Category Archives: Local Interest

Pine River Summer Start Sale, Town Wide Yard Sales

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | This year we were unsure if there would be a Summer Start Sale. We had rain most of the week and the skies along with the forecast were not showing any promise for Saturday June 17, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. As we all went to bed [...]

2017/06/22Local Interest

Formo Motors sponsors Tuesday Nite Golf

Submitted by: June McKenzie | 55 ladies enjoyed a wonderful evening of golf and friendship at Tuesday Nite Golf sponsored by Formo Motors on June 13, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. Weather was great as teams played a scramble format before returning to the clubhouse for wine and cheese. Prizes were drawn [...]

2017/06/22Local Interest

Fast Action and Great Memories at High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | Another year of Manitoba High School Rodeo wrapped up June 9-11, 2017 in Swan River, with competitors from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota. all here hoping to win a coveted Finals buckle. Pictured above: Cowboy of the Year winner Everett Fairlie puts on the brakes in the steer [...]

2017/06/20Local Interest

Presentation Raises Awareness About Elder Abuse

Submitted by: Bev Leach | June 15, 2017 has been designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Board of Service to Seniors recognized the day at the North-West Regional Library by hosting an event titled “It’s Just Not Right”. Click any picture for a larger version. The purpose of the event was to publicize local [...]

2017/06/20Local Interest

Peewee Hardball “A” Provincials – July 7-9, 2017

Submitted by: Jenifer Ferland | Swan River Peewee Hardball “13U” (ages 12-13) hosts “A” Provincials July 7-9, 2017 Swan River Peewee Hardball Team: Steven Arp, Matthew Munro, Nick Baskier, Brittan Yaschyshyn, Rylee Cockburn, Chris Hambley, Ethan Trevellyn, Chad Brightnose, Bo Eisner, Kaden Ferland, Will Munro, Jack Mullin, Owen Mullin, Cameron Coulthart, Henry Branconnier, Liam McArthur, [...]

2017/06/19Local Interest

SVRSS Holds 2nd Annual Science Olympics

Submitted by: Paula Shevernoha | On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 the SVRSS Science & Ag Departments held the second annual Science Olympics. Ten teams of four SVRSS students participated in 5 very challenging events. Click any picture for a larger version. Every event had a specific task, with limited supplies given and a pre-determined time [...]

2017/06/19Local Interest

Benito Canada Day 150 – July 1, 2017

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito Rec Centre hosts Benito Canada Day 150 July 1, 2017 Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Benito Rec Centre ALL DAY FUN 8 Team Slowpitch Tournament 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Kids Bouncy Castle & Activities 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Gymkhana 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm [...]

2017/06/18Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – June 12, 2017

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the June 12, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. Sergeant Steven Henson attended the Board Meeting to answer questions and share information with Trustees. Topics of discussion were social media, drugs, partnerships, potential effects of legalization of marijuana. Great discussion, very informative. 2. The [...]

2017/06/18Local Interest

Swan River Canada Day Picnic in the Park – July 1, 2017

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | Picnic in the Park July 1st 1-4pm Legion Park Entertainment stage, concession, kids trains and bouncers, kite flying, free ice cream, 9 hole mini golf, and ball game. Free for all Agricultural grounds: Games 8:30 Fireworks at dusk

2017/06/17Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 12, 2017

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 12, 2017 | Northwest Region Warmer temperatures and strong winds occurred throughout the Northwest region this week. The weekend brought rainfall events for some of the region. Precipitation was limited to light scattered trace amounts in the Dauphin area, 5 to 18 mm throughout the Swan [...]

2017/06/17Local Interest

Great Time at Down Home Tea & Bake Sale

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun We had a great time at Benito Legion hall as we snacked on biscuits, scones and muffins at the Benito Women’s Auxiliary Down Home Tea and Bake Sale on June 10, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. It was great to see everyone who came out to support us [...]

2017/06/16Local Interest

Lions Host High School Rodeo Pancake Breakfast

Submitted by: Angela Mullin The Swan Valley Lions hosted another successful pancake breakfast at the High School Rodeo on Saturday, June 10, 2017! Although the weather was damp, the pancakes were fluffy and sausages tasty! Click any picture for a larger version. The rodeo families appreciated the wonderful breakfast, there was also great support from [...]

2017/06/15Local Interest

Amazing Support at SVAPL BBQ

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | The Swan Valley Animal Protection League barbecue, held on June 8, 2017 at the Fire and Ice parking lot, was a resounding success; with a great turnout on a beautiful summer day. Click any picture for a larger version. People enjoyed a nice visit in the sunshine over a burger [...]

2017/06/15Local Interest

Test Drives, Face Paint, Games and BBQ in Minitonas

Submitted On Behalf of: Minitonas Middle/Early Years Schools | The Minitonas Schools, in partnership with Buick, and Swan River Key Chev Olds hosted a Drive for Your Students event on June 10, 2017 to raise money for new playground equipment. Click any picture for a larger version. Buick donated $20 for each test drive taken. [...]

2017/06/14Local Interest

Bowsman Curling Club BBQ – June 20, 2017

Submitted by; Barry Stephen | Bowsman Curling Club BBQ June 20, 2017 11am – 2″ish” pm at Giant Tiger Hot Dog, Drink and Chips $5.00

2017/06/14Local Interest

Great Weather for Special Olympics Parkland BBQ

Submitted by Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region held its 3rd Annual Fundraising BBQ at Home Hardware Swan River on Wednesday, June 7th 2017 celebrating Special Olympics Manitoba Awareness Week. Click any picture for a larger version. With all of the overwhelming support of the Swan Valley community the volunteers worked hard to [...]

2017/06/14Local Interest

Medical Expense BBQ and Carwash – June 23, 2017

Submitted by: Jackie Mayuk | Come out and show your support to a local family, and enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch at the same time! Fri. June 23, 2017 12 noon – 2:00 pm Formo Motors Meals include a burger, drink, and chips, and are available for $5. On this day only, we are also [...]

2017/06/13Local Interest

Valley Jazz Musicians Bring an Evening of Entertainment

ValleyBiz Story | The Valley’s finest jazz students from Swan Valley Regional Secondary School (SVRSS), Ecole Swan River South School (ESRSS), Minitonas Middle Years School (MMYS) and Benito showcased their talents to a captivated audience on June 7, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. The evening included performances by 5 individual bands along [...]

2017/06/13Local Interest

Swan River Golf Couples Night – June 16, 2017

Submitted by: Mike Hobson | Couples Night! Swan River Golf & Country Club June 16, 2017 6:30 pm Shotgun Start The most affordable night of the season. Thanks to our generous sponsorship from Kal Tire. $10 for members $25 for non-members (includes green fees) Scramble format / 4 person teams. Bring your own steak and [...]

2017/06/13Local Interest

Association for Community Living AGM

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 56th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Wednesday June 07, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. Approximately forty-five people enjoyed the luncheon which was catered by the Westwood Inn at 12 PM with the meeting beginning [...]

2017/06/13Local Interest

Cowan Father’s Day Panckake Breakfast – June 18, 2017

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast/Brunch Cowan Community Centre Sun. June 18, 2017 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The selection will be a buffet of eggs, pancakes, sausages, hashbrowns, fruit amd more. Adults – $7.00, Children 6 to 12 – $3.50, Preschoolers – Free. Everyone Welcome.

2017/06/12Local Interest

Swan Valley Communities that Care AGM

Submitted by: Beverley Polon | On June 6, 2017, the Swan Valley Inter-Agency, SV Community Mobilization and Swan Valley Communities That Care hosted their Annual General Meetings at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Center. Click any picture for a larger version. Jessica Lacasse presented a Power Point presentation highlighting the Community Mobilization activities. Lorri-Ann Munro and [...]

2017/06/12Local Interest

Birch River School Hosts Wellness Day

Story Submitted by: Nicole Bobick Our first Wellness Day exceeded our expectations – it was a lot of fun! The goals were to share a day with Benito School, make new friends and experience a variety of wellness activities. Above picture by Nicole Bobick Other Pictures by ValleyBiz – Click for a larger version. Students [...]

2017/06/12Local Interest

Birch River Fathers Day Celebration – June 18, 2017

Celebrate Father’s Day Sun. June 18, 2017 Birch River, Manitoba Hosted by: Birch River Legion #48 Breakfast Buffet 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Pancakes, eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns, pastries, fruit, coffee/juice Adults: $10.00 Children (6-12): $5.00 Preschoolers: free LUCK OF THE DRAW and In Hall Poker Derby Registration at Birch River Legion Hall: 9:00 [...]

2017/06/11Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 16, 2017

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 16th day of May, 2017 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillors: G. Bartel & L. [...]

2017/06/11Local Interest

Christian Cowboys Church Service – June 11, 2017

Submitted by: Crystal Nepinak | The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Church Service Sun. June 11, 2017 8:30 am Light Horse Show Ring Ag Society Grounds In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Swan River Curling Rink bingo room. There is no admission to attend the Church service. Held in [...]

2017/06/10Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 5, 2017

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 5, 2017 | Northwest Region Warmer temperatures throughout the Northwest region and strong winds contributed to dry down soil surfaces and allowed seeding operations to progress through the week. Rainfall was limited to light scattered showers in the Dauphin area with 13 mm of rain received [...]

2017/06/10Local Interest

Triple P Parenting Instructs, Supports and Guides

Submitted by: Eugenia Barker | Swan Valley Communities That Care has completed its second cycle of the Triple P parenting program. Nineteen parents/caregivers registered for the program, which ran from April 12 to May 31, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. This 8 week program, gives parents the skills they need to build [...]

2017/06/09Local Interest

Swan Valley Co-op Sponsors Curling Championship

Press Release | The 2018 Canadian Mixed Championship Host Committee is proud to announce the signing of Swan Valley Consumers Co-op as the Volunteer Sponsor for the upcoming event. Click any picture for a larger version. “Swan Valley Co-op has a history of supporting local organizations and events, and enthusiastically supports the Host Committee in [...]

2017/06/09Local Interest

Benito Women’s Auxiliary Tea & Bake Sale – June 10, 2017

Submitted by: Cheryle Zbirun | Benito Women’s Auxiliary Down Home Tea & Bake Sale Sat. June 10, 2017 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Benito Legion Hall Come on Down for biscuits, Scones, Muffins and Momma’s Homemade Jelly. 50/50 Draw, Hampers, Door Prize, Bake Sale Draws made @ 3:15 Kids Can Go Fishin’ in the Dark [...]

2017/06/08Local Interest

Doctors Walk With the Community to Promote Good Health

Submitted by: Jessica Lacasse | The Swan Valley Primary Health Care Centre and Taylor school hosted a second annual Walk with the Docs in Swan River on June 1, 2017 for Rural Week. Click any picture for a larger version. The walk is hosted to give resident doctors visiting the Valley an opportunity to participate [...]

2017/06/08Local Interest

Swan River Lions Pancake Breakfast – June 10, 2017

Submitted by: High School Rodeo Swan River Lions Community Pancake Breakfast Sat. June 10, 2017 7:30 -10:30 am Swan River Curling Rink Pancakes & sausage will be served. $5 per person. The pancake breakfast is being held in conjunction with the Manitoba High School Rodeo Provincial Finals Weekend. HS Rodeo after the breakfast at 11:00 [...]

2017/06/08Local Interest

Benito United Church Supper Enjoyed by Many

Submitted by: Karen Gade | The Benito United Church Spring Supper was held at the Benito Rec. Centre on June 4, 2017. A total of 215 took advantage of having their meal prepared for them that evening. Click any picture for a larger version. Support was evident from throughout the Valley and our Saskatchewan neighbours [...]

2017/06/07Local Interest

Durban Hall 87th Anniversary Dance

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | In the year 1930, 87 years ago the town of Durban, with a lot of community and valley supporters decided to build a community hall. Click any picture for a larger version. With volunteers back then and now the hall is still active with dances, suppers, and lot of special [...]

2017/06/07Local Interest

Fun Run Participants Explore Swan River Routes

Submitted by: Keith Immerkar | On Sunday June 4, 2017 78 participants took part in the Swan River Fun Run in 4 different distance events. There was a 1K run around Legion Park for the Pre school kids. Click any picture for a larger version. This was followed by the 5, 10 and 21k events [...]

2017/06/06Local Interest

Over $47,000 Raised at Swan River Relay for Life

Submitted by: Charlene Rooks | Well, another Relay for Life is in the books! The weather on June 2, 2017 cooperated, track conditions were great and everyone seemed to have had lots of fun! Click any pictures for a larger version. The evening at the fairgrounds was jammed pack with some speeches, personal stories, and [...]

2017/06/06Local Interest

Elder Abuse Educational Presentation – June 15, 2017

Submitted by: Bev Leach | What’s Age Got To Do With It? Educational Presentation Thurs. June 15, 2017 2:00 pm Northwest Regional Library Hosted by Services to Seniors in recognition of World Elder Abuse Day. Staff from the Swan Valley Crisis Centre will show the video, “What’s Age Got To Do With It?” Following the [...]

2017/06/06Local Interest

Enthusiastic Attendance at Taylor School Fun Fest

Submitted by: Robin Warner | Taylor School would like to say a big “Thank You” to the community who supported another very successful Fun Fest on Friday, June 2, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version. The students had a great time and we are now that much closer to funding a new playground [...]

2017/06/05Local Interest

Jazzmanian Devils Earn Gold at Regina Springfest

Submitted by: Mark Matejka | After many rehearsals, the 12-member Minitonas Middle Years School (MMYS) Jazz Combo, The Jazzmanian Devils, under the direction of Mr. Matejka arrived at the 38th Annual Regina Springfest Band Festival (May 25-26, 2017). Click any picture for a larger version. We were one of about 50 registered groups that performed [...]

2017/06/05Local Interest

National Aboriginal Day Celebration – June 21, 2017

Submitted by: Tanya Powell | National Aboriginal Day Celebration Wed. June 21, 2017 Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Sunrise Ceremony 6:00 am FREE Pancake Breakfast 7:00 am – 9:00 am Celebration 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Featuring Fiddling – Square Dancers – Traditional Dancers – Local Talent FREE Stew and Bannock Canteen on Site FREE ADMISSION [...]

2017/06/04Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – May 10, 2017

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, May 10th, 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 Wyatt [...]

2017/06/03Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 29, 2017

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture May 29, 2017 | Northwest Region Temperatures were cool through the week however seeding progressed for most of the region until rain mid-week halted operations. Rainfall amounts varied from 15 to 25 mm throughout the region; The Pas area received over 35 mm. Soil moisture is generally [...]

2017/06/03Local Interest

4H Beef Show and Sale Returns to Ag Grounds

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Swan Valley 4H Beef Show & Sale was held on May 27th at the Swan Valley Agriculture Grounds. This is the 1st show there since 1979, and it was an overwhelming success. We have members from 6 – 21 years old. Click any picture for a larger version. There [...]

2017/06/02Local Interest

Riverview Condos and Suites Celebrates Grand Opening

Submitted by: Maxine Larway | Close to 150 people came out on Friday, May 26, 2017 for the official grand opening of RiverViews Condos and Suites and Fundraiser with proceeds going to the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Pictured above: Mayor Glen McKenzie cutting the ribbon, with owners Brian Vandepoele, Scott and Maxine Larway, Marilyn and [...]

2017/06/01Local Interest

Swan Valley Stampeders AGM – June 20, 2017

Submitted by: Heidi Langan | Swan Valley Stampeders Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club Annual General Meeting Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:30 pm Westwood Inn Banquet Room Come and see what’s new with your Junior Hockey Club. We need board members. If interested, please attend or let us know. NEW THIS YEAR To vote, or be nominated [...]

2017/05/31Local Interest

Swan Valley West Superintendent Position Eliminated

ValleyBiz Story | “The Municipality of Swan Valley West has made a decision to undertake some restructuring and has eliminated the position of Superintendent of Public Works.” The above statement is the entire “Public Press Release” issued by The Municipality of Swan Valley West (MSVW) regarding the position of the Superintendent of Public Works. The [...]

2017/05/31Local Interest

Season Opener at Swan Valley Stock Car Club

Submitted by: Tanya Cherynk | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their season opener on May 20, 2017. It was a great day of racing with new cars out at the track. Click any picture for a larger version. We had over 250 people come out and watch the races! Next race is on [...]

2017/05/31Local Interest

Planning to Make a Splash in the Swan Valley

ValleyBiz Story | As thoughts turn to the lazy crazy days of summer, one local group of community volunteers is hopeful future summers will see an inexpensive and fun option for families and children in the Swan Valley to beat the summer heat. Plans are currently underway to build a splash park at the site [...]

2017/05/30Local Interest

Kal Tire Sponsors Gals Golf Pink Ball Challenge

Submitted by: June McKenzie | Kal Tire sponsored the season’s first Tuesday Nite Gals Golf event, the “Pink Ball Challenge” held on May 23, 2017. Pictured left: The Kal Tire team wearing pink shirts for Cancer. Click any picture for a larger version. Sunny skies shone down on the 43 ladies as their laughter could [...]

2017/05/29Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – April 18, 2017

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, April 18th, 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: 2017.195 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier RESOLVED that the Agenda for the [...]

2017/05/28Local Interest