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More Rain on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:06 PM GMT on July 31, 2009

Today will be cloudy with rain beginning early this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. We are expected to receive 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in) of rain. The wind becoming northwest 30 km/h (19 mph) late this afternoon.A high of 17C(63F) is forecast.
Tonight will see the rain ending early this evening then cloudy but with a 60% chance of showers . Clearing late this evening but the wind will continue from the northwest ar30 km/h (19 mph). An overnight low of 11C(52F) is forecast.
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Today in History from Brainyhistory.com
1991 Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
1990 Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
1971 Apollo 15 astronauts take 6 hour electric car ride on Moon
1964 U.S. Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon
1949 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Florida, kills SS and 3rd baseman
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Updated: 1:38 PM GMT on August 01, 2009

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More Moisture for the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:04 AM GMT on July 30, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers or drizzle early this morning. There will be a few showers beginning this morning and ending this afternoon. A high of 18C(64F) is predicted.
Tonight will remain cloudy and have an overnight low of 13C(55F).
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I'm off to the city( Winnipeg) this morning. Time for a meeting with the company developing the software we'll be using. They have a working version ready.
Yesterday was a day with isolated showers. I was at work and it poured rain, but drove home 10 minutes later and it was dry. It's only a matter of 1 mile.
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Today's History from Brainyhisory.com

1975 Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit
1956 U.S. motto, In God We Trust, authorized
1954 Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71
1909 Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army
1898 Will Kieth Kellogg invents Corn Flakes


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Updated: 12:06 PM GMT on July 31, 2009

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The Same Weather Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:46 PM GMT on July 29, 2009

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 60% chance of showers with the risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will be from the northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning as the high reaches 20C(68F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm. An overnight low of 12C(54F) is forecast.
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Today's History from Brainyhistory.com

1984 23rd Summer Olympics opens in Los Angeles
1978 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn and its rings
1958 President Eisenhower signs NASA and Space Act of 1958
1952 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
1938 Olympic National Park forms
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Me and kramer the cat are having our morning fight. He thinks he needs to be in the computer room but after knocked over web cams, printers and other stuff I have banned him. I keep a spray bottle with me to distract him. He's slowly learning to stay out.
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Updated: 10:59 AM GMT on July 30, 2009

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Sun, Clouds and Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:16 PM GMT on July 28, 2009

Today will start sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 40% chance of showers this afternoon.The wind will be northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph). A high of 19C(66F) is forecast.
Tonight will be cloudy with the 40% chance of showers early this evening continuing as the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light early this evening. An overnight low of 11C(52F) is expected.
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Today's History from Brainyhistory.com

1945 Airplane crashes into the Empire State Building
1926 U.S. and Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
1900 Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut
1866 Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in U.S.
1858 Nadar takes 1st airborne photo, in a balloon
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Updated: 12:45 PM GMT on July 29, 2009

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Sun, Clouds and Maybe Showers Again on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on July 27, 2009

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud along with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon and a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. The high is expected to be near 21C(70F).
Tonight will be cloudy as the 30% chance of showers and northwesterly flow continues at 30 km/h (19 mph). An ovrnight low of 12C(54F) is forecast.
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I got to walk 2 dogs yesterday. I took Karma, the Bull Mastiff, along with me and Abby. We worked well as a pack and had no problems. I saw a robin just fledging. The mom was sure excited. I got a picture of it but it didn't turn out well. All I had with me was the cell and the sun was behind the little bird perched on a fence.
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Today's History from BrainyHistory.com

1996 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
1986 Greg Lemond is 1st American to win Tour de France
1949 1st jet-propelled airline, De Havilland Comet, flies
1947 Yogi Berri starts record 148 game errorless streak
1940 Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
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Updated: 12:16 PM GMT on July 28, 2009

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Clouds and Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on July 26, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and a 30% chance of showers. The high will be near 25C(77F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and an overnight low of 14C(57F).
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Today's History from brainyhistory.com

1990 President Bush signs Americans With Disabilities Act
1964 Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud and conspiracy
1963 U.S. Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
1947 National Security Act establishes CIA
1788 Sydney, Australia settled by British colonists
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Updated: 12:25 PM GMT on July 27, 2009

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Sunshine, Warm Weather on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:31 PM GMT on July 25, 2009

Today will start sunny then become a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The wind will become northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning. A high of 24C(75F) is forecast.
Tonight will be clear with a light north wind and an overnight low near 13C(55F).
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I got the lawn cut yesterday so that job is behind me. The queen of the prairie is working till 7:30 tonight so I have the day to myself. Nothing planned except the daily dog walk which Abby won't let me forget.
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Today in History from Brainyhistory.com
1993 Israeli offensive against terrorist bases in South Lebanon
1992 25th Olympic Summer games opens in Barcelona, Spain
1978 Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar
1952 Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing U.S. commonwealth
1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show.
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Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on July 26, 2009

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Windy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:30 PM GMT on July 24, 2009

Today will start sunny then it will become a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The winds will be from the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) this morning. The high is expected to be near 22C(72F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods and a continuing northwesterly flow at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). An overnight low of 15C(59F) is forecast.
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Today in History
1974 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes
1952 President Truman settles 53-day steel strike
1948 Soviets blockades Berlin from west
1935 1st greeting telegram sent in Britain
1793 France passes 1st copyright law
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Updated: 1:30 PM GMT on July 25, 2009

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More Clouds, Sun and Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:30 PM GMT on July 23, 2009

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods bringing a 30% chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. The wind will become southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 27C(81F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods and a continuing 30% chance of showers early this evening with the risk of a thunderstorm. The southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. An overnight low of 14C(57F) is expected.
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Today's History

1986 Britain's Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson
1980 Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya
1968 PLO's 1st hijacking of an El Al plane
1903 Ford Motor sells 1st Model A car
1664 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of New York, arrive in Boston
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Updated: 12:29 PM GMT on July 24, 2009

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Clouds, Sunshine and Maybe a shower on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:42 PM GMT on July 22, 2009

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. A high near 25C(77F) is expected.
Tonight will see cloudy periods as the 30% chance of showers early this evening continues. An overnight low of 14C(57F) is in the forecast.
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Today in History
1990 Greg LeMond of U.S. wins his 3rd Tour de France
1983 Dick Smith makes 1st solo helicopter flight around the world
1937 Senate rejects Franklin D.. Roosevelt proposal to enlarge Supreme Court
1933 Wiley Post completes 1st round-the-world solo flight
1796 Cleveland, Ohio, founded by General Moses Cleaveland
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Updated: 12:29 PM GMT on July 23, 2009

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Clouds, Sun and Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:13 PM GMT on July 21, 2009

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods. There is a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. A high of 22C(72F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring cloudy periods along with a 30% chance of showers early this evening. The overnight low will be near 12C(54F).
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Today in History
1990 Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Washington
1989 Greg LeMond wins Tour de France in fastest time
1984 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in U.S.
1969 Neil Armstrong steps on Moon at 2:56:15 AM, GMT
1930 U.S. Veterans Administration forms
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Updated: 12:41 PM GMT on July 22, 2009

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Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on July 20, 2009

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud along with a high near 25C(77F) to the prairie.
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of 13C(55F).
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The beach trip went well. The oldest G Granddaughter was a bit reluctant to go in the water at first, but I lied to her. I told her it was a big bathtub and she thought it was OK then. The water level was high from the north winds we've been experiencing and there wasn't much beach.


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Today in History
1994 O. J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's killer
1988 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
1976 U.S. Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
1969 1st men on Moon, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Apollo 11
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Updated: 12:13 PM GMT on July 21, 2009

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A Warm Day on the Northern Edge of the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:52 PM GMT on July 19, 2009

Today will be sunny with a southerly wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. A high of 26C(79F) is expected.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness with a 40% chance of showers this evening and after midnight.The south wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) will become light overnight. An overnight low of 15C(59F) is in the forecast.
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The queen of the prairie says we're going o the beach with the 2 G granddaughters today. Delta Beach, on the southern edge of Lake Manitoba, is slowly deteriorating with the use of the Portage Diversion during the spring runoff. There's getting to be a lot of muck from the river silt.
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Today in History
1996 XXVI Olympic games open in Atlanta, Georgia
1990 Richard Nixon library opens in Yorba Linda, California
1975 Apollo and Soyuz linked in orbit for 2 days, separate
1963 NASA civilian Test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 105 km
1961 1st in-flight movie shown, TWA
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Sunny and Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:22 PM GMT on July 18, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high near 23C(73F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 10C(50F).
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Today in History
1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy collides with Jupiter
1994 Crayola announces introduction of scented crayons
1932 U.S. and Canada sign a treaty to develop St. Lawrence Seaway
1927 Ty Cobb's 4,000th career hit
1872 Britain introduces secret ballot voting
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Updated: 12:48 PM GMT on July 19, 2009

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Sun ,Clouds and Cool Temps on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on July 17, 2009

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud then clearing this afternoon. The wind will become northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 20C(68F) is forecast.
Tonight will be clear starting with a north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light late this evening. An overnight low of 8C(46F) is expected.
Yesterday felt like a fall day here on the prairie. The wind was blowing, clouds dominated the sky and we only reached a high of 16C.
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Today in History
1989 1st Test flight of U.S. stealth-bomber
1955 Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County
1955 Arco, Idaho becomes 1st U.S. city lit by nuclear power
1897 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon
1821 Spain cedes Florida to U.S.
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Abby scored again yesterday. She nabbed her 8th prairie dog. It was a quick ending for the critter. She hasn't killed one in over a month but the fresh kill will double her efforts no doubt.
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Updated: 12:22 PM GMT on July 18, 2009

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Cloudy Forecast but the Sun is Shining on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on July 16, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers as the wind northwest is 30 km/h (19 mph).A high of 17C(63F) is expected.
Tonight will start cloudy with a 40% chance of showers this evening. There will be clearing before morning. The northwest wind will be 30 km/h (19 mph). An overnight low of 9C(48F) is forecast.
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Today in History

1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy collides with Jupiter
1980 Ronald Reagan nominated for President by Republicans in Detroit
1926 National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
1920 China joins the League of Nations
1790 Congress establishes District of Columbia
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Updated: 12:32 PM GMT on July 17, 2009

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Windy, Cool and Damp on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:34 PM GMT on July 15, 2009

Today will see showers ending this morning then cloudy. The wind will be from the Northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). A high of 16C(61F) is expected.
Tonight will remain cloudy with periods of rain beginning late this evening as the northwesterly wind continues at 30 km/h (19 mph). An overnight low of 9C(48F) is forecast.
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Today in History
1996 MSNBC begins Microsoft internet-NBC TV
1996 Prince Charles and Princess Di sign divorce papers
1964 Barry M. Goldwater nominated for president by Republicans
1948 Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
1922 1st duck-billed platypus publicly exhibited in U.S., at New York zoo
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Updated: 12:33 PM GMT on July 16, 2009

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Suspects Released in McFarland Murder Investigation

By: plapman, 12:38 PM GMT on July 14, 2009

Today will be cloudy with showers beginning early this morning and the risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. The wind will be southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph). A high of 18C(64F) is expected.
Tonight will see the showers and risk of a thunderstorm this evening and after midnight continue. The southeast wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) will become light late this evening as the low drops to 14C(57F).
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RCMP Promise Investigation Will Continue Portageonline.com
Two Portage men arrested in connection with the disappearance of Amber McFarland have been released.

They were taken into custody on Wednesday and Thursday.

RCMP Media Relations Officer Line Karpish says despite the release, the investigation continues.

She calls the matter very active and ongoing.

Karpish points out they can only keep someone in custody for 24 hours unless charges are laid.

She adds the police won't give up on the investigation until there's been some resolution for the family, or until charges are laid.

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Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on July 15, 2009

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A Nice Day on the Prairie and Today in History

By: plapman, 12:29 PM GMT on July 13, 2009

Today will start sunny then changing to a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. A high of 24C(75F) is forecast.n
Tonight will become become cloudy late this evening with rain beginning overnight with 5 mm(0.2 in) expected. the overnight low will be near 11C(52F).
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Events for today in History
1997 15th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Larry Gilbert
1997 52nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Alison Nicholas
1997 David Toms wins Quad City Golf Classic at 265
1997 Ford Senior Players Golf Championship
1997 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77
1996 Cigar wins record 16th straight win, (ties Citation in 1940)
1995 Space shuttle STS-70, Discovery 20, launches
1994 Jeff Gillooly sentenced to 2 years for attack on Nancy Kerrigan
1994 O. J. Simpson, charged with murder, gives hair samples for testing
1993 64th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-3 at Camden Yards, Baltimore
1993 All star MVP: Kirby Puckett for the Minnesota Twins
1991 Bob Milacki and 3 other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit A's 2-0
1988 9th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1988 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan
1988 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit concert
1987 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials
1985 "Live Aid" concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief
1985 New York Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) and Elston Howard (32) uniforms
1984 Eddie Van Halen joins in, in a Jacksons concert
1984 Jeff Beck quits Rod Stewart's tour after 7 shows
1984 Sergei Bubka of U.S.S.R. pole vaults a record 5.89 m
1982 53rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal
1982 All star MVP: Dave Conception (Cincinnati Reds)
1982 Train crash at Aalter Belgium, 5 killed
1980 35th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
1980 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1979 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th
1979 George Harrison releases "Faster"
1978 Albania drops diplomatic relations with China PR
1978 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
1978 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
1978 Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor President by chairman Henry Ford II
1978 Russian dissident Ginsburg/Piatkus/Sjtsjaranki sentence to work camp
1978 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
1977 New York City experiences 25 hr black-out
1976 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
1976 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
1976 Last day of Test Cricket for Brian Close, aged 45
1975 8.5" (21.6 cm) of rainfall, Dover, Delaware (state record)
1975 Carol Mann wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
1974 103rd British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 282 at Royal Lytham
1974 India's 1st one-day international (v England, Headingley)
1973 Bobby Murcer's 3 homers accounted for all RBIs, beating Kansas City 5-0
1973 Hector de Campora resigns as President of Argentina
1972 Los Angeles Rams (Irsay) and Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
1971 42nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-4 at Tiger Stadium, Detroit
1971 All star MVP: Frank Robinson for the Baltimore Orioles
1970 Building begins of Amsterdam metro
1969 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon
1969 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Ladies' Supertest Golf Open
1968 97th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 289 at Carnoustie Scotland
1968 French government-Couve de Murville forms
1967 Race riots break out in Newark, 27 die
1966 Richard Speck, murders 8 nurses in Chicago
1965 36th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium, Minn
1965 All star MVP: Juan Marichal (SF Giant)
1963 Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last game at 43
1962 500 Indonesian parachutist land on New-Guinea
1962 91st British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 276 at Royal Troon
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
1960 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco, California changes call letters to KYA
1960 U.S. Democratic convention nominates John F. Kennedy as presidential candidate
1958 13th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
1958 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham
1958 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
1956 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
1954 Dean Stone gets credit for AL win, although he didn't retire a batter, he threw out Shoendienst trying to steal home, AL-11 NL-9
1950 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams elbow
1950 Rene Pleven forms French government
1949 Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics
1948 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
1946 "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 8 performances
1945 1st atom bomb explodes in New Mexico
1944 Vilnius, Lithuania, liberated
1943 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
1943 Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 were lost by Germany
1942 5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by nazis
1942 German occupiers imprison 800 prominent Dutch as hostages
1942 SS shoots 1,500 Jews in Josefov Poland
1941 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver
1941 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of ump Ray Snyder
1939 Frank Sinatra made his recording debut
1938 Kroller-Muller museum opens in Holland
1936 112 degrees F (44 degrees C), Mio, Michigan (state record)
1936 114 degrees F (46 degrees C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (state record)
1935 Richard Strauss resigns as chairman of Reichskulturkammer
1935 U.S. - Russian commerce treaty takes effect
1934 Babe Ruth hits HR #700, against Detroit
1930 1st-ever soccer World Cup competition began in Uruguay
1930 Sarnoff reports in New York Times "TV would be a theater in every home"
1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
1925 French occupation force begins evacuating country
1924 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)
1923 Draft law passes
1919 Race riots in Longview and Gregg counties Texas
1917 Vision of Virgin Mary appeared to children of Fatima, Portugal
1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
1900 Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8
1898 Guglielmo Marconi patents radio
1898 San Francisco Ferry Building at foot of Market St. opens
1896 Ed Delahanty, becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 home runs in a game
1882 200 die as train derails near Tcherny, Russia
1878 Congress of Berlin discusses division of African colonization ends
1878 Treaty of Berlin amended terms of Treaty of San Stefano
1876 29th Postmaster General: James N. Tyner of Indiana takes office
1870 King Wilhelm of Prussia sends "Emser Depache" on Bismarck
1868 Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lt governor of Louisiana
1865 Horace Greeley advises his readers to "Go west young man"
1865 P. T. Barnum's museum burns down
1864 Early retreats from Washington City back to Shenandoah Valley
1863 Anti-draft mobs lynch blacks in New York City; about 1,000 die
1863 Battle of Bayou La Fourche, Louisiana
1862 Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Forrest's Raid) US895 CS150
1861 Battle of Corrick's Ford, Virginia (Carrick's Ford) - Union army takes total control of western Virginia CS20 US53
1854 U.S. forces shell and burn San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
1851 John F. Loudon discovers tin on East Indian Island of Billiton
1837 Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace
1836 U.S. patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered, Henry R. Schoolcraft
1787 Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
1787 Ord of 1787-a territory can become 3 to 5 states at 60,000 pop
1772 Captain James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas
1700 Russian-Turkish peace
1668 Van Marco Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro," premieres in Vienna
1657 Oliver Cromwell constrains English army leader John Lambert
1645 Aleksei Romanov succeeds his father Michael as czar of Russia
1643 Battle at Roundway Down: Royalists beat parliamentary armies
1573 Haarlem surrenders after 7 months to Spanish army
1568 Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral perfects a way to bottle beer
1522 Hunger appeal by women of Utrecht
1174 Scottish King William captured
574 John III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
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Updated: 12:32 PM GMT on July 14, 2009

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Sunny and Comfortable on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:31 PM GMT on July 12, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high near 21C(70F).
Tonight will see cloudy periods but clearing again this evening. An overnight low of 9C(48F) is forecast.
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The packing party went well yesterday. As well as packing we got a few odd jobs attended to. The gras was cut, the edges were trimmed and the deck was leveled. It's all ready for a new owner.
Abby came with me and got to play with Karma, the bull mastiff and Browning the yellow lab. She sure looked small beside those 2 dogs.
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Updated: 12:28 PM GMT on July 13, 2009

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McFarlane Murder Update

By: plapman, 2:02 PM GMT on July 11, 2009

Today will be sunny with a northwest wind at 20 km/h early this afternoon. A high of 21 is forecast.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness and an overnight low of 8.
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I'm off to the daughters today. It is a family help her pack day. She's getting everything ready for an auction. When she gets to Newfoundland on the 11th of August it will be a completely new start for her.
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Names of Suspects Released by RCMP Portage Daily Graphic

A second man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in a recent flurry of activity in the Amber McFarland murder investigation. Portage la Prairie RCMP Insp. Jean-Marc Nadeau said "a 39-year-old male was arrested" in connection to the case.

Although the RCMP are not releasing names or any further information, sources have identified the second individual taken in for questioning as McFarland’s ex-boyfriend, Kelly Garrioch. Witnesses said they saw authorities escorting Garrioch out of his place of employment around 2 p.m. Thursday.

The first arrest was made about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Police confirmed they had taken a 40-year-old man into custody. The joint operation between Portage RCMP and the D Division Major Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the home known to be occupied by Graham Saxon and several family members Wednesday. This is the second search of private property by police in recent weeks.
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Updated: 12:28 PM GMT on July 12, 2009

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Suspects Arrested in Amber McFarlane Murder

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on July 10, 2009

Today will be sunny with a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). A high 18C(64F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear and the northwest wind at 0 km/h (19 mph) becoming light early this evening. An overnight low of 9C(48F) is expected.
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Arrests Good News For McFarland Family from Portageonline.com
The RCMP have a second suspect in custody in connection with the murder of Amber McFarland.

The 24 year old Portage woman has been missing since last October.

This afternoon the Mounties arrested a 39 year old man in Portage.

RCMP Inspector Jean-Marc Nadeau says both both suspects are being held in Winnipeg, but wouldn't say much more than that.

However, he concedes there's been some movement in the investigation that's allowed the arrests to take place.

Amber McFarland's mother Lori calls the arrests good news for the family, adding they haven't been given any more information than anyone else.

She understands it's a long process, but is hopeful this will lead to some finality, especially with Amber's 25th birthday coming up later this month.
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Updated: 1:54 PM GMT on July 11, 2009

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T-Storms, Rain, Wind and Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on July 09, 2009

Today will see showers or a few thunderstorms ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60% chance of showers or thunderstorms. There is the risk of a severe thunderstorm this afternoon. It is expected to see 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in) accumulate. The wind will become westerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) this morning. A high of 24C(75F) is expected.
Tonight will bring clearing late this evening and the west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light early this evening. An overnight low of 13C(55F) is forecast.
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Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on July 10, 2009

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Sun, Clouds and Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:30 PM GMT on July 08, 2009

Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. A high of 25C(77F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring a few clouds then increasing cloudiness near midnight then a 30% chance of showers while the wind becomes southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this evening. A low of 15C(59F) is expected.
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Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on July 09, 2009

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I like Summer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:20 PM GMT on July 07, 2009

Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. A high of 23C(73F) is expected.
Tonight will bring back clear skies and an overnight low of 11C(52F).
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Updated: 12:30 PM GMT on July 08, 2009

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Balmy Weather Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:32 PM GMT on July 06, 2009

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with 30% chance of showers along with the risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. A high of 23C(73F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods with 30% chance of showers early this evening continuing and an overnight low of 12C(54F).
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The annual PortageEX began this weekend. It's been held every year for a 137 years making it the longest running fair in western Canada. I haven't attended in years. The rides and farm exhibits don't hold any interest for me anymore. The area is cramped this year with construction of the new recreation center ongoing.
Abby and me ran into a couple of dogs from the Dog Show this weekend. There were some really nice dogs there. Abby was in her best behavior as we walked past the area they were exercising in. She was unleashed and showed a lot of interest in the other dogs but stayed by my side. Some of the show dogs were leashed but tugging at the handlers.
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Updated: 12:19 PM GMT on July 07, 2009

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A Good Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:38 PM GMT on July 05, 2009

Today will sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 24C(75F).
Tonight will start clear but there will be increasing cloudiness before morning. An overnight low of 11C(52F) is forecast.
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Updated: 12:28 PM GMT on July 06, 2009

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Showers for the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on July 04, 2009

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 60% chance of showers with the risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will become southwesterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 23C(73F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods as the 60% chance of showers early this evening with the risk of a thunderstorm continues. An overnight low of 12C(54F)is expected.
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Updated: 1:37 PM GMT on July 05, 2009

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COPP Helps Kidsport on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on July 03, 2009

Today will start cloudy with sunny periods then clearing late this morning. A high of 23C(73F)is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 10C(50F).

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COPP Tournament Successful from Portageonline.com
Yesterday saw 88 golfers take part in the Citizens On Patrol tournament at the Portage Golf Club.
Funds raised go to Kidsport Manitoba Central Region, and COPP member Rose says about $2000 was raised.
She adds this event serves two purposes for COPP -- raising awareness of the group and helping out the community.
She's grateful to many businesses that made donations to the event.
COPP Provincial Coordinator Tracey Proctor sees this event as an example of working with community partners. She notes the Portage COPP has a strong relationship with the RCMP and the city, which benefits the community.
Kidsport Central Region Co-chair Justin McCabe points out $5100 came to Portage last year from Kidsport, and is pleased the local support continues.
Regional Manager Cindy Kowalski adds this is a critical time for Kidsport, so all kids can be involved in sports.
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Updated: 2:00 PM GMT on July 04, 2009

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More Comfort on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:23 PM GMT on July 02, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness then 30% chance of showers late this morning and early this afternoon. There will be clearing this afternoon along with a high of 21C(70F).
Tonight will remain clear as the north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light late this evening. An overnight low of 9C(48F) is forecast.
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Canada Day celebrations went well yesterday. I watched the fireworks in the evening. It was a good show.This afternoon I'm a volunteer helper at the 3rd annual COPP (Citizens on Patrol Program) golf tournament. All the money raised is given to charity.
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Updated: 12:25 PM GMT on July 03, 2009

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Happy 142nd Birthday Canada

By: plapman, 1:18 PM GMT on July 01, 2009


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Today will be sunny with a high near 22C(72F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 10C(50F).
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Portage has many events planned to celebrate Canada's birthday. There's a pancake breakfast at Island Park, lot's of kids activities for the afternoon and a fireworks display to top it off in the evening.
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Updated: 12:23 PM GMT on July 02, 2009

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About plapman

Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)