• Seeding on home stretch, some canola uncertainty

    Seeding on home stretch, some canola uncertainty


    With seeding nearing completion, a little warmth and a little precipitation would not be amiss.

    Spring 2019 has continued to be a bit of a mystery, with warm temperatures mixed with the unseasonably frigid. A 20-degree day seems to be followed by one where the furnace runs well into the afternoon. Compare that with 2018, where the heat was already upon us. Manitoba is living up to its reputation for unpredictability.

    However, it seems our agricultural community has been able to get a good jump on seeding. Ian Froese of Froese Family Farms and Boissevain Select Seeds said things are moving well.

  • Opposition growing to HyLife hog barn development

    Opposition growing to HyLife hog barn development

    Although the process might be a little different than the past, the lines being drawn regarding a possible hog barn development in the municipality seem very much like a decade or more ago.

    Earlier this year, it was announced that HyLife was planning a swine operation in Boissevain-Morton. What is known as the HyLife Merlot Nursery, it is to be located at S ½ of SE 34-04-20 WPM, on the north side of the municipality, close to the border with Grassland Municipality. It would be a 24,000 head hog nursery operation consisting of four barns and a provincially approved, engineered earthen manure storage facility. It would be the first HyLife project in the municipality, and the first new hog operation in a long time.

  • Doctor raises alarm on health care concerns

    Doctor raises alarm on health care concerns

    The lack of consultation with professionals, as well as concerns regarding the deterioration of health care in rural areas, led a locally-raised physician to challenge the government and its handling of the issue.

    About a month ago, Dr. Danielle Paradis, who is currently a chief resident at the Parkland Rural Family Medicine Program in Dauphin, decided to raise her voice with an open letter to Premier Brian Pallister, which was picked up by different news outlets, including CBC. Paradis, a native of Dunrea who graduated high school in Boissevain, said this move was not sudden, but did have a recent trigger.

    “My concerns had been percolating a while,” Paradis explained, “but what really drove me to speak out was when the Province put out this awful ad.”

  • $100,000 donation helps ball diamond upkeep

    $100,000 donation helps ball diamond upkeep

    With the new minor ball season beginning, a generous donation will be put to use to help the community ball diamonds.

    In 2018, the Dalrymple family donated $100,000 to minor ball in Boissevain. As Minor Ball President Chad Reimer explained, the money was to assist the organization with improvements and upkeep with the community’s ball diamonds. After the donation was made, the group wanted to make sure it was spent appropriately.

    “We got a committee together,” Reimer stated, “and we did some brainstorming, coming up with ideas. We thought why not use it for legacy projects, not for general maintenance. We have money from our tournaments for that.”

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