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Portage la Prairie. Members of the Gospel Halls gathered to help mark 50 years of MSC service Ronald and Hanna have each given to the Loloma Mission in Zambia, Africa. (Mickey Dumont/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Sisters give 100 years to African mission

From an African country famous for one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World, to Portage la Prairie where the 1st and 5th Avenue Gospel Halls can claim two of the natural wonders of their faith.

Blessings Collection owner Seema Chouhan, seated, and Bobbi-Lynn Cook, with Settlement Services, Newcomer’s Welcome Centre, have employed a success formula in helping Chouhan open her new Saskatchewan Ave. boutique. (Mickey Dumont/TheGraphic/Postmedia Network)

Unique boutique opens

Seema Chouhan left India almost a year ago seeking a new life in Canada and in particular, Portage la Prairie.

Four-month-old “Baby Joy” Finnimore is the apple of her parents’ eyes and is the subject of international medical attention while in care at the Manitoba Children’s Hospital. Mother Mel was concerned her daughter, born with Cystic Hygroma, a serious birth defect, would suffer because of a lack of maternal contact, a complication of her care, but judging by her smile, she is as happy as a baby can be. (submitted by family)

Family warmed by community support

The outpouring of community support to help a Portage la Prairie family whose child will be in the Manitoba Children’s Hospital for at least a year has taken on a life of its own since two young girls here raised nearly $1,000 with a lemonade stand.

Candice Bergen - Conservative

Meet your Candidate: Candice Bergen - Conservative

Incumbent Candice Bergen is looking for her second re-election after two consecutive terms and a stint as Minister of State for Social Development. Bergen won her seat in the 2011 election with a landslide 70 per cent of the vote.

Portage RCMP engage in manhunt on Aug. 25. (Mickey Dumont/TheGraphic/Postmedia Network)

Man eludes police, sparks manhunt

At about 2 p.m. Aug. 25 one shirtless and intoxicated man allegedly known as "Burglar Bob" ran from Portage RCMP to avoid arrest on two outstanding warrants.