The History of Hangings in Portage la Prairie

  It’s not a widely known fact that the gaol(jail) in Portage la Prairie was the site of four executions between 1913 and 1926 and that two or perhaps all four murderers were, and remain buried...

Top 10 Places to Smoke In Portage

Top 10 Places to Smoke in Portage la Prairie 10.  The back of downtown Tim's.  Where the who’s who of Portage smoking elite hang and then walk down to Midtown to have a beer and a smoke. 9.  The Cat...

8 Reasons to Watch The Jets Over The Terriers

Why you should watch the Jets on TV rather than go to a Terrier game. Some local hockey fans are choosing to stay home and watch their local NHL team make a run for the playoffs rather than watch their...

12 Types of Portage Neighbours

By no means an exhaustive or definitive list, we do offer a generalized, stereo-typed collection of neighbour types we've seen in Portage la Prairie on a regular basis.  Some of your neighbours may fall into...

14 Reasons to Hold Your Christmas Gathering @ Walmart

14 Reasons to Hold Your Christmas Gathering @ Walmart Portage la Prairie people are practical and frugal so we have come up with some good reasons to hold your Christmas family gathering at Walmart this year...

You Might Be From Portage If…

Here is a fun video that features some of the lighter things about Portage la Prairie. If you are from Portage then you'll understand most of the video and you likely point with your lips. You might be...

Wedding Ring Lost For 12 Years Returned By Stranger

Ring returned after being lost for 12 years Twelve years ago, Teresa Stanley lost her wedding rings and despite searching frantically for three weeks was not able to find them.  She had long given up hope...

A Man & His Dog Barking Across Canada

Being on the Trans-Canada Highway where the Yellowhead funnels under Manitoba's great lakes, Portage plays host to many characters traversing the country for one reason or another.  Today we caught up with...

Puppy-Dawg Saved For Christmas?

Sightings from the Top: The Pound Puppy by Terrie Todd   On my walk to work last Friday, I saw a young girl walking a dog over the Tupper Street bridge and wondered if it was “take your pet to...

Sunsets & Weather mEportage Vol. 3 by Debra Hourie

Our latest edition of mEportage is courtesy of Debra Hourie who was kind enough to send us her photos and this little note. "Hey guys, These are some of my favorite photos that I have taken of the Portage...

Roden Rats Out City Hall

Chester the City Hall Mouse Addresses the Issues There be somethin’ new in the ol’ municipal office: a whole row of easels set up with canvasses on ‘em. I figgered it was an art show. I’m a dabbler in...

From Steeples To Skies mEportage Volume 2

We'd love to share you photos of Portage and area.  If you have some you'd like to share email them to info@thehoopandholler.com and we will include them in our next volume of mEportage. Today we have...

How To Properly Mispronounce Portage Street Names

In our endless quest to help Portage la Prairians capture and navigate our distinct local culture we have developed a helpful video tutorial on how to properly mispronounce Portage street names. This short...

Save In Time For Christmas

The Hoop and Holler Raise & Save coupon book is packed with great offers designed to save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.  Most coupons are valid until April 30, 2015 and are for 100% local...

Know Where To Go & Win!

Portage la Prairie has a lot of places to go when you have to go.  HnH visited some of our city's most used washrooms available to the public and did a random sample as to how things stacked up.  Here is the...

Did Hoop & Holler Story Prophesize Ghomeshi Scandal?

Back in the summer we ran a mock story on the naming rights for our Coke can going to CBC.  In the piece we identified Jian Ghomeshi as the CBC's first pick but the plan fell through after we spelled his name...

Cabbage on the Overpass

Sightings from the Top: Cabbage Leaves by Terrie Todd On my walk home today over the Tupper Street overpass, I saw a cabbage leaf. Since a cabbage leaf is biodegradable, I decided to leave it there. Besides,...

Only Deals – The Movie

The Hoop & Holler cameras were out and about this week and made a stop at the Only Deals store in the Portage la Prairie Mall. As usual we had some fun and put together a spicy little video that tries...

City Hall Ready To Party Monday! Ya’ll Invited.

Party Time by Chester The City Hall Mouse Well, that was some election, huh? And we got us a new leader at the ol’ castle. Which can mean only one thing for me: VITTLES! See, ever four years they bring...

Jail Cells Of City Hall

The Jail Cells by Chester, The City Hall Mouse Jail Cells in basement of Portage la Prairie City Hall A lot of folks don’t know about the old jail cells in City Hall’s dungeon – er, I mean,...

Public Dancer At Portage la Prairie Mall

The Hoop and Holler cameras captured a strange and growing phenomenon in Portage retail advertising. The inflatable spastic dancing men seem to appear overnight designed to hypnotize and attract would be...