We are turning 135 years old in 2020! Did you notice our new masthead?
As we cap off a decade, the staff at the Empire-Advance wish for Virden and surrounding communities (Miniota, McAuley, Elkhorn, Kola, Oak Lake and Kenton) a year to appreciate what we have and who we are.
A look back at our history within the area will bring into perspective where we are now.
The Empire-Advance is going to do just that in February and we want you to celebrate with us as we look all the way back to the newspaper’s beginnings and journey through the decades.
The newspaper has gone through several owners and many different people have played a role in bring the Empire-Advance to the public. Yet, we haven’t missed a beat over the years as a window into the events and the personalities that make up Virden and area.
We are celebrating our foundations all year long, but, look for that special 135th issue in February, dedicated to our history, to your history!
Also, every week this year, we plan to publish This Week in History.
And of course, you will continue to see new faces, news stories and new ideas in every issue of 2020.
We will continue to bring the human interest pieces such as the Seniors page.
Next week, you will find a wedding feature.
Later in January, Blades will feature the faces of Virden hockey teams and figure skaters.
May the past inform the present and guide our future, because we, at the Empire-Advance, wish for our southwestern Manitoba, and Virden in particular, the ability and the will to build on our identity as a great place to live, work and visit. A place where ordinary people continue to do extraordinary things.