Monthly Archives: February 2016

Chris Fields Shares Tips for Communities to Thrive

Submitted by: Heather Neilsen | Swan Valley RISE in partnership with Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce and Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre, and also with a donation from the now inactive Swan Valley Action Committee, hosted a community presentation February 25, 2016 on 13 Ways to Kill Your Community. Approximately 80 people attended mainly comprised of [...]

2016/02/29Local Interest

Swan Valley West – February 9, 2016

Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chambers at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on this 9th day of February, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve; Verne Scouten Councillors; Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, David Minish, Terry Neely CAO; Carolyn Gordon Absent with Prior Written [...]

2016/02/28Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 16, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Deputy Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Moriaux, Friesen, Whyte, Delaurier and Sakal present. Mayor McKenzie was absent with permission. 1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.083 Moved By: David Moriaux [...]

2016/02/28Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – February 2, 2016

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 2nd day of February, 2016 A.D. at 7:02 p.m. Present: Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Mychalchuk, S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Reeve –C. Eisner Councillor – L. Hutman [...]

2016/02/27Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 27, 2016

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – 2 – 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Brad Wyatt CAO [...]

2016/02/27Local Interest

Thunder Hill Ski Club Mardi Gras – March 6, 2016

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Mardi Gras at the Thunder Hill Ski Club Sun. March 6, 2016 Skiers Welcome Snowboaders Welcome Races Start at 1:30 pm (half day lift required) Scavenger Hunt 10:30 am – 3:00 pm Decorate Your Helmet Contest (Helmets available to rent) PRIZES More Info Call Thunder Hill 204-539-2626

2016/02/26Local Interest

Swan Valley JV Girls Tigers Basketball Win Zones

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The Swan Valley Girls JV Tigers basketball team poses for their ‘sink the ship’ moment. The Tigers beat Dauphin for the Zone Championship in two games straight. Click picture for a larger version. The Tigers will face Virden on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm at SVRSS in an [...]

2016/02/26Local Interest

Swan River Ladies Curling Bonspiel – March 18/19/20, 2016

Submitted by: Chris Chmelowski | Swan River Ladies Curling Club 88th Annual Bonspiel March 18, 19 & 20, 2016 Theme: Black & White $160.00 Per Rink Banquet & Entertainment Saturday Night Prizes, 4 Events, 4 Games guaranteed To enter Contact: Sandra Tibble at 734-4161 (after 5 p.m.) or S.R. curling rink – 734-3055 Cheques made [...]

2016/02/25Local Interest

Birch River School Wins Province-Wide Video Contest

ValleyBiz Story | The Birch River Grade 6-8 class, taught by Ms. Kayla Vibe, received official notification on February 11, 2016 that they were selected as the winner of the Election Manitoba CitizenNext Video Challenge in the grade 7-8 category. Click picture for a larger version. As the winners in the category the class received [...]

2016/02/25Local Interest

Swan River Skating Club Carnival – March 7, 2016

Submitted by: Tracy Mychalchuk | Swan River Skating Club presents The Game of Life Mon. March 7, 2016 6:00 pm Swan River Centennial Arena Admission: Adults $5.00 Students $3.00 5 Years old and under FREE Doors open at 5:30 pm RAFFLE PRIZES ~ 50/50 DRAW!

2016/02/24Local Interest

Stand Against Bullying. Don’t Be a Bystander

ValleyBiz.ca Story | Today is Day of Pink – anti-bullying day. Bullying is happening in our community. It happens to children, teenagers and even adults. Bullies attempt to gain power over their target through persistent threats, insults and humiliation. Bullying is a form of abuse. Click play to see what you can do to help [...]

2016/02/24Local Interest

Socializing, Fun and New Friends at Durban Dance

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Durban dance which was held on the afternoon of Sunday February 21, 2016 was fun and enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to the band called Border Connection for supplying the great old time music which everyone complemented on. Click any picture for a larger version. The afternoon was a [...]

2016/02/23Local Interest

Benito Annual Firemans Supper – February 28, 2016

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Annual Firemans Supper Sponsored by: Benito and District Firemens Association Sun. February 28, 2016 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Benito and District Recreation Complex Adults: 11+: $12.00 Children: 6-10: $10.00 Chinese Auction: 10 Tickets $5 All proceeds will go toward special fire protection gear and equipment.

2016/02/23Local Interest

Swan Valley Atom Broncos Win Round One

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | The Swan Valley Atom Broncos faced the Roblin Stars in round one of the best of three Parkissimo League playoffs. The Broncos had home ice and hosted game one vs the Stars on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. The Broncos’ Brady Burghart opened the [...]

2016/02/22Local Interest

Benito Childcare Centre Hosts Pancake Breakfast

Submitted by: Kristen Harness | The Benito Childcare Centre held a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Benito Recreation Centre. All proceeds of the fundraiser breakfast went toward the Benito Childcare Centre. Click any picture for a larger version.

2016/02/20Local Interest

RCMP Update on Stolen Prescription Drugs

RCMP Media Release | Theft of prescription drugs prompt warning On February 18, 2016 just before 6:00 pm, police officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Centennial Drive in Swan River. The warrant to search had been obtained following an active investigation into the earlier break and enter and theft of prescription drugs [...]

2016/02/19Local Interest

Swan Valley Tiger Fire Take On the Stampeders

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | On Sunday, February 14, 2016 the Special Olympics Manitoba Swan Valley Tiger Fire Floor Hockey team played host to members of the Swan Valley Stampeders at SVRSS. Click any picture for a larger version. The Tiger Fire was very excited to be playing the Stamps and the energy level was [...]

2016/02/19Local Interest

Theft of Prescription Drugs Prompts Warning from RCMP

RCMP Media Release | On February 18, 2016, at approximately 9:00 am, Swan River RCMP were notified of a break and enter that had occurred overnight at a drug store in Swan River. Officers attended the location and were able to confirm that entry had been gained into the business. The suspects stole an undisclosed [...]

2016/02/18Local Interest

Minitonas Figure Skating Club Carnival – March 4, 2016

Submitted by: Brenna Kichuk | Minitonas Figure Skating Club presents “On the Silver Screen” March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm Minitonas & District Arena Adults: $5 Students: $3 Preschoolers: Free Chinese Auction and 50/50 Doors open at 7pm

2016/02/18Local Interest

Curling Action at Benito 9th Annual Mixed Bonspiel

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The 9th Annual Mixed Bonspiel was held in Benito from Feb. 9-14, 2016 hosted by the Benito Rec Centre. 30 teams from around the Swan Valley & bordering Saskatchewan communities came together to compete in 4 events. Click any picture for a larger version. The week of activities consisted of [...]

2016/02/17Local Interest

Hungry Crowd Enjoys Pickerel Supper Fundraiser

Submitted by: Paul Deneer | 180 individuals packed the Westwood Inn on Friday, February 12, 2016 for the annual North Mountain Riders Pickerel Supper fundraiser. Three flavours choices of pickerel was prepared for the hungry crowd. Click any picture for a larger version. The fundraiser included: A Chinese Auction, 50/50 and Live Auction. Marilyn Collinson [...]

2016/02/17Local Interest

SVRSS Tigers JV Girls Place 2nd in Dauphin & Flin Flon

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The Tigers have been successful in the last two tournaments, Dauphin Invitational on February 5 & 6, 2016 and then in Flin Flon, Haptnot Collegiate Invitational on February 12 & 13, 2016 winning second place in both tournaments. Click any picture for a larger version. Dauphin Tournament Feb 5 & [...]

2016/02/16Local Interest

Canada Summer Job Grants Available

Submitted by: Community Futures Parkland | Service Canada is currently accepting applications for funding for the 2016 Canada Summer Jobs program. Application period: January 4, 2016 to February 26, 2016. Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to [...]

2016/02/16Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – January 26, 2016

Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chambers at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on this 26th day of January, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Present: Reeve; Verne Scouten Councillors; Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster, David Minish, Terry Neely, Stan Potten CAO; Carolyn Gordon [...]

2016/02/15Local Interest

The Great Plains: Cabin Fever Concert – April 3, 2016

Submitted by; St. Andrew’s United Church | A Cabin Fever Concert with Saskia & Darrel The Great Plains Sun. April 3, 2016 7:00 pm Presented by St. Andrew’s United Church in Swan River Tickets $15 per person Available from: Church Office: 204-734-3248 Bert & Mary Jenner: 204-734-3782 Cabin Fever is defined as a claustrophobic reaction [...]

2016/02/15Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 2, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Jacobson, Moriaux, Friesen, Whyte, Delaurier and Sakal present.  1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.058 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Lance Jacobson RESOLVED [...]

2016/02/14Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – January 18, 2016

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 18th day of January, 2016 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve –C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, L. Mychalchuk, S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:30 p.m. – Ken [...]

2016/02/14Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – January 19, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Jacobson, Moriaux, Friesen, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Whyte was absent with permission. 1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.022 Moved By: David [...]

2016/02/13Local Interest

Youth Sexual Exploitation Awareness – March 7, 2016

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Youth Sexual Exploitation Social Media & The Law Presentation for Parents of youth Grade 6-12 SVRSS Multi-Media Resource Centre March 7, 2016 7 – 9 pm Refreshments at 6:30 No Cost to attend The Internet Child Exploitation Unit of the RCMP will explore the definition of the media coined phenomenon [...]

2016/02/12Local Interest

Farmers Attend Canadian Wheat Board Alliance Meeting

Submitted by: Brendan Sigurdson | Approximately 50 farmers attended the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance meeting on the evening of Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Swan River. The presenters were: Ron Kostyshyn, Manitoba Agriculture Minister and MLA for Swan River; Kyle Korneychuk, former elected CWB director and farmer from Pelly, SK; and Ken Sigurdson, farmer from [...]

2016/02/12Local Interest

Bowsman Ladies Curling Bonspiel – February 25-28, 2016

Submitted by: Laurie Evans | Bowsman Ladies Curling Bonspiel February 25-28, 2016 Entry deadline: Sun. February 21, 2016 Contact Jason Ferriss (204)281-1906 $120 Entry Fee Dress up as your favorite SNL character or comedy sketch. Best Costume prizes, Silent Auction and 50/50

2016/02/11Local Interest

Seniors Financial Presentation Well Attended

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | On February 9, 2016 nearly fifty people attended the Seniors Financial Literacy presentation held on hosted by Services to Seniors and sponsored by Community Futures Parkland. Click any picture for a larger version. Lynn, Citizen Service Specialist with Service Canada, explained to those present the features and benefits available through [...]

2016/02/11Local Interest

Bellsite’s 37th Annual Poker Derby – February 28, 2016

Bellsite Community Centre and North Mountain Riders Snowmobile Club Bellsite’s 37th Annual Poker Derby Sun. February 28th, 2016 A Scenic Mountain Route, North Mountain Riders Groomed Snow Pass Trail Start Point is Bellsite Manitoba (this event will happen with sunshine, snow or rain) REGISTRATION: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Bellsite Community Hall FEE: DRIVERS $25.00 (3 POKER [...]

2016/02/10Local Interest

Special Olympics Parkland Receives $2000 Donation

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region was very excited to receive a $2000 donation from the Swan Valley Credit Union’s Jeans Day Charity. Accepting the cheque for Special Olympics are Coach June Mosiondz and athletes Ricky Zimmer and Andy Brass. Presenting the cheque is Melissa Sollis, Swan Valley Credit Union Member [...]

2016/02/09Local Interest

9th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride – February 27, 2016

Swan Valley Snowmobile Association 9th Annual Vintage Ride February 27, 2016 at the Swan Valley Museum The day will kick-off with a pancake breakfast for $6 9:00 – 11:30 am hosted by the Bowsman and District Lions. All are welcome whether you are entering the Vintage Ride or just coming to check out some “old [...]

2016/02/08Local Interest

Is Bill Gade’s “Challenge” Extortion?

Editorial by: Shauna Klekta | In a desperate attempt to regain lost advertising revenue and market share, Bill [Gade] has agreed to keep his self-proclaimed “Offensive” editorials off the air if his list of demands is met. In an email to Swan Valley businesses, Bill “Challenges” that to stop him from airing his editorials, someone [...]

2016/02/07Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 13, 2016

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – 2 – 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Brad Wyatt CAO [...]

2016/02/07Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – January 12, 2016

Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chambers at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba on this 12th day of January, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Present: Deputy Reeve; Brian Burick Councillors; Glen Foster, David Minish, Terry Neely, Stan Potten CAO; Carolyn Gordon Absent With Prior [...]

2016/02/06Local Interest

Border Connection Band & Dance – February 21, 2016

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Border Connection Come & Dance or Listen Old-Time Music by a 4-piece Band Sun. February 21, 2016 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Durban Community Hall $10 per person Lunch sold Info: Doreen 204-539-2434 or 204-539-2321 Vickie 204-539-2293 Edgar 204-539-2698 Hall 204-539-2030

2016/02/06Local Interest

Swan Valley West Meeting – January 6, 2016

Special Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chambers at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba this 6th day of January, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The Purpose of the meeting is to discuss; – 2015 & 2016 Gravel Crushing – Human Resources/Staffing/Wages – Council Indemnities Present: [...]

2016/02/06Local Interest

13 Ways to Kill Your Community – February 25, 2016

Submitted by: Heather Nielsen | PRESENTATION: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community Thurs. February 25, 2016 7:00 pm War Veterans Community Hall 119 6th Ave N. Swan River Follow the advice in reverse and you’ll have a thriving, successful community. Join us for a FREE engaging presentation by Chris Fields, business partner of Doug Griffiths [...]

2016/02/05Local Interest

JV Girls Basketball Team Wins MBCI Invitational

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The Swan Valley JV Girls Basketball team traveled to The Pas on January 30, 2016 to take part in the MBCI Invitational Basketball Tournament. Click picture for a larger version. In the first game on Saturday morning, the Tigers played Frontier Collegiate Institute. The Tigers played a stingy man to [...]

2016/02/05Local Interest

Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby – March 19, 2016

Submitted by: Alvin Karton | 19th Annual Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby March 19, 2016 Whitefish Lake Contestants will be fishing for a first place prize of $10,000. There are many other valuable prizes to be won. Entry fee: Adult advance $40, walk on $50 Junior advance $30, walk on $40 Extra hole $30 [...]

2016/02/04Local Interest

Swan Valley Refugee Fund Set Up

Submitted by: Mike Yablonski | The Swan Valley Refugee Committee is now accepting donations and has set up The Swan Valley Refugee Fund at the Swan Valley Credit Union. The account # is: 110030323296. Money can be deposited into the Credit Union account but tax receipts can not be issued. For individuals requiring tax receipts, [...]

2016/02/03Local Interest

Meeting: Great Canadian Grain Robbery – Feb. 10, 2016

Submitted by: Brendan Sigurdson | MEETING: Great Canadian Grain Robbery February 10, 2016 7:30 pm Legion Room, Legion Hall, Swan River, MB Presenters include: Ron Kostyshyn, Kyle Korneychuk and Ken Sigurdson Farmers across western Canada are losing billions because of the loss of the Canadian Wheat Board. Richard Gray, Agricultural Economist, University of Saskatchewan, August [...]

2016/02/02Local Interest

Swan Valley Girls Tigers Take Second in Tournament

Submitted by: Janet White-Riddell | The Swan Valley Tigers Varsity Girls Basketball team hosted the 2nd annual Swan Valley Credit Union Classic tournament on Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Five teams out of town teams participated and our home team made it to the finals [...]

2016/02/01Local Interest