Monthly Archives: October 2014

Spooktober Fest a Frighteningly Fun Experience

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Hope you had a chance to visit Swan Valley Community’s That Care Spooktober Fest Haunted House! It was a great event which offered a Halloween experience for all ages. Click any picture for a larger version. There were between 800-900 visitors, who attended Spooktoberfest over the three days. All visitors [...]

2014/10/31Local Interest

Fall Back – Daylight Savings Ends – November 2, 2014

A friendly reminder from ValleyBiz that Daylight Savings Time ends November 2, 2014 The official time to set your clocks back 1 hour is: 2:00 am Sunday, November 2, 2014 Set your clock to: 1:00 am Each year, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in [...]

2014/10/31Local Interest

RCMP Investigate Death in Shoal River First Nation

RCMP Media Release | On October 30, 2014, just after midnight, Swan River RCMP responded to the death of an adult male in Shoal River First Nation, Manitoba. The investigation continues. There is no further information at this time. An update will be provided when possible.

2014/10/30Local Interest

Funding Announced for Swan Valley Bridge

Province of Manitoba Media Release | SWAN RIVER – The Manitoba government announced here today the addition of more than $1.14 million to fund 13 more projects to replace or improve municipal bridges. “Closing a bridge disrupts traffic flow particularly in rural areas where there are fewer alternate routes,” said Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers. [...]

2014/10/30Local Interest

Dick Walker & Monica Black Remembered at DU Banquet

Submitted by: Patty Gattinger | Swan Valley Ducks Unlimited Committee held their 33rd Annual Banquet and Auction on Saturday, October 25, 2014. A sell-out crowd was met with numerous raffles and auction items. Click any pictures for a larger version. As the guest mingled and browsed the floor, catering staff from Y Not Johnny’s served [...]

2014/10/29Local Interest

Many Hands Make Benito United Church Supper a Success

Submitted by: Karen Gade | Many pairs of hands worked together to prepare supper for the 420 hungry people who brought their appetites to the Benito Rec. Centre on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Click any picture for a larger version. Delicious roast turkey and ham accompanied by salads, vegetables, lazy cabbage, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, [...]

2014/10/28Local Interest

Swan Valley Tigers Heading to Football Provincial Final

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | As the crowds filtered in, the excitement grew Saturday afternoon when the Swan Valley Tigers played host to the visiting Park West Outlaws. The teams dressed and took the field for the Provincial Semi Finals. Click any picture for a larger version. The Tigers didn’t take long before they put [...]

2014/10/27Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – October 20, 2014

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development October 20, 2014 | Northwest Region Favourable harvest weather of drying winds and warm temperatures throughout the Northwest Region resulted in harvest operations moving ahead significantly. The favorable weather also allowed major progress to be made in fall tillage operations and fertilizer applications. [...]

2014/10/27Local Interest

Darla Leslie Benefit Concert – November 7, 2014

Submitted by: Tim Mueller Benefit Concert for Darla Leslie (Woodley) Fri. November 7, 2014 Minitonas Town Hall 7:00 pm All Local Talent 50-50 Draw Admission: by Donation at the door.

2014/10/27Local Interest

Mintonas & District Arena Holds AGM

Submitted by: Kasey Chartrand On October 21st 2014 the Minitonas and District Arena Board held their Annual General Meeting. The Board presented the 2013 -2014 Financial Statement, and discussed fundraising ideas. The operation of the Concession for the coming season was also discussed. The executive members of the board will stay the same for one [...]

2014/10/26Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – October 21, 2014

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Delaurier, Friesen, Sakal, Bobick, and Whyte present. Councilor Jacobson arrived at 7:45 pm. Public Hearing: To Re-Zone area described as PT NE ¼ Sec 16-36-27 wpm to [...]

2014/10/26Local Interest

Village of Benito Minutes – October 14, 2014

A Regular Meeting of Council of the Village of Benito was called to order at 7:00 pm on Tuesday October 14, 2014 in the Village Council Chambers. Present: Mayor Meadows; Deputy Mayor Scouten, Councilor Zebinski; Councilor Offenberger; Councilor Schneider Chief Administrative Officer ~ Pat Ellingson. Mayor Meadows called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm [...]

2014/10/26Local Interest

Positive Response from Will Night Attendees

Submitted by: Keith Behrmann | On October 22, 2014 The Community Foundation of Swan Valley sponsored a will night with Laurie Oakes at the Westwood Inn with 33 people in attendance. Click any picture for a larger version. The purpose of the evening, to inform and educate those attending the importance and value in having [...]

2014/10/25Local Interest

Huge Flea Market – November 8, 2014

Submitted by: Leah Graham Lavender Good Neighbor Center is having a Huge Flea Market at the Swan River Museum. Sat. November 8, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tables with crafts etc. Lunch will be sold For info call (204)238-4811

2014/10/25Local Interest

Man Charged in Numerous Swan River Break & Enters

RCMP Media Release | Since July 2014, Swan River RCMP has been investigating numerous Break and Enter to businesses. On October 23, 2014, at approximately 5:20 am, Swan River RCMP members were conducting surveillance on local businesses (which had been ongoing for the past several weeks). Police observed a lone male committing a business break [...]

2014/10/24Local Interest

Swan Valley 2014 School Trustee Election Results

Swan Valley School Trustee Election Results Ward 1 (3 Elected): 1. Riehl, Kelli – 478 votes 2. Schaffer, William (Bill) – 418 votes 3. Rooks, Vivian – 398 votes Lewis, Robert (Bob) – 351 votes Schneider, Lorraine – 253 votes Neely, Margaret – 209 votes Potts, Donna – 192 votes Dauk, Rudy – 168 votes [...]

2014/10/24Local Interest

St. Andrews United Church Supper – November 16, 2014

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | St. Andrew’s United Church Fall Supper Veterans Hall Sun. November 16, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm $12 per person 12 & under – $6 5 & Under – Free Take Out & Delivery Call Lucile Neufeld 204-734-2170 by November 14, 2014

2014/10/23Local Interest

Swan Valley 2014 Election Results

Election Results ALL MUNICIPALITIES REPORTING Minitonas-Bowsman Mountain Swan Valley West Town of Swan River MINITONAS-BOWSMAN Reeve (1 Position): 1. EISNER, Clint – 501 votes PACAMANIUK, Walter – 328 votes Council (6 Positions): 1. BARTEL, Garry – 575 votes 2. MYCHALCHUK, Larry – 549 votes 3. WALMSLEY – Stuart – 537 votes 4. HUTMAN – Leanne [...]

2014/10/23Local Interest

Many Enjoyed Caching up in Swan River

Submitted by: Erin Brown | Thanks to the many families that took part in “Caching up in Swan River” and gave geocaching a try, October 11 and 18, 2014. Click any picture for a larger version. Some were first-timers and some were geocaching vets – but all enjoyed the mini-quest and spending a few hours [...]

2014/10/22Local Interest

Local Resident Recognized for Excellence in Education

ValleyBiz Story | Swan River resident Ruby Anne Chartrand was recently honored with the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. The award recognizes outstanding early childhood educators for their leadership, exemplary education practices, success in fostering the early development and socialization of the children in their care, and their help in [...]

2014/10/21Local Interest

Provincial Football Semi Final – October 25, 2014

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Provincial Semi Final Swan Valley Tigers vs Park West Outlaws Sat. October 25, 2014 1:00 pm SVRSS Field Cheer on the Home Town Tigers! Full Concession 50/50 DRAW PROCEEDS TO CANCER CARE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

2014/10/20Local Interest

Local 4-H Legacy Celebrated with Commemorative Park

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | Despite the cold temperatures many past and present 4-H members and leaders attended the Minitonas 4-H Centenial Park Opening on October 17, 2014. Click any picture for a larger version. Current Mayor, Henry Barkowski was present for the ribbon cutting, along with Brandy Dvorak, Minitonas Mini Makers, Austen Anderson, Minitonas [...]

2014/10/20Local Interest

RM of Swan River Minutes – October 14, 2014

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, October 14th, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Present Reeve: Lorne Henkelman Councillors: Glen Foster, Don Machan, Alex Haluschak Terry Neely, Earl Hrappstead, Brian Burick ALEX HALUSCHAK [...]

2014/10/19Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – October 7, 2014

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councilor’s, Friesen, Sakal, Jacobson, Bobick, and Whyte present. Councilor Delaurier was absent. Delegations: Red Cross – David Barker & Duane Steiner To promote what the Red Cross can [...]

2014/10/18Local Interest

Fun-Filled Year Ahead for Swan Valley Hoedowners

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | The Swan Valley Hoedowners started their new season with two fun-filled nights welcoming new dancers to their square dance club at the Senior Centre in Swan River on October 8 and 15, 2014. Linda Gilchrist, the club caller, provided the instructions as almost two squares of new dancers joined with [...]

2014/10/17Local Interest

Harvest Celebration & Dance – November 8, 2014

Submitted by: Lesley Henkelman | Harvest Celebration & Dance Sat. November 8, 2014 Benito Recreation Centre Cocktails at 6 pm Supper at 7 pm Entertainment at 8 pm Hosted by the Shaker Misto Dancers & The Benito Recreation Centre Dolyna Adult Dancers, Vesselli Dancers & Shaker Misto Dancers Music by Crawdaddys Midnight Lunch Tickets available [...]

2014/10/17Local Interest

Minitonas Annual Skating Party – November 2, 2014

Submitted by: Kasey Chartrand | Annual Skating Party Sun. November 2, 2014 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m Grab a pledge sheet and get as many pledges as you can. There will be prizes for the most money raised, youngest and oldest skater. It is not a Halloween theme this year so you don’t have to [...]

2014/10/16Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – October 14, 2014

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development October 14, 2014 | Northwest Region Cooler conditions and snow prevailed at the beginning of the week in the Northwest Region, but a return to good weather for the rest of the reporting period aided harvest operations. Some producers have completed harvest. However, [...]

2014/10/16Local Interest

Spooktober-Fest Haunted House – October 26, 27, 29, 2014

Submitted by: Bev Polon SPOOKTOBER-FEST Haunted House Sun. October 26, 2014 4pm – 8pm Mon. October 27, 2014 5pm – 9pm Wed. October 29, 2014 5pm – 9pm Located at the Old John Deere Building in Swan River on the Bouldvards, on Highway #10 East. Not So Scary $2 Scary $5 Free Face Painting Donations [...]

2014/10/16Local Interest

Depression Recovery Seminar Benefits Valley Residents

Submitted by: Donna Leming | Several people are benefiting from the Depression Recovery Seminar presented on DVD by Dr. Neil Nedley. The session was facilitated by Dave, Linda & Donna at the Swan Valley Health Center. Exercise, nutrition, and sleep were just some of the highlights that the participants enjoyed.

2014/10/16Local Interest

Minitonas and District Arena AGM – October 21, 2014

Submitted by: Kasey Chartrand | Minitonas & District Arena Annual General Meeting October 21st, 2014 7:00 pm Minitonas Arena Lobby The Board is looking for volunteers to help with the concession or anyone who would like to run the concession this season. Please plan to attend.

2014/10/16Local Interest

Swan River PC Nomination Meeting – November 3, 2014

Submitted by: Jason Delaurier | Swan River Progressive Conservative Association Nomination Meeting Monday, November 3, 2014 Westwood Inn River Room 5:30 P.M. The General Public is welcome to attend. The Swan River Progressive Conservative Association will be holding its nomination meeting to select a candidate for the upcoming provincial election. Progressive Conservative Party members from [...]

2014/10/15Local Interest

Walking in Support of Suicide Prevention Awareness

Submitted by: Rob Ter Horst | Approximately 30 people participated in the Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk on October 9, 2014 during National Mental Health Week. It turned out to be a beautiful day for the walk. Star and Times Photos by Terra Pohl A big thank you to the Fire Department for leading our walk [...]

2014/10/15Local Interest

Formo Motors Celebrates Grand Opening and 50 Years

ValleyBiz Story | Formo Motors had the unique opportunity to celebrate both 50 years in business and the grand opening of their newly renovated facility. On October 8, 2014 the new showroom was flooded with sunshine and filled with community members. Click any picture for a larger version. The event was a day long celebration [...]

2014/10/14Local Interest

Town of Minitonas – October 1, 2014

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Town of Minitonas, held in the Council Chambers, Minitonas, Manitoba this 1st day of October, 2014 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Mayor Barkowski Councillors: Bartel, Windsor & Caruk CAO: Carolyn Gordon Delegations: R. Davies re: Concerns G. Thiessen re: Town Public Works 1. S. Windsor – [...]

2014/10/13Local Interest

Village of Benito Minutes – September 23, 2014

A Regular Meeting of Council of the Village of Benito was called to order at 7:00 pm on Tuesday September 23, 2014 in the Village Council Chambers. Present: Deputy Mayor Scouten, Councilor Zebinski; Councilor Offenberger; Councilor Schneider Absent: Mayor Meadows Chief Administrative Officer ~ Pat Ellingson. Deputy Mayor Scouten called the meeting to order at [...]

2014/10/12Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – October 6, 2014

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development October 6, 2014 | Northwest Region Unsettled weather conditions prevailed throughout the Northwest Region over the past week resulting in slow harvest progress. General rains and showers at the start of the week contributed to already wet field conditions in localized areas of [...]

2014/10/11Local Interest

Local Writer Featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul

ValleyBiz Story | One of Swan River’s residents has recently had their work published in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Linda Carpentier’s story “The Best Gift” has been included in the new book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada.” Linda Carpentier received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the [...]

2014/10/10Local Interest

Will Night – October 21, 2014

Submitted by: Keith Behrmann | Will Night October 21, 2014 7:00 PM Westwood Inn Do you need a will? Do you have a will? What are the pitfalls of not having a will? Is it Current? These questions and many more answered at no cost but your time. Be informed when you make / update [...]

2014/10/10Local Interest

Free Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled for the Swan Valley

Prairie Mountain Health Media Release | As the leaves turn colour and fall, and autumn sets in, it serves as a reminder that the annual seasonal flu shot campaign is not far behind. Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is launching its flu shot campaign after the Thanksgiving long weekend and it will run over the course [...]

2014/10/10Local Interest

We Scare Hunger BBQ a Success

Submitted by: Jackie Mayuk | Members of the community came out in full force to help scare away hunger in the Valley. On Thursday, October 8, 2014 a BBQ was held at Formo Motors in support of the Swan Valley Food Bank. Click any picture for a larger version. The Formo’s team was serving up [...]

2014/10/09Local Interest

“Caching Up” in Swan River! – October 11 & 18, 2014

Submitted by: Erin Brown Sat. October 11, 2014 Sat. October 18, 2014 Start at the Tourism Information Centre. Try your hand at Geocaching in beautiful Swan River. Find all caches and be entered to win a Swan River Prize Package! This event is free of charge. Pick up the list of caches at the Swan [...]

2014/10/09Local Interest

Beautiful Day for Minitonas Fall Tea & Bake Sale

Submitted by: Barb Holms | Saturday, October 4, 2014 turned out to be a beautiful day with the sun shining through. Minitonas Knox United Church held their annual Fall Tea & Bake Sale. They basement was beautifully decorated in a bright and cheery fall theme – ! It was a wonderful turnout and everyone must [...]

2014/10/09Local Interest

4-H 100th Anniversary Park Celebration – October 17, 2014

Submitted by: Ione Anderson 4-H 100th Anniversary Park Celebration Fri. October 17, 2014 4:30 pm 2nd Ave, Minitonas MB Hot dogs and drink Silver collection. Open to all past and present 4-H members in the Minitonas and surrounding areas. Unveiling of a commemorative sign recognizing past and present 4-H clubs in the Minitonas area.

2014/10/09Local Interest

Special Olympics Manitoba 2014 Female Coach of the Year

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region is honored to announce the selection of June Mosiondz, Swan River as the Special Olympics Manitoba 2014 Female Coach of the Year! Click any picture for a larger version. June is the coach of the Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Regions Tiger Fire Floor Hockey Team, Tiger’s [...]

2014/10/08Local Interest

35th Annual Calico Corners – November 7, 2014

Submitted by: Brenda Fisher | 35th Annual Calico Corners Craft Sale & Bazaar Veterans Community Hall Fri. November 7, 2014 9 am – 6 pm Lunch served from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm Borscht – Chili – Perogies Desserts – Pie – Muffins – Fresh Cinnamon Buns Tea – Coffee – Juice GREAT Display of [...]

2014/10/08Local Interest

Swan Valley Tigers Junior Football Team Highlights

Submitted by: Tanya Chernyk Swan Valley Tigers junior team worked really hard on Saturday, October 4, 2014. They tied their first game 6 to 6. The second game they lost 22 to 12. The parents fans are all proud of the effort the tigers put forth!

2014/10/08Local Interest

Ducks Unlimited Banquet & Auction – October 25, 2014

Submitted by: Patty Gattinger | 33rd Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet & Auction Sat. October 25, 2014 Veterans Community Hall Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Supper at 7:00 p.m. Numerous raffles, live and silent auction, good eats, lots of fun.

2014/10/08Local Interest

Rodeo Group Finals at Bowsman Bull-A-Rama

Submitted by: Corey Hurren The Bowsman Lions Welcoming Committee was busy on Saturday, October 4, 2014 as they greeted about a thousand people who came to Bowsman for the 11th annual Bowsman Bull-A-Rama Rough Stock Rodeo events. Pictures by Corey Hurren & ValleyBiz Click for a larger version. It started at 3pm in the afternoon [...]

2014/10/07Local Interest

Over 400 Attend Magical Evening in Benito

Submitted by: Patti Hack | Benito School Parent Council and Benito Child Care Center had an amazing turnout at the John Kaplan Magic Show. More than 400 children and adults turned up for the late afternoon event. Click any picture for a larger version. Doors opened at 3:00 and by 3:30 the Rec Centre was [...]

2014/10/07Local Interest