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New assisted living centre to welcome residents Nov. 1 Kinsmen Kourts II introduces executive chef, food program

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press Kinsmen Kourts II is nearly complete. After the project got its start through a needs survey in 2017 by Neepawa economic development officer Marilyn Crewe, and construction was able to take off in June last year, the board of Kinsmen Kourts I and Kinsmen Kourts II will be welcoming residents on Monday, Nov. 1. “We’ll have a bit of work left to do at that time, such as painting touchups, some cleaning in the basement level and exterior work– most of these finishing touches are tied to the road, which is being worked on by the Town,” said Dana Menzies, executive director of Kinsmen Kourts I and II. “All of our staff positions have been filled out, too.” Lance Cory has been hired as the executive chef, with sous chef Jackie Butterfield, cook Sydney Mowatt and six part-time servers also working the kitchen. Two of the serv-


The exterior of the Kinsmen Kourts II building, which has been in construction since last June.

ers will also be providing house cleaning services, while Jeff Michaluk works as maintenance caretaker. Cory was born in Bran-

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don but raised in Virden, going on to Assiniboine Community College (ACC) to study the culinary arts. Graduating in 2008, Cory

t hen worked at R iver Heights Terrace for approximately 10 years and Remmington’s. “I’ve wanted to cook

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sent a request to Manitoba Health indicating I wanted to do a story on Christmas parades. I got an email response saying that staff were taking calls in priority. That is understandable, as I would assume they are very busy. The email then got forwarded to the government newsroom. The response was pretty quick, less than 24 hours, so that was appreciated. The response is noted below and in my mind, it raises two questions. One is, why are the people at the government’s newsroom not “quotable sources”? The second question would be, how can a parade be lumped into the same category as outdoor fairs, festivals and other outdoor major community events? People at a local parade are either on float or on a sidewalk and spread out over a half mile or more, unlike a festival or fair. Fairs and festivals with more than 50 people in attendance are being held, but it would appear that the main difference is they are open only to double vaccinated individuals. A parade doesn’t have a controlled entrance, so checking vaccine cards would not be possible. Anyway, here’s the province’s response: “Please note the province has launched a new one-stop email for media questions. Please use for direct access to all the staff answering media questions. Reminder we are not quotable sources. A parade would be considered an Outdoor community event under order 13, so in order for the parade to proceed, they would have to put a plan together compliant with the current order as follows: ORDER 13 13(1) Subject to subsection (2), outdoor fairs, festivals and other outdoor major community events may be held if the number of persons attending does not exceed 50 persons. 13(2) A community event may be held with more

persons attending than otherwise permitted under subsection (1) if (a) a medical off icer of health has approved protocols respecting the operation of the event that are submitted by the organizer of the event; and (b) the event is conducted in accordance with the protocols approved by a medical officer of health under subsection (3). 13(3) A medical officer of health may approve increased attendance at a community event if they determine that the protocols respecting the conduct of the proposed event submitted by the organizer provides sufficient public health protection. Traditional parades with many floats would create an outdoor gathering in excess of 50 persons. Organizing an event such as a parade, compliant with current orders, would require that a detailed plan for access control and/or checking vaccination status if there is more that 50 persons in total would be submitted for review and approval of the CPPHO. The application or plan can be sent to”

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OCTOBER 29, 2021

Elks Lodge Cash Calendars coming back

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press One of the Elks of Manitoba’s staple fundraisers is starting up again. The annual Cash Calendars will be for sale very soon. Neepawa Elks member Joan Kitson noted that as soon as the calendars arrive, they will begin selling them in the community. She added that they should be available any day now. The cash calendars feature daily draws throughout the whole year, with prizes ranging from $20 to $1,000. There is also the option of a 50/50, with the possibility to win thousands of dollars. A Neepawa resident won the 2021 50/50 prize, which was a total of $5,665. Jessica Bohn was the lucky winner and she received her prize in January of this year. She noted that the money came


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Long time Elks Lodge member Archie Smith (left) made a presentation to the 2021 Elks Cash Calendar 50/50 winner, Jessica Bohn, at Elks Manor in Neepawa. Bohn’s prize totaled $5,665.

at the perfect time, as she had decided to do some renovations to her house and this helped pay for it. The cash calendars and

50/50 help support Elks community projects across the province. The money goes to programs of a wide variety, from supports for

children with hearing disabilities, to new equipment for local schools and recreation centres, to sponsoring kids to go to camp and more.

First Kaleidoscope concert of the season set for Nov. 8

Submitted Kaleidoscope Concert Series

It’s the first Kaleidoscope concert since COVID-19. The evening features the folk duo Leaf Rapids and it is playing on Nov. 8, 2021 at the Roxy Theatre at 7:30 pm. Devin and Kerri Latimer are the band Leaf Rapids! Devin is a bass playing physics professor, and Keri has an angelic voice and is a talented Theremin player. Please come out and enjoy a lovely night of folk music. You will be treated to their own family’s stories, plus other familiar tunes. Among other honours, Leaf Rapids’ album, Citizen Alien has been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for contemporary album of the year! Their music has created a new world from the old, delving into the intimate truths told by voices from decades long gone. “This is an understated Canadiana masterpiece that, frankly, I find difficult to explain, just give it a listen.

Spines will tingle,” said Greg Jones Earl, from To The Ground Music. The Kaleidoscope Concert Series thanks Gill & Schmall Agencies, the sponsors of this performance, and also Rob Smith & Son Backhoe and Trucking, the Kaleidoscope series sponsors. You can purchase tickets for Kaleidoscope Concerts at ArtsForward or at the door of the Roxy on performance night. You need to be immunized to attend and masks must be worn. Remember to bring your immunization card and stay home if you have any symptoms.

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OCTOBER 29, 2021


By Chad Carpenter

Rita Friesen

A dose of common sense

Is complacency the goal? Y I Right in the

n recent years, a trend has developed among the so-called mainstream media. They have taken up two aims. One is to lull people into complacency and the other is to drive people into panic mode. One would think those two goals would be in opposition to one another, but they are, in fact, quite complementary. Some news stories, by their very nature, are rather sleepy and if the reporter doesn’t dig very deep, it’s easy to pass over the few facts offered. Those kinds of stories will naturally generate complacency. Other stories may incite panic. They may be stories about war, mass shootings, COVID-19 and alleged political scandals. There are so many of these panic stories that people, labouring under a severe information overload and with no access to any recourse to actually do anything about the story, also lapse into complacency. It may not be intentional on anybody’s part, but governments like complacency. Complacent people don’t ask questions, don’t rock the boat, don’t get involved. Obviously, 40 per cent of people are too complacent to even vote in elections. The longer a government or party is in power, the less they actually want to hear from the voters. I am trying to adopt a co-worker’s advice and avoid major news media outlets and that includes large chunks of Facebook and Twitter. It has become a longstanding joke that if you watch Fox News, you get one story. If you watch CNN, you get an almost opposite story. That said, the two channels usually don’t even feature the same “top” story. It’s interesting that the channels seem to have different important things to try and panic us about. We have four levels of government in Canada, so there is plenty of news to be uncovered. For Manitobans, the four levels of government are federal (Ottawa), provincial (Winnipeg), municipal and school board. The latter two have the most direct impact on us as citizens, so it’s important that we know about what’s happening at those levels. It’s also at those two levels that it can be hard to get the news out. Local newspapers can only neepawa

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Ken Waddell have as many staff as their ad revenue can support. Some newspapers only have a staff of one, some have a few, but none have enough to get all the news out to the public. Municipalities are required to post their minutes in their offices. To their credit, most municipalities are also posting their minutes online. Some websites are easier to wade through than others. The Rivers Banner and Neepawa Banner & Press cover many municipalities. As of Monday night this week, Riverdale, Oakview, Elton, Town of Carberry, Glenella-Lansdowne, Alonsa and Ste. Rose had posted their September minutes. Harrison Park, Clanwilliam-Erickson, the Town of Minnedosa, North Cypress-Langford and Westlake-Gladstone had posted their October minutes. Unless I am reading the websites incorrectly, the Town of Neepawa had only posted their August minutes and Rosedale, their July minutes. Minto-Odanah’s website says their minutes are available upon request. McCreary’s last minutes that are on their website are from February. The municipalities that have posted their October minutes are doing so with the understanding that their minutes will need to be approved at the next meeting of council, but they are getting the draft version out as soon as they can. That’s good. The ones that have only posted their September minutes are waiting until the minutes are approved by council. They could be getting the news of their minutes out in a more timely fashion. As for the Town of Neepawa, Rosedale and McCreary, I am not sure why the delay. Having covered council affairs for over 30 years and having served as a mayor twice, I know staff

do get busy and posting minutes to a website may not seem too pressing, but municipal residents should be able to access council minutes as soon as possible. Admittedly, reading council minutes can be a pretty boring matter, but councils should ensure that the decisions they make are available to the public. It would make sense for towns and municipalities to make a deal with local newspapers and publish their news in an ad. Some places do that. Swan River does it regularly. The Town of Neepawa does it once in a while. All municipal governments advertise mandated items, such as zoning changes and some by-laws, but it would serve the taxpayers well to see what’s happening around the council tables. It’s impossible for a newspaper to attend all council meetings. Local newspapers may have anywhere from three or four councils up to a dozen in their coverage area and the time and cost factor prohibitive. The province of Manitoba occasionally informs people about what they are doing with our money, but rarely. The federal government rarely advertises what they are doing except when they send money to California for ads on Facebook. The system seems generally geared to spreading complacency, which is really sad. One would think that governments at all levels would want to tell us what’s going on, but that isn’t proven out by their actions. The problem is that lack of information and the complacency it generates doesn’t make for a strong democracy. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press staff.

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ears ago, when I was employed at The Banner, Ken provided the staff with an opportunity to attend a workshop on management. The session was encouraging and enlightening. One of the presenters spoke on ‘common sense’, and in the course of the lecture expounded on the reality that there is no common sense, for we all come with a different set of family, faith, and community values. What is common to me may be totally foreign to you, and your common may appear to be ridiculous and senseless to me. That explained a great deal to me, and altered my perception of ‘common sense’. So where am I going with this? Another Rita rabbit hole? While cleaning corners and closets, I came across an Eaton’s catalogue from the fall and winter of 1942-1943. The catalogues I recall from both Sears and Eaton’s had shiny, glossy, “Buy me!” pictures all over the front cover, especially the Christmas editions, which depicted the jolly Santa or the perfect family in matching pj’s surrounded by abundance. This copy is tattered and water stained, mostly intact, black and white and about five hundred pages of pictures and prices. The cover has a block filled with clear concise advice. “YOU CAN HELP. Ottawa has requested everyone to conserve vital materials and services. You can help Canada by following these simple but important suggestions when buying by mail: *Avoid exchanges and delays by making your orders carefully. Study the descriptions of the items catalogued. Check instructions for measuring and be sure to state the correct size wanted. *If choice of colour is given, be sure to tell us the colour you want. *Always print your name and address in clear block letters. *Make your Catalogue last the season… Use only one in a household…Share yours with your neighbour. *Do not order beyond requirements. *Take care of the things you buy.” How is that for a front cover!! I recognise the retail outlet is no longer in business, in fact, many young folks will not know the name, but it did not go out of the business because of this statement or attitude. A Monday evening routine includes face time with my sisters. I showed them the cover and Sister the Elder, who is never warm enough, inquired about the cost of a good winter coat. There is a page with the subtitle– “Women who work. You plan your defense wardrobe with strategy. You choose such as these– simple, coordinated, functional. So you look like ‘good news’ coming down the street.” These coats are practical and attractive. One is reversible wool to waterproof cotton twill for only $14.95. Add a few more details, wool, slightly padded shoulders and sheared rabbit collar for $19.75. The fur coats were sheared rabbit, dyed, from $100 to $150. What moves me most about this catalogue cover is what I know as common sense. Be careful with what you buy, and take care of it. The nation was able to comply for the war effort. And now a blessed resurgence of these values for the health of the environment.


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Reviewing our past

OCTOBER 29, 2021


his past June, my favour ite comic st r ip character, Garf ield the cat, celebrated his 43rd birthday. Forty-three years is a long time for anyone to hold one job– but Garfield’s creator Jim Davis, now aged 76, is still overseeing the creation of each day’s strip. Fortunately for fans like me, an electronic archive of all Garfield comic strips is available for viewing and, about a month ago, I decided to begin reading the Garfield story from the beginning, looking to see how Garfield has evolved since he debuted in 1979. Some things about him haven’t changed all that much. Garf ield is still lazy, overweight, craves human food (especially lasagna) and has an overly inflated view of his own significance. He is living proof of the truth of the old saying: “Dogs have owners; cats have staff.” Garfield’s staff is his owner, Jon Arbuckle, who, in 43 years, has had to deal with more incidents of shredded drapes, destroyed furniture

man who loves music. We can see that music is used through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Laban told Jacob that he would have sent him off with music if he would not have deceived him. In Revelation, the Babylonians were told that there will never be music heard in them again. Keep music being made and heard for young and old.

Neil Strohschein and flying food than any pet owner should ever have to face. But Jon takes it all in stride– or at least he appears to. As I am watching Garfield evolve, I have also looked in the mirror to see how I and others have changed over the same period of time. And I have been amazed to see how some of Garfield’s experiences mirror experiences I and others have had. For example, one of the things Garf ield had to learn was to respect other living beings, especially dogs and cats that were bigger or tougher than he was. Many of the early strips end with Garfield in a crumpled mess on the floor after losing a fight with a much bigger dog, cat or a mother bird who took offense when Garfield invited

By Addy Oberlin


I love to make music with the little talent the Lord has bestowed upon me to play the old hymns. There are always a few favourites. One hymn that is not in the book needs to get played every time I am there. Yesterday, I went to see the eye doctor. My eyes are beginning to fail. He will try to fix my lenses so that I can still read the notes. A

Faithfully Yours

Observation his morning, I was walking from the parking lot to the centre for the elderly to have a hymnsing. When they took my temperature, it was 29°C. It was pretty

one of her new hatchlings to join him for lunch. Eventually, he learned to respect his owner, the other pets in Jon Arbuckle’s house (Odie the dog and various species of fish), and the pets and people who lived on his street or who he met on various outings. That’s just one of many examples I could give to show how life’s experiences help us develop the qualities of love, acceptance and forgiveness– qualities that enable us to live in peace and harmony with our families, neighbours and wider communities. As we go through life, we gain a deeper appreciation for the truth St. Paul shares in Romans 8:28. “We know,” he writes, “that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him and who are called

according to his purpose.” Then, in verse 29, he tells us what that purpose is. “Those God foreknew,” he says, “(God) predestined to be conformed to the image of his son.” That’s another way of saying that God’s intent for all who believe in him is that in character, lifestyle and deportment (action), we will become as much like Jesus Christ as it is possible for a human person to become. The path to achieving this goal is never easy. Every thing we experience in life can take us an additional step on the road to Christ-likeness. But we must allow that to happen. We must be willing to cooperate with God, to let him help us change how we think, how we speak and how we live. Sadly, we aren’t always as cooperative as we should be. By reviewing our past, we can see where we have strayed from the path God has chosen for us and take the steps we need to find forgiveness, experience healing and get back on that path again.

cool outside, but I thought the thermometer must be broken. The nurse showed me her temperature, it was 36°C. After my fingers were warmed up, we enjoyed the hymnsing.

Thumbs up, thumbs down I would like to send a thumbs up to Eileen Peters for her care of providing and planting flowers around the Gladstone Cenotaph over the years. It is one of those kind gestures done quietly under the radar to honour our Veterans. Many thanks from the Gladstone Legion. Verna Otto– Padre Gladstone, MB Two thumbs up! A few days ago, I was at the Neepawa Cemetery and noticed a white cross with a poppy on the resting place of every person that served in the Canadian Armed Forces. I was very touched by the token of appreciation given to all our Veterans that fought and sacrificed for our freedom. A huge thank you to whomever took the time and work to place them for Remembrance Day. God bless each of you. Marg Hazelwood Neepawa, MB

On Thursday, Oct. 21, I had bladder surgery that required a catheter. On my way to the Titans hockey game on Friday night, an obstruction in the catheter required me to go to the emergency department at the Neepawa hospital. After being assessed by the young female doctor on call, it was suggested that I spend the night in the hospital. I want to give a big thumbs up to all the staff involved during my time in the hospital. Roger Lapointe Ste. Rose, 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:



Fighting a war against a virus Dear Mr. Waddell, I read your column of Oct. 15 in which you quoted Christ’s second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbour as yourself”. You are absolutely correct in saying that if everyone followed this commandment, there would be no wars and no conflicts between individuals. Right now, we are fighting a war against a virus that has taken the lives of millions worldwide and continues to disrupt our lives, our health care system and our economy. Our prayers were answered when a safe and effective vaccine was developed, a vaccine which has caused COVID-19 transmission to decrease except in those groups who refuse vaccination. The unvaccinated continue to be the sickest and largest group in our hospitals. Making the decision not to be vaccinated affects not only ourselves– far from it. It also affects the individual who, because of underlying health problems, did not get full effect of the vaccine. It greatly affects thousands of people who are left waiting for surgery because the ICU beds are full of the unvaccinated, who require special care for many weeks. In the meantime, the person who requires a heart valve replacement is going into heart failure and dying. Many wait for a kidney transplant and cancer surgery, and while waiting, they become more ill and suffer, sometimes leading to an early demise. The virus continues to pass from one susceptible person to another, all the while mutating, and the end result may render our existing vaccine less effective. We see ongoing protests against vaccination throughout our country. If people were truly looking out for their neighbour, as we have been commanded, there would be no protests with people demanding their rights, and we would be closer to ending this pandemic. The choice is not just for ourselves, but for all the other people who are ultimately affected by our decision. Dr. Arlene Walker Headingley, MB

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Fish is a very important part of a healthy diet. It is an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps keep our heart and brain healthy. I don’t know about you, but I need all the brain food I can get! Visiting the East Coast I tried fish stew and enjoyed it very much. This satisfying one-pot stew is quick and easy to make. Haddock or cod works well in this stew. Take care not to overcook the fish, cook only until the fish flakes easily when you prod it with a fork. This is a mild stew so if you want a little heat add 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes. East coast fish stew 2 tsp. vegetable oil or butter 2-3 potatoes, washed and cubed 1 onion, diced 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 cloves garlic, minced 1-2 bay leaves 1 can diced tomatoes with juice salt and pepper to taste 1 cup water or more if needed 1-1 1/2 lbs fresh or frozen cod fillets, 2 carrots, peeled and diced cut into bite size pieces 1 stalk celery, sliced 18-20 peeled shrimp (optional) Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes. Add the can of tomatoes and water. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the cod and if desired shrimp and simmer until the fish is opaque throughout, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and serve.

Museum feature: Spring Hill students of 1966


Spruce Plains RCMP report By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of Oct. 18 to Oct. 24, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 39 police activities. Oct. 18: RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault in the Municipality of GlenellaLansdowne. Two people were arrested, charged and released with future court dates. Police received a report that personal and financial information had been stolen out of a vehicle in Neepawa. The documents were discovered shortly after in the bed of a neighbour’s truck. Police were dispatched to a person causing a disturbance in Minnedosa. The person was detained, taken into custody and was released once sober. Oct. 19: RCMP received a commercial alarm call in Minnedosa, that was canceled shortly afterwards by the property rep. Police received a report of a break and enter to a business in Minnedosa; the matter is still under investigation. Police responded to a report of two people walking along the highway near Gladstone who appeared to be in distress. Extensive patrols were made around the area but the people were not located. Oct. 20: RCMP conducted a COVID compliance check at a residence in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Police responded to a 911 call in the RM of Rosedale where the caller sounded disoriented and hung up before any information could be received. Police attended the location of the call, located the caller and determined they were safe and well with no cause for concern. Oct. 21: RCMP re-


Pictured here are students from the last classes at Spring Hill School in 1966. The school district was formally organized in March of 1885, the school being erected on the southeast corner of 2-16-16 west of the Principal Meridian. The building operated from 1907 to 1967, with the district being dissolved in Jan. 1968. According to the Manitoba Historical Society, the original wood frame building was being used as a workshop at NW34-15-16W as of the early 1990s. A monument commemorating the school, in memory of Douglas Martin Ellis, was erected and dedicated at a ceremony in June of 1999.

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sponded to commercial alarms in Neepawa and in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone. Both were deemed false. Police received a report of a hit and run to a vehicle that was parked in a parking lot in Neepawa that sustained significant damage. There was insufficient evidence to proceed further. Oct. 22: RCMP were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person and break and enter at a hotel in Neepawa. Police thoroughly checked the room and found no signs of entry or suspicious people around. The matter was deemed unfounded. Police responded to an abandoned 911 call at a business in Riding Mountain. Police discovered an alarm had gone off at the store and an employee was phoning 911 to tell Police not to come as it was set off accidentally. Police attended the store and found the building to be secure. Oct. 23: RCMP responded to a person causing a disturbance at a residence in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone. Police arrested one person for breach of peace who was later released without charges, once sober. Police were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person at a restaurant in Neepawa. Upon arrival, it was determined that the complainant made the call with hopes of

receiving a ride from Police. Police informed the caller of the importance of only calling 911 for real emergencies (while you may enjoy the free lift, the accommodations aren’t as appealing). Oct. 24: RCMP received a report of broken beer bottles at a playground in Neepawa. Police attended, taped off the park for clean up and spoke to resident in the area about the damage. No one saw it happen and, therefore, the matter did not have enough evidence to proceed further. RCMP conducted six traffic 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.


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Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce a united voice for region under new banner Submitted

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The Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC) has taken another step forward to ensure there is a united voice for business success in Dauphin and the Parkland area. As of Oct. 18, the community leading nonprofit organization will be known as Parkland Chamber of Commerce. Over the last several years, DDCC executive director Stephen Chychota explained, the chamber has been making a conscious effort to focus on the, “& District” part of its name. “After visiting many communities and the businesses within them, we learned there is limited to no access to business resources or local Chambers of Commerce across the Parkland,” he said. “The Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce felt strongly it was our responsibility, as an established and central Chamber, to step up and look after these businesses, as we believe we have the capacity to reach out to those seeking resources and ensure they no longer go unserviced.” In doing so, Chychota noted, DDCC has seen a

consistent growth over the past five years to almost 300 members from less than 200 just seven years ago, with approximately 20 per cent of its total membership base operating outside the City of Dauphin. For the chamber, it’s ultimately about supporting our local businesses in the area. Gilbert Plains store owner Kayla Luky comments on supporting local as “The more that we support local, it just gives more opportunity for this area to flourish.” At an annual general meeting in 2017, Chychota said, a resolution was passed to explore the opportunity to move toward a name change, should no major roadblocks or queries arise. Members were then asked directly whether DDCC should make the change. DDCC also approached municipal governments for assistance in working with local businesses and was encouraged to forge ahead. “The goal to be a regional support is not much different than what we do now. Parkland Chamber of Commerce will continue to keep the lines of communication open for businesses, community groups and municipal governments across the region,”

Chychota added. “We strive to create better programs and services to support businesses, regardless of where they are located in the Parkland or what industry they are in.” Chychota pointed out there is no intention at this time to overtake, or request amalgamation with the surrounding Chambers of Commerce, acknowledging all are stronger together and will continue to support each other’s efforts. “The rebranding is much needed to reflect the members that we serve in the region. The communities that our chamber serves have changed and expanded from its original inception. It is fitting that we serve communities without a chamber organization in order to ensure the survival of small businesses in the region,” added DDCC president Gabe Mercier. Parkland Chamber of Commerce intends to fill in the gaps, Chychota said, and have greater connections within its focus area of Grandview to the west, Winnipegosis to the north, McCreary to the east, and areas surrounding Riding Mountain National Park to the south.


Birnie Post Office temporarily displaced

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

Birnie area residents have to make the trip to Neepawa to get their mail for the time being, while Canada Post works to find a new location for their boxes. Up until recently, the post office had been located in the home of the former postmistress, within the community of Birnie. “The Birnie Post Office postmaster retired on Sept. 18 and services ended on Friday, Oct. 15. This was a postmaster-provided post office, and the facility was no longer available after Oct. 15,” stated Phil Legault, of Canada Post media relations. Rural Municipality of Rosedale reeve Michael Porrok noted that the home changed hands shortly after the postmistress’s retirement and the new homeowners wanted the use of that space within their home, so the post office had to relocate. Canada Post stated that they have a number of processes that have to be followed before a new location in Birnie can be confirmed. They decided to redirect the mail to Neepawa’s post office temporarily to be able to maintain postal service for the Birnie customers. Legault noted that the Birnie mail

has been going to Neepawa since Oct. 18. Porrok explained that the RM was notified of this change a few weeks ago. He noted that they were told only a couple weeks prior to when Birnie’s mail got moved to Neepawa. Porrok said that the subject was brought up in the last council meeting, just to let people know that it was happening. He added that a resident brought forward the suggestion to locate the post office in the Birnie Community Hall, but council decided that was not feasible, as the only space available in the hall is the basement, which is not very accessible and would likely not meet Canada Post’s standards. Porrok said the RM was told Canada Post has been in discussion with a few local candidates who are interested in renting space to them, but the RM hasn’t been made aware of any final decisions as of yet. Legault added that they are also in the process of looking for someone to staff the Birnie post office. “Should any residents have questions regarding their postal services, they can contact our Customer Service team at 1-866607-6301. We thank the residents of Birnie for their patience and understanding as we work on the future of their postal services,” Legault said.



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OCTOBER 29, 2021

2001: Early spooks to be had in Neepawa By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

110 years ago, Friday, October 27, 1911 A Galician, engaged w i t h I s a a c Ye r e x ’ t h r e s h i n g g a n g , who had his foot crushed by the separator wheel, was brought to the hospital yesterday. Through September, 35 patients were treated in the Neepawa hospital, 28 being admitted. There were three births. 100 years ago, Tuesday, October 25, 1921 Sam James, who has been a pat ient in the hospital for the past two weeks, went home on Su nd ay, i mpr oved i n health but still weak. 90 years ago, Tuesday, October 27, 1931 Dauphin citizens have formed a Civic Progressive Association and plan to contest every seat on the council this fall. A gold strike 120 miles northwest of Sudbur y, Ont., has resulted in more than 150 claims being st a ked in t he Sway ze township area. Riding Mountain: The Duck low fa m i ly were called to Dauphin to be with Peter, who underwent his ninth operation in the past 21 months he has been at the hospital. We are pleased to report he came through it nicely and is improving. We read in the Carberry News-Express that the proposed highway from Neepawa to Carberr y has been turned down as an unemployment relief measure on the grounds that the unemployment shown is not sufficient and OPTOMETRISTS

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80 years ago, Tuesday, October 28, 1941 Arden: Pte. Len Gower of 18th Recce. has left for Windsor, Ont. to take a course with the Ford Motor Co. Kelwood: P te. Reg. Ventnor, of R.C.A., Shilo, spent the weekend with his family in town. The marriage of Miss M a r g a r et E n n i s a nd M r. Ken net h G ow a n took place qu iet ly i n Winnipeg, Oct. 11. Miss Ennis is the daughter of Mr. S. Ennis, of Kelwood and the late Mrs. Ennis and Mr. Gowan is the son of Mr. an Mrs. G. Gowan, of Vancouver. It is pleasing to see how readily the names of enlisted men and changes of addresses are coming i nto t he P ress of f ice. Be sure that relig ious denomination is stated in all cases as this is most important in order that the various churches throughout the town can send Christmas parcels to the men in uniform. 70 years ago, Thursday, November 1, 1951 Wellwood: Residents of Wellwood and district will watch the progress of the Brandon Wheat Kings with a keener eye than ever this winter with the knowledge that Frank McKinnon, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McKinnon, of Wellwood, is now a member of the team. Frank is only 17 years old and is taking his

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60 years ago, Friday, October 27, 1961 Cordova: Mary Stewart and Reta Jackson from Glenburney School and Elva Hunter from L or nda le School took part in the spelling bee held at Clanwilliam last Wednesday. Reta placed f irst and Elva second. Both girls will participate in the spelling bee to be held in Minnedosa Tuesday evening. 50 years ago, Thursday, October 28, 1971 The name “Yellowhead Centre” was chosen in a vote by 49 people from 23 organizations represented at the annual meeting of the Neepawa Centennial Project Committee. 40 years ago, Thursday, October 29, 1981 Fire, started by arsonists, caused extensive damage to the main lodge at Mt. Agassiz ski resort, in the early hours of Oct. 21. M a i nt e n a n c e m a n , Ralph Fletcher, was the first to discover the fire, on arrival at work, at 9 a.m. The f ire was out by t h i s t i me, h av i n g destroyed k itchen and serving areas in the lodge. He said the building was full of smoke and still quite warm. Windows were cracked by heat from the fire and benches blackened by smoke…

Cpl. Mackenzie attributed broken water pipes and lack of oxygen in t he bui ld ing to extinguishing the f lames. It lo o k s mor e l i k e a w at er t ower e ver y month. Construction is continuing on the tank portion of the Neepawa water tower. Workers are continuing to weld sheet metal that will form the tank. T he for me r C . H . B a r b er home at 2 9 9 Davidson Street, opposite the Yellowhead Manor, was sold recently and moved away to ma ke room for the entrance to the new Kinsmen Kourts building. Construction of the 50-unit home for sen ior s may beg i n i n November.

30 years ago, Tuesday, October 29, 1991 … Evans’ Lanes will celebrate its 30th year of operation next fall, making it one of Neepawa’s longest standing familyowned businesses. 20 years ago, Monday, October 29, 2001 Neepawa’s Lily Festival h a s b e en r e c o g n i z e d as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by t he A mer ican Bus Association. The association, which represents over 4,0 0 0 t ou r bu s c om p a n ie s , recognized 11 events in Canada. The only other one in Man itoba was Winnipeg’s Folklorama.

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Hallowe’en reportedly got an early start in 2001. Even the week before the big day, many residences in Neepawa were ready for trick-or-treaters. The display pictured here shows a rather surprised ghost eyeing up the “grave” of a Mr. Bones.

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Kinsmen board expects services, elevator availability to be big draws for residents Continued from Page A1 As part of the residency, a food program is included for all those living in the building. Cory explained the residents will have breakfast available starting at 8:00 a.m. each day, lunch at noon and supper at 5:00 p.m. All cooking will be entirely from scratch, providing the tenants with homestyle cooking. “At breakfast, they’ll have hot cereal, cold cereal, toast and eggs cooked to order. They’ll also get a menu item, such as bacon, that rotates. The next day it could be a fresh cinnamon roll,” Cory explained. “Lunch time is a three course meal. They’ll start with a starter, such as a salad, maybe an appetizer, and move into an entree which will include a protein, like ribs, starch, like mashed potatoes and vegetables, like carrots or asparagus with a light dessert following. Supper is a house-made soup that changes every day, an entree, such as a clubhouse sandwich with a garden salad and their choice of dressing, and a dessert.” Not only will the food be made from scratch, but all ingredients are going to be bought as locally as possible so that Kinsmen Kourts can support the community and


Left: Lance Cory, who has been hired as the executive chef for Kinsmen Kourts II. He studied the culinary arts at Assiniboine Community College and has several years of experience working as a chef. Right: The dining area, where residents will be able to enjoy fresh, homestyle meals, three times a day, every day.

the surrounding area. But that’s not all. Once everything is up and running, Cory and the other cooking staff are eager to do more. “Our culinary team here are all graduates of ACC, so that’s something that I’m proud of coming out of that course– that they’re going to be able to showcase their talents,” Cory enthused. “We’ll be looking at doing meal programs for seniors and later down the road we’re hoping to start catering in the community–

everything from parties and anniversaries to weddings. We’ll definitely be starting small, but we’re looking to be a big building in Neepawa.” Vacancies filling fast With the food program, availability of the two elevators and the other services that will be provided to the residents at the Kinsmen Kourts II assisted living building– such as gym access and a hair dresser– the board expects vacancies to

fill fast. As a matter of fact, with how uptake has been going so far, they expect the building may be full by Christmas. Another factor for this uptake, according to Menzies, are the rent prices. “This is a nonprofit or-

ganization and, therefore, rent is very affordable for the services we are providing. Especially compared to other assisted living facilities,” Menzies explained. Dana Menzies can be contacted at 431-351-0611

for any questions readers may have, to book a tour of the facility in the future or to apply to be a resident of the building. Applications for residency can also be made at Stride Credit Union in Neepawa.


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This fireplace adorns the back wall of one of the rooms near the dining area, just off the main entrance. While the room itself was yet to be finished, the area was being cleaned up nicely and will surely be an enjoyable place for residents to gather.

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The newly elected board of NACTV. Back row, from left: Ron Santos, Laarni Santos, Corinna Jasienczyk and Bill Syrik. Front row: Myra Bennet, John Drinkwater and Dave Bennet. Not pictured: Don Walmsley.

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press The Neepawa A rea Community Television (NACTV) board met for their 2020/2021 annual general meeting on Thursday, Oct. 21 to discuss how the past year has gone for the station. In terms of the numbers, NACTV posted a profit of $3,080.80 from September of 2020 through August 2021. That’s a decrease of over 90 per cent from the previous year, which saw a net income of over $34,000. Board president Dave Bennet, who chaired the meeting, noted that the main difference between this year and last was the royalties earned. Last year, total royalties ended up over $65,000, while this year saw $17,320.05. Bennet explained that the reason it was so high in the last fiscal year was that there was quite a large sum of back pay from years they hadn’t been receiving royalties. Expenses this year also increased by 47.5 per cent, attributed mostly to wages, management fees and equipment expenses. The expenses for Bingo were also higher this year, because during the strict pandemic lockdowns, many of the local businesses carrying the cards stopped selling, so Val Wilson stepped up to distribute the cards and was paid for her efforts. Treasurer Bill Syrik noted that while expenses increased in Bingo, sales also increased dramatically, which balanced it out fairly well. The reason wages increased was due to hiring

a new staff member. Rrain Prior was brought on through the federal Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program, but before the LJI funding came through, they hired her on a casual basis so some of her wages weren’t covered by the program. The station also updated some of their equipment in the past year, including purchasing new tripods, as well as installing new carpet, backdrop and soundproofing in the studio. While the bottom line this year didn’t look quite as impressive as last year’s net income, management is still very happy with where they’re at financially. “The station, I think, is in pretty good shape, certainly the strongest financial shape it’s been in for many, many years and hopefully, it can carry forward and grow from here,” said Ken Waddell in his management report. The meeting finished off

with the election of the board of directors. The four members continuing are Dave and Myrna Bennet, John Drinkwater and Bill Syrik. Four new members were added as well, filling all eight available seats. Those new members were Ron Santos, Laarni Santos, Don Walmsley and Corinna Jasienczyk. Bennet closed by thanking everyone who’s been involved in making the station such a success. “I thank the board members and the staff and Ken for their hard work over the last year; the newly elected members who have agreed to sit on the board; particularly want to thank our business advertisers, our business and public donors; and, of course, all the bingo players, they’re key to the operation of the station, thank you to them for tuning in and playing bingo and helping us run the station,” he expressed. “We look forward to a successful 2021/22 year.”

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Neepawa residents were getting into the spirit of the Halloween season with lots of decorations out on their lawns. Above: Halloween displays at a home on the corner of Brown Avenue and Isobel Street Right: Displays on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Main Street.



Neepawa Inner Wheel club has disbanded

thing,” she explained. The group was down to 12 ladies and most of the members had been part of the club for a very long time A local service club has off icially and had held several executive positions disbanded as of this year, after 65 years over the years. Bennet mentioned Marlyne serving the community. The Neepawa Hargreaves had been involved almost since Inner Wheel, a ladies’ auxiliary club to the club’s inception and was still a member Neepawa Rotary, ceased operations as of up until the day they disbanded. June 30, 2021. She noted that the Rotary Club is alThe club started in June of 1956, with 24 lowing the spouses of current members charter members, as the third Inner Wheel to be included in their memberships, so club in Manitoba. They have had many several of the Inner Wheel members will events and projects that they’ve worked on be joining Rotary that way. She said the in the community, some of their own and Rotary-related programs Inner Wheel ran, some to support the Rotary Club. One of such as the exchange student weekend, will the most notable events was their annual carry on through the Rotary Club, but she’s District 5550 Rotary International Exnot sure about some of the other projects change Students’ Orientation, where they they were involved in. “It’s something hosted exchange students from all over that one of us Inner Wheelers should talk the world who were located in the many about, discuss with the Rotary Club, to see communities across the district. “The FILE PHOTO if they’d be interested in that.” student weekends, they were our highlight, In 2017, the Neepawa Inner Wheel Club celebrated the 40th year of hosting the She noted that she’s disappointed to see really, over the last few years, and Inner District 5550 Rotary International Student Orientation Weekend. Club president some of these projects disappear, especially Wheel directed and ran the weekend with Bev Finlayson looked on as members Pat Traill, Marlyne Hargreaves and Joan the delivery of f lowers to Country MeadRotary’s support,” Inner Wheel member McGillivray cut the anniversary cake. ows. One thing that will continue on until Myra Bennet shared. almost the end of the year, however, will The group also delivered f lowers monthly to Country Harris Dinner and the Used Book Sale. be the support of their international sponsored child. Bennet noted that Inner Wheel is one of the largest “Our money we disbanded with, we just turned it over to Meadows Personal Care Home, to every resident celebrating a birthday that month; they sponsored a child women’s groups in the world, but it has been on the our foster child company and said, ‘Use It up until that in a developing country; they sponsored a local Grade decline in Canada in recent years. A number of other runs out to support the foster child,’” Bennet explained, 5 student each year to attend a week at Camp Wanna- clubs in the district have folded over the past few years. In adding that the money will last until early December. kumbac; they annually funded a prize for a participant Neepawa’s case, “We were just not getting new members The archives that Neepawa Inner Wheel kept will in the Neepawa & District Fine Arts Festival; and they and the older members were just starting to play out, be handed over to local community archives and to the helped Rotary with their annual TV Auction, Paul not wanting to hold more offices, and all that kind of Beautiful Plains Museum.

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press

Remediation of Park Lake moving forward The timeline for the preliminary restitution of Park Lake in Neepawa is starting to come together. Chief administrative officer Colleen Synchyshyn and manager of operations Denis Saquet recently met with Stantec, the engineering services company working on the project. Synchyshyn said that meeting assisted in providing a clearer indication as to when the lake, which was breached back in 2020, due to an unprecedented and sudden rainfall, can see preparatory work get underway. Synchyshyn has indi-

cated that the tender for rip rap, which is humanplaced rock used to protect shoreline structures against erosion, will be advertised in the f irst two weeks of November, if everything remains on target. Once a supplier is selected for that tender, they will begin movement of the materials to the location this year, to ensure quick and easy access in 2022, when the project formally begins. Meanwhile, the design and drawings of the Park Lake Bridge are expected to be done and ready for review by Oct. 29. Synchyshyn noted that what all this means, ultimately, is that the Town

is optimistic that it will be in a good position by the fall of 2022 to be near or completed its remediation. Council reports Councilor Jason Nadeau at tended t he October meeting of the Rossburn Sub-Division Trail Association and shared an update on their progress. New signs are still being installed across the trail and should be completed soon. As well, a reminder to anyone who uses the trail that motorized vehicles are not permissible, with the exception of snow-mobiles in the winter months. During the meeting, the R.M. of Rosedale notified the Association that it would

have to step away from the group, for the time being. Counci lor M a r ijk a Kostenchuk provided an update on a recent meeting herself and councilor Darryl Gerrard had with the County Court Building Committee. The meeting saw the Town confirm its support for some repairs to the roof of the building, which has an issue with leaking. The repairs will be done as soon as possible. Some damage to the outside stairs will also be looked after. The building was first built in 1884 and the last notable major remodel was done in 1984. Councilor Murray Parrott has toured a portion


of Davidson Street, as the installation of new water and sewer lines progresses. He noted that the workers have run into a few lead and copper lines, which have been removed. He indicated that it has been a challenge, but that the personnel have been doing a tremendous job in adapting to the situation. He commended the Public Works Department and the workers’ efforts on the upgrades.

on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Despite this one step back, the work along Davidson remains to move forward and should be completed shortly. The road, itself, will remain in a gravel state over the course of the winter and be paved in 2022. Progress is positive for the construction of the new RCMP building and the Highway #5 sewer extension has been completed.

Manager of Operations Report Denis Saquet reported that due to the water and sewer work along Davidson Street, the Neepawa Legion was without water

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MJHL Standings Western Division




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Game results

Friday, Oct.22

Neepawa 7-4 Swan Valley

Saturday, Oct. 23

Swan Valley 7-3 Neepawa

First Period 03:18 NPA B. Stange (1) ASST: C. Brust (6), K. Reynolds (2) 03:46 NPA W. Highet (6) ASST: R. Gudnason (3), M. Thiessen (6) 12:40 SV D. Cap (1) ASST: D. Maske (2) 16:42 SV C. Barnes (7) ASST: Unassited Second Period 00:28 SV Q. Mulder (2) ASST: A. Rajsigl (6) PP 09:17 NPA R. Gudnason (6) ASST: D. Wilton (8), C. Brust (7) PP 19:57 NPA J. Blake (1) ASST: C. Gundnason (2), G. Renwick (1) PP Third Period 03:19 NPA B. Michalchuk (2) ASST: K. Reynolds (3) 04:20 SC C. Barnes (8) ASST: C. Cockburn (8), J Valentino (11) PP 17:21 NPA D. Wilton (1) ASST: J. Romanyk (2), J. Lapointe (1) 20:00 NPA C. Trimble (1) ASST: J. Romanyk (3), D. Noonan (2) EN Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP SV 2 1 1 4 2/2 NPA 2 2 3 7 1/1 Goaltenders SV K. Grant - 23/29 saves NPA G. Renwick - 20/24 saves Attendance: 406 - Yellowhead Centre

First Period 01:26 SV Q. Mulder (3) ASST: C. Fortin (2), C. Cockburn (9) 03:12 SV J. Valentino (7) ASST: T. Sauder (4), A. Rajsigi (7) 03:57 SV C. Barnes (9) ASST: J. Paler-Chow (1), N. Fladager (5) 16:18 NPA J. Lapointe (5) ASST: D. Wilton (9) Second Period 11:06 SV A. Rajsigi (4) ASST: N. Fladager (6), Q. Mulder (5) PP 15:21 SV J. Valentino (8) ASST: T. Sauder (5), A. Ward (2) Third Period 01:19 SV C. Barnes (10) ASST: J. Paler-Chow (2) 03:21 NPA C. Brust (4) ASST: C. Smith (4), B. Michalchuk (1) PP 10:29 NPA R. Gundnason (7) ASST: Unassited - Penalty Shot 18:14 SV N. Fladager (3) ASST: A. Ward (3), D. Maske (3) PP. Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP NPA 0 2 2 5 1/7 SV 2 1 1 4 2/5 Goaltenders NPA - E. Demers - 2/5 saves NPA - G. Renwick - 34/38 saves SV - D. Black - 40/43 saves Attendance: 300 - Centennial Arena

Points leaders

Friday, Oct. 22

MJHL leaders 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

E. Fawkes (WB) J. Vanderhooft (WB) B. Fischer (VDN) C. Jaquet (DAU) J. Svenson (WKR)

Neepawa leaders 1. 2. 3.

C. Brust R. Gudnason W. Highet


A Pts

10 9 9 4 8

15 15 13 17 12


4 7 6

25 24 22 21 20

A Pts 7 3 4

11 10 10

Titans, Stamps and Oil Caps locked in battle in the standings

By Eoin Devereux

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The Neepawa Titans remain in a tight battle for third place in Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) Western Division. The club put forth a solid home effort on Friday, Oct. 22 against the Swan Valley Stampeders, ultimately winning 7-4. That positive progression, both on the ice and in the standings, however, could not be maintained, as the very next night, the Titans fell to the Stamps by the score of 7-3 in Swan River. These results have the Titans sitting in fifth place in the MJHL’s Western Division, with a 4-6-1-1 record and 10 points in the standings. That does have Neepawa within striking distance of both the Stamps and Virden Oil Capitals, who are both just one point ahead in the standings. Neepawa head coach and general manager Ken Pearson noted that in the first 12 games of the season, the level of skill from the roster can clearly be seen out there on the ice. What he hopes to see more of out there, however, is consistency. “We need to find that consistency in our game. We play a good period and then a bad period, or a so-so period and that so-so period ends up costing us. When we’re playing at that level that I know [the team] can hit, it allows us to go two steps ahead, as opposed to

one step forward, one back,’ noted Pearson. Pearson added that the coaching staff has also stressed to the players the need to maintain a strong sense of urgency near the end of games. Four of the Titans’ first 12 games have gone to overtime or a shootout. He indicated that habit of needing extra time to decide a winner could create some problems for the club as the season progresses “That extra point in the standings that’s created from [going to overtime] could be an issue near the end of the year. You can see in the standings, we’re pretty much locked into a race for third place right now and we can’t allow an opportunity for our opponents to get that extra point. It’s important to put teams away when the opportunity presents itself.” As for the next series of games, Neepawa will find itself travelling to The Pas to take on the OCN Blizzard (3-8-0-1; 7 Pts). Pearson said that getting the northern trip out of the way early in the season can be a real positive for team chemistry. “We’ll be getting on the bus Friday, [Oct. 29] and spending a few days up there together as a group. It’s a chance for the guys to get to know each another a bit better. Build that team mentality. It’s also an important set of games for us. We need to put some distance between ourselves

Wayway 7-2 OCN Virden 6-4 Dauphin Selkirk 6-1 Wpg Blues Steinbach 2-1 Portage Winkler 4-1 Wpg Freeze

198, 189; Melvin Oswald 174, 150; Len Pritchard 177; Carole LeBoutillier 167; Judy Gabler 153; Muriel Porada 163; Lawrence Smith 151, 150; Vivian Oswald 172.

and OCN and, potentially make a move in the standings,” indicated Pearson. Neepawa will play a pair

of games this weekend in The Pas, versus the OCN Blizzard.

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Rylan Gudnason (#9) of the Neepawa Titans looks to make progress into the Swan Valley zone, but is hindered in that effort by Jackson Betcher (#12).

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Saturday, Oct. 23

Wayway 6-4 OCN

League results: Oct. 21/21. Men’s High Single & Triple : Darrell Gabler 241 & 628. Ladies’ High Single & Triple : Vivian Oswald 214 & 530. Other Scores to Note: Frank Porada 163, 191; Darrell Gabler

A tight race for third place developing

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Tiger Hills NACI win Zone Seven soccer title Hockey League Varsity girls defeat Minnedosa 2-1 in extra time shootout is back in action! By Eoin Devereux

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By Eoin Devereux

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It has been way too long since fans of the Tiger Hills Hockey League (THHL) have been able to see a game. The 2019-20 championship series between the Neepawa Farmers and Boissevain Border Kings was cancelled back in March 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. That was unfortunately followed a few months later with the entirety of the 2020-2021 season being cancelled for similar reason. But now, a full 19 months later, all 13 returning teams will be hitting the ice once again. They will also be joined by two additional clubs. The Carberry Plainsmen are back in the league, after a four year hiatus, while the Virden Oil Kings have jumped ship from the North Central Hockey League. Virden technically joined the league last year. Neepawa Farmers: 2019-20 regular season record9-8-1. 19 points; Playoff results- Advanced to THHL Final (Cancelled due to COVID restrictions); General manager- Rodney White. Coaches - Landon Cameron and Ryan Miller. Returning players - Matt Lowry, Ward Szucki, Lance Nugent and Garett Rempel. New facesBraden Gillies, Brad Marshall, Benoit Mowbray and Shane Byram. Team comment on upcoming season - “Everyone’s pretty excited to get things going after only getting an exhibition game in last year. There will be about 15 [returning players] or so from past years and six or seven new guys on the roster, so we’ve been fairly fortunate to have quite a few guys returning and a few new local guys come out.” Rodney White, Neepawa Farmers general manager. Minnedosa Bombers: 2019-20 regular season record- 8-10-0. 16 points; Playoff results- East Division Quarter Final loss to the Neepawa Farmers; General manager- Craig Cameron. Coaches- Craig Cameron, Marty McNabb and Brad Wilson. Returning playersRyan Heino, Tyler Jury, Shane Jury and Matt Saler. New faces - Player list not available before print deadline.

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It was a positive end to the year for the NACI Tigers Girls Soccer team, as they defeated Minnedosa 2-1 in the Zone Seven Championship.

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Whitey’s Fitness Body Shop in Neepawa has organized a fundraiser for Saturday, Oct. 30 to support the Neufeld family. The event, which has been named the “Friendly” Throwdown, sees participants completing three separate workout routines, that will last approximately 10 minutes each. The workouts will be scheduled in a track heat structure, where

an athlete might have workout #1 scheduled for 9:00 a.m., workout #2 at 10:45 a.m. and workout #3 at 12:30 p.m., as an example. The workouts have been designed to accommodate dif ferent f itness levels, with two divisions,“Fun” and “Intermediate”. As of Monday, Oct, 25, there had been 40 individuals who had signed up to take part. The entry fee to take part is $40 per athlete, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Dillan

Neufeld and his family. Dillan has been diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of can-

cer. The money raised goes towards coverage of travel expenses and medication requirements accumulated during treatment.

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The Neepawa Farmers and Minnedosa Bombers played a pre-season game at the Yellowhead Centre on Sunday, Oct. 24, with Neepawa securing a 6-1 win.

The Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute (NACI) Tigers Varsity Girls soccer team has pulled off, what some might call, an unexpected upset on their way to winning the Zone 7 Championship. The Tigers (0-1-3. 3pts) were able to keep pace with, and eventually defeat the previously unbeaten Minnedosa Chancellors (3-0-1. 7pts) in the Zone Final on Tuesday, Oct. 12, ultimately claiming a 2-1 victory. NACI fell behind early in the game, but rebounded in the second half to tie the game, off a Monique Malsi strike. That would be the end of scoring in regulation and extra time for either team, forcing the final to go to a shootout. Shooters Khrystyna Polyniak and Katie-Rae Byram each scored to give the Tigers the win and the title. This victory is a little bit of redemption for NACI, as they were convincingly

defeated by Minnedosa in their regular season home opener, by the score of 5-1. Tigers head coach Jennifer Byram said while that early result wasn’t great, she was positive the team would be able to get better as the season progressed. “We lost our first game to Minnedosa and tied every game after that. Our team steadily improved with each practice and game. What I am most proud of though is the strength of the team as a unit,” said Byram. “We have some players without any soccer experience but we are also reaping the benef its of players that have participated over the years in the community spring soccer program ran by Neepawa United Soccer Association. Most importantly, everyone practiced and played well together.” Byram added that the season was a group effort, both on the field and with the coaching staff, with Mike Adams and Chelsea Plett both being instrumental to the team’s ultimate success.


By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press • The Town of Carberry will hold a by-election for a vacant council seat on Dec. 1. Elections official, Tricia Zander, reports several nomination forms have been taken out and on Oct. 28, she can report who is running for the vacant seat. • The Sun Life Financial Westman Super League of Curling opened Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Brandon Curling Club, with strong Carberry representation. Some skips who have local connections include defending Super League champ Rob Van Kommer, Kelly Marnoch, Alyssa Calvert and Steve Irwin. The Super League has eight rinks that will play seven games followed by playoffs. The top four rinks compete in the championship level and the bottom four rinks play in the consolation event. The lone women’s rink in the Super League includes Alyssa Calvert, Stacey Fordyce, Pam Robins and Roz Taylor. • Team Beth Peterson, of Winnipeg, has qualified for the Scotties in Carberry Dec. 15 to 19 with an 8-6 victory in Steinbach over Kristy McDonald. • The GCB Wildcats high school hockey team won a pair of exhibition games on the weekend against the Neepawa Tigers. Jaren Waldner and Kylan Aitken sank two goals apiece for the Wildcats, who were tied 2-2 after the first and led 5-2 after two periods en route to an 8-4 win. Peyton Elliot collected three points, while a goal and an assist were each notched by Trey Dickson and Deegan Campbell. Carter Elliott added a single marker. Tarek Lapointe scored twice for Neepawa. Back in Glenboro, Oct. 17, Trey Dickson had four points, including a goal, in a 5-2 decision over the Tigers. Neepawa scored the only goal of the first frame, but the hosts were ahead 3-2 after the sandwich session. Nathan Dyck lit the red light twice. Singles were tallied by Jaxon Mueller and Jaren Waldner. Carson Mooney was the winning goaltender in both games. In a third exhibition

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The Cardale School Memorial features the names of 90 educators and almost 900 students from over the years.

match at Glenboro Oct. 20, the Wildcats downed the Neepawa Tigers 4-2. After evenly splitting two first period goals, the hosts took a 3-2 lead at the end of two frames. Trey Dickson notched a pair for the winners and singles were added by Carter Elliot and Deegan Campbell. Two helpers were collected by Johnny Meyers. The Wildcats host the Virden Golden Bears in Glenboro Wednesday, Nov. 3 and Deloraine/Hartney in Carberry Friday, Nov. 5. Both games are at 7:30 pm. For head coach Corey Forbes, this marks his 20th season at the helm and that does not count last year, which was cancelled. For a daily Wildcats update, visit • The Carberry Plainsmen open their return to the Tiger Hills Senior Hockey League on the last weekend of October. Wawanesa will visit Carberry Oct. 29 and then the Plainsmen travel north to the Yellowhead Centre to play the Neepawa Farmers Oct. 30. They are slated for 17 games, which includes five home and five away games in 2021. The host Deloraine Royals edged the fledgling Carberry Plainsmen in an exhibition game Oct. 22. Ethan Bjarnason, assisted

by Tyson Cloet, scored the lone first frame marker. Deloraine tallied the only second period goals by Vandendorpe and Sorenson. Bailey Creasy, with help from Russell Adriaansen and Jon Davison, tied the game at 15:05 of the third period. The winning goal was fired by Ty Moffatt, former Dauphin Kings star, with 4:04 left in the game. The Plainsmen home opener is Friday, Oct. 29 at 8:00 pm against the Wawanesa Jets. Come out and support a young Plainsmen squad in Tiger Hills action. • The Cougars varsity boys’ volleyball team defeated Rivers Rams Oct. 13 in five sets (25-16, 18-25, 25-16, 1925, 15-6). Trey Dickson led the offense with 9 kills. The next night, they travelled to Gladstone and after a slow start, downed the Warriors (25-21, 25-12, 25-20). At the Cougardome, the Junior Varsity girls won over the Rivers Rams in three consecutive sets. The Neepawa Tigers varsity volleyball teams visited the Cougardome Oct. 19 for some Zone 7 games. Neepawa girls won sets 1, 4 and 5 to win the match, while Carberry captured sets 2 and 3 (15-25, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 8-15). In boys’ action,

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Carberry swept the visitors (25-18, 26-24, 25-14). The boys host their tournament Saturday, Oct. 23. • The Manitoba Volleyball Hall of Fame will host their 2021 class at the Victoria Inn (Brandon) Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1:00 pm, with a complete Westman connection. Inductees include Tabi Love (Dauphin), Lisa Barclay and Dustin Schneider (Brandon), and coaches Kevin Neufeld (Brandon) and Rick Scott (Glenboro), plus the Goose Lake Raiders (Roblin) varsity boys, who won five provincial

championships (1992-97). All inductees will also be recognized at a BU Bobcats game that night. Scott was born in Souris, graduated from Warren Collegiate, and later, the University of Manitoba. He taught and coached at Norway House (four years), Glenboro School (five years), Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School (six years) and has coached at Dalhousie University for 13 years, and is now entering his 14th. In the public schools, he coached all sports– volleyball, basket-

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ball, baseball, hockey and track & field. Some of his coaching successes include four AAAA varsity girls’ volleyball championships with the Selkirk Royals, and back to back National Club Volleyball championships with Selkirk, as well. At Dalhousie, the Tigers have captured eight straight conference titles. At the National level, he was awarded USports coach of the year in 2017. In Glenboro, many students worked very hard for him with some highlights being a varsity A girls’ volleyball title plus a silver and a bronze, a couple of boys’ A basketball crowns and a girls’ track & field banner. Rick was active in community sports as he was a playing coach for the Glenboro Nordics, Tiger Hills League champions, a player with the Cypress River Comets, Manitoba Baseball champions at Thompson, and a player for the Baldur Regals of the MSBL. • Garnet Hyndman and Joanne McTavish led a committee that planned and raised funds for the Cardale School Memorial. Rapid City Memorials did a marvellous job of etching the names of 90 educators and nearly 900 students for historical purposes. The pandemic forced an official opening on Aug. 2 to be postponed.


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Obituary Sylvia Kuharski

Sylvia Kuharski of Neepawa, Manitoba passed away peacefully on October 16, 2021 at Neepawa District Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. Sylvia Watt was born in the RM of Whitehead near Alexander, Manitoba. After her father’s passing, the family moved from the farm into Alexander, where Sylvia finished her schooling. Sylvia later trained at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba and became a Registered Nurse. Sylvia began her working career in Neepawa, where she met her husband Jim. After they were married and had children, Sylvia left full time nursing to become a full time mother. Sylvia also became an active member of the Eden and Polonia communities. After moving to Neepawa, Sylvia continued her community activities in Neepawa, particularly as a member of both the Catholic Women’s League and Neepawa Health Auxiliary. Sylvia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was always kind, giving and willing to help family and friends. Given Sylvia’s passion for reading, she was a source of information and advice for those near to her. Sylvia loved baking, her Christmas goodies and especially her pies will be missed almost as much as she will be. Sylvia also loved to write and her letters were cherished by all who received them. Remaining to cherish Sylvia’s memory are her children Dennis (Nancy) Kuharski, Rose (Stephan) Zilliken, and Roger Kuharski; grandchildren Braden Kuharski & Alexandra Robbins; brothers Frank (Elaine) Watt and Jack (Cydnie) Watt; many nieces & nephews; cousins; and the extended families spread throughout Canada. Sylvia was predeceased by her husband Jim, son Mark, sister Alice Howatt, brother Ferg Watt, brother-inlaw Gordon Howatt, and sister-in-law Judy Watt. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Kelly and the staff at the Neepawa Hospital who tended to Sylvia to the end and particularly to Michelle Ferguson for everything she has done. Due to COVID-19 and the resulting Diocesan and Provincial policies, attendance at the Prayers and Funeral will be by invitation only, for this we are truly sorry. The prayers will be held on October 28 at 7:00 PM so please stop and recall a fond memory of Sylvia. The funeral service will be held October 29 with Fr. Mark Filips officiating. Interment will be at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Polonia. Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Neepawa and Area Palliative Care, Touchwood Park Association, Catholic Women’s League, or Neepawa Area Health Auxiliary. Arrangements in care of White's Funeral Home, Neepawa, Manitoba.

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Thank You Thank You From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank everyone who sent cards, gave flowers and food and offered us all the kind, supportive words during this difficult time. We are also overwhelmed at the generosity of our community, with the monetary donations. The biggest thank you to everyone who was involved in that. Also a big thank you to White’s Funeral Home and Rita Friesen for the beautiful service for Verl. And a thank you to the police and ambulance drivers for their care and compassion the night Verl passed away. Love Mary, Shayla, Chris and family, Eric and Katie.

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It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to David John Melnychuk, “Daddy Dave”, who passed away peacefully at his home in McCreary, MB on October 15, 2021. He celebrated his 90th birthday in May! Dave was born to George and Dora Melnychuk (Skibinsky) in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan on May 7, 1931. As a young boy, he had many adventures with cousins and friends. When he was a young man, Dave and the family moved to Glenella, MB to take up farming. It was here that he met Doreen Carter and they soon married on July 16, 1954 in Kelwood, Manitoba. Here, he took up residence and Dave was a farm hand for John Husak, then worked at Wilson’s Garage in Kelwood. Later, Dave purchased the garage and was the sole proprietor for many years, servicing vehicles and farm equipment for the community. When a tragic fire destroyed the business, Dave moved his family to Roblin, MB, where he took up employment with Gaber’s Equipment. After two years, the family returned to Kelwood and Dave operated the Community garage. When he retired, Dave helped a few local farmers to satisfy his passion for operating the equipment. He also drove the school bus for many years. One of his most proud accomplishments was being a 40+ year member of the Kelwood FD, a number of those serving as chief. He was a very active member of the community. Skidooing, curling, fishing and camping were some of his favourite pastimes, especially with family and friends. Left to mourn Dave’s passing are his wife of 67 years, Doreen, his three children, Debbie (Danny), Derek (Cheryl), and Donna (Rick). As well, his grandchildren Billy (Traci), Tyrell, Lauryn (Taylor), Carter, Kyle (Tayler), and Koralee (Reilley); great grandchildren Garrett, Ghaven, Bailey, Jasper and Karcyn. He also leaves behind his sister Shirley (Bert), brothers-in-law Ross (Verlene) and Ab (Karol), along with many family and friends. He will be missed by all, but his pain and suffering have come to an end after years of illness. We were so fortunate to have this big teddy bear of a man for as long as we did. Love you, forever. During this most difficult time, we thank our family and friends for all the kindness, visits, calls, flowers, food and donations to the McCreary Swimming Pool. We also want to thank Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Services, with a special thank you to Ryan Raffray for the intimate graveside service at the Kelwood Cemetery. Sneath-Strilchuk -McCreary Chapel 204-835-2004 •

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one, Evelyn Irene Kreutzer, in the early hours of October 21, 2021, surrounded by family, at the Neepawa District Hospital. Evelyn was born on February 25, 1931 in Winnipeg to John and Margaret Kreutzer. She attended East Tupper School and was a life long member of Zion Lutheran Church. She lived in Winnipeg and worked at Eaton’s for a short time before marrying Leonard Kreutzer on June 26, 1953 and moving back to the Tupper area. Leonard and Evelyn soon relocated to Plumas, where they raised their family. She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and John Kreutzer; sister Ellen (Alfred) Walker and brother Norman (Marjorie) Kreutzer. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 68 years, Leonard; and her daughters Glenda (Ed) Wegner; Gail Kreutzer (Joanne); Gwen (Jim) Mutch; grandchildren Stephen (Pam), Korissa, Melanie (Justin), Emily (Gerald); great grandchildren Jade, Hailey, Logan and Tobias; and niece Arlene Walker (Les & Yulin). Also left to mourn are sisters-in-law Betty Preusentanz, Gertie Kreutzer and many nieces and nephews. We are grateful to the home care staff for the excellent care throughout the years and to Dr. Milligan and the nursing staff at Neepawa Hospital for their compassionate care of Evelyn during her final days. A special thank you to Arlene Walker for her love and support during this difficult time. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Plumas. Interment at Plumas Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home Gladstone/MacGregor in care of arrangements.

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TOWN OF NEEPAWA BY-LAW NO. 3207-21 being an AMENDMENT to the TOWN OF NEEPAWA ZONING BY-LAW NO. 3184-18, as amended. HEARING LOCATION: Town of Neepawa Municipal Office, 275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, Manitoba DATE & TIME: November 16, 2021 at 7:05 P.M GENERAL INTENT OF BYLAW No. 3207-21 To rezone an area of land in the Town of Neepawa: FROM: “ML” - Industrial Light Zone TO: “RMH” - Residential Mobile/Modular Home Zone This amendment will allow for future residential development of the subject lands. AREA AFFECTED BY BYLAW No. 3207-21: An area of land described as Lots 1 & 2, Plan 6081 NLTO in Pt. SE32-14-15WPM in the Town of Neepawa as shown outlined in a heavy broken line on the map below.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeff Braun, Development Officer, Neepawa & Area Planning District Office 275 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, MB Phone: 1-204-476-3277 • Email: A copy of the above proposal and supporting material may be inspected at the location noted above during normal office hours, Monday to Friday. Copies may be made and extracts taken therefrom, upon request. Representations may be made either in person or in writing at the public hearing. Due to current Public Health requirements, any person wishing to attend in person should contact the NAPD Office at 204-476-3277 to arrange an appointment.

Pursuant to subsection 367(7) of The Municipal Act, notice is hereby given that unless the tax arrears for the designated year and costs in respect of the hereinafter described properties are paid in full to the Municipality prior to the commencement of the auction, the Municipality will on the 17th day of November, 2021, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at Municipality of McCreary, 432 First Avenue, McCreary, MB, proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Roll Number


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TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION is seeking applications for a Electrical Construction / Industrial Program Teacher 1.0 FTE Term Position at Ste. Rose School for the Second Semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Begins on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 Job Description We are seeking an Electrical Construction / Industrial Arts Program Instructor for our “New” Electrical Construction Facility. The state of the art facility is set to be completed and ready to use as of December 2021. This will allow for the right instructor to teach students the Electrical Construction Vocational Trades Curriculum. Areas of instruction include, but are not limited to: Workplace Mentoring, Safety Practices, Building Codes, Generic Blueprint, Tools and Equipment, DC Theory, Series and Parallel Circuits, Conductors, Cables and Voltage Drop, Fundamental Writing and Raceway Installation. Qualifications Include: • Certificate of Qualification (Journeyperson) in the subject area; Red Seal Endorsement • Combined training and/or current, relevant experience in Electrical Construction/Industrial Electrician/Active Electrician fields; • Effective and written communication skills, interpersonal and problem solving skills and competence in managing change; • Demonstrated competence and relevant expertise in subject matter; • Appropriate personal characteristics for instructing in a high school/vocational setting. • A Teaching certificate is not required, but considered an asset. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting your qualifications and experience to Bev Szymesko, Superintendent Turtle River School Division by 12:00 noon on Friday, November 5, 2021 Email: Fax: (204) 835 2426 Phone: (204) 835 2067 We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview.

By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced on Oct. 25 that just over 20 custodial and cleaning staff in Rolling River School Division (RRSD) are preparing to strike. David Jacks, communications representative with CUPE, stated that the strike could take place as early as Nov. 1. “The duration of the strike depends on whether or not the division offers an acceptable deal,” he added. The union is asking for a four year deal equal to what teachers and staff in school divisions across the province have received. This deal consisted of 1.6 per cent, 1.4 per cent, 0.5 per cent and a cost of living adjustment over the four years, according to

CUPE’s press release on the subject. “The deal that was offered [to RRSD custodial staff] continues to differ from what was given to teachers and many other support staff across Manitoba. Why should staff at Rolling River be worth less?” expressed Jacks. Jason Cline, interim superintendent of RRSD, noted that the school board met with their negotiations committee on Wednesday, Oct. 27 to discuss bargaining. Results from that meeting were not available before publication deadline. “Rolling River School Division is aware of the strike mandate and are hopeful that we can continue to bargain to reach a settlement,” Cline stated. “We hope the school division sees what is happening across Manitoba and offers a fair deal to the hard-working support staff who keep our schools safe and clean,” said Jacks.

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TURTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION Is currently looking for Substitute Custodial Cleaners to cover shifts in all Schools throughout the Division (Alonsa, Glenella, McCreary, Laurier, & Ste. Rose). These are substitute positions with different hours of work per location. The starting salary for this position is $14.91 per hour. Further information regarding duties, hours & qualifications may be obtained by contacting the Turtle River School Division Maintenance Supervisor. Applications close when the positions are filled. All employees of Turtle River School Division must provide a satisfactory Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry check. Please forward all applications complete with 3 references to: Stephen Oversby Maintenance Supervisor Turtle River School Division Box 309, McCreary, MB. R0J 1B0 Phone: (204) 835-2067 (extension 213) Email: Fax: (204) 835-2426 Although all applications are appreciated, only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Is today your rainy day? Neepawa Titans donate over By Don Simpson BDO Canada LLP Taking some time to plan your AgriInvest withdrawals can save taxes and help you build your cash flow and retirement funds for the future. The AgriInvest program is a savings account with matching government contributions administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and it’s been around for decades. Farmers use it in many different ways. Some prefer to make their contributions and then withdraw the funds as soon as the government makes their matching contribution. Other producers leave the money in the account to build over time, while others dip into it occasionally using the account as a rainy day fund. Consider options Shortly after the onset of COV I D -19, MarieClaude Bideau, minister of Agriculture and AgriFood Canada said, in total, producers in Canada had $2.27 to $2.37billion in their accounts. That’s a pile of money sitting in bank accounts earning next to nothing in interest. These deposits are often earning about 1 per cent which is less than the rate of inflation. However, with a little planning, there are opportunities to make this money work better for your farm. It’s important to consider some options when accessing this cash, because when withdrawing from the government-matching programs, these funds plus the interest earned on deposits are taxable. For example,

if you are doing your yearend planning and profits are tighter than normal or when using the cash basis of accounting you have the ability to create a loss, a withdrawal will result in a very small tax cost or even no tax cost. In that case, you may want to draw the funds from your AgriInvest account to buy inputs for next year. By doing this, you have both income and an offsetting expense so no net taxable income is generated. If you’d otherwise be borrowing money from the bank to purchase your inputs and paying 4-6 per cent interest to the bank on these funds, it makes even more sense to give up 1 per cent on the interest earned on the AgriInvest deposit. This simple example saves 3 to 5 per cent in net costs. Be aware of tax consequences If you have brought into income a significant Optional Inventory balance or you have recently bought some equipment that is eligible for the enhanced tax write-off deduction for 2021, you can do some planning to maximize these opportunities. You could effectively reduce either the current year Optional Inventory Inclusion or the tax deduction on the equipment to reduce your taxable income, and then supplement the reduction with an AgriInvest withdrawal and put that government money into your operating bank account. If you’re not using a corporation for your farm, you might consider taking the AgriInvest taxable income and making an RRSP contribution that

directly offsets the amount. This allows you to set aside the funds in your retirement portfolio, where you can buy investments that are more likely to earn more than the 1 per cent the current AgriInvest deposits seem to be earning. Saving for a rainy day is an excellent idea, but having too much in the account, or having to take out a large amount at one time when the tax rates are not in your favour, can have punitive tax consequences. The AgriInvest accounts have maximum amounts based on your average allowable net sales of your current and prior two years, so if your farm declines in production, you may be forced to withdraw taxable funds, leading to an unmanaged tax cost. Also keep in mind, if you decide to close your account in a year when you have significant income from liquidating inventory or other assets (land or equipment), the taxable amount will be in addition to the tax liability generated from the other items. No one likes compounding tax, especially when there are many opportunities to plan around the costs when you use time as a tool in managing your financial affairs. There is tremendous peace of mind in having some back-up cash available if needed, but you should consider using tax effective planning opportunities to let these funds do as intended– help you and your farm prosper when you need it most. Don Simpson, CPA, CA is a partner at BDO Canada LLP located in the Brandon Manitoba office

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After months of work behind the scenes, the Rock’N Animal House is now ready to open its doors to the public. The pet supply store is located at the north entrance for the former Co-op building in Neepawa, at the 300 block of Mountain Avenue. It will offer a wide variety of foods, toys and grooming services for a variety of animals.The new business will open on Friday, Oct. 29. Front row, left to right: Hannah MacDonald, Stephanie Bell and Kimberly Leonard. Back row, left to right: Danielle Bell, Phillip McIntosh and Kevin Harris.

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from MHHC helped us to do upgrades on the farm. The restored wetlands help hold water for our cattle and sheep, it helps our well, and we feel good about storing water to prevent downstream flooding problems. As we get older, we realize how much we enjoy seeing the ducks, geese, deer and moose. Our farm plans seemed to be on the same page as MHHC’s habitat protection plans, so it worked out well.” (Roy Bullion is the MHHC Habitat Conservation Specialist in Shoal Lake. His cell number is 204-729-7592.)

Te r r y a n d A l l y s o n McNish live in a grand “revitalized” 1902 farmhouse south of Strathclair, Manitoba in the Rural Municipality of Oakview. They both work off farm and still find time to raise Angus-cross cattle, Berkshire pigs, sheep, alpacas and chickens. The “Little Eden Farm” is comprised of a quarter section and is a labour of love for Terry and Allyson. “We bought the farm in 2011 with a plan to convert the cultivated cropland to permanent forage/grass cover and grazing land,” said Terry. “The soil was stripped of nutrients and the wetlands were impacted, so we really wanted to bring some health back to the quarter.” “Several years ago, Allyson and I were out for a drive and we saw a conservation sign with Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation’s (MHHC) name on it,” said Terry. “I decided to follow up with MHHC to see if some of our farm conservation plans would fit with their wildlife habitat protection programs.” “Our conservation priorities for the farm were to plug the drains to restore wetlands and to get forage cover established within a rotational grazing system,” said Terry. “MHHC was good at explaining different options within their programs. They wanted to make sure the programming would work for us today and into the future.” “We progressed to signing a Conservation Agree-

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ment (CA) in 2020 to permanently protect 150 acres of habitat. This included 100.5 acres (40.7 ha) of forage/grassland habitat, 17.3 acres (7.0 ha) of woodland, and 32.2 acres (13 ha) of wetland habitat. Our pastureland management and wetland conservation ideas were very compatible with MHHC’s wildlife habitat protection programs,” Terry relayed. “The McNish Conservation Agreement (CA) was

unique in that it was the first CA signed by MHHC to keep the grasslands in permanent forage production,” said MHHC area conservation specialist Roy Bullion. “In the past, MHHC would only approve grassland pastures under permanent grass cover (no cultivation). The McNish CA allows the option to renovate forage stands every eight years, as needed, by seeding to a crop for two years and under seeding back to for-

ages in the second year.” “ M a n i t o b a H a b i t at Heritage Cor poration coordinated installing the earth plugs in drained sloughs to restore four wetlands late last fall,” said Terry. “MHHC surveyed, designed and installed the plugs. It was timely,


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Manitoba Beef Producers organizes fall meetings District 8 meeting to be held in Neepawa on Wednesday, Nov. 3

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It’s meeting season for the Manitoba Beef Producers. The Manitoba agricultural association has started organizing its Fall meetings throughout the province, which will be a mix of virtual and inperson events. The meeting for District 8, which includes Neepawa and area, is set for Nov. 3 at the Neepawa Legion at 1:00 p.m. The meetings provide a general update of what the Manitoba Beef Producers office and board have been working on. “In the last two years, the meetings have focused on maintaining access to markets throughout some challenging times due to COVID-19 restrictions and being able to continue marketing livestock in as normal a sense as we could hope for,” explained Matthew Atkinson, Manitoba Beef Producers vice president and District 8 director. “This year, it’s

been largely taken up with drought concerns– that’s been front and centre– but there’s lots of other things that take a lot of our time and effort, such as the Crown Lands law. That’s something that affects a lot of people in this district.” Atkinson added, “We’ll be having elections again in this district, as it’s an even number d ist r ict. We have two year terms, alternating between odd and even number districts, and this is an election year for our district.” Anyone interested in attending the meeting will be required to follow the applicable COVID-19 health and safety regulations and those set by the L eg ion. This includes proof of full vaccination, wearing a mask and social distancing. All attendees are asked to pre-register for the meeting so the organization can contact individuals regarding any changes that affect the event. Those who may have scheduling conf licts

Atkinson. “It’ll be nice to have some in-person events and communicate with the producers a little more one-on-one.”


Manitoba Beef Producers vice president and District 8 director Matthew Atkinson.

on that date or are unable to attend in-person due to other limitations will also be able to access the meeting virtually. Both the pre-registration form and the virtual meetings can be accessed on the Manitoba Beef Producers website.

“We’re offering two virtual district meetings. One at the start of our district meeting and one at the end. So that’s a nice opportunity for people– they can still keep up to date with what’s going on from the comfort of their homes,” said

Constant dialogue In his interview with the Neepawa Banner & Press, Atkinson also provided a brief update on the industry. This year has brought challenges for many producers due to the drought conditions presented, resulting in a need for aid, creative solutions on the part of the producers and collaboration with others to keep up feed supplies. Atkinson noted that a couple changes have been seen recently in that regard. “We saw some light rains in August that did create a little bit of late-season growth and re-growth on some harvested crops that proved benef icial to producers,” Atkinson elaborated. “It extended the grazing season for some as well.” He added, “We’d cer-

tainly welcome more rain to bring our water table up, too.” In addition to the welcome rains, an Agri-recovery program for livestock producers had also been announced since Atkinson last spoke to the Banner. This recovery program is something that the Manitoba Beef Producers are keeping an eye on, with changes and tweaks being made going forward. “We’re in a constant dialogue with the province to try and have it fully address the needs of producers in Manitoba,” said Atkinson. “When building a program like this from scratch, it’s challenging to foresee every possible scenario.” Sharing his f inal thoughts, he added, “We certainly appreciate such a large announcement coming out in benefit to the producers. But also just from the perspective of acknowledging the hardships, too.”

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‘Take me fishing’ In the late 1990s, I was manager of the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District. One day, renowned Manitoba soil scientist, agrologist and conservationist Edward (Ted) Poyser called. “I want you to take me fishing,” Ted said. “I would really like to catch a brook trout on Stoney Creek, north of Franklin, on the south slope of the Riding Mountain.” We met at Stoney Creek. Ted was fully geared up with fly fishing apparel. We didn’t catch a thing. I knew Ted was disappointed, but he brightened up when I suggested we try another spot. I phoned a retired military man I knew who lived close by. Stoney Creek ran right beside his yard, and he invited us to come right over. When Ted jumped out of the vehicle, the landowner advised he wouldn’t

Pure joy After a short walk to the creek bank, Ted slowly lowered the line and hook into the water. The second the hook hit the water, Ted caught a trout! I will never forget the pure joy Ted expressed when he caught that fish. In fact, Ted got emotional as he carefully released the little trout back into Stoney Creek. After Ted passed away, I was reminiscing about our Stoney Creek fishing trip, and I thought of questions that I never asked. Why did Ted specifically want to go to Stoney Creek and why was he so emotional about catching a trout? Trout are very sensitive


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MHHC. “Annual revenues from the Fund will support the exchange of ideas that promote Ted’s vision of a landscape in which agricultural production and environmental conservation go hand in hand.” Rosedale Conservation Farm If you enjoy a fall drive in the country, you can still see some of the block tree plantings that Ted Poyser helped establish in the RM of Rosedale northwest of Neepawa, primarily spruce and pine. If you enjoy walking, there is an excellent hiking trail through several block tree plantings with infor mational signage and outstanding views of the east escarpment at the Rosedale Conservation Farm located five miles west of Eden. Editor’s note: Ted Poyser was my boss in 1968, when I worked for him as a summer student. -Ken Waddell

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We have had an election. Throne Speech writers and Cabinet makers are putting the final touches on government priorities and selecting the Ministers who will implement the plan. What would you tell them if you had the chance? The pork sector is hoping that policymakers are focusing on securing international access for our products. Trade is critically important to Manitoba’s hog farmers. Ninety per cent of the pigs grown under our care are destined for international markets, either as pork products, processed in Manitoba, or as live exports. The world goes through trade policy cycles. The negative impacts of protectionism and isolation result in periods of openness when barriers are torn down and people and goods move a bit more freely. For Canada, the late 1980s through the early 2000s was a period of openness. We negotiated a free trade agreement with the United States, later expanded to include Mexico. Large trade pacts were reached with the European Union (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA) and Pacific na-

tions (Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP). Canada has additional individual free trade agreements with countries in Latin and South America, Asia and Europe. Now, the pendulum is swinging the other way. Protectionism and isolation are back in vogue. This is dangerous and we need the Government of Canada to push back. Countries that have signed agreements to open trade are finding new non-tariff barriers to block imports. Calls for protectionism have been boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with policies of self-sufficiency becoming a key part of politicians’ talking points. Canadian farmers need the Government of Canada to do more than sign trade agreements. We need leadership to ensure that these agreements deliver on the expected market opportunities. And then there is China. China is not a market that Canada can afford to ignore or be shut out from. For example, China is both the world’s largest consumer and producer of pork. Their buying decisions are a key driver of international markets and a significant factor in the price received by

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Manitoba’s hog farmers. However, our trading relationship is difficult and is not functioning on predictable, science-based rules. We don’t have a trade agreement with China. However, China is a member of the WTO and should be held accountable to its trade obligations. Securing stable and predictable trade with China will also require new resources and

people from the Government of Canada. Pork producers are calling for this increased focus to start with the appointment of an Assistant Deputy Minister, who is dedicated to fostering agriculture and food trade, to our embassy in Beijing. The world has entered a new age of protectionism. The global pandemic has accelerated the trend,

but it had started before the arrival of COVID-19. Unscientific and unjustified policies to limit Canadian exports are costing farmers millions. There are no quick solutions to this challenge, but farmers need a government that is willing to dedicate additional resources to securing market access and launch a more strategic approach to combating trade barriers,

with Canadian farmers and exporters as partners. Cam Dahl is the general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council. Manitoba Pork’s mission is to foster the sustainability and prosperity of the hog sector for the good of pork producers and all Manitobans. Editor’s note: This submitted opinion piece was edited to fit the available space.

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Cash Draw Mail Application Form to:

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Since 2008, we’ve worked hard to grow alongside the Town of Neepawa. We are grateful for the community’s support and strive to continue serving the region in every way that we can.

This month, HyLife’s Lindsay Hextall (Director, Human Resources) shared her experiences with local entrepreneurs at the “What’s the Big Idea?” event held by the Neepawa and Minnedosa Economic Development Offices.

We are proud to empower the next wave of successful businesses in the region, and hope our experiences help motivate new endeavors down the road.

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