Monthly Archives: June 2016

Balloons Released in Memory of Children

Submitted by: Shasta Scott | The Compassionate Friends group in Swan River hosted our annual balloon release Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Legion Park. Click any picture for a larger version. It was a nice event with some new people attending this year to share in the celebration of our children. Thank you to [...]

2016/06/30Local Interest

Swan Valley Projects Receive Over $30,000 in Grants

Government of Manitoba Media Release | The Community Places program is marking 30 years of supporting recreational and cultural facilities across Manitoba by providing nearly $3.6 million in grants to projects championed by non-profit and community-led organizations, Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today. “Over the last three decades, Community Places has helped [...]

2016/06/30Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2016 – July 28, 29, 30, 31

The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition in Swan River is packed with fun for the entire family. With Concerts and Live Entertainment, Exhibits and Demonstrations, Grandstand Events, Select Shows Midway and plenty to Eat and Drink, there is something for everybody to enjoy. Chamber of Commerce Parade – Friday Morning at 10:00 am Theme: Valley in [...]

2016/06/29Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2016 – Grandstand Events

Coming July 28, 29, 30, 31 Get ready for heart pounding, hat throwing excitement in Swan River at the Northwest Roundup Grandstand. North American Chuckwagon & Chariot Championships, MRCA & CCA Rodeo, and Heavy Horse Pull! Our Big Screen Display gets you up close and personal with all the grandstand action! Don’t miss a second [...]

2016/06/29Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2016 – Entertainment Schedule

Coming July 28, 29, 30, 31 The entertainment lineup for the Swan River Northwest Roundup and Exhibition includes Pure Country (Ken Thompson) Ryan Keown and Kendra Kay along with a Fiddlers Contest and Talent Stage. Click here for a printable schedule that includes all of the events during the Swan River 2016 NorthWest Roundup and [...]

2016/06/29Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2016 – Serving Up Great Food

Coming July 28, 29, 30, 31 The Swan River Northwest Roundup kicks off with opening night BBQ and the food doesn’t stop there. Enjoy local favorites at a community food booths: perogies, cabbage rolls, buffalo burgers & smokies. Snack on Midway treats: candy apples, cotton candy or mini donuts. Beat the heat and wet your [...]

2016/06/29Local Interest

Aboriginal Day Celebrated with Traditional Music and Dance

ValleyBiz Story | A celebration in recognition of National Aboriginal Day took place at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre on June 21, 2016. It was a beautiful sunny day and the celebration featured tradional music, singing, dancing and food. Click any picture for a larger version. Morning entertainment was provided by Robert Severight from Cote [...]

2016/06/29Local Interest

James Wells Robson Donation Recognition – July 1, 2016

Submitted by: Municipality of Swan Valley West | Please Join Us for the unveiling of the James Wells Robson Commemorative Scroll July 1, 2016 at 11 A.M. Benito and District Recreation Complex Main Doors As we pay tribute to the Late James Wells Robson, in honor of his donation of land for our recreational site.

2016/06/29Local Interest

Dealing With Stress Discussed at Local Seminar

Submitted by: David Ogram | On June 25, 2016 approximately 20 people gathered at the Swan River Seventh-day Adventist Church to participate in a Stress Without Distress seminar presented by Glenda Nischuk from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Click any picture for a larger version. Glenda, a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, and owner of the Better Living Nutrition [...]

2016/06/29Local Interest

Minitonas Students Raise Money for Clean Water

ValleyBiz Story | On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the Social Justice League from the Minitonas Middle Years School participated in a World Vision Walk for Water to raise funds and awareness for water scarcity in Tanzania, Africa. Click any picture for a larger version. Students were required to carry between 2 and 6 litres of [...]

2016/06/28Local Interest

New Swan Valley School Division Superintendent

Submitted by: Swan Valley School Division Board of Trustees The Swan Valley School Division Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that come fall term we will have a new Superintendent of Schools in the person of Tim Mendel. Tim is a Manitoba born educator with experience at all levels of public education in Manitoba. [...]

2016/06/27Local Interest

Classroom Lessons Pass the Hands On Test

ValleyBiz Story | School may be almost done but, for Mrs. Mullin’s Grade 4 Minitonas Early Years class, that doesn’t mean the learning stops nor does it mean that summer fun has to wait. Click any picture for a larger version. On Tuesday June 21, 2016 the class enjoyed a field trip to the Duck [...]

2016/06/27Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – May 24, 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 24th day of May, 2016 at 7:10 p.m. Present: Reeve; Verne Scouten Councillors; Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Terry Neely, Glen Foster, David Minish, Stan Potten CAO; Carolyn Gordon [...]

2016/06/26Local Interest

Hail Storm Moves Through Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | A hail storm moved through Swan River on the afternoon of Saturday, June 25, 2016. The driving rain and large hail had people scrambling for cover, moving their vehicles indoors and even sandbagging on main street. Click any picture for a larger version. The following pictures were submitted by Christine Maycher who [...]

2016/06/25Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Investigate Theft of Equipment

RCMP Media Release | Swan River RCMP received a report that a Case baler and a Bobco livestock trailer had been stolen from a property just outside of Birch River sometime over the last few weeks. To provide information ANONYMOUSLY: Call Manitoba Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Go online to submit a secure [...]

2016/06/25Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 20, 2016

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development June 20, 2016 | Northwest Region Temperatures and rainfall amounts were extremely variable throughout the Northwest Region over the past week. Localized areas around and south of Ste. Rose, Makinak and McCreary received up to 25 mm of rainfall adding to the already [...]

2016/06/25Local Interest

Harry Showdra New Chair of Prairie Mountain Health Board

Submitted Story | Harry Showdra of Swan River has been named Board Chair of Prairie Mountain Health (PMH). Showdra has an extensive background in municipal affairs, having worked as a Municipal Secretary-Treasurer and the Municipal Administrator. He is retired from his position as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Swan River, a job he [...]

2016/06/24Local Interest

Community Gathers in Cowan For Fathers Day Brunch

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik The Father’s Day Brunch was held at the Cowan Community Centre on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The weather was bright and sunny and so were the smiles of the participants that attended this function. Pictures submitted by Rita Cryderman. Click any picture for a larger version. It was also a windy [...]

2016/06/23Local Interest

Westman High Speed Internet Coming to Minitonas

Westman Communications Group is building upon its $1 Million investment made last year that brought high speed Internet services to Swan River. An additional $300,000 investment was made to expand the fibre network in the Swan Valley area, extending its network facilities to Minitonas. Upon completion of the fibre extension and network facilities upgrade, Minitonas [...]

2016/06/23Local Interest

Little Village Offers Big Deals at Town Wide Yard Sales

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | In the little village of Pine River on Saturday June 18th, 2016 the day was beautiful with the sun in the sky and a light breeze blowing. Click any picture for a larger version. The breeze made it very comfortable for people to walk or drive through the town looking [...]

2016/06/23Local Interest

Approximatley 300 Attend MB Hydro Lunch

Submitted by: Sandy Izzard | Manitoba Hydro and staff would like to thank everyone that came out to enjoy the customer appreciation lunch on Friday, June 17, 2016. We had approximately 300 in attendance. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 2034) for the use of the [...]

2016/06/22Local Interest

Fun and Fellowship at Tuesday Gals Golf

Submitted by: June McKenzie | Tuesday Night Gals Golf on June 14, 2016 saw 62 enthusiastic golfers out for “Wine & Cheese” event night sponsored by Formo Motors. A scramble format was followed. Click any picture for a larger version. Many new golfers came out for the evening and the “Formo Gals” (employees, family & [...]

2016/06/22Local Interest

Athletes in Action Banquet – July 16, 2016

Submitted by: Cheryl Ellingson | Athletes in Action Total Athlete Skills Clinic Banquet July 16, 2016 5:30 pm War Veterans Community Hall Guest Speaker: Canadian Sports Hall of Famer, Michael “Pinball” Clemons We invite you to join us as we wrap up our 2-day Athletes in Action Total Athlete Skills Clinic with a banquet celebrating [...]

2016/06/21Local Interest

Friends, Food and “Fun”draising at Golf Club

Submitted by: Corey Hurren Bowsman and District Lions Club The weather was beautiful and excitement levels were high for the Friends of the Swan River Valley’s 2nd Annual “Fun”draiser Bonanza at the Swan River Golf & Country Club on Saturday, June 18th, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Excitement levels were so high [...]

2016/06/21Local Interest

Fri. June 17, 2016 Lockdown at SVRSS and Taylor School

Swan Valley School Division Media Release | On Friday, June 17th, 2016, just as buses were loading for the afternoon return home, the local RCMP made a decision to place the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School and Taylor School into a lockdown mode. Communication plans worked well with schools and transportation responding calmly, quickly and [...]

2016/06/21Local Interest

Minitonas Students Donate to Refugee Committee

Submitted by: Swan Valley Refugee Committee (SVRC) The Swan Valley Refugee Committee would like to thank the Minitonas Middle Years students for their donation. Click any picture for a larger version. The school has a ‘We Create Change’ student social justice group that fundraised a total of $500.00. Thank you for working so hard to [...]

2016/06/20Local Interest

Furry Friends Visit Minitonas Community Store

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League was in attendance for the barbeque held at the Minitonas Community Store on June 18, 2016. The proceeds from the lunch will be donated to SVAPL in support of the shelter. Click any picture for a larger version. Rocky, one of the dogs adopted from [...]

2016/06/20Local Interest

EMS Hosts BBQ for Special Olympics

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | The Swan River EMS Professionals celebrated Emergency Medical Services Week with a Fundraising BBQ on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Ambulance Garage in Swan River. Pictured above: Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region athletes (left) with Jarret Gingras accepting the donation for Special O from Sarah Gareau, Paramedic and EMS [...]

2016/06/19Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – June 7, 2016

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Moriaux, Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1.  Call to order 2.  Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2016.300 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Lance Jacobson RESOLVED that the Agenda for the June 7th, [...]

2016/06/18Local Interest

Retirement Celebration for Rev. Kathy Highmoor

Submitted by: Barb Holmes | On June 4, 2016 a retirement celebration was held for Rev. Kathy Highmoor. Kathy has ministered to the members of Hillsview Pastoral Charger for 35 years. Click any picture for a larger version. Her guidance and compassion have reached throughout the Valley during 808 funerals, 296 weddings, 312 baptisms and [...]

2016/06/17Local Interest

Compassionate Friends Balloon Release – June 26, 2016

Submitted by: Shasta Scott The Swan Valley Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will be holding a Balloon Release June 26, 2016 3:00 pm Legion Park There will be a short program starting at 3:00 pm followed by the balloon release in memory of our children. Refreshments and fellowship will take place afterwards. The Compassionate Friends [...]

2016/06/17Local Interest

Successful BBQ Hamburger Sale for Special O Parkland

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region held their 2nd Annual BBQ Hamburger Fundraiser at Home Hardware in Swan River on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 celebrating Special Olympics Manitoba Awareness Week. They had great community support making $1500 with over 400 burger combos sold. The Swan River Lions Club have always been [...]

2016/06/17Local Interest

National Aboriginal Day Celebration – June 21, 2016

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | National Aboriginal Day Celebration June 21, 2016 11am — 2pm Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Entertainment Red Bird Dancers & Singers Featuring Brittany Moore D-Town Steppers Local Talent Face Painting Food-Beverages FREE ADMISSION EVERYBODY WELCOME

2016/06/16Local Interest

United Church Photo Contest and Supper a Success

Submitted by: Knox United Church | On Friday, June 10, 2106, Minitonas Know United Church held a spaghetti supper and photo contest. Attendees purchased tickets to vote for their favorite photos. Pictured above: First place photo contest winners (left to right): Aleida Howard in the Flower Category Shauna Klekta in the Landscape Category Emily Soloway [...]

2016/06/16Local Interest

Benito Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2016

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito Canada Day Celebrations Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am – 11:00 am at The Rec Centre ALL DAY FUN 8 Team Slowpitch Tournament 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Kids Bouncy Castle & Activities 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Gymkhana 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 55+ Horseshoe Tournament 1:00 pm Open [...]

2016/06/15Local Interest

Inter-Agency & Communities That Care AGMs

Submitted by: Jen Patterson | On June 9, 2016, the Swan Valley Inter-Agency and Swan Valley Communities That Care hosted their Annual General Meetings at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Center. Click any picture for a larger version. Representatives from the Brandon Community Mobilization group made a presentation during the lunch hour. Thanks to the Committee [...]

2016/06/15Local Interest

Cowan Fathers Day Pancake Breakfast – June 19, 2016

Submitted by: Wade Kovachik | Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast/Brunch Cowan Community Centre Sun. June 19, 2016 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The selection will be a buffet of eggs, pancakes, sausages, hashbrowns, fruit amd more. Adults – $7.00, Children 6 to 12 – $3.50, Preschoolers – Free. Everyone Welcome.

2016/06/14Local Interest

RCMP Swan River Respond to Pedestrian Fatality

RCMP Media Release | At approximately 5 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, Swan River RCMP were called to the corner of 9th Ave North and 1st Street North where a female pedestrian appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. Initial investigation reveals that a 17-year-old female driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, [...]

2016/06/14Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 13, 2016

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development June 13, 2016 Northwest Region Temperatures and rainfall amounts were extremely variable throughout the Northwest Region over the past week. Localized areas around Ste. Rose, Laurier and McCreary received up to 75 mm of rainfall, adding to the already wet field conditions. Crops [...]

2016/06/14Local Interest

Formo Motors Presents Cheque to Swan River Day Care

Submitted by: Dave Sommerville | Formo Motors and the Swan River Day Care Centre held a Drive One 4UR School event on May 16, 2016 with the day care earning $20 for every test drive. Pictured above: Dave Sommerville of Formo Motors presents the cheque to Jordon Henderson. Don Formo displays the picture received from [...]

2016/06/13Local Interest

Successful Luncheon Supports Grad Celebration

Submitted by: Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk The Swan Valley Co-Op Parking Lot was buzzing Friday, June 10, 2016 as the Co-Op and the Parents and Students of the SVRSS 2016 Graduating Class teamed together to host their “Smokie on a Bun Luncheon”! Click any picture for a larger version. The luncheon took place from 11:00 am to [...]

2016/06/13Local Interest

Medical Fundraiser for Colleen Keefe – June 25, 2016

MEDICAL FUNDRAISER for Colleen Keefe June 25, 2016 Big Woody Hall Pot-Luck Dinner (Barbecued Pork provided) 6:30 PM Dancing to the “Whiskey Creek Band” 9:00 PM $10.00 per 6-12 year old $20.00 per adult Under 6 Free Come on out and have a good time and help Colleen with some of her medical expenses. Prize [...]

2016/06/12Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 17, 2016

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 17th day of May, 2016 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve –C. Eisner Councillors: G. Bartel, J. Caruk, L. Hutman, C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: L. Mychalchuk, S. Walmsley, C. Densen Additions to [...]

2016/06/12Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 6, 2016

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development June 6, 2016 | Northwest Region Temperatures and rainfall amounts were extremely variable throughout the Northwest Region over the past week. Higher accumulations were noted in the Ste Rose/Dauphin area with up to 75 mm of rainfall in localized areas, and the Roblin [...]

2016/06/11Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 3, 2016

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 3rd day of May, 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. North Mountain [...]

2016/06/11Local Interest

Home Remedies Workshop – June 26, 2016

Submitted by: David Ogram | Home Remedies Workshop Sun. June 26, 2016 2:30 pm Free Admission Seventh-day Adventist Church, Swan River 1200 1st St. South Click here for the poster. Contact Dave 734-4868 for more info Glenda Nischuk, Nutritional Consultant Better LivingCentre Yorkton, SK

2016/06/11Local Interest

Association for Community Living Holds 55th Annual AGM

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 55th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Tuesday, June 07, 2016. Click any picture for a larger version. Approximately fifty-five people enjoyed the luncheon which was catered by the Westwood Inn at 12 PM with the meeting beginning [...]

2016/06/10Local Interest

Royal Purple Elks Lodge #185 celebrates Royal Purple Day

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | On June 7, 2016 members of Swan River Royal Purple Elks Lodge #185 continued their 50+ years of community service by planting flowers in the bed at the bottom of the 9th Ave. N. entrance to Legion Park. At this time the Lodge also provides several subscriptions of the Star [...]

2016/06/09Local Interest

MB Hydro Customer Appreciation Lunch – June 17, 2016

Submitted by: Melissa Gray | Manitoba Hydro Customer Appreciation FREE Lunch Fri. June 17, 2016 11:30 am -1:30 pm Manitoba Hydro Parking Lot Any donations will be made to a local charity Hamburgers, Hot dogs and Drinks Don’t miss “Louie” the Lightning Bug!!

2016/06/09Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Investigate Discovery of Body

RCMP Media Release | On June 7, 2016, around 5:00 pm, Swan River RCMP officers were called after a resident found what he believed to be the remains of a body on the shoreline of Lake Winnipegosis in the area of Shoal River. Officers attended the location and confirmed the presence of a deceased person. [...]

2016/06/09Local Interest