Category Archives: Local Interest

Family at the Heart of Smak Dab Gourmet Mustard

Carly Minish-Wytinck with Grandpa, Glen Henderson ValleyBiz Story | What started as a thoughtful Christmas gift has turned into a growing business for food entrepreneur Carly Minish-Wytinck. Family has always been at the heart of her love of food and has been an important ingredient each step of the way. “I was inspired by food [...]

2018/08/19Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – August 14, 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 14th day of August, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Brian Burick Glen Foster David Minish Terry Neely Irwin Steen Interim-Acting [...]

2018/08/18Local Interest

Cam Mateika Appointed Board Chair of UCN Council

Government of Manitoba Media Release | Manitoba Education and Training advises it has appointed five new members and re-appointed two members to the University College of the North (UCN) governing council. Cameron Mateika, of Minitonas, has been appointed to the board as chair. Mateika is the director of research and technology for Swan Valley School [...]

2018/08/17Local Interest

25 Cent Opportunity Sale – August 25, 2018

Submitted by: Lori Zagrobelny | The Parent Pack proudly presents: .25 cent Opportunity Sale SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th 10:30 – 2:00 pm Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre 1413 Main Street Swan River NO EARLY BIRDS!!! DONATE CLEAN, GENTLY USED ITEMS FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th, 5 – 8 pm NO stains/rips/moldy/broken. (These items will be given back to you [...]

2018/08/17Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – August 13, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture August 13, 2018 | Northwest Region A mix of weather this past week. Temperatures were very hot reaching the mid to high thirties through the week with overnight temperatures cooling to single digits. Rainfall was limited to 13 mm at The Pas although there was heavy dew [...]

2018/08/16Local Interest

Minitonas First Baptist Church 90th Ann. – Sep 1&2, 2018

Submitted by: Jennifer Leon | First Baptist Church Minitonas 90th Anniversary Home Coming Weekend September 1 & 2, 2018 Everyone is Invited Saturday September 1st, 2018 What: Picnic Supper with fun activities for all ages Where: Minitonas Arena Time: 4:00 pm No charge, donations accepted. Program and fireworks to follow. Please bring lawn chairs. Sunday [...]

2018/08/15Local Interest

Crushin It at the Durban Demo

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted On Aug 12, 2018 Durban held their annually Demo Derby. With only a few more cars than last year the demo still went ahead. A couple cars were delayed in arriving but still made the event. Most cars were from previous years so there wasn’t [...]

2018/08/15Local Interest

Hot and Breezy at the Birch River 23rd Annual Trail Ride

ValleyBiz Story | The Birch River Riding Club held their 23rd annual trail ride on August 11 and 12, 2018. Many people stayed at the base camp the night before and the day started off with breakfast and registration. The ride has built a loyal following over the past 23 years with many attendees travelling [...]

2018/08/14Local Interest

R.M. of Mountain Minutes – July 25, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 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 – [...]

2018/08/12Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – July 10, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 10th day of July, 2018 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, G. Bartel, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:30pm – Stan [...]

2018/08/11Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – August 7, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture August 7, 2018 | Northwest Region A mix of temperatures with mostly cooler/wet conditions during the week. The weekend brought some intense weather, including hail in the Swan Valley area, Gilbert Plains, a small band in the Dauphin area, McCreary and Rorketon. A large tornado touched down [...]

2018/08/09Local Interest

Formo Motors Rocks a New Display

ValleyBiz Story | Formo Motors is rocking a brand new piece of functional art – a formation of mountain rocks that also serve as a display platform for their vehicles. The masterpiece is the work of travelling artist Pierre St-Germain. “Basically what I do, is I drive all over the country and I carve concrete [...]

2018/08/08Local Interest

Swan River NDP Annual Pork Barbeque – August 19, 2018

Submitted by: Ron & Judy Kostyshyn | Swan River NDP Annual Pork Barbeque Sunday August 19, 2018 Cowan Community Hall Doors Open at 3:00 p.m. Guest: Wab Kinew Potluck Salad or Dessert Admission $10.00 Silent Auction/Pie Auction/50/50 Draw Everyone Welcome!

2018/08/07Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 30, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture July 30, 2018 | Northwest Region Growing conditions were generally good last week in the Northwest region. The beginning of the week was cool and damp however temperatures increased to the high 20’s and low 30’s by the weekend. Rainfall amounts were mixed with 30 mm falling [...]

2018/08/05Local Interest

UPDATED: Minitonas Area Hit with Large Hail

ValleyBiz Story | The Minitonas area was pelted with large hail, strong wind and heavy rain on August 3, 2018 beginning just before 4:15 pm. Before the storm … ominous clouds begin to build. Pictured below: Photos submitted by Edwin Crook of the storm approaching Minitonas (click for a larger version). We also received reports [...]

2018/08/03Local Interest

IIU Investigates Injury Following Swan River RCMP Pursuit

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) is investigating after a 26-year-old man was admitted to hospital following his arrest by the Swan River RCMP. On August 2, 2018, the IIU was notified by the RCMP of an incident that occurred the previous evening. The RCMP advised that on August 1 they were advised to be on [...]

2018/08/03Local Interest

Chariots and Chuckwagons Thunder Around the Track

ValleyBiz Story | Chariot and Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition are a crowd favorite and this year was no exception. Four days of racing drew in the crowds for many heart-pounding heats.

2018/08/03Local Interest

Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands were full and the action was fast during the 2018 Northwest Roundup Rodeo events. Cowboys and Cowgirls competed in a variety of rodeo events. Barrel Racing Bull Riding Bareback Bronc Saddle Bronc 12-Horse Hitch Brett Fulford, born and raised in the Swan Valley (son of Ken and Linda Fulford of [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Communities in Bloom Judges Tour Swan River

Submitted by: June McKenzie | On July 25, 2018 two judges from Communities in Bloom toured Swan River. The judges were Roswitha Nowak who is with the West Kildonan Horticultural Society and Tanya Wiebe who is the Youth Coordinator tor Take Pride Winnipeg. On the way to Swan River, they also judged Minnedosa and Birtle. [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Plenty of Children’s Activities at Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition is a place of wonder and excitement for youngsters. The Down on the Farm exhibit lets kids get up close and personal with a larger variety of farm animals. It is a great place to take a break from the heat of the day and relax with [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Rex Leach Museum Trail Official Opening and Dedication

ValleyBiz Story | On July 24, 2018 a dedication ceremony for the newly named Rex Leach Museum trail was held at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Dr. Andy Maxwell provided some background on the trail and explained that Rex Leach was instrumental in expanding the cross country ski trail on the south side of the [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Swan River Parade A Time Honored Tradition

ValleyBiz Story | Click pictures for a larger version. The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade took place on July 27, 2018 at 10 am – a time honored tradition as part of the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Many have passed this tradition on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year the parade is [...]

2018/07/30Local Interest

Unique Gardens Enjoyed During Annual Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | With additional pictures by ValleyBiz On July 23, 2018 despite the cool weather and a threat of rain, about 190 people attended the annual Garden Walk sponsored by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Eight beautiful yards in the town of Swan River were on display. It was a pleasure [...]

2018/07/29Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – July 24, 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 24th day of July, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Brian Burick David Minish Terry Neely Irwin Steen Interim-Acting CAO: Betty [...]

2018/07/29Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – July 11, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of The Rural Municipality of Mountain Held Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – [...]

2018/07/28Local Interest

Cowan Trail Celebration – August 25, 2018

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | Cowan Trail Celebration Saturday, August 25, 2018 Cowan Community Centre Pancake Breakfast 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Pancakes, Sausages, Eggs, Hashbrowns, Fruit Adults $7 Trail Ride Leaves at 10:30 am (rain or shine) Registration includes supper Adults $20 Call Rita 204-525-4285 or Ashley 204-525-2029 ATV Poker Derby 11:00 am – [...]

2018/07/27Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 23, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture July 23, 2018 | Northwest Region Good growing conditions throughout the week with good soil moisture to support crops. Exceptions are in The Pas, where ponding occurring with excess water in low lying areas and north of Ste Rose where dry conditions continue to exist. Winter Wheat [...]

2018/07/27Local Interest

Hilltop Arts & Crafts Nights – July 31, 2018

Submitted by: Lori Zagrobelny | Fellow ART fans Join me at my house every Tuesday for an Arts & Crafts night. TUESDAYS 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Drawing, painting, photo album making, knitting, sewing, ceramics etc. Directions: Starting from Junction Highway # 10 EAST & Road # 366 (at the Minitonas Hydro Station). From this [...]

2018/07/26Local Interest

Old Fashioned Fun at an Old One Room Country School

Submitted by: Debbie (Bell) Soloway | The annual Renwer-Fisher’s Siding Annual Old Fashion Picnic took place Sunday July 22, 2018. This year the weather caused everyone to play a different version of musical chairs. The chairs were set up outside the school and then along came a short rain shower so the chairs were quickly [...]

2018/07/26Local Interest

Credit Union Beef on a Bun Supports Local Groups

Submitted by Lynda Parsons | The Swan Valley Credit Union held their annual Beef on a Bun on Friday, July 6, 2018. We fed a total of 532 people and raised $2,660 to invest back in the community. Recipients this year are WAMMA Swan River for $609.34, this will be used to purchase a competition [...]

2018/07/25Local Interest

Communities in Bloom Judging – July 25, 2018

Submitted by: June McKenze | Show your pride SWAN RIVER On Wednesday, July 25, two judges with Communities In Bloom will be touring our town and doing an evaluation. General areas of interest will include tidiness, environmental action, heritage, conservation, flower displays and landscaping. The judges will be taken around town, including business and residential [...]

2018/07/24Local Interest

First of Nature’s Bounty at Farmers Market Opening Day

ValleyBiz Story | The Farmers Market was overflowing with shoppers as it opened for the season on Thursday July 19, 2018. A rush of people looking for the season’s first taste from the garden quickly snapped up new potatoes, carrots, onions, beets and berries as was well as honey, homemade baking, jam and other local [...]

2018/07/23Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes Jul 10, 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 10th day of July, 2018 at 7:02 p.m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Brian Burick Glen Foster David Minish Terry Neely Irwin Steen Interim-Acting CAO: Betty [...]

2018/07/22Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – July 3, 3018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Jacobson was absent with permission.  1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2018.325 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED [...]

2018/07/22Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – June 27, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 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 – [...]

2018/07/21Local Interest

Local Projects Receive Hometown Manitoba Grants

Province of Manitoba News Release | The Manitoba government will provide more than $848,000 in grants to community development projects across the province, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women, announced July 19, 2018. Swan Valley Hometown Manitoba Project Recipients $1,000 Barrows Community Council [...]

2018/07/20Local Interest

Grow North Workshop – September 7-8, 2018

Submitted by: Jessica Burton | The Northern Healthy Food Initiative Grow North Workshop September 7 & 8, 2018 Swan River, MB Westwood Inn Keynote Speaker: Susan LeBlanc, Master Gardener from the Master Gardening Association Breakout Sessions: Conflict Management Heritage Seed Saving and Traditional Garding Economic Development for Beekeeping Community Gardens Cost: NHFI Communities: Free Community [...]

2018/07/19Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 16, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture July 16, 2018 | Northwest Region This past week there were good growing conditions throughout the region with scattered light showers and daytime temperatures nearing or over 30°C; Birch River hit a high of 38°C. There were high winds over the weekend but no reports of damage. [...]

2018/07/17Local Interest

Garage Sale & BBQ for Children’s Benito Library Programs

Submitted by: Sandra Yaknovich | The North-West Regional Library held a successful semi-annual Garage Sale and BBQ on Saturday July 14, 2018. We would like to thank everyone and the businesses for the generous donations. A special Thank you to the volunteers that helped set up and oversee the sale and BBQ, and also a [...]

2018/07/16Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes- June 26, 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 26th day of June, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Brian Burick Glen Foster David Minish Terry Neely Irwin Steen Interim-Acting [...]

2018/07/15Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – June 19, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 19th day of June, 2018 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, G. Bartel, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:30pm – Calvin [...]

2018/07/14Local Interest

Hilltop Arts and Crafts Night – July 24, 2018

Submitted by: Lori Zagrobelny | Fellow ART fans Join me at my house once a week for an Arts & Crafts night. Starting Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bring your own project to work on such as: drawing, painting, photo album making, knitting, sewing, etc. Simply bring your supplies (FREE to [...]

2018/07/14Local Interest

Renwer-Fisher’s Siding Old Fashion Picnic – July 22, 2018

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway Renwer-Fisher’s Siding Annual Old Fashion Picnic Sun. July 22, 2018 Starting at 3:00 pm Potluck Supper 6:00 pm Everyone’s invited to come visit, play old fashion school yard games, and enjoy the potluck supper. The committee will provide the barbequed burgers, hotdogs and drinks; guests are asked to bring salads, desserts [...]

2018/07/12Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 9, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture July 9, 2018 | Northwest Region This past week was variable; heavy rain mid-week along with hot humid conditions, more rain fell towards the end of the week and there were high winds on the weekend. Swan River area received 40 to 50 mm, The Pas 70 [...]

2018/07/12Local Interest

Swan River Garden Walk – July 23, 2018

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | Garden Walk July 23, 2018 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm $5.00 This is a self directed tour. Map available. Refreshments * Raffle Enjoy the beauty & tranquility of a walk in some of the pretty gardens in the Town of Swan River. Tickets available from: Golf Course 734-3935 Pizza Place [...]

2018/07/11Local Interest

CANCELLED SVAPL Scratch Art Fundraiser – July 17, 2018

Submitted by: Lori Zagrobelny | Swan Valley Animal Protection League Scratch Art Fundraiser Tues. July 17, 2018 Swan River Curling Club Bingo Room Instructor: Sylvia Hanlin Class #1: KIDS 10 yrs and Up $15 per child 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Class #2: ADULTS $40 per adult 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Cost includes: Supplies [...]

2018/07/11Local Interest

Hoo’s Watching My Garden Grow

ValleyBiz Story by Shauna Klekta | Do you ever get that feeling you are being watched? This year in June, while working in our garden, I looked up to see I was under a watchful eye. In fact, it was not one but two owlets peering down from their perch about 25 feet up in [...]

2018/07/11Local Interest

Durban Demo Derby – August 12, 2018

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Durban Demo Derby Old School Grounds Durban, Manitoba Sun. August 12, 2018 1:00 pm Start Admission Fee $5.00 Children 12 and under free Driver/Mechanic no charge 3 Heats – Grand Challenge – Mechanics – Consolation – Powder Puff Concession Booth on Grounds All Demo Cars must pre-register with a paid [...]

2018/07/10Local Interest

Swan Valley Coop To Construct Agro Centre in The Pas

Media Release Swan Valley Co-op invests $2.2 million to construct Agro Centre at The Pas MB Swan Valley Co-op is pleased to announce the construction an agricultural inputs facility in the RM of Kelsey Industrial Park near The Pas MB. The facility will feature crop inputs, dry fertilizer, as well as animal health and feed [...]

2018/07/09Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – June 13, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Marvin Kovachik Councillors: 1 – Wilmer Malcolm 2 – 3 – Nestor Rizok 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – Jesse Larocque 6 – [...]

2018/07/08Local Interest