Bill Redekop

  • Frustration over flooding prompting many to sell their farms

    EDDYSTONE -- Bill Finney's hay fields near Lake Manitoba were just starting to come back nicely after the 2011 flood. That was about right on schedule -- it takes three to five years for flooded pastures and hay land to fully recover.
  • Clear Lake cottage country with a twist

    CLEAR LAKE -- When Clear Lake cottagers turn on their taps, it's not hard water or soft water that comes out, and it's certainly not untreated lake water for washing purposes only. It's some of the most pure, unspoiled, freshest-tasting water in the country. It even looks more sparkly. In Clear Lake, inside Riding Mountain National Park, when they serve you water out of the tap, they do so proudly and watch your reaction.
  • Artists in deep bay residency

    CLEAR LAKE -- The underwater birthday party was going very well, swimmingly even, until the jack fish showed up. Filmmaker Mike Maryniuk set up an underwater birthday party -- for reasons he can't even explain -- using a time-lapse camera focused on a fake cake, birthday candle, table and chair and party balloons.
  • Red River Settler took the high ground

    EAST SELKIRK -- Thomas Bunn made a promise to his wife, kept it, and is still keeping it 152 years later. The promise came after their Kildonan home was flooded out in the Great Flood of 1852. They fled, like other Red River Settlers, to higher ground at Birds Hill (some fled to Stonewall).
  • Story of the stones

    ST. LAURENT -- Native elders want the province to perform conductivity tests to help determine whether suspicious stones in a farm field mark an ancient burial site of Sioux people. Relying on oral history, the elders believe the stones indicate Sioux graves and may also point to a site where the Sioux battled Ojibwa and Cree warriors back in the early 1700s.
  • Running a business, one daylily at a time

    BALMORAL -- The daylily is beautiful and tragic at once. It blooms brilliantly with every colour under the rainbow (except blue) but only for a single day. Then it dies. Hence, the name.
  • Nursery owner last of a growing breed

    PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE -- The consequences from cuts to science take years to surface. But then they surface.
  • See Manitoba's vital history live with St. Andrews Rectory restored

    RIVER ROAD NORTH -- Of all the amazing features in the St. Andrews Rectory, built in 1854 in the RM of St. Andrews, one of the most curious is the rings that hold the ducts of the wood stove. The rings, to allow the ducts to pass through walls and provide heat to different rooms without setting them on fire, are carved out of Tyndall stone. Tunnels were chiselled into blocks of Tyndall stone to hold the ducts.
  • La Verendrye to Lennon

    PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE -- What is a photo exhibit marking the 45th anniversary of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono "bed-in for peace" doing in Portage la Prairie? All they are saying is give Fort La Reine Museum a chance.
  • Taking the next big step

    SIOUX VALLEY DAKOTA NATION -- It took Vince Tacan 14 years to finally get a loan to buy cattle for the farm he grew up on. Most farmers can get that kind of loan by snapping their fingers. But Tacan farms on a First Nation. He doesn't own his land. It's held by the band.
  • Quarry reveals treasures in ground

    SOURIS -- The schoolchildren run up to Frank Grabowski, their open palms balancing shiny rocks they've found in the quarry run by his Souris Rock Shop. Grabowski rattles off the names. "That's petrified wood, that's jasper, that's sandstone," he calls out. After a while, his voice is just sharp background punctuation: "Jasper, agate, clay, sandstone, sandstone, jasper," and this goes on for half an hour as Grade 4 students from Kirkcaldy Heights in Brandon scramble around the quarry.
  • It's a croc... and star of museum

    DAUPHIN -- The star attraction at the Fort Dauphin Museum didn't wear a coonskin cap, pad around in mukluks or enjoy robust singalongs. The star of the fur-trade museum crawled on its belly, did a great imitation of a floating log and shed no tears for its victims.
  • Ste. Agathe flood centre recalls disaster of 1997

    STE. AGATHE -- It's hard to believe the Red River's Flood of the Century was 17 years ago. Almost as hard to believe is the Red River Floods Interpretive Centre in Ste. Agathe, built to commemorate that flood, is one of several museums shuttered this year.
  • Godzilla, Bruce team for movie, fossil museum

    MORDEN -- Bruce is envious. Bruce is the most ferocious marine reptile of all time, a 15-metre mosasaur, essentially a killing machine whose fossils were found near here and whose exhibit has become the face of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden.
  • Farm reservoir keeps nutrients away from lake

    FANNYSTELLE -- If every farmer did like Carl Classen, we might not be fretting about the future of Lake Winnipeg. Classen has dug an on-farm reservoir to hold back drainage from his farm. That means nutrient-rich water runoff doesn't flow into public ditches and ultimately Lake Winnipeg.
  • They get their mail in the old-time way

    ISABELLA -- When folks out here need their mail, they go to their 108-year-old postal station -- a small enclosure with a smiling postmistress and a bank of mailboxes encased in dark-stained cabinetry. Customers fiddle with a combination lock, pull open the metal box, remove their mail.
  • Finding those who share the wealth

    BIRTLE -- After drillers struck oil recently in the new Birdtail Field south of Russell, on land where retired farmer George Wady owns mineral rights, you might think he'd be buying the rounds for awhile. You might expect to hear stories of him lighting stogies under No Smoking signs and driving a new Cadillac with Oil of Me vanity plates.
  • Fresh pot of Texas tea for Manitoba

    MANSON -- Jake Sanheim never gave any thought his mixed grain and cattle farm had oil under it. That was for landholders to the south around Virden and in Manitoba's southwest corner.
  • Have shop, will travel

    BRANDON -- Cory Popplestone wants to make your life easier. He wants to take all those time-consuming visits to the service garage for stupid little things such as repairing a flat tire, or rebalancing your wheels, or a stone chip in your windshield, or even a burnt-out turn signal bulb, and save you the trip.
  • Grappling with an identity crisis

    SOURIS -- It took Vern May four years to perfect the body slam, but it was the piledriver that finished his career as a professional wrestler. The body slam is where you maximize the surface of your body that hits the mat, after being flung head over heels by your opponent. That not only disperses the impact of the fall but makes the loudest, hurtin'-est sound.
  • Let's talk turkey, all 60 of them

    SOURIS -- When people say Souris has a bunch of turkeys living there, that shouldn't be viewed as a reflection on the denizens of this pretty southwestern Manitoba town. It's meant literally. Wild turkeys moved in about 10 years ago. At first it was just a dozen or so and no one minded. This fall, their numbers grew to about 60. They started to turn into a menace.
  • Unexpected advantage of flooding

    SHOAL LAKES -- The Great Flood of Noah's Ark may have spelled disaster for most legged creatures, but fish call it something else: the good old days. Flash-forward several millennia. Manitoba has withstood above-average precipitation and flooding for more than a decade. Lake levels and water tables have risen steadily.
  • Morden opens its arms

    MORDEN -- Anna Repina, who arrived in Canada less than two months ago from Odessa in southern Ukraine, doesn't keep just one online blog: She keeps three. One is a travel blog, another is a blog about her experience with the immigration process to help others, and the third is about her new life in Canada.
  • New Selkirk library a community effort

    SELKIRK -- The first community library of the Red River settlers was in Lockport, just six kilometres south of Selkirk, comprised of books donated by Lord Selkirk. The first public library outside Winnipeg was also built here thanks to Andrew Carnegie, the American philanthropist of libraries. In 1909, Carnegie paid the shot to build Selkirk's library, as he did with three other libraries in Manitoba (all Winnipeg), and 125 in Canada (mostly Ontario), and 2,509 around the world.
  • Ancient barns reborn in home

    MORDEN -- Cracks and nail holes? They add character. Weathered, with scraped or peeling paint? All the better.

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