The following is a news release issued by the City of Vinkla subsequent to an erroneous report in the Daily Bonnet that Winkler had changed its name to Vankler
CITY OF VINKLA
For immediate release
Winkler changes name to Vinkla not Vankler
A recent report in the Daily Bonnet erroneously reported that Winkler had changed it’s name to Vankler.
We are appalled that the Daily Bonnet, who had a representative present at the council meeting where the issue was discussed was not able to file a factual report.
Although the name Vankler was brought up during our discussions is was quickly dismissed as several council members felt that Vankler could very easily be mispronounced by non Plautdietsch speaking people as Wankler or even worse Wanker which has very negative and derogatory connotations. For that reason the more traditional, “Vinkla” was agreed upon.
The same article also suggested that council was petitioning the City of Winnipeg to change its name to Vanapag. Although there have been informal discussions with the City of Winnipeg our suggestion was that they consider changing their name to Febräaakjestaut in keeping with their designation as a high crime city.
Council does not impune negative motives to the Daily Bonnet. It may well just be another example of how people from jantsied who employee a different pronunciation of some Plautdietsch words simply got it wrong, again.
In keeping with Mennonite tradition, we forgive them.
HASKETT Mb – After several unsuccessful attempts area farmer Albert Friesen was elected as Councillor for the south ward in the Rural Municipality of Stantly.
Friesen had stood for election four times previously without success.
In a recent interview with Spottschreft, Friesen indicated that in his past attempts he had tried to convince voters he was the right choice by outlining his accomplishments and stressing his leadership abilities. According to Friesen, none of that seemed to matter to voters.
When asked what he had done differently during the most recent election campaign Friesen indicated that he had tried to pattern his campaign on the approach taken by Donald Trump, the US President elect. When pressed for specifics Friesen stated: “I came up with a really catchy slogan and apart from the slogan I just talked about generalities”.
The slogan that propelled Friesen info office was, “No good reason to not vote for Friesen”.
Friesen who garnered 27 votes outdistanced his opponent, Wilf Penner, by 11 votes.
Penner was not available for comment but his agent Gord Warkentin expressed some concerns: “Our exit polls indicated that there were an awful lot of Friesens voting in this election.”
Inspired by the US president’s annual ceremonial pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey, Giroux area farmer Ralph Peters decided to take it one step further.
“My turkeys are pretty smelly and I get complaints from people in the area all the time,” said Peters.
Peters went on to say that he understand the turkeys are not at fault, they are… well, just being turkeys, that’s what they do.
This realization prompted Peters to absolve his turkeys of wrongdoing. All the turkeys were gathered in a large barn, where a mass pardoning took place last Wednesday.
Altona residents going to visit relatives on jantsied
Photo Credit: Winnipeg Free Press
Schanzenfeld – After years of raging debate the Jantsied question has finally been settled.
For over a century Mennonites on the west and east side of the Red River have disputed which side was ditsied and which was jantsied. Both sides claimed that settlements on the other side of the Red River were on jantsied.
Sensing that this ongoing dispute was causing disruption in the Mennonite community church elders from both ditsied and jantsied met this week in Schanzenfeld to resolve the issue once and for all under the guidance of John Smith an independent arbitrator.
Henry Blatz, speaking on behalf of Mennonites east of the Red River, spoke eloquently about the absurdity of the argument pointing out that if you were in Steinbach then clearly towns and cities like Altona and Winkler were on jantsied.
Peter Dyck speaking on behalf of the Mennonites on the west side of the Red River made the argument that seeing as Altona and Winkler were clearly on ditsied then Steinbach was obviously on jantsied.
The arbitrator summed up the discussion by observing that this was clearly a matter of perspective and ruled that the issue would be settled by a coin flip. Smith called on Peter Dyck to make the call. Dyck chose ‘heads” and won the flip. As the winner Dyck declared that from this day forward the settlements west of the Red would be known as ditsied and those on the east of the Red River would be known as jantsied.
In an exclusive post meeting interview with Spottschreft, Blatz indicated that as far as he was concerned the ruling was open to challenge as the issue was much too important to be settled by a flip of a coin and by a non-Mennonite arbitrator, a process that he characterized as un-Mennonite.
For those having difficulty with the Plautdietsch (low German) words in this post please consult the the “Translation” Page