Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Local Walk a Time for Reflection and Honour

Submitted by Tanya Powell | On October 30, 2022 for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre held a walk to bring awareness, to remember, to honour, and commemorate residential school survivors. Sylvia Grier and Fred Stevens shared their own experiences with going to Day Schools and Residential Schools. Thank […]

2022/10/02Local Interest

Cowan Trail Ride Returns for a Great Family Friendly Event

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik, Picutres by: Tina Copeland The Cowan Trail Celebration once again occurred on the fourth Saturday of August, being August 27, 2022 this year, after a two year hiatus. On Friday night, as usual, the Cowan Hall parking lot slowly filled with trailers, horses, and campsites. By Saturday morning, everyone was eager […]

2022/09/27Local Interest

50th Class Reunion Held in Swan River

Click picture for a larger version. Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater L-R BACK ROW Brian Oleksyn, Rob Falk, Keith Woolford, Lorne Henkelman, Leonard Harapiak (teacher), Doug Ter Horst, Peter Terekoff (Tea.), Lesley Stevens Henkelman, Barrie Hrappstead, Wilda Davy Teichroeb (Tea.), Al Poole, Gloria Olfrey Bewski, Wayne How, Lee Eggie, Bob McKay, Pete Hume, Terry Neely MIDDLE […]

2022/09/25Local Interest

Donald and Lorna Spicer Fund Created with CFSV

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) Donald and Lorna Spicer Fund The Donald and Lorna Spicer Fund was started in 2022 by Lorna Spicer. The fund will allow their family to leave a lasting legacy for the Swan Valley through the support the CFSV provides to non-profit organizations and charities. The family has […]

2022/09/24Local Interest

Local Support for Terry Fox Run in Swan River

Submitted by: Stacey Archuk The Swan River Terry Fox Run took place Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm. Various groups and individuals participated making it overall a great day.

2022/09/22Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Ukraine ESL & Tablet Project

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) Coming to a new country can be a scary process and not having a command of the English language can make it more difficult. CFSV was pleased to be able to assist the Immigrant Services Branch in Swan River with the purchase of English as a Second […]

2022/09/20Local Interest

Municipalities Support Ukrainian Immigrants in Swan Valley

Submitted story | Pictured above left to right: Councillor Leanne Hutman from the RM of Minitonas Bowsman, Mayor Lance Jacobson from the Town of Swan River, Councillor Carrie Blosha from Swan Valley West, and Acting Reeve Stephen Nadolney from the RM of Mountain. Representatives from the councils of RM of Mountain, Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, Municipality […]

2022/09/01Local Interest

Minitonas 4H Beef Club & Peavey Mart Team Up for BBQ

Submitted by: Angela Mullin Minitonas 4H Beef Club & Peavey Mart Swan River teamed up for a fundraiser BBQ on Saturday August 20, 2022. Members from the Minitonas 4H beef club sold Smokies on a Bun and a drink to raise awareness of the 4H program in Swan River. The funds raised will be used […]

2022/08/23Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Senior Meal Program

Submitted by: Community foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) It’s not fine dining, but a recent grant awarded to the Swan River & District Community Resource Council allowed them to purchase a supply of paper products for the Congregate Meal Program. The delivery of a nutritious midday meal continued under extended COVID-19 restrictions. Good nutrition equals […]

2022/08/16Local Interest

Christian Fellowship Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka | We enjoyed a great turnout and a beautiful day at Christian Fellowship Church’s 60th anniversary celebration on Sunday August 7, 2022. The day started off with a service where we were blessed by the wonderful singing and the encouraging preaching of Ralph Unger. After a delicious lunch, we had a […]

2022/08/14Local Interest

All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church Holds Annual Praznyk

Submitted by: Jenna Wintoniw On Saturday June 23, 2022, All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church held their annual Praznyk with Father Joakin Rac conducting the Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of Water. The members and guests were then invited to a delicious lunch. Part of the Praznyk celebrations also included blessing of family graves.

2022/08/07Local Interest

Action Packed Weekend at the Northwest Roundup Rodeo

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup Rodeo returned for 4 action packed days July 28 – 31, 2022 and the grandstand was packed for all the popular rodeo events. As always, there were plenty of broncs, bulls and barrels and ValleyBiz had a front row seat to bring you up close and personal with all […]

2022/08/03Local Interest

Garden Walk Not Dampened by Scattered Showers

Pictured above: Lilies in the garden of Lance and Coralie Jacobson Submitted by: Audrey Showdra with additional pictures from ValleyBiz | Although light cloud prevailed and a couple light rain showers fell, it certainly did not prevent many, many people from enjoying the Garden Walk sponsored by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club on July […]

2022/08/03Local Interest

Going a Little Bit Country at Tim Hortons Drive Thru

ValleyBiz Story | Following the Northwest Roundup parade on July 29, 2022 a few of the participants made their way through the Tim Hortons Drive Thru. It was an unusual sight to see a collection of riders on horse back and a wagon pulled by miniature ponies pull up, place their order and continue on […]

2022/08/02Local Interest

Swan Valley Welcomes Back the Rodeo Parade

ValleyBiz Story | The streets in Swan River were lined in anticipation as the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade returned on July 9,2022. The parade and the Northwest Roundup had been cancelled the last 2 years due to the pandemic. The parade theme was Horsing Around sing 1902 – Then and Now and some […]

2022/08/02Local Interest

Great Start for Swan Valley Farmers Market

Submitted by: Jena McKee | The 2022 market season is off to a great start, thank you to everyone who has been out shopping and checking out the variety of locally produced items the market has to offer! We have woodworking, coffee, veggies, baking, body care, essential oils, crochet crafts, jewelry and so much more! […]

2022/08/01Local Interest

Government Invests in New CT Scanner for Swan Valley

Government of Manitoba Media Release | Residents of Swan River and surrounding communities in the Swan Valley region will soon benefit from a new CT scanner with financial support from the community and a provincial investment of more than $2 million, Premier Heather Stefanson and Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced July 28,2022. “Improving access to […]

2022/07/28Local Interest

Plaque Presented in Memory of Rev. Murray Wenstob

ValleyBiz Story | On July 20, 2022 the Swan Valley Harley House committee hosted a special afternoon in honour of Rev. Murray Wenstob. A short program led by Scott Tibble included a brief history of the Valley and the Harley House, musical selections by Guy Dobbyn and poems by David and Michelle Minish. Following the […]

2022/07/26Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Kinsmen Nursery School

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) | Earlier this spring, Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) at SVRSS chose the Kinsmen Nursery School as the grant recipient for an art supplies storage cart to enhanced the outdoor classroom programming. Swan Valley Community Foundation and YIP are please to support this project and to increase time […]

2022/07/19Local Interest

SVCU Beef on a Bun Raises $7,000 for Local Projects

Submitted by: Swan Valley Credit Union | Swan Valley Credit Union had a record setting day at our Annual Beef on a Bun on July 8, 2022, breaking last year’s record with 700 meals served! This included 168 PMH employees who received a free meal in thanks for all that they do for our community. […]

2022/07/11Local Interest

Community Resource Council AGM

Submitted by: Swan River and District Community Resource Council Inc. Annual General Meeting held at Harley House June 21/22 at 1pm 8 people attending. Opening remarks given by the Board Chair and President Doreen Burton, Doreen states: In accordance with our purpose to provide services that promotes the highest quality of life for seniors so […]

2022/07/08Local Interest

Hockey Books Distributed at Give-Away Event

Submitted by: June Jamieson | The hockey book give-away ran competition with a severe thunderstorm on Father’s Day evening. A few braved the weather and were rewarded with free books about their favourite teams or players. Watch for a future opportunity to add to your own hockey book collection.

2022/07/07Local Interest

Big Blessings at Barrows Gospel Jamboree

Submitted by: Violet Plett The Barrows Gospel Jamboree, June 10,11,12, 2022, has come and gone. Everyone that we talked to enjoyed the weekend. At the last minute, a couple of the invited singers were unable to attend. Ivan Chartrand had to work, and Carl Crane got sick, so we started the weekend a bit short […]

2022/07/06Local Interest

Congratulations To The Graduating Class Of 2022

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2022 Swan Valley Regional Secondary School June 24, 2022 Be Like a Tree: Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Celebrate your unique natural beauty. Keep Growing! Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Graduating Class of 2022 Allarie, Brooke Linda Lorraine* Almas, […]

2022/06/27Local Interest

Swan Valley Celebrates Pride in the Park

ValleyBiz Story | On Saturday June 18, 2022 the SVRSS Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) hosted Pride in the Park, the first Pride event in the Swan Valley. One of the GSA members, Brooke, explained the importance of the GSA and Pride event. “The SVRSS GSA is a small student run organization that unites the […]

2022/06/22Local Interest

CFSV Feature: SVRSS Tigers Baseball

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The Tigers Baseball team at the SVRSS needed to update their equipment inventory of bats when traditional wooden bats were no longer allowed. The Community Foundation of Swan Valley was pleased to be able to assist with the purchase of new composite bats keeping the cost to […]

2022/06/14Local Interest

SVRSS Drama Presents Remembering Stuff

ValleyBiz Story The Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Drama Class presented “Remembering Stuff” by Elanor Harder on On Friday, June 10, 2022 in the SVRSS Cafeteria. The play focused on a group of high school drama students given the assignment to share the memories. The audience was entertained by light hearted and humorous recollections of […]

2022/06/13Local Interest

Community Foundation Holds Annual Spring Grant Night

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their 3rd Annual Spring Granting night on April 27, 2022, after a delay of 2 weeks caused by a snowstorm on the originally scheduled night. It was great to be able to hold the event without Covid-19 restrictions and present […]

2022/06/10Local Interest

Spring Supper Enjoyed at Museum Season Opener

Submitted by: Candace Balbo The Swan Valley Historical Museum’s season opener was held with the Spring Supper on May 29th 2022. Vernice Eggie and her capable crew served up another delicious roast beef supper. Musical entertainment was provided before and after the meal by the ladies of “Highly Strung”. Altogether it was a good evening […]

2022/06/06Local Interest

Minitonas 4H Beef Club Hosts 68th Annual Beef Show

Submitted by: Angela Mullin Saturday May 28, 2022 the Minitonas 4H Beef club hosted the 68th Annual 4H Beef Show. The grounds at the Swan River Ag grounds were buzzing with activity as soon as the sun was up. The members were bathing, grooming and practicing for the big day. The day started with a […]

2022/06/02Local Interest

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 31, 2022

Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report May 31, 2022 Northwest Region Better weather spurred seeding progress across the region to start the previous week, until thunderstorms on May 26 brought rain and hail to Mafeking, Birch River and Ethelbert districts. Cool and rainy weather since May 26 continued to slow progress. Field have been prioritized by dryness […]

2022/06/01Local Interest

Funds Raised to Support Ukrainian Families

Submitted by: Lion Doug Watson | The Swan River Lions Club wish to express our sincerest thanks you to all who attended our Fundraising Barbeque Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Swan Valley Coop Parking Lot. We will be publishing our presentation to the recipients as soon as we can make it happen. We saw […]

2022/05/30Local Interest

Dolyna Dancers Present an Afternoon of Ukrainian Dance

Submitted by: Nicole Clouson | The Dolyna Dancers held their year end concert on May 14, 2022 at the Veterans Hall. The dancers were pleased to perform in front of a crowd once again and put on an entertaining afternoon. The program started with a procession of the dancers, followed by Oh Canada and then […]

2022/05/20Local Interest

Artwork Shared at End of Season Art Show

Submitted by: Renate Wille | On Saturday May 7, 2022 local artists displayed their work during the art show at Little Woody Church. To make it quite clear, this Art Show is not a fund raiser for the church. We, that is a group of Artists who use the space to paint on Mondays in […]

2022/05/16Local Interest

Support for Local Businesses at Spring Craft Sale

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | A great time at the museum on Saturday, April 30, 2022 for the spring craft sale. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our local home based businesses!

2022/05/10Local Interest

Good Friday Service Held at Temple Baptist Church

Submitted by: Temple Baptist Church | On Friday, April 15, Temple Baptist Church congregation, along with guests, gathered for a Good Friday Service. Through Scriptures, songs, prayers, and the observance of the Lord’s Supper, the service focused on the significance of Jesus’ death which took place over two thousand years ago on a Roman cross […]

2022/04/22Local Interest

Spring Craft Sale Features Local Home Based Businesses

Submitted by: Diane Rooks | Thanks to everyone who came out to the Spring Craft Market on Saturday April 2, 2022 at the Museum. It was great to see so many people come out and support our local home based businesses!

2022/04/07Local Interest

2022 Swan River Ladies & Men’s Joint Bonspiels

Submitted by: Shelley Jersak | The Swan River Ladies Curling Club held their bonspiel on March 18 – 20, 2022 with 18 teams participating. 1st Event Winner sponsored by Rogers presented by Brent Scales. Pictured above: Winners Lois Mosiondz, Torey Werbicki, Donalda Gale, Marie Yablonski 2nd Sandra Tibble rink, 3rd Kari Goethe rink, 4th Marilyn […]

2022/03/24Local Interest

JV Girls at MHSAA Basketball Provincials

Back Row: Coach Lise Fraser, Assistant Coach Sydney Fedorchuk, Reed Vestby, Elijah Chartrand, Kailey McArthur, Loren Davy Middle: Ava Walker, Crystal Zamzow, Ava Hart, Katie Playford, Jacey Harness Front: Assistant Coach: Jasmine Rose Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The SVRSS JV Girls basketball team travelled to Winnipeg on March 9, 2022 to play in the […]

2022/03/22Local 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 13, 2022 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.

2022/03/12Local Interest

U15 Rural B Provincials – Swan Valley Wins Gold

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland | U15 Rural B Provincials were a success!!! Eight teams came and enjoyed the hospitality that Swan River has to offer. Our local U15 came away from the round robin with 2 wins and 1 tie before challenging the Souris/Hartney team in the semi-finals. It was a close game with Swan […]

2022/03/10Local Interest

Perfect Day for Vintage Ride

Submitted by: Tammela Bobick The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association had an amazing turn out for our Vintage ride held on February 26,2022. We had 57 riders including people from Yorkton, Dauphin and The Pas. For lunch, we enjoyed hot dogs, hot chocolate, donuts and coffee at the shelter. There was also tons of prizes and […]

2022/03/02Local Interest

Keeping the Valley Warm One Square at a Time

Submitted by: Mo Koetting | Blankets for Canada was started in 1998 in Lethbridge AB. The chapter started in November in Swan River is the first chapter in MB. It is an initiative that invites crafters to use up their small, left-over balls of yarn from projects they have done, by knitting or crocheting 10” […]

2022/02/24Local Interest

Community Foundation of Swan Valley Awareness Week

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley Announcing Community Foundation of Swan Valley Awareness Week, February 20th to the 26th, 2022. The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) would like to thank the Town of Swan River, RM of Mountain, Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman and Municipality of Swan Valley West for proclaiming the last week of […]

2022/02/21Local Interest

Swan Valley High School Rodeo Team

Pictured above: Dax Mullin, Dominic Campbell, Allysia Campbell, Noah Gamache, Mackenzie Currie… missing from picture is Natasha Chartrand and Bailey Langevin Submitted by Angela Mullin | High School Rodeo is for Students in Grade 9-12, JR Rodeo is grades 5-8, and the Little Buckaroos is open to K-4. Swan River Valley is home to 7 […]

2022/02/09Local Interest

Minitonas Family Benefits from GROW Program

Submitted by: Swan Lake Watershed District The Swan Lake Watershed District team would like to introduce our first members to the GROW program! Kris and Lori Zagrobelny have lived outside of Minitonas, Manitoba for four years. In this time, they have changed farming practices to better suit the environmental challenges that they have been seeing […]

2022/02/02Local Interest

Local Freedom Convoy Held In Swan Valley

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Truckers Freedom Convoy took place on Saturday, January 29, 2022, with 29 truckers and their supporters demonstrating the freedoms guaranteed to them under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, specifically: – the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of […]

2022/01/31Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Minutes – January 11, 2022

Swan Valley School Division Executive Summary of the January 11, 2022 Board Meeting Submitted by: Cameron Mateika, Superintendent/CEO 1. NITT Facilitator, Lana Sagert, provided a presentation on the development and status of the Northern Lights Institute of Trades and Technology. Courses, partnerships, and future considerations were discussed. 2. The distribution of Rapid test kits to […]

2022/01/17Local Interest

Structure Fire at Swan River Agro Centre

Swan Valley Coop Media Release | A structure fire was reported at the Swan River Agro Centre in the early morning of Thursday, January 13, 2022. Upon arrival, emergency personnel observed a maintenance shed fully involved. The damage was contained to a single building and its contents. There were no injuries or loss of life […]

2022/01/13Local Interest

Case of Covid-19 at Taylor School

Swan Valley School Division Notification | On January 11, 2022, Taylor School was advised of a positive case COVID-19. School administration is following public health recommendations. The school has identified possible close contacts and they have been advised to self-isolate. Anyone who is a close contact will be notified directly by the school. If you […]

2022/01/13Local Interest