October 17: MTN is on the air; Selinger as leader, MB's first federal cabinet minister; West Broadway's origins.

October 17, 1986 - Portage la Prairie-based Manitoba Television Network (MTN) signs on the air.

Owned by Craig Broadcasting, MTN also had studios in Winnipeg and links to Brandon's CKX, making it Manitoba's only regional television broadcaster. 

In 1999, it was re-branded A-Channel. In 2004, it was sold to CHUM in 2004. Today, it is part of Rogers’ CITY TV network.

For a Prairie Pulse News Break.

October 17, 2009 - Greg Selinger defeats Steve Ashton to become leader of the Manitoba NDP. He was sworn in as Premier of Manitoba two days later.

October 17, 1892 - Thomas Mayne Daly becomes the first Manitoban appointed to the federal cabinet. He served as Minister of the Interior and Superintendent of Indian Affairs under Prime Minister Sir John Abbott.

October 17, 1882 – Col. James Mulligan sells off his Highwood Manor Estate.  

A retired soldier, Mulligan was granted the river lot stretching from the Assiniboine River to Portage Avenue between Langside and Maryland. As urban development came closer, he created Furby Street and sold off land adjacent to it for subdivision.

On this date, he sold of the rest of his estate and retired to Montreal. This was the origin of the West Broadway neighbourhood.

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