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COLUMN: Carillon Flashback June 16, 1993 – Sunshine swells crowds for 10th Lions charity car show

Wes Keating 3 minute read 5:50 PM CDT

The prospect of rain threatened to put a damper on festivities, but the only thunder was provided by the Doucette Racing team, when they fired up an alcohol-fueled dragster to the delight of a large crowd at the annual Steinbach Lions Charity Car Show, Sunday afternoon.

The two-day event proved to be one of the most successful in a decade, as 5,300 spectators toured the parking lot next to the Steinbach Curling Club and checked out classic automobiles and military vehicles indoors and out at the arena across the street.

Last year’s visitors became this year’s participants, as Dale Foss drove his 1938 Ford pickup 90 miles from his home at Greenbush, Minnesota. Foss brought along three friends, who added a 1975 Corvette, a 1930 Model “A” and a 1939 LaSalle to the 200 vehicles at the show.

The Americans are hoping some of their fellow exhibitors will return the favor when they host an Independence Day Car show, July 4.


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Steinbach man to serve jail time, at home

Alex Lambert 4 minute read 2:21 PM CDT

A man has been given nearly six months behind bars, to be served in the comfort of his Henry Street home.

Andreas Reimer, originally from Russia but grew up in Germany, is now a permanent resident in Canada and was arrested twice in less than a year.

The man who was desribed as a longtime meth addict was originally arrested by Sprague RCMP on Dec. 11, 2020, as he was walking near Piney with a loaded 7mm hunting rifle along with a scope.

Reimer identified himself as Alex and refused to say what he was doing walking along Highway 12 with a rifle outside of hunting season.

AS I SEE IT COLUMN: The crazy Paris Olympics of 1900

James Loewen 3 minute read 12:38 PM CDT

With the 2024 Paris games only a few weeks away, it might be fun to turn back the clock 124 years and see what the Olympics were like the first time Paris hosted the games.

This summer’s Olympics run from July 24 to August 11 and if you thought that is too long, the 1900 Paris Olympics took place from May 14 to October 28, a whopping five-month event.

When the 2024 games begin nearly 11,000 thousand athletes from 196 nations will descend on Paris to show the world the limits of the human body. By contrast, in 1900 only 26 nations participated in the second Olympics of the modern era (the first being in Athens in 1896) and only 1,226 athletes took part in the games.

Where things get really crazy is the list of sports the 1900 games had on its roster. Here’s a brief overview of some bizarre but actual Olympic events in Paris.

COLUMN: Ask the Money Lady – Four reasons why people don’t save

Christine Ibbotson 4 minute read 11:02 AM CDT

Dear Money Lady Readers: I have been asked many times about the best times to invest – so today, I want to share with you the top 4 mistakes Canadians make when deciding to save for the future.

In our current economic environment, most are feeling the pinch of higher prices on the essentials and the higher lending rates when consolidating debt or renewing their mortgages. So, it’s not surprising that saving continues to take a back seat for most middle-class Canadians. There simply is not enough money in the budget to do it all…..right?

Life has a way of never making it the optimal time to save or invest and here are the top four reasons why many avoid it all together.

1. The emotional rollercoaster ride. Watching your investments go up and down every day in the market is a recipe for insanity and will guarantee to make you reluctant to invest additional funds. Investing requires a well thought out plan, often done with the help of a professional advisor, who knows your goals and risk tolerance and can recommend the right products versus investment ideas you may have been given by friends or family. You must understand your investment strategy so that you can remove the emotional component and make your decisions with a clear head, based on your long term financial goals.

COLUMN: Report from the Legislature – Ste Anne Hospital should be regional

Bob Lagasse, MLA for Dawson Trail 3 minute read 8:11 AM CDT

Happy belated Canada Day! Despite the rainy weather, I hope everyone was still able to get out, enjoy the long weekend, and celebrate festivities with friends and family.

Summer has officially begun, which means there are plenty of exciting events on the horizon. Over the next couple of months, Manitobans can look forward to so many different and unique community events, including parades, festivals, and markets, just to name a few, as well as Folklorama in the coming weeks. I encourage you all to get out, soak up the nice weather, and take in some of the different local events happening throughout the summer, as it is a great way to show support for your fellow community members.

I would also like to take the time to encourage the provincial government to designate Hôpital Ste-Anne Hospital as a regional hospital. Despite not having the official designation, the hospital has always operated with a regional approach.

Between 2016 and 2021, the region’s municipalities experienced an average population growth of 14.8 percent, with the Town of Ste Anne experiencing a 36.8 percent increase over the same period. This population growth has created an increased demand for healthcare, while the hospital has had to limit their hours of operation due to a significant shortage of bilingual healthcare professionals. By designating Hôpital Ste-Anne Hospital as a regional hospital rather than a community hospital, it would help strengthen their capacity, ensuring the hospital’s sustainability and future for the benefit of the regional population. They would be able to offer more competitive salaries as well, enabling them to recruit and retain skilled bilingual health professionals, while also being able to broaden their range of specialized services, reception capacity, emergency services, and care programs.

COLUMN: Think Again – When leaders refuse to leave

Michael Zwaagstra 4 minute read Yesterday at 5:47 PM CDT

Timing is everything in politics. Political success often has more to do with timing than with skill.

For example, Justin Trudeau become Liberal leader when Canadians were starting to tire of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. Nine years later, Pierre Poilievre became Conservative leader at time when people were blaming the Trudeau government for the high cost of living. Trudeau and Poilievre are both skilled politicians, but they also benefited from good timing.

However, getting in at the right time is one thing—knowing when to leave is another. Party leaders have an unfortunate tendency to stay in office one election too long.

We saw this nine years ago when Harper lost the 2015 election. Had Harper stepped down earlier, he would have been able to retire on his own terms rather than have the voters do it for him.

COLUMN: Eye on the Arts – Announcing our 45th anniversary concert season

Steinbach Arts Council 4 minute read Yesterday at 2:18 PM CDT

The Steinbach Arts Council is commemorating its 45th anniversary by presenting an impressive lineup of concerts that will captivate audiences in the community. The season includes:

- Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra’s “Swingin’ in Time” performance on Oct. 4, 2024, showcasing the best of big band music from the past century.

- Orontes Guitarists’ “Stories of Refuge” on Nov. 1, 2024, featuring an uplifting blend of classical guitar works.

- Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Tour on Dec. 3, 2024, with symphonic classics of the season, a guest narrator, and a performance by Accent Singers.

Reimer brings backyard ultramarathon to Manitoba

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Reimer brings backyard ultramarathon to Manitoba

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Yesterday at 12:36 PM CDT

A new kind of running race for the province made its debut in Blumenort this weekend, as the inaugural Old Tom Backyard Ultramarathon was hosted by Steffan and Danny Reimer.

A backyard ultramarathon features runners completing a 4.167 mile course every hour, with each circuit starting on the hour. The distance was chosen so runners complete 100 miles in 24 hours.

Winnipeg’s Justin Davey was able to win the race, completing an impressive 26 circuits over 26 hours.Two runners, Steinbach’s Greg Penner and Winnipeg’s Hyojin Lee finished 25 laps. The winner of the race completes one circuit on their own before the race is declared over.

Steffan, an accomplished marathon and ultramarathon runner in his own right, traded in a participant’s bib for an race director’s role at the event, which was held on his family farm.

Yesterday at 12:36 PM CDT

Justin Davey (centre) was the winner of the first annual Old Tom Backyard Ultramarathon, the first backyard ultramarathon in Manitoba. The race was organized by Steffan and Danny Reimer. (Instagram)

COLUMN: Village News – Steinbach’s First Families – Johann & Anna (Warkentin) Reimer, Aganetha Barkman

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COLUMN: Village News – Steinbach’s First Families – Johann & Anna (Warkentin) Reimer, Aganetha Barkman

Nathan Dyck 4 minute read Yesterday at 11:57 AM CDT

Johann was a brother of Klaas Reimer of Wirtschaft 9 & 10, and he and his wife Anna travelled alongside other family members on the journey to Canada. He found the opportunities for growth in Russia stifling and was eager to make the move to a new land where opportunities seemed abundant. Their two-year-old son Abraham died on the journey, and three-year-old daughter Elisabeth died just months after arriving in Canada. Their daughter Anna, born Nov. 17, 1874, was potentially one of the first children born in Steinbach.

After settling on Wirtschaft 11, Johann purchased some oxen with his brother-in-law Peter Toews in the first spring and they were able to plough and seed a portion of their land alongside a few of Steinbach’s other settlers. A grasshopper plague wiped out most of their efforts, leaving them very reliant on neighboring established communities. Johann served in the role of schulz (mayor) in 1880-1881, the same year that his wife Anna passed away.

Becoming a widower at the age of 32, with four daughters between the ages of one and six, Johann hired a young woman to help keep house. He eventually proposed to her, and in 1882 he married Aganetha Barkman when she was just 18. By the next year they were farming 40 acres alongside caring for livestock, and in 1884, they built a new home.

Aganetha had 10 children of her own and became a trained midwife who attended to over 600 births in the community. She was also known to care for the bodies of the deceased and prepare them for burial. Johann ran a successful market garden and sold fruits and vegetables in Winnipeg, transporting his goods in his light, fast wagon. In 1916, the Reimers were the last remaining family still living on a Wirtschaft, which they sold to C.T. Loewen. Moving their house and barn to a property a mile east of the village marked the end of the pioneer era of Steinbach.

Yesterday at 11:57 AM CDT

The C. T. Loewen mill that occupied the site of the Reimer house after they moved the final pioneering household off the property in 1916.

The search for a new Seine River SD superintendent

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The search for a new Seine River SD superintendent

Chris Gareau 3 minute read Yesterday at 8:08 AM CDT

A report from incoming interim superintendent Reg Klassen detailed the way Seine River School Division (SRSD) sought out feedback from employee groups on what kind of person they want to take over after the surprise resignation of Ryan Anderson on May 24 after less than two years on the job.

Klassen will retire July 31 from Frontier School Division, which covers three quarters of Manitoba’s geographic area. He plans on taking the interim tag for SRSD on Aug. 19, but stopped by the last SRSD board meeting of the school year to deliver the report between road trips to Frontier school graduations.

“Our target is that by the time I start… that a new superintendent will be selected,” said Klassen after the meeting.

He explained that he still needs to hang around for a while, as most people hired for such a job usually need about six months to make the transition from their prior employment.

Yesterday at 8:08 AM CDT

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

Frontier School Division Chief Superintendent Reg Klassen is hoping to find a new Seine River School Division superintendent before he starts as SRSD interim Aug. 19.

Strawberry season ripens to fruition

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Strawberry season ripens to fruition

Alex Lambert 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Even with a soggy spring, strawberries are being picked and popped into mouths.

Andy Loewen with Friedensfeld Honey and Berry Farm said the rainy weather has been a good change from last year’s dry season, which was the driest in 50 years.

He said despite last year’s bone-dry season, their crop was average. This year it’s an above-average crop in terms of the number of berries.

Customers have also been showing up in rows to get their knees dirty for the freshest berries one can buy.

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From left, Zayne, Arya and Skylar Tomson collect strawberries to fill buckets and mouths at the Friedensfeld Honey and Berry Farm on Monday.

Carillon Sports second shots from July 3rd edition

Cassidy Dankochik 1 minute read Preview

Carillon Sports second shots from July 3rd edition

Cassidy Dankochik 1 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Featuring photos from the Carillon Sultans senior game against North Winnipeg June 25 and the junior team's contest against St James June 27.

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The Carillon Sultans defeated North Winnipeg in Winnipeg Senior Baseball League action at A.D. Penner Park in Steinbach June 25. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

COLUMN: Let’s Talk Mental Health – It’s not all in your head

Josi Peters 4 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Let’s talk again about mental illness. We know the human brain is susceptible to illness, just like any other organ. Chemicals in the brain function as regulators of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Brain function can be significantly disrupted if these chemicals are out of balance, contributing to mental illness.

Mental illness shows signs noticeable by family or friends or by the persons themselves. These signs and symptoms allow health professionals to diagnose the illness using a diagnostic process similar to that of physical illness or injury. For example, after a fall, a person may have bruises, swelling, and a visible limp (signs) and feel stiffness or pain (symptoms). A doctor might examine the patient and order tests. Then the doctor might diagnose a broken ankle and proceed with appropriate treatments.

In the case of mental illness, signs and symptoms may include changes in the person’s thoughts, moods, or behaviours causing distress or pain and serious dysfunction. As with physical illness, signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary from light to severe, depending on the illness, the person, and biosocial background. And like physical illnesses, mental disorders can take various forms, including mood-altering illnesses, anxiety and personality disorders, schizophrenia, food disorders, and addictions.

A good analogy is the physical illness of Type 1 Diabetes. In both illnesses an organ in a person’s body isn’t producing the chemicals needed to live a healthy, well-balanced life. The diabetic won’t be able to process food to gain vital nourishment, because an organ in the body (the pancreas) is not producing the chemical (insulin) needed. The patient manages the illness by regulating diet and exercise and, most importantly, taking enough insulin after eating to process sugars from the food and turn them into energy for life. For those of us who don’t have diabetes, this happens in our bodies whenever we eat; we’re not aware of it and don’t need to choose to make it happen.

More to do at St Pierre’s Parc Carillon

Chris Gareau 1 minute read Preview

More to do at St Pierre’s Parc Carillon

Chris Gareau 1 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Parc Carillon in St Pierre continues to get upgrades this summer with cornhole equipment, park benches and extra trees being added.

Workers were busy installing the eight new, 1,500-pound benches from Nelson Granite and cornhole holes last week as families made good use of the park’s splash pad near the new ball diamond on a hot summer’s day.

The village plans on selling plaques that can be put on the benches to help pay for the improvements.

“It’s really good for the seniors, too, because a lot of the seniors probably relish the fact they can put their names on a bench,” said deputy mayor Coun. Michel Forest during the last council meeting.

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Room is made for new stone benches last Friday in St Pierre’s Parc Carillon as families make use of the splash pad built as part of the Village’s park master plan. New cornhole equipment and trees were also being added this summer.

Soup’s On founder honoured at anniversary

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Soup’s On founder honoured at anniversary

Greg Vandermeulen 4 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Soup’s On founder Joy Neufeld was honoured at the 20th anniversary celebration hosted at Grace Mennonite Church on July 6.

That was exactly 20 years to the day that Neufeld served the very first meal of spaghetti and meat sauce to the community.

Kari Bachmeier was the master of ceremonies at the event and gave tribute to Neufeld.

“Twenty years ago, a young woman saw a need for a soup kitchen and made it her mission to make it happen,” she said.

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As Soup’s On celebrated their 20th anniversary on July 6, founder Joy Neufeld announced she would be stepping down. She spoke to the crowd next to the organization’s new mascot, Soupy.

Junior Carillon Sultans top MJBL standings

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Junior Carillon Sultans top MJBL standings

Cassidy Dankochik 4 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Despite games to be played after press time July 10, a weekend split with the Pembina Valley Orioles was just good enough for the Carillon Sultans to clinch a first-place finish in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League (MJBL).

The Sultans had an 18-5 record, one game up on the Elmwood Giants, but owned the tiebreaker against the perennial champions thanks to a double-header sweep in late-June action.

The finish is a good sign for a group looking to bring back their first MJBL championship since 2012. The team fell in the semis last season to eventual champion St Boniface, with many of their players unavailable due to representing Manitoba at the North American Indigenous Games.

“To keep that thing rolling with virtually the same group of guys has been awesome,” team manager Rick Penner said.

Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Michael Lindsay came on in relief for Carillon during their game against Winnipeg South July 5. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)