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Friday, November 12, 2021 • Vol.126 No. 16 • Neepawa, Manitoba

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A COVID-19 outbreak ha s been decla red at Neepawa Health Cent re i n Neepawa. T he announcement was made in the Province’s COVID-19 media bulletin on Monday, Nov. 8 and has seen the facility moved to the critical or red level on the Pandemic Response System. Pra ir ie Mounta in Health conf irmed to the Banner & Press on Tuesday, Nov. 9 that there are 13 patients and two staff members who have tested p o s it i v e a t N e e p aw a Health Centre. All staff have been asked to closely monitor for symptoms and to stay home if ill. As for the positive patients, they have all been moved to an isolated wing. There were three other locations in Manitoba announced with declared outbreaks the same day as Neepawa. Those locations were: • Third Crossing Manor

Personal Care Home in Gladstone; • Health Sciences Centre GD4 medical unit in Winnipeg; and • Russell Health Centre in Russell.

A sign placed upon the sliding entrance doors of the Neepawa Health Centre indicates to the public that they will not be permitted inside the facilit y. Due to a shift to critical level, connec ted to COVID-19, only emergency care cases will be allowed inside the building.

What does this mean for the Health Centre? Due to the confirmed cases within the Neepawa Health Centre, as of Saturday, Nov. 6, it has been closed to all visitors and non-emergency cases. Emergency care cases, however, will still be accepted, as the hospital does have protocols in place to assist and protect nonCOVID-19 patients. The Health Centre will also see a temporary pause in non-emergent surgeries and maternity care. The reason this has been done is to assure there is available space and staff in place to treat COVID-19 patients and minimize any potential spread of the virus. Continued on Page 18

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the opportunity to make a connection with events in the past and learn the

historical significance of the veterans in Neepawa Cemetery.” Robert Ferguson, a former teacher, has helped the school with this project over the last couple years. “It’s a memorable activity that our students are lucky to experience,” Dudenhoffer shared.


Grade 6 students and teachers of Neepawa Middle School visited R i ve r s i d e C e m e t e r y at the end of October to place crosses and poppies at the graves of the veterans laid to rest there.

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Neepawa Chamber trades parade for ‘Festival of Lights’ Banner Staff Neepawa Banner & Press The Neepawa Chamber of Commerce has come up with an alternative way to spread holiday cheer this year. The Chamber has officially decided to cancel the 2021 Parade of Lights, as current public health orders wouldn’t allow for a traditional parade to take place. In a release to member businesses, the Chamber noted that they considered several options to make the parade feasible, but decided instead to pivot to a new event, the Festival of Lights. Rather than businesses decorating floats for a parade,

the Chamber is encouraging its members to decorate their storefronts and windows leading up to Nov. 27. The community will be able to vote on their favourite displays and the winning business will receive 50 per cent off the cost of their 2022 Chamber membership. In addition to spreading cheer throughout the community, the Chamber hopes to raise spirits on social media as well, encouraging participating businesses to share pictures of their displays on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #neepawachamber. There are several other holiday events coinciding with the culmination of the Festival of Lights on Nov. 27. That

NACI social justice group collecting donations for Bundles of HOPE By Kyra Kaspick NACI HOPE group HOPE would love to invite the community to help make a difference! The HOPE group at Neepawa Area Collegiate is looking for items for a Bundles of HOPE drive. The bags and items will be donated to a variety of organizations (Ask Auntie, Brandon Bear Clan, Neepawa Salvation Army, Women’s Resource

Centre and John Howards Society of Brandon). We are collecting new or gently used handbags, backpacks, purses, tote bags and duffle bags, as well as items that can go in the bags: blankets, jewelry, men’s and women’s mittens, gloves, scarves and toques. New items that can be donated include men’s and women’s socks, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant, brushes, combs,

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Some more questions– 2021 version A Right in the

year ago this week, I wrote a column that I hoped might preview some helpful change. The points I raised don’t seem to have generated a lot of questions or changes. You decide what you think. Published Nov. 13, 2020: “Revera care homes is wholly owned by The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) According to online searches, PSP is a Canadian Crown Corporation established by an act of Parliament in September 1999. PSP Investments is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, with $168 billion of net assets under management as of Mar. 31, 2019.[1] It invests funds for the pension plans of the Public Service, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. More than 800 professionals manage a diversified global portfolio composed of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt. PSP Investments’ head office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, and its chief business office is located in Montreal, Quebec. Therefore, Revera, which has had so many unfortunate deaths due to COVID-19, is actually owned by the Government of Canada. The PSP reportedly takes 7 to 12 per cent in returns on their investments from Revera. I ask the question cautiously, but could that 7 to 12 per cent be better spent in upgrading care and infrastructure at the care home? It’s a very delicate question, but it does need to be asked. Any investor is entitled to a return on investment, but it seems a bit lacking in either taste or wisdom for a Canadian Crown Corporation neepawa

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Ken Waddell to be profiting from care homes at any time. It seems particularly bad that in the middle of a pandemic, the PSP Crown Corp. (and the government of Canada) is profiting from care homes.” The question 12 months later is should, care homes be run by pension fund investment companies? Their main aim is quality care, I am sure, but their high priority second aim is cost cutting and the profits that result from those cuts. But the mystery goes deeper. It’s strange that the federal government is pressing for more investments in care homes and, at the same time, squeezing profits out of the care homes. The question goes even deeper, should a federal government be using tax dollars to extend funding to care homes, knowing full well that it may improve the Revera Care Homes bottom line, which in turn will also inflate profits for their own Crown Corporation? It always pays to follow the money. Last November, we weren’t heavily into vaccinations. Now we are into two and three vaccinations and vaccination rates as high as 90 per cent. Why is it that we are getting up to 40 per cent C-19 infection rates in fully vaccinated people? As of yesterday, there were 191 cases in Norway House and they have over 90 per cent of their residents with first vaccine. The much maligned RM

of Stanley, with the lowest vaccination rate in Manitoba at 25 per cent, only had 19 cases. The government’s own figures don’t make sense, or at least they need some explanation. Organizations like Manitoba Health and Doctors Manitoba have also not been forthcoming with suggested treatments and solutions. Beyond wearing a mask, frequent hand washing and social distancing, are there no other treatments. With C-19, one has to treat symptoms, so what are the treatments? In August 2020, the HyLife hog plant announced it was using the Steriwave™ Nasal Photodisinfection for employees. The information on that treatment comes highly recommended as a method of controlling infections. What about Vitamin D, cold medications, rest and Grandma’s Vicks and steam treatments? Instead of media scoffing at treatments, maybe some intelligent discussion would be helpful. I think we have all had enough of endless death and case numbers, we need to bear down on what works and look seriously into what might work. 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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ith some lifting of the restrictions, some life is returning! My lifelong friend from the Victoria area was able to join us for several weeks of hard work and some fun. Marie, the companion on a biking excursion in Holland for my 70th birth year celebration, the guide through the streets on Amsterdam, the soul mate on the Isle of Iona, the rock on our experience at the internment camps in Poland, is also the co-conspirator of bonfires and chainsaw excitement. Our best at home story is still the day we chose to remove one of those lazy branches of an old maple tree. The heavy branch was dying, and extended 30 feet from the base of the tree. You know maples! We had the aluminium step ladder, borrowed from a son, the chain saw, prepped by my husband, and a plan! Marie has some engineering knowledge and so “we” calculated the angle of the cut, and I climbed that ladder. All went as planned, until, until the limb twisted and with a groan that rent the air, turned back on us! I was forced backward of the crumpling ladder, chainsaw still running, to be caught by a stalwart friend. No harm, no foul, for we replaced the ladder! Away excitement includes wandering of the barge in Delft, wishing to do a quick explore before supper. It was nearing going time, we could see the canal, and there were few though streets. With one eye on the clock and another on the possible return route, we hustled, out of breath and laughing, praying that we would not detain the crew at the gourmet meal we knew was waiting for us. Not every holiday together has such memorable highlights. One time together was to mourn the loss of my father, her teacher, mentor and safe place. Another time Marie joined our home as we mourned the loss of my husband. She is a great friend. This time together is a quiet stream of pleasant days. We have accomplished tasks, great and small. Have a few bruises to show we can work moderately well together. Removing a heavy, awkward, sludge-filled filter tank from a home was, well, will be, a colourful one. One slip on the bottom step and down we both went. After assessing the situation, no broken bones, we completed the task successfully. We have had some fires, no raging burning pile, but smoke and f lame nevertheless. The new motion detector light for the front drive is in place. A queen size bed and frame has replaced the ancient double bed that has served well for generations. (I pity the last years of guests who sought rest there). We have driven the three quarter ton truck and hauled loads to the dump. I am not certain what the politically correct term is! With all that, we have enjoyed long walks, deep shared thoughts on many topics, the occasional glass of wine and laughter. Deep hearty laughter that, for us, comes from a shared history, a shared faith and shared love for life and each other. For gifts, great and small, I give thanks.


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A small thing from an infinite mind


here is an old saying that goes like this: “It takes small things to amuse small minds.” If that saying is true, then my mind must be quite small, because I am fascinated by small things done on a grand scale. As I write these words, I am watching an August 2013 YouTube video showing a model train layout of the region around Thuringa, Germany. This exhibit is about as far from the most elaborate basement model railroad layout as one can get. Its 500 square meters are covered with buildings, landscapes and, of course, railroad tracks. Multiple trains move along these tracks at all times. Their movements are controlled by an elaborate computer system that keeps them on time and on their designated routes. Everything is as authentic as possible– right down to the signals and crossing arms that operate in places where highways cross the tracks themselves. But this layout is small

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Neil Strohschein compared to the 1,300 square meter layout found at Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg. This display has six different active layouts, one of which is a fully functional miniature airport; with planes taking off and landing, pulling into gates or to repair facilities located on the site. It also features airport service trucks, busses and emergency vehicles moving on their designated routes. But this massive display has an added feature. At set times every hour, the lights in the building dim and over 130,000 LED lights turn the display into a wonderland that defies explanation. It should come as no surprise that Miniature Wonderland is one of Germany’s major tourist attractions. It

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his week, we will be remembering those soldiers, men and women, who gave their life so that others can live in freedom. Many left the freedom of their own

country to fight in another country so that this land can be freed from their oppressor. I grew up during the time that the oppressor tried to overrun this little

is certainly a place I would love to visit before I die. Model trains and planes aren’t the only small things that amaze me. For the past four years, I have allowed the lilies in my front bed to go to seed. This year, for the first time, I was able to take a look at one of those seeds. Compared to the seeds I have used for beans, peas, corn and potatoes, a lily seed is very small. But it has all of the resources it needs to start a new plant that will, in time, produce some beautiful flowers in my front yard. I will never get tired of watching these new plants grow to maturity. But there is one small thing that is even more amazing– and that is this planet on which we live. When compared to the size of the sun from which it

country by the sea. They tried to starve us and rob us from the essentials of life. Schools were closed. Anything made of wood, including toys, were burned in the half potbelly to keep us warm. Many soldiers lost their life, but we survived thanks to the courage they had. We ran to welcome the

draws its heat and light, this earth is about the size of a grain of sand. If we compare it to the vast universe, with all its galaxies, stars and planets, this earth is small enough to be invisible. And yet, here it is and here we are, living out our days in this marvellous world we call home. As people of faith, we believe that this world and the universe in which it is found are the product of an eternally existent, all powerful, all knowing, infinite God. His creative genius formed this world, placed it within its solar system, placed that system within its galaxy and placed that galaxy in its place in outer space. When compared to the vastness of the entire universe, this earth is a small thing. But it is the product of an infinite mind that brought it into existence and who will ensure that it survives every crisis it encounters until, at a time known only to him, he will replace it with a new earth that will never pass away.

Canadian and American soldiers when they came to bring us freedom. There are still countries that need help to get freedom from their enemies. Let us remember the families that are grieving the loss of a loved one. Oh God, be merciful to us that we will never forget.

Thumbs up, thumbs down Thank you for the Editor’s notes that were included after the letters to the editor concerning COVID-19, in your November 5, 2021 edition. I appreciated these fair and balanced clarifications regarding the less helpful aspects of the letters in question. George McLaughlin

Thumbs up to all the people who supported our End of Harvest Supper. Thanks to everyone who purchased meal tickets, prepared and donated food and made cash donations. The community response was amazing and very gratifying. Proceeds will be used for Community Centre maintenance. Norma Somers, on behalf of Birnie Community Club

Thumbs down to the young woman who escaped Giant Tiger staff last week with a loaded shopping cart of valuables, running with the cart down Mountain Ave. I understand she was thwarted by staff with the first cart full of bedding. This is why retail prices are high. Charitable resources in the community, like the Salvation Army, meet the needs of the homeless. Blatant shoplifting. Liz Sumner Neepawa, 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:



Well then, what’s your solution? Dear editor: I would like to ask Lenora Buffi what are her solutions to the crisis we are now experiencing with our hospital in code red. She seems to be very knowledgeable about vaccines and COVID-19 in general. If COVID-19 isn’t real to her, why are all these people sick? Gail Cathcart Neepawa, MB

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A response to the editor’s “choosing stats” note on my Nov. 5 letter: In 2020, 59.4 million people died globally. Yes, since 2020, COVID-19 has been linked to about 5 million deaths. However, it is imperative, for objectivity and accuracy, that we use “per year” tallies. Those 5M C19 deaths are split equally between 2020 and 2021 (despite masks, lockdowns and vaccines) at 2.5M each. So. Let’s pull some 2017 global stats, shall we? Dementia killed the same number as C19, at 2.51M. Lower respiratory infection (i.e. pneumonia, tuberculosis) killed another 2.56M (when C19 did not yet exist!). Digestive diseases killed 2.38M. Do we seriously want to qualify them according to fault-worthiness? Oh, right, we do. Fear porn is the name of the game right now; we naturally point at fearsome “contagions” and backpage all the other things that kill far, far more people. Carrying on … over 18M died of heart disease. Close to 10M died of cancer. Respiratory disease (COPD, emphysema, etc.) killed about 4M. Neonatal disorders killed 1.78M. What about diarrheal diseases at 1.57M? AIDS killed over 900,000. Nearly 794,000 committed suicide. Over 400,000 people were murdered. Malaria killed 620,000, Parkinson’s 341,000. We avoid thinking about these because, “That happens to other people, not me,” right? How sad and narcissistic. Unfortunately, a death-obsessed, germophobic public is wreaking havoc on the world. Please, people. Celebrate life! Wake up and stop falling for the snake-oil salesman, gloom-anddoom pitch. We really do look quite absurd, walking around, “fully vaxxed,” wearing a mask and frightened of our own shadows. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so “show-me-your-papers” malevolent. Lenora Buffi Neepawa, MB Editor’s note: The writer of this letter is correct in stating that there are lots of other causes of death. People have been trying to prevent, treat, eradicate and/or cure all of the above mentioned causes of death for years now. Temporary restrictions, getting vaccinated, wearing masks, physical distancing and washing hands are just some of the ways that people are trying to prevent this new disease that has killed just as many or more in the same span of time.

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Spruce Plains RCMP report By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 33 police activities. Nov. 1: RCMP responded to a 911 hang up call in Minnedosa. Police attended the location of the call and spoke with the residents of the household and determined no further police action was required. Police received a complaint about a person not following current public health orders in Arden. Nov. 2: RCMP were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person at a restaurant in Neepawa. Police attended and woke up the intoxicated individual who then left without incident. Nov. 3: RCMP received a report of a missing person in Gladstone. Upon police arrival, the individual had already returned home safe and well. Police conducted a Covid compliance check at a residence in Neepawa. All person(s) were found comply ing with quarantine regulations. Nov. 4: RCMP responded to a theft of vehicle report in Neepawa. After investigating, it was learned that the vehicle was taken with consent from the owner and the matter was deemed unfounded. Police received a report of a dangerous driver on the highway near Minnedosa. Patrols were made for the suspect vehicle but it could not be located. Nov. 5: RCMP received a report of fraud in the RM of North Cypress-Langford. The complainant declined to proceed with further police action and was only reporting for in-


formational purposes. Police responded to a report of threats being uttered in Minnedosa. There was insufficient evidence to proceed further. Nov. 6: RCMP responded to a report of assault in the RM of North Cypress-Langford. One person was arrested and charged as a result. Police received a report of theft of gas at a gas station in Neepawa; the matter is still under investigation. Nov. 7: RCMP conducted various proactive traffic enforcement, engaging with several motorists. RCMP conducted four 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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Neepawa and Minnedosa RCMP detachments advise they will be limiting front counter services at the detachments until further notice. We request that you contact each detachment at 204476-7340 (Neepawa) or 204-867-2916 (Minnedosa) to inquire about criminal record checks or to file a report. Leave a message if needed and it will be checked the following business day. Do not leave a message if you require immediate police assistance. You must dial 204-476-7338 (Neepawa), 204-867-2751 (Minnedosa) or 911 to have a police officer respond to you promptly.

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Carberry RCMP investigate shots fired Press Release RCMP On Nov. 6, 2021, at approximately 9:20 pm, Carberry RCMP responded to a report of shots fired outside a residence in the RM of Glenboro-South Cypress. A male was outside his rural residence when he discharged a firearm. A neighbour who was nearby, immediately fled the area and called police. He was not injured. RCMP of f icers from Carberry, Bluehills and

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Manitoba Beef Producers – District 8 meeting By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

effect within the sector due to cattle being held back.”

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) meeting for District 8 kicked off at 1:00 p.m. on Nov. 3. Held at the Neepawa Legion, the meeting was conducted by general manager Carson Callum with district director Matthew Atkinson available for additional comments and to answer questions. Atkinson was re-elected at the district meeting for another twoyear term in that position. The 2020-21 fiscal year saw the MBP accumulate $1,870,882 in revenue and $1,479,754 in expenses. This left the MBP with $296,128 excess revenue over expenses. Contributors to this result were drops in collected checkoffs, an increase in collection of available refunds and increased dealer fees on the revenue side, resulting in a net check-off of $1,294,604. All expenses saw a decrease, except for fees associated with memberships the MBP holds. Those fees were recorded at $55,912– an increase of $2,759 from last year. Callum noted that COVID-19 played a part in these changes, due to the pandemic affecting what the MBP could and could not do. However, the pandemic caused issues for the beef industry as a whole as well. “[COVID-19] had an impact on pretty much every industry globally and the beef industry was no exception. There were supply chain issues– which we’ll still see to-date, but we saw some major plants like Cargill shut down because they had staffing challenges,” said Callum. “That was the main issue [in 2020]. And then we saw sporadic outbreaks throughout the months that caused a major ripple

Drought: challenge and change Drought has been the other big challenge for producers in the province. Many areas have faced back-to-back drought years, with 2021 being the worst as a result. Therefore, the MBP board had been focusing on water shortages as their number one priority starting in early spring. “With no spring run-off this year, we knew there were going to be a lot of dry conditions. So one thing we pushed on was to have the agriculture department open up the BMP 503 to help producers secure water sources in their areas and establish dugouts,” said Callum. “So over the course of the summer, there was an intake process and there were around 450 applications received and approved.” Naturally, after water source development was figured out, feed became an issue. The rains the industry needed simply didn’t come, affecting crops and grazing lands. The MBP board worked with groups such as Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Forage and Grass Association and MASC to secure alternative

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feed sources for producers. This brought welcome changes for corn– allowing it to be used as greenfeed, for example. Supports not activating Some concerns were aired by attendees regarding the available assistance programs, either due to them needing the assistance but not meeting the conditions for assistance to be triggered or due to things such as having to sell calves to reduce herds not being covered and expenses that are currently ineligible for compensation . Callum and Atksinon have assured that dialogue with government officials is continuing so that adjustments can be made to consider those situations to make the programs more viable. The MBP has also been advocating for, in regards to Crown Lands: a five-year transition for rental rate increase, continuation of unit transfers, adjustments to the auction process, better ways to value leasehold improvements, addressing challenges related to enforcement, recognition of the ecosystem services lesees provide and more. “There’s been changes to transportation regulations as well. As per the

Whyte Alive, collaborating with news outlets, bringing agriculture to the classroom and more. MBP bylaw updates A few proposed changes to the MBP’s bylaws were also brought to the table at the end of the meeting. The first was the extension of consecutive terms a district director can serve from three years to four years, with terms remaining at two year periods. The purpose of this proposed change was to allow more time for an up-and-coming district president to learn and prepare for the role. The second change would allow the election of nonboard members to represent the MBP provincially and nationally, which the organization would find helpful if a particular area of expertise needed to be discussed that the board members at the time do


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prior regulations, cattle can only go so long without feed, water and rest while in transit. The rest time in the new regulations has been increased and there’s a lot of things that different levels of government perhaps don’t understand are challenging with this,” said Callum. “If you have to offload the animal more, there’s a potential to lead to more injuries right there. You’re handling the animal more as opposed to keeping them on the truck for the greater portion of the haul for some of those long distance hauls.” As the year draws to a close and the next one begins, the MBP is continuing its communications and outreach efforts as much as possible to help people better understand the agricultural industry, specifically the cattle sector. To accomplish this goal, the MBP is working with organizations such as Fort


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not personally specialize in or if that individual is unavailable. The third and final by-law change merely brings the outlining of the districts up to date with the current standards, so that those looking up their district can get an accurate understanding of the area. The MBP is now preparing for its annual general meeting, scheduled for Feb. 10 in Brandon.

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Looking Back 1961: Hollier ready to serve for Summer Games


110 years ago, Tuesday, November 14, 1911 Jos. Montgomery reports good outturns from his Newda le far m, where threshing has just been finished. He had 7,200 bushels of good, clean feed oats off 80 acres. Tenders are called for in Winnipeg papers for construction of Neepawa waterworks and sewerage system. Dec. 15 is the date fixed for receipt of tenders. 100 years ago, Friday, November 11, 1921 A. Ashby has resumed operations again in the wood-cutting business with a new outfit. It is now over four weeks since we declared war on high meat prices in Neepawa and the public, both of Neepawa and the surrounding country, have certainly given us every encouragement to keep meat prices down. “That’s good. Everybody’s happy. Everybody’s glad.” Buy your meat at Hodkinson’s Cash and Carry and save money at the same time. 90 years ago, Tuesday, November 10, 1931 Wm. Young, former Neepawa druggist, is in a serious condition in Winnipeg general hospital as a result of being struck by an automobile while going to work on Thursday night. He is employed as a clerk in the Fort Rouge shops of the Canadian Railways.

the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. The Heather Club will meet Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Douglas Anderson. At a well attended meeting in the Glenella community hall on Monday evening, it was decided to form the “Glenella and district Chamber of Commerce”. Geo. J. Wilson was acting chairman and Douglas Thompson, acting secretary. A nominating committee was appointed to bring in a suggested slate of permanent officers at the next meeting on Nov. 20.

60 years ago, Tuesday, November 14, 1961 McCreary: The keys to the Memorial Playground were officially accepted by Legion president Wilf Boiteau in a brief ceremony at the regular meeting of the McCreary branch Nov. 7. David Kidd received a Canadian Legion 25-year pin at the local branch’s annual dinner Friday night, in honor of his years of service as a memer. Secretary of the branch for nine years, he is best known for his work as branch welfare officer, a post he fulfilled faithfully for 22 years. 50 years ago, Thursday, November 11, 1971 An old-timer of the Neepawa district, Alfred Si ngleton, celebr ated his 80th birthday at the home of his eldest son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. Leslie Singleton of Winnipeg. A Metis mother, who lost two sons in World War II, will represent Canadian motherhood at the national Remembrance ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 11. She is Mrs. Mary Anderson of

Selkirk, Manitoba. Both her sons were killed overseas. One died in Italy in 1943 and the other was killed in France a year later. Mrs. Anderson, a widow, is descendant of Chief Peguis, who is still remembered in the Selkirk area for his assistance to white settlers. While in Ottawa, she will be the guest of the Royal Canadian Legion and will place one of six official wreaths during the nationally televised ceremony on Nov. 11. Arden: About 50 friends and relatives gathered at the home of their son-inlaw and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Snelgrove, at Arden, on Sunday, Oct. 24 in honour of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Free’s 60th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Free were marr ied at K illarney, Man., on Oct. 24, 1911 and have resided at Neelin, Mountainside, and moved to Arden in 1933. 40 years ago, Thursday, November 19, 1981 M e n t m o r e : Cong ratulat ions to grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Drayson, also Mr. and Mrs. Les Richardson of Franklin on the birth of identical twin girls on Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Melita hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Richardson, nee Karen Drayson. 30 years ago, Tuesday, November 12, 1991 By the time the Manitoba Summer Games come to an end Aug. 23, 1992, Wayne Hollier expects he will have cracked open 7,500 eggs, served 2,500 pieces of chicken and sliced his way through 15,000 pieces of bread. Hollier, owner of the Chicken Corral Restaurant,

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Chicken Corral owner Wayne Hollier was getting ready to serve for the Summer Games in 1991. His establishment had won the food supply contract for the event, which was set to be held in Neepawa the following year, in 1992.

has won the contract to supply food to the 500 athletes who will call Neepawa home for one week this August… The meals will be served at the Yellowhead Centre. Hol l ier w i l l ser ve up breakfast, dinner and supper as well as two snacks each

day throughout the Games. 20 years ago, Monday, November 12, 2001 The Marquette Regional Hea lt h Aut hor it y has scheduled three flu clinics in Neepawa this week.

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A message to our community about COVID-19 ~ Mayor Blake McCutcheon & Council

Earlier this week, the Province confirmed a COVID‐19 outbreak at the Neepawa Health Centre. Please be assured that the Neepawa Hospital remains safe and that all ac�ons to reduce the transmission of COVID‐19 and protect staff, physicians, pa�ents and families are being pursued. As such, we are confident that the protocols necessary to isolate and manage the outbreak will prove successful. Over the next week or two, should it be necessary to briefly divert emergency services, please do not be alarmed. Any diversion is simply to allow public health �me to restructure and manage staff and resources. If you have an emergency or are ill and need immediate care, do not delay. Our hospital has protocols in place to protect non‐COVID‐19 pa�ents from the virus. Do not hesitate to go to the hospital if you have an emergency. We have faith and trust that our health professionals are dedicated to keeping our community healthy. To assist them, we must all be good neighbours� adhere to public health measures and con�nue to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID‐19. If you are experiencing COVID‐19 symptoms or are sick, please a�end a COVID tes�ng loca�on or call the Respiratory Clinic (204‐447‐4404) located in the old Co‐op building at 342 Mountain Ave. for an appointment. Entrance to the clinic – west door off 1st Ave. Thank you for your support as we work to fight the spread of COVID‐19. (204) 476-7600 • • 275 Hamilton Street • Box 339, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0



ArtsForward exhibit sparks interest in starting photography club By Kira Paterson

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Local photography enthusiasts may soon have a new way to connect with others who enjoy the hobby. On Thursday, Nov. 4, ArtsForwarded opened their new exhibit for the month with an event involving the artists whose work is displayed there. The Portage Camera Club has a selection of their pictures at the Manawaka Gallery for the month and some of their members came to ArtsForward on Thursday evening to share their experiences and give some advice on how interested individuals might start up a photography club in the community of Neepawa. “It was a great night with a fairly good turnout. The locals that came out were there for both the live music and to get more information on how a photography club works,” stated ArtsForward coordinator Yvonne Sisley.


The November exhibit at ArtsForward features the work of the Portage Camera Club (top and left). Members of the club visited Neepawa on Nov. 4 to give tips about starting a photography club in town (right).

“The idea behind the photography club is to get a group of photography

enthusiasts together to meet, discuss, share ideas and do group activities with,” Sisley

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quite often have different exercises, such as choosing a theme to take pictures of or going on an outing to all take pictures of a specific subject. “They share tips/ tricks, processing ideas or apps they use, and use the group as a teaching and learning group to improve their photography, but also as a social outing,” she added. Sisley said that 10 people registered to be part of a local photography club during the event and ArtsForward was given the contact information of a few others who would be interested but weren’t able to attend that night. “ArtsForward is looking to facilitate the start of a photography club, but it won’t be run by us once it’s up and going,” Sisley explained. “Anyone who is interested can contact myself at ArtsForward 204476-3232 or artsforward@ and I will get their contact info.”



Farmers’ Advocate photo Neepawa Rotary Club getting ready for annual contest winners announced auction fundraiser By Kira Paterson Neepawa Banner & Press The annual Rotary Auction, the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is coming up soon. This will be the second year that it’s taking place online, rather than live on television, and it will be open for bidding from Dec. 3 to 9. “With the TV [auction], it was all done on one night and the online, people have a chance to bid over six days,” explained Rotarian Ron Nordstrom. “They take a look at the items at their own leisure and they can bid on the items anytime during the timeframe.” The items available will be listed on the Neepawa Rotary Club’s website,, where a few listings are already up. Nordstrom noted that they plan to have everything online by Nov. 26, which is also when they will have the full list published in the Banner & Press. Nordstrom said that they normally have around 180 items available, so they expect it will be about the same this year. They’ve been canvassing the businesses within the community for a couple weeks now, to get donations of things to sell at the auction. “Really, what this is, is Rotary organizing businesses to make donations to our local community, because the money obviously couldn’t be raised unless we had businesses contribute to this,” Nordstrom expressed. “So we really do appreciate the businesses.”

As Rotary’s biggest fundraiser, the auction annually raises around $20,000 on average. “All of the money that we raise at the Rotary Auction ends up back to other local groups,” Nordstrom said. “Just as an example, last year, money was donated to Yellowhead [Centre], ArtsForward, NACTV, [Beautiful Plains] School Division, Touchwood, Nursery School, [Beautiful Plains Community Medical] Clinic, Victoria’s Quilts, there’s an NACI scholarship, Roxy Theatre, there’s a long list of local contributions.” In addition to helping support their many projects and donations to the community, a large portion of the Rotary Auction proceeds often goes to one recipient chosen annually by the club. This year, their main recipient will be Kinsmen Kourts 2, to help pay for some of the furnishings the new seniors housing complex needs to complete the space. To take part in the auction, bids must be made online on the club’s website. All buyers must be registered to be able to place bids. Nordstrom noted that if there are some people who don’t have access to the internet, but would like to place bids, they can call himself or Rotarian Murray Newton to sort out a way to bid on the item they want. If anyone is interested in donating items for the auction, they can also contact Nordstrom at 204-476-0174 or Newton at 204-841-1647.


The winners of the October Farmers’ Advocate photo contest came by the Banner & Press office last week to pick up their prizes. Above left: First prize winner Loren Huck (pictured right) h o l d s u p t h e Fa r m e r s ’ Advocate front page that featured his prize-winning photo, as Banner staff member Kira Paterson hands him his $25 Boston Pizza gift card. Above right: Second prize winner Madisyn Robertson (right) receives her $20 of Neepawa Chamber Bucks from staff member Kira Paterson.

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Neepawa Farmers win Sandy Bay Badgers defeat in overtime in Gladstone NACI Tigers in WHSHL play By Eoin Devereux

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Brad Marshall and the rest of the Neepawa Farmers proved to be a bit of an inhospitable house guest in Gladstone on Saturday, Nov. 6, ruining the Lakers regular season home opener Marshall scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime, to help power Neepawa to a 6-5 victory over the Lakers. The forward, out of Ste. Rose-du-Lac, also had an assist, capping off a three point night. His teammate, Garrett Rempel, also had a three point evening, with one goal and two assists. Ward Szucki and Clarke Rempel also scored for Neepawa. As for Gladstone, it was Sean Kubas who, as usual, proved to have the scoring touch for the Lakers. He potted a pair and added an assist for good measure in the game. Trey Evenson, Jory Geddes and Graham Leiding had the other goals for Gladstone. Reese Jones picked up the win with 21 saves on the night, while Gladstone’s Andrew Derwin was tagged with the loss, despite putting in a 41 save effort between the pipes.

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Brad Marshall, of the Neepawa Farmers, moves the puck into the Gladstone zone. Marshall closed out the night with three points, including the game winning goal in overtime for the Farmers.

It was a close contest between the NACI Tigers and Sandy Bay Badgers on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa. Sandy Bay would end out the night with a well earned 5-4 win.

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press The Sandy Bay Badgers won 5-4 at the Yellowhead Centre on Sunday, Nov. 7. Riley Davie scored twice for NACI (3-1-0), while Tarek Lapointe and Jory Kulbacki

collected the other scores for the Tigers. As for Sandy Bay, Reed Houle had two goals, with Liam Winters, Everette Beaulieu and Matthew Pearce scoring the others for the visiting Badgers (2-0-0). The next game for NACI was played on Wednesday,

Nov. 10 versus Killarney just after the Banner & Press publication deadline. Following that contest, the Tigers will next play at the Yellowhead on Sunday, Nov. 14 against the Major Pratt Trojans. Start time is set for 6:30 p.m.


Neepawa’s Reese Jones slides across the crease looking to block a onetimer by Gladstone’s Trey Evenson. The puck ended up just missing the corner of the net.



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Game results Friday, Nov. 5


First Period 12:44 OCN A. Lorenz (5) ASST: D. Kurbatoff (7), B. Jowett (1) Second Period 08:07 OCN B. Tataryn (3) ASST: R. Zimmerman (5) Third Period 17:48 NPA D. Wilton (2) ASST: J. Lapointe (3), C. Brust (8) Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP OCN 1 1 0 2 0/5 NPA 0 0 1 1 0/7 Goaltenders OCN G. Renwick - 27/29 saves NPA S. Bacovsky - 28/29 saves Attendance: 388 - Yellowhead Centre

Saturday, Nov. 6

OCN 4-3 SO Neepawa

First Period 13:11 OCN A. Lorenz (6) ASST: M. Hlady (3), D. Kurbatoff (8) 18:44 NPA R. Gundnason (9) ASST: C. Trimble (3), W. Highet (5) PP Second Period 04:54 NPA C. Smith (4) ASST: D. Wilton (12), J. Lapointe (4) PP 10:17 OCN D. Kurbatoff (2) ASST: I. Kinnvanthong (2), M. Hlady (4) PP 15:38 NPA P.Korman (3) ASST: W. Highet (6), M. Thiessen (7) PP 19:05 OCN R. Gil (1) ASST: M. Hlady (5) PP Third Period No Scoring Overtime No Scoring Shootout OCN: B. Tataryn - No goal; A. Lorenz - No goal; B. Sinclair - Goal. NPA: P. Korman - No goal; R. Gudnason - No goal; C. Brust - No goal. Scoring 1 2 3 OT SO Total PP OCN 1 2 0 0 1 4 2/5 NPA 1 2 0 0 0 3 3/7 Goaltenders OCN - S. Bacovsky - 29/32 saves NPA - E. Demers - 13/16 saves Attendance: 292 - Yellowhead Centre

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

E. Fawkes (WB) J. Vanderhooft (WB) B. Fischer (VDN) J. Svenson (WKR) B. Foreman (WB)

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RMFL Playoffs Doug Steeves Cup Swan Valley 63-12 Neepawa Dauphin 25-12 Southwest

Neepawa Titans Junior “A”

Hockey team Neepawa Titans regular season home games November 13 & 19 at 7:30 vs Waywayseecappo November 28 at 6:30 vs Steinbach

Neepawa Titans believe there’s room for improvement

By Eoin Devereux


MJHL leaders

OCN 2-1 Neepawa


Enough of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League regular season has now come to pass for the Neepawa Titans to have a pretty honest assessment of where they are as a team; and more importantly, where they should be. After a pair of losses over the weekend to the OCN Blizzard, Neepawa finds itself tied for fifth place in the Western Division with OCN, with 13 points. Fortunately, they are still within striking distance of the Swan Valley Stampeders and Virden Oil Capitals, who are currently tied for third place with 15 points each. The Dauphin Kings a nd Way wayseecappo Wolverines, meanwhile, are in the top-tier of the division, with 24 and 23 points in the standings, respectively. Neepawa Titans head coach and general manager Ken Pearson said, as the club draws close to the one third mark of the MJHL’s regular season schedule, he’d grade his team’s overall performance thus far as a relatively average “C”. Pearson added there are improvements that can be made going forward. “Our power-play is at or near the top of the league but, there is room to improve there. We need to make our overall special teams much better in order for us to have more success,” Pearson noted. “Our consistency needs to improve. We have to have better starts and play a full 60 minutes night in and

Club 55 Bowling League results: Nov. 4/21. Men’s High Single & Triple: Len Pritchard 231 & 544. Ladies’ High Single & Triple: Carole LeBoutillier 203 & 453. Other Scores to Note: Frank Porada 171, 181; Janice Abstreiter 151, 150; Darrell Gabler 169, 151; Len Pritchard 158, 155; Eleanor Scott 153; Judy Gabler 167; Muriel Porada 153; Lawrence Smith 156; Carol Walker 159, 153.


Brady Stange (#18) rushes towards the Blizzard net, while an OCN defender ends up in the air, during Friday night’s game at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa. OCN would win that game by the score of 2-1.

night out.” The next set of games for Neepawa will see the Ti-

tans play the Waywayseecappo Wolverines (11-4-1). The two teams will face off


at the Yellowhead Centre on Saturday, Nov. 13, with a 7:30 pm start time.


By Gladwyn Scott Neepawa Banner & Press • Special thanks to the Carberry Collegiate Grade 8 students and teachers, Blaine Hall and Chebri Enns, who collected an all time high 1,369 pounds of food Oct. 28 in the We Scare Hunger campaign. The food was sorted and donated to the Community Food Cupboard located in the United Church Hall. Also, a big thank you to the Carberry folks for your continued support. • The Junior Varsity girls held a successful volleyball tournament Saturday, Oct. 30. After round robin pool action, the Cougars won over Gladstone and Hamiota before losing in the finals to Reston. • In volleyball playoffs, the senior boys went to MacGregor and won over Neepawa and the host Mustangs, but lost to Gladstone. At the Cougardome, the senior girls downed Gladstone in straight sets and Neepawa, which put the Cougars in a three-way tie with MacGregor and Neepawa and second in the East Pool of the Zone. Now, they cross over to the West Pool to determine the Zone champion. • We are thankful to the Collegiate staff who have made it possible for specta-

Carberry/North Cypress-Langford

Here and there

tors to attend Plainsmen athletic activ5-2 in Tiger ities if they Hills Hockey are fully vacLeague accinated and tion Saturwear a mask. d a y, O c t . • In the final 30. Denting match of a the twine for three game the visitors We s t m a n were Scott High School Murray unH o c k e y assisted and L e a g u e Jackson Stenorthern phens from t o u r, t h e Zach Steen. GCB WildThe host cats won 5-4 MacGregor in a shoot out Wi l d d e over the host feated the Dauphin Carberry SUBMITTED PHOTO Clippers Plainsmen Oct. 31. Trey Carberry Collegiate Grade 8 students collected over 1,300 lbs for their We Scare 9-1 Nov. 5. Dickson and Hunger food drive this year. Tyson Cloet Jaren Waldscored the ner scored in the shoot out, Nov. 3. Single markers were Carson Nakonechny skated lone Carberry goal. Plainswhile Dauphin was unable tallied by Kylan Aitken, miles and contributed three men goalies Connor Slipp to beat the goalie. Jaren Waldner, Johnny helpers. The hosts were and Dez Ramsey faced 30 In regulation time, the Meyers, Deegan Campbell ahead 2-0 after the first and shots. visitors were ahead 3-1 and and Carson Nakonechny. scored four unanswered The next home game is 4-3 at the period breaks. The hosts were ahead 6-0 second period goals. This Friday, Nov. 12 at 8:00 pm Carter Elliot fired a pair and 8-0 at the intermissions. marked their fourth con- against the MacGregor and single goals were sniped Virden outscored the Wild- secutive victory and they Wild. by Johnny Meyers and cats 5-1 in the third stanza. host the Dauphin Clippers • The Nature’s Bounty Deegan Campbell. HelpKylan Aitken fired a in Glenboro Nov. 12 at 7:30. Manitoba Club Curling ers were added by Landon hat trick for the GCB guys Deegan Campbell is the Championships were held Gudnason, Jaren Waldner, in a 6-0 victory over the team captain and assistants Oct. 28 to 31 at the BranNathan Dyck, Peyton Elliot Deloraine-Hartney Colts are Kylan Aitken, Johnny don Curling Club. The and Kylan Aitken. Cole in Carberry Friday, Nov. 5. Meyers and Tyler Hood. Carberry Curling Club Delamare notched a pair Single goals were recorded New staff member for the was well-represented by for Dauphin. by Nathan Dyck, Jaren Wildcats organization is Team Buurma (skip Betty Two goals apiece from Waldner and Tyler Hood. manager Robert Gudnason. Buur ma, third Kristin Carter Elliot and Trey Dick- Carson Mooney collected Welcome aboard, Robert! Clark, second Michelle son sparked the Wildcats to a shutout and turned aside • The Neepawa Farmers, McMillan and lead Christy a 9-5 victory over the Virden 19 shots. The Colts goalie who led 3-1 at the intermis- Penner) and Team MarGolden Bears in Glenboro faced 54. Defenseman sion, defeated the Carberry noch (skip Kelly Marnoch, third Bart Witherspoon, second Rob Van Kommer and lead Ryan White). Team Buurma finished with a round robin record of 3-2 and Team Marnoch finished with a round robin record of 4-2. Both teams

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finished just out of the playoff round contention. • Excerpts from the Joint Council meeting Oct. 25 in the NCL council chambers: Transfer station hours are Wednesday and Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 2003 Freightliner pumper fire truck was purchased from Fort Garry Fire Trucks. Vaccination policy is needed. Karra Burney has been hired as the new Manager of Leisure Services as of Nov. 15. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Fireman’s Ball has been cancelled. The Christmas party has also been cancelled. A $50 gift certificate will be given to each employee. Councillor Dallis Olmstead informed council that Wi-Fi slated for the Scotties would cost $1,000 a month for four years, but Westman would do it for standard installation at the regular rate. Additional parking for the Scotties would be sought at the new CPCC grounds. • The Carberry Santa Claus Parade has been slated for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 pm. To enter a float or get more info, contact mayor Stu Olmstead. • Chronic Wasting Disease has been detected in a deer around Lake of the Prairies. This disease is contagious and can destroy the brain of deer, elk and moose. A hunting ban has been established in the area with hunting season opening Nov. 8.

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Just in time for Christmas 2021 Woodwork show and Sale “Woodcrafted by Fred Quist” November 12 – December 18 at: SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE (see their hours of operation) SUBMITTED PHOTO

Pictured are the Carberry JV girls’ volleyball team. Back row (from left): Jana Brauer, Avery Kendall, Paige Lozinsky, Eva Bock, Jordynn Gibb, Natasha Bauche
Middle row: Ava Hamilton, Carlos the Cougar and Kally Baron. 
 Front row: Lexi Unrau, Emma Saley 
Missing from photo: Coaches Darcy Kendall and Chebri Enns.

Lots of New Wood Gifts – Lots of Toys Again this year, 100% of sales will go to: Compassion Canada Child Survival Program -- Taking care of children in needy countries --



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Alcoholics Anonymous meetings currently being held at 342 Mountain Ave, Neepawa, Thursdays at 7 pm. Call 204841-0002 _____________________ Arden Hall, cap. 255. Park, camping and sports facilities, rink, curling ice, kitchen and lounge. Call 204-368-2202

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Unexpectedly on September 28, 2021 Mark passed away at the age of 66 years. He leaves to mourn his wife Audrei; son Steven and granddaughters Ilyanna and Abigail. Also left to mourn are his sisters Jackie, Pat and Toni; brother Rick (Bonnie) as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents Helen and Jerry Kotaska, he was predeceased by his daughter Sarah in 2019 and brother Terry “TK” in 2012. A Service to Celebrate Mark’s life was held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A private interment will take place at a later date in the Carberry Plains Cemetery.

David Keith Dolding

December 10, 1935 – November 3, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Dave passed away at the age of 85 at Neepawa Health Centre with family by his side. Dave was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving with his family to Kelwood, where he grew up and went to school. He held numerous careers in his life. Dave first started working for CN Railway before moving home to help out his father with the cream truck. He loved this job, and he eventually took over the business. During this time, Dave met and married the love of his life, Joyce Dolding (née Pelk) on October 8, 1966. After they married, Dave and Joyce moved to Neepawa, where they started their family and had their sons, Marshall and Jonathon. Dave worked for Neepawa Co-op and then Neepawa Food Processors until his retirement in 1999. Upon retirement, Dave enjoyed travelling to many places, such as China and Hawaii. He loved to work at home in the garden and spend time with his family. Dave was known for his quick wit and being a jokester, which remained with him until the end. Throughout his life, Dave was a devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he was a church elder for many years. Dave is predeceased by his parents Nora and William Dolding, brother Bill (Sally) Dolding and infant brother. His memory will be kept alive by his wife of 55 wonderful years, Joyce; sons Marshall (Jeannette) and Jonathon (Tran Sin); grandchildren Clayton (Kayla), Dalton, Robyn and Harrison; nephew Robert; niece Patricia (and family) and numerous cousins! Our family would like to thank Rev. Edmund Mielke for his prayers, care and compassion. Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Neepawa Health Centre, with special thanks to Dr. Cram and Dr. Dangerfield, for their service and care shown to Dave and his family during his final weeks. We would also like to thank White’s Funeral Home for all their assistance. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Neepawa Christ Lutheran Church or Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada. “Grandfather, although you can’t be here with us, we’re truly not apart. Until the final breath we take, you’ll be living in our hearts.” White’s Funeral Home – Neepawa in care of arrangements.

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Obituary Heather Ann Carver

Heather Ann Carver, of Neepawa, MB, passed away with her family by her side on November 5, 2021 at Neepawa Hospital at the age of 72 years. Heather grew up in Dominion City, MB. Barry and Heather were married on January 29, 1971 and moved to Neepawa in August 1972. Over the last 50 years, Heather was able to spend time at home raising her daughter Regan and worked at Hargreaves Pharmacy, Clark's Bakery, CIBC and, most recently, Touchwood Park Association, in which the residents there held a special place in her heart. Socializing and spending time with family and friends was cherished and for many years, Heather enjoyed summers camping at various parks, which brought numerous good times with lots of laughs and warm memories. Heather was predeceased by her sister-in-law Diane & brother Donald Cameron, from Kemptville, ON. Surviving are her husband Barry and her daughter Regan. Also surviving is her brother Neil (Judy) Cameron from Pointe au Baril, ON and numerous other extended family members who currently reside in BC, MB and ON. No service will be held at this time, but may be held at a later date. The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to her doctor and the staff at the Neepawa Hospital for the care and compassion they showed for her during her brief but intense illness. Thanks also to friends and family for their ongoing support over the last couple of months. If friends so desire, a donation may be made to the Arthritis Society, Manitoba Division; CancerCare MB or a charity of choice.

Brian Lane Wetherill

Brian Lane Wetherill passed away with his family by his side at the Brandon Regional Hospital on Monday, November 1st, 2021. Brian had a tremendous impact on each and every person that was fortunate to meet him. There was not a person that had ever met Brian that could say he didn’t leave a lasting impression. His quick wit and spry sense of humor were well known by his family, friends and caregivers. Brian grew up on a small farm in Riding Mountain, where he began his love for animals, which continued throughout his life, most notably with his dog, Rex. He also loved to hunt and fish, which would continue to be a lifelong hobby, right up until the day he passed. Brian was a skilled carpenter that could manufacture everything from a pair of glasses to a brand new home. He took so much pride in all of his work; especially when one of his children was helping him create a masterpiece. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 49 years, Sandra (Onisimchuk); his beloved children that he was so proud of; Clint (Kay), Kirk (Nicole), and Amber (Eric); his grandchildren Kalle, Matti and Alexis (Wetherill), Kail and Tucker (Hilstrom); his brothers Doug (Jane) Wetherill and Jim Wetherill; Brother-in-law Archie (Lynn) Onisimichuk; Sisters-in-law, Deanna (Wilf) Klassen, Sylvia (Rick) Wilson and Vera (Will) Kolesar; as well as many nieces and nephews. Brian was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Ilene (nee Watt) Wetherill; Mother-in-law, Alexsandra (nee Dobchuk) Onisimchuk; Father-in-law, Alexander Onisimchuk; sister, Lorraine Campbell and sister-in-law Doreen (nee Glover) Wetherill. A memorial service will be held at Riverside Cemetery on Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at 2:00pm. A gathering will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch following the graveside service.White’s Funeral Home – Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements.

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For Sale: 2003 Honda Odyssey EX. high mileage at 420,000 km but well maintained. AC has been bypassed. For safety it needs one rear shock, two control arms bushings and some minor body work. Runs and drives well. Asking $2500. Call or text Ken at 204476-6214 _____________________ Lots 11 and 12 block 4, range 28 at Riverdale Cemetery in Neepawa are for sale privately. Suggested price for either one is $1200 or for both $2000. Other offers will be considered. Contact David B. McClelland text or phone 204-901-0780 or evenings phone 204-728-3096.

2 bdrm apt. downtown. Renov. bung. 7 appl. Seniors or small family. 204-476-6362 _____________________ Apartment for rent. Bri-Mont apartments, 331 Mountain Avenue. Phone 204-8411425 _____________________ For rent house in Plumas 2 bed 2 bath $525 per month. Call 204-871-3960 _____________________ House in Neepawa. 3 bedroom, 1 bath, main appliances. Available Jan. 1, 2022. Call 204-212-2331

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The families of Marilyn Richardson would like to thank everyone for their text messages, phone calls, cards, flowers, food and hugs. We’d also like to thank Country Meadows Personal Care Home for their loving care, over the years.

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March 1928 – Nov. 2000 In loving memory of a best friend, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who passed away Nov. 17, 2000 This day is remembered and quietly kept, No words are needed, we will never forget. Lovingly remembered by Love Mac and family

Broken Chain We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same; But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again

April 18, 1938 - November 14, 2019

Greg, Harvey, Brenda, Calvin, Debbie, Brian and Families.

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Thank You

The family of Doug Popkes wish to extend our sincere thanks for the cards, food, condolences and support we have received. We send our gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Milligan and the nursing staff at the Neepawa Hospital, Terry and the Arden Ladies Auxiliary for doing the lunch, Cleo and Pearl for working the door, Wendy Denbow for taking the service, Mary Ellen and Stacy for your comfort and support, and Clarke’s funeral home for making the arrangements.

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Gladstone Auction Mart


Cows must be pre-booked and delivered to mart by noon Thurs Nov 18 for preg checking. If you have cattle to consign please contact Gladstone Auction Mart at 204-385-2537 or Tyler Slawinski at 204-672-0450 License # 1108

Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved, still missed, and held so dear. Love Bea & family

Auction Sales Real-Estate Auction

Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm Onsite - Wheatland, (Near Rivers, MB) for sale by auction We present a 2014 Three-Bedroom Modular Home (20 X 80), This classic home has a 2015 (15 X 18 Office) and (32 X 48) attached four-car garage, In-floor heat situation on a 130 X 130 Lot. Location: N W edge of town adjacent to paved highway #259 West. This complex is equipped with a complete security system through-out with cameras on site. Electric heat, air condition, 2000 gallon septic tank, well water, wheelchair access, polar window and doors (transfer warranty to new owner). Home has master bedroom with walk-in shower, jet tub and walk-in closet. Home has two-guest bedrooms and many major appliances included Property taxes $2,528.00 and Assessment $197,000.00 Open House November 10 and November 20, 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. Miller Actions Inc. Brandon, MB 204-725-8289


Help Wanted ROSE INC.

Is now accepting applications for the position of:


In our Community Living Disabilities Program In Ste. Rose, Manitoba Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate Good Organizational Skills, Be Self-Motivated, Possess Good Inter-Personal Skills, and Be Willing to Work as a Team.

Gladstone, MB.

Class 1 drivers & Owner Operators Operating super B grain hoppers, prairie provinces only. Contact Steve, 204-385-3048 or 204-871-5139 Email

THE MUNICIPALITY OF WESTLAKE-GLADSTONE Public Notice: 2020 Audited Financial Statements

Public Notice is hereby given that the 2020 Audited Financial Statements and Auditor’s report for the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone are now available for inspection during regular business hours at the Municipal Office located at 14 Dennis Street East, Gladstone, MB. Dated at the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone this 5th day of November, 2021, and issued pursuant to Section 174.1 (1) of The Municipal Act. Coralie Smith Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone (204)385-2332


The land and building known as 120 Ottawa Avenue, Carberry, Manitoba, as described in Certificate of Title No. 2535241/2, will be sold by public auction by a Licensed Auctioneer on December 1, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the auction sale will be held by way of video or teleconference. There will be no in-person attendees at the auction. In order to participate you must pre-register at least 24 hours prior to the auction by contacting Matthew Underwood at either (204) 954-6421 or The Vendor is informed that the property consists of a one storey dwelling approximately 704 square feet, with kitchen, dining room, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, full unfinished basement, single attached garage on a lot approximately 69 feet x 117 feet. Realty taxes (excluding any accruing water charges) are paid to December 31, 2021. Prior Charges: Nil. TERMS OF SALE A deposit of $10,000.00 by way of certified cheque or bank draft payable to Fillmore Riley LLP, or cash (the cash component of the deposit not to exceed $7,500.00) and the balance according to conditions which will be available for public view electronically by contacting the individual below prior to the auction. The property will be sold subject to a Reserve Bid of $72,500.00 plus such other additional and incidental costs which may be incurred by the Vendor from the 5th day of November, 2021 to the date of auction and which costs will be announced prior to the commencement of the sale. The auction sale will be conducted pursuant to an Order for Sale issued by the District Registrar. Certain parties may be prohibited from purchasing the property, including but not limited to, parties who by virtue of their employment or relationship to a person involved in the sale process would have special knowledge of the circumstances pertaining to the sale. For more information and a list of prohibited purchasers please visit: Should the successful bidder have attended by teleconference and/or video conference, the bidder will have 24 hours to execute the Auction Sale Conditions and to provide them together with the deposit to our office as set out below. Further information may be obtained from: FILLMORE RILEY LLP Barristers and Solicitors 1700 - 360 Main Street Winnipeg, MB R3C 3Z3 File No. 417037-125/MTU/bk(mcd) Attention: Matthew T. Underwood Phone: 204-954-6421 Email:

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Interested Applicants are invited to apply to: ROSE Inc., Attn: Stella Bramley, Box 28, Ste. Rose du Lac MB. R0L 1S0


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Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op is hiring a


at our GROCERY STORE in NEEPAWA, MB.. Who we are: Co-op does business differently. As a co-operative, we believe in working together to serve Western Canadians, delivering profits back to our communities and investing in sustainable growth. To learn more about who we are and how you can help bring our brand to life, visit us at We are looking for: Bakery/Deli Clerk Duties to include, but not limited to, customer service, stocking, merchandising, production, and general housekeeping duties. The successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, highly motivated, high sanitation, and housekeeping standards. Must be available to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, and weekends. This position will remain open until filled. At Co-op, we embrace diversity and inclusion, and we are working to create a workplace that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We support and provide an environment that allows all to bring their whole selves to work. Apply online at or contact us at g.finkewich@neepawagladstonecoop. com for more information. Scan the QR Code to be directed to the job posting.

Manitoba Starch Products is the only manufacturer of food-grade potato starch in Canada. Our growing, state of the art processing facility is located near Carberry, MB, in the heart of Canada and surrounded by western Canadian potato production. We are currently seeking full-time Production Operators to join our team for work in our plant that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The successful applicants will work on a rotating schedule which includes 10 and 12 hour day and night shifts. The successful candidate will possess: • the ability to work 10 and 12 hour shifts on a 24 hour, 7 day per week rotating schedule • the ability to work alone on night and weekend shifts • the ability to lift and carry up to 25kgs, walk and stand on concrete for long periods of time (with breaks), and be comfortable with heights • the ability to work in varying temperatures • the ability to consistently maintain a clean work area • a strong work ethic with the ability to maintain an excellent attendance record • strong problem-solving skills with keen attention to detail • a positive, collaborative attitude and approach to work • strong computer skills • mechanical aptitude • previous manufacturing experience

Qualified candidates can apply by emailing a current resume and cover letter to the attention of Brent McMillan at by November 19, 2021. We thank all that apply. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Come celebrate 14 “Super” years of DEKALB Curling


We offer competitive wages ($18.50/hr to start) and employees are eligible for our benefits package after successful completion of the requisite probationary period.

Neepawa Elks Manor


Help Wanted

Applicants must currently live in Canada, be legally eligible to work in Canada, and be able to speak, read, and write in English fluently.

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Neepawa Town Council has approved the purchase of a new waterslide for its planned upgrade of the Neepawa Swimming Pool. The fibreglass model features a 360 degree and 270 degree reverse course and the entry height of the slide is listed at 12’10”. It will be independent of the pool and drop into its own trough. Council approved the purchase, as presented, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at an estimated cost of $236,000. Councillors Jason Nadeau and Darren Pudlo, who are part of the town’s recreation committee, reviewed slide options and indicated that this choice was “The slide for Neepawa.” and will give the most functionality for the pool. Installation of the slide will be scheduled in order to not interrupt swimming lessons in the summer of 2022, so it will begin in the spring, then pause and begin again in the fall. The official opening of the slide will be set for the summer of 2023. Snow removal agreement approved The Town of Neepawa has renewed its snow removal contract with two local companies, P. Baker and Rob Smith & Son. The deals with those companies result in the town being split into two snow removal sections, with Mountain Avenue serving as the mid-point. The agreements are scheduled to begin at the start of the calendar year of 2022, as the current deal runs until the end of December. Council approved the agreements. The financial details on the agreement were not released publicly. Council member reports Darren Pudlo provided an update on the return of free public skating to the Yellow-

head Centre. The free skates will take place on Mondays from 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm, Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3:00 pm and starting on Sunday, Nov. 21, it will be scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Murray Parrott has indicated that the newest edition of the Neepawa Farm & Leisure Lotto appears to have been slightly more successful than the 2020 edition. A recent meeting with the Water Services Board focused on reviewing future water sources, as well as dealing with the sewer system. There has been a planning session held to look at where the Town is going with its sewer, water and street resurfacing for the upcoming year. Long range planning, in terms of expansion was also reviewed. Manager of operations Denis Saquet elaborated on Councilor Parrot’s update on the water, sewer and street planning session. Saquet said that they are narrowing down and prioritizing which streets that will be brought to Council in 2022 for budget approvals. The upgrades to roads and sewer across Neepawa in 2021 are currently wrapping up. They will reach a passable stage and reopen to the public shortly. Paving of streets on the former CN Property is moving ahead. As of Tuesday, Nov. 2, three of those streets were finished, with the others expected to be completed shortly. Maple Leaf Construction, who were hired to do the paving and repairs, are also working on patching several portions of road across the community. The yard-waste pick up program is underway, while winter sand and salt will be collected shortly. Council requested additional details on which roads will be paved and which will be levelled, going into the winter. The sections of Mountain Avenue will be looked

Safety protocols in place for Neepawa Health Centre Continued from Page 1 The timeline for the discovery of and subsequent isolation of the outbreak at the Health Centre appears to have begun over the weekend. Individuals close to the scene, indicated that the proper safety protocols for staff and patients in this type of situation went into effect on Saturday afternoon. Brian Schoonbaert, the CEO for Prairie Mountain Health, told the Banner & Press, via email, that all families of patients have been notified of the outbreak. He added that precautions for the Country Meadows Personal Care Home have also been instituted.

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