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Friday, January 10, 2020 • Vol.124 No. 24 • Neepawa, Manitoba

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My goal is to stop yours

By Cassandra Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press Jan. 27 will be a busy evening for the Neepawa & District Chamber of Commerce. On that day, the Chamber and its members will be gathering for the 2019 edition of their annual general meeting (AGM). The events, goals and finances from 2019 will be reviewed at this event and a new employee, Jennifer Wiebe, will also be introduced. This year’s AGM will be held on the second floor of the Neepawa Curling Rink, cocktails starting at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m., with presentations following. “Attending the AGM is important, as it gives the Chamber members a chance to see whether their membership fees are being used and learn more about how we strive to support them everyday,” said Chamber President Pam Miller. “Some of our goals for 2019 included seeing an increase in the use of the Chamber Bucks program, having more Business After 5 events, with more attendance, and getting more support for Barb in the Chamber office. I believe that we met all of those goals!” One change that the Chamber has made, Miller noted, was the adoption of a more consistent awards program that is used by other Chambers throughout the province. Instead of presenting the Volunteer of the Year award, the Chamber will now be presenting a Business of the Year award. Nominees for the new award are based on being a Neepawa & District Chamber member in good standing and involvement in the community and area. Nominees must also have demonstrated one or more of the following: an innovation of products or services, exemplary customer service or encouraging and providing professional development for staff. Government agencies were exempt from nominations and self-nominations were encouraged. Continued on Page 15

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Neepawa Natives Atom team goaltender Kellen Hockin prepares to make the save during the opening game of the annual Tournament of Champions, against the Carberry P l a i n s m e n , o n Fr i d ay, J a n . 3 . Additional pictures and information on the weekend tournment can be seen on Page 9. PHOTO BY EOIN DEVEREUX

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Neepawa starts refunding perpetual care cash “We’re not expecting, probably, to catch everyone. We’re doing our best with lots of the addresses [of eligible individuals] that we can. That, according to the lawyer, The refund process for the perpetual is the best we can do,” said Synchyshyn. care program at Riverside Cemetery in Back in August, Town Council apNeepawa has begun. On Tuesday, Dec. proved the discontinuation of planting 17, Neepawa’s chief administrative officer, gravesite f lowers on individual sites. The Colleen Synchyshyn, updated councilors reason for the decision was related to the on just how repayments will proceed. She cost of providing and planting the f lowers noted that $141,000 is expected to be spent far exceeding the amount brought in from on refunds, with $27,000 of that having the annual sale of plots and the interest already been distributed. The money to from the perpetual care trust fund. The cover the repayments will come out of the remaining cost was covered by Neepawa Town’s reserve account. taxpayers. As for the repayment to those who had On average, local ratepayers were purchased perpetual care, anyone who has contributing $79.04 for every $100,000 of not yet used the service will receive a full value on their property without a change refund. Then, anyone who purchased and FILE PHOTO received perpetual care from 2015 to the The Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa, as it appeared in 2019, will no longer have to the service. That amount would be an annual cost and in perpetuity, whether present will receive a pro-rated refund on perpetual care for flowers on each grave. the homeowner had any intention of using the annual sales of what it cost. Synchyshyn also stated that the Town is doing its of refund will receive it, with the information they have Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa as their final resting place or not. best to ensure all those who are entitled to some type currently available to them. By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press

Winter fun lined up for Neepawa’s New Year’s baby finally Winter Wonderland Festival arrives at Neepawa Hospital By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press


On Jan. 6, 2020 at 9:07 a.m., the Neepawa area welcomed its first newborn of the year. Miller Creed Wollmann, weighing in at eight pounds two ounces and 21.25 inches long, is going home to Springhill Colony with his mom, Mary, and father, Wayne. He has three brothers and three sisters to love him to bits. As is the tradition, Neepawa’s Tangled Threads Quilt Guild presented him with his very own quilt (the deer print matches his crib at home). The family respectfully asked not to have their picture used for publication.

An annual event in Neepawa that brings wintertime fun into town is once again in the works. The Winter Wonderland Festival, annually held on Louis Riel Day, is set for Monday, Feb. 17. The Town of Neepawa’s director of recreation, Nicole Cooper, said the event will have some of the same highlights as prev ious years, but she’s also hoping some locals will step up to add to the fun. Activities planned for this year so far include a pancake breakfast at ArtsForward from 9 to 11 am; then a number of activities will take place at the Flats, including a children’s obstacle course, family weiner roast and crafts; and at the Roxy Theatre, there will be an afternoon family movie. Cooper noted that the Town is hoping there will be even more added to the schedule in the weeks to come. “I would love to have either some organizations or individuals who would like to host an event, just to add to what’s already going on,” she expressed. She suggested things like a three-on-three hockey tournament, a snowman building competition or something new and ori-


Last year, kids enjoyed the snowy obstacle course at the Flats during the Winter Wonderland Festival on Louis Riel Day.

ginal that the individuals or organizations would be willing to organize and run on the day. Not only is the Town of Neepawa open to activity organizers and volunteers, t hey are a lso look ing for monetary donations to help offset the costs. “Financial support from anybody who is willing to

give would be welcome,” Cooper said. “In order to keep it a free day for all, we need the support of the community.” Anyone who would like to help out with the Winter Wonderland Festival can contact Cooper at the Town of Neepawa office by email at

JANUARY 10, 2020

Travel & Entertainment


Langford Neepawa Winter Park busy over the holidays


The Winter Park, located east of Neepawa, was bustling with activity throughout the holidays. Families and friends, from two weeks old to over 75, took advantage of the great weather and enjoyed snowshoeing, skiing and tobogganing. The toboggan hill was in constant use. A new berm, built by Pat Baker, provided a slalom type course for the tobogganers and inner tubes were provided by KK Penner. The warming cabin provided a comfortable spot for snacks or meals.  Folks using the cross country ski trails were able to view a variety of trail art as they skied.

January 10, 11 & 12 • SHOWTIME: 7:30 pm

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Three Ways to be a Friend of the Festival

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25.00 or more. If donation received before February 1, 2020, a program will be delivered before the festival. 1. Send a cheque to: NDFAF Box 547, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 2. Donate in person at Arts Forward. 3. Donate when you attend the festival sessions of your choice. Cheques must be payable to NDFAF or Neepawa and District Fine Arts Festival.

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Neepawa Legion #23


Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper Rating: PG

January 17, 18 & 19 • SHOWTIME: 7:30 pm

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Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

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Tundra by Chad Carpenter


The right answers


he upcoming leadership race for the Conservative Party of Canada will prove to be a fascinating political event. The generally liberal media can hardly wait to pounce on every word and facial expression spoken or displayed by the candidates. The ones who show themselves to be the most at odds with the mainstream media will suffer the worst. After all, we must realize that the CBC and their gaggle of mindless media followers are the real rulers of Canada. Any candidate who seeks their blessing will have to bow down at the alters of political correctness, mindless climate panic and untamed government spending. The easily offended will cause waves of outrage unless the candidates properly bow to the media’s wishes. Due to the short timeline (June 2020) and the high admission fee ($300,000), the field of leadership candidates will be restricted to those who can access money within the fairly restrictive rules. It certainly won’t be anywhere near the multimillion dollar insanity that exists in the United States and that is likely a good thing. So what should a prospective Conservative candidate say on the campaign trail? Here’s some questions that are likely to come up and a suggested response. Q. What is your stand on a woman’s right to choose? A. A woman has the right to make the decision to have an abortion, but it needs to be an informed decision. The number of abortions in Canada is dropping and that is a good thing. All abortions result in the death of a baby. All abortions have significant physical and emotional consequences for the mother, be it short term, long term or intermediate term. No woman should ever feel pressured to have an abortion. Anyone who objects to abortion by harassing or demonstrating are short-sighted and misguided and should devote their money and efforts towards supporting women who decide to birth their babies and may need various kinds of help. It neepawa

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Ken Waddell should also be noted that there is no term limit in Canada for an abortion and when term limits were voted on at the CPC Montreal convention, they were defeated 50.5 per cent to 49.5 per cent. (I know, I was there). Q. Where do you stand on same sex marriage? A. If people want to get married, they have the legal right to do so in Canada. If a faith-based group chooses to not sanction certain marriages (same sex, divorced etc.), then they should have the right to do so. Marriage is a faith based sacrament and shouldn’t even be required to be licensed or approved by the government anyway. Q. But what is your personal view on these issues? A. My personal view is just that, my personal view. If a question comes up for a vote in parliament, I will vote according to the wishes of the majority of my voters. If my personal view can’t come along side on a particular issue, I will tell my voters why I made a decision and let them decide if they want to reelect me in spite of our difference of opinion, if there is one. Q. What do you think about governments bailing out businesses such as SNC Lavalin and Bombardier? A. As a Conservative, I don’t believe that governments should bail out businesses and if elected, I would work towards phasing out any and all government bail-outs and subsidies. Q. Do you believe in climate change? A. Yes, I do. The climate has always been changing. Western Canada was once covered by glaciers

(and lakes) and now ranges from farm land to deserts. Carbon dioxide is not harmful to the environment, but is essential for plant growth, which in turn is essential for the release of oxygen into the atmosphere. Without carbon dioxide, we don’t have plants, so both the meat eaters and vegetarians die of starvation. Q. Don’t you believe in cleaning up the environment? A. For sure I do. We need to have good environmental regulations and an excellent recycling program, neither of which we have right now. Q. Where do you stand on First Nations issues? A. The First Nations communities were messed over badly in the last two centuries. The Indian Act needs to be abolished. First Nations people need to be deeded the land their houses are on and if they want to stay, great. If they want to move on, they should be allowed to sell. Until all people are able to own their own homes if they wish to do so, there will continue to be huge social problems. Owning a home, a farm or a business is essential to maintaining our economy. Those are the answers Conservative leaders should be able to speak out and if they do, they stand a chance of getting elected. If they can’t or won’t speak out these answers, they are only Liberals in costume. Disclaimer: The writer serves as a volunteer chair of the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association. The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the MCNA board or Banner & Press staff.

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Special delivery

f your parcel of gifts arrived in time for Christmas, you’ll know that Canada Post has made parcel delivery its priority. It’s not surprising, the internet has forced almost every business to reevaluate how and where it makes its money. It’s clear that parcel shipping is where Canada Post’s growth will come from. Between 2017 and 2018, overall volumes were down almost 4 per cent, with only domes- MY tic parcels (10.9 PERSPECTIVE per cent) and overall parcels (21.7 per cent) showing gains. This trend has Kate continued into Jackman-Atkinson 2019 and in their Q3 report, Canada Post says, “There were no significant changes to our strategy during the third quarter of 2019. We remain focused on growing our Parcels line of business by supporting Canadians’ changing postal needs and ensuring we meet our service commitments.” While the corporation noted that their Parcels line of business grew by $22 million in the third quarter of 2019, this growth was less than the declines in revenue from their core Lettermail ($49 million) and Direct Marketing ($14 million) lines of business. This year, Canada Post was expecting its peak season to run from Nov. 11, 2019 to Jan. 12, 2020, to handle all the holiday shipping and returns. To meet this, the Crown Corporation hires more than 4,000 seasonal workers, doubles their transportation capacity, expands delivery to weekends and extends customer service hours, something we saw locally with the post office open until 7 for the week before Christmas Canada Post has been upfront about the importance it places on their parcel delivery line of business, in fact, their 2018 annual report noted their core strategy was to grow the business by being the country’s parcel delivery leader. It’s a good strategy– focus on what you can grow and don’t worry about the rest. Canada Post has a monopoly on the door to door delivery of lettermail across Canada, so they don’t have to work very hard to protect that side of their business. And if every piece of mail has to be handled and sorted, it makes sense to be paid $20 or more for a parcel, than about $1 for a letter. The problem is that this philosophy is gutting the lettermail side of their business. As the Christmas crush ramped up, and the post office was open later, first class mail was days behind. On Friday, Dec. 20, we at the Neepawa Banner & Press finally got the mail that hadn’t arrived Wednesday or Thursday. And on Tuesday, Dec. 24, mail from Friday, Monday and Tuesday finally made it into our box. We aren’t the only business that was waiting days on cheques and other documents to arrive. Certain types of parcels ship with a guaranteed delivery date, the same isn’t true for other products. It isn’t just letter customers that are getting the short end of the stick. Other mailing customers, such as subscription newspapers, were slow to arrive. These are customers that week in, week out pay postage and in many rural communities, are among their local post office’s largest customers. Canada Post should turn a profit and it’s clear that parcels are the only place they’re seeing growth. However, it’s a shortsighted plan that sees them focus on parcel delivery at the expense of everyone else. Customers have options and its easier to keep a customer than get a new one; lettermail customers can (and are) increasingly moving toward receiving their bills and making their payments online. These customers won’t come back. Direct mailing customers can move to other delivery methods. Parcel customers are spoiled for choice, not just from Purolator, which is 91 per cent owned by Canada Post, but also the myriad of other national and regional services. Canada Post can decide its best plan for achieving profitability, but customers should know where they rank in priority.


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Looking ahead

ast week’s column was the first in a series of four New Year’s reflections. It was a look back at the highlights of my 2019. My hope was that, after reading last week’s column, you would take some time to recall your memories of the past year and thank God for his goodness to you and to those that you know and love. Now it is time to look ahead and to think about what we want to accomplish in 2020. My goal for this year and the remaining years of my life is: To use my time, talent and treasure as God directs and helps me, to add value to the lives of everyone I meet. In 1991, thanks to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Canadians became very familiar with this concept. Mulroney introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a levy patterned after the Value Added Tax (VAT) currently paid in many European countries. Both taxes are applied at


FAITHFULLY YOURS Neil Strohschein every level of the manufacturing, wholesale, retail and service industries. For example, the factory that takes a sheet of aluminum and turns it into pop cans adds value to the raw material that was used. So do the factories that paint product labels on the outsides of the cans, the factories that fill them with pop, the truckers who deliver the canned pop to retail stores and the retailers who sell them to us. Every step in the process adds value to the raw materials, so every step is taxed. Now– how does this concept apply to ordinary people like you and me? We add value to the lives of others whenever we do something for them that improves their quality of life, brightens their day, encourages them or makes

their lives easier. For example, I know of several elderly folk who never have to worry about getting their driveways and sidewalks cleared of snow in the winter or getting their lawns cut in the summer. They have loving neighbours, family or friends who do this for them. They don’t charge for their services and would be offended if people offered to pay them. Their acts of kindness add incredible value to the lives of those who benefit from them. Sometimes, a simple “thank you” can have the same effect. Front line service providers rarely hear from those who appreciate their work. If someone isn’t happy, they will hear about it immediately. But if someone stops by their place of work, sends a text, email or calls them on the phone to

say “thank you for a job well done,” it will often provide them with the motivation they need to keep working in a difficult and often thankless position. By offering a simple “thank you,” we can add great value to their lives. These are two examples of a concept that the ancient Biblical writers encouraged us to follow. They used the word “edify,” which means “to build up, strengthen or encourage.” We “edify” others when we do things for them that they can’t do for themselves; when we thank them for a job well done or when we take time away from our work to help a colleague work through a work problem that he or she is having a hard time solving. I would encourage us all to make this coming year one in which, through our words and actions, we seek to add value to the lives of others. Our world has far too many critics. We need people who will tell us what we’re doing right and urge us to keep doing it.

Made me think

had picked up a daughter at the airport and the next day, we had driven to Carman. As we were heading home, she remarked, “I never knew you were a storyteller.” Thankfully, it was dark and the expression on my face went undetected. Didn’t know that I was a storyteller? She was quick to add– “you’re a very good one.” I was stuck on her not knowing I am a storyteller. Fixated, rea l ly. These chats I have with all of you, every week, is storytelling. The ref lections I deliver every Sunday is storytelling. Then I got to thinking. This daughter left home for Grade 10, and other than for holidays or brief periods of time, didn’t live at home. When at home, there were always other people present and she and her father had a wonderful close relationship. I didn’t


figure largely in her life. Don’t misunderstand, we are close and love each other deeply, haven’t spent a great deal of time with just the two of us. And that’s okay. This last visit would be one of the first times it was just the two of us, with time to talk of mice and men. Figuratively, not literally. The other point that I considered was that Ed loved to tell stories and in many situations, I was his wing man, setting the stage for him to regale those gathered with pitiful jokes and real life stories. The exchange in the car, a perfect place to talk, was an eye-opener, for both of us.

This summer, I had the opportunity to meet with a young couple. During the conversation, I mentioned to the young woman that sometimes men have difficulty talking about what is important to them. It helps to set the stage and open the conversation and then listen as much for what isn’t being said as for what is being said. Understanding me fully, she met my gaze and replied, “I don’t mind if he doesn’t talk, as long as he listens.” She did not mean that he had to obey, to be compliant, but that what she needed to say would be received with respect. It was one of those titbits in a conversation that

could have slipped away unnoticed, but it stuck with me. Sticks with me. How much gentler our world would be if we were heard, if our heart’s cry was heard and respected. It’s strikes me as odd, these nuggets that I cherish. I have many conversations in the course of a week, each one a gift, and somehow, these two simple statements linger and provoke more contemplation. In turn, I wonder which words I have uttered, in jest or in anger, or in sharing, that have struck a deep cord in my listener. I have a bit of a twisted sense of humour, a survival technique, and there have been times my expressions have been less than stellar. Some haunt me to this day and there are some of which I am quite proud. May the words for which I am remembered be gentle, kind and encouraging.



By Addy Oberlin


he Christmas holidays are over and schools have started again. For many, it is a relief to be back into a regular routine. When I was getting in touch with my sons in B.C. by telephone, I made a promise that I would phone them once a month. They do not have time to get to me on Facebook and I was amazed how many things had happened in their life that I was not aware of. They would not bother Mom about it. It made me realize how important our children are to us. They were God given and even when they are adults, we need to keep in touch with them so we can pray for them and their needs and rejoice with them when they have victories in their life. It is the responsibility of us, as parents, to bring our children and their families daily before the Lord. May we say at the end of each day, “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (Colossians 1:3).

Letters Practice peacemaking

Lenora Buffi addressed a number of important issues in her letter to the editor [in the Jan. 3, 2020 edition of the Banner & Press]. Her concern that a government should respect all viewpoints and individuals rights is very timely. Currently, it appears that if a group is very vocal, organized and has a good PR budget, their views take precedent. When one considers history and how long it took to abolish slavery, give women the right to vote, recognize the serious consequences of tobacco and begin dealing with Indigenous issues, it is obvious that a healthy society needs varying view points. As mass protests and violence grows, it is also critical that as a society, we consider how to treat those with opposing views. I think that our best example is from the teachings of Jesus. He repeatedly said we are to love our enemies and do good for them (ex. Luke 6:27). It did not mean He agreed with them, as He regularly would say “go and sin no more” (ex. John 5:14). Hopefully, each of us will practice peacemaking in the situations where we have opposing views. Muriel Gamey Neepawa, MB

Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to Dave and Lois L eb out i l l ier, M a rk a nd A ng ie Leboutillier and Tom Kruzer on their awesome Christmas light displays! Great to see every year. Garth & Darlene Hunter Neepawa, MB

Thumbs up and thank you to all the renters for keeping the Glenvilla Seniors building in immaculate condition. Very much appreciated. The Glenvilla Seniors Glenella, MB Would you like to send a thumbs up or thumbs down to an individual or group in the community? Please send it our way. Submissions must include a name and must be under 100 words. We want to hear from you! In person: 243 Hamilton St. Neepawa By fax: 204-476-5073 By email:


Helen Drysdale out of helen’s kitchen

Root vegetables

I try to eat seasonal and local products, so root veggies are great in the winter. Since most root vegetables have an impressive nutrient value, enjoy them as a delicious part of a healthy diet.

Turnip casserole 6 cups peeled and 1/2 tsp. pepper diced turnips 1/2 cup cream 1 Tbsp. brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1/2-1 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1/2 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. melted butter Cook turnips in lightly salted water. When cooked, drain and mash. Add sugar, nutmeg, salt, pepper, cream and the eggs. Mix thoroughly and put into a buttered casserole dish. Toss the crumbs and butter together and sprinkle on top. Bake at 375°F for 50-60 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Makes 6-8 servings. Carrot ginger slaw 3 cups shredded carrots 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. oil 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1-2 Tbsp. minced, 1/2 cup dried cranberries fresh ginger Dressing: 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup pineapple juice dash of pepper 2 Tbsp. honey 1 Tbsp. fresh, chopped 1 Tbsp. lemon juice parsley (optional) In a bowl, add the vegetables and cranberries. Mix the dressing ingredients together and add to the bowl of vegetables and stir. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

AMM welcomes new executive director


Denys Volkov is the new executive director of the AMM.

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) has started the new decade with some new leadership. Following an extensive search, the AMM board of directors announced, effective Jan. 1, 2020, Denys Volkov will take over as the organization’s new executive director. Volkov replaces outgoing executive director Joe Masi, who retired in December, after 20 years with the AMM. A new challenge Prior to joining the AMM in 2011, Volkov had previously worked in the mayor’s office at the City of Winnipeg. His resume also includes notable

tenures with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, North America’s Corridor Coalition (NASCO) and the Winnipeg-Kansas City Economic Partnership Agreement. Since joining the Association, Volkov has served as the director of advocacy and communications. He noted to the Banner & Press that his work over the past eight years in that role has prepared him well for this new challenge. “I’m very much looking forward to stepping into this new role within the AMM. I’ve been working in the sector for over 14 years here in Manitoba and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with all of the municipalities in Manitoba,” said Volkov. Looking ahead As for the expectations for 2020, Volkov stated that the AMM will continue speaking out on behalf of every municipality, on issues such as the provincial sales tax and long term predictable funding. “One level of government should not tax the other. That is and will continue to be a priority for the AMM in our advocacy efforts,” said Volkov.

Central School memories By Rick Sparling Neepawa Banner & Press

Fred Gutoski remembers that the playground was comparatively small considering the lot the school stood on. He recalls the older boys would hit baseballs up on the roof and every once in a while, the caretaker would toss them down and there would be a mad scramble for them. When the recess bell rang, everyone ran to the ball field and “took a base,” or a position, to begin a game of rotation. If the younger kids ever got a base, the older boys would just push them off and they would have to go out in the field. Rotation was, for example, if you got first base as soon as the batter was out,

you would move to pitcher, then catcher and then at bat. They played at recess and during lunch time, when there was time. Everybody had a bag of marbles and most of the holes were dug on the south side of the school, as that was the warmest place to play in September and October. Most players used a ball bearing plunker and tried to knock other marbles into the hole. A cat's eye was a very popular marble, being usually made of green and blue swirls that did look like the eye of a cat. Fred remembers the 15 or 20 foot steel slide on the southwest side, right against the property line. When the country kids stayed for lunch, they got free hot chocolate, which

was great on a cold winter's day. He recalls there was a furnace room and boys' and girls' washrooms near by. On the top floor, there was a gymnasium and a theatre with a stage. They sang songs there and the teacher, Miss Dalgleish, used her conductor's baton (stick) at times for more than conducting, if someone hit a sour note. Fred also remembers the bigger boys bullying him at the water fountain, but that stopped after a “growth spurt”, when he became a little closer in size to the older boys. He mentioned that sometimes, when a fight broke out on the playground, Mr. McAmmond would bring the two combatants inside, where he kept a couple

of pairs of boxing gloves. The big puffy gloves that wouldn't cause too much damage and yet allow some steam to be blown off. One other thing that Fred recalls is that when someone was about to be strapped, that everyone had to put their heads down on their desks and keep them there. Anyone caught lifting up would be in for a similar fate. One of the footwear items popular back in Fred's school days was a pair of felt boots that had a removable rubber on the bottom. The felt part went right up to the knees. He used to remove the rubbers and slide along the floor for quite a distance and then approach someone and just touch them. A shocking experience for sure.

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1980: Compact operator house installed at Neepawa 110 years ago, Tuesday, January 17, 1910 Milling companies and commissionmen are satisfied with the Grain Grower’s proposals for government elevators. 100 years ago, Friday, January 9, 1920 Quebec health and safety authorities have ordered an absolute quarantine against visitors from Ontario as a safeguard against smallpox. Meighen’s cossacks raided the Alberta university and seized some books belonging to students. And a Calgary student was jailed for having a prohibited book in his possession. Did the Czar or the Kaiser ever beat this? 90 years ago, Friday, January 10, 1930 Modern cameras have been invented that can take a picture of an object that is beyond the power of the human eye to see. 80 years ago, Tuesday, January 9, 1940 Field Marshal Goering has taken over the direction of the entire Nazi war industry. Unity Freeman-Mitford, British friend of Hitler, was sent home last week. She claims she did not know a war had started. The 10,002-ton British liner Dunbar Castle was split in half by a terrific explosion after hitting a German mine Tuesday off [the] British east coast while outward bound in a convoy. The same day, the Nazi planes bombed or machine gunned 11 British or neutral vessels.


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40 years ago, Thursday, January 10, 1980 [A] compa c t C N R operator’s house is to replace the spacious station house in Neepawa that will be closing its door Jan. 11, as previously announced by CN officials. The building will be used by the operator to copy train orders for both CP and CN, according to Neepawa operator Al Crosson. This structure, measuring approximately 10 feet by 8 feet, is also expected to accommodate at least two members of a train crew, and possibly a crew from each line. The building is situated at the junction of the CN-CP spur line and the CP track in Neepawa. Crosson said CN officials had toured the facility this week and will be discussing an alternate setup for the operator and train crews.


This compact CNR operator’s house was ready to replace the station house (now the Beautiful Plains Museum) that would be closing its doors on Jan. 11, 1980. The building was used by the operator to copy train orders for both CP and CN, according to Neepawa’s operator at the time, Al Crosson. The building measured 10 feet by 8 feet and was expcted to also accomodate at least two members of a train crew, and possibly a crew from each line. The building was situated at the junction of the CN-CP spur line and the CP track in Neepawa. Pictured locking up the building is relief operator Stacy Ellis.



60 years ago, Tuesday, January 12, 1960 A fairyland of beauty greeted early risers Sunday when a bright sun shone on

50 years ago, Thursday, January 1, 1970 N e w Ye a r ’ s E v e celebrations to mark the opening of Manitoba’s C e n t e n n i a l Ye a r a t McCreary promise to be one of thee most colorful events in the province… On top of Mount Agassiz, which is 2,025 feet above sea level and 1,200 feet above the level of the village of McCreary, Manitoba Hydro has installed lighting on a 25-foot high live spruce tree. It is decorated with 250 lights and one large light at the very top. Dusk to dawn lights are being used to light up the base of the hill and a parade will be completed with a grand finale.

computer failures and power outages failed to materialize as Neepawa and area rang in the year 2000. “The utilities continue to function despite the calendar change,” said Neepawa council Utilities Committee chairman Bill Stilwell. “All is well.” … In case of widespread power out ages, t he Yellowhead Centre and Legion would have been used as temporary shelters. Generators were lined up to supply power to both buildings. Residents of East View Lodge and hospital patients would have remained where they are, since both buildings have generator backup. However, Man itoba Hyd ro pled g ed Y2 K compliance, and the utility lived up to its claim.

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Something new has joined the arts scene at Neepawa’s ArtsForward– cooking! The gallery’s kitchen has been licensed for commercial use since approximately 2012, but in 2017, the not-forprofit organization got its kitchen listed as an official Community Kitchen with Manitoba Agriculture. This allows ArtsForward to rent its kitchen to food entrepreneurs, giving them a legal and licensed place to make their products. However, until recently, the kitchen was only seeing single use rentals. Now, all that has changed, as two new businesses are officially getting a jump start at ArtsForward! Rrain Prior, Director of Programming at ArtsForward, noted that she is happy that people are able to take advantage of the facility’s space in this way. “As a local, communityfocused organization, we are really in support of local businesses and start-ups, and in addition to that, I think the culinary arts are a creative process too and we’re always open to supporting the community in that way,” said Prior. “The partnership goes both ways, because when a small business rents our facility for these sorts of operations, the money goes right back into supporting our other arts and community programming as well. Because there is a separation between our gallery space and our kitchen space, we’re able to do this without it conflicting with our mandate to support visual arts and artists.” Prior added, “And on a personal note, the building smells amazing all the time now. It’s hard to come in here and not want to taste test some of the things going on in the kitchen.” Vego’s Kitchennette The first business to get started at ArtsForward was Vego’s Kitchennette– owned and operated by Catherine Cortez Vego and her husband, Oliver de Juan Vego. Catherine Vego specializes in making Filipino delicacies, such as leche and ube flans, ube halaya, yema and ube yema cheese cakes, eggpies, sapin sapin, cassava cake and more. Catherine wasn’t always in the baking business. Living in the Philippines, she graduated from the University of Pangasinan, after which she worked at a bank in the loan department, held a production supervisor position twice at two different


Pictured left, from closest to furthest: Catherine Cortez, Cyrus, Janell, Oliver de Juan and Korin, and Karel Vego. Above: Pictured here is a leche flan, one of the Filipino delicacies offered by Vego’s Kitchennette.

manufacturing companies, was a call centre agent and accountant in Makati, Philippines and was a leadership manager once. However, she loved to cook. This enjoyment only amplified when the Vegos moved to Canada. Catherine noted that the appreciation and satisfaction shown on her husband’s and kids’ faces when they ate her food was really overwhelming. After moving to Canada, especially while her kids were away at school, Catherine filled her downtime by baking and cooking foods. Then, when her family returned home tired from their days, they would be happy to see a table full of the foods they love. “I was inspired by my family itself because we love to eat, and we miss home, so I didn’t notice that I kept doing it every time,” Catherine explained. “Even my husband was very happy when he got home from work.” Then, one day, Catherine and Oliver got talking

about business. That’s when Oliver proposed the idea of trying to make this cooking a serious business. The pair tested the waters, and the results came back positive. “People loved it, they kept coming and requesting different kinds of food,” Catherine relayed. “And through word of mouth, there were a lot lot more coming. So, since we tried the market and [got a positive response], we [decided

on] starting it as a legal business.” Unexpected response Catherine and Oliver took the next step and completed all legal requirements on Nov. 19, 2019. Then, on Nov. 22, the owners and management of Neepawa’s Shop Easy agreed to carry some of the products that Vego’s Kitchenette offers. Shortly after, on Nov. 25, Catherine and Oliver began

baking at ArtsForward. “I delivered some of my best seller products to Shop Easy and we were very surprised because the response of the people was very unexpected,” Catherine enthused. “Everything was sold in just 2 1/2 days, so I needed to refill [the stock]. It was amazing! We’re very happy for the support and trust that was given to us. We love serving people.” Goods from Vego’s

Kitchenette are available exclusively at Neepawa’s Shop Easy, with some products available only through pre-order. Pre-orders for any products Vego’s offers are welcome, however, customers are asked to give at least one day’s notice, due to kitchen availability. When sharing thoughts on the future, Catherine relayed that, at least for the moment, Vego’s Kitchenette is focussing on the present. “We are blessed that God is always with us and guided us, so, in that case, we’re happy and we want to focus on it,” said Catherine. “ We have a goal to do more, and we will make a good plan for everything until such time that everything will be possible and fall into place. If God’s permits of what we are aiming for, we will embrace it with a clean heart, mind and soul to prosper and share to everyone.” Catherine Cortez Vego can be contacted via email at or via phone at 204-212-1167. Information about the second business– Keyk Atbp.– will appear in a future edition of the Neepawa Banner & Press.

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The McCreary Mustangs capped off a dominant weekend on the ice with an impressive win in the final of the Neepawa Minor Hockey Tournament of Champions. The Mustangs upended the Killarney Stars in the championship game on Sunday, Jan. 5, in overtime, by the score of 6-5. With the victory, McCreary was a perfect 4-0-0 in tournament games. Tryp Klassen led the way for the Mustangs in the championship game, registering a hat-trick and a pair of assists, including the game winner in overtime. Meanwhile, Reese Scott scored a pair and Easten Turko added one more for McCreary. For the host team, the Neepawa Natives Atoms, they’d start off the weekend with a matchup against the

team was competiCarberry Plainstive out on the ice, men on Friday, but that ultimately, Jan. 3. At the end the best team from of regulation, it the whole weekend was Carberry who won it all. came away with “It was a cool a well earned 7-5 thing, the Tourwin. Jack Polasek nament of Chamcarried the load pions. It’s been gofor the Plainsing on forever and men, scoring four Neepawa always goals and adding usually puts on a an assist. Rylan good show and this Sedor added two year was no excepgoals and Jordan tion. It’s good to see Knox notched the the two best teams other. On Neefrom the weekend pawa’s side, Wyatt PHOTO BY EOIN DEVEREUX Njegovan had five The McCreary Mustangs defeated the Killarney Stars in the final of the in the final and points (3 goals - Annual Neepawa Minor Hockey Atom Tournament of Champions on they gave us quite an entertaining 2 assists). Carter Sunday, Jan. 5. game,” said CamCruickshanks and eron. “McCreary has got a A great weekend Luke Nicholson had the and centre once again on After the conclusion of great hockey program and other goals for the home the game sheet for Neeside. pawa, with two goals and the final game, Neepawa should be congratulated The next day, Neepawa an assist. Carter Cruick- coach Landon Cameron for their win. It was well was back at it with a game shanks had the other goal. noted that although the host deserved.” Cameron also praised all versus the Russell Rams. There would be one final team was not able to win The Rams would prevail game for Neepawa on the weekend, the team still the parents and volunteers by the score of 5-3. Much Sunday, a 7-4 defeat to the had an incredible effort that and other minor hockey like in the weekend opener, Waywayseecappo Atom everyone should be proud of. league teams who worked He added that every single hard off the ice to make the Wyatt Njegovan was front Wolverines.

weekend run smoothly. He singled out Trish Phinney and Ashley Plett, who were part of the tournament’s organizing committee, for doing a fantastic job. “A tournament like this doesn’t happen without a lot of volunteer work and somebody taking charge. Kudos to Trish Phinney and Ashley Plett and all the people who have helped to make this weekend a great success,” Cameron said. The annual Tournament of Champions featured a half dozen teams from across the province, playing a total of 10 games over the span of three days in Neepawa.

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Game results Saturday, Jan. 4

Neepawa 4-3 OT Swan Valley

First period 18:12 NEEP Lapointe (4) ASST: Bremner (11), Marshall (8) Second Period 14:13 SWAN Cardinal (13) ASST: Schroder (20), Lanthier (8) Third Period 07:26 SWAN Carl (17) ASST: Beerman (22), Schroder (21) PP 12:45 NEEP Highet (9) ASST: Connor Smith (4), Morrison (11) 14:50 NEEP Lieffers (14) PP Unassisted 16:18 SWAN Betcher (5) ASST: Fortner (3), Jebamani (19) Overtime 01:54 NEEP Connor Smith (4) ASST: Konnor Carlson (6) Scoring 1 2 3 OT Total PP SWAN 0 1 2 0 3 1/6 NEEP 0 0 0 1 4 1/4 Goaltenders SWAN- Foucher 30/34 saves (L), NEEP - Davis 32/35 saves (W) Attendance: 240 at Centennial Arena

Saturday, Jan. 5

Steinbach 3-1 Neepawa

First period 01:52 STEIN Mole (9) Unassited 18:32 STEIN Neill (9) ASST: Mole (5), Graham (17) PP Second Period 00:43 NEEP Morrison (4) ASST: Lieffers (20), Carlson (7) PP Third Period 12:41 STEIN Naaykens (15) Unassited Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP STEIN 0 0 0 0 0/0 NEEP 0 0 0 0 0/0 Goaltenders NEEP- Green 28/31 saves (L) STEIN - Lenz 24/25 saves (W) Attendance: 296 at Yellowhead Arena

Club 55 Bowling Jan. 3: Ladies’ High Single: Eleanor Scott 191. Ladies’ High Triple: Barb Grumpelt 532. Men’s High Single & Triple: Doug Pettigrew 268 & 736. Other Scores to Note: Josie Chemerika 173; Barb Grumpelt 182, 188, 162; Len Pritchard 182, 216; Don Denoon 205, 171; Lawrence Smith 195, 169; Doug Pettigrew 226, 242; Judy Gabler 166; Vivian Oswald 164, 184, 152; Janice Absteiter 169; Frank Porada 284, 193, 168; Jim King 165, 191; Pauline Hailstone 154, 187; Bob Lychak 162, 171, 245; Darrell Gabler 173, 203; Carole LeBoutillier 153, 170; Bev Chapski 159, 182, 150; Gail McGregor 178, 174; Doreen Smith 171, 176.

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THHL scoring Leading scorers (THHL) 1. Rylee Zimmer (Bois) 2. Devon LeBlanc (Bois) 3. Matt Varnes (MacG) 4. Zeanan Ziemer (Bois) 5. Jesse Toth (Glad)

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Neepawa Natives are back on the ice after a two week break in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) schedule. Neepawa’s return was in Swan River on Saturday, Jan. 4, and ended with a 4-3 win in overtime over the Swan Valley Stampeders. Neepawa’s Jaeger Lapointe opened the scoring late in the first period with a deflection into the back of the net. Midway through the second period, Swan Valley would tie things off a tip from forward Tommy Cardinal, for his 13th goal of the season. Both teams would go back-and-forth in the third, with a pair of goals each. First, Nathan Carl scored at 7:26, giving Swan Valley its first lead of the night. Will Highet replied with his ninth of the year at the 12:45 mark. That was quickly followed by Eli Liefers scoring on the power-play chance, giving Neepawa the lead once again. Stampeders defencemen Jackson Betcher would tie it up with 3:42


Neepawa Natives goaltender Dawson Green makes a stop during a game against the Steinbach Pistons on Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Yellowhead Centre.

remaining in regulation, forcing overtime. Connor Smith closed out the evening as an overtime hero for Neepawa, scoring at 1:54 into the extra period. Goaltender Michael Davis notched the win for the Natives with a 32 save effort. The victory was the seventh of the season for Neepawa. Showdown with Steinbach Neepawa’s f irst home

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Garett Rempel and Robby Moar led the scoring barrage for the Neepawa Farmers on the way to a 6-2 win over the Souris Elks on Saturday, Jan.3. Rempel scored three goals and added an assist, while Moar chimed in with a pair of goals and assists as well, by the end of regulation. The pair did the most damage in the second period, scor-

ing three of the four goals in that 20 minute span for Neepawa. Ward Szucki added the other with a short handed marker late in the second. The win improved the Farmers’ regular season record to 7-5-0 and pushed them into second place in the Tiger Hills Hockey League (THHL) East Division. Bombers cool Jets It was a penalty filled night in Minnedosa on Saturday, Jan. 4, between the

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game of 2020 was on Sunday, Jan. 5 against the Steinbach Pistons. While the Natives would put in a solid 60 minute effort, they simply couldn’t overcome the skill and speed of the Steinbach roster, falling 3-1. Tanner Mole, Max Neill and Ty Naaykens each had a goal for the Pistons, while Brady Morrison tallied the only goal for the home side. Pistons goaltender Matt Lenz stopped the other 24

of 25 shots he faced on the night, for his league-leading 19th win of the year. The loss left Neepawa’s regular season record at 7-28-1-2, good enough for 17 points on the season and 11th place in the standings. The next home game for Neepawa is set for Friday, Jan.10, against the OCN Blizzard. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Yellowhead Arena.

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Bombers and the Wawanesa Jets. A combined 61 minutes were assessed in the game, which proved to be a bit chippy. In between the penalties, a few goals were scored, with Minnedosa ending up with one more than Wawanesa, allowing them to claim victory at the end of the night. Wes Lewis, Russ Huyghe and Kelly Stinson scored for the Bombers, on the way to a 3-2 win.

Gladstone beat Melita The Gladstone Lakers had everything under control relatively early in their showdown against the Melita Bisons. The Lakers scored the first four goals of the game, including three within the first 8:28 of the opening period. Jesse Toth generated a hat trick for Gladstone over the course of the game, while Karl Beaulieu and Tyler Morwick notched the other goals for the Lakers (6-6-0. 12 pts).


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Carberry builders return from the Philippines By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press Ten young Carberry men with German ancestry, returned home Dec. 20, after nearly three weeks in the Philippines, building an orphanage. For four Fast brothers: Markus, Thomas, Denis and Kevin; three Hoffmann brothers: Rubin, Stefan and Phillip; Sam Scherf ling, Matthias Winkler and Genadi Prudnikov, “It was the experience of a lifetime.” “It was quite a shock initially,” stated Markus (27). “The weather was crazy hot (+40°C) and humid and the food was mainly rice with some chicken and fruit. I lost a lot of weight. We only had cold water to shower, as there was a shortage of electricity.” They do have Tim Horton’s and Pizza Hut.


Pictured above and right: Carberry builders were hard at work constructing an orphanage in the Philippines.

The eldest Fast brother, who helps support an orphan in the Philippines, was able to meet him. “He is a four year old boy named after myself and my wife,

Here and there

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- Carberry hosted its third annual goaltenders clinic Dec. 30 to 31 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) with 26 goalies coming from The Pas, Swan River, Portage, Brandon, Killarney and Carberry. Head instructors were Tyler Plante and Brian Elder of the Wheat Kings and four other clinicians. - Kelly Marnoch’s rink of Bart Witherspoon, Branden Jorgensen and Scott Crayston will play in the Ed Werenich Golden Ranch Classic Jan. 9 to 12 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Several top rinks, such as John Schuster, Jim Kotter and Kevin Koe, will participate. - Several churches are struggling to remain open due to a lack of parishioners and finances. Some have closed and some have been sold. This is not strictly a rural situation; urban churches have also been affected. In St. James, three large United Churches have amalgamated (Kirkfield Park, Silver Heights and Sturgeon Creek). The first two were sold for nearly $1 million and Sturgeon Creek was renamed Prairie Spirit. The urban real estate agents are anxious to develop the two church sites into living accommodations. - General Motors automobile plant in Oshawa, Ont. closed and moved to Mexico at the end of December. More than 2,600 employees have been laid off.

Markus and Erika.” “The traff ic was terrible, with many bicycles, motor bikes and jeeps with extended trunks, which drove like hell.”

All the Carberry guys are talented builders and took their working tools with them. Building tiles were used primarily for the orphanage.

The Canadians paid all their own expenses (travel, rent, and food), but did use their final two days to scuba dive, snorkel and sightsee.

After a 39 hour f light home, the young builders felt very good about their trip and realized how fortunate they are to live in Canada.

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tion, South West Cougars defeated Norman Wolves 5-2 at Carberry Saturday, Jan. 5. Four Carberry players are registered with the South West, including goaltender Carson Bjarnason, Nate Robson, Jaren Waldner and Nathan Dyck. The South West Cougars AAA Midgets play Parkland Rangers in Carberry Friday, Jan. 17. Carberrry players Luke Robson and Brayden Knox are with the AAA Midgets. Carberry’s Ben Saunderson collected three assists for Yellowhead Chiefs AAA Midgets in a 10-0 win over Norman Stars at Shoal Lake Friday, Jan. 3. The bantam A Tourna-

ment of Champions will be hosted at Carberry Jan. 9 to 12. Neepawa and Carberry are two of the 10 teams,

which includes Thompson and Estevan. Winner advances to Tournament of Champions in Brandon.

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B oi sseva i n Broncos blanked the GlenboroCarberry-Baldur Wildcats 4-0 in Turtle Town Friday, Jan. 4. In a cleanly played contest, with each team serving one minor infraction, the winners were ahead 1-0 and 2-0 at the intermissions. Next Westman high school league Wildcats games are in Glenboro Friday, Jan. 10 against undefeated Sandy BayGladstone Badgers and in Carberry, Saturday, Jan. 10 versus Deloraine-Hartney Colts. In bantam A A A ac-

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We would like to thank our family and friends for the Surprise 50th Wedding Anniversary party. Thank you for all the cards, gifts and well wishes. Thanks again to anyone who had a part in making this a special day. Vivian and John Livingston

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the Neepawa Hospital boardroom (downstairs), Thursdays, 7:30 pm _____________________ Arden Hall, cap. 255. Park, camping and sports facilities, rink, curling ice, kitchen and lounge. Call 204-368-2202 _____________________ Drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous can help. Meetings on Sat at 7 p.m. and Tues at 7 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 221 Hamilton St. Neepawa

We are looking for 8 experienced (2-3yrs.), seasonal applicants to work on a bee farm as an Apiary Technician in Neepawa, MB. 2 applicants from March 16 to October 16, 2020, 5 applicants from April 15 to Oct 16, 2020 & 1 applicant from April 15 to Nov 16, 2020. Must be able to work full time, including evenings & weekends. Duties include: unwrapping/wrapping, queen rearing, making nucs, feeding, medicating, supering, pulling honey, extracting crop, maintain/ assemble equipment, etc. Positions are physically demanding and must be able to handle heavy loads, work in a fast- paced environment with a combination of walking, standing, bending, crouching and kneeling for extended periods. Positions are mostly outdoors when hot & dusty, wet /damp. $14-17/hr for 40-65 hours/week. Benefits include: Workers comp. & vacation pay. Please mail resume to: Grysiuk Honey Farms Ltd., 30 Granada Cr., Wpg, MB. R2Y 0P8

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July 25, 1933 – Jan. 5, 2018 We thought of you today but that is nothing new We thought about you yesterday and days before that too We think of you in silence We often speak your name All we have are memories and your picture in a frame Your memory is our keepsake from which we will never part God has you in his arms We have you in our hearts

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Orville is survived by his children: Rob (Deb), Louise (Gary Oman), Rick, Randy (Marci), Judy (Len Stredick), Trevor (Angel), 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Orville also leaves behind his sister, Joan Bold. Orville was predeceased by his wife Mavis, parents Jack & Rebecca, sisters Louetta & Betty, in-laws Bob & Hazel Lumley, Lois Lilley, Melford & Betty Lumley, and Sherry Lumley; grandson Dwayne Oman and great grandson Ryan Besinque. Orville spent his retirement golfing, tending his garden and flower beds with his wife Mavis. He loved spending time with all his grandchildren and attending all their school and sporting events and organizing epic Easter egg hunts each year. Christmas was one of his favourite times of year. He loved to decorate his yard and traffic always slowed down to admire it. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Activity Dept. of the Erickson Personal Care Home. The funeral service was held on December 19, 2019 at the Erickson Legion Hall. Orville was laid to rest at The Bend Cemetery, Strathclair. Elgin Hall officiated. Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson was in care of the arrangements.

Corey Mitchell Stewart June 1, 1964 – January 2, 2020 Corey passed away at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is survived by his parents Allan & Elizabeth Stewart; brothers Dale (Gloria) and Kelvin (Carol); nieces, nephews, extended family and many close friends in Iqaluit.

Corey had a generous, outgoing lifestyle, which made him many close friends and acquaintances whom he considered his Northern Family.

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Orville was born on November 28,1928 in the RM of Langford, to Jack & Rebecca Halliday. He married Mavis Ione Lumley on October 3, 1952 at the United Church Manse in Minnedosa, Manitoba, and together they raised a family of 6 children in Onanole, Manitoba. Orville started work with the Warden Service at Riding Mountain National Park in 1955 and in 1960, he did a plumbing apprentice and eventually become the head plumber at the park. He retired in 1984, at the age of 55.


After working for a short time in the hospitality industry in Winnipeg, Corey moved up to Iqaluit, Nunavut in 1990, where he owned and operated an Inuit Art Gallery, moving company and lastly, a janitorial business, which he still operated at the time of his passing.

Obituary At 91 years of age, Orville Edward Halliday passed away at the Erickson Personal Care Home, on December 13, 2019.

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Eric William Schlamb Shortly after midnight on the 18th of December, 2019, surrounded with the love and comfort of “his girls”, our beloved Eric peacefully passed. Eric was born on March 28, 1951 in Gladstone, MB. Son of Frank and Ollie Schlamb and big brother to Pam (Foster). Eric’s early life was spent in Bear Creek, later moving to Gladstone. While attending school in Gladstone, Eric met his high school sweetheart, Diane. Together, they settled on a small acreage south of town. They were blessed with a beautiful family, including three daughters, several grandchildren and a life they loved. Eric owned his own business in Gladstone for 30+ years. He greatly enjoyed all the pleasures of small town living, as he could often be found uptown having coffee with the guys, tinkering in his shop, or taking a drive. Eric’s love for anything with a motor was evident throughout his entire life – taking great pride in his “special vehicles”. However, Eric’s pride and joy was always his children and his grandchildren After 36 years of a life together, Eric lost his sweetheart Diane. His world was shattered. But Eric was gifted another chance at happiness when he met Colleen. Together, they enjoyed many new adventures. Eric was fortunate to have Colleen by his side to support and comfort him through his courageous battles with cancer. Eric/Papa will be missed for his gentle heart, wise guidance and witty humour. Cherished forever by his family Billie-Jo (Shayne), Ava, Brett; Kelsey (Mike) Abbigayl, Cayden, Gavin, Ryder, Asher, Scarlett; Brittany (Chris), Adele; and Colleen. Remembered fondly by Evelyn, his siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who became family. Celebration of Life was held on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Stride Hall, Gladstone. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neepawa Palliative Care. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone~MacGregor

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Thank You We wish to thank the following places of business and their staff, who accepted donations on behalf of our fund raising project, “Light a memory bulb in honour of a loved one”: Neepawa Health Centre, It’s Time Fashion and Gifts, The Neepawa Banner & Press, Home Hardware, Harris Pharmacy and Neepawa Pharmacy. The contribution of time helped make this a very worthwhile fund raising project, raising $800.00. Thank you to Harris Pharmacy for allowing us to post the names of loved ones in their window. Thank you to those who purchased bulbs in memory of a loved one and to those who gave generous donations. This annual event helps to provide a warm glow during the holiday season. Thank you to the palliative care volunteers and committee members for your commitment to the program. A very special thank you to the Town work crew, who assemble and decorate our tree, and to the people who donate a tree every year. Your continued support and commitment is greatly appreciated. May you find peace and happiness in 2020 Neepawa and Area Palliative Care

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MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH CYPRESS-LANGFORD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on the following days: January 22 – January 28, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 am-4:30 pm at the following location 122 Main Street Carberry I will receive nominations for the offices of Ward 3 of the aforesaid Local Authority. The nomination deadline is January 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Nominations cannot be accepted after this day. All nominations shall be made in writing and shall be signed by at least twenty-five voters, or NOT less than 1% of the voters (whichever is the lesser) of the authority or ward (as the case may be), but in all cases by at least two voters. Each nomination shall also be accompanied by the candidate’s declaration of qualification. Nominations may be filed in person at the above location, on the date and hours specified, by an agent, or by fax. To obtain a nomination paper, and / or candidate’s declaration of qualification, contact the SEO at the telephone number listed below. Nomination papers not accompanied by the required documents and not properly filed shall be rejected. Tricia Zander SEO 204-834-6616 Fax Number: 204-834-6619 Dated at 122 Main Street Carberry MB January 6, 2020 MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH CYPRESS-LANGFORD PUBLIC NOTICE RE: Special Service by-law No. 1-2019 Repeal of Recreation Special Services By-law No. 6-2018 Special Service Plan No. 1/2018 Public notice is hereby given pursuant to subsection 318(1) of The Municipal Act that the Council of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford has scheduled a public hearing on: January 22, 2019 7:00 p.m. 316-4th Avenue (Municipal Office) Carberry, MB Council will hear any potential taxpayer who wishes to make representation, ask questions, or register an objection to By-law No. 1-2019 - Repeal of Special Services By-law No. 6-2018 (Plan No.1-2018). Council of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford is proposing to repeal Bylaw No. 6-2018 which authorizes an annual special services tax for recreation costs to be levied on the portioned assessment of all taxable, grantin-lieu and otherwise exempt properties excluding Class 51 (pipeline) and Class 52 (railway) within each recreation district (Edrans, Carberry, Langford, Wellwood and Brookdale-Oberon) in the Municipality of North CypressLangford. These recreational services will continue to be provided; however, council is proposing that these recreation costs starting in 2020 will be levied on the municipality’s whole portioned assessment – General Municipal mill rate (“At large” basis). Any objections, written or verbal, must be filed prior to the adjournment of the public hearing and must include the name, address and property description of the person filing the objection and the grounds of their objection. Copies of Special Service By-law No 1-2019 are available for review by any potential taxpayer from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday excluding holidays, at the municipal office at 316 4th Avenue, Carberry. Dated at Carberry, this 20th day of December, 2019. Trish Fraser Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of North Cypress-Langford


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The Opportunity: Amaranth Credit Union is looking for a Member Service Representative to join our team. Amaranth Credit Union is a modern financial institution. We are locally owned and operated, proudly serving our members since 1961. We have one branch that is located 2 hours north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Amaranth Credit Union is looking for a dynamic Member Service Representative to join our team. Responsibilities: • Provide members with a variety of services related to the promotion and sales of cash and non-cash related deposit products and services with courtesy and accuracy. • Processing members’ transaction, such as new accounts, deposit and withdrawals. • Respond to members’ inquiries and analyze needs

The Municipality of Ste. Rose invites written applications for the position of Nuisance Grounds Custodian. For further details, contact the Municipal Office. Applications to be received until the 21st day of January, 2020, at 12:00 Noon. Dated at Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, this 3rd day of January, 2020. Marlene Bouchard, CMMA Municipality of Ste. Rose P.O. Box 30 Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba R0L 1S0 Telephone No.: 1-204-447-2229 Fax No.: 1-204-447-2875 E-Mail No.:

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For Our Agro Department In Neepawa, MB The term would run from approximately late April to late August 2020. Duties would include field scouting for weeds, diseases and insects, filling out reports/contacting growers. Other duties may include, but are not limited to: soil testing, fertilizer blending, seed treating, chemical shed shipping/receiving, attending grower events and other general agro-related duties as assigned. Qualifications: • Efficient organizational skills; • Minimum Class 5 driver’s License; • Strong communication skills, both oral and written; • Ability to solve problems; • Agro background an asset • Applications may be eligible for the Student Development Program o Year 1 of a 2 year diploma program or year 2 of a degree program o Students are hired for summer employment and follow a training plan in preparation for department manager training o Upon graduation they return to complete the program as a full time trainee for a minimum of 2 years (or continuous CRS employment) at which point a percentage of the tuition could be reimbursed. Application deadline: when position filled We offer career advancement opportunities, competitive compensation, benefits package, company matched pension plan and learning/ development opportunities. If you would like to work with an established and progressive company, send a cover letter and resume to: Attention: Glenda Finkewich – Human Resource/Health & Safety Manager Email: Or mail to: Box 879, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Neepawa and Gladstone departments Reporting directly to Gas Bar/C-Store Manager, this position is exposed to all aspects of the Gas Bar/CStore and operates within approved budgets, policies and programs. The Manager Trainee works as an understudy of the Manager, completes on the job Cooperative Retail System (CRS) training, attends CRS training programs and learns on the job. The successful candidate will be responsible for learning aspects of the Gas Bar/C-Store department including but not limited to; sales, marketing, pricing, inventory control, merchandising, and staff management. Qualifications: • Career driven and willing to learn. • High standards in merchandising and customer service. • Strong leadership, and interpersonal skills. • Excellent supervisory and organizational skills. • Strong work ethic with a positive and ambitious attitude. • Possess sound management and decision making abilities. • Previous management experience would be an asset but not necessary. • Must be available to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings and weekends. Application Deadline: January 31, 2020 We offer career advancement opportunities, competitive compensation, benefits package, company matched pension plan and learning/ development opportunities. If you would like to build your future with an established and dynamic company please send a cover letter and resume to: Attention: Glenda Finkewich – Human Resource/Health & Safety Manager Email: Or mail to: Box 879, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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2019 marked 40th anniversary for McCain Foods in Manitoba Continued from Page 6 Over the past year, McCain Foods celebrated 40 years of continued operation and investment in Manitoba, together with employees, growers and neighbours in the Portage la Prairie and Carberry communities. From 2016 to 2019, McCain committed a $45 million capital investment in the Portage la Prairie facility and just over $30 million investment to the Carberry plant over the same time period, signaling confidence and commitment in the region. “Manitoba growers annually harvest

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Tender NOTICE OF TENDER Sealed tenders clearly marked “Building Demolition – 217 and 221 Second Avenue, McCreary, Manitoba” will be received by regular mail or delivery at: Municipality of McCreary P. O. Box 338 - 432 First Avenue McCREARY, Manitoba R0J 1B0 for the Demolition of all buildings, structures, and foundations upon 217 Second Avenue (Lot 12, Block 7, Plan 520) and 221 Second Avenue (Lot 11, Block 7, Plan 520), in McCreary, Manitoba. All material from all buildings or structures must be hauled away, all concrete foundations removed, any excavation back filled and leveled and with the sites to be left in a clean and safe condition. All work is required to be completed on or before October 31, 2020. Please submit your tender on a complete cost basis using the document which is available by contacting the Municipality of McCreary. SEALED TENDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE 12:00 NOON, JANUARY 31, 2020. To view the properties please contact (204) 835-2309 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Council of the Municipality of McCreary reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders as they may deem to be in the best interests of the Residents of the Municipality of McCreary. Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Wendy L. Turko, Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of McCreary Resolution #391/2019

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Garbage Bin Rentals Roll Off Bins We buy Scrap!

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Full dimension Corral Planks and Windbreak

Certified Batch Plant and Cement Trucks Concrete • Gravel Sales • Rebar Sales Custom Hauling

Irvin 204-476-6236

For all your residential and farm building needs

Firewood Sales Slabs $60/cord Cut and Split �� Round Wood


Woodlot Management

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IMPORTANT RECYCLING NOTICES GLASS will continue to be picked up by the Town the 1st Tuesday of each month. DO NOT PUT GLASS in your recycling cart. SHREDDED PAPER must be in a recyclable bag to be put in the cart. It cannot be loose. We appreciate your continued patience as we work through this new transition. Please watch social media and our website for updates and notifications. Town of Neepawa Box 339, 275 Hamilton St. Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Ph (204) 476-7600 ~ Fax (204) 476-7624 ~

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FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel Our people, perseverance, integrity, and exceptional partnerships have led HyLife to becoming Canada’s leading pork producer and global exporter of high quality pork products. The growing demand for our pork in Japan and China means we need exceptional people to help deliver our company vision. We have expanded our Neepawa facility to increase our overall production by 15% and in turn created new jobs throughout the company. As a Meat Cutter/Production Personnel you will be a critical member of our team in the creation of our world class product. Our positions range from working on our slaughter production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! With our wide variety of jobs, excellent people, and our drive for innovation you will certainly find a job that suits you! Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter and eviscerate hogs for further processing • Harvest and package edible offal • Process pork carcasses into primal cuts • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value added specifications for local, national and international premium markets • Carry out other tasks related to processing of meat for shipping to customers or storage • Sanitation

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Potable water delivery. Book your portable toilets!


F. KOZAK & SONS LTD. WE OFFER: • Redi-Mix Concrete & Concrete Pumping. • Sand, Gravel & Aggregate • Skid Steer & Equipment Rental • Snow removal



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People who will succeed as members of our team will: • Enjoy working in a fast paced, stable long term work environment • Appreciate working in a culturally diverse workplace. We employ people from all over the world! • Treat people with dignity and respect • Open to working in colder/warmer environments • Physically Fit • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset

Current starting wage is $14.85/hour plus $1.00 per hour perfect attendance incentive! Wage scale extends to $22.10 per hour We believe that our success is founded on the strength of our team. As such, we place a great deal of emphasis on attracting, developing and retaining good people, and consider every one of our employees to be a highly-valued member of the HyLife family. To that end, we are committed to providing a working environment that not only fosters personal growth, but also recognizes our employees’ contributions towards the common goal of our company’s success because of this HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at or email to or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted

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Neepawa Tourism partnering with Neepawa/Minnedosa Neepawa & District Chamber of Commerce Minor Hockey Day Continued from Page 1 “We are hoping that this award will encourage the businesses that are members of the Neepawa and District Chamber of Commerce to be active members of the community and promote a strong business economy that will benefit everyone,” Miller explained. “We would like to recognize businesses that go above and beyond for our community.” Neepawa Tourism update Another change going forward is the addition of Neepawa Tourism’s involvement in Chamber AGMs. “ We’re very pleased to be partnered with the Neepawa & District Chamber on the AGM, and just in general as well. Being a part of this night will give [Neepawa Tourism] a tremendous opportunity to update the community’s local business leaders on what we’ve been working on,” relayed Eoin Devereux, board chairperson for Neepawa Tourism. “There are a few very exciting projects we completed this past year that Neepawa Tourism, and the community itself, should be very proud of.”


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According to Devereux, a few more items are already being planned by the Neepawa Tourism Committee for 2020. Devereux and the Tourism committee are slotted to give a brief presentation at the Chamber AGM, which will outline all the details for 2020. Sharing closing remarks, Devereux said, “I hope that the local leaders of our business sector will come out to the festivities and learn just what Neepawa Tourism is trying to accomplish for our community.” Fitting in with the additional tourism theme, this year’s keynote speaker will be Linda Whitfield, vice president of Marketing and Communications for Travel Manitoba. All members of the Neepawa Chamber of Commerce and Neepawa Tourism are welcome to attend, advanced tickets required. Those wishing to attend the event can purchase tickets at the Chamber of Commerce office, which can be contacted at 204-476-5292 or info@neepawachamber. com. Ticket purchases are required in advance, as the Chamber must have a head count for the meal one week prior to the event.

Neepawa Minor Hockey

Hey Neepawa and Minnedosa friends, a special event has been schedule for Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa. The action packed day will feature five games between teams from the two minor hockey associations, with the Neepawa Novice Hawks playing the Minnedosa Bombers to start the day at 9:00 a.m. Other games include the HIPs versus Minnedosa, the Novice Natives playing the Bombers and the Atom boys and girls team. To cap off the festivities, things will

get a little more serious in the final game, which will showcase Tiger Hills Hockey League rivals, the Neepawa Farmers and Minnedosa Bombers. A free movie A big thanks to Rob Smith and Sons who have joined in on the fun! The Secret Life of Pets 2 will be playing at Neepawa’s Roxy Theatre at 2:20 p.m. Any player or anyone that purchased a game pass or day pass can get into the film for free. Everyone else is welcome for $2.00! Don’t miss out on an action packed day. Hope to see you on Saturday at the Yellowhead Centre.

Real Estate

Featured listing of the week

Gill & Schmall Agencies

Diane Martin 204-841-0932

Liz Sumner 204-476-6362

311-5th St, Neepawa. MLS#1929942, MLS#1929935 Two lots ready for construction! 33’x99’,fully serviced w/sewer, water, lane.

350 Adeliade Cres, Neepawa. MLS# 1908023, $269,900. Beautiful new build, 2 bdrms, ICF basement w/walkout. Dbl. Det. garage.

John Nelson 204-476-6719

Rodney White 204-841-4800


This week’s feature listing is located in Gladstone. Listed for $229,900, this acreage and home features a three bedroom, two bath bungalow with a lot of upgrades. The land included is 9.86 acres. It is also fenced, has a barn, two sheds and four dugouts. Country living at its best! (MLS#1921748)










Sutton-Harrison Realty



44 & 46 Commerce Street, Neepawa

Check out MLS # 1931981 & 1931648






64152A PTH 16, Gladstone

764 SF 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

1700 SF 4 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Motel building with 7 units















80158 Highway #5, Neepawa


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47 4th Street SW, Erickson


Erin Woodcock 204-868-5559


1(204) 212-0232

375 Mcgill St, 344 Adelaide Cr, Neepawa. MB MLS#20929842, #20929841. New builds, still time for customized finishes! Contact Rodney White or John Nelson for more info!



Sutton-Harrison Realty

270 A Main St E, Neepawa. MLS#1931776 66x100 serviced lot w/ back lane access. Zoned RR2 multiple family residential. Ideal for duplex or 2 storey four plex. Purchase now for spring construction!



355 Hamilton Street, Neepawa

475 Walker Ave., Neepawa

2 Cecil Street, Edrans

768 SF 3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

1,531 SF 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Beautifully designed new build overlooking the valley! Vaulted ceilings and open concept.

1,510 SF 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Features a geothermal system, a huge yard, and a nished walk-out basement.

Fantastic location and 2 lots! Spacious backyard area. Many updates in 2016!

featured listing 210 Lansdowne Avenue, Arden

2 Cecil Street, Edrans

355 William Street, Neepawa

64152B PTH 16, Gladstone

1510 SF 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

1060 SF 4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

Residential building with 2 motel units

1,119 SF 3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Affordable and ready for a new owner! Sunny living room, spacious master bedroom with walk in closet, updated kitchen, single detached garage & more!




Season starts for Neepawa Figure Skating Club

Special Open House January 21, 2020 • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meet and Greet the Artist

Submitted NFSC

The Neepawa Figure Skating Club (NFSC) had a strong start to their competitive season. It started off with two fabulous skates from Karissa Ellis and Cordelia Smith in the Star 6 category of the Super Skate competition in Winnipeg on Nov. 22. Cordelia had a personal best score and won the gold medal. This was a new category for Karissa, but she also skated a personal best and ended up in seventh. On Jan. 3 and 4, skaters from NFSC attended the Virden Fun Skate. In the Star 2 event, Ashley Nadeau and Ava Wahoski earned a silver ribbon; Ivory Gerring, Olivia Koscielny, Alyssa Nadeau and Dimitri Smith earned bronze ribbons and Jayden Dafoe earned a merit ribbon. In the Star 3 event, Ashley Bray, Claire Nicholson and Makenna Sumner each earned a bronze ribbon in a new category for all of them. In the Star 4 Over 13 event,

Quilting Exhibit of Works by Christine Waddell

at ArtsForward Manawaka Gallery in Neepawa Exhibit is on display January 6 - 31, 2020 In Loving Memory



Pictured top row, left to right, are Virden Fun Skate skaters: Makenna Sumner, Claire Nicholson, Ashley Bray, Jayden Dafoe, Olivia Koscielny and Dimitri Smith. Bottom row, left to right: Ivory Gerring, Ashley Nadeau, Alyssa Nadeau, Ava Wahoski, Coach Kim Smith and Simone Levasseur.

Simone Levasseur skated to a fifth place with a personal best skate. In the Intro pairs event, Olivia Koscielny and Dimitri Smith earned a silver medal, while also achieving a personal best skate. The next competition for the figure skaters is the

North and South Westman Regionals on Sunday, Jan. 19, in Souris, for our StarSkaters. Our three synchronized skating teams are also looking forward to their first competition of the season on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Dauphin.

January 13, 2015 Everyday in some way Loving thoughts of you come our way Today, tomorrow, our whole life through, we will always love and remember you. Love you forever. Garnet, Jason, Joni, Eve, Madden, Craig, Alison, Daxon, Callie, Family, Relatives and Friends.

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Friday, January 10, 2020 Neepawa Banner & Press  

In this week's paper, read about the Neepawa Atom Tournament of Champions, see what the plans are so far for the Louis Riel Day Winter Wonde...

Friday, January 10, 2020 Neepawa Banner & Press  

In this week's paper, read about the Neepawa Atom Tournament of Champions, see what the plans are so far for the Louis Riel Day Winter Wonde...