Tag Archives: Swan Valley Life

Spooktoberfest a Screaming Good Time for All Ages

Submitted by: Jenna Koutecky, Community Coordinator Swan Valley Communities That Care This year’s Spooktoberfest was a great success, with nearly 1100 people in attendance over two days. This is a new Spooktoberfest record, as the event had previously taken place over three days rather than 2. On the first night of the event, we were […]

2022/11/01Local Interest

Over $50,000 Raised at SV Outdoors Association Banquet

Submitted by: Swan Valley Outdoors Association After a two year hiatus the Swan Valley Outdoors Association banquet and auction took place once again on Saturday, October 22nd. Similar to our prior events, the banquet was a sellout with the continued generosity of our community, at all levels, on display through the sponsorships, donations, ticket sales, […]

2022/10/27Local Interest

Hornbeck Family Fund Created with CFSV

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) Hornbeck Family Fund Gordon Hornbeck and Dale Wiebach created the Hornbeck Family Fund to honour Gordon’s parent’s belief in community support. Our dream at the foundation is to help community minded individuals invest in building a strong and resilient place to live, work and play. We fund […]

2022/10/21Local Interest

Services to Seniors Holds First “Coffee and a Chat”

Submitted by: Services to Seniors The first two sessions of the Winter-Coffee and a Chat were well received with 31 people attending the two venues. Services to Seniors Connie Beaudry started the sessions with introducing the guest speakers and welcoming the participants. Brittany Schroeder started the session with Question and Answers from the participants. Unfortunately […]

2022/10/19Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Birch River Pool Upgrades

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The Birch River Recreation Committee was awarded a grant allowing this group to upgrade the skimmer and heater at the BR pool which were starting to fail. CFSV was happy to support this upgrade to allow Valley residents a space to enjoy the outdoor swimming season. The […]

2022/10/18Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band Beginning Day 2022

Pictured above L-R Karen Kosolowski (Flute), Lorraine Malcolm (Tenor Sax), Julie Kooistra (Director, French Horn, Trumpet), Kim Kosokowsky (Trumpet) Submitted by: Jayne G. Leadbeater (Minish) On Wednesday, 21 September 2022, the Swan Valley Community Band had their Beginning Day after a forced Covid19 hiatus. Our numbers are small, but mighty! Our Group is hoping for […]

2022/10/04Local Interest

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

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

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

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

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 29,2022. 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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Team Wins Duck Mountain Curling Championship

2021/22 Duck Mountain Super League champions: Neil Scales, lead; Scott Tibble, second; Kelly Tibble, third; Brent Scales, skip, and Tom Jordens, DMSL executive. Submitted Story | After seven weeks of round-robin competition, Duck Mountain Super League (DMSL) curling teams from Canora, Norquay, Swan River, Benito, Madge Lake and Kamsack met for play-offs at the Broda […]

2022/03/30Local 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

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

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

SVCTC Toys 4 U Toy Drive Helps Make Christmas Special

Submitted by: Swan Valley Communities That Care | Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) wishes to thank members of the Swan Valley Community for their generous donations to the Swan Valley CTC Toys 4U Toy Drive. Once again, this year the SVCTC Toys 4 U Toy Drive were fortunate to collaborate with some wonderful community […]

2021/12/22Local Interest

Happy Shoppers Enjoy Mistletoe Madness Craft Sale

Submitted by: Jessica Bergen Mistletoe Madness Craft Sale was held at the Swan Valley Museum on Saturday November 20, 2021 and Saturday December 4, 2021. After 2 great craft sales, lots of happy shoppers, we say a big thank you to everyone who came out to shop local. Our silver collection is still being tallied, […]

2021/12/07Local Interest

Friday Drop In Curling Starts in Spite of Winter Storm

Submitted by: Kari Goethe Friday, November 12 was the start of our Friday Drop in Curling night at the Swan River Curling Club. Considering it was a snowy day with terrible road conditions, we still had 24 people out for the first night. There were juniors, seniors and everyone in between, but everyone seemed to […]

2021/11/24Local Interest

Valley Youth Attend Snowmobile Safety Training Course

Submitted by: Bert Sutherland North Mountain Riders and Swan Valley Snowmobile Association, along with Snoman MB, hosted a youth rider snowmobile safety training course at the Westwood Inn in Swan River on November 6, 2021. Safety Services Manitoba was hired to train our local children to keep them safe on our trails. 21 individuals from […]

2021/11/10Local Interest

SVCTC Halloween Family Event a Smashing Success

Submitted by: Swan Valley Communities That Care We hope you had a chance to visit the Swan Valley Communities That Care (SVCTC) Halloween Family Event on October 16th. It was an amazing event, which offered a Halloween experience for all ages. There was an outstanding attendance at the Halloween Event at the SV Historical Museum. […]

2021/10/20Local Interest

Swan Valley Farmer’s Market 2021 Opening Day

Submitted by: Jena McKee | The opening day of the Swan Valley Farmers Market on July 22, 2021 was a huge success! Thank you to all of you who came out to support our local vendors, it was an excellent start to what will hopefully be a busy market season. Such a wide variety of […]

2021/07/26Local Interest

Swan Valley Sport Fish Celebrates Young Anglers

Submitted by: Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement (SVSFE) Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures for our photo challenge. SVSFE received 27 entries and what a great way to show Manitoba how our young anglers love fishing! SVSFE has decided everyone will be receiving a prize for their submission. Thanks again, keep on fishing, and […]

2021/03/17Local Interest

2020 St. Patrick’s Day Stew & Biscuit Lunch a Success

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our Irish Stew lunch. Over 30 people can out for delicious stew,biscuits,lots of yummy desserts. Glad to see so many stayed and enjoyed lots of friendly conversation. Hope to see everyone again next year.

2020/03/18Local Interest

Another Successful Minitonas Figure Skating Carnival

Submitted by: Minitonas Figure Skating Club Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours and community members that came out to support the Minitonas Figure Skating Club’s annual Carnival “An Enchanted Evening” on March 6 th , 2020! A big thank you to skating coach Alison Burgess. Also thank you to all the Senior […]

2020/03/16Local Interest

Great Support for SVRSS Tigers Season Ender

Submitted by: Tracy Boychuk | The SVRSS Tigers played one heck of a game February 28 versus the Killarney Raiders. The Centennial Arena came alive with school pride, spirit and support for their local high school hockey team. The score might not of been what the Tigers were hoping for falling 7-4 to the Raiders […]

2020/03/09Local Interest

Over $3500 Raised for CBF School Projects

Submitted by: Rachael Stober | The CBFCS Parent Advisory Council put on another Dessert Night/Duelling Pianos/Silent Art Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, February 15. This was the second time the PAC held this event. The first one raised funds for the multi-sport pad that was successfully built in 2018. This year the event raised just over […]

2020/03/04Local Interest

Great Turnout at Bowsman Ladies Curling Bonspiel

Pictured above: 1st Event Winners – Sponsored by TD Canada Trust: Bernice Karton, Donna Martin, Janie Coulter, Caroline Willis Submitted by: Deanna Chess | The 2020 Bowsman Ladies Curling Bonspiel was held from February 21-23, 2020. This year we had a great turnout of 22 teams for our “Night at the Movies”. The weekend included […]

2020/02/28Local Interest

Street Dedicated in Honour of Dave Theunissen

Submitted by: Sherry Markle In the summer of last year, Swan Valley Animal Protection League sent a letter to the Municipality of Swan Valley West to request that the road upon which their new shelter will be located be renamed “Dave Theunissen Drive”; in honor of Dave Theunissen who is a long time member of […]

2020/02/26Local Interest

Over 200 Attend Benito Fireman’s Supper

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The Benito Firemen’s Supper was held on Sunday, February 23. Over 200 people attended the supper hosted by the local fire fighters and their families. Turkey, ham, mashed, stuffing, salads and the ever popular turnips were on the menu along with a great assortment of desserts. Along with a well […]

2020/02/25Local Interest

JV Girls Finalists in Neepawa Basketball Tournament

Pictured above: Back Row: Erin Klatt, Avery Blosha, Hailey Ledoux, Ady Blosha, Neva Zamzow. Coach: Lise Fraser 2nd Row: Ainzlee Stinson, Ellie Oakes, Kaylee Keefe, Aurora Dunn, Katie Smith Floor: Payton Brightnose, Chloe Formo Submitted by: Lise Fraser | JV girls were finalists in the Neepawa Collegiate Basketball Tournament on February 13 and 14th, 2020. […]

2020/02/24Local Interest

Breathe-Free 5-Day Stop-Smoking Program Begins

Submitted by: David Ogram | An introductory meeting for the “Breathe-Free” 5-Day Stop-Smoking Program was held in the Basement Meeting Room at the Swan River Seventh-day Adventist Church (1200 1st St South) on the evening of Thursday, February 20, 2020. Five people attended the meeting but two of them had to leave early to attend […]

2020/02/23Local Interest

Delicious German Supper Enjoyed in Birch River

Submitted by: Gwenda Wotton | On Sunday February 16, 2020, around 50 people come together to enjoy a delicious German supper put on by the Birch River Senior group. Lots of different tasty dishes and desserts were enjoyed as well as lots of friendly chat. Nice to see everyone that came out and hope to […]

2020/02/19Local Interest

Great Evening at Loving Hearts Supper

Submitted by St. Andrew’s United Church Our Loving Hearts Supper and Entertainment was held on February 1st. 120 folks enjoyed an evening of visiting, great entertainment and a delicious supper catered by Julie Nahnybida. The Entertainment kept toes a tapping with the Ukelele group singing a few songs and strumming their hearts out, followed by […]

2020/02/17Local Interest