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Our Team.

The Empire-Advance has a remarkable team working towards bringing you the local news in our area. Serving Virden and area since 1885.

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Ken & Christine Waddell

Publishers & owners


Ken and Christine have been involved with publishing full-time for nearly 35 years. Ken has an extensive background in agriculture and politics at all three levels of government. He and his wife Christine own the Neepawa Banner & Press and


They live in Neepawa, have two sons, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Anne Davison

Editor and reporter


Anne has worked on the Empire-Advance team since 2009 reporting on events, writing human interest and business stories.

Educated at Brandon University, with a love for life-sciences, social sciences and philosophy Anne’s broad interests led her in the direction of General Studies.

Always a writer, sometimes a poet, agriculture is in Anne’s blood. A horsewoman, piano teacher and health nut, Anne is a lifelong learner.

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Jessica Coulter

Design, sales and media


Jessica has worked for the Rivers Banner since 2022 reporting on events, taking photos, creating the advertisements and laying out the paper each week. She is excited to do the same for the Empire-Advance. 

Jessica has worked in business and marketing for over 20 years. She has a diploma in graphic design. She is all to happy to help design and create for all your print and online needs. ​Her goal is to make things beautiful.



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