It started off as a farm show that might stick around for a few years and this year Farm Focus celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The day long program included 60 display booths. They featured agri-business retailers, community groups and home based businesses.
Farm Focus 2014 also included cooking demonstrations. The morning presentation was by CJRB's Al Friesen. He made a spicy sausage bean soup.
Hannah Minshull is with MAFRI and is part of the organizing committee. "We think this year's show was pretty good however attendance was donw from last year."
Organizers plan to go over evaluation forms and see what to do about next year's show.
2014 is a special year for Peter Neufeld of Boissevain. He has spent the past 4 decades working for the Co-op in Boissevain.
Family, friends and co-workers gathered on Monday March 3rd to congratulate Peter on his years with the Co-op. Everyone spent a couple of hours Monday afternoon enjoying coffee, cake and visiting.
Neufeld has done various jobs with the Coop and isn't sure what lies ahead. Neufeld says he still enjoys the work and dealing with customers.
February 11, 2014
Main focus is on the active weather pattern taking shape for us. After a quiet couple of weeks, several systems will impact southwestern Manitoba between now and early next week. No major storms or blizzards are anticipated, at this time, but periods of blowing and drifting snow may occur. Above normal temperatures arrive this weekend as the storm track shifts north.
Low pressure has moved into southwestern Manitoba and is supporting an area of light snow. This band of snow will move out of the region with accumulations around 2 centimetres. The wind is shifting from the south to the northwest as the low moves along the U.S. border. Blowing snow threat diminishes heading into the afternoon. Expect a high of -7 with the wind chill near -30 this morning.
Clouds will clear by early evening with a northwest wind and a low of -23. With the wind chill, it's going to feel more like -30. Much of tomorrow will be quiet ahead of the next low pressure system set to move into North Dakota. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud, a light wind, and a high of -11. It'll feel more like -25 or so with the wind chill. Snow moves into the region early tomorrow evening.
Southeast wind strengthens as the snow moves in with blowing snow and reduced visibility in open areas. The snow will continue through the night with up to 10 centimetres possible in much of southwestern Manitoba. The forecast low is -17 and the wind chill near -30. Snow should move out by early Thursday morning. The wind diminishes, as well, and we won't see much in the way of blowing snow. Thursday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -14.
Friday looks quiet, at this point. Expect a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -12. Clipper system dives into the Dakotas with the main band of snow setting up south of the border Friday night and Saturday morning. There's a chance of flurries in the region with the high reaching -11 on Saturday. The warmest weather in some time moves in for the remainder of the period. Flurries are possible on Sunday with a high of -4. Monday, Louis Riel Day, features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -1. Some balmy weather on the way!
Snow lovers rejoice! A good 10-15 centimetres of snow is likely to fall between now and Thursday morning. It likely won't be enough for the scenario below.
Assiniboine Community College in Brandon was the site of an event hosted by the Manitoba Canola Growers Association on Friday February 7.
The program was billed as "Passion, Partnership and Heart. The MCGA hosted 24 people and the evening included a tour of the Manitoba Canola Growers Culinary Theatre at ACC, a chance to see the culinary arts kitchen and teaching area, networking and the enjoyment of a fine dining.
The group included farmers, media, bloggers, education coordinators and members of the canola growers association.
MCGA has worked in partnership with ACC and the culinary theatre for several years.
The 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival in Brandon featured nine pavilions. The 11th annual winterfest took place at various locations across the city.
Chair of the host committee Richard Bruce said attedance was around 40,000 visits. "That's down from the usual 60,000 but another festival in the city at the same time and the fact a couple of pavilions didn't open Thursday night may have been factors."
Bruce was pleased with the crowds and also by the work put in by the hundreds of volunteers that worked to make sure the ethnic pavilions were great places to visit.
February 10, 2014
The cold weather continues in southwestern Manitoba but there is some warmth on the way. After a couple weeks of quiet conditions, a more active pattern is taking shape and will bring multiple threats of snow to the region between now and the weekend. The most significant system looks to affect us late Wednesday into early Thursday with a decent snow event possible.
It's a cold start to the day for us, picking up where we left off over the weekend. It's going to be a sunny day with a light wind and a high of -19. Wind chill values around -35 should improve heading into the afternoon. It'll be partly cloudy tonight with a south wind, a low of -24, and a wind chill between -30 and -35 overnight. Weak low moves into southwestern Manitoba tomorrow with light snow spreading from west to east.
This won't be a high impact event for us tomorrow with only some light snow in the forecast. The wind shifts to the northwest by afternoon with some minor blowing snow possible. Expect a high of -6 with a wind chill around -30. Snow amounts will be minor with maybe 2 centimetres in the region. The wind diminishes in the evening with tomorrow night's low getting down to -23.
A break in the action for much of Wednesday between systems. Clouds will increase with a high of -13. Low pressure system moves into North Dakota late in the day with snow chances increasing. The snow may be heavy, at times, Wednesday evening into the overnight hours. When combined with a strong wind, blowing snow will be a concern.
We may see a bit more snow early Thursday as the system moves out. Models don't show much in the way of wind on the backside of the low which will help in the blowing snow category. This system looks to bring a decent dump of snow with around 10 centimetres possible. Models have been bouncing back and forth a bit in regards to the exact track and snow amounts but this one should pack a bit of a punch. Thursday's high is -15.
No major systems anticipated for the rest of the period. Friday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -11. Clipper system slides into the Dakotas early this weekend with light snow possible on Saturday. Expect a high of -10. Main storm track looks to push further north late in the period with warmer air moving in. There may be some light snow on Sunday with a high of -4. Long range models suggest above normal temperatures are a real possibility for much of next week.
A cold but sunny start to the week here in southwestern Manitoba. We will add to our snow pack in the coming days as two low pressure systems move through.
February 7, 2014
Cold, quiet weather will be the story through the upcoming weekend and into early next week. A more active pattern takes shape after that with the threat of snow increasing in southwestern Manitoba by Tuesday or Wednesday. Warmer weather is also a good bet during that time as models are showing the main energy tracking just north of the U.S. border.
Yet another cold morning in the southwest. The good news is that the sun is shining this morning and should continue to do so this afternoon. Expect a west wind and a high of -15. It's going to feel like -30 or so this morning before the wind becomes light heading into the afternoon. It'll be partly cloudy tonight with a low of -27.
Next high pressure system sinks south this weekend with the below normal temperatures continuing. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud tomorrow with a north wind and a high of -17. Wind chill values around -30 are anticipated. Tomorrow night features a partly cloudy sky, a low of -27 and a wind chill near -35.
Sunday is going to be the coldest day of the weekend with a mix of sun and cloud in the forecast and a high of -20. It'll likely feel like -30 or so with the wind chill. Much of the same expected early next week. Monday will be partly cloudy with a high of -20 again. Warmer weather arrives afterwards as a weak wave pushes into southern Manitoba. This may bring some light snow to the region on Tuesday with the high reaching -12.
Forecast models continue to show a low pressure system moving in by the middle of next week. Snow is possible on Wednesday with a high of -9. The high very much depends on the exact track of the system. Current guidance has the low north of the border which bodes well for a pretty good warm-up. Not exactly sure on the impacts from this system but some wind and snow is possible. We cool down behind the system on Thursday. Expect a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -13.
We've experienced some crisp, cold nights and mornings in southwestern Manitoba this winter. Expect no different in the coming days.
Are you a classical music lover? Terry Klippenstein hosts evening concert nightly at 7, and Classics Till Dawn - overnight 11:05 PM to 5:00 AM..
Beethoven's Symphony # 9 - Song of Joy is a popular part of our sound as well, and below is a look at "The Best Coin Ever Spent" -- check it out!
February 6, 2014
High pressure is off to our south and will promote a gusty wind, at times, in the next 24 hours. Southwestern Manitoba should be free of any low pressure systems through the upcoming weekend and likely early next week, as well. Below normal temperatures persist for the majority of the period but it appears a warm-up may occur by mid to late next week as zonal flow takes shape.
A cold start to the day, once again, with wind chills hovering around the -25 degree mark. Clouds built in last night but we should continue to see a bit of a clearing trend with a mix of sun and cloud anticipated this afternoon. The forecast high is -16 but, when factoring in the west wind, it'll feel more like -30 to -35.
Tonight features a partly cloudy sky, a low of -24 and a wind chill near -35. There may be more of a southwesterly component to the wind tomorrow. Expect a high of -15 and a morning wind chill of -30 or so. Conditions will improve as the wind diminishes in the afternoon. Tomorrow night features a partly cloudy sky, a light wind, and a low of -25. Wind chill values will register around -30.
A quiet weekend appears to be in store for us. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday with a light north wind and a high of -16. It'll feel more like -25 or so when factoring in the wind. Sunday looks to be the coldest day of the weekend with a partly cloudy sky and a high of only -20. The cold weather continues early next week with a mix of sun and cloud in the forecast for Monday and a high of -18.
Warming trend is expected for the remainder of the period as the flow aloft shifts to zonal. Basically, this is more of a "west to east" flow pattern which will allow Pacific air to push east. Expect a mix of sun and cloud on Tuesday with a high of -13. Wednesday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -9. There may be some snow associated with a low pressure system on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
There are many creative folks here in southwestern Manitoba. The picture below shows a sculpture likely dedicated to our Canadian athlethes competing in the Olympics Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
February 5, 2014
The script remains the same this period with split flow regime in place. Southwestern Manitoba is wedged in between the north and south branch of the jet stream with high pressure in control. This has promoted dry weather and below normal temperatures with much of the same anticipated between now and early next week. Models do hint at a more active pattern developing at some point next week as Pacific energy moves across western Canada.
A cold start to the day in the region. Expect a mix of sun and cloud with a northwest wind and a high of -19. With the wind chill, it's going to feel more like -30 or so. Another cold night in store for us with a partly cloudy sky, a low of -26 and wind chill values around -40. High sinks south tomorrow with west wind increasing as a result. It'll be partly cloudy with a high of -15 and wind chills between -35 and -40.
Tomorrow night features a partly cloudy sky and a low of -23. Wind chill readings between -30 and -35 can be expected. Friday looks similar to Thursday but likely not as windy. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -14. Wind chills in the minus twenties are likely. No big changes for the upcoming weekend but it should be a bit colder. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high of -18. Sunday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -19 degrees.
The below normal temperatures continue early next week. It's going to be partly cloudy on Monday with a high of -16. We warm up a tad on Tuesday with a mix of sun and cloud in the forecast and a high of -14. As mentioned earlier, medium to long range guidance suggests a more active pattern taking shape later next week as Pacific systems crash ashore. Time will tell.
The snowy winter has been good for those who love to build forts. The one pictured below is a good example of making the best of a cold, snowy winter.
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