Belmont blaze A family near Belmont has lost their home after a devastating blaze. The front page of The Baldur-Glenboro Gazette features a photo of what was once a rural farm home about four miles southwest of Belmont; at the time of the photo only the home's basement and rubble was still visible. The Belmont Fire Department received a call at 11:32 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 and dispatched along with a tanker truck from the Ninette Fire Department. Unfortunately, by the time the fire department arrived the home was already fully engulfed in flames and was eventually completely destroyed. Luckily the wind wasn't blowing which helped prevent a nearby shed, playstructure and hay bales from catching on fire. Even more fortunately, the owners Jeff and Jackie Wilton along with their three children were not home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire was unknown. MJHL predictions The Dauphin Herald's sports team has assembled its preview for the 2012-13 MJHL season, and neither the 'new-look' Natives or the league's newest team fared well. According to the preview that also goes through every team's record last season, the veterans returning and an overall outlook on each team's strengths and weaknesses this season, the Natives are predicted to wind up in fifth in the Sher-wood Division while the Virden Oil Capitals were placed sixth. Neepawa's ranking looks to be based off last year's record with improvements made, although the publication did note, “the Natives will not be as bad as some people may think.” As Neepawa said earlier this year they're aiming for the playoffs, so the boys in black will be looking to prove those rankings wrong. Rodeo rewards The Minnedosa Rodeo is receiving accolades once again. The Minnedosa Tribune reports the Heartland Rodeo Association has recognized the Minnedosa Rodeo as the Rodeo of the Year for 2012. Voters for the award included the rodeo tour competitors, who commented on the extra hours committee members put in to make the grounds dry and safe after a morning rainfall. Minnedosa's rodeo was held over the August long weekend. Fair play The community of Deloraine is trying to get a new sport going in its community, and is doing so 'fairly'. The Deloraine Times & Star tells its readers a pair of local soccer enthusiasts have set up a soccer program in that community that runs in both spring and fall, and includes youth ages 9 to 14. And in promoting the sport, the organizers are also teaching social justice by using Fair Trade soccer balls from Pakistan; balls made by adults rather than child labour. Souris spree Businesses in Souris were hit by a spree of break and enters recently. According to the Souris Plaindealer, Souris RCMP had their hands full Monday, Sept. 17 when they had to investigate several break and enters. About a half-dozen businesses were affected including Hair Design, Hair Choppers, Sunflower Tea House, Kirkup Agencies, Timeless Treasures and the newspaper itself. The thieves typically broke in through prying open doors. They stole cash as well as a few other collectibles and items. RCMP said no fingerprints have been found on door knobs or near cash registers which indicates gloves were used. Several shoe prints were found.