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Friday, August 6, 2021 • Vol.126 No. 2 • Neepawa, Manitoba

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A building boom in Neepawa


The construction of the Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op Home Centre building, is just one of several significant projects currently on the go in the Town of Neepawa.

By Eoin Devereux Neepawa Banner & Press As of late, there has been an influx of high profile construction projects making progress throughout Neepawa. One, for example, is the build of several residential houses on the land, most commonly known to locals as the

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former CN property. As well, the Neepawa Gladstone Co-op recently poured the foundation for its new home centre expansion, which is being build near the water tower. Further east, the Kinsmen Kourts Two is inching closer and closer to completion, as the building’s facade is taking shape and interior work is progressing quite well.

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A notable uptick in projects The Neepawa & Area Planning District has seen first hand, just how energized the building sector has become. In total, 50 building permits, worth approximately $30.8 million have been awarded over the first seven months of 2021. The value of these permits has eclipsed last year’s num-

bers (77 permits - $12.9 million) and are on pace to surpass 2018 (71 permits - $32.9 million). If those building start averages hold steady for the remainder of the year, 2021 would be the busiest building season, in terms of total value in the last five years. Continued on Page 8

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New changes to COVID-19 health orders Revised rules go into effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, Aug. 7

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The Manitoba Government has decided to move ahead with new public health orders and guidance for COVID-19 a full month earlier than originally expected. Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer made the announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 3. “Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Manitobans, we are now in a position to reopen more, sooner, as we have achieved our highest vaccination rates yet,” said Pallister. “This means Manitobans will enjoy the least restrictive public health orders since the start of the pandemic last year.” The new public health orders will allow the following sectors to open without restrictions: •Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences; •Gyms and fitness centres;

libraries; be permitted with •Personal services limits on camper such as hair and cohorts; nail salons; •Workplaces must •Retail businesses, continue to report markets, garden cases to governcentres and malls. ment for folloOther sectors wup and public will open with limhealth-confirmed ited restrictions transmission of including: COVID-19 in the •Expanded capworkplace may reacity limits will sult in workplaces remain in place being ordered to for weddings, fuclose for a minnerals and other imum of 10 days; public gatherings and both indoors and •Remote workoutdoors including will no longer ing larger capacity be required or IMAGE STILLS TAKEN FROM MANITOBA GOVERNMENT MEDIA CONFERENCE limits for wor- On Tuesday, Aug. 3, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health recommended by ship and cultural officer and premier Brian Pallister announced new health orders for public health and events like pow the province, effective 12:01 am on Aug. 7. workplaces will wows; be encouraged to •Restaurants and bars will •Museums, galleries and will continue to be limited transition from COVID-19 no longer need to restrict movie theatres will remain to vaccinated individuals; safety plans to a general the size or space between limited to 50 per cent cap- however, all these facilities communicable disease pretables and dining will not acity but will no longer be may now open to 100 per vention plan. be restricted to households restricted to vaccinated cent capacity; Due to the ongoing presor vaccinated individuals. individuals; •Indoor and outdoor sports ence of COVID-19 and the Patrons, however, will still •Casinos and bingo halls, and recreation will fully extra risk posed by the delta be expected to avoid con- p ro f e s s i o n a l s p o r t i n g reopen with limits only on variant, provincial public gregating or socializing events, horse and auto spectator capacity; health officials strongly between tables; racing, and concert halls •Overnight camps will recommend wearing masks

MB Liberal leader concerned with COVID-19 guideline changes

By Eoin Devereux

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Reaction was swift from one of Manitoba’s opposition parties to the upcoming changes to public health orders related to COVID-19. The Provincial government announced on Tuesday, Aug. 3 that the changes would take effect on Saturday, Aug. 6. The most notable alterations to the rules will be no restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences and masks no longer being required at indoor public places. Dougald Lamont, the Manitoba Liberal Party leader, expressed his grave concern with the changes, stating that premier Brian Pallister and his government appears to have learned nothing over the course of the pandemic “[Aug. 3] announcement had no modelling or projections, which are extremely important. How

can the PCs be choosing to open up when they have no projections of what might happen? It’s reckless and irresponsible,” said Lamont. “We’ve seen and heard all of it before, and it appears that Pallister has learned nothing from this own

catastrophic failures of the second and third wave.” As for NDP leader Wab Kinew, he had not made any type of public statement on the Province’s guildline decision before the Banner & Press publication deadline.

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NACTV hires new video journalist

By Kira Paterson

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Locals may have noticed a new face at the Neepawa Access Television (NACTV) station lately and it’s thanks to funding through a federal program. Rrain Prior was officially hired by NACTV on July 5 with the help of a Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) grant. “[LJI] is a project through the federal government. They have funded the community news sector to employ professional journalists to deliver civic journalism in their communities,” explained Prior. The Local Journalism Initiative isn’t a new program, it’s actually been on NACTV’s radar for a few years now. “[ NACTV ] applied for this grant for the first time in 2019. So actually, this program has been in effect for 18 months to two years now,” Prior said. “NACTV was given a grant at the time to hire a journalist [in 2019], and could not find

someone who wanted to take the position in Neepawa.” Prior explained that the funding they were approved for back then was to be used for 18 months, ending this spring. “Fast forward to this year, I think April or May, and they were doing the second intakes,” she said. “We contacted them again and said, ‘We weren’t able to use it [last] time, COVID has really shaken things up right now and we think we’ll be able to find someone this time. Can we try again?” The funding for this round will end in March of next year, after which NACTV will be able to apply for another round. “The actual program is five years long, we’re in year three of five right now,” Prior noted. To be eligible for the LJI funding, there are certain criteria Prior’s job description has to meet. The main reason for the funding is to help community news sources be able to deliver civic news. “Civic journalism is covering the civic

institutions in your area. But not just that, it’s also covering any issues that are of importance to your immediate community,” Prior explained. “Even just to cover the council meetings, that is civic journalism right there. But it’s also looking into things that are of concern to citizens.” For example, one of the stories Prior is looking into is Neepawa’s cemetery, because that’s something area residents have expressed concern about. “So [the term] can be very broadly applied, but you really need to keep the focus on what is important to the community and what the community is talking about and asking questions about.” Prior added that there is more to her job than just reporting. “The grant is not just me doing all these news stories, that’s not what it’s about. It is about the journalist coming in and enabling the community to tell their own stories. So it involves a lot of things like train-

ing, interview training and things like that, some equipment training, and also, not just that, but producing the stories that [the volunteers are] bringing in,” she noted. “A big part of the job is really enabling the community to tell their own stories.” With the training, Prior said that NACTV is looking for volunteers who would be interested in learning different aspects of the production process. “Not just in filming, but in interviewing and editing and things like that,” she stated. “So if anyone’s interested, please do get in touch with the station. Even if you don’t want to do it right away, if down the line, you’re thinking, ‘This is something I’m interested in learning,’ please get in touch.” While many area residents may recognize Prior from her 10 years as the programming director for ArtsForward, they may not know that she actually has a background in the news and film sectors. “Originally, I studied English and film in

Food-filled weekend to be held in Gladstone

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

The Gladstone Agricultural Society is hoping you’ll be hungry this weekend. Society secretary Tara Fulton told the Neepawa Banner & Press that, similar to last year, the event will provide plenty of food. Poutine Night is on Aug. 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with regular, pulled pork or taco meat poutine available. Pancake breakfasts will be held on Aug. 7 and 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and the Ag. Society steak supper on Aug. 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. “It’s going to be a low-key weekend,” said Fulton. “We can’t have our usual slow pitch tournament, so it’s going to be a small ‘do what we can do’ to keep the tradition going.” Both the Poutine Night and and steak supper were set for pre-order, to give the organizers an idea of how much food would be needed. Though the order dates have passed, Fulton noted that walk-ups should be able to be accepted. All meals are set for take-out or delivery from Stride Hall. “We’re going based on what our numbers were last year, so we do have lots of food, I hope,” Fulton laughed. In addition to the variety of food opportunities, the fair weekend will also still be host to a few entertainment But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel 16:7 (New International Version)

options on Aug. 7. That day, the Kids’ Parade will be at 10:30 a.m., the Fair Parade at 11:00 a.m. and music performed by Bullruckus from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the cookshack in William’s Park. All attendees are asked to be aware of and abide by the current provincial COVID-19 health and safety regulations. There were no additional regulations in place for the event at the time this paper went to print.

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school. So I come with that dual background into the TV world. I worked in IT for a while, but then I was actually at the Toronto Star for seven years. I worked in

their online department,” she noted. “I haven’t worked actually as a journalist, per se, but certainly have worked in the field and done a lot of this stuff before.”

NACTV SCHEDULE All programs are repeated 12 hours after listed time, during the night. Mon. Aug. 9 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 .Filipino Language Lesson #14 10:25 ....Community Announcements 10:30 ....Exercise for Older Adults #1 11:00 ....Prairie Mtn. Artist Showcase 11:30 ............................. Spirit Sands 11:55 ..........Road Rebels Car Cruise 12:15 .......................... Malanka 2018 1:40 ......Community Announcements 2:00 .....Classic Theatre - Pot of Gold 3:30 ..........Coffee Chat - Dan Mazier 4:00 .Kid’s Story-Time - Fairy Tales #4 4:25 ....................Rotary- Don Amero 5:10 ...... Pop-up Concert-Elks Manor 6:00 ............Neepawa News & Views 6:30 .......................Dream Ride 2021 7:00 .The Beverly Hillbillies - S01E34 7:30 ...................... Riverbend Market 7:50 ......Community Announcements 8:00 ....................... NACI Track Meet 8:30 .. Ambrose Bros. Zemovay 2005 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Tues. Aug. 10 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 ......Crocheting Plan for Charity 10:15 ....Community Announcements 10:30 ....Exercise for Older Adults #2 11:00 ........The Pink Panther (Part 1) 12:00 .................... Riverbend Market 12:20 ....Community Announcements 12:30 ...................Filler - Foxes 2016 1:00 ....................... Making Marks #6 1:10 . The Canadian Rythym Masters 3:15 .. Neepawa & Area Recent Clips 3:20 ... Coffee Chat- Charlie Strelczik 3:50 ................MHA - Wilbert Ronald 4:50 ......Community Announcements 5:00 ......... Aboriginal Church Service 7:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 7:30 ........................Val’s Adventures 9:00 ..........................Today’s Church 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Wed. Aug. 11 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 .Neepawa Area & Recent Clips 10:10 ..Wasag. Community Art Show 10:30 ....Exercise for Older Adults #1 10:55 ....Community Announcements 11:10 . .........Stride Credit Union Tour 11:30 ..........Story Behind the Stories 12:00 ..................Art with Elianna # 3 12:20 ..................Rotary- Don Amero 1:05 ...... Pop-up Concert-Elks Manor 1:55 ......Community Announcements 2:00 .Church Service - Calvary Chapel 3:15 .......................Dream Ride 2021 3:45 ........... Hobbies - Doll Collection 4:00 ......Chat - Sgt. Mark Morehouse 4:30 .WestLake-Glad. Spec. meeting 6:00 ... Coffee Chat- Charlie Strelczik 6:30 ..................................Herb Dock 7:00 ..............NAC TV BINGO - LIVE 8:00 .............................Town Council 9:00 .Western - The Fear Merchants 9:50 ......Community Announcements 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Thurs. Aug. 12 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 ... Cooling off at Neepawa Pool 10:10 .Salv. Army Building Demolition 10:30 ....Exercise for Older Adults #2 11:00 .WestLake-Glad. Spec.meeting 12:30 ....Community Announcements 12:45 ............... Home Hardware Fire NACTV programming is done by volunteers and substitutions are sometimes necessary. Programming may also be seen livestreamed at .

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1:15 ....................... Making Marks #6 1:25 .. Neepawa & Area Recent Clips 1:30 .........SH - The Perfect Husband 2:00 ......... Aboriginal Church Service 4:00 .Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament 5:00 ....................Manawaka Festival 5:50 ......Community Announcements 6:00 ............Neepawa News & Views 6:30 ............................... Rangefinder 7:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 7:30 ........................Val’s Adventures 8:30 .............................Town Council 9:30 ......Community Announcements 9:50 ............Venus Hair & Body Care 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Fri. Aug. 13 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 ... War Amps: If Ye Break Faith 10:30 ....Exercise for Older Adults #1 10:55 ....Community Announcements 11:00 ....Prairie Mtn. Artist Showcase 11:30 ..... Prior Family Fireside Music 12:00 ...........................Town Council 1:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 1:30 ... Coffee Chat- Charlie Strelczik 2:00 ........Theatre - Rock Rock Rock! 3:30 .......................Dream Ride 2021 4:00 .Kid’s Story-Time - Prairie Tales 4:35 .Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament 5:35 ...... Carberry Grad Parade 2021 6:10 .. Neepawa & Area Recent Clips 6:30 ................Coast to Coast Sports 7:00 ........... NACTV Reads the News 8:15 .....................Rotary-Don Amero 9:00 .............. Frontier - The Gunmen 9:50 ......Community Announcements 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Sat. Aug. 14 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 .Oswald’s Raised Garden Beds 10:30 ....Exercise for Older Adults #2 11:00 ......... NACTV Reads the News 12:15 ....Community Announcements 12:30 .................RCMP Musical Ride 1:00 ..........The Pink Panther (Part 2) 2:00 ...... Pop-up Concert-Elks Manor 2:50 .....Search & Rescue Dog Demo 3:00 ........... NACTV Reads the News 4:15 .......................Dream Ride 2021 4:45 .. Neepawa & Area Recent Clips 5:00 ...........................Lily Daze 2021 5:30 .............................Town Council 6:30 ..................................Herb Dock 7:00 ............Story Behind the Stories 7:30 .The Beverly Hillbillies - S01E35 8:00 .......... MHS- Historic Resources 8:50 ......Community Announcements 9:00 .Prairie Mountain Artist Showcase 9:30 .......................Land of Peace #1 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat Sun. Aug. 15 10:00 ............ Good Morning Canada 10:03 .........Npa. United-Ang. Shared Ministry 11:15 . ... Calvary Church, Minnedosa 12:00 .. St. Dominic’s Church Service 1:00 .Church Service - Calvary Chapel 2:15 ...................... Riverbend Market 2:35 .. Neepawa & Area Recent Clips 2:40 .........Neepawa Parade and Fair 3:15 Sea of Galilee & Nazareth #1 4:00 ..... Cubs Baseball Game (2018) 6:00 ............Neepawa News & Views 6:30 . Cubs vs Plumas Pirates - Pt. 3 6:45 ....................... Making Marks #6 6:55 ......Community Announcements 7:00 .Service - Prairie Alliance Church 8:15 ............SH - The Jolly Hangman 8:45 .Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament 9:45 ......Community Announcements 10:00 .........Start of Schedule Repeat

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t long last, Manitoba has opened up a lot as we hopefully skid to the end of COVID-19. On Tuesday, Premier Pallister and Dr. Roussin announced the long awaited changes to public health orders. The changes are covered elsewhere in the paper and do represent some long awaited relief for Manitobans’ lifestyle. The biggest visible change will be that masks, as of Saturday. Aug. 7, will be “recommended” for non-vaccinated people in indoor public places. No one will be required to wear a mask but non-vaccinated people are being encouraged to do so indoors. Manitoba has taken a long time to get to this point and a sense of relief has come to the province. There remains some questions. As of print deadline, regulations for weddings, funerals and other public gatherings both indoors and outdoors including larger capacity limits for worship and cultural events like pow wows were yet to be announced. The bigger question is, “How did Manitoba do throughout COVID-19? “Overall; pretty good in comparison with other countries and other provinces. Many would debate that, especially the opposition parties and many in the media. As an aside, I strongly feel that many media outlets did a terrible job of covering C-19. They asked some of the dumbest questions and, often as not, the questions at the press conferences had nothing to do with C-19. But the media’s greatest failure was to research solutions. There were very few scouted out and brought to light. The public still doesn’t know what treatments are being used for people who are really sick with C-19. Neither Manitoba Health nor the media have neepawa

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Right in the Centre Ken Waddell really let that be known. The place that we really fell down is care of the elderly. While many care homes did a fantastic job of combining diligence and good luck to keep C-19 at bay, some care homes were a never ending death sentence. Every care home that had larger numbers or larger percentages of deaths should be subject to a public inquiry. It is well documented that care homes in Manitoba have been under funded, many have been under staffed and most have been under trained. That said, we all need to acknowledge that for the most part, day in, day out, care home staff perform great service to our seniors. In preparation for the next pandemic, and there will be another one, we need to have clear guidelines for care homes and hospitals. We have to figure out how to keep families and volunteers coming in on a regular basis to provide the extra care and comfort that staff cannot fulfil. Families and volunteers should never have been subject to long term lockouts. It caused great anxiety and deaths in many cases. Care homes need more equipment and better guidelines and as usual, more money. Care home funding shortages crosses all levels of government and all political parties.We must

never repeat the mistakes that were made with C-19. When I says care home funding shortages crosses all levels of government and all political parties, it’s a lot like the lack of clean water in communities. Everybody says it’s important to have clean drinking water but at all levels of government, all levels of citizenry and all levels of media, we are lying to ourselves until it really happens. People of the older generation used to say, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” The theology might be little sketchy on that statement but we get the point. We don’t need more speeches, promises or press releases. We need action on both clean water and better senior care. I challenged governments at the highest levels, both in written word, in speeches and private conversations to quit spending billions of dollars on useless efforts (such as the Manitoba Museum of Human Rights) and look after the drinking water, health care and elderly housing. It’s time to pave the road, away from Hell and towards proper care, with actions and not just hollow intentions. 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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have done a great deal of thinking, contemplating and reflecting on this aging thing. Some of it has produced positive emotions and some of it has produced frustration and some has plainly produced negative emotions. About par for the course charted for my journey. And sometimes laughter is still the best medicine. For the first time in my life I have suffered dramatic reactions to wasp stings. Never have been fond of the potent poison they can inject. I am not a proficient thrower of balls, not got a pitchers arm. One fall day, years ago, I picked an apple from the tree not knowing it harboured a wasp. With the piercing of the stingers penetration into the palm of my hand, I flung the apple a record setting toss- if there be such a competition. I have not been subjected to many stings in my life, and it is as if the ticking of my aging clock is calling for new adventures- I have been stung twice in the last month. The first was just above my elbow on my left arm. Within a day that portion of my anatomy was a hard, red, hot, painful site. It took days for the swelling to dissipate and the area appeared as a nasty bruise when the tale was told. That site was nicely healed when a yellowjacket took a bite. On the left arm, on the wrist. Hot, hot, hot! Within minutes the old site was bubbling, hives appeared on various areas of my pained body, and the inside of my ears and the palms of my hands itched to distraction. I took an antihistamine and watched my arm swell, and felt the throb. This time the swelling extends from my knuckles to just a tad past the elbow- the site of bite one. This time I went to the walk in at the hospital. A steroid tablet, endless ice packs, and a sling to prevent me from ever dropping the arm below waist level, and I am surviving. The left hand looks like a movie prop for a nasty movie! Did not need this experience to round out my resume. Seriously though, this aging takes unexpected twists and turns, some predictable and others appear random. There was a time when five gallon pails of water or chop wearing carried with ease, from respectable distances. Bales were tossed- not dragged or rolled. Paving tiles and cement blocks were no threat to my abilities. Now I prefer a garden hose for watering rather than carrying any water, anywhere. My walking has slowed but its not bad for a woman my age. Takes markedly longer to perform many a task! The upside of aging? We live in a great area, and many of the youth in our community are active in their grandparents lives and know that there is a real person inside an aged body. With this knowledge comes respect for the elderly. I appreciate the respect and considerate the young staff members at our local businesses grant me with every interaction. Love it when they comfortable using my given name when serving me. Not all discomfort with getting older!


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The fourth “R”

e see these words everywhere-on posters, flyers and ads. They remind us to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” They are the new “Three Rs;” replacing “R”eading, “R”iting and “R”ithmetic which were in common use when I was a kid. To the above, I would suggest adding a fourth “R”Renew-to take an item that is no longer suited for its original purpose and transform it into something that can and will be used for many years to come. COVID restrictions have given many of us (including me) the time to learn this important skill; and save money while doing so. When Kathryn and I moved into our home, we purchased two entertainment centers; one for our living room and one for the basement family room. Both were able to hold the TVs we had at that time. When these stopped working, they were replaced with newer, larger models-ones that barely fit into the spaces allotted to them.

God exists and will exist eternally. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” Deuteronomy 33:27. What a beautiful promise to lean on. And I know that “my God will meet all your (and my) needs, according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19. Lean on Him this week.

Neil Strohschein The first COVID restrictions gave me a fair amount of free time. So Kathryn suggested replacing the living room’s entertainment center with a dedicated TV stand. A quick on-line search for something suitable confirmed what I had already suspected-those items can be quite costly. So I had to come up with Plan B. We decided to remodel the entertainment center. The top was removed, the sides were cut down and the top replaced. The finished project looks far better than I ever imagined it would. We now have a dedicated TV stand with space for a DVD player and VCR and two drawers for storage. A few weeks later the basement entertainment center was remodeled. It has

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the forest fires. My son and grandson and their families are still living out of a suitcase because of evacuation alerts. We have now water restrictions here, because the water in the reservoir is very low. It all claims our physical but also our mental health. Our Bible camp is in full swing. The junior campers are learning that

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Observation his summer we will all look back on the different experiences we are having. We are now able to travel all over the prairies and enjoy the beauty

become a small workbench which is used for sharpening tools and knives. A shrinking library has made some of my bookcases redundant. They will be disassembled, stored and in time individual boards will be hung in places where I can use additional shelving. Working on these renewal projects has helped me appreciate the work God is doing in my life and in the lives of others. As we get older, our priorities shift. We retire from the hectic, tightly scheduled days filled with work, family and community service. Farms or businesses are either sold or transferred to younger family members. Some will leave homes in the country and move to smaller places in town or in a city close by. Our lives won’t be as hectic as they once were; but

they can be just as productive. The Old Testament book of First Kings introduces us to one of ancient Israel’s greatest prophets-a man named Elijah. After a particularly hectic day of ministry he found himself hiding in a cave miles from home. He had spent the previous three years moving from one place to another, hiding from a king who hated him and was determined to kill him. Now, with the opposition he faced at its highest ever level, he wanted to retire-not just from his role as a prophet, but from life itself. God, however had other ideas. He gave Elijah three small assignments and sent him back to work. Elijah spent his remaining days doing what he had always done-going to those who needed him most, helping them as God directed and then moving on. Today I am praying for all those who, like me, are in this period of renewal. May God guide us as he guided Elijah; and keep us faithfully serving him until death.

of the fields that survived the heat. My daughter showed me a picture how hail had shredded the rhubarb leaves. Other family members are being choked by the smoke of

BP Museum feature: Making soap

Written recipes for soap making date back approximately 5,000 years! According to the New York Times Wirecutter and The Conversation, recipes have variations from Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome. Among these, Mesopotamians were the first to produce a soap product by cooking fatty acids together with water and an alkaline derived from wood ashes. In Canadian pioneer communities, people often made their own lye and soap, even when commercial products were available. This was partially due to lack of ready cash but also personal pride. Lye was quite difficult to produce– a batch of lye too strong could be diluted with water, but the only solution to lye that was too weak was to start over from scratch once again. Pictured: Christine Scott making her own soap in 1912. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEAUTIFUL PLAINS MUSEUM


Thumbs up, thumbs down Thumbs up to all the hardworking people who water and maintain the planters and hanging baskets. The flowers are so pretty and add a splash of colour to our town. Sherry James Neepawa, MB

We would like to send a thumbs up to the organizers of Makers Market for a well organized and well run market. A good variety of Manitoba presenters. Colin & Debbie McNairnay Neepawa, MB A huge bouquet to the hard working gardeners at the Thrift Store. So good to share. Thank you. Lillian Barsalou Neepawa, MB Would you like to send a thumbs up or thumbs down to an individual or group in the community? Please send it our way. Submissions must include a name and must be under 100 words. We want to hear from you! In person: 423 Mountain Ave. Neepawa. By fax: 204-476-5073 By email:

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Last year, and again this summer, my cucumbers have been very prolific. Last year I tried a new recipe for a frozen cucumber salad. It was an awesome addition to my winter menu. Today’s recipes will include this recipe, as well as a Raita. A raita is a traditional Indian side dish often served with spicy dishes to help cool the palate. A blend of plain yogurt, herbs and vegetables make this raita a nice addition to any meal. Enjoy!

Frozen cucumber salad 2 cups sugar (I used only 1 1/4 cups) 1 cup white vinegar 2 tsp. pickling salt 2 tsp. celery seed

7 cups sliced peeled cucumbers 1 cup sliced onions 1 red pepper, thinly sliced

In a large bowl combine sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seed. Stir in the vegetables. Let stand overnight. Put the vegetables and brine in freezer containers and freeze. Thaw in the fridge for several hours or overnight before serving.

Cucumber tomato raita 1 English cucumber, cubed into small pieces 1 large tomato, diced 1/4 cup diced sweet onion 1 tsp. salt

1 cup plain yogurt 1/2 tsp. cumin 1 dash of pepper 3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or parsley

In a colander mix the cucumber, tomato and onion with the teaspoon of salt. Allow to sit and drain for 20 minutes. When ready to use, give the colander a few good shakes to remove any excess moisture. Mix the remaining ingredients together and gently stir in the drained vegetables and serve.

Spruce Plains RCMP report By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of July 26 to Aug. 1, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 46 police activities. July 26: RCMP conducted a Covid compliance check in the Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Police received a report of a suspicious person exiting a property in Gladstone. The complainant was reporting for informational purposes and requested police to conduct patrols of the area. Police responded to a breach of peace in Rapid City where one person was taken into custody as a result and later released without charges. July 27: RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated person at a business in Minnedosa who was unable to care for themselves. Police and EMS arrived, the person was transported to the hospital and later released to a family member. Police received a

request do conduct a wellbeing check on a person in Neepawa. Police attended and found the person fine with no cause for concern. July 28: RCMP received a report of threats being uttered against a person in Neepawa. After investigation, it was determined that no real threats were made and the matter was deemed unfounded. Police responded to a complaint of a dangerous driver who was reported to have been speeding and passing when it was unsafe to do so in the RM of Minto-Odanah. Extensive patrols were made but the vehicle could not be located. July 29: RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious person inside a residence in the RM of Oakview; the matter is still under investigation. Police received a report of fraud in Neepawa where there was insufficient evidence to proceed. Police engaged with several motorists issuing tickets for speeding and parking where prohibited. July 30: RCMP were dispatched to an intoxi-

cated person in Neepawa who called their self in. The person was assessed by EMS and was determined to be okay. The person was released to a sober family member. July 31: RCMP responded to a commercial alarm in Rapid City. Police attended, checked the property and found no signs of entry or disturbance. Police conducted highway traffic enforcement and issued several tickets to motorists for speeding. Aug.1: RCMP were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision in the RM of North Cypress-Langford where a vehicle collided with a deer. The vehicle was totaled but there were no injuries. Police received a report of a theft in the RM of Rosedale; the investigation is ongoing. Police responded to a commercial alarm in Minnedosa. The building was checked and found secure; the alarm was determined to be false. RCMP conducted 26 traff ic enforcement actions during this reporting period. 21083HH0

Looking Back 2001: Local cadet set to receive wings and license AUGUST 6, 2021


By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press

110 years ago, Friday, August 4, 1911 Birnie: It is a wonder that people who own cattle cannot put them in the yard that is built for cattle instead of having them running at large annoying people at night. 100 years ago, Friday, August 5, 1921 A Carberry man who took a carload of cattle to Winnipeg only got 1 ½ cents per pound and he paid $3.50 for a day’s lodging at a second rate hotel. Rather than lose time from haying operations, a farmer near Rivers pleaded guilty to a breach of the motor act by telephone and agreed to pay a fine of $10. 80 years ago, Tuesday, August 5, 1941 A flood literally crashed down from the skies in huge chunks rolled in waves over the 25 square miles of Winnipeg, Friday. Damage tol l mounted stead i ly Saturday as investigators went a head w it h t he immense task of checking the havoc wrought by water and a wind that reached a 75-mile velocity.

60 years ago, Friday, August 4, 1961 The Town of Neepawa has been pumping water from Boggy Creek to supply its water system for close to half a century– but apparently never had any proper authority to do so. Town Council received a bit of a jolt Tuesday night when a letter received from the director of water control and conservation for Manitoba informed it that the only license the Town ever received for removal of water was an “interim authority” granted in 1953 for the removal of 10 acre feet per year from Park Lake... Council instructed the Town secretary to apply for authority to take up to a million gallons per day (the capacity of the proposed new water treatment plant) from Boggy Creek. The annual reunion of the Dieppe Raid in 1942 will be held in Minto A rmouries, Winnipeg, during the evening of Friday, Aug. 18. Comrades from all parts of Manitoba and from outside t he province are planning to attend, and this is expected to be the biggest reunion in many years.

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40 years ago, Thursday, August 6, 1981 A house and chisel plow had a minor collision last week on highway 16 while both were in transport east of Neepawa, according to RCMP. The two drivers, one moving a bungalow west on the Yellowhead and the other pulling a 35-foot chisel plow, with the wings up, met near the Arden Ridge in mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July 29. Police said some teeth on one wing bit into the eave of the house, tearing two rows of shingles. The plow was not damaged. The two were able to continue en route, preventing any blockage of traffic, police said. Workers began pouring cement around the base of Neepawa’s water tower, to form a base on which the water tank will be assembled. Si x t y-t wo member s of the Sirett and James families gathered Aug. 1 and 2 for a celebration to com memor ate t he centennial of Maple Grove Farm, section 5-14-16 in the Langford Municipality. Five successive generations have lived on the farm since the

arrival of William and Margaret Sirett in 1881. They were succeeded on the farm by Fred and Mabel Sirett in 1907. When Fred died suddenly in 1940, his son, Lloyd, took over the operation of the farm. In 1945 he married Irma Hearn of Kelwood and they farmed until 1974 when they left to serve with CUSO in Africa. At this time, son-in-law and daughter, Edward and Joan James, came to operate the farm. Their children, Scott and Cathy James, are the fifth generation on Maple Grove Farm.

30 years ago, Monday, August 5, 1991 L a st week , P r a i r ie Auction and Maynard’s auctioned off some of the Co-op assets. Neepawa Ford will be opening in the former Co-op [Implements] building in September. Pictures of former mayors have been put up in the County Court building. A thank-you note will be sent to Cecil Pittman for his volunteered efforts on


Pictured is Sgt. Todd Simon, of the No. 9 Neepawa Royal Canadian Cadet Squadron, who completed his flying scholarship training in 2001.

this project. 20 years ago, Monday, August 6, 2001 A proposed merger between Agricore and United Grain Growers would create the country’s largest grain handling and farm supply company. But the $450-million deal

may also spell the end of a number of country elevator t e r m i n a l s , i n c lu d i n g Neepawa’s. Following the closure of Arden School, bus routes northeast of Neepawa have been reorganized to accommodate students who will travel to Neepawa on a daily basis, beginning this fall.

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The other night, I was mowing grass with my radio ear phones on and thinking about the water situation at Firdale. Will the ownership of water rights be the new “owning an oil well in the 1980s”? Should water be developed for all people of Manitoba, or just a few extremely wealthy, well politically connected to the bureaucracy of the Manitoba Government? If we fail to understand the logic of our government, who fails to control the weeds in this Garden of Life, in which we all live, then blame us, the citizens, for not solving climate change, when it is their policies that over decades has created the problem! So now, we live in a polluted and weedy “Garden of Life”... Is there any hope? Well, MLAs like Eileen Clarke give me hope, newspaper owners like Chris and Ken Waddell give me hope, all the neighbours who signed our petition and/or wrote their own emails give me hope! The war will not be over until some kind of economic crisis, caused by several years of crop failure, resulting in farm bank loan default! Economics of both Manitoba and Canada depends on the natural resources of this province– oil, mining, forestry and, most importantly, the production of food! All (and I do mean all!), yes all other industries depend on adding value by processing , moving and/or just financing related industries to the production of food! If I know this and the Banner readers know this, how come Government people do not know this? Right, they live inside the perimeter highway, somewhat isolated! Are the readers aware of the 50 year, 100 year cycle in weather and farm economics? Oh, yeah... just for aggravation... Our Dear Lord God , throws a 20 year cycle into the mix!

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70 years ago, Thursday, August 9, 1951 Born to Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Grewett (nee Peggy Strohman), July 24 in Neepawa General Hospital, a daughter, Joana Gay.

50 years ago, Thursday, August 5, 1971 Sgt. Todd Simon, of No. 9 Neepawa Royal Ca n ad i a n A i r Cadet S quad ron, completed his f ly ing scholarship training this month at the Brandon Flying Club, and will receive his Air Cadet Wings and Private Pilot’s

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Multiple major builds on the go across Neepawa based primarily out of Neepawa, had purchased 32 of the 45 available lots and has been quick in getting some progress done on them. Michelle Gerrard, who is a part of the consortium, stated that while construction is slightly behind schedule, they are still excited to see their development plans take shape. “We are approximately three weeks behind schedule from what we had planned in January. [However], considering the supply challenges this year, we are happy with that progress. So far, it has gone relatively smooth, the local trades we are using are doing a fantastic job in coordinating their schedules. We anticipate being 95 per cent complete with the development by fall 2021.” Positive signs for the community Councillor Murray Parrott serves as the chairperson for the Town of Neepawa’s Infrastructure Committee. He noted to the Banner & Press that all of this work which is underway is a positive sign for the future prosperity of the community.


Several new homes for the residential lots, known to many as the former CN Property are going up at an exceptional pace.

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Continued from Page 1 One of the larger projects currently under construction is the Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op’s Home Centre expansion. The main building, once completed, will be 26,000 square feet (sq ft), with an additional 4,000 sq ft for the Garden Centre. Co-op general manager Brian Hedley said that they are very excited about making progress on this very significant expansion to their local footprint. “Quite a multi-stage build that we are doing there,” stated Hedley. “There is just so much on the go, right now, throughout Neepawa. It’s an exciting time to see the progress that going on, not just for [Neepawa-Gladstone Coop], but for all the projects that are on the go across the community.” Slightly further east of the Co-op development, another important project for Neepawa is taking shape, as several houses are now up and on lots at the former CN property. Madison Place Properties, a conglomerate of investors

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Long term employee plans to fight decision By Ken Waddell Neepawa Banner & Press The headline sums up the whole story. Richie Hardinge invested over 17 years of his working life into the health care system. Serving mainly with Brandon Regional Health then Prairie Mountain Regional Health and lately with Manitoba Shared Health. He was expecting to retire in a few years. He was not expecting to be terminated. In fact, he had not had any items of correction on his file. He said, “I didn’t even have a performance review in about 10 years.:” Hardinge explains that, “On the fifteenth of April I was to enter into a meeting with past director, Trevor Bartlett who is a manager for Digital Health, Shared Health Manitoba which is the arm of provincial health care responsible for all the information and communication systems of most of the healthcare sectors in the province. This meeting, I was told by my immediate manager, was to address concerns about a particular job that I had done with which they had concerns. I assumed that this would be under the framework of the Shared Health policy 320.100.135 called Discipline and Discharge and that there would be the expected process of consultation in fairness. The meeting was to address one particular concern on a job.


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I was ushered in and the teleconference system immediately lit up and a woman, Barbara Weselak, appeared on the screen. She greeted us cordially. Very shortly afterwards the screen changed and an older man, Ron Klowak, joined via teleconference and greeted us more stoically. He immediately proceeded to sever my employment contract and to describe the terms of the severance. Upon closing his reading of his prepared statement for which I was simultaneously given a written copy, he left the meeting and I was now speaking with Ms Weselak who, smiling constantly, asked me if I had any questions. I asked her if there was a reason why they were firing me. I told her that I was expecting to talk about my work and that this was what I understood the meeting to have been about. She refused to answer my only question on the grounds that I was already too stressed and instead promised to have a conversation about it with me later on after the severance business was done with.” Hardinge says the termination has been devastating. He’s lost his livelihood, his pension has been crushed and he feels that many co-workers have been treated badly or will be in the near future. Hardinge says that the IT group is overloaded with work assignment. He feels that mis-management

and malevolence have been the main reason for the frustrated resignations of several colleagues and that his efforts and sacrifices to make a success out of the work have been made in vain. He feels he was always on the shortlist of people who are to be removed. The work history with Trevor Bartlett goes back a number of years. Bartlett and Hardinge both applied a number of years ago for an entry level tech job. In fact, the original job interview was conducted by Trevor Bartlett’s father, Ted, so that has always created a bit of a concern in Hardinge’s mind Hardinge says that Trevor Bartlett, in his later managerial role, “Started by overworking his staff until some of us quit to pursue more equitable work. Now he is managing to successfully convince the executives that my character is so odious that I should be dismissed with a meagre pension and severance package. I will not ignore Trevor Bartlett’s actions or stand by idly while his attention turns towards my colleagues.” Continued on Page 14

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Amber Epp (left) and Rodrigo Muñoz performed at a pop-up concert on the lawn at Elks Manor on July 31. This is one of two concerts that The Harvest Sun Music Festival is bringing to Neepawa this summer. This is the second year in a row the festival has been cancelled due to the pandemic, so the Harvest Sun Festival is being scattered around Westman in the form of free pop-up concerts. The next concert will be at ArtsForward on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m. with Mitchell Mozdzen performing Blues and Roots music.

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Erickson store reports a great first year

By Casper Wehrhahn Neepawa Banner & Press It’s been just over a year since the S.C.O.R.E. Store opened in Erickson. Since it opened its doors in June 2020, store founder Steve Langston reported to the Banner & Press that it has been met with great support. “[The response has] been really good. We’re really happy with the support from both the donation and the shopping perspective,” said Langston. “Every time we’re open, it’s busy.” Langston added, “There’s been a lot of streamlining that had to happen. We had to purchase a couple trailers and outfit the store to handle the volume, all the admin things you could think of when it comes to starting a business– from getting our Submitted

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payroll sorted out to having our staff trained. So there’s been a lot of growth internally just helping the business be more freestanding and sustainable.” Overall, the store’s outcome is at the top end of what S.C.O.R.E.’s expectations were. That is, the S.C.O.R.E. Store is profitable and able to make donations back to the community. Though, it hasn’t been without its challenges. “Operating during a pandemic has been challenging. We have a lot of volunteers who are older who are hesitant, understandably, to come in,” Langston explained. “So we’ve had to hire more younger staff and– you know, dealing with the door and we shut down before the province told us to. It definitely has across Manitoba, totalling over $150 million in new private investment. Every dollar created by hog production in Manitoba generates $2.75 in economic activity, and every job in hog production generates upwards of five jobs in indirect employment, creating growth and resiliency in rural communities. Manitoba’s hog sector plays an active role in building a better province. New barn projects lead to opportunities for your community, and economic benefits for all Manitobans. To learn more, visit m a n i t o b a p o rk . c o m / economy

been challenging, but we’ve got a great staff and group of volunteers that have been a big help.” Rejuvenating Main Street Langston told the Banner & Press that the store has also brought change to downton Erickson. As a community-minded initiative, the S.C.O.R.E Store has a couple mandates, but the major one is to improve the quality of life of everyone in the region. As part of that mandate, one thing those at the store identified strongly with was the need for more small businesses in the community. “We want to make sure that Main Street Erickson is fully occupied– we had some empty buildings when we started out,” said


The S.C.O.R.E Store has now been open for just over a year. though renovating the space and then operating during COVID-19 provided a challenge, the response has still been strong. Top left: The S.C.O.R.E. Store as it appeared on June 12. The side of the ramp is now painted with a vibrant mural. Above: Just one of the many items that were previously donated to the store since its opening. The store carries a wide selection of gently used goods.

Langston, “so a few of us, including the Municipality, S.C.O.R.E. Store, Sunrise Credit Union, Northstar Insurance and Community Futures all pulled funds together to the tune of about $16,000 and we offered small businesses 50 per cent off of their lease if they were going to occupy an empty or under-utilized building.” That particular initiative,

a business incubator, started up in November 2020. Right at the get-go, there was a great uptake. “We had about five new businesses start in downtown Erickson and it’s made a huge difference– we’re now at full occupancy in all our commercial space in the town,” Langston explained. “It started a lot of jobs and it’s driving tourism visits to

the area.” A few of these include the bakery known as Erickson Avesta Brödbutik, Ground to Gut Gardens and the Irish Cafe. Extending his gratitude on behalf of the S.C.O.R.E. Store, Langston stated, “Thank you to our volunteers and supporters in the community for helping us have a great first year.”

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AUGUST 6, 2021

By Gladwyn Scott

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•Carberry and Glenboro golf clubs hosted a very successful Glenberry tournament with 168 golfers July 24 & 25. Eighteen holes were played on each course which were both in great shape. The results were: Men’s Championship Flight 1. Shane McCulloch/ Shawn Ryckman 130; 2. Joel Baron/Tyson Cloet 134; 3. Mark Bryant/Scott Graham 139. Men’s First Fight 1. Scott Witherspoon/ Nolan Mitchell 150; 2. Brent McMillan/Brian Salt 150; 3. Tyler Unger/ Ryan Whyte 150. Men’s Second Flight 1. Scott Murray/Eric Truscott 155; 2. Earl Baron/Bob Denis 156; 3. David Manns/Trevor Kehler 157. Men’s Third Flight 1. A lbert Naismith/ Leonard Birch 166; 2. Devon Epp/Devon Speiss 167; 3. Austin Mustard/ Carmen Mustard 167. Ladies’ Championship Flight 1. Nettie Lepage/Chris Coulter 159; 2. Becky Birch/Suzie Scott 167; 3. Erin Gessner/ Joanne Mitchell 167 Ladies’ First Flight 1. Farryn Ryckman/Jen Jackson 180; 2. Deanna Dickson/Linda Birch 181; 3. Colleen Turner & Kim Miller 183. Mixed Flight 1. Craig Richardson & Carla Richardson 138; 2. Kelly Murray & Tammy


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Murray 154; 3. Mark Hood & Terri Wright 161. In the “Horse Race” on Saturday night, ten twosomes (each with at least one Carberry member) were auctioned off – eight men’s, one women’s and one mixed team. The winners were: 1. Joel Baron/Tyson Cloet; 2. Braden Calvert/ Ian McMillan; 3. Josh McMillan/Myles Lawrence. • Carberry golfers who had good rounds at the recent Minnedosa Golf & Country Club Masters Tournament were Joel Baron, Becky and Warren Birch. Baron carded a 71 to finish runner up to champion Derek Cameron with 70. Becky Birch topped the Ladies’ Flight with a 91 and Warren shot an 80 to win the Men’s First Flight • The Pembina Hills 13U baseball team dropped double header (10-6, 9-5) against the Carillon Sultans at Blumenort July 25. Kayden Biehn pitched two innings in relief for Chris Unrau’s squad. • Westman Magic U19 women’s team, which includes a few local players, won a double header over

Interlake Phillies (13-11, 14-3) in Brandon July 25. Cassie Crerar was the winning pitcher in the mercyshortened second game. After a couple more double headers, Cassie will leave August 12 for college near Buffalo, New York. • Media coverage of life in Indian Residential Schools has been very negative lately. We had a different experience when I was the Interlake School Division superintendent during the 1980’s. The United Church had a dormitory in Teulon and parents from the f ly in northern communities of Garden Hill, Wasagamack, Island Lake, and St. Teresa Point sent their high school students to stay in the residence and attend classes at Teulon Collegiate. We had strong art and physical education programs which many of the native students enjoyed. However, it was a challenge for some students to adjust from life in the North to a small rural community one hour north

of Winnipeg. During the 1990’s, the reserves decided that they wanted to educate their high school students at home. More recently, the Dog Creek Reserve, who had their high school students attending classes in Lundar, decided to withdraw them in mid-August several years ago. The students were reluctant to stay home as they were happy in Lundar, and unfortunately, the Lakeshore School Division was forced to lay off several teachers and educational aides.

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Carsen Unrau (16), who just returned from a two week basketball tournament in Las Vegas, has been accepted to North Star Preparatory Institute in Winnipeg. He is a 6’3” shooting guard and played club ball at BU before COVID-19 shut them down. Unrau is a good academic student and has enrolled for Grade 12 at

Churchill High School. “We won the Las Vegas tournament which was a great experience against super competition,” stated Carsen. “It was very warm, 45°C, but the gyms were exceptional and cool.” The team members are from all over Canada and future games are all over the USA and Canada. The main purpose is to land a university scholarship. Best wishes to Carsen in this new venture.

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Chose a career in Nursing 1943 Grad, entered Public Health and branched into Outpost Nursing in St. Pierre, Manitoba. Wynne married Walter Hollamby Robinson of Kamloops in 1947, who passed away in 1993, and Wynne continued her family, gardening, singing, crafting goals fulfillingly until her death.

She is survived by son Wayne (Lesley Davidson) of Parksville and grandchildren Kendra, of Vancouver, and Kurtis, of Kamloops. Also, daughter Tanyse Billas, son-in-law Robert Starcevich, and grandchildren Lauren and Robert Junior Starcevich of BC. We hope to share some stories and an “1890” treasure, 3:30 pm, Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Birtle Park. THE PRAIRIE CALLS Once more - I’d like to be a prairie child young and strong. Freckled face, not a trace of anything that might be wrong. Once more - Would God grant me a prairie spring, shimmering new earthy smells, pale bluebells, all the morning bright with dew. Once more - I’d like to see a prairie storm go rolling by. Summer haze, barefoot days and look a gopher in the eye. Once More - Let me be free to jump on leaves, red and bright, see harvest moon, hear autumn loon and departing geese in the night. But now there is an entry - The winter of my life has come. My weary soul, has one goal, lay me down, where I’m from – THE PRAIRIE. Wynne wrote this for her brother, Joe Butcher in his final days. They included it in his obituary. Joe loved to roam on the Wattsview Plains and shoot gophers. Now all spirits may roam together. Wynne Butcher Robinson 2021

Jesse Zachariah Spurrell

Jesse Zachariah Spurrell was born on December 20, 2001 at Neepawa Hospital. He was a beautiful Christmas baby under Grandma and Grandpa’s Christmas tree. Jesse was always special, hyper, and full of life. Being diagnosed with autism at 3 ¾ years helped explain some of Jesse’s hyperactive energy. Jesse went to school at Gladstone Elementary and continued to William Morton Collegiate. He had many teachers and EA’s who loved working with him. He touched their lives as much as they helped him. After Grad, Jesse returned to school for 1 more year, learning more life skills. He started going to Sprucedale Industries 1 day a week. He loved it. He couldn’t wait until fall and start going every day. That was never meant to be. Jesse was diagnosed just before Easter 2020 with EHE – Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma, a rare cancer which begins in the inner lining of the blood vessels and spreads to soft tissues. Jesse had many tumors on his liver and both lungs. Jesse stayed at home for the last year while remaining stable. Middle of May this year, Jesse liver tumors grew and his health rapidly deteriorated, faster than anyone expected. Our precious boy passed away at 11:24 a.m., July 21. Even though this cancer can be painful, Jesse passed away with no pain, with his dad, mom and brother Ethan at his side. Jesse’s last words were, “God is good.” Jesse is predeceased by his grandpa Allan Fehr, and great grandparents on both sides. He is survived by his dad and mom, Jason and Sherri, brothers Justin and Ethan, sister Abi, grandmother Margaret Fehr, nan Sharon Spurrell, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Service was Held Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2:00 at Christian Fellowship Church yard, Gladstone with Pastor Randy Fehr officiating. Interment took place prior to service at the Gladstone Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Central Plains Cancer Care, Portage la Prairie, MB. Clarke’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 204-476-3401 423 Mountain Ave. Neepawa

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Youngest daughter, predeceased by Mr. William Joseph and Wilhe ”mina” McIntosh Butcher. Pioneer family of the Wattsview District, Birtle Manitoba. Wynne was predeceased by brothers Joe, George, Fred and sister Nel. Wynne was raised on the Century farm neighbouring her “Oxford Rural” one room school and “Birtle High School”. Stories of Mina’s nursed doe bringing her new fawn(s) each Spring.

May 19, 1944 - Aug. 1, 2021 It is with great love and sadness that we share the passing of William Lemky, also known to family and friends as “Bill” on Aug. 1st 2021 at the age of 76. Bill leaves to mourn his loving wife Sharon, children Terry, Darren (Shelly), Wanda, sisters Elma, Betty, Helen, grandchildren Tyler (Christina), Travis (Chay), Kyle, Ashley, sister in law Marion, mother in law Rose - and many nieces and nephews. Bill was a very family focused man and his number one priority was to make sure family and friends were always happy. From fixing cars for family to providing his customers the best service - Bill will always be remembered for his heart of gold. Pending graveside prayers will be held with family at Arden Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will follow shortly after at Arden Park. White’s Funeral Home – in care of arrangements.

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Michael John William Hamm

Michael John William Hamm passed on Saturday, July 24th 2021 at his residence in Gladstone, Manitoba at the age of 43 years old. Michael was born to John and Isabelle Hamm on June 16th, 1978 in Gladstone, MB. Michael and his family lived North of Plumas until he reached the age of 10, when they moved to North Vancouver, but he was back and forth to Manitoba for several years. At the age of 26 he met Leah and made Manitoba his home, and in 2005 they were married. Mike’s greatest love, other than farming and his chickens, was his wife and raising his kids Casey, Everett and Jemma on his own farm in Gladstone. He loved all his family, especially his nieces and nephews, always making sure they felt loved. You could never walk past Mike without getting a hug, even though he struggled health wise. Mike loved big and he will be very missed. He is predeceased by his Father, John Hamm. He is survived by his wife Leah; Sons, Casey and Everett; Daughter Jemma; His mother Isabelle; Sisters, Mona (John) and Cheri (Sean); In-Laws, Harold and Rebekah Friesen, Stephanie Cole (Brad), Ed (Lauren) and Christine Friesen. As well as many nieces and nephews, Rhys, Sterling, Justin, Sienna, Lauren, Wilder, Maddyn, Anna, Charlotte and Jack. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made towards an Education Fund for Michael’s Children at any Stride Credit Union. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday August 7, 2021 at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Hamm Residence, West of Gladstone, MB. Clarke’s Funeral Home Gladstone / MacGregor in care of arrangements.

Kristine Joyce Mitchler

On July 24, 2021 suddenly at her home a beautiful young woman Kristine Mitchler passed away who fought every day most of her life to live a normal life. She was the most kind hearted person and would help do anything for anybody. Even as a child growing up she was always so kind and she loved the farm life and family was her everything as it was to this day. She fought a long and hard life. In 1997 she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and at the same time found out she was pregnant with her only son. After the baby was born she spent many a time in and out of the hospital over the next 23 years and had numerous amount of surgeries. Some of which the family wasn’t sure whether she would pull through. In 2019 she had to be put on tube feeding because she no longer could tolerate food. In March 2020 she lost her Dad whom she loved dearly and seemed to loose her will to heep going but she carried on the best she could. She was able to work over the years here and there and she loved working and interacting with other people, but her health did not allow her to keep it up so she struggled very hard financially. She loved living in her apartment in Neepawa. That was home to her. She leaves to mourn her son whom she adored Jesse Rayston Mitchler, her mother Isabelle Richardson, and four siblings Cindy (Minh), Shelley, Lisa (Greg), Doug (Kim) and her ex-husband and good friend Jon Mitchler, numerous neices and nephews, great neices and nephews, and numerous friends. Predeceased before her was her dad (Bob Richardson) in 2020, grandparents, and uncles. Rest in Peace Kristine. You are one of a kind! There will be a private graveside service with family and friends at Gladstone Cemetery with Rita Friesen officiating. If one so desires a donation can be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in Kristine’s memory. Clarke’s Funeral Home Gladstone ~ MacGregor in care of arrangements.

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Request for Proposal Farm land for lease by “sealed proposal” Approximately 195 cultivated acres in the following land; NW ¼ 11-14-17 WPM in the R M of Minto-Odanah NE ¼ 11-14-17 WPM in the R M of Minto-Odanah Interested persons are invited to submit a sealed proposal for the lease of the above mentioned acres for a 5 year term, indicating an annual rate per acre (and the intended use of the property). Proposal closing date is August 13th, 2021 at noon. Please send sealed envelopes marked “Land Proposal” to Evergreen Environmental Technologies Box 947 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0. For more information regarding land and lease contact: David MacDonald at Evergreen Environmental Technologies 204-868-6104 or 204-867-7161. Highest or any proposal not necessarily accepted.


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way of life to a handful of intellectually mediocre and morally bereft bureaucrats, primarily unelected, what have we got to show for it? We lived under house arrest while COVID case counts continued to rise without pause. Governments are making it up as they go. When governments seek refuge through the arrival of COVID vaccines to save their political careers, we know their virus containment efforts failed. Governments must demonstrate why they must continue suppressing our constitutional freedoms and rights. They have not contained COVID. Their warnings that lifting restrictions will result in massive increases in infections are not credible. Governments spent a year and a half lying to us, suppressing information and fear-mongering. They have lost our trust. We need to find out what happened to this John Feldsted is a political commentator, consultant & strategist, who is based out of Winnipeg, MB.



he lockdowns used as a response to the coronavirus epidemic show little sign of letting up. “Two weeks to slow the spread” and “15 days to flatten the curve” were lies when they were spoken. They quickly morphed into months, then into years. A dishonest media, which functions as the propaganda wing of the governing liberals, bears the brunt of the blame for the devastation caused by a destructive overreaction to COVID. Through its fear-mongering, the media has transformed a relatively normal influenza epidemic into an all-purpose bogeyman to instill terror into those willing to trade everything that makes us joyfully human for the imaginary security of a slave’s chains. The current virus death count, generously defined as the death of anyone who dies having tested positive before death, stands at roughly 26,550, or 0.07 per cent of our population. Using “cases” (the new benchmark), there have been 1,430.300 cases in Canada or 3.7 per cent of our population. Of that number, 1.8 per cent died. The media ignores the 1,397,400 people who have recovered. Music, art, dance, theatre, and motion pictures are closer to death than the elderly with comorbidities who make up a significant share of deaths attributed to COVID. Public gatherings are forbidden except for minority group protests. Other victims are the hospitality sector, hotels, restaurants, and bars, which have long been the targets of climate change lunatics. Our churches and synagogues, which militant atheists have long wished to shutter, are closed. Our entire public life, the things that make life worth living, has been shut down, ruined, or put out of business. If everything reopens, it will be under the conditions of the “new normal,” which means that governments will never allow us

to regain full freedoms and rights again unless we demand our freedoms The notion of “social distancing,” which has cruelly separated individuals and generations, affects our humanity’s essence. For centuries we have regarded the forced separation of families with horror. Instructing people to consider their fellow human beings as virus-infected nightmares who can kill them is reprehensible. Hollywood could not script a better horror movie. Children have learned the most helpful lesson the ruling class behind these monstrous policies could hope for: fear, obedience, and submission. Has it been worth it? By any unemotional and rational consideration, the answer is no. This seems a cruel question, to which a cruel tradeoff must be the answer. Societies have been making that choice since the beginning of history. After a year and a half of COVID, during which we have surrendered our freedoms, rights and


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