Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic


TWIN part of Assiniboine River Armada

Hypno-folk pioneers TWIN will visit Portage la Prairie during the 4th Annual Assiniboine River Music Armada where they will traverse the river from Brandon to Winnipeg between July 31 and Aug. 10.

The new home economics room at LVS. (Robin Dudgeon/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)

La Verendrye School’s addition

Students at La Verendrye School will be welcomed by a brand new home economics room when they return to school in September.

The new cupboards of the home economics room at La Verendrye School pictured, Friday. The revamp of the home ec room is one of a number of repair projects being done at the school over the summer. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Repairs under way at LVS

Students at La Verendrye School will be welcomed by a brand new Home Economics room when they return to school in September.

Multimedia journalist Robin Dudgeon will be bidding the Graphic and Herald Leader goodbye after just over two years of reporting within the community. She still hopes to see her contacts around town as she starts on a new occupational adventure. (FILE PHOTO)

Goodbye, but not forever

Well, I must say Portage la Prairie you have left such an impression on me that I just cannot leave. Although I may be bidding the Graphic goodbye I will not be leaving the city just yet.

Branch manager Heather James and Lt. Peter Robinson of the Salvation Army pictured at the Christmas in July barbecue held at Scotia Bank, Thursday afternoon. The fundraiser, which is a collaboration between Scotia Bank and the local Salvation Army, collects food and toys for the annual Toy Mountain Christmas initiatve. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Christmas in July

The Salvation Army and Scotia Bank joined forces to celebrate Christmas in July, Thursday, with a barbecue.

Kids at the Family Resource Centre in Portage la Prairie got creative, Thursday afternoon, when they made musical instruments including a tin can xylophone, a water bottle shaker, and a flute made of straws. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Kids get creative

Kids at the Family Resource Centre in Portage la Prairie got creative, Thursday afternoon, when they made musical instruments during a weekly family fun day.

Taylor Boehlig, who hails from MacGregor, has just returned from the Miss Canada World pageant in Toronto where she was able to meet many new friends, have some new experiences, and see some of the sites. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Boehlig returns from national pageant

MacGregor’s own Taylor Boehlig has just returned from the Miss Teen Canada World competition in Toronto where she made many new friends and had many new experiences.

Kids from the Westend Daycare got a visit from an ambulance, Wednesday morning, where the ambulance attendants showed off the stethoscope, the EKG machine, and the horn and sirens. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Cool career

Kids at Westend Daycare got a look at a cool career after an ambulance visited the premesis, Wednesday.

A couple of youths put away their equipment following the barbecue and community clean-up hosted by the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC), Monday. The next clean-up is scheduled for July 30 at the BDO Centre for the Community from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGNECY)

North end clean up continues

Clean up in the north end continues thanks to the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC).

Lt.-Col. Peter Fedak spoke to the Portage Rotary Club, Tuesday, about some new initiatives taking shape with the Canadian Forces at 3CFFTS in Southport. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Fedak briefs Rotary Club on 3CFFTS

Lt.-Col. Peter Fedak of 3CFFTS in Southport came to speak to the Portage Rotary Club, Tuesday, about a number of new initiatives going on at the military flight training school.

Wearing a life-jacket is among the most important thing swimmers of all ages can do when in the water. This is among the key messages being promoted during Drowning Prevention Week July 20-27. A Swim to Survive Challenge will be taking place at Splash Island on July 24 from 7-9 p.m. as part of the safety week. (FILE PHOTO)

Drowning Prevention Week kicks off

Manitobans are urged to be aware of the importance of safety measures when boating or swimming during National Drowning Prevention Week from July 20 to 27.

PCRC's Momentum Project coordinator Jennifer Campbell pictured at the forum held on June 15 where she heard from members of the community weighing in on barriers to economic security for women. They identified childcare, transportation, and collaboration/community awareness as issues to be worked on in phase 2 of the project. (FILE PHOTO)

Momentum Project ready for phase 2

The Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC) has released the information it gathered at a forum last month and is now preparing to tackle specific problems women face in our community.

Garry Davis and Sheila Wilson pictured at a community clean-up held at Red River College last summer. The next clean up will be coming to the north end on July 22 starting at Solid Rock Ministries on 4th Ave. (FILE PHOTO)

Community clean ups coming to North End

The north end of Portage la Prairie will be looking cleaner after the second community clean-up of the year takes place, Monday.

Portage & District Recycling CEO Chris Tompkins speaks to members of the Rotary Club during Tuesday's meeting about what is new and exciting in the world of recycling. (ROBIN DUDGEON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)

Recycling continues to expand in Central Plains

The Portage Rotary Club received insight into the ever expanding recycling industry when Chris Tompkins from Portage & District Recycling Inc. (PDRI) spoke at a lunch meeting, Tuesday.

Health Minister Theresa Osawald announced, Monday, that 92 drugs would be added to the Pharmacare formulary that would save taxpayers $8.6 million each year and the Pharmacare program $4 million each year. (FILE PHOTO)

92 drugs added to Pharmacare formulary

The Province of Manitoba announced, Monday, it added 92 drugs to the Pharmacare formulary that will save taxpayers millions of dollars and allow families more choices.

Candice Bergen, MP for Portage-Lisgar, was named the Minister of State (Social Development) on Monday in a cabinet shuffle that saw the addition of a number of new faces, including Bergen. (FILE PHOTO)

Bergen elevated to Harper cabinet

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen has been name minister of state (social development), Monday, announced the Prime Minister's Office.

Cpl. Miles Hiebert encourages motorists to be safe both with motor vehicles and ATVs after a deadly weekend with a number of fatalities. Simply lowering speed, buckling up, and not drinking an driving could save a life. (FILE PHOTO)

RCMP encourages driver safety after deadly weekend

The second weekend in July proved to be one full of tragedy, with a large number of fatal accidents taking place involving both vehicles and ATVs. The tragic events of the weekend should be considered a reminder for motorists to obey the rules of the road and drive with caution.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan (second from right) with members of the Manitoba Association of Automobile Clubs after the new Collector Vehicle Program was launched, Friday. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Province launches collector vehicle plate

Vintage vehicle collectors in Manitoba will soon have a chance to take part in the collector vehicle insurance program and purchase a collector plate for their vehicles, the Province announced Friday.

Residents of Long Plain First Nation will be going back to the polls come September. (FILE PHOTO)

By-election ordered for Long Plain

Residents of Long Plain First Nation will be heading back to the polls this fall after a by-election was ordered by a federal court judge on July 5.