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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JULY 2002 LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach us at 5717430 ortoDftee 18777865786 Bail hearing date set for Bell BY SHELLEY VIVIAN Brandon Sun The woman charged in the shooting death of Mountie Dennis Strongquill will apply for bail in three In Brandon court Laurie Anne Bell was remanded in custody to July 25 for a bail application of has been in jail since being arrested in connection with the 21 shooting of the 52yearold Waywayseecappo RCMP and Robert Mario are charged with firstdegree murder in the Strongquill was shot outside the Russell RCMP detachment after he and his partner tried to stop a vehi cle for a traffic Bell and from were arrested later after a shootout at a Saskatchewan Bell is also facing charges of assault and uttering threats in relation to an incident at Portage Correctional Institution in A preliminary hearing for Sand is set to begin March 2003 and is scheduled for six Bells prelimi nary hearing will be held at the same Sand will appear in provincial court 26 on attempted escape and assaultrelated He was charged last month in connection with an incident outside Brandon Correctional Centre as he returned from a court Defendant tries to get access to documents BY SHELLEY VIVIAN Brandon Sun A man accused of yanking anothers penis continued to act on his own behalf in Brandon provincial court vex ing the court with claims infor mation was being withheld from Harlow insisted the Crown was denying him documents needed to mount a proper What I asked for was all of not half of he told Judge David Courchene is facing an assault charge stemming from a July 2001 incident and two assault charges from a 2001 He is also charged with five counts of breaching a recog he told Coppleman he had been trying to find a lawyer but was having a difficult time getting anyone to come to He previously fired his Legal Aid Courchene acknowledged getting a package of informa tion from the Crown by regis tered but he said police reports it contained were incom plete and information about accusations against him was An exasperated Crown attor ney Jim Ross presented a long list of items in the including copies of an investiga tors report and witness state Ross said all the information he had was including the accusations against which were contained in state Asked by the judge if two weeks was enough time for him to find a Courchene replied he needed I would say at he who had strong ly suggested Courchene return with a lawyer during his last court appearance on June agreed to give the man three more Courchene was told to return to court July 26 to set a trial COLIN SUN Phil with his cat just bought a new home in a subdivision being constructed in Brandons west The real estate market in Brandon is booming right Local real estate market sees quick turnarounds BY CURTIS BROWN Brandon Sun Phil Persian knows the benefits of a hot real estate He has seen his Brandon house sell in just five short days an untypical Home buyers here are snatching up hous es left and Persian and his wife Betty listed their Rosser Avenue house in and in less than a it was The first person who looked at it gave us a reasonable so we sold he The Brandon Real Estate Board estimates that between April and the average Brandon home with an average market price of between and has been selling in 19 During that same period last it took an extra two weeks to sell an averagepriced Board president Eleanor McCallum says houses are selling quickly because prospec tive home buyers dont have much to choose from compared to previous Weve been seeing a quick McCallum Basically if people like a they buy it right That was the case for Brent He just moved to Brandon from High to take a supervisory job at Maple Leaf It took him just two weeks to find the house he in this case a home on McVicar I dont think there really was a whole lot of he adding he looked at about 65 homes and looked through about 300 real estate listings on the Internet before he came to Brandon June McCallum anticipates that by the end of the more nouses may come avail Its hard to But we do usually see an increase of listings in July and With the low amount of listings in the Bruce Ray waited a little more than two weeks to sell his house on Centennial He thinks ic may have sold sooner if it had a slightly better Location is and because our house is on a bit of a corner and not in a people might not have been as he But then I got my and I was certainly Persians former neighbours on Rosser John and Carla also just sold their Their house was on the market for about two Carla Morgan says it took longer to sell because of its unique Our garage is built underneath the so we only have a she That might of turned some people off because theres no bedroom in the base many people came to check out the Oh we had scads of people look at Probably two or three a The Morgans threebedroom house ended up selling for Of the 224 homes sold between April and the most were in the bracket and in the price Across the there were new housing starts last IN BRIEF Student wins peace scholarship Joan a Masters stu dent at Brandon has been awarded an International Peace Scholarship that will assist in her education and efforts to reduce AIDS in the who has completed course work for guidance and counselling in the Masters of Education receives the award from the International Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization She has also received US for a World Fellowship from Delta Kappa Gamma Rostant will work on a sec ond Masters of Education pro gram in the area of special edu Eventually the focus of Rostants counselling work will be with atrisk girls in the Caribbean She is working on prevention or reduction of spread of in Trinidad and Tobago and the Company names can be reserved online Manitobans can now reserve company names Scott consumer and corporate affairs says the service is available for all Manitobans who want to reserve the name of their busi nesses easily and at their own The online service is available at To Manitobans must first apply to the Companies Office to reserve the If it appears to be the office will reserve the name for 90 The name can be regis tered within that Notices of new business reg company name changes and other information are now available at the same site rather than in the Manitoba Women raising funds for Marquis trip Two women involved with The Marquis Project in Brandon are hoping to bring southwest ern Manitoba to El Caitlin Etherington and Heather Millar are traveling to rural El Salvador next month to bring the country a little Manitoba culture and plan to bring some of El Salvador Etherington says the two hope to raise to help cover the cost of their They are also looking for donations in kind of school sup plies pencils and markers to bring to the orga nizations they are working with in El The two are hitting a number of fairs in the Brandon area and will be holding a car wash fundraiser in the city on July 13 at the Fas Gas on Richmond Brandon Sun Duecks keeping very busy running bed and breakfast BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Henry and Hilda Dueck have the world vacationing at their We feel often we dont have to visit countries around the they come to says Hilda Its culture coming to instead of us going to The Boissevain couple run Duecks Cedar Chalet and Country just outside of For the last 16 years they have been on the job and have even hosted for mer president Ronald Reagans top Weve had some very significant Dueck We hope we have something to offer to people of our but we also gain knowledge and experience of other cultures from our The fourstar bed and breakfast started as just a guest bedroom for the Duecks Since then the business has grown for the now both into a nearly fully booked threesuite with all the accom modations and 800 hectares of farm land to The two have hosted guests from every place imaginable including South every state and every Canadian People come into the province and they hear about Dueck We have brochures but its mainly word of Not all people get what they were expecting says but it turns out to be a good A Japanese couple came and booked a weekend for their anniver When they drove up and saw it was a I could see they were hes itant and thinking what did I get myself Dueck By the end of the they left me my biggest tip I received in my 16 years at the bed and In addition to the three the Duecks added a conference centre a few years ago hoping to increase SUBMITTED PHOTO Duecks Cedar Chalet and Country Oasis started 16 years ago as just a guest bedroom for Hilda and Henry Duecks Since then the business has grown for the now both into a nearly fully booked three suite with all the accommo dations and 800 hectares of farm land to That is a direction were hoping to go Were going to do some more advertising in that Dueck Farmer donates parcel of land to grow trees BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Killarneyarea farmer Alvin Jones is taking diversity in a different Jones has donated about four hectares of his small farm to grow trees for the lumber I like growing Ive got a lot of shelter belts around my farm every one else pushes them down and I plant I guess you could say Im Johnny Jones Jones is participating in a joint pro ject between the provincial and federal governments and Canadian forestry The project is spread out over the Prairie The goal is to see if agroforestry will become a viable indus try in Canada and eventually help stabi lize both the agriculture and forestry Jones soil is split up into 10 different Nine are devoted to while only one has already rooted Ten different types of poplars are now trying to root in the Basically they see a long way down the as a source for manufac turing Jones Jones is already seeing some success with the About 70 per cent have them have rooted and Jones expects more to root The percentage of cuttings that turn into trees when planted is not very but there was an immense amount of soil says I think a lot of the cuttings rooting is to do with the soil Ive planted cut tings myself and Ive never seen results like The cuttings which dont root will be replanted next Jones says the hybrids have such an incredible growth rate the program will end in three to four when the trees are expected to have canopies to protect Hybrid poplars grow at tremendous Jones Within a few they can really change the By that the experimenters will be able to tell what hybrids are success ful in the different The trees will then belong to where eventually he can sell them on the market for making oriented strand board chip I hope eventually to make some I think its 12 years Jones Its an I would nt want to put my hopes on it at Jones says hes willing to wait the 12 years to see if his little experiment works We wont get results for a little but Rome wasnt built in a day ;