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Self-represented drunks and man buns: a day in court

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK This morning, ironing my suit, I realized that I don’t do this very often anymore. These days my suit gets pulled out for the occasional political event or, unfortunately, funerals. Hardly anyone even wears a suit to church anymore unless someone is walking down the aisle or being carried down it. But…

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Venting Stress

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SPIRITUAL GLEANINGS BY JOYCE SASSE “There’s immense power in asking someone how they are doing”, one farmer commented when asked how stress was affecting him this summer.  “Just ask!” he said. An excellent article in the Aug. 27 edition of the Western Producer looks at the importance of helping farmers talk about the mental burdens…

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My Dad cut the cord, and I’m not sure how to handle it

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK Some numbers are drilled into your head forever. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Social Insurance Numbers. And then there’s phone numbers. The first phone number I remember is 594-2650. That’s my Dad’s number. It’s the number I grew up with. My hands could dial it without looking. The 426 makes a nice diamond pattern. Back…

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Thirteen years interviewing Brad Wall

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK I think it was the summer or fall of 2004 when I first met Brad Wall while working as the political reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist. He had recently become the leader of the Saskatchewan Party, having succeeded Elwin Hermanson, possibly one of the least-exciting political leaders this province had produced. Wall…

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First World problems in southwest Manitoba

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BY BRIAN ZINCHUK First off, this column carries a First World problems warning. Secondly, it’s being typed on a cellphone, one which, horror of horrors, has endured a summer of very poor cell coverage. We’re on our way to the family cabin at Sandy Lake, Manitoba. It’s about 20 minutes from Clear Lake, Riding Mountain…

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