Tag Archives: Community Coverage

Portage Forces Game 7 with 5-2 Win in Swan

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | A strong third period by the Portage Terriers sunk any hopes of Swan Valley hoisting the Turnbull Cup on home ice Thursday night [April 18, 2019] in Swan River. The Terriers scored four goals in the third period, beating the Stampeders 5-2 and forcing game 7. [...]

2019/04/18Local Interest

The Parent Pack Raises $1,131.50 for Library Programs

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen | The Parent Pack hosted their annual Everything’s a Quarter sale on Saturday, April 13, 2019. A large number of community donations came in, which set us up for a great sale. There was a line up waiting for the doors to be opened, and after the sale ended, a total [...]

2019/04/18Local Interest

Community Comes Together to Support in a Time of Need

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | When someone in our community needs help, we come together to show support and be there in a time of need. On the night of April 3rd, 2019 Colin and Amber Woytkiw lost their entire home, possessions and transportation to a fire. They, along with their three little girls were [...]

2019/04/17Local Interest

Stamps Win 4-3 in Triple OT, Lead Series 3-2

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | The Swan Valley Stampeders continue to instill the word believe in so many fans. Tonight’s 4-3 triple overtime win over the Portage Terriers proved that believing leads to great things. Kasyn Kruse would open the scoring tonight, beating Terriers netminder Ethan Peterson in tight, potting his [...]

2019/04/17Local Interest

Auctions at Farmers Appreciation Gala Raise $13,410

Submitted by: Austen Anderson | On April 12, 2019 the Swan River Valley Agriculture Society hosted its second Farmer’s Appreciation Gala. A great time was had by all in attendance. Y Not Johnny’s catered the roast beef dinner in the Swan Valley Museum hall. There was a selection of silent auction items on display that [...]

2019/04/16Local Interest

Minitonas School Cheers on Stampeders

Submitted Photos | On April 15, 2019, as the Swan Valley Stampeders headed out to Portage in preparation to play game number 5 in the MJHL series final, it was requested that the bus make a short detour past Minitonas School. Students and teachers lined the street, waving, cheering and wishing them good luck in [...]

2019/04/16Local Interest

Food, Laughter and Catching Up at Kenville Spring Fling

Submitted by: Kenville Hall Board | On the evening of Saturday, April 13,2019 the Kenville Memorial Hall hosted our annual spring fling fundraiser. The theme this year was Easter – Everyone followed the bunny paw prints up the stairs to the beautifully decorated hall compliments of Lana Graham. The guests enjoyed the appetizing aroma and [...]

2019/04/15Local Interest

Stamps Even Series 2-2 With A 7-2 Win Saturday Night

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | The Stamps’ evened the Turnbull Cup Series with a dominating 7-2 win on home ice Saturday [April 13, 2019] night in front of a sold out crowd. Matt Osadick and Campbell Balk score twice to lead the way, while Merek Pipes stopped 32/34 for the win [...]

2019/04/14Local Interest

Music Program Held at Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Submitted by: David Ogram | On the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, 2019 approximately 60 people enjoyed over an hour of inspiring Christian songs and music at the Annual Spring Music Program held at the Swan River Seventh-day Adventist Church. Music and singing was presented by a number of people from the community, including members [...]

2019/04/11Local Interest

Stamps Drop Game 3 in Portage 3-2, Trail MJHL Final 2-1

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | After winning their first ever game in the MJHL Finals, the Stamps’ were looking to keep that momentum going in Portage Wednesday night [April 10, 2019]. The Stampeders would come up short, losing 3-2 to the Portage Terriers, and now trail 2-1 in the MJHL Finals. [...]

2019/04/10Local Interest

Benito Vesselli Dancers Highlight 37 Years of Dancing

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Vesselli Dancers performed for a full house on April 7th, 2019 as they highlighted their 37 years of dancing. Different regions of the dance in the Ukraine, including Poltava, Bukovyna, Volyn and Transcarpathia were recognized for their authentic dance steps, choreography and costumes. After the singing of the [...]

2019/04/10Local Interest

Fun and Games at SVAPL “Spay It Forward” Spring Banquet

Submitted by: Sherry Martin | SVAPL’s first spring banquet, held on April 6th at the Veteran’s Hall in Swan River, was a resounding success! The theme this year was Spay it Forward. In keeping with our theme, we decided to “PAY it forward” and support our local businesses by purchasing prizes for the Raffles and [...]

2019/04/09Local Interest

Stampeders Win 6-5 In Overtime to Even Series 1-1

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | The Swan Valley Stampeders evened the Turnbull Cup Series on home ice Sunday night [April 7, 2019], beating the Portage Terriers 6-5 in overtime. Captain Brian Harris scored his second of the post season, swatting in a rebound at 6:18 on the power play. Swan River, [...]

2019/04/08Local Interest

MJHL Finals – Game 1 Recap: 3-0 Win for Portage

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | Despite outshooting their opponent, the Stamps’ fell to the Portage Terriers 3-0 in Game 1 held April 5, 2019 in Portage. The highly anticipated game one of the Turnbull Cup Championship series started slowly for the Stampeders. The Terriers pushed the majority of the play in [...]

2019/04/07Local Interest

“The Tale of the Three Trees” Cantata and Music Heard

Submitted by: Brenna Smith | Bowsman United Church held two performances on March 30 and 31, 2019 of the Cantata “The Tale of the Three Trees” and song of Praise and Prayer from around the world. During the Cantata, the audience was welcomed to open themselves up to the message of the dreams of the [...]

2019/04/05Local Interest

Swan Valley Stampeders Advance to MJHL Finals

Republished with Permission from the Swan Valley Stampeders | For the first time in franchise history, the Swan Valley Stampeders are off to the MJHL Finals. The team will play for the league title after beating Steinbach 5-3 Monday April 1st, advancing with a 4-2 semi-final series win. After a turnover at the offensive blue [...]

2019/04/04Local Interest

Wild Wild West at Swan River Ladies Curling Bonspiel

Submitted by: Darlene Beck | The Swan River Ladies Curling Club held their 91st Annual Bonspiel on March 15 – 17, 2019. We would like to thank everyone that attended our “Wild Wild West” bonspiel this year. Special thank you to our event sponsors: Scales Drug Store, OK Tire, Star City Cinema and Westwood Inn. [...]

2019/04/03Local Interest

Students, Teachers and Parents Attend Social Media Talks

Submitted by: Jessica Lacasse, Health Promotion Coordinator Social Media Safety talks for students in Swan Valley School Division on March 13th 2019. All grade 7-12 students were able to participate in a fun, relevant and sometimes serious talk about the effects of social media and youth. Covering issues such as lack of sleep, mental health [...]

2019/03/29Local Interest

Swan School of Dance Annual Recital Quite a Trip

Submitted by: Michele Poole | Photos by: Jennifer Paige Photography On March 20, 2019, the Swan School of Dance treated a large crowd to their year end recital entitled “Road Trip”. The dancers showed off their skills in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Jazz, and the audience was taken on a journey from New York, [...]

2019/03/27Local Interest

Tremendous Turnout for Amara Campbell Fundraiser

Submitted by: Minitonas Knox United Church What started as a small idea turned into an outpouring of community support that reached far beyond what we could have imagined. We originally planned to hold a soup and bun lunch in the church basement as a fundraiser for the Campbell family who are having to make frequent [...]

2019/03/25Local Interest

Swan Valley Co-op Invests into Food Store Renovation

Swan Valley Co-op Media Release | Swan Valley Co-op is pleased to announce the major renovation of its food store in Swan River, which first opened 15 years ago. The renovated facility will feature new programs and greater product selection. “It was important for us to invest in our food business as a Co-op to [...]

2019/03/25Local Interest

RISE Economic Development Officer Resigns

Submitted by: Courtney Densen Chairperson of RISE Regional Initiative for a Strong Economy (RISE) is announcing the resignation of Heather Nielsen as the Economic Development Officer. The RISE Board has accepted her resignation effective April 5, 2019. We thank Ms. Nielsen for her years of dedicated service which we all appreciate. The Board has commenced [...]

2019/03/22Local Interest

Another Successful Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted by: Brett Church, Photos by Corey Hurren | Over 620 contestants showed up try and catch the big one at the 22nd annual Billy Beal Classic on Saturday March 16, 2019. A total of 20 fish were caught with the prize winner going to Pearce Roberts who reeled in a 16 pound pike! A [...]

2019/03/21Local Interest

Great Turnout for Northern Neighbors Irish Stew

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Another great turn out for our annual Irish Stew hosted by Birch River Northern Neighbors on Sunday March 17, 2019 . The beautiful day helped to bring the people out to enjoy Stew, Biscuits, and lots of tasty desserts. Congratulations to Viola Harris for winning the 50/50. Hope to see [...]

2019/03/20Local Interest

2 Years Hard Work and $26,000 Nets Signs for Magnet Hill

Swan Valley RISE Media Release | Swan Valley has one more thing to boast about. In addition to having spectacular skiing and trails, Thunderhill has something astonishing to experience on the way up; Magnet Hill, the first Manitoba Wonder in the province. Magnet Hill is a rare natural marvel you must experience to believe your [...]

2019/03/19Local Interest

Update to Centennial Arena Ice Making Issues

Town of Swan River Media Release | Regarding the ice surface issue at the Centennial Arena; The Town of Swan River would like residents to know the contractor hired to troubleshoot the problem, has detected and isolated the leak. The arena systems are currently operating as intended. Thank you for your understanding. Go Stamps Go! [...]

2019/03/18Local Interest

“Mark of the Beast” Video Presentation

Submitted by: David Ogram | On the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2019 a small group of 7 people gathered in the Swan River Library to watch a video presentation by Pastor Steve Wohlberg, of White Horse Media. The presentation was the first part of a 4-part series. The presentation dealt with the subject of [...]

2019/03/17Local Interest

Swan River Centennial Arena Ice Making Issues

Town of Swan River Media Release | The Town of Swan River Centennial arena has experienced an issue with our ice making system. It can be confirmed that a leak is present within the 260 brine loops inside the floor. Town crews are currently loosing 1000 gal/day through the leak in the system which is [...]

2019/03/15Local Interest

Diabetes Undone Information Sessions Held

Submitted by: David Ogram | On the afternoon of March 10, 2019 and the evening of March 11, 2019 Information Meetings were held in the 2nd Floor Boardroom at the Swan Valley Health Centre to explain the Diabetes Undone Program to be held in April. The same Program was held in Swan River last Spring [...]

2019/03/15Local Interest

Swan Valley Classifieds Are Back!!

ValleyBiz Story | We are happy to report that the technical difficulties experienced on the Classified portion of the website have been resolved as of March 13, 2019. Our hosting company had experienced some issues during some recent server maintenance on March 8, 2019. You should be able to access all of your existing accounts [...]

2019/03/13Local Interest

Asham U18 Men’s and Women’s Provincial Championships

Submitted by: Host Committee Asham U18 Junior Men’s & Women’s Championship The Swan River Curling Club hosted the Asham U18 Provincial Championship on March 7-10, 2019.  The event featured 12 Junior Men’s and 12 Junior Women’s teams from across the province of Manitoba.  The Champion for the Junior Women is Team Jensen representing the Dauphin [...]

2019/03/12Local Interest

Dinosaurs to Dancing Queens at Minitonas Skating Carnival

Submitted by: Minitonas Figure Skating Club | Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and community members that came out to support the Minitonas Figure Skating Club’s annual Carnival “Skating Through the Decades” on March 8, 2019 at the Minitonas & District Arena. The hard working and talented skaters took the audience on [...]

2019/03/11Local 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 10, 2019 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.

2019/03/09Local Interest

Swan Valley Classified Temporarily Offline

ValleyBiz Story | Update: March 10, 2019 Our service provider experienced some technical difficulties while upgrading our Swan Valley Classified server over the weekend. They are working on getting the site back online as soon as possible. March 9, 2019 The Swan Valley Classified portion of our site is undergoing some routine maintenance and will [...]

2019/03/09Local Interest

New Junior Kindergarten Format at CBFCS

Submitted by: CBF Christian School Board | Starting in the fall of 2019, we are adjusting our Junior Kindergarten program. We feel the new schedule will better suit the needs of the students and allow them to get the most out of the program. Tuesday/Thursday – mornings only (9:00 a.m. drop-off, 12:00 p.m. pick up) Wednesday [...]

2019/03/07Local Interest

Local Artist’s Sculptures Enjoyed Near and Far

ValleyBiz Story | Submitted Photos Local artist Derryl May, has been bringing the art of snow sculptures to Swan River for the past 4 years. His sculptures have included a polar bear, an owl, a hand making the peace sign and, his latest installment, Snoopy on a doghouse. While May’s is most accustomed to sculpting [...]

2019/03/04Local Interest

Peewee A1 Stampeders Win B Side Final

Submitted by: Meghan Gray | The teams that participated in the Peewee A1 Tournament Tournament on February 22-24, 2019 were Swan River, Dauphin, The Pas, Flin Flon, Yorkton, Moose Lake, Snow Lake/Gillam. The Peewee A1 Stampeders had played a very good tournament on the weekend. Our first game on Friday was against the Flin Flon [...]

2019/03/01Local Interest

17 Teams Participate in Bowsman Ladies Curling Bonspiel

Pictured Above: 1st Event Sponsored by TD Canada Trust – Winners; Marilyn Peters, Lois Mosiondz, Mary Ellen Parsons, Cindi Fulford Submitted by: Deanna Chess | The 2019 Bowsman Ladies Curling Bonspiel was held from February 21-24, 2019. 17 teams participated in the Redneck Wedding Bonspiel. Pictured Above: 2nd Event Sponsored by Swan Valley Credit Union [...]

2019/02/28Local Interest

SVSD Board To Request Closure of Birch River School

Swan Valley School Division Announcement | The Board at its February 25, 2019 Board Meeting decided to write a letter to the Minister of Education requesting the closure of Birch River School, effective June 30, 2019. Students from Birch River School will be enrolled at Bowsman School. This was not an easy decision for the [...]

2019/02/27Local Interest

Community Foundation Receives $20,000 Donation

Pictured above (L to R): Directors Ryan Immerkar, Lorne Henkelman, Donor-Matt Black, Directors Lynda Parsons and Lew Taylor. (Submitted) Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) recently received a donation of $20,000 from Matt Black. The endowment will create a new Education Fund with the CFSV. Matt [...]

2019/02/27Local Interest

Over 225 at Benito Firemen’s Association Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Once again the Benito Firemen’s Association hosted another fantastic meal at the Benito Rec Centre. Over 225 people from the Swan Valley and surrounding area were treated to a delicious meal and a fantastic silent auction. Our Volunteer Fireman are a small group, who provide many great advantages to the [...]

2019/02/25Local Interest

Pee Wee Stampeders Earn Shoal Lake Banner in Thriller

Pictured above: Back Row: Coaches Craig Zamzow, Rick Betcher, Dave Kirk; Middle Row: Crystal Zamzow, Tucker Thompson, Noah Weir, Tyrell Leaske, Eli Betcher, Samantha Jo Moshenko, Kai Gorchynski; Front Row: Jackson Badowski, Tavyn Boychuk, Maddix Eisner, Andrew Pidskalny, Brady Burghart, Grace Kirk; Horizontal: Owen Martyniuk Submitted by: Craig Zamzow | The Swan Valley Pee Wee [...]

2019/02/21Local Interest

Swan Valley JV Girls at Crocus Plains Invitational Basketball

Sydney Gilroy, Chloe Formo and Jasmine Rose attempt to box out the Dauphin players for the rebound. Submitted by: Lise Fraser | The Swan Valley JV Girls headed to Brandon this past weekend, February 15-16, 2019. The first opponent of the tournament was the Tigers’ zone rival, Dauphin Clippers. This game was of utmost importance [...]

2019/02/20Local Interest

Full House for North Mountain Riders Pickerel Supper

Submitted by: Bert Sutherland | On February 15, 2019 the North Mountain Riders held our 7th annual Pickerel Supper at the Westwood Inn. Full house for the event, we had a 50/50 draw and the lucky winner was Stan Anderson, taking home just over $1000.00. Local business & private individuals donated all kinds of items [...]

2019/02/19Local Interest

Westman Plans Upgrade to Internet Service

Westman Communications News Release | Westman Communications Group (Westman) is investing over $300,000 in network and plant enhancements in Swan River. The network upgrade allows Westman to provide faster, more reliable Internet speeds and additional capacity to accommodate the increasing demand for Westman services. “Westman was proud to bring enhanced communication services to Swan River [...]

2019/02/14Local Interest

A Colourful Improvement for Long Term Care

Example of paint, murals and tactile display in Malton Village LTC Home, Mississauga, ON ValleyBiz Story | Submitted photos. Colour is an important part of our world. It can impact our emotions and our state of mind. Colour is often one the first considerations in our home improvement projects. So, what if colour could be [...]

2019/02/12Local Interest

JV Girls win Consolation Final in Neepawa

Submitted by: Lise Fraser | JV Girls played in the Neepawa Invitational Basketball Tournament on February 1-2, 2019. The first game of the tournament for the Tigers was against the Stonewall Rams. Once again the Tigers found themselves undersized but played a strong defensive game with a press, limiting their opponent to only 36 points. [...]

2019/02/12Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Announces New Superintendent

Swan Valley School Division Media Release | The Swan Valley School Division Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that come fall term we will have a new Superintendent of Schools in the person of Jon Zilkey. Jon has a Master’s in Educational Administration along with degrees in Science, Physical Education and after degree in [...]

2019/02/11Local Interest

Robyn Tibble Places 3rd at National Western Stock Show

ValleyBiz Story | Submitted Photos Robyn Tibble recently placing 3rd in class in the open show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, January 12-27, 2019. The show, which is considered ‘the Superbowl of the cattle show circuit’, saw Robyn compete against some of the best show people in the north American angus [...]

2019/02/08Local Interest

Love and Laughter at 8th Annual Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by: St. Andrew’s United Church Our 8th Annual Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on Saturday February 2, 2019. In spite of the snow storm that was raging outside, inside was filled with love and laughter. Julie Nahnybida catered a lovely meal followed by a delicious dessert. Our Entertainers kept things lively and [...]

2019/02/07Local Interest