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Russell, Manitoba

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Russell is an unincorporated urban community in the Municipality of Russell – Binscarth within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held town status prior to January 1, 2015 when it and the nearby Village of Binscarth amalgamated with the Rural Municipality of Russell It is located along PTH 16 and PTH 83, and is at the western terminus of PTH 45 Russell is approximately 15 km 9 mi from the Saskatchewan border and 340 km 211 mi northwest of Winnipeg The community is home to 1,611 people 2011 census

Russell is the home of Manitoba's Beef and Barley Festival, which is held annually in October to celebrate the region's strong agricultural tradition Grain farming and cattle ranching are extensive in the surrounding areas

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Industrial development
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Recreation
  • 5 Climate
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

History

European-Canadians first settled the area around Russell around 1880 The first post office began operations at a site north of the present community in 1880, and was called "Shell River" The closest CPR Canadian Pacific Railway point was renamed to Russell in 1889 Also in 1889, a Dr Barnardo's Home for boys was established The home and local farmers sponsored transportation for British orphans to come to the area to work on farms Russell was officially incorporated as a town in 1913

Industrial development

Recent changes to agriculture, such as the elimination of the Western Grain Transportation Subsidy, have put the region in a unique position With one of the highest freight rates in western Canada, the Russell area is well-positioned to experience an explosion in value-added processing Bunge Canada, an advanced canola-processing plant, is located at Harrowby, 15 km 9 mi west of Russell

Nearby potash mining in Saskatchewan provides jobs for numerous Russell residents, as well as purchasing supplies and services locally The first potash mine in Manitoba has been proposed for a site just southwest of Russell, but due to the greater depth of the potash and higher taxes versus Saskatchewan, progress has been stalled for the last 20 years

Russell and the surrounding rural municipalities are promoting tourism through the Asessippi Parkland Economic Development Corp

Education

A semi-major service centre for the regional agricultural communities, Russell provides educational facilities ranging from day care and nursery, to post-secondary facilities Russell is part of the Park West School Division The Assiniboine Community College also has a regional campus located in Russell The community has access to First Year Distant Education transmission, allowing individuals to take first-year education via internet

Recreation

Recreational facilities include a serviced campground, tennis courts, ball fields, curling and hockey arenas, community halls, a swimming pool, snowboarding and downhill skiing, and a nine-hole golf course

Russell is located only 27 km 17 mi from Asessippi Provincial Park, the site of Asessippi Ski Area & Resort—a world-class ski facility and year-round family park The park also contains the Lake of the Prairies, a 64 km-long lake that is one of the best Walleye-fishing lakes in North America In Manitoba the lake recorded an annual walleye catch per square kilometre that is five times greater than the provincial average

Climate

Climate data for Russell
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C °F 61
43
105
509
189
66
33
91
365
977
411
106
40
104
372
99
344
939
311
88
211
70
122
54
411
106
Average high °C °F −135
77
−101
138
−27
271
86
475
174
633
216
709
245
761
232
738
162
612
91
484
−27
271
−115
113
67
441
Daily mean °C °F −18
0
−147
55
−74
187
3
37
11
52
155
599
181
646
168
622
105
509
4
39
−65
203
−157
37
14
345
Average low °C °F −226
−87
−194
−29
−121
102
−27
271
46
403
93
487
117
531
103
505
48
406
−12
298
−102
136
−198
−36
−39
25
Record low °C °F −489
−56
−478
−54
−428
−45
−311
−24
−122
10
−39
25
−11
30
−89
16
−144
61
−278
−18
−372
−35
−433
−459
−489
−56
Average precipitation mm inches 237
0933
207
0815
324
1276
255
1004
474
1866
827
3256
707
2783
67
264
614
2417
292
115
205
0807
253
0996
5065
19941
Source: Environment Canada

Notable people

  • Red Dutton - NHL hall of famer
  • Theoren Fleury - Hockey player for Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Colorado Avalanche
  • Jon Montgomery - Athlete, 2010 Olympic Games Gold Medalist in Skeleton and host of The Amazing Race Canada
  • Charles Arkoll Boulton - Lieutenant Colonel during North-West Rebellion
  • Kerri Buchberger - National volleyball player

References

  1. ^ "Asessippi Provincial Park" Parkland Tourism Association Retrieved 2010-02-13 
  2. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000" Environment Canada Retrieved 24 August 2012 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Community profile
  • Map of Russell at Statcan
  • Major Pratt School
  • Biography of AM Pratt

50°46′51″N 101°17′02″W / 5078083°N 10128389°W / 5078083; -10128389

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