Category Archives: Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – June 19, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Jacobson, Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.   1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2018.286 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Lance Jacobson RESOLVED that the Agenda for the [...]

2018/07/08Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 3, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture July 3, 2018 | Northwest Region Warm temperatures in the past week helped advance the crops quickly. A few days of low 20s will help canola that was starting to show signs of heat stress. General rainfall throughout the region over the long weekend. Rorketon finally receiving [...]

2018/07/07Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2018 – Serving Up Great Food

July 26, 27, 28, 29 The Swan River Northwest Roundup kicks off with opening night BBQ and the food doesn’t stop there. Enjoy local favorites at a community food booths: perogies, cabbage rolls, buffalo burgers & smokies. Snack on Midway treats: candy apples, cotton candy or mini donuts. Beat the heat and wet your whistle [...]

2018/07/06Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2018 – Entertainment Schedule

July 26, 27, 28, 29 The entertainment lineup for the Swan River Northwest Roundup and Exhibition includes Dances with Live Music on Friday and Saturday Night along with a Fiddlers Contest and Talent Stage. Dance: Pure Country (Ken Thompson & Brittany Moore) Centennial Arena Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm Tickets $15 at the [...]

2018/07/06Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2018 – Grandstand Events

July 26, 27, 28, 29 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 [...]

2018/07/06Local Interest

Northwest Roundup 2018 – July 26, 27, 28, 29

The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition in Swan River is packed with fun for the entire family. With Concerts and Live Entertainment, Exhibits and Demonstrations, Grandstand Events, Select Shows Midway and plenty to Eat and Drink, there is something for everybody to enjoy. Thursday – Free Grounds Admission Grandstand – $10 Admission – Chariot & Chuckwagon [...]

2018/07/06Local Interest

Dates Selected for 2019 Manitoba 55 Plus Games

Submitted Story | The Swan River Host Committee for the 2019 Manitoba 55 Plus Games is pleased to announce the dates selected for the 2019 event. The Games cover a wide variety of events, including various card games, five-pin bowling, floor shuffleboard, pickleball, horseshoes, golf, track, cycling, slo-pitch and many more. There will also be [...]

2018/07/06Local Interest

Over 350 Served at ESRSS BBQ

Submitted by: Julie Harvey | The ESRSS Daycare Inc. BBQ on June 29, 2018 was a huge success!! Thank you so much to the COOP that very generously supported our BBQ. Thank you to the over 350 people who bought burgers. Finally, thank you to the volunteers who graciously gave their time to help the [...]

2018/07/05Local Interest

Family Fun at the Legion Park on Canada Day

Submitted by: Phyl Friesen | Families gathered at the Legion Park in Swan River to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, 2018. Kids enjoyed rides on the Lions train and played in the bouncy castles. Ice cream and other treats were available during the day’s activities. Music filled the air as a variety of entertainment [...]

2018/07/05Local Interest

Community Foundation Receives $50,000 Donation

Pictured above (L to R): Delbert Davy, Donna Martin, Community Foundation of Swan Valley Executive Coordinator, and CFSV Board Members Shauna Klekta, Teresa McKay and Barry Stephen. Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) recently received a donation of $50,000 from Delbert Davy. The endowment will become [...]

2018/07/03Local Interest

Benito Bustling with Canada Day Activities

Submitted by: Rubieann Kluke | Canada Day in Benito was a success. The day started off with a pancake breakfast, put on by the Benito Fire Department, which was enjoyed by all. There were 5 slow pitch teams entered to play ball. Each team played two games entertaining the afternoon crowd. Alongside this were Kids [...]

2018/07/03Local Interest

Ducks Race Down the Swan River on Canada Day

Submitted by: Rhonda Kitch | It was a beautiful day for a duck race! 326 ducks floated down the Swan River. Rachel Miller’s duck #421 came in first place winning $366. Rick Loat’s duck # 604 came in second place winning $183 Gord Zamzow’s duck #362 came in third place winning $61 Thank you to [...]

2018/07/02Local Interest

Happy Canada Day 2018!!

Happy Canada Day from ValleyBiz! Wishing you a Happy Canada Day however and wherever you choose to celebrate the day. Take in some of the many activities around the Valley and enjoy your time with friends and family.

2018/07/01Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 25, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 25, 2018 | Northwest Region Hot weather and showers resulted in rapid crop growth throughout the region this week. Areas around Swan River received 12 to 35 mm of rain; southeast of Roblin (around Inglis) 30 mm, Dauphin 12 mm, and The Pas received 13 mm. [...]

2018/06/30Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – June 5, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors, Whyte, Friesen, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Councillor Delaurier arrived at 7:35 pm.  Councillor Jacobson was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2018.258 Moved [...]

2018/06/30Local Interest

Seeking Input for Future Karma for MS Events

Submitted by: Corinna Medwid | The Karma for MS event scheduled for June 24, 2018 did not take place as, unfortunately, there was no one in attendance. We would like to seek feedback from the community regarding our annual Karma for MS event to help us determine if this is something our community wants and [...]

2018/06/30Local Interest

Urban Forest Committee Celebrates Arbor Day

Submitted by: Darby Blazenko | The Urban Forest Committee would like to thank everyone that came out to join us on June 13, 2018 for Arbor Day! It was a beautiful day spent doing some much needed maintenance at the Tree Nursery.

2018/06/30Local Interest

Minitonas Skipping Club Presents Year End Performance

ValleyBiz Story | On June 19, 2018 the Minitonas Skipping Club presented their year end performance at Minitonas Early Years School in Minitonas. The group consists of Jenna Smith, Cassidy Kurtz, Selina Copeland, Madisen Houle, Tina Copeland, Malikai Dietz, Hallie Kichuk, Felicity Grandfield, Taylor Finlay, Karlee Beals under the instruction of Carla Kurtz. The skipping [...]

2018/06/29Local Interest

Garden Activities Move Indoors Due to Rain

Submitted by: Teresa McKay | Because of inclement weather on June 23, 2018, we were unable to hold our planned activities for the National Gardeners week in our Village Square in Minitonas. There is a saying that when the rain comes it gives the gardeners a chance to clean house. We have had several weeks [...]

2018/06/28Local Interest

Sod Turning for New Entertainment Shelter

Pictured above: Representatives from Swan Valley Coop and Swan River Valley Agricultural Society ValleyBiz Story | On Monday, June 25, 2018 an official sod-turning ceremony took place at the future site of a new outdoor entertainment shelter at the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society fairgrounds. The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $30,000 to help [...]

2018/06/28Local Interest

Swan River Valley Health Auxiliary Report

Submitted by: Gloria Kutynec | It is summer break for the SRVHA! Here is a review of the past several month’s accomplishments. Our biggest fundraiser so far has been the Annual Strawberry Tea and Bake sale. We had a lovely turnout for the delicious strawberry shortcake dessert and coffee. The variety of baking on the [...]

2018/06/27Local Interest

Over 100 Served at Birch River Legion Fathers Day Brunch

Submitted by: The Royal Canadian Legion Birch River Branch #48 | With bright sunny skies on Sunday morning the Birch River Royal Canadian Legion was humming with activity as our volunteers made sure all would be fed well! We opened at 9am and we had a steady stream of visitors from around the valley and [...]

2018/06/26Local Interest

Donna & Calvin Watson Celebrate 65th Anniversary

Congratulations Donna & Calvin Watson on celebrating your 65th Wedding Anniversary June 26, 2018 An Anniversary is the day of celebrating the memories of yesterday, the joys of today and the lovely hopes of tomorrow. You have set a great example for our family. Please join us in wishing them a special day. With Love [...]

2018/06/26Local Interest

Benito Library Garage Sale & BBQ – July 14, 2018

Submitted by: Sandra Yaknovich | Benito Library Garage Sale & BBQ | Benito Library Multipurpose Room Sat. July 14, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dishes – Toys & Games – Antiques – Collectibles – Jewelry – Purses – Shoes – Tools – Electronics – Christmas items – And Much More Something For Everyone!! Join [...]

2018/06/25Local Interest

Very Special Guests at SVAPL Annual BBQ

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | Swan Valley Animal Protection League was lucky enough to have very special guests at their annual barbecue on June 19, 2018. Chay Genoway, an Olympic bronze medalist with the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team, and his fiancee Amanda joined us for the event! It was a beautiful day, and the Farmer’s [...]

2018/06/25Local Interest

Credit Union Beef on a Bun – July 6, 2018

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | Swan Valley Credit Union Beef on a Bun Fri. July 6, 2018 11:00 am – 1:30 pm SVCU parking lot (Rain location Elk’s Hall) Tender beef, delicious potato salad & your choice of drink for $5. All proceeds donated back into the community.

2018/06/24Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – June 5, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 5th day of June, 2018 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Hutman, G. Bartel, L. Mychalchuk & S. Walmsley C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Delegations: 8:00pm – Public [...]

2018/06/24Local Interest

The Great Swan River Duck Race – July 1, 2018

Submitted by: Carla Werbicki | The Great Swan River Duck Race July 1, 2018 Swan River Legion Park Ducks $5 each or 5 for $20 Proceeds go to Swan Valley Youth Travel Club Winners: 1st place – 30% of earnings 2nd Place – 15% of earnings 3rd Place – 5% of earnings You can purchase [...]

2018/06/24Local Interest

Congratulations To The Graduating Class Of 2018

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018 Swan Valley Regional Secondary School June 22, 2018 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 [...]

2018/06/23Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 18, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture June 18, 2018 | Northwest Region Generally, good growing conditions through most of the region and crops are advancing nicely. Limited precipitation this week in many parts of the region, although Swan River received 4 to 10 mm of rain, southeast of Roblin received 20 mm, and [...]

2018/06/23Local Interest

Over $1,100 Raised at Garage Sale for 2019 Band Trip

Submitted by: 2019 SVRSS Band Trip Fundraising Committee | The fundraising garage sale held at the SVRSS cafeteria on June 15 & 16, 2018 was a great start to our fundraising efforts, bringing in over $1,100. It was a busy weekend with lots of events and activities taking place around the valley, but there was [...]

2018/06/22Local 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

Swan Valley West Minutes – June 12, 2018

Minutes of the 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 June, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. Present: Reeve William Galloway Councillors: Carrie Blosha Brian Burick Glen Foster David Minish Terry Neely Irvin Steen Interim-Acting [...]

2018/06/17Local 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