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The province’s education system is about to go through some sweeping structural changes. On Monday, Mar. 15, education minister Cliff Cullen unveiled the results of a much-anticipated report outlining proposed modifications to Kindergarten to Grade 12 education. The most notable suggestion made will see the removal of elected school boards, except for the Francophone school division. They will be replaced with a government-appointed provincial advisory board and community councils for each school. The advisory council will consist of between six and 11 people. At least two of the members must be the parents of current public school students. Manitoba’s 37 school divisions would also be replaced with 15 regions, that will be overseen by a “Provincial Education

Authority”. The Authority will be made up of appointed members and take over the bulk of administrative responsibilities, including collective bargaining, IT resources and workforce planning. This new education model has been outlined in Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, which was put before the legislature on Mar. 15. The hope is to have these infrastructure changes completed by July of 2022. Cullen noted that, if approved, this shift in education is aimed at cutting $40 million in administration costs and redirecting that money to the classrooms. “Our system has more (school board) trustees per capita than anywhere else in Canada. Our administration expenses as a percentage of costs are higher than most other provinces,” Cullen said. The shift in education is in reaction to Manitoba having some of the lowest results in math and literacy in the country. “The time for excuses

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One of the most notable changes that will be occurring due to the Better Education Starts Today (BEST) strategy, announced on Monday, Mar. 15 by education minister Cliff Cullen, is the end of all school divisions, such as Beautiful Plains (pictured). All 37 school divisions will be replaced with 15 regions.

about still being mediocre are over,” said Cullen. Swift reaction from MB Teachers Society The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) has expressed concern with

the plan, indicating that it hasn’t thoroughly addressed one of the biggest issue students deal it. “There’s a lot of speaking to outcomes and achievements and assessments and test scores, but we know

that unless you address child poverty issues first, there’s no need to start looking at all of those other things,” said MTS v ice president Nathan Martindale. The Manitoba Teach-

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Centralization could negatively impact students BPSD superintendent reacts to K-12 Education Review results

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press The results of the provincial government’s K-12 Education Review has received a wide variety of reviews. Jason Young, Beautiful Plains School Division (BPSD) superintendent, had a mixed reaction, with cautious optimism and concern. “Change is difficult and I will approach this change with an open and hopeful mindset that some positive changes can come of this for our students,” Young stated. “Our students have always been and must continue to remain at the centre of the decision making process.” Bigger isn’t always better In an interview before the review was published, Young had noted that amalgamations were expected, whether it was to come from this review or further down the line. However, previous amalgamations both in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces have shown that method is not always beneficial. Young explained that the government has been putting out a consistent message that too much money is being spent on administration, in particular, school boards, and it should be reallocated directly to classrooms. Young noted that the Beautiful Plains School Board has always believed this exact sentiment, that money should be directed directly to the classrooms, where it can have the greatest impact on students. He added that every conversation that occurs among the BPSD board starts with the question, “how will this decision benefit our students?” The last amalgamation, which took place in 2001, came about because of similar statements of “unnecessary duplication”, with the estimate that the government could save up to $10 million by reducing school divisions from 54 to 37. “At that time, they used the same reason they’re using now, there’s too much administration,” he explained. In reality, the total spending in amalgamated school divisions went up by over $27 million in one year, according to the Provincial FRAME report of 2003/2004. “Effectiveness and efficiency [in schools] is based far more on the decisions that are made and the culture that exists than they are on size [of divisions],” Young expressed in that earlier interview. While the province’s announced changes to the education system are not defined as amalgamation, the grouping of 37 school divisions into 15 regions and transferring the majority of administration into one provincial authority can be seen as a form of amalgamation. Concern for communities could disappear Young noted that moving most of the administration duties to one centralized, provincial authority could end up making it more difficult for schools to get what they need for their students. “I can only speak from our local context in Beautiful Plains, where I know we have a Board of Trustees who genuinely cares about our students, staff


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The above map shows the current 37 school divisions and what the 15 regions will be once the divisions have been dissolved. The divisions will be “amalgamating” with those adjacent to them in matching colours. Some divisions, such as Hanover and Seine River, will be their own regions. All regions will be administered by one central provincial authority.

and communities. They work hard to do what they believe is best for our kids, even when they know it may not be the most popular decision at times. This is a caring group who has earned my utmost respect by their actions and choices. I am not confident that one central authority will be able to duplicate this type of genuine concern for the communities we serve,” he expressed. While this change will be gradual, Young said that he expects to see the impact in schools as time rolls on. “I am certain as more time passes and decisions are made by people further removed from our communities that our schools will undoubtedly be impacted.” He continued, “I have always believed, through what I have seen with people, that relationships are key. The

closer the relationship, and the more deeply a person knows someone, the more likely they are to try and do what they feel is best for that person. I see that with our parents, who care so deeply for their children. I see that with our staff, who know our communities and our families and I see that with our board, who represent the communities they serve. I hope that is not lost because out of that, the real loser will be our students.” While it is evident the potential challenges this changeover could pose, Young maintained that he will keep an open mind to this new system and see where it leads. “I’m open minded and will work to understand how this is going to help our students, how is this going to improve their chances of being successful.” 210416C0 210416C1

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Challenges acknowledged by Neepawa Silver Spurs

By Hannah and Kallie Nugent Neepawa Silver Spurs 4-H Club It has been a very different year for our Neepawa Silver Spurs because of COVID-19. In September during the beginning of the 4H year, we met at our indoor arena at the fairgrounds in Neepawa. We also used the outdoor arena there for the older girls, following

COVID-19 guidelines of course. Leah Sumner, her mom Cathy Stevenson and daughter McKenna, Laura Martin, and Lori Cathcart helped teach our Silver Spurs how to ride properly. We trotted around pylons and trotted or walked over polls laying on the ground and some

even loped in a circle. One of the favourite parts of 4H for the girls is the physical part of riding and showing everything they know when riding their horses. Once it was too cool for riding, we did our Zoom meetings. We could learn the anatomy of the horses and a lot of fun things the girls enjoyed. For our 4H project

over Christmas, the girls made some Chr istmas cards for the care home here in Neepawa. Just a little something to help the older occupants get through the COVID-19 Christmas. We did our communications project and the girls did great, some even did the next level. This is all the fun stuff we did at 4H this year.

Nutrition Bite March – Nutrition Month Food has different meaning for different people. This year we are pushing back against simplified notions of ‘a healthy meal’ and ‘food rules’ and discuss how culture, food traditions, health conditions and personal circumstances influence healthy eating definitions. We need food to survive and we know that when we get good nutrition we are healthier. It is important to build positive messaging with your family around all foods. Food is not “good” or “bad”; “clean” or “unclean”; “healthy” or “unhealthy”. These terms place judgement on certain foods. This could lead to internalizing feeling of guilt or shame around certain food or might decrease willingness to try or accept new foods. For example to a young child, food cannot possibly taste good if it is “healthy”. Treating foods as neutral fosters children to build positive relationships with food. Enjoy and have fun with food! Chantal Morais, RD MPH (she/her) Community Dietitian, PMH

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he Province of Manitoba has received, and now released, a K-12 education report with 75 recommendations and Education Minister Cliff Cullen said the province has accepted all of them in spirit and principle. Some, but not all, are incorporated into Bill 64. Bill 64 is before the legislature now, but will not likely pass this spring, as the opposition has the right to delay up to five bills until fall. They will likely delay Bill 64. The K-12 report and Bill 64 are long overdue. Whether the 75 recommendations are the right ones remains to be seen. The public has only seen the contents for less than 24 hours at the time this column is being written on Tuesday morning. Rather than say each and every detail is the right direction or if all this planning will work out or not, it’s important to examine them. Minister Cullen said they had to do something and he’s correct. With admin costs appearing to be high compared to other provinces and with education results appearing to be low compared to other provinces, the need for action is evident. That said, many of the premises for Bill 64 are long overdue. Supporting education with land taxes is totally out of date. That change should have come about 40 years ago. Set up in the early part of the last century, education taxes on land was the way to go. Nearly every quarter section of land had a family with kids living on it, it was assumed that most houses and businesses had kids living on the property. With that largely being the case, it somewhat made sense to tax land to fund education. Over the decades, the province has taken over some of the funding. Education serves all people, not just property owners. Education is a service to people so should be funded by all people. Land taxes need to go towards services to land such as roads, water, sewer and neepawa

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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell numerous other land based service needs. If the government can switch education funding off property and onto general revenue, it will be a good thing. Land owners can then invest their tax dollars in improving, or in some cases, even just keeping their land. Farmers and commercial building owners have been unfairly burdened with education taxes and it needs to end. It is among the changes that are 40 years overdue. We need to remember that the last major change to the education system was in 1966, which, by the way, is 55 years ago. That was when school divisions were enlarged and wide spread school bussing started. The school boards and school trustees are almost all mad about Bill 64 and that’s understandable. Also understandable is the government’s statement that school boards have spent most of their time agonizing over local tax rates and bargaining with teachers over wages. Bill 64 claims to place teacher salary bargaining under a province wide authority. It may make a lot of sense and on the surface, it does make sense. It will seem harsh, but newspapers basically stopped covering school board meetings years ago. For the two nights a month it took to cover school board meetings, it seemed like there was lot of rubber stamping going on. Board members hands were tied by the province and as so much of the funding was coming from the province, is that a surprise. In recent

years, it has been tough to get people to run for school boards. The third thing that jumps out is educational results. It’s reported that Manitoba is low on the Canadian charts by many measures. Defenders of the current education system say that those results are due to poverty. Could be, to some extent. However, if poverty were the criteria for a lack of success, it didn’t hold back my oldest brother, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 15 years and had a long career in business and transportation. It didn’t stop my second brother from obtaining two university degrees and serving for many decades in the Ag industry. It didn’t stop me from obtaining a University degree and a reasonably successful career in business, politics and journalism. Poverty can sometimes be an incentive to succeed. The teachers union will be upset, because that is what they are paid to do. The school trustees will be upset, because their role is being re-assigned. The support workers union will be upset, but I am not sure why, as they will likely all have jobs and there may be more jobs in teaching and support services as money is shifted. I think everyone’s big concern is that governments of all political stripes have a huge propensity to screw things up. It’s our job as journalists, and as citizens, to make sure they don’t. If we aren’t up that task, then we are all in big trouble.

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here is room between stimulus and our response. Through this space, you have the possibility to choose your own response.” Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor. That statement, standing by itself, is a powerful truth; standing in the shadow of the author, it is an even more powerful truth. After having stood in the shadows of the gates of Auschwitz and Birkenau, for me, it is a mind bending, healing and humbling truth. Frankl, a noted counsellor, teacher, humanitarian and scholar, lost his wife, parents and all but one member of his family to the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, the Holocaust. While imprisoned, he counselled fellow victims, encouraging them to remember the good in the world, in their world. Reflect back to happy times, beautiful places, loving people. Think on these things and never give up hope. One of his books, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, is still recommended reading. Frankl was able to speak his truth with love, despite, in spite of, the circumstances over which he had no control. No control over the circumstances, the possibility to choose his own response. When I reflect on situations, such as the Holocaust, the refugee camps filled with the homeless and hurting, the outbreak of the Spanish flu a hundred years ago, well, the list can go on and on. When I reflect on these situations, I give humble thanks. I don’t like missing the holiday festivities with my family and friends. I don’t like missing the little joys like shopping and coffeeing. I don’t like the fear and uncertainty, the formation of groups with very differing opinions of what is true and what is scare mongering. There are rifts deepening in families and communities. I don’t like that either. I have a choice. I have a choice to think on those things that bring me peace of mind, a sense of purpose, satisfaction. If Frankl, enduring all that he felt and witnessed, could still be positive and helpful, then what is around me and before me pales in comparison. There is concern for the elderly that are isolated. There is concern for the youth that are lacking the experiences that we feel they deserve. When I was a child, a trip to town was not a given, but a privilege. To own a pair of skates was to be a “have”. The seclusion of my early farm life was wonderfully broken by visits from family and neighbours. I know we can’t have that, right now, but most of us do have the telephone, texting, Skype and Zoom. The young and the old have access to at least a visual connection to loved ones. We do want more for our children than we had as children. As did our parents, and their parents. “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather, the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 – 1997) We have the possibility to choose our own response.


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Trying something new Faithfully I Yours will never forget the video I watched a few weeks ago. It featured a high school student, who spent his time away from school working on a huge project. Using only popsicle sticks and hot glue, he built a scale model of a huge mansion, complete with interior lighting. The project required 380 to 400 hours of work (over 18 months), 8,000 popsicle sticks and 600 glue sticks. The total cost was $278 US. He began by clearing a large area in his room, which he used to lay out the floor plan and place the floor joists. Then, the unit was moved to a large table, where it stayed until it was completed. He videoed the entire process. Two time lapse videos were later posted to YouTube. The end result is a tribute to his love of the craft, his meticulous attention to detail and his determination to see the project through to completion. Of all the comments posted below these videos, one caught my eye. “I think,”

the viewer wrote, “that this is something I could do during the COVID-19 lockdowns.” And, for a few seconds at least, I thought the same thing. But I quickly dismissed the idea– at least for now. I have other projects to complete before I tackle something that massive. Since moving into the house I share with my wife, stepson and dog, I have had to learn how to do several things I haven’t done before. The motto of Canada’s 4-H clubs (“Learn to do by doing”) has become my mantra. Every project I have undertaken has been a success– largely because before I ever cut materials for a project or tried to fix a plumbing or electrical problem, I have taken the time to answer three questions.

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and they found out how rich they were after they died. They did not share anything with anybody. It made me think what I would do... It is so easy to love someone who is equal to us and become friends with them, but Paul tells us in Acts 20, when he says farewell to Ephesians elders, that he “served the Lord with great humility and

with tears” (vs.19). Peter tells us in Acts 10:42 that He ( Jesus) commanded us to testify that He ( Jesus) is the one whom God appointed and that everyone who believes in Him ( Jesus) receives forgives of sins through His name (verse 43). There is no difference with who we share His love and His salvation.

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Observation wo stories caught my attention this week. One mentioned what you need to do if you were poor and lived next door to someone who was rich and then talked

First, why do I want to do this? In each case, the projects I undertook either addressed a need, improved the quality of life in our home for our family or helped beautify our neighbourhood by beautifying our house and yard. Those are always good motives for taking on a project. So are finding creative and productive ways to use the free time we’ve been given thanks to COVID-19. Doing something because “it might be fun” will get you started on a project, but may not give you enough motivation to see it through to completion. Second, do I have the required resources? I would love to build some of the intricate wood or metal projects I see some YouTubers build. But I am limited by

two things. I don’t have room for a fully equipped shop and there is much I need to learn about working with wood before I would even consider trying one of those projects. But those are my current limits. They won’t remain forever. Let the learning begin! Third, how will I react to failure? Don’t be discouraged if (or when) you make mistakes. We all will make them. Face them, own them (which means take responsibility for them), learn from them and move on. They are God’s way of removing negative and harmful traits of character from our personalities and replacing them with qualities that draw other people to us and through us to the God, who will give to others what he has given us– his mercy and his help in our time of need. One final thought. Don’t let age, inability or past failures keep you from trying something new. God is with you. He will help you learn new things and use them effectively to serve your family and community.

about it if you were rich, lived next door to someone who was poor, and what the Bible teaches us to do. Then I read an interesting story about two brothers who lived like poor fellows

Thumbs up, thumbs down Thumbs up to the Carberry Fire Department for a wonderful barbecue on Saturday, Mar. 6. The drive through was well organized and the food delicious. Fireworks ended the day perfectly. Fay Erickson Carberry, MB

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I totally agree with Jeff Braun's letter in your Mar. 12 edition of the Neepawa Banner. I really feel the young people have given up the most during this pandemic. Our young people, from preschoolers to young adults, should be living the carefree life that they deserve– making friends, exploring the unknown– in general living and doing what our youth do to prepare themselves for life experiences when they become our leaders in the future. Verna Brown Strathclair, 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: 423 Mountain Ave. Neepawa By fax: 204-476-5073 By email:



Addition by subtraction?

So...the government says Manitoba students score poorly on national literacy and math tests. I believe that is the case. To address this issue, the province plans to do away with school divisions to save $40 million to put back into children’s education. Principals would also no longer belong to the same union as the teachers. I fail to see how this resolves the issues with student’s national test scores. I would like to see the plan they have to improve the education of our students. It doesn’t happen by simply throwing money at the problem. There needs to be a plan. The last time Manitoba implemented a major change in assessment practices, very little money was spent educating teachers about the change and yet teachers were supposed to somehow “get it”. If Manitoba kids are scoring low on assessments, do we know why? Is there something wrong with how teachers are teaching? Or is there something wrong with the curriculum? Or is the problem that a teacher has 30 students of varying abilities with few classroom resources? Does the province have a plan to address the cause of low scores with the $40 million? Will this really be more efficient and save money? Let’s examine one scenario. How will purchases be made? If a school wants to purchase items like computers, science equipment, or gym equipment, will they have to order from some clerk sitting in Winnipeg? Will the order need to be approved by some other official sitting at another desk? How long will that take? We have seen how inefficient and expensive government bureaucracy is. I suspect most of the $40 million will be spent on new government jobs supporting the education system. If we are getting rid of administration, how does that affect something as basic as bussing? In Neepawa’s case, will bus routes be planned by someone sitting in Russell or some other distant community with no knowledge of our local geography? Will we need to get approval to book busses for sports and field trips through a clerk in Winnipeg? Has the province considered those kinds of details? I suspect we will not lose many administrative jobs, because we will still need local people in charge of bussing, bus and building maintenance, local speech pathologists, psychologists and many more. I believe the province is dreaming if they think consolidation of divisions will save any money. Principals will no longer be in the same union as teachers. Does the province know that many principals are teaching principals? How will that work? It makes me think that this plan is not well thought out. I don’t believe these changes will save any money. I believe the opposite. For reference, check out the supposed savings and efficiency created by amalgamating health care regions. If it is not going to save money, there must be another agenda. Could it be gaining control of local education? I don’t mind change, but I would love to see the plan. I doubt there is one besides “throw around some money and see what happens”. This is just my initial reaction to the government announcement. I truly hope my concerns prove to be unfounded. I would love to be wrong. Ron Nordstrom Neepawa, MB Additional letters on Page 18


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Horse power

For the early settlers coming to Manitoba, the $10 fee for their quarter of land was inexpensive. However, the animal power to help break and plow was costly and at times unavailable to purchase. During the late 1800s, a team of horses cost between $150 and $300, as compared to between $100 and $130 for a team of oxen. The farm papers advised the farmers that a team of oxen could be kept as cheaply as you could keep one horse, they were hardier and of great strength. If speed was not required, the oxen was the way to go. Slow, they were the cause of good, righteous men to use words not used at home, but which the oxen got to understand. Oxen did not need expensive leather harness, as their yokes could be made easily from a tree with a few tools. Another bonus, oxen were never stolen, as you could not get them far enough away from their home to not get caught. As well, oxen were very docile and when too old to work, they were never too old to be turned into stew. For the farmers, horses, with their superior speed, were preferred for mowing, raking, hauling wood or grain and many other farm activities. The demand for horses brought horses from the east and the States. Of course, their best horses were left at home and the decrepit ones sent. Most of a “good nine-year-old” was really a tired 20-year-old. With the railways coming, horses were soon being imported from other countries to raise a horse better suited for agriculture and draught. In 1886, Brandon had more stallion dealers than anywhere else in Canada and became known as the Horse Capital of Canada. The three large breeds that really caught on with the farmers were the Clydesdales from Scotland, the Belgian from Belgium, the Percheron from France. For buggies, riding and lighter work came the Standardbreds, Hackneys and Thoroughbreds. Horses not only worked on farms, but in towns and cities, delivering milk, coal, lumber, pulled horse drawn street cars, fire wagons and more. During the early 1900s, many grain farms had as many as 10 or more working horses. In the late 1880s and through many following years, “swamp fever” (infectious anemia) affected horses at an alarming rate. This disease often meant a quick death, but at times, was a long, lengthy illness that zapped the horses of their strength, rendering them unfit for work. It was prevalent to horses living near sloughs and carried by various biting insects, including the mosquito. It was an immense hardship for the farmer to lose his much needed horse or horses. On the prairies, mules were not as prominent, although they were stronger than a horse their size and faster than oxen. The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, they are sure-footed and subsist well on hay and grass. You probably heard the expression, “stubborn as a mule,” as they have minds of their own. They can hold a grudge against a person that has abused or over-worked them and not cooperate with that person. A number of years ago, an older man I knew talked about working with mules building roads. Lunch time for the men and mules was twelve o’clock. When that time rolled around, whether the men wanted to finish the job at hand, the mules stopped and refused to work. It was lunch time and no work was completed until the mules had lunch. Mules are calm, they do not have runaways like horses, are reliable animals, with more endurance than a horse and live longer than a horse. However, working with mules was not a “social status” and never caught on in the west as horses did. A powerful bond exists between men and horses. These two recipes will come in handy for lunch boxes, whether the man of the house is driving a mule team or at another job.

Roast beef sandwiches Thinly sliced roast beef 2 Tbsp. dry onion soup mix 2 Tbsp. warm water 1-2 Tbsp. horse radish, drained

1 Tbsp. prepared mustard dash or two of pepper 1/2 cup softened butter 10 slices rye bread

Soak the onion soup mix in the water for five minutes. Add in the horseradish, mustard and pepper. Blend this in to the softened butter. Butter the slices of bread. Cover five slices with the roast beef and top with the other slice.

Ginger cookies 1/2 cup softened butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses 2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 cup finely chopped, crystalized ginger 1/4 cup white sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add in the egg and molasses. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and spices together. Stir in to the creamed mixture. Add the candied ginger. Place dough in the fridge for one hour or longer. Shape dough into small balls and roll into sugar. Place balls on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, several inches apart. Bake at 350°F for about 12 minutes or until firm.

Spruce Plains RCMP Report By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of Mar. 8 to Mar. 14, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 35 police activities. Mar. 8: RCMP received a complaint of theft of fuel from a business in Rapid City; the matter is still under investigation. Police conducted a Covid compliance check in Neepawa. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Mar. 9: RCMP responded to a missing person report in Basswood. After thorough investigation, the person was located safe and well, and the report was determined to be unfounded. Police received a call of a stalled semi in the RM of Minto-Odanah that was creating a dangerous traffic hazard, as weather conditions were deteriorating. Police attended and learned a tow truck was en route. Mar. 10: Police conducted proactive traff ic enforcement, engaging with several motorists. Mar. 11: RCMP conducted Covid compliance checks at residences in Neepawa. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Police received a report of a missing person in Kelwood. After investigation, the person was located with no cause for concern. Mar. 12: RCMP responded to a disturbance

at a residence in Gladstone. After discussion with the complainant, solutions were provided and no further police action was required. Police received a report of mischief in Clanwilliam. Police spoke with the complainant who was looking for advice and did not wish to proceed with charges. Mar. 13: RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover in the RM of Rosedale. Neither the driver or passenger were injured and the vehicle was towed. Wet and muddy roads were to blame. Police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the RM of Rosedale. Patrols were made but the suspect vehicle was not located. Mar. 14: RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault taking place in Glenella. Police attended, spoke with all involved parties where there was no disclosure of an assault, no injuries and no concern for safety. Police received a report of a court order being disobeyed in Minnedosa; the matter is still under investigation. RCMP conducted nine

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 on-going 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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In the beginning Many people regard the biblical account of creation as an unscientific myth. That idea is itself a myth. Read the account, expecting it to mean what it says, and you will find it very much in tune with today’s science. Take the first three words: “In the beginning …” When I went to school, I was taught that the universe had always existed. One reason for this “steady state” theory was the law of conservation of mass/energy - a law that has survived all attempts to disprove it. It says that nothing in the universe can be either created or destroyed. So how could there have been a time when it did not exist? But early in the 20th century, evidence was mounting that the universe did, indeed, have a beginning. Albert Einstein was one of the many scientists who were reluctant to believe the evidence. But as soon as he was convinced, Einstein concluded that, if this universe had a beginning, there must have been a Beginner. That conclusion does not require faith. Just common sense. To be continued.

Rural Outlook

MARCH 19, 2021


Minnedosa Rec planning spring break fun By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

Minnedosa & District Recreation Commission is planning four days of fun for spring break this year. Janelle Vachon, Recreation office assistant, explained that they are putting together a town-wide scavenger hunt, taking place Mar. 29 to Apr. 1. “With very little for recreational activities going on right now, we think this is a great COVID-restriction friendly activity to get the kids out of the house and doing something fun during spring break,” Vachon expressed. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, she

explained that scavenger hunt teams will have to be household members only, but both kids and adults are encouraged to get involved. “I just want this to help raise awareness about what all Minnedosa has to offer, and what better way than through a fun scavenger hunt!”

Different themes every day Vachon noted that there will be different themes every day, which coincide with different national days. “Mar. 29 is #NationalMomPopBusinessDay and so all clues will revolve around the businesses in Minnedosa and many

prizes have already been donated by local businesses in support of the event!” She added that while they do have businesses already getting involved, they welcome all Minnedosa businesses to participate, by being a scavenger hunt destination, providing prizes or just helping to promote the event on social media or by putting up posters. “We would like to support local businesses in Minnedosa by creating a scavenger hunt with clues that lead teams to discover the local businesses and help them to learn about the local services offered here in town, by requiring them to answer specific questions about

each business, where they will have to either explore their website or their shop in person to find the answers,” Vachon explained. Mar. 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, with the scavenger hunt activities revolving around Minnedosa’s numerous outdoor recreation options. Then, Mar. 31 is National Little Red Wagon Day, “Which is all about getting outside with your kids in the iconic little red wagon. You don’t need a red wagon to participate, but there will be one hiding around town that you’ll have to find, plus a fun little adventure to discover some of the hidden treasures of Minnedosa,”

RM of Rosedale proposing levies for community halls

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

Two public hearings are scheduled this month for the Rural Municipality of Rosedale to propose levies to pay for the Eden Skating Rink and Hall and the Birnie Community Club. Birnie Community Club The Birnie meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 31 at the Birnie Community Club. The proposed Special Service Levy to pay for the Birnie facility would be a brand new addition to taxpayers’ bills. The levy would only be applied to taxpayers living in Birnie or the surrounding area within Township 17 and Range 15W. A total of 85 dwellings would be affected, with a proposed levy of $55 annually to allow the municipality to budget $4,675 per year for maintenance and operation costs of the Birnie Community Club. A special service levy for the Birnie Community Club had been proposed previously and proved an unpopular

idea. A special meeting was held in February 2020 to bring the matter to the public and give the proposed bylaw a first reading. At that meeting, there were 12 community members who submitted objections, either verbally or in writing, and only four who were in favour of the levy. The upcoming meeting will allow for taxpayers to ask questions, make presentations or register objections to the newly proposed levy, as well as give the Rosedale council the opportunity to present its plan and estimated budget for the support of the facility. Eden Skating Rink and Hall The maintenance and operations for the Eden Skating Rink and Hall have already been paid for by municipal taxes for at least the last 15 years. The last tax levy by-law for the Eden facility was passed in 2006 and expired at the end of 2020. The upcoming meeting, slated for Wednesday, Mar. 24, will be to establish by-law with a new rate for another 15 years. Taxable and grant-in-lieu properties within

the area known as the Eden School District would be affected by this levy. The estimated cost of maintenance to the facilities varies from $9,000 to $9,500 between 2021 and 2035. The notice for the public hearing stated that the exact amount for each year will be determined annually when the council sets the budget. What it would cost taxpayers, however, was not published. The notice stated that the method of taxation would be based on a mill rate for each property, however, the rate has not yet been determined. The notice stated that the rate would have to be determined by council once the annual maintenance costs were budgeted each year in the RM’s financial plan. Because of COVID-19, those who would like to attend either meeting, in person or by phone, are asked to contact the municipal office at 204-476-5414. Submissions can also be made in writing before the meetings and be emailed to the CAO at

Vachon explained. And finally, Apr. 1 is April Fool’s Day. “Without releasing too many details, there will be some fun pranks involved on this day and maybe some acts of kindness as well!”

Register a team Families will be able to register their team before the event starts. “Registration is free and open to any families in the area, not just Minnedosa, that would like to participate. You’re welcome to take part in one day or the whole event,” Vachon explained. She noted that more details will be sent to registrants on


each day’s activities. Points will be awarded for the different challenges involved and prizes will be awarded based on the points your team collects. “We have all felt the hardship of isolation and now that the weather is taking a turn for the better, we can emerge from the house and get reacquainted with the beautiful community of Minnedosa and what it has to offer,” Vachon stated. Any business that would like to get involved can contact Vachon at Minnedosa & District Recreation Commission by phone, 204-867-2250, or email

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Looking Back

MARCH 19, 2021

1961: Masonic Lodge members receive medals

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

110 years ago, Tuesday, March 14, 1911 Sir William Mackenzie says the Canadian Northern will add 600 miles of track to the system this year. The Sons of England meet tonight. 100 years ago, Friday, March 18, 1921 Canada is to have nickel coins. But no man is bound to accept more than $10 of such coin in payment of debts or wages. 90 years ago, Tuesday, March 17, 1931 A wa r n i ng : I f you buy some liquor on a permit, and you find that your consuming ability falls short of what you anticipated, keep it for another hour, for to pass it on to someone might entail a miserable reduction on the bank account. A local man was fined $50 for doing so last week and the three who accepted the gift were fined a little less. 80 years ago, Tuesday, March 18, 1941 The Greeks have reported that the whole Albanian battlefront, from Lake Ohrid to the Adriatic has flared into action as Italy’s spring offensive gains momentum, with Benito Mussolini directing operations from the front lines. The air ministry stated in a recent report that Royal Air Force planes have struck hard at Gelsenkirchen and Dusseldorf in Germany and Rotterdam in Holland, in their new air offensive against Germany and German-occupied territory. A report from Belgrade states that hundreds of Nazi fighter, bomber and transport planes were wheeled out onto Bulgarian airports Saturday, ready for instant action, as German circles declared the Balkan situation was “reaching a critical stage.” German planes, hundreds strong, bombed Liverpool, Glasgow and other coastal areas in almost unprecedented fury during Friday, striking at ports, shipbuilding centres and food distribution points in reinforcement of the spring blitzkrieg submarine campaign. Neepawa’s school chil-

dren are doing their bit toward the war effort. In one recent month, they bought $95 worth of war savings stamps at the Central school. Grades 4, 5 and 6 have made lovely knitted afghans, face cloths and scarves. One little sevenyear-old miss has nearly completed a pair of soldier’s socks. Her knitting would be a credit to one much older than she. Any questions of the vitality of test tube calves was exploded by Bert Shanks last week. He has a healthy Shorthorn calf, which was born after its mother died.

70 years ago, Thursday, March 15, 1951 The hustling Mentmore tea m ag a i n c apt u red t he Neepawa Hockey Association trophy for the second straight year in the rural tournament here Saturday at the Arena. Nearly 800 fans attended the tournament sponsored by the Neepawa Hockey Association.

stated they were not insured against this type of accident. All the cows were in calf. According to reports, they had broken out of their corral and wandered onto the railway tracks. Seventeen of the animals were instantly killed and the other three were so badly injured they had to be shot by the owner. 50 years ago, Thursday, March 25, 1971 The Star-Liters, a ladies’ quartet from the Winnipeg Sweet Adelines chapter, will be one of the feature groups on the Neepawa Barbershop Show Saturday night. They have made many personal appearances in the city and are all seasoned performers. They are Winona Smith, Aileen Fre, Barbara Kyle and Dale Donaldson.

40 years ago, Thursday, March 19, 1981 A special committee was named Monday night to begin a study into the possibilities of maintaining the former Viscount School as a cultural center. About 60 people attended a meeting in the Viscount assembly hall and heard a presentation by the Cultural Council on the problems being encountered in their attempts to retain the 50-year-old building.


There were a few different lodges and societies that made their home in Neepawa in the past. One of these lodges was the Masonic Lodge. Pictured here are a handful of lodge members receiving medals for their 50 years of membership. Presenting: Neil Hannah, Dave Pollock and Grand Master A. J. Sawatsky, of Morris. Sitting: J. C. Hannah, A. S. Thurston and A. D. Kennedy.

Thomson, who will be 91 years old in April, gave a humorous speech on their younger years when they were at home and about Jim’s school years. A social time followed and lunch was served later to conclude a very memorable day for Jim.

60 years ago, Friday, March 17, 1961 Uncertainty clouds the fate of the record elk head bagged by Paul Kerkowich, of Arden, last fall and a discussion on the matter at the Tuesday night meet20 years ago, ing of the Neepawa Game Monday, and Fish Association failed March 19, 2001 to produce any definite T he Ne e paw a a nd answers… 30 years ago, Gladstone Legions are The head is still expected Tuesday, not t a k i ng pa r t i n a to rank fifth in world standMarch 19, 1991 ings (this is not yet official), On Saturday, Mar. 2, a controversial tax suit that but contrary to first reports family gathering was held is splitting veteran’s groups, it will likely rank as third at the Glenella Hall to some who fear a successful rather than first in Canada. honor Jim Wilson on his tax grab could cripple their Fifty-year medals were 90th birthday, which was communities. Duane Pierce, president presented to three members on Mar. 4. Upon entering of the Neepawa Masonic t he ha l l, Jim’s n iece, of the Neepawa Legion Lodge on Tuesday night. Eleanor Slator, pinned a said several years ago, the J. C. Hannah received his lovely boutonniere on his local branch had financial from son Neil. Dave Pollock lapel and escorted him to difficulties and the council presented one to A. S. Thur- the head table, which was of the day gave them a grant in lieu of taxes. ston and A. D. Kennedy tastefully decorated… “They did a pretty good received his from Grand Following this, Jim’s Master A. J. Sawatzky, of o l d e s t s i s t e r, A n n i e thing for us, and we didn’t Morris. All of the medals were granted by the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. Mrs. W. G. Fraser celeDr. Perkins Greg Perkins Dr. Greg brates her 92nd birthday today, March 17. All her Dr. Derek Papegnies Dr. Derek Papegnies friends, Irish or otherwise, Optometrists Optometrists will wish her many happy returns. Twenty Hereford cows owned by a Carberr y & District Wellness Centre) Beautiful Plains Community Medical Inc. & District Wellness Centre) Beautiful(Neepawa Plains Community Medical Clinic Inc.Clinic district farmer were killed (Neepawa Tuesday afternoon when struck by an eastboundFor appointment For appointment please please call: call: train, the CPR Dominion. The cattle, owned by H. J. Strain, were valued at $6,000, and reports

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want to turn around and take part in this (lawsuit),” Pierce said… In a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench, 31 legions and veterans associations stated that municipalities improperly assessed school taxes on their properties. The associations claim prov i nc ia l leg i s l at ion should have exempted them from paying the taxes. I f successfu l, t he lawsuits could leave other

taxpayers footing the bill if municipalities are forced to pay back hefty school tax bills to the veterans… The city of Winnipeg has already filed a statement of defence, denying it owes the veterans groups any money. The city said the groups could have challenged their assessments when tax bills were issued, adding prov i nc ia l leg i s l at ion doesn’t allow them to do that now.



Whitey’s Fitness adapts to ever changing COVID regulations ing courses. Recent changes to the rules for indoor activities have allowed for the reinstitution of that type of training, effective Mar. 15. Hockin noted that The return to “normal” amid the loosening of a fair number of members were very much looking COVID-19 restrictions has been a little bit start and forward to that. stop for Whitey’s Fitness Body Shop in Neepawa. A new addition to that list of classes is Boxfit, which Though businesses such as Whitey’s were allowed to will teach basic boxing fundamentals and movement. reopen on Monday, Feb. 22, the local fitness facility It’ll be taught by Derek Pearson, who has over 20 chose to wait a week, in order to review the changes years of training and coaching in the fields of boing that were being adopted. and mixed martial arts (MMA). Since deciding to reopen on Monday, Mar. 1, Pearson recently told the Banner & Press that he Whitey’s owner and operator Sherrie Hockin has is very much looking forward to partnering with acknowledged that a return to normal operations Whitey’s Fitness on this course. will be a slow and ongoing process over the next few “I’m excited to be getting back into offering [a boxweeks. Hockin did add, however, that gym members ing program] in Neepawa. I’m a big believer in what are very happy to see the business accessable once Whitey’s Fitness Body Shop is promoting and what SUBMITTED PHOTO again, and are willing to adapt to the changes to A group of gym members participate in the new BoxFit training they’re offering at the gym. It benefits the community, keep it that way. so I’m really excited to be involved,” stated Pearson. course at Whitey’s Fitness Body Shop in Neepawa. Other courses of note that are returning to the fold Protocols remain, classes return ments for the weight room also remains in effect, to ensure are the group functional training and the Friday evening To ensure the well being of all its membership coming a manageable number of individuals are in the facility at program, nicknamed ‘Strong like a Girl’, which is a teen back to the gym, Whitey’s will continue with the instituted any given time. girls’ training regiment. Information on all those programs rules for physical distancing and the cleaning of equipment, One of the cornerstones of the local fitness facility’s can be located on the Whitey’s Fitness Body Shop’s social both before and after its use. The scheduling of appoint- operations over the years has been its array of group train- media platforms.

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press

No AstraZeneca vaccines coming to Neepawa yet

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

Over the last couple weeks, the provincial government has been distributing the AstraZeneca vaccine to clinics and pharmacies in communities across Manitoba. While Neepawa’s Harris Pharmacy and the Beautiful Plains Community Medical Clinic have been preparing to distribute the shots, both have yet to hearmore details from the province. Heather Todoruk, owner of Harris Pharmacy, noted that they have been in contact with the vaccine task force, but are now waiting for some confirmation. “All we know so far is that we are approved, but haven’t been selected yet to get any stock,” she explained. “They also said not every approval guarantees they will be selected to get the vaccine.” Neepawa town councillor Murray Parrott, who is on the Neepawa Area Development Corporation (NADCO) board, which owns the Beautiful Plains Clinic, noted at the last council meeting that the clinic has completed a vaccination room and just installed refrigerators to be able to store vaccines if they get them. He added that people are not to try

calling the clinic to make appointments, but when they receive doses, the clinic will be calling patients they know are in the priority demographic. The Beautiful Plains Clinic is putting out the message that they don’t know when they’ll be receiving the vaccines, but they are planning to help immunize the community if the province allows. A provincial spokesperson noted that so far, 18,000 doses of AstraZeneca have been distributed to 190 clinics and pharmacies throughout Manitoba. “Due to the limited amounts of vaccine, distribution was based primarily on relative population by health region, and relative flu vaccine volume history.” The spokesperson added that once Manitoba receives their next allotment of AstraZeneca, or another fridge approved vaccine, the pharmacies and clinics that have been approved that did not receive any doses yet will still be considered for future allocations. “We are certainly hopeful we will at some point be able to help out, but [we are] at the mercy of the selection committee,” Todoruk stated.

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Helping the community stay connected Miles for Mental Health reaches out with personal care kits, activities

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press COVID-19 has provided some obstacles, but it hasn’t stopped Neepawa’s Miles for Mental Health (MMH). In a recent interview with the Neepawa Banner & Press, it was evident that the group remains determined to do what it can to raise awareness of and provide resources for mental health issues and wellness. MMH’s recent efforts have come in the form of community outreach through “manual health care kits”. These kits are intended for individuals who have been most impacted by COVID-19 related isolation. Diane Martin, president of MMH, says this idea came from her son’s fiance, who is a mental health worker. “She used to work in Thompson, and had shared a Facebook post about an initiative that was happening there that we would find interesting. When I followed up on that information, I learned that Thompson had created– a slightly different approach than what we ended up with– mental health care kit packages for people and distributed them,” Martin explained. “I discussed the idea with our local group and we decided to start with a bag that would be targeted toward people who are living alone and are, therefore, even more isolated due to COVID-19 than most people would be.” Supporting local Desiring to do as much work locally as possible, MMH worked with PromoTime to create a backpack style reusable bag with the group’s logo. Fifty of these bags were made, packed and distributed primarily to seniors at Kinsmen Kourt, Yellowhead Manor, Elks Manor and Aspen Lea. “The contents were all geared towards helping people cope with isolation,” said Martin. “Each bag had a deck of cards and a printout of a variety of card games the

individual could use while alone, a couple of individual tea bags, chocolate, a stress ball, some information about exercises you could do– stretches to stay mobile and active without having to go too far or do too much with other people, a list of resources for people needing contact information about mental health resources and private practice therapists.” Special arrangements were made for deliveries to be completed in a safe and private manner. A number of bags were placed in the lobbies of each of the buildings, which people were then invited to pick up from that location. “We wanted to respect people’s privacy, and we didn’t need to know who the recipients were, as long as they were being used,” Martin noted, adding, “People seemed to appreciate and enjoy those bags. So we decided to do another 50, because there were a lot of people identified to us that, it was felt, could use them. We did the same [process] again and distributed those through the Community Mental Health proctors. So any staff that knew of people that were living on their own, they gave some of these bags to those clients.” Staying connected A new round of care kits is currently in the process of being put together. This time, however, the demographic will be shifted towards families. MMH is expecting to put this batch together before spring break, with the contents being adjusted accordingly. “The family bags are going to have food items like Lipton chicken noodle soup and recipes for gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, and that sort of thing,” said Martin. “The idea being there, that families can use these things to do some activities with their kids during spring break or on weekends, during times when kids probably aren’t going to be allowed to gather as much as

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they normally would during spring break. Things to help families cope with the isolation and being cooped up.” Martin added, “There will also be craft ideas and items, such as recipes for playdough, craft kits of some kind, a deck of cards with some group games ideas and information about mental health resources.” A similar delivery method to the previous batches will be employed for this round of resources. The MMH will be working with Amanda Naughton-Gale, of the Neepawa Community Ministries Centre. The assistance of Community Mental Health will also be employed for distribution again. “Like everybody, we’re looking for ways to reach out to the community, understanding that COVID isn’t going away anytime soon. We felt that this was a way that Miles for Mental Health could reach out to the community,” Martin expressed. “We couldn’t have our fun run last August, and we’re not really sure if we’re going to be able to have any events this year, so we felt that it was important to ‘Connect and Support’– [which is] the slogan we have on our bags. That was the message we wanted to get out to people, that it’s important to stay connected and be supportive of each other in any way that we can. This seems like a tangible way of expressing that message.” Suggestions welcome In addition to the care kits, MMH is also

coordinating an online bingo-type activity. Similar to those they’ve done in the past, it is a way to get people engaged and active. A list of activities will be provided and people will be asked to take a picture of where they are or what they are doing. For example, walking three times a week. “[The activity] will engage families and some of the bags will then be prizes for that game,” said Martin. A course opportunity has also been announced, and can be found on, MMH’s social media. The course costs approximately $30 and will help the individual to identify people in distress and/or in need of support, particularly if they are suicidal. Martin stressed that this course is open to anybody, and those participating can be reimbursed. Participants need merely submit a receipt for the course to the MMH. “We also have an application form on our website that is there for people to submit ideas or requests for programs/services that they would like to be funded by Miles for Mental Health,” Martin added in conclusion. “We’re always happy to receive those suggestions.” One such suggested program will be taking place at the Neepawa Middle School in the near future. The program will be a presentation by Val Caldwell, who has done mental health education for students. The focus of the presentation will be the impact of technology on mental health in kids.

Neepawa Chamber Shop Local Contest

Week 5: We take a look at our Chamber members who help keep our farmers going! The Age old Debate of Growing season is right which is better! around the corner. Take a pic Whether it’s Red, Yellow, of your seeds for the garden or Green we don’t mind so or field and upload to social post a pic of your yard media. Tag the Chamber machines or farm @neepawachamber so we equipment and tag the can enter you into the draw. Chamber to be entered! Did you know that as a Follow Plett business member part of the Construction on Chamber you can get great Facebook for all your deals on Insurance plans for commercial building all your needs? needs. Contact the Chamber for more info. St. Patty’s Day has just passed but no one says you can’t wear some green, and grab a John, grab a Deer and get a pic in. Tag the Chamber!

Opening Soon …. Did you know that this equipment dealer has 5 locations across Manitoba? Make sure you head “West” from town to check them out. Hwy #16 West, across from Stella Jones

Did you know this Chamber member had a 1 year anniversary in December? Things are really “Blooming” there. Stop by soon!

Talk a social distance walk and catch a photo of yourself in front of the heated barn at the baseball diamonds. That is part of what the Beautiful Plains Ag Society can do. Tag the Chamber on FB. Step 1: Make sure to follow Neepawa Chamber on Facebook/ Instagram Step 2: Complete at least 1 square upload to Facebook/Instagram & Tag us @neepawachamber & comment #neepawachamber or email it to us at Step 3: Enter “Shop Local “in the comments of our Bingo post for an extra entry.

For a square with logo, you can take a selfie outside the building and tag the corresponding business on social media and share with Neepawa Chamber at #neepawachamber or @neepawachamber

You just need to complete one square to be entered into the weekly draw. Complete the full bingo sheet each week will get you an extra entry. All weekly entries will be entered into the Grand Prize Draw. Make sure to play each week to maximize your entries.


The old Neepawa fire hall is no more. Once demolition crews got started on Monday, Mar. 15, the building was torn down swiftly. This demolition has been on the town’s agenda since the new fire hall was completed.

Great Prizes to be won such as gifts cards and merchandise from our Chamber members! Make sure you get out there and show your support for our Local Business. This Weeks Featured Chamber Members: Ag West Equipment Ltd, B.P. Ag Society, Dudenhoffer Farms, Enns Brothers, J.M.D. Farms, Mazergroup Neepawa, Northstar Seeds Ltd. Rocky Mountain Equipment, TIC Parts & Services, TAC Ventures Inc., Plett Construction, Neepawa Greenhouse


Portage law firm marks beginning of a new chapter By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press


Mayor Blake McCutcheon (centre) cuts a ribbon, held by Christianson TDS representatives Mason Broadfoot (left) and Sherry Francis (right), to mark the official opening of Christianson TDS in Neepawa.

Cutcheon, who attended. “We believe that Neepawa is a town of the future, experiencing a period of growth, and we are pleased to have Christianson TDS be a part of that growth.” Managing partner for Christianson TDS, Bjorn “Barney” Christianson

provided comment shortly after, emphasizing the firm’s rural connection. “Everybody you see here today is from rural Manitoba. Our firm is absolutely committed to a future in rural Manitoba,” Christianson enthused. “In spite of COVID-19, when this

opportunity appeared, we took it, worked through the challenges, and here we are.” History and services Christianson TDS has been in operation for over 50 years, getting its start with Christianson and his

brother as “Christianson and Christianson” in Portage la Prairie. Since then, it expanded into MacGregor and Gladstone, prior to coming to Neepawa. The Portage firm also recently joined forces with the TDS law firm in Winnipeg, allowing it to widen its scope of practice to include professionals in every area of expertise as a resource if needed. “It’s exciting to start the next chapter of this venture and to be somewhere new– to be the beginning of the next 50 years,” said Mason Broadfoot, lawyer at the Neepawa office. “We offer all services under the sun– we’re dedicated to providing one-on-one assistance that people in the area are used to. Anything outside of the norm can be supported by our partners. I think we’re

Photos don’t do this renovation justice. After the transformation from physiotherapy centre to law firm was complete, the office at 225B Ellen St. is looking much brighter. Above: The main space, furnished with seats, a new reception desk and more. Left: A brand new personal office for Mason Broadfoot, lawyer for Christianson TDS in Neepawa.

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Christianson TDS is now officially open for business in Neepawa. Located in the former location for Yellowhead Physio at 225B Ellen Street, the law firm initially moved to Neepawa late last year. However, the space was in the midst of a complete overhaul. At the time, the business was in operation but working around the renovations. Now, all that is behind them. Christianson TDS held a ribbon cutting to mark the special occasion at 11 a.m. on Mar. 11. “We’ve all been optimistic in these challenging circumstances, and small businesses continue to be the backbone of this town. Christianson TDS has managed to set up an office here amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a spectacular achievement,” said Neepawa mayor Blake Mc-

all excited to offer our special services five days per week and build on what we started.” When Broadfoot says “all services under the sun”, he means it. The firm is able to provide a wide range of assistance, from categories such as administrative law, construction (drafting contracts, etc) and aboriginal law to technology law and workplace investigations. Bringing all these services, and more, to Neepawa is something Broadfoot stated felt appropriate. “Since we’ve been in Gladstone for so long, expanding to Neepawa felt like the natural next step,” Broadfoot explained. “Barney and myself discussed being able to better serve Neepawa and rural Manitoba, so we’ll continue to commit ourselves in the community and see what the future holds. This area seems like it’s experiencing lots of growth and we’re excited to be a part of that.” The Christianson TDS team is excited to finally be settled in, open and providing their legal services. As the firm’s team continues to ingratiate themselves in the community and the area, such as Minnedosa, they hope to serve them better from here. The Neepawa team consists primarily of Barney Christianson, Mason Broadfoot and Sherry Francis, with additional lawyers from the other offices as needed.

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Left: The cover of Jessica Wohlgemuth’s new book, titled “Bop-It and No More COVID”. Above: Bop-It and his friend, Cracker, learn to have socially distanced fun while living with the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Christine Waddell Neepawa Banner & Press An author with deep local roots has written and illustrated a delightful book with a timely storyline. Jessica J. Wohlgemuth, raised just north of Neepawa in the Birnie area, graduated from Shady Oak Christian School and now teaches Grades one and two in northern British Columbia. “Jess is a country, prairie girls that grew up on a little hobby farm, passionate about animals. Her two favourite bunnies were named Flip and Flop. Oh, how she loved her soft, fluffy pets! Now, with nieces and nephews spending hours chasing their own bun-

nies, she couldn’t help but imagine what life would be like if bunnies lived in a sort of people world, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Many of our readers are familiar with Parkside Gardens, that’s the hobby farm mentioned in “about the author.” Bop-It and No

More COVID is dedicated to her nieces and nephews. Bop-It’s adventures with his bunny buddies, is a direct shadow of what youngsters have experienced this past year. Every page is beautifully illustrated with water-colour pictures. Spoiler alert: there’s a happy ending to

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the trials and irritations of the restrictions. How the bunnies celebrate is truly as bunnies would do. Whether as a good read or a memento of the pandemic

this is a delightful investment. The Neepawa Library will have a copy in the children’s picture books section but…Bop-It is available on Amazon, and Wohlgemuth’s

Etsy shop or at the Neepawa Banner & Press. The Banner & Press now has three children’s books available in the front office at 423 Mountain Ave.

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Kilburn commits to ACC scholastic/soccer program

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Madison Kilburn will step onto the Cougars’ women’s soccer 2021 roster with experience in both net and on the field. A product of Neepawa, MB, the 5’2” goalkeeper started playing soccer at a young age. She turned to more competitive teams as her skills developed, playing for the Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute soccer team, Minnedosa Mustangs club team and the senior women’s soccer league. She competed in net for the Minnedosa Mustangs futsal team as well. Kilburn enjoys being active, working out and playing various other sports, like volleyball and curling. “I’m a positive, hard working athlete with a competitive edge while displaying proper sportsmanship,” says Kilburn. “There’s always room for improvement and self challenge while playing soccer,

which is one reason why I love the sport.” Co-Coach Kate Broadhead is pleased to have the versatile athlete on the team for the upcoming season. “We’d be comfortable putting Madison anywhere on the field. She brings a youthful energy and solid experience between the posts,” said Broadhead. “Off the goal line she is a supportive play-maker and can hold her own in a battle.” Kilburn has consistently achieved honour roll status through her years in high school. Growing up, she actively volunteered in the Neepawa community including time with the H.O.P.E Group (Helping Our world Pursue Equality) and Peer Helpers, which helps to raise awareness for mental help initiatives. Kilburn will be attending the college’s Social Service Worker program in the fall. She intends to help others and is looking forward to learning more about


Bryce Krauter has committed to Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

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MJHLers making impact as the Western Hockey League returns to rinks Banner Staff

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Several players with a pedigree in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) are starting to make names for themselves in the Western Hockey League. The WHL recently began play on a shortened regular season schedule. MJHL players that will be a part of those games include:

Dauph in K ings: Aiden Brook (Medicine Hat Tigers). Neepawa Nat ives: Briley Wood (Lethbridge Hurricanes). Por tage Ter r iers: Rhys Raeside (Winnipeg Ice). Steinbach Pistons: Denton Mateychuk (Moose Jaw Warriors). Virden Oil Capitals: Conor Geekie (Winnipeg Ice); Braeden Lewis (Swift

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The Neepawa Natives are proud to announce that Bryce Krauter has committed to Salve Regina University, for the 2021-22 season. The Seahawks are a Division III (NCAA) program in Newport Rhode Island that compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Krauter, from Winnipeg, MB, joined the Natives in 2020 and played in 9 regular season games, contributing one goal and five assists for the Natives. Krauter had this to say, “My time in Neepawa was

short but not forgettable. I can’t thank Ken and Robby enough for what they did for me to help grow as a player and as an individual. I will have some great memories in Neepawa. I want to thank the organization for bringing me in with open arms and everything they did for me with my short time there.” Krauter becomes the fourth member of the 2020-21 team to commit to a school. The entire organization would like to congratulate Bryce and wish him all the best in Rhode Island.

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• Two dozen ukuleles have been very helpful additions to the music program, since wind instruments have been prohibited. Both students and instructor have been learning simultaneously. “Some students even want to purchase their own ukulele,” stated music teacher, Justine Burke. • Carberry-North CypressLangford Fire Department held a successful drive-thru burger and hot dog sale out of the local arena and also provided an entertaining fireworks display from the future recreation centre grounds, Saturday, Mar. 6. “About 1,000 people enjoyed the long delayed Manitoba 150 celebrations,” stated captain Bart Witherspoon. • Zoe Cupples (19), a 2020 Carberry Collegiate graduate, has committed to study and play hockey for the University of North Dakota Bottineau Ladyjacks. She received the $2,000 CC Staff Award for extracurriculars and academics. She was a centre and team captain for the Neepawa midget girls’ hockey team. Zoe was the pool supervisor and a lifeguard at Gladstone last summer and was employed by Walmart in Brandon this year. She chose Bottineau for the opportunity to play hockey and take Education courses. Another fellow grad, Brett Janssens, will also be studying and playing hockey at Bottineau. • After winning back to back Canadian Women’s Curling Championships, 33-year-old Gimli skip, Kerri Einarson, will finally get to curl in a world championship in Calgary’s bubble Apr. 30 to May 9. Thirteen international rinks will join third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard, lead, Brianne Meilleur, and alternate, Krysten Karwacki, in the competition, which was cancelled twice, last year in Prince George, BC, and in Switzerland this year. Joining Canada will be Russia, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, China, Japan, South Korea,

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Community Profile: Griffin Adriaansen

Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic and Estonia. Heather Nedohin coaches the ecstatic Canadians. • Tim Hortons 2021 Brier was held in Calgary’s bubble March 5 to 14, with 18 rinks participating in two pools. This included three wildcards with Mike McEwen’s squad of third, Reid Carruthers, second, Derek Samagalski, and lead, Colin Hodgson, along with Kevin Koe and Glen Howard. Manitoba’s provSUBMITTED PHOTO incial champion Griffin Adriaansen, Carberry Collegiate Grade 12 student. from last year, Jason Gunnlaugson, and his Morlife, Adriaansen mentioned SUBMITTED PHOTO By Gladwyn Scott ris rink repeated, Zoe Cupples, a Carberry Collegiate graduate, has committed Neepawa Banner & Press his varsity basketball coach, as no provincial to play hockey for the University of North Dakota Bottineau Chris Robinson, and his playoffs were held. Ladyjacks. Griffin Adriaansen (18) is father, Paul, who has a very The Brier winner a member of the 2021 Car- strong work ethic. received $100,000 of the most other divisions follow five NHL players, including berry Collegiate graduating Future plans involve $300,000 total purse, will what has been established. Ron Low, Pat Falloon, Mark class and the youngest of working on the large family return as Team Canada As a long time educator, Wotton, Cody McLeod and Paul and Kim’s four chil- farm, a trip to Australia, folat the 2022 Brier in Leth- 21 years as superintendent Dawson Barteaux. Many dren. He and Zara Dickson lowed by some agriculture bridge, AB, and earn a in two different divisions others have gone on to play have just been selected as studies at University. berth in the Olympic Trials and principal of a large college and Junior A hockey. class co-valedictorians. Currently, he is helping in November in Saskatoon. elementary (K-8) school • Manitoba’s eight-team Griffin is a Peer Mentor plan the 2021 crop rotation They will also represent with 700 students for seven U18 AAA Female Hockey and enjoys several sports. of wheat, rye and potatoes Canada at the World Men’s years, I preferred local League and the 13-team He partnered with Cyro and has three subjects, BiolCurling Championship in negotiations, however, that U18 AAA Male Hockey Oliver to win the Zone ogy, Applied and Essential the Calgary bubble Apr. is not preferred by the gov- League have cancelled their boys’ badminton banner Math, to complete for high ernment and MTS. This 2020-21 season due to the and advanced to the prov- school graduation. 2 to 11. • Our Education Min- year, both Pembina Trails uncertainty of ice. Each incials at Winkler in Grade “Farming lets you meet ister, Cliff Cullen, com- and Louis Riel, Winnipeg league was only able to 10. He likes fishing, plays good people, who work mented recently on Bill school divisions, settled by hold a few opening games volleyball, but his favourite outdoors, and help provide 45– Centralized Teacher arbitration after more than prior to the shutting down is basketball, where he is food for many people,” Bargaining. Manitoba is the two years of negotiations. due to COVID-19 in early the starting point guard. Griffin said. only province in Canada • The council of Boissevain- November. When asked about role OPTOMETRISTS where teacher bargaining is Morton have chosen a new models that influenced his done exclusively in 38 sep- proposed arena site at the arate divisions. Although, east end of Boissevain. Take it from old and worn realistically, most of the Government funding could to new and beautiful bargaining is done inside cover up to 73 per cent of • Furniture the perimeter highway. the project cost and work Monday - Friday Often, the first couple of will likely start in 2023. • Auto • Boat Tarps 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. divisions are settled by • Foxwarren has a new sign, • Marine • Awnings 115-2nd Ave., N.W. arbitration. A three-person which lists all the hockey Dauphin, MB arbitration board settles the talent that it has produced


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Obituary Doreen Mary Olive Pearson

Doreen Mary Olive Pearson (nee Ringguth) of Neepawa, Manitoba passed away quietly on March 4, 2021 at Country Meadows Personal Care Home at the age of 96 years. Doreen Mary Olive was born on April 8th, 1924, the eldest daughter of Bill and Azon Ringguth, of Carnduff, SK. She went to Millions School and later attended Carnduff School. Upon completing school, she became a school teacher. In 1947, she married Donald Pearson, of Oxbow. They moved to the home farm and together, they raised 5 sons. In 1964, the family moved to a farm outside of Neepawa. They kept busy with cattle, sheep, horses and boys. When they moved to town, she was employed at Eaton’s, Fenwick’s and East View Lodge. She later began catering weddings and suppers. She was always busy with the boys. Like most moms, she did her share of working at the rink and ball field. Don and Doreen moved a couple of times over the years, living in The Pas and Oxbow, before moving back to Neepawa in 1996. Don passed away in 1997. Doreen moved into Kinsmen Kourts and lived there for 20+ years, before moving into Country Meadows. Doreen enjoyed reading, puzzles and knitting. She also loved to play cards. In later years, due to poor eyesight, she was unable to participate in these activities. She participated in many of the activities at Country Meadows. She especially enjoyed playing BINGO, listening to the guest musicians and joining the tours they coordinated. She was predeceased by her husband Donald, son Brian, grandson Terry, and great grandsons Hayden and Jaxon. She leaves behind 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren: Morley (Donna); son Bart (Leslie) Avery, Grady, and Blake; daughter Marni Bob (Betty); daughter Carrie (Dean), Bethany; son Kori, Xander, Mason, Kroix and Makenzie Brian’s son Kenny (Tanis), Meagan and Tyson; son Butch (Lindsay), Luke and Matthew; son Derek; daughter Anita, Fletcher, Jace and Rian; daughter-in-law Angela, Grayson; daughter Belinda (Drew), Skyler, Max, and Lily Garth Murray (Kathi); son Dustin(Janell) She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, various friends and relatives. The Pearson family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Ong, Dr. Cram and the staff at Country Meadows for Doreen’s care over the last 3 years.

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C2 Charolais Annual Bull & Female Sale, Wednesday March 31 - 1:00 pm at the farm, La Riviere, MB. Selling 40 yearling Charolais bulls as well as select Purebred & commercial heifers. For a catalogue or more information contact Jeff at 204-2424448 or T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at www., and on sale day watch & bid online at (PL#116061)

_ attle Capital Bull & Female C Sale, Monday April 12, 1:00 pm at a new location -Sunville Simmentals Farm, McCreary, MB. Offering Red & Black Full Blood Simmentals, Black Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh yearling & 2 year old bulls, plus Simmental heifers. For a catalogue or more information contact T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at Watch & bid online at (PL#116061)


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Prime Plus Bull Sale, Wednesday April 14th at 1:00 pm at the Beautiful Plains Ag Complex Neepawa, MB. Presented by Doug Troop Hereford Farm, Greenridge Farms, Manns Herefords, Calvert Cattle Co., Batho Farms & Squirrel Creek Angus. Offering 55 Hereford & Angus Bulls, a group of Two-Year Olds and 30 Replacement Quality Heifers. For a catalogue or more information contact T Bar C Cattle Co. at 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at Watch & bid online at (PL #116061)

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WILSON-LEES VALUE ADDED BULL SALE, Friday April 2 - 2:00 pm at the Right Cross Sale Facility in Kisbey, SK. Offering a tremendous group of Hereford yearling and 2 year old bulls. All bulls are semen tested, vet inspected. Volume discounts and delivery available. For a catalogue or more info contact T Bar C Cattle Co. 306-220-5006. View the catalogue online at www., watch & bid online at (PL #116061)

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The Council of the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone at a Special Meeting at the Stride Hall, 79 5th Street in Gladstone, MB on April 7th, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. will consider the following proposal to borrow $548,472.00 (borrowing by-law no. 2021-05) to pay: The purchase of a new John Deere 772G Motor Grader. The total estimated cost of the motor grader is $548,472.00, to be funded by borrowing. The borrowing will be repaid over 4 years at a maximum interest rate of 2.05% per year. The annual repayment amount will be no more than $137,117.99 to be levied annually as part of the general municipal levy. Copies of the proposal to borrow and information about the capital project are available at the municipal office at 14 Dennis Street East and on the municipal website at Dated at the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone this 16th day of March, 2021, and issued pursuant to Section 174.1 (1) of The Municipal Act. Coralie Smith Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone (204)385-2332


Obituary William John (Bill) Graham William John (Bill) Graham passed away on March 6, 2021 at Carberry Plains Health Centre. Bill was born on March 18, 1924 in Melbourne, MB. His parents were Thomas John (Jack) Graham, born Oct. 12, 1887 in Anstruther, Peterborough County, ON and Jessie Alice Wood, born April 17, 1896 in Otonabee, Peterborough County, ON. Bill was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Lorna. He is dearly missed by Estelle Louise (Stella) Graham (nee McLeod), his loving wife of over 68 years, to whom he was forever devoted; sisters Marion Galbraith, of Winnipeg and Joyce Finlayson of, Vancouver, BC; sons Brent Graham and wife Pat, of Melbourne and Ray Graham, of Melbourne; daughter Karen Tilley and husband Terry, of Brandon; grandchildren Heath (Thomason) Graham, Heather (Faron) Nakaska, Kara (Dave) Van Dam, Laura (Matt) Phillips, TerriLynn (Jaret) Harms, Vanessa (Ben) Wallace, Gayle Graham and Paula Graham. Bill also took great delight in frequent visits with his great grandchildren: Piper, Marlo, Lachlan, Nicolas, Aurilla, Emily, Josie, Clara, Cole, Hunter, Katey and Braden. Bill’s grandfather, Alexander Graham, was a first generation Canadian born in 1845, who traveled with his family to Melbourne, MB from ON in 1894. In 1897, he purchased and began homesteading on his own land in another Melbourne location, a property which has continued to be owned and farmed by subsequent generations of the Graham family and remains a favourite spot for family to visit. Next to his wife and family, Bill’s greatest love was farming. He knew every farmer for miles around and enjoyed discussing farming with any he met, of all ages, throughout his life. His children and grandchildren may all remember walking into a wheat field with him and watching him snap off a head of wheat, roll it between his palms, and chew the kernels to test if it was ready for harvest, his favourite time of year. Bill began growing potatoes for Carnation Foods in 1963, while continuing to raise cattle and grain crops. He was pleased and proud that his sons stayed on the farm and worked every day with him. Playing fastball was one of the few things that could take him away from

farming in summertime. He was known for miles around for his impressive pitching arm; his pitch was feared by many a batter. Family picnics were enjoyed at ball diamonds, while watching him play. Bill was also a natural born mechanic. He loved the challenge of finding out just how things worked and could be counted on to fix most anything mechanical. He investigated becoming an Air Force Mechanic during WWII, however, he was told his work as a farmer was needed to provide food for the starving British. He and his father then raised pork to be shipped overseas. When the time came for Bill and Stella to move into Carberry from the farm at Melbourne, it was made a bit easier by the fact that they both had always been involved in that community, as well. Bill served on the Hospital Board; he was a member of the Carberry Agricultural Society for over 50 years, serving as a director for many of them; together they attended the United Church in Carberry, and Bill was a long-time member of Masonic Lodge 29 in Carberry. He joined the Masonry in 1958, where he became Worshipful Master in 1966. Bill was the Chaplain for 35 years, from 1980 until its closing in 2015. Through the years, he was an active participant in degree work. He was also a long-time participant in the annual installation of lodge officers, presenting the very long and beautiful “Final Charge”. After moving to town, Bill continued to make regular trips out to the farm to meet with “the boys” at the shop and, in recent years, to see what mischief his two young great-grandsons were up to. Bill never lost his curious nature and love of learning. He found the internet, using his iPad, to be a great research tool for exploring a variety of topics, keeping up with world news and events, and pursuing his fascination with maps. His family could count on endless patience and intelligent, informed advice and discussion to the many questions they brought to him. “Papa Bill” will be sadly missed and remembered always as a man worth knowing, with a life well lived. The family sincerely thanks the staff of the Carberry Plains Health Centre for the exceptional kindness and caring that Bill received while in the hospital. Donations may be made to the Carberry Health Centre or Carberry Agricultural Society. White’s Funeral Home, Carberry, MB in care of arrangements.

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TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION Kindergarten Registration for the 2021 Fall Term will be held during the regular school hours between March 1 and March 26, 2021 at the following schools: Alonsa School Tele # 204-767-2168 Glenella School Tele # 204-352-4253 Ste. Rose School Tele # 204-447-2088 McCreary School Tele # 204-835-2083 We are once again proud to offer a Full-Time Kindergarten Program. All children born on or before December 31, 2016 are eligible to register. To register you will need to bring your child’s Manitoba Health PHIN# and one of the following: Birth Certificate, Baptismal certificate, Certificate of live birth, Health card or Statutory declaration. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your school today.

TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION École Laurier French Immersion Inscription à la maternelle Kindergarten Registration L’inscription à la maternelle à temps plein aura lieu du 1 mars au 26 mars, 2021. Tous les enfants qui sont nés avant le 31 décembre, 2016 sont admissibles. Veuillez apporter à l’école, votre carte d’immatriculation ainsi qu’un des suivants : le certificat de naissance de votre enfant, le certificat de baptême, une déclaration de naissance vivante ou une déclaration solennelle. Nous sommes une école d`immersion française, la pré-maternelle à la 8ième année, et nous offrons une excellente éducation dans les deux langues officielles. Full Time French Immersion Kindergarten registration will take place from March 1 to March 26, 2021. All children born on or before December 31, 2016 are eligible to register. To register you will need to bring in your child’s Manitoba Health PHIN# and one of the following: Birth Certificate, Baptismal certificate, Certificate of live birth, Health card or Statutory declaration. We are a Jr. K-8 French Immersion school and provide an excellent education in both official languages. École Laurier Laurier, Manitoba 204-447-2068

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Notice Municipality of Glenella - Lansdowne PUBLIC NOTICE Regarding the 2021 Financial Plan

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WASTE DISPOSAL SITE – LAURIER CUSTODIAN The Municipality of Ste. Rose invites written applications for the position of Custodian for the Laurier Waste Disposal Site. For further details, contact the Municipal Office. Applications including hourly wage expected, will be accepted until March 31, 2021, at 12:00 Noon. Applications should be marked “Laurier Waste Disposal Site – Custodian” and will be accepted by mail, delivery, fax or e-mail. All applications are appreciated. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Marlene Bouchard, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer 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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The Rural Municipality of Rosedale is inviting applications for the position of a permanent, part-time Landfill Operator for the Eden Waste Disposal Grounds.

In our Community Living Disabilities Program In Ste. Rose, Manitoba Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate Good Organizational Skills, Be Self-Motivated, Possess Good Inter-Personal Skills, and Be Willing to Work as a Team. Starting Wage $14.43 to $15.43 following successful 6-month probation period. Interested Applicants are invited to apply to: ROSE Inc., Attn: Stella Bramley, Box 28, Ste. Rose du Lac MB R0L 1S0 Or Contact Stella Bramley, Program Manager at 204-447-3224 ext. 2 or by email:

Public Notice is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act, that the Council of the Municipality of Glenella - Lansdowne intends to present its proposed 2021 financial plan for the municipality. Due to COVID 19 the public hearing will be held in the Glenella Community Hall on April 8th, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to allow any interested person to make a representation, ask questions or register an objection. Copies of the proposed financial plan can be viewed online at Questions and comments may also be directed to Wendy Wutzke, Chief Administrative Officer, or by email to Dated this 11th day of March, A.D. 2021 Wendy Wutzke, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of Glenella - Lansdowne

Public Notice Public Notice is hereby given that the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District intends to conduct a weed and brush control program on Watershed Drains in the Rural Municipalities of McCreary, Alonsa, Portage la Prairie, Rosedale, Glenella-Lansdowne, North CypressLangford, Minto-Odanah, Westlake-Gladstone, Elton and North Norfolk. The projected dates of application will be from May 1, 2021 to November, 2021. The herbicides to be used include: ■2, 4-D Amine ■Banvel ■Roundup ■2, 4-D Ester ■Garlon 4 ■Dichlorprop ■Estaprop ■Princep Nine-T ■Amitrol 240 ■Tordon 22K ■Vantage ■Vanquish ■Tordon 101 The public may send written submissions or objections within 15 days of the publication of this notice to the department below: Manitoba Sustainable Development Environmental Approvals Branch 1007 Century Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0W4

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FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel HyLife is a global leader in food processing. Our mission is to be the best food company in the world. To achieve this, we need talented people to join our HyLife team as the company continues to grow. HyLife is committed to our employees and we have an exciting new career opportunity in the beautiful town of Neepawa, MB for you to explore! 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 production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! 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

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Letter– Crown Lands Letter– Hockey history search The carrot they keep dangling is that we will be able to buy the crown land. Possibly, this is a scare tactic to make you buy. Making that happen would require the carrot to actually be lowered, though. Their press releases have said this is to help young producers– maybe this is true . I’m sure my thoughts, as a young producer, that this can do nothing but harm are wrong! Blaine Pederson was unable to answer me when I asked how the changes would help the environment. Guess that’s not the reason. I’d like to call out the minister, to explain why these changes were brought out in the sneaky manner they were. If it is so great, why was it not part of the Conservatives’ campaigning for the last election? Who had something to gain? I challenge the minister to come up with some new statements to backup his changes. Your same few answers aren’t quite cutting it anymore. The repetitive claim that nowhere else in the ag sector can a lease go with a sale, that you so mindlessly utter, just isn’t so. Remarkably, I’m well traveled enough to look at another province or even TWO over, to see hundreds of

examples of this very thing. It’s called a unit transfer. So try a new line, sport! Please share and encourage everyone you know to share this. The minister needs to be reminded we are his boss and he needs to answer to us! Dakota Sorensen Eddystone, MB

I am trying to get a message out to anyone who may have something interesting to share in a book I am writing on the Neepawa Native Junior “A” Hockey Club, from 1989-90 to 2019-20. I would appreciate hearing from management, coaches, assistants, referees, score keepers, zamboni drivers, bus drivers, parents, booster club members, billets, fans, doctors, trainers, press people, companies that players worked for while in town and players. If you want to send

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With the changes to crown lands, I find myself wondering what is in it for the Conservatives. It is certainly not the rural vote, as I believe they have all but eliminated that for themselves. I have heard lots of people say they want to get more money. But really, is the extra maybe $8 million the government will get out of the rent increase worth the pain all this has brought? Then they make an environment program to give it back to us? I have also wondered if this isn’t a personal matter for Blaine Pedersen, as he seems to have a thing against crown lands and has made it his duty to fight any idea of a unit transfer Eichler promised. But politicians are supposed to be nonbiased. Right? Maybe they believe they are doing a good thing for the crown lands program, which, at this point, I find hard to believe. The fight against their changes is just too strong! Maybe it was brought in with good intentions, but now, with foolish pride, they fight for these obscene changes. Maybe there’s a hidden agenda, to line their own pockets through all of the changes, but conspiracy theories are never true, right?


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Ag Exp Televised Live Auction 7-9pm • April 1, 2021

Due to the current pandemic, we have made the decision to forgo the trade show to prevent the spread of CoVID-19. Therefore we are hosting a televised live auction on NACTV on April 1 at 7pm. NACTV can be seen on channels (MTS) 30, (Bell ExpressVu) 592, (Westman Comm) 12 & online at

2021 Neepawa Ag Expo Auction Listing Neepawa Natives Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club, the Yellowhead Centre and 10% of this years proceeds will go towards the Neepawa Curling Club to help with the ice shed dehumidifier replacement. Gowan Agro

1 case of Yuma and $300 of Neepawa Chamber of Commerce Dollars

Richardson Pioneer & Valley View Ag Services

80 acres of dry floating

R & K Jackson Trucking Ltd

$500 of custom grain or fertilizer hauling.


Voucher for one on farm pickup load of Canola delivered to Altona, T-Fal Deep Fryer and 17L of Canola Oil

Kulbacki Seeds

2 bags of P506ML canola seed treated with Helix Extra & Lumiderm

Atom Jet Industries

Atom Jet jacket, 2 hats, 2 travel mugs and $500 gift certificate for new Atom Jet openers

Western Canadian Aerial

100 L of glyphosate applied in fall by aerial (plane not included) & 1/2 hour sightseeing tour around Neepawa for 2 passengers

Nelson Almey

1 hour flight in Cessna 182 for up to 3 passengers


MS Schippers spray foam gun attachment & 18 L spray foam, & Neepawa Natives sweater

C. S Farms Ltd

2000 bushels of mobile seed cleaning for 2022 crop year.

Redferns Farm Services

80 acres of custom dry floating

Northstar Seed

2 x 25 kg bags of Premium Hay Max Blend


Dewalt 20V cordless drill & impact drive kit, duffle bag & coffee mug

Tonn Seeds

$500 gift voucher towards any seed or service at Tonn Seeds


1 free MNP Regional Farm Benchmark Service

Rocky Mountain Equipment

Rental of a min 500 hp Case IH 4WD tractor for 10 hours


1 jug of Proline Gold fungicide(40 ac)


1 custom personalized firepit & fire poker.

Brett Young Seeds

1 bag of 6076 RR canola seed treated with Helix Vibrance & Fortenza Advanced.

CAMO Cattle Co.

Beef grilling package - 50 lbs of hamburger, 25 lbs of roast & 25 lbs of steak

Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op

160 acres of custom spraying

Covers & Co

1 free ton of Full Season Cover Crop Seed

Stride Credit Union

$125 gift certificate to Neepawa Golf and Country Club, $125 gift certificate to Brews Brothes Bistro & $250 gift certificate D&R Tools/ Mac Tools

Corteva Mar-Dee Enterprises

Shur-Gro Farm Services

160 acres of custom dry floating


1 bag of L357PC canola seed treated with Lumiderm


Combine/Tractor wash and detailing

Court Seeds

$500 voucher towards any product or service from Court Seeds Ltd

E.K. Kostenchuk Ltd

40 yards of gravel delivered to Neepawa and surrounding area


1 jug of Authority 480 herbicide


2 (25kg) bags of Instinct Alfalfa seed

Gill & Schmall Agencies

$500 travel voucher towards Gill & Schmall Travel

KK Penner

$500 gift certificate and hoodie


$500 FBN store credit that can be used to purchase crop protection products on a min $10,000 order.

T.I.C. Parts & Service

160 acres rental of 46’ Ag Shield Land Roller with levelling blade


1 jug of Cruiser Vibrance Quattro

Rob Smith & Son Backhoe & Trucking Ltd

$1000 worth of gravel delivered within a 50km radius of Neepawa

Nutrien Ag Solutions

1 bag of PV540G RR canola seed treated with Helix Vibrance

Precision Land Solutions

160 acres of topography survey and tile design

Enns Brothers

John Deere Children’s 12V Gator XUV

1 case of Prominex herbicide( 40 ac) & a large cooler


1 year subscription to Grain Shark marketing service

Fill-Rite 1210 12-volt fuel pump


$450 to Elkhorn Resort & 12V food vehicle warmer

Big Thank You to HyLife & Neepawa Banner & Press for being cash sponsors!

Neepawa Ag Expo Live Televised Live Auction is brought to you by the Neepawa Natives Junior A Hockey Club, and our area Ag industry leaders.

Phone in or text bids can be called in to: Matt Lowry 204-841-2389 • Cam Tibbett 204-841-3060 Ken Waddell 204-476-6214 • NACTV office 204-476-2639 Follow along Neepawa Natives Facebook & Twitter for updates


Manitoba Hydro employees on strike

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

Employees of Manitoba Hydro are on strike currently, after attempts at a deal between the corporation and the employees’ union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Branch 2034 (IBEW), have not made progress. Local employees were picketing outside the Neepawa office on Friday, Mar. 12, as part of the provincial rotating strike that began Tuesday, Mar. 9. As of Monday, Mar. 15, the union was still waiting on Hydro to put another offer on the table. IBEW 2034 business manager Mike Espenell explained that they requested Hydro send a final offer to the union and its members this week. “We’re just trying to bring this to a conclusion as soon as possible,” Espenell expressed. The initial offer from


Manitoba Hydro employees were picketing on Mar. 12 outside the local office, just east of Neepawa.

Hydro included a threeyear deal retroactive to 2019 that would see a wage increase of 0.75 per cent in the third year, but nothing for the two years previous.

Espenell noted that zeroes and rollbacks weren’t acceptable to the members. “We’re just looking for cost of living,” he stated. “We’re looking for some future

certainty.” Espenell added that they’ve been seeing a decline in staffing in many areas of the province, as well as a lot of work that they could be doing be-

ing contracted out by the province. Centralization has also been a concern, with Espenell explaining that they’ve heard reports from rural customers of

longer wait times, while Hydro continues to move more resources out of small towns and into cities. “We want to stay in small town Manitoba, so we can continue to serve small towns like Neepawa.” Espenell noted that the union has a longstanding relationship with Manitoba Hydro, and if they were allowed to deal directly with the company itself, he believes they could have come to an agreement much quicker. No deal was confirmed by the Banner & Press print deadline. Manitoba Hydro is assuring its customers that emergency services will still be provided throughout the strike, with a list on their website of what is considered an emergency service and what services may be delayed. The Banner & Press reached out to a spokesperson from Hydro for comment, but did not hear back before the print deadline.

The Vermeer TM1210 and TM1410 trailed mowers mean business. With cutting widths up to 17.8 ft (5.4 m) and 20.8 ft (6.3 m), 10-series trailed mowers are ideal for operators who want to cut more hay in less time and want convenient features to reduce the stress of operating, transporting and maintaining a large trailed mower. Features like the Q3 ® cutter bar, 2-point Quick Hitch hookup, a nitrogen-charged accumulator suspension system and the patented Quick-Clip ® blade retention system that reduces the process of blade replacement to mere seconds. Big-time productivity, big-time convenience and a narrow 9.1 ft (2.7 m) transport width. It’s what makes a 10-series a 10.

T.I.C. Parts & Service

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