• Steads Farm Supply celebrates 25 years

    Steads Farm Supply celebrates 25 years

    It has been a good 25 years for Steads Farm Supply in Boissevain, although they did have to celebrate the anniversary differently than other years.
    David and Diane Stead opened Steads Farm Supply in April 1996. Having reached the 25-year milestone, they are marking the anniversary, although with COVID, it is not the way they would have originally planned, David Stead said.
    “You wonder where the time goes,” Stead said. “We never expected (the business) to develop the way it did. If it had been a normal year, we would have had an open house. Instead, we have something different this year.”
    Stead said he talked to his dealers, and they all came through with 25 prizes. They have been holding 25 draws for 25 days, which will wrap up on May 15. There has been a variety of farm supply items going out, which will make plenty of those entered happy.

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  • New housing helps Peace Garden become four season

    New housing helps Peace Garden become four season

    New housing going in at the International Peace Garden will serve a double purpose.
    The attraction along the Canada-US border just south of Boissevain is in the midst of a renewal project near the campground. According to Peace Garden CEO Tim Chapman, they are replacing domestic units used by their summer staff, getting ready for the 2021 tourist season.
    “These new units will help us attract more seasonal staff who do not live within a day drive of here,” Chapman explained. “They will be a nice place for the horticulture and ground staff to stay when they work out here.”

  • Tightened restrictions on gatherings now in effect

    Tightened restrictions on gatherings now in effect

    One week after tightening COVID rules in the province, Manitoba has upped the ante once again, this time for a month.
    On April 26, Premier Brian Pallister and Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Brent Roussin appeared before the people once again to give them the bad news. On April 19, the government had made small tweaks to the Code Red restrictions with the hope they would be good enough to stem the tide of the rising cases, including tougher variants, in the third wave. However, after a weekend that saw skyrocketing cases, it was deemed not enough.
    “The third wave of the pandemic is here. It’s a race between variants and vaccines right now in most of our country,” Pallister said, “and right now the variants are winning.”
    As the premier stated, they started to strengthen public health orders the previous week to help stem the problem and try to keep from a full shutdown. In spite of collective efforts, and some of the toughest rules in the country, the test positivity and hospitalization rates are going up. Pallister said it was a tough spot, but not unprecedented as we faced them before.
    The new rules would be in place for four weeks, starting Wednesday, April 28. This would carry it beyond the May long weekend, the traditional beginning of outdoor times
    “It is bad news to some but understandable. It is the unofficial beginning of summer. We will have to delay that unofficial start a little this year.”
    Roussin said they worked hard to keep numbers under control, but the variants became a wild card. We are now in a similar position as we were last October, when new shutdowns began.

  • Grassland approve three hog barns, but face opposition

    Grassland approve three hog barns, but face opposition

    Although the Municipality of Grassland did not make an immediate decision on three hog barns, all three met the technical review by the time of the conditional use hearing, and were given the go-ahead the next day.
    On April 20, council held the public forum on the three HyLife projects. Due to COVID-19 protocols, those interested could not all meet in the Elgin Hall. However, Grassland Reeve Ruth Mealy said people could listen through their car radios, and there were speakers set up outside as well. Those signed up could come in, one at a time, and present against or in favour of the barns.
    “Apparently there were around 60 vehicles,” Mealy said. “We had three staff members out there passing around agendas. The process worked well, the staff did a marvelous job.”
    She said in her mind, the public was fairly balanced between those in favour and those opposed to the projects.

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