Category Archives: Local Interest

Great Evening at Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Our Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 1st. 120 folks enjoyed an evening of visiting, great entertainment and a delicious supper catered by Julie Nahnybida. The Entertainment kept toes a tapping with the Ukelele group singing a few songs and strumming their hearts out, followed by [...]

2020/02/17Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 21, 2020

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Stephen Nadolney, Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. Councillor Malcolm was absent with notice. CAO Paige Larocque [...]

2020/02/16Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – Febuary 10, 2020

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 10, 2020 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board continued budget discussions from the material provided by the Secretary-Treasurer. The public consultation budget presentation will be on March 5 at SVRSS and it will be live streamed. The Board also discussed the impact of the [...]

2020/02/15Local Interest

Bellsite’s 41st Ann. Snowmobile Poker Derby – Feb 23, 2020

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | BELLSITE’S 41st Annual Snowmobile POKER DERBY A Scenic Mountain Route, North Mountain Riders Groomed Snow Pass Trail Sun. February 23rd, 2020 (this event will happen with sunshine, snow or rain) REGISTRATION: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Bellsite Community Hall FEE: DRIVERS $30.00 (3 POKER HANDS) (Advance Registration before 1pm & you must [...]

2020/02/14Local Interest

SV Novice Broncos Play Timbits Hockey During Jets Game

Submitted by: Treena Rooks | Timbits Hockey, presented by Tim Hortons, features twelve timbits hockey teams and four ringette teams randomly selected to play during the intermission of a Winnipeg Jets home game. A parent on our team had entered us into the draw, and on January 8, 2020, we had received notification that the [...]

2020/02/13Local Interest

Benito Firemen’s Annual Supper – February 23, 2020

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito Firemen’s Association Annual Firemen’s Supper Sun. February 23, 2020 Benito Rec Centre 4:00 – 6:00 pm Everyone Welcome Turkey, Ham, Turnips, Mashed Potatoes, Salads, Dessert, Beverages $18 per plate – 12 years and older $10 per place – 11 years and younger 5 and under FREE Lucky Auction Draw [...]

2020/02/12Local Interest

Duelling Pianos Dessert Night – February 15, 2020

Submitted by: Rachel Stober | Dueling Pianos Dessert Night & Art Auction February 15, 2020 7:00 pm CBF Christian School CBFCS PAC Fundraiser Contact Melanie Bird for Tickets $25 Each School Phone 204-734-2174 Feature piano duel with Martyn Snell and Mark Matejka Watercolor Art by Martyn Snell Sign Art by Rachel Stober Local Artist Melanie [...]

2020/02/11Local Interest

North Mountain Riders Pickerel Supper – February 14, 2020

Submitted by: Meghan Lumax | North Mountain Riders Annual Pickerel Supper February 14, 2020 Westwood Inn 6:00 pm Cocktails 7:30 pm Supper Tickets $35 Tickets available from: Any North Mountain Riders member Cook & Cooke Insurance/Financial Live auction and silent auction will take place.

2020/02/10Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – January 21, 2020

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in the Council Chambers in Minitonas, Manitoba this 21st day of January, 2020 A.D. at 5:45 p.m. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: S. Walmsley, L. Hutman, C. Densen and W. Kolisnyk. Councillor G. Bartel arrived at 7:15 p.m. CAO: Patti Simpson [...]

2020/02/09Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – January 21, 2020

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Friesen, Moriaux, Wintoniw and Delaurier present. Councillor Gray and Councillor Whyte: absent with notice Also Present: Staff – Town Manager C. Croll, ACAO P. Henkelman, PW Director [...]

2020/02/08Local Interest

RCMP Investigate Shooting in Swan River

RCMP Media Release | On February 6, 2020, at approximately 1:55 am, RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance and possible gun shot, on 9th Avenue South, in Swan River. Officers attended and located a 25-year-old male, from Swan River, suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body. He was taken to hospital [...]

2020/02/06Local Interest

Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby – March 21, 2020

Submitted by: Valley Lions Clubs 23rd Annual Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby Sat. March 21, 2020 Whitefish Lake. Over $20,000 in cash and prizes. 1st Prize $10,000 cash Cost of Entry tickets are Adult: Advanced $40 | Walk-on $50 Under 16: Advanced $30 | Walk-on $40 Extra hole ticket $30 Tickets are available at [...]

2020/02/06Local Interest

Bowsman Ladies Bonspiel: February 21 – 23, 2020

Submitted by: Ruth Stevenson | Bowsman Ladies Curling Club Night at the Movies Bonspiel February 21 – 23, 2020 Supper & Entertainment Saturday Night! To enter your rink please call/text Erin 281-2672 or Deanna 734-8886 Entry Fee is $120 Entry deadline Feb 17, 2020

2020/02/04Local Interest

Weight to Wellbeing – Wednesdays, Feb 12 – Mar 25, 2020

Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health Free Lifestyle Program Weight to Wellbeing Every Wednesday February 12 – March 25 Swan Valley Health Centre 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nutrition, Physical Activity Mental Wellness Learn more about managing your OVERALL HEALTH from PMH Physicians, Registered Dietitans and Mental Health Workers For more information OR to register contact: [...]

2020/02/03Local Interest

Birch River German Supper – February 16, 2020

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Birch River Northern Neighbors German Supper Sun. February 16, 2020 5:00 p.m. Northern Neighbors Centre Adults: $12.00 6-12 years: $6.00 Preschooler: Free Menu includes: Roast Pork, Sausage, Red Cabbage, Perogies, Salad, Sauerkraut, Potatoes, Desserts Everyone Welcome

2020/02/02Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – January 27, 2020

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the January 27, 2020 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board began looking and discussing preliminary budget material including feedback from staff/department heads, staffing, and enrollment projections and preliminary financial projections from the Secretary-Treasurer. Reminder there is opportunity for public feedback at the February 10 meeting, and [...]

2020/02/02Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – January 7, 2020

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in the Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 7th day of January, 2020 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: G. Bartel, S. Walmsley, L. Hutman, C. Densen, W. Kolisnyk and D. Wagner CAO: Patti Simpson Additions to Agenda: [...]

2020/02/01Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – January 13, 2020

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the January 13, 2020 Submitted by: Jon Zilkey, Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board discussed the new Strategic Planning Day coming on April 20th at the Westwood Inn. The Board will be taking part in surveys with SVRSS students in the month of February to help with our Strategic Plan. [...]

2020/01/31Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Investigate Fatal Snowmobile Collision

RCMP Media Release | On January 29, 2020, at approximately 3:45 pm, Swan River RCMP received a report of a snowmobile collision involving a semi- trailer, on a logging road in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. The initial investigation has determined that two snowmobiles were going north on a logging road when one of the snowmobilers [...]

2020/01/30Local Interest

Kene and Milly Concerts a Blessing in the Valley

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The Kene and Milly concerts, held in the Swan Valley from January 21-23, 2020, were a very big blessing to those who attended. People in each location (Barrows, Sapotawayek, Birch River and Swan River) told Kene and Milly how much they appreciated them coming. Each evening the singers sang many [...]

2020/01/30Local Interest

CFSV Now Accepting Spring Grant Applications

CFSV Media Release | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is pleased to announce the Spring Granting Period for both the Community Foundation of Swan Valley & Youth in Philanthropy (SVRSS). The Spring Grant Intake will open on February 1st, 2020 and closes February 28th at 5 p.m. Organizations are reminded that only one [...]

2020/01/29Local Interest

Government Invests in Dauphin Economic Dev. & Tourism

Media Release | The Manitoba government will continue to lay a foundation for private-sector investment and job creation in Dauphin and the wider Parkland region with several exciting initiatives this year, Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced. “Our government’s Manitoba Works plan has established a target for creation of 40,000 new jobs in [...]

2020/01/27Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – January 8, 2020

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. 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 [...]

2020/01/26Local Interest

Swan Valley West Minutes – November 12, 2019

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 November, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Present: Reeve: William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Glen Foster Bill Gade Matt Wills Darryl Pierrepont Tyler Kushniryk Interim-Acting CAO: Cheryle Zbirun [...]

2020/01/25Local Interest

Information on Citizens On Patrol Program Presented

Pictured above: Pat Dietrich, chairperson of Roblin COPP and Twyla Ludwig, Roblin COPP member and Secretary-Treasurer of Manitoba COPP answer questions from attendees. ValleyBiz Story | On Thursday, January 16, 2020 a presentation was held at the Veterans Community Hall to provide information about the Citizens On Patrol Program (COPP). The COPP objective is to [...]

2020/01/23Local Interest

Stop Smoking Program – February 20 & 24-28, 2020

Submitted by: David Ogram Breathe–Free 5-Day Stop Smoking Program February 20 & 24-28, 2020 7: 00 pm Basement Meeting Room Swan River Seventh-day Adventist Church This very successful Program combines video presentations, group support, a personal plan booklet and educational information to help participants to break the smoking habit once and for all. Pre-Registration is [...]

2020/01/21Local Interest

Swan River Dolyna Dancers Hold Malanka Concert

The Swan River Dolyna Dancers held their second annual Malanka Concert January 13, 2020 at the SVRSS Cafeteria. Each dance group performed a dance in front a full audience of family and friends. The Sadochuk, Beginner and Junior groups started the evening off with each group dancing a Poltava. This was followed by an intermission [...]

2020/01/20Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 20, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Friday, December 20th, 2019 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Wilmer Malcolm, Stephen Nadolney Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. CAO Paige Larocque was present and acted [...]

2020/01/19Local Interest

Provincial Budget Consultations Take Place In Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | Approximately 40 people attended the Provincial Pre-Budget Consultations held in Swan River on the afternoon of January 14, 2020. Minister Scott Fielding began with a presentation of the budget priorities for 2020, focusing on five areas committed to in the 2019 Provincial Election including: – reducing taxes, – $2 billion in healthcare [...]

2020/01/16Local Interest

Swan River Ladies Curling Bonspiel: March 20-22, 2020

Submitted by: Lynn Roberts Branconnier | Swan River Ladies Curling Club “Disney on the Ice” 92nd Annual Bonspiel March 20, 21 and 22, 2020 CASHSPIEL – 4 EVENTS Cost: $160 per Rink Banquet & Entertainment Saturday Evening Best Team Costume Prizes Blind Calcutta – $20 per team Entry Deadline: March 18, 2020 To enter contact: [...]

2020/01/14Local Interest

Community Treated to Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan | The community was treated to a delicious Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper at Y Not Johnny’s on January 6, 2020. Many traditional dishes were featured. All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church is grateful to Y Not Johnny’s for his generous support of our parish’s fundraising event. Also thank you everyone who were [...]

2020/01/13Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – December 17, 2019

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in the Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 17th day of December, 2019 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: G. Bartel, S. Walmsley, C. Densen, W. Kolisnyk and D. Wagner CAO: Patti Simpson Absent with Notice: Councillors: L. [...]

2020/01/11Local Interest

Kene & Milly Concerts – January 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2020

Submited by: Violet Plett | Kene & Milly Concerts January 20-23, 2020 Barrows Swan River Birch River Sapotaweyak Come out and enjoy an evening of great Gospel music. Kene and Milly have traveled extensively throughout Canada and the US. for many years. They have sung in various places is the valley before, including the Barrows [...]

2020/01/09Local Interest

Food and Fellowship at “Alone at Christmas Supper”

Submitted by Anna Fullerton and Billie Werenich | Once again we are very grateful for Swan Valley residents who helped in any way to present the 5th annual ALONE AT CHRISTMAS supper at the Elks Hall on December 25, 2019. For all the volunteering of cash, time, driving or food donations we are truly appreciative. [...]

2020/01/08Local Interest

Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment – February 1, 2020

Submitted by: St. Andrews United Church 9th Anniversary St. Andrew’s United Church Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment February 1, 2020 Veterans Hall 5:00 pm Wine Bar 6:00 pm Dinner Catered by: Julie Nahnybida Tickets $35.00 each Tickets available from: Eleanor Proppe 204-734-5645 Nancy Jones 204-734-2507

2020/01/06Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – December 4, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 in the R.M. of Mountain Council Chambers in Birch River, Manitoba. Members Present: Reeve: Robert Hanson Councillors: Nestor Rizok, Connie Forbes, Arnie Pedersen and Brad Wyatt. Councillors Malcolm and Nadolney were absent with notice. CAO Paige Larocque [...]

2020/01/05Local Interest

Community Foundation Distributes Fall Grants

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley The Community Foundation of Swan Valley held their Fall Granting Night & AGM on Thursday December 5, 2019. A total of 12 Community Grants were awarded, followed by presentation of Donor Advised Funds, Designated Funds and Field of Interest Funds. Chairperson Lorne Henklemen opened the evening with a [...]

2020/01/02Local Interest

Recognition for 35 Years of Service

Submitted by: Keith Behrmann | Pictured above (from left to right) are Bowsman and District Lions members; Lion Lynn Cook, Lion Don Mullin, Lion Ken Darbyshire, Lion Bruce Currie, and Lion Ken Sutherland who were recently recognized for 35 years of service. Other members achieving this milestone were Lion Wayne Hanke, Lion Barry Stephen, Lion [...]

2019/12/31Local Interest

Memories of Loved Ones Glow Through the Night

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | On December 23, 2019, a candle lighting ceremony took place at the Birchwood Cemetery. Memorial candles were lit in memory of loved ones to casting their glow of remembrance over Christmas.

2019/12/30Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – December 3, 2019

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in the Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 3rd day of December, 2019 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: W. Pacamaniuk Councillors: G. Bartel, L. Hutman, C. Densen, D. Wagner CAO: Patti Simpson Absent with Notice: Councillors: S. Walmsley & W. [...]

2019/12/29Local Interest

Swan River Reps on FES and WES Subcommittees

Province of Manitoba Media Release | Three new members and two returning members have been appointed to the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF) Committee’s Fish Enhancement Subcommittee (FES) and Wildlife Enhancement Subcommittee (WES). Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen made the announcement December 11, 2019. “The subcommittees of the FWEF provide critical input [...]

2019/12/28Local Interest

Christmas Cheer Board Provides 40 Christmas Hampers

Submitted by: Crystal Duchesne | The Christmas season is a time for goodwill. Thanks to generous donations from the community, the Christmas Cheer Board was able to provide 40 Christmas Hampers to less fortunate families in the Swan River Valley. Pictured above: Riverdale School packaging hampers. Pictured above: Volunteers sorting the turkeys and hams.

2019/12/27Local Interest

Benito Chrismas Tree & Gingerbread Display Well Attended

Submitted by: Sandra Yaknovich | Our first year of Christmas tree and Gingerbread House display was held on December 14 – 21, 2019. We had a successful turnout of 16 Gingerbread Houses and 6 Christmas Trees and the event was well attended.

2019/12/26Local Interest

Merry Christmas from ValleyBiz

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo From all of us at ValleyBiz, we wish you a Christmas filled [...]

2019/12/25Local Interest

Generous Donations to Toys 4U Toy Drive

Pictured above: Red Apple collects toys to fill Santa’s sleigh. Submitted by: Lorri-Ann Munro | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) wishes to thank members of the Swan Valley Community for their generous donations to the Swan Valley CTC Toys 4U Toy Drive. Once again, this year the SVCTC Toys 4 U Toy Drive were [...]

2019/12/24Local Interest

Unique Trees and Wreaths Display in Festival Of Trees

Submitted by: Kathleen Sterma The library saw some wonderfully unusual trees and wreaths entered in the Festival of Trees this year. We had a total of 16 trees and 10 wreaths on display from December 3-7, 2019. By peoples choice the winner of the tree competition was SVRSS Environmental Management, and the winner of the [...]

2019/12/23Local Interest

Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers Malanka Concert – Jan. 13, 2020

Submitted by: Christine Klimuk | Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers Malanka Concert Monday January 13, 2020 7:00pm SVRSS Cafeteria Come out and enjoy an evening of dancing and treats. We will be making our $,1000 draw at the concert. Silver collection at the door.

2019/12/22Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – December 3, 2019

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Friesen, Moriaux, Wintoniw, Gray, and Delaurier present. Absent with notice: Councillor Whyte Also Present: Staff – CAO C. Croll, PW Director D. Poole Media – Star and [...]

2019/12/21Local Interest

Ukrainian Christmas Eve at Y Not Johnnys – January 6, 2020

Submitted by: Joyce Trevellyan | Ukrainian Christmas Eve at Y Not Johnnys Mon. January 6, 2020 Supporting the All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church $30 per person $10 from each meal donated to the Parish Kolach Bread for sale (all proceeds to the Parish) A traditional meatless Christmas Dinner featuring all your favorites. Kutia, borsch, cabbage [...]

2019/12/20Local Interest

Swan River NDP Hosts Annual Christmas Supper

Submitted by: Catherine Wenstob | On the evening of December 8, 2019 the Swan River NDP held their annual Christmas supper. The Swan Valley museum has been our location for a number of years. This year it was even more festive with the addition of Christmas light on historic buildings in this beautiful setting. The [...]

2019/12/20Local Interest