Category Archives: Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2019 – Grandstand Events

July 25, 26, 27, 28 Get ready for heart pounding, hat throwing excitement in Swan River at the Northwest Roundup Grandstand. MPCCA & EPCCA Chuckwagon & Chariot Races, MRCA & CCA Rodeo, and Heavy Horse Pull! Our Big Screen Display gets you up close and personal with all the grandstand action! Don’t miss a second [...]

2019/07/10Local Interest

Town of Swan River Celebrates Canada Day

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | The Town of Swan River celebrated Canada Day with a family friendly afternoon. The day featured kids bouncers and games, 2 mini trains, kites and frisbies. Free ice cream was served and live music was featured at the entertainment stage. The day was topped off at dusk with fireworks at [...]

2019/07/10Local Interest

SVAPL Doggy Derby – August 11, 2019

Submitted by: Brittney Suchoplas Swan Valley Animal Protection League presents … Doggy Derby Sunday August 11, 2019 Start Times Small Dogs 12-12:30 pm Large Dogs 12:30-1 pm BBQ lunch to follow ($5). Entry deadline August 9 at 1pm Call or text Brittney to register 306-716-6169 (location near pretty valley) Participant (3 hands) $20 | Extra [...]

2019/07/09Local Interest

Full Day of Fun at Benito Canada Day Celebration

Submitted by: Shirley Yaschyshyn | Benito was bustling on Canada Day with a full day of activities for all ages to enjoy. To start the festivities, the Benito Volunteer Firefighter’s hosted a Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice were served to approximately 420 people with all money raised going to the CZ Miller Trust [...]

2019/07/08Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – May 21, 2019

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Wintoniw, Delaurier, Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, and Gray present. 1. Call meeting to order 2. Adoption of the Agenda Resolution No: 2019.122 Moved By: Phylis Friesen Seconded By: [...]

2019/07/07Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – May 7, 2019

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Wintoniw, Delaurier, Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, and Gray present. 1. Call meeting to order 2. Adoption of the Agenda Resolution No: 2019.100 Moved By: Johnny Wintoniw Seconded By: [...]

2019/07/07Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 2, 2019

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture July 2, 2019 | Northwest Region Good growing conditions prevailed in the Northwest region last week with daytime temperatures over 25°C and welcome rain showers through most of the region. There have been reports of hail over the weekend in an area north of Swan River; damage [...]

2019/07/05Local Interest

SVRSS Band Presents End of Year Concert in the Park

ValleyBiz Story | Music filled the air on June 16, 2019 as the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School presented their year end concert at the Festival Stage in the Swan River Legion Park. The concert featured the Grade 9 band and Senior band along with a number of selections from the Toronto-Niagara Falls Tour Band. [...]

2019/07/03Local Interest

Community Says Goodbye to Birch River School

Submitted by: Brenna Smith | On June 26, 2019 it was a sad day in Birch River as the community said their good byes to Birch River School. The evening began with past students, current students, parents, and community members touring around the school looking at pictures, trophies, and yearbooks from the past. The evening [...]

2019/07/01Local Interest

Company’s Coming Provides Opportunity for Visiting Together

Submitted by: Bev Leach | The Anglican Lutheran congregation was happy to be able to host ‘Company’s Coming’ at St. James on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. On this morning once a month in the summer, guests from the Lodge and Personal Care Home are given the opportunity to meet together to visit and renew acquaintances [...]

2019/07/01Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 24, 2019

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 24, 2019 | Northwest Region There were good growing conditions in the Northwest region last week with daytime temperatures over 25°C and welcome rain showers through most of the region. Rainfall amounts varied with Swan River, Roblin, and The Pas receiving 10 to 17 mm; Grandview/Pipe [...]

2019/06/30Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – June 24, 2019

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the June 24, 2019 Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Superintendent confirmed that there will be two student teachers from Brandon University completing their practicums in SVSD during the first semester. There may also be some student teachers from the University of Winnipeg joining us for semester [...]

2019/06/30Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – June 13, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Thursday, June 13th, 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 [...]

2019/06/29Local Interest

Plenty of Bargains at Pine River Town Wide Yard Sale

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | The Pine River LUD Committee held their sixth Annual Town Wide Yard Sales on Saturday June 15, 2019 th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This year there were eight exhibitors and Mother Nature kept the rain away, even though visitors told us they drove in rain to get here. The [...]

2019/06/28Local Interest

Great Attendance at Birch River Fathers Day Lunch

Submitted by: Royal Canadian Legion Birch River Branch #48 | On June 16, 2019 the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #48 – Birch River hosted a Fathers Day Brunch! We got off to a slow start (we think everyone slept in), in the end our attendance was great! Lots of visiting and planning for the days [...]

2019/06/28Local Interest

Twisted Sisters Relay for Life Team Raises $14,700

Submitted Story | The Twisted Sisters Relay for Life team raised $14,700 during the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life held in Swan River on June 14,2019. Team members included, Leanne Huttman, Elaine Forsyth, Kim Paterson, Carleigh Mosiondz, Susan Crawford, Bev Hogue, Lori Watts, Claudia Sutherland, Lana Sagert, Lorraine Mullin, Tracey Laforce, Caitlynd Sutherland, Rhodel [...]

2019/06/27Local Interest

Successful Fundraiser for Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Thank you to everyone who made our fundraiser concession on June 16, 2019 a great success. Thanks to Calvin Campeau for organizing the ball tournament and for inviting us to come and do the concession booth as a fundraiser for Barrows Gospel Jamboree which we host each year. There were [...]

2019/06/26Local Interest

Minitonas 4-H Beef Club Wraps Up the 4-H Year

Submitted by: Ione Anderson | Minitonas 4-H Beef Club held it’s 64th achievement at the Swan Valley Ag Society grounds on Saturday June 15, 20189. Despite being a little cool it was a great day for all the members, leaders and families. Donna and Tomina Jackson, a mother and daughter duo from Inglis MB traveled [...]

2019/06/25Local Interest

Swan Valley Animal Protection Plans New Facility

Submitted by: Swan Valley Animal Protection League The Swan Valley Animal Protection League is in the process of relocating their facility, complete with a new building approximately 60′ by 20′ in size, with indoor pens and cat runs, an office area, an intake/quarantine area, etc. Some of our current buildings are getting to the point [...]

2019/06/24Local Interest

Congratulations To The Graduating Class Of 2019

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2019 Swan Valley Regional Secondary School June 21, 2019 Chase your dreams. Burst out at the seams. Live life to the fullest and give it nothing but your best. Be Like a Tree: Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Celebrate [...]

2019/06/23Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – June 4, 2019

Regular Meeting of the members of the Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, held in the Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 4th day of June, 2019 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve; W. Pacamaniuk Councillors; S. Walmsley, L. Hutman, C. Densen, G. Bartel, W. Kolisnyk & D. Wagner C.A.O; P. Simpson Additional Correspondence: 7.8 [...]

2019/06/23Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 18, 2019

Northwest Region Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 18, 2019 | Northwest Region Generally good growing conditions in the Northwest last week with daytime temperatures over 25°C. However, nighttime temperatures continued to dip down near zero overnight. Rainfall amounts were minimal through most of the region with the exception the Roblin area, [...]

2019/06/22Local Interest

Many Challenges Completed at CBFCS Amazing Race

Pictured above: Scott Beehler just before the pie in the face challenge. Submitted by: Jocelyn Beehler | The Community Bible Fellowship Christian School (CBFCS) Amazing Race held Saturday June 15, 2019 was a great event. There were 16 challenges that teams completed. Challenges tackled many aspects of intellect and physical ability. Above Left: Jayden Thiessen [...]

2019/06/21Local Interest

Birch River School Celebration & BBQ – June 26, 2019

Submitted by: Brenna Smith | Birch River School Celebration & BBQ June 26, 2019 Birch River School will be opening the doors to all, for an evening to celebrate the learning that has occurred at the school over the past 59 years. 5:30 pm Appetizers and Mocktails 6:30 pm Hamburgers / Hotdogs 7:30 pm Guest [...]

2019/06/20Local Interest

Golf, Fun and Games at Friends of the Valley FUNdraiser

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | On Saturday, June 15, 2019 the Bowman & District Lions Club and the Swan River Golf & Country Club had the 2019 Friends of the Valley Golf Bonanza “FUN”draiser. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 between the Bowsman Lions and the Swan River Golf & Country Club. The [...]

2019/06/20Local Interest

Swan River Canada Day Celebration – July 1, 2019

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | Canada Day Picnic in the Park Monday July 1st, 2019 Legion Park 1:00pm to 4:00pm Kids bouncers and games 2 mini trains Kites and frisbies Free ice cream Entertainment stage Fireworks at Ag grounds Dusk

2019/06/19Local Interest

Great Turnout for Blue Sky Team Penning Competition

Submitted by: Jessie Foster | We had a great turnout for the Blue Sky Team Penning competition on June 15, 2019. there were 71 open teams and 6 youth teams. Thank you to all of our sponsors and to Stan Foster for providing the livestock for the event. 1st Place: Rachel Olyarnyk, Jamie Taylor, Cassie [...]

2019/06/19Local Interest

Benito Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2019

Submitted by: Shirley Yaschyshyn | Benito Rec Centre hosts Celebrate Canada Day July 1, 2019 Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast 8:00am-11:00am Benito Rec Centre 6 Team Slow-Pitch Tournament 10:00am-4:00pm Slowpitch Entries: Ricky@204-539-2811 Scott@204-539-2753 Show & Shine 11:00am—4:00pm Awards Presented @ 5:00pm Call Ray @ 204-539-2152 Or email mcgregorsmusic@gmail.com Kids Activities Bouncy Castle Kiddie Train sponsored by Cement [...]

2019/06/18Local Interest

New Features & Old Favorites at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett Barrows 6th Annual Gospel Jamboree held on June 7-9, 2019 has come and gone. We started out Friday evening with a beautiful evening and a small crowd. However, on Saturday morning, it was very cold and windy and looked like rain, so we moved the event into the Community Hall. The [...]

2019/06/18Local Interest

Action Packed Weekend at SV High School Rodeo Finals

Submitted by: Crystal Nepinak | What a fun-filled, action-packed weekend! Rough Country Kubota has definitely gained favor with Jace, who was Peter’s right hand man, next to Luke, in ground maintenance throughout the weekend. Jace continuously tells his dad from North Dakota that he needs a Kubota! As organizers, going back & forth from rodeo [...]

2019/06/17Local Interest

Mustang Mania Car Show – July 26, 2019

Submitted by: Jay Coulthart | Mustang Mania All Makes & Models Car Show July 26, 2019 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Formo Motors Swan River Mustang Meet & Greet Pancake Breakfast – $6 per person 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Proceeds to Bowsman Community Centre Mustang Registration 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM $15 Pre-Registers are [...]

2019/06/16Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – May 22, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, May 22nd, 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 [...]

2019/06/16Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – June 10, 2019

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the June 10, 2019 Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. A number of staffing positions were filled since the last Board Meeting. The Division is still looking for a full time Band Teacher/Music Teacher at ÉSRSS. A number of Universities have been contacted to help in the search. [...]

2019/06/15Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 11, 2019

Northwest Region Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 11, 2019 | Northwest Region Variable weather continued in the Northwest region last week. Temperatures reached above 30°C throughout much of the region but overnight lows dipped close to zero. Around Roblin, Swan River and The Pas, frost visible Monday morning, but early reports [...]

2019/06/15Local Interest

Barrows Gospel Jamboree Fundraiser – June 16, 2019

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Barrows Gospel Jamboree Fundraiser Full Concession Swan River Legion Park Sun. June 16, 2019 10 am to end of games. Everyone is invited to come watch some ball, and get something to eat at the concession booth. We will have: burgers, fries, hot dogs, chicken fingers, perogies, kubassa, vegie sticks, [...]

2019/06/14Local Interest

Delicious Fundraiser at Pine River Community Centre

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | The Pine River Community Centre sponsored a Fundraising Supper on Sunday June 9, 2019. The guests enjoyed a delicious supper consisting of a plate full of spaghetti and meatballs smothered in a tangy tomato sauce with a bowl of caesar salad on the side and garlic bread, followed by a [...]

2019/06/14Local Interest

Association for Community Living Holds 58th AGM

Submitted by: Carla Dixon The Association for Community Living – Swan River held their 58th Annual General Meeting at the Westwood Inn on Tuesday June 11, 2019. Approximately 40 people were in attendance and enjoyed lunch catered by the Westwood Inn. The meeting followed at 1:00 pm. Duane Whyte of the Town of Swan River, [...]

2019/06/13Local Interest

Many Treasures at Benito Drop In Centre Garage Sale

Submitted by: Gloria Stesenko | On Saturday, June 8, 2019 the Benito & Area Drop In Centre held a successful Garage Sale, Bake Sale, 50/50 Draw and BBQ. Steady stream of bargain hunters purchased lots of treasurers. Everyone enjoyed the delicious BBQ. Thank you to our sponsors: Benito Foods, Swan Valley Co-op, Swan Valley Credit [...]

2019/06/12Local Interest

Wellman Lake United Church Camp BBQ a Success

Submitted by: Kendal Stechyshyn | May 30, 2019 turned out to be a beautiful day for the Wellman Lake United Church Camp to host a fundraising BBQ. The event was sponsored by and held at Giant Tiger. The camp board would like to thank Giant Tiger, our 20 volunteers, who cooked, helped set up and [...]

2019/06/12Local Interest

Birch River Pool Opening Day – July 2, 2019

Submitted by: Becky Schullman | Birch River Pool Opening Day July 2, 2019 Public Swimming Tuesday – Saturday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Swimming Lesson Dates: July 8th – 12th, 2019 August 12th – 16th, 2019 To book lessons call Jen @ 204-236-4497 After July 2nd, call pool directly @ [...]

2019/06/11Local Interest

Big Woody 4H Beef Club Ready for Beef Sale

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | The kids from the Big Woody 4H Beef Club have worked hard all winter on their projects and books. Jack Mullin I have been in 4H for 6 years, this is my steer – Coleminer, I named him after my Stamps Billet because he likes to eat! Coleminer is a [...]

2019/06/11Local Interest

An Evening of Creativity and Fun at SVAPL Plant Night

Submitted by: Deanna Chess The Swan Valley Animal Protection League held their annual Plant Night on Tuesday June 5, 2019. About 10 ladies attended the night and created a variety of different planters under the instruction of Lynn from Lynn’s Plants and Things. It was a fun evening for everyone who attended and a couple [...]

2019/06/10Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – May 27, 2019

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the May 27, 2019 Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO Trustee Riehl shared with the Board that the submission for the K-12 Education Review is completed and along with letters and petitions will be submitted to the Commission this week. A big thanks to Trustee Riehl for spearheading the [...]

2019/06/09Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 21, 2019

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 May, 2019 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve; W. Pacamaniuk Councillors; L. Hutman, C. Densen, G. Bartel, W. Kolisnyk & D. Wagner C.A.O; P. Simpson Absent with Notice: Councillor; S. [...]

2019/06/09Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 4, 2019

Northwest Region Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 4, 2019 | There was very hot, windy weather through the majority of the region last week with highs close to 30°C. There were some scattered rain events through the region over the weekend; The Pas received 13 mm, Alonsa 10 mm, Dauphin 25 [...]

2019/06/08Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – May 7, 2019

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 May, 2019 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve; W. Pacamaniuk Councillors; S. Walmsley, L. Hutman, C. Densen, G. Bartel, W. Kolisnyk & D. Wagner C.A.O; P. Simpson Additions to Agenda: [...]

2019/06/08Local Interest

8 Days On Tour with the SVRSS Band

Submitted by: Glenda Turton Day 1: Late on May 14, 2019, thirty-five SVRSS band students, 6 chaperones and band directors Glenda Turton and Mark Matejka boarded a bus bound for the Winnipeg airport. By noon on the 15th of May, they were already landing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto; the beginning of an 8 [...]

2019/06/06Local Interest

Good Music, Good People, Good Times at Durban Dance

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On June 01, 2019, Durban held a dance to celebrate their 89th anniversary of the community hall. The Zayshley Band from the Yorkton area supplied the great music which everyone enjoyed and kept the dance floor busy and a fun time was held by all. Thanks to all the volunteers [...]

2019/06/05Local Interest

Birch River Legion Fathers Day Brunch – June 16, 2019

Submitted by: Birch River Legion | Birch River Legion Fathers Day Brunch June 16, 2019 9:00 am to noon $10.00 6-12 yrs $5.00 How ever you spend Father’s Day, enjoy the day. Join us at Birch River for brunch!

2019/06/04Local Interest

Fun and Games at Taylor School Fun Festival

Submitted by: Falon Cooke | The Swan River curling rink was buzzing with families and kids of all ages during the annual Taylor School Fun Festival. The BBQ supper concession, carnival games, and prize tables were a constant circuit of activity. The night ended in anticipation as organizers drew the winners’ names from the hundreds [...]

2019/06/04Local Interest