Category Archives: Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – March 22, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the March 22, 2021 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board examined Policy 12: Learning Environment/Programs and Services 2. Kris Woodward and Hayden Rooks, ÉSRSS, gave a Zoom presentation on the ICT Program and reported on changes made. It was a great presentation explaining how they revamped [...]

2021/04/07Local Interest

Public Consultation Survey on Swan River Roundabout

Province of Manitoba News Release | The Manitoba government is launching an online public engagement to seek input for safety improvements at the intersection of Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 83 and PTH 10, announced Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “Protecting Manitobans on our roadways is a priority for our government, and we are committed to building [...]

2021/04/05Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – March 16, 2021

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Delaurier, Friesen, Moriaux, Gray and Whyte in person. Absent with notice: Deputy Mayor Wintoniw Also Present: Staff – In person: CAO D. Poole, Dir. of Works [...]

2021/04/04Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – March 10, 2021

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain Held Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 via Zoom. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Steve Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted as secretary. Finance Officer Kim Paterson was also present. [...]

2021/04/03Local Interest

Swan River Receives Funding for Community Mobilization Hub

Province of Manitoba Media Release | The Manitoba government is providing $150,000 for community mobilization hubs in Altona, Swan River and Winkler, connecting social service workers and community agencies with at-risk youth and families to ensure they are receiving appropriate and timely supports and interventions, Justice Minister Cameron Friesen announced March 31, 2021. “Community mobilization [...]

2021/04/01Local Interest

New Fire Truck Delivered to Benito Fire Department

Submitted Story: The Manitoba Government gave $500,000.00 grant money for the purchase of a new fire truck for the Benito Fire Dept which was delivered to Benito on March 27, 2021. Reeve Bill Galloway acknowledged Rick Wowchuk’s part in advocating for the grant on behalf of the Municipality of Swan Valley West. He also thanked [...]

2021/03/30Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – March 2, 2021

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Friesen, Moriaux, Wintoniw and Whyte in person. Via video conferencing: Councillor Gray, Councillor Delaurier (joined at 7:49pm) Also Present: Staff – In person: CAO D. Poole [...]

2021/03/29Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – February 23, 2021

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 February, 2021 at 7:01 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some members are attending by phone due to numbers allowed. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha [...]

2021/03/28Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 16, 2021

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Delaurier, Friesen, Moriaux, Gray, Whyte and Wintoniw in person. Via video conferencing: Also Present: Staff – In person: Acting CAO P. Henkelman, Dir. PW D. Poole [...]

2021/03/28Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – February 9, 2021

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 9th day of February, 2021 at 7:01 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some members are attending by phone due to numbers allowed. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha [...]

2021/03/27Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – February 16, 2021

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 16th day of February, 2021 A.D. at 6:10 pm. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: G. Bartel, L. Hutman, C. Densen, S. Walmsley, W. Kolisnyk and D. Wagner CAO: Patti Simpson Delegations: Written submission from [...]

2021/03/26Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 2, 2021

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Delaurier, Friesen, Moriaux, Gray and Whyte in person. Via video conferencing: Deputy Mayor Wintoniw Also Present: Staff – In person: Acting CAO P. Henkelman, Dir. PW, [...]

2021/03/24Local Interest

Richardson Pineer Plans $30+ Million Elevator in Swan River

Submitted Story | Earlier this week, Richardson Pioneer Ltd. announced plans to construct a new 30+ million dollar high throughput elevator in Swan River. While most recognize this announcement as positive investment in our valley, and the continuation of a strong regional agricultural partnership, what does the addition of a high throughput elevator actually mean [...]

2021/03/22Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – January 26, 2021

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 January, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some members are attending by phone due to numbers allowed. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha [...]

2021/03/21Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – January 12, 2021

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 January, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some members are attending by phone due to numbers allowed. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha [...]

2021/03/19Local Interest

Swan Valley Sport Fish Celebrates Young Anglers

Submitted by: Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement (SVSFE) Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures for our photo challenge. SVSFE received 27 entries and what a great way to show Manitoba how our young anglers love fishing! SVSFE has decided everyone will be receiving a prize for their submission. Thanks again, keep on fishing, and [...]

2021/03/17Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – March 8, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 22, 2021 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board examined Policy 11: General Executive Constraint Decision-Making Matrix 2. The Board reviewed the 2021-2022 Budget one last time, and discussed the Budget Public Consultation held on March 3. The Board approved the budget for next year. [...]

2021/03/14Local 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 14, 2021 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.

2021/03/13Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Respond to Disturbance at Hospital

RCMP Media Release | On March 8, 2021, at 8:05 pm, Swan River RCMP responded to a call of a male who had entered the hospital and began to pull the fire alarms. Officers attended and located the male in the lobby, where he was immediately placed under arrest for Mischief. He was handcuffed and [...]

2021/03/09Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – February 10, 2021

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, February 1-th, 2021 via zoom. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Steve Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted as secretary. Finance Officer Kim Paterson was also present. [...]

2021/03/05Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – February 22, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 22, 2021 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board examined Policy 10: Emergency Superintendent Succession 2. The SVRSS Student Council and the SVRSS Social Justice Committee both gave a summary to the Board on how the school year is going, and their activities. These students [...]

2021/03/03Local Interest

Derek Poole Appointed Town of Swan River CAO

Town of Swan River Media Release | The Town of Swan River is please to announce the appointment of Derek Poole to the position of CAO, effective February 26, 2021. Derek has been a dedicated Town employee for the last 12 years and we are excited to have him take over this role. The Town [...]

2021/03/01Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – January 19, 2021

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 19th day of January, 2021 A.D. at 6:00 pm. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: G. Bartel, L. Hutman, C. Densen, S. Walmsley, W. Kolisnyk and D. Wagner CAO: Patti Simpson 1. D. Wagner – [...]

2021/02/28Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – February 8, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 8, 2021 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board examined Policy 9: Board and Superintendent/CEO Relationship 2. The Maintenance Supervisor, Chris Staniland, gave his annual detailed report to the Board outlining completed maintenance tasks, including water testing at all SVSD building locations. This is a [...]

2021/02/27Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – January 19, 2021

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Delaurier, Friesen, Moriaux, Gray, and Whyte in person. Via video conferencing: Deputy Mayor Wintoniw Also Present: Staff – In person: Acting CAO P. Henkelman, Dir. PW [...]

2021/02/26Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Recover Firearms, Drugs and Cash

RCMP Media Release | On February 18, 2021, as a result of an ongoing investigation, officers from the Swan River RCMP detachment along with assistance from the Manitoba West District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) and Police Dog Services (PDS) executed a search warrant at a residence located off of Main Street in Swan [...]

2021/02/25Local Interest

Bellsite Annual Poker Derby 2021 Cancelled

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry This letter is to inform you that our annual Poker Derby will be cancelled this year because of Covid-19 and the restrictions. We would like to thank all that have come out every year to enjoy the trails, our meal and prizes. We would also like to thank all the businesses [...]

2021/02/24Local Interest

Justin Langen Local Recipient of Honour 150

Justin Langen has been selected as a Honour 150 Honouree. Honour 150, presented by Canada Life, recognizes 150 outstanding people from across the province. Justin Langen is committed to giving voice and recognition to Métis youth. Justin Langan’s Honour 150 Profile was written by Red River College student: Nicholas Clifford Justin Langan began giving back [...]

2021/02/23Local Interest

Swan River RCMP warn of Grandparent / Family Scams

RCMP Media Release | “Grandma: I’m in the hospital, I’m scared, and I’m injured from a bad car accident, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m in jail and need bail money, please send money right away”. Grandparent scams can take new twists – always with a sense of urgency. Social engineering at it’s best, [...]

2021/02/22Local Interest

Dave Theunissen Local Recipient of Honour 150

Dave Theunissen has been selected as a Honour 150 Honouree. Honour 150, presented by Canada Life, recognizes 150 outstanding people from across the province. Dave Theunissen has been an instrumental part in the growth of Swan River Valley for over 65 years. Dave Theunissen’s Honour 150 Profile was written by Red River College student: Emily [...]

2021/02/22Local Interest

Community Foundation Awareness Week: Feb. 21-27, 2021

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | Announcing Community Foundation of Swan Valley Awareness Week, February 21st to the 27th, 2021. The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) would like to thank the Town of Swan River, RM of Mountain and the Municipality of Swan Valley West for proclaiming the last week of February [...]

2021/02/18Local Interest

RM of Mountain Special Meeting Minutes – February 8, 2021

Minutes of the Special Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Monday, February 8th, 20201 via Zoom. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Steve Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted as secretary. Finance Officer Kim Paterson was also present. [...]

2021/02/17Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – January 5, 2021

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Delaurier, Friesen, Moriaux, Gray and Whyte in person. Via video conferencing: Deputy Mayor Wintoniw Also Present: Staff – In person: Acting CAO P. Henkelman, Dir. PW, [...]

2021/02/16Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 27, 2021

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 via zoom. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Steve Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted as secretary. Finance Officer Kim Paterson was also present. [...]

2021/02/14Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – January 25, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the January 25, 2021 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board examined Policy 8: Policy Development and Amendment. 2. The Superintendent is meeting with Principals this week to go over draft preliminary staffing information. The Secretary-Treasurer also gave draft estimates to help in the process. Our Division, [...]

2021/02/13Local Interest

February Family Fishing Photo Challenge – February 2021

Submitted by: Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement | February Family Fishing Frenzy Photo Challenge Submit a family fishing photo during February for the chance to win some fun fishing freebies! Show the angling community how young anglers in the Swan Valley are having a REEL good time fishing our local lakes this winter! Reminder During [...]

2021/02/12Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 13, 2021

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 via Zoom. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Steve Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted as secretary. Finance Officer Kim Paterson was also present. [...]

2021/02/10Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 15, 2020

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding along with Councillors Delaurier, Friesen, Moriaux and Whyte in person. Via video conferencing: Councillor Wintoniw and Gray Also Present: Staff – In person: CAO Jerry Gautreau, Assistant CAO P. [...]

2021/02/06Local Interest

Community Foundation Announces Spring Grant Intake 2021

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is pleased to announce the Spring Granting Period for the Community Foundation of Swan Valley. The Spring Grant Intake will open on February 1st, 2021 and closes March 5, at 5 p.m. Organizations are reminded that only one application per [...]

2021/02/04Local Interest

Co-op Community Spaces Accepting Online Applications

Co-op Media Release | For years, Co-op has been creating places for Western Canadians. This year as we’ve been staying safe by staying apart, Co-ops continue to invest in spaces for when we can safely come back together. Co-op Community Spaces was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. [...]

2021/02/02Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 22, 2020

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 via zoom. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Steve Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted as secretary. Finance Officer Kim Paterson was also present. [...]

2021/01/31Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – December 15, 2020

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 15th day of December, 2020 A.D. at 6:00 pm. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: G. Bartel, L. Hutman, C. Densen, S. Walmsley and D. Wagner CAO: Patti Simpson Absent with Permission: Councillor W. Kolisnyk [...]

2021/01/31Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – December 22, 2020

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 22nd day of December, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some members are attending by phone due to numbers allowed. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha [...]

2021/01/31Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – December 8, 2020

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 8th day of December, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some members are attending by phone due to numbers allowed. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha [...]

2021/01/30Local Interest

RCMP Seize Drugs and Make Arrests in Pine Creek

RCMP Media Release | On January 27, 2021, at approximately 7:10 am, as part of an ongoing drug investigation, the RCMP Manitoba West District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST), along with Winnipegosis RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrant on a residence in Pine Creek First Nation, [...]

2021/01/28Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Respond to Break-in at Post Office

RCMP Media Release | On January 23, 2021, at approximately 11:50 am, Swan River RCMP received a report of a break-in at the Kenville Post Office in Kenville, Manitoba. Several parcels had been ripped open and items were taken. Police would like to speak with individuals who have items missing or whose mail was gone [...]

2021/01/25Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – January 11, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the January 11, 2021 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. Agenda topics were discussed for the upcoming Board Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021, with Budget Feedback being one of them. The Board mentioned that the budget this year will be extremely challenging given many factors. Also, [...]

2021/01/20Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – October 27, 2020

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 27th day of October, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Glen Foster Bill Gade Matt Wills Tyler Kushniryk (Via phone) Darryl Pierrepont Admin: Donna [...]

2021/01/16Local Interest

SVSD Schools and Buildings Closed January 14, 2021

Swan Valley School Division Notice | Due to the freezing rain we received this evening, the extremely icy conditions of all the roads and the fact they will most likely not be better in the morning, Swan Valley School Division is closing all schools and school division buildings for January 14, 2021. All classes including [...]

2021/01/13Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Respond to Fatal Structure Fire

RCMP Media Report | On January 10, 2021, at 12:40 am, Swan River RCMP responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence in the hamlet of Renwer, located approximately 15 kilometres east of Minitonas. Once the fire was brought under control and extinguished, firefighters entered the structure and located unidentified human remains. [...]

2021/01/11Local Interest