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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JUNE 2002 LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP You can reach us at 5717430 or tollfee 18777865786 Ema&:[email protected] Enumerators continue to add names to voting list for fall election Enumerators expect to compile a Brandon voters list at least as long as the one used for the civic election four years The city certainly appears that its says assistant returning offi cer Betty As of the voting list had more than Thats fewer than the names enumerators gathered for theyre currently adding about 50 names to the list per Enumerators continue accepting call backs until July After the city election office invites anyone not on the list to attend revision days 30 and 3 at City Voters can also make themselves eli gible by bringing identification to the polls when theyll elect a new city council and school There will be only one new at Monterrey Estates on the North Another one will move from Bethel Temple to Riverview Curling In only 40 per cent of eligible Brandon voters cast Weather and issues usually determine how strong voter turnout Kurbatoff Youre eligible to vote if youre Canadian and have lived in Brandon since at least April If you move to another ward after being election staff also want you to attend a revision You can vote in the ward in which you reside on election Sun Top young farmers love their work BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Two Manitoba farm couples are feeling lucky just to be nomi nated for one of the provinces prestigious fanning The Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers Program recog nizes one of the provinces out standing farming couples each Its been a real honour to be Im not really a boastful person and I was quite sur prised we were We dont feel were any better than anyone We just try to do the best we says Randy Wondrasek and wife Deanna own a grain and opera tion just outside of The both in their early have been operating the family farm for the last 15 Randy says the family is doing well by Its probably the most rewarding lifestyle that I think anyone could ever he There is a lot of freedom that comes with this lifestyle it is very rewarding in that you take a lot of pride when some thing does work The winner is yet to be but Randy says he already feels like a We feel weve done well for ourselves considering we started with fairly old equipment and weve worked ourselves up to having most of our equipment Im not really a boastful person and I was quite surprised we were dont feel were any better than anyone We just try to do the best we OUTSTANDING FARMER NOMINEE RANDY WONDRASEK 70 per cent he We enjoy working the land and doing things The who have two small split time between crops and but say its worth Its probably the most rewarding lifestyle that I think anyone could ever Randy There is a lot of freedom that comes with this life style it is very rewarding in that you take a lot of pride when something does work Ian also nominated for the award with wife says it feels good to be recognized for your Naturally were both very Its very he The two won the Outstanding Young Farming Couple award for the provinces central region last The Elgerts farm about acres outside of McDonald growing oil seeds and field The parents of two teenage took over the family farm about six years ago when lans father I love Ian You are your own you work outdoors all the time and you just cant beat the rural Its very One of the two couples will be awarded the honour of out standing young farmers at the awards banquet Friday night in COUN SUN Gary Davis moves a small flock of chickens to a new grazing spot on his holistic management style farm near yesterday The grass supplements the fowls diet and makes for a healthier Holistic fanners growing into lifestyle BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun A Deloraine family is living and loving the life of holistic We had the opportunity to start into farming and it was an opportunity we didnt want to pass says Gary who worked at Manitoba Conservation for 12 years before going into farming full time last Gary and his wife Liana decided to take over her parents the Dinky D over a year at the time introduc ing the holistic farming Gary Davis had no fanning but combined with his wifes knowledge and a couple of holistic farming courses his fam ily now operates a multifaceted farm outside of Liana and their 15yearold son Brodie now operate the farm and their lives under the holistic management The program addresses all aspects of the quality of the familys their production goals and their landscape Our threepart holistic farming goal is more important than what we says The Davis aim is to restore the former grain operation to a healthy This land was a gift to and we want it to be a gift to the next says Liana who still teaches Grade 2 by This is something we have to do to make a better They are doing this with a diverse opera tion including about 50 turkeys and horses that help fertilize the We basically manage the cattle to man age the says who stressed the importance of biodiversity on a Were trying to get litter on the land to get it back to quality It sounds like pie in the sky but that is how the land has to look 500 years from now if farming is going to The Davis then use their livestock for profit and for food even using their one dairy cow for fresh cream and butter for The Davis are part of a holistic support which has assisted them in their There is one fellow in the group who is a cattle so he does all my marketing research for I dont worry about market ing my says Each of the 10 farm families who took holistic courses at the same meets each month to swap ideas and I think its a great idea for farmers to sit down and reexamine their whether that involves buying a new tractor or plan ning their vacation says Scott Boissevainarea agriculture Davis shares the saying farm ers must do what they can to make sure farms are healthy and they enjoy Eventually we all have to come back to the Our job is to make that land as healthy as possible for the next Davis I think we take things for grant ed so BU contract ruffles some city feathers BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun Contractors give Brandon University a failing grade for awarding the management con tract of a construction project without a BU picked ManShield Construction of Winnipeg to manage the building of the Health Studies The job includes input into selection of subcontractors for more lucrative trade If its a privatesector pro its their money and they spend it the way they want What were concerned about are publicly funded says Jack general manager of the Construction Association of Rural It should be an trans parent A consultants economic development action plan recently called for more transparency in tendering publicly funded pro referring to perceived secrecy and The NDP government is foot ing the entire cost of the univer sity ManShield has also recently been general contractor of two city projects the new library arts building and public safety building but won the con tracts through ManShields Brandon man ager couldnt be reached for com University vicepresident of administration and finance Scott Lamont says in light of con BU will tender similar jobs in the But he says the university did nothing As far as the university is there is nothing unto ward about Bad feelings about the process will hurt the university in the bank Cumming pre I know theyre going to suf fer in their The university raises about million annually from individu als and private Certainly we rely on the goodwill of the community in Lamont Lamont says the manage ment contract is worth less than That places it below the threshold set by the International Agreement on Tariffs and Trades requiring public he ManShield got the job after making a proposal to the univer sity on Lamont COUN SUN Construction proceeds on the new Health Studies Complex at Brandon Local contractors are miffed that the management contract for overseeing construction was awarded to a Winnipeg firm without a The university was already familiar with ManShields Harvey Douglas when he worked for the university earlier on Clark The university is tendering all other parts of the Health Studies Lamont He couldnt say why the uni versity didnt tender the manage ment Im not sure I have a good It was not a deliberate effort to shut anyone Cumming says Brandon sub contractors are concerned that most of the trades contracts have already gone to outoftown con The Health Studies Complex is expected to open in IN BRIEF Council to discuss fate of casino The fate of a casino in Brandon will be up for discussion at city councils next meeting July Don Jessiman Green Acres will present a resolution ask ing council to accept or reject Sioux Valleys request to build a casino on an urban If that motion still wouldnt define the projects but it will move council closer to ending the Jessiman I think council should get off the pot and make a decision on this The city is currently waiting to hear from the province about whether the band has met a requirement to gain municipal Following its expected to begin negotiations on an urban New playground planned South End Community Centre will get new playground equip ment this The city has decided to spend on a new play ground Condos to be built on Ottawa Avenue An addition of 35 condominiums at 2040 Ottawa can pro ceed after city council rezoned part of the land for multiple family The new to be built by Wind in the Willows 1 will be along between 22nd and 20th streets west of Shoppers Fireworks rules changed New rules for setting off fireworks now apply in just in time for Canada City council has amended its fireworks People buying fire works to set off within city limits will still be required to get a permit from the fire Those buying them in Brandon but planning to set fireworks off outside the city must sign a waiver for the the promising not to fire them off in Vandals ransack Souris flowerpots The town of Souris is cleaning up after a vandalism spree Tuesday More than 20 large flowerpots put out by a town beautification committee were As smaller flowerpots outside a seniors residence were toppled and flowers were stolen from the Police have no Sun C ;