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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Brandon, Manitoba Brando sunday december 12,1999 by of he Century special buy or lease a new or pre owned. Vehicle during december and receive a combination color to Var Kelleher Lincoln 1845 18th St. N. 728-8554 1-888-850-3673 we wow two co giant malls a big draw e2curlers vie for select spot/e3 his store it s the great outdoors a wild entrepreneur by Dean Pritchard the Brandon Sun want to get in touch with your wild Side whether its a shooting the rapids of the Souris and Little Saskatchewan Rivers or Snow camping under the stars Westman offers a wealth of undiscovered resources for outdoors enthusiasts says the operator of Manitoba a Only wilderness instruction business. A of course we have the three Parks Riding Mountain Tirtle Mountain and Spruce Woods All within an hour of Brandon but there Are hundreds of wildlife management areas within an hour of town that Are just waiting to be used by anyone a said Roger Conrad owner of wilderness instruction plus. An avid Backpacker and outdoors Man since he was a teenager the 44-year-old Manitoba government employee began a sideline business five years ago Selling and renting camping equipment. It Wasny to Long before Conrad realized it Wasny to equipment people needed but the training and expertise necessary to fully enjoy the outdoors. Conrad approached Assiniboine Community College with the idea of developing a course in wilderness backpacking in the Spring of 1994. Given the go ahead to develop a proposal Conrad began offering the course at acc the following fall. A very quickly from that there was a demand for different aspects of the wilderness backpacking so i developed the wilderness navigation wilderness survival skills and kayaking the next Spring and it just mushroomed after that Quot Conrad said. Today wilderness instruction plus offers instruction in 20 courses most of them available through acc a continuing education program. Half the courses hands on courses such As Snow camping wilderness navigation and fire building Are taught outdoors. Community based courses Are also offered through Rural recreational departments As Well and to Park services and school groups. A my initial thoughts were to sell to other businesses through other facilities a Conrad said. Quot it quickly became that people were wanting courses through the College and that has become the major place where the information is typical customers Are beginner novices getting into wilderness camping for the first time or after a Long Layoff Conrad said. A a lot of them got into it Many Many years ago when they were younger and before they had a family and now want Bruce Bumstead Brandon Sun Roger Conrad owner of wilderness instruction plus will teach you everything you need to know about surviving outdoors. To get Back into it Post children a he said. A then there a people in the 35-55 age group that have More recreational time on their hands and done to want to do the traditional recreational activities so they Are exploring these types of things As the popularity of the courses prompted Conrad to compile his course notes in Book form in 1997. Copies of the Low Impact wilderness camping Field guide have been sold to colleges in Alberta Georgia and Central Africa. A there has been a lot of demand for More information in terms of the Book a More generic Book that can sell More world wide and some information on global positioning systems a Conrad said. A a in a just in the process of rewriting the navigation chapter and adding a Gas to that. At some Point i will sit Down and write another extravaganza targets youth with trendy clothing lines by Dean Pritchard the Brandon Sun Kirk Darroch was already thinking about opening his own business when news of Eaton a impending demise made nationwide headlines. When the Canadian retailing institution went Down for Good he saw a Gap that could be filled. A and there was an Opportunity for cheap racking too a he said with a chuckle during an interview from extravaganza fashion House the new clothing store he and wife Mavis have just opened on tenth Street. Targeting Young people 15 to 30 years of age extravaganza stocks an assortment of trendy clothing lines such As pure and simple Hollywood and Quick reflex. A a we re trying to stay away from the Norm of what everyone else in Brandon is carrying and get something a Little bit different a said Darroch 21. A i think there is a Gap to fill in clothes that Are More durable and a Little bit More better Quality. We re going for a certain look something a Little More Youthful looking and something people our age can housed in the former Home of seventy six skateboards and snowboards Stock fills just half of the spacious 3,000 Square foot now. A we made a partition in such a Way we can Knock it Down and move it Back As we get More and More clothing in a Darroch said. A right now we Are just testing the Market to make sure we can make sales and see u hat people Are going to Darrach a former wheat City resident was working As an electronic repair Man in Winnipeg when he decided he wanted to make Money for himself not his Boss. Wary of Winnipeg a Cool commercial climate he knew his chances of succeeding in business would be much better in Brandon. A Brandon is actually More of an open City open to a few ideas and things a he said. A with Brandon booming like it is right now it just seemed like the Best place to open a business. Knowing people in Brandon made the Choice that much Darrach originally set his sights on opening a car audio business before deciding it would be too hard to turn a profit. While admitting a clothing business is a a big leap from what he is familiar with the first time businessman said he has no doubt extravaganza will be a Success. A maybe in a crazy but i think it is going to go Over Well a he said. A we just went straight ahead and rushed into after just one week of business and no advertising store traffic has been brisk Darroch said. A we worked until 5 . Last saturday so we could open at 9 . Its been kind of hectic like that for a week now. Ill get some sleep someday. A it was a Good feeling knowing we were in business for Colin Corneau Brandon Sun Kirk Darroch stands in the latest addition to Choice in clothing stores for Brandon extravaganza fashion House on tenth Street. Rice financial thu tue Lunet update would you like to receive our Mutual fund update Call today for your free copy. 729-3400 inside classified travel Mutual sports /6-8 /2 /4-5 /3 business Buzz wheat City news sold Brandon wheat City news has returned to the papers former owner. Dave Cavers who published town and country shopper until Selling it to Quebe Cor in May bought Back the paper dec. 6. The new name adopted after que Becort a Purchase will stay but the paper now publishes every two weeks rather than weekly. It will also use freelance articles eliminating its one full time reporter position. Other staff positions Arentt affected. Cavers has continued to manage the paper through both sales. A what brought me Back As owner is the reason i entered the newspaper business. Just for a Council launches course Manitoba pork Council has announced a new management training program for hog barn managers to complement programs at Assiniboine Community College and University of Manitoba. The 240-hour program the Only one of its kind in Canada will run from january through june in Brandon and Winnipeg. Computer House Calls a four year old Brandon business moved in a new direction this fall launching a retail computer operation after formerly maintaining Brandon University computers. Win Mac computers located at 203 ninth St., Sells computers in customers Homes. Owner Martin Warren specializes in sales to people who have Little computer background. A i sometimes compare a computer with a Combine. Ill say a a pentium 2 is like a 20-foot wide Combine and moves 400 Kilometres an hour. A pentium 3 is 40 feet wide and moves 400 Kilometres an Warren is also launching an electronic Commerce business where goods Are exchanged Over the internet. He will speak at a Brandon chamber of Commerce event Jan. 12 at the Victoria inn. If targets funds the Canadian taxpayers federation took recently at Federal Grants to millennium projects in Manitoba. Calling them Quot millennium handouts a the ctr lists 19 projects receiving almost $1 million in funding in the latest edition of the taxpayer. Three of the projects Are in Western Manitoba a Park proposal for Russell that received a $125,632 Grant a 16-foot Duck sculpture in Minnedosa got $7,067 and the restoration of a historical Home in Minnedosa received $4,033. House construction lags new Home construction is up 15 per cent through november in Manitoba cities other than Winnipeg. Through november Canada mortgage and housing corporation reports 308 total starts in Brandon Thompson Portage and St. Andrews up from 267 at the same time last year. Construction of single family Homes meanwhile is Down 34 per cent. Growth has come in the Multi family Home construction sector which has increased a whopping 109 per cent in those Manitoba cities. A fall the necessary ingredients Are present for a healthy housing Market throughout the province and the Outlook for 2000 is very promising a said David Stansen chm cd a senior Market analyst in Manitoba. A compiled by Rod Nickel. Opened anew business expanded Contact Sun reporter Rod Nickel 571-7437

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