A Voice, A Hope, A Friend To The Prostituted

Prostitution.  The word itself stirs up strong emotions and opinions.  And perhaps it should, the exchange of sex for money is a powder keg issue that has been around a very long time.  The Canadian...

Flooded Farmers’ Story

Mark & Yanara Peters, still smiling in the face of the flood of 2014 Mark and Yanara Peters are the third generation to take over the family farm that, unfortunately for them, is located next to the...

Arborist Links Beavers To Oil Changes

  Unconfirmed sources have provided unsubstantiated reports of a local self-proclaimed arborist being pushed beyond the point of action with the clearing of a wooded lot for an oil change franchise in...

Is Bridge Repair Possible?

If you travel into Portage from the west you may have the feeling something is missing.  For the past several years the bridge over the by-pass coming into town has been missing a lane.  It was the victim of...

Captain Canuck Creator From Portage

AMHS year book photo. Did the inspiration for Captain Canuck come during a daydreaming session at Arthur Meighen High School in the mid to late sixties?  Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck,...

You’ve Got A Lovely Coconut Head

The MCC thing of the week is a collectable that is a disturbing cross between a character from Pirates of the Carribean and Planet of the Apes.  It is a fine example of an ornament made from a coconut shell,...

Can A Canadian Superhero Save the Mall?

Can A Canadian Superhero Save The Portage Mall? Canadian superhero, Captain Canuck, swoops into the Portage Mall Saturday, June 28 to save it in time for Canada Day!  Actually, it’s a celebration of the...

Life Of Portage la Prairian in Europe

Portage la Prairians travel and live in all corners of the earth and The Hoop and Holler tracked down one of our happy wonderers, Angie Pembroke(Patsack), to report on some of her story.  This former Arthur...

Elie Correspondent Modern Version of Annie Oakley

by Dara Todd I don't consider myself a big time hunter, but I do live in the country, and I do have my hunter's safety.  So if some evil vermin move onto my property they best be watching where they...

What Really Happened In Elie Saturday, June 14.

by Dara Todd, Elie Correspondent If you have never stopped in Elie on your way to the big city, you are missing out! In the past 3 years we've lived here this community has shown its true colours as a...

Confused Resident Terrified Over City Fogging

  Unconfirmed sources have provided unsubstantiated reports of a north end woman becoming radicalized over the City of Portage la Prairie’s plan to start fogging for Mosquitos Tuesday and...

Sightings from the Top: The Mysterious Dirt Pile

Sightings from the Top: The Mysterious Dirt Pile A pile of dirt was growing between Fisher Ave. and the railroad tracks, visible from the top of Tupper Street Bridge. I was curious as to why it got a little...

MCC Thing Of The Week June 16

All sorts of wonderful things fill the shelves of the local Thrift Shop.  Here are a few one-of-a-kind items that made us smile this week. First up is a delightful salt and pepper holder that would be a...

Coke Can Leakage Could Provide Tourism Boon

Unconfirmed sources have provided unsubstantiated reports of a serious issue with Portage la Prairie’s landmark Coke can.  It is believed that the can has been slowly leaking soda pop to the point where it...

Sightings from the Top: Carrington the Shopping Cart

Sightings from the Top: Carrington the Shopping Cart For the last couple of weeks, a blue shopping cart has been lying dead along the tracks under the Tupper Street bridge. It’s a long way from home, but...

Eight Little Ducklings in a Row

Eight Little Ducklings in a Row I just watched the Hoop and Holler video footage of a brave Mama Duck crossing Portage la Prairie with eight little ducklings following, trusting their mama to lead them in...

Long Plain Has Best Skate Park

If you're not part of the skate board community you may not realize that the best skate part around these parts is at Long Plain First Nation.  If you are thinking about heading out just turn south at the...