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On Monday, Feb. 1, Neepawa Curling Club and Town of Neepawa workers were finishing the surface of the Crokicurl rink in the Flats. Painting, pebbling and flooding were done, leaving only the posts to be installed around the red centre ring and possibly more flooding. Pictured: Garnet Vinnell was sweeping snow off the ice, as Tom Lisoway pebbled the surface, sealing in the fresh coat of blue paint. It was estimated the rink would be ready to play on by this weekend. Additional pictures of the work can be seen on page 14.

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Back on the market Neepawa to individually sell residential lots on former CN property

By Eoin Devereux

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The 46 residential lots located on the former CN property in Neepawa are now back on the open market. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Town Council passed a resolution absolving Stone Cliff Builders Inc. of its purchase agreement for the lots. This decision is subsequent to various unforeseen circumstances occurring through a difficult pandemic year and affecting the financial viability and success of the project. All parties have agreed to take a different approach to developing the lots for housing, which will now allow for the lots to be sold on an individual basis at $45,000 per lot, on a first come, f irst serve basis. The sale to the Steinbachbased housing developer, which had been agreed upon back in 2019, had been for $1.725 million, with the understanding that they would be fully serviced. Neepawa Mayor Blake McCutcheon said that the plan at the time of the purchase agreement was for development on a portion of the 46 lots to begin in 2020, but then COVID-19 altered those plans. “When we made this agreement in 2019, everyone was pretty positive that it was going to work extremely well. But with the arrival of this once in a hundred year pandemic, it created some exceptional circumstances and significant delays that no

State of Emergency extended: The Manitoba government has once again extended its state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic . The emergency extension was announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2 and is the 12th consecutive month the order has been extended since the pandemic began. The Manitoba government first issued a state of emergency on March 20, 2020

one could have forseen,” said McCutcheon. “It was no one’s fault. It’s just how the circumstances rolled out. At the end of the day, it’s just best for both parties to move forward. We are pleased that he is still committed to development in Neepawa and as we sift through the changes brought forth by the pandemic, we need to adapt and figure out ways to ensure everyone can be successful”. A new opportunity As for the sale of the 46 residential lots, information has been distributed via the Town website and its social media platforms. McCutcheon noted that that he and other town officials are looking forward to seeing just how the individual sale of the lots will play out over the next few weeks. “[The CN property] has always been a part of the Town’s long-term planning to have lots available for housing. So, here we are. It’s hard to believe. It’s 2021 and housing is on our horizon. There’s water, there’s sewer and hydro and gas will be in place as this year occurs and people can go ahead and start building,” said McCutcheon. ““ We’ve been looking for housing in this town for so long. We now have these lots for sale. I’m very hopeful, talking to the general contractors in this town. I think this is going to be a very positive progression. So, we’re moving forward and doing

COVID-19 updates

C O V I D -19 f i n e s (Jan. 25 to Jan. 31):

The Province has handed out nearly $60,000 in fines over the last week to people and businesses defying COVID-19 public health orders.


The 46 residential lots that are up for sale in Neepawa include 38 single dwelling options and eight duplex options for purchase.

so in an individual lot sale. So everybody will have a chance to buy a lot.” The Town of Neepawa was able to initially pur-

chased the property from C.N. Rail, back in 2013 for $450,000.

From Jan. 25 to 31, a total of 159 warnings and 56 tickets were issued (205 warnings and 46 tickets last week). This week’s numbers include: 42 $1,296 tickets to people for various offences and 14 $298 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places.

Ac t ive COVI D -19 case counts: Over the course of a recent seven day period from Wednesday, Jan. 27 to Tuesday, Feb. 2, there were 70 new COVID-19 cases reported within the Prairie Mountain Health region. That’s a slight drop from the 91 cases reported last week. The total current cases in Prairie Mountain since March are 1,985 (1,777 recovered and 157 currently active). There have been 51 deaths in the region. Porcupine Mountain, located north of Swan River, currently has the most active cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region with 50. The active case count in Brandon this week has dropped from 58 to 31. Whitemud, which encompasses Neepawa and surrounding communities, has no active cases at this time. Provincially, the Northern Region currently has the most active COVID-19 cases, with 1,907, while Winnipeg’s current cases are at 727.

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NACTV recording studio a whole lot emptier


NACTV’s recording studio was unusually empty on Monday. All of the furniture and some recording equipment was moved out temporarily to accommodate for renovations. Above: Items such as the Bingo table were moved to install new carpeting. Top right: The area in which the backdrop and seating for those being recorded were originally placed, before the new carpet was installed.

Bigger BINGO even bigger than ever By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press Neepawa Access Television’s (NACTV) main fundraiser has been thriving lately. The NACTV Bigger BINGO, which is broadcast weekly from the studio, has been selling more tickets than it ever has, despite the pandemic throwing some obstacles in the way. When the pandemic started causing restrictions at retailers, some of the stores that had previously been selling bingo cards decided to stop, so as not to bring in customers who didn’t actually need anything from the store. Others continued to sell them, until restrictions came down that prohibited selling any non-essential items in store. That’s when NACTV and its volunteers had to get creative. Volunteer Val Wilson has been hard at work making sure cards are accessible to all who want them. Once the restrictions meant bingo cards couldn’t be sold in person anymore, Wilson took on the task of distributing them herself. Wilson explained that NACTV created a database of a good portion of the regular bingo players from a


NACTV volunteer Val Wilson has been making sure people can still get their Bigger BINGO cards throughout COVID-19.

contest they held years ago. So when cards became only available through her this past fall, she used that database to reach out to players to get cards sold and delivered. That was her starting point, but then sales started to grow. “I think it just went by word of mouth,” she said. “One thing led to another and, you know, people heard about it.” She added that they had also announced the information during their bingo broadcast when the change happened and that helped spread the word, as well. The convenience of having cards delivered was one thing that could have contributed to the growing sales. Wilson noted that

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

because the jackpot started growing, more people started buying, which in turn grows the jackpot even more. “And we do have COVID, we have winter,

we have no other activities,” she added, suggesting that bingo has become more popular because people are looking for entertainment. Continued on Page 21

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1:30 ............... Sherlock Holmes -#15 2:00 ......... Aboriginal Church Service 4:00 .Setting up your Computer Ep. 1 4:10 .........Yellow Head Roadrunners 5:55 ......Community Announcements 6:00 ............Neepawa News & Views 6:30 .United Anglican Church Service 7:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 7:30 ........................Val’s Adventures 8:30 .............................Town Council 9:30 ...............Threshing at Riverside 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Fri. Feb. 12 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 ...................... Orkney Scotland 12:00 ...........................Town Council 1:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 1:30 ......Community Announcements 1:40 . Npa Flood & Dike Construction 2:00 .Theatre - My Favourite Brunette 3:30 .Kid’s Story-Time - Prairie Tales 4:05 ....... Art with Elianna #2 Origami 4:40 ..... Evening of Piano and Songs 6:25 ......Community Announcements 6:30 ................Coast to Coast Sports 7:00 .......... NAC TV Reads the News 8:15 ............................ Boats & Bikes 8:45 .Non- Essential Bus. Re-opening 8:55 ......Community Announcements 9:00 .Frontier Friday-The Dawn Rider 9:55 ......Community Announcements 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Sat. Feb. 13 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 ........ NAC TV Reads the News 11:20 .......................Royal Visit 2002 1:00 .Classic Cartoon Time - Variety 2 2:15 .Setting up your Computer Ep. 1 2:25 ........ Cam & Kristen Tibett Farm 2:35 ...........................Skate the Lake 3:00 .......... NAC TV Reads the News 4:15 .................The Beverly Hillbillies 4:45 .................... Clear Lake Hockey 5:25 ......Community Announcements 5:30 ..............................Town council 6:30 ..................................Herb Dock 7:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 7:30 ......Community Announcements 7:45 ............Neepawa Natives Game 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Sun. Feb. 14 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 ....United-Ang. Shared Ministry 11:15 . ... Calvary Church, Minnedosa 12:00 .. St. Dominic’s Church Service 1:00 .Church Service - Christ Lutheran 2:15 ......Community Announcements 2:20 ........Folklorama 2007 Argentina 3:00 ... MB’s Envoy for Military Affairs 3:40 .............WTBI? Owners Wanted 5:25 ......Community Announcements 5:30 ............Neepawa Ag Expo 2017 6:00 ............Neepawa News & Views . on- Essential Bus. Re-opening 6:30 N 6:40 ......Community Announcements 7:00 .Church Service - Christ Lutheran 8:15 ............... Sherlock Holmes -#16 8:45 ...............Reliving Old Memories 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat

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By Chad Carpenter

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Random thoughts

•Last week’s column on Canada Post caused a fair bit of reaction, all confirming what I said. Canada Post has a very big top-down problem. They are out of touch with their local postal workers and local management. Warehouses, and even semi-trailers, get backed up with parcels, even the First Class mail is being delayed for days. Parcels can take weeks by way of Canada Post, all the while couriers can move stuff in two to three days across the whole country. Canada Post can’t even move parcels around a region in two to three days. The upshot for the newspaper business is that papers are Third Class mail and when there is a backlog, they get left to the back of the line. We are very thankful that our local post offices do the very best they can to get all the mail out, including our papers. We are in the process of making some adjustments and at considerable cost to get more of our papers out earlier. •As Manitoba grinds through yet another extension of the C-19 lockdown, speculation is high as to what might get opened up next. Will it be more businesses? Will it be gymnasiums and churches? Will it be youth sports or junior hockey? Many leagues have cancelled their season so that, for the most part, male and female minor hockey league play has been cancelled. Most senior hockey leagues have been cancelled. Time is indeed running out to have any kind of meaningful hockey league play. Most arenas have set deadlines as to when they will shut down their ice plants and if they do, they won’t likely be re-opening for this season. •As long as some businesses can’t open and neither can churches, as long as


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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell funerals are limited to 10 people, it’s unlikely any major crowd event will be allowed to open up. If the idea is to slow the spread, then logic would say that keeping crowd numbers down makes sense. There is one problem, shopping malls have huge crowds and they can do so legally. It’s really hard to believe that a hockey game spreads COVID-19, but a huge crowd at a big store doesn’t. The public’s patience is wearing very thin with this concept. •I still think that the provincial government has done a pretty good job, overall. That said, a lot more consultation should have taken place with opposition parties, MLAs, regular citizens and health care professionals. If I am wrong in that observation about consultation and if, in fact, everything was done that could be done, then we certainly haven’t been told. We know from the Long Term Care Association of Manitoba that care homes have been underfunded for 15 years or more. We know that C-19 has hit our elderly harder than any other segment of society. Knowing that, a lot more could have and should have been done to help care homes and the residents. •That leads to another problem. Generally speaking government communications are really, really badly

done. To use a simple example, we wanted to ask local wildlife people about the moose that was wandering around Neepawa. The local staff couldn’t talk to us or were afraid to do so. That’s ridiculous, but even more ridiculous, we had to phone somebody with government communications in Winnipeg and after two or three days, they got back with no answers whatsoever about whether the moose was being moved out of town. Their brilliant response was to tell us to stay two bus lengths away from the moose. Most government communications are about as meaningless. It shouldn’t be only the premier and health staff who can speak. Why can’t the head of the local hospital tell us what’s happening or the local care home manager? The government has dozens of communications people, almost all in Winnipeg, and they may not have knowledge of what’s happening on the other side of the city, let alone the other side of the province. The Regional Health Authorities are pretty good at getting answers out, but it is a bit convoluted. Other departments are almost impossible to get answers out of. Cabinet ministers are scared silly to speak, unless their remarks have been pre-approved. More openness would be really helpful.

hen my parents chose to relocate from the Kane area to the backwoods of Graysville, they did not consult me. We were moved from a nest of fun loving cousins and doting aunts and uncles to the hinterland. This was way back in the early 1950s, a very long time ago. Telephone calls were a privilege and a trip back home to see extended family was rare. We moved in early spring, the Easter break to the best of my memory (I admit I may be in error). Going to school in Kane we caught the bus, driven by my father, joined a class of which half were relatives and near neighbours. We wore something akin to a uniform, a navy jumper, no slacks. That first month at the new school was terrible for me, a rather shy, awkward eight-year-old. I didn’t know the other kids, didn’t really know the neighbours yet, and the one bright spot was Mrs. Gray, a seasoned teacher. She understood children. In the beauty of the early summer, it was easy for me to hide in the trees beside the lane until the bus had picked up my sister and left. My father was not pleased when I wandered back and he had to stop his work to drive me to school. Then one day in June, Mrs. Gray, frustrated with the number of students who forgot their readers at home, stated that the next one who forgot their book would just have to go home and get it. Truly, she may have said that, I doubt it, but I felt it to my core. And didn’t I forget my reader. Asking to leave the room– raising my hand– I simply walked out of the classroom, out of the school and headed the three and a half miles home. Only later did I know that the teacher and principal had older students check the village, even sending some down to the near by river. My arrival home was not heralded as a brave, courageous and obedient act. My father picked me up, set me firmly in the farm pick up, drove me back to the school, carried me up the steps like a bag of potatoes, howling like a banshee, and deposited me in front of Mrs. Gray. Just a note– my wails had called every classroom door to pop open, with inquiring eyes watching this prodigal’s return. With a terse, “this won’t happen again,” my father left. Needless to say– it did not happen again. Was I running away from school? Perhaps. In my mind, I was being obedient– see how different perspectives can be? Thankfully, I did settle down, and settle in, and school became my safe place. So why this story today? I tell you the truth, as most of you, I am restless and ready to break out of my home– have coffee with friends, eat out, travel. Part of me feels like that eightyear-old me did– no one asked my opinion on this move!! Knowing what is best, for all of us, I will not run away, I will stay home…

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Have you noticed...

he past 10 months have not been easy for any of us. We have been thrust into a battle against an invisible foe. The stakes in this battle are high. We put our lives and the lives of those we love in jeopardy if we fail to protect ourselves from this virus. We have been told repeatedly that this is serious, the danger is real and we need to take it seriously. Thankfully, those with whom I associate are taking it seriously. But I am also noticing an increasing tendency to see the humour in some of the things we are being asked to do. So this week, I thought I would share three things that, if there was no pandemic, we would find very odd. But in a pandemic, they are quite normal things to do. For example, have you noticed that you can go into a bank or credit union wearing a mask and no one panics? In fact, if you go into a financial institution (or any other public place for that matter) without a

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Neil Strohschein mask, an employee wearing a mask will approach you and escort you off the premises. Strange? In “normal” times, yes. But this is the new “normal,” at least until this pandemic is over. So this is part of daily life. So is the ever present plexiglass barrier that separates customers from staff in a bank or other business establishments. When I was young, our bank at home had bars on the teller’s stations. Now those bars have been replaced with clear plastic windows– again as protection for staff and customers. It’s part of the new normal. Second, have you noticed that we are developing a new language? I hadn’t either until recently. I was in a store picking up some

Observation By Addy Oberlin


ne of my clocks has a personality problem and will only work when put on a certain angle. It was sitting at the corner of my table, but when I changed the table-

cloth around at Christmas time, it refused to run. I put it in my office and got it running there, but I could not hear it in my living room. The other day, I brought it back to the living room and

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essentials for our house and noted how hard it was for the clerk serving me and for me to understand what we were saying. This clerk looked at me and said: “Don’t worry about that, sir. Around here, we all speak “Mask.” I wasn’t aware that “Mask” was a language, but I guess it is. It’s all part of the new normal and it’s something we can laugh with others about. Third, have you noticed now many times you have to sign in to places you’ve never had to sign into before? For example, some restaurants require you to sign in when you pick up a takeout order. Before being allowed to enter the hospital for tests or a care home to visit a relative, people are screened and their names

tried again to get it running in a different spot. And… I got it running again. It felt like a friend had come back when I could hear it again, even when I was in bed. It made me think of the hymn, “What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear...” by Joseph Scriven. We might have put this



and contact phone numbers are recorded on a list kept at the front desk. I’ve even had to sign in to attend church– as, no doubt, have many of my readers. Are these requirements inconvenient? Not really. Time consuming? A little. Worth the inconvenience? A thousand times yes! Being on those lists is like buying insurance for your car or your house. You pay the premiums, but you hope you will never have to use the insurance you are purchasing. The same applies to the screenings, the lists and the other rules and regulations we must follow. I hope those who keep those lists will never have to use them. But if they do, I will be glad that my name is on it and that I will be warned of a possible exposure to COVID-19. To keep that from happening, I will do what I have to do for the benefit of those I love and will definitely have a chuckle or two while doing so.

A bright light during a dark time

Friend aside, because we assume we can look after ourselves. However, He is always waiting for us to come back. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:11 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Let us leave our burdens with the Lord and find joy and peace this week.

Why are we still using fossil fuels?

Thumbs up, thumbs down Thumbs up to Aunt Dorothy Moffatt, who is in Carberry Care Home and celebrated her 106th birthday on January 29th. Terry and Donna Smith Thumbs up to the people of Neepawa and area. We appreciate you; your friendliness and care, especially towards our Dad, Ed Salway.   In a world that makes it easy to look the other way, you have gone above and beyond to demonstrate kindness. Thank you! From his kids, (who wished we lived closer) 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: 423 Mountain Ave. Neepawa By fax: 204-476-5073 By email: news@neepawabanner.com

We are almost coming to a year of dealing with COVID-19 and its many restrictions and rules. I believe most people are starting to feel the effects of social isolation on their mental health. We are social beings and miss our friends and families, concerts and sporting events. However, in our community, we have two little rays of sunshine who are doing their very best to not only brighten the spirits of their community, but also support local businesses who have had a very difficult year. Kelly Drayson is really an angel on earth. She is busy coming up with fun guessing games on Facebook and randomly gifting her community with surprise bags and gift cards from all over the community. She does not work alone, her husband Ray is often her delivery driver for spreading joy and making sure his wife’s kindness is spread to all those who have been spoiled. During these difficult times, it is very refreshing to see someone spread such kindness and generosity without expecting anything in return. I myself have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of their generosity and know they would never expect anything in return, but I wanted them to know how appreciated they are. You both bring such positivity to our community and support local businesses whenever possible. Everyone can use kindness right now and you both have been such a bright light to this community. Thank you for getting so many of us through the tough times, a random act of kindness often brings the best and brightest smiles. Dana Menzies

Regarding Dan Mazier’s letter of Jan. 29 on carbon tax, in which he says that we have no alternatives to fossil fuels in rural Canada: I’ll start with a story my father told me. A hundred years ago, Dad bought one of the first internal combustion (kerosene) farm tractors in his community. Granddad was furious. “Are you so stupid as to think that great, ugly, stinking, clattering, smoke belching iron behemoth is going to replace these beautiful, intelligent horses? And you’re going to pay seven cents a gallon for kerosene to feed it? Why do you think God invented grass?” Fast forward about 60 years to the Neepawa Fair King Farmer Contest. One element was the harnessing of a team of horses with full britchen harness. Only two out of 20 contestants succeeded. We may not presently have many alternatives to diesel fuel, but 40 years hence, diesel may be as rare as hame straps are today. Our railways run on diesel. Our 4,300 horsepower (hp) diesel locomotives will haul their loads up a four per cent grade, In Switzerland, 12,000 hp electric units haul loads up 20 per cent grades with rack and pinion traction assist. Why are we burning diesel when we have some of the world’s cheapest and cleanest electricity? According to the University of Nebraska tractor tests, and converting American measurement to metric, a litre of diesel fuel will produce about 2.8 kilowatt hours (kwh) of energy, a litre of gasoline, about two kwh, while propane comes in at 1.78 kwh per litre. So 20 cents worth of Manitoba Hydro will do as much work as $1.05 worth of gas. Continued on Page 17


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Although relatively unknown or forgotten by society today, tuberculosis (TB) was a dreaded disease in Canada and the most common cause of death in the early 1900s. It was called consumption back then. It has been under control in Manitoba since the 1960s. TB can still be found in remote northern communities of First Nations people, due to overcrowded living conditions, as well homeless people and new immigrants coming from countries that have TB. Tuberculosis is contagious, usually attacks the lungs, but it can attack other organs of your body, such as liver, brain and joints. Mild cases cause loss of appetite and weight, night sweats, fever, fatigue and a persistent cough. Severe cases cause bleeding of the lungs, resulting in coughing up blood and can lead to death. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis is spread through the air by tiny droplets released when a person sneezes, coughs or speaks. In 1904, Manitoba established the “Board of Trustees of the Manitoba Sanatorium of Consumptives”. It began fundraising and by 1910, the Sanatorium on Pelican Lake, near Ninette, was open for business. In those days, it was believed that cold air killed the TB bacteria so the patients were taken out onto the balcony to sleep. Under feather comforters, hot water bottles on their feet and toques on their heads, there they slept in the cold air. Nourishing food was served along with rest, rest and more rest. Until one was on the mend, there was no baths, no sitting up, no deep breaths and no movement, except to the toilet once a day! When one was on the mend, they had entertainment, picnics, plays, orchestras, parties and the occasional romance. There were several marriages that came from these romances. For Dynevor Indian Hospital, Clearwater Lake Indian Hospital and the Brandon Sanatorium that were for the First Nations peoples, the memories of their stay were not quite the same. These segregated hospitals were inadequately funded and poorly staffed. The people they served spoke a different language, given little information about their treatment and at times, treated very poorly. The wet, cold and overcrowded trenches of WWI saw many of the men returning home with TB. To be able to treat this inf lux of men, the Canadian government gave extra funding to sanatoriums. Ninette received more buildings and electricity. The Red Cross donated an x-ray machine to help with a correct and quick diagnosis. In 1926, the Christmas Seals Campaign was set up to raise money for mobile clinics. They were up and running by 1927, travelling around Manitoba to help diagnose TB in communities. The depression of the 1930s saw the sanatorium staff’s wages cut and other money saving techniques to keep the sanatoriums open. Surgical procedures were being developed to help in the treatment of TB. The biggest advancement came in 1944, with the discovery of streptomycin that killed the TB bacteria– the first effective drug against tuberculosis. As a child in Saskatchewan in the 1960s, I remember all my family going to town for a TB test. We all lined up to receive the Mantoux skin test, which is the injection of tuberculin just under the skin of the lower part of your arm. Several days later, we lined up again for the nurse to look at our arms for a reaction. Our family was one of the fortunate ones. After the war, Manitoba’s mobile x-ray clinics used a miniature x-ray that could x-ray more than 1,000 people per day, with far better results. The continued advancements in new treatments and medications reduced the long periods of time that needed to be spent in sanatoriums. By the late ‘60s and early ‘70s the sanatoriums were all closed. Nutritious food was part of the cure for the patients in the sanatoriums. Ninette had gardens where they grew fresh produce for the kitchen staff to turn into meals. Today’s recipes include a salad and a “heathier” slice to have for afternoon tea time.

Swiss apple salad 4 red apples, diced 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup cubed Swiss cheese 1 cup celery, sliced 1/2 red pepper, diced 1 cup sour cream or plain yoghurt

1 tsp. celery seed 1/4 tsp. each of pepper and salt lettuce leaves Place diced apples in a bowl. Sprinkle

with the lemon juice. Add the celery seed, pepper and salt to the sour cream. Add all the ingredients to the apples and mix. Chill until ready to use. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Apricot seed slice 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4 cup butter 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 egg 1 cup quick oats 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup f lour 1 cup dried apricots, finely chopped Place sesame seeds on a cookie sheet and toast at 350°F for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar, add the egg and vanilla. To the f lour add the salt, baking soda and cinnamon then mix into the creamed mixture. Add the oats, raisins, apricots and sesame seeds. Mix and spread into a greased 9x13” pan and bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not overbake.

Week of Jan. 25 to Jan. 31

By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 43 police activities. Jan. 25: RCMP conducted numerous Covid compliance checks in the Municipality of WestlakeGladstone and in Neepawa. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Police received a report of a hit and run to a vehicle in Neepawa; there was insufficient evidence to proceed further. Jan. 26: RCMP responded to a garage fire in the RM of Minto-Odanah. The matter is still under investigation however there were no injuries. Police attended a vehicle vs. deer collision in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone and conducted a Covid compliance check in Neepawa, where all person(s) were found complying with regulations.     Jan. 27: RCMP responded to a domestic assault in Plumas. One person was arrested and charged as a result.  Police received a report of a lost purse in Neepawa. The purse was located a short time later by the complainant. Jan. 28: RCMP were dispatched to a commercial alarm in Minnedosa. While on route, the property rep was able to confirm

it was a false alarm. Police responded to a family dispute in Minnedosa and a report of a suspicious person in Plumas. Jan. 29: RCMP received a report of a suspicious person in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone. The unknown person was gone on police arrival. Police received another report of a suspicious person who entered a residence in the RM of North CypressLangford and refused to leave. Police attended and removed and arrested the unwanted person who was found breaching court ordered conditions. Jan. 30: RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked along the roadway in the RM of North CypressLangford. Upon investigation, it was discovered to be stolen and was linked to the unwanted person from the night prior who was still in custody. The person received an additional charge for the theft of vehicle.  Police responded to a 911 hang up call in Gladstone that was later determined to have been dialled accidentally by a child in the residence.  Jan. 31: RCMP attended a residence in Minnedosa where a breach of peace was reported. A person was found breaching court ordered conditions and was taken into custody. Police conducted a

COVID compliance check in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone where all person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. RCMP conducted 22 traff ic enforcement actions during this reporting period. Public service announcement If you have any information about these crimes or any other crimes, please contact your local RCMP Office or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Neepawa and Minnedosa RCMP detachments advise they will be limiting front counter services at the detachments until further notice. We request that you contact each detachment at 204-476-7340 (Neepawa) or 204-867-2916 (Minnedosa) to inquire about criminal record checks or to file a report. Leave a message if needed and it will be checked the following business day. Do not leave a message if you require immediate police assistance. You must dial 204-476-7338 (Neepawa), 204-867-2751 (Minnedosa) or 911 to have a police officer respond to you promptly.

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Gladstone Legion receives over $11,000 in COVID-19 support

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

The Gladstone branch of the Royal Canadian Legion received some much needed support on Jan. 29. The branch received $11,403 in support funds from the federal government to help cope with challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents. This announcement was made by member of parliament Dan Mazier in collaboration with past president and treasurer Kerry MacLennan, president Daryl Shipman and vice president Nick Beavington of the Gladstone Legion. Legions risk closure Mazier reports that he has been asking the government to meet requests for similar support from Legions and other veteran organizations across the country throughout COVID-19. The MP’s media release states that the organizations have experienced a devastating loss of income over the course of the pandemic, with many Legions already having closed their doors permanently. As well, that others risk following the same course of action. “Legions have always played an integral role in Canada, especially in

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our rural communities l i ke Gladstone. I can not thank the staff and volunteers enough who work with our Legions to continuously support and give back to their communities,” said Mazier. “Today’s announcement will assist in the future success of the Gladstone Legion– something we are all looking forward to.” Shipman expressed his own delight at the briefing, stating, “Our local branch has always been proud of the work we do in supporting both our veterans and our communit y; this f inancial support will allow us to continue to g ive back despite the financial challenges experienced from the pandemic.” In addition to covering var ious operat ing expenses, the funds received will assist the Gladstone Legion with upgrading its facilities.

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Pictured outside the Gladstone Legion Branch 110, from left to right are: Kerry MacLennan, past president and treasurer; Daryl Shipman, president; Dan Mazier, MP; and vice president Nick Beavington.

Canadian institution”, par t icu larly when t he sacrif ices of those who have served the country are being considered.

“We cannot allow our Legions, an institution that has been serving veterans and their families for almost 100 years, to fade

away because government funding came too late or not at all,” Mazier stated. The MP asserts that he will continue to fight for

other Legions within his constituency who were not granted funding despite their financial burdens.

Nutrition Bite Tips for Preventing Food Waste

Research shows Canadian families waste almost 3 kg (that’s over 6 lbs!) of edible food each week, the majority being fruits and vegetables. 1) Meal Planning - Inspect the fridge, freezer & pantry for foods that need to be used up - Plan a second meal around leftovers - Make a grocery list, take inventory before shopping - Stock up on basic ingredients that have a long shelf life, examplesgrains, spices, canned vegetables 2) Keep it Fresh - Keep fridge temperature between 0-4°C to preserve freshness - First in, first out rule - The door of the fridge is the warmest part, keep dairy products in the middle of the fridge - Avoid slicing food until you’re ready to use it - Freeze foods for use at a later date 3) Use it up - “Best before” dates indicate peak freshness, not food safety. If a food has passed this date, it may still be fine to eat. If it has changed colour, appearance or develops a bad smell, it is no longer safe to eat. - To revive wilted veggies: fill your sink or a large container with ice water and soak wilted veggies for 5–10 minutes. They could also be used in stir fry’s or other cooked dishes. Brittney Bartecki, RD Reference: Guelph Family Health Study

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Looking Back 1961: Ice domes form at PFRA dam near Neepawa


By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

110 years ago, Friday, February 3, 1911 Eden: The petition to the legislature to submit to the people a measure for abolition of public drinking places, such as the hotel bar, is being largely signed throughout the province. Sheets are lying in each of the stores. Every elector who has not done so should sign at once. 100 years ago, Tuesday, February 1, 1921 Kelwood: The ladies have taken a very keen interest in curling. Several ladies rinks have been formed. Among the skips are Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Binns, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Babcock. 90 years ago, Friday, February 6, 1931 The Canadian council of a g r ic u lt u r e u r g e s the modernizing of the Canadian banking and credit system as one of a series of measures for coping with the economic depression now harrowing the country. 80 years ago, Tuesday, February 4, 1941 C a n a d i a n fa c tor ie s are humming a tune of promised victory these days as they turn out increasing numbers of training planes, in which thousands of students will be instructed under the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Hitler has given a strong hint that if American ships were used to carry aid to Britain, U boats would try to torpedo them. 70 years ago, Thursday, February 1, 1951 A lt hough one loca l physician reported that he had attended a considerable number of cases of “heavy colds” in the district, the ailment does not appear to be of the inf luenza type which recently struck Britain and parts of Europe. Eight young Neepawans Friday will be presented with Royal Life Saving Awards at a ceremony in the Roxy Theatre at 9:00 p.m. Presentations are from t he Neepawa branch, Canadian Red Cross and are made on the basis of passing the required life saving tests.

Successful candidates are Shirley Rutledge, Susan O’Day, Betty Thompson, Marilyn Wood, Victor Grasky, Keith Graham, James Brandenburg and William McEwen.

60 years ago, Tuesday, February 7, 1961 Huge domes of ice cover the spray from the nozzles of the aerator attached to the end of the pipe running under the PFRA dam southeast of Neepawa whenever the temperatures plunge well below zero, and sometimes manage to completely envelope the spray. The ice domes vary in thickness from a couple of inches near the nozzles to less than an inch at the far side. 50 years ago, Thursday, February 4, 1971 Neepawa Apollos made a strong showing in the weekend track meet at Minto Armouries, Winnipeg. Wayne Bruggar, with a fine time of 2.19 in the Bantam 800, won first place over a field of 40 runners. He also placed first in his 50 metre heat. Mark Stoddart managed a second place finish in the open men’s 800 metres, with a time of 2.05. He was beaten by a senior at the University of Manitoba. Gordon Bates, although failing to place, ran his best 800 ever time of 2.22. This should place him in the top eight or 10 out of over 40 runners. 40 years ago, Thursday, February 5, 1981 It wa s a n “ i nst a nt miracle” for d isabled persons of Neepawa and district last Sunday at the Lions telethon on CKYTV, when a special van to transport disabled persons was presented to the local Lions Club… The van will be able to carry five persons in the wheelchairs and three standing, or eight persons seated. It can also couple as an ambulance or provide emergency transportation. 30 years ago, Tuesday, February 5, 1991 Joe Dutko, of Neepawa, doesn’t consider himself a hero, just a man who did the right thing, but Virginia Kwiatkowski will tell you differently. Kw iat kowsk i wa s a passenger in a truck driven by her husband, Dominik,

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one Thursday, three years ago. That day, Apr. 23 1987, t heir veh icle col l ided with another truck on the crest of a hill about seven miles south-west of Eden. After the collision, the Kwiatkowski truck was engulfed in f lames. Dominik was killed in the collision, while Virginia was knocked unconscious and trapped under the dash. That’s when Joe Dutko stepped bravely forward. It was around 7:00 p.m. and Dutko and his son Allan were in a neighboring field burning flax. Dutko’s son saw the accident and immediately took off on a tractor to get a fire extinguisher from home. Meanwhile, Dutko took another tractor to the scene of the accident. Believing Dominik to be merely unconscious, Dutko tried to pry open his door and free him. No luck. Then he went to the passenger side of the door, thinking he could free Dominik from that side. That’s when he saw Virginia trapped under the dash. “I knew that thing was going to go; it was burning pretty good by then,” said Dutko. “At that time, Allan and I didn’t think of anything. We just did it (rescued her).” A f ter t he t wo men freed Virginia, they again attempted to free Dominik. It was then they realized he was already dead. A few seconds after the men had scrambled away from the truck with Virginia in tow, it exploded into flames… For their act of heroism, Dutko and his son Allan were awarded Bronze Medals for Bravery by t he Roy a l C a n a d i a n Hu ma ne A ssoc iat ion. The rewards– given to six Manitobans– were presented by LieutenantGovernor George Johnson at a special ceremony in Government House last Tuesday. OPTOMETRISTS

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These large domes of ice formed around the nozzles of the aerator at the PFRA dam just southeast of Neepawa when temperatures dropped well below zero in 1961. Town foreman Les Gunn can be seen in the photo, busy breaking ice off the domes to allow the spray to come into contact with the open air once again.

20 years ago, Monday, February 5, 2001 It’s official. The rural Municipality of Rosedale passed a motion at its Jan. 26 meeting asking the Marquette RHA to locate the new personal care home, hospital, fire hall and ambulance garage on the CN property. The motion, put forward

by councillor Bill Martin, was opposed by Reeve Ed Levandoski, who sat on the sire selection committee, and councillor Wayne Csversko. Martin said the motion was passed after councillors discovered that, contrary to what they’d been told, the CN property was indeed available for the project… Neepawa mayor Ken


Waddell, who sat on the site selection committee along with Levandoski and the reeves of Langford, Lansdowne and Glenella, prev iously maintained the CN propert y was not available when the Westcreek site was chosen. He later said the land was available, but the committee chose not to negotiate with CN.

Farm & Leisure Lotto exceeds expectations

Historic year for fundraiser as net profits hit $160,500


Picturedleft to right: NADCO chair Murray Parrot and Neepawa and District Medical Committee Lottery coordinator Mary Ellen Clark.

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press It was a record setting year for the Neepawa and District Medical Committee and its annual Farm & Leisure Lottery. The Committee has announced a net profit of $160,500 from its 2020 fundraiser, whose proceeds help fund ongoing improvements to the Beautiful Plains Medical Clinic and Neepawa’s medical services, in general. L otter y coord inator Mary Ellen Clark said this degree of support was a surprise, considering the Lotto was initially postponed due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.“We were concerned when we decided to still go with it [with the Lotto]. We felt as though we couldn’t proceed in the spring, because we didn’t know what would occur surrounding the pandemic. We were worried when it changed to the fall and we thought, ‘If we break even, we’d be happy.’ and then we went ahead with it. But, it just absolutely worked,” noted Clark. A successful new sales mindset Clark added that there was a lot more work that

needed to be done with the Lotteries Commission, due to restrictions associated with COVID-19. Tickets could not be distributed to other outlets and retailers, which meant there had to be more of a focus on online and phone sales. Clark said that ultimately, those changes worked. “[And] I think it worked because people had money to spend. People had not gone on holidays. As well, people were thinking about health and doctors and the clinic, due to COVID. I do think that was a factor in putting [lotto sales] over the top.” Clark surmised. Working towards a common goal The tireless efforts of the Neepawa and District Medical Clinic Committee on the Lottery and other


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endeavours over the years has been an integral part of the success of the Beautiful Plains Medical Clinic. The Committee is operated through NADCO, which consists of a partnership between the Town of Neepawa and Rural Municipalities of Rosedale, Glenella-Lansdowne and North Cypress-Langford. The clinic itself is run by the Beautiful Plains Medical clinic committee, which consists of councillors and community members. NADCO chair Murray Parrott commended the Committee members for the long term commitment that they’ve shown. “The fact that we’ve maintained, through this committee, a strong relationship with the doctors, the province and with the Town of Neepawa, this

committee deserves a huge thank you,” Parrottt said. “Many of the original [board] members remain and it’s like a family.” Both Clark and Parrott also acknowledged Murray Van Buskirk, who was able to sell over $20,000 worth of lottery tickets this past year. They said his efforts, singlehandedly covered the early bird cash draw prize and deserves to be recognized. The grand prize of $100,000 for the 2020 Farm & Leisure Lottery was won by Neepawa’s Ashton Porrok and her father Dennis Tiller. Meanwhile, the 50/50 prize amount of $57,555 was won by Joyce Mott, of Brandon. The Neepawa and District Medical Committee Farm & Leisure Lottery has been in operation for 14 years and has raised just over $1.4 million.

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HyLife invests in employee wellness By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press HyLife announced a major change at the Neepawa pork plant on Feb. 1. Via media release, it was confirmed that the first phase of Project West reached its end. The $17 million project was a renovation of a 41,000 square foot employee wellness space within the HyLife facilities here. The remodeling included a new cafeteria, which the company expects will bring comfort to the employees. “Our employees have been exceptional throughout the past year, following our COVID protocols, using temporary tents and trailers to physically distance while on breaks,” said Grant Lazaruk, HyLife’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The new space allows them to be comfortable and safe.” Talks of the project first began in 2016, with construction originally being scheduled for early 2020. However, it was delayed due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. HyLife noted that this delayed start was a boon, because it allowed the company to tweak the plan to include illness prevention elements. Kevin Barkman, Vice President of Infrastructure and Environmental Affairs, said that the complete redesign allowed for increased space allocation to accommodate physical distancing in change rooms, bathrooms, the cafeteria, sanitation spaces and individual workspaces. “We also added physical acrylic barriers along with custom lunchroom seating, additional entry points and staging areas for health checks, and extensive video and IT systems to better communicate with our employees,” Barkman added. HyLife reports that its employees have diligently been following the company’s pandemic protocols in the past 10 months, and were thrilled to enter the new space in early 2021. According to Ogie Dizion, an employee in the packaging department, said everyone was trying to imagine what the space was going to look like once construction was complete. “When we first walked inside,” Dizion said in the release, “It was so beautiful, clean, and there were so many tables.” Ana Plaza, a box room worker of nine years in the Neepawa facilities, shared a statement of amazement. “I spun around and said, ‘It’s so big’. This is a great project to help us socially distance, and it’s very comfortable.” Project West’s first phase also included new office spaces, bathrooms, locker rooms, a maintenance area and quality assurance laboratory. HyLife noted it is planning to continue renovations to improve older areas of the building.

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International guest joins Neepawa Rotary meeting Rotarian from England gives update on UK clubs and COVID-19

Neepawa inks pair of prospects for 2021-22 MJHL season

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

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The Neepawa Rotary Club was able to have a Rotarian from England join their meeting last Wednesday, Jan. 27. Because t he meet ings can only be online now, there are fewer barriers restricting how far away those in attendance can be, so John Sayer, member of the Blythe Brydge & District club in England, was invited to make a presentation to give local Rotarians some insight into the goings on across the pond. Neepawa Rotary member Dave Bennet noted that Sayer is a prominent member of t he i nternational club, being a past District Governor, the current District Secretary, named a Paul Harris Fellow, as well as having been a District Chair for the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program. B en net k new Sayer from taking a GSE trip to England in 2011. He noted that they hit it off quite quickly and have kept in touch since. Bennet asked Sayer to speak to the Neepawa club and give them an update on the COVID-19 situation in the UK, as well as how their club has been operating throughout the pandemic. “There were two main things I took from it,” recalled Bennet. “One was that as far as cases go, they’re still having high cases and it’s still spreading a lot over there,” he noted. “The good news is that they’re ahead in their vaccinations,” he

The Neepawa Natives are happy to announce the signing of a pair of players for the 2020-2021 MJHL season. Estevan Bears defenseman, Cade Bendtsen, to a letter of intent for the 202122 Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) season. The 6’3” native of Carlyle, SK has played in five games for the Estevan Bears U-18 AAA team in the SMAAAHL this season, and has one goal to go along with two penalty minutes, after putting up 48 points last season in 31 games. “I am very excited to sign with Neepawa. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the town and the team from current players I have played with in the past,” said Bendtsen. The Neepawa Natives also announced the signing of Arizona Bobcats defenseman, Dean Noonan to a


John Sayer, of England, joined the Neepawa Rotary Club’s meeting last week via Zoom.

stated, adding that their vaccination rollout seems to be going a lot quicker than it is in Canada. Bennet added that Sayer’s club has been keeping active in a similar fashion to how the Neepawa club has been. They’ve been able to cont inue some fund ra isi ng a nd are trying to keep their regular routine as much as COVID-19 will allow. The Neepawa Rotary Club has been meeting online via Zoom since g at her i ng s have been restricted. Bennet noted that while attendance has dropped, as some members don’t have access to the technology or just want

to wait until in-person can occur again, they had more Rotarians at last week’s meeting to listen in to Sayer’s presentation. He explained that they’ve normally had around 10 people attend the Zoom meetings, but there were 15 tuned in to watch the international speaker. This isn’t the only international guest the Neepawa Rotary Club has asked to speak. Rotarian Ron Nordstrom invited a speaker from Guatemala for one of their February meetings, whom he met while on a Rotary Vocational Training Team trip a few years ago.


Cade Bendtsen (left picture) and Dean Noonan (right) have been signed by the Neepawa Junior “A” Hockey Club for the 2021-22 MJHL season.

letter of intent for the 21-22 MJHL season.Noonan has played in 19 games in the NAPHL this season, and has 2 goals and 6 assists to go along with 26 penalty minutes. The 6’2 native of Chandler, AZ, is currently a captain for the Bobcats. “I am excited for Dean and his opportunity with the Natives. Dean is a competitive player that leads by example, his new coaches and fans will enjoy watching him”, says Brent Gough,

head coach of the Bobcats. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Neepawa Natives. I would also like to thank the Arizona Bobcats and coaches Conacher, Morris and Gough for all the help and trust they have shown in me”, says Noonan In a written statement, the Junior “A” Club welcomed Cade, Dean and their families to the Town of Neepawa and to the Natives organization.

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Former Neepawa resident Tom Evans was in the local air cadets growing up. Pictured are members of the 1954 Neepawa Air Cadets learning Morse code, with Evans on the far right. If anyone knows the others in the photo, call 204-476-3401.


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But what’s special about this event if that we are NOT asking our businesses for donations, prizes or cash. We, the Neepawa and District Chamber, are BUYING gift cards, gift certificates or providing cash to help our businesses through this difficult time. Please know your local Chamber of Commerce is here for you, and we assure you we will continue to find ways to support you in the year to come, and beyond. Our team, Barb and Jennifer, our office administrators, may be reaching out to your business – please check your email for more details to come!


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This year, more than ever, we understand you’ve faced considerable challenges. We hope you will join us in celebrating what this incredible town has to offer. Your Neepawa and District Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Committee Pamela Levandosky, RBC Royal Bank Kerri MacPherson, RBC Royal Bank Pam Miller, MNP and the office of Neepawa & District Chamber of Commerce


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Planning underway to knock down Neepawa’s old Fire Hall By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press

The tender process is about to begin for the demolition of Neepawa’s old Fire Hall. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, administration with the Town of Neepawa provided a tour of the building, located at 421 1st Avenue, to 15 different contractors. Manager of operations for the Town of Neepawa, Denis Saquet said that the amount of interest shown in the walkaround by the potential bidders is very encouraging. “There was lots of interest shown, so hopefully we will receive some decent numbers coming in on [the tendering process] and we’ll see the removal

of the structure shortly.” The project is expected to be put out to tender shortly, with the deadline set for Tuesday, Feb. 16. After Saquet’s update to t he Tow n Counci l on Feb. 2, Mayor Blake McCutcheon a sked i f there was any type of a timeline for the teardown of the building. Saquet indicated that the hope is that the work by the winning bidder would begin right away, after the tender was awarded. The Town’s expectation at this point in time is to have the old fire hall completely removed by April. Saquet noted that none of the interested contractors seem to have an issues with that proposed timeline.

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Don’t be overly alarmed if you see someone going through your recycling in the next few weeks. Recently, the Town of Neepawa has had municipal workers auditing random blue bins to see if they contain items that are not accepted by the recycling program, such as plastic shopping bags, garbage bags, styrofoam and disposable drink cups, for example. The incorrect items are classified as contamination and can void the acceptance of an entire load by Evergreen Environmental Technologies, the company which receives Neepawa’s recycling. Manager of Operations for the Town of Neepawa, Denis Saquet, explains just what will happen if incorrect recycling items are found. “If [the recycling] is

deemed to be contaminated, staff will leave a note indicating what the contaminant is and we’ll pull it aside so it does not contaminate a load,” stated Saquet. There will be no fine or penalty for contaminated recycling at this time. The bins with improper items will simply have a tag placed on them with information about what can be recycled, like glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and flattened cardboard boxes. To go along with the visual review of the recycling, the Town is also planning to ramp up its education on what’s acceptable and what’s not through an information packet to be distributed on social media and the Town’s website. Saquet noted that the recycling numbers year over year are declining in Neepawa and a notable reason for that is more items are being rejected.


The Town of Neepawa’s current version of it recycling program has been in operation since 2018.

The two biggest items that are causing problems are the incorrect recycling of plastic shopping bags and coffee cups. The Town is advising that ‘When in doubt, chuck it

out’. They noted that such an action would be better in the long run than simply putting everything into the blue bins and having an entire load disqualified by Evergreen.

Farm Credit Canada donates to 4-H clubs

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4-H clubs across Canada will benefit from a donation from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and its 4-H Club Fund. FCC has announced that will provide $100,000 to 203 4-H clubs across Canada in 2021, to support local activities. In Manitoba, 17 4-H clubs, districts and regions received a combined total of $8,500. The Neepawa & Area 4-H Beef Club is one of the 17 provincial clubs that was a part of the announcement. A strong supporter of 4-H in Canada for over 25 years, FCC supports 4-H club initiatives each year by awarding up to $500 per club toward developing existing programs, covering costs associated with local events and exchanges, supporting volunteers, or purchasing resource materials. “By providing opportunities for young people to learn and grow, 4-H clubs across the country are preparing the

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Jesse Gunn, Carberry Collegiate graduate of 2021.

By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press Jesse Gunn (17) is a member of the Carberry Collegi-

ate Grade 12 class who is on the honour roll and hopes to graduate with distinction (34 or more credits). She is quite musically inclined and

is a percussionist and trumpet player in the school and jazz bands. “It sucks that we cannot play and missed our June final concert.” Her parents, Dana and Marina, both play in a band. Gunn also enjoys dance and has five years of tap, jazz and hip hop classes under her belt. She is a member of the Travel Club and was very disappointed when their trip to France last spring was cancelled after two years of planning and fundraising. In sports, Jesse enjoys playing fastball, as catcher, shortstop, or outfield with the Cougars. With quick feet, Gunn excels in the long jump and sprints (60, 100, 200m). Among her credits is a community service session with Kalena Green’s Grade 1 class. Jesse likes to talk and meet people. Future plans include post-secondary classes in Brandon or Winnipeg, with law as a possibility.


Jesse is quite musically inclined, as she is a percussionist and trumpet player with the Carberry Collegiate band and jazz band.


Here and there

By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press

• The Manitoba Department of Education announced that the 2021 Grade 12s will have final subject assessments in June done by the class teachers and not the provincial government. This process has been followed by most provinces due to COVID-19. First semester subjects were also done by the teachers involved. • Governor General Julie Payette has resigned as of Jan. 21, after a special investigative committee reported a toxic work environment and harassment of employees. She was appointed by the prime minister in 2017 and it is usually a five year term. In a recent poll, 60 per cent of Canadians indicated that they felt the monarchy had outlived its purpose. • Two well-paid, but unhappy hockey players were traded last week. Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic of the Winnipeg Jets were swapped to Columbus Blue Jackets for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a draft pick. Both Laine and Dubois are excellent players, but wanted to move to new teams, so it should be a win-win situation. Laine is a respected sniper, while Dubois is a strong two-way centre, expected to play on Winnipeg’s second line. • George Armstrong (90), who captained the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in 21 seasons, passed away this week. Known as “The Chief,” he was one of the first professional hockey players of Indigenous descent.

• Hammering Hank Aaron (86), one of baseball’s greatest hitters, passed away Jan. 19. Although he hit 755 home runs, he will be remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714. An Alabama native, Aaron grew up in poverty amidst extreme racism. His mother hid him under the bed when the Klu Klux Klan came down the street. However, he always worked hard and maintained his dignity. Besides his home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves, in his 23 year career, he also led in runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. My brother, Glennis, and I drove to Milwaukee (the Minnesota Twins had not moved to Minneapolis yet) to watch right fielder, Aaron, and third baseman, Eddie Matthews, and the Braves pitching staff of Warren Spahn and Johnny Gain amidst two days of rain. However, it was worth the trip, as Hammering Hank clubbed a late inning circuit clout off Cincinnati Red’s Don Newcombe. • The inauguration of the new Biden-Harris US administration Jan. 20 featured individual performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Garth Brooks and 22-year-old Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. New White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, is trying to restore truth and transparency to the government. The media is really not the enemy of the people. The new White House expects to hold three weekly media conferences.

Letter: Join the 21st century Continued from Page 5 Mazier makes much of the cost of carbon tax, rising gradually to 40 cents a litre in 10 years’ time. May I take him back in time to the Mulroney Conservatives. Mulroney cancelled the Crowsnest Pass freight rate agreement. This raised the freight on a bushel of wheat (Arden to Thunder Bay) from seven cents to $1.25. Instead of taking two per cent of my gross receipts, freight now took 40 per cent. In one shot. Kinda makes 40 cents a litre over 10 years look like chicken feed. I had no practical choice but to stop producing export crops. A few years later, I joined thousands of other small farmers and sold my farm. The net result of Mulroney’s crime? The federal government saved $750 million a year. But the switch of grain from rails to trucks cost Prairie provincial governments $2 billion a year in extra highway maintenance. The extra cost to municipal governments has not been calculated. Back to trains. A 10,000

tonne payload on a grain train requires 8,600 hp, 0.86 hp per tonne. A b-train truck hauling 40 tonnes will typically use 400 hp or more. 10 hp per tonne. More than 10 times the power will require at least 10 times the fuel (see previous paragraph). So why are we hauling our heavy freight with fuel guzzling trucks instead of fuel efficient trains? And why are we running our trains on fossil fuel instead of using clean hydro? Why are we not commuting in hydro-powered cars instead of gas-powered? In my case, it’s because Western Manitoba dealers won’t sell you an electric. I’ve been trying to get one for over two years. Mazier says farmers need their pickup trucks. I agree. I’ve driven one most of my life. With two wheel drive, seating for three and a box capable of carrying 14-foot long lumber. When I see the modern, jacked up, over powered four door with seating for six, followed by a box about four feet long, I do not see a truck. I see a glorified luxury car with no

trunk lid. When I see one carrying a load of 14-foot lumber, I will reassess my opinion. Ford and GM are spending billions to retool Canadian factories to produce electrics. And Ford has said that if you want an F-150 after 2025, it’s going to be electric. Just for info, electric, selfdriving tractors are already in use. Should we join the 21st century? Mr. Mazier would do well to do some reading and thinking, rather than trying to make a fool of himself. Leonard Paramor Arden, MB

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News Media Canada: An urgent message to all Members of Parliament We have a very serious situation in this country and we are delighted to hear that Minister of Heritage Stephen Guilbault said on Monday that the government is preparing legislation to force tech giants to fairly compensate content creators. Google and Facebook, two of the richest companies in history, control the on-ramp to the internet highway in Canada. They decide what we, as a sovereign nation, see and don’t see in the news. To make matters worse, they take the news produced by Canadians and don’t pay for it. Meanwhile, all Canadian news media companies, big and small, are suffering for two reasons. First, they don’t get paid for their content by Facebook and Google. Second, Facebook and Google take over 80 per cent of all Canadian digital advertising industry revenue. These massive American companies get virtually all of the revenue and don’t pay for content. Movie content doesn’t work that way in Canada. Music content doesn’t work that way. TV show content doesn’t work

that way. So why is news content treated differently? We only have to look south of the border to see what happens when real news companies disappear and social media platforms distribute divisive, fake news. We need to support healthy, independent, diverse news companies as the backbone of our democracy. This is urgent. It’s a fact that news companies across Canada are going out of business. COVID-19 is accelerating the decline. Journalism jobs are disappearing. That means real news keeps disappearing and hate and fake news will be all that’s left to distribute. Let’s not let this happen in Canada. But there is good news. Australia has figured out the solution. They created a law that forces the trilliondollar monopolies to pay fairly for news content. This costs the taxpayer absolutely nothing. We encourage all Members of Parliament to move quickly. Canada needs your leadership. John Hinds President/CEO News Media Canada

First dose of care home vaccinations done in Minnedosa


Minnedosa Personal Care Home (PCH) resident Gaylene Stimpson received her COVID-19 immunization shot on Jan. 28. Tricia Turner is the public health nurse administering the vaccine. The first dose of COVID-19 immunizations (Moderna vaccine) were administered within Prairie Mountain Health Region (PMH) personal care homes throughout the month of January. All eligible personal care home residents who consented received the immunization. PMH plans to begin administering the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to residents beginning Feb. 12 and will continue until all regional PCHs are completed by the end of February.



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Obituary Gordon Gilman With sad hearts, we announce the passing of Gordon Gilman on January 22, 2021 at McCreary Alonsa Health Centre. Gordon was born in Gladstone, Manitoba, on June 6, 1940, to Otis and Nancy Gilman. He was raised on a farm where, from a young age, he drove a team of horses to school and also to work in the fields. Gordon was a happy child and was always looking for adventure. After completing school, he headed for Ontario and worked for the railroad. He returned home in 1959 and met the love of his life Marion. They had an instant connection and shared a love that was an example for us all. They were married in Wellwood on Sept. 3, 1960. They spent their first few years living in Brandon, while Gordon trained to be a radio and TV repairman. In 1963, they learned of some land for sale in McCreary and went to see it right away. Later that same day, they bought the Northwest ¼ 4-21-15 from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson - Gordon and Marion had found their forever home. Over the years, with hard work and determination, they expanded their mixed farm and Gordon also worked as a TV repairman for over 35 years. Gordon and Marion spent 51 happy years together. Their farm became home for the whole family and always will be. Gordon was a very active community member. He was a Councillor and Reeve for many years, and was also on the hospital board, church board and the watershed council. He put his heart and soul into all of it. He always had a smile on his face and cared about everyone he met. He loved to hunt and fish and especially loved teaching his children and grandchildren not just to hunt and fish, but to share his love of nature. Gordon and Marion had many dear friends who they loved to spend time camping, fishing and travelling with. Gordon loved to sing and dance with friends and family, and loved a good card game. Gordon was a strong, compassionate and gentle man. He was smart and wise, and always gave the best advice. He stood by his family in good times and bad. He was the pillar of the family and guided us all. Gordon is survived by his children Heather and Brad; his son-in-law Kirk; his grandchildren Kaila (Jordan), Chris, Elizabeth, Devin, Kelsey and Sheldon; his brothers Ronald (Cookie) and Barry; brother in Law Joe Forester and sister-in-law Sheena Duncalfe. He also leaves many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Gordon was predeceased by his loving wife Marion; daughter Wenda; infant son Dale; his parents Otis and Nancy Gilman; mother and father-in-law Blake and Ethel Williams; sisters Audrey Forester and Marjorie Scott; brother-in-law Lloyd Duncalfe and many dear friends. Gordon touched the hearts of everyone he knew and will be very sadly missed. A private family service will be held, with burial at the McCreary Municipal Cemetery.

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Robert was born January 19th, 2021, weight 7 lbs. 8 oz. Robert is providing many cuddles and snuggles for his big sisters Rebecca, Rosannah and Rachel. Proud grandparents are Allan and Linda Davidson and Brian Giesbrecht and Brenda Buckley. Great grandparents Graeme and Lillian Radford and Joan Buckley.

Obituary Margaret Joanne West

September 1, 1939 - January 19, 2021 With great sadness, her family announces that Margaret West died peacefully in Sechelt Hospital, BC, near her residence in Robert’s Creek. Born in Gladstone, MB, Margaret was the youngest child of Harvey and Matilda (Tillie) West. Margaret and her children moved to the West Coast in the 1970s, as she pursued work in addictions treatment and recovery. This evolved into healing work and writing, as she became a respected mentor and teacher to many in BC and around the world. In addition to her books on spiritual teachings, in 2016, she published “The Way We Were,” remembrances of growing up on the family farm in Ogilvie. Left to mourn her passing are her four children and their spouses: Laurie Dragan (Bear Pitney), Colleen Dragan, Kevin Dragan (Marie), and Kori Dragan. She is also survived by her sister Gwen Wishart and brother Norman (and Kay), West of Gladstone, along with grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbours. Margaret is predeceased by her parents as well two sisters, Kay Norberg and Elaine Norberg. Remembered with love.

Wayne Elliott We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother and uncle, Wayne Elliott. Wayne passed away January 20, 2021, one day after his 81st birthday. Wayne was born in Neepawa hospital and resided and worked on the family farm until he moved to the Yellowhead Manor in Neepawa, MB in December of 2010. The Country Meadows Personal Care Home became his new home in January of 2018. He had many wonderful friends there and was known as “Smiley” to many. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Maureen Potter, of Calgary, and her four children, Catherine, Andrea, Garth and Dennis as well as her six grandchildren; brother Rob and Diane of Brandon, and his two children, Glen and Mary, and two grandchildren. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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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 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 $15.15/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 http://hylife.com/current-opportunities/ or email to jobs@hylife.com 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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Pursuant to subsection 367(7) of The Municipal Act, notice is hereby given that unless the tax arrears for the designated year and costs in respect of the hereinafter described properties are paid in full to the Municipality prior to the commencement of the auction, the Municipality will on the 3rd day of March, 2021, at the hour of 2:00 PM, at Town of Neepawa Council Chambers, 275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, Manitoba, proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Roll Number 43100



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The tax sale is subject to the following terms and conditions with respect to each property: • The purchaser of the property will be responsible for any property taxes not yet due. • The Municipality may exercise its right to set a reserve bid in the amount of the arrears and costs. • If the purchaser intends to bid by proxy, a letter of authorization form must be presented prior to the start of the auction. • The Municipality makes no representations or warranties whatsoever concerning the properties being sold. • The successful purchaser must, at the time of the sale, make payment in cash, certified cheque or bank draft to the Town of Neepawa as follows: i) The full purchase price if it is $10,000 or less; OR ii) If the purchase price is greater than $10,000, the purchaser must provide a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $10,000 and the balance of the purchase price must be paid within 20 days of the sale; AND iii) A fee in the amount $309.75 ($295 plus GST) for preparation of the transfer of title documents. The purchaser will be responsible for registering the transfer of title documents in the land titles office, including the registration costs. • The risk for the property lies with the purchaser immediately following the auction. • The purchaser is responsible for obtaining vacant possession. • If the property is non-residential property, the purchaser must pay GST to the Municipality or, if a GST registrant, provide a GST Declaration. Dated this 5th day of February, 2021. Managed by: Colleen Synchyshyn Chief Administrative Officer Town of Neepawa Phone: (204) 476-7603 Fax: (204) 476-7624

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NACTV continuing with BINGO card deliveries Continued from Page 3 Last summer, they were regularly selling around 90 cards a week. Wilson noted that starting in September, it started to grow, breaking 100 on Sept. 9, then it slowly increased into December and the new year, getting as high as 241 in a week. “Anything over 200 is a bonus,” Wilson said. This past week, they sold 231 and had a jackpot over $8,000. Wilson noted that the card delivery is completely contactless and COVID-safe. “[The buyer and I] have a little place that


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we have agreed to that I’m going to leave the cards, they’re going to leave the money– they never see me, I never see them. And even at my home, I have people coming from Minnedosa, some from Brandon, Glenella, picking up cards and I put them out and they pick them up,” she explained. NACTV will be continuing this system for the time being, despite retailers again being allowed to sell non-essential items. Wilson noted that they didn’t want to ask stores to offer the cards, since they have such tight capacity limits right now. As well, nobody

knows how restrictions will be changing in the future, so Wilson said NACTV didn’t want to have to be switching back and forth from stores to deliveries whenever the rules change. The deliveries aren’t the only part of the bingo process, Wilson noted. She also gave credit to Corina Jasienczyk, who organizes and packages the bingo cards, as well as Joyce Kindgon, who does the books for the bingo sales. “As the numbers go up, each job becomes a little bit greater,” Wilson expressed.

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A local community service has received some support recently. The Gladstone United Church Community Food Cupboard was given $250 from Louise Blair, of Royal LePage Portage Realty. Blair noted that everyone on the Royal

LePage Portage team was asked to select a local charity or nonprofit group to support. “This is part of our ‘Giving away $10,000 for our 10th anniversary!’” Blair explained. The Food Cupboard offers food and hygiene items to those who need it in the Westlake-Gladstone area. The organization noted that

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Prices Effective February 4 Until Closing February 10, 2021. We reserve the right to Limit Quantities.


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Plus Deposit, Levies or Enviro Charges Where Applicable.


1.89 L Select Varieties

FEB 2021


99 Mott’s Clamato Cocktail

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Trickle Creek Certified Black Angus Beef Our Own Lean All Beef Patties

Rib Eye Steaks

Tenderloin Steaks




Made In-store 4 Ounce Stack of 6

Approximately 7 - 8 Ounces Works out to $9.90 Per Steak Box of 10 Limit 2 Per Customer

Approximately 7 - 8 Ounces Works out to $11.90 Per Steak Box of 10 Limit 2 Per Customer


Hours: Open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Change in hours related to Covid 19 We have delayed openings of noon on Mondays and Thursdays so we can restock our shelves while social distancing

During this time sales & promotions, TGP® makes every effort to supply sufficiently advertised merchandise to meet your needs. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, some items may be out of stock. Errors sometimes can occur. When an error is discovered, a correction notice will be posted in stores to bring the error to your attention. Images are for illustrative purposes and may differ from actual products advertised. Some illustrations are serving suggestions only. GST is extra where applicable. TGP, SUPER A FOODS, BIGWAY FOODS are registered trademarks of Federated Co-operatives Limited, Saskatoon, Sask. S7K 3M9. CO-OP, CO-OP design, CO-OP ¢ENTSIBLES, MARKET TOWN, CARE + design, CO-OP GOLD PURE are trademarks of TMC Distributing Ltd. Saskatoon, Sask. S7K 3M9.

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