Riley Laychuk is CBC's reporter based in Brandon, covering rural Manitoba. Share your story ideas, tips and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brandon apartment complex reopens to tenants 2 years after devastating fire
After two years and $8 million, the doors are open once again to a Brandon apartment block that was heavily damaged in a fire.
Manitoba First Nations add COVID-19 to worries as wildfire season approaches
The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says she's already worried about fire evacuees coming home with COVID-19.
Man killed on Sandy Bay First Nation remembered as avid hunter, cook and father of 10
A 28-year-old who was killed early Saturday on the Sandy Bay First Nation is being remembered by his family as an avid hunter, cook and father of ten kids.
Accomplice in shooting of Manitoba RCMP officer sentenced to 13 years in prison
A man who was among four charged after an RCMP officer was shot near Onanole, Man., in August 2018 has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars.
$252M aid package 'not going to save everybody,' Manitoba farm group says after industry asks for billions
Manitoba agricultural producers say a more than $252-million aid package to help farmers and food processors navigate the COVID-19 pandemic is a good start, but far from what is needed to help prop up the industry.
Opening of new Brandon school delayed as new contractor hired to complete construction
Construction on Brandon’s new school is now slated to finish months later than expected and won’t welcome students until the beginning of 2021.
Restrictions not lifting yet in Ontario, Kenora mayor warns as Manitobans flock to cottage country
The mayor of Kenora, Ont., is again reminding Manitobans to avoid Lake of the Woods for now because even though Manitoba’s retail stores and non-essential businesses can begin to open, the same businesses in his community can’t yet.
'It's really tough': COVID-19 leaves Manitoba potato farmers with glut of spuds as demand plummets
After two years of harvest losses at the hands of Mother Nature, Manitoba potato farmers are now looking at another bleak year — this time due to COVID-19.
Virtual coffee break helps people in small Manitoba village keep connected through pandemic
In many small towns, the local coffee shop is a focal point where people gather to catch up with their neighbours, friends and on the latest news around town. But people in Foxwarren, Man., have found a way to keep connected, even from a distance.
Stay home and take COVID-19 seriously, Manitoba couple warns after recovering from illness
A couple from Souris, Man., are urging people to take COVID-19 seriously after they both contracted the illness on vacation in March.
Manitobans offer condolences to RCMP, Nova Scotians following weekend shooting rampage
Manitoba will fly Nova Scotia’s provincial flag outside the legislature as condolences pour in for a fallen RCMP officer and those affected by a gunman’s rampage over the weekend.
2nd group of workers prepares to sequester inside Brandon's water treatment plant
The City of Brandon is preparing a second group of workers to sequester inside the city’s water treatment plant as part of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff at Manitoba 911 centre spreading out, preparing for influx of calls as COVID-19 cases rise
Staff at Manitoba’s provincial 911 centre — who answer emergency calls from across the province, excluding Winnipeg — are now working out of two separate locations and are preparing for an influx of calls and new strains on staffing due to COVID-19.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation declares state of emergency, takes steps to keep COVID-19 out of community
The Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba has declared a state of emergency and plans to begin distributing cleaning supplies to households amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
12 Manitoba First Nations schools to shutter Monday for 3 weeks
Twelve schools in 11 First Nations communities have made the decision to close their doors to students.