Category Archives: Local Interest

Swan Valley Atom A Stampeders Earn Silver Medal

Pictured above: Front Row: Owen Martyniuk, 2nd Row: Damien Leask, Trace Langan, Matt Zamzow, Caleb Rooks, Payton Thompson, Dade Werbicki, 3rd Row: Christian Hart, Grace Kirk, Maddix Eisner, Tyrell Leaske, Alex Campbell, Tucker Thompson, Tavyn BoychukBack Row: Coaches Jason Eisner, Blaine Campbell, Chris Zamzow Submitted by: Blaine Campbell | The Atom A Stampeders earned a [...]

2018/03/16Local Interest

Local Churches Participate in World Day of Prayer

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Women | The annual World Day of Prayer service was held Friday March 2, 2018 and was hosted by St. Andrew’s United Church. The theme being “All God’s Creation Is Very Good” focusing on the environment. Seven local denominations took part featuring the Country of Suriname. We read and [...]

2018/03/16Local Interest

Valley Stage Players: Cafe Murder – April 13 – 15, 2018

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Valley Stage Players presents Cafe Murder by Nathan Hartswick April 13 – 15, 2018 Veterans Community Hall Friday and Saturday are dinner theatres Show 6:30 pm $50 each catered by Y Not Johnny’s Sunday Matinee is a dessert theatre Show 2:00 pm $15 each catered by Vernice Eggie Tickets available [...]

2018/03/15Local Interest

Swan River Skating Carnival Entertains Under the Sea

Star & Times Photos submitted by Jessica Bergen | The Swan River Skating Club held their annual carnival on Monday, March 12, 2018. The ‘Under the Sea’ theme was a big splash, and audience members were thrilled with the skill each skater showed. A big thank you to all who helped make it a success [...]

2018/03/15Local Interest

Swan Valley Peewee A Strike Gold at Provincials

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Peewee A Stampeders were victorious at the Hockey Manitoba Provincial Championships in La Broquiere on March 2-5 by capturing the Peewee A Provincial title. In the Championship game, the Peewee Stamps again faced a strong Mitchell Mohawks, a team that desperately wanted revenge for an overtime loss in the [...]

2018/03/14Local Interest

RISE UP! Swan School of Dance Recital – March 21, 2018

Submitted by: Michele Poole | Swan School of Dance presents their annual recital 2018 RISE UP! Wed. March 21, 2018 SVRSS Auditorium 7:00 pm Admission: Adult $10 Student $5 Pre-school Free

2018/03/13Local Interest

Fantastic Presentation by Benito Vesselli Dance Club

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Vesselli Dance Club held their 36th Annual Concert on March 10, 2018. Family and friends, along with spectators from the community gathered in the Benito School Gym to enjoy the fantastic presentation put on by the dancers. The entire club kicked off the show with the Privyt – [...]

2018/03/13Local Interest

Gold for Team Sagert at Manitoba Winter Games

Submitted photo: Manitoba Winter Games Gold Medal Winners! Presley Sagert, Skip; Madison Sagert, Lead; Bryn Zamzow, Second; Eden Betcher, Third ValleyBiz Story| The Manitoba Winter Games took place March 4-10, 2018 in Thompson, MB and several athletes from the Swan Valley made the trip to compete in the province’s largest ongoing multi-sport program. The Manitoba [...]

2018/03/12Local Interest

JV Girls Win Silver at MB High School Basketball Provincials

Pictured above: Front Row: Jada Kujanpaa, Sydney Gilroy, Ireland Staples, Brenna Schure, Ali Kujanpaa, Brynlee Spencer Back Row: Coach: Lise Fraser, Sydney Fedorchuk, Lauren Klatt, Adria Bateman, Caitlyn Stewart, Erica Sembaluk-Hart, Jasmine Rose, Josie Black. Asst. Coach: Erica Forsyth, Manager: Jennifer Zamzow Submitted by: Lise Fraser | What a season it has been for the [...]

2018/03/12Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 20, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Whyte, Moriaux, Friesen, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Deputy Mayor Jacobson was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Minutes Resolution No: 2018.076 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier [...]

2018/03/11Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – February 20, 2018

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 20th day of February, 2018 A.D. at 7:01 p.m. Present: Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen (arrived at 7:55 p.m.), L. Hutman, S. Walmsley, L. Mychalchuk & G. Bartel C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: [...]

2018/03/11Local Interest

Spring Forward Tonight – Daylight Savings Begins

A friendly reminder from ValleyBiz that Daylight Savings Time begins tonight. The official time to set your clocks ahead 1 hour is: 2:00 am Sunday, March 11, 2018 Set your clock to: 3:00 am Each year, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

2018/03/10Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 6, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 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: 2018.048 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded [...]

2018/03/10Local Interest

Thunder Hill Mardi Gras – March 10, 2018

Submitted by: Derek Henkelman | Mardi Gras – Thunder Hill March 10, 2018 Registration: 10:30-11:00 Races Start at 12:00 Treasure Hunt Snowboard Competitions Prizes for Best Costume Fun for All Ages Concession ~ Rentals

2018/03/09Local Interest

Barrows Gospel Jamboree – June 8, 9, 10, 2018

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Barrows 5th Annual Gospel Jamboree June 8, 9, 10, 2018 Fri. 7pm – 9pm Sat. 10am – 9pm Sun. 10am – 6pm Come and enjoy the ministry of the following invited musicians. Bert and Liz Genaille Cathy and Carl Crane Fredna and Cyril Genaille The Wiebe Family Ivan Chartrand This [...]

2018/03/09Local Interest

Many Products at NDP Spring Sale

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | The NDP Spring Sale was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Swan Valley Museum. A variety of home based businesses provided new and innovative products for shoppers to choose from. The event also included a lunch menu of homemade soups, pies & bunwiches, which were enjoyed by all [...]

2018/03/09Local Interest

Prepare the Way of the Lord Conference – March 24, 2018

Submitted by: Evelyn Bredin | Prepare the Way of the Lord Women of the Valley invite you to a Women’s Conference March 24, 2018 9am – 3pm Community Bible Fellowship Tickets $20 – Includes Breakfast and Lunch Tickets available at Cook & Cooke and Windsor’s Service

2018/03/07Local Interest

SCN Braves Win Mighty Bucks Loonie Toonie Tourney

Submitted by: Leon Church | The second annual Mighty Bucks Loonie Toonie Tournament went on as planned in Bowsman on the weekend, Feb 23 & 24th, 2018. The host Bucks finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, but failing to reach the finals with a 2-1 loss to the SCN Braves in a semi final. [...]

2018/03/07Local Interest

Kene & Milly Jackson Music Tour March 26, 27, 28, 2018

Submitted by: Violet Plett Kene and Milly Jackson Gospel Music Tour March 26, 27, 28, 2018 We are blessed to have these talented musicians in our area for 3 evening concerts, as part of a month long tour that they are on. Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 7pm Sapotaweyak Hall Coffee to follow Contact Calvin [...]

2018/03/06Local Interest

RM of Mountain Appoints New CAO

RM of Mountain Public Notice The RM of Mountain is pleased to announce Paige Larocque has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality effective March 5th, 2018. Paige has 7 years of municipal experience and graduated with a Certificate in Manitoba Municipal Administration. Council would like to thank our office staff; Kim, Paige & [...]

2018/03/06Local Interest

Buses Cancelled Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SVSD Public Notice | The Swan Valley School Division has announced that due to hazardous winter conditions, all SVSD buses are cancelled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

2018/03/05Local Interest

Minitonas Skating Club Presents Olympic Themed Carnival

Star & Times Photos submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The Minitonas Skating Club put on a great carnival on March 1, 2018 featuring 10 solos, 3 group numbers and 3 learn to skate groups, showcasing what they have learned this year. A big thank you to all who came out to support our club. We [...]

2018/03/05Local Interest

March 5, 2018 Buses Cancelled, Rural Schools Closed

Swan Valley School Division Public Notice March 5, 2018| Due to hazardous winter conditions all buses are cancelled. As well, schools in Benito, Birch River, Bowsman and Minitonas will be closed today. Schools in the Town of Swan River will remain open.

2018/03/05Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – February 14, 2018

Minutes of the regular council meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, February 14th, 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 – 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – 6 – Brad Wyatt Administrative [...]

2018/03/04Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – February 26, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 26, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board spent a significant amount of time on the 2018/19 School Division Budget. This year’s Budget will be presented to the Public on March 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the SVRSS Cafeteria. 2. The [...]

2018/03/03Local Interest

Funding Received for Mafeking EMS Station

Media Release| On February 28, 2018, Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba Government is making major investments to ensure local health care facilities are properly maintained. “I am pleased that our Progressive Conservative government is investing in health care facilities in our constituency,” said MLA Wowchuk “This investment will ensure that [...]

2018/03/02Local Interest

Over 250 Served at Benito Firemen’s Association Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk |The Annual Benito Firemen’s Association Supper held at the Benito Rec Centre on Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 was a huge success. The volunteer firefighters and their families hosted the Swan Valley and surrounding area for a terrific meal. Community members showed their support by either cooking turkeys or donating supper items [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

RCMP Continue Search for Lorlene Bone

RCMP Media Release: Lorlene Bone is still missing and RCMP continue to look for answers. Lorlene Bone was last heard from on February 29, 2016, when she called her mother from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation (Shoal River), Manitoba. Lorlene was 31 at the time she went missing. She is described as approximately 5’5” tall, 155 lbs [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

Special Olympics Parkland Region Valentine Quilt Winners

Pictured above: 1st prize winner of the All Roads Lead to Bocce Lap Quilt, Darla Leslie along with her son Kolton Leslie of Minitonas. Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Congratulations to the winners of the Special Olympics Parkland Region’s Fabulous Valentine Quilt Raffle. A total of $1750 was raised from the Russell, Swan River and [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

Bellsite’s 39th Annual Poker Derby “A Huge SUCCESS”

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | A total of $5,200.00 was given away in cash prizes at the 2018 Bellsite 39th Annual Poker Derby on February 25, 2018. An estimated 200 sleds attending with 209 registered drivers. Lisa Towers wins 10% of prize money($1,040.00) with 300 ghostriders (the most ghostriders prize). Honourable mention to Bert Sutherland [...]

2018/02/28Local Interest

Bowsman Rock The House Ladies Bonspiel

Pictured above: The final for the 1st event had the youngest team and the oldest team pitted against each other with Presley Sagert’s rink versus Joyce Trevellyn’s rink. Back row: Penny Stadnick, Emily Gillies, Presley Sagert, Eden Betcher Front row: June McKenzie, Joyce Trevellyn, Bryn Zamzow, Madison Sagert Submitted by: Deanna Martin |The 2018 Bowsman [...]

2018/02/28Local Interest

ValleyBiz Technical Difficulties

ValleyBiz Story | Some of our users may have had trouble accessing beginning February 27, 2018. If you received a message that ValleyBiz has expired there is no need to panic. ValleyBiz has no plans of discontinuing service to the Swan Valley. The company we pay to host the ValleyBiz website had their internet [...]

2018/02/27Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Host Home Tourney

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow and Angela Mullin | Pictured Above, Pee Wee B Stampeders: Back Row – Brandon Grazier, Jett Cook, Liam McArthur, Jack Mullin, Henry Branconnier, Comrie Quill, Carter Addis, & Noah Weir Front Row: Crystal Zamzow, Mackenzie Lukey, James Parsons, McKenna Gray, Nolan Woodward On the weekend of Feb 24-25, 2018 the Pee [...]

2018/02/27Local Interest

Town Receives $10,000+ for Labeller at Veterans Hall

Province of Manitoba Media Release | Eight community centres across the province will receive more than $84,000 to purchase and install commercial-grade kitchen equipment to support local food entrepreneurs, announced Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler. “With this funding, our government is investing in the future of food innovation, product development and Manitoba’s entrepreneurial spirit,” said Eichler. [...]

2018/02/26Local Interest

World Day of Prayer Takes Place Friday March 2, 2018

Submitted by: St. Andrew’s United Church Since 1887, on or near the first Friday in March every year, millions of Christians have gathered worldwide to pray for the issues of family violence, child abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of injustice. In 2018 that prayerful support will be directed at the 540,000 inhabitants of the [...]

2018/02/26Local Interest

CANCELLED Mature Driver Workshop – March 7, 2018

Submitted by: Jan Fawcett | Services to Seniors Invites you to attend a free and informative workshop: Mature Driver Workshop This session has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. St. James Anglican Church Hall: 1201 – 1st Street S. Refreshments will be served. Safety Services Manitoba in partnership with Manitoba Public [...]

2018/02/25Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 24, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, January 24th, 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 [...]

2018/02/25Local Interest

Mike Scott “The Warrior Within” – March 13, 2018

Submitted by: Jessica Lacasse | Mike Scott “The Warrior Within” March 13, 2018 1:00pm – 3:00 pm Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre 1413 Main Street Swan River No Cost to Attend – Please register with Jessica Lacasse @ 734-6618 or or Tanya Powell at 734-9301. The Swan Valley Committee for the Elimination of Sexual Abuse [...]

2018/02/24Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – February 12, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board undertook a broad Community Consultation process a number of months ago. On Wednesday it will release a Memo outlining its plans based on the feedback it received from the community meetings and survey [...]

2018/02/24Local Interest

Benito Vesselli Dance Concert – March 10, 2018

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito Vesselli Dance Concert Desserts and Refreshments Sat. March 10, 2018 1:30 pm Benito School Gymnasium Adults $10 Students $8 6 and under Free Everyone Welcome!

2018/02/23Local Interest

MNP Pays it Forward to Community Foundation

Media Release | Nine charities and organizations in southern Manitoba will be the beneficiaries of national accounting, tax and consulting firm MNP’s Reach Out – Pay it Forward program for the next year. Starting February 1, 2018 and running until January 2019, for every client referral provided to our southern Manitoba offices, MNP will reach [...]

2018/02/22Local Interest

Swan River Ladies Curling Bonspiel: March 16-18, 2018

Submitted by: Darlene Beck | Swan River Ladies Curling Club 90th Annual Bonspiel March 16, 17 & 18, 2018 “Luck of the Irish” $160 per Rink Banquet and Entertainment Saturday Night Prizes, 4 Events, 4 Games Guaranteed To enter Contact: Sandy Milroy at 204-734-9381 (after 5pm) or email: or S.R. Curling Rink at 204-734-3055 [...]

2018/02/21Local Interest

Busy Week at Benito Recreation Complex

Pictured above: 1st in the 1st Event Winners sponsored by the J.A Lyons Memorial Trophy. Presenter Tom Lyons congratulates Skip Neil Watkins, Third Marty Anderson, Second Carter Watkins and Lead Karter Meyn Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Recreation Complex was a busy place this past week. On February 13-18, 2018, the Complex hosted [...]

2018/02/20Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Investigate Homicide

RCMP Media Release | On February 18, 2018, at approximately 11:00 am, Swan River RCMP received a report of a death at a residence in Swan River, Manitoba. A 36-year-old male from Swan River was deceased on scene. Norman Brass, 42, from Swan River is charged with Manslaughter. He will appear February 20, 2018, in [...]

2018/02/19Local Interest

Swan River Skating Club | Under the Sea – March 12, 2018

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The Swan River Skating Club presents Under the Sea Centennial Arena Mon. March 12, 2018 Starts 7pm Admission: Adults $5 Students $3 Preschool Free

2018/02/19Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – January 23, 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 23rd day of January, 2018 at 7:02 p.m. Absent: With prior written notice: Reeve William Galloway Councillor Irwin Steen Present: Deputy Reeve Brian Burick Councillors: Carrie [...]

2018/02/18Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – January 16, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 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: 2018.018 Moved By: Duane Whyte Seconded By: Phylis Friesen RESOLVED that the Agenda for the [...]

2018/02/17Local Interest

Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby – March 17, 2018

Submitted by: Brett Church | Swan Valley Lions Clubs 21st Annual Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby Sat. March 17th, 2018 Whitefish Lake Contestants will be competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. 1st prize being guaranteed $10,000 cash Cost of Entry tickets are: Adult: advanced $40, walk-on $50 Under 16: advanced $30, walk-on [...]

2018/02/16Local Interest

Lovely Evening at United Church Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by: St. Andrew’s United Church | The 7th Annual Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 10, 2018. The Veterans Hall was decked out in red decorations and many hearts! The entertainment was wonderful and they performed for a very appreciative crowd. The roast beef supper with all the trimmings as delicious! [...]

2018/02/16Local Interest

Minitonas Skating Club | Olympic Gold – March 1, 2018

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The Minitonas Skating Club presents Olympcic Gold Minitonas Arena Thurs. March 1, 2018 Starts 7pm Canteen open at 6pm Come enjoy supper with us! Admission: Adults $7 Students$5 Preschool Free

2018/02/15Local Interest