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Friday, January 26, 2024 • Vol.128 No. 26 • Neepawa, Manitoba

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‘Prepared to be part of the solution’ Neepawa hosts ribbon cutting for licensed practical nursing program

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press Neepawa marked a new, and well anticipated, chapter of growth this week. On Monday, Jan. 22, a host of officials from the Town of Neepawa, Assiniboine Community College (ACC), Prairie Mountain Health and Manitoba’s provincial government gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new Neepawa Training Centre. The celebration proper began in what was once the prison area for the RCMP detachment. After six months of renovations, the room that once was full of eight inch cinder blocks and bars was completely transformed, along with the rest of the former RCMP detachment building, to house an ACC run licensed practical nursing program. The nursing program began its first day on Jan. 8, with an enrollment of 20 students. At the opening, it was noted that a total of 60 people applied. Continued on Page 8


Members of the Provinicial Government, Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and Town of Neepawa cut the ribbon at the Neepawa Training Centre for nurses on Monday, Jan. 22. From left to right: Advanced Education and Training Minister Renée Cable, ACC president and CEO Mark Frison, Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew, Town of Neepawa CAO Colleen Synchyshyn, Neepawa Mayor Brian Hedley, Health Minister Uzoma Asagwara and Fort Richmond MLA Jennifer Chen.

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Sale of former firehall property in Neepawa approved Highlights from the Neepawa Town Council meeting - Jan. 16, 2024


The commericial lot where the old Neepawa Fire Hall use to stand has been approved for sale to the Neepawa Laundromat.

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The potential sale of land that was once home to Neepawa’s Fire Hall has been given the go-ahead. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Town Council approved the sale of property at 417 First Avenue (Old Firehall Lot) to the owners of the Neepawa Laundromat. If all legal requirements for the deal are met, the sale would be for $100,000. It could also include a split of legal fees for the transaction and would be subject to a development

agreement. Administration recommended signing off on the sale and council agreed, unanimously approving the deal. Speed zone request denied An appeal from Neepawa to t he Prov ince related to a portion of the Yellowhead Highway (PTH #16) has once again been rejected. Back in 2014 and again in 2020, the Town asked Manitoba Infrastructure and Transpor t at ion ( M I T ) to consider dropping the speed limit at the HyLife

corner, located just over three kilometres east of the community, from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. The reason for the ask was due to concerns of heightened traffic during shift changes and increased potential for accidents on the road. MIT has reviewed the request for a second time, and has, for the second time denied Neepawa’s appeal for altering the speeds. In its’ reply to Town administration and council, MIT said “There were no technical reasons to revise the current 100 kilometre speed limit, at this time.”

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There will be new admission requirements in place at the Neepawa Swimming Pool in 2024. Mov ing ahead, all individuals that enter the pool area will need to pay for a pass, even if they have no intention of swimming. Previously, if a person indicated they would not be using the pool themselves (i.e. the parent or guardian of a swimmer), they could enter without purchasing a day pass. T he reason for t he change is because under the regulations created by the Manitoba Government, all people who enter the facil-

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ity are counted towards the pool occupancy limit. Even people who just sit along the side of the pool without using it, are counted. In order to allow for more people who wish to swim to be able to access the pool, the Town decided to make the change. There is also a new category for children that are two years of age and younger. They will be admitted for free with a paid caregivers’ admission. As

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However, MIT also added that it would review the situation once again after the new hospital and high school, being built east of town, were closer to completion. Transfer of ownership HyLife Neepawa will officially take over ownership of the wastewater treatment facility on their property. Back in 2009, the hog plant and the Town of Neepawa had agreed to a joint venture on what was at the time, a brand new treatment facility to

service the operations of HyLife. A combined $13.3 million in government funding was put up for the project, which included Neepawa’s contribution of $1.5 million. The rest of the money needed, around $12.2 million was put up by HyLife. As part of that initial deal, HyLife was given the option to acquire the Town’s interest in that facility. If they decided to do so within the first decade of the deal, HyLife would have to pay back a portion of the funding that

was provided to get the project going. After ten years, however, any of those funding obligations would have been fulfilled, providing HyLife with the ability to exercise its option of full ownership. As we begin the year 2024, HyLife is well beyond its required window and has decided to initiate transfer of full ownership to itself. The transfer of Benef ic ia l O w ner sh ip a nd indemnity was approved by council and will see full ownership of the treatment plant shifted to R3 Innovations, on behalf of HyLife.

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Looking Back 1974: 4-H trophies presented to area members

JANAURY 26, 2024

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

125 years ago, Wednesday, January 25, 1899 Members of the rink winning the grand challenge prize at Minnedosa last week were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Wynn at dinner at the Commercial hotel last evening. A very pleasant time was spent and hopes of equal success at Winnipeg were as earnestly expressed as were the felicitations on honors already won. The grand challenge cup won by Neepawa’s Scarlet Runners at the Minnedosa bonspiel is on exhibition in B. F. Hartley’s barber shop. It is not so massive as many other trophies of a like nature, but it is neat in design and of purest metal. 100 years ago, Friday, January 25, 1924 Glencairn: No school. We will have to go where we can get schools for our children. S e v e r a l pr o m i n e nt citizens of Estevan are being sued for payment of municipal taxes on real estate they bought for speculative purposes and tried to unload on the town. 75 years ago, Thursday, January 27, 1949 The funeral service for


Carman Webster Law, 65, son of Mrs. Law,Neepawa, and the late John Law, was held Monday, Jan. 17 in the United Church with Rev. W. A. Osborne officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery… Born in Neepawa on Dec. 14, 1883, Mr. Law received his education in Neepawa schools and later joined the Merchant’s Bank here. He worked as a bank clerk in Saskatchewan for a time and then he accepted employment with the Swift Canadian company. He was manager of their plant in Regina during the years 1921 and 1922. Funeral services were held for Adam Thomson in Eden United Church, Jan. 24… Born in Galt, Ont., June 1871, he came to Manitoba in the late summer of 1879, settling with his parents in the Dumfries district. Later he purchased a half section three miles west of Arden, where he resided until six years ago, when he moved to Eden. In April 1899, he married Charlotte Jane McKenzie… He was a Forester for over 50 years, being a charter member of Court Arden View No. 3732. All patients in Manitoba’s sanatoria who might be benefitted by the new drug, streptomycin, will receive it free of charge as a result of a grant of money under


Two trophies– the Estelle Ames and Best 4-H Club– were awarded toTanis Benson, of Arden, and Mrs. Mary Newton of the Home Ec Club. Alongside Mary Newton is club secretery Coleen Robertson.

the new national health program, the minister of National Health and Welfare, Hon. Paul Martin said Monday. 50 years ago, Thursday, January 24, 1974 Two t roph ies were presented at the annual banquet of the Chamber of Com merce i n t he Neepawa Legion Hall on Jan. 18. The winner of the Estelle Ames trophy for the best 4-H secretary in the district was Tanis Benson of Arden. Norman Hemstad, Neepawa ag r icu lt ura l representative, made the presentations. Mrs. Mary Newton and the Neepawa Home Ec Club won the trophy for best 4-H club in the district. 20 years ago, Manitoba, January 26, 2004 A province-wide smoking ban, to be implemented later this year, is expected to drain millions of dollars from lottery profits…

Brandon and Winnipeg already have bylaws in place prohibiting smoking in public places. Hotel and restaurant owners in both cities claim they’ve lost revenue because of the ban. A notice of motion was brought forward at the last meeting of the Turtle R iver School Division board of trustees regarding the closure of Amaranth school… The division wants to close the school because it requ i res ex ten s ive improvements at a time when enrollment is steadily dropping. Disclaimer: The information gathered and used each week in the Looking Back feature is directly taken from the original print copy of the Neepawa Press and Neepawa Banner newspapers. Any errors or omissions from stories (Factually or otherwise) are the result of the original print and not the responsibility of the archivist for the current version of the Neepawa Banner & Press.

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ver the past several years, I have been in hospital five times and at the ER several times. My wife has been in hospital at least five times and had several visits to the ER. The hospitals include HSC Winnipeg, St. Boniface, Brandon, Neepawa, University of Kentucky, Cameron, Missouri and North Kansas City. I guess you could say we are a somewhat sickly pair but we have come through it all with thankful hearts and a lot of respect for the health care system, in general, and a lot more respect for most staff. As a matter of update, I am in good health now and Christine is now at home recovering from major surgery after being 14 days in HSC. She had been feeling sickly for months and in November was diagnosed with severe gall bladder issues. She only had one typical gall bladder attack but the situation had apparently been lurking for quite a while. With observing and participating in the services of so many hospitals, I have some observations. 1. Most staff are very good to excellent. 2. There are big differences between various hospitals. 3. The American system is very much faster than the Canadian system. 4. American hospitals appear costly but I think we, as Canadians, are lulled into complacency about how expensive our hospitals are. I doubt that anyone really knows what surgeries and procedures cost in Manitoba. I know my five day stay at North Kansas City was over $10,000 per day and that didn’t involve any surgery. Currently some Manitobans are outraged at the amount of money that was spent on reducing Manitoba’s surgical backlog by using U.S. hospitals. I doubt anyone will calculate the comparative costs under each system, but they should. 5. Most people hate hospital food and in most cases it wasn’t great in my neepawa

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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell experience, but it is okay, unless you are sick. There is very little coordination between the kitchens and the needs of a recovering person. After surgery, and my wife and I now have each had one, the clear fluids diets have been OK but the step-up to solid foods has been a disaster. A person can’t just go from juice and Jello to solid foods. With my surgery, they tried to take me from juice for a day or two to a hamburger and fries. With Chris it was a similar jump. It was a disaster in both cases. 6. In Manitoba, we are told that food, at least at the big hospitals, is prepared far away and reheated at the hospital. I would estimate one-third to one half of the food trays go back relatively untouched. The waste of time, money and food appears to be huge. 7. The food at North Kansas City is handled much differently. Each patient has a dial pad at their bedside and orders off a menu. If you want tea, you get tea, if you want pudding, you get pudding. If you want chicken or beef, you get chicken or beef. It makes a huge difference to a recovering sick person when you can attempt to eat what you want once solid foods are allowed. 8. If you are waiting for a bath at St. Boniface or HSC, you can wait a long time. Christine was in for 14 days and no bath. One day, an aide dropped off towels, a gown and a basin of water and she was supposed to bathe herself. She was in no condition to do so and nobody ever offered to help. Brandon and Neepawa offers a shower and a bath once in a while. North Kanas City had

a shower in each room. 9. Space is extremely limited in most hospitals. HSC and St. B are really bad, with four people to a room. And to many peoples’ surprise, the rooms are for men and women combined. Maybe that’s the best they can do, but overcrowding leads to that situation. 10. North Kansas City is a large and relatively new hospital and, in my mind, they do many things right. The rooms I saw are one patient to a room. There is a bed, a window, a sink, toilet and walk-in-shower. Our experience has been four to a room at St.B. four at HSC and two per room at Neepawa and Brandon. It costs money for space but the level of care is better when there is one to a room and enough room for the staff to actually work. 11. In the Canadian hospitals, there is a strong union shadow hanging over the staff. Staff have to walk away from a bed pan or dirt on the floor if the right job designated person isn’t around. Some staff will ignore the “rules” and will clean up, but I saw more masks, rubber gloves and syringe caps on the floor last week at HSC than I can imagine. Cleaning and tidying of rooms was minimal, but there is no space to move. The best room cleaning, in my experience, was at Brandon Hospital, but there were only two people in what had been a four patient room, so there was actually space to move around and work. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press staff.

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t is not unusual for jig saw puzzles to be part of a gift exchange at Christmas. The most common ones I have received have been one thousand piece, interlocking, farming scenes or cottagey scenes. And I have enjoyed them all- vast skies, fall foliage, expansive sand or snow. I do not enjoy the circular or shaped puzzles, I am a straight line thinker! Once again I was gifted with puzzles. One was a set of three Van Gogh paintings- Starry Night, Sunflowers, and Irises. The kicker here is that the finished work measures 10 x 15 cms! And it takes 150 pieces to complete the puzzle. I’m talking tiny pieces, and with that scale you are out of one colour before you are properly in it. I have no idea why I left the Irises for the last, it is by far the most challenging. The up side is that all the pieces fit comfortably on an eight by eleven paper, which fits, with space to spare, in the smaller cookie sheet. I sit there in my recliner, feet up, and puzzle on the go. Getting more difficult for these old fingers to select and place such minuscule pieces, never mind eyestrain. It was a wonderful creative gift from my daughter-in-law. The other gift wasn’t so much a puzzle as a project. Do you now what all Lego makes these days? It’s not all space ships and pirate gear, housing projects or working models of you name its. One can construct a golden retriever, a dachshund, almost any animal of choice, and bouquets of flowers. I received the wildflower bouquet. Seventeen stems- three fern, two Queen Anne’s lace, two Welsh poppy, two cornflowers, two lavender, two lupins, a larkspur, and two gerbera daisies. 939 pieces! Thankfully the flowers were grouped in packages of two or three and so I never needed to go through the nine hundred and thirty nine pieces to find the one I needed. I have yearsdecades!- of Lego experience so I was able to follow the pictorial instructions quite well. Only had to disassemble one stem, not bad for old hands and eyes! It was a wonderfully creative gift from a cherished young man. I admit that as I was unwrapping these gifts I was somewhat taken aback. I’m not an avid gift giver and usually avoid gifting at all. For so much thought to be put into a gift for me, was humbling. I love Van Gogh’s work, and I love wildflowers. As I unwrapped the Lego, the youngest generation, not yet teens- were awed that an old lady received Lego, and impressed that the old lady was thrilled with the gift. That was certainly a part of the joy of the day. So, two projects completed. They have been wonderful stall tactics for so many other projects. I thoughtlessly ran my finger along the edge of the pattern on the kitchen cabinets, and I would have seriously failed a white glove inspection. I have great plans to create one more quilt- before spring- so I see that clock ticking. Oh, and now someone shared another regular jigsaw puzzle with me– puppies!


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Your gift’s true value Letters


his may be one of the most important columns I will ever write. Researching and writing it has been an eye-opening experience for me; and I hope it will at least create awareness of an issue that, in my view at least, we do not discuss nearly enough. I have a lways been intrigued by a statement King David made many years ago. His people were in trouble. A devastating plague had hit their land, taking many lives. David, at God’s command, made his way to a threshing floor owned by a man named Araunah. He was to build an altar on that site and offer sacrifices to end the plague. Araunah was honoured that David would choose his property for this significant event. He offered David free use of his land and unlimited access to his f locks and herds. David could have whatever he wanted at no charge. But David refused. “I will not,” he said, “offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” (2

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Neil Strohschein Samuel 24:24) After reading that statement, I thought I would try to estimate the true value of donations people make to churches, service clubs, and other charitable organizations. Here’s what I discovered. Let’s suppose that you work at a job that pays you $20 an hour; and that you decide to donate $200 to help fund your community’s food bank. At $20 per hour, you will start by giving 10 hours of your time to earn that $200. But to keep that $200, you will have to work extra hours to pay taxes and other payroll deductions on that $200. How many extra hours? This may surprise you. If you are in the lowest tax bracket (making less than $53,395 per year) your federal income tax

rate is 15 per cent. This adds 1.5 hours to the time required to earn your $200 donation. Manitoba’s prov incial income tax rate is 10.8 per cent-add 1.1 hours to the total. You will also pay 5.9 per cent for Canada Pension Plan contributions-add 0.6 hours to the total. And you will be assessed 1.63 per cent for Employment Insurance premiums-add 0.2 hours to the total. In all, to take home the $200 you wish to donate to the food bank, you will have to work 13.5 hours (almost two full days). That is a significant time investment. Along with the time, you are contributing the talent, energy, knowledge, training and skills you possess that enable you to work effectively. To that, we must add one more item. To make that donation,

you sacrifice its purchasing power. Once you give it away, it’s gone. You can’t use it to buy food or clothing, pay housing costs, put fuel in your vehicle, take a holiday or save up for major purchases you may need to make in the future. The funds to cover those expenses will have to come from other sources. T hese t hree t h ingstime, talent and loss of purchasing power-all help us calculate the true value of every donation that we make. When we put our offerings into the basket at church, or mail our cheques to organizations we support, we are giving more than money. We are investing all that we are in those who receive our donation. So we need to make wise choices when determining which organizations to support and how much each organization should receive. In two weeks, I will offer some ideas to help us make them; and in three weeks, some words to those who receive our donations.

Beautiful Plains Museum history: The old Neepawa Curling Rink

Neepawa now able to train and retain health care professionals

I was pleased to be invited and attend the formal ribbon cutting of Neepawa’s Training Centre on Jan. 22. It was great to see the incredible transformation of Neepawa’s old RCMP building into a new facility that clearly demonstrates the commitment and vision the Town of Neepawa has for the future of rural Manitoba, and a project that has been driven by the community for the community. Congratulations to all those who have been a part of this effort and the leadership and vision behind it all, including mayor and council, as well as Assiniboine Community College for being the first post-secondary institution to offer the Licensed Practical Nursing program in this new space. Our community is growing and with it comes growing needs, especially when it comes to healthcare. With this new nursing program, we will be able to train and retain healthcare professionals to care for our community. Having to travel for postsecondary education has always been a barrier for many, and this facility eliminates that barrier, allowing rural Manitobans to train closer to home. We depend on our nurses, and I applaud all of the students who are taking on the program this year. Across rural Manitoba, we are seeing workforce demands growing across many sectors, and this facility opens the door for future programs to meet local needs and address the chronic labour shortages that many businesses are experiencing. This centre positions Neepawa to be a leader in local training, and will be a resource that serves the surrounding area for years to come. I would like to welcome and thank Assiniboine Community College for bringing this program to our community and thank the Town of Neepawa for turning vision into reality. I congratulate all those involved in the renovation and re-opening of this new training centre. It was a great day to attend this momentous occasion. Jodie Byram Agassiz MLA

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This facility is quite different in style compared to the curling rink Neepawa has now! It is believed that it was built on the south side of Davidson Street, around where the empty lot is west of the Yellowed Manor. There was no date with the photo, but the imagery harkens back to the early days of the sport.

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The grapefruit probably got its name because it grows in clusters like grapes. When it comes to citrus fruit, grapefruit seems to play second fiddle to its sibling, the orange. The ancestor to today’s grapefruit was the pomelo, native to China and India. Grapefruit is an accidental cross between a pomelo and a sweet orange originating in the Barbados. It arrived in the U.S. in 1823, but was not a household favorite until the 1940s. Today America is the second-largest producer and consumer of grapefruit in the world, after China. It’s a classic breakfast food, but works well in other recipes like green salads, fruit salads and cocktails. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, both of which support healthy immune function and fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. A grapefruit supplies about 10% of your daily potassium needs, along with 8 per cent of your requirements for thiamine and folate. During the 1970s it was thought that the grapefruit was a natural appetite suppressant, which led to the evolution of the “grapefruit diet”. The diet involved eating half a grapefruit before every meal. Despite the many benefits, it’s important to know that if you are taking certain medications to help regulate cholesterol or blood pressure, antiplatelets or anticoagulants, you should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. Your Pharmacist will place a warning label on the medications that should avoid using grapefruit with. Grapefruit has the potential to alter these specific medication levels in your bloodstream and increase the risk of side effects. This unique, bittersweet flavour of grapefruit will brighten this salad and its segments bring a splash of colour to it. Grapefruit salad 2 red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned Dressing can be made as below or use 1 cup 1 package baby salad greens poppy seed salad dressing: 3-4 green onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup olive oil 2 avocados - peeled, pitted and sliced 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese 2 Tbsp. liquid honey 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper Drain off excess juice from grapefruit sections; gently mix the grapefruit sections with the salad greens, green onions, avocados, and Swiss cheese. Toss with dressing just before serving. If you’re tired of the same old, same old for breakfast, try broiled grapefruit to shake things up a bit. I think you’ll like it! Broiled grapefruit 1 large grapefruit 1 Tbsp. butter, softened

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Preheat broiler. Slice the grapefruit in half and remove seeds. With a small thin flexible paring knife carefully cut around all 3 edges of each section to loosen the fruit. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each to level it. Top with butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over fruit. Place on a baking sheet. Broil 5-6 in. from heat until sugar is bubbly, about 3-5 minutes. This recipe is delicious as a fruit salad or toss in the blender and make a smoothie. Fruit salad or smoothie 1 red grapefruit, peeled, sectioned and 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries sliced 1 cup vanilla yogurt 1 banana, peeled and sliced 1 cup diced pineapple, fresh, canned, or frozen Toppings of your choice: granola, chia seeds, hemp hearts, coconut flakes For smoothie put in to a blender and blend on high for one minute. Pour smoothie into a glass and top with toppings of your choice. Serve immediately. For the fruit salad: add all the fruits and yogurt together. Top with your favourite toppings. Enjoy. A little different from the usual lemon pie. Grapefruit pie 1-9 inch pie crust, baked 1 cup grapefruit juice 3 pink grapefruit 1 small package strawberry Jello 1 cup white sugar Whipped topping of choice 1 Tbsp. cornstarch Peel grapefruit, removing all pith and skin. Cut up into bite-size pieces. Drain in a strainer for several hours or overnight collecting the juice. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and 1 cup juice in a small saucepan. If the juice does not measure 1 cup, top it off with water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it forms a thick, clear syrup. Remove from heat and stir in Jello. Cool slightly. Spread the grapefruit in the bottom of the baked shell, and pour syrup over the fruit. Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

Strict penalties for careless grease disposal in Neepawa proposed Fines up to $1,000 considered for improper water/sewer disposal By Eoin Devereux

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Ongoing problems with improper disposal into our sewer and drainage systems has forced the Town of Neepawa to threaten massive potential fines for those caught destroying the infrastructure. For well over a year, Council and administration has been warning people not to pour items such as grease down the drain. Grease, along with cooking oils, residue and fats can form a hardened mass in a sewer pipe, which over time blocks sewage flow. There have been several examples of this problem popping up locally over the last few years, creating extra work and cost in the community. Most disturbing are confirmed cases in new developments, such as, for example, the former C.N. property, where water and sewer are less than two years old. During a town council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, manager of operations Denis Saquet said they have tried to be nice about the request, but it appears to be falling on deaf ears. The next step, may have to be much harsher. Damaging infrastructure “[The issue] is surfacing again, and we’re seeing a major problem with grease

disposal. As of Tuesday, Jan. 16, we were out doing maintenance on a location that was completely plugged. An issue like this affects your neighbours down the street, and it causes a lot of damage,” said Saquet. “We will have to start discussing some fines or something. Whether those fines are $500 or $1,000, we need something. We will have to create a firmer process, because this is damaging infrastructure.” Saquet also noted that the Town has been forced to invest in the upcoming budget in a $600,000 vehicle that would be able to rapidly respond to these type of emergencies.

Saquet concluded that we have reached the point where this type of harsher response is needed, as multiple requests over the years appear to be unheard. He has asked Council to take these suggestions under advisement. Residents are once again strongly advised to not pour grease, cooking oil or other types of that residue down the sink or in the toilet and to not rinse grease down the sink.

Harsher response needed Councillor Murray Parrott asked if there were a means available to do a videoscope of a home’s sewer and drainage into the main lines, to pinpoint who is creating the issue? Saquet responded with an example of what the Town could do. “We’ll say that, this street [for example] is the suspected street. We may be issuing $1,000 fines to each [home]. Your appeal process would be to allow us to go in there, into your personal sewer line going into the main. If three of the four [houses] are clear with no remnants of grease plugging the sewer, your $1,000 fine is null and void.”

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Local store owner bids farewell to ‘dream gig’ Ineke Mack sells It’s Time to Lisa Adams, store to transition to ‘The Mill Lifestyle’ By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press While the town of Neepawa says farewell to one business, it’ll be waving hello to another. Ineke Mack, owner of It’s Time Fashion & Gifts at 263 Hamilton Street, officially closed up shop recently. Filling that space is the up and coming The Mill Lifestyle, owned by Lisa Adams. “Since it’s Lisa, [it feels] really good [to pass the torch on to someone new]. It’s been like a dream,” said Ineke. “We kind of speak the same language.” Mack added, “Thank you for all the support from the community this past 18 years. It’s kind of a dream gig to have– nobody’s ever grumpy when they come clothes shopping and you get to know all these people… it’s a pretty good gig” The former It’s Time building has a long history in the Neepawa community and has served as a clothing store for the past 50 years, starting with Myra Bennett as Myra’s Men’s and Ladies’. Following Bennett, Mack has owned and operated It’s Time since January of 2006– first as

a partnership sought a seller. with her sister in And, although law, then as sole it wasn’t originproprietor after ally the plan, her sister moved eventually deto Alberta in cided to purJune that same chase the space year. The busiherself, run the ness included a shop and move promotional asinto the upstairs pect, which was living space. later sold and “I had a ran independs t or e pr e v i ently as Promoously, around time. 2007-2009 and With this hisI rea l ly love tory moving on the retail busito be carried ness… I’ve done by someone customer sernew, Mack now vice my whole looks forward to life, and I think spending more I have a pretty PHOTO BY CASPER WEHRHAHN time with her good style. So Ineke Mack and Lisa Adams, pictured in what will soon be The kids and grandI approached Mill Lifestyle (formerly It’s Time). son, enjoying Ineke and we the lake house just kind of went up at Pelican with it,” Adams Lake, visits to Neepawa to keep the local fashion Adams explained further enthused. “It’s a great locaand more adventurous history going at The Mill that she was the realtor tion and I’m super excited. travel. In fact, as this paper while continuing her work for Mack’s building as she There’s lots of movement goes to print, Mack will as a real estate agent. be soaking up the sun in “It feels really good, the Dominican Republic. actually [to continue the However, there’s one place history here],” said Adams. in particular that’s on her “It’ll be lots of fun, and bucket-list. we’ve had lots of support… “The one I’m really ex- It’s going to be a pretty cited about is a two month happy place.” hike in Portugal,” Mack Adams added, “Ineke enthused. has left me a great foundaAs for Adams, she’s eager tion, too.”

Gladstone market report By Tyler Slawinski Gladstone Auction Quite a roller coaster when it comes to t he weather lately– if it isn’t the cold and the wind, it’s the snow, or plus temperatures in January! Wa r mer weat her i n January definitely shortens the winter and makes the feed pile last a bit longer. We were definitely back in the swing of things this week, we sold 1,290 cattle through the ring in Gladstone on Jan. 23. The market saw a variety of cattle and there still seems to be a fair amount of first cut cattle stringing into town for the time being. The market was quite active and positive today, getting back to where it was prior to the pressure

of the fall run. Cows and bulls traded with plenty of strength from 117.00 to 133.00 with consistent averages Bulls traded with more power ranging between 145.00 to 160.00 All classes of cattle sold well! Plainer type cattle,

Gladstone Auction Mart Cattle Market Report Jan. 23, 2024 Steers

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


$4.35 to 4.65 $3.95 to 4.57 $3.65 to 4.20 $3.30 to 3.65 $3.05 to 3.40 $2.95 to 3.25 $2.58 to 3.00 $1.45 to 1.60

3-400 lbs. $3.30 to 3.93 4-500 lbs. $3.45 to 3.96 5-600 lbs. $3.35 to 3.70 6-700 lbs. $3.00 to 3.30 7-800 lbs. $2.75 to 3.04 8-900 lbs. $2.50 to 2.78 900+ lbs. $2.40 to 2.70 Cows $1.17 to 1.33 1,290 head sold

are still being discounted! Some market highlights from todays sale, tan steers weighed 520 brought 418 .0 0. M i xed steer s weighed 650 and brought 356.00. Black hided steers weighed 787 and traded for 335.00. And a big set of 1053 pound local short keep steers brought 282.00 per pound! Heifers, black heifers weighed 540 and traded for 356.00 Charolais heifers weighed 636 and brought 323.00. Crossbred heifers weighed 718 and brought 303.50. And a fancy set of big black hided heifers that weighed 910 and they fetched 266.00. If you have cattle to market don’t hesitate to give one of our professional sales team a call, we want your marketing experience to be a success!


downtown and it’s so nice to see people.” The Mill is going to continue carrying brands that patrons were familiar with at It’s Time, while slowly sprinkling her own style into it as well. But that’s not all– Adams is currently planning to gradually expand upon its stock and services. “My end goal would be, hopefully, to make it a gathering spot,” said Adams. Some of the ideas Adams has for the gradual expansions includes coffee, books, sustainable/environmentally aware products/services, home decor and bringing in more local/Canadian artists/wares. The Mill Lifestyle’s opening date is currently being planned for April. In the meantime, work continues as those finishing touches, such as acquiring new signage, continues.


‘When local leaders step up, we have to listen’ Continued from Page 1 “We are proud to have entered into our first lease for the building with ACC for the training of nurses,” said Brian Hedley, mayor of Neepawa. “Twent y nurses may seem like a small commitment when measured against the bigger picture, but by creating this facility, let it be known that Neepawa is prepared to continue partnerships and be part of the solution.” Manitoba premier Wab Kinew echoed this sentiment, stating, “Neepawa is a thriving community, home to young families and global businesses. Our government is committed to work ing w ith postsecondary institutions like Assiniboine Community College and amplifying the work president and CEO Mark Frison has done to connect more rural Manitobans with rewarding careers in health care. Our mission is to fix health care.

Working together, we can achieve that goal by supporting the students here in Neepawa that are starting their journey towards fulfilling careers as future nursing professionals.” He added, “When local communities lead– when local leaders, whether they are in the municipal, the post-secondary or the health world– step up from the front lines to bring good ideas, we have to listen.” Pra ir ie Mounta in Health anticipates that this new facility will play a key role in supporting service delivery, the upcoming Neepawa health centre and, by extension, the health of those in the region. Once this first group of 20 students graduates, the Town of Neepawa hopes to offer further training sessions for nurses, or other post-secondar y hea lt h related education.


Top right: Following a press conference, Manitoba premier Wab Kinew (left) and Neepawa mayor Brian Hedley converse as they prepare to conduct the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Above left: Although it might be hard to believe your eyes, this is one of the rooms inside the new Neepawa Training Centre building, which was formerly home to the Neepawa detachment of the RCMP. Above right: The exterior of the Neepawa Training Centre and the new home of a licensed practical nursing program run by Assiniboine Community College. There are currently 20 students going through training here.

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JANUARY 26, 2024


Arden Curling Club hosts 2024 Men’s Bonspiel


NACI Hockey just keeps on winning By Eoin Devereux

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The Arden Curling Club held its annual Men’s Bonspiel from Jan. 5 to 7, 2024. This year’s winner includefrom left to right (Skip to lead): Winners of the Delmar Commodities 1st Event: James Paramor, Wally Paramor, Jason Doerksen and Jessy Doerksen. Won against Kyle Csversko in the event final.


Enns Brothers Equipment 2nd Event winners were:Jason McLaren, Mike Nicholson, Neil Turner and Darin Chrisp. Won against Randy Martin in event final.


Rocky Mountain Equipment 3rd Event winners were: Kevin Paramor, Harvey Hanke, Ron Kulbacki and Denis Orton. Won against Shannon Plett in event final A big thank you to the curlers, sponsors and volunteers that made the event happen.


The return to action in 2024 for the NACI Tigers has been prett y much perfect so far. The team has won all of its games in the Westman High School Hockey League (WHSHL) since the end of the Christmas break, including three straight over the course of five nights. The first of these was a 14-2 shellacking they handed out to the Sandy Bay Badgers on Wednesday, Jan. 17. It may be easier to list the players that didn’t score, but for the sake of those statistical enthusiasts out there, we’ll focus upon those who packed on the points. Tarek Lapointe lead the way, with an outstanding six points, which distributed out to a trio of goals and three assists. Lapointe wasn’t the only one wearing black and yellow to nab themselves a hat-trick, as Riley Davie also scored three times and added one assist. In total, a multiple point game was had by nine NACI players. Goaltender Austin Michaluk collected the win for Neepawa. The next game was much closer, but still ended up being a 6-3 victory for Neepawa over Minnedosa, on Friday, Jan. 19. The first period was a great back in forth, with Minnedosa taking the lead on a pair of occasions. Adrian Delgaty and Jaden Trotz each scored for the Chancellors. Neepawa replied back, however, with goals from Lapointe, as well as Rylan Bray. In the second, Lapointe scored the lone goal for either team, making it 3-2 Neepawa going into the final period. Ian Foster would then score early in the final frame the goal that would end up being the game winner for the Tigers. Trotz replied with his 27th of the season for Minnedosa, but Brody Pollock and Daniel Lisoway tapped in some insurance for NACI, to make the final a 6-3 score. Goaltender Harley Smith-Bellisle made 27 stops for the Tigers.


The NACI Tigers celebrate after one of their many goals on Friday, Jan. 19, as they bested Minnedosa by a 6-3 score. This game was their annual Tigers Fight Cancer fundraiser.

This particular game was also special off the ice, as it was the Tigers’ 4th annual fundraising game for cancer. In total, excluding this year, this event has been able to raise $9,150 with all proceeds being donated to local causes. Neepawa then closed out its weekend with a 9-0 win over the RGG Raiders. Once again a mix of players were able to add to their stats on the season. Tarek Lapointe had another hat-trick, while Ian Foster lead the way with points, as he had a pair of goals, as well as two assists. Kane Lapointe (2 goals), Lincoln Murray and Ben Richard

also scored, while Cohen Kulbacki had three assists. Michaluk stopped all 23 shots he faced. These results have NACI secure in fourth place in the league standings, with a 15-2-0 record and 31 points. The Tigers also have multiple games in hand on all three teams they are currently chasing. As for what’s next, the NACI Tigers will head to Minnedosa for a game versus the Chancellors on Friday, Jan. 26. The next home game is not until Wednesday, Jan. 31, when the NACI will host Swan Valley.

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Minnedosa Bombers win wild one over MacGregor By Eoin Devereux

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The Minnedosa Bombers battled back from an early offensive surge by the MacGregor Wild, to pick up a 7-5 win on Saturday, Jan. 20. The first period of this Tiger Hills Hockey League match-up featured seven goals, with MacGregor picking up four of those first five for the early lead. The first of the night was scored by MacGregor, but was quickly followed by one from Bombers’ forward Matt Saler. The Wild then picked up the next three in quick succession, to make it 4-1 just mid-way through the first. The Bombers replied back before intermission, as Patrick Kondratiew and Mark Willis scored, to make it a 4-3 score. For the second, MacGregor collected a goal off an early period powerplay. Just 1:02 after that, however, Saler added his

second of the night, on an unassisted chance. Just as that goal was being announced over the intercom, the Bombers announcer was interrupted with one more, this time from Kondratiew, his second of the game as well. That made it a 5-5 tie going into the third period. For that final 20 minutes, it was the Bombers who were able to take control as Logan Robinson scored on a power-play. It was unassisted. The scoring would close out with just 1:17 left in the game, as Saler scored his third of the night on an empty net opportunity. Jason Argue picked up the win in net, stopping 36 shots for the Bombers. T h is w i n i mproved Minnedosa’s record to 12-2-1 on the season, and has them just three points back of Killarney (14-1-0. 28 pts) for first place in the East Division.

Gladstone defeated by Miniota/Elkhorn By Eoin Devereux

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It’s been a rough January in Gladstone, as the Lakers have lost their fourth straight THHL game. The most recent loss of 2024 was a 6-3 decision on Jan. 20 to the reigning league champions, the Miniota/ Elkhorn C-Hawks. After an early C-Hawk goal, Gladstone answered back mid-way through the first with a Kobe Campbell goal. Just a few minutes later, Miniota/Elkhorn regained the lead on a shot from former Carberry Plainsmen Zeanan Ziemer. In the second, the combo of Jason and Brad Bowles scored a combined three goals for the C-Hawks, with Jason collecting the extra. Jesse Toth was the lone answer from the Lakers in that 20 minutes, which made the score 5-2, entering the third.

The final period featured just two goals, one for each team. Campbell scored his second of the night for Gladstone, while Jason Bowles accomplished the hat-trick, with an empty net goal just before the final horn. With this result, Gladstone has now dropped four of five games to begin 2024 and are now two points back of Neepawa for third place in the Tiger Hill’s East Division. The Lakers, however, do have one game in hand on the schedule in order to make up the difference. The next game for Gladstone will be Jan. 26 in MacGregor versus the Wild. As for home games, the Lakers return to Gladstone to take on the Neepawa Farmers on Friday, Feb 2. Start time is set for 8:30 p.m.


JANUARY 26, 2024

Neepawa Farmers win big over Melita Bisons

By Eoin Devereux

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A five-point performance from Zak Hicks lead the Neepawa Farmers to an impressive 10-3 victory over the Melita Bisons on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Tiger Hills Hockey League (THHL) play. Hicks picked up a hat-trick and added a pair of assists in Neepawa’s lopsided win, which improved their regular season record to 8-7-0. Several other Farmers’ added to the team’s impressive outing, including Kyle McDonald, who had four points (2 goals - 2 assists). Tieler Fenning-Cox, Garett Rempel, Dillon Birch, Ward Szucki and Lance Nugent also scored goals for Neepawa on the night. To go along with his lone goal, Rempel also added four assists, as did his teammate Bret Levandoski. As for how all these numbers played out on the ice, it looked as though it was going to be a much closer game than it turned out to be in the first period, as it was tied at 3-3 going into the intermission. The Farmers secured the win in the second, however, with f ive unanswered goals. They would add two more in the final 20 minutes of play, to push Neepawa into double digits. The Farmers now have just three games remaining on the schedule before the start of the play-offs. Over the next few weeks, they’ll play a pair on the road in Miniota and Gladstone, before returning to the Yellowhead Centre on Friday, Feb. 9 for a game versus the Minnedosa Bombers. Start time is set for 8:00 p.m.


It’s been a pretty good start to 2024 so far for the Neepawa Farmers, as the club has picked up a pair of wins. The latest was a 10-3 thrashing of the Melita Bison. Top picture: Myles Willerton (#14) dumps the puck into the Melita zone. Bottom picture: Reese Jones makes a blocker save off of a Melita shot midway through the first period. Jones ended up making 41 saves for the win, his fifth of the year for Neepawa. This victory improved the Farmers’ regular season record in the Tiger Hills Hockey League to 8-7-0.

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MJHL Standings Western Division





Virden Oil Capitals

39 28





OCN Blizzard

38 22 12




Dauphin Kings

35 23 11




Neepawa Titans

38 17 20




Wayway Wolverines

38 13 21




Swan Valley Stampeders 42 10 30




Eastern Division





Steinbach Pistons

38 31





Winkler Flyers

37 28





Portage Terriers

40 24





Niverville Nighthawks

39 22 15




Selkirk Steelers

39 17 19




Winnipeg Freeze







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Game results Sunday, Jan. 21

Steinbach 5-2 Neepawa

First Period 14:35 NPA K. Skrupa (2) ASST: D. Leahy (4) Second Period 00:24 NPA C. Thompson (12) ASST: J. Baird (7) 13:34 STN G. Hoffman (20) ASST: C. Paronuzzi (19), L. Doyle (10) Third Period 00:28 STN S. Penner (2) ASST: Unassisted 02:37 STN G. Hoffman (21) ASST: C. Paronuzzi (20), B. Funk (17) 17:31 STN S. Penner (3) EN SH ASST: Unassited 19:55 STN K. Mullen (19) EN ASST: Unassisted Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP NPA 1 1 0 2 0/3 STN 0 1 4 5 0/6 Goaltenders NPA M. Lobreau - (L) 54/57 saves STN C. Plowman - (W) 17/19 saves Attendance: 531 - HyLife Centre

MJHL Player stats G 1. Dalton Andrew (WKR) 22 2. Trent Penner (WKR) 19 3. Leo Chamber (STN) 13 4. Josh Lehto (VIR) 19 Leading scorers (MJHL)

5. Nolan Chastko (VIR)

Leading scorers (Titans)

1. Cody Gudnason 2. Connor Thompson 3. Carter McLeod

A 26 28 34 24


48 47 47 43

24 16 40 G

A Pts

11 21 32 12 18 30 12 14 26


Titans overpowered by Pistons Shortened bench due to illness/injury a factor in 5-2 loss

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press The Neepawa Titans could keep up for only so long, as the Steinbach Pistons eventually overwhelmed them on the way to a 5-2 win on Sunday, Jan. 20. All things considered, however, the end result could have been much worse for the Titans, as Steinbach hammered away with 59 shots on net in regulation. Goaltender Mason Lobreau put in an amazing effort, though allowing just three of those five registered goals. The final two goals of the game were actually into an empty net. Another X factor in the game was a short bench for the Titans as there were five prominent players unable to dress

due to sickness or injury. Amongst those forced to wear the suit and tie on Sunday included team captain and leading scorer Cody Gudnason. Under those circumstances, Neepawa’s early heroics are all the more impressive, as they held an to an early lead. Keenan Skrupa collected his second of the year in the opening period off a turnover in the Steinbach zone, to make it 1-0 for the Titans. Then, just 24 seconds into the second, Connor Thompson scored on a breakaway opportunity, giving Neepawa a 2-0 lead. Eventually, however, the Pistons’ were just too much to hold off, as they replied back with one goal in the second. It appeared as though Steinbach had tied the game a few minutes

later, but the play was blown dead on a delayed penalty. That kept it a 2-1 score going into the third. For the final 20 minutes of regulation, the figuratively f loodgates opened on Neepawa, as the next four goals were all Steinbach. This latest defeat dropped Neepawa’s record on the year to 17-20-1, which puts them in fourth place in the MJHL’s West Division with 35 points. The Titans are still five points better than Waywayseecappo in the standings, and have a hold of the final playoff spot. The next game for Neepawa will be on Friday, Jan. 26, when they host the Portage Terriers. Start time at the Yellowhead Centre is set for 7:30 p.m.

Neepawa curlers win Zone 7 Mixed Doubles Championship


Congratulations to Neepawa’s Will Cabak & Lena Stadnyk, who recently won the MHSAA Zone 7 Mixed Curling Championship. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Recent NACI games

Monday, Jan. 22 - JV Basketball

Neepawa Tigers 49-41 Minnedosa Chancellors (boys) William Morton Warriors 59-23 Neepawa Tigers (girls)



Tuesday, Jan. 23 - Varsity Basketball Neepawa Tigers 107-19 Erickson Eagles (boys)

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Obituary Martha Blahitka

Aug 27, 1925 – Nov 25, 2023 Martha Blahitka passed away peacefully November 25, 2023 at Country Meadows Personal Care Home in Neepawa. She was born in Dauphin, MB to Samuel & Mary Marcynuk, the fifth of eight children. She attended Fairville School and married Stanley Blahitka in 1947. They farmed in the Sifton area until 1957, when Stan had an opportunity to work with his uncle, in Illinois. Lots of moves in Illinois, raising six children, changing schools, being a mother and secretary for the home improvement business they began – kept her busy. The plan was always to return to Canada, and in 1970, they did. She had a quiet presence but she was funny, could laugh at herself, and enjoyed a laugh – very private but happy in her home – kind, smart, thrifty – and loved her family unconditionally. Her earlier days were filled with cooking and sewing, following childrens’ activities, gardening, and caring for her flowers and trees. She enjoyed taking lunches and suppers to the field and to help out and see what was going on. Lasting friendships were gained through bowling, playing cards and meeting great neighbours through the various moves in their lives. She did love her warmth and she and Stanley spent 30 winters travelling, visiting, and in their Florida home. Her eyes would always light up and she cherished when grand and great-grandchildren visited in Manitoba or Florida! Martha will be lovingly remembered and missed by her children Joan Smith (Bernie), Greg (Judy), Lorraine Hockin (Barry), and Carol Radu (Dave). She will also be missed by her grandchildren Susan Russell (Devin), Lori Cooper (Jason), Brooke deBruin, Hayley Rockwell (Brenden), Hillary Blahitka (Ian), Ian Hockin (Sherrie), Greg Hockin (Katie), Rachel and Taylor Radu; and her great grandchildren Tristan, Marcus, Ronin and Remy, Kellen and Brooks, and Carter, Drew and Sawyer. Also left to mourn her loss are brother Ernie Marcynuk, sisters-in-law Sylvia and Olga Marcynuk, brother- and sister-in-law Ernie and Louise Blahitka, and several cousins, nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond. Martha was predeceased by Stanley, her husband of 73 years, two sons Timmy and Mark, granddaughter Cynthia, parents, brothers George, Nick and his wife Molly, John, Mike and his wife Iris, Billy, and sister Catherine Ryz and her husband Stanley, brother- and sister-in-law Archie and Stella Blahitka, and nephews. A celebration of life was held December 1, 2023 at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Jorge Mante and Fr. Art Seaman officiating.

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Thank You Sharing a memory, a hug, text, visit, phone call, card, food, plants and flowers, donations and assistance with funeral preparation. For whatever way you expressed your sympathy or lent a helping hand, we thank you. Thank you to all those who cared for Martha and were our eyes, ears and hands at Country Meadows and Neepawa Hospital, Dr. Wareham for your expertise and compassion, and Dr. Tariq for your pre-care home kindness and care; Father Jorge Mante and Father Art Seaman, Norma Kerkowich, Donna Huck, St. Dominic’s choir and CWL and White’s Funeral Home. Your kindness will always be remembered. The family of Martha Blahitka

Obituary Anna Louise Jacobsen

February 13, 1934 ~ January 16, 2024 Anna passed away on January 16, 2024, while in the Neepawa Hospital, after a brief stay. Anna was predeceased by her parents, all her brothers and sisters, plus in-laws, as well as her husband Frits, children Kathy, Roy and grandson Kent. Anna was born in Mordon, MB. area, her family moved to the Deloraine/Lake Metagoshe area, where she attended her schooling. Anna moved to Virden and worked as a waitress till meeting and marrying Frits on April 4, 1953. Anna and Frits lived in quite a few cities before settling in their final home in Brookdale where they lived for 48 years. Anna will be missed by her son Gary and wife Joy, granddaughter Tanya, great grandson Austin, greatgreat granddaughter Addison, great granddaughters Aliyeh and Teylar, grandson Jesse and wife Mandy, great granddaughters Alexis, Kori, Emma-Lee and Kayden, grandson Carl, grandson Clayton, son Kelvin, grandsons Kelroy and wife Katie, great grandson Xander, grandson Wyatt, son-in-law Craig, grandson Frits, great granddaughter Rikki, granddaughter Angel, great grandson Zaiden, great grandson Coleson, daughter Cheryl and husband Gary, grandson Zane, Garrick and wife Chelsea, and daughter Twyla and husband Dean, grandson Kristian and granddaughter Destiny and husband Cam, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly treasured and deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral service was held on Friday, January 19, 2024, at the Neepawa United/Anglican Church. The burial took place at Riverside Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home Gladstone/MacGregor in care of arrangements

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P. Baker Backhoe Services to their efforts in maintaining our parking lot last Fall.

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The Neepawa Yellowhead Centre extends a huge thank-you to the companies that supported the

2023 Airport Farming Project: • Kulbacki Seeds • Enns Bros (Neepawa) • Redfern’s • Neepawa-Gladstone Co-Op • G3 • Viterra Forest • Sumpointe Acres • C. Jakubowski Farms Ltd (Cody Jakubowski) • Csversko Farms • S&C Newton Farms • P. Baker Backhoe Proceeds earned from the Airport Farming Project benefit the Yellowhead Centre and Curling Club, which are greatly appreciated. - Yellowhead Centre Board of Directors

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HyLife is a global leader in food processing. Our vision is to be the best food company in the world. To achieve this, we need talented people like you to join our team. HyLife creates limitless opportunities for passionate individuals, and we have an exciting new career opportunity located at 623 Main St. Neepawa, MB for you to explore!

The current starting wage is $16.10/hour with incremental increases based on tenure. PLUS opportunities for salary growth and competitive bonuses. Our wage bracket extends to $24.05 per hour We Will Train the Right Candidate Quick Facts:

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ArtsForward Art & Cultural Center The Board of Directors for ArtsForward is accepting applications for the position of Administrator. Under the direction of the Board, the Administrator is responsible for the overall operation and management of ArtsForward. The Administrator will work to continue to implement the vision and direction for ArtsForward’s programs and services to ensure they meet the needs of the community, and will continue to build strong customer service and community relationships to support ArtsForward’s operations. Qualifications/Experience • Post Secondary education in business, marketing, management, or related field • Minimum two years in a management, director, supervisory role in related environment • Excellent project, organizational and time management skills • Proficient at programming and special event planning • Superior communication, marketing, grant application experience • Solid financial management, budget preparation and analyzation experience • Possess the ability to work with the public and volunteers • Upbeat, outgoing, positive, creative and enthusiastic attitude • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence & access to vehicle Position Conditions This is a permanent, full-time opportunity.

• Slaughtering hogs (eviscerate, hide removal, etc.) • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value-added specifications for local, national, and international premium markets • Maintaining our sanitation program

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 • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset • High School Graduate or Equivalent preferred • Able to effectively communicate in English

HyLife 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.

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Online at http://hylife.com/current-opportunities/ or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. | Fax to: 204.476.3791 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 Jobs@hylife.com. 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.

We want it to be YOU! Come join our HyLife team. We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted

Rate of Pay & Benefits Dependent on qualifications and experience. Details Position Description available: artsforward.weebly.com email: artsforward@mymts.net Resume with Cover Letter accepted until 4:00pm February 8, 2024 Submit via email to: artsforward@mymts.net

ArtsForward’s Board thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

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time Educational Assistant (5.75 hours per day) Price Media Section Insertion- Full Date Ad Size The Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah is accepting at J.M. Young School in Eden Dauphin Herald for a Full Time Water Careers 3 col x 5.4777” applications Treatment Plant/Jan 30, 2024 See Division website for more details on this position at Equipment Operator. This position is full time and Parkland Shopper Careers Jan 26, 2024 3 col x 5.4777” www.beautifulplainssd.ca scheduled to start immediately. Duties to include Click on Job Postings. Killarney Guide Careers Jan 26, 2024 3 col x 5.4777” operation and maintenance of a Class I Water Treatment Plant and Class I Water Distribution System, operation Minnedosa Tribune Careers Jan 26, 2024 3 col x 5.4777” of municipal equipment and Labourer and other general R.M. of Minto-Odanah Swan duties RiverasStar & Times Careers Jan 30, 2024 3 col x 5.4777” assigned.

Seasonal Equipment Operator/Laborer Applicant should have Class I Water Treatment and ClassFeb 1, 2024 Treherne Times Careers 3 col x 5.4777” I Water Distribution Designation or be willing to obtain The Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah is accepting Neepawa Banner/Press Careers Jan 26, 2024 4 col x 5.4777” them. applications for a Seasonal Equipment Operator/Laborer. Pilot Mound Sentinel Courier Careers Jan 30, 2024 3 coland x 5.4777” This position is full time seasonal scheduled to start Class 5 driver’s license. Class 3 driver’s license would be approximately May 1st, as weather permits. Duties to an asset. Be mechanically inclined include operation of various municipal equipment and This opportunity will remain open until a suitable other general duties as assigned. candidate is selected. A Class 3 driver’s license would be an asset. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. TOTAL Resume will be received until the position isPRICE filled. Please send resume with 3 references to: Only those individuals selected for an interview will be R.M. of Minto-Odanah contacted. Water Treatment Plant Operator 49 Main St., Box 1197, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Submit applications to: Phone: (204) 867-3282 R.M. of Minto-Odanah Fax: (204) 867-1937 Seasonal Equipment Operator/Laborer Email: admin@mintoodanah.ca 49 Main St., Box 1197, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Phone: (204) 867-3282 Fax: (204) 867-1937 Email: admin@mintoodanah.ca


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School of Business Full-Time, Term (April 1, 2024, to February 28, 2025) Brandon, MB Competition # 104-23/24 Salary: $62,187 to $92,384 annually ($32.99 to $49.01 hourly) (Educational Supplement: Master’s degree $2,850 annually; PhD $5,700 annually) Assiniboine Community College has been providing exceptional learning experiences that have been transforming lives and strengthening Manitoba through applied education and research for more than 60 years. Reporting to the Chairperson or Program Coordinator, instructors are primarily responsible for the development and delivery of curricula and evaluation of student performance relating to the divisions’ on and off-campus program. Instructors assist with assigned activities including college promotion, student recruitment, student placement, industry liaison and various administrative functions. For full position details or to view all career opportunities visit: www.assiniboine.net/careers.

Assiniboine Community College is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that its policies, practices, and systems are free of barriers. Assiniboine values diversity and promotes full participation to ensure dignity, respect, and equal access for all employees. Assiniboine welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who are legally entitled to work in Canada, including Indigenous peoples, persons of all abilities, members of visible minorities, all genders and sexual orientations, and all other groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2024-2025 Kindergarten Registration for the Rolling River School Division will be held during February 5th - February 9th, 2024 from 9:00-11:30am and 1:30-3:00pm. Children who will be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2024 are eligible for Kindergarten. Please register at the following catchment area schools: SCHOOL PHONE NO. Douglas Elementary 204-763-4480 Erickson Elementary 204-636-2266 Forrest Elementary 204-728-7674 Oak River Elementary 204-566-2167 Onanole Elementary 204-848-2402 Rapid City Elementary 204-826-2824 Rivers Elementary 204-328-7416 Tanner’s Crossing Elementary 204-867-2591 *Parents are required to present their child’s birth certificate and medical number at time of registration. *Please contact the School Division Office (204-867-2754 Ext. 0) if unsure of your catchment area school.


Sealed, written tenders for property in the Municipality of Glenella-Landsdowne described below will be received by: McCulloch Mooney Johnston Selby LLP Law Office 14 Main Street S., Box 1670 Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0 PROPERTY Acres Parcel 1: N ½ 21-15-13 WPM (320 acres) 320 Parcel 2: NW ¼ 28-15-13 WPM (160 acres) 800 E ½ 29-15-13 WPM (320 acres) E ½ 32-15-13 WPM (320 acres) Parcel 3: NW ¼ 32-15-13 WPM (160 acres) 480 W ½ 5-16-13 WPM (320 acres) Parcel 4: NE ¼ 5-16-13 WPM (160 acres) 160 Parcel 5: NE ¼ 31-15-13 WPM (160 acres) 160 Parcel 6: SE ¼ 6-16-13 WPM (160 acres) 160 Parcel 7: E ½ 7-16-13 WPM (320 acres) 320 Parcel 8: NE ¼ 33-15-13 WPM (160 acres) 560 W ½ 33-15-13 WPM (320 acres) W ½ of SE ¼ 33-15-13 WPM (80 acres) TOTAL ACRES 2,960 CONDITIONS OF TENDER 1. Interested parties must rely on their own inspection and knowledge of the property. 2. Tenders may be placed and accepted on one or several or all parcels of land. 3. Tenders must be received on or before 12:00 noon on March 4, 2024. 4. Tenders must be accompanied by a $5,000.00 (per parcel tendered), cheque payable to McCulloch Mooney Johnston Selby LLP in Trust as a deposit. Deposit cheques accompanying unacceptable bids will be returned. 5. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE 1. A bidder whose tender is accepted will be required to complete an agreement covering terms and conditions of sale. 2. In addition to the deposit, the balance of the accepted tender must be paid on or before the date of closing which shall be April 2, 2024, or evidence provided that the purchase funds will be available under conditions acceptable to the Vendor. If the balance of the accepted tender is not paid within the set time limit the deposit may be forfeited as liquidated damages and not as a penalty. 3. Possession is not authorized until acceptable arrangements for full payment are made following acceptance of tender. 4. Successful bidder will be responsible for real property taxes commencing January 1, 2024. 5. The purchaser shall be responsible for payment of GST or shall self-assess for GST. For further information contact: TOM MOONEY JIM ABBOTT Ph: 204-745-2546 Ph: 204-745-3884 (Res.) Fax: 204-745-3963 Ph: 204-750-1157 (Cell) email: tom@mmjslaw.com email: abbottj@mymts.net website: www.mmjslaw.com/tenders For a tour or map of the property contact: GARNET ROSE at (204) 476-4590 (cell) or (204) 368-2419 (res) email: grose@xplornet.ca



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A busy weekend for our Carberry Hockey teams with the Under 13 team on road to provincials. The U11 braved the cold but lost their Friday night game in Oak Lake. Last week, the U13 Plainsmen team hosted Reston in game 2 of their series. Winning against Reston with a 3-0 shutout for Drayson. This past Friday the U13 Plainsmen traveled to Hartney for a tough game that ended in a 10-6 loss. U13 Plainsmen took on Souris on Saturday in Carberry. It was a close game but ended in an 8-6 loss. U13 Plainsmen played Virden in Glenboro, it was an intense back and forth game that ended in a 7-7 tie. The U13 Plainsmen played their first game against Hartney in their provincial playoff best of 3 series started in Carberry. This team

fought hard throughout the entire game and came away with a 8-5 win. The next game in this series is Game 2 in Hartney on Thursday. The Carberry/Glenboro U15 team had a great game against Virden this weekend in Glenboro, with an 8-2 win. With help from the scoring leaders, with a pair of goals each from Logan McPhail and Easton Shearer and a flawless game between the pipes from Kylan Diehl. The Carberry/ Glenboro U15 team went on to defeat the league’s top team, Souris on Sunday with a 4-1 win. Carberry U9 travelled to Reston for a double header on Saturday unfortunately losing both games with close scores. On Sunday Glenboro travelled to Carberry winning 13-5. Top scorer of the weekend was Jax Minshull and awesome goaltending by Crozby Campbell.

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This item was submitted by the Beautiful Plains Museum in relation to the Arden bank, which was featured in the Apr. 16, 2021 edition of the Neepawa Banner & Press. This Northern Crown document is dated to 1911, and the Royal Bank’s to 1932. The Manitoba Historical Society states that the Northern Crown Bank, as a whole, was established in Winnipeg in 1905. At this time, it was known as the Northern Bank and later renamed the Northern Crown Bank after absorbing the Crown Bank of Toronto in 1908. In 1918, it was then taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada.


Vehicle hops curb in Neepawa


Neepawa’s downtown was the scene for a dangerous surprise on Jan. 19 when a vehicle jumped the curb at Giant Tiger, colliding with the building. Following the incident, it appeared that one person may have been receiving care from an EMT, but no specific reports on the severity of injuries. As responders tended to the scene, traffic was delayed but soon returned to normal and the crashed vehicle removed.

A health care journey worth taking for the Town of Neepawa Submitted Town of Neepawa With the announcement of a new regional hospital for the Town of Neepawa in December 2021, Neepawa began communicating with Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and Prairie Mountain Health regarding the staffing needs of a new hospital and to express interest in hosting community based training specific to health care. Understanding that a training facility was the biggest hurdle to securing any form of training to Neepawa, Council made the decision to renovate the old RCMP Detachment building at 239 Mill Street into a training centre. Renovations were

100 per cent funded by the Town of Neepawa with a “build it and they will come” attitude. Once construction was underway, Assiniboine Community College worked more closely with Neepawa to focus on the hosting of a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program to start in January 2024, as part of their program offerings under the umbrella of the college. Neepawa will continue to advocate for increased post-secondary training in rural Manitoba and are appreciative of the partnerships that are necessary to actively participate in reducing the impact of various labour shortages both locally and across the Province of Manitoba.

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‘I’m back and thankful for it.’ A message from Christine Waddell

Christine Waddell and her husband Ken are co-owners of the Neepawa Banner & Press. After several months of poor health, Christine recently underwent two procedures and a major surgery. She is now recovering well at their home in Neepawa, and wanted to share her appreciation with those who have and are helping her on this road to recovery.


hank you. First to God who has put so many wonderful people in our circle who have prayed and shown their concern in a thousand ways. Oct. 19 – Jan. 19. Rheumatologist Dr. Ada Man for her regular and diligent check ups that started the process. Dr. Poettcker and staff in Neepawa who acted so promptly and effectively to get me to Brandon General Hospital where Doctors and El Hadi and Dhalla alleviated many symptoms and moved the process along, MB Cancer Care nurse specialist Stephanie, who has been an encouragement and a rock only a call away; the special care at Neepawa hospital in November; the ambulance drivers who transported me to and from St. Boniface for a procedure. Dr Bubis at HSC-his surgical team. Jan. 4, 2024 was a long day. (Google Whipple is you want to know more) I could not have been in better hands. All the staff on my ward (so many cheerful staff both fully qualified and in training, nutrition, physio RNs, LPNs, HC Aides; dietary and cleaning. Great appreciation and gratitude to the Banner & Press staff as they carried on through the first true blast of winter to put out top notch papers, with Ken minimally involved by email and text from Winnipeg. To Ken for being there as my motivation and that extra pair of

hands in Room 328; our son Rob for looking after Ken, as driver, chef, creating diversions for all those days. To our son Mike and daughter-in-law Naomi for their prayers and giving me extra incentive to get well with their ever growing family. Now safely back in our home in Neepawa thank you for the well wishes; surprise treats; meals, texts. We are so blessed to be in this community and country. To my Facebook community who have helped me keep touch with all the activities I can’t take part in. Thank you Lord and bless them all! Christine Waddell


Attractions galore at Manitoba Ag Days


Each and every year, there’s plenty to see at the annual Manitoba Ag Days exposition. This year was no exception. Whether it was an educational station, such as that from the Manitoba Weed Supervisors Association (top left), small-scale machinery (top right, with staff from Livingstone), behemoths of agriculture like the Seed Master (above left) or Bourgault (above right), or agricultural tools such as the Hay Handler (below), there was sure to be something to pique the interest of all in attendance.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024 Fall Term

will be held during the regular school hours at the following schools: Hazel M. Kellington (Neepawa) February 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 All Day J. M. Young (Eden) Feb 6 & 7 (Tues & Wed) Mornings only Brookdale Feb 8 (Thurs) Afternoon only R. J. Waugh (Carberry) Feb 8 & 9 (Thurs & Fri) 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please register at your school • To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2024. • A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required for their school file. • For Newcomer Families, copies of your child’s passport and residency documentation are also required. If further assistance is needed you may contact Neepawa Settlement Services 204-476-2055.

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