Category Archives: Local Interest

Full House at Pine River Fall Supper

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | It had been several years since the community centre hosted a fall supper, therefore the committee decided to hold a fall supper by selling advance tickets only. This allowed their small group of volunteers the ability to cater to a specific number of guests and prepare a predetermined amount of [...]

2017/11/16Local Interest

Cdn Mixed Curling Championship Underway in Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship presented by Westman Communications Group, were held at the Swan River Curling Club on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Lloyd Lawson from the 1979 Provincial Championship team from Swan River threw the first ceremonial rock along side team members Lorraine Goodman, Mary Todorchuk [...]

2017/11/15Local Interest

Fantastic Support at Sold Out Community Foundation Gala

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their third annual Cultural Gala on November 10, 2017 at the Veterans Hall in Swan River. The sold-out event was once again an evening to remember. As guests walked in the door they were surrounded by elegance in a room richly decorated in red [...]

2017/11/14Local Interest

Honouring Our Veterans Without Compromise

ValleyBiz Story | On November 11, 2017 a small crowd gathered at the cenotaph in Swan River as wreaths were laid in honor of the fallen. Following the laying of wreaths, a Remembrance Day service was held at the Veteran’s Community Hall in Swan River. “We are gathered today to remind ourselves again, that there [...]

2017/11/13Local Interest

No Stone Left Alone – We Will Remember Them

ValleyBiz Story | They were young, as we are young, they served, giving freely of themselves. To them we pledge, amid the winds of time, to carry their torch and never forget. We will remember them. On November 8, 2017 about 180 grade 5 and 6 students heard these words as they gathered to place [...]

2017/11/13Local Interest

Christmas Tea & Bake Sale – December 2, 2017

Submitted by: Beverley Leach | St. James Anglican Church Christmas Tea & Bake Sale Sat. December 2, 2017 $5 St. James Anglican Church 1201 – 1st Street South Everyone Welcome!

2017/11/12Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – October 17, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Friesen, Jacobson, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Whyte arrived at 8:25 pm. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.496 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED [...]

2017/11/12Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – October 17, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 17th day of October, 2017 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, G. Bartel, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 7:00 pm – [...]

2017/11/11Local Interest

Festive Shopping at Calico Corners

Submitted by: Brenda Fisher | Our 38th Annual Calico Corners Craft Sale held on November 3, 2017 was a huge success. The wintery weather definitely got everyone into the festive shopping mood. There was a large variety of crafters displaying their wares for the browsing public. Shoppers could then enjoy a delicious warm bowl of [...]

2017/11/11Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – October 3, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Deputy Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Mayor McKenzie was absent with permission.  1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2017.473 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded [...]

2017/11/11Local Interest

Benito Craft and Trade Show – December 2, 2017

Submitted by: Karen Gade | Benito United Church Annual Craft & Trade Show Soul & Sandwich Lunch Sat. December 2, 2017 10 am – 2 pm Benito Rec Centre Returning: Kyla’s Kitchen, Avon, Norwex, Epicure, Young Living, UrbanAlloy/Scentsy, Tupperware, Lavish, Vesna Ladies, Mary Kay, Quilting with Karma, Skylers Cookies, KD Cloths/Parkland Jewelry, Thirty-One, SudsnSuch, Wreaths [...]

2017/11/11Local Interest

CBF Students Lend a Hand for Their Furry Friends

Submitted by: Sherry Martin |Mrs. Basso’s Grade 7 & 8 students from the CBF School spent an afternoon volunteering at the Swan Valley Animal Protection League shelter raking up the fall leaves for shelter manager Lisa Scales. The students worked hard cleaning up the leaves and were rewarded with a tour of the shelter. They [...]

2017/11/10Local Interest

Annual NDP Christmas Supper – December 10, 2017

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | Annual NDP Christmas Supper Sun. December 10, 2017 Swan Valley Museum Socializing 5:00 p.m. Supper 6:00 p.m. $15.00 per person Guest: Wab Kinew 50/50 Tickets – Silent Auction Everyone Welcome!

2017/11/09Local Interest

Rotary Auction Raises over $13,000 for Local Projects

Submitted by: Al Berkan |The 55th Annual Rotary Radio Auction was held on November 2, 2017. The bell rang 140 times as individuals got the item they were hoping to acquire. These items donated by local businesses resulted in us raising over $13,000 to be used to support local Rotary projects. The main projects this [...]

2017/11/09Local Interest

Royal Purple Christmas Baking – Order By Dec. 1, 2017

Submitted by: Bev Lumax | Royal Purple Elks Christmas Baking Box of 2 Dozen $24.00 1 Quart Pudding $15.00 Order Deadline: December 1, 2017 To Order Call: Mary Brandson: 204-734-3570 Adeline McQuay: 204-734-3652 Diane Sylvester: 204-734-2232 Pick up Saturday Dec 9, 2017 Elks Hall Swan River, MB 10:00 am – Noon Proceeds to Enhance Bocce [...]

2017/11/09Local Interest

Fundraiser Helps Family On the Road to Recovery

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway |In spite of a winter storm dumping seven inches of snow on Pine River on Saturday November 4th and the icy road conditions; the Livingston Family Medical Fundraiser went on as scheduled on Sunday November 5th.2017. The Pine River Community Centre was the place to be on Sunday morning as the day [...]

2017/11/08Local Interest

Benito Child Care Centre Supper – November 18, 2017

Submitted by: Meghan Rose | Benito Child Care Center Fundraiser Supper & Auction November 18, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm Benito Rec Center Railway Ave. We would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy a delicious Turkey supper with Ukrainian side dishes. We will be having a silent auction, with a Live auction to follow [...]

2017/11/08Local Interest

Good Turnout at Air Cadets Garage Sale

Submitted by: Barb Lewis | Dispute the snowy weather, the Swan Valley Air Cadets Squadron #519 had a good turn out for the garage sale on November 4th, 2017! We want to thank everyone who donated and who shopped, ate chili and drank coffee!! The cadets also sold poppies at various sites throughout Swan River [...]

2017/11/08Local Interest

United Church Fall Supper – November 19, 2017

Submitted by: Linn Barabash | St. Andrews United Church Fall Supper Sun. Nov 19, 2017 5:00 to 7:00 PM Veterans Community Hall Adults $15.00. Children 6-13. $7.00 5 years and under. FREE Shut Ins…Home Delivery please call 204-734-0285 Deadline for Delivery is Nov 15th.

2017/11/07Local Interest

Pine River Celebrates Canada’s 150th

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | On Saturday October 28th, 2017 the Pine River Community Centre opened the doors to celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday with just under 50 people in attendance. The centre was decorated in Canadian pride with red and white balloons decaled with maple leaves and Canadian flags. The balloons were placed in vases [...]

2017/11/07Local Interest

Ham Radio Meeting – November 18, 2017

Submitted by: Marty Thomas | Ham Radio Meeting November 18, 2017 5 pm Swan Lake Watershed Building 4th Avenue N Swan River All are welcome. Contact Marty for more info 204-734-8310

2017/11/06Local Interest

Bill Gade Creates Confusion

The following information is provided in response to an editorial on CJ104 Radio where Bill Gade criticizes a news website in the Valley. While his incomplete accusations did not include the name of the website, we thought we would clarify our readership numbers to remove confusion. ValleyBiz Main Page October 2017 Averages 34,000 pageviews per [...]

2017/11/06Local Interest

Minitonas Christmas Market – November 18, 2017

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | Minitonas Christmas Market Sat. November 18, 2017 10 am – 3pm Minitonas Community hall Come out and get started on your christmas shopping and support the Sunflower Early Learning Center. There will be Barefoot books, Discovery toys, Scentsy, Arbonne, Norwex, etc. plus many handmade items. There will be a raffle [...]

2017/11/05Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – October 11, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 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 – Brad [...]

2017/11/05Local Interest

Fall Back – Daylight Savings Ends – November 5, 2017

A friendly reminder from ValleyBiz that Daylight Savings Time ends November 5, 2017 The official time to set your clocks back 1 hour is: 2:00 am Sunday, November 5, 2017 Set your clock to: 1:00 am Each year, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in [...]

2017/11/04Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – October 24, 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 24th day of October 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster, David Minish Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim [...]

2017/11/04Local Interest

Birch River Senior Group Holds Annual Craft Sale

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Birch River Senior Group held their annual craft sale. Over 20 tables of crafts, baking, sewing, knitting, local frames, pictures available for sale. Thank you to everyone that came out. Lots of Chili and visiting was enjoyed by all. A BIG Thank You to [...]

2017/11/03Local Interest

Swan Valley Air Cadets Garage Sale – November 4, 2017

Submitted by: Barb Lewis | Swan Valley Air Cadets Squadron #519 Europe Trip Fund Raiser Garage Sale November 4, 2017 9:30 am to 3:30 pm At the Swan Valley Museum Chili & a Bun $5.00 Coffee/Tea $1.00 Pop or Bottle water $1.50

2017/11/03Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Discusses School Closures

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) is facing some difficult challenges. Citing declining divisional enrollment, schools operating under capacity and a reduction in provincial funding, the school board has indicated significant changes will be necessary to improve the “possibility of long term viability of the SVSD”. “We feel as a board that [...]

2017/11/02Local Interest

Spooktober-Fest a Smashingly Scary Event

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | We hope you had a chance to visit the Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) Spooktober- Fest Haunted House! It was a smashing event which offered a Halloween experience for all ages. There were over 1640 visitors, who attended Spooktober-Fest at the SV Historical Museum over the three days of [...]

2017/11/02Local Interest

Ag Society Seeks Input Into Future Direction

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan River Valley Agricultural Society (SRVAS) invited representatives from various community groups and organizations for a “Community Conversation” to help determine the desired future for the Ag Society. About 40 people attended the planning session on October 26, 2017. Liz Roberts, President of Liz Roberts & Associates, a consulting firm out [...]

2017/11/01Local Interest

Close to 300 attend Benito Fireman’s Steak Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The 5th Annual Benito Fireman’s Steak Supper was a great success as the Fireman served and fed close to 300 hungry supporters. Neighboring communities with volunteer services were also in attendance to show their support and appreciation of the work these men and women do. Over and above the ticket [...]

2017/10/31Local Interest

Band Booster Hosts Paint Night Fundraiser

Submitted by: Susan Ross | Pictures by Jennifer Simpson | On Friday October 27, 2017 Swan Valley Band Booster held a new and exciting fundraiser. A paint night with local artist Suzanne May was held at the SVRSS cafeteria. In just 2½ hours participants received step by step instruction to complete a beautiful fall themed [...]

2017/10/30Local Interest

Leason Family Grateful for Family, Friends and Community

To our family, friends and community members, You have truly touched our hearts with your love and friendship. Special thanks to Colinda, Corina, Crystal and Darlene for organizing such a wonderful fundraising supper Saturday, October 21, 2017. Special thanks to Lee Graff, Tripp Family, Murley Family, Emerson Family, Lana Sagert, Louisiana Pacific, Minitonas Community Store, [...]

2017/10/29Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – October 10, 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 10th day of October 2017 at 7:04 p.m. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen Interim [...]

2017/10/29Local Interest

Homemade Treats at Benito Fall Tea

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | Big thank you to the community for coming out and supporting the Ladies Auxiliaries Fall Tea and Bake Sale at the Benito Legion hall. We hoped all who came enjoyed the warm homemade biscuits and muffins!

2017/10/28Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – September 26, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chamber at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba this 26th day of September 2017 at 7:02 p. m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha, Brian Burick, Glen Foster David Minish, Terry Neely, Irwin Steen [...]

2017/10/28Local Interest

Swan River Constituency Holds 2017 AGM

Submitted by: Jason Delaurier | On the Morning of Saturday, October 21, 2017 the party faithful from the Swan River constituency gathered at the Elks Hall in Swan River for their 2017 Brunch and AGM. The attendees were entertained by local fiddling talent Brittney Moore and guitarist Ken Thompson. After a brunch of eggs, bacon, [...]

2017/10/27Local Interest

Helpers of All Ages Make Minitonas Tea A Success

Submitted Story | Minitonas Knox United Church held their fall tea on October 21, 2017. Our youngest helper cheerfully revealed the winner of each of the silent auction items. Guests were treated to pie and coffee or tea and many visitors took home some yummy treats from the bake table. The young servers kept the [...]

2017/10/27Local Interest

Lenswood Harvest Windup Dance – November 18, 2017

Submtted by: Susan Hrycyk | Lenswood Community Club Harvest Windup Dance Sat. November 18, 2017 9:00 pm – 1:00 Lenswood Community Hall Tickets $12.00 per person Music by Ken Thompson Midnight Lunch Served For more information call 204-236-4478, 204-236-4782 or 204-238-4355 Hope to see everyone there!

2017/10/26Local Interest

1st Annual Outdoors Association Banquet Sold Out

Submitted by: Patty Gattinger |The Swan Valley Outdoors Association Inc. held their 1st Annual Banquet and Auction on Saturday, October 21, 2017 to a soldout crowd. Envirothon students mingled throughout the crowd serving appetizers as the attendees checked out the auction items for purchase. Numerous raffles were on display as well for everyone to participate [...]

2017/10/26Local Interest

Successful Year for Swan River Golf & Country Club

Submitted by: Mike Hobson | The Swan River Golf and Country Club held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The meeting went very well and there was lots of positive feedback which was great to hear. Overall the year was a success as we have improved in most revenue streams. The pro [...]

2017/10/25Local Interest

Fundraiser for Night Hunting Victim – November 5, 2017

Livingston Family Medical Fundraiser Sun. November 5th, 2017 Pine River Community Centre Pancake Breakfast 8:00am – 11:00am Adult $10.00 12 & under $5.00 Preschoolers free Breakfast will be followed by a Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Live Auction. We encourage everyone to attend and we are looking for donations for the auctions and bake sale. [...]

2017/10/25Local Interest

Superheros & Princesses Party in Minitonas

Submitted by: Nancy Cocks | The Sunflower Early Learning Centre (SELC) held a very successful Princess & Superhero Party on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Minitonas Community Hall. Parents and children came dressed in costume and enjoyed a hotdog lunch, penny auction full of wonderful prizes, a dance party and many fun activities including [...]

2017/10/24Local Interest

Montreal Canadiens Alumni Tour – December 2, 2017

Submitted by: Blaine Campbell | Swan Valley Minor Hockey Association and Swan River Junior A Stampeders are excited to announce Montreal Canadiens Alumni Tour presented by Canadian Tire Sat. December 2, 2017 7:00 pm Swan River Come on out to the Centennial Arena and watch ex-NHL talent. It is a great opportunity to see the [...]

2017/10/23Local Interest

Cooking Classes Explore Health Benefits of Vegetarian Diet

Submitted by: David Ogram | On the evening of Monday, October 16, 2017 seventeen people were present at the first of 4 vegetarian cooking classes being held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Guest Speaker was Glenda Nischuk, a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner, who operates a business in Yorkton called Better Living Nutrition at the [...]

2017/10/23Local Interest

Swan Valley Rotary Radio Auction – November 2, 2017

Submitted by: Swan Valley Rotary Club | The Swan Valley Rotary Club is holding its annual radio auction on: Thurs. November 2, 2017 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Click here for an online list of items – check back for new items. Through the generous contributions of both the business and professional communities much has [...]

2017/10/22Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – October 3, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 3rd day of October, 2017 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: C. Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, G. Bartel & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillors: L. Mychalchuk [...]

2017/10/22Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – October 16, 2017

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture October 16, 2017 | Northwest Region Nice fall weather continued throughout the Northwest Region and this resulted in good harvest progress over the last week. The spring wheat harvest is basically complete, and most canola is harvested although some of the later seeded canola remains. A few [...]

2017/10/22Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – September 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 September, 2017 A.D. at 7:04 p.m. Present: Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, L. Mychalchuk, G. Bartel & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Present by Electronic Communications: Reeve: C. Eisner [...]

2017/10/21Local Interest