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Each month the Langruth Community Business Council (Ron) mails out a newsletter called "Langruth Views" to the residents in the municipality to help keep people abreast of the happenings in the community. If you wish to subscribe to the Langruth Newsletter and have it mailed to you each month (great value for the price), please send the mailing fee ($6.50Cdn for those in Canada, out of country letter rate for those outside of Canada) to:
    Langruth Community Business Council, Box 145, Langruth, Manitoba   R0H 0N0
        Keep up the great work Ron!

I also add news as I hear it from people in Langruth. I'd like to open this millennium with a request for articles from the Langruth newspaper prior to 1950. If anyone has copies of the old Langruth newspaper, could you make copies of it and mail them to me at:  Walter Arksey, 942 Burwash Landing Bay, Kanata, Ontario  K2W 0C8

Index of Langruth News:

News for July, 2000    Top

Off to the Rodeo
Congratulations to Dana and Holly Gardiner who qualified for the Manitoba Team competing at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Springfield, Illinois July 24-30, 2000.

This is the worldís largest rodeo with over 1200 contestants from 37 States, the four Prairie Provinces and Australia.

Dana will be competing in Barrel Racing and Holly in Pole Bending. Good luck girls!

Langruth Sports Day
This yearís Sports Day will be held on Saturday, July 8th. There will be Invitational Hardball as well as Slo-Pitch (call Ted at 445-2254).

The barbeque supper is being done by the Lakeview Fire Department this year. The supper will be served at the hall and begins at 4:30 p.m.

To round out the day a dance will be held at the Community Hall from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $8.00.

Ridge Riders Finally Ride
The Langruth Ridge Riders were finally able to have their Achievement on Monday evening, June 26th. Seven riders participated in the games, which were organized by the senior members - Holly and Dana Gardiner. Other members were Kristine Blair, April and Denton Callander, Cheryl Kleemola and Kelsey Jensen.

Certificates and seals were handed out. Afterwards, a wiener roast was enjoyed by the members and their families and friends. This concludes another successful year for the Ridge Riders.

You Are Invited
A tea will be held in the Langruth Community Hall, Saturday, August 5th, 2000 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in honour of "Our Mum" Jessie Yungkurtís 80th birthday. No gifts please.

                                 Count your days by golden hours,
                                 Count your years with smiles not tears.
                                 Count your blessings not your troubles,
                                 Count your age by friends not years.

EcoDay BBQ Well Attended
On Saturday, June 24th over 40 people toured the new oil recycling depot at the Lakeview Waste Disposal Grounds and then dropped by the Fire Hall for a free BBQ lunch and door prizes. The grand prize of a case of oil went to Kerry Wilson. Plenty of other prizes including hats and Frisbees were also given away.

Thanks are extended to all who attended and to Harry Lazor for being such a gracious tour guide at the EcoCentre. Further thanks to the chefs for the day: Fire Chief Jim Rinn and Deputy Fire Chief Isaac Wiebe. They didn't burn all of the hotdogs and only set the fire alarm off four times with the smoke from the flame broiled burgers (Chief Rinn extends his apologies to those of you who only got hotdogs; he simply ran out of burgers).

We would also like to thank Kevin Wilson for solving the smoke detector problem by knocking it off the wall with a broom. As you can see, everyone had an entertaining time and we hope to see you all (and more) next year.
 Thank You
We would like to thank all those involved in putting on a great social evening. All of your efforts and contributions are greatly appreciated. We also extend our thanks to all those who attended and made such an evening possible.
Thanks again, Jeff & Sabrina

             In Loving Memory
        ~ of my husband Emil ~
   who passed away July 23, 1997.

We do not need a special day,
To bring you to our minds.
The days we do not think of you,
Are very hard to find.
They say that time heals all pain and sorrow,
and helps us to forget.
But time has only shown,
How much we miss you yet.
You never failed to do your best,
Your heart was true and tender.
You lived your life for those you loved,
And all those still remember.
Our hearts still ache in silence,
and secret tears still flow.
For what it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.

~ Lovingly remembered,
Your wife, sons, daughter,
grandchildren & great-grandchildren
I would like to say thanks to my neighbours for the beautiful plant, to Jessie - Langruth Legion Auxiliary for the beautiful flowers, and the Langruth Seniors Club for their expression of sympathy.
Thank you sincerely,
H. M. Kleemola

The following is the fourth and final installment of "A Pioneer of Lakeland" written by Fred Hill.

by Fred Hill

Mr. Raincock sold me a quarter section of land open for a homestead just east of the Amana School for $10.00. I got 160 acres of virgin land with the stones thrown in. I bought a yoke of oxen, some cows, a plough, and harness and went as proud as a peacock to turn over the first furrow of my property. I went one short round and gave it back to the government and the $10.00 also. I moved in with Mr. Raincock and milked my cows and sold the butter for 20¢ a pound.

This was in the year 1888. We settlers were all, more or less lean in regards to money. It was chiefly swapping goods or working among ourselves and trading with the stores at Gladstone with our farm produce. I have known one person walking 12 miles for a pail of potatoes that he had earned. There was plenty of meat to be had. You only had to leave your house door open at nights with a small light burning and several rabbits would pay you a visit. The door would be easily
closed with a string that you pulled.

We were too poor to buy barb wire so we would make a worm fence by driving two seven foot sticks into the ground about six inches apart with a small one put between about 18 inches above the ground. The poles were 15 feet long, with an angle first one way and then the other with willow switches to tie the posts together.

There were plenty of bears and wolves around. There were bulldogs by the millions and mosquitoes by the billions. Ducks, geese, cranes, prairie chickens, and partridges were in all directions. There were sloughs and quagmires, and there were no ditches to carry off the water.

The only farmer who owned horses was Joe Holland. Once I had a chance to go to Portage. I rode one of my oxen. I stopped at one farm house and there was a bed in one corner, the hens in another, a calf in another and in the stove was a big iron pot full of hay and water.

I got another homestead in 1889, it took patience and perseverance to clear the land. The Langruth district was nothing but sloughs and willows but soon the settlers came in. Then there was bush fires and the land began to be cleared in earnest. Then the railroad came in, the post office, a general store, and other places. Telephones, cars, and radios all speak of growing prosperity.

                                   You Call - - - We Haul
                               Kevin Wilson Water Hauling
                                       Phone 445-2101

How True
"Donít be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You canít cross a chasm in two small jumps."

                                        ~David Lloyd George ~

Recycling Improves
Last monthís issue of the Views included a letter regarding the poor state of the recycled materials found in the recycling trailer. The good news is that our last load was much better (still not good enough for a discount, but better).

So, keep up the good work! If you have any questions about the recycling program please call the RM office at 445-2243.

Coleen Deschouwer, the Grade 5&6 teacher at Langruth School will be leaving at the end of the school year for Winnipeg.
We wish her all the best for the future.

News for August, 2000Top

Langruth News, The Herald Leader Press, Tuesday, August 29, 2000 - by Ola Czeranko
    The Sept. 1 to 3 long weekend is coming up and will bring lots of people into town. There is going to be a mud bog, a dance and much more. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and it all starts at 1 p.m. Listen for advertising and see posters. Proceeds go towards the future development of a golf course.
     Signy Campbell of Thunder Bay, Ont. brought back her mother Evelyn Ingimundson's ashes to be interned in the Big Point Cemetery on Aug. 21. Evelyn was the wife of Siggi Ingimundson who was born in Big Point.
     Congratulations to Bob and Jen Jonasson of Brandon on the birth of a baby girl on Aug. 19. Proud grandparents are Ted and Lynne Jonasson.
     Congratulatians to Vivian Bules and Vaughn Francis of Fort MacMurray, Alb. on the birth of a baby girl. Proud grandparents are Bemadette and Tom Bules.
     Things are getting back to normal for Jessie Yungkurt after a wonderful 80th birthday party held for her by her family on Aug. 5. The afternoon had great entertainment and presentations made by various groups and friends. A dainty lunch was served to a hall full of friends and relatives.
     In the evening a lovely catered meal was enjoyed followed by a dance with music supplied by old friends the Merikes of Lockport.
     First cousins of Jessie's came from Courtenay, Richmond and Burnaby, B.C.; Medicine Hat, Alb., Minton and Regina, Sask.; Fargo, N.D.; Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg. Nieces and nephews came from Portage, MacGregor, Westbourne, Swan River and Yorkton, Sask.  Jessie's brother Herb and Grethel Irving and family of Portage also attended. Friends of Jessie's came from Summerland, Langley and Pitt Meadows, B.C.; Cold Lake and Edmonton, Alb.; Alonsa, Winnipeg, Amaranth, Gladstone, Lockport and of course lots from Langruth. It was a great event for a great lady. We wish many more happy years for Jessie.
     Rena Arksey returned from a 10 day trip to Ontario visiting Walter and Barbara Arksey and family in Ottawa and at their cabin at Grindstone Lake. She also visited her sister Sigga Moore at Cambridge, Ont.
     The Langruth Fair was a success. Congratulations to the organizers. It was great to see the large number of junior entries.
     The Marg Sorenson memorial trophy Grand Aggregate went to Sheila Sepke in first place, Barb Jackson in second and Marg Soos in third. The Helga Hanneson Memorial plaque for third, fourth and fifth (flowers) went to Bernice Evenson of Plumas. The Langruth fall fair plaque for handicrafts went to Sheila Sepke. Westlake Co-op trophy for grand aggregate (Class I) vegetables went to Clifford Sepke. Women's Institute memorial grand aggregate for baking (Class II) went to Sheila Sepke. McCains trophy for aggregate in potatoes is Clifford Sepke. Ethel Buchan memorial plaque for tea biscuits went to Barbara Jackson. Sigrun Oddson plaque for top gladiola went to Sheila Sepke. The new exhibitor prize, given by Jessie Yungkurt went to Jonah Sepke.
     There was a Sepke family reunion in La Rivere on  Aug. 13. Visiting with Sheila and Cliff Sepke were Jonah and Benjie Sepke of Winnipeg to take part in the fair. Also visiting were Lorne Sepke and friend Doris of Vancouver and his son Clayton and Alix Sepke of Medicine Hat, Alb. Kaeleigh and Ashley Smith of Winnipeg visited on Aug. 19 and took in the fair.
      Happy 50th anniversary to Harry and Evelyn Bergson of Portage la Prairie who will celebrate on Aug. 26.
      Isaac and Ems Wiebe visited with Menno and Edythe Thiesson of Dauphin on Aug. 20.
      The Terry Fox run is on Sept. 17. Watch for posters and pledgers.


Celebrating 50 Years Together
Congratulations are extended to Byron and Margaret Arksey and to Oli and Vera Hanneson. Both couples had 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, July 22nd. We wish them many more years of happiness.

Arksey Family Reunion
The descendants of Jack and Bill Arksey (brothers) families met at the home of Leonard and Heather Arksey in LANGRUTH for the 3rd family reunion. The event was hosted by Len and Heather Arksey & Les and Svava Arksey.

Sons, grandchildren, and great grand children were present from Vancouver Island to Ottawa. One family Mike and Ann Arksey and their 3 children came from Barrie Ont. another line of Arkseys. They enjoyed meeting everyone and invited people to attend a possible reunion of their side of the family in Ontario next summer.

Those attending from the John Arksey side of the family were Kristin Arksey and Susan Lloyd Ching & their 3 children, Meloney, Kristin, & Garnet. Also Nancy Bakoski from Wpg., Rena Arksey and her family ,Walter from Kanata Ont. Barry , Gerald and Candis from Tsawwassen B.C. and Mary and Harley Arksey from Wpg. Ray Arksey and his daughter Donna and friend Darren. Frank Arksey and friend Diane Day from Portage.

Les and Svava Arksey and family Terry and Catherine Arksey and their children Andrew, Kaitlin, and Braden from Dauphin. Ron Arksey and son Benjamin from Commox B.C. Edna Arksey from Calgary and son Greg from Seattle Wash. Leonard & Heather had his daughter Shelly from Portage & daughter Shauna and her husband Terry Ermil and children Amanda and Cory from Wainright Alberta.

From the Bill Arksey family Wilma and Bill Neilson from Carman. Byron and Margaret Arksey from Portage with two grandchildren Kyle and Taylor Brennan from Brandon. Their son Don and Chris Arksey from Brandon & their children Shawn & Andrea.

Games of horseshoes, can can, and badminton were played by young and old. Bill Neilsonís trivia was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Several rolls of film were taken and the day came to a close with a beautiful " POT LUCK SUPPER" supplied by everyone who attended.

As the people said their good-byes they all said they would try and be there again in 3 years time.

Seniors Hit the Road

On Saturday,July 15th the Langruth Seniors Club rented a small bus and headed down to Swan Lake to take part in the "Gathering of Nations." Word is that everyone had an enjoyable time and behaved themselves. The Seniors Club welcomes all senior citizens to take part in their activities. If you would like to join but arenít a senior yet, wait a while, lead a healthy lifestyle, and maybe someday you can get in on their activities too.

How True
"We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there."

~Charles F. Kettering ~

You Are Invited
A tea will be held in the Langruth Community Hall, Saturday, August 5th, 2000 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in honour of "Our Mum" Jessie Yungkurtís 80th birthday. No gifts please.

Count your days by golden hours,
Count your years with smiles not tears.
Count your blessings not your troubles,
Count your age by friends not years.

Firefighters First Annual BBQ
The Lakeview Fire Department Volunteer Firefighters and their families enjoyed a BBQ dinner on Monday, July 24th at the home of Bob and Violet Jackson. Despite rain, maneating mosquitoes, and tornado warnings the steaks got cooked and eaten and everyone had a great time. After dinner the rain let up enough to allow several games of bocce ball (like lawn bowling) to be played on the front lawn (Ron and Bob welcome any challengers for next year - but we think you better practice a bit first).

Special thanks go out to Bob and Violet for allowing us the use of their beautiful yard. Everyone is looking forward to doing it again next year.

How True
"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."

~Charles Caleb Colton ~

FAC Course

A Canadian Firearms Safety Course is being held August 18th (7pm to 10pm) and August 19th (8:30am to 5pm) in Langruth. This is a course in Shotguns and Rifles and meets the safety training requirements for the new Possession and Acquisition Licences.

To pre-register for this course please contact Don Lee (843-2330) or Barry Arksey (445-2357). The course instructor is Heath Kushner.

You Call - - - We Haul

Kevin Wilson Water Hauling

Phone 445-2101

Junior Rifle Club Has Windup

On June 30th the Kinosota Trail Junior Rifle Club held a windup BBQ in the Fire Hall. Parents and other family members had an opportunity to try out the range and were able to see how the program works. Certificates and achievemnet crests will be handed out at the Game & Fish Banquet in the Fall.

The Junior Rifle Club members and coaches would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kinosota Trail Game & Fish Association and its members, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, and the Portage Junior Rifle Club for all their help in getting the local club up and running.

Employment Opportunity

Childcare - Family Access Network (C-FAN) is hiring an Early Start Home Visitor. The position requires a person to work with parents and preschool children both in their homes and in the child care program. You may be working with the child care programs in McCreary, Westbourne, Alonsa, Amaranth, Plumas or Langruth as the need arises. On the job training necessary and salary negotiable with training and experience. Please send resumes to Lakeview Childrenís Centre, P.O. Box 152, Langruth, MB R0H 0N0 by August 25, 2000. For more information phone 445-2360 or 835-2531.

The following is the First Installment of the life story of Gudni Thorkelson. It is reprinted with the gracious permission of the author, Margaret Arksey.


The old man sat alone, a carryover from another century. There were lots of residents, his age or near his age, at the care home, but he enjoyed the solitude of his own room. There he could think. He liked to look back over his life. It made his aches and pains less severe and made him feel less lonely.

He, Gudni Thorkelson, had been born in Iceland, although he had known the land of his birth only through being told or by reading about it in the papers. He was born in 1882, and the same year, because of hardships on the island, his parents had immigrated to Canada. His family spent a couple of years at Gimli, Glenboro, and Bluff Creek before taking up permanent residence in 1896 at Big Point on the west side of Lake Manitoba.

How he loved the lake! Fifty short years of his life had been spent working on the lake. He remembered well, at age fifteen, working on the York boat, a forty-foot long flat-bottom freight boat that was propelled by eight to fourteen men using long paddles which they called sweeps. Sometimes one sail was set up in the center to gain more speed. He got to know the lake well in all its different phases as they freighted goods from "The Landing" up the lake to the Hudson Bay Post called the Manitoba House at Kinosota. He became adept as well at using a birch-bark canoe. The few dunkings he received hadnít bothered him. He also worked on sail and steam boats and the first gasoline-powered boat on the lake.

When the lake froze over he began his career as a fisherman. He remembered his dog team that he used to haul out his nets and bring home his catch. He thought of how frightened he was the time he was setting nets about 10 miles from shore when it snowed enough to blot out all signs of his trail. He had finished later than usual and became lost. All night was spent

wandering around and it wasnít until daybreak, exhausted, and hungry, he reached shore. His parents, too, were almost out of their minds with worry. ~ End of Part One ~


The preceding article "Gudni" first appeared in Canadaís oldest ethnic newspaper; the Icelandic "Logberg-Heimskringla". The "L-H" is published every Friday by Logberg-Heimskringla Incorporated, #650-5 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2T4. You can call them at 284-5686 or email them at for subscription information or if you have an idea for a submission.

A History of Westlake Co-op

The following article was submitted by Henriette Kleemola. Due to the length of the submission it will appear in installments.

Part One

This information is about Westlake Co-op Ltd. present, past and its final year 2000. Westlake Co-op Ltd. was incorporated in 1973. The purpose was to provide office space to the Amaranth Work Activity Program. Also to spin off any commercial ventures that this program would start. The toy shop started its own company.

Westlake Co-op Ltd. looked at several ventures, such as a telephone recycling plant with MTS, Sandy Bay were unable to get their part of the funding from the federal government. A fence post industry was started, but then the army worms were so plentiful , we were unable to buy trees. A secondhand store was tried on consignment basis, this was not profitable so it was discontinued.

The rent money which we received from A.W.A.P. was distributed to communities as follows: Alonsa $500 for a pump and Alonsa School for snowshoes, Kinosota $500 for a pump, Amaranth Hall $500 for plumbing, curling rink $500.00 for a pump. When AWAP quit, the building was turned over to the Seniors New Horizon Club.

We applied for several grants for different communities: Amaranth labour grant for material for a new building, Langruth Skating Rink for renovations, Langruth United Church $175, Langruth Skating Rink $500 plus several trophies, Langruth Fall Fair trophy, 4H a trophy, William Morton year book.

Seniors inquired about a building for them to use, the Collinson building was for sale. We looked at it and as it was it would need a lot of renovations. We checked for a grant to help build a new one, there was operating money available only, so we applied for it for when the new building would be ready. We decided to build a new one, two board members took out a personal loan and when the building completed the seniors did not want it.

As we had an empty building we decided to start a library. Emil volunteered to make a bookshelf. Books were donated by people from Langruth, Amaranth, Winnipeg, Portage, etc. We applied for a grant and started the library. this created a part time job ever since, also student jobs in the summer. In the fall we asked the R.M. of Lakeview to join Parkland Regional Library as they rotate books every three months, also books could be requested.

~End of Part One~

Finally. . .
After many unsuccessful attempts Barry has finally submitted a joke to the Views that is suitable for publication in a family paper. So here it is (and "thank you" Barry).

A motorist, after being bogged down in a muddy road, paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out with his tractor.

After he was back on dry ground he said to the farmer, "At those prices, I should think you would be pulling people out of the mud night and day."

"Canít", replied the farmer. "At night I haul water for the hole."

New Name, Same Goal
The Langruth Community Business Council is in the process of changing its name and, at the same time, expanding its scope somewhat. At a recent meeting of the council of the R.M. of Lakeview a motion was passed authorizing the creation of a Community Development Corporation that will operate under the name of "Lakeview Community Initiatives Development Corporation." The interim board for the Corporation will be the existing Business Council and a general public meeting will be held once the incorporation process is completed to form the first elected board.

Why the change and what is a Development Corporation? A Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a company incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Manitoba. The primary role of a CDC is to promote its community with a view to achieving goals for development that have been defined by the community. A CDC can conduct a wide range of activities to stimulate the local economy, one of which may be to act as a community lender under the Community Works Loan Program. Other activities include:

There are dozens of CDCs throughout Manitoba; many of them facing the same challenges as our small

community. Assistance with CDC activities is available from both the province and from fellow CDCs.

So, we arenít in this alone. There are people willing to lend a helping hand or to provide ideas. Ultimately though, it is up to the people of our own community. Will we change with the times? Will we find a way to revitalize our community? What will Langruth and the surrounding area look like in five years, or ten years, or fifty years? To a great extent what this community will become is up to us, the citizens, more than anyone else.

People who have the benefit of years know that the community was very different decades ago. They have seen the decline, the loss of businesses and services. The community of the future will never look like the one they remember. So we have to ask ourselves ëwhat do you want it to look like?í

It will never be the same but we can dig in, form partnerships, try new ideas and do everything possible to ensure that it is a place that our children and grandchildren will want to call home.

Weíll keep you posted regarding the development of the CDC and we assure you that you will have an opportunity to become involved and share your ideas. In the meantime, the Business Council still invites anyone with an idea to drop by our regular meetings. We meet the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the RM Office (call 445-2243 during the day just to make sure since occasionally the meeting date has to be moved).

Thank You
A sincere Thank You to everyone for the cards, telephone calls and other expressions of sympathy conveyed to us concerning the recent bereavement of our beloved sister, Edna. We greatly appreciated them.

~ Emily, Velma, & families ~

Fire Guards
Now that the rains seem to have stopped for a while the danger of Fall grass fires may soon be upon us again. The Lakeview Fire Department encourages landowners to work up their fire guards while they have the opportunity.

Itís A Girl!
McCardle: Connor along with his parents Kirk and Yvonne proudly announce the arrival of his baby sister Brienna April on Monday, April 24, 2000, 8 lbs 15 1/2 ounces, 20 1/2 inches long at the Kenora General Hospital, Ontario. Equally proud of their first granddaughter are Joe and Velma Vereb, Langruth and Al McCardle of Winnipeg.

Submissions Welcome
Got something to announce? Know something interesting that a former or present community member has accomplished? Have a story idea? Then please call it in! We put the paper together in time to have it in the mail by the end of each month (usually, more or less) so the sooner we hear your news the better.

News for Sept, 2000 Top


Hollywood Beach Rocks!

Have you ever wondered what to do with those big rocks on your land? The Hollywood Beach Citizens Committee(H.B.C.C.) has the solution for you as we want the large rocks that you donít want.

The H.B.C.C. is composed of the members: Lois Wilson, Susan Wilson, Marlene Craik, Holly Kelemen, Marie Leclerc, Wendy Olson and Phyllis Thordarson. Our purpose is to ensure the preservation and restoration of Hollywood Beach.

The first project the H.B.C.C. wants to address is the control problem of vehicles driving on the grassed recreation and sand beach areas.

The H.B.C.C. presented its case and has received permission from our municipal council to go ahead with a rock control project this fall. This is an after harvest project which will organize the collection and placement of rocks in a line barrier to ensure the safety of the public on the beachís recreation areas. The project will be done in stages. This fall we hope to rock the north end of the beach. Details regarding rock size and the organizational plan will be forthcoming in the October newsletter.

As you look at your land this fall please remember the H.B.C.C. wants your rocks. Contact Phyllis at 445 -2323 for more information. The H.B.C.C. welcomes new members to its committee.

Thank You

Our heartfelt thanks for the many acts of kindness shown with cards, food, phone calls, flowers, visits and charitable donations in the recent loss of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Rose Armstrong. Thank you to relatives and friends who attended the funeral service and their comfort and support before and after the service. Thank you to Rev. Phyllis Thordarson for her comforting words, Karen Lambert for her beautiful solo, organist Philip Thordarson, the choir and the pallbearers.

A very special thank you to the doctors and Nurses for the tender loving care Rose received during her last week at Seven Regions Health Centre. You are outstanding in your dedication to your patients. Thank you to the Lutheran Church Women for the lovely lunch following the service. Thank you to the dedicated women of the Portage Home Care Program. Rose so enjoyed her time with you. Finally, thank you to Clarkeís Funeral Home for all their assistance and services.

~ Doug, Darrel, Dee Dee & Family ~

How True

"Iíve learned that all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand."

~Andy Rooney ~

The following is the Second Installment of the life story of Gudni Thorkelson. It is reprinted with the gracious permission of the author, Margaret Arksey.


In 1904 summer fishing was allowed. He caught three tons of fish that season on a two-mile net. He received one and one half cents per pound for these dressed. He wondered what todayís fisherman would think of that. In the winter of 1910 he had a good catch and sold his first carload of fish. Heíd had to wait a month before it could be moved. Luckily it didnít thaw. Later he freighted enough fish to Westbourne to fill two boxcars using a four-horse team.

He owned other horses too. A pair of driving horses he considered real beauties. John Valdimarson had a team too, and like him had the fancy coloured harness with bells. They were in great demand by those desiring a ride to a doctor when illness struck or more often by those wishing to go to a dance. On dance nights their large ornate cutters would be full of young men and women. Quite often theyíd race, but Johnís horses were a little faster. It never bothered him though, as John was a good friend and they had lots in common. John was a bachelor, too.

He wondered how his life would have been if heíd married. Heíd thought of it once but before he got up the courage to do anything about it she married someone else. He liked children and had plenty of exposure to them as his sister had a family of twelve. In later years he occasionally babysat his nieceís and nephewís children. Somehow he was confident heíd made the right decision. A woman would never have been satisfied with his way of life.

A change took place in his life following the death of his parents. Heíd taken over the family farm. He raised sheep, a few cattle, and the necessary horses. He spent long hours with the sheep, especially at lambing

time, quite often having to bring one or two into the house to get warm if the weather was stormy. This happened with the calves as well but not as often. He liked the little lambs and calves but horses were his favorite.

Heíd been told once that horses were the most intelligent of all animals. They could count up to fifteen by pawing the ground with their front hoof. A dog rated next, counting by barking; it could make it up to ten. He didnít think a cow would rate at all! They were so stupid all they could do was break into their winter feed, messing it up until they didnít want to eat it.

. ~ End of PartTwo ~


The preceding article "Gudni" first appeared in Canadaís oldest ethnic newspaper; the Icelandic "Logberg-Heimskringla". The "L-H" is published every Friday by Logberg-Heimskringla Incorporated, #650-5 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2T4. You can call them at 284-5686 or email them at for subscription information or if you have an idea for a submission.

A History of Westlake Co-op

The following article was submitted by Henriette Kleemola. Due to the length of the submission it will appear in installments.

Part Two

In 1979 we organized the first Terry Fox Run in Langruth, and operated it until the Legion took it over again. Westlake applied for a hire a student office in Langruth and ran it for three years. In those three years 127 students had summer jobs in Langruth, Amaranth, Westbourne, and Plumas. There were also 59 casual jobs created. Then Gladstone applied for the office and being a bigger town they received it and it is still operating yearly.

Every year we apply for a grant for a student to work in the library, they also have a recreation program for children two days per week. This year there was no grant but at the last minute they gave us one.

Over the years we also offered several different courses: sign language (15 participants), disco dancing (42), self-defense (16), Chinese cooking (22), St. Johnís Ambulance (21), First Aid (16), macramé (15), flower arrangement (25), sewing with denim (12), basic sewing (10), leather craft (15).

One half of the building was renovated to accommodate a hair dresser at a cost of $1700.00. She left after three months. We had a travel agent for six months.

~End of Part Two~
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Kevin Wilson Water Hauling

Phone 445-2101

Young Hollywooders Care
The following page is the text of a brochure being prepared by a the "Future Hollywood Beach Committee" (FHBC). A group of young people with a number of very definite opinions regarding the future of one of the finer lakeside areas in our community. We apologize for the quality of the reproduction ( our copier simply canít handle colour):

News for Oct, 2000 Top

Oct 10, 2000

Langruth School will hold its annual open house - by Sharon Arksey, The Herald Leader Press
   Langruth School will hold its annual open house on Oct 11 from 7 to 9pm.
   The open house will be held in conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair.
Used Books
   Langruth School will hold a used book sale in February as part of I Love To Read month activities.
Soccer Tournament
   The Langruth girl's soccer team successfully defended the title of divisional champion by once again winning the Pine Creek tournament.
   Goals were scored by Kaitlin Wild, Carma Hackewich and Cheryl Kleemola.
Student Council
   Grade 8 student Denton Callender heads the 2000-2001 student council at Langruth School.
   Other council members are vice-president Myles Jackson, secretary Bianca Chaske and treasurer Lucas Armstrong.
   Room reps are Stephanie Eirksson (Grade 6), Amanda Kopp (Grade 5) and Stephanie Jackson (Grade 4).
   Principal Clint Cannon is the staff advisor for student council.
Langruth parent advisory council -  by Sharon Arksey, The Herald Leader Press
      JoAnne  Kleemola returns for a one year term as president of  the Langruth School parent  advisory council, following  elections held at the council's annual general meeting  Oct. 3.
       Vice-president for the  year is Malcolm Wild. Karen Jackson and Sharron Arksey remain as treasurer and secretary respectively.
       Other council members  are Bill Jackson, Darlene Vereb, Sandy Jensen, Karen  Dick and Linda Johanson.  Staff representatives are Clint Cannon and Marilyn Nazar.
      A council representative will attend the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils workshop entitled Making Positive Difference to be held in  Portage la Prairie Nov. 18.
     Plans were made for another hamburger day for Langruth students. Parent council members prepare the burgers and sell them at break-even prices to students and staff, along with drinks and homemade cakes or cookies for dessert. The next hamburger day has been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 24.
     The next council meeting is slated for Nov. 7 in the school library at 7:30 p.m.


Fall Fair
This yearís Fall Fair took place on August 19 & 20 and was well attended. The organizers deserve a great deal of credit for all of the hard work they put into this event. A large number of entries were submitted in a huge variety of classes. The full results are printed later in this issue. (How do they pick the judges for the chocolate cake and shortbread??)

Mudd Bogg Success
The mud has finally stopped flying, the trucks, musicians and dancers have all found their way home and the volunteer workers have had a couple of weeks to rest up. By any measure the Mudd Bogg Extravaganza and the social that followed were a huge success. Now, just look out for next year. (Kevin Johnson is already scheming).

A great big bouquet to Kevin Johnson and all his volunteers for a super job organizing and getting the "Langruth Mudd Bogg" off the ground.

Take some of those posies for Ward Leclerc. Without him and his helpers things would not have run so smoothly.

Things will be better and bigger next year..

See you all there, Betty Skoropata

Terry Fox Runner are all Winners!
Of course everyone who participates in this worthwhile cause is a winner. This year over 30 runners raised $2,859.00. After 20 years of organizing and participating Henriette Kleemola has announced that she will no longer take on the role of organizer. The entire community thanks her for all of her hard work and dedication to this worthy cause. If you are interested in becoming the organizer for next year get in touch with Henriette.

Legion Banquet
The Legion Banquet tickets for November 10th are already on sale. Tickets are $10.00 each. Cocktails will be served at the Legion at 5:30 p.m. with the banquet to follow at the Community Hall at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you all there.

Itís a girl! Sonya Rose Alicia Strocen made her debut in the wee hours of Saturday, September 23rd at the Neepawa Hospital. Proud parents are Michelle and Sheldon.

At 7 lbs. 8 oz she figured she was big enough to take on the world so she arrived two weeks early (can doctors really figure out these due dates or do they just consult the Old Farmers Almanac?). Mother and child are doing well (Father is still trying to get his hands clean enough to be allowed to hold the child).

The following is the Third Installment of the life story of Gudni Thorkelson. It is reprinted with the gracious permission of the author, Margaret Arksey.


He guessed Mamma would be pretty upset if she knew how he had taken care of himself and taken care of the house. Heíd managed though. Maybe his meals were skimpy at times but a person must eat to live not live to eat! The animals didnít care either if his socks had holes in them or didnít match. As long as they were fed and watered they werenít interested in what shape your clothing was in. A few tatters just didnít matter. He always dressed well when he went to town or visiting.

His niece would come occasionally and clean his house. He enjoyed that, as housecleaning was not a priority on his list. He smiled knowing it wasnít on his list at all except for washing the dishes, and once in a while sweeping the floor. It was not a city home after all. It was a farm home!

He would never forget the morning his farm home burnt. It was bitterly cold and he must have put too much wood in his old barrel heater causing the stove pipes to catch fire. He had stood helplessly watching as the bright tongues of fire licked out, consuming his home and all his personal belongings. He could close his eyes and still feel the intense heat and see the billowing clouds of smoke. Sparks kept shooting from the debris like giant firecrackers.

He moved in with his nephew and wife, traveling back and forth daily to do the chores. He felt he was a bother to them and his independent nature rebelled. He heard of no longer used streetcars being sold in Winnipeg and as soon as the weather turned warmer he went by bus to purchase one and have it delivered. This became his home for a few years. Fire again became the grim reaper. He had a larger lumber building moved in, which lasted the entirety of his stay on the farm.

He disposed of his animals and bought machinery to go grain farming. He also invested money in other purchases which made his neighbours smile and relatives scold. Purchases they thought were frivolous. He felt that because he didnít smoke, drink, or run after women he should be allowed a few idiosyncrasies. It was his money to spend as he pleased! His relatives

frowned on purchases which included "Bell Boy," a former pacer from the Assiniboia Downs and a two-wheel cart he persuaded his nieceís innovative family to make for him. He hitched Bell Boy up once in awhile but was mostly happy just to have him nearby.

. ~ End of Part Three ~


The preceding article "Gudni" first appeared in Canadaís oldest ethnic newspaper; the Icelandic "Logberg-Heimskringla". The "L-H" is published every Friday by Logberg-Heimskringla Incorporated, #650-5 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2T4. You can call them at 284-5686 or email them at for subscription information or if you have an idea for a submission.

Oct 24, 2000
The Herald Leader Press
   A letter from Conservation Minister Oscar Lathlin said that a channel along the RMs of Westbourne and Lakeview boundary has been considered, but the extra costs associated with the proposal are not reasonable.
   Lathlin added that his department will be reviewing and evaluating options to find a solution to flooding probems in the Big Grass Marsh and Whitemud River.

Spotlight on Lake Manitoba
   Wayne Cowan is discovering that everyone agrees there's a problem with Lake Manitoba, but no one can agree on what should be done.
   Cowan, a private conservation consultant, has been doing a lot of talking and even more listening as he talks with people living around Lake Manitoba trying to find out if the lake and Delta Marsh is in trouble.
 Cowan spoke to farmers, fisherman, cottage owners and duck hunters and what he heard is that everyone wants something different for the future management of the lake.
   "Farmers want to keep the lake low to get more hay from the banks while fisherman want the level of the lake raised," Cowan said.
 "Meanwhile, some cottage owners want the level dropped to slow the erosion of their property."
   Cowan has been gathering the information for a report to the Manitoba Conservation's water resources department for an eventual report on the state of Lake Manitoba. He presented some of his report to the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie council on Oct. 23.
   He said so far the information he's gathered indicates the marsh isn't what it used to be.
   "There's some indication that man's activity is the cause of a lot of this (problems with the lake and marsh)," Cowan said.
   Cowan said since government put in dams to control the level of the lake (the first dam was in 1934 after the long droughts of the Dirty Thirties), there have been effects some local residents believe have resulted in fewer ducks, murky water, high nitrate levels and even the steady death of the lake itself.
    Cowan told council that before the dams, water levels could change as much as two metres from one year to another.
    Cowan's report isn't intended to come up with hard facts on the problems surrounding the lake but rather establish a basis for tests, like testing nitrate levels in the lake or monitoring the depleting fish population, by collecting testimonials on what people perceive to be happening to the lake.
    Reeve Jim Knight appreciated the comments from Cowan saying he found the lake's history very educational and hopes to see a copy of the report as soon as it can be made available.
   "It was very interesting comments about the lake and the wild fluctuations of the levels of the lake over the years," Knight said.   Knight said he didn't envy Cowan's job as there are many different opinions about what to do with the Lake.
   "There are so many players and stakeholders in the operation; farmers, fishermen, recreational users and people living around the lake all have different ideas or wants form the water source," Knight said.
   Cowan said he should have his report handed in to the government later this fall.

News for Nov, 2000

Nov 7, 2000, The Herald Leader Press
Author visits Langruth School
by Sharron Arksey
LANGRUTH - A well-known Canadian author was scheduled to visit Langruth Schoo Nov 7 as part of TD Canadian Children's Book Week activities.
   Joan Weir is the author of 15 novels for young adult and juvenile readers, as well as six non-fiction histories.

BOOK FAIR - Sales were up approximately $60 at this year's Scholastic Book Fair, held in mid-October. Books sold totalled $1,821.30 in value.
   The school receives 70 per cent of sales in product, such as library books, sets of books for classrooms use and other resources.

DATES TO REMEMBER - Grade 6 to 8 students will participate in volleyball tournaments at Gladstone on Nov 8 and at MacGregor Nov 13.
   Parent teacher interviews will be held in the evening Nov 14 and 15.
   A christmas band convert is planned for Dec 12. The school's Christmas concert will be held Dec 19.

Langruth Views

November, 2000

Legion Banquet
The Legion Banquet tickets for November 10th are already on sale. Tickets are $10.00 each. Cocktails will be served at the Legion at 5:30 p.m. with the banquet to follow at the Community Hall at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you all there.

Remembrance Day Service
Everyone is encouraged to help remember those who have fallen by attending the Remembrance Day Service to be held at the Cenotaph on November 11th. All marchers are to meet at the Legion at 10:00 a.m.

Christmas Shopping Opportunity
The Annual Langruth Craft sale will be held on Saturday December 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Langruth Community Hall.. To book a table ($10.00) please call Marie at 445-2097. Lunch will be available

Town Tree Lighting
Mark December 1st on your calendar as a special evening. At 7:00 p.m. we will be having the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Please come prepared to sing some carols, drink some hot chocolate and eat some cookies. Everyone is welcome to come out and help get the Holiday Season started.

Once again we are looking for donations of baked goods. If you would like to contribute please call Erna Wiebe at 445-2059 or Marie Leclerc at 445-2097.

Kinosota Trail Banquet
As usual December is a busy month. Add another event to your calendar by attending the Annual Game & Fish Association Banquet. The banquet will be held on the evening of Sunday, December 3rd. Tickets will be on sale soon and must be purchased prior to the Banquet (none will be sold at the door).

Long Time Resident Remembered

Archie Johnson
1909 - 2000

The entire community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Archie Johnson. Archie Johnson passed away on Wednesday, October 26th at the age of 90. Archie was known and loved by many and will be remembered for his lifelong support of the community, his genuine interest in the well-being of others and his love of singing.

Archie farmed for most of his life. He and wife Sveina retired to town and later moved to the Third Crossing Manor in Gladstone.

The funeral service will be held at the Lutheran Church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30th.

I am Work
I am the foundation of all business.
I am the source of all prosperity.
I am the parent of genius.
I am the salt that gives life its savour . . .
Loved, I make life sweet, purposeful, and fruitful . . .
All progress springs from me.

Please . . .
Would the person who took the Ceramic Angel from my husband Tom Yungkurtís grave at the Langruth Cemetery please return it. This is of irreplaceable value; made and given in love by his granddaughter Shauna Bjarnarson. ~ Sincerely, Jessie Yungkurt.

The following is the Fourth and Final Installment of the life story of Gudni Thorkelson. It is reprinted with the gracious permission of the author, Margaret Arksey.


A Bolenbroke aircraft for $100 became his next asset. He hauled it under the huge oak that grew in his yard to protect it from the sum. The little squirrels enjoyed playing in and out of it. People came from all over for parts and in the end he resold what was left for scrap.

He became the proud owner of an eighteen-foot Peterborough boat. He made countless excursions in the large sloughs near his home and on the lake. A sudden squall in late evening caused him again to become lost. He had drifted to the north end of the lake when daylight dawned. A borrowed tank of gas was enough to let him get home safe and sound for yet another scolding. He didnít care though, and he still had his boat to the end of his days.

Boats were not his only pleasure, he liked big cars. He loved the surge of power from under their hoods when he stepped on the gas. His first car had been a McLaughlin Buick. He wore goggles, white driving gloves and high-top boots when he drove that beauty. The Depression came, forcing him to park it. It was later traded for another Buick to people who wanted to restore it as an antique. Later he became the owner of a Rocket 88 Oldsmobile, and lastly, a Pontiac Parisienne.

One of his final purchases was a trailer house which he bought upon leaving the farm. He moved it into Langruth in the back yard of a clothing store owned by relatives. Here he enjoyed the company of friends, relatives and the third generation of nieces and a nephew.

He smiled at a shared ritual he and his young nephew enjoyed. He would lace the fingers of both his hands together, and then allow the boy to step up on them. He would raise him to waist level. His nephew was now able to see over the old manís head. At this point uncle would inform him, "Youíre over half a man, now my boy!"

He thought fondly of his youngest niece, just a toddler, the apple of his eye. She quickly learned to brush his hair, put on his hat, along with a little of her sisterís make up. When she felt he was sufficiently well-groomed she would take him by the hand and lead him to the restaurant, where both enjoyed ice-cream cones. His treat, of course!

The time had passed all too quickly and his move to a care home had been necessary due to failing health. He received very good care and was surrounded by people but he pined for his home, the lake and the bygone era.

He thought often that the poet Robbie Burns was right. "Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home."

Gudni passed away Sept 20, 1976 at age ninety-four.


Gudni Thorkelson was the son of Fridfinnur and Thuridur (Jonasson). His sister at Langruth was Jonina Isfeld; Jonina and Einar had thirteen children. The third generation mentioned were their daughter and husband Sigridur and William Arkseyís grandchildren, Glenda, Don, and Tammi Arksey.

. ~ The End ~


The preceding article "Gudni" first appeared in Canadaís oldest ethnic newspaper; the Icelandic "Logberg-Heimskringla". The "L-H" is published every Friday by Logberg-Heimskringla Incorporated, #650-5 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2T4. You can call them at 284-5686 or email them at for subscription information or if you have an idea for a submission.

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to Marie and Roger Leclerc. The Leclercs celebrated their anniversary on October 25th at a dinner put on by Henriette Kleemola.

A History of Westlake Co-op
The following article was submitted by Henriette Kleemola. Due to the length of the submission it has appeared in installments. The following is the third installment.

Part Three
Sixty-five jobs were created by Westlake Co-op for students. Some of the other grants we applied for were: Langruth Community Hall (labour, materials , siding, exhaust fan, wheelchair ramp, etc.), Skating Rink (paint and repairs), Sports Grounds (labour and materials, one new steel bleacher, demolished old bleachers and built two new ones), RM of Lakeview (labour to repair elevator shed, labour and materials to build sidewalks, labour and paint for Hollywood Beach tables and benches in 1979 & 1980, labour and material to make the foundation for the building the RM bought from the Wilsonís).

In 1981 Mrs. Marguerite Wilson stopped at the library and said, "Henriette, why donít you organize a reunion, in 1984 Langruth will be 75 years in existence." She also suggested an update on the history book. As there was no money I asked the Westlake Co-op to sponsor this event. So in the fall of 1981 we started on the book and the reunion. Westlake donated the first $300.00 for this and got several grants, labour, fireworks, Canada Day performers, etc. They also loaned the reunion $400.00 for place mats and paid $200.00 for laminating the first 200. The loaned $250.00 to buy bumper stickers. The workers applied for many donations, then people got involved with school reunions. We bought 100s of stamps and paper for the invitations and ads which were made by the workers. It was a success due to a lot of people working together.

~End of Part Three~

Call for Volunteers
As part of the November 13th meeting of the R.M. of Lakeview council will be appointing volunteers to a variety of boards and committees. These include Whitemud Watershed #42 and #43, Parkland Regional Library Board, the Local Langruth Library Committee, Seven Regions Health Foundation, Fire Protection, and the Hollywood Beach Committee to name a few. Some of these committees are required to have both a council representative and a representative from the community and must be appointed on a yearly basis. The appointments made on November 13th would be for the year 2001.

If you are currently serving on one of these committees or boards and would like to continue to serve please contact the RM office to have your name included for consideration. Likewise, if you would like to step down from a committee please let us know prior to November 13. Finally, if you have never been involved in one of the areas mentioned above but are interested we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to call the office at 445-2243 for more information.

New RM Office Hours

Effective November 1st, 2000 the municipal office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will continue to be open during the noon hour. Please note that from time to time the office may have to close for a brief time to allow the staff to attend to business away from the office.

If you are going out of your way to make a trip to do municipal business you may want to call ahead (445-2243) to ensure that someone will be on hand to help you. The office tries to keep closures to a minimum but sometimes they are unavoidable. Feel free to call and leave a message on the answering machine at anytime. Your message will be reviewed and your call will be returned a.s.a.p.

Rada Knives:
Make a Perfect Christmas Gift
To see this yearís selection of fine Rada knives and gift packages give Marsha a call at 445-2038. Stop by and have a coffee while you browse! These knives are of excellent quality and are sure to make a great gift for someone on your list.

Wanted! Men And Machinery
No! This is not a personal ad. Men, trucks and tractors are needed. The Langruth Elks have agreed to assist the Hollywood Beach Citizens Committee in the Hollywood Beach fall rock project. Jim Bohm will be contacting Elk members and others to see if they have rocks that a person cannot move but a front-end loader can pick up and move to the north end of the beach to create a barrier for safety reasons. The date slated for this project is the first week of November, weather permitting. So if you have been planning to remove or bury some of your large rocks or know where some large rocks are located please think again and generously plan to donate them to this worthwhile project. You do not have to be an Elk to participate in this community effort. A dumping area for the rocks will be located at the north end of the beach. So men and machinery of Langruth unite in this worthwhile community project. Call Jim Bohm or Phyllis Thordarson for more information.

How True
"One fifth of the people are against everything, all of the time."
~ Robert Kennedy ~

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, and wants it back the minute it begins to rain."
~ Mark Twain ~

New Product!

Echinacea Lozenges $2.89
22 lozenges per package
Soothes the throat in cases of hoarseness, cough, or bronchitis and freshens breath!

November Specials
Echinaforce 100 ml. bottle
Only $20.63 save 20% off SRP

Strauss Heart Drops
25ml Only $35 save $10 off SRP
50ml $69.55 save$16.45 off SRP

Thordarson Health Inc. 445-2236
2 Road 18 Langruth, MB.

News for Dec, 2000

Thank You

We would like to express our appreciation for all the expressions of sympathy and friendship that we received on the death of our husband/dad/grandpa, Archie Johnson. A special thanks to all our relatives and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown through visits, phone calls, cards, and gifts of food, flowers, and charitable donations. Also, to the doctors and nurses at the Gladstone Hospital and the staff at Third Crossing Manor for all their compassionate care. A special thanks to Clarkeís Funeral Home for their excellent services and for being so kind and helpful during a difficult time.

Many thanks to all those who helped to make the funeral service a great celebration of the life of a wonderful man! (Philip, Fina and the choir for the lovely music; Alan, Art, Robert, Dennis, Leonard, and Gordon for acting as pallbearers; Pastor Ingthor for the excellent service and for the special Icelandic song; Grand-daughter Wendy for the lovely poem; the Johnson grandchildren for making it possible for Archie to sing "O Danny Boy" at his own funeral; the Langruth Elks Lodge for the graveside service; and the Lutheran Ladies for serving a delicious lunch after.) Family was so important to Archie. He no doubt was very proud to have ALL his grandsons and grand-daughters present to pay tribute to him as honorary pallbearers and flower bearers.

~ Most Sincerely, Sveina Johnson and family.

Letís Hear it for the Music

Langruth School Band/Choir
Thursday Dec. 14, 2000
7:30 p.m.
Admission - $2.00
Preschoolers Free
Langruth School Gym

Everyone Welcome

Hope in a Shoe Box 2000
The Langruth United Church Women (UCW) had a successful drive for Operation Christmas Child in November. Twenty boxes filled with toys, candy, drawing supplies, school supplies and hygiene supplies were packed and sent to children as far away as Serbia, Kosovo, Guatemala, South America, South East Asia, Northern Europe and Nicaragua therefore providing hope in a shoe box to many children far away.

Thanks to all who donated items and/or the five dollars per box to cover the shipping charges on each box.

UCW Cookies & Calendars
Our December project will be providing Christmas cheer to seniors in and around our community by providing them with baskets of cookies, etc. Please remember to bring your cookies to the Dec. 6th meeting.

The 2001 United Church calendars are now available at the cost of $5 each. Please contact an UCW member if you would like to purchase one.

Legion News
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #162 of Langruth, Manitoba held their annual Remembrance Day banquet Friday, November 10, 2000. Members and guests from many branches in their Zone, which includes Gladstone, Neepawa, Plumas and Portage, enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner catered to by the Langruth Development Corporation.

Greetings were brought by Zone Commander Harry Bray (Portage), Reeve Isaac Wiebe (R.M. of Lakeview) and Langruth Ladies Auxiliary President Henriette Kleemola. The Branch gratefully acknowledges a generous donation from the Ladies Auxiliary.

Reports from Luke Armstrong who attended a basketball camp, and Denton Callander who attended a music camp this past summer at the Peace Gardens were enjoyed by all. Denton entertained with a musical selection.

Peggy Galloway, publisher of the book titled "Women of the War Years" gave an informative talk of her experiences while compiling the stories for the book.

Gordon Hall from Amaranth was awarded his 50 year pin for membership in the Legion. Darrel Armstrong received his Past Presidentís Pin. Scholarships were presented by the Royal Canadian Legion President Bruce Gardiner to Matthew Hanneson, Langruth Ladies Auxiliary President Henriette Kleemola to Dana Gardiner and B.P.O.E. Exalted Ruler Jim Bohm to Alan Armstrong. Following the banquet, members and their guests returned to the branch for fellowship and entertainment provided by Harry Falk.

On Saturday, November 11th, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #162 held their Remembrance Day Service at the Langruth Cenotaph. Wreaths were laid by the Royal Canadian Legion - George Edgeworth, Tony Soos, Ladies Auxiliary - Henriette Kleemola, Anne Edgeworth, and the Federal Government - Amaranth RCMP members Helmut Neufeld & Rob Collen.

Three Cadets from the Portage Artillery Corps attended in full uniform. They were Suelee Woolford, Aaron Brown and Chris Schmidt.

Tom Thompson of Amaranth paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom and reminded all of the true meaning of Remembrance Day. Lunch followed at the Branch.

Legion Christmas Party

Dec. 16, 2000
Legion Club Rooms

Bring your favorite CDís or Tapes, Kareokee machine will be ready to go!
Also bring munchies and get a friend to come along.

Everyone Welcome!

Waste Disposal Grounds
Over the Christmas Season the Waste Grounds will be closed on Mon. Dec. 25 and open on Dec. 26, 27, 29, & 30. The Grounds will also be closed on Jan. l, but open on Jan. 2. Thereafter the Grounds will return to the regular schedule.

Holiday Skating
Weather permitting the ice in the skating rink should be ready for public skating during the Christmas holidays. The public skating schedule will be released to Langruth Elementary School students the last of day school which is Dec. 21st if the ice is ready.

Christmas Eve Carol Service
The Langruth United Church will be hosting an old fashion Christmas Eve carol service on Dec. 24th at 5 p.m.. The Christmas story will be told through scripture readings and carols. Everyone is welcome to come out and join in the singing of carols and reliving the story of Christís birth through the Christmas scripture readings.

Concert and Potluck Supper
Langruth United Church and Grace Lutheran Church will be joining together to present their annual ecumenical Christmas concert on Dec. 10th at 4 p.m. in the Langruth Community Hall. All community seniors are invited to attend and enjoy a concert and a free supper. Seniors do not have to bring anything but their Christmas spirits. Parents please note: Dec. 9, 10:00 a.m. practice in hall.

Think Curling!
The ice is not ready yet but now is the time to get your rink ready for the natural ice curling season 2001. Find a skip or skip the rink yourself. Get your friends together to have some winter fun. Think adult rinks or family rinks. Anyone willing to help lend their curling expertise to help instruct some of our school students in curling skills please contact Phyllis Thordarson.

Lutheran Church News
The Dec. 10th church service is canceled because of the joint concert and potluck to be held at 4 p.m. at the hall.

Confirmation classes will be held on Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st at 3:45 p.m.

Holy communion will be served at 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 17th. Town caroling will be followed by a bread and soup supper to be held in the church basement. The Christmas Eve "Carols and Candlelight" service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Library News
The library will be receiving a new rotation of books on December 14th. The videos will also be exchanged in early December.

We are able to search and locate any book you may be looking for through Parkland Regional and Maplin. The library also has a public Internet access. If you would like to see what the Internet has to offer or are just curious, come in and see for yourself.

The library will be open December 22nd, and will then be closed until January 2nd for the holiday season.

School Christmas Concert
The Annual School Christmas Concert will be held Dec. 19, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. in the Langruth Community Hall. Admission will be a silver collection at the door. Everyone Invited to Attend.

Town Tree Lighting
Mark December 1st on your calendar as a special evening. At 7:00 p.m. we will be having the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Please come prepared to sing some carols, drink some hot chocolate and eat some cookies. Everyone is welcome to come out and help get the Holiday Season started.

Once again we are looking for donations of baked goods. If you would like to contribute please call Erna Wiebe at 445-2059 or Marie Leclerc at 445-2097.

We are using a different tree this year (south of the old Royal Bank). Please park in the lot on the north side of the Bank building as you have in the past and gather in front of the library. We will have this section of Broadway blocked off for the carolers.

A History of Westlake Co-op
The following article was submitted by Henriette Kleemola. Due to the length of the submission it has appeared in installments. The following is the final installment.

Part Four: We started a W5 newspaper for one year, asked for ads and received only one from Mr. Isaac Wiebe. We also supported amateur shows. Every summer since 1981 we had a recreation program for children two days per week, with anywhere from 12 to 18 children participating.

As the years went by everyone seemed to be losing interest, so in 1990 the board decided to write to every member for ideas or to see if they wanted their share back. Nobody showed up at the annual meeting. This happened in 1992 and 1995 with always the same result. The first meeting to dissolve was not legal, as we did not have enough members present, nor did we inform them of the vote. So at the last meeting on July 4, 2000 the members voted to dissolve the Westlake Co-op, the building was put up for tender. When sold all outstanding bills will be paid and the $5.00 member shares of all remaining will be sent to the Dept. of Co-operatives in Winnipeg (they will be able to receive it back from them). The remaining money, if any, will be donated to the Terry Fox Research Foundation in memory of E.T. Kleemola.

~ Henriette Kleemola ~ This concludes Mrs. Kleemolaís submission.

Editorís Note: the building has been sold to the Childcare Family Access Network (C-FAN). C-FAN operates Lakeview Childrenís Centre, Parkside Childrenís Centre (McCreary) and Nursery Programs in Plumas, Amaranth and Alonsa. The building will continue to house the Langruth Branch of Parkland Regional Library and the clinics of Seven Regions Health Centre. Plans to expand the services and to do some renovations are presently in the works.

Christmas Shopping Opportunity
The Annual Langruth Craft sale will be held on Saturday December 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Langruth Community Hall.. To book a table ($10.00) please call Marie at 445-2097. Lunch will be available.

Send A Special Greeting
We will again be putting out a special Christmas edition of the Langruth Views. We will be having the "Christmas Greeting" section in this special edition. For anyone wanting their greetings in the paper, there is a fee of $2.00.

Greeting choices are:
1-"This time of year brings joy to many hearts. May yours be touched and lightened by the Magic of Christmas."
2-"May your heart and home be filled with the beauty of the season. Happy Holidays."
3-"Sincere and friendly wishes for the Christmas Season and the coming year."
4-"From our house to your house---ëMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year.í"
5-"May God bless you at Christmas with a happiness that will stay and brighten every hour of every coming day."
6-"May Christmas and the New Year bring you joyful hours, pleasant memories and much happiness."
7-"Wishing you Peace, Happiness and every Joy for Christmas and the New Year."
8-"May the glow of this Holiday Season shine brightly throughout the New Year."
9-"May the Message of His coming bring you joy and peace eternal."

We will also accept your own message of 20 words or less. Please print or write legibly.

Of course the name of you or your family will be added to the message.

To order your special greeting call Ron @ 445-2243 or Erna @ 445-2059 or 445-2379 by Dec. 15th.

Please Note: There will be no January issue of the Langruth Views.

The following article was submitted by Kristin Arksey. Due to the length of the article it will appear in two installments.

~Part One~
Accompanied by her daughter Susan and son-in-law Lloyd Ching, Kristin Arksey flew down to Ottawa on October 18, 2000. They traveled down East to attend the Senate Page swearing-in ceremony for Kristin's granddaughter, Melanie Ching.

They arrived on Wednesday evening and were met by Melanie at the airport. They were up early on Thursday morning to arrive at the Senate by 10 AM. Melanie had obtained security clearance for her family and so they were able to get an insider view of the Senate area.

The ceremony itself consisted of the Senate Prayer (a prayer seldom witnessed by the ordinary citizenry),  the Welcome by Senator Gildas Molgat, (the Speaker of the Senate), the Oath of Allegiance by the Senate Pages, the official signing of the Registry, followed by photos, an introduction of attending MP's and Senators, an invitation to attend a luncheon following, and a closing prayer. During the signing of the Register, the Senior Pages read a brief biography of each of the new Pages. Of course, Melanie's pride in her rural Manitoba roots was mentioned. Melanie is one of two Manitoban Pages and one of nine new Pages for this year. There are thirteen Pages in total in the Senate.

There was lots of pomp and pageantry. As ordinary citizens, we were given the privilege of sitting in the Senator's chairs on the Opposition side of the Senate. The two main walls are covered with large murals depicting events from World War I. The official ceremony began with a small procession entering the chambers. The Senate Clerk (Mr. Belisle), the Usher of the Black Rod(Ms. McLaren-who is Melanie's boss), and the Mace Bearer(Mr. Logan) all preceded Senator Molgat into the Chamber. The Mace is a large gold sceptre. It was placed under a central table. When the Senators are in session the Mace occupies a space on top of this same table, facing the speaker. Senator Molgat took his position at the front of the Senate, removed his tri-corner hat and white gloves and began his welcome speech. Everything was done in both French and English. The dress of the Pages and other staff is very formal with white shirts, white gloves, suits or skirts, ascots for the women and bow ties for the men.

-End ofPart One-

Christmas Issue

Wishing you a Holiday Season of much Joy & Happiness followed by a Wonderful New Year.
~ Darrel & Dee Dee Armstrong ~

Sincere and friendly wishes for the Christmas Season and the coming year.
~ Harry Lazor & Family ~

May God bless you at Christmas with a happiness that will stay and brighten every hour of every coming day.
~ Joe & Marg Soos ~

This time of year brings joy to many hearts. May yours be touched and lightened by the Magic of Christmas.
~ Kristin Arksey ~

"God has given us two hands - - one to receive and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding ; we are channels made for sharing"
~ Rev. Billy Graham ~

Sincere and friendly wishes for the Christmas Season and the coming year.
~Rena & Barry Arksey ~

May your heart and home be filled with the beauty of the Season. Happy Holidays.
~ The R.M. of Lakeview Council and Staff ~

From our house to your house---
ëMerry Christmas and
a Happy New Year.í
~ Gordon & Verla Reed ~

May Christmas and the New Year bring you joyful hours, pleasant memories and much happiness.
~Jessie Yungkurt ~

Wishing you Peace, Happiness and every Joy for Christmas and the New Year.
~ Eric MacMillan Insurance Agency ~

Sincere and friendly wishes for the Christmas Season and the coming year.
~Edythe & Einar Sigurdson ~

Gift Suggestion:
For people who like peace and quiet;
a phoneless cord.

May God bless you at Christmas with a happiness that will stay and brighten every hour of every coming day.
~ Erna & Isaac Wiebe ~

Wishing you Peace, Happiness and every Joy for Christmas and the New Year.
~ Julia & Louis Kelemen ~

"Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

This time of year brings joy to many hearts. May yours be touched and lightened by the Magic of Christmas.
~ Kim, Kevin & Breanne Johnson ~

May the glow of this Holiday Season shine brightly throughout the New Year.
~ The Langruth Fire Department ~

Waste Disposal Grounds
Over the Christmas Season the Waste Grounds will be closed on Mon. Dec. 25 and open on Dec. 26, 27, 29, & 30. The Grounds will also be closed on Jan. l, but open on Jan. 2. Thereafter the Grounds will return to the regular schedule.

Wanted: Used Books
Langruth Elementary School is holding a used book sale during "I Love to Read" month (February). The book sale will offer childrenís as well as adultís books at discount prices. Any profit from the sale will be used to purchase new books for the library.

Bring your books to the school anytime, or call Dawn at the school (445-2001) if you need them picked up.

Tree Lighting Cold but Fun
It was definitely winter the night the new town Christmas tree was turned on for the first time. A crowd of about thirty people braved some of the first real cold of the season to sing some carols, drink hot chocolate and eat cookies on Friday December 1st.

Thank you to Bill and Betty Puddicombe for allowing us to connect the tree to the hydro in their building. Thanks as well to everyone who donated cookies or cake. Also, we thank Michelle and Sheldon Strocen for all the years they allowed us to use their tree (it was a great tree but its growth was overtaking our lights). Finally, a special thank you to the fellows from Manitoba Hydro who donated their time and bucket truck to install the lights on the top half of the tree.

Game & Fish Banquet Results
This yearís banquet, held on December 3rd, was a success with a sold-out crowd of 120 people enjoying a roast beef dinner, draws and plenty of door prizes.

Thanks are extended from the Kinosota Trail Game & Fish Association to all our sponsors: Acklands Grainger, AgriCore, AgWest Equipment Sales, Big Ridge Foods, Blights of Portage, Bob Jackson, Broadfoot Fraser, Case, Chris Caddoo, Craig Dunn, Darren Gunn, Duckís Unlimited, Econo Foods, Enns Brothers, Eric MacMillan Insurance, Farncombeís Foods, Foxon Insurance, Gladstone Neepawa Co-op, Gladstone Pharmacy, Jensen Rentals, Kerry Wilson, Laramee Equipment, Macís Auto Supply, MacDonaldís Sporting Goods, Marsha & Joe Lasson, Molsons, Monroe Farm Supplies, Neepawa Banner, Patís Yamaha, Royal Bank, S.I.R. , UGG, Westlake Fuel, Westward Ford, Whitemud Watershed, Wilkinson Auto Electric, Yellowhead Equipment.

Trophy Winners:
1st Typical: Bruce Gardiner (148 4/8th)
2nd Typical: Stephen Soos (142 1/8th)
Most Even 4 Pt: Philip Kelemen (2 2/8th)
Most Even 5 Pt: John Kleemola (5)
1st Jr.Highest Pts:DanaGardiner (59 4/8th)
2nd Jr: Myles Jackson (57 4/8th)
Special thanks to Hugh and Louise Blair for doing the scoring again this year.

Other Kinosota Game & Fish News
Junior Rifle has started for another year with fourteen registered participants. The Club would like to thank the Langruth Elks and the Langruth Legion for sharing in the purchase of another target rifle. Our range has now expanded to four lanes thanks to their generosity.

Thank You Stacey!
I would like to thank my granddaughter Stacey Wilson for her wishes. Mrs. Nazar asked her class to write in their journal the three things they wanted for Christmas most of all.

Staceyís first wish was that her Grandma would have her knee surgery and be home for Christmas. Staceyís wish came true about four days later; I got a phone call from Winnipeg that there was a cancellation. I went in on December 8th for my surgery.

Thanks very much Stacey for your care and concern.

~ Love from your Grandma Wilson~

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