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Solveig (Brynjolfson) Riddell and Canada History partnered to provide “Vikings“ to every Manitoba School

Solveig (Brynjolfson) Riddell and Canada History partnered to provide “Vikings“ to every Manitoba School

My aunt Solveig and Canada’s History magazine have partnered to make Vikings on a Prairie Ocean available to over 300 schools in Manitoba to make this important piece of the country’s history known. We hope to engage with the students at these schools on this platform (you can register here) and encourage them to tell their own stories as an equally important part of our heritage.

“Building a Better Country”: Riverton Brings Home a Second Order of Canada

“Building a Better Country”: Riverton Brings Home a Second Order of Canada

On November 27, 2020, shortly after I had received the press release announcing appointments to the Order of Canada, the telephone rang, and an excited voice boomed in my ear: “Glenn, it’s Reggie. I am so proud of you! Now there are two Orders of Canada from Riverton. Not bad for a little town in Manitoba.”

The Silent Bonds of War: Stefan Sigurdson and Dori Benjaminson

The Silent Bonds of War: Stefan Sigurdson and Dori Benjaminson

Let there be no doubt. If you were on a tug on the North Basin, in the heavy seas of a ripping Norwester, with a motor in trouble, you’d want Dori Benjaminson with you. Dori spent most of his time in his mechanic shop beside the small store on Sigurdson Island at Berens River, in the summer, or Catfish Creek in the fall, working to get the outboard motors going again.

Music was the Voice Of Riverton

Music was the Voice Of Riverton

Like the presence of the rink and the inspiration it created, music was part of everyone’s life. Nothing better epitomized the “mustang” spirit just below the surface in the community than the remarkable New Year’s Eve dance.

Jack Clarkson: A Legendary Bushpilot in His Own Time

Jack Clarkson: A Legendary Bushpilot in His Own Time

This is an extract from Vikings on a Prairie Ocean published in 2014 It is reproduced here on the occasion of his 90th birthday, April 22, 2020