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Manitoba Town Keeps Icelandic Culture Alive Thanks to Strong Connection

Manitoba Town Keeps Icelandic Culture Alive Thanks to Strong Connection

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Gimli Viking Statue
The Viking statue in Gimli, Man., shown on July 23, 2019, is a symbol of the town’s Icelandic heritage and its ongoing connection to Iceland. The 4.6-metre-high statue sits near an Icelandic heritage museum and other attractions in the community north of Winnipeg. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

GIMLI, Man. — Smack dab in the middle of Canada, on the shore of the picturesque and sometimes stormy Lake Winnipeg, sits a small town with a very large concentration of people of Icelandic heritage.

People in Gimli and surrounding communities such as Riverton have worked to maintain Icelandic culture — the language, the music, the literature and more. Many can trace their roots back to the first wave of immigrants who fled poverty and volcanic eruptions in their home country and faced harsh winters and disease on a stretch of land that offered them the chance at decent farming and fishing.

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Gimli Film Festival Wraps by Setting New Records

Gimli Film Festival Wraps by Setting New Records

Gimli Film Festival

The Gimli Film Festival wrapped up Sunday and set some new records to conclude the 19th annual event on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

Organizers say indoor attendance saw a 15 percent increase (6,181) over the 2018 festival and grew to more than 13,000 for the entire festival. Pass sales increased by 10 percent from 2018 and for the first time, the festival sold out of all 150 Film Passes.

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Red River Co-op Goes Shopping for Super A Foods in Gimli

Red River Co-op Goes Shopping for Super A Foods in Gimli

Red River Co-op Gimli
Red River Co-op CEO Doug Wiebe with current Super A Foods owner Kevin St. Martin. (HANDOUT)

Red River Co-op is expanding its grocery offerings in Gimli by taking over Super A Foods.

The company purchased the location from existing owners Kevin and Cheryl St. Martin, who are retiring after running the store for 21 years.

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Ottawa Providing $3.8M to Improve Health of Lake Winnipeg

Ottawa Providing $3.8M to Improve Health of Lake Winnipeg

Catherine McKenna
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna makes a funding announcement, alongside Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid, in Gimli, Manitoba on Thursday, August 2, 2018. (@CATHMCKENNA / TWITTER)

The federal government is funding 23 new projects under the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program in an effort to improve the health of the watershed.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was in Gimli, Manitoba Thursday and made the $3.8 million funding announcement in the town’s harbour.

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Sewage Leak Prompts Swim Warning for Gimli, Area Beaches

Sewage Leak Prompts Swim Warning for Gimli, Area Beaches

Gimli, Manitoba
(Gimli, Manitoba image via Shutterstock)

Construction crews working in Gimli on Tuesday punctured a waste-water treatment line, leading to untreated waste-water making its way toward Lake Winnipeg.

The province is advising people not to enter the water at Gimli Beach, Loni Beach and South Beach until water samples for E. coli confirm no surface water contamination.

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