Election Day Is Coming!

Make sure you vote on October 24th, because your vote counts! 

Find out More

Meghan Kjartanson of Winnipeg is a Red River College student studying creative communications.

meghan 2Kjartanson enjoyed getting to know more about Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Meghan Kjartanson

As part of a project, Kjartanson has created a podcast that tells the stories behind giant statues that represent Manitoba's communities.

She estimates there are around 60 of these in Manitoba, and has chosen to cover 14 of them.

Her podcast features Tommy the Turtle in Boissevain, the Sunflower painting in Altona, and Treherne's glass bottle house and church.

"I tried to kind of cover a few everywhere. We went to Interlake, we did Melita, and Glenboro and Flin Flon," she said.

Kjartanson said Tommy the Turtle is one of her favourite stories.

TOMMY TURTLE 2013One episode is dedicated to Tommy the Turtle, the talking statue which represents Boissevain. Photo courtesy of Meghan Kjartanson

"I love the idea, I have to say that," she said, noting it has a very strong presence in the town. "I don't think any of the other statues talk."

She noted the stories and interviews are very different from one another. For example, one episode is about Morden's Fossil Discovery Centre about marine reptiles.

"That episode's quite different than the goose statue in Lundar, which is about geese and migration," Kjartanson explained.

Kjartanson has really enjoyed the podcast making process and encourages other to check out landmarks in their province.

"We have such a cool province and so much to go see," she said. "I really enjoyed not only seeing all the different places but meeting the people who live in there."

Currently, there are 5 episodes uploaded, and Kjartanson is working on editing the rest. She is also contemplating the idea of continuing on with the podcast once her college project is finished.

To listen to the podcast episodes visit the Manitoba Landmarks website, or search Manitoba Landmarks on Apple Podcasts.

There is an Instagram and Facebook page as well.

painting 1Another episode is about Altona's Van Gogh Sunflower replica painting in Altona

More Local News

Altona Police Issue First Cannabis-related Charge After Legalization

It didn’t take long for Altona police officers to lay cannabis-related charges after the substance became legalized Wednesday. At 12:35 am, thirty-five minutes after legalization, members conducted a…

Personal Care Home Residents Evacuated In Manitou

Residents were evacuated from the personal care home in Manitou this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the building. Manitou Fire Chief Kris Reynolds explains everyone was safely evacuated…

Store Expansion Hopes To Meet Building Supply Needs

A sod turning was held Thursday morning to announce the construction of a new Home Hardware expansion East of Morden. Home Hardware owner David Janzen took over the business in 2015. He says many…

Local SERC Members Learn From Humboldt Disaster Response Leaders

Local disaster response volunteers met with the men and women who led the community response and recovery in Humboldt after the devastating bus crash that claimed 16 lives. Humboldt City Manager Joe…

Co-op Gives Back $2 Million To Members

More than $2 million is going back into the community this week through Winkler/Morden Co-op's annual equity cheque dispersal. "At the heart of co-op is community, it's why we're here," General…

RCU, Local Parents Join Forces To Build A Daycare In Rosenort

A local business and a grassroots committee have teamed up to establish a daycare in the community of Rosenort. Rosenort Credit Union has purchased the old fire hall in town, taking possession of the…

Protest Camp Near Gretna Still In Place

It has been three months since indigenous protesters set up a prayer camp along the border road. The group set up the 'Spirit of the Buffalo Camp' in mid July near Enbridge's Gretna operations to…

Warm Day In Store For Southern Manitoba

We're in store for some unusual weather today, as the mercury rises toward 21 degrees. Environment Canada's Natalie Hasell says we were under an arctic flow since mid-September, but now there's a…

Graydon Issues Apology, Will Not Seek Re-election

Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon is "unequivocally apologizing" for inappropriate remarks he made to a staff member at the Manitoba Legislature. In a statement released Wednesday, Graydon said his apology…

Winkler Police Issued 32 Speeding Tickets In School Zones Last Month

More than 30 speeding tickets were issued in school zones last month in Winkler. "It's certainly a concern when there were that many tickets were written," Winkler Police Chief Ryan Hunt explains,…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login