Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bellsite 33rd Annual Poker Derby 2012

Submitted by: Leona Sweetser | The 33rd Annual Bellsite Poker Derby took place on Sunday, February 26. There were 179 driver hands sold and 297 ghostrider hands sold. Click any picture for a larger version. 1st prize 20% of total Best Hand 4-8’s to Claudia Sutherland $834.00 2nd prize 15% of total Best Hand 3-A’s [...]

2012/02/29Local Interest

Great Start for North Mountain Riders Annual Ride

Submitted by: Leona Sweetser | The first annual Porcupine Bash, started out with a guided snowmobile ride, with approximately 20 people. There were more sledders that chose to ride on their own. Click any picture for a larger view. Fire and Ice, had about 60 people stop in for Chilli and a bun. The home-made [...]

2012/02/28Local Interest

Minitonas Sharks Celebrate Successful Squirt Tournament

Submitted by: Shanna Schroeder | Pictured here is our Minitonas Sharks Team after their second win of the day. Click the picture for a larger version. Left to right, front to back: Jake Bartel, Nate Immerkar, Brooke Foster, Kristen Moshenko, Ella Hart, Sammy Moshenko, Logan Grandfield, Callie Immerkar, Cayden Kovachik, Brayden Bartel, Trae Bateman. Coaches: [...]

2012/02/27Local Interest

Vintage Snowmobile Ride – March 3, 2012

Submitted by: Derek Sagert The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association will be holding their 5th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride: Saturday, March 3, 2012 Wellman Lake Trail Warm Up Shack Staging Area Available at Westwood Inn Approximately 35 mile round trip Group leaving at noon to shack Vintage Registration – 1990 and Older: Wellman Warm Up Shack [...]

2012/02/26Local Interest

Food Processing Centre Opening Soon in Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | A fully licensed and inspected commercial kitchen meeting Provincial food safety standards, will soon be available in Swan River on a fee-per-use basis. The Food Processing Centre is an initiative of the Veteran’s Community Hall with funding from the Government of Manitoba and will be available for use by entrepreneurs looking to [...]

2012/02/24Local Interest

Benito Open Mixed Bonspiel

Submitted by: Louise Schabert The 5th annual Benito Open Mixed Bonspiel took in 32 rinks.  An age range of 11 to almost 80 participated in the events of the week at the Benito Rec Centre.  A terrific time was had by all. First Event Winners sponsered by the Swan Valley Credit Union L to R [...]

2012/02/22Local Interest

RCMP Swan River – Drug Search Warrant

RCMP Media Release | On February 20, 2012, at about 4:00 pm the Swan River RCMP executed a CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) search warrant at a residence in Swan River, Manitoba. Investigators discovered approximately 198 grams of marihuana, various drug paraphernalia, a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles), and $22,000.00 worth of cash. The drugs [...]

2012/02/22Local Interest

Minitonas Squirt Tournament – February 25, 2012

Submitted by: Shanna Schroeder Minitonas Sharks IP Tournament Saturday, February 25, 2012 Minitonas Arena Tournament Schedule   9:00 Swan River White vs. Minitonas 10:30 Swan River Yellow vs. Winnipegosis 12:00 Swan River Black vs. The Pas   1:30 Swan River White vs. Winnipegosis   3:00 Swan River Black vs. Swan River Yellow   4:30 Minitonas vs. The Pas Come [...]

2012/02/21Local Interest

Swan Valley a Great Snowmobile Destination

ValleyBiz Story | Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our local snowmobile clubs, and with a little help from Mother Nature, the Swan Valley is buzzing with excitement as we share our snow with sledders from the snow-free parts of the Prairies. We are fortunate to have two snowmobile clubs in the Swan [...]

2012/02/21Local Interest

Valley House Concert Audience is Flourishing

Story by: Nancy McLennan | February of 2012 appears to be a turning point for Valley House Concerts. Since the House Concerts began in 2008, over 900 people have attended the shows and professional musicians have earned almost $13,000 in revenue. Pictures by Micheline Carstairs (Click any picture for a larger version) On Wednesday (Feb [...]

2012/02/20Local Interest

Porcupine Bash Snowmobile Ride – February 25 & 26, 2012

Submitted by: Leona Sweetzer | North Mountain Riders will be holding their 1st Annual Porcupine Bash February 25 & 26, 2012 Ride the best of the Porcupine Mountains in the Swan River Valley. Saturday, February 25, 2012 Guided Rides Leaving at 9am and 10am from the Westwood Inn Hotel parking lot Trailside lunch provided by [...]

2012/02/18Local Interest

Swan Valley Residents Explore Adventure Hiking

Submitted by: Barry Waito | The Boots in the Backcountry Introductory session on Monday Feb 13th at 7:00 pm attracted 34 registrants. Of these, 27 were able to make the meeting with the balance requesting to be kept up to date with further sessions. The meeting started with Barry Waito introducing himself, talking about the [...]

2012/02/17Local Interest

3 Days, 38 Quilts for World Relief

Submitted by: Florence Gray The Luthern and Anglican ladies got together at the Luthern Church to make quilts for Luthern World Relief. Over the 3 day span (Feb 13-15) about a dozen women worked together using donated material, thread and wool to make 38 quilts. Click any picture for a larger version. First, one team [...]

2012/02/16Local Interest

Benito Human Library a Novel Event

Submitted by: Shelley Cotten Part II of the Swan Valley Human Library took place last week at the Northwest Regional Library in Benito. Tuesday, February 7th, the 5th-8th grades came over from the school and checked out several books. Click any picture for a larger version. Both the “books” and the “readers” seemed to enjoy [...]

2012/02/15Local Interest

Village of Benito Minutes – February 14, 2012

A Regular Meeting of Council of the Village of Benito was called to order at 7:00 pm on Tuesday February 14, 2012 in the Village Council Chambers. Present – Mayor Meadows; Deputy Mayor Scouten; Councilor Schneider; Councilor Offenberger; Councilor Zebinski Chief Administrative Officer – Pat Ellingson Mayor Meadows called the meeting to order at 7:00 [...]

2012/02/15Local Interest

RM of Swan River Minutes – February 14, 2012

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Rural Municipality of Swan River, held in the Council Chamber at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Present: Deputy Reeve Don Machan Councillors: Glen Foster, Richard Barteski (left the meeting at approx. 10:20 a.m.), Terry Neely, [...]

2012/02/15Local Interest

Town of Minitonas Minutes – February 1, 2012

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Town of Minitonas, held in the Council Chambers, Minitonas, Manitoba this 1st day of February, 2012 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Mayor Barkowski Councillors: Robb, Caruk, Bartel & Windsor C.A.O.: Carolyn Gordon Delegations: 8:00 pm B. Waito re: Local Business 8:30 pm M. Leslie re: Public [...]

2012/02/15Local Interest

Heyes Child Care Centre to Open Soon

Submitted by: Janine Stewart | Swan River will soon have a new option for licensed school age child care services. Photo by Caitlin Stewart Heyes Child Care Centre Board of Directors: Kim Kuruliak, Crystal Ross, Robyn Eisner, Janine Stewart, Michelle Eisner (click for a larger version) Heyes Child Care Centre hopes to open its doors [...]

2012/02/14Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 7th, 2012

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Bobick, Jacobson, Friesen, Whyte, Friesen and Sakal present. Variation Order Hearing: Variation Order No. 1/2012 was called to order by Mayor McKenzie who advised that the purpose [...]

2012/02/14Local Interest

Birch River Sled Dog Races a Great Community Experience

ValleyBiz Story | When Gerry Stevenson moved here from The Pas 13 years ago, he turned his passion for sled dog racing into an annual community event. The 13th Annual Birch River Sled Dog Race took place this weekend with 9 teams participating. Click any picture for a larger version. Following a circuit that includes [...]

2012/02/13Local Interest

RCMP Investigate Pine Creek Homicide

RCMP Media Release | UPDATE – February 17, 2012: On February 15, 2012, 48-year-old George Louis LAMIRANDE of Pine Creek F.N. was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He remains in custody pending a February 21st court appearance in Dauphin. LAMIRANDE and the victim, identified as 26-year-old Steven Ray GENAILLE of Duck Bay, were [...]

2012/02/11Local Interest

Charles Dickens’ 200th Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by: Kamshi Kanavathy | “No boys and no donkeys allowed, go away!” and so did David Copperfield’s Aunt Betsey open the 200th Anniversary Celebration of Charles Dickens at the North-West Regional Library in Swan River last night. Click any picture for a larger version. An entertaining and spectacular portrayal of Aunt Betsey was played [...]

2012/02/11Local Interest

Service to Seniors Hosts Heart & Stroke Presentation

Submitted by: Service to Seniors | Service to Seniors were very pleased with the turnout for the Telehealth Heart & Stroke presentation they hosted on Monday, February 6th at the Swan Valley Health Facility. 33 people attended the session that dealt with the signs and symptoms of what has been termed “The Silent Killer.” The [...]

2012/02/10Local Interest

Human Library Part II – February 11, 2012

Submitted by: Shelley Cotten Swan Valley Human Library Part II The Human Library is happening as a result of the partnership between the Northwest Regional Library and Swan Valley Settlement Services. Come be a part of this “novel” event!! Saturday, February 11th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Benito Branch of the Northwest Regional Library See [...]

2012/02/09Local Interest

Adventure Hiking – February 13, 2012

Submitted by: Barry Waito | Free Introductory Session on Adventure Hiking (day trips, weekend or longer) Are you interested in hiking? This session will provide useful information about hiking for novice to advanced hikers, including; how to plan for a hike, tips on clothes and equipment, food and packing tips, and safety and environmental awareness. [...]

2012/02/08Local Interest

RM of Minitonas Minutes – January 25, 2012

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Rural Municipality of Minitonas, held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 25th day of January, 2012 A.D. at 7:00pm. Present: Reeve McIntosh, Councillors: Pacamaniuk, Klekta, Eisner & Rinsdorf C.A.O.: Carolyn Gordon Additional Correspondence: Vacation Request E. Rinsdorf – C. Eisner RESOLVED THAT the Agenda be [...]

2012/02/07Local Interest

Celebrate Charles Dickens – February 7, 2012

Submitted by: Kamshi Kanavathy 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens; the author of popular classics such as Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist. Many of his books have been made into movies! To celebrate the life and works of this world renowned author, we will be [...]

2012/02/06Local Interest

Valentine Tea Tasting Serves Up Selection

Submitted by: Doreen and Doug Windsor St. James Anglican Church hall was filled to capacity on Saturday afternoon, February 4th for its’ very successful Valentine Tea Tasting event. Click any picture for a larger version. Much laughter augmented the fellowship which was enjoyed by each and everyone after they chose from a wide selection of [...]

2012/02/04Local Interest

Sarah Kirsch Concert CANCELLED

The Sarah Kirsch concert scheduled for February 4, 2012 has been cancelled due to sickness.

2012/02/04Local Interest

Billy Beal Classic – Ice Fishing, Fun & Community

ValleyBiz Story | The local Lions Clubs are getting ready to host the 15th Annual Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby which is set to take place at Whitefish Lake on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm. Proceeds Benefit Swan Valley Residents For those who like to fish, spending the day [...]

2012/02/02Local Interest

Benito Open Mixed Bonspeil – Feb 13-19, 2012

Submitted by: Louise Schabert | The Benito Open Mixed Bonspeil will be on from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19. All curlers welcome. To Enter Phone: Rick or Lenore 539-2811, or Scott 539-2667

2012/02/01Local Interest