Fortune fish not found on 14th

By Hall Sveistrup

A tagged northern pike was all smiles after the sound of gunshot signaled the end of the annual ice fishing derby hosted by Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association on Lake Wahtopanah on Saturday, March 14. The cause for celebration, like seven other pike before him, was successfully eluding capture by 210 adult fishers hoping for a $10,000 reward.

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Clean up continues of CN property

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In the early hours of March 19, the Neepawa Volunteer Fire Department conducted a controlled burn on former CN property. They burned two old fertilizers sheds located near the centre of the property.

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Cattlemen's Young Leaders semi-finalist hopes to win next year

By Sheila Runions

Banner Staff

Wilco van Meijl was one of 24 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2015 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program year. The program is a Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) initiative which aims to provide industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to young producers.Semi-finalists were selected from 67 applicants, a response which CYL program co-ordinator Jolene Noble says reflects the ongoing popularity of the program. 

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Hope springs eternal

By Lorrie Dyer

Amnesty International is a non-governmental global movement focused on human rights and social justice for all. At present, its membership totals seven million people from more than 150 countries. Its motto is "Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Rivers United Church Outreach and Pastoral Care Committee will be hosting an Amnesty Lunch after worship on Sunday, March 16. A green theme of salads, soup, desserts and beverages will be offered with all proceeds forwarded to Amnesty International.

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Cadence coming to Gladstone


The stage lights fall, the crowd goes quiet, and four harmonious voices rise up and fill the air. The melodies unfurl into something both familiar and fresh. What comes next may be a classic song by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima. It may be an old bebop standard or cheeky arrangement of a 1980s hit. But these are arrangements like you’ve never heard them before—containing all the richness of a full band, but performed using just four voices.

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