Monthly Archives: May 2018

Minitonas 4-H Celebrates 63 Years at Annual Show & Sale

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | The Minitonas 4-H Beef Club celebrated 63 years with the annual show and sale on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Swan Valley Ag Grounds. Preparations for the show started last fall when members selected their projects and weights and animal identification was recorded in December. Over the feeding period [...]

2018/05/31Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – May 15, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Deputy Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Mayor McKenzie was absent with permission.  1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2018.230 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

CANCELLED Spring Schooling Show – June 3, 2018

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | CANCELLED Due to Weather Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club is hosting a Spring Schooling Show Sun. June 3, 2018 Registration: 9:00 am Start Time: 10:00 am Swan Valley Ag Grounds Showmanship, Western & English Equitation, Western & English pleasure, trail, barrels & poles. $3 per class! Pick a [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

Immigrants Connect Through FolkFest Fundraiser

Submitted by: Yuliia Haletska | We had 35 participants in total. The purpose of this event was Folkfest fundraising and connection immigrants with community. Everyone brought food, everything was so delicious. We introduced ourselves. We had KeyChevrolet worker who did a draw for free oil change and accessories for car washing, one of the newcomer [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

Selling Your Stuff Just Got a Whole Lot Better

ValleyBiz is excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 we made some upgrades to the free classifieds on ValleyBiz. The process is still free and easy and while some screens may look a little different, most of the steps are the still the same … just better. Our classifieds listings are now fully [...]

2018/05/29Local Interest

Family Friendly Fun at Taylor School Fun Festival

Submitted by: Falon Cooke | The Centennial Arena buzzed with families and kids of all ages Friday, May 25, 2018 for the annual Taylor School Fun Festival. The BBQ supper concession, carnival games, and prize shopping were a constant circuit of activity. The most popular being face painting, cotton candy station, and the dunk tank. [...]

2018/05/28Local Interest

Special Olympics Fundraiser BBQ – June 13, 2018

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | 4th Annual Special Olympics Fundraiser BBQ Wed. June 13, 2018 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Home Hardware Swan River BBQ Hamburger, Chips & Beverage $5 Pre-order Delivery in Swan River Fax orders to 734-2397 or Call 734-2165 by 5pm June 12, 2018 Supporting the Parkland Region Special Olympics Athletes Celebrating [...]

2018/05/27Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – May 9, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 [...]

2018/05/27Local Interest

Caroline Willis Retirement – June 1, 2018

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | Farewell & Happy retirement to Caroline Willis Friday June 1, 2018 Cake & Coffee 1pm – 4pm Swan Valley Credit Union Swan River Branch Caroline joined the SVCU family in 1975 as a teller. She was quickly recruited to the Lending Department Team where she has worked the balance of [...]

2018/05/26Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 22, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture May 22, 2018 | Northwest Region Warmer weather and limited precipitation this past week resulted in good seeding progress. There was some rainfall in the southernmost part of the region with upwards of 22 mm in the Inglis area and 15 mm around Ste. Rose. The remainder [...]

2018/05/26Local Interest

Carol Tripp RBC Retirement – May 31, 2018

Submitted by: Tracey Markin | Carol Tripp Retirement from RBC May 31, 2018 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Swan River RBC Please join us at the Swan River RBC branch to say thanks and good-bye to Carol on May 31, 2018. Cake & Coffee will be served from 11 – 3. Carol has been serving [...]

2018/05/26Local Interest

Swan Valley Recreation Summer 2018 Programs

Submitted by: Patti Henkelman | Swan Valley District Recreation Commission Summer 2018 Programs Registration begins June 5, 2018 Call 204-734-4119, or 204-734-3847, or Stop by the Aquatic Centre Playground Program July 3 – August 10 1:00 – 4:00 pm Kids born 2006 – 2012 $20/week $100/summer $6 drop in fee   Swan River Daycamp #1 [...]

2018/05/25Local Interest

Kobzar Church Celebrates 85th Anniversay

Submitted by: Donna Krochak | Approximately 40 people attended the Divine Liturgy, Provody, and delicious home cooked dinner on May 19, 2018 filling the church and hall to capacity. During this 85th anniversary milestone, several people were presented with rose bowls to recognize them for their ongoing support of the Kobzar Parish. Attendees came from [...]

2018/05/24Local Interest

Grad Class of 2018 BBQ – May 31, 2018

Submitted by: Donna Burghart | Support Your Local Grad Class of 2018 Barbeque Thurs. May 31, 2018 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm SVRSS During the SVSD 50th Anniversary Celebration Hamburger, drink and ice cream treat $5 Thank you to the following businesses for your generous support. Swan Valley Co-op Weston Foods – Will Woodson Valley [...]

2018/05/23Local Interest

Future and Returning Players Attend Tigers Football Camp

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | A successful camp was held on May 14, 15 and 17, 2018 for nearly 25 future and returning players! Thanks to the Community Foundation of Swan Valley for their support of this program and to our community coaches for their time and effort!!!

2018/05/23Local Interest

New Bill Will Create Safer And More Ethical Hunting

Submitted Story| Swan River – Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, welcomes the introduction of a bill that will establish safer hunting and sustainable wildlife management. Bill 29, the Wildlife Amendment Act (Safe Hunting and Shared Management), includes measures to regulate some practices of night hunting, particularly spotlighting, as well as to ensure the sustainability [...]

2018/05/22Local Interest

SVAPL BBQ With Chay Genoway – June 19, 2018

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League BBQ with Chay Genoway June 19, 2018 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Farmers Market on Main Bison Burger or Smokie with a drink & Treat $6 Olympic Bronze Medalist of the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team Chay Genoway will be in attendance! Have your photo taken [...]

2018/05/20Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – May 14, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the May 14, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. Chelsea Cook and Ashley Tibbett from Public Health provided a very informative presentation on the work in progress by the Harm Reduction Board. A key part of their presentation was an increase of needles/sharpies found [...]

2018/05/20Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 1, 2018

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 1st day of May, 2018 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, S. Walmsley, G. Bartel & L. Mychalchuk C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 8:30 pm – [...]

2018/05/19Local Interest

Taylor School Fun Festival – May 25, 2018

Submitted by: Taylor School Fun Festival Fri. May 25, 2018 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Centennial Arena Free Admission Games, Prizes, Raffles Concession Over the past 23 years the Taylor School Fun Festival has become known as a token filled, sugar rush, family centered, community event. And that hasn’t changed! There will be a full [...]

2018/05/19Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 14, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture May 14, 2018 | Northwest Region Seeding progressed at a good pace, where conditions allowed. Soil moisture is variable throughout the region. Roblin and Dauphin area soil conditions are dry to very dry; Swan River is also concerned about dry conditions while at The Pas, conditions are [...]

2018/05/19Local Interest


Submitted by: Sherry Martin | CANCELLED Join us for a Barbeque! Hosted by SVAPL with Our Furry Friends in Attendance June 3, 2018 11 am to 2 pm Fairgrounds 4H Schooling Show Enjoy a hot dog or a bison burger, a treat and a drink for only $6! Come on out and visit us!

2018/05/18Local Interest

Wonderful Turnout at 2nd Annual High Tea

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | We all had a lovely day at Benito Legion hall on Saturday May 12, 2018 as we celebrated Mothers day with our 2nd annual High tea! It was a wonderful turn out and everyone enjoyed the Mini Pavlovas and Dainty sandwiches along with the huge assortment on the bake table. [...]

2018/05/18Local Interest

SVRSS Brings Magic of Snow White to Life

Submitted by: Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk | The SVRSS Gym was filled with laughter from the audience and cackles and screams from the stages during the SVRSS Drama Production of Snow White this past weekend! This traditional fairytale was brought to life under the dedicated and creative direction of Director Michelle Baudin the very talented cast and [...]

2018/05/18Local Interest

Folk Fest 2018 – June 15 & 16, 2018

Submitted by: Barb Holmes | FolkFest 2018 June 15 & 16, 2018 Swan River Curling Rink Fri: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Grand March of all countries Friday at 7:00 pm There will be 14 countries represented. Admission is $5.00. Come and enjoy the cultural heritage of the Swan [...]

2018/05/17Local Interest

Toe Tapping Time at Lenswood Mothers Day Dance

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | Smiles, laughter and tapping toes were found out in Lenswood at their Mothers Day Dance on Saturday night!!! Thanks to those who worked and who sent food.

2018/05/17Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – May 1, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Jacobson, Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2018.200 Moved By: Jason Sakal Seconded By: Duane Whyte RESOLVED that the Agenda for the [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Baking, Plants and Prizes at Annual Strawberry Tea

Submittec by: Gloria (for the SRVHA members) Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary held their annual Strawberry Tea on May 11th, 2018. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the SRVHA Tea. Also sold was baking, plants and 50/50 tickets. The 50/50, won by Bud Fullerton, amounted to $1,002.50 Congratulations! Besides the [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Community Potluck Folkfest Fundraising – May 26, 2018

Submitted by: Yuliia Haletska | Settlement & Immigration Services Community Potluck Folkfest Fundraising Sat. May 26, 2018 6:00 pm United Church 514 – 1 St N, Swan River For any information call: 431-363-3106 Yuliia Haletska, Settlement Coordinator

2018/05/16Local Interest

Spectacular Weekend At Swan Valley High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | Swan Valley HS Rodeo hosted a MB HS Rodeo this past weekend (May 11-13, 2018) and it was a huge success. The weather was perfect, the grounds were amazing, great food, spectators & competition! The weekend started with a Jackpot Barrel race! The fast time was run in the Junior [...]

2018/05/16Local Interest

Beautiful Quilts Displayed at Mother’s Day Quilt Show

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | On Sunday May 13, 2018 Bowsman United Church Quilt Group held a Mother’s Day Quilt Show at Harley House. The Heritage Home in Swan River provided a picturesque background for the beautiful quilts that were on display. The showcased quilts ranged from traditional to modern in design and varied in [...]

2018/05/15Local Interest

Friendly Faces at Minitonas United Church Tea

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church | Friendly faces greeted guests on May 5, 2018 as they arrived for the Minitonas Knox United Church Spring Tea on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The dessert table was filed with a variety of tasty choices and the afternoon overflowed with lively conversations. The auction table was popular with [...]

2018/05/14Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – April 25, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Councillors Malcolm, Rizok [...]

2018/05/13Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – May 8, 2018

Minutes of the 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, this 8th day of May, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Brian Burick Glen Foster David Minish Irwin Steen Interim-Acting CAO: Betty [...]

2018/05/13Local Interest

Tigers Spring Football Camp – May 14, 15 & 17, 2018

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | Swan Valley Tigers Spring Football Camp May 14, 15 & 17, 2018 Registration & Equipment Handout Mon. May 14 5:30pm – 6:30pm before practice Practice 6:30pm – 8:30pm @ SVRSS Football Field Not sure about football but always wanted to try it??? Now is the time to come out and [...]

2018/05/12Local Interest

RM of Mountain Financial Plan Hearing – April 25, 2018

Minutes of the Financial Plan Hearing of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Friday, April 25th, 2018 in the RM of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Councillors Malcolm, Rizok [...]

2018/05/12Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 7, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture May 7, 2018 | Northwest Region Windy drying weather was experienced throughout the week with temperatures in mid 20s over the weekend. Some light scattered showers through the weekend, with no significant accumulated precipitation. Soil moisture is at a surplus in the northern part of the region [...]

2018/05/12Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Respond to Apartment Fire

RCMP Media Release | On May 9, 2018, at approximately 9:00 am, Swan River RCMP were dispatched to a report of a fire on Main Street in Swan River, Manitoba. When officers arrived on scene, an apartment block was on fire, and people were known to be inside. Two officers blocked traffic to ensure the [...]

2018/05/11Local Interest

Special Olympics Holds Largest Dance Fever to Date

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Over 60 Special Olympic athletes, coaches and volunteers from the Swan Valley, Russell and Winnipegosis enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, dining and friendship at the 7th Annual Special Olympics Dance Fever on April 21, 2018 at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre. $4,620 was raised in the 50/50 cash draw. Congratulations [...]

2018/05/11Local Interest

Swan River Paramedic Achieves High Honours

Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | Taralynn Stephen of Swan River, MB. has been recognized by the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) for having achieved the highest score on the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) exam in 2017. Stephen took the one-year program through the Red River College—Swan River site and was also awarded the [...]

2018/05/10Local Interest

Kobzar Church 85th Anniversary – May 19, 2018

Submitted by: Donna Krochak | Kobzar Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Holy Ascension Kobzar Church 85th Anniversary May 19, 2018 9:30 am (Sask time) 2018 is a special year for Kobzar Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Holy Ascension. It is the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Orthodox of Canada, and the 85th anniversary of Kobzar Church. Please [...]

2018/05/10Local Interest

Music Monday Starts the Week on the Right Note

Pictured above: 2nd/3rd Year Band Students Perform on Music Monday ValleyBiz Story | On May 7, 2018 the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) participate in the 14th Annual Music Monday, a national event where Canadian students and industry come together to celebrate the creation of music as a community. SVSD Music Monday Mass Bands was [...]

2018/05/10Local Interest

Local Physicians Honoured by College of Family Physicians

Pictured above: Presentor, Dr. Ainslie Mihalchuk, Dr. Adrian Fung, Dr. Leah Koetting and Dr. Rafiq Andani [Photos courtesy of Tommy Jones Photography] Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | The Manitoba College of Family Physicians (MCFP) held their 2018 MCFP Awards Banquet at the Inn at the Forks Ballroom in Winnipeg on April 20. Recipients received [...]

2018/05/09Local Interest

Communities That Care & Inter-Agency AGM – May 31, 2018

Submitted by: Bev Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care and Swan Valley Inter-Agency AGM May 31, 2018 Elbert Chartrand Friendship Center AGENDA 11:30 a.m.– Lunch 12:00 –1:00- Showcase Presentations: Swan Valley Communities That Care SV Community Mobilization SR Harm Reduction Network SV Inter-Agency Lunch is provided. Please RSVP by May 29th. Contact: Beverley Polon [...]

2018/05/09Local Interest

Over $3,300 Raised for ESRSS Daycare

Submitted by: Julie Harvey | The Everything Children’s Sale and More was a huge success! Approximately 200+ people came over the two days. There were 14 tables with everything ranging from children’s furniture, toys, books and clothes to housewares, decorative signs and more. Mike Jessup from Creighton was the winner of the 60/40 draw, taking [...]

2018/05/09Local Interest

Badminton Team Brings Home a Title and Great Experience

Pictured above: Mixed Doubles Medallists Silver – Steinbach, Gold – Swan Valley, Bronze – Vincent Massey (Winnipeg) Submitted by Craig Zamzow | On May 4-5 Vincent Massey High School in Brandon hosted the MHSAA Badminton Provincials with 32 teams qualifying in each category. Girls Singles Grade 11 student Rachel Negrave, in her second Provincials, had [...]

2018/05/08Local Interest

ACL Luncheon and AGM – June 5, 2018

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | Association for Community Living Swan River 57th Annual General Meeting Tues. June 5, 2018 Westwood Inn Valley Room Lunch served at 12 noon with the meeting to follow. To purchase luncheon tickets or for more information contact: ACL at 204-734-9114 Everyone Welcome!!!

2018/05/08Local Interest

Great Afternoon of Visiting While Enjoying Works of Art

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The Art Show at Little Woody Baptist church held on May 5, 2018 was great and many visitors enjoyed the art and visiting. We, who paint there on Mondays, are grateful to be using the venue. It is given to us freely and is in no way a fundraiser for [...]

2018/05/08Local Interest

Basketball Players Enhance Theirs Skills at Weekend Clinics

Submitted by Ian Kitch | Swan Valley Basketball Association hosted two basketball clinics on May 5th, 2018. Coach Gil Cheung, Tyvon Cooper, and Mikaela Stanton from the Brandon University Bobcats Basketball Program provided excellent coaching and instruction to nearly 40 players. Thanks to Brandon University and Coach Cheung for coming to Swan River.

2018/05/07Local Interest

Mothers Day High Tea – May 12, 2018

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | Benito Women’s Auxiliary invites you to their 2nd Annual Mothers Day High Tea Sat. May 12, 2018 2 pm to 3:30 pm at Benito Legion Hall In Celebration of Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, Daughters, Grand daughters & Friends. 50/50 Draw, Door Prize, and Bake Sale. Draws made at 3:15. Feel [...]

2018/05/07Local Interest