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Sprucedale Industries opens new greenhouse By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press Sprucedale Industries, based in Austin, MB, is opening up a brand new facility this weekend. The organization’s newly constructed greenhouse will be open starting Friday, May 7. Sprucedale Industries is an organization that provides day programming for individuals with disabilities and runs a supported independent living program. “We’re a centre where we try to develop work skills for people in work settings,” explained executive director Miles Johnston. “So the greenhouse has been one of those. We also do recycling and furniture repair and stripping and we do cement painting of lawn ornaments, so we have a variety of stuff that we do.” The organization has been active for about 60 years and they serve the community of Austin and the surrounding area, as well as Carberry, Gladstone, Portage, Holland and Treherne. Currently, Sprucedale has 18 clients enrolled in their day program, however, much of t he prog ramming has been put on hold due to COVID-19. While some activities have been suspended, the pandemic has not stopped Sprucedale from updating its facilities. Johnston noted that the greenhouse has been part of Sprucedale’s programming for over 30 years, but this will be their first year using the new building. “We kind of made that decision [to build a new greenhouse] a year ago, and were able to secure the funds for that. And so we then went ahead and built it, so it all happened fairly quickly,” explained Johnston. The old structure was


The interior of the new Sprucedale Greenhouse, which will be opening for the season this Friday, May 7.

made up of four cold frames linked together. Sprucedale sold the four structures and had them ta ken dow n last Ju ly. Work started on the new greenhouse, which is all one structure, shortly after. The new building was up by October, with just interior work to be done. Now, everything is set up and ready for this Friday’s opening. The new greenhouse cost about $120,000 alto-

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And then we also got $20,000 from the North Norfolk Foundation, we got $15,0 0 0 from the Thomas Sill Foundation and we won $5,000 from the Austin Chamber of Commerce. A nd then we’ve had donat ions, too– people just have been very generous to donate to the cause,” Johnston expressed. “I just wanted to thank our community for being so supportive. We couldn’t do without them.” The greenhouse will be open throughout the summer, with extended hours during May. “We carry a lot of unique things, like the plants that we get in,” Johnston added. “We try to carry a few of the different plants, rather than just the regular bedding stuff. We invite everybody to check it out.”

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HOPE spring food drive

By Jenna Beaumont NACI HOPE Group Spring into action with the NACI HOPE group by participating in the Spring Food Drive! The Neepawa Community Ministries Centre (NCMC), formerly known as the Salvation Army, has been working hard to meet the needs of our community during these hard times and

is in need of our help. The HOPE group has organized a food drive to help NCMC with their ongoing need for food donations. On Thursday, May 13, HOPE members will be dropping off bags at your front door starting at 3:30 p.m. We ask that you fill the bag, or donate anything you can, being mindful of expiry dates on the food items.

Some suggested items that can be donated include: canned fish/meats, canned vegetables, school snacks (peanut free), ready to eat meals, baking goods, side dish items, feminine hyg iene products, etc. HOPE members will be coming to pick up filled bags from your doorstep on Tuesday, M ay 18 . Please put your filled bags out by 2:15 p.m. on May

18, and make sure to place your bag in a visible location, as students will not be knocking on any doors. All of the food collected will be donated to the NCMC and will be used to help those in need in our community and area. Spring into action and join us in trying to help our local Neepawa Community Ministries Centre meet the needs of our community!

Neepawa passes 2021 budget By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press

assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax.

The 2021 financial plan for the Town of Neepawa has been approved. On Tuesday, May 4, council gave second and third reading to the document, which has allocated $14,262,261.28 towards the general operating fund and $6,129.375.44 to the utility operating fund. The operating fund is just over $5.7 million more than what was budgeted in 2020, while the utility fund is up by about $2.6 million. The primary reasons for the increases to each of those is related to the construction of a new police station, as well as reservoir upgrades.

Comfortable with the numbers Neepawa mayor Blake McCutcheon said council and administration are very happy with the results of the financial plan. “I’m happy that council decided to maintain [the tax rates] for a second year. There was a little bit of discussion on whether it was the right thing to do, but I think, with the pandemic and the stress and uncertainty that everyone has dealt with, it’s the least we can do,” stated McCutcheon. “What’s great about this, as well, is the town is still moving forward. We’ve put no projects on hold. I’m comfortable with the numbers and feels as though it’s a positive plan for Neepawa.”

Mill rate staying status quo For 2021, the mill rate will remain at 21.72 mills, the same amount as was assessed in 2020. That means there should be no increase in taxes for residential and commercial property owners. The exception will be for individuals who saw their property values increase over the last year, though any increase would be proportional. The mill rate represents the amount per $1,000 of the

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Hoping and praying


n Monday, several media outlets reported that Florida governor Ron DeSantis suspended remaining local COVID-19 restrictions within his state by executive order. It is part of a series of moves he said were meant to prevent government overreach in response to C-19. On the previous day, Florida reported 3,941 cases and 29 C-19 deaths. The population of Florida was reported as 21.48 million in 2019. As a matter of contrast, Manitoba reported 250 cases and one death. Manitoba’s 2019 population was reported as 1.369 million. Florida has about 15.7 times higher population than Manitoba. So Manitoba’s case count on a per capita basis is almost identical to Florida and the death count is half of what Florida’s was on Monday. Florida also has a 70 plus percentage vaccination rate, something that Manitoba hasn’t achieved yet. Hopefully Manitoba, and all Canada for that matter, will get to where Florida is now by the end of May. Maybe Manitoba can get to 70 per cent vaccination by then. That date is the scheduled time for new health orders in Manitoba and just about everyone is longing for a return to normal. The general population in Manitoba is losing faith in governments to lead us out of the C-19 situation. Many are very fearful of C-19. Some openly state they don’t care. Both positions are likely unwise. On the fear side, consider that C-19 has been associated with deaths of around 1,000 people in Manitoba. That is a matter of genuine concern. On the other hand, it can easily be assumed that more than one or two people a day are dying from the side effects of the C-19 lockdown, so there are two neepawa

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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell

We were supposed to have a two week lockdown to ‘flatten the curve’. That two weeks has now dragged out to be 15 months and counting.

sides to this fear question. It has been privately wondered many times, as well as stated openly, “Why doesn’t the government tell us if there were co-morbidities?” Many C-19 deaths are tied very closely to one or more pre-existing health conditions. Another piece of missing information is why doesn’t the government say where the cases are? It would be simple enough to stay away from hotspots, so to speak. In pandemics of the past, households were quarantined and you knew not to go there if you didn’t have to do so. The biggest problem with government involvement is that we were supposed to have a two week lockdown to “flatten the curve”. That two weeks has now dragged out to be 15 months and counting. Whatever premise or model the government was working on initially was not and is not accurate. Just a few other observations. It can be assumed that big retailers, such as Walmart and Costco, are still open because they can afford more lawyers than small business owners. It has also been said we are all in the same boat.

That is blatantly untrue. We may be all in the same storm, but many people have bigger boats than others. The whole vaccine question is evolving every day. Many have been vaccinated. Many more want that vaccination. Some don’t want to be vaccinated. Whatever vaccines the supply lines pump out and whatever vaccination decision people make, soon there will be a lot of people vaccinated. The irony of the vaccine is that the best vaccines guarantee around 97 per cent protection. That’s three per cent chance you will get C-19 even if you are vaccinated. That’s interesting, as only three per cent of the population have gotten C-19 in 15 months of pandemic, anyway. Some would say, they will take their chances without the vaccine. There is a further credibility problem. Health officials are saying that there have been little or no cases of the “regular” flu this year. I don’t think anyone believes that statistic. All in all, we can pray and we can hope that better times are coming by the end of May.

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Betwixt and between T he outdoors is calling. There are projects that need to be completed, and some projects that I want to start. One day, it appears that the weather is warm enough to start with the garden, and then, it’s more than sweater weather again! Projects have been completed. During the early winter, we designed and crafted barn birdhouses. One is a single unit and two are duplexes. The single unit is now secured to the top of a fence post in my backyard. Below it, I have placed a birdbath and posted a “vacancy” sign. And so I wait. For years, my front yards have been graced with a sundial mounted on a portion of a veranda post. The post was ancient to start with, and this winter, it signalled its demise. It has been replaced with a new, four-inch square, eight-foot treated post (my investment portfolio for 2021!) and a birdhouse gifted to me by a dear friend. Here, too, I placed a water container– the base of an out of date milk separator. Folks my age know what that is, and will have fond memories of cranking the handle to spate the cream from the milk. And another “vacancy” sign is hung. Waiting. A more massive project was to set up a water retaining tank under the eaves on the garage. A plea on social media for leads on a poly tank with a metal cage hit pay dirt. Delivered to my back yard! It took a bit of farm ingenuity, creative thinking and hard work, but the system is in place. Do you know how much heavier cinder blocks are than they used to be? Memory allows me to lift and carry one in each hand, and now, one at a time with slow, measured steps… So the tank is in place, also with a “vacancy” sign posted! Waiting. With the back yard fenced, I embraced new projects. Rather than mow right up to the house and then work on trimming and possibly scarring the siding, it seemed easier to create a garden bed along the back of my home. Last fall got most of the digging done, and the goal was to have an edge of treated wood separating the garden from the lawn, allowing me to run the mower safely on a flat surface, trimming as I mow. Scrounging and seeking, I found enough treated two by fours to complete this project. As I look at the space, I see flowers for the butterflies and bees mingled with the vines of watermelon and cantaloupe growth. And once again– waiting! The simplest project was to net the raised bed that is home to the cauliflower and broccoli. In the storage was the discarded netting for a gazebo. A little work and there it was, a fly proof net that is easily flipped open for planting and weeding and then secured. There it sits, the soil warming, the bed prepared. Waiting. It seems I am betwixt and between– ready for full blown summer, well, at least a warm spring. Waiting for the birds. Waiting for the rain. Waiting for the right time to get the seeds in the soil. Waiting…


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A regal faith

ust over one month ago, the world said farewell to a man who, for 73 years, had been the faithful husband and loyal companion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was a remarkable person in many ways. His loyalty and service to the Queen did not turn him into a wallflower who only showed up at certain times and always one step behind his wife. He was able to find ways support and promote the things about which he cared deeply. And he carried out these tasks with the dignity and decorum one would expect from a British royal. But he was also a husband and father and he faced the same challenges every husband and father faces. He understood, perhaps better than anyone, the challenges faced by a monarch in the days of tabloids, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Three of his four children divorced. Two have since remarried. He stood with

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Neil Strohschein his family as they dealt with the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. He felt the pain of losing part of his home (in this case Windsor Castle) to a fire. And most recently, he had to find ways to adjust to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step away from life as royals and chart a new course for themselves and their growing family in America. We will never know what Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spoke about when they were alone in their private residence. We may never know which programs they listened to on the “wireless,” the British term for radio, which shows they liked to watch on the “tele (television),” how often they laughed or how many tears they shed as they watched family

Observation By Addy Oberlin


hat kind of memories do you have of Mother’s Day? Maybe, as a child, you remember that you tried to make this day a most special day for your Mom.

Or maybe, as a mom, you remember how you were spoiled by your family on Mother’s Day. Once a year, my husband would wear an apron and made the day just shine for

members go through hard times but were powerless to do anything about them. Those conversations were private ones– and they should remain that way. Nor will we ever know how many hours Prince Philip spent speaking with his children and grandchildren. We will never know how he helped prepare them for life as royals and for the duties that they would be expected to fulfill. But I am sure that, in the future, we will see evidence of these conversations in the way they live their lives. But there is one thing about which we can be quite certain; and that is that like his wife, the Queen, Prince Philip possessed a personal faith in God and in his son, Jesus Christ. Queen Elizabeth has me. With a growing family, it was such a blessing to just relax that day and do some reading. When the kids were getting bigger, they would help Dad in the kitchen. This will always be a special memory for me. This year, with the pandemic going on, it might be difficult to get together, but we can still honour mom by giving her a phone call, send her some flowers or a pretty

never been hesitant to speak of her faith and of the way it has helped her face the challenges of life. Her dignified and respectful way of sharing her beliefs is seen in every Christmas message broadcast to the citizens of Great Britain and the Commonwealth (of which Canada is a member). Prince Philip has not been as vocal about his faith, but it was revealed in the contents of his funeral service. He planned, we are told, every part of it. He chose the hymns, the readings and the prayers and even designed the conveyance on which his coffin was transported to St. George’s Chapel for his funeral. He knew, someone said, that he was about to die and made the decision to die at home with his family close by. Those, to me, are signs of a deep faith– a faith Her Majesty displayed at his funeral and a faith that, I believe, will enable her to reign for at least a few more years. Rest in peace, Prince Philip. God save the Queen! card with a special saying. In Proverbs 31, it tells us to “Honour her for all that her hands have done.” When Jesus was hanging on the cross, he honoured His mother by telling his disciple John to look after her ( John 19:27). Let’s honour our mothers this weekend by showing love and care. Happy Mother’s Day!!

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In recent months, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has repeatedly called on the Liberals to be “more transparent”. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. O’Toole. Information is the power of the people in a democracy. So why is our Conservative government in Manitoba going in exactly the opposite direction? Why are they attempting to pass legislation that severely restricts access to information? And why have they gutted the estimates portion of the provincial budget? Without estimates, the budget is a “pie in the sky” document that tells us nothing. The estimates tell us, for example, which roads will be rebuilt, repaired or simply have more patches put on the patches. The budget tells us only how much the government is dreaming of spending. Where is the information? Quite frankly, what the hell is going on? On the COVID-19 front, Mr. Pallister tells us that teachers will travel at their own expense to North Dakota to receive their vaccine. Presumably, they will have to pay for the shot. Pallister says they will not have to quarantine, as others are required to do, which is a federal decision. But Pallister seems not to have spoken to either the Feds nor to North Dakota in advance of his announcement. In addition, Manitoba has about 1.4 million doses of vaccine in storage on any given day. North Dakota has about 0.4 million, while Pallister continues to rant that the Feds are not supplying us enough doses. Why are they sitting in freezers? Get them into arms so they can protect us all. N.D. is vaccinating our cross border truckers to protect North Dakotans. Great... But let’s not push our luck. Perhaps I asked the wrong question above. Perhaps I should ask what the hell is wrong with us that we would elect such a bunch of idiots to govern us? Has anyone thought of having Pallister examined medically for early onset dementia? Leonard Paramor Arden, MB

By the numbers

I’d like to thank Mr. McLaughlin, of Ottawa, for politely identifying the error in my letter of April 23. In my haste, I stated COVID-19 cases from a region, rather than the whole province. According to government, Manitoba’s figure (to nearest 10) is 38,990 cases in 16 months. Averaged by month, this brings its yearly rate (illness is never totaled from multiple years) to ~2 per cent, with, take note, 35,550 now recovered. Actual “active” cases are at about 2,460. But. These numbers, like the PCR test, are massaged to suit a purpose and many are raising the alarm that the facts don’t fit the narrative. Listing accumulated cases at every update, when at least 91 per cent of them are no longer infectious, is blatant fear-mongering— that’s the point I’m stressing. Never mind the grain of salt, keep the salt shaker handy. For instance, from Dec. 31, 2020 until Feb. 9, 2021, during the height of the alleged “second wave” (bearing in mind that Pallister himself admits Manitoba had no first wave), Manitoba hospitals had only 33 to 37 COVID-19 patients in ICUs (check CTV news by date for this info). We’ve had 16 months of wildly inaccurate predictions, aggressive and threatening rules, ever-out-of-reach goal posts, a weird, guilt-driven ad campaign to “sell” the vaccine (with the feds saying that 75 per cent fully vaccinated still isn’t enough to end lockdowns … what?!), and constant shaming and/or censoring of opposing voices. Even the most casual observer should be deeply suspicious by now. Lenora Buffi Neepawa, MB


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When the new settlers arrived to the prairies, I am sure they soon realized that this new country was not the paradise they envisioned. On the southern plains, the scarcity of trees and stones posed a major house building problem. Most of the settlers were short on finances and importing lumber was difficult. With grim determination, those settlers had to rely on the only building material that was on the land– prairie sod. Most soddies, as they were known, were built between the 1800s and World War I and replaced by wood-frame houses as soon as the homesteader could afford the building materials. Sod is the top layer of earth that includes the grass, its roots and the dirt clinging to the roots. The sod around sloughs was the best to use in building homes, as the soil contained more fibrous roots, which helped keep the sod together when handled. Using a plow, furrows about 15 inches (38cm) wide and four inches (10 cm) thick were cut. These were then cut into about 30 inches (76cm) in length and hauled by wagons to the house location. When the sod was cut, it was laid right away, because if it dried out, it crumbled. The first layer was built by placing the sod grass side down and side by side to form the base. Like brick construction, the slabs of sod were laid with the joints staggered and corners overlapped. The slabs were placed lengthwise, making a wall two feet (61cm) or more thick. At around two feet (61cm) high, the spaces for a window and a door had the frame set in them and rows of sod were continued around them. Pegs, driven into the sod through holes in the frames, held them in place. There were few windows in a sod home, as the holes would weaken the walls and the windows were expensive. At the top of the window frame, two layers of sod were left off and poles laid over the gap. The resulting gap, stuffed with grass or rags, protected the windows from breaking as the house settled. Once the walls were up, poplar poles or lumber were laid on top of the walls to hold the ridge pole and roof rafters. The roof was usually covered with two overlapping layers of tar paper and then layers of sod were added to complete the roof. The average sod house took roughly 3,000 slabs of sod to build or one acre of sod. Working alone, it took up to two weeks to build a house. It involved a lot of hard work. Most sod houses were about 16 by 20 feet (4.8 m by 6 m) with one room. It was not uncommon for a family of six to 10 people to live in a single sod home. Many homes were plastered with a mud solution and white washed to help the walls from leaking dirt and insects. Many had cellars dug under the house with a wood covering and trap door to store food for the winter. There were disadvantages to these sod homes. When I worked at Osborne Home, Mrs. Nickart told me stories about living in a sod house as a child upon coming to Manitoba. When it rained, the roof leaked for several days afterwards. The pots on the stove had to have their lids on them at all times or your soup was muddy. One morning, her mom checked on the baby only to find a snake curled up with the baby. If there was a lot of rain, the wet roofs became heavy and the excess weight caused many roofs to collapse. Their “free land” came with many hardships and great fortitude was needed overcome their trials. The advantages of sod homes were that they were cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Even in the middle of winter, water did not freeze in a sod house, as it did in most houses made of lumber. As well, being made of dirt made them virtually fireproof. Despite the lack of desirable building materials, these homes were warm and serviceable and really what transforms a house into a home is the love and warmth shown within the walls. For these settlers, potatoes was an important food and consumed daily. In their honour, a potato recipe, a favourite of mine.

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rime minister Justin Trudeau is finding out that you DO NOT mess with a Canadian’s ability to watch other people play video games on YouTube or access adorable videos of puppies on Tik Tok. The federal government recently approved a major change to Bill C-10, a document under consideration that would amend the Broadcasting Act. If approved, C-10 would allow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to regulate streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus. A late in the game change, however, has created a massive uproar that has many of us actually looking up from our smartphones and paying attention to something other than Markiplier and Charli D’Amelio, which my younger co-workers had to explain to me are people that apparently not only exist, but are quite popular. The change in question was the removal of Section 4.1, which had exempted content posted by Canadians to platforms like YouTube from CRTC regulation. On Apr. 30, the Heritage committee further enflamed the situation by closing any further debate on the bill, a move that critics quickly latched onto. The negative response online was swift and severe to the point that the phrase “Chinanada” trended nationally for a time. Let’s all just calm down on that type of rhetoric. China’s Communist government has banned thousands of websites and has been accused of monitoring its own

Column like I see ‘em Eoin Devereux citizens’ online activities. That’s extremely unlikely to happen here due to this change to the bill…But it doesn’t guarantee it can’t happen and in a much more subtle way. The initial wording within Section 4.1, protecting Canadians from CRTC regulation was put in there for a reason. It was also removed for a reason and in the days that followed, the Trudeau government has done a poor job of explaining why. And I’m sorry, but simply being able to say, “Trust us, we’re not as bad as Communists,” really isn’t the benchmark I’m looking for from a democratic nation. I expect a slightly higher standard. The foundations of Bill C-10 were meant to be positives for Canada. In its most basic terms, it levels the playing field between domestic broadcasters and foreign internet streaming services, who all operate almost entirely free of regulation in Canada. Domestic companies, meanwhile, are subject to a wide array of content quotas, regulatory oversight taxes and fees. There is some good in this bill that could create a better state of equality and protection for Canadian broadcasting jobs. The vagueness of the bill’s wording, however, along with the removal of Section

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Scrub potatoes and slice each one into wedges. Place wedges in a bowl and drizzle oil over wedges, season with pepper and toss to coat. Arrange potatoes on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 400°F oven for 35-40 min until potatoes are almost tender. Turn the potatoes once during baking. Remove potatoes from oven and top in this order: with the corned beef, Russian dressing, sauerkraut and then the cheese. Return the potatoes to the oven and bake another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy. Editor’s note a picture of an old style sod house can be seen on Page 11



4.1, creates the possibility our nation’s broadcasting watchdog could have the right to regulate user-generated content on social media. The idea of a government controlling what you can read, watch and post online feels just a little bit “unCanadian” and the government has done a poor job of convincing us otherwise. But maybe this is all just an overreaction on all our parts and if we know anything about social media, overreaction rarely happens online. Disclaimer: Column like I see ‘em is a monthly opinion piece for the Neepawa Banner & Press. The views expressed are the writer’s and are not necessarily to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press.

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Minnedosa Spruce Plains RCMP report approves 2021 budget By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP

By Eoin Devereux

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Minnedosa’s new municipal budget has been passed. The document was given final review and then received second and third reading at a council meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 27. For the upcoming fiscal year, the town will set aside $11,060,675.32 to cover its potential budgeted expenditures. The amount raised through municipal taxes and grants in lieu of taxes will be $3,193,257.33. The rest, if needed, would be covered through fiscal services. That 2021 budgeted amount is a bit larger than the $10,442,200.91 that had been allocated in 2020, while the actual spending last year was $4.279,412.94. A larger than required amount is set aside on an annual basis to allow for the possible transfer from the reserves for the construction of a new arena. Should federal and provincial supports be made available for that project over the course of the fiscal year, this action would give the Town the fluidity to move forward as quickly as possible. A responsible budget As for the direct impact of the budget to Minnedosa property owners, it will be minimal, as the tax

increase will be less than one per cent. In numerical terms, the tax bill will rise by about two dollars per $100,000 of value upon your property. Minnedosa mayor Pat Skatch told the Banner & Press that this is a fiscal plan Minnedosa’s citizens should feel pretty comfortable with. “We’ve done everything we can to minimize the impact to our ratepayers, while continuing to move ahead on some important improvements to our town’s infrastructure,” stated Skatch. T he i m pr o v e m e nt s Skatch references are numerous for this year, and include: A new water and sewer lift station on Victoria Bay ($240,000); water main renewal on Centennial Drive ($225,000); an EMO generator ($90,000); a f lood study ($75,000); and new Fire Department gear, equipment and radio ($50,000). There are several other, smaller upg rades also planned for the year ahead. Mayor Skatch said that this is a responsible budget.

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Dur ing the week of Apr. 26 to May 2, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 51 police activities. Apr. 26: RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter to a business in Kelwood. There was a delay between the time of the break in and the time it was reported and therefore there was insufficient evidence for police to proceed further. Police received a report of harassing communications in the Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne; the matter is still under investigation. A pr.27: RCM P responded to numerous calls about a bear wandering the streets of Minnedosa. Police found the call to be beary suspicious and followed up promptly. After speaking to several witnesses, it was said the bear appeared to be searching for picnic baskets. Police would like to thank the public for bearing with them during the course of this investigation and are pleased to report the bear has moved on. Police received a report of a dangerous driver in the RM of Minto-Odanah. Patrols were made, but the vehicle was not located. Police responded to a deck fire in Gladstone. The fire department determined that the cause of fire was likely due to an overf lowing cigarette tin. Apr. 28: RCMP received a report of theft

from a business in Minnedosa; the suspect will be appearing in court on a later date. Police assisted with keeping the peace in Neepawa, responded to a report of mischief in Minnedosa and to a report of threats being uttered in Neepawa. Apr. 29: RCMP received a call of a suspicious package in Gladstone; the matter is still under investigation. Police received a report of a hit and run to a vehicle in Neepawa, where there was insufficient evidence to proceed further. Apr. 30: RCMP responded to two commercial alarms in Neepawa; both were determined to be false. Police received a report of a dangerous driver in the RM of Minto-Odanah. Police located and stopped the suspect vehicle, who was warned for their driving actions. May 1: RCMP were dispatched to a report of a domestic assault in

Minnedosa. After investigation, it was determined that the allegation was unfounded. One person was brought into custody until sober and was released the next day. Police conducted proactive traffic enforcement, engaging with several motorists. May 2: While RCMP were conduct i ng cu rfe w c he c k s i n G l a d stone, a traffic stop was made w it h a veh ic le, where the driver failed a mandatory alcohol screening. The driver was given a driving suspension under t he i m me d i at e r oa d side prohibition and the vehicle was impounded. Police responded to a disturbance in Minnedosa, where individuals were reported to be fighting. The individuals stated the fight was consensual and declined further police action. RCMP conducted 19 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 t he detachments unt i l further notice. We request that you contact each detachment at 204-476 -7340 (Neepawa) or 204-867-2916 (Minnedosa) to inquire about cr iminal 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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Looking Back 1961: Over 100 speedsters race through Neepawa 8 NEEPAWA BANNER & PRESS

110 years ago, Friday, May 5, 1911 Iceland has enfranchised women. Eden: T he 30 0t h anniversar y of t he translation of the bible into the English tongue is to be celebrated throughout the English-speaking world next Sunday, May 7.

Commander Ernest A. McNab, on his arrival from Britain.

90 years ago, Tuesday, May 5, 1931 There was a noticeable decrease of eggs from the flock of Wm. Bartlett, of Glendale, last week and when he investigated he found that someone had stolen the majority of his best layers, leaving all of his rather great number of roosters which he had contemplated doing away with shortly.

70 years ago, Thursday, May 3, 1951 A memorial service was held in the Birnie United Church on Sunday, Apr. 29, in memory of Private Blaine Pierson, who was killed in action in Korea. The large congregation was filled to capacity. Blaine Pierson was born at Birnie and lived there most of his life. He leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his passing. Stephen Benson, pioneer resident of Neepawa and district, observed his 89th birthday at his residence, 534 Mountain Ave., on May. 2. Mr. Benson makes his home with his daughter Nora, sec.-treas. of the R.M. of Rosedale. Norwood: Pte. Thomas Barry Wolton, of Winnipeg, is listed as killed in action in Korea in a casualty list issued Apr. 28, by the department of national defence. P te. Wolton is t he youngest son of Rev. and Mrs. Wolton, of Norwood. Rev. Wolton was a former United Church pastor at Kelwood.

80 years ago, Tuesday, May 6, 1941 Safe arrival of another la rge cont i ngent of Canadian soldiers and airmen in England has been officially announced. Geehovas obser vers are still operating in the dark around these parts. Anything which cannot stand the light of day must be pretty rotten and evil. Being an illegal organization, and their literature deemed prejudicial to safety of the state, federal authorities can easily crack down and end the whole thing. What about calling around at 40 Irwin Ave., Toronto 5, Ont. and find out what is going on? Osprey district: Fred Strohman, who enlisted last week in Winnipeg in the Provost Corp, was home for the week end to dispose of his farming equipment before commencing training. May 9: “The difference between the allies and the Germans is that our fellows know they are f ighting for something very dear while the Germans really don’t care, I think.” –Wing

60 years ago, Friday, May 5, 1961 Five municipal councils have registered approval of the Whitemud Watershed District plan, nine have passed by-laws opposing it, and three others have not passed any by-law, but the fate of the proposals is not yet settled. Hundreds of spectators lined PTH No. 4 where it passes through Neepawa (Main Street) Wednesday morning to watch more than 100 sports cars pass through on the middle leg of a cross-Canada Rally. Reported to be the biggest event of its kind ever staged on this continent, the Rally left Montreal at the beginning of the week with 106 entries. Some dropped out before reaching here (one man was killed when two of the cars were involved in an accident– said to be the first fatality in this type of competition), but there were still more than 100 passed through Neepawa… Many residents watched the parade of cars during

100 years ago, Friday, May 6, 1921 The Agricultural Society are taking up another activity in connection with their society. They have decided to hold a plowing match on June 14 on the farm of John McIntosh, inside the town limits.

the three hours they were passing through town, but the biggest crowd of spectators was during the noon hour, when large numbers of students lined the street. Some even took picnic lunches so they would miss nothing and be able to cheer the cars as they passed. The cars were due to arrive in Vancouver this weekend.

50 years ago, Thursday, May 6, 1971 T he 4 0 t h wedd i ng anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Abstreiter, of Glenella, was observed Apr. 12, 1971 with a surprise celebration in the Glenella Centennial Hall. 40 years ago, Thursday, May 7, 1981 The battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I was commemorated Apr. 27 in Neepawa at the annual banquet and reunion of the veterans. This year, 27 men and women from Neepawa, Minnedosa, Gladstone, Shoal Lake and Strathclair attended at the Legion Hall. The group, aged 84 to 98, enjoyed an evening of reminiscing, singing the old tunes and viewing the display of books, posters and equipment. The oldest member of the group is Frank Wareham, Neepawa. The artifacts on display that evening came from the ever-expanding collection of Bob Ferguson, currently president of the Neepawa Legion.


Quick, makeshift repairs or refueling were the only factors that stopped some of the sports cars in Neepawa as a giant rally passed through town in 1961. Here, two Ontario men have just finished replacing a broken hinge on the trunk lid of their Austin-Healey with a piece of wire, and are preparing to dash off in an attempt to make up for lost time. A large crowd gathered to watch the procedure, as was the case every time one of the cars made a stop.

husband, Tom, were driving home from Neepawa late Saturday evening when the thunder storm started. She said they had just got home when, shortly after midnight, a bolt of lightning hit their television tower, then travelled into their

30 years ago, Monday, May 6, 1991 Some concerned parents in the northwest corner of Neepawa would like to see the old Neepawa Food Processors buildings cleaned up. The old buildings are a big temptation and hazard to their children. The buildings are easy to get into through broken windows. The old equipment and a buildup of pigeon manure make for a very unsafe and unhealthy playground. 20 years ago, Monday, May 7, 2001 A Plumas-area woman got the shock of her life– literally– when a lightning strike jolted her out of bed early Sunday morning… [Beth] Madill and her

home. The couple’s bed was on the other side of the TV tower in the house. While the jolt knocked Madill out of bed, her husband was unharmed. Their home, though, was another matter. The lightning bolt fried

electrical outlets and set the VCR on fire. Melting plastic from outlets filled the house with black smoke and covered the walls with a slimy soot… Madill said except for a ringing in her ears, she feels fine.

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Merv Kuharski officially closes shop, sells building By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press Merv’s Custom Duct and Sheetmetal Work, also known previously as Merv’s Plumbing & Heating, is closing down. After over 50 years of serving Neepawa and area, Merv Kuharski made his retirement official on Apr. 30. In an interview with the Banner & Press on May 4, Merv highlighted some details from his past, including just how he got started in plumbing and tinsmithing. Living just 100 yards away from Iroquois school in his youth, Merv gained his education there. It was there, too that his interest began. “When I was at Iroquois school, I had to look after the furnace– an oil furnace. I was about 10 or so at the time, and it was my job to make sure that there was oil in the tank and everything was working,” said Merv. “Then I asked for $2 per month to do that, and they said it was too much. After that, the trustees were going to look after it. Dennis Hurrell got more money than they would have paid me, so even before my apprenticeship, Dennis and I had an arrangement.” Merv explained that, at the time, he didn’t know Hurrell well, but that Hurrell knew him. As Merv went through school, the two got to know each other and Dennis took him under his wing for an apprenticeship when he was around 15. “When I first started work ing for Dennis, I had no driver’s license, because I was too young,” said Merv, laughing as he reminisced. “Dennis says, ‘Well, go get me something’ and I said ‘I don’t have a license.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry about it– you know how to drive


Left: Merv and Dale Kuharski worked out of this building after purchasing it from Dennis Hurrell in 1979. Right: Merv’s new shop space on Brown Ave., as it appeared following successful construction in 1987. The shop/lot had two other owners prior to the Kuharskis.

a standard. Just don’t get in an accident!’ That would never go nowadays, but I was proud as could be. I could drive all over town!” Merv added, “Dennis definitely looked after me and showed me all about plumbing and tinsmith work– he was my mentor.” Shop shares long history C o m e 19 79 , M e r v bought the shop from Hurrell and Merv’s wife, Dale Kuharski, acted as bookkeeper and answered the phones. Later, a new building was built on that lot in 1987. With Merv’s purchase, he had become the third plumber to occupy that space. “It was Walter Matthews first, then Dennis Hurrell and then me,” Merv explained. Mathews had owned the shop from 1937 to 1954, when it was sold to Hurrell and kept in his possession until Merv made his purchase. Altogether, Merv has had his own shop for 42 years with as many as five employees at once, and the business as a whole has been present in one form or another for approximately 84 years, at least. Now,

ownership has passed on again. Though full details could not be shared, Merv noted that the building is spoken for. “The building’s sold,” said Merv. “I’ve got a bit

of a farm, so I’m playing around with it [in my retirement].” Sharing one last ref lection on his time serving the area, Merv recalled with a hearty laugh, “We had

lots of fun– I know some of the wives would say, ‘You’s guys go there and all you’s do is have fun! And when I go to work I have to work, it’s not fun at all, but when you’s guys come

back you’ve got a whole pile of stories!’” Merv extends his thanks to the community and his customers for their support over the years.

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Neepawa Natives alumni commit to college


Lieffers commits to Nipissing University

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A pair of players from Neepawa’s Junior “A” Hockey Club are on to the next phase of their playing careers, as goaltender Thomson Phinney and defencemen Cody Shearer have confirmed their college commitments. Phinney has committed to the Chatham University Cougars for the 2021-22 season. Chatham has a NCAA Division III program based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cougars compete in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). Phinney noted, via team media release that while his time in Neepawa was short, he enjoyed his time with the organization. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place to play my last year of junior,” stated Phinney. “My time in Neepawa was short, but I really enjoyed it with a great group of guys, and coach [Ken Pearson] helped me bunches.” Phinney, who hails from Fall River, Nova Scotia, a suburb of Halifax, joined Neepawa at the start of the 2020-2021 MJHL regular season. Though he played


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Left to right: goaltender Thomson Phinney and defencemen Cody Shearer

just five games with the team before the season was cut short due to COVID-19, he has an accumulated 37 games played in the league over three seasons. He has also spent time in with the Steinbach Pistons and Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Cody Shearer, meanwhile, has committed to the Midland University Warriors for the 2021-22 season. The Warriors are a Division III (NAIA) program based out of Fremont, Nebraska. The team competes in the Great Plains Athletic Con-

ference (GPAC). Shearer has been a part of the Neepawa’s Junior “A” Club since 2019 and played in 45 regular season games. In the media release announcing the move, Shearer had nothing but praise for his stint in Neepawa. “During my time with the Natives I have been fortunate enough to spend my time alongside great teammates and a great community. The coaching staff, billets, and community go above and beyond for the players. I will always remember the

relationships made with teammates, billets, coworkers and the community of Neepawa. I am very excited to continue my hockey career and begin my education at Midland University with the Warriors.” Shearer said. Phinney and Shearer are the fifth and sixth members of the 2020-2021 team to commit to a post-secondary program.The entire Neepawa Natives Junior “A” Hockey Club congratulate Thomson and Cody and wish them all the best in Pittsburgh and Fremont.

The Neepawa Natives are proud to announce that captain Eli Lieffers has committed to Nipissing University, for the 2021-22 season. The Lakers are a U Sports program based in North Bay, that competes in the Ontario University Athletics Conference (OUA). Lieffers, from Saskatoon, SK, joined Neepawa in 2018 and played in 85 regular season games for the Natives , amassing 26 goals and 34 assists. He becomes the seventh member of the 2020-21 team to commit to a school. Lieffers had this to say about playing in Neepawa, “Junior hockey can sometimes be tough when you move to somewhere you’ve never been, with people

Conor Geekie named WHL rookie of the month By Eoin Devereux

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It’s been an exceptional April for Strathclair’s Conor Geekie within the Western Hockey League ( W H L) East Div ision bubble. The 17-year-old forward’s 15 point performance over the course of the month has earned him the WHL’s Rookie of the Month honour. Geekie had six goals and nine assists and recorded six multi-point p er for m a nc e s du r i n g

the month of April in 14 games for the Winnipeg Ice. His performance was a major factor in helping the Ice to go 12-1-1-0 over the course of the month, to conclude the 2020-21 Western Hockey League regular season. Over the course of the entire WHL season, Geekie has piled up an accumulative 23 points (9G-14A) in 24 games. He is a former member of the Yellowhead AAA Chiefs and Junior “A” Virden Oil Capitals.


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Conor Geekie of the Winnipeg Ice has been named the WHL rookie of the month for April. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WHL

whom you’ve never met. This was not the case in Neepawa. From the first day in Neepawa, it always felt like a place I could call home. The people and community of Neepawa are like no other, they welcomed me with open arms, for which I will always be grateful for. I would like to say a special thank you to my billet family, the McIntosh’s. You welcomed me into your home and have always been there for me and I will always consider you a part of my family. I would also like to thank my coaches, Ken Pearson and Robby Moar for everything they’ve done for me, and continue to do for the town of Neepawa.” The entire organization would like to congratulate Eli, and wish him all the best in North Bay. OPTOMETRISTS

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• Carberry Collegiate Honour Roll (Semester 2, Term 1): Grade 9 - Samuel Brauer, Nathan Dyck, Vanessa Falk, Ava Hamilton, Vera Liubkina, Kayla Margetts, Jaxon Mueller, Aidan Renwick, Nathan Robson, Emma Saley, Lexi Unrau. Grade 10 - Mia Amundsen, Rebecca Bird, Jacob Boyce, Trey Dickson, Keegan Drysdale, Elysia Julseth, Mallory Lockhart, Mia Lozinsky, Carson Nakonechny, Esther Sippel, Kendrah Smith, Dahlia Snaith, Tynille Steen. Grade 11 - Celia Boganes, Natalie Clark, Amy Desrochers, Denisse Macapagal, Luke Robson, Matthew Salyn, Annette Sippel, Carsen Unrau, Nevaeh Witherspoon. Grade 12 - Elizabeth Brauer, Cassandra Crerar, Payton Dickson, Zara Dickson, Annika Duguay, Katie Maendel, Jayde Nakonechny, Cyro Oliver, Hannah Ramsey, Sara Waldner, Stacey Wilcox. • Carberry Collegiate principal Bruce McCallum’s son, Lynden (21), has been selected the WHL Player of the Week. The Wheat King assistant captain, a top goal getter, scored seven goals and added two assists in three games. The Brandon Wheat Kings (18-4-2-0) won the WHL East Division championship. Conor Geekie, who turned 17 on May 4, was named CTV Player of the Week. The Winnipeg Ice star has recorded 21 points in their abbreviated 24 game schedule and will return to complete his Grade 11 at Strathclair and play senior ball with the Oak River Dodgers in the South West League. Conor was also named Winnipeg Ice rookie of the year. • Prairie Trichomes is a new, family-owned business in the Carberry area, with 41 employees and four stores in Neepawa, Gimli, Killarney and Onanole. The large cultivation facility is operated by Ken Carritt and son, Dell, who stated that they have a wide variety of cannabis products. “Our stores have many different demographics, as some folks look for pain killers and others for recreational use. It helps me sleep and remedies back pain.” More information is available from Dell (204841-4580) or their website

Community profile– Austin Poitras By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press


Brandon Wheat Kings hockey player Lynden McCallum, of Carberry, named WHL Player of the Week.

• Carberry and Area Community Foundation has announced its 2021 spring grants:
Art Sear Park– play structure $1,500;
 Communities in Bloom– Day Lily Park benches $800;
 Friends of Camp Hughes– TransCanada signage $1,000;
Marshall Memorial Centre– outdoor gathering centre $2,995;
Seton Centre– exterior painting $1,750;
Carberry & Area Recreation– pool equipment $550;
Carberry Health Clinic– waiting room AED $1,905;
Carberry Health Centre & Personal Care Home– staff wellness area $2,000;
Town of Carberry– ball park/campground washrooms $1,500;
Town of Carberry– traffic speed display signs $1,500. New CACF directors are required. Email Brianna Renwick by May 14, if interested, with skills and experience to Terms are two years and a director can hold up to three consecutive terms. There is a new bench at the CP Park sponsored by MADD, Manitoba Build 150 and CACF. The deadline for CACF fall grant applications is Sept. 15, 2021.

No matter what life forms were created first, each one obviously had to be fully functional and able to reproduce itself. Nothing less than that can be called life. The fossil record agrees. Life appears suddenly. The first layer of rock has no sign of life. The next layer has life, fully-developed. Not only that, but many of the first life forms have continued to this day, virtually unchanged. Biochemists have concluded that anything much simpler could not survive. According to the law of biogenesis, living organisms can be produced ONLY by other living organisms. Life cannot arise from non-life. Science cannot explain the origin of life, any more than it can explain the origin of matter.


Austin Poitras, Carberry Collegiate student.

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Austin Poitras (18) is the son of Rodney and Alicia and is a member of the Carberry Collegiate 2021 graduating class. Curling, agriculture and cars are his main interests. He started curling at seven years of age and curled for his brother, Landen, when they won the zone curling banner and advanced to the provincials. For the past year, he has worked at Mursan Farms and would like to take some agriculture courses. Austin is quite proud of his 1979 Grand Prix automobile. His father, Rodney, has been a great influence on his life development.


Day Three (continued)

To be continued.

MAY 7, 2021



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Mildred Anna Zalluski (nee Gyoerick) It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dear Wife, Mother, Grandmother and GreatGrandmother Mildred on April 28, 2021 at the Portage District General Hospital. Mom was born on December 7, 1935 in Cudworth, SK to John and Martha Gyoerick, the oldest child in a family of four. In 1948, the Gyoericks left Cudworth to make a new home in the Belhampton district, south of Alonsa, where Mom attended school. In 1957, Mom met her forever sweetheart George and on October 31, 1959, they were married. They left Alonsa to find employment for a short time and in 1963, they purchased land west of Alonsa - this was to be their home for the next 52 years. Dad obtained employment with the dept of highways and Mom was a full time stay at home mom to a family of five. In 1983, Mom took training and became a certified home care attendant. This was the start of a career caring for many different clients in the Alonsa area, which lasted 13 years. Each and every client was special to Mom and she cared for them just as she did her own family! Things that brought Mom much happiness was being with her family & friends, spoiling her Grandchildren and later welcoming her Great-Grandchildren, reading, playing cards, bingo and always giving motherly advice, whether we needed it or not! Faith was a very important part of Mom’s life. She always thanked God for all the good times and asked for support through the difficult times. In 2015, Mom & Dad left Alonsa to make their new home in Portage la Prairie. Mom was predeceased by her parents John & Martha Gyoerick, infant sister Evangeline, Mother and FatherIn-Law, Peter & Eva Zalluski. Brother/Sister-In-laws Emma Gyoerick, Frank Rusnick, Kay & Walter Piluke, Nick & Kay Zalluski, Anne & John Kuzyk, Mary & Tony Tkachyk, Mike Zalluski, John P Zalluski and Jean & Steve Sucharyna (Bill Turko). She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years George. Her children Ray (Vi), Lucille (John), Evangeline (Ken), Myrna, Roxanne (Bill). Grandchildren Stewart (Amanda), Shane, Derrick (Heather), Justin (Claire), Terry (Kelsey), Brad and 8 Great Grandchildren. Sister Cindy, Brothers Dennis and Bob, Sister-in-law Irene Zalluski, numerous nieces, nephews and friends! A graveside service was held on Monday, May 3rd at 2:00 pm in Our Lady of Assumption RC Cemetery in Alonsa. Deacon Richard Ryzner officiated. In lieu of flowers, Mom’s wish would be to hug your loved ones and cherish every day you have with them!! REST IN PEACE DEAR MOTHER KNOWING YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER! Sneath-Strilchuk - McCreary Chapel 204-835-2004 •

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Obituary Diana Emerson passed away peacefully on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone at the age of 80. She was born on April 7, 1941 in MacGregor, MB, residing with her family on a farm in the Austin area. After attending the Emeline District School and then the Austin high school, Diana worked at the Telephone Office as a switchboard operator in MacGregor. Diana first met Robert (Bob) Emerson when he was delivering fuel to her family farm yard in 1956. They married on November 3, 1962 in MacGregor. In 1965, they moved to Gladstone where they raised their three boys Greg, Glen and Dale. Diana continued to work as a switchboard operator until the office closed. She waitressed at the Yellowhead Esso then later became the dietary supervisor at Seven Regions Health Centre and Third Crossing Manor until retirement. At which time, she and Bob spent longer winters down in Texas, enjoying their time with friends. Soon after “retirement”, Diana worked as a health care aide, home care attendant, as well as a driver for the Gladstone Area Senior Support Program. Diana was an active member in the Gladstone community, involved with the Rebekahs, Eastern Star, United Church Women and Legion #110 Ladies Auxiliary, as well as a volunteer member for the Ambulance Service. Diana enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, family road trips, winters in Texas and spending time with her grandchildren. Roughly ten years ago, Diana settled quite nicely into her new surroundings as a result of the support and guidance she received from the staff at Third Crossing Manor. For this, her family will forever be grateful. Diana is predeceased by Gregers and Bessie Ritzer (parents), Oliver and Bessie Emerson (parents-in-law), Duncan Emerson (brother-in-law), Mary Bollman (sisterin-law), Al Bollman (brother-in-law). Left to cherish her memory is her husband Robert (Bob) Emerson, her children Greg, Glen (Louise), Dale (Shelley). She will be missed by Valerie Emerson, her grandchildren Scott (Tasha), Trina, Kayla (Jerod), Bryce (Kendra), Jordyn (Matt), Ashley, Travis (Janie), Bradley (Jen) along with her great grandchildren Riley, Kailey, Teagan, Aspen, Elizabella, Bree, Tyler, Clayton, Kara and Hannah, as well as her sister Wilma (Luc) Durand and brother Ted Ritzer (Helen), nephew Andreas, niece Heather, nephews Doug and Mark Bollman, Del Emerson (sister-in-law) and extended families. Special thanks for the love, compassion and care shown to Diana during her ten years’ stay at Third Crossing Manor. Public Viewing was held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Clarke’s Funeral Chapel in Gladstone, Manitoba. Private Family Service was held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Clarke’s Funeral Chapel in Gladstone, Manitoba with Wendy Denbow officiating. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Third Crossing Manor Country Courtyard for Serenity Ward, Gladstone, MB.

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Obituary Darrell Dean Nichol Darrell Dean Nichol passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Darrell was born on April 11, 1963 in Hamiota, Manitoba and raised in Isabella, where he lived until they moved to Gladstone in 1974. While growing up in Gladstone, he went to school, played sports and made many lifelong friends. When he started working, he worked on Manitoba Pool Elevator paint and siding crew. He eventually moved into sales, selling automotive parts for Mac’s Auto Supply, then onto selling cars for TNT and later, Westward Ford in Neepawa. He went on to manage hotels in places such as Gillam and Baldur, MB. Darrell was an active member of the community, volunteering on many committees, coaching hockey, serving as president of Gladstone Legion. Darrell made friends wherever he went. Even after his stroke, he had the amazing ability to communicate and make friends, with his ready made smile and his own version of sign language. His friend Gord aptly put it: “I’m sorry. He was such a positive person. There will be lots of wet eyes at Rideau.” Darrell was predeceased by his parents June & Charlie Nichol; brother Arnold; brother-in-law Steve Derlago. He is survived by brother Walter (Kathy), Tim (Lois); sister Arlene Derlago; sister-in-law Darlene Nichol; 10 nieces and nephews; 18 grand nieces and nephews and former sister-in-law Sylvia (Perry). Private Family Service will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 with Linda Clark officiating. Interment to take place at Gladstone Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home Gladstone ~ MacGregor in care of arrangements.

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Wanted Workshop and Meeting space needed for Neepawa Area Men’s Shed Neepawa Area Men’s Shed is a member of a world wide nonprofit organization. It was created to promote wellness and mental health through participation and inclusion of mature men with similar interests. We have no affiliation with any local organizations or service groups and are completely funded by community donations such as Miles for Mental Health and BPCF. We are seeking a dedicated space within town to meet and chat over a coffee, with an adjoining work space to work on small community projects that keep us active and engaged with one another. If you have such a space to donate or rent, or wish to know more about Men’s Shed, call Colin at 204-841-1629

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Notice NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF the Estate of John Richard Rink, late of the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone, in the Province of Manitoba, Retired, Deceased. ALL CLAIMS against the above Estate, duly verified by Statutory Declaration, must be filed with the undersigned at Box 310, Neepawa, Manitoba, ROJ 1H0, within fifteen (15) days of the date of publication. DATED at the Town of Neepawa, in the Province of Manitoba, this 3rd day of May, 2021. CHRISTIANSON TDS - Solicitors for the Administrator

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PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of The Rural Municipality of Alonsa intends to present its proposed 2021 Financial Plan at a Public Hearing at the Alonsa Community Center located at 12 PTH Highway 50 on the 12th day of May, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Council will hear any person who wishes to make a representation, ask questions, or register an objection to the financial plan, as provided. Due to the Covid-19 social distancing constraints and the current Public Health Order, physical attendance at the Public Hearing will not be possible. Anyone wishing to present, ask questions or register an objection may do so by written submission or by email. Please submit your letter to our office no later than May 7th, 2021. Copies of the proposed Financial Plan are available for review and may be requested by any person during the regular business hours of the Municipal Office located at 20 Railway Avenue in Alonsa, Manitoba. Dated this 20th day of April, A.D. 2021. PAMELA SUL, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer The Rural Municipality of Alonsa Phone: (204)767-2054


of Municipal Pesticide use Permit Public notice is hereby given that the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford (including Sandhills Golf & Country Club and all subdivision within the municipal boundaries). RM of Cornwallis and the Town of Carberry intent to conduct the following Pesticide Control Programs during 2021: 1. To control noxious weeds on road allowances and boulevards within the municipalities. The projected dates of application will be from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021. The Herbicides to be used include: · 2, 4-D Amine · 2, 4-D as 2-Ethel Hexylester · 2, 4-D Mecoprop-P Dicamba · Aminopyralid · Aminopyralid Metsulforen-Methyl · Dicamba · Dichlorprop, 2 4-D · Laceticacid · Iron · Glyphosate · Difufenzopyrt Dicamba · Clopyralid · Triclopyr · Aminocyclopyrachlor Metsulfuron Methyl · Aminocyclopyrachlor Chlorsulfuron · Gateway & Hasten NT (Surfactants) 2. To control the following insect pests including grasshoppers, mosquitoes, elm bark beetles, cankerworms etc. The proposed dates of application for these programs will be from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021. The insecticides that may be used include: · Malathion · Sevin XLR (Carbaryl) · Vectobac (BTI) · Eco Bran Bait (Carbaryl) · Delta Gard (deitametherin) The public may send written submissions or objections to specific programs within 15 days of this publication of this notice to the department below: Environmental Approvals Branch Manitoba Sustainable Development 1007 Century Street, Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4

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The Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah REGARDING THE 2021 FINANCIAL PLAN PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of the Rural Municipality of MintoOdanah intends to present its financial plan for the fiscal year 2021 at a public hearing at the Minnedosa Community Conference Center on the 13th day of May, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Council will hear any person who wishes to make a representation, ask questions, or register an objection to the financial plan, as provided. Copies of the financial plan are available for review and may be examined by any person by making arrangements to pick-up a copy using social distancing requirements, during the regular office hours of the municipal office at 49 Main Street, Minnedosa, MB, or request a copy to be sent electronically. The Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah is committed to following the guidelines set out by The Provincial Government regarding social distancing as well as the requirements of the Municipal Act. Anyone interested in attending the hearing is requested to RSVP to the municipal office prior to the hearing. Persons may attend in person or by teleconference. Aaren Robertson, C.M.M.A., C.A.O. Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah Phone: (204) 867-3282 Email:


The Town of Neepawa Public Works staff will begin spring compost pickup—leaves and yard waste in COMPOSTABLE (PAPER) BAGS ONLY and small/short bundles of branches. P����� ���� �� ����� M������ ������� M�� � � ������� ���� M�� ��� Please place your compost in a neat pile on the boulevard at the front of your property. You may take your own compost to the compost site, located on Hurrell Road, North of the cemetery and follow all signs. Residents are reminded that household garbage is not allowed at the compost site and violators will be fined. As per By‐Law No. 3166‐16, no person shall sweep, dump or otherwise deposit leaves, grass clippings, branches or any other li�er into any gu�er, boulevard, street, or other public place. Denis Saquet, C.E.T., Manager of �pera�ons Box 339, 275 Hamilton St. Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 204‐476‐7600 ~

Municipality of North Cypress-Langford Public Hearing 2021 Financial Plan

Date: May 17th, 2021 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Municipal Office (316 4th Ave, Carberry) At this time the Council of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford will present the 2021 Financial Plan for the municipality. The presentation will provide an overview of the proposed financial plan followed by a forum for questions and comments from the public. 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 are available on our website or upon request from the municipal office, 316 4th Avenue during regular business hours. Questions and remarks may also be directed by letter to our Chief Administrative Officer or through our email address at Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that anyone interested in participating preregister with the Municipal Office by May 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. by calling (204) 834-6600 or email Trish Fraser Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of North Cypress-Langford April 27, 2021 (In accordance with subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act)

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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. A detailed job description including responsibilities and qualifications is available to applicants upon request or can be viewed on our website at This position is open until filled. Rural Municipality of Rosedale Box 100 Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Phone: 204-476-5414 Fax: 204-476-5431 Email:


The Municipality of McCreary is inviting applications for our Summer Green Team Project – Hometown. We are looking for one person age 15-29 to fill a Summer Youth Employment Opportunity under the direct supervision of the Operations Foreman. Duties to be performed will be assigned by the Operations Foreman and include: • Planting and/or maintaining flowers and trees in public areas; • Picking up litter; • Removing old signs and flyers from public areas; • Cutting grass; • Helping with street/road/sidewalk enhancements; • Helping with garbage collection; • Preparing for painting and painting; • Maintaining facilities, public areas, and equipment/tools; The Green Team positions are based at McCreary, Manitoba. The hourly rate of pay will be $11.90 per hour (minimum wage) plus 4% vacation pay. The position will begin as soon as agreed upon for 35 hours per week for 8 weeks. Please submit your Resume with three references to the address set out below. Applications should be marked Green Team and will be accepted until 12:00 Noon on May 10th, 2021 by mail, delivery, fax, or email. We thank all those who apply for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Municipality of McCreary P. O. Box 338 – 432 First Avenue McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Telephone: 1 (204) 835-2309 Fax: 1 (204) 835-2649 Email:


Labourer - Seasonal

The Municipality of McCreary is inviting applications for the position of Labourer (seasonal). This position is under the direct supervision of the Operations Foreman and is responsible for performing duties as assigned related to the operations of the Public Works Department to include equipment operation and maintenance, street and sidewalk maintenance, mowing and landscaping, water and sewer system repair and maintenance. The job description is available upon request. This position is based in McCreary, Manitoba - a rural, agricultural community at the foothills of Riding Mountain National Park. McCreary has full recreational facilities, a K-12 school, available housing and is considered to be a positive living experience location. The ideal candidate must possess the following: • High School graduate or equivalent; • Be physically fit and able to perform the required tasks; • Valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver’s Licence as a minimum; • Be capable of operating and providing maintenance for municipal equipment; • Ability to work independently with minimal direction with a teamwork approach; • Good mechanical aptitude. Experience operating equipment (grader, tractor, mower) will be an asset. Additional training/safety certificates will be considered an asset. Please submit Resume, three work-related References and a copy of Manitoba Driver’s Licence to the address set out below. Applications should be marked Labourer - Seasonal and will be accepted until 12:00 noon on May 10, 2021 by mail, delivery, fax or email. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Municipality of McCreary P. O. Box 338 – 432 First Avenue McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Telephone: 1 (204) 835-2309 Fax: 1 (204) 835-2649 Email:

Full Time Parts Person Position Located in Neepawa Manitoba, we are an agricultural machinery sales and service and highway tractor and trailer repair facility. Our parts people play an important role on our team, they welcome customer in our store and on the phones. They are knowledgeable about the products and services we sell and find the right parts for our customers needs. They work closely with service technicians and assist with getting the parts the technicians need. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Promptly assist customer needs both in person and on the phone. • Maintain and enhance the display area throughout the store, clean and organize parts displays and bins. • Arrange, organize and stock parts. • Help shipping/receiving department by distributing parts to the appropriate area within the store. • Monitor, maintain and update parts inventory by checking information on the computer and physically verifying location and quantities. • Participate in annual parts inventory. EXPERIENCE: • At least 1-year experience in Parts Department preferred. • High School Diploma or GED equivalent. • Knowledge of Agricultural Equipment strongly preferred. QUALIFICATIONS: • Ability to work extended hours and Saturdays • The job requires an employee to stand, climb ladders, operate forklift and other machinery and lift up to 75 pounds. • Excellent computer skills. • The right person for this job would have a friendly and outgoing personality, someone who enjoys working with the public. They would also need to be organized and detail orientated. WE OFFER: • Competitive Hourly Wage Dependent On Experience • Company RRSP • Dental and Medical Package • Product Related Training and Development Application Deadline - May 7, 2021 To apply for this position, send a cover letter along with your resume to:


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The Municipality of McCreary is inviting applications for our Canada Summer Jobs Summer Student. We are looking for one person age 15-29 to fill a Summer Student Employment Opportunity under the direct supervision of the Operations Foreman. Duties to be performed will be assigned by the Operations Foreman and include: • Planting and/or maintaining flowers and trees in public areas; • Picking up litter; • Removing old signs and flyers from public areas; • Cutting grass; • Helping with street/road/sidewalk enhancements; • Helping with garbage collection; • Preparing for painting and painting; • Maintaining facilities, public areas, and equipment/tools; The position is based at McCreary, Manitoba. The hourly rate of pay will be $11.90 per hour (minimum wage) plus 4% vacation pay. The position will begin as soon as agreed upon for 35 hours per week for 8 weeks. Please submit your Resume with three references to the address set out below. Applications should be marked Canada Summer Jobs Summer Student and will be accepted until 12:00 Noon on May 10th, 2021 by mail, delivery, fax, or email. We thank all those who apply for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Municipality of McCreary P. O. Box 338 – 432 First Avenue McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Telephone: 1 (204) 835-2309 Fax: 1 (204) 835-2649 Email:

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

Current starting wage is $15.45/hour plus $1.00/hour perfect attendance bonus! Wage scale extends to $23.05 per hour In addition to HyLife’s benefits, vacation time and competitive salary our company also offers a $500 dollar employee referral bonus program! HyLife is here to support you on building an exciting career with our team! If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at or email to or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0.

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Band Teacher

(may include other assigned courses) 1.0 FTE (Term) at MacGregor Collegiate Institute September 2021 to June 30, 2022 MacGregor Collegiate Institute is a school of approximately 18 teaching staff and 160 students, located in MacGregor, Manitoba Candidates will be selected for interviews based on the following: • Valid Manitoba Teacher Certificate • Sound knowledge of the provincial curricula • Previous teaching experience in a middle or early years environment Skills and Abilities: • Abilities and qualifications to teach grade 6, 7, and 8 Band, 9-12 Concert Band, 9-12 Guitar and other assigned courses. • A strong understanding of an inquiry approach to learning. • Excellent understanding of Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, building collective efficacy. • Experience working with students with unique needs • Team player committed to the certainty that all students can and will learn • Self-motivated learner, building expertise based on student learning needs • Understanding of and experience with teaching remotely and online is considered an asset • Understanding of collaborative inquiry and deep learning is considered an asset Any questions should be directed to the Principal, Kyle McKinstry at 204-685-2047 or using the email address below. Interested candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) current references on or before May 12th, 2021 at 4 p.m. to: Human Resources Pine Creek School Division Email: We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. By applying, you are consenting that the Division may contact your references. The candidate hired by the Pine Creek School Division is required to submit a clear Child Abuse Registry Check and Criminal Record Check, at their own expense, as part of employment.


TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION Painting Project Turtle River School Division is accepting tenders for painting at the following locations: 1. Exterior of Ste. Rose School Tenders must include all materials, labor and taxes. Tenders are to be submitted on the form provided. All work is to be completed by August 27, 2021. A mandatory site inspection for prospective contractors will take place May 18, 2021. Please contact the undersigned for exact time. A site inspection is required in order to submit a tender. A performance bond may be required. Please forward your tenders to the undersigned. Tenders close: Noon, Friday, May 21, 2021. Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Mark envelopes Painting Project and submit to: Stephen Oversby, Maintenance Supervisor Turtle River School Division Box 309 McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Phone: (204)835-2067 Fax: (204)835-2426


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Neepawa Tourism has a specific goal in mind for 2021, maximize our community’s newest tourism attraction, the HyLife Back Forty Multi-use Trail Park. The park will attract visitors on a consistent basis throughout the year. Individuals and groups will come in from across the province to take a ride along the challenging, but fun bike trail system. It’s only going to get busier, as Neepawa Tourism promotes the message out there about our exciting new recreation attraction.


Declan Smith, of Neepawa, is one of 16 recipients in Western Canada and one of only three in Manitoba to be chosen to receive the Re/Max 2021 Quest for Excellence bursary, valued at $1,000. Smith was presented with the bursary, as well as a certificate of excellence and a Re/Max gift pack, on Monday, May 3 at the Re/Max Prairie Mountain office in Neepawa. Local real estate agent Lesley Skibinsky presented him with the award. The full list of winners of the Quest for Excellence, as well as Smith’s and the other winners’ application essays, can be found at, under the “about Re/Max” tab, at the “in the community” link.

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