Bill Redekop

  • The old stumping grounds

    A famous local landmark is being saved from demolition, but it's going to lose its home of half a century. Got you stumped?
  • Steinbach museum explores food traditions, and serves it up too

    STEINBACH — Did Mennonites have any original food, or was all their food simply assimilated from host countries? A new exhibit at the Mennonite Heritage Village has some answers.
  • Open Road - let there be light

    DUGALD -- Bud McIvor was already dubbed the Lamp Man by people at auctions, so it wasn't a stretch to name his antique shop, that specializes in kerosene lanterns, the Ol' Lamplighter.  
  • Locals chipping in for their community

    EMERSON -- This historic border town needed a new golf course, but at a cost of $1.5 million there was no way its 750 residents could afford it. Out went the bugle call for volunteers.
  • Ring dike unleashes St. Adolphe expansion

    ST. ADOLPHE -- Urban sprawl was a hot topic 15 years ago when the Gary Doer-led NDP government vowed to slow the "unfettered growth" of bedroom communities surrounding Winnipeg. But when sod was turned earlier this month for a new ring dike for St. Adolphe, all that concern and commotion seemed a distant memory.
  • Set to row, row, row his boat for 40 days

    SIX rivers, six lakes, six weeks. Backwards. True voyageurs might scoff at Brian Neill's contraption for paddling from Swan Lake to The Forks -- a souped-up rowboat -- but then again, maybe not.
  • Wedded bliss, country style

    NEAR STEINBACH -- Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife? Mooo.
  • Cleaning Lake Winnipeg 3 tonnes at a time

    HOLLAND -- It has all the intricacies of a jail break, for phosphorus to travel from a little wetland near Holland into Lake Winnipeg. First, phosphorus runs into Pelly's Lake, which empties into the Boyne River, which drains into the Norquay Channel, a man-made channel from Carman to Brunkild. The water direction is mostly northeast to this point.
  • Couple's fundraiser set to top $300K

    NEAR ELM CREEK -- In 1999, when Ron and Debbie Middleton hosted the first Lobsterfest on their ranch for the Children's Wish Foundation, they raised just $1,100. Last year, competing with three local weddings on the same Saturday -- and this is a small, rural community, halfway between Elm Creek and Carman -- they raised $50,000.
  • Selkirk history shines during Doors Open event

    SELKIRK — It’s been 138 years of uninterrupted debauchery at the Merchant Hotel in Selkirk, the province’s longest-running watering hole, said tour guide Rob Sarginson. So c’mon down.
  • Building a piece of history

    EMERSON -- The Red River ox cart of the early 1800s had no peer for generating high, squealing noise from the wood-on-wood grinding of axle inside wheel hub. It was like Jack Benny practising violin all day. It was nicknamed "the North West fiddle," and the squealing could spoil the peaceful prairie for miles around.
  • Restoring treasured but decrepit heritage homes costly, controversial

    ST. NORBERT HERITAGE PROVINCIAL PARK -- It's like debtors prison for heritage homes. Behind a chain-link fence is the seventh-oldest building still standing in Manitoba. It once belonged to the family for whom Henderson Highway was named.
  • Tweaking the WIGs: Carman team among developers of advanced aircraft

    CARMAN -- In the world's most humble airstrip, aviation researchers might one day make you say "wigging." Wigging is the verb form for travel by a wing in ground effect craft, or WIG, an emerging technology that combines features of marine and air travel.
  • A duty-free duty to travellers

    EMERSON -- Trivia question: Where was the first duty-free shop in Canada outside of an airport? The place name above gives it away so here's an added question: What year did it open?
  • Time marches on

    MORDEN -- Nobody loves Morden's old clock tower more than Frank Isaac. Isaac, now 85, climbed up the four-storey tower, including using a wooden ladder to reach the final floor, for a quarter-century to wind the town clock.
  • Still ticking after 100 years

    MORDEN — Nobody loves Morden’s old clock tower more than Frank Isaac. Isaac, now 85, climbed up the four-storey tower, including using a wooden ladder to reach the final floor, for a quarter-century to wind the town clock.
  • Going whole hog: Harley dealership owner has collection of 20 vintage bikes

    MORDEN -- Rudy Ens is glad he bought his vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles before the Internet came along or he could never have afforded his amazing collection of bikes. That may not make sense to many of us, because you can find anything you want on the Internet today.
  • Group envisions mountain-biking hub in Riding Mountain National Park

    MCCREARY -- On the first Saturday in May, people in the town of McCreary, at the base of the Manitoba Escarpment, will take the chains off their bicycles for the second straight year. The event is called East Gate Unchained. People and their bikes will be shuttled up Highway 19, the road inside Riding Mountain National Park that was built by conscientious objectors to the Second World War.
  • Tapping trees for maple syrup goes back generations

    MCCREARY -- Retired Mountie Bob Gass has tapped trees for maple syrup since he was a kid growing up in New Brunswick, as did his parents before him and his grandparents before them. But aboriginal people were tapping first and taught colonists such as Gass's British ancestors, who arrived in Canada in the 1820s. There are still families who tap maple trees at Ebb and Flow First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba, as well as other First Nations people around Manitoba, Gass said.
  • Potholes so large, they have trout

    ROBLIN -- A long time ago, when glaciers were retreating out of Manitoba, giant blocks of ice would "calve off," meaning to separate, from the main glacier. These were like icebergs left behind on dry land. They would melt until the mass of sediment they carried acted as an insulating blanket that slowed melting.
  • Parkland couple's old-school bakery rises to the occasion

    ROBLIN -- Nothing about the Parkland Bakery stands out at a glance -- not the name, the furnishings or the plain storefront between a boarded-up pool hall and a financial services outlet. And the fare is not unusual -- doughnuts, jambusters, cinnamon buns, various breads, dinner buns, cookies, muffins and hotdog and hamburger buns. You might walk right by.
  • Perogies just like Baba used to make

    GARSON -- The perogies you buy in stores today are usually machine-made, with flour sprinkled on the dough during production to prevent it from sticking to the metal. But that makes the dough tough. "You could open it, take out the filling, and use the rest for a change purse," said Lawrence Porhownik, who has been eating perogies for most of his 75 years.
  • Marine repair business that runs out of owner's cottage at odds with Manitoba Conservation

    WEST HAWK LAKE -- Brent Bulleé is one of the most popular guys in Whiteshell Provincial Park, but not with Manitoba Conservation. With Bulleé's business, Brentz Mobile Marine, you don't have to pull your boat from the water onto a trailer, haul it 40 kilometres and then leave it for days or weeks to be fixed; or lug a big heavy outboard motor out of the boat and into your trunk, drag it off and again wait for repairs.
  • Henderson Highway landmark closing

    NEAR LOCKPORT -- The old wood floors and panelling seem to sweeten the aromas in the Red River General Store, like good acoustics do for music. The aged wood accentuates the smell of the loose-leaf tea, spices and scented soaps, so that when you step in the door -- and this is the last weekend you can step in the door -- it tantalizes your nostrils.
  • Brandon's bell may ring again

    BRANDON -- Should the bell ring out in Brandon again? The Coronation Bell, which commemorated King Edward VII and used to toll daily from the city's fire tower, has been in storage since 1971.


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