Terrie Welwood

Terrie Welwood

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 09:12

Potash Mine announced for Russell area

“It’s fifteen years in the development. It’s the right time, the right economic model and we’re looking forward to sharing the profits and spending the profits on regional development.” Daymon Guillas, president of Potash and Agri-Development Corporation of Manitoba (PADCOM). 

Potash deposits don't respect provincial boundaries, so there was little question that there would be potash around here somewhere. Thus, it wasn’t a really big surprise that a mineral rich deposit lays near Harrowby - just a couple of miles inside the Saskatchewan border.

The issue of potash development is one that’s been around this area for decades. Over the years, the question quite often was more about ‘when or if’ the province would take steps to develop the industry here. 


You can find the whole story in the June 21st edition of The Russell Banner! 

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 09:10

Russell Farmer's Market back

Rozzy and her mom Allexia were just one of the many vendors out at the Russell and Area farmers market.  They’re a summer thing were there’s vendors like Allexia’s new Lii Zoong business selling everything from soaps and bird seed wreaths to farm wives selling breads, jam and jellies and gardeners selling fresh vegetables and herbs. They’re in the courtyard beside the library right on Russell’s Main Street every Friday between 11 am to 2 pm.                                                                            

 - photo by Terrie Welwood

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With two years of Covid restrictions, celebrations of all kinds around the world were cancelled.  At the very least, social distancing mandates saw events like graduations move away from tradition and for many, forge a new way of doing things. 

For the last couple of years, the graduating classes of Major Pratt celebrated this milestone outside. 

 More details can be found in the June 14th edition of The Russell Banner!

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022 06:00

Lion's Prairie Walleye Classic back

There seems to be an unwritten rule somewhere saying that at least one of the events of the Russell Lions Prairie Classic Walleye Tournament must involve rain.  This year, the rain came during the boat parade but it didn’t seem to dampen spirits of the kids collecting the candy thrown from entrants.  Both the Saturday and Sunday of the derby saw sunny skies and calm conditions for the 105 teams out on Lake of the Prairies.

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Josh Bell is the kind of person that small town councilors talk about. The kind of guy who takes advantage of local school programs to make a move in his chosen career, goes away to his training and comes home to build to help to build a business here. 

After graduating from Major Pratt’s Trades Apprenticeship program, Josh took his schooling at ACC in Brandon and apprenticed at the Russell Truck Centre working to receive this Red Seal in Heavy Duty Mechanics.  Josh continued on there until he took a position at one of the potash mines. 

You can read more in the June 7th edition of The Russell Banner!

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Tuesday, 07 June 2022 06:00

Juried Art Show back

Every year that the Prairie Arts cARTel holds heir Juried Art Show, the same sentence is heard throughout the venue.  

“It’s really hard to believe that we have so many very talented artists in this area!”

And it’s so true.  So many artists of so many different ages and skill levels, using such varied media all so elegantly displayed in our small town. 

For more photos, get the June 7th edition of The Russell Banner!

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It was all hands-on deck as the staff of the Russell Swimming Pool - along with a number of friends who volunteered - spent last Saturday getting ready for the June 11th opening day. 

Pool manager Nate Fingas checked on the pump while Dillon Rathgeber and his grandpa Henry Snitnysky carried the chairs over to the cleaning station.   

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Monday, 30 May 2022 14:01

ECCC receives generous donation

Louise Ewankiw and Richie Davidson presented Andrea Glasman, Pam Demchynski and Judy Forsyth with a $20,000 donation to the Expanding Community Cancer Care (ECCC) expansion on behalf of the Russell Lions Club. The ECCC is continuing to fundraise for a much-needed separate parking lot for the expansion to the hospital as well as interior furnishings and equipment.  September will be a busy month with the Walk of Hope on Sept. 10th followed by the Tim Hortons Cookie Campaign a bit later in September. Patricia Kopetski also has tickets on sale now for the Caribbean Cultural Evening with a large percentage of the proceeds going to the ECCC. The Cultural evening will held on Oct. 22 at the George P. Buleziuk Centre.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 06:00

Giving back from a place of peace

For Aaron Murray, life has come to a place of peace. To a place where he’s giving back to the organization that very well may have saved his life. 

Murray is now the Development Director for Adult and Teen Challenge. His wife Tara is the Program Director for the Women’s’ Centre affiliated with the same faith-based program.

Aaron is a Binscarth kid, who having grown up in the Binscarth Christian Assembly, had a foundation of faith. But like so many, it took him a while to get back to those roots. Roots he found with the Adult and Teen Challenge he and his wife Tara both now work at. 

You can read about Murray in the May 31st edition of The Russell Banner!

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 06:00

Celebration of Beth and friends held

Patti Reagh, one of the original trustees of the Beth Naylor Collection dresses Tracey Myhill in a dress that once belonged to Mrs. Todd in the late 1800’s.  Mrs. Todd’s husband Thomas was one of the first doctors to settle this area. For more of the celebration of Beth and friends get the May 31st edition of The Russell Banner.

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