Category Archives: Local Interest

Successful Swim Meet for Local Special Olympic Athletes

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Three swimmers from the Special Olympics Parkland Region Tiger Sharks Swim Team had their 1st meet of the season at the Winter Waves Swim Meet in Winnipeg on November 25, 2017 and all did very well. (Pictured above: L-R) John Schabert won 4-1sts in the 25m, 50m + 100m freestyle [...]

2018/01/19Local Interest

SVAPL Working Toward Keeping Shelter Open

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League held their AGM at the Northwest Regional Library on January 16, 2018. The meeting was attended by approximately 15 people, all very interested in the direction the group is taking. Val Bertram was present on behalf of Rick Wowchuk’s office. Val and Rick were keen [...]

2018/01/18Local Interest

Golf Course and Museum Trails Meeting – January 25, 2018

Submitted by: Patti Henkelman | Golf Course and Museum Trails Meeting Thurs. January 25, 2018 7:00 pm Town of Swan River Committee Room (439 Main St) We will be discussing the future of the trails for skiing in the winter at the Golf Course and year round trails (a skiing, walking, biking, etc.) at the [...]

2018/01/17Local Interest

Great Evening of Dancing At Benito Ukrainian New Year’s

Submitted by: Dave Statkewich | The Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance on January 13, 2018 at the Benito Rec Centre dance was well attended despite the cold weather. Supper was preceded by some carols in English and Ukrainian. Grace was then offered by father Warren from Kamsack. We fed approximately 200 people for [...]

2018/01/17Local Interest

39th Annual Bellsite Poker Derby – February 25, 2018

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | Bellsite’s 39th Annual Poker Derby Sun. February 25, 2018 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 $30.00 (3 POKER HANDS) (Advance Registration before [...]

2018/01/16Local Interest

RCMP Arrest Male in Relation to Shooting Incident

RCMP Media Release | On January 11, 2018, Winnipegosis RCMP, with the assistance of Dauphin RCMP, executed a search warrant at a residence in Duck Bay, Manitoba, approximately 75 kilometres north of Winnipegosis. During the search, officers seized a firearm related to an incident that took place on December 23, 2017. On that date, it [...]

2018/01/16Local Interest

Community And Entrepreneurship Grants Available

Submitted by: Community Futures Parkland | Our annual grant & award application and nomination forms are now available on our website. All applications and nominations are due on March 12, 2018 The Volunteer Awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on local youth and adults who donate their time and energy to the [...]

2018/01/16Local Interest

Winter Blues Dance – January 27, 2018

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | Winter Blues Dance Cowan Community Centre Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:00 pm – 1:00 am Music by Pure Country with Kenny Thompson and Britney Moore Lunch will be served. Admission by advance tickets only. Tickets $12 Available at Kolisnyk’s General Store, Merv’s, or Cowan Hall Board Members

2018/01/15Local Interest

JV Girls Basketball Finish 2nd at Triple Crown Challenge

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | Back Row: Erica Sembaluk-Hart, Lauren Klatt, Cheyenne Clemons, Adria Bateman, Ireland Staples, Brynlee Spencer, Brenna Schure, Coach Lise Fraser Front Row: Sydney Gilroy, Caitlyn Stewart, Sydney Fedorchuk, Bryn Zamzow, Josie Black The JV Girls Gr 10s Basketball Team travelled to Brandon early morning on Friday, January 12, 2018 to participate [...]

2018/01/15Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 28, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Thursday December 28th, 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 – [...]

2018/01/14Local Interest

Parenting Workshops – Starting January 18, 2018

Submitted by: Shannon McCarthy | Parenting Workshops 2 Courses to Choose From 1. Triple P Parenting 2. Guiding Good Choices Taylor Elementary School 908 – Street North, Swan River SESSIONS ARE FREE! Child care, meals and course materials are all provided at no cost, courtesy of Swan Valley Communities That Care. Supper 5:30-6:00 pm; Classroom [...]

2018/01/14Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – December 19, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 19th day of December, 2017 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 pm – [...]

2018/01/13Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 13, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – Stephen Nadolney 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – Brad [...]

2018/01/13Local Interest

Swan River Veterans Hall Receives $33,333 In Funding

Media Release | At an open house on December 20, 2017 Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the Swan River constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Progressive Conservative government is providing $16,667.00 for Veterans Community Hall Upgrades. Wowchuk was joined by Robert Sopuck, [...]

2018/01/11Local Interest

Loving Hearts Supper & Entertainment – February 10, 2018

7th Anniversary St. Andrew’s United Church Loving Hearts Supper & Entertainment February 10, 2018 Veterans Hall 5:00pm Wine Bar 6:00pm Dinner Catered by: Julie Nahnybida Tickets $35.00 each Tickets available from: Nancy Jones 204-734-2507 Eleanor Proppe 204-734-5645 Church Office 204-734-3248

2018/01/10Local Interest

Local Special Olympics Athletes Headed to National Events

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk By Jakki Lumax This article is re-published with permission from the Swan Valley Star and Times The Parkland Special Olympics team is gearing up for an exciting year with six athletes having been chosen to represent Manitoba in two separate national events: the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships (SOCBC) in [...]

2018/01/10Local Interest

Animal Protection League AGM – January 16, 2018

Submitted by: Sherry Markle | Swan Valley Animal Protection League Annual General Meeting January 16, 2018 7:00 pm Northwest Regional Library

2018/01/09Local Interest

Norman Bruce Joins Vulnerable Persons’ Hearing Panel

Government of Manitoba Media Release | Manitoba Families has appointed six new members to the Vulnerable Persons’ Hearing Panel and increased the board size by two members. The purpose of the hearing panel is to provide the vulnerable persons’ commissioner with independent and objective recommendations regarding applications for substitute decision-makers. The hearing panel has members [...]

2018/01/09Local Interest

Additional Appointment Options at Primary Care Centre

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Primary Care Centre (SVPCC) is now operating an Advanced Care Clinic every Monday from 4pm to 7pm to see patients with urgent problems who may have typically sought care through the emergency department. Beginning January 8, 2018, a Physician and a Nurse practitioner will be available Mondays from 4 [...]

2018/01/08Local Interest

Swan River Handi-Van Storage Receives $79,200 in Funding

Media Release | At an open house on December 20, 2017 Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the Swan River constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Progressive Conservative government is providing $26,400.00 for Handi-Van Storage. Wowchuk was joined by Robert Sopuck, Member of [...]

2018/01/08Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – December 12, 2017

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 12th day of December, 2017 at 7:02 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster, David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim-Acting [...]

2018/01/07Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 19, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.591 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED that the Agenda for the [...]

2018/01/07Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – November 30, 2017

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 30th day of November 2017 at 7:45 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster, David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim [...]

2018/01/06Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 5, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Jacobson, Whyte, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Friesen was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.565 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED [...]

2018/01/06Local Interest

Candles Burn Bright in Memory of Loved Ones

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | A memorial candle lighting service was held at the Birchwood Cemetery on December 23, 2017. The candles flickered over Christmas in memory of loved ones. Proceeds from the candle purchased will go towards Communities in Bloom.

2018/01/05Local Interest

Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper/Dance – January 13, 2018

Submitted by: Dave Statkewich | Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance January 13, 2018 Happy Hour 6:00 pm Supper 7:00 pm Benito Rec Centre The Old Country Lads, entertainment (Benito Ukrainian dancers) and general dance to follow. The dance is in support of the Benito Knights of Columbus and the Benito rec board. Tickets [...]

2018/01/05Local Interest

Supper Provided for Those Alone at Christmas

Submitted by: Anna Fullerton and Billie Werenich | We were able to provide a great Christmas supper for about 26 people on December 25, 2017. Close to 50 people registered, but because of the sudden, severe, cold weather, some were unable to make it. Rides were given to those with no transportation. We really appreciate [...]

2018/01/05Local Interest

Wonderful Night for Minitonas Downtown Christmas Party

ValleyBiz | The weather outside wasn’t frightful for the Minitonas Downtown Christmas Party on December 22, 2017, but the fire was delightful. As people filled the streets of Minitonas they were able to enjoy the last of the moderate temperatures before the frigid weather covered the area over throughout much of Christmas and New Years. [...]

2018/01/04Local Interest

Swan River NDP AGM – January 21, 2018

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | Swan River NDP Annual General Meeting Sun. January 21, 2018 Ethelbert Drop In Centre Registration 2:30 p.m. Meeting 3:00 p.m. Potluck Supper to follow $10/person For further information contact: Judy Kostyshyn (204)742-8818 Everyone is Welcome!

2018/01/03Local Interest

Town of Swan River Receives $750,000 in Funding

Media Release | At an open house on December 20, 2017 Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba government is investing in important infrastructure in the Swan River constituency. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Progressive Conservative government is providing $250,000.00 in the Town of Swan River 6th Avenue Waste Water Pump [...]

2018/01/03Local Interest

Don’t Axe the Tax Says Chamber of Commerce

ValleyBiz Story | Some Town of Swan River (TSR) Councillors have been advocating to eliminate the business tax to make Swan River more competitive with most other municipalities in the province that have already done so. A delegation from the Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) recently attended a TSR Council meeting to voice their opinion regarding [...]

2018/01/01Local Interest

Happy New Year from ValleyBiz!

Reflecting on 2017, we look back on close to 700 local articles and events posted on ValleyBiz. Thank you to our site users, contributors and advertisers for giving ValleyBiz the opportunity to share your stories across the Valley and around the world. A special thank you to Paull Funeral Home and Swan Valley Funeral Services [...]

2018/01/01Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – November 21, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.548 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED that the Agenda [...]

2017/12/30Local Interest

Great Night of Christmas Shopping in Minitonas

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | It was a great night of shopping for those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers on Friday, December 22, 2017. The Minitonas Christmas Market was held at the Minitonas Community Hall and featured many different vendors including Barefoot Books, Discovery Toys, Tupperware, 31 Bags, Norwex, Epicure, Arbonne, Jamberry and much [...]

2017/12/28Local Interest

2017 SVCTC Toys 4 U Drive Helps Make Christmas Special

Submitted by: Beverly Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) wishes to thank members of the Swan Valley Community for their generous donations to the 2017 Swan Valley CTC Toys 4U Toy Drive. There were donation boxes located at eight local businesses in order to collect community donations of toys and money. As well, [...]

2017/12/26Local Interest

Merry Christmas from ValleyBiz

Merry Christmas! from ValleyBiz During this festive season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this wonderful time of the year touch your heart in a special way. Wishing you much happiness not just today, but throughout the New Year.

2017/12/25Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – November 22, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 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 [...]

2017/12/24Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – November 7, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Jacobson, Moriaux and Delaurier present.  Councillor Sakal was absent with permission.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.515 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED that [...]

2017/12/23Local Interest

Youth Survey Identifies Swan Valley Risk Factors

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) hosted a luncheon Community Information meeting in the SVRSS Muti-Purpose room on December 14, 2017. Approximately 35 community members, students and SVCTC Board members participated in this event. This meeting was held in order to share the Data results from the SVCTC Youth Survey [...]

2017/12/21Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Hit the Road

Back Row: Liam McArthur; Middle Row: Nolan Woodward, Brandon Grazier, Carter Addis, Jack Mullin, Henry Branconnier; Front Row: Jett Cook, Noah Weir, James Parsons, McKenna Gray, Crystal Zamzow, Mackenzie Lukey; Missing: Comrie Quill Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | On the weekend of December 16 & 17, 2017 the Pee Wee B Stampeders encountered a stiff [...]

2017/12/20Local Interest

Minitonas Christmas Market – December 22, 2017

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | Minitonas Christmas Market Friday December 22, 2017 6pm to 9pm Minitonas Community Hall Great chance to pick up those last minute gifts or stocking stuffers! Vendors include Barefoot Books, Discovery Toys, Tupperware, 31 Bags, Norwex, Epicure, Arbonne, Jamberry and much more!!

2017/12/19Local Interest

Valley Churches Bring The Christmas Story to Life

Submitted by: Beth Gust, Pictures and Video by Kevin Penner | Swan Valley Museum was the venue last Saturday, December 16, 2017 for a Live Nativity Event. Valley churches organized the scenes which included a marketplace manned by local vendors showing their wares and a manger scene, complete with the Biblical characters, musicians, and live [...]

2017/12/19Local Interest

North-West Regional Library Hosts Festival of Trees

Pictured above: Crowd Favorite, Solid Rock Youth Group Tree Submitted by: Maureen Bowles | The North-West Regional Library was dressed for the Christmas Season at the Festival of Trees on December 5th to the 9th, 2017. It was a very festive atmosphere with decorated trees, gingerbread Houses, Christmas music, cookies and hot apple cider. Eighteen [...]

2017/12/18Local Interest

Memorial Candle Lighting – December 23, 2017

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | Memorial Candle Lighting Birchwood Cemetery December 23, 2017 5:00 pm Remember a loved one with a candle. Candles available at: Buds N Blossoms $10.00 per candle Proceeds go toward Communities in Bloom Swan River

2017/12/17Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – December 11, 2017

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the December 11, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Superintendent reported that he met with the President of Living Word Bible College to inquire about the College renting space at Birch River School. The Board was told that Living Word had no interest [...]

2017/12/16Local Interest

Warm Wishes at Swan River NDP Christmas Supper

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | The annual Swan River Constituency NDP Christmas Supper was held at the Swan Valley Museum on Sunday, December 10th, 2017. Following cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a delicious ham supper with all the trimmings. Ron Kostyshyn, President, welcomed Wab Kinew and his wife, Dr. Lisa Monkman, on behalf of all who [...]

2017/12/15Local Interest

Christmas Baking For Bocce Ball Court Enhancements

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | Members of the Royal Purple Elks Lodge #185 filled boxes of delicious goodies to fill orders received from the community. Proceeds from the 2017 sales will go to Phase 2 of the Bocce Ball Court in Legion Park – signage, benches & plantings. Thank you to everyone who supported our [...]

2017/12/14Local Interest

Carols, Musicians & Messages at Christmas Hymn Sing

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Celebrating Christ’s Birth Through Word & Song was the theme of the Hymn Sing at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, December 10, 2017. More than sixty people got together to sing carols and listen to the Christmas themed presentation by various musicians from through the Swan River Valley. We [...]

2017/12/14Local Interest

Swan Valley Peewee A Tournament: December 15-17, 2017

Submitted by: Derek Henkelman | Swan Valley Peewee A Hockey Tournament December 15-17, 2017 Swan Valley Centennial Arena Friday, December 15, 2017 12:00 pm Swan Valley vs The Pas   1:45 pm Dauphin vs Flin Flon   3:30 pm Thompson vs Swan Valley   6:00 pm Dauphin vs The Pas (Minitonas)   7:45 pm Thompson vs Flin Flon (Minitonas) [...]

2017/12/13Local Interest

Community Foundation Provides a Legacy of Benefits

Corey Grandfield with the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team receiving a grant for hockey jerseys. Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their annual granting night on December 7, 2017. “We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman. Since [...]

2017/12/13Local Interest