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Friday, October 13, 2023 • Vol.128 No. 11 • Neepawa, Manitoba

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‘It feels good to see the vision come to life’ Stellar Apparel, of Neepawa, hosted grand opening Sept. 29 and 30

Neepawa’s newest business marked its grand opening recently. Stellar Apparel, located at 243 Hamilton Street, celbrated the occasion on Sept. 29 and 30. This brand new men’s and women’s boutique is run by mother/ daughter duo Tammy Atkey (owner) and Annika Atkey (manager). This occasion sure was a grand feeling for the pair. Formerly the location of the Neepawa Banner & Press, Hamilton Street E mpor iu m, work wa s needed in order to update and convert the space to suit their needs. “It was a lot of work, but it feels good to see the vision come to life,” said Tammy. “It’s a nice accomplishment.” T he long-st and ing building has been refurbished with fresh coats of paint on the exterior

and interior, schools and new f looring we need to installed and s u p p o r t more. Wit h them.” these updates Big cit y complete, the shops, t he bout ique i s pair stated, now home to also tend to a variety of have all the everyday essame items. In sentials. contrast, Stel“It’s things lar Apparel is you need in br ing ing in you r c lo s et unique clothyea r-rou nd, ing and item and we carry brands such a bit of workas Kuwalla, wear as well,” Pika & Bear, said Annika. Epic Blend, “One of our Odesse and goals was to Lola Jeans. try and keep “You aren’t people shopgoing to find ping in town these brands and to proi n t he big vide as many city,” said AnCanadiannika. PHOTOS BY CASPER WEHRHAHN made prod- Annika (manager) and Tammy Atkey (owner), of Stellar Apparell in Neepawa. In their ucts as posf ina l comsible.” m e nt s , t h e Tammy added, “It’s like get people staying here to spend at businesses pair also shed some light on a big city feel in a small or coming to shop here, t h roughout tow n. We how they came to name the town. The more we can the more they are going love our small towns and business ‘Stellar Apparel’.

The mother/daughter duo told the Banner & Press they had explored a variety of options. “[Stellar Apparel] is one we always came back to,” sa id Ta m my. “ It really stood out to us and it highlights the quality of the goods we offer.” Annika added, “And, with it being a boutique for both men’s and women’s wear, it’s unisex enough that either a man or a woman could be drawn in by it.” Stellar Apparel is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Congratulations are extended to the Atkey family on their business’s grand opening.

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Pi c t u r e d a b ove i s a portion of the interior of Stellar Apparel. After undergoing a major overhaul, which included brand new flooring and a fresh coat of paint both inside and outside the establishment, the building truly looks brand new.



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Looking Back

OCTOBER 13, 2023


1948: Hanson’s to open in Neepawa By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

125 years ago, Wednesday, October 12, 1898 Lunn & Co. propose opening a branch of their Neepawa confectionary and fruit business in Carberry. S. Johns will look after the Carberry end. 100 years ago, Friday, October 12, 1923 Franklin: The Chautauqua program for this (Friday) afternoon and evening includes the famous Ploner yodeling serenaders. Also a lecture on “Australia– the world’s curiosity shop.” Franklin: Dr. Coad left on Monday for Winnipeg, where he has taken up a practice. Brookda le: L ester MacLeod and Will Gray are wandering like the Knights of old in search of adventure and treasure. It is rumored, however, that a


Pictured is a business which was once found at Neepawa, known as Hanson’s. The farm implement shop was scheduled to open here on Apr. 16 in 1948. The shop was situated on Mountain Ave.

touring car takes the place of the rampant steeds of old. They are now at Strathclair. Edrans:Deerrangeschool has a new teacher, Miss Reta Oulton, who comes from Portage la Prairie highly recommended and has made a very favourable first impression. 75 years ago, Thursday, October 14, 1948 Kenneth Wilkie has been appointed Manager of the


This old ad, although not from an area business, is of local significance. As can be read, it was extending congratulations to the Neepawa Harrow Works for its official opening. This took place in October of 1973.

rink for the 1948-49 skating season. A new shop, a new showroom, a new business, a new rendezvous for farmers and citizens alike will all be presented to Neepawa when I. O. Hanson opens his new farm implement store here on Saturday. Situated on Mountain Avenue, Neepawa, fine new building, the steady progress of which Neepawins have watched with considerable interest during recent months. A former Arden resident, William Herbert McBean, of Norwood, passed away at Grace hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 5… Born in Ballino, County Mayo, Ireland, Mr. McBean came to Canada in 1907 and took up residence in Winnipeg and was engaged in the grocery business until 1924 when he took up farming in the Arden district south of town. Since then, he has been employed by T. Eaton Co. in the meat department. 50 years ago, Thursday, October 11, 1973 McCrear y: Councils

of both the village and the rural municipality of McCreary Municipal Airport Commission. Back in 1961, Ed Kasprick started repairing harrows as a sideline to his farming operation at Howden, a few miles north of Neepawa. At first, he worked with a hand hammer and coal forge and strong muscles. He would sharpen a section of harrows for $1 and on his best day he would earn about $10… In June 1973, he moved his operation to a new building in Neepawa and designed a new type of harrow. Working with the Provincial Research and Technolog y branch in Winnipeg, he developed a flat tooth harrow better suited for the more speedy modern tractor… Recently the Kaspricks have designed a completely new trip harrow, with flat teeth which never need sharpening, that has three setting of the angle of the teeth… The Neepawa Harrow Works is housed in a 4,000 square foot steel building on No. 4 highway, just west

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20 years ago, Monday, October 13, 2003 Hundreds turned out for the grand opening of the McCreary Legion, after the organization gave the community a major vote of confidence in the future by building a new hall. Despite often-heated controversy, more than 36 communities across Ca nada have ba n ned indoor smoking in public

places, while many others are considering it. In recognition of this courageous and progressive step, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently presented its first annual Award for Excellence in Health Promotion to these municipalities, through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Disclaimer: The information gathered and used each week in the Looking Back feature is directly taken from the original print copy of the Neepawa Press and Neepawa Banner newspapers. Any errors or omissions from stories (Factually or otherwise) are the result of the original print and not the responsibility of the archivist for the current version of the Neepawa Banner & Press.

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By Chad Carpenter

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Beware of the elites


fter the Oct. 3 Manitoba election, there were some very happy people and some not so happy. In fact, a fair amount has been reported about how the Progressive Conservative Party, how it fared so badly and why. To understand why the PCs lost the election and why there has been so much criticism of the PC leader, the party management and the campaign, one has to go back to at least 1983. In that era, the once very strong PC party lost to the NDP lead by Howard Pawley. The PC Party lead by Sterling Lyon had been defeated and a leadership race was set in place. In those days, the leadership was decided by a delegate convention and the candidate who got the most delegates from the 57 constituencies became the leader. Gary Filmon of Winnipeg won out over two rural candidates, Clayton Manness and Brian Ransom. I can’t speak for earlier leadership races, but the party took a long time to solidify behind Filmon. Eventually it did and he ended up serving a long time as premier. W hen Filmon resig ned, the ever elusive party elite, gathered behind Stu Murray of Winnipeg and Murray was acclaimed. He never became premier. I was at the convention where Murray was voted out by the delegates and the wheels came off of what was left of the PC bus. The PC elite decided that a young, bright lawyer named Hugh McFadyen should be leader. He won by a lot of votes. He was opposed by Ron Schuler and (full disclosure here) by myself, Ken Waddell. McFadyen lead the party in two neepawa

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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell elections, both losses, where he only got about 20 seats, nine short of a majority. He resigned on election night. The party toyed around with a leadership race for about a year but the only candidate who came forward was Brian Pallister. The PC elite didn’t like it, but Pallister had a lot of grassroots support, had experience as both an MLA and MP and he was acclaimed. He won two elections and then resigned after being deemed as unapproachable and autocratic. The PC elite decided that long time MLA and cabinet minisister, Heather Stefanson would make a good leader. Their plans were almost upended by former MP Shelly Glover, who only fell short by a few votes from upsetting the apple cart. Stefanson prevailed by a few votes and served as premier. The PC Party’s problem is that the PC elite still rules the roost. So, what’s the problem with that? The problem is that when the PC elite get their way, they almost always fail. The only leader that became premier in an election was Pallister and he certainly wasn’t wanted by the PC elite. They hated him really, because he was a strong leader. Too strong actually in the

end. The PC Party’s problem is that while they call themselves a grassroots party, they have let the grassroots shrivel and die. The PC elite make sure of that by assuring that the party process doesn’t thrive. Here’s how it’s supposed to work. There are supposed to be 57 constituency boards of about 10 people, a mix of men, women and youth. There is supposed to be a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.There are supposed to be regional chairs who sit on the provincial board. There is supposed to be a party president and executive. Many of those offices go unfilled. To say the local and provincial boards and HQ staffing have been weak to non-existent would be an understatement. The PC party structure needs to be re-activated from the grassroots up. If the party structure had been stronger, maybe the the last three leadership races would have been more robust and maybe the party structure could have avoided some of the bone-headed mistakes, especially those of the most recent election. 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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alking calmly down the street with Arie, my dog of choice, we were startled by a quick movement in the pile of dead leaves that lined the street. Darting out, at us, was a little brown squirrel. It saw the dog, mistook my leg as a safe tree, and hurtled toward me. I eeeked! I am not an eeeeeker, but the thought of a squirrel climbing leg to who knows where caused an involuntary outburst; enough of an outburst for the woodland creature to re-assess its own safety and scurry to a real tree. Much to my relief. I was surprised by my reaction and spent some time ref lecting on what startles me, and under what condition. I don’t like mice. I can set a snap trap and release the victim when needed. I could pursue one around a confined space if necessary. I really don’t like snakes, I mean, I really don’t like snakes. I have maintained that I am not afraid of them, just don’t like being spooked by their sinuous movements, usually unannounced. I had to put that theory down the day Arie picked up the dried up carcass of a snake on one of our walks. The command ‘drop it’, had no effect, no matter the pitch or volume of the command. What to do? She was not putting it down, and I was not going to go home with it! After a desperate standoff on Railway Street, I remembered the doggie drop bag in my pocket. It was still unused - not that that would have been the determining factor in my decision! - I placed the bag over my hand and firmly tugged the scaly specimen out of her mouth, and won the prize to the distance for a toss of a snake skin! So, it wasn’t the movement that disturbed me, or even a live snake that upset me; it was the very idea of a snake that freaked me out. It’s a very natural reaction to let out a squeal, or a squeak or a full blown yell when startled. It’s just not something I do very often. I’ll admit when I eeked for that squirrel, I did a quick shoulder check to see if there were any witnesses. You know that feeling, missed a step and almost fell; Did anyone see that? Or drop a piece of food in a public place and try to nonchalantly keep walking. There are all kinds of situations when we hope desperately that no one really saw what happened. The incident did bring to mind the evening that we moved into the big house on the acreage east of town. I had left the patio doors open as I carried load after endless into the house. On one of these trips I walked into a closed door. Ed explained, too quietly, that the light had attracted insects and a rather large one had got into the house. A rather large insect? It was a bloody big bat!! I eeked proper that time! If their f light is by sonar, I disturbed its f light pattern for a significant amount of time. Yep, there’s a time and a place for a good, loud, EEEK.

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Bouncing back

uring the summer months, the highway between McBride and Prince George, BC takes travelers through some of the most beautiful country in the world. It also allows them to see how nature renews itself following a wildfire or other natural disaster. I lived in Prince George for four years and drove that route at least six times a year. I will never forget one scene from those trips. I first passed it one year after it had been infested with a beetle that laid its eggs in the bark of spruce trees. There was only one way to keep the infestation from destroying the whole forest; and that was to cut down every tree in the infested area. Forestry officials determined the extent of the infestation and the work began. In a very short time, not one tree of any kind was left standing. But now the real work began. The area was tilled. A grid was laid out and crews of summer workers planted seedlings to replace the trees that were cut down. Later that year, as I drove

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Neil Strohschein by that site, I saw a hillside covered with brilliant pink flowers. In a few weeks, the flowers were replaced with huge fluffy heads that looked like dandelions; only a dozen times larger. These plants, I would soon learn, were called fireweed. When I first saw these plants, I wondered why they hadn’t been sprayed. I couldn’t understand what useful purpose these “weeds,” as I called them, could serve. I was quickly shown the error in my thoughts. These plants, I learned, were nature’s way of protecting tree seedlings during their initial growing stages. They helped trap and hold the moisture. They protected the seedlings from the hot summer sun. And, being legumes, they took harmful elements from the air

and converted them into nutrients that helped the seedlings grow into healthy trees. Once the seedlings were big enough to survive on their own, the fireweed stopped growing. Its seeds lay dormant in the place where they fell; waiting until those trees were either harvested for lumber or destroyed in a wildfire, after which they would sprout and grow to protect a new batch of seedlings. But this Alberta farm boy had much more to learn about BC forests and forestry. One of the first things I learned was that forest fires, like those that have swept through parts of BC this year, aren’t all bad. They release tree seeds from the covers that protect them and removing the thick layer of thatch that has covered the ground so

that the seeds can fall to the ground and begin to grow. I was quite impressed by what I heard. These processes have been with us since the beginning of time. They are God’s way of helping nature renew itself-of helping it bounce back after natural disasters. In a perfect world, such things wouldn’t exist. But ours is not a perfect world. Fires, f loods, droughts, famines and disease-these are common to life in all parts of our world. We try to control them; but quickly discover that we can’t. All we can do is sit quietly and watch in amazement as the earth renews itself-something I did many times while on the road between McBride, BC and Prince George-and something I continue to do whenever I see the new life that comes when an abundant rain ends a lengthy dry spell. God has built this resilience into his creation. It is one of His many blessingsblessings I am counting during this Thanksgiving season.

The great ‘potatosaurus’ An individual from the area unearthed a peculiar ‘fossil’ recently. Pictured at right, one might initially think that something with this particular shape would be some fresh ginger. However, it is actually a potato! This potato ‘dinosaur ’, or ‘potatosaurus’, was dug up in the McCreary area. The individual who b ro u g h t i n t h i s o d d tuber wished to remain anonymous, adding with good humour that they wanted to avoid any potential dinosaur hunters from coming around. PHOTO BY CASPER WEHRHAHN


Letters Rules keep changing

In 2018, the provincial Conservatives began instituting new regulations under the Crown Lands Amendment Act in response to a request from the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP)--a provincially legislated body--who, in 2017 asked for the Ag Crown Land Lease (ACLL) allocation system to be changed from its long-standing community and Manitoba farmer-centered points-based system to a pure auction system. Leases now transfer to the highest bidder, and the bidding is open to out-of-province parties, not required to live in Manitoba. The changes also removed unit transfers and lifetime leases, as well as instituting a 15-year maximum lease duration. This has created instability which negatively impacts the older generation of ranchers who had planned to include their leases with their farms when they retired and sold or passed on their farms. For younger ranchers wanting to obtain an ACLL the changes have resulted in a three-fold increase in lease rates because of a formula based on bids received for the leases. This has created huge difficulty for young ranchers, despite the Minister’s suggestion at the time that the changes would help young ranchers and help to increase the number of cows raised in Manitoba. Continued on Page 8

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Thumbs up, thumbs down A thumbs up to all the generous gardeners who shared their veggies and fruit with the residents of Elks Manor. It was appreciated Jodie Birch Neepawa, MB A huge “Thumbs Up” to Paul Adriaansen and his crew for picking and giving away the excess potatoes for free on Monday, Oct. 9. It was so great, just to go to the piles of potatoes on the field and pick as much as one wanted. Thank you Paul and Kim. Greatly appreciated. Larry Novak 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: news@neepawabanner.com

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Cranberries are synonymous with Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love them all year long. Cranberries are native to northeastern North America. The European settlers to North America found they were familiar with most of the berries they came across but the cranberries they found growing in the wild on long-running vines in sandy bogs and marshes were unknown to them. The Indigenous people for years had used cranberries as a source of food, dye and medicine. Eaten in many ways, one was to pound them into pemmican, which served as a great source of nutrition for winter and or to carry while travelling. Perhaps a forerunner to the energy bar? In 1663, the Pilgrim cookbook appears with a recipe for cranberry sauce to be served with the turkey at Thanksgiving. The American cranberry has been cultivated and farmed since the early 1800s but was not available in a can till 1912. Lawyer Marcus Urann revolutionized the industry when he bought a cranberry bog and decided to grow and can cranberries. He formed a cranberry cooperative with other cranberry producers that eventually was renamed” Ocean Spray.” The Ocean Spray company now includes over 700 grower families across North and South America! Cranberries have many health benefits such as helping prevent urinary tract infections and help cure ulcers. They also contain vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese. They’re a powerhouse of antioxidants and are thought to help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure. The USA produces the most cranberries in the world while Canada comes second with 163,812 tonnes as a yearly production. Cranberries are raised in “beds “on sandy soil in bogs or marshy land. During harvest the cranberry beds are flooded. Harvested cranberries float in the water and can be corralled into a corner of the bed and gathered up. From the farm, cranberries are taken to receiving stations where they are cleaned, sorted, and stored until ready to pack or process. While cranberries are harvested when a red color but can also be harvested beforehand when they are still white, which is how white cranberry juice is made. Only about 5% of cranberries are sold fresh while the rest are turned into cranberry juice, sauce and dried. But the sweet-tart berry can also be used for so much more! Cranberries are wonderful in appetizers, salads, savory dishes and desserts. Cranberry squares or muffins, anyone?

Federal program could help with homes in Neepawa Council discuss Housing Accelerator Fund

By Eoin Devereux

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Neepawa has taken a closer look at a new federal program that will help fast-track the construction of more housing. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Councillor Darryl Gerrard discussed with the mayor and other members of council, the findings of a local study looking into the National Housing Accelerator Fund. The fund is a $4-billion initiative that was first announced in the 2022 federal budget, but for which applications weren’t being accepted until recently. The money made available to communities would increase the number of housing builds by helping cover the cost of the necessary infrastructure (i.e. Water, sewer and roads). Gerrard noted that for

Neepawa, those funds could assist the Town and developers with new single family, apartment developments and affordable housing projects. In order to apply for the program, a community must have a housing study in place. Gerrard said that requirement has recently been met by the Town, through work completed by the Governance and Finance Committee. He added that, if Neepawa does qualify, they could receive up to $4.9 million. “I think that we are well positioned with just how Neepawa has been g row ing, a nd we ca n show our growth as a community has been exponential compared to other communities of like size. We’ve shown that we have planned in advance by developing these studies,” said Gerrard, who

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Base: Top: 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup of butter 2 1/2 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup flour 1 cup of oatmeal 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon pecans or coconut 1 cup butter, room temperature Middle: 1 can whole cranberry sauce In a bowl add the first five ingredients. Work in the butter with a pastry blender until it resumes crumbs. Pat on the bottom of a greased 9X13 inch pan. Spread with the can of cranberry sauce. Top: In the softened butter mix the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle on top of the cranberries. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and cut into bars. For the muffin recipe, you can choose a glaze drizzle or a Strudel topping to make these muffins special. Lemon cranberry muffins 2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cup white sugar Glaze: 2 tsp. baking powder 2/3 cup icing sugar 1/2 tsp. baking soda 3 -4 tsp. lemon juice 1/2 tsp. ground ginger or cinnamon Strudel topping: 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp. flour 1/2 cup vegetable oil 5 Tbsp. white sugar 3/4 cup milk 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 2 eggs 2 Tbsp. cold butter 2 tsp. lemon zest 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds 2 Tbsp. lemon juice Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners or grease. In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour mix. In another bowl stir the oil, milk, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice together. Pour this wet mix into the well in the flour and stir everything together until mixed. Do not over stir. Add the cranberries and fold to combine. Place into prepared muffin tins. If using the Strudel topping mix the ingredients together and sprinkle on top off the muffins. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then gently remove each muffin from the pan and place on the rack. If you are using the glaze topping drizzle the glaze on top of them now and let them finish cooling.


expressed optimism that Neepawa would be approved. Last month, London, ON became the first community to sign a deal under the accelerator fund, and received $74 million to help with the construction of 2,000 new homes. The city of Vaughan, ON also recently received $59 million to incentivize new housing construction.


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Neepawa local receives Greg Nesbitt honoured by stunning opportunity re-election in Riding Mountain Blair Chapman appointed WMYC director, prepares for Westman Tour

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press A Neepawa local is stepping up for a first-time honour in his musical career. Blair Chapman, the individual in question, was announced as a director for the Westman Youth Choir (WMYC) last month. Chapman is well known in the community for his prior role as a teacher at NACI, with involvement in the literary arts, choirs and musical productions. The Westman Youth Choir is made up of students from the Westman area who are currently in Grades 10 through 12, with students at the end of their Grade 9 year being welcome to audition. “I’ve sent singers [to the WMYC] every year that I taught highschool. Anywhere between seven or eight Neepawa students have participated in this choir,” Chapman told the Banner & Press on Oct. 5. “Initially I was stunned– I never imagined that I would be given this opportunity.” Since Chapman’s appointment as director, he has been working hard with the WMYC. Most recently, Chapman and the students completed a series of two musical camps. “We had a rehearsal weekend at Camp Wannakumbac and it was an amazing experience,” Chapman enthused. “On Friday and Saturday, we probably sang for about 10 hours each day, starting at 9:00 in the morning and ending at 9:00 at night. And during the breaks, the kids grab a guitar, head for a piano, sing something together… We like them to take a break,


Blair Chapman, who was recently announced as a director for the Westman Youth Choir.

but we’re just in such a musical environment it just keeps going.” Chapman added, “This past weekend we had to pick people to sing solos, and that was tough because they all sing so well! So you just listen for the voice that seems to match the piece.” Chapman explained further, making note of the size of the group. In total, there are 53 students to choose from. Of this number, four of them are Neepawa students this year– Siri Wawaruk, Sheen Calamba, CJ Santos and Trent Tomoniko. The 53 person cap is in correspondence with the number of seats available on the bus that the WMYC uses. “It can be pretty tight some years– This year we had around 80 or 90 students audition [for the WMYC],” Chapman added. “I’m glad that someone else has to make those decisions, because it would be

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pretty tough!” The hard work of Chapman and the 53 students on this year’s choir is now behind them, with the group gearing up for their tour of Westman. The tour begins this weekend, with performances taking place at the Minnedosa United Church on Oct. 14, Neepawa United-Anglican Church on Oct. 16 and the First Pres. Church in Brandon on Oct. 17. Each of these performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. “The goal is to have a good audience for the kids, to hear them all singing. As a director, you have the best seat in the house, right in front of them, and it just sounds spectacular,” said Chapman. “It’s a really strong group, so I hope everyone has a great evening if they are able to come.”




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While last week’s election saw the NDP take home the provincial majority, Progressive Conservative candidates took the stage on the local level. As Agassiz candidate Jodie Byram celebrated her own win, that celebration was echoed by fellow PC representative Greg Nesbitt in the Riding Mountain District. Nesbitt successfully secured 63.9 per cent of the district’s votes, with the NDP coming up second (31.7 per cent) and Liberal in third (4.4 per cent). “I was very honoured to be elected for a third term as the MLA for Riding Mountain,” said Nesbitt. “I look forward to representing all my constituents over the next four years.” Nesbitt added, “While the results provincially weren’t what I had hoped, I am proud to be a part of a PC Team that will hold the NDP government’s feet to the fire. Our Caucus is comprised of many veteran MLAs as well as fresh faces like Jodie Byram of Agassiz.” In addition to Nesbitt’s experience as an MLA for Riding Mountain, he has previously served as the legislative assist-


Greg Nesbitt, the recently re-elected MLA for Riding Mountain.

ant to the minister of health, seniors and active living. He has also held a variety of other leadership roles, such as being a founding member of the Shoal Lake Regional Airport Authority and as a volunteer firefighter for the Shoal Lake Fire Department.



Supporting the local arts Kinsmen Kourts II donates Neepawa Tourism p r e s e n t e d ArtsForward with a cheque of $2,630 recently. The funds were raised via the admission for the 2023 Riverbend M a r ke t a n d w i l l be used for added programming within the community for all ages. Pictured: Pam Brown (left) presented the cheque on behalf of Tourism to Heidi Nugent (right), ArtsForward’s administrator.


Gladstone cattle market report By Tyler Slawinski Gladstone Auction Another hard frost and company home for thanksgiving created a great opportunity to round pastures up and send cattle to market. We traded 1541 cattle through the ring in Gladstone, MB, on Oct. 10. Strong prices are still a reality although large numbers of cattle trading across the prairies have applied some pressure to the market. The market is trading some tail end yearlings, lots of wet nosed calves and still a fair share of cows and bulls. Good weather has cattle buyers filling pens once again for the feedlot season. Cows and bulls were slightly steady to stronger

even though local rail prices have slightly softened. from 125-138.00 with sales to 1.50. Bulls steady to slightly softer to last week ranging between 150.00 to 161.00.

Gladstone Auction Mart Cattle Market Report Oct. 10, 2023 Steers

3-400 lbs. 4-500 lbs. 5-600 lbs. 6-700 lbs. 7-800 lbs. 8-900 lbs. 900+ lbs. Bulls


$4.90 to 5.85 $4.30 to 5.18 $3.75 to 4.21 $3.45 to 3.93 $3.14 to 3.70 $2.95 to 3.32 $2.65 to 3.10 $1.50 to 1.61

3-400 lbs. $3.85 to 4.50 4-500 lbs. $3.80 to 4.42 5-600 lbs. $3.27 to 3.55 6-700 lbs. $3.10 to 3.30 7-800 lbs. $2.80 to 3.16 8-900 lbs. $2.80 to 3.08 900+ lbs. $2.45 to 2.87 Cows $1.25 to 1.50 1, 541 head sold

The cattle marketing outlook looks both promising and very busy in the weeks to come! Some highlights from the sale, black steers weighed 335 and they brought a whopping 575.00 per pound! Red hided steers weighed 520 they brought 421.00. Black steers weighed 612 and they brought 393.25. Char steers weighed 724 and they traded for 369.00 per pound. Heifer highlights, Charolais heifers weighed 390 and they brought 422.50. Fancy 515 weight red heifers at 350.00. Charolais heifers 665 brought 326, and a big set of 760 weight mixed heifers traded for 308.50 a pound.

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By Eoin Devereux

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We should be thankful today for the generosity of spirit that lives in the hearts of residents and staff at Kinsmen Kourts II (KK2), in Neepawa. That generosity was showcased recently, through a donation to our local food bank. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, KK2 executive director Dana Menzies presented a cheque for $500 to Neepawa Community Ministries’ Food Bank program. The money was raised through KK2’s recent Thankgiving meal fundraiser. “We had over 100 guests for our Thanksgiving meal, between Sunday and Monday. And, with the revenue we generated from that meal, we wanted to give back to the Salvation Army, as they have given donations to us, so we just wanted to pay it back,” said Menzies. Amanda Naughton-


From left to right: Community Ministries Director Amanda Naughton-Gale accepts a cheque for $500 from Kinsmen Kourts II executive director Dana Menzies. The money was raised through KK2’s recent Thankgiving supper.

Gale, the director for Nee pawa Community Ministries said, “We appreciate this donationfrom KK2, as they prepare for a hectic holiday season.” Anyone who wishes to donate cash, non-perish-

able food items or household supplies, can do so at the Salvation Army/Neepawa Community Ministries location in Neepawa at 342 Mountain Avenue

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Letter: Farmer’s Union calls for vote among ACLL holders Continued from Page 5 What is the motivation behind these changes? If the goal was to increase cattle production and support younger lease holders, how does this help? Will it not contribute to an even greater exodus of leasing producers? Will it not reduce the incentive for producers to make long-term investments? Will retiring ranchers be fairly compensated for the improvements they made on leased land? Will younger ranchers be able to win leases, in the face of difficult cattle market prices? Allowing outside-ofManitoba investors to bid is unfair to local ranching families, unless they wish to reside in Manitoba and our lease communities struggle to survive now. Money becomes the only focus in decision making on who

cares for Public Land. The environment suffers too. Ag Crown Land (ACL) contains sensitive ecosystems that are difficult to manage and can easily be damaged without a long-term view towards stewardship. Increased lease fees, following years of poor cattle prices, creates hardship that pressures land managers to squeeze the land for financial return. As part of a series of election promises, the provincial Conservatives have promised to temporarily cut rental fees for ACL leases in half. This is a response to a problem they created; more changes may yet happen. Out-of-province investors who are contributing to driving up our lease rates presumably get the lease fee break as well. The Conservatives are changing the maximum lease duration to 20 years,

which is a step in the right direction in the case of local lease holders, but not in the case of outside investors. While the legislated MBP supported the highest bidder system, there are other Manitoba farm voices. The National Farmers Union (NFU) in Manitoba is a farm voice that has opposed

the changes to the ACLL system since October, 2018. Manitoba Association of Crown Land Leaseholders in 2019 became aware of the changes and were really upset. Ontario farmers have a choice of three farm organizations to represent them. In the case of the recent

lease changes in Manitoba, perhaps a range of Manitoba farm voices would have led to a better outcome. NFU in Manitoba now calls upon the Manitoba Government to hold a vote among Manitoba ACLL holders from 2017 until now to determine if ACLL holders want to keep the costly

bidding and invited outsideof-Manitoba investors to be involved through an auction system vs a improved community based points system. Yours truly, Ian L. Robson Co-ordinator, National Farmers Union in Manitoba

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MMH to host Trauma and Grief presentation Informal evening to feature retired police officer, social worker Susan Rabichuk

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press Miles for Mental Health (MMH) is welcoming all to attend a public presentation for Trauma and Grief on Oct. 26. The event has no fee and is open to all ages, with child attendance via parental discretion, as sensitive subject matter is included. The structure of the event will be fairly informal, with refreshments available. The guest speaker for the evening is Susan Rabichuk, RSW, BA, MSW, PHD (C). Rabichuk is a retired police officer who is now a social worker via private practice. “Susan has done extensive work with communities that have experienced sudden tragedies, like the bus crash at Carberry– I

believe she worked with the community in Carberry at the time,” said MMH board member Dia ne Martin. “And there were at least two suicides in Carberry over the last couple of years. So she has acted as a consultant, a support individual.” Martin added, “I’ve not met Susan myself, but Claire McCannell, who is on the Miles for Mental Health board as well, has worked with her on various committees and she came forward with the idea of inviting Susan to come here.” The idea for this evening also sparked from internal conversations with the board to find more ways to benefit as many individuals as possible. “We all feel the pain of

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some of the recent traumatic events. But, at the same time, we all have our own experiences. Whether they be family or friends,” said Martin. “Susan will speak for three-ish minutes and discuss, in the particular way that she does, this particular topic which is not an easy one to talk about.” Martin added, “Claire

has described her as a very dynamic and engaging speaker with a sense of humour. And certainly lots of life experience to bring to the table.” After Rabichuk has concluded speaking, there will be a question and answer period. During this time, anyone in attendance is welcome to ask questions. However, questions may

also be submitted beforehand. All questions submitted via this method are kept anonymous. A box of sorts will be present at the event for this purpose, but questions are also welcome via email ahead of the event by contacting Miles for Mental Health at milesformentalhealth1@gmail.com. A variety of printed

resources will also be available at the event for anyone who wishes to take them home. Interested parties are asked to RSVP if possible, to give Miles for Mental Health an idea of attendance. “If this is well received, we would definitely plan future similar events,” said Martin.

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The Neepawa Area Colligate Institute (NACI) Tigers put in a great effort on Saturday, Oct. 7 against the Dauphin Clippers, but still came away with the loss, falling 27-12. This loss drops NACI’s record to 0-5 on the year. The Tigers’ final regular season game in on the road on Friday, Oct. 13 versus the Interlake Thunder.

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Game results Saturday, Oct. 7

Niverville 3-2 Neepawa

First Period 04:58 NIV M. Johnson (2) ASST: Unassisted Second Period 04:53 NPA C. McLeod (1) ASST: K. Weisgarber (3) 08:07 NIV T. Kennett (1) ASST: K. Bochek (3) 10:49 NPA C. McLeod PP ASST: M. Hartley (2), C. Bendtsen (1) Third Period 00:17 NIV M. Debrito (4) PP ASST: K. Bochek (4), T. Kennett (4) Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP NIV 1 1 1 3 1/2 NPA 0 2 0 2 1/7 Goaltenders NIV - R. Legall (W) 40/42 saves NPA - M. Lobreau (L) 31/34 saves Attendance: 359 - Yellowhead Centre

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Neepawa 2-0 Swan Valley

First Period No scoring Second Period 08:33 NPA C. Gudnason (1) ASST: C. Bendtsen (2), B. Knox (2) Third Period 04:26 NPA C. Kasprick (1) ASST: E. Poirier (6), C. Gudnason (4) Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP SWAN 0 0 0 0 0/3 NPA 0 1 1 2 1/5 Goaltenders SWAN - L. Vanderkooi (L) 41/43 saves NPA M. Lobreau - (W) 31/31 saves Attendance: 382 - Yellowhead Centre

MJHL Player stats G 1. Josh Lehto (VIR) 5 2. Slade Stanick (POR) 5 3. Gabriel Laflamme (POR) 4 4. Alex Walicki (SWAN) 4 5. Mason Hartley (NPA)


A Pts 8 13 7 12 6 10 5 9

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Club 55 Bowling Oct. 5, 2023: Ladies’ High Single & Triple:

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to Note: Len Pritchard 186, 182; Carole LeBoutillier 151, 176; Janice Absteiter 189; Frank Porada 163, 159; Judy Gabler 176; Elsie Slimmon 157, 191; Darrell Gabler 190; Vivian Oswald 176, 185; Laurie Kohinski 160, 176; Eleanor Scott 156

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Titans lose close one to Nighthawks By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

It was a game that the Neepawa Titans probably deserved to win...But sometimes, deserve has nothing to do with the end result. Despite putting in a solid 60 minute effort and, at times, outplaying their rivals, Neepawa fell to the Niverville Nighthawks 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 7. T he Tit a ns out shot Niverville 42-34 and also created several quality opportunities over the course of the game. Nighthawks goaltender Raiden Legall was able to keep Neepawa at bay, however, and lifted his team to victory. While Carter McLeod was the lone scorer for Neepawa on the night, collecting both goals, there were still several players in our hometown black and gold that had chances, but were bested by Legall. After the game, Titans

assistant coach Zak Hicks said that he felt as though the team did everything they needed to win, but just simply didn’t get rewarded for the effort. “Everything was going well, [our players] were controlling things, but they didn’t get the result they earned or deserved out there,” stated Hicks. “It’s one of those where [the coaching staff ] was happy with effort. You’re really happy with what the fellas gave. You’re just a little disappointed in the balances that kind of happened and a couple little details we missed. But overall, you’re happy with the 60 minutes that the guys gave out there. We created a lot of chances, but unfortunately, it didn’t sort of work for us out there.” Hicks added that over the course of a 58 game season, every team will have these kinds of games and Saturday’s game was just Neepawa’s turn.


Neepawa’s Ewan Poirier and Michael Debrito of Niverville are focused on the puck in the Titans’ zone, during the second period of Saturday’s MJHL game at the Yellowhead Centre. The Niverville Nighhawks would end the night with the 3-2 win.

Titans shut out Stampeders in Tuesday night tussle By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press The hard work and focus the Neepawa Titans have been leaving out there on the ice was rewarded on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the form of a 2-0 victory over the Swan Valley Stampeders. This game was a very closely contested battle between a pair of clubs that were looking to prove themselves early this season. In the first period, it remained scoreless with both teams registering 12 shots on goal. In terms of pace, Neepawa controlled the tempo early, with several chances within the first six minutes of play. Swan Valley settled in, however, by the mid-way mark of the first and started creating a few scoring chances

of their own. In the second, Cody Gudnason opened the scoring for the Titans, with a nice spinarama and shot in front of the net, to secure his first of the season at 8:33 of the period. In the third period, Neepawa took advantage of a 5-on-3 power-play chance, with Cooper Kasprick notching his first goal of the year. From there, Mason Lobreau shut things down in net for Neepawa, stopping all 31 shots he faced for the win. Final shots on goal for the game were 43-31 for Neepawa. Next up for the Titans is a game versus the Waywayseecappo Wolverines on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Yellowhead Centre. Start time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Obituary Frederick William Collum

Frederick William Collum entered into rest on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at the age of 74 years. A private family ceremony will take place at a later date. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. www.whitesfh.ca

Wayne Acree

Following a short battle with pancreatic cancer, Wayne Jasper Acree, of Neepawa, passed away, on September 20, 2023, at the age of 80 years. There was a time when my Dad could build or fix just about anything he put his mind too. Among a garage or two, decks, sheds, and a small welded trailer, Dad built an outdoor stage, a small fire hall for a volunteer fire department, and the house he and Mom retired in. He was also quite resourceful and never went too far without his tools. While on a hunting trip he got stranded with a friend by a seized rear wheel bearing on a four wheel drive. Too far from town to walk, Dad removed the seized wheel, disconnected the rear drive shaft, cut down a suitable tree and chained it to the frame of the truck. He and his friend drove to town with the one side of the truck propped up by a tree dragging behind. Born in Rainy River Ontario he was the first of seven siblings. As a child Dad liked to fish and build rafts that he could paddle and sail down the river. He once shared a story of his grandmother tanning rabbit hide, ahead of winter, for mittens. His siblings tell stories of fixing cars for them while they were stranded, and protecting them from bullies on the playground at school. While in Rainy River, he met and fell in love with my mother Anne. They married, and moved to Kenora to begin their life together. Being the adventurous sort, Dad took Mom to Victoria, British Columbia where he worked as a marine mechanic and started his family. Dad ensured that Mom and I had many memories of camping, canoeing, and exploring the many lakes and rivers of BC. He was a dedicated hockey dad too. We eventually returned to Kenora, where we pursued travelling by motorcycle to as many places as we could. Dad was predeceased by his wife Anne, and his brother Charles. Surviving siblings include Nancy, Perry (wife Eva), George (wife Pat), Kathy, Julie (husband Richard), and Paul. Surviving in-laws include my mom’s twin sister Joy, her brother Ross (wife Sharon), sister in law Ruth, along with many nieces, nephews, and their families. His granddaughter Sasha, daughter in law Jacqui and I, his only child, Ross, will miss him greatly. Internment will be in Rainy River, following a short memorial for immediate family sometime in early July. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Program of your choice, or a Cancer program important to you. Dad was never a man of too many words; always putting others before himself, and letting his actions speak for themselves. He dedicated as much time as he could to my mom and I, making sure that we had seen and done as much as he could provide. In later years he spent numerous hours working side by side with me to fix and build as he had once done. Special moments with his granddaughter included ‘chip day’, lunch dates, and rides in the trailer that he towed behind the mower. Now, he can rest. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. www.whitesfh.ca

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I would like to thank everyone for their condolences, cards, phone calls, text messages and food with regards to the recent passing of my husband Red Ries. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Dr. Wiebe and staff and the nurses in the Cancer Care Unit in the Neepawa Hospital for their care and compassion. Special thanks to Clarke’s Funeral Home for their kindness and compassion. Dallas Ries

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June 14, 1942-October 5, 2023 It is with the heaviest of needed. Diane was attentive and caring to all. She worked hearts that we announce the along some of the finest in the profession and was held in passing of Diane Christine high regard for her strong work ethic. Aitken (nee Newton) of Diane was an expert in the home. She managed the Carberry, Manitoba on October household with what seemed like ease to the rest of us. 5, 2023 at the age of 81 She was organized and prepared for anything. She hosted surrounded by her family and countless holidays and special occasions over the years their love. and company was always treated very well. Dale and Diane was born in Calgary, Diane’s home was open to anyone and last-minute drop ins Alberta on June 14, 1942 to Ralph and Dorothy Newton. were always welcome. She was the first of three daughters for the Newtons. After Diane’s interests and activities usually revolved the war ended, Ralph and Dorothy moved to Cartwright, around the family. She cheered on many hockey games, Manitoba where they raised their family. Diane attended attended ball games, ballet recitals, plays and many other school in Cartwright and grade 12 in Killarney where she events. When her grandchildren’s activities began, she graduated. She was involved in many activities while rarely missed any of those as well. Diane was also an avid growing up such as teaching 4H sewing, baseball, CGIT and curler, golfer and enjoyed her garden. She supported her became an accomplished piano player. After graduation, community by serving on a variety of committees. Diane Diane attended Secretarial School in Winnipeg. In her teen and Dale enjoyed travelling and, in their retirement, spent years she also worked at the family store in Cartwright, extended periods of time as snowbirds. Newton’s Department Store alongside her mom and dad. We will miss her sense of humour which could be In October of 1963, Diane married Donald Stein of considered somewhat warped (a trait passed on to her Rolla, North Dakota. In May of 1965, Don tragically passed children and grandchildren). Our family often found away as a result of a car accident. Their daughter, Dixie themselves in ridiculous antics which would lead Diane to Anne was born the following month in June. When Dixie uncontrollable laughter, wheezing and tears. was six months of age Diane began her LPN training at St. We will miss Diane beyond belief. She led by example Boniface in Winnipeg. Upon completion of the program, she that we should be prepared for anything and yet be flexible, worked at Killarney Hospital. Diane was supported as a be organized, make lists, and always have a back up plan. single mother by her parents, Don’s parents and her family. Diane’s strong work ethic showed us that we could power In time, a relationship with her high school sweetheart through anything and we could do hard things. Her love and long-time friend, Dale Aitken was rekindled and they was unconditional and no matter what the problem was, a married on November 8, 1967. Dale and Diane had a long, solution could be found. Above all, she was a good listener solid and loving marriage of almost 56 years. Dale and and offered advice if we asked for it. Diane was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy and Diane welcomed Danny to the family in August 1968, then Ralph Newton, her infant grandson Taylor, her first husband, Darcy in May 1973. Dale’s career in the RCMP meant the family moved Don, mother and father in-law, Harold and Eileen Aitken, sister-in-law Sharon Moore, brother-in-law Ross Aitken, and and settled in several communities in Saskatchewan and numerous aunts and uncles. Manitoba. Diane was an expert at organizing the moves Left to mourn Diane’s passing are her beloved husband and settling new homes while Dale would settle into the new postings. During these moves, countless friendships were Dale, daughter Dixie (Ken), grandchildren Kelley and Brett (Kalla), son Daniel (Natalie), granddaughters Reece and formed, many of which continue today. Diane was talented and learned many skills in her Reegan, son Darcy (Robyn), grandsons Jory and Kylan. Also left to mourn are sisters Donna Boyd (Bob) and family lifetime. There was very little that she wasn’t willing to try. and Billie Newton and family, brother-in-law Jim Moore. Diane sewed for the family as they were growing up and Diane will be missed by all her dear friends. Diane and we wore some amazing and durable Fortrel outfits. Later Dale’s little dog, Abby remains as Dale’s faithful companion. she sewed for fun. She learned many other crafts over the A family graveside gathering will take place on Friday, years as well. Like so many people in the 70’s, she enjoyed doing ceramics. She enjoyed it so much that she bought a October 13, 2023 at the Cartwright Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to The Carberry kiln and set up a workshop in her home to teach classes and Area Community Foundation or the Carberry North and techniques. Cypress-Langford Health Action Committee. Diane resumed her nursing career in 1977 while still “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of in Saskatchewan. After the move to Carberry in 1978, she joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Mark Twain began working as an LPN at Fox Memorial Hospital and White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. PCH. Diane was an excellent nurse. She attended many www.whitesfh.ca births, tended to the sick, and held hands of those who

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Edward passed away in Brandon Hospital, Wednesday, September 27, 2023 with his family and close friends by his side. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his brother Walter, sister Mary Ann (Cyril) and brother Johnny (Betty) as well as many relatives and friends. Ed and Marilyn lived in Neepawa all their marriage (43) years. They enjoyed taking their train trips to B.C. and had several of them. Disneyland was also a favourite. Ed took pleasure in keeping his yard and backyard garden looking nice. He had many church friends and looked forward to meeting with them every Sunday (without missing even one). They were very special to him and became part of his and Marilyn’s family. Ed was a great friend to all who knew him and will be deeply missed. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa, MB in care of arrangments www.whitesfh.ca204-476-2848

Ralph Irons

Ralph Laverne Irons passed away on September 23, 2023 at the Neepawa Hospital at the age of 85. Ralph was born in Pontypool, Ontario on November 4, 1937 to his parents Sidney and Lena Irons. He later moved with his parents to Burkton, Ontario. Ralph was their 4th child. Siblings were George, Edith, Iris, Marie, Sidney. One brother, Brian, died at birth. Ralph received his education in Burkton, he left school at an early age to work for local farmers. Later he worked in the tobacco fields picking leaves. He also worked for several years at General Motors in Oshawa. He also worked as a truck driver. Later he worked on the pipeline, a job he loved and where he held various positions. Surviving Ralph is his wife of 48 years, Margaret Nugent, his son Dale and his wife Janelle, his daughter-in-law, Sue, a sister Joyce, and a brother Sid. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Laurie, Brad, Lauren, Peyton and Autumn, 4 great-grandchildren: Jake, Tyson, Hunter and Gage, all of Ontario and all of whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Jim and Joan Nugent, brother-in-law Dan and Karen Nugent, one sister-in-law Beth MacDonald and their families. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Sid and Lena, his sisters Iris, Edith and Marie, and his brothers George and Brian. His son Brian also predeceased him as well as one brother-in-law Wilbert MacDonald. Many friends as well as nieces and nephews will long remember Ralph's humour and his unique personality. Ralph passed away peacefully and quietly in the Neepawa Hospital with his family by his side in the afternoon of September 23, 2023 after a very short illness. May he rest in peace. Always and ever remembered, never to be forgotten by those who loved him best. Ralphstories will be heard when ever the family gathers. Funeral services were held from Calvary Chapel on October 5, 2023. Burial at the Neepawa Memorial Cemetery. Sister-in-law Beth MacDonald conducted the service.


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120 years and still going strong The Neepawa Area Health Auxiliary Submitted Npa. Area Health Aux. In 1902 JJ Hamilton and JA Davidson convinced the people of Neepawa and surrounding area that there was a need for a new hospital in Neepawa. In 1903 a group of ladies got together to form the Women’s Health Aid Society (WHAS), who invested in some bonds to help with the construction of the 20 bed hospital that would open in 1904. By the end of the war in 1946 many hospital auxiliaries had folded, but the Neepawa Area Health Auxiliary (WHAS) continued to be active. In the early 1950’s, another new hospital was built to replace the original. This hospital is the current Neepawa Health Centre and the NAHA provided equipment and furnishings for this building. In 2021 the government announced Neepawa would be getting a new hospital and in 2023 construction began. 120 years later, a group of ladies, now known as the Neepawa Area Health Auxiliary (NAHA), are still working to help with the construction/furnishing of the new hospital and have invested their money in GIC’s that will go towards a special project in the new hospital ie. furnishing a family room, etc. They continue buying new or replacement equipment for the existing hospital, personal care home and community programs (public health, home care, mental health). In the beginning the WHAS was more involved with the physical running of the hospital – they made bed linens, pyjamas, gowns for the patients, helped with the canning of vegetables and fruit with the kitchen staff, but over the years rules and regulations have changed to the point that the NAHA raises funds for such things and are not as involved with day to day operations. One would think that the Health Authorities do or should purchase any equipment needed but that

is pretty much impossible for them to do when there are 73 facilities in Prairie Mountain Health so they do rely on donation dollars a lot. Some things you may not have realized: If you had laparoscopic surgery at the Neepawa Health Centre, the first laparoscopic equipment was purchased by the Health Auxiliary; if you are sitting in one of the chairs in the lab where they draw your blood, the Health Auxiliary purchased some of those chairs; when you get your blood pressure taken on a machine or your temperature with an electronic thermometer, the health auxiliary bought some of those for the staff to use; the nice roast beef you got for supper was probably cut with the meat slicer the auxiliary bought for the kitchen; if you were waiting at the health unit for an appointment, the health auxiliary bought the waiting room chairs, and many more things. Without having to dig deep into the records of the Auxiliary, over the last 10 years they have spent $121,675 on equipment and furnishings for our facilities and programs. In many years past one of the fund raisers was to sell memberships to the businesses, now the Auxiliary members canvas the businesses in the town of Neepawa and in the surrounding R.M.s as their major fund raiser for the year. All monies received through this is spent on equipment, in consultation with the managers of the facilities. In days gone by the WHAS sold tickets on a “Hope Chest” (that was stopped when the cedar chests became too expensive, so they went to a smaller jewellery box with a $50 cheque in it). Today the Auxiliary members sell tickets on monetary prizes of $500, $300 and $200. Teas have always been a popular way to show appreciation to the community for their support. It used to be held at the Bamboo restaurant in the banquet room but we outgrew that and now

it is at the Legion. We accept donations made in the memory of a loved one or general donations, and all donations will be given a tax receipt. As we near the end of 2023 and anyone needs a tax deduction, please keep us in mind. The Health Auxiliary is not all about raising funds. Being we are a “Health” Auxiliary we feel it is important to educate people on health related topics. In the past they have held sessions on STARRS, MAID, navigating through your cancer journey, health care directives, etc. The Auxiliary also gives a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating student from the Neepawa Area Collegiate who will be entering a health related faculty, looking to help alleviate the staffing crisis in health care. These are all funded through different activities that the members participate in, like helping at a Legion Supper, through the sale of items in the gift cupboard at the Health Centre, etc. NAHA was formerly a member of the Manitoba Health Auxiliary Association (MHAA) which was formed at the end of the Second World War (1946). In 2016 MHAA came to an end and we now operate independently as NAHA. Our Auxiliary has 54 paid up members and always looking for new people to join our organization. We meet seven times a year at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall and the Legion ladies provide us with a delicious lunch. We hope that you will join us at our two upcoming events: 1) The education session on MAID and Palliative Care at the Legion Hall on Tuesday October 10th from 1-4 p.m. (cookies and coffee/tea to follow) and 2) The Annual Tea at the Legion Hall on Wednesday Oct. 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Men are more than welcome to attend these two events.

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Langruth holds the eighth annual Harvest Festival

Submitted Neepawa Banner & Press On Sept. 9, the eighth Annual Langruth Harvest Festival was held at the Langruth Sports Grounds. The weather was perfect for a fun day. Visitors from the local area and neighboring communities attended. All the favorite activities were back; the signature large round hay bale jumping area, Don’s Small Animal Petting Zoo, the bouncy castles, the hay ride, archery, old fashioned races, crafts, face painting and more. Don Winthrop has brought his petting zoo to 6 out of 8 festivals. (There was no petting zoo in 2020 and 2021 due to public health restrictions). Don has decided to retire and make this his last year. Thank-you to Don for always joining us and for a generous donation of $50 to a draw for anyone who could name all his animals. Veronica Clark was the lucky winner. New this year was the Touch-A-Truck area. A variety of vehicles and

equipment were available for everyone to see up close. Lakeview Fire Department brought a fire truck and side-by-side, the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone brought the municipal grader, Donnie Smith brought a bombardier, Tom Teichroeb brought a tractor, Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op brought fuel trucks, Houle Towing brought a tow truck and the RCMP and Manitoba First Nations Police Service brought service vehicles. Thank-you to everyone who contributed to the Touch-A-Truck area. In addition to the hay ride this year, children could take a ride in the Barrel Train. Thanks to the Gladstone District Museum for the use of the barrel train and thanks to Harry Lazor for being conductor for the day. Also new this year was a Grafitti Station. Thanks to Lorne Hunt for providing the car for the children to paint their hearts away on. A big thanks to Janie Ferguson for running the new Grafitti Station. Children of all ages

Horse and buggy rides were a popular part of the Langruth Harvest Festival activities.

were challenged to pull a tractor in the Tractor Pull Challenge. Children aged 6 and under began pulling on the rope. Age groups were added until there were about 35 people pulling before the tractor finally moved. Great team work! Admission to the Harvest Festival is free. Fundraisers and donations help fund the many free activities throughout the day. Thankyou to Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op, Simplot, Richardson-Pioneer and GWB

Auto Sales for donations to the canteen and prizes. Tickets for the 2023 Harvest Festival Raffle and Last Ball Standing Bingo were available for purchase and the Cow Paddy Bingo squares were auctioned off by auctioneer Tyler Slawinski. It was a bit of a longer wait for the ‘paddy’ to drop this year but it did finally drop on the square bought by Levi Slawinski who won $650 which was 50 per cent

of the sales. Draws for the Last Ball Standing Bingo were won by Tina Krieser and Clorissa Egilson. They had chosen the bingo balls that were drawn out of the bingo machine last. Over 600 raffle tickets were sold. The lucky winners were Everly Scora wining the Gift Card Pack, Markus Hanneson winning the Gas Fire Pit and Chairs and Melanie Lavallee winning the Paddle




Board and Kids Pack. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Langruth Harvest Festival in any way. The commitment of community volunteers makes this event possible each year. Thank you to all those who attended. It is always a wonderful community gathering. We are looking forward to the 2024 Langruth Harvest Festival.


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better move down the trail so it would calm down. I stopped in a shaded spot where I could still watch the marten, but where it couldn’t easily see me. I watched it for quite a while as it moved among the branches of the tree, apparently having forgotten all about me. After a couple of minutes, it wedged its back hips in a tree notch and hung upside down as if it was looking for something in the grass below. The marten grew very still, with its tail and back legs dangling downward, and if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought it was dead. Surely to goodness it hadn’t just fallen asleep??? Science demanded that I confirm my hypothesis. I quietly sneaked up the trail so that I could get a gander at its head on the other side of the tree. Sure enough, the marten’s head and front paws were limply dangling down too, its eyes tightly shut. It was definitely sleeping. I tip-toed back down the trail so as not to disturb it. When I got back to my observation spot, I noticed that the marten had started to stir. Nap time was over. And a nap it was, as I don’t think the marten was asleep for more than 5 minutes. I continued with my run, amazed at what I had just seen. Recognizing that these sorts of things are happening all the time in nature, but that we’re usually not “in the right place at the right time,” I felt fortunate to have a sneak peek into one small part of the daily life of this wild animal. Ken Kingdon lives in Onanole, in the heart of the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve. Shoot him a text at 204.848.5020 if you have stories to share.


We’ve been spending more time out and about in Riding Mountain NP this fall and have noticed a mishmash of interesting items that might be best served up in a fall round-up. Without a heavy killing frost, the autumn colours have been spectacular and long lasting. I suspect that humans are the only ones enjoying such a warm fall. As an example, most of the bears look fat and sassy and given that the oaks produced a HUGE number of acorns this year, I suspect that many of our local bears migrated over to the escarpment to take in one of their last large meals before winter arrives. The oak mast crop (a fancy name for nut crop) comes on the heels of a summer where the berry and nut crops were fairly variable. The hazels didn’t produce very many nuts, and the few that grew were quickly harvested by squirrels and chipmunks. Wild saskatoons in the local area were also a disappointment but the chokecherries more than made up for them. We were away for a 10-day spell in early August, and when we left the bushes were laden with ripe fruit, but when we returned there was nary a berry to be seen. Whether they were eaten by feathered or furred wildlife, or both, it must have been a treat after a long, nearly fruitless, July. Our mountain ash has done well too, and the robins and waxwings, along with an interesting mix of other small birds, are starting to harvest the berries. Finally, the very last of the bears’ meals, hawthorn “apples,” seem to be in good abundance. Generally, these berries are eaten later in the fall, especially after a couple of frosts, providing dessert for bears before they enter their dens for the winter. I always wince when I think of bears harvesting hawthorn fruit. The hawthorns are so well protected by their sharp thorns that the bears, no matter how cautious, will likely pay a price for each berry they eat. Going from the big and furry to the small and coldblooded, I heard from a lot

of folks about the recovery of the local leopard frog population. The cause of their disappearance many years ago remains a mystery, just as is their current recovery. I’m just glad that they are making such a strong come back. I’ve also noticed that the local wood duck population appears to be increasing each year. The fancycoloured males are easy to spot in the fall, and while I haven’t seen any females with young in the Park, I suspect that it won’t be long before these beautiful ducks are present throughout the summer. What has been missing, though, is an abundance of elk and moose sign. We heard some nice elk bugling in the north part of the bison enclosure, but the calling was confined to this area. We didn’t hear any bugles further afield, especially in areas where in years past we would have expected to hear at least a few calling. The moose have been equally elusive, and while I have seen a couple of wallows, they too have been pretty shy. The highlight to date was the spotting of a four-year-old bull at Moon Lake wandering the shoreline. I still hope to be able to get out and see some more rutting behavior yet this fall. Nature notes: While out for a run, I spotted the goofiest thing. I spooked a pine marten that had been in the long grass beside the trail. This doesn’t happen very often, and what happened next was even rarer. The pine marten climbed up a relatively small aspen, stopping at a notch in the tree about four metres above the ground. It hissed and snorted at me, obviously unimpressed with being disturbed, so I decided I had


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