Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Swan Healthcare Plus Pharmacy Grand Re-Opening

Submitted by: Brittney Suchoplas After recent renovations and amalgamating with Whites Drug Store, a successful grand re-opening was held at Swan Healthcare Plus Pharmacy. On October 4th and 5th, 2018 customers and patients were invited to enjoy coffee and donuts. Many came to see the official ribbon cutting, seen pictured above. (left to right: Abbey [...]

2018/10/12Local Interest

Coop Showcases New NH3 Facility at Open House

On October 3, 2018, Swan Valley Co-Op hosted an open house at their new anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer storage facility at its Benito Ag Site. The facility stores approximately 800 metric tons of NH3 and features 9 vessels, each holding approximately 43,000 gallons. There are 2 filling stations for wagons or field delivery tanks on [...]

2018/10/11Local Interest

Honouring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Pictures submitted by: Tanya Powell On October 4, 2018 family members were supported by members of the community as they gathered at the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre to honour and remember over 1200 Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women. The gathering began with opening prayers and personal stories of loss followed by a short video. Participants [...]

2018/10/10Local Interest

Cooking Classes Focus on Benefits of Vegetarian Diet

Submitted by: David Ogram | On the evening of Wednesday, October 3, 2018 fifteen people were present at the first of 2 vegetarian cooking classes being held this month at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For some of the people present, the class was a continuation of the Diabetes Undone Program that was held in the [...]

2018/10/10Local Interest

Swan Valley West Appoints New Senior Election Official

Swan Valley West Media Release | The Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West has released a statement that effective October 9,2018 Pat Ellingson is no longer the appointed SEO [Senior Election Official] for the municipality and effective October 9,2018 the appointed SEO for the municipality is Shirley Bateman.

2018/10/10Local Interest

Coop Presents $2,566.70 to Taylor School Playground

ValleyBiz Story | On Thursday October 4, 2018 the Swan Valley Consumer’s Co-op (Co-op) presented a cheque in the amount of $2,566.70 to the Taylor School PAC Playground Committee. The cheque represents $2,266.70 in proceeds from Fuel Good Day on September 18, 2018 where 10 cents was donated from every litre of pump gas sold [...]

2018/10/09Local Interest

Square Dance Season Off to a “Rockin’” Start!

Submitted by: Lloyd Gilchrist | Almost a dozen new dancers joined the Swan Valley Hoedowners for their inaugural dance of the season at the Swan River Senior Centre on October 3, 2018. Caller Linda Gilchrist kept the evening rolling with fun dancing activities and lively music. The dancers enjoyed learning some beginning square dance moves [...]

2018/10/09Local Interest

Homemade Feast Enjoyed at Cowan Fall Supper

Submitted by:Rose Kovachik | The skies may have been gloomy with just a peek of sunshine and it may have been chilly outside, but inside of the Cowan Community Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept 30th, 2018 there was a bustle of activity. The Cowan ladies and a few gentlemen, were slicing, dicing and [...]

2018/10/05Local Interest

Exchange Group Explores Swan Valley with Their Twins

Submitted by: Kari Goethe | There are 21 students from the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School who are participating in an Experiences Canada Exchange with 21 other students from Elgin, Ontario. Each Swan River student gets matched with a student from Elgin and they are considered “twins” during the exchange. Elgin is a small rural [...]

2018/10/04Local Interest

Great Compliments for Durban Fall Supper

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn We had our Fall Supper this past weekend on September 30, 2018 and with the two days of sunny and beautiful weather we still had a great turnout. With the farmers busy out in the fields taking their crops off, we had a great number of take outs. Thanks for their [...]

2018/10/04Local Interest

An Elegant Experience that Makes A Difference

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is set once again to dazzle guests at their annual Cultural Gala. Now in its 4th year, the Gala has become known for its stunning decorations, fantastic food, superb service and spectacular entertainment. The Cultural Gala is a great opportunity to [...]

2018/10/03Local Interest

Big Daddy Tazz Delights Audience with Heartfelt Message

Submitted by: Rod Seib | Approximately 200 people came out to hear Big Daddy Tazz speak at the Veterans Community Hall in Swan River, Friday, September 28, 2018. The event, hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association Swan Valley Branch, aimed to communicate important messages about mental illness and mental health. Tazz spoke for over [...]

2018/10/02Local Interest

Barry Wolff Hired as Stampeders GM and Head Coach

Submitted by: Pat Morden, President Swan Valley Stampeders The Board of Directors of the Swan Valley Stampeders Junior A Hockey Club Inc. would like to announce the hiring of Barry Wolff as General Manager and Head Coach of the Hockey Club. Originally from Kelowna, Barry Wolff comes to the Stampeders with 23 years of junior [...]

2018/10/01Local Interest

Tornado Hunters Touch Down in Swan River

Submitted by: Jay Coulthart | Tornado Hunters touched down in Swan River on Thursday Septemer 20, 2018 for a meet and greet with fans. Tornado Hunters, Chris Chittick did an educational assembly for Hayes and Taylor schools on Thursday afternoon which was sponsored by Formo Motors. Thursday evening Chris was at Formo Motors talking with [...]

2018/09/27Local Interest

About 150 Buy Lunch to Support Cheetahs Gymnastics

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | About 150 people braved the weather and attended the BBQ on Monday at Swan River Key Chevrolet. The proceeds from the BBQ are going to the Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club equipment purchase. Thanks to Key Chev for hosting and sponsoring the event, the Swan Valley Cheetahs for all their [...]

2018/09/26Local Interest

Community Foundation Receiving Fall Grant Applications

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) is now receiving applications for 2018 Fall Granting. The CFSV is a charitable organization founded by local citizens to help people invest in building a community that is a better place to live, work and play. Since its inception in 2005, the CFSV has provided [...]

2018/09/25Local Interest

Swan Valley MyHealthTeam Partners with Sapotaweyak

Submitted by: Prairie Mountain Health | A second MyHealthTeam has been approved for the Prairie Mountain Health region, expanding the quality and consistency of care for Manitobans living in the Swan River Valley region. “Medical experts have endorsed MyHealthTeams because they connect to their communities at the onset and focus on addressing the highest needs [...]

2018/09/25Local Interest

2018 Swan Valley Municipal Election Candidates

The next general Manitoba municipal election will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2018. The following is the list of candidates running in the 2018 General Municipal Election for Swan Valley Municipalities along with the names of candidates elected by acclamation. MUNICIPALITY OF MINITONAS-BOWSMAN For the Office of Reeve MYCHALCHUK, Larry PACAMANIUK, Walter For the Offices [...]

2018/09/24Local Interest

Great Time at CNIB Tea & Bake Sale

Submitted by: Jaci Zbirun | A big thank you to all that came out to the CNIB Tea and Bake Sale last Saturday, September 15, 2018. We had a great time trying the assortment of cakes and cheesecakes!

2018/09/20Local Interest

$11,760 Raised at Terry Fox Run in Swan River

Submitted Story | A total of 60 participants and volunteers gathered at the Swan River Centennial arena for the Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Heavy rain in the morning moved the official event indoors, however some participants still chose to brave the weather and complete the run outside. Approximately $11,760 was raised. [...]

2018/09/19Local Interest

New Use for an Old General Store

Submitted by: The Abel’s(Anne-Marie, John and Natasha) | There may be a few folks in the Lenswood area, curious as to what changes have been made to the former Lenswood General store. Many people have shared memories of the old store and Metro and his family, with us. From what we’ve learned from neighbours and [...]

2018/09/18Local Interest

Valley Connection To Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

Submitted Story | On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon, SK, 42 teams entered the Annual Hoops For Hope Cystic Fibrosis Research 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. From U14 age categories (male and female) all the way to Masters Men and Women as well demonstration opportunities for Wheelchair Basketball participants, [...]

2018/09/17Local Interest

$1500 Raised for Animal Protection League

Submitted by: Sherri Martin | The gang at the TD bank held a barbecue on Friday Sep 7th and donated the proceeds to Swan Valley Animal Protection League(SVAPL. The BBQ was a great success, and TD folks raised $1250! Along with donations made at the BBQ to SVAPL along with a few items sold, the [...]

2018/09/13Local Interest

Minitonas School Ready for New Chapter in Learning

ValleyBiz Story | As kids across the Valley headed back to school last week, students in Minitonas faced some additional adjustments while getting back into the swing of things. With the decision last fall to amalgamate the Minitonas Early and Middle Years schools, it is the first year K-8 will be combined together in the [...]

2018/09/11Local Interest

Pies, Preserves and More at Minitonas Fruit Festival

Pictured above: Murray McClure from Terry’s Greenhouse presenting people’s choice garden aware to Lyn Kublick Submitted by: Teresa Mckay | The Minitonas Tent Town Garden Club held another successful Fruit festival on Saturday. We especially want to thank all who attended, enjoyed a pie and coffee and purchased our produce. Also a huge thank you [...]

2018/09/10Local Interest

Minitonas First Baptist Church Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Submitted by: Jennifer Leon | On September 1-2, 2018, Minitonas First Baptist Church celebrated its 90th Anniversary. Saturday festivities were held at Minitonas Arena with fun activities for all ages including a crokinole and bocce tournament, frisbee throwing competition, face painting, parachute games, cotton candy, bubble making and train rides. It was followed by a [...]

2018/09/05Local Interest

Swan Valley Youth Travel Club BBQ

Submitted by: Rhonda Kitch | Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Swan Valley Youth Travel Club BBQ at KAL TIRE on Friday, August 31, 2018. It was a very blustery day!

2018/09/04Local Interest

Proceeds of The Parent Pack Sale to Swan River Legion

Pictured above: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 39 Swan River Volunteers Submitted by: Lori Zagrobelny – Parent Pack Member | The Parent Pack held a .25 cent Opportunity Sale on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Members of the Swan Valley Parent Pack LOVE putting on these .25 cent OPPORTUNITY SALES each year. Proceeds from this sale went [...]

2018/08/31Local Interest

NDP Hosts Annual Summer BBQ

Submitted by: Judy Kostyshyn | Swan River NDP hosted their annual summer BBQ in the Cowan Community Centre on Sunday, August 19, 2018. As constituents socialized throughout the afternoon, a delicious potluck supper was being organized in the kitchen with a variety of salads & desserts accompanying the barbecued pork. A Silent Auction consisting of [...]

2018/08/31Local Interest

Cowan Trail Celebration a Delight For Participants

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | With pictures from ValleyBiz and Penny Boychuk The annual Cowan Trail Celebration once again occurred on the fourth Saturday of August (being August 25, 2018) this year and marking it the 20th. The event began on Friday night, as usual, with the Cowan Hall parking lot slowly being filled with [...]

2018/08/29Local Interest

Old Fashioned Family Fun at Museum Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 26, 2018. It was a day appreciated by many generations. From those who remember the era when technology was in it’s infancy to children still to young to understand the significance of the past. Attendees of all ages were able [...]

2018/08/28Local Interest

Swan Valley Flying Club Holds Annual Pancake Breakfast

Submitted by: Allen Martin | The Swan Valley Flying Club held their Annual Pancake Breakfast on August 26, 2018 at the Swan Valley Municipal Airport. Approximately 60 people that came out to the airport. Weather was excellent for the day. Everyone enjoyed the chance to visit with aviation enthusiasts.

2018/08/27Local Interest

Kids Participate in Fitness & Cultural Arts Daycamp

ValleyBiz Story | The week of August 13, 2018 KTA Tribal Kinetix Daycamp was held at the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School. From Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4pm the kids in attendance practiced stunts, acrobatics, parkour, magic tricks and circus acts such as plate spinning, juggling, staff spinning and flower sticks. The [...]

2018/08/26Local Interest

RCMP Monitoring CJ104 Public Safety Risk

ValleyBiz Story | On August 20, 2018 CJ104 posted a statement on Facebook claiming they received an anonymous threat indicating they “had one week to pack up and leave Swan River or else their buildings would be looted and burned.” Bill Gade, owner operator of CJ104 Radio, has a long history of enraging communities by [...]

2018/08/25Local Interest

Bill Gade Swan River – Background Information

Below are some research archives from various regulatory bodies and publications pertaining to William (Bill) Gade, owner of CJSB/CJ104.5 FM, CJIE/CJ107.5 FM, CJVM/CJ103.3 FM, CJBP/CJ97.1 FM and 83 North Inc. Due to recent events there has been an increased interest in background information regarding Bill Gade. These links are provided for ease of access as [...]

2018/08/25Local Interest

Swan Valley Receives Over 100,000 In Grants

Government of Manitoba Media Release | The Manitoba government will provide $3.7 million in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced August 16, 2018. “Investing in non-profit organizations helps to build Manitoba’s communities while encouraging economic development across the province,” said Wharton. “Our government is pleased to provide [...]

2018/08/22Local Interest

Historic Pictures Featured at Tent Town Celebration

ValleyBiz Story | In recognition of the 120th Anniversary of Tent Town, Claren Turner joined up with the Minitonas Seniors to put together a celebration of the past. “I thought, we want to remember Tent Town.” said Turner. “The idea was to have an 1898 meal and to have pictures from that time period.” Turner, [...]

2018/08/21Local Interest

Family at the Heart of Smak Dab Gourmet Mustard

Carly Minish-Wytinck with Grandpa, Glen Henderson ValleyBiz Story | What started as a thoughtful Christmas gift has turned into a growing business for food entrepreneur Carly Minish-Wytinck. Family has always been at the heart of her love of food and has been an important ingredient each step of the way. “I was inspired by food [...]

2018/08/19Local Interest

Cam Mateika Appointed Board Chair of UCN Council

Government of Manitoba Media Release | Manitoba Education and Training advises it has appointed five new members and re-appointed two members to the University College of the North (UCN) governing council. Cameron Mateika, of Minitonas, has been appointed to the board as chair. Mateika is the director of research and technology for Swan Valley School [...]

2018/08/17Local Interest

Crushin It at the Durban Demo

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted On Aug 12, 2018 Durban held their annually Demo Derby. With only a few more cars than last year the demo still went ahead. A couple cars were delayed in arriving but still made the event. Most cars were from previous years so there wasn’t [...]

2018/08/15Local Interest

Hot and Breezy at the Birch River 23rd Annual Trail Ride

ValleyBiz Story | The Birch River Riding Club held their 23rd annual trail ride on August 11 and 12, 2018. Many people stayed at the base camp the night before and the day started off with breakfast and registration. The ride has built a loyal following over the past 23 years with many attendees travelling [...]

2018/08/14Local Interest

Formo Motors Rocks a New Display

ValleyBiz Story | Formo Motors is rocking a brand new piece of functional art – a formation of mountain rocks that also serve as a display platform for their vehicles. The masterpiece is the work of travelling artist Pierre St-Germain. “Basically what I do, is I drive all over the country and I carve concrete [...]

2018/08/08Local Interest

UPDATED: Minitonas Area Hit with Large Hail

ValleyBiz Story | The Minitonas area was pelted with large hail, strong wind and heavy rain on August 3, 2018 beginning just before 4:15 pm. Before the storm … ominous clouds begin to build. Pictured below: Photos submitted by Edwin Crook of the storm approaching Minitonas (click for a larger version). We also received reports [...]

2018/08/03Local Interest

IIU Investigates Injury Following Swan River RCMP Pursuit

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) is investigating after a 26-year-old man was admitted to hospital following his arrest by the Swan River RCMP. On August 2, 2018, the IIU was notified by the RCMP of an incident that occurred the previous evening. The RCMP advised that on August 1 they were advised to be on [...]

2018/08/03Local Interest

Chariots and Chuckwagons Thunder Around the Track

ValleyBiz Story | Chariot and Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition are a crowd favorite and this year was no exception. Four days of racing drew in the crowds for many heart-pounding heats.

2018/08/03Local Interest

Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands were full and the action was fast during the 2018 Northwest Roundup Rodeo events. Cowboys and Cowgirls competed in a variety of rodeo events. Barrel Racing Bull Riding Bareback Bronc Saddle Bronc 12-Horse Hitch Brett Fulford, born and raised in the Swan Valley (son of Ken and Linda Fulford of [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Communities in Bloom Judges Tour Swan River

Submitted by: June McKenzie | On July 25, 2018 two judges from Communities in Bloom toured Swan River. The judges were Roswitha Nowak who is with the West Kildonan Horticultural Society and Tanya Wiebe who is the Youth Coordinator tor Take Pride Winnipeg. On the way to Swan River, they also judged Minnedosa and Birtle. [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Plenty of Children’s Activities at Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition is a place of wonder and excitement for youngsters. The Down on the Farm exhibit lets kids get up close and personal with a larger variety of farm animals. It is a great place to take a break from the heat of the day and relax with [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Rex Leach Museum Trail Official Opening and Dedication

ValleyBiz Story | On July 24, 2018 a dedication ceremony for the newly named Rex Leach Museum trail was held at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. Dr. Andy Maxwell provided some background on the trail and explained that Rex Leach was instrumental in expanding the cross country ski trail on the south side of the [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Swan River Parade A Time Honored Tradition

ValleyBiz Story | Click pictures for a larger version. The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade took place on July 27, 2018 at 10 am – a time honored tradition as part of the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Many have passed this tradition on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year the parade is [...]

2018/07/30Local Interest