Svjetlana Mlinarevic, The Graphic


Svjetlana Mlinarevic is the outgoing news reporter.

So long, farewell

It’s been almost three years since I first came to work at The Graphic and now it’s time for me to say goodbye. I’m leaving my home province once again in order to further my career, such is the life of a journalist.

John Richard sketches out details for his wolf carving on the grounds of the Rupert Prince Building in Portage la Prairie on July 27. The urban reserve had four wood carvers making animal statues of the Seven Teachings to adorn the former residential school. The band is currently working on making the building a museum. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Long Plain to preserve history

Long Plain First Nation is trying to preserve its history and culture at the Rupert Prince Building in Portage la Prairie by making the structure a museum and adorning it with wood carvings of the Seven Teachings.

Portage RCMP have been battling the hot weather after the detachment’s air conditioner malfunctioned for more than two weeks beginning July 10. Temperatures in southern Manitoba reached 40C with the humitdity during this time. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Cops fighting crime and heat

Portage la Prairie RCMP have not only been battling crime lately, but the heat as well.

Photo Courtesy of Iowa State University

Horticultural school coming to Portage

Manitoba Agriculture and Food Rural Development will host a horticultural diagnostic school in Portage la Prairie this Thursday for those who want to improve their cash crops.

Art teacher Gabriele Neuschwander teaches children how to work clay during the Portage and District Arts Centre summer art camp on July 21. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Arts Camp teaches life skills

While most would think of the Portage and District Arts Centre’s arts camp program as solely focusing on fine art, the truth is that it’s helping children learn essential skills.

The Gladstone City Hall. (File Photo)

Gladstone resident wants COPP in town

A Gladstone resident approached elected officials recently about creating a citizens on patrol program as he feels the town is not as safe as it once was.

Portage la Prairie Emergency Services fire truck. (File Photo)

Fire hall expansion tenders awarded

The Portage la Prairie Emergency Services has finally awarded tender for engineering services and construction for the expansion of its fire hall and fire chief Phil Carpenter couldn’t be happier.

Portage la Prairie Mayor Irvine Ferris and director of operations Kelly Braden talk with Portagers during the Island Park Bridge re-design open house at the PCU Centre on April 9, 2015. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Council decides on bridge option

The City of Portage la Prairie has moved forward with its plan for Island Park Bridge and has put out a tender for a detailed design and construction quote.

The Canadian Northern Lights Precision Drill team in their uniforms as they prepare for the Calgary Stampede parade on July 3, 2015. (Submitted Photo)

Local drill team places at Calgary Stampede

For the Canadian Northern Lights Precision Drill team, attending the Calgary Stampede parade this year was enough of an honour, but to find out they placed in competition was something beyond expectations.

Edgar Desjarlais fries bannock during Heritage Day at the Fort la Reine Museum on July 20, 2013. The social studies teacher's bannock is so popular he was a hit in Hillerstorp, Sweden during a pow wow event. Originally, fired bannock is cooked in lard, but Desjarlais cooked his in canola oil. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)

Heritage Day promoting pioneer ways

In this throw away consumer society that we live in, the Fort la Reine Museum would like everyone to slow down and appreciate the things from our past that have stood the test of time.

Portage to keep school speed zones

It looks like Portage la Prairie will keep the current school speed zones that are in place instead of modifying it to suit both drivers and students.

Tupper Street Family Resource Centre held its first Growing Up Green program on July 9, 2015, at Island Park. The initiative aims to teach children how to be environmentally responsible and appreciative of nature. Here Landon Kleinsasser tries to guess what is in the mystery box. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Family Resource Centre goes green

Tupper Street Family Resource Centre has gone green and is teaching children and parents how to go green too.

Paul Nichols and other riders come down 3rd Street SE on July 11 to the Portage Legion (left photo). Nichols created the Communities for Veterans Foundation ride in order to bring awareness to who modern veterans are and the difficulties they are facing. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

A veteran with a mission

Paul Nichols rides his horse Skip along the winding highway and with each step of Skip’s hoof on the hot tarmac, Nichols knows he is one step closer to bridging a gap.

Barry Green of Portage la Prairie was about to turn 60 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis six years ago. His wife Gladys said living with the disease has been very difficult, which is why she's behind the Convoy to End MS, which goes in Portage on July 20, 2013. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

MS fundraiser returns for fourth year

For the fourth year in a row, the Green family has been doing their part in trying to battle a disease that has been slowly eating away at one they hold dear.