Cole and Elmo, two Percheron cross horses, needed a little practice to get them accustomed to work on busy roads and highways. | Submitted photo

Adventures on the wagon trail east

It’s not every day that two 70-something-year-old men set out on a nearly 700-kilometre horse-drawn wagon adventure spanning two provinces. But try telling that to cousins Joe Alexander of Virden, Manitoba and Derwin Clarke of Balzac, Alberta who recently did just that. The duo made the journey from Eastend, Saskatchewan to Virden, Manitoba to reenact […] Read more

Man. 4-H develops scholarships

A new Manitoba 4-H scholarship program has been established using money from a $1 million endowment fund that the provincial government announced last fall. Created in conjunction with the Brandon Area Community Foundation, the fund will set up four scholarships named in honour of four long-standing 4-H leaders: Fleurette Geirnaert, Mariapolis-Baldur 4-H Club, 48 years […] Read more

The winding road of infertility was difficult and painful for Leah and Justin Bridgeman of Binscarth, Man., but ended happily, first with the IVF conception of Adalie, who was born in 2018, and then the natural conception of Kolt, who was born in 2020. | Submitted photo

Couple’s IVF story has happy ending

In vitro fertilization treatments are an expensive and emotionally exhausting option for those struggling with infertility

Many couples cope with the heartbreak and stress of infertility. For those living in rural areas, where access to specialists is limited, treatment options can often be less accessible and more costly than they are for urban residents. On top of the actual treatments, some of which are not covered by provincial health-care plans, rural […] Read more

David and Jean Caldwell say they will miss the Prairies’ wide-open spaces and straight roads when they return to Scotland. | Supplied photo

Man. farmers make decision to return home

On the Farm: David and Jean Caldwell emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1995 — now they’re moving back

For just over a quarter of a century, David and Jean Caldwell of Kenton, Man., have called Canada home. But by their own admission, their Scottish roots run deep, and on April 30, their life will come full circle as they head into retirement with a move back to their bonny homeland. The decision to […] Read more

Haley Johnston, Tyrell Hopp and their daughter, Avery, are beneficiaries of a treatment called bovine lipid extract surfactant.  |  Sara Miller/Sterling Images photo

Cattle give preemies a second chance at life

Extremely premature babies whose lungs aren’t fully developed can be treated with lung surfactant harvested from cattle

Little Avery Hopp of Birtle, Man., recently celebrated her second birthday. Like most two-year olds, the occasion was marked with much love and celebration from her family and friends as another milestone in her young life was reached. But unlike most other two-year-olds, for her parents, Haley Johnston and Tyrell Hopp, the celebration was a […] Read more

Corinne Newton describes her music as a traditional sound that lyrically, tells stories of prairie people. | Shelby Godick photo

Farmer’s songs capture life on the Prairies

Saskatchewan singer/songwriter celebrates an appreciation of the realities that are found on the Canadian Prairies

Farming and rural living are the driving forces behind singer/songwriter Corinne Newton (nee Mervyn), originally from the Strathclair, Man., area, who now lives and farms with her husband and two children on their century farm near Central Butte, Sask. Her latest release, a five-song extended play album, Real Life Reality, is an extension of her […] Read more

Mel Paton, left, visits with former employee Ernie Hansen as they unload a truck of wheat into the bin on the first day of harvest.  |Curt Paton photo

Sask. farmer takes off his 71st crop

Mel Paton, his two sons and their families farm 12,000 acres, a far cry from where he began as a 14-year-old in 1949

Mel Paton has been at this farming thing awhile now. At nearly 86 years old, his 71st harvest is in the bin. “It is one of the best crops I have grown and weather-wise, it’s been one of the best years, especially after last year,” said the veteran rancher and farmer. “But it can start […] Read more

Cassandra Lepp, the eldest of the two sisters, said they provide a clear and factual voice for the agricultural industry, and by incorporating their love of fashion, it also gives them a creative outlet. Their fashion photos provide them some contrast and reprieve from the physically demanding, sometimes tedious and dirty work of farming. | Screencap via Instagram/@thetulepp

Sisters use Instagram to share farm support message

Two sisters from Rivers, Man., are showing they are a force to be reckoned with in farming and fashion. But more importantly, they are increasing awareness on topics such as mental health and the agri-food industry, while empowering women and creating a positive space via their Instagram platform @thetulepps. “One of our goals with The […] Read more

Society has traditionally treated dying as taboo, which is what the organizers of Death Cafes are attempting to counter.  |  Getty Images

Death cafes help ease fear of dying

Manitoba death doulas hold discussion groups where people can share their personal experiences with dying and death

The Death Café approach to starting conversation about death and dying is a relatively new concept to hit southwestern Manitoba. Compassionate people like Christine Cross and Cathy Coulter of Virden are using their training to pioneer the movement in the area and to help make the experience informative and positive. Cross said a Death Café […] Read more

Tooke horses are still waiting their turn in the rodeo ring.  |  Ken Howie photo

Rodeo legend created ‘born to buck’

Feek Tooke single-handedly changed the face of the sport eight decades ago by breeding horses specifically for the ring

The loss of the Calgary Stampede this year and the cancellation of most fairs and rodeos due to COVID-19 have strained many pocket books. Rodeo stock contractors and cowboys rely on rodeos to make a living. However, the cancellations haven’t dulled the tenacity and spirit to produce great bucking horses. Jim Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., […] Read more