They are simply not getting the number of hogs they need, given the moratorium," says Toews.

    The facility in Brandon is currently processing around 85,000 animals per week, even though it has the capacity to process 107,000 on a weekly basis.

    "That's troubling," says Toews. "We're trying to increase production and increase jobs, and yet the moratorium is standing in the way of allowing Maple Leaf and other processors to expand production."

    The $4.5 million will mainly be used to make the Maple Leaf facilities in Brandon and Winnipeg more energy efficient.

    "This will return dividends to the farmgate and create employment opportunities for years to come," says Toews.
  • crops wheat11 sep292011

    There's strong support for increasing investment in wheat variety research, according to the executive director of the Western Grains Research Foundation.

    "Particularly over the last few months there's been a lot of interest in increased investment in wheat breeding," says Garth Patterson. "Farmers, governments and private industry have all recognized that we need to invest more into wheat breeding."

    WGRF invests around $5 million each year into wheat breeding.

    "We estimate there's probably close to $23 million invested totally in Canada. This pales compared to the $80 to $100 million invested each year in Australia," notes Patterson.

    He says producers should anticipate an increase to the checkoff on wheat.

    "The consensus in the industry is that we're underinvesting," he says. "I think if farmers are serious about being competitive in wheat, they will have to look at increasing their contribution, but certainly private industry is getting more interested in private wheat breeding. As well, we're continually hopeful there will be specific public projects announced."

    The legislation that ends the CWB's single desk also enables the continuation of the checkoff that was administered by the CWB. A temporary checkoff will continue for up to five years while the industry forms provincial wheat commissions to collect the research funding.

    "The opportunity is for WGRF to work with the provincial commissions that have started to form," he explains. "We're currently working with the federal government on the regulations and specifics of the temporary checkoff."

    "Overall, these are exciting times for WGRF, and we're quite optimistic about the future," says Patterson.
  • mar182012terriersfaceoff

    The Addison Division final is all even at one game apiece after a double overtime thriller in Headingley last night.

    The Winnipeg Blues played host to the Portage Terriers at the MTS IcePlex and after a scoreless first period, the Blues opened the scoring in the second. 39 seconds into the frame, Derek Gingera buried a powerplay marker to give the hometown squad the first lead of the game. They'd stretch it to 2-0 at the 12:59 mark when Jeff Borse tapped home a goal on a 5-on-3 advantage. Before the second was over, the Terriers got on the board thanks to Dylan Butler. The Terriers Rookie of the Year pounced on a juicy rebound for his 2nd of the playoffs, cutting the lead to one.

    Brendan Harms evened things up at 2-2 midway through the third, batting a rebound out of mid-air and putting it to the back of the net, forcing overtime at the IcePlex.

    The Terriers talk things over before the start of overtime.

    With nothing solved after an extra ten minutes, double overtime would be needed. 5:03 into the fifth period, Paul Bonar provided the heroics for Winnipeg. The smooth-skating defenseman snapped home the winner from the point, giving the Blues the 3-2 win and tying the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

    The Blues celebrate after Bonar's double overtime winner.

    Terrier captain Andrew Wiebe feels the team brought a good effort to the rink, the bounces just didn't go their way.

    "I felt we definitely played a lot better today than we did two days ago," says the Thunder Bay product. "We have to get on it a bit earlier next game and try to get up on them."

    Tyler Larson was held off the scoresheet for the first time in the 2012 playoffs.

    Game three in the series goes Tuesday, March 20th back at the PCU Centre. Defenseman Justin Slobozian says the club knows what they need to do differently.

    "Just gotta get on 'em hard," says Slobozian. "Get 'em off their game, get it in their end. Teams don't like that so that's what we gotta do."

    Puck drop for game three is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Tuesday night.

  • mar292012 portagemenscurling championship1

    The Portage Curling Club Men's Championship final was a tight match-up right to the last shot.  Doug Jordan was able to steal one in the 8th and final end to win title by a final score of 5-4 over Dean Moxham's rink.
  • maple leaf ham boning mar122012

    Maple Leaf Foods has received $4.5 million from the federal government for upgrades to its Brandon hog processing plant.

    Manitoba MPs Vic Toews and Merv Tweed announced the funding on Friday.

    "This will make the plant more energy efficient, in terms of better heat recovery systems, improved production process, and it will help us in food safety areas," explains Maple Leaf's Chief Strategy Officer Doug Dodds.

    "Most of the upgrades will be in the exhaust systems for the environmental heat recovery systems," he explains. "These are investments that continue to make our plant more competitive, innovative and certainly, they have long term paybacks to them."

    The Brandon plant processes 85,000 hogs per week and employs around 2,300 people.

    "The plant has the capacity to increase the number of hogs we process at the plant. If we're able to get increases in hog production in Manitoba and grow that population on a responsible basis, then we'll be able to expand the production and jobs that we have in Brandon," says Dodds.
  • judo mar122012
    File Photo

    The Portage Judo Club are hopefuls to host the 2012 Manitoba Judo Provincial Championships in Portage la Prairie.  Head Judo Instructor Brian Case says they are striving to host the tournament for a second year in a row.
  • sports equipment mar272012

    Philadelphia 7 Toronto 1

    Washington 3 Boston 2 (SO)

    New Jersey 6 Tampa Bay 4

    N.Y. Islanders 5 Pittsburgh 3

    Minnesota 3 Florida 2 (OT)

    Chicago 4 St. Louis 3 (SO)

    Phoenix 2 San Jose 0

    Telus Western Regional Midget  Hockey tournament.  Virden, Manitoba

    Winnipeg Wild 3  Saskatoon Contacts 3

    Southwest Cougars 4 Kenora Thistles  0


    Indiana 93 Washington 89

    Miami 106 Dallas 85

    Portland 99 New Orleans 93

    Oklahoma City 102 L.A. Lakers 93


    American League

    Oakland 4 Seattle 1

    Exhibition Baseball

    Toronto 3 Boston 2

    Washington (ss) 6 Atlanta 3

    Miami 3  St. Louis 1

    Philadelphia 2 Tampa Bay 1

    Minnesota 11 Pittsburgh 6

    Cincinnati 9 Milwaukee 3

    Chicago White Sox 3 L.A. Dodgers 1

    San Diego 12 Chicago Cubs 11

    L.A. Angels 11 Kansas City 8

    Colorado 6 Cleveland (ss) 3

    Arizona 5 Cleveland (ss) 4

    Washington (ss) 5 Detroit 3

    N.Y. Mets 9 Houston 1

    Baltimore 4 N.Y. Yankees 3

    San Francisco 6 Texas 2

    Friday March 30th Games

    (All times Eastern)


    Winnipeg at Carolina, 7 p.m.

    Florida at Columbus, 7 p.m.

    Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

    Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

    Nashville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

    Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m.

    Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

    Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.


    Miami at Toronto, 7 p.m.

    Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

    Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m.

    New York at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

    Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

    Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m.

    Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m.

    Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

    Dallas at Orlando, 8 p.m.

    Sacramento at Utah, 9 p.m.

    New Jersey at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

    Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


    Exhibition Baseball

    Minnesota (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Detroit vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Boston vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Arizona vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    L.A. Dodgers (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Milwaukee vs. L.A. Dodgers (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Houston (ss) vs. Atlanta (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

    Miami vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

    Atlanta (ss) vs. Houston (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

    Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

    Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

    San Francisco vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

    Texas vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 10:10 p.m.
  • logos viterra logo mar102011

    Trading of shares in western Canada's largest grain handler - Viterra - was halted Friday after the company acknowledged the possibility it could be taken over.

    A statement from its head office acknowledged it has "received expressions of interest from third-parties."

    "There can be no assurance that any agreement or transaction will result. A further announcement will be made if appropriate."

    Viterra's stock rose nearly 25 percent in early afternoon trade on Friday.
  • march18 celebration

    The Pembina Valley Hawks are the 2011/2012 Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League Champions. Cassidy Carels scored three times as the Hawks beat the Winnipeg Avros 5-2 to sweep the best of five final in three games. Lauryn Keen also scored a pair of goals in the series clinching win for Pembina Valley. Brittni Mowat made 39 saves in goal for the Hawks as Pembina Valley out-shot the Avros 43-41.

    march18 team banner

    The Hawks did not lose a single game during the playoffs sweeping away the Avros, Winnipeg Ice and the Yellowhead Chiefs with nine consecutive playoff victories. The Hawks will now await the winner of the Saskatchewan series between Saskatoon and the defending Esso Cup Champion Notre Dame Hounds. The Hounds beat the Hawks in the Western Regional tournament last season in Morden.
  • mar042012terriersgemmill

    It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Portage Terriers on the injury front and the team is hopeful they'll see some returning players in the line-up on Sunday night.

    The team has been without Mike Gemmill and Cody Kostecki for the last several games and forward Kajon McKay left game six against the Blueswith an apparent lower-body injury. Head Coach and General Manager Blake Spiller says there's a positive outlook for at least one of the veterans as we approach puck drop for game one.

    The Terriersand Saintshit the ice for game one of the Turnbull Cup finals on Sunday night at 6:30 pm at the PCU Centre. It will be the second time the two clubs have met in the league final, the first being 2008 when Portage earned the win in five games.
  • animals hogs1 jul272011

    The federal and provincial governments have increased funding for the Manure Management Financial Assistance Program to help pig producers access additional dollars for manure management and treatment systems.

    The government portion of cost-share funding for treatment systems is being increased to 75 percent from 65 percent and the funding cap has been doubled to $500,000 from $250,000.

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and provincial Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced the changes early Friday afternoon.

    "Manitoba producers have always been responsible stewards of the environment as they know the vital role it plays in their farm business," said Minister Ritz. "We are pleased to continue our support for hog producers as they in turn continue to drive our economy."

    "Since being appointed minister, I have had the opportunity to meet with some of the key members in Manitoba's pork industry," said Minister Kostyshyn. "I am confident that these program changes will encourage pig producers to invest in manure-treatment systems that will help us achieve our common goal of protecting our water resources and saving Lake Winnipeg."

    The ministers also announced a grant of $240,000 to the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) to research methods of improving manure-treatment systems and increase performance of the technology used in the process.
  • crops corn7 dec102010

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its March supply/demand estimates .

    U.S. corn carryout projections were unchanged at 801 million bushels. Global coarse grain supply projections were bumped up, partly due to increased estimates for corn production in Brazil.

    For soybeans, U.S. carryout was unchanged at 275 million bushels, while global oilseed supplies were cut due to lower production estimates for the soybean crop in Brazil and Argentina.

    U.S. wheat ending stocks were cut by 20 million bushels to 825 million bushels. However, global wheat supplies for 2011/12 were nearly unchanged, with lower stocks in China and Bangladesh offsetting higher production for Australia.
  • jets hurricanes jan23

    The Pride of Thunder Bay Ontario Eric Staal, led the Carolina Hurricanes to a come from behind win last night beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 at MTS Centre.
    The Winnipeg Jets squandered an opportunity to move into a tie for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the Washington Capitals losing 5-2 Sunday night in Chicago versus the Blackhawks.

    Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel was not pleased that his team was unable to take advantage of the situation. “ The bottom line to this game is that if we don't make the playoffs we don't deserve to make the playoffs,” said Noel. “There is a price to pay to win games, there is a price to pay to make the playoffs and its not a sometimes thing.”

    Winnipeg's top players didn't pay the price this past Sunday; Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, and Blake Wheeler were a combined minus eight in the game. While the Hurricanes top line of Eric Staal, Chad LaRose and Jussi Jokinen accounted for the team's four goals and combined to go plus five.

    “We weren't very good, our best players weren't our best players and theirs were,” said Noel.

    The Jets did get an outstanding performance from fourth liners Nic Antropov, and Antti Miettinen. Antropov got the Jets on the scoreboard with his 13th of the season at 13:21 of the first period tying the game 1-1. That was Antropov's third goal in as many games.

    Line-mate Antti Miettinen, tallied for his 1st and 2nd goals of the season after going 34 games without a marker. Miettinen's 2nd goal of the game came at 18:54 of the 2nd period giving the Jets the lead heading into the third.

    The Jets have a commanding 26-3-1 record when taking a lead into the final frame. But the Carolina Hurricanes have been defying all odds with their recent play.

    Eric Staal has been apart of the cause, he took over the game in the third scoring his 21st of the season on a break-away and then helping set up Chad LaRose for his 17th with just over minute left to play in the game, to complete the come from behind win.

    The Hurricanes won with the same come from behind fashion in Minnesota just the night before when they defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 at Xcel Energy Centre. The Hurricanes now have earned points in 12 of their last 16 road games.

    Winnipeg will need to find that same success if they want a chance at prolonging this year's season. The Jets are a weary 11-19-4 on the road. If Winnipeg were to have won four more games on the road this season bringing their record to 15-15-4, they would have added eight more points to their season total. That would give them 84 points, putting them a top the Southeast Division one point ahead of the Florida Panthers for third place in the Eastern Conference.

    Their season isn't over just yet, the Jets are currently tied for 9th with the Buffalo Sabres and trail the Capitals by only two points for the final playoff position.

    “Its going to be a good test for us, if we don't win our games on the road we won't make the playoffs. Its just that simple,” said Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

    The Jets next game is this Tuesday in Pittsburgh versus the surging Penguins who just got superstar Sidney Crosby back in the lineup. The Penguins were on an 11 game winning streak until it got snapped Sunday night by the Philadelphia Flyers who beat them 3-2 in overtime.

    It won't get any easier after Pittsburgh, the Jets play back-to-back Friday in Washington against the Capitals and Saturday in Nashville versus the Predators before returning home next Monday to host the Ottawa Senators.
  • Image  


    The Brandon Wheat Kings have advanced to the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs after eliminating the Calgary Hitmen in overtime Thursday night in Winnipeg.


    The Wheat Kings jumped out to a 1-0 lead 0:36 into the 2nd period on a goal from Alessio Bertaggia - his 3rd of the series.  It remained a 1-0 game through 40 minutes.


    Then 1:12 into the 3rd period, Calgary tied it up on a goal from Alex Gogolev.  Just 33-seconds later, the Hitmen had the lead after a goal from Chase Clayton.  His first of the playoffs gave the Hitmen some new life and they had the Wheat Kings on their heels.

    But Brandon scored at the 4:14 mark to draw even.  Paul Ciarelli with his first of the postseason knotting it up at two.  The two teams then traded chances late in the third period but Brandon goaltender Corbin Boes made a number of key saves to force overtime - the first OT game of the series.


    In the extra frame, Calgary took the game to Brandon over the first 8-minutes out-shooting the Wheat Kings 8-0 - and that included a Wheat King powerplay that generated no shots on goal.


    But when Brandon did get their shots - they scored with both of them.  Paul Ciarelli lasered a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Calgary netminder Brandon Glover with what many believed was the winner - even the guy working the goal horn.  But the referee didn't call it a goal and as the horn blared on the ensuing mad scramble in front, Darian Dziurzynski made sure it was over sticking the puck into an open goal to send Brandon through.


    The goal was officially handed to Dziurzynski but it was widely accepted that it was actually Ciarelli's shot that ended the series.  Following the game, Wheat Kings General Manager Kelly McCrimmon said it was Brandon's first 4-2 overtime win.


    The Wheat Kings now wait and see who they'll play next.  It looks as if they'll face the top-seeded Edmonton Oil Kings who eliminated Kootenay Thursday night, that is IF Regina is eliminated by Moose Jaw.  The Warriors lead the Pats 3-1 in their set with game five Friday in Moose Jaw.


    A Brandon/Edmonton series would start in Edmonton on Friday, April 6th.


    -The overtime win over Calgary was Brandon's first overtime win since eliminating the Hitmen in the semifinals of the 2010 Memorial Cup which the Wheat Kings hosted.

    -Brandon F Alessio Bertaggia had points in four of the five games in the series.

    -Calgary won three of their four games versus Brandon during the regular season - but lost three straight in Winnipeg.

    -The Wheat Kings improved their record at the MTS Centre to 13-4 and 6-3 in the postseason.

    -There were 4,002 fans in attendance Thursday night - the highest attendance of the series at MTS Centre.

    -Including the regular season, Brandon has now won 19 of their last 26 games.

    -Brandon improves to 10-3 in games where they have a chance to close out a playoff series since 2003.

    -Wheat Kings have now advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs in eight of the last ten years
  • animals cattle7 feb182011

    Cattle markets in North America have started to soften.

    "The market has reached a position where it's rationing demand," says Winnipeg-based analyst Jerry Klassn. "Packing margins have been under pressure throughout the winter. We've seen finishing feedlots struggling here...so the feedlot operator is backing away from the market, and that's why we've seen some volatile action after Christmas, and now we're starting to take the edge off."

    "I wouldn't be surprised if the market starts to soften a little bit more into the summer months," he says.

    He points out North American feeder prices are still at near historical high levels.

    "We've had a very good run in the feeder cattle since basically January of 2010, so we've had a nice two year rally here. The market just does not go up forever, so we're probably defining our upward limit here at this stage," says Klassen.

    Feeder cattle futures have dropped sharply this week.

    "I think the futures have run to the point where the buyers are just backing away, and all of a sudden you have this air pocket and a sharp drop in feeder cattle. We've really started to see a sell-off this week," says Klassen.

    He says he doesn't expect the bottom to fall out of the cash market in western Canada.

    "I don't think it's going to. The cash market is not going to fall apart, but I think we're at a point where prices are going to soften into the summer months," says Klassen.
  • farmscenes melting feb172011

    Prairie farmers can expect some more precipitation before seeding.

    "We should have quite a bit of moisture across the prairies. The storms are all going to have some weakness though. I think there's a chance for something like that to evolve, but not in the next few weeks," says Drew Lerner, Senior Agrimeteorologist with World Weather Inc. "It might come a bit later, when we want it to warm up. We'll probably all of a sudden run into a cold surge and blizzard-like storm system, but we'll probably need that in order to get enough moisture in the ground."

    "We should have fairly quick planting, especially the further south we go," he says. "I'm a little hesitant to say that we'll get in early...there's some potential we could see some cold weather this spring. We don't want to get ourselves in a position where the crop can't handle the frost."

    He explains, for much of this winter, Arctic Oscillation has kept warmer air in higher latitudes, which has led to weaker-than-normal effects from La Nina in western Canada.

    "It was really that phenomenon that was responsible for the five or six months of warm weather and the lack of snow," he says.

    "From this point onward we have to be cognizant of what happens with La Nina," he says, noting it will likely begin to dissipate in April and May.
  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Sunday, March 18

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues 3 Portage 2 (OT)
    (best of 7 Addison Division final tied 1-1)

    Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League Playoffs
    Pembina Valley 5 Winnipeg Avros 2
    (Hawks win best of 5 final 3-0)

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Wild 6 Southwest Cougars 1
    (Wild lead best of 5 final 2-0)

    Hockey Manitoba  Playoffs
    Provincial Bantam "AAA" Rural Championship @ Morden
    Championship Game: Pembina Valley 6 Brandon 4
    Bronze Medal Game: Interlake 9 Eastman 4

    Pembina Valley 10 Interlake 1
    Brandon 7 Eastman 1
    5th Place Game: Westman South Cougars 7 Norman Wild 3

    Provincial Female Bantam "AAA" Rural Championship
    Championship Game: Yellowhead 7 Interlake 0
    Bronze Medal Game: Norman 6 Central Plains 5
    Yellowhead 2 Central Plains 1
    Interlake 7 Norman 4
    Consolation Final: Parkland 4 Pembina Valley 1
    7th Place Game: Westman South 8 Eastman 1

    National Hockey League
    Carolina 4 Winnipeg 3  
    Columbus 2 Calgary 1 (SO)
    Phoenix 3 Edmonton 2 (SO)
    Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
    Chicago 5 Washington 2
    Nashville 3 Anaheim 1   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba 7 George Hilderman, Yukon 5
    Robbie Gordon, Northern Ontario 6 Robertson 5
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba 8 Darla Esch, Northern Ontario 1
    Robertson (2-1)  Deprez (1-2)

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada 7 Bingyu Wang, China 5
    Nedohin 6 Mirjam Ott, Switzerland 5
    Nedohin (3-0)

    Dominion Club Provincial Curling Championships @ Neepawa
    Men's Final: Steve Irwin, Brandon 6 Rob Findlay, Carman 5
    Irwin 6 Albert Bazinet, Fort Rouge 3
    Findlay 10 Jared Schumann, Gillam 9
    Women's Final: Lori Pelissier, Thistle 9 Marlene Lang, St. Vital 3
    Pelissier 7 Chelsea Manaigre, Ste. Anne 6
    Lang 8 Stacey Fordyce, Brandon 4

    National Basketball Association
    Atlanta 103 Cleveland 87
    L.A. Clippers 87 Detroit 83 (OT)
    Sacramento 115 Minnesota 99
    Memphis 97 Washington 92
    Miami 91 Orlando 81
    Phoenix 99 Houston 86
    Utah 103 L.A. Lakers 99
    Oklahoma City 111 Portland 95   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 10 Philadelphia 2
    Minnesota 10 Pittsburgh 0
    Baltimore (ss) 2 Atlanta 2 (10 innings)
    Detroit 11 Washington 7
    Houston 9 N.Y. Mets 5
    St. Louis 4 Miami 2
    Boston 8 Tampa Bay 4
    Kansas City 6 Cleveland 4
    Chicago Cubs (ss) 3 Texas (ss) 2
    Chicago White Sox 7 Chicago Cubs (ss) 5 (10 innings)
    L.A. Angels 1 L.A. Dodgers 1 (6 innings)
    Arizona (ss) 8 Cincinnati 7
    San Diego (ss) 5 San Francisco 1
    Oakland 11 Arizona (ss) 2
    Baltimore 6 N.Y. Yankees 3
    Texas (ss) vs Milwaukee (cancelled, rain)
    Colorado (ss) vs San Diego (ss) (cancelled, rain)
    Colorado (ss) vs Seattle (cancelled, rain)

    Monday, March 19

    National Hockey League
    Toronto at Boston, 6 p.m.
    New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m.
    Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
    Washington at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    Vancouver at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
    Anaheim at San Jose, 9 p.m.   

    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford
    Kelly Robertson, Manitoba (2-1) vs Charlie Wilkinson, Prince Edward Island, 10 a.m.
    Robertson vs Eugene Hritzuk, Saskatchewan, 6:30 p.m.
    Laurie Deprez, Manitoba (1-2) vs Shirley Berry, Prince Edward Island, 2 p.m.
    Deprez vs Darlene Gillies, Saskatchewan, 10:30 p.m.   

    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Heather Nedohin, Canada (3-0) vs Linda Klimova, Czech Republic, 3 p.m.
    Nedohin vs Lene Nielsen, Denmark, 8 p.m.  

    National Basketball Association
    Philadelphia at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    Boston at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
    Cleveland at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    Chicago at Orlando, 7 p.m.
    Minnesota at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
    Dallas at Denver, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Detroit vs Philadelphia @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs Atlanta @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Houston vs Miami @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Minnesota vs Boston @ Fort Myers, 12:35 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs Seattle @ Peoria, 3:05 p.m.
    Arizona vs Oakland @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs Chicago White Sox @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs Texas @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
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    The Portage Terriers are back on the ice today, getting ready for Sunday's Turnbull Cup final opener at the PCU Centre.

    The Terriersand Winnipeg Saints met up eight times during the regular season with both teams earning four wins. Portage captain Andrew Wiebe says they know what to expect from the high-flying Saints.

    With a week off between games, both teams have time to rest up and heal any nagging injuries. The Terriers have been without Cody Kostecki and Mike Gemmill for the past few games and lost forward Kajon McKay during their game six win over the Blues. Coach Blake Spiller gives us an update on the progress of the three veterans.

    The week off also gives the teams plenty of time to practice and shore up their game before the start of the final series. Spiller says they've got lots to do before the first puck drops.

    During the season series, it was the visitors who held the advantage with each team winning three games in the other's building. The best-of-seven Turnbull Cup finals gets underway Sunday night at 6:30 pm at the PCU Centre.
  • places highway30 altona1 feb162012

    The province has delayed implementation of its spring road restrictions .

    Changes in the weather forecast indicating unseasonably cooler temperatures mean road restrictions in southern Manitoba will not start before Tuesday, March 13th.

    The province must give 72 hours notice prior to having restrictions come into place.

    Under new policies announced last month, changing weather conditions are taken into account, instead of using pre-set start and end dates.

    The maximum total number of days that weight restrictions can be in effect has been reduced from 70 days to 56 days.

    The province will provide three days notice before the start and end of the restrictions, up from the current practice of two days notice.
  • crops winterwheat1 aug032010

    The tax credit for producers who contributed to the wheat and barley check-offs administered by the Western Grains Research Foundation has been increased for the 2011 tax year.

    Producers will receive an 84 percent tax credit for wheat and 83 percent for barley.

    That's up from 74 per cent for wheat and 69 per cent for barley for 2010.

    The percentages are based on the amount of check-off dollars spent directly on research.

    The tax credit is earned at a rate of 20 percent for individuals and 35 percent for corporate producers.
  • animals cattle11 feb022012

    The federal government has announced a new investment in the Beef InfoXchange System, known as BIXS.

    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced $3 million at the Canadian Cattlemen's Association annual meeting in Ottawa today (Thursday.)

    Ritz first announced an initial investment of $5.3 million in the system last March.

    The Beef InfoXchange System facilitates the flow of information across the beef value chain. Producers can participate voluntarily by entering individual animal records. Feedlots and packers can then access the data and enter their own information, providing feedback to producers. There is no cost for producers.

    The CCA's annual meeting continues through today.
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    Provincial High School Varsity Basketball Championships
    "A" Girls @ Fisher Branch
    Championship Game: Hamiota 60 Glenboro 43
    Third Place Game: Treherene 48 Grandview 47
    Consolation Final: Dufferin Christian 44 Elm Creek 28

    "A" Boys @ St. Laurent
    Championship Game: Ross L. Gray 94 Glenboro 93
    Third Place Game: Rosenort 92 St. Laurent 43
    Consolation Final: Dufferin Christian 73 Pinawa 64

    "AA" Girls @ Neepawa
    Championship Game: Boissevain 74 Elton 71
    Third Place Game: Teulon 51 Souris 41
    Consolation Final: Warren 80 Niverville 60

    "AA" Boys @ Minnedosa
    Championship Game: Killarney 63 Steinbach Christian 61
    Third Place Game: Carman 79 MacGregor 61
    Consolation Final: Ste. Anne 64 Green Valley (Grunthal) 62

    "AAA" Championships @ Thompson
    Girls Championship Game: University of Winnipeg Collegiate 69 Linden Christian 64
    Third Place Game: St. Norbert 82 R.D. Parker Collegiate (Thompson) 75
    Consolation Final: St. James 62 Neelin 47
    Boys Championship Game: Nelson McIntyre 77 Westgate 63
    Third Place Game: Dauphin 80 St. James 70
    Consolation Final: Hapnot Collegiate (Flin Flon) 74 Linden Christian 67
  • sports equipment mar272012

    Seven Games on the schedule for the NHL.

    Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.

    Washington at Boston, 7 p.m.

    Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

    Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

    Florida at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

    St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

    San Jose at Phoenix, 10 p.m.


    Calgary Hitmen at Brandon Wheat Kings

    Brandon leads best-of-seven series 3-1

    Game 5, Thursday,  7 p.m. at MTS Centre Winnipeg


    Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m.

    Dallas at Miami, 8 p.m.

    New Orleans at Portland, 10 p.m.

    Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.


    American League

    Seattle at Oakland, (at Tokyo) 5:10 a.m.

    Exhibition Baseball

    Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Atlanta vs. Washington (ss) at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

    Toronto vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:35 p.m.

    Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

    Kansas City vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Colorado vs. Cleveland (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

    Cleveland (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

    Washington (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

    Houston vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6:10 p.m.

    Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

    San Francisco vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m
  • mar162012terriersspiller

    It got a little closer than the Terriers would have liked but the Dogs held on for a big victory in game one of the Addison Division final.

    Playing host to the Winnipeg Blues in the series opener, the hometown Terriers got on the board first. Brent Wold buried his 4th of the postseason just over three minutes in but the lead was short-lived. Just over three minutes later, a point shot from Channing Brescianni found it's way through, followed midway through the frame by a goal from Brock Vanderveen. The Blues held the Terriers to just five shots in the opening 20 minutes, looking dominant after one period.

    The Dogs came out flying in the second, looking to erase the memory of a sluggish first. The pressure paid off late in the frame when Shaq Merasty and Tyler Larson picked up goals six seconds apart, making it a 3-2 Portage score going into the second intermission.

    Blake Spiller tells the team the plan during a time-out.

    The scoring started again early in the third when Dylan Butler notched his first of the playoffs less than a minute in. Just over two minutes later, Kajon McKay would convert on a give-and-go with Shaq Merasty, making it a 5-2 score in favour of the hometown Terriers. The Blues chipped away at the lead, getting late goals from Derek Gingera and Ben Sveinson to make it a one-goal game. The Terriers locked things down after that, holding on for the 5-4 win and the 1-0 series lead.

    Kajon McKay scored the game-winner on a sweet passing play with Shaq Merasty.

    Adam Iwan picked up the win in net, stopping 29 of 33 shots to improve his playoff record to 5-0.

    Adam Iwan continued his strong play in the postseason, stopping 29 of 33 shots to earn the "W".

    After the win, rookie forward Riley Hay talked about the importance of opening the series with a win on home ice.

    "It means a lot," says the Poplar Point product. "We knew they were gonna come out skating hard and battling. We weathered the storm in the first period there and we came back and it's a good win for us in our own barn here."

    The Terriers picked up a big win in front of a crowd of 1142 at the PCU Centre.

    After struggling in the first period, the Terriers looked much more comfortable in the second and third. Forward Adam Restoule says they used the opening frame to learn a thing or two about how the Blues wanted to approach the series.

    "We were just trying to get settled in and see how they were playing," says the bruising winger. "The second period we just took advantage of what we knew their weaknesses were and then just started putting pucks in the net and working hard."

    The two teams lock horns on Sunday night for game two in the series. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm at the MTS IcePlex in Headingley.
  • places jets rangers mar292012

    Wednesday's Scores


    N.Y. Rangers 4 Winnipeg 2

    Vancouver 1 Colorado 0

    Los Angeles 3 Calgary 0

    Dallas 3 Edmonton 1

    Columbus 4 Detroit 2

    Anaheim 3 San Jose 1



    Norfolk 2 St. John's 0

    San Antonio 3 Hamilton 2

    Albany 2 Rochester 1

    Portland 4 Manchester 1

    Syracuse 2 Adirondack 1 (SO)

    Hershey 5 Binghamton 2

    Milwaukee 3 Houston 2 (OT)



    Toronto 105 Denver 96

    Detroit 87 Cleveland 75

    Minnesota 88 Charlotte 83

    New York 108 Orlando 86

    Chicago 98 Atlanta 77

    Boston 94 Utah 82

    New Jersey 100 Indiana 84

    San Antonio 117 Sacramento 112

    New Orleans 102 Golden State 87

    L.A. Clippers 103 Phoenix 86



    CONCACAF Champions League


    Toronto 1 Santos Laguna 1

    Monterrey 3 Pumas 0



    American League

    Seattle 3 Oakland 1 (11 innings) (at Tokyo)

    (start of regular season)


    Exhibition Baseball

    Toronto 9 Baltimore 3

    Washington 3 N.Y. Mets 2

    Houston 6 Miami 3

    N.Y. Yankees 5 Atlanta 5 (tie - 10 innings)

    Minnesota 11 Philadelphia 7

    St. Louis 9 Detroit 5

    Milwaukee 7 Arizona 1

    San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 1

    San Diego 13 Chicago White Sox (ss) 2

    Chicago Cubs 2 Cleveland 0

    Cincinnati 5 L.A. Angels 4

    Colorado 8 Chicago White Sox (ss) 5

    Tampa Bay 6 Pittsburgh 4

    Texas 7 Kansas City 6 (10 innings)
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    The Winnipeg Jets have moved within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference thanks to a huge victory on Friday night over the team they're trying to catch.
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    The stage is set for the MJHL championship final between the Portage Terriers and the Winnipeg Saints for the Turnbull Trophy.

    Both the Terriers, who are the defending MJHL & ANAVET Cup champions, and Saints, advanced to the final on Monday. Saints defeated OCN Blizzard in six games, while the Terriers got by Winnipeg Blues also in six games.

    The last time these clubs faced off for the MJHL title was back in 2007/08 which the Terriers won. Saints also appeared in the final back in 2009/10 against Dauphin Kings. Terriers defeated Selkirk Steelers last year in the MJHL final.

    This  year’s championship has a number of interesting twists. It’s a history maker in the fact a cross-over team, the Saints, have advanced to the final. Meanwhile, the long-time member of the Sher-Wood Division, the Terriers, just moved over this season to the Addison Division.

    The best-of-seven series begins Sunday, April 1 at Portage. The remaining games are below:


    April 01

    Winnipeg Saints


    Portage Terriers

    6:30 pm

    April 03

    Portage Terriers


    Winnipeg Saints

    7:30 pm

    April 05

    Winnipeg Saints


    Portage Terriers

    7:30 pm

    April 07

    Portage Terriers


    Winnipeg Saints

    7:30 pm

    April 10

    Winnipeg Saints


    Portage Terriers

    7:30 pm

    April 12

    Portage Terriers


    Winnipeg Saints

    7:30 pm

    April 14

    Winnipeg Saints


    Portage Terriers

    7:30 pm

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    Matt Dyck scored 4:25 into double overtime to give the Altona Maroons a 4-3 win over the Plum Coulee Xpress in game one of the SEMHL best of seven final.
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    The Altona Maroons are the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Champions for the first time since 2001-2002. The Maroons defeated the Plum Coulee Xpress 6-1 in game five of the series to win the best-of-seven final four games to one. Altona's win ends their decade long championship drought and is their 10th league title in the hockey club's 61-year history in the SEMHL.

    After taking a three games to one lead in the series with a 4-3 overtime victory in game four on Saturday, the Maroons traveled to Winkler looking to finish off the defending champions. After winning two of the last three league titles, Plum Coulee needed a win to force a game six back in Altona. The Xpress were also forced to play the game without their two leading playoff scorers as Anders Strome and Dale Harder were both out of the line-up.




    Altona captain Jon Froese started things off by giving the Maroons the early 1-0 lead just four minutes into the game. Brother Josh Froese increased Altona's lead to 2-0 nearly 10 minutes later. Outshooting the Xpress 14-7 through 20 minutes, the Maroons took their 2-0 lead into the second.


    The Maroons were able to build on that lead in the second period. Dale Butland fired a one-timer into the net on the power-play at the 4:38 mark giving Altona a 3-0 lead. Jon Froese then scored his second of the game on the man-advantage five minutes later. Devon Leblanc sniped a shot from the left corner not even 40 seconds after that to give the Maroons a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes. Altona was out-shooting the Xpress 31-21 through the first two periods.  




    Being only 20 minutes away from lifting the Elmer Hildebrand trophy, the Maroons kept the peddle down. Nick Fuher's point shot flew by the Matt Dyck screen and past Plum Coulee netminder Jayme Janzen to push the Maroons ahead 6-0 with just over eight minutes to play.

    Carey Dyck's shutout bid was stopped with 3:30 to go when Brett Harder snuck the puck between his legs, cutting the lead to 6-1.

    However, the Maroons were not to be denied as they began celebrating as the seconds ticked down.  



    Plum Coulee goaltender Jayme Janzen made 34 saves and Altona netminder Carey Dyck kicked aside 29 shots as Altona outshot Plum Coulee 40-30. The Maroons outshot the Xpress overall in the series by a count of 231-189.


    Matt Dyck and Dale Butland were named Co-Playoff MVP's.

    -still photo's courtesy Merle Peters-


    -action shots courtesy Ray Peters-
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    Marijuana grow op in the R.M. of Rockwood. Provided by RCMP D Division.


    A five week long RCMP investigation called Project District has ended with the dismantling of ten marijuana grow operations across the province.

    Reporter Dean Penner was at the news conference today at RCMP 'D' Division headquarters in Winnipeg. He tells us 3,300 marijuana plants were seized, the equivalent of more than 1 million joints. The drugs have an approximate street value of $3.3 million. Investigators also seized about $34,000 in cash, and a large quantity of specialized equipment typically used by organized crime groups in the production and trafficking of marijuana.

    Some of the communities where busts occurred included the R.M.'s of Rhineland (172 plants seized), Franklin (586 plants seized), and Stuartburn (744 plants seized) as well as the City of Steinbach (789 plants seized) and Town of Miami (149 plants seized).

    Thirteen people are facing charges related to the production and trafficking of a controlled substance, theft of electricity, and possession of proceeds of crime. The names of those facing charges are expected to be released later Friday.

    "Marijuana grow operations are a source of revenue for organized crime, which invariably creates the potential for violence and other crimes," said Assistant Commissioner Bill Robinson, Commanding Officer of RCMP 'D' Division. "We are very concerned that in two of the MGOs we found innocent children living in such a dangerous environment."

    The Office of the Fire Commissioner has deemed six of the properties unfit for human habitation until they have been inspected, remediated where required and deemed safe.

    "Grow ops represent a growing threat to the people who create them, live near them, and responders that get called out to them," said Acting Fire Commissioner David Schafer. "With the volatile mix of chemicals, lights, and unsafe electrical, structural and plumbing modifications, they become a significant risk to health and safety, and can destroy a perfectly good home."

    Below are pictures from the various busts. All pictures provided by the RCMP.

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    16 military pilots that have trained the past two years in Southport have earned their wings. The graduates of the Number 3 Canadian Forces Flight Training School received the honour during a ceremony Friday afternoon.  Captain Marlon Mongeon is one of the graduates. He says completing this training has been very intensive but well worth it as they have gone through many up & downs during the training. He says it's a terrific feeling to have made it. Receiving their wings means that the pilots can now begin full time serve with the Canadian Forces and fly missions around the world. Commandant Lieutenant-Corporal Robert Kamphuis says these new pilots have spent the past two years  not just learning how to fly but also how to lead.
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  • March 28th Lineup

    National Hockey League
    N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 6 p.m.
    Detroit at Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Calgary, 8:30 p.m.
    Dallas at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
    Colorado at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
    San Jose at Anaheim, 9 p.m.


    Canadian Masters Curling Championships @ Montreal
    Ron Westcott, Manitoba (3-0) vs Alan Darragh, Nova Scotia, 9 a.m.
    Westcott vs Charlie Sullivan, New Brunswick, 6 p.m.
    Joyce McDougall, Manitoba (1-2) vs Connie Bothwell, New Brunswick, 12 p.m.


    National Basketball Association
    Denver at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Detroit at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
    Minnesota at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    Orlando at New York, 6 p.m.
    Chicago at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
    Utah at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
    Indiana at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    San Antonio at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    New Orleans at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
    Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.


    Major League Baseball
    American League
    Seattle vs Oakland @ Tokyo, 5:10 a.m.
    (start regular season)


    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Baltimore @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs Atlanta @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs Houston @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Philadelphia vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Detroit vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Washington vs N.Y. Mets @ Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m.
    Arizona vs Milwaukee @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs Chicago White Sox (ss) @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs Chicago Cubs @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox (ss) vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 6:05 p.m.
    Texas vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 8:05 p.m.

  • people rcmp musical  ride mar022012
    RCMP Musical Ride

    For more than 100 years Mounties have stirred the emotions of Canadians with the spectacle of the RCMP Musical Ride.
  • people ian wishart feb092012
    Portage la Prairie M.L.A. Ian Wishart

    The Manitoba Legislature will return on April 17th. Finance Minister Stan Struthers confirms on that day the 2012 budget will be presented.  Portage la Prairie M.L.A. Ian Wishart says delays to the presentation of the federal budget pushed the provincial session back a little bit. Wishart says they'll likely begin with the budget statement followed by the presentations of bills and deliberations. He says he is looking forward to taking a closer look at what infrastructure cash is being set aside for bridge repairs across the Central Plains as it is something he believes is very important and will need more immediate attention.  Wishart also wants to keep a close eye on updates to the outcomes of programs driven by last years flooding and the department budget estimates for water stewardship.
  • melting mar012012

    Normal La Nina weather conditions are expected for the remainder of winter, according to the director of weather and market analysis with the CWB.

    "One of the most common questions I've been receiving is 'why is the La Nina this year so different from last year?'," says Bruce Burnett. "It's been almost exactly the opposite conditions between the two years. Last year we were cold and snowy for most of the winter, and this year it's been a lot milder with very little precipitation."

    Burnett says Arctic Oscillation is the main reason La Nina has given the prairies the cold - or rather, warm - shoulder this winter.

    "It's basically kept the cold air and storm track up in the higher latitudes, rather than allowing that cold air to dip down into the prairie region," he says.

    He says we'll likely see more typical La Nina conditions for the rest of the season.

    "We did see the Arctic Oscillation break down. It was at record levels in December, and now it's almost neutral," says Burnett. "The expectation would be that we would probably see more typical weather conditions. Probably not enough moisture to catch up for the deficit, but it does help the odds of us getting some moisture before we hit the fields in the spring."

    La Nina is expected to wind down in May or June.
  • people joyce schrader mar072012
    Joyce Schrader

    A recent influx of federal cash will help to support programs in the Central Plains that look to combat domestic violence. Portage-Lisgar M.P. Candice Hoeppner recently announced almost $299,600 dollars for the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre. Centre Executive Director Joyce Schrader says that they are very excited about this support for local projects that are connected to dealing with issues of violence and economic security. Schrader says this funding will go a long way towards addressing womens's issues and perhaps aiding in reaching people that they have not been able to reach in the past.

    Over the next few weeks, thePortage Family Abuse Prevention Centre will plan out their long term strategy for the next 2 to 3 years to maximize the impact of this new infusion of cash. Schrader says she is very excited about that process as she and the steering committee will take the time to review what needs to be done & do it carefully to ensure the money will be wisely and in a way that it will really make a difference for the people that truly need it.

  • people ian wishart feb092012
    Ian Wishart

    The Water Stewardship Critic for the province want to see a renewed effort in improving water quality.  With Thursday being observed as International World Water Day, Portage la Prairie M.L.A. Ian Wishart suggests we need to be doing more to highlight the importance of fresh water  management.  He thinks we must also reflect on the numerous Manitobans who do not enjoy the benefits of access to clean, fresh water, something many take for granted.

    Wishart says currently, 119 water advisories are in effect, impacting all areas of the province. He believes the government should be examining improved water treatment options, such as microfiltration, that could solve some of the water advisory issues in a low cost way.
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    A gaming raffle licences by-law has been discontinued in the City of Portage la Prairie.

    City Financial Director Nettie Neudorf says the by-law allowed the city to issue a licence to a non-profit organization located within the city to manage and operate a raffle as long as the total value of the prizes didn't exceed $3,000.00.

    She says the city previously charged a nominal fee of $2, or 1% of the raffle revenue, whichever was lower to issue a raffle licence.
  • people eileen clarke jul292011

    Gladstone is seeking a new, more modern look and is asking for your help to create it. Mayor Eileen Clarke says the town is planning on adopting a new logo. The existing one has been the corporate seal, which was created back in 1882.  Clarke says the redesign is part of the communities ongoing strategic plan. Council is moving forward with a new, more modern logo, that would be used on town stationary, business cards and other promotional items.  The public can submit their concepts until March 20th. Clarke says they are going this route is because of the success of letting the public design the original happy rock concept back in the early 80's. Information can be found on the rules at http://www.gladstone.ca/
  • people schoolboard oct13
    The Portage School Division Board of Trustees is pleased with parent participation numbers following the parent, teacher, and student-led conferences last week. Superintendent Hazen Barrett says the figures are very encouraging. Depending on the school, anywhere from 2/3 to almost 100% participation was noted and Barrett feels it's great to see the majority of parents come out. He adds not only does it mean a lot to the staff but more importantly it means a lot to the kids. Barrett says there's a lot of evidence that shows parent participation in a child's education leads to greater success and it's important for a parent to see the work a child is doing and what's happening in the classroom. He adds it's also a great way for parents to stay informed and in touch.
  • republic park mar142012
    Republic Park with a lot less snow than usual this time of year

    You're likely seeing a lot more of your yard right now than usual for this time of year, with the early snow melt we're experiencing.

    It's the same for the Parks Department in Portage la Prairie. Manager Dave Green says the parks in the city appear to have come through the winter in good shape.

    At the same time, he says they're being cautious because it's so early in the year, and a lot could still happen. He notes they've done some minor clean-up, but are in a wait-and-see mode for the next couple of weeks. Green points out if they moved forward and we received some significant snow, they'd have to contend with more problems.

    Green adds once they begin the clean-up, it's a multi-faceted operation. They'll start by looking after the center medians and sidewalks along Saskatchewan Avenue, then move to individual parks. He says they'll clear branches and debris, apply fertilizer and dandelion control, plus ensure all play structures are safe for the coming season.
  • places mdac mar222012
    MRAC Executive Director Ted Eastley

    The Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council  is looking to re-invent itself. The not for profit group held its annual general meeting yesterday in Portage la Prairie.

    As part of the day, Executive Director Ted Eastley unveiled a 5 year strategic plan to rebrand the Council and broaden its focus. Eastley says there is a desire to expand its reach to multiple portfolios.

    The Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council provides funding for initiatives that advance the provincial ag industry. Currently, it distributes around $2 million dollars per year. Eastley says the goal is to administer $6 million dollars of funding per year to multiple portfolios by 2015.

     He says things have changed a lot over the past 16 years that the council has been in existence and the group needs to reposition itself to be a benefit to the industry.
  • places semi fire 3 mar272012

    Downtown Portage saw some disruption late this afternoon as a semi-truck appeared to be in flames on the corner of 12th St. S.W. and Saskatchewan Ave.
    It's believed the semi had over heated resulting in the hood being burned off, leaving only a gaping hole.

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    As of now the fire is out and emergency crews are still cleaning up the mess.  Motorists are still being diverted and there is no time frame as to when regular traffic will resume.

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  • tinarachellerollerderby mar162012
    Tina Jansen "Girlmeat" and Rochelle Richards "Vixen Massacre" of the Plap City Rollers.

    The Plap City Rollers roller derby team is holding a meet and greet Sunday afternoon at the Days Inn in Portage la Prairie.  Team Founder Tina Jansen or "Girlmeat" by her roller derby name, says the purpose of the meeting is to inform all those who are interested in roller derby.

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    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League
    Altona 6 Plum Coulee 1
    (Maroons win best of 7 final 4-1)


    Western Hockey League
    Brandon 3 Calgary 1
    (Wheat Kings lead best of 7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal 3-1)


    National Hockey League
    Buffalo 5 Washington 1
    N.Y. Rangers 3 Minnesota 2
    Carolina 3 Toronto 0
    Florida 3 Montreal 2 (SO)
    N.Y. Islanders 5 Pittsburgh 3
    Boston 5 Tampa Bay 2
    St. Louis 3 Nashville 0
    New Jersey 2 Chicago 1 (SO)


    Canadian Masters Curling Championships @ Montreal
    Ron Westcott, Manitoba 8 Eugene Hritzuk, Saskatchewan 5
    Westcott 6 Jack MacKinnon, Northwest Territories 4
    Marion Clark, Northern Ontario 9 Joyce McDougall, Manitoba 2
    Merle Kopach, Saskatchewan 8 McDougall 5
    Westcott (3-0)   McDougall (1-2)


    National Basketball Association
    Philadelphia 103 Cleveland 85
    Memphis 93 Minnesota 86
    Milwaukee 108 Atlanta 101
    Dallas 90 Houston 81
    San Antonio 107 Phoenix 100
    Oklahoma City 109 Portland 95
    L.A. Lakers 104 Golden State 101


    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 4 N.Y. Yankees 3
    Miami 3 Washington 1
    Minnesota 5 Baltimore 0
    Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 4
    Houston 14 Detroit 7
    Atlanta 7 N.Y. Mets 5
    Boston 8 Tampa Bay 0
    Chicago White Sox 7 Cleveland 1
    Chicago Cubs 7 Cincinnati 4
    Texas 10 San Diego (ss) 9
    L.A. Angels 5 San Francisco 3
    San Diego (ss) 6 L.A. Dodgers 5
    Kansas City 9 Milwaukee 7
    Arizona 7 Colorado 3
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    Heavy snowfall is shutting down the Central Plains. R.C.M.P. Staff Sergeant Miles Hiebert says the heavy snowfall has forced the closure of the Trans-Canada highway from Headingley to Portage la Prairie to vehicle traffic. Hiebert says driving conditions surrounding Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie are extremely poor.
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    We're halfway to the dreaded tax deadline and Portage la Prairie tax specialists are getting busier by the day. With April looming Karen Olafson of First Choice Income Tax has a few helpful hints. To ensure a smooth process Olafson says one thing people can watch for is their medical premiums, adding if they pay for Blue Cross or any other health benefits, their last pay stub is needed. Olafson notes another one to watch for is T3's, as companies have until the middle of March to get them out, and they can be a little slow in coming. She adds it's definitely getting busy and, as the deadline approaches, it can get tougher for accountants to get everyone done on time.
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    The Portage la Prairie Red River College campus is undergoing some changes.  They will be relocating the playground equipment to the southwest corner of the campus in order to expand the parking lot.
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    The level on Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie is looking much lower than in previous years.
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    The Pink Ladies Ride For The Cure had no snow, but was still a success.  Pink Ladies Chair Tammy Hammersley says they have kept pace with previous years, raising over $30,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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    11 year old Jake Kostuchuk



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    The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie still has plenty of room for you to register your team in the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser.
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    The demand for kids summer sports caused long line-ups at the PCU Centre last night.

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    Here's the view from the stairs into the PCU Arena.

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    With even more people by the washrooms.
  • places rm meeting 1 mar132012
    R.M. of Portage la Prairie council meeting. March 13th, 2012

    A small farm operation in the R.M. of Portage la Prairie is asking for changes to the rules for how close cattle can be to a home. The variation request from the property located in the northeast corner of the municipality would decrease the cattle buffer zone to a inhabited dwelling from 800 feet to 150 feet. Deputy Reeve Garth Asham says if it were approved, it would only apply to this one section of land, though it could set a precedent.

    The proponents for this change say the operation is small enough that it will not have a significant impact on the area. However, the neighbours to this property are concerned about the noise and smell that would now be closer to their property. Asham says council is going to consider the issue and hopes to come up with something that will be fair to everyone involved. A decision  should be made at the next R.M. meeting on March 27th.
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    Yesterday was a long one for members of the St. Claude and Elm Creek fire departments.

    They dealt with a brush fire in the RM of Grey roughly 10 miles south of Portage la Prairie for close to nine hours, starting around 2 in the afternoon. St. Claude Fire Chief David Chappellaz stresses they made protecting homes a priority, and once that was accomplished, turned their attention to putting out the fire.

    By that time, it had moved into a marshy area, with six foot high cat-tails, which made their efforts difficult. He says they waited until around 7 o'clock that night to take on the fire, and by 11, it was out.

    Chappellaz says the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but points out dry, windy conditions make it easy for a fire to start. He says the fire went through an area of sloughs and pastures, with about 400 acres burned.

    Chappellaz urges you not to burn anything, but if burning's necessary, exercise extreme caution.

    20 firefighters and three trucks from the both fire departments were involved in the action.
  • places heavy snow mar272012

    R.C.M.P. are warning you to be careful out there as slick road conditions are being reported in and around Portage la Prairie. Manitoba Highways is reporting several roads across the Central Plains are reporting slippery or snow covered conditions.

    R.C.M.P. Sergeant Line Karpish says as of tuesday afternnoon, several accidents have been reported surrounding Portage la Prairie near Elie, St Francis Xavier and even further west near Carberry. Karpish says be prepared for the worst and make sure to drive carefully.
  • people erin mccartney mar162012
    Erin McCartney

    It's the end of a long season for the Portage Figure Skating Club, and they're marking it with their annual Spring Skating Carnival tomorrow, at the PCU Centre.

    Club President Erin McCartney describes the carnival as a fun event for the skaters, after focusing on training and competition since September. She sees it as a chance for the skaters to celebrate all they've accomplished through the year.

    McCartney says it's an event that's sheer joy for the skaters, and they're excited to show their talents to parents and family. She notes the older skaters get caught up n the excitement as well.

    McCartney knows parents, family, and friends will be at the PCU Centre tomorrow, but hopes people from the general population of Portage will take time to watch as well, to see how hard the club works. She says it isn't well known how much time the skaters put into their sport, training night after night in preparation for competitions. She believes the carnival is a chance to showcase how much the club does.

    The carnival starts at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the PCU Centre's main arena and there's no admission, although there's a silver collection at the door. McCartney adds they'll feature a silent auction and 50-50 draw.
  • mar262012terrierscelebrate

    For the fourth time in the last five years, the Portage Terriers will compete for the Turnbull Cup.

    The Dogs punched their ticket to the MJHL league finals with a 6-3 win in Headingley last night, pushing them past the Winnipeg Blues in the Addison Division final four games to two. The visiting Terriersjumped out of the gate quickly when Andrew Wiebe knocked home a powerplay goal at the 1:30 mark. The goal was the captain's first playoff point after being held off the scoresheet in the previous eight games. Derek Gingera answered for the Blues late in the frame, making it 1-1 at intermission.

    Andrew Wiebe earned his first points of the postseason last night, sending a pair of goals to the back of the net.

    The Blues grabbed their first lead of the game at the 13:34 mark of the second when Jeff Borse stopped a clearing attempt and snapped one past Adam Iwan, making it 2-1. The lead lasted all of 38 seconds before Tyler Larson found the net, knotting things at 2-2. Just 45 seconds later, the Terriers were back on top. Shaq Merasty looped his way around the Winnipeg net, drawing in the defense before finding a wide open Brendan Harms who just had to tap it home. Wiebe added his second of the night just over a minute later, giving Portage the 4-2 edge. Before the second was over, the Blues got one more on the board off the stick of Gingera, making it a one goal game going into the third.

    The Blues came out strong in the third with their season on the line but the Terriers withstood the pressure and took advantage of some defensive lapses with a goal from Brent Wold and an empty-netter from Dylan Butler to make it 6-3 final.

    Head Coach Blake Spiller has led the Terriers to their fourth MJHL Finals apperance in the last five years.

    Adam Iwan stopped 26 of 29 shots between the pipes, extending his playoff record to 8-1 with the victory. The Winnipeg native talks about standing up to the pressure in the third period.

    Iwan turned aside 26 shots last night, stretching his impressive playoff record to 8-1.

    The game was full of relief for Andrew Wiebe. Not only did the captain get to claim the franchise's first Addison Division title, he also got the monkey off his back with a pair of playoff goals, his first points of the postseason. The Thunder Bay product talks about finally finding the net.

    While the Terriers were beating the Blues in Headingley, the Saintswere doing the same to OCN in St. James. Winnipeg downed the Blizzard5-1, winning the Sher-Wood Division championship four games to two. With the Saints and Terriers set to lock horns in a rematch of the 2008 final, captain Andrew Wiebe talks about the match-up.

    The Terriers line-up for the Addison Division Championship Trophy presentation.

    The victory marks the first Addison Division title in Terriers history and the fourth time in the last five years that they have advanced to the Turnbull Cup finals. In 2008, the Terriers earned the championship in a hard-fought five game series with the Saints, finishing the series at the St. James Civic Centre which was being used in place of the smaller Dakota Community Centre. This year, the Saints officially moved into the SJCC, making it their new home.

    The Manitoba Junior Hockey League released the schedule for the upcoming Turnbull Cup finals today.

    The Portage Terriers play host to the Saints for game one on Sunday, April 1st at the PCU Centre. Game two goes April 3rd back at the St. James Civic Centre in Winnipeg before game three on Thursday, April 5th in Portage. Game four will take place in Winnipeg on April 7th. If necessary, game five would go April 10th back in Portage, game six would be April 12th in Winnipeg and the decisive game seven would take place on April 14th at the PCU Centre.
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     Marie Linden signing the paperwork for the Bill Linden Bursary Fund.

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    This weekend's snowfall was a long time coming for members of Club Snow in Portage la Prairie.  The local snowmobiling club wasn't enjoying an eventful riding season because of the lack of snow on the ground.
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    Dr. Sanjeev Reddy shared his experience with Rotary members Tuesday

    Local dentist Dr. Sanjeev Reddy recently shared details of his trip to Estreli, Nicaragua with Rotary club members. Reddy was working through an organization called Kindness In Action and says there is a great need for dental care. He notes most people earn less than a couple dollars a day, and 80% of the people make less than that, so there is nothing left for dentistry. He explains they would begin around 8 a.m. and work right up until 6 in the evening. Even though they took lunch breaks he says they saw close to a couple hundred people a day, which made for long hours. He adds they planned to be there a week but after three days ran out of supplies and had to begin turning people away. Anyone interested in the project can contact Reddy or visit www.kindnessinaction.ca for further details.
  • logo dare program mar132012

    The Portage la Prairie R.C.M.P. are bringing back the D.A.R.E. Program. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is an internationally recognized project that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, gang membership and violent behaviour in youth. R.C.M.P. Spokesperson Constable Shannon Neff says it is geared toward grade 6 students, teaching them how to make healthy choices within their lives in regard to drugs or violence.

    D.A.R.E. is returning to the Central Plains after being discontinued a few years ago. The ten week program will initially be in place in three schools -- Oakville, North Memorial and Yellowquill. Neff would like to see it expand to other schools across the central plains in the future. The program began this week and will continue into mid-May.

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    The Rural Municipality of Alonsa is issuing a burning ban effective immediately.  The RM Council is asking for people's cooperation until further notice.  Deputy Reeve Terry Dayholos says anyone caught burning during the ban may be fined.

    Dayholos says the ban had to be put in place because last fall was very dry and there was lots of dry growth across the region. He says it has created a few issues, especially near the Amaranth area.

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    The Council of The Rural Municipality of Alonsa is issuing a Burning Ban for the entire municipalityeffective immediately until further notice.

    Anyone caught burning during the burning ban may be fined according to By-Law 1468.

    Council is asking for residents' cooperation in this regard.

    Dated this 21st Day of March 2012.

    Stan Asham


    Rural Municipality of Alonsa

  • people michelineberard mar272012
    Artist Micheline Berard

    Local artists hoping to showcase their skills have a new venue to do so.  The Dakota Art Show has been organized to take place as part of the Dakota Tipi First Nation Annual Health Fair.  Micheline Berard is helping to organize the showcase. Berard says for people just starting out in art, the idea of displaying their work can be a bit daunting. She says this show is looking to give them a comforting environment to show their work to the public and have a bit of fun.

    Berard says the art show will include, painting to carving and everything in between.  The Dakota Art Show will be located in the Gaming Centre on the reserve. Everyone is welcome to attend. The show starts at 1130am and will wrap up at 5 pm.

    See photos and find out more here!

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    The Westpark School's Winter Carnival enjoyed a great turnout in Portage la Prairie yesterday.
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    The initial numbers for the Alzheimer Society's annual door to door campaign are looking very positive. About 70 canvassers were out and about in Portage la Prairie, Oakville, St. Claude, Macgregor and Macdonald in January as part of the fund raiser. Regional Coordinator Gerry Gascoigne says they are pleased by the preliminary figures as about $10,000 dollars was brought in so far. With more donations slowing rolling in, Gascoigne expects that the official results should be made public by the end of this month.
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    Mayor Earl Porter receives award from Ian MacKenzie

    Portage la Prairie is receiving credit for doing what it can to be an age-friendly city. 

    Council was presented with a certificate of acknowledgement on Monday evening for its ongoing efforts. The Age Friendly Cities award is from the province, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization.

    Mayor Earl Porter says he's honoured to see the city, Janet Shindle and the Age Friendly Committee recognized. The committee was started 8 years ago to ensure the promotion of age appropriate activities and healthy living throughout Portage la Prairie.

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    Age-Friendly Community Certificate
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    Gaining Ground: Connecting People & Knowledge conference

    The Physical Activity Coalition of Manitoba is doing what it can to get more communities involved in active transportation.

    Active transport is defined as any alternative mode of travel outside of vehicle use, such as walking or biking. The coalition hosted the Gaining Ground: Connecting People and Knowledge conference on the issue at the P.C.U. Centre yesterday. About 80 delegates representing 24 municipalities from across the province attended.

    Coalition Chair Cory Jackson says the point of the conference was to share ideas on how to create and expand the amount of walking or bike paths that are out there. Jackson says this allowed communities that have already build these types of projects to share the knowledge with other municipalities that are just beginning to explore its potential. 

    She says the long term benefits for building additional paths on an environmental and health standpoint outweigh the initial cost.
  • places fire emergency 1 mar272012

    Portage la Prairie Fire Department kept busy overnight as a small fire broke out at a home near the intersection of Alfred & 4th Street North East. Emergency personnel says the blaze started outside the building but was contained quickly before any type of substantial damage could occur. No one was injured and an investigation into the cause is underway

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    PCI Trojans Lacrosse Head Coach Al Patterson gets the passing drills started early.

    The PCI Trojans have added a lacrosse program to begin inaugural play this year.  With a lot of interest coming from the students in Canada's official summer sport, Head Coach Al Patterson says they decided to bring the game to high school sports.
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    The Portage Judo Club brought back a whole bunch of medals from the Balmoral Open in Stonewall.  Head Coach Brian Case says they went to the tournament with 14 fighters and came back with 15 medals.
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    Monday morning students of Carman Elementary School were surprised to see their staff members in pink shirts, dancing to the music of Bruno Mars. Principal Deb Russell explains they used their regular "student performance assembly" as a way to send an anti-bullying message.

    Russell tells us the flash mob event has created a lot of positive energy, and now the students are learning the moves. She says by participating in a dance the anti-bullying message will hopefully stay with them, and empower them. The students are practicing for their own performance of the routine on Wednesday.

    Russell adds bullying and cyber-bullying occur constantly in schools and they want to make a difference.

    There were three secretive practices so staff could learn the choreography, and that in itself was a team building experience. Russell tells us students will try to wear pink shirts tomorrow and will discuss more bullying issues in their classrooms.


    From www.pinkshirtday.ca

    On February 29, 2012 we encourage all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. We wish we could take credit for this idea but it comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students.

    David Shepherd, Travis Price organized a high-school protest to wear pink to help out a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied. The boys helped take a stand by distributing pink shirts to all of the boys in their school. They found 50 pink tanktops at a discount store and got the message out to their schoolmates. The boys handed out the shirts in the foyer the next morning and the bullies were never heard from again.
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    Shortly after 11 this morning two separate collisions on the same stretch of the highway at the same time resulted in the closure of the Trans Canada Highway. Just past the Headingley scales, a 10 vehicle chain of crashes was the cause of the closure and Cpl. Miles Hiebert says there were no significant injuries. Fire and ambulance were dispatched to the scene and paramedics were on hand, but that seems to be the extent of it. Hiebert notes the highway has since been re-opened. He reminds motorists if there's blowing snow and the roads warm up, that causes a wet surface, which can freeze later in the evening, and caution is advised.
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    Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre Executive Director Joyce Schrader and RMT Tracy Enns with a $1502.00 cheque

    The people of Portage responded in a big way to a fundraising event for the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre yesterday.

    RMT Tracy Enns' Massage For Hope raised $1502.00, in exchange for 35 15-minute sessions.

    Enns is awe-struck at the support for her idea, and hasn't come down from Cloud 9 yet. She's amazed by the community's generosity, and is honoured to be able to help the shelter. She adds it shows it only takes one idea and one person to make a difference.

    Enns says the people who participated told her it's prompted them to get involved and take action as well. She's happy her idea has raised awareness about what the shelter's doing in the community, and she plans to do it again.

    Abuse Prevention Centre Executive Director Joyce Schrader admits this kind of grassroots support is overwhelming, adding it makes her work at the shelter easier.

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    Schrader and Enns with the Massage for Hope poster, signed by everyone who participated
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    Mary Lynn Moffat & Elicia Funk in front of P.C.R.C. office

    The deadline is drawing near for the annual Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation. Home Beautification Grant. The application deadline is set for tomorrow at 4:30 pm.  Community Facilitator Mary Lynn Moffat says the grants are split into two categories,  homeowner housing and rental housing.

    The Homeowner Grant provides up to $2500 dollars for exterior home improvements. The Rental Housing Grant offers up to a $1000 dollars per rental property for exterior renovations that must be matched by the applicant. 

    Moffat says as part of the application, you need to have quotes and a description of the work that is to be done, as well as photos and property tax papers.
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    After a week long wait, the Portage Terriers are back on the ice tonight.

    The Dogs welcome the Winnipeg Blues to the PCU Centre for game one of the best-of-seven Addison Division final series. The series has all the makings of a classic with both teams looking very evenly matched going in. Both teams won four times during their eight regular season meetings. Both teams had seven 20-goal scorers and four 60-point men. The leading scorer on both teams finished the year with 71 points and both teams are coming off a first round sweep.

    One area of the Terriers' game a lot of fans are wondering about going into the series is goaltending. Starter Shea Cooper missed the first round after suffering an injury prior to game one. Backup Adam Iwan stepped up and helped the team to a first round sweep of Selkirk, finishing the series with a 2.23 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. The 18-year-old Winnipegger talks about what was going through his mind when he found out he'd be starting the playoffs.

    "Not much really, I was just confident with my play as of late," says Iwan. "Last couple of games I had in the season I felt I played really strong and I knew I just had to keep consistent."

    There has been no word yet on a possible return date for Cooper, but if Iwan can continue his strong play, the Terriers goaltending still looks solid. Head Coach and General Manager Blake Spiller has been impressed with how Iwan's performed under pressure situations.

    "Put a lot on his shoulders and he responded real well," says the veteran bench boss. "That's what you need to have success, guys that can step up when they're called on and he was definitely huge."

    Winnipeg's goaltending has been good but not great this season. The combination of Isiah Plett and Byron Spriggs have handled the majority of duties for the Blues with Plett starting all four games of their first round sweep of the Flyers. In those games, the 18-year-old from Steinbach sported a goals against average of 3.50 and a save percentage of .883.

    Game one goes tonight at 7:30 pm at the PCU Centre with game two scheduled for Sunday night in Headingley.
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    Monday, March 26th

    National Hockey League
    Ottawa 6 Winnipeg 4
    Tampa Bay 5 Philadelphia 3
    Detroit 7 Columbus 2
    Calgary 5 Dallas 4
    Vancouver 1 Los Angeles 0
    San Jose 5 Colorado 1

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League
    Portage 6 Winnipeg Blues 3
    (Terriers win best of 7 Addison Division final 4-2)
    Winnipeg Saints 5 OCN 1
    (Saints win Sher-Wood Division final 4-2)

    Provincial Mixed Curling Championship @ Winnipeg
    Final: Terry McNamee, Brandon 8 David Kraichy, Fort Rouge 3
    Semifinal: Kraichy 8 James Kirkness, Fort Rouge 2

    Canadian Masters Curling Championships @ Montreal
    Ron Westcott, Manitoba 10 Craig Tuton, Yukon 0
    Joyce McDougall, Manitoba 7 Rolande Madore, Quebec 5


    Orlando 117 Toronto 101
    Boston 102 Charlotte 95
    Indiana 105 Miami 90
    Detroit 79 Washington 77
    Utah 105 New Jersey 84
    New York 89 Milwaukee 80
    Denver 108 Chicago 91
    Houston 113 Sacramento 106 (OT)
    L.A. Clippers 97 New Orleans 85

    Tuesday Schedule.

    Southeastern Manitoba Hockey League Finals
    Game 5, Altona vs. Plum Coulee in Winkler, 7:30pm
    (Altona leads Best of 7 Series 3-1)


    Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m.
    Chicago at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
    N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
    Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
    Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
    Florida at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
    Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
    N.Y. Rangers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.


    Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
    Minnesota at Memphis, 8 p.m.
    Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
    Houston at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
    Oklahoma City at Portland, 10 p.m.
    San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

    Exhibition Baseball

    Minnesota vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
    Detroit vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
    Washington vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:35 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
    San Diego (ss) vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
    Toronto vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m.
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    The parking lot at the Portage la Prairie Mall was filled from end to end with truckers forced to wait out the closure of Highway #1 Friday night.




    The heavy snowfall caused the closure of a number of

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    With International Women's Day today, Kid's Help Phone Councillors are trying to bring the subject of Teen Dating Violence into the open.

    Councillor Louise Longo says teen dating violence is a very broad topic, but basically includes any unwanted attention a young person receives in their romantic relationship.
    "The most obvious thing people think of are sexual advances that aren't welcome, but it can be things such as making threats, making the person feel afraid, putting the person down, embarrassing the person, subtle things like controlling what the person does, and when there's more involvement it can also mean isolating the person by discouraging them from seeing friends and family," Longo explains.

    "They are shocking numbers," says Longo when asked about some of the statistics surrounding this issue.

    She explains dating violence most commonly impacts young women between the ages of 16 to 24, and approximately 1/3 of high school students have had experiences with dating violence, yet it remains largely a hidden problem because many adolescents do not recognize themselves as either receivers or perpetrators of dating violence.  Many adolescents remain silent about their experiences even when they do recognize there is a problem. She adds between 25% and 50% of Canadian teenage girls experience psychological, physical, or sexual violence in their first romantic relationship, and 30% of high school students who experience dating violence do not tell anyone about it.

    Longo says if you notice a young family member dealing with these issues, she says it's important to be very sensitive while communicating with them, because it can be difficult to talk about for them. She adds they also need to know it's not their fault, and family members need to take the situation very seriously and not make light of it.     

    For more information on Kids Help Phone, visit their website.
  • places farm field mar122012

    Farmers in the Central Plains could be hitting the fields a little earlier than expected thanks to the suddenly surging temperatures.

    Portage GO Office Farm Production Advisor Shawn Cabak says the improving weather conditions across southern Manitoba may have some re-thinking their schedules and planting tactics. The current weather is advancing the field conditions by up to 2 to 3 weeks. Cabak suggests a few may be thinking of getting active on their field activity within the next few weeks, as early seeding leads to a better yield.

    As for the quick melt possibly causing flooding concerns, Cabak says the below average snowfall amounts during the winter have minimized the potential issues that could have been seen in the majority of local fields.  But he says there are still concerns out there over  possible problems with soil erosion and a lack of moisture reserves.
  • places alzheimer program mar152012
    Pictured. Alzheimer course held in western Manitoba October 2011.

    The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba and the Central R.H.A. are working together to educate the Central Plains on the issues of the disease. Alzheimer Society

    Regional Co-ordinator Gerry Gascoigne says the course, which is scheduled for this Saturday at Trinity United Church, will provide information on the disease and the challenges of care that can be created due changing behaviours.

    Gascoigne notes the day will also review a few topics that are sometimes overlooked, such as self care or care for the caregiver. He says this education program will be valuable for family caregivers or friends of people with Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. 

    Anyone interested in taking part in the course, is asked to call 239-4898 or email [email protected] for more information.
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    Eriksdale Community Club

    The town of Eriksdale is halfway to seeing a long sought after project completed. New boards are desperately needed in their arena and Community Club board member Ben Kinkead says the boards have heaved due to the way they were originally put in and it's getting harder and harder to keep them straight and level. When the volunteers put in their ice, which is natural, it takes quite a few more floods and man hours just to get it in because the surface along the boards isn't level.

    He adds originally they thought of purchasing new boards but quotes were going upwards of $100,000 thousand dollars, so they decided to purchase a used set out of Alberta for between $15 to $20 thousand. A sub committee is looking at different ways of trying to put them together, maybe combining them with the new ones, to make the best set possible. They recently held a CFRY Talent Show, which helped raise $19,000, but further funds are needed to complete the process.

    Kinkead notes every time the Community Club goes to work with a major project they try to look at all revenue sources which might include applying for grants and holding fundraising events. He adds they always welcome contributions as well as volunteer hours whether it be applying for grants or actually assisting with the installation. He adds they are greatly appreciative of the community support shown so far and this is what keeps the centre open.

    Anyone interested in making a monetary donation or helping in any way in encouraged to contact one of their board of directors, there's a list of them on the Eriksdale website. The RM office could also provide further information. Kinkead says they'd be happy to people attend a board meeting and provide information or help with the installation. Kinkead stresses it's a work in progress but it's definitely underway, and any help is more than welcome.
  • people joyce schrader mar072012
    Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre Executive Director Joyce Schrader

    International Women's Day is being celebrated today.

    Joyce Schrader with the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre says historically, it is very important to take the time to celebrate the sacrifices of the pioneers, such as Nellie McClung, who helped too pave the way.

    Nationally, the theme is "Strong Women, Strong Canada".  Schrader says closer to home, it is exploring how woman in rural & northern communities are key to Canada's economic prosperity.

    She notes our nation has made great strides in womens' rights, but there are still more work to do on a global level and Canada can be a leader in that effort.
  • places city cleanup 1 mar122012

    Portage la Prairie is getting an early start on some of its spring cleaning. 

    Director of Operations Kelly Braden says maintenance crews were out yesterday with high pressure steamers and water vacuums working on opening up frozen sewers and stop water from ponding in some parts of the city. A grader was also used to scrape snow and ice from the gutters. 

    Braden says there were a few areas on the citys north side that needed immediate attention yesterday, and over the next few days, the rest of the community will be covered. He says with the little amount of snow this winter, this work has been a little bit easier to deal with.

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  • places sunny day 1 mar212012

    Portage la Prairie and the surrounding region are continuing to enjoy a historic March, weather-wise. Chris St. Clair with the Weather Network says the city has seen several daytime temperature records fall over the past week.

    St. Clair says these former benchmarks are not just being broken, but being shattered; and in some cases by a double digit increase. He says we are seeing a once in a lifetime event, as this kind of record breaking warmth is a statistically a one in 500 to a one in 1000 year occurrence. 

    But he also notes it will likely be back to normal weather wise for the weekend as a cold front travelling across the prairies will push through and bring things back down to the seasonal averages.

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    Zone 4 Coaches of the Year, PCI Trojans Hockey Mark Essay(left) and Andrew Cherkas(right)

    The head coaches of the PCI Trojans hockey team are the Zone 4 High School Hockey League Coaches of the Year for the 2011-2012 season.  Trojans Co-Coaches Andrew Cherkas and Mark Essay received the honour and both agree it was a bit of a surprise.
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    The Killarney Shamrocks are 2011-2012 Tiger Hills Hockey League champions. Bryce Lamb and Cody Gross scored two goals each and Isaac Friesen had five assists as Killarney downed Carberry 7-2.
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    A growing population in the central region of the province continues to put pressure on health services.
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    Pictured: Members of the Manitoba Snowshoe Team

    Very good showing on the podium for athletes from the Central Plains at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Sara Holmes and Barret Wallis of Portage la Prairie come home with multiple medals. Holmes won a gold in the 200 metre snowshoe event and a silver in the 4 by 100 metre relay. Wallis, meanwhile won two gold, in the 100 and 200 metre snowshoe and a bronze in the 4 by 100 relay.  there were 43 Manitoba athletes that took part in the games in St Albert, Alberta. the province ended the event with 36 medals, 16 of those gold.  Provincial Team Manager Colleen Lowbon-Bulo says it was a great week for everyone who was there.

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    Barret Wallis Crossing the finish line in the 200 Metre race.

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    Sara Holmes completing the 200 Metre event

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    Gold Medal for Holmes

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    Wallis celebrates on the podium

  • places city council mar122012
    Pictured. City Council meeting. Monday March 12th.

    Changes could be made is to how much money the Portage Regional Recreation Authority must set aside on an annual basis. The P.R.R.A  is asking Portage City Council to amend its capital allocation requirement from the current standard of 10% of its gross revenues to a minimum dollar amount of $45,000 dollars per year.

    Councillor Diane Stasiuk says the change would create more financial certainty for the P.R.R.A and its reserves by ensuring a certain specific amount of capital is allocated each and every year to assist for ongoing planning and anticipated costs. The request could receive second and third reading from the city at its next council meeting at the end of the March.
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    AMM President Doug Dobrowolski

    The town of Carman and RM of Dufferin will host municipal officials from across south central areas of the province tomorrow.

    It's part of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual district meetings. AMM president Doug Dobrowalski says the big item on the agenda will be the federal government's next infrastructure program, which is scheduled to be rolled out in 2014.

    Dobrowalski suggests the next round of infrastructure funding will focus on hard infrastructure such as water, sewer, roads and bridges.
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    Thursday, March 15

    National Hockey League
    Calgary 4 Phoenix 1
    Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 1
    New Jersey 1 Colorado 0 (SO)
    Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
    Pittsburgh 5 N.Y. Rangers 2
    Carolina 2 St. Louis 0
    Florida 6 Boston 2
    San Jose 2 Nashville 1 (SO)   

    Provincial High School Varsity Basketball Championships
    "A" Girls @ Fisher Branch
    Elm Creek 67 Fisher Branch 35
    Treherne 40 Dufferin Christian 38
    Grandview 54 Elm Creek 44

    "A" Boys @ St. Laurent
    Glenboro 83 Dufferin Christian 67

    "AA" Girls @ Neepawa
    Souris 62 Carman 52

    "AA" Boys @ Minnedosa
    MacGregor 51 Warren 50
    Carman 65 Green Valley (Grunthal) 37   

    National Basketball Association
    Washington 99 New Orleans 89
    Dallas 101 Charlotte 96
    Oklahoma City 103 Denver 90
    Utah 111 Minnesota 105 (OT)
    Phoenix 91 L.A. Clippers 87   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 6 Houston 3
    Pittsburgh 17 Minnesota 6
    Philadelphia (ss) 6 Tampa Bay 6
    Miami 3 N.Y. Mets 1
    Philadelphia (ss) 6 Atlanta 4
    N.Y. Yankees 8 Washington 5
    Detroit 4 Baltimore 2
    St. Louis 9 Boston 6
    L.A. Angels 3 Cincinnati 1
    Kansas City 8 L.A. Dodgers 5
    Oakland 11 Texas 7
    Cleveland 12 Chicago White Sox 3
    Milwaukee 6 San Diego 4
    Arizona 12 Chicago Cubs (ss) 2
    Colorado 7 Chicago Cubs (ss) 5
    San Francisco 7 Seattle 5

    Friday, March 16

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Winnipeg Blues at Portage, 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on CFRY/portageonline.com at 7:20)
    (1st game in best of 7 Addison Division final)
    Winnipeg Saints at OCN, 7 p.m.
    (1st game in Sher-Wood Division final)

    South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Playoffs
    Plum Coulee vs Altona @ Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
    (1st game in best of 7 final)

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Norway House at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
    (best of 7 semi-final tied 2-2)

    Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
    Carberry at Killarney, 8:30 p.m.
    (1st game of best of 7 final)

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Southwest Cougars vs Winnipeg Wild @ MTS Iceplex, 7:30 p.m.
    (1st game in best of 5 final)

    Western Hockey League
    Brandon at Regina, 8 p.m.   

    National Hockey League
    Washington at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.
    Montreal at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
    Chicago at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
    Calgary at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Anaheim, 9 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    New Jersey at Orlando, 6 p.m.
    Miami at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Washington at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
    Indiana at New York, 6:30 p.m.
    Portland at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    Toronto at Memphis, 7 p.m.
    San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.
    Boston at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    Detroit at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
    Milwaukee at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
    Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Tampa Bay @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Baltimore vs Minnesota (ss) @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Washington vs N.Y. Yankees @ Tampa, 12:05 p.m.
    Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 12:05 p.m.
    Detroit vs N.Y. Mets @ Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m.
    Milwaukee (ss) vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels (ss) vs San Diego @ Peoria, 3:05 p.m.
    San Francisco vs Chicago Cubs @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    Texas vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Seattle (ss) vs Milwaukee (ss) @ Tucson, 3:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs L.A. Angels (ss) @ Tempe, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs Arizona @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Houston vs Atlanta @ Kissimmee, 5:05 p.m.
    Minnesota (ss) vs Boston @ Fort Myers, 6:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 9:05 p.m.
    Seattle (ss) vs Oakland @ Phoenix, 9:05 p.m.
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    The Portage Terriers have the chance to end their Addison Division final tonight in Headingley.

    The club makes the trip to the MTS IcePlex for game six in the best-of-seven series, currently holding a 3-2 lead. Momentum is on the team's side after a 5-2 win on the road in game four, followed by a 3-1 win at the Dog Pound in game five.

    A big part of the Terrierssuccess in the playoffs has been the play of netminder Adam Iwan. Stepping in for an injured Shea Cooper when the postseason began, the 18-year-old from Winnipeg has gone 7-1, sporting a goals against average of 2.28 along the way. Iwan says if the team can keep up the intensity they've had in the last two games, they can come out on top again.

    The Terriers and Bluesdrop the puck on game six tonight at 7:30 pm at the MTS IcePlex in Headingley.
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    Portage la Prairie is getting a quick start on patching up potholes. Director of Public Works Brian Taylor says the temporary filling of the holes with cold mix is currently on the go. He says the City has been able to start this work a little earlier than usual because of the weather. The cold mix is used to fill in the holes to get the city into the summer season.

    Taylor says while we have had a great winter and spring, Portage la Prairie will still keep its current schedule for permanent repairs to potholes, which is set to begin in June. As for the temporary fix, Taylor says anyone who finds potholes is asked to contact Operations at 239-8346 or [email protected] and the city will attend to them.
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    Administrator of Student Services Rochelle Rands


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    Manitoba Public Insurance wants to crack down on fraud and is asking for your help to do it.  Spokesperson Brian Smiley says March is Fraud Prevention Month. He says fraudulent claims come in several different shapes and forms, ranging from faking injuries or deliberately destroying or having your vehicle stolen. He says this problem is not just a "Winnipeg" issue, as M.P.I. has seen many examples of attempted fraud in the Central Plains and Portage la Prairie over the past couple years. He notes the fraudulent claims unit was able to save $9 million dollars for drivers in 2011. If you know of a case of fraud, you can contact the anonymous tip line at 1-877-985-8477.
  • places portage courthouse mar122012
    Pictured. Portage la Prairie Courthouse.

    Talks are beginning to heat up over the future use of Portage la Prairie's Correctional Facility and Courthouse. With the recent shift of inmates out of Portage to their new home in Headingley, the jail now stands empty. The courthouse has also, in recent years, seen minimal use as Provincial Court is actually run out of the Provincial Building.  Portage M.L.A. Ian Wishart says discussions have been ongoing as to what could be put into the buildings. Wishart says an amalgamation of the two into a single, practical facility could be an option.  He notes that a similar concept was done in Brandon a few years ago where eveything was centralized and upgraded. Wishart says all this talk however is still in the very early stages of discussion.
  • mar022012terriersbench

    Since taking over as head coach and general manager of the Portage Terriers in 2006, Blake Spiller has left a big stamp on the club's history.

    The former team captain has turned the franchise into the class of the league, guiding them to Turnbull Cups in 2008, 2009 and 2011. It seems like every season, a key piece to the puzzle is added that puts the team over the top and gives them the extra boost needed to push for the league title. Let's take a look back on the top 5 trades made by Blake Spiller during his tenure as the team's GM.

    5. Acquiring forward Cory More from the Beausejour Blades for defenseman Kevin Falloon.

    Cory More won his share of hardware during his time in Portage, helping the Dogs to three Turnbull Cups.

    Kevin Falloon was coming off a stellar season as an 18-year-old when Spiller pulled the trigger on a deal that sent him to Beausejour for 17-year-old forward Cory More. Falloon was later traded to the Dauphin Kings where he spent the final two seasons of his junior career, leading the MJHL in scoring by a defenseman in 2008-2009. More on the other hand played an integral part in three Turnbull Cup championships, providing solid play in the face-off circle and thunderous hits every time on the ice. More would also captain the team for two seasons and guide them to their first Anavet Cup since 2005. In total, the Deloraine native played in 163 games for the Terriers over four seasons, becoming one of the most beloved players in recent memory.

    4. Acquiring goaltender Bryan Mountain from the Penticton Vees (BCHL) for the rights to goaltender Cody Pollon.

    In MJHL playoffs and regular season combined, Mountain sported a record of 44-10-1.
    Photo courtesy of Dave Darichuk

    Coming off the championship run of 2008, netminder Cody Pollon elected to retire with one year of eligibility left. With Gavin McHale graduating from the team during that same summer, a goaltender was sorely needed if the Terriers wanted any hope of repeating as league champions. Spiller sent Pollon's rights to the BCHL's Penticton Vees for a 20-year-old goalie from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania named Bryan Mountain. The American import proved to be just what Portage needed. Mountain went 32-9-1 during the regular season, sporting a goals against average of 2.66 and a save percentage of .911. In the playoffs that year, he was lights out, going 12-1 on the way to Goalie of the Playoffs honours and another Turnbull Cup.

    3. Acquiring forward Brent Wold from the Neepawa Natives for goaltender Jordan Washburn.

    Brent Wold has led the team in scoring in both of his seasons in green and gold.

    Washburn had been acquired late in the year the previous season and seen time in just 16 games as a Terrier. With Jason Kasdorf ready to step in as a full-time starter, Spiller sent the Saskatchewan native to Neepawa in exchange for the rights to a young forward named Brent Wold. Washburn spent the 2010/2011 season as a backup to Wendell Vye in Neepawa before being traded to Selkirk where he backed up Joey Rewucki for the remainder of the year. In the meantime, Wold made the team out of training camp that year and went on to lead the club in scoring during his rookie season with 68 points. He chipped in with 16 points during the playoffs, helping the team to a Turnbull and Anavet Cup, earning himself Anavet Cup MVP honours in the process. This season, Wold once again led the team in scoring and has proven to be one of the brightest young stars in the MJHL.

    2. Acquiring forward Riley Nixdorf from the Winnipeg Blues for forward Jordan Wilson and goaltender Mitch David.

    Nixdorf was one of the most prolific scorers during the Blake Spiller era in Portage.
    Photo courtesy of Dave Darichuk

    In need of some added scoring punch prior to the 2007/2008 season, Spiller set his sights on Winnipeg Blues sniper Riley Nixdorf. It took 20-year-old forward Jordan Wilson and a good-looking prospect in Mitch David, but the Blues were finally willing to part ways with the young forward. Wilson never made an impact in Winnipeg, being traded to the SJHL's Melville Millionaires before finishing his career in the OPJHL with the Port Hope Predators. David tended goal for the Blues for over two seasons before being dealt to the Steinbach Pistons in his final year. His goals against average was never lower than 3.39. Meanwhile, Nixdorf became the straw that stirred the drink for the Portage offense. In his first season with the club, the Winnipeg native played alongside Mike Audino and Jeremy Dawes, putting up 89 points and helping the Terriers to a Turnbull Cup. In the deciding game against the Saints in that year's final, Nixdorf provided the game-winning goal. The next year, he finished his junior career playing on a line with Eric Delong and Donnie Glennie. Nixdorf would enjoy his best season point-wise, scoring 37 goals and adding 66 assists for 103 points to lead the team. He also provided the game-winning goal in game five of the finals that clinched a second straight Turnbull Cup for the Terriers. In total, Nixdorf played 120 games for the Terriers, putting up 192 points in that span.

    1. Acquiring forward Donnie Glennie and defenseman Drew Ellement from the Winnipeg Blues for forwards Carson Rowat and Colton Kennedy.


    Ellement accepts his Playoff MVP award from Commissioner Kim Davis.

    Glennie (#21) fights hard for a puck in front of the net.
    Photos courtesy of Dave Darichuk

    Never has one trade proven to be so important for a playoff run. Glennie's veteran leadership was evident and the wily veteran provided 49 points in 44 games during the regular season. Ellement finished the year with 13 goals and 41 points but it was in the playoffs where the defenseman's star shone brightest. In one of the greatest playoff performances ever, Ellement scored a goal in every single playoff game, finishing with 17 during the Terriers 13-game postseason run that culminated in a Turnbull Cup championship. For his efforts, Ellement was named Playoff MVP. Rowat eventually found his way back to Portage at the trade deadline while Kennedy played just nine games in Winnipeg before being traded to the Fort Frances Junior Sabres of the SIJHL.

    The Terriers have already made some key pickups this year, acquiring Shea Cooper from Estevan, picking up Tyler Larson and Connor Faupel from Neepawa and trading to get Justin Slobozian before the season started. We'll see if one of those deals can become the next great trade in the years to come.

    The Terriers and Blues kick off the Addison Division final this Friday night at the PCU Centre. Game time is 7:30 pm.

  • Manitoba Junior Hockey League
    Portage at Winnipeg Blues, 7:30 p.m.
    (Terriers lead best of 7 Addison Division final 3-2)
    OCN at Winnipeg Saints, 7 p.m.
    (Saints lead Sher-Wood Division final 3-2)


    National Hockey League
    Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
    Columbus at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
    Ottawa at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.
    Dallas at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
    Colorado at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.


    Provincial Mixed Curling Championship @ Winnipeg

    Semifinal: James Kirkness, Fort Rouge vs David Kraichy, Fort Rouge, 9:30 a.m.

    (winner will meet Terry McNamee, Brandon in final)


    National Basketball Association
    Orlando at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Boston at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
    Miami at Indiana, 6 p.m.
    Detroit at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Utah at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    Milwaukee at New York, 6:30 p.m.
    Denver at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    Sacramento at Houston, 7 p.m.
    New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.


    Exhibition Baseball
    Houston vs Washington @ Viera, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    Boston vs Philadelphia @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 3:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs Chicago Cubs (ss) @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs L.A. Angels @ Tempe, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs (ss) vs Arizona @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Baltimore vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 6:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs Texas @ Surprise, 8:05 p.m. 

    Sunday Scoes

    S.E.M.H.L Final

    Altona 4 Plum Coulee 3 (ot)
    (Altona leads the best of seven 3-1)

    Western Hockey League
    Brandon 4 Calgary 1
    (Wheat Kings lead best of 7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal 2-1)

    National Hockey League
    Edmonton 6 Columbus 3
    Washington 3 Minnesota 0
    Pittsburgh 5 New Jersey 2
    N.Y. Islanders 3 Florida 2 (SO)
    Nashville 6 Chicago 1
    Boston 3 Anaheim 2
    St. Louis 4 Phoenix 0


    World Women's Curling Championship @ Lethbridge
    Gold Medal Game: Mirjam Ott, Switzerland 7 Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden 6
    Bronze Medal Game:Heather Nedohin, Canada 9 Ji-Sun Kim, Korea 6


    Canadian Senior Curling Championships @ Abbotsford

    Women's Final:Cathy King, Alberta 9 Cathy Cunningham, Newfoundland & Labrador 5
    Men's Final:Rob Armitage, Alberta 5 Glenn Goss, Newfoundland & Labrador 2


    Provincial Mixed Curling Championship @ Winnipeg
    1-1 Page Playoff Game:
    Terry McNamee, Brandon 6 David Kraichy, Fort Rouge 5
    2-2 Page Playoff Game: James Kirkness, Fort Rouge 9 Sean Grassie, Deer Lodge 4

    National Basketball Association
    Atlanta 139 Utah 133 (4OT)
    Phoenix 108 Cleveland 83
    Minnesota 117 Denver 100
    Boston 88 Washington 76
    San Antonio 93 Philadelphia 76
    Oklahoma City 103 Miami 87
    Portland 90 Golden State 87
    Memphis 102 L.A. Lakers 96

    Major League Baseball Exhibition

    Toronto 6 Boston 5 (10 innings)
    St. Louis 9 Minnesota 2
    Atlanta 11 Houston (ss) 1
    Detroit (ss) 6 Philadelphia (ss) 3
    Washington 12 N.Y. Mets 0
    Philadelphia (ss) 3 Baltimore 3 (10 innings)
    St. Louis 9 Minnesota 2
    Pittsburgh 9 Houston (ss) 7 (10 innings)
    Miami 5 Tampa Bay 1
    N.Y. Yankees 1 Detroit (ss) 1 (10 innings)
    San Diego 4 Arizona 3
    Chicago White Sox 5 San Francisco 2
    Colorado 7 Cincinnati 3
    Milwaukee (ss) 7 Kansas City 3
    Chicago Cubs 6 Cleveland 2
    L.A. Angels 6 Texas 5
    Milwaukee (ss) 7 L.A. Dodgers 1
    Oakland 5 Yomiuro Giants 0
    Hanshin Tigers 5 Seattle 1 


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    Here's a peak at the cover

    A book launch is set for this evening at the McNally Robinson Grant Park Atrium in Winnipeg for local author Johannes Waldner.
    Waldner, who hails from Baker Colony near MacGregor, says "Playing Like Timothy" is a story about a little boy who's trying to be a good goalie but has trouble stopping pucks. The story originated through a creative writing course he took at Brandon University where one of his assignments was to write a fictional children's book. Waldner notes when he started the project he wanted to write something about hockey and have it centre around a Hutterite colony. He adds he's surprised by the positive feedback he's getting as a lot of people he thought wouldn't get anything out of the story have really enjoyed it. Waldner adds he's extremely grateful and wishes to thank Kenny from the Hutterian Brethren Book Centre for everything he's done. The launch takes place at 7 pm and everyone is invited to attend. For those interested in getting a copy, they're available at McNally Robinson, through Amazon, or the HB Book Centre.

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    Johannes Waldner
  • places portage spring mar122012

    We can expect this early preview of spring to stick around the Central Plains right up into the weekend.  Warmer temperatures have been reported across southern Manitoba. Chris St Clair of the Weather Network says it has been caused by a high pressure system coming out of the United States causing many parts of Canada east of the Rocky Mountains to be experiencing above average temperatures.  St Clair says that the extended forecast for Portage la Prairie and many other parts of southern Manitoba will call for double digit temperatures throughout the rest of this week. The region could also possibly reach up to 20 degrees celsius by the weekend. St Clair says precluding any unexpected weather system shifts, it will remain warm and dry up until at least the first official day of spring next Tuesday.
  • places alus mar202012
    A major donation to the Delta Waterfowl Foundation will help the group expand an environmental initative. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is donating $1.46 million dollars to help the Alternative Land Use Services Program. This is the second major grant from the foundation in the past year, bringing its total commitment to ALUS to more than $3 million.

    Delta will use the money to create two centres of operations to support the national expansion of the program. Spokesperson Jim Fisher says this is the biggest gift the group has ever received and it will allow them to expand ALUS into Ontario and across the prairies. 

    There is a local link to the ALUS project, as Portage la Prairie M.L.A. Ian Wishart was part of the original group of people who started the program. The first pilot project was also launched in the R.M. of Blanchard in 2005.  Through ALUS, farmers receive payments for delivering a variety of environmental services that enhance and protect wetlands and increase native grass cover.
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    Cindy McDonald

    Businesses and organizations interested in improving the exterior of their properties are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Hometown Manitoba Program. Executive Director of the Portage Chamber Cindy McDonald says the deadline for application submissions is this Friday, March 9th. Basically these funds are available to downtown and main street businesses up to $2000. There's a possible $1000 available from the City and up to $1000 from the Province, for exterior upgrades and landscaping.

    McDonald notes past response has been good as there's been about $56,000 approved over the last couple of years, just through the province, and $50,000 from the City. She adds businesses are required to put in $1,000 of their own money and could receive up to $2000, so it's a win/win for everyone.

    McDonald feels the more attractive our business sector looks the better our city looks. She says who doesn't  want people to drive down Saskatchewan Ave, or any part in the city, and comment on how well kept it looks. McDonald adds when you have places that are appealing people tend to take more pride in where they live which is also why it's a great program.

    McDonald stresses the deadline for submissions is this Friday and they can be dropped off at the Chamber office. She adds applications are available at the Chamber office, City Hall, or in the reception area at Portage Credit Union. They can also be accessed through the Chamber website.

    Businesses or organizations, which includes non profits, who are located 2 blocks North and South of, and on Saskatchewan Ave, or on Provincial Highway 240, within city limits, are eligible.
  • people tracy enns mar122012
    Pictured. Massage Therapist Tracy Enns.

    A Portage la Prairie massage therapist is doing everything she can to bring in donations for a very worthy local cause. The Massage for Hope Challenge was started by R.M.T. Tracy Enns, who is giving 35 fifteen minute massages today and giving all the money brought in to the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre.

    Enns says the response from the public for this idea has been phenomenal and it has really taken on a life of its own. Enns says she wanted to challenge herself to bring in additional support for the centre and hopes that Massage For Hope could turn into an annual event with more Massage Therapists from across the Central Plains participating in the future. Any donations received during Massage For Hope will be given to the Portage Abuse Prevention Centre later this week.
  • places rotary lunch mar202012
    Central R.H.A. Registered Dietician Janelle Botteril

    March is National Nutrition Month and as part of it, a Portage la Prairie dietician is looking to debunk some of the most common myths about healthy eating.

    Janelle Botterill of the Central R.H.A. made a presentation on the subject yesterday to the Portage Rotary Club. She says a few of the most common misconceptions out there include the one that says by cutting out foods high in carbohydrates, people can lose weight. Botterill says lowering portions in any food group will help to you to lose weight.

    She says another common myth is that multi-grains are better than whole grains.  Botterill says there is so much information available, people can have difficulty making sense of it all. What she'd like to do is help bring the knowledge back, and make it easy and practical for everyone to use on an everyday basis.
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    Baseball and fast pitch season is quickly approaching for the P.C.I. Trojans. Tryouts for the boys and girls squads was Wednesday afternnoon. Boys Head Coach Jay Dewis says 16 players are trying to make the club with many new faces hoping to make the roster. He says many players graduated last year so they will be a fairly young team. He says he hopes the club will improve and develop through the season and be in the mix heading into the playoffs.

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    It's a different story for the girls fast-pitch, as bench boss Cam Asham says there plenty of veterans that will likely lead the way. 11 players are trying out for this years team, including 5 Grade 12 students. Asham says those players will need to take a leadership role. The final roster will be official for the boys team the week after spring break. The girls fast pitch team will be finalized this week. The season for both clubs will begin in late April.

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    The Winnipeg Jets playoff hopes took a big hit on Saturday night in Nashville. The Jets suffered their 21st road loss of the season dropping a 3-1 decision to the Predators.
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    R.C.M.P. are ruling out foul play in the death of a 16 year old boy in central Manitoba. The autopsy has been completed but the investigation will continue with witness interviews and toxicology reports. The boy was found Tuesday morning collapsed in front of a home in alonsa, about 100 kilometres north of Gladstone on the west side of Lake Manitoba. He was taken to hospital but did not survive.

    R.C.M.P. in central Manitoba are investigating the sudden death of a youth in the community of Alonsa, Police Spokesperson Miles Hiebert says the boy was found Tuesday morning outside of a residence and taken to hospital where he later died. Officers from the Ste Rose du Lac detachment along with the R.C.M.P. Serious Crimes Unit are investigating. An autopsy is currently pending. Alonsa is located on the west side of Lake Manitoba, about 100 kilometres north of Gladstone.
  • places firehall mar2012
    Portage Fire Hall (file photo)

    Portage la Prairie firefighters were called out just before 6:30 last night to deal with a blaze northwest of the city.
    A small recreational vehicle was burning on an unoccupied farm yard.
    When crews arrived, the RV was already destroyed.
    The RCMP are reported to have suspects in custody, but there are no details yet.
    No damage estimate's available, and no injuries were reported.
  • places portage road sign mar202012
    A new survey shows that Portage la Prairie is a pretty good place to live. The annual Moneysense Magazine list of the best places to live in Canada has been announced. Portage finished 49th out of the almost 200 cities that were profiled. That's an improvement of 11 spots from the 2011 results. Mayor Earl Porter says it is great to see our community is going in the right direction.

    Portage la Prairie scored its highest marks for housing prices and jobless rates.  Our crime rate however was not good though it has still seen improvement since last year. Porter says the gradual improvement that was seen year over year is still a positive.  Portage finished ahead of major metropolitans such as Montreal, St John's and Vancouver this year. We also received a better ranking than Manitoba cities Steinbach and Thompson. 

    Brandon and Winnipeg both finished in the top ten at 6th and 10th respectively.  As for the best place to live in Canada, for the third year in a row, Ottawa has taken the top spot. The complete list can be found at www.moneysense.ca
  • hawks mar13 01

    The Pembina Valley Hawks are one win away from claiming the 2011-2012 Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League title.

    Jessica Kaminsky and Lauryn Keen scored first period goals as Pembina Valley shutdown the Winnipeg Avros 2-0 on Wednesday night at MTS Iceplex.
    Brittni Mowat stopped 30 shots in recording her second straight shutout.

    The Hawks lead the best-of-five final two game to none. Game three goes Sunday night in Morden.

    photo courtesy Pembina Valley Female Hawks website
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    Candice Hoeppner


  • people lookatart mar06

    The public views the artwork at The Eagles Fire Youth Centre

    A recent art show in Portage la Prairie has tackled a difficult subject of sexual exploitation. The Eagle's Fire Youth Centre hosted the display on Tuesday, as part of Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week, which runs until March 11th. Artist Ben Monkman showcased some of his work at the event. He says it is important to address this subject and send out the message that  we must do what we can to protect people. Portage Friendship Centre Executive Director Stuart Alcorn says the art show offered youth the chance to express themselves on this difficult topic in a safe environment.   He says the artists created the works because they felt it was important to get the word out on this difficult issue and help raise awareness to people.

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    Artist Ben Monkman

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    North Wolf Ojibway Drum Team

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    Micheline Berard dances for awareness

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  • people gerry oct2011
    Gerry Gascoigne speaking at an event in October 2011

    After nearly 17 years on the job, the Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba in the Central Plains is retiring. Gerry Gascoigne, who first opened the office in 1995, will be stepping down from the position at the end of March. He says during his time with the Alzheimer Society he's found the work to be extremely rewarding, but it's now simply time for some fresh blood to lead the group into the future.

     Many new assistance programs, care giving conferences and collaborations with local schools have moved ahead in and around Portage la  prairie, thanks to Gascoigne's efforts over the years. Gascoigne says the group has brought some really good projects into the community that have made a difference, and he values the time he spent working with the organization.
  • places inner peace mar202012
    Inner Peace Movement Self Development Educator Judy Guido

    The peace movement has arrived in the Central Plains. The non-profit group, The Inner Peace Movement of Canada held a pair of seminars in Portage la Prairie yesterday. 

    Self Development Educator Judy Guido hosted the session and says it's designed to help people develop their inner confidence. Guido says they explore how following our instincts can offer practical solutions to the challenges of life, and we need to trust our intuition on a more consistent basis.

    As for feedback from those who have taken part in the seminars, Guido says it has been very positive as people take the lessons learned and use them in all facets of their life.

    If you're interested in more information, visit www.innerpeacemovement.ca
  • jets kings 2 dec302011

    Downtown Winnipeg witnessed the end to another National Hockey League hot-streak last night as the Winnipeg Jets went on to defeat the Dallas Stars 5-2 at MTS Centre.

    The Stars entered the game on a 11-game point streak (10-0-1). They have outscored their opposition 34-16 in that span and have jumped from 10th in the Western Conference to third.

    The Jets had their work cut-out for them as they continue to try and keep pace with the Washington Capitals who had a six point lead on the Jets for eighth in the Eastern Conference going into the game. Winnipeg did have an advantage as they were coming off a four day layoff, their longest in-season break next to the six days given at the all-star break. While the Stars were playing in back-to-back games beating the Minnesota Wild 1-0 in St. Paul the night before.

    Nik Antropov got Winnipeg the start they needed when he snipped his 11th of the season at 2:21 of the first period. Antropov's demotion to the fourth line over the past couple of months hasn't demoralized the big six foot five centre.

    Winnipeg Jet's head coach Claude Noel was very satisfied with the fourth line's play. “They had a good week of practice. They got us on the board quickly, said Noel. Antropov could have had a couple of goals tonight. I thought that line was very effective for us.”

    Winkler native, Eric Fehr also contributed his second goal of the year during the Jets scoring spree, which included goals by Evander Kane scoring his 28th and Andrew Ladd notching his 22nd and 23rd of the season.

    Fehr had a rare start on the “GST” line alongside Tanner Glass and Jim Slater with the absence of Chris Thorburn who is out of lineup for the next three weeks due to injury. Fehr hasn't suited up for the Jets in quite some time, he has been a healthy scratch over the past seven games and has only received 18:29 of ice time in the last 13 matches. With that said, Fehr didn't miss a beat, blocking a shot and then skating in alone and blasting a slapper high glove side on Richard Bachman for the game winner at 8:28 of the second period.

    Fehr was asked after the game why he wasn't smiling about his break through performance. “I like to pretend I have done it before, said Fehr. It definitely felt good, it turned out being an important goal for the team.”

    Noel was quick to comment on his winger's performance during his post game remarks, “I thought he played with spirit, battled along the boards, and fit in good with the line.”

    Dallas Stars' forward Loui Eriksson showed how dangerous Dallas' attack can be striking for two goals late in the contest; his 24th and 25th of the season. But the game was already over and Ondrej Pavelec continued to shine making 28 saves for his 26th win on the season.

    The Jets have their biggest game of the season coming up tomorrow when they host the Washington Capitals. Winnipeg's victory over the Stars now puts them four points back of Washington.

    “The Washington game is two points, but really its four points. We look forward to Friday it should be beautiful,” said Noel.

    Winnipeg has been spectacular at MTS Centre (22-10-4). They will need to continue their home ice success if they want a chance at making the playoffs, because seven out of their remaining 12 games are on the road, where the team is a dismal 11-19-4.
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    Josh Froese scored 9:40 into overtime to give the Altona Maroons a 4-3 victory over the Plum Coulee Xpress, and a 3-1 lead in the best of seven SEMHL final. After beating Plum Coulee 4-2 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 series lead, the Maroons returned home on Saturday for game four  looking to become the first home team to win a game in the series.
  • places hydro dialing mar062012

    Manitoba Hydro is once again warning customers about a company trying to sell a "power saving device" which can supposedly save you a substantial amount on your electricity bill. Spokesperson Glenn Schneider tells us the Crown corporation has received numerous calls in recent weeks from concerned customers regarding phone solicitations from this company.

    There have been reports the phone solicitors are pretending to be Manitoba Hydro employees, and are telling customers these devices are approved by Hydro.

    "Some instances they are intimating this is approved by Manitoba Hydro or endorsed by Manitoba Hydro, and asks for credit card information over the phone. Neither of those things are attributable to Manitoba Hydro," says Schneider. "We don't endorse this kind of device, we don't know of any magic device that you plug into your wall and somehow it saves you electricity."

    Schneider tells us Manitoba Hydro has not approved such a device, stressing these devices have also not been approved by the Canadian Standards Association or CSA International, meaning the devices may not comply with relevant standards for safety and performance.

    "They claim the devices are certified, but they don't claim that it's by the Canadian Standards Association or CSA, they claim some accreditation by CE whatever that is, " says Schneider. "Again, customers need to be wary of this kind of sales pitch."

    He says this type of scam pops up every six to eighteen months. Schneider adds in the past they have heard of customers duped by this sort of scam, but they are not aware of any customers going for it this time around.

    If any customers receive phone calls of this type, they should report them immediately to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
  • 3 copy copy

    Here is video of the 16 proud grads who earned their wings at the Number 3 Canadian Forces Flight Training School on Friday, March 9th.
  • bale fire1 mar202102
    Members of the Portage fire department monitor the scene for hot spots

    Portage la Prairie firefighters were busy again last night, on two fronts.

    About 5 in the afternoon yesterday, a call came in about a bale fire. It was off Highway 240, six miles south of the city, on Road 58. About 150 bales were burning.

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    A backhoe exposes any smouldering remains

    Crews were still on the scene as late as 9 this morning.

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    A pile of carrots in front of the fire site

    At one point, four trucks were fighting the blaze, with help from five Hutterite colonies, who were hauling water to the scene. RM of Portage workers also took part in containment efforts.

    Just before 7 o'clock last night, a grass fire was reported near St. Ambroise. Portage crews joined firefghters from the RM of Woodlands and additional RM of Portage workers to deal with it. That blaze was extinguished around midnight.
  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Wednesday, March 14

    Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League
    Pembina Valley Hawks 2 Winnipeg Avros 0
    (Hawks lead best of 5 final 2-0)   

    Western Hockey League
    Moose Jaw 3 Brandon 2 (SO)   

    National Hockey League
    Winnipeg 5 Dallas 2
    Montreal 3 Ottawa 2 (SO)
    Edmonton 3 Columbus 0
    Phoenix 5 Vancouver 4
    Colorado 5 Buffalo 4 (SO)
    Anaheim 4 Detroit 0   

    National Basketball Association
    New Jersey 98 Toronto 84
    Indiana 111 Philadelphia 94
    New York 121 Portland 79
    Houston 107 Charlotte 87
    L.A. Lakers 107  New Orleans 101 (OT)
    Milwaukee 115 Cleveland 105
    San Antonio 122 Orlando 111
    Chicago 106 Miami 102
    Detroit 124  Sacramento 112
    Boston 105 Golden State 103
    L.A. Clippers 96 Atlanta 82
    Phoenix 120 Utah 111   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 7 N.Y. Yankees 5
    Pittsburgh 11 Baltimore 5
    Detroit 7 N.Y. Mets 6 (10 innings)
    Miami 4 Tampa Bay 2
    Houston 4 St. Louis 3
    Minnesota 6 Philadelphia 4
    Milwaukee 10 Chicago Cubs 2
    Chicago White Sox 9 L.A. Angels 7
    Colorado (ss) 6 Texas 1
    San Diego 9 Cincinnati 4
    Cleveland 2 San Francisco 2 (10 innings)
    San Diego 10 Arizona (ss) 6
    Atlanta 6 Washington 5
    Seattle 6 Kansas City 2
    L.A. Dodgers 9 Cincinnati 1
    Colorado (ss) 7 Arizona (ss) 4

    Thursday, March 15

    National Hockey League
    Colorado at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
    Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
    Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
    St. Louis at Carolina, 6 p.m.
    Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
    Boston at Florida, 6:30 p.m.
    Phoenix at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    Nashville at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.   

    Provincial High School Varsity Basketball Championships
    "A" Girls @ Fisher Branch
    Elm Creek vs Fisher Branch, 9 a.m.
    Dufferin Christian vs Treherne, 2:15 p.m.

    "A" Boys @ St. Laurent
    Dufferin Christian vs Glenboro, 12:30 p.m.
    Rosenort vs winner Sioux Valley/West Lynn Heights, 4 p.m.

    "AA" Girls @ Neepawa
    Carman vs Souris, 12:30 p.m.

    "AA" Boys @ Minnedosa
    Carman vs Green Valley (Grunthal), 12:30 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Washington at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
    Charlotte at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
    Oklahoma City at Denver, 8 p.m.
    Minnesota at Utah, 8 p.m.
    Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Houston @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Philadelphia (ss) vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs Miami @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs Philadelphia (ss) @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs Washington @ Viera, 12:05 p.m.
    Baltimore vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs. Boston @ Fort Myers, 1:35 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs L.A. Angels @ Tempe, 3:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Oakland vs Texas @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs Milwaukee @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    Arizona vs Chicago Cubs (ss) @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs (ss) vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    San Francisco vs Seattle @ Peoria, 9:05 p.m.
  • mar192012 figureskating

    The Portage Figure Skating Club is on the road competing in a Funskate event in Stony Mountain this weekend.
  • judo mar122012
    File Photo

    The Portage Judo Club is getting ready for competition next weekend.  They're heading to Stonewall for the Balmoral Open with some of their students who haven't been in a competition before.
  • Friday March 23rd 2012

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Portage terriers 3, Winnipeg Blues 2
    (Portage leads best of 7 Addison Division final 3-2)


    Winnipeg 4 Washington 3 (OT)
    Montreal 5 Ottawa 1
    Toronto 4 New Jersey 3 (SO)
    Edmonton 2 Florida 1 (SO)
    Buffalo 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
    Columbus 5 Carolina 1


    Syracuse 5 St. John's 4 (SO)
    Milwaukee 3 Hamilton 2
    Portland 4 Connecticut 1
    Providence 5 Manchester 2
    Adirondack 1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
    Norfolk 2 Albany 1
    Springfield 3 Bridgeport 2 (SO)
    Binghamton 4 Rochester 3 (OT)
    Oklahoma City 3 Texas 1
    Rockford 2 Houston 1

    NCAA Basketball Championship

    South Region Sweet 16 at Atlanta
    Baylor 75 Xavier 70
    Kentucky 102 Indiana 90
    Midwest Region Sweet 16 at St. Louis
    North Carolina 73 Ohio 65 (OT)
    Kansas 60 North Carolina State 57


    Toronto 96 New York 79
    Oklahoma City 149 Minnesota 140 (2 OT)
    Milwaukee 112 Charlotte 92
    Phoenix 113 Indiana 111
    Orlando 93 Cleveland 80
    Miami 88 Detroit 73
    Atlanta 93 New Jersey 84
    Philadelphia 99 Boston 86
    San Antonio 104 Dallas 87
    L.A. Lakers 103 Portland 96
    Utah 121 Denver 102

    Exhibition Baseball

    Toronto 7 Tampa Bay 5
    N.Y. Yankees (ss) 6 Minnesota 4
    Houston 5 Washington 1
    Baltimore 6 Boston 5
    N.Y. Yankees (ss) 5 Philadelphia 3
    St. Louis 2 Miami 1
    Detroit 7 Pittsburgh 2
    Atlanta 9 N.Y. Mets 4
    L.A. Dodgers (ss) 17 Chicago White Sox (ss) 4
    Kansas City 2 L.A. Dodgers (ss) 0
    L.A. Angels (ss) 6 Milwaukee 3
    Chicago Cubs 10 Colorado 8
    San Diego 5 Cincinnati 2
    L.A. Angels (ss) 4 Cleveland 1
    Chicago White Sox (ss) 6 Arizona 3
    Texas 4 San Francisco 1


    Seattle 2 Houston 0


    Philadelphia 13 Colorado 12

    Saturday March 24 2012


    Winnipeg Saints at OCN Blizzard, 7 pm


    Calgary at Dallas, 1 p.m.
    N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 6 p.m.
    Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
    Winnipeg at Nashville, 6 p.m.
    Montreal at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.
    Carolina at Detroit, 6 p.m.
    Minnesota at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
    Boston at Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
    Vancouver at Colorado, 9 p.m.
    Phoenix at San Jose, 9 p.m.


    Providence at Connecticut, 6 p.m.
    Portland at Manchester, 6 p.m.
    Charlotte at Hershey, 6 p.m.
    Springfield at Adirondack, 6 p.m.
    St. John's at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 6:05 p.m.
    Albany at Norfolk, 6:15 p.m.
    Toronto at Lake Erie, 6:30 p.m.
    Rochester at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m.
    Hamilton at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
    Milwaukee at Peoria, 7 p.m.
    Houston at Rockford, 7:05 p.m.
    San Antonio at Abbotsford, 9 p.m.

    NCAA Basketball Championship

    West Region final at Phoenix

    Louisville (4) vs Florida (7), 3:30 p.m.

    East Region final at Boston

    Syracuse (1) vs Ohio State (2), 6:05 p.m. --


    Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 2 p.m.
    Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m.
    Charlotte at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    Detroit at New York, 6:30 p.m.
    Toronto at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    Dallas at Houston, 7 p.m.
    San Antonio at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
    Indiana at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
    Sacramento at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

    Exhibition Baseball

    Atlanta vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Houston vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Boston (ss) vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    Washington vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12:10 p.m.
    Philadelphia vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 12:35 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
    San Francisco (ss) vs. Cincinnati (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    Colorado vs. San Francisco (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati (ss) vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.


    San Jose at Toronto, 11 a.m.
    Montreal at Columbus, 2 p.m.
    Portland at New England, 2 p.m.
    Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
    Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m.
    D.C. United at Vancouver, 8 p.m.


    Toronto at Rochester, 6:30 p.m.
    Buffalo at Calgary, 8 p.m.
    Washington at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
  • careerexpo2 mar06-2012

    Yesterday afternoon Portage Collegiate in conjunction with the City held the 11th annual Career and Opportunities Expo. Portage Collegiate Institue Career Counsellor Carol Stewart says this year they thought it would be great to bring in the grade 9 classes as well. Stewart notes although some students aren't thinking about careers they are interested in summer and part time work. She adds it's a great  opportunity for them as local businesses are brought right into the school.

    Stewart says sometimes young adults are shy and the local businesses did a great job in engaging the kids and inviting them to ask questions. She adds the students can now put faces and names to the businesses they are interested in and it was a great opportunity to get their foot in the door.

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    Ian Wishart

    A deadline connected to Bipole III public hearings is approaching.

    The Clean Environment Commission is inviting applications for participants for meeting that will review the impact of the 1400 kilometre hydro line proposal. Bipole III has been a very divisive issue as critics suggest the choice of placing it on the province's west side is not environmentally or cost effective.  Details and application forms are available at  www.cecmanitoba.ca.

    Portage la Prairie M.L.A. Ian Wishart says if you want to speak to the C.E.C. and have your views heard for consideration, you have to register.  As for where these hearings will be held, Wishart says the exact locations have yet to be decided on but that he hopes Portage receives consideration. He says the amount of local interest and registration could decide where the hearing is held.
  • places pcu centre parking mar132012

    The Portage Regional Recreation Authority is requesting motorists be more respectful of the rules when it comes to parking at the P.C.U. Centre.  Illegal parking at the facility continues to be an ongoing issue, as vehicles are being seen both on the causeway and in the fire lane on the north side of the building. P.R.R.A. Executive Director Jennifer Sarna says there are more than enough options out there for vehicles and asks drivers to be mindful of the restricted signage.

    Sarna says the P.R.R.A. has provided ample opportunity for people to follow the rules but that parking issues continue to be a concern. City Council would like to see a stricter crackdown on illegal parking. Sarna says if they have to take it to extreme measures, then it may be a future consequence that has to be considered.
  • hawks mar14

    Jessica Kaminsky had three goals and two assists and Brittni Mowat stopped 39 shots as the Pembina Valley Hawks shutdown the Winnipeg Avros 9-0 in game one of the Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League's best-of-five final.

    Kate Friesen added a pair of goals for the Hawks who enjoyed 4-0 and 7-0 leads at the period breaks. Kari Braun, Chelsea Van Deynze, Lauryn Keen and Kenzie Dearsley also scored for Pembina Valley.

    Game 2 goes tonight at MTS Iceplex.

    photo courtesy Pembina Valley Female Hawks website
  • mar232012terriersfaceoff

    The Portage Terriers sent their hometown fans home happy last night and moved one game closer to the Turnbull Cup finals in the process.

    The club earned a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Blues at the PCU Centre, giving them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Addison Division finals. The game was a tight, defensive affair with the score staying at 0-0 until the third period.

    Madam, I'm Adam. Iwan and Robson stretch it out prior to game time.

    The deadlock was finally snapped at the 5:54 mark of the final frame when Tanner Waldvogel blasted a one-timer past Isiah Plett on the powerplay. The local product takes us through the goal.

    Midway through the period, the Blues found the equalizer when Jared Morris tapped one past Adam Iwan, knotting things back up at 1-1. The tie lasted all of nine seconds as off the ensuing face-off, Brent Wold burst into the zone and buried his 6th of the playoffs. Waldvogel added an empty-netter late in the game to make it a 3-1 final.

    Playoff flow is in full effect in the Terrier dressing room as evidenced by the starting line-up.

    Adam Iwan earned the victory between the pipes, stopping 26 of 27 shots. With the win, Iwan improves his playoff record to 7-1 while lowering his goals against average to 2.28 and increasing his save percentage to .914. The 18-year-old backstop says his confidence continued to increase as the game wore on.

    Adam Iwan's 26-save performance guided the Terriers to another playoff victory.

    The Terriershave the chance to wrap up the series on Monday night when the two teams meet up for game six in Headingley. That game goes at 7:30 pm from the MTS IcePlex.
  • people songwriting duo mar062012

                Pictured L to R:  Songwriters Tori Doell & Ross Roteliuk

    A songwriting duo from the Central Plains is proving they can create some beautiful music together. Ross Roteliuk, originally from Portage la Prairie and his girlfriend Tori Doell of Gladstone, have won the Radio Star National Talent Search. the pair won the songwriting competition for their song, "Still Love You." Roteliuk says after 12 years of hard work in the business, winning this prize for him felt like winning the lottery. He expects that this will really open some doors for them into the mainstream music scene. For winning the contest, the duo received prize money, musical instruments and the chance to attend the Canadian Music Week in Toronto at the end of the month to perform. They also get studio time at Metalworks Studios, Canada's premier recording studio. they will be able to put out their first album as a result of winning the competition.
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    Here's Ross playing solo at the 2008 Portage Potato Festival Battle of the Bands
  • people joyce schrader mar072012
    Joyce Schrader with the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre.

    A recent international conference focused on womens issue will have a very important affect on future programs in the Central Plains.

    Joyce Schrader, the Executive Director for the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre attended the 2nd Annual World Conference of Women's Shelters in Washington D.C. The event brought together more than 1400 advocates, activists and leaders from 96 countries to collaborate on such issues as violence against women.

    Schrader says the summit has opened her eyes to several new ideas of what they could be doing here to improve services and reach more victims, more efficiently. One of interest was the Housing First project, which has been extablished in many communities in the United States, and in Canada, in Medicine Hat. She says it is a format Portage la Prairie will be examining in the future.  

    Schrader says running a shelter can be isolating but that networking with people who work in a similar field has opened up many new bonds and partnerships.
  • places basketball 6 mar192012
    Members of the Portage R.C.M.P. & P.C.I. students.

    March Madness has hit the hardwood in Portage la Prairie as members of the R.C.M.P. played a charity game against P.C.I. students. The match-up was put together to help bring in donations for the North Memorial Breakfast Program. Constable Shannon Neff says it was a great event that garnered a lot of support for a very deserving initiative.

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    P.C.I. Senior Scott Robinson was one of the youth who helped put the game together. He says it was great to help out the breakfast program. He says the game itself was a lot of fun and the donations brought in will hopefully  keep a very good project operational for the rest of the year. 

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    The exact amount of donations that were brought in will be finalized within the next few days. As for the game, the R.C.M.P. was able to come away with 33-28 victory.
  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Tuesday, March 13

    Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League
    Pembina Valley Hawks 9 Winnipeg Avros 0
    (1st game in best of 5 final)   

    National Hockey League
    Calgary 3 San Jose 2 (OT)
    Florida 5 Toronto 2
    Philadelphia 3 New Jersey 0
    Washington 5 N.Y. Islanders 4 (SO)
    N.Y. Rangers 4 Carolina 2
    Tampa Bay 6 Boston 1
    Dallas 1 Minnesota 0
    Chicago 4 St. Louis 3 (SO)
    Los Angeles 5 Detroit 2   

    National Basketball Association
    Toronto 96 Cleveland 88
    Indiana 92 Portland 75
    Orlando 104 Miami 98 (OT)
    Houston 104 Oklahoma City 103
    L.A. Lakers 116 Memphis 111 (OT)
    Dallas 107 Washington 98
    Denver 118 Atlanta 117 (OT)
    Golden State 115 Sacramento 89   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto (ss) 8 Minnesota 2
    Toronto (ss) 10 Canada 2
    Tampa Bay 7 Baltimore 7 (10 innings)
    Houston 6 Philadelphia 5 (10 innings)
    Atlanta 2 Miami 2 (10 ings)
    St. Louis 7 N.Y. Mets 1
    Colorado 5 L.A. Dodgers 2
    Oakland 8 Milwaukee (ss) 6
    San Diego 6 Chicago White Sox 3
    Cleveland 8 Texas 8 (10 innings)
    Chicago Cubs 5 San Francisco 4
    Kansas City 7 Cincinnati 5
    Seattle 7 Milwaukee (ss) 4
    L.A. Angels 3 Arizona 0
    Detroit 6 Washington 3
    Boston 1 N.Y. Yankees 0  

    Wednesday, March 14

    Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League
    Pembina Valley Hawks vs Winnipeg Avros @ MTS Iceplex, 7 p.m.
    (Hawks lead best of 5 final 1-0)   

    Western Hockey League
    Moose Jaw at Brandon, 7 p.m.   

    National Hockey League
    Colorado at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.
    Ottawa at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
    Dallas at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
    Phoenix at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
    Detroit at Anaheim, 9 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Philadelphia at Indiana, 6 p.m.
    Toronto at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    Portland at New York, 6:30 p.m.
    Charlotte at Houston, 7 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
    Cleveland at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
    Orlando at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    Miami at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
    Detroit at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
    Boston at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
    Atlanta at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
    Utah at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs N.Y. Yankees @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    Pittsburgh vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
    Houston vs St. Louis @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    Minnesota vs Philadelphia @ Clearwater, 12:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee vs Chicago Cubs @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs Chicago White Sox @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Colorado (ss) vs Texas @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    Cleveland vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs Arizona (ss) @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Washington vs Atlanta @ Kissimmee, 5:05 p.m.
    Kansas City vs Seattle @ Peoria, 9:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs Cincinnati @ Goodyear, 9:05 p.m.
    Arizona (ss) vs Colorado (ss) @ Scottsdale, 9:10 p.m.
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    March is Nutrition Month and the theme for this year from Dietitians of Canada is "Get The Real Deal On Your Meal," with the purpose of busting nutrition myths.
    Dietitians of Canada chose this because they've become increasingly concerned about the amount of misconceptions around aspects of nutrition that are coming through different social media outlets. They're finding nutrition information has never been as accessible as it is right now, and while that's very exciting, the internet and many other forms of social media also produce all sorts of information that isn't credible. So Nutrition Month 2012 is focused on busting popular food and nutrition myths, and bringing the truth to Canadians, from dietitians which are the food and nutrition experts.

    Chantelle D'Andreamatteo, Manager Healthy Living for the CRHA, says Dietitians of Canada have put together 39 myths that they feel are the most popular and concerning. Each day they've put out a new myth and busted it with the truth. CRHA specifically has been sending this information to staff and they send it outward, and hopefully it gets to everyone. She says they've had lots of positive response so far.

    D'Andreamatteo explains they've picked two top myths that they feel are the most crucial. They've  found the most prevalent myth is avoiding carbohydrates if you want to lose weight. The truth is, cutting carbohydrates might help you lose weight in the short term, but it's mostly because you are eating less and cutting out important nutrients like whole grains, fruits, and legumes. Because so many foods include these it's hard to stick to that diet for very long. The best weight loss plan is one you can live with and becomes a part of your life in small increments. To keep the weight off Dietitians of Canada recommend the same advice they've been saying for years - exercise and use Canada's Food Guide.

    D'Andreamatteo says people hear all these glamorous diet plans but it's really about finding what works for you and sticking to it life long. She admits time and time again clients, who've come to the place where they want to make changes and they are doing the quick fix things where you cut out carbohydrates, lose weight but it gets hard to sustain. It works for a bit, and then backfires. She says slow steps and small changes have the biggest and longest impact.

    The second myth that they see in the media time and time again is the sodium issue. The myth says the best way to limit sodium intake is to stop using the shaker. D'Andreamatteo adds the truth is yes, Canadians use too much sodium, but the shaker is not the culprit. Over 75% of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods, prepackaged ready to eat foods, only 11% actually comes from the shaker. One of the things they try and promote is using herbs and seasonings when you are baking and cooking instead of using salt. She stresses reading labels.

    D'Andreamatteo notes if you go onto the Dietitians of Canada website and you click on Nutrition Month it will give you tons of information including the 39 myths and truths. The website has a vast array of info and there's all kinds of tools you can use like putting in your own recipes and it will tell you the nutritional aspects from that recipe. She says the most important thing to remember when looking for information is to make sure its linked to a dietician as they get their information from science and evidence based resources.
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    This pair of Canadian Geese were spotted enjoying the water running out of the spout which pooled behind the PCU Centre on Monday evening.
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    The PCI Saints Fastpitch team is in the middle of their tryouts this week.  They just completed the third day of tryouts yesterday with the final day of tryouts tomorrow.
  • people mary lynn moffat feb012012
    PCRC Community Facilitator Mary Lynn Moffat

    The Portage Community Revitalization Project has received a huge $300,000 boost from the Government to develop and implement a project in Portage la Prairie. PCRC Community Facilitator Mary Lynn Moffat says they are delighted at the announcement from Candice Hoeppner and are looking forward to moving it ahead.

    The 300,000 is towards a 3 year project that will support women and community partners, to develop and implement a community plan to promote women's economic security and prosperity in Portage. Moffat notes they'lll be looking at building on existing research and momentum in the community. The project's going to bring together women and community partners to collectively identify the gaps, priorities, opportunities, supports, and potential strategies to support women's economic security. She adds its there's going to be two main focuses one is building the knowledge of women, community groups, businesses, and stakeholders to work together on issues of economic security and the other is to develop and implement a community plan as prioritized by women in the community. Moffat stresses this project is really going to involve the women themselves in looking at the issues some of the will include child care, transportation, education, skills development, financial literacy, and so on.

    Moffat says this is another one of the areas that was identified in the social plan. The opportunity was presented through the Status of Women for applications for projects relating to working with young women and women and their economic security. She explains a lot of work went into the proposal, adding when you're applying for $300,000 worth of funds it's not something that's handed out with a one page letter. Moffat notes there was a lot of detail put together for the proposal, the results are wonderful, and its going to be very beneficial to portage.
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    Monday, March 12

    Provincial "AAAA" High School Hockey Championship @ Winnipeg
    Championship Game: St. Paul's 5 Kelvin 1   

    National Hockey League
    Buffalo 3 Montreal 2 (OT)
    San Jose 3 Edmonton 2
    Colorado 3 Anaheim 2 (OT)
    Nashville 5 Phoenix 4 (SO)   

    National Basketball Association
    Milwaukee 105 New Jersey 99
    Chicago 104 New York 99
    San Antonio 112 Washington 97
    Charlotte 73 New Orleans 71
    Utah 105 Detroit 90
    Minnesota 127 Phoenix 124
    Boston 94 L.A. Clippers 85  

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto 4 Baltimore 1
    St. Louis (ss) 5 Atlanta 4
    Washington 8 St. Louis (ss) 4
    N.Y. Mets 7 Detroit 7 (10)
    Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 1
    Minnesota 2 Tampa Bay 1
    Boston 5 Miami 3
    Seattle 6 Texas 4
    Cleveland 3 Arizona 2
    San Francisco 2 Kansas City 1
    L.A. Dodgers 9 L.A. Angels 1
    Oakland 9 Chicago White Sox 4
    Chicago Cubs 8 Cincinnati 6
    Colorado 11 San Diego 2
    Houston 4 N.Y. Yankees 3  

    Tuesday, March 13

    Manitoba Female Midget "AAA" Hockey League
    Pembina Valley Hawks vs Winnipeg Avros @ Morden, 7:30 p.m.
    (1st game in best of 5 final)    

    National Hockey League
    Washington at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
    New Jersey at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
    Carolina at N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m.
    Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
    Toronto at Florida, 6:30 p.m.
    Dallas at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
    St. Louis at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
    San Jose at Calgary, 8:30 p.m.
    Detroit at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Toronto at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
    Portland at Indiana, 6 p.m.
    Miami at Orlando, 6 p.m.
    Houston at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
    L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
    Washington at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
    Atlanta at Denver, 8 p.m.
    Golden State at Sacramento, 9 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Minnesota @ Fort Myers, 12:05 p.m.
    Philadelphia vs Houston @ Kissimmee, 12:05 p.m.
    Tampa Bay vs Baltimore @ Sarasota, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs Miami @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis vs N.Y. Mets @ Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m.
    Colorado vs L.A. Dodgers @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Milwaukee (ss) vs Oakland @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago White Sox vs San Diego @ Peoria, 3:05 p.m.
    Texas vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco @ Scottsdale, 3:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    Seattle vs Milwaukee (ss) @ Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Angels vs Arizona @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Detroit vs Washington @ Viera, 5:05 p.m.
    Boston vs N.Y. Yankees @ Tampa, 6:05 p.m.
  • mar022012terriersbench

    The Addison Division final between the Portage Terriers and the Winnipeg Blues will kick off this Friday night.

    The MJHL announced the dates of the second round match-up today with game one going March 16th at the PCU Centre with puck drop at 7:30 pm. Game two sees the series shift to the MTS IcePlex in Headingley on Sunday night. Game three goes Tuesday back in Portage with game four going Thursday night in Headingley. If necessary, game five would take place Friday night, March 23rd in Portage. Game six would go Monday, March 26th in Headingley and game seven would be on Wednesday, March 28th, at the PCU Centre.
  • places teulon arena mar062012
    This could be a day people in Teulon remember for a long time.
    The Interlake town's one of the top 15 candidates in this year's Kraft Hockeyville contest, and are the only one from Manitoba. They're vying for a $100,000 prize, as well as an NHL exhibition game at their arena, and voting closes tonight at 11. A top 5 five finish is still worth $25,000. Teulon Chamber of Commerce Chair Jan Lambourne says a $100,000 cash infusion would be huge for Teulon's arena, with upgrades needed to the ventilation system this year. She adds lighting and their de-humidifier also need improvement.
    Lambourne says the Teulon area's pumped as the voting deadline approaches, and they're receiving phone calls and e-mails from all over, wondering how to help. She adds winning the contest would be huge for the town, and urges everyone to help out. Lambourne plans to spend today getting as many people as possible to vote, multiple times. If you want to be part of that, check the Hockeyville website.
  • motorcycles1 mar112012

    The Bondslave Motorcycle Club had an amazing turnout for their swapmeet at the Herman Prior Centre in Portage la Prairie yesterday.
  • places long plain signing 1 mar192012
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister John Duncan
    & Long Plain First Nation Chief David Meeches

    The Long Plain First Nation is getting just over $21 million dollars from Ottawa as part of a long standing land claim. Under the agreement, the federal government will pay $21.3 million in financial compensation, though there is no land component.  This claim dates back to the original signing ceremony back in 1871. A settlement in 1994 resolved Long Plain’s land entitlement claim.

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    The signing of the claim agreement

     Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister John Duncan says this settlement not only honours  past commitments to the Long Plain, but will also go a long way in creating new opportunities for the first nation.

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    John Duncan receives a gift from the Long Plain First Nation

    Meanwhile, Long Plain Chief David Meeches says the money will be going to several different projects, including improvements to the school, arena and rec centre.

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    John Duncan receives a gift from Long Plain to give to Prime Minister Steven Harper

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    Congratulations to some Portage area sports teams for their efforts over the weekend.

    Portage Terriers Pee Wee AA hockey team won the gold medal at the Provincial Rural Championships yesterday. It was 3-2 over Morden.

    Gladstone Lakers were bronze medal winners at the Provincial Rural C Hockey Championships. They posted a 2-1 win over Elkhorn.

    Portage Thunder Petites were gold medal winners on the B-side of the Winnipeg Ringette League's B3 playoff. They defeated Greendell Falcons 8-7 in overtime.

    And the Portage Pee Wee A team did well in the Rural A-1 Championships this weekend. They won a silver medal in a 5-3 loss to Springfield yesterday.
  • missedyesterdaysaction

    Sunday, March 11

    Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    OCN 2 Swan Valley 1
    (Blizzard win best of 7 Sher-Wood Division semifinal 4-2)

    Provincial Rural Pee Wee AA Hockey Championships
    Portage Terriers 3 Morden 2
    (Portage win gold medal)

    Provincial Rural C Hockey Championships
    Gladstone Lakers 2 Elkhorn 1
    (Lakers win bronze medal)

    Winipeg Ringette League B3 Playoff
    B side
    Portage Thunder Petites 8 Greendell Falcons 7 (OT)
    (Thunder wins gold medal)

    Keystone Junior Hockey League Playoffs
    Selkirk 6 Norway House 5
    (Best of 7 semi-final tied 2-2)

    Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League Playoffs
    Southwest Cougars 3 Winnipeg Thrashers 1
    (Cougars win best of 5 semifinal 3-1)

    Provincial Senior "AAA" Hockey Playdowns
    South East Prairie Thunder 12 Manitoba Lightning  2
    (Prairie Thunder lead best of 7 final 2-0)   

    National Hockey League
    Calgary 4 Minnesota 3
    Washington 2 Toronto 0
    Pittsburgh 5 Boston 2
    Florida 2 Carolina 0
    St. Louis 2 Columbus 1
    New Jersey 4 Philadelphia 1
    N.Y. Rangers 4 N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
    Los Angeles 3 Chicago 2 (SO)  

    2012 Brier @ Saskatoon
    Gold Medal Game: Glenn Howard, Ontario 7 Kevin Koe, Alberta 6
    Bronze Medal Game: Rob Fowler, Manitoba 8 Jamie Koe, Northwest Territories/Yukon 7 (ee)

    National Basketball Association
    Milwaukee 105 Toronto 99
    Philadelphia 106 New York 94
    L.A. Lakers 97 Boston 94
    Cleveland 118 Houston 107
    Orlando 107 Indiana 94
    Memphis 94 Denver 91
    Atlanta 106 Sacramento 99
    Golden State 97 L.A. Clippers 93   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto (ss) 9 Atlanta (ss) 5
    Toronto (ss) vs Atlanta (ss) @ Kissimmee (cancelled)
    Minnesota 5 N.Y. Yankees (ss) 1
    Tampa Bay 4 Pittsburgh 3
    Boston 6 Baltimore 1
    N.Y. Yankees (ss) 3 Philadelphia (ss)
    Detroit (ss) 4 Philadelphia (ss) 4 (10 innings)
    Miami 4 N.Y. Mets 2 (5 innings)
    L.A. Dodgers 5 Chicago Cubs 0
    Texas 6 Cleveland (ss) 1
    Oakland 10 Kansas City 8
    San Francisco 7 Seattle 5
    L.A. Angels (ss) 17 Cleveland (ss) 2
    Milwaukee 5 Colorado (ss) 4
    Arizona 8 San Diego 7
    Cincinnati 5 L.A. Angels (ss) 4
    Colorado (ss) 5 Chicago White Sox 2
    Detroit (ss) vs Houston @ Kissimmee (cancelled)
    Washington vs St. Louis @ Jupiter (cancelled)

    Monday, March 12

    Provincial "AAAA" High School Hockey Championship @ Winnipeg
    Championship Game: St. Paul's vs Kelvin, 8 p.m.   

    National Hockey League
    Montreal at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
    Anaheim at Colorado, 8 p.m.
    San Jose at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
    Nashville at Phoenix, 9 p.m.   

    National Basketball Association
    Milwaukee at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
    New York at Chicago, 7 p.m.
    Charlotte at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
    Washington at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
    Detroit at Utah, 8 p.m.
    Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
    Boston at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.   

    Exhibition Baseball
    Toronto vs Baltimore @ Dunedin, 12:05 p.m.
    Atlanta vs St. Louis (ss) @ Jupiter, 12:05 p.m.
    St. Louis (ss) vs Washington @ Viera, 12:05 p.m.
    N.Y. Mets vs Detroit @ Lakeland, 12:05 p.m.
    Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh @ Bradenton, 12:05 p.m.
    Minnesota vs Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
    Miami vs Boston @ Fort Myers, 12:35 p.m.
    Texas vs Seattle @ Peoria, 3:05 p.m.
    Arizona vs Cleveland @ Goodyear, 3:05 p.m.
    San Francisco vs Kansas City @ Surprise, 3:05 p.m.
    L.A. Dodgers vs L.A. Angels @ Tempe, 3:05 p.m.
    Oakland vs Chicago White Sox @ Glendale, 3:05 p.m.
    Cincinnati vs Chicago Cubs @ Mesa, 3:05 p.m.
    San Diego vs Colorado @ Scottsdale, 3:10 p.m.
    Houston vs N.Y. Yankees @ Tampa, 6:05 p.m.
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    The Altona Maroons will meet the Plum Coulee Xpress in the 2011-2012 South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League final.
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    Children in Portage and surrounding area will have the opportunity to let their inner actors shine during the upcoming Portage and District Arts Centre Drama Camp. PDAC Executive Director Jean Armstrong says it's a fun way for kids to spend their spring break. The camp runs March 26th to 30th and it's all day 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Armstrong explains campers will spend their days learning all the ins and outs about acting and create short little vignettes they will perform on the last day for friends and family. Armstrong notes the camp is open for kids ages 7 to 13 and the instructor is Christopher Kitchen. She adds Kitchen is an excellent workshop instructor, who is great with kids, and feels it will be an amazing week for those who are interested in performing. More information is available on the PDAC website and they will also be sending out brochures in the near future.
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    The delivery of health services in the Assiniboine RHA have not been impacted by a shortage in injectable medications.
  • logos rcmp mar162012
    A 28 year old woman faces charges, after a report of an abandoned baby was made with Portage la Prairie RCMP early Saturday morning.

    Corporal Miles Hiebert says the report came from a man riding home from work on bicycle at about 3:45 that morning. He heard what he initially thought was a cat, but when he checked, found the baby girl on the steps of a school.

    Hiebert says a suspect was identified, after the baby was taken to hospital. She was treated for exposure to cold, but should recover fully. Once the child was safe, the police searched the area, and eventually found an intoxicated woman. She's been charged with abandoning a child, and failure to provide the necessities of life.

    Hiebert notes the suspect is the girl's mother. She's not been identified to protect the child's identity. He adds the police are looking for anyone who has further information about the incident.
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  • mar092012terriershandshakes
    The Terriers and Steelers shake hands after a four game sweep by Portage.

    The Portage Terriers punched their ticket to the Addison Division finals last night, scoring an emphatic game four victory in Selkirk.

    With a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series, the Dogs brought the brooms to Steeltown for game four and jumped on top of Selkirk early. Outshooting the Steelers 27-7 in the opening frame, the Terriers kept up consistent pressure and were rewarded with three first period goals. Brent Wold, Tyler Larson and Brendan Harms all lit the lamp in the opening 20 minutes, giving Portage the early 3-0 advantage.

    Riley Hay made his return to the Terrier line-up last night. The rookie forward had been out since January 15th with an upper-body injury.

    They stretched the lead to 4-0 at the 8:42 mark of the second period when Tanner Waldvogel was credited with a goal after Tyler Anton's point shot was tipped on the way to the net. Just 15 seconds later, the Dogs added another when Wold pounced on a rebound for his second of the night. That was the end of the night for Selkirk's Adam Harris. The netminder surrendered five goals on 37 shots. With veteran Joey Rewucki taking control between the pipes, the Steelers gained a bit of momentum. Former Terrier Dustin Bruyere got the home town team on the board with a powerplay goal late in the second, making it 5-1 going into the third.

    The Terriers bench looks on during last night's action.

    Any momentum the Steelers had was quickly doused by the Terriers in the third. The Dogs held their opponents to just seven shots in the frame and added an insurance marker on a 5-on-3 powerplay when Yvan Pattyn's one-timer beat Rewucki, making it a 6-1 final.

    Brendan Harms was the big star offensively for Portage, finishing with a goal and four assists. The 17-year-old from Steinbach talks about his big night.

    "I was feeling pretty good," says Harms. "I've had chances all series and everything seemed to just go in tonight. I felt great and even better with the win."

    Brendan Harms (#18) had his breakout game of the playoffs. The second-year forward notched a goal and four assists to pace the offense.

    Adam Iwan picked up the win in net, stopping 25 of 26 shots to improve his playoff record to 4-0. The Winnipeg native has been solid for the team, coming in after an injury to starter Shea Cooper prior to the playoffs. Iwan talks about his reaction when he found out he'd be starting in round one.

    "I was just confident with my play as of late," says the 18-year-old backstop. "Last couple of games I had in the season I felt I played really strong. I just said to myself 'just gotta keep consistent and keep going with that kind of play'".

    Adam Iwan continues to impress between the pipes. The young tender stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn his fourth straight postseason victory.

    Next up for the Terriers is a date with the Winnipeg Blues in the Addison Division final. In eight regular season meetings, the Dogs were 4-3-1 against the Blues who finished eight points back of Portage in second place in the division.
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    File Photo of the Junkyard Dogs Bike Club award haul from November 2011

    Triathletes from across Manitoba will converge on the PCU Centre for a full day event of training and awareness.  Triathlon Manitoba, in conjunction with the Portage Junkyard Dogs bike club is hosting the event to help triathletes prepare and qualify for the Manitoba Summer Games this year in Swan Valley.
  • places firehall mar2012

    Portage la Prairie firefighters put in some extra hours over the weekend, battling a grass fire in the St. Ambroise region.

    The call came in around 9:30 yesterday morning, and the crews were their until about 1:30 this morning. Fire Chief Phil Carpenter says the cause was a burn site thought to be out two weeks ago, with embers that caught fire in the windy, dry conditions.

    He urges you not to do any burning for the next while, but if you do, take precautions, such as having water available and cultivating an area around the site. Carpenter reminds you there are fines that can be levied if a fire gets out of control.

    Carpenter notes the department's on heightened alert after the weekend, and will be as long as warm, dry conditions persist. He says this is early for grass fire season, adding there's a lot of dry vegetation in the area, so any fire can get out of control quickly.
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    Dr. Jon Gerrard at the flood forum he held in Portage la Prairie.

    Dr. Jon Gerrard is holding another flood forum in the province today.
  • people jocelyn vankoughnet mar082012

    One of Carman Co-op's board members has been elected to represent 14 retail co-operatives in F.C.L.'s District 14, which covers south central and southwestern Manitoba.
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    File Photo taken from last year

    The 11th annual Youth Career Opportunity Expo is set to take place tomorrow at Portage Collegiate in partnership with the City of Portage. City Manager Dale Lyle says the event is sponsored by CFRY/Mix/Portage Online and the MB Department of Children and Youth Opportunities. Lyle notes there will be approximately 3o businesses set up in the main gym and everyone is welcome to attend. Lyle explains there's two primary objectives to the expo one is to provide information to people about what's available and the other is to provide exposure about the benefits and potential careers in this area. He adds there is a lot of opportunity in Portage and surrounding area and they'd like to see our youth stay after they graduate.
    The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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    Tammy Hammersley

    The Gainsborough Community Hall will host their annual Poker Derby Fundraiser tomorrow and are inviting everyone to come join the fun. Treasurer Tammy Hammersley says, despite having no snow, they've decided to go ahead because this is their major fundraiser for the year. Hammersley notes people can draw their full hand right in the hall, the canteen will be open from lunch till 4 p.m., and then they will conclude with a steak bud and spud supper. Hands are $5 each or 3 for $10.

    Hammersley says this helps keep the bills paid throughout the winter and they see it as very important to keeping the community club open. She adds there is also an excellent brown bag auction that goes on during the day by the Gainsborough 4H Club, so it's also a major fundraiser for them as well.

    She explains even though they're still supported quite well by the community, they are looking to do upgrades, so funds are certainly needed. Hammersley says it needs a coat of paint, upgrades to the bathrooms, and flooring in the kitchen.
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    Photos courtesy Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie

    This year's theme of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie Bowl For Kids fundraiser was appropriate, given current weather conditions in our area.

    Bowlers were decked out in Hawaiian garb, as they helped the organization in its largest fundraiser of the year. The goal was $18,000, but Executive Director Dawn Froese thinks when the count is done, they'll have raise $16,000.

     She admits not hitting their goal could impact some of what Big Brothers/Big Sisters does, but they'll look at other fundraisers through the year to make up the difference.
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    Froese is grateful for the community's continued support of the long-running event, adding there's always a mixture of regular participants with newcomers. She describes it as a wonderful weekend, with lots of laughter and people enjoying themselves.

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    She notes they'll announce the best-dressed team later this week.
  • people patmcrae mar01 2012
    Prairie Sounds Chairperson Pat McRae

    Piano and vocal students have responded well to the new Prairie Sounds Festival taking place in April. Chairperson Pat McRae says parents and music teachers are also looking forward to the event as it gives kids the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience and practice their pieces before exams. McRae notes they have 150 piano registrations, which is the equivalent of 3 days, and one full day of vocal and choral performances. She adds right now they're working on the program, organizing awards, and deciding who's sponsoring them. The festival will take place April 16th to the 19th in Portage la Prairie.

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    Don't forget to change your clocks back tonight, and while you're at it, change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Portage Fire Department Captain Cory Jowett says it's very important to ensure your alarms are working as it's your first defence against a deadly fire. It's also a good idea to make sure the alarm is not older than ten years or past it's expiry date.  
    Jowett notes the common mistake everybody makes these days is thinking it won't happen to them and the smell of smoke will wake them up. He explains, it's exactly the opposite, smoke will put people into a deeper sleep and the only thing that's going to wake them is the sound of that smoke alarm.

    Jowett says when changing your batteries please make sure that you clean your smoke alarm at the same time. This involves taking a brush attachment and just giving it a quick vacuum. People have a tendency, that when it becomes hyper- sensitive, to take the battery out and forget to replace it. When they become dirty and dusty they have a higher tendency to emit false alarms, especially if they are near a shower or kitchen. They wont usually go off, but if they start to get dusty they are more apt to sound alerts and become a nuisance. Jowett shares one of the options available on newer smoke alarms is a hush button where, if it goes off, they can just push the hush button. He explains they'll get a beep every 45 seconds and, after 5 minutes or so, if it doesn't get anything it will reset itself- if it detects anything it will go into an alarm again. Another option out now is the same hush smoke alarm but it comes with a remote, making it easier to deal with.

    Jowett stresses if anybody has any questions they can contact any of the fire fighters at the department, 239-8340.
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    Portage la Prairie RCMP are investigating a two vehicle accident that occurred this morning on Highway 16, near Westbourne.
    The Mounties say a car appears to have driven into the back of a semi-trailer.
    A woman in her 50's was the only occupant of the car. She was taken to hospital in portage with undetermined injuries, although they're believed to be non-life threatening.
    Sergeant Rob McCarville says the RCMP traffic analyst is investigating.

    Portage la Prairie firefighters spent most of yesterday, and part of this morning, containing grass fires in the St. Ambroise area.
    The call came in around 9:30 yesterday morning, and crews were busy until almost 1:30 this morning.
    The blazes were confined to grass and bush areas, so no property damage was reported.
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    Scene from last year's successful walk

    The Portage Crew is excited to announce the fifth annual Central Plains Challenge Walk is set to take place June 9th in Portage la Prairie. Co-Chair and member of the Portage Crew Cathy Chapman says registration forms will be out the first week of April, and if anyone's interested in volunteering they can contact Daisy Dowhy Resource Co-ordinator at Central Plains Cancer Care. Chapman notes Brightside Dental will be returning as the gold sponsor, Portage Mutual Insurance has come onboard as their new silver sponsor, and again Portage Toyota and RV will be their bronze sponsor. She adds sponsor support is extremely important as it helps keep expenses down for the walk so that 100% of the money walkers raise goes to Central Plains Cancer Care.
  • people candicehoeppner feb292012
    Candice Hoeppner

    Earlier this week, two Portage la Prairie-based organizations shared about $600,000 of federal government money.

    The Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre and Portage Community Revitalization Corporation split the funding evenly, with a focus on reducing domestic violence and increasing economic security for women.

    The announcement was made by Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner, who feels helping grassroots organizations is extremely important in dealing with domestic violence, because it has a greater impact. She calls this substantial funding that's money well spent, with benefits to the whole region.

    Hoeppner notes there's no commitment for ongoing funding to both organizations, adding what's key is achieving set goals that have a positive impact on the region. She says the funding reflects the government's recognition of the work being done in rural areas on the issue of violence against women.

    Hoeppner stresses many men also want to help eliminate the violence, and is happy both organizations realize that.
  • Places bus mar192012

    The M.L.A. for Portage la Prairie is optimistic new provincial rules for intercity bus service are a step in the right direction.  These changes had to be examined after Greyhound threatened to scrap its non-profitable routes in Manitoba a few years ago. The province partnered with Greyhound to maintain service but that agreement expires March 31st. The government has recently unveiled new amendment to the regulations which would help sustain the service on key routes and offer greater flexibility for carriers. M.L.A. Ian Wishart says he is pleased to see the government be more flexible and business friendly.

    Wishart says Saskatchewan and Alberta in particular have had to make similar changes in the past and it has worked very well there. In those provinces, smaller scale local businesses have entered the marketplace to fill the void.   As for how these change will impact Portage la Prairie and the Central Plains, Wishart says being along the Trans-Canada Highway should ensure we are not affected in the foreseeable future, but feeder lines to outlying communities could be impacted very quickly.
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    Jeff Browaty                     Kelvin Goertzen               Brian Pallister

    The provincial Conservative party's search for a new leader to replace Hugh McFadyen still has no official candidates, although names like former Portage-Lisgar MP Brian Pallister, Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, and Winnipeg City Councillor Jeff Browaty have been mentioned.

    Brandon University Political Science Professor Kelly Saunders doesn't see the lack of leadership candidates as a problem for the party because it needs to re-invent itself in the wake 2011's election defeat. She adds potential candidates are wise to take time to ponder the commitment they have to make for the position.

    Saunders calls all three possible candidates credible, with each bringing strengths for the position. She points to Pallister's time in the legislature and Parliament, Goertzen's strong support as a member of the current Tory provincial caucus, and Browaty's high profile as a city councillor in Winnipeg.

    Saunders believes potential candidates have plenty of time to declare, noting most citizens aren't concerned about the leadership race, and many party members may be fatigued after participating in three elections over the last year. She thinks candidates may start to come forward in the late summer or early fall.

    The leadership convention's in late October.
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    Maple Leaf Foods has received $4.5 million from the federal government for upgrades to its Brandon hog processing plant.
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    Flood damage at Delta Beach

    It appears Manitoba has no intention of stepping in to help flooded rural municipalities grappling with budget shortfalls.

    The flood created significant financial pressures for some municipalities. The R-M of St. Laurent saw its tax base shrink by 10 per cent due to last summer's flood, which wiped out dozens of cottages along Lake Manitoba. The province, however, says it's in no position to provide any assitance at this time.
     The government is struggling with a hefty bill of its own, about $1 billion, that it spent trying to fight the flood.

    Doug Dobrowalski president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities says the organization is aware of what's happening. He says they've only just heard about the situation, so they're in the process of gathering information. Dobrowolski says they'll concentrate on thehardest-hit areas of the province, such as the Assiniboine and Souris River areas.
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    Tickets are now available for the Portage Potato Festival 2nd Annual Ladies Night. Co-Chair Nadine Birston says the evening, set for April 21st, will feature a variety of activities, vendors and entertainment. She says the community has jumped on board for this night and really thrown their support behind it.

    Last year the attendance was around 170 ladies. Birston expects an even better turnout for this year. Information on purchasing tickets is available with this story at www.portagepotatofest.ca
  • logos rcmp sep62011

    Portage la Prairie R.C.M.P. are getting a chance to show off their skills on the hardwood and it is all for a worthy local cause.  Members of the detachment will be playing a game of basketball against the Portage Collegiate Institute student council on Monday, March 19th. Constable Shannon Neff says the game, has been arranged as a way to to bring in donations for the North Memorial School Breakfast program, which provides a nutritious breakfast for students who may not otherwise get one. 

    The program is dealing with shortages of cereal, so people who attend the game are being ask to bring with them a box of dry cereal to donate. Neff says if you cannot attend, you can still help out by dropping off a food donation to either the R.C.M.P detachment or at P.C.I. As for the game, it is open to the public and will take place on Monday at 11:15 a.m. at P.C.I. West Gym.
  • people annemoneymart mar30
    Branch Manager Anne Richardson

    A local business manager is celebrating a milestone of service with their own way to show customer appreciation.
  • places city council mar122012

    Portage la Prairie has purchased a year’s worth of chemicals for the city's water supply. Just over $626,000 dollars will be spent for nine different products.  Some of the chemicals purchased include, just over $400,000 dollars set aside for lime, a little under $50,000 for chlorine and $20,000 for flouride. Councillor Irvine Ferris says this is simply the annual replenishing for the city stock and that they still have more than enough in reserves in place until the new products arrive within the next few weeks. He says some of the amounts are for less than a year while others are bought in bulk amounts, so some will actually exceed a year's amount.

    Chemicals purchased:

    Lime from Greymont Western Canada Inc                            - $418,080.00
    Chlorine from Brenntag                                                               - $48,414.63
    Cationic Coagulant B.A.S.F.                                                        - $41,720.00
    Ferric sulfate from Veolia                                                             - $24,200.00
    Phosphoric Acid from univar canada ltd.                                  - $21,488.54
    Flouride from Clear Tech Industries                                         - $20,400.00
    Sodium Hydroxide from Clear Tech Industries                       - $17,800.00
    Potassium Permanganate from Univar Canada Limited.    - $17,608.50
    Dry Anionic Polymer from B.A.S.F.                                             - $16,520.00
  • places southport golf 2 mar302012

    Portage la Prairie golfers are able to hit the links a lot earlier than usual.  The warmer than average March has allowed for the earliest start on record for the Southport Golf Course. Owner and Manager Kevin Muir says they were able to get up and running on March 20th.

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    The previous earliest open he has experienced in his time at Southport was April 9th. Muir says this has been a complete 180 from last year, when the wet weather forced a slow start for local golfers.
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    It has taken almost two years but the province of Manitoba is getting closer to launching an electric vehicle pilot project in the town of Carman. A Town Council Representative has been invited by the province to participate in a working group, to evaluate the viability of low speed electric vehicles in their community.
  • places mcc apr252011

    Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and volunteers are excited to partner with MCC Thrift Shop for the first ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Day next week. Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Dawn Froese notes this is the first time they have partnered with MCC and everyone is looking forward to the opportunity. She notes they'll be there for the day greeting people, helping out in the store, and offering information about the organization. Froese explains people tend to be a little nervous about coming into the office. She adds this way they'll already be where they are shopping and it offers an opportunity for them to ask questions. MCC Manager Kevin Hamm says they're very excited to work with them and points to the great work BB/BS does in our community. The big day is set for Tuesday April 2nd, doors open at 10 a.m. and they will go until 5 p.m. He shares they've been saving up a lot of special things for this and a lot of people have been donating items specifically for the event. A portion of the days sales will go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • people lucyharris website mar30
    Board and Marketing Committee member Lucy Harris

    Organizers of the Central Plains Challenge Walk are excited to launch their new re-vamped website. Board and Marketing Committee member Lucy Harris says they're really excited to have re-done the entire website and, for the first time, will be offering online registration and donations. Harris notes the intent was to make things a lot more comprehensive. She adds in the past you had to physically go to a registration site and now you can do it all online. People don't have to chalk as much time out of their days and they're hoping it will make things more accessible for everyone. Harris says response has been overwhelmingly positive to the modernized and easy to navigate site. She points to a fun new feature they've added where every person who signs up online will get their own donor page. The page comes complete with the participants picture, a description of why they're walking, and a link. Harris explains this can be e-mailed to friends allover the world, they can click on the link and make donations. Overall the site has become easier to enjoy, which is what Harris says they were going for.

    Walk Details: June 9th
    Registration at the Fairboard / Island Park Office Begins at 7:00 AM
    Warm Up / Opening Ceremonies 8:00 AM
    Walk Start Time 8:30 AM

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    The area the exercise focused on was on both sides of the border between Sarles, ND (B) and Pembina, ND (A). Image courtesy Google Maps

    About sixty emergency response agencies participated in a cross border exercise last Thursday, including the Southern Emergency Response Committee. SERC Emergency Coordinator Chris Kalansky tells us the U.S. Border Services hosted event took place at the new Walhalla port of entry, and included reps from Manitoba and North Dakota.
  • animals calves mar162012

    Calving season can be a dangerous time of year for cattle producers.

    With this being Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, the new farm safety coordinator with Manitoba Agriculture is reminding producers about some on-farm risks.

    "Every year we see a lot of injuries related to livestock. It's important to look ahead and make sure you know the risks of the job you're getting into," says Jeff Shaw. "Also, know your animals, as we all know they have different temperments."

    While cattle producers are busy with calving, the busy seeding season for grain farmers is just a few weeks away. Shaw says producers should make a commitment to use safe farming practices this growing season. He notes there are certain situations where things tend to go wrong.

    "We still have too many fatalities and injuries where producers become entangled in equipment, so make sure that guards are in place. We still have producers injured and killed in rollovers, so make sure your tractor has rollover protection, and we still have producers getting run over when they're ground-starting tractors, so at no point should you be ground-starting a tractor," he says.

    He says MAFRI has a wide range of safety resources that producers can access.

    "We have anything from safe handling of chemicals to safety guidelines for animals and poultry to ATV training," he says. "Just contact me or your MAFRI office and we can get the material to you."

    Shaw can be reached in Brandon at 204-726-6361.
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    FROM MPI: Distracted driving contributes to nearly 1 in 4 fatal collisions in Manitoba. Young drivers (ages 16 to 24) account for 18% of all collisions on Manitoba roads, but are involved in nearly 30% of those collisions that involve distracted driving.

    Young drivers across the province are currently wrapping up production of home video projects for an MPI safety contest. Adam Cheadle from Manitoba Public Insurance tells us they have encouraged youth to pick up their video cameras to draw attention to impaired driving, speeding and aggressive driving, and distracted driving. He says the idea is to also create peer to peer conversations about these issues, because young drivers (ages 16 to 24) are involved in nearly 25% of all collisions in our province each year. Cheadle points out young people can get really excited about making 1 to 3 minute videos and they encourage anyone to give it a shot.

    He explains the videos that have been submitted so far are good and soon we will all be able to view them on YouTube. The deadline for entries is April 1st and the winners will be announced to an audience of road safety professionals from across North America in early May.

    In total there is over $28,000 in prizes to be won. There is also an opportunity for school's to be recognized. Students can identify a staff or faculty member on their entry form and if they win first prize in one of the 3 categories the school will receive a $2000 honorarium.

    MPI has provided a few tips for creating a quality 1-3 minute video.

    #1 -  Write a script that will change the way youth think about these issues. Drive home the message that these actions are illegal and dangerous.
    Then, film your video.

    - Keep the camera steady. Use a tripod if possible.
    - Set the white balance every time you change locations.
    - If your camera has manual focus, use it.
    - Avoid zooming or panning when recording. Only move the camera when necessary.
    - Use different angles for every scene – wide, medium, close-ups, from above, eye-level, below – move around and mix it up.
    - Follow the ten second rule when recording – aim to get about 10 seconds of each shot. You will be grateful for this in the editing suite.
    - Don't centre everything – place your subject off-centre for a more artistic and interesting visual.
    - Use an external mic if possible. If you have to rely on the camera's mic, pay close attention to where it's pointed and who is talking. Viewers should not have to strain to hear what is being said.
    - Make sure your subject(s) are well lit.
    - Have fun!

    For full contest details be sure to visit the Rethink Road Safety Contest site.
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    Many rural residents in Manitoba have been un-served or under-served when it comes to broadband internet access. A new network has been built by NetSet Communications to remedy the problem for more than 22 thousand households.
  • places car accident 1 mar302012

    Traffic along Saskatchewan Avenue slowed down to a crawl for a time Friday afternoon due to an auto accident. One of the vehicles involved was stuck at the intersection of Saskatchewan and 12th Street W for an extended period of time, delaying vehicles.  R.C.M.P. and emergency services were on the scene. No confirmation as of Friday afternoon on injuries.

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  • people honky tonk man mar172012
    Jeff Dyck of CFRY & MIX 96.5 with the Honky Tonk Man.

    Former WWE superstar and the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion, The Honky Tonk Man appeared at the Portage la Prairie Mall on Saturday. He signed autographs took photos fans and shared a few stories of his time on the road. The Honky Tonk Man competed in the then WWF in the late 80'd and held the Intercontinental Championship for 454 days, a record that has never been surpassed. While in the Central Plains, he took some time out to speak with Jeff Dyck about spending time in Canada, gimmick guitars & being in the right place at the right time.

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    Colin Craig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

    The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the cuts could of been deeper in Ottawa's latest budget. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has handed down the details, which include a 10% cut to funding to the C.B.C., the elimination of just over 19,200 federal positions and raising the eligible age for old age security from 65 to 67. 

    Canadian Taxpayers Federation Prairie Spokesperson Colin Craig says while these moves are dramatic, they will not be as impactful as they would of hoped.  Craig says going into the budget, there had been some media reports that suggested that up to $7 billion dollars in cuts could be made. he notes that at the end of the day, the government spending has actually increased by about $4 billion dollars from last year.

    Craig says there is good news and bad news in the numbers. The good being that there are some departments that will see bureaucratic cuts over the next few years. The bad being the overall government spending increase.  He notes that for the average Canadian, the biggest immediate impact they will likely notice is actually the phasing out of the penny.
  • prairie welcome1 mar152012
    Tracy Maloney-Bullock, Frank Deegan, Alvin Ogilvie, and Ted Taylor at Prairie Welcome House

    It's five years since the Prairie Welcome House opened its doors in downtown Portage la Prairie, and today's the anniversary.

    It provides a place for people needing temporary respite in the city, offering coffee and conversation.

    The facility's operated entirely by volunteers, and Co-director Tracy Maloney-Bullock describes the five years as a journey that's more than she thought it would be, because in 2007, she was thinking in terms of outreach. She says as Christians, they're called to serve, and is surprised at how much she and the rest of the volunteers have gained by being part of Prairie Welcome.

    Maloney-Bullock thinks trust is why Prairie Welcome house has been sustainable over its five year history. She says people using their services look at them as a safe environment.

    She adds there's a regular number of people they see each week, but also transients who they see intermittently.

    Maloney-Bullock is certain Portage is better for the efforts of Prairie Welcome because it sends a message this is a friendly community.

    Their doors are open this afternoon.

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  • people wanted person mar262012

    The search is over for Portage la Prairie R.C.M.P. in their effort to track down a wanted man.  Evan McFarlane Freed has turned himself into the detachment.  The warrant for his arrest was executed and he has already made an appearance in court to face the charges laid against him.

    Freed had been wanted in connection to an incident in Portage la Prairie on January 30th, 2010. He was accused of with a number of offences including assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats.
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    File photo of Carman Town Council

    The Town of Carman is one step closer to passing its 2012 budget. The financial plan passed second reading last week, and Deputy Mayor Jane Swanton says council is working very hard at maintaining services in the community, while keeping property taxes in line. This is an assessment year, and the Town of Carman saw its taxable assessment increase by $6.3 million to $94 million. She notes new construction was also higher.
  • places roadshow 1 mar272012

    The Great Canadian Roadshow is in Portage la Prairie and fans have until Friday to take in their prized possessions. Show Manager Shane Pye says they represent a group of collectors and have been in operation for a few years already. Pye notes people bring in all sorts of items like musical instruments, cameras, pocket watches, war memorabilia, sports memorabilia, old bibles, coins, and jewellery. He shares they sit down with one of our experts, who can give them a value on these items, and if people want to they may have the opportunity to sell. Pye's seen many unique things come through notably a thirty year old mammoth tusk, a tiger pelt and stuffed head, old swords, and old Barbie dolls.

    He stresses not all things will have value but all things are of interest. The three things they're looking for in terms of value is rarity, condition, and of course collectors items. He says without that you may have something of interest, or rarity, but it may not have a lot of value.

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    Pye notes they're also huge supporters of the Heart and Stroke so, when they write checks to people and they choose to donate some back, the company matches each dollar for dollar. The show is taking place at the Canad Inns in the Lower level until Friday.
    Show times are Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • quit smoking mar302012

    The Manitoba Lung Association says quitting smoking in May could literally pay off.  The group is partnering with the province for the second annual Manitoba Quits Contest. Association Spokesperson Jo-Anne Douglas says any person over the age over 18 who has been a daily smoker for the past year can enter the contest.   Participants must enter with a friend who can be their support during the quit period. Both will be entered in a draw to win cash prices totalling more than $5000 dollars if they stay smoke free during the month of may.   

    Last year, 1,600 people entered the contest. Douglas says as of late Thursday afternoon, they already have over 300 people across the province signed up. She is optimistic they will be able to double that numbers this year.  

    Douglas says that in her experience with the Lung Association, they have noticed there is a slightly higher percentage of people in the Central Plains that smoke compared to the rest of the province. She hopes people in Portage will take part as anyone who signs on for the contest can also pick up a Manitoba Quit Bag at Hill's Drug Store. The bag includes a list of suggestions to help them  when they have a tobacco craving. Registration will continue until April 30th.
  • logos 38 brigade mar162012

    Soldiers from across Canada and the United States are gathering in Headingley Saturday March 17th as part of  the Annual 38 Canadian Brigade Military Skills Competition. Lieutenant Colonel Dave Fraser says the competition consists of troops testing their rifle shooting, marching and decision making capability. This competition has been running since 1938, with the winning squadron receiving the T. Eaton Cup.

    Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwestern Ontario, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be represented in the event. Fraser notes that this is the first time soldiers from the United States will participate. The troops will be marching on public roads, carrying weapons and decked out in complete full fighting gear but it is all simply a test and there will be no live ammunition involved in any of the events.   The competition runs Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • people candice hoeppner official phot mar302012
                           Portage-Lisgar M.P. Candice Hoeppner

    Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner says the federal budget makes some bold moves in an effort to deal with Canada's long term interests.  One of those measures includes raising the eligibility age for old age security to 67 from the current 65 beginning in 2023.  Hoeppner says the move is something all of us can effectively plan for.   Hoeppner points out that Canadians will also be given the choice of retiring up to five years later and cash in on higher O.A.S. payments.  That option will start July 1, 2013.

    Canadians will also soon be able to return to Canada with more duty free merchandise after spending a day of shopping in the U.S. Duty-free cross-border shopping limits will rise this summer to $200 for 24-hour trips and $800 for trips of 48 hours or more.  Hoeppner says she doesn't think this will hurt local businesses operating near the border.  She notes the budget does provide support for small and medium-sized businesses by making E.I. premiums more stable and predictable, with annual increases limited to five cents. The small business hiring credit is also being extended for another year..

    Communities hoping to spruce up some of their local facilities will also be able to access some funds for those projects as the federal budget has earmarked $150 million over two years for a new community infrastructure improvement fund.  Hoeppner says this is a brand new program that support repairs and improvements to existing community facilities.
  • places bursary 3 mar162012
    Pictured. The signing of an agreement to establish the new Portage & District Arts Council Bursary Fund.

    A new partnership between the Portage & District Arts Council and the Community Foundation of Portage & District will ensure the legacies of 3 local artists are remembered for years to come. The resources of three bursaries have been pooled into one to establish a new local artist fund. The three bursaries in question paid tribute to Jack Hassard, Joyce Smedegaard  and Karen Handford.  Moving forward, one of the three bursaries will be awarded each year and presented at the P.D.A.C.'S annual general meeting.  

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    Pictured. Barney Christianson, CFPD Chair; Harvey Sawatzky, PDAC President & Doug Halmarson, PDAC Treasurer

    Arts Council President Harvey Sawatzky says this partnership will ensure the artists in question will be remembered for years to come.  District Chair Barney Christianson received a cheque for $30,000 dollars on Friday to establish the new bursary program. He says he is proud to see the organization connected to this and helping to ensure the artists legacies go forward. All applicants must be residents of the Portage area and demonstrate an existing interest in the arts and a keen desire to develop their talents.
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    Provencher MP Vic Toews says the Federal Government is staying true to its word to eliminate the deficit by 2015.  As part of that, Thursday's budget contained billions in cuts to government spending and the elimination of close to 20,000 federal jobs.

    Toews says strong measures are necessary to reign in government spending and allow Canada to remain competitive on the global market.

    "We've seen what has happened in other countries like Greece and Spain and Italy - their economies have essentially collapsed.  Canada, through very prudent management and very prudent expenditures, has been able to avoid those excesses.  But, we cannot continue to spend more money than we bring in without it having a severe impact on our economy."

    In terms of Provencher, Toews says he is particularly excited about a new program being announced called the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.  The fund will allow upgrades to community centres in smaller communities in partnership with municipalities and non-profit organizations.

    "We have benefited in Provencher from a lot of this through the 'Economic Action Plan'.  But, I think there may be some opportunities to repair existing community centres in smaller amounts.  Those repairs can be extremely important for small communities that exist in places like Provencher."

    Perhaps one of the most talked about pieces of the budget is the government's decision to eliminate the penny.  Starting this fall, the Canadian Mint will no longer produce the copper coins.  
    Toews says the penny is a coin who's time has come.

    "For every penny we produce, it costs us a penny and a half to make it.  Most Canadians recognize that pennies spend more time in our dresser drawers than in our pockets.  Most Canadians that we interviewed and talked to have indicated that it is more of a nuisance than an assistance.  Therefore, we decided that the time for the penny to be eliminated has come."

    Overall, Toews says it is an excellent budget that does exactly what needs to be done while ensuring essential services are protected
  • logos rcmp mar162012
    A suspect is in custody after a high speed chase in the Central Plains. Early Tuesday morning, Portage la Prairie R.C.M.P. received a report from Headingley to be on the lookout for a black GMC truck that had been stolen from the area. Constable Shannon Neff says police on patrol observed a truck matching the vehicle description traveling westbound on the Trans-Canada highway. 

    The suspect  failed to stop when police activated their emergency equipment and then led them in a pursuit which ended on a dirt road off Yellowquill Trail at Dakota Tipi First Nation where the vehicle had stalled. the driver fled on foot but was apprehended after a short chase. The suspect, Jordan Myran of Long Plain First Nation, was charged with flight from police, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime, obstruct police officer and mischief.
  • logos paws sep222011

    The clock is ticking towards the deadline to submit your pet's photo for next years calendar.  The Portage Animal Welfare Society is printing the 2013 Animal Lovers Calendar and your pet could be Mr. or Ms. October.
  • logos rcmp sep62011

    A routine check stop for Central Plains R.C.M.P. turned into an attempted flight from justice. Police pulled over a vehicle earlier this week on the Trans-Canada Highway at Yellowquill Trail, near Dakota Tipi First Nation. Police noted that the car was not registered and when officers attempted to speak with the occupants, the driver fled the scene. Police followed the vehicle and apprehended the driver in a field on highway 305. The investigation has revealed that the driver had a number of outstanding warrants out of Ontario and British Columbia.  24 year old Ander Kumar Walker-Huria, is charged with flight from police, dangerous operation of a vehicle and obstruction. He has been remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in Portage la Prairie court on Monday.
  • misc loonie mar29

    As expected by many Canadians, today's federal budget contained spending cuts as the Conservative government attempts to reign in the deficit. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the cuts will be worth $5.2 billion by 2015.

    Highlights from today's budget include:

    - The age of eligibility for Old Age Security will be increasing from 65 to 67, but the change will not be effective until April 2023 with full implementation slated for 2029, and will not affect anyone who is 54 years of age or older as of March 31st, 2012.

    - 19,200 federal positions will be eliminated over three years, or 4.8 per cent of the federal workforce.

    - Production of the penny will cease, saving the government 11 million dollars per year.

    - Providing up to $99.2 million over three years to assist the provinces and territories with the cost of permanent flood mitigation measures undertaken for the 2011 floods.

    - $150 million over two years for a new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund to support repairs and improvements to existing community facilities.

    - First Nations reserves will receive $275 million over three years for schools and education and $330.8 million over two years to improve water systems and water quality.

    - The duty free allowance for Canadians coming back from the U.S. is increasing from $50 after 24 hours to $200, and from $400 after 48 hours to $800.

    - Providing $6 million over three years to extend and expand the ThirdQuarter project to key centres across the country.

    - The extension of the Hiring Credit for Small Business for one year to help small businesses to defray the costs of hiring new workers.

    - Support for small and medium-sized businesses by making EI premiums more stable and predictable, with annual increases limited to five cents.

    - Support further improvements to foreign credential recognition and to work with provinces and territories to identify the next set of target occupations for inclusion, beyond 2012, under the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

    - Announcing the Government’s intention to better align the Temporary Foreign Worker Program with labour market demands and to ensure that businesses look to the domestic labour force before accessing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
  • logo bowl for kids 1 mar152012

    After months of preparation, the annual Bowl For Kids Campaign is set for this weekend. The event is the major fundraising effort of the year for Big Brother/Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie. 

    Executive Director Dawn Froese says they are quite busy getting the last minute details together, including  signage and prizes. For this year, their fundraising goal is to bring in $18,000 dollars in contributions. For 2011, about 150 people participated in the effort and under $18,000 was brought in.

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    Pictured. Big Brother Big Sisters Executive Director Dawn Froese

    Froese says they still have a few spots available for bowling for anyone interested in signing up. The contact number is 857-4397. Bowl For Kids starts at the Southport Bowling Lanes fhis evening at 6:30 and again Sunday at 1 o'clock. Tomorrow, a WII bowling tournament will be at the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 11 am.

  • misc springallergies mar28

    Spring has official sprung and along with it allergy season.
     Dr. Denis Fortier Vice President of Medical Services for the Central RHA says it's common to see an increase of cases at this time of year. Fortier notes clinics, emergency rooms, and walk in clinics will most likely see an influx of people, as they do every year, with itchy watery eyes, constant sneezing, and runny noses. He notes depending on whether it's a wet or dry season can impact the severity or reactions people will experience. Last year, Fortier shares, they had people with a number of allergies, perhaps even more so than usual, because it was such a wet spring. He says this year they're starting to see some cases, but doesn't expect it to be as bad because we're having a dry season so far. Fortier adds it's tough to tell people to stay indoors so the only other thing would be to spend less time outside. He notes there's always over the counter prescriptions/antihistamines that will decrease symptoms, which is the annoying part for most patients.
  • places spillway 2 mar152012

    The road to the Portage Spillway has reopened to traffic as Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation's work in the area  nears an end.

    Director of Water Control Operations Ron Richardson says reaching this point has been a two phase effort.  First, at the flood peak, they shored up the entire structure by putting in thousands of tonnes of rock to deal with a excess water flow. The second part was repairing the erosion damage found after the water receded.

    places spillway 1 mar152012

    Richardson says work has been ongoing since last years flooding so that the spillway can returned to its 25,000 cubic feet per second level. He notes the large spillway work has been completed but workers are still doing repairs to the bridge a few hundred feet downstream, should the diversion need to be used again.

  • peopel dunnhammersley mar28

    Craig Dunn receives a $1,000 cheque from Tammy Hammersley and the Portage CO-OP

    The William Glesby Centre received a boost from two local organizations yesterday afternoon.
    Glesby Centre Fundraising Chair Craig Dunn says the funds are welcomed and they are thankful for the support from Portage CO-OP and the Portage Credit Union. Dunn notes this is the result of luncheons held last year with groups of business and community minded people. He explains the purpose was to let people now more about the centre, the type of activities they have, and what some of our needs are. Dunn says running an arts centre in any community is a challenge and they could use the support. He adds they are thankful these organizations stepped forward to help out and they look forward to receiving other donations to help the Glesby Centre continue to be a vital part of the community.
    Portage Credit Union CEO Dave Omichinski says they've been in support of the William Glesby Centre even before it existed. Omichinski notes part of their core values is supporting meaningful and sustainable community projects and the William Glesby Centre is an absolute jewel. Meanwhile Tammy Hammersley with Portage CO-OP Human Resource Member Relations notes the CO-OP thought it was a good fit as the centre does so much for our community.

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    Craig Dunn receives a $5,000 cheque from Portage Credit Union CEO Dave Omichinski
  • people scott lawrence mba housing mar282012
    Manitoba Housing District Manager Scott Lawrence

    Manitoba Housing is doing what it can to clear up some of the misconceptions people may have about them.  District Manager Scott Lawrence discussed the departments purpose and ongoing efforts with members of the Rotary Club on Tuesday.

    Lawrence says it's important to clarify some of the misinformation the public hears about residential units and their accessibility. He notes rental amounts are dependent on a person's income and that the rates usually work out to 25% to 27% of a person's gross income.

    Lawrence says since they started their own integrated pest management group a few years ago, they have been able to better eliminate bed bugs and pest activity. He says the latest monthly inspection has found that all its housing units are completely bed bug free.

    In Portage, Manitoba Housing owns and operates 303 residential units.  Lawrence says there is a high demand for units as they are completely full and have a big waiting list for houses.
  • shareworld mar152012

    It's going to be another big year for the Sharing Our World Multicultural event in Portage la Prairie.  The Portage Community Revitalization Corporation(PCRC) is registering people from different cultural groups who live in the community as representatives of their heritage for the third annual festival.
  • people robmccarville april122011
    Sergeant Rob McCarville

    After four years working in Portage la Prairie, a member of the local R.C.M.P. detachment is moving on to a new community and a new challenge. Sergeant Rob McCarville is transferring to Winnipegosis in May to take over as that area's new Detachment Commander. McCarville says this is a new opportunity with added responsibilities. As for his time in Portage, McCarville says he has greatly enjoyed his time here. He first began at the Portage Detachment back in May 2008.  A replacement has already been decided upon who will be arriving at the detachment sometime in the spring.
  • places rm meeting 1 mar232012

    Centra Gas is expanding its service borders in the rural municiaplity of Portage la Prairie. The utility recently asked the R.M. Council if it could extend its franchise agreement to include the whole municipality. The council has agreed to the request.

    Reeve Kam Blight says it will allow two areas of the R.M. that are not currently serviced by Centra Gas. The expansion of the service will provide connections  to a hutterite colony in the northern portion of the R.M. and to an area south of MacDonald. Blight says there is no cost to the R.M. in allowing the expansion.
  • people rhonda lodwick mar152012
    Picture. Portage la Prairie Real Estate Board President Rhonda Lodwick

    With mortgage rates hovering near historically low levels, the number of housing sales in Portage la Prairie this spring may be on the increase. Industry officials are predicting an bump in business as the market tries to take advantage of limited time offers of four and five year mortgages as low as 2.99% and 10 year rates around 3.99%. Portage Real Estate Board President Rhonda Lodwick says the low rates and favourable weather make now an excellent time to shop for a home and they expect to see business pick up.  Lodwick says house hunters, including first time buyers will likely try to take advantage of this while they can as these short term rates encourage them to get in to a little better house and price bracket. She also cautions though that while the short term numbers are good, don't jump in if you are not ready as the rates will stay fairly low for most of the year.
  • may102011 oakvillesandbaggers
    People across the Central Plains likely won't need many of these this year.

    Manitoba Water Stewardship is optimistic the Central Plains is due for a fairly positive spring. In their latest flood update, they suggest the 2012 run off occurred early and is complete on the Red, Souris, Assiniboine and Pembina Rivers, as well as in the southern Interlake.  

    Executive Director of Regulatory Services and Operations Steve Topping says all of southern Manitoba can all breath a sigh of relief as the threat of spring flooding has all but dried up.  As for the Portage Diversion, Topping says while it ran well above capacity for much of last spring, it is very unlikely it will see substantial volumes this year.

    Meanwhile, on major lakes with open water, Topping says strong winds could still pose flooding problems along the beaches.  Lake Manitoba currently still have ice cover. with unfavourable weather, localized minor to moderate flooding could occur could hit the Interlake.
  • places ice shack mar152012

    Ice fishermen are being urged to remove their shacks from lakes and rivers. Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship is urging individuals with ice shacks in southern or central Manitoba to take the structures off the ice as soon as possible, as long as conditions allow a safe removal.  Extremely warm temperatures are causing ice conditions to deteriorate faster than normal in these areas.  March 31st is the normally the last day for removal of ice shacks in the south, but the recent weather means that early removal is required.
  • people jim flaherty mar282012

                             Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

    Will there be political fallout from Thursday's federal budget for the conservatives?  Many are predicting it will contain cuts to government spending in some form, but exactly where won't be known until Thursday afternoon when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers it.
    Brandon University Assistant Professor Kelly Saunders tells us there could be, if in fact it is a bad news budget. But Saunders says it may not be not bad as predicted or to the same degree as had been seen in the 90's during the Chretien government."

    Saunders believes Canadians are receptive to the feds reigning in spending somewhat, but that will depend heavily on where and how severe the cuts are. She believes Canadians are beginning to understand the government needs to spend money in order to protect the economy and jobs during recessions

    Saunders stresses Canadians receptiveness to cuts will be dependent on how drastic they are & that the Conservatives could be quite strategic with their cuts.
  • places city council 1 mar262012

    Portage la Prairie has reached a deal on R.C.M.P. service in the city until 2032. There are fairly minimal differences between the old contract and the new 20 year agreement. The most important provision however allows the city to have more input into the hiring process for Detachment Commander in the future. Councilor Ryan Espey says this is an important addition as it provides them more input in the process.

    Mayor Earl Porter says the contract will remain a 70-30 split. he says that means Portage will pay 70% of the cost per officer with the federal government paying the other 30%.  There are 28 officers assigned to Portage la Prairie, so council has budgeted  $2,875,000 for the 2012 R.C.M.P. contract to cover the expenditure. the new agreement is being offered just prior to expiry of the current deal on April 1st. 
  • places pcu centre parking mar132012

    We could see much stricter enforcement of the parking regulations at the P.C.U. Centre, effective immediately.

    Portage la Prairie City Council wants to see a crackdown on illegal parking. In January, a by-law was passed allowing for tickets to be given to vehicles that are left along the Royal Road causeway. Signs are also in place indicating exactly where you can and cannot park. However, drivers continue to use it as an impromptu parking lot.

    Council is concerned because this is a safety issue, as emergency vehicles that would use the causeway may be slowed down by the congestion.  The area is managed by the P.R.R.A., although the R.C.M.P. have also been alerted to the situation.
  • misc pothole mar27
    CAA Manitoba has launched it's first ever Worst Roads Campaign and is looking for the public's input. Public and Government Affairs Minister for CAA Manitoba Liz Peters says other provinces have been doing this for many years. Peters notes they're looking for people to fill out a paper or online ballot and tell them which roads they think needs the most work. She adds this doesn't just include potholes or crumbling infrastructure but also congestion, safety issues, and other things they think need to be addressed.

    Peters stresses infrastructure is the one thing every single person in Manitoba uses every single day and sometimes the government needs to be reminded that infrastructure needs to be top of mind. She explains  they will submit a list of the top ten roads directly to municipalities, asking for meetings to talk about these problems and, offer their help to fix the issues. Peters notes in Ontario, 90 percent of the time, roads that make the top of the list are already pegged for re-development, and this shows the government is already doing its job.
  • places gravel road mar142012

    A mild winter and less than average snowfall is helping the R.M. of Portage la Prairie enter the spring with a potential surplus of road gravel.

    Currently, the R.M. has about 93,000 tonnes set aside for its disposal.   Deputy Reeve Garth Asham says the roads are in great condition because the light snow fall amounts allowed for less road grading being required and thus less gravel being pushed off the roads and into the ditches.

    The R.M. only needed a minimal amount during the winter months.  Asham says they now have a large amount of gravel set aside and ready should it be needed. He says the R.M. is hopeful it will be able t remain economically responsible with their gravel useage throughout the rest of 2012.
  • places farm field mar122012

    The mild winter has Central Plains farmers facing a few tough choices heading into the spring over what to do next. Some are contemplating an early start but are a bit hesitant about what could go wrong if Mother Nature pulls a fast one and reverts back to winter.

    Area farmer Lorne Henry says those that do go out earlier than normal, will still need more moisture, as the fields are pretty dry and that could leave some in trouble. Henry says most producers will likely be cautious as starting off dry is a mixed bag of possibilities. With an early spring they could get to work on seeding varieties of crops that are much more frost resistant. 

    He says the quick melt has many feeling as though we skipped March and April and jumped right into May and you certainly won't find too many people complaining about that.
  • places city council 2 mar262012
    Chris Bures of C.H.B. Development & several landowners at Mondays City Council meeting.

    A new housing and condo development planned for Portage la Prairie's west end is running into a minor delay. C.H.B. Development is planning to develop 15 lots for residential homes and 8 lots for free standing condominiums on Kelly K Street. A few nearby homeowners however are asking for a bit more clarity on the situation. Chris Strusen says he along with several other property owners don't have a problem with the project but simply want some certainty on what the plan is.   

    Chris Bures of C.H.B. Development says he understands people want more information. He says this is an upper scale development that will fit in with the community.

    Mayor Earl Porter says city council has heard what the community has to say and will review the application request and potentially change it requirements before allowing development on the property. That decision will likely be made at the next council meeting on Tuesday April 10th
  • places gladstone mar042012

    Gladstone is a step closer to selecting a new town logo. The Town Council is moving forward with adopting a new, more modern design, that will replace the corporate seal, which was created in 1882. Mayor Eileen Clarke says they asked for submissions from the public and received 21 in total.

    Clarke says members of the town council will review them over the next couple weeks and likely select a winner in April. once it has been chosen, all the logos will be displayed at the town office. The logo will be used on stationary, business cards and other promotional items.
  • people luis luna mar262012
                          Settlement Services Coordinator Luis Luna.

    A new website plans to showcase Portage la Prairie and the surrounding region to immigrants. Immigrant Resource Centre Settlement Services Coordinator Luis Luna says the site called www.portagesettlement.com should be up and running within the next two weeks.

    Luna says it will show the beauty of the central plains to immigrants that are choosing where to locate once they arrive in Canada.  the site would also provide information required on how to settle in the region.

    Luna is asking people to send in pictures and video for the site once it is operational within the next few weeks. Until then, until then, any photos you'd like to contribute can be sent to the CFRY & Mix96 Facebook pages or to news via email.
  • celebrityauction1 mar262012

    The 13th Annual La Prairie Lioness Celebrity Auction is celebrating a record setting night. The event, held this past weekend, was able to bring in $16,456 dollars. a new record. Club Member Heather Graham says it surpassed last years benchmark of $15,000 dollars.

    Graham says surpassing that total by such a large amount is thrilling and that the community really stepped up in a big way. She notes there was a strong show of local support from businesses, guests of the evening and the volunteers.

    All the money brought in will go towards Central Plains Cancer Care Services.

  • people wanted person mar262012
    24 year old Evan McFarlane Freed.

    R.C.M.P. In Portage la Prairie and across the Central Plains are searching for a wanted man. R.C.M.P. Media Relations Sergeant Line Karpish says they are requesting the public assistance in tracking down 24-year-old Evan McFarlane Freed.

    Karpish says Freed is wanted on several outstanding warrants connected to an incident in Portage la Prairie on January 30th, 2010. He is charged with a number of offences including assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats, and failing to appear in court.  

    He is described as 6 foot 2 inches tall, and about 165 lbs with a fair complexion.  Freed has black hair, hazel eyes and a slender build
  • people eileen clarke mar242012
    Mayor of Gladstone Eileen Clarke.

    A surprising bill has arrived in the mail for the town of Gladstone. Mayor Eileen Clarke says the community is being asked to pay back $30,000 dollars to the province.  The money was part of an initiative started back in 1995 to match funding from communities to help initiate local small business development.

    Clarke says they recently received a letter from the province asking for this seed money to be repaid. She stresses they are aware there is a clause that states the government could at any time ask for that money back.

    Clarke says what is concerning though is the wording in the letter they received asking for the cash back. It says return the funds if you still have it.  She says that suggests communities where the program was not successful are off the hook and the ones, such as Gladstone, that worked to keep the program alive are, in a sense being penalized.  

    Clarke says it has been brought to her attention that other communities across western Manitoba have also received similar payback request. Gladstone has sent a letter to the province asking that they reconsider.

    gladstone paper 1 mar242012 copyA copy of the formal request to the town of Gladsotne to return $30,000 dollars to the province.
  • places bikepath au09

    A local group of citizens continue to do everything possible to look at ways to expand the walking path in Portage la Prairie. Vice Chair of the Portage Bike and Walking Path Committee Brad Poole says they are arranging a public meeting on the subject for April 2nd at the North Memorial School. he says it will explore the history of this project & what the path system could look like.

    Poole says the group is exploring a few ideas for financing, ranging from grant applications on a provincial and federal level to local fundraising, such as the recent Bail and Jail Fundraiser.  He says an expanded path would serve many purposes and would ultimately connect all of Portage la Prairie.
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    The Portage Animal Welfare Society is looking for the community's support with donations of wet cat food.
  • motocross mar252012

    During the off-season the Manitoba Motocross Association has made some changes to their organization. MMA President Vern Peters, of Ile des Chenes, explains they have left the national umbrella of the Canadian Motosports Racing Corportation or CMRC.
  • shareourworldmeeting mar152012
    A meeting was held March 15th for the event

    Due to past response, the third Sharing Our World event is being planned by the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation.
    PCRC's Community Facilitator Mary Lynn Moffat says anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to call the office at 240-7272 or visit their website at www.portagecrc.com. Moffat notes they had over 700 people come out last year and check out the displays, food and entertainment and hope to see the same response this year. She adds they've grown so much over the past two years they have had to relocate and the event will be held at the Canad Inns, May 12th. Admission is free but they will have donation canisters, if anyone wants to help, as it takes a lot to put the event on.
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    File photo of Karl Kynoch 

    The Chair of Manitoba Pork Council is not surprised, but disappointed the U.S. government has decided to appeal a decision by a WTO trade dispute panel regarding Country Of Origin Labelling.

  • people pat mcrae nov082011
    Prairie Sound Festival Chairperson Pat McRae.

    Preparations for the inaugural Prairie Sound Festival are going well.  Chairperson Pat McRae says set list for the event, scheduled for mid-April is set and will feature about 160 piano registrations and 30 for the vocal. McRae says they also have all the volunteers they need for each session and for transportation. 

    McRae is optimistic the festival will prove to be a real opportunity for Portage la Prairie to showcase its rich talent pool. The Prairie Sound Festival will be held at Trinity United Church in Portage from April 16th to the 19th.
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    Last week Travel Manitoba encouraged a wide variety of Manitobans to get into interactive tourism. Tyler King is the Economic Development Officer for Carman and Dufferin, and was one of the participant's in Travel Manitoba's "Cutting Edge Workshop".
  • terrierbbq1 mar242012
    CFRY morning guy Ryan Simpson gets his grill on with M & M Meat Shops Owner Matt Zubac

    The Terriers Barbecue enjoyed long line-ups and raised almost $600 in support of Portage Terriers hockey.

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  • people travis rintoul chamber mar242012

    File photo of Travis Rintoul

    The Annual General Meeting for the Carman and Community Chamber of Commerce will be slightly different this year as the Board of Directors has decided to combine it with a fundraiser.
    Speech Language Pathologists Alana Jack(left) and Britney McLaren(right) present the concept of Preschool Parties to the Portage School Board.

    The Portage School Board got a chance to learn more about preschool parties earlier this week.  Language Speech Pathologists Alana Jack and Britney McLaren showed the board the positive affects on preschool children.
  • people habitat bbq 1 mar232012
    Portage Habitat for Humanity Chairperson Larry Muirhead & members
    from Canad Inns helping with the fundraising BBQ Friday March 23rd.

    Volunteers are needed to help Habitat For Humanity with its latest building project in Portage la Prairie. The group helped in bring in some funds during its BBQ on Friday at Reimer Antenna Service.

    During the day, Organizing Committee Chairperson Larry Muirhead provided an update on the group & its current plans for its 5th housing build in the past 6 years. He says they need about 120 people to donate some time and effort for this worthy cause in mid-June.

    The current plan is to begin digging out the basement in May, then putting up the structure in mid-June. The blitz days, where volunteers will be needed in full force are set for June 9th and 16th.

    Muirhead says no matter what your experience level, they could always use an extra set of hands for this worthy cause. anyone interested in volunteering can 857-8211 or 857-5181 or get information at the website www.habitatportage.ca
  • people amm march 21 doug

    The Association of Manitoba Municipalities continues to float the idea of a new 1% infrastructure tax.
    AMM president Doug Dobrowolski says something has to be done to address the $11 billion infrastructure deficit in our province. The association is using it mayors,reeves and cao meetings to gauge the level of interest. Municipal leaders gathered in Boissevain for the Western District meeting yesterday. There was a mixed reaction but a number of civic leaders did support the concept.
    Dobrowolski admits the province hasn't shown a keen interest in the plan. However he says other options could be developed to generate the funds needed to make infrastructure improvements across Manitoba.
  • places rm meeting 1 mar232012

    The RM of Portage is adding a new vehicle to it's fleet. Reeve Kam Blight says the Ford 550 Super Duty truck is already set up to suit their needs, but assumes the guys at the shop may add a few personal touches. Blight notes the unit comes safetied and will cost the RM $20,000 plus taxes. He adds its a heavier duty truck which can carry higher loads of tools and equipment plus it has a crane, which will save them from having to hire out the service or require towing of units. 
  • lioness cover mar232012

    The La Prairie Lioness Club's annual celebrity auction is set to go for another year in Portage la Prairie.

    It'll be at the Portage Legion tomorrow night, for the 13th consecutive year. All the proceeds go to Central Plains Cancer Care Services.

    Organizer Heather Graham is grateful to the business community for contributing prizes and services every year, but isn't surprised because Portage businesses have always been generous, even though they're approached like this every week. She says they always go above and beyond.

    Graham is also pleased attendance at the event has increased each year, with last year being their best. She describes the auction as something positive in dealing with a serious disease.

    Graham adds when they organized the first auction, it was intended as a one-time event, but they realized how important fundraising is for Cancer Care, so it's continued since then.

    Doors open tomorrow night at 7:30, and there's no admission.

    Graham estimates they've raise between $40,000 and $50,000 for Central Plains Cancer Care over the last 12 years.

    Here's the list of celebrities, and what they're offering.

    Celebrity Auction

    Michelle Lalancette - original painting

    Canada Inn - One night stay @ Polo Park location plus 2 brunch ticket

    Kennedy Landscaping - 3 yards of mixed top soil (delivered within city limits)

    Leta Owens - Handmade fused glass Sushi bowl

    Mil-Jeanne Flowers - A Sunshine Bouquet once a month for a year

    William Glesby Centre - 6 tickets to Coffee House Performances of your choice

    Mayor Earl &Terry Porter - Prime Rib Dinner for 6 in Porter's home

    Dennis Wiens - Framed Photo

    Portage Terriers - Two Season Tickets for 2012-2013 Season

    Boston Pizza & McKenzie Funeral Home - Dinner for 4 at Boston Pizza. Limo pickup & drive home after dinner

    Portage Fire Fighters - smoke detector, fire extinguisher, first aid kit

    Fountain Tire - $250 gift certificat

    Bill's Sticky Fingers - Chicken and Rib dinner for 5 people

    Foil - colour, cut, style and pedicure

    Canadian Tire - Large print by Victor Zag


    Marilyn Jasper - Doll with hand made clothes

    Portage Chrysler - 6 car washes at the dealership, inside and outside of vehicle

    Portage Lions Club - Shop, Dine and be Entertained in Portage - 5 $100 Gift Cards

    Portage Coop, Canadian Tire, Bill`s Sticky Fingers, Horfrost, Glesby

    Centre tickets.

    Courtney Lintott - Original Painting

    Portage Credit Union - Dave Omichinski & 4 staff members will provide 15 hours of spring clean up

    Sam - 3 gift certificates for 3 grass cuttings

    Rhonda Lodwich - Century 21 - Set of luggage plus 1000 air miles

    Melvin Warren - Dinner for 4 at his home

    Central Plains Cancer Care - Weekend for 4 in Medora, North Dakota - 2 nights stay, tickets to musical, pitch fork fondue, steak dinner and 18 holes if golf

    Omega Funeral Home - Limo service & Chauffeur for a day anywhere in Manitoba

    Marguerite Ruddell - Original Painting

    Craig Dunn - $350 gift certificate for services, merchandise or towards a vehicle purchase

    Canad Inn - One night stay in Portage location plus 2 brunch tickets

    Chris & Heike Bures, Rod & Myrna Perchak, Tieny & Mike Kirchner - Dinner for 6 people

    Portage Consumers Coop - $500 gift card for Food Purchases

  • mar222012 schoolboard
    Assistant Superintendent Mike Mauws

    The Portage School Board may be implementing a class size cap as early as next year.  Superintendent Hazen Barrett says there is a lot of evidence to suggest smaller class sizes during the early years has a very positive effect on the background and skills required to get the children through the later years in school.

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