Category Archives: Local Interest

Treasures for All Ages at Pine River Town Wide Sale

Submitted by Debbie Soloway: The Pine River LUD Committee held their fifth Annual Summer Start Sale (Town Wide Yard Sale) on Saturday June 16, 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This year there were seven exhibitors. The town was busy with everyone looking for that special bargain. There were treasures for all ages and [...]

2018/06/22Local Interest

Swan Valley Celebrates Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Folk Festival took place at the curling rink on June 15 an 16, 2018. Walking into the Folk Fest was a feast for the senses. People were able to taste and smell a variety of dishes from many cultural backgrounds. Booths were decorated with traditional items from their host [...]

2018/06/21Local Interest

Benito Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2018

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito Rec Centre hosts Celebrated Canada July 1, 2018 Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast 8:00am-11:00pm Benito Rec Centre Beer Gardens Open at 12:00pm Home-Made Curly Fries Beer Gardens-watch for signs 5:00pm-9:00pm [...]

2018/06/21Local Interest

Great Special Olympics Bocce Tournament Despite Rain

Pictured above: Rick Wowchuk attended the Bocce tournament to wish Team Toba well. L-R Helena Dyck, Rick Wowchuk, Ricky Zimmer, Phillip Bialk and Team Toba Bocce Coach Joe Grande Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region hosted its first Bocce Tournament on Saturday, June 2, 2018 which was to be held at [...]

2018/06/20Local Interest

ESRSS Daycare Fundraising BBQ – June 29, 2018

Submitted by: Julie Harvey | ESSRSS Daycare Fundraising BBQ Fri. June 29, 2018 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Coop Parking Lot Hamburger, Chips and Drink $5

2018/06/20Local Interest

Many Activities at Valleys North 4H Showcase

Submitted by: Susan Ross | On Saturday June 16, 2018 local 4H members participated in the Valleys North 4H Showcase held at the Swan Valley Ag Society fairgrounds. Projects from 3 multipurpose clubs as well as one beef club were displayed in the home crafts building. There was also a 4H horse show on site. [...]

2018/06/20Local Interest

SVAPL Serves Up Delicious BBQ at 4H Show

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League (SVAPL) hosted a Barbecue on Sunday June 17, 2018 for the 4H schooling show at the fairgrounds. Everyone enjoyed delicious Bison burgers from Atkinson Farms and homemade smokies from Valley Meats. The Kinsmen provided the grill for us to use. The dad’s at the 4H [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Special Visitor at Stock Car Club Season Opener

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their season opener on June 15, 2018 with a second day of racing on June 16. Fans gathered to cheer on their favorite drivers, catch up with friends and neighbors and satisfy their craving for tasty concession treats. Randy Lewis, a Trackchaser from San Clemente, [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Busy Weekend for Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club

Pictured above: Mckenzie Currie, Kailey Currie, Tyler Petelski , Kaleigh Currie, Danica Hrycyk, Jillian Hrycyk, Sierra Urban Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club had a very busy weekend on June 16 & 17, 2018! Saturday the club hosted a BBQ at the Valleys North Showcase. The Ag Society [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Successful Sell Out at Special O BBQ Fundraiser

Pictured above: Special Olympics Parkland Region’s youngest volunteer, 4 year-old Kaylee Miles with volunteer Doreen Miles ready for customers. Submitted by Shirley Todosichuk | What great support from the Swan Valley community at the 4th Annual Special Olympics Fundraiser BBQ at Swan Valley Home Hardware on June 13th. Over 500 BBQ lunches were sold pulling [...]

2018/06/19Local Interest

Aboriginal Day Celebrations – June 21, 2018

Submtted by: Tanya Powell | 2018 Aboriginal Day Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Invites you to Join in the Celebrations June 21, 2018 On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis! Sunrise Ceremony 5:15 am Free Pancake Breakfast and Entertainment 7:00 am – 10:00 am 1413 Main [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Grade 6 Students Explore Indigenous Culture

ValleyBiz Story | On June 13, 2018 grade 6 students from across the Swan Valley School Division participated in Indigenous Outdoor Education Day at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Over the course of the day, students visited 6 different stations including Indigenous Games, Flint Knapping, Story Telling, Indigenous Crafts and Singing/Drumming. Students were served bannock [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Richardson Pioneer Donates $15,000 to CBF Sports Pad

ValleyBiz Story | On June 14, 2018 Richardson Pioneer presented a cheque in the amount of $15,000 to CBF Christian School (CBFCS) for the construction of a multi-sport pad. The multi-sport pad will have a rubber surface that allows for drainage and can be used all year round for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and other activities. [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Minitonas Fiddling Program Comes to an End

ValleyBiz Story | “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of the Minitonas Fiddling Program.” announced Shirley Todosichuk, the current coordinator of the program. The announcement was made during the closing ceremony for the Minitonas Early Years School on June 8, 2018. The fiddling program was established by Peter and Christina [...]

2018/06/18Local Interest

Co-op Donates $30K for Outdoor Entertainment Shelter

Swan Valley Co-op Media Release | Co-op is helping to build a place for everyone in Swan River, MB., with funding for the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society. The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $30,000 to help build an outdoor entertainment shelter at the agricultural society’s fairgrounds. The permanent structure replaces a temporary shelter [...]

2018/06/17Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – June 11, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the June 11, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. Lorna Munro, Indigenous Education Teacher, gave a presentation to the Board on the work that has been done in the area of Indigenous Education in the Division this year. Great presentation. 2. The Board felt [...]

2018/06/17Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – May 23, 2018

Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, May 23, 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 [...]

2018/06/16Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 11, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 11, 2018 | Drying conditions in the first part of the week with widespread rain settling in throughout most of the Northwest Region by week’s end. Areas around Dauphin and Ste Rose were the exception as they received trace amounts only. Ethelbert area received 36 mm [...]

2018/06/16Local Interest

Canada Day Picnic in the Park – July 1, 2018

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | Picnic in the Park Legion Park, Swan River July 1, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Kids Bouncers, Kite Flying, Ball Games, Lions Train, Entertainment Stage, Vintage and Stock car displays Concession Open

2018/06/15Local Interest

Fresh Baked Goodness at Benito Down Home Tea

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | A big thank you to all that came out to the Down Home Tea and Bake Sale last Saturday, June 9, 2018. We had a great time trying all the freshly baked biscuits, muffins, jams and jellies!

2018/06/15Local Interest

Blessings at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett | The 5th Annual Barrows Gospel Jamboree was held on June 8,9,10, 2018. This seemed to be a good choice of weekend. People attending and bands thought it worked well. Of course we know that others couldn’t come because of various other events and commitments, but I’m sure that would be [...]

2018/06/15Local Interest

BBQ & Spring Schooling Show – June 16 & 17, 2018

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club Smokie on a Bun BBQ Sat. June 16, 2018 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Spring Schooling Show Sun. June 17, 2018 Swan Valley Ag Grounds Registration: 9:30 am Start Time: 10:00 am Saturday the club is hosting a BBQ with Pattison Ag at [...]

2018/06/14Local Interest

Rodeo Action Heats Up At High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | On June 8-10, 2018 the Ag grounds were once again alive with Rodeo action. Youth from all over Manitoba, Eastern Saskatchewan, North Dakota & Ontario came to Swan River to compete for provincial bragging rights & a chance to represent Manitoba at Canadians in Merritt BC & Nationals in Rock [...]

2018/06/14Local Interest

Bittersweet Farewell to Minitonas Early Years School

ValleyBiz Story | Minitonas Early Years School (MEYS) held a small farewell ceremony for the school in conjunction with their final family picnic on June 8, 2018. Approximately 75 community members attended the ceremony along with the students to bid farewell to the facility. The MEYS school will be closing and students will be joining [...]

2018/06/13Local Interest

Fairy Gardens Grow in Support of Our Furry Friends

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League’s Plant Nights, held on June 6th and 7th, 2018 at Lynn’s Plants and Things, were a big success! Everyone that attended had great fun building their planters, and the results showed such imagination and ingenuity. Lynn had a wide variety of pretty stones, fairies, miniature [...]

2018/06/12Local Interest

SVSD Trades Building: New Addition to Growing Campus

ValleyBiz Story | On May 31, 2018 the Swan Valley School Division held the grand opening of their Trades Building, the newest addition to a growing campus that also includes the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School, Heavy Duty Shop and University College of the North Regional Centre. The new 8,400 square foot facility will support [...]

2018/06/11Local Interest

Valleys North 4-H Showcase – June 16, 2018

Submitted by: Susan Ross | Valleys North 4-H Showcase Saturday June 16, 2018 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Home Crafts Building Swan Valley Ag Grounds Horse Show 10:00 am Ringside registration 9:30 am For info call Pam 281-1035 Display of members projects from seven 4-H clubs. Sample project activities. Animal displays. Needle in a haystack [...]

2018/06/10Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 15, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 15th day of May, 2018 A.D. at 7:10 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman & G. Bartel C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillor: L. Mychalchuk S. Walmsley [...]

2018/06/10Local Interest

Arbor Day Celebration – June 13, 2018

Submitted by: Darby Blazenko | 19th Annual Swan River Arbor Day June 13, 2018 10:00 am Frances Baird Memorial Arboretum The Urban Forestry Committee would like to invite everyone to join us for our 19th Annual Arbor Day in Swan River. It will be held on June 13, 2018, beginning at 10:00am at the Frances [...]

2018/06/09Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 4, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 4, 2018 | Northwest Region Heavy rainfall throughout the Northwest Region brought field operations to a halt. Areas around Dauphin received upwards of 60 mm, Roblin area 75 to 92 mm, Swan River 45 to 60mm and The Pas area 40 mm. Soil moisture conditions have [...]

2018/06/09Local Interest

Cowan Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast – June 17, 2018

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast/Brunch Cowan Community Centre Sun. June 17, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Buffet of eggs, pancakes, sausages, hashbrowns, fruit and more. Adults – $7.00, Children 6 to 12 – $3.50, Preschoolers – Free. Everyone Welcome.

2018/06/08Local Interest

ACL 57th Annual General Meeting Well Attended

Submitted by: Carla Dixon | The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 57th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Tuesday June 05, 2018. Approximately forty people enjoyed the luncheon which was catered by the Westwood Inn at 12 PM with the meeting beginning at 1 PM. Representatives from the Town [...]

2018/06/08Local Interest

Birch River Fathers Day Celebration – June 17, 2018

Submitted by: Royal Canadian Legion Birch River Br#48 Celebrate Father’s Day June 17, 2018 Birch River, MB Breakfast Buffet 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Luck of the Draw & In Hall Poker Derby Breakfast Buffet 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pancakes, eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns, pastries, fruit, coffee/juice. Adults $10.00, Children (6-10) $5.00, Preschoolers [...]

2018/06/08Local Interest

Huge Multi-Party Garage/Bake Sale – June 15 & 16, 2018

Submitted by: 2019 SVRSS Band Trip Fundraising Committee | Huge Multi-party Garage Sale and Bake Sale Fri. June 15, 2018 6:00 – 8:30 pm Sat. June 16, 2018 9:00 am -2:30 pm SVRSS Cafeteria All proceeds go toward the SVRSS 2019 Toronto Band Trip The Band Trip Fundraising Committee is graciously accepting donations of all [...]

2018/06/07Local Interest

Total Athlete Clinic Focuses on Skills, Faith and Sport

Submitted by: Cheryl Ellingson | Despite the cold, rainy weather, 20 athletes came out for all or part of the weekend from Jun 1-3, 2018 to work on their football and baseball skills. During the football on field sessions, emphasis was put on footwork, proper ball handling, and safe tackling techniques. We were able to [...]

2018/06/07Local Interest

Benito Women’s Auxiliary Tea & Bake Sale – June 9, 2018

Submitted by: Cheryle Zbirun | Benito Women’s Auxiliary Down Home Tea & Bake Sale Sat. June 9, 2018 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 Hamper Door Prize Bake Sale Draws made at 3:15 pm

2018/06/07Local Interest

Caroline Willis Continues Serving Members as She Retires

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | After 43 years of dedicated member service, Caroline Willis spent her last day on the job doing what she has enjoyed most, serving her members, with Cake and Coffee! New and old faces, past co-workers, friends and family all stopped in to sign her guest book and wish Caroline all [...]

2018/06/06Local Interest

High School Rodeo Finals – June 8, 9 & 10, 2018

Submitted by: Crystal Nepinak | Swan Valley High School Rodeo Provincial High School Rodeo Finals June 8th, 9th & 10th, 2018 FREE Admission Swan Valley High School Rodeo will be hosting the Provincial High School Rodeo Finals this weekend June 8th, 9th & 10th and Admission is FREE. The Jr & Sr High members compete [...]

2018/06/06Local Interest

2018 Grads Serve Up BBQ at SVSD 50th Anniversary

Submitted by: Donna Burghart | The graduating class of 2018 served up burgers with a drink & ice cream for the crowd at the SVSD 50th anniversary celebration on May 31, 2018. Thanks to all who came out to support our graduates! Thanks to all who supported the Safe Grad Raffle. Congratulations to Dillon Redlick [...]

2018/06/06Local Interest

Rain Stays Away For Swan River Fun Run

Submitted by: Terri Fahrenschon | The weather cleared up just in time for the Fun Run on Sunday, June 3, 2017. Events included the 1km kids run, 5km, 10km and 1/2 marathon. Thank you to everyone that participated, spectated and volunteered.

2018/06/05Local Interest

Community Agencies Provide Updates at Combined AGM

Submitted by: Beverley Polon / Lorri-Ann Munro, SVCTC Coordinators | On May 31, 2018 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. Pictured above, Jack Dyck presented a brief overview of the history of the Inter-Agency in this 25th [...]

2018/06/05Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Celebrates 50 Years

It was a time for reflecting on the past and looking to the future during the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 31, 2018. The celebration included access to school division information and displays as well as a selection of old yearbooks. Live entertainment and a fundraiser barbeque for the 2018 [...]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Clients/Colleagues Wish Carol Tripp a Happy Retirement

Pictured above: Carol Tripp and Elyse Busch, who will be replacing Carol at the branch as the Investment Retirement Specialist Submitted by: Tracey Markin | On Thursday May 31, 2018 clients and staff of RBC celebrated and thanked Carol Tripp for providing over 40 years of financial advice to the valley. Former colleagues also stopped [...]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 28, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture May 28, 2018 | Northwest Region Rainfall amounts were variable in the Northwest Region this week. The hot weather resulted in thunderstorms, large quantities of rainfall in a short period and reports of pea-sized hail in the Laurier and Swan River areas. Some locations around Roblin continue [...]

2018/06/03Local Interest

Karma Yoga for MS – June 24, 2018

Submitted by: Corinna Medwid | Karma Yoga for MS with Yoga with Corinna & Gracious Yoga by Jennette Sun. June 24, 2018 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Legion Park Green Space Near River Rain Location: Dance Studio (Behind Warehouse One) For an evening of yoga – we will start with Critical Alignment Therapy to warm [...]

2018/06/02Local Interest

Fun in the Village Square – June 23, 2018

Submitted by: Teresa Mckay | Tent Town Garden Club presents Fun in the Village Square June 23, 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Corner of 2nd & Main Minitonas In celebration of Garden Week, the Tent Town Garden Club will be hosting a fun afternoon, showcasing our Village Square. Free to the public, we hope [...]

2018/06/01Local Interest

Minitonas 4-H Celebrates 63 Years at Annual Show & Sale

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | The Minitonas 4-H Beef Club celebrated 63 years with the annual show and sale on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Swan Valley Ag Grounds. Preparations for the show started last fall when members selected their projects and weights and animal identification was recorded in December. Over the feeding period [...]

2018/05/31Local Interest

CANCELLED Spring Schooling Show – June 3, 2018

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | CANCELLED Due to Weather Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club is hosting a Spring Schooling Show Sun. June 3, 2018 Registration: 9:00 am Start Time: 10:00 am Swan Valley Ag Grounds Showmanship, Western & English Equitation, Western & English pleasure, trail, barrels & poles. $3 per class! Pick a [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

Immigrants Connect Through FolkFest Fundraiser

Submitted by: Yuliia Haletska | We had 35 participants in total. The purpose of this event was Folkfest fundraising and connection immigrants with community. Everyone brought food, everything was so delicious. We introduced ourselves. We had KeyChevrolet worker who did a draw for free oil change and accessories for car washing, one of the newcomer [...]

2018/05/30Local Interest

Selling Your Stuff Just Got a Whole Lot Better

ValleyBiz is excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 we made some upgrades to the free classifieds on ValleyBiz. The process is still free and easy and while some screens may look a little different, most of the steps are the still the same … just better. Our classifieds listings are now fully [...]

2018/05/29Local Interest