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Friday, February 14, 2020 | www.empireadvance.ca

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By Anne Davison In 1885 the Virden Advance broke ground for what would become the Virden Empire-Advance. It was the first newspaper in the area, published just 15 years after Manitoba’s entry into Confederation. In 2020, 135 years later, Virden’s Empire-Advance continues to supply news stands and subscriptions throughout Virden, surrounding areas and into distant places where citizens with Virden roots enjoy news from home. Empire-Advance publisher, Nancy Johnson understands the role the local paper plays. Johnson says, “It is a privilege and an honour to be a part of a newspaper that has served its community for 135 years. What a remarkable milestone! As we build on the foundations we’ve created over the last 135 years, continuing to deliver community news is the core of what we do.”

From broadsheet sized publications produced on printers “as big as a car,” said former printer Jim Hall, to offsite tabloid printing and now digitized data, printed in Estevan, Sask., the Empire-Advance continues to chronicle the accomplishments of business, the arts, sports and the human stories of the area. However, Virden interests are now being read online from anywhere in the world and Johnson celebrates that as well. “As we move into 2020, I want to remind the community the Virden EmpireAdvance is more than a newspaper.” She says, “We are reaching more readers than ever before, both in print and online, and bringing even greater advertising solutions to our businesses.” Born from The Advance (1885 by C.J. Atkinson) and The Empire (1905 by J.R. McLachlan), the Empire-Advance is the oldest business in Virden and the second oldest newspaper in

Manitoba. True to the newspaper’s name, the town of Virden did advance, establishing itself as a centre for southwestern Manitoba. What a time to be in newsprint! The Canadian Pacific Railway had just crossed Gopher Creek in the summer of 1883, establishing Virden as a CPR siding. In those days, a load of wood might be traded for a subscription to the newspaper that connected Virden to a world that would soon be plunged into the Great War. Over the years other newspapers - the Virden Chronicle (May, 1892 – June, 1894) and the Virden Banner (1895 - 1898) - came and went. By July 1905 another weekly, the Empire, was started by J. A. McLachlan. Within two years, in October of 1907, there was a marriage of the Advance and the Empire, creating the Virden Empire-Advance. Editor J.A. McLachlan set down an enduring

philosophy for the paper: “Advertisers will be given every facility to assist us in showing that Virden, as the commercial centre of Western Manitoba, is at least equal to any business centre in the West. “To the politicians we may say that the new paper will follow the policy of the Empire: to give credit to any party when it does what is in the interest of the people and to condemn that which we think is opposed to the best interests of the people of Virden and District. “Our first interest will be to give the local, district and general news … and to this end we solicit the help of all the people in every part of our large field.” Virden’s area-wide influence carried the news of Arrow River, Beulah, Pipestone, Melita, Elkhorn, Miniota, Two Creeks, Montgomery, Elm Valley, Lenore, Kenton, Oak Lake, and Kola. No one could have predicted that Virden would

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become part of the greater Canadian economy as the Oil Capital of Manitoba. The Empire-Advance catalogued the start of this journey, publishing “Oil Found West of Town” (Jan. 31, 1951). In 1965, the Elkhorn Mercury, for financial reasons, amalgamated with the Empire-Advance. Years later, another Virden paper started up, the Southwest Gazette (1996-99). About that time, two generations of McLachlan ownership ended and the Empire-Advance was purchased by two publishers: Shoal Lake’s Greg Nesbitt and Killarney’s Garry Struth, in partnership with Grant and Marlain Shoemaker (who had started the Gazette). Marlain was the managing editor and in 2002, Struth and Nesbitt sold their shares to the Shoemakers. Just a few years later the Shoemaker family sold the Empire-Advance to publishing company, Glacier Media. Long-time employee Gail

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Longmuir was promoted to managing editor until she left the paper in 2010. Sales representative Dianne Hanson was promoted to general manager, while continuing as sales manager. The fortunes of the paper followed the ups and downs of the local economy. During the oil boom of 2010 – 2014, the Empire-Advance often ran two sections with record page counts. In 2013, Hanson won the President’s Club award from Glacier Media. Hanson retired in 2014. Several other managers took the reins for a time until, in 2017, Vice President of Manitoba Operations for Glacier Media, Nancy Johnson became publisher of the Empire-Advance and six other Manitoba publications. Johnson sums up the paper’s 135-year history, “Virden’s history belongs to us all and we couldn’t be more proud to be the community’s voice, or more grateful.”


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july 29, 1898

Virden’s first newspaper, the Virden Advance, was founded in 1885 by C.J. Atkinson; J.A. McLachlan and C.S. McClelland published the first edition of the Virden Empire on July, 13, 1905. The articles contributed between the years of 1898 to 1907 are from both publications until the Empire and the Advance amalgamated in 1907, publishing the first edition on October 3. Time fades memories and old newspapers. We hope you forgive the imperfections and enjoy reading this historical glimpse into Virden’s history. july 29, 1898

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THANK YOU

to all our sponsors, volunteers and fans for your continued support!


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july 29, 1898

January 4, 1906

August 30, 1906

August 30, 1906

CELEBRATING

37IN YEARS BUSINESS!

MEAT SERVICES

Congratulations

Empire-Advance on 135 years!

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TO THE EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON THEIR

 FROM THE VIRDEN AREA FOUNDATION INC VAF@RFNOW.COM | 204.748.3419

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August 30, 1906

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and more!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE EMPIRE ADVANCE ON

CELEBRATING135 YEARS!

JUNE 27 & 28

January 10, 1907

Congratulations TO THE EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON

135 YEARS! FROM ALL OF US AT


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September 20, 1906

March 1, 1906

March 15, 1906

May 20, 1909

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39 YEARS

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March 27, 1913

Thank you

to the community & all the surrounding oil companies for past & future business

VIRDEN MB • 204-851-1099 • SILVERLINE08@LIVE.CA


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January 12, 1911

August 6, 1914

January 5, 1911

Congratulations on

135 years!

Serving Elkhorn & Area for more than 70 years!

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SERVING VIRDEN & AREA SINCE 1937

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Congratulations

Empire-Advance on 135 years!

Congratulations Empire-Advance on your

135th Birthday

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Pickup & Delivery Options Available

From all of us at the

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March 14, 1916 May 30, 1915

July 13, 1911

November 12, 1918

CONGRATS ON 135 YEARS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT THE

Virden Lions Club

Congratulations

Empire-Advance on 135 years!

A proud part of the Virden Community for more than 63 years! LIONS CAMPGROUND | HALL RENTAL | COMMUNITY SERVICES

Locally owned and operated

337 King Street East, Virden

204-748-2894

STRATHCLAIR DRAMA CLUB’S 38th Annual Production of Mary Poppins

Production runs April 20-25, 2020, at The Bend Theater.

TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 28TH. Watch for coming details.


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August 24, 1911

September 3, 1914 June 2, 1911

CONGRATULATIONS!

On 135 Years of Business & Service to the Virden Area

CONGRATULATIONS

TO THE VIRDEN EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON THEIR

135TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE

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May 17, 1921

Our Story G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapels Ltd. was founded in 1936 in Reston, Manitoba by G. Roy Carscadden. In the spring of 1936, Roy also opened funeral homes in the Saskatchewan communities of Wapella and Moosomin as well as in Virden, Man. Roy passed away in May of 1959. His wife, Helen (nee Gatey), continued to operate the business with her stepson, Peter Carscadden and her brother, Gerry Gatey. For many years Gerry Gatey, with the assistance of his wife Jean, managed the Virden office while Helen Carscadden managed the Moosomin office. Upon Gerry and Jean’s retirement in 1997, their son, Douglas, took over management of the Virden office becoming a partner with his father and aunt in 2000. In June of 2019 Todd Lumbard and Jeff Christiansen of Speers Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd. in Regina, Sask., together with their partners at Cropo Funeral Chapel in Winnipeg, Man. and Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel and Rosewood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium in Brandon, Man., purchased G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapels. We are proud to maintain the tradition of caring, compassionate and professional service established by this long-standing locally owned business. We extend our congratulations to the Empire-Advance on this significant anniversary and we thank you for the exceptional service you provide to keep us informed, invested and engaged in our community.

VIRDEN LOCATION 383 Wellington Street West P. O. Box 1780, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 204-748-1876 • 1-204-748-3803 grcarscadden@rfnow.com

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June 20, 1922

G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel


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May 31, 1921

February 20, 1923

April 24, 1923

June 20, 1922

September 26, 1922

Celebrating

10 YEARS IN BUSINESS!

FOR

AUTOBODY & GLASS REPAIR R U O Y NE A LL

204-748-6262

710 Seventh Avenue North, Virden, MB

EDS

Congratulations Virden Empire-Advance on

135 YEARS

of serving our community

SERVING VIRDEN & AREA SINCE 1965! LOCATED NORTH ON COMMONWEALTH DRIVE (NEXT TO THE VIRDEN AIRPORT)

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May 29, 1923

December 12, 1922

June 28, 1927

congratulations ON 135 YEARS

from

CONGRATULATIONS

135 YEARS

TO THE EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

St. Mary’s Anglican Church Proudly a part of Virden since 1882

SERVING ALL YOUR CANADIAN & US TRUCKING NEEDS. HAULING HOPPER BOTTOMS FOR OVER 14 YEARS!

Rick & Brenda Park B: (701) 340-2517 • H: (204) 748-2303 F: (204) 748-1396


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June 19, 1923

December 8, 1925

October 19, 1926

May 22, 1928

February 3, 1920

Congratulations on

135YEARS

of service to our community UPCOMING SALES

Feb 17: Closed/Louis Riel Day • Feb 19: Reg Feeder Sale • Feb 21: Bred Cow Sale Feb 26: Presort Feeder Sale • Mar 4: Presort Feeder Sale • Mar 6: Bred Cow Sale Butcher Sales Every Monday VIRDEN,MB

P: 204-748-2809 • 1-888-784-9882 F: 204-748-3478 • hls.virden@hls.ca

Congrats 135 YEARS

ON OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

19th Century Charm - 21st Century Convenience For more information (204) 748-1231 Email: imunchinsky@yahoo.ca

Congratulations

Empire-Advance on

135!

from all of us at VIRDEN ALLIANCE CHURCH

Proud to be serving Virden & Area since 1979!

375 Frame St E, Virden, MB

204.748.2621

Sunday Service 11:00 am


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July 29, 1936

October 28, 1931

August 10, 1932

AWESOME job on the last 135

May 24, 1939

CONGRATS TO THE EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON

Great luck on the next 135 years

Congratulations to the Empire-Advance on 135

YEARS

135 YEARS

OF SERVICE! 204.748.1788 171 Seventh Ave N, Virden, Manitoba

Congratulations

Empire-Advance!

Serving Oak Lake, Virden & Area for 25 years! 204-851-0286

SERVING VIRDEN & AREA SINCE 2010

P: 204-855-2450 • C: 204-724-3952 F: 204-855-2640


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September 11, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gallant of Virden have five sons on active service, another son who was discharged for medical reasons, a seventh son in the reserve army, and two nephews (sons of Mr. nd Mrs. John Gallent of Virden) also serving. Four of the boys, Francis, Omer, Ern and Eli, enlisted with the Lord Strathcona Horse in 1940 and went overseas with the 2nd Armored Regiment, 5th Division, in 1941. Omer, whose wife lives in Ontario, is now an instructor in radio mechanics. Ernest is also married and his wife and four children reside at Pilot Mound, Man. Also at Pilot Mound is Eli’s wife, and their two children. Wilfred enlisted with the R.C.O.C. in 1941, and is now at the Kingston, Ont. training center; his wife is in Saskatoon at present. Hubert, who also enlisted in 1940, with the Lake Superior Regiment, but was discharged for medical reasons in 1941; he is now on the staff at No. 19 E.F.T.S. Virden. Lawrence, who is under military age, is taking pre-enlistment training with the 12th Manitoba Dragoons here. Alfred and Arphis, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Gallant, are at Fort William and Camp Borden, Ont.

May 31, 1939

September 9, 1936

May 6, 1942

Congratulations ON 135 YEARS

Our municipality and previously the RM of Wallace, Village of Elkhorn and the RM of Woodworth have been working with you since Day 1! Looking forward to many more.

May 10, 1944

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November 6, 1940

April 23, 1941

Congratulations Congratulations to the

to the VIRDEN

EMPIRE-ADVANCE on their

135 Anniversary! th

EMPIRE�ADVANCE

as you celebrate 135 years of providing local news coverage and advertising opportunities to residents of Virden and area

Greg N E SBITT

M L A for R id ing M ountain 204.759.3313

Toll Free 844.877.7767

gregnesbittmla@mymts.net #7 � 515 � 4th Ave., Shoal Lake, MB

BRANCH NO. 8 OF THE

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Wishes all our neighbours and friends at the

Virden Empire-Advance a very Virden Legion: Open Monday to Saturday | Door Opens at 4:00pm An Active Community Member Serving Virden + District! LEST WE FORGET

PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE VIRDEN COMMUNITY FOR OVER

95 YEARS!


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January 26, 1944

August 7, 1940

June 2, 1948

February 11, 1942

September 19, 1945

Congratulations ON

135 YEARS!

CONGRATULATIONS on your 135 YEARS of serving

VIRDEN & SURROUNDING AREAS

R.T. JEBB ELECTRIC

380 FRONTAGE RD W, VIRDEN

FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 204-707-6020

MANITOBA'S OILFIELD ELECTRIC AND AUTOMATION COMPANY 61 Cavendish St S, Elkhorn | (204) 845.2315 | jebbelec@mymts.net

Virden Pioneer Home Museum Stop by this summer and take a look back into Virden’s History!

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! 390 KING STREET WEST, VIRDEN | (204) 748-1659

Congratulations

on Serving Your Community for 135 Years! RICK DILLABOUGH

BRANDON WHEAT KINGS HOCKEY CLUB

DIRETOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND SPONSORSHIP

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June 28, 1950

CONGRATULATIONS ON

135 YEARS!

Congratulations

135 YEARS!

on from all of us at McNeill Harasymchuk McConnell

243 Raglan St. West Box 520 • Virden, MB • R0M 2C0

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Message from the Prime Minister of Canada

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Virden Empire-Advance on the occasion of their 135th anniversary. Founded in 1885, the Virden Empire-Advance has been the voice of, and for the people of Virden and the many surrounding communities. The paper’s long history stretches back to the time of Virden’s brick and flour industry, and now, 135 years later, it continues to deliver high quality content to its readership. Community newspapers play a vital role in our democracy and communities, and it is great to see them continue to thrive. I would like to thank the many staff and loyal readers over the years for making this achievement possible. I wish you all the best as you mark this significant milestone!

Ottawa 2020


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21 Seventh Avenue South from Wellington

The Empire-Advance has brought us together and has helped shape who we are today. They've done thishas by brought reportingusand sharing thehas information we all The Empire-Advance together and helped shape whoneed we to are know about what is happening around us.and The Empire-Advance's 135th today. They've done this by reporting sharing the information we all need to anniversary also gives us an opportunity on the role of local135th newspapers know about what is happening around to us.reflect The Empire-Advance's and to acknowledge their importance in our community. anniversary also gives us an opportunity to reflect on the role of local newspapers

and to acknowledge their importance in our community. Without local newspapers, who would be there to share our stories or record our history? From disseminating the on goings of our three levels of government to Without local newspapers, who would be there to share our stories or record our announcing the passing or birth of a local resident, the Virden Empire-Advance has history? From disseminating the on goings of our three levels of government to been there to do just that throughout the years. announcing the passing or birth of a local resident, the Virden Empire-Advance has been there to do just that throughout the years. As a democracy, we rely on our local newspaper to keep a watchful eye on those who make decisions and to do the in-depth reporting on current issues. It provides As a democracy, we rely on our local newspaper to keep a watchful eye on those a place where we can debate and share ideas. From the most controversial topics who make decisions and to do the in-depth reporting on current issues. It provides to the feelgood stories, the reporters of the day have been there to record it all. a place where we can debate and share ideas. From the most controversial topics to the feelgood stories, the reporters of the day have been there to record it all. The Empire-Advance has given a voice to those who might have otherwise been silent or ignored. It has been there to bring us together in good times and in bad. The Empire-Advance has given a voice to those who might have otherwise been To document and capture those moments in time, so that the next generation silent or ignored. It has been there to bring us together in good times and in bad. knows who we were. To document and capture those moments in time, so that the next generation knows who we were. A hearty congratulations to the past and present staff and to the Empire-Advance for being the heartbeat of the community. Happy Anniversary! A hearty congratulations to the past and present staff and to the Empire-Advance for being the heartbeat of the community. Happy Anniversary! Larry Maguire, MP Brandon-Souris Larry Maguire, MP Brandon-Souris

Seventh Avenue

Alexandra Hotel & Nelson Street

Fairgrounds

Nelson Street & Seventh Avenue PHOTOS/ Susan Ivey


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The loss in livestock in the Southern Manitoba floods has been staggering. Thousands have had to be left to their fate in the rising water, while some farmers stayed long enough to shoot their herds to save them from drowning. Here a few more fortunate beast–half a dozen Holstein cows and a horse–are rescued by barge from a swamped farm near La Salle. May 31, 1950

June 8, 1955

June 25, 1952

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204.748.2466 FOUNTAINTIRE.COM

Come and see Henry, Brad, Mandy & staff for all your tire and mechanical needs!


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February 2, 1956

September 17, 1952

February 1, 1950

November 9, 1955

Congratulations TO THE

EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON THEIR

135

TH

YEAR!

FROM ALL OF US AT

Congrats on reaching

135 YEARS! FROM ALL OF US AT

Serving Southwestern Manitoba & Southeastern Saskatchewan for over

35 years

FORMERLY KEYSTONE OILFIELD LTD

SERVING VIRDEN & AREA SINCE 1978

204-748-1170

240 COMMONWEALTH DRIVE, VIRDEN BERT - 204.748.7072 | ADAM - 204.851.2118


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August 23, 1961

April 11, 1962

April 23, 1968 June 17, 1964

PROUDLY PROVIDING THE OILFIELD INDUSTRY WITH

Congratulations

Empire-Advance on reaching a milestone!

VACUUM TRUCK SERVICES • STEAMING/MOBILE WASH SEPTIC SERVICE • PORTABLE WASHROOM RENTALS OILFIELD HAULING • 24 HOUR ON CALL SERVICE

KEVIN MCKINNON OWNER / MANAGER • crossfireoilfield@gmail.com

CRAIG RUSSELL (204) 851-0461 craig.russell@century21.ca | century21.ca/craig.russell

204.851.0994 • VIRDEN, MB Advance Congrats to the Empire-

LEEANNA RUSSELL (204) 748-7788 leeanna.russell@century21.ca | century21.ca/leeanna.russell

VIEW ALL OUR LISTINGS ONLINE

WWW.WESTMANREALTY.C21.CA

on 135!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO PIXIE PERFECT DESIGN CO FOR THE GREAT WORK ON OUR NEW LOGO

261 SEVE SEVENTH AVENUE SOUTH, VIRDEN

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April 22, 1964

March 5, 1969

July 25, 1962

Congratulations EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON 135 YEARS

CELEBRATING

59 YEARS

IN BUSINESS! FAMILY OWNED FOR 48 YEARS!

236 Wellington St W, Virden

204.748.2440


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August 7, 1968

August 7, 1963

PROUDLY SERVING VIRDEN & AREA FOR MORE THAN

40 YEARS!

Virden Recreation & Watersports roots became firmly planted more than 55 years ago in a small garage business when Mr. Emil Hoffman, the owner of McGuffins Garage, began selling Ski-Doo snowmobiles. In the late ‘60s, Hoffman's Marina as it was then know, moved to its former location at 421 King Street East. In 1973, the business was sold to Bruce Biesenthal and the name was changed to Bruce's Four Seasons. Travel trailers, fifth wheels, and truck campers were added to the line-up. In 1983, Peter Dillon and Don Gray purchased the business and in 1992 restructured to specialize in travel trailers and fifth wheels condensing their operation selling only RVs. The original King Street location was sold to Norman Murray with the Honda, Marine and Ski-Doo lines. Norman, a certified master technician who had been the head marine mechanic at Four Seasons since 1979, took helm of a ship consisting of seven employees and continued to provide top line quality customer service and unbeatable product lines that customers had come to know and respect. In 2008 Virden Recreation & Watersports purchased property at 210 Frontage Road East and a new facility was started in early spring of 2013 and completed July 2014. Today Virden Recreation & Watersports team consists of Senior Partner & General Manager Norman Murray; Junior Partner & Technician Brent Murray; Junior Partner & Service Manager Shane Murray; and Partner & Parts Manager Erik Elliott. The remainder of the team includes two technicians, parts advisor, two business managers, an administrative support staff as well as a unit detail manager and assistant.

At Virden Recreation & Watersports we truly believe that

"We take your fun seriously" 210 FRONTAGE RD E, VIRDEN | 204-748-2060 | TOLL-FREE: 1-888-877-7623 | VIRDENREC.COM


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June 19, 1963

March 7, 1962

February 15, 1967

Congratulations

on 135

FROM US AT OVERLAND

CONGRATULATIONS VIRDEN EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON YOUR

135TH ANNIVERSARY FROM ALL OF US AT

We are proud to be the only locally owned waste and recycling service in Virden & Area!

620 RICHMOND AVE E, 2ND FLOOR, BRANDON, MB

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Trust us to worry about instrumentation & controls so you don’t have to! 124 ANSON STREET, VIRDEN, MB • 204-748-3704


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May 1, 1974

June 10, 1970

June 10, 1970

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations 135 YEARS OF SERVICE to the Empire-Advance on

To T o tthe he

Empire-Advance on

135 years from your slightly younger friends at

(Formerly Higginbotham's Drug Store - Founded 1886)

333 SEVENTH AVENUE SOUTH, VIRDEN | 204-748-1666

Hargrave, MB


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CONGRATULATIONS

TO THE EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON YOUR

Congratulations to the Empire-Advance on 135 years!

135TH ANNIVERSARY

From the Board of Directors, employees, and residents of

ACL VIRDEN & NEW TO YOU STORE PROUDLY SERVING VIRDEN & AREA FOR OVER

35 YEARS!

Congratulations on 135 years

216 Bridge St, Virden, MB 204.748.1444

Congratulations

to the Virden Empire-Advance on

135 years!

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1,2 Bedroom Suites Executive Suites With Jacuzzi & Fireplace

Free Continental Breakfast Fitness Center & Conference Room

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August 26, 1970

May 19, 1976

January 22, 1975

602 Richhill Ave. Elkhorn, MB

Congratulations on 135 years! Ten Plus years of Residential and Commercial experience Journeyman Electrician Since 2010

No Job Too Small! Serving Virden & Surrounding Area

204-512-1974 • HEAMANELECTRIC@HOTMAIL.COM

Bick’s Auto Inc. 204-845-1003

Paul Bickerton - Licensed Mechanic 4-Wheel Alignment • Automotive Accessories & Custom Wheels Hundreds of Tires In-Stock (Automotive, Med, Truck & Ag) Engines to Transmissions • Major Electrical Diagnostic & Scanning FOR ALL YOU AUTOMOTIVE NEEDS, WE DO IT ALL!

The Brandon Community Orchestra ((BCO)) is in our 34th year of Orchestral playing. Practices begin at 9:45 am most Saturdays during our playing season, at the School of Music, Brandon University, for any aspiring or accomplished orchestral musicians interested in joining. We play a wide variety of music including Jazz and Classical music. Our end of the year concert will be at 7:00 pm, Sunday, the 3rd of May, 2020 at Central United Church, Brandon, MB. Tickets in advance from any BCO member are $9 and $10, at the door. As a Registered Charity, we always welcome and appreciate donations and/or sponsorships.

For more information or to contact us email us at: Contact@brandoncommunityorchestra.com Mailing address: Box 25, School of Music, Brandon University 270 - 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 6A9

TO YOU FOLKS AT THE

VIRDEN EMPIRE-ADVANCE

FREEHAND MEDIA CONSULTANT SERVICE OF MANITOBA BA KELVON SMITH, VIRDEN, MANITOBA


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April 15, 1981

July 25, 1984

July 24, 1985

December 9, 1981

CONGRATULATIONS

to the Empire-Advance for 135 years of keeping your readers informed about local events and happenings in the area

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIRDEN EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON

135 YEARS!

Congratulations Empire-Advance on 135 years!

Campbell FUNERAL HOME

Caskets, Urns, Keepsake Urns • Cremation services • Service personalization

PR 259 Virden, MB P: 204.748.3019 C: 204.748.7992

Serving Virden & Area for more than 25 years

Licensed Video Tributes • Monuments & Memorials • Flower & Gift Shop On-Site & More

24 2ND ST SE, HAMIOTA, MB | 204-764-2744 | CAMPBELLFUNERALHOME.CA


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july 27, 1983

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September 28, 1988

March 9, 1983

October 30, 1985

DEALER FOR MERIDIAN AND CONVEY-ALL

YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE PRICE ON OUR GM 5300

FARMERS SUPPLYING FARMERS

PEAS

CHROME • MEADOW AMARILLO

OATS

ARBORG • SUMMIT DANCER

BARLEY

COPELAND • METCALFE AUSTENSON

WHEAT

VIEWFIELD • BRANDON LANDMARK

OTHER

BRAVO FLAX DANKO RYE

HAMIOTA, MB | 204.764.2450 | WWW.KNIGHTSEEDS.COM


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Royal Purple VIRDEN

Chartered in 1958 we have been serving the community for 62 years.

Our membership sits at 30 and we are always open to new members. •

We raise our funds by selling 50/50 tickets for 2 months at Virden Oil Capitals games; cater to a supper once a month at Evergreen Place; sell Grey Cup tickets and Mom’s Pantry products.

We are now sponsors of the Manitoba Brain Injury Association through our Manitoba Provincial Association and had a table at a Oil Capitals game to make the public aware of brain injury. We sponsor a poster contest to all the schools in Fort La Bosse School Division with the theme being Healthy Choices Preventing Brain Injury and cash prizes are given after judging.

Donations are made to children where there has been a house fire; children who need assistance with medical travel, or medical supplies and equipment, and have assisted with events for seniors for many years.

We Deliver Meals on Wheels for 1 month of the year.

In 2017 we donated $5,000 towards the new kitchen at Princess Lodge.

Each year we sponsor Live Different at either the Virden Collegiate or Virden Junior High and invite the other schools in Fort La Bosse School Division to attend.

We have planted & cared for the flower bed at the entrance to the Virden District Hospital for several years.

YEARLY DONATIONS ARE MADE TO: • Virden Health Auxiliary • Virden Auditorium • Arts Mosaic • Virden Music & Arts Festival • Costume Closet • Virden & Area Community Day Care • Funshine Early Learning • Cancer Care (Brandon) • Virden Pioneer Home Museum • Youth for Christ • Border Regional Library (Virden) • S.A.I.L. • Canada Day Celebrations • ACL • Kidsport • VCI Scholarship Fund • VJH Scholarship • Legion camp participants from VJH

Our Congratulations go out to the Empire-Advance on their 135th Anniversary.

October 5, 1983

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VIRDE

Come and see what the RM of Pipestone has to offer!

Spray Park & Waterslide • Lake & Beach Area 9-Hole Golf Course • Full-Service Campground Plus Much More!

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Congratulations on your 135th! -From all of us at Sunrise

sunrisecu.mb.ca


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April 4, 1990

June 20, 1990

April 22, 1992

INTRODUCING the NEW

“ASSINIBOINE WEST WATERSHED DISTRICT” New Name  Same Business  NEW PROGRAMS

PROJECTS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

• On farm water management, • Enhanced more profitable Agricultural production • Increasing the natural biodiversity & wildlife habitat of the landscape The launch of this program will help ensure that farmers and ranchers are recognized and rewarded for the environmental stewardship they undertake across Manitoba. Together we can build a resilient and sustainable agricultural system that we can all be proud of!

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL WATERSHED DISTRICT OFFICE ADAM KERKOWICH

JEFF HOWARD

COLLEEN CUVELIER

Regional Manager, Inglis

Regional Manager, Miniota

Regional Manager, Oak River

204-564-2388

204-567-3554

204-566-2292


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May 26, 1993

June 18, 1996

August 15, 1995 November 8, 1994

March 12, 1996

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON

135 YEARS OF SERVICE

Congratulations on 135 years!

A great accomplishment!

D.B. HIGGINBOTHAM ELECTRIC LTD. (A.K.A. HIGG ELECTRIC) HAS BEEN SERVING VIRDEN, MANITOBA, AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS

SINCE 1978 Carnduff, Saskatchewan

306-482-3244

HOW TO CONTACT US: 270 Commonwealth Drive, Box 1821, Virden, Manitoba R0M 2C0 Phone: 204.748.1753 | Email: info@higgelec.com VISIT US ONLINE: HIGGELEC.COM


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Co-op $1.7 million expenasion to begin immediately

May 20, 2000

January 12, 2007

FOR ALL YOUR WELDING & MACHINING NEEDS

SINCE 1956!

371 KING STREET, VIRDEN (204) 748-3833

Celebrating

30 years

DERRICK THEATRE

283 NELSON ST W | 204.748.1456 | DERRICKTHEATRE.COM


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WAWOTA, SK

FURNITURE • DESIGN • BOUTIQUE

CONGRATS EMPIRE-ADVANCE ON 135 YEARS

204.748.2883

DIAMONDS | GIFTWARE | GOLD

383 SEVENTH AVE S, VIRDEN

SERVING VIRDEN & AREA SINCE 1973

Congratulations TO THE

EMPIREADVANCE

ON 135 YEARS FROM ALL OF US AT

SACRED HEART PARISH 471 Queen Street West, Virden, MB 204.748.1371 Reverend Leo Fernandes

(306) 739-2722

Custom Order Sale

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June 1, 2002

Congratulations on

Celebrating 135 years!

HOOPERS LAKE

3 miles west and 2 miles north of Beulah Camping | Fishing | Swimming | Boating | Water Skiing | & Much More June 14, 2008

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To everyone at the Empire-Advance, past & present, who have dedicated their time to recording our area’s history...

Congratulations

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For more information contact Sara Curtis at WARD TRAVEL - 326 KING STREET EAST, VIRDEN 204-748-3351 • sward1@mymts.net Serving Virden & Area for 20 years

Real Estate Sales Representative

204.748.7699 1040 Princess Ave, Brandon, MB

SERVING VIRDEN & AREA!


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