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Westman cycles for a cause

Two area teams participate in race for cerebral palsy

Westman cyclists were putting in quite the workout recently. On Apr. 20, several teams congregated within Brandon’s Keystone centre for the Westman Chapter 30th Annual Cerebral Palsy Stationary Bike Race. The teams gathered for a 10:00 a.m. start, with all capable members cycling for 25 minutes each. This race is held annually to raise money to support individuals and families affected by cerebral palsy. Participating in this event were two teams from the Banner & Press coverage area. These were a long-running team of 16 years, known as Cody’s Cruisers; and a brand new team, known as Dillan’s A team, which was locking in for their first year.

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“It was a good turn out. As

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Pictured left: Members of Dillan’s A Team pose alongside Dillan Unger (front, centre) for a group photo. Pictured right: Westman Chapter chairman Tom Czerkowski visits with Cody Payette, of the Cody’s Cruisers team, enjoying conversation.

Serving up smiles 2024 Neepawa Job Fair

Neepawa’s Tim Hortons was full of smiles as the cookies for its annual Smile Cookies fundraiser were prepared. The sales for this year’s cookies benefit the Salvation Army in Neepawa.

Neepawa Economic Development, Neepawa & Area Immigrant Settlement Services and Westlake Employment Skills & Services Centre held the 2024 edition of their job fair on Apr. 25. The fair was hosted at the Neepawa Legion from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and featured 20 businesses and educators. The job fair saw a good attendance over the course of the evening.

Westman provides cerebral palsy support

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“It was a good turn out. As always, a lot of prizes come from the Neepawa area. We’re known in town here and most places are willing to help out– and pledges as well, so we really appreciate that,” said Melissa. “Thank you to Neepawa for your support every year– we appreciate it. And it’s pretty awesome we have two local teams now as well!”

This new team, Dillan’s A Team, was formed for the 2024 event, after Dillan had participated on another team in 2023. The Banner & Press had the opportunity to speak to Dillan’s A Team member and Dillan’s mom, Amber, for details and firstyear reflections.

“Dillan was born with cerebral palsy, so [he got involved] just through the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and his cousin has cerebral palsy as well, so he got involved through her,” said Amber.

Amber told the Banner & Press that while the ride could be challenging, it was an activity that the whole team had a lot of fun participating in.

“It’s a good cause and everybody enjoyed that they were supporting that,” Amber enthused. “I work for CBI Health in Brandon and a good chunk of our team were my coworkers. We deal

with it everyday– our individuals have cerebral palsy, or some physical disability of some sort. So everybody


enjoyed it.”

Details provided to the Neepawa Banner & Press state that the 2024 edition

of the Westman Chapter Cerebral Palsy Stationary Bike race raised over $46,000 for the cause.

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Cody’s Cruisers team members Neepawa Titans players KC Couckuyt and Keenan Skrupa, ready at the pedals.

1974: Young bowlers winners at Regent Lanes event

125 years ago, Wednesday, May 24, 1899

Note: The section for March through early May is absent from the hard-copy archives of this year. As such, an excerpt from late-may has been selected for this week.

The town team is much admired by all who see them, especially the white horse. The teamster is proud of his charge.

100 years ago, Friday, May 2, 1924

Four former Neepawa families are returning at an early date. Mr. and Mrs. T.

H. Newell are coming this week; Mrs. R. D. Young, Mrs. Alice Holmes and Mrs. Jno. Mathieson are coming in June. It is a sad commentary on the good roads boosting of Neepawa to find the leader stuck in the mud on the main road towards the cemetery, while country people have a difficult job navigating the bog holes on all avenues of travel within the town limits.

75 years ago, Thursday, May 5, 1949

Franklin’s: Freeman’s Store have added a quick freeze unit to their meat handling equipment and will be in a position to serve you with more variety and

better quality fresh meats, also good stocks of ice cream bricks, revels, sundae sticks, cones, etc. We appreciate your patronage.

50 years ago, Thursday, May 2, 1974

Mrs. Ema White, formerly of Hamiota, is the oldest resident of East View Lodge, and she was honoured on the occasion of her birthday last week by members of the Neepawa Inner Wheel club, who presented her with a flower to mark the event. She is 97 years old this month.

20 years ago, Monday, May 3, 2004

Cleanup of the former Hamilton Hotel site is slated to begin today, after the town accepted the lowest of five bids for the project.

Rob Smith and Son Backhoe and Trucking was awarded a $20,000 contract calling for the area to be cleared of debris, filled with earth and compacted. The cleanup is the first ordered under the town’s new derelict buildings and properties bylaw, Mayor Bob Durston said.

Durston said the property owners– the hotel was purchased by Morley and Sonya Rogowski in 1976 and run by their son Darren for the past five years– were given ample opportunity to clean the property, but never stepped forward.

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below: Mud, a bud and bricks. The cleanup of the destroyed Hamilton Hotel site was scheduled to officially begin on this day in 2004.

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Rita Friesen Homebodies

Laughter and Legos

JTust about everybody has filed their tax returns by now and people should be disappointed. Whether your income tax bill was a few hundred, a few thousand or many thousands of dollars, you have good reason to be disappointed. The federal government is wasting tax dollars, yours and mine.

When they decided they needed to have a computer based app to track Canadian citizens coming home, they wasted millions on a computer program that did little more than the old fashioned passports did. Hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted on scurrying around and worrying about bogus isolation plans that seemed silly and proved to be silly.

The federal government is spending upwards of $50billion on EV car battery plants. It’s insane, as EV cars will become more popular likely, but why would we subsidize them. Currently EV cars are useless for rural Canada travel. There’s more promise for hybrid cars perhaps but the distances required for rural travel makes EVs, at best impractical and, at worst, dangerous.

Ever wonder why the car makers and the government downplay the life expectancy of an EV battery and the cost of replacement. It’s because if you knew, you would be really annoyed. Why is the federal government subsidizing the CBC to the tune of $1.4billion per year? It’s insane. Why is the federal government subsidizing newspapers, including this one? Why doesn’t the government buy ads in Canadian newspapers instead? They buy ads on social media and that money leaves Canada the moment

Ken Waddell Right in the Centre

“ The federal government wastes millions of dollars on overseas trips and “climate” conferences. Enough said.

they press the send key. If they spent that money in Canadian newspapers it would make more sense.

The federal government wastes millions of dollars on overseas trips and “climate” conferences. Enough said. The Governor-General, regardless of who it is, spends a lot of money on foreign trips. Why?

Have you ever asked yourself why the feds spend so much in First Nations communities and rarely on the programs and projects that the FN people want?

That has been going on since 1867 and you have to wonder why the FN people are still among the poorest of the poor, the most underserved and the most distressed in our country. It’s because the department is misguided and very poorly run. It seems they spend more money on conferences and changing the department’s name

than they do actual work.

From 50 plus years of working in government and observing government, I can assure you that, yes, there is waste in government and lots of it.

If you want more information on places the government shouldn’t be spending your money, go to the websites for the Canadian Taxpayers Association and the National Citizens Coalition. Their research is very good but, heads up, it could cause indigestion.

The next federal election can’t come soon enough. Maybe, just maybe the Conservative Party of Canada can do better.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in thiscolumn are the writer’s personal views andare not to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press staff.

he cycle of life just keeps on spinning. Seated around the supper table where grandchildren and great grand children, however, the scene was a replay of when my children were young. Remember getting the giggles or being silly when the cousins came over? Well, the great grands are cousins, and the table behaviour got silly! Those spasms of giggles even when there is no real trigger…Cousin the Elder had been reminded that as the oldest perhaps she could set an example. It was really too late to stop the laughter, for even a calm, almost sincere, ‘hello cousin’ had cousin the Younger snorting food! Other than become ogres, which I did not desire, all of us adults tried to carry on as normal human beings. The end result was that both young ladies ate an adequate amount of real food before earning their treat- a great grand privilege of dispensing small amounts of chocolate. I think I’ve got this- a side of stove top stuffing ensures that something gets eaten, and I will learn to have ranch dressing for dipping… Just like the grands wondered if the only cookies I knew how to bake where chocolate chip, their children will come expecting stuffing! And I did/do know how to bake other kinds of cookies!

Supper cleared away and the Legos appeared. Uncle had granted permission for some of his vast collection to be played. One of the items was a fairly large base, about twelve inches by twelve. But two players. Without missing a beat I ran a strip of tape diagonally and there was no discussion as to who used what part of the surface. I haven’t forgotten much about children….And right on cue, there was an awareness of the tiny gold coins, and a chest to contain them. Yikes- that was a flashback. Equal numbers distributed and a second chest created. And the play proceeded smoothly. One of my great grands is also a homebody. After supper is served, it is time to go home. I distract with games and reading a story. The Legos were the game, and the story was ‘The Monster at the End of this Book’ starring lovable, furry, blue Grover. This book is also being read to the third generation. And just as my grands enjoyed my voice over as Grover, so do the great grands. The first time I read the book a few weeks ago, Cousin the Younger simply stared at me the whole time, standing solemnly at my side. We’ve made progress, Cousin the Elder sat on my lap, turning the pages on cue, but Cousin the Younger continued to keep a safe distance from scary hairy Grover. I don’t think they are quite ready for me to use my oversized Grover as the reader!

It’s a joint clean up before departure, ensuring that I don’t step on Lego, and that Arie doesn’t chew on Lego or other toys. I am adamant that hugs are optional, high fives with a few down lows work. When I get a hug it’s all bonus. There are a series of silly waves that see them off, just like the grands...I am so blessed!

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Laws that cannot be broken, Part II

The look on my father’s face said it all. An early hail storm had inflicted severe damage on a portion of our wheat crop. It was still early in the growing season. The plants were still quite small. But they were also quite delicate and showed significant bruising.

We put in a claim for hail insurance and waited for the adjuster to arrive. Two weeks later he did. He carefully examined the crop. Then he looked at my dad and said: “I know you won’t believe me, but you will be surprised at how well this crop will come back and how big your yield will be.” He was right-both times. We didn’t believe him; and we weren’t expecting much from that field. But we were pleasantly surprised when it yielded 60 bushels per acre of top grade wheat-one of our best harvests ever.

This experience illustrates another of God’s unbreakable laws. In last week’s column, we looked at the first law– you always reap what you sow. This

week we look at the second law-you always reap more than you sow. Every farmer I know firmly believes this. We go through the same routine every spring. Soil tests are done, required amounts of fertilizer are applied and the seed is sown. On our farm, we planted roughly two bushels of wheat per acre. In an excellent year, like the one noted above, we would harvest 50-60 bushels for every two that we plantedalways reaping more than we had sown.

The same law applies in life. Everything we say and do has consequences– and they are always greater than the initial words spoken or deeds done.

We can look back in history, for example and remember how millions

of people were moved by Winston Churchill’s speeches in which he said that the British people would defend their island “to the last person” and that they would never surrender. Or think of Martin Luther King’s famous speech: “I have a dream.” And let’s not forget the words that Jesus spoke during his time on earthhow they moved those who followed him and how they continue to speak to those who read and reflect on the portions of his words that were written down and preserved for this day. For the other side of the story, we need only consider the case of King David. He committed one act of adultery and one murder to cover it up. At least five acts of adultery

and as many murders-all in David’s house and all committed by members of his family-can be linked to David’s actions. And for the rest of his life, David had to live with the ever present threat of insurrection and conspiracy, most of which came from within his own civil service.

This law is unbreakable. But how it applies to your life or mine depends on how we use it. We can use this law to our advantage. If we want to receive acts of kindness from others, we must first do acts of kindness for others.

But there are some who will use this law to further their evil schemes. They will try to use, abuse, intimidate and manipulate others so that they get all the benefits while those they victimize suffer loss. But be warned. Those who manipulate others for selfish gain will one day be manipulated themselves. And they will lose far more than they ever gained.

Gladstone market report

Colder nights and cooler temperatures are not the greatest for growing grass, or any other plants for that matter. With forecasted moisture on the way for later this week, all that will be lacking is some heat to get things growing!

Fencing, processing cattle, and moving the cattle one step closer to their summer pastures are all activities taking place over the last week; the count down is on, I’m sure, for both us and the cattle before their diet will change to lush green grass! When it comes to marketing cattle this time of year, quality generally starts to decline while varieties of cattle increase, making it tough to fill loads and orders.

The market this week was fairly active; cattle fit for breeding or grass are bringing prices that shouldn’t be complained

about and cows and bulls are also on the most wanted list with high demands!

Supply and demand is definitely supporting the cattle market at this time.

We sold 841 cattle though the ring in Gladstone on Apr. 30. The market saw a variety of cattle. The market seemed slightly stronger in most spots, but was fairly steady for the most part; in some cases, certain


Beware of scams that are getting quite elaborate

On Wednesday Apr. 24, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. We received a telephone call from our 29 year old granddaughter in Ottawa. She is upset, is crying, and sounds very shaken up.

She tells us that she is in the police station following and accident where she rear ended a vehicle. The other lady driver has been taken to hospital with a neck injury. She explained that she had glanced briefly down at her telephone on the seat and “bang!”. She is quite embarrassed and asks us to please not tell her parents and asks if we can help her out with this situation. We say “yes, of course we will!” David Mathews, court appointed lawyer comes on the phone and asks us some questions about who we are, where we live, and our relationship to our granddaughter as paternal grandparents. He then explains what will happen. His client will be held until a bail bond is posted. The bond is $9,800 and he will find a bail bondsman close to us in Manitoba. Until the bond is posted a “GAG” order applies to this case. We agree to help. We notice that his telephone number has an Alberta area code.

We go and get the money, explaining to the teller that we are helping out a granddaughter who is having some troubles. When we call to let David Mathew know that we have the money ready, he says he is still looking for a bail bondsman and to stay by the phone.


weight breaks trended softer, which made for a mixed outlook. The first cut cattle are becoming few and far between, and are still in high demand! Second and third cut cattle are definitely showing signs of pressure, but are still bringing plenty more than they did one year ago!

Cows and bulls traded with plenty of strength from 160.00 to 175 with stronger averages Bulls traded with power ranging between 200.00 to 214.00. All classes of cattle sold well! Plainer type cattle, are still being discounted! Here is a look at the feeder market (shown left)!

Here are a few market highlights from the Apr. 30 sale: Black steers weighed 425lbs and brought 500.00. Mixed steers weighed 588lbs and brought 431.00. Charolais steers weighed 638 and brought 434.00. And a set of buckskin steers weighed 780 and traded for 361.00. Heifers, black hided heif-

ers weighed 436 and traded for 450.00. Black heifers weighed 503 and brought 413.00. Crossbred heifers weighed 637 and brought 355.00. And a top notch set of Charolais heifers weighed 752lbs and they brought 335.00, that hopefully gives you an idea how the market played out.

We will be hosting a cow calf pair and bred female sale Tuesday, May 14 in conjunction with our regular sale. We have a number of cattle booked for this sale already!

Be sure to check out the updated schedule on the Gladstone Auction Mart website– as cattle numbers start to soften, we have decided to break to every second week, starting May 7. This allows for more cattle sale day, and to accommodate our cattle buyers who need volume to create loads and fill orders!

Meanwhile, the very alert tellers at the Credit Union have had a second “Grandparent” couple come and tell them about a phone call very similar to ours. Our teller calls us back and tells us something is not right here and to be aware. Alarm bells are beginning to sound!

It is 11:45 when David Mathews again calls, says he can find no bondsman close to us who onsuch short notice will accept this bail bond. He then explains that he will find a bondsman for us to whom we will have to mail the money. We are both on the phone and Grandma says to him “you are a scammer! You are a scammer!” He replies “why do you think that?

I will have your granddaughter call you right away!”

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A thumbs down to the state of the streets in Neepawa. The streets are the worst I have driven on this year. Not even Winnipeg or Brandon can compare to the massive amount of potholes in all the major pathways. I live north of Gladstone so I have driven on better gravel roads than your so called paved roads.

John Zado

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Gladstone Auction Mart
Cattle Market Report Apr. 30, 2024 Steers
lbs. $4.75 to 5.45 4-500 lbs. $4.33 to 5.00 5-600 lbs. $3.80 to 4.58 6-700 lbs. $3.87 to 4.34 7-800 lbs. $3.26 to 3.65 8-900 lbs. $3.11 to 3.43 900+ lbs. $2.51 to 3.11 Bulls $1.60 to 1.75 Heifers 3-400 lbs. $3.95 to 4.61 4-500 lbs. $3.60 to 4.51
lbs. $3.62 to 4.13
lbs. $3.25
lbs. $3.00 to 3.35 8-900 lbs. $2.51 to 3.16 900+ lbs. $2.25 to 3.00 Cows $2.00 to 2.14 841 head sold

out of helen’s kitchen Helen Drysdale

Too much of a good thing

The 3,400 mg of salt we consume daily is too much of a good thing. The body needs less than 500 mg per day to function properly. That’s a miniscule amount, less than 1/4 teaspoon. Very few people come close to eating less than that amount. Putting down the salt shaker at meals or when cooking is only part of the answer. Very little of our salt consumption comes from that. An enormous 77 per cent comes from processed foods and restaurant meals. In Canada, prepackaged foods must have a nutrition facts table. This information can help you make healthier food choices. Read food labels. The % daily values (% DV) on the nutrition facts table can be used as a guide to show you if the serving of stated size has a little or a lot of salt.

How much salt was in your meal? Whatever your guess, chances are you’re off. By a lot. On average, one cup of canned soup has 700 mg of sodium, an 85-gram (3 ounce) serving of roasted ham averages a whopping 1,117 mg of sodium, two tablespoons of Italian dressing has 480 mg, one cup of canned tomatoes has 560 mg, one large dill pickle has 1,800 mg, one cup serving of vegetable juice has 405 mg, and my favorite Raisin Bran for one cup has 340 mg. I am not sure why I need salt in my breakfast cereal! It does not take long to see where the salt sneaks into our diet. What makes me very perturbed is the chicken pieces sold that are seasoned. All this means is that a brine of salt water has been injected into the meat, supposedly to make it juicer. To avoid this chicken, one has to read carefully the packaging to avoid this needlessly salt infused product. Errrr!

Instant Ramen noodles are a popular food item, especially among teenagers and college students who are looking for an inexpensive, quick and convenient meal. But have you ever wondered how much salt is in these tasty noodles? They are very high in sodium, one package can contain up to anywhere from 800 to 1,800 mgs which is a significant portion of the recommended daily intake. As well most are high in fat and mainly saturated fats. So knowing this, consume ramen noodles in moderation or discard a portion of the seasoning packet when making the noodles. You can also drain the broth off them after the seasoning is mixed in or don’t drink the broth to avoid some of the salt.

Hot dogs are a quintessential summer barbecue staple, enjoyed by people of all ages. One hot dog can contain more than 500 mg of sodium and that is without the added condiments. There is 170 mg of salt in one tablespoon of ketchup and who just uses one tablespoon of ketchup on their hotdog. You can reduce up to 60 per cent of the sodium in hot dogs by boiling them in water for seven minutes. Not as tasty as a fire pit cooked hotdog but better for you.

Boxed rice may be convenient, but you may be disappointed to discover these products offer little more than rice and lots of excess sodium. Eating a one-cup portion of prepared rice can provide over 500 mg and up to 1000 mgs of sodium. So instead of the boxes of flavored rice try this homemade version to make seasoned rice without the loaded salt intake. To be continued next week with “How to tame your salt habit.”

2 cups long grain rice

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsps. paprika

1 tsp. garlic granules

1/4 tsp. pepper or to taste

Seasoned rice

2 tsp. dried parsley

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

2 Tbsp. butter

2 cups salt reduced Chicken broth

2 cups water

Place all rice ingredients in a large saucepan and give it a stir. Bring to simmer over medium high heat, turn stove down to medium low, put the lid on and simmer gently for 15 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from stove, stand 5 minutes with lid on.

Try this from scratch recipe for chili spices instead of the little premade package of highly salted ones from the grocery store. Making homemade seasonings allows you to know and control exactly what ingredients are in the mix.

Chili mix for chili

1/2 cup chili powder

1/4 cup dry minced onion

3 Tbsp. cumin

1 Tbsp. ground coriander

3 Tbsp. dried oregano

2 Tbsp. garlic powder

2 Tbsp. corn starch

1 Tbsp. crushed pepper flakes or less to taste

1/2 cup dried parsley flakes

In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Stir well with a spoon and store in a jar with an air tight lid. When ready to use seasoning, mix two tablespoons of seasoning mix per one pound of ground meat into your favorite chili recipe. Taste and add more as desired.

NAISS executive director Don Walmsley to retire

Emmi Dawson-Millar appointed as successor for position

Submitted NAISS

Neepawa Area Immigrant Settlement Services (NAISS) is announcing the retirement of Executive Director, Don Walmsley, on May 17. After 10 years of dedicated service and leadership, Don has decided to retire, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and commitment to supporting immigrants in our community.

Under Don’s guidance, NAISS has flourished, expanding its programs and services to better meet the needs of newcomers settling in Neepawa and surrounding areas. His vision and dedication have played a pivotal role in helping countless individuals and families integrate successfully in Neepawa.

“It has been an honor to serve as the Executive Director of NAISS,” said Don. “I am immensely proud of our organization and what we have achieved together in supporting immigrants and fostering diversity and inclusion in our community. It has been a privilege to work in this sector with so many wonderful people and share some amazing experiences. We are fortunate that Neepawa and the surrounding communities have been incredibly welcoming to the newcomers who have come here, stayed, and helped our community and area grow. I have made many new friends along the way. It has been grand.”

As Don steps into retirement, NAISS is pleased to announce the appointment of Emmi Dawson-Millar as the new Executive Director. Emmi brings hands’ on

experience in immigrant services and a commitment to continuing the organization’s mission.

Emmi has a proven track record of leadership in the non-profit sector, having previously served as Settlement Coordinator at British Columbia Settlement Integration Services Sector (BCSIS) where she worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, such as new immigrants and refugees. Her ability to develop effective partnerships along with her drive to achieve positive settlement outcomes make her an ideal fit to lead NAISS into its next chapter.

“I am thrilled to join the NAISS team and build upon the incredible foundation laid by Don Walmsley,” said Emmi. “I look forward to working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and community partners to continue empowering immigrants and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.”

The Board of Directors and staff at NAISS extend their heartfelt gratitude to Don Walmsley for his outstanding leadership and wish him a joyful and fulfilling retirement. They also extend a warm welcome to Emmi Dawson-Millar and express their excitement about the future of the organization under her guidance. A come and go retirement event will be held for Don on May 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Neepawa Settlement office at 342 Mountain Ave. Everyone is welcome. Neepawa Area Immigrant Settlement Services is a rural-based settlement agency that assists Permanent Residents & Refugees with their pathway to integration into a new country. Through information, workshops, and referrals, NAISS hopes to empower our clients to make informed decisions regarding settlement in Canada. For more information about Neepawa Immigrant Settlement Services and its programs, please visit www.

It’s a special occasion! Join us in celebrating


and his years of dedication and service to Neepawa and Area Settlement Services. Come and Go

Thursday May 16th from 2:00-4:00

At the Settlement Services Office

342 Mountain Ave 2nd floor (Old Co-op Building)

Enjoy cake and refreshments while you share your good wishes to Don and meet the new executive director. ALL THE BEST, DON!

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Danica Poettcker wins at Provincial 4-H competition

Area local Danica Poettcker (pictured onleft) took home first place in the provincial 4-H speech competition on Apr. 27. She gave a 10 minute presentation titled ‘Heads Up’, which was a message on the importance of wearing a helmet. Poettcker received the award from 4-H Executive Director Shannon Carvey.

Books equal bucks for Neepawa Rotary Club

Book lovers from far and wide all flocked to Neepawa for the local Rotary Club’s Book Sale. The annual fundraiser, which first began back in 2018, took place from Apr. 8 to 12 at the former Chalet Carpets Building. All the proceeds from the sale will go towards several noteworthy Rotary projects in Neepawa and around the world.

Book Sale Chairperson

Murray Newton said this year’s sales numbers are very promising, as $5,600 was raised, which would

equate to over 2,300 books. As for what will happen to the leftover books, the majority of them will be placed in storage for the next edition of the sale,

while some of the more damaged novels will be sent away for recycling. The Neepawa Rotary Club thanks everyone for their support.

Sunrise Credit Union releases 2023 annual report


Sunrise Credit Union held its annual general meeting virtually on April 23, 2024, attended by 133 members and staff combined with 13 guests.

The meeting included releasing the Sunrise Credit Union 2023 Annual Report, which included the audited financial statements. The statements reflect a Net Income of $10.1 million, Loan Growth of 2.40 per cent, Deposit Growth of 5.04 per cent and Total Equity of 6.94 per cent.

“Our focus has always been on delivering exceptional service to our members,” said Sunrise President and CEO Tim Klassen, “I am proud to say that we have continued to uphold this commitment. Throughout the year, we have introduced new products and services tailored to meet the evolving needs of our members.”

Klassen reviewed some of the highlights for 2023,

which marked the 15th anniversary for Sunrise Credit Union, including supporting many community projects, sponsorships, and events financially and through staff volunteerism. The 15th anniversary celebrations included a $15,000 giveaway won by Cameron Schettler of Grandview, Manitoba in October, and 20 separate $1,500 donations to local food banks for a total of $30,000 during the holiday season. Another highlight of 2023 was the introduction of the Building Communities Grant Program. Fifty-eight applications were received and the Elkhorn Ice Plant Replacement, Shoal Lake Aeration Project and the Holland Outdoor Arena were selected to received $15,000 each toward their project.

Agnes Kokke, Chair of the Sunrise Credit Union Board of Directors, spoke of Sunrise’s 15th anniversary celebrations. Kokke noted that Sunrise has grown

from its humble beginnings to an almost $2 billion Credit Union during that time, crediting their valued members for their continued success.

“Despite stubborn inflation and interest rates not easing, Sunrise Credit Union has had another successful year, as noted in the financial statement.” Said Kokke, “This success is only possible because of the tireless dedication of the entire team at Sunrise Credit Union.

From the frontline staff, executive staff, executive assistant to President & CEO, we commend you for your hard work, community spirit and volunteer work.”

Chair of the Nominating Committee, Darryl Logeot, welcomed Carissa CarukGanczar and announced Agness Kokke, Doug Van Damme, and Scott Thompson as re-appointees to the Board of Directors.

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PHOTO BY EOIN DEVEREUX A wide variety of books were available for purchase at the Neepawa Rotary Club’s annual Book Sale. 21042AL0

Conditional Use Permit approved for 553 Main Street in Carberry

On Apr. 30, a highly debated conditional use permit public hearing was held at the Carberry Drop In Center with 40 attendees. The first public hearing for the OTTER project was held on Apr. 9. At that time, council felt there was more information needed and further discussion warranted. Many passionate home owners, concerned citizens and mental health advocates gathered to debate for and against the new proposed use for 553 Main Street. Originally built for seniors housing under Daughters On Call and recently as an assisted living facility Lyons Care, neither businesses were able to succeed in that location. Neighbors and bordering land holders voiced many concerns about running a facility in their neighborhood. They were concerned about crime, noise, employment and property values.

What is OTTER?

OTTER is a newly developed in house program to empower mothers and children overcoming addiction, trauma and separation. This program aims to provide a secure nurturing environment prioritizing attachment, life skills development, mental health therapy and round the clock supervision. The program is designed to facilitate healing, personal development, and the successful reunification of families. Their mission statement is to provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment for mothers and children to heal, grow and strengthen their bond. To equip mothers with essential life skills and resources to promote successful reunification with their children. To provide comprehensive mental health therapy to address trauma, improve emotional well being and promote healthy relationships.

Essentially this is a reunification group home for families torn apart by

Exit Stage Left Theatre Group

conflict, abuse and trauma. The path to reunification is multifaceted, incorporating individual therapy sessions for both parent and child alongside family and group therapy. Allowing for the healing of personal traumas and addressing the behaviors that may have led to the disintegration of the family unit. Children benefit from the dual focus on their individual healing and reestablishment of their relationship with their parent and facilitating a supportive reconnection.

Many letters were submitted and read by Council along with many emotional testimonials and personal stories about the need for this program. Cat Arnold and Tess McPhee of Home Counseling and Wellness and OTTER were in attendance to answer any questions council had further to their earlier meetings. Councilors took advantage of last minute questions and heard everyone in attendance that requested to speak before a vote was taken. A four to one vote was recorded and council approved the conditional use permit for 553 Main Street.

As a community that has suffered trauma and have community members struggling with ptsd and addictions the majority were in support of this facility. Over all the attendants were in support of a year conditional change to the use permit. Cheers were heard and celebratory hugs were abundant as the supporters of this program are excited to see what this program can offer to families of westman and how our community can assist and support this program.

Recently, our local Exit Stage Left theater group hit the stage at the Carberry Memorial Hall. This group of passionate people put on Who Poisoned His Meatball? by Craig Sodaro. The audience was entertained by a rather large group of actors, finding 17 actors to commit to twice a week readings and rehearsals is a rather huge accomplishment. Tracy Sutherland took the reins as Director for the second year. She creates a warm welcoming place and successfully brings out even the shyest quietest member making them feel a sense of belonging.

Many faces on stage are well known in our community past the theater and for some it was their first time stepping out in the limelight. Harold Tolton, who played Mr. Nero Sharpe, is a founding member of Exit Stage left and the last still active member of the original group. Since the group’s first production Absurd Person Singular in 1992, Harold has acted, produced, directed, set design and assembly, props, lighting, promoter, special effects and just about any job on and behind the stage. This production was also a family affair with three generations of the Sparrow Family acting together on stage. Shannon Downey is well known in our community for her musical talents and for the second year her and her daughter Jordan met on stage. Seeing all the fun the younger Sparrows were having, Mom Debbie jumped in this year. Shannon played Flora Sharpe, the witty, dramatic , scorned wife of Nero. Her on stage presence and witty comments about our Mayor Ray Muirhead had the audience entertained. The sassy



role of Flora’s Mom was played by Nancy George bringing another theater family into the theater. Nancy’s daughter Cherrise produced the play, putting on the entire production with her husband Micheal on lights and son Mitchell on stage building. Granddaughter Ava again took a major role on stage as Basil Baker along with set design and promotions; she always steps in whatever role is required.

Eric Gaudet graced the stage of Exit Stage Left for the first time. Eric expanded his roles as a teacher in Neepawa, bringing with him a unique twist in his role as Luigi and ensuring the audience experiences the very best of his acting talents. Alby Morris portrayed his character Peter Paul Renoir on stage with a variety of reactionary facial expressions that enhanced his role. This was Alby’s first year with Exit Stage Left and has only lived in Carberry for six years. Hailing from Melita, Hartney and the Killarney areas, retiring as a former Med. Technologist. His acting career started with the Melita Arts Council. Kimberley Smith played the attractive candy on Mr. Nero’s arm turning the tables at the end with the unveiling of her true love interest. Kimberly Smith has lived in the Carberry area for 23 years, and enjoyed working alongside her son Tarrell as he worked the sound backstage. Carolyn Baldwin stole the show playing the killer was a stretch for the quiet shy Carolyn we all know.

Bringing in the youth in our community is important for this theater group. Jacob’s second year with ESL and no stranger to acting, his experience has been acting in a youth drama

group up until the pandemic. He has loved acting throughout all of it, and was available to join ESL for a second year. Jacob smashed his role of an aspiring reporter for the Neepawa Banner bringing a laugh from the audience every time he was on the “phone with Ken”. A few younger members of the cast were Jordanna Chandler, Adrian Cook, Emersyn Grabar, Paisley Stewart, Aaliyah Henry and Emmitt Boyce. Vera Liubkina, a grade 12 student in Carberry Collegiate joined ESL to play piano and helped add to the dramatics of the play.

Behind the scenes a lot of hard work goes on for many months. This year we were treated to a dinner theater and a matinee. The dinner was served by the Carberry Collegiate band students and all orchestrated by Cherisse who decided to take a backseat to acting this year. Cherisse was dedicated to bringing the vision of the play to fruition while enjoying her time well spent with all members of ESL,

especially alongside her husband, mother, daughter, son and even her father would come do a table read when needed.

Another job well done for the Exit Stage Left theater group. We look forward to what’s to come from this talented group.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO The local Exit Stage Left Theater Group performed ‘Who poisoned his meatball?’ at the Carberry Memorial Hall.

Area choirs ready for ‘An Evening of Song’

The Neepawa and Area Community Choir, along with special guests The Choraliers, NACI Chorale and The Hims are all set for ‘An Evening of Song’! The four groups have been holding regular practices and are ready to perform at the Knox Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. in Neepawa on May 9.

Pictured above left: The Neepawa and Area Community Choir. Singers that make up the group The Hims are also members of this choir and can be seen here.

Pictured above right: The NACI Choir band together for a group photo ahead of their joint performance scheduled for May 9.

Pictured right: Seen here are the members of The Choraliers

Npa. Rotary hosts Paul Harris night

The Rotary Club of Neepawa held their annual Paul Harris night at the legion on April 26. They were treated to a wonderful roast pork supper courtesy of the Legion Ladies. Wayne Jacobsen hosted the event, musical entertainment by Blair Chapman. In attendance was the District Governor, Sonja Susut. Marsha and Gary Forgue received community Paul Harris Fellowship awards for their volunteer work in the community and for their annual Dream Ride which makes dreams come true for sick kids.

Other Paul Harris Fellowship recipients were Glen Cummings, Gwen Jacobsen, and Murray Newton.

Pictured: District Governor Sonja Susut, Marsha Forgue, Gary Forgue, Glen Cummings, Gwen Jacobsen and Murray Newton.

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Spring marks the return of flowering plants and warm weather. And homeowners know that spring also ushers in the return of home renovation season.

Homeowners undoubtedly have an extensive list of projects on their to-do list this spring, and that may include helping their lawns and gardens recover after a long winter. Unpredictable weather, which can include drought and excessive rainfall and everything in between, can take its toll on a lawn. In certain instances, the best solution may be planting new grass. But homeowners can consider these tips before they begin the process of reseeding or replanting their lawns.

• Scarify the lawn. Scarifying a lawn can help to create a clean slate, but the timing must be right. Various lawn and garden experts, including those at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, recommend scarifying in spring or early autumn. But don’t jump the gun when scarifying in

spring by scarifying before the lawn has started to grow after a dormant winter. Scarify when the soil is a little wet and the grass is once again actively growing. Scarfiying can remove any lingering weeds from last season and also pull up any moss that might have taken hold over the winter. Without weeds and moss to contend with, freshly planted seeds are in better position to thrive.

• Work with a landscaping professional. Homeowners with manageable lawns can likely scarify their own lawns with a relatively inexpensive plug-in scarifier. However, scarifying can be a strenuous physical activity, particularly for homeowners with large

lawns. In such instances, homeowners can benefit from working with a qualified landscaping professional. Such a professional can scarify the lawn and subsequently reseed or replant new grass. The latter task is not so simple, as the lawn care experts at Scotts® note that choosing the correct seed is a vital part of reseeding or replanting a lawn. Choosing seed may sound simple, but it’s a potentially complex decision that requires knowledge of the existing grass, including when to plant it. Certain grasses are best planted in spring or early fall, while others are best planted in summer. A qualified landscaping professional can identify the existing grass and plan the

seeding or planting around this important detail.

• Prepare to water the lawn. Watering is vital to the long-term success and health of freshly planted grass seed. Scotts® urges homeowners to keep the top inch of soil consistently moist, but not soggy. That requires a daily commitment, and setting a multifunction hose nozzle or sprinkler to the mist setting once per day or more if it’s hot outside can increase the chances grass will grow in thick and strong. Scotts® recommends keeping the top two inches of the soil moist until the new grass reaches a mowing height of roughly three inches. Once that benchmark has been reached, watering frequency can be cut back to about twice per week, but now the soil should be deeply soaked instead of misted. The soaking will help roots grow deep into the soil.

What to know about reseeding or replanting your lawn

Spring is a great time for homeowners in various regions to reseed or replant their lawns. With the right approach, homeowners can enjoy a full and lush lawn throughout summer.

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Maintain a lawn routinely roamed by pets

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Vibrant, green lawns can draw attention to any landscape. Many homeowners toil for hours each week to ensure their lawns are pristine, or invest in lawn care services to help maintain a yard if they do not have the time to do so themselves.

While many treatments can be applied to lawns to help them thrive, animal waste is not among them. Pet owners who aspire to have beautiful lawns will have to take a few extra steps to ensure lawns can persevere despite the presence of furry companions.

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is not possible, consider reseeding or addressing the areas that pets frequent.

Strengthen the root system

It may be tempting to cut the lawn short, particularly if dogs or cats like to nibble on longer blades of grass. But that approach could be doing the lawn a disservice. According to The Home Depot, letting the lawn grow to at least three inches will help keep moisture in the soil and prevent evaporation. That moisture will strengthen the roots, creating a healthier lawn for pets and people.

Create pet paths

Various materials can be used in these hightraffic areas to minimize the sights and signs of pet traffic. Mulch or crushed

to water down urine or pick up solid waste immediately every time a pet goes outdoors, so designate a pet-friendly spot for potty time. Use fencing or a dog run to separate this area and help mitigate “land mines” all over the lawn. Fencing also can keep pets out of vegetable gardens and away from potentially toxic plants.

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Brandt Young’s hockey journey has taken him to a few different destinations, from Neepawa to Shoal Lake; Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg and Winkler. But the last stop in Young’s Junior ‘A’ tenure should be the most exciting, as he’ll soon be in Oakville, ON for the Centennial Cup National Hockey Championship.

The 21-year-old defencemen and the rest of his teammates with the Winkler Flyers earned their chance on the national stage, by recently winning the MJHL’s Turnbull Cup. Winkler closed out an amazing season with a 4-games-to-0 sweep of the defending league champions, the Steinbach Pistons, on Friday, Apr. 26. This league championship is the first for the Flyers since 1998, and for Young, his first real opportunity at this level with a genuine contender.

A long and winding road to Winkler

Before arriving in Winkler, Young had stints in Winnipeg with both the Blues and the Freeze, a pair of MJHL clubs with little chance to go far in the playoffs. Young’s best opportunity at a long post season run came in 2021-22, when he made the roster of the Portage Terriers. This was also the same year Portage was scheduled to host the Centennial Cup. Unfortunately, cruel fate intervened, as both the season and the National Championship were all cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. So after all that, this year would be Young’s last shot at capturing some type of post-season success.

Playoff longevity was not a given in Winkler, however, as they reside in the MJHL’s

East Division, which is home to a pair of historically dominant organizations. First, there are the Portage Terriers, who put together an extended run on top between 2007 and 2019. That was followed up by the surge of the Steinbach Pistons to elite status. For any team, it would be hard to break through when facing those two powerhouses each and every post-season. So for Winkler, any success they achieved would be well earned.

Fortunately, for Young and the Flyers, all the pieces fell into place this year, and they put together an impressive 42-11-2-3 regular season, second best in the league behind, you guessed it, the Steinbach Pistons. And after all that hard work, Winkler earned itself a first round showdown with, you guessed it, the Portage Terriers.

This year was different, however, as Winkler breezed past Portage, winning their series 4-gamesto-1. The semi-final would also go in the Flyers’ favour, besting Virden in six games. That set up a battle with a familiar foe, the defending champs from Steinbach. Unlike in previous years, it was Winkler that would celebrate at the end, sweeping the Pistons in four straight.

A special experience on and off ice

In an interview with the Banner & Press, Young noted that the entire experience around the Winkler/ Morden region felt special throughout the season. He said there was a confidence in the locker room that this could be their year.

“It was a close knit group of guys in the [locker] room. Just early on in the season, we felt dialled in, it’s hard to describe,” said Young. “I’ve never been part of an experience like this before.

Going out as a champion!

Neepawa’s Brandt Young ending his Junior “A” career on top


Brandt Young’s Junior “A” Hockey career is concluding the best way possible, as a member of the Winkler Flyers, the 2023-2024 MJHL Turnbull Cup champions. The 21-year-old from Neepawa will close out his Junior “A” journey in Oakville ON in the Centennial Cup National Championship.

Just the players, coaches, support staff; Everybody felt as though this was something special.”

Young added that the response from the region was also something special.

He said the atmosphere inside the Winkler Centennial Arena, with 1,200 fans packed inside cheering them on, was an incredible motivator.

“It was great, just even

games throughout the regular season were packed and loud. I didn’t think it could get any crazier in the playoffs, but [the fans] just found another level. It was a cool atmosphere to be in the middle of,” Young said. “Even away from the rink, the community outreach was something. It’s a community that cares about its hockey.”

But it’s not over yet for

Winkler, as they are the MJHL’s representative at the National Championship, set to begin May 9 in Oakville ON. The Flyers are practicing to keep their edge against some new and, somehow even more difficult opposition. Young said no matter what the results turn out to be, it’s been quite the journey, and one he’s glad to have not taken alone.

“There are so many

people who own a little bit of this. My family, who were just so important. None of this would be here, if not for their support. So many coaches, trainers, teammates throughout all of this. There’s a lot of people I owe this opportunity to. To be in my last season, and to be able to keep going to the rink and keep playing games. It’s been fun and I’ve been fortunate.”

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Ewan Poirier makes college commitment

Former Titan headed to ACHA’s Maryville University

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The Neepawa Titans are proud to announce that assistant captain Ewan Poirier has committed to Maryville University for the 2024-25 season. Maryville is a D-1 program based in St. Louis, Missouri that compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

Poirier, from Brandon MB, joined the Titans in 2021 and played in 137 regular season games for the Titans, where he amassed 46 points (11 goals - 35 assists). He also added a goal and two assists in six MJHL playoff games.

In a media release confirming his commitment, Poirier had this to say about playing in Neepawa.

“I can’t describe how appreciative I am for my three years with the Titans.

I would like to give a massive thanks to the coaching staff, volunteers and community as a whole for everything they did for me throughout my time in Neepawa. The coaches helped me develop as a player and person on and off the ice and I will be thankful for their support and encouragement. Thanks to my time in Neepawa I feel excited and prepared to further my education and become a part of the Maryville hockey program and community.”

Titans Head Coach/ General Manager Ken Pearson noted that “We are extremely happy and excited for Ewan. He has developed into a great player and person while in Neepawa, all the while helping change the culture on and off the ice. The entire coaching staff wish Ewan all the best in Maryville.” Congratulations Ewan!

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April 18, 2024. Ladies’ High Single & Triple: Elsie Slimmon 281 & 656.  Men’s High Single & Triple: Darrell Gabler 226 & 584.  Other Scores to Note:  Len Pritchard 156, 158; Muriel Porada 159; Carole LeBoutillier 158, 209; Frank Porada 151, 175, 156; Elsie Slimmon 175, 200; Darrell Gabler 155, 203; Bea Betts 160; Vivian Oswald 159, 216; Heather Lewis 195, 172; Laurie Kohinski 155, 180, 232; Eleanor Scott 154; Calvin Goetz 212.

April 25, 2024. Ladies’ High Single: Laurie Kohinski 218. Ladies’ High Triple: Carole LeBoutillier 536. Men’s High Single & Triple: Frank Porada 207 & 499.  Other Scores to Note: Len Pritchard 151, 176, 151; Muriel Porada 156; Carole LeBoutillier 190, 152, 194; Elsie Slimmon 185, 163, 183; Darrell Gabler 185; Vivian Oswald 175, 157, 163; Heather Lewis 173; Laurie Kohinski 156; Eleanor Scott 173; Calvin Goetz 187, 160.

Winkler Flyers win Turnbull Cup

For the first time since 1998, the Winkler Flyers are Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions. The club’s 26-year drought ended on Friday, Apr. 26, with Winkler winning their best-of-seven series against the Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-0. The Flyers clinched the series with a 5-4 overtime victory at the Winkler Centennial Arena. The Flyers swept the best-of-seven final and will represent the MJHL at the Centennial Cup Junior “A” Championship. The National Championship begins May 9 in Oakville, ON.

Titans Connor Thompson named a RBC Community Award recipient

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The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is pleased to announce Neepawa Titans forward, Connor Thompson, as the recipient of the 2023-24 RBC Community Award.

Earlier this season, the MJHL announced the 2023-24 RBC Community Ambassador Team, comprised of one player from each team who displayed outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship both on and off the ice. RBC made a donation on behalf of each ambassador to a school in their local community.

At the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, Connor was selected as the recipient of the RBC Community

Award which comes with a further donation from RBC in Connor’s name that will be directed to Neepawa Middle School.

“It is such an honour to be selected for this award,” said Thompson. “Neepawa has turned into a second home for me the past two years and has given me so much as a person and hockey player. Volunteering and giving back to the community was just a small way I could return the favour to such a great community and town that has supported me so much in my time there.”

Thompson shared that his favourite part about giving back in Neepawa were the relationships he made within the community. Some of the programs he gave back to included

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the Grab n Go Breakfast Program, Neepawa Minor Hockey, Boys Fit Club and Elementary Noon Hour Skating.

“Through all the volunteering and helping out within the community, I have made so many amazing and meaningful relationships that I hope to have and hold long past my time living in Neepawa,” Thompson finished.

“Connor represented the MJHL, the Titans, and the community of Neepawa with tremendous class over

the two seasons he spent in the league,” said MJHL Director of Marketing & Partnerships, Erik Swar. “His commitment to giving back along with his efforts to better his community do not go unnoticed and we are proud to name Connor as the 2023-24 RBC Community Award winner. The MJHL congratulates Connor along with our 12 other ambassadors for their outstanding dedication to volunteerism in Manitoba.”

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Mallard hen house nest structures a Manitoba success story

You see them in wetlands when driving through south-western Manitoba, but few know how incredible this “made in Manitoba” bird conservation initiative is. The ‘mallard hen house nest structure’ is a key piece of a conservation recovery plan for a declining population of mallard ducks in the province.

Mallard ducks and other waterfowl are arriving in Manitoba from their southern wintering grounds. One of their first tasks is to find good nesting sites. Mallards prefer a nesting site on uplands, within natural grasslands, hay fields, and pastures with some brush cover, fairly close to permanent water.

Mallards don’t carry nesting material to their nest, unlike many birds. The hen forms a shallow depression in the ground and then pulls vegetation she can reach toward her. She often pulls tall vegetation over the nest to hide it from predators.

The landscape and the abundance of uplands available for the mallard to find a nesting site has changed within the Prairie Pothole Region since 1970. The availability of good nesting sites is critical to the survival of mallards. In the Prairie Pothole Region, mallard duck numbers have decreased since 1970.

How to boost mallard production was the driving force behind the development of the hen house nest structure.

A mallard hen house is made of wire mesh rolled into a tunnel, packed with flax straw, stuffed with brome grass and mounted on a pole in permanent wetlands. The elevated and covered frame provides a safe nesting site, out of the reach and sight of predators. The idea of making a tunnel shaped nest for mallard hens, with a covered top, much like mallards do naturally, was conceived at Delta Marsh near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba in the late 1980’s. Today, Manitoba has more hen house nest structures installed in wetlands than any

other province in Canada.

“In fields without grass for the mallard to build a nest, the hatch success (hatched eggs) is often less than 5 percent,” said Matt Chouinard from Delta Waterfowl.

“Even in great duck nesting cover, nest success is often below 15 percent. Mallard hens nest success is far better in the nest structures, between 60 and 80 percent!”

“The hen house nest structures have been an incredible success,” said Roy Bullion of Manitoba Habitat Conservancy in Shoal Lake. “Since the late 1980’s Manitoba Habitat Conservancy, Delta Waterfowl and other conservation groups have partnered with landowners in the Prairie Pothole Region to install nest structures

to boost duck production. Our farm family partners have been very supportive of the initiative.”

“Agricultural producers are very important to waterfowl production,” said Roy. “Right now the mallards are feeding on high protein invertebrates, which are found on cultivated cropland, as well as hay fields and pastures. This spring nutrition and protein is important to egg laying.”

To many people driving through rural, agricultural Manitoba, all wetlands start to look the same. But a mallard hen house in a wetland is noticeably different. “They stand out and they trigger a conversation about conservation,” said Jessica Belcher of Manitoba Habitat Conservancy

Neepawa Novas compete at Provincial Gymnastics Championship

The Neepawa Novas recently closed out their competitive season at the Provincial Championships in Winnipeg from Apr. 26 to 28. Several club members recorded very positive results over the course of those three day, including:

Day 1 results

Blakely Goriak (Level 2: Age Category 2014 Gr.1): Vault- Third place; BarsThird; Beam- Eighth; Floor- Second; All Around- Fourth place.

Crysten Stevenson (Level 2: Age Category 2009/2010): Vault- First place; BarsSecond; Beam- First; Floor- Third; All Around - First place.

in Minnedosa.

“Manitoba Habitat Conservancy (MHC) and Delta Waterfowl, in partnership rural landowners, has installed and annually maintains over 1650 mallard nest structures in prime pothole areas around Minnedosa, Rivers, Shoal Lake, and Reston,” Jessica said. “The mallard hen house is just one example of the many projects where Manitoba Habitat Conservancy (MHC) works with private landowners to deliver programs supporting wildlife, water quality and biodiversity.”

To find out more about wetland and waterfowl conservation initiatives, call the local offices or visit the MHC website at

Jack Clark signs LOI with Neepawa Titans

Avie Wilson (Level 2: Age Category 2012 Gr.2) : Vault- Sixth; BarsSecond; Beam- Third; Floor- Eighth; and: All Around- Third place.

Chaelyn Skomorowski (Level 2: Age Category 2012 Gr.1): Vault- Ninth; BarsThird; Beam- Second; Floor- Sixth; All AroundFifth place.

Day 2 results

Kyanna Speiss (Level 3: Age Category 2008-2009) : Vault- First; Bars- First; Beam- Second; FloorFifth; All Around- Second place.

Madyson Chandler (Level 3: Age Category 2011 Gr.2) : Vault- Third; BarsFourth; Beam- Seventh; Floor- Sixth; All AroundFourth place.

Ally Trotz (Level 2: Age Category 2012 Gr.2): Vault- 12th; Bars- Seventh; Beam-10th; FloorFifth; All Around- Eighth place.

Ava Lang (Level 3: Age Category 2012 Gr.2: VaultSixth; Bars- Fourth; BeamNinth; Floor- Second; All Around- Second place.

Eliena Pinette (Level 3: Age Category 2013 Gr.2) : Vault- 17th; Bars- Fourth; Beam- Eighth; FloorThird; All Around- Fourth place.

Reagan Zalluski (Level 3: Age Category 2013 Gr.2) : Vault- Sixth; Bars- Fifth; Beam- Second; FloorFirst; All Around- Second place.

Kylie Reynolds (Level 3: Age Category 2013 Gr.3) : Vault- 16th; Bars- 11th; Beam- Seventh; Floor11th; All Around- 10th place.

Day 3 results

Jane Winters (Level 4: Age Category 2011 Gr.2) : VaultFirst; Bars- Fifth; BeamThird; Floor- Third; All Around- Third Place.

Natalie Henton (Level 4: Age Category 2011 Gr.1) : Vault- Sixth; Bars- Fifth; Beam- Fifth; Floor- Fourth; All Around- Fifth Place.

Jayden Zalluski (Level 4: Age Category 2008-2009) : Vault- Second; BarsFourth; Beam- Eighth; Floor- Second; All AroundFourth place . Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches and supporters of the Neepawa Novas Gymnastics Club for a tremendous showing at the Provincials.

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Submitted Neepawa Titans Media Release

The Neepawa Titans are happy to announce that Jack Clark has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Junior “A” Hockey Club for the 2024-25 season.

Clark, was the Titans First round pick in the 2023 Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) draft. He played for the Southwest Cougars where he had 25 goals along with 24 assists and 38 penalty minutes in 44 games.

“I can’t wait to get started with Neepawa and help in anyway I can for us to be successful.” Clark stated.

Please join us in welcoming Jack and his family to Titans!

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Pictured left: Matthew Pankratz maintaining a Mallard hen house. Pictured right: A mallard hen house in use– nice and cozy!


Harvey Donald Swiscoski

April 3, 1945 - April 26, 2024

Following a brief illness, Harvey passed away in the early morning hours of April 26, 2024 at the Neepawa Hospital.

He was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Margaret, brother James, sister Linda and daughter Dawn. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years Lynn, son Shane (Adrienne), granddaughter Jayden, son Darryl (Jamie) and daughter Tracey (Jordan).

Farm raised, Harvey at the age of sixteen began working as a farm hand and eventually became a rock crusher operator with Riverside Gravel from 1976 –1998. From there he moved on to work for the R.M. of Glenella, operating heavy equipment until his retirement in 2012. For many years Harvey kept busy as a member of the Glenella Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed participating in the Fort Ellis Wagon Train rides with his Belgian horse team Duke and Dan. An accomplished welder, Harvey would never say no to building a new project from the most delicate yard art item to the most beautiful white horse drawn wagon used for many weddings and even one funeral. As the years moved on Harvey decided that camping was more suited to his abilities and there wasn’t a summer weekend you wouldn’t find him at a Manitoba campground with his family. Recently Harvey found a love for “putting “around the camp sites in his shiny new (to him) golf cart. Playing cards and visiting friends new and old around the campfire always brought a smile to Harvey’s face.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Neepawa Hospital for their efforts and care during Harvey’s illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glenella Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral service details at a later date.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone - MacGregor

Merle Gwyer

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Merle Adele Gwyer of Minnedosa on April 23, 2024 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home.

Merle was born March 20, 1933 in St. Boniface and spent her early years in Cartwright surrounded by family and friends. After finishing school, she moved to Franklin with her family. While taking a break from her duties as a schoolteacher at Glenburney School, she met her future husband (Gerald) at the Cordova curling rink. Merle and Gerald went on to build a life in the Cordova community raising five children while working endless hours operating a mixed farm. At the time, she would have been categorized simply as ‘housewife’ but now she would more accurately be termed ‘partner’. In addition to farm, and parenting responsibilities, Merle worked tirelessly to support the community through volunteer positions at the Gordon United Church, the Womens’ Institute, Cordova 4-H and community celebrations. Still she found time to curl, first in Cordova and then Minnedosa, and took up golf when parenting duties declined.

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald, son Brian, parents Thelma and Cecil Trembath, brother Wayne Trembath, son-in-law Rich Gregoire and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Merle was a devoted and loving woman who always gave unselfishly of herself. She will be deeply missed by her surviving sons Lawrence (Norma) and Murray (Susan), daughters Sandra and Donna, daughter-in-law Barbara, sisters Joan Wilkinson and Sherrill Carriere (Richard), sisters-in-law Grace Gwyer and Sherri Trembath, grandchildren Lori, Joel, Lindsay, Pamela, Alexandra, Sean, Laura, Drew and Jay as well as great grandchildren.

Merle spent her last three years at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home where she experienced the loving care of dedicated staff. The family would like to thank the management and staff of the Care Home for all the kind support provided to Merle.

A private family service will be held at a later date. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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Robert Glen Currah was born in Canora, Saskatchewan to Lanty and Freda Currah. They eventually settled on a farm near Basswood in 1959. Bob completed his schooling in Basswood and Minnedosa.

Bob worked summers in the nickel mine in Thompson before his acceptance to the RCMP. After graduation, he was stationed in Alberta but purchased his early discharge from the force to return to the Richardson homestead, which he bought in 1970. Bob’s hunt and peck typing, carbon copy forms and the volume of paperwork involved in policing played a large part in his decision that he was more suited to farming.

Bob met Kathy Wyatt in 1974 and they married October 15, 1975. They finished cattle and grew grain and the operation eventually evolved to commercial cowcalf. The kids started arriving in 1978 and the the fourth and final addition rocked up in 1983.

Bob and Kathy sold the majority of the cattle in 2009 but it was a few years before there were no cattle on the farm. He missed them so when he came to Alberta he loved to tag along with Jan on farm calls to get his cattle fix. He took over Basswood Baits from Jan and Robert in his ‘retirement’ and continued to trap minnows and leeches until the end.

Bob and Kathy made many trips to visit the kids in Australia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Bob made friends wherever he went and always managed to find someone to fish with at each new stop. Any new opportunity to fish or hunt was eagerly accepted and so he fished for salmon in the Queen Charlotte Islands, took innumerable trips to Northern Manitoba after various fish species and nothing with wings or four legs was safe if he had a chance to chase them. He was meant to visit Iqaluit this summer and had another visit planned to Australia for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman and his love of fishing and hunting started at a young age. His friends Bill and Alvin nurtured his interest in the outdoors. He loved nothing more than taking anyone fishing or hunting and when the grandkids were old enough he delighted in introducing them to his love of the outdoors. Bob was involved in various groups: Youth Hunts, the Minnedosa Game and Fish Association and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation are only a few. He always had room in his boat for anyone who wanted to fish and took every opportunity to mentor anyone who was new to buck fever or tight lines, young or old. His passion for the outdoors sparked the same excitement in countless others.

Bob’s sense of humour and mischief leave his many friends with wonderful memories of their adventures. Anyone he ever met should have a Bob story to share. He was renowned for never taking the same road home as he took to get there. He thoroughly enjoyed his Tuesday night crew, and no bottle of dark rum was safe when he was around.

Bob departed far too soon, but we can all take comfort that he left us doing something he loved.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, parents-in-law, brother Wayne, brother-in-law Ken and sister-in-law Muriel. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, his kids - Jennifer (Paul), Roberta (Rick), Jan, Robert (Janina) and Katherine (Benji), 9 grandchildren, brother Gord (Sarah), sister Karen, sister-in-law Ingrid, many nieces and nephews, the kids’ friends he adopted over the years and his faithful dog Bell.

White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements

Frank Wallace Hunter

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We are sad to announce the passing of Frank Wallace Hunter of Gladstone, he left this world on April 26, 2024, at the age of 89. He will be sadly missed and will hold a special place in our hearts.

Full obituary is on Clarkes Funeral Home website.

Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone - MacGregor

Olga Stepa

Olga Stepa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon at the age of 95 years. Olga is lovingly remembered by her four children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In keeping with Olga’s wishes, a private family interment will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, (204)-727-0694

Iris Boughton (nee Berry)

In loving memory of Iris Boughton (nee Berry), a devoted wife, loving mother, who peacefully passed away on April 2, 2024, at Country Meadows Care home.

Iris was born in London England on March 1, 1925, where she spent her formative years before embarking on a journey that would change her life forever. As a young woman, she bravely ventured to Canada as a war bride, embracing a new country and culture with resilience and grace.

In Canada, Iris built a wonderful life alongside her beloved Husband Walter. Together, they raised a family of six children.

Despite the challenges she faced with moving from London to small town Manitoba she approached life with optimism and resilience.

In addition to her role as a devoted mother, she worked alongside Dad and was an active member of her community. She touched the lives of many with her kindness, generosity, and genuine spirit.

Mom leaves behind a legacy of love and family unity that will continue to inspire generations to come. She is survived by her loving children, David & Lois, Bryan & Barbara, Son in Law Don Allin, Geoff & Karen, Janice & Alan, Darrell & Denise and her cherished grandchildren, Brek, Jeda, Jennifer, James and Erin, Chris, Shawna, Kent, Denise, Keri Lee, Andrew, Evan, Mark, Troy, René and Ryan and 24 Great Grandchildren. Who will forever treasure the countless memories they shared with their beloved mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Walter and her daughter Carol

A celebration of Mom's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Country Meadows Care Home the place that was so amazing to her in her final years and where she found her second family that loved her and that she loved so much.

Though she may be gone from our sight she will forever remain in our hearts, her spirit living on in the love and memories she leaves behind.

Rest in peace, dear Mom, knowing that you are loved beyond measure and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Arden Hall on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements 204-476-2848

Crisis Pregnancy Centre Winnipeg: Need to talk? Call our free help line, 1-800-6650570 or contact our Westman office: 204-727-6161


Alanon meetings currently being held at 342 Mountain Ave, Neepawa - Old Co-op Store. Tuesdays at 7 pm. Call 204-841-2192

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

Minnedosa Handivan 204868-8164 Mon-Fri 9:00-3:30

Neepawa Banner & Press offers full research and re-print services from our archives that go back to 1896. Additional copies of papers, $2 each depending on availability. Re-print of a page from past copies, $2 per page. Archival research, $25 per hour with a $10 minimum. Individual photos on photo paper $5 depending if we have a suitable original in our digital, print or photo archives. Ken Waddell, publisher


Polled Hereford yearling bulls. Vern Kartanson. Minnedosa. 204-867-7315 or 204-867-2627

For Sale or Rent

Storage vans (semi trailers) for rent or sale. Anderson’s 204-385-2685, 204-3852997 Gladstone.

For Rent

Apartment for rent. Bri-Mont apartments, 331 Mountain Avenue. Phone 204-8414419

Two bedroom, one bathroom apartment at Stewart House in Minnedosa. The apartment is in a quiet 12-plex apartment block and is a 55+ building for a single or couple. The apartment includes AC, a plug-in parking stall, fridge, stove, in-buiding laundry, secure entrance into the building, storage room, deck and more. Rent is $1,060./month plus hydro. Water is included with the rent. No smokers or pets. A one-year lease is necessary and references required. For more information or to book a viewing call 204-826-2184. Coming Events Expressive Dance with Crystal, The Fairy Tale Twist which features dancing and acting. 35th Dance Show 2023-2024 Fri., May 10, 7pm; Sat., May 11, 1 pm, Strathclair Bend Theatre. Advance tickets sales begin Friday, March 29, 8:30 am. Call 204-867-2446.


Coming Events

McCreary Golf Club Mother’s Day Breakfast Sunday, May 12 Opens 9am MOMs GOLF FREE 204-835-2711

Expressive Dance with Crystal, The Fairy Tale Twist which features dancing and acting. 35th Dance Show 2023-2024 Fri., May 10, 7pm; Sat., May 11, 1 pm, Strathclair Bend Theatre. Advance tickets sales begin Friday, March 29, 8:30 am. Call 204-867-2446.


Meyers Auctions & Appraisals. Call Brad at 368-2333.

Dustin McCaskill

The family of Dustin McCaskill extend their hearfelt gratitude for the phone calls, texts, cards and visits regarding Dustin’s passing on January 21, 2024.

We are thankful for all our compassionate family & friends, near and far. Your support was a great comfort during this difficult time.

A memorial for Dustin will take place May 25, 2:00 PM, Coleman Sports Complex, upstairs curling lounge. Sincere Thanks Murray & Linda McCaskill & Family


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For Sale

2020 Keystone Hideout 5th Wheel Camper Model 301DBS31

1 owner. Like new condition. Has always sat on a seasonal site. Sleeps 10. 2 piece ensuite off master bedroom + 3 piece main bathroom at other end beside 2 large bunkbeds. Large pantry behind TV, central vac, outdoor kitchen and shower, AC, power awning

Call 204-834-2257 or text 204-476-4759

Help Wanted

Rural Municipality of Rosedale


Applications are currently being accepted for the positions of Summer Students within the RM of Rosedale.

Position Description:

• Summer employment as early as May 2024 to September 30 depending on candidates availability 40 hours/ week

This position will assist the Public Works Department with: Mowing grass & ground maintenance

• Installing & maintaining signage

• Cleaning and organization

• Assisting with additional municipal projects

Candidate Requirements:

• Valid driver’s license or transportation to and from the job sites

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• Applicants must be a student or youth between the ages of 15 & 29

Submit applications no later than May 10, 2024

Rural Municipality of Rosedale

Box 100, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0 Phone: 204-476-5414 or Fax – 204-476-5431



We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.



The R.M. of Rosedale has an immediate job opening for the TERM position of a FULL TIME SEASONAL Mower Operator.

The applicant will be responsible for the following:

- Operation of heavy equipment

- Maintenance of equipment, including the maintenance of accurate records

- Assist in maintenance work of the Public Works department

- Completion of general labour and other duties as assigned.

- Adhere to safe and efficient operation practices of equipment

The applicant skills will include:

- Experience working in a public works environment or equivalent working experience

- Experience operating various light and heavy equipment including a tractor and mower, backhoe & grader

- Knowledge of Workplace Safety and Health and the ability to adhere to these regulations

- Have a general willingness to serve the public

The applicant must be able to:

- Work independently with minimal supervision

- Work a minimum of 40 hours per week

Preference will be given to applicants who possess a valid Class 1 license with air brake certification and capable of driving a lowbed.

There is a possibility that this may lead to a PERMANENT full time seasonal position in the future

Wage will be in accordance with the collective agreement. Submit applications no later than May 10, 2024

Rural Municipality of Rosedale Box 100

Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0

Phone: 204-476-5414 or Fax – 204-476-5431


Help Wanted

Rustic Oak Cattle and Grain Ltd.

Eden, MB

Employment Opportunity

Farm Machinery Operator





Industrial Butcher (NOC 94141)

Why join our team?

HyLife is a global leader in food processing, with a vision to be the best food company in the world. To achieve this, we are currently expanding our team and have exciting career opportunities at 623 Main St. Neepawa, MB. We are actively seeking to fill 25 positions.

The current starting wage is $16.45/hour with incremental increases to $24.60/hour based on tenure as per our Collective Agreement

Quick Facts:

• Culturally diverse – employ people from all over the world Fully integrated facility –Feed Mills, Barns, Transportation, and Production Plant

• 2500+ employees worldwide

• We Care about our employees, communities, customers, animals, and our environment

What we can offer you:

• Competitive Wage

• Vacation: 10 working days of paid vacation as per our collective bargaining agreement

• Comprehensive Benefits package – health coverage, dental plan, vision care, long-term disability, and pension plan

• Permanent full-time employment (74-80 hours per bi-weekly)

• PM Shift Premium

• Full training, with genuine opportunities for career progression

• Employee Referral program - $500!

• Free parking Company events

• And more!!!!

Your duties may include: Slaughter, eviscerate, and mark hogs for further processing;

• Debone edible parts and remove inedible organs for parts;

• Cut pork carcasses into primal cuts for further processing, cutting, or packaging for local, national, and international premium markets.

We are looking for people who are:

• Fit and capable of working in a physically demanding role

• Capable of repetitive manual tasks and standing for long periods of time

• Open to working in colder/warmer environments

• Minimum of one (1) to seven (7) months experience in meat cutting or slaughter or completed a program in Industrial Meat cutting

• Completion of Secondary school or equivalent experience

Able to effectively communicate in English

HyL ife is dedicated to promoting equal employment opportunities for all job applicants, including those who identify as a member of the following groups: Indigenous people, Newcomers to Canada, Older workers, Veterans, and Visible minorities.

Ways to apply:

Online at or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. Fax to: 204.476.3791 | Email to:

In Person at 623 Main ST. E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0

For inquiries contact: Phone: 204.476.3393

HyLife has an accommodation process for employees with disabilities. If you require a specific accommodation during your employment because of a disability, please contact An HR representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and our accommodation policy can be forwarded upon request.

Be a part of the HyLife experience – your journey starts here!

We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted

invites applications for the following Building & Grounds Services

Brookdale School

Beautiful Plains School Division is accepting applications for buildings and grounds services at Brookdale School.

This contract is 12 months, weekday mornings, starting at 7 am.

Daily hours will fluctuate (average 1 hour per day)

Services expected are as follows:

- Opening of the school.

- Daily building and grounds inspections and walkthrough.

- Walkway snow removal (divisional equipment will be provided)

- School entrance grounds upkeep

Contract start date as early as mid-June

Contract rate is $22.09 per hour

Applicants should state experience and include three references. Duties to commence as agreed upon.

Application closes at NOON, Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

Send resumes marked “Buildings and Grounds Services” to the undersigned.

Tyler Stewart Maintenance Supervisor

Beautiful Plains School Division Box 700, Neepawa, MB. R0J 1H0

Phone: (204) 476-2388

Fax: (204) 476-3606


Successful candidates must complete a Criminal Records and Child Abuse Registry check. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Others are thanked for their interest.



The RM of Rosedale has an immediate job opening for the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. This position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and includes support activities associated to administrative functions including reception, scheduling, coordination of meetings, research facilitating timely responses to action items as well as recurring financial duties related to payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and other projects as assigned.

Specific Duties:

- Serving the public including but not limited to receiving complaints, responding to inquiries, accepting payments and issuing licenses.

- General office duties such as photocopying, preparing advertisements, preparation of mail, receiving faxes, telephone calls and electronic mail for distribution to the appropriate personal.

- Perform accounting functions such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, journal entries, bank reconciliation, support external auditors

- Support Grant applications and complete final grant documentation with supporting evidence of completion.

- Assist CAO in preparation of annual financial plans

Candidate Requirements:

- Knowledge of Windows and Microsoft office programs

- Previous accounting knowledge and/or equivalent education and/or experience.

- Must have strong organizational skills

- Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar workplace setting.

- Must have effective written and oral communication skills

- Willing to enroll and complete the Certification of Manitoba Municipal Administration (CMMA) program.

- Possess strong problem solving skills and willingness to learn.

Thi s is a permanent full-time position. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume clearly indicating how they meet the above candidate requirements.

Rural Municipality of Rosedale Box 100 Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0

Phone: 204-476-5414 or Fax – 204-476-5431




invites applications for the following position: Assistant Head Custodian at Carberry Schools

Duties include the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, equipment and grounds under the direction of the Head Custodian, Principals and/or Maintenance Supervisor.

See Division website for more details on this position at Click on Job Postings.

invites applications for the following Small School Custodian

Beautiful Plains School Division is accepting applications for an afternoon/evening 5 hour daily Custodian at Brookdale School. Duties include the cleaning and maintenance of buildings, equipment and grounds under the direction of the Principal and/or Maintenance Supervisor.

Experience in cleaning and floor care would be beneficial. The starting salary is $22.09 per hour with annual increments of $.50 /hour for four years. The Division has a pension plan and other benefits.

Applicants should state experience and include three references. Duties to commence mid-June or as agreed upon.

Application closes at NOON, Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 Send resumes marked “Small School Custodian” to the undersigned.

Tyler Stewart

Maintenance Supervisor

Beautiful Plains School Division

Box 700, Neepawa, MB. R0J 1H0 Phone: (204) 476-2388

Fax: (204) 476-3606


Successful candidates must complete a Criminal Records and Child Abuse Registry check. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Others are thanked for their interest.

Western Manitoba Regional Library BRANCH SUPERVISOR - Neepawa

JOB CODE: Full-Time

DEPARTMENT: Neepawa Library

REPORTS TO: Director of Library Services

SUPERVISES: Branch support staff and volunteers

SALARY: $20.35/hr to start, with annual COLA increases and opportunities for annual bonuses

Date of last update: May 2024


• To oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Neepawa Branch of the Western Manitoba Regional Library (WMRL) in accordance with the WMRL’s policies and procedures.

• To work with the Director of Library Services and other members of the WMRL administrative team to maintain and promote library services that best meet the needs of the community, and to adapt services as required to meet changing societal needs.

• To supervise all WMRL support staff employed in the Neepawa Library Branch, including the possibility of remote supervision should staff be required to work from home.


• Strong interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills;

• Strong supervisory and mentoring skills; Organized and procedurally-oriented; Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse management team, and to take direction and change priorities in a dynamic, public-facing environment;

• Ability to work independently, take initiative, and exercise sound judgement;

• Comfort in dealing with difficult or confrontational situations; • Technologically proficient;

• Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle;

• Library Technician Diploma and prior experience in a library environment are assets

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Erika Martin, Director of Library Services by 9:00 am, Monday, May 13th to: 16 NEEPAWA BANNER & PRESS MAY 3, 2024
thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be
We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be

ReVolution Trailers

Spring Readiness Special

Inspect tires, brakes, suspension, travel lights, LP, CO2 & Smoke alarms, roof and trim sealant, repack wheel bearings $269 single, $319 dual 1480 Springeld Rd Winnipeg, MB

Call Now: 204-955-7377

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Help Wanted


Dental is accepting applications for a Registered

Dental Hygienist.

Competitive wage with flexible schedule options, no evenings or weekends required! Email for more info or call 204-476-2248.


A Non-Profit Organization with a Mandate to Provide Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Applications are currently being accepted for the position of Supported Independent Living (SIL) Program Coordinator The incumbent will be responsible for the operation of the SIL Program including but not limited to management of a small team of Direct Service Workers who are also endeavoring to ensure Supported Individuals retain skills and independence, through developing and implementing individualized programming including employment preparedness and life skills

This is a full-time position scheduled for 70 hours biweekly. Group benefits plan and matched RRSP will be offered. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and committed to the goals and objectives of the organization.


- Post-secondary education in a related field is preferred, however a combination of education and experience will be considered

- Demonstrated time management and collaboration experience

- Demonstrated skills in Microsoft 365 applications

- Experience working with people with intellectual/physical disabilities is an asset

- Familiarity with applying provisions of a collective agreement as well as organizational policies and procedures

- Experience in an administrative and supervisory role

- Effective verbal and written communication

- Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record

Employment is subject to a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search, Adult Abuse Registry Check and Child Abuse Registry Check Successful candidates will be required to obtain First Aid with CPR and AED certification and provide a driver abstract. All charges incurred will be at the expense of the candidate.

Please submit your resume to:

Human Resources Director

284 Mountain Ave Neepawa, MB, R0J 1H0


We thank all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled.

The Municipality of Glenella – Lansdowne will be accepting tenders for GRASS MOWING at all the municipal cemeteries which include Arden Cemetery, Florenta Cemetery, Mekiwin Cemetery, Goodlands Cemetery as well as Tenby School and Glenholm School Cairn for the summer of 2024. Applicant must provide their own equipment. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

Tenders should be submitted to the municipal office at the following address by noon on Wednesday, May 8th, 2024.

Dated this 30 day of April 2024

Wendy Wutzke, BSc, CMMA

Chief Administrative Officer

Municipality of Glenella – Lansdowne

Box 10, Glenella, MB R0J 0V0

Phone 204-352-4281 Fax 204-352-4100



Invites tenders for GRASS CUTTING for the 2024 season Tenders will be received for grass cutting at the following locations:

Alonsa School Glenella School McCreary School École Laurier Ste. Rose School McCreary Bus Garage

Please tender separately for each location. Tenders are to be made on a per cut basis, including cut and trim per location. Please include a list of equipment that will be used, in your submittal. A performance bond may be required.

For further information regarding yard size and areas to be cut, contact the undersigned.

Tenders close: 12:00pm, Monday, May 13, 2024 Mark envelopes: GRASS CUTTING TENDER

Please send tenders to: Stephen Oversby, Maintenance Supervisor Turtle River School Division Box 309 McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0 Phone: 204-835-2067(ext. 213) Email: *** The lowest, or any tender not necessarily accepted. ***


R.M. of Minto-Odanah


The R.M. of Minto-Odanah are offering to coordinate dust control application to rural ratepayers in 2024. The estimated cost of application will be $350.00 per 100-meter site, to be paid in advance. Price may vary due to application rates and/or size of area treated. Anyone interested in receiving yard-site dust control should express their interest by informing the municipal office no later than May 15th, 2024. Council reserves the right to cancel the program if there is not sufficient interest expressed.

Aaren Robertson, C.A.O.

R.M. of Minto-Odanah

49 Main St. S., Box 1197

Minnedosa, Manitoba

R0J 1E0

Phone: 867-3282




Public Notice is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of the Municipal Act, that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Rosedale intends to present its financial plan for the fiscal year 2024 at a public hearing: May 23th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

Beautiful Plains County Court Building 282 Hamilton Street, Neepawa

Copies of the proposed financial plan and additional information can be provided upon request from the municipal office located at 282 Hamilton Street, during regular business hours. Questions and comments may also be directed by letter to the Chief Administrative Officer or by email to

Dated this 29th day of April, 2024

Melissa McDonald

Chief Administrative Officer

Rural Municipality of Rosedale


Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at

URGENT PRESS RELEASES - Have a newsworthy item to announce? An exciting change in operations? Though we cannot guarantee publication, MCNA will get the information into the right hands for ONLY $35.00 + GST/HST. Call MCNA (204) 947-1691 for more information. See under the “Types of Advertising” tab for more details.

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JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. RIDE DAY – SATURDAY MAY 25, 2024. 10 AM start – Earls Polo Park (Winnipeg). Visit: to register or make a pledge


FORAGE SEED FOR SALE: Organic & conventional: Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Timothy, etc. Star City, SK. Birch Rose Acres Ltd. 306-921-9942.

The Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah REGARDING THE 2024 FINANCIAL PLAN

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah intends to present its financial plan for the fiscal year 2024 at a public hearing in the Council Chambers of the Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah on the 9th day of May, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Council will hear any person who wishes to make a representation, ask questions, or register an objection to the financial plan, as provided.

Copies of the financial plan are available for review and may be examined by any person during the regular office hours of the municipal office at 49 Main Street, Minnedosa, MB. Aaren Rober tson, C.M.M.A., C.A.O Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah


The Rural Municipality of Rosedale is now accepting applications from municipal residents for dust control during 2024. Prepayment required. Payments accepted online through your financial institute, via e-transfer or by mailing a cheque to the municipal office. Applications and payment must be received by May 15th, 2024 at 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact the municipal office at 204-476-5414 or visit our website at

Rural Municipality of Rosedale Box 100, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Email:


2024 Dust Control Program

The Municipality of Glenella – Lansdowne will accept requests for application of dust control, on a PRE-PAYMENT BASIS, on municipal roads in front of residences within the Municipality.

The cost is $360 per 300 ft.

Upon request, forms can be emailed, faxed, or downloaded from our website

Deadline to submit request forms is Friday, May 17, 2024.

Payment Options:

1) Drop your payment through the mail slot in the door

2) Mail your cheque

3) Pay online if you bank with a credit union

4) Pay by etransfer to

Wendy Wutzke, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of Glenella - Lansdowne 204-352-4281

Classified ad deadline Tuesday noon Cancellations and corrections only within business hours and corresponding deadlines.

Classifieds NEEPAWA BANNER & PRESS MAY 3, 2024 17 Tender For Sale Announcement Health Notice Wanted MCNA Province-wide Classifieds Help Wanted


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We wait but no call comes. Meanwhile we are trying to contact our granddaughter and getting no reply. When she gets home from work she replies to our message and of course she knows nothing about any of this. We now know that this was a quite elaborate scam!

Comments from the “almost scammed” The voice that we heard when we talked to our granddaughter was “her voice”. Technology is so good that the scammers are now able to modify a voice in conversation to be the voice that they want it to be – complete with characteristic inflections!

We have since learned that personal information which we have assumed was

protected in various ways, is now available in entirety to scammers and hackers. If questioning a callers authenticity, ask some questions to which only the authorities would have answers.

Jim and Lois Aitken Neepawa, MB

Would you like to send in a letter to the editor? Email to submit yours. Letters are limited to approximately 400 words The Banner & Press reserves the right to edit letters to fit available space.

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13hp motor • WESTFIELD W series 8” x41’ grain auger pto • 75bu 2 wheel hopper box trailer c/w hyd chute • YAMAHA 97-99 – 350 Big Bear 4x4 quad • YAMAHA 350 Big Bear 4x4 • See full listing and pictures @ !!! Call Greg directly at (204) 732 -2213 for more information on the equipment

Ranch Retirement Auction for Greg & Ruth Zamyrkut

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Five inspirational gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 12, 2024. Mother’s Day is devoted to expressing love and showering praise on mothers, step-mothers and any other figure in one’s life who has taken on a motherly role.

It is customary to lavish extra praise on moms come Mother’s Day, and that often involves giftgiving. The following are five gifts that can ensure Mom knows her efforts and unconditional love have not gone unnoticed.

1. Prompt mindful thinking: The cards from Sunny Present Empowering Questions Cards pose questions to prompt meditation, journaling or simply to practice mindfulness during the day. They are a great way to encourage positive self-talk. Available through Amazon and www.

2. Motivational can-do candles: A little aromatherapy can treat any mother to an uplifting or relaxing fragrance in her special place in the home. Purchase at

3. Inspirational coffee table book: Author and educator Natalie Friscia Pancetti wrote, “This Too… Life-Isms to Savor the Sweetness of Life and Calm You Through the Storms” to pay homage to her parents, particularly her father, who was fond of the phrase, “this too shall pass.” The book offers many inspirational passages and lessons that can be applied to all aspects of life. It can be a touching gift for a mom, grandmother or another special woman. Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at

4. Relaxing home spa experience: Many people have turned their bathrooms into home spas, particularly empty nesters who now have more time to relax and pamper themselves. Spending time in a relaxing shower is a way for Mom to clear her mind and unwind, and Shower Steamers from Body Restore can set the ideal environment. Pur -

chase on Amazon and include alongside additional home spa necessities like loofahs or a bathrobe.

5. Ancestry exploration: Foster greater bonds in the family by giving Mom an opportunity to further trace her heritage. Popular genealogy companies include Ancestry. com, and, enabling anyone to enjoy a look back at the lineage that helped shape who they are today.

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Draw-dropping and brush-takingly beautiful

The 45th annual Westman Juried Art Show took place the afternoon of Sunday, Apr. 28 at the Kenton Community Hall in Kenton, Manitoba. The event was hosted by the Hamiota MidWest Art Club. The judges had their work cut out for them, as they had to critique 103 pieces of submitted works completed by 61 artists.

Since 1979, the Westman Region Juried Art Show has been an annual event organized by the Arts West Council and hosted by various arts clubs and councils in the Westman Region of Manitoba. The purpose of the show is to provide amateur and emerging artists with a venue to show their works for professional critique and to the general public. Arts West Council member Gerry Oliver was the afternoon emcee.

The judges for this art show were Leona Herzog who graduated with a BFA in 1975 and completed a Master of Arts and visual artist Ben Davis who has an expanded practice, working across a diverse range of media and approaches.

There were four winners in the youth categories sponsored by Janzen’s Paints and Decorating and the New System Store.

Youth ages 11 – 13 two winners. Brookelynn Chipelski of Foxwarren for her piece “Truck in Field” and Raelynn McNair of Binscarth for her piece “Looking for the Light”.

Youth ages 14 – 19 two winners. Charlie McGowan of Brandon for his untitled piece and Ava Blair of Killarney for her piece “Mystery Man”.

Best in Show was sponsored by Gerry Oliver. This was presented to the most outstanding work in the Juried show as selected by the jurors. The winner was Glenda Cairns Poirier of Sinclair with her piece “Mid-Century Mule”.

The theme this year for the theme category was ‘Chasing the Light’. There were 38 entries in this category alone. This category was sponsored by Lasting Image. The most outstanding entry in this theme was Joel Desjardin of Virden, for his piece “On a Bike Ride”.

The last category was the People’s Choice also sponsored by Lasting Image. The crowd had an opportunity to select their favourite piece and submit a secret ballot during the show on Sunday. Kerri Wilson of Hamiota with her piece “Imagine” gathered the most votes.

Twenty pieces from the show were selected to be a part of the Westman Travelling Gallery. This gallery has begun its journey at the Hamiota Heritage Centre in Hamiota. It is a must see.

Ten pieces were also selected for an exhibition in the Rural and Northern Art Show sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Network. This art show will be Aug 1-24 at MB Arts Network, 210 Princess St, Winnipeg. The Online Show is available Aug. - Sept. https://

PHOTOS BY JESSICA COULTER The judges for this art show were Ben Davis and Leona Herzog. Best in Show winner, Glenda Cairna Poirier. Peoples Choice winner, Kerri Wilson Youth ages 11 to 13 winner, Brookelyn Chipelski. 103 pieces of submitted works completed by 61 artists were featured in the Juried Art Show. Youth ages 11 to 13 winner Raelynn McNair. Theme Category winner Joel Desjardins. Youth ages 14 to 19 winner Ava Blair.

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