Category Archives: Local Interest

Road Dedicated in Honour of Ken Sutherland

Pictured (L-R): Reeve Bill Galloway, Councillor Irwin Steen, Ken Sutherland ValleyBiz Story | On March 27, 2018 the Municipality of Swan Valley West (SVW) held a ceremony to dedicate a Commemorative Road Sign for Ken Sutherland Drive at Road 220 N on Hwy #10 in honour of Ken Sutherland’s contributions to the community. It was [...]

2018/03/29Local Interest

Changes Begin at Minitonas Middle Years School

Sample Playground Equipment: Source Minitonas Middle Years School ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) has received formal approval from the Province of Manitoba to close Minitonas Early Years School and renovations to accommodate the students at Minitonas Middle Years School have already begun. While the students are out of the school for [...]

2018/03/28Local Interest

Swan Valley Splash Park Committee Update

Submitted by: Shayne Yaschyshyn |The Swan Valley Splash Park (SVSP) committee was struck by a number of individuals develop a Splash Park at the old Kinsmen Pool site on 9th Avenue North. This committees intent was to raise all of the capital money needed to develop the park. Early in the discussions with the Town [...]

2018/03/27Local Interest

Swan River Ladies 90th Annual Bonspiel

Pictured above: 1st Event Sponsored by Rogers, Winners Darlene Beck, Joanne Hart, Shelly Jersak, Fran Argue Submitted by: Marilyn Peters | The Swan River Ladies Curling Club held its 90th annual bonspiel March 16 to 18, 2018 with 28 teams participating. The luck of the Irish was with some while not so much with others [...]

2018/03/27Local Interest

Winnipegosis RCMP Arrest Drug Traffickers

RCMP Media Release | On March 20, 2018, at approximately 11:00 am, Winnipegosis RCMP, with assistance from Ste. Rose du Lac and Dauphin RCMP, executed two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrants simultaneously at two residences on Arena Road in Camperville, Manitoba. At one residence, police arrested Arnold Joseph Guiboche, 58, and Gail Charlene Guiboche, [...]

2018/03/26Local Interest

Swan School Of Dance Entertains at Annual Recital

Submitted by: Michele Poole | The Swan School of Dance held their annual recital on Wednesday March 21, 2018 in front of a full and appreciative crowd. Dance disciplines including Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet were show cased during the evening. The show concluded with a very special number featuring our Tap Teacher, Teri [...]

2018/03/26Local Interest

Seventh-day Adventist Spring Hymn Sing – April 8, 2018

Submitted by: June Jamieson | Spring Hymn Sing A Time of Inspirational Music Seventh-day Adventist Church Sunday, April 8, 2018 3:00 p.m. All Welcome Refreshments to follow.

2018/03/25Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – March 6, 2018

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 6th day of March, 2018 A.D. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Reeve: Clint Eisner Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen, L. Mychalchuk, S. Walmsley, & G. Bartel C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: Councillor: L. Hutman [...]

2018/03/24Local Interest

Over 600 Attend 21st Annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted Story: Photos by Doug Watson, Dale Nobel, Brett Church | The Swan Valley Lions want to sincerely thank all the people that came out to enjoy the 21st annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby at Whitefish Lake on March 17, 2018. Over 600 people that came out enjoyed the beautiful weather and great food. [...]

2018/03/23Local Interest

Many Hands Make Pine River Spring Supper a Success

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway | On Sunday March 11, 2018 the Pine River Community Centre opened its doors to 130 guests anticipating a delicious supper and with the aroma of baked chicken in the air it made their mouth water. The supper consisted of breaded chicken drumsticks and thighs, sweet and sour pork strips served [...]

2018/03/22Local Interest

Parent Pack Raises $1,269 for Animal Protection League

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The second Everything’s a Quarter sale put on by the Parent Pack was a huge success! With donations accepted from the public, the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre was filled with many new and gently used items for sale. With absolutely everything for sale at only 25 cents, things moved quickly! [...]

2018/03/21Local Interest

Diabetes Undone Health Program – March 28/29, 2018

Submitted by: David Ogram | “Diabetes Undone” Health Program Free Informational Meetings (Attend 1 of 2) Wed., Mar. 28, 7:00 pm, Thurs., Mar. 29, 7:00 pm Second Floor Boardroom, Swan Valley Health Centre /Hospital Diabetes Undone” is a very successful Health Program that addresses the root cause of diabetes and explains how to treat this [...]

2018/03/20Local Interest

Mike Scott’s Message of Struggle, Transformation and Hope

Submitted by : Jessica Lacasse | Mike Scott presented his story to a group of students and community members in Swan River on March 13, 2018. Over 200 people came out to hear Mike share his experience with child welfare, addictions and resilience. It was an inspiring event in which everyone was challenged to be [...]

2018/03/20Local Interest

ICS Implemented During Swan River Water Supply Issue

Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | The severity of the recent Town of Swan River water supply system issue at the end of January had Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) on high alert. As potable water is a necessity in the provision of health care services, the Swan River incident proved that having emergency planning and [...]

2018/03/19Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – March 12, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the March 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board was informed that a framed Treaty 4 Acknowledgement will be displayed in each school that the land in which we gather is on Treaty 4 Territory. 2. The interviews for the Taylor Principal [...]

2018/03/18Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – February 28, 2018

Minutes of the regular council meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, February 28th, 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 [...]

2018/03/18Local Interest

Swan River RCMP Respond to Fatal Snowmobile Collision

RCMP Media Release | On March 17, 2018, at 2:25 am, the Swan River RCMP responded to a report of a snowmobile collision located approximately 6 kilometres southeast of Swan River. A 43-year-old male, from Swan River, was travelling with a small group when it appears he lost control of his snowmobile and veered off [...]

2018/03/17Local Interest

Swan Valley Atom A Stampeders Earn Silver Medal

Pictured above: Front Row: Owen Martyniuk, 2nd Row: Damien Leask, Trace Langan, Matt Zamzow, Caleb Rooks, Payton Thompson, Dade Werbicki, 3rd Row: Christian Hart, Grace Kirk, Maddix Eisner, Tyrell Leaske, Alex Campbell, Tucker Thompson, Tavyn BoychukBack Row: Coaches Jason Eisner, Blaine Campbell, Chris Zamzow Submitted by: Blaine Campbell | The Atom A Stampeders earned a [...]

2018/03/16Local Interest

Local Churches Participate in World Day of Prayer

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Women | The annual World Day of Prayer service was held Friday March 2, 2018 and was hosted by St. Andrew’s United Church. The theme being “All God’s Creation Is Very Good” focusing on the environment. Seven local denominations took part featuring the Country of Suriname. We read and [...]

2018/03/16Local Interest

Valley Stage Players: Cafe Murder – April 13 – 15, 2018

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Valley Stage Players presents Cafe Murder by Nathan Hartswick April 13 – 15, 2018 Veterans Community Hall Friday and Saturday are dinner theatres Show 6:30 pm $50 each catered by Y Not Johnny’s Sunday Matinee is a dessert theatre Show 2:00 pm $15 each catered by Vernice Eggie Tickets available [...]

2018/03/15Local Interest

Swan River Skating Carnival Entertains Under the Sea

Star & Times Photos submitted by Jessica Bergen | The Swan River Skating Club held their annual carnival on Monday, March 12, 2018. The ‘Under the Sea’ theme was a big splash, and audience members were thrilled with the skill each skater showed. A big thank you to all who helped make it a success [...]

2018/03/15Local Interest

Swan Valley Peewee A Strike Gold at Provincials

Submitted Story | The Swan Valley Peewee A Stampeders were victorious at the Hockey Manitoba Provincial Championships in La Broquiere on March 2-5 by capturing the Peewee A Provincial title. In the Championship game, the Peewee Stamps again faced a strong Mitchell Mohawks, a team that desperately wanted revenge for an overtime loss in the [...]

2018/03/14Local Interest

RISE UP! Swan School of Dance Recital – March 21, 2018

Submitted by: Michele Poole | Swan School of Dance presents their annual recital 2018 RISE UP! Wed. March 21, 2018 SVRSS Auditorium 7:00 pm Admission: Adult $10 Student $5 Pre-school Free

2018/03/13Local Interest

Fantastic Presentation by Benito Vesselli Dance Club

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Vesselli Dance Club held their 36th Annual Concert on March 10, 2018. Family and friends, along with spectators from the community gathered in the Benito School Gym to enjoy the fantastic presentation put on by the dancers. The entire club kicked off the show with the Privyt – [...]

2018/03/13Local Interest

Gold for Team Sagert at Manitoba Winter Games

Submitted photo: Manitoba Winter Games Gold Medal Winners! Presley Sagert, Skip; Madison Sagert, Lead; Bryn Zamzow, Second; Eden Betcher, Third ValleyBiz Story| The Manitoba Winter Games took place March 4-10, 2018 in Thompson, MB and several athletes from the Swan Valley made the trip to compete in the province’s largest ongoing multi-sport program. The Manitoba [...]

2018/03/12Local Interest

JV Girls Win Silver at MB High School Basketball Provincials

Pictured above: Front Row: Jada Kujanpaa, Sydney Gilroy, Ireland Staples, Brenna Schure, Ali Kujanpaa, Brynlee Spencer Back Row: Coach: Lise Fraser, Sydney Fedorchuk, Lauren Klatt, Adria Bateman, Caitlyn Stewart, Erica Sembaluk-Hart, Jasmine Rose, Josie Black. Asst. Coach: Erica Forsyth, Manager: Jennifer Zamzow Submitted by: Lise Fraser | What a season it has been for the [...]

2018/03/12Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 20, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Mayor McKenzie presiding and Councillors Whyte, Moriaux, Friesen, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Deputy Mayor Jacobson was absent with permission. 1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Minutes Resolution No: 2018.076 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded By: Jason Delaurier [...]

2018/03/11Local Interest

Minitonas-Bowsman Minutes – February 20, 2018

Regular Meeting of the members of Council of the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman held in Council Chambers, in Minitonas, Manitoba this 20th day of February, 2018 A.D. at 7:01 p.m. Present: Councillors: J. Caruk, C. Densen (arrived at 7:55 p.m.), L. Hutman, S. Walmsley, L. Mychalchuk & G. Bartel C.A.O. – K. Chartrand Absent with Notice: [...]

2018/03/11Local 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 11, 2018 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.

2018/03/10Local Interest

Town of Swan River Minutes – February 6, 2018

The Council of the Town of Swan River met on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Council Chambers with Deputy Mayor Jacobson presiding and Councillors Friesen, Whyte, Moriaux, Delaurier and Sakal present.  Mayor McKenzie was absent with permission.  1 Call to order 2 Adoption of Agenda Resolution No: 2018.048 Moved By: David Moriaux Seconded [...]

2018/03/10Local Interest

Thunder Hill Mardi Gras – March 10, 2018

Submitted by: Derek Henkelman | Mardi Gras – Thunder Hill March 10, 2018 Registration: 10:30-11:00 Races Start at 12:00 Treasure Hunt Snowboard Competitions Prizes for Best Costume Fun for All Ages Concession ~ Rentals www.skithunderhill.ca

2018/03/09Local Interest

Barrows Gospel Jamboree – June 8, 9, 10, 2018

Submitted by: Violet Plett | Barrows 5th Annual Gospel Jamboree June 8, 9, 10, 2018 Fri. 7pm – 9pm Sat. 10am – 9pm Sun. 10am – 6pm Come and enjoy the ministry of the following invited musicians. Bert and Liz Genaille Cathy and Carl Crane Freda and Cyril Genaille The Wiebe Family Ivan Chartrand This [...]

2018/03/09Local Interest

Many Products at NDP Spring Sale

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | The NDP Spring Sale was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Swan Valley Museum. A variety of home based businesses provided new and innovative products for shoppers to choose from. The event also included a lunch menu of homemade soups, pies & bunwiches, which were enjoyed by all [...]

2018/03/09Local Interest

Prepare the Way of the Lord Conference – March 24, 2018

Submitted by: Evelyn Bredin | Prepare the Way of the Lord Women of the Valley invite you to a Women’s Conference March 24, 2018 9am – 3pm Community Bible Fellowship Tickets $20 – Includes Breakfast and Lunch Tickets available at Cook & Cooke and Windsor’s Service

2018/03/07Local Interest

SCN Braves Win Mighty Bucks Loonie Toonie Tourney

Submitted by: Leon Church | The second annual Mighty Bucks Loonie Toonie Tournament went on as planned in Bowsman on the weekend, Feb 23 & 24th, 2018. The host Bucks finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, but failing to reach the finals with a 2-1 loss to the SCN Braves in a semi final. [...]

2018/03/07Local Interest

Kene & Milly Jackson Music Tour March 26, 27, 28, 2018

Submitted by: Violet Plett Kene and Milly Jackson Gospel Music Tour March 26, 27, 28, 2018 We are blessed to have these talented musicians in our area for 3 evening concerts, as part of a month long tour that they are on. Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 7pm Sapotaweyak Hall Coffee to follow Contact Calvin [...]

2018/03/06Local Interest

RM of Mountain Appoints New CAO

RM of Mountain Public Notice The RM of Mountain is pleased to announce Paige Larocque has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality effective March 5th, 2018. Paige has 7 years of municipal experience and graduated with a Certificate in Manitoba Municipal Administration. Council would like to thank our office staff; Kim, Paige & [...]

2018/03/06Local Interest

Buses Cancelled Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SVSD Public Notice | The Swan Valley School Division has announced that due to hazardous winter conditions, all SVSD buses are cancelled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

2018/03/05Local Interest

Minitonas Skating Club Presents Olympic Themed Carnival

Star & Times Photos submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The Minitonas Skating Club put on a great carnival on March 1, 2018 featuring 10 solos, 3 group numbers and 3 learn to skate groups, showcasing what they have learned this year. A big thank you to all who came out to support our club. We [...]

2018/03/05Local Interest

March 5, 2018 Buses Cancelled, Rural Schools Closed

Swan Valley School Division Public Notice March 5, 2018| Due to hazardous winter conditions all buses are cancelled. As well, schools in Benito, Birch River, Bowsman and Minitonas will be closed today. Schools in the Town of Swan River will remain open.

2018/03/05Local Interest

RM of Mountain Minutes – February 14, 2018

Minutes of the regular council meeting of the Rural Municipality of Mountain held Wednesday, February 14th, 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 – 4 – Connie Forbes 5 – 6 – Brad Wyatt Administrative [...]

2018/03/04Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – February 26, 2018

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the February 26, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Submitted by: Tim Mendel Superintendent/CEO 1. The Board spent a significant amount of time on the 2018/19 School Division Budget. This year’s Budget will be presented to the Public on March 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the SVRSS Cafeteria. 2. The [...]

2018/03/03Local Interest

Funding Received for Mafeking EMS Station

Media Release| On February 28, 2018, Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River, announced that the Manitoba Government is making major investments to ensure local health care facilities are properly maintained. “I am pleased that our Progressive Conservative government is investing in health care facilities in our constituency,” said MLA Wowchuk “This investment will ensure that [...]

2018/03/02Local Interest

Over 250 Served at Benito Firemen’s Association Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk |The Annual Benito Firemen’s Association Supper held at the Benito Rec Centre on Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 was a huge success. The volunteer firefighters and their families hosted the Swan Valley and surrounding area for a terrific meal. Community members showed their support by either cooking turkeys or donating supper items [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

RCMP Continue Search for Lorlene Bone

RCMP Media Release: Lorlene Bone is still missing and RCMP continue to look for answers. Lorlene Bone was last heard from on February 29, 2016, when she called her mother from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation (Shoal River), Manitoba. Lorlene was 31 at the time she went missing. She is described as approximately 5’5” tall, 155 lbs [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

Special Olympics Parkland Region Valentine Quilt Winners

Pictured above: 1st prize winner of the All Roads Lead to Bocce Lap Quilt, Darla Leslie along with her son Kolton Leslie of Minitonas. Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Congratulations to the winners of the Special Olympics Parkland Region’s Fabulous Valentine Quilt Raffle. A total of $1750 was raised from the Russell, Swan River and [...]

2018/03/01Local Interest

Bellsite’s 39th Annual Poker Derby “A Huge SUCCESS”

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | A total of $5,200.00 was given away in cash prizes at the 2018 Bellsite 39th Annual Poker Derby on February 25, 2018. An estimated 200 sleds attending with 209 registered drivers. Lisa Towers wins 10% of prize money($1,040.00) with 300 ghostriders (the most ghostriders prize). Honourable mention to Bert Sutherland [...]

2018/02/28Local Interest

Bowsman Rock The House Ladies Bonspiel

Pictured above: The final for the 1st event had the youngest team and the oldest team pitted against each other with Presley Sagert’s rink versus Joyce Trevellyn’s rink. Back row: Penny Stadnick, Emily Gillies, Presley Sagert, Eden Betcher Front row: June McKenzie, Joyce Trevellyn, Bryn Zamzow, Madison Sagert Submitted by: Deanna Martin |The 2018 Bowsman [...]

2018/02/28Local Interest

ValleyBiz Technical Difficulties

ValleyBiz Story | Some of our users may have had trouble accessing ValleyBiz.ca beginning February 27, 2018. If you received a message that ValleyBiz has expired there is no need to panic. ValleyBiz has no plans of discontinuing service to the Swan Valley. The company we pay to host the ValleyBiz website had their internet [...]

2018/02/27Local Interest

Pee Wee B Stampeders Host Home Tourney

Submitted by: Craig Zamzow and Angela Mullin | Pictured Above, Pee Wee B Stampeders: Back Row – Brandon Grazier, Jett Cook, Liam McArthur, Jack Mullin, Henry Branconnier, Comrie Quill, Carter Addis, & Noah Weir Front Row: Crystal Zamzow, Mackenzie Lukey, James Parsons, McKenna Gray, Nolan Woodward On the weekend of Feb 24-25, 2018 the Pee [...]

2018/02/27Local Interest